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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644560/identification-and-characterization-of-ars-like-sequences-as-putative-origin-s-of-replication-in-human-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum
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Meetu Agarwal, Krishanu Bhowmick, Kushal Shah, Annangarachari Krishnamachari, Suman Kumar Dhar
DNA replication is a fundamental process in genome maintenance, and initiates from several genomic sites (origins) in eukaryotes. In S. cerevisiae, conserved sequences known as Autonomously Replicating Sequences (ARSs) provide a landing pad for the Origin Recognition Complex (ORC), leading to replication initiation. Although origins from higher eukaryotes share some common sequence features, the definitive genomic organization of these sites remains elusive. The human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum undergoes multiple rounds of DNA replication; therefore, control of initiation events is crucial to ensure proper replication...
June 23, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640271/a-massive-dead-disk-galaxy-in-the-early-universe
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Sune Toft, Johannes Zabl, Johan Richard, Anna Gallazzi, Stefano Zibetti, Moire Prescott, Claudio Grillo, Allison W S Man, Nicholas Y Lee, Carlos Gómez-Guijarro, Mikkel Stockmann, Georgios Magdis, Charles L Steinhardt
At redshift z = 2, when the Universe was just three billion years old, half of the most massive galaxies were extremely compact and had already exhausted their fuel for star formation. It is believed that they were formed in intense nuclear starbursts and that they ultimately grew into the most massive local elliptical galaxies seen today, through mergers with minor companions, but validating this picture requires higher-resolution observations of their centres than is currently possible. Magnification from gravitational lensing offers an opportunity to resolve the inner regions of galaxies...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634524/a-rare-case-of-pylephlebitis-after-colonic-polypectomy
#3
Salik Nazir, Asad Jehangir, Anam Siddiqui, Niranjan Tachamo, Saroj Lohani, Eugene York
Pylephlebitis or infective suppurative thrombosis of the portal mesenteric venous system is an uncommon condition that can potentially be deadly if not recognized and treated early. Although most commonly associated with pancreatitis and diverticulitis, any intra-abdominal or pelvic infection occurring in the region drained by the portal venous system can cause this rare entity. We report a case of a 75-year-old woman who developed post polypectomy pylephlebitis following colonoscopy, a condition rarely reported in the literature...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627488/diversity-of-veronaea-botryosa-from-different-hosts-and-evaluation-of-laboratory-challenge-models-for-phaeohyphomycosis-in-acipenser-transmontanus
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Esteban Soto, Christine Richey, Stephen R Reichley, Brittany Stevens, Kirsten V Kenelty, Janiee Lewis, Barbara Byrne, Nathan P Wiederhold, Thomas B Waltzek, Matthew F Sheley, Alvin C Camus, Matt J Griffin
Veronaea botryosa has been identified as a pathogen of cultured white sturgeon Acipenser transmontanus. In 2015, samples from 19 white sturgeon were received for diagnosis, of which 14 cultured positive for V. botryosa. Intraspecific variability among V. botryosa isolates from different clinically affected hosts and geographic regions was investigated using repetitive extragenic palindromic PCR fingerprinting (rep-PCR). The rep-PCR profiles of 16 V. botryosa isolates from a human, sea turtles, and cultured fish were distinct from those of other phaeoid fungi belonging to the genera Cladophialophora and Exophiala...
June 19, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625618/low-incidence-of-plastics-in-food-loads-delivered-to-nestlings-by-a-zooplanktivorous-seabird-over-a-21-year-period
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J M Hipfner, K R Studholme, M Galbraith
We quantified the amount of plastic found in food loads delivered to nestlings in Cassin's Auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus), a small, zooplanktivorous seabird, on Triangle Island, British Columbia, in 1996-2016. The density of plastic in surrounding waters is moderately high, yet few food loads contained any plastic (3 of 850), and none more than two pieces. That result accords well with previous observations on the other four North Pacific auklets (Aethia spp.), leading us to conclude that true auklets rarely transfer plastic to nestlings...
