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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632278/paper-microfluidics-for-nucleic-acid-amplification-testing-naat-of-infectious-diseases
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Laura Magro, Camille Escadafal, Pierre Garneret, Béatrice Jacquelin, Aurélia Kwasiborski, Jean-Claude Manuguerra, Fabrice Monti, Anavaj Sakuntabhai, Jessica Vanhomwegen, Pierre Lafaye, Patrick Tabeling
The diagnosis of infectious diseases is entering a new and interesting phase. Technologies based on paper microfluidics, coupled to developments in isothermal amplification of Nucleic Acids (NAs) raise opportunities for bringing the methods of molecular biology in the field, in a low setting environment. A lot of work has been performed in the domain over the last few years and the landscape of contributions is rich and diverse. Most often, the level of sample preparation differs, along with the sample nature, the amplification and detection methods, and the design of the device, among other features...
June 20, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619182/evolution-of-circadian-rhythms-from-bacteria-to-human
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REVIEW
Utpal Bhadra, Nirav Thakkar, Paromita Das, Manika Pal Bhadra
The human body persists in its rhythm as per its initial time zone, and transition always occur according to solar movements around the earth over 24 h. While traveling across different latitudes and longitudes, at the pace exceeding the earth's movement, the changes in the external cues exceed the level of toleration of the body's biological clock. This poses an alteration in our physiological activities of sleep-wake pattern, mental alertness, organ movement, and eating habits, causing them to temporarily lose the track of time...
July 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618197/analysis-of-mutant-allele-fractions-in-driver-genes-in-colorectal-cancer-biological-and-clinical-insights
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Rodrigo Dienstmann, Elena Elez, Guillem Argiles, Ignacio Matos, Enrique Sanz-Garcia, Carolina Ortiz, Teresa Macarulla, Jaume Capdevila, Maria Alsina, Tamara Sauri, Helena Verdaguer, Marta Vilaro, Fiorella Ruiz-Pace, Cristina Viaplana, Ariadna Garcia, Stefania Landolfi, Hector G Palmer, Paolo Nuciforo, Jordi Rodon, Ana Vivancos, Josep Tabernero
Sequencing of tumors is now routine and guides personalized cancer therapy. Mutant allele fractions (MAFs, or the 'mutation dose') of a driver gene may reveal the genomic structure of tumors and influence response to targeted therapies. We performed a comprehensive analysis of MAFs of driver alterations in unpaired primary and metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) at our institution from 2010 to 2015 and studied their potential clinical relevance. Out of 763 CRC samples, 622 had detailed annotation on overall survival in the metastatic setting (OSmet) and 89 received targeted agents matched to KRAS (MEK inhibitors), BRAF (BRAF inhibitors) or PIK3CA mutations (PI3K pathway inhibitors)...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591070/emerging-gastrointestinal-and-liver-diseases-in-asia-pacific-implications-to-health-care-in-the-region-world-gastroenterology-organization-asian-pacific-association-of-gastroenterology-distinguished-global-lecture-2015
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Khean-Lee Goh
Colorectal cancer (CRC), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease are considered important emerging diseases in the Asia Pacific (AP) region. The incidence rate of CRC is the highest among gastrointestinal cancers in the region surpassing that of gastric cancer. However, population CRC screening is limited by availability of adequate health resources and financing. GERD is a highly prevalent disease in AP with the prevalence of GERD symptoms and reflux esophagitis reported to be increasing...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569163/validity-of-the-nurses-health-study-physical-activity-questionnaire-in-estimating-physical-activity-in-adults-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Thomas Quinn, Michelle Frits Bs, Johan von Heideken, Christine Iannaccone, Nancy A Shadick, Michael Weinblatt, Maura D Iversen
BACKGROUND: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) demonstrate reduced aerobic capacity, excess cardiovascular risk, mobility limitations and are less physically active than their healthy peers. Physical activity may decrease RA disease activity through its anti-inflammatory effects and psychological and health benefits. To successfully manage RA symptoms and reduce cardiovascular risks associated with RA through increased physical activity (PA), accurate physical activity assessments are critical...
May 31, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560344/the-timetable-of-evolution
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REVIEW
Andrew H Knoll, Martin A Nowak
The integration of fossils, phylogeny, and geochronology has resulted in an increasingly well-resolved timetable of evolution. Life appears to have taken root before the earliest known minimally metamorphosed sedimentary rocks were deposited, but for a billion years or more, evolution played out beneath an essentially anoxic atmosphere. Oxygen concentrations in the atmosphere and surface oceans first rose in the Great Oxygenation Event (GOE) 2.4 billion years ago, and a second increase beginning in the later Neoproterozoic Era [Neoproterozoic Oxygenation Event (NOE)] established the redox profile of modern oceans...
May 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553942/digital-to-biological-converter-for-on-demand-production-of-biologics
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Kent S Boles, Krishna Kannan, John Gill, Martina Felderman, Heather Gouvis, Bolyn Hubby, Kurt I Kamrud, J Craig Venter, Daniel G Gibson
Manufacturing processes for biological molecules in the research laboratory have failed to keep pace with the rapid advances in automization and parellelization. We report the development of a digital-to-biological converter for fully automated, versatile and demand-based production of functional biologics starting from DNA sequence information. Specifically, DNA templates, RNA molecules, proteins and viral particles were produced in an automated fashion from digitally transmitted DNA sequences without human intervention...
