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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822801/microarray-gene-expression-study-in-fibroblast-and-lymphoblastoid-cell-lines-from-antipsychotic-na%C3%A3-ve-first-episode-schizophrenia-patients
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Patricia Gassó, Sergi Mas, Natalia Rodríguez, Daniel Boloc, Susana García-Cerro, Miquel Bernardo, Amalia Lafuente, Eduard Parellada
Schizophrenia (SZ) is a chronic psychiatric disorder whose onset of symptoms occurs in late adolescence and early adulthood. The etiology is complex and involves important gene-environment interactions. Microarray gene-expression studies on SZ have identified alterations in several biological processes. The heterogeneity in the results can be attributed to the use of different sample types and other important confounding factors including age, illness chronicity and antipsychotic exposure. The aim of the present microarray study was to analyze, for the first time to our knowledge, differences in gene expression profiles in 18 fibroblast (FCLs) and 14 lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs) from antipsychotic-naïve first-episode schizophrenia (FES) patients and healthy controls...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822315/applications-of-radon-and-radium-isotopes-to-determine-submarine-groundwater-discharge-and-flushing-times-in-todos-os-santos-bay-brazil
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Vanessa Hatje, Karina Kammer Attisano, Marcelo Friederichs Landim de Souza, Barbara Mazzilli, Joselene de Oliveira, Tamires de Araújo Mora, William C Burnett
Todos os Santos Bay (BTS) is the 2nd largest bay in Brazil and an important resource for the people of the State of Bahia. We made measurements of radon and radium in selected areas of the bay to evaluate if these tracers could provide estimates of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) and flushing times of the Paraguaçu Estuary and BTS. We found that there were a few areas along the eastern and northeastern shorelines that displayed relatively high radon and low salinities, indicating possible sites of enhanced SGD...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822133/isotopically-nonstationary-metabolic-flux-analysis-inst-mfa-of-photosynthesis-and-photorespiration-in-plants
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Fangfang Ma, Lara J Jazmin, Jamey D Young, Doug K Allen
Photorespiration is a central component of photosynthesis; however to better understand its role it should be viewed in the context of an integrated metabolic network rather than a series of individual reactions that operate independently. Isotopically nonstationary (13)C metabolic flux analysis (INST-MFA), which is based on transient labeling studies at metabolic steady state, offers a comprehensive platform to quantify plant central metabolism. In this chapter, we describe the application of INST-MFA to investigate metabolism in leaves...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821159/inhibition-of-dna-pk-enhances-chemosensitivity-of-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-cells-to-doxorubicin
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Fatemeh Alikarami, Majid Safa, Mohammad Faranoush, Parisa Hayat, Ahmad Kazemi
DNA damage repair pathways greatly affect the response to genotoxic drugs in cancer cells, so inhibition of such pathways could be a potentially useful strategy to enhance chemosensitivity. DNA-dependent protein kinase (DNA-PK) plays a crucial role in the repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) that are probably one of the most detrimental types of DNA damage. It has been shown that DNA-PK is highly expressed in B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL) cells. Less well appreciated was the effect of DNA-PK inhibition on sensitivity of BCP-ALL cells to DNA-damaging agents...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820572/on-the-functionality-selection-principle-for-high-voltage-lithium-ion-battery-electrolyte-additives
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Chi-Cheung Su, Meinan He, Cameron Peebles, Li Zeng, Adam Tornheim, Chen Liao, Lu Zhang, Jie Wang, Yan Wang, Zhengcheng Zhang
A new class of electrolyte additives based on cyclic fluorinated phosphate esters was rationally desgined and identified as being able to stabilize the surface of LiNi0.5Mn0.3Co0.2O2 (NMC532) cathode when cycled at potentials higher than 4.6 V vs. Li+/Li. Cyclic fluorinated phosphates were designed to incorporate functionalities of various existing additives to maximize their utilization. The synthesis and characterization of these new additives are described and their electrochemical performance in a NMC532/graphite cell cycled between 4...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820316/cell-cycle-related-metabolism-and-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-a-replication-competent-pancreatic-beta-cell-line
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Chiara Montemurro, Suryakiran Vadrevu, Tatyana Gurlo, Alexandra E Butler, Kenny E Vongbunyong, Anton Petcherski, Orian S Shirihai, Leslie S Satin, Daniel Braas, Peter C Butler, Slavica Tudzarova
Cell replication is a fundamental attribute of growth and repair in multicellular organisms. Pancreatic beta-cells in adults rarely enter cell cycle, hindering the capacity for regeneration in diabetes. Efforts to drive beta-cells into cell cycle have so far largely focused on regulatory molecules such as cyclins and cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs). Investigations in cancer biology have uncovered that adaptive changes in metabolism, the mitochondrial network, and cellular Ca(2+) are critical for permitting cells to progress through the cell cycle...
