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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150984/how-the-environment-shapes-animal-signals-a-test-of-the-acoustic-adaptation-hypothesis-in-frogs
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Sandra Goutte, Alain Dubois, Samuel D Howard, Rafael Márquez, Jodi J L Rowley, J Maximilian Dehling, Philippe Grandcolas, Rongchuan Xiong, Frédéric Legendre
Long distance acoustic signals are widely used in animal communication systems and, in many cases, essential for reproduction. The Acoustic Adaptation Hypothesis (AAH) implies that acoustic signals should be selected for further transmission and better content integrity under the acoustic constraints of the habitat in which they are produced. In the present study, we test predictions derived from the AAH in frogs. Specifically, we focus on the difference between torrent frogs and frogs calling in less noisy habitats...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150926/viral-short-orfs-and-their-possible-functions
#2
REVIEW
Yaara Finkel, Noam Stern-Ginossar, Michal Schwartz
Definition of functional genomic elements is one of the greater challenges of the genomic era. Traditionally, putative short Open Reading Frames (sORFs) coding for less than 100 amino acids were disregarded due to computational and experimental limitations, however it has become clear over the past several years that translation of sORFs is pervasive and serves diverse functions. The development of ribosome profiling, allowing identification of translated sequences genome-wide, revealed wide-spread, previously unidentified translation events...
November 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150671/urothelial-cancer-proteomics-provides-both-prognostic-and-functional-information
#3
Guillermo de Velasco, Lucia Trilla-Fuertes, Angelo Gamez-Pozo, Maria Urbanowicz, Gustavo Ruiz-Ares, Juan M Sepúlveda, Guillermo Prado-Vazquez, Jorge M Arevalillo, Andrea Zapater-Moros, Hilario Navarro, Rocio Lopez-Vacas, Ray Manneh, Irene Otero, Felipe Villacampa, Jesus M Paramio, Juan Angel Fresno Vara, Daniel Castellano
Traditionally, bladder cancer has been classified based on histology features. Recently, some works have proposed a molecular classification of invasive bladder tumors. To determine whether proteomics can define molecular subtypes of  muscle invasive urothelial cancer (MIUC) and allow evaluating the status of biological processes and its clinical value. 58 MIUC patients who underwent curative surgical resection at our institution between 2006 and 2012 were included. Proteome was evaluated by high-throughput proteomics in routinely archive FFPE tumor tissue...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150616/nmr-metabolomics-for-stem-cell-type-discrimination
#4
Franca Castiglione, Monica Ferro, Evangelos Mavroudakis, Rosalia Pellitteri, Patrizia Bossolasco, Damiano Zaccheo, Massimo Morbidelli, Vincenzo Silani, Andrea Mele, Davide Moscatelli, Lidia Cova
Cell metabolism is a key determinant factor for the pluripotency and fate commitment of Stem Cells (SCs) during development, ageing, pathological onset and progression. We derived and cultured selected subpopulations of rodent fetal, postnatal, adult Neural SCs (NSCs) and postnatal glial progenitors, Olfactory Ensheathing Cells (OECs), respectively from the subventricular zone (SVZ) and the olfactory bulb (OB). Cell lysates were analyzed by proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance ((1)H-NMR) spectroscopy leading to metabolites identification and quantitation...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150351/combined-hormonal-contraceptive-use-and-risk-of-breast-cancer-in-a-population-of-women-with-a-family-history
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Giovanni Grandi, Angela Toss, Angelo Cagnacci, Luigi Marcheselli, Silvia Pavesi, Fabio Facchinetti, Stefano Cascinu, Laura Cortesi
BACKGROUND: We estimated the association between combined hormonal contraceptive (CHC) use and breast cancer (BC) incidence in a well-selected population of women at familial risk of BC at the Modena Family Cancer Clinic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study by reviewing the data from 2527 women (4.5% BRCA mutation carriers, 72.2% high risk, and 23.3% intermediate risk using the Modena criteria and the Tyrer-Cuzick model). RESULTS: We did not find any specific feature of breast cancer (infiltration, hormone receptor and HER2 status, onset before age 35 years, multiple diagnoses) in the CHC users (P > ...
