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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215034/transcription-factor-afmac1-controls-copper-import-machinery-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Yoko Kusuya, Daisuke Hagiwara, Kanae Sakai, Takashi Yaguchi, Tohru Gonoi, Hiroki Takahashi
Copper (Cu) is an essential metal for all living organisms, although it is toxic in excess. Filamentous fungus must acquire copper from its environment for growth. Despite its essentiality for growth, the mechanisms that maintain copper homeostasis are not fully understood in filamentous fungus. To gain insights into copper homeostasis, we investigated the roles of a copper transcription factor Afmac1 in the life-threatening fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, a homolog of the yeast MAC1. We observed that the Afmac1 deletion mutant exhibited not only significantly slower growth, but also incomplete conidiation including a short chain of conidia and defective melanin...
February 18, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214960/axonal-disruption-in-white-matter-underlying-cortical-sulcus-tau-pathology-in-chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy
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Laurena Holleran, Joong Hee Kim, Mihika Gangolli, Thor Stein, Victor Alvarez, Ann McKee, David L Brody
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disorder associated with repetitive traumatic brain injury. One of the primary defining neuropathological lesions in CTE, based on the first consensus conference, is the accumulation of hyperphosphorylated tau in gray matter sulcal depths. Post-mortem CTE studies have also reported myelin loss, axonal injury and white matter degeneration. Currently, the diagnosis of CTE is restricted to post-mortem neuropathological analysis. We hypothesized that high spatial resolution advanced diffusion MRI might be useful for detecting white matter microstructural changes directly adjacent to gray matter tau pathology...
February 18, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214878/mirna-26a-contributes-to-the-acquisition-of-malignant-behaviors-of-doctaxel-resistant-lung-adenocarcinoma-cells-through-targeting-ezh2
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Jing Chen, Yuejuan Xu, Leilei Tao, Yan Pan, Kai Zhang, Rui Wang, Long-Bang Chen, Xiaoyuan Chu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Accumulating evidence revealed that microRNAs (miRNAs) have been demonstrated as critical molecules in tumor development and progression. MiR-26a, located in a fragile chromosomal region associated with various human cancer, has been reported to be involved in regulating various cellular process, such as proliferation, apoptosis and invasion through targeting multiple oncogene. Docetaxel-mediated chemotherapy has been applied in improving the survival and prognosis of patients with advanced lung adenocarcinoma (LAD)...
February 3, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213912/diagnostic-red-flags-steroid-treated-malignant-cns-lymphoma-mimicking-autoimmune-inflammatory-demyelination
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Alonso Barrantes-Freer, Aylin Sophie Engel, Odir Antonio Rodríguez-Villagra, Anne Winkler, Markus Bergmann, Christian Mawrin, Tania Kuempfel, Hannah Pellkofer, Imke Metz, Annalen Bleckmann, Silvia Hernández-Durán, Sven Schippling, Elisabeth J Rushing, Stephan Frank, Markus Glatzel, Jakob Matschke, Christian Hartmann, Guido Reifenberger, Wolf Müller, Hans-Ulrich Schildhaus, Wolfgang Brück, Christine Stadelmann
The presence of inflammation and demyelination in a central nervous system (CNS) biopsy points towards a limited, yet heterogeneous group of pathologies, of which multiple sclerosis (MS) represents one of the principal considerations. Inflammatory demyelination has also been reported in patients with clinically suspected primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), especially when steroids had been administered prior to biopsy acquisition. The histopathological changes induced by corticosteroid treatment can range from mild reduction to complete disappearance of lymphoma cells...
February 18, 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213832/dynamic-fluorescence-microscopy-of-cellular-uptake-of-intercalating-model-drugs-by-ultrasound-activated-microbubbles
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B H A Lammertink, R Deckers, M Derieppe, I De Cock, I Lentacker, G Storm, C T W Moonen, C Bos
PURPOSE: The combination of ultrasound and microbubbles can facilitate cellular uptake of (model) drugs via transient permeabilization of the cell membrane. By using fluorescent molecules, this process can be studied conveniently with confocal fluorescence microscopy. This study aimed to investigate the relation between cellular uptake and fluorescence intensity increase of intercalating model drugs. PROCEDURES: SYTOX Green, an intercalating fluorescent dye that displays >500-fold fluorescence enhancement upon binding to nucleic acids, was used as a model drug for ultrasound-induced cellular uptake...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213808/genotyping-and-antifungal-susceptibility-of-dipodascus-capitatus-isolated-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-of-a-sicilian-hospital
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Teresa Fasciana, Mario Giuffrè, Cinzia Calà, Ingrid Anne Mandy Schierz, Giuseppe Aquilina, Giuseppa Pinello, Giuseppina Capra, Dario Lipari, Giovanni Corsello, Anna Giammanco
In August 2015, Dipodascus capitatus was isolated from two patients admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit. Nosocomial acquisition of the fungus was suspected and epidemiological studies were undertaken. The patients were simultaneously hospitalized, and the comparison of the two isolates by two independent molecular typing methods have confirmed clonal dissemination of a single strain of D. capitatus. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was useful for identifying the appropriated antifungal therapy in micafungin...
