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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866660/generation-of-tryptophan-hydroxylase-2-gene-knockout-pigs-by-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-targeting
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Ze Li, Hai-Yuan Yang, Ying Wang, Man-Ling Zhang, Xiao-Rui Liu, Qiang Xiong, Li-Ning Zhang, Yong Jin, Li-Sha Mou, Yan Liu, Rong-Feng Li, Yi Rao, Yi-Fan Dai
Unbalanced brain serotonin (5-HT) levels have implications in various behavioral abnormalities and neuropsychiatric disorders. The biosynthesis of neuronal 5-HT is regulated by the rate-limiting enzyme, tryptophan hydroxylase-2 (TPH2). In the present study, the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas) system was used to target the Tph2 gene in Bama mini pig fetal fibroblasts. It was found that CRISPR/Cas9 targeting efficiency could be as high as 61.5%, and the biallelic mutation efficiency reached at 38...
September 3, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866659/profiles-of-metabolic-gene-expression-in-the-white-adipose-tissue-liver-and-hypothalamus-in-leptin-knockout-lep-%C3%AE-i14-%C3%AE-i14-rats
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Lei-Jian Guan, Kai-Xuan Xu, Shu-Yang Xu, Ning-Ning Li, Xin-Ru Wang, Yan-Kai Xia, Di Wu
Leptin deficiency is principally linked to metabolic disorders. Leptin knockout (Lep(ΔI14/ΔI14)) Sprague Dawley rats created by CRISPR/Cas9 is a new model to study metabolic disorders. We used a whole rat genome oligonucleotide microarray to obtain tissue-specific gene expression profiles of the white adipose tissue, liver and hypothalamus in Lep(ΔI14/ΔI14) and wild-type (WT) rats. We found 1,651 differentially expressed (enriched) genes in white adipose tissue, 916 in the liver, and 306 in the hypothalamus in the Lep(ΔI14/ΔI14) rats compared to WT...
September 3, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866658/proteomic-analysis-of-the-dorsal-spinal-cord-in-the-mouse-model-of-spared-nerve-injury-induced-neuropathic-pain
#3
Eun-Sung Park, Jung-Mo Ahn, Sang-Min Jeon, Hee-Jung Cho, Ki-Myung Chung, Je-Yoel Cho, Dong-Ho Youn
Peripheral nerve injury often causes neuropathic pain and is associated with changes in the expression of numerous proteins in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord. To date, proteomic analysis method has been used to simultaneously analyze hundreds or thousands of proteins differentially expressed in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in rats or dorsal root ganglion of rats with certain type of peripheral nerve injury. However, a proteomic study using a mouse model of neuropathic pain could be attempted because of abundant protein database and the availability of transgenic mice...
September 3, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866657/a-novel-entry-point-for-pedicle-screw-placement-in-the-thoracic-spine
#4
Zhi-Feng Sun, Kai-Xiang Yang, Hong-Tao Chen, Tao Sui, Lei Yang, Da-Wei Ge, Jian Tang, Xiao-Jian Cao
This study was aimed to introduce a novel entry point for pedicle screw fixation in the thoracic spine and compare it with the traditional entry point. A novel entry point was found with the aim of improving accuracy, safety and stability of pedicle screw technique based on anatomical structures of the spine. A total of 76 pieces of normal thoracic CT images at the transverse plane and the thoracic pedicle anatomy of 6 cadaveric specimens were recruited. Transverse pedicle angle (TPA), screw length, screw placement accuracy rate and axial pullout strength of the two different entry point groups were compared...
September 3, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866656/immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-in-cancer-therapy
#5
Eika S Webb, Peng Liu, Renato Baleeiro, Nicholas R Lemoine, Ming Yuan, Yao-He Wang
In recent years immune checkpoint inhibitors have garnered attention as being one of the most promising types of immunotherapy on the horizon. There has been particular focus on the immune checkpoint molecules, cytotoxic T-lymphocyte antigen-4 (CTLA-4) and programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) which have been shown to have potent immunomodulatory effects through their function as negative regulators of T cell activation. CTLA-4, through engagement with its ligands B7-1 (CD80) and B7-2 (CD86), plays a pivotal role in attenuating the activation of naïve and memory T cells...
September 3, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866655/multifunctional-quantum-dots-and-liposome-complexes-in-drug-delivery
#6
Qi Wang, Yi-Min Chao
Incorporating both diagnostic and therapeutic functions into a single nanoscale system is an effective modern drug delivery strategy. Combining liposomes with semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) has great potential to achieve such dual functions, referred to in this review as a liposomal QD hybrid system (L-QD). Here we review the recent literature dealing with the design and application of L-QD for advances in bio-imaging and drug delivery. After a summary of L-QD synthesis processes and evaluation of their properties, we will focus on their multifunctional applications, ranging from in vitro cell imaging to theranostic drug delivery approaches...
