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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098947/conservation-vs-divergence-in-leafy-and-apetala1-functions-between-arabidopsis-thaliana-and-cardamine-hirsuta
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Marie Monniaux, Sarah M McKim, Maria Cartolano, Emmanuel Thévenon, François Parcy, Miltos Tsiantis, Angela Hay
A conserved genetic toolkit underlies the development of diverse floral forms among angiosperms. However, the degree of conservation vs divergence in the configuration of these gene regulatory networks is less clear. We addressed this question in a parallel genetic study between the closely related species Arabidopsis thaliana and Cardamine hirsuta. We identified leafy (lfy) and apetala1 (ap1) alleles in a mutant screen for floral regulators in C. hirsuta. C. hirsuta lfy mutants showed a complete homeotic conversion of flowers to leafy shoots, mimicking lfy ap1 double mutants in A...
January 18, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098909/biology-and-function-of-glypican-3-as-a-candidate-for-early-cancerous-transformation-of-hepatocytes-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-review
#2
Mauro Montalbano, Jeremias Georgiadis, Ashlyn L Masterson, Joshua T McGuire, Janika Prajapati, Ali Shirafkan, Cristiana Rastellini, Luca Cicalese
Glypican-3 (GPC-3), a transmembrane heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HSPG), has recently been investigated as a player in tissue-dependent cellular signaling, specifically as a regulator of growth. Noteworthy, the regulatory protein has been implicated in both stimulatory and inhibitory pathways involving cell growth. Initially, GPC-3 was thought to act as a cell cycle regulator, as a loss-of-function mutation in the gene caused a hyper-proliferative state known as Simpson-Golabi-Behmel (SGB) overgrowth syndrome...
January 18, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098856/anti%C3%A2-wrinkle-effect-of-fermented-black-ginseng-on-human-fibroblasts
#3
Quynh Lien Pham, Hyun-Jun Jang, Kyu-Bong Kim
Fermented black ginseng (FBG) is processed by the repeated steaming and drying of fresh ginseng followed by fermentation with Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It is known to possess anti‑oxidative effects. Skin wrinkle formation is associated with oxidative stress and inflammatory reactions. The aim of this study was to determine whether FBG possesses anti‑wrinkle activity using human fibroblasts (HS68). According to the Korea Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS) guidelines for the evaluation of the efficacy of functional anti‑wrinkle cosmetics, we attempted to elucidate the effects of FBG on type I procollagen, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)‑1, MMP‑2, MMP‑9 and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase‑2 (TIMP‑2)...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098838/role-of-udp-glucuronosyltransferase-1a1-in-the-metabolism-and-pharmacokinetics-of-silymarin-flavonolignans-in-patients-with-hcv-and-nafld
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Ying Xie, Sonia R Miranda, Janelle M Hoskins, Roy L Hawke
Silymarin is the most commonly used herbal medicine by patients with chronic liver disease. Silymarin flavonolignans undergo rapid first-pass metabolism primarily by glucuronidation. The aims of this investigation were: (1) to determine the association of UGT1A1*28 polymorphism with the area under the plasma concentration-time curves (AUCs) for silybin A (SA) and silybin B (SB); (2) to evaluate the effect of UGT1A1*28 polymorphism on the profile of flavonolignan glucuronide conjugates found in the plasma; and (3) to investigate the role of UGT1A1 enzyme kinetics on the pharmacokinetics of SA and SB...
January 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098797/nonlinear-fusion-of-multispectral-citrus-fruit-image-data-with-information-contents
#5
Peilin Li, Sang-Heon Lee, Hung-Yao Hsu, Jae-Sam Park
The main issue of vison-based automatic harvesting manipulators is the difficulty in the correct fruit identification in the images under natural lighting conditions. Mostly, the solution has been based on a linear combination of color components in the multispectral images. However, the results have not reached a satisfactory level. To overcome this issue, this paper proposes a robust nonlinear fusion method to augment the original color image with the synchronized near infrared image. The two images are fused with Daubechies wavelet transform (DWT) in a multiscale decomposition approach...
January 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098783/the-influence-of-the-toxin-antitoxin-mazef-on-growth-and-survival-of-listeria-monocytogenes-under-stress
#6
Thomas D Curtis, Ippei Takeuchi, Lone Gram, Gitte M Knudsen
A major factor in the resilience of Listeria monocytogenes is the alternative sigma factor B (σ(B)). Type II Toxin/Antitoxin (TA) systems are also known to have a role in the bacterial stress response upon activation via the ClpP or Lon proteases. Directly upstream of the σ(B) operon in L. monocytogenes is the TA system mazEF, which can cleave mRNA at UACMU sites. In this study, we showed that the mazEF TA locus does not affect the level of persister formation during treatment with antibiotics in lethal doses, but exerts different effects according to the sub-inhibitory stress added...
