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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149761/crizotinib-achieves-long-lasting-disease-control-in-advanced-papillary-renal-cell-carcinoma-type-1-patients-with-met-mutations-or-amplification-eortc-90101-create-trial
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Patrick Schöffski, Agnieszka Wozniak, Bernard Escudier, Piotr Rutkowski, Alan Anthoney, Sebastian Bauer, Jozef Sufliarsky, Carla van Herpen, Lars H Lindner, Viktor Grünwald, Branko Zakotnik, Evelyne Lerut, Maria Debiec-Rychter, Sandrine Marréaud, Michela Lia, Tiana Raveloarivahy, Sandra Collette, Laurence Albiges
PURPOSE: Papillary renal-cell carcinoma type 1 (PRCC1) is associated with MET gene alterations. Our phase II trial prospectively assessed the efficacy and safety of crizotinib in patients with advanced/metastatic PRCC1 with or without MET mutations (MET+ and MET-). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Eligible patients with reference pathology-confirmed PRCC1 received 250 mg oral crizotinib twice daily. Patients were attributed to MET+/MET- sub-cohorts by the sequencing of exons 16-19 of the MET gene in tumour tissue...
November 14, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149744/bacterial-community-structure-along-the-subtidal-sandy-sediment-belt-of-a-high-arctic-fjord-kongsfjorden-svalbard-islands
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Conte Antonella, Papale Maria, Amalfitano Stefano, Mikkonen Anu, Rizzo Carmen, De Domenico Emilio, Michaud Luigi, Lo Giudice Angelina
Open fjords are subject to contrasting environmental conditions, owing to meltwater glacial inputs, terrestrial runoff, and marine water mass exchanges, which are exacerbated by anthropogenic and climate perturbations. Following a slope-dependent water circulation, the subtidal sandy sediment belt regulates the convergent transport of nutrients downward the fjord depths, and the effective entrapment of suspended particles and microorganisms. In this study, we aimed at testing how glacial and seawater inputs may influence the bacterial community structure of subtidal sand deposits in the Kongsfjorden...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149730/divergence-of-insulin-superfamily-ligands-receptors-and-igf-binding-proteins-in-marine-versus-freshwater-stickleback-evidence-of-selection-in-known-and-novel-genes
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Tim Pellissier, Hend Al Nafea, Sara V Good
Three-spine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) is a teleost model for understanding genetic, physiological and morphological changes accompanying freshwater (FW) adaptation. There is growing evidence that the insulin superfamily plays important roles in traits involved in marine and FW adaptation. We performed a candidate gene analysis to look for evidence of selection on 33 insulin superfamily ligand-receptor genes and insulin-like growth factor binding proteins (Igfbp's) in stickleback. Using genotype data from 11 marine and 10 FW populations, we calculated the number of SNPs per site in regulatory and intronic regions, the number of synonymous and nonsynonymous mutations in coding regions, Wright's fixation index (Fst), and performed t-tests to identify SNPs with divergent genotype frequencies between marine/FW versus Atlantic/Pacific populations...
November 10, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149704/gold-nanoparticles-as-an-adjuvant-influence-of-size-shape-and-technique-of-combination-with-cpg-on-antibody-production
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Lev A Dykman, Sergey A Staroverov, Alexander S Fomin, Vitaly A Khanadeev, Boris N Khlebtsov, Vladimir A Bogatyrev
Gold nanoparticles (GNPs) are advantageous as an adjuvant in the design of effective vaccines and in the preparation of high-affinity antibodies to haptens and complete antigens. Another method of activating immunocompetent cells with colloidal gold is to conjugate GNPs with CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs). We examined how the size and shape of GNPs and various combinations of GNPs and CpG ODNs 1826 affect the immune response. When animals were injected with a model antigen (BSA) coupled to gold nanospheres (diameters, 15 and 50nm), nanorods, nanoshells, and nanostars, the titers of the resultant antibodies differed substantially...