September 3, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866654/hydroxylation-and-sulfation-of-sex-steroid-hormones-in-inflammatory-liver
#7
Sang R Lee, Seung-Yeon Lee, Sang-Yun Kim, Si-Yun Ryu, Bae-Kuen Park, Eui-Ju Hong
Sex steroids, also known as gonadal steroids, are oxidized with hydroxylation by cytochrome P450, glucuronidation by UDP-glucuronosyltransferase, sulfation by sulfotransferase, and O-methylation by catechol O-methyltransferase. Thus, it is important to determine the process by which inflammation influences metabolism of gonadal hormones. Therefore, we investigated the mechanism of metabolic enzymes against high physiologic inflammatory response in vivo to study their biochemical properties in liver diseases...
September 3, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808209/herpes-zoster-in-breast-cancer-a-case-report
#8
Mohammad Darvishi, Narges Vasei
There is little information on herpes zoster infection in breast cancer patients as a complication during adjuvant chemotherapy. We report a case of herpes zoster in a 65-year-old woman presented with low grade fever and vital signs together with skin symptoms such as severe edema, irritation and itching in the left breast where there was wound drainage. PCR test revealed varicella zoster virus. To the best of our knowledge, the histologic features coupled with PCR led to a diagnosis of herpes zoster.
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808208/effects-of-bisphenol-compounds-on-the-growth-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-mcf-7-cv-human-breast-cancer-cells
#9
Ji-Youn Kim, Ho-Gyu Choi, Hae-Miru Lee, Geum-A Lee, Kyung-A Hwang, Kyung-Chul Choi
Bisphenol-A (BPA) has been considered as an endocrine disrupting chemical (EDC) because it can exert estrogenic properties. For bisphenol-S (BPS) and bisphenol-F (BPF) that are BPA analogs and substitutes, their risk to estrogen-dependent cancer has been reported rarely compared with the numerous cases of BPA. In this study, we examined whether BPA, BPS, and BPF can lead to the proliferation, migration, and epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) of MCF-7 clonal variant (MCF-7 CV) breast cancer cells expressing estrogen receptors (ERs)...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808207/moringa-oleifera-based-diet-protects-against-nickel-induced-hepatotoxicity-in-rats
#10
Oluyomi Stephen Adeyemi, Cincin Sokolayemji Aroge, Musbau Adewumi Akanji
Multiple health-promoting effects have been attributed to the consumption of Moringa oleifera leaves, as part of diet without adequate scientific credence. This study evaluated the effect of M. oleifera-based diets on nickel (Ni) - induced hepatotoxicity in rats. Male rats assigned into six groups were given oral administration of 20 mg/kg body weight nickel sulfate in normal saline and either fed normal diet orM. oleifera-based diets for 21 days. All animals were sacrificed under anesthesia 24 hours after the last treatment...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808206/the-effect-of-sunblock-against-oxidative-stress-in-farmers-a-pilot-study
#11
Yong-Dae Kim, Dong-Hyuk Yim, Sang-Yong Eom, Ji Yeoun Lee, Heon Kim
Farmers are frequently exposed to ultraviolet (UV) radiation which causes various diseases by inducing oxidative stress. This study aimed to assess the effects of sunblock on oxidative stress in the body. Eighty-seven farmers were divided into two groups: those who wore sunblock for five days and those who did not. The total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in urine, which is an antioxidant indicator, and 8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) levels in urine, an oxidative stress indicator, were measured. The urinary TAC of sunblock users was significantly higher than that of non-users, but urinary 8-OHdG levels were not significantly different...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808205/farnesol-inhibits-development-of-caries-by-augmenting-oxygen-sensitivity-and-suppressing-virulence-associated-gene-expression-instreptococcus-mutans
#12
Li Cao, Zhen-Zhen Zhang, Shuang-Bo Xu, Ming Ma, Xin Wei
Streptococcus mutans is a primary etiological agent of dental caries. Farnesol, as a potential antimicrobial agent, inhibits the development ofS. mutans biofilm. In this study, we hypothesized that farnesol inhibits caries development in vitro and interferes with biofilm formation by regulating virulence-associated gene expression. The inhibitory effects of farnesol to S. mutans biofilms on enamel surfaces were investigated by determining micro-hardness and calcium measurements. Additionally, the morphological changes ofS...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808204/safety-immunogenicity-and-cross-species-protection-of-a-plasmid-dna-encoding-plasmodium-falciparum-sera5-polypeptide-microbial-epitopes-and-chemokine-genes-in-mice-and-olive-baboons
#13
Nyamongo Onkoba, Ruth M Mumo, Horace Ochanda, Charles Omwandho, Hastings S Ozwara, Thomas G Egwang
Incorporation of biomolecular epitopes to malarial antigens should be explored in the development of strain-transcending malarial vaccines. The present study sought to determine safety, immunogenicity and cross-species efficacy ofPlasmodium falciparum serine repeat antigen 5 polypeptide co-expressed with epitopes of Bacille-Calmette Guerin (BCG), tetanus toxoid (TT) and a chemokine gene. Olive baboons and BALB/c mice were randomly assigned into vaccine and control groups. The vaccine group animals were primed and boosted twice with pIRES plasmids encoding the SERA5+ BCG+ TT alone, or with either CCL5 or CCL20 and the control group with pIRES plasmid vector backbone...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808203/clinical-application-of-simultaneous-detection-of-cystatin-c-cathepsin-s-and-il-1-in-classification-of-coronary-artery-disease
