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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088671/melatonin-attenuates-titanium-particle-induced-osteolysis-via-activation-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Zichuan Ping, Xuanyang Hu, Liangliang Wang, Jiawei Shi, Yunxia Tao, Xiexing Wu, Zhenyang Hou, Xiaobin Guo, Wen Zhang, Huilin Yang, Yaozeng Xu, Zhirong Wang, Dechun Geng
: Wear debris-induced inhibition of bone regeneration and extensive bone resorption were common features in peri-prosthetic osteolysis (PPO). Here, we investigated the effect of melatonin on titanium particle-stimulated osteolysis in a murine calvariae model and mouse-mesenchymal-stem cells (mMSCs) culture system. Melatonin inhibited titanium particle-induced osteolysis and increased bone formation at osteolytic sites, confirmed by radiological and histomorphometric data. Furthermore, osteoclast numbers decreased dramatically in the low- and high-melatonin administration mice, as respectively, compared with the untreated animals...
January 11, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088626/characterization-and-source-apportionment-of-pm2-5-based-on-error-estimation-from-epa-pmf-5-0-model-at-a-medium-city-in-china
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Baoshuang Liu, Jianhui Wu, Jiaying Zhang, Lu Wang, Jiamei Yang, Danni Liang, Qili Dai, Xiaohui Bi, Yinchang Feng, Yufen Zhang, Qinxun Zhang
Heze city, a medium-size city in Shandong province, Eastern China. Ambient PM2.5 samples were collected in urban area of Heze from August 2015 to April 2016, and chemical species and sources of PM2.5 were investigated in this paper. The results indicated that the average concentration of PM2.5 was 100.9 μg/m(3) during the sampling period, and the water-soluble ions, carbonaceous species included elemental carbon (EC) and organic carbon (OC), as well as elements contributed 32.7-51.7%, 16.3% and 12.5%, respectively, to PM2...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088618/modelling-possible-causality-in-the-associations-between-unemployment-cannabis-use-and-alcohol-misuse
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Joseph M Boden, Jungeun Olivia Lee, L John Horwood, Carolina Villamil Grest, Geraldine F H McLeod
BACKGROUND: There has been considerable interest in the extent to which substance use and unemployment may be related, particularly the causal pathways that may be involved in these associations. It has been argued that these associations may reflect social causation, in which unemployment influences substance use, or that they may reflect social selection, in which substance use increases the risk of becoming and remaining unemployed. The present study sought to test these competing explanations...
January 3, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088521/signal-peptidase-i-processed-secretory-signal-sequences-selection-for-and-against-specific-amino-acids-at-the-second-position-of-mature-protein
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Yaramah M Zalucki, Michael P Jennings
Signal peptides direct proteins from the cytoplasm to the periplasm. These N-terminal peptides are cleaved upon entry to the periplasm by either signal peptidase I, or signal peptidase II for lipoproteins. Signal peptidase I is a serine protease that has either a serine-lysine or serine-histidine catalytic dyad present in the active site. The recognition site for signal peptide cleavage by signal peptidase I has been defined primarily by an Ala-X-Ala motif at the C-terminal end of the signal peptide, one amino acid away from the cleavage site...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088447/differential-binding-of-monovalent-cations-to-kcsa-deciphering-the-mechanisms-of-potassium-channel-selectivity
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Estefanía Montoya, M Lourdes Renart, A Marcela Giudici, José A Poveda, Asia M Fernández, Andrés Morales, José M González-Ros
This work explores whether the ion selectivity and permeation properties of a model potassium channel, KcsA, could be explained based on ion binding features. Non-permeant Na(+) or Li(+) bind with low affinity (millimolar KD's) to a single set of sites contributed by the S1 and S4 sites seen at the selectivity filter in the KcsA crystal structure. Conversely, permeant K(+), Rb(+), Tl(+) and even Cs(+) bind to two different sets of sites as their concentration increases, consistent with crystallographic evidence on the ability of permeant species to induce concentration-dependent transitions between conformational states (non-conductive and conductive) of the channel's selectivity filter...
January 11, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087973/granulomas-in-mesenteric-lymph-nodes-in-crohn-s-disease-patients-with-ileocolic-resection-are-areassociated-with-younger-age-and-transmural-inflammation
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Xingwen Sun, Lisi Yuan, Yi Li, Bo Shen, Hao Xie, Xiuli Liu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Mesenteric lymph nodes were usually removed during bowel resection surgery for Crohn's disease (CD). Mesenteric lymph node (MLN) granuloma predicted postoperative disease recurrence in patients with CD after ileocolic resection (ICR). This study was aimed to identify factors associated with MLN granulomas in a cohort of CD patients underwent ICR. METHODS: The study group consisted of 18 patients with CD who underwent the index ICR between 2004 and 2012 and had MLN granulomas...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087889/national-audit-of-the-quality-of-pain-relief-provided-in-emergency-departments-in-aotearoa-new-zealand-the-prized-1-study
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OBJECTIVE: Pain is a common feature of ED presentations and the timely provision of adequate analgesia is important for patient care. However, there is currently no New Zealand data with respect to this indicator of care quality. The present study aimed to provide a baseline for the quality of care with respect to the provision of timely and adequate analgesia in New Zealand EDs. METHODS: The present study is a secondary analysis of data initially collected for the Shorter Stays in Emergency Department Study, using a retrospective chart review of 1685 randomly selected ED presentations (2006-2012) from 26 New Zealand public hospital EDs...
