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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221044/tunable-volumetric-density-and-porous-structure-of-spherical-poly-%C3%A9-caprolactone-microcarriers-as-applied-in-human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-expansion
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Jian Li, Alan Tin-Lun Lam, Jessica Pei Wen Toh, Shaul Reuveny, Steve Kah-Weng Oh, William R Birch
Polymeric microspheres may serve as microcarrier matrices, for the expansion of anchorage-dependent stem cells. They require surface properties that both promote initial cell adhesion and the subsequent spreading of cells, which is a prerequisite for successful expansion. When implemented in a three-dimensional culture environment, under agitation, their suspension under low shear rates depends on the microcarriers having a modest negative buoyancy, with a density of 1.02-1.05 g/cm(3). Bioresorbable polycaprolactone (PCL), with a density of 1...
February 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216598/clinical-signs-staphylococcus-and-atopic-eczema-related-seromarkers
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Kam Lun Hon, Kathy Yin Ching Tsang, Jeng Sum C Kung, Ting Fan Leung, Christopher W K Lam, Chun Kwok Wong
: Childhood eczema or atopic dermatitis (AD) is a distressing disease associated with pruritus, sleep disturbance, impaired quality of life and Staphylococcus aureus isolation. The pathophysiology of AD is complex and various seromarkers of immunity are involved. We investigated if anti-staphylococcal enterotoxin IgE (anti-SE), selected seromarkers of T regulatory (Treg), T helper (Th) and antigen-presenting cells (APC) are associated with clinical signs of disease severity and quality of life...
February 14, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214554/c21-steroidal-glycosides-and-oligosaccharides-from-the-root-bark-of-periploca-sepium
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Xin-Yue Gu, Zhou-Wei Wu, Lun Wang, Fu Li, Bin Chen, Kai Yu, Ming-Kui Wang
Four new C21 steroidal glycosides (1-4), named perisepiumosides FI (1-4) together with six known steroidal glycosides (5-10) and four oligosaccharides (11-14), were isolated from the root bark of Periploca sepium. Their structures were characterized on the basis of 1D and 2D-NMR spectroscopic data as well as HR-ESI-MS analysis. The evaluation of inhibition activity against human A-549 and HepG2 cell lines indicated that compounds 2, 8, 10 and 13 showed different levels of cytotoxic activities with IC50 values ranging from 0...
February 16, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209816/genome-sequence-of-a-novel-porcine-circovirus-type-2-strain-that-reemerged-in-southern-china
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Shao-Lun Zhai, Xia Zhou, Tao Lin, He Zhang, Dian-Hong Lv, Xiao-Hui Wen, Xiu-Rong Zhou, Chun-Ling Jia, Du Tu, Xue-Liang Zhu, Qin-Ling Chen, Wen-Kang Wei
Here, we describe a novel porcine circovirus type 2 (PCV2) variant (GD2014) found in the Guangdong province, southern China. Its complete genome is 1,766 nucleotides and contained a 708-nucleotide open reading frame 2 (ORF2). Sequence analysis suggested that GD2014 is closest to JS2015 originating from the Jiangsu province of China and belongs to the PCV2d genotype.
February 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209207/recombinant-%C3%AE-actinin-subunit-antigens-of-trichomonas-vaginalis-as-potential-vaccine-candidates-in-protecting-against-trichomoniasis
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Yi-Ting Xie, Jiang-Mei Gao, Ya-Ping Wu, Petrus Tang, Geoff Hide, De-Hua Lai, Zhao-Rong Lun
BACKGROUND: Human trichomoniasis caused by Trichomonas vaginalis is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases with more than 200 million cases worldwide. It has caused a series of health problems to patients. For prevention and control of infectious diseases, vaccines are usually considered as one of the most cost-efficient tools. However, until now, work on the development of T. vaginalis vaccines is still mainly focused on the screening of potential immunogens. Alpha-actinin characterized by high immunogenicity in T...
