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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807764/staphylococcal-enterotoxin-c2-mutant-drives-t-lymphocyte-activation-through-pi3k-mtor-and-nf-%C3%A4-b-signaling-pathways
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Xuanhe Fu, Mingkai Xu, Songyuan Yao, Huiwen Zhang, Chenggang Zhang, Jinghai Zhang
Staphylococcal enterotoxin C2 (SEC2), a superantigen, causes rapid clonal expansion of lymphocytes and secretion of T cell growth factors, leading to a severe inflammatory response within tissues. Although previous studies have shown that ST-4, a SEC2 mutant with enhanced recognition of Vβ regions of T-cell receptors (TCRVβ), can activate an increased number of T cells and produce more cytokines than SEC2. However, the signaling mechanisms of SEC2/ST-4-mediated immune activation have not been addressed. In this study, we showed that the phosphatidylinositide-3-kinase (PI-3K) inhibitor LY294002, mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor rapamycin, and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) inhibitor Bay11-7085 could suppress SEC2/ST-4-induced proliferation, CD69/CD25 expression, cell-cycle progression, and IL-2 production in BALB/c mouse splenocytes...
August 11, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783582/cytotoxic-effects-of-fritillaria-imperialis-l-extracts-on-human-liver-cancer-cells-breast-cancer-cells-and-fibroblast-like-cells
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Ozra Zarei, Mohammad Mehdi Yaghoobi
In this study, we evaluated the cytotoxic effects of Fritillaria imperialis L. aqueous and ethanolic extracts on human liver cancer cells (LCL-PI 11), breast adenocarcinoma cells (MCF-7) and fibroblast-like cells (HSkMC). MTT, BrdU and TUNEL assays were used to detect cytotoxicity, proliferation rate and apoptotic death. Following 48h, the IC50 values for LCL-PI11 and MCF-7 cells were 4.2 and 3.9μg/mL of aqueous extract, and 1.7 and 1.3μg/mL of ethanolic extract, respectively, which was comparable to that of 5-FU...
August 4, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749765/generation-and-characterization-of-antinonstructural-protein-1-monoclonal-antibodies-and-development-of-diagnostics-for-dengue-virus-serotype-2
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Yin-Liang Tang, I-Ju Liu, Pi-Chun Li, Chien-Yu Chiu, Chun-Yu Lin, Chung-Hao Huang, Yen-Hsu Chen, Chi-Yu Fu, Day-Yu Chao, Chwan-Chuen King, Han-Chung Wu
Dengue virus (DENV) circulates in tropical and subtropical areas around the world, where it causes high morbidity and mortality. There is no effective treatment of infection, with supportive care being the only option. Furthermore, early detection and diagnosis are important to facilitate clinical decisions. In this study, seven monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) recognizing nonstructural protein 1 (NS1) of DENV were generated by hybridoma techniques. These antibodies can be divided into two groups: serotype-specific (DB6-1, DB12-3, and DB38-1) and nonspecific (consisting of antibodies DB16-1, DB20-6, DB29-1, and DB41-2)...
July 24, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731030/cryo-em-structure-and-biochemical-analysis-reveal-the-basis-of-the-functional-difference-between-human-pi3kc3-c1-and-c2
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Meisheng Ma, Jun-Jie Liu, Yan Li, Yuwei Huang, Na Ta, Yang Chen, Hua Fu, Ming-Da Ye, Yuehe Ding, Weijiao Huang, Jia Wang, Meng-Qiu Dong, Li Yu, Hong-Wei Wang
Phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PI3P) plays essential roles in vesicular trafficking, organelle biogenesis and autophagy. Two class III phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3KC3) complexes have been identified in mammals, the ATG14L complex (PI3KC3-C1) and the UVRAG complex (PI3KC3-C2). PI3KC3-C1 is crucial for autophagosome biogenesis, and PI3KC3-C2 is involved in various membrane trafficking events. Here we report the cryo-EM structures of human PI3KC3-C1 and PI3KC3-C2 at sub-nanometer resolution. The two structures share a common L-shaped overall architecture with distinct features...
July 21, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727411/one-step-synthesis-of-antioxidative-graphene-wrapped-copper-nanoparticles-on-flexible-substrates-for-electronic-and-electrocatalytic-applications
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Chi-Ang Tseng, Chiao-Chen Chen, Rajesh Kumar Ulaganathan, Chuan-Pei Lee, Hsu-Cheng Chiang, Chin-Fu Chang, Yit-Tsong Chen
In this study, we report a novel, one-step synthesis method to fabricate multilayer graphene (MLG)-wrapped copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) directly on various substrates (e.g., polyimide film (PI), carbon cloth (CC), or Si wafer (Si)). The electrical resistivities of the pristine MLG-CuNPs/PI and MLG-CuNPs/Si were measured 1.7 × 10(-6) and 1.4 × 10(-6) Ω·m, respectively, of which both values are ∼100-fold lower than earlier reports. The MLG shell could remarkably prevent the Cu nanocore from serious damages after MLG-CuNPs being exposed to various harsh conditions...
