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Artem Pankin, Janine Altmüller, Christian Becker, Maria von Korff
Barley (Hordeum vulgare) is an established model to study domestication of the Fertile Crescent cereals. Recent molecular data suggested that domesticated barley genomes consist of the ancestral blocks descending from multiple wild barley populations. However, the relationship between the mosaic ancestry patterns and the process of domestication itself remained unclear. To address this knowledge gap, we identified candidate domestication genes using selection scans based on targeted resequencing of 433 wild and domesticated barley accessions...
March 12, 2018: New Phytologist
Bharat Kumar, Jennifer Strouse, Melissa Swee, Petar Lenert, Manish Suneja
INTRODUCTION: Hydralazine is an antihypertensive medication that has been associated with drug-induced lupus erythematosus (DIL) as well as ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Although rare, early diagnosis is critical since drug cessation is the mainstay of therapy. This retrospective study aims to characterize the clinical, laboratory, and histopathologic features of this disease. METHODS: Once approval was obtained from the Institutional Review Board at the University of Iowa, all patients carrying a diagnosis of vasculitis (ICD9 code: 447...
January 12, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Sarah Vieira Novais, Mariana Delgado Oliveira Zenero, Jairo Tronto, Rafaela Feola Conz, Carlos Eduardo Pellegrino Cerri
Increases in agricultural productivity associated to the crescent use of finite reserves of phosphorus improved the demand for ways to recycle and reuse this nutrient. Biochars, after doping processes, seem to be an alternative to mitigate the large use of P reserves. Sugarcane straw and poultry manure were submerged in an MgCl2 solution in a 1:10 solid/liquid ratio and subsequently pyrolyzed at 350 and 650 °C producing biochar. Increasing concentrations of P were agitated with biochars in order to obtain the maximum adsorption capacity of P with the aid of Langmuir and Freudelich isotherm...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Simona Piccolella, Giuseppina Crescente, Paola Nocera, Francesca Pacifico, Lorenzo Manti, Severina Pacifico
The current cancer treatment scenario lacks drugs acting as both radiosensitizer and radioprotector agents. In this context, the radiomodulatory properties exerted by an aqueous extract from the fruits of the Italian Prunus avium cv. Della Recca (PaDRw) were investigated. The extract, obtained through an environmentally-friendly ultrasound-assisted extraction, seemed to act as a radioprotector at lower tested doses (25 and 50 μg mL-1 ) and a radiosensitizer at 400 and 500 μg mL-1 dose levels towards the neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cell line, irradiated with four graded X-ray doses (0, 0...
March 8, 2018: Food & Function
Yu Han, Qiang Li, Kai Wei Ng, Si Zhu, Kei May Lau
We report the growth of vertically stacked InGaAs/InP quantum wires on (001) Si substrates with adjustable room-temperature emission at telecom bands. Based on a self-limiting growth mode in selective area metal-organic chemical vapor deposition, crescent-shaped InGaAs quantum wires with variable dimensions are embedded within InP nano-ridges. With extensive transmission electron microscopy studies, the growth transition and morphology change from quantum wires to ridge quantum wells have been revealed. As a result, we are able to decouple the quantum wires from ridge quantum wells and manipulate their dimensions by scaling the growth time...
March 8, 2018: Nanotechnology
M Sahay, Y Saivani, K Ismal, P S Vali
Systemic lupus erythematosus is common in our country, and renal involvement is an important cause of chronic kidney disease. This study was aimed at comparing the three regimens, i.e., cyclophosphamide-based regimes (low dose and high dose) and mycophenolate mofetil (MMF)-based regime and determining if cyclophosphamide (CPM)-based regime can be an effective, safe, and cheap alternative to MMF-based regime in a resource-limited setting. Out of 144 patients, females constituted 89%. Nephrotic nephritic presentation was the most common...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Nephrology
John P Lichtenberger, Andrew M Kim, Dane Fisher, Peter S Tatum, Brian Neubauer, P Gabriel Peterson, Brett W Carter
Introduction: Combat-related thoracic trauma (CRTT) is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality of the casualties from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Penetrating, blunt, and blast injuries are the most common mechanisms of trauma to the chest. Imaging plays a key role in the battlefield management of CRTT casualties. This work discusses the imaging manifestations of thoracic injuries from blunt trauma and blast injury, emphasizing epidemiology and diagnostic clues seen during OEF and OIF...
