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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446012/differentiation-potential-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-is-related-to-their-intrinsic-mechanical-properties
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Ihn Han, Byung-Su Kwon, Hun-Kuk Park, Kyung Sook Kim
PURPOSE: The differentiation properties of stem cells are not yet fully understood due to their close association with multiple environmental and extrinsic factors. This study investigates the differentiation properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and correlates them with their intrinsic mechanical properties. METHODS: A total of 3 different types of MSCs, namely bone marrow-derived MSCs (BMSCs), umbilical cord-derived MSCs (UCSCs), and adipose-derived MSCs (ADSCs) were evaluated...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445780/mitochondrial-ribosomes-in-cancer
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Hyun-Jung Kim, Priyanka Maiti, Antoni Barrientos
Mitochondria play fundamental roles in the regulation of life and death of eukaryotic cells. They mediate aerobic energy conversion through the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system, and harbor and control the intrinsic pathway of apoptosis. As a descendant of a bacterial endosymbiont, mitochondria retain a vestige of their original genome (mtDNA), and its corresponding full gene expression machinery. Proteins encoded in the mtDNA, all components of the multimeric OXPHOS enzymes, are synthesized in specialized mitochondrial ribosomes (mitoribosomes)...
April 23, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445213/learner-patient-and-supervisor-features-are-associated-with-different-types-of-cognitive-load-during-procedural-skills-training-implications-for-teaching-and-instructional-design
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Justin L Sewell, Christy K Boscardin, John Q Young, Olle Ten Cate, Patricia S O'Sullivan
PURPOSE: Cognitive load theory, focusing on limits of the working memory, is relevant to medical education; however, factors associated with cognitive load during procedural skills training are not well characterized. The authors sought to determine how features of learners, patients/tasks, settings, and supervisors were associated with three types of cognitive load among learners performing a specific procedure, colonoscopy, to identify implications for procedural teaching. METHOD: Data were collected through an electronically administered survey sent to 1,061 U...
April 25, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445151/trefoil-factor-3-mediation-of-oncogenicity-and-chemoresistance-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-is-akt-bcl-2-dependent
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Ming-Liang You, Yi-Jun Chen, Qing-Yun Chong, Ming-Ming Wu, Vijay Pandey, Ru-Mei Chen, Liang Liu, Lan Ma, Zheng-Sheng Wu, Tao Zhu, Peter E Lobie
The efficacious treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains a challenge, partially being attributed to intrinsic chemoresistance. Previous reports have observed increased TFF3 expression in HCC. Herein, we investigated the functional role of TFF3 in progression of HCC, and in both intrinsic and acquired chemoresistance. TFF3 expression was observed to be upregulated in HCC and associated with poor clinicopathological features and worse patient survival outcome. Functionally, forced expression of TFF3 in HCC cell lines increased cell proliferation, cell survival, anchorage-independent and 3D matrigel growth, cell invasion and migration, and in vivo tumor growth...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444356/long-term-effects-of-drought-on-tree-ring-growth-and-carbon-isotope-variability-in-scots-pine-in-a-dry-environment
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Galina Timofeeva, Kerstin Treydte, Harald Bugmann, Andreas Rigling, Marcus Schaub, Rolf Siegwolf, Matthias Saurer
Drought frequency is increasing in many parts of the world and may enhance tree decline and mortality. The underlying physiological mechanisms are poorly understood, however, particularly regarding chronic effects of long-term drought and the response to increasing temperature and vapor pressure deficit (VPD). We combined analyses of radial growth and stable carbon isotope ratios (δ13C) in tree rings in a mature Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) forest over the 20th century to elucidate causes of tree mortality in one of the driest parts of the European Alps (Pfynwald, Switzerland)...