February 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209039/-the-value-of-fractionated-exhaled-nitric-oxide-in-the-diagnosis-of-asthma-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-overlap-syndrome
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D D Deng, A Y Zhou, Q C Shuang, P Chen
Objective: To explore the diagnostic value of fractionated exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) measurement in patients with asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease(COPD) overlap syndrome (ACOS). Methods: Eighty-one patients with ACOS, 76 patients with asthma, 82 patients with COPD and 39 healthy non-smoking subjects were recruited in the study. Naku Lun breath analyzer was used to measure the level of FeNO in the 4 groups. Pulmonary function was also measured. The ROC curve was used to differentiate ACOS from patients with COPD...
February 12, 2017: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207548/egfr-mutation-testing-in-blood-for-guiding-egfr-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-treatment-in-patients-with-nonsmall-cell-lung-cancer-a-protocol-for-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Jin-Qiu Yuan, Yue-Lun Zhang, Hai-Tao Li, Chen Mao
BACKGROUND: Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutation testing in tumor tissue is now a common practice in selecting non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients for EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment. However, tumor tissues are often absent or insufficient for the testing. Blood is a potential substitute providing a noninvasive, easily accessible and repeatedly measureable source of genotypic information. However which is the best blood EGFR mutation testing method remains unclear...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207534/a-case-control-study-on-the-structural-equation-model-of-the-mechanism-of-coagulation-and-fibrinolysis-imbalance-in-chronic-schistosomiasis
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Aiping Le, Lunli Zhang, Wei Liu, Xiaopeng Li, Jianwei Ren, An Ning
A structural equation model was used for verification with chronic schistosomiasis to investigate the coagulation-anticoagulation system imbalance and to deduce the mechanism of D-dimer (D-D) level elevation in patients with advanced schistosome hepatic disease. We detected the plasma levels of tissue-type fiber plasminogen activator (tPA), urokinase type plasminogen activator (uPA), plasmin-antiplasmin complex (PAP), plasminogen (PLG), antithrombin (AT), plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI1), D-D, factor VIII: C (FVIII:C), antithrombin-III (AT-III), PLG, protein S (PS), and protein C (PC) in the healthy people as control (69), patients with chronic schistosomiasis (150) or advanced chronic schistosomiasis (90)...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207524/in-stent-stenosis-in-the-patient-with-internal-carotid-aneurysm-after-treated-by-the-willis-covered-stent-two-case-reports-and-literature-review
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Lun-Xin Liu, Meng-Yuan Song, Xiao-Dong Xie
: In-stent stenosis after treated by Willis covered stent-case reports. BACKGROUND: Advancements in minimally invasive technology have allowed endovascular reconstruction of internal carotid aneurysm. However, in-stent stenosis is an important and well-characterized complication of stenting after the treatment of internal carotid aneurysm. CASE DESCRIPTION: We would present 2 patients who were diagnosed with in-stent stenosis after the treatment of Willis covered stent...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205626/exposure-to-tobacco-smoke-and-childhood-rhinitis-a-population-based-study
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Tsung-Chieh Yao, Su-Wei Chang, Wei-Chiao Chang, Ming-Han Tsai, Sui-Ling Liao, Man-Chin Hua, Shen-Hao Lai, Kuo-Wei Yeh, Yu-Lun Tseng, Wan-Chen Lin, Hui-Ju Tsai, Jing-Long Huang
Exposure to tobacco smoke has been associated with harmful effects on child health. The association between tobacco smoke exposure and childhood rhinitis has not been established in developed or developing countries. We investigated the association between serum cotinine levels and rhinitis in a population sample of 1,315 Asian children. Serum cotinine levels were positively associated with rhinitis ever (adjusted odds ratio [AOR] = 2.95; 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.15-7.60) and current rhinitis (AOR = 2...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204825/morroniside-protects-sk-n-sh-human-neuroblastoma-cells-against-h2o2-induced-damage
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Jing-Xing Zhang, Rui Wang, Jin Xi, Lin Shen, An-You Zhu, Qi Qi, Qi-Yi Wang, Lun-Jun Zhang, Feng-Chao Wang, He-Zuo Lü, Jian-Guo Hu
Oxidative stress-induced cell injury has been linked to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders such as spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. Morroniside is an antioxidant derived from the Chinese herb Shan-Zhu-Yu. The present study investigated the neuroprotective effect of morroniside against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced cell death in SK-N-SH human neuroblastoma cells. H2O2 increased cell apoptosis, as determined by flow cytometry and Hoechst 33342 staining. This effect was reversed by pretreatment with morroniside at concentrations of 1-100 µM...
