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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651239/cardiaprotective-effect-of-crocetin-by-attenuating-apoptosis-in-isoproterenol-induced-myocardial-infarction-rat-model
#1
Weili Zhang, Yuhui Li, Zhiming Ge
Given study evaluates the cardioprotective effect of crocetin in myocardial infracted (MI) rats. MI was produced by administering isoproterenol (90mg/kg/day, i.p.) in rats for two consecutive days. all the animals were divided in to four groups such as control group receives only saline; MI group which receives only isoproterenol and crocetin treated group which receives crocetin (50, 100 and 200mg/kg/day, p.o.) for the duration of 15 days. At the end of dosing left ventricular functions was assessed to estimate its effect on cardiac functions...
June 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651197/ascorbic-acid-protects-coccomyxa-subellipsoidea-against-metal-toxicity-through-modulation-of-ros-no-balance-and-metal-uptake
#2
Jozef Kováčik, Gabriela Rotková, Marek Bujdoš, Petr Babula, Viera Peterková, Peter Matúš
Impact of exogenous ascorbic acid (AsA, 100μM) on acute metal toxicity (Pb and Hg, 24h of exposure to 100μM) in unicellular green alga Coccomyxa subellipsoidea was studied. Hg (often extensively) depleted amount of pigments, potassium, soluble proteins, endogenous AsA, non-protein thiols and nitric oxide signal but elevated ROS signal and activities of catalase and superoxide dismutase. Responses to Pb application (if any) were less visible with ROS signal being slightly elevated and amount of non-protein thiols being slightly reduced...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651092/role-of-proteoglycans-on-the-biochemical-and-biomechanical-properties-of-dentin-organic-matrix
#3
Cristina de Mattos Pimenta Vidal, Ariene Arcas Leme-Kraus, Momina Rahman, Ana Paula Farina, Ana K Bedran-Russo
OBJECTIVE: Proteoglycans (PGs) are multifunctional biomacromolecules of the extracellular matrix of collagen-based tissues. In teeth, besides a pivotal regulatory role on dentin biomineralization, PGs provide mechanical support to the mineralized tissue and compressive strength to the biosystem. This study assessed enzymatic protocols for selective PGs removal from demineralized dentin to determine the roles of these biomacromolecules in the bulk mechanical properties and biostability of type I collagen...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651046/a-heparan-sulfate-microarray-reveals-that-heparan-sulfate-protein-binding-exhibit-different-ligand-requirements
#4
Chengli Zong, Andre Venot, Xiuru Li, Weigang Lu, Wenyuan Xiao, Josetti Lynn Wilkes, Catherina L Salanga, Tracy M Handel, Lianchun Wang, Margreet A Wolfert, Geert-Jan Boons
Heparan sulfates (HS) are linear sulfated polysaccharides that modulate a wide range of physiological and disease-processes. Variations in HS epimerization and sulfation provide enormous structural diversity, which is believed to underpin protein binding and regulatory properties. The ligand requirements of HS-binding proteins have, however, been defined in only a few cases. We describe here a synthetic methodology that can rapidly provide a library of well-defined HS oligosaccharides. It is based on the use of modular disaccharides to assemble several selectively protected tetrasaccharides that were subjected to selective chemical modifications such as regioselective O- and N-sulfation and selective de-sulfation...
June 26, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651038/elevated-adipsin-levels-are-associated-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-systemic-sclerosis
#5
Benjamin D Korman, Roberta Goncalves Marangoni, Monique Hinchcliff, Sanjiv J Shah, Mary Carns, Aileen Hoffmann, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, John Varga
INTRODUCTION: Adipose tissues secrete adipokines, peptides with potent effects modulating fibrosis, inflammation, and vascular homeostasis. Dysregulated adipose tissue biology and adipokine balance have been recently implicated in systemic sclerosis (SSc). We sought to determine if altered circulating adipokine levels correlate with SSc disease subsets or clinical manifestations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Multiplex assays were used to measure circulating adipokine levels in 198 patients with SSc and 33 healthy controls...
