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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236324/silencing-of-phospholipase-c-gamma-2-promotes-proliferation-of-rat-hepatocytes-in-vitro
#1
Xiaoguang Chen, Xuemin Zhu, Yumei Liu, Qiongxia Lv, Jun Ma
The management of hepatic failure is undoubtedly difficult, and poor results have led to the search for novel therapeutic approaches. Nowadays, anti-apoptotic gene therapy is considered as an ideal approach. It has been proved that phospholipase Cγ2 (PLCγ2) is involved in the apoptosis of immune cells and tumor cells; however, whether this gene is related to hepatocyte death is still unclear. This study examined the role of PLCγ2 by inhibiting its expression in rat hepatocytes with siRNA. We also further analyzed the cellular mechanism by which the expression inhibition of PLCγ2 induces cell death...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236220/automatic-lung-segmentation-in-functional-spect-images-using-active-shape-models-trained-on-reference-lung-shapes-from-ct
#2
Grigorios-Aris Cheimariotis, Mariam Al-Mashat, Kostas Haris, Anthony H Aletras, Jonas Jögi, Marika Bajc, Nicolaos Maglaveras, Einar Heiberg
OBJECTIVE: Image segmentation is an essential step in quantifying the extent of reduced or absent lung function. The aim of this study is to develop and validate a new tool for automatic segmentation of lungs in ventilation and perfusion SPECT images and compare automatic and manual SPECT lung segmentations with reference computed tomography (CT) volumes. METHODS: A total of 77 subjects (69 patients with obstructive lung disease, and 8 subjects without apparent perfusion of ventilation loss) performed low-dose CT followed by ventilation/perfusion (V/P) SPECT examination in a hybrid gamma camera system...
December 13, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235903/brain-targeted-intranasal-zaleplon-solid-dispersion-in-hydrophilic-carrier-system-23-full-factorial-design-and-in-vivo-determination-of-gaba-neurotransmitter
#3
Eman Abd-Elrasheed, Sara Nageeb El-Helaly, Manal M El-Ashmoony, Salwa Salah
Intranasal Zaleplon solid dispersion was formulated to enhance the solubility, bioavailability and deliver an effective therapy. Zaleplon belongs to Class II drugs, and undergoes extensive first-pass metabolism after oral absorption exhibiting 30% bioavailability. A 23full factorial design was chosen for the investigation of solid dispersion formulations. The effects of different variables include drug to carrier ratio (1:1 and 1:2), carrier type (polyethylene glycol 4000 and poloxamer 407), and preparation method (solvent evaporation and freeze drying) on different dissolution parameters were studied...
December 13, 2017: Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235391/association-between-vitamin-d-oestradiol-and-interferon-gamma-in-female-patients-with-inactive-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-cross-sectional-study
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Visnja Kokic, Dusanka Martinovic Kaliterna, Mislav Radic, Leida Tandara, Dijana Perkovic
Objectives To investigate possible associations between 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OH)D3), oestradiol (E2) and IFN-gamma (IFNγ) in female patients with inactive systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods Female patients with inactive SLE and age-matched healthy controls were recruited into this cross-sectional study. Serum concentrations of 25(OH)D3, E2 and IFNγ were measured by radioimmunoassay with gamma-counters and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Results 36 patients and 37 controls were enrolled. In patients with SLE, the concentration of 25(OH)D3 was lower and E2 was higher compared with controls...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235262/corrugated-bruch-s-membrane-in-high-myopia
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Jost B Jonas, Rahul A Jonas, Kyoko Ohno-Matsui, Leonard Holbach, Songhomitra Panda-Jonas
PURPOSE: To assess the appearance of Bruch's membrane (BM) in axially elongated eyes. METHODS: The light-microscopical investigation included histological anterior-posterior sections of human eyes. Using a light microscope, we assessed whether BM in the posterior segment was straight or locally corrugated. Corrugation of BM was defined as an elevation of BM with a height >20 μm over a basis of 50 μm without collateral proliferations of retinal pigment epithelium or choroidal swelling...
