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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151234/excavating-the-psyche-a-social-history-of-soviet-psychiatry-in-bulgaria
#1
Julian Chehirian
This article investigates how an imported Soviet psychiatric model affected Bulgarians who experienced psychological crisis by examining therapeutic possibilities that were available and foreclosed in the People's Republic of Bulgaria. Bulgarians struggling with psychological disorders in the present day experience polar forms of marginalization: non-recognition on one extreme, and chronic medicalization on the other. Both tendencies can be traced to the Communist-period remodeling of mental healthcare, which outlawed private practice and individual-centered therapy, which reified empirically observable, physiological underpinnings of pathology while suppressing therapies that engaged with the existential context of mental illness...
November 18, 2017: Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151224/the-potential-role-of-the-osteopontin-osteocalcin-osteoprotegerin-triad-in-the-pathogenesis-of-prediabetes-in-humans
#2
Giuseppe Daniele, Deidre Winnier, Andrea Mari, Jan Bruder, Marcel Fourcaudot, Zuo Pengou, Andrea Hansis-Diarte, Christopher Jenkinson, Devjit Tripathy, Franco Folli
AIMS: To examine the relationship between hormones involved in bone remodeling and glucose metabolism alterations in prediabetes. METHODS: Individuals (n = 43) with NGT (BMI = 31.1 ± 1.1 kg/m(2)) and individuals (n = 79) with impaired glucose regulation (IGR) (BMI = 31.9 ± 1.2 kg/m(2)) including subjects with IFG, IGT, and IFG-IGT underwent OGTT and DXA. Osteopontin (OPN), osteocalcin (OCN), osteoprotegerin (OPG), and PTH levels were measured at fasting...
November 18, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151155/intraurethral-injection-with-lps-an-effective-experimental-model-of-prostatic-inflammation
#3
Fabiana Oliveira Dos Santos Gomes, Amanda Costa Oliveira, Edlene Lima Ribeiro, Bruna Santos da Silva, Laise Aline Martins Dos Santos, Ingrid Tavares de Lima, Amanda Karolina Soares E Silva, Shyrlene Meiry da Rocha Araújo, Terezinha Gonçalves, Mario Ribeiro de Melo-Junior, Christina Alves Peixoto
OBJECTIVE: Chronic inflammation has been recognized as having a prominent role pathogenesis of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and cancer. It is believed that chronic inflammation induces prostatic fibromuscular growth. This correlation has been clearly illustrated by both in vivo and in vitro studies; however, current experimental models of BPH require complex surgery or hormonal treatment. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to propose a new murine model of BPH/prostatitis induced by intraurethral injection of LPS...
November 18, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151102/the-effect-of-genistein-supplementation-on-vitamin-d-levels-and-bone-turnover-markers-during-the-summer-in-healthy-postmenopausal-women-role-of-genotypes-of-isoflavone-metabolism
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María Pérez-Alonso, Laisa-Socorro Briongos, Marta Ruiz-Mambrilla, Eladio A Velasco, Lidia Linares, Luis Cuellar, José-Manuel Olmos, Daniel De Luis, Antonio Dueñas-Laita, José-Luis Pérez-Castrillón
AIMS: The objective of this study was to determine whether vitamin D and genistein supplementation had an additive beneficial effect on levels of vitamin D and bone markers and whether this effect was mediated by genes regulating isoflavone metabolism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We carried out a prospective study in postmenopausal women randomized to calcium and vitamin D supplementation or calcium, vitamin D, and genistein supplementation. Vitamin D, parathyroid hormone (PTH), cross-linked C-telopeptide (CTX), and procollagen 1 N-terminal (P1NP) were determined by electrochemiluminescence...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150946/lncrna-tcons_00034812-in-cell-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cells-and-its-mechanism
#5
Yun Liu, Zengxian Sun, Jinquan Zhu, Bingxin Xiao, Jie Dong, Xiaomin Li
