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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107820/evidence-against-a-role-for-jaagsiekte-sheep-retrovirus-in-human-lung-cancer
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A Dusty Miller, Marcelo De Las Heras, Jingyou Yu, Fushun Zhang, Shan-Lu Liu, Andrew E Vaughan, Thomas L Vaughan, Raul Rosadio, Stefano Rocca, Giuseppe Palmieri, James J Goedert, Junya Fujimoto, Ignacio I Wistuba
BACKGROUND: Jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus (JSRV) causes a contagious lung cancer in sheep and goats that can be transmitted by aerosols produced by infected animals. Virus entry into cells is initiated by binding of the viral envelope (Env) protein to a specific cell-surface receptor, Hyal2. Unlike almost all other retroviruses, the JSRV Env protein is also a potent oncoprotein and is responsible for lung cancer in animals. Of concern, Hyal2 is a functional receptor for JSRV in humans. RESULTS: We show here that JSRV is fully capable of infecting human cells, as measured by its reverse transcription and persistence in the DNA of cultured human cells...
January 20, 2017: Retrovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107746/induced-differentiation-of-human-gingival-fibroblasts-into-vsmc-like-cells
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Xuqian Liu, Jie Wang, Fusheng Dong, Hexiang Li, Yali Hou
Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) are major component of the vascular wall, and they play an essential role in maintaining the basic physiological function and stable structure of the vascular wall. In the present study, human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) were cultured and induced into VSMC-like cells in vitro to confirm that HGFs with properties of stem cells have the potential for differentiation. The epithelium isolated from patients was extracted from normal human gingiva consisting of epithelium and connective tissue...
January 17, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106389/orthogonal-luciferase-luciferin-pairs-for-bioluminescence-imaging
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Krysten A Jones, William B Porterfield, Colin M Rathbun, David C McCutcheon, Miranda A Paley, Jennifer A Prescher
Bioluminescence imaging with luciferase-luciferin pairs is widely used in biomedical research. Several luciferases have been identified in nature, and many have been adapted for tracking cells in whole animals. Unfortunately, the optimal luciferases for imaging in vivo utilize the same substrate, and therefore cannot easily differentiate multiple cell types in a single subject. To develop a broader set of distinguishable probes, we crafted custom luciferins that can be selectively processed by engineered luciferases...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106142/identification-of-lukpq-a-novel-equid-adapted-leukocidin-of-staphylococcus-aureus
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Gerrit Koop, Manouk Vrieling, Daniel M L Storisteanu, Laurence S C Lok, Tom Monie, Glenn van Wigcheren, Claire Raisen, Xiaoliang Ba, Nicholas Gleadall, Nazreen Hadjirin, Arjen J Timmerman, Jaap A Wagenaar, Heleen M Klunder, J Ross Fitzgerald, Ruth Zadoks, Gavin K Paterson, Carmen Torres, Andrew S Waller, Anette Loeffler, Igor Loncaric, Armando E Hoet, Karin Bergström, Luisa De Martino, Constança Pomba, Hermínia de Lencastre, Karim Ben Slama, Haythem Gharsa, Emily J Richardson, Edwin R Chilvers, Carla de Haas, Kok van Kessel, Jos A G van Strijp, Ewan M Harrison, Mark A Holmes
Bicomponent pore-forming leukocidins are a family of potent toxins secreted by Staphylococcus aureus, which target white blood cells preferentially and consist of an S- and an F-component. The S-component recognizes a receptor on the host cell, enabling high-affinity binding to the cell surface, after which the toxins form a pore that penetrates the cell lipid bilayer. Until now, six different leukocidins have been described, some of which are host and cell specific. Here, we identify and characterise a novel S...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105936/pathways-of-aging-comparative-analysis-of-gene-signatures-in-replicative-senescence-and-stress-induced-premature-senescence
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Kamil C Kural, Neetu Tandon, Mikhail Skoblov, Olga V Kel-Margoulis, Ancha V Baranova
BACKGROUND: In culturing normal diploid cells, senescence may either happen naturally, in the form of replicative senescence, or it may be a consequence of external challenges such as oxidative stress. Here we present a comparative analysis aimed at reconstruction of molecular cascades specific for replicative (RS) and stressinduced senescence (SIPS) in human fibroblasts. RESULTS: An involvement of caspase-3/keratin-18 pathway and serine/threonine kinase Aurora A/ MDM2 pathway was shared between RS and SIPS...
