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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351041/mechanisms-of-retinal-fluid-accumulation-and-blood-retinal-barrier-breakdown
#1
José Cunha-Vaz
Macular edema is the swelling of the central portion of the human retina and it is associated with increased retinal thickness. It can be simply defined as an excess of fluid within the retinal tissue. It must be realized that the normal retina possesses a functional extracellular space. With regard to the extracellular volume of the retina, there have been few physiologic studies, but there are reported values of 24.8% for the cerebrum and 23.6% for the cerebellum. It is accepted that the retinal extracellular space is similar to the brain...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350814/compensatory-changes-in-cyp-expression-in-three-different-toxicology-mouse-models-car-null-cyp3a-null-and-cyp2b9-10-13-null-mice
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Ramiya Kumar, Linda C Mota, Elizabeth J Litoff, John P Rooney, W Tyler Boswell, Elliott Courter, Charles M Henderson, Juan P Hernandez, J Christopher Corton, David D Moore, William S Baldwin
Targeted mutant models are common in mechanistic toxicology experiments investigating the absorption, metabolism, distribution, or elimination (ADME) of chemicals from individuals. Key models include those for xenosensing transcription factors and cytochrome P450s (CYP). Here we investigated changes in transcript levels, protein expression, and steroid hydroxylation of several xenobiotic detoxifying CYPs in constitutive androstane receptor (CAR)-null and two CYP-null mouse models that have subfamily members regulated by CAR; the Cyp3a-null and a newly described Cyp2b9/10/13-null mouse model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350806/pharmacokinetics-of-a-single-1g-dose-of-azithromycin-in-rectal-tissue-in-men
#3
Fabian Y S Kong, Thusitha W Rupasinghe, Julie A Simpson, Lenka A Vodstrcil, Christopher K Fairley, Malcolm J McConville, Jane S Hocking
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection among men who have sex with men. Repeat infection following treatment with 1g azithromycin is common and treatment failure of up to 22% has been reported. This study measured the pharmacokinetics of azithromycin in rectal tissue in men following a single 1g dose to assess whether azithromycin reaches the rectal site in adequate concentrations to kill chlamydia. Ten healthy men took a single oral dose of 1g azithromycin and provided nine self-collected swabs and one blood sample over 14 days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350795/fine-mapping-of-the-human-leukocyte-antigen-locus-as-a-risk-factor-for-alzheimer-disease-a-case-control-study
#4
Natasha Z R Steele, Jessie S Carr, Luke W Bonham, Ethan G Geier, Vincent Damotte, Zachary A Miller, Rahul S Desikan, Kevin L Boehme, Shubhabrata Mukherjee, Paul K Crane, John S K Kauwe, Joel H Kramer, Bruce L Miller, Giovanni Coppola, Jill A Hollenbach, Yadong Huang, Jennifer S Yokoyama
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer disease (AD) is a progressive disorder that affects cognitive function. There is increasing support for the role of neuroinflammation and aberrant immune regulation in the pathophysiology of AD. The immunoregulatory human leukocyte antigen (HLA) complex has been linked to susceptibility for a number of neurodegenerative diseases, including AD; however, studies to date have failed to consistently identify a risk HLA haplotype for AD. Contributing to this difficulty are the complex genetic organization of the HLA region, differences in sequencing and allelic imputation methods, and diversity across ethnic populations...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350527/seasonal-and-annual-variation-in-trematode-infection-of-stream-snails-elimia-proxima-in-the-southern-appalachian-mountains-of-virginia
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Sally Zemmer, Jennie Wyderko, Jeronimo Da Silva Neto, Ivonne Cedillos, Letitia Clay, E F Benfield, Lisa K Belden
Understanding temporal variation of host-pathogen dynamics can be important for predicting disease risks and anticipating how disease systems may change in response to natural or human disturbances. Seasonal changes in weather, especially those associated with changes in temperature or precipitation, are often a key component of temporal changes in infection risk and can have important impacts on disease systems. However, these patterns can be difficult to track due to interannual variation and the need for longer-term, multi-year surveillance efforts...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350442/engineered-polymer-transferrin-conjugates-as-self-assembling-targeted-drug-delivery-systems
#6
Hiteshri Makwana, Francesca Mastrotto, Johannes Pall Magnusson, Darrell Sleep, Joanna Hay, Karl J Nicholls, Stephanie Allen, Cameron Alexander
Polymer-protein conjugates can be engineered to self-assemble into discrete and well-defined drug delivery systems which combine the advantages of receptor targeting and controlled drug release. We designed specific conjugates of the iron-binding and transport protein, transferrin (Tf), to combine the advantages of this serum-stable protein as a targeting agent for cancer cells with self-assembling polymers to act as carriers of cytotoxic drugs. Tf variants were expressed with cysteine residues at sites spanning different regions of the protein surface and the polymer conjugates grown from these variants were compared with polymer conjugates grown from non-selectively derivatised sites on native Tf...
