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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330698/circulating-hormones-and-mammographic-density-in-premenopausal-women
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Kimberly A Bertrand, A Heather Eliassen, Susan E Hankinson, Bernard A Rosner, Rulla M Tamimi
Prior research suggests that several endogenous hormones in premenopausal women are associated with breast cancer risk; however, few studies have evaluated associations of endogenous hormones with mammographic density (MD) in premenopausal women. We conducted a cross-sectional study of plasma hormone levels in relation to MD among 634 cancer-free premenopausal women in the Nurses' Health Study II. We measured percent MD from screening mammograms using a computer-assisted method. We assayed estradiol, estrone, and estrone sulfate in blood samples timed in early follicular and mid-luteal phases of the menstrual cycle as well as testosterone, androstenedione, progesterone, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), DHEA sulfate, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), and anti-Müllerian hormone in luteal or untimed samples...
January 12, 2018: Hormones & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329361/pyhvis3d-visualising-molecular-simulation-deduced-h-bond-networks-in-3d-application-to-t-cell-receptor-interactions
#2
Bernhard Knapp, Marta Alcala, Hao Zhang, Clare West, P Anton van der Merwe, Charlotte M Deane
Motivation: Hydrogen bonds (H-bonds) play an essential role for many molecular interactions but are also often transient, making visualizing them in a flexible system challenging. Results: We provide pyHVis3D which allows for an easy to interpret 3D visualisation of H-bonds resulting from molecular simulations. We demonstrate the power of pyHVis3D by using it to explain the changes in experimentally measured binding affinities for three T-cell receptor/peptide/MHC complexes and mutants of each of these complexes...
January 10, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328250/ultrafast-saturable-absorption-of-mos2-nanosheets-under-different-pulse-width-excitation-conditions
#3
Jun Zhang, Hao Ouyang, Xin Zheng, Jie You, Runze Chen, Tong Zhou, Yizhen Sui, Yu Liu, Xiang'ai Cheng, Tian Jiang
The newly raised two-dimensional material MoS2 is regarded as an ideal candidate for saturated absorbers. Here, the open-aperture Z-scan method is used to study the saturation absorption (SA) response of monolayer and multilayer MoS2, considering laser irradiation with different pulse widths. Specifically, in cases of 10 ns and 10 ps laser pulses, the accumulative nonlinearity [e.g., free carrier absorption (FCA)] coupled with SA is found in both monolayer and multilayer MoS2. However, under a 65 fs pulse laser, the instantaneous nonlinearity [e...
January 15, 2018: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327939/blockade-of-the-complement-c5a-c5ar1-axis-impairs-lung-cancer-bone-metastasis-by-cxcl16-mediated-effects
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Daniel Ajona, Carolina Zandueta, Leticia Corrales, Haritz Moreno, María J Pajares, Sergio Ortiz-Espinosa, Elena Martínez-Terroba, Naiara Perurena, Fernando J de Miguel, Eloisa Jantus-Lewintre, Carlos Camps, Silvestre Vicent, Jackeline Agorreta, Luis M Montuenga, Ruben Pio, Fernando Lecanda
RATIONALE: C5aR1(CD88), a receptor for complement anaphylatoxin C5a, is a potent immune mediator. Its impact on malignant growth and dissemination of NSCLC cells is poorly understood. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the contribution of the C5a/C5aR1 axis to the malignant phenotype of NSCLC cells, particularly in skeletal colonization, a preferential lung metastasis site. METHODS: Association between C5aR1 expression and clinical outcome was assessed in silico and validated by immunohistochemistry...
