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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922394/sequence-features-of-viral-and-human-internal-ribosome-entry-sites-predictive-of-their-activity
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Alexey A Gritsenko, Shira Weingarten-Gabbay, Shani Elias-Kirma, Ronit Nir, Dick de Ridder, Eran Segal
Translation of mRNAs through Internal Ribosome Entry Sites (IRESs) has emerged as a prominent mechanism of cellular and viral initiation. It supports cap-independent translation of select cellular genes under normal conditions, and in conditions when cap-dependent translation is inhibited. IRES structure and sequence are believed to be involved in this process. However due to the small number of IRESs known, there have been no systematic investigations of the determinants of IRES activity. With the recent discovery of thousands of novel IRESs in human and viruses, the next challenge is to decipher the sequence determinants of IRES activity...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921893/a-case-of-ocular-infection-with-onchocerca-lupi-in-a-dog-from-germany
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A Hodžić, B Hinney, S König, T J Naucke, G Duscher, A Joachim
Onchocerca lupi is an emerging zoonotic parasite infecting the ocular connective tissue of dogs, cats and humans. The only known case of canine ocular onchocerciasis in Germany was documented in 2002 in a shelter dog. However, the species of Onchocerca causing the infection could not be identified. Here, we report a case of the ocular infection with O. lupi in a dog, confirmed by PCR and sequencing of the cox1 gene. Further investigations are required to assess the risk factors for transmission and spread of the parasite in Germany...
September 17, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921427/human-cells-as-platform-to-produce-gamma-carboxylated-proteins
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Aline de Sousa Bomfim, Marcela Cristina Corrêa de Freitas, Dimas Tadeu Covas, Elisa Maria de Sousa Russo
The gamma-carboxylated proteins belong to a family of proteins that depend on vitamin K for normal biosynthesis. The major representative gamma-carboxylated proteins are the coagulation system proteins, for example, factor VII, factor IX, factor X, prothrombin, and proteins C, S, and Z. These molecules have harbored posttranslational modifications, such as glycosylation and gamma-carboxylation, and for this reason they need to be produced in mammalian cell lines. Human cells lines have emerged as the most promising alternative to the production of gamma-carboxylated proteins...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919833/conventional-culture-versus-nucleic-acid-amplification-tests-for-screening-of-urethral-neisseria-gonorrhea-infection-among-asymptomatic-men-who-have-sex-with-men
#4
Jiratha Budkaew, Bandit Chumworathayi, Chamsai Pientong, Tipaya Ekalaksananan
BACKGROUND: Many methods are used to detect urethral Neisseria gonorrhea (NG) infection among asymptomatic men who have sex with men (MSM). The objective of this study was to define the performance of conventional culture compared to real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for diagnosis of asymptomatic urethral gonorrhea among MSM. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 147 clinical specimens for NG testing from asymptomatic participants were evaluated. MSM >18 years old who consented to undergo urethral swab and collection of urine samples from two clinics (one was the sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) mobile clinic and the second was the antiretroviral clinic) located in Khon Kaen, Thailand, were recruited...
2017: Pragmatic and Observational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919111/promethazine-hydrochloride-inhibits-ectopic-fat-cell-formation-in-skeletal-muscle
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Takehiro Kasai, Masashi Nakatani, Naoki Ishiguro, Kinji Ohno, Naoki Yamamoto, Mitsuhiro Morita, Harumoto Yamada, Kunihiro Tsuchida, Akiyoshi Uezumi
Fatty degeneration of skeletal muscle leads to muscle weakness and loss of function. Preventing fatty degeneration in skeletal muscle is important, but no drug has been used clinically. In this study, we performed drug repositioning using human platelet-derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα)-positive mesenchymal progenitors that have been proved to be an origin of ectopic adipocytes in skeletal muscle. We found that promethazine hydrochloride (PH) inhibits adipogenesis in a dose-dependent manner without cell toxicity...