April 21, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443602/fundamental-limits-on-the-electron-mobility-of-i-%C3%AE-i-ga-sub-2-sub-o-sub-3-sub
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Youngho Kang, Karthik Krishnaswamy, Hartwin Peelaers, Chris Van de Walle
We perform first-principles calculations to investigate the electronic and vibrational spectra and the electron mobility of <i>β</i>-Ga<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub>. We calculate the electron-phonon scattering rate of the polar optical phonon modes using the Vogl model in conjunction with Fermi's golden rule; this enables us to fully take the anisotropic phonon spectra of the monoclinic lattice of <i>β</i>-Ga<sub>2</sub>O<sub>3</sub> into account...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443101/characterization-of-soybean-genetically-modified-for-drought-tolerance-in-field-conditions
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Renata Fuganti-Pagliarini, Leonardo C Ferreira, Fabiana A Rodrigues, Hugo B C Molinari, Silvana R R Marin, Mayla D C Molinari, Juliana Marcolino-Gomes, Liliane M Mertz-Henning, José R B Farias, Maria C N de Oliveira, Norman Neumaier, Norihito Kanamori, Yasunari Fujita, Junya Mizoi, Kazuo Nakashima, Kazuko Yamaguchi-Shinozaki, Alexandre L Nepomuceno
Drought is one of the most stressful environmental factor causing yield and economic losses in many soybean-producing regions. In the last decades, transcription factors (TFs) are being used to develop genetically modified plants more tolerant to abiotic stresses. Dehydration responsive element binding (DREB) and ABA-responsive element-binding (AREB) TFs were introduced in soybean showing improved drought tolerance, under controlled conditions. However, these results may not be representative of the way in which plants behave over the entire season in the real field situation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442890/justification-of-disintegration-testing-beyond-current-fda-criteria-using-in-vitro-and-in-silico-models
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Lukas Uebbing, Lukas Klumpp, Gregory K Webster, Raimar Löbenberg
Drug product performance testing is an important part of quality-by-design approaches, but this process often lacks the underlying mechanistic understanding of the complex interactions between the disintegration and dissolution processes involved. Whereas a recent draft guideline by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has allowed the replacement of dissolution testing with disintegration testing, the mentioned criteria are not globally accepted. This study provides scientific justification for using disintegration testing rather than dissolution testing as a quality control method for certain immediate release (IR) formulations...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442784/the-rna-binding-protein-marf1-promotes-cortical-neurogenesis-through-its-rnase-activity-domain
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Yoshitaka Kanemitsu, Masashi Fujitani, Yuki Fujita, Suxiang Zhang, You-Qiang Su, Yukio Kawahara, Toshihide Yamashita
Cortical neurogenesis is a fundamental process of brain development that is spatiotemporally regulated by both intrinsic and extrinsic cues. Although recent evidence has highlighted the significance of transcription factors in cortical neurogenesis, little is known regarding the role of RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) in the post-transcriptional regulation of cortical neurogenesis. Here, we report that meiosis arrest female 1 (MARF1) is an RBP that is expressed during neuronal differentiation. Cortical neurons expressed the somatic form of MARF1 (sMARF1) but not the oocyte form (oMARF1)...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442644/prediction-of-both-electrical-and-mechanical-reverse-remodeling-on-acute-electrocardiogram-changes-after-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#10
Chien-Ming Cheng, Chieh-Shou Su, Pesus Chou, Ying-Chieh Liao, Chi-Yen Wang, Jian-Rong Zhang, Yu-Cheng Hsieh, Tsu-Juey Wu, Yu-Wei Chen, Chi-Jen Weng, Keng-Hao Chang, Weihua Zhou, Guang-Uei Hung, Jin-Long Huang, Kenichi Nakajima
BACKGROUND: The development of both electrical reverse remodeling and mechanical reverse remodeling (ERR+MRR) after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) implantation could reduce the incidence of lethal arrhythmia, hence the prediction of ERR+MRR is clinically important.Methods and Results:Eighty-three patients (54 male; 67±12 years old) with CRT >6 months were enrolled. ERR was defined as baseline intrinsic QRS duration (iQRSd) shortening ≥10 ms in lead II on ECG after CRT, and MRR as improvement in LVEF ≥25% on echocardiography after CRT...
