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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454345/high-il-17-expression-is-associated-with-an-unfavorable-prognosis-in-thyroid-cancer
#1
Denise Faria Galano Carvalho, Bruna Riedo Zanetti, Lydianne Miranda, Marcela Kazue Hassumi-Fukasawa, Fabiana Miranda-Camargo, Janaína Cristiana Oliveira Crispim, Edson Garcia Soares
Previous studies have indicated that cancer may be promoted and/or exacerbated by inflammation and infection. The cytokines produced by activated innate immune cells that stimulate tumor growth and progression are considered as important components in this process. The interleukin (IL)-23/T helper (Th)17 axis, which exerts marked pro-inflammatory effects, has emerged as an important mediator in inflammation-associated cancer. Increasing clinical evidence indicates that Th17 may promote or inhibit tumor progression, however, the function of Th17 in the pathogenesis of benign and malignant thyroid neoplasms remains unclear...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454270/fosb-transcription-factor-regulates-cox-2-expression-in-colorectal-cancer-cells-without-affecting-pge2-expression
#2
Diana Lizeth Cervantes-Madrid, Sabah Nagi, Annika Asting Gustafsson
The expression levels of cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 and the prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) content have been associated with poor prognosis in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC). There is a strong correlation between COX-2 expression and PGE2 production in tissues from CRC patients, suggesting an important role for COX-2 on the regulation of PGE2 production. Previous studies by the present authors, where CRC patients were divided into high- or low-COX-2 expressing tumors, displayed important differences in the expression levels of several transcription factors involved in carcinogenesis...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454163/image-recovery-from-defocused-2d-fluorescent-images-in-multimodal-digital-holographic-microscopy
#3
Xiangyu Quan, Osamu Matoba, Yasuhiro Awatsuji
A technique of three-dimensional (3D) intensity retrieval from defocused, two-dimensional (2D) fluorescent images in the multimodal digital holographic microscopy (DHM) is proposed. In the multimodal DHM, 3D phase and 2D fluorescence distributions are obtained simultaneously by an integrated system of an off-axis DHM and a conventional epifluorescence microscopy, respectively. This gives us more information of the target; however, defocused fluorescent images are observed due to the short depth of field. In this Letter, we propose a method to recover the defocused images based on the phase compensation and backpropagation from the defocused plane to the focused plane using the distance information that is obtained from a 3D phase distribution...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454125/polarization-dependent-intermodal-four-wave-mixing-in-a-birefringent-multimode-photonic-crystal-fiber
#4
Jinhui Yuan, Zhe Kang, Feng Li, Guiyao Zhou, Xinzhu Sang, Qiang Wu, Binbin Yan, Xian Zhou, Kangping Zhong, Liang Wang, Kuiru Wang, Chongxiu Yu, Chao Lu, Hwa Yaw Tam, P K A Wai
In this Letter, polarization-dependent intermodal four-wave mixing (FWM) is demonstrated experimentally in a birefringent multimode photonic crystal fiber (BM-PCF) designed and fabricated in-house. Femtosecond pump pulses at wavelengths ∼800  nm polarized along one of the principal axes of the BM-PCF are coupled into a normal dispersion region away from the zero-dispersion wavelengths of the fundamental guided mode of the BM-PCF. Anti-Stokes and Stokes waves are generated in the 2nd guided mode at visible and near-infrared wavelengths, respectively...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454080/relevance-of-ccl3-ccr5-axis-in-oral-carcinogenesis
#5
Janine Mayra da Silva, Tálita Pollyanna Moreira Dos Santos, Lays Martin Sobral, Celso Martins Queiroz-Junior, Milene Alvarenga Rachid, Amanda E I Proudfoot, Gustavo Pompermaier Garlet, Aline Carvalho Batista, Mauro Martins Teixeira, Andréia Machado Leopoldino, Remo Castro Russo, Tarcília Aparecida Silva