November 14, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149690/a-modified-montpellier-protocol-for-intubating-intensive-care-unit-patients-is-associated-with-an-increase-in-first-pass-intubation-success-and-fewer-complications
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Keith A Corl, Christopher Dado, Ankita Agarwal, Nader Azab, Tim Amass, Sarah J Marks, Mitchell M Levy, Roland C Merchant, Jason Aliotta
BACKGROUND: The Montpellier protocol for intubating patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) is associated with a decrease in intubation-related complications. We sought to determine if implementation of a simplified version of the Montpellier protocol that removed selected components and allowed for a variety of pre-oxygenation modalities increased first-pass intubation success and reduced intubation-related complications. METHODS: A prospective pre/post-comparison of a modified Montpellier protocol in two medical and one medical/surgical/cardiac ICU within a hospital system...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149689/an-extended-sequence-specificity-for-uv-induced-dna-damage
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Long H Chung, Vincent Murray
The sequence specificity of UV-induced DNA damage was determined with a higher precision and accuracy than previously reported. UV light induces two major damage adducts: cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) and pyrimidine(6-4)pyrimidone photoproducts (6-4PPs). Employing capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence and taking advantages of the distinct properties of the CPDs and 6-4PPs, we studied the sequence specificity of UV-induced DNA damage in a purified DNA sequence using two approaches: end-labelling and a polymerase stop/linear amplification assay...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149674/the-impact-of-operational-strategies-on-the-performance-of-a-photo-ebpr-system
#7
V C F Carvalho, E B Freitas, P J Silva, J C Fradinho, M A M Reis, A Oehmen
A novel Phototrophic - Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (Photo-EBPR) system, consisting of a consortium of photosynthetic organisms and polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAOs), was studied in this work. A sequencing batch reactor was fed with a mixture of acetate and propionate (75%-25%) and subjected to dark/light cycles in order to select a photo-EBPR system containing PAOs and photosynthetic organisms, the latter likely providers of oxygen to the system. The results from the selection period (stage 1) showed that the photo-EBPR culture was capable of performing P release in the dark and P uptake in the presence of light, under limited oxygen concentrations...
November 4, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149665/a-study-of-microbial-communities-on-terracotta-separator-and-on-biocathode-of-air-breathing-microbial-fuel-cells
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Laura Rago, Sarah Zecchin, Stefania Marzorati, Andrea Goglio, Lucia Cavalca, Pierangela Cristiani, Andrea Schievano
Recently, terracotta has attracted interest as low-cost and biocompatible material to build separators in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). However, the influence of a non-conductive material like terracotta on electroactive microbiological communities remains substantially unexplored. This study aims at describing the microbial pools developed from two different seed inocula (bovine and swine sewage) in terracotta-based air-breathing MFC. A statistical approach on microbiological data confirmed different community enrichment in the MFCs, depending mainly on the inoculum...
November 11, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149640/change-to-ecosystem-properties-through-changing-the-dominant-species-impact-of-pteridium-aquilinum-control-and-heathland-restoration-treatments-on-selected-soil-properties
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G Milligan, K E Booth, E S Cox, R J Pakeman, M G Le Duc, L Connor, S Blackbird, R H Marrs
It is well known that soils are influenced by the plant species that grow in them. Here we consider the effects of management-induced changes to plant communities and their soils during restoration within a 20-year manipulative experiment where the aim was to change a late-successional community dominated by the weed, Pteridium aquilinum, to an earlier-successional grass-heath one. The ecological restoration treatments altered the above- and below-ground components of the community substantially. Untreated plots maintained a dense Pteridium cover with little understory vegetation, cutting treatments produce significant reductions of Pteridium, whereas herbicide (asulam) produced significant immediate reductions in Pteridium but regressed towards the untreated plots within 10 years...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149628/multiplex-taqman-locked-nucleic-acid-real-time-pcr-for-the-differential-identification-of-various-meat-and-meat-products
#10
Rusu Xu, Shuang Wei, Guangbiao Zhou, Jiao Ren, Zhongyong Liu, Shuze Tang, Peter C K Cheung, Xiyang Wu
Meat adulteration incidents have been reported frequently over the past few years, and the corresponding traceability issues attracted much more attention due to the customer's demands and administration's responsibility. Therefore, it is important to develop high-throughput and rapid detection methods to identify the specific sources from meat samples. In this study, a multiplex TaqMan locked nucleic acid real-time polymerase chain reaction assay (MLNA-RT-PCR) was developed to simultaneously detect multiple meat sources (duck, pork, beef and chicken)...
