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    Does international patent collaboration have an effect on entrepreneurship?

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    .Entrepreneurship is one of the main pillars of growth in any economy. Achieving a high rate of entrepreneurship in a region has become the priority objective of governments and firms. However, in many cases, new firm creation is conditioned by relations or collaboration in innovation with agents from other countries. Previous literature has analyzed the mechanisms that foster entrepreneurship. This paper attempts to shed light on the influence of international patent collaboration (IPC) on entrepreneurial activity at country level taking into account the timing of this relationship. An empirical study is proposed to verify whether IPC leads to greater entrepreneurship and to analyze the gestation period between international patenting actions and firm creation. Using the Generalized Method of Moments, the two hypotheses proposed were tested in a data panel of 30 countries for the period 2005‚Äď2017. Results show the influence of IPC in promoting entrepreneurship in the same year, but especially in the following year. The study offers implications for entrepreneurs and public agents. IPC affects the integration and interaction of international agents in a country, favors the production of new knowledge, and increases positive externalities in a territory. All this facilitates the creation of new companies with a high innovative component.S

    What is the importance of sperm subpopulations?

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    .The study of sperm subpopulations spans three decades. The origin, meaning, and practical significance, however, are less clear. Current technology for assessing sperm morphology (CASA-Morph) and motility (CASA-Mot) has enabled the accurate evaluation of these features, and there are many options for data classification. Subpopulations could occur as a result of the stage of development of each spermatozoon in the subpopulation. Spermatogenesis might contribute to the production of these subpopulations. Insights from evolutionary biology and recent molecular research are indicative of the diversity among male gametes that could occur from unequal sharing of transcripts and other elements through cytoplasmic bridges between spermatids. Sperm cohorts exiting the gonads would contain different RNA and protein contents, affecting the spermatozoon physiology and associations with the surrounding environmental milieu. Subsequently, these differences could affect how spermatozoa interact with the environmental milieu (maturation, mixing with seminal plasma, and interacting with the environmental milieu, or female genital tract and female gamete). The emergence of sperm subpopulations as an outcome of evolution, related to the reproductive strategies of the species, genital tract structures, and copulatory and fertilization processes. This kind of approach in determining the importance of sperm subpopulations in fertilization capacity should have a practical impact for conducting reproductive technologies, inspiring and enabling new ways for the more efficient use of spermatozoa in the medical, animal breeding, and conservation fields. This manuscript is a contribution to the Special Issue in memory of Dr. Duane GarnerS

    Medicina personalizada en lactantes con cáncer: Estudio farmacogenético de polimorfismos relacionados con toxicidad y respuesta a la quimioterapia