November 14, 2017: Clinical Breast Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150091/prediction-of-menarcheal-status-of-girls-using-voice-features
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Marcin D Bugdol, Monika N Bugdol, Anna M Lipowicz, Andrzej W Mitas, Maria J Bienkowska, Agata M Wijata
A method for evaluating the menarcheal status of girls on the basis of their voice features is presented in the paper. The registration procedure consists of voice recording and measuring 20 anthropological features. The input feature vector is a combination of voice and anthropometric parameters, counting 220 features. The optimal set of parameters was selected using five different methods: Method A - stepwise regression (first forward, then backward regression) performed on features with statistically different means/medians; Method B - stepwise regression (forward and backward) on all features, with age; Method C - stepwise regression as in B; including age, Method D - all features with statistically different means/medians, Method E - all features excluding age...
November 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149941/pathophysiology-of-septic-shock
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REVIEW
James A Russell, Barret Rush, John Boyd
Fundamental features of septic shock are vasodilation, increased permeability, hypovolemia, and ventricular dysfunction. Vasodilation owing to increased nitric oxide and prostaglandins is treated with vasopressors (norepinephrine first). Increased permeability relates to several pathways (Slit/Robo4, vascular endothelial growth factor, angiopoietin 1 and 2/Tie2 pathway, sphingosine-1-phosphate, and heparin-binding protein), some of which are targets for therapies. Hypovolemia is common and crystalloid is recommended for fluid resuscitation...
January 2018: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149829/the-validation-path-of-hypoxia-pet-imaging-a-focus-on-brain-tumours
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Natale Quartuccio, Marie-Claude Asselin
Gliomas are brain tumours arising from the glia, the supportive tissue of the central nervous system (CNS) and constitute the commonest primary malignant brain tumours. Gliomas are graded from grade I to IV according to their appearance under microscope. One of the most significant adverse features of high-grade gliomas (grade III-IV) is hypoxia, a biological phenomenon that develops when the oxygen concentration becomes insufficient to guarantee the normal functions of a tissue. Since tissue hypoxia influences negatively patient outcome and targeting hypoxia has potential therapeutic implications, there is currently great interest in imaging techniques measuring hypoxia...
November 16, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149605/bias-factor-and-therapeutic-window-correlate-to-predict-safer-opioid-analgesics
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Cullen L Schmid, Nicole M Kennedy, Nicolette C Ross, Kimberly M Lovell, Zhizhou Yue, Jenny Morgenweck, Michael D Cameron, Thomas D Bannister, Laura M Bohn
Biased agonism has been proposed as a means to separate desirable and adverse drug responses downstream of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) targets. Herein, we describe structural features of a series of mu-opioid-receptor (MOR)-selective agonists that preferentially activate receptors to couple to G proteins or to recruit βarrestin proteins. By comparing relative bias for MOR-mediated signaling in each pathway, we demonstrate a strong correlation between the respiratory suppression/antinociception therapeutic window in a series of compounds spanning a wide range of signaling bias...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149325/the-iuphar-bps-guide-to-pharmacology-in-2018-updates-and-expansion-to-encompass-the-new-guide-to-immunopharmacology
#10
Simon D Harding, Joanna L Sharman, Elena Faccenda, Chris Southan, Adam J Pawson, Sam Ireland, Alasdair J G Gray, Liam Bruce, Stephen P H Alexander, Stephen Anderton, Clare Bryant, Anthony P Davenport, Christian Doerig, Doriano Fabbro, Francesca Levi-Schaffer, Michael Spedding, Jamie A Davies
The IUPHAR/BPS Guide to PHARMACOLOGY (GtoPdb, www.guidetopharmacology.org) and its precursor IUPHAR-DB, have captured expert-curated interactions between targets and ligands from selected papers in pharmacology and drug discovery since 2003. This resource continues to be developed in conjunction with the International Union of Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (IUPHAR) and the British Pharmacological Society (BPS). As previously described, our unique model of content selection and quality control is based on 96 target-class subcommittees comprising 512 scientists collaborating with in-house curators...
