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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822725/berberine-modulates-amyloid-%C3%AE-peptide-generation-by-activating-amp-activated-protein-kinase
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Haijing Zhang, Chunhui Zhao, Guoqiong Cao, Limin Guo, Shuai Zhang, Yuexia Liang, Chunxia Qin, Ping Su, Hang Li, Wensheng Zhang
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related neurodegenerative disorder characterized by memory deficits and cognitive decline. Excessive amyloid-β (Aβ) peptide aggregates and forms soluble oligomers and insoluble cerebral amyloid plaques, which is widely thought to be the underlying pathogenic mechanism of AD. Therefore, effective regulation of Aβ metabolism is an important aspect of preventing and improving AD. Berberine, which is the main active component of the traditional medicinal herb Coptidis rhizoma, has a positive effect on reducing Aβ levels...
August 16, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821675/synergistic-toxicity-of-polyglutamine-expanded-tbp-in-glia-and-neuronal-cells-therapeutic-implications-for-sca17
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Yang Yang, Su Yang, Jifeng Guo, Yiting Cui, Baisha Tang, Xiao-Jiang Li, Shihua Li
Spinocerebellar ataxia 17 (SCA17) is caused by polyglutamine (polyQ) repeat expansion in the TATA-binding protein (TBP) and is among a family of neurodegenerative diseases in which polyQ expansion leads to preferential neuronal loss in the brain. Although previous studies have demonstrated that expression of polyQ-expanded proteins in glial cells can cause neuronal injury via non-cell-autonomous mechanisms, these studies investigated animal models that overexpress transgenic mutant proteins. Since glial cells are particularly reactive to overexpressed mutant proteins, it is important to investigate the in vivo role of glial dysfunction in neurodegeneration when mutant polyQ proteins are endogenously expressed...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821460/long-term-effects-of-hydrogen-sulfide-on-the-anabolic-catabolic-balance-of-articular-cartilage-in-vitro
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A Vela-Anero, T Hermida-Gomez, L Gato-Calvo, C Vaamonde-García, S Diaz-Prado, R Meijide-Faílde, F J Blanco, E F Burguera
Healthy cartilage maintenance relies on an equilibrium among the anabolic and catabolic processes in chondrocytes. With the onset of osteoarthritis (OA), increased interleukin (IL)-1β levels induce an inhibition of the synthesis of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, as well as an increase in proteases. This eventually leads to a predominance of the catabolic phenotype and the progressive loss of articular cartilage. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a small gaseous molecule recognized as the third endogenous gasotransmitter...
August 15, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821355/oil-biodegradation-interactions-of-artificial-marine-snow-clay-particles-oil-and-corexit
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Shokouh Rahsepar, Alette A M Langenhoff, Martijn P J Smit, Justine S van Eenennaam, Albertinka J Murk, Huub H M Rijnaarts
During the Deepwater Horizon (DwH) oil spill, interactions between oil, clay particles and marine snow lead to the formation of aggregates. Interactions between these components play an important, but yet not well understood, role in biodegradation of oil in the ocean water. The aim of this study is to explore the effect of these interactions on biodegradation of oil in the water. Laboratory experiments were performed, analyzing respiration and n-alkane and BTEX biodegradation in multiple conditions containing Corexit, alginate particles as marine snow, and kaolin clay...
August 16, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820976/a-hydrophobic-organelle-probe-based-on-aggregation-induced-emission-nanosuspension-preparation-and-direct-use-for-endoplasmic-reticulum-imaging-in-living-cells
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Sichao Zheng, Cuihong Huang, Xuyan Zhao, Yong Zhang, Shuwen Liu, Qiuhua Zhu
Organic fluorophores have a wide range of biological uses and are usually needed to be prepared as water-soluble compounds or nanoparticles for applications in aqueous biosystems owing to their hydrophobic properties, which often is a complex, time-consuming and high-cost process. Here, the nanoparticle preparation of hydrophobic fluorophores and their application in cell imaging have been investigated. It was found: a) fetal bovine serum (FBS) shows an excellent dispersion effect on hydrophobic small-molecule organic compounds; b) a hydrophobic C6-unsubstituted tetrahydropyrimidine (Me-THP-Naph) can be prepared as nanosuspensions utilizing cell culture medium with 10% FBS and directly be used as a specific real-time imaging probe for the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), a dynamic organelle playing a crucial role in many cellular processes...
