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Mingming Wang, Wei Zhan
The grand scale, ultimate efficiency, and sustainability of natural photosynthesis have inspired generations of researchers in biomimetic light energy utilization. As an essential and ubiquitous component in all photosynthetic machinery, lipids and their assemblies have long been recognized as powerful molecular scaffolds in building artificial photosynthetic systems. Model lipid bilayers, such as black lipid membranes and liposomes (vesicles), have been extensively used to host natural as well as synthetic photo- and redox-active species, thereby enabling key photosynthetic processes, such as energy transfer and photoinduced electron transfer, to be examined in well-defined, natural-like membrane settings...
October 19, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Anna Dominiczak
Human primary or essential hypertension is a complex, polygenic trait with some 50% contribution from genes and environment. Richard Lifton and colleagues provided elegant dissection of several rare Mendelian forms of hypertension, exemplified by the glucocorticoid remediable aldosteronism and Liddle's syndrome. These discoveries illustrate that a single gene mutation can explain the entire pathogenesis of severe, early onset hypertension as well as dictating the best treatment.The dissection of the much more common polygenic hypertension has proven much more difficult...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Gothic P Thomas, Dana Willner, Philip C Robinson, Adrian Cortes, Ran Duan, Martin Rudwaleit, Nurullah Akkoc, Jurgen Braun, Chung-Tei Chou, Walter P Maksymowych, Salih Ozgocmen, Euthalia Roussou, Joachim Sieper, Rafael Valle-Oñate, Desiree van der Heijde, James Wei, Paul Leo, Matthew A Brown
OBJECTIVES: Spondyloarthritis (SpA) is often diagnosed late in the course of the disease and improved methods for early diagnosis are required. We have tested the ability of genetic profiling to diagnose axial SpA (axSpA) as a whole group, or ankylosing spondylitis (AS) alone, in a cohort of chronic back pain patients. METHODS: 282 patients were recruited from centres in the United Kingdom, Germany, Taiwan, Canada, Columbia and Turkey as part of the ASAS classification criteria for axSpA study (ASAS cohort)...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Stefania Prendes-Alvarez, Charles B Nemeroff
Personalized or precision medicine is a medical discipline that proposes tailoring health care to each individual by integrating data from their genetic makeup, epigenetic modifications, other biomarkers, clinical symptoms and environmental exposures. Currently, patients typically present for treatment of mood disorders relatively late in the disease course and this is of great concern both because delay in attaining remission reduces the success of subsequent treatment and depressive episodes have negative cumulative effects on the brain and body...
October 13, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Sirui Zhou, Amirthagowri Ambalavanan, Daniel Rochefort, Pingxing Xie, Cynthia V Bourassa, Pascale Hince, Alexandre Dionne-Laporte, Dan Spiegelman, Ziv Gan-Or, Cathy Mirarchi, Vessela Zaharieva, Nicolas Dupré, Hatasu Kobayashi, Toshiaki Hitomi, Kouji Harada, Akio Koizumi, Lan Xiong, Patrick A Dion, Guy A Rouleau
Intracranial aneurysms (IAs) are the result of focal weakness in the artery wall and have a complex genetic makeup. To date, genome-wide association and sequencing studies have had limited success in identifying IA risk factors. Distinct populations, such as the French-Canadian (FC) population, have increased IA prevalence. In our study, we used exome sequencing to prioritize risk variants in a discovery cohort of six FC families affected by IA, and the analysis revealed an increased variation burden for ring finger protein 213 (RNF213)...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Lia Papadopoulos, James G Puckett, Karen E Daniels, Danielle S Bassett
As a granular material is compressed, the particles and forces within the system arrange to form complex and heterogeneous collective structures. Force chains are a prime example of such structures, and are thought to constrain bulk properties such as mechanical stability and acoustic transmission. However, capturing and characterizing the evolving nature of the intrinsic inhomogeneity and mesoscale architecture of granular systems can be challenging. A growing body of work has shown that graph theoretic approaches may provide a useful foundation for tackling these problems...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Pablo Librado, Antoine Fages, Charleen Gaunitz, Michela Leonardi, Stefanie Wagner, Naveed Khan, Kristian Hanghøj, Saleh A Alquraishi, Ahmed H Alfarhan, Khaled A Al-Rasheid, Clio Der Sarkissian, Mikkel Schubert, Ludovic Orlando
The horse was domesticated only 5.5 KYA, thousands of years after dogs, cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats. The horse nonetheless represents the domestic animal that most impacted human history; providing us with rapid transportation, which has considerably changed the speed and magnitude of the circulation of goods and people, as well as their cultures and diseases. By revolutionizing warfare and agriculture, horses also deeply influenced the politico-economic trajectory of human societies. Reciprocally, human activities have circled back on the recent evolution of the horse, by creating hundreds of domestic breeds through selective programs, while leading all wild populations to near extinction...
