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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527889/enhanced-cardiomyogenic-induction-of-mouse-pluripotent-cells-by-cyclic-mechanical-stretch
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Akankshya Shradhanjali, Brandon D Riehl, Jeong Soon Lee, Ligyeom Ha, Jung Yul Lim
The cardiac milieu is mechanically active with spontaneous contraction beginning from early development and persistent through maturation and homeostasis, suggesting that mechanical loading may provide biomimetic myocardial developmental signal. In this study, we tested the role of cyclic mechanical stretch loading in the cardiomyogenesis of pluripotent murine embryonic (P19) stem cells. A Flexcell tension system was utilized to apply equiaxial stretch (12% strain, 1.25 Hz frequency) to P19 cell-derived embryoid bodies (EBs)...
May 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527335/dissection-of-cis-regulatory-element-architecture-of-the-rice-oleosin-gene-promoters-to-assess-abscisic-acid-responsiveness-in-suspension-cultured-rice-cells
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Sol Kim, Soo-Bin Lee, Chae-Seong Han, Mi-Na Lim, Sung-Eun Lee, In Sun Yoon, Yong-Sic Hwang
Oleosins are the most abundant proteins in the monolipid layer surrounding neutral storage lipids that form oil bodies in plants. Several lines of evidence indicate that they are physiologically important for the maintenance of oil body structure and for mobilization of the lipids stored inside. Rice has six oleosin genes in its genome, the expression of all of which was found to be responsive to abscisic acid (ABA) in our examination of mature embryo and aleurone tissues. The 5'-flanking region of OsOle5 was initially characterized for its responsiveness to ABA through a transient expression assay system using the protoplasts from suspension-cultured rice cells...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526816/delineation-of-b-cell-epitopes-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhi-hemolysin-e-potential-antibody-therapeutic-target
#3
Chai Fung Chin, Jing Yi Lai, Yee Siew Choong, Amy Amilda Anthony, Asma Ismail, Theam Soon Lim
Hemolysin E (HlyE) is an immunogenic novel pore-forming toxin involved in the pathogenesis of typhoid fever. Thus, mapping of B-cell epitopes of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi (S. Typhi) is critical to identify key immunogenic regions of HlyE. A random 20-mer peptide library was used for biopanning with enriched anti-HlyE polyclonal antibodies from typhoid patient sera. Bioinformatic tools were used to refine, analyze and map the enriched peptide sequences against the protein to identify the epitopes. The analysis identified both linear and conformational epitopes on the HlyE protein...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526555/modeling-psychomotor-retardation-using-ipscs-from-mct8-deficient-patients-indicates-a-prominent-role-for-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Gad D Vatine, Abraham Al-Ahmad, Bianca K Barriga, Soshana Svendsen, Ariel Salim, Leslie Garcia, Veronica J Garcia, Ritchie Ho, Nur Yucer, Tongcheng Qian, Ryan G Lim, Jie Wu, Leslie M Thompson, Weston R Spivia, Zhaohui Chen, Jennifer Van Eyk, Sean P Palecek, Samuel Refetoff, Eric V Shusta, Clive N Svendsen
Inactivating mutations in the thyroid hormone (TH) transporter Monocarboxylate transporter 8 (MCT8) cause severe psychomotor retardation in children. Animal models do not reflect the biology of the human disease. Using patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), we generated MCT8-deficient neural cells that showed normal TH-dependent neuronal properties and maturation. However, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) controls TH entry into the brain, and reduced TH availability to neural cells could instead underlie the diseased phenotype...
May 8, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526382/quality-of-diet-and-level-of-physical-performance-related-to-inflammatory-markers-in-community-dwelling-frail-elderly-people
#5
Do-Yeon Kim, Chang-O Kim, Hyunjung Lim
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess whether diet quality and functional status were associated with serum levels of interleukin (IL)-6 and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α in frail, elderly, community-dwelling individuals. METHODS: Seventy-eight frail, elderly individuals (age ≥65 y, usual gait speed <0.6 m/s and Mini Nutritional Assessment <24) participated in this cross-sectional study from the National Home Healthcare Services in Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea...
