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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454215/effect-based-trigger-values-for-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-bioassays-performed-on-surface-water-extracts-supporting-the-environmental-quality-standards-eqs-of-the-european-water-framework-directive
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Beate I Escher, Selim Aїt-Aїssa, Peter A Behnisch, Werner Brack, François Brion, Abraham Brouwer, Sebastian Buchinger, Sarah E Crawford, David Du Pasquier, Timo Hamers, Karina Hettwer, Klára Hilscherová, Henner Hollert, Robert Kase, Cornelia Kienle, Andrew J Tindall, Jochen Tuerk, Ron van der Oost, Etienne Vermeirssen, Peta A Neale
Effect-based methods including cell-based bioassays, reporter gene assays and whole-organism assays have been applied for decades in water quality monitoring and testing of enriched solid-phase extracts. There is no common EU-wide agreement on what level of bioassay response in water extracts is acceptable. At present, bioassay results are only benchmarked against each other but not against a consented measure of chemical water quality. The EU environmental quality standards (EQS) differentiate between acceptable and unacceptable surface water concentrations for individual chemicals but cannot capture the thousands of chemicals in water and their biological action as mixtures...
February 14, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454101/venous-thromboembolism-after-inpatient-surgery-in-administrative-data-vs-nsqip-a-multi-institutional-study
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David A Etzioni, Cynthia Lessow, Liliana G Bordeianou, Hiroko Kunitake, Sarah E Deery, Evie Carchman, Christina M Papageorge, George Fuhrman, Rachel L Seiler, James Ogilvie, Elizabeth B Habermann, Yu-Hui H Chang, Samuel R Money
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have documented significant differences between administrative data and registry data in the determination of postoperative venous thromboembolism (VTE). The goal of this study is to characterize discordance between administrative and registry data in the determination of postoperative VTE. STUDY DESIGN: This study was performed using data from the American College of Surgeons NSQIP merged with administrative data from 8 different hospitals (5 different medical centers) between 2013 and 2015...
February 14, 2018: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454068/o-glcnacylation-of-rack1-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinogenesis
#3
Fangfang Duan, Hao Wu, Dongwei Jia, Weicheng Wu, Shifang Ren, Lan Wang, Shushu Song, Xinying Guo, Fenglin Liu, Yuanyuan Ruan, Jianxin Gu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Aberrant oncogenic mRNA translation and protein O-linked β-N-acetylglucosaminylation (O-GlcNAcylation) are general features during tumorigenesis. Nevertheless, whether and how these two pathways are interlinked remain unknown. Our previous study indicated that ribosomal RACK1 promoted the chemoresistance and growth in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study is to examine the role of RACK1 O-GlcNAcylation in oncogene translation and HCC carcinogenesis...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454063/characterization-of-nanomedicines-a-reflection-on-a-field-under-construction-needed-for-clinical-translation-success
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REVIEW
Jean-Baptiste Coty, Christine Vauthier
The nanotechnology revolution offers many expectations for the improvement of medicine treatments. At present, nanomedicine (NM) development is hampered by methodological barriers for a better characterization and a wider understanding of their in vivo behavior. While regulatory agencies setup guidelines to support NM translation from bench to bedside, the gap is still hardly overcome by main nanomedicines. One lever for filling this gap is a better characterization, thus increasing the global knowledge about the NM itself but also validate the confidence in terms of batch to batch reproducibility of such complex nano-objects...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453984/gata3-acetylation-at-k119-by-cbp-inhibits-cell-migration-and-invasion-in-lung-adenocarcinoma
#5
Xueying Li, Jiaqi Jin, Siyuan Yang, Weizhi Xu, Xianbin Meng, Haiteng Deng, Jun Zhan, Shan Gao, Hongquan Zhang
GATA3 is a transcriptional factor involved in the development of multiple organs. Post translational modifications of GATA3 are critical to its function. Here, we report that GATA3 interacts with and is acetylated by the acetyltransferase CBP. Class I deacetylases HDAC1, HDAC2 and HDAC3 deacetylate GATA3. The major acetylated site of GATA3 in lung adenocarcinoma cells was determined at lysine 119 (AcK119). Functionally, GATA3-acetylation mimics K119Q mutant was found to inhibit lung adenocarcinoma cell migration and invasion with concomitant downregulation of EMT-controlling transcriptional factors Slug, Zeb1 and Zeb2...