October 2016: Genetics
Linda Cook
Over the last 10 years, the number of identified polyomaviruses has grown to more than 35 subtypes, including 13 in humans. The polyomaviruses have similar genetic makeup, including genes that encode viral capsid proteins VP1, 2, and 3 and large and small T region proteins. The T proteins play a role in viral replication and have been implicated in viral chromosomal integration and possible dysregulation of growth factor genes. In humans, the Merkel cell polyomavirus has been shown to be highly associated with integration and the development of Merkel cell cancers...
August 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Peter S Han, Yohanan Kim, Timothy S Yoo, Steve Lee, Jared C Inman
PURPOSE: We reviewed a patient cohort receiving sialodochoplasty with or without salivary stent placement. We propose the Firlit-Kluge pediatric urinary catheter (Cook Medical, Bloomington, IN) as an advantageous alternative stent because of our duct patency results with stenting, considering the advantages and disadvantages of specific stents. We also provide a simple cost summary of commonly used stents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of a case series of patients undergoing sialodochoplasty or salivary duct surgery from 2012 to 2015 was undertaken at a tertiary care center...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Riaz Abdulla, Rouchelle Charmaine Tellis, Roshan Athikari, Jagadish Kudkuli
CONTEXT: Nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without palate (NSCL ± P) is a genetic predisposition involving defects in shape and makeup of the lip and palate. Elevation of homocysteine (Hcy) levels is seen in medical complications such as developmental anomalies causing neural tube defects, congenital vascular diseases, neurodegenerative and psychiatric conditions. Evaluation of serum Hcy levels forms an important feature to look further into molecular aspects. AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the Hcy levels in NSCL ± P cases by comparing with control cases having no orofacial deformities...
September 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
K Koss, C Tsui, L D Unsworth
(RADA)4 self-assembling peptides (SAPs) are promising for neural nanoscaffolds with on-demand drug delivery capabilities due to their automated synthesis, in-situ assembly, and potential for interaction with and release of biomolecules. Neuroinflammation cued on-demand drug release, due to up-regulated proteases, may well be vital in the treatment of several neurological diseases. In these conditions, releasing neurotrophic growth factors (NTFs) could potentially lead to neuroprotection and neurogenesis. As such, (RADA)4 was made with the high and low activity matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) cleaved sequences, GPQG+IASQ (CP1) and GPQG+PAGQ (CP2), the brain-derived NTF secretion stimulating peptide MVG (DP1) and the ciliary NTF analogue DGGL (DP2)...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
L Zhang, Q Cai, R S Wiederkehr, M Fauvart, P Fiorini, B Majeed, M Tsukuda, T Matsuno, T Stakenborg
Pharmacogenetics has often been touted as a cornerstone for precision medicine as detailed knowledge of a specific genetic makeup may allow for accurate predictions of a patient's individual drug response. Still, the widespread use of genetic tests is limited as they remain expensive and cumbersome, requiring sophisticated tools and highly trained personnel. In order for pharmacogenetics to reach its full potential, more cost-effective and easily accessible genotyping methods are desired. To meet these challenges, we present a silicon-based integrated microsystem for the detection of multiple single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) directly from human blood...