August 8, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820578/integrated-microfluidic-platform-with-multiple-functions-to-probe-the-tumor-endothelial-cell-interaction
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Ling Lin, Xuexia Lin, Luyao Lin, Qiang Feng, Takehiko Kitamori, Jin-Ming Lin, Jiashu Sun
Interaction between tumor and endothelial cells could affect tumor growth and progression, and induce drug resistance during cancer therapy. Investigation on tumor-endothelial cell interaction involves cell co-culture, protein detection, and analysis of drug metabolites, which are complicated and time-consuming. In this work, we present an integrated microfluidic device with three individual components (the cell co-culture component, the protein detection component, and the pre-treatment component for drug metabolites) to probe the interaction between tumor and endothelial cells...
August 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820086/stenotrophomonas-bentonitica-sp-nov-isolated-from-bentonite-formations
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Iván Sánchez-Castro, Miguel Angel Ruiz-Fresneda, Mohammed Bakkali, Peter Kämpfer, Stefanie P Glaeser, Hans Jürgen Busse, Margarita López-Fernández, Pablo Martínez-Rodríguez, Mohamed Larbi Merroun
A Gram-stain negative, rod-shaped, aerobic bacterial strain, BII-R7T, was isolated during a study targeting the culture-dependent microbial diversity occurring in bentonite formations from southern Spain. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis showed that BII-R7T represented a member of the genus Stenotrophomonas (class Gammaproteobacteria), and was related most closely to Stenotrophomonas rhizophila e-p10T (99.2 % sequence similarity), followed by Stenotrophomonas pavanii ICB 89T (98.5 %), Stenotrophomonas maltophilia IAM 12423T, Stenotrophomonas chelatiphaga LPM-5T and Stenotrophomonas tumulicola T5916-2-1bT (all 98...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818552/spatial-temporal-and-health-associations-of-eating-alone-a-cross-cultural-analysis-of-young-adults-in-urban-australia-and-japan
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Wakako Takeda, Melissa K Melby
Eating alone is driven by social and cultural factors, not solely by individual preferences. In academic research, eating alone is often simply treated as an alternative to social, commensal eating, and little is known about the practice of eating alone itself. This study employs a cross-cultural analysis to explore social and cultural associations of eating alone. The analysis is based on 1) cultural domain data, derived from principal component analysis of freelist responses, a set of words or phrases related to the topic of eating alone; and 2) in-depth interviews with 72 young adults aged 20-40 in urban Australia and Japan...
August 14, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818044/effects-of-the-vertically-transmitted-microsporidian-facilispora-margolisi-and-the-parasiticide-emamectin-benzoate-on-salmon-lice-lepeophtheirus-salmonis
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Jordan D Poley, Ben J G Sutherland, Mark D Fast, Ben F Koop, Simon R M Jones
BACKGROUND: Microsporidia are highly specialized, parasitic fungi that infect a wide range of eukaryotic hosts from all major taxa. Infections cause a variety of damaging effects on host physiology from increased stress to death. The microsporidian Facilispora margolisi infects the Pacific salmon louse (Lepeophtheirus salmonis oncorhynchi), an economically and ecologically important ectoparasitic copepod that can impact wild and cultured salmonids. RESULTS: Vertical transmission of F...
