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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651289/a-validated-method-for-the-quality-control-of-andrographis-paniculata-preparations
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Anastasia Karioti, Patricia Timoteo, Maria Camilla Bergonzi, Anna Rita Bilia
Andrographis paniculata is a herbal drug of Asian traditional medicine largely employed for the treatment of several diseases. Recently, it has been introduced in Europe for the prophylactic and symptomatic treatment of common cold and as an ingredient of dietary supplements. The active principles are diterpenes with andrographolide as the main representative. In the present study, an analytical protocol was developed for the determination of the main constituents in the herb and preparations of A. paniculata...
June 26, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650581/deficiency-of-wars2-encoding-mitochondrial-tryptophanyl-trna-synthetase-causes-severe-infantile-onset-leukoencephalopathy
#2
Benjamin E Theisen, Anastasia Rumyantseva, Julie S Cohen, Wendy A Alcaraz, Deepali N Shinde, Sha Tang, Siddarth Srivastava, Jonathan Pevsner, Aleksandra Trifunovic, Ali Fatemi
Pathogenic variants in the mitochondrial aminoacyl tRNA synthetases lead to deficiencies in mitochondrial protein synthesis and are associated with a broad range of clinical presentations usually with early onset and inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Of the 19 mitochondrial aminoacyl tRNA synthetases, WARS2, encoding mitochondrial tryptophanyl tRNA synthetase, was as of late the only one that had not been associated with disease in humans. A case of a family with pathogenic variants in WARS2 that caused mainly intellectual disability, speech impairment, aggressiveness, and athetosis was recently reported...
June 26, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649434/a-clb-cdk1-mediated-regulation-of-fkh2-synchronizes-clb-expression-in-the-budding-yeast-cell-cycle
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Christian Linke, Anastasia Chasapi, Alberto González-Novo, Istabrak Al Sawad, Silvia Tognetti, Edda Klipp, Mart Loog, Sylvia Krobitsch, Francesc Posas, Ioannis Xenarios, Matteo Barberis
Precise timing of cell division is achieved by coupling waves of cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk) activity with a transcriptional oscillator throughout cell cycle progression. Although details of transcription of cyclin genes are known, it is unclear which is the transcriptional cascade that modulates their expression in a timely fashion. Here, we demonstrate that a Clb/Cdk1-mediated regulation of the Fkh2 transcription factor synchronizes the temporal mitotic CLB expression in budding yeast. A simplified kinetic model of the cyclin/Cdk network predicts a linear cascade where a Clb/Cdk1-mediated regulation of an activator molecule drives CLB3 and CLB2 expression...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649317/inclusion-of-sex-and-gender-in-biomedical-research-survey-of-clinical-research-proposed-at-the-university-of-pennsylvania
#4
Anne Freeman, Patrick Stanko, Lily N Berkowitz, Neanta Parnell, Anastasia Zuppe, Tracy L Bale, Tracy Ziolek, C Neill Epperson
BACKGROUND: The 2015 National Institutes of Health (NIH) policy that sex be considered as a biological variable (SABV) is now a critical part of the peer-review process for NIH funding as well as publication in several high-impact scientific journals. We sought to determine the degree to which biomedical researchers at the University of Pennsylvania already consider SABV or gender in their research. METHODS: We reviewed 240 research protocols approved by the University of Pennsylvania Investigational Review Board (IRB) consecutively submitted between January and July 2016...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649011/comparison-of-techniques-to-determine-human-skeletal-muscle-voluntary-activation
#5
Anastasia Zarkou, Scott Stackhouse, Stuart A Binder-Macleod, Samuel C K Lee
Determining volitional activation (VA) can provide insights on the cause of muscle weakness in orthopedic and neurological populations. Two electrical stimulation techniques are traditionally used to quantify VA: interpolation (IT) and superimposition (CAR). IT allows for a more accurate VA estimation, however it requires individuals to be stimulated twice, compared to once for CAR, and thus increases stimulation associated discomfort. To date, there is no agreement on what is the best practical technique for calculating quadriceps VA...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648934/molecular-alterations-in-lesions-of-anogenital-mammary-like-glands-and-their-mammary-counterparts-including-hidradenoma-papilliferum-intraductal-papilloma-fibroadenoma-and-phyllodes-tumor
#6
Anastasia M Konstantinova, Tomas Vanecek, Petr Martinek, Liubov Kyrpychova, Dominic V Spagnolo, Colin J R Stewart, Francesca Portelli, Michal Michal, Dmitry V Kazakov
Lesions affecting anogenital mammary-like glands (AGMLG) are histopathologically very similar to those seen in the breast but whether this morphological similarity is also reflected at the genetic level is unknown. To compare the underlying molecular mechanisms in lesions of AGMLG and their mammary counterparts, we analyzed the mutational profile of 16 anogenital neoplasms including 5 hidradenomas papilliferum (HP), 1 lesion with features of HP and fibroadenoma (FA), 7 FA, 3 phyllodes tumors (PhT)) and 18 analogous breast lesions (6 intraductal papillomas (IDP), 9 FA, and 3 PhT) by high-coverage next generation sequencing (NGS) using a panel comprising 50 cancer-related genes...