March 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203233/exo-mirexplorer-a-comprehensive-resource-for-exploring-and-comparatively-analyzing-exogenous-micrornas
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Ling-Ling Zheng, Kai-Wen Deng, An-Cheng Deng, Jie Wu, Jian-Hua Yang, Zhao-Rong Lun, Liang-Hu Qu
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small regulatory RNAs that play important roles in animals, plants, and viruses. Deep-sequencing technology has been widely adopted in miRNA investigations. However, it is still a big mysterious why nearly all sequencing data contain miRNA sequences from exogenous species, called exo-miRNAs. In this study, we developed a novel platform, exo-miRExplorer, for mining and identifying exo-miRNAs from high-throughput small RNA sequencing experiments which originated from tissues and cell lines of multiple organisms...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199976/elf3-is-a-negative-regulator-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-ovarian-cancer-cells
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Tsz-Lun Yeung, Cecilia S Leung, Kwong-Kwok Wong, Arthur Gutierrez-Hartmann, Joseph Kwong, David M Gershenson, Samuel C Mok
Transcription factors are master switches for various biochemical pathways. However, transcription factors involved in the pathogenesis of ovarian cancer have yet to be explored thoroughly. Therefore, in the present study, we assessed the prognostic value of the transcription factor E74-like factor 3 (ELF3) identified via transcriptome profiling of the epithelial components of microdissected ovarian tumor samples isolated from long- and short-term survivors and determined its roles in ovarian cancer pathogenesis...
February 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198370/smac-mimetics-synergize-with-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-to-promote-tumour-immunity-against-glioblastoma
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Shawn T Beug, Caroline E Beauregard, Cristin Healy, Tarun Sanda, Martine St-Jean, Janelle Chabot, Danielle E Walker, Aditya Mohan, Nathalie Earl, Xueqing Lun, Donna L Senger, Stephen M Robbins, Peter Staeheli, Peter A Forsyth, Tommy Alain, Eric C LaCasse, Robert G Korneluk
Small-molecule inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) antagonists, called Smac mimetic compounds (SMCs), sensitize tumours to TNF-α-induced killing while simultaneously blocking TNF-α growth-promoting activities. SMCs also regulate several immunomodulatory properties within immune cells. We report that SMCs synergize with innate immune stimulants and immune checkpoint inhibitor biologics to produce durable cures in mouse models of glioblastoma in which single agent therapy is ineffective. The complementation of activities between these classes of therapeutics is dependent on cytotoxic T-cell activity and is associated with a reduction in immunosuppressive T-cells...
