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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925686/slc4a11-three-dimensional-homology-model-rationalizes-corneal-dystrophy-causing-mutations
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Katherine E Badior, Kumari Alka, Joseph R Casey
We studied the structural effects of point mutations of a membrane protein that cause genetic disease. SLC4A11 is a membrane transport protein (OH(-) /H(+) /NH3 /H2 O) of basolateral corneal endothelium, whose mutations cause some cases of Congenital Hereditary Endothelial Dystrophy and Fuchs Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy. We created a three-dimensional homology model of SLC4A11 membrane domain, using Band 3 (SLC4A1) crystal structure as template. The homology model was assessed in silico and by analysis of mutants designed on the basis of the model...
December 7, 2016: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925647/left-ventricular-function-assessed-by-one-point-carotid-wave-intensity-in-newly-diagnosed-untreated-hypertensive-patients
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Olga Vriz, Serena Favretto, Joanna Jaroch, Rychard Wojciech, Eduardo Bossone, Caterina Driussi, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Paolo Palatini, Krystyna Loboz-Grudzien
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether newly diagnosed untreated hypertensive patients show higher left ventricular (LV) contractility, as assessed by traditional echocardiographic indices and carotid wave intensity (WI) parameters, including amplitude of the peak during early (W1 ) and late systole (W2 ). METHODS: A total of 145 untreated hypertensive patients were compared with 145 age- and sex-matched normotensive subjects. They underwent comprehensive echocardiography and WI analysis...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924919/a-central-cavity-within-the-holo-translocon-suggests-a-mechanism-for-membrane-protein-insertion
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Mathieu Botte, Nathan R Zaccai, Jelger Lycklama À Nijeholt, Remy Martin, Kèvin Knoops, Gabor Papai, Juan Zou, Aurélien Deniaud, Manikandan Karuppasamy, Qiyang Jiang, Abhishek Singha Roy, Klaus Schulten, Patrick Schultz, Juri Rappsilber, Giuseppe Zaccai, Imre Berger, Ian Collinson, Christiane Schaffitzel
The conserved SecYEG protein-conducting channel and the accessory proteins SecDF-YajC and YidC constitute the bacterial holo-translocon (HTL), capable of protein-secretion and membrane-protein insertion. By employing an integrative approach combining small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), low-resolution electron microscopy and biophysical analyses we determined the arrangement of the proteins and lipids within the super-complex. The results guided the placement of X-ray structures of individual HTL components and allowed the proposal of a model of the functional translocon...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918898/roles-of-l-type-calcium-channels-cav1-2-and-the-distal-c-terminus-dct-in-differentiation-and-mineralization-of-rat-dental-apical-papilla-stem-cells-rscaps
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Qianqian Gao, Jianping Ge, Yanqin Ju, Changsheng Li, Jian Gao, Meisheng Wu, Shouliang Zhao
OBJECTIVE: Voltage-gated inward Ca(2+) currents (ICa) are triggered by cell depolarization and commonly produce transient increases in the cytoplasmic free Ca(2+) concentration. The CaV1.2 distal C-terminus is susceptible to proteolytic cleavage, which yields a truncated CaV1.2 subunit and a cleaved C-terminal fragment (CCt or DCT). Stem cells from the apical papilla (SCAPs) has a capacity for differentiation into the odontoblastic-like cells in vitro and dentin forming in vivo, which makes SCAPs advantages in tissue engineering and regenerative endodontic...
