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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342853/thyroid-hormone-promotes-differentiation-of-colon-cancer-stem-cells
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Annunziata Gaetana Cicatiello, Raffaele Ambrosio, Monica Dentice
Tumor formation and maintenance depend on a small fraction of cancer stem cells (CSCs) that can self-renew and generate a wide variety of differentiated cells. CSCs are resistant to chemotherapy and radiation, and can represent a reservoir of cancer cells that often cause relapse after treatment. Evidence suggests that CSCs also give rise to metastases. Thyroid hormone (TH) controls a variety of biological processes including the development and functioning of most adult tissues. Recent years has seen the emergence of an intimate link between TH and multiple steps of tumorigenesis...
March 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340310/viruses-in-cystic-fibrosis-patients-airways
#2
Lisa Billard, Rozenn Le Berre, Léa Pilorgé, Christopher Payan, Geneviève Héry-Arnaud, Sophie Vallet
Although bacteria have historically been considered to play a major role in cystic fibrosis (CF) airway damage, a strong impact of respiratory viral infections (RVI) is also now recognized. Emerging evidence confirms that respiratory viruses are associated with deterioration of pulmonary function and exacerbation and facilitation of bacterial colonization in CF patients. The aim of this review is to provide an overview of the current knowledge on respiratory viruses in CF airways, to discuss the resulting inflammation and RVI response, to determine how to detect the viruses, and to assess their clinical consequences, prevalence, and interactions with bacteria...
March 24, 2017: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340138/a-life-without-worms
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Richard E Sanya, Gyaviira Nkurunungi, Irene Andia Biraro, Harriet Mpairwe, Alison M Elliott
Worms have co-evolved with humans over millions of years. To survive, they manipulate host systems by modulating immune responses so that they cause (in the majority of hosts) relatively subtle harm. Anthelminthic treatment has been promoted as a measure for averting worm specific pathology and to mitigate subtle morbidities which may include effects on anaemia, growth, cognitive function and economic activity. With our changing environment marked by rapid population growth, urbanisation, better hygiene practices and anthelminthic treatment, there has been a decline in worm infections and other infectious diseases and a rise in non-communicable diseases such as allergy, diabetes and cardiovascular disease...
March 18, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338731/purification-and-enzymatic-characterization-of-gallus-gallus-blm-helicase
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Jing Shi, Na-Nv Liu, Yan-Tao Yang, Xu-Guang Xi
Mutations in human BLM helicase give rise to the autosomal recessive Bloom syndrome, which shows high predisposition to types of malignant tumours. Though lots of biochemical and structural investigations have shed lights on the helicase core, structural investigations of the whole BLM protein are still limited due to its low stability and production. Here by comparing with the expression systems and functions of other BLM homologues, we developed the heterologous high-level expression and high-yield purification systems for Gallus gallus BLM (gBLM) in Escherichia coli...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338595/3-0-nacl-adenosine-lidocaine-mg-2-alm-bolus-and-4-hours-drip-infusion-reduces-non-compressible-hemorrhage-by-60-in-a-rat-model
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Hayley L Letson, Geoffrey P Dobson
BACKGROUND: Noncompressible torso hemorrhage is the leading cause of potentially survivable trauma in far-forward combat environments. Our aim was to examine the effect of small-volume 3% NaCl adenosine, lidocaine and Mg (ALM) bolus and 0.9% NaCl/ALM 'drip' on survivability and cardiac/gut/kidney function in a rat model of hepatic hemorrhage and shock. METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats (428±4 g) were anesthetized and randomly assigned to one of five groups (n=16): 1) Sham, 2) No Treatment, 3) Saline controls, 4) ALM therapy and 5) Hextend®...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338096/identification-of-cardiac-hemo-vascular-precursors-and-their-requirement-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-receptor-1-for-heart-development