June 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645929/biophysical-stimulation-for-in%C3%A2-vitro-engineering-of-functional-cardiac-tissues
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Anastasia Korolj, Erika Yan Wang, Robert A Civitarese, Milica Radisic
Engineering functional cardiac tissues remains an ongoing significant challenge due to the complexity of the native environment. However, our growing understanding of key parameters of the in vivo cardiac microenvironment and our ability to replicate those parameters in vitro are resulting in the development of increasingly sophisticated models of engineered cardiac tissues (ECT). This review examines some of the most relevant parameters that may be applied in culture leading to higher fidelity cardiac tissue models...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643993/the-impact-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-serum-cathelicidin-levels-and-the-clinical-course-of-atopic-dermatitis-in-children
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Kyriaki Tsotra, Anastasia Garoufi, Lydia Kossiva, Dimitrios Gourgiotis, Theano Tsoukatou, Eleni Katsantoni, Panagiotis Stavropoulos
BACKGROUND: Cathelicidin has been correlated with the pathophysiology of atopic dermatitis (AD). An indirect correlation of vitamin D with the course of the disease has already been reported as it directly affects the levels of cathelicidin. The purpose of the present article is to investigate the impact of vitamin D supplementation on the course of AD. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study. The severity of AD was assessed with the clinical tool SCORAD (SCORing Atopic Dermatitis) which is developed by the European Task Force on AD...
June 22, 2017: Minerva Pediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643295/fat-suppression-techniques-for-breast-mri-dixon-versus-spectral-fat-saturation-for-3d-t1-weighted-at-3%C3%A2-t
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Anastasia Kalovidouri, Natacha Firmenich, Benedicte M A Delattre, Marlise Picarra, Christoph D Becker, Xavier Montet, Diomidis Botsikas
OBJECTIVE: To compare two fat suppression techniques used for 3D T1-weighted sequence in breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), namely Dixon versus spectral fat saturation (fat sat). MATERIALS AND METHODS: All breast MRI examinations performed in a Philips 3 T unit between March 2013 and October 2015 including either a Dixon or a fat sat sequence were retrospectively analyzed. The examinations were subjectively evaluated by two independent experienced readers in a scale of 5 for overall quality of fat suppression, homogeneity of fat suppression, definition of anatomic structures and focal lesions, diagnostic confidence for axillary and internal mammary regions and the presence of artifacts, 1 corresponding to excellent and 5 to non-diagnostic quality...
June 22, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639986/chitinase-3-like-protein-1-ykl-40-before-and-after-therapy-in-supraventricular-arrhythmias
#10
Nikolaos Michelakakis, Georgios J Neroutsos, Anastasia S Perpinia, Dimitrios Farmakis, Eugenia G Voukouti, Apostolos J Karavidas, John Parissis, Maria T Georgiakaki, Vlassios N Pyrgakis
BACKGROUND: The inflammatory glycoprotein chitinase-3-like protein 1 or YKL-40 has emerged as a potential biomarker of cardiovascular diseases, including atrial fibrillation (AFib). We sought to assess YKL-40 in a wide spectrum of supraventricular arrhythmias besides AFib in comparison with other inflammatory markers. METHODS: We determined serum levels of YKL-40, C-reactive protein (CRP) and IL-6 in 70 patients with AFib, atrial flutter, atrioventricular node reentry tachycardia or other supraventricular tachycardias before, immediately after therapy and 1 week after therapy; 20 healthy patients served as controls...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637803/protein-malnutrition-alters-tryptophan-and-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-2-homeostasis-and-adaptive-immune-responses-in-human-rotavirus-infected-gnotobiotic-pigs-transplanted-with-human-infant-fecal-microbiota
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David D Fischer, Sukumar Kandasamy, Francine C Paim, Stephanie N Langel, Moyasar A Alhamo, Lulu Shao, Juliet Chepngeno, Ayako Miyazaki, Huang-Chi Huang, Anand Kumar, Gireesh Rajashekara, Linda J Saif, Anastasia N Vlasova
Malnutrition leads to increased morbidity and is evident in almost half of all deaths in children under the age of five. Mortality due to rotavirus diarrhea is common in developing countries where malnutrition is prevalent; however, the relationship between malnutrition and rotavirus infection remains unclear. In this study, gnotobiotic pigs transplanted with the fecal microbiota of a healthy 2-month-old infant were fed protein-sufficient or -deficient diets with infected with virulent human rotavirus. After human rotavirus infection, protein deficient pigs had decreased human rotavirus antibody titers and total IgA concentrations, systemic T helper (CD3+CD4+) and cytotoxic T (CD3+CD8+) lymphocyte frequencies and serum tryptophan and angiotensin I converting enzyme 2...