November 4, 2016: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910503/characterization-of-x-ray-framing-cameras-for-the-national-ignition-facility-using-single-photon-pulse-height-analysis
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J P Holder, L R Benedetti, D K Bradley
Single hit pulse height analysis is applied to National Ignition Facility x-ray framing cameras to quantify gain and gain variation in a single micro-channel plate-based instrument. This method allows the separation of gain from detectability in these photon-detecting devices. While pulse heights measured by standard-DC calibration methods follow the expected exponential distribution at the limit of a compound-Poisson process, gain-gated pulse heights follow a more complex distribution that may be approximated as a weighted sum of a few exponentials...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910429/automated-analysis-of-hot-spot-x-ray-images-at-the-national-ignition-facility
#6
S F Khan, N Izumi, S Glenn, R Tommasini, L R Benedetti, T Ma, A Pak, G A Kyrala, P Springer, D K Bradley, R P J Town
At the National Ignition Facility, the symmetry of the hot spot of imploding capsules is diagnosed by imaging the emitted x-rays using gated cameras and image plates. The symmetry of an implosion is an important factor in the yield generated from the resulting fusion process. The x-ray images are analyzed by decomposing the image intensity contours into Fourier and Legendre modes. This paper focuses on the additional protocols for the time-integrated shape analysis from image plates. For implosions with temperatures above ∼4 keV, the hard x-ray background can be utilized to infer the temperature of the hot spot...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910406/comparison-of-implosion-core-metrics-a-10-ps-dilation-x-ray-imager-vs-a-100-ps-gated-microchannel-plate
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S R Nagel, L R Benedetti, D K Bradley, T J Hilsabeck, N Izumi, S Khan, G A Kyrala, T Ma, A Pak
The dilation x-ray imager (DIXI) [T. J. Hilsabeck et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 10E317 (2010); S. R. Nagel et al., ibid. 83, 10E116 (2012); S. R. Nagel et al., ibid. 85, 11E504 (2014)] is a high-speed x-ray framing camera that uses the pulse-dilation technique to achieve a temporal resolution of less than 10 ps. This is a 10 × improvement over conventional framing cameras currently employed on the National Ignition Facility (NIF) (100 ps resolution), and otherwise only achievable with 1D streaked imaging...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909770/the-natural-history-of-takotsubo-syndrome-a-two-year-follow-up-study-with-myocardial-sympathetic-and-perfusion-g-spect-imaging
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Stelvio Sestini, Francesco Pestelli, Mario Leoncini, Francesco Bellandi, Christian Mazzeo, Luigi Mansi, Ignasi Carrio, Antonio Castagnoli
PURPOSE: To investigate changes in sympathetic activity, perfusion, and left ventricular (LV) functionality in takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) patients from onset (T0) to post-onset conditions at 1 month (T1), 1-2 years (T2, T3). METHODS: Twenty-two patients (70 ± 11 years) underwent serial gated single photon emission tomography (G-SPECT) studies with (123)I-mIBG and (99m)Tc-Sestamibi. Statistics were performed using ANOVA/Sheffé post-hoc, correlation test, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis (p < 0...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909700/dataset-for-a-dugesia-japonica-de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-utilized-for-defining-the-voltage-gated-like-ion-channel-superfamily
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John D Chan, Dan Zhang, Xiaolong Liu, Magdalena Z Zarowiecki, Matthew Berriman, Jonathan S Marchant
This data article provides a transcriptomic resource for the free living planarian flatworm Dugesia japonica related to the research article entitled 'Utilizing the planarian voltage-gated ion channel transcriptome to resolve a role for a Ca(2+) channel in neuromuscular function and regeneration (J.D. Chan, D. Zhang, X. Liu, M. Zarowiecki, M. Berriman, J.S. Marchant, 2016) [1]. Data provided in this submission comprise sequence information for the unfiltered de novo assembly, the filtered assembly and a curated analysis of voltage-gated like (VGL) ion channel sequences mined from this resource...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908174/respiratory-motion-compensation-for-simultaneous-pet-mr-based-on-highly-undersampled-mr-data
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Christopher M Rank, Thorsten Heußer, Andreas Wetscherek, Martin T Freitag, Oliver Sedlaczek, Heinz-Peter Schlemmer, Marc Kachelrieß
