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Andrew Kaufman, Ezen Choo, Anna Koh, Robin Dando
Despite evidence that the ability to taste is weakened by obesity and can be rescued with weight loss intervention, few studies have investigated the molecular effects of obesity on the taste system. Taste bud cells undergo continual turnover even in adulthood, exhibiting an average life span of only a few weeks, tightly controlled by a balance of proliferation and cell death. Recent data reveal that an acute inflammation event can alter this balance. We demonstrate that chronic low-grade inflammation brought on by obesity reduces the number of taste buds in gustatory tissues of mice-and is likely the cause of taste dysfunction seen in obese populations-by upsetting this balance of renewal and cell death...
March 2018: PLoS Biology
Dawei Cai, Zongjian Liu, Guangqi Kong
BACKGROUND Circular RNAs (circRNAs) have emerged as important regulators in carcinogenesis and metastasis. However, the knowledge of circRNAs in bladder cancer remains limited. This study aimed to investigate the role and mechanism of circRNAs in the development and progression of bladder cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS Three pairs of bladder carcinomas (including high- and low-grade tumors) and adjacent normal tissues were collected from patients. The total RNAs were extracted from these samples and subjected to Clariom D microarray assays to detect the differentially expressed circRNAs and mRNAs...
March 20, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Tanuj Sharma, Mohammad Imran Siddiqi
Unique intrinsic properties of peptides like low toxicity, high biological activity and specificity make them attractive therapeutic agents. PDZ binding peptide inhibitors have been demonstrated for curing of Alzheimer, Parkinson, Dementia and other central nervous system ailments. In this article, we report the successful use of an integrated computational protocol to analyze the structural basis of how peptides bind to the shallow groove of the third PDZ domain (PDZ3) from the Post Synaptic Density (PSD-95) protein...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Kim Ngan Tran, Jong-Il Choi
PURPOSE: To study gene expression modulation in response to continuous whole-body exposure to low-dose-rate gamma radiation and improve our understanding of the mechanism of this impact at the molecular basis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: cDNA microarray method with complete pooling of samples was used to study expression changes in the transcriptome profile of livers from rats treated with prolonged low-dose-rate ionizing radiation relative to that of sham-irradiated rats...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Radiation Biology
Guangye Zhang, Jingbo Zhao, Philip C Y Chow, Kui Jiang, Jianquan Zhang, Zonglong Zhu, Jie Zhang, Fei Huang, He Yan
The bulk-heterojunction blend of an electron donor and an electron acceptor material is the key component in a solution-processed organic photovoltaic device. In the past decades, a p-type conjugated polymer and an n-type fullerene derivative have been the most commonly used electron donor and electron acceptor, respectively. While most advances of the device performance come from the design of new polymer donors, fullerene derivatives have almost been exclusively used as electron acceptors in organic photovoltaics...
March 20, 2018: Chemical Reviews
Filippo Savazzi, Francesca Risplendi, Giuseppe Mallia, Nicholas M Harrison, Giancarlo Cicero
Graphene oxide (GO) is a versatile 2D material, whose properties can be tuned by changing the type and concentration of oxygen containing functional groups attached to its surface. However, a detailed knowledge of the dependence of the chemo/physical features of this material on its chemical composition is largely unknown. In this paper, we combine classical molecular dynamics and density functional theory simulations to predict the structural and electronic properties of GO at low degree of oxidation and suggest a revision of the Lerf-Klinowski model...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Shih-Fan Lai, Yu-Hsuan Chen, Tony Hsiang-Kuang Liang, Che-Yu Hsu, Huang-Chun Lien, Yen-Sen Lu, Chiun-Sheng Huang, Sung-Hsin Kuo
INTRODUCTION: Whole brain (WB) re-irradiation for breast cancer patients with progressive brain metastasis after first-course WB radiotherapy (WBRT) is controversial. In this study, we sought to investigate the association between the molecular sub-classifications and breast-specific Graded Prognostic Assessment (GPA, which includes the Karnofsky performance status, molecular subtypes, and age as its indices) and the outcomes of breast cancer patients who received WB re-irradiation. METHODS: Twenty-three breast cancer patients who received WB re-irradiation for relapsed and progressive intracranial lesions after first-course WBRT between 2004 and 2016 were retrospectively reviewed...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Junjie Yan, Yue Lu, Guojun Chen, Min Yang, Zhen Gu
To date, liquid metals have been widely applied in many fields such as electronics, mechanical engineering and energy. In the last decade, with a better understanding of the physicochemical properties such as low viscosity, good fluidity, high thermal/electrical conductivity and good biocompatibility, gallium and gallium-based low-melting-point (near or below physiological temperature) alloys have attracted considerable attention in bio-related applications. This tutorial review introduces the common performances of liquid metals, highlights their featured properties, as well as summarizes various state-of-the-art bio-applications involving carriers for drug delivery, molecular imaging, cancer therapy and biomedical devices...