August 18, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820125/fungal-genomes-and-insights-into-the-evolution-of-the-kingdom
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Jason E Stajich
The kingdom Fungi comprises species that inhabit nearly all ecosystems. Fungi exist as both free-living and symbiotic unicellular and multicellular organisms with diverse morphologies. The genomes of fungi encode genes that enable them to thrive in diverse environments, invade plant and animal cells, and participate in nutrient cycling in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The continuously expanding databases of fungal genome sequences have been generated by individual and large-scale efforts such as Génolevures, Broad Institute's Fungal Genome Initiative, and the 1000 Fungal Genomes Project (http://1000...
July 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820104/nocardia-cavernae-sp-nov-a-novel-actinobacterium-isolated-from-a-karst-cave-sample
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Qing-Qing Li, Ming-Xian Han, Bao-Zhu Fang, Jian-Yu Jiao, Lan Liu, Zi-Wen Yang, Wan-Qin Zhang, Da-Qiao Wei, Wen-Jun Li
A novel actinobacterial strain, designated YIM A1135T, was isolated from a soil sample collected from a karst cave in Xingyi county, Guizhou province, south-western China. The taxonomic position of the strain was investigated using a polyphasic approach. Cells of the strain were aerobic, Gram-stain-positive and partially acid-alcohol-fast. Strain YIM A1135T shared 98.3 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity with Nocardia jejuensis NBRC 103114T and 97.6 % with Nocardia alba YIM 30243T. DNA-DNA hybridization values between strain YIM A1135T and related type strains of the genus Nocardia were less than 70 %...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820066/mutational-impact-on-the-interaction-between-human-il27-and-gp130-in-silico-approach-for-defending-hiv-infection
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Arundhati Banerjee, Rakhi Dasgupta, Sujay Ray
INTRODUCTION: With advances in proteomics, it is essential to investigate the molecular-level participation of IL27 and gp130 to hinder HIV infection. Their interaction causes cell-cycle arrest in HIV+ cells by activating the receptor-associated JAK signaling and causing apoptosis of cancerous cells. METHODOLOGY: The best human wild-type WT_IL27 model was prepared after varied molecular modeling techniques. The vital tyrosine residues in WT_IL27 were identified, mutated and IL27 was re-modeled...
August 17, 2017: Current HIV Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819969/a-fast-and-universal-approach-to-encapsulating-transition-bimetal-oxide-nanoparticles-in-amorphous-carbon-nanotubes-under-atmospheric-environment-based-on-marangoni-effect
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Shuoyu Li, Yuyi Liu, Peisheng Guo, Chengxin Wang
Transitionmetal oxides nanoparticles capsuled in amorphous carbon nanotubes (ACNTs) are attractive anode materials of lithium ion batteries (LIBs). Here we firstly designed a fast and universal method with a hydromechanics conception which is called Marangoni flow to fabricating transition bimetal oxides (TBOs) in ACNTs composite with a better electrochemistry performance. Maragoni flows can produce a liquid column with several centimeters high in a tube with one side immersion in the liquid. The key point to induce a Marangoni flow is to make a gradient of the surface tension between the surface and the inside of the solution...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819559/growth-inhibitory-efficacy-of-natural-products-in-a-model-for-triple-negative-molecular-subtype-of-clinical-breast-cancer
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Nitin Telang
Global gene expression profiling identifies predictive and prognostic biomarkers and rationalizes breast cancer subtype-targeted treatment. The Anthracyclin/Taxol and survival pathway specific small molecular inhibitors, constitute current treatment options. These options are associated with acquired tumor resistance and emergence of drug-resistant cancer stem cells. Dietary supplements and constitutive bioactive phytochemicals with relatively low systemic toxicity may provide testable alternatives for current therapy...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819232/ensemble-of-thermostatically-controlled-loads-statistical-physics-approach
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Michael Chertkov, Vladimir Chernyak
Thermostatically controlled loads, e.g., air conditioners and heaters, are by far the most widespread consumers of electricity. Normally the devices are calibrated to provide the so-called bang-bang control - changing from on to off, and vice versa, depending on temperature. We considered aggregation of a large group of similar devices into a statistical ensemble, where the devices operate following the same dynamics, subject to stochastic perturbations and randomized, Poisson on/off switching policy. Using theoretical and computational tools of statistical physics, we analyzed how the ensemble relaxes to a stationary distribution and established a relationship between the relaxation and the statistics of the probability flux associated with devices' cycling in the mixed (discrete, switch on/off, and continuous temperature) phase space...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819189/vascular-hysteresis-loops-and-vascular-architecture-mapping-in-patients-with-glioblastoma-treated-with-antiangiogenic-therapy
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Andreas Stadlbauer, Max Zimmermann, Stefan Oberndorfer, Arnd Doerfler, Michael Buchfelder, Gertraud Heinz, Karl Roessler
In this study, we investigated the variability of vascular hysteresis loop (VHL) shapes and the spatial heterogeneity of neovascularization and microvascular alterations using vascular architecture mapping (VAM) in patients with recurrent glioblastoma during bevacizumab mono-therapy. VAM data were acquired in 13 patients suffering from recurrent glioblastoma prior to and 3 months after bevacizumab treatment onset using a dual contrast agent injections approach as part of routine MRI. Two patients were additionally examined after the first cycle of bevacizumab to check for early treatment response...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819000/hypoxia-induced-myocardial-regeneration
