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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078074/fes-in-europe-and-beyond-current-translational-research
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Christine Azevedo Coste, Winfried Mayr, Manfred Bijak, Antonio Musarò, Ugo Carraro
Capacity of adult neural and muscle tissues to respond to external Electrical Stimulation (ES) is the biological basis for the development and implementation of mobility impairment physiotherapy protocols and of related assistive technologies, e.g, Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). All body tissues, however, respond to electrical stimulation and, indeed, the most successful application of FES is electrical stimulation of the heart to revert or limit effects of arrhythmias (Pace-makers and Defibrillators)...
September 15, 2016: European Journal of Translational Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076851/pse-analysis-a-python-package-for-dna-rna-and-protein-peptide-sequence-analysis-based-on-pseudo-components-and-kernel-methods
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Bin Liu, Hao Wu, Deyuan Zhang, Xiaolong Wang, Kuo-Chen Chou
To expedite the pace in conducting genome/proteome analysis, we have developed a Python package called Pse-Analysis. The powerful package can automatically complete the following five procedures: (1) sample feature extraction, (2) optimal parameter selection, (3) model training, (4) cross validation, and (5) evaluating prediction quality. All the work a user needs to do is to input a benchmark dataset along with the query biological sequences concerned. Based on the benchmark dataset, Pse-Analysis will automatically construct an ideal predictor, followed by yielding the predicted results for the submitted query samples...
January 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045901/zika-virus-infection-as-a-cause-of-congenital-brain-abnormalities-and-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-systematic-review
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Fabienne Krauer, Maurane Riesen, Ludovic Reveiz, Olufemi T Oladapo, Ruth Martínez-Vega, Teegwendé V Porgo, Anina Haefliger, Nathalie J Broutet, Nicola Low
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization (WHO) stated in March 2016 that there was scientific consensus that the mosquito-borne Zika virus was a cause of the neurological disorder Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and of microcephaly and other congenital brain abnormalities based on rapid evidence assessments. Decisions about causality require systematic assessment to guide public health actions. The objectives of this study were to update and reassess the evidence for causality through a rapid and systematic review about links between Zika virus infection and (a) congenital brain abnormalities, including microcephaly, in the foetuses and offspring of pregnant women and (b) GBS in any population, and to describe the process and outcomes of an expert assessment of the evidence about causality...
January 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011703/optogenetic-termination-of-ventricular-arrhythmias-in-the-whole-heart-towards-biological-cardiac-rhythm-management
#4
Emile C A Nyns, Annemarie Kip, Cindy I Bart, Jaap J Plomp, Katja Zeppenfeld, Martin J Schalij, Antoine A F de Vries, Daniël A Pijnappels
AIMS: Current treatments of ventricular arrhythmias rely on modulation of cardiac electrical function through drugs, ablation or electroshocks, which are all non-biological and rather unspecific, irreversible or traumatizing interventions. Optogenetics, however, is a novel, biological technique allowing electrical modulation in a specific, reversible and trauma-free manner using light-gated ion channels. The aim of our study was to investigate optogenetic termination of ventricular arrhythmias in the whole heart...
December 23, 2016: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987273/implant-maintenance-for-the-prevention-of-biological-complications-are-you-ready-for-the-next-challenge
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REVIEW
Edwin X J Goh, Lum Peng Lim
With increasing knowledge of wound biology and material sciences, the provision of dental implants as a treatment modality has become increasingly predictable and more commonly used to replace missing teeth. However, without appropriate follow up, peri-implant diseases could develop and affect the long-term success of implants. Currently, there is not enough focus on the prevention of peri-implant diseases, as compared to the definition of the disease, its prevalence, and treatment. In the present study, we aim to summarize various factors influencing the successful maintenance of dental implants and highlight current gaps in knowledge...
December 16, 2016: Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941801/sinoatrial-node-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-human-pluripotent-cells-function-as-a-biological-pacemaker
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Stephanie I Protze, Jie Liu, Udi Nussinovitch, Lily Ohana, Peter H Backx, Lior Gepstein, Gordon M Keller
The sinoatrial node (SAN) is the primary pacemaker of the heart and controls heart rate throughout life. Failure of SAN function due to congenital disease or aging results in slowing of the heart rate and inefficient blood circulation, a condition treated by implantation of an electronic pacemaker. The ability to produce pacemaker cells in vitro could lead to an alternative, biological pacemaker therapy in which the failing SAN is replaced through cell transplantation. Here we describe a transgene-independent method for the generation of SAN-like pacemaker cells (SANLPCs) from human pluripotent stem cells by stage-specific manipulation of developmental signaling pathways...
