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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913432/von-economo-neurons-and-fork-cells-a-neurochemical-signature-linked-to-monoaminergic-function
#1
Anke A Dijkstra, Li-Chun Lin, Alissa L Nana, Stephanie E Gaus, William W Seeley
The human anterior cingulate and frontoinsular cortices are distinguished by 2 unique Layer 5 neuronal morphotypes, the von Economo neurons (VENs) and fork cells, whose biological identity remains mysterious. Insights could impact research on diverse neuropsychiatric diseases to which these cells have been linked. Here, we leveraged the Allen Brain Atlas to evaluate mRNA expression of 176 neurotransmitter-related genes and identified vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2), gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptor subunit θ (GABRQ), and adrenoreceptor α-1A (ADRA1A) expression in human VENs, fork cells, and a minority of neighboring Layer 5 neurons...
December 1, 2016: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909570/need-for-accessible-infertility-care-in-ghana-the-patients-voice
#2
Nana Yaw Osei
According to the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) infertility and childlessness are the most important reason for divorce in Ghana. The traditional Ghanaian society is pro-natal and voluntary childlessness is very uncommon. Patient groups are almost non-existent in Sub-Saharan Africa, aggravating the situation of childless couples. Due to the lack of enough and affordable high quality infertility services, many women resort to traditional healing, witchcraft and spiritual mediation. Considering the severe sociocultural and economic consequences of childlessness, especially for women, there is an urgent need for accessible and affordable high quality infertility care in Ghana...
June 27, 2016: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908660/targeting-of-multiple-senescence-promoting-genes-and-signaling-pathways-by-triptonide-induces-complete-senescence-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells
#3
Yanyan Pan, Mei Meng, Nana Zheng, Zhifei Cao, Ping Yang, Xiaodong Xi, Quansheng Zhou
Leukemia cells aberrantly overexpress senescence-suppression telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) and down-regulate key senescence-promoting genes to escape complete senescence, resulting in immortalization and malignant progression. Accordingly, induction of complete senescence is a sensible strategy for anti-leukemia therapy. However, effective senescence-based anti-leukemia drugs with low toxicity are currently lacking. In this study, we found that triptonide (chemical name diterpene triepoxide), a small molecule derived from the herb Tripterygium wilfordii Hook, strongly induced complete senescence in cultured acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cell lines, and potently inhibited growth and colony formation of U937 and HL-60 AML cell line with IC50 values of 7...
November 28, 2016: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907155/outer-balloon-ligation-increases-success-rate-of-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-model-in-mice
#4
Fengwang Hu, Nana Zhai, Wen Gao, Pei Wu, Yuanyuan Luo, Defeng Pan, Yang Liu, Dongye Li
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease is a growing public health problem and a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Experimental animal models provide valuable tools for studying myocardial ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury in vivo. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to describe a new method (outer balloon ligation) to induce myocardial I/R injury in mice. METHODS: Ninety-nine male C57BL/6J mice were randomly divided into three groups: sham group, classic method group (I/R-C) and the new method group (I/R-N)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907135/the-histone-deacetylase-gene-rpd3-is-required-for-starvation-stress-resistance
#5
Ei Nakajima, Kouhei Shimaji, Takanari Umegawachi, Saki Tomida, Hideki Yoshida, Nana Yoshimoto, Shingo Izawa, Hiroshi Kimura, Masamitsu Yamaguchi
Epigenetic regulation in starvation is important but not fully understood yet. Here we identified the Rpd3 gene, a Drosophila homolog of histone deacetylase 1, as a critical epigenetic regulator for acquiring starvation stress resistance. Immunostaining analyses of Drosophila fat body revealed that the subcellular localization and levels of Rpd3 dynamically changed responding to starvation stress. In response to starvation stress, the level of Rpd3 rapidly increased, and it accumulated in the nucleolus in what appeared to be foci...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905282/distribution-of-parasites-detected-in-stool-samples-of-patients-admitted-to-our-parasitology-laboratory-during-a-three-year-period-between-2012-and-2014
#6
Mehmet Burak Selek, Bayhan Bektöre, Ergenekon Karagöz, Orhan Baylan, Mustafa Özyurt
OBJECTIVE: Parasitic diseases are among the major public health issues worldwide. A number of tests are available for diagnosis, but the sentivity and specifity of these tests are assumed to be insufficient. Nevertheless, the most common diagnostic method is microscopic examination. In this study, we aimed to introduce the distribution of parasites detected in stool samples of patients admitted to our laboratory on the basis of parameters such as, age, and gender during a 3-year period between 2012 and 2014...