July 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700659/expression-levels-of-cleaved-caspase-3-and-caspase-3-in-tumorigenesis-and-prognosis-of-oral-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Pei-Feng Liu, Yu-Chang Hu, Bor-Hwang Kang, Yu-Kai Tseng, Pi-Chuang Wu, Chi-Chuang Liang, Yu-Yi Hou, Ting-Ying Fu, Huei-Han Liou, I-Chien Hsieh, Luo-Ping Ger, Chih-Wen Shu
Apoptosis plays a dual role in cancer development and malignancy. The role of apoptosis-related caspases in cancer remains controversial, particularly in oral tongue squamous cell carcinoma (OTSCC). In this study, we examined the protein levels of cleaved caspase-3, caspase-3, caspase-8, and caspase-9 on tissue microarrays consisting of samples from 246 OTSCC patients by immunohistochemistry. Wilcoxon signed-rank test indicated that the protein levels of cleaved caspase-3, caspase-3, caspase-8, and caspase-9 in tumor tissues were significantly higher compared to those in adjacent normal tissues (all p<0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688984/patient-profiling-can-identify-adult-spinal-deformity-asd-patients-at-risk-for-conversion-from-nonoperative-to-surgical-treatment-initial-steps-to-reduce-ineffective-asd-management
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Peter G Passias, Cyrus M Jalai, Breton G Line, Gregory W Poorman, Justin K Scheer, Justin S Smith, Christopher I Shaffrey, Douglas C Burton, Kai-Ming G Fu, Eric O Klineberg, Robert A Hart, Frank Schwab, Virginie Lafage, Shay Bess
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Non-operative management is a common initial treatment for adult spinal deformity (ASD) patients despite reported superiority of surgery with regard to outcomes. Ineffective medical care is a large source of resource drain on the health system. Characterization of ASD patients likely to elect for operative treatment from nonoperative management may allow for more efficient patient counseling and cost savings. PURPOSE: To identify deformity and disability characteristics of ASD patients that ultimately convert to operative treatment compared to those that remain non-operative and those that initially choose surgery...
July 5, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687324/in%C3%A2-vitro-antiviral-efficacy-of-caffeic-acid-against-canine-distemper-virus
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Zong-Mei Wu, Zhen-Jiang Yu, Zhen-Qiang Cui, Lu-Yuan Peng, Hao-Ran Li, Chun-Lei Zhang, Hai-Qing Shen, Peng-Fei Yi, Ben-Dong Fu
Canine distemper (CD) is a highly contagious disease caused by the canine distemper virus (CDV), and mortality can be as high as 100%. However, there is no specific treatment for CD. In this study, the antiviral activity of the caffeic acid against CDV was evaluated in vitro. The results showed that the IC50 of the caffeic acid against CDV at 1 and 2 h post infection (PI) is 23.3 and 32.3 μg/mL, respectively. Consistently, at 1 and 2 h PI, the caffeic acid exhibited a reduced (23.3-57.0% and 37.2-38.1%) viral inhibitory effect in vero cells...
July 4, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679370/assessment-of-free-hand-transperineal-targeted-prostate-biopsy-using-multiparametric-magnetic-resonance-imaging-transrectal-ultrasound-fusion-in-chinese-men-with-prior-negative-biopsy-and-elevated-prostate-specific-antigen
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Huibo Lian, Junlong Zhuang, Wei Wang, Bing Zhang, Jiong Shi, Danyan Li, Yao Fu, Xuping Jiang, Weimin Zhou, Hongqian Guo
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the role of free-hand transperineal targeted prostate biopsy using multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging-transrectal ultrasound (mpMRI-TRUS) fusion in Chinese men with repeated biopsy. METHODS: A total of 101 consecutive patients suspicious of prostate cancer (PCa) at the mpMRI scan and with prior negative biopsy and elevated PSA values were prospectively recruited at two urological centers. Suspicious areas on mpMRI were defined and graded using PI-RADS score...