June 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526296/mesenchymal-stem-cells-mscs-attenuate-cutaneous-sclerodermatous-graft-versus-host-disease-scl-gvhd-through-inhibition-of-immune-cell-infiltration-in-a-mouse-model
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Ji-Young Lim, Da-Bin Ryu, Sung-Eun Lee, Gyeongsin Park, Chang-Ki Min
Human chronic graft-versus-host disease (CGVHD) shares clinical characteristics with a murine sclerodermatous GVHD (Scl-GVHD) model that is characterized by skin thickening and lung fibrosis. A B10.D2 → BALB/c transplant model of Scl-GVHD was used to address the therapeutic effect of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) on the development of CGVHD. The clinical and pathological severity of cutaneous Scl-GVHD was significantly attenuated in MSC-treated recipients relative to Scl-GVHD controls. After MSC treatment, skin collagen production was significantly reduced with consistent downregulation of TGF-β expression...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526271/an-in-vitro-urinary-catheterization-model-that-approximates-clinical-conditions-for-evaluation-of-innovations-to-prevent-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infections
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R Y R Chua, K Lim, S S J Leong, P A Tambyah, B Ho
BACKGROUND: Catheter associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) account for about 25% of nosocomial infections globally and often result in increased morbidity and healthcare costs. An added concern is the presence of microbial biofilms which are major reservoirs of bacteria, especially antibiotic resistant bacteria, in catheters. Since the practice of the closed drainage system, innovations to combat CAUTI have not produced significant improvements in clinical outcomes. The lack of a robust laboratory platform to test new CAUTI preventive strategies may impede development of novel technologies...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526019/mass-anti-malarial-administration-in-western-cambodia-a-qualitative-study-of-factors-affecting-coverage
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Christopher Pell, Rupam Tripura, Chea Nguon, Phaikyeong Cheah, Chan Davoeung, Chhouen Heng, Lim Dara, Ma Sareth, Arjen Dondorp, Lorenz von Seidlein, Thomas J Peto
BACKGROUND: Mass anti-malarial administration has been proposed as a key component of the Plasmodium falciparum malaria elimination strategy in the Greater Mekong sub-Region. Its effectiveness depends on high levels of coverage in the target population. This article explores the factors that influenced mass anti-malarial administration coverage within a clinical trial in Battambang Province, western Cambodia. METHODS: Qualitative data were collected through semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with villagers, in-depth interviews with study staff, trial drop-outs and refusers, and observations in the communities...
May 19, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525654/molecular-detection-by-analysis-of-the-16s-rrna-gene-of-fecal-coliform-bacteria-from-the-two-korean-apodemus-species-apodemus-agrarius-and-a-peninsulae
#9
M M Rahman, K B Yoon, S J Lim, M G Jeon, H J Kim, H Y Kim, J Y Cho, H M Chae, Y C Park
Wild mouse feces can disseminate zoonotic microorganisms throughout a farm, which is a great threat to human health and can lead to economic loss through contaminated agricultural produce. To assess the microbial communities, especially fecal coliform bacteria, we used two methods. First, we isolated bacterial colonies onto the common media LB (lactose broth) agar, TSA (tryptic soy agar), and MRS (de Man, Rogosa, and Sharpe) agar, and then randomly select colonies from each plate and stocked them to the mother plate for genomic DNA isolation...