March 28, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346936/differential-establishment-of-bifidobacteria-in-the-breastfed-infant-gut
#7
Zachery T Lewis, David A Mills
The composition of an infant's gut microbiome can impact their immediate and long-term health. Bifdobacteria play a major role in structuring the gut microbiome of breastfed infants due to their ability to consume oligosaccharides found in human milk. However, recent studies have revealed that bifidobacteria are often absent in the gut microbiome of breastfed infants in some locations. This lack of colonization may be due either to differences in the environmental conditions in the gastrointestinal tract of uncolonized infants which prohibit the growth of bifidobacteria or a dearth of sources from which infants may acquire these specialized bacterial species...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346922/epigenetics-in-gastrointestinal-health-and-disease-spotlight-on-dna-methylation-in-the-intestinal-epithelium
#8
Matthias Zilbauer, Judith Kraiczy
Epigenetics can be defined as stable, potentially heritable changes in cellular phenotype caused by mechanisms other than alterations in the underlying DNA sequence. DNA methylation is amongst the most intensely studied epigenetic mechanisms and has been shown to play a major role in regulating fundamental aspects of cell biology including cellular differentiation, organ development, and cell type-specific gene expression. Importantly, it is becoming increasingly clear that epigenetic mechanisms operate at the interface between the genetic code and our environment and are able to mediate environmental changes into stable phenotypic alterations...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346920/microbial-composition-of-the-initial-colonization-of-newborns
#9
Samuli Rautava
Early-life interaction with indigenous intestinal microbes is a prerequisite for healthy immune and metabolic maturation. Human infants acquire their gut microbiota predominantly from the mother. A considerable inoculum of microbes is received by the neonate during vaginal delivery. Recent observations suggest that human gut colonization may be initiated prenatally by microbes in amniotic fluid, but the significance of this phenomenon remains unknown. After birth, neonatal gut colonization is guided by human milk factors, which selectively promote the growth of specific microbes, as well as by live microbes present in human milk...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346919/the-pregnancy-microbiome
#10
Hadar Neuman, Omry Koren
In recent years, microbiome research has revealed multiple essential roles of the microorganisms residing within the human body in host metabolism, immunity, and overall health. Numerous physiological and pathological states, including obesity and the metabolic syndrome, have been correlated with microbial changes, termed dysbiosis. Our microbiomes change in response to our environment, diet, weight, hormones, and other factors. It is, therefore, not surprising that there are also significant changes in the microbiome during pregnancy when dramatic weight gain and metabolic and immunological changes occur...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346909/bioaugmentaton-in-technosols-created-in-abandoned-pyritic-tailings-can-contribute-to-enhance-soil-c-sequestration-and-plant-colonization
#11
Raúl Zornoza, Melisa Gómez-Garrido, Silvia Martínez-Martínez, María Dolores Gómez-López, Ángel Faz
Creation of Technosols in combination with phytostabilization may be a sustainable strategy to minimize the environmental and human health hazards derived from mine tailings. Bioaugmentation can facilitate plant establishment and growth for efficient phytostabilization. In order to assess if bioaugmentation can increase soil quality and fertility, decrease metal(loid) mobility and accelerate plant colonization, a one-year field experiment was designed with creation of Technosols in two tailings ponds with different pH (acidic (AT) and neutral (NT)), with addition of marble waste (MaW) and two organic materials (pig manure (PM) and sewage sludge (SS), without or with inoculation of effective microorganisms (EM) at three rates...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346866/prevalence-and-potential-risk-factors-for-bartonella-infection-in-tunisian-stray-dogs
#12
Jaber Belkhiria, Bruno B Chomel, Taoufik Ben Hamida, Rickie W Kasten, Matthew J Stuckey, Drew A Fleischman, Mary M Christopher, Henri-Jean Boulouis, Thomas B Farver
Bartonellae are blood-borne and vector-transmitted pathogens, some are zoonotic, which have been reported in several Mediterranean countries. Transmission from dogs to humans is suspected, but has not been clearly demonstrated. Our objectives were to determine the seroprevalence of Bartonella henselae, Bartonella vinsonii subsp. berkhoffii, Bartonella clarridgeiae, and Bartonella bovis (as a proxy for Candidatus Bartonella merieuxii) in stray dogs from Tunisia, identify the Bartonella species infecting the dogs and evaluate potential risk factors for canine infection...
