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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352088/an-archaeal-fluoride-responsive-riboswitch-provides-an-inducible-expression-system-for-hyperthermophiles
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Michael Clayton Speed, Brett W Burkhart, Jonathan W Picking, Thomas J Santangelo
Robust genetic systems for the hyperthermophilic Thermococcales have facilitated overexpression of native genes, allowed for the addition of sequences encoding secretion signals, epitope, and affinity tags to coding regions, and permitted the introduction of sequences encoding new proteins in these fast growing fermentative heterotrophs. Tightly controlled and easily manipulated systems permitting regulated gene expression are however limited for these hosts. Here we describe an alternative method for regulatory control reliant on a cis-encoded functional riboswitch in the model archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis Despite the hyperthermophilic growth temperatures, the proposed structure of the riboswitch conforms to a fluoride-responsive riboswitch encoded in many bacteria, and similarly functions to regulate a component conserved fluoride export pathway...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350695/prechemotherapy-education-reducing-patient-anxiety-through-nurse-led-teaching-sessions%C3%A2
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Emmanuel Apor, Nathan T Connell, Katherine Faricy-Anderson, Peter Barth, Rouba Youssef, Mary Fenton, William M Sikov, Anthony Thomas, Kayla Rosati, Andrew Schumacher, Alise Lombardo, Susan Korber, Humera Khurshid, Howard Safran, Anthony Mega
BACKGROUND: Patients with cancer experience stress surrounding diagnosis and treatment. Many cancer centers employ a nurse-led education session to alleviate patient anxiety and confusion.
. OBJECTIVES: The goal was to evaluate the effect of a nurse-led chemotherapy teaching session on patients' knowledge, anxiety, and preparedness for 
cancer-directed therapy.
. METHODS: After discussing treatment with their oncologist, participants completed a survey assessing their perceived understanding of various treatment topics...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350509/measuring-overuse-with-electronic-health-records-data
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Thomas Isaac, Meredith B Rosenthal, Carrie H Colla, Nancy E Morden, Alexander J Mainor, Zhonghe Li, Kevin H Nguyen, Elizabeth A Kinsella, Thomas D Sequist
OBJECTIVES: To measure overuse of low-value care using electronic health record (EHR) data and manual chart review and to evaluate whether certain low-value services are better captured using EHR data. STUDY DESIGN: We implemented algorithms to extract performance on 13 Choosing Wisely-identified healthcare services using EHR data at a large physician practice group between 2011 and 2013. METHODS: We calculated rates of overuse using automated EHR extracts...
January 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349909/a-literature-review-and-hypothesis-for-the-etiologies-of-cervical-and-root-caries
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John O Grippo, Thomas A Coleman, Antonello Maria Messina, Daniel S Oh
The presence of endogenous acids from bacteria acting on a suitable substrate combined with sources of exogenous biocorrosives such as exogenous acids and proteolytic enzymes in areas of stress concentration are hypothesized to lead to the development and progression of cervical and root caries (RC). Quantifying the effects of each of the mechanisms (stress and biocorrosion) is a daunting task to investigate since so many factors are involved at various times in the etiology of noncarious cervical lesions (NCCLs), cervical caries (CC), and RC...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348452/combination-therapy-strategy-of-quorum-quenching-enzyme-and-quorum-sensing-inhibitor-in-suppressing-multiple-quorum-sensing-pathways-of-p-aeruginosa
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July Fong, Chaodong Zhang, Renliang Yang, Zhao Zhi Boo, Soon Keat Tan, Thomas E Nielsen, Michael Givskov, Xue-Wei Liu, Wu Bin, Haibin Su, Liang Yang
The threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria has called for alternative antimicrobial strategies that would mitigate the increase of classical resistance mechanism. Many bacteria employ quorum sensing (QS) to govern the production of virulence factors and formation of drug-resistant biofilms. Targeting the mechanism of QS has proven to be a functional alternative to conventional antibiotic control of infections. However, the presence of multiple QS systems in individual bacterial species poses a challenge to this approach...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348140/interactions-localization-and-phosphorylation-of-the-m6a-generating-mettl3-mettl14-wtap-complex
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Eva Schöller, Franziska Weichmann, Thomas Treiber, Sam Ringle, Nora Treiber, Andrew Flatley, Regina Feederle, Astrid Bruckmann, Gunter Meister
N6-methyladenine (m6A) is found on many eukaryotic RNAs including mRNAs. M6A modification has been implicated in mRNA stability and turn over, localization or translation efficiency. A heterodimeric enzyme complex composed of METTL3 and METTL14 generates m6A on mRNAs. METTL3/14 is found in the nucleus where it is localized to nuclear speckles and the splicing regulator WTAP is required for this distinct nuclear localization pattern. Although recent crystal structures revealed how the catalytic MT-A70 domains of METTL3 and METTL14 interact with each other, a more global architecture including WTAP and RNA interactions has not been reported so far...