May 18, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524620/clinical-performance-and-survivorship-of-navigated-floating-platform-mobile-bearing-total-knee-arthroplasty-a-minimum-10-year-follow-up
#10
Sang-Min Kim, Jai-Gon Seo, Seung-Jae Lim, Hyung-Tae Lim, Chang-Ho Cho, Young-Wan Moon
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to report the outcome of navigation-assisted cruciate-retaining total knee arthroplasty (TKA) using one type of cemented, second-generation, floating-platform (FP), mobile-bearing system. METHODS: Forty-two patients who underwent cruciate retaining TKAs using e.motion-FP prostheses under navigational guidance were retrospectively reviewed. The preoperative diagnosis was osteoarthritis in all knees except one rheumatoid arthritis...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524619/use-of-complementary-and-alternative-medicines-is-associated-with-delay-to-initiation-of-disease-modifying-anti-rheumatic-drug-therapy-in-early-inflammatory-arthritis
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Manjari Lahiri, Amelia Santosa, Lay Kheng Teoh, Jane A Clayton, Sheen Yee Lim, Gim Gee Teng, Peter P M Cheung
OBJECTIVES: To study the predictors of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use in patients with early inflammatory arthritis (EIA), and its impact on delay to initiation of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARD). METHODS: Data were collected prospectively from EIA patients aged ≥ 21 years. Current or prior CAM use was ascertained by face-to-face interview. Predictors of CAM use and its effect on time to DMARD initiation were determined by multivariate logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards, respectively...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524363/donor-transmitted-mutation-of-the-abcb11-gene-and-ensuing-intra-hepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-in-a-liver-transplant-recipient
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Tiong Yeng Lim, Iona Coltart, Pierre Foskett, Richard Thompson, Sandra Strautnieks, Leonie Penna, Catherine Williamson, Rosa Miquel, Michael A Heneghan
In liver transplant (LT) recipients, the cause of graft dysfunction in pregnancy is often difficult to ascertain. Moreover, a liver biopsy in late pregnancy is often avoided as a consequence of patient and physician factors. Management of graft dysfunction can be difficult in this setting. We report a 30-year-old female LT recipient who developed acutely deranged liver biochemistry during the third trimester of her first pregnancy. At 29 weeks gestation, her liver function test (LFT) became abnormal; AST peaked at 978 IU/L (normal range 10-50), GGT 25 IU/L (normal range 1-55), bilirubin 1...
May 19, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524178/transcriptome-analyses-of-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy-show-alterations-in-protein-phosphatase-expression-associated-with-tauopathy
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Jeong-Sun Seo, Seungbok Lee, Jong-Yeon Shin, Yu Jin Hwang, Hyesun Cho, Seong-Keun Yoo, Yunha Kim, Sungsu Lim, Yun Kyung Kim, Eun Mi Hwang, Su Hyun Kim, Chong-Hyun Kim, Seung Jae Hyeon, Ji-Young Yun, Jihye Kim, Yona Kim, Victor E Alvarez, Thor D Stein, Junghee Lee, Dong Jin Kim, Jong-Il Kim, Neil W Kowall, Hoon Ryu, Ann C McKee
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that is associated with repetitive head injury and has distinctive neuropathological features that differentiate this disease from other neurodegenerative diseases. Intraneuronal tau aggregates, although they occur in different patterns, are diagnostic neuropathological features of CTE, but the precise mechanism of tauopathy is not known in CTE. We performed whole RNA sequencing analysis of post-mortem brain tissue from patients with CTE and compared the results to normal controls to determine the transcriptome signature changes associated with CTE...
May 19, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524097/vegetable-and-fruit-intake-and-fracture-related-hospitalisations-a-prospective-study-of-older-women
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Lauren C Blekkenhorst, Jonathan M Hodgson, Joshua R Lewis, Amanda Devine, Richard J Woodman, Wai H Lim, Germaine Wong, Kun Zhu, Catherine P Bondonno, Natalie C Ward, Richard L Prince
The importance of vegetable and fruit intakes for the prevention of fracture in older women is not well understood. Few studies have explored vegetable and fruit intakes separately, or the associations of specific types of vegetables and fruits with fracture hospitalisations. The objective of this study was to examine the associations of vegetable and fruit intakes, separately, and specific types of vegetables and fruits with fracture-related hospitalisations in a prospective cohort of women aged ≥70 years...
May 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523902/kinetically-controlled-layer-by-layer-stacking-of-metal-oxide-2d-nanosheets
#15
Joohyun Lim, Xiaoyan Jin, Yun Kyung Jo, Seul Lee, Seong-Ju Hwang
An efficient chemical way to finely control the layer-by-layer stacking of inorganic nanosheets (NS) is developed by tuning the type and composition of intercalant ion, and the reaction temperature for restacking process. The finely controlled stacking of NS relies on a kinetic control of the self-assembly of NS in the presence of coordinating organic cations. A critical role of organic cations in this assembly highlights the importance of the appropriate activation energy. Of prime importance is that a fine-control of the interstratification of 2D NS is highly effective not only in tailoring its pore structure but also in enhancing its electrode activity...