January 12, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327827/differences-in-100-m-sprint-performance-and-skeletal-muscle-mass-between-elite-male-and-female-sprinters
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Takashi Abe, Scott J Dankel, Samuel L Buckner, Matthew B Jessee, Kevin T Mattocks, J Grant Mouser, Zachary W Bell, Jeremy P Loenneke
BACKGROUND: The sex difference in 100-m sprint performance between the world's best athletes is approximately 10%. We hypothesized that skeletal muscle mass (SM) relative to body mass may be a major factor contributing to this difference. The aim of this study was to examine the sex difference in absolute and relative SM and sprint performance in male and female sprinters. METHODS: We analyzed the SM of male (n=37) and female (n=26) 100-m sprinters; the sample was divided into two subgroups within each sex according to personal best 100-m time: 10...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327688/empirical-optimization-of-dft%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-u-and-hse-for-the-band-structure-of-zno
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Keshab Bashyal, Christopher K Pyles, Sajjad Afroosheh, Aneer Lamichhane, Alexey T Zayak
ZnO is a well-known wide band gap semiconductor with promising potential for applications in optoelectronics, transparent electronics, and spintronics. Computational simulations based on the density functional theory (DFT) play an important role in the research of ZnO, but the standard functionals, like Perdew-Burke-Erzenhof, result in largely underestimated values of the band gap and the binding energies of the Zn3d electrons. Methods like DFT  +  U and hybrid functionals are meant to remedy the weaknesses of plain DFT...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327512/mental-disorder-are-we-moving-away-from-distress-and-disability
#7
Diogo Telles-Correia
The first time that formally a definition of mental disorder was presented was in DSM-III. This resulted from a complex conceptual analysis carried out by Spitzer, chair of the committee on nomenclature and statistics. The criteria of harm (distress-disability) arise as main defining characteristics for mental illness, being added that "there is an inference" that there is a dysfunction. The distress-disability model was later developed by Wakefield. This author argued that in a medical or psychiatric disorder there had to be a dysfunctional component (value free) and another one of harm (value laden)...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327427/aerobic-photooxidative-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-alkoxy-mono-hydroperoxides-using-an-organo-photoredox-catalyst-controlled-by-a-base
#8
Yuya Asano, Yoshitomo Nagasawa, Eiji Yamaguchi, Akichika Itoh
In the proposed study, transition-metal-free synthesis of β-alkoxy monohydroperoxides via aerobic photooxidation using an acridinium photocatalyst was developed. This method enables the synthesis of some novel hydroperoxides. The peroxide source is molecular oxygen, which is cost-effective and is atomically efficient. Magnesium oxide plays an important role as a base in the catalytic system.
January 12, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327399/plga-mpeg-nanoparticles-loaded-with-melatonin-protect-adipose-derived-stem-cells-transplanted-in-infarcted-heart-tissue
#9
Qiang Ma, Junjie Yang, Xu Huang, Weisheng Guo, Sulei Li, Hao Zhou, Jingwei Li, Yundai Chen
Stem cell transplantation is a promising therapeutic strategy for myocardial infarction. However, transplanted cells face low survival rates due to oxidative stress and the inflammatory microenvironment in ischemic heart tissue. Melatonin has been used as a powerful endogenous antioxidant to protect cells from oxidative injury. However, melatonin cannot play a long lasting effect against the hostile microenvironment. Nano drug delivery carriers have the ability to protect the loaded drug from degradation in physiological environments in a controlled manner, which results in longer effects and decreased side effects...
January 12, 2018: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327114/anthropometric-characteristics-and-ovarian-cancer-risk-and-survival
#10
Albina N Minlikeeva, Kirsten B Moysich, Paul C Mayor, John L Etter, Rikki A Cannioto, Roberta B Ness, Kristen Starbuck, Robert P Edwards, Brahm H Segal, Sashikant Lele, Kunle Odunsi, Brenda Diergaarde, Francesmary Modugno
PURPOSE: Multiple studies have examined the role of anthropometric characteristics in ovarian cancer risk and survival; however, their results have been conflicting. We investigated the associations between weight change, height and height change and risk and outcome of ovarian cancer using data from a large population-based case-control study. METHODS: Data from 699 ovarian cancer cases and 1,802 controls who participated in the HOPE study were included. We used unconditional logistic regression adjusted for age, race, number of pregnancies, use of oral contraceptives, and family history of breast or ovarian cancer to examine the associations between self-reported height and weight and height change with ovarian cancer risk...
