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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160928/genotyping-by-sequencing-for-estimating-relatedness-in-non-model-organisms-avoiding-the-trap-of-precise-bias
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Catherine R M Attard, Luciano B Beheregaray, Luciana M Möller
There has been remarkably little attention to using the high resolution provided by genotyping-by-sequencing (i.e. RADseq and similar methods) datasets for assessing relatedness in wildlife populations. A major hurdle is the genotyping error, especially allelic dropout, often found in this type of dataset that could lead to downward-biased, yet precise, estimates of relatedness. Here we assess the applicability of genotyping-by-sequencing datasets for relatedness inferences given their relatively high genotyping error rates...
November 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158835/theranostic-role-of-32-p-atp-as-radiopharmaceutical-for-the-induction-of-massive-cell-death-within-avascular-tumor-core
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Mirco Galiè, Federico Boschi, Ilaria Scambi, Flavia Merigo, Pasquina Marzola, Luisa Altabella, Umberto Lavagnolo, Andrea Sbarbati, Antonello E Spinelli
Drug inaccessibility to vast areas of the tumor parenchyma is amongst the major hurdles for conventional therapies. Treatment efficacy rapidly decreases with distance from vessels and most of the tumor cells survive therapy. Also, between subsequent cycles of treatment, spared cancer cells replace those killed near the vessels, improving their access to nutrients, boosting their proliferation rate, and thus enabling tumor repopulation. Because of their property of "acting at a distance," radioisotopes are believed to overcome the physical barrier of vascular inaccessibility...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154992/structural-and-biophysical-characterization-of-rv3716c-a-hypothetical-protein-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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A Gopalan, G Deka, M Prabhavathi, H S Savithri, M R N Murthy, A Raja
Latent tuberculosis (TB) is the main hurdle in reaching the goal of "Stop TB 2050". Tuberculin skin and Interferon-gamma release assay tests used currently for the diagnosis of TB infection cannot distinguish between active disease and latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) and hence new and sensitive protein markers need to be identified for the diagnosis. A protein Rv3716c from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MtbRv3716c) has been identified as a potential surrogate marker for the diagnosis of LTBI. Here, we present characterization of MtbRv3716c (∼13 kDa) using both biophysical and X-Ray crystallographic methods...
November 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152228/cd1-from-molecules-to-diseases
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REVIEW
D Branch Moody, Sara Suliman
The human cluster of differentiation (CD)1 system for antigen display is comprised of four types of antigen-presenting molecules, each with a distinct functional niche: CD1a, CD1b, CD1c, and CD1d. Whereas CD1 proteins were thought solely to influence T-cell responses through display of amphipathic lipids, recent studies emphasize the role of direct contacts between the T-cell receptor and CD1 itself. Moving from molecules to diseases, new research approaches emphasize human CD1-transgenic mouse models and the study of human polyclonal T cells in vivo or ex vivo in disease states...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152047/design-synthesis-and-antibacterial-evaluation-of-oxazolidinones-with-fused-heterocyclic-c-ring-substructure
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Mahesh S Deshmukh, Nidhi Jain
A series of novel oxazolidinone antibacterials with diverse fused heteroaryl C-rings bearing hydrogen bond donor and hydrogen bond acceptor functionalities were designed and synthesized. The compound with benzoxazinone C-ring substructure (8c) exhibited superior activity compared to linezolid against a panel of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. Structural modifications at C5-side chain of 8c resulted in identification of several potent compounds (12a, 12b, 12g, and 12h). Selected compounds 8c and 12a showed very good microsomal stability and no CYP450 liability, thus clearing preliminary safety hurdles...
November 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150198/comparative-effectiveness-of-extended-release-naltrexone-versus-buprenorphine-naloxone-for-opioid-relapse-prevention-x-bot-a-multicentre-open-label-randomised-controlled-trial
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Joshua D Lee, Edward V Nunes, Patricia Novo, Ken Bachrach, Genie L Bailey, Snehal Bhatt, Sarah Farkas, Marc Fishman, Phoebe Gauthier, Candace C Hodgkins, Jacquie King, Robert Lindblad, David Liu, Abigail G Matthews, Jeanine May, K Michelle Peavy, Stephen Ross, Dagmar Salazar, Paul Schkolnik, Dikla Shmueli-Blumberg, Don Stablein, Geetha Subramaniam, John Rotrosen
BACKGROUND: Extended-release naltrexone (XR-NTX), an opioid antagonist, and sublingual buprenorphine-naloxone (BUP-NX), a partial opioid agonist, are pharmacologically and conceptually distinct interventions to prevent opioid relapse. We aimed to estimate the difference in opioid relapse-free survival between XR-NTX and BUP-NX. METHODS: We initiated this 24 week, open-label, randomised controlled, comparative effectiveness trial at eight US community-based inpatient services and followed up participants as outpatients...