February 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197088/synchronization-and-inter-layer-interactions-of-noise-driven-neural-networks
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Anis Yuniati, Te-Lun Mai, Chi-Ming Chen
In this study, we used the Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) model of neurons to investigate the phase diagram of a developing single-layer neural network and that of a network consisting of two weakly coupled neural layers. These networks are noise driven and learn through the spike-timing-dependent plasticity (STDP) or the inverse STDP rules. We described how these networks transited from a non-synchronous background activity state (BAS) to a synchronous firing state (SFS) by varying the network connectivity and the learning efficacy...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196873/lymphotoxin-beta-interacts-with-methylated-egfr-to-mediate-acquired-resistance-to-cetuximab-in-head-and-neck-cancer
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Dennis Shin-Shian Hsu, Wei-Lun Hwang, Chiou-Hwa Yuh, Chen-Hsi Chu, Yang-Hui Ho, Pon-Bo Chen, Han-Syuan Lin, Hua-Kuo Lin, Shih-Pei Wu, Chih-Yi Lin, Wen-Hao Hsu, Hsin-Yi Lan, Hsiao-Jung Wang, Shyh-Kuan Tai, Mien-Chie Hung, Muh-Hwa Yang
PURPOSE: In head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), the incidence of RAS mutation, which is the major cause of cetuximab resistance, is relatively rare compared with the other types of cancers, and the mechanism mediating acquired resistance is unclear compared with the driver gene mutation-mediated de novo resistance. Here we investigated the driver gene mutation-independent mechanism for cetuximab resistance in HNSCC. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We used the in vitro-selected and in vivo-selected cetuximab-resistant sublines of HNSCC cell lines for investigating the mechanism of acquired resistance to cetuximab...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195892/establishment-of-a-reliable-horizontal-reference-plane-for-3-dimensional-facial-soft-tissue-evaluation-before-and-after-orthognathic-surgery
#17
Peerasak Chortrakarnkij, Daniel Lonic, Hsiu-Hsia Lin, Lun-Jou Lo
BACKGROUND: This study aims to demonstrate the reliability of our proposed facial reference system in the horizontal axis using 3-dimensional photogrammetry and to find a correlation between this plane and the Frankfurt horizontal (FH) plane. METHODS: Forty-one patients were enrolled. Three-dimensional facial images were taken before and 6 months after orthognathic surgery. Superimposition was carried out, and differences in landmark position were evaluated. Two constant landmarks were selected to construct a reference system within a standardized reference frame...
February 14, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195887/minimal-invasive-rhinoplasty-fat-injection-for-nasal-dorsum-contouring
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Susie Lin, Yen-Chang Hsiao, Jung-Ju Huang, Chun-Shin Chang, Philip Kuo-Ting Chen, Jyh-Ping Chen, Lun-Jou Lo, Yu-Ray Chen
PURPOSE: To determine the graft retention rate of fat injection rhinoplasty in the nasal dorsum region using 3dMD System. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirteen consecutive patients (12 women and 1 man) treated by the corresponding author (F.C.S.C.) between April of 2014 and December of 2015 for autologous fat injection rhinoplasty at the nasal dorsum region to improve facial esthetics were included in this study. Preoperative and postoperative 3-dimensional (3-D) photography images taken 3 months after fat injection rhinoplasty were superimposed at the level of forehead to measure the volume changes at the nasal dorsum region...
February 14, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193466/three-dimensional-ionic-liquid-functionalized-magnetic-graphene-oxide-nanocomposite-for-the-magnetic-dispersive-solid-phase-extraction-of-16-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-vegetable-oils
#19
Yun Zhang, Hua Zhou, Zhe-Hua Zhang, Xiang-Lun Wu, Wei-Guo Chen, Yan Zhu, Chun-Fu Fang, Yong-Gang Zhao
In this paper, a novel three-dimensional ionic liquid functionalized magnetic graphene oxide nanocomposite (3D-IL@mGO) was prepared, and used as an effective adsorbent for the magnetic dispersive solid phase extraction (MSPE) of 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in vegetable oil prior to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The properties of 3D-IL@mGO were characterized by scanning electron micrographs (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The 3D-IL@mGO, functionalized by ionic liquid, exhibited high adsorption toward PAHs...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186506/epigenetic-regulation-of-hdac1-sumoylation-as-an-endogenous-neuroprotection-against-a%C3%AE-toxicity-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#20
Chih Chieh Tao, Wei Lun Hsu, Yun Li Ma, Sin Jhong Cheng, Eminy Hy Lee
Amyloid-β (Aβ) produces neurotoxicity in the brain and causes neuronal death, but the endogenous defense mechanism that is activated on Aβ insult is less well known. Here we found that acute Aβ increases the expression of PIAS1 and Mcl-1 via activation of MAPK/ERK, and Aβ induction of PIAS1 enhances HDAC1 SUMOylation in rat hippocampus. Knockdown of PIAS1 decreases endogenous HDAC1 SUMOylation and blocks Aβ induction of Mcl-1. Sumoylated HDAC1 reduces it association with CREB, increases CREB binding to the Mcl-1 promoter and mediates Aβ induction of Mcl-1 expression...
February 10, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
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