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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330918/leptosphaeria-maculans-avrlm9-a-new-player-in-the-game-of-hide-and-seek-with-avrlm4-7
#1
Kaveh Ghanbarnia, Lisong Ma, Nicholas J Larkan, Parham Haddadi, W G Dilantha Fernando, M Hossein Borhan
Blackleg disease of Brassica napus caused by Leptosphaeria maculans (Lm) is largely controlled by deploying race-specific resistance (R) genes. However, selection pressure exerted by R genes causes Lm to adapt and give rise to new virulent strains through mutation and deletion of effector genes. Therefore, knowledge of effector gene function is necessary for effective management of the disease. Here we report cloning of Lm effector AvrLm9 that is recognised by the resistance gene Rlm9 in B. napus cultivar Goéland...
January 13, 2018: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330894/structure-function-and-evolution-of-the-hemerythrin-like-domain-superfamily
#2
Claudia Alvarez-Carreño, Vikram Alva, Arturo Becerra, Antonio Lazcano
Hemerythrin-like proteins have generally been studied for their ability to reversibly bind oxygen through their binuclear non-heme iron centers. However, in recent years, it has become increasingly evident that some members of the hemerythrin-like superfamily also participate in many other biological processes. For instance, the binuclear non-heme iron site of YtfE, a hemerythrin-like protein involved in the repair of iron centers in Escherichia coli, catalyzes the reduction of nitric oxide to nitrous oxide, and the human F-box/LRR-repeat protein 5, which contains a hemerythrin-like domain, is involved in intracellular iron homeostasis...
January 13, 2018: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330874/safety-of-high-current-stimulation-for-intermittent-intraoperative-neural-monitoring-in-thyroid-surgery-a-porcine-model
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I-Cheng Lu, Pi-Ying Chang, Gregory W Randolph, Hsiu-Ya Chen, Kuang-Yi Tseng, Yi-Chu Lin, Feng-Yu Chiang, Che-Wei Wu
OBJECTIVES: During monitored thyroidectomy, displacement of the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) or vagus nerve (VN) in some complicated cases can increase the risk of injury. Although increasing the stimulus current can facilitate nerve mapping and localization, the safety of a high-current stimulus remains unknown. Therefore, this study evaluated the safety of a high-current stimulus in a porcine model. METHODS: Short-duration (1 minute), high-current (3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mA at 4Hz) stimulus pulses were repeatedly applied to the RLN or VN in six anesthetized piglets...
January 13, 2018: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330871/multi-site-n-glycan-mapping-study-2-uhplc
#4
Ákos Szekrényes, SungAe Suhr Park, Eoin Cosgrave, Aled Jones, Ted Haxo, Michael Kimzey, Shiva Pourkaveh, Zoltán Szabó, Zoran Sosic, Peng Feng, Preeti Sejwal, Kelsey Dent, David Michels, Gordon Freckleton, Jun Qian, Catherine Lancaster, Toni Duffy, Melissa Schwartz, Jiann-Kae Luo, Jonathan van Dyck, Pui-King Leung, Marcell Olajos, Ronald Kowle, Kai Gao, Wenbo Wang, Jo Wegstein, Samnang Tep, Apolka Domokos, Csaba Váradi, András Guttman
In the first part of this publication, the results from an international study evaluating the precision (i.e., repeatability and reproducibility) of N-glycosylation analysis using capillary electrophoresis of APTS-labeled N-glycans were presented. The corresponding results from ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC) with fluorescence detection are presented here from 12 participating sites. All participants used the same lot of samples, reagents, and columns to perform the assays. Elution time, peak area and peak area percent values were determined for all peaks ≥0...
January 13, 2018: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330848/cultured-allogeneic-fibroblast-injection-versus-fibroblasts-cultured-on-amniotic-membrane-scaffold-for-dystrophic-epidermolysis-bullosa-treatment
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H Moravvej, F Abdollahimajd, M-H Naseh, Z Piravar, E Abolhasani, N Mozafari, H Niknejad
BACKGROUND: Different methods of fibroblast application have been examined to treat recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (RDEB). OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of intradermal injection of cultured allogeneic fibroblasts in healing RDEB wounds with that of fibroblasts seeded on amniotic membrane scaffolds (FAMS) or standard wound care (SWC) with Vaseline gauze as controls. MATERIALS &METHODS: Seven patients were recruited, and seven wounds were assessed in each patient: three wounds were treated with injection of intradermal fibroblasts, three were treated with FAMS, and one was dressed with SWC...