August 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816575/cross-cultural-translation-validity-and-reliability-of-the-french-version-of-the-neurophysiology-of-pain-questionnaire
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Christophe Demoulin, Pauline Brasseur, Nathalie Roussel, Clara Brereton, Fabienne Humblet, Daniel Flynn, Julien Van Beveren, Thomas Osinsky, Anne-Françoise Donneau, Jean-Michel Crielaard, Marc Vanderthommen, Olivier Bruyère
Pain physiology education is an important component in the management of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. The Neurophysiology of Pain Questionnaire (NPQ) was developed in English to assess pain physiology knowledge in patients. This study aimed to translate the NPQ into French (NPQ-Fr) and to investigate the main psychometric properties of the NPQ-Fr. The translation was performed using the best practice translation guidelines. One hundred and one French-speaking patients with chronic non-specific spinal pain completed the NPQ-Fr to assess its acceptability and presence of floor/ceiling effects and test its dimensionality...
August 17, 2017: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815726/differential-expression-profile-analysis-of-lncrna-uca1%C3%AE-regulated-mrnas-in-bladder-cancer
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Yu Wang, Hong Zhang, Xu Li, Wei Chen
Urothelial carcinoma associated 1α (UCA1α) is a novel long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) that regulates bladder cancer proliferation, migration, and invasion. The target genes of UCA1α have, however, not been identified. To address this, a pCDNA3.1(+)-UCA1α over-expression vector was transfected into UM-UC-2 bladder cancer cells. Genes differentially expressed between pCDNA3.1(+)-UCA1α and pCDNA3.1(+) transfected cell were then detected by microarray and bioinformatics analysis. A total of seventy-one differentially expressed genes were identified, including fifty-two up-regulated genes and nineteen down-regulated genes...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815692/amelioration-of-atopic-like-skin-conditions-in-nc-tnd-mice-by-topical-application-with-distilled-alpinia-intermedia-gagnep-extracts
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Yosuke Amagai, Chihiro Katsuta, Yoshihiro Nomura, Kumiko Oida, Kenshiro Matsuda, Hyosun Jang, Ginnae Ahn, Tetsuyoshi Hamasaki, Hiroshi Matsuda, Akane Tanaka
Alpinia intermedia, a perennial plant that belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, has been used in folk medicine for a long time in the southern region of Japan. Because skin care is an effective approach that enables patients to manage their atopic dermatitis (AD), various herbal ingredients with few adverse effects have been evaluated for use in AD patients in recent years. In this study, we examined whether distilled extracts obtained from A. intermedia were beneficial for AD-like skin conditions in NC/Tnd mice...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814976/analysis-of-proteomes-released-from-in-vitro-cultured-eight-clostridium-difficile-pcr-ribotypes-revealed-specific-expression-in-pcr-ribotypes-027-and-176-confirming-their-genetic-relatedness-and-clinical-importance-at-the-proteomic-level
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Jiri Dresler, Marcela Krutova, Alena Fucikova, Jana Klimentova, Veronika Hruzova, Miloslava Duracova, Katerina Houdkova, Barbora Salovska, Jana Matejkova, Martin Hubalek, Petr Pajer, Libor Pisa, Otakar Nyc
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile is the causative agent of C. difficile infection (CDI) that could be manifested by diarrhea, pseudomembranous colitis or life-threatening toxic megacolon. The spread of certain strains represents a significant economic burden for health-care. The epidemic successful strains are also associated with severe clinical features of CDI. Therefore, a proteomic study has been conducted that comprises proteomes released from in vitro cultured panel of eight different PCR ribotypes (RTs) and employs the combination of shotgun proteomics and label-free quantification (LFQ) approach...
2017: Gut Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814341/a-review-of-national-policies-and-strategies-to-improve-quality-of-health-care-and-patient-safety-a-case-study-from-lebanon-and-jordan
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Fadi El-Jardali, Racha Fadlallah
BACKGROUND: Improving quality of care and patient safety practices can strengthen health care delivery systems, improve health sector performance, and accelerate attainment of health-related Sustainability Development Goals. Although quality improvement is now prominent on the health policy agendas of governments in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), including countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), progress to date has not been optimal. The objective of this study is to comprehensively review existing quality improvement and patient safety policies and strategies in two selected countries of the EMR (Lebanon and Jordan) to determine the extent to which these have been institutionalized within existing health systems...
