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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453904/genetics-and-other-factors-in-the-aetiology-of-female-pattern-hair-loss
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REVIEW
Silke Redler, Andrew G Messenger, Regina C Betz
Pattern hair loss is the most common form of hair loss in both women and men. Male pattern hair loss, also termed male androgenetic alopecia (M-AGA), is an androgen-dependent trait that is predominantly genetically determined. Androgen-mediated mechanisms are probably involved in FPHL in some women but the evidence is less strong than in M-AGA; and other non-androgenic pathways, including environmental influences, may contribute to the aetiology. Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified several genetic loci for M-AGA and have provided better insight into the underlying biology...
April 28, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448861/congenital-unilateral-diaphragmatic-eventration-in-an-adult-a-rare-case-presentation
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Johann Paulo S Guzman, Nilo C Delos Santos, Edgar A Baltazar, Allan Troy D Baquir
We present a rare case of 32year old female with congenital diaphragmatic eventeration female presenting in an adult. She had symptoms of intermittent dyspnea and occasional epigastric discomfort. Patient had no previous history of trauma. Physical examination showed bowel sound involving the left hemithorax. Imaging modalities confirmed the diagnosis of a congenital left diaphragmatic eventeration. Patient underwent plication of the diaphragm using the abdominal approach. Intra-operatively, the left diaphragm was attenuated...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448626/genetic-background-dependent-effects-of-murine-micro-rnas-on-circadian-clock-function
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Silke Kiessling, Ahmet Ucar, Kamal Chowdhury, Henrik Oster, Gregor Eichele
MicroRNAs (miRs) are important regulators of a wide range of biological processes. Antagomir studies suggest an implication of miR-132 in the functionality of the mammalian circadian clock. miR-212 and miR-132 are tandemly processed from the same transcript and share the same seed region. We found the clock modulator miR-132 and miR-212 to be expressed rhythmically in the central circadian clock. Consequently, mRNAs implicated in circadian functions may likely be targeted by both miRs. To further characterize the circadian role we generated mice with stable deletion of the miR-132/212 locus and compared the circadian behavior of mutant and wild-type control animals on two genetic backgrounds frequently used in chronobiological research, C57BL/6N and 129/Sv...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448131/silk-resin-with-hydrated-dual-chemical-physical-crosslinks-achieves-high-strength-and-toughness
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Keiji Numata, Nao Ifuku, Hiroyasu Masunaga, Takaaki Hikima, Takamasa Sakai
Native silk fibers are known to demonstrate excellent mechanical properties such as high strength and ductility. However, regenerated silk material has not yet been used as a tough structural material in our everyday life. To recreate the mechanical properties with regenerated silk material, the network structure and hydration state of silk materials are studied and optimized in this study. This is the first to demosntrate the effect of chemial and physical crosslinks in hydrated and dehydrated silk materials, namely, silk hydrogels and resins...
April 27, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447887/cyclopiazonic-acid-is-a-pathogenicity-factor-for-aspergillus-flavus-and-a-promising-target-for-screening-germplasm-for-ear-rot-resistance
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Subbaiah C Chalivendra, Catherine DeRobertis, Perng-Kuang Chang, Kenneth E Damann
Aspergillus flavus, an opportunistic pathogen, contaminates maize and other key crops with carcinogenic aflatoxins (AFs). Besides AFs, A. flavus makes many more secondary metabolites (SMs) whose toxicity in insects or vertebrates has been studied. However, the role of SMs in the invasion of plant hosts by A. flavus remains to be investigated. Cyclopiazonic acid (CPA), a neurotoxic SM made by A. flavus, is a nanomolar inhibitor of endoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPases (ECAs) and a potent inducer of cell death in plants...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447080/doping-of-nematic-cyanobiphenyl-liquid-crystals-with-mesogen-hybridized-magnetic-nanoparticles
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Ingo Appel, Hajnalka Nádasi, Christian Reitz, Nerea Sebastián, Horst Hahn, Alexey Eremin, Ralf Stannarius, Silke S Behrens
Magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) functionalized with (pro-)mesogenic ligands are implemented into a nematic liquid crystal (LC) and studied regarding both colloidal stability and magneto-optical behavior. In this study, the particle surface is specifically engineered to tune the MNP interactions with the LC host. For this purpose, four types of (pro-)mesogenic ligands (ML) are synthesized, which are composed of three structural parts, i.e., a rigid, LC motif (i.e., cyanobiphenyl) and a functional group for nanoparticle binding, both linked via a flexible spacer of different alkyl chain lengths...