PURPOSE: Positron emission tomography (PET) of the thorax region is impaired by respiratory patient motion. To account for motion, the authors propose a new method for PET/magnetic resonance (MR) respiratory motion compensation (MoCo), which uses highly undersampled MR data with acquisition times as short as 1 min/bed. METHODS: The proposed PET/MR MoCo method (4D jMoCo PET) uses radial MR data to estimate the respiratory patient motion employing MR joint motion estimation and image reconstruction with temporal median filtering...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908170/high-resolution-digital-autoradiographic-and-dosimetric-analysis-of-heterogeneous-radioactivity-distribution-in-xenografted-prostate-tumors
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Oskar V Timmermand, Jenny Nilsson, Sven-Erik Strand, Jörgen Elgqvist
PURPOSE: The first main aim of this study was to illustrate the absorbed dose rate distribution from (177)Lu in sections of xenografted prostate cancer (PCa) tumors using high resolution digital autoradiography (DAR) and compare it with hypothetical identical radioactivity distributions of (90)Y or 7 MeV alpha-particles. Three dosimetry models based on either dose point kernels or Monte Carlo simulations were used and evaluated. The second and overlapping aim, was to perform DAR imaging and dosimetric analysis of the distribution of radioactivity, and hence the absorbed dose rate, in tumor sections at an early time point after injection during radioimmunotherapy using (177)Lu-h11B6, directed against the human kallikrein 2 antigen...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907931/koronararterienanomalien-diagnostik-und-klassifikation-auf-basis-der-ct-und-mrt-des-herzens-von-alcapa-bis-terminationsanomaliecoronary-artery-anomalies-diagnosis-and-classification-based-on-cardiac-ct-and-mri-cmr-from-alcapa-to-anomalies-of-termination
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Philipp Heermann, Walter Heindel, Christoph Schülke
Background Coronary artery anomalies encompass a clinically and anatomically variable spectrum including physiological variants and pathophysiologically relevant anomalies. The majority of the variants has no hemodynamic relevance and is often detected accidentally. The recognition of the rare and relevant anomalies that cause either relevant shunt volumes leading to myocardial ischemia or ventricular tachyarrhythmias with the risk of sudden cardiac death is of major importance. Methods This review is based on a literature search in PubMed conducted using the key words "coronary artery" and/or "anomaly" and/or "anomalous origin" and/or "myocardial bridging" and/or "coronary artery fistula" and/or "Bland-White-Garland" and/or "ALCAPA"...
December 1, 2016: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906060/discrete-adipose-derived-stem-cell-subpopulations-may-display-differential-functionality-after-in-vitro-expansion-despite-convergence-to-a-common-phenotype-distribution
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Frederik Mølgaard Nielsen, Simone Elkjær Riis, Jens Isak Andersen, Raphaëlle Lesage, Trine Fink, Cristian Pablo Pennisi, Vladimir Zachar
BACKGROUND: Complex immunophenotypic repertoires defining discrete adipose-derived stem cell (ASC) subpopulations may hold a key toward identifying predictors of clinical utility. To this end, we sorted out of the freshly established ASCs four subpopulations (SPs) according to a specific pattern of co-expression of six surface markers, the CD34, CD73, CD90, CD105, CD146, and CD271, using polychromatic flow cytometry. METHOD: Using flow cytometry-associated cell sorting and analysis, gating parameters were set to select for a CD73(+)CD90(+)CD105(+) phenotype plus one of the four following combinations, CD34(-)CD146(-)CD271(-) (SP1), CD34(-)CD146(+)CD271(-) (SP2), CD34(+)CD146(+)CD271(-) (SP3), and CD34(-)CD146(+)CD271(+) (SP4)...
December 1, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900435/enzyme-based-logic-gates-and-circuits-analytical-applications-and-interfacing-with-electronics
#14
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Evgeny Katz, Arshak Poghossian, Michael J Schöning
The paper is an overview of enzyme-based logic gates and their short circuits, with specific examples of Boolean AND and OR gates, and concatenated logic gates composed of multi-step enzyme-biocatalyzed reactions. Noise formation in the biocatalytic reactions and its decrease by adding a "filter" system, converting convex to sigmoid response function, are discussed. Despite the fact that the enzyme-based logic gates are primarily considered as components of future biomolecular computing systems, their biosensing applications are promising for immediate practical use...