November 14, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149625/the-effects-of-pre-and-post-slaughter-spray-application-with-organic-acids-on-microbial-population-reductions-on-beef-carcasses
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Hoa Van Ba, Hyun-Woo Seo, Seong Pil-Nam, Yoon-Seok Kim, Beom Young Park, Sung-Sil Moon, Se-Ju Kang, Yong-Min Choi, Jin-Hyoung Kim
As an attempt to control bacterial cross-contamination of beef carcasses, in the present investigation acetic acid and lactic acid (3% v/v) were used for bacterial decontamination. For the decontamination, cows were sprayed with each above acid at two different stages; (i) on live animal's hides, (ii) on carcass surfaces immediately after slaughter. Microbiological samples were taken on different hide areas of animals before spraying and on carcass surfaces at 24h after spraying. Meat quality traits were also analyzed on the sprayed animals...
November 6, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149607/classifying-drosophila-olfactory-projection-neuron-subtypes-by-single-cell-rna-sequencing
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Hongjie Li, Felix Horns, Bing Wu, Qijing Xie, Jiefu Li, Tongchao Li, David J Luginbuhl, Stephen R Quake, Liqun Luo
The definition of neuronal type and how it relates to the transcriptome are open questions. Drosophila olfactory projection neurons (PNs) are among the best-characterized neuronal types: different PN classes target dendrites to distinct olfactory glomeruli, while PNs of the same class exhibit indistinguishable anatomical and physiological properties. Using single-cell RNA sequencing, we comprehensively characterized the transcriptomes of most PN classes and unequivocally mapped transcriptomes to specific olfactory function for six classes...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149597/structural-basis-for-shelterin-bridge-assembly
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Jin-Kwang Kim, Jinqiang Liu, Xichan Hu, Clinton Yu, Kyle Roskamp, Banumathi Sankaran, Lan Huang, Elizabeth A Komives, Feng Qiao
Telomere elongation through telomerase enables chromosome survival during cellular proliferation. The conserved multifunctional shelterin complex associates with telomeres to coordinate multiple telomere activities, including telomere elongation by telomerase. Similar to the human shelterin, fission yeast shelterin is composed of telomeric sequence-specific double- and single-stranded DNA-binding proteins, Taz1 and Pot1, respectively, bridged by Rap1, Poz1, and Tpz1. Here, we report the crystal structure of the fission yeast Tpz1(475-508)-Poz1-Rap1(467-496) complex that provides the structural basis for shelterin bridge assembly...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149595/sterol-oxidation-mediates-stress-responsive-vms1-translocation-to-mitochondria
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Jason R Nielson, Eric K Fredrickson, T Cameron Waller, Olga Zurita Rendón, Heidi L Schubert, Zhenjian Lin, Christopher P Hill, Jared Rutter
Vms1 translocates to damaged mitochondria in response to stress, whereupon its binding partner, Cdc48, contributes to mitochondrial protein homeostasis. Mitochondrial targeting of Vms1 is mediated by its conserved mitochondrial targeting domain (MTD), which, in unstressed conditions, is inhibited by intramolecular binding to the Vms1 leucine-rich sequence (LRS). Here, we report a 2.7 Å crystal structure of Vms1 that reveals that the LRS lies in a hydrophobic groove in the autoinhibited MTD. We also demonstrate that the oxidized sterol, ergosterol peroxide, is necessary and sufficient for Vms1 localization to mitochondria, through binding the MTD in an interaction that is competitive with binding to the LRS...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149532/exploitation-of-micrornas-by-japanese-encephalitis-virus-in-human-microglial-cells
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Meghana Rastogi, Neha Srivastava, Sunit K Singh
JEV infection in CNS leads to the JE neuroinflammation. Children and old age individual have been reported to be more prone to JEV infection. MicroRNAs are endogenous, small non-coding RNAs, which regulate the gene expression. These are ∼22 nucleotide long, conserved RNA sequence that binds at the 3'UTR of a target mRNA and regulate the post-transcriptional gene expression. The role of microRNAs has been reported in several diseases like cancer, viral infection, neuro-degeneration, diabetes etc. In the present study, the human microglial cells were infected with JEV (JaOAr strain)...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149504/mybl1-rearrangements-and-myb-amplification-in-breast-adenoid-cystic-carcinomas-lacking-the-myb-nfib-fusion-gene
