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Marian L Miller, Aleksey Porollo, Susan Wert
Alveolar type II cells from seven mammalian species were examined for a protein in the rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER), which showed a multi-layered, repeating motif. Each motif, 100nm in width, comprised two parallel outer dense layers, a less dense central layer, and often 1-3 faint layers on either side of the latter. Outer layers showed periodicities at 3-4 densities/100nm of width, while layers on either side of the central layer showed 5-7 densities/100nm of width. RER membranes were ribosome-free when parallel to these layers, but showed 4 ribosomes per motif at the growing ends: one ribosome at each outer dense layer, and one on either side of the less dense central layer...
March 15, 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Marcel T Bernucci, Conrad W Merkle, Vivek J Srinivasan
Optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) has recently emerged for imaging vasculature in clinical ophthalmology. Yet, OCTA images contain artifacts that remain challenging to interpret. To help explain these artifacts, we perform contrast-enhanced OCTA with a custom-designed wide-field ophthalmoscope in rats in vivo . We choose an intravascular contrast agent (Intralipid) with particles that are more isotropically scattering and more symmetrically shaped than red blood cells (RBCs). Then, by examining how OCTA artifacts change after contrast agent injection, we attribute OCTA artifacts to RBC-specific properties...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
David Taïeb, Abhishek Jha, Carole Guerin, Ying Pang, Karen T Adams, Clara C Chen, Pauline Romanet, Philippe Roche, Wassim Essamet, Alexander Ling, Martha M Quezado, Frédéric Castinetti, Fréderic Sebag, Karel Pacak
Context: MYC associated factor X (MAX) has been recently described as a new susceptibility pheochromocytoma (PHEO) gene with a total of approximately 40 reported cases. At present, no study has specifically described the functional imaging phenotype of MAX-related PHEO. Objective, Patients, and Design: The objective of this study was to present our experience with contrast-enhanced CT and 18F-FDOPA PET/CT imaging in 6 consecutive patients (4 at initial diagnosis and 2 at follow-up evaluation) with rare but clinically important MAX-related PHEOs...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Anja Schiffmann, Gerald Gimpl
The oxytocin receptor, a class A G protein coupled receptor (GPCR), is essentially involved in the physiology of reproduction. Two parameters are crucially important to support high-affinity agonist binding of the receptor: Mg2+ and cholesterol, both acting as positive modulators. Using displacement assays with a high-affinity fluorescent antagonist (OTAN-A647), we now show that sodium functions as a negative allosteric modulator of the oxytocin receptor. In membranes from HEK293 cells stably expressing the oxytocin receptor, oxytocin binding occurred with about 15-fold lower affinity when sodium chloride was increased from 0 to 300 mM, whereas antagonist binding remained largely unchanged...
March 7, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Manabu Zama, Yaeko Hara, Satoshi Fujita, Tadayoshi Kaneko, Masayuki Kobayashi
Nasal mucosa has roles in warming and humidifying inspired air and is highly sensitive to mechanical stimuli. Moreover, the upper part of the nasal mucosa expresses olfactory receptors processing olfactory information. Although the somatosensory map of the face in the primary (S1) and secondary (S2) somatosensory cortices is clearly documented, the map of the nasal mucosa and the effect of odors on their activities are largely unknown. This study aimed to identify the cortical regions in S1 and their temporal features in response to somatosensory stimulation of the nasal mucosa using an optical imaging technique in urethane-anesthetized rats...
March 5, 2018: Neuroscience
Kazuhiro Kitajima, Shingo Yamamoto, Soichi Odawara, Yusuke Kawanaka, Yukako Nakanishi, Takahiko Hashimoto, Yusuke Yamada, Toru Suzuki, Akihiro Kanematsu, Michio Nojima, Neinei Kimura, Masataka Zouzumi, Seiichi Hirota, Koichiro Yamakado
We report a 65-year-old male with histopathologically proven prostate cancer and multiple pelvic node metastases using a robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy procedure plus extended pelvic lymph node dissection. Positron emission tomography (PET) scan findings demonstrated a moderate accumulation of11 C-choline in a metastatic left obturator node sized 8 × 8 mm, though only a faint uptake of fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) was noted.11 C-choline PET/computed tomography (CT) may be useful for the diagnosis of a tiny metastatic lymph node not demonstrated by CT, magnetic resonance imaging, or FDG-PET/CT and to determine the need for an extended pelvic lymph node dissection...
