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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433665/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts on June 2-3, 2016 in Bethesda Maryland to develop recommendations for the NHLBI aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MSC devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433410/echinococcus-oligarthrus-in-the-subtropical-region-of-argentina-first-integration-of-morphological-and-molecular-analyses-determines-two-distinct-populations
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Juan Pablo Arrabal, Hector Gabriel Avila, Maria Romina Rivero, Federico Camicia, Martin Miguel Salas, Sebastián A Costa, Carlos G Nocera, Mara C Rosenzvit, Laura Kamenetzky
Echinococcosis is a parasitic zoonosis that is considered as a neglected disease by the World Health Organization. The species Echinococcus oligarthrus is one of the causative agents of Neotropical echinococcosis, which is a poorly understood disease that requires a complex medical examination, may threaten human life, and is frequently associated with a low socioeconomic status. Morphological and genetic diversity in E. oligarthrus remains unknown. The aim of this work is to identify and characterize E. oligarthrus infections in sylvatic animals from the Upper Paraná Atlantic Forest in the province of Misiones, Argentina, by following an integrative approach that links morphological, genetic and ecological aspects...
March 27, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433330/bivalent-rlp2086-trumenba%C3%A2-development-of-a-well-characterized-vaccine-through-commercialization
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Khurram Sunasara, John Cundy, Sriram Srinivasan, Brad Evans, Weiqiang Sun, Scott Cook, Eric Bortell, John Farley, Daniel Griffin, Michele Bailey Piatchek, Katherine Arch-Douglas
The phrase "Process is the Product" is often applied to biologics, including multicomponent vaccines composed of complex components that evade complete characterization. Vaccine production processes must be defined and locked early in the development cycle to ensure consistent quality of the vaccine throughout scale-up, clinical studies, and commercialization. This approach of front-loading the development work helped facilitate the accelerated approval of the Biologic License Application for the well-characterized vaccine bivalent rLP2086 (Trumenba®, Pfizer Inc) in 2014 under Breakthrough Therapy Designation...
April 19, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432587/rituximab-methotrexate-procarbazine-vincristine-and-intensified-cytarabine-consolidation-for-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma-pcnsl-in-the-elderly-a-loc-network-study
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Caroline Houillier, Hervé Ghesquières, Cécile Chabrot, Carole Soussain, Guido Ahle, Sylvain Choquet, Emmanuelle Nicolas-Virelizier, Jacques-Olivier Bay, Jacques Vargaftig, Claude Gaultier, Valérie Touitou, Nadine Martin-Duverneuil, Nathalie Cassoux, Magali Le Garff-Tavernier, Myrto Costopoulos, Pierre Faurie, Khê Hoang-Xuan
Primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL) is chemosensitive to high-dose methotrexate-based chemotherapy. However, responses in the elderly are short-lasting and outcome is poor. Given that radiotherapy and intensive chemotherapy expose elderly to severe toxicities, alternative consolidation approaches need to be evaluated. In this multicenter study, we retrospectively analyzed consecutive patients with newly-diagnosed PCNSL, aged >60, treated with a (R)-MPV-AAA regimen. The regimen consisted of three 28-day cycles of methotrexate (3...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431764/seasonal-monitoring-of-blue-mussel-mytilus-spp-populations-in-a-harbor-area-a-focus-on-responses-to-environmental-factors-and-chronic-contamination
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C Lacroix, E Duvieilbourg, N Guillou, J Guyomarch, C Bassoulet, D Moraga, G Chapalain, M Auffret
Coastal waters corresponding to macrotidal systems are among the most variable marine biotopes. Sessile animals as bivalve mollusks may however be found forming intertidal beds at high densities, as allowed by full adaptation to local conditions. A better knowledge of adaptive responses to environmental factors is required to foresee possible adverse effects of global change. At the sub-cellular level, transcriptional responses are among the earliest signals of environmental disturbances and they can reveal subtle and meaningful changes in organism exposed to stress...