November 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149077/rna-virus-evolution-via-a-quasispecies-based-model-reveals-a-drug-target-with-a-high-barrier-to-resistance
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Richard J Bingham, Eric C Dykeman, Reidun Twarock
The rapid occurrence of therapy-resistant mutant strains provides a challenge for anti-viral therapy. An ideal drug target would be a highly conserved molecular feature in the viral life cycle, such as the packaging signals in the genomes of RNA viruses that encode an instruction manual for their efficient assembly. The ubiquity of this assembly code in RNA viruses, including major human pathogens, suggests that it confers selective advantages. However, their impact on viral evolution cannot be assessed in current models of viral infection that lack molecular details of virus assembly...
November 17, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148824/biobanking-of-fresh-frozen-cancer-tissue-rna-is-stable-independent-of-tissue-type-with-less-than-1-hour-of-cold-ischemia
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Sang Yong Song, Jonghyun Jun, Miyeon Park, Seo Kyu Park, Wonju Choi, Kyunghee Park, Kee-Taek Jang, Myoyong Lee
BACKGROUND: The effects of preanalytical variables in tissue processing and storage periods on RNA quality of tissues have been well documented in each type of cancer. However, few studies have been performed on a comparative assessment of the impacts across different cancer tissues, even though it is well known that RNase activity is highly variable in various tissue types and RNase-rich tissues have been found to yield low-quality RNA. METHODS: We investigated the impacts of cold ischemia times and long-term storage on RNA integrity in various types of cancer tissue, which had been fresh-frozen and collected at the Samsung Medical Center Biobank...
November 17, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148767/role-of-the-benzodioxole-group-in-the-interactions-between-the-natural-alkaloids-chelerythrine-and-coptisine-and-the-human-telomeric-g-quadruplex-dna-a-multiapproach-investigation
#13
F Papi, M Ferraroni, R Rigo, S Da Ros, C Bazzicalupi, C Sissi, P Gratteri
The binding properties toward the human telomeric G-quadruplex of the two natural alkaloids coptisine and chelerythrine were studied using spectroscopic techniques, molecular modeling, and X-ray diffraction analysis. The results were compared with reported data for the parent compounds berberine and sanguinarine. Spectroscopic studies showed modest, but different rearrangements of the DNA-ligand complexes, which can be explained considering particular stereochemical features for these alkaloids, in spite of the similarity of their skeletons...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148657/a-comparison-of-heat-wave-response-plans-from-an-aged-care-facility-perspective
#14
Benjamin Okwuofu-Thomas, Paul J Beggs, Ross J MacKenzie
Heat waves result in significant excess mortality, particularly amongst elderly people. This article examines selected heat wave response plans at national, state/provincial, and municipal levels, with a particular focus on specific responses aimed at residents of aged care facilities. We sourced heat wave response plans from several countries that are experiencing a demographic transition that features a growing aging population. We collected a total of 23 heat wave response plans; most of those plans were from Australia, with only three plans each available from Canada and the UK, and only two available from the U...
April 2017: Journal of Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148328/medicare-part-d-beneficiaries-plan-switching-decisions-and-information-processing
#15
Jayoung Han, Julie Urmie
Medicare Part D beneficiaries tend not to switch plans despite the government's efforts to engage beneficiaries in the plan switching process. Understanding current and alternative plan features is a necessary step to make informed plan switching decisions. This study explored beneficiaries' plan switching using a mixed-methods approach, with a focus on the concept of information processing. We found large variation in beneficiary comprehension of plan information among both switchers and nonswitchers. Knowledge about alternative plans was especially poor, with only about half of switchers and 2 in 10 nonswitchers being well informed about plans other than their current plan...
