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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343176/proactive-approach-at-the-limits-of-viability-improves-the-short-term-outcome-of-neonates-born-after-23-weeks-gestation
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Patrik Šimják, Jan Smíšek, Michal Koucký, Tereza Lamberská, Richard Plavka, Zdeněk Hájek
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this single-center study was to identify factors that affect the short-term outcome of newborns delivered around the limits of viability. METHODS: A group of 137 pregnant women who gave birth between 22+0/7 and 25+6/7 weeks of gestation was retrospectively studied. The center supports a proactive approach to infants around the limits of viability. Perinatal and neonatal characteristics were obtained and statistically evaluated. RESULTS: A total of 166 live-born infants were enrolled during a 6-year period; 162 (97...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342135/pacap-protects-against-ethanol-and-nicotine-toxicity-in-sh-sy5y-cells-implications-for-drinking-smoking-co-morbidity
#2
Sridharan Manavalan, Bruk Getachew, Kebreten F Manaye, Syed J Khundmiri, Antonei B Csoka, Raechel McKinley, Andrea Tamas, Dora Reglodi, Yousef Tizabi
The detrimental effects of heavy drinking and smoking are multiplied when the two are combined. Treatment modalities for each and especially for the combination are very limited. Although in low concentration, alcohol and nicotine, each may have beneficial effects including neuroprotection, their combination, instead of providing additive protection, may actually lead to toxicity in cell cultures. Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is an endogenous 38 amino-acid peptide with demonstrated protection against neuronal injury, trauma as well as various endogenous and exogenous toxic agents...
March 24, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341623/twenty-miles-per-hour-speed-limits-a-sustainable-solution-to-public-health-problems-in-wales
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Sarah J Jones, Huw Brunt
BACKGROUND: Prevention, rather than treatment, is the key to longer healthier lives. Identifying interventions that will impact positively on road traffic injuries, air quality and encourage active travel is a significant public health challenge. This paper aimed to explore whether 20 mph limits could be useful in achieving this. METHODS: Research evidence was reviewed to identify the effect of 20 mph zones and limits on health and well-being. The evidence was then used to estimate the effect of a change to a 20 mph limit on road traffic casualties and air pollution...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339648/three-dimensional-testicular-organoid-a-novel-tool-for-the-study-of-human-spermatogenesis-and-gonadotoxicity-in-vitro%C3%A2
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Samuel S Pendergraft, Hooman Sadri-Ardekani, Anthony Atala, Colin E Bishop
Existing methods for evaluating the potential gonadotoxicity of environmental agents and pharmaceutical compounds rely heavily on animal studies. The current gold standard in vivo functional assays in animals are limited in their human predictive capacity. In addition, existing human two-dimensional in vitro models of testicular toxicity do not accurately reflect the in vivo situation. A more reliable testicular in vitro model system is needed to better assess the gonadotoxic potential of drugs prior to progression into clinical trials...
