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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054329/the-optimal-stimulation-site-for-high-frequency-repetitive-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-double-blind-crossover-pilot-study
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Masaru Yokoe, Tomoo Mano, Tomoyuki Maruo, Koichi Hosomi, Toshio Shimokawa, Haruhiko Kishima, Satoru Oshino, Shayne Morris, Yu Kageyama, Yuko Goto, Takeshi Shimizu, Hideki Mochizuki, Toshiki Yoshimine, Youichi Saitoh
Many reports have shown improvements in motor symptoms after repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). However, the best stimulation area in the brain has not currently been determined. We assessed the effects of high-frequency rTMS (HF-rTMS) on the motor and mood disturbances in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and attempted to determine whether the primary motor area (M1), the supplementary motor area (SMA), and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) were the best treatment targets. In this randomized, double-blind crossover design study, we investigated the efficacy of 3 consecutive days of HF-rTMS over the M1, SMA, and DLPFC and compared these HF-rTMS to sham stimulations...
October 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053905/distinct-predictive-role-of-collateral-status-on-clinical-outcome-in-variant-stroke-subtypes-of-acute-large-arterial-occlusion
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Xuting Zhang, Meixia Zhang, Wenhong Ding, Shenqiang Yan, David S Liebeskind, Min Lou
BACKGROUND: Clinical trials have showed that robust collateral flow has a relationship with good clinical outcome, however, different stroke subtypes were lumped together. This study explored the relationship between baseline collaterals and the onset-to-imaging time (OIT), and the correlation between pre-treatment collateral status and clinical outcome among different subtypes. METHOD: We reviewed prospectively collected data from consecutive acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients with acute middle cerebral artery occlusion who received reperfusion therapy...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053258/parrotfish-teeth-stiff-biominerals-whose-microstructure-makes-them-tough-and-abrasion-resistant-to-bite-stony-corals
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Matthew A Marcus, Shahrouz Amini, Cayla A Stifler, Chang-Yu Sun, Nobumichi Tamura, Hans A Bechtel, Dilworth Y Parkinson, Harold S Barnard, Xiyue X X Zhang, J Q Isaiah Chua, Ali Miserez, Pupa U P A Gilbert
Parrotfish (Scaridae) feed by biting stony corals. To investigate how their teeth endure the associated contact stresses, we examine the chemical composition, nano- and micro-scale structure, and the mechanical properties of the steephead parrotfish Chlorurus microrhinos tooth. Its enameloid is a fluorapatite (Ca5(PO4)3F) biomineral with outstanding mechanical characteristics: the mean elastic modulus is 124 GPa, and the mean hardness near the biting surface is 7.3 GPa, making it among the stiffest and hardest biominerals measured; the mean indentation yield strength is above 6 GPa, and the mean fracture toughness is 2...
October 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052963/deficiency-of-p38%C3%AE-in-macrophage-ameliorates-d-galactosamine-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-acute-liver-injury-in-mice
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Jiao Liu, Shengjie Zhang, Hongchao Cao, Hui Wang, Chao Sun, Shengnan Liu, Shuxian Yu, Yan Li, Wei Liu, Hui Wang, Jingjing Jiang, Hao Ying
Growing evidence suggests that hepatic macrophages play an important role in tissue repair after liver injury by coordinating the induction and resolution of inflammation, removing apoptotic cells and promoting hepatocyte proliferation. Understanding the role of macrophage in the pathogenesis of liver injury will help pave the way to future therapeutics. Here we investigated whether macrophage p38α plays a regulatory role in the tissue repair following a GalN/TNF-α-induced acute liver injury. We found that macrophage p38α deficient mice displayed decreased mortality and relieved liver injury as evident from less apoptosis, accelerated regeneration, decreased granulocytes recruitment, monocytes infiltration, and cytokine production after GalN/TNF-α treatment...
