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#1
Emily Chenette
In this issue, we highlight work from Thorner and colleagues that uncovers how the TORC2 pathway kinase Fpk1 modulates endocytosis, a paper by Rane and colleagues showing that β-cell dysfunction and loss of β-cell mass in diabetes are molecularly linked via a Cdk2-dependent mechanism and a quantitative proteomics study by Norman, Zanivan and colleagues that identifies the key proteins involved in Rab17-mediated anti-invasive effects.
February 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211365/converging-biofabrication-and-organoid-technologies-the-next-frontier-in-hepatic-and-intestinal-tissue-engineering
#2
Kerstin Schneeberger, Bart Spee, Pedro Costa, Norman Sachs, Hans Clevers, Jos Malda
Adult tissue stem cells can form self-organizing 3D organoids in vitro. Organoids resemble small units of their organ of origin and have great potential for tissue engineering, as well as models of disease. However, current culture technology limits the size, architecture and complexity of organoids. Here, we review the establishment of intestinal and hepatic organoids and discuss how the convergence of organoids and biofabrication technologies can help overcome current limitations, and thereby further advance the translational application of organoids in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine...
February 17, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209491/the-preterm-cervix-reveals-a-transcriptomic-signature-in-the-presence-of-premature-pre-labor-rupture-of-membranes
#3
Sofia Makieva, Aurelija Dubicke, Sara F Rinaldi, Emma Fransson, Gunvor Ekman-Ordeberg, Jane E Norman
BACKGROUND: Premature Pre-labor Rupture of Fetal Membranes (PPROM) accounts for 30% of all premature births and is associated with detrimental long-term infant outcomes. Premature cervical remodeling, facilitated by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), may trigger rupture at the zone of the fetal membranes overlying the cervix. The similarities and differences underlying cervical remodeling in PPROM and spontaneous preterm labor with intact membranes (PTL) are unexplored. OBJECTIVES: We aimed a) to perform the first transcriptomic assessment of the preterm human cervix to identify differences between PPROM and PTL and b) to compare the enzymatic activities of MMP-2 and 9 between PPROM and PTL...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208305/predicting-electrophoretic-mobility-of-tryptic-peptides-for-high-throughput-cze-ms-analysis
#4
Oleg V Krokhin, Geoffrey Anderson, Vic Spicer, Liangliang Sun, Norman J Dovichi
A multiparametric sequence-specific model for predicting peptide electrophoretic mobility has been developed using large-scale bottom-up proteomic CE-MS data (5% (∼0.8M) acetic acid as background electrolyte). Peptide charge (Z) and size (molecular mass, M) are the two major factors determining electrophoretic mobility, in complete agreement with previous studies. The extended size of the data set (>4000 peptides) permits access to many sequence-specific factors that impact peptide mobility. The presence of acidic residues Asp and Glu near the peptide N-terminus is by far the most prominent among them...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207639/predictors-of-waitlist-mortality-in-portopulmonary-hypertension
#5
Hilary M DuBrock, David S Goldberg, Norman L Sussman, Sonja D Bartolome, Zakiyah Kadry, Reena J Salgia, David C Mulligan, Walter K Kremers, Steven M Kawut, Michael J Krowka, Richard N Channick
BACKGROUND: The current Organ Procurement Transplantation Network (OPTN) policy grants Model for End Stage Liver Disease (MELD) exception points to patients with portopulmonary hypertension (POPH), but potentially important factors, such as severity of liver disease and pulmonary hypertension, are not included in the exception score, and may affect survival. The purpose of this study was to identify significant predictors of waitlist mortality in patients with POPH. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients in the OPTN database with hemodynamics consistent with POPH [defined as mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) >25mmHg and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) ≥240 dynes-s-cm] who were approved for a POPH MELD exception between 2006 and 2014...
February 15, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206936/independent-preoperative-predictors-of-prolonged-length-of-stay-after-laparoscopic-appendectomy-in-patients-over-30-years-of-age-experience-from-a-single-institution
#6
Eric S Wise, Stephen P Gadomski, Annette M Ilg, Camilo Bermudez, Emily W Chan, Michelle L Izmaylov, Samantha J Gridley, Jessica V Kaczmarek, Sir Norman T Melancon, Sarwat Ahmad, Kyle M Hocking, Jose J Diaz, Stephen M Kavic
Prompt discharge after laparoscopic appendectomy (LA) is a marker of quality of care, fiscally desirable and feasible in select patients. Patients over 30 comprise a more heterogeneous cohort known to experience worse outcomes after LA. We aimed to identify easily available preoperative risk factors portending a postoperative length of stay ≥2 days among patients above age 30. In this investigation, 296 included patients from a single institution who underwent LA for acute appendicitis from 2010 to 2014 were retrospectively reviewed for preoperative demographics, laboratory studies, comorbidities, presentation characteristics, radiographic finding, and other rationally selected factors for association with postoperative length of stay ≥2 days...