January 13, 2017: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087842/novel-determinants-of-mammalian-primary-microrna-processing-revealed-by-systematic-evaluation-of-hairpin-containing-transcripts-and-human-genetic-variation
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Christine Anne Roden, Jonathan Gaillard, Shaveta Kanoria, William Rennie, Syndi Barish, Jijun Cheng, Wen Pan, Jun Liu, Chris Cotsapas, Ye Ding, Jun Lu
Mature microRNAs (miRNAs) are processed from hairpin-containing primary miRNAs (pri-miRNAs). However, rules that distinguish pri-miRNAs from other hairpin-containing transcripts in the genome are incompletely understood. By developing a computational pipeline to systematically evaluate 30 structural and sequence features of mammalian RNA hairpins, we report several new rules that are preferentially utilized in miRNA hairpins and govern efficient pri-miRNA processing. We propose that a hairpin stem length of 36+/-3nt is optimal for pri-miRNA processing...
January 13, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087781/deleterious-variants-in-asian-rice-and-the-potential-cost-of-domestication
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Qingpo Liu, Yongfeng Zhou, Peter L Morrell, Brandon S Gaut
Many SNPs are predicted to encode deleterious amino acid variants. These slightly deleterious mutations can provide unique insights into population history, the dynamics of selection, and the genetic bases of phenotypes. This is especially true for domesticated species, where a history of bottlenecks and selection may affect the frequency of deleterious variants and signal a 'cost of domestication'. Here we investigated the numbers and frequencies of deleterious variants in Asian rice (O. sativa), focusing on two varieties (japonica and indica) and their wild relative (O...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087779/genomics-of-parallel-experimental-evolution-in-drosophila
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J L Graves, K L Hertweck, M A Phillips, M V Han, L G Cabral, T T Barter, L F Greer, M K Burke, L D Mueller, M R Rose
What are the genomic foundations of adaptation in sexual populations? We address this question using fitness-character and whole-genome sequence data from 30 Drosophila laboratory populations. These 30 populations are part of a nearly forty-year laboratory radiation featuring three selection regimes, each shared by ten populations for up to 837 generations, with moderately large effective population sizes. Each of three sets of ten populations that shared a selection regime consist of five populations that have long been maintained under that selection regime, paired with five populations that had only recently been subjected to that selection regime...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087495/comparative-analysis-of-variation-and-selection-in-the-hcv-genome
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Juan Ángel Patiño-Galindo, Fernando González-Candelas
Genotype 1 of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) is the most prevalent of the variants of this virus. Its two main subtypes, HCV-1a and HCV-1b, are associated to differences in epidemic features and risk groups, despite sharing similar features in most biological properties. We have analyzed the impact of positive selection on the evolution of these variants using complete genome coding regions, and compared the levels of genetic variability and the distribution of positively selected sites. We have also compared the distributions of positively selected and conserved sites considering different factors such as RNA secondary structure, the presence of different epitopes (antibody, CD4 and CD8), and secondary protein structure...
January 10, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087102/feature-selection-for-outcome-prediction-in-oesophageal-cancer-using-genetic-algorithm-and-random-forest-classifier
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Desbordes Paul, Ruan Su, Modzelewski Romain, Vauclin Sébastien, Vera Pierre, Gardin Isabelle
The outcome prediction of patients can greatly help to personalize cancer treatment. A large amount of quantitative features (clinical exams, imaging, …) are potentially useful to assess the patient outcome. The challenge is to choose the most predictive subset of features. In this paper, we propose a new feature selection strategy called GARF (genetic algorithm based on random forest) extracted from positron emission tomography (PET) images and clinical data. The most relevant features, predictive of the therapeutic response or which are prognoses of the patient survival 3 years after the end of treatment, were selected using GARF on a cohort of 65 patients with a local advanced oesophageal cancer eligible for chemo-radiation therapy...
December 28, 2016: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086902/exploiting-temporal-and-nonstationary-features-in-breathing-sound-analysis-for-multiple-obstructive-sleep-apnea-severity-classification
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Jaepil Kim, Taehoon Kim, Donmoon Lee, Jeong-Whun Kim, Kyogu Lee
BACKGROUND: Polysomnography (PSG) is the gold standard test for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but it incurs high costs, requires inconvenient measurements, and is limited by a one-night test. Thus, a repetitive OSA screening test using affordable data would be effective both for patients interested in their own OSA risk and in-hospital PSG. The purpose of this research was to develop a four-OSA severity classification model using a patient's breathing sounds. METHODS: Breathing sounds were recorded from 83 subjects during a PSG test...
