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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823104/novel-polymeric-composites-based-on-carboxymethyl-chitosan-and-poly-acrylic-acid-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation
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Qurat-Ul-Ain Sharif, Muhammad Sohail, Mahmood Ahmad, Muhammad Usman Minhas, Shahzeb Khan, Samiullah Khan, Mubeen Kousar
The purpose of the study was to develop a novel, efficient, stable, chemically crosslinked polymeric system that have pH responsive behaviour and can effectively release 5-FU in a controlled manner. Furthermore it can target colonic cancer minimizing the side effects of in vivo chemotherapy via 5-FU. Swelling and drug release studies were performed to evaluate its in vitro release behaviour. Hydrogels were also characterized by FTIR, SEM and DSC. In vitro cytocompatibility and cytotoxicity of the hydrogels were determined by MTT assay using HeLa cells...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823026/oxygenated-deep-bottoms-beneath-a-thick-hypoxic-layer-lack-potential-of-benthic-colonization
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Anders Stigebrandt, Rutger Rosenberg, Marina Magnusson, Torsten Linders
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 19, 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822770/regulation-of-autoimmune-myocarditis-by-host-responses-to-the-microbiome
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Jobert G Barin, Monica V Talor, Nicola L Diny, SuFey Ong, Julie A Schaub, Elizabeth Gebremariam, Djahida Bedja, Guobao Chen, Hee Sun Choi, Xuezhou Hou, Lei Wu, Ashley B Cardamone, Daniel A Peterson, Noel R Rose, Daniela Čiháková
The extensive, diverse communities that constitute the microbiome are increasingly appreciated as important regulators of human health and disease through inflammatory, immune, and metabolic pathways. We sought to elucidate pathways by which microbiota contribute to inflammatory, autoimmune cardiac disease. We employed an animal model of experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM), which results in inflammatory and autoimmune pathophysiology and subsequent maladaptive cardiac remodeling and heart failure. Antibiotic dysbiosis protected mice from EAM and fibrotic cardiac dysfunction...
August 16, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822698/staphylococcus-aureus-from-atopic-dermatitis-skin-alters-cytokine-production-triggered-by-monocyte-derived-langerhans-cell
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Kazumasa Iwamoto, Masaya Moriwaki, Yoshie Niitsu, Masachika Saino, Shunsuke Takahagi, Junzo Hisatsune, Motoyuki Sugai, Michihiro Hide
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is one of the most common chronic inflammatory skin diseases. The skin of patients with AD presents as a disbalance of the microbiome with a strong colonization by Staphylococcus aureus, which positively correlates with the severity of the disease. However, the effect of colonized S. aureus on the skin immune system has not been fully elucidated. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to explore whether S. aureus isolated from AD skin is able to skew T cell responses via Langerhans cells (LC) as compared to a standard strain of S...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822643/genetic-background-impacts-vaccine-induced-reduction-of-pneumococcal-colonization
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Kirsten Kuipers, Saskia van Selm, Fred van Opzeeland, Jeroen D Langereis, Lilly M Verhagen, Dimitri A Diavatopoulos, Marien I de Jonge
Vaccination has been one of the most successful strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by respiratory infections. Recent evidence suggests that differences in the host genetic background and environmental factors may contribute to heterogeneity in the immune response to vaccination. During pre-clinical testing, vaccines are often evaluated in a single mouse inbred strain, which may not translate well to the heterogeneous human population. Here, we examined the influence of host genetic background on vaccine-induced protection against pneumococcal colonization in two commonly used inbred mouse strains, i...
August 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822491/role-of-dispersal-in-resistance-evolution-and-spread
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REVIEW
Nicholas J Miller, Thomas W Sappington
Gene flow via immigration affects rate of evolution of resistance to a pest management tactic, while emigration from a resistant population can spread resistance alleles spatially. Whether resistance detected across the landscape reflects ongoing de novo evolution in different hotspots or spread from a single focal population can determine the most effective mitigation strategy. Pest dispersal dynamics determine the spatio-temporal scale at which mitigation tactics must be applied to contain or reverse resistance in an area...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822392/optimal-modified-frailty-index-cutoff-in-older-gastrointestinal-cancer-patients
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Mary Garland, Fang-Chi Hsu, Perry Shen, Clancy J Clark
The newly characterized modified frailty index (mFI) is a robust predictor of postoperative outcomes for surgical patients. The present study investigates the optimal cutoff for mFI specifically in older gastrointestinal (GI) cancer patients undergoing surgery. All patients more than 60 years old who underwent surgery for a GI malignancy (esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, pancreas, liver, and bile duct) were identified in the 2005 to 2012 National Surgical Quality Improvement Program, Participant Use Data File (NSQIP PUF)...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822380/recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection-after-diverting-loop-ileostomy-and-colonic-lavage-an-unreported-complication-of-the-novel-surgical-therapy
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Anna Z Fashandi, Patty T Wang, Traci L Hedrick, Charles M Friel, R Ann Hays, Peter T Hallowell
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821976/dysbiosis-signature-of-mycobiota-in-colon-polyp-and-colorectal-cancer
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R Gao, C Kong, H Li, L Huang, X Qu, N Qin, H Qin
Microbiota refers to a colony of microorganisms, and they are found in all multicellular organisms. This colony plays a major role in both the physiology and disease of the organism it inhabits. Much attention has been paid to host-microbiota interactions, but there has been little investigation on its role in carcinogenesis. In this study, we characterized a fecal mycobiota, also known as fungal signature, for the first time with 131 subjects, comprising polyp and colorectal cancer (CRC) patients, as well as a healthy control population...