April 22, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441525/myrfs-on-the-move-to-rewire-circuits
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Colleen N McLaughlin, Heather T Broihier
Synaptic plasticity occurs in response to intrinsic and extrinsic cues and is a key step in the formation of mature neuronal circuits. In this issue of Developmental Cell, Meng et al. (2017) find that two conserved Myrf transcription factors coexist in the same complex to promote developmental circuit remodeling.
April 24, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441348/deoxynucleoside-salvage-in-fission-yeast-allows-rescue-of-ribonucleotide-reductase-deficiency-but-not-spd1-mediated-inhibition-of-replication
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Oliver Fleck, Ulrik Fahnøe, Katrine Vyff Løvschal, Marie-Fabrice Uwamahoro Gasasira, Irina N Marinova, Birthe B Kragelund, Antony M Carr, Edgar Hartsuiker, Christian Holmberg, Olaf Nielsen
In fission yeast, the small, intrinsically disordered protein S-phase delaying protein 1 (Spd1) blocks DNA replication and causes checkpoint activation at least in part, by inhibiting the enzyme ribonucleotide reductase, which is responsible for the synthesis of DNA. The CRL4(Cdt2) E3 ubiquitin ligase mediates degradation of Spd1 and the related protein Spd2 at S phase of the cell cycle. We have generated a conditional allele of CRL4(Cdt2), by expressing the highly unstable substrate-recruiting protein Cdt2 from a repressible promoter...
April 25, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440335/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-pe_pgrs41-enhances-the-intracellular-survival-of-m-smegmatis-within-macrophages-via-blocking-innate-immunity-and-inhibition-of-host-defense
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Wanyan Deng, Quanxin Long, Jie Zeng, Ping Li, Wenmin Yang, Xinchun Chen, Jianping Xie
The success of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis) as a pathogen is largely contributes to its ability to manipulate the host immune responses. The genome of M. tuberculosis encodes multiple immune-modulatory proteins, including several members of the multi-genic PE_PPE family. Despite of intense research, the roles of PE_PGRS proteins in mycobacterial pathogenesis remain elusive. The function of M. tuberculosis PE_PGRS41, characterized by an extended and unique C-terminal domain, was studied. Expression of PE_PGRS41 in Mycobacterium smegmatis, a non-pathogenic species intrinsically deficient of PE_PGRS, severely impaired the resistance of the recombinant to multiple stresses via altering the cell wall integrity...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440204/apixaban-metabolism-pharmacologic-properties-and-drug-interaction
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Peter Kubisz, Lucia Stanciakova, Miroslava Dobrotova, Matej Samos, Marian Mokan, Jan Stasko
BACKGROUND: Apixaban is an oral, potent, highly selective, reversible and direct inhibitor of activated coagulation factor X, that is the end point of the intrinsic and extrinsic coagulation pathway. Additionally, apixaban has the capacity to indirectly inhibit thrombin-induced platelet aggregation. This new oral anticoagulant represents an immediate-release form of peroral drug with quick dissolution, linear pharmacokinetics, good bioavailability and rapid onset and offset of action...
April 24, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440057/overcoming-linsitinib-intrinsic-resistance-through-inhibition-of-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Junzhou Wu, Kaiyan Chen, Fanrong Zhang, Jiaoyue Jin, Nan Zhang, Dan Li, Lisha Ying, Wei Chen, Herbert Yu, Weimin Mao, Dan Su
The aim of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) inhibitor Linsitinib, in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC), and to characterize special biomarker to screen Linsitinib-sensitive patients as well as explore the molecular-resistant mechanism to Linsitinib in ESCC. Our study evaluated the sensitivity of insulin-like growth factor 1 receptor (IGF-1R) inhibitor, Linsitinib in ESCC cells with MTT assay. After Linsitinib treatment, the expressions of downstream signaling molecules and apoptosis pathways were measured by western blot...