June 15, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614360/comparative-genomics-of-cryptococcus-neoformans-var-grubii-associated-with-meningitis-in-hiv-infected-and-uninfected-patients-in-vietnam
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Jeremy N Day, Seet Qihui, Lam Tuan Thanh, Phan Hai Trieu, Anh Duong Van, Nha Hoang Thu, Tran Thi Hong Chau, Nguyen P H Lan, Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, Philip M Ashton, Guy E Thwaites, Maciej F Boni, Marcel Wolbers, Niranjan Nagarajan, Patrick B O Tan, Stephen Baker
The vast burden of cryptococcal meningitis occurs in immunosuppressed patients, driven by HIV, and is caused by Cryptococcus neoformans var. grubii. We previously reported cryptococcal meningitis in Vietnam arising atypically in HIV uninfected, apparently immunocompetent patients, caused by a single amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) cluster of C. neoformans var. grubii (VNIγ). This variant was less common in HIV infected individuals; it remains unclear why this lineage is associated with apparently immunocompetent patients...
June 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612184/autopolyploidy-leads-to-rapid-genomic-changes-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Shihong Liu, Yan Yang, Fang Wei, Jifa Duan, Janeen Braynen, Baoming Tian, Gangqiang Cao, Gongyao Shi, Jiachen Yuan
Polyploidy is a widespread feature of plant genomes. As a typical model of polyploidy, autopolyploidy has been postulated evolutionary dead ends and received little attention compared with allopolyploidy. For the limited data available so far, the evolutionary outcome of genome diversity in autopolyploids remains controversial in comparison with its diploid ancestors. In the present study, the effects of autopolyploidy on genome diversity were revealed at a genome-wide scale by comparative analyses of polymorphism between Arabidopsis autopolyploids (autotetraploids and autotriploids) and related diploids within the first ten successive inbred generations using amplified fragment length polymorphism...
June 13, 2017: Theory in Biosciences, Theorie in Den Biowissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611378/identification-of-postsynaptic-phosphatidylinositol-4-5-bisphosphate-pip2-roles-for-synaptic-plasticity-using-chemically-induced-dimerization
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Su-Jeong Kim, Min-Jae Jeong, Hee-Jung Jo, Jung Hoon Jung, Bong-Kiun Kaang, Yun-Beom Choi, Joung-Hun Kim
Phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate (PIP2), one of the key phospholipids, directly interacts with several membrane and cytosolic proteins at neuronal plasma membranes, leading to changes in neuronal properties including the feature and surface expression of ionotropic receptors. Although PIP2 is also concentrated at the dendritic spines, little is known about the direct physiological functions of PIP2 at postsynaptic as opposed to presynaptic sites. Most previous studies used genetic and pharmacological methods to modulate enzymes that alter PIP2 levels, making it difficult to delineate time- or region-specific roles of PIP2...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607761/multiplex-gene-regulation-by-crispr-ddcpf1
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Xiaochun Zhang, Jingman Wang, Qiuxiang Cheng, Xuan Zheng, Guoping Zhao, Jin Wang
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/dCas9 system has been widely applied in both transcriptional regulation and epigenetic studies. However, for multiple targets, independent expression of multiple single guide RNAs (sgRNAs) is needed, which is less convenient. To address the problem, we employed a DNase-dead Cpf1 mutant (ddCpf1) for multiplex gene regulation. We demonstrated that ddCpf1 alone could be employed for gene repression in Escherichia coli, and the repression was more effective with CRISPR RNAs (crRNAs) specifically targeting to the template strand of its target genes, which was different from that of dCas9...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599959/photodynamic-process-induced-by-chloro-aluminum-phthalocyanine-nanoemulsion-in-glioblastoma
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Andrielle Castilho-Fernandes, Tácila G Lopes, Fernando L Primo, Marcelo R Pinto, Antonio C Tedesco
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a tumor characterized by rapid cell proliferation and migration. GBM constitutes the most aggressive and deadly type of brain tumor and is classified into several subtypes that show high resistance to conventional therapies. There are currently no curative treatments for malignant glioma despite the numerous advances in surgical techniques, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy. Therefore, alternative approaches are required to improve GBM treatment...