June 26, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650983/differential-induction-of-apoptosis-and-autophagy-by-pyrrolizidine-alkaloid-clivorine-in-human-hepatoma-huh-7-5-cells-and-its-toxic-implication
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Wenju Liu, Xu Li, Bo Zhou, Shoucai Fang, Wenzhe Ho, Hui Chen, Hao Liang, Li Ye, Jun Tang
Growing evidence suggests that the pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs)-induced hepatotoxicity is mediated by multiple cell death/defence modalities. However, the detailed mechanisms are still lacking. In this study, the hepatotoxic effects of four PAs including three retronecine-type ones (senecionine, seneciphylline and monocrotaline) and one otonecine-type (clivorine) on the proliferation of Huh-7.5 cells and the possible mechanisms were investigated. The results showed that all the PAs could inhibit cell proliferation and induce apoptosis in a concentration-dependent manner...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650715/transfer-of-bacteriophage-ms2-and-fluorescein-from-n95-filtering-facepiece-respirators-to-hands-measuring-fomite-potential
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Tyler M Brady, Amanda L Strauch, Claudia M Almaguer, George Niezgoda, Ronald E Shaffer, Patrick L Yorio, Edward M Fisher
Contact transmission of pathogens from personal protective equipment is a concern within the healthcare industry. During public health emergency outbreaks, resources become constrained and the reuse of personal protective equipment, such as N95 filtering facepiece respirators, may be needed. This study was designed to characterize the transfer of bacteriophage MS2 and fluorescein between filtering facepiece respirators and the wearer's hands during three simulated use scenarios. Filtering facepiece respirators were contaminated with MS2 and fluorescein in droplets or droplet nuclei...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650593/hhv-6-in-liver-transplantation-a-literature-review
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Tuan L Phan, Irmeli Lautenschlager, Raymund R Razonable, Flor M Munoz
Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6A and HHV-6B) can cause primary infection or reactivate from latency in liver transplant recipients, which can result in a variety of clinical syndromes, including fever, hepatitis, encephalitis, and higher rates of graft dysfunction as well as indirect effects including increased risks of mortality, CMV disease, hepatitis C progression and greater fibrosis scores. Although HHV-6 infection is currently diagnosed by quantifying viral DNA in plasma or blood, biopsy to demonstrate histopathologic effects of HHV-6 remains the gold standard for diagnosis of end-organ disease...
June 26, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650588/genetic-study-of-the-braf-gene-reveals-a-new-variants-and-high-frequency-of-the-v600e-mutation-among-iranian-ameloblastoma-patients
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Maryam Soltani, Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar, Zhaleh Mohsenifar, Mohammad Reza Pourreza, Abbas Moridnia, Laleh Shariati, Seyyed Mohammad Razavi
BACKGROUND: Ameloblastoma is a benign, slow-growing, locally invasive tumor. It is one of the most prevalent odontogenic tumors, with an incidence rate of 1% of all oral tumors and approximately 18% of odontogenic tumors. A group of genes has been investigated in patients with ameloblastoma. The BRAF V600E mutation has been implicated as the most common mutation in ameloblastoma. The presence or absence of this mutation has been associated with several clinopathological properties, including location, age at diagnosis, histology, and prognosis...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650586/a-complete-thermodynamic-analysis-of-enzyme-turnover-links-the-free-energy-landscape-to-enzyme-catalysis
#10
Hannah Bl Jones, Stephen A Wells, Erica J Prentice, Anthony Kwok, Liyin L Liang, Vickery L Arcus, Christopher R Pudney
Our understanding of how enzymes work is colored by static structure depictions where the enzyme scaffold is presented as either immobile, or in equilibrium between well-defined static conformations. Proteins however exhibit a large degree of motion over a broad range of timescales and magnitudes and this is defined thermodynamically by the enzyme free energy landscape (FEL). The role and importance of enzyme motion is extremely contentious. Much of the challenge is in the experimental detection of so called 'conformational sampling' involved in enzyme turnover...