March 27, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346859/circulating-zbed3-levels-in-subjects-with-and-without-metabolic-syndrome
#13
Wenjing Hu, Bo Tian, Xiaoqiang Li, Ling Li, Lin Zhang, Hua Liu, Gangyi Yang, Yongsheng Liu, Xiaoyun Fan
BACKGROUND: Zinc-finger BED domain-containing 3 (Zbed3) is a member of the zinc-finger domain protein superfamily. Recent studies have shown that Zbed3 is associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus. However, no report has demonstrated the association of Zbed3 with metabolic syndrome (MetS) in humans. The purpose of this study is to examine the association between Zbed3 and MetS in a cross-sectional study. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of a Chinese population, including 167 non-MetS subjects and 144 newly diagnosed MetS (nMetS) patients...
March 27, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346798/priming-adipose-stem-cells-with-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-preconditioning-potentiates-their-exosome-efficacy-for-bone-regeneration
#14
ZuFu Lu, YongJuan Chen, Colin Dunstan, Seyediman Roohani-Esfahani, Hala Zreiqat
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been widely used for tissue repair and regeneration. However, the inherent drawbacks, including limited cell survival after cell transplantation, have hindered direct MSC transplantation for tissue repair and regeneration. The aim of this study was to investigate if exosomes isolated from MSCs can promote the proliferation and differentiation of human primary osteoblastic cells (HOBs) and be potentially used for bone tissue regeneration. We showed that adipose tissue-derived MSC (ASC)-derived exosomes (ASC-EXO) were able to promote the proliferation and osteogenic differentiation in HOBs; and the trophic effects of ASC-EXO on HOBs were further harnessed when ASCs were preconditioned with tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) for 3 days, which mimics the acute inflammatory phase upon bone injury...
