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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806855/functional-stem-cell-integration-into-neural-networks-assessed-by-organotypic-slice-cultures
#1
David Forsberg, Charoensri Thonabulsombat, Johan Jäderstad, Linda Maria Jäderstad, Petri Olivius, Eric Herlenius
Re-formation or preservation of functional, electrically active neural networks has been proffered as one of the goals of stem cell-mediated neural therapeutics. A primary issue for a cell therapy approach is the formation of functional contacts between the implanted cells and the host tissue. Therefore, it is of fundamental interest to establish protocols that allow us to delineate a detailed time course of grafted stem cell survival, migration, differentiation, integration, and functional interaction with the host...
August 14, 2017: Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806736/unravelling-the-interplay-of-sphingolipids-and-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-in-the-human-corneal-stroma
#2
Sarah E Nicholas, Tyler G Rowsey, Shrestha Priyadarsini, Nawajes A Mandal, Dimitrios Karamichos
PURPOSE: To delineate the role of Sphingolipids (SPLs) in the human cornea and their cross-talks with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) in order to develop novel, non-invasive therapies. METHODS: Human corneal fibroblasts (HCFs) were harvested from healthy donors, stimulated with Vitamin C to promote extracellular matrix assembly, treated with exogenous sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) or sphingosine kinase inhibitor 2 (SPHK I2) and isolated after 4 weeks for further analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805831/elucidating-screw-dislocation-driven-film-formation-of-sodium-thiosulphate-with-complex-hierarchical-molecular-assembly
#3
Deepak Dwivedi, Katerina Lepkova, Thomas Becker, Matthew R Rowles
Sodium thiosulphate (Na2S2O3) films were synthesized on carbon steel substrates through solution deposition, and a film formation growth mechanism is delineated in detail herein. Dislocation-driven film formation took place at the lower concentration of Na2S2O3 (0.1 M) studied, where screw dislocation loops were identified. Interestingly, we observed the co-existence of screw dislocation spiral loops and hierarchically-ordered molecular assembly in the film, and showed the importance of hierarchical morphology in the origin of screw dislocation...
August 14, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805828/mutations-in-keops-complex-genes-cause-nephrotic-syndrome-with-primary-microcephaly
#4
Daniela A Braun, Jia Rao, Geraldine Mollet, David Schapiro, Marie-Claire Daugeron, Weizhen Tan, Olivier Gribouval, Olivia Boyer, Patrick Revy, Tilman Jobst-Schwan, Johanna Magdalena Schmidt, Jennifer A Lawson, Denny Schanze, Shazia Ashraf, Jeremy F P Ullmann, Charlotte A Hoogstraten, Nathalie Boddaert, Bruno Collinet, Gaëlle Martin, Dominique Liger, Svjetlana Lovric, Monica Furlano, I Chiara Guerrera, Oraly Sanchez-Ferras, Jennifer F Hu, Anne-Claire Boschat, Sylvia Sanquer, Björn Menten, Sarah Vergult, Nina De Rocker, Merlin Airik, Tobias Hermle, Shirlee Shril, Eugen Widmeier, Heon Yung Gee, Won-Il Choi, Carolin E Sadowski, Werner L Pabst, Jillian K Warejko, Ankana Daga, Tamara Basta, Verena Matejas, Karin Scharmann, Sandra D Kienast, Babak Behnam, Brendan Beeson, Amber Begtrup, Malcolm Bruce, Gaik-Siew Ch'ng, Shuan-Pei Lin, Jui-Hsing Chang, Chao-Huei Chen, Megan T Cho, Patrick M Gaffney, Patrick E Gipson, Chyong-Hsin Hsu, Jameela A Kari, Yu-Yuan Ke, Cathy Kiraly-Borri, Wai-Ming Lai, Emmanuelle Lemyre, Rebecca Okashah Littlejohn, Amira Masri, Mastaneh Moghtaderi, Kazuyuki Nakamura, Fatih Ozaltin, Marleen Praet, Chitra Prasad, Agnieszka Prytula, Elizabeth R Roeder, Patrick Rump, Rhonda E Schnur, Takashi Shiihara, Manish D Sinha, Neveen A Soliman, Kenza Soulami, David A Sweetser, Wen-Hui Tsai, Jeng-Daw Tsai, Rezan Topaloglu, Udo Vester, David H Viskochil, Nithiwat Vatanavicharn, Jessica L Waxler, Klaas J Wierenga, Matthias T F Wolf, Sik-Nin Wong, Sebastian A Leidel, Gessica Truglio, Peter C Dedon, Annapurna Poduri, Shrikant Mane, Richard P Lifton, Maxime Bouchard, Peter Kannu, David Chitayat, Daniella Magen, Bert Callewaert, Herman van Tilbeurgh, Martin Zenker, Corinne Antignac, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Galloway-Mowat syndrome (GAMOS) is an autosomal-recessive disease characterized by the combination of early-onset nephrotic syndrome (SRNS) and microcephaly with brain anomalies. Here we identified recessive mutations in OSGEP, TP53RK, TPRKB, and LAGE3, genes encoding the four subunits of the KEOPS complex, in 37 individuals from 32 families with GAMOS. CRISPR-Cas9 knockout in zebrafish and mice recapitulated the human phenotype of primary microcephaly and resulted in early lethality. Knockdown of OSGEP, TP53RK, or TPRKB inhibited cell proliferation, which human mutations did not rescue...