December 13, 2017: Acta Ophthalmologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235034/assessment-of-the-health-status-and-risk-of-genotoxic-and-cytotoxic-damage-in-argentinian-adolescents-living-near-horticultural-crops
#6
Fabián Martínez-Perafán, María Fernanda Santoli, Marcela López-Nigro, Marta Ana Carballo
In some rural areas in Argentina, adolescents may be considered as a group indirectly exposed to agrochemicals because their parents plant small crops near their homes. This could become a health risk to children and adolescents who may be more sensitive to exposure to chemicals than adults. The objective of this study was to evaluate the health status of two different groups of Argentinian adolescents using biochemical parameters, dietary information, and cytogenetic biomarkers of genotoxicity and cytotoxicity...
December 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234938/impact-of-incisional-hernia-development-following-abdominal-operations-on-total-healthcare-cost
#7
Vamsi V Alli, Jianying Zhang, Dana A Telem
BACKGROUND: Introduction of the category III CPT code (0437T) for prophylactic mesh augmentation (PMA) highlights efforts to reduce incisional hernia (IH). PMA's value in the context of value-based care requires understanding both the cost of IH development and the savings from prevention. We hypothesized large healthcare costs with IH development. Appreciating which subsets of patients are at highest risk for IH, and the subsets who have the costliest care is essential in targeting interventions for hernia prevention...
December 12, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234701/hysteresis-data-of-planar-perovskite-solar-cells-fabricated-with-different-solvents
#8
You-Hyun Seo, Eun-Chong Kim, Se-Phin Cho, Seok-Soon Kim, Seok-In Na
In this data article, we introduced the hysteresis of planar perovskite solar cells (PSCs) fabricated using dimethylformamide (DMF), gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP), dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO), DMF-DMSO, GBL-DMSO and NMP-DMSO as perovskite precursor solutions according to different scan directions, sweep times, and current stability. The hysteresis analyses of the planar PSCs prepared with a glass-ITO /NiOX/perovskite /PC61BM/BCP/Ag configuration were measured with Keithley 2400 source meter unit under 100 mW/cm2 (AM 1...
February 2018: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234632/an-ecological-study-of-the-association-between-air-pollution-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-incidence-in-texas
#9
Luca Cicalese, Loren Raun, Ali Shirafkan, Laura Campos, Daria Zorzi, Mauro Montalbano, Colin Rhoads, Valia Gazis, Katherine Ensor, Cristiana Rastellini
Introduction: Primary liver cancer is a significant cause of cancer-related death in both the United States and the world at large. Hepatocellular carcinoma comprises 90% of these primary liver cancers and has numerous known etiologies. Evaluation of these identified etiologies and other traditional risk factors cannot explain the high incidence rates of hepatocellular carcinoma in Texas. Texas is home to the second largest petrochemical industry and agricultural industry in the nation; industrial activity and exposure to pathogenic chemicals have never been assessed as potential links to the state's increased incidence rate of hepatocellular carcinoma...
November 2017: Liver Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234275/insulin-modulates-neural-activity-of-pyramidal-neurons-in-the-anterior-piriform-cortex
#10
Yang Zhou, Xiaojie Wang, Tiantian Cao, Jinshan Xu, Dejuan Wang, Diego Restrepo, Anan Li
Insulin is an important peptide hormone that regulates food intake and olfactory function. While a multitude of studies investigated the effect of insulin in the olfactory bulb and olfactory epithelium, research on how it modulates higher olfactory centers is lacking. Here we investigate how insulin modulates neural activity of pyramidal neurons in the anterior piriform cortex, a key olfactory signal processing center that plays important roles in odor perception, preference learning, and odor pattern separation...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234199/prevalence-and-characteristics-of-hepatitis-delta-virus-infection-in-a-tertiary-hospital-setting-in-cameroon
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Henry N Luma, Servais A F B Eloumou, Cécile Okalla, Olivier Donfack-Sontsa, Ruth Koumitana, Agnes Malongue, Georges B Nko'Ayissi, Dominique N Noah
Background/Aims: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis D virus (HDV) coinfection is associated with more severe liver disease than HBV alone. More knowledge on the epidemiology and clinical impact of HDV-infected individuals is needed in Cameroon.We aimed at determining the frequency of anti-HDV antibody testing in hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive patients, the proportion of anti-HDV positivity, and the characteristics of anti-HDV positive compared to anti-HDV negative patients in a tertiary hospital setting in Cameroon...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234040/efficacy-and-safety-of-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-pulmonary-metastases-from-osteosarcoma-experience-in-73-patients
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Wenxi Yu, Zimei Liu, Lina Tang, Feng Lin, Yang Yao, Zan Shen
Osteosarcoma pulmonary metastases are typically treated with resection and/or chemotherapy. We hypothesize that stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) can be an alternative to surgery that can achieve high rates of local control with limited toxicity. From January 2005 to December 2013, 73 patients who developed pulmonary metastasis during period of adjuvant chemotherapy or follow-up were analyzed. 33 patients were treated by stereotactic radiosurgery using the body gamma-knife system. A total dose of 50 Gy was delivered at 5 Gy/fraction to the 50% isodose line covering the planning target volume, whereas a total dose of 70 Gy was delivered at 7 Gy/fraction to the gross target volume...
