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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340350/a-viral-immunoevasin-controls-innate-immunity-by-targeting-the-prototypical-natural-killer-cell-receptor-family
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Oscar A Aguilar, Richard Berry, Mir Munir A Rahim, Johanna J Reichel, Branka Popović, Miho Tanaka, Zhihui Fu, Gautham R Balaji, Timothy N H Lau, Megan M Tu, Christina L Kirkham, Ahmad Bakur Mahmoud, Aruz Mesci, Astrid Krmpotić, David S J Allan, Andrew P Makrigiannis, Stipan Jonjić, Jamie Rossjohn, James R Carlyle
Natural killer (NK) cells play a key role in innate immunity by detecting alterations in self and non-self ligands via paired NK cell receptors (NKRs). Despite identification of numerous NKR-ligand interactions, physiological ligands for the prototypical NK1.1 orphan receptor remain elusive. Here, we identify a viral ligand for the inhibitory and activating NKR-P1 (NK1.1) receptors. This murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV)-encoded protein, m12, restrains NK cell effector function by directly engaging the inhibitory NKR-P1B receptor...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338830/varying-influences-of-aldosterone-on-the-plasma-potassium-concentration-in-blacks-and-whites
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Wanzhu Tu, George J Eckert, Brian S Decker, John Howard Pratt
BACKGROUND: Aldosterone acts to restrain the extracellular potassium (K+) concentration. Blacks have on average lower plasma aldosterone concentrations (PACs) than Whites. Whether this ethnic difference is associated with similar changes in the concentration of K+ is unclear. METHODS: Subjects were Blacks and Whites from an observational study of blood pressure regulation. PAC was known to be significantly lower in Blacks than Whites. We sought to test the hypothesis that the concentration of K+ remains constant despite variability in PAC...
February 27, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338494/combined-knockdown-of-d-dopachrome-tautomerase-and-migration-inhibitory-factor-inhibits-the-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-in-human-cervical-cancer
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Qingying Wang, Yingze Wei, Jiawen Zhang
OBJECTIVE: D-dopachrome tautomerase (D-DT) is a homologue of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) with similar functions. However, the possible biological roles of D-DT in cervical cancer remain unknown so far. METHODS: D-dopachrome tautomerase was assessed by immunohistochemistry in 83 cervical cancer and 31 normal cervix tissues. The stable knockdown of D-DT and MIF by lentivirus-delivered short hairpin RNA was established, and tumor growth was examined in vitro and in vivo...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338203/mir-155-regulates-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-tca8113-cell-proliferation-cycle-and-apoptosis-via-regulating-p27kip1
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S Fu, H-H Chen, P Cheng, C-B Zhang, Y Wu
OBJECTIVE: P27Kip1 is the one of the negative regulators of the cell cycle that plays an important role in regulating cell cycle and inhibiting cell proliferation by restraining cell in G1 phase. P27Kip1 downregulation maybe related to the occurrence of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). It was found that miR-155 significantly upregulated in OSCC tissue. Bioinformatics analysis revealed that miR-155 may bind with the 3'-UTR of p27Kip1. This study investigated the role of miR-155 in regulating p27Kip1 and affecting Tca8113 cell proliferation, cycle, and apoptosis...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338129/prediction-of-metabolic-fluxes-from-gene-expression-data-with-huber-penalty-convex-optimization-function
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Shao-Wu Zhang, Wang-Long Gou, Yan Li
As one of the critical parameters of a metabolic pathway, the metabolic flux in a metabolic network serves as an essential role in physiology and pathology. Constraint-based metabolic models are the widely used frameworks for predicting metabolic fluxes in genome-scale metabolic networks. Integrating the transcriptomic data into the constraint-based metabolic models can effectively predict context-specific fluxes across different conditions. However, these methods always need user-defined thresholds to identify the expression levels of metabolic genes or restrain the rate of biomass production, and the predictive results are sensitive to the thresholds...
