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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110402/muscular-atrophy-in-severe-cases-of-cubital-tunnel-syndrome-prognostic-factors-and-outcome-after-surgical-treatment
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Markus Bruder, Stephan Dützmann, Nourdin Rekkab, Johanna Quick, Volker Seifert, Gerhard Marquardt
BACKGROUND: Cubital tunnel syndrome (CuTS) is a frequent neuropathy, leading to sensor-motoric dysfunction. Many patients even present with muscular atrophy as a sign for severe and long-lasting nerve impairment, usually suggesting unfavourable outcome. We analysed if those patients benefit from surgical treatment on a long-term basis. METHODS: Between January 2010 and March 2015, 42 consecutive cases of CuTS with atrophy of the intrinsic hand muscles were surgically treated in our department...
January 21, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109823/divergent-regulation-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-genes-in-cultured-atlantic-salmon-myotubes-under-different-models-of-catabolism-and-anabolism
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Daniel Garcia de la Serrana, Eduardo N Fuentes, Samuel A M Martin, Ian A Johnston, Daniel J Macqueen
Much attention has been given to insulin-like growth factor (Igf) pathways that regulate the balance of skeletal muscle protein synthesis and breakdown in response to a range of extrinsic and intrinsic signals. However, we have a less complete understanding of how the same signals modulate muscle mass upstream of such signalling, through a family of functionally-diverse Igf-binding proteins (Igfbps) that modify the availability of Igfs to the cell receptor Igf1r. We exposed cultured myotubes from Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L...
January 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109327/effects-of-intrinsic-and-extrinsic-factors-on-aggregation-of-physiologically-important-intrinsically-disordered-proteins
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L Breydo, J M Redington, V N Uversky
Misfolding and aggregation of proteins and peptides play an important role in a number of diseases as well as in many physiological processes. Many of the proteins that misfold and aggregate in vivo are intrinsically disordered. Protein aggregation is a complex multistep process, and aggregates can significantly differ in morphology, structure, stability, cytotoxicity, and self-propagation ability. The aggregation process is influenced by both intrinsic (e.g., mutations and expression levels) and extrinsic (e...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108622/a-genome-wide-loss-of-function-screen-identifies-slc26a2-as-a-novel-mediator-of-trail-resistance
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Lina Dimberg, Christina G Towers, Kian Behbakht, Taylor Hotz, Jihye Kim, Susan P Fosmire, Christopher C Porter, Aik-Choon Tan, Andrew Thorburn, Heide L Ford
: TNF-related apoptosis inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a potent death-inducing ligand that mediates apoptosis through the extrinsic pathway and serves as an important endogenous tumor suppressor mechanism. Because tumor cells are often killed by TRAIL and normal cells are not, drugs that activate the TRAIL pathway have been thought to have potential clinical value. However, to date, most TRAIL-related clinical trials have largely failed due to the tumor cells having intrinsic or acquired resistance to TRAIL-induced apoptosis...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108488/stimulus-tuned-structure-of-correlated-fmri-activity-in-human-visual-cortex
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Jungwon Ryu, Sang-Hun Lee
Processing units are interconnected in the visual system, where a sensory organ and downstream cortical regions communicate through hierarchical connections, and local sites within the regions communicate through horizontal connections. In such networks, neural activities at local sites are likely to influence one another in complex ways and thus are intricately correlated. Recognizing the functional importance of correlated activity in sensory representation, spontaneous activities have been studied via diverse local or global measures in various time scales...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108151/a-functional-genetic-screen-identifies-the-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-pathway-as-a-determinant-of-resistance-to-fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-inhibitors-in-fgfr-mutant-urothelial-cell-carcinoma
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Liqin Wang, Tonći Šuštić, Rodrigo Leite de Oliveira, Cor Lieftink, Pasi Halonen, Marieke van de Ven, Roderick L Beijersbergen, Michel M van den Heuvel, René Bernards, Michiel S van der Heijden
Activating mutations and translocations of the FGFR3 gene are commonly seen in urothelial cell carcinoma (UCC) of the bladder and urinary tract. Several fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) inhibitors are currently in clinical development and response rates appear promising for advanced UCC. A common problem with targeted therapeutics is intrinsic or acquired resistance of the cancer cells. To find potential drug targets that can act synergistically with FGFR inhibition, we performed a synthetic lethality screen for the FGFR inhibitor AZD4547 using a short hairpin RNA library targeting the human kinome in the UCC cell line RT112 (FGFR3-TACC3 translocation)...