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Jisun Kim, Felipe C Geyer, Luciano G Martelotto, Charlotte K Y Ng, Raymond S Lim, Pier Selenica, Anqi Li, Fresia Pareja, Nicola Fusco, Marcia Edelweiss, Rahul Kumar, Rodrigo Gularte-Merida, Andre N Forbes, Ekta Khurana, Odette Mariani, Sunil Badve, Anne Vincent-Salomon, Larry Norton, Jorge S Reis-Filho, Britta Weigelt
Breast adenoid cystic carcinoma (AdCC), a rare type of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), has been shown to be driven by MYB pathway activation, most often underpinned by the MYB-NFIB fusion gene. Alternative genetic mechanisms, such as MYBL1 rearrangements, have been reported in MYB-NFIB-negative salivary gland AdCCs. Here we report on the molecular characterization by massively parallel sequencing of four breast AdCCs lacking the MYB-NFIB fusion gene. In two cases, we identified MYBL1 rearrangements (MYBL1-ACTN1 and MYBL1-NFIB), which were associated with MYBL1 overexpression...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149498/association-between-a-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-in-the-grem1-gene-and-nonsyndromic-orofacial-cleft-in-the-chinese-population
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Xiaotong Wang, Hongquan Song, Xiaohui Jiao, Yanru Hao, Wei Zhang, Yuwei Gao, Yong Li, Na Mi, Jiaqun Yan
BACKGROUND: Nonsyndromic orofacial cleft (NSOC) is a common craniofacial deformity among newborns. The GREM1 gene is correlated with orofacial development. The aim of our study was to investigate the association between a single-nucleotide polymorphism in the GREM1 gene and this malformation in the Chinese population. METHODS: The SNaPshot mini sequencing technique was used to genotype the locus rs1258763 of the GREM1 gene in 331 patients with NSOC and 271 individuals in a control group...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149424/botanical-origin-and-chemical-constituents-of-commercial-saposhnikoviae-radix%C3%A2-and-its-related-crude-drugs-available-in-shaanxi-and-the-surrounding-regions
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Takuro Maruyama, Masami Ezaki, Mao Shiba, Hiroki Yamaji, Taichi Yoshitomi, Noriaki Kawano, Shu Zhu, Xiao Cheng, Tsuguo Yokokura, Yutaka Yamamoto, Hiroyuki Fuchino, Hang Sun, Katsuko Komatsu, Nobuo Kawahara
Saposhnikoviae radix (SR) is described in the Japanese Pharmacopoeia as a crude drug derived from the root of Saposhnikovia divaricata Schischkin (Umbelliferae). According to Flora of China, the root of Peucedanum ledebourielloides K. F. Fu is used as a regional substitute for SR. Therefore, we surveyed the botanical origin of the drug used in China, especially Shaanxi and the surrounding regions, through nucleotide sequence analysis of the internal transcribed spacer region of rDNA. As a result, several samples from Shaanxi () and Shanxi () provinces were identified as Peucedanum ledebourielloides...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149421/kribbella-podocarpi-sp-nov-isolated-from-the-leaves-of-a-yellowwood-tree-podocarpus-latifolius
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Sarah M Curtis, Iulia Norton, Gareth J Everest, Paul R Meyers
An endophytic actinobacterial strain was isolated from a yellowwood tree growing on the slope of Devil's Peak, Cape Town, South Africa. Analysis of the 16S rRNA gene showed that the strain belongs to the genus Kribbella. Phylogenetic analyses using the 16S rRNA gene and multilocus sequence analysis using the concatenated gene sequences of the gyrB, rpoB, relA, recA and atpD genes showed that strain YPL1(T) is closely related to the type strains of Kribbella karoonensis and Kribbella shirazensis. DDH experiments showed that strain YPL1(T) is a distinct genomic species from its close phylogenetic relative, K...
November 17, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149417/spl13-regulates-shoot-branching-and-flowering-time-in-medicago-sativa
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Ruimin Gao, Margaret Y Gruber, Lisa Amyot, Abdelali Hannoufa
Our results show SPL13 plays a crucial role in regulating vegetative and reproductive development in Medicago sativa L. (alfalfa), and that MYB112 is targeted and downregulated by SPL13 in alfalfa. We previously showed that transgenic Medicago sativa (alfalfa) plants overexpressing microRNA156 (miR156) show a bushy phenotype, reduced internodal length, delayed flowering time, and enhanced biomass yield. In alfalfa, transcripts of seven SQUAMOSA-PROMOTER BINDING PROTEIN-LIKE (SPL) transcription factors, including SPL13, are targeted for cleavage by miR156...
November 17, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
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