March 24, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337591/arthroscopic-r-lcl-plication-for-symptomatic-minor-instability-of-the-lateral-elbow-smile
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Paolo Arrigoni, Davide Cucchi, Riccardo D'Ambrosi, Alessandra Menon, Alberto Aliprandi, Pietro Randelli
PURPOSE: Minor instability has been proposed as a possible aetiology of lateral elbow pain. This study presents the results of the arthroscopic plication of the radial component of the lateral collateral ligament (R-LCL) to reduce minor instability of the lateral elbow. METHODS: Twenty-seven patients with recalcitrant lateral epicondylitis who had failed conservative therapy and who had no previous trauma or overt instability, were included. R-LCL plication was performed in the presence of at least one sign of lateral ligamentous patholaxity and one intra-articular abnormal finding...
March 23, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336085/the-dual-effect-of-vegetation-green-up-date-and-strong-wind-on-the-return-period-of-spring-dust-storms
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Jieling Feng, Ning Li, Zhengtao Zhang, Xi Chen
Vegetation phenology changes have been widely applied in the disaster risk assessments of the spring dust storms, and vegetation green-up date shifts have a strong influence on dust storms. However, the effect of earlier vegetation green-up dates due to climate warming on the evaluation of dust storms return periods remains an important, but poorly understood issue. In this study, we evaluate the spring dust storm return period (February to June) in Inner Mongolia, Northern China, using 165 observations of severe spring dust storm events from 16 weather stations, and regional vegetation green-up dates as an integrated factor from NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index), covering a period from 1982 to 2007, by building the bivariate Copula model...
March 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333040/rigid-motion-correction-of-dual-opposed-planar-projections-in-single-photon-imaging
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Georgios I Angelis, William Ryder, John Gillam, Frederic Boisson, Andre Kyme, Roger Fulton, Steven Meikle, Peter Kench
Awake and/or freely moving small animal single photon emission imaging allows the continuous study of molecules exhibiting slow kinetics without the need to restrain or anaesthetise the animals. Estimating motion free projections in freely moving small animal planar imaging can be considered as a limited angle tomography problem, except that we wish to estimate the 2D planar projections rather than the 3D volume, where the angular sampling in all three axes depends on the rotational motion of the animal. In this study, we hypothesise that the motion corrected planar projections estimated by reconstructing an estimate of the 3D volume using an iterative motion compensating reconstruction algorithm and integrating it along the projection path, will closely match the true, motion-less, planar distribution regardless of the object motion...
March 23, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332124/use-of-physical-restraints-among-patients-with-bipolar-disorder-in-ethiopian-mental-specialized-hospital-outpatient-department-cross-sectional-study
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Habte Belete
BACKGROUND: Even though United Nation announced that all persons with a mental illness shall be treated with humanity and respect for the inherent dignity of the human being, up to now, the use of coercion (physical restrain) is still considered as unavoidable in managing abnormal behavior of psychiatric patients. But, there is no information regarding the magnitude and contributing factors of physical restrain among bipolar patients in low-income countries like Ethiopia. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted at Amanuel Mental Specialized Hospital from May 1 to June 1, 2015 among 400 participants who were selected by systematic random sampling technique...
December 2017: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331843/curative-effect-of-hf10-on-liver-and-peritoneal-metastasis-mediated-by-host-antitumor-immunity
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Yoshihiro Hotta, Hideki Kasuya, Itzel Bustos, Yoshinori Naoe, Toru Ichinose, Maki Tanaka, Yasuhiro Kodera
BACKGROUND: HF10 is a highly attenuated type 1 herpes simplex virus (HSV) with proven effective oncolytic effect. Previous investigations have demonstrated that colon cancer mice model treated with HF10 not only had better survival but were also resistant to the reimplantation of the antitumor effect mediated by host antitumor immunity. Importantly, it has also been noted that in mice with antitumors implanted on both sides of the back, an injection of HF10 on only one side strongly restrains not only the injected antitumor but also the non-injected ones...
