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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434015/low-lymphatic-vessel-density-associates-with-chronic-rhinosinusitis-with-nasal-polyps
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A Luukkainen, M Seppälä, J Renkonen, R Renkonen, J Hagström, H Huhtala, M Rautiainen, J Myller, T Paavonen, A Ranta, T Torkkeli, S Toppila-Salmi
OBJECTIVES: Chronic rhinosinusitis with and without nasal polyps (CRSwNP and CRSsNP) and antrochoanal polyps (ACP) are different upper airway inflammation phenotypes with different pathomechanisms. In order to understand the development of tissue edema, the present study aimed to evaluate lymphatic vessel density in CRSsNP, CRSwNP and ACP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 120 retrospective nasal and maxillary sinus specimens were stained immunohistochemically with a von Willebrand factor polyclonal antibody recognizing vascular and lymphatic endothelium, and with a podoplanin monoclonal antibody recognizing lymphatic endothelium...
April 23, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433932/the-unseen-rhizosphere-root-soil-microbe-interactions-for-crop-production
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REVIEW
Ruifu Zhang, Jorge M Vivanco, Qirong Shen
The underground root-soil-microbe interactions are extremely complex, but vitally important for aboveground plant growth, health and fitness. The pressure to reduce our reliance on agrochemicals, and sustainable efforts to develop agriculture makes rhizosphere interactions' research a hotspot. Recent advances provide new insights about the signals, pathways, functions and mechanisms of these interactions. In this review, we provide an overview about recent progress in rhizosphere interaction networks in crops...
April 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433683/municipal-wastewater-sludge-as-a-sustainable-bioresource-in-the-united-states
#3
Timothy E Seiple, André M Coleman, Richard L Skaggs
Within the United States and Puerto Rico, publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) process 130.5 Gl/d (34.5 Bgal/d) of wastewater, producing sludge as a waste product. Emerging technologies offer novel waste-to-energy pathways through whole sludge conversion into biofuels. Assessing the feasibility, scalability and tradeoffs of various energy conversion pathways is difficult in the absence of highly spatially resolved estimates of sludge production. In this study, average wastewater solids concentrations and removal rates, and site specific daily average influent flow are used to estimate site specific annual sludge production on a dry weight basis for >15,000 POTWs...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433477/novel-mutations-in-the-c-terminal-region-of-gmppb-causing-limb-girdle-muscular-dystrophy-overlapping-with-congenital-myasthenic-syndrome
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Sushan Luo, Shuang Cai, Susan Maxwell, Dongyue Yue, Wenhua Zhu, Kai Qiao, Zhen Zhu, Lei Zhou, Jianying Xi, Jiahong Lu, David Beeson, Chongbo Zhao
Mutations in the GMPPB gene may underlie both limb girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) and congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS). Forty-one cases have been reported to date and hotspot mutations are emerging in the Caucasian population. Clinical and pathological features of 5 patients with compound heterozygous GMPPB mutations were collected and retrospectively reviewed. In vitro functional analysis was performed to investigate the pathogeneity of GMPPB variants. The patients presented with proximal limb weakness in their first to second decades...
March 10, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432908/particulate-matter-pollution-from-aviation-related-activity-at-a-small-airport-of-the-aegean-sea-insular-region
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C Psanis, E Triantafyllou, M Giamarelou, M Manousakas, K Eleftheriadis, G Biskos
The unprecedented growth in aviation during the last years has resulted in a notable increase of local air pollution related to airports. The impacts of aviation on air quality can be extremely high particularly around airports serving remote insular regions with pristine atmospheric environments. Here we report measurements that show how the atmospheric aerosol is affected by the activity at a small airport in a remote region. More specifically, we provide measurements performed at the airport of Mytilene, Greece, a regional yet international airport that serves the entire island of Lesvos; the third largest island of the country...