January 11, 2018: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327018/the-mechanism-for-the-stabilization-and-surfactant-properties-of-epitaxial-silicene
#11
A Curcella, R Bernard, Y Borensztein, M Lazzeri, G Prévot
Using real-time in situ scanning tunneling microscopy and density functional theory simulations, we have studied the growth of Si films on Ag(111) beyond the silicene monolayer, evidencing the existence of metastable phases and an original growth mechanism. Above monolayer Si coverage, an initial structure forms, which is identified as an Ag-free Si bilayer with additional Si adatoms. With further deposition, this structure is replaced by a distinct bilayer structure covered by Si trimers and Ag atoms. The formation of these bilayers follows counterintuitive dynamics: they are partially inserted within the Ag substrate and form by expelling, from the underlying substrate, the atoms that reinsert below the adjacent silicene layer...
January 12, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326285/prevalence-of-aflatoxin-associated-tp53r249s-mutation-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-hispanics-in-south-texas
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Jingjing Jiao, Weibo Niu, Ying Wang, Keith Baggerly, Yuanqing Ye, Xifeng Wu, Dewitt Davenport, Jose Luis Almeda, Monica M Betancourt-Garcia, R Armour Forse, Heather L Stevenson, Gordon P Watt, Joseph B McCormick, Susan P Fisher-Hoch, Laura Beretta
We aimed to determine whether aflatoxin dietary exposure plays a role in the high incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) observed among Hispanics in South Texas. We measured TP53R249S somatic mutation, hallmark of aflatoxin etiology in HCC, using droplet digital PCR and RFLP. TP53R249S mutation was detected in 3 of 41 HCC tumors from Hispanics in South Texas (7.3%). We also measured TP53R249S mutation in plasma cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from 218 HCC patients and 96 Hispanic subjects with advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis, from South Texas...
January 11, 2018: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326054/size-based-separation-methods-of-circulating-tumor-cells
#13
Si-Jie Hao, Yuan Wan, Yi-Qiu Xia, Xin Zou, Si-Yang Zheng
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) originate from the primary tumor mass and enter into the peripheral bloodstream. Compared to other "liquid biopsy" portfolios such as exosome, circulating tumor DNA/RNA (ctDNA/RNA), CTCs have incomparable advantages in analyses of transcriptomics, proteomics, and signal colocalization. Hence, CTCs hold the key to understanding the biology of metastasis and play a vital role in cancer diagnosis, treatment monitoring, and prognosis. Size-based enrichment featureS prominently in CTC isolation...
January 8, 2018: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325757/the-role-of-fatty-acids-and-their-endocannabinoid-like-derivatives-in-the-molecular-regulation-of-appetite
#14
REVIEW
Renger F Witkamp
Intake, absorption and synthesis of fatty acids, including those produced by the intestinal microbiota are tightly monitored via specific receptors and, indirectly through their conversion into a variety of signalling molecules. The resulting information is integrated and translated to different physiological processes, including the regulation of appetite and satiation. Direct chemosensing of fatty acids takes place via interaction with free fatty acid (FFA) and other receptors. These are present in the oronasal cavity and along the entire gastrointestinal tract, in various other tissues, and, for some receptors also in brain...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325226/citrullinated-histone-h3-a-biomarker-of-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-formation-predicts-the-risk-of-venous-thromboembolism-in-cancer-patients
#15
Lisa-Marie Mauracher, Florian Posch, Kimberly Martinod, Ella Grilz, Thomas Däullary, Lena Hell, Christine Brostjan, Christoph Zielinski, Cihan Ay, Denisa D Wagner, Ingrid Pabinger, Johannes Thaler
BACKGROUND: Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are decondensed chromatin fibers which might play a role in the prothrombotic state of cancer patients. OBJECTIVES: Here we investigated whether citrullinated histone H3 (H3Cit), a biomarker for NET formation, cell-free DNA (cfDNA), and nucleosomes predict venous thromboembolism (VTE) in cancer patients. PATIENTS/METHODS: Nine-hundred-forty-six patients with newly-diagnosed cancer or progression after remission were enrolled in this prospective observational cohort study...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324737/barriers-of-attendance-to-dog-rabies-static-point-vaccination-clinics-in-blantyre-malawi
#16
Stella Mazeri, Andrew D Gibson, Natascha Meunier, Barend M deC Bronsvoort, Ian G Handel, Richard J Mellanby, Luke Gamble
Rabies is a devastating yet preventable disease that causes around 59,000 human deaths annually. Almost all human rabies cases are caused by bites from rabies-infected dogs. A large proportion of these cases occur in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). Annual vaccination of at least 70% of the dog population is recommended by the World Health Organisation in order to eliminate rabies. However, achieving such high vaccination coverage has proven challenging, especially in low resource settings. Despite being logistically and economically more feasible than door-to-door approaches, static point (SP) vaccination campaigns often suffer from low attendance and therefore result in low vaccination coverage...
