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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743157/her2-mutations-in-lung-adenocarcinomas-a-report-from-the-lung-cancer-mutation-consortium
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Rathi N Pillai, Madhusmita Behera, Lynne D Berry, Mike R Rossi, Mark G Kris, Bruce E Johnson, Paul A Bunn, Suresh S Ramalingam, Fadlo R Khuri
BACKGROUND: Human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) mutations have been reported in lung adenocarcinomas. Herein, the authors describe the prevalence, clinical features, and outcomes associated with HER2 mutations in 1007 patients in the Lung Cancer Mutation Consortium (LCMC). METHODS: Patients with advanced-stage lung adenocarcinomas were enrolled to the LCMC. Tumor specimens were assessed for diagnosis and adequacy; multiplexed genotyping was performed in Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified laboratories to examine 10 oncogenic drivers...
July 25, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743153/-how-much-alarm-can-the-human-being-tolerate
#2
Benedikt Lorenz, Jürgen Peters, Ulrich H Frey
Due to growing technisation of intensive care the number of devices with integrated alarm systems is steadily increasing. However, most of the sounding alarms are false alarms causing high levels of frustration, aggression and inappropriate behaviour amongst the medical personnel. All this jeopardises patient care. The high number of alarms also disturb the patients interrupting their sleep and provokes anxiety, and also increases the already high noise level in intensive care units and the operating theatre alike...
July 2017: Anästhesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie: AINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743128/anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factors-protect-retinal-pigment-epithelium-cells-against-oxidation-by-modulating-nitric-oxide-release-and-autophagy
#3
Stefano De Cillà, Serena Farruggio, Stela Vujosevic, Giulia Raina, Davide Filippini, Valentina Gatti, Nausicaa Clemente, David Mary, Diego Vezzola, Giamberto Casini, Luca Rossetti, Elena Grossini
BACKGROUND/AIMS: the anti-vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGF), Aflibercept and Ranibizumab, are used for the treatment of macular degeneration. Here we examined the involvement of nitric oxide (NO), mitochondria function and of apoptosis/autophagy in their antioxidant effects in human retinal pigment epithelium cells (RPE). METHODS: RPE were exposed to Ranibizumab/Aflibercept in the absence or presence of NO synthase (NOS) inhibitor and of autophagy activator/blocker, rapamicyn/3-methyladenine...
July 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743112/microrna-302b-3p-suppresses-cell-proliferation-through-akt-pathway-by-targeting-igf-1r-in-human-gastric-cancer
#4
Bo Guo, Zhenghao Zhao, Zhen Wang, Qian Li, Xiaofei Wang, Wenjing Wang, Tusheng Song, Che Huang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: MiR-302b is a major microRNA found in human embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. However, its function in gastric cancer progression remains unclear. METHODS: Quantitative reverse transcription-PCR was performed to detect the expression levels of miR-302b-3p in gastric cancer tissues. MTT, colony formation, and flow cytometer analyses were conducted to explore the function of miR-302b-3p in MKN-45/SGC-7901 cells. A dual-luciferase reporter was used to validate the bioinformatics-predicted target gene of miR-302b-3p...
July 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743103/lanthanum-chloride-inhibits-lps-mediated-expressions-of-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-and-adhesion-molecules-in-huvecs-involvement-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-jmjd3-signaling
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Xia Chen, Min Xiu, Juanjuan Xing, Shaoqing Yu, Dinghong Min, Fei Guo
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To investigate the regulation of LaCl3 on lipopolysaccharides (LPS)-induced pro-inflammatory cytokines and adhesion molecules in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). METHODS: Primary cultured HUVECs were pretreated with 2.5 µM LaCl3 for 30 min followed by 1 µg/ml LPS for 2 h. Pro-inflammatory cytokine and adhesion molecule expressions were determined by real-time RT-PCR and ELISA. NF-κB/p65 nuclear translocation was examined by immunofluorescence and immuno-blot, and its DNA-binding activity was measured by chemiluminescence...