September 14, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918539/accelerating-vaccine-development-during-the-2013-2016-west-african-ebola-virus-disease-outbreak
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Elizabeth S Higgs, Sheri A Dubey, Beth A G Coller, Jakub K Simon, Laura Bollinger, Robert A Sorenson, Barthalomew Wilson, Martha C Nason, Lisa E Hensley
The Ebola virus disease outbreak that began in Western Africa in December 2013 was unprecedented in both scope and spread, and the global response was slower and less coherent than was optimal given the scale and pace of the epidemic. Past experience with limited localized outbreaks, lack of licensed medical countermeasures, reluctance by first responders to direct scarce resources to clinical research, community resistance to outside interventions, and lack of local infrastructure were among the factors delaying clinical research during the outbreak...
September 17, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914970/microrna-410-is-involved-in-mitophagy-after-cardiac-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-targeting-high-mobility-group-box-1-protein
#7
Fan Yang, Tong Li, Zhihuan Dong, Rui Mi
Mitochondrial dysfunction has emerged as a critical pathophysiological factor of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury. A thorough understanding of mitochondrial dysfunction during I/R at the molecular level is urgently needed. One prominent microRNA, miR-410, was previously reported to be dynamically regulated in diverse cardiomyopathies, but its mechanism is unclear. In the present study, in a cardiac I/R injury mice model, the expression of miR-410 was significantly upregulated, accompanied with decreased mitochondrial function and mitophagy deficit...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914547/challenges-and-resilience-related-to-aging-in-the-united-states-among-older-chinese-immigrants
#8
Jia Li, Ling Xu, Iris Chi
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to identify challenges and protective factors for resilience related to the process of aging among older Chinese immigrants in the United States. METHODS: This study used qualitative methods and involved 24 in-depth interviews with Chinese immigrants aged 65 or older in Los Angeles. Content analysis was employed to analyze qualitative data. RESULTS: Three major themes emerged regarding challenges older Chinese immigrants encountered in aging in the United States: language barriers, loneliness and social isolation, and insufficient use of social services...
September 15, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913935/induction-of-cancer-cell-stemness-by-depletion-of-macrohistone-h2a1-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#9
Oriana Lo Re, Caterina Fusilli, Francesca Rappa, Matthias Van Haele, Julien Douet, Jana Pindjakova, Sura Wanessa Rocha, Illar Pata, Barbora Valčíková, Stjepan Uldrijan, Raymond S Yeung, Christina Alves Peixoto, Tania Roskams, Marcus Buschbeck, Tommaso Mazza, Manlio Vinciguerra
Hepatocellular carcinomas (HCC) contain a sub-population of cancer stem cells (CSCs), which exhibit stem-cell like features and are responsible for tumor relapse, metastasis, and chemoresistance. The development of effective treatments for HCC will depend on a molecular-level understanding of the specific pathways driving CSC emergence and stemness. MacroH2A1 is a variant of the histone H2A and an epigenetic regulator of stem cell function, where it promotes differentiation and, conversely, acts as a barrier to somatic cell reprogramming...
