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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241211/the-role-of-pannexin3-modified-human-dental-pulp-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-in-repairing-rat-cranial-critical-sized-bone-defects
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Fangfang Song, Hualing Sun, Liyuan Huang, Dongjie Fu, Cui Huang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Human dental pulp-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hDPSCs) are promising seed cells for tissue engineering due to their easy accessibility and multi-lineage differentiation. Pannexin3 (Panx3) plays crucial roles during bone development and differentiation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of Panx3 on osteogenesis of hDPSCs and the underlying mechanism. METHODS: Utilizing qRT-PCR, Western blot, and immunohistochemistry, we explored the change of Panx3 during osteogenic differentiation of hDPSCs...
December 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241196/calycosin-inhibits-the-migration-and-invasion-of-human-breast-cancer-cells-by-down-regulation-of-foxp3-expression
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Shuangxi Li, Yafei Wang, Chan Feng, Guoli Wu, Yu Ye, Jing Tian
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Calycosin, a phytoestrogenic compound, has recently emerged as a promising antitumor drug. It has been shown that calycosin suppresses growth and induces apoptosis of breast cancer cells. However, the effect of calycosin on migration and invasion of breast cancer cells and the underlying molecular mechanisms have not been elucidated. METHODS: Human breast cancer cells MCF-7 and T47D were treated with, or without, different doses (0, 6.25, 12.5, 25, 50, 100 or 150 μM) of calycosin, and the viability of different groups was determined by MTT assay...
December 6, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241160/microparticles-in-red-cell-concentrates-prime-polymorphonuclear-neutrophils-and-cause-acute-lung-injury-in-a-two-event-mouse-model
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Rufeng Xie, Yiming Yang, Yueyue Zhu, Li Gao, Xueyu Jiang, Juan Sun, Maohong Bian, Jie Yang
Red cell-derived microparticles (RMPs) are potential mediators of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI). The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of microparticles present in red cell concentrates (RCC) on polymorphonuclear neutrophil (PMN) respiratory burst and acute lung injury (ALI) in mice. Microparticles (MPs) in RCC supernatant were quantified using flow cytometry. The priming activity of either isolated MPs or RCC supernatant toward human PMN was measured in vitro. Mice were injected with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), followed by an infusion of either isolated MPs or heat-treated RCC supernatant...
December 11, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241109/pharmacokinetic-studies-of-naproxen-amides-of-some-amino-acid-esters-with-promising-colorectal-cancer-chemopreventive-activity
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Tarek Aboul-Fadl, Soliman S Al-Hamad, Ehab A Fouad
Naproxen (nap) is belonging to Non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) group of drugs that characterized by their free carboxylic group. The therapeutic activity of nap is usually accompanied by GI untoward side effects. Recently synthesized naproxen amides of some amino acid esters prodrugs to mask the free carboxylic group were reported. Those prodrugs showed a promising colorectal cancer chemopreventive activity. The current study aims to investigate the fate and hydrolysis of the prodrugs kinetically in different pH conditions, simulated gastric and intestinal fluids with pHs of 1...
