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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931076/ghrelin-mediated-inhibition-of-the-tsh-stimulated-function-of-differentiated-human-thyrocytes-ex-vivo
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Maria Barington, Marianne Møller Brorson, Jacob Hofman-Bang, Åse Krogh Rasmussen, Birgitte Holst, Ulla Feldt-Rasmussen
Ghrelin is a peptide hormone produced mainly in the gastrointestinal tract known to regulate several physiological functions including gut motility, adipose tissue accumulation and hunger sensation leading to increased bodyweight. Studies have found a correlation between the plasma levels of thyroid hormones and ghrelin, but an effect of ghrelin on the human thyroid has never been investigated even though ghrelin receptors are present in the thyroid. The present study shows a ghrelin-induced decrease in the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH)-induced production of thyroglobulin and mRNA expression of thyroperoxidase in a primary culture of human thyroid cells obtained from paranodular tissue...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931063/plant-flavones-enhance-antimicrobial-activity-of-respiratory-epithelial-cell-secretions-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Benjamin M Hariri, Derek B McMahon, Bei Chen, Nithin D Adappa, James N Palmer, David W Kennedy, Robert J Lee
Flavones are a class of natural plant secondary metabolites that have anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects. Some flavones also activate the T2R14 bitter taste receptor, which is expressed in motile cilia of the sinonasal epithelium and activates innate immune nitric oxide (NO) production. Flavones may thus be potential therapeutics for respiratory infections. Our objective was to examine the anti-microbial effects of flavones on the common sinonasal pathogens Candida albicans, Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, evaluating both planktonic and biofilm growth...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930886/upper-eyelid-splitting-to-facilitate-the-insertion-of-glaucoma-drainage-devices
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Lorraine M Provencher, Keith D Carter, Jeffrey A Nerad, Wallace L M Alward
PURPOSE: To describe a new application for vertical splitting of the upper eyelid, a technique traditionally used for orbital access, in order to facilitate glaucoma drainage device implantation in patients with poor surgical exposure. METHODS: Case series. CASES: We present a case of Möbius syndrome with complete restriction of the extraocular muscles, followed by a case of cicatricial narrowing of the palpebral fissures due to chronic allergic dermatitis...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930676/localized-phosphorylation-of-a-kinesin-1-adaptor-by-a-capsid-associated-kinase-regulates-hiv-1-motility-and-uncoating
#4
Viacheslav Malikov, Mojgan H Naghavi
Although microtubule motors mediate intracellular virus transport, the underlying interactions and control mechanisms remain poorly defined. This is particularly true for HIV-1 cores, which undergo complex, interconnected processes of cytosolic transport, reverse transcription, and uncoating of the capsid shell. Although kinesins have been implicated in regulating these events, curiously, there are no direct kinesin-core interactions. We recently showed that the capsid-associated kinesin-1 adaptor protein, fasciculation and elongation protein zeta-1 (FEZ1), regulates HIV-1 trafficking...
September 19, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930560/structural-and-molecular-biology-of-psp94-its-significance-in-prostate-pathophysiology
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Jenifer H Anklesaria, Deepa R Mhatre, Smita D Mahale
Prostate secretory protein of 94 amino acids (PSP94), primarily found in the prostatic secretion, was originally isolated and purified from human seminal plasma. PSP94 has several putative biological functions and is considered a marker of prostate cancer (PCa). Here, we review the structural-functional relationships of PSP94, address its fungicidal activity and role as an inhibitor of sperm motility and protection from female immune surveillance, and review its role in tumor suppression. We also review the diagnostic assays that are developed for PSP94 for use in the diagnosis of PCa and use of such tests in the differential diagnosis of PCa from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929508/association-between-obesity-and-sperm-quality
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G A Ramaraju, S Teppala, K Prathigudupu, M Kalagara, S Thota, M Kota, R Cheemakurthi
There is awareness of likelihood of abnormal spermatozoa in obese men; however, results from previous studies are inconclusive. Advances in computer-aided sperm analysis (CASA) enable precise evaluation of sperm quality and include assessment of several parameters. We studied a retrospective cohort of 1285 men with CASA data from our infertility clinic during 2016. Obesity (BMI ≥30) was associated with lower (mean ± SE) volume (-0.28 ± 0.12, p-value = .04), sperm count (48.36 ± 16.51, p-value = ...
September 19, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929377/opposing-roles-of-the-aldo-keto-reductases-akr1b1-and-akr1b10-in-colorectal-cancer
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Betul Taskoparan, Esin Gulce Seza, Secil Demirkol, Sinem Tuncer, Milan Stefek, Ali Osmay Gure, Sreeparna Banerjee
PURPOSE: Aldo-keto reductases (including AKR1B1 and AKR1B10) constitute a family of oxidoreductases that have been implicated in the pathophysiology of diabetes and cancer, including colorectal cancer (CRC). Available data indicate that, despite their similarities in structure and enzymatic functions, their roles in CRC may be divergent. Here, we aimed to determine the expression and functional implications of AKR1B1 and AKR1B10 in CRC. METHODS: AKR1B1 and AKR1B10 gene expression levels were analyzed using publicly available microarray data and ex vivo CRC-derived cDNA samples...
