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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231637/preen-oil-and-bird-fitness-a-critical-review-of-the-evidence
#1
Gregorio Moreno-Rueda
The uropygial gland is a holocrine complex exclusive to birds that produces an oleaginous secretion (preen oil) whose function is still debated. Herein, I examine critically the evidence for the many hypotheses of potential functions of this gland. The main conclusion is that our understanding of this gland is still in its infancy. Even for functions that are considered valid by most researchers, real evidence is scarce. Although it seems clear that preen oil contributes to plumage maintenance, we do not know whether this is due to a role in reducing mechanical abrasion or in reducing feather degradation by keratinophilic organisms...
February 23, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231589/ultrasound-elastography-in-diffuse-and-focal-parotid-gland-lesions
#2
Naglaa Mansour, Benedikt Hofauer, Andreas Knopf
In Europe, ultrasound (US) is the diagnostic gold standard for the visualisation of parotid gland disorders. While high-resolution B-mode US reliably visualises focal lesions, its diagnostic capacity to distinguish tumour entities or to characterise diffuse lesions remains poor. Strain elastography (SE) and shear wave elastography (SWE) are novel imaging techniques that provide additional information about tissue elasticity. SE analyses the strain or displacement in response to force or compression and, therefore, shows the relative tissue elasticity within a selected region of interest (ROI)...
February 24, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231569/biomarkers-in-autoimmune-salivary-gland-disorders-a-review
#3
Benedikt Hofauer, Klaus Thuermel, Constanze Gahleitner, Andreas Knopf
Salivary glands are frequent sites of manifestations of autoimmune disorders in the head and neck. Sjögren syndrome, sarcoidosis, granulomatosis with polyangiitis, and IgG4-related sialadenitis represent the most important autoimmune salivary gland disorders. Due to the lack of specific symptoms, diagnosis of these conditions remains a challenge. Diagnosis is usually based on classification criteria involving clinical tests, histopathological evaluation, and serological examinations. Depending on the disease, biomarkers are of different value and have to be interpreted carefully...
February 24, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231373/auricular-complications-in-parotid-temporal-bone-infratemporal-fossa-and-lateral-skull-base-surgery
#4
Patrick S Carpenter, Ryan C Burgette, John P Leonetti, Sam J Marzo
Neoplasms located in the parotid region, temporal bone, infratemporal fossa, and lateral skull base represent a challenge due to their difficult anatomic location and surrounding neurovascular structures. A variety of surgical approaches are appropriate to access this area, although several of them can place the auricular blood supply in danger. If the auricular blood supply is compromised, ischemia and, eventually, avascular necrosis of the auricle can occur. Auricular necrosis often can cause patients a delay in adjuvant radiation therapy and result in the need for additional reconstructive procedures...
February 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231367/fiddler-s-neck-a-review
#5
Calvin W Myint, Amy L Rutt, Robert T Sataloff
Fiddler's neck is a common dermatologic condition associated with instrument use in violin and viola players. It typically manifests as a submandibular and/or supraclavicular lesion. It is a benign condition, but it may be mistaken for lymphedema or a salivary gland malignancy. Otolaryngologists who treat patients with fiddler's neck should be aware of appropriate management protocols and the need to avoid surgical excision. We obtained informed consent from 3 violinists to present their cases as specific examples of fiddler's neck...
February 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230926/association-between-high-expression-of-phosphorylated-akt-and-mammalian-target-of-rapamycin-and-improved-survival-in-salivary-gland-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma
#6
Dai-Qiao Ouyang, Li-Zhong Liang, Zun-Fu Ke, Guang-Sen Zheng, De-Sheng Weng, Wei-Fa Yang, Yu-Xiong Su, Gui-Qing Liao
BACKGROUND: Previous genomic studies revealed phosphotidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway mutation in human salivary gland adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC). No validation of its prognostic value has been reported. METHODS: P-Akt, pan-Akt, phosphorylated-mammalian target of rapamycin (p-mTOR), PI3K, and insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor beta (IGF-1Rβ) were detected on 120 salivary gland ACC/adjacent salivary gland pairs immunohistochemically and were correlated with clinicopathological data...
February 23, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230807/effect-of-reduction-of-redox-modifications-of-cys-residues-in-the-na-k-atpase-%C3%AE-1-subunit-on-its-activity
#7
Elena A Dergousova, Irina Yu Petrushanko, Elizaveta A Klimanova, Vladimir A Mitkevich, Rustam H Ziganshin, Olga D Lopina, Alexander A Makarov
Sodium-potassium adenosine triphosphatase (Na,K-ATPase) creates a gradient of sodium and potassium ions necessary for the viability of animal cells, and it is extremely sensitive to intracellular redox status. Earlier we found that regulatory glutathionylation determines Na,K-ATPase redox sensitivity but the role of basal glutathionylation and other redox modifications of cysteine residues is not clear. The purpose of this study was to detect oxidized, nitrosylated, or glutathionylated cysteine residues in Na,K-ATPase, evaluate the possibility of removing these modifications and assess their influence on the enzyme activity...
