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Yong-Cheng Dong, Zhi-Jian Wang, Zhen-Zhong Chen, Anthony R Clarke, Chang-Ying Niu
RNA interference (RNAi) is a genetic technique which has novel application for sustainable pest control. The Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) uses releases of mass-produced, sterile male insects to out-compete wild males for mates to reduce pest populations. RNAi sterilization of SIT males would have several advantages over radiation sterilization, but to achieve this appropriate target genes must first be identified and then targeted with interference technology. With this goal, eight spermatogenesis related candidate genes were cloned and tested for potential activity in Bactrocera dorsalis...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lola Corzo, Susana Rodríguez, Ramón Alejo, Lucía Fernández-Novoa, Gjumrakch Aliev, Ramón Cacabelos
Menopause is a natural event in women´s lives leading to the cessation of menstruation and the reproductive function due to loss of the ovarian follicular function. Menopause-derived estrogen deprivation and related endocrine factors are linked to some symptoms of middle-aged women, such as hot flashes, aches, joint pain, stiffness, depressed mood, bone degeneration, nutritional dysfunction, or difficulty to maintain body mass. Clinical approaches to these problems often involve hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and other modalities of therapeutic intervention...
October 14, 2016: Current Drug Metabolism
Marta Benavides-Nieto, Peter Olbrich, Ignacio Obando-Santaella, Lola Falcon-Neyra, Olaf Neth, Veronica Gonzalez-Galan, Rafael Luque
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Jie W Weiss, Michele Mouttapa, Lola Sablan-Santos, Jasmine DeGuzman Lacsamana, Lourdes Quitugua, Sora Park Tanjasiri
This study employed a Multi-Attribute Utility (MAU) model to examine the Pap test decision-making process among Pacific Islanders (PI) residing in Southern California. A total of 585 PI women were recruited through social networks from Samoan and Tongan churches, and Chamorro family clans. A questionnaire assessed Pap test knowledge, beliefs and past behaviour. The three MAU parameters of subjective value, subjective probability and momentary salience were measured for eight anticipated consequences of having a Pap test (e...
October 15, 2016: Health Education Research
Victoria Porthé, Ingrid Vargas, Belén Sanz-Barbero, Isabel Plaza-Espuña, Lola Bosch, Maria Luisa Vázquez
Policy measures introduced in Spain during the economic crisis included a reduction in public health expenditure and in healthcare entitlements (RDL16/2012), which affected the general population as a whole, but especially immigrants. This paper analyzes changes in immigrants' access to health care during the economic crisis from the perspective of health professionals (medical and administrative) and immigrants. A qualitative descriptive-interpretative study was conducted in Catalonia through individual interviews with a theoretical sample of health professionals (n=34) and immigrant users (n=20)...
September 19, 2016: Health Policy
Georgios Lolas, Lasse Jensen, George C Bourantas, Vasiliki Tsikourkitoudi, Konstantinos Syrigos
With the exception of a limited number of sites in the body, primary tumors infrequently lead to the demise of cancer patients. Instead, mortality and a significant degree of morbidity result from the growth of secondary tumors in distant organs. Tumor survival, growth and dissemination are associated with the formation of both new blood vessels (angiogenesis) and new lymph vessels (lymphagenesis or lymphangiogenesis). Although intensive research in tumor angiogenesis has been going on for the past four decades, experimental results in tumor lymphangiogenesis began to appear only in the last 10 years...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Islay Rodríguez, Angel A Noda, Katia Ale, Lola V Stamm
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: American Journal of Public Health
Katia Beider, Evgenia Rosenberg, Hanna Bitner, Avichai Shimoni, Merav Leiba, Maya Koren-Michowitz, Lena Ribakovsky, Shiri Klein, Devorah Olam, Hanna Wald, Lola Weiss, Michal Abraham, Eithan Galun, Amnon Peled, Arnon Nagler
PURPOSE: To explore the functional consequences of possible cross-talk between the CXCR4/CXCL12 and the S1P pathways in multiple myeloma (MM) cells and to evaluate the effect of S1P targeting with FTY720 modulator as a potential anti-MM therapeutic strategy. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN AND RESULTS: S1P targeting with FTY720 induces MM cell apoptosis. The combination of FTY720 with SPHK1 inhibitor SKI-II results in synergistic inhibition of MM growth. CXCR4/CXCL12-enhanced expression correlates with reduced MM cell sensitivity to both FTY720 and SKI-II inhibitors, and with SPHK1 co-expression in both cell lines and primary MM bone marrow samples, suggesting regulative cross-talk between CXCR4/CXCL12 and SPHK1 pathways in MM cells...