April 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431143/characterisation-of-the-gill-mucosal-bacterial-communities-of-four-butterflyfish-species-a-reservoir-of-bacterial-diversity-in-coral-reefs-ecosystems
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Miriam Reverter, Pierre Sasal, N Tapissier-Bontemps, D Lecchini, Suzuki M
While recent studies have suggested that fish mucus microbiota play an important role in homeostasis and prevention of infections, very few studies have investigated the bacterial communities of gill mucus. We characterised the gill mucus bacterial communities of four butterflyfish species and although the bacterial diversity of gill mucus varied significantly between species, Shannon diversities were high (H = 3.7 - 5.7) in all species. Microbiota composition differed between butterflyfishes, with Chaetodon lunulatus and C...
April 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430579/antiangiogenesis-and-gene-aberration-related-therapy-may-improve-overall-survival-in-patients-with-concurrent-kras-and-tp53-hotspot-mutant-cancer
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Zhijie Wang, Sarina Piha-Paul, Filip Janku, Vivek Subbiah, Naiyi Shi, Jing Gong, Chetna Wathoo, Kenna Shaw, Kenneth Hess, Russell Broaddus, Aung Naing, David Hong, Apostolia M Tsimberidou, Daniel Karp, James Yao, Funda Meric-Bernstam, Siqing Fu
PURPOSE: Genetic alterations such as activating KRAS and/or inactivating TP53 are thought to be the most common drivers to tumorigenesis. Therefore, we assessed phase I cancer patients with KRAS+/TP53+ mutations. RESULTS: Approximately 8% of patients referred to phase I clinical trials harbored concurrent KRAS and TP53 mutations. Patients who received a phase I trial therapy (n = 57) had a median OS of 12 months, compared with 4.6 months in those who were not treated (n = 106; p = 0...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430187/poorly-known-microbial-taxa-dominate-the-microbiome-of-permafrost-thaw-ponds
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Christian Wurzbacher, R Henrik Nilsson, Milla Rautio, Sari Peura
In the transition zone of the shifting permafrost border, thaw ponds emerge as hotspots of microbial activity, processing the ancient carbon freed from the permafrost. We analyzed the microbial succession across a gradient of recently emerged to older ponds using three molecular markers: one universal, one bacterial and one fungal. Age was a major modulator of the microbial community of the thaw ponds. Surprisingly, typical freshwater taxa comprised only a small fraction of the community. Instead, thaw ponds of all age classes were dominated by enigmatic bacterial and fungal phyla...
April 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428864/integrating-biogeography-threat-and-evolutionary-data-to-explore-extinction-crisis-in-the-taxonomic-group-of-cycads
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Kowiyou Yessoufou, Barnabas H Daru, Respinah Tafirei, Hosam O Elansary, Isaac Rampedi
Will the ongoing extinction crisis cause a severe loss of evolutionary information accumulated over millions of years on the tree of life? This question has been largely explored, particularly for vertebrates and angiosperms. However, no equivalent effort has been devoted to gymnosperms. Here, we address this question focusing on cycads, the gymnosperm group exhibiting the highest proportion of threatened species in the plant kingdom. We assembled the first complete phylogeny of cycads and assessed how species loss under three scenarios would impact the cycad tree of life...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428164/zika-in-twitter-temporal-variations-of-locations-actors-and-concepts
#10
Anthony Stefanidis, Emily Vraga, Georgios Lamprianidis, Jacek Radzikowski, Paul L Delamater, Kathryn H Jacobsen, Dieter Pfoser, Arie Croitoru, Andrew Crooks
BACKGROUND: The recent Zika outbreak witnessed the disease evolving from a regional health concern to a global epidemic. During this process, different communities across the globe became involved in Twitter, discussing the disease and key issues associated with it. This paper presents a study of this discussion in Twitter, at the nexus of location, actors, and concepts. OBJECTIVE: Our objective in this study was to demonstrate the significance of 3 types of events: location related, actor related, and concept related, for understanding how a public health emergency of international concern plays out in social media, and Twitter in particular...
