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Michael Worobey, Thomas D Watts, Richard A McKay, Marc A Suchard, Timothy Granade, Dirk E Teuwen, Beryl A Koblin, Walid Heneine, Philippe Lemey, Harold W Jaffe
The emergence of HIV-1 group M subtype B in North American men who have sex with men was a key turning point in the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Phylogenetic studies have suggested cryptic subtype B circulation in the United States (US) throughout the 1970s and an even older presence in the Caribbean. However, these temporal and geographical inferences, based upon partial HIV-1 genomes that postdate the recognition of AIDS in 1981, remain contentious and the earliest movements of the virus within the US are unknown. We serologically screened >2,000 1970s serum samples and developed a highly sensitive approach for recovering viral RNA from degraded archival samples...
October 26, 2016: Nature
Yao Liu, Volodimyr V Duzhko, Zachariah A Page, Todd Emrick, Thomas P Russell
Conjugated polymer zwitterions (CPZs) are neutral, hydrophilic, polymer semiconductors. The pendent zwitterions, viewed as side chain dipoles, impart solubility in polar solvents for solution processing, and open opportunities as interfacial components of optoelectronic devices, for example, between metal electrodes and organic semiconductor active layers. Such interlayers are crucial for defining the performance of organic electronic devices, e.g., field-effect transistors (OFETs), light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), and photovoltaics (OPVs), all of which consist of multilayer structures...
October 26, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Tobias Cohen, Toni M Schwarz, Frederic Vigant, Thomas J Gardner, Rosmel E Hernandez, Benhur Lee, Domenico Tortorella
Human cytomegalovirus is a ubiquitous β-herpesvirus that infects many different cell types through an initial binding to cell surface receptors followed by a fusion event at the cell membrane or endocytic vesicle. A recent high-throughput screen to identify compounds that block a step prior to viral gene expression identified podofilox as a potent and nontoxic inhibitor. Time-of-addition studies in combination with quantitative-PCR analysis demonstrated that podofilox limits an early step of virus entry at the cell surface...
October 24, 2016: Viruses
Aliki Thomas, Stuart Lubarsky, Steven J Durning, Meredith E Young
An unprecedented rise in health professions education (HPE) research has led to increasing attention and interest in knowledge syntheses. There are many different types of knowledge syntheses in common use, including systematic reviews, meta-ethnography, rapid reviews, narrative reviews, and realist reviews. In this Perspective, the authors examine the nature, purpose, value, and appropriate use of one particular method: scoping reviews. Scoping reviews are iterative and flexible and can serve multiple main purposes: to examine the extent, range, and nature of research activity in a given field; to determine the value and appropriateness of undertaking a full systematic review; to summarize and disseminate research findings; and to identify research gaps in the existing literature...
October 25, 2016: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
George A Prenosil, Bernd Klaeser, Michael Hentschel, Markus Fürstner, Michael Berndt, Thomas Krause, Thilo Weitzel
PURPOSE: A PET/CT system's imaging capabilities are best described by its point spread function (PSF) in the spatial domain or equivalently by its modulation transfer function (MTF) in the spatial frequency domain. Knowing PSFs or MTFs is a prerequisite for many numerical methods attempting to improve resolution and to reduce the partial volume effect. In PET/CT, the observed PSF is a convolution of the system's intrinsic imaging capabilities including image reconstruction (PSF0) and the positron range function (PRF) of the imaged β(+) emitting isotope...
October 2016: Medical Physics
John A Gomez, Thomas M Henderson, Gustavo E Scuseria
It is well known that single-reference coupled cluster theory truncated to low orders of excitations gives the right answer for the right reason when systems are dominated by dynamical or weak correlation. Static or strong correlation is more problematic, causing often catastrophic breakdown of restricted coupled cluster. This failure can be remedied, e.g., by allowing symmetry breaking in the reference or taking a multi-reference approach, but poses an interesting theoretical problem, especially since many groups have found that simplifying the T2 operator or the doubles amplitude equations gives better results...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Kendall Ho, Najeeb Al-Shorjabji, Ed Brown, Jennifer Zelmer, Nancy Gabor, Anthony Maeder, Alvin Marcelo, Derek Ritz, Luiz Messina, Margarita Loyola, Patricia Abbott, Jaffer Nazira, Annette McKinnon, Vajira Dissanayake, Aisha Akeel, Neil Gardner, Thomas Doyle
Since the 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata affirming health as a fundamental human right, policy-makers and stakeholders have proposed many different strategies to achieve the goal of 'health for all'. However, globally there still remains a lack of access to health information and quality health care, especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Digital health holds great promise to improve access and quality of care. We propose using the "resilient health system framework" as a guide to scale-up digital health as a means to achieve universal health care (UHC) and health for all...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Vincent Strehlow, Marielle E M Swinkels, Rhys H Thomas, Nora Rapps, Steffen Syrbe, Thomas Dorn, Johannes R Lemke
Prompted by the observations of juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) in 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11DS) and recurrent copy number variants in genetic generalized epilepsy (GGE), we searched for further evidence supporting a possible correlation of 22q11DS with GGE and with myoclonic seizures. Through routine diagnostics, we identified 3 novel individuals with the seemingly uncommon combination of 22q11DS and JME. We subsequently screened the literature for reports focussing on the epilepsy phenotype in 22q11DS...
