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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458214/effect-of-tetrahedral-dna-nanostructures-on-proliferation-and-osteo-odontogenic-differentiation-of-dental-pulp-stem-cells-via-activation-of-the-notch-signaling-pathway
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Mi Zhou, Nan-Xin Liu, Si-Rong Shi, Yong Li, Qi Zhang, Quan-Quan Ma, Tao-Ran Tian, Wen-Juan Ma, Xiao-Xiao Cai, Yun-Feng Lin
Dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs) derived from the human dental pulp tissue have multiple differentiation capabilities, such as osteo/odontogenic differentiation. Therefore, DPSCs are deemed as ideal stem cell sources for tissue regeneration. As new nanomaterials based on DNA, tetrahedral DNA nanostructures (TDNs) have tremendous potential for biomedical applications. Here, the authors aimed to explore the part played by TDNs in proliferation and osteo/odontogenic differentiation of DPSCs, and attempted to investigate if these cellular responses could be driven by activating the canonical Notch signaling pathway...
February 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458187/mri-techniques-to-measure-arterial-and-venous-cerebral-blood-volume
#2
Jun Hua, Peiying Liu, Tae Kim, Manus Donahue, Swati Rane, J Jean Chen, Qin Qin, Seong-Gi Kim
The measurement of cerebral blood volume (CBV) has been the topic of numerous neuroimaging studies. To date, however, most in vivo imaging approaches can only measure CBV summed over all types of blood vessels, including arterial, capillary and venous vessels in the microvasculature (i.e. total CBV or CBVtot). As different types of blood vessels have intrinsically different anatomy, function and physiology, the ability to quantify CBV in different segments of the microvascular tree may furnish information that is not obtainable from CBVtot, and may provide a more sensitive and specific measure for the underlying physiology...
February 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458181/hospitalization-burden-associated-with-malignant-neoplasia-and-in-situ-carcinoma-in-vulva-and-vagina-during-a-5-year-period-2009-2013-in-spain-an-epidemiological-study
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Noelia López, Ángel Gil-de-Miguel, Raquel Pascual-García, Jose Manuel Ramón Y Cajal, Ruth Gil-Prieto
BACKGROUND: Vulvar and vaginal cancers are considered rare cancers in women. Human Papillomavirus is responsible for 30%-76% of them. The aim of this study was to describe the burden of hospital admissions by malignant neoplasia (MN) and in situ carcinoma (ISC) of vulva and vagina from 2009 to 2013, in Spain METHODS: This observational, descriptive study used discharge information obtained from the national surveillance system for hospital data, Conjunto Mínimo Básico de Datos, CMBD, provided by the Ministry of Health...
February 16, 2018: Papillomavirus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458167/autosomal-dominant-deficiency-of-the-interleukin-17f-in-recurrent-aphthous-stomatitis-possible-novel-mutation-in-a-new-entity
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Alireza Zare Bidoki, Ahmad Massoud, Shamsolmoulouk Najafi, Mahsa Mohammadzadeh, Nima Rezaei
Recurrent Aphthous Stomatitis (RAS) is a common oral inflammatory disease with unknown pathogenesis. Although the immune system alterations could be involved in predisposition of individuals to oral candidiasis, precise etiologies of RAS have not been understood yet. A recent study showed that autosomal dominant IL17F deficiency could cause chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis. Considering the inflammatory nature of interleukin (IL)-17F and RAS, this study was performed to check any disease-associated mutation in a number of patients with RAS...
February 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458161/multiple-mycotoxin-analysis-in-nut-products-occurrence-and-risk-characterization
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Sara C Cunha, S Sá, José O Fernandes
Nuts consumption plays an important role in Mediterranean diet, being a good source of proteins, vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids. However, nuts can be also a source of harmful mycotoxins with negative impact on human health. In this work, the occurrence of 16 mycotoxins belonging to different chemical classes, was assessed in several nut products. The analytical method used was based on modified QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe) procedure followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) analysis...