March 20, 2018: Chemical Society Reviews
Yu Ke, Caikun Liu, Yanting Wang, Meng Xiao, Jiachen Fan, Pengcheng Fu, Shuhao Wang, Gang Wu
Cell-loaded carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) microspheres were generated via a flow focusing microfluidic device, with a final aim to obtain viable ATDC5 aggregates with sustained proliferation capacity. We synthesized various CMC with phenolic groups (CMC-Ph) and demonstrated that high CMC-Ph molecular weight, high CMC-Ph concentration (>0.8 g/ml) or long culturing period had obvious inhibition effect on ATDC5 proliferation, but low horseradish peroxidase concentration (HRP, <0.4 mg/ml) did not. CMC-Ph gels being obtained through HRP/H2 O2 reaction showed an enhancing strength and decreasing break stain as the molecular weight of CMC-Ph increased, along with a decreasing gelation time...
March 20, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Irena Urbanovska, Magdalena Houdova Megova, Zachary Dwight, Ondrej Kalita, Magdalena Uvirova, Jarmila Simova, Lucie Tuckova, Petr Buzrla, Tomas Palecek, Marian Hajduch, Jana Dvorackova, Jiri Drabek
Mutations in IDH1/2 genes are a marker of good prognosis for glioma patients, associated with low grade gliomas and secondary glioblastomas. Immunohistochemistry and Sanger sequencing are current standards for IDH1/2 genotyping while many other methods exist. The aim of this study was to validate Competitive amplification of differentially melting amplicons (CADMA) PCR for IDH genotyping by comparison with SNaPshot assay and two immunohistochemical methods. In our study, 87 glioma patients (46 from Olomouc and 41 from Ostrava) were analyzed...
March 19, 2018: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
Chunyao Zhou, Yongheng Wang, Xing Liu, Yuchao Liang, Ziwen Fan, Tao Jiang, Yinyan Wang, Lei Wang
BACKGROUND: The newly proposed putamen classification system shows good prognostic value in patients with insular LGGs, yet no study towards the molecular profiles of putamen involved LGGs has been proposed. METHODS: Clinical information and imaging data of patients diagnosed with insular low-grade gliomas were collected retrospectively. Genetic information of the 34 tumors was assessed using RNA-sequencing. Gene set enrichment analysis was further performed to identify the genes showing differential expression between putamen-involved tumors and putamen non-involved tumors...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Erika M Manczak, Bryn Dougherty, Edith Chen
Depressive symptoms in parents and in youths have been found to relate to disease comorbidity processes in children, including greater disease-related impairment and poorer clinical outcomes. The current study sought to assess whether coming from a family characterized by more depressive symptoms on average would potentiate the effects of changes in youths' own negative mood on the expression of two receptor genes relevant to asthma that are the primary targets of asthma medication, such that the combination of low child negative mood in the context of greater parental depressive symptoms would relate to the lowest levels of gene expression...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Y Dessaux, D Faure
Agrobacterium populations live in different habitats (bare soil, rhizosphere, host plants), and hence face different environmental constraints. They have evolved the capacity to exploit diverse resources and to escape plant defense and competition from other microbiota. By modifying the genome of their host, Agrobacterium populations exhibit the remarkable ability to construct and exploit the ecological niche of the plant tumors that they incite. This niche is characterized by the accumulation of specific, low molecular weight compounds termed opines that play a critical role in Agrobacterium 's lifestyle...
March 20, 2018: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Dong-Wook Kim, Susanne Saussele, Loretta A Williams, Hesham Mohamed, Yuanxin Rong, Teresa Zyczynski, Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, Elisabetta Abruzzese
Chronic, low-grade adverse events are common in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia who are treated with imatinib. These events may decrease patient quality of life and adherence, and may ultimately contribute to a suboptimal response. Alternative, second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors, such as dasatinib, are available with the potential to reduce adverse events, improve tolerability, and support long-term treatment goals. We present the final, primary analysis of DASPERSE/CA180-400 (NCT01660906), an open-label, multicenter, phase IV study designed to determine whether chronic, low-grade nonhematologic adverse events in imatinib-treated patients improve after switching to dasatinib, without affecting efficacy...