December 2, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241088/development-of-an-lc-ms-method-to-quantify-coproporphyrin-i-and-iii-as-endogenous-biomarkers-for-drug-transporter-mediated-drug-drug-interactions
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Emmanuel Njumbe Ediage, Lieve Dillen, Ann Vroman, Luc Diels, Annett Kunze, Jan Snoeys, Tom Verhaeghe
Coproporphyrins are proposed as endogenous biomarkers of hepatic Organic Anion Transporting Polypeptide (OATP)1B functional activity. In this study, a new sample extraction method based on a mixed-mode anion exchange sorbent (SPE clean-up using Oasis 30mg Max 96 well plates) was developed for absolute quantification of coproporphyrin I and III (CP-I and CP-III) in human plasma. Chromatographic separation was performed with an Ace Excel 2 C18 PFP, 3μm, 2.1×150mm, maintained at 60°C. A 10mM ammonium formate containing 0...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241030/expression-profiles-of-genes-involved-in-tlrs-and-nlrs-signaling-pathways-of-water-buffaloes-infected-with-fasciola-gigantica
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Fu-Kai Zhang, Jun-Ling Hou, Ai-Jiang Guo, Ai-Ling Tian, Zhao-An Sheng, Wen-Bin Zheng, Wei-Yi Huang, Hany M Elsheikha, Xing-Quan Zhu
Infection of ruminants and humans with Fasciola gigantica is attracting increasing attention due to its economic impact and public health significance. However, little is known of innate immune responses during F. gigantica infection. Here, we investigated the expression profiles of genes involved in Toll-like receptors (TLRs) and NOD-like receptors (NLRs) signaling pathways in buffaloes infected with 500F. gigantica metacercariae. Serum, liver and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) samples were collected from infected and control buffaloes at 3, 10, 28, and 70days post infection (dpi)...
December 11, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240983/human-ugt2b7-is-the-major-isoform-responsible-for-the-glucuronidation-of-clopidogrel-carboxylate
#7
Jin-Zi Ji, Bei-Bei Huang, Tong-Tong Gu, Ting Tai, Huan Zhou, Yu-Meng Jia, Qiong-Yu Mi, Meng-Ran Zhang, Hong-Guang Xie
Clopidogrel is predominantly hydrolyzed to clopidogrel carboxylic acid (CCA) by carboxylesterase 1, and subsequently CCA is glucuronidated to clopidogrel aryl glucuronide (CAG) by uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs); however, the UGT isoenzymes glucuronidating CCA remain unidentified to date. In this study, the glucuronidation of CCA was screened with pooled human liver microsomes (HLMs) and 7 human recombinant UGT (rUGT) isoforms. Results indicated that rUGT2B7 exhibited the highest catalytical activity for the CCA glucuronidation as measured with a mean Vmax value of 120...
December 14, 2017: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240953/influence-of-excess-branched-chain-amino-acid-uptake-by-streptococcus-mutans-in-human-host-cells
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Takafumi Arimoto, Rei Yambe, Hirobumi Morisaki, Haruka Umezawa, Hideo Kataoka, Shohei Matsui, Hirotaka Kuwata
Oral streptococci, including cariogenic bacterium Streptococcus mutans, comprise a large percentage of human supragingival plaque, which contacts both tooth surfaces and gingiva. Eukaryotic cells are able to take up macromolecules and particles, including bacteria, by endocytosis. Increasing evidence indicates endocytosis may be used as an entry process by bacteria. We hypothesized some endocytosed bacteria might survive and obtain nutrients, such as amino acids, until they are killed. To verify this hypothesis, we focused on bacterial utilization of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs; isoleucine, leucine, and valine) in host cells...
December 12, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240922/prevalence-magnitude-and-correlates-of-hiv-1-genital-shedding-in-women-on-antiretroviral-therapy
#9
Caroline C King, Sascha R Ellington, Nicole L Davis, Robert W Coombs, Maria Pyra, Ting Hong, Nelly Mugo, Rena C Patel, Jairam R Lingappa, Jared M Baeten, Athena P Kourtis
Background: Genital human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) RNA shedding can continue despite HIV being undetectable in blood, and can be associated with transmission. Methods: We included African women on antiretroviral therapy (ART). Linear and generalized linear mixed models were used to compare the magnitude and prevalence of genital shedding, respectively, by time since ART initiation. Multivariable logistic regression with generalized estimating equations was used to assess predictors of genital shedding among women with undetectable plasma viral load (VL)...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240903/declining-mortality-rates-in-hiv-infected-people-who-inject-drugs-during-a-seek-and-treat-initiative-in-vancouver-canada-1996-2014-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Kanna Hayashi, Huiru Dong, Thomas Kerr, Sabina Dobrer, Silvia Guillemi, Rolando Barrios, Julio S G Montaner, Evan Wood, M-J Milloy
We estimated rates and predictors of death among a community-recruited prospective cohort of 961 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected people who inject drugs in Vancouver, Canada, between 1996 and 2014. The results demonstrated significant declines in age-adjusted all-cause and HIV-related mortality rates since 2010, coincident with the scale-up of a community-wide "seek-and-treat" campaign.