April 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446572/evaluation-of-the-accelerate-pheno%C3%A2-system-for-fast-identification-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-from-positive-blood-culture-in-gram-negative-bloodstream-infection
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Matthias Marschal, Johanna Bachmaier, Ingo Autenrieth, Philipp Oberhettinger, Matthias Willmann, Silke Peter
Bloodstream infections (BSI) are an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Increasing rates of antimicrobial resistant pathogens limit treatment options, prompting an empirical use of broad-range antibiotics. Fast and reliable diagnostic tools are needed to provide adequate therapy in a timely manner and to enable a de-escalation of treatment.The Accelerate Pheno™ system (Accelerate Diagnostics, USA) is a fully automated test system that performs both identification (ID) and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) directly from positive blood cultures within approx...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445817/nanostructural-and-mechanical-property-changes-to-spider-silk-as-a-consequence-of-insecticide-exposure
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Marco Benamú, Mariángeles Lacava, Luis F García, Martín Santana, Jian Fang, Xungai Wang, Sean J Blamires
Neonicotinoids are one of the world's most extensively used insecticides, but their sub-lethal influences on non-target and beneficial organisms are not well known. Here we exposed the orb web spider Parawixia audax, which is found on arable lands in Uruguay, to a sub-lethal concentration of the broad spectrum insecticide Geonex (thiamethoxam + lambda-cyhalothrin) and monitored their web building. We collected their major ampullate silk and subjected it to tensile tests, wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXS) analysis, and amino acid composition analysis...
April 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445607/fractal-characteristics-of-the-microvascular-network-a-useful-index-to-assess-vascularization-level-of-porous-silk-fibroin-biomaterial
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Kuihua Zhan, Lun Bai, Qinqin Wu, Derong Lei, Guangqian Wang
The neovascularization of biomaterials for tissue engineering is not only related to growth of capillaries but also involves appropriate hierarchy distribution of the microvessels. In this study, we proposed hierarchy distribution contrast method which can assess vascular transport capacity, in order to examine the hierarchy distribution of the neovessels during vascularization of the porous silk fibroin biomaterials implanted into rats and its evolution. The results showed that the fractal characteristics appeared toward the end of the vascularization stages, and the structure of the microvascular network after 3 weeks of implantation was similar to the fractal microvascular tree with bifurcation exponent x=3 and fractal dimension D=1...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445594/porcine-milk-induces-a-strengthening-of-barrier-function-in-porcine-jejunal-epithelium-in-vitro
#10
Judith Radloff, Silke S Zakrzewski, Robert Pieper, Alexander G Markov, Salah Amasheh
Milk contains a variety of components that have been shown to affect the expression and localization of epithelial tight junction proteins and therefore the intestinal barrier. Thus, we hypothesized that milk would have an effect on intestinal barrier properties, owing to effects on the tight junction in an intraspecies porcine intestinal in vitro model. Jejunal samples of piglets derived from different age groups were analyzed. Transepithelial electrical resistance was recorded employing the Ussing chamber technique...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444958/role-of-cytochrome-p450-3a4-and-1a2-phenotyping-in-patients-with-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-receiving-erlotinib-treatment
#11
Zinnia P Parra-Guillen, Peter B Berger, Manuel Haschke, Massimiliano Donzelli, Daria Winogradova, Bogumila Pfister, Martin Früh, Charlotte Kloft, Stephan Krähenbühl, Silke Gillessen, Markus Joerger
Erlotinib is metabolized by cytochrome p450 (CYP) 3A and CYP1A. This study assessed CYP3A4 (midazolam) and CYP1A2 (caffeine) phenotyping in plasma and dried blood spots (DBS) for predicting the pharmacokinetics and toxicity of erlotinib in 36 patients with advanced NSCLC. On day 1, erlotinib 150 mg OD. was initiated, and the 2 oral probe drugs midazolam (2mg) and caffeine (100mg) were added on day 1. Plasma and DBS were collected for erlotinib, OSI-420 and probe drugs for up to 6 hr on day 1 and 2-weekly up to week 10...
