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Douglas B Sponsler, Reed M Johnson
The role of pesticides in recent honey bee losses is controversial, partly because field studies often fail to detect effects predicted by laboratory studies. This dissonance highlights a critical gap in the field of honey bee toxicology: there exists little mechanistic understanding of the patterns and processes of exposure that link honey bees to pesticides in their environment. We submit that 2 key processes underlie honey bee pesticide exposure: (1) the acquisition of pesticide by foraging bees and (2) the in-hive distribution of pesticide returned by foragers...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Si-Yong Qin, Ai-Qing Zhang, Si-Xue Cheng, Lei Rong, Xian-Zheng Zhang
Carrier-assistant drug delivery systems (DDSs) have been rapidly established for cancer therapy and great strides have been made in recent years. However, further development of DDSs is retarded by the aspects such as the low drug carrying capacity, carrier-induced toxicity and immunogenicity, complex synthesis manipulation. Drug self-delivery systems (DSDSs), in which active drugs exhibit nanoscale characteristic to realize intracellular delivery by themselves without the help of nanocarriers, have been rapidly developed to address these issues...
October 13, 2016: Biomaterials
Ranjan Basak, Naveen Kumar Nair, Indraneel Mittra
There is extensive literature to show that nucleic acids can be taken up by cells under experimental conditions and that foetal DNA can be detected in maternal tissues. The uptaken DNA can integrate into host cell genomes and can be transcribed and translated into proteins. They can also cause chromosomal damage and karyotype alterations. Cell-free nucleic acids (cfNAs)-based non-invasive DNA diagnostic techniques are being extensively researched in the field of cancer with the potential to advance new prognostic parameters and direct treatment decisions...
October 12, 2016: Mutation Research
Nathaniel J Robinson, William P Schiemann
Despite significant clinical advancements, cancer remains a leading cause of mortality throughout the world due largely to the process of metastasis and the dissemination of cancer cells from their primary tumor of origin to distant secondary sites. The clinical burden imposed by metastasis is further compounded by a paucity of information regarding the factors that mediate metastatic progression. Linear chromosomes are capped by structures known as telomeres, which dictate cellular lifespan in humans by shortening progressively during successive cell divisions...
October 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Teeda Pinyavat, David O Warner, Randall P Flick, Mary Ellen McCann, Dean B Andropoulos, Danquig Hu, Jeffrey W Sall, Marisa N Spann, Caleb Ing
During the Fifth Pediatric Anesthesia Neurodevelopmental Assessment Symposium, experts and stakeholders met to present and discuss recent advances made in the study of neurodevelopmental outcomes after exposure to anesthetic drugs in infants and children. This article summarizes the update of 5 ongoing clinical studies: General Anesthesia compared to Spinal Anesthesia, Toxicity of Remifentanil and Dexmedetomidine, Mayo Anesthesia Safety in Kids, the University of California San Francisco human cohort study, and Columbia University Medical Center Neonatal Magnetic Resonance Imaging study...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
Peter G Alexander, Karen L Clark, Rocky S Tuan
Limb congenital defects afflict approximately 0.6:1000 live births. In addition to genetic factors, prenatal exposure to drugs and environmental toxicants, represents a major contributing factor to limb defects. Examples of well-recognized limb teratogenic agents include thalidomide, warfarin, valproic acid, misoprostol, and phenytoin. While the mechanism by which these agents cause dymorphogenesis is increasingly clear, prediction of the limb teratogenicity of many thousands of as yet uncharacterized environmental factors (pollutants) remains inexact...
October 21, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part C, Embryo Today: Reviews
Kathryn L Kreicher, Jeremy S Bordeaux
Importance: Cutaneous surgery is performed by otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, dermatologic surgeons, and some primary care physicians. Practice gaps exist among cutaneous surgeons, as do differences in how different physicians approach preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative decision-making. Objective: To present the newest and best evidence to close common practice gaps in cutaneous surgery. Evidence Review: We performed a detailed search of peer-reviewed publications that were identified through a search of PubMed/MEDLINE (January 1, 2000, through June 30, 2016) using the literature search terms "cutaneous surgery," "Mohs micrographic surgery," "plastic surgery," in combination with "safety," "cost," "anesthesia," "anti-coagulation," "bleeding," "pain," "analgesia," "anxiety," or "infection," among others...
