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Kensuke Yamamura, Yoshifumi Baba, Shigeki Nakagawa, Kosuke Mima, Keisuke Miyake, Kenichi Nakamura, Hiroshi Sawayama, Koichi Kinoshita, Takatsugu Ishimoto, Masaaki Iwatsuki, Yasuo Sakamoto, Yoichi Yamashita, Naoya Yoshida, Masayuki Watanabe, Hideo Baba
PURPOSE: Fusobacterium nucleatum (F. nucleatum) is a component of the human microbiome that primarily inhabits the oral cavity. It causes periodontal disease and has also been implicated in the development of human cancers. Although there are several reports of the relationship between F. nucleatum and the clinical outcome in human cancers, its prognostic significance in esophageal cancer remains unclear. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We quantified F. nucleatum DNA in 325 resected esophageal cancer specimens by qPCR...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Francesca Salamanna, Veronica Borsari, Silvia Brogini, Gianluca Giavaresi, Annapaola Parrilli, Simona Cepollaro, Matteo Cadossi, Lucia Martini, Antonio Mazzotti, Milena Fini
One of the main limitations, when studying cancer-bone metastasis, is the complex nature of the native bone environment and the lack of reliable, simple, inexpensive models that closely mimic the biological processes occurring in patients and allowing the correct translation of results. To enhance the understanding of the mechanisms underlying human bone metastases and in order to find new therapies, we developed an in vitro three-dimensional (3D) cancer-bone metastasis model by culturing human breast or prostate cancer cells with human bone tissue isolated from female and male patients, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Nilton Lavatori Correa, Lidia Vasconcellos de Sá, Rossana Corbo
: An increase in the incidence of second primary cancers (SPC) is the late effect of greatest concern that could occur in differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) patients treated with radioactive iodine (RAI). The decision to treat a patient with RAI should therefore incorporate a careful risk-benefit analysis. The objective of this work is to adapt the risk estimation models developed by the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation Committee (BEIR VII) to local epidemiological characteristics, to assess the carcinogenesis risk from radiation in a population of Brazilian DTC patients treated with RAI...
October 20, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Patricio Lopez-Jaramillo
Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are major causes of death and illness worldwide. In recent decades an increased prevalence of CVD mortality has been reported in low-medium income countries, which has been associated with changes in life styles, deficiencies in health systems and the persistence of social inequities.The metabolic syndrome comprises a cluster of cardiometabolic risk factors, with insulin resistance and increased adiposity as its central features. Identifying individuals with metabolic syndrome is important due to its association with an increased risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Flavia Del Porto, Noemi Cifani, Maria Proietta, Danilo Toni, Maurizio Taurino
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the levels of matrix metalloproteinase-12 (MMP-12) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMP)-1, TIMP-2, TIMP-3, and TIMP-4 in patients with symptomatic and asymptomatic critical carotid artery stenosis (CAS). METHODS: We enrolled 10 patients affected by symptomatic CAS within 12 hours from onset of stroke (S group) and 30 patients with asymptomatic CAS (CAS group); 31 patients matched for age, sex, and traditional cardiovascular risk factors were used as controls (RF group)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Sean Mendez, Louis Watanabe, Rachel Hill, Meredith Owens, Jason Moraczewski, Glenn C Rowe, Nicole C Riddle, Laura K Reed
Obesity is one of the dramatic health issues affecting developed and developing nations, and exercise is a well-established intervention strategy. While exercise-by-genotype interactions have been shown in humans, overall little is known. Using the natural negative geotaxis of Drosophila melanogaster, an important model organism for the study of genetic interactions, a novel exercise machine, the TreadWheel, can be used to shed light on this interaction. The mechanism for inducing exercise with the TreadWheel is inherently gentle, thus minimizing possible confounding effects of other stressors...
2016: PloS One
Helena W Morrison, Jessica A Filosa
Epidemiological studies report that infarct size is decreased and stroke outcomes are improved in young females when compared to males. However, mechanistic insight is lacking. We posit that sex-specific differences in glial cell functions occurring immediately after ischemic stroke are a source of dichotomous outcomes. In this study we assessed astrocyte Ca(2+) dynamics, aquaporin 4 (AQP4) polarity, S100β expression pattern, as well as, microglia morphology and phagocytic marker CD11b in male and female mice following 60min of middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion...
