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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214689/paeoniflorin-ameliorates-cholestasis-via-regulating-hepatic-transporters-and-suppressing-inflammation-in-anit-fed-rats
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Yanling Zhao, Xuan He, Xiao Ma, Jianxia Wen, Pengyan Li, Jiabo Wang, Ruisheng Li, Yun Zhu, Shizhang Wei, Haotian Li, Xuelin Zhou, Kun Li, Honghong Liu, Xiaohe Xiao
Paeoniflorin has shown the obvious effect on cholestasis according to our previous research. However, its mechanism has not been absolutely explored yet. This study aims at evaluating the potential effect of paeoniflorin on alpha-naphthylisothiocyanate (ANIT) -induced cholestasis by inhibiting nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-κB) and simultaneously regulating hepatocyte transporters. Cholestasis was induced by administration of ANIT. The effect of paeoniflorin on serum indices such as total bilirubin (TBIL), direct bilirubin (DBIL), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), γ-glutamyltranspeptidase (γ-GT), total bile acid (TBA) and histopathology of liver were determined...
February 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214585/preparation-and-biocompatibility-of-a-chitin-nanofiber-gelatin-composite-film
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Yoko Ogawa, Kazuo Azuma, Hironori Izawa, Minoru Morimoto, Kosuke Ochi, Tomohiro Osaki, Norihiko Ito, Yoshiharu Okamoto, Hiroyuki Saimoto, Shinsuke Ifuku
The development of chitin-based materials with favorable mechanical properties and biocompatibility is an important research goal owing to the wide-ranging practical applications. In this study, a composite film was prepared using chitin nanofibers and gelatin. The CNF/gelatin composite film was highly viscous and had a fine nanofiber structure. The transmittances indicated high transparency, regardless of nanofiber content. The water content of the CNF/gelatin composite film increased linearly as the gelatin content increased...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214526/recent-advances-in-human-genetics-and-epigenetics-of-adiposity-pathway-to-precision-medicine
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Tove Fall, Michael Mendelson, Elizabeth K Speliotes
Obesity is a heritable trait that contributes to substantial global morbidity and mortality. Here, we summarize findings from the last decade of genetic and epigenetic research focused on unravelling the underpinnings of adiposity. More than 140 genetic regions are now known to influence adiposity traits. The genetics of general adiposity, as measured by body mass index, and that of abdominal obesity, as measured by waist to hip ratio, have distinct biological backgrounds. Expression of genes associated with general adiposity are enriched in the nervous system...
February 15, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214365/peripheral-blood-leukocytes-show-differential-expression-of-tumour-progression-related-genes-in-colorectal-cancer-patients-who-have-a-postoperative-intra-abdominal-infection-a-prospective-matched-cohort-study
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S Alonso, X Mayol, L Nonell, S Salvans, M Pascual, M Pera
AIM: Anastomotic leak is associated with higher rates of recurrence after surgery for colorectal cancer. However, the mechanisms responsible are unknown. We hypothesized that the infection-induced inflammatory response may induce overexpression of tumour progression-related genes in immune cells. The aim was to investigate the effect of postoperative intra-abdominal infection on the gene expression patterns of peripheral blood leukocytes (PBL) after surgery for colorectal cancer. METHODS: Prospective matched cohort study...
February 18, 2017: Colorectal Disease: the Official Journal of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214198/tumor-derived-cd4-cd25-regulatory-t-cells-inhibit-dendritic-cells-function-by-ctla-4
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Xin Chen, Yong Du, Qingqing Hu, ZhiMing Huang
PURPOSE: CD4+CD25+regulatoryT cells (Tregs) play an important role in anti-tumor immune responses. Poor prognosis and declining survival rates have intimate connection with high Treg expression in cancer patients. Cytotoxic T Lymphocyte-associated protein (CTLA-4) is one of the most prominent molecules on Treg. In our previous research, we have demonstrated that HCC-derived Tregs can interfere with Dendritic cells (DCs) function and down-modulate CD80/CD86 on DCs in vitro in a cell-contact dependent way...
December 21, 2016: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214084/il-10-and-tgf-%C3%AE-roles-in-chondroprotective-effects-of-glucosamine-in-experimental-osteoarthritis
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Nermien E Waly, Abeer Refaiy, Nora M Aborehab
OBJECTIVE: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a complex disease of the whole joint. Glucosamine (GlcN) treatment may have a chondroprotective effect on OA. We investigated the mechanism of action of glucosamine treatment through interleukin-10 (Il-10) and transforming growth factor β-1 (TGF β-1). METHODS: Thirty male albino rats were used. A single intraarticular (i.a.) injection of 2mg of Monosodium Iodoacetate (MIA) was injected into the knee joint of anesthetized rats...
