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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352759/regional-myocardial-function-abnormalities-are-associated-with-macro-and-microcirculation-dysfunction-in-the-metabolic-syndrome-the-resolve-study
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Philippe Obert, Guillaume Walther, Frédéric Dutheil, Bruno Lesourd, Robert Chapier, Daniel Courteix, Agnes Vinet
Abnormalities in myocardial and vascular function have been reported in the metabolic syndrome (MetS), but whether these alterations are related remains poorly documented. Our aim was accordingly to investigate interrelationships between macro- and microcirculatory vasoreactivity and left ventricular (LV) myocardial function in MetS patients. Eighty-eight MetS individuals and 44 age- and gender-matched healthy controls were enrolled. LV global longitudinal strain (GLS) was measured using Vector Velocity Imaging...
January 19, 2018: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352704/treatment-of-adult-chronic-indeterminate-chagas-disease-with-benznidazole-and-three-e1224-dosing-regimens-a-proof-of-concept-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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Faustino Torrico, Joaquim Gascon, Lourdes Ortiz, Cristina Alonso-Vega, María-Jesús Pinazo, Alejandro Schijman, Igor C Almeida, Fabiana Alves, Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft, Isabela Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Chagas disease is a major neglected vector-borne disease. In this study, we investigated the safety and efficacy of three oral E1224 (a water-soluble ravuconazole prodrug) regimens and benznidazole versus placebo in adult chronic indeterminate Chagas disease. METHOD: In this proof-of-concept, double-blind, randomised phase 2 clinical trial, we recruited adults (18-50 years) with confirmed diagnosis of Trypanosoma cruzi infection from two outpatient units in Bolivia...
January 15, 2018: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352633/current-concerns-and-perspectives-on-zika-virus-co-infection-with-arboviruses-and-hiv
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Hussin A Rothan, Mehdi R M Bidokhti, Siddappa N Byrareddy
Dissemination of vector-borne viruses, such as Zika virus (ZIKV), in tropical and sub-tropical regions has a complicated impact on the immunopathogenesis of other endemic viruses such as dengue virus (DENV), chikungunya virus (CHIKV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The consequences of the possible co-infections with these viruses have specifically shown significant impact on the treatment and vaccination strategies. ZIKV is a mosquito-borne flavivirus from African and Asian lineages that causes neurological complications in infected humans...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352245/av2-protein-of-tomato-leaf-curl-palampur-virus-promotes-systemic-necrosis-in-nicotiana-benthamiana-and-interacts-with-host-catalase2
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Poonam Roshan, Aditya Kulshreshtha, Surender Kumar, Rituraj Purohit, Vipin Hallan
Tomato leaf curl Palampur virus (ToLCPalV) is a whitefly-transmitted, bipartite begomovirus. Here, we demonstrated that ectopic expression of AV2 from a Potato virus X (PVX)-based vector accelerated systemic necrosis and reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation in Nicotiana benthamiana. Furthermore, 10 amino acids from N-terminal region of AV2 were found to be associated with the systemic necrosis symptom/phenotype. Mutational studies of ToLCPalV infectious clones lacking the AV2 revealed that AV2 is essential for the systemic movement of DNA-A, symptom severity and viral DNA accumulation...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351398/visceral-hypersensitivity-induced-by-optogenetic-activation-of-the-amygdala-in-conscious-rats
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Anthony C Johnson, Rocco Latorre, Casey O Ligon, Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld
In vivo optogenetics identifies brain circuits controlling behaviors in conscious animals by using light to alter neuronal function and offers a novel tool to study the brain-gut axis. Using adenoviral-mediated expression, we aimed to investigate whether photoactivation with channelrhodopsin (ChR2) or photoinhibition with halorhodopsin (HR3.0) of fibers originating from the central nucleus of the amygdala (CeA) at the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) had any effect on colonic sensitivity. We also investigated whether that there was any deleterious effect of the adenovirus on the neuronal population or the neuronal phenotype within the CeA-BNST circuitry activated during the optogenetic stimulation...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351273/understanding-the-legal-trade-of-cattle-and-camels-and-the-derived-risk-of-rift-valley-fever-introduction-into-and-transmission-within-egypt
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Sebastian Napp, Veronique Chevalier, Núria Busquets, Paolo Calistri, Jordi Casal, Mohamed Attia, Rehab Elbassal, Heba Hosni, Hatem Farrag, Noura Hassan, Rasha Tawfik, Sohair Abd Elkader, Shahin Bayomy
Rift Valley Fever (RVF) is a mosquito-borne zoonosis, which may cause significant losses for the livestock sector and have serious public health implications. Egypt has been repeatedly affected by RVF epidemics, mainly associated to the importation of animals from sub-Saharan countries, where the disease is endemic. The objective of our study was the improvement of the surveillance and control strategies implemented in Egypt. In order to do that, first we evaluated the legal trade of live animals into and within Egypt...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350681/aav-9-mediated-phosphatase-1-inhibitor-1-overexpression-improves-cardiac-contractility-in-unchallenged-mice-but-is-deleterious-in-pressure-overload
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D M Schwab, L Tilemann, R Bauer, M Heckmann, A Jungmann, M Wagner, J Burgis, C Vettel, H A Katus, A El-Armouche, O J Müller
The downregulation of β-adrenergic receptors (β-AR) and decreased cAMP-dependent protein kinase activity in failing hearts results in decreased phosphorylation and inactivation of phosphatase-inhibitor-1 (I-1), a distal amplifier element of β-adrenergic signaling, leading to increased protein phosphatase 1 activity and dephosphorylation of key phosphoproteins, including phospholamban. Downregulated and hypophosphorylated I-1 likely contributes to β-AR desensitization; therefore its modulation is a promising approach in heart failure treatment...
January 19, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350408/calibration-and-non-orthogonality-correction-of-three-axis-hall-sensors-for-the-monitoring-of-mri-workers-exposure-to-static-magnetic-fields
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Antoine Delmas, Lamia Belguerras, Nicolas Weber, Freddy Odille, Cédric Pasquier, Jacques Felblinger, Pierre-André Vuissoz
A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner uses three different electromagnetic fields (EMF) to produce body images: a static permanent magnetic field (MF), several pulsed magnetic gradients, and a radiofrequency pulse. As a result, any occupation that includes an MRI exposes workers to a strong MF. The World Health Organization has now given the monitoring of occupational EMF exposure a high priority. One design for a low-cost, compact MF exposure monitor (« MR exposimeter ») uses a set of three orthogonally assembled Hall sensors...
January 19, 2018: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349588/amphiregulin-enhances-cardiac-fibrosis-and-aggravates-cardiac-dysfunction-in-mice-with-experimental-myocardial-infarction-partly-through-activating-egfr-dependent-pathway
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Liang Liu, Xian Jin, Cui-Fen Hu, Ya-Ping Zhang, Zhong'e Zhou, Rong Li, Cheng-Xing Shen
Cardiac fibrosis (CF), a main process of ventricular remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI), plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of heart failure (HF) post-MI. It is known that amphiregulin (AR) is involved in fibrosis of several organs. However, the expression of AR and its role post-MI are yet to be determined. This study aimed to investigate the impact of AR on CF post-MI and related mechanisms. Significantly upregulated AR expression was evidenced in the infarct border zone of MI mice in vivo and the AR secretion was enhanced in macrophages, but not in cardiac fibroblasts...