September 2016: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904813/glycyrrhetinic-acid-might-increase-the-nephrotoxicity-of-bakuchiol-by-inhibiting-cytochrome-p450-isoenzymes
#7
Aifang Li, Nana Ma, Zijing Zhao, Mei Yuan, Hua Li, Qi Wang
BACKGROUND: Licorice, a popular traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is widely used to moderate the effects (detoxification) of other herbs in TCM and often combined with Fructus Psoraleae. However, the classical TCM book states that Fructus Psoraleae is incompatible with licorice; the mechanism underlying this incompatibility has not been identified. Glycyrrhetinic acid (GA), the active metabolite of licorice, may increase the toxicity of bakuchiol (BAK), the main chemical ingredient in Psoralea corylifolia, by inhibiting its detoxification enzymes CYP450s...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903290/assessing-the-burden-of-intestinal-parasites-affecting-newly-arrived-immigrants-in-qatar
#8
Marawan A Abu-Madi, Jerzy M Behnke, Ahmed Ismail, Sonia Boughattas
BACKGROUND: In the last decades, the enormous influx of immigrants to industrialized countries has led to outbreaks of parasitic diseases, with enteric infections being amongst the most frequently encountered. In its strategy to control such infection, Qatar has established the Pre-Employment Certificate (PEC) program which requires medical inspection before arrival in Qatar and which is mandatory for immigrant workers travelling to the country. To assess the reliability of the PEC, we conducted a survey of intestinal parasites, based on examination of stool samples provided by immigrant workers (n = 2,486) recently arrived in Qatar...
December 1, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901493/has-aidi-injection-the-attenuation-and-synergistic-efficacy-to-gemcitabine-and-cisplatin-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-meta-analysis-of-36-randomized-controlled-trials
#9
Zheng Xiao, Chengqiong Wang, Ling Chen, Xuemei Tang, Lianhong Li, Nana Li, Jing Li, Qihai Gong, Fushan Tang, Jihong Feng, Xiaofei Li
Gemcitabine and cisplatin is the first line chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer with high toxicity. Aidi injection is a cantharidin and astragalu-based Chinese herbs injection in China. Has Aidi injection attenuation and synergistic efficacy to GP in NSCLC? There is lack of strong evidence to prove it. To further reveal it, we systematically evaluated all related studies. We collected all studies about Aidi injection plus GP for NSCLC in Medline, Embase, Web of Science, CNKI, VIP, Wanfang Database, CBM, CCRCT, Chi-CTR, and US-clinical trials (established to June 2015)...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899620/mrprimerv-a-database-of-pcr-primers-for-rna-virus-detection
#10
Hyerin Kim, NaNa Kang, KyuHyeon An, Doyun Kim, JaeHyung Koo, Min-Soo Kim
Many infectious diseases are caused by viral infections, and in particular by RNA viruses such as MERS, Ebola and Zika. To understand viral disease, detection and identification of these viruses are essential. Although PCR is widely used for rapid virus identification due to its low cost and high sensitivity and specificity, very few online database resources have compiled PCR primers for RNA viruses. To effectively detect viruses, the MRPrimerV database (http://MRPrimerV.com) contains 152 380 247 PCR primer pairs for detection of 1818 viruses, covering 7144 coding sequences (CDSs), representing 100% of the RNA viruses in the most up-to-date NCBI RefSeq database...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898390/novel-concentrated-insulin-delivery-devices-developments-for-safe-and-simple-dose-conversions
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REVIEW
Jeremy L Johnson, Jessica M Downes, Cassandra K Obi, Nana B Asante
To aid the burden of large dosing volumes, concentrated insulin products have been available in some form since the 1950s, albeit requiring significant and cumbersome detail in prescribing, converting doses from other products, and educating patients on how to administer. In 2015 and 2016, new concentrated products have been introduced that are available exclusively in pen devices that perform the conversion automatically, and thus, help to bypass the necessity for confusing calculations or administration. Providers and patients accustomed to traditional methods must recognize the differences and utility of these products to avoid dosing errors, as there are major differences in dosing procedures as well as their role in clinical practice...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896590/improvement-in-thermal-stability-of-sucralose-by-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-metal-organic-frameworks
#12
Nana Lv, Tao Guo, Botao Liu, Caifen Wang, Vikaramjeet Singh, Xiaonan Xu, Xue Li, Dawei Chen, Ruxandra Gref, Jiwen Zhang
PURPOSE: To explain thermal stability enhancement of an organic compound, sucralose, with cyclodextrin based metal organic frameworks. METHODS: Micron and nanometer sized basic CD-MOFs were successfully synthesized by a modified vapor diffusion method and further neutralized with glacial acetic acid. Sucralose was loaded into CD-MOFs by incubating CD-MOFs with sucralose ethanol solutions. Thermal stabilities of sucralose-loaded basic CD-MOFs and neutralized CD-MOFs were investigated using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and high performance liquid chromatography with evaporative light-scattering detection (HPLC-ELSD)...