January 11, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323068/story-of-survival-in-anaplastic-large-cell-lymphoma-sometimes-more-than-the-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-status-an-evaluation-of-pathologic-prognostic-factors-in-102-cases
#17
Komal Agrawal, Tanuja Shet, Epari Sridhar, Suhas Dhende, Manju Sengar, Brijesh Arora, Siddhartha Laskar, Sumeet Gujral, Hari Menon, Shripad Banavali
INTRODUCTION: Systemic anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) accounts for 5%-10% of adult non Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and 10%-30% of childhood NHL. Owing to significant differences in survival and gene expression profile, current WHO classifies ALCL into two distinct entities as anaplastic lymphoma receptor tyrosine kinase (ALK) positive and ALK negative ALCL with ALK expression by tumour as a good prognostic indicator. However, in our institute which is a cancer referral institute, our preliminary experience was that even ALK positive tumours did not fare well as compared to ALK- negative ALCL...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321953/matrix-metalloproteinase-1-facilitates-msc-migration-via-cleavage-of-igf-2-igfbp2-complex
#18
Shou P Guan, Alan T L Lam, Jennifer P Newman, Kevin L M Chua, Catherine Y L Kok, Siao T Chong, Melvin L K Chua, Paula Y P Lam
The specific mechanism underlying the tumor tropism of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) for cancer is not well defined. We previously showed that the migration potential of MSCs correlated with the expression and protease activity of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1. Furthermore, highly tumor-tropic MSCs expressed higher levels of MMP-1 and insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-2 than poorly migrating MSCs. In this study, we examined the functional roles of IGF-2 and MMP-1 in mediating the tumor tropism of MSCs...
January 2018: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321393/-n-3-fatty-acids-and-the-maintenance-of-neuronal-functions
#19
Michio Hashimoto
The functions of n-3 fatty acids are known to be diverse, and they play roles in cardiovascular and neuronal systems and in lipid metabolism. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is the most abundant n-3 fatty acid in the brain, is essential for the maintenance of brain functions throughout the human lifespan. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that reduced n-3 fatty acid intake is closely associated with the onset of mental and neurological diseases such as brain developmental disorders, depression, and Alzheimer's disease...
2018: Nihon Yakurigaku Zasshi. Folia Pharmacologica Japonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321392/-the-role-of-brain-n-3-fatty-acids-gpr40-ffar1-signaling-in-pain
#20
Kazuo Nakamoto, Shogo Tokuyama
G-protein-coupled receptor 40 (GPR40)/free fatty acid receptor (FFAR) 1 is activated by long-chain fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Its receptor is expressed predominantly in the central nervous system (CNS) and in β-cells in the pancreatic Islets. We have already demonstrated that the intracerebroventricular administration of DHA or GW9508, a GPR40/FFAR1 agonist, suppresses formalin-induced pain behavior. It also attenuates complete Freund's adjuvant-induced mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia, suggesting that these effects occur by increasing β-endorphin release from propiomelanocortin neurons...
2018: Nihon Yakurigaku Zasshi. Folia Pharmacologica Japonica
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