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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806446/sema3a-reduces-sprouting-of-adult-rod-photoreceptors-in-vitro
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Frank Kung, Weiwei Wang, Tracy S Tran, Ellen Townes-Anderson
Purpose: Rod photoreceptor terminals respond to retinal injury with retraction and sprouting. Since the guidance cue Semaphorin3A (Sema3A) is observed in the retina after injury, we asked whether Sema3A contributes to structural plasticity in rod photoreceptors. Methods: We used Western blots and alkaline phosphatase (AP)-tagged neuropilin-1 (NPN-1) to detect the expression of Sema3A in an organotypic model of porcine retinal detachment. We then examined Sema3A binding to cultured salamander rod photoreceptors using AP-tagged Sema3A...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805137/differential-influences-of-fc-gamma-receptor-blocking-on-the-effects-of-certolizumab-pegol-and-infliximab-on-human-monocytes
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Takayuki Hoshiyama, Yu Matsueda, Toshihiro Tono, Yoshiyuki Arinuma, Tatsuo Nagai, Shunsei Hirohata
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of certolizumab pegol (CZP) and infliximab (IFX) on human monocytes. METHODS: Highly purified monocytes from healthy donors were cultured with CZP, IFX, control IgG1, or polyethylene glycol (PEG) at pharmacological attainable concentrations in culture medium with 10% autologous normal human serum (NHS) or with fetal bovine serum (FBS) for 24 h, after which the supernatants were replaced by fresh culture medium containing LPS...
August 14, 2017: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805061/a-triple-helix-molecular-switch-electrochemical-ratiometric-biosensor-for-ultrasensitive-detection-of-nucleic-acids
#3
Erhu Xiong, Zhenzhen Li, Xiaohua Zhang, Jiawan Zhou, Xiaoxia Yan, Yunqing Liu, Jinhua Chen
Biomolecular receptors such as nucleic acids that switch between two or more conformations upon binding to a specific target can be used to build specific and sensitive biosensors. In this work, based on the electrochemical dual-signaling ratiometric strategy and triple-helix molecular switch, we developed a selective, reusable, and simple electrochemical DNA (E-DNA) biosensor for target DNA (T-DNA) detection. A hairpin DNA capture probe labeled with methylene blue (MB-DNA) self-assembles on the surface of gold electrode (GE) through Au-S bond, and then a single-strand DNA modified with two ferrocenes (Fc-DNA) on each end to enhance the oxidation signal hybridizes with the MB-DNA to form a triple-helix conformation...
August 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803867/dynamics-of-eeg-functional-connectivity-during-statistical-learning
#4
Brigitta Tóth, Karolina Janacsek, Ádám Takács, Andrea Kóbor, Zsófia Zavecz, Dezso Nemeth
Statistical learning is a fundamental mechanism of the brain, which extracts and represents regularities of our environment. Statistical learning is crucial in predictive processing, and in the acquisition of perceptual, motor, cognitive, and social skills. Although previous studies have revealed competitive neurocognitive processes underlying statistical learning, the neural communication of the related brain regions (functional connectivity, FC) has not yet been investigated. The present study aimed to fill this gap by investigating FC networks that promote statistical learning in humans...