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have been discovered to be playing important role in various biological processes. However, the contribution of lncRNAs to pulmonary artery hypertension (PAH) remains largely unknown. Pulmonary vascular remodeling is an important pathological feature of PAH, leading to increased vascular resistance and reduced compliance. Here, we investigated the biological role of lncRNAs in PAH. Differences in the lncRNAs and mRNAs between hypoxia PAH rats and normoxia rats were screened using microarray analysis...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150941/micrornas-as-predictive-biomarkers-for-myocardial-injury-in-aged-mice-following-myocardial-infarction
#6
Natia Qipshidze Kelm, Kellianne M Piell, Eugenia Wang, Marsha P Cole
The occurrence of myocardial infarction (MI) increases appreciably with age. In the Framingham Heart Study, the incidence of MI more than doubles for men and increases more than 5-fold in women (ages 55 to 64 years compared to 85 to 94 years). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) quantitatively regulate their target's expression post-transcriptionally by either silencing action through binding at the 3'UTR domains or degrading the messages at their coding regions. In either case, these regulations affect the cardiac transcriptional output and cardiac function...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150677/phosphatidylserine-decarboxylase-ct699-lysophospholipid-acyltransferase-ct775-and-acyl-acp-synthase-ct776-provide-membrane-lipid-diversity-to-chlamydia-trachomatis
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Eric Soupene, Frans A Kuypers
De novo lipid synthesis and scavenging of fatty acids (FA) are processes essential for the formation of the membrane of the human pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis (C.t.). Host FA are assimilated via esterification by the bacterial acyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) synthase AasC but inhibitors of the host acyl-CoA synthetase enymes ACSL also impaired growth of C.t. in human cells. In E. coli, activity of AasC was sensitive to triacsin C and rosiglitazone G. The absence of a triacsin C-insensitive pathway and the increased inhibition by rosiglitazone G confirmed the sensitivity of the bacterial acyl-ACP synthase to these drugs in infected human cells...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150673/m%C3%A3-ller-glial-micrornas-are-required-for-the-maintenance-of-glial-homeostasis-and-retinal-architecture
#8
Stefanie G Wohl, Nikolas L Jorstad, Edward M Levine, Thomas A Reh
To better understand the roles of microRNAs in glial function, we used a conditional deletion of Dicer1 (Dicer-CKOMG) in retinal Müller glia (MG). Dicer1 deletion from the MG leads to an abnormal migration of the cells as early as 1 month after the deletion. By 6 months after Dicer1 deletion, the MG form large aggregations and severely disrupt normal retinal architecture and function. The most highly upregulated gene in the Dicer-CKOMG MG is the proteoglycan Brevican (Bcan) and overexpression of Bcan results in similar aggregations of the MG in wild-type retina...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150664/histological-evidence-for-a-dynamic-dental-battery-in-hadrosaurid-dinosaurs
#9
Katherine Bramble, Aaron R H LeBlanc, Denis O Lamoureux, Mateusz Wosik, Philip J Currie
The first histological study of an entire hadrosaurid dental battery provides a comprehensive look at tooth movement within this complex structure. Previous studies have focused on isolated teeth, or in-situ batteries, but this is the first study to examine an entire dental battery of any dinosaur. The absence of direct tooth-to-tooth contact across the entire battery and a unique arrangement of the dental tissues in hadrosaurids led us to compare their teeth with the ever-growing incisors of mammals. The similarity in the distributions of tissues along the incisor, coupled with continuous eruption, make for helpful comparisons to hadrosaurid teeth...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150525/distinct-rna-unwinding-mechanisms-of-dead-box-and-deah-box-rna-helicase-proteins-in-remodeling-structured-rnas-and-rnps
#10
REVIEW
Benjamin Gilman, Pilar Tijerina, Rick Russell
Structured RNAs and RNA-protein complexes (RNPs) fold through complex pathways that are replete with misfolded traps, and many RNAs and RNPs undergo extensive conformational changes during their functional cycles. These folding steps and conformational transitions are frequently promoted by RNA chaperone proteins, notably by superfamily 2 (SF2) RNA helicase proteins. The two largest families of SF2 helicases, DEAD-box and DEAH-box proteins, share evolutionarily conserved helicase cores, but unwind RNA helices through distinct mechanisms...