December 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105804/cavity-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-in-the-biosciences-in-situ-multicomponent-and-isotope-selective-gas-measurements-to-study-hydrogen-production-and-consumption-by-escherichia-coli
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Thomas W Smith, Michael F A Hippler
Recently we introduced Cavity-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (CERS) with optical feedback cw-diode lasers as a sensitive analytical tool. Here we report improvements made on the technique and its first application in the biosciences for in situ, multicomponent and isotope selective gas measurements to study hydrogen production and consumption by Escherichia coli. Under anaerobic conditions, cultures grown on rich media supplemented with D-glucose or glycerol produce H2 and simultaneously consume some of it. By introducing D2 in the headspace, hydrogen production and consumption could be separated due to the distinct spectroscopic signatures of isotopomers...
January 10, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105558/immunology-of-bee-venom
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Daniel Elieh Ali Komi, Farzaneh Shafaghat, Ricardo D Zwiener
Bee venom is a blend of biochemicals ranging from small peptides and enzymes to biogenic amines. It is capable of triggering severe immunologic reactions owing to its allergenic fraction. Venom components are presented to the T cells by antigen-presenting cells within the skin. These Th2 type T cells then release IL-4 and IL-13 which subsequently direct B cells to class switch to production of IgE. Generating venom-specific IgE and crosslinking FcεR1(s) on the surface of mast cells complete the sensitizing stage in allergic individuals who are most likely to experience severe and even fatal allergic reactions after being stung...
January 20, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105093/%C3%AE-caryophyllene-promotes-osteoblastic-mineralization-and-suppresses-osteoclastogenesis-and-adipogenesis-in-mouse-bone-marrow-cultures-in-vitro
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Masayoshi Yamaguchi, Robert M Levy
Osteoporosis is induced by the reduction in bone mass through decreased osteoblastic osteogenesis and increased osteoclastic bone resorption, and it is associated with obesity and diabetes. Osteoblasts and adipocytes are derived from bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. The prevention of osteoporosis is an important public health concern in aging populations. β-caryophyllene, a component of various essential oils, is a selective agonist of the cannabinoid receptor type 2 and exerts cannabimimetic anti-inflammatory effects in animals...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104332/a-bacillus-sp-strain-with-antagonistic-activity-against-fusarium-graminearum-kills-microcystis-aeruginosa-selectively
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Huanling Xuan, Xianzhu Dai, Jing Li, Xiaohui Zhang, Caiyun Yang, Feng Luo
Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) cause severe environmental problems, economic losses and threaten human health seriously. In the present study, a Bacillus sp. strain, designated as AF-1, with strong antagonistic activity against plant pathogenic fungus Fusarium graminearum was isolated from purple soil. Bacillus sp. AF-1 selectively killed Microcystis aeruginosa at low cell density (1.6×10(3)cfu/mL), and showed the strongest bactericidal activity against M. aeruginosa NIES-843 (Ae=93%, t=6d)...
January 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103877/rhodococcus-erythropolis-as-a-host-for-expression-secretion-and-glycosylation-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-proteins
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Antonio J Vallecillo, Cristina Parada, Pedro Morales, Clara Espitia
BACKGROUND: Glycosylation is one of the most abundant posttranslational polypeptide chain modification in nature. Although carbohydrate modification of protein antigens from many microbial pathogens constitutes important components of B cell epitopes, the role in T cell immunity is not completely understood. There is growing evidence about the importance of these modifications in host bacteria interactions in tuberculosis. It is known, that the sugars present in some Mycobacterium tuberculosis glycoproteins play an important role in both humoral and cellular immune response against the pathogen...