October 20, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052596/t-6-11-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-study-of-seven-cases-including-two-with-aggressive-behavior-and-utility-of-cd68-pg-m1-in-the-differential-diagnosis-with-pure-epithelioid-pecoma-epithelioid-angiomyolipoma
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Anna Caliò, Matteo Brunelli, Diego Segala, Serena Pedron, Regina Tardanico, Andrea Remo, Stefano Gobbo, Emanuela Meneghelli, Claudio Doglioni, Ondrej Hes, Claudia Zampini, Pedram Argani, Guido Martignoni
Renal cell carcinomas with t(6;11) chromosome translocation involving the TFEB gene are indolent neoplasms which often occur in young patients. In this study, we report seven cases of renal cell carcinoma with TFEB rearrangement, two of whom had histologically proven metastasis. Patients (4F, 3M) ranged in age from 19 to 55 years (mean 37). One patient developed paratracheal and pleural metastases 24 months after surgery and died of disease after 46 months; another one recurred with neoplastic nodules in the perinephric fat and pelvic soft tissue...
October 20, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051224/advanced-glycation-end-products-impair-nlrp3-inflammasome-mediated-innate-immune-responses-in-macrophages
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Seunghwan Son, Inhwa Hwang, Seung Hyeok Han, Jeon-Soo Shin, Ok Sarah Shin, Je-Wook Yu
Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are adducts formed on proteins by glycation with reducing sugars, such as glucose, and tend to form and accumulate under hyperglycemic conditions. AGE accumulation alters protein function and has been implicated in the pathogenesis of many degenerative diseases such as diabetic complications. AGEs have also been shown to promote the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, but the roles of AGEs in inflammasome signaling have not been explored in detail. Here, we present evidence that AGEs attenuate activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome in bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDMs) as determined by caspase-1 processing and interleukin-1β production...
October 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050965/the-revised-staging-system-for-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-based-on-surveillance-epidemiology-and-end-results-database
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Shuai Wang, Ke Ma, Qun Wang, Fenghao Sun, Yu Shi, Cheng Zhan, Wei Jiang
BACKGROUND: Several staging systems for MPM have been introduced. However, none of them provide perfect survival stratification among heterogeneous patients. The aim of this population-based cohort study was to propose adjustments to current staging system for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). METHODS: We retrieved MPM data from Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database (1973-2014). Kaplan-Meier method was derived to examine the prognostic effects of tumor, lymph node, metastasis and histology features...
October 16, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050860/eeg-power-spectrum-maturation-in-preterm-fetal-growth-restricted-infants
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Emily Cohen, Flora Y Wong, Euan M Wallace, Joanne C Mockler, Alexsandria Odoi, Samantha Hollis, Rosemary S C Horne, Stephanie R Yiallourou
Power spectral analysis of the electroencephalogram (EEG) is a non-invasive method to examine infant brain maturation. Preterm fetal growth restricted (p-FGR) neonates display an altered EEG power spectrum compared to appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA) peers, suggesting delayed brain maturation. Longitudinal studies investigating EEG power spectrum maturation in p-FGR infants are lacking, however. We thus aimed to investigate brain maturation using sleep EEG power spectral analysis in p-FGR infants compared to preterm and term AGA controls (p-AGA and t-AGA, respectively)...
October 16, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050522/metabolism-of-megestrol-acetate-in-vitro-and-the-role-of-oxidative-metabolites
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Larry House, Michael Seminerio, Snezana Mirkov, Jacqueline Ramirez, Maxwell Skor, Joseph Sachleben, Masis Isikbay, Hari Singhal, Geoffrey Greene, Donald Vander Griend, Suzanne Conzen, Mark J Ratain
There is limited knowledge regarding the metabolism of megestrol acetate (MA), as it was approved by FDA in 1971, prior to the availability of modern tools for identifying specific drug-metabolizing enzymes. We determined the cytochrome P450s (P450s) and UDP-glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) that metabolize MA, identified oxidative metabolites, and determined pharmacologic activity at the progesterone, androgen and glucocorticoid receptors (PR, AR, and GR, respectively). Oxidative metabolites were produced using human liver microsomes (HLMs), and isolated for mass spectral (MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analyses...