The chemokine CCL3 is a chemotactic cytokine crucial for inflammatory cell recruitment in homeostatic and pathological conditions. CCL3 might stimulate cancer progression by promoting leukocyte accumulation, angiogenesis and tumour growth. The expression of CCL3 and its receptors CCR1 and CCR5 was demonstrated in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC), but their role was not defined. Here, the functions of CCL3 were assessed using a model of chemically induced tongue carcinogenesis with 4-nitroquinoline-1-oxide (4NQO)...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453556/characterization-of-interfragmentary-motion-associated-with-common-osteosynthesis-devices-for-rat-fracture-healing-studies
#6
Nicholaus Meyers, Matthias Sukopp, Rudolf Jäger, Malte Steiner, Romano Matthys, Bernd Lapatki, Anita Ignatius, Lutz Claes
Rat models are widely used in preclinical studies investigating fracture healing. The interfragmentary movement at a fracture site is critical to the course of healing and therefore demands definition in order to aptly interpret the experimental results. Estimation of this movement requires knowledge of the fixation stiffness and loading. The characteristic loading for the rat femur has been estimated, but the stiffness of fixation used in rat studies has yet to be fully described. This study aimed to determine the 6 degree of freedom stiffness of four commonly used implants, two external fixators (RatExFix and UlmExFix), a locking plate, and a locking intramedullary nail, in all degrees of freedom and estimate the interfragmentary movement under specific physiological loads...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453520/wdr23-regulates-nrf2-independently-of-keap1
#7
Jacqueline Y Lo, Brett N Spatola, Sean P Curran
Cellular adaptation to stress is essential to ensure organismal survival. NRF2/NFE2L2 is a key determinant of xenobiotic stress responses, and loss of negative regulation by the KEAP1-CUL3 proteasome system is implicated in several chemo- and radiation-resistant cancers. Advantageously using C. elegans alongside human cell culture models, we establish a new WDR23-DDB1-CUL4 regulatory axis for NRF2 activity that operates independently of the canonical KEAP1-CUL3 system. WDR23 binds the DIDLID sequence within the Neh2 domain of NRF2 to regulate its stability; this regulation is not dependent on the KEAP1-binding DLG or ETGE motifs...
April 28, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449321/a-review-of-associated-controversies-surrounding-glucocorticoid-use-in-veterinary-emergency-and-critical-care
#8
Maya A Aharon, Jennifer E Prittie, Kate Buriko
OBJECTIVE: To review the literature in human and veterinary medicine regarding the indications for, efficacy of, and controversies surrounding glucocorticoid (GC) administration in the emergency and critical care (ECC) setting, and to provide an overview of the most commonly used synthetic GC formulations. MEDICATIONS: Synthetic GCs vary in GC and mineralocorticoid potency, hypothalamic pituitary axis suppression, duration of action, route of administration, and clinical indication for use...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449202/barn-owls-maximize-head-rotations-by-a-combination-of-yawing-and-rolling-in-functionally-diverse-regions-of-the-neck
#9
Markus Krings, John A Nyakatura, Mark L L M Boumans, Martin S Fischer, Hermann Wagner
Owls are known for their outstanding neck mobility: these birds can rotate their heads more than 270°. The anatomical basis of this extraordinary neck rotation ability is not well understood. We used X-ray fluoroscopy of living owls as well as forced neck rotations in dead specimens and computer tomographic (CT) reconstructions to study how the individual cervical joints contribute to head rotation in barn owls (Tyto furcata pratincola). The X-ray data showed the natural posture of the neck, and the reconstructions of the CT-scans provided the shapes of the individual vertebrae...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448528/minimally-invasive-estimation-of-ventricular-dead-space-volume-through-use-of-frank-starling-curves
#10
Shaun Davidson, Chris Pretty, Antoine Pironet, Thomas Desaive, Nathalie Janssen, Bernard Lambermont, Philippe Morimont, J Geoffrey Chase
