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Valérie Platzer, Guillaume Perez, Anne Galinier, Michèle Genestal, Béatrice Riu-Poulenc, Leslie Gonzalez, Eric Huyghe, Sylvie Caspar-Bauguil
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Haemorrhagic radiation cystitis (HRC) is a late complication of pelvic radiotherapy. Severe cases are difficult to treat due to persistent or recurrent bleeding, despite urological and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). However, wound healing requires a good nutritional status. In this respect, we aimed at analysing the nutritional status of patients with HRC prior to the onset of HBOT and at highlighting predictive nutritional factors of outcome. METHODS: Data were retrospectively collected from a cohort of 179 patients with HRC (between 2011 and 2015)...
February 2018: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
Myungsuk Kim, Jisun Lim, Jung-Hee Lee, Kyung-Mi Lee, Suji Kim, Kye Won Park, Chu Won Nho, Yoon Shin Cho
Genistein, a phyto-estrogen, can potentially replace endogenous estrogens in postmenopausal women, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain incompletely understood. To obtain insight into the effect of genistein on bone differentiation, RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) analysis was used to detect differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in genistein-treated vs. untreated MC3T3-E1 mouse osteoblastic cells. Osteoblastic cell differentiation was monitored by measuring osteoblast differentiation factors (ALP production, bone mineralization, and expression of osteoblast differentiation markers)...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Toru Kondo, Masahiro Matsuoka, Chihiro Azai, Masami Kobayashi, Shigeru Itoh, Hirozo Oh-Oka
Function/location of menaquinone was studied in the photosynthetic reaction center of Heliobacterium (Hbt.) modesticaldum (hRC), which is one of the most primitive homodimeric type I RC. The spin-polarized electron paramagnetic resonance (ESP-EPR) signals of light-induced radical pair species, which are made of oxidized electron donor bacteriochlorophyll g (P800+) and reduced menaquinone (MQ-) or iron sulfur cluster (FX-), were measured in the oriented membranes of Hbt. modesticaldum at cryogenic temperature...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Xiaofeng Zhou, Doron Teper, Maxuel O Andrade, Tong Zhang, Sixue Chen, Wen-Yuan Song, Nian Wang
Most pathogenic bacteria deliver virulence factors into host cytosol through type III secretion systems (T3SS) to perturb host immune responses. The expression of T3SS is often repressed in rich medium but is specifically induced in the host environment. The molecular mechanisms underlying host-specific induction of T3SS expression is not completely understood. Here we demonstrate in Xanthomonas citri that host-induced phosphorylation of the ATP-dependent protease Lon stabilizes HrpG, the master regulator of T3SS, conferring bacterial virulence...
January 23, 2018: MBio
Rong Yu, Richard G Andrachek, Leo G Lehmicke, David L Freedman
Biostimulation was identified as a potential technology to treat a fractured sandstone aquifer contaminated with trichloroethene (TCE) and cis-1,2-dichloroethene (cis-DCE). Most of the mass of TCE and cis-DCE resides within the rock matrix and strategies to restore groundwater to pre-existing conditions are severely limited by back diffusion. A microcosm study using crushed rock and groundwater from the site was performed to assess biostimulation and natural attenuation. Lactate, hydrogen release compound® (HRC), and emulsified vegetable oil (EVO) significantly increased the rate of TCE reduction to cis-DCE...
January 16, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Corrie J Alonzo, Karen D Fairchild
BACKGROUND: Dexamethasone is administered to some preterm infants with chronic lung disease to facilitate weaning from mechanical ventilation. Heart rate characteristics (HRC), including heart rate variability (HRV), may be impacted by glucocorticoids and may predict extubation readiness. A commercially available monitor developed for sepsis detection continuously calculates HRV and an HRC index, which are inversely related. OBJECTIVES: Determine the impact of dexamethasone on HRV and the HRC index, in relation to extubation success...
2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
Palakolanu Sudhakar Reddy, Murugesan Tharanya, Kaliamoorthy Sivasakthi, Mallayee Srikanth, C Tom Hash, Jana Kholova, Kiran K Sharma, Vincent Vadez
Pearl millet is a crop of the semi-arid tropics having high degree of genetic diversity and variable tolerance to drought stress. To investigate drought tolerance mechanism that possibly accounts for differences in drought tolerance, four recombinant inbred lines from a high resolution cross (HRC) were selected for variability in their transpiration rate (Tr) response to vapour pressure deficit (VPD) conditions. The differential Tr response of the genotypes to increased VPD conditions was used to classify the genotypes as sensitive or insensitive to high VPD...
