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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098945/frequency-of-cnksr2-mutation-in-the-x-linked-epilepsy-aphasia-spectrum
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John A Damiano, Rosemary Burgess, Sara Kivity, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Zaid Afawi, Ingrid E Scheffer, Samuel F Berkovic, Michael S Hildebrand
Synaptic proteins are critical to neuronal function in the brain, and their deficiency can lead to seizures and cognitive impairments. CNKSR2 (connector enhancer of KSR2) is a synaptic protein involved in Ras signaling-mediated neuronal proliferation, migration and differentiation. Mutations in the X-linked gene CNKSR2 have been described in patients with seizures and neurodevelopmental deficits, especially those affecting language. In this study, we sequenced 112 patients with phenotypes within the epilepsy-aphasia spectrum (EAS) to determine the frequency of CNKSR2 mutation within this complex set of disorders...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098909/biology-and-function-of-glypican-3-as-a-candidate-for-early-cancerous-transformation-of-hepatocytes-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-review
#2
Mauro Montalbano, Jeremias Georgiadis, Ashlyn L Masterson, Joshua T McGuire, Janika Prajapati, Ali Shirafkan, Cristiana Rastellini, Luca Cicalese
Glypican-3 (GPC-3), a transmembrane heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG), has recently been investigated as a player in tissue-dependent cellular signaling, specifically as a regulator of growth. Noteworthy, the regulatory protein has been implicated in both stimulatory and inhibitory pathways involving cell growth. Initially, GPC-3 was thought to act as a cell cycle regulator, as a loss-of-function mutation in the gene caused a hyper-proliferative state known as Simpson-Golabi-Behmel (SGB) overgrowth syndrome...
January 18, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098906/mir%C3%A2-15a%C3%A2-5p-acts-as-an-oncogene-in-renal-cell-carcinoma
#3
Lu Jin, Yifan Li, Tao He, Jia Hu, Jiaju Liu, Mingwei Chen, Zeng Zhang, Yaoting Gui, Xiangming Mao, Shangqi Yang, Yongqing Lai
miRNAs have been reported to be involved in multiple cellular processes and the tumorigenesis of various cancers. miR‑15a‑5p (also termed miR‑15a) has previously been determined to be upregulated in renal cell carcinoma (RCC) by microarray profile. However, the expression and function of miR‑15a‑5p in RCC remain to be validated. In the present study, reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT‑qPCR) was performed to detect the expression levels of miR‑15a‑5p in RCC tissues and cells...
January 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098883/developmental-expression-of-toll%C3%A2-like-receptors-in-the-guinea-pig-lung
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Lingjie Ma, Jiali Yang, Li Yang, Juan Shi, Jing Xue, Yong Li, Xiaoming Liu
The guinea pig is a useful model for investigating infectious and non‑infectious lung diseases due to the sensitivity of its respiratory system and susceptibility to infectious agents. Toll‑like receptors (TLRs) are important components of the innate immune response and are critical for lung immune function. In the present study, the differentiation of epithelial cells in the guinea pig lung was examined during gestation by studying anatomic morphology and the major epithelial cell types using cell type‑specific markers...
January 17, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098876/bdnf-regulates-the-expression-and-secretion-of-vegf-from-osteoblasts-via-the-trkb-erk1-2-signaling-pathway-during-fracture-healing
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Zitao Zhang, Yan Zhang, Zhengnan Zhou, Hongfei Shi, Xusheng Qiu, Jin Xiong, Yixin Chen
Brain‑derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a member of the neurotropic family, is expressed in osteoblast‑like cells of a fracture callus, however, its role in fracture healing remains to be fully elucidated. Osteoblasts isolated from Sprague Dawley rats were stimulated by BDNF in a dose‑ and time‑dependent manner. Immunoblotting and immunofluorescence was used to detect the expression and distribution of targeted proteins. The concentration of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) released in medium was determined using an ELISA...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098872/trim29-promotes-progression-of-thyroid-carcinoma-via-activating-p13k-akt-signaling-pathway
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Jinkai Xu, Zongyu Li, Qinghua Su, Jun Zhao, Jiancang Ma
Thyroid cancer (TC) is a common malignancy of the endocrine system. Abnormal expression of tripartite motif-containing 29 (TRIM29) has been reported to promote tumorigenesis and predict poor prognosis in several human malignancies. The aim of this study was to assess the involvement of TRIM29 in the significance and prognosis of TC. Fifty-six tumor samples and their clinicopathological para-meters were obtained from TC patients; the expression level of TRIM29 was detected by RT-qPCR and western blotting. TRIM29 expression was knocked down by small interfering RNA (siRNA) among TT, TPC-1, and K1 cells to investigate the biological role of TRIM29 in TC cells...