July 5, 2017: BMC Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660922/two-dimensional-frameworks-formed-by-pentagonal-bipyramidal-cobalt-ii-ions-and-hexacyanometallates-antiferromagnetic-ordering-metamagnetism-and-slow-magnetic-relaxation
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Dong Shao, Yan Zhou, Qian Pi, Fu-Xing Shen, Si-Run Yang, Shao-Liang Zhang, Xin-Yi Wang
We herein report the syntheses, structures, and magnetic properties of two isostructural two-dimensional (2D) coordination polymers based on a pentagonal bipyramidal Co(II) unit [Co(TODA)](2+) and two hexacyanometallates, namely [M(III)(CN)6]2[Co(II)(TODA)]3·9H2O (M = Cr (1), Co (2), TODA = 1,4,10-trioxa-7,13-diazacyclopentadecane). Structure analyses show that both complexes have 2D honeycomb structures where the [Co(TODA)](2+) units are bridged by the [M(III)(CN)6](3-) groups through three cyano groups in the facial positions...
July 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634253/role-of-autophagy-in-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-induced-apoptosis-of-osteoblast-cells
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Liwen Zheng, Wanchun Wang, Jiangdong Ni, Xinzhan Mao, Deye Song, Tang Liu, Jianwei Wei, Huaying Zhou
The aim of this study is to investigate the role of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) in apoptosis and autophagy of mouse osteoblast MC3T3-E1 cells, as well as the crosstalk between autophagy and apoptosis. Mouse osteoblast MC3T3-E1 cells were cultured in vitro and treated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), rapamycin, 3-methyl adenine (3-MA) and TNF-α either alone or in combination, respectively. MTT assays were used to monitor the cell viability upon different treatments. Annexin-V-FITC/propidium iodide (PI) staining was used to detect the apoptotic rate of osteoblasts...
August 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620673/first-evidence-of-pyrrolizidine-alkaloid-n-oxide-induced-hepatic-sinusoidal-obstruction-syndrome-in-humans
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Mengbi Yang, Jianqing Ruan, Hong Gao, Na Li, Jiang Ma, Junyi Xue, Yang Ye, Peter Pi-Cheng Fu, Jiyao Wang, Ge Lin
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are among the most potent phytotoxins widely distributed in plant species around the world. PA is one of the major causes responsible for the development of hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (HSOS) and exerts hepatotoxicity via metabolic activation to form the reactive metabolites, which bind with cellular proteins to generate pyrrole-protein adducts, leading to hepatotoxicity. PA N-oxides coexist with their corresponding PAs in plants with varied quantities, sometimes even higher than that of PAs, but the toxicity of PA N-oxides remains unclear...
June 15, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618413/induction-of-apoptosis-in-heparg-cell-line-by-aloe-emodin-through-generation-of-reactive-oxygen-species-and-the-mitochondrial-pathway
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Xiaoxv Dong, Jing Fu, Xingbin Yin, Changhai Qu, Chunjing Yang, Huyiligeqi He, Jian Ni
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Aloe-emodin (1,8-dihydroxy-3-hydroxymethyl-anthraquinone), an anthraquinone active compounds, is isolated from some traditional medicinal plants such as Rheum palmatum L. and Cassia occidentalis, which induce hepatotoxicity in rats. The aim of this study was to determine potential cytotoxic effects of aloe-emodin on HepaRG cells and to define the underlying mechanism. METHODS: MTT was used to evaluate cell viability. Apoptotic cell death was analyzed via Annexin V-FITC/PI double staining...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606801/molecular-cloning-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-b-cell-lymphoma-2-bcl-2-in-the-orange-spotted-grouper-epinephelus-coioides
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Sheng-Wei Luo, Huan Kang, Jing-Rong Kong, Ren-Chong Xie, Yuan Liu, Wei-Na Wang, Fu-Xing Xie, Cong Wang, Zuo-Ming Sun
Bcl-2 is a pro-survival member of Bcl-2 like superfamily, playing an important role in regulating the apoptotic process. In this study, the full-length Bcl-2 (EcBcl-2) was obtained, consisting of a 5'UTR of 290 bp, an ORF of 699 bp and a 3'UTR of 920 bp. EcBcl-2 gene encoded a polypeptide of 232 amino acids with an estimated molecular mass of 26.12 KDa and a predicted isoelectric point (pI) of 6.93. The deduced amino acid sequence analysis showed that EcBcl-2 consisted of the conserved residues and characteristic domains known to the critical functionality for Bcl-2...