February 16, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458156/how-to-isolate-identify-and-determine-antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-anaerobic-bacteria-in-routine-laboratories
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Elisabeth Nagy, Lyudmila Boyanova, Ulrik S Justesen
BACKGROUND: There has been an increased interest in the study of anaerobic bacteria, which cause human infection during the past decade. Many new genera and species have been described by to use 16S rRNA gene sequencing of clinical isolates obtained from different infection sites with commercially available special culture media to support the growth of anaerobes. Several systems, such as anaerobic pouches, boxes, jars and chambers provide suitable anaerobic culture conditions to isolate even strict anaerobic bacteria successfully from clinical specimens...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458080/transcriptomic-and-phenotypic-profiling-in-developing-zebrafish-exposed-to-thyroid-hormone-receptor-agonists
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Derik E Haggard, Pamela D Noyes, Katrina M Waters, Robert L Tanguay
There continues to be a need to develop in vivo high-throughput screening (HTS) and computational methods to screen chemicals for interaction with the estrogen, androgen, and thyroid pathways and as complements to in vitro HTS assays. This study explored the utility of an embryonic zebrafish HTS approach to identify and classify endocrine bioactivity using phenotypically-anchored transcriptome profiling. Transcriptome analysis was conducted on zebrafish embryos exposed to 25 estrogen-, androgen-, or thyroid-active chemicals at concentrations that elicited adverse malformations or mortality at 120 hours post-fertilization in 80% of animals exposed...
February 16, 2018: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458079/autofluorescence-a-potential-pitfall-in-immunofluorescence-based-inflammation-grading
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Jonas Wizenty, Muhammad Imtiaz Ashraf, Nadine Rohwer, Martin Stockmann, Sascha Weiss, Matthias Biebl, Johann Pratschke, Felix Aigner, Tilo Wuensch
Immunofluorescence (IF) staining of paraffin-embedded tissues is a frequently used method to answer research questions or even detect the abundance of a certain protein for diagnostic use. However, the signal originating from specific antibody-staining might be distorted by autofluorescence (AF) of the assessed tissue. Although the AF phenomenon is well known, its presence is often neglected by insufficient staining controls. In this study, we describe the existence of cellular AF in paraffin-embedded healthy and inflamed human and murine colonic tissues and present ways to reduce AF...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458052/regulation-of-proliferation-and-functioning-of-transplanted-cells-by-using-herpes-simplex-virus-thymidine-kinase-gene-in-mice
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Mari Tsujimura, Kosuke Kusamori, Chihiro Oda, Airi Miyazaki, Hidemasa Katsumi, Toshiyasu Sakane, Makiya Nishikawa, Akira Yamamoto
Though cell transplantation is becoming an attractive therapeutic method, uncontrolled cell proliferation or overexpression of cellular functions could cause adverse effects. These unfavorable outcomes could be avoided by regulating the proliferation or functioning of transplanted cells. In this study, we used a combination of the herpes simplex virus thymidine kinase (HSVtk) gene, a suicide gene, and ganciclovir (GCV) to control the proliferation and functioning of insulin-secreting cells after transplantation in diabetic mice...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458050/investigation-of-metabolic-stability-of-the-novel-alk-inhibitor-brigatinib-by-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Hany W Darwish, Adnan A Kadi, Mohamed W Attwa, Halah S Almutairi
Brigatinib (BGB) belongs to a class of drugs called ALK inhibitor. On April 28, 2017, BGB has been approved by U.S. FDA for use in metastatic ALK-positive NSCLC. A fast, specific, sensitive and validated LC-MS/MS method was developed for the quantification of BGB in human plasma matrix. This method was applied successfully to study metabolic stability of BGB. Reversed phase (C18 column) and isocratic binary mobile phase (55% 0.1% formic acid: 45% ACN) were used for chromatographic separation of BGB and ponatinib (IS)...