December 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233899/detection-of-cytosolic-shigella-flexneri-via-a-c-terminal-triple-arginine-motif-of-gbp1-inhibits-actin-based-motility
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Anthony S Piro, Dulcemaria Hernandez, Sarah Luoma, Eric M Feeley, Ryan Finethy, Azeb Yirga, Eva M Frickel, Cammie F Lesser, Jörn Coers
Dynamin-like guanylate binding proteins (GBPs) are gamma interferon (IFN-γ)-inducible host defense proteins that can associate with cytosol-invading bacterial pathogens. Mouse GBPs promote the lytic destruction of targeted bacteria in the host cell cytosol, but the antimicrobial function of human GBPs and the mechanism by which these proteins associate with cytosolic bacteria are poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that human GBP1 is unique among the seven human GBP paralogs in its ability to associate with at least two cytosolic Gram-negative bacteria, Burkholderia thailandensis and Shigella flexneri Rough lipopolysaccharide (LPS) mutants of S...
December 12, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233822/hematopoietic-stem-cell-gene-therapy-for-ifn%C3%AE-r1-deficiency-protects-mice-from-mycobacterial-infections
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Miriam Hetzel, Adele Mucci, Patrick Blank, Ariane Hai Ha Nguyen, Jan Schiller, Olga Halle, Mark-Philipp Kühnel, Sandra Billig, Robert Meineke, Daniel Brand, Vanessa Herder, Wolfgang Baumgärtner, Franz-Christoph Bange, Ralph Goethe, Danny Jonigk, Reinhold Förster, Bernhard Gentner, Jean-Laurent Casaova, Jacinta Bustamante, Axel Schambach, Ulrich Kalinke, Nico Lachmann
Mendelian Susceptibility to Mycobacterial Disease (MSMD) is a rare primary immunodeficiency, characterized by severe infections caused by weakly virulent mycobacteria. Bi-allelic null mutations in genes encoding interferon gamma (IFNγ) receptor 1 or -2 (IFNGR1, IFNGR2) result in a life-threatening disease phenotype in early childhood. Recombinant IFNγ therapy is inefficient and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has a poor prognosis. Thus, we developed a HSC gene therapy approach using lentiviral vectors expressing Ifnγr1 either constitutively or myeloid-specifically...
December 12, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233654/trophic-modulation-of-gamma-oscillations-the-key-role-of-processing-protease-for-neuregulin-1-and-bdnf-precursors
#15
Hideki Tamura, Sadao Shiosaka, Shota Morikawa
Gamma oscillations within the cerebral cortex and hippocampus are associated with cognitive processes, including attention, sensory perception, and memory formation; a deficit in gamma regulation is a common symptom of neurologic and psychiatric disorders. Accumulating evidence has suggested that gamma oscillations result from the synchronized activity of cell assemblies coordinated mainly by parvalbumin-positive inhibitory interneurons. The modulator molecules for parvalbumin-positive interneurons are major research targets and have the potential to control the specific oscillatory rhythm and behavior originating from neural coordination...