January 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098754/drp1-dependent-mitochondrial-fission-plays-critical-roles-in-physiological-and-pathological-progresses-in-mammals
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REVIEW
Chenxia Hu, Yong Huang, Lanjuan Li
Current research has demonstrated that mitochondrial morphology, distribution, and function are maintained by the balanced regulation of mitochondrial fission and fusion, and perturbation of the homeostasis between these processes has been related to cell or organ dysfunction and abnormal mitochondrial redistribution. Abnormal mitochondrial fusion induces the fragmentation of mitochondria from a tubular morphology into pieces; in contrast, perturbed mitochondrial fission results in the fusion of adjacent mitochondria...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098572/metastatic-organotropism-an-intrinsic-property-of-breast-cancer-molecular-subtypes
#8
Shi Wei, Gene P Siegal
It has long been known that some cancers have the propensity to metastasize to certain organs thus creating a nonrandom distribution of sites for distant relapse, a phenomenon known as "metastatic organotropism." Some of these examples include ovary primary to abdominal cavity, prostate primary to bone, and pancreas primary to liver. In contrast, other tumor types, such as mammary and renal cell carcinoma, can relapse in multiple organs although approximately half of advanced breast cancers metastasize to bone...
January 16, 2017: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098511/hemodynamic-effects-of-hpma-copolymer-based-doxorubicin-conjugate-a-randomized-controlled-and-comparative-spectral-study-in-conscious-rats
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Hoay Yan Cheah, Olivera Šarenac, Juan J Arroyo, Marko Vasić, Maja Lozić, Sofija Glumac, See Ziau Hoe, Charles Colin Thomas Hindmarch, David Murphy, Lik Voon Kiew, Hong Boon Lee, Marίa J Vicent, Lip Yong Chung, Nina Japundžić-Žigon
Conjugation of Doxorubicin (DOX) to N-(2-Hydroxypropyl) methylacrylamide copolymer (HPMA) has significantly reduced the DOX-associated cardiotoxicity. However, the reports on the impact of HPMA-DOX conjugates on the cardiovascular system such as blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) were in restrained animals using tail cuff and/or other methods that lacked the resolution and sensitivity. Herein, we employed radiotelemetric-spectral-echocardiography approach to further understand the in vivo cardiovascular hemodynamics and variability post administration of free DOX and HPMA-DOX...
January 18, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098484/romanowsky-staining-the-romanowsky-effect-and-thoughts-on-the-question-of-scientific-priority
#10
A V Bezrukov
I give an historical account and analysis of the scientific priority of the discovery of the polychrome staining of microscopic biological preparations provided by mixtures of eosin plus methylene blue and its derivatives, especially azure B. I maintain that both the formal priority for the discovery of the polychrome staining phenomenon and credit for initiating the development of a technique of polychrome staining properly belong to D. L. Romanowsky. His scientific work demonstrated the possibility of using a simple technique to stain hematological preparations selectively to give good contrast, high resolution and the ability to identify malaria parasites...
January 18, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098460/sulfate-mediated-end-to-end-assembly-of-gold-nanorods
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Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Abtahi, Nathan D Burrows, Fred A Idesis, Catherine J Murphy, Navid B Saleh, Peter J Vikesland
There is interest in the controlled aggregation of gold nanorods (GNRs) for the production of extended nanoassemblies. Prior studies have relied upon chemical modification of the GNR surface to achieve a desired final aggregate structure. Herein, we illustrate that control of electrolyte composition can facilitate end-to-end assembly of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) coated GNRs. By adjusting either the sulfate anion concentration or the exposure time it is possible to connect GNRs in chain-like assemblies...
January 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098400/role-of-contrast-enhanced-sonography-in-the-evaluation-of-axillary-lymph-nodes-in-breast-carcinoma-a-monocentric-study
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Giacomo Agliata, Gianluca Valeri, Giulio Argalia, Elisa Tarabelli, Gian Marco Giuseppetti
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of contrast-enhanced sonography for characterization of the lymph node status (metastatic or not) in patients with breast carcinomas by comparison with sentinel lymph node biopsy. METHODS: From January to August 2015, 50 female patients with a histologic diagnosis of invasive breast carcinoma were prospectively examined by ipsilateral axillary contrast-enhanced sonography. The test was performed by a single radiologist using an ultrasound system with a broadband 8-12-MHz, 38-mm high-resolution linear transducer...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098356/mechano-chemo-transduction-in-cardiac-myocytes
#13
Ye Chen-Izu, Leighton T Izu
The heart has the ability to adjust to changing mechanical loads. The Frank-Starling law and the Anrep effect describe exquisite intrinsic mechanisms the heart has for autoregulating the force of contraction to maintain cardiac output under preload and afterload. Although these mechanisms have been known for more than a century, their cellular and molecular underpinnings are still debated. How does the cardiac myocyte sense a change in preload or afterload? How does the myocyte adjust its response to compensate for such changes? In cardiac myocytes Ca(2+) is a crucial regulator of contractile force and in this review we compare and contrast recent results from different labs that address two important questions...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098323/two-dimensional-melting-of-colloids-with-long-range-attractive-interactions