November 14, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149103/human-hepatocyte-transplantation-for-liver-disease-current-status-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Valeria Iansante, Ragai R Mitry, Céline Filippi, Emer Fitzpatrick, Anil Dhawan
Liver transplantation is the accepted treatment for patients with acute liver failure and liver-based metabolic disorders. However, donor organ shortage and lifelong need for immunosuppression are the main limitations to liver transplantation. In addition, loss of the native liver as target organ for future gene therapy for metabolic disorders limits the futuristic treatment options, resulting in the need for alternative therapeutic strategies. A potential alternative to liver transplantation is allogeneic hepatocyte transplantation...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143315/fetal-haemoglobin-induction-in-sickle-cell-disease
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REVIEW
Alireza Paikari, Vivien A Sheehan
Fetal haemoglobin (HbF, α2γ2) induction has long been an area of investigation, as it is known to ameliorate the clinical complications of sickle cell disease (SCD). Progress in identifying novel HbF-inducing strategies has been stymied by limited understanding of gamma (γ)-globin regulation. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified variants in BCL11A and HBS1L-MYB that are associated with HbF levels. Functional studies have established the roles of BCL11A, MYB, and KLF1 in γ-globin regulation, but this information has not yielded new pharmacological agents...
November 16, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142307/genetic-polymorphism-related-to-monocyte-macrophage-function-is-associated-with-graft-versus-host-disease
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Kati Hyvärinen, Jarmo Ritari, Satu Koskela, Riitta Niittyvuopio, Anne Nihtinen, Liisa Volin, David Gallardo, Jukka Partanen
Despite detailed human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matching and modern immunosuppressive therapy, severe graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) remains a major hurdle for successful allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). As the genetic diversity in GvHD complicates the systematic discovery of associated variants across populations, we studied 122 GvHD-associated single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 492 HLA-matched sibling HSCT donor-recipient pairs from Finland and Spain. The association between these candidate SNPs and grade III-IV acute GvHD and extensive chronic GvHD was assessed...
November 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140656/an-analysis-of-%C3%A2-natural%C3%A2-food-litigation-to-build-a-sesame-allergy-consumer-class-action
#10
Dana Shaker
In a world where food allergy is still an incurable disease, law and regulation stand as necessary mechanisms to provide food-allergic consumers with the information they need to protect their health. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 provided specific labeling requirements for the “Top Eight” allergens in the U.S.: milk, soy, gluten, egg, tree nut, peanut, fish, and Crustacean shellfish. Since then, sesame has become more prevalent as an allergen and remains just as dangerous, inducing anaphylactic shock in some sesame-allergic individuals...
2017: Food and Drug Law Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140653/outsource-power-import-safety-challenges-and-opportunities-of-the-u-s-china-food-safety-regulatory-cooperation
#11
Ching-Fu Lin
The United States has a high stake in China’s serious food safety problem, as food products of Chinese origin have dominated the U.S. food market in numerous areas and continue to grow. The conclusion of the U.S.-China Food Safety Agreement (“the Agreement”) has allowed FDA to strengthen regulatory cooperation with its Chinese counterpart in various aspects. The Agreement also paves the way for the implementation of the new regulatory tools incorporated in FSMA, especially in the cross-border context...
2017: Food and Drug Law Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140099/oral-healthcare-for-persons-with-intellectual-or-developmental-disabilities-why-is-there-a-disparity
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Michael Milano
Despite some progress, a significant disparity still exists in oral healthcare between individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities and the general population. Barriers generated by finances, a lack of appropriately trained dental providers, and the patients themselves combine to create significant challenges to providing dental care. However, strategies exist that can help to decrease the magnitude of these hurdles so this disparity can be minimized.
November 2017: Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139381/-titin-related-muscle-disorders-an-expanding-spectrum
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Ana Ferreiro, J Andoni Urtizberea
Titin-related diseases of the skeletal and cardiac muscles open a new, fruitful chapter of myology. Confined for a long time to a limited number of clinical entities, the phenotypic spectrum of titinopthies is nowadays expanding rapidly together with the discovery of many pathogenic mutations of the TTN gene. Like for many genes of large size, the fine tuning and use of high-throughput sequencing (NGS) constitutes a little revolution in the field. This powerful tool allows, although with real technical hurdles, the establishment of the definite diagnosis of titinopathy...