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    Introducci√≥n La farmacogen√©tica es una herramienta de la ‚ÄúMedicina personalizada‚ÄĚ que contribuye a optimizar los tratamientos antineopl√°sicos, adapt√°ndolos a las caracter√≠sticas gen√©ticas particulares de cada individuo, maximizando su eficacia y minimizando su toxicidad. El lactante con c√°ncer es un paciente de particular vulnerabilidad y sus comorbilidades tiene una especial repercusi√≥n vital. El estudio farmacogen√©tico en esta poblaci√≥n resulta pionero y novedoso en nuestro medio. La identificaci√≥n de marcadores predictivos espec√≠ficos permitir√° individualizar m√°s la terap√©utica en esta poblaci√≥n tan fr√°gil y mejorar en consecuencia su calidad de vida y su pron√≥stico vital. Material y m√©todos Estudio de cohortes ambispectivo de pacientes oncol√≥gicos entre 1 y 18 meses de edad, receptores de quimioterapia en el Hospital La Fe de Valencia, en el periodo comprendido entre enero 2007 y agosto 2019. La parte retrospectiva comprende hasta diciembre 2015, el estudio prospectivo desde enero 2016 hasta agosto 2019. En primer lugar, se realiza un an√°lisis descriptivo de variables epidemiol√≥gicas, cl√≠nico/biol√≥gicas, terap√©uticas y pron√≥sticas de 72 pacientes con dichas caracter√≠sticas. Se describe la toxicidad derivada de sus 578 ciclos de quimioterapia (37 variables cl√≠nicas), el tiempo de seguimiento y su supervivencia (meses). En segundo lugar, se realiza un estudio anal√≠tico cuyo objetivo es correlacionar los polimorfismos gen√©ticos relacionados con la quimioterapia de 64 de los pacientes, la toxicidad grave secundaria al tratamiento (‚Č• grado 3 seg√ļn CTAE 4.0) y su supervivencia. El genotipado se realiza en el Centro Nacional de Genotipado (CEGEN) mediante la tecnolog√≠a MassArray (AgenaBioscience), previa configuraci√≥n de un panel farmacogen√©tico pedi√°trico en base a las evidencias recogidas en la base de datos PharmGKB, fichas t√©cnicas de los medicamentos y consorcios internacionales expertos. El an√°lisis estad√≠stico descriptivo se realiza con los programas Excel 2016 y R: las variables cualitativas con el recuento num√©rico (porcentaje) y las variables cuantitativas como mediana +/- rango intercuart√≠lico ante ausencia de normalidad en la distribuci√≥n de los datos (p <0,05, prueba de Kolmogorov-Smirnov). En el an√°lisis de supervivencia se utiliza el estimador Kaplan-Meier. El an√°lisis estad√≠stico anal√≠tico de correlaci√≥n entre polimorfismos y toxicidad se realiza mediante regresi√≥n log√≠stica penalizada por Elastic Net empleando R. El an√°lisis estad√≠stico anal√≠tico de correlaci√≥n entre polimorfismos y reca√≠da/muerte se realiza mediante regresi√≥n de Cox penalizada por Elastic Net. Resultados Las variables epidemiol√≥gicas, cl√≠nico/biol√≥gicas y terap√©uticas de los pacientes de la muestra son consecuentes con las descritas en la literatura del lactante con c√°ncer. Las neoplasias con mayor impacto negativo en la supervivencia son la leucemia mielobl√°stica aguda y los tumores del sistema nervioso central. La toxicidad m√°s prevalente es hematol√≥gica, digestiva e infecciosa. Existe correlaci√≥n entre la toxicidad grave secundaria a los quimioter√°picos en forma de anemia, neutropenia y/o trombopenia y 46 polimorfismos gen√©ticos diferentes. As√≠ mismo se encuentra asociaci√≥n estad√≠sticamente significativa entre la supervivencia global y la supervivencia libre de enfermedad y ciertos polimorfismos gen√©ticos (26 y 13 respectivamente). Los polimorfismos obtenidos pertenecen a genes encargados del transporte (6 genes) y metabolismo (17 genes) de los f√°rmacos, de la reparaci√≥n del material gen√©tico y la supresi√≥n tumoral (5 genes) y de otras funciones biol√≥gicas (4 genes). Conclusi√≥n Los resultados del presente estudio muestran correlaci√≥n estad√≠stica entre 46 polimorfismos de genes implicados en la cin√©tica farmacol√≥gica y la reparaci√≥n del material gen√©tico y la variabilidad en la toxicidad quimioter√°pica y supervivencia de pacientes lactantes con c√°ncer. En definitiva, aportaciones de la farmacogen√©tica que pueden contribuir a la optimizaci√≥n del tratamiento antineopl√°sico en esta poblaci√≥n particular y a la predicci√≥n de sus riesgos, de especial impacto en los supervivientes del c√°ncer infantil

    Uso de las histonas circulantes y sus modificaciones post-traduccionales como biomarcadores en sepsis y shock séptico

