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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527369/prolonged-epileptiform-eeg-runs-are-associated-with-persistent-seizures-in-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
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Vibeke Arntsen, Trond Sand, Marte R Syvertsen, Eylert Brodtkorb
OBJECTIVE: In juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME), various EEG characteristics have been suggested as poor prognostic signs, but their significance is unclear. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of EEG variables on seizure and psychosocial outcome after a follow-up exceeding 20 years. METHODS: 396 EEG recordings were available for assessment in 40 patients (42 complete digital, 330 paper segments and 24 written reports only). Mean follow-up was 31 years (range 20-68)...
May 8, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527340/induction-of-cell-death-by-tospoviral-protein-nss-and-the-motif-critical-for-cell-death-does-not-control-rna-silencing-suppression-activity
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Ajeet Singh, Vipin Permar, R K Jain, Suneha Goswami, Ranjeet Ranjan Kumar, Tomas Canto, Peter Palukaitis, Shelly Praveen
Groundnut bud necrosis virus induces necrotic symptoms in different hosts. Previous studies showed reactive oxygen species-mediated programmed cell death (PCD) resulted in necrotic symptoms. Transgenic expression of viral protein NSs mimics viral symptoms. Here, we showed a role for NSs in influencing oxidative burst in the cell, by analyzing H2O2 accumulation, activities of antioxidant enzymes and expression levels of vacuolar processing enzymes, H2O2-responsive microRNA 319a.2 plus its possible target metacaspase-8...
May 17, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526679/succession-of-transiently-active-tumor-initiating-cell-clones-in-human-pancreatic-cancer-xenografts
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Claudia R Ball, Felix Oppel, Karl Roland Ehrenberg, Taronish D Dubash, Sebastian M Dieter, Christopher M Hoffmann, Ulrich Abel, Friederike Herbst, Moritz Koch, Jens Werner, Frank Bergmann, Naveed Ishaque, Manfred Schmidt, Christof von Kalle, Claudia Scholl, Stefan Fröhling, Benedikt Brors, Wilko Weichert, Jürgen Weitz, Hanno Glimm
Although tumor-initiating cell (TIC) self-renewal has been postulated to be essential in progression and metastasis formation of human pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC), clonal dynamics of TICs within PDAC tumors are yet unknown. Here, we show that long-term progression of PDAC in serial xenotransplantation is driven by a succession of transiently active TICs producing tumor cells in temporally restricted bursts. Clonal tracking of individual, genetically marked TICs revealed that individual tumors are generated by distinct sets of TICs with very little overlap between subsequent xenograft generations...
May 19, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526626/longevity-and-healthy-ageing-genes-foxo3a-and-sirt3-serum-protein-marker-and-new-road-map-to-burst-oxidative-stress-by-withania-somnifera
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Rashmita Pradhan, Rahul Kumar, Shashank Shekhar, Nitish Rai, Akash Ambashtha, Joyita Banerjee, Mona Pathak, S N Dwivedi, Sharmistha Dey, Aparajit B Dey
BACKGROUND: Ageing process is characterized by a decline in function; different age related diseases and excessive age associated mortality. There has always been a quest for easily accessible biomarkers to monitor and identify the development of age-associated stress for providing new anti-ageing strategies. Forkhead box protein O3A (FOXO3A) and Sirtuin3 (SIRT3) are such potential markers which plays important role in a wide variety of cellular mechanisms and has been proposed to be an ideal candidate to study longevity and are potential candidate for healthy ageing by oxidative burst...
May 16, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524679/transition-from-collisional-to-collisionless-regimes-in-interpenetrating-plasma-flows-on-the-national-ignition-facility
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J S Ross, D P Higginson, D Ryutov, F Fiuza, R Hatarik, C M Huntington, D H Kalantar, A Link, B B Pollock, B A Remington, H G Rinderknecht, G F Swadling, D P Turnbull, S Weber, S Wilks, D H Froula, M J Rosenberg, T Morita, Y Sakawa, H Takabe, R P Drake, C Kuranz, G Gregori, J Meinecke, M C Levy, M Koenig, A Spitkovsky, R D Petrasso, C K Li, H Sio, B Lahmann, A B Zylstra, H-S Park
A study of the transition from collisional to collisionless plasma flows has been carried out at the National Ignition Facility using high Mach number (M>4) counterstreaming plasmas. In these experiments, CD-CD and CD-CH planar foils separated by 6-10 mm are irradiated with laser energies of 250 kJ per foil, generating ∼1000  km/s plasma flows. Varying the foil separation distance scales the ion density and average bulk velocity and, therefore, the ion-ion Coulomb mean free path, at the interaction region at the midplane...
