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Núria Rovira-Graells, Sara Aguilera-Simón, Elisabet Tintó-Font, Alfred Cortés
The growth phenotype of asexual blood stage malaria parasites can influence their virulence and also their ability to survive and achieve transmission to the next host, but there are few methods available to characterise parasite growth parameters in detail. We developed a new assay to measure growth rates at different starting parasitaemias in a 96-well format and applied it to characterise the growth of Plasmodium falciparum lines 3D7-A and 3D7-B, previously shown to have different invasion rates and to use different invasion pathways...
2016: PloS One
Irene Vacca, Elena Del Tordello, Gianmarco Gasperini, Alfredo Pezzicoli, Martina Di Fede, Silvia Rossi Paccani, Sara Marchi, Tsisti D Mubaiwa, Lauren E Hartley-Tassell, Michael P Jennings, Kate L Seib, Vega Masignani, Mariagrazia Pizza, Davide Serruto, Beatrice Aricò, Isabel Delany
Neisserial Heparin Binding Antigen (NHBA) is a surface-exposed lipoprotein ubiquitously expressed by Neisseria meningitidis strains and an antigen of the Bexsero® vaccine. NHBA binds heparin through a conserved Arg-rich region that is the target of two proteases, the meningococcal NalP and human lactoferrin (hLf). In this work, in vitro studies showed that recombinant NHBA protein was able to bind epithelial cells and mutations of the Arg-rich tract abrogated this binding. All N-terminal and C-terminal fragments generated by NalP or hLf cleavage, regardless of the presence or absence of the Arg-rich region, did not bind to cells, indicating that a correct positioning of the Arg-rich region within the full length protein is crucial...
2016: PloS One
Joshua Park, Ethan Frank, Alfred Simental, Sara Yang, Christopher Vuong, Steve Lee, Pedro Andrade Filho
After thyroid surgery, protocols based on postoperative parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels may prevent symptoms of hypocalcemia, while avoiding unnecessary prophylactic calcium and/or vitamin D supplementation. We examined the value of an initial management protocol based solely on a single PTH level measured one hour after completion or total thyroidectomy to prevent symptomatic hypocalcemia by conducting a retrospective review of 697 consecutive patients treated from July 2003 to April 2015. The proportion of patients who developed symptomatic hypocalcemia was similar between those treated before (n = 155) and after (n = 542) implementation of this 1-hour PTH protocol (16...
October 2016: American Surgeon
Sara J Marsteller, Natalya Zolotova, Kelly J Knudson
OBJECTIVES: Hypothetical models of socioeconomic organization in pre-Columbian societies generated from the rich ethnohistoric record in the New World require testing against the archaeological and bioarchaeological record. Here, we test ethnohistorian Maria Rostworowski's horizontality model of socioeconomic specialization for the Central Andean coast by reconstructing dietary practices in the Late Intermediate Period (c. AD 900-1470) Ychsma polity to evaluate complexities in social behaviors prior to Inka imperial influence...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Sam D Gumbert, Sara Guzman-Reyes, Evan G Pivalizza
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Sara H Javid, Sarah O Lawrence, Danielle C Lavallee
Breast-cancer-specific tools that measure health-related quality of life (HRQOL) were developed for use in research or clinical practice, and little is known about these tools' performance ability for quality improvement. Furthermore, existing tools may not fully reflect all issues that contribute to quality care as seen by patients. Work is needed to identify and validate patient-reported outcome measures for use in quality improvement in breast cancer surgical care. We conducted an exploratory qualitative study in order to better understand what HRQOL domains and processes of care define high quality surgical care for women undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer from both the patient and clinician perspective...
October 25, 2016: Breast Journal
Arja Heliövaara, Annelise Küseler, Pål Skaare, William Shaw, Kirsten Mølsted, Agneta Karsten, Eli Brinck, Sara Rizell, Agneta Marcusson, Paul Sæle, Kirsti Hurmerinta, Elisabeth Rønning, Midia Najar Chalien, Jeanette Mooney, Phil Eyres, Gunvor Semb
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Good dentofacial growth is a major goal in the treatment of unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP). The aim was to evaluate dental arch relationships at age 5 years after four different protocols of primary surgery for UCLP. DESIGN: Three parallel randomised clinical trials were undertaken as an international multi-centre study by 10 cleft teams in five countries: Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, and the UK. METHODS: Three different surgical procedures for primary palatal repair (Arms B, C, D) were tested against a common procedure (Arm A) in the total cohort of 448 children born with non-syndromic UCLP...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery
Miguel Jesus Nunes Ramos, João Lucas Coito, Joana Fino, Jorge Cunha, Helena Silva, Patrícia Gomes de Almeida, Maria Manuela Ribeiro Costa, Sara Amâncio, Octávio S Paulo, Margarida Rocheta
RNA-seq of Vitis during early stages of bud development, in male, female and hermaphrodite flowers, identified new loci outside of annotated gene models, suggesting their involvement in sex establishment. The molecular mechanisms responsible for flower sex specification remain unclear for most plant species. In the case of V. vinifera ssp. vinifera, it is not fully understood what determines hermaphroditism in the domesticated subspecies and male or female flowers in wild dioecious relatives (Vitis vinifera ssp...
