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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820389/hippo-pathway-brief-overview-of-its-relevance-in-cancer
#1
A L Zygulska, K Krzemieniecki, P Pierzchalski
The Hippo pathway is the major regulator of organ growth and proliferation. Described initially in Drosophila, it is now recognized as one of the most conserved molecular pathways in all metazoan. Recent studies have revealed the Hippo signalling pathway might contribute to tumorigenesis and cancer development. The core components of the Hippo pathway include the mammalian sterile 20-like kinases (MSTs), large tumour suppressor kinases (LATSs), the adaptor proteins Salvador homologue 1 (SAV1, also called WW45) and Mps One Binder kinase activator proteins...
June 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819264/microplastics-in-spanish-table-salt
#2
Maria E Iñiguez, Juan A Conesa, Andres Fullana
Marine debris is widely recognized as a global environmental problem. One of its main components, microplastics, has been found in several sea salt samples from different countries, indicating that sea products are irremediably contaminated by microplastics. Previous studies show very confusing results, reporting amounts of microparticles (MPs) in salt ranging from zero to 680 MPs/kg, with no mention of the possible causes of such differences. Several errors in the experimental procedures used were found and are reported in the present work...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812358/bioinspired-active-stealth-magneto-nanomicelles-for-theranostics-combining-efficient-mri-and-enhanced-drug-delivery
#3
Kai-Long Zhang, Jie Zhou, Hong Zhou, Ying Wu, Rui Liu, Li-Li Wang, Wei-Wen Lin, Guoming Huang, Huang-Hao Yang
The mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS), with key roles in recognition and clearance of foreign particles, is a major constraint to nanoparticle-based delivery systems. The desire to improve the delivery efficiency has prompted the search for stealthy long-circulating nanoplatforms. Herein, we design an antiphagocytic delivery system with "active" stealth behavior for cancer theranostics combining efficient MRI and enhanced drug delivery. We modify self-peptide, a synthetic peptide for active immunomodulation, to biodegradable poly (lactide-glycolide)-poly (ethylene glycol) (PLGA-PEG), then utilize the self-assembly properties of PLGA-PEG to form nanomicelles that encapsulating iron oxide (IO) nanoparticles and anticancer drug paclitaxel (PTX)...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807524/peak-linear-and-rotational-acceleration-magnitude-and-duration-effects-on-maximum-principal-strain-in-the-corpus-callosum-for-sport-impacts
#4
Andrew Post, T Blaine Hoshizaki, Michael D Gilchrist, Michael D Cusimano
Concussion has been linked to the presence of injurious strains in the brain tissues. Research investigating severe brain injury has reported that strains in the brain may be affected by two parameters: magnitude of the acceleration, and duration of that acceleration. However, little is known how this relationship changes in terms of creating risk for brain injury for magnitudes and durations of acceleration common in sporting environments. This has particular implications for the understanding and prevention of concussive risk of injury in sporting environments...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807404/prognostic-usefulness-of-cardiac-stress-test-modalities-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-who-underwent-myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy-from-the-basel-asymptomatic-high-risk-diabetics-outcome-trial
#5
Federico Caobelli, Philip Haaf, Joannis Chronis, Gianluca Haenny, Miriam Brinkert, Matthias E Pfisterer, Michael J Zellweger
Our study aimed to assess predictors of the stress test technique used and to evaluate the impact of exercise level achieved on risk stratification in patients with asymptomatic type 2 diabetes without a previous coronary artery disease. Little is known whether co-morbidities of these patients predict the stress technique and whether physical performance provides risk stratification: 400 patients underwent clinical evaluation and myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) using physical or pharmacological stress...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806752/the-escrt-iii-pathway-facilitates-cardiomyocyte-release-of-cbin1-containing-microparticles