January 13, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098842/modulation-index-adjustment-for-recovery-of-pure-wavelength-modulation-spectroscopy-second-harmonic-signal-waveforms
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Wei Wei, Jun Chang, Qiang Wang, Zengguang Qin
A new technique of modulation index adjustment for pure wavelength modulation spectroscopy second harmonic signal waveforms recovery is presented. As the modulation index is a key parameter in determining the exact form of the signals generated by the technique of wavelength modulation spectroscopy, the method of modulation index adjustment is applied to recover the second harmonic signal with wavelength modulation spectroscopy. By comparing the measured profile with the theoretical profile by calculation, the relationship between the modulation index and average quantities of the scanning wavelength can be obtained...
January 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098839/continuous-glucose-monitoring-enables-the-detection-of-losses-in-infusion-set-actuation-lisas
#8
Daniel P Howsmon, Faye Cameron, Nihat Baysal, Trang T Ly, Gregory P Forlenza, David M Maahs, Bruce A Buckingham, Juergen Hahn, B Wayne Bequette
Reliable continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) enables a variety of advanced technology for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. In addition to artificial pancreas algorithms that use CGM to automate continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), CGM can also inform fault detection algorithms that alert patients to problems in CGM or CSII. Losses in infusion set actuation (LISAs) can adversely affect clinical outcomes, resulting in hyperglycemia due to impaired insulin delivery. Prolonged hyperglycemia may lead to diabetic ketoacidosis-a serious metabolic complication in type 1 diabetes...
January 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098831/a-fast-multimodal-ectopic-beat-detection-method-applied-for-blood-pressure-estimation-based-on-pulse-wave-velocity-measurements-in-wearable-sensors
#9
Maik Pflugradt, Kai Geissdoerfer, Matthias Goernig, Reinhold Orglmeister
Automatic detection of ectopic beats has become a thoroughly researched topic, with literature providing manifold proposals typically incorporating morphological analysis of the electrocardiogram (ECG). Although being well understood, its utilization is often neglected, especially in practical monitoring situations like online evaluation of signals acquired in wearable sensors. Continuous blood pressure estimation based on pulse wave velocity considerations is a prominent example, which depends on careful fiducial point extraction and is therefore seriously affected during periods of increased occurring extrasystoles...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098756/detection-of-the-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-with-a-novel-bioluminescence-resonance-energy-transfer-pair-using-a-two-component-system
#10
Tobias Wimmer, Eva Schroeter, Birgit Lorenz, Knut Stieger
In this paper we describe a two-component BRET (bioluminescence resonance energy transfer)-based method to detect vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) molecules in unknown samples as the basis for subsequent in vivo use. A luminescent VEGF binding molecule, which binds in the receptor binding motif of VEGF, is used as the energy donor, transferred to a fluorophore-coupled VEGF binding molecule (acceptor), which binds to the neuropilin binding motif of VEGF, thus enabling energy transfer from the donor to the acceptor molecule...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098296/naked-eye-plasmonic-indicator-with-multi-responsive-polymer-brush-as-signal-transducer-and-amplifier
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Tieqiang Wang, Ye Yu, Dan Chen, Shuli Wang, Xuemin Zhang, Yunong Li, Junhu Zhang, Yu Fu