October 24, 2016: Plant Molecular Biology
Benedikt M Kessler, Sara Bursomanno, Joanna F McGouran, Ian D Hickson, Ying Liu
Posttranslational modification of proteins with the small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) regulates protein function in the context of cell cycle and DNA repair. The occurrence of SUMOylation is less frequent as compared to protein modification with ubiquitin, and appears to be controlled by a smaller pool of conjugating and deconjugating enzymes. Mass spectrometry has been instrumental in defining specific as well as proteome-wide views of SUMO-dependent biological processes, and several methodological approaches have been developed in the recent past...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Howard Y Park, Sara K Yang, William L Sheppard, Vishal Hegde, Stephen D Zoller, Scott D Nelson, Noah Federman, Nicholas M Bernthal
Aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs) are benign bone lesions arising predominantly in the pediatric population that can cause local pain, swelling, and pathologic fracture. Primary lesions, which constitute roughly two thirds of all ABCs, are thought to be neoplastic in nature, with one third of ABCs arising secondary to other tumors. Diagnosis is made with various imaging modalities, which exhibit characteristic features such as "fluid-fluid levels," although biopsy is critical, as telangiectatic osteosarcoma cannot be excluded based on imaging alone...
October 24, 2016: Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
Sara J Bowne, Lori S Sullivan, Dianna K Wheaton, Kirsten G Locke, Kaylie D Jones, Daniel C Koboldt, Robert S Fulton, Richard K Wilson, Susan H Blanton, David G Birch, Stephen P Daiger
PURPOSE: To identify the underlying cause of disease in a large family with North Carolina macular dystrophy (NCMD). METHODS: A large four-generation family (RFS355) with an autosomal dominant form of NCMD was ascertained. Family members underwent comprehensive visual function evaluations. Blood or saliva from six affected family members and three unaffected spouses was collected and DNA tested for linkage to the MCDR1 locus on chromosome 6q12. Three affected family members and two unaffected spouses underwent whole exome sequencing (WES) and subsequently, custom capture of the linkage region followed by next-generation sequencing (NGS)...
2016: Molecular Vision
Maurício Fabro, Sara Raquel Fabro, Rafael Santiago Oliveira de Sales, Luiz Pedro de Souza Júnior, Julian Catalan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
Andréa Farias de Melo Leite, Américo Mota, Francisco Abaeté Chagas-Neto, Sara Reis Teixeira, Jorge Elias Junior, Valdair Francisco Muglia
Portosystemic shunts are enlarged vessels that form collateral pathological pathways between the splanchnic circulation and the systemic circulation. Although their causes are multifactorial, portosystemic shunts all have one mechanism in common-increased portal venous pressure, which diverts the blood flow from the gastrointestinal tract to the systemic circulation. Congenital and acquired collateral pathways have both been described in the literature. The aim of this pictorial essay was to discuss the distinct anatomic and imaging features of portosystemic shunts, as well as to provide a robust method of differentiating between acquired portosystemic shunts and similar pathologies, through the use of illustrations and schematic drawings...
July 2016: Radiologia Brasileira
Sara Ajina, Holly Bridge
Damage to the primary visual cortex removes the major input from the eyes to the brain, causing significant visual loss as patients are unable to perceive the side of the world contralateral to the damage. Some patients, however, retain the ability to detect visual information within this blind region; this is known as blindsight. By studying the visual pathways that underlie this residual vision in patients, we can uncover additional aspects of the human visual system that likely contribute to normal visual function but cannot be revealed under physiological conditions...