January 18, 2018: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347942/infant-and-child-mortality-in-relation-to-malaria-transmission-in-kemri-cdc-hdss-western-kenya-validation-of-verbal-autopsy
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Nyaguara O Amek, Annemieke Van Eijk, Kim A Lindblade, Mary Hamel, Nabie Bayoh, John Gimnig, Kayla F Laserson, Laurence Slutsker, Thomas Smith, Penelope Vounatsou
BACKGROUND: Malaria transmission reduction is a goal of many malaria control programmes. Little is known of how much mortality can be reduced by specific reductions in transmission. Verbal autopsy (VA) is widely used for estimating malaria specific mortality rates, but does not reliably distinguish malaria from other febrile illnesses. Overall malaria attributable mortality includes both direct and indirect deaths. It is unclear what proportion of the deaths averted by reducing malaria transmission are classified as malaria in VA...
January 18, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347603/asymmetric-noise-induced-large-fluctuations-in-coupled-systems
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Ira B Schwartz, Klimka Szwaykowska, Thomas W Carr
Networks of interacting, communicating subsystems are common in many fields, from ecology, biology, and epidemiology to engineering and robotics. In the presence of noise and uncertainty, interactions between the individual components can lead to unexpected complex system-wide behaviors. In this paper, we consider a generic model of two weakly coupled dynamical systems, and we show how noise in one part of the system is transmitted through the coupling interface. Working synergistically with the coupling, the noise on one system drives a large fluctuation in the other, even when there is no noise in the second system...
October 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346749/statistical-challenges-in-big-data-human-neuroimaging
#9
Stephen M Smith, Thomas E Nichols
Smith and Nichols discuss "big data" human neuroimaging studies, with very large subject numbers and amounts of data. These studies provide great opportunities for making new discoveries about the brain but raise many new analytical challenges and interpretational risks.
January 17, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346724/structural-and-biophysical-characterization-of-human-extl3-domain-organisation-glycosylation-and-solution-structure
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Wael Awad, Sven Kjellstrom, Gabriel Svensson Birkedal, Katrin Mani, Derek Thomas Logan
Heparan sulfate proteoglycans are proteins substituted with one or more heparan sulfate (HS) polysaccharides, found in abundance at cell surfaces. HS chains influence the activity of many biologically important molecules involved in cellular communication and signaling. The exostosin (EXT) proteins are glycosyltransferases in the Golgi apparatus that assemble HS chains on HSPGs. The EXTL3 enzyme mainly works as an initiator in HS biosynthesis. In this work, human lumenal N-glycosylated EXTL3 (EXTL3ΔN) was cloned, expressed in human embryonic kidney cells and purified...
January 18, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346527/progesterone-effects-on-extracellular-vesicles-in-the-sheep-uterus
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Gregory W Burns, Kelsey E Brooks, Eleanore V O'Neil, Darren E Hagen, Susanta K Behura, Thomas E Spencer
Progesterone (P4) acts via the endometrium to promote conceptus growth and implantation for pregnancy establishment. Many cells release extracellular vesicles (EVs) that are membrane-bound vesicles of endosomal and plasma membrane origin. In sheep, endometrial-derived EVs were found to traffic to the conceptus trophectoderm. Thus, EVs are hypothesized to be an important mode of intercellular communication by transferring select RNAs, proteins, and lipids between the endometrium and conceptus. Electron microscopy analysis found that the endometrial luminal and glandular epithelia were the primary source of EVs in the uterus of cyclic sheep...