#6
Bing Xu, Ying Fu, Yan Liu, Sosse Agvanian, Robert C Wirka, Rachel Baum, Kang Zhou, Robin M Shaw, TingTing Hong
Microparticles (MPs) are cell-cell communication vesicles derived from the cell surface plasma membrane, although they are not known to originate from cardiac ventricular muscle. In ventricular cardiomyocytes, the membrane deformation protein cardiac bridging integrator 1 (cBIN1 or BIN1+13+17) creates transverse-tubule (t-tubule) membrane microfolds, which facilitate ion channel trafficking and modulate local ionic concentrations. The microfold- generated microdomains continuously reorganize, adapting in response to stress to modulate the calcium signaling apparatus...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805101/effect-of-size-and-shape-on-toxicity-of-zinc-oxide-zno-nanomaterials-in-human-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes
#7
Shalini D, Senthilkumar S, Rajaguru P
The multi-industrial applications of zinc oxide nanomaterials (ZnO NMs) lead to increasing exposure to humans. Though the ZnO nanoparticles toxicity had been evaluated previously, toxicity of other forms of ZnO nanomaterials has not been evaluated. In this study, cytotoxicity and genotoxicity of four different types of ZnO NMs were evaluated using human peripheral blood lymphocytes (HPBL). In addition, the effect of anti-oxidants on ZnO NMs induced toxicity was also evaluated. Our results suggest that, size and shape of the nanomaterials have profound effects on their toxicity...
August 13, 2017: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804955/3m-052-as-an-adjuvant-for-a-plga-microparticle-based-leishmania-donovani-recombinant-protein-vaccine
#8
Qian Wang, Meagan A Barry, Christopher A Seid, Elissa M Hudspeth, C Patrick McAtee, Michael J Heffernan
It is believed that an effective vaccine against leishmaniasis will require a T helper type 1 (TH 1) immune response. In this study, we investigated the adjuvanticity of the Toll-like receptor (TLR) 7/8 agonist 3M-052 in combination with the Leishmania donovani 36-kDa nucleoside hydrolase recombinant protein antigen (NH36). NH36 and 3M-052 were encapsulated in separate batches of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microparticles (MPs). The loading efficiency for NH36 was 83% and for 3M-052 was above 95%. In vitro stimulation of bone marrow-derived dendritic cells, measured by IL-12 secretion, demonstrated that 3M-052 (free or MP-formulated) had a concentration-dependent immunostimulatory effect with an optimum concentration of 2 µg/mL...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802989/do-polyethylene-microplastic-beads-alter-the-intestinal-uptake-of-ag-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-analysis-of-the-mp-vector-effect-using-in%C3%A2-vitro-gut-sacs
#9
Farhan R Khan, David Boyle, Elisabeth Chang, Nicolas R Bury
Microplastic (MP) vector effects have been well described in the literature but surprisingly little is in known about the impact of MPs on the intestinal uptake of contaminants. The present study aimed to determine whether the intestinal fate of Ag was affected by the presence of polyethylene MP beads. Ag (added as (110m)Ag) was introduced into the lumen of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) anterior/mid-intestine gut sac preparations as Ag only, Ag and MPs (co-exposure) and Ag-incubated MPs (where Ag was adsorbed to the MP)...
August 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802436/quantifying-the-cognitive-cost-of-laparo-endoscopic-single-site-surgeries-gaze-based-indices
#10
Leandro L Di Stasi, Carolina Díaz-Piedra, Juan Francisco Ruiz-Rabelo, Héctor Rieiro, Jose M Sanchez Carrion, Andrés Catena
BACKGROUND: Despite the growing interest concerning the laparo-endoscopic single-site surgery (LESS) procedure, LESS presents multiple difficulties and challenges that are likely to increase the surgeon's cognitive cost, in terms of both cognitive load and performance. Nevertheless, there is currently no objective index capable of assessing the surgeon cognitive cost while performing LESS. We assessed if gaze-based indices might offer unique and unbiased measures to quantify LESS complexity and its cognitive cost...