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    La sepsis es una afecci√≥n potencialmente mortal causada por una respuesta anormal del hu√©sped a una infecci√≥n, produciendo respuestas fisiol√≥gicas alteradas que da√Īan los propios tejidos del paciente y pueden provocar disfunci√≥n org√°nica e incluso la muerte. Asimismo, algunos pacientes s√©pticos progresan a shock s√©ptico, caracterizado por alteraciones circulatorias, celulares y metab√≥licas sustanciales que aumentan el riesgo de mortalidad. A pesar de que la sepsis se caracteriza por un mal funcionamiento del sistema inmunol√≥gico, lo que a su vez conduce a una respuesta inmune alterada e inmunosupresi√≥n, la alta complejidad de la fisiopatolog√≠a de la sepsis requiere una mayor investigaci√≥n para comprender las respuestas inmunes que ocurren durante la sepsis. Asimismo, las histonas extracelulares circulantes han ganado relevancia como mediadores citot√≥xicos en la sepsis, ya que act√ļan como patrones moleculares asociados a da√Īo, que inducen estr√©s oxidativo y activan el inflamasoma NLRP3. Estos mecanismos median la activaci√≥n de la piroptosis, un mecanismo de muerte celular programada que produce inflamaci√≥n mediante la expresi√≥n de IL-18, IL-1ő≤ and IL-1őĪ. Sin embargo, a pesar de la evidencia de activaci√≥n del inflamasoma en las c√©lulas inmunes durante la sepsis, se desconoce si las histonas extracelulares son capaces de activar los inflamasomas endoteliales y sus consecuencias. En este trabajo destacamos el papel previamente desconocido de las histonas extracelulares, mediando la activaci√≥n del inflamasoma NLRP3 y la piroptosis en las c√©lulas endoteliales, contribuyendo a la disfunci√≥n endotelial y la desregulaci√≥n de la respuesta inmune mediada por el endotelio. Asimismo, tambi√©n demostramos c√≥mo la acetilaci√≥n de histonas disminuye la activaci√≥n de la piroptosis. Adem√°s, demostramos que la piroptosis se produce en pacientes con shock s√©ptico y los niveles de histonas circulantes se correlacionan con la expresi√≥n de citoquinas proinflamatorias y citoquinas piropt√≥ticas, la liberaci√≥n de factores de adhesi√≥n endotelial y la gravedad de la enfermedad. Proponemos la piroptosis mediada por histonas como un nuevo objetivo para desarrollar intervenciones cl√≠nicas. De manera similar, hemos analizado las respuestas inmunorelacionadas que ocurren durante las primeras etapas de la sepsis con el objetivo de proporcionar nuevos datos comparando las cantidades de citoquinas, inmunomoduladores y otros mediadores endoteliales en pacientes cr√≠ticamente enfermos no s√©pticos, s√©pticos y de shock s√©ptico. Nuestro enfoque ayudar√° a caracterizar r√°pidamente las respuestas inmunes alteradas en pacientes s√©pticos y de shock s√©ptico ingresados en la Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos. Finalmente analizamos el papel de la metilaci√≥n del ADN en el control del sistema inmune s√©ptico. Nuestros resultados demostraron el papel central de la metilaci√≥n del ADN modulando la respuesta molecular en los pacientes de shock s√©ptico y contribuyendo a la inmunosupresi√≥n, a trav√©s de la alteraci√≥n de los patrones de metilaci√≥n de los promotores de IL-10 y TREM-2.Sepsis is a life-threatening condition caused by an abnormal host response to an infection that produce altered physiological responses which damages own tissues of the patient and can result in organ dysfunction and in some cases death. Likewise, a subset of septic patients progresses to septic shock, characterized by substantial circulatory, cellular and metabolic abnormalities, which substantially increase the risk of mortality. Sepsis is characterized by a malfunction of the immune system and it can lead to an altered immune response and immunosuppression. Moreover, the high complexity of the pathophysiology of sepsis requires of further investigation to characterize the immune responses in sepsis and septic shock. Likewise, circulating extracellular histones have gained relevance as cytotoxic mediators in sepsis pathophysiology, since they act as damage-associated molecular patterns, which induce oxidative stress and activate NLRP3 inflammasome. Subsequently, inflammasome mediates pyroptosis activation, a programmed cell death mechanism that produces inflammation through the release of IL-18, IL-1ő≤ and IL-1őĪ. However, despite inflammasome activation may occur in immune cells during sepsis, it is unknown if this process also takes place in endothelial cells and particularly whether extracellular histones are capable of activating endothelial inflammasomes and their consequences. In this work we highlight a previously unknown role for extracellular histones, that mediates the activation of NLRP3 inflammasome and pyroptosis in endothelial cells by contributing to endothelial dysfunction and the dysregulation of the immune response mediated by endothelium. Likewise, we demonstrated how histone acetylation decreases pyroptosis activation. Furthermore, we show how pyroptosis occurs in septic shock patients and how circulating histone levels correlate with the expression of pro-inflammatory and pyroptotic cytokines, the release of endothelial adhesion factors and septic shock severity. We propose histone-mediated pyroptosis as a new target to develop clinical interventions. Similarly, we have analyzed the immune-related responses occurring during the early stages of sepsis with the aim of providing new data by comparing the amounts of cytokines, immune modulators and other endothelial mediators in critically-ill non-septic patients, septic and septic shock patients. Our approach will help to rapidly characterize the altered immune responses in septic and septic shock patients admitted in the Intensive Care Unit. Finally, we also analyzed the role of DNA methylation in the control of septic immune system. Our results demonstrated the central role of DNA methylation modulating the molecular response in septic shock patients and contributing to immunosuppression, through the alteration of DNA methylation patterns of IL-10 and TREM2 promoters

