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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433878/effect-of-freshwater-sediment-characteristics-on-the-persistence-of-fecal-indicator-bacteria-and-genetic-markers-within-a-southern-california-watershed
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Amity G Zimmer-Faust, Vanessa Thulsiraj, Catalina Marambio-Jones, Yiping Cao, John F Griffith, Patricia A Holden, Jennifer A Jay
In this study, the aging of culturable FIB and DNA representing genetic markers for Enterococcus spp. (ENT1A), general Bacteroides (GB3), and human-associated Bacteroides (HF183) in freshwater sediments was evaluated. Freshwater sediment was collected from four different sites within the upper and lower reach of the Topanga Creek Watershed and two additional comparator sites within the Santa Monica Bay, for a total of six sites. Untreated (ambient) and oven-dried (reduced microbiota) sediment was inoculated with 5% sewage and artificial freshwater...
April 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433496/a-novel-storage-system-for-cryoem-samples
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Giovanna Scapin, Winifred Prosise, Michael K Wismer, Corey Strickland
We present here a new CryoEM grid boxes storage system designed to simplify sample labeling, tracking and retrieval. The system is based on the crystal pucks widely used by the x-ray crystallographic community for storage and shipping of crystals. This system is suitable for any cryoEM laboratory, but especially for large facilities that will need accurate tracking of large numbers of samples coming from different sources.
April 19, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433042/-alarmins-and-surgical-injury
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J Máca, M Peteja
Surgical intervention is an inseparable part of the management of serious surgical disease. However, surgery also presents a potential risk related to the so-called surgical injury causing immune response. When dysregulated the immune activation is able to cause local complications (i.e. wound dehiscence, impaired healing). Systemic decompartmentization of the immunologic disturbance can negatively influence long-term outcomes (i.e. hospital length of stay, mortality). Due to aseptic conditions in the operating room, such an immune activation is almost always of sterile nature...
2017: Rozhledy V Chirurgii: Měsíčník Československé Chirurgické Společnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432294/genome-wide-identification-characterization-of-the-mads-box-gene-family-in-chinese-jujube-and-their-involvement-in-flower-development
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Liman Zhang, Jin Zhao, Chunfang Feng, Mengjun Liu, Jiurui Wang, Yafei Hu
MADS-box genes encode transcription factors that are involved in plant development control (particularly in floral organogenesis) and signal transduction pathways, though a comprehensive analysis of MADS-box family proteins in Chinese jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) is still missing. Here, we report a genome-wide analysis of the MADS-box gene family in Chinese jujube. Based on phylogenetic analyses, 52 jujube MADS-box genes were classified into 25 MIKC(C)-type, 3 MIKC(*)-type, 16 Mα, 5 Mβ and 3 Mγ genes. 37 genes were randomly distributed across all 12 putative chromosomes...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432281/the-role-of-non-thermal-atmospheric-pressure-biocompatible-plasma-in-the-differentiation-of-osteoblastic-precursor-cells-mc3t3-e1
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Ihn Han, Eun Ha Choi
Non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma is ionized matter, composed of highly reactive species that include positive ions, negative ions, free radicals, neutral atoms, and molecules. Recent reports have suggested that non-thermal biocompatible plasma (NBP) can selectively kill a variety of cancer cells, and promote stem cell differentiation. However as of yet, the regulation of proliferation and differentiation potential of NBP has been poorly understood.Here, we investigated the effects of NBP on the osteogenic differentiation of precursor cell lines of osteoblasts, MC3T3 E1 and SaOS-2...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432181/dual-nature-of-pseudouridylation-in-u2-snrna-pus1p-dependent-and-pus1p-independent-activities-in-yeasts-and-higher-eukaryotes
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Svetlana Deryusheva, Joseph G Gall
The pseudouridine at position 43 in vertebrate U2 snRNA is one of the most conserved posttranscriptional modifications of spliceosomal snRNAs; the equivalent position is pseudouridylated in U2 snRNAs in different phyla including fungi, insects, and worms. Pseudouridine synthase Pus1p acts alone on U2 snRNA to form this pseudouridine in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and mouse. Furthermore, in S. cerevisiae Pus1p is the only pseudouridine synthase for this position. Using an in vivo yeast cell system we tested enzymatic activity of Pus1p from the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and the frog Xenopus tropicalis...
April 21, 2017: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432171/ascites-in-a-patient-with-episodic-angio-oedema-and-eosinophilia-thinking-outside-the-box
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Eirini I Rigopoulou, Maria Ioannou, Georgia Papadamou, Georgios N Dalekos
Episodic angio-oedema with eosinophilia (EAE) or Gleich's syndrome is a rare condition characterised by recurrent episodes of oedema and eosinophilia, accompanied by urticaria, fever and weight gain. The presence of ascites has not been reported so far. We report a 21-year-old Caucasian woman who presented with marked ocular oedema and ascites. Laboratory evaluation revealed marked eosinophilia. During the last 3 months, three episodes of facial and neck oedema were reported, which resolved spontaneously over a period of 3-5 days...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431495/iron-regulated-small-rna-expression-as-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-fa-1090-transitions-into-stationary-phase-growth
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Lydgia A Jackson, Michael Day, Jennie Allen, Edgar Scott, David W Dyer
BACKGROUND: For most pathogens, iron (Fe) homeostasis is crucial for maintenance within the host and the ability to cause disease. The primary transcriptional regulator that controls intracellular Fe levels is the Fur (ferric uptake regulator) protein, which exerts its action on transcription by binding to a promoter-proximal sequence termed the Fur box. Fur-regulated transcriptional responses are often fine-tuned at the post-transcriptional level through the action of small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs)...