January 2018: Case Reports in Oncology
Xiao Bing Tang, Huan Li, Jin Zhang, Wei Lin Wang, Zheng Wei Yuan, Yu Zuo Bai
Purpose: This study was performed to investigate the expression pattern of Wnt inhibitory factor 1 (Wif1) and β-catenin during anorectal development in normal and anorectal malformation (ARM) embryos and the possible role of Wif1 and β-catenin in the pathogenesis of ARM. Methods: ARM was induced with ethylenethiourea on the 10th gestational day in rat embryos. Cesarean deliveries were performed to harvest the embryos. The expression pattern of Wif1 and β-catenin protein and mRNA was evaluated in normal rat embryos ( n  = 288) and ARM rat embryos ( n  = 306) from GD13 to GD16 using immunohistochemical staining, Western blot, and real time RT-PCR...
2018: PeerJ
Kilian Simmet, Valeri Zakhartchenko, Julia Philippou-Massier, Helmut Blum, Nikolai Klymiuk, Eckhard Wolf
Mammalian preimplantation development involves two lineage specifications: first, the CDX2-expressing trophectoderm (TE) and a pluripotent inner cell mass (ICM) are separated during blastocyst formation. Second, the pluripotent epiblast (EPI; expressing NANOG) and the differentiated primitive endoderm (PrE; expressing GATA6) diverge within the ICM. Studies in mice revealed that OCT4/POU5F1 is at the center of a pluripotency regulatory network. To study the role of OCT4 in bovine preimplantation development, we generated OCT4 knockout (KO) fibroblasts by CRISPR-Cas9 and produced embryos by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT)...
February 26, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Maria Bergemann, Branimir Sesar, Judith G Cohen, Aldo M Serenelli, Allyson Sheffield, Ting S Li, Luca Casagrande, Kathryn V Johnston, Chervin F P Laporte, Adrian M Price-Whelan, Ralph Schönrich, Andrew Gould
Our Galaxy is thought to have an active evolutionary history, dominated over the past ten billion years or so by star formation, the accretion of cold gas and, in particular, the merging of clumps of baryonic and dark matter. The stellar halo-the faint, roughly spherical component of the Galaxy-reveals rich 'fossil' evidence of these interactions, in the form of stellar streams, substructures and chemically distinct stellar components. The effects of interactions with dwarf galaxies on the content and morphology of the Galactic disk are still being explored...
February 26, 2018: Nature
Junko Fukuda, Sachiko Tanaka, Nobuko Ishida, Tatsuya Ioka, Kenji Ikezawa, Rena Takakura, Miho Nakao, Kazuyoshi Ohkawa, Kazuhiro Katayama, Shigenori Nagata
A patient with slight dilatation of the main pancreatic duct was followed-up with ultrasonography every 6 months as a high-risk case of pancreatic cancer. Twelve years later, a faint hypoechoic area 13 mm in diameter was first detected on the body of the pancreas. Contrast-enhanced ultrasonography revealed a well-demarcated hypoenhanced area 8 mm in diameter and a hyperenhanced area with an unclear margin. The former was suspected to be a small pancreatic cancer lesion, and the latter to be focal pancreatitis accompanying cancer...
February 22, 2018: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
Qiaomeng Ren, Min Yu, Yuying Li, Yan Zhang, Xiaochong Shi, Yanhong Wu, Ying Su, Yanan Wang, Xiaolei Wang, Xiao-Hua Zhang
A rod-shaped, Gram-staining-negative, strictly aerobic, non-motile bacterium with no flexirubin-type pigment, designated as W201ET , was isolated from an intertidal sandy beach in Antarctica. The organism formed faintly yellow, round colonies on marine agar 2216E. The strain required sea salts for growth and grew optimally in the presence of 2 % (w/v) NaCl at pH 7.0, 20 °C. Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequence indicated that strain W201ET belonged to the genus Flavobacterium and showed the highest sequence similarity to Flavobacterium algicola NBRC 102673T (96...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Hendrikus A Kranenburg, Sandra E Lakke, Maarten A Schmitt, Cees P Van der Schans
Objectives: To obtain consensus-based agreement on a classification system of adverse events (AE) following cervical spinal manipulation. The classification system should be comprised of clear definitions, include patients' and clinicians' perspectives, and have an acceptable number of categories. Methods: Design : A three-round Delphi study. Participants : Thirty Dutch participants (medical specialists, manual therapists, and patients) participated in an online survey...
December 2017: Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy
Qiao Chen, Ning Xu
We have investigated the differential conductance and shot noise for the system of superconducting nanowires irradiated with a periodic electric field by nonequilibrium Green's functions. The numerical results show that the coupling between the Majorana bound states (MBSs) can be tuned by the periodic electric field. The width of barriers has huge influence on the coupling of MBSs, however, the separation between barriers affect the coupling faintly. The coupling increases with the width of barriers, the number of barriers and the strength of barriers...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Taku Iguchi, Koji Takaori, Akiko Mii, Yuki Sato, Yasunori Suzuki, Hajime Yoshifuji, Hiroshi Seno, Osamu Ogawa, Koichi Omori, Kazuhisa Bessho, Satoru Kondo, Tomokazu Yoshizaki, Hitoshi Nakashima, Takao Saito, Tsuneyo Mimori, Hironori Haga, Mitsuhiro Kawano, Motoko Yanagita
Immunoglobulin G4-related disease is a rare immune-mediated disease characterized by the infiltration of IgG4-positive plasma cells and unique storiform fibrosis of multiple organs. The majority of IgG4-related disease patients respond to glucocorticoids, yet the precise mechanism of their action remains unclear. Pathological sections of the submaxillary gland, kidney, and retroperitoneum from 20 patients in total diagnosed with IgG4-related disease were analyzed for glucocorticoid receptor expression and the cell types expressing glucocorticoid receptor...