2017: Oncolytic Virotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329683/inactivation-of-ezh2-upregulates-gfi1-and-drives-aggressive-myc-driven-group-3-medulloblastoma
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BaoHan T Vo, Chunliang Li, Marc A Morgan, Ilan Theurillat, David Finkelstein, Shaela Wright, Judith Hyle, Stephanie M C Smith, Yiping Fan, Yong-Dong Wang, Gang Wu, Brent A Orr, Paul A Northcott, Ali Shilatifard, Charles J Sherr, Martine F Roussel
The most aggressive of four medulloblastoma (MB) subgroups are cMyc-driven group 3 (G3) tumors, some of which overexpress EZH2, the histone H3K27 mono-, di-, and trimethylase of polycomb-repressive complex 2. Ezh2 has a context-dependent role in different cancers as an oncogene or tumor suppressor and retards tumor progression in a mouse model of G3 MB. Engineered deletions of Ezh2 in G3 MBs by gene editing nucleases accelerated tumorigenesis, whereas Ezh2 re-expression reversed attendant histone modifications and slowed tumor progression...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329682/the-swi-snf-protein-pbrm1-restrains-vhl-loss-driven-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Amrita M Nargund, Can G Pham, Yiyu Dong, Patricia I Wang, Hatice U Osmangeyoglu, Yuchen Xie, Omer Aras, Song Han, Toshinao Oyama, Shugaku Takeda, Chelsea E Ray, Zhenghong Dong, Mathieu Berge, A Ari Hakimi, Sebastien Monette, Carl L Lekaye, Jason A Koutcher, Christina S Leslie, Chad J Creighton, Nils Weinhold, William Lee, Satish K Tickoo, Zhong Wang, Emily H Cheng, James J Hsieh
PBRM1 is the second most commonly mutated gene after VHL in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC). However, the biological consequences of PBRM1 mutations for kidney tumorigenesis are unknown. Here, we find that kidney-specific deletion of Vhl and Pbrm1, but not either gene alone, results in bilateral, multifocal, transplantable clear cell kidney cancers. PBRM1 loss amplified the transcriptional outputs of HIF1 and STAT3 incurred by Vhl deficiency. Analysis of mouse and human ccRCC revealed convergence on mTOR activation, representing the third driver event after genetic inactivation of VHL and PBRM1...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325372/is-predominant-clonal-evolution-a-common-evolutionary-adaptation-to-parasitism-in-pathogenic-parasitic-protozoa-fungi-bacteria-and-viruses
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M Tibayrenc, F J Ayala
We propose that predominant clonal evolution (PCE) in microbial pathogens be defined as restrained recombination on an evolutionary scale, with genetic exchange scarce enough to not break the prevalent pattern of clonal population structure. The main features of PCE are (1) strong linkage disequilibrium, (2) the widespread occurrence of stable genetic clusters blurred by occasional bouts of genetic exchange ('near-clades'), (3) the existence of a "clonality threshold", beyond which recombination is efficiently countered by PCE, and near-clades irreversibly diverge...
2017: Advances in Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324818/exogenous-malic-acid-alleviates-cadmium-toxicity-in-miscanthus-sacchariflorus-through-enhancing-photosynthetic-capacity-and-restraining-ros-accumulation
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Haipeng Guo, Houming Chen, Chuntao Hong, Dean Jiang, Bingsong Zheng
Malic acid (MA) plays an important role in the regulation of plant growth, stomatal aperture, nutrition elements homeostasis and toxic metals tolerance. However, little is known about the effects of exogenous MA on physiological and biochemical responses to toxic metals in plants. To measure the alleviation roles of exogenous MA against cadmium (Cd), we determined the effects of MA on plant growth, net photosynthetic rate (Pn), reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation and the activities of anti-oxidant enzymes in the leaves of Miscanthus sacchariflorus (M...
March 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324352/the-six-tomato-yellow-leaf-curl-virus-genes-expressed-individually-in-tomato-induce-different-levels-of-plant-stress-response-attenuation
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Rena Gorovits, Adi Moshe, Linoy Amrani, Rotem Kleinberger, Ghandi Anfoka, Henryk Czosnek
Tomato yellow leaf curl virus (TYLCV) is a begomovirus infecting tomato plants worldwide. TYLCV needs a healthy host environment to ensure a successful infection cycle for long periods. Hence, TYLCV restrains its destructive effect and induces neither a hypersensitive response nor cell death in infected tomatoes. On the contrary, TYLCV counteracts cell death induced by other factors, such as inactivation of HSP90 functionality. Suppression of plant death is associated with the inhibition of the ubiquitin 26S proteasome degradation and with a deactivation of the heat shock transcription factor HSFA2 pathways (including decreased HSP17 levels)...
