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Young Joon Choi, Si Yoon Park, Ikhyun Jun, Moonjung Choi, Kyoung Yul Seo, Eung Kweon Kim, Tae-Im Kim
PURPOSE: To evaluate perioperative dry eye (DE) syndrome and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) parameters associated with persistent DE symptoms after cataract surgery. METHODS: We enrolled patients who underwent uncomplicated cataract surgery without previous ocular comorbidities and previous use of ophthalmic treatment except for artificial tears at a single tertiary hospital. Lipid layer thickness, meibomian gland (MG) dropout, tear breakup time, Oxford staining score, lid margin abnormality, meibum quality, meibum expressibility, MG orifice obstruction, MGD stage, Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI), and Schirmer test score were prospectively assessed in order at baseline and 1 and 3 months postoperative...
March 14, 2018: Cornea
Jian Yin, Ran Li, Wenchao Liu, Yunchang Chen, Xin Zhang, Xifeng Li, Xuying He, Chuanzhi Duan
Early brain injury (EBI) following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) can lead to inflammation and neuronal dysfunction. There is a need for effective strategies to mitigate these effects and improve the outcome of patients who experience SAH. The mRNA-destabilizing protein tristetraprolin (TTP) is an anti-inflammatory factor that induces the decay of cytokine transcripts and has been implicated in diseases such as glioma. However, the mechanism of action of TTP in EBI after SAH is unclear. The present study investigated the effects of TTP regulation via phosphorylation in a rat model of SAH by protein phosphatase (PP)2A, which is a pleiotropic enzyme complex with multiple substrate phospho-proteins...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Si-Huei Lee, Tzu-Chun Hsu, Meng-Tse Gabriel Lee, Christin Chihh-Ting Chao, Wan-Chien Lee, Chi-Cheng Lai, Chien-Chang Lee
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare the sepsis incidence, mortality rates, and primary sites of infection among adult, elderly, and octogenarian patients with sepsis. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SETTING: The entire health insurance claims data of Taiwan, which enrolled 99.8% of the 23 million Taiwanese population. PATIENTS: Sepsis patients were identified by International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification codes for both infection and organ dysfunction from January 1, 2002, to December 31, 2012...
March 10, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Katarina Lalić, Milan Nedeljković, Alekasandra Jotić, Rade Babić, Nataša Rajković, Ljiljana Popović, Ljiljana Lukić, Tanja Miličić, Sandra Singh Lukač, Ljubica Stošić, Marija Maćešić, Iva Rasulić, Jelena Stanarčić Gajović, Nebojša M Lalić
AIMS: This study was aimed to compare insulin sensitivity and secretion response, lipoprotein and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) levels between the subjects with and without coronary artery endothelial dysfunction (ED). METHODS: ED was detected by intracoronary injection of acetylcholine (ACh) in 47 nondiabetes subjects without stenotic coronary arteries, selected from 316 consecutive patients with coronary angiography performed for suspected coronary artery disease...
March 8, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Jie-Qiong Liu, Guang-Yan Cai, Shuang Liang, Wen-Ling Wang, Si-Yang Wang, Fang-Lei Zhu, Sa-Sa Nie, Zhe Feng, Xiang-Mei Chen
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The incidence of acute kidney injury (AKI) with a poor prognosis in the elderly has been increasing each year. This study aimed to investigate the clinical characteristics of and risk factors for death from AKI in the elderly and help improve prognosis. STUDY DESIGN: This study was a retrospective cohort study based on data from adult patients (≥18 years old) admitted to 15 hospitals in China between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2011. The characteristics of AKI in the elderly were compared with those in younger patients...
March 7, 2018: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Minglin Pan, Ying Han, Aninda Basu, Anzhi Dai, Rui Si, Conor Willson, Angela Balistrieri, Brian T Scott, Ayako Makino
Coronary microvascular rarefaction due to endothelial cell (EC) dysfunction is one of the causes of increased morbidity and mortality in diabetes. Coronary ECs in diabetes are more apoptotic due partly to mitochondrial calcium overload. This study was designed to investigate the role of hexokinase 2 (HK2, an endogenous inhibitor of voltage-dependent anion channel) in coronary endothelial dysfunction in type 2 diabetes. We used mouse coronary ECs (MCECs) isolated from type 2 diabetic mice and human coronary ECs (HCECs) from type 2 diabetic patients to examine protein levels and mitochondrial functions...
March 7, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
Rebecca K Campbell, Kerry J Schulze, Saijuddin Shaikh, Rubhana Raqib, Lee S F Wu, Hasmot Ali, Sucheta Mehra, Keith P West, Parul Christian
Environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) and systemic inflammation (SI) are common in developing countries and may cause stunting. In Bangladesh, >40 % of preschool children are stunted, but EED and SI contributions are unknown. We aimed to determine the impact of EED and SI (assessed with multiple indicators) on growth in children (n 539) enrolled in a community-based randomised food supplementation trial in rural Bangladesh. EED was defined with faecal myeloperoxidase, α-1 antitrypsin and neopterin and serum endotoxin core antibody and glucagon-like peptide-2, consolidated into gut inflammation (GI) and permeability (GP) scores, and urinary lactulose:mannitol α-1 acid glycoprotein (AGP) characterised SI...
