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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642013/identifying-mechanisms-driving-formation-of-granuloma-associated-fibrosis-during-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection
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Hayley C Warsinske, Robert M DiFazio, Jennifer J Linderman, JoAnne L Flynn, Denise E Kirschner
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), is a pulmonary pathogen of major global concern. A key feature of Mtb infection in primates is the formation of granulomas, dense cellular structures surrounding infected lung tissue. These structures serve as the main site of host-pathogen interaction in TB, and thus to effectively treat TB we must clarify mechanisms of granuloma formation and their function in disease. Fibrotic granulomas are associated with both good and bad disease outcomes...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638979/endocytosis-is-required-for-exocytosis-and-priming-of-respiratory-burst-activity-in-human-neutrophils
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T Michael Creed, Shweta Tandon, Richard A Ward, Kenneth R McLeish
OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: Neutrophil generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is enhanced by exposure to pro-inflammatory agents in a process termed priming. Priming is depending on exocytosis of neutrophil granules and p47(phox) phosphorylation-dependent translocation of cytosolic NADPH oxidase components. Clathrin-mediated endocytosis was recently reported to be necessary for priming, but the mechanism linking endocytosis to priming was not identified. The present study examined the hypothesis that endocytosis regulates neutrophil priming by controlling granule exocytosis...
June 21, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636769/is-cannabis-treatment-for-anxiety-mood-and-related-disorders-ready-for-prime-time
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REVIEW
Jasmine Turna, Beth Patterson, Michael Van Ameringen
Anxiety and related disorders are the most common mental conditions affecting the North American population. Despite their established efficacy, first-line antidepressant treatments are associated with significant side effects, leading many afflicted individuals to seek alternative treatments. Cannabis is commonly viewed as a natural alternative for a variety of medical and mental health conditions. Currently, anxiety ranks among the top five medical symptoms for which North Americans report using medical marijuana...
June 21, 2017: Depression and Anxiety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629321/the-biocontrol-agent-pseudomonas-chlororaphis-pa23-primes-brassica-napus-defenses-through-distinct-gene-networks
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Kelly A Duke, Michael G Becker, Ian J Girard, Jenna L Millar, W G Dilantha Fernando, Mark F Belmonte, Teresa R de Kievit
BACKGROUND: The biological control agent Pseudomonas chlororaphis PA23 is capable of protecting Brassica napus (canola) from the necrotrophic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum via direct antagonism. While we have elucidated bacterial genes and gene products responsible biocontrol, little is known about how the host plant responds to bacterial priming on the leaf surface, including global changes in gene activity in the presence and absence of S. sclerotiorum. RESULTS: Application of PA23 to the aerial surfaces of canola plants reduced the number of S...
June 19, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628715/overcoming-the-resistance-of-pancreatic-cancer-to-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors
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REVIEW
Richard A Skelton, Ammar Javed, Lei Zheng, Jin He
Immunotherapy has become a new modality of cancer treatment, but has had a limited success in treating PDAC. A combination approach to immunotherapy, using both immune checkpoint inhibitors and immune activating agonists, is needed, as PDAC does not respond to single-agent checkpoint inhibitors. Studies have also supported using vaccine-based therapies to prime the tumor microenvironment of PDAC with effector T-cells. Other therapeutic strategies including epigenetic agents, stroma modulators, radiotherapy, and T-cell transfer therapies may also prime the tumor microenvironment to overcome resistance to immune checkpoint inhibitors...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621364/single-molecule-probing-of-amyloid-nano-ensembles-using-the-polymer-nanoarray-approach
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Sibaprasad Maity, Ekaterina Viazovkina, Alexander Gall, Yuri L Lyubchenko
Soluble amyloid-beta (Aβ) oligomers are the prime causative agents of cognitive deficits during early stages of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The transient nature of the oligomers makes them difficult to characterize by traditional techniques, suggesting that advanced approaches are necessary. Previously developed fluorescence-based tethered approach for probing intermolecular interactions (TAPIN) and AFM-based single-molecule force spectroscopy are capable of probing dimers of Aβ peptides. In this paper, a novel polymer nanoarray approach to probe trimers and tetramers formed by the Aβ(14-23) segment of Aβ protein at the single-molecule level is applied...