October 3, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Joseph Rosenbluh, Johnathan Mercer, Yashaswi Shrestha, Rachel Oliver, Pablo Tamayo, John G Doench, Itay Tirosh, Federica Piccioni, Ella Hartenian, Heiko Horn, Lola Fagbami, David E Root, Jacob Jaffe, Kasper Lage, Jesse S Boehm, William C Hahn
Genome-scale expression studies and comprehensive loss-of-function genetic screens have focused almost exclusively on the highest confidence candidate genes. Here, we describe a strategy for characterizing the lower confidence candidates identified by such approaches. We interrogated 177 genes that we classified as essential for the proliferation of cancer cells exhibiting constitutive β-catenin activity and integrated data for each of the candidates, derived from orthogonal short hairpin RNA (shRNA) knockdown and clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-Cas9-mediated gene editing knockout screens, to yield 69 validated genes...
September 28, 2016: Cell Systems
Rebecca Gunter, Sara Fernandes-Taylor, Andrea Mahnke, Lola Awoyinka, Chad Schroeder, Jason Wiseman, Sarah Sullivan, Kyla Bennett, Caprice Greenberg, K Craig Kent
BACKGROUND: Surgical patients are increasingly using mobile health (mHealth) platforms to monitor recovery and communicate with their providers in the postdischarge period. Despite widespread enthusiasm for mHealth, few studies evaluate the usability or user experience of these platforms. OBJECTIVE: Our objectives were to (1) develop a novel image-based smartphone app for postdischarge surgical wound monitoring, and (2) rigorously user test it with a representative population of vascular and general surgery patients...
2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Tammie R Jones, Lola Coke
This study, implemented on 2 medical-surgical units, evaluated the impact of a standardized, evidence-based new medication education program. Outcomes evaluated included patient postdischarge knowledge of new medication purpose and side effects, patient satisfaction with new medication, and Medicare reimbursement earn-back potential. As a result, knowledge scores for new medication purpose and side effects were high post intervention. Patient satisfaction with new medication education increased. Value-based purchasing reimbursement earn-back potential improved...
October 2016: Journal of Nursing Administration
Akshitkumar M Mistry, Andrew T Hale, Lola B Chambless, Kyle D Weaver, Reid C Thompson, Rebecca A Ihrie
The ventricular-subventricular zone (V-SVZ), which lies in the walls of the lateral ventricles (LV), is the largest neurogenic niche within the adult brain. Whether radiographic contact with the LV influences survival in glioblastoma (GBM) patients remains unclear. We assimilated and analyzed published data comparing survival in GBM patients with (LV+GBM) and without (LV-GBM) radiographic LV contact. PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane electronic databases were searched. Fifteen studies with survival data on LV+GBM and LV-GBM patients were identified...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Anja X Cui, Charlette Diercks, Nikolaus F Troje, Lola L Cuddy
We report on a study conducted to extend our knowledge about the process of gaining a mental representation of music. Several studies, inspired by research on the statistical learning of language, have investigated statistical learning of sequential rules underlying tone sequences. Given that the mental representation of music correlates with distributional properties of music, we tested whether participants are able to abstract distributional information contained in tone sequences to form a mental representation...
2016: PeerJ
Oliver Binks, Patrick Meir, Lucy Rowland, Antonio Carlos Lola da Costa, Steel Silva Vasconcelos, Alex Antonio Ribeiro de Oliveira, Leandro Ferreira, Maurizio Mencuccini
Dry periods are predicted to become more frequent and severe in the future in some parts of the tropics, including Amazonia, potentially causing reduced productivity, higher tree mortality and increased emissions of stored carbon. Using a long-term (12 year) through-fall exclusion (TFE) experiment in the tropics, we test the hypothesis that trees produce leaves adapted to cope with higher levels of water stress, by examining the following leaf characteristics: area, thickness, leaf mass per area, vein density, stomatal density, the thickness of palisade mesophyll, spongy mesophyll and both of the epidermal layers, internal cavity volume and the average cell sizes of the palisade and spongy mesophyll...