November 1, 2016: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205459/effects-of-an-antagonistic-analog-of-growth-hormone-releasing-hormone-on-endometriosis-in-a-mouse-model-and-in-vitro
#7
Frank Köster, Li Jin, Yuanming Shen, Andrew V Schally, Ren-Zhi Cai, Norman L Block, Daniela Hornung, Gabriele Marschner, Achim Rody, Jörg B Engel, Dominique Finas
Endometriosis is a benign gynecologic disorder causing dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain, and subfertility. Receptors for the growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) were found in endometriotic tissues. Antagonists of GHRH have been used to inhibit the growth of endometriotic endometrial stromal cells. In this study, the GHRH receptor splice variant (SV) 1 was detected in human endometrial tissue samples by Western blots and quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). The highest messenger RNA (mRNA) and protein levels of SV1 were found in eutopic endometrium from patients with endometriosis compared to ectopic endometriotic tissues and endometrium from normal patients...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204950/-unnatural-thoughts-on-moral-enhancement-of-the-human-animal
#8
Norman K Swazo
Recent discussions about moral enhancement presuppose and recommend sets of values that relate to both the Western tradition of moral philosophy and contemporary empirical results of natural and social sciences, including moral psychology. It is argued here that this is a typology of thought that requires a fundamental interrogation. Proponents of moral enhancement do not account for important critical analyses of moral discourse, beginning with that of Friedrich Nietzsche and continuing with more prominent twentieth century thinkers such as the poststructuralist Michel Foucault, the deconstructionist Jacques Derrida, and the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre...
February 15, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204481/population-level-interventions-in-government-jurisdictions-for-dietary-sodium-reduction-a-cochrane-review
#9
Amanda M Barberio, Nureen Sumar, Kathy Trieu, Diane L Lorenzetti, Valerie Tarasuk, Jacqui Webster, Norman R C Campbell, Lindsay McLaren
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202718/incidental-context-information-increases-recollection
#10
Kamar E Ameen-Ali, Liam J Norman, Madeline J Eacott, Alexander Easton
The current study describes a receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) task for human participants based on the spontaneous recognition memory paradigms typically used with rodents. Recollection was significantly higher when an object was in the same location and background as at encoding, a combination used to assess episodic-like memory in animals, but not when only one of these task-irrelevant cues was present. The results show that incidentally encoded cue information can determine the degree of recollection, and opens up the possibility of assessing recollection across species in a single experimental paradigm, allowing better understanding of the cognitive and biological mechanisms at play...
March 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202532/cd40-signaling-drives-potent-cellular-immune-responses-in-heterologous-cancer-vaccinations
#11
Supot Nimanong, Dmitrij Ostroumov, Jessica Wingerath, Sarah Knocke, Norman Woller, Engin Guerlevik, Christine Falk, Michael P Manns, Florian Kuehnel, Thomas C Wirth
Antagonistic antibodies targeting co-inhibitory receptors have revolutionized the treatment of cancer by inducing durable immune responses and clinical remissions in patients. In contrast, success of agonistic costimulatory antibodies has thus far been limited due to insufficient induction of adaptive immune responses. Here we describe a novel vaccination method consisting of a primary dendritic cell immunization followed by a composite vaccination including an agonistic CD40 antibody, soluble antigen and a TLR3 agonist, referred to as CoAT...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201948/enbrel-and-etanercept-biosimilars-a-tale-of-two-patent-systems
#12
Peter Norman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Pharmaceutical Patent Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199849/quantitative-flim-fret-microscopy-to-monitor-nanoscale-chromatin-compaction-in%C3%A2-vivo-reveals-structural-roles-of-condensin-complexes
#13
David Llères, Aymeric P Bailly, Aurélien Perrin, David G Norman, Dimitris P Xirodimas, Robert Feil
How metazoan genomes are structured at the nanoscale in living cells and tissues remains unknown. Here, we adapted a quantitative FRET (Förster resonance energy transfer)-based fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM) approach to assay nanoscale chromatin compaction in living organisms. Caenorhabditis elegans was chosen as a model system. By measuring FRET between histone-tagged fluorescent proteins, we visualized distinct chromosomal regions and quantified the different levels of nanoscale compaction in meiotic cells...