April 20, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427451/household-level-spatio-temporal-analysis-of-plasmodium-falciparum-and-plasmodium-vivax-malaria-in-ethiopia
#11
Dinberu Seyoum, Delenasaw Yewhalaw, Luc Duchateau, Patrick Brandt, Angel Rosas-Aguirre, Niko Speybroeck
BACKGROUND: The global decline of malaria burden and goals for elimination has led to an increased interest in the fine-scale epidemiology of malaria. Micro-geographic heterogeneity of malaria infection could have implications for designing targeted small-area interventions. METHODS: Two-year longitudinal cohort study data were used to explore the spatial and spatio-temporal distribution of malaria episodes in 2040 children aged < 10 years in 16 villages near the Gilgel-Gibe hydropower dam in Southwest Ethiopia...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427389/defining-micro-epidemiology-for-malaria-elimination-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Melanie Bannister-Tyrrell, Kristien Verdonck, Susanna Hausmann-Muela, Charlotte Gryseels, Joan Muela Ribera, Koen Peeters Grietens
BACKGROUND: Malaria risk can vary markedly between households in the same village, or between villages, but the determinants of this "micro-epidemiological" variation in malaria risk remain poorly understood. This study aimed to identify factors that explain fine-scale variation in malaria risk across settings and improve definitions and methods for malaria micro-epidemiology. METHODS: A systematic review of studies that examined risk factors for variation in malaria infection between individuals, households, clusters, hotspots, or villages in any malaria-endemic setting was conducted...
April 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427355/identifying-and-characterizing-hepatitis-c-virus-hotspots-in-massachusetts-a-spatial-epidemiological-approach
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Thomas J Stopka, Michael A Goulart, David J Meyers, Marga Hutcheson, Kerri Barton, Shauna Onofrey, Daniel Church, Ashley Donahue, Kenneth K H Chui
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections have increased during the past decade but little is known about geographic clustering patterns. METHODS: We used a unique analytical approach, combining geographic information systems (GIS), spatial epidemiology, and statistical modeling to identify and characterize HCV hotspots, statistically significant clusters of census tracts with elevated HCV counts and rates. We compiled sociodemographic and HCV surveillance data (n = 99,780 cases) for Massachusetts census tracts (n = 1464) from 2002 to 2013...
April 20, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426665/oncodomains-a-protein-domain-centric-framework-for-analyzing-rare-variants-in-tumor-samples
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Thomas A Peterson, Iris Ivy M Gauran, Junyong Park, DoHwan Park, Maricel G Kann
The fight against cancer is hindered by its highly heterogeneous nature. Genome-wide sequencing studies have shown that individual malignancies contain many mutations that range from those commonly found in tumor genomes to rare somatic variants present only in a small fraction of lesions. Such rare somatic variants dominate the landscape of genomic mutations in cancer, yet efforts to correlate somatic mutations found in one or few individuals with functional roles have been largely unsuccessful. Traditional methods for identifying somatic variants that drive cancer are 'gene-centric' in that they consider only somatic variants within a particular gene and make no comparison to other similar genes in the same family that may play a similar role in cancer...
April 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426139/engineering-a-promiscuous-tautomerase-into-a-more-efficient-aldolase-for-self-condensations-of-linear-aliphatic-aldehydes
#15
Mehran Rahimi, Jan Ytzen van der Meer, Edzard Geertsema, Gerrit Jan Poelarends
4-Oxalocrotonate tautomerase (4-OT) from P. putida mt-2 takes part in a catabolic pathway for aromatic hydrocarbons, where it catalyzes the conversion of 2-hydroxyhexa-2,4-dienedioate into 2-oxohexa-3-enedioate. This tautomerase can also promiscuously catalyze carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions, including various types of aldol reactions, utilizing its N-terminal proline as a key catalytic residue. Here, we have used a systematic mutagenesis strategy to identify two 'hotspot' positions in 4-OT (Met-45 and Phe-50) at which single mutations give a marked improvement in aldolase activity for the self-condensation of propanal...
