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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28946764/welcoming-our-first-latin-america-ebm-global-editor-dr-nicola-conran
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September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28847173/ultrasound-guided-microwave-ablation-in-the-treatment-of-benign-thyroid-nodules-in-435-patients
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Yu-Jiang Liu, Lin-Xue Qian, Dong Liu, Jun-Feng Zhao
The objective of the present study was to investigate the effectiveness and safety of ultrasound-guided microwave ablation in the treatment of benign thyroid nodules. A total of 474 benign thyroid nodules in 435 patients who underwent ultrasound-guided microwave ablation from September 2012 to August 2015 were included. Nodule volume and thyroid function were measured before treatment and at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months and subsequently after every 6 months. The nodule volume reduction rate and changes of thyroid function were evaluated...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28836851/provitamin-a-biofortified-maize-consumption-increases-serum-xanthophylls-and-13-c-natural-abundance-of-retinol-in-zambian-children
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Jesse Sheftel, Bryan M Gannon, Christopher R Davis, Sherry A Tanumihardjo
Plants that undergo C4 photosynthesis, such as maize, are enriched in the stable isotope of carbon ((13)C) compared with other dietary plants and foods. Consumption of maize that has been biofortified to contain elevated levels of provitamin A carotenoids (orange maize) increased the abundance of (13)C in serum retinol of Mongolian gerbils. We evaluated this method in humans to determine if it has potential for further use in intervention effectiveness studies. A random subset of samples from a two-month randomized controlled feeding trial of rural three- to five-year old Zambian children were used to determine the impact of orange maize intake on serum carotenoid concentrations ( n = 88) and (13)C-natural abundance in serum retinol ( n = 77)...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799406/a-polymorphic-ggc-repeat-in-the-npas2-gene-and-its-association-with-melanoma
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Alessandra Franzoni, Elitza Markova-Car, Sanja Dević-Pavlić, Davor Jurišić, Cinzia Puppin, Catia Mio, Marila De Luca, Giulia Petruz, Giuseppe Damante, Sandra Kraljević Pavelić
Circadian clock regulation in mammals is controlled by feedback loops of a set of circadian genes. One of these circadian genes, NPAS2, encodes for a member of the bHLH-PAS class of transcription factors and is expressed in the forebrain and in some peripheral organs such as liver and skin. Other biological processes are also regulated by circadian genes. For example, NPAS2 is involved in cell proliferation, DNA damage repair and malignant transformation. Aberrant expression of clock genes has been previously observed in melanoma which led to our effort to sequence the NPAS2 promoter region in this cancer type...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795606/hydrogen-rich-saline-inhibits-tobacco-smoke-induced-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-by-alleviating-airway-inflammation-and-mucus-hypersecretion-in-rats
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Zibing Liu, Wenye Geng, Chuanwei Jiang, Shujun Zhao, Yong Liu, Ying Zhang, Shucun Qin, Chenxu Li, Xinfang Zhang, Yanhong Si
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease induced by tobacco smoke has been regarded as a great health problem worldwide. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the protective effect of hydrogen-rich saline, a novel antioxidant, on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and explore the underlying mechanism. Sprague-Dawley rats were made chronic obstructive pulmonary disease models via tobacco smoke exposure for 12 weeks and the rats were treated with 10 ml/kg hydrogen-rich saline intraperitoneally during the last 4 weeks...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766984/long-term-effect-of-parasympathetic-or-sympathetic-denervation-on-intestinal-epithelial-cell-proliferation-and-apoptosis
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Elizabeth A Davis, Martha C Washington, Emily R Yaniz, Heidi Phillips, Ayman I Sayegh, Megan J Dailey
Intestinal epithelial tissue is constantly regenerated as a means to maintain proper tissue function. Previous studies have demonstrated that denervation of the parasympathetic or sympathetic nervous system to the intestine alters this process. However, results are inconsistent between studies, showing both increases and decreases in proliferation after denervation of the parasympathetic or sympathetic. The effect appears to correlate with (1) the timing post-denervation, (2) denervation-induced changes in food intake, (3) the denervation technique used, and (4) which intestinal segment is investigated...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766983/lkb1-ampk-modulates-nutrient-induced-changes-in-the-mode-of-division-of-intestinal-epithelial-crypt-cells-in-mice