For decades, plasmonic nanostructures have been used as important optical sensing platforms, however, the necessity of sensitive optical instruments for detection greatly limits their practical application. Herein, a multi-responsive naked eye plasmonic indicator has been prepared through introduction of a responsive polymer brush (PNIPAm) into the cavity of a Ag nanovolcano array (Ag NVA). According to the phase change of the PNIPAm brush under different external conditions, the as-prepared Ag NVA shows responsive monochromatic colors, which allow the Ag NVA to serve as a plasmonic indicator detected by the naked eye...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098201/fiber-laser-based-ultrasound-sensor-for-photoacoustic-imaging
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Yizhi Liang, Long Jin, Lidai Wang, Xue Bai, Linghao Cheng, Bai-Ou Guan
Photoacoustic imaging, especially for intravascular and endoscopic applications, requires ultrasound probes with miniature size and high sensitivity. In this paper, we present a new photoacoustic sensor based on a small-sized fiber laser. Incident ultrasound waves exert pressures on the optical fiber laser and induce harmonic vibrations of the fiber, which is detected by the frequency shift of the beating signal between the two orthogonal polarization modes in the fiber laser. This ultrasound sensor presents a noise-equivalent pressure of 40 Pa over a 50-MHz bandwidth...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098154/structural-basis-of-ligand-interaction-with-atypical-chemokine-receptor-3
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Martin Gustavsson, Liwen Wang, Noortje van Gils, Bryan S Stephens, Penglie Zhang, Thomas J Schall, Sichun Yang, Ruben Abagyan, Mark R Chance, Irina Kufareva, Tracy M Handel
Chemokines drive cell migration through their interactions with seven-transmembrane (7TM) chemokine receptors on cell surfaces. The atypical chemokine receptor 3 (ACKR3) binds chemokines CXCL11 and CXCL12 and signals exclusively through β-arrestin-mediated pathways, without activating canonical G-protein signalling. This receptor is upregulated in numerous cancers making it a potential drug target. Here we collected over 100 distinct structural probes from radiolytic footprinting, disulfide trapping, and mutagenesis to map the structures of ACKR3:CXCL12 and ACKR3:small-molecule complexes, including dynamic regions that proved unresolvable by X-ray crystallography in homologous receptors...
January 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098150/a-survey-of-sub-saharan-gene-flow-into-the-mediterranean-at-risk-loci-for-coronary-artery-disease
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Miguel M Álvarez-Álvarez, Daniela Zanetti, Robert Carreras-Torres, Pedro Moral, Georgios Athanasiadis
This study tries to find detectable signals of gene flow of Sub-Saharan origin into the Mediterranean in four genomic regions previously associated with coronary artery disease. A total of 366 single-nucleotide polymorphisms were genotyped in 772 individuals from 10 Mediterranean countries. Population structure analyses were performed, in which a noticeable Sub-Saharan component was found in the studied samples. The overall percentage of this Sub-Saharan component presents differences between the two Mediterranean coasts...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097749/positive-contrast-from-cells-labeled-with-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-quantitation-of-imaging-data
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Sergey Magnitsky, Jinjin Zhang, Djaudat Idiyatullin, Geetha Mohan, Michael Garwood, Nancy E Lane, Sharmila Majumdar
PURPOSE: Conventional T2 -weighted MRI produces a hypointense signal from iron-labeled cells, which renders quantification unfeasible. We tested a SWeep Imaging with Fourier Transformation (SWIFT) MRI pulse sequence to generate a quantifiable hyperintense signal from iron-labeled cells. METHODS: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were labeled with different concentrations of iron oxide particles and examined for cell viability, proliferation, and differentiation. The SWIFT sequence was optimized to detect and quantify the amount of iron in the muscle tissue after injection of iron oxide solution and iron-labeled MSCs...