June 26, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650562/the-economic-value-of-hybrid-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-with-computed-tomography-imaging-in-pulmonary-embolism-diagnosis
#11
Lauren K Toney, Richard D Kim, Swetha R Palli
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the potential economic value of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with computed tomography (CT; SPECT/CT) versus CT pulmonary angiography (CTPA), ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) planar scintigraphy and V/Q SPECT imaging modalities for diagnosing suspected pulmonary embolism (PE) patients in an emergency setting. METHODS: An Excel-based simulation model was developed to compare SPECT/CT versus the alternate scanning technologies from a payer's perspective...
June 26, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650514/automatic-segmentation-of-the-spine-by-means-of-a-probabilistic-atlas-with-a-special-focus-on-ribs-suppression
#12
Silvia Ruiz-España, Juan Domingo, Antonio Díaz-Parra, Esther Dura, Víctor D'Ocón-Alcañiz, Estanislao Arana, David Moratal
PURPOSE: The development of automatic and reliable algorithms for the detection and segmentation of the vertebrae are of great importance prior to any diagnostic task. However, an important problem found to accurately segment the vertebrae is the presence of the ribs in the thoracic region. To overcome this problem, a probabilistic atlas of the spine has been developed dealing with the proximity of other structures, with a special focus on ribs suppression. METHODS: The data sets used consist of Computed Tomography images corresponding to 21 patients suffering from spinal metastases...
June 26, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650512/elucidating-sequence-and-solvent-specific-design-targets-to-protect-and-stabilize-enzymes-for-biocatalysis-in-ionic-liquids
#13
K G Sprenger, J G Plaks, J L Kaar, J Pfaendtner
For many different frameworks, the structure, function, and dynamics of an enzyme is largely determined by the nature of its interactions with the surrounding host environment, thus a molecular level understanding of enzyme/host interactions is essential to the design of new processes and applications. Ionic liquid (IL) solvents are a popular class of solvents in which to study enzyme behavior, yet it is still not possible to predict how a given enzyme will behave in a given IL solvent. Furthermore, a dearth of experimental data with which to evaluate simulation force fields has prevented the full integration of experimental and computational techniques to gain a complete picture of enzyme/IL interactions...
June 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650448/transplant-associated-thrombotic-microangiopathy-is-an-endothelial-complication-associated-with-refractoriness-of-acute-gvhd
#14
M Zeisbrich, N Becker, A Benner, A Radujkovic, K Schmitt, J Beimler, A D Ho, M Zeier, P Dreger, T Luft
There is increasing evidence that endothelial dysfunction is involved in refractoriness of acute GvHD (aGvHD). Here we investigated the hypothesis that another endothelial complication, transplant-associated thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA), contributes to the pathogenesis of aGvHD refractoriness. TMA was retrospectively assessed in 771 patients after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT). Incidences of TMA and refractory aGvHD were correlated with biomarkers of endothelial damage obtained before alloSCT for patients receiving or not receiving statin-based endothelial prophylaxis (SEP)...
June 26, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650361/pharmacological-thromboembolic-prophylaxis-in-traumatic-brain-injuries-low-molecular-weight-heparin-is-superior-to-unfractionated-heparin
#15
Elizabeth Benjamin, Gustavo Recinos, Alberto Aiolfi, Kenji Inaba, Demetrios Demetriades
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) is superior to unfractionated heparin (UH) for venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in patients with severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI). SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Pharmacological VTE prophylaxis with LMWH or UH is the current standard of care in TBI. Clinical work suggests that LMWH may be more effective than UH for VTE prophylaxis in trauma patients. Experimental work shows that heparinoids may have neuroprotective properties...