March 1, 2018: Military Medicine
Marilena Crescente, Laura Menke, Melissa V Chan, Paul C Armstrong, Timothy D Warner
Platelets are important players in thrombosis and haemostasis with their function being modulated by mediators in the blood and the vascular wall. Among these, eicosanoids can both stimulate or inhibit platelet reactivity. Platelet cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 generated thromboxane (TX) A2 is the primary prostanoid that stimulates platelet aggregation; its action is counter-balanced by prostaglandin (PG)I2 (prostacyclin), a product of vascular COX. PGD2 , PGE2 , 12- hydroxyeicosatraenoic acid (HETE) or 15-HETE, are other prostanoid modulators of platelet activity, but some also play a role in carcinogenesis...
March 7, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
Xiaoshan Wu, Lei Hu, Yan Li, Yang Li, Fu Wang, Ping Ma, Jinsong Wang, Chunmei Zhang, Canhua Jiang, Songlin Wang
The tooth root transmits and balances occlusal forces through the periodontium to the alveolar bone. The periodontium, including the gingiva, the periodontal ligament, the cementum and the partial alveolar bone, derives from the dental follicle (DF), except for the gingiva. In the early developmental stages, the DF surrounds the tooth germ as a sphere and functions to promote tooth eruption. However, the morphological dynamics and factors regulating the differentiation of the DF during root elongation remain largely unknown...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Florian J Alberto, Frédéric Boyer, Pablo Orozco-terWengel, Ian Streeter, Bertrand Servin, Pierre de Villemereuil, Badr Benjelloun, Pablo Librado, Filippo Biscarini, Licia Colli, Mario Barbato, Wahid Zamani, Adriana Alberti, Stefan Engelen, Alessandra Stella, Stéphane Joost, Paolo Ajmone-Marsan, Riccardo Negrini, Ludovic Orlando, Hamid Reza Rezaei, Saeid Naderi, Laura Clarke, Paul Flicek, Patrick Wincker, Eric Coissac, James Kijas, Gwenola Tosser-Klopp, Abdelkader Chikhi, Michael W Bruford, Pierre Taberlet, François Pompanon
The evolutionary basis of domestication has been a longstanding question and its genetic architecture is becoming more tractable as more domestic species become genome-enabled. Before becoming established worldwide, sheep and goats were domesticated in the fertile crescent 10,500 years before present (YBP) where their wild relatives remain. Here we sequence the genomes of wild Asiatic mouflon and Bezoar ibex in the sheep and goat domestication center and compare their genomes with that of domestics from local, traditional, and improved breeds...
March 6, 2018: Nature Communications
Junjun Luan, Congcong Jiao, Weiwei Kong, Jingqi Fu, Wei Qu, Ying Chen, Xinwang Zhu, Yu Zeng, Guangying Guo, Huimeng Qi, Li Yao, Jingbo Pi, Lining Wang, Hua Zhou
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) participate in the pathogenesis of various diseases by sponging microRNAs (miRs). However, the roles of circRNAs remain unreported in glomerular diseases. We previously reported that miR-150 positively correlated with renal chronicity index in patients with lupus nephritis (LN). We aimed to investigate renal circRNA profiling and the interaction between circRNAs and miR-150 in LN patients. Six renal biopsies from untreated female patients with LN class IV and five normal kidney tissues from urology patients were used for circRNA sequencing...
March 2, 2018: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
William Curtis, Motoyo Yano
Acute pathology in the abdominal aorta is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The most feared complication of abdominal aortic disease is acute rupture in the setting of atherosclerotic abdominal aortic aneurysm. Although frank rupture often is easily diagnosed on CT, other findings such as a hyperattenuating crescent, discontinuous intimal calcium, and draping of the aorta are subtle signs of aneurysm instability. A true aneurysm should be distinguished from a rapidly growing, saccular pseudoaneurysm in the setting of infectious aortitis, as treatment strategy differs...
March 1, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
Thomas R Weikl
Besides direct protein-protein interactions, indirect interactions mediated by membranes play an important role for the assembly and cooperative function of proteins in membrane shaping and adhesion. The intricate shapes of biological membranes are generated by proteins that locally induce membrane curvature. Indirect curvature-mediated interactions between these proteins arise because the proteins jointly affect the bending energy of the membranes. These curvature-mediated interactions are attractive for crescent-shaped proteins and are a driving force in the assembly of the proteins during membrane tubulation...