October 4, 2016: Neuroscience
Peng Liu, Bo Xing, Zheng Chu, Fei Liu, Gang Lei, Li Zhu, Ya Gao, Teng Chen, Yong-Hui Dang
Pain is a complex and subjective experience. Previous studies have shown that mice lacking the dopamine D3 receptor (D3RKO) exhibit hypoalgesia, indicating a role of the D3 receptor in modulation of nociception. Given that there are sex differences in pain perception, there may be differences in responses to nociceptive stimuli between male and female D3RKO mice. In the current study, we examined the role of the D3 receptor in modulating nociception in male and female D3RKO mice. Acute thermal pain was modeled by hot-plate test...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Paul M K Gordon, Aneal Khan, Umair Sajid, Nicholas Chang, Varun Suresh, Leo Dimnik, Ryan E Lamont, Jillian S Parboosingh, Steven R Martin, Richard T Pon, Jene Weatherhead, Shelly Wegener, Debra Isaac, Steven C Greenway
Cell-free DNA (cfDNA) has significant potential in the diagnosis and monitoring of clinical conditions. However, accurately and easily distinguishing the relative proportion of DNA molecules in a mixture derived from two different sources (i.e., donor and recipient tissues after transplantation) is challenging. In human cellular transplantation, there is currently no useable method to detect in vivo engraftment, and blood-based non-invasive tests for allograft rejection in solid organ transplantation are either non-specific or absent...
2016: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Bambarendage P U Perera, Joomyeong Kim
The expression of mouse Peg3 (Paternally expressed gene 3) is driven by 4 promoters, including its main and three alternative promoters. The sexual, temporal and spatial specificity of these promoters was characterized in the current study. According to the results, the main promoter displays ubiquitous expression patterns throughout different stages and tissues. In contrast, the expression of Peg3 driven by the alternative promoter U2 was detected mainly in muscle and skin, but not in brain, starting from the late embryonic stage, revealing its tissue and stage specificity...
2016: PloS One
Hector Mesa, Scott Gilles, Milton W Datta, Paari Murugan, Wendy Larson, Susan Dachel, Carlos Manivel
We performed a detailed morphologic, immunophenotypic, and endocrine characterization of neoplastic and non-neoplastic lesions of androgen-producing cells known to harbor or lack Reinke crystals (RCs) with an aim to provide further insight into the nature of these cells and crystals. Study cases were selected from the files of participating hospitals and subclassified according to current classifications: 20 with Leydig cell tumors (LCTs), 2 with testicular adrenal rest tumors (TARTs), 2 with testicular tumors of adrenogenital syndrome (TTAGS), and 2 with androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS)...
October 1, 2016: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
Sander R Raymaekers, Wout Verbeure, Sita M Ter Haar, Charlotte A Cornil, Jacques Balthazart, Veerle M Darras
The zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) song control system consists of several series of interconnected brain nuclei that undergo marked changes during ontogeny and sexual development, making it an excellent model to study developmental neuroplasticity. Despite the demonstrated influence of hormones such as sex steroids on this phenomenon, thyroid hormones (THs) - an important factor in neural development and maturation - have not been studied in this regard. We used in situ hybridization to compare the expression of TH transporters, deiodinases and receptors between both sexes during all phases of song development in male zebra finch...
September 29, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Emily A Southmayd, Mary Jane De Souza
Bone growth, development, and remodeling are modulated by numerous circulating hormones. Throughout the lifespan, the extent to which each of the hormones impacts bone differs. Understanding the independent and combined impact of these hormones on controlling bone remodeling allows for the development of more informed decision making regarding pharmacology, specifically the use of hormonal medication, at all ages. Endocrine control of bone health in women is largely dictated by the growth hormone (GH)/insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) axis and the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) axis...
September 13, 2016: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
Brian L Quick, Nichole R LaVoie, Tobias Reynolds-Tylus, Dave Bosch, Susan E Morgan
PURPOSE: The purpose of the current study was to examine differences among bodily integrity, disgust, medical mistrust, and superstition among African Americans, Caucasians, and Latinos; females and males; and registered organ donors and non-registered potential donors. METHODS: A random digit dialing phone survey was utilized to garner information pertaining to organ donation beliefs among African American (n = 200), Caucasian (n = 200), and Latino (n = 200) Chicago residents...