April 21, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431162/risk-of-serious-bacterial-infection-associated-with-tumour-necrosis-factor-alpha-inhibitors-in-children-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
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Wan-Ju Lee, Todd A Lee, Katie J Suda, Gregory S Calip, Leslie Briars, Glen T Schumock
Objectives.: TNF-α inhibitors (TNFIs) have a black box warning for increased risk of serious infection that was based on evidence from studies of adults. Evidence of the association is lacking for children. We aimed to examine the risk of infection posed by TNFIs compared with DMARDs in children with JIA. Methods.: We conducted a cohort study using the 2009-13 Truven MarketScan Commercial Claims and Encounters database. Children <16 years old with JIA who initiated monotherapy with TNFIs or DMARDs were identified and followed for occurrence of serious bacterial infection requiring hospitalization...
April 18, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430956/achieving-high-reliability-in-histology-%C3%A2-an-improvement-series-to-reduce-errors
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Yael K Heher, Yigu Chen, Sergey Pyatibrat, Edward Yoon, Jeffrey D Goldsmith, Kenneth E Sands
Objectives: Despite sweeping medical advances in other fields, histology processes have by and large remained constant over the past 175 years. Patient label identification errors are a known liability in the laboratory and can be devastating, resulting in incorrect diagnoses and inappropriate treatment. The objective of this study was to identify vulnerable steps in the histology workflow and reduce the frequency of labeling errors (LEs). Methods: In this 36-month study period, a numerical step key (SK) was developed to capture LEs...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430700/prescriber-compliance-with-liver-monitoring-guidelines-for-pazopanib-in-the-postapproval-setting-results-from-a-distributed-research-network
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Sumitra Shantakumar, Beth L Nordstrom, Susan A Hall, Luc Djousse, Myrthe P P van Herk-Sukel, Kathy H Fraeman, David R Gagnon, Karen Chagin, Jeanenne J Nelson
OBJECTIVES: Pazopanib received US Food and Drug Administration approval in 2009 for advanced renal cell carcinoma. During clinical development, liver chemistry abnormalities and adverse hepatic events were observed, leading to a boxed warning for hepatotoxicity and detailed label prescriber guidelines for liver monitoring. As part of postapproval regulatory commitments, a cohort study was conducted to assess prescriber compliance with liver monitoring guidelines. METHODS: Over a 4-year period, a distributed network approach was used across 3 databases: US Veterans Affairs Healthcare System, a US outpatient oncology community practice database, and the Dutch PHARMO Database Network...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430585/foxd3-regulates-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer-progression
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Huabin Yin, Tong Meng, Lei Zhou, Feixing Zhao, Xiufang Li, Yundong Li, Mengjun Hu, Haiyan Chen, Dianwen Song
Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is an aggressive malignancy with poor prognosis. It was reported that Forkhead box D3 (FOXD3) transcription factor is associated with several cancers. We investigated its antitumorigenic role of ATC in this study. The ATC cell lines SW1736 and K18 exhibited lower FOXD3 expression than the Nthy-ori-3-1 normal thyroid cell line. FOXD3 downregulation in ATC cell lines promoted invasiveness and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and decreased cellular apoptosis. FOXD3 silencing also enhanced p-ERK levels in the ATC cell lines, suggesting it negatively regulated MAPK/ERK signaling...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430444/molecular-structuring-and-percolation-transition-in-hydrated-sulfonated-poly-ether-ether-ketone-membranes
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Madhusmita Tripathy, Sunil Kumar P B, Abhijit P Deshpande
The extent of phase separation and water percolation in sulfonated membranes are the key to their performance in fuel cells. Toward this, the effect of hydration on the morphology and transport characteristics of sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone), sPEEK, membrane is investigated using atomistic molecular dynamics simulation at various hydration levels($\lambda$: number of water molecules per sulfonate group). The evolution of local morphology is investigated using structural correlations and minimum pair distances...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430123/functional-analysis-of-the-rs774872314-rs116171003-rs200231898-and-rs201107751-polymorphisms-in-the-human-ror%C3%AE-t-gene-promoter-region
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Marcin Ratajewski, Marcin Słomka, Kaja Karaś, Marta Sobalska-Kwapis, Małgorzata Korycka-Machała, Anna Sałkowska, Jarosław Dziadek, Dominik Strapagiel, Jarosław Dastych
RAR-related orphan receptor gamma RORγT, a tissue-specific isoform of the RORC gene, plays a critical role in the development of naive CD4+ cells into fully differentiated Th17 lymphocytes. Th17 lymphocytes are part of the host defense against numerous pathogens and are also involved in the pathogenesis of inflammatory diseases, including autoimmune disorders. In this study, we functionally examined four naturally occurring polymorphisms located within one of the previously identified GC-boxes in the promoter region of the gene...