December 12, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240846/characterization-of-conditions-and-determination-of-practical-tips-for-mtdna-level-estimation-in-various-human-cells
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Paulina Jędrak, Natalia Sowa, Sylwia Barańska, Grzegorz Węgrzyn
Determination of mtDNA copy number in the cell is crucial to understand many cellular processes. Recently, the number of studies with the use of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content as the determinant of mitochondrial abnormalities increased greatly and is still growing, therefore, optimization of technical conditions for this analysis is crucial. Despite using similar laboratory protocols, some results cannot be compared between research centers, thus causing discrepancies in the assessment of mtDNA content. The aim of this work was to test which conditions of biological sample collection and storage affect estimation of mtDNA level relative to the nuclear DNA (nDNA) in the blood samples and dermal fibroblasts...
December 15, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240833/vagal-nerve-stimulation-triggers-widespread-responses-and-alters-large-scale-functional-connectivity-in-the-rat-brain
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Jiayue Cao, Kun-Han Lu, Terry L Powley, Zhongming Liu
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) is a therapy for epilepsy and depression. However, its efficacy varies and its mechanism remains unclear. Prior studies have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to map brain activations with VNS in human brains, but have reported inconsistent findings. The source of inconsistency is likely attributable to the complex temporal characteristics of VNS-evoked fMRI responses that cannot be fully explained by simplified response models in the conventional model-based analysis for activation mapping...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240802/systemic-factors-related-to-soluble-pro-renin-receptor-in-plasma-of-patients-with-proliferative-diabetic-retinopathy
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Keitaro Hase, Atsuhiro Kanda, Ikuyo Hirose, Kousuke Noda, Susumu Ishida
(Pro)renin receptor [(P)RR], a new component of the tissue renin-angiotensin system (RAS), plays a crucial role in inflammation and angiogenesis in the eye, thus contributing to the development of proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR). In this study, we investigated systemic factors related to plasma levels of soluble form of (P)RR [s(P)RR] in patients with PDR. Twenty type II diabetic patients with PDR and 20 age-matched, non-diabetic patients with idiopathic macular diseases were enrolled, and plasma levels of various molecules were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240788/enhanced-heart-failure-mortality-and-renin-activation-in-female-mice-with-experimental-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Ranjana Tripathi, Ryan Sullivan, Tai-Hwang M Fan, Dong Wang, Yao Sun, Guy L Reed, Inna P Gladysheva
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is the major cause of heart failure affecting both women and men. Limited clinical studies show conflicting data in sex-related differences in the progression of dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure (HF) outcomes. We examined the comparative sex-related progression of cardiomyopathy and the development of HF (at 4, 7, 13 weeks of age) in a well-established, transgenic mouse model of DCM that recapitulates the progressive stages of human HF. By 13 weeks of age, female mice with DCM had more severe left ventricular systolic dysfunction, left ventricular dilation and wall thinning (P<0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240761/microorganisms-in-the-human-placenta-are-associated-with-altered-cpg-methylation-of-immune-and-inflammation-related-genes
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Martha Scott Tomlinson, Paige A Bommarito, Elizabeth M Martin, Lisa Smeester, Raina N Fichorova, Andrew B Onderdonk, Karl C K Kuban, T Michael O'Shea, Rebecca C Fry
Microorganisms in the placenta have been linked to adverse pregnancy outcomes as well as neonatal illness. Inflammation in the placenta has been identified as a contributing factor in this association, but the underlying biological mechanisms are not yet fully understood. The placental epigenome may serve as an intermediate between placental microbes and inflammation, contributing to adverse outcomes in the offspring. In the present study, genome-wide DNA methylation (n = 486,428 CpG sites) of 84 placentas was analyzed in relation to 16 species of placental microorganisms using samples collected from the Extremely Low Gestation Age Newborns (ELGAN) cohort...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240758/increased-gamma-band-activity-for-lateral-interactions-in-humans