September 2016: Molecular Syndromology
Thomas Vercruysse, Jolien De Bie, Jasper Neggers, Maarten Jacquemyn, Els Vanstreels, Jonathan Leo Schmid-Burgk, Veit Hornung, Erkan Baloglu, Yosef Landesman, William Senapedis, Sharon Shacham, Antonis Dagklis, Jan Cools, Dirk Daelemans
PURPOSE: Human exportin-1 (XPO1) is the key nuclear-cytoplasmic transport protein that exports many cargo proteins out of the nucleus. Inducing nuclear accumulation of these proteins by inhibition of XPO1 causes cancer cell death. First clinical validation of pharmacological inhibition of XPO1 was obtained with the Selective Inhibitor of Nuclear Export (SINE) compound selinexor (KPT-330) demonstrating activity in Phase-II/IIb clinical trials when dosed 1 - 3 times weekly. The second-generation SINE compound KPT-8602 shows improved tolerability and can be dosed daily...
October 25, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Dorothee Hartmann, Jan Fiedler, Kristina Sonnenschein, Annette Just, Angelika Pfanne, Karina Zimmer, Janet Remke, Ariana Foinquinos, Malte Butzlaff, Katharina Schimmel, Lars Maegdefessel, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Nico Lachmann, Andreas Schober, Natali Froese, Joerg Heineke, Johann Bauersachs, Sandor Batkai, Thomas Thum
BACKGROUND: -The transcription factor GATA2 orchestrates the expression of many endothelial-specific genes illustrating its crucial importance for endothelial cell function. The capacity of this transcription factor in orchestrating endothelial important microRNAs (miRNAs/miR) is unknown. METHODS: -Endothelial GATA2 was functionally analyzed in human endothelial cells in vitro. Endogenous siRNA-mediated knockdown and lentiviral-based overexpression were applied to decipher capacity of GATA2 in regulating cell viability and capillary formation...
October 25, 2016: Circulation
Thomas G Burns, Natasha N Ludwig, Tiffany N Tajiri, Nick DeFilippis
The objective of this study was to assess cognitive performance and behavioral symptoms in a sample of children diagnosed with partial epilepsy who were seizure controlled on AED monotherapy for one year. Ninety-eight seizure-controlled children on AED monotherapy were included in this study. Specific AEDs examined included topiramate, divalproex sodium, lamotrigine, levetiracetam, and oxcarbazepine. Groups did not differ on age, region of focal epilepsy, or Full-Scale IQ. Direct measures included the WISC-IV and selected tests from the DKEFS (Verbal Fluency and Trail Making Test)...
October 25, 2016: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
Eva C Thoma, Tobias Heckel, David Keller, Nicolas Giroud, Brian Leonard, Klaus Christensen, Adrian Roth, Cristina Bertinetti-Lapatki, Martin Graf, Christoph Patsch
Due to their broad differentiation potential, pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) offer a promising approach for generating relevant cellular models for various applications. While human PSC-based cellular models are already advanced, similar systems for non-human primates (NHPs) are still lacking. However, as NHPs are the most appropriate animals for evaluating the safety of many novel pharmaceuticals, the availability of in vitro systems would be extremely useful to bridge the gap between cellular and animal models...
October 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
Steven G Thomas, Natalie S Poulter, Danai Bem, Brenda Finney, Laura M Machesky, Stephen P Watson
A dynamic, properly organised actin cytoskeleton is critical for the production and haemostatic function of platelets. The Wiskott Aldrich Syndrome protein (WASp) and Actin-Related Proteins 2 & 3 Complex (Arp2/3 complex) are critical mediators of actin polymerisation and organisation in many cell types. In platelets and megakaryocytes, these proteins have been shown to be important for proper platelet production and function. The cortactin family of proteins (Cttn & HS1) are known to regulate WASp-Arp2/3-mediated actin polymerisation in other cell types and so here we address the role of these proteins in platelets using knockout mouse models...