January 16, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346193/perceptions-of-infection-risk-with-immunomodulatory-medications
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Rebecca Sharim, Preethi Thomas, Leny Mathew, Michael George, Misha Rosenbach
OBJECTIVES: Physicians of many specialties encounter patients treated with immunomodulatory medications and must weigh the risk of infection when making medical decisions. We explored how physician perceptions of the infection risk of immunomodulatory medications differ by specialty and level of experience. METHODS: A survey was distributed to physicians from the internal medicine, family medicine, emergency medicine, rheumatology, dermatology, and infectious disease departments at 1 tertiary care institution...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346175/long-term-impacts-faced-by-patients-and-families-after-harmful-healthcare-events
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Madelene J Ottosen, Emily W Sedlock, Aitebureme O Aigbe, Sigall K Bell, Thomas H Gallagher, Eric J Thomas
BACKGROUND: Patients and families report experiencing a multitude of harms from medical errors resulting in physical, emotional, and financial hardships. Little is known about the duration and nature of these harms and the type of support needed to promote patient and family healing after such events. We sought to describe the long-term impacts (LTIs) reported by patients and family members who experienced harmful medical events 5 or more years ago. METHODS: We performed a content analysis on 32 interviews originally conducted with 72 patients or family members about their views of the factors contributing to their self-reported harmful event...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345482/subjects-adjust-criterion-on-errors-in-perceptual-decision-tasks
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Peter R Killeen, Thomas J Taylor, Mario Treviño
The optimal strategy in detection theory is to partition the decision axis at a criterion C, labeling all events that score above C "Signal", and all those that fall below "Noise." The optimal position of C, C*, depends on signal probability and payoffs. If observers place their criterion at some place other than C*, they suffer a loss in the Expected Value (EV) of payoffs over the course of many decisions. We provide an explicit equation for the degree of loss, where it is shown that the falloff in value will be steep in contexts of good discrimination and will be a flatter gradient in contexts of poor discrimination...
January 2018: Psychological Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345312/phylogenetic-patterns-of-trait-and-trait-plasticity-evolution-insights-from-amphibian-embryos
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Rick A Relyea, Patrick R Stephens, Lisa N Barrow, Andrew R Blaustein, Paul W Bradley, Julia C Buck, Ann Chang, James P Collins, Brian Crother, Julia Earl, Stephanie S Gervasi, Jason T Hoverman, Oliver Hyman, Emily Moriarty Lemmon, Thomas M Luhring, Moses Michelson, Chris Murray, Steven Price, Raymond D Semlitsch, Andrew Sih, Aaron B Stoler, Nick VandenBroek, Alexa Warwick, Greta Wengert, John I Hammond
Environmental variation favors the evolution of phenotypic plasticity. For many species, we understand the costs and benefits of different phenotypes, but we lack a broad understanding of how plastic traits evolve across large clades. Using identical experiments conducted across North America, we examined prey responses to predator cues. We quantified five life history traits and the magnitude of their plasticity for 23 amphibian species/populations (spanning three families and five genera) when exposed to no cues, crushed-egg cues, and predatory crayfish cues...