November 28, 2016: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895975/anti-helicobacter-pylori-effect-of-cag-nana-a-new-sialic-acid-derivative
#13
Yun-Hee Rhee, Hyun-Jeong Ku, Hye-Ji Noh, Hyang-Hyun Cho, Hee-Kyong Kim, Jin-Chul Ahn
AIM: To investigate the bactericidal effects of calcium chelated N-acetylneuraminic acid-glycomacropeptide (CaG-NANA) against Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). METHODS: For manufacture of CaG-NANA, calcium (Ca) was combined with glycomacropeptide (GMP) by chelating, and N-acetylneuraminic acid (NANA) was produced with Ca-GMP substrate by an enzymatic method. The final concentration of each component was 5% Ca, 7% NANA, 85% GMP, and 3% water. For in vitro study, various concentrations of CaG-NANA were investigated under the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC)...
November 15, 2016: World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895089/oxidized-high-density-lipoprotein-induces-macrophage-apoptosis-via-toll-like-receptor-4-dependent-chop-pathway
#14
Shutong Yao, Hua Tian, Li Zhao, Jinguo Li, Libo Yang, Feng Yue, Yanyan Li, Peng Jiao, Nana Yang, Yiwei Wang, Xiangjian Zhang, Shucun Qin
Oxidized high-density lipoprotein (ox-HDL), unlike native HDL that exerts antiatherogenic effects, plays a proatherogenic role. However, the underlying mechanisms are not completely understood. This study was designed to explore the inductive effect of ox-HDL on endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP)-mediated macrophage apoptosis and its upstream mechanisms. Our results showed that ox-HDL could be ingested by macrophages, causing intracellular lipid accumulation. Like tunicamycin (an ER stress inducer), ox-HDL induced macrophage apoptosis with concomitant activation of ER stress pathway, including nuclear translocation of activating transcription factor 6, phosphorylation of protein kinase-like ER kinase and eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2α, and upregulation of glucose regulated protein 78 and CHOP, which were inhibited by 4-phenylbutyric acid (PBA, an ER stress inhibitor) and CHOP gene silencing...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892770/myocardial-infarction-with-non-obstructive-coronary-arteries-minoca-a-whole-new-ball-game
#15
Nana Poku, Stephane Noble
MINOCA is a clinical syndrome that encompasses a subgroup of heterogeneous patients who present with myocardial infarction yet do not have any significant coronary artery obstruction on angiogram. As many as one in ten patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) will not have an occluded coronary artery, and the reported prevalence keeps rising, in part due to better recognition of this syndrome. Current guidelines offer several diagnostic algorithms but MINOCA remains largely under-recognised and little is known about whether patients might benefit from a more specific treatment modality...