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Yan Hu, Brian C Belyea, Minghong Li, Joachim R Göthert, R Ariel Gomez, Maria Luisa S Sequeira-Lopez
The cardiac endothelium plays a crucial role in the development of a functional heart. However, the precise identification of the endocardial precursors and the mechanisms they require for their role in heart morphogenesis are not well understood. Using in vivo and in vitro cell fate tracing concomitant with specific cell ablation and embryonic heart transplantation studies, we identified a unique set of precursors which possess hemogenic functions and express the stem cell leukemia (SCL) gene driven by its 5' enhancer...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338092/high-rate-squeezing-process-of-bulk-metallic-glasses
#7
Jitang Fan
High-rate squeezing process of bulk metallic glasses from a cylinder into an intact sheet achieved by impact loading is investigated. Such a large deformation is caused by plastic flow, accompanied with geometrical confinement, shear banding/slipping, thermo softening, melting and joining. Temperature rise during the high-rate squeezing process makes a main effect. The inherent mechanisms are illustrated. Like high-pressure torsion (HPT), equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) and surface mechanical attrition treatments (SMAT) for refining grain of metals, High-Rate Squeezing (HRS), as a multiple-functions technique, not only creates a new road of processing metallic glasses and other metallic alloys for developing advanced materials, but also directs a novel technology of processing, grain refining, coating, welding and so on for treating materials...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337518/both-atrbohd-and-atrbohf-are-essential-for-mediating-responses-to-oxygen-deficiency-in-arabidopsis
#8
Bo Liu, Lirong Sun, Liya Ma, Fu-Shun Hao
Both AtrbohD and AtrbohF promote the increases in activities of ADH, PDC, LDH, and Ca(2+) levels, and induce the expression of multiple hypoxia response genes, thus improving Arabidopsis adaptation to oxygen deficiency. NADPH oxidase AtrbohD and AtrbohF cooperatively play key roles in regulation of growth and stress signaling in Arabidopsis. However, reports on AtrbohD and AtrbohF functioning together in hypoxia signaling are scarce, and the underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Here, we show that the double null mutant atrbohD/F is more sensitive to oxygen deprivation compared with wild type (WT) and the single mutant atrbohD and atrbohF...
March 23, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337208/natural-killer-cell-development-and-maturation-revisited-possible-implications-of-a-novel-distinct-lin-cd34-dnam-1-bright-cxcr4-cell-progenitor
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Federica Bozzano, Francesco Marras, Andrea De Maria
Since the first description of natural killer (NK) cells, the view on their role in innate immunity has evolved considerably. In addition to first-line defense against transformed and pathogen-infected autologous cells, NK cells contribute to modulate adaptive immune responses and in some cases acquire specialized functions, including exhausted, adaptive, and decidual NK cells. NK cells derive from CD34(+) progenitors, in vivo and in vitro; however, it is unclear whether the high phenotype diversity in vivo may be generated from these precursors alone...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336881/the-influence-of-new-hydrophobic-silica-nanoparticles-on-the-surface-properties-of-the-films-obtained-from-bilayer-hybrids
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Cristian Petcu, Violeta Purcar, Cătălin-Ilie Spătaru, Elvira Alexandrescu, Raluca Şomoghi, Bogdan Trică, Sabina Georgiana Niţu, Denis Mihaela Panaitescu, Dan Donescu, Maria-Luiza Jecu
Ultra-hydrophobic bilayer coatings on a glass surface were fabricated by sol-gel process using hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (C16TMS) and tetramethoxysilane (TMOS) (1:4 molar ratio) as precursors. After coating, silica nanoparticles (SiO₂ NPs) functionalized with different mono-alkoxy derivatives (methoxytrimethylsilane, TMeMS; ethoxydimethylvinylsilane, DMeVES; ethoxydimethylphenylsilane, DMePhES; and methoxydimethyloctylsilane, DMeC₈MS) were added, assuring the microscale roughness on the glass surface. Influences of the functionalized SiO₂ NPs and surface morphology on the hydrophobicity of the hybrid films were discussed...