February 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453961/repeat-associated-non-aug-ran-translation-and-other-molecular-mechanisms-in-fragile-x-tremor-ataxia-syndrome
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M Rebecca Glineburg, Peter K Todd, Nicolas Charlet-Berguerand, Chantal Sellier
Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is a late-onset inherited neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive intention tremor, gait ataxia and dementia associated with mild brain atrophy. The cause of FXTAS is a premutation expansion, of 55 to 200 CGG repeats localized within the 5'UTR of FMR1. These repeats are transcribed in the sense and antisense directions into mutants RNAs, which have increased expression in FXTAS. Furthermore, CGG sense and CCG antisense expanded repeats are translated into novel proteins despite their localization in putatively non-coding regions of the transcript...
February 14, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453960/synaptic-dysfunction-and-altered-excitability-in-c9orf72-als-ftd
#7
Alexander Starr, Rita Sattler
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is characterized by a progressive degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons, resulting in fatal paralysis due to denervation of the muscle. Due to genetic, pathological and symptomatic overlap, ALS is now considered a spectrum disease together with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), the second most common cause of dementia in individuals under the age of 65. Interestingly, in both diseases, there is a large prevalence of RNA binding proteins (RBPs) that are mutated and considered disease-causing, or whose dysfunction contribute to disease pathogenesis...
February 14, 2018: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453938/barley-stripe-mosaic-virus-infection-requires-pka-mediated-phosphorylation-of-%C3%AE-b-for-suppression-of-both-rna-silencing-and-the-host-cell-death-response
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Xuan Zhang, Kai Dong, Kai Xu, Kun Zhang, Xuejiao Jin, Meng Yang, Yongliang Zhang, Xianbing Wang, Chenggui Han, Jialin Yu, Dawei Li
The Barley stripe mosaic virus (BSMV) γb protein is a viral suppressor of RNA silencing (VSR) and symptom determinant. However, it is unclear how post-translational modification affects the different functions of γb. Here, we demonstrate that γb is phosphorylated at Ser-96 by a PKA-like kinase in vivo and in vitro. Mutant viruses containing a nonphosphorylatable substitution (BSMV S 96A or BSMV S 96R ) exhibited reduced viral accumulation in Nicotiana benthamiana due to transient induction of the cell death response that constrained the virus to necrotic areas...
February 17, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453902/perioperative-outcome-and-complications-following-laparoscopic-versus-robotic-assisted-dismembered-pyeloplasty-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Alexander Light, Sandeep Karthikeyan, Sachan Maruthan, Oussama ElHage, Hansjörg Danuser, Prokar Dasgupta
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the current difference between dismembered robotic-assisted pyeloplasty (RP) and laparoscopic pyeloplasty (LP) in the treatment of pelvi-ureteric junction obstruction (PUJO) patients as of June 26 2017, focusing on operative time, length of hospital stay, complication rate, and success rate. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We searched PubMed, Medline, and Embase databases, consulted experts, reviewed reference lists, used the related articles PubMed feature, and reviewed scientific meeting abstracts for eligible articles from 1993 to June 26 2017...
February 17, 2018: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453741/fuel-for-the-work-required-a-theoretical-framework-for-carbohydrate-periodization-and-the-glycogen-threshold-hypothesis
#10
Samuel G Impey, Mark A Hearris, Kelly M Hammond, Jonathan D Bartlett, Julien Louis, Graeme L Close, James P Morton
Deliberately training with reduced carbohydrate (CHO) availability to enhance endurance-training-induced metabolic adaptations of skeletal muscle (i.e. the 'train low, compete high' paradigm) is a hot topic within sport nutrition. Train-low studies involve periodically training (e.g., 30-50% of training sessions) with reduced CHO availability, where train-low models include twice per day training, fasted training, post-exercise CHO restriction and 'sleep low, train low'. When compared with high CHO availability, data suggest that augmented cell signalling (73% of 11 studies), gene expression (75% of 12 studies) and training-induced increases in oxidative enzyme activity/protein content (78% of 9 studies) associated with 'train low' are especially apparent when training sessions are commenced within a specific range of muscle glycogen concentrations...