#14
Di Du, Manolis Doxastakis, Elaa Hilou, Sibani Lisa Biswal
The solid-liquid melting transition in a two-dimensional (2-D) attractive colloidal system is visualized using superparamagnetic colloids that interact through a long-range isotropic attractive interaction potential, which is induced using a high-frequency rotating magnetic field. Various experiments, supported by Monte Carlo simulations, are carried out over a range of interaction potentials and densities to determine structure factors, Lindermann parameters, and translational and orientational order parameters...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098243/vanillic-acid-attenuates-a%C3%AE-1-42-induced-oxidative-stress-and-cognitive-impairment-in-mice
#15
Faiz Ul Amin, Shahid Ali Shah, Myeong Ok Kim
Increasing evidence demonstrates that β-amyloid (Aβ) elicits oxidative stress, which contributes to the pathogenesis and disease progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The aims of the present study were to determine and explore the antioxidant nature and potential mechanism of vanillic acid (VA) in Aβ1-42-induced oxidative stress and neuroinflammation mediated cognitive impairment in mice. An intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) injection of Aβ1-42 into the mouse brain triggered increased reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, neuroinflammation, synaptic deficits, memory impairment, and neurodegeneration...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098240/metal-insulator-transition-of-strained-smnio3-thin-films-structural-electrical-and-optical-properties
#16
B Torriss, J Margot, M Chaker
Samarium nickelate (SmNiO3) thin films were successfully synthesized on LaAlO3 and SrTiO3 substrates using pulsed-laser deposition. The Mott metal-insulator (MI) transition of the thin films is sensitive to epitaxial strain and strain relaxation. Once the strain changes from compressive to tensile, the transition temperature of the SmNiO3 samples shifts to slightly higher values. The optical conductivity reveals the strong dependence of the Drude spectral weight on the strain relaxation. Actually, compressive strain broadens the bandwidth...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098193/non-pathogenic-tissue-resident-cd8-t-cells-uniquely-accumulate-in-the-brains-of-lupus-prone-mice
#17
Peter A Morawski, Chen-Feng Qi, Silvia Bolland
Severe lupus often includes psychiatric and neurological sequelae, although the cellular contributors to CNS disease remain poorly defined. Using intravascular staining to discriminate tissue-localized from blood-borne cells, we find substantial accumulation of CD8(+) T cells relative to other lymphocytes in brain tissue, which correlates with lupus disease and limited neuropathology. This is in contrast to all other affected organs, where infiltrating CD4(+) cells are predominant. Brain-infiltrating CD8(+) T cells represent an activated subset of those found in the periphery, having a resident-memory phenotype (CD69(+)CD122(-)PD1(+)CD44(+)CD62L(-)) and expressing adhesion molecules (VLA-4(+)LFA-1(+)) complementary to activated brain endothelium...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098183/seasonal-and-regional-presence-of-hymenopteran-parasitoids-of-drosophila-in-switzerland-and-their-ability-to-parasitize-the-invasive-drosophila-suzukii
#18
Valery Knoll, Thomas Ellenbroek, Jörg Romeis, Jana Collatz
Since its introduction into Europe the invasive Drosophila suzukii has established and spread widely, thereby entering habitats populated by native Drosophila species and their natural enemies. The highly prolific D. suzukii will likely interact with these species as a competitor, host or prey. To investigate potential interactions of D. suzukii with parasitoids, a field survey was conducted across several fruit-growing regions in Switzerland in two consecutive years. Eight species of hymenopteran parasitoids were collected using D...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098178/lithium-accumulates-in-neurogenic-brain-regions-as-revealed-by-high-resolution-ion-imaging
#19
Giulia Zanni, Wojciech Michno, Elena Di Martino, Anna Tjärnlund-Wolf, Jean Pettersson, Charlotte Elizabeth Mason, Gustaf Hellspong, Klas Blomgren, Jörg Hanrieder
Lithium (Li) is a potent mood stabilizer and displays neuroprotective and neurogenic properties. Despite extensive investigations, the mechanisms of action have not been fully elucidated, especially in the juvenile, developing brain. Here we characterized lithium distribution in the juvenile mouse brain during 28 days of continuous treatment that result in clinically relevant serum concentrations. By using Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry- (ToF-SIMS) based imaging we were able to delineate temporospatial lithium profile throughout the brain and concurrent distribution of endogenous lipids with high chemical specificity and spatial resolution...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098170/targeting-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-via-gli1-inhibition-enhanced-the-drug-sensitivity-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells
#20
Hui Liang, Qi-Li Zheng, Peng Fang, Jian Zhang, Tuo Zhang, Wei Liu, Min Guo, Christopher L Robinson, Shui-Bing Chen, Xiao-Ping Chen, Fang-Ping Chen, Hui Zeng
Combination targeted therapy is commonly used to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients, particularly in refractory/relapse (RR) population. However, concerns have been raised regarding the safety and patient tolerance of combination chemotherapy. It is critical to choose the appropriate treatment for precision therapy. We performed genome-wide RNA profiling using RNA-Seq to compare the RR group and the complete remission (CR) group (a total of 42 adult AML patients). The Hedgehog (Hh) and PI3K/AKT pathways were upregulated in the RR population, which was further confirmed by western blot and/or qPCR...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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