January 18, 2018: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344964/recent-advances-and-opportunities-in-proteomic-analyses-of-tumor-heterogeneity
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Nicholas W Bateman, Thomas P Conrads
Solid tumor malignancies comprise a highly variable admixture of tumor and non-tumor cellular populations, forming a complex cellular ecosystem and tumor microenvironment. This tumor heterogeneity is not incidental and is known to correlate with poor patient prognosis for many cancer types. Indeed, non-malignant cell populations, such as vascular endothelial and immune cells, are known to play key roles supporting and, in some cases, driving aggressive tumor biology and represent targets of emerging therapeutics, such as anti-angiogenesis and immune checkpoint inhibitors...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344374/cardioprotection-by-an-anti-masp-2-antibody-in-a-murine-model-of-myocardial-infarction
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James E Clark, Thomas Dudler, Michael S Marber, Wilhelm Schwaeble
Background: Myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion injury is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in the developed world. Many approaches have been investigated to counteract the pathological consequences associated with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and cardiac remodelling. It is accepted that inflammation, and therefore activation of the complement pathway, is a crucial step in the pathogenesis of this injury, and many attempts have been made to ameliorate the infarction and consequent dysfunction using anticomplement therapy, with mixed success...
2018: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344020/a-case-of-immune-thrombocytopenia-as-a-rare-side-effect-of-an-immunotherapy-with-pd1-blocking-agents-for-metastatic-melanoma
#18
Claudia Pföhler, Hermann Eichler, Barbara Burgard, Nathalie Krecké, Cornelia S L Müller, Thomas Vogt
Background: Checkpoint blocking agents such as pembrolizumab or nivolumab may induce a diversity of mostly autoimmune-mediated side effects. These autoimmune phenomena mainly affect ductless glands such as the pituitary gland (hypophysitis), the thyroid gland (thyreoiditis), the skin (vitiligo and rash), the colon (colitis), and the lung (pneumonitis). Furthermore, many other organs or organ systems may be affected. Case Report: This work describes a case of an immune thrombocytopenia that developed or rather became clinically significant shortly after initiation of a systemic therapy with first nivolumab and later pembrolizumab given due to metastatic melanoma...
November 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342275/hot-spot-kif5a-mutations-cause-familial-als
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David Brenner, Rüstem Yilmaz, Kathrin Müller, Torsten Grehl, Susanne Petri, Thomas Meyer, Julian Grosskreutz, Patrick Weydt, Wolfgang Ruf, Christoph Neuwirth, Markus Weber, Susana Pinto, Kristl G Claeys, Berthold Schrank, Berit Jordan, Antje Knehr, Kornelia Günther, Annemarie Hübers, Daniel Zeller, Christian Kubisch, Sibylle Jablonka, Michael Sendtner, Thomas Klopstock, Mamede de Carvalho, Anne Sperfeld, Guntram Borck, Alexander E Volk, Johannes Dorst, Joachim Weis, Markus Otto, Joachim Schuster, Kelly Del Tredici, Heiko Braak, Karin M Danzer, Axel Freischmidt, Thomas Meitinger, Tim M Strom, Albert C Ludolph, Peter M Andersen, Jochen H Weishaupt
Heterozygous missense mutations in the N-terminal motor or coiled-coil domains of the kinesin family member 5A (KIF5A) gene cause monogenic spastic paraplegia (HSP10) and Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 2 (CMT2). Moreover, heterozygous de novo frame-shift mutations in the C-terminal domain of KIF5A are associated with neonatal intractable myoclonus, a neurodevelopmental syndrome. These findings, together with the observation that many of the disease genes associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis disrupt cytoskeletal function and intracellular transport, led us to hypothesize that mutations in KIF5A are also a cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
January 12, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342125/induction-of-pro-apoptotic-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-multiple-myeloma-cells-by-neo214-perillyl-alcohol-conjugated-to-rolipram
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Thomas C Chen, Nymph Chan, Shirin Labib, Jiali Yu, Hee-Yeon Cho, Florence M Hofman, Axel H Schönthal
Despite the introduction of new therapies for multiple myeloma (MM), many patients are still dying from this disease and novel treatments are urgently needed. We have designed a novel hybrid molecule, called NEO214, that was generated by covalent conjugation of the natural monoterpene perillyl alcohol (POH), an inducer of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, to rolipram (Rp), an inhibitor of phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4). Its potential anticancer effects were investigated in a panel of MM cell lines. We found that NEO214 effectively killed MM cells in vitro with a potency that was over an order of magnitude stronger than that of its individual components, either alone or in combination...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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