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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29671387/positioning-europe-for-the-epitranscriptomics-challenge
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Michael Jantsch, Alessandro Quattrone, Mary O'Connell, Mark Helm, Michaela Frye, Manuel Macias-Gonzales, Marie Ohman, Stefan Ameres, Luc Willems, Francois Fuks, Anastasis Oulas, Stepanka Vanacova, Henrik Nielsen, Cecile Bousquet-Antonelli, Yuri Motorin, Jean-Yves Roignant, Nikolaos Balatsos, Andras Dinnyes, Pavel Baranov, Vincent Kelly, Ayelet Lamm, Gideon Rechavi, Mattia Pelizzola, Janis Liepins, Irina Holodnuka Kholodnyuk, Vanessa Zammit, Duncan Ayers, Finn Drablos, John Arne Dahl, Janusz Bujnicki, Carmen Jeronimo, Raquel Almeida, Monica Neagu, Marieta Costache, Jasna Bankovic, Bojana Banovic, Jan Kyselovic, Luis Miguel Valor, Stefan Selbert, Pinar Pir, Turan Demircan, Victoria Cowling, Matthias Schäfer, Walter Rossmanith, Denis Lafontaine, Alexandre David, Clement Carre, Frank Lyko, Raffael Schaffrath, Schraga Schwartz, Andre Verdel, Arne Klungland, Elzbieta Purta, Gordana Timotijevic, Fernando Cardona, Alberto Davalos, Ester Ballana, Donal O Carroll, Jernej Ule, Rupert Fray
The genetic alphabet consists of the four letters: C, A, G, and T in DNA and C,A,G, and U in RNA. Triplets of these four letters jointly encode 20 different amino acids out of which proteins of all organisms are built. This system is universal and is found in all kingdoms of life. However, bases in DNA and RNA can be chemically modified. In DNA, around 10 different modifications are known, and those have been studied intensively over the past 20 years. Scientific studies on DNA modifications and proteins that recognize them gave rise to the large field of epigenetic and epigenomic research...
April 19, 2018: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665561/the-functions-and-addictive-features-of-non-suicidal-self-injury-a-confirmatory-factor-analysis-of-the-ottawa-self-injury-inventory-in-a-university-sample
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Camille Guérin-Marion, Jodi Martin, Audrey-Ann Deneault, Marie-France Lafontaine, Jean-François Bureau
The Ottawa Self-Injury Inventory (OSI) is a comprehensive self-report measure of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI). In an effort to build on past research and further validate the OSI, this study presents a confirmatory factor analysis of the OSI's subscales measuring the functions and addictive features of NSSI using a university sample. Participants were 316 university students aged 17-25 years (84.8% female) who had engaged in NSSI at least once in their lifetime. Consistent with past research, results confirmed the four-factor structure of the Functions items (Internal Emotion Regulation, Social Influence, External Emotion Regulation, Sensation Seeking), as well as the single-factor structure of Addictive Features items...
April 7, 2018: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29537923/maestro-of-regulation-riboswitches-orchestrate-gene-expression-at-the-levels-of-translation-transcription-and-mrna-decay
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Laurène Bastet, Pierre Turcotte, Joseph T Wade, Daniel A Lafontaine
Riboswitches are RNA regulators that control gene expression by modulating their structure in response to metabolite binding. The study of mechanisms by which riboswitches modulate gene expression is crucial to understand how riboswitches are involved in maintaining cellular homeostasis. Previous reports indicate that riboswitches can control gene expression at the level of translation, transcription or mRNA decay. However, there are very few described examples where riboswitches regulate multiple steps in gene expression...
March 14, 2018: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29526091/a-comprehensive-evaluation-of-the-nonvolatile-chemistry-affecting-the-sensory-bitterness-intensity-of-highly-hopped-beers
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Christina Hahn, Scott Lafontaine, Clifford Pereira, Tom H Shellhammer
The range of different nonvolatile constituents extracted from hops in highly hopped beers suggests that isohumulones may not be the sole contributor to beers' bitterness. Among brewers producing hop-forward beer styles there is concern that the Bitterness Unit (BU) is no longer an accurate predictor of beer bitterness. This study examined factors within the beer matrix that influence sensory bitterness perception in highly hopped beers. Over 120 commercial beers were evaluated using sensory and instrumental techniques...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29429877/the-amaryllidaceae-alkaloid-haemanthamine-binds-the-eukaryotic-ribosome-to-repress-cancer-cell-growth
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Simone Pellegrino, Mélanie Meyer, Christiane Zorbas, Soumaya A Bouchta, Kritika Saraf, Stephen C Pelly, Gulnara Yusupova, Antonio Evidente, Véronique Mathieu, Alexander Kornienko, Denis L J Lafontaine, Marat Yusupov
Alkaloids isolated from the Amaryllidaceae plants have potential as therapeutics for treating human diseases. Haemanthamine has been studied as a novel anticancer agent due to its ability to overcome cancer cell resistance to apoptosis. Biochemical experiments have suggested that hemanthamine targets the ribosome. However, a structural characterization of its mechanism has been missing. Here we present the 3.1 Å resolution X-ray structure of haemanthamine bound to the Saccharomyces cerevisiae 80S ribosome...