April 12, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431742/the-sleeping-cerebellum
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REVIEW
Cathrin B Canto, Yoshiyuki Onuki, Bastiaan Bruinsma, Ysbrand D van der Werf, Chris I De Zeeuw
We sleep almost one-third of our lives and sleep plays an important role in critical brain functions like memory formation and consolidation. The role of sleep in cerebellar processing, however, constitutes an enigma in the field of neuroscience; we know little about cerebellar sleep-physiology, cerebro-cerebellar interactions during sleep, or the contributions of sleep to cerebellum-dependent memory consolidation. Likewise, we do not understand why cerebellar malfunction can lead to changes in the sleep-wake cycle and sleep disorders...
April 18, 2017: Trends in Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430696/sequential-analysis-of-a-panel-of-biomarkers-and-pathologic-findings-in-a-resuscitated-rat-model-of-sepsis-and-recovery
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Nishkantha Arulkumaran, Marije L Sixma, Elisa Jentho, Elias Ceravola, Paul S Bass, John A Kellum, Robert J Unwin, Fred W K Tam, Mervyn Singer
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the temporal pattern of a panel of blood and urinary biomarkers in an animal model of fecal peritonitis and recovery. DESIGN: Prospective observational animal study. SETTING: University research laboratory. SUBJECTS: Male Wistar rats. INTERVENTIONS: A fluid-resuscitated, long-term (3 d) rat model of sepsis (fecal peritonitis) and recovery was used to understand the temporal association of sepsis biomarkers in relation to systemic hemodynamics, inflammation, and renal function...
April 20, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429710/life-cycle-assessment-needs-predictive-spatial-modelling-for-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services
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Rebecca Chaplin-Kramer, Sarah Sim, Perrine Hamel, Benjamin Bryant, Ryan Noe, Carina Mueller, Giles Rigarlsford, Michal Kulak, Virginia Kowal, Richard Sharp, Julie Clavreul, Edward Price, Stephen Polasky, Mary Ruckelshaus, Gretchen Daily
International corporations in an increasingly globalized economy exert a major influence on the planet's land use and resources through their product design and material sourcing decisions. Many companies use life cycle assessment (LCA) to evaluate their sustainability, yet commonly-used LCA methodologies lack the spatial resolution and predictive ecological information to reveal key impacts on climate, water and biodiversity. We present advances for LCA that integrate spatially explicit modelling of land change and ecosystem services in a Land-Use Change Improved (LUCI)-LCA...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429506/a-robust-and-conductive-black-tin-oxide-nanostructure-makes-efficient-lithium-ion-batteries-possible
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Wujie Dong, Jijian Xu, Chao Wang, Yue Lu, Xiangye Liu, Xin Wang, Xiaotao Yuan, Zhe Wang, Tianquan Lin, Manling Sui, I-Wei Chen, Fuqiang Huang
SnO2 -based lithium-ion batteries have low cost and high energy density, but their capacity fades rapidly during lithiation/delithiation due to phase aggregation and cracking. These problems can be mitigated by using highly conducting black SnO2-x , which homogenizes the redox reactions and stabilizes fine, fracture-resistant Sn precipitates in the Li2 O matrix. Such fine Sn precipitates and their ample contact with Li2 O proliferate the reversible Sn → Li x Sn → Sn → SnO2 /SnO2-x cycle during charging/discharging...
