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Sachin Kumar, Marie-Dominique Filippi
Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) provides details of the cellular organization and ultrastructure. However, TEM analysis of rare cell populations, especially cells in suspension such as hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), remains limited due to the requirement of a high cell number during sample preparation. There are a few cytospin or monolayer approaches for TEM analysis from scarce samples, but these approaches fail to get significant quantitative data from the limited number of cells. Here, an alternative and novel approach for sample preparation in TEM studies is described for rare cell populations that enables quantitative analysis...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Abed Khorasani, Nargess Heydari Beni, Vahid Shalchyan, Mohammad Reza Daliri
Local field potential (LFP) signals recorded by intracortical microelectrodes implanted in primary motor cortex can be used as a high informative input for decoding of motor functions. Recent studies show that different kinematic parameters such as position and velocity can be inferred from multiple LFP signals as precisely as spiking activities, however, continuous decoding of the force magnitude from the LFP signals in freely moving animals has remained an open problem. Here, we trained three rats to press a force sensor for getting a drop of water as a reward...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Himanshu Chaudhary, Aditya Iyer, Vinod Subramaniam, Mireille M A E Claessens
Phospholipid vesicles are commonly used to get insight into the mechanism by which oligomers of amyloidogenic proteins damage membranes. Oligomers of the protein α-synuclein (αS) are thought to create pores in phospholipid vesicles containing a high amount of anionic phospholipids but fail to damage vesicle membranes at lower surface charge densities. The current understanding of how αS oligomers damage membranes is thus incomplete. This incomplete understanding may, in part, result from the choice of model membrane systems...
October 21, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Sonia Fieulaine, Rodolphe Alves de Sousa, Laure Maigre, Karim Hamiche, Mickael Alimi, Jean-Michel Bolla, Abbass Taleb, Alexis Denis, Jean-Marie Pagès, Isabelle Artaud, Thierry Meinnel, Carmela Giglione
Peptide deformylase (PDF) is considered an excellent target to develop antibiotics. We have performed an extensive characterization of a new PDF from the pathogen Streptococcus agalactiae, showing properties similar to other known PDFs. S. agalactiae PDF could be used as PDF prototype as it allowed to get complete sets of 3-dimensional, biophysical and kinetic data with virtually any inhibitor compound. Structure-activity relationship analysis with this single reference system allowed us to reveal distinct binding modes for different PDF inhibitors and the key role of a hydrogen bond in potentiating the interaction between ligand and target...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Vignesh Kandakumar, Vishnu Nagalapuram, Sujaya Menon
Light chain deposition disease (LCDD) is a rare systemic disorder in which monoclonal light chains are abnormally secreted due to clonal proliferation of plasma cells and get deposited in various organs; the kidneys being the common one to be affected leading to renal failure. Advocated therapeutic options include chemotherapy with alkylating agents and steroids, High-Dose Melphalan (HDM) with Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation. Recently, Bortezomib has proven to be a novel therapeutic option in these patients when combined with dexamethasone...
August 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Maesoon Im, Shelley I Fried
The ON-OFF directionally selective cells of the retina respond preferentially to movement in a preferred direction, but under laboratory conditions they are also sensitive to changes in the luminance of the stationary stimulus. If the response of these neurons contains information about both direction and luminance downstream neurons are faced with the challenge of extracting the motion component, a computation that may be difficult under certain viewing conditions. Here, we show that during natural viewing the response to luminance is suppressed, leaving a relatively pure motion signal that gets transmitted to the brain...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Daniela Pelclova, Vladimir Zdimal, Petr Kacer, Martin Komarc, Zdenka Fenclova, Stepanka Vlckova, Nadezda Zikova, Jaroslav Schwarz, Otakar Makes, Tomas Navratil, Sergey Zakharov, Dhimiter Bello
Nanoscale titanium dioxide (nanoTiO2) is a commercially important nanomaterial used in numerous applications. Experimental studies with nanotitania have documented lung injury and inflammation, oxidative stress, and genotoxicity. Production workers in TiO2 manufacturing with a high proportion of nanoparticles and a mixture of other air pollutants, such as gases and organic aerosols, had increased markers of oxidative stress, including DNA and protein damage, as well as lipid peroxidation in their exhaled breath condensate (EBC) compared to unexposed controls...