May 5, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524673/detecting-gravitational-wave-memory-without-parent-signals
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Lucy O McNeill, Eric Thrane, Paul D Lasky
Gravitational-wave memory manifests as a permanent distortion of an idealized gravitational-wave detector and arises generically from energetic astrophysical events. For example, binary black hole mergers are expected to emit memory bursts a little more than an order of magnitude smaller in strain than the oscillatory parent waves. We introduce the concept of "orphan memory": gravitational-wave memory for which there is no detectable parent signal. In particular, high-frequency gravitational-wave bursts (≳kHz) produce orphan memory in the LIGO/Virgo band...
May 5, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523425/characterization-of-electrocorticogram-high-gamma-signal-in-response-to-varying-upper-extremity-movement-velocity
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Po T Wang, Colin M McCrimmon, Christine E King, Susan J Shaw, David E Millett, Hui Gong, Luis A Chui, Charles Y Liu, Zoran Nenadic, An H Do
The mechanism by which the human primary motor cortex (M1) encodes upper extremity movement kinematics is not fully understood. For example, human electrocorticogram (ECoG) signals have been shown to modulate with upper extremity movements; however, this relationship has not been explicitly characterized. To address this issue, we recorded high-density ECoG signals from patients undergoing epilepsy surgery evaluation as they performed elementary upper extremity movements while systematically varying movement speed and duration...
May 18, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522735/d3-receptors-regulate-excitability-in-a-unique-class-of-prefrontal-pyramidal-cell
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Rebecca L Clarkson, Alayna T Liptak, Steven M Gee, Vikaas S Sohal, Kevin J Bender
The D3 dopamine receptor, a member of the Gi-coupled D2-family of dopamine receptors, is expressed throughout limbic circuits affected in neuropsychiatric disorders, including prefrontal cortex. These receptors are important for prefrontal executive function, as pharmacological and genetic manipulations that affect prefrontal D3 receptors alter anxiety, social interaction, and reversal learning. And yet, the mechanisms by which D3 receptors regulate prefrontal circuits, and whether D3 receptors regulate specific prefrontal subnetworks, remain unknown...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522420/in-vitro-effects-of-italian-lavandula-multifida-l-leaf-extracts-on-gilthead-seabream-sparus-aurata-leucocytes-and-saf-1-cells
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Angela Fazio, Rebeca Cerezuela, Maria Rosaria Panuccio, Alberto Cuesta, Maria Ángeles Esteban
Lavandula multifida is very appreciated by pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. In Italy is only found in Calabria and Sicily and, at present, urge its valorization due to its high extinction and genetic erosion risks. Possible applications of L. multifida extracts as immunostimulant in fish aquaculture were assayed by using gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) as a marine fish model, due to its importance in fish aquaculture. The in vitro effects of both aqueous and ethanolic leaf extracts obtained from two Italian populations of L...
May 15, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522367/qrs-t-wave-and-calcium-alternans-in-a-type-i-diabetic-mouse-model-for-spontaneous-post-myocardial-infarction-ventricular-tachycardia-a-mechanism-for-the-antiarrhythmic-effect-of-statins
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Hongwei Jin, Charles M Welzig, Mark Aronovitz, Farzad Noubary, Robert Blanton, Bo Wang, Mohammad Rajab, Alfred Albano, Mark S Link, Sami F Noujaim, Ho-Jin Park, Jonas B Galper
BACKGROUND: The incidence of sudden arrhythmic death is markedly increased in diabetics. OBJECTIVE: Develop a mouse model for Post MI VT in the diabetic heart and determine the mechanism of an antiarrhythmic effect of statins. METHODS: EKG transmitters were implanted in wild type (WT), placebo and pravastatin treated Type I diabetic Akita mice, MIs induced by coronary ligation, Ca(2+) transients studied by optical mapping, Ca(2+) transients and sparks in left VM (VM) by the Ionoptix system and confocal microscopy...