February 3, 2018: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29294831/do-trust-and-sexual-intimacy-mediate-attachment-s-pathway-toward-sexual-violence-occurring-in-same-sex-romantic-relationships
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Nicolas Gabbay, Marie-France Lafontaine
This study tested a serial mediation model examining how dyadic trust and sexual intimacy mediate the relationship between insecure romantic attachment and perpetrated sexual violence occurring between same sex intimate partners (sexual SSIPV). A community sample of adults ( N = 310; 203 women, 107 men) involved in a committed (6 months or longer) same sex romantic relationship completed an encrypted online questionnaire package which included psychometric measures designed to assess the aforementioned variables...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220796/purine-analogs-targeting-the-guanine-riboswitch-as-potential-antibiotics-against-clostridioides-difficile
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Lok-Hang Yan, Antoine Le Roux, Kumaraswamy Boyapelly, Anne-Marie Lamontagne, Marie-Ann Archambault, Frédéric Picard-Jean, David Lalonde-Seguin, Emilie St-Pierre, Rafael J Najmanovich, Louis-Charles Fortier, Daniel Lafontaine, Éric Marsault
Riboswitches recently emerged as possible targets for the development of alternative antimicrobial approaches. Guanine-sensing riboswitches in the bacterial pathogen Clostridioides difficile (formerly known as Clostridium difficile) constitute potential targets based on their involvement in the regulation of basal metabolic control of purine compounds. In this study, we deciphered the structure-activity relationship of several guanine derivatives on the guanine riboswitch and determined their antimicrobial activity...
January 1, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220506/a-molecular-portrait-of-de-novo-genes-in-yeasts
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Nikolaos N Vakirlis, Alex S Hebert, Dana A Opulente, Guillaume Achaz, Chris Todd Hittinger, Gilles Fischer, Joshua J Coon, Ingrid Lafontaine
New genes, with novel protein functions, can evolve "from scratch" out of intergenic sequences. These de novo genes can integrate the cell's genetic network and drive important phenotypic innovations. Therefore, identifying de novo genes and understanding how the transition from noncoding to coding occurs are key problems in evolutionary biology. However, identifying de novo genes is a difficult task, hampered by the presence of remote homologs, fast evolving sequences and erroneously annotated protein coding genes...
December 6, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215748/reliability-and-validity-of-the-experiences-in-close-relationships-scale-12-attachment-dimensions-in-a-clinical-sample-with-eating-disorders
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Giorgio A Tasca, Agostino Brugnera, Danielle Baldwin, Samantha Carlucci, Angelo Compare, Louise Balfour, Genevieve Proulx, Mary Gick, Marie-France Lafontaine
OBJECTIVE: Attachment insecurity is a potential risk factor for the development and maintenance of eating disorders (EDs). To date, there are multiple psychometrically sound questionnaires for the evaluation of attachment in both clinical and healthy populations, such as the Experience in Close Relationships (ECR) scale. Composed by two subscales (i.e., attachment anxiety and avoidance), the ECR scale was recently adapted to a shorter, 12-item version (ECR-12). However, a validation of the ECR-12 among patients with EDs is still lacking...