June 21, 2017: Clinical and Vaccine Immunology: CVI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635523/long-term-paired-associative-stimulation-enhances-motor-output-of-the-tetraplegic-hand
#12
Aleksandra Tolmacheva, Sarianna Savolainen, Erika Kirveskari, Pantelis Lioumis, Linda Kuusela, Nina Maria Brandstack, Aarne Ylinen, Jyrki Mäkelä, Anastasia Shulga
A large proportion of spinal cord injuries are incomplete. Even in clinically complete injuries, silent nonfunctional connections can be present. Therapeutic approaches that can strengthen transmission in weak neural connections to improve motor performance are needed. Our aim was to determine whether long-term delivery of paired associative stimulation (PAS, a combination of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) with peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS)) can enhance motor output in the hands of patients with chronic traumatic tetraplegia, and to compare this technique with long-term PNS...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635511/the-immunohistochemical-expression-mta-1-protein-and-its-prognostic-value-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Efstathios T Pavlidis, Maria Lambropoulou, Nikolaos G Symeonidis, Constantinos Anagnostopoulos, Alexandra Tsaroucha, Athanasia Kotini, Christina Nikolaidou, Anastasia Kiziridou, Constantinos Simopoulos
Purpose/aim: To examine with immunohistochemical assay MTA1 protein expression levels in pancreatic cancer tissues defining its prognostic value. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The specimens derived from 51 patients who underwent surgery. The levels of MTA1 protein were compared with the age of the patients, their survival, and prognosis. Also, we studied clinical and histopathological factors such as the degree of tumor differentiation and its stage in correlation with MTA1 protein levels. In parallel, there was correlation between the expression of the ΜΤΑ1 protein and the aforementioned factors regarding survival rate...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634293/intrinsic-map-dynamics-exploration-for-uncharted-effective-free-energy-landscapes
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Eliodoro Chiavazzo, Roberto Covino, Ronald R Coifman, C William Gear, Anastasia S Georgiou, Gerhard Hummer, Ioannis G Kevrekidis
We describe and implement a computer-assisted approach for accelerating the exploration of uncharted effective free-energy surfaces (FESs). More generally, the aim is the extraction of coarse-grained, macroscopic information from stochastic or atomistic simulations, such as molecular dynamics (MD). The approach functionally links the MD simulator with nonlinear manifold learning techniques. The added value comes from biasing the simulator toward unexplored phase-space regions by exploiting the smoothness of the gradually revealed intrinsic low-dimensional geometry of the FES...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634056/a-new-and-accurate-predictive-model-for-the-efficacy-of-extracorporeal-shock-wave-therapy-in-managing-patients-with-chronic-plantar-fasciitis
#15
Mengchen Yin, Ni Chen, Quan Huang, Anastasia Sulindro Marla, Junming Ma, Jie Ye, Wen Mo
OBJECTIVES: To identify factors for the outcome of a minimum clinically successful therapy and to establish a predictive model of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) in managing patients with chronic plantar fasciitis. DESIGN: Randomized controlled, prospective study. SETTING: Outpatient of local medical center settings. PARTICIPANTS: Patients treated for symptomatic chronic plantar fasciitis between 2014 and 2016 (N=278)...