February 2018: British Journal of Nutrition
Qing-Mei Kong, Hong Qiao, Chao-Zhong Liu, Ping Zhang, Ke Li, Li Wang, Ji-Tao Li, Yun'Ai Su, Ke-Qing Li, Chao-Gan Yan, Philip B Mitchell, Tian-Mei Si
OBJECTIVE: Growing evidence has implicated dysfunction of the thalamus and its projection cortical targets in depression. However, the anatomical specificity of thalamo-cortical connectivity in major depressive disorder (MDD) remains unknown due to the regional heterogeneity of the thalamus and limited methods to examine this. METHODS: Resting-state fMRI was collected on 70 MDD patients and 70 healthy controls. The thalamus was parcellated based on connectivity with six predefined cortical regions of interest (ROIs)...
February 28, 2018: CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics
Marco Aurélio N Added, Diego G de Freitas, Karina T Kasawara, Robroy L Martin, Thiago Y Fukuda
Study design: Case series. Background and purpose: The literature has emphasized the use of exercise as an intervention for individuals with lumbopelvic pain. However, there is limited information to guide clinicians in exercise selection for those with sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. Altered function of the gluteus maximus has been found in those with SI joint dysfunction. The objective of this case series was to assess the effectiveness of an exercise program directed at increasing gluteus maximus strength in those with clinical tests positive for SI joint dysfunction...
February 2018: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
Xiaoyu Si, Chihao Shao, Jing Li, Shuting Jia, Wenru Tang, Jihong Zhang, Julun Yang, Xiaoming Wu, Ying Luo
Werner syndrome (WS) is a rare autosomal recessive progeria disease with genetic instability/cancer predisposition, thus a good model in understanding aging related carcinogenesis. Telomere dysfunction induced cellular senescence is essential in the manifestation of the WS phenotype. Our previous data has shown that p21 (encoded by Cdkn1a gene) could induce cellular senescence and suppress cellular growth of ALT (alternative lengthening of telomere) tumors derived from WS, suggested that p21 might play a key role in maintaining senescence of WS cells...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Yi Wen, Yi-Ran Liu, Tao-Tao Tang, Ming-Ming Pan, Sheng-Chun Xu, Kun-Ling Ma, Lin-Li Lv, Hong Liu, Bi-Cheng Liu
Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is a critical risk factor for acute kidney injury (AKI). Recent studies provided evidence that tubular epithelial cells (TEC)-associated inflammation aggravates kidney injury and impairs tissue repair after I/R injury. Here we demonstrated that the Nod-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome is activated by mitochondrial reactive oxygen species (mROS) during I/R injury via direct interactions between the inflammasome and thioredoxin-interacting protein (TXNIP). Firstly, we found that NLRP3 inflammasome activation was induced by I/R injury, peaking at day 3 after reperfusion...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
Xue Wang, Jiachun Gong, Zongxiang Gui, Tingting Hu, Xiaolong Xu
Halloysite (Al2 Si2 O5 (OH)4 ·nH2 O) nanotubes (HNTs) are natural clay materials and widely applied in many fields due to their natural hollow tubular structures. Many in vitro studies indicate that HNTs exhibit a high level of biocompatibility, however the in vivo toxicity of HNTs remains unclear. The objective of this study was to assess the hepatic toxicity of the purified HNTs in mice via oral route. The purified HNTs were orally administered to mice at 5, 50, and 300 mg/kg body weight (BW) every day for 30 days...
February 19, 2018: Environmental Toxicology
Byung Joo Sun, Jae-Hyeong Park, Su-Jin Yoo, Yunseon Park, Yeon Ju Kim, In Suk Lee, Jinhyun Kim, In Seol Yoo, Seung Cheol Shim, Seong Wook Kang, Jun-Hyung Kim, Jae-Hwan Lee, Si Wan Choi, Jin-Ok Jeong, In-Whan Seong
PURPOSE: Although cardiac manifestation of Behçet disease (BD) has been described in sporadic reports, its timely diagnosis remains difficult. The objective of this study was to describe early cardiac manifestations of BD. We also performed a comprehensive classification of systemic BD activity and compared their cardiac manifestations. METHODS: A prospective screening using speckle tracking echocardiography was performed in 85 patients with BD who had no history of heart disease...