January 19, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103691/sudemycin-k-a-synthetic-antitumor-splicing-inhibitor-variant-with-improved-activity-and-versatile-chemistry
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Kamil Makowski, Luisa Vigevani, Fernando Albericio, Juan Valcárcel, Mercedes Álvarez
Important links exist between the process of pre-mRNA splicing and cancer, as illustrated by the frequent mutation of splicing factors in tumors and the emergence of various families of antitumor drugs that target components of the splicing machinery, notably SF3B1, a protein subunit of spliceosomal U2 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particle (snRNP). Sudemycins are synthetic compounds that harbor a pharmacophore common to various classes of splicing inhibitors. Here, we describe the synthesis and functional characterization of novel sudemycin analogues that functionally probe key chemical groups within this pharmacophore...
January 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102161/orthotopic-autologous-chondrocyte-grafting-as-a-method-of-treatment-of-growth-plate-damage-in-rabbits
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Ryszard Tomaszewski, Łukasz Wiktor, Artur Gap
BACKGROUND: With the continuous advances in the therapy of joint cartilage injury, some of those classification systems are also being used for evaluating the quality of regenerating cartilage. Histo lo gi cal assessment of joint cartilage is a very important component in the staging of osteoarthritis and tracing therapeutic outcomes. We performed a histological assessment of regenerating growth plate in a group of New Zealand white rabbits as a component of autologous chondrocyte therapy for growth plate damage...
October 28, 2016: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102062/the-role-of-il-17-in-a-lipopolysaccharide-induced-rhinitis-model
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Jun Sang Bae, Ji Hye Kim, Eun Hee Kim, Ji Hun Mo
PURPOSE: Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is a cell wall component of Gram-negative bacteria and important for pro-inflammatory mediators. This study aimed to establish a rhinitis model using ovalbumin (OVA) and LPS in order to evaluate the role of interleukin (IL)-17 in the pathogenesis of an LPS-induced non-eosionophilic rhinitis model. METHODS: Mice were divided into 4 groups and each group consisted of 10 mice (negative control group, allergic rhinitis model group, 1-μg LPS treatment group, and 10-μg LPS treatment group)...
March 2017: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101713/macro-and-microelement-content-and-other-properties-of-chaenomeles-japonica-l-fruit-and-protective-effects-of-its-aqueous-extract-on-hepatocyte-metabolism
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Irena Baranowska-Bosiacka, Beata Bosiacka, Julita Rast, Izabela Gutowska, Jolanta Wolska, Ewa Rębacz-Maron, Kamila Dębia, Katarzyna Janda, Jan Korbecki, Dariusz Chlubek
This growing interest in the cultivation of Japanese quince Chaenomeles japonica L. results from the potentially beneficial properties of its fruit. Fresh fruits are very firm and too acidic to eat raw, but their bioactive components, distinctive aroma, and high amount of dietary fiber make the fruits well suited for industrial processing. However, not all the properties of the fruit have been investigated. For example, there are no comprehensive reports about the mineral content or potentially harmful effects on liver metabolism...
January 18, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101344/evaluation-of-pharmacological-relaxation-effect-of-the-natural-product-naringin-on-in-vitro-cultured-airway-smooth-muscle-cells-and-in-vivo-ovalbumin-induced-asthma-balb-c-mice
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Yue Wang, Yun Lu, Mingzhi Luo, Xiaohao Shi, Yan Pan, Huilong Zeng, Linhong Deng
Asthma has become a common chronic respiratory disease worldwide and its prevalence is predicted to continue increasing in the next decade, particularly in developing countries. A key component in asthma therapy is to alleviate the excessive bronchial airway narrowing ultimately due to airway smooth muscle contraction, which is often facilitated by a smooth muscle relaxant, such as the β2-adrenergic agonists. Recently, bitter taste receptor (TAS2R) agonists, including saccharin and chloroquine, have been found to potently relax the airway smooth muscle cells (ASMCs) via intracellular Ca(2+) signaling...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101337/adipocyte-lipolysis-links-obesity-to-breast-cancer-growth-adipocyte-derived-fatty-acids-drive-breast-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-migration
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Seher Balaban, Robert F Shearer, Lisa S Lee, Michelle van Geldermalsen, Mark Schreuder, Harrison C Shtein, Rose Cairns, Kristen C Thomas, Daniel J Fazakerley, Thomas Grewal, Jeff Holst, Darren N Saunders, Andrew J Hoy
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with increased recurrence and reduced survival of breast cancer. Adipocytes constitute a significant component of breast tissue, yet their role in provisioning metabolic substrates to support breast cancer progression is poorly understood. RESULTS: Here, we show that co-culture of breast cancer cells with adipocytes revealed cancer cell-stimulated depletion of adipocyte triacylglycerol. Adipocyte-derived free fatty acids were transferred to breast cancer cells, driving fatty acid metabolism via increased CPT1A and electron transport chain complex protein levels, resulting in increased proliferation and migration...