September 10, 2016: Tree Physiology
Brenna M Munro
Tracing a series of intertextually linked short stories from the 1990s to the present by women writers from Nigeria and its diaspora-Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Unoma Azuah, Chinelo Okparanta, and Lola Shoneyin-I suggest that although the figure of the African lesbian appears "new" in the context of heightened contemporary attention to the issue of homosexuality, this figure has a literary history. Ghanaian Ama Ata Aidoo's novel Our Sister Killjoy: Or, Reflections From A Black-Eyed Squint (1977) inaugurates this formation, in which the imagining of female same-sex desire is entangled with articulating the experience of migration under the shadow of imperial histories...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Lesbian Studies
Isabelle Meunier, Béatrice Bocquet, Gilles Labesse, Christina Zeitz, Sabine Defoort-Dhellemmes, Annie Lacroux, Martine Mauget-Faysse, Isabelle Drumare, Anne-Sophie Gamez, Cyril Mathieu, Virginie Marquette, Lola Sagot, Claire-Marie Dhaenens, Carl Arndt, Patrick Carroll, Martine Remy-Jardin, Salomon Yves Cohen, José-Alain Sahel, Bernard Puech, Isabelle Audo, Sarah Mrejen, Christian P Hamel
To revisit the autosomal dominant Sorsby fundus dystrophy (SFD) as a syndromic condition including late-onset pulmonary disease. We report clinical and imaging data of ten affected individuals from 2 unrelated families with SFD and carrying heterozygous TIMP3 mutations (c.572A > G, p.Y191C, exon 5, in family 1 and c.113C > G, p.S38C, exon 1, in family 2). In family 1, all SFD patients older than 50 (two generations) had also a severe emphysema, despite no history of smoking or asthma. In the preceding generation, the mother died of pulmonary emphysema and she was blind after the age of 50...
2016: Scientific Reports
Nelli Ignatievna Tumolskaya, Edoardo Pozio, Vera Mikhaylovna Rakova, Valentina Georgievna Supriaga, Vladimir Petrovich Sergiev, Evgeny Nikolaevich Morozov, Lola Farmonovna Morozova, Giovanni Rezza, Serguei Kirillovich Litvinov
An immature female worm, Dirofilaria immitis, was isolated from the scrotum of a 14-month-old child. This is the first identification of human dirofilariosis caused by D. immitis in a relatively Northern region (Moscow) of the Russian Federation. The parasite was diagnosed by means of morphological examination of the worm, confirmed by PCR assay. This case raises questions about the range of the D. immitis distribution among humans in Russia. To better understand the geographical distribution of dirofilarioses, detailed clinical and epidemiological information should be collected from human cases with appropriate laboratory confirmation...
2016: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
Nalin Leelatian, Deon B Doxie, Allison R Greenplate, Bret C Mobley, Jonathan M Lehman, Justine Sinnaeve, Rondi M Kauffmann, Jay A Werkhaven, Akshitkumar M Mistry, Kyle D Weaver, Reid C Thompson, Pierre P Massion, Mary A Hooks, Mark C Kelley, Lola B Chambless, Rebecca A Ihrie, Jonathan M Irish
BACKGROUND: Mass cytometry measures 36 or more markers per cell and is an appealing platform for comprehensive phenotyping of cells in human tissue and tumor biopsies. While tissue disaggregation and fluorescence cytometry protocols were pioneered decades ago, it is not known whether established protocols will be effective for mass cytometry and maintain cancer and stromal cell diversity. METHODS: Tissue preparation techniques were systematically compared for gliomas and melanomas, patient derived xenografts of small cell lung cancer, and tonsil tissue as a control...
September 6, 2016: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
Lola V Stamm
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: EBioMedicine
Johanna Neufuss, Tatyana Humle, Andrea Cremaschi, Tracy L Kivell
There has been an enduring interest in primate tool-use and manipulative abilities, most often with the goal of providing insight into the evolution of human manual dexterity, right-hand preference, and what behaviours make humans unique. Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are arguably the most well-studied tool-users amongst non-human primates, and are particularly well-known for their complex nut-cracking behaviour, which has been documented in several West African populations. However, their sister-taxon, the bonobos (Pan paniscus), rarely engage in even simple tool-use and are not known to nut-crack in the wild...
August 26, 2016: American Journal of Primatology
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