January 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936734/charmm-gui-mdff-xmdff-utilizer-for-molecular-dynamics-flexible-fitting-simulations-in-various-environments
#7
Yifei Qi, Jumin Lee, Abhishek Singharoy, Ryan McGreevy, Klaus Schulten, Wonpil Im
X-ray crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy are two popular methods for the structure determination of biological molecules. Atomic structures are derived through the fitting and refinement of an initial model into electron density maps constructed by both experiments. Two computational approaches, MDFF and xMDFF, have been developed to facilitate this process by integrating the experimental data with molecular dynamics simulation. However, the setup of an MDFF/xMDFF simulation requires knowledge of both experimental and computational methods, which is not straightforward for nonexpert users...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933305/robust-generation-of-transgenic-mice-by-simple-hypotonic-solution-mediated-delivery-of-transgene-in-testicular-germ-cells
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Abul Usmani, Nirmalya Ganguli, Subodh K Jain, Nilanjana Ganguli, Rajesh Kumar Sarkar, Mayank Choubey, Mansi Shukla, Hironmoy Sarkar, Subeer S Majumdar
Our ability to decipher gene sequences has increased enormously with the advent of modern sequencing tools, but the ability to divulge functions of new genes have not increased correspondingly. This has caused a remarkable delay in functional interpretation of several newly found genes in tissue and age specific manner, limiting the pace of biological research. This is mainly due to lack of advancements in methodological tools for transgenesis. Predominantly practiced method of transgenesis by pronuclear DNA-microinjection is time consuming, tedious, and requires highly skilled persons for embryo-manipulation...
2016: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913843/molecular-evolution-in-historical-perspective
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Edna Suárez-Díaz
In the 1960s, advances in protein chemistry and molecular genetics provided new means for the study of biological evolution. Amino acid sequencing, nucleic acid hybridization, zone gel electrophoresis, and immunochemistry were some of the experimental techniques that brought about new perspectives to the study of the patterns and mechanisms of evolution. New concepts, such as the molecular evolutionary clock, and the discovery of unexpected molecular phenomena, like the presence of repetitive sequences in eukaryotic genomes, eventually led to the realization that evolution might occur at a different pace at the organismic and the molecular levels, and according to different mechanisms...
December 2016: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908674/renaissance-of-protein-crystallization-and-precipitation-in-biopharmaceuticals-purification
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Raquel Dos Santos, Ana Luísa Carvalho, A Cecília A Roque
The current chromatographic approaches used in protein purification are not keeping pace with the increasing biopharmaceutical market demand. With the upstream improvements, the bottleneck shifted towards the downstream process. New approaches rely in Anything But Chromatography methodologies and revisiting former techniques with a bioprocess perspective. Protein crystallization and precipitation methods are already implemented in the downstream process of diverse therapeutic biological macromolecules, overcoming the current chromatographic bottlenecks...
November 28, 2016: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900742/-precision-nursing-individual-based-knowledge-translation
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Li-Chi Chiang, Mei-Ling Yeh, Sui-Lung Su
U.S. President Obama announced a new era of precision medicine in the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). This initiative aims to accelerate the progress of personalized medicine in light of individual requirements for prevention and treatment in order to improve the state of individual and public health. The recent and dramatic development of large-scale biologic databases (such as the human genome sequence), powerful methods for characterizing patients (such as genomics, microbiome, diverse biomarkers, and even pharmacogenomics), and computational tools for analyzing big data are maximizing the potential benefits of precision medicine...
December 2016: Hu Li za Zhi the Journal of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898247/challenges-for-the-maintenance-and-cryopreservation-of-multiple-isolates-of-model-microorganisms-an-example-using-the-marine-diatom-skeletonema-marinoi
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John G Day, Simon Tytor, Jenny Egardt, Monica Applegren, Cecilia Rad-Menéndez, Olga Chepurnova, Wim Vyverman, Anna Godhe
Modern genomic and metabolomic tools have provided the possibility of generating and interrogating large datasets that can provide answers to previously imponderable taxonomic, evolutionary, ecological, and physiological questions. However, the curatorial tools needed to provide and maintain the relevant biological resources on which new knowledge can be built have not kept pace with this meteoric rise in scientific capacity, its associated activity, or the huge increase in published science. The availability of biological material of guaranteed identity and quality in Biological Resource Centers is fundamental for scientific research, but it crucially depends on there being adequate preservation/maintenance methods that are capable of ensuring phenotypic, genotypic, and functional security of the biological material(s)...
November 29, 2016: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897454/considerations-for-standardizing-predictive-molecular-pathology-for-cancer-prognosis
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Michelangelo Fiorentino, Marina Scarpelli, Antonio Lopez-Beltran, Liang Cheng, Rodolfo Montironi
Molecular tests that were once ancillary to the core business of cyto-histopathology are becoming the most relevant workload in pathology departments after histopathology/cytopathology and before autopsies. This has resulted from innovations in molecular biology techniques, which have developed at an incredibly fast pace. Areas covered: Most of the current widely used techniques in molecular pathology such as FISH, direct sequencing, pyrosequencing, and allele-specific PCR will be replaced by massive parallel sequencing that will not be considered next generation, but rather, will be considered to be current generation sequencing...