April 20, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425830/tryptase-inhibitors-a-patent-review
#16
Wei-Wei Ni, Meng-Da Cao, Wen Huang, Ling Meng, Ji-Fu Wei
Tryptase is one of the main serine-proteinases located in the secretory granules of mast cells, and is released through degranulation, which is involved in the pathogenesis of allergic inflammatory disease, cardiovascular diseases, lung fibrosis and tumor. Therefore, inhibitors targeting tryptase may represent a new direction for the treatment of allergic inflammatory disease and other diseases. Areas covered: In this article, we discussed the history and development of tryptase inhibitors and described a variety of tryptase inhibitors via their structures and biological importance in clinical studies and drug development for tryptase-related diseases...
April 20, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Patents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424412/fbxw7-missense-mutation-a-novel-negative-prognostic-factor-in-metastatic-colorectal-adenocarcinoma
#17
Krittiya Korphaisarn, Van Karlyle Morris, Michael J Overman, David R Fogelman, Bryan K Kee, Kanwal Pratap Singh Raghav, Shanequa Manuel, Imad Shureiqi, Robert A Wolff, Cathy Eng, David Menter, Stanley R Hamilton, Scott Kopetz, Arvind Dasari
BACKGROUND: FBXW7 functions as a ubiquitin ligase tagging multiple dominant oncogenic proteins and commonly mutates in colorectal cancer. Data suggest missense mutations lead to greater loss of FBXW7 function than other gene aberrations do. However, the clinicopathologic factors and outcomes associated with FBXW7 missense mutations in metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) have not been described. METHODS: Data were obtained from mCRC patients whose tumors were evaluated by next-generation sequencing for hotspot mutations at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424201/pik3ca-mutations-contribute-to-acquired-cetuximab-resistance-in-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-patients
#18
Jian Ming Xu, Yan Wang, You-Liang Wang, Yan Wang, Tao Liu, Ming Ni, Man-Sheng Li, Li Lin, Fei-Jiao Ge, Chun Gong, Jun-Yan Gu, Ru Jia, He-Fei Wang, Yu Ling Chen, Rong-Rui Liu, Chuan-Hua Zhao, Zhao-Li Tan, Yang Jin, Yunping Zhu, Shuji Ogino, Zhi Rong Qian
<p>Mutations in KRAS are considered to be the main drivers of acquired resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) blockade in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC). However, the potential roles of other genes downstream of the EGFR signaling pathway in conferring acquired resistance has not been extensively investigated.</p> <br /><br />Experimental Design: <p>Using circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) from patients with mCRC and with acquired cetuximab resistance, we developed a targeted amplicon ultra-deep sequencing method to screen for low-abundance somatic mutations in a panel of genes that encode components of the EGFR signaling pathway...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424047/deciphering-mechanisms-underlying-the-genetic-variation-of-general-production-and-liver-quality-traits-in-the-overfed-mule-duck-by-pqtl-analyses
#19
Yoannah François, Alain Vignal, Caroline Molette, Nathalie Marty-Gasset, Stéphane Davail, Laurence Liaubet, Christel Marie-Etancelin
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to analyse the mechanisms that underlie phenotypic quantitative trait loci (QTL) in overfed mule ducks by identifying co-localized proteomic QTL (pQTL). The QTL design consisted of three families of common ducks that were progeny-tested by using 294 male mule ducks. This population of common ducks was genotyped using a genetic map that included 334 genetic markers located across 28 APL chromosomes (APL for Anas platyrhynchos). Mule ducks were phenotyped for 49 traits related to growth, metabolism, overfeeding ability and meat and fatty liver quality, and 326 soluble fatty liver proteins were quantified...
April 19, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423505/identification-and-analysis-of-mutational-hotspots-in-oncogenes-and-tumour-suppressors
#20
Hanadi Baeissa, Graeme Benstead-Hume, Christopher J Richardson, Frances M G Pearl
BACKGROUND: The key to interpreting the contribution of a disease-associated mutation in the development and progression of cancer is an understanding of the consequences of that mutation both on the function of the affected protein and on the pathways in which that protein is involved. Protein domains encapsulate function and position-specific domain based analysis of mutations have been shown to help elucidate their phenotypes. RESULTS: In this paper we examine the domain biases in oncogenes and tumour suppressors, and find that their domain compositions substantially differ...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
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