February 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337147/3d-proximal-tubule-tissues-recapitulate-key-aspects-of-renal-physiology-to-enable-nephrotoxicity-testing
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Shelby M King, J William Higgins, Celina R Nino, Timothy R Smith, Elizabeth H Paffenroth, Casey E Fairbairn, Abigail Docuyanan, Vishal D Shah, Alice E Chen, Sharon C Presnell, Deborah G Nguyen
Due to its exposure to high concentrations of xenobiotics, the kidney proximal tubule is a primary site of nephrotoxicity and resulting attrition in the drug development pipeline. Current pre-clinical methods using 2D cell cultures and animal models are unable to fully recapitulate clinical drug responses due to limited in vitro functional lifespan, or species-specific differences. Using Organovo's proprietary 3D bioprinting platform, we have developed a fully cellular human in vitro model of the proximal tubule interstitial interface comprising renal fibroblasts, endothelial cells, and primary human renal proximal tubule epithelial cells to enable more accurate prediction of tissue-level clinical outcomes...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334044/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-evaluation-of-docetaxel-loaded-stearic-acid-modified-bletilla-striata-polysaccharide-copolymer-micelles
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Qingxiang Guan, Guangyuan Zhang, Dandan Sun, Yue Wang, Kun Liu, Miao Wang, Cheng Sun, Zhuo Zhang, Bingjin Li, Jiayin Lv
Bletilla striata polysaccharides (BSPs) have been used in pharmaceutical and biomedical industry, the aim of the present study was to explore a BSPs amphiphilic derivative to overcome its application limit as poorly water-soluble drug carriers due to water-soluble polymers. Stearic acid (SA) was selected as a hydrophobic block to modify B. striata polysaccharides (SA-BSPs). Docetaxel (DTX)-loaded SA-BSPs (DTX-SA-BSPs) copolymer micelles were prepared and characterized. The DTX release percentage in vitro and DTX concentration in vivo was carried out by using high performance liquid chromatography...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330142/an-overview-of-physico-chemical-mechanisms-of-biogas-production-by-microbial-communities-a-step-towards-sustainable-waste-management
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Ramansu Goswami, Pritam Chattopadhyay, Arunima Shome, Sambhu Nath Banerjee, Amit Kumar Chakraborty, Anil K Mathew, Shibani Chaudhury
Biogas is a combination of methane, CO2, nitrogen, H2S and traces of few other gases. Almost any organic waste can be biologically transformed into biogas and other energy-rich organic compounds through the process of anaerobic digestion (AD) and thus helping in sustainable waste management. Although microbes are involved in each step of AD, knowledge about those microbial consortia is limited due to the lack of phylogenetic and metabolic data of predominantly unculturable microorganisms. However, culture-independent methods like PCR-based ribotyping has been successfully employed to get information about the microbial consortia involved in AD...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323411/engineering-an-injectable-muscle-specific-microenvironment-for-improved-cell-delivery-using-a-nanofibrous-extracellular-matrix-hydrogel
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Nikhil Rao, Gillie Agmon, Matthew T Tierney, Jessica L Ungerleider, Rebecca L Braden, Alessandra Sacco, Karen L Christman
Injection of skeletal muscle progenitors has the potential to be a minimally invasive treatment for a number of diseases that negatively affect vasculature and skeletal muscle, including peripheral artery disease. However, success with this approach has been limited because of poor transplant cell survival. This is primarily attributed to cell death due to extensional flow through the needle, the harsh ischemic environment of the host tissue, a deleterious immune cell response, and a lack of biophysical cues supporting exogenous cell viability...
March 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323029/the-dopamine-d3-receptor-antagonists-pg01037-ngb2904-sb277011a-and-u99194-reverse-abcg2-transporter-mediated-drug%C3%A2-resistance-in-cancer-cell-lines
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Noor Hussein, Haneen Amawi, Chandrabose Karthikeyan, F Scott Hall, Roopali Mittal, Piyush Trivedi, Charles R Ashby, Amit K Tiwari
The ATP - binding cassette (ABC) family G2 (ABCG2) transporters are known to produce multidrug resistance (MDR) in cancer, thereby limiting the clinical response to chemotherapy. Molecular modeling data indicated that certain dopamine (DA) D3 receptor antagonists had a significant binding affinity for ABCG2 transporter. Therefore, in this in vitro study, we determined the effect of the D3 receptor antagonists PG01037, NGB2904, SB277011A, and U99194 on MDR resulting from the overexpression of ABCG2 transporters...
