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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342357/diffusion-controlled-epitaxy-of-large-area-coalesced-wse2-monolayers-on-sapphire
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Xiaotian Zhang, Tanushree H Choudhury, Mikhail Chubarov, Yu Xiang, Bhakti Jariwala, Fu Zhang, Nasim Alem, Gwo-Ching Wang, Joshua A Robinson, Joan M Redwing
A multi-step diffusion-mediated process was developed to control the nucleation density, size and lateral growth rate of WSe2 domains on c-plane sapphire for the epitaxial growth of large area monolayer films by gas source chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The process consists of an initial nucleation step followed by an annealing period in H2Se to promote surface diffusion of tungsten-containing species to form oriented WSe2 islands with uniform size and controlled density. The growth conditions were then adjusted to suppress further nucleation and laterally grow the WSe2 islands to form a fully coalesced monolayer film in less than one hour...
January 17, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341884/acute-stress-persistently-alters-locus-coeruleus-function-and-anxiety-like-behavior-in-adolescent-rats
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Olga Borodovitsyna, Matthew D Flamini, Daniel J Chandler
Stress is a physiological state characterized by altered neuroendocrine signaling, behavioral arousal, and anxiety. Chronic or traumatic stress may predispose individuals for multiple somatic and psychiatric illnesses. The locus coeruleus (LC) is a major node in the stress response that integrates input from multiple stress responsive neural circuits and releases norepinephrine throughout the central nervous system to promote vigilance and anxiety. Many mood disorders associated with prior stress are characterized by chronically altered noradrenergic signaling, yet the long-term impact of an acute stressor on LC function is not clear...
January 13, 2018: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341600/combination-of-heparin-binding-peptide-and-heparin-cell-surface-coatings-for-mesenchymal-stem-cell-spheroid-assembly
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Jennifer Lei, William L Murphy, Johnna S Temenoff
Microtissues containing multiple cell types have been used in both in vitro models and in vivo tissue repair applications. However, to improve through-put, there is a need to develop a platform that supports self-assembly of a large number of 3D microtissues containing multiple cell types in a dynamic suspension system. Thus, the objective of this study was to exploit the binding interaction between the negatively charged glycosaminoglycan, heparin, and a known heparin binding peptide to establish a method that promotes assembly of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) spheroids into larger aggregates...
January 17, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341496/association-of-genetic-variants-in-the-interleukin-18-gene-promoter-with-risk-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-and-metastasis-in-patients-with-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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Noha M Bakr, Ashraf Awad, Emad A Moustafa
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a primary malignancy of the liver, characterized by high vascularization and rapid tumor progression. The current case-control study aimed to analyze the influence of -607C/A and -137G/C polymorphisms in the interleukin-18 (IL-18) promoter on the risk of HCC occurrence and metastasis in Egyptian patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Both genetic variations were genotyped in 279 subjects including HCV patients with and without HCC and unrelated healthy subjects, using the allele-specific polymerase chain reaction (AS-PCR) method...
January 17, 2018: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341469/downregulation-of-csn6-attenuates-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma-progression-by-reducing-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-and-sensitizes-cancer-cells-to-fh535-therapy
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Duo Wen, Tian Liao, Ben Ma, Ning Qu, Rong-Liang Shi, Zhong-Wu Lu, Yu-Long Wang, Wen-Jun Wei, Qing-Hai Ji
The incidence of thyroid cancer has increased worldwide at a rate higher than that of any other cancer. CSN6 is overexpressed in many types of cancers, and such expression is linked to oncogenic activity. However, the detailed biological functions of CSN6 in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) have not been well characterized. We investigated CSN6 expression in PTC specimens and cell lines. We used short-hairpin RNA-mediated gene silencing to explore the biological effects of CSN6 depletion in PTC cells. The combined effects of CSN6 silencing and FH535 therapy were assessed in terms of cell viability...