March 20, 2018: Annals of Hematology
Qingxia Yao, Karl P Fischer, D Lorne Tyrrell, Klaus S Gutfreund
Programmed death-1 (PD-1), upon engagement by its ligands, programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1) and programmed death ligand-2 (PD-L2), provides signals that attenuate adaptive immune responses. Here we describe the identification of the Pekin duck PD-L2 (duPD-L2) and its gene structure. The duPD-L2 cDNA encodes a 321 amino acid protein that has an amino acid identity of 76% and 35% with chicken and human PD-L2, respectively. Mapping of the duPD-L2 cDNA with duck genomic sequences revealed an exonic structure similar to that of the human P dcd1lg2 gene...
March 2018: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
Mirella Luciani, Tiziana Di Febo, Massimiliano Orsini, Ivanka Krasteva, Angela Cattaneo, Michele Podaliri Vulpiani, Chiara Di Pancrazio, Angela Bachi, Manuela Tittarelli
The diagnosis of dourine can be difficult because the clinical signs of this disease in horses are similar to those of surra, caused by Trypanosoma evansi . Moreover, T. equiperdum and T. evansi are closely related and, so far, they cannot be distinguished using serological tests. In a previous work, the T. equiperdum protein pattern recognized by antibodies from dourine-infected horses and the humoral immune response kinetics were investigated by immunoblotting assay; a total of 20 sera from naturally and experimentally infected horses and from healthy animals were tested...
2018: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Hongyun Zhao, Meng Wu, Leilei Zhu, Yi Tian, Mingxing Wu, Yizhen Li, Liming Deng, Wei Jiang, Wei Shen, Zhigang Wang, Zhechuan Mei, Pan Li, Haitao Ran, Zhiyi Zhou, Jianli Ren
Objective: Prepare a multifunctional ultrasound molecular probe, hyaluronic acid-mediated cell-penetrating peptide-modified 10-hydroxycamptothecin-loaded phase-transformation lipid nanoparticles (HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs), and to combine HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs with low-intensity focused ultrasound (LIFU) for precision theranostics against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods: HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs were prepared using thin-film dispersion, ultrasound emulsification, and electrostatic effects. HA/CPPs-10-HCPT-NPs were characterized for particle size, zeta potential, encapsulation efficiency and drug-loading efficiency...
2018: Theranostics
Qinqin Huang, Fu-Bing Wang, Chun-Hui Yuan, Zhaobo He, Lang Rao, Bo Cai, Bolei Chen, Susu Jiang, Zhiqiang Li, Jincao Chen, Wei Liu, Feng Guo, Zheng Ao, Shi Chen, Xing-Zhong Zhao
Background: Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are a burgeoning topic in cancer biomarker discovery research with minimal invasive blood draws. CTCs can be used as potential biomarkers for disease prognosis, early cancer diagnosis and pharmacodynamics. However, the extremely low abundance of CTCs limits their clinical utility because of technical challenges such as the isolation and subsequent detailed molecular and functional characterization of rare CTCs from patient blood samples. Methods: In this study, we present a novel density gradient centrifugation method employing biodegradable gelatin nanoparticles coated on silicon beads for the isolation, release, and downstream analysis of CTCs from colorectal and breast cancer patients...
2018: Theranostics
Wei Huang, Yangguang Ren, Hui Liu
Vasohibin (VASH)1 functions as a negative feedback modulator of angiogenesis in vascular endothelial cells. Mesenchymal VASH1 has been demonstrated to be negatively associated with tumor progression, however studies regarding VASH1 in tumor cells and its functions remain limited. The function of VASH1 in osteosarcoma remains unknown. In the present study, it was confirmed that osteosarcoma cells express decreased levels of VASH1 compared with that expressed by human osteoblast cells. 143B cells with decreased VASH1 expression revealed increased Adriamycin (ADR) resistance compared with U-2OS cells with increased VASH1 expression...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Ilaria J Chicca, Michael R Milward, Iain Leslie C Chapple, Gareth Griffiths, Rod Benson, Thomas Dietrich, Paul R Cooper
Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are DNA-based antimicrobial web-like structures whose release is predominantly mediated by reactive oxygen species (ROS); their purpose is to combat infections. However, unbalanced NET production and clearance is involved in tissue injury, circulation of auto-antibodies and development of several chronic diseases. Currently, there is lack of agreement regarding the high-throughput methods available for NET investigation. This study, therefore, aimed to develop and optimize a high-content analysis (HCA) approach, which can be applied for the assay of NET production and for the screening of compounds involved in the modulation of NET release...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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