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Katherine Blackmore, Weinan Zhou, Megan J Dailey
Nutrient availability influences intestinal epithelial stem cell proliferation and tissue growth. Increases in food result in a greater number of epithelial cells, villi height and crypt depth. We investigated whether this nutrient-driven expansion of the tissue is the result of a change in the mode of intestinal epithelial stem cell division and if LKB1-AMPK signaling plays a role. We utilized in vivo and in vitro experiments to test this hypothesis. C57BL/6J mice were separated into four groups and fed varying amounts of chow for 18 h: (1) ad libitum, (2) 50% of their average daily intake (3) fasted or (4) fasted for 12 h and refed...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766982/featured-article-serum-met-5-enkephalin-levels-are-reduced-in-multiple-sclerosis-and-restored-by-low-dose-naltrexone
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Michael D Ludwig, Ian S Zagon, Patricia J McLaughlin
Low-dose naltrexone is a widely used off-label therapeutic prescribed for a variety of immune-related disorders. The mechanism underlying low-dose naltrexone's efficacy for fatigue, Crohn's disease, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis is, in part, intermittent blockade of opioid receptors followed by upregulation of endogenous opioids. Short, intermittent blockade by naltrexone specifically blocks the opioid growth factor receptor resulting in biofeedback events that increase production of the endogenous opioid growth factor (OGF) (chemically termed [Met(5)]-enkephalin) facilitating interactions between opioid growth factor and opioid growth factor receptor that ultimately, result in inhibited cell proliferation...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758418/intermittent-hypoxia-training-in-prediabetes-patients-beneficial-effects-on-glucose-homeostasis-hypoxia-tolerance-and-gene-expression
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Tetiana V Serebrovska, Alla G Portnychenko, Tetiana I Drevytska, Vladimir I Portnichenko, Lei Xi, Egor Egorov, Anna V Gavalko, Svitlana Naskalova, Valentina Chizhova, Valeriy B Shatylo
The present study aimed at examining beneficial effects of intermittent hypoxia training (IHT) under prediabetic conditions. We investigate the effects of three-week IHT on blood glucose level, tolerance to acute hypoxia, and leukocyte mRNA expression of hypoxia inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α) and its target genes, i.e. insulin receptor, facilitated glucose transporter-solute carrier family-2, and potassium voltage-gated channel subfamily J. Seven healthy and 11 prediabetic men and women (44-70 years of age) were examined before, next day and one month after three-week IHT (3 sessions per week, each session consisting 4 cycles of 5-min 12% O2 and 5-min room air breathing)...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750552/human-skin-gene-expression-natural-trans-resveratrol-versus-five-resveratrol-analogs-for-dermal-applications
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Edwin D Lephart, Merritt B Andrus
Resveratrol (RV) is a polyphenolic compound naturally produced by plants. Polyphenolic compounds incorporated into medicinal products are beneficial but, RV is rapidly metabolized with an associated decline in biological activity. This study tested RV as the standard and compared five structurally modified RV analogs: butyrate, isobutyrate, palmitoate, acetate, and diacetate (to improve functionality) at 1% concentration(s) for 24 h in epiderm full thickness cultures by gene array/qPCR mRNA analysis. When silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog 1, extracellular elements (collagen1A1, 3A1, 4A1; elastin, tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase 1, fibrillin 1 laminin beta1 and matrix metalloproteinase 9), anti-aging and aging genes, inflammatory biomarkers (interleukin-1A [IL1A], IL1R2, IL-6 and IL-8), nerve growth factor, and the antioxidants (proliferating cell nuclear antigen, catalase, superoxide dismutase and metallothionein 1H/2H) were evaluated, ranking each from highest-to-lowest for gene expression: butyrate > isobutyrate > diacetate > acetate > palmitoate...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741379/tiny-rnas-and-their-voyage-via-extracellular-vesicles-secretion-of-bacterial-small-rna-and-eukaryotic-microrna
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REVIEW
Ji-Woong Choi, Jee-Hyun Um, Jin-Hyun Cho, Heon-Jin Lee
MicroRNAs are small non-coding RNAs that bind to the 3'-untranslated region of target mRNAs and have transcriptional or translational inhibitory function in eukaryotes. Before microRNAs were widely known, bacterial non-coding small RNAs around 50-200 nt in length were discovered whose mechanism of action resembled that of microRNAs. Recently, RNAs that are of similar size to or smaller than microRNAs have been discovered in bacteria and indeed, this class of small RNAs have been found throughout all domains of life...