October 20, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050210/astaxanthin-acts-via-lrp-1-to-inhibit-inflammation-and-reverse-lipopolysaccharide-induced-m1-m2-polarization-of-microglial-cells
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Xiaojun Wen, Lijiao Xiao, Zhuoyan Zhong, Limin Wang, Ze Li, Xiaoping Pan, Zhonglin Liu
Microglia become activated during neuroinflammation and produce neurotoxic and neurotrophic factors, depending on whether they acquire M1 proinflammatory or M2 anti-inflammatory phenotypes. Astaxanthin (ATX), a natural carotenoid, has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. We investigated whether ATX could reverse M1/M2 polarization and suppress neuroinflammation via low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein-1 (LRP-1). We observed increased expression of M1 (TNF-α, IL-1β, and CD86) and decreased expression of M2 (Arg-1, IL-10, and CD206) markers in BV2 microglial cells stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050203/loss-of-egr1-a-human-del5q-gene-accelerates-bcr-abl-driven-chronic-myelogenous-leukemia
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Silvia Maifrede, Andrew Magimaidas, Xiaojin Sha, Kaushiki Mukherjee, Dan A Liebermann, Barbara Hoffman
There is substantial evidence that early growth response-1 (Egr1) gene, a zinc-finger transcription factor, behaves as a tumor suppressor in leukemia. This includes reports from this laboratory that constitutive Egr1 overrides leukemia conferred by deregulated c-Myc or E2F-1 in the M1 myeloid leukemic cell line by promoting differentiation. To investigate the effect of Egr1 on the initiation and progression of Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), lethally irradiated syngeneic wild type mice were reconstituted with bone marrow (BM) from either wild type or Egr1 null mice transduced with a 210-kD BCR-ABL-expressing MSCV-retrovirus (bone marrow transplantation {BMT})...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047061/release-and-kinetics-of-arsenic-and-plumbum-in-the-songhua-river-surficial-sediments
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Guang-Min Liu, Qing An, Li-Juan Wang, Xin Jia, Si-Hui Feng, Shu-Mei Xia, Yi-Ning Wu, Hong Qi
To estimate the pollution of As and Pb in the Songhua River which flows through the major rice-producing regions in China, the present study investigated the level and release of As and Pb in surficial sediments which collected from nine sites in Songhua River (M1-M9). The concentration of As and Pb was ranged as follows: As = 3.104~15.01 μg/g, Pb = 20.10~37.42 μg/g; the average concentration: As = 6.466 ± 3.077 μg/g, Pb = 28.88 ± 5.077 μg/g. By analysis vertically, the average concentration of As was 5...
October 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046451/mutations-in-the-influenza-a-virus-m1-protein-enhance-virus-budding-to-complement-lethal-mutations-in-the-m2-cytoplasmic-tail
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Hsuan Liu, Michael L Grantham, Andrew Pekosz
The influenza A virus M1 and M2 proteins play important roles in virus assembly and in the morphology of virus particles. Mutations in the distal cytoplasmic tail region of M2, and in particular a tyrosine to alanine substitution at residue 76 (Y76A) was essential for infectious virus production and filament formation while having limited effects on total virus particle budding. Using a novel selection method, mutations at seven different M1 amino acids (residue 73, 94, 135, 136, or 138 or a double mutation 93/244) that are not found in circulating influenza virus strains or been previously identified to play a role in influenza A virus assembly were found to complement the lethal M2Y76A mutation...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046427/different-contributions-of-primary-motor-cortex-reticular-formation-and-spinal-cord-to-fractionated-muscle-activation
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Boubker Zaaimi, Lauren R Dean, Stuart N Baker
Coordinated movement requires patterned activation of muscles. In this study we examined differences in selective activation of primate upper limb muscles by cortical and sub-cortical regions. Five macaque monkeys were trained to perform a reach and grasp task, and electromyogram (EMG) was recorded from 10-24 muscles while weak single-pulse stimuli were delivered through microelectrodes inserted in the motor cortex (M1), reticular formation (RF) or cervical spinal cord (SC). Stimulus intensity was adjusted to a level just above threshold...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046051/characterization-of-the-skin-mucus-in-the-common-octopus-octopus-vulgaris-cuvier-reared-paralarvae
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Gianluca Accogli, Giovanni Scillitani, Donatella Mentino, Salvatore Desantis
The Octopus vulgaris farming is impaired by the high mortality of the paralarvae during the first month of life. Several factors have been investigated in this regard, but no data exist on the body surface mucus, which represents the interface with the outside environment. This study included morphometric analysis and glycoconjugates characterization of skin mucus in reared Octopus vulgaris paralarvae during the first month of life. Four types of mucous cells were distinguished:  mucous 1 (m1) and mucous 2 (m2) cells were scattered in the mantle epidermis, mucous 3 (m3) and mucous 4 (m4) in the epithelium surrounding the sucker...
