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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811499/the-role-of-dermcidin-isoform-2-in-the-occurrence-and-severity-of-diabetes
#1
Suman Bhattacharya, Md Mobidullah Khan, Chandradipa Ghosh, Sarbashri Bank, Smarajit Maiti
Diabetes is now epidemic worldwide. Several hundred-million peoples are presently suffering from this disease with other secondary-disorders. Stress, hypertension, sedentary life-style, carbohydrate/lipid metabolic-disorders due to genetic or environmental factors attributes to type-1 and/or type-2 diabetes. Present investigation demonstrates that stress-induced protein dermcidin isoform-2 (DCN-2) which appears in the serum of diabetic-patients play a key-role in this disease pathogenesis/severity. DCN-2 suppresses insulin production-release from liver/pancreas...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811084/low-tumour-cell-content-in-a-lung-tumour-bank-implications-for-molecular-characterisation
#2
Felicia Goh, Edwina E Duhig, Belinda E Clarke, Elizabeth McCaul, Linda Passmore, Deborah Courtney, Morgan Windsor, Rishendren Naidoo, Louise Franz, Kylie Parsonson, Ian A Yang, Rayleen V Bowman, Kwun M Fong
Lung cancer encompasses multiple malignant epithelial tumour types, each with specific targetable, potentially actionable mutations, such that precision management mandates accurate tumour typing. Molecular characterisation studies require high tumour cell content and low necrosis content, yet lung cancers are frequently a heterogeneous mixture of tumour and stromal cells. We hypothesised that there may be systematic differences in tumour cell content according to histological subtype, and that this may have implications for tumour banks as a resource for comprehensive molecular characterisation studies in lung cancer...
August 12, 2017: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809618/corneal-donations-in-south-africa-a-15-year-review
#3
Nicholas J York, Christopher Tinley
BACKGROUND: Corneal pathology is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness in South Africa (SA). A corneal transplant can restore or significantly improve vision in most cases. However, in SA there is a gross shortage of corneal tissue available to ophthalmologists. Little has been published describing the magnitude of the problem. OBJECTIVES: To describe trends in the number of corneal donors per year in SA, the number of corneal transplants performed each year, the origin of donors, the allocation of corneas to the public or private sector, and the demographics of donors...
July 28, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808954/heavy-metal-pollutants-in-selected-organs-of-african-giant-rats-from-three-agro-ecological-zones-of-nigeria-evidence-for-their-role-as-an-environmental-specimen-bank
#4
Ifukibot Levi Usende, Benjamin O Emikpe, James Olukayode Olopade
An assessment of the concentration of heavy metals in the liver, brain, kidney, bone, and lungs of African giant rats (AGRs) from three agro-ecological zones of Nigeria having different industrial activities was carried out using atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Twenty adult AGRs from cities in mangrove/freshwater swamp, rainforest, and woodland/tall grass savanna agro-ecological zones of Nigeria were used for this study. AGRs were euthanized, carefully dissected, and the brains, liver, lungs, bone, and kidneys were harvested, digested, and analyzed for concentrations of vanadium (V), lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), zinc (Zn), selenium (Se), copper (Cu), and iron (Fe)...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808947/the-sydney-heart-bank-improving-translational-research-while-eliminating-or-reducing-the-use-of-animal-models-of-human-heart-disease
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REVIEW
C G Dos Remedios, S P Lal, A Li, J McNamara, A Keogh, P S Macdonald, R Cooke, E Ehler, R Knöll, S B Marston, J Stelzer, H Granzier, C Bezzina, S van Dijk, F De Man, G J M Stienen, J Odeberg, F Pontén, W Linke, J van der Velden
The Sydney Heart Bank (SHB) is one of the largest human heart tissue banks in existence. Its mission is to provide high-quality human heart tissue for research into the molecular basis of human heart failure by working collaboratively with experts in this field. We argue that, by comparing tissues from failing human hearts with age-matched non-failing healthy donor hearts, the results will be more relevant than research using animal models, particularly if their physiology is very different from humans. Tissue from heart surgery must generally be used soon after collection or it significantly deteriorates...