June 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620681/cardiac-t1-mapping-in-congenital-heart-disease-bolus-vs-infusion-protocols-for-measurements-of-myocardial-extracellular-volume-fraction
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Nadya Al-Wakeel-Marquard, Sanaz Rastin, Frédéric Muench, Darach O H-Ici, Sevim Yilmaz, Felix Berger, Titus Kuehne, Daniel R Messroghli
Myocardial extracellular volume fraction (ECV) reflecting diffuse myocardial fibrosis can be measured with T1 mapping cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) before and after the application of a gadolinium-based extracellular contrast agent. The equilibrium between blood and myocardium contrast concentration required for ECV measurements can be obtained with a primed contrast infusion (equilibrium contrast-CMR). We hypothesized that equilibrium can also be achieved with a single contrast bolus to accurately measure diffuse myocardial fibrosis in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD)...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620583/engineering-of-genetically-arrested-parasites-gaps-for-a-precision-malaria-vaccine
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REVIEW
Oriana Kreutzfeld, Katja Müller, Kai Matuschewski
Continuous stage conversion and swift changes in the antigenic repertoire in response to acquired immunity are hallmarks of complex eukaryotic pathogens, including Plasmodium species, the causative agents of malaria. Efficient elimination of Plasmodium liver stages prior to blood infection is one of the most promising malaria vaccine strategies. Here, we describe different genetically arrested parasites (GAPs) that have been engineered in Plasmodium berghei, P. yoelii and P. falciparum and compare their vaccine potential...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615944/the-interactions-of-single-wall-carbon-nanohorns-with-polar-epithelium
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Yujie Shi, Zujin Shi, Suxin Li, Yuan Zhang, Bing He, Dong Peng, Jie Tian, Ming Zhao, Xueqing Wang, Qiang Zhang
Single-wall carbon nanohorns (SWCNHs), which have multitudes of horn interstices, an extensive surface area, and a spherical aggregate structure, offer many advantages over other carbon nanomaterials being used as a drug nanovector. The previous studies on the interaction between SWCNHs and cells have mostly emphasized on cellular uptake and intracellular trafficking, but seldom on epithelial cells. Polar epithelium as a typical biological barrier constitutes the prime obstacle for the transport of therapeutic agents to target site...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611802/involvement-of-trichoderma-harzianum-epl-1-protein-in-the-regulation-of-botrytis-virulence-and-tomato-defense-related-genes
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Eriston V Gomes, Cirano J Ulhoa, Rosa E Cardoza, Roberto N Silva, Santiago Gutiérrez
Several Trichoderma spp. are well known for their ability to: (i) act as important biocontrol agents against phytopathogenic fungi; (ii) function as biofertilizers; (iii) increase the tolerance of plants to biotic and abiotic stresses; and (iv) induce plant defense responses via the production and secretion of elicitor molecules. In this study, we analyzed the gene-regulation effects of Trichoderma harzianum Epl-1 protein during the interactions of mutant Δepl-1 or wild-type T. harzianum strains with: (a) the phytopathogen Botrytis cinerea and (b) with tomato plants, on short (24 h hydroponic cultures) and long periods (4-weeks old plants) after Trichoderma inoculation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598048/hepatotoxicity-in-hiv-patients-an-observational-study-in-patients-from-tertiary-care-centre-of-western-india
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Smrati Bajpai, Kavita Joshi
OBJECTIVE: HIV AIDS has currently become a chronic manageable condition with HAART, but with its chronicity and lifelong therapy currently the adverse drug reactions to these drugs are the main concern for any treating physician. Hepatotoxicity is one of the prime concerns of any physician managing HIV patients. We observe a number of patients reporting hepatotoxicity in our cohort and this had great impact on the efficacy and intake of the HAART drugs, this led us to explore this area and to find out the prevalence and etiologies in our cohort...