May 29, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544158/molecular-and-physiological-manifestations-and-measurement-of-aging-in-humans
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REVIEW
Sadiya S Khan, Benjamin D Singer, Douglas E Vaughan
Biological aging is associated with a reduction in the reparative and regenerative potential in tissues and organs. This reduction manifests as a decreased physiological reserve in response to stress (termed homeostenosis) and a time-dependent failure of complex molecular mechanisms that cumulatively create disorder. Aging inevitably occurs with time in all organisms and emerges on a molecular, cellular, organ, and organismal level with genetic, epigenetic, and environmental modulators. Individuals with the same chronological age exhibit differential trajectories of age-related decline, and it follows that we should assess biological age distinctly from chronological age...
May 23, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542264/child-mortality-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis-activity-and-cellular-aging-in-mothers
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Cindy K Barha, Katrina G Salvante, Courtney W Hanna, Samantha L Wilson, Wendy P Robinson, Rachel M Altman, Pablo A Nepomnaschy
Psychological challenges, including traumatic events, have been hypothesized to increase the age-related pace of biological aging. Here we test the hypothesis that psychological challenges can affect the pace of telomere attrition, a marker of cellular aging, using data from an ongoing longitudinal-cohort study of Kaqchikel Mayan women living in a population with a high frequency of child mortality, a traumatic life event. Specifically, we evaluate the associations between child mortality, maternal telomere length and the mothers' hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPAA), or stress axis, activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522612/genomevip-a-cloud-platform-for-genomic-variant-discovery-and-interpretation
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Robert J Mashl, Adam D Scott, Kuan-Lin Huang, Matthew A Wyczalkowski, Christopher J Yoon, Beifang Niu, Erin DeNardo, Venkata D Yellapantula, Robert E Handsaker, Ken Chen, Daniel C Koboldt, Kai Ye, David Fenyö, Benjamin Raphael, Michael C Wendl, Li Ding
Identifying genomic variants is a fundamental first step towards the understanding of the role of inherited and acquired variations in disease. The accelerating growth in the corpus of sequencing data that underpins such analysis is making the data-download bottleneck more evident, placing substantial burdens on the research community to keep pace. As a result, the search for alternative approaches to the traditional 'download and analyze' paradigm on local computing resources has led to a rapidly growing demand for cloud-computing solutions for genomics analysis...
May 18, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500172/induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-provide-in-vivo-biological-pacemaker-function
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Samuel Chauveau, Evgeny P Anyukhovsky, Meital Ben-Ari, Shulamit Naor, Ya-Ping Jiang, Peter Danilo, Tania Rahim, Stephanie Burke, Xiaoliang Qiu, Irina A Potapova, Sergey V Doronin, Peter R Brink, Ofer Binah, Ira S Cohen, Michael R Rosen
BACKGROUND: Although multiple approaches have been used to create biological pacemakers in animal models, induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (iPSC-CMs) have not been investigated for this purpose. We now report pacemaker function of iPSC-CMs in a canine model. METHODS AND RESULTS: Embryoid bodies were derived from human keratinocytes, their action potential characteristics determined, and their gene expression profiles and markers of differentiation identified...
May 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499243/diospyros-an-under-utilized-multi-purpose-plant-genus-a-review
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REVIEW
Abdur Rauf, Ghias Uddin, Seema Patel, Ajmal Khan, Sobia Ahsan Halim, Saud Bawazeer, Khalid Ahmad, Naveed Muhammad, Mohammad S Mubarak
The genus Diospyros from family Ebenaceae has versatile uses including edible fruits, valuable timber, and ornamental uses. The plant parts of numerous species have been in use as remedies in various folk healing practices, which include therapy for hemorrhage, incontinence, insomnia, hiccough, diarrhea etc. Phytochemical constituents such as terpenoids, ursanes, lupanes, polyphenols, tannins, hydrocarbons, and lipids, benzopyrones, naphthoquinones, oleananes, and taraxeranes have been isolated from different species of this genus...
July 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487181/environmental-conditions-can-modulate-the-links-among-oxidative-stress-age-and-longevity
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Valeria Marasco, Antoine Stier, Winnie Boner, Kate Griffiths, Britt Heidinger, Pat Monaghan
Understanding the links between environmental conditions and longevity remains a major focus in biological research. We examined within-individual changes between early- and mid-adulthood in the circulating levels of four oxidative stress markers linked to ageing, using zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata): a DNA damage product (8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine; 8-OHdG), protein carbonyls (PC), non-enzymatic antioxidant capacity (OXY), and superoxide dismutase activity (SOD). We further examined whether such within-individual changes differed among birds living under control (ad lib food) or more challenging environmental conditions (unpredictable food availability), having previously found that the latter increased corticosterone levels when food was absent but improved survival over a three year period...