August 14, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808032/mechanical-constraint-from-growing-jaw-facilitates-mammalian-dental-diversity
#6
Elodie Renvoisé, Kathryn D Kavanagh, Vincent Lazzari, Teemu J Häkkinen, Ritva Rice, Sophie Pantalacci, Isaac Salazar-Ciudad, Jukka Jernvall
Much of the basic information about individual organ development comes from studies using model species. Whereas conservation of gene regulatory networks across higher taxa supports generalizations made from a limited number of species, generality of mechanistic inferences remains to be tested in tissue culture systems. Here, using mammalian tooth explants cultured in isolation, we investigate self-regulation of patterning by comparing developing molars of the mouse, the model species of mammalian research, and the bank vole...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802414/management-of-resistant-distal-femur-non-unions-with-allograft-strut-and-autografts-combined-with-osteosynthesis-in-a-series-of-22-patients
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Raja Bhaskara Kanakeshwar, Dheenadhayalan Jayaramaraju, Devendra Agraharam, Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran
INTRODUCTION AND PURPOSE: Challenges to the surgeon in managing cases of resistant non-union of the distal femur include poor bone stock, disuse osteopenia and joint contractures. Procedures varying from simple bone grafting to megaprosthesis revision have been described. We successfully managed such cases using our technique of combining cortical allograft struts to augment the defect in the femoral condyle coupled with autogenous iliac crest bone grafting and locking plate osteosynthesis...
August 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799685/ecological-factors-influencing-small-mammal-infection-by-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-and-borrelia-burgdorferi-s-l-in-agricultural-and-forest-landscapes
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Grégoire Perez, Suzanne Bastian, Amélie Chastagner, Albert Agoulon, Olivier Plantard, Gwenaël Vourc'h, Alain Butet
Small mammals are key components of numerous tick-borne disease systems, as hosts for immature ticks and pathogen reservoirs. To study the factors influencing tick-borne infection in small mammals, we trapped small mammals and collected questing ticks in spring and autumn in 2012 and 2013 at 24 sites in a 10x15 km rural landscapes (Brittany, France). Tissue samples were screened by real-time PCR for Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato. Of the two dominant small mammal species captured, bank voles (Myodes glareolus) had higher prevalence than wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) for both infections, presumably because of specific differences in immunological defenses...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799059/her2-intratumoral-heterogeneity-is-independently-associated-with-incomplete-response-to-anti-her2-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-in-her2-positive-breast-carcinoma
#9
Yanjun Hou, Hiroaki Nitta, Lai Wei, Peter M Banks, Bryce Portier, Anil V Parwani, Zaibo Li
PURPOSE: Anti-HER2 neoadjuvant chemotherapy has been widely used in HER2-positive breast cancer patients; however, pathologic complete response (pCR) is achieved in only 40-50% of patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the association of HER2 intratumoral heterogeneity (ITH) with response to anti-HER2 neoadjuvant chemotherapy. METHODS: Assessment of HER2 ITH was performed on whole tissue sections of pre-treatment samples from a cohort of 64 invasive breast carcinoma cases originally considered positive for HER2 and treated with anti-HER2 neoadjuvant chemotherapy...
August 10, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792506/can-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-differentiate-malignant-and-benign-causes-of-lymphadenopathy-an-in-vitro-approach
#10
Lionel Buré, Louis-Martin Boucher, Miriam Blumenkrantz, Stefan Schob, Pierre Lafaye de Micheaux, Caroline Reinhold, Benoit Gallix
Lymphadenopathy continues to be a common problem to radiologists and treating physicians because of the difficulty in confidently categorizing a node as being benign or malignant using standard diagnostic techniques. The goal of our research was to assess whether magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy contains the necessary information to allow differentiation of benign from malignant lymph nodes in an in-vitro approach using a modern pattern recognition method. Tissue samples from a tissue bank were analyzed on a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792154/proposal-guidelines-for-standardized-operating-procedures-of-brain-autopsy-brain-bank-in-south-korea
#11
Kyung Hwa Lee, Sang Won Seo, Tae Sung Lim, Eun Joo Kim, Byeong Chae Kim, Yeshin Kim, Ho Won Lee, Jae Pil Jeon, Sung Mi Shim, Duk L Na, Gi Yeong Huh, Min Cheol Lee, Yeon Lim Suh
To obtain an in-depth understanding of brain diseases, including neurodegenerative diseases, psychiatric illnesses, and neoplasms, scientific approach and verification using postmortem human brain tissue with or without disease are essential. Compared to other countries that have run brain banks for decades, South Korea has limited experience with brain banking; nationwide brain banks started only recently. The goal of this study is to provide provisional guidelines for brain autopsy for hospitals and institutes that have not accumulated sufficient expertise...