January 12, 2018: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330631/apparent-diffusion-coefficient-mapping-using-diffusion-weighted-mri-impact-of-background-parenchymal-enhancement-amount-of-fibroglandular-tissue-and-menopausal-status-on-breast-cancer-diagnosis
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Joao V Horvat, Manuela Durando, Soledad Milans, Sujata Patil, Jessica Massler, Girard Gibbons, Dilip Giri, Katja Pinker, Elizabeth A Morris, Sunitha B Thakur
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the impact of background parenchymal enhancement (BPE), amount of fibroglandular tissue (FGT) and menopausal status on apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in differentiation between malignant and benign lesions. METHODS: In this HIPAA-compliant study, mean ADC values of 218 malignant and 130 benign lesions from 288 patients were retrospectively evaluated. The differences in mean ADC values between benign and malignant lesions were calculated within groups stratified by BPE level (high/low), amount of FGT (dense/non-dense) and menopausal status (premenopausal/postmenopausal)...
January 12, 2018: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330624/functional-transcriptomic-annotation-and-protein-protein-interaction-network-analysis-identify-nek2-birc5-and-top2a-as-potential-targets-in-obese-patients-with-luminal-a-breast-cancer
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Miriam Nuncia-Cantarero, Sandra Martinez-Canales, Fernando Andrés-Pretel, Gabriel Santpere, Alberto Ocaña, Eva Maria Galan-Moya
PURPOSE: Although obesity is a risk factor for breast cancer, little effort has been made in the identification of druggable molecular alterations in obese-breast cancer patients. Tumors are controlled by their surrounding microenvironment, in which the adipose tissue is a main component. In this work, we intended to describe molecular alterations at a transcriptomic and protein-protein interaction (PPI) level between obese and non-obese patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Gene expression data of 269 primary breast tumors were compared between normal-weight (BMI < 25, n = 130) and obese (IMC > 30, n = 139) patients...
January 12, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330602/ecosystem-carbon-emissions-from-2015-forest-fires-in-interior-alaska
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Christopher Potter
BACKGROUND: In the summer of 2015, hundreds of wildfires burned across the state of Alaska, and consumed more than 1.6 million ha of boreal forest and wetlands in the Yukon-Koyukuk region. Mapping of 113 large wildfires using Landsat satellite images from before and after 2015 indicated that nearly 60% of this area was burned at moderate-to-high severity levels. Field measurements near the town of Tanana on the Yukon River were carried out in July of 2017 in both unburned and 2015 burned forested areas (nearly adjacent to one-another) to visually verify locations of different Landsat burn severity classes (low, moderate, or high; LBS, MBS, HBS)...
January 8, 2018: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330589/impact-of-valve-less-vs-standard-insufflation-on-pneumoperitoneum-volume-inflammation-and-peritoneal-physiology-in-a-laparoscopic-sigmoid-resection-experimental-model
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Michele Diana, Eric Noll, Andras Legnèr, Seong-Ho Kong, Yu-Yin Liu, Luigi Schiraldi, Francesco Marchegiani, Jordan Bano, Bernard Geny, Anne-Laure Charles, Bernard Dallemagne, Véronique Lindner, Didier Mutter, Pierre Diemunsch, Jacques Marescaux
BACKGROUND: Standard insufflators compensate for intra-abdominal pressure variations with pressure spikes. Our aim was to evaluate the impact of a stable, low-pressure pneumoperitoneum induced by a valve-less insufflator, on working space, hemodynamics, inflammation, and peritoneal physiology, in a model of laparoscopic sigmoid resection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twelve pigs (47 ± 3.3 kg) were equipped for invasive hemodynamic monitoring and randomly assigned to Standard (n = 6) vs...
January 12, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330514/a-comparison-of-static-and-dynamic-cerebral-autoregulation-during-mild-whole-body-cold-stress-in-individuals-with-and-without-cervical-spinal-cord-injury-a-pilot-study
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Jan W van der Scheer, Yoshi-Ichiro Kamijo, Christof A Leicht, Philip J Millar, Manabu Shibasaki, Victoria L Goosey-Tolfrey, Fumihiro Tajima
STUDY DESIGN: Experimental study. OBJECTIVES: To characterize static and dynamic cerebral autoregulation (CA) of individuals with cervical spinal cord injury (SCI) compared to able-bodied controls in response to moderate increases in mean arterial pressure (MAP) caused by mild whole-body cold stress. SETTING: Japan METHODS: Five men with complete autonomic cervical SCI (sustained > 5 y) and six age-matched able-bodied men participated in hemodynamic, temperature, catecholamine and respiratory measurements for 60 min during three consecutive stages: baseline (10 min; 33 °C water through a thin-tubed whole-body suit), mild cold stress (20 min; 25 °C water), and post-cold recovery (30 min; 33 °C water)...
