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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332325/is-%C3%AE-n-acetylgalactosaminidase-the-key-to-curing-cancer-a-mini-review-and-hypothesis
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Ehsan Saburi, Jalil Tavakol-Afshari, Sajjad Biglari, Yousef Mortazavi
In the constant battle against cancer cells, macrophages are of great importance. Their activation is achieved through various mechanisms such as Vitamin D binding protein (VDBP or Gc). After undergoing modifications via enzymes secreted by stimulated lymphocytes, VDBP is modified into Macrophages Activator Form/Factor (Gc-MAF). Some studies (particularly those focusing on cancer) have reported that an enzyme known as α-N-acetylgalactosaminidase (nagalase) facilitates the deglycosylation of Gc-MAF, which in turn inhibits the activation of macrophages...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332274/callitriche-cophocarpa-water-starwort-proteome-under-chromate-stress-evidence-for-induction-of-a-quinone-reductase
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Paweł Kaszycki, Aleksandra Dubicka-Lisowska, Joanna Augustynowicz, Barbara Piwowarczyk, Wojciech Wesołowski
Chromate-induced physiological stress in a water-submerged macrophyte Callitriche cophocarpa Sendtn. (water starwort) was tested at the proteomic level. The oxidative stress status of the plant treated with 1 mM Cr(VI) for 3 days revealed stimulation of peroxidases whereas catalase and superoxide dismutase activities were similar to the control levels. Employing two-dimensional electrophoresis, comparative proteomics enabled to detect five differentiating proteins subjected to identification with mass spectrometry followed by an NCBI database search...
January 13, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332258/photodynamic-antimicrobial-chemotherapy-pact-using-toluidine-blue-inhibits-both-growth-and-biofilm-formation-by-candida-krusei
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Bruna Graziele Marques da Silva, Moisés Lopes Carvalho, Isabela Bueno Rosseti, Stella Zamuner, Maricilia Silva Costa
Among non-albicans Candida species, the opportunistic pathogen Candida krusei emerges because of the high mortality related to infections produced by this yeast. The Candida krusei is an opportunistic pathogen presenting an intrinsic resistance to fluconazol. In spite of the reduced number of infections produced by C. krusei, its occurrence is increasing in some groups of patients submitted to the use of fluconazol for prophylaxis. Photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy (PACT) is a potential antimicrobial therapy that combines visible light and a nontoxic dye, known as a photosensitizer, producing reactive oxygen species (ROS) that can kill the treated cells...
January 13, 2018: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332255/profiling-attention-and-cognition-enhancing-drugs-in-a-rat-touchscreen-based-continuous-performance-test
#4
Zhiyong Ding, Jordan W Brown, Lynne E Rueter, Eric G Mohler
RATIONALE: A novel rodent continuous performance test (CPT) was developed as one of the goals of the NEWMEDS (Novel Methods leading to New Medications in Depression and Schizophrenia) consortium to improve its translatability to the CPT test used in human subjects. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to investigate the effects of attention and cognition enhancing drugs in rodent CPT. METHODS: A single cohort of rats were trained to asymptotic performance in the test...
January 13, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332242/selective-ikk2-inhibitor-imd0354-disrupts-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-to-suppress-corneal-inflammation-and-angiogenesis
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Anton Lennikov, Pierfrancesco Mirabelli, Anthony Mukwaya, Mira Schaupper, Muthukumar Thangavelu, Mieszko Lachota, Zaheer Ali, Lasse Jensen, Neil Lagali
Corneal neovascularization is a sight-threatening condition caused by angiogenesis in the normally avascular cornea. Neovascularization of the cornea is often associated with an inflammatory response, thus targeting VEGF-A alone yields only a limited efficacy. The NF-κB signaling pathway plays important roles in inflammation and angiogenesis. Here, we study consequences of the inhibition of NF-κB activation through selective blockade of the IKK complex IκB kinase β (IKK2) using the compound IMD0354, focusing on the effects of inflammation and pathological angiogenesis in the cornea...
January 13, 2018: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332237/acute-acetaminophen-ingestion-improves-performance-and-muscle-activation-during-maximal-intermittent-knee-extensor-exercise
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Paul T Morgan, Joanna L Bowtell, Anni Vanhatalo, Andrew M Jones, Stephen J Bailey
AIM: Acetaminophen is a commonly used medicine for pain relief and emerging evidence suggests that it may improve endurance exercise performance. This study investigated some of the physiological mechanisms by which acute acetaminophen ingestion might blunt muscle fatigue development. METHODS: Thirteen active males completed 60 × 3 s maximum voluntary contractions (MVC) of the knee extensors with each contraction separated by a 2 s passive recovery period...