April 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429326/wax-ester-fermentation-and-its-application-for-biofuel-production
#10
Hiroshi Inui, Takahiro Ishikawa, Masahiro Tamoi
In Euglena cells under anaerobic conditions, paramylon, the storage polysaccharide, is promptly degraded and converted to wax esters. The wax esters synthesized are composed of saturated fatty acids and alcohols with chain lengths of 10-18, and the major constituents are myristic acid and myristyl alcohol. Since the anaerobic cells gain ATP through the conversion of paramylon to wax esters, the phenomenon is named "wax ester fermentation". The wax ester fermentation is quite unique in that the end products, i...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429085/the-role-of-rna-alternative-splicing-in-regulating-cancer-metabolism
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REVIEW
Itamar Kozlovski, Zahava Siegfried, Adi Amar-Schwartz, Rotem Karni
Tumor cells alter their metabolism by a wide array of mechanisms to promote growth and proliferation. Dysregulated expression and/or somatic mutations of key components of the glycolytic pathway/TCA cycle as well as other metabolic pathways allow tumor cells to improve their ability to survive harsh conditions such as hypoxia and the presence of reactive oxygen species, as well as the ability to obtain nutrients to increase lipids, protein, and nucleic acids biogenesis. Approximately 95% of the human protein encoding genes undergo alternative splicing (AS), a regulated process of gene expression that greatly diversifies the proteome by creating multiple proteins from a single gene...
April 20, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428879/a-systems-biology-approach-to-investigating-the-influence-of-exercise-and-fitness-on-the-composition-of-leukocytes-in-peripheral-blood
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Michael P Gustafson, Ara Celi DiCostanzo, Courtney M Wheatley, Chul-Ho Kim, Svetlana Bornschlegl, Dennis A Gastineau, Bruce D Johnson, Allan B Dietz
BACKGROUND: Exercise immunology has become a growing field in the past 20 years, with an emphasis on understanding how different forms of exercise affect immune function. Mechanistic studies are beginning to shed light on how exercise may impair the development of cancer or be used to augment cancer treatment. The beneficial effects of exercise on the immune system may be exploited to improve patient responses to cancer immunotherapy. METHODS: We investigated the effects of acute exercise on the composition of peripheral blood leukocytes over time in a male population of varying fitness...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428872/are-whooping-cranes-destined-for-extinction-climate-change-imperils-recruitment-and-population-growth
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Matthew J Butler, Kristine L Metzger, Grant M Harris
Identifying climatic drivers of an animal population's vital rates and locating where they operate steers conservation efforts to optimize species recovery. The population growth of endangered whooping cranes (Grus americana) hinges on juvenile recruitment. Therefore, we identify climatic drivers (solar activity [sunspots] and weather) of whooping crane recruitment throughout the species' life cycle (breeding, migration, wintering). Our method uses a repeated cross-validated absolute shrinkage and selection operator approach to identify drivers of recruitment...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428870/gene-expression-profiling-during-the-embryo-to-larva-transition-in-the-giant-red-sea-urchin-mesocentrotus-franciscanus
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Juan Diego Gaitán-Espitia, Gretchen E Hofmann
In echinoderms, major morphological transitions during early development are attributed to different genetic interactions and changes in global expression patterns that shape the regulatory program for the specification of embryonic territories. In order more thoroughly to understand these biological and molecular processes, we examined the transcriptome structure and expression profiles during the embryo-to-larva transition of a keystone species, the giant red sea urchin Mesocentrotus franciscanus. Using a de novo assembly approach, we obtained 176,885 transcripts from which 60,439 (34%) had significant alignments to known proteins...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428848/modeling-activity-patterns-of-wildlife-using-time-series-analysis
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Jindong Zhang, Vanessa Hull, Zhiyun Ouyang, Liang He, Thomas Connor, Hongbo Yang, Jinyan Huang, Shiqiang Zhou, Zejun Zhang, Caiquan Zhou, Hemin Zhang, Jianguo Liu
The study of wildlife activity patterns is an effective approach to understanding fundamental ecological and evolutionary processes. However, traditional statistical approaches used to conduct quantitative analysis have thus far had limited success in revealing underlying mechanisms driving activity patterns. Here, we combine wavelet analysis, a type of frequency-based time-series analysis, with high-resolution activity data from accelerometers embedded in GPS collars to explore the effects of internal states (e...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428446/the-finite-state-projection-approach-to-analyze-dynamics-of-heterogeneous-populations
#16
Rob Johnson, Brian Munsky
Population modeling aims to capture and predict the dynamics of cell populations in constant or fluctuating environments. At the elementary level, population growth proceeds through sequential divisions of individual cells. Due to stochastic effects, populations of cells are inherently heterogeneous in phenotype, and some phenotypic variables have an effect on division or survival rates, as can be seen in partial drug resistance. Therefore, when modeling population dynamics where the control of growth and division is phenotype dependent, the corresponding model must take account of the underlying cellular heterogeneity...