January 7, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086747/microrna-based-pan-cancer-diagnosis-and-treatment-recommendation
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Nikhil Cheerla, Olivier Gevaert
BACKGROUND: The current state-of-the-art in cancer diagnosis and treatment is not ideal; diagnostic tests are accurate but invasive, and treatments are "one-size fits-all" instead of being personalized. Recently, miRNA's have garnered significant attention as cancer biomarkers, owing to their ease of access (circulating miRNA in the blood) and stability. There have been many studies showing the effectiveness of miRNA data in diagnosing specific cancer types, but few studies explore the role of miRNA in predicting treatment outcome...
January 13, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081313/clinical-and-histopathological-features-of-asymptomaticpersistent-microscopic-hematuria-in-children
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Serçin Güven, İbrahim Gökçe, Neslihan Çiçek Deniz, Ülger Altuntaş, Nurdan Yıldız, Harika Alpay
BACKGROUND/AIM: We analyzed the clinical and pathological features and prognosis of 106 children with persistent asymptomatic microscopic hematuria (PAMH) with or without mild proteinuria. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 106 children who were referred to our clinics from 2000 to 2013 for evaluation of PAMH. RESULTS: Among the 106 patients, 69 (65%) were female and 37 (35%) were male. The patients were divided into two groups: 101 patients with isolated microscopic hematuria (IMH) and 5 patients with asymptomatic microscopic hematuria and mild proteinuria (AMHP)...
December 20, 2016: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080050/altering-product-selectivity-by-mechanochemistry
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Jose G Hernandez, Carsten Bolm
Mechanochemical activation achieved by grinding, shearing, pulling or milling opens unique opportunities in synthetic organic chemistry. Common features are that mechanochemistry facilitates reactions with insoluble reactants, enables high-yielding solvent-free synthetic procedures and shortens reaction times, among others. However, mechanochemical techniques can also alter chemical reactivity and selectivity compared to the analogous solution-based protocols. As a consequence, solvent-free milling can lead to different product compositions or equilibration mixtures than in solution...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080024/direct-fabrication-of-micro-nano-patterned-surfaces-by-vertical-directional-photofluidization-of-azobenzene-materials
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Jaeho Choi, Wonhee Cho, Yeon Sik Jung, Hong Suk Kang, Hee-Tak Kim
Anisotropic movement of azobenzene materials (i.e., azobenzene molecules incorporated in polymer, glass, or supramolecules) has provided significant opportunities for the fabrication of micro/nanoarchitectures. The examples include circular holes, line gaps, ellipsoidal holes, and nanofunnels. However, all of the previous studies have only focused on the lateral directional movement for the structural shaping of azobenzene materials. Herein, we propose structural shaping based on a vertical directional movement of azobenzene materials...
January 12, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079350/transcranial-approach-in-giant-pituitary-adenomas-results-and-outcome-in-a-modern-series
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Thomas Graillon, Frédéric Castinetti, Stéphane Fuentes, Regis Gras, Thierry Brue, Henry Dufour
BACKGROUND: Today, transcranial (TC) approach indications are particularly rare in pituitary adenomas (PA), representing 1.1% of all PA surgeries in our experience. In these rare and selected cases, the complications, advantages, and disadvantages of TC approach were also analyzed. METHODS: 19 cases of giant PA (≥40 mm) operated via TC approach alone or combined with transsphenoidal (TS) approach between 2000 and 2016 were selected. RESULTS: The most frequently observed symptom was visual disturbance...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079128/parallel-meta-3-comprehensive-taxonomical-and-functional-analysis-platform-for-efficient-comparison-of-microbial-communities
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Gongchao Jing, Zheng Sun, Honglei Wang, Yanhai Gong, Shi Huang, Kang Ning, Jian Xu, Xiaoquan Su
The number of metagenomes is increasing rapidly. However, current methods for metagenomic analysis are limited by their capability for in-depth data mining among a large number of microbiome each of which carries a complex community structure. Moreover, the complexity of configuring and operating computational pipeline also hinders efficient data processing for the end users. In this work we introduce Parallel-META 3, a comprehensive and fully automatic computational toolkit for rapid data mining among metagenomic datasets, with advanced features including 16S rRNA extraction for shotgun sequences, 16S rRNA copy number calibration, 16S rRNA based functional prediction, diversity statistics, bio-marker selection, interaction network construction, vector-graph-based visualization and parallel computing...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078681/synthesis-and-stability-studies-of-ga-67-labeled-phosphonium-salts
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Mingyue Kardashinsky, Nigel Lengkeek, Louis M Rendina
Delocalized lipophilic cations such as tri- and tetra-arylphosphonium are able to diffuse across the mitochondrial membrane, which allows them to selectively accumulate in cells with a high transmembrane potential (ΔΨm ). The mitochondrial membrane potential of cancer cells and cardiomyocytes has been reported to be significantly higher than that of normal epithelial cells. This feature can be exploited for the selective accumulation of phosphonium derivatives for the purposes of molecular imaging using radionuclides...
January 2017: Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals
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