August 10, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803648/automated-multi-filtration-cleanup-with-nitrogen-enriched-activated-carbon-material-as-pesticide-multi-residue-analysis-method-in-representative-crop-commodities
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Yuhong Qin, Jingru Zhang, Yifan Li, Qiuxiao Wang, Yangliu Wu, Lanshu Xu, Xiaojuan Jin, Canping Pan
An automated multi-filtration cleanup (Auto m-FC) method with nitrogen-enriched activated carbon material based on modified QuEChERS (quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe) extracts was developed. It was applied to pesticide multi-residue analysis in six representative crop commodities. The automatic device was aimed to improve the cleanup efficiency and reduce manual operation workload in cleanup step. By controlling extracts volume, flow rate and Auto m-FC cycles, the device could finish cleanup process accurately...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802255/simultaneous-targeting-of-two-distinct-epitopes-on-met-effectively-inhibits-met-and-hgf-driven-tumor-growth-by-multiple-mechanisms
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Michael M Grandal, Serhiy Havrylov, Thomas Tuxen Poulsen, Klaus Koefoed, Anna Dahlman, Gunther R Galler, Paolo Conrotto, Sara Collins, Karsten W Eriksen, Dafna Kaufman, George F Vande Woude, Helle J Jacobsen, Ivan D Horak, Michael Kragh, Johan Lantto, Thomas Bouquin, Morag Park, Mikkel Wandahl Pedersen
Increased MET activity is linked with poor prognosis and outcome in several human cancers currently lacking targeted therapies. Here we report on the characterization of Sym015, an antibody mixture composed of two humanized IgG1 antibodies against non-overlapping epitopes of MET. Sym015 was selected by high-throughput screening searching for antibody mixtures with superior growth inhibitory activity against MET-dependent cell lines. Synergistic inhibitory activity of the antibodies comprising Sym015 was observed in several cancer cell lines harboring amplified MET locus and was confirmed in vivo Sym015 was found to exert its activity via multiple mechanisms...
August 11, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801822/simultaneous-quantification-of-free-cholesterol-cholesteryl-esters-and-triglycerides-without-ester-hydrolysis-by-uhplc-separation-and-in-source-collision-induced-dissociation-coupled-ms-ms
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Michael S Gardner, Lisa G McWilliams, Jeffrey I Jones, Zsuzsanna Kuklenyik, James L Pirkle, John R Barr
We demonstrate the application of in-source nitrogen collision-induced dissociation (CID) that eliminates the need for ester hydrolysis before simultaneous analysis of esterified cholesterol (EC) and triglycerides (TG) along with free cholesterol (FC) from human serum, using normal phase liquid chromatography (LC) coupled to atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). The analysis requires only 50 μL of 1:100 dilute serum with a high-throughput, precipitation/evaporation/extraction protocol in one pot...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800233/machine-learning-force-field-parameters-from-ab-initio-data
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Ying Li, Hui Li, Frank C Pickard, Badri Narayanan, Fatih Sen, Maria K Y Chan, Subramanian Sankaranarayanan, Bernard R Brooks, Benoît Roux
Machine learning (ML) techniques with the genetic algorithm (GA) have been applied to explore a polarizable force field parameters using only ab initio data from quantum mechanics (QM) calculations of molecular clusters at the MP2/6-31G(d,p), DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVDZ, and DFMP2(fc)/jul-cc-pVTZ levels to predict experimental condensed phase properties (i.e., density and heat of vaporization). The performance of this ML/GA approach is demonstrated on 4,943 dimers electrostatic potentials and 1,250 clusters interaction energies for methanol...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799326/glp-1-conjugated-to-rhsa-variants-with-modified-fcrn-binding-properties-impact-on-molecular-structure-and-half-life
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Jens Thostrup Bukrinski, Pernille Sønderby, Filipa Antunes, Birgitte Andersen, Esben Gjerloeff Wedebye Schmidt, Guenther H H J Peters, Pernille Harris
Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) is a small incretin hormone stimulated by food intake, resulting in an amplification of the insulin response. Though interesting as a drug candidate for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus, its short plasma half-life of less than 3 minutes limits its clinical use. A strategy to extend the half-life of GLP-1 utilizes the long half-life of human serum albumin (HSA) by combining the two via chemical conjugation or genetic fusion. HSA has a plasma half-life of around 21 days owing to its interaction with the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) expressed in endothelial cells of blood vessels, which rescues circulating HSA from lysosomal degradation...
August 11, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798918/learning-and-judgment-can-be-affected-by-predisposed-fearfulness-in-laying-hens
#10
Elske N de Haas, Caroline Lee, T Bas Rodenburg
High fearfulness could disrupt learning and likely affects judgment in animals, especially when it is part of an animals' personality, i.e., trait anxiety. Here, we tested whether high fearfulness affects discrimination learning and judgment bias (JB) in laying hens. Based on the response to an open field at 5 weeks of age, birds were categorized as fearful (FC) by showing no walking or vocalizing or non-fearful (NFC) by showing walking and vocalizing. At adult age, birds (n = 24) were trained in a go-go task to discriminate two cues (white or black) with a small or large reward...