May 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580793/rationale-and-protocol-of-metnet-2-trial-lanreotide-autogel-plus-metformin-in-advanced-gastrointestinal-or-lung-neuroendocrine-tumors
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Sara Pusceddu, Natalie Prinzi, Giuseppe Lo Russo, Daniela Femia, Massimo Milione, Federica Perrone, Elena Tamborini, Laura Concas, Iolanda Pulice, Claudio Vernieri, Francesca Corti, Roberto Buzzoni, Filippo de Braud
Metformin (MET) has recently emerged as a potentially active agent in cancer prevention and treatment. MET is thought to exert its antitumor effects either via modification of systemic metabolism or through cell-autonomous effects (e.g., activation of AMPK and inhibition of the mTOR pathway). Preliminary findings of the PRIME-NET study suggest that the addition of MET to treatment with everolimus (EVE) and/or somatostatin analogs (SSAs) can provide clinical benefit in diabetic neuroendocrine tumor (NET) patients...
June 5, 2017: Future Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580465/effect-of-mdp-containing-silane-and-adhesive-used-alone-or-in-combination-on-the-long-term-bond-strength-and-chemical-interaction-with-lithium-disilicate-ceramics
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Andres Millan Cardenas, Fabiana Siqueira, Viviane Hass, Pâmela Malaquias, Mario Felipe Gutierrez, Alessandra Reis, Jorge Perdigão, Alessandro D Loguercio
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of a silane and an adhesive containing MDP, used alone or combined in the same solution, on the microshear bond strength (μSBS) to lithium disilicate ceramics immediately and after 1-year water storage, and compare the bond strength results with the Raman spectra of the treated lithium disilicate surfaces. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 30 CAD/CAM blocks of lithium disilicate (LD; IPS e.max CAD) were cut into four square sections (6 x 6 x 6 mm; n = 60 per group) and processed as recommended by the manufacturer...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Adhesive Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577448/wettability-alteration-of-oil-wet-limestone-using-surfactant-nanoparticle-formulation
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Lezorgia N Nwidee, Maxim Lebedev, Ahmed Barifcani, Mohammad Sarmadivaleh, Stefan Iglauer
Wettability remains a prime factor that controls fluid displacement at pore-scale with substantial impact on multi-phase flow in the subsurface. As the rock surface becomes hydrophobic, any oleic phase present is tightly stored in the rock matrix and produced (hydrocarbon recovery) or cleaned up (soil-decontamination) by standard waterflooding methods. Although surface active agents such as surfactants have been used for several decades for changing the wetting states of such rocks, an aspect that has been barely premeditated is the simultaneous blends of surfactants and nanoparticles...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576186/novel-opportunities-to-use-radiation-therapy-with-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-for-melanoma-management
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REVIEW
Kamran A Ahmed, Sungjune Kim, Louis B Harrison
Immunotherapy has revolutionized the systemic management of numerous malignancies. Nowhere has the proven benefit of these agents in clinical practice been more evident than in the management of advanced melanoma. Numerous preclinical studies have revealed the potential benefit of immune-priming radiotherapy in stimulating tumor-specific immune responses. This signal for immune activation may lead to clinically relevant synergy with immune checkpoint inhibitors against malignant cells. In this review, the authors summarize the current data outlining the role radiation therapy may play in the management of advanced melanoma alongside immune checkpoint inhibitors...