February 11, 2017: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213820/daily-marijuana-use-is-associated-with-missed-clinic-appointments-among-hiv-infected-persons-engaged-in-hiv-care
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Aaron M Kipp, Peter F Rebeiro, Bryan E Shepherd, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Megan Turner, Sally Bebawy, Timothy R Sterling, Todd Hulgan
We assessed the association between marijuana use and retention in HIV care through a retrospective cohort study of patients engaged in care at a large HIV clinic in 2011 and 2012. Two different retention outcomes were assessed: not meeting the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) retention definition (≥2 provider visits ≥90 days apart in a calendar year) and no-show visits. Any marijuana use and frequency of marijuana use were obtained from a substance use screening questionnaire administered at each clinic visit...
February 17, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213571/mir-146a-b-a-family-with-shared-seeds-and-different-roots
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Mark Paterson, Alison J Kriegel
MicroRNAs are small, non-coding, RNAs known for their powerful modulation of molecular processes, making them a major focus for studying pathological mechanisms. The human miR-146 family of microRNAs consists of two member genes - MIR146A and MIR146B These two miRNAs are located on different chromosomes and exhibit differential regulation in many cases. However, they are nearly identical in sequence and share a seed sequence, thus they are predicted to target the same set of genes. A large proportion of the miR-146 literature focuses on its role in regulating the innate immune response in the context of various pathologies by modulating two widely studied target genes in the toll-like receptor signaling cascade...
February 17, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213439/tau-and-%C3%AE-amyloid-are-associated-with-medial-temporal-lobe-structure-function-and-memory-encoding-in-normal-aging
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Shawn M Marks, Samuel N Lockhart, Suzanne L Baker, William J Jagust
Normal aging is associated with decline in episodic memory, and also with aggregation of the β-amyloid (Aβ) and tau proteins and atrophy of medial temporal lobe structures crucial to memory formation. While some evidence suggests that Aβ is associated with aberrant neural activity, the relationships between these two aggregated proteins, neural function, and brain structure are poorly understood. Using in vivo human Aβ and tau imaging, we demonstrate that increased Aβ and tau are both associated with aberrant functional magnetic resonance imaging activity in the medial temporal lobes during memory encoding in cognitively normal older adults...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213053/nerol-triggers-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-disruption-via-elevation-of-ca-2-and-ros-in-candida-albicans
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Jun Tian, Zhaoqun Lu, Yanzhen Wang, Man Zhang, Xueyan Wang, Xudong Tang, Xue Peng, Hong Zeng
The antifungal activity of Nerol (NEL) against Candida albicans, a pathogenic fungus, has a minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of 4.4mM that causes noteworthy candidacidal activity through an apoptosis-like mechanism. Calcium (Ca(2+)) levels and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, which are the major causes of apoptosis, were determined in C. albicans cells treated with NEL and were found to increase, which related to mitochondrial dysfunction and disruption. A series of characteristic changes of apoptosis caused by NEL, including mitochondrial membrane depolarization, cytochrome c (cyt c) release, and metacaspase activation were examined using a flow cytometer and Western blot...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212721/an-exploration-of-the-mechanisms-of-change-following-an-integrated-group-intervention-for-stuttering-as-perceived-by-school-aged-children-who-stutter-cws
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Sarah Caughter, Sandra Dunsmuir
PURPOSE: To explore the process of change and role of resilience following an integrated group intervention for children who stutter (CWS). METHOD: Using an exploratory multiple case study design, this research sought to identify the most significant changes perceived by seven participants following therapy, the mechanisms of change, and the role of resilience in the process of change. Quantitative measurements of resilience were combined with qualitative analysis of semi-structured interviews...
March 2017: Journal of Fluency Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212413/scarless-deletion-of-up-to-seven-methyl-accepting-chemotaxis-genes-with-an-optimized-method-highlights-key-function-of-chem-in-salmonella-typhimurium
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Stefanie Hoffmann, Christiane Schmidt, Steffi Walter, Jennifer K Bender, Roman G Gerlach
Site-directed scarless mutagenesis is an essential tool of modern pathogenesis research. We describe an optimized two-step protocol for genome editing in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium to enable multiple sequential mutagenesis steps in a single strain. The system is based on the λ Red recombinase-catalyzed integration of a selectable antibiotics resistance marker followed by replacement of this cassette. Markerless mutants are selected by expressing the meganuclease I-SceI which induces double-strand breaks in bacteria still harboring the resistance locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212353/effect%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-fibre%C3%A2-supplementation%C3%A2-on%C3%A2-body%C3%A2-weight%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-composition-%C3%A2-frequency%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-eating%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-dietary%C3%A2-choice%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-overweight%C3%A2-individuals
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Vicky A Solah, Deborah A Kerr Wendy J Hunt, Stuart K Johnson, Carol J Boushey, Edward J Delp, Xingqiong Meng, Roland J Gahler, Anthony P James, Aqif S Mukhtar, Haelee K Fenton, Simon Wood
Fibre supplementation can potentially reduce energy intake and contribute to weight loss. The mechanism may be reduced frequency of eating, resulting in reduced food consumption. The objective of this research was to determine the effectiveness of fibre supplementation with PolyGlycopleX® (PGX®), on body weight and composition, frequency of eating and dietary intake in 118 overweight adults. In a three-arm, parallel, blind, randomised controlled trial participants were randomised to one of three groups; 4...