January 18, 2018: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348629/the-suppressive-role-of-calcium-sensing-receptor-in-endometrial-cancer
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Xiaoyan Xin, Xianqin Zeng, Dilu Feng, Teng Hua, Shuangge Liu, Shuqi Chi, Qinghua Hu, Hongbo Wang
Studies have shown that calcium sensing receptor (CaSR) is involved in the progressions of several human cancers. However, the role of CaSR in endometrial cancer remains unknown. This study provides a preliminary analysis of the CaSR effect on endometrial cancer development. Ectopic CaSR expression by lentiviral transfection (CaSR-OV) in Ishikawa cells significantly increased intracellular calcium ([Ca2+]i) levels and cell apoptosis. E-cadherin and β-catenin expression and complex formation at the membrane were increased in CaSR-OV Ishikawa cells relative to control Ishikawa cells (vector)...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346886/predictability-of-escape-for-a-stochastic-saddle-node-bifurcation-when-rare-events-are-typical
#11
Corentin Herbert, Freddy Bouchet
Transitions between multiple stable states of nonlinear systems are ubiquitous in physics, chemistry, and beyond. Two types of behaviors are usually seen as mutually exclusive: unpredictable noise-induced transitions and predictable bifurcations of the underlying vector field. Here, we report a different situation, corresponding to a fluctuating system approaching a bifurcation, where both effects collaborate. We show that the problem can be reduced to a single control parameter governing the competition between deterministic and stochastic effects...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346647/resistance-to-selected-pyrethroid-insecticides-in-the-malaria-mosquito-anopheles-stephensi-diptera-muscidae-from-punjab-pakistan
#12
Hafiz Azhar Ali Khan, Waseem Akram, Sumi Lee
Pyrethroids are commonly used insecticides in malaria control programs; however, insecticide resistance limits the benefits gained by using these insecticides. In the present study, we assessed the resistance status for different pyrethroids of the malaria mosquito vector, Anopheles stephensi Liston (Diptera: Muscidae), in the Punjab province, Pakistan. Bioassays were conducted using diagnostic doses following standard World Health Organization protocols: 0.05% λ-cyhalothrin, 0.75% permethrin, 0.15% cyfluthrin, 0...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346387/inferring-the-risk-factors-behind-the-geographical-spread-and-transmission-of-zika-in-the-americas
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Lauren M Gardner, András Bóta, Karthik Gangavarapu, Moritz U G Kraemer, Nathan D Grubaugh
BACKGROUND: An unprecedented Zika virus epidemic occurred in the Americas during 2015-2016. The size of the epidemic in conjunction with newly recognized health risks associated with the virus attracted significant attention across the research community. Our study complements several recent studies which have mapped epidemiological elements of Zika, by introducing a newly proposed methodology to simultaneously estimate the contribution of various risk factors for geographic spread resulting in local transmission and to compute the risk of spread (or re-introductions) between each pair of regions...
January 18, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346269/identification-of-secreted-proteins-involved-in-nonspecific-dsrna-mediated-lutzomyia-longipalpis-ll5-cell-antiviral-response
#14
Andrea Martins-da-Silva, Erich Loza Telleria, Michel Batista, Fabricio Klerynton Marchini, Yara Maria Traub-Csekö, Antonio Jorge Tempone
Hematophagous insects transmit infectious diseases. Sand flies are vectors of leishmaniasis, but can also transmit viruses. We have been studying immune responses of Lutzomyia longipalpis, the main vector of visceral leishmaniasis in the Americas. We identified a non-specific antiviral response in L. longipalpis LL5 embryonic cells when treated with non-specific double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs). This response is reminiscent of interferon response in mammals. We are investigating putative effectors for this antiviral response...
January 18, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345252/optimization-of-lentiviral-vector-production-for-scale-up-in-fixed-bed-bioreactor
#15
A J Valkama, H M Leinonen, E M Lipponen, V Turkki, J Malinen, T Heikura, S Ylä-Herttuala, H P Lesch
Lentiviral vectors (LVs) are promising tools for gene therapy. However, scaling up the production methods of LVs in order to produce high-quality vectors for clinical purposes has proven to be difficult. In this article, we present a scalable and efficient method to produce LVs with transient transfection of adherent 293T cells in a fixed-bed bioreactor. The disposable iCELLis bioreactors are scalable with a large three-dimensional (3D) growth area range between 0.53 and 500 m2, an integrated perfusion system, and a controllable environment for production...