January 17, 2018: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341468/downregulation-of-barh-like-homeobox-2-promotes-cell-proliferation-migration-and-aerobic-glycolysis-through-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-and-predicts-a-poor-prognosis-in-non-small-cell-lung-carcinoma
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Hao Chen, Maowei Zhang, Wenhui Zhang, Yuanqin Li, Jiechen Zhu, Xiaojiao Zhang, Li Zhao, Shuyang Zhu, Bi Chen
BACKGROUND: Human BarH-like homeobox 2 (Barx2), a homeodomain factor of the Bar family, plays a critical role in cell adhesion and cytoskeleton remodeling, and has been reported in an increasing array of tumor types except non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). The purpose of the current study was to characterize the expression of Barx2 and assess the clinical significance of Barx2 in NSCLC. METHODS: Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction, immunohistochemistry and western blot analysis were used to examine mRNA and protein expression, respectively...
January 17, 2018: Thoracic Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340219/a-novel-hybrid-promoter-are-htert-for-cancer-gene-therapy
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S V Kalinichenko, M V Shepelev, P N Vikhreva, I V Korobko
describe a novel hybrid tumor-specific promoter, ARE-hTERT, composed of the human TERT gene promoter (hTERT) and the antioxidant response element (ARE) from the human GCLM gene promoter. The hybrid promoter retains the tumor specificity of the basal hTERT promoter but is characterized by an enhanced transcriptional activity in cancer cells with abnormal activation of the Nrf2 transcription factor and upon induction of oxidative stress. In the in vitro enzyme-prodrug cancer gene therapy scheme, ARE-hTERT promoter-driven expression of CD : UPRT (yeast cytosine deaminase : uracil phosphoribosyltransferase) chimeric protein induced a more pronounced death of cancer cells either upon treatment with 5-fluorouracil (5FC) alone or when 5FC was combined with chemotherapeutic drugs as compared to the hTERT promoter...
October 2017: Acta Naturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340032/c3g-promotes-a-selective-release-of-angiogenic-factors-from-activated-mouse-platelets-to-regulate-angiogenesis-and-tumor-metastasis
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Víctor Martín-Granado, Sara Ortiz-Rivero, Rita Carmona, Sara Gutiérrez-Herrero, Mario Barrera, Laura San-Segundo, Celia Sequera, Pedro Perdiguero, Francisco Lozano, Francisco Martín-Herrero, José Ramón González-Porras, Ramón Muñoz-Chápuli, Almudena Porras, Carmen Guerrero
Previous observations indicated that C3G (RAPGEF1) promotes α-granule release, evidenced by the increase in P-selectin exposure on the platelet surface following its activation. The goal of the present study is to further characterize the potential function of C3G as a modulator of the platelet releasate and its implication in the regulation of angiogenesis. Proteomic analysis revealed a decreased secretion of anti-angiogenic factors from activated transgenic C3G and C3G∆Cat platelets. Accordingly, the secretome from both transgenic platelets had an overall pro-angiogenic effect as evidenced by an in vitro capillary-tube formation assay with HUVECs (human umbilical vein endothelial cells) and by two in vivo models of heterotopic tumor growth...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340024/chitosan-composite-scaffold-combined-with-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-bone-regeneration-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Shengqi Zang, Lei Zhu, Kefu Luo, Rui Mu, Feng Chen, Xiaocui Wei, Xiaodong Yan, Biyao Han, Xiaolei Shi, Qintao Wang, Lei Jin
The study aimed to develop a chitosan (CS)-based scaffold for repairing calvarial bone defects. We fabricated composite scaffolds made of CS and bovine-derived xenograft (BDX), characterized their physicochemical properties including pore size and porosity, absorption, degradation, and compressive strength, compared their efficacy to support in vitro proliferation and differentiation of human jaw bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hJBMMSCs), and evaluated their bone regeneration capacity in critical-size rat calvarial defects...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339836/the-role-of-metabolic-enzymes-in-mesenchymal-tumors-and-tumor-syndromes-genetics-pathology-and-molecular-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Inga-Marie Schaefer, Jason L Hornick, Judith V M G Bovée
The discovery of mutations in genes encoding the metabolic enzymes isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH), succinate dehydrogenase (SDH), and fumarate hydratase (FH) has expanded our understanding not only of altered metabolic pathways but also epigenetic dysregulation in cancer. IDH1/2 mutations occur in enchondromas and chondrosarcomas in patients with the non-hereditary enchondromatosis syndromes Ollier disease and Maffucci syndrome and in sporadic tumors. IDH1/2 mutations result in excess production of the oncometabolite (D)-2-hydroxyglutarate...