May 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523212/rapid-collection-of-opinions-from-healthcare-professionals-in-multiple-institutions-using-short-message-service-and-google-forms
#16
Wonwoong Lee, Soo-Yong Shin, Dong-Woo Seo, Chang Hwan Sohn, Jeong Min Ryu, Jae Ho Lee, Won Young Kim, Bum Jin Oh, Sung Ok Hong, Kyoung Soo Lim
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Healthcare Informatics Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522946/parthenolide-promotes-apoptotic-cell-death-and-inhibits-the-migration-and-invasion-of-sw620-cells
#17
Yu Chuan Liu, Se Lim Kim, Young Ran Park, Soo-Teik Lee, Sang Wook Kim
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Parthenolide (PT), a principle component derived from feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium), is a promising anticancer agent and has been shown to promote apoptotic cell death in various cancer cells. In this study, we focused on its functional role in apoptosis, migration, and invasion of human colorectal cancer (CRC) cells. METHODS: SW620 cells were employed as representative human CRC cells. We performed the MTT assay and cell cycle analysis to measure apoptotic cell death...
April 2017: Intestinal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522458/a-key-role-for-apoplastic-h2o2-in-norway-spruce-phenolic-metabolism
#18
Teresa Laitinen, Kris Morreel, Nicolas Delhomme, Adrien Gauthier, Bastian Schiffthaler, Kaloian Nickolov, Günter Brader, Kean-Jin Lim, Teemu H Teeri, Nathaniel R Street, Wout A Boerjan, Anna Karkonen
Apoplastic events such as monolignol oxidation and lignin polymerization are difficult to study in intact trees. To investigate the role of apoplastic H2O2 in gymnosperm phenolic metabolism, an extracellular lignin-forming cell culture of Norway spruce (Picea abies) was used as a research model. Scavenging of apoplastic H2O2 by KI repressed lignin formation, in line with peroxidases activating monolignols for lignin polymerization. Time course analyses coupled to candidate substrate product pair network propagation revealed differential accumulation of low-molecular-weight phenolics, including (glycosylated) oligolignols, (glycosylated) flavonoids and proanthocyanidins, in lignin-forming and H2O2-scavenging cultures, and supported that monolignols are oxidatively coupled not only in the cell wall, but also in the cytoplasm where they are coupled to other monolignols and proanthocyanidins...
May 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522197/identification-of-the-upstream-4-chlorophenol-biodegradation-pathway-using-a-recombinant-monooxygenase-from-arthrobacter-chlorophenolicus-a6
#19
Su Yeon Cho, Oh Sung Kwean, Jun Won Yang, Wooyoun Cho, Seonyeong Kwak, Sungyoon Park, Yejee Lim, Han S Kim
This study aimed to clarify the initial 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) biodegradation pathway promoted by a two-component flavin-diffusible monooxygenase (TC-FDM) consisting of CphC-I and CphB contained in Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6 and the decomposition function of CphC-I. The TC-FDM genes were cloned from A. chlorophenolicus A6, and the corresponding enzymes were overexpressed. Since CphB was expressed in an insoluble form, Fre, a flavin reductase obtained from Escherichia coli, was used. These enzymes were purified using Ni(2+)-NTA resin...
May 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521962/the-functional-roles-of-pml-nuclear-bodies-in-genome-maintenance
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Hae Ryung Chang, Anudari Munkhjargal, Myung-Jin Kim, Seon Young Park, Eunyoung Jung, Jae-Ha Ryu, Young Yang, Jong-Seok Lim, Yonghwan Kim
In the nucleus, there are several membraneless structures called nuclear bodies. Among them, promyelocytic leukemia nuclear bodies (PML-NBs) are involved in multiple genome maintenance pathways including the DNA damage response, DNA repair, telomere homeostasis, and p53-associated apoptosis. In response to DNA damage, PML-NBs are coalesced and divided by a fission mechanism, thus increasing their number. PML-NBs also play a role in repairing DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) by homologous recombination (HR). Clinically, the dominant negative PML-RARα fusion protein expressed in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) inhibits the transactivation of downstream factors and disrupts PML function, revealing the tumor suppressor role of PML-NBs...
May 5, 2017: Mutation Research
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