August 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813478/development-and-validation-of-a-multi-dimensional-measure-of-intellectual-humility
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Mark Alfano, Kathryn Iurino, Paul Stey, Brian Robinson, Markus Christen, Feng Yu, Daniel Lapsley
This paper presents five studies on the development and validation of a scale of intellectual humility. This scale captures cognitive, affective, behavioral, and motivational components of the construct that have been identified by various philosophers in their conceptual analyses of intellectual humility. We find that intellectual humility has four core dimensions: Open-mindedness (versus Arrogance), Intellectual Modesty (versus Vanity), Corrigibility (versus Fragility), and Engagement (versus Boredom). These dimensions display adequate self-informant agreement, and adequate convergent, divergent, and discriminant validity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811974/ex-vivo-assessment-of-drug-response-on-breast-cancer-primary-tissue-with-preserved-microenvironments
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Manuele G Muraro, Simone Muenst, Valentina Mele, Luca Quagliata, Giandomenica Iezzi, Alexandar Tzankov, Walter P Weber, Giulio C Spagnoli, Savas D Soysal
Interaction between cancerous, non-transformed cells, and non-cellular components within the tumor microenvironment plays a key role in response to treatment. However, short-term culture or xenotransplantation of cancer specimens in immunodeficient animals results in dramatic modifications of the tumor microenvironment, thus preventing reliable assessment of compounds or biologicals of potential therapeutic relevance. We used a perfusion-based bioreactor developed for tissue engineering purposes to successfully maintain the tumor microenvironment of freshly excised breast cancer tissue obtained from 27 breast cancer patients and used this platform to test the therapeutic effect of antiestrogens as well as checkpoint-inhibitors on the cancer cells...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811873/a-human-plasma-derived-supplement-preserves-function-of-human-vascular-cells-in-absence-of-fetal-bovine-serum
#17
C Castells-Sala, J Martorell, M Balcells
Current techniques for cell culture routinely use animal-derived components. Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is the most widely applied supplement, but it often displays significant batch-to-batch variations and is generally not suitable for clinical applications in humans. A robust and xeno-free alternative to FBS is of high interest for cellular therapies, from early in vitro testing to clinical trials in human subjects. In the current work, a highly consistent human plasma derived supplement (SCC) has been tested, as a potential substitute of FBS in primary human vascular cells culture...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811633/rapid-replacement-by-non-vaccine-pneumococcal-serotypes-may-mitigate-the-impact-of-the-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-on-nasopharyngeal-bacterial-ecology
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Brenda Kwambana-Adams, Blake Hanson, Archibald Worwui, Schadrac Agbla, Ebenezer Foster-Nyarko, Fatima Ceesay, Chinelo Ebruke, Uzochukwu Egere, Yanjiao Zhou, Maze Ndukum, Erica Sodergren, Michael Barer, Richard Adegbola, George Weinstock, Martin Antonio
There is growing concern that interventions that alter microbial ecology can adversely affect health. We characterised the impact of the seven-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) on pneumococcal carriage and the bacterial component of the nasopharyngeal microbiome during infancy. Newborns were recruited into three groups as follows: Group1 (n = 33) was the control group and comprised infants who received PCV7 after 6 months and came from unvaccinated communities. Group 2 (n = 30) came from unvaccinated communities and Group 3 (n = 39) came from vaccinated communities...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811613/transcriptomic-analysis-of-nickel-exposure-in-sphingobium-sp-ba1-cells-using-rna-seq
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M Volpicella, C Leoni, C Manzari, M Chiara, E Picardi, E Piancone, F Italiano, A D'Erchia, M Trotta, D S Horner, G Pesole, L R Ceci
Nickel acts as cofactor for a number of enzymes of many bacteria species. Its homeostasis is ensured by proteins working as ion efflux or accumulation systems. These mechanisms are also generally adopted to counteract life-threatening high extra-cellular