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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549171/identification-of-novel-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-mutations-in-human-head-and-body-lice-phthiraptera-pediculidae
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Samira Firooziyan, Ali Sadaghianifar, Behrooz Taghilou, Hossein Galavani, Eslam Ghaffari, Saber Gholizadeh
In recent years, the increase of head louse infestation in Iran (7.4%) and especially in West-Azerbaijan Province (248%) has raised the hypothesis of insecticide resistance development. There are different mechanisms of resistance to various groups of insecticides, and knockdown resistance (kdr) is a prominent mechanism of resistance to pyrethroids, an insecticide group which is used conventionally for pediculosis control. For detection of kdr-type well-known amino acid substitutions (M815I-T917I-L920F) and additional sodium channel mutations potentially associated with kdr resistance in head and body lice, louse populations were collected from West-Azerbaijan and Zanjan Provinces of Iran...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549066/alternative-exon-definition-events-control-the-choice-between-nuclear-retention-and-cytoplasmic-export-of-u11-u12-65k-mrna
#2
Jens Verbeeren, Bhupendra Verma, Elina H Niemelä, Karen Yap, Eugene V Makeyev, Mikko J Frilander
Cellular homeostasis of the minor spliceosome is regulated by a negative feed-back loop that targets U11-48K and U11/U12-65K mRNAs encoding essential components of the U12-type intron-specific U11/U12 di-snRNP. This involves interaction of the U11 snRNP with an evolutionarily conserved splicing enhancer giving rise to unproductive mRNA isoforms. In the case of U11/U12-65K, this mechanism controls the length of the 3' untranslated region (3'UTR). We show that this process is dynamically regulated in developing neurons and some other cell types, and involves a binary switch between translation-competent mRNAs with a short 3'UTR to non-productive isoforms with a long 3'UTR that are retained in the nucleus or/and spliced to the downstream amylase locus...
May 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548917/family-experiences-of-the-transition-to-palliative-care-in-aged-residential-care-arc-a-qualitative-study
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Rosemary Frey, Susan Foster, Michal Boyd, Jackie Robinson, Merryn Gott
PURPOSE: To address a gap in the literature by exploring bereaved families' perceptions of the transition to palliative care for their relative in long-term care. METHODS: In-depth interviews were conducted with a convenience sample of twenty-six family members who were most involved in the care of residents who had died within the last 12 months. Interviews explored care, perceptions of staff palliative care knowledge, communication with staff, care planning and decision-making...
May 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548638/asymmetric-recognition-of-hiv-1-envelope-trimer-by-v1v2-loop-targeting-antibodies
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Haoqing Wang, Harry B Gristick, Louise Scharf, Anthony P West, Rachel P Galimidi, Michael S Seaman, Natalia T Freund, Michel C Nussenzweig, Pamela J Bjorkman
The HIV-1 envelope (Env) glycoprotein binds to host cell receptors to mediate membrane fusion. The prefusion Env trimer is stabilized by V1V2 loops that interact at the trimer apex. Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) against V1V2 loops, exemplified by PG9, bind asymmetrically as a single Fab to the apex of the symmetric Env trimer using a protruding CDRH3 to penetrate the Env glycan shield. Here we characterized a distinct mode of V1V2 epitope recognition by the new bNAb BG1 in which two Fabs bind asymmetrically per Env trimer using a compact CDRH3...