March 21, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320933/activin-a-co-opts-irf4-and-ahr-signaling-to-induce-human-regulatory-t-cells-that-restrain-asthmatic-responses
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Sofia Tousa, Maria Semitekolou, Ioannis Morianos, Aggelos Banos, Aikaterini I Trochoutsou, Tess M Brodie, Nikolaos Poulos, Konstantinos Samitas, Maria Kapasa, Dimitris Konstantopoulos, Giannis Paraskevopoulos, Mina Gaga, Catherine M Hawrylowicz, Federica Sallusto, Georgina Xanthou
Type 1 regulatory T (Tr1) cells play a pivotal role in restraining human T-cell responses toward environmental allergens and protecting against allergic diseases. Still, the precise molecular cues that underlie their transcriptional and functional specification remain elusive. Here, we show that the cytokine activin-A instructs the generation of CD4(+) T cells that express the Tr1-cell-associated molecules IL-10, inducible T-Cell costimulator (ICOS), lymphocyte activation gene 3 protein (LAG-3), and CD49b, and exert strongly suppressive functions toward allergic responses induced by naive and in vivo-primed human T helper 2 cells...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320744/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-and-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-are-associated-with-improved-outcome-but-do-not-prevent-new-onset-atrial-fibrillation-after-acute-myocardial-infarction
#17
Gorav Batra, Lars Lindhagen, Pontus Andell, David Erlinge, Stefan James, Jonas Spaak, Jonas Oldgren
BACKGROUND: Treatment with renin-angiotensin system (RAS) inhibitors might restrain the structural/electrical remodeling associated with atrial fibrillation (AF). Limited evidence exists regarding the potential benefits of RAS inhibition post-acute myocardial infarction (AMI) in patients with AF. This study sought to assess the association between RAS inhibition and all-cause mortality and new-onset AF in patients with/without congestive heart failure (CHF) post-AMI. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients hospitalized for AMI between 2006 and 2012 were identified in Swedish registries...
March 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320681/adaptive-boundary-iterative-learning-control-for-an-euler-bernoulli-beam-system-with-input-constraint
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Wei He, Tingting Meng, Deqing Huang, Xuefang Li
This paper addresses the vibration control and the input constraint for an Euler-Bernoulli beam system under aperiodic distributed disturbance and aperiodic boundary disturbance. Hyperbolic tangent functions and saturation functions are adopted to tackle the input constraint. A restrained adaptive boundary iterative learning control (ABILC) law is proposed based on a time-weighted Lyapunov-Krasovskii-like composite energy function. In order to deal with the uncertainty of a system parameter and reject the external disturbances, three adaptive laws are designed and learned in the iteration domain...
March 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320656/targeting-effects-on-the-volume-of-the-focused-ultrasound-induced-blood-brain-barrier-opening-in-non-human-primates-in-vivo
#19
Maria Eleni Karakatsani, Gesthimani Samiotaki, Matthew Downs, Vincent Ferrera, Elisa Konofagou
Drug delivery to subcortical regions is susceptible to the blood-brain barrier (BBB) impeding the molecular exchange between the blood stream and the brain parenchyma. Focused ultrasound coupled with the administration of microbubbles has been proven to open the BBB locally, transiently and non-invasively both in rodents and in Non-Human-Primates (NHPs). The development of this disruption technique independent of MRI monitoring is of primordial importance yet restrained to the targeting optimization. The current paper establishes the linear relationship of the incidence angle with the volume of BBB opening (VBBB) and the Peak Negative Pressure (PNP) when sonicating the Caudate Nucleus and the Putamen region of five non-human-primates...
March 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320429/chrysin-inhibited-tumor-glycolysis-and-induced-apoptosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-by-targeting-hexokinase-2
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Dong Xu, Junzhe Jin, Hao Yu, Zheming Zhao, Dongyan Ma, Chundong Zhang, Honglei Jiang
BACKGROUND: Hexokinase-2(HK-2) plays dual roles in glucose metabolism and mediation of cell apoptosis, making it an attractive target for cancer therapy. Chrysin is a natural flavone found in plant extracts which are widely used as herb medicine in China. In the present study, we investigated the antitumor activity of chrysin against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and the role of HK-2 played for chrysin to exert its function. METHODS: The expression of HK-2 in HCC cell line and tumor tissue was examined by western blotting and immunohistochemistry staining...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
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