September 12, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044999/macrophage-subpopulations-and-their-impact-on-chronic-allograft-rejection-versus-graft-acceptance-in-a-mouse-heart-transplant-model
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Yue Zhao, Song Chen, Peixiang Lan, Chenglin Wu, Yaling Dou, Xiang Xiao, Zhiqiang Zhang, Laurie Minze, Xiaoshun He, Wenhao Chen, Xian C Li
Macrophages infiltrating the allografts are heterogeneous, consisting of pro-inflammatory (M1 cells) as well as anti-inflammatory and fibrogenic phenotypes (M2 cells); they affect transplant outcomes via diverse mechanisms. Herein, we found that macrophage polarization into M1 and M2 subsets was critically dependent on TRAF6 and mTOR, respectively. In a heart transplant model we showed that macrophage-specific deletion of TRAF6 (LysM(C)(re) Traf6(fl/fl) ) or mTOR (LysM(C)(re) Mtor(fl/fl) ) did not affect acute allograft rejection...
October 17, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044753/development-of-a-quantitative-intracranial-vascular-features-extraction-tool-on-3d-mra-using-semiautomated-open-curve-active-contour-vessel-tracing
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Li Chen, Mahmud Mossa-Basha, Niranjan Balu, Gador Canton, Jie Sun, Kristi Pimentel, Thomas S Hatsukami, Jenq-Neng Hwang, Chun Yuan
PURPOSE: To develop a quantitative intracranial artery measurement technique to extract comprehensive artery features from time-of-flight MR angiography (MRA). METHODS: By semiautomatically tracing arteries based on an open-curve active contour model in a graphical user interface, 12 basic morphometric features and 16 basic intensity features for each artery were identified. Arteries were then classified as one of 24 types using prediction from a probability model...
October 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043770/a-novel-negative-allosteric-modulator-selective-for-glun2c-2d-containing-nmda-receptors-inhibits-synaptic-transmission-in-hippocampal-interneurons
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Sharon A Swanger, Katie M Vance, Timothy M Acker, Sommer S Zimmerman, John O DiRaddo, Scott J Myers, Christoffer Bundgaard, Cara A Mosley, Samantha L Summer, David S Menaldino, Henrik S Jensen, Dennis C Liotta, Stephen F Traynelis
N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are ionotropic glutamate receptors that mediate excitatory synaptic transmission and have been implicated in numerous neurological disorders. NMDARs typically comprise two GluN1 and two GluN2 subunits. The four GluN2 subtypes (GluN2A-GluN2D) have distinct functional properties and gene expression patterns, which contribute to diverse functional roles for NMDARs in the brain. Here, we present a series of GluN2C/2D-selective negative allosteric modulators built around a N-aryl benzamide (NAB) core...
October 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042952/protective-effect-of-ulinastatin-on-severe-pulmonary-infection-under-immunosuppression-and-its-molecular-mechanism
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Wenshuai Liu, Guozhong Pang, Shengyan Wang, Aiqin Sun
The objective of the present study was to investigate the protective effect of ulinastatin on severe pulmonary infection under immunosuppression, and its molecular mechanism. Mice were treated with methylprednisolone and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to establish the model of severe pulmonary infection under immunosuppression. Mice were randomly divided into group A (model group; treated with equal volumes of saline), group B (treated with 1×10(5) U/kg ulinastatin), and group C (normal control group). Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) was collected, and the concentrations of cytokines in BALF were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042607/abnormal-m1-m2-macrophage-phenotype-profiles-in-the-small-airway-wall-and-lumen-in-smokers-and-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd
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Mathew Suji Eapen, Philip M Hansbro, Kielan McAlinden, Richard Y Kim, Chris Ward, Tillie-Louise Hackett, Eugene H Walters, Sukhwinder Singh Sohal
We explore potential dysregulation of macrophage phenotypes in COPD pathogenesis through integrated study of human small airway tissue, bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and an experimental murine model of COPD. We evaluated human airway tissue and BAL from healthy controls, normal lung function smokers (NLFS), and COPD subjects. Both small airways and BAL cells were immunohistochemically stained with anti-CD68 for total macrophages and with anti-CD163 for M2, and anti-iNOS for M1 macrophages. Multiplex ELISA measured BAL cytokines...
October 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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