May 26, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548532/time-bin-encoded-boson-sampling-with-a-single-photon-device
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Yu He, X Ding, Z-E Su, H-L Huang, J Qin, C Wang, S Unsleber, C Chen, H Wang, Y-M He, X-L Wang, W-J Zhang, S-J Chen, C Schneider, M Kamp, L-X You, Z Wang, S Höfling, Chao-Yang Lu, Jian-Wei Pan
Boson sampling is a problem strongly believed to be intractable for classical computers, but can be naturally solved on a specialized photonic quantum simulator. Here, we implement the first time-bin-encoded boson sampling using a highly indistinguishable (∼94%) single-photon source based on a single quantum-dot-micropillar device. The protocol requires only one single-photon source, two detectors, and a loop-based interferometer for an arbitrary number of photons. The single-photon pulse train is time-bin encoded and deterministically injected into an electrically programmable multimode network...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548513/universal-self-similar-scaling-of-spatial-wilson-loops-out-of-equilibrium
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J Berges, M Mace, S Schlichting
We investigate strongly correlated non-Abelian plasmas out of equilibrium. Based on numerical simulations, we establish a self-similar scaling property for the time evolution of spatial Wilson loops that characterizes a universal state of matter far from equilibrium. Most remarkably, it exhibits a generalized area law which holds for a sufficiently large ratio of spatial area and fractional power of time. Performing calculations also for the perturbative regime at higher momenta, we are able to characterize the full nonthermal scaling properties of SU(2) and SU(3) symmetric plasmas from short to large distance scales in terms of two independent universal exponents and associated scaling functions...
May 12, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548234/catheter-ablation-of-atrial-flutter-a-survey-focusing-on-post-ablation-oral-anticoagulation-management-and-ecg-monitoring
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Philipp Attanasio, Tabea Budde, Philipp Lacour, Abdul Shokor Parwani, Burkert Pieske, Florian Blaschke, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Leif-Hendrik Boldt, Martin Huemer
BACKGROUND: A considerable amount of patients with typical atrial flutter develops atrial fibrillation after CTI ablation. No uniform recommendations are available to guide anticoagulation regimes or ECG monitoring strategies after this procedure. METHODS: We conducted a web-based survey in electrophysiology (EP) centers in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Responses were received from 47 centers. The survey was designed to investigate variations in management of the following: Ablation strategy, oral anticoagulation (OAC) management and ECG monitoring after successful cavotricuspid isthmus (CTI) ablation...
May 26, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548214/the-performance-of-malbac-and-mda-methods-in-the-identification-of-concurrent-mutations-and-aneuploidy-screening-to-diagnose-beta-thalassaemia-disorders-at-the-single-and-multiple-cell-levels
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WeiQiang Liu, HuiMin Zhang, Dan Hu, SiJia Lu, XiaoFang Sun
AIM: To select an optimal whole-genome amplification (WGA) method to improve the efficiency of the preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening (PGD/PGS) of beta-thalassaemia disorders. METHODS: Fifty-seven fibroblast samples with defined beta-thalassaemia variations and forty-eight single-blastomere samples were amplified from single-, two-, and five-cell samples by multiple annealing and looping-based amplification cycles (MALBAC) and the multiple displacement amplification (MDA) method...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548044/falcon-a-highly-flexible-open-source-software-for-closed-loop-neuroscience
#9
Davide Ciliberti, Fabian Kloosterman
OBJECTIVE: Closed-loop experiments provide unique insights into brain dynamics and function. Here, we demonstrate an open-source software platform that enables high-performance real-time processing of streaming experimental data, suitable for a wide range of closed-loop experiments. APPROACH: We wrote a C++ multi-threaded software (Falcon) in which the user can load and execute an arbitrary processing graph. Each node in the graph is internally mapped to a single thread and nodes communicate with each other through thread-safe buffers...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547929/tehran-s-tie-a-simple-trick-to-fix-the-trocar-to-the-abdominal-wall-and-close-the-entry-site-of-first-trocar-in-laparoscopic-surgery
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Bijan Mohammadhosseini
INTRODUCTION: Trocar dislodgment can occur frequently during minimally invasive surgery. Closing the entry port at the fascial layer after the end of a long laparoscopic surgery is time-consuming. Here, I introduce Tehran's Tie, a simple trick to overcome these problems. MATERIALS AND SURGICAL TECHNIQUE: After the first trocar site has been created with the open technique and before the first port is inserted, the fascial wound is grasped with a loop of nylon thread, similar to a transverse matrix suture...