August 18, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821865/identification-of-bacterial-biofilm-and-the-staphylococcus-aureus-derived-protease-staphopain-on-the-skin-surface-of-patients-with-atopic-dermatitis
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Andreas Sonesson, Kornelia Przybyszewska, Sigrid Eriksson, Matthias Mörgelin, Sven Kjellström, Julia Davies, Jan Potempa, Artur Schmidtchen
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by an impaired epidermal barrier, dysregulation of innate and adaptive immunity, and a high susceptibility to bacterial colonization and infection. In the present study, bacterial biofilm was visualized by electron microscopy at the surface of AD skin. Correspondingly, Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) isolates from lesional skin of patients with AD, produced a substantial amount of biofilm in vitro. S. aureus biofilms showed less susceptibility to killing by the antimicrobial peptide LL-37 when compared with results obtained using planktonic cells...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821757/dated-phylogeny-and-dispersal-history-of-the-butterfly-subfamily-nymphalinae-lepidoptera-nymphalidae
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Chengyong Su, Qinghui Shi, Xiaoyan Sun, Junye Ma, Chunxiang Li, Jiasheng Hao, Qun Yang
The origin and dispersal history of the large butterfly subfamily Nymphalinae are not fully understood, due to internal phylogenetic and time calibration issues. We conducted phylogenetic and dating analyses using mitochondrial and nuclear genes of biogeographically diverse groups of the Nymphalinae in order to resolve some controversial relationships and the paleobiogeographic pattern of the subfamily. Our results support the sister relationship of Vanessa (Tribe Nymphalini) and the Nymphalis-group, and the grouping of the three old-world genera (Rhinopalpa, Kallimoides and Vanessula) within Tribe Victorinini...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821612/syndecan-2-cytoplasmic-domain-upregulates-matrix-metalloproteinase-7-expression-via-protein-kinasec%C3%AE-mediated-fak-erk-signaling-pathway-in-colon-cancer
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Bohee Jang, Hyejung Jung, Sojoong Choi, Young Hun Lee, Seung-Taek Lee, Eok-Soo Oh
The syndecan family of heparan sulfate proteoglycans contribute to cell adhesion and communication by serving as co-receptors for cell signaling and extracellular matrix molecules. Syndecan-2 is located at the cell surface, and we previously reported that it induces matrix metalloproteinase-7 (MMP-7) expression in colon cancer cells. However, the underlying regulatory mechanisms are unknown. Here, we report that over-expression of syndecan-2 in HT-29 colon cancer cells increases the phosphorylation of focal adhesion kinase (FAK) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in parallel with upregulated MMP-7 expression, but a syndecan-2 mutant lacking the cytoplasmic domain showed significant reductions in these effects...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821552/differences-in-temperature-and-water-chemistry-shape-distinct-diversity-patterns-in-thermophilic-microbial-communities
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Cecilia M Chiriac, Edina Szekeres, Knut Rudi, Andreea Baricz, Adriana Hegedus, Nicolae Dragoş, Cristian Coman
This study presents the biodiversity and ecology of microbial mats developed in thermal gradients (20-65 °C) in the surroundings of three drillings (CH, CI, MB) tapping a hyperthermal aquifer from Romania. Using a metabarcoding approach, 16S rRNA genes were sequenced from both DNA and RNA transcripts (cDNA) and compared. The relationships between the microbial diversity and the physico-chemical factors were explored. Additionally, the cDNA data was used for in silico functionality predictions, bringing new insights into the functional potential and dynamics of these communities...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821543/airway-basal-cell-heterogeneity-and-lung-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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EDITORIAL
Robert E Hynds, Sam M Janes
Basal cells are stem/progenitor cells that maintain airway homeostasis, enact repair following epithelial injury, and are a candidate cell-of-origin for lung squamous cell carcinoma. Heterogeneity of basal cells is recognized in terms of gene expression and differentiation capacity. In this Issue, Pagano and colleagues isolate a subset of immortalized basal cells that are characterized by high motility, suggesting that they might also be heterogeneous in their biophysical properties. Motility-selected cells displayed an increased ability to colonize the lung in vivo The possible implications of these findings are discussed in terms of basal cell heterogeneity, epithelial cell migration, and modeling of metastasis that occurs early in cancer evolution...