January 16, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339772/foxo1-promotes-th9-cell-differentiation-and-airway-allergy
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Thomas S Buttrick, Wei Wang, Christina Yung, Kenneth G Trieu, Kruti Patel, Samia J Khoury, Xingbin Ai, Wassim Elyaman
T helper 9 (Th9) cells are effector CD4+ T cells that are characterized by the production of interleukin-9 (IL-9) and have been associated with allergic responses. Here, we found that the expression of the transcription factor forkhead box O1 (Foxo1) was induced in Th9 and Foxo1 plays a crucial role in the differentiation of Th9 cells. Pharmacological inhibition of Foxo1 or genetic disruption of Foxo1 in CD4+ T cells caused a reduction in IL-9 expression while upregulating IL-17A and IFNγ production. Furthermore, chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) followed by luciferase assays revealed direct binding of Foxo1 to both the Il9 and Irf4 promoters and induces their transactivation...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339543/genes-predisposed-to-dna-hypermethylation-during-acquired-resistance-to-chemotherapy-are-identified-in-ovarian-tumors-by-bivalent-chromatin-domains-at-initial-diagnosis
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Edward Curry, Constanze Zeller, Nahal Masrour, Darren Patten, John Gallon, Charlotte S Wilhelm-Benartzi, Sadaf Ghaem-Maghami, David D L Bowtell, Robert Brown
Bivalent chromatin domains containing both active H3K4me3 and repressive H3K27me3 histone marks define gene sets poised for expression or silencing in differentiating embryonic stem (ES) cells. In cancer cells aberrantly poised genes may facilitate changes in transcriptional states after exposure to anti-cancer drugs. In this study, we used ChIP-seq to characterize genome-wide positioning of H3K4me3 and H3K27me3-associated chromatin in primary high-grade serous ovarian carcinomas and in normal ovarian surface and fallopian tube tissue...
January 16, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339386/pterostilbene-a-potential-mcr-1-inhibitor-that-enhances-the-efficacy-of-polymyxin-b
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Yonglin Zhou, Shui Liu, Tingting Wang, Hui Li, Shusheng Tang, Jianfeng Wang, Yang Wang, Xuming Deng
We characterized pterostilbene produced a synergistic effect with polymyxin B (FIC index=0.156 or 0.188) against MCR-producing Escherichia coli strains of both human and animal origin. The time-killing assays showed that either pterostilbene or polymyxin B failed to eradicate a mcr-1- and NDM-positive E. coli strain ZJ487, but the combination eliminated by 1-hour post-inoculation. The survival rate of mouse following the intraperitoneal infection significantly promoted from 0% to 60% in the group of combination therapy applied...
January 16, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339154/a-new-hepatitis-b-virus-e-antigen-negative-strain-gene-used-as-a-reference-sequence-in-an-animal-model
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Min Cao, Zhonghua Zhao, Yuwei Tang, Qinglv Wei, Lei Wang, Qin Xiang, Yunmei Zhang, Huatang Zhang, Guoqi Lai
Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) e-antigen (HBeAg)-negative strains is increasingly prevalent. Currently, detailed information of the obtained natural HBV strain is not available except for the B genotype and HBeAg-negative. The aim of the present study was to characterize the natural genetic variation of the HBeAg-negative strain and investigate its function. The genic sequence was determined using Sanger sequencing, and compared to related sequences using alignment and phylogenetic analysis. In vivo, virus-specific serum markers were investigated in CBA/CaJ mice...
January 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339085/wnt5a-mediates-chronic-post-thoracotomy-pain-by-regulating-non-canonical-pathways-nerve-regeneration-and-inflammation-in-rats
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Afang Zhu, Le Shen, Li Xu, Weiyun Chen, Yuguang Huang
As well-characterized ligands involved in neurogenesis, Wnts are emerging as promising targets in pain pathogenesis. Our previous pilot study showed that intrathecal inhibition of Wnt5a, but not Wnts, relieves chronic post-thoracotomy pain (CPTP) in rats. In the present study, we aimed to further explore the regulatory mechanism of Wnt5a in CPTP development. Increased protein levels of Wnt5a, transmembrane receptor Ror2, and activated non-canonical Wnt pathway members were found in the thoracic dorsal root ganglions from postoperative day (POD) 7 to POD 21...