May 2017: Asian Journal of Endoscopic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547799/the-effects-of-intransitive-competition-on-coexistence
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Laure Gallien, Niklaus E Zimmermann, Jonathan M Levine, Peter B Adler
Coexistence theory has been developed with an almost exclusive focus on interactions between two species, often ignoring more complex and indirect interactions, such as intransitive loops, that can emerge in competition networks. In fact, intransitive competition has typically been studied in isolation from other pairwise stabilising processes, and thus little is known about how intransitivity interacts with more traditional drivers of species coexistence such as niche partitioning. To integrate intransitivity into traditional coexistence theory, we developed a metric of growth rate when rare, Δri¯, to identify and quantify the impact of intransitive competition against a backdrop of pairwise stabilising niche differences...
May 26, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546991/structural-modeling-of-a-novel-slc38a8-mutation-that-causes-foveal-hypoplasia
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Marcus A Toral, Gabriel Velez, Katherine Boudreault, Kellie A Schaefer, Yu Xu, Norman Saffra, Alexander G Bassuk, Stephen H Tsang, Vinit B Mahajan
BACKGROUND: Foveal hypoplasia (FH) in the absence of albinism, aniridia, microphthalmia, or achromatopsia is exceedingly rare, and the molecular basis for the disorder remains unknown. FH is characterized by the absence of both the retinal foveal pit and avascular zone, but with preserved retinal architecture. SLC38A8 encodes a sodium-coupled neutral amino acid transporter with a preference for glutamate as a substrate. SLC38A8 has been linked to FH. Here, we describe a novel mutation to SLC38A8 which causes FH, and report the novel use of OCT-angiography to improve the precision of FH diagnosis...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546987/current-progress-in-understanding-the-molecular-pathogenesis-of-burn-scar-contracture
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Jianglin Tan, Jun Wu
Abnormal wound healing is likely to induce scar formation, leading to dysfunction, deformity, and psychological trauma in burn patients. Despite the advancement of medical care treatment, scar contracture in burn patients remains a challenge. Myofibroblasts play a key role in scar contracture. It has been demonstrated that myofibroblasts, as well as inflammatory cells, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, and epithelial cells, secrete transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) and other cytokines, which can promote persistent myofibroblast activation via a positive regulation loop...
2017: Burns and trauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546810/a-downmodulated-microrna-profiling-in-patients-with-gastric-cancer
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Tao Zhang, Chang Liu, Shi Huang, Yuanping Ma, Jiansong Fang, Yuanneng Chen
Objective. Here, we aim to investigate the microRNA (miR) profiling in human gastric cancer (GC). Methods. Tumoral and matched peritumoral gastric specimens were collected from 12 GC patients who underwent routine surgery. A high-throughput miR sequencing method was applied to detect the aberrantly expressed miRs in a subset of 6 paired samples. The stem-loop quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) assay was subsequently performed to confirm the sequencing results in the remaining 6 paired samples...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546511/the-nanci-nkx2-1-gene-duplex-buffers-nkx2-1-expression-to-maintain-lung-development-and-homeostasis
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Michael J Herriges, David J Tischfield, Zheng Cui, Michael P Morley, Yumiao Han, Apoorva Babu, Su Li, MinMin Lu, Isis Cendan, Benjamin A Garcia, Stewart A Anderson, Edward E Morrisey
A subset of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) is spatially correlated with transcription factors (TFs) across the genome, but how these lncRNA-TF gene duplexes regulate tissue development and homeostasis is unclear. We identified a feedback loop within the NANCI (Nkx2.1-associated noncoding intergenic RNA)-Nkx2.1 gene duplex that is essential for buffering Nkx2.1 expression, lung epithelial cell identity, and tissue homeostasis. Within this locus, Nkx2.1 directly inhibits NANCI, while NANCI acts in cis to promote Nkx2...