June 17, 2017: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631054/adaptation-of-tick-borne-encephalitis-virus-from-human-brain-to-different-cell-cultures-induces-multiple-genomic-substitutions
#16
Eugenia P Ponomareva, Vladimir A Ternovoi, Tamara P Mikryukova, Elena V Protopopova, Anastasia V Gladysheva, Alexander N Shvalov, Svetlana N Konovalova, Eugene V Chausov, Valery B Loktev
The C11-13 strain from the Siberian subtype of tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) was isolated from human brain using pig embryo kidney (PEK), 293, and Neuro-2a cells. Analysis of the complete viral genome of the C11-13 variants during six passages in these cells revealed that the cell-adapted C11-13 variants had multiple amino acid substitutions as compared to TBEV from human brain. Seven out of eight amino acids substitutions in the high-replicating C11-13(PEK) variant mapped to non-structural proteins; 13 out of 14 substitutions in the well-replicating C11-13(293) variant, and all four substitutions in the low-replicating C11-13(Neuro-2a) variant were also localized in non-structural proteins, predominantly in the NS2a (2), NS3 (6) and NS5 (3) proteins...
June 19, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630333/boosting-cns-axon-regeneration-by-harnessing-antagonistic-effects-of-gsk3-activity
#17
Marco Leibinger, Anastasia Andreadaki, Renate Golla, Evgeny Levin, Alexander M Hilla, Heike Diekmann, Dietmar Fischer
Implications of GSK3 activity for axon regeneration are often inconsistent, if not controversial. Sustained GSK3 activity in GSK3(S/A) knock-in mice reportedly accelerates peripheral nerve regeneration via increased MAP1B phosphorylation and concomitantly reduces microtubule detyrosination. In contrast, the current study shows that lens injury-stimulated optic nerve regeneration was significantly compromised in these knock-in mice. Phosphorylation of MAP1B and CRMP2 was expectedly increased in retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons upon enhanced GSK3 activity, but, surprisingly, no GSK3-mediated CRMP2 inhibition was detected in sciatic nerves, thus revealing a fundamental difference between central and peripheral axons...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629570/the-association-between-multiple-sclerosis-and-spondylosis-when-and-why
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Vasileios G Xydis, Anastasia K Zikou, Vassiliki Kostadima, Loukas G Astrakas, Paraskevi Kosta, Maria I Argyropoulou
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate risk factors for the development of cervical spine spondylosis (CSS) in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and to propose a pathogenetic mechanism. METHODS: Forty-two consecutive patients aged 23-66 years with MS and 42 age and sex matched controls were evaluated retrospectively; Clinical disability was evaluated with the expanded disability status scale (EDSS) and spasticity with the Asworth score. Total brain lesion volume (BLV), total grey matter (GM) volume and deep GM volume were assessed...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629410/he-s-just-content-to-sit-a-qualitative-study-of-mothers-perceptions-of-infant-obesity-and-physical-activity
#19
Danae Dinkel, Kailey Snyder, Anastasia Kyvelidou, Victoria Molfese
BACKGROUND: Rates of obesity among children ages zero to five are rapidly increasing. Greater efforts are needed to promote healthy behaviors of young children. Mothers are especially important targets for promoting health as mothers' views play a vital role in helping their children foster healthy habits from an early age. Research has found parents' views of infants' weight may influence their feeding practices; however, limited research has explored mothers' view of infants' weight in relation to the promotion of physical activity...
June 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628993/the-impact-of-silver-nanoparticles-on-marine-plankton-dynamics-dependence-on-coating-size-and-concentration
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Anastasia Tsiola, Paraskevi Pitta, Agnès Junyer Callol, Margarita Kagiorgi, Ioanna Kalantzi, Kyriaki Mylona, Ioulia Santi, Claudio Toncelli, Spyros Pergantis, Manolis Tsapakis
During this study, three microcosm experiments were carried out with natural coastal seawater, collected in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, in order to assess the effect of silver nanoparticle (AgNP) exposure to natural plankton communities. The impact of coating (branched-polyethyleneimine: BPEI vs. poly-vinylpyrrolidone: PVP), size (40 vs. 60nm), concentration (200, 500, 2000, 5000 and 10,000ng Ag L(-1)) and silver form (dissolved Ag(+) vs. AgNPs) were tested. The results of chlorophyll a concentration revealed that PVP AgNPs caused a higher toxicity than BPEI AgNPs, and this was possibly related to the measured higher dissolution rate...
June 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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