January 12, 2018: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339075/up-regulated-lncrna-msx2p1-promotes-the-growth-of-il-22-stimulated-keratinocytes-by-inhibiting-mir-6731-5p-and-activating-s100a7
#16
Meng Qiao, Ronghua Li, Xintong Zhao, Jianjun Yan, Qing Sun
Competitive endogenous RNAs (ceRNAs) regulate RNA transcripts by competing for shared miRNAs and play critical roles in disease development. Psoriasis is a long-lasting, recurring chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by hyperproliferation of keratinocytes. The keratinocyte response is triggered by the activation of inflammatory cytokines, like interleukin-22 (IL-22). We used lncRNA array analysis to detect differentially expressed lncRNAs in skin (HaCaT) cells treated with or without IL-22. We used hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining to determine the pathological changes in skin cells and immunohistochemistry to evaluate the expression of S100A7...
January 12, 2018: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339074/identification-and-characterization-of-a-doublesex-gene-which-regulates-the-expression-of-insulin-like-androgenic-gland-hormone-in-fenneropenaeus-chinensis
#17
Shihao Li, Fuhua Li, Kuijie Yu, Jianhai Xiang
The doublesex and its homologue genes are important regulators of sexual differentiation which are conserved among animal kingdom. In the present study, we reported a doublesex gene (designated as FcDsx) identified from the Chinese shrimp F. chinensis. The gene structure, nucleotide and deduced amino acid sequences of FcDsx were characterized. The results showed that the deduced amino acid sequence of FcDsx had the common features of Dsx proteins, including a doublesex/male abnormal 3 (DM) domain, an oligomerization domain and a predicted monopartite nuclear localization signal...
January 12, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338749/interleukin-6-induces-fat-loss-in-cancer-cachexia-by-promoting-white-adipose-tissue-lipolysis-and-browning
#18
Jun Han, Qingyang Meng, Lei Shen, Guohao Wu
BACKGROUND: Cancer cachexia is a progressive and multi-factorial metabolic syndrome characterized by loss of adipose tissue and skeletal muscle. White adipose tissue (WAT) lipolysis and white-to-brown transdifferentiation of WAT (WAT browning) are proposed to contribute to WAT atrophy in cancer cachexia. Chronic inflammation, mediated by cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin-6 (IL-6), has been reported to promote cancer cachexia. However, whether chronic inflammation promotes cancer cachexia by regulating WAT metabolism and the underlying mechanism remains unclear...
January 16, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338666/boosted-tca-cycle-enhances-survival-of-zebrafish-to-vibrio-alginolyticus-infection
#19
Man-Jun Yang, Zhi-Xue Cheng, Ming Jiang, Zao-Hai Zeng, Bo Peng, Xuan-Xian Peng, Hui Li
Vibrio alginolyticus is a waterborne pathogen that infects a wide variety of hosts including fish and human, and the outbreak of this pathogen can cause a huge economic loss in aquaculture. Thus, enhancing host's capability to survive from V. alginolyticus infection is key to fighting infection and this remains still unexplored. In the present study, we established a V. alginolyticus-zebrafish interaction model by which we explored how zebrafish survived from V. alginolyticus infection. We used GC-MS based metabolomic approaches to characterize differential metabolomes between survival and dying zebrafish upon infection...
January 17, 2018: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338566/constructing-heparin-modified-pancreatic-decellularized-scaffold-to-improve-its-re-endothelialization
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Liancheng Xu, Yibing Guo, Yan Huang, Yicheng Xiong, Yang Xu, Xiaohong Li, Jingjing Lu, Lei Wang, Yao Wang, Yuhua Lu, Zhiwei Wang
Pancreas transplantation is considered as a promising therapeutic option with the potential to cure diabetes. However, efficacy of current clinical transplantation is limited by the donor organ. With regard to creating a functional pancreas-tissue equivalent for transplantation, vascularization remains a large obstacle. To enhance the angiogenic properties of pancreatic decellularized scaffold, surface modification of the vasculature was used to promote endothelialization efficiency. In this study, an endothelialized pancreatic decellularized scaffold was obtained through heparin modification under mild conditions...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Applications
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