May 6, 2017: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484263/biological-early-diagenesis-and-insolation-paced-paleoproductivity-signified-in-deep-core-sediment-organic-matter
#14
Meilian Chen, Ji-Hoon Kim, Jiyoung Choi, Yun Kyung Lee, Jin Hur
The dynamics of a large stock of organic matter contained in deep sediments of marginal seas plays pivotal role in global carbon cycle, yet it is poorly constrained. Here, dissolved organic matter (DOM) in sediments was investigated for core sediment up to ~240 meters deep in the East/Japan Sea. The upper downcore profile (≤118 mbsf, or meters below seafloor) at a non-chimney site (U1) featured the exponential production of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and optically active DOM with time in the pore water above sulfate-methane-transition-zone (SMTZ), concurrent with the increases of nutrients and alkalinity, and the reduction of sulfate...
May 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462547/changing-adolescent-sleep-patterns-factors-affecting-them-and-the-related-problems
#15
Harpreet Kaur, Harpreet Singh Bhoday
Sleep affects physical growth, behavior and emotional development besides determining cognitive functioning, learning and attention especially of a growing child. Adolescence represents one of the critical transitions in the life span and is characterized by a tremendous pace in growth and change that is second only to that of infancy. Adolescent sleep patterns deserve particular attention because of the potential impact on school performance. Average sleep period in adolescents is reduced during school days to around seven hours...
March 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458333/emphasizing-humanities-in-medical-education-promoting-the-integration-of-medical-scientific-spirit-and-medical-humanistic-spirit
#16
Peipei Song, Wei Tang
In the era of the biological-psychological-social medicine model, an ideal of modern medicine is to enhance the humanities in medical education, to foster medical talents with humanistic spirit, and to promote the integration of scientific spirit and humanistic spirit in medicine. Throughout the United States (US), United Kingdom (UK), other Western countries, and some Asian countries like Japan, many medical universities have already integrated the learning of medical humanities in their curricula and recognized their value...
April 29, 2017: Bioscience Trends
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435300/the-identification-of-protein-domains-that-mediate-functional-interactions-between-rab-gtpases-and-rabgaps-using-3d-protein-modeling
#17
Jeremiah J Davie, Silviu L Faitar
Currently, time-consuming serial in vitro experimentation involving immunocytochemistry or radiolabeled materials is required to identify which of the numerous Rab-GTPases (Rab) and Rab-GTPase activating proteins (RabGAP) are capable of functional interactions. These interactions are essential for numerous cellular functions, and in silico methods of reducing in vitro trial and error would accelerate the pace of research in cell biology. We have utilized a combination of three-dimensional protein modeling and protein bioinformatics to identify domains present in Rab proteins that are predictive of their functional interaction with a specific RabGAP...
2017: Advances and Applications in Bioinformatics and Chemistry: AABC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435092/-terpinen-4-ol-changes-intracellular-ca-2-handling-and-induces-pacing-disturbance-in-rat-hearts
#18
Antonio Nei Santana Gondim, Aline Lara, Artur Santos-Miranda, Danilo Roman-Campos, Sandra Lauton-Santos, José Evaldo Rodrigues Menezes-Filho, Carla Maria Lins de Vasconcelos, Eduardo Antonio Conde-Garcia, Silvia Guatimosim, Jader S Cruz
(-)-Terpinen-4-ol is a naturally occurring plant monoterpene and has been shown to have a plethora of biological activities. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of (-)-terpinen-4-ol on the rat heart, a key player in the control and maintenance of arterial blood pressure. The effects of (-)-terpinen-4-ol on the rat heart were investigated using isolated left atrium isometric force measurements, in vivo electrocardiogram (ECG) recordings, patch clamp technique, and confocal microscopy. It was observed that (-)-terpinen-4-ol reduced contraction force in an isolated left atrium at millimolar concentrations...
July 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434256/a-bioinformatics-roadmap-for-the-human-vaccines-project
#19
Richard H Scheuermann, Robert S Sinkovits, Theodore Schenkelberg, Wayne C Koff
Biomedical research has become a data intensive science in which high throughput experimentation is producing comprehensive data about biological systems at an ever-increasing pace. The Human Vaccines Project is a new public-private partnership, with the goal of accelerating development of improved vaccines and immunotherapies for global infectious diseases and cancers by decoding the human immune system. To achieve its mission, the Project is developing a Bioinformatics Hub as an open-source, multidisciplinary effort with the overarching goal of providing an enabling infrastructure to support the data processing, analysis and knowledge extraction procedures required to translate high throughput, high complexity human immunology research data into biomedical knowledge, to determine the core principles driving specific and durable protective immune responses...
May 9, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428391/the-interaction-of-human-population-food-production-and-biodiversity-protection
#20
REVIEW
Eileen Crist, Camilo Mora, Robert Engelman
Research suggests that the scale of human population and the current pace of its growth contribute substantially to the loss of biological diversity. Although technological change and unequal consumption inextricably mingle with demographic impacts on the environment, the needs of all human beings-especially for food-imply that projected population growth will undermine protection of the natural world. Numerous solutions have been proposed to boost food production while protecting biodiversity, but alone these proposals are unlikely to staunch biodiversity loss...
April 21, 2017: Science
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