April 26, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444855/intraguild-interactions-and-behavior-of-spodoptera-frugiperda-and-helicoverpa-spp-on-maize
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José P F Bentivenha, Débora G Montezano, Thomas E Hunt, Edson L L Baldin, Julie A Peterson, Vinícius S Victor, Luiz E R Pannuti, Ana M Vélez, Silvana V Paula-Moraes
BACKGROUND: Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), is one of the major pests of maize, and is in the same feeding guild of the noctuid pests, Helicoverpa zea (Boddie), and Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner), recently reported in South and North America. The intraguild interactions of these species were assessed in laboratory and field conditions by determining the survival of larvae in interactions scenarios with non-Bt maize silks and ears. Moreover, a video-tracking system was utilized to evaluate behavioral parameters during larval interactions in scenarios with or without food...
April 26, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444439/back-to-the-future-part-2-post-mortem-assessment-and-evolutionary-role-of-the-bio-medicolegal-sciences
#13
REVIEW
Santo Davide Ferrara, Giovanni Cecchetto, Rossana Cecchi, Donata Favretto, Silke Grabherr, Takaki Ishikawa, Toshikazu Kondo, Massimo Montisci, Heidi Pfeiffer, Maurizio Rippa Bonati, Dina Shokry, Marielle Vennemann, Thomas Bajanowski
Part 2 of the review "Back to the Future" is dedicated to the evolutionary role of the bio-medicolegal sciences, reporting the historical profiles, the state of the art, and prospects for future development of the main related techniques and methods of the ancillary disciplines that have risen to the role of "autonomous" sciences, namely, Genetics and Genomics, Toxicology, Radiology, and Imaging, involved in historic synergy in the "post-mortem assessment," together with the mother discipline Legal Medicine, by way of its primary fundament, universally denominated as Forensic Pathology...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442304/topography-of-essential-tremor
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Wei Chen, Franziska Hopfner, Silke Szymczak, Oliver Granert, Stefanie H Müller, Gregor Kuhlenbäumer, Günther Deuschl
INTRODUCTION: Topography of tremor manifestations is poorly investigated in essential tremor. The present study explores the prevalence and clinical correlates of head and/or voice tremor in essential tremor. METHODS: Out of a prospectively designed registry of 972 patients, 884 patients with definite and probable essential tremor had complete information on tremor localization. Demographic and clinical characteristics were compared among four subgroups: group A (without head or voice tremor, n = 619), B (with head but without voice tremor, n = 155), C (with voice but without head tremor, n = 47), and D (with both head and voice tremor, n = 63)...
April 20, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441910/mechanical-features-of-various-silkworm-crystalline-considering-hydration-effect-via-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#15
Yoonjung Kim, Myeongsang Lee, Hyunsung Choi, Inchul Baek, Jae In Kim, Sungsoo Na
Silk materials are receiving significant attention as base materials for various functional nanomaterials and nanodevices, due to its exceptionally high mechanical properties, biocompatibility, and degradable characteristics. Although crystalline silk regions are composed of various repetitive motifs with differing amino acid sequences, how the effect of humidity works differently on each of the motifs and their structural characteristics remains unclear. We report molecular dynamics (MD) simulations on various silkworm fibroins composed of major motifs (i...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440801/dispersal-timing-and-drought-history-influence-the-response-of-bacterioplankton-to-drying-rewetting-stress
#16
Anna J Székely, Silke Langenheder
The extent and frequency of drought episodes is expected to increase in the following decades making it a crucial stress factor for smaller water bodies. However, very little is known about how bacterioplankton is affected by increased evaporation and how these communities reassemble after rewetting. Here, we present results from a microcosm experiment that assessed the effect of drying-rewetting stress on bacterioplankton in the light of the stress history and the rate and timing of dispersal after the rewetting...