January 17, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106988/factors-governing-the-performance-of-bauxite-for-fluoride-remediation-of-groundwater
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Aruna Kirani Katyayani Cherukumilli, Caroline Delaire, Susan E Amrose, Ashok J Gadgil
Globally, 200 million people drink groundwater contaminated with fluoride concentrations exceeding the World Health Organization's recommended level (WHO-MCL =1.5 mg F-/L). This study investigates the use of minimally-processed (dried/milled) bauxite ore as an inexpensive adsorbent for remediating fluoride-contaminated groundwater in resource-constrained areas. Adsorption experiments in synthetic groundwater using bauxites from Guinea, Ghana, USA, and India as single-use batch dispersive media demonstrated that doses of ~10-23 g/L could effectively remediate 10 mg F-/L...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106286/tendinopathy-in-diabetes-mellitus-patients-epidemiology-pathogenesis-and-management
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Pauline Po Yee Lui
Chronic tendinopathy is a frequent and disabling musculo-skeletal problem affecting the athletic and general populations. The affected tendon is presented with local tenderness, swelling, and pain which restrict the activity of the individual. Tendon degeneration reduces the mechanical strength and predisposes it to rupture. The pathogenic mechanisms of chronic tendinopathy are not fully understood and several major non-mutually exclusive hypotheses including activation of the hypoxia-apoptosis-pro-inflammatory cytokines cascade, neurovascular ingrowth, increased production of neuromediators, and erroneous stem cell differentiation have been proposed...
January 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104899/amino-acid-based-material-for-the-complementary-therapy-of-decubitus-ulcers
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Frederico Nogueira, Isabel C Gouveia
Chronic wounds, pressure sores, lesions and infections of microbial origin in bedridden, paralyzed or malnutrition patients remain the object of study of many researchers. There are several intrinsic and extrinsic factors involved in the development of these disorders, which are related to the patient's immune system, making it unable to respond effectively to the treatment of the wound. These factors can be properly controlled, giving particular importance to the ethiology and stage of the wound, as well as the time periods corresponding to the replacement of the dressings...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104465/heroin-use-is-associated-with-lower-levels-of-restriction-factors-and-type-i-interferon-expression-and-facilitates-hiv-1-replication
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Jia-Wu Zhu, Feng-Liang Liu, Dan Mu, De-Yao Deng, Yong-Tang Zheng
Heroin use is associated with increased incidence of infectious diseases such as HIV-1 infection, as a result of immunosuppression to a certain extent. Host restriction factors are recently identified cellular proteins with potent antiviral activities. Whether heroin use impacts on the in vivo expression of restriction factors that result in facilitating HIV-1 replication is poorly understood. Here we recruited 432 intravenous drug users (IDUs) and 164 non-IDUs at high-risk behaviors. Based on serological tests, significantly higher prevalence of HIV-1 infection was observed among IDUs compared with non-IDUs...
January 16, 2017: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102835/spinal-cord-regeneration-in-xenopus-laevis
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Gabriela Edwards-Faret, Rosana Muñoz, Emilio E Méndez-Olivos, Dasfne Lee-Liu, Victor S Tapia, Juan Larraín
Here we present a protocol for the husbandry of Xenopus laevis tadpoles and froglets, and procedures to study spinal cord regeneration. This includes methods to induce spinal cord injury (SCI); DNA and morpholino electroporation for genetic studies; in vivo imaging for cell analysis; a swimming test to measure functional recovery; and a convenient model for screening for new compounds that promote neural regeneration. These protocols establish X. laevis as a unique model organism for understanding spinal cord regeneration by comparing regenerative and nonregenerative stages...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102430/innate-and-intrinsic-antiviral-immunity-in-drosophila
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REVIEW
Assel Mussabekova, Laurent Daeffler, Jean-Luc Imler
The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has been a valuable model to investigate the genetic mechanisms of innate immunity. Initially focused on the resistance to bacteria and fungi, these studies have been extended to include antiviral immunity over the last decade. Like all living organisms, insects are continually exposed to viruses and have developed efficient defense mechanisms. We review here our current understanding on antiviral host defense in fruit flies. A major antiviral defense in Drosophila is RNA interference, in particular the small interfering (si) RNA pathway...
January 19, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100613/dynamic-modulation-of-expression-of-lentiviral-restriction-factors-in-primary-cd4-t-cells-following-siv-infection
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Andrew R Rahmberg, Premeela A Rajakumar, James M Billingsley, R Paul Johnson
: Although multiple restriction factors have been shown to inhibit HIV/SIV replication, little is known about their expression in vivo Expression of 45 confirmed and putative HIV/SIV restriction factors was analyzed in CD4+ T cells from peripheral blood and jejunum in rhesus macaques, revealing distinct expression patterns in naïve and memory subsets. In both peripheral blood and jejunum, memory CD4+ T cells expressed higher levels of multiple restriction factors compared with naïve cells...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099421/estimation-of-adult-and-neonatal-rbc-lifespans-in-anemic-neonates-using-rbcs-labeled-at-several-discrete-biotin-densities
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Denison J Kuruvilla, John A Widness, Demet Nalbant, Robert L Schmidt, Donald M Mock, Guohua An, Peter Veng-Pedersen
BACKGROUND: Prior conclusions that autologous neonatal red blood cells (RBC) have substantially shorter lifespans than allogeneic adult RBCs were not based on direct comparison of autologous neonatal vs. allogeneic adult RBCs performed concurrently in the same infant. Biotin labeling of autologous neonatal RBCs and allogeneic adult donor RBCs permits concurrent direct comparison of autologous vs. allogeneic RBC lifespan. METHODS: RBCs from 15 allogeneic adult donors and from 15 very low birth weight (VLBW) neonates were labeled at separate biotin densities and transfused simultaneously into the 15 neonates...