January 12, 2018: Spinal Cord
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330511/testing-density-functional-approximations-on-a-lattice-and-the-applicability-of-the-related-hohenberg-kohn-like-theorem
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Vivian V França, Jeremy P Coe, Irene D'Amico
We present a metric-space approach to quantify the performance of approximations in lattice density-functional theory for interacting many-body systems and to explore the regimes where the Hohenberg-Kohn-type theorem on fermionic lattices is applicable. This theorem demonstrates the existence of one-to-one mappings between particle densities, wave functions and external potentials. We then focus on these quantities, and quantify how far apart in metric space the approximated and exact ones are. We apply our method to the one-dimensional Hubbard model for different types of external potentials, and assess the regimes where it is applicable to one of the most used approximations in density-functional theory, the local density approximation (LDA)...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330467/evidence-for-sparse-synergies-in-grasping-actions
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Roberto Prevete, Francesco Donnarumma, Andrea d'Avella, Giovanni Pezzulo
Converging evidence shows that hand-actions are controlled at the level of synergies and not single muscles. One intriguing aspect of synergy-based action-representation is that it may be intrinsically sparse and the same synergies can be shared across several distinct types of hand-actions. Here, adopting a normative angle, we consider three hypotheses for hand-action optimal-control: sparse-combination hypothesis (SC) - sparsity in the mapping between synergies and actions - i.e., actions implemented using a sparse combination of synergies; sparse-elements hypothesis (SE) - sparsity in synergy representation - i...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330457/spatially-selective-responses-to-kanizsa-and-occlusion-stimuli-in-human-visual-cortex
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Benjamin de Haas, Dietrich Samuel Schwarzkopf
Early visual cortex responds to illusory contours in which abutting lines or collinear edges imply the presence of an occluding surface, as well as to occluded parts of an object. Here we used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and population receptive field (pRF) analysis to map retinotopic responses in early visual cortex using bar stimuli defined by illusory contours, occluded parts of a bar, or subtle luminance contrast. All conditions produced retinotopic responses in early visual field maps even though signal-to-noise ratios were very low...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330436/blood-transcriptomics-of-captive-forest-musk-deer-moschus-berezovskii-and-possible-associations-with-the-immune-response-to-abscesses
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Xiaoning Sun, Ruibo Cai, Xuelin Jin, Aaron B A Shafer, Xiaolong Hu, Shuang Yang, Yimeng Li, Lei Qi, Shuqiang Liu, Defu Hu
Forest musk deer (Moschus berezovskii; FMD) are both economically valuable and highly endangered. A problem for FMD captive breeding programs has been the susceptibility of FMD to abscesses. To investigate the mechanisms of abscess development in FMD, the blood transcriptomes of three purulent and three healthy individuals were generated. A total of ~39.68 Gb bases were generated using Illumina HiSeq 4000 sequencing technology and 77,752 unigenes were identified after assembling. All the unigenes were annotated, with 63,531 (81...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330432/developing-genome-wide-snps-and-constructing-an-ultrahigh-density-linkage-map-in-oil-palm
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Bin Bai, Le Wang, Ying Jun Zhang, May Lee, Rahmadsyah Rahmadsyah, Yuzer Alfiko, Bao Qing Ye, Sigit Purwantomo, Antonius Suwanto, Nam-Hai Chua, Gen Hua Yue
Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) is the leading oil-producing crops and the most important edible oil resource worldwide. DNA markers and genetic linkage maps are essential resources for marker-assisted selection to accelerate genetic improvement. We conducted RAD-seq on an Illumina NextSeq500 to discover genome-wide SNPs, and used the SNPs to construct a linkage map for an oil palm (Tenera) population derived from a cross between a Deli Dura and an AVROS Pisifera. The RAD-seq produced 1,076 million single-end reads across the breeding population containing 155 trees...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330423/t-cell-immunity-to-zika-virus-targets-immunodominant-epitopes-that-show-cross-reactivity-with-other-flaviviruses
#16
C J Reynolds, O M Suleyman, A M Ortega-Prieto, J K Skelton, P Bonnesoeur, A Blohm, V Carregaro, J S Silva, E A James, B Maillère, M Dorner, R J Boyton, D M Altmann