January 2018: International Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162725/src-homology-2-domains-enhance-tyrosine-phosphorylation-in-vivo-by-protecting-binding-sites-in-their-target-proteins-from-dephosphorylation
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Joshua A Jadwin, Timothy G Curran, Adam T Lafontaine, Forest M White, Bruce J Mayer
Phosphotyrosine (pTyr)-dependent signaling is critical for many cellular processes. It is highly dynamic, as signal output depends not only on phosphorylation and dephosphorylation rates but also on the rates of binding and dissociation of effectors containing phosphotyrosine-dependent binding modules such as Src homology 2 (SH2) and phosphotyrosine-binding (PTB) domains. Previous in vitro studies suggested that binding of SH2 and PTB domains can enhance protein phosphorylation by protecting the sites bound by these domains from phosphatase-mediated dephosphorylation...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157742/phase-1-trial-evaluating-safety-of-pulmonary-artery-sealing-with-ultrasonic-energy-in-vats-lobectomy
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Eric Goudie, Ricardo L Oliveira, Vicky Thiffault, Adeline Jouquan, Edwin Lafontaine, Pasquale Ferraro, Moishe Liberman
BACKGROUND: Energy-sealing devices may be useful to divide small pulmonary arteries (PAs) during video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) lobectomy. We evaluated the safety of PA branch sealing with an ultrasonic energy vessel-sealing device during VATS lobectomy. METHODS: The study consisted of a phase 1 trial. Patients planned to undergo VATS lobectomy were prospectively enrolled. Target sample size was 20 patients. Branches of 7 mm or less were sealed and cut with an ultrasonic energy vessel-sealing device...
January 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145795/use-of-immunohistochemistry-to-demonstrate-in-vivo-expression-of-the-burkholderia-mallei-virulence-factor-bpab-during-experimental-glanders
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Shawn M Zimmerman, Mackenzie E Long, Jeremy S Dyke, Tomislav P Jelesijevic, Frank Michel, Eric R Lafontaine, Robert J Hogan
Burkholderia mallei causes the highly contagious and debilitating zoonosis glanders, which infects via inhalation or percutaneous inoculation and often culminates in life-threatening pneumonia and sepsis. In humans, glanders is difficult to diagnose and requires prolonged antibiotic therapy with low success rates. No vaccine exists to protect against B. mallei, and there is concern regarding its use as a bioweapon. The authors previously identified the protein BpaB as a potential target for devising therapies due to its role in adherence to host cells and the formation of biofilms in vitro and its contribution to pathogenicity in a mouse model of glanders...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081015/dealing-with-treatment-and-transfer-requests-how-pgd-professionals-discuss-ethical-challenges-arising-in-everyday-practice
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Melisa Soto-Lafontaine, Wybo Dondorp, Veerle Provoost, Guido de Wert
How do professionals working in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) reflect upon their decision making with regard to ethical challenges arising in everyday practice? Two focus group discussions were held with staff of reproductive genetic clinics: one in Utrecht (The Netherlands) with PGD-professionals from Dutch PGD-centres and one in Prague (Czech Republic) with PGD-professionals working in centres in different European countries. Both meetings consisted of two parts, exploring participants' views regarding (1) treatment requests for conditions that may not fulfill traditional indications criteria for PGD, and (2) treatment and transfer requests involving welfare-of-the-child considerations...
October 28, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035503/comparison-between-short-and-long-echo-time-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopic-imaging-at-3t-and-7t-for-evaluating-brain-metabolites-in-patients-with-glioma
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Yan Li, Marisa Lafontaine, Susan Chang, Sarah J Nelson
Three-dimensional proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) is a powerful non-invasive tool for characterizing spatial variations in metabolic profiles for patients with glioma. Metabolic parameters obtained using this technique have been shown to predict treatment response, disease progression, and transformation to a more malignant phenotype. The availability of ultra-high-field MR systems has the potential to improve the characterization of metabolites. The purpose of this study was to compare the metabolite profiles acquired with conventional long echo time (TE) MRSI at 3T with those obtained with short TE MRSI at 3T and 7T in patients with glioma...
January 17, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991612/long-term-safety-follow-up-of-an-anterior-chamber-angle-supported-phakic-intraocular-lens
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Thomas Kohnen, Laura LaFontaine, Russell Andrew
PURPOSE: To report adverse device effects and annualized endothelial cell loss rate for up to 10 years after implantation of the Acrysof L-series Cachet phakic intraocular lens (pIOL). SETTING: Clinical centers in the United States, European Union, and Canada. DESIGN: Nonrandomized clinical trial. METHODS: After implantation of the pIOL, the endothelial cell density (ECD) at follow-up evaluations was compared with the 6-month postoperative baseline...