February 16, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458015/sulfenamide-and-sulfonamide-derivatives-of-metformin-can-exert-anti-coagulant-and-pro-fibrinolytic-properties
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Magdalena Markowicz-Piasecka, Kristiina M Huttunen, Łukasz Mateusiak, Elżbieta Mikiciuk-Olasik, Joanna Sikora
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is characterised not only by hyperglycaemia and insulin resistance but also an impaired balance between the processes of coagulation and fibrinolysis. The aim of this study was to examine the effects of metformin, a widely-used oral anti-diabetic drug, phenformin and eight sulfenamide and sulfonamide derivatives of metformin on several haemostasis parameters. Thrombin Time (TT) tests were performed according to the available commercial method. The activity of factor X was conducted based on deficient plasma factor X...
February 16, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458003/fgf-23-pth-and-vitamin-d-status-in-end-stage-renal-disease-patients-affected-by-vdr-foki-and-bsmi-variants
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Mouna Bouksila, Wajih Kaabachi, Mehdi Mrad, Wided Smaoui, Elhem Cheour El Kateb, Mohammed Karim Zouaghi, Kamel Hamzaoui, Afef Bahlous
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between two VDR SNPs FokI and BsmI and mineral status in ESRD patients. DESIGN AND METHODS: Our case-control study included 100 patients with chronic renal failure in ESRD and 149 healthy subjects. We measured the serum Vitamin D levels and the serum intact PTH level by Electrochemiluminescence Technology (cobas E411 analyzer). We evaluated the serum FGF23 levels by indirect ELISA method. The genotyping of two VDR gene variants FokI and BsmI was carried out by PCR-RFLP technique...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457974/a-multi-omics-analysis-of-glycine-max-leaves-reveals-alteration-in-flavonoid-and-isoflavonoid-metabolism-upon-ethylene-and-abscisic-acid-treatment
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Ravi Gupta, Cheol Woo Min, Katharina Kramer, Ganesh Kumar Agrawal, Randeep Rakwal, Ki-Hun Park, Yiming Wang, Iris Finkemeier, Sun Tae Kim
Phytohormones are central to the plant growth and development. Despite the advancement in our knowledge of hormone signaling, downstream targets and their interactions upon hormones action remain largely fragmented, especially at the protein and metabolite levels. With an aim to get new insight into the effects of two hormones, ethylene (ET) and abscisic acid (ABA), this study utilizes an integrated proteomics and metabolomics approach to investigate their individual and combined (ABA+ET) signaling in soybean leaves...
February 19, 2018: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457967/dna-damage-and-genomic-instability-among-workers-formerly-and-currently-exposed-to-asbestos
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Mirta Milić, Monica Neri, Marcello Ceppi, Marco Bruzzone, Armelle Munnia, Donatella Ugolini, Alfonso Cristaudo, Alessandra Bonotti, Marco E Peluso, Stefano Bonassi
Objectives Despite an asbestos ban in the European Union, exposure to asbestos still represents an occupational risk. Biomarkers of DNA damage and genomic instability in groups exposed to asbestos may contribute to the identification of subgroups/subjects at higher risk. Methods A cross-sectional study was conducted on 468 male individuals (80 working in occupational settings with potential exposure to asbestos fibers, 202 retired workers with past exposure, and 186 non-exposed controls) to compare genomic instability, cell proliferation and differentiation level using the non-invasive micronucleus buccal cytome assay...
February 19, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457966/combined-treatment-with-valproic-acid-and-5-aza-2-deoxycytidine-synergistically-inhibits-human-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-growth-and-migration
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Wenjin Xi, Xu Chen, Jinbo Sun, Wei Wang, Yi Huo, Guoxu Zheng, Jieheng Wu, Yufang Li, Angang Yang, Tao Wang
BACKGROUND Histone acetylation and DNA methylation are important mammalian epigenetic modifications that participate in the regulation of gene expression. Because dysregulation of histone deacetylase and DNA methyltransferases are hallmarks of malignancy, they have become promising therapeutic targets. In this study, we explored the anti-tumor activity of valproic acid (VPA), a histone deacetylase inhibitor (HDACi) and 5-Aza-2'-deoxycytidine (5-Aza), an inhibitor of DNA methyltransferases, on renal cell carcinoma (RCC) cell lines 786-O and 769-P...