January 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097465/hydroxysafflor-yellow-a-improves-motor-dysfunction-in-the-rotenone-induced-mice-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Tian Wang, Lijie Wang, Cuiting Li, Bing Han, Zhenhua Wang, Ji Li, Yan Lv, Shuyun Wang, Fenghua Fu
Dopamine D3 receptor (DRD3) is diminished in patients of Parkinson's disease (PD). Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is responsible for regulating expression of the DRD3 in the brain. Our previous study showed that hydroxysafflor yellow A (HSYA) could increase BDNF content in the striatum of PD mice. This experiment aimed to evaluate whether HSYA can improve the motor dysfunction induced by rotenone through regulating the BDNF/TrkB/DRD3 signaling pathway in mice. Male C57/BL6 mice were intraperitoneally treated with HSYA...
January 17, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097463/neurokinin-1-receptor-immunopositive-neurons-in-the-medullary-dorsal-horn-provide-collateral-axons-to-both-the-thalamus-and-parabrachial-nucleus-in-rats
#17
Xu Li, Shun-Nan Ge, Yang Li, Han-Tao Wang
It has been suggested that the trigemino-thalamic and trigemino-parabrachial projection neurons in the medullary dorsal horn (MDH) are highly implicated in the sensory-discriminative and emotional/affective aspects of orofacial pain, respectively. In previous studies, some neurons were reported to send projections to both the thalamus and parabrachial nucleus by way of collaterals in the MDH. However, little is known about the chemoarchitecture of this group of neurons. Thus, in the present study, we determined whether the neurokinin-1 (NK-1) receptor, which is crucial for primary orofacial pain signaling, was expressed in MDH neurons co-innervating the thalamus and parabrachial nucleus...
January 17, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097424/analysis-of-the-spleen-proteome-of-chickens-infected-with-reticuloendotheliosis-virus
#18
Mei Xue, Yan Zhao, Shunlei Hu, Xingming Shi, Hongyu Cui, Yunfeng Wang
Infection with reticuloendotheliosis virus (REV), a gammaretrovirus in the family Retroviridae, can result in immunosuppression and subsequent increased susceptibility to secondary infections. In the present study, we identified differentially expressed proteins in the spleens of chickens infected with the REV-A HLJ07I strain, using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis on samples from time points coinciding with different phases of the REV life cycle. Differentially expressed proteins were identified using one-dimensional liquid chromatography electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (1D LC ESI MS/MS)...
January 17, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097390/a-role-of-plc-pkc-dependent-pathway-in-glp-1-stimulated-insulin-secretion
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REVIEW
Makoto Shigeto, Chae Young Cha, Patrik Rorsman, Kohei Kaku
Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) is an endogenous glucose-lowering hormone and GLP-1 receptor agonists are currently being used as antidiabetic drugs clinically. The canonical signalling pathway (including cAMP, Epac2, protein kinase A (PKA) and KATP channels) is almost universally accepted as the main mechanism of GLP-1-stimulated insulin secretion. This belief is based on in vitro studies that used nanomolar (1-100 nM) concentrations of GLP-1. Recently, it was found that the physiological concentrations (1-10 pM) of GLP-1 also stimulate insulin secretion from isolated islets, induce membrane depolarization and increase of intracellular [Ca(2+)] in isolated β cells/pancreatic islets...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096696/tidal-breathing-patterns-derived-from-structured-light-plethysmography-in-copd-patients-compared-with-healthy-subjects
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Shayan Motamedi-Fakhr, Rachel C Wilson, Richard Iles
PURPOSE: Differences in tidal breathing patterns have been reported between patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and healthy individuals using traditional measurement techniques. This feasibility study examined whether structured light plethysmography (SLP) - a noncontact, light-based technique - could also detect differences in tidal breathing patterns between patients with COPD and healthy subjects. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 5 min period of tidal (quiet) breathing was recorded in each patient with COPD (n=31) and each healthy subject (n=31), matched for age, body mass index, and sex...
2017: Medical Devices: Evidence and Research
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