January 13, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332207/skeletal-muscle-expression-of-p43-a-truncated-thyroid-hormone-receptor-%C3%AE-affects-lipid-composition-and-metabolism
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François Casas, Gilles Fouret, Jérome Lecomte, Fabienne Cortade, Laurence Pessemesse, Emilie Blanchet, Chantal Wrutniak-Cabello, Charles Coudray, Christine Feillet-Coudray
Thyroid hormone is a major regulator of metabolism and mitochondrial function. Thyroid hormone also affects reactions in almost all pathways of lipids metabolism and as such is considered as the main hormonal regulator of lipid biogenesis. The aim of this study was to explore the possible involvement of p43, a 43 Kda truncated form of the nuclear thyroid hormone receptor TRα1 which stimulates mitochondrial activity. Therefore, using mouse models overexpressing p43 in skeletal muscle (p43-Tg) or lacking p43 (p43-/-), we have investigated the lipid composition in quadriceps muscle and in mitochondria...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332135/sequential-versus-simultaneous-use-of-chemotherapy-and-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonist-gnrha-among-estrogen-receptor-er-positive-premenopausal-breast-cancer-patients-effects-on-ovarian-function-disease-free-survival-and-overall-survival
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Ying Zhang, Yajie Ji, Jianwei Li, Li Lei, Siyu Wu, Wenjia Zuo, Xiaoqing Jia, Yujie Wang, Miao Mo, Na Zhang, Zhenzhou Shen, Jiong Wu, Zhimin Shao, Guangyu Liu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate ovarian function and therapeutic efficacy among estrogen receptor (ER)-positive, premenopausal breast cancer patients treated with gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist (GnRHa) and chemotherapy simultaneously or sequentially. METHOD: This study was a phase 3, open-label, parallel, randomized controlled trial (NCT01712893). Two hundred sixteen premenopausal patients (under 45 years) diagnosed with invasive ER-positive breast cancer were enrolled from July 2009 to May 2013 and randomized at a 1:1 ratio to receive (neo)adjuvant chemotherapy combined with sequential or simultaneous GnRHa treatment...
January 13, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332129/aspergillus-fumigatus-increased-par-2-expression-and-elevated-proinflammatory-cytokines-expression-through-the-pathway-of-par-2-erk1-2-in-cornea
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Yawen Niu, Guiqiu Zhao, Cui Li, Jing Lin, Nan Jiang, Chengye Che, Jie Zhang, Qiang Xu
Purpose: To determine the role of protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR-2) in cornea infected by Aspergillus fumigatus. Methods: PAR-2 was tested in normal and infected corneas of C57BL/6 mice. Mice corneas were infected with A. fumigatus with or without pretreatment of PAR-2 antagonist (FSLLRY-NH2). Polymorphonuclear neutrophilic leukocytes (PMNs) were stimulated with 75% ethanol-killed A. fumigatus with or without pretreatment of FSLLRY-NH2. Disease severity was documented by clinical score and photographs with a slit lamp...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332121/pattern-onset-ergs-and-veps-produced-by-patterns-arising-from-light-increment-and-decrement
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Dennis M Fritsch, Jane C Sowden, Dorothy A Thompson
Purpose: Our aim was to elaborate how on and off signals contribute to pattern ERGs and pattern visual evoked potentials (VEPs) by using pedestal patterns arising from incremental and decremental onset stimulation. Methods: Pattern onset/offset ERGs and VEPs were produced by black and white checks of 60' side length and 88% spatial contrast appearing in a 16° field for 200 ms from white (110 cd/m2), black (7 cd/m2), and gray (48 cd/m2) backgrounds and disappeared for 1000 ms...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332087/adaptive-brain-stimulation-for-movement-disorders
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Martijn Beudel, Hayriye Cagnan, Simon Little
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has markedly changed how we treat movement disorders including Parkinson's disease (PD), dystonia, and essential tremor (ET). However, despite its demonstrable clinical benefit, DBS is often limited by side effects and partial efficacy. These limitations may be due in part to the fact that DBS interferes with both pathological and physiological neural activities. DBS could, therefore, be potentially improved were it applied selectively and only at times of enhanced pathological activity...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332086/current-and-expected-advances-in-deep-brain-stimulation-for-movement-disorders
#12
Ausaf A Bari, Jasmine Thum, Diana Babayan, Andres M Lozano
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has become an established treatment for medically refractory movement disorders including Parkinson's disease, essential tremor, and dystonia. The field of DBS continues to evolve with advances in patient selection, target identification, electrode and pulse generator technology, and the development of more effective stimulation paradigms such as closed-loop stimulation. Furthermore, as the safety and efficacy of DBS improves through better hardware design and deeper understanding of its mechanisms of action, the indications for DBS will continue to expand to cover a wider range of disorders...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332085/deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-and-globus-pallidus-for-parkinson-s-disease
#13
Philip S Lee, Donald J Crammond, R Mark Richardson