July 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743092/polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-enrich-their-degrading-genera-and-genes-in-human-impacted-aquatic-environments
#6
Ke Yuan, Baowei Chen, Qing Qing, Shichun Zou, Xiaowei Wang, Tiangang Luan
Bacterial degradation is an important clearance pathway for organic contaminants from highly human-impacted environments. However, it is not fully understood how organic contaminants are selected for degradation by bacteria and genes in aquatic environments. In this study, PAH degrading bacterial genera and PAH-degradation-related genes (PAHDGs) in sediments collected from the Pearl River (PR), the Pearl River Estuary (PRE) and the South China Sea (SCS), among which there were distinct differences in anthropogenic impact, were analyzed using metagenomic approaches...
July 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743084/graphene-oxide-gold-nanorods-based-multiple-assisted-electrochemiluminescence-signal-amplification-strategy-for-sensitive-detection-of-prostate-specific-antigen
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Jun-Tao Cao, Jiu-Jun Yang, Li-Zhen Zhao, Yu-Ling Wang, Hui Wang, Yan-Ming Liu, Shu-Hui Ma
A novel and competitive electrochemiluminescence (ECL) aptasensor for prostate specific antigen (PSA) assay was constructed using gold nanorods functionalized graphene oxide (GO@AuNRs) multilabeled with glucose oxidase (GOD) and streptavidin (SA) toward luminol-based ECL system. A strong initial ECL signal was achieved by electrodeposited gold (DpAu) on the electrode because of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) motivating the luminol ECL signal. The signal probes prepared by loading GOD and SA-biotin-DNA on GO@AuNRs were used for achieving multiple signal amplification...
July 20, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743080/the-role-of-hexon-in-egg-drop-syndrome-virus-edsv-inducing-apoptosis-in-duck-embryo-fibroblast-cells
#8
Xuefeng Qi, Jiamin Xu, Zugui Wang, Xueping Wang, Jingyu Wang
Although extensive efforts have been made to understand adenovirus infection in human cells, little is known for egg drop syndrome virus (EDSV) infection in the avian-derived cells. In this study, the effects of EDSV infection as well as the possible role hexon protein, the main building block of the EDSV capsid, on apoptosis induction in duck embryo fibroblast (DEF) cells was examined. Flow cytometry analysis and TUNEL assay revealed that EDSV infection induced significant apoptosis in DEF cells compared with mock infected cells...
July 17, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743062/peripheral-leucocytes-and-tissue-gene-expression-of-granzyme-b-perforin-system-and-serpinb9-impact-on-inflammation-and-insulin-resistance-in-coronary-atherosclerosis
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Eman F Sanad, Nadia M Hamdy, Adel K El-Etriby, Samer A Sebak, Hala O El-Mesallamy
AIM: The imbalance between proapoptotic granzyme B (GZB)/perforin (PRF) system and proteinase inhibitor-9 (PI-9; serpinB9); the only known inhibitor of human GZB, has been demonstrated in atherosclerosis. However, their role in atherosclerosis with the impact of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) as well as their contribution to hallmarks of atherosclerosis is not clear. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: ELISA for serum insulin, high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and GZB levels in atherosclerotic coronary artery diseases (CAD) patients were estimated in comparison to apparently healthy controls, while GZB, PRF and PI-9 mRNA expression levels were quantified by Taqman RT-PCR in both peripheral leucocytes and atherosclerotic tissues...
July 12, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743061/circulating-ctrp9-levels-are-increased-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-type-2-diabetes-and-correlated-with-insulin-resistance
#10
Yanjun Jia, Xiaohe Luo, Ying Ji, Jingwen Xie, Han Jiang, Mao Fu, Xiaoqiang Li
AIMS: C1q/TNF-related protein-9 (CTRP9) is a novel adipokine that has been shown to promote lipid metabolism, enhance insulin sensitivity and protect against cardiovascular disease. However, previous studies in humans have produced controversial results regarding the association between CTRP9 and insulin resistance. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationships between CTRP9 and insulin resistance in Chinese population. METHODS: Subjects with normal glucose tolerance (NGT, n=108), impaired glucose tolerance (IGT, n=92), and newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus (nT2DM, n=106) were recruited to determining the circulating CTRP9 and adiponectin levels by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay...