October 18, 2016: Reviews on Environmental Health
Y Wang, L Yang, Z L Zhang
Here we reported two patients who presented with panuveitis and were transferred from ophthalmologists to rheumatologists, for both the patients had oral and genital ulcers. They were misdiagnosed with Behcet's disease at first glance. Two young males presented with acute uveitis with history of recurrent oral and genital ulcers. They initially presented with symptoms and signs resembling Behcet's disease and were treated with systemic steroids with suboptimal responses. Routine laboratory test revealed syphilis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection...
October 18, 2016: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
Kristen Jijelava, Hongvan Le, Jack Parker, Jeffrey Yee
BACKGROUND: Ocular chemical injuries due to accidental exposure or application of cyanoacrylate, commonly known as "superglue," have increased over the past 30 years. However, current treatment options to relieve eyelid adhesions due to cyanoacrylate applications are difficult to successfully execute and can require sedation or general anesthesia. Here we describe a simple technique to release eyelid adhesions due to cyanoacrylate, or other adhesive agents, that can be successfully performed at bedside without sedation...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
James E Haber
Double-strand breaks (DSBs) pose a severe challenge to genome integrity; consequently, cells have developed efficient mechanisms to repair DSBs through several pathways of homologous recombination and other nonhomologous end-joining processes. Much of our understanding of these pathways has come from the analysis of site-specific DSBs created by the HO endonuclease in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. I was fortunate to get in on the ground floor of analyzing the fate of synchronously induced DSBs through the study of what I coined "in vivo biochemistry...
October 3, 2016: Annual Review of Genetics
Salvador Damián-Zamacona, Paola Toledo-Ibelles, Mabel Z Ibarra-Abundis, Laura Uribe-Figueroa, Enrique Hernández-Lemus, Karla Paola Macedo-Alcibia, Blanca Delgado-Coello, Jaime Mas-Oliva, Juan Pablo Reyes-Grajeda
BACKGROUND: Although nowadays it is well known that the human transcriptome can importantly vary according to external or environmental condition, the reflection of this concept when studying oxidative stress and its direct relationship with gene expression profiling during the process of atherogenesis has not been thoroughly achieved. OBJECTIVE: The ability to analyze genome-wide gene expression through transcriptomics has shown that the genome responds dynamically to diverse stimuli...
2016: PloS One
Roy H Perlis
Effectiveness studies and analyses of naturalistic cohorts demonstrate that many patients with major depressive disorder do not experience symptomatic remission with antidepressant treatments. In an effort to better match patients with effective treatments, numerous investigations of predictors or moderators of treatment response have been reported over the past five decades, including clinical features as well as biological measures. However, none of these have entered routine clinical practice; instead, clinicians typically personalize treatment on the basis of patient preferences as well as their own...
October 2016: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
A Tiribocchi, M Da Re, D Marenduzzo, E Orlandini
Here we study theoretically the dynamics of a 2D and a 3D isotropic droplet in a nematic liquid crystal under a shear flow. We find a large repertoire of possible nonequilibrium steady states as a function of the shear rate and of the anchoring of the nematic director field at the droplet surface. We first discuss homeotropic anchoring. For weak anchoring, we recover the typical behaviour of a sheared isotropic droplet in a binary fluid, which rotates, stretches and can be broken by the applied flow. For intermediate anchoring, new possibilities arise due to elastic effects in the nematic fluid...