September 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770500/loss-of-pericytes-in-radiation-necrosis-after-glioblastoma-treatments
#12
Soon-Tae Lee, Youngbeom Seo, Ji-Yeon Bae, Kon Chu, Jin Wook Kim, Seung Hong Choi, Tae Min Kim, Il Han Kim, Sung-Hye Park, Chul-Kee Park
Radiation necrosis (RN) in brain tumor patients is often symptomatic, persistent without immediate resolution, and confused with tumor recurrence. Cerebral vascular pericytes are essential for endothelial function, vascular integrity, and angiogenesis. In this study, we showed that the loss of pericytes is involved in the pathogenesis of RN. From a brain tumor tissue repository, we identified three patients since 2011 with pathologically confirmed RN after the standard treatment for glioblastoma (GBM). The RN and their preradiation GBM tissues were serially processed for Western blotting using cell-type-specific antibodies against endothelial (CD31, active RhoA), pericyte [platelet-derived growth factor receptor-beta (PDGFR-β)], alpha-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), astrocyte (GFAP), myelin sheath protein (MBP), and microglial markers (Iba1)...
August 2, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770021/effects-of-antioxidant-supplements-on-the-survival-and-differentiation-of-stem-cells
#13
REVIEW
Sara Shaban, Mostafa Wanees Ahmed El-Husseny, Abdelrahman Ibrahim Abushouk, Amr Muhammad Abdo Salem, Mediana Mamdouh, Mohamed M Abdel-Daim
Although physiological levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) are required to maintain the self-renewal capacity of stem cells, elevated ROS levels can induce chromosomal aberrations, mitochondrial DNA damage, and defective stem cell differentiation. Over the past decade, several studies have shown that antioxidants can not only mitigate oxidative stress and improve stem cell survival but also affect the potency and differentiation of these cells. Further beneficial effects of antioxidants include increasing genomic stability, improving the adhesion of stem cells to culture media, and enabling researchers to manipulate stem cell proliferation by using different doses of antioxidants...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760579/survival-of-ipsc-derived-grafts-within-the-striatum-of-immunodeficient-mice-importance-of-developmental-stage-of-both-transplant-and-host-recipient
#14
Colton M Tom, Shahab Younesi, Elana Meer, Catherine Bresee, Marlesa Godoy, Virginia B Mattis
Degeneration of the striatum can occur in multiple disorders with devastating consequences for the patients. Infantile infections with streptococcus, measles, or herpes can cause striatal necrosis associated with dystonia or dyskinesia; and in patients with Huntington's disease the striatum undergoes massive degeneration leading to behavioral, psychological and movement issues, ultimately resulting in death. Currently, only supportive therapies are available for striatal degeneration. Clinical trials have shown some efficacy using transplantation of fetal-derived primary striatal progenitors...