December 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
Imogen M Bermingham, Keith J Chappell, Daniel Watterson, Paul R Young
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) mediates host cell entry through the fusion (F) protein, which undergoes a conformational change to facilitate the merger of viral and host lipid membrane envelopes. The RSV F protein comprises a trimer of disulfide-bonded F1 and F2 subunits that is present on the virion surface in a metastable prefusion state. This prefusion form is readily triggered to undergo refolding to bring two heptad repeats (heptad repeat A [HRA] and HRB) into close proximity to form a six-helix bundle that stabilizes the postfusion form and provides the free energy required for membrane fusion...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Virology
Soo Jung Lee, Soonhyung Kwon, John R Gatti, Ejona Korcari, Ty E Gresser, Princess C Felix, Simon G Keep, Kevin C Pasquale, Tongxu Bai, Sabrina A Blanchett-Anderson, Nancy W Wu, Charissa Obeng-Nyarko, Kossi M Senagbe, Kathy C Young, Snehaa Maripudi, Bharath C Yalavarthi, Dajana Korcari, Andre Y Liu, Benjamin C Schaffler, Richard F Keep, Michael M Wang
The human cerebrovascular system is responsible for regulating demand-dependent perfusion and maintaining the blood-brain barrier (BBB). In addition, defects in the human cerebrovasculature lead to stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, vascular malformations, and vascular cognitive impairment. The objective of this study was to discover new proteins of the human cerebrovascular system using expression data from the Human Protein Atlas, a large-scale project which allows public access to immunohistochemical analysis of human tissues...
2017: PloS One
Minjeong Kim, Jai-Hoon Kim, Kangseok Kim, Sunshin Kim
Motivation: With the discovery of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal blood, the demand for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) has been increasing. To obtain reliable NIPT results, it is important to accurately estimate the fetal fraction. In this study, we propose an accurate and cost-effective method for measuring fetal fractions using single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Results: A total of 84 samples were sequenced via semiconductor sequencing using a 0.3x sequencing coverage...
November 8, 2017: Bioinformatics
Anna Barreto Fernandes Figueiredo, Guilherme Loureiro Werneck, Maria do Socorro Pires E Cruz, João Pereira da Silva, Andréa Sobral de Almeida
This study examines the association between land use and land cover and the occurrence of canine visceral leishmaniasis (VL). This is a case-control study in which cases were households with seropositive dogs for canine VL and controls were households with seronegative dogs. We used remote sensing images (CBERS: 2/CCD and 2B/HRC) to describe land use and cover in squares of 625m2 in the study area. Odds of canine VL were twice as high in households located in squares with an area ≤ 25m2 covered by residential structures with little vegetation in comparison to those where the cover reached ≥ 600m2...
November 6, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Marcelo Q Hoexter, Claudinei E Biazoli, Pedro G Alvarenga, Marcelo C Batistuzzo, Giovanni A Salum, Ary Gadelha, Pedro M Pan, Mauricio Anés, Leticia Mancini-Martins, Luciana M Moura, Carles Soriano-Mas, Marco A G Del' Aquilla, Edson Amaro, Luis A Rohde, Andrea P Jackowski, Rodrigo A Bressan, Euripedes C Miguel, Maria C do Rosario, João R Sato
BACKGROUND: The present study was designed to explore alterations in brain dynamics at rest that are associated with Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms (OCS) in childhood by measuring low frequency fluctuation of spontaneous brain activity in a large school community sample from a developing country. METHOD: Resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging data were collected in a sample of 655 children and adolescents (6-15 years old) from the brazilian 'High Risk Cohort Study for Psychiatric Disorders (HRC)'...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Lucas G Sosa Alderete, Mario E Guido, Elizabeth Agostini, Paloma Mas
The circadian clock is an endogenous system that allows organisms to daily adapt and optimize their physiology and metabolism. We studied the key circadian clock gene (CCG) orthologs in Nicotiana tabacum seedlings and in hairy root cultures (HRC). Putative genes involved in the metabolism of xenobiotic compounds (MXC) were selected and their expression profiles were also analyzed. Seedlings and HRC displayed similar diurnal variations in the expression profiles for the CCG examined under control conditions (CC)...