March 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322342/therapy-targeted-to-the-metastatic-niche-is-effective-in-a-model-of-stage-iv-breast-cancer
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Byunghee Yoo, Amol Kavishwar, Ping Wang, Alana Ross, Pamela Pantazopoulos, Michael Dudley, Anna Moore, Zdravka Medarova
Treatment of stage IV metastatic breast cancer patients is limited to palliative options and represents an unmet clinical need. Here, we demonstrate that pharmacological inhibition of miRNA-10b - a master regulator of metastatic cell viability - leads to elimination of distant metastases in a mouse model of metastatic breast cancer. This was achieved using the miRNA-10b inhibitory nanodrug, MN-anti-miR10b, which consists of magnetic nanoparticles, conjugated to LNA-based miR-10b antagomirs. Intravenous injection of MN-anti-miR10b into mice bearing lung, bone, and brain metastases from breast cancer resulted in selective accumulation of the nanodrug in metastatic tumor cells...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322021/cytoprotective-and-antioxidant-effects-of-steen-solution-on-human-lung-spheroids-and-human-endothelial-cells
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Francesca Pagano, Cristina Nocella, Sebastiano Sciarretta, Luca Fianchini, Camilla Siciliano, Giorgio Mangino, Mohsen Ibrahim, Elena De Falco, Roberto Carnevale, Isotta Chimenti, Giacomo Frati
Respiratory diseases represent a major healthcare burden worldwide. Lung transplantation (LTx) is the gold-standard for end-stage patients, strongly limited by shortage of available/suitable donor lungs. Normothermic ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) has significantly increased the number of lungs suitable for transplantation. Steen solution is used for EVLP, but the mechanisms involved in its beneficial properties remain to be clarified. We investigated the effects of Steen solution in an in vitro protocol of cold starvation and normothermic recovery (CS/NR) on human lung spheroids, named pneumospheres (PSs), containing epithelial/basal cells, and on endothelial HUVEC cells...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321931/disruptions-in-valine-degradation-affect-seed-development-and-germination-in-arabidopsis
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Andrew B Gipson, Kyla J Morton, Rachel J Rhee, Szabolcs Simo, Jack A Clayton, Morgan E Perrett, Christiana G Binkley, Erika L Jensen, Dana L Oakes, Matthew F Rouhier, Kerry A Rouhier
We have functionally characterized the role of two putative mitochondrial enzymes in valine degradation using insertional mutants. Prior to this study, the relationship between branched-chain amino acid degradation (named for leucine, valine, and isoleucine) and seed development was limited to leucine catabolism. Using a reverse genetics approach we show that disruptions in the mitochondrial valine degradation pathway affect seed development and germination in Arabidopsis thaliana. A null mutant of 3-hydroxyisobutyryl-CoA hydrolase (CHY4, At4g31810) resulted in an embryo lethal phenotype, while a null mutant of methylmalonate semialdehyde dehydrogenase (MMSD, At2g14170) resulted in seeds with wrinkled coats, decreased storage reserves, elevated valine and leucine, and reduced germination rates...
March 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321778/effects-of-mir-21-downregulation-and-silibinin-treatment-in-breast-cancer-cell-lines
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Zohreh Jahanafrooz, Nasrin Motamed, Behnaz Bakhshandeh
Silibinin is a natural polyphenol with high antioxidant and anticancer properties, which causes cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in most cancer cell types including breast cancer, but the in-line mechanisms, are still unknown. Silibinin significantly downregulated oncomiR miR-21 expression in breast cancer cells. Here the effect of anti-miR-21 on cell viability, apoptotic induction, cell cycle distribution, and the expression levels of downstream targets of miR-21 were investigated in MCF-7 and T47D cells. MiR-21 mimic transfection was also applied in silibinin treated samples to evaluate functional role of miR-21downregulation on silibinin effects...
March 20, 2017: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321047/chemically-induced-strong-cellular-hypertrophy-often-reduces-the-accuracy-of-cytotoxicity-measurements-obtained-using-the-atp-assay
#14
Haruna Tahara, Yusuke Yamamoto, Shun Matsuda, Hiroe Yoshizawa, Masaharu Fujita, Takanori Hioki, Toshihiko Kasahara
The ATP assay is a highly sensitive and versatile method for measuring cytotoxicity. However, the correlation between the cell viability results obtained using the ATP assay and those obtained using direct cell counting has not been widely reported. Therefore, to evaluate the reliability and limitations of the ATP assay, we compared the results of ATP assay with those of automatic cell counter, which can measure the number and diameter of cells directly, by using 24 compounds and repeating individual experiments thrice...