June 22, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650340/hepatic-%C3%AE-arrestin-2-is-essential-for-maintaining-euglycemia
#16
Lu Zhu, Mario Rossi, Yinghong Cui, Regina J Lee, Wataru Sakamoto, Nicole A Perry, Nikhil M Urs, Marc G Caron, Vsevolod V Gurevich, Grzegorz Godlewski, George Kunos, Minyong Chen, Wei Chen, Jürgen Wess
An increase in hepatic glucose production (HGP) represents a key feature of type 2 diabetes. This deficiency in metabolic control of glucose production critically depends on enhanced signaling through hepatic glucagon receptors (GCGRs). Here, we have demonstrated that selective inactivation of the GPCR-associated protein β-arrestin 2 in hepatocytes of adult mice results in greatly increased hepatic GCGR signaling, leading to striking deficits in glucose homeostasis. However, hepatocyte-specific β-arrestin 2 deficiency did not affect hepatic insulin sensitivity or β-adrenergic signaling...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650179/political-activism-and-mental-health-among-black-and-latinx-college-students
#17
Elan C Hope, Gabriel Velez, Carly Offidani-Bertrand, Micere Keels, Myles I Durkee
OBJECTIVES: The current study investigates the utility of political activism as a protective factor against experiences of racial/ethnic (R/E) discrimination that negatively affect stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms among Black and Latinx college freshmen at predominately White institutions. METHOD: Data come from the Minority College Cohort Study, a longitudinal investigation of Black and Latinx college students (N = 504; 44% Black). We conducted multiple regression analyses for each mental health indicator and tested for interaction effects...
June 26, 2017: Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650109/inducible-activation-of-fgfr2-in-adult-mice-promotes-bone-formation-after-bone-marrow-ablation
#18
Wei Xu, Fengtao Luo, Quan Wang, Qiaoyan Tan, Junlan Huang, Siru Zhou, Zuqiang Wang, Xianding Sun, Liang Kuang, Min Jin, Nan Su, Wanling Jiang, Liang Chen, Huabing Qi, Ying Zhu, Bo Chen, Hangang Chen, Shuai Chen, Yu Gao, Xiaoling Xu, Chuxia Deng, Lin Chen, Yangli Xie, Xiaolan Du
Apert syndrome is one of the most severe craniosynostoses, resulting from gain-of-function mutations in fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2). Previous studies have shown that gain-of-function mutations of FGFR2 (S252W or P253R) cause skull malformation of human Apert syndrome by affecting both chondrogenesis and osteogenesis, underscoring the key role of FGFR2 in bone development. However, the effects of FGFR2 on bone formation at the adult stage have not been fully investigated. To investigate the role of FGFR2 in bone formation, we generated mice with tamoxifen-inducible expression of mutant FGFR2 (P253R) at the adult stage...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650106/dok3-modulates-bone-remodeling-by-negatively-regulating-osteoclastogenesis-and-positively-regulating-osteoblastogenesis
#19
Xiaofeng Cai, Junjie Xing, Courtney L Long, Qisheng Peng, Mary Beth Humphrey
Osteoclastogenesis is essential for bone remodeling and normal skeletal maintenance. RANKL promotes osteoclast differentiation and function but requires costimulation of immunoreceptor tyrosine-based activation motif (ITAM)-coupled immunoreceptors. Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-2 (TREM2) coupled to ITAM-adaptor protein DNAX activation protein 12kDA (DAP12) provides costimulation of intracellular calcium signaling during osteoclastogenesis. Previously, we found that downstream of kinase-3 (DOK3) physically associates with DAP12 to inhibit toll-like receptor (TLR)-induced inflammatory signaling in macrophages...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650086/systemic-thrombolysis-catheter-directed-thrombolysis-and-anticoagulation-for-intermediate-risk-pulmonary-embolism-a-simulation-modeling-analysis
#20
Christopher Kabrhel, Ayman Ali, Jin Choi, Chin Hur
OBJECTIVES: Decision-making around the use of thrombolysis for patients with intermediate-risk (submassive) PE remains challenging. Studies indicate favorable clinical outcomes with systemic thrombolytics (IV tPA), but the risk of major bleeding and hemorrhagic stroke is a deterrent. Catheter-directed thrombolysis (CDT) may be a preferable strategy, as it has been shown to have a lower risk of bleeding than systemic thrombolysis. However, a three-arm randomized control study comparing IV tPA, CDT, and anticoagulation alone, with long-term follow up, would be costly and is unlikely to be performed...
June 26, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
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