Zika virus (ZIKV) Infection has several outcomes from asymptomatic exposure to rash, conjunctivitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome or congenital Zika syndrome. Analysis of ZIKV immunity is confounded by the fact that several related Flaviviruses infect humans, including Dengue virus 1-4, West Nile virus and Yellow Fever virus. HLA class II restricted T cell cross-reactivity between ZIKV and other Flaviviruses infection(s) or vaccination may contribute to protection or to enhanced immunopathology. We mapped immunodominant, HLA class II restricted, CD4 epitopes from ZIKV Envelope (Env), and Non-structural (NS) NS1, NS3 and NS5 antigens in HLA class II transgenic mice...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330332/identification-and-characterization-of-sites-where-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-is-terminated-by-localized-ablation
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Junaid A B Zaman, William H Sauer, Mahmood I Alhusseini, Tina Baykaner, Ryan T Borne, Christopher A B Kowalewski, Sonia Busch, Paul C Zei, Shirley Park, Mohan N Viswanathan, Paul J Wang, Johannes Brachmann, David E Krummen, John M Miller, Wouter Jan Rappel, Sanjiv M Narayan, Nicholas S Peters
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms by which persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) terminates via localized ablation are not well understood. To address the hypothesis that sites where localized ablation terminates persistent AF have characteristics identifiable with activation mapping during AF, we systematically examined activation patterns acquired only in cases of unequivocal termination by ablation. METHODS AND RESULTS: We recruited 57 patients with persistent AF undergoing ablation, in whom localized ablation terminated AF to sinus rhythm or organized tachycardia...
January 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330297/characterization-and-evidence-of-the-mir-888-cluster-as-a-novel-cancer-network-in-prostate
#18
Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, Garrison Glavich, Mary Pahuski, Aleena M Short, Oliver John Semmes, Lifang Yang, Vitold Galkin, Richard R Drake, Aurora Esquela-Kerscher
Prostate cancer afflicts 1 in 7 men and is the second leading cause of male cancer-related deaths in the United States. MicroRNAs (miRNAs), an extensive class of ~22 nucleotide non-coding RNAs, are often aberrantly expressed in tissues and fluids from prostate cancer patients but the mechanism of how specific miRNAs regulate prostate tumorigenesis and metastasis are poorly understood. Here, miR-888 was identified as a novel prostate factor that promotes proliferation and migration. miR-888 resides within a genomic cluster of 7 miRNA genes (mir-892c, mir-890, mir-888, mir-892a, mir-892b, mir-891b, mir-891a) on human chromosome Xq27...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330136/white-matter-volume-loss-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-meta-analysis-of-voxel-based-morphometry-studies
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Guangxiang Chen, Baiwan Zhou, Hongyan Zhu, Weihong Kuang, Feng Bi, Hua Ai, Zhongwei Gu, Xiaoqi Huang, Su Lui, Qiyong Gong
Structural neuroimaging studies of white matter (WM) volume in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) using voxel-based morphometry (VBM) have yielded inconsistent findings. This study aimed to perform a quantitative voxel-based meta-analysis using effect-size signed differential mapping (ES-SDM) to establish a statistical consensus between published studies for WM volume alterations in ALS. The pooled meta-analysis revealed significant WM volume losses in the bilateral supplementary motor areas (SMAs), bilateral precentral gyri (PGs), left middle cerebellar peduncle and right cerebellum in patients with ALS, involving the corticospinal tract (CST), interhemispheric fibers, subcortical arcuate fibers, projection fibers to the striatum and cortico-ponto-cerebellar tract...
January 9, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329912/identification-and-fate-mapping-of-the-pancreatic-mesenchyme
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Jesse Angelo, Kimberly D Tremblay
The murine pancreas buds from the ventral embryonic endoderm at approximately 8.75 dpc and a second pancreas bud emerges from the dorsal endoderm by 9.0 dpc. Although it is clear that secreted signals from adjacent mesoderm-derived sources are required for both the appropriate emergence and further refinement of the pancreatic endoderm, neither the exact signals nor the requisite tissue sources have been defined in mammalian systems. Herein we use DiI fate mapping of cultured murine embryos to identify the embryonic sources of both the early inductive and later condensed pancreatic mesenchyme...
January 9, 2018: Developmental Biology
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