March 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148310/biventricular-repair-of-double-outlet-right-ventricle-preoperative-echocardiography-and-surgical-outcomes
#16
Hong Meng, Kun-Jing Pang, Shou-Jun Li, David Hsi, Jun Yan, Sheng-Shou Hu, Zhong-Dong Hua, Hao Wang
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the key anatomic features of double outlet right ventricle (DORV) assessed by preoperative echocardiography among patients treated with different types of biventricular repair. METHODS: Surgical and echocardiographic databases were queried to identify patients who had undergone biventricular repair for DORV and had adequate preoperative echocardiographic imaging. All patients underwent pre- and postoperative echocardiography and clinical evaluation following discharge...
May 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147766/pictorial-essay-imaging-findings-following-y90-radiation-segmentectomy-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
REVIEW
Ronald A Mora, Rehan Ali, Ahmed Gabr, Nadine Abouchaleh, Ali Al Asadi, Joseph Ralph Kallini, Frank H Miller, Vahid Yaghmai, Samdeep Mouli, Bartley Thornburg, Kush Desai, Ahsun Riaz, Robert J Lewandowski, Riad Salem
Transarterial radioembolization is a novel therapy that has gained rapid clinical acceptance for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Segmental radioembolization [also termed radiation segmentectomy (RS)] is a technique that can deliver high doses (> 190 Gy) of radiation selectively to the hepatic segment(s) containing the tumor. The aim of this comprehensive review is to provide an illustrative summary of the most relevant imaging findings encountered after radiation segmentectomy. A 62-patient cohort of Child-Pugh A patients with solitary HCC < 5 cm in size was identified...
November 17, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147717/the-role-of-hierarchical-design-and-morphology-in-the-mechanical-response-of-diatom-inspired-structures-via-simulation
#18
Alejandro Gutiérrez, Metin G Guney, Gary K Fedder, Lilian P Dávila
Diatoms are microscopic algae with intricate shell morphologies and features ranging from the nanometer to the micrometer scale, which have been proposed as templates for drug delivery carriers, optical devices, and metamaterials design. Several studies have found that diatom shells show unique mechanical properties such as high specific strength and resilience. One hypothesis is that these properties stem from the structural arrangement of the material at the nanometer and micrometer length scales, challenging the concept between what constitutes a "material" versus a "structure"...
November 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147579/autoimage-multiple-heat-maps-for-projected-coordinates
#19
Joshua P French
Heat maps are commonly used to display the spatial distribution of a response observed on a two-dimensional grid. The autoimage package provides convenient functions for constructing multiple heat maps in unified, seamless way, particularly when working with projected coordinates. The autoimage package natively supports: 1. automatic inclusion of a color scale with the plotted image, 2. construction of heat maps for responses observed on regular or irregular grids, as well as non-gridded data, 3. construction of a matrix of heat maps with a common color scale, 4...
2017: R Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147448/lessons-from-managing-the-breast-malignant-adenomyoepithelioma-and-the-discussion-on-treatment-strategy
#20
Zhu Yuan, Xiang Qu, Zhong-Tao Zhang, Wen G Jiang
This study set out to investigate the clinical diagnosis and treatment strategies for malignant breast adenomyoepithelioma (AME), thus increasing the clinical knowledge on such disease. Two patients with malignant breast AME in Beijing Friendship Hospital were selected for study. Here we report the diagnosis and treatment processes in terms of the failure experience and lessons and relate our findings to those in the literature. Malignant breast AME is inclined to affect the areola area. It is recommended to conduct simple mastectomy combined with sentinel lymph node dissection due to the low sensitivity of the preoperative imaging diagnosis and difficulty in the pathological diagnosis...
August 2017: World Journal of Oncology
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