July 8, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743059/altered-connectivity-within-and-between-the-default-mode-central-executive-and-salience-networks-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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Jie Fan, Mingtian Zhong, Jun Gan, Wanting Liu, Chaoyang Niu, Haiyan Liao, Hongchun Zhang, Jinyao Yi, Raymond C K Chan, Changlian Tan, Xiongzhao Zhu
BACKGROUND: Default mode network (DMN), central executive network (CEN) and salience network (SN) are the three most important intrinsic networks of the human brain. Recent studies emphasized the importance of the "triple-network model" which illustrated the interactions within and between DMN, CEN and SN in the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders. However, previous studies of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) just explored the altered connectivity within these networks while neglected the coupling between them...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743050/pml-rar%C3%AE-stabilized-by-zinc-in-human-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia-nb4-cells
#12
Bo Zhu, Jia-Yu Wang, Jun-Jie Zhou, Feng Zhou, Wei Cheng, Ying-Ting Liu, Jie Wang, Xiao Chen, Dian-Hua Chen, Lan Luo, Zi-Chun Hua
Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is characterized and driven by the promyelocytic leukemia protein-retinoic acid receptor alpha (PML-RARα) fusion gene. Previous studies have highlighted the importance of PML-RARα degradation in the treatment against APL. Considering the presence of two zinc fingers in the PML-RARα fusion protein, we explored the function of zinc homeostasis in maintaining PML-RARα stability. We demonstrated for the first time that zinc depletion by its chelator N,N,N',N'-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine (TPEN) triggered PML-RARα degradation in NB4 APL cells via the proteasome pathway rather than the autophagy-lysosomal pathway...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743047/bohr-effect-of-human-hemoglobin-separation-of-tertiary-and-quaternary-contributions-based-on-the-wyman-equation
#13
Kehinde Onwochei Okonjo
As a prelude to separating tertiary from quaternary structure contributions to the Bohr effect, we employed the Wyman equation to analyze Bohr data for human hemoglobin to which 2,3-bisphosphoglycerate, 2,3-BPG, is bound. Changes in the pKas of the histidine Bohr groups result in a net reduction of their contributions to the Bohr effect at pH 7.4 compared to their contributions in stripped hemoglobin. The non-histidine 2,3-BPG binding groups - the β-chain terminal amino group and Lys82β - make negative and positive contributions, respectively, to the Bohr effect...
July 15, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743043/neurotrophy-and-immunomodulation-of-induced-neural-stem-cell-grafts-in-a-mouse-model-of-closed-head-injury
#14
Mou Gao, Hui Yao, Qin Dong, Yan Zhang, Yang Yang, Yihua Zhang, Zhijun Yang, Minhui Xu, Ruxiang Xu
Closed head injury (CHI) usually results in severe and permanent neurological impairments, which are caused by several intertwined phenomena, such as cerebral edema, blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, neuronal loss, astroglial scarring and inflammation. We previously reported that induced neural stem cells (iNSCs), similar to neural stem cells (NSCs), can accelerate neurological recovery in vivo and produce neurotrophic factors in vitro. However, the effects of iNSC neurotrophy following CHI were not determined...
July 18, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743033/analysis-of-the-genetic-structure-of-the-malay-population-ancestry-informative-marker-snps-in-the-malay-of-peninsular-malaysia
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Padillah Yahya, Sarina Sulong, Azian Harun, Hatin Wan Isa, Nur-Shafawati Ab Rajab, Pongsakorn Wangkumhang, Alisa Wilantho, Chumpol Ngamphiw, Sissades Tongsima, Zilfalil Alwi
Malay, the main ethnic group in Peninsular Malaysia, is represented by various sub-ethnic groups such as Melayu Banjar, Melayu Bugis, Melayu Champa, Melayu Java, Melayu Kedah Melayu Kelantan, Melayu Minang and Melayu Patani. Using data retrieved from the MyHVP (Malaysian Human Variome Project) database, a total of 135 individuals from these sub-ethnic groups were profiled using the Affymetrix GeneChip Mapping Xba 50-K single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array to identify SNPs that were ancestry-informative markers (AIMs) for Malays of Peninsular Malaysia...