2017: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797239/nutrient-supply-affects-the-mrna-expression-profile-of-the-porcine-skeletal-muscle
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Tainã Figueiredo Cardoso, Raquel Quintanilla, Joan Tibau, Marta Gil, Emilio Mármol-Sánchez, Olga González-Rodríguez, Rayner González-Prendes, Marcel Amills
BACKGROUND: The genetic basis of muscle fat deposition in pigs is not well known. So far, we have only identified a limited number of genes involved in the absorption, transport, storage and catabolism of lipids. Such information is crucial to interpret, from a biological perspective, the results of genome-wide association analyses for intramuscular fat content and composition traits. Herewith, we have investigated how the ingestion of food changes gene expression in the gluteus medius muscle of Duroc pigs...
August 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794974/resting-state-functional-connectivity-changes-due-to-acute-and-short-term-valproic-acid-administration-in-the-baboon-model-of-gge
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Felipe S Salinas, Charles Ákos Szabó
Resting-state functional connectivity (FC) is altered in baboons with genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE) compared to healthy controls (CTL). We compared FC changes between GGE and CTL groups after intravenous injection of valproic acid (VPA) and following one-week of orally administered VPA. Seven epileptic (2 females) and six CTL (3 females) baboons underwent resting-state fMRI (rs-fMRI) at 1) baseline, 2) after intravenous acute VPA administration (20 mg/kg), and 3) following seven-day oral, subacute VPA therapy (20-80 mg/kg/day)...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794456/activated-nk-cells-cause-placental-dysfunction-and-miscarriages-in-fetal-alloimmune-thrombocytopenia
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Issaka Yougbaré, Wei-She Tai, Darko Zdravic, Brigitta Elaine Oswald, Sean Lang, Guangheng Zhu, Howard Leong-Poi, Dawei Qu, Lisa Yu, Caroline Dunk, Jianhong Zhang, John G Sled, Stephen J Lye, Jelena Brkić, Chun Peng, Petter Höglund, B Anne Croy, S Lee Adamson, Xiao-Yan Wen, Duncan J Stewart, John Freedman, Heyu Ni
Miscarriage and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) are devastating complications in fetal/neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). We previously reported the mechanisms for bleeding diatheses, but it is unknown whether placental, decidual immune cells or other abnormalities at the maternal-fetal interface contribute to FNAIT. Here we show that maternal immune responses to fetal platelet antigens cause miscarriage and IUGR that are associated with vascular and immune pathologies in murine FNAIT models...
August 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794424/virus-like-particles-that-display-zika-virus-envelope-protein-domain-iii-induce-potent-neutralizing-immune-responses-in-mice
#14
Ming Yang, Huafang Lai, Haiyan Sun, Qiang Chen
Several Zika virus (ZIKV) vaccine candidates have recently been described which use inactivated whole virus, DNA or RNA that express the virus' Envelope (E) glycoprotein as the antigen. These were successful in stimulating production of virus-targeted antibodies that protected animals against ZIKV challenges, but their use potentially will predispose vaccinated individuals to infection by the related Dengue virus (DENV). We have devised a virus like particle (VLP) carrier based on the hepatitis B core antigen (HBcAg) that displays the ZIKV E protein domain III (zDIII), and shown that it can be produced quickly and easily purified in large quantities from Nicotiana benthamiana plants...