November 28, 2016: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891586/celastrol-attenuates-cadmium-induced-neuronal-apoptosis-via-inhibiting-ca-2-camkii-dependent-akt-mtor-pathway
#16
Ruijie Zhang, Yu Zhu, Xiaoqing Dong, Beibei Liu, Nana Zhang, Xiaoxue Wang, Lei Liu, Chong Xu, Shile Huang, Long Chen
Cadmium (Cd), an environmental and industrial pollutant, affects the nervous system and consequential neurodegenerative disorders. Recently we have shown that celastrol prevents Cd-induced neuronal cell death partially by suppressing Akt/mTOR pathway. However, the underlying mechanism remains to be elucidated. Here we show that celastrol attenuated Cd-elevated intracellular free calcium ([Ca(2+) ]i ) level and apoptosis in neuronal cells. Celastrol prevented Cd-induced neuronal apoptosis by inhibiting Akt-mediated mTOR pathway, as inhibition of Akt with Akt inhibitor X or ectopic expression of dominant negative Akt reinforced celastrol's prevention of Cd-induced phosphorylation of S6K1/4E-BP1 and cell apoptosis...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890717/ecdysone-receptor-ecr-and-ultraspiracle-usp-genes-from-the-cyclopoid-copepod-paracyclopina-nana-identification-and-expression-in-response-to-water-accommodated-fractions-wafs
#17
Jayesh Puthumana, Min-Chul Lee, Jeonghoon Han, Hui-Su Kim, Dae-Sik Hwang, Jae-Seong Lee
Ecdysteroid hormones are pivotal in the development, growth, and molting of arthropods, and the hormone pathway is triggered by binding ecdysteroid to a heterodimer of the two nuclear receptors; ecdysone receptors (EcR) and ultraspiracle (USP). We have characterized EcR and USP genes, and their 5'-untranslated region (5'-UTR) from the copepod Paracyclopina nana, and studied mRNA transcription levels in post-embryonic stages and in response to water accommodated fractions (WAFs) of crude oil. The open reading frames (ORF) of EcR and USP were 1470 and 1287bp that encoded 490 and 429 amino acids with molecular weight of 121...
November 24, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890630/arteriovenous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-end-stage-left-sided-heart-failure-patients-has-detrimental-effect-on-patients-with-impaired-right-ventricular-function
#18
Evangelos Repasos, Elisabeth Kaldara, Christos Pantsios, Chris Kapelios, Emmeleia Nana, Spiridon Vernadakis, Christina Melexopoulou, Konstantinos Malliaras, John Boletis, John N Nanas
INTRODUCTION: Chronic intermittent renal replacement therapy(RRT) is an alternate method of decongestion for patients presenting with diuretic-resistant, end-stage heart failure(HF) and cardiorenal syndrome. The optimal method of vascular access has not been confirmed. This study compared the 6-month outcomes of patients with end-stage HF after the creation of arteriovenous communications (AVC) versus other means of RRT. METHODS: We treated 40 patients with chronic, intermittent, ambulatory RRT, of whom 15 (37...
November 23, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888306/a-simple-analytical-method-of-determining%C3%A2-1-hydroxypyrene-glucuronide-in-human-urine-by-isotope-dilution-with-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#19
Mingxin Li, Qian Wang, Jing Zhu, Nana Li, Xiaoli Zou
The glucuronide conjugate of 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OHP-G) is a sensitive and reliable index biomarker for assessing low exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). A simple method for determining 1-OHP-G in human urine with ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) was established and applied to evaluate the exposure level of PAHs of pregnant women in a large sample size. After the urine sample was extracted with ethyl acetate, 0.2 mL of the aqueous phase was diluted to 1...
November 25, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887842/simple-n-n-dimethyl-phenylsulfonamides-show-potent-anticonvulsant-effect-in-two-standard-epilepsy-models
#20
Tomoyuki Tanaka, Nana Yajima, Tomoko Kiyoshi, Yoshiki Miura, Seiji Iwama
Optimization of the previously reported benzothiazine analogue A led to the identification of compound 1, which showed anti-convulsant activity in two golden standard animal models of seizure, the MES and scPTZ models. Structure-activity relationship investigation of compound 1 revealed compounds 2, 6 and 19 as attractive anti-epileptic drug (AED) candidates with potent anticonvulsant effect in both the MES and scPTZ models. As these compounds are structurally different from existing AEDs, determination of their mechanism of actions could provide clues to understanding current therapy-resistant seizures...
November 15, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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