2016: Journal of the National Medical Association
Leah R Miller, Cheryl Marks, Jill B Becker, Patricia D Hurn, Wei-Jung Chen, Teresa Woodruff, Margaret M McCarthy, Farida Sohrabji, Londa Schiebinger, Cora Lee Wetherington, Susan Makris, Arthur P Arnold, Gillian Einstein, Virginia M Miller, Kathryn Sandberg, Susan Maier, Terri L Cornelison, Janine A Clayton
In June 2015, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Guide notice (NOT-OD-15-102) that highlighted the expectation of the NIH that the possible role of sex as a biologic variable be factored into research design, analyses, and reporting of vertebrate animal and human studies. Anticipating these guidelines, the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health, in October 2014, convened key stakeholders to discuss methods and techniques for integrating sex as a biologic variable in preclinical research. The workshop focused on practical methods, experimental design, and approaches to statistical analyses in the use of both male and female animals, cells, and tissues in preclinical research...
September 28, 2016: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Eva Martínez-Pinilla, Cristina Ordóñez, Eva Del Valle, Ana Navarro, Jorge Tolivia
BACKGROUND: Learning processes or language development are only some of the cognitive functions that differ qualitatively between men and women. Gender differences in the brain structure seem to be behind these variations. Indeed, this sexual dimorphism at neuroanatomical level is accompanied unequivocally by differences in the way that aging and neurodegenerative diseases affect men and women brains. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is the analysis of neuronal density in four areas of the hippocampus, and entorhinal and frontal cortices to analyze the possible gender influence during normal aging and in Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Verónica Torres-Estay, Daniela V Carreño, Patricia Fuenzalida, Anica Watts, Ignacio F San Francisco, Viviana P Montecinos, Paula C Sotomayor, John Ebos, Gary J Smith, Alejandro S Godoy
BACKGROUND: Sex-related differences in the role of androgen have been reported in cardiovascular diseases and angiogenesis. Moreover, androgen receptor (AR) has been causally involved in the homeostasis of human prostate endothelial cells. However, levels of expression, functionality and biological role of AR in male- and female-derived human endothelial cells (ECs) remain poorly characterized. The objectives of this work were (1) to characterize the functional expression of AR in male- and female-derived human umbilical vein endothelial cell (HUVEC), and (2) to specifically analyze the biological effects of DHT, and the role of AR on these effects, in male-derived HUVECs (mHUVECs)...
September 27, 2016: Angiogenesis
Joanna Czerwinska, Katarzyna Chojnowska, Tadeusz Kaminski, Iwona Bogacka, Nina Smolinska, Barbara Kaminska
Orexins are hypothalamic neuropeptides acting via two G protein-coupled receptors in mammals: orexin receptor 1 (OX1R) and orexin receptor 2 (OX2R). In European beavers, which are seasonally breeding animals, the presence and functions of orexins and their receptors remain unknown. Our study aimed to determine the expression of OXR mRNAs and the localization of OXR proteins in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal/gonadal (HPA/HPG) axes in free-living beavers. The expression of OXR genes (OX1R, OX2R) and proteins was found in all analysed tissues during three periods of beavers' reproductive cycle (April, July, November)...
September 21, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
Bill Pass, Maria Johnson, Elizabeth M A Hensor, Harun Gupta, Philip Robinson
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate quantitative sonoelastography of benign and malignant musculoskeletal soft tissue masses. METHODS: We conducted a prospective study of 50 patients from a specialist sarcoma center who had extremity soft tissue masses referred for biopsy. After consent, the quantitative shear wave velocity (meters per second) was measured in longitudinal and transverse planes (3 readings in each plane and mean calculated). All masses subsequently underwent biopsy, excision, or both, with the histologic diagnosis taken as the reference standard...
October 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
G E Shearrer, M J Daniels, C M Toledo-Corral, M J Weigensberg, D Spruijt-Metz, J N Davis
CONTEXT: Abdominal adiposity has long been associated with excess caloric intake possibly resulting from increased psychosocial stress and associated cortisol dysfunction. However, the relationship of sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake specifically with cortisol variability and visceral adipose tissue (VAT) is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationships between SSB intake, VAT, and cortisol response in minority youth. DESIGN: A cross-sectional analysis...
September 19, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
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