November 29, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898927/effect-of-feeding-strategy-on-environmental-impacts-of-pig-fattening-in-different-contexts-of-production-evaluation-through-life-cycle-assessment
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A N T R Monteiro, F Garcia-Launay, L Brossard, A Wilfart, J-Y Dourmad
Life cycle assessment (LCA) has been used in many studies to evaluate the effect of feeding strategy on the environmental impact of pig production. However, because most studies have been conducted in European conditions, the question of possible interactions with the context of production is still under debate. The objective of this study was to evaluate these effects in 2 contrasted geographic contexts of production, South America (Brazil) and Europe (France). The LCA considered the process of pig fattening, including production and transport of feed ingredients and feed, raising of fattening pigs, and manure storage, transport, and spreading...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897275/an-ex-vivo-model-contributing-to-the-diagnosis-and-evaluation-of-new-drugs-in-cystic-fibrosis
#16
A M Di Lullo, M Scorza, F Amato, M Comegna, V Raia, L Maiuri, G Ilardi, E Cantone, G Castaldo, M Iengo
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive disease caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene. About 2000 mutations have been described so far. We setup an ex vivo model of human nasal epithelial cells (HNECs) to study CF patients testing the effect of novel mutations and molecular therapies. We performed the sampling (by brushing), followed by culture and analysis of HNECs using a series of molecular techniques. We performed 50 brushings from CF patients and controls...
November 29, 2016: Acta Otorhinolaryngologica Italica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897009/an-updated-debarcoding-tool-for-mass-cytometry-with-cell-type-specific-and-cell-sample-specific-stringency-adjustment
#17
Kristen I Fread, William D Strickland, Garry P Nolan, Eli R Zunder
Pooled sample analysis by mass cytometry barcoding carries many advantages: reduced antibody consumption, increased sample throughput, removal of cell doublets, reduction of cross-contamination by sample carryover, and the elimination of tube-to-tube-variability in antibody staining. A single-cell debarcoding algorithm was previously developed to improve the accuracy and yield of sample deconvolution, but this method was limited to using fixed parameters for debarcoding stringency filtering, which could introduce cell-specific or sample-specific bias to cell yield in scenarios where barcode staining intensity and variance are not uniform across the pooled samples...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893283/driver-speed-selection-on-high-speed-two-lane-highways-comparing-speed-profiles-between-uniform-and-differential-speed-limits
#18
Brendan J Russo, Peter T Savolainen, Timothy J Gates, Jonathan J Kay, Sterling Frazier
OBJECTIVE: Although a considerable amount of prior research has investigated the impacts of speed limits on traffic safety and operations, much of this research, and nearly all of the research related to differential speed limits, has been specific to limited access freeways. The unique safety and operational issues on highways without access control creates difficulty relating the conclusions from prior freeway-related speed limit research to two-lane highways, particularly research on differential limits due to passing limitations and subsequent queuing...
November 28, 2016: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890818/the-anabolic-steroid-nandrolone-alters-cannabinoid-self-administration-and-brain-cb1-receptor-density-and-function
#19
Dicky Struik, Paola Fadda, Tamara Zara, Erica Zamberletti, Tiziana Rubino, Daniela Parolaro, Walter Fratta, Liana Fattore
Clinical and pre-clinical observations indicate that anabolic-androgenic steroids can induce neurobiological changes that alter the rewarding effects of drugs of abuse. In this study, we investigated the effect of the anabolic steroid nandrolone on the rewarding properties of the cannabinoid CB1 receptor agonist WIN55,212-2 (WIN) in rats. Lister Hooded male rats were treated intramuscularly with nandrolone (15mg/kg) or vehicle for 14 consecutive days, and then allowed to self-administer WIN (12.5μg/kg/infusion) intravenously...
November 24, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889674/design-synthesis-characterization-and-cation-sensing-behavior-of-amino-naphthoquinone-receptor-selective-colorimetric-sensing-of-cu-ii-ion-in-nearly-aqueous-solution-with-mimicking-logic-gate-operation
#20
C Parthiban, Kuppanagounder P Elango
An amino-naphthoquione receptor (R1) has been rationally designed, synthesized and characterized using (1)H and (13)C NMR, LCMS and single crystal X-ray diffraction studies. The receptor exhibits an instantaneous colour change from yellow to blue selectively with Cu(II) ions in water-DMF (98:2% v/v) medium. The results of UV-Vis and fluorescence spectral studies indicates that the mechanism of sensing involves formation of a 1:1 complex between R1 and Cu(II) ion. The proposed mechanism has been confirmed through product analysis using FT-IR, UV-Vis, EPR and HRMS studies in addition to magnetic moment and elemental analysis measurements...
November 18, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
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