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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215038/variable-selection-and-prediction-in-biased-samples-with-censored-outcomes
#1
Ying Wu, Richard J Cook
With the increasing availability of large prospective disease registries, scientists studying the course of chronic conditions often have access to multiple data sources, with each source generated based on its own entry conditions. The different entry conditions of the various registries may be explicitly based on the response process of interest, in which case the statistical analysis must recognize the unique truncation schemes. Moreover, intermittent assessment of individuals in the registries can lead to interval-censored times of interest...
February 18, 2017: Lifetime Data Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215025/analysis-of-the-genetic-architecture-of-maize-ear-and-grain-morphological-traits-by-combined-linkage-and-association-mapping
#2
Chaoshu Zhang, Zhiqiang Zhou, Hongjun Yong, Xiaochong Zhang, Zhuanfang Hao, Fangjun Zhang, Mingshun Li, Degui Zhang, Xinhai Li, Zhenhua Wang, Jianfeng Weng
Using combined linkage and association mapping, 26 stable QTL and six stable SNPs were detected across multiple environments for eight ear and grain morphological traits in maize. One QTL, PKS2, might play an important role in maize yield improvement. In the present study, one bi-parental population and an association panel were used to identify quantitative trait loci (QTL) for eight ear and grain morphological traits. A total of 108 QTL related to these traits were detected across four environments using an ultra-high density bin map constructed using recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from a cross between Ye478 and Qi319, and 26 QTL were identified in more than two environments...
February 18, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214973/a-multifunctional-alanine-rich-anti-inflammatory-peptide-bcp61-showed-potent-inhibitory-effects-by-inhibiting-both-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mapk-expression
#3
Yun Hee Choi, Yoon Seok Choi, Young Kyun Kim, Md Saifur Rahman, G C Pradeep, Jin Cheol Yoo, Joo-Won Suh
The purified BCP61 was reported to be a unique low-molecular-weight (MW) anti-microbial peptide because of its non-identical alanine-rich N-terminal sequence. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of BCP61 on induction of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), pro-inflammatory cytokines, nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB), and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated Raw 264.7 cells. The treatment with BCP61, with varying concentrations of 10, 50, and 100 μg/mL, inhibited levels of expression of LPS-induced NF-κB and MAPKs (extracellular signal-related kinases (ERKs), c-Jun NH2-terminal kinase (JNK), and mitogen-activated protein (p38)) as well as production of pro-inflammatory mediators, such as nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), and interleukin-6 (IL-6)...
February 18, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214936/an-assessment-of-strontium-sorption-onto-bentonite-buffer-material-in-waste-repository
#4
Pankaj Pathak
In the present study, changes occurring in sorption characteristics of a representative bentonite (WIn-BT) exposed to SrCl2 (0.001-0.1 M) under the pH range of 1-13 were investigated. Such interaction revealed a significant variation in surface charge density and binding energy of ions with respect to bentonite, and alteration in their physicochemical properties viz., specific surface area, cation exchange capacity, thermal and mechanical behaviour were observed. The distribution coefficients (k d) calculated for sorption onto virgin (UCBT) and contaminated bentonite (CBT) indicated a greater influence of mineralogical changes occurred with variance of pH and strontium concentration...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214926/role-of-serum-level-and-genetic-variation-of-il-28b-in-interferon-responsiveness-and-advanced-liver-disease-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients
#5
Abdolvahab Alborzi, Tayebeh Hashempour, Javad Moayedi, Zahra Musavi, Gholamreza Pouladfar, Shahin Merat
Interleukin-28B (IL-28B) is suspected to be associated with response to treatment and one of the basic immunological backgrounds in liver transplant candidate (LTC). We aimed to assess whether genotypes of IL-28B can play a role in therapeutic response or advanced stages of liver disease. A total of 364 subjects were genotyped for IL-28B rs12979860 and rs8099917 SNPs using PCR-RFLP assay. Moreover, IL-28 serum level, HCV loads, and genotype were performed. A significant increase was observed in the frequencies of unfavorable rs12979860 genotypes/CT + TT in the chronic hepatitis C (CHC) and LTC groups...