September 19, 2017: Cellular Oncology (Dordrecht)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929108/different-cellular-response-of-human-mesothelial-cell-met-5a-to-short-term-and-long-term-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes-exposure
#8
Li Ju, Wei Wu, Min Yu, Jianlin Lou, Hao Wu, Xianhong Yin, Zhenyu Jia, Yun Xiao, Lijin Zhu, Jun Yang
Despite being a commercially important product, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) continue to raise concerns over human health due to their structural similarity to asbestos. Indeed, exposure to MWCNT has been shown to induce lung cancer and even mesothelioma, but contradictory results also exist. To clarify the potentially carcinogenic effects of rigid and rod-like MWCNT and to elucidate the underlying mechanisms, the effects of MWCNT on human mesothelial cell MeT-5A were examined throughout 3 months of continuous exposure, including cytotoxicity, genotoxicity, and cell motility...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929029/association-of-rs1801157-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-of-cxcl12-gene-in-breast-cancer-in-pakistan-and-in-silico-expression-analysis-of-cxcl12-cxcr4-associated-biological-regulatory-network
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Samra Khalid, Rumeza Hanif
BACKGROUND: C-X-C chemokine ligand 12 (CXCL12) has important implications in breast cancer (BC) pathogenesis. It is selectively expressed on B and T lymphocytes and is involved in hematopoiesis, thymocyte trafficking, stem cell motility, neovascularization, and tumorigenesis. The single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs1801157 of CXCL12 gene has been found to be associated with higher risk of BC. METHODS: Our study focuses on the genotypic and allelic distribution of SNP (rs1801157; G/A) in Pakistani population as well as its association with the clinico-pathological features...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928871/twisted-gastrulation-bmp-signaling-modulator-1-regulates-papillary-thyroid-cancer-cell-motility-and-proliferation
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Shujun Xia, Ri Ji, Yongmin Xu, Xiaofeng Ni, Yijie Dong, Weiwei Zhan
Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are growth factors that have important functions in cell proliferation, migration and differentiation. To date, BMP pathway activation has been found in multiple human tumors and is associated with enhanced malignant tumor growth and metastasis. BMP activity is tightly regulated by a family of soluble extracellular secreted BMP modulators. Twisted gastrulation BMP signaling modulator 1 (TWSG1) is a direct BMP regulator that is required for the full signaling activity of BMPs...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928721/onion-peel-ethylacetate-fraction-and-its-derived-constituent-quercetin-4-o-%C3%AE-d-glucopyranoside-attenuates-quorum-sensing-regulated-virulence-and-biofilm-formation
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Hanan M Al-Yousef, Atallah F Ahmed, Nasser A Al-Shabib, Sameen Laeeq, Rais A Khan, Md T Rehman, Ali Alsalme, Mohamed F Al-Ajmi, Mohammad S Khan, Fohad M Husain
The resistance and pathogenesis of bacteria could be related to their ability to sense and respond to population density, termed quorum sensing (QS). Inhibition of the QS system is considered as a novel strategy for the development of antipathogenic agents, especially for combating drug-resistant bacterial infections. In the present study, the anti-QS activity of Onion peel ethylacetate fraction (ONE) was tested against Chromobacterium violaceum CV12472 and Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. ONE inhibit the QS-mediated virulence factors production such as violacein in C...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928490/the-application-of-volumometry-as-an-indication-criterion-in-blow-out-fractures-the-first-results-from-a-prospective-study
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Daniel Kovar, Richard Holy, Zdenek Voldrich, Pavel Voska, Jan Lestak, Jaromir Astl
Backgroung and Aim. This work builds on our publication on the subject of creating a mathematical model for calculating the volume of proplaped soft tissue of the orbit in blow-out fractures, which aids us greatly in our choice of the most effective treatment immediately post-accident. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this prospective study (2014 - 2016) we treated 29 patients with blow-out fractures. 18 (62%) were treated conservatively and in 11 (38%) we proceeded surgically. We decided whether surgical or non-surgical therapy was appropriate on the basis of clinical ENT, eye examination and the total volume of prolapsed orbital soft tissue...
August 31, 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928209/combining-comprehensive-analysis-of-off-site-lambda-phage-integration-with-a-crispr-based-means-of-characterizing-downstream-physiology
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Yu Tanouchi, Markus W Covert
During its lysogenic life cycle, the phage genome is integrated into the host chromosome by site-specific recombination. In this report, we analyze lambda phage integration into noncanonical sites using next-generation sequencing and show that it generates significant genetic diversity by targeting over 300 unique sites in the host Escherichia coli genome. Moreover, these integration events can have important phenotypic consequences for the host, including changes in cell motility and increased antibiotic resistance...