October 5, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344247/upregulation-of-the-checkpoint-protein-chfr-is-associated-with-tumor-suppression-in-pancreatic-cancers
#16
Di Zhang, Xiao-Lan Xu, Fei Li, Hai-Chen Sun, Ye-Qing Cui, Shuang Liu, Ping-Yong Xu
The checkpoint with forkhead-associated (FHA) domain and RING-finger (CHFR) protein was identified as a cell cycle checkpoint protein and E3 ubiquitin ligase. In the present study, the potential functions of CHFR in pancreatic cancer were investigated. CHFR expression was measured in five pancreatic cancer cell lines by reverse transcription- quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blotting. Capan-1 cells stably expressing CHFR were established by lentiviral vector transfection. Cell proliferation was assessed using Cell Counting Kit-8, and cell migration/invasion assay was determined using Transwell assays...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344215/mir-203a-suppresses-cell-proliferation-by-targeting-e2f-transcription-factor-3-in-human-gastric-cancer
#17
Huiqin Yang, Lixia Wang, Xiaoli Tang, Wenmei Bai
MicroRNAs (miRs) are a class of short non-coding RNAs that serve an essential role in the tumorigenesis of gastric cancer (GC). MiR-203a has been reported as a tumor repressor in various types of human cancer. In the present study, the function of miR-203a on the proliferation of GC cells was investigated. Bioinformatics analyses revealed that miR-203a targets the 3'-untranslated region of E2F transcription factor 3 (E2F3) messenger RNA. A luciferase reporter assay and western blot analysis were performed to confirm whether E2F3 was a target of miR-203a...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344158/construction-of-the-pot1-promoter-report-gene-vector-and-the-effect-and-underlying-mechanism-of-the-pot1-promoter-in-regulating-telomerase-and-telomere-length
#18
Liang Zeng, Yue-Li Wang, Fa Wang, Shi-Quan Cui, Liang Hu, Di-Nan Huang, Gan Hou
By using human genomic DNA as a template to clone protection of telomere 1 (POT1) promoter gene segments and construct the POT1 promoter luciferase report gene vector (pGL3-Control-POT1-promoter), the association between POT1, and the regulation of telomerase and telomere length was investigated. In the present study, two recombinant luciferase report gene vectors were constructed, which included different regions of the POT1 promoter. The plasmids were transformed into DH5α and the positive clones were obtained...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344126/microrna-34a-overexpression-inhibits-cell-migration-and-invasion-via-regulating-sirt1-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
Jianhui Zhou, Wenying Zhou, Fangen Kong, Xiaoyu Xiao, Haoyu Kuang, Yingxian Zhu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains one of the most common types of malignancy with high mortality and morbidity rates. Previous studies have suggested that microRNAs (miRs) serve pivotal functions in various types of tumor. The aim of the present study was to assess the association between miR-34a expression and HCC cell migration and invasion, and the potential underlying mechanisms. The miR-34a overexpression vector or scramble control was transfected into human Hep3B and Huh7 cell lines. Transwell assays, and Matrigel and wound healing assays were used to detect the effects of miR-34a expression on HCC cell invasion and migration, respectively...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343574/novel-human-polyomavirus-non-coding-control-regions-differ-in-bi-directional-gene-expression-according-to-host-cell-large-t-antigen-expression-and-clinically-occurring-rearrangements
#20
Elvis T Ajuh, Zongsong Wu, Emma Kraus, Fabian H Weissbach, Tobias Bethge, Rainer Gosert, Nicole Fischer, Hans H Hirsch
Human polyomavirus (HPyV) DNA genomes contain three regions denoted early viral gene region (EVGR) encoding the regulatory T-antigens and one microRNA, late viral gene region (LVGR) encoding the structural Vp capsid proteins, and non-coding control region (NCCR). The NCCR harbours the origin of viral genome replication and bi-directional promoter/enhancer functions governing EVGR- and LVGR-expression on opposite DNA strands. Despite principle similarities, HPyV-NCCRs differ in length, sequence, and architecture...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
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