February 18, 2017: Medical Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214867/the-novel-long-noncoding-rna-tusc7-inhibits-proliferation-by-sponging-mir-211-in-colorectal-cancer
#6
Jian Xu, Rui Zhang, Jian Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The novel long noncoding RNA (lncRNA) tumor suppressor candidate 7 (TUSC7) has been reported as a potential tumor suppressor, while the functional role of TUSC7 is still unknown in colorectal cancer (CRC). Here, we characterized TUSC7 expression profile in CRC patients and investigated its biological function and potential molecular mechanism. METHODS: RNA isolation, qRT-PCR, cell counter kit-8 assay, cell cycle assay, EdU assay, and western blot were performed...
February 8, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214830/hyper-elongation-in-colorectal-cancer-tissue-cerotic-acid-is-a-potential-novel-serum-metabolic-marker-of-colorectal-malignancies
#7
Adriana Mika, Jaroslaw Kobiela, Aleksandra Czumaj, Michał Chmielewski, Piotr Stepnowski, Tomasz Sledzinski
BACKGROUNDS/AIMS: Colorectal cancer (CRC) cells show some alterations of lipid metabolism. Elongation of fatty acids (FA) has not been studied in CRC tissues thus far. The aim of this study was to verify if CRC specimens and normal colon mucosa differ in terms of their levels of very long-chain FAs, a product of FA elongation. Moreover, the expression of elongase genes has been studied in normal tissue and CRC. Finally, we searched for some specific products of FA elongation in serum of CRC patients...
February 8, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214681/a-high-temperature-passaging-attenuated-pseudorabies-vaccine-protects-piglets-completely-against-emerging-prv-variant
#8
Chao Liang, Wu Tong, Hao Zheng, Fei Liu, Jiqiang Wu, Guoxin Li, En-Min Zhou, Guangzhi Tong
Emerging variant of pseudorabies virus (PRV) have evaded the antiviral immunity of commercially available PRV vaccine and have led to PRV outbreaks in Chinese pig farms. Here, we attenuated a PRV variant strain by serial passages in vitro and evaluate the protective efficacy of the attenuated strain as a vaccine candidate. The virulent PRV variant strain JS-2012 was continuously passaged in Vero cells at 40°C and attenuated rapidly. After 90 passages in Vero cells, the passaged virus lost its ability to cause death in 2-week-old piglets...
February 13, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214617/demonstrating-construct-validity-of-the-american-board-of-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-part-i-examination-an-analysis-of-dimensionality
#9
Mikaela Raddatz, Lawrence R Robinson
BACKGROUND: Ideally, high stakes examinations assess one dimension of medical knowledge to produce precise estimates of a candidate's performance. It has not been reported whether the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Part 1 Certification Examination (ABPMR-CE-1) is unidimensional or not. OBJECTIVE: To examine the ABPMR-CE-1 to measure how many dimensions it assesses. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study. SETTING: We assessed examination results from the 2015 ABPMR-CE-1...
February 15, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214579/motor-training-and-the-combination-of-action-observation-and-peripheral-nerve-stimulation-reciprocally-interfere-with-the-plastic-changes-induced-in-primary-motor-cortex-excitability
#10
Ambra Bisio, Laura Avanzino, Monica Biggio, Piero Ruggeri, Marco Bove
AO-PNS is a stimulation protocol combining action observation (AO) and peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS) to induce plasticity in the primary motor cortex (M1) (increased excitability). Another method to increase M1 excitability is motor training. The combination of two protocols, which individually induce long-term potentiation (LTP)-like plasticity in overlapping neural circuits, results in a transitory occlusion or reverse of this phenomenon. This study aimed to understand the neurophysiological mechanisms underlying AO-PNS by testing whether AO-PNS and motor training induced LTP-like plasticity in, at least partially, overlapping neural networks...