April 24, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439570/epigenomics-of-human-cd8-t-cell-differentiation-and-aging
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David M Moskowitz, David W Zhang, Bin Hu, Sabine Le Saux, Rolando E Yanes, Zhongde Ye, Jason D Buenrostro, Cornelia M Weyand, William J Greenleaf, Jörg J Goronzy
The efficacy of the adaptive immune response declines dramatically with age, but the cell-intrinsic mechanisms driving immune aging in humans remain poorly understood. Immune aging is characterized by a loss of self-renewing naïve cells and the accumulation of differentiated but dysfunctional cells within the CD8 T cell compartment. Using ATAC-seq, we inferred the transcription factor binding activities correlated with naive and central and effector memory CD8 T cell states in young adults. Integrating our results with RNA-seq, we identified transcription networks associated with CD8 T cell differentiation, with prominent roles implicated for BATF, ETS1, Eomes, and Sp1...
February 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439440/a-comparison-of-the-effects-of-20-mannitol-and-3-nacl-on-coagulation-parameters-in-vitro-using-rotem-a-prospective-randomized-crossover-study
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Achmet Ali, Bilge Şencan, Pulat Akın Sabancı, Demet Altun, Aylin Tetik, Lerzan Recep Doğan, İbrahim Özkan Akıncı
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to compare the effect of 20% mannitol and 3% NaCl on blood coagulation in vitro using rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM). METHODS: Twenty-millilitre blood samples were obtained from 15 volunteers. In each group, 2 mL blood samples were collected into both polypropylene tubes and EDTA tubes for ROTEM and hemogram analysis. After sampling, blood samples were diluted with test solutions. Group C (control): Only blood, Group M (mannitol): 7% vol 20% mannitol concentration in the blood, Group hypertonic saline (HS): 7% vol 3% hypertonic saline (NaCl) in the blood, Group M/H (mannitol and hydroxyethyl starch solutions [HES]): 6% vol 20% mannitol concentration and 8% vol HES in the blood and Group HS/H (hypertonic saline and HES): 6% vol 3% hypertonic saline concentration and 8% vol HES in the blood...
April 2017: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439437/supraglottic-airway-devices-the-search-for-the-best-insertion-technique-or-the-time-to-change-our-point-of-view
#18
Massimiliano Sorbello, Flavia Petrini
In the crowded world of supraglottic airway devices (SADs), many papers compare the easiness of insertion based on the different endpoints of an operator's satisfaction: first pass success, ventilation effectiveness, complications and morbidity. Proseal LMA(™) (Laryngeal Mask Airway, Teleflex Medical, Dublin, Ireland) has been extensively studied because on one hand it has a steeper learning curve and more complex insertion when compared with other SADs and on the other hand many alternative techniques are available to facilitate insertion...
April 2017: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438584/strategies-for-enhancing-family-participation-in-research-in-the-icu-findings-from-a-qualitative-study
#19
Danae Dotolo, Elizabeth L Nielsen, J Randall Curtis, Ruth A Engelberg
CONTEXT: Family members of critically ill patients who participate in research focused on palliative care issues have been found to be systematically different from those who do not. These differences threaten the validity of research and raise ethical questions about worsening disparities in care by failing to represent diverse perspectives. OBJECTIVES: This study's aims were to explore: 1) barriers and facilitators influencing family members' decisions to participate in palliative care research; and 2) potential methods to enhance research participation...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437613/evaluating-the-role-of-multidrug-resistance-protein-3-mdr3-inhibition-in-predicting-drug-induced-liver-injury-using-125-pharmaceuticals
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Michael D Aleo, Falgun Shah, Kan He, Paul D Bonin, A David Rodrigues
The role of bile salt export protein (BSEP) inhibition in drug-induced liver injury (DILI) has been investigated widely, while inhibition of the canalicular multidrug resistant protein 3 (MDR3) has received less attention. This transporter plays a pivotal role in secretion of phospholipids into bile and functions coordinately with BSEP to mediate the formation of bile acid-containing biliary micelles. Therefore, inhibition of MDR3 in human hepatocytes was examined across 125 drugs (70 of Most- and 55 of No-DILI-concern)...
April 24, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
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