    The empty space in abstract photography: a psychoanalytical perspective

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    The aim of the research that this thesis is based on is to explore the theoretical problems raised by the concept of photographic abstraction. These consist in the tension between the two aspects of the photographic sign, the indexical and iconic, and are examined in the context of the particular exploration of the empty space in abstract photography which I have pursued through my practice. The investigation draws mainly upon the psychoanalytic theory of transitional phenomena as proposed by Winnicott, as well as other art theories (Deleuze & Guattari, Ehrenzweig, Fer, Fuller, Greenberg, Joselit, Kuspit, Leider, Worringer) of abstraction. It explores the relationship of the abstract photographic image to notions of exteriority and interiority as these relate to the transition from the unconscious to conscious reality. The development of this research suggests the psychoanalytical concept of potential space as a contribution to an aesthetic model of abstraction. This concept is employed as a methodological tool in the development of the practical work and creates a framework for its interpretation. The concept of potential space is based on Winnicott's ideas around "playing with the real" in an intermediate area of experience between the internal and external reality, where creativity originates as a zone of fictive play that facilitates the subject's journey from "what is subjectively conceived of' to "what is objectively perceived. " The outcome of this investigation constitutes the production of a series of photographs describing an empty abstract space, one that is invested with a psychic dimension that produces the effect of ambiguity between its representational and abstract readings. It provides a redefinition of abstraction in a space of tension between the iconic and indexical aspects of the sign and opens up the space of abstraction in photography as one in which the relationship between inner and outer reality can be performed and can become a space of action and intervention

    Metabolic phenotyping of opioid and psychostimulant addiction: A novel approach for biomarker discovery and biochemical understanding of the disorder.

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    Despite the progress in characterising the pharmacological profile of drugs of abuse, their precise biochemical impact remains unclear. The metabolome reflects the multifaceted biochemical processes occurring within a biological system. This includes those encoded in the genome but also those arising from environmental/exogenous exposures and interactions between the two. Using metabolomics, the biochemical derangements associated with substance abuse can be determined as the individual transitions from recreational drug to chronic use (dependence). By understanding the biomolecular perturbations along this time course and how they vary across individuals, metabolomics can elucidate biochemical mechanisms of the addiction cycle (dependence/withdrawal/relapse) and predict prognosis (recovery/relapse). In this review, we summarise human and animal metabolomic studies in the field of opioid and psychostimulant addiction. We highlight the importance of metabolomics as a powerful approach for biomarker discovery and its potential to guide personalised pharmacotherapeutic strategies for addiction targeted towards the individual's metabolome

    Participación de los astrocitos del complejo basolateral de la amígdala en diferentes etapas de la formación de la memoria de miedo contextual