March 23, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346796/harnessing-external-cues-development-and-evaluation-of-an-in-vitro-culture-system-for-osteochondral-tissue-engineering
#15
Deborah L Dorcemus, Eve O George, Caroline N Dealy, Syam P Nukavarapu
Over the last decade, engineered structures have been developed for osteochondral (OC) tissue regeneration. While the optimal structure design is yet to be determined, these scaffolds require in vitro evaluation before clinical use. However, the means by which complex scaffolds, such as OC scaffolds, can be tested are limited. Taking advantage of a mesenchymal stem cell's (MSC's) ability to respond to its surrounding we harness external cues, such as the cell's mechanical environment and delivered factors, to create an in vitro culture system for OC tissue engineering with a single cell source on a gradient yet integrated scaffold system...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346794/comparative-study-of-xenobiotic-free-media-for-the-cultivation-of-human-limbal-epithelial-stem-progenitor-cells
#16
Sheyla González, Luxia Chen, Sophie X Deng
The culture of human limbal epithelial stem/progenitor cells (LSCs) in the presence of animal components poses the risk of cross-species contamination in clinical applications. We quantitatively compared different xenobiotic-free culture media for the cultivation of human LSCs. LSCs were cultured from 2 × 2 mm limbal tissue explants on denuded human amniotic membrane with different xenobiotic-free culture media: CnT-Prime (CnT-PR) supplemented with 0%, 1%, 5%, and 10% human serum (HS), embryonic stem cell medium (ESCM) alone or in combination with the standard supplemented hormonal epithelium medium (SHEM, control) at a 1:1 dilution ratio, and modified SHEM (mSHEM), in which cholera toxin and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) were removed, isoproterenol was added, and the epidermal growth factor concentration was reduced...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346728/nubpl-a-novel-metastasis-related-gene-promotes-colorectal-carcinoma-cell-motility-by-inducing-emt
#17
Yuhui Wang, Nan Wu, Donglin Sun, Haiming Sun, Dandan Tong, Duo Liu, Bo Pang, Su Li, Jia Wei, Jialin Dai, Yang Liu, Jing Bai, Jingshu Geng, Songbin Fu, Yan Jin
NUBPL is an assembly factor for human mitochondrial complex I, which is the biggest member of mitochondrial respiratory chain. However, the relationship between NUBPL and carcinoma progression remains unknown. In this study, NUBPL was characterized for its role in colorectal cancer (CRC) and the underlying molecular mechanisms. Data (n=197) from Oncomine database revealed that mRNA levels of NUBPL were remarkably overexpressed in CRC tissues compared with normal tissues. In addition, immunohistochemical analysis of 75 pairs of CRC and nontumorous tissues demonstrated that expression level of NUBPL was significantly higher in CRC tissues, and its expression level was positively associated with lymph node metastasis (P=0...
March 27, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346614/crosstalk-between-transforming-growth-factor-beta-2-and-toll-like-receptor-4-in-the-trabecular-meshwork
#18
Humberto Hernandez, Wanda E Medina-Ortiz, Tomi Luan, Abbot F Clark, Colleen M McDowell
Purpose: The trabecular meshwork (TM) is involved in the outflow of aqueous humor and intraocular pressure (IOP) regulation. Regulation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) by TGFβ2 signaling pathways in the TM has been extensively studied. Recent evidence has implicated toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in the regulation of ECM and fibrogenesis in liver, kidney, lung, and skin. Here, we investigated the role of TGFβ2-TLR4 signaling crosstalk in the regulation of the ECM in the TM and ocular hypertension...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346540/fragment-library-screening-identifies-hits-that-bind-to-the-non-catalytic-surface-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-dsba1
#19
Biswaranjan Mohanty, Kieran Rimmer, Róisín M McMahon, Stephen J Headey, Mansha Vazirani, Stephen R Shouldice, Mathieu Coinçon, Stephanie Tay, Craig J Morton, Jamie S Simpson, Jennifer L Martin, Martin J Scanlon
At a time when the antibiotic drug discovery pipeline has stalled, antibiotic resistance is accelerating with catastrophic implications for our ability to treat bacterial infections. Globally we face the prospect of a future when common infections can once again kill. Anti-virulence approaches that target the capacity of the bacterium to cause disease rather than the growth or survival of the bacterium itself offer a tantalizing prospect of novel antimicrobials. They may also reduce the propensity to induce resistance by removing the strong selection pressure imparted by bactericidal or bacteriostatic agents...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346537/deep-mutational-scanning-identifies-sites-in-influenza-nucleoprotein-that-affect-viral-inhibition-by-mxa
#20
Orr Ashenberg, Jai Padmakumar, Michael B Doud, Jesse D Bloom
The innate-immune restriction factor MxA inhibits influenza replication by targeting the viral nucleoprotein (NP). Human influenza virus is more resistant than avian influenza virus to inhibition by human MxA, and prior work has compared human and avian viral strains to identify amino-acid differences in NP that affect sensitivity to MxA. However, this strategy is limited to identifying sites in NP where mutations that affect MxA sensitivity have fixed during the small number of documented zoonotic transmissions of influenza to humans...
March 27, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
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