June 9, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597300/proximal-junctional-kyphosis-in-adult-scoliosis-comparison-of-four-radiological-predictor-models
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Amer Sebaaly, Guillaume Riouallon, Ibrahim Obeid, Pierre Grobost, Maroun Rizkallah, Fethi Laouissat, Yann-Phillippe Charles, Pierre Roussouly
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this retrospective study is to identify the best immediate postoperative radiological predictors for the occurrence of proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK). Four proposed methods will be explored. METHODS: A homogeneous database of adult scoliosis from multiple centers was used. Patients with whole spine X-rays at the required follow-up (FU) periods were included. Spinal and pelvic parameters were measured and calculated to compare four predictive methods: Method 1: assessment of the global sagittal alignment (GSA); Method 2: restoration of the theoretical values of lumbar lordosis (LL) and thoracic kyphosis (TK) according to pelvic incidence (PI); Method 3: evaluation of TK + LL, and Method 4: restoration of the apex of sagittal LL to its theoretical values according to various spine shapes in Roussouly Classification...
June 9, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597042/cisplatin-induces-expression-of-drug-resistance-related-genes-through-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-pathway-in-human-lung-cancer-cells
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Li Xu, Yingya Fu, Youlun Li, Xiaoli Han
PURPOSE: Change of multidrug resistance-related genes (e.g., lung resistance protein, LRP) and overexpression of anti-apoptotic genes (Bcl-2, Bcl-Xl, XIAP, Survivin) are responsible for cisplatin resistance. In our study, we investigated the mechanism by which cisplatin induces LRP, Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, XIAP, and Survivin expression in human lung adenocarcinoma A549 cells and human H446 small cell lung cancer cells at mRNA and protein levels. METHODS: In our study, cell proliferation was assessed with CCK-8 assays, and cell apoptosis was assessed with flow cytometric analysis and Annexin-V/PI staining...
August 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549828/deficiency-of-long-isoforms-of-nfe2l1-sensitizes-min6-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells-to-arsenite-induced-cytotoxicity
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Qi Cui, Jingqi Fu, Yuxin Hu, Yongfang Li, Bei Yang, Lu Li, Jing Sun, Chengjie Chen, Guifan Sun, Yuanyuan Xu, Qiang Zhang, Jingbo Pi
Increasing evidence indicates that chronic inorganic arsenic exposure is associated with type 2 diabetes (T2D), a disease of growing prevalence. Pancreatic β-cells were targeted and damaged by oxidative stress induced by arsenite. We previously showed that nuclear factor erythroid 2 like 2 (Nfe2l2)-deficient pancreatic β-cells were vulnerable to cell damage induced by oxidative stressors including arsenite, due to a muted antioxidant response. Like nuclear factor erythroid 2 like 2 (NFE2L2), NFE2L1 also belongs to the cap 'n' collar (CNC) basic-region leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factor family, and regulates antioxidant response element (ARE) related genes...
August 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515735/time-course-transcriptome-analysis-of-compatible-and-incompatible-pollen-stigma-interactions-in-brassica-napus-l
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Tong Zhang, Changbin Gao, Yao Yue, Zhiquan Liu, Chaozhi Ma, Guilong Zhou, Yong Yang, Zhiqiang Duan, Bing Li, Jing Wen, Bin Yi, Jinxiong Shen, Jinxing Tu, Tingdong Fu
Brassica species exhibit both compatible and incompatible pollen-stigma interactions, however, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, RNA-seq technology was applied in a comprehensive time-course experiment (2, 5, 10, 20, and 30 min) to explore gene expression during compatible/incompatible pollen-stigma interactions in stigma. Moderate changes of gene expression were observed both in compatible pollination (PC) and incompatible pollination (PI) within 10 min, whereas drastic changes showed up by 30 min, especially in PI...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489576/intraoperative-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-for-microcirculatory-evaluation-in-rhesus-monkey-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Lin Huang, Keng Chen, Fu-Chao Chen, Hui-Yong Shen, Ji-Chao Ye, Zhao-Peng Cai, Xi Lin
This study tried to quantify spinal cord perfusion by using contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in rhesus monkey models with acute spinal cord injury. Acute spinal cord perfusion after injury was detected by CEUS, coupling with conventional ultrasound (US) and Color Doppler US (CDFI). Time-intensity curves and perfusion parameters were obtained by autotracking contrast quantification (ACQ) software in the epicenter and adjacent regions of injury, respectively. Neurological and histological examinations were performed to confirm the severity of injury...
June 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454264/luteolin-a-novel-p90-ribosomal-s6-kinase-inhibitor-suppresses-proliferation-and-migration-in-leukemia-cells
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Lan Deng, Ling Jiang, Xianghua Lin, Kuo-Fu Tseng, Zhigang Lu, Xiuju Wang
Ribosomal S6 kinases (RSKs) are directly regulated by extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) signaling and are implicated in cell growth, survival, motility and senescence. The present study observed that RSK1 was overexpressed in primary untreated leukemia patient bone marrow samples compared with the expression at the complete remission stage, using reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR). In addition, a high RSK1 expression (relative expression ≥10) was associated with a significantly shorter overall survival (P=0...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
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