#14
Ling Yan, Shuang Ding, Bing Gu, Ping Ma
Cystatin C, cathepsin S, and IL-1 are three important biomarkers of atherosclerosis. Previous studies emphasized the relationship between individual biomarkers in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients and severity of atherosclerostic lesions of the coronary arteries, while combined cystatin C, cathepsin S, and IL-1 have not been reported for clinical classification of CAD. We aimed to establish a link between cystatin C, cathepsin S, IL-1 and CAD in this cohort study. Totally 112 subjects were enrolled and divided into the stable angina pectoris group, the unstable angina pectoris group and the acute myocardial infarction (AMI) groups, and 50 healthy adults served as controls...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808202/-borneol-is-neuroprotective-against-permanent-cerebral-ischemia-in-rats-by-suppressing-production-of-proinflammatory-cytokines
#15
Lei Chang, Chun-Yu Yin, Hai-Yin Wu, Bin-Bin Tian, Yan Zhu, Chun-Xia Luo, Dong-Ya Zhu
Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability and death globally. It occurs when a major artery is occluded in the brain and leads to death of cells within the injured tissue. (+)-Borneol, a simple bicyclic monoterpene extracted from traditional Chinese medicine, is widely used in various types of diseases. However, no study has proved the effects of (+)-borneol on functional recovery from permanent ischemic stroke and the mechanism is still unknown. Here, we report that in the rat model of permanent cerebral ischemia, we found that (+)-borneol (1...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808201/thalamic-paramagnetic-iron-by-t2-relaxometry-correlates-with-severity-of-multiple-sclerosis
#16
Eva Baranovicova, Ema Kantorova, Dagmar Kalenska, Lucia Lichardusova, Michal Bittsan-Sky, Dusan Dobrota
Iron can contribute to the pathogenesis and progression of multiple sclerosis (MS) due to its accumulation in the human brain. We focus on the thalamus as an information transmitter between various subcortical and cortical areas. Thalamic iron seems to follow different rules than iron in other deep gray matter structures and its relation to the clinical outcomes of MS is still indistinct. In our study, we investigated a connection between thalamic iron and patients' disability and course of the disease. The presence of paramagnetic substances in the tissues was tracked by T2* quantification...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808200/acute-on-chronic-liver-failure-recent-update
#17
Azeem Alam, Ka Chun Suen, Daqing Ma
Acute on chronic liver failure (ACLF) was first described in 1995 as a clinical syndrome distinct to classic acute decompensation. Characterized by complications of decompensation, ACLF occurs on a background of chronic liver dysfunction and is associated with high rates of organ failure and significant short-term mortality estimated between 45% and 90%. Despite the clinical relevance of the condition, it still remains largely undefined with continued disagreement regarding its precise etiological factors, clinical course, prognostic criteria and management pathways...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808199/cost-and-value-in-medical-education-the-role-of-statistical-process-control
#18
Kieran Walsh
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July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27231041/monitoring-cerebral-ischemia-during-cerebrovascular-surgery
#19
Hong Zhang, Ling-Zhong Meng, Russ Lyon, Dong-Xin Wang
Patients undergoing intracranial cerebrovascular surgery under general anesthesia are at risk of cerebral ischemia due to the nature of the surgery and/or the underlying cerebrovascular occlusive disease. It is thus imperative to reliably and continuously monitor cerebral perfusion during this type of surgery to timely reverse ischemic processes. The aim of this review is to discuss the techniques currently available for monitoring cerebral ischemia during cerebrovascular surgery with a focus on the advantages and disadvantages of each technique...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630393/sample-size-re-estimation-without-un-blinding-for-time-to-event-outcomes-in-oncology-clinical-trials
#20
Huang Lihong, Bai Jianling, Yu Hao, Chen Feng
Sample size re-estimation is essential in oncology studies. However, the use of blinded sample size reassessment for survival data has been rarely reported. Based on the density function of the exponential distribution, an expectation-maximization (EM) algorithm of the hazard ratio was derived, and several simulation studies were used to verify its applications. The method had obvious variation in the hazard ratio estimates and overestimation for the relatively small hazard ratios. Our studies showed that the stability of the EM estimation results directly correlated with the sample size, the convergence of the EM algorithm was impacted by the initial values, and a balanced design produced the best estimates...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
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