September 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928205/bola-is-required-for-the-accurate-regulation-of-c-di-gmp-a-central-player-in-biofilm-formation
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Ricardo N Moreira, Clémentine Dressaire, Susana Barahona, Lisete Galego, Volkhard Kaever, Urs Jenal, Cecília M Arraiano
The bacterial second messenger cyclic dimeric GMP (c-di-GMP) is a nearly ubiquitous intracellular signaling molecule involved in the transition from the motile to the sessile/biofilm state in bacteria. C-di-GMP regulates various cellular processes, including biofilm formation, motility, and virulence. BolA is a transcription factor that promotes survival in different stresses and is also involved in biofilm formation. Both BolA and c-di-GMP participate in the regulation of motility mechanisms leading to similar phenotypes...
September 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927754/motility-disorders-in-infants
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I J N Koppen, M A Benninga, M M J Singendonk
Gastrointestinal motility disorders are common in the pediatric population and may affect the entire gastrointestinal tract and can vary from mild to severe conditions. They may clinically manifest as gastro-esophageal reflux symptoms, feeding difficulties and failure to thrive, constipation and diarrhea amongst others. This review first highlights the embryologic development of the gastrointestinal tract, after which the prenatal and neonatal development of gastrointestinal motility is discussed. Normal motility patterns as seen in (preterm) infants are described as a background for the discussion of the most common congenital and acquired motility disorders in infancy...
September 16, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927238/factor-v-leiden-is-associated-with-increased-sperm-count
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T E van Mens, U N Joensen, Z Bochdanovits, A Takizawa, J Peter, N Jørgensen, P B Szecsi, J C M Meijers, H Weiler, E Rajpert-De Meyts, S Repping, S Middeldorp
STUDY QUESTION: Is the thrombophilia mutation factor V Leiden (FVL) associated with an increased total sperm count? SUMMARY ANSWER: Carriers of FVL have a higher total sperm count than non-FVL-carriers, which could not be explained by genetic linkage or by observations in a FVL-mouse model. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: FVL has a high prevalence in Caucasians despite detrimental health effects. Carriers have been shown to have higher fecundity, which might partly explain this evolutionary paradox...
September 12, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927147/long-term-changes-in-the-properties-of-skin-derived-fibroblasts-following-irradiation-of-the-head-and-neck
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Thomas Gehrke, Agmal Scherzad, Stephan Hackenberg, Pascal Ickrath, Philipp Schendzielorz, Rudolf Hagen, Norbert Kleinsasser
The tumor stroma performs an important role in carcinogenesis. It predominantly consists of fibroblasts and the connective tissue produced by them, and undergoes a multitude of interactions with the surrounding cancer cells. Since irradiation is part of the majority of therapeutic strategies for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, more information regarding the effects of a previous irradiation on the tumor stroma is desirable. In the present study, fibroblasts were cultivated from human non-irradiated and pre-irradiated skin of the neck for 48 h...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927036/urotensin-ii-receptor-as-a-potential-biomarker-for-the-prognosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients
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Hongtao Wei, Xiaotong Yu, Xiaowei Xue, Hui Liu, Menglong Wang, Yingying Li, Xuejiang Wang, Huiguo Ding
Urotensin II and the associated urotensin II receptor (UTR) are important in the carcinogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the clinical significance of UTR remains to be elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate if UTR exhibits the potential to act as a biomarker to predict the prognosis of HCC patients. The effects of UTR on motility and invasion of HCC cells were additionally investigated. UTR expression levels were determined by immunohistochemistry, in 83 HCC patients that previously underwent curative liver resection...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926987/the-impact-of-non-lethal-single-dose-radiation-on-tumor-invasion-and-cytoskeletal-properties
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Tim Hohmann, Urszula Grabiec, Carolin Vogel, Chalid Ghadban, Stephan Ensminger, Matthias Bache, Dirk Vordermark, Faramarz Dehghani
Irradiation is the standard therapy for glioblastoma multiforme. Glioblastoma are highly resistant to radiotherapy and the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. To better understand the biological effects of irradiation on glioblastoma cells, we tested whether nonlethal irradiation influences the invasiveness, cell stiffness, and actin cytoskeleton properties. Two different glioblastoma cell lines were irradiated with 2 Gy and changes in mechanical and migratory properties and alterations in the actin structure were measured...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925928/subtenon-amikacin-injection-for-the-treatment-of-nocardia-asteroides-orbital-cellulitis-in-a-patient-with-a-history-of-scleral-buckling
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Zeynep Gursel Ozkurt, Hakan Demirci
PURPOSE: To evaluate the use of subtenon amikacin injection for the treatment of Nocardia asteroides orbital cellulitis in a patient with a history of scleral buckle surgery. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 79-year-old diabetic woman presented with an 8-month history of diplopia, discharge, and swelling around her left eye. She had a scleral buckle surgery in this eye about 15 years ago. Examination of the left eye showed a visual acuity of 20/80, swollen and ptotic upper eyelid, chemotic conjunctiva, and limited extraocular motility...
October 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
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