May 25, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546437/characterization-of-thermostable-cam-rubisco-activase-reveals-a-rubisco-interacting-surface-loop
#16
Devendra Shivhare, Oliver Mueller-Cajar
In order to maintain metabolic flux through the Calvin-Benson-Bassham (CBB) cycle in higher plants, dead-end inhibited complexes of ribulose 1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (Rubisco) must constantly be engaged and remodeled by the molecular chaperone Rubisco activase (Rca). In C3 plants the thermolability of Rca is responsible for the deactivation of Rubisco and reduction of photosynthesis at moderately elevated temperatures. We reasoned that CAM plants must possess thermostable Rca to support CBB flux during the day when stomata are closed...
May 25, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546428/the-myocardin-related-transcription-factor-mkl-co-regulates-the-cellular-levels-of-two-profilin-isoforms
#17
Marion Joy, David Gau, Nevin Castellucci, Ron Prywes, Partha Roy
Megakaryoblastic leukemia (MKL)/ serum response factor (SRF)-mediated gene transcription is a highly conserved mechanism that connects dynamic reorganization of the actin cytoskeleton to regulation of expression of a wide range of genes including SRF itself and many important structural and regulatory components of actin cytoskeleton. In this study, we examined the possible role of MKL/SRF in the context of regulation of profilin (Pfn), a major controller of actin dynamics and actin cytoskeletal remodeling in cells...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546115/both-polarity-and-aromatic-ring-in-the-side-chain-of-tryptophan-246-are-involved-in-binding-activity-of-vibrio-vulnificus-hemolysin-to-target-cells
#18
Takashige Kashimoto, Tomoe Akita, Takehiro Kado, Kohei Yamazaki, Shunji Ueno
Vibrio vulnificus secretes a hemolysin/cytolysin (VVH) that induces cytolysis against a variety of mammalian cells by forming pores on the cellular membrane. VVH is known to bind to the cellular membrane as a monomer, and then convert to a pore-forming oligomer. However, the structural basis for binding of this toxin to target cells remains unknown. We show here that the polarity and indole ring on the side chain of Trp 246 (W246) of VVH, which sits on a bottom loop, participates in binding to cellular membrane...
May 22, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546100/does-the-timing-of-loop-ileostomy-closure-affect-outcome-a-case-matched-study
#19
Wanglin Li, Gokhan Ozuner
INTRODUCTION: The optimal timing for the closure of loop ileostomies remains controversial. The aim of this study is to determine whether ileostomy closure (<3 months post formation) affects stoma-related morbidity compared to late closure (≥3 months post formation). METHODS: All patients who had loop ileostomy and ileostomy closure between 2012 and 2015 were identified from an IRB-approved, prospectively maintained institutional database.The patients who underwent ileostomy closure (<3 months) were compared against matched patients undergoing ileostomy closure (≥3 months)...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546028/evaluation-and-control-of-microbial-and-chemical-contamination-in-dialysis-water-plants-of-italian-nephrology-wards
#20
Michele Totaro, Beatrice Casini, Paola Valentini, Mario Miccoli, Serena Giorgi, Andrea Porretta, Gaetano Privitera, Pier Luigi Lopalco, Angelo Baggiani
BACKGROUND: Patients receiving haemodialysis are exposed to a large volume of dialysis fluid. The Italian Society of Nephrology (ISN) published guidelines and microbial quality standards on dialysis water (DW) and solutions to ensure patient safety. AIM: Aim of the study was to identify microbial and chemical hazards and to evaluate disinfection treatments quality in DW plants. METHODS: In the years 2015 and 2016 water networks and DW plants (closed loop and online monitors) of nine dialysis wards of Italian hospitals, hosting 162 dialysis beds overall, were sampled on a monthly basis to determine the parameters provided by ISN guidelines...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
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