October 4, 2016: Soft Matter
Masanori Yagi, Nirianne M Q Palacpac, Kazuya Ito, Yuko Oishi, Sawako Itagaki, Betty Balikagala, Edward H Ntege, Adoke Yeka, Bernard N Kanoi, Osbert Katuro, Hiroki Shirai, Wakaba Fukushima, Yoshio Hirota, Thomas G Egwang, Toshihiro Horii
The malaria vaccine BK-SE36 is a recombinant protein (SE36) based on the Honduras 1 serine repeat antigen-5 of Plasmodium falciparum, adsorbed to aluminium hydroxide gel. The phase Ib trial in Uganda demonstrated the safety and immunogenicity of BK-SE36. Ancillary analysis in the follow-up study of 6-20 year-old volunteers suggest significant differences in time to first episodes of clinical malaria in vaccinees compared to placebo/control group. Here, we aimed to get further insights into the association of anti-SE36 antibody titres and natural P...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shun Kurokawa
Cooperation is a mysterious phenomenon which is observed in this world. The potential explanation is a repeated interaction. Cooperation is established if individuals meet the same opponent repeatedly and cooperate conditionally. Previous studies have analyzed the following four as characters of conditional cooperators mainly. (i) niceness (i.e., when a conditional cooperator meets an opponent in the first place, he (she) cooperates or defects), (ii) optimism (when a conditional cooperator meets an opponent in the past, but he (she) did not get access to information about the opponent's behavior in the previous round, he (she) cooperates or defects), (iii) generosity (even when a conditional cooperator knows that an opponent defected in the previous round, he (she) cooperates or defects) and (iv) retaliation (a conditional cooperator cooperates with a cooperator with a higher probability than with a defector)...
September 28, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences
Spiros C Denaxas, Folkert W Asselbergs, Jason H Moore
Modern cohort studies include self-reported measures on disease, behavior and lifestyle, sensor-based observations from mobile phones and wearables, and rich -omics data. Follow-up is often achieved through electronic health record (EHR) linkages across primary and secondary healthcare providers. Historically however, researchers typically only get to see the tip of the iceberg: coded administrative data relating to healthcare claims which mainly record billable diagnoses and procedures. The rich data generated during the clinical pathway remain submerged and inaccessible...
2016: BioData Mining
Dhirendra Kumar, Debasis Dash
Proteogenomic strategies aim to refine genome-wide annotations of protein coding features by using actual protein level observations. Most of the currently applied proteogenomic approaches include integrative analysis of multiple types of high-throughput omics data, e.g., genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, etc. Recent efforts towards creating a human proteome map were primarily targeted to experimentally detect at least one protein product for each gene in the genome and extensively utilized proteogenomic approaches...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Brian L Day, Timothy Muller, Joanna Offord, Irene Di Giulio
KEY POINTS: When standing, the gain of the body-movement response to a sinusoidally moving visual scene has been shown to get smaller with faster stimuli, possibly through changes in the apportioning of visual flow to self-motion or environment motion. We investigated whether visual-flow speed similarly influences the postural response to a discrete, unidirectional rotation of the visual scene in the frontal plane. Contrary to expectation, the evoked postural response consisted of two sequential components with opposite relationships to visual motion speed...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Doug Bodin, Alissa M Butts, Christopher L Grote
OBJECTIVE: The United States appears to be the only country which typically requires completion of a two-year postdoctoral fellowship for one to be considered competent to practice clinical neuropsychology. We review the history of how this came to be in the United States. Further, we describe obstacles that postdoctoral trainees face during this stage of training. METHOD: We first describe the most significant events leading to the requirement of a two-year fellowship in clinical neuropsychology...
November 2016: Clinical Neuropsychologist
Elad Yom-Tov, Barbara Marino, Jennifer Pai, Dawn Harris, Michael Wolf
The Internet continues to be an important supplemental health information resource for an increasing number of U.S. adults, especially for those with a new or existing chronic condition. Here we examine how people use the Internet to learn about Type 2 diabetes and how health literacy (HL) influences this information-seeking behavior. We analyzed the searches of approximately 2 million people who queried for diabetes-related information on Microsoft's Bing search engine. The HL of searchers was imputed through a community-based HL score...
October 2016: Journal of Health Communication
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