October 20, 2016: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
Jennifer H Madenspacher, Michael B Fessler
Although community-acquired pneumonia remains a major public health problem, murine models of bacterial pneumonia have recently facilitated significant preclinical advances in our understanding of the underlying cellular and molecular pathogenesis. In vivo mouse models capture the integrated physiology and resilience of the host defense response in a manner not revealed by alternative, simplified ex vivo approaches. Several methods have been described in the literature for intrapulmonary inoculation of bacteria in mice, including aerosolization, intranasal delivery, peroral endotracheal cannulation under 'blind' and visualized conditions, and transcutaneous endotracheal cannulation...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Manan Jhaveri, Nicholas Procaccini, Kris V Kowdley
Chronic Hepatitis C is a major public health problem. The chronicity of the Hepatitis C can lead to advanced liver disease, cirrhosis and even hepatocellular carcinoma. Chronic hepatitis C is the leading indication of for liver transplantation in the United States. Since the introduction of directly acting antiviral agents (DAAs), there have been there have been dramatic advances in treatment of hepatitis C in terms of tolerability, duration of therapy with significant increases in the rates of sustained virology response (SVR)...
October 21, 2016: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
Tim Stauch, Andreas Dreuw
In quantum mechanochemistry, quantum chemical methods are used to describe molecules under the influence of an external force. The calculation of geometries, energies, transition states, reaction rates, and spectroscopic properties of molecules on the force-modified potential energy surfaces is the key to gain an in-depth understanding of mechanochemical processes at the molecular level. In this review, we present recent advances in the field of quantum mechanochemistry and introduce the quantum chemical methods used to calculate the properties of molecules under an external force...
October 21, 2016: Chemical Reviews
Iliana Tantcheva-Poór, Vinzenz Oji, Cristina Has
Recent advances in genetic technology have found their way into clinical dermatology. Approximately one third of all hereditary disorders show characteristic cutaneous findings. Moreover, human skin easily provides samples for studying the mechanisms of genetic mosaicism, as well as the underlying functional defects due to mutated proteins. Diagnosing hereditary skin disorders remains, however, a challenging task due to the rarity of genodermatoses and their diversity, overlapping or heterogeneous phenotypes, huge amount of new information, and complicated nomenclature and classifications...
October 2016: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
Inimary T Toby, Mikhail K Levin, Edward A Salinas, Scott Christley, Sanchita Bhattacharya, Felix Breden, Adam Buntzman, Brian Corrie, John Fonner, Namita T Gupta, Uri Hershberg, Nishanth Marthandan, Aaron Rosenfeld, William Rounds, Florian Rubelt, Walter Scarborough, Jamie K Scott, Mohamed Uduman, Jason A Vander Heiden, Richard H Scheuermann, Nancy Monson, Steven H Kleinstein, Lindsay G Cowell
BACKGROUND: The genes that produce antibodies and the immune receptors expressed on lymphocytes are not germline encoded; rather, they are somatically generated in each developing lymphocyte by a process called V(D)J recombination, which assembles specific, independent gene segments into mature composite genes. The full set of composite genes in an individual at a single point in time is referred to as the immune repertoire. V(D)J recombination is the distinguishing feature of adaptive immunity and enables effective immune responses against an essentially infinite array of antigens...
October 6, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
Muhammad Abu-Elmagd, Mourad Assidi, Ashraf Dallol, Abdelbaset Buhmeida, Peter Natesan Pushparaj, Gauthaman Kalamegam, Emad Al-Hamzi, Jerry W Shay, Stephen W Scherer, Ashok Agarwal, Bruce Budowle, Mamdooh Gari, Adeel Chaudhary, Adel Abuzenadah, Mohammed Al-Qahtani
The Third International Genomic Medicine Conference (3(rd) IGMC) was organised by the Centre of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research (CEGMR) at the King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). This conference is a continuation of a series of meetings, which began with the first International Genomic Medicine Conference (1(st) IGMC, 2011) followed by the second International Genomic Medicine Conference (2(nd) IGMC, 2013). The 3(rd) IGMC meeting presented as a timely opportunity to bring scientists from across the world to gather, discuss, and exchange recent advances in the field of genomics and genetics in general as well as practical information on using these new technologies in different basic and clinical applications...