July 14, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743016/human-development-faces-in-the-womb
#16
Oliver Braddick
In the first day of life, infants respond specifically to the crude configuration of a human face. New research finds that this visual sensitivity is present even in the weeks before birth.
July 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743011/posterior-parietal-cortex
#17
Jonathan R Whitlock
The posterior parietal cortex, along with temporal and prefrontal cortices, is one of the three major associative regions in the cortex of the mammalian brain. It is situated between the visual cortex at the caudal pole of the brain and the somatosensory cortex just behind the central sulcus. Technically, any cortex covered by the parietal bone is referred to as 'parietal cortex', but the posterior sector, formally referred to as posterior parietal cortex, is indeed its own functional section of cortex, consisting of Brodmann's areas 5, 7, 39, and 40 in humans, areas 5 and 7 in macaques, and area 7 in rodents (Figure 1)...
July 24, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743008/wastewater-contamination-in-antarctic-melt-water-streams-evidenced-by-virological-and-organic-molecular-markers
#18
L F L Tort, K Iglesias, C Bueno, A Lizasoain, M Salvo, J Cristina, N Kandratavicius, L Pérez, R Figueira, M C Bícego, S Taniguchi, N Venturini, E Brugnoli, R Colina, M Victoria
Human activities in the Antarctica including tourism and scientific research have been raised substantially in the last century with the concomitant impact on the Antarctic ecosystems through the release of wastewater mainly from different scientific stations activities. The aim of this study was to assess the wastewater contamination of surface waters and sediments of three melt-water streams (11 sites) by leaking septic tanks located in the vicinity of the Uruguayan Scientific Station in the Fildes Peninsula, King George Island, Antarctica, during summer 2015...
July 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743007/environmental-footprints-of-brick-kiln-bottom-ashes-geostatistical-approach-for-assessment-of-metal-toxicity
#19
Ananya Mondal, Subhasish Das, Rajesh Kumar Sah, Pradip Bhattacharyya, Satya Sundar Bhattacharya
Coal fired brick kiln factories generate significant of brick kiln bottom ash (BKBA) that contaminate soil and water environments of areas near the dumping sites through leaching of toxic metals (Pb, Cr, Cd, Zn, Mn, and Cu). However, characteristics and environmental effects of BKBAs are yet unknown. We collected BKBA samples from 32 strategic locations of two rapidly developing States (West Bengal and Assam) of India. Scanning electron microscope images indicated spherical and granular structures of BKBAs produced in West Bengal (WBKBA) and Assam (ABKBA) respectively; while energy dispersive spectroscopy and analytical assessments confirmed substantial occurrence of total organic C and nutrient elements (N, P, K, Ca, Mg, and S) in both the BKBAs...
July 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743006/restoring-low-input-high-diversity-grasslands-as-a-potential-global-resource-for-biofuels
#20
Brian Machovina, Kenneth J Feeley
Reducing meat consumption by humans and shifting to more efficient plant and animal protein sources could potentially free up large areas of pasture and feedcrop agricultural land for restoration or conversion to low-input high-diversity (LIHD) grasslands. LIHD grasslands improve biodiversity, carbon sequestration, erosion control, water storage, while also providing opportunities to produce biofuels. We examined the potential of converting pastures globally, and animal feedstock agricultural lands in the USA and Brazil, to LIHD biomass sources and the capacity of these systems to meet national energy demands via (1) cellulosic ethanol and (2) integrated gasification and combined cycle technology with Fischer-Tropsch hydrocarbon synthesis (IGCC-FT) processing...
July 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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