November 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801416/outcome-of-revascularisation-in-stable-coronary-artery-disease-without-ischaemia-a-danish-registry-based-follow-up-study
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Jane Angel Simonsen, Hans Mickley, Allan Johansen, Søren Hess, Anders Thomassen, Oke Gerke, Lisette O Jensen, Jesper Hallas, Werner Vach, Poul F Hoilund-Carlsen
OBJECTIVES: In stable coronary artery disease (CAD), coronary revascularisation may reduce mortality of patients with a certain amount of left ventricular myocardial ischaemia. However, revascularisation does not always follow the guidance suggested by ischaemia testing. We compared outcomes in patients without ischaemia who had either revascularisation or medical treatment. DESIGN AND POPULATION: Based on registries, 1327 consecutive patients with normal myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) and 278 with fixed perfusion defects were followed for a median of 6...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801348/incidental-detection-of-germline-variants-of-potential-clinical-significance-by-massively-parallel-sequencing-in-haematological-malignancies
#12
Costas K Yannakou, Kate Jones, Georgina L Ryland, Ella R Thompson, Gareth Reid, Michelle McBean, Alison Trainer, David Westerman, Piers Blombery
Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) technology has become routinely available for diagnosis, prognostication and therapeutic decision-making in haematological malignancies. However, increased throughput and wider coverage of genes can have unintended consequences. Germline variants of potential clinical significance (GVPCSs) detected during cancer testing may have implications for patients and families beyond the biological evaluation of a specific tumour. 721 reports generated from MPS panels used in the routine testing of myeloid and lymphoid malignancies were reviewed and variants within genes of potential germline relevance (TP53, RUNX1, GATA2 and WT1 in all contexts and CBL, KRAS and NRAS in the setting of juvenile myelomonocytic leukaemia) were analysed...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800312/circulating-endothelial-cells-and-microparticles-for-prediction-of-tumor-progression-and-outcomes-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#13
Fadi Najjar, Moocheer Alammar, Ghassan Al-Massarani, Nissreen Almalla, Abdulmunim Aljapawe, Adnan Ikhtiar
BACKGROUND: Circulating endothelial cells (CECs) and microparticles (MPs) are proposed as useful biosensors for angiogenesis and membrane damage in cancer. OBJECTIVE: We investigated their predictive value for progression disease (PD) and clinical outcomes in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients treated with cytotoxic chemotherapy. METHODS: Peripheral blood samples were obtained from 60 patients. Immunomagnetic separation (IMS) and flow cytometry techniques were used to quantify CECs and MPs, respectively...
July 31, 2017: Cancer Biomarkers: Section A of Disease Markers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796293/il7ra-polymorphisms-are-not-associated-with-aids-progression
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Luz María Medrano, José Luis Jiménez, María A Jiménez-Sousa, Amanda Fernández-Rodíguez, Mónica Gutiérrez-Rivas, José María Bellón, José Ramón Blanco, Alexy Inciarte, Mª Ángeles Muñoz-Fernández, Salvador Resino
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to determine whether α-chain of the IL-7 Receptor (IL7RA) polymorphisms (rs10491434, rs6897932, and rs987106) are associated with the clinical pattern of AIDS progression in ART-naïve HIV-infected patients. METHODS: We carried out a cross-sectional study in 673 HIV-infected patients who were classified into three groups according to the clinical pattern of AIDS progression (188 long-term non-progressors (LTNPs), 334 moderate progressors (MPs), and 151 rapid progressors (RPs))...
August 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795250/metformin-reduces-total-microparticles-and-microparticles-expressing-tissue-factor-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#15
Laura M L Carvalho, Cláudia N Ferreira, Ana L Candido, Fernando M Reis, Mirelle O Sóter, Mariana F Sales, Ieda F O Silva, Fernanda F C Nunes, Karina Braga Gomes
PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the levels of total microparticles (MPs) and microparticles-expressing tissue factor (TFMPs) in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) who use metformin comparing to those who do not take metformin. METHODS: We quantified total MPs and TFMPs in the plasma of 50 patients with PCOS-13 of these women used metformin (850 mg 2×/day during at least 6 months) and the other 37 did not. For this purpose, the microparticles (MPs) were purified by differential centrifugation of the plasma and, subsequently, by flow cytometry, using annexin-V and CD142 as markers...