August 14, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805576/nonmotor-symptoms-in-essential-tremor-and-other-tremor-disorders
#5
Alessandro F Fois, Hugo M Briceño, Victor S C Fung
Tremor, like dystonia, is a term used at the phenomenological, syndromic, and aetiopathological level. Parkinsonian, essential, and dystonic tremor are the three most common tremor diagnoses encountered in clinical practice. Investigation of nonmotor symptoms in essential tremor and dystonic tremor syndromes is significantly hampered by the lack of clear clinical diagnostic criteria for these groups at a syndromic level, and the absence of biomarkers which allow definitive diagnosis at an aetiopathological level...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805411/rural-american-indian-and-alaska-native-veterans-telemental-health-a-model-of-culturally-centered-care
#6
Cynthia W Goss, W J Buck Richardson, Nancy Dailey, Byron Bair, Herbert Nagamoto, Spero M Manson, Jay H Shore
American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) veterans living in rural areas have unique health care needs and face numerous barriers to accessing health care services. Among these needs is a disproportionate prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses. Since 2001, 14 rural communities have partnered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to extend telemental health clinics to American Indian veterans...
August 2017: Psychological Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804725/meprin-metalloprotease-deficiency-associated-with-higher-mortality-rates-and-more-severe-diabetic-kidney-injury-in-mice-with-stz-induced-type-1-diabetes
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John E Bylander, Faihaa Ahmed, Sabena M Conley, Jean-Marie Mwiza, Elimelda Moige Ongeri
Meprins are membrane-bound and secreted metalloproteinases consisting of α and/or β subunits that are highly expressed in kidney epithelial cells and are differentially expressed in podocytes and leukocytes (macrophages and monocytes). Several studies have implicated meprins in the progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN) and fibrosis-associated kidney disease. However, the mechanisms by which meprins modulate DN are not understood. To delineate the role of meprins in DN, we subjected meprin αβ knockout (αβKO) mice and their wild-type (WT) counterparts to streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetes...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803963/model-analysis-of-bidirectional-interference-in-two-stage-labeled-ligand-immunoassays
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Eleanor R Lewin, Amitava Dasgupta, Roland Valdes, Douglas F Stickle
OBJECTIVES: Immunoassays involving sample incubation followed by a wash step prior to introduction of labeled analyte are potentially subject to both positive and negative interference (bidirectional interference) by a competing ligand. We examine this phenomenon from a theoretical standpoint using a mathematical model for sequential-step immunoassays in the presence of interferent. DESIGN & METHODS: Competitive binding to antibody between analyte and interferent was modeled for sequential-step immunoassays...
August 10, 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803592/brain-alterations-potentially-associated-with-aggression-and-terrorism
#9
Bernhard Bogerts, Maria Schöne, Stephanie Breitschuh
A large proportion of the persons who join terrorist groups as well as lone-acting terrorists have a history of violent behavior or mental disorder that predated their becoming terrorists. This suggests that brain alterations found to occur in violent perpetrators may also be present in a significant percentage of terrorists. After a short delineation of phylogenetically old neuronal networks that are important for the generation of aggressive behavior in inconspicuous brains, this review summarizes structural and functional brain-imaging studies in violent offenders published over the last 10 years...