February 16, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212348/an-electromagnetic-sensor-for-the-autonomous-running-of-visually-impaired-and-blind-athletes-part-ii-the-wearable-device
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Marco Pieralisi, Valentina Di Mattia, Valerio Petrini, Alfredo De Leo, Giovanni Manfredi, Paola Russo, Lorenzo Scalise, Graziano Cerri
Currently, the availability of technology developed to increase the autonomy of visually impaired athletes during sports is limited. The research proposed in this paper (Part I and Part II) focuses on the realization of an electromagnetic system that can guide a blind runner along a race track without the need for a sighted guide. In general, the system is composed of a transmitting unit (widely described in Part I) and a receiving unit, whose components and main features are described in this paper. Special attention is paid to the definition of an electromagnetic model able to faithfully represent the physical mechanisms of interaction between the two units, as well as between the receiving magnetic sensor and the body of the user wearing the device...
February 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212315/developmental-programming-of-adult-disease-reprogramming-by-melatonin
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You-Lin Tain, Li-Tung Huang, Chien-Ning Hsu
Adult-onset chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) can originate from early life through so-called the "developmental origins of health and disease" (DOHaD) or "developmental programming". The DOHaD concept offers the "reprogramming" strategy to shift the treatment from adulthood to early life, before clinical disease is apparent. Melatonin, an endogenous indoleamine produced by the pineal gland, has pleiotropic bioactivities those are beneficial in a variety of human diseases. Emerging evidence support that melatonin is closely inter-related to other proposed mechanisms contributing to the developmental programming of a variety of chronic NCDs...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212305/epigenetic-landscape-during-coronavirus-infection
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Alexandra Schäfer, Ralph S Baric
Coronaviruses (CoV) comprise a large group of emerging human and animal pathogens, including the highly pathogenic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) strains. The molecular mechanisms regulating emerging coronavirus pathogenesis are complex and include virus-host interactions associated with entry, replication, egress and innate immune control. Epigenetics research investigates the genetic and non-genetic factors that regulate phenotypic variation, usually caused by external and environmental factors that alter host expression patterns and performance without any change in the underlying genotype...
February 15, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212270/antitumor-effects-of-laminaria-extract-fucoxanthin-on-lung-cancer
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ChengHan Mei, ShunChang Zhou, Lin Zhu, JiaXiong Ming, FanDian Zeng, Rong Xu
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer mortality worldwide and non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type. Marine plants provide rich resources for anticancer drug discovery. Fucoxanthin (FX), a Laminaria japonica extract, has attracted great research interest for its antitumor activities. Accumulating evidence suggests anti-proliferative effects of FX on many cancer cell lines including NSCLCs, but the detailed mechanisms remain unclear. In the present investigation, we confirmed molecular mechanisms and in vivo anti-lung cancer effect of FX at the first time...
February 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212150/desensitization-strategies-in-the-patient-awaiting-heart-transplantation
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David H Chang, Jon A Kobashigawa
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to discuss the impact of antibody sensitization on heart transplant recipients. RECENT FINDINGS: We will discuss the current state of antibody identification, antibody strength and potential antibody pathogenicity. The prevalence of antibody sensitization has increased with increased utilization of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). Data on MCS-related antibody sensitization are reviewed. Important considerations to minimize the prozone effect in antibody testing will be discussed...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211931/the-dynamic-conductance-response-and-mechanics-modulated-memristive-behavior-of-the-azurin-monolayer-under-cyclic-loads
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Xiaoyue Zhang, Jian Shao, Yun Chen, Weijin Chen, Jing Yu, Biao Wang, Yue Zheng
Azurin (Az) has been considered as the research hotspot in molecular electronics, as well as a promising material for building functional devices on the molecular scale because of its special electrical properties and force-dependent conductance effects. Here we carry out an in-depth investigation combined with molecular scale experiments, molecular dynamics simulations, first-principles calculations and theoretical models to reveal the dynamic conductance response of the Az monolayer under cyclic mechanical loading...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211812/recent-progress-in-alzheimer-s-disease-research-part-2-genetics-and-epidemiology
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Morgan Robinson, Brenda Y Lee, Francis T Hane
This is the second part of a three-part review series reviewing the most important advances in Alzheimer's disease (AD) research since 2010. This review covers the latest research on genetics and epidemiology. Epidemiological and genetic studies are revealing important insights into the etiology of, and factors that contribute to AD, as well as areas of priority for research into mechanisms and interventions. The widespread adoption of genome wide association studies has provided compelling evidence of the genetic complexity of AD with genes associated with such diverse physiological function as immunity and lipid metabolism being implicated in AD pathogenesis...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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