November 17, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150492/predictors-of-mortality-in-patients-with-severe-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-undergoing-surgical-mitral-valve-intervention
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Kenya Kusunose, Nancy A Obuchowski, Marc Gillinov, Zoran B Popovic, Scott D Flamm, Brian P Griffin, Deborah H Kwon
BACKGROUND: Ischemic mitral regurgitation is associated with substantial risk of death. Although surgical mitral valve intervention (MVi) may improve symptoms, it has not been shown to improve survival. The aim of this study was to identify predictors of mortality in patients with ischemic mitral regurgitation and MVi. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated 117 consecutive patients (age, 65±10 years) with advanced ischemic cardiomyopathy who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance and subsequent MVi between January 1, 2002 and January 1, 2012...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150298/spontaneous-osteoclastogenesis-hypothesis-for-gender-unrelated-osteoporosis-screening-and-diagnosis
#12
F Salamanna, R Giardino, M Fini
Women are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis (OP). However, in the past few years it has become more widely recognized that OP is a significant problem also in men although OP is frequently under-diagnosed and, consequently, under treated in men. Most guidelines, screening and fracture risk evaluation methods as well as pharmacologic agents have been developed for women and then adapted to men. Bone Mineral Density (BMD) measurement by Dual X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is reported as T score and the capability of DEXA to diagnose OP and predict fracture risk is still debated...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150274/neuroprotective-potential-of-high-dose-biotin
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Mark F McCarty, James J DiNicolantonio
A recent controlled trial has established that high-dose biotin supplementation - 100 mg, three times daily - has a stabilizing effect on progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Although this effect has been attributed to an optimization of biotin's essential cofactor role in the brain, a case can be made that direct stimulation of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) by pharmacological concentrations of biotin plays a key role in this regard. The utility of high-dose biotin in MS might reflect an anti-inflammatory effect of cGMP on the cerebral microvasculature, as well on oligodendrocyte differentiation and on Schwann cell production of neurotrophic factors thought to have potential for managing MS...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149986/effects-of-cyclosporine-tacrolimus-and-rapamycin-on-osteoblasts
#14
M Martín-Fernández, M Rubert, M Montero, C de la Piedra
PURPOSE: One factor that can contribute to severe bone loss after transplantation is the direct action of immunosuppressants on bone cells. The aim of this work was to study the effects of cyclosporine (CsA), tacrolimus (FK-506), and rapamycin (RAPA) on the release of three local factors directly implicated in bone-remodeling regulation and apoptosis of human osteoblasts: interleukin (IL)-6, osteoprotegerin, and receptor activator of nuclear factor κβ (RANKL). BASIC PROCEDURES: Human osteoblasts were obtained from five different patients who underwent orthopedic surgery...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149777/investigating-the-association-of-adam33-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-snps-with-susceptibility-to-allergic-asthma-in-azerbaijan-population-of-iran-a-case-control-study
#15
Ilghar Zeinaly, Mahnaz Sadeghi-Shabestrai, Zohreh Babaloo, Alireza Razavi, Mohammad Sajay-Asbaghi, Saeed Sadigh-Eteghad, Tohid Kazemi
Asthma, affecting a growing number of populations, is a clinical condition with complex cellular and genetic factors. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in gene coding for molecules, which play major roles in the immunopathogenesis of asthma have been considered recently as genetic predisposing factors this disease. Possible association between two SNPs in a disintegrin and metalloprotease 33 (ADAM33), which participates in airway remodeling, and susceptibility to asthma was studied in this study. 190 patients with asthma and 180 healthy controls were enrolled in this case-control study...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149678/housing-conditions-and-birth-outcomes-the-national-child-development-study