February 21, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229966/extra-oviductal-expression-of-oviductal-glycoprotein-1-in-mouse-detection-in-testis-epididymis-and-ovary
#8
Saniya Laheri, Deepak Modi, Purvi Bhatt
Oviductal glycoprotein 1 (OVGP1), also called oviductin, is an oviduct-specific protein and is suggested to play a role in fertilization. Traditionally, Ovgp1 has been shown to be exclusively expressed by the oviduct; however, recent studies have demonstrated its expression in some cancers. This observation led us to hypothesize that Ovgp1 might have some extra-oviductal expression. In the current study, we evaluated the mRNA and protein expression of Ovgp1 in normal reproductive tissues of male and female mice...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229929/intramammary-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3-treatment-increases-expression-of-host-defense-genes-in-mammary-immune-cells-of-lactating-dairy-cattle
#9
Kathryn E Merriman, Michael B Poindexter, Mercedes F Kweh, Jose E P Santos, Corwin D Nelson
Bacterial infection of the mammary gland activates an intracrine vitamin D pathway in macrophages of dairy cows. The active hormone of the vitamin D pathway, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D), stimulates nitric oxide and β-defensin responses in bovine monocyte cultures, but the effect of 1,25D on innate immune genes in the mammary gland remained unknown. Therefore, the objective of this study was to determine the effects intramammary 1,25D treatment on expression of vitamin D associated host-defenses of the bovine mammary gland...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229914/quercetin-exerts-preventive-ameliorative-and-prophylactic-effects-on-cadmium-chloride-induced-oxidative-stress-in-the-uterus-and-ovaries-of-female-wistar-rats
#10
Victor Udo Nna, Umar Zayyanu Usman, Emmanuel Oleba Ofutet, Daniel Udofia Owu
This study examined the possible protective effect of quercetin(QE) on cadmium chloride (CdCl2) - induced reproductive toxicity in female rats. Cadmium accumulated in the uterus and ovaries of rats, decreased antioxidants [superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and glutathione (GSH)], and raised the concentrations of malondialdehyde (MDA) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in the uterus and ovaries of rats. Serum concentrations of estradiol, progesterone, follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone decreased significantly after CdCl2 administration...
February 13, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229842/-thyroid-metastasis-as-the-initial-presentation-of-an-asymptomatic-clear-cell-renal-carcinoma
#11
Janine Carmelino, Ana Paula Tavares, Ana Crespo, José Mário Coutinho, António Lázaro, Vasco Ribeiro, Eduardo Barroso
INTRODUCTION: Clear cell renal carcinoma metastases to the thyroid gland are rare and only diagnosable after an immunohistochemistry analysis of the histological sample. The purpose of this article is to report a case of thyroid metastasis as the initial presentation of a clear cell renal carcinoma. CASE REPORT: Male patient with a solid nodule in the left lobe of the thyroid, 5.3 cm in diameter, suspicious of malignancy, for which a total thyroidectomy with central compartment lymphadenectomy was performed...
November 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229827/anti-la-positive-anti-ro-negative-subset-of-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-anti-la-is-a-reality-but-is-the-disease
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Debashish Danda, Rohan Sharma, Dat Truong, Kristi A Koelsch, Biji T Kurien, Harini Bagavant, Umesh Deshmukh, C Erick Kaufman, David M Lewis, Donald U Stone, Lida Radfar, Astrid Rasmussen, Kathy L Sivils, Robert H Scofield
OBJECTIVES: To characterise the serological and clinical findings in primary Sjögren's syndrome in which anti-La was found without anti-Ro. We hypothesised that a significant portion of these are falsely negative for anti-Ro60. METHODS: Twenty-nine sera from primary Sjögren's syndrome patients were tested for antibodies directed against La and Ro. Anti-La was detected using bovine La treated with or without DNAase and RNAase to identify potential false positivity...
February 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229359/thyroid-volume-and-serum-calcitonin-changes-during-pregnancy
#13
G Vannucchi, D Covelli, B Vigo, M Perrino, L Mondina, L Fugazzola
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy has a profound impact on thyroid homeostasis which results in change of thyroid function and thyroid volume (TV). Moreover, calcitonin (CT), and its gene-related peptide have been demonstrated to play an important role in the implantation process. PURPOSE: To evaluate changes in TV and serum CT levels during pregnancy. METHODS: One hundred and fifty-five pregnant women were consecutively enrolled at the first trimester of gestation and underwent clinical, biochemical and sonographic assessment at enrollment, at the second and third trimesters and at 6 months after delivery...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229187/-precursors-of-gastric-cancer-dysplasia-and-adenoma
#14
C Langner
Gastric cancer develops from preneoplastic and early neoplastic precursor lesions. In particular, the intestinal type according to the Lauren classification is driven by chronic inflammation and progresses via a chronic gastritis - atrophy/metaplasia - dysplasia - carcinoma sequence. Staging of the extent of atrophy (OLGA) or intestinal metaplasia (OLGIM) enables risk stratification and determines follow-up investigations according to the management of precancerous conditions and lesions in the stomach (MAPS) international guidelines...