February 28, 2018: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
Sonja Krohn, Jasper F Nies, Sonja Kapffer, Tilman Schmidt, Jan-Hendrik Riedel, Anna Kaffke, Anett Peters, Alina Borchers, Oliver M Steinmetz, Christian F Krebs, Jan-Eric Turner, Silke R Brix, Hans-Joachim Paust, Rolf A K Stahl, Ulf Panzer
The IL-17 cytokine family and the cognate receptors thereof have a unique role in organ-specific autoimmunity. Most studies have focused on the founding member of the IL-17 family, IL-17A, as the central mediator of diseases. Indeed, although pathogenic functions have been ascribed to IL-17A and IL-17F in the context of immune-mediated glomerular diseases, the specific functions of the other IL-17 family members in immunity and inflammatory kidney diseases is largely unknown. Here, we report that compared with healthy controls, patients with acute Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmatic antibody (ANCA)-associated crescentic glomerulonephritis (GN) had significantly elevated serum levels of IL-17C (but not IL-17A, F, or E)...
February 26, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Zelin Shan, Yuting Tu, Ying Yang, Ziheng Liu, Menglong Zeng, Huisha Xu, Jiafu Long, Mingjie Zhang, Yu Cai, Wenyu Wen
Uneven distribution and local concentration of protein complexes on distinct membrane cortices is a fundamental property in numerous biological processes, including Drosophila neuroblast (NB) asymmetric cell divisions and cell polarity in general. In NBs, the cell fate determinant Numb forms a basal crescent together with Pon and is segregated into the basal daughter cell to initiate its differentiation. Here we discover that Numb PTB domain, using two distinct binding surfaces, recognizes repeating motifs within Pon in a previously unrecognized mode...
February 21, 2018: Nature Communications
Haralampos M Moutsopoulos, Hariklia Gakiopoulou
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January 31, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Ingeborg M Bajema, Suzanne Wilhelmus, Charles E Alpers, Jan A Bruijn, Robert B Colvin, H Terence Cook, Vivette D D'Agati, Franco Ferrario, Mark Haas, J Charles Jennette, Kensuke Joh, Cynthia C Nast, Laure-Hélène Noël, Emilie C Rijnink, Ian S D Roberts, Surya V Seshan, Sanjeev Sethi, Agnes B Fogo
We present a consensus report pertaining to the improved clarity of definitions and classification of glomerular lesions in lupus nephritis that derived from a meeting of 18 members of an international nephropathology working group in Leiden, Netherlands, in 2016. Here we report detailed recommendations on issues for which we can propose adjustments based on existing evidence and current consensus opinion (phase 1). New definitions are provided for mesangial hypercellularity and for cellular, fibrocellular, and fibrous crescents...
February 16, 2018: Kidney International
Yosra Selmi, Rania Kheder-Elfekih, Hela Jebali, Lilia Ben Fatma, Wided Smaoui, Madiha Krid, Soumaya Beji, Lamia Rais, Mohamed Karim Zouaghi
Various adverse reactions may occur after intravesical bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) therapy. Although the virulence of attenuated BCG is low, serious complications such as bacterial cystitis, bladder contractures, granulomatous prostatitis, epididymitis, orchitis, and systemic reactions such as fever and malaise have been described. Disseminated granulomatosis such as hepatitis and pneumonitis have also been described, but are rare. We report here the case of a 67-year-old patient who presented with renal granulomatosis with polyangiitis following intravesical BCG therapy for superficial bladder tumor...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Pallav Gupta, Devinder Singh Rana
As the life expectancy is increasing, there is a rise in elderly population and consequent increase in the patients with renal disease. There is an inconsistency between clinical and histopathological diagnosis in elderly, and so renal biopsy is important in these patients to decide appropriate clinical management and prognosis. This study outlines the importance of renal biopsy in elderly and describes the clinical and pathologic spectrum of renal diseases in patient ≥60 years. All patients (age ≥60 years) undergoing renal biopsies from January 2011 to December 2014 were included in this retrospective study...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Kawmadi W Gunawardena, Eranga S Wijewickrama, Carukshi Arambepola, Rushika D Lanerolle
Prevalence of different glomerulonephritides and their clinical course vary geographically. Our objectives are to assess the prevalence of different histological types of glomerulonephritis (GN) based on the light microscopic histology and to assess their progression according to histological type. A retrospective cross-sectional study was carried out among adult patients (>18 years) with a histological diagnosis of GN at the University Professorial Unit over a period of six months. Information including demographic data, renal biopsy findings, and progression of the disease through serum creatinine (SCr) level were collected through existing clinic records of consenting patients...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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