October 5, 2016: Lab on a Chip
Sarah J Clements, Simon R Carding
Many countries are facing population ageing with those over 65 years of age likely to represent the largest population over the next 10-20 years. Living longer often comes with poor health and in particular a decline of immune function characterised by poor vaccine responses and increased risk of infection and certain cancers. Ageing and diet represent major intrinsic and extrinsic factors that influence the makeup and activity of resident intestinal microbes, the microbiota, the efficient functioning of which is essential for sustaining overall health and the effectiveness of the immune system...
August 10, 2016: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Puneet Narang, Amy Johnson, Manasa Enja, Steven Lippmann
Many psychiatric patients experience pharmaceutical intolerances, and some of them do not derive optimal efficacy from their pharmacotherapies. Clinical problems such as these may result in prolonged dysfunction, adverse consequences, and repeated changes in medication treatment regimens. Pharmacogenomics is a laboratory method that aids individualized medication selection by predicting drug efficacy and adverse effect profiles. It is a technique that involves the testing of patients' genetic makeup to improve medicinal response and tolerance...
October 2016: Southern Medical Journal
Carolyn A McClerking, Felecia Wood
America's military has experienced great changes in the demographic makeup of its veterans over the past few decades. In fact, the fastest growing group in the U.S. military is women. This demographic trend has also brought new challenges in dealing with gender issues, something that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has only recently begun to acknowledge. The VHA has responded in several ways to gender issues in health care and health outcomes. And, although the VHA is dealing with multiple gender matters, this article will focus on initiatives to combat cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women veterans...
October 4, 2016: Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice
Hang Li, Pranav Balan, Akos Vertes
Metabolism in microbial colonies responds to competing species, rapidly evolving genetic makeup, and sometimes dramatic environmental changes. Conventional characterization of the existing and emerging microbial strains and their interactions with antimicrobial agents, e.g., the Kirby-Bauer susceptibility test, relies on time consuming methods with limited ability to discern the molecular mechanism and the minimum inhibitory concentration. Assessing the metabolic adaptation of microbial colonies requires their non-targeted molecular imaging in a native environment...
October 4, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Pitiporn Asvapathanagul, Betty H Olson
AIMS: to develop qPCR broad spectrum primers combined with a Nocardia genus specific probe for the identification of a broad spectrum of Nocardia spp. to analyze the effects of using this developed primer and probe set on the ability to quantify Nocardia spp. in mixed DNA. METHODS AND RESULTS: The consequences of using a degenerative primer set and species specific probe for the genus Nocardia on qPCR assays were examined using DNA extracts of pure cultures and activated sludge...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Applied Microbiology
Alexander Viktorin, Eleonore Rydén, Michael E Thase, Zheng Chang, Cecilia Lundholm, Brian M D'Onofrio, Catarina Almqvist, Patrik K E Magnusson, Paul Lichtenstein, Henrik Larsson, Mikael Landén
OBJECTIVE: The authors sought to determine the risk of treatment-emergent mania associated with methylphenidate, used in monotherapy or with a concomitant mood-stabilizing medication, in patients with bipolar disorder. METHOD: Using linked Swedish national registries, the authors identified 2,307 adults with bipolar disorder who initiated therapy with methylphenidate between 2006 and 2014. The cohort was divided into two groups: those with and those without concomitant mood-stabilizing treatment...
October 3, 2016: American Journal of Psychiatry
Adambeke Nwozuzu, Manuel L Fontes, Robert B Schonberger
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate differences in the inclusion of anesthesiologists in mobile extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) teams between North American and European centers. DESIGN: A retrospective review of North American versus European mobile ECMO teams. The search terms used to identify relevant articles were the following: "extracorporeal membrane transport," "mobile ECMO," and "interhospital transport." SETTING: MEDLINE review of articles...
June 8, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Se-Jin Jeong, Chang-Jin Jeon
The purpose of this study was to determine whether the superior colliculus (SC) of the microbat has the same neurochemical makeup as that of other mammals. We examined the organization of choline acetyltransferase (ChAT)- and tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive (TH-IR) fibers/cells using standard immunohistochemistry with antibodies against ChAT and TH. ChAT-IR fibers observed in the superficial layers were denser than those in the deeper layers, and these fibers were classified into two types: small varicose fibers and large varicose fibers...
September 29, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
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