September 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699360/mir-34a-and-mir-9-are-overexpressed-and-sirt-genes-are-downregulated-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-aging-humans
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Magdalena Owczarz, Monika Budzinska, Anna Domaszewska-Szostek, Joanna Borkowska, Jacek Polosak, Magdalena Gewartowska, Przemyslaw Slusarczyk, Monika Puzianowska-Kuznicka
Increased expression of sirtuins lowers the risk of age-related diseases, while their role in the regulation of longevity is not firmly established. Since aging is associated with immunosenescence, we tested whether sirtuin expression was modified in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in an age-related manner and whether this might result from altered expression of the selected miRNAs. The expression of seven SIRT genes and of SIRT1 mRNA-interacting miR-9, miR-34a, miR-132, and miR-199a-5p was evaluated by real-time PCR in PBMC originating from young (Y, n = 57, mean age 27 ± 4...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675044/featured-article-delivery-of-chemotherapeutic-vcmmae-using-tobacco-mosaic-virus-nanoparticles
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Daniel L Kernan, Amy M Wen, Andrzej S Pitek, Nicole F Steinmetz
The first-line treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma is chemotherapy. While generally well tolerated, off-target effects and chemotherapy-associated complications are still of concern. To overcome the challenges associated with systemic chemotherapy, we developed a biology-inspired, nanoparticle drug delivery system (nanoDDS) making use of the nucleoprotein components of the tobacco mosaic virus (TMV). Virus-based nanoparticles, including the high-aspect ratio soft nanorods formed by TMV, are growing in popularity as nanoDDS due to their simple genetic and chemical engineerability, size and shape tunability, and biocompatibility...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669222/comparison-of-serological-assessments-in-the-diagnosis-of-liver-fibrosis-in-bile-duct-ligation-mice
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Chengxia Xie, Bo Ma, Ning Wang, Lin Wan
Liver fibrosis assessment is essential to make a prognosis and to determine the appropriate anti-fibrosis treatment. Non-invasive serum markers are widely studied in patients to assess liver fibrosis due to the limitations of liver biopsy. When using animal models to study the mechanism and intervention of hepatic fibrosis, serum markers might be useful for the continuous assessment of liver fibrosis in individual animals, which could avoid the influence of biological differences between individuals. However, it is unclear whether serum markers can assess hepatic fibrosis in the animal model...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669221/maternal-chromium-restriction-modulates-mirna-profiles-related-to-lipid-metabolism-disorder-in-mice-offspring
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Qian Zhang, Xinhua Xiao, Jia Zheng, Ming Li, Miao Yu, Fan Ping, Zhixin Wang, Cuijuan Qi, Tong Wang, Xiaojing Wang
Increasing evidence shows that maternal nutrition status has a vital effect on offspring susceptibility to obesity. MicroRNAs are related to lipid metabolism processes. This study aimed to evaluate whether maternal chromium restriction could affect miRNA expression involved in lipid metabolism in offspring. Weaning C57BL/6J mice born from mothers fed with normal control diet or chromium-restricted diet were fed for 13 weeks. The adipose miRNA expression profile was analyzed by miRNA array analysis. At 16 weeks old, pups from dams fed with chromium-restricted diet exhibit higher body weight, fat weight, and serum TC, TG levels...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661206/protective-regulation-of-the-ace2-ace-gene-expression-by-estrogen-in-human-atrial-tissue-from-elderly-men
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A Bukowska, L Spiller, C Wolke, U Lendeckel, S Weinert, J Hoffmann, P Bornfleth, I Kutschka, A Gardemann, B Isermann, A Goette