February 12, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
Yuhang Zhang, Xuesong Wang, Xingchao Chang, Mingyang Sun, Yanzheng Zhang, Wenbin Li, Yongguang Li
Germin-like proteins (GLPs) are ubiquitous water-soluble glycoproteins that are located in the extracellular matrix. These proteins have been reported to play vital roles in diverse biological processes. In the present study, a GLP in soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.), GmGLP10, was characterized. Sequence analysis revealed that the GmGLP10 gene (GenBank Accession Number EU916258) encodes a 213-amino acid (aa) protein, which contains a N-terminal signal peptide at 1-22 aa and is highly homologous to the members of the GER2 subfamily...
February 8, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Mio Ozawa, Paul M Brennan, Karolis Zienius, Kathreena M Kurian, William Hollingworth, David Weller, Willie Hamilton, Robin Grant, Yoav Ben-Shlomo
Background: Brain tumours often present with varied, non-specific features with other diagnoses usually being more likely. Objective: To examine how different symptoms and patient demographics predict variations in time to brain tumour diagnosis. Methods: We conducted a secondary analysis of brain tumour cases from National Audit of Cancer Diagnosis in Primary Care. We grouped neurological symptoms into six domains (headache, behavioural/cognitive change, focal neurology, 'fits, faints or falls', non-specific neurological, and other/non-specific) and calculated times for patient presentation, GP referral, specialist consultation and total pathway interval...
February 6, 2018: Family Practice
Sho Okune, Kazuhiro Ishii, Shogo Ouchi, Kazuki Sakakura, Masahide Matsuda, Akira Tamaoka
CLIPPERS (chronic lymphocytic inflammation with pontine perivascular enhancement responsive to steroids) is an inflammatory central nervous system disorder that gives rise to brainstem symptoms such as diplopia and articulatory disorders. It shows characteristic "salt-and-pepper" enhancing brainstem lesions on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans. We present an unusual case of CLIPPERS, in which a 29-year-old man initially presented with a seizure. Brain MRI revealed faint open-ring enhancements in the right frontal lobe, and a brain biopsy was performed to make a definitive diagnosis...
January 26, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
F T Caliskan, I Toker, R Toktas, Z Temizyurek, O Unek, B Zirek, O Karcioglu
BACKGROUND: Country-specific numbers of street drug (SD) users are well documented. However, little data exists regarding these patients' clinical presentations and outcomes in the emergency department (ED). Therefore, management of these patients in the emergency setting is still a subject of debate. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to determine the symptoms and signs of SD users presenting to the ED, and to report the substances, treatments, and outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this single-center study, symptoms, clinical findings, diagnoses, and outcomes of patients who reported to have used SDs or were diagnosed as SD users were investigated within a 1-year study period...
January 2018: Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice
Marian Ivan, Rongjiang Wang, Rami Hofstetter
We assembled a database consisting of 5,404 PKIKP/PKiKP observations from 555 events, where PKIKP is the phase sampling the inner core (IC) and PKiKP is the phase reflected at the inner core boundary (ICB). Around 138° distances, their differential arrival times and amplitude ratio are mostly sensitive to the seismic velocity and attenuation structure in the uppermost IC (UIC), respectively. Our observations do not support a large-scale anisotropy in the UIC, but do not exclude its presence in some restricted areas...
February 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
B-B Zhang, B Zhang, H Sun, W-H Lei, H Gao, Y Li, L Shao, Y Zhao, Y-D Hu, H-J Lü, X-F Wu, X-L Fan, G Wang, A J Castro-Tirado, S Zhang, B-Y Yu, Y-Y Cao, E-W Liang
Double neutron star (DNS) merger events are promising candidates of short gamma-ray burst (sGRB) progenitors as well as high-frequency gravitational wave (GW) emitters. On August 17, 2017, such a coinciding event was detected by both the LIGO-Virgo gravitational wave detector network as GW170817 and Gamma-Ray Monitor on board NASA's Fermi Space Telescope as GRB 170817A. Here, we show that the fluence and spectral peak energy of this sGRB fall into the lower portion of the distributions of known sGRBs. Its peak isotropic luminosity is abnormally low...
January 31, 2018: Nature Communications
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