April 21, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427686/ultrasound-assisted-acid-catalyzed-lactose-hydrolysis-understanding-into-effect-of-operating-parameters-and-scale-up-studies
#17
Chinmay N Gajendragadkar, Parag R Gogate
The current work deals with the value addition of lactose by transforming into hydrolyzed lactose syrup containing glucose and galactose in major proportion using the novel approach of ultrasound assisted acid catalyzed lactose hydrolysis. The hydrolysis of lactose was performed in ultrasonic bath (33kHz) at 50% duty cycle at different temperatures as 65°C and 70°C and two different hydrochloric acid (HCl) concentrations as 2.5N and 3N. It was observed that acid concentration, temperature and ultrasonic treatment were the major factors in deciding the time required to achieve ∼90% hydrolysis...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427445/parasites-pathogens-and-commensals-in-the-low-impact-non-native-amphipod-host-gammarus-roeselii
#18
Jamie Bojko, Karolina Bącela-Spychalska, Paul D Stebbing, Alison M Dunn, Michał Grabowski, Michał Rachalewski, Grant D Stentiford
BACKGROUND: Whilst vastly understudied, pathogens of non-native species (NNS) are increasingly recognised as important threats to native wildlife. This study builds upon recent recommendations for improved screening for pathogens in NNS by focusing on populations of Gammarus roeselii in Chojna, north-western Poland. At this location, and in other parts of continental Europe, G. roeselii is considered a well-established and relatively 'low-impact' invader, with little understanding about its underlying pathogen profile and even less on potential spill-over of these pathogens to native species...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427225/enhancing-synthetic-lethality-of-parp-inhibitor-and-cisplatin-in-brca-proficient-tumour-cells-with-hyperthermia
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Arlene L Oei, Caspar M van Leeuwen, Vidhula R Ahire, Hans M Rodermond, Rosemarie Ten Cate, Anneke M Westermann, Lukas J A Stalpers, Johannes Crezee, H Petra Kok, Przemek M Krawczyk, Roland Kanaar, Nicolaas A P Franken
BACKGROUND: Poly-(ADP-ribose)-polymerase1 (PARP1) is involved in repair of DNA single strand breaks. PARP1-inhibitors (PARP1-i) cause an accumulation of DNA double strand breaks, which are generally repaired by homologous recombination (HR). Therefore, cancer cells harboring HR deficiencies are exceptionally sensitive to PARP1-i. For patients with HR-proficient tumors, HR can be temporarily inhibited by hyperthermia, thereby inducing synthetic lethal conditions in every tumor type. Since cisplatin is successfully used combined with hyperthermia (thermochemotherapy), we investigated the effectiveness of combining PARP1-i with thermochemotherapy...
March 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427004/enzymatic-activity-of-the-cam-pde1-system-upon-addition-of-actinyl-ions
#20
Florian Brulfert, Samir Safi, Aurélie Jeanson, Harald Foerstendorf, Stephan Weiss, Catherine Berthomieu, Sandrine Sauge-Merle, Éric Simoni
The threat of a dirty bomb which could cause internal contamination has been of major concern for the past decades. Because of their high chemical toxicity and their presence in the nuclear fuel cycle, uranium and neptunium are two actinides of high interest. Calmodulin (CaM) which is a ubiquitous protein present in all eukaryotic cells and is involved in calcium-dependent signaling pathways has a known affinity for uranyl and neptunyl ions. The impact of the complexation of these actinides on the physiological response of the protein remains, however, largely unknown...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
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