October 23, 2016: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
Milo B Fasken, Jillian S Losh, Sara W Leung, Sergine Brutus, Brittany Avin, Jillian C Vaught, Jennifer Potter-Birriel, Taylor Craig, Graeme L Conn, Katherine Mills-Lujan, Anita H Corbett, Ambro van Hoof
Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia type 1b (PCH1b) is an autosomal recessive disorder that causes cerebellar hypoplasia and spinal motor neuron degeneration leading to mortality in early childhood. PCH1b is caused by mutations in the RNA exosome subunit gene, EXOSC3 The RNA exosome is an evolutionarily conserved complex, consisting of nine different core subunits and one or two 3'-5' exoribonuclease subunits, that mediates several RNA degradation and processing steps. The goal of this study is to assess the functional consequences of the amino acid substitutions that have been identified in EXOSC3 in PCH1b patients...
October 24, 2016: Genetics
Giulia Ramazzotti, Irene Faenza, Roberta Fiume, Anna Maria Billi, Lucia Manzoli, Sara Mongiorgi, Stefano Ratti, James A McCubrey, Pann-Ghill Suh, Lucio Cocco, Matilde Y Follo
Phosphoinositide-phospholipase C-β1 (PLC-β1) plays a crucial role in the initiation of the genetic program responsible for muscle differentiation and osteogenesis. During myogenic differentiation of murine C2C12 myoblasts, PLC-β1 signaling pathway involves the Inositol Polyphosphate Multikinase (IPMK) and β-catenin as downstream effectors. By means of c-jun binding to cyclin D3 promoter, the activation of PLC-β1 pathway determines cyclin D3 accumulation. However, osteogenesis requires PLC-β1 expression and up-regulation but it does not affect cyclin D3 levels, suggesting that the two processes require the activation of different mediators...
October 18, 2016: Advances in Biological Regulation
Giorgio Cozzi, Sara Lega, Rita Giorgi, Egidio Barbi
We describe 2 patients with acute asthma exacerbation who were admitted to the emergency department (ED) with severe agitation and restlessness as a prominent finding, for which bedside asthma treatment sedation with intranasal dexmedetomidine was performed. In both cases, dexmedetomidine allowed the patients to rest and improved tolerance to treatment. Dexmedetomidine is a unique sedative with an excellent safety profile and minimal effect on respiratory function. These properties render it particularly promising for the management of severe agitation in children admitted to the ED with acute asthma exacerbation...
October 5, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Sara De Andrés-García, Irene Cano-López, Luis Moya-Albiol, Esperanza González-Bono
BACKGROUND: Negative affect (NA) and chronic stress are separately associated with health imbalances, and the interaction between the two aspects remains unclear. Care of relatives with long-term pathologies could be a likely model in the study of this issue, as caregivers frequently report chronic stress and health complaints. The aim of this study is examine the role of NA on psychophysiological stress-induced response and health in schizophrenia caregivers. METHOD: Forty-one caregivers were distributed into two groups accordingly to their scores in NA...
November 2016: Psicothema
Natalia Sanchez-Aguadero, Luis Garcia-Ortiz, Maria C Patino-Alonso, Sara Mora-Simon, Manuel A Gomez-Marcos, Rosario Alonso-Dominguez, Benigna Sanchez-Salgado, Jose I Recio-Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: Postprandial glycaemic response affects cognitive and vascular function. The acute effect of breakfast glycaemic index on vascular parameters is not sufficiently known. Also, the influence of breakfasts with different glycaemic index on cognitive performance has been mostly studied in children and adolescents with varying results. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to analyse the postprandial effect of high and low glycaemic index breakfasts on vascular function and cognitive performance and their relationship with postprandial glycaemic response in healthy young adults...
October 24, 2016: Trials
Jinfeng Kong, Juan Du, Yunling Wang, Mingzi Yang, Jianchao Gao, Xiaofan Wei, Weigang Fang, Jun Zhan, Hongquan Zhang
Kindlin-1, an integrin-interacting protein, has been implicated in TGF-β/Smad3 signaling. However, the molecular mechanism underlying Kindlin-1 regulation of TGF-β/Smad3 signaling remains elusive. Here, we reported that Kindlin-1 is an important mediator of TGF-β/Smad3 signaling by showing that Kindlin-1 physically interacts with TGF-β receptor I (TβRI), Smad anchor for receptor activation (SARA) and Smad3. Kindlin-1 is required for the interaction of Smad3 with TβRI, Smad3 phosphorylation, nuclear translocation, and finally the activation of TGF-β/Smad3 signaling pathway...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
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