September 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944627/difficulties-related-to-self-care-among-people-living-with-type-2-diabetes-a-narrative-literature-review-based-on-audulv-asplund-and-norbergh%C3%A2-s-model
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Sarah Lafontaine, Edith Ellefsen
Introduction : self-care activities require a lot of adaptation from people living with type 2 diabetes.Context : existing interventions to support self-care are often determined by a conventional vision focused on managing the disease.Objective : this article aims to present the difficulties of people living with type 2 diabetes in relation with the Audulv, Asplund and Norbergh self-care integration model.Method : a narrative review of the literature on self-care in adults with type 2 diabetes was conducted on the CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, PASCAL and FRANÇIS databases...
April 19, 2017: Recherche en Soins Infirmiers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922789/comprehensive-intrametastatic-immune-quantification-and-major-impact-of-immunoscore-on-survival
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Bernhard Mlecnik, Marc Van den Eynde, Gabriela Bindea, Sarah E Church, Angela Vasaturo, Tessa Fredriksen, Lucie Lafontaine, Nacilla Haicheur, Florence Marliot, Daphné Debetancourt, Géraldine Pairet, Anne Jouret-Mourin, Jean-Francois Gigot, Catherine Hubert, Etienne Danse, Cristina Dragean, Javier Carrasco, Yves Humblet, Viia Valge-Archer, Anne Berger, Franck Pagès, Jean-Pascal Machiels, Jérôme Galon
Background: This study assesses how the metastatic immune landscape is impacting the response to treatment and the outcome of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. Methods: Complete curative resection of metastases (n = 441) was performed for two patient cohorts (n = 153). Immune densities were quantified in the center and invasive margin of all metastases. Immunoscore and T and B cell (TB) score were analyzed in relation to radiological and pathological responses and patient's disease-free (DFS) and overall survival (OS) using multivariable Cox proportional hazards models...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904332/identification-of-sites-of-2-o-methylation-vulnerability-in-human-ribosomal-rnas-by-systematic-mapping
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Sunny Sharma, Virginie Marchand, Yuri Motorin, Denis L J Lafontaine
Ribosomal RNA modifications are important in optimizing ribosome function. Sugar 2'-O-methylation performed by fibrillarin-associated box C/D antisense guide snoRNAs impacts all steps of translation, playing a role in disease etiology (cancer). As it renders adjacent phosphodiester bonds resistant to alkaline treatment, 2'-O-methylation can be monitored qualitatively and quantitatively by applying next-generation sequencing to fragments of randomly cleaved RNA. We remapped all sites of 2'-O-methylation in human rRNAs in two isogenic diploid cell lines, one producing and one not producing the antitumor protein p53...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28827772/a-three-enzyme-system-to-generate-the-strychnos-alkaloid-scaffold-from-a-central-biosynthetic-intermediate
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Evangelos C Tatsis, Inês Carqueijeiro, Thomas Dugé de Bernonville, Jakob Franke, Thu-Thuy T Dang, Audrey Oudin, Arnaud Lanoue, Florent Lafontaine, Anna K Stavrinides, Marc Clastre, Vincent Courdavault, Sarah E O'Connor
Monoterpene indole alkaloids comprise a diverse family of over 2000 plant-produced natural products. This pathway provides an outstanding example of how nature creates chemical diversity from a single precursor, in this case from the intermediate strictosidine. The enzymes that elicit these seemingly disparate products from strictosidine have hitherto been elusive. Here we show that the concerted action of two enzymes commonly involved in natural product metabolism-an alcohol dehydrogenase and a cytochrome P450-produces unexpected rearrangements in strictosidine when assayed simultaneously...
August 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755833/serum-antibody-response-to-moraxella-catarrhalis-proteins-in-stringently-defined-otitis-prone-children
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Dabin Ren, Anthony L Almudevar, Timothy F Murphy, Eric R Lafontaine, Anthony A Campagnari, Nicole Luke-Marshall, Michael E Pichichero
BACKGROUND: Moraxella catarrhalis (Mcat) is a frequent pathogen of acute otitis media (AOM) in young children. Here we prospectively assessed naturally-induced serum antibodies to four Mcat vaccine candidate proteins in stringently defined otitis prone (sOP) and non-otitis prone (NOP) children age 6-36months old following nasopharyngeal (NP) colonization, at onset of AOM and convalescence from AOM. METHODS: Serum IgG and IgM antibody against recombinant Mcat proteins, oligopeptide permease A (OppA), outer membrane protein (OMP) CD, hemagglutinin (Hag), and PilA clade 2 (PilA2), were quantitated by ELISA...
July 26, 2017: Vaccine
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