February 20, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336547/glycans-in-the-intestinal-peptide-transporter-pept1-contribute-to-function-and-protect-from-proteolysis
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Tamara Stelzl, Kerstin Elisabeth Geillinger-Kästle, Jürgen Stolz, Hannelore Daniel
Despite the fact that many membrane proteins carry extracellular glycans, little is known about whether the glycan chains also affect protein function. We recently demonstrated that the proton-coupled oligopeptide transporter 1 (PEPT1) in the intestine is glycosylated at six asparagine residues (N50, N406, N439, N510, N515, N532). Mutagenesis-induced disruption of the individual N-glycosylation site N50, which is highly conserved among mammals, was detected to significantly enhance the PEPT1 mediated inward transport of peptides...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335602/local-structure-and-dynamics-of-water-absorbed-in-polyetherimide-a-hydrogen-bonding-anatomy
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Antonio De Nicola, Andrea Correa, Giuseppe Milano, Pietro La Manna, Pellegrino Musto, Giuseppe Mensitieri, Giuseppe Scherillo
Hydrogen Bonding (HB) interactions play a major role in determining the behavior of macromolecular systems absorbing water. In fact, functional and structural properties of polymer-water mixtures are affected by the amount and type of these interactions. This contribution aims at a molecular level understanding of the interactional scenario for the technologically relevant case of the polyetherimide-water system. The problem has been tackled by combining different experimental and theoretical approaches which, taken together, provide a comprehensive physical picture...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335524/roles-of-cdk-and-ddk-in-genome-duplication-and-maintenance-meiotic-singularities
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Blanca Gómez-Escoda, Pei-Yun Jenny Wu
Cells reproduce using two types of divisions: mitosis, which generates two daughter cells each with the same genomic content as the mother cell, and meiosis, which reduces the number of chromosomes of the parent cell by half and gives rise to four gametes. The mechanisms that promote the proper progression of the mitotic and meiotic cycles are highly conserved and controlled. They require the activities of two types of serine-threonine kinases, the cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) and the Dbf4-dependent kinase (DDK)...
March 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334877/iron-mediates-catalysis-of-nucleic-acid-processing-enzymes-support-for-fe-ii-as-a-cofactor-before-the-great-oxidation-event
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C Denise Okafor, Kathryn A Lanier, Anton S Petrov, Shreyas S Athavale, Jessica C Bowman, Nicholas V Hud, Loren Dean Williams
Life originated in an anoxic, Fe2+-rich environment. We hypothesize that on early Earth, Fe2+ was a ubiquitous cofactor for nucleic acids, with roles in RNA folding and catalysis as well as in processing of nucleic acids by protein enzymes. In this model, Mg2+ replaced Fe2+ as the primary cofactor for nucleic acids in parallel with known metal substitutions of metalloproteins, driven by the Great Oxidation Event. To test predictions of this model, we assay the ability of nucleic acid processing enzymes, including a DNA polymerase, an RNA polymerase and a DNA ligase, to use Fe2+ in place of Mg2+ as a cofactor during catalysis...