January 18, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098771/breast-cancer-brain-metastases-clonal-evolution-in-clinical-context
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REVIEW
Jodi M Saunus, Amy E McCart Reed, Zhun Leong Lim, Sunil R Lakhani
Brain metastases are highly-evolved manifestations of breast cancer arising in a unique microenvironment, giving them exceptional adaptability in the face of new extrinsic pressures. The incidence is rising in line with population ageing, and use of newer therapies that stabilise metastatic disease burden with variable efficacy throughout the body. Historically, there has been a widely-held view that brain metastases do not respond to circulating therapeutics because the blood-brain-barrier (BBB) restricts their uptake...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097654/melanopsin-expressing-ganglion-cells-in-human-retina-morphology-distribution-and-synaptic-connections
#16
Subha Nasir-Ahmad, Sammy C S Lee, Paul R Martin, Ulrike Grünert
Melanopsin-expressing retinal ganglion cells are intrinsically photosensitive cells that are involved in non-image forming visual processes such as the pupillary light reflex and circadian entrainment but also contribute to visual perception. Here we used immunohistochemistry to study the morphology, density, distribution and synaptic connectivity of melanopsin-expressing ganglion cells in four post mortem human donor retinas. Two types of melanopsin-expressing ganglion cells were distinguished based on their dendritic stratification near either the outer or the inner border of the inner plexiform layer...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096658/anticancer-and-anti-inflammatory-activities-of-girinimbine-isolated-from-murraya-koenigii
#17
Venoos Iman, Syam Mohan, Siddig Ibrahim Abdelwahab, Hamed Karimian, Noraziah Nordin, Mehran Fadaeinasab, Mohamad Ibrahim Noordin, Suzita Mohd Noor
Therapy that directly targets apoptosis and/or inflammation could be highly effective for the treatment of cancer. Murraya koenigii is an edible herb that has been traditionally used for cancer treatment as well as inflammation. Here, we describe that girinimbine, a carbazole alkaloid isolated from M. koenigii, induced apoptosis and inhibited inflammation in vitro as well as in vivo. Induction of apoptosis in human colon cancer cells (HT-29) by girinimbine revealed decreased cell viability in HT-29, whereas there was no cytotoxic effect on normal colon cells...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096485/murine-cytomegalovirus-deubiquitinase-regulates-viral-chemokine-levels-to-control-inflammation-and-pathogenesis
#18
Adam T Hilterbrand, Daniel R Boutz, Edward M Marcotte, Jason W Upton
: Maintaining control over inflammatory processes represents a paradox for viral pathogens. Although many viruses induce host inflammatory responses to facilitate infection, control is necessary to avoid overactivation. One way is through the manipulation of proinflammatory chemokine levels, both host and viral. Murine cytomegalovirus (MCMV), a model betaherpesvirus, encodes a viral C-C chemokine, MCK2, which promotes host inflammatory responses and incorporates into virions to facilitate viral dissemination...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095615/the-long-term-population-dynamics-of-common-wasps-in-their-native-and-invaded-range
#19
Philip J Lester, John Haywood, Michael E Archer, Chris R Shortall
Populations of introduced species are often thought to perform differently, or experience different population dynamics, in their introduced range compared to their native habitat. Differences between habitats in climate, competition or natural enemies may result in populations with varying density dependence and population dynamics. We examined the long-term population dynamics of the invasive common wasp, Vespula vulgaris, in its native range in England and its invaded range in New Zealand. We used 39 years of wasp density data from four sites in England, and 23 years of data from six sites in New Zealand...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095508/the-smc5-6-complex-restricts-hbv-when-localized-to-nd10-without-inducing-an-innate-immune-response-and-is-counteracted-by-the-hbv-x-protein-shortly-after-infection
#20
Congrong Niu, Christine M Livingston, Li Li, Rudolf K Beran, Stephane Daffis, Dhivya Ramakrishnan, Dara Burdette, Leanne Peiser, Eduardo Salas, Hilario Ramos, Mei Yu, Guofeng Cheng, Michel Strubin, William E Delaney Iv, Simon P Fletcher
The structural maintenance of chromosome 5/6 complex (Smc5/6) is a restriction factor that represses hepatitis B virus (HBV) transcription. HBV counters this restriction by expressing HBV X protein (HBx), which targets Smc5/6 for degradation. However, the mechanism by which Smc5/6 suppresses HBV transcription and how HBx is initially expressed is not known. In this study we characterized viral kinetics and the host response during HBV infection of primary human hepatocytes (PHH) to address these unresolved questions...
2017: PloS One
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