February 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199374/a-novel-mycobacterial-in-vitro-infection-assay-identifies-differences-of-induced-macrophage-apoptosis-between-cd4-and-cd8-t-cells
#14
Vanesa Nkwouano, Sven Witkowski, Nidja Rehberg, Rainer Kalscheuer, Norman Nausch, Ertan Mayatepek, Marc Jacobsen
Macrophages are natural host cells for pathogenic mycobacteria, like Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb). Immune surveillance by T cells and interaction with M.tb infected macrophages is crucial for protection against M.tb reactivation and development of active tuberculosis. Several factors play a role in the control of M.tb infection but reliable biomarkers remain elusive. One major obstacle is the absence of functional in vitro assays which allow concomitant determination of i) mycobacterial eradication; ii) cytotoxic effects on host macrophages; and iii) effector T-cell functions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198782/inpatient-outcomes-in-dialysis-dependent-patients-undergoing-elective-lumbar-surgery-for-degenerative-lumbar-disease
#15
Andrew S Chung, David H Campbell, Joshua W Hustedt, Neil Olmscheid, Norman Chutkan
STUDY DESIGN: . Retrospective cohort study OBJECTIVE.: To evaluate hospital outcomes in dialysis dependent patients undergoing elective lumbar surgeries. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Due to their overall poor health status and concomitant comorbidity burden, spinal surgery in dialysis dependent patients represents a significant challenge to spine surgeons. Large studies evaluating their immediate post-operative outcomes in elective lumbar surgery are lacking. METHODS: Utilizing the National Inpatient Sample (NIS), an estimated 1,834 dialysis-dependent patients undergoing elective lumbar spine surgery for degenerative lumbar conditions were compared to an estimated 2,522,594 non-dialysis dependent patients undergoing the same procedures between 2002 and 2012...
February 14, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198679/detecting-discordance-enrichment-among-a-series-of-two-sample-genome-wide-expression-data-sets
#16
Yinglei Lai, Fanni Zhang, Tapan K Nayak, Reza Modarres, Norman H Lee, Timothy A McCaffrey
BACKGROUND: With the current microarray and RNA-seq technologies, two-sample genome-wide expression data have been widely collected in biological and medical studies. The related differential expression analysis and gene set enrichment analysis have been frequently conducted. Integrative analysis can be conducted when multiple data sets are available. In practice, discordant molecular behaviors among a series of data sets can be of biological and clinical interest. METHODS: In this study, a statistical method is proposed for detecting discordance gene set enrichment...
January 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198360/secreted-clic3-drives-cancer-progression-through-its-glutathione-dependent-oxidoreductase-activity
#17
Juan R Hernandez-Fernaud, Elena Ruengeler, Andrea Casazza, Lisa J Neilson, Ellie Pulleine, Alice Santi, Shehab Ismail, Sergio Lilla, Sandeep Dhayade, Iain R MacPherson, Iain McNeish, Darren Ennis, Hala Ali, Fernanda G Kugeratski, Heba Al Khamici, Maartje van den Biggelaar, Peter V E van den Berghe, Catherine Cloix, Laura McDonald, David Millan, Aoisha Hoyle, Anna Kuchnio, Peter Carmeliet, Stella M Valenzuela, Karen Blyth, Huabing Yin, Massimiliano Mazzone, Jim C Norman, Sara Zanivan
The secretome of cancer and stromal cells generates a microenvironment that contributes to tumour cell invasion and angiogenesis. Here we compare the secretome of human mammary normal and cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs). We discover that the chloride intracellular channel protein 3 (CLIC3) is an abundant component of the CAF secretome. Secreted CLIC3 promotes invasive behaviour of endothelial cells to drive angiogenesis and increases invasiveness of cancer cells both in vivo and in 3D cell culture models, and this requires active transglutaminase-2 (TGM2)...
February 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197837/the-visual-perception-of-distance-ratios-outdoors
#18
J Farley Norman, Olivia C Adkins, Catherine J Dowell, Lindsey M Shain, Stevie C Hoyng, Jonathan D Kinnard
We conducted an experiment to evaluate the ability of 32 younger and older adults to visually perceive distances in an outdoor setting. On any given trial, the observers viewed 2 environmental distances and were required to estimate the distance ratio-the length of the (usually) larger distance relative to that of the shorter. The stimulus distance ratios ranged from 1.0 (the stimulus distances were identical) to 8.0 (1 distance interval was 8.0 times longer than the other). The stimulus distances were presented within a 26 m × 60 m portion of a grassy field...
February 14, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197082/the-role-of-acetaldehyde-in-the-increased-acceptance-of-ethanol-after-prenatal-ethanol-exposure
#19
Mirari Gaztañaga, Asier Angulo-Alcalde, Norman E Spear, M Gabriela Chotro
Recent studies show that acetaldehyde, the first metabolite in the oxidation of ethanol, can be responsible for both, the appetitive and the aversive effects produced by ethanol intoxication. More specifically, it has been hypothesized that acetaldehyde produced in the periphery by the liver is responsible for the aversive effects of ethanol, while the appetitive effects relate to the acetaldehyde produced centrally through the catalase system. On the other hand, from studies in our and other laboratories, it is known that ethanol exposure during the last gestational days (GD) consistently enhances the postnatal acceptance of ethanol when measured during early ontogeny in the rat...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197023/genitourinary-sarcoidosis-an-essential-review-for-the-practicing-clinician
#20
REVIEW
Norman L Block, Bruce R Kava
INTRODUCTION: Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disease that commonly involves the lungs, but may also present with extrapulmonary manifestations. Genitourinary (GU) tract involvement has been traditionally thought to be rare, but that view may underestimate the true prevalence of the disease due to the often, silent presentation thereof. METHODS: The literature pertaining to sarcoidosis from the general systemic point of view, etiology and therapy and with regard to specific organs was reviewed by identifying key words in a PubMed search...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
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