September 15, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910495/nursing-service-innovation-a-case-study-examining-emergency-nurse-practitioner-service-sustainability
#10
Amanda Fox, Glenn Gardner, Sonya Osborne
AIM: This research aimed to explore factors that influence sustainability of health service innovation, specifically emergency nurse practitioner service. BACKGROUND: Planning for cost effective provision of healthcare services is a concern globally. Reform initiatives are implemented often incorporating expanding scope of practice for health professionals and innovative service delivery models. Introducing new models is costly in both human and financial resources and therefore understanding factors influencing sustainability is imperative to viable service provision...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906495/effects-of-a-transition-home-program-on-preterm-infant-emergency-room-visits-within-90-days-of-discharge
#11
B Vohr, E McGowan, L Keszler, M O'Donnell, K Hawes, R Tucker
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate effects of a transition home program (THP) and risk factors on emergency room (ER) use within 90 days of discharge for preterm (PT) infants <37 weeks gestation. STUDY DESIGN: This is a prospective 3-year cohort study of 804 mothers and 954 PT infants. Mothers received enhanced neonatal intensive care unit transition support services until 90 days postdischarge. Regression models were run to identify the effects of THP implementation year and risk factors on ER visits...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904997/development-of-inflammatory-bowel-disease-is-linked-to-a-longitudinal-restructuring-of-the-gut-metagenome-in-mice
#12
Thomas Sharpton, Svetlana Lyalina, Julie Luong, Joey Pham, Emily M Deal, Courtney Armour, Christopher Gaulke, Shomyseh Sanjabi, Katherine S Pollard
The gut microbiome is linked to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) severity and altered in late-stage disease. However, it is unclear how gut microbial communities change over the course of IBD development, especially in regard to function. To investigate microbiome-mediated disease mechanisms and discover early biomarkers of IBD, we conducted a longitudinal metagenomic investigation in an established mouse model of IBD, where damped transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) signaling in T cells leads to peripheral immune activation, weight loss, and severe colitis...
September 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904188/characterization-of-antigenic-relatedness-between-gii-4-and-gii-17-noroviruses-using-serum-samples-from-norovirus-infected-patients
#13
Ying-Chun Dai, Ming Xia, Qiong Huang, Ming Tan, Lin Qin, Ya-Li Zhuang, Yan Long, Jian-Dong Li, Xi Jiang, Xu-Fu Zhang
A novel GII.17 norovirus variant caused major gastroenteritis epidemics in China in 2014 -2016. To explore the host immune factors in selection of the emergence of this new variant, we characterized its antigenic relatedness with the GII.4 noroviruses that have dominated in China for decades. Through ELISA and histo-blood group antigen (HBGA) blocking assays using sera from GII.4 and the GII.17 variant-infected patients, respectively, we observed limited cross immune reactivity by the ELISA but little reactivity by the HBGA blocking assay between GII...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903969/healing-journey-a-qualitative-analysis-of-the-healing-experiences-of-americans-suffering-from-trauma-and-illness
#14
John Glenn Scott, Sara L Warber, Paul Dieppe, David Jones, Kurt C Stange
OBJECTIVES: To elucidate pathways to healing for people having suffered injury to the integrity of their function as a human being. METHODS: A team of physician-analysts conducted thematic analyses of in-depth interviews of 23 patients who experienced healing, as identified by six primary care physicians purposefully selected as exemplary healers. RESULTS: People in the sample experienced healing journeys that spanned a spectrum from overcoming unspeakable trauma and then becoming healers themselves to everyday heroes functioning well despite ongoing serious health challenges...
September 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901479/interaction-with-neutrophils-promotes-gastric-cancer-cell-migration-and-invasion-by-inducing-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
#15
Wen Zhang, Jianmei Gu, Jingyan Chen, Peng Zhang, Runbi Ji, Hui Qian, Wenrong Xu, Xu Zhang
Emerging evidence has revealed that neutrophils have phenotypic and functional plasticity. Neutrophils could be polarized towards a pro-tumor phenotype by tumor-derived factors. In the present study, we investigated the role of the interaction with neutrophils on the functions of gastric cancer cells in vitro. Human promyelocytic leukemia HL-60 cells were induced to differentiate into neutrophil-like cells (HL-60N) using dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). Human gastric cancer cells were co-cultured with HL-60N cells or treated with the conditioned medium (CM) of cancer-activated HL-60N cells...