August 18, 2017: Cancer Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821421/exploring-canadian-physicians-experiences-with-diabetes-care-for-indigenous-patients
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Lynden Lindsay Crowshoe, Rita I Henderson, Michael E Green, Kristen M Jacklin, Leah M Walker, Betty Calam
OBJECTIVES: The perspectives of physicians caring for Indigenous patients with diabetes offer important insights into the provision of health-care services. The purpose of this study was to describe Canadian physicians' perspectives on diabetes care of Indigenous patients, a preliminary step in developing a continuing medical education intervention described elsewhere. METHODS: Through in-depth semistructured interviews, Canadian family physicians and specialists with sizeable proportions of Indigenous clientele shared their experiences of working with Indigenous patients who have type 2 diabetes...
August 15, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821188/panmixia-and-limited-interspecific-introgression-in-coyotes-canis-latrans-from-west-virginia-and-virginia-usa
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Justin H Bohling, Lauren L Mastro, Jennifer R Adams, Eric M Gese, Sheldon F Owen, Lisette P Waits
The expansion of coyotes (Canis latrans) into the eastern United States has had major consequences for ecological communities and wildlife managers. Despite this, there has been little investigation of the genetics of coyotes across much of this region, especially outside of the northeast. Understanding patterns of genetic structure and interspecific introgression would provide insights into the colonization history of the species, its response to the modern environment, and interactions with other canids. We examined the genetic characteristics of 121 coyotes from the mid-Atlantic states of West Virginia and Virginia by genotyping 17 polymorphic nuclear DNA microsatellite loci...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821163/metformin-maintains-mucosal-integrity-in-experimental-model-of-colitis-by-inhibiting-oxidative-stress-and-pro-inflammatory-signaling
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Abhimanu Pandey, Sneh Verma, Vijay L Kumar
Metformin, an antidiabetic drug, is well known for its multifarious properties and its ability to modulate inflammatory cascade. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an inflammatory condition of the colon where drugs exhibiting anti-inflammatory property have been shown to induce and maintain remission. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of metformin against acetic-acid induced colitis in rat. The study included five groups of rats namely normal control, experimental control, drug treated groups (50 and 500mg/kg of metformin, MET50, MET500 and 300mg/kg of mesalazine, MSZ300)...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821160/leuconostoc-mesenteroides-derived-anticancer-pharmaceuticals-hinder-inflammation-and-cell-survival-in-colon-cancer-cells-by-modulating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-akt-pten-mapk-pathways
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Sepideh Zununi Vahed, Abolfazl Barzegari, Yalda Rahbar Saadat, Ali Goreyshi, Yadollah Omidi
Promising results from different studies on the effect of probiotics in cancer prevention and therapy have so far been reported. However, the molecular mechanism of the interaction of probiotics with cancer cells is yet to be fully understood. In the present study, Leuconostoc mesenteroides was isolated from traditional dairy products, and its probiotic characteristics were determined. HT-29 cells were treated with conditioned-medium of designated bacteria and the cell apoptosis was studied at cellular and molecular level using DAPI staining, flow cytometry, DNA ladder assays, and real-time quantitative-PCR (q-PCR)...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821097/thiolated-pectin-doxorubicin-conjugates-synthesis-characterization-and-anticancer-activity-studies
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Kamonrak Cheewatanakornkool, Sathit Niratisai, Somkamol Manchun, Crispin R Dass, Pornsak Sriamornsak
In this paper, pectin was cross-linked by a coupling reaction with either thioglycolic acid or cystamine dihydrochloride to form thiolated pectins. The thiolated pectins were then coupled with doxorubicin (DOX) derivative to obtain thiolated pectin-DOX conjugates by two different methods, disulfide bond formation and disulfide bond exchange. The disulfide bond exchange method provided a simple, fast, and efficient approach for synthesis of thiolated pectin-DOX conjugates, compared to the disulfide bond formation...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821031/surface-deacetylated-chitin-nanofibers-reinforced-with-a-sulfobutyl-ether-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-gel-loaded-with-prednisolone-as-potential-therapy-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Ryo Tabuchi, Makoto Anraku, Daisuke Iohara, Takako Ishiguro, Shinsuke Ifuku, Tomone Nagae, Kaneto Uekama, Shoko Okazaki, Keizo Takeshita, Masaki Otagiri, Fumitoshi Hirayama
Surface-deacetylated chitin nanofibers (SDACNFs) reinforced with a sulfobutyl ether β-cyclodextrin (SBE-β-CD) (NFs-CDs) gel were developed to obtain a controlled release carrier of prednisolone (PD) for the treatment of colitis. PD was released slowly from the gel at both pH 1.2 and 6.8. The in vitro slow release of PD from the NFs-CDs gel was reflected in the in vivo absorption of the drug after oral administration to rats. These results suggest that a simple gel composed of a mixture of SDACNFs and SBE-β-CD has the potential for use in the controlled release of PD...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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