#16
Emily W Harville, Felicia A Rabito
BACKGROUND: Despite their importance to respiratory and other health outcomes, housing conditions have been little-studied with respect to perinatal outcomes. METHODS: 1927 participants in the British National Child Development Study reported on housing conditions and pregnancy outcomes, including presence/severity of mold/dampness; type of heating; and whether remodeling of various sorts had been conducted. Crowding, based on the number of people in the residence and the number of rooms, was also considered...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149408/function-of-translationally-controlled-tumor-protein-in-organ-growth-lessons-from-drosophila-studies
#17
Kwang-Wook Choi, Sung-Tae Hong, Thao Phuong Le
Regulation of cell growth and proliferation is crucial for development and function of organs in all animals. Genetic defects in growth control can lead to developmental disorders and cancers. Translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is a family of evolutionarily conserved proteins implicated in cancer. Recent studies have revealed multiple roles of TCTP in diverse cellular events, but TCTP functions in vivo are poorly understood in vertebrate systems. We have used Drosophila melanogaster, the fruit fly, as a model organism for genetic dissection of Tctp function...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149261/glut10-maintains-the-integrity-of-major-arteries-through-regulation-of-redox-homeostasis-and-mitochondrial-function
#18
Yu-Wei Syu, Hao-Wen Lai, Chung-Lin Jiang, Hong-Yuan Tsai, Chung-Chih Lin, Yi-Ching Lee
Glucose transporter 10 (GLUT10) is a member of the GLUT family of membrane transporters, and mutations in this gene cause arterial tortuosity syndrome (ATS). However, the physiological role and regulation of GLUT10 in arteries remains unclear. To further understand its physiological roles in major arteries, we examined the regulatory mechanisms of GLUT10 in ASMCs and aortic tissues. Interestingly, we find that targeting of GLUT10 to mitochondria is increased in ASMCs under both stress and aging conditions, which enhances dehydroascorbic acid (DHA) uptake and maintains intracellular ascorbic acid (AA) levels...
November 15, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149203/alc1-chd1l-a-chromatin-remodeling-enzyme-is-required-for-efficient-base-excision-repair
#19
Masataka Tsuda, Kosai Cho, Masato Ooka, Naoto Shimizu, Reiko Watanabe, Akira Yasui, Yuka Nakazawa, Tomoo Ogi, Hiroshi Harada, Keli Agama, Jun Nakamura, Ryuta Asada, Haruna Fujiike, Tetsushi Sakuma, Takashi Yamamoto, Junko Murai, Masahiro Hiraoka, Kaoru Koike, Yves Pommier, Shunichi Takeda, Kouji Hirota
ALC1/CHD1L is a member of the SNF2 superfamily of ATPases carrying a macrodomain that binds poly(ADP-ribose). Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) 1 and 2 synthesize poly(ADP-ribose) at DNA-strand cleavage sites, promoting base excision repair (BER). Although depletion of ALC1 causes increased sensitivity to various DNA-damaging agents (H2O2, UV, and phleomycin), the role played by ALC1 in BER has not yet been established. To explore this role, as well as the role of ALC1's ATPase activity in BER, we disrupted the ALC1 gene and inserted the ATPase-dead (E165Q) mutation into the ALC1 gene in chicken DT40 cells, which do not express PARP2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148847/emerging-therapeutic-targets-in-myeloproliferative-neoplasms-and-peripheral-t-cell-leukemia-and-lymphomas
#20
Anna Orlova, Bettina Wingelhofer, Heidi A Neubauer, Barbara Maurer, Angelika Berger-Becvar, György Miklós Keserű, Patrick T Gunning, Peter Valent, Richard Moriggl
Hematopoietic neoplasms are often driven by gain-of-function mutations of the JAK-STAT pathway together with mutations of chromatin remodeling and DNA damage control pathways. The interconnection between the JAK-STAT pathway, epigenetic regulation or DNA damage control is still poorly understood in cancer cell biology. Areas covered: Here, we focus on a broader description of mutational insights into myeloproliferative neoplasms and peripheral T-cell leukemia and lymphomas, since sequencing efforts have identified similar combinations of driver mutations in these diseases covering different lineages...
November 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
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