Data from animal experiments and clinical investigations suggest that components of the renin-angiotensin system are markedly affected by sex hormones. However, whether estrogen affects human atrial myocardium has not been investigated yet. In this study, we determined the effects of estrogen on key components of atrial renin-angiotensin system: angiotensin-converting enzyme, responsible for generation of angiotensin II and angiotensin-converting enzyme 2, counteracting majority of AngII effects, and different renin-angiotensin system receptors, AT1R, AT2R, and MAS...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661205/preliminary-profiling-of-blood-transcriptome-in-a-rat-model-of-hemorrhagic-shock
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D Braga, M Barcella, F D'Avila, S Lupoli, F Tagliaferri, M H Santamaria, F A DeLano, G Baselli, G W Schmid-Schönbein, E B Kistler, F Aletti, C Barlassina
Hemorrhagic shock is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Significant blood loss may lead to decreased blood pressure and inadequate tissue perfusion with resultant organ failure and death, even after replacement of lost blood volume. One reason for this high acuity is that the fundamental mechanisms of shock are poorly understood. Proteomic and metabolomic approaches have been used to investigate the molecular events occurring in hemorrhagic shock but, to our knowledge, a systematic analysis of the transcriptomic profile is missing...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637396/modulation-of-mir29a-improves-impaired-post-ischemic-angiogenesis-in-hyperglycemia
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Lingdan Chen, Emmanuel Okeke, Dawit Ayalew, Danny Wang, Lyeba Shahid, Ayotunde O Dokun
Individuals with diabetes mellitus suffer from impaired angiogenesis and this contributes to poorer peripheral arterial disease outcomes. In experimental peripheral arterial disease, angiogenesis and perfusion recovery are impaired in mice with diabetes. We recently showed that a disintegrin and metalloproteinase domain-containing protein 12 (ADAM12) is upregulated in ischemic endothelial cells and plays a key role in post-ischemic angiogenesis and perfusion recovery following experimental peripheral arterial disease...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629226/no-significant-impact-of-foxf1-sirna-treatment-in-acute-and-chronic-ccl4-liver-injury
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Kerstin Abshagen, Tobias Rotberg, Berit Genz, Brigitte Vollmar
Chronic liver injury of any etiology is the main trigger of fibrogenic responses and thought to be mediated by hepatic stellate cells. Herein, activating transcription factors like forkhead box f1 are described to stimulate pro-fibrogenic genes in hepatic stellate cells. By using a liver-specific siRNA delivery system (DBTC), we evaluated whether forkhead box f1 siRNA treatment exhibit beneficial effects in murine models of acute and chronic CCl4-induced liver injury. Systemic administration of DBTC-forkhead box f1 siRNA in mice was only sufficient to silence forkhead box f1 in acute CCl4 model, but was not able to attenuate liver injury as measured by liver enzymes and necrotic liver cell area...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549404/the-impact-of-quercetin-on-wound-healing-relates-to-changes-in-%C3%AE-v-and-%C3%AE-1-integrin-expression
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Karen M Doersch, M Karen Newell-Rogers
Overly fibrotic wound healing can lead to excess scar formation, causing functional impairment and undesirable cosmetic results. However, there are few successful treatments available to prevent or remediate scars. This study sought to explore the molecular mechanisms by which quercetin, a naturally-occurring antifibrotic agent, diminishes scar formation. Using both mice and fibroblast cells, we examined quercetin's impact on fibrosis and the wound healing rate, and potential molecular mechanisms underlying the quercetin-mediated reduction of fibrosis...
August 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
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