June 6, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592187/outcomes-of-organ-donation-in-brain-dead-patient-s-families-ethical-perspective
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Shamsi Ahmadian, Abolfazl Rahimi, Ebrahim Khaleghi
BACKGROUND: The families of brain-dead patients have a significant role in the process of decision making for organ donation. Organ donation is a traumatic experience. The ethical responsibility of healthcare systems respecting organ donation is far beyond the phase of decision making for donation. The principles of donation-related ethics require healthcare providers and organ procurement organizations to respect donor families and protect them against any probable harm. Given the difficult and traumatic nature of donation-related experience, understanding the outcomes of donation appears crucial...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586118/a-dna-hypermethylation-profile-reveals-new-potential-biomarkers-for-the-evaluation-of-prognosis-in-urothelial-bladder-cancer
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Jose I López, Javier C Angulo, Ana Martín, Manuel Sánchez-Chapado, Ana González-Corpas, Begoña Colás, Santiago Ropero
DNA hypermethylation has emerged as a molecular biomarker for the evaluation of cancer diagnosis and prognosis. We define a methylation signature of bladder cancer and evaluate whether this profile assesses prognosis of patients. Genome-wide methylation analysis was performed on 70 tumor and 10 normal bladder samples. Hypermethylation status of 1505 CpGs present in the promoter region of 807 genes was studied. Thirty-three genes were significantly hypermethylated in ≥10% of the tumors. Three clusters of patients were characterized by their DNA methylation profile, one at higher risk of dead of disease (p = 0...
June 6, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585895/an-examination-of-mce-filter-morphology-and-implications-on-preparation-and-analysis-of-air-samples-for-asbestos
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Myron Getman, James Webber, Samuel Bowser
Morphological imperfections of mixed-cellulose ester filters and their possible influence on sample preparation and analysis of asbestos were examined. Filters were identified with large regions of non-porous "dead zones" which could negatively affect fiber deposition and, therefore, fiber recovery and analysis by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). As these imperfections are effectively erased during the preparation of the sample, they may not be readily observed by TEM. Un-collapsed filters as well as those collapsed using dimethylformamide (DMF) and two acetone techniques were examined...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580337/neural-network-based-learning-kernel-for-automatic-segmentation-of-multiple-sclerosis-lesions-on-magnetic-resonance-images
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H Khastavaneh, H Ebrahimpour-Komleh
BACKGROUND: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a degenerative disease of central nervous system. MS patients have some dead tissues in their brains called MS lesions. MRI is an imaging technique sensitive to soft tissues such as brain that shows MS lesions as hyper-intense or hypo-intense signals. Since manual segmentation of these lesions is a laborious and time consuming task, automatic segmentation is a need. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In order to segment MS lesions, a method based on learning kernels has been proposed...
June 2017: Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578708/effects-of-neurally-adjusted-ventilatory-assist-on-air-distribution-and-dead-space-in-patients-with-acute-exacerbation-of-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Qin Sun, Ling Liu, Chun Pan, Zhanqi Zhao, Jingyuan Xu, Airan Liu, Haibo Qiu
BACKGROUND: Neurally adjusted ventilatory assist (NAVA) could improve patient-ventilator interaction; its effects on ventilation distribution and dead space are still unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of varying levels of assist during NAVA and pressure support ventilation (PSV) on ventilation distribution and dead space in patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD). METHODS: Fifteen mechanically ventilated patients with AECOPD were included in the study...