August 14, 2017: CNS Spectrums
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803447/registration-free-automatic-identification-of-gold-fiducial-markers-in-mri-target-delineation-images-for-prostate-radiotherapy
#10
Christian Gustafsson, Juha Korhonen, Emilia Persson, Adalsteinn Gunnlaugsson, Tufve Nyholm, Lars E Olsson
PURPOSE: The superior soft tissue contrast of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compared to computed tomography (CT) has urged the integration of MRI and elimination of CT in radiotherapy treatment (RT) for prostate. An intraprostatic gold fiducial marker (GFM) appear hyperintense on CT. On T2 weighted (T2w) MRI target delineation images the GFM appear as a small signal void similar to calcifications and post biopsy fibrosis. It can therefore be difficult to identify the markers without CT...
August 13, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803065/flow-induced-adherens-junction-remodeling-driven-by-cytoskeletal-forces
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Deepika Verma, Vivek Bajpai, Nannan Ye, Mohammad M Maneshi, Deekshitha Jetta, Stelios T Andreadis, Frederick Sachs, Susan Z Hua
Adherens junctions (AJs) are a key structural component for tissue organization and function. Under fluid shear stress, AJs exhibit dynamic assembly/disassembly, but how shear stress couples to AJs is unclear. In MDCK cells we measured simultaneously the forces in cytoskeletal α-actinin and the density and length of AJs using a genetically coded optical force sensor, actinin-sstFRET, and fluorescently labeled E-cadherin (E-cad). We found that shear stress of 0.74dyn/cm(2) for 3hours significantly enhanced E-cad expression at cell-cell contacts and this phenomenon has two phases...
August 9, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802709/sex-differences-in-cancer-risk-and-survival-a-swedish-cohort-study
#12
Cecilia Radkiewicz, Anna L V Johansson, Paul W Dickman, Mats Lambe, Gustaf Edgren
AIM: The aim of this study is to firmly delineate temporal and age trends regarding sex discrepancies in cancer risk and survival as well as quantifying the potential gain achieved by eliminating this inequality. METHODS: We performed a population-based cohort study using data on all adult incident cancer cases (n = 872,397) recorded in the Swedish Cancer Register in 1970-2014. To assess the associations between sex and cancer risk and sex and survival, male-to-female incidence rate ratios (IRRs) and excess mortality ratios (EMRs) adjusted for age and year of diagnosis were estimated using Poisson regression...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802583/cytoskeleton-and-nuclear-lamina-affection-in-recessive-osteogenesis-imperfecta-a-functional-proteomics-perspective
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Assunta Gagliardi, Roberta Besio, Chiara Carnemolla, Claudia Landi, Alessandro Armini, Mona Aglan, Ghada Otaify, Samia A Temtamy, Antonella Forlino, Luca Bini, Laura Bianchi
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a collagen-related disorder associated to dominant, recessive or X-linked transmission, mainly caused by mutations in type I collagen genes or in genes involved in type I collagen metabolism. Among the recessive forms, OI types VII, VIII, and IX are due to mutations in CRTAP, P3H1, and PPIB genes, respectively. They code for the three components of the endoplasmic reticulum complex that catalyzes 3-hydroxylation of type I collagen α1Pro986. Under-hydroxylation of this residue leads to collagen structural abnormalities and results in moderate to lethal OI phenotype, despite the exact molecular mechanisms are still not completely clear...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802328/hybrid-pet-mri-co-segmentation-based-on-joint-fuzzy-connectedness-and-graph-cut
#14
Arafet Sbei, Khaoula ElBedoui, Walid Barhoumi, Philippe Maksud, Chokri Maktouf
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Tumor segmentation from hybrid PET/MRI scans may be highly beneficial in radiotherapy treatment planning. Indeed, it gives for both modalities the suitable information that could make the delineation of tumors more accurate than using each one apart. We aim in this work to propose a co-segmentation method that deals with several challenges, notably the lack of one-to-one correspondence between tumors of the two modalities and the boundaries' smoothing. METHODS: The proposed method is designed to surpass these limits, we propose a segmentation method based on the GCsum(max) technique...
October 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802259/cis-regulatory-elements-explain-most-of-the-mrna-stability-variation-across-genes-in-yeast
#15
Jun Cheng, Kerstin C Maier, Ziga Avsec, Petra Rus, Julien Gagneur
The stability of mRNA is one of the major determinants of gene expression. Although a wealth of sequence elements regulating mRNA stability has been described, their quantitative contributions to half-life are unknown. Here, we built a quantitative model for Saccharomyces cerevisiae based on functional mRNA sequence features that explains 59% of the half-life variation between genes and predicts half-life at a median relative error of 30%. The model revealed a new destabilizing 3'UTR motif, ATATTC, which we functionally validated...