The concept of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson's disease (PD) was introduced over 20 years ago, but our understanding of the nuances of this procedure continues to improve. The average motor outcomes of internal segment of the globus pallidus (GPi) and subthalamic nucleus (STN) DBS appear to be similar, although GPi DBS may allow greater recovery of verbal fluency and may provide greater relief of depression symptoms and improvement in the quality of life, and STN DBS appears more likely to result in decrease in levodopa equivalent doses...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332084/thalamic-deep-brain-stimulation
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Benjamin B Whiting, Alexander C Whiting, Donald M Whiting
The use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the thalamus has been proven to be a safe and efficacious treatment for the management of many diseases. The most common indication for thalamic DBS remains essential tremor (ET), one of the most common movement disorders in the world. ET patients should be considered for surgical intervention when their tremor has demonstrated to be refractory to medication, a characteristic estimated to be present in roughly 50% of ET cases. Advantages of DBS over thalamotomy include its reversibility, the ability to adjust stimulation settings to optimize efficacy and minimize side effects, the ability to perform bilateral procedures safely, and an association with a lower risk of postoperative cognitive problems...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332083/deep-brain-stimulation-interventional-and-intraoperative-mri-approaches
#15
Paul S Larson, Philip A Starr, Alastair J Martin
Interventional and intraoperative MRI approaches to deep brain stimulator implantation are relatively new, and in their purest form represent a distinct departure from traditional stereotactic techniques. They employ a novel means of stereotaxis based on regions of interest in the MR space and simple geometric principles, which eliminate the need for a stereotactic frame. This approach is appropriate for targets that are MR visible, and for whom the local anatomy and function are well characterized. It may also be appropriate for targets that do not have a well-described physiologic signature and for which clinical response to macrostimulation does not play a critical role...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332082/frameless-functional-stereotactic-approaches
#16
Viktoras Palys, Kathryn L Holloway
The stereotactic frame has served as the gold standard apparatus for accurate and precise targeting of deep brain structures since 1947. Despite passing the test of time, the stereotactic frame has several limitations from the perspective of both neurosurgeons and patients. Therefore, there was a need to develop a frameless system that had equivalent accuracy and reliability to the frame. This need was met with 3 commercially available frameless stereotactic systems designed specifically for deep brain stimulation surgery: Nexframe, STarFix, and ClearPoint...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332081/radiosurgical-subthalamic-nucleotomy
#17
Jean Régis, Romain Carron, Tatiana Witjas
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) is the reference technique in Parkinson's disease (PD) at different stages of complications. Some patients cannot afford DBS due to anticoagulation or comorbidities or due to pecuniary reasons. Radiosurgery is a minimally invasive stereotactic technique, with no craniotomy and subsequently no risk of bleeding or infection. Its good safety efficacy profile has been established in the treatment of tremor, and the postoperative care issues are simple with a much shorter hospital stay (mean 48 h)...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332080/radiosurgical-pallidotomy-for-parkinson-s-disease
#18
Leslie D Cahan, Ronald F Young, Francisco Li
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) has been widely accepted as a tool for treating many symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD); pallidotomy has been nearly abandoned. Concerns about both the safety and efficacy of pallidotomy are based on small series, isolated case reports, and techniques that would now be considered obsolete. The senior author recently reviewed long-term follow-up of a series of patients who had gamma knife pallidotomy (GKP) for advanced PD. GKP leads to durable, clinically significant benefit. Bilateral GKP adds incremental improvement...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332079/radiosurgical-thalamotomy
#19
Edward A Monaco Iii, Samuel S Shin, Ajay Niranjan, L Dade Lunsford
Tremor is a common movement disorder that can be disabling, and its initial treatment is in the form of medical therapies. Often patients are refractory and seek surgical intervention. Treatment options for these patients include surgical radiofrequency thalamotomy and deep brain stimulation. There are a subset of patients who, for various reasons, are not candidates for open surgical procedures, or who opt to avoid them. For these patients, radiosurgical thalamotomy is a safe and useful alternative. Herein, we provide a review of the use of radiosurgical thalamotomy for the treatment of medically refractory tremor by discussing its history, defining the technique and its indications, evaluating its efficacy, and exploring its complications and shortcomings...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332077/stereotactic-radiofrequency-lesioning-for-movement-disorders
#20
Takaomi Taira, Shiro Horisawa, Nobuhiko Takeda, Prajakta Ghate
During the past 2 decades, deep brain stimulation (DBS) took over the position of radiofrequency (RF) lesioning of thalamic or pallidal targets for control of movement disorders. Superiority of DBS over RF lesioning is widely accepted, and most neurosurgeons even regard RF lesioning to be old-fashioned and dangerous. Such concepts emerged from the data of old stereotactic operations with ventriculography and without computerized planning. Hardware-related complications are not negligible in long-term DBS therapy, and DBS only controls the symptoms...
2018: Progress in Neurological Surgery
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