This paper develops a means of more easily and less invasively estimating ventricular dead space volume (Vd), an important, but difficult to measure physiological parameter. Vd represents a subject and condition dependent portion of measured ventricular volume that is not actively participating in ventricular function. It is employed in models based on the time varying elastance concept, which see widespread use in haemodynamic studies, and may have direct diagnostic use. The proposed method involves linear extrapolation of a Frank-Starling curve (stroke volume vs end-diastolic volume) and its end-systolic equivalent (stroke volume vs end-systolic volume), developed across normal clinical procedures such as recruitment manoeuvres, to their point of intersection with the y-axis (where stroke volume is 0) to determine Vd...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448523/semaphorin-1a-prevents-drosophila-olfactory-projection-neuron-dendrites-from-mis-targeting-into-select-antennal-lobe-regions
#11
Hung-Chang Shen, Sao-Yu Chu, Tsai-Chi Hsu, Chun-Han Wang, I-Ya Lin, Hung-Hsiang Yu
Elucidating how appropriate neurite patterns are generated in neurons of the olfactory system is crucial for comprehending the construction of the olfactory map. In the Drosophila olfactory system, projection neurons (PNs), primarily derived from four neural stem cells (called neuroblasts), populate their cell bodies surrounding to and distribute their dendrites in distinct but overlapping patterns within the primary olfactory center of the brain, the antennal lobe (AL). However, it remains unclear whether the same molecular mechanisms are employed to generate the appropriate dendritic patterns in discrete AL glomeruli among PNs produced from different neuroblasts...
April 27, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448508/a-longitudinal-cline-characterizes-the-genetic-structure-of-human-populations-in-the-tibetan-plateau
#12
Choongwon Jeong, Benjamin M Peter, Buddha Basnyat, Maniraj Neupane, Cynthia M Beall, Geoff Childs, Sienna R Craig, John Novembre, Anna Di Rienzo
Indigenous populations of the Tibetan plateau have attracted much attention for their good performance at extreme high altitude. Most genetic studies of Tibetan adaptations have used genetic variation data at the genome scale, while genetic inferences about their demography and population structure are largely based on uniparental markers. To provide genome-wide information on population structure, we analyzed new and published data of 338 individuals from indigenous populations across the plateau in conjunction with worldwide genetic variation data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448462/targeting-the-atr-chk1-axis-in-cancer-therapy
#13
REVIEW
Stuart Rundle, Alice Bradbury, Yvette Drew, Nicola J Curtin
Targeting the DNA damage response (DDR) is a new therapeutic approach in cancer that shows great promise for tumour selectivity. Key components of the DDR are the ataxia telangiectasia mutated and Rad3 related (ATR) and checkpoint kinase 1 (CHK1) kinases. This review article describes the role of ATR and its major downstream target, CHK1, in the DDR and why cancer cells are particularly reliant on the ATR-CHK1 pathway, providing the rationale for targeting these kinases, and validation of this hypothesis by genetic manipulation...
April 27, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448444/role-of-the-vanins-myeloperoxidase-axis-in-colorectal-carcinogenesis
#14
REVIEW
Francesco Mariani, Luca Roncucci
The presence of chronic inflammation in the colonic mucosa leads to an increased risk of cancer. Among proteins involved in the regulation of mucosal inflammation and that may contribute both to structural damage of the intestinal mucosa and to intestinal carcinogenesis, there are myeloperoxidase (MPO) and vanins. The infiltration of colonic mucosa by neutrophils may promote carcinogenesis through MPO, a key enzyme contained in the lysosomes of neutrophils that regulates local inflammation and the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and mutagenic species...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448277/long-term-consequences-of-obesity-on-female-fertility-and-the-health-of-the-offspring
#15
Suchitra Chandrasekaran, Genevieve Neal-Perry
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Obesity has reached near epidemic levels among reproductive age women with a myriad of consequences. Obesity adversely affects the maternal milieu by creating conditions that decrease fertility and increase the risk of gestational diabetes, hypertensive disease in pregnancy, fetal growth abnormalities and congenital anomalies. The effects of obesity are not limited to pregnancy. Indeed, beyond the immediate postpartum period, obese women maintain a higher prevalence of insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease...