February 16, 2018: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453654/uterine-electrical-activity-oxytocin-and-labor-translating-electrical-into-mechanical
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Anat Lavie, S Shinar, L Hiersch, E Ashwal, Y Yogev, A Aviram
PURPOSE: Uterine activity plays a crucial role in labor, especially when utero-tonic materials are administered. We aimed to determine the electrical responsiveness of the uterine musculature to labor augmentation with oxytocin using electrical uterine myography (EUM) technology, and to assess whether the kinetics of the EUM device may serve as a predictor for successful vaginal delivery. METHODS: EUM prospectively measured electrical uterine activity in women with singleton gestations at term (≥ 37 + 0 weeks) undergoing labor augmentation by oxytocin administration...
February 16, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453573/gene-silencing-of-human-sertoli-cells-utilizing-small-interfering-rnas
#12
Hong Wang, Qingqing Yuan, Minghui Niu, Liping Wen, Hongyong Fu, Fan Zhou, Weihui Zhang, Zuping He
Sertoli cells, as the unique somatic cells within the seminiferous tubules, play essential roles in regulating normal spermatogenesis. In addition, recent studies have demonstrated that Sertoli cells could have significant applications in regenerative medicine due to their great plasticity. However, the roles of genes in controlling the fate determinations of human Sertoli cells remain largely unknown. Silencing genes of human Sertoli cells utilizing small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) is an important method to explore their functions and mechanisms in human Sertoli cells...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453534/nanoparticles-caused-oxidative-imbalance
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Mariusz Zuberek, Agnieszka Grzelak
Application of nanomaterials in nearly every single branch of industry results in their accumulation in both abiotic environment and tissues of living organisms. Despite the common use of nanomaterials, we are not able to precisely define their toxicity towards humans and surrounding biota. Although we were able to determine final effects of chronic exposure to nanoparticles which consist of many pathologies such as respiratory diseases, allergies, diseases of cardiovascular system, disorders in embryonic life differentiation and growth disorders, toxic effects on the immune system and cancers...
2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453454/a-microvascularized-tumor-mimetic-platform-for-assessing-anti-cancer-drug-efficacy
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Shantanu Pradhan, Ashley M Smith, Charles J Garson, Iman Hassani, Wen J Seeto, Kapil Pant, Robert D Arnold, Balabhaskar Prabhakarpandian, Elizabeth A Lipke
Assessment of anti-cancer drug efficacy in in vitro three-dimensional (3D) bioengineered cancer models provides important contextual and relevant information towards pre-clinical translation of potential drug candidates. However, currently established models fail to sufficiently recapitulate complex tumor heterogeneity. Here we present a chip-based tumor-mimetic platform incorporating a 3D in vitro breast cancer model with a tumor-mimetic microvascular network, replicating the pathophysiological architecture of native vascularized breast tumors...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453446/environmental-genetic-and-epigenetic-contributions-to-cocaine-addiction
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REVIEW
R Christopher Pierce, Bruno Fant, Sarah E Swinford-Jackson, Elizabeth A Heller, Wade H Berrettini, Mathieu E Wimmer
Decades of research on cocaine has produced volumes of data that have answered many important questions about the nature of this highly addictive drug. Sadly, none of this information has translated into the development of effective therapies for the treatment of cocaine addiction. This review endeavors to assess the current state of cocaine research in an attempt to identify novel pathways for therapeutic development. For example, risk of cocaine addiction is highly heritable but genome-wide analyses comparing cocaine-dependent individuals to controls have not resulted in promising targets for drug development...