November 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137495/development-of-chondrocyte-seeded-electrosprayed-nanoparticles-for-repair-of-articular-cartilage-defects-in-rabbits
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Shan-Wei Yang, Kai-Chi Ku, Shu-Ying Chen, Shyh-Ming Kuo, I-Fen Chen, Ting-Yi Wang, Shwu-Jen Chang
Due to limited self-healing capacity in cartilages, there is a rising demand for an innovative therapy that promotes chondrocyte proliferation while maintaining its biofunctionality for transplantation. Chondrocyte transplantation has received notable attention; however, the tendencies of cell de-differentiation and de-activation of biofunctionality have been major hurdles in its development, delaying this therapy from reaching the clinic. We believe it is due to the non-stimulative environment in the injured cartilage, which is unable to provide sustainable physical and biological supports to the newly grafted chondrocytes...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135292/-male-hormonal-contraception-past-present-future
#15
Norbert Pásztor, Borbála Eszter Hegyi, Attila Badó, Gábor Németh
In certain regions of the world the enormous rate of population growth raises economic and public health concerns and widely accessible contraceptive methods would be desired. In contrast, in other countries the use of effective contraception is a question of individual preferences. Today, most of the reliable contraceptive methods are applied by women, while the options for male methods are quite limited. It is well known that significant portion of pregnancies are still unplanned and several data revealed men's willingness to take part in family planning...
November 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134742/innovative-technologies-for-point-of-care-testing-of-viral-hepatitis%C3%A2-in-low-resource-and-decentralized-settings
#16
Léa Duchesne, Karine Lacombe
According to the Global Burden of Diseases, chronic viral hepatitis B and C are one of the most challenging global health conditions that rank among the first causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Low and middle income countries are particularly affected by the health burden associated with HBV or HCV infection. One major gap in efficiently addressing the issue of viral hepatitis is universal screening. However, the costs and chronic lack of human resources for using traditional screening strategies based on serology and molecular biology preclude any scaling-up...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132389/advances-challenges-and-future-directions-for-stem-cell-therapy-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#17
REVIEW
Yuri Ciervo, Ke Ning, Xu Jun, Pamela J Shaw, Richard J Mead
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative condition where loss of motor neurons within the brain and spinal cord leads to muscle atrophy, weakness, paralysis and ultimately death within 3-5 years from onset of symptoms. The specific molecular mechanisms underlying the disease pathology are not fully understood and neuroprotective treatment options are minimally effective. In recent years, stem cell transplantation as a new therapy for ALS patients has been extensively investigated, becoming an intense and debated field of study...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Neurodegeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131658/measuring-male-to-male-differences-in-fertility-or-effects-of-semen-treatments
#18
Rupert P Amann, Richard G Saacke, Guy F Barbato, Dagmar Waberski
Fertility is a convenient but meaningless term unless the outcome measure is stipulated and accounts for dependence of male fertility on the female population. We describe outcome measures and detail the impacts of the physiological status of each female and her external environment, as well as management imposed by humans. We explain the dominant role of the female reproductive tract as a series of hurdles for sperm seeking an ovum. Each spermatozoon in an ejaculate is unique, although usually most are morphologically similar...
November 13, 2017: Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131159/enhancing-the-precision-of-genetic-lineage-tracing-using-dual-recombinases
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Lingjuan He, Yan Li, Yi Li, Wenjuan Pu, Xiuzhen Huang, Xueying Tian, Yue Wang, Hui Zhang, Qiaozhen Liu, Libo Zhang, Huan Zhao, Juan Tang, Hongbin Ji, Dongqing Cai, Zhibo Han, Zhongchao Han, Yu Nie, Shengshou Hu, Qing-Dong Wang, Ruilin Sun, Jian Fei, Fengchao Wang, Ting Chen, Yan Yan, Hefeng Huang, William T Pu, Bin Zhou
The Cre-loxP recombination system is the most widely used technology for in vivo tracing of stem or progenitor cell lineages. The precision of this genetic system largely depends on the specificity of Cre recombinase expression in targeted stem or progenitor cells. However, Cre expression in nontargeted cell types can complicate the interpretation of lineage-tracing studies and has caused controversy in many previous studies. Here we describe a new genetic lineage tracing system that incorporates the Dre-rox recombination system to enhance the precision of conventional Cre-loxP-mediated lineage tracing...
November 13, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130349/regenerating-%C3%AE-cells-of-the-pancreas-potential-developments-in-diabetes-treatment
#20
Shengli Dong, Hongju Wu
The etiology of diabetes is mainly attributed to insulin deficiency due to the lack of β cells (type 1), or to insulin resistance that eventually results in β cell dysfunction (type 2). Therefore, an ultimate cure for diabetes requires the ability to replace the lost insulin-secreting β cells. Strategies for regenerating β cells are under extensive investigation. Areas covered: Herein, the authors first summarize the mechanisms underlying embryonic β cell development and spontaneous adult β cell regeneration, which forms the basis for developing β cell regeneration strategies...
November 13, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
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