2017: Journal of Toxicological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315350/irisin-acts-as-a-regulator-of-macrophages-host-defense
#15
Agnieszka Irena Mazur-Bialy
AIM: Irisin, the adipomyokine, released mainly by exercised muscles, participate in the browning of adipose tissue and contribute to the restriction of insulin resistance and diabetes mellitus 2 development. Because of the limited reports describing the effect of irisin on inflammation and immunocompetent cells activation, the present study attempted to assess the influence of various irisin concentrations on basic macrophage activity. MAIN METHODS: Studies were carried out on murine RAW 264...
March 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314257/treatment-of-hematological-malignancies-with-glycyrrhizic-acid
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Bryan J Hostetler, Olga N Uchakina, Hao Ban, Robert J McKallip
The current study examined the effectiveness of glycyrrhizic acid (GA) in reducing cell viability and inducing apoptosis in human chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in vitro and a mouse lymphoma in vivo. Additionally, we assessed GA as a candidate for combinational therapy in CML along with the current frontline treatment, imatinib (IM). Treatment of K562 CML cells with GA alone resulted in significant induction of apoptosis and loss of cell viability. GA was well tolerated by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) up to 2 mM doses which were subsequently used in combination with IM...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314151/cadmium-lead-and-arsenic-contamination-in-paddy-soils-of-a-mining-area-and-their-exposure-effects-on-human-hepg2-and-keratinocyte-cell-lines
#17
Shengguo Xue, Lizheng Shi, Chuan Wu, Hui Wu, Yanyan Qin, Weisong Pan, William Hartley, Mengqian Cui
A mining district in south China shows significant metal(loid) contamination in paddy fields. In the soils, average Pb, Cd and As concentrations were 460.1, 11.7 and 35.1mgkg(-1) respectively, which were higher than the environmental quality standard for agricultural soils in China (GB15618-1995) and UK Clea Soil Guideline Value. The average contents of Pb, Cd and As in rice were 5.24, 1.1 and 0.7mgkg(-1) respectively, which were about 25, 4.5 or 2.5 times greater than the limit values of the maximum safe contaminant concentration standard in food of China (GB 2762-2012), and about 25, 10 or 1 times greater than the limit values of FAO/WHO standard...
March 14, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306236/hydrophobic-ir-780-dye-encapsulated-in-crgd-conjugated-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-for-nir-imaging-guided-photothermal-therapy
#18
Ye Kuang, Kunchi Zhang, Yi Cao, Xing Chen, Kewei Wang, Min Liu, Renjun Pei
It is highly demanded to improve the accumulation of NIR theranostic agents in tumor region, which is favorable to the effective phototherapy. IR-780 iodide, a near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence dye, possesses higher and more stable fluorescence intensity than clinically applied dye indocyanine green (ICG), and can be utilized in imaging-guided photothermal therapy with laser irradiation. However, lipophilicity, short circulation time and lack of targeting specificity limit its applications in cancer imaging and therapy...
March 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303956/inhibitory-role-of-acyl-homoserine-lactones-in-hemolytic-activity-and-viability-of-streptococcus-pyogenes-m6-s165
#19
Sunil D Saroj, Linda Holmer, Júlia M Berengueras, Ann-Beth Jonsson
Streptococcus pyogenes an adapted human pathogen asymptomatically colonizes the nasopharynx, among other polymicrobial communities. However, information on the events leading to the colonization and expression of virulence markers subject to interspecies and host-bacteria interactions are limited. The interference of acyl homoserine lactones (AHLs) with the hemolytic activity and viability of S. pyogenes M6 S165 was examined. AHLs, with fatty acid side chains ≥12 carbon atoms, inhibited hemolytic activity by downregulating the expression of the sag operon involved in the production of streptolysin S...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301388/cold-storage-or-normothermic-perfusion-for-liver-transplantation-probable-application-and-indications
#20
Carlo D L Ceresa, David Nasralla, Simon Knight, Peter J Friend
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Preservation of the liver via normothermic machine perfusion (NMP) is rapidly becoming an area of great academic and clinical interest. This review focuses on the benefits and limitations of NMP and where the role for static cold storage may lie. RECENT FINDINGS: Clinical studies have recently been published reporting the use of NMP in liver preservation for transplantation. They have described the technology to be well tolerated and feasible with potentially improved posttransplant outcomes...
March 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
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