August 9, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795174/tissue-chips-innovative-tools-for-drug-development-and-disease-modeling
#16
REVIEW
L A Low, D A Tagle
The high rate of failure during drug development is well-known, however recent advances in tissue engineering and microfabrication have contributed to the development of microphysiological systems (MPS), or 'organs-on-chips' that recapitulate the function of human organs. These 'tissue chips' could be utilized for drug screening and safety testing to potentially transform the early stages of the drug development process. They can also be used to model disease states, providing new tools for the understanding of disease mechanisms and pathologies, and assessing effectiveness of new therapies...
August 10, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794624/nanostructured-delivery-systems-with-improved-leishmanicidal-activity-a-critical-review
#17
REVIEW
Natascia Bruni, Barbara Stella, Leonardo Giraudo, Carlo Della Pepa, Daniela Gastaldi, Franco Dosio
Leishmaniasis is a vector-borne zoonotic disease caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania, which are responsible for numerous clinical manifestations, such as cutaneous, visceral, and mucocutaneous leishmaniasis, depending on the site of infection for particular species. These complexities threaten 350 million people in 98 countries worldwide. Amastigotes living within macrophage phagolysosomes are the principal target of antileishmanial treatment, but these are not an easy target as drugs must overcome major structural barriers...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794331/acoustic-sensing-based-on-density-shift-of-microspheres-by-surface-binding-of-gold-nanoparticles
#18
Akihisa Miyagawa, Yoshinori Inoue, Makoto Harada, Tetsuo Okada
Herein, we propose a concept for sensing based on density changes of microparticles (MPs) caused by a biochemical reaction. The MPs are levitated by a combined acoustic-gravitational force at a position determined by the density and compressibility. Importantly, the levitation is independent of the MPs sizes. When gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are bound on the surface of polymer MPs through a reaction, the density of the MPs dramatically increases, and their levitation position in the acoustic-gravitational field is lowered...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782721/engineering-cell-aggregates-through-incorporated-polymeric-microparticles
#19
REVIEW
Caroline C Ahrens, Ziye Dong, Wei Li
Ex vivo cell aggregates must overcome significant limitations in the transport of nutrients, drugs, and signaling proteins compared to vascularized native tissue. Further, engineered extracellular environments often fail to sufficiently replicate tethered signaling cues and the complex architecture of native tissue. Co-cultures of cells with microparticles (MPs) is a growing field directed towards overcoming many of these challenges by providing local and controlled presentation of both soluble and tethered proteins and small molecules...
August 4, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780601/elevated-plasma-levels-of-procoagulant-microparticles-are-a-novel-risk-factor-for-thrombosis-in-patients-with-myeloproliferative-neoplasms
#20
Yasuhiro Taniguchi, Hirokazu Tanaka, Espinoza J Luis, Kazuko Sakai, Takahiro Kumode, Keigo Sano, Kentarou Serizawa, Shinya Rai, Yasuyoshi Morita, Hitoshi Hanamoto, Kazuo Tsubaki, Kazuto Nishio, Itaru Matsumura
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs), including polycythemia vera and essential thrombocythemia, are frequently associated with thrombotic complications. Prevention of thrombotic events is thus a primary aim of the current treatment for these disorders. Although it is known that microparticles (MPs), which are small vesicles released from cell membranes and circulate in the blood, directly contribute to thrombosis via their procoagulant activity, potential associations between plasma levels of MPs and the risk of thrombotic events in MPNs have not been reported...
August 5, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
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