March 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334000/temperature-and-food-quantity-effects-on-the-harpacticoid-copepod-nitocra-spinipes-combining-in-vivo-bioassays-with-population-modeling
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Josef Koch, Thuy T Bui, Elin Lundström Belleza, Markus Brinkmann, Henner Hollert, Magnus Breitholtz
The harpacticoid copepod Nitocra spinipes has become a popular model species for toxicity testing over the past few decades. However, the combined influence of temperature and food shortage, two climate change-related stressors, has never been assessed in this species. Consequently, effects of three temperatures (15, 20 and 25°C) and six food regimes (between 0 and 5 × 105 algal cells/mL) on the life cycle of N. spinipes were examined in this study. Similarly to other copepod species, development times and brood sizes decreased with rising temperatures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333445/metallo-organic-ligand-designing-road-for-constructing-the-first-generation-dendritic-metallotriangle
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Tun Wu, Yu-Sheng Chen, Mingzhao Chen, Qianqian Liu, Xiaobo Xue, Yixian Shen, Jun Wang, Han Huang, Yi-Tsu Chan, Pingshan Wang
Three approaches have been carefully examined in order to develop a terpyridine-based dendritic metallotriangle: (1) direct self-assembly of two types of organic polyterpyridines with metal ions; (2) assembly of flexible metallo-organic ligands containing two uncomplexed free terpyridines with a possible 60°-V-shaped orientation; (3) assembly of functionalized metallotriangles possessing a fixed 60°-bent uncoordinated bisterpyridine. Only the third approach has successfully given rise to the desired first-generation dendritic metallotriangle...
March 23, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333388/central-regulation-of-glucose-homeostasis
#17
Alexander Tups, Jonas Benzler, Domenico Sergi, Sharon R Ladyman, Lynda M Williams
The ability of the brain to directly control glucose levels in the blood independently of its effects on food intake and body weight has been known ever since 1854 when Claude Bernard, a French physiologist, discovered that lesioning the floor of the fourth ventricle in rabbits led to a rise of sugar in the blood. Despite this outstanding discovery at that time, it took more than 140 years before progress started to be made in identifying the underlying mechanisms of brain-mediated control of glucose homeostasis...
March 16, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333214/-forever-young-%C3%A2-testosterone-replacement-therapy-a-blockbuster-drug-despite-flabby-evidence-and-broken-promises
#18
Andrea Busnelli, Edgardo Somigliana, Paolo Vercellini
In the last decade, testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) has been increasingly prescribed to treat a controversial condition known as 'late-onset hypogonadism (LOH)'. This syndrome is diagnosed in men who, for no discernible reason other than older age, obesity or ill health have serum testosterone concentrations below the normal range for healthy young men and report one or more of the following symptoms: muscle weakness or wasting, mood, behaviour and cognition-related symptoms and sexual function or libido impairment...
February 23, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331616/ex-vivo-akt-inhibition-promotes-the-generation-of-potent-cd19car-t-cells-for-adoptive-immunotherapy
#19
Ryan Urak, Miriam Walter, Laura Lim, ChingLam W Wong, Lihua E Budde, Sandra Thomas, Stephen J Forman, Xiuli Wang
BACKGROUND: Insufficient persistence and effector function of chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-redirected T cells have been challenging issues for adoptive T cell therapy. Generating potent CAR T cells is of increasing importance in the field. Studies have demonstrated the importance of the Akt pathway in the regulation of T cell differentiation and memory formation. We now investigate whether inhibition of Akt signaling during ex vivo expansion of CAR T cells can promote the generation of CAR T cells with enhanced antitumor activity following adoptive therapy in a murine leukemia xenograft model...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331525/the-anti-ageing-molecule-sirt1-mediates-beneficial-effects-of-cardiac-rehabilitation
#20
Giusy Russomanno, Graziamaria Corbi, Valentina Manzo, Nicola Ferrara, Giuseppe Rengo, Annibale A Puca, Salvatore Latte, Albino Carrizzo, Maria Consiglia Calabrese, Ramaroson Andriantsitohaina, Walter Filippelli, Carmine Vecchione, Amelia Filippelli, Valeria Conti
BACKGROUND: An exercise-based Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme (CRP) is established as adjuvant therapy in heart failure (HF), nevertheless it is underutilized, especially in the elderly. While the functional and hemodynamic effects of CRP are well known, its underlying molecular mechanisms have not been fully clarified. The present study aims to evaluate the effects of a well-structured 4-week CRP in patients with stable HF from a molecular point of view. RESULTS: A prospective longitudinal observational study was conducted on patients consecutively admitted to cardiac rehabilitation...
2017: Immunity & Ageing: I & A
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