February 18, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213599/health-information-needs-source-preferences-and-engagement-behaviours-of-women-with-metastatic-breast-cancer-across-the-care-continuum-protocol-for-a-scoping-review
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Carol A Tucker, M Pilar Martin, Ray B Jones
INTRODUCTION: The health information needs, information source preferences and engagement behaviours of women with metastatic breast cancer (mBC) depend on personal characteristics such as education level, prior knowledge, clinical complications, comorbidities and where they are in the cancer journey. A thorough understanding of the information behaviours of women living with mBC is essential to the provision of optimal care. A preliminary literature review suggests that there is little research on this topic, but that there may be lessons from a slightly broader literature...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213500/inducible-t-cell-kinase-regulates-the-acquisition-of-cytolytic-capacity-and-degranulation-in-cd8-ctls
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Senta M Kapnick, Jane C Stinchcombe, Gillian M Griffiths, Pamela L Schwartzberg
Patients with mutations in inducible T cell kinase (ITK) are susceptible to viral infections, particularly EBV, suggesting that these patients have defective function of CD8(+) CTLs. In this study, we evaluated the effects of ITK deficiency on cytolysis in murine CTLs deficient in ITK, and both human and murine cells treated with an ITK inhibitor. We find that ITK deficiency leads to a global defect in the cytolysis of multiple targets. The absence of ITK both affected CTL expansion and delayed the expression of cytolytic effectors during activation...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213433/chromosomal-instability-as-a-driver-of-tumor-heterogeneity-and-evolution
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Samuel F Bakhoum, Dan Avi Landau
Large-scale, massively parallel sequencing of human cancer samples has revealed tremendous genetic heterogeneity within individual tumors. Indeed, tumors are composed of an admixture of diverse subpopulations-subclones-that vary in space and time. Here, we discuss a principal driver of clonal diversification in cancer known as chromosomal instability (CIN), which complements other modes of genetic diversification creating the multilayered genomic instability often seen in human cancer. Cancer cells have evolved to fine-tune chromosome missegregation rates to balance the acquisition of heterogeneity while preserving favorable genotypes, a dependence that can be exploited for a therapeutic benefit...
February 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213228/smartphone-based-immunosensor-for-ca125-detection
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Oana Hosu, Andrea Ravalli, Giuseppe Mattia Lo Piccolo, Cecilia Cristea, Robert Sandulescu, Giovanna Marrazza
In this work, we report the design, the development and the characterization of the analytical performances of a colorimetric smartphone-based immunosensor for the detection of cancer antigen 125 (CA125). The immunosensor was based on a sandwich strategy in which the primary antibody was immobilized by spotting onto the 3D nitrocellulose membrane. The immunospots were subsequently incubated with CA125 solutions, followed by the affinity reaction with a secondary antibody labeled with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213162/the-effect-of-lamotrigine-on-learning-in-mice-using-the-passive-avoidance-model
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Fatemeh Izadpanah, Fatemeh Arab, Amin Zarghami, Ali Bijani, Sohrab Kazemi, Ali Akbar Moghadamnia
INTRODUCTION: Lamotrigine (LTG) is an antiepileptic drug that inhibits the release of glutamate by blocking sodium channels. The present study was conducted to evaluate the effect of LTG in different stages of memory using a passive avoidance learning task in mice. METHODS: Male albino mice in the weight range 20-25g were used. They were divided into four groups (control group and three groups receiving various doses of LTG). LTG was given in three doses of 10, 25, and 50mg/kg as intraperitoneal (IP) injections...
February 14, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213152/central-neuronal-motor-behaviour-in-skilled-and-less-skilled-novices-approaching-sports-specific-movement-techniques
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Tobias Vogt, Kouki Kato, Stefan Schneider, Stefan Türk, Kazuyuki Kanosue
Research on motor behavioural processes preceding voluntary movements often refers to analysing the readiness potential (RP). For this, decades of studies used laboratory setups with controlled sports-related actions. Further, recent applied approaches focus on athlete-non-athlete comparisons, omitting possible effects of training history on RP. However, RP preceding real sport-specific movements in accordance to skill acquisition remains to be elucidated. Therefore, after familiarization 16 right-handed males with no experience in archery volunteered to perform repeated sports-specific movements, i...
February 14, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212944/acute-and-long-term-effects-of-adolescent-methylphenidate-on-decision-making-and-dopamine-receptor-mrna-expression-in-the-orbitofrontal-cortex
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Leslie R Amodeo, Eliza Jacobs-Brichford, Matthew S McMurray, Jamie D Roitman
Though commonly used as a treatment for ADHD, the psychostimulant methylphenidate (MPH) is also misused and abused in adolescence in both clinical and general populations. Although MPH acts via pathways activated by other drugs of abuse, the short- and long-term effects of MPH on reward processing in learning and decision-making are not clearly understood. We examined the effect of adolescent MPH treatment on a battery of reward-directed behaviors both in adolescence during its administration and in adulthood after its discontinuation...