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    50 h.; figuras; ils.. Contiene Referencia Bibliográfica.El objetivo general de este trabajo consiste en indagar sobre la participación de los astrocitos del C-BLA en las distintas etapas de formación de la memoria de miedo contextual. Objetivos específicos: 1) Evaluar los efectos de la inhibición farmacológica de los astrocitos del C-BLA durante la fase de adquisición (administración de fluorocitrato antes del condicionamiento). 2) Evaluar los efectos de la inhibición farmacológica de los astrocitos del C-BLA durante la fase de consolidación (administración de fluorocitrato luego del condicionamiento). 3) Evaluar los efectos de la inhibición farmacológica de los astrocitos del C-BLA durante la fase de evocación (administración de fluorocitrato antes del test de recuerdo). 4) Evaluar los efectos de la inhibición farmacológica de los astrocitos del C-BLA durante la fase de reconsolidación (administración de fluorocitrato luego de la evocación de la memoria) Hipótesis: La inhibición farmacológica de astrocitos del C-BLA en alguna/s de las distintas fases de la memoria de miedo induce un déficit mnésico, indicando la importancia de los astrocitos del C-BLA en dicho proceso. Se espera que en aquellas fases en las que la participación de los astrocitos sea crítica, los animales que sean infundidos con el inhibidor astrocítico muestren un déficit en la performance cognitiva, operacionalizada como una disminución en la respuesta de congelamiento frente al estímulo incondicionado.Fil: Riva Gargiulo, Melisa. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales; Argentina.Fil: Riva Gargiulo, Melisa. Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Facultad de Ciencias Químicas. Departamento de Farmacología; Argentina.Fil: Riva Gargiulo, Melisa. Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas. Instituto de Farmacología Experimental de Córdoba; Argentina

    Genome-wide identification of the genetic basis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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    Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a complex disease that leads to motor neuron death. Despite heritability estimates of 52%, genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have discovered relatively few loci. We developed a machine learning approach called RefMap, which integrates functional genomics with GWAS summary statistics for gene discovery. With transcriptomic and epigenetic profiling of motor neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), RefMap identified 690 ALS-associated genes that represent a 5-fold increase in recovered heritability. Extensive conservation, transcriptome, network, and rare variant analyses demonstrated the functional significance of candidate genes in healthy and diseased motor neurons and brain tissues. Genetic convergence between common and rare variation highlighted KANK1 as a new ALS gene. Reproducing KANK1 patient mutations in human neurons led to neurotoxicity and demonstrated that TDP-43 mislocalization, a hallmark pathology of ALS, is downstream of axonal dysfunction. RefMap can be readily applied to other complex diseases

    Investigating the potential role for RBMY in cancer

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    Introduction: Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), is a major healthcare concern with a high male prevalence. We hypothesise that the testis specific mRNA splicing regulator, Y-linked RBMY gene, is aberrantly expressed in HNSCC in part promoting HNSCC through ZFY-short splicing. RBMY has been shown to enhance tumour development in male hepatocellular carcinoma (human tissue specimens and transgenic-mouse models) whilst ZFY-short is predicted to have anti-apoptotic properties and the deletion of RBMY locus on Y-chromosome resulted in lowered ZFY-short expression. Thus, we hypothesize that ZFY-short is generated by RBMY and exerts its anti-apoptotic effects to promote male HNSCC. Methods: Due to the coronavirus lockdown, bench work was restricted to 6 months, therefore, I conducted an extended analysis of RBMY expression in human cancer, including a computational analysis of RBMY gene expression with data from the cBioPortal database. In my bench-work, I attempted to establish GFP- RBMY expressing cell lines and conducted fluorescence microscopy, RT- PCR and qPCR to analyse RBMY expression in HNSCC cell lines and its impact on ZFY-short expression. Results: RBMY is expressed in several cancers, with no driver mutations. RBMY has nuclear localisation and is expressed in 93-UV-147T and UM-SCC-104 cell lines (both HPV16-positive HNSCC cell lines), with increased ZFY-short expression observed in UM- SCC-104. Discussion: Despite RBMY having been shown to be an oncogene in male liver cancer, our analysis of cBioPortal data suggests this activity may be restricted to the small minority of tumours of different cancer types that express RBMY. The paralleled expression of RBMY and ZFY-short in our cell lines indicate an association. UMSCC104 cell line originates from a highly an aggressive and recurrent tumour, RBMY is associated with tumour stemness, thus it is possible that via ZFY-short, RBMY could have promoted the aggressive phenotype in this, and in other HNSCCs
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