June 2, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576334/diversity-and-distribution-of-lepidopteran-specific-toxin-genes-in-bacillus-thuringiensis-strains-from-argentina
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Diego H Sauka, Graciela B Benintende
A total of 268 Bacillus thuringiensis strains obtained from different sources of Argentina were analyzed to determine the diversity and distribution of the cry1, cry2, cry8, cry9 and vip3A genes encoding for lepidopteran-specific insecticidal proteins. Twin strains were excluded. Ten different profiles were detected among the 80 selected B. thuringiensis strains. Two of these profiles (cry1Aa, cry1Ac, cry1Ia, cry2Aa, cry2Ab and vip3Aa (35/80), and cry1Aa, cry1Ab, cry1Ac, cry1Ia, cry2Aa, cry2Ab and vip3Aa (25/80)) pooled 75% of the strains...
May 30, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559293/a-conserved-metal-binding-motif-in-the-bacillus-subtilis-competence-protein-comfa-enhances-transformation
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Scott S Chilton, Tanya G Falbel, Susan Hromada, Briana M Burton
Genetic competence is a process in which cells are able to take up DNA from their environment, resulting in horizontal gene transfer, a major mechanism for generating diversity in bacteria. Many bacteria carry homologs of the central DNA uptake machinery that has been well characterized in Bacillus subtilis It has been postulated that the B. subtilis competence helicase ComFA belongs to the DEAD-box family of helicases/translocases. Here, we make a series of mutants to analyze conserved amino acid motifs in several regions of B...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558420/understanding-the-drivers-of-extensive-plant-damage-in-boreal-and-arctic-ecosystems-insights-from-field-surveys-in-the-aftermath-of-damage
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Jarle W Bjerke, Rachael Treharne, Dagrun Vikhamar-Schuler, Stein R Karlsen, Virve Ravolainen, Stef Bokhorst, Gareth K Phoenix, Zbigniew Bochenek, Hans Tømmervik
The exact cause of population dieback in nature is often challenging to identify retrospectively. Plant research in northern regions has in recent decades been largely focussed on the opposite trend, namely increasing populations and higher productivity. However, a recent unexpected decline in remotely-sensed estimates of terrestrial Arctic primary productivity suggests that warmer northern lands do not necessarily result in higher productivity. As large-scale plant dieback may become more frequent at high northern latitudes with increasing frequency of extreme events, understanding the drivers of plant dieback is especially urgent...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545303/a-thermoelastic-deformation-model-of-tissue-contraction-during-thermal-ablation
#19
Chang Sub Park, Cong Liu, Sheldon K Hall, Stephen J Payne
PURPOSE: Thermal ablation is an energy-based ablation technique widely used during minimally invasive cancer treatment. Simulations are used to predict the dead tissue post therapy. However, one difficulty with the simulations is accurately predicting the ablation zone in post-procedural images due to the contraction of tissue as a result of exposure to elevated temperatures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A mathematical model of the thermoelastic deformation for an elastic isotropic material was coupled with a three state thermal denaturation model to determine the contraction of tissue during thermal ablation...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545090/neotropical-bats-that-co-habit-with-humans-function-as-dead-end-hosts-for-dengue-virus
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Amanda Vicente-Santos, Andres Moreira-Soto, Claudio Soto-Garita, Luis Guillermo Chaverri, Andrea Chaves, Jan Felix Drexler, Juan Alberto Morales, Alejandro Alfaro-Alarcón, Bernal Rodríguez-Herrera, Eugenia Corrales-Aguilar
Several studies have shown Dengue Virus (DENV) nucleic acids and/or antibodies present in Neotropical wildlife including bats, suggesting that some bat species may be susceptible to DENV infection. Here we aim to elucidate the role of house-roosting bats in the DENV transmission cycle. Bats were sampled in households located in high and low dengue incidence regions during rainy and dry seasons in Costa Rica. We captured 318 bats from 12 different species in 29 households. Necropsies were performed in 205 bats to analyze virus presence in heart, lung, spleen, liver, intestine, kidney, and brain tissue...
May 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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