May 15, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522149/measuring-absolute-blood-perfusion-in-mice-using-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound
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Abbas Shirinifard, Suresh Thiagarajan, Melissa D Johnson, Christopher Calabrese, András Sablauer
We investigated the feasibility of estimating absolute tissue blood perfusion using dynamic contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) imaging in mice. We developed a novel method of microbubble administration and a model-free approach to estimate absolute kidney perfusion, and explored the kidney as a reference organ to estimate absolute perfusion of a neuroblastoma tumor. We performed CEUS on the kidneys of CD1 nude mice using the VisualSonics VEVO 2100 imaging system. We estimated individual kidney blood perfusion using the burst-replenishment (BR) technique...
May 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521697/an-accelerated-release-method-of-risperidone-loaded-plga-microspheres-with-good-ivivc
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Hu Xiaoqin, Jianwei Zhang, Xuemei Tang, Mingyuan Li, Siyu Ma, Cheng Liu, Gao Yue, Yue Zhang, Yan Liu, Fanglin Yu, Yang Yang, Guo Jia, Zhiping Li, Xingguo Mei
The purpose of this study was to obtain an accelerated release method of risperidone loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres with good in vitro/in vivo correlation (IVIVC). Two formulations of risperidone loaded PLGA microspheres used for evaluating IVIVC were prepared by O/W method. The accelerated release condition was optimized by investigating the effect of pH, osmotic pressure, temperature and ethanol concentration on the release of risperidone from microspheres and the in vitro accelerated release profiles of risperidone from PLGA microspheres were obtained under this optimized accelerated release condition...
May 15, 2017: Current Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521637/the-receptor-like-cytoplasmic-kinase-bsr1-mediates-chitin-induced-defense-signaling-in-rice-cells
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Yasukazu Kanda, Naoki Yokotani, Satoru Maeda, Yoko Nishizawa, Takashi Kamakura, Masaki Mori
Broad-Spectrum Resistance 1 (BSR1) encodes a rice receptor-like cytoplasmic kinase, and enhances disease resistance when overexpressed. Rice plants overexpressing BSR1 are highly resistant to diverse pathogens, including rice blast fungus. However, the mechanism responsible for this resistance has not been fully characterized. To analyze the BSR1 function, BSR1-knockout (BSR1-KO) plants were generated using a clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) system...
May 18, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521550/detection-and-evaluation-of-renal-injury-in-burst-wave-lithotripsy-using-ultrasound-and-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Philip Clark May, Wayne Kreider, Adam D Maxwell, Yak-Nam Wang, Bryan W Cunitz, Philip M Blomgren, Cynthia Johnson, Joshua Sh Park, Michael R Bailey, Donghoon Lee, Jonathan D Harper, Mathew D Sorensen
PURPOSE: Burst wave lithotripsy (BWL) is a transcutaneous technique with potential to safely and effectively fragment renal stones. Preclinical investigations of BWL require the assessment of potential renal injury. This study evaluates the capabilities of real-time ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to detect and evaluate BWL injury that was induced in porcine kidneys. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten kidneys from five female farm pigs were treated with either a 170 kHz or 335 kHz BWL transducer using variable treatment parameters and monitored in real time with ultrasound...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521011/translation-initiation-events-on-structured-eukaryotic-mrnas-generate-gene-expression-noise
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Estelle Dacheux, Naglis Malys, Xiang Meng, Vinoy Ramachandran, Pedro Mendes, John Eg McCarthy
Gene expression stochasticity plays a major role in biology, creating non-genetic cellular individuality and influencing multiple processes, including differentiation and stress responses. We have addressed the lack of knowledge about posttranscriptional contributions to noise by determining cell-to-cell variations in the abundance of mRNA and reporter protein in yeast. Two types of structural element, a stem-loop and a poly(G) motif, not only inhibit translation initiation when inserted into an mRNA 5΄ untranslated region, but also generate noise...