February 15, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214543/theoretical-structural-characterization-of-lymphoguanylin-a-potential-candidate-for-the-development-of-drugs-to-treat-gastrointestinal-disorders
#11
Állan S Pires, William F Porto, Pryscilla O Castro, Octavio L Franco, Sérgio A Alencar
Guanylin peptides (GPs) are small cysteine-rich peptide hormones involved in salt absorption, regulation of fluids and electrolyte homeostasis. This family presents four members: guanylin (GN), uroguanylin (UGN), lymphoguanylin (LGN) and renoguanylin (RGN). GPs have been used as templates for the development of drugs for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders. Currently, LGN is the only GP with just one disulfide bridge, making it a remarkable member of this family and a potential drug template; however, there is no structural information about this peptide...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214539/lumbee-traditional-medicine-neuroprotective-activities-of-medicinal-plants-used-to-treat-parkinson-s-disease-related-symptoms
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Aurélie de Rus Jacquet, Michael Timmers, Sin Ying Ma, Andrew Thieme, George P McCabe, Jay Hansford C Vest, Mary Ann Lila, Jean-Christophe Rochet
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta and the presence in surviving neurons of Lewy body inclusions enriched with aggregated forms of the presynaptic protein α-synuclein (aSyn). Although current therapies provide temporary symptomatic relief, they do not slow the underlying neurodegeneration in the midbrain. In this study, we analyzed contemporary herbal medicinal practices used by members of the Lumbee tribe to treat PD-related symptoms, in an effort to identify safe and effective herbal medicines to treat PD...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214398/effects-of-recirculation-in-a-three-tank-pilot-scale-system-for-pharmaceutical-removal-with-powdered-activated-carbon
#13
Victor Kårelid, Gen Larsson, Berndt Björlenius
The removal of pharmaceutically active compounds by powdered activated carbon (PAC) in municipal wastewater is a promising solution to the problem of polluted recipient waters. Today, an efficient design strategy is however lacking with regard to high-level overall, and specific, substance removal in the large scale. The performance of PAC-based removal of pharmaceuticals was studied in pilot-scale with respect to the critical parameters; contact time and PAC dose using one PAC product selected by screening in bench-scale...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214264/identification-of-candidate-cerebrospinal-fluid-biomarkers-in-parkinsonism-using-quantitative-proteomics
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N K Magdalinou, A J Noyce, R Pinto, E Lindstrom, J Holmén-Larsson, M Holtta, K Blennow, H R Morris, T Skillbäck, T T Warner, A J Lees, I Pike, M Ward, H Zetterberg, J Gobom
INTRODUCTION: Neurodegenerative parkinsonian syndromes have significant clinical and pathological overlap, making early diagnosis difficult. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers may aid the differentiation of these disorders, but other than α-synuclein and neurofilament light chain protein, which have limited diagnostic power, specific protein biomarkers remain elusive. OBJECTIVES: To study disease mechanisms and identify possible CSF diagnostic biomarkers through discovery proteomics, which discriminate parkinsonian syndromes from healthy controls...
January 31, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214203/prognostic-value-of-survivin-and-dna-topoisomerase-ii%C3%AE-in-diffuse-and-anaplastic-astrocytomas
#15
R K Varughese, A J Skjulsvik, S H Torp
Distinguishing WHO grade II astrocytomas from grade III is a difficult task. This study looks into the potential prognostic use of mitotic activity and the proliferation markers Ki67/MiB-1 (Ki67), survivin and DNA topoisomerase IIα (TIIα) in 59 WHO grade II diffuse astrocytomas (DA) and 33 WHO grade III anaplastic astrocytomas (AA), IDH1 R132H-mutated and not otherwise specified (NOS) by means of immunohistochemistry. All proliferation markers showed higher expression in AA compared with DA. Only Ki67 had significantly greater expression in astrocytomas, NOS vs...