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Wataru Kimura, Yuji Nakada, Hesham A Sadek
The underlying cause of systolic heart failure is the inability of the adult mammalian heart to regenerate damaged myocardium. In contrast, some vertebrate species and immature mammals are capable of full cardiac regeneration following multiple types of injury through cardiomyocyte proliferation. Little is known about what distinguishes proliferative cardiomyocytes from terminally differentiated, non-proliferative cardiomyocytes. Recently, several reports have suggested that oxygen metabolism and oxidative stress play a pivotal role in regulating the proliferative capacity of mammalian cardiomyocytes...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818397/life-cycle-inventory-and-mass-balance-of-municipal-food-waste-management-systems-decision-support-methods-beyond-the-waste-hierarchy
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Joel Edwards, Maazuza Othman, Enda Crossin, Stewart Burn
When assessing the environmental and human health impact of a municipal food waste (FW) management system waste managers typically rely on the principles of the waste hierarchy; using metrics such as the mass or rate of waste that is 'prepared for recycling,' 'recovered for energy,' or 'sent to landfill.' These metrics measure the collection and sorting efficiency of a waste system but are incapable of determining the efficiency of a system to turn waste into a valuable resource. In this study a life cycle approach was employed using a system boundary that includes the entire waste service provision from collection to safe end-use or disposal...
August 14, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818313/controlled-single-cell-cyclic-compression-and-transcription-analysis-a-pilot-study
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Paola Gavazzo, Loredana Petecchia, Paolo Facci, Massimo Vassalli, Federica Viti
An innovative platform for the study of the molecular mechanisms at the basis of mechanotransduction has been implemented, developing an experimental approach capable of providing controlled dynamic compression stimuli and retrieving the biomolecular response with single-cell sensitivity. The system provides the ability to perform compression-release cycles on single cells with controlled forces in the nN range and a user-defined repetition rate. Experimental procedures to perform qPCR from a small set of single cells were finely tuned...
August 12, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817934/mannose-surfaces-exhibit-self-latching-water-structuring-and-resilience-to-chaotropes-implications-for-pathogen-virulence
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Hashanthi K Abeyratne-Perera, Preethi L Chandran
Several viral and fungal pathogens, including HIV, SARS, Dengue, Ebola and Cryptococcus neoformans, display a preponderance of mannose residues on their surface, particularly during the infection cycle or in harsh environments. The innate immune system, on the other hand, abounds in mannose receptors which recognize mannose residues on pathogens and trigger their phagocytosis. We pose the question if there is a surface advantage for pathogens to display mannose on their surface, despite these residues being recognized by the immune system...
August 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817597/a-unified-censored-normal-regression-model-for-qpcr-differential-gene-expression-analysis
#18
Peter Pipelers, Lieven Clement, Matthijs Vynck, Jan Hellemans, Jo Vandesompele, Olivier Thas
Reverse transcription quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) is considered as the gold standard for accurate, sensitive, and fast measurement of gene expression. Prior to downstream statistical analysis, RT-qPCR fluorescence amplification curves are summarized into one single value, the quantification cycle (Cq). When RT-qPCR does not reach the limit of detection, the Cq is labeled as "undetermined". Current state of the art qPCR data analysis pipelines acknowledge the importance of normalization for removing non-biological sample to sample variation in the Cq values...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816348/transition-metal-dependent-regulation-of-the-signal-transduction-cascade-driving-oocyte-meiosis
#19
Stephanie Schaefer-Ramadan, Satanay Hubrack, Khaled Machaca
The G2-M transition of the cell cycle requires the activation of members of the Cdc25 dual specificity phosphatase family. Using Xenopus oocyte maturation as a model system, we have previously shown that chelation of transition metals blocks meiosis progression by inhibiting Cdc25C activation. Here, using approaches that allow for the isolation of very pure and active recombinant Cdc25C, we show that Cdc25C does not bind zinc as previously reported. Additionally, we show that mutants in the disordered C-terminal end of Cdc25C are poor initiators of meiosis, likely due to their inability to localize to the proper sub-cellular location...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815994/imrt-qa-using-machine-learning-a-multi-institutional-validation
#20
Gilmer Valdes, Maria F Chan, Seng Boh Lim, Ryan Scheuermann, Joseph O Deasy, Timothy D Solberg
PURPOSE: To validate a machine learning approach to Virtual intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) quality assurance (QA) for accurately predicting gamma passing rates using different measurement approaches at different institutions. METHODS: A Virtual IMRT QA framework was previously developed using a machine learning algorithm based on 498 IMRT plans, in which QA measurements were performed using diode-array detectors and a 3%local/3 mm with 10% threshold at Institution 1...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
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