August 11, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801998/resistin-like-molecule-beta-relm-%C3%AE-regulates-proliferation-of-human-diabetic-nephropathy-mesangial-cells-via-mitogen-activated-protein-kinases-mapk-signaling-pathway
#16
Yun-Qian Wang, Cong-Cong Fan, Bao-Ping Chen, Jun Shi
BACKGROUND Resistin-like molecule beta (RELM-β) has been reported to be associated with diabetic nephropathy (DN). However, the role of RELM-β in DN is poorly understood. This study was conducted to delineate the underlying mechanisms of action and to investigate the role of RELM-β in the primitive development of DN via MAPK signaling pathways. MATERIAL AND METHODS Lentivirus-mediated vectors and RNAi technology were used to establish the model of RELM-β up-regulated and down-regulated expression in human mesangial cells (HMCs)...
August 12, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801918/motion-compensation-in-the-region-of-the-coronary-arteries-based-on-partial-angle-reconstructions-from-short-scan-ct-data
#17
Juliane Hahn, Herbert Bruder, Christopher Rohkohl, Thomas Allmendinger, Karl Stierstorfer, Thomas Flohr, Marc Kachelrieß
PURPOSE: In order to mitigate motion-induced artifacts, several motion compensation (MoCo) methods have been developed, which are either able to a) compensate for severe artifacts, but utilize the data for the reconstruction of several cardiac phases, or b) improve image quality of a single reconstruction with only moderate motion artifacts. We propose a method combining both benefits: dose efficiency by utilizing only the data needed for a single short-scan reconstruction while still being able to compensate for severe artifacts...
August 12, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801587/temozolomide-arrests-glioma-growth-and-normalizes-intratumoral-extracellular-ph
#18
Jyotsna U Rao, Daniel Coman, John J Walsh, Meser M Ali, Yuegao Huang, Fahmeed Hyder
Gliomas maintain an acidic extracellular pH (pHe), which promotes tumor growth and builds resistance to therapy. Given evidence that acidic pHe beyond the tumor core indicates infiltration, we hypothesized that imaging the intratumoral pHe in relation to the peritumoral pHe can provide a novel readout of therapeutic influence on the tumor microenvironment. We used Biosensor Imaging of Redundant Deviation in Shifts (BIRDS), which utilizes chemical shifts of non-exchangeable protons from macrocyclic chelates (e...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801575/limits-of-radiomic-based-entropy-as-a-surrogate-of-tumor-heterogeneity-roi-area-acquisition-protocol-and-tissue-site-exert-substantial-influence
#19
Laurent Dercle, Samy Ammari, Mathilde Bateson, Paul Blanc Durand, Eva Haspinger, Christophe Massard, Cyril Jaudet, Andrea Varga, Eric Deutsch, Jean-Charles Soria, Charles Ferté
Entropy is a promising quantitative imaging biomarker for characterizing cancer imaging phenotype. Entropy has been associated with tumor gene expression, tumor metabolism, tumor stage, patient prognosis, and treatment response. Our hypothesis states that tumor-specific biomarkers such as entropy should be correlated between synchronous metastases. Therefore, a significant proportion of the variance of entropy should be attributed to the malignant process. We analyzed 112 patients with matched/paired synchronous metastases (SM#1 and SM#2) prospectively enrolled in the MOSCATO-01 clinical trial...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801426/patient-preferences-for-venous-thromboembolism-prophylaxis-after-injury-a-discrete-choice-experiment
#20
Bryce E Haac, Nathan N O'Hara, C Daniel Mullins, Deborah M Stein, Theodore T Manson, Herman Johal, Renan Castillo, Robert V O'Toole, Gerald P Slobogean
OBJECTIVE: Limited evidence for the optimal venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis regimen in orthopaedic trauma leads to variability in regimens. We sought to delineate patient preferences towards cost, complication profile, and administration route (oral tablet vs. subcutaneous injection). DESIGN: Discrete choice experiment (DCE). SETTING: Level 1 trauma center in Baltimore, USA. PARTICIPANTS: 232 adult trauma patients (mean age 47...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
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