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Alon Shapira, Anna Sterkin, Moshe Fried, Oren Yehezkel, Zeev Zalevsky, Uri Polat
Collinear facilitation of contrast sensitivity supported by lateral interactions within primary visual cortex is implicated in contour and object perception, with neural correlates in several frequency bands. Although higher component of the ERP power spectrum, the gamma-band, is postulated to reflect object representation, attention and memory, its neuronal source has been questioned, suggesting it is an artifact reflecting saccadic eye movements. Here we explored the gamma-band activity during collinear facilitation with no saccade-related confounds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240668/heat-shock-proteins-in-vascular-diabetic-complications-review-and-future-perspective
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Stefania Bellini, Federica Barutta, Raffaella Mastrocola, Luigi Imperatore, Graziella Bruno, Gabriella Gruden
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are a large family of proteins highly conserved throughout evolution because of their unique cytoprotective properties. Besides assisting protein refolding and regulating proteostasis under stressful conditions, HSPs also play an important role in protecting cells from oxidative stress, inflammation, and apoptosis. Therefore, HSPs are crucial in counteracting the deleterious effects of hyperglycemia in target organs of diabetes vascular complications. Changes in HSP expression have been demonstrated in diabetic complications and functionally related to hyperglycemia-induced cell injury...
December 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240609/effects-of-propofol-on-cellular-bioenergetics-in-human-skeletal-muscle-cells
#18
Adéla Krajčová, Nils Gunnar Løvsletten, Petr Waldauf, Vladimír Frič, Moustafa Elkalaf, Tomáš Urban, Michal Anděl, Jan Trnka, G Hege Thoresen, František Duška
OBJECTIVES: Propofol may adversely affect the function of mitochondria and the clinical features of propofol infusion syndrome suggest that this may be linked to propofol-related bioenergetic failure. We aimed to assess the effect of therapeutic propofol concentrations on energy metabolism in human skeletal muscle cells. DESIGN: In vitro study on human skeletal muscle cells. SETTINGS: University research laboratories. SUBJECTS: Patients undergoing hip surgery and healthy volunteers...
December 13, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240479/nursing-and-the-barriers-to-sustainable-health-care-a-literature-review
#19
Chloe Griggs, Ana Fernandez, Margie Callanan
OBJECTIVES: global warming poses a serious threat to human health, yet healthcare organisations and staff have been relatively slow to engage with sustainable healthcare practices. This review of the literature seeks to frame what is already known about nurses and their views on global warming and sustainable health care. DESIGN: 11 primary research articles were sourced from a search of five mainstream databases. These articles were subject to a basic thematic analysis...
December 14, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29240414/trace-element-removal-in-distributed-drinking-water-treatment-systems-by-cathodic-h2o2-production-and-uv-photolysis
#20
James M Barazesh, Carsten Prasse, Jannis Wenk, Stephanie Berg, Christina K Remucal, David L Sedlak
As water scarcity intensifies, point-of-use and point-of-entry treatment may provide a means of exploiting locally available water resources that are currently considered to be unsafe for human consumption. Among the different classes of drinking water contaminants, toxic trace elements (e.g., arsenic and lead) pose substantial operational challenges for distributed drinking water treatment systems. Removal of toxic trace elements via adsorption onto iron oxides is an inexpensive and robust treatment method; however, the presence of metal-complexing ligands associated with natural organic matter (NOM) often prevents the formation of iron precipitates at the relatively low concentrations of dissolved iron typically present in natural water sources, thereby requiring the addition of iron which complicates the treatment process and results in a need to dispose of relatively large amounts of accumulated solids...
December 14, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
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