February 16, 2018: Echocardiography
F P Alford, J E Henriksen, C Rantzau, H Beck-Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Although the ability of glucose to mediate its own in vivo metabolism is long documented, the quantitative measurement of whole body glucose-mediated glucose disposal at basal insulin levels, [glucose effectiveness (GE)], followed the introduction of the Minimal Model IVGTT technique. METHODS: A literature review, combined with our own studies, of the role of GE in glucose metabolism in normal and "at risk" individuals, was undertaken to determine GE's contribution to glucose homeostasis...
February 16, 2018: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
Biwei Yang, Meiyi Li, Wenqing Tang, Weixin Liu, Si Zhang, Luonan Chen, Jinglin Xia
Developing predictive biomarkers that can detect the tipping point before metastasis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), is critical to prevent further irreversible deterioration. To discover such early-warning signals or biomarkers of pulmonary metastasis in HCC, we analyse time-series gene expression data in spontaneous pulmonary metastasis mice HCCLM3-RFP model with our dynamic network biomarker (DNB) method, and identify CALML3 as a core DNB member. All experimental results of gain-of-function and loss-of-function studies show that CALML3 could indicate metastasis initiation and act as a suppressor of metastasis...
February 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Ling-Yong Xiao, Xue-Rui Wang, Jing-Wen Yang, Yang Ye, Wen Zhu, Yan Cao, Si-Ming Ma, Cun-Zhi Liu
It is widely accepted that the synaptic dysfunction and synapse loss contribute to the cognitive deficits of vascular dementia (VD) patients. We have previously reported that acupuncture improved cognitive function in rats with VD. However, the mechanisms involved in acupuncture improving cognitive ability remain to be elucidated. The present study aims to investigate the pathways and molecules involved in the neuroprotective effect of acupuncture. We assessed the effects of acupuncture on hippocampal long-term potentiation (LTP), the most prominent cellular model of memory formation...
February 13, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Si Wang, Boqiang Hu, Zhichao Ding, Yujiao Dang, Jun Wu, Di Li, Xiaoling Liu, Bailong Xiao, Weiqi Zhang, Ruotong Ren, Jinghui Lei, Huifang Hu, Chang Chen, Piu Chan, Dong Li, Jing Qu, Fuchou Tang, Guang-Hui Liu
Loss of organelle homeostasis is a hallmark of aging. However, it remains elusive how this occurs at gene expression level. Here, we report that human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) aging is associated with dysfunction of double-membrane organelles and downregulation of transcription factor ATF6. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated inactivation of ATF6 in hMSCs, not in human embryonic stem cells and human adipocytes, results in premature cellular aging, characteristic of loss of endomembrane homeostasis. Transcriptomic analyses uncover cell type-specific constitutive and stress-induced ATF6-regulated genes implicated in various layers of organelles' homeostasis regulation...
2018: Cell Discovery
Boxue Ren, Defang Li, Lingling Si, Yangfang Ding, Jichun Han, Xiaoyu Chen, Qiusheng Zheng
OBJECTIVE: Emerging evidence showed that alteronol has a potential antitumour effect in several tumour cells. However, the antitumour effect of alteronol on breast cancer has not been reported. This study investigated the mechanisms of alteronol-induced cell proliferation inhibition in human breast cancer T47D cells. METHODS: After treatment with alteronol, T47D cell proliferation was examined by MTT assay. The cell cycle distribution, cell apoptosis, reactive oxygen species level and mitochondrial membrane potential were evaluated via flow cytometry...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Wei Bai, Si-Yao Chen, Hong-Fang Jin, Jun-Bao Du
BACKGROUND: Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a form of orthostatic intolerance, and its incidence in children is approximately 6.8% [1]. The pathogenesis of POTS is complex with multiple, overlapping, interacting pathophysiological mechanisms. Although the specific pathogenic mechanism has remained perplexing, with the discovery of various gasotransmitters and biological peptides, the vascular dysfunction has aroused overwhelming attention. DATA SOURCES: On the basis of searching in a wide range of recent original literatures, we reviewed the pathogenesis of vascular dysfunction in children with POTS...
February 6, 2018: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
Axel Montagne, Angeliki M Nikolakopoulou, Zhen Zhao, Abhay P Sagare, Gabriel Si, Divna Lazic, Samuel R Barnes, Madelaine Daianu, Anita Ramanathan, Ariel Go, Erica J Lawson, Yaoming Wang, William J Mack, Paul M Thompson, Julie A Schneider, Jobin Varkey, Ralf Langen, Eric Mullins, Russell E Jacobs, Berislav V Zlokovic
Diffuse white-matter disease associated with small-vessel disease and dementia is prevalent in the elderly. The biological mechanisms, however, remain elusive. Using pericyte-deficient mice, magnetic resonance imaging, viral-based tract-tracing, and behavior and tissue analysis, we found that pericyte degeneration disrupted white-matter microcirculation, resulting in an accumulation of toxic blood-derived fibrin(ogen) deposits and blood-flow reductions, which triggered a loss of myelin, axons and oligodendrocytes...
February 5, 2018: Nature Medicine
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