January 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896036/detecting-sedimentation-impacts-to-coral-reefs-resulting-from-dredging-the-port-of-miami-florida-usa
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Margaret W Miller, Jocelyn Karazsia, Carolyn E Groves, Sean Griffin, Tom Moore, Pace Wilber, Kurtis Gregg
The federal channel at Port of Miami, Florida, USA, was dredged between late 2013 and early 2015 to widen and deepen the channel. Due to the limited spatial extent of impact-assessment monitoring associated with the project, the extent of the dredging impacts on surrounding coral reefs has not been well quantified. Previously published remote sensing analyses, as well as agency and anecdotal reports suggest the most severe and largest area of sedimentation occurred on a coral reef feature referred to as the Inner Reef, particularly in the sector north of the channel...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876391/critical-evaluation-of-monitoring-strategy-for-the-multi-residue-determination-of-90-chiral-and-achiral-micropollutants-in-effluent-wastewater
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Bruce Petrie, Kathryn Proctor, Jane Youdan, Ruth Barden, Barbara Kasprzyk-Hordern
It is essential to monitor the release of organic micropollutants from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) for developing environmental risk assessment and assessing compliance with legislative regulation. In this study the impact of sampling strategy on the quantitative determination of micropollutants in effluent wastewater was investigated. An extended list of 90 chiral and achiral micropollutants representing a broad range of biological and physico-chemical properties were studied simultaneously for the first time...
February 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875023/myxochelin-inspired-5-lipoxygenase-inhibitors-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation
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Sebastian Schieferdecker, Stefanie König, Simona Pace, Oliver Werz, Markus Nett
A total of 48 analogues of the natural product myxochelin A were prepared and evaluated for their inhibitory effects on human 5-lipoxygenase in both cell-free and cell-based assays. Structure-activity relationship analysis revealed that the secondary alcohol function and only chiral center of myxochelin A is not required for biological activity. By expanding the diaminoalkane linker of the two aromatic residues it was possible to generate a myxochelin derivative with superior activity against 5-lipoxygenase in intact cells...
November 22, 2016: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871856/will-cardiac-optogenetics-find-the-way-through-the-obscure-angles-of-heart-physiology
#17
Nicola Pianca, Tania Zaglia, Marco Mongillo
Optogenetics is a technique exploded in the last 10 years, which revolutionized several areas of biological research. The brightest side of this technology is the use of light to modulate non-invasively, with high spatial resolution and millisecond time scale, excitable cells genetically modified to express light-sensitive microbial ion channels (opsins). Neuroscience has first benefited from such fascinating strategy, in intact organisms. By shining light to specific neuronal subpopulations, optogenetics allowed unearth the mechanisms involved in cell-to-cell communication within the context of intact organs, such as the brain, formed by complex neuronal circuits...
January 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870114/the-molecular-genetics-of-autosomal-recessive-nonsyndromic-intellectual-disability-a-mutational-continuum-and-future-recommendations
#18
REVIEW
Muzammil Ahmad Khan, Saadullah Khan, Christian Windpassinger, Muhammad Badar, Zafar Nawaz, Ramzi M Mohammad
Intellectual disability (ID) is a clinical manifestation of the central nervous system without any major dysmorphologies of the brain. Biologically it affects learning capabilities, memory, and cognitive functioning. The basic defining features of ID are characterized by IQ<70, age of onset before 18 years, and impairment of at least two of the adaptive skills. Clinically it is classified in a syndromic (with additional abnormalities) and a nonsyndromic form (with only cognitive impairment). The study of nonsyndromic intellectual disability (NSID) can best explain the pathophysiology of cognition, intelligence and memory...
November 2016: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846849/untargeted-metabolomics-unravels-functionalities-of-phosphorylation-sites-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#19
Zrinka Raguz Nakic, Gerhard Seisenbacher, Francesc Posas, Uwe Sauer
BACKGROUND: Coordinated through a complex network of kinases and phosphatases, protein phosphorylation regulates essentially all cellular processes in eukaryotes. Recent advances in proteomics enable detection of thousands of phosphorylation sites (phosphosites) in single experiments. However, functionality of the vast majority of these sites remains unclear and we lack suitable approaches to evaluate functional relevance at a pace that matches their detection. RESULTS: Here, we assess functionality of 26 phosphosites by introducing phosphodeletion and phosphomimic mutations in 25 metabolic enzymes and regulators from the TOR and HOG signaling pathway in Saccharomyces cerevisiae by phenotypic analysis and untargeted metabolomics...
November 15, 2016: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836594/photoelectrochemical-enzymatic-biosensors
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REVIEW
Wei-Wei Zhao, Jing-Juan Xu, Hong-Yuan Chen
Enzymatic biosensors have been valuable bioanalytical devices for analysis of diverse targets in disease diagnosis, biological and biomedical research, etc. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) bioanalysis is a recently emerged method that promptly becoming a subject of new research interests due to its attractive potential for future bioanalysis with high sensitivity and specificity. PEC enzymatic biosensors integrate the inherent sensitivities of PEC bioanalysis and the selectivity of enzymes and thus share their both advantages...
November 7, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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