April 21, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430010/prolonged-injectable-formulation-of-nafarelin-using-in-situ-gel-combination-delivery-system
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Behnoush Alizadeh, Nika Bahari Javan, Hamid Akbari Javar, Mohammad Reza Khoshayand, Farid Abedin Dorkoosh
The principal purpose of the present study was to prepare and characterize a complex drug delivery system consisting of Nafarelin- poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) nanoparticles (NPs) in combination with sodium alginate/poloxamer 407 in situ gel. Nafarelin loaded PHBV NPs were prepared via double emulsion solvent evaporation technique. Box-Behnken Response Surface Methodology was utilized to optimize NPs. Mean particle size, polydispersity index (PDI), entrapment efficiency (EE) and drug loading (DL) of the optimized NPs were measured...
April 21, 2017: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429421/a-boat-shaped-tetracationic-macrocycle-with-a-semiconducting-organic-framework
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Minh T Nguyen, Matthew D Krzyaniak, Magdalena Owczarek, Daniel P Ferris, Michael R Wasielewski, J Fraser Stoddart
We report the synthesis of a tetracationic macrocycle which contains two N,N'-bis(methylene)naphthalenediimide units inserted in between the pyridinium rings of the bipyridinium units in cyclobis(paraquat-p-phenylene) (CBPQT(4+) or "blue box") and describe the investigation of its potential use in materials for organic electronics. The incorporation of the two naphthalenediimide (NDI) units into the constitution of CBPQT(4+) , not only changes the supramolecular properties of the tetracation in the solid state, but also has a profound influence on the electrochemical and electronic behavior of the resulting tetracationic macrocycle...
April 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429312/sox11-regulates-the-pro-apoptosis-signal-pathway-and-predicts-a-favorable-prognosis-of-mantle-cell-lymphoma
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Wenjuan Yang, Yanying Wang, Zhen Yu, Zengjun Li, Gang An, Wei Liu, Rui Lv, Liping Ma, Shuhua Yi, Lugui Qiu
Sex-determining region Y-box 11 (SOX11) is an important diagnostic marker in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). However, the direct oncogenic mechanisms and downstream effector pathways implicated in SOX11-driven transformation remain poorly understood. In the present study, we analyzed SOX11 expression in B-NHL, and used lentivirus-mediated RNA interference targeting SOX11 to investigate the resulting changes in cellular processes and the underlying mechanisms in MCL cell lines. We found that patients with higher SOX11 expression have superior overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) compared to those with lower SOX11 expression...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429284/foxo1-attenuates-naf-induced-apoptosis-of-ls8-cells-through-the-jnk-and-mitochondrial-pathways
#18
Juedan Li, Lin Zhao, Xiaomeng Zhao, Peng Wang, Yan Liu, Jianping Ruan
Fluoride-induced ameloblast apoptosis is a key event in dental fluorosis development. Forkhead box o1 (Foxo1) is a transcription factor involved in cell apoptosis. The present study aims to investigate the effect of Foxo1 on ameloblast apoptosis induced by fluoride in vitro and to explore its possible mechanism. Ameloblast-like cells (LS8 cells) were exposed to various concentrations of NaF for up to 48 h. Foxo1 activation was modulated using lentiviral vectors, and cell apoptosis was measured by flow cytometry...
April 20, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429252/analysis-of-global-gene-expression-profiles-during-the-flowering-initiation-process-of-lilium%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-formolongi
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Yu-Fan Li, Ming-Fang Zhang, Meng Zhang, Gui-Xia Jia
The onset of flowering is critical for the reproductive development of plants. Lilium × formolongi is a lily hybrid that flowers within a year after sowing. We successfully identified four important stages during vegetative growth and flowering initiation of L. × formolongi under long day conditions. The plant tissues from the four stages were used in a genome-wide transcriptional analysis to investigate stage-specific changes of gene expression in L. × formolongi. In total, the sequence reads of the four RNA-sequencing libraries were assembled into 52,824 unigenes, of which 37,031 (70...
April 20, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428796/expression-profiling-coupled-with-in-silico-mapping-identifies-candidate-genes-for-reducing-aflatoxin-accumulation-in-maize
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Ramesh Dhakal, Chenglin Chai, Ratna Karan, Gary L Windham, William P Williams, Prasanta K Subudhi
Aflatoxin, produced by Aspergillus flavus, is hazardous to health of humans and livestock. The lack of information about large effect QTL for resistance to aflatoxin accumulation is a major obstacle to employ marker-assisted selection for maize improvement. The understanding of resistance mechanisms of the host plant and the associated genes is necessary for improving resistance to A. flavus infection. A suppression subtraction hybridization (SSH) cDNA library was made using the developing kernels of Mp715 (resistant inbred) and B73 (susceptible inbred) and 480 randomly selected cDNA clones were sequenced to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in response to A...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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