August 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794048/hepatitis-c-virus-core-protein-modulates-endoglin-cd105-signaling-pathway-for-liver-pathogenesis
#15
Young-Chan Kwon, Reina Sasaki, Keith Meyer, Ranjit Ray
Endoglin is part of the TGF-β receptor complex and has a crucial role in fibrogenesis and angiogenesis. It is also an important protein for tumor growth, survival, and cancer cell metastasis. In our previous study, we have shown that hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection induces epithelial-mesenchymal transition state (EMT) and cancer stem-like cell (CSC) properties in human hepatocytes. Our array data suggested that endoglin (CD105) mRNA is significantly upregulated in HCV associated CSCs. In this study, we have observed increased endoglin expression on the cell surface of HCV core expressing hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cell line or immortalized human hepatocytes (IHH) and activation of its downstream signaling molecules...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794038/in-vitro-enhancement-of-rsv-infection-by-maternal-antibodies-does-not-explain-disease-severity-in-infants
#16
Elisabeth A van Erp, Puck B van Kasteren, Teun Guichelaar, Inge M L Ahout, Cornelis A M de Haan, Willem Luytjes, Gerben Ferwerda, Oliver Wicht
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the leading cause of severe respiratory illness in infants. At this young age, infants typically depend on maternally transferred antibodies (matAbs) and their innate immune system for protection against infections. RSV-specific matAbs are thought to protect from severe illness, yet severe RSV disease occurs mainly below 6 months of age, when neutralizing matAb levels are present. To investigate this discrepancy, we asked if disease severity is related to antibody properties other than neutralization...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793911/igg-fc-galactosylation-predicts-response-to-methotrexate-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis
#17
Susanna L Lundström, Aase H Hensvold, Dorothea Rutishauser, Lars Klareskog, A Jimmy Ytterberg, Roman A Zubarev, Anca I Catrina
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate (MTX) is the standard first-line therapy in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with variable clinical efficacy that is difficult to predict. The glycosylation status of immunoglobulin G (IgG) is altered in RA and influenced by MTX treatment. We aimed to further investigate if IgG glycosylation in untreated early RA can predict therapeutic response to MTX. METHODS: We used a shotgun proteomic approach to screen for the Fc glycopeptides in the serum of 12 control subjects and 59 untreated patients with early RA prior to and following MTX initiation...
August 9, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793242/frequency-specific-alteration-of-functional-connectivity-density-in-antipsychotic-naive-adolescents-with-early-onset-schizophrenia
#18
Xiao Wang, Yan Zhang, Zhiliang Long, Junjie Zheng, Youxue Zhang, Shaoqiang Han, Yifeng Wang, Xujun Duan, Mi Yang, Jingping Zhao, Huafu Chen
Early-onset schizophrenia (EOS) is a severe mental illness associated with dysconnectivity that widespread in the brain. However, the functional dysconnectivity in EOS are still mixed. Recently, studies have identified that functional connectivity (FC) arises from a band-limited slow rhythmic mechanism and suggested that the dysconnectivity at specific frequency bands may provide more robust biomarkers for schizophrenia. The frequency-specific changes of FC pattern in EOS remain unclear. To address this issue, resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging data scans from 39 EOS patients (drug-naive) and 31 healthy controls (HCs) were used to assess the FC density (FCD) across slow-4 (0...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792713/investigation-of-fc-receptor-like-3-fcrl-3-gene-polymorphism-rs7528684-with-susceptibility-to-allergic-asthma-in-iranian-north-western-azeri-population
#19
Lida Aslanian-Kalkhoran, Daniel Elieh-Ali-Komi, Mahnaz Sadeghi-Shabestari, Dariush Shanebandi, Zohreh Babaloo, Alireza Razavi, Saeed Sadigh-Eteghad, Tohid Kazemi
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a clinical setting in which multiple cellular and molecular mechanisms are involved. Additionally, increasing genetic studies have provided evidence that single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in asthma relevant genes confer susceptibility to the disease. Fc receptor-like (FCRL) 3, a transmembrane molecule basically involved in B-cell signaling, mediates immune-disorders including allergy. Aim of study was to investigate the possible association of rs7528684 SNP in FCRL3 gene with a predisposition to allergic asthma in Iranian North-western Azeri population...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791977/comparative-evaluation-of-ankaferd-blood-stopper-ferric-sulfate-and-formocresol-as-pulpotomy-agent-in-primary-teeth-a-clinical-study
#20
B Ozmen, S Bayrak
AIM: The aim of the study was to provide a comparative evaluation of the clinical and radiographic success of Ankaferd blood stopper (ABS), formocresol (FC), and ferric sulfate (FS) as pulpotomy agent in primary teeth. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This is a clinical study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 45 primary mandibular molar teeth in 26 children aged 6-9 were selected for the study. Teeth were randomly divided into three groups according to the pulpotomy agents (ABS, FC, FS)...
July 2017: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
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