July 28, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758901/stromal-cell-cadherin-11-regulates-adipose-tissue-inflammation-and-diabetes
#15
Sook Kyung Chang, Ayano C Kohlgruber, Fumitaka Mizoguchi, Xavier Michelet, Benjamin J Wolf, Kevin Wei, Pui Y Lee, Lydia Lynch, Danielle Duquette, Victòria Ceperuelo-Mallafré, Alexander S Banks, Michael B Brenner
M2 macrophages, innate lymphoid type 2 cells (ILC2s), eosinophils, Tregs, and invariant NK T cells (iNKT cells) all help to control adipose tissue inflammation, while M1 macrophages, TNF, and other inflammatory cytokines drive inflammation and insulin resistance in obesity. Stromal cells regulate leukocyte responses in lymph nodes, but the role of stromal cells in adipose tissue inflammation is unknown. PDGFRα+ stromal cells are major producers of IL-33 in adipose tissue. Here, we show that mesenchymal cadherin-11 modulates stromal fibroblast function...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751802/molecular-hydrogen-in-the-treatment-of-acute-and-chronic-neurological-conditions-mechanisms-of-protection-and-routes-of-administration
#16
REVIEW
Kenji Dohi, Kazue Satoh, Kazuyuki Miyamoto, Shusuke Momma, Kenichiro Fukuda, Ryo Higuchi, Hirokazu Ohtaki, Williams A Banks
Oxidative stress caused by reactive oxygen species is considered a major mediator of tissue and cell injuries in various neuronal conditions, including neurological emergencies and neurodegenerative diseases. Molecular hydrogen is well characterized as a scavenger of hydroxyl radicals and peroxynitrite. Recently, the neuroprotective effects of treatment with molecular hydrogen have been reported in both basic and clinical settings. Here, we review the effects of hydrogen therapy in acute neuronal conditions and neurodegenerative diseases...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747168/the-biobank-for-the-molecular-classification-of-kidney-disease-research-translation-and-precision-medicine-in-nephrology
#17
Daniel A Muruve, Michelle C Mann, Kevin Chapman, Josee F Wong, Pietro Ravani, Stacey A Page, Hallgrimur Benediktsson
BACKGROUND: Advances in technology and the ability to interrogate disease pathogenesis using systems biology approaches are exploding. As exemplified by the substantial progress in the personalized diagnosis and treatment of cancer, the application of systems biology to enable precision medicine in other disciplines such as Nephrology is well underway. Infrastructure that permits the integration of clinical data, patient biospecimens and advanced technologies is required for institutions to contribute to, and benefit from research in molecular disease classification and to devise specific and patient-oriented treatments...
July 26, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746751/cancer-donor-preferences-for-disposition-of-their-biospecimens-after-biobank-closure
#18
Samuel C Allen, Margie D Dixon, Jeffrey M Switchenko, Rebecca D Pentz
BACKGROUND: Biobank funding is unstable and biobank administrators are concerned about loss of funding and subsequent biobank closure. Nevertheless, only a minority of biobanks have policies regarding the distribution or destruction of tissue if the biobank were to close. To the authors' knowledge, the current study is the first to report on the preferences of oncology biospecimen donors regarding the handling of their biospecimens in the event of biobank closure. METHODS: A total of 98 biospecimen donors who were diagnosed with cancer at the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital or the Winship Cancer Institute were interviewed concerning their preferences for the handling of their biospecimens in the event of biobank closure...
July 26, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738361/expression-intracellular-localization-and-prognostic-value-of-plasminogen-activator-inhibitor-1-and-pai-1-rna-binding-protein-1-in-primary-and-recurrent-ovarian-cancer-a-study-of-the-tumor-bank-ovarian-cancer-network
#19
Dominique Koensgen, Matthias B Stope, Ivana Tuerbachova, Daniela Bruennert, Thomas Kohlmann, Ioana Braicu, Jalid Sehouli, Carsten Denkert, Silvia Darb-Esfahani, Elmar Stickeler, Dumitru Sofroni, Edgar Dahl, Alexander Mustea
BACKGROUND: The plasminogen activator system plays a key role in ovarian cancer (OC) tumor progression. The plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1) and the recently identified PAI-1 RNA binding protein 1 (PAI-RBP1) are primary regulators of plasminogen activation and thus are putative biomarkers for OC progression. METHODS: One hundred fifty six OC patients were analyzed to identify the presence of PAI-1 and PAI-RBP1 and subsequently correlated to clinicopathological parameters...
July 22, 2017: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737465/the-effect-of-ozone-gas-sterilization-on-the-properties-and-cell-compatibility-of-electrospun-polycaprolactone-scaffolds
#20
Carolina Fracalossi Rediguieri, Paul A De Bank, Maria Helena Ambrosio Zanin, Patrícia Leo, Natalia Neto Pereira Cerize, Adriano Marim de Oliveira, Terezinha de Jesus Andreoli Pinto
The growing area of tissue engineering has the potential to alleviate the shortage of tissues and organs for transplantation, and electrospun biomaterial scaffolds are extremely promising devices for translating engineered tissues into a clinical setting. However, to be utilized in this capacity, these medical devices need to be sterile. Traditional methods of sterilization are not always suitable for biomaterials, especially as many commonly used biomedical polymers are sensitive to chemical-, thermal- or radiation-induced damage...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
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