May 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520834/effect-of-electrode-montage-and-head-position-on-air-conducted-ocular-vestibular-evoked-myogenic-potential
#16
Kathryn Makowiec, Devin L McCaslin, Gary P Jacobson, Kelsey Hatton, John Lee
Purpose: The purpose of this investigation was to identify the optimal recording parameters for evoking the ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potential (oVEMP) using air-conduction stimuli. Method: Subjects were 17 otologically and neurologically intact adults (age: M = 24.18 years, SD = 1.91 years). The oVEMP responses were elicited using a 500-Hz tone burst air-conduction stimulus presented at an intensity of 95 dB nHL. The setting was a balance function laboratory that was part of a large tertiary care otology clinic...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520766/transcriptomic-analysis-of-salt-stress-responsive-genes-in-rhazya-stricta
#17
Nahid H Hajrah, Abdullah Y Obaid, Ahmed Atef, Ahmed M Ramadan, Dhivya Arasappan, Charllotte A Nelson, Sherif Edris, Mohammed Z Mutwakil, Alawia Alhebshi, Nour O Gadalla, Rania M Makki, Madgy A Al-Kordy, Fotouh M El-Domyati, Jamal S M Sabir, Mohammad A Khiyami, Neil Hall, Ahmed Bahieldin, Robert K Jansen
Rhazya stricta is an evergreen shrub that is widely distributed across Western and South Asia, and like many other members of the Apocynaceae produces monoterpene indole alkaloids that have anti-cancer properties. This species is adapted to very harsh desert conditions making it an excellent system for studying tolerance to high temperatures and salinity. RNA-Seq analysis was performed on R. stricta exposed to severe salt stress (500 mM NaCl) across four time intervals (0, 2, 12 and 24 h) to examine mechanisms of salt tolerance...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516168/selective-surface-pegylation-of-uio-66-nanoparticles-for-enhanced-stability-cell-uptake-and-ph-responsive-drug-delivery
#18
Isabel Abánades Lázaro, Salame Haddad, Sabrina Sacca, Claudia Orellana-Tavra, David Fairen-Jimenez, Ross S Forgan
The high storage capacities and excellent biocompatibilities of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have made them emerging candidates as drug-delivery vectors. Incorporation of surface functionality is a route to enhanced properties, and here we report on a surface-modification procedure-click modulation-that controls their size and surface chemistry. The zirconium terephthalate MOF UiO-66 is (1) synthesized as ∼200 nm nanoparticles coated with functionalized modulators, (2) loaded with cargo, and (3) covalently surface modified with poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) chains through mild bioconjugate reactions...
April 13, 2017: Chem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515463/enzyme-characteristics-of-pathogen-specific-trehalose-6-phosphate-phosphatases
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Megan Cross, Siji Rajan, Janine Chekaiban, Jake Saunders, Chloe Hamilton, Jeong-Sun Kim, Mark J Coster, Robin B Gasser, Andreas Hofmann
Owing to the key role of trehalose in pathogenic organisms, there has recently been growing interest in trehalose metabolism for therapeutic purposes. Trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatase (TPP) is a pivotal enzyme in the most prominent biosynthesis pathway (OtsAB). Here, we compare the enzyme characteristics of recombinant TPPs from five important nematode and bacterial pathogens, including three novel members of this protein family. Analysis of the kinetics of trehalose-6-phosphate hydrolysis reveals that all five enzymes display a burst-like kinetic behaviour which is characterised by a decrease of the enzymatic rate after the pre-steady state...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515226/a-neutralizing-anti-g-csfr-antibody-blocks-g-csf-induced-neutrophilia-without-inducing-neutropenia-in-nonhuman-primates
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Karen Scalzo-Inguanti, Katherine Monaghan, Kirsten Edwards, Eva Herzog, Danijela Mirosa, Matthew Hardy, Vicki Sorto, Huy Huynh, Steven Rakar, Daria Kurtov, Hal Braley, Nick Wilson, Samantha Busfield, Andrew Nash, Arna Andrews
Neutrophils are the most abundant WBCs and have an essential role in the clearance of pathogens. Tight regulation of neutrophil numbers and their recruitment to sites of inflammation is critical in maintaining a balanced immune response. In various inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, cystic fibrosis, and inflammatory bowel disease, increased serum G-CSF correlates with neutrophilia and enhanced neutrophil infiltration into inflamed tissues. We describe a fully human therapeutic anti-G-CSFR antibody (CSL324) that is safe and well tolerated when administered via i...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
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