July 2017: Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575959/multifunctional-inulin-tethered-silver-graphene-quantum-dots-nanotheranostic-module-for-pancreatic-cancer-therapy
#16
Preeti Nigam Joshi, Sachin Agawane, Meghana C Athalye, Vrushali Jadhav, Dhiman Sarkar, Rajiv Prakash
Cancer nanotechnology is an emerging area of cancer diagnosis and therapy. Although considerable progress has been made for targeted drug delivery systems to deliver anticancer agents to particular site of interest, new nanomaterials are frequently being developed and explored for better drug delivery efficiency. In the present work, we have explored a novel nanoformulation based on silver-graphene quantum dots (Ag-GQDs) nanocomposite for its successful implementation for pancreatic cancer specific drug delivery in wistar rats...
September 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572258/immunotherapy-for-breast-cancer-what-are-we-missing
#17
EDITORIAL
Robert H Vonderheide, Susan M Domchek, Amy S Clark
The recent demonstration of modest single-agent activity of programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) and programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) antibodies in patients with breast cancer has generated hope that breast cancer can be made amenable to immunotherapy. Depending on the subtype of breast cancer, it is now clear in both primary and metastatic disease that the extent of tumor-infiltrating T cells is not only prognostic for survival but predictive of response to nonimmune, standard therapies. Despite these findings, immune cytolytic activity in spontaneous breast tumors, the burden of nonsynonymous tumor mutations, and the predicted load of neoepitopes-factors linked to response to checkpoint blockade in other malignancies-are all relatively modest in breast cancer compared with melanoma or lung cancer...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566766/identification-of-a-small-molecule-that-primes-the-type-i-interferon-response-to-cytosolic-dna
#18
Samira Khiar, Marianne Lucas-Hourani, Sébastien Nisole, Nikaïa Smith, Olivier Helynck, Maryline Bourgine, Claude Ruffié, Jean-Philippe Herbeuval, Hélène Munier-Lehmann, Frédéric Tangy, Pierre-Olivier Vidalain
The type I interferon response plays a pivotal role in host defense against infectious agents and tumors, and promising therapeutic approaches rely on small molecules designed to boost this system. To identify such compounds, we developed a high-throughput screening assay based on HEK-293 cells expressing luciferase under the control of Interferon-Stimulated Response Elements (ISRE). An original library of 10,000 synthetic compounds was screened, and we identified a series of 1H-benzimidazole-4-carboxamide compounds inducing the ISRE promoter sequence, specific cellular Interferon-Stimulated Genes (ISGs), and the phosphorylation of Interferon Regulatory Factor (IRF) 3...
May 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555216/gas-vapour-separation-using-ultra-microporous-metal-organic-frameworks-insights-into-the-structure-separation-relationship
#19
REVIEW
Karim Adil, Youssef Belmabkhout, Renjith S Pillai, Amandine Cadiau, Prashant M Bhatt, Ayalew H Assen, Guillaume Maurin, Mohamed Eddaoudi
The separation of related molecules with similar physical/chemical properties is of prime industrial importance and practically entails a substantial energy penalty, typically necessitating the operation of energy-demanding low temperature fractional distillation techniques. Certainly research efforts, in academia and industry alike, are ongoing with the main aim to develop advanced functional porous materials to be adopted as adsorbents for the effective and energy-efficient separation of various important commodities...
June 6, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550118/s100a9-potentiates-the-activation-of-neutrophils-by-the-etiological-agent-of-gout-monosodium-urate-crystals
#20
Louis-Simon Rousseau, Guillaume Paré, Asmaa Lachhab, Paul H Naccache, François Marceau, Philippe Tessier, Martin Pelletier, Maria Fernandes
Gout is one of the most painful types of arthritis that arises when the body mounts an acute inflammatory reaction against a crystallized form of uric acid known as monosodium urate crystals (MSUs). Although MSUs are known to activate neutrophils, the most abundant leukocyte in the synovial fluid of patients with gout, few studies have investigated the effect on neutrophils of the simultaneous stimulation with MSU and proinflammatory mediators in the inflamed joint. Herein, we focused on a protein that is highly expressed in the synovium in gout, S100A9...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
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