January 21, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214200/concurrent-met-copy-number-gain-and-kras-mutation-is-a-poor-prognostic-factor-in-pancreatobiliary-subtype-ampullary-cancers
#16
Mi Jung Kwon, Jeong Won Kim, Jang Yong Jeon, Eun Sook Nam, Seong Jin Cho, Hye-Rim Park, Soo Kee Min, Jinwon Seo, Kyueng-Whan Min, Ji-Young Choe, Hye Kyung Lee
Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and MET are candidates of targeted therapies for cancer patients. Although MET and HGF are commonly expressed in biliary tract cancers, their expression and gene copy number status and their association with KRAS mutations have not been investigated in pancreatobiliary-type ampullary adenocarcinomas (A-ACs), one of the aggressive periampullary cancers. MET and HGF expressions and MET copy number status were examined by performing immunohistochemistry (IHC) and silver in situ hybridization (SISH) in 62 surgically resected, paraffin-embedded tumors, respectively...
January 11, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214171/g-protein-based-elisa-as-a-potency-test-for-rabies-vaccines
#17
Martine Chabaud-Riou, Nadège Moreno, Fabien Guinchard, Marie Claire Nicolai, Elisabeth Niogret-Siohan, Nicolas Sève, Catherine Manin, Françoise Guinet-Morlot, Patrice Riou
The NIH test is currently used to assess the potency of rabies vaccine, a key criterion for vaccine release. This test is based on mice immunization followed by intracerebral viral challenge. As part of global efforts to reduce animal experimentation and in the framework of the development of Sanofi Pasteur next generation, highly-purified vaccine, produced without any material of human or animal origin, we developed an ELISA as an alternative to the NIH test. This ELISA is based on monoclonal antibodies recognizing specifically the native form of the viral G-protein, the major antigen that induces neutralizing antibody response to rabies virus...
February 14, 2017: Biologicals: Journal of the International Association of Biological Standardization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213900/c-h-direct-arylated-6h-indolo-2-3-b-quinoxaline-derivative-as-thickness-dependent-hole-injection-layer
#18
Dai Dong, Da Fang, Hairong Li, Caixia Zhu, Xianghua Zhao, Jiewei Li, Lingzhi Jin, Linghai Xie, Lin Chen, Jianfeng Zhao, Hongmei Zhang, Wei Huang
A novel perfluoro-1,4-phenylenyl 6H-indolo[2,3-b]quinoxaline derivative (TFBIQ) was designed and synthesized via C-H direct arylation. The opto-electrical properties of the obtained TFBIQ were fully characterized by UV-vis and photoluminescence, cyclic voltammetry, film morphology and Alq3-based green organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). Device A using 0.5 nm thick TFBIQ as the interfacial modification layer exhibits the best five advantages of device performance including the lowest minimum turn-on voltage (Von) as low as 3...
February 18, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213845/topical-formulation-containing-beeswax-based-nanoparticles-improved-in-vivo-skin-barrier-function
#19
Carla Souza, Luis Alexandre Pedro de Freitas, Patrícia Maria Berardo Gonçalves Maia Campos
Lipid nanoparticles have shown many advantages for treatment/prevention of skin disorders with damaged skin barrier function. Beeswax is a favorable candidate for the development of nanosystems in the cosmetic and dermatological fields because of its advantages for the development of products for topical application. In the present study, beeswax-based nanoparticles (BNs) were prepared using the hot melt microemulsion technique and incorporated to a gel-cream formulation. The formulation was subsequently evaluated for its rheological stability and effect on stratum corneum water content (SCWC) and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) using in vivo biophysical techniques...
February 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213771/a-novel-spiroindoline-targets-cell-cycle-and-migration-via-modulation-of-microtubule-cytoskeleton
#20
Naveen Kumar, Santanu Hati, Parthapratim Munshi, Subhabrata Sen, Seema Sehrawat, Shailja Singh
Natural product-inspired libraries of molecules with diverse architectures have evolved as one of the most useful tools for discovering lead molecules for drug discovery. In comparison to conventional combinatorial libraries, these molecules have been inferred to perform better in phenotypic screening against complicated targets. Diversity-oriented synthesis (DOS) is a forward directional strategy to access such multifaceted library of molecules. From a successful DOS campaign of a natural product-inspired library, recently a small molecule with spiroindoline motif was identified as a potent anti-breast cancer compound...
February 17, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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