2017: Cancer & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101149/effects-of-nano-tantalum-implants-on-inducing-osteoblast-proliferation-and-differentiation
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Xinyu Liu, Xiaobin Song, Peng Zhang, Zhenkun Zhu, Xin Xu
In the present study, we examined the effects of nano tantalum (Ta) dental implants on inducing osteoblast proliferation and differentiation. The MG-63 osteoblasts were divided into 3 groups after recovery, passage and storage: i) Osteoblast culturing group (control group); ii) osteoblast and titanium (Ti) implant co-culturing group (Ti group); and iii) osteoblast and Ta implant co-culturing group (Ta group). After 7 days, a scanning electron microscope was used to observe the growth status, number and morphological changes of the cells on the surfaces of the materials...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100957/conditions-for-success-in-introducing-telemedicine-in-diabetes-foot-care-a-qualitative-inquiry
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Beate-Christin Hope Kolltveit, Eva Gjengedal, Marit Graue, Marjolein M Iversen, Sally Thorne, Marit Kirkevold
BACKGROUND: The uptake of various telehealth technologies to deliver health care services at a distance is expanding; however more knowledge is needed to help understand vital components for success in using telehealth in different work settings. This study was part of a larger trial designed to investigate the effect of an interactive telemedicine platform. The platform consisted of a web based ulcer record linked to a mobile phone to provide care for people with diabetic foot ulcers in outpatient clinics in specialist hospital care in collaboration with primary health care...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100438/high-dose-rifampicin-moxifloxacin-and-sq109-for-treating-tuberculosis-a-multi-arm-multi-stage-randomised-controlled-trial
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Martin J Boeree, Norbert Heinrich, Rob Aarnoutse, Andreas H Diacon, Rodney Dawson, Sunita Rehal, Gibson S Kibiki, Gavin Churchyard, Ian Sanne, Nyanda E Ntinginya, Lilian T Minja, Robert D Hunt, Salome Charalambous, Madeleine Hanekom, Hadija H Semvua, Stellah G Mpagama, Christina Manyama, Bariki Mtafya, Klaus Reither, Robert S Wallis, Amour Venter, Kim Narunsky, Anka Mekota, Sonja Henne, Angela Colbers, Georgette Plemper van Balen, Stephen H Gillespie, Patrick P J Phillips, Michael Hoelscher
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis is the world's leading infectious disease killer. We aimed to identify shorter, safer drug regimens for the treatment of tuberculosis. METHODS: We did a randomised controlled, open-label trial with a multi-arm, multi-stage design. The trial was done in seven sites in South Africa and Tanzania, including hospitals, health centres, and clinical trial centres. Patients with newly diagnosed, rifampicin-sensitive, previously untreated pulmonary tuberculosis were randomly assigned in a 1:1:1:1:2 ratio to receive (all orally) either 35 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 15-20 mg/kg ethambutol, 20 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 400 mg moxifloxacin, 20 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 300 mg SQ109, 10 mg/kg rifampicin per day with 300 mg SQ109, or a daily standard control regimen (10 mg/kg rifampicin, 5 mg/kg isoniazid, 25 mg/kg pyrazinamide, and 15-20 mg/kg ethambutol)...
January 2017: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099953/social-networks-among-the-older-chinese-population-in-the-usa-findings-from-the-pine-study
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XinQi Dong, E-Shien Chang
BACKGROUND: Social network research has become central to studies of health and aging. Its results may yield public health insights that are actionable and improve the quality of life of older adults. However, little is known about the social networks of older immigrant adults, whose social relationships often develop in the context of migration, compounded by cultural and linguistic barriers. OBJECTIVES: This report aims to describe the structure, composition, and emotional components of social networks in the Chinese aging population of the USA, and to explore ways in which their social networks may be critical to their health decision-making...
January 19, 2017: Gerontology
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