February 22, 2017: Der Pathologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228909/igg4-related-disease-in-an-adolescent-with-radiologic-pathologic-correlation
#15
Renato Cesar Ferreira da Silva, Scott M Lieberman, Henry T Hoffman, Bruno Policeni, Amani Bashir, Richard J H Smith, T Shawn Sato
Immunoglobulin G4-related disease (IgG4RD) is an immune-mediated condition characterized by lymphoplasmacytic infiltrates and fibrosis of affected organs. IgG4RD may affect many different organs either individually or together in a multiorgan condition and, thus, incorporates a wide range of fibroinflammatory phenotypes with shared pathologic features. Although IgG4RD most commonly occurs in late adulthood, it may affect children and adolescents. Only one case of IgG4RD presenting as isolated submandibular gland involvement has been reported in the pediatric population...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228747/from-bioinactive-acth-to-acth-antagonist-the-clinical-perspective
#16
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Chiraz Ghaddhab, Jean-Marc Vuissoz, Johnny Deladoëy
The adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is a pituitary hormone derived from a larger peptide, the proopiomelanocortin (POMC), as are the MSHs (α-MSH, β-MSH, and γ-MSH) and the β-LPH-related polypeptides (Figure 1A). ACTH drives adrenal steroidogenesis and growth of the adrenal gland. ACTH is a 39 amino acid polypeptide that binds and activates its cognate receptor [melanocortin receptor 2 (MC2R)] through the two regions H6F7R8W9 and K15K16R17R18P19. Most POMC-derived polypeptides contain the H6F7R8W9 sequence that is conserved through evolution...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228685/a-new-species-of-erythrostemon-leguminosae-caesalpinioideae-from-the-western-r%C3%A3-o-balsas-depression-mexico
#17
Solange Sotuyo, José Luis Contreras-Jiménez, Gwilym P Lewis
A new legume species from a seasonally dry forest of the Western Río Balsas Depression, in the states of Guerrero and Michoacán, Mexico, Erythrostemon guevarafeferii, is herein described and illustrated. The new species shows morphological affinities with Erythrostemon hintonii, from which it is distinguished in having fewer leaflets per pinna, mature leaflets disposed toward the upper half of the pinnae rachises, long inflorescences on curved slender peduncles, abundant red glands on its flowers and inflorescences, and its fruit glabrous with red stipitate glands at maturity...
2017: PhytoKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228508/breast-milk-iodine-concentration-is-a-more-accurate-biomarker-of-iodine-status-than-urinary-iodine-concentration-in-exclusively-breastfeeding-women
#18
Susanne Dold, Michael B Zimmermann, Abdelmounaim Aboussad, Mohamed Cherkaoui, Qingzhen Jia, Tomislav Jukic, Zvonko Kusic, Antonio Quirino, Zhongna Sang, Teofilo Ol San Luis, Elena Vandea, Maria Andersson
Background: Iodine status in populations is usually assessed by the median urinary iodine concentration (UIC). However, iodine is also excreted in breast milk during lactation; thus, breast milk iodine concentration (BMIC) may be a promising biomarker of iodine nutrition in lactating women. Whether the mammary gland can vary fractional uptake of circulating iodine in response to changes in dietary intake is unclear.Objective: We evaluated UIC and BMIC as biomarkers for iodine status in lactating women with a wide range of iodine intakes...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228419/seasonal-expressions-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-receptor-and-luteinizing-hormone-receptor-in-the-scented-gland-of-male-muskrat-ondatra-zibethicus
#19
Haolin Zhang, Fengwei Zhang, Manyu Zhu, Junjie Wang, Xia Sheng, Zhengrong Yuan, Yingying Han, Gen Watanabe, Kazuyoshi Taya, Qiang Weng
Accumulating evidence has shown that follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) may influence the functions of non-gonadal tissues, in addition to their classic target gonads. Our previous studies revealed that the scented glands of male muskrats expressed prolactin receptor, steroidogenic enzymes and inhibin/activin subunits. To further seek the evidence of the activities of pituitary gonadotropins in scented glands, we investigated the seasonal expression patterns of FSH receptor (FSHR) and LH/choriogonadotropin receptor (LHCGR)...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228352/biochemical-changes-of-salivary-gland-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma-cells-induced-by-sgi-1776
#20
Xiuxiu Hou, Yunfang Yu, Jianguo Feng, Jiafeng Wang, Chuanming Zheng, Zhiqiang Ling, Minghua Ge, Xin Zhu
Provirus integration site for Moloney murine leukemia virus 1 (Pim-1) has proved to be an oncogene and it is known that to depress Pim-1 activity may be a novel oncological treatment strategy. SGI-1776, a small molecule, is the first clinically tested inhibitor of the Pim kinase family. Here, we aimed to explore the effect of SGI-1776 on salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma (SACC). Expression of Pim-1 was confirmed in SACC and control tissues by qRT-PCR. After SGI-1776 treatment, the Pim-1 expressions and Pim-1 kinase activity in both SACC-83 and SACC-LM cell lines were measured...
February 19, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
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