November 3, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Hasan Bombaci, Bestami Simsek, Mehmet Soyarslan, Mustafa Murat Yildirim
OBJECTIVE: The hip rotation centre (HRC) is an important reference point in cases of total hip arthroplasty (THA). The aim of this study is to investigate the reference points in the Turkish population that enable the identification of the HRC in standard pelvic radiographs. METHODS: The pelvic radiographs of 50 women and 50 men were examined. The mean age was 46.2 (range; 18-91). Patients with deformity of the hip joint and non-standard pelvic radiograph due to hip flexion contracture were excluded from the study...
October 10, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
Kristopher M Day, Evon S Zoog, Chase T Kluemper, Jillian K Scott, Caleb M Steffen, James Woodfin Kennedy, David Marshall Jemison, Jason P Rehm, Mark A Brzezienski
OBJECTIVE: Resident clinics (RCs) are intended to catalyze the achievement of educational milestones through progressively autonomous patient care. However, few studies quantify their effect on competency-based surgical education, and no previous publications focus on hand surgery RCs (HRCs). We demonstrate the achievement of progressive surgical autonomy in an HRC model. DESIGN: A retrospective review of all patients seen in a weekly half-day HRC from October 2010 to October 2015 was conducted...
September 26, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
Constantinos S Psomopoulos, Dimitrios A Barkas, Stavros D Kaminaris, George C Ioannidis, Panagiotis Karagiannopoulos
Low voltage and high voltage high-rupturing-capacity fuse links are used in LV and HV installations respectively, protecting mainly the LV and HV electricity distribution and transportation networks. The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (2002/96/EC) for "Waste of electrical and electronic equipment" is the main related legislation and as it concerns electrical and electronic equipment, it includes electric fuses. Although, the fuse links consist of recyclable materials, only small scale actions have been implemented for their recycling around Europe...
December 2017: Waste Management
B Lyttle Schumacher, N Grover, T Mesen, A Steiner, J Mersereau
STUDY QUESTION: What is the live-birth rate (LBR) and cost-effectiveness of fertility preservation with oocyte cryopreservation (FP-OC) compared to expectant management in cancer patients age 25-40 based on estimated gonadotoxicity of treatments 5 years after cancer diagnosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: Oocyte cryopreservation prior to cancer treatment is more costly, yet more effective (producing more live births), than not undergoing oocyte cryopreservation but it is most beneficial for patients undergoing high-risk chemotherapy (HRC)...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
Wei Zhou, Lars G Fritsche, Sayantan Das, He Zhang, Jonas B Nielsen, Oddgeir L Holmen, Jin Chen, Maoxuan Lin, Maiken B Elvestad, Kristian Hveem, Goncalo R Abecasis, Hyun Min Kang, Cristen J Willer
The accuracy of genotype imputation depends upon two factors: the sample size of the reference panel and the genetic similarity between the reference panel and the target samples. When multiple reference panels are not consented to combine together, it is unclear how to combine the imputation results to optimize the power of genetic association studies. We compared the accuracy of 9,265 Norwegian genomes imputed from three reference panels-1000 Genomes phase 3 (1000G), Haplotype Reference Consortium (HRC), and a reference panel containing 2,201 Norwegian participants from the population-based Nord Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT) from low-pass genome sequencing...
September 1, 2017: Genetic Epidemiology
Christos Tzimas, Daniel M Johnson, Demetrio J Santiago, Elizabeth Vafiadaki, Demetrios A Arvanitis, Constantinos H Davos, Aimilia Varela, Nikolaos C Athanasiadis, Constantinos Dimitriou, Michalis Katsimpoulas, Stephan Sonntag, Mariya Kryzhanovska, Doron Shmerling, Stephan E Lehnart, Karin R Sipido, Evangelia G Kranias, Despina Sanoudou
Aims: The histidine-rich calcium-binding protein (HRC) Ser96Ala variant has previously been identified as a potential biomarker for ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. Herein, the role of this variant in cardiac pathophysiology is delineated through a novel mouse model, carrying the human mutation in the homologous mouse position. Methods and results: The mouse HRC serine 81, homologous to human HRC serine 96, was mutated to alanine, using knock-in gene targeting...
September 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
Le Lin, Ying Wang, Tianxue Liu
Much of the literature on recovery focuses on the economy, the physical environment and infrastructure at a macro level, which may ignore the personal experiences of affected individuals during recovery. This paper combines internal factors at a micro level and external factors at a macro level to model for understanding perception of recovery (PoR). This study focuses on areas devastated by the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China. With respect to three recovery-related aspects (house recovery condition (HRC), family recovery power (FRP) and reconstruction investment (RI)), structural equation modeling (SEM) was applied...
2017: PloS One
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