February 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212942/activation-of-type-4-dopaminergic-receptors-in-the-prelimbic-area-of-medial-prefrontal-cortex-is-necessary-for-the-expression-of-innate-fear-behavior
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Macarena D Vergara, Victor N Keller, José A Fuentealba, Katia Gysling
The prelimbic area (PL) of the medial Prefrontal cortex (mPFC) is involved in the acquisition and expression of conditioned and innate fear. Both types of fear share several neuronal pathways. It has been documented that dopamine (DA) plays an important role in the regulation of aversive memories in the mPFC. The exposure to an aversive stimulus, such as the smell of a predator odor or the exposure to footshock stress is accompanied by an increase in mPFC DA release. Evidence suggests that the type 4 dopaminergic receptor (D4R) is the molecular target through which DA modulates fear expression...
February 14, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212806/clonal-evolution-as-detected-by-interphase-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-is-associated-with-worse-overall-survival-in-a-population-based-analysis-of-patients-with-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-in-british-columbia-canada
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Steven J Huang, Krystal Bergin, Adam C Smith, Alina S Gerrie, Helene Bruyere, Chinmay B Dalal, Daniele K Sugioka, Monica Hrynchak, Khaled M Ramadan, Aly Karsan, Tanya L Gillan, Cynthia L Toze
This study evaluates prognostic markers as predictors of clonal evolution (CE) and assesses the impact of CE on overall survival (OS) in a population-based cohort of 159 consecutive eligible patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) obtained from the British Columbia Provincial CLL Database. CE was detected by interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) in 34/159 patients (21%) with 65% of CE patients acquiring deletion 17p or 11q. CD38 positive status (≥30%) on flow cytometry predicted 2...
January 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212399/instrument-design-and-protocol-for-the-study-of-light-controlled-processes-in-aquatic-organisms-and-its-application-to-examine-the-effect-of-infrared-light-on-zebrafish
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Marcus P S Dekens, Nicholas S Foulkes, Kristin Tessmar-Raible
The acquisition of reliable data strongly depends on experimental design. When studying the effects of light on processes such as behaviour and physiology it is crucial to maintain all environmental conditions constant apart from the one under study. Furthermore, the precise values of the environmental factors applied during the experiment should be known. Although seemingly obvious, these conditions are often not met when the effects of light are being studied. Here, we document and discuss the wavelengths and light intensities of natural and artificial light sources...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212190/endothelial-cell-disease-emerging-knowledge-from-cerebral-cavernous-malformations
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Maria Grazia Lampugnani, Matteo Malinverno, Elisabetta Dejana
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Endothelial cells dysfunctions are crucial determinants of several human diseases. We review here the most recent reports on endothelial cell defects in cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs), particularly focusing on adherens junctions. CCM is a vascular disease that affects specifically the venous microvessels of the central nervous system and which is caused by loss-of-function mutation in any one of the three CCM genes (CCM1, 2 or 3) in endothelial cells. The phenotypic result of these mutations are focal vascular malformations that are permeable and fragile causing neurological symptoms and occasionally haemorrhagic stroke...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212170/predictors-of-acquisition-of-competitive-employment-for-people-enrolled-in-supported-employment-programs
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Marc Corbière, Tania Lecomte, Daniel Reinharz, Bonnie Kirsh, Paula Goering, Matthew Menear, Djamal Berbiche, Karine Genest, Elliot M Goldner
This study aims at assessing the relative contribution of employment specialist competencies working in supported employment (SE) programs and client variables in determining the likelihood of obtaining competitive employment. A total of 489 persons with a severe mental illness and 97 employment specialists working in 24 SE programs across three Canadian provinces were included in the study. Overall, 43% of the sample obtained competitive work. Both client variables and employment specialist competencies, while controlling for the quality of SE programs implementation, predicted job acquisition...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212155/molecular-markers-in-lung-cancer-role-of-ebus
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Semra Bilaçeroğlu
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: As demonstrated by the recent therapeutic advances in nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC), a personalized approach can considerably reduce its mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: Molecular tests identifying genetic mutations in NSCLC have led to a shift towards more effective and personalized therapies targeted to these alterations. Adequate tissue is required for diagnosing, subcharacterizing, and genotyping NSCLC by morphological, immunohistochemical, and molecular techniques...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212123/repeatability-study-of-angular-and-linear-measurements-on-facial-morphology-analysis-by-means-of-stereophotogrammetry
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Lilian Mendes Andrade, Ana Maria Bettoni Rodrigues da Silva, Laís Valencise Magri, Marco Antônio Moreira Rodrigues da Silva
The aim of this study was to analyze the repeatability in a stereophotogrammetry digital system used for the evaluation of facial morphology. Thirty healthy Brazilian, 18 to 45 years old (26.71 ± 6.53), had 11 reference landmarks marked on their faces by the same examiner and were photographed with an interval of 1 week by the VECTRA M3. Nine angular measurements (nasolabial, mentolabial, nasofrontal, maxillofacial, nasal, maxillary, mandibular, facial convexity, full facial convexity) and 2 linear measurements (middle facial height and lower facial height) were taken...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
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