September 6, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901460/tumor-necrosis-factor%C3%A2-%C3%AE-and-interleukin%C3%A2-6-suppress-microrna%C3%A2-1275-transcription-in-human-adipocytes-through-nuclear-factor%C3%A2-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
#16
Yu-Feng Zhou, Zi-Yi Fu, Xiao-Hui Chen, Yan Cui, Chen-Bo Ji, Xi-Rong Guo
Obesity is a confirmed risk factor for hyperlipidemia, type‑II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. MicroRNAs (miRs) have emerged as an important field of study within energy metabolism and obesity. A previous study demonstrated miR‑1275 to be markedly down‑regulated during maturation of human preadipocytes. It has been reported that miR‑1275 dysregulates expression in several types of cancer and infections. Little is currently known about the regulation of miR‑1275 transcription. The aim of the current study was to explore the mechanism underlying the expression of miR‑1275 in mature human adipocytes...
August 29, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900036/polo-like-kinase-1-plk1-overexpression-enhances-ionizing-radiation-induced-cancer-formation-in-mice
#17
Zhiguo Li, Jinghui Liu, Jie Li, Yifan Kong, George Sandusky, Xi Rao, Yunlong Liu, Jun Wan, Xiaoqi Liu
Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1), a serine/threonine protein kinase normally expressed in mitosis, is frequently upregulated in multiple types of human tumors regardless of the cell cycle stage. However, the causal relationship between Plk1 upregulation and tumorigenesis is incompletely investigated. To this end, using a conditional expression system, here we generated Plk1 transgenic mouse lines to examine Plk1 role in tumorigenesis. Plk1 overexpression in mouse embryonic fibroblasts prepared from the transgenic mice led to aberrant mitosis followed by aneuploidy and apoptosis...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900022/binding-of-nad-glycohydrolase-to-streptolysin-o-stabilizes-both-toxins-and-promotes-virulence-of-group-a-streptococcus
#18
Jorge J Velarde, Maghnus O'Seaghdha, Buket Baddal, Benedicte Bastiat-Sempe, Michael R Wessels
The globally dominant, invasive M1T1 strain of group A Streptococcus (GAS) harbors polymorphisms in the promoter region of an operon that contains the genes encoding streptolysin O (SLO) and NAD(+)-glycohydrolase (NADase), resulting in high-level expression of these toxins. While both toxins have been shown experimentally to contribute to pathogenesis, many GAS isolates lack detectable NADase activity. DNA sequencing of such strains has revealed that reduced or absent enzymatic activity can be associated with a variety of point mutations in nga, the gene encoding NADase; a commonly observed polymorphism associated with near-complete abrogation of activity is a substitution of aspartic acid for glycine at position 330 (G330D)...
September 12, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898244/neuroplace-categorizing-urban-places-according-to-mental-states
#19
Lulwah Al-Barrak, Eiman Kanjo, Eman M G Younis
Urban spaces have a great impact on how people's emotion and behaviour. There are number of factors that impact our brain responses to a space. This paper presents a novel urban place recommendation approach, that is based on modelling in-situ EEG data. The research investigations leverages on newly affordable Electroencephalogram (EEG) headsets, which has the capability to sense mental states such as meditation and attention levels. These emerging devices have been utilized in understanding how human brains are affected by the surrounding built environments and natural spaces...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895945/excess-labile-carbon-promotes-the-expression-of-virulence-factors-in-coral-reef-bacterioplankton
#20
Anny Cárdenas, Matthew J Neave, Mohamed Fauzi Haroon, Claudia Pogoreutz, Nils Rädecker, Christian Wild, Astrid Gärdes, Christian R Voolstra
Coastal pollution and algal cover are increasing on many coral reefs, resulting in higher dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations. High DOC concentrations strongly affect microbial activity in reef waters and select for copiotrophic, often potentially virulent microbial populations. High DOC concentrations on coral reefs are also hypothesized to be a determinant for switching microbial lifestyles from commensal to pathogenic, thereby contributing to coral reef degradation, but evidence is missing. In this study, we conducted ex situ incubations to assess gene expression of planktonic microbial populations under elevated concentrations of naturally abundant monosaccharides (glucose, galactose, mannose, and xylose) in algal exudates and sewage inflows...
September 12, 2017: ISME Journal
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