February 5, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453387/structural-determinants-of-the-sine-b2-element-embedded-in-the-long-non-coding-rna-activator-of-translation-as-uchl1
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Peter Podbevšek, Francesca Fasolo, Carlotta Bon, Laura Cimatti, Sabine Reißer, Piero Carninci, Giovanni Bussi, Silvia Zucchelli, Janez Plavec, Stefano Gustincich
Pervasive transcription of mammalian genomes leads to a previously underestimated level of complexity in gene regulatory networks. Recently, we have identified a new functional class of natural and synthetic antisense long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) that increases translation of partially overlapping sense mRNAs. These molecules were named SINEUPs, as they require an embedded inverted SINE B2 element for their UP-regulation of translation. Mouse AS Uchl1 is the representative member of natural SINEUPs. It was originally discovered for its role in increasing translation of Uchl1 mRNA, a gene associated with neurodegenerative diseases...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453323/rna-stabilization-factors-in-chloroplasts-of-vascular-plants
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REVIEW
Nikolay Manavski, Lisa-Marie Schmid, Jörg Meurer
In contrast to the cyanobacterial ancestor, chloroplast gene expression is predominantly governed on the post-transcriptional level such as modifications of the RNA sequence, decay rates, exo- and endonucleolytic processing as well as translational events. The concerted function of numerous chloroplast RNA-binding proteins plays a fundamental and often essential role in all these processes but our understanding of their impact in regulation of RNA degradation is only at the beginning. Moreover, metabolic processes and post-translational modifications are thought to affect the function of RNA protectors...
February 16, 2018: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453322/the-mtor-targets-4e-bp1-2-restrain-tumor-growth-and-promote-hypoxia-tolerance-in-pten-driven-prostate-cancer
#18
Mei Ding, Theodorus H van der Kwast, Ravi N Vellanki, Warren D Foltz, Trevor D McKee, Nahum Sonenberg, Pier Paolo Pandolfi, Marianne Koritzinsky, Bradly G Wouters
The mTOR signaling pathway is a central regulator of protein synthesis and cellular metabolism in response to the availability of energy, nutrients, oxygen, and growth factors. mTOR activation leads to phosphorylation of multiple downstream targets including the eukaryotic initiation factor 4E (eIF4E) binding proteins-1 and -2 (EIF4EBP1/4E-BP1 and EIF4EBP2/4E-BP2). These binding proteins inhibit protein synthesis, but are inactivated by mTOR to stimulate cell growth and metabolism. However, the role of these proteins in the context of aberrant activation of mTOR, which occurs frequently in cancers through loss of PTEN or mutational activation of the PI3K/AKT pathway, is unclear...
February 16, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453283/chemical-stresses-fail-to-mimic-the-unfolded-protein-response-resulting-from-luminal-load-with-unfolded-polypeptides
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Timothy J Bergmann, Ilaria Fregno, Fiorenza Fumagalli, Andrea Rinaldi, Francesco Bertoni, Paul J Boersema, Paola Picotti, Maurizio Molinari
The stress sensors ATF6, IRE1 and PERK monitor deviations from homeostatic conditions in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a protein biogenesis compartment of eukaryotic cells. Their activation elicits unfolded protein responses (UPR) to re-establish proteostasis. UPR have been extensively investigated in cells exposed to chemicals that activate ER stress sensors by perturbing calcium, N-glycans or redox homeostasis. Cell responses to variations in luminal load with unfolded proteins are, in contrast, poorly characterized...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453282/eukaryotic-translation-elongation-factor-2-eef2-catalyzes-reverse-translocation-of-the-eukaryotic-ribosome
#20
Denis Susorov, Nikita Zakharov, Ekaterina Shuvalova, Alexander Ivanov, Tatiana Egorova, Alexey Shuvalov, Ivan N Shatsky, Elena Alkalaeva
During protein synthesis, a ribosome moves along the mRNA template and, using aminoacyl-tRNAs, decodes the template nucleotide triplets to assemble a protein amino acid sequence. This movement is accompanied by shifting of mRNA-tRNA complexes within the ribosome in a process called translocation. In living cells, this process proceeds in a unidirectional manner, bringing the ribosome to the 3'-end of mRNA, and is catalyzed by the GTPase translation elongation factor 2 (EF-G in prokaryotes, eEF2 in eukaryotes)...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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