April 26, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448114/comparison-of-ag-in-ga-se2-mo-and-cu-in-ga-se2-mo-interface-in-solar-cells
#16
Xianfeng Zhang, Masakazu Kobayashi
Junction of Ag(In, Ga)Se2 (AIGS)/Mo and Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGS)/Mo were characterized and compared from the prospect of structural and electrical properties. The region between CIGS and Mo was filled by a layered hexagonal MoSe2 layer with a thickness of 10-15 nm. The c-axis of MoSe2 was mostly perpendicular with the Mo layer, while the c value was 12.6 Å. However, no such layer was observed at the interface of AIGS and Mo. The result was also confirmed by the energy dispersive x-ray spectrometer and x-ray diffraction pattern to confirm status of MoSe2 layer...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448064/changes-in-thyroid-hormone-concentrations-during-neonatal-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
#17
L Leeuwen, A F J van Heijst, J van Rosmalen, Y B de Rijke, L W J E Beurskens, D Tibboel, E L T van den Akker, H IJsselstijn
OBJECTIVE: Thyroid hormone concentrations can be disturbed during critical illness. Our aim was to determine changes in thyroid hormone concentrations during neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). STUDY DESIGN: We included 21 ECMO-treated neonates. Age-specific s.d. scores (SDS) of free and total thyroxine (FT4; TT4), reverse and total triiodothyronine (rT3; TT3), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroxine-binding globulin (TBG) were determined at six fixed time-points...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448063/gonadotropin-levels-in-urine-during-early-postnatal-period-in-small-for-gestational-age-preterm-male-infants-with-fetal-growth-restriction
#18
S Nagai, M Kawai, M Myowa-Yamakoshi, T Morimoto, T Matsukura, T Heike
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to estimate gonadotropin concentrations in small for gestational age (SGA) male infants with the reactivation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis during the first few months of life that is important for genital development. STUDY DESIGN: We prospectively examined 15 SGA and 15 appropriate for gestational age (AGA) preterm male infants between 2013 and 2014 at Kyoto University Hospital. Gonadotropin concentrations (luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)) were measured in serial urine samples from the postnatal days 7 to 168 and compared between SGA and AGA infants using the Mann-Whitney test...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448053/automated-contraction-analysis-of-human-engineered-heart-tissue-for-cardiac-drug-safety-screening
#19
Ingra Mannhardt, Umber Saleem, Anika Benzin, Thomas Schulze, Birgit Klampe, Thomas Eschenhagen, Arne Hansen
Cardiac tissue engineering describes techniques to constitute three dimensional force-generating engineered tissues. For the implementation of these procedures in basic research and preclinical drug development, it is important to develop protocols for automated generation and analysis under standardized conditions. Here, we present a technique to generate engineered heart tissue (EHT) from cardiomyocytes of different species (rat, mouse, human). The technique relies on the assembly of a fibrin-gel containing dissociated cardiomyocytes between elastic polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) posts in a 24-well format...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447977/plasmonic-trapping-and-release-of-nanoparticles-in-a-monitoring-environment
#20
Jung-Dae Kim, Yong-Gu Lee
Plasmonic tweezers use surface plasmon polaritons to confine polarizable nanoscale objects. Among the various designs of plasmonic tweezers, only a few can observe immobilized particles. Moreover, a limited number of studies have experimentally measured the exertable forces on the particles. The designs can be classified as the protruding nanodisk type or the suppressed nanohole type. For the latter, microscopic observation is extremely challenging. In this paper, a new plasmonic tweezer system is introduced to monitor particles, both in directions parallel and orthogonal to the symmetric axis of a plasmonic nanohole structure...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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