April 25, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440708/towards-in-vitro-to-in-vivo-translation-of-monoclonal-antibody-pharmacokinetics-application-of-a-neonatal-fc-receptor-mediated-transcytosis-assay-to-understand-the-interplaying-clearance-mechanisms
#17
Claudia A Castro Jaramillo, Sara Belli, Anne-Christine Cascais, Sherri Dudal, Martin R Edelmann, Markus Haak, Marie-Elise Brun, Michael B Otteneder, Mohammed Ullah, Christoph Funk, Franz Schuler, Silke Simon
Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are a rapidly growing drug class for which great efforts have been made to optimize certain molecular features in order to achieve the desired pharmacokinetic (PK) properties. One approach is to engineer the interactions of the mAb with the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) by introducing specific amino acid sequence mutations, and to assess their effect on the PK profile with in vivo studies. Indeed, FcRn protects mAbs from intracellular degradation, thereby prolongs antibody circulation time in plasma and modulates its systemic clearance...
April 25, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440526/-application-of-three-stitch-preventive-transverse-colostomy-in-anterior-resection-of-low-rectal-cancer
#18
Yuzhou Zhao, Guangsen Han, Mingke Huo, Li Wei, Qiyun Zou, Yuji Zhang, Jian Li, Yanhui Gu, Yanghui Cao, Shijia Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the application of three-stitch preventive transverse colostomy in anterior resection of low rectal cancer. METHOD: From May 2015 to March 2016, 70 consecutive low rectal cancer patients undergoing anterior resection and preventive transverse colostomy in our department were recruited in this prospective study. According to the random number table method, 70 patients were divided into three-stitch transverse colostomy group(observation group, n=35) and traditional transverse colostomy group(control group, n=35)...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439696/back-to-the-future-part-1-the-medico-legal-autopsy-from-ancient-civilization-to-the-post-genomic-era
#19
REVIEW
Giovanni Cecchetto, Thomas Bajanowski, Rossana Cecchi, Donata Favretto, Silke Grabherr, Takaki Ishikawa, Toshikazu Kondo, Massimo Montisci, Heidi Pfeiffer, Maurizio Rippa Bonati, Dina Shokry, Marielle Vennemann, Santo Davide Ferrara
Part 1 of the review "Back to the Future" examines the historical evolution of the medico-legal autopsy and microscopy techniques, from Ancient Civilization to the Post-Genomic Era. In the section focusing on "The Past", the study of historical sources concerning the origins and development of the medico-legal autopsy, from the Bronze Age until the Middle Ages, shows how, as early as 2000 BC, the performance of autopsies for medico-legal purposes was a known and widespread practice in some ancient civilizations in Egypt, the Far East and later in Europe...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439620/development-of-an-optimal-filter-substrate-for-the-identification-of-small-microplastic-particles-in-food-by-micro-raman-spectroscopy
#20
Barbara E Oßmann, George Sarau, Sebastian W Schmitt, Heinrich Holtmannspötter, Silke H Christiansen, Wilhelm Dicke
When analysing microplastics in food, due to toxicological reasons it is important to achieve clear identification of particles down to a size of at least 1 μm. One reliable, optical analytical technique allowing this is micro-Raman spectroscopy. After isolation of particles via filtration, analysis is typically performed directly on the filter surface. In order to obtain high qualitative Raman spectra, the material of the membrane filters should not show any interference in terms of background and Raman signals during spectrum acquisition...
April 24, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
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