October 17, 2016: BMC Genomics
Mikael Persson, Jorrit J Hornberg
High content screening enables parallel acquisition of multiple molecular and cellular readouts. In particular the predictive toxicology field has progressed from the advances in high content screening, as more refined end points that report on cellular health can be studied in combination, at the single cell level, and in relatively high throughput. Here, we discuss how high content screening has become an essential tool for Discovery Safety, the discipline that integrates safety and toxicology in the drug discovery process to identify and mitigate safety concerns with the aim to design drug candidates with a superior safety profile...
October 21, 2016: Chemical Research in Toxicology
Javier Díez
Natriuretic peptides (NPs) promote diuresis, natriuresis and vasodilation in early chronic heart failure (CHF), countering renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) overstimulation. Despite dramatic increases in circulating NP concentrations as CHF progresses, their effects become blunted. Increases in diuresis, natriuresis, and vasodilation after administration of exogenous atrial (ANP) or brain (BNP) natriuretic peptides are attenuated in patients with advanced CHF compared with controls...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
Atsushi Matsuda, Haruhiko Asakawa, Tokuko Haraguchi, Yasushi Hiraoka
The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe is a useful experimental system for studying the organization of chromosomes within the cell nucleus. S. pombe has a small genome that is organized into three chromosomes. The small size of the genome and the small number of chromosomes are advantageous for cytological and genome-wide studies of chromosomes; however, the small size of the nucleus impedes microscopic observations owing to limits in spatial resolution during imaging. Recent advances in microscopy, such as super-resolution microscopy, have greatly expanded the use of S...
October 21, 2016: Yeast
Liron Frishman-Levy, Shai Izraeli
Central nervous system acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (CNS-ALL) is a major clinical problem. CNS-directed 'prophylactic' chemo- or radio - therapy is associated with significant early and long-term toxicity. Moreover, greater than a third of the relapses occur in the CNS. To design specific, more effective and less toxic therapy and for personalized precise adjustment of prophylactic therapy there is a need for better understanding of the biology of this disease. Specifically, the precise neurotropic mechanisms of ALL are currently unclear, as is the pathogenesis of CNS relapse...
October 21, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Paul R Territo, Amanda A Riley, Brian P McCarthy, Gary D Hutchins
Recent advancements in PET instrumentation have made the non-invasive assessment of cardiovascular function in small animals a reality. The majority of small animal PET systems use stationary detector gantries, thus affording high temporal resolution imaging of cardiac function. Systems designed to maximize spatial resolution and detection sensitivity employing rotating gantry designs are suboptimal when high temporal resolution imaging is needed. To overcome this limitation, the current work developed a novel view-sharing data analysis scheme suitable for dynamic cardiac PET imaging using (18)F-NaF as the tracer and tracer kinetic model analysis...
December 2016: EJNMMI Physics
Marta Polkowska, Edyta Czepielewska, Małgorzata Kozłowska-Wojciechowska
Advanced melanoma is related to a very grim prognosis and fast progression. Until recently, there has been no indicated treatment that would affect the disease's outcome. However, the progress in immunotherapy and molecular therapy has significantly changed the unfavourable prognosis of melanoma progression and its short survival rate. Both approaches have improved patients' outcomes and provided renewed hope for successful treatment. Moreover, in order to further enhance patients' outcomes and to avoid mechanisms of tumour resistance, investigators attempted a combined approach...
December 2016: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
Guiyou Liu, Fang Zhang, Yang Hu, Yongshuai Jiang, Zhongying Gong, Shoufeng Liu, Xiuju Chen, Qinghua Jiang, Junwei Hao
A recent genome-wide association study reported a significant association between rs9828519 (G) and nonresponsiveness to interferon-beta (IFN-β) treatment and dysregulation of SLC9A9 expression in multiple sclerosis (MS) cases. We hypothesize that disease-relevant tissues are necessary to detect the effects of rs9828519-tagged SNPs on SLC9A9 expression. Here, we investigated whether SLC9A9 expression is regulated by rs9828519-tagged SNPs in human brain tissue. We used HaploReg to identify the proxy SNPs of the rs9828519 variant based on linkage disequilibrium information from the 1000 Genomes Project...
October 20, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
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