February 19, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457964/liver-imaging-reporting-and-data-system-patient-outcomes-for-category-4-and-5-nodules
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Sang Hyun Choi, Jae Ho Byun, Young-Suk Lim, So Jung Lee, So Yeon Kim, Hyung Jin Won, Yong Moon Shin, Pyo-Nyun Kim
Purpose To determine the outcomes after initial therapy in patients with chronic liver disease and retrospectively assigned Liver Imaging Reporting and Data System (LI-RADS; version 2014) category 4 (LR-4) and 5 (LR-5) nodules at gadoxetate disodium-enhanced MR imaging. Materials and Methods In this retrospective study, 260 patients with a single LR-4 (n = 132) or LR-5 (n = 128) nodule who were assigned a LI-RADS category were included. Patients were identified between January 2012 and December 2012, and were initially treated by resection, liver transplant, radiofrequency ablation (RFA), or transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) according to the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer staging system...
February 19, 2018: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457960/phylogenetic-relationships-and-acaricidal-effects-of-beauveria-bassiana-obtained-from-cattle-farm-soils-against-rhipicephalus-microplus
#17
Agustin Fernández-Salas, Miguel Angel Alonso Díaz, Rogelio Alejandro Alonso Morales, Roberto Lezama-Gutierrez, José Antonio Cervantes-Chávez
The objectives of the present study were to isolate Beauveria bassiana strains from cattle farms soils, to analyze the phylogenetic relationships among the isolated fungi strains, and to determine the acaricidal effect of B. bassiana isolates on Rhipicephalus microplus engorged ticks, resistant or susceptible to chemical acaricides. Six strains of Beauveria bassiana were obtained and isolated from cattle farms soils by Galleria bait method in Mexican tropics and the acaricidal effect was assessed against 2 populations of R...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457923/flipping-social-determinants-on-its-head-medical-student-perspectives-on-the-flipped-classroom-and-simulated-patients-to-teach-social-determinants-of-health
#18
N Gostelow, J Barber, F Gishen, A Berlin
BACKGROUND: Inequalities in healthcare are increasing. Engaging medical students to tackle this urgent challenge alongside clinical sciences can be demanding. This study examines medical student perceptions of a flipped approach to health inequalities co-designed by faculty and sixth-year students. INNOVATION: A flipped learning session was piloted for year 4 medical students combining an online lesson followed by a tutorial with a simulated patient. METHODS: A mixed-methods approach collected questionnaire data using 4-point Likert scales and free text answers...
February 19, 2018: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457922/evaluation-of-risk-factors-for-recurrent-primary-common-bile-duct-stone-in-patients-with-cholecystectomy
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Eun Soo Yoo, Byung Moo Yoo, Jin Hong Kim, Jae Chul Hwang, Min Jae Yang, Kee Myung Lee, Soon Sun Kim, Choong Kyun Noh
OBJECTIVES: Recurrence of primary common bile duct (CBD) stone commonly occurs after complete removal of CBD stones in patients with cholecystectomy. This study aimed to investigate potential risk factors for the recurrence of primary CBD stones after endoscopic treatment. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2005 and December 2015, the endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) database of our medical center was retrospectively reviewed; information regarding eligible patients who had recurrent CBD stones with a history of previous cholecystectomy was collected...
February 19, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457914/estimating-road-traffic-injuries-in-jinja-district-uganda-using-the-capture-recapture-method
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Joseph Magoola, Olive Kobusingye, Abdulgafoor M Bachani, Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye, Derrick Kimuli, Nino Paichadze
Road traffic injuries (RTIs) are commonly under-reported in low-and-medium-income countries. This study aimed to estimate the number of RTIs and determine the magnitude of under-reporting by traffic police and hospital registries. A two-source capture-recapture method was applied to RTI data from police and hospital registries. Seven matching variables; sex of the injured, date, place, time, day of crash and road user type were used to get the matched cases. Police independently reported 46 RTIs and the hospitals reported 206 RTIs...
February 19, 2018: International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion
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