December 9, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233651/identification-of-bicyclic-hexafluoroisopropyl-alcohol-sulfonamides-as-retinoic-acid-receptor-related-orphan-receptor-gamma-ror%C3%AE-rorc-inverse-agonists-employing-structure-based-drug-design-to-improve-pregnane-x-receptor-pxr-selectivity
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Hua Gong, David S Weinstein, Zhonghui Lu, James J-W Duan, Sylwia Stachura, Lauren Haque, Ananta Karmakar, Hemalatha Hemagiri, Dhanya Kumar Raut, Arun Kumar Gupta, Javed Khan, Dan Camac, John S Sack, Andrew Pudzianowski, Dauh-Rurng Wu, Melissa Yarde, Ding-Ren Shen, Virna Borowski, Jenny H Xie, Huadong Sun, Celia D'Arienzo, Marta Dabros, Michael A Galella, Faye Wang, Carolyn A Weigelt, Qihong Zhao, William Foster, John E Somerville, Luisa M Salter-Cid, Joel C Barrish, Percy H Carter, T G Murali Dhar
We disclose the optimization of a high throughput screening hit to yield benzothiazine and tetrahydroquinoline sulfonamides as potent RORγt inverse agonists. However, a majority of these compounds showed potent activity against pregnane X receptor (PXR) and modest activity against liver X receptor α (LXRα). Structure-based drug design (SBDD) led to the identification of benzothiazine and tetrahydroquinoline sulfonamide analogs which completely dialed out LXRα activity and were less potent at PXR. Pharmacodynamic (PD) data for compound 35 in an IL-23 induced IL-17 mouse model is discussed along with the implications of a high Ymax in the PXR assay for long term preclinical pharmacokinetic (PK) studies...
December 5, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233262/medicinal-chemistry-strategies-for-pet-tracer-discovery
#17
REVIEW
José Ignacio Andrés, Mark Schmidt
The detection of gamma rays, resulting from decay of positron emitting isotopes, allows exquisitely sensitive detection of probes radiolabeled with such isotopes. These probes can be designed for high affinity binding to specific molecular targets and be used as tools in the early development of drugs, particularly for neuropsychiatric disorders. Availability of novel tracers requires dedicated resources and selection assays. Many of the selection assays are similar to those used for discovery of clinical compounds, although the distribution and clearance of target specific radioligands requires different in vitro and in vivo methods and new derivatives...
November 2017: Drug Discovery Today. Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232830/evidence-of-altered-glycosylation-of-serum-proteins-prior-to-pancreatic-cancer-diagnosis
#18
Shibu Krishnan, Harry J Whitwell, Joy Cuenco, Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj, Usha Menon, Stephen P Pereira, Marco Gaspari, John F Timms
Biomarkers for the early detection of pancreatic cancer are urgently needed. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate changes in serum N-glycoproteins and their glycosylation status prior to clinical presentation of pancreatic cancer that may be potential biomarkers. Prediagnosis serum samples pooled according to five time-to-diagnosis groups and a non-cancer control pool were digested with trypsin, labelled with mass tags, and subjected to titanium dioxide capture, deglycosylation, and 2D-LC-MS/MS profiling...
December 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232714/cytomegalovirus-cmv-immune-monitoring-with-elispot-and-quantiferon-cmv-assay-in-seropositive-kidney-transplant-recipients
#19
Hyeyoung Lee, Ki Hyun Park, Ji Hyeong Ryu, Ae-Ran Choi, Ji Hyun Yu, Jihyang Lim, Kyungja Han, Sang Il Kim, Chul Woo Yang, Byung Ha Chung, Eun-Jee Oh
Although cytomegalovirus (CMV) specific cell-mediated immunity (CMI) has been suggested as a predictive marker for CMV infection, proper CMI monitoring strategy in CMV-seropositive recipients and optimal method are not defined. The aim of this study was to evaluate two interferon gamma release assays during early post-transplant period as a predictor of the development of CMV infection in CMV-seropositive patients. A total of 124 CMV-seropositive recipients who received kidney transplantation from CMV-seropositive donor were prospectively examined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231907/activated-hgf-c-met-axis-in-head-and-neck-cancer
#20
REVIEW
Levi Arnold, Jonathan Enders, Sufi Mary Thomas
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is a highly morbid disease. Recent developments including Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved molecular targeted agent's pembrolizumab and cetuximab show promise but did not improve the five-year survival which is currently less than 40%. The hepatocyte growth factor receptor; also known as mesenchymal-epithelial transition factor (c-Met) and its ligand hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) are overexpressed in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC); and regulates tumor progression and response to therapy...
December 12, 2017: Cancers
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