October 25, 2016: Platelets
Claudia Riedel, Birka Lehmann, Karl Broich, Thomas Sudhop
In Germany and throughout Europe, medicinal products for adults have been developed and evaluated systematically for decades. Medicinal products for children and adolescents, however, have only been researched for the past ten years. As a result, many medicinal products have been administered to children without systematic clinical trials, for example regarding dosage or pharmaceutical form.EU Regulation 1901/2006 aimes to close the gaps in the medical treatment of children and adolescents. In order to do so, the regulation provides for paediatric use marketing authorisations (PUMA) for previously authorised products no longer covered by intellectual property rights and also grants holders of such PUMA licenses further property rights...
October 24, 2016: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
Estefanía Moreno-Gordaliza, Sven J van der Lee, Ayşe Demirkan, Cornelia M van Duijn, Johan Kuiper, Petrus W Lindenburg, Thomas Hankemeier
A new capillary isotachophoresis (cITP) method for lipoprotein profiling with superior lipoprotein coverage compared to previous methods has been developed, resolving twice as many lipoprotein species (18 peaks/fractions) in serum or plasma in less than 9.5 min. For this, a novel mixture of 24 spacers, including amino acids, dipeptides and sulfonic acids, was developed and fine-tuned, using predictive software (PeakMaster) and testing of spiked serum samples. Lipoprotein peaks were identified by serum-spiking with reference lipoproteins...
November 9, 2016: Analytica Chimica Acta
Thomas F Giustino, Paul J Fitzgerald, Stephen Maren
The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) plays a crucial role in emotional learning and memory in rodents and humans. While many studies suggest a differential role for the prelimbic (PL) and infralimbic (IL) subdivisions of mPFC, few have considered the relationship between neural activity in these two brain regions recorded simultaneously in behaving animals. Importantly, how concurrent PL and IL activity relate to conditioned freezing behavior is largely unknown. Here we used single-unit recordings targeting PL and IL in awake, behaving rats during the acquisition and expression of conditioned fear...
2016: PloS One
Titia F Beek, Peggy T Cohen-Kettenis, Walter P Bouman, Annelou L C de Vries, Thomas D Steensma, Gemma L Witcomb, Jon Arcelus, Christina Richards, Els Elaut, Baudewijntje P C Kreukels
The World Health Organization (WHO) is currently updating the tenth version of their diagnostic tool, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD, WHO, 1992). Changes have been proposed for the diagnosis of Transsexualism (ICD-10) with regard to terminology, placement and content. The aim of this study was to gather the opinions of transgender individuals (and their relatives/partners) and clinicians in the Netherlands, Flanders (Belgium) and the United Kingdom regarding the proposed changes and the clinical applicability and utility of the ICD-11 criteria of 'Gender Incongruence of Adolescence and Adulthood' (GIAA)...
2016: PloS One
Martina Held, Annuska Berz, Ronja Hensgen, Thomas S Muenz, Christina Scholl, Wolfgang Rössler, Uwe Homberg, Keram Pfeiffer
While the ability of honeybees to navigate relying on sky-compass information has been investigated in a large number of behavioral studies, the underlying neuronal system has so far received less attention. The sky-compass pathway has recently been described from its input region, the dorsal rim area (DRA) of the compound eye, to the anterior optic tubercle (AOTU). The aim of this study is to reveal the connection from the AOTU to the central complex (CX). For this purpose, we investigated the anatomy of large microglomerular synaptic complexes in the medial and lateral bulbs (MBUs/LBUs) of the lateral complex (LX)...
2016: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Pupalan Iyngkaran, Samia R Toukhsati, Merlin C Thomas, Michael V Jelinek, David L Hare, John D Horowitz
BACKGROUND: Beta-blockers (BBs) are the mainstay prognostic medication for all stages of chronic heart failure (CHF). There are many classes of BBs, each of which has varying levels of evidence to support its efficacy in CHF. However, most CHF patients have one or more comorbid conditions such as diabetes, renal impairment, and/or atrial fibrillation. Patient enrollment to randomized controlled trials (RCTs) often excludes those with certain comorbidities, particularly if the symptoms are severe...
2016: Clinical Medicine Insights. Cardiology
Travis E Wright, K Keely Boyle, Thomas R Duquin, John K Crane
BACKGROUND: Many studies have noted an increase in the number of recognized cases of invasive infections due to Propionibacterium acnes, especially after shoulder replacement surgery. The increase in the number of recognized cases of P. acnes, a nonspore-forming, anaerobic, Gram-positive organism, appears due to both an increase in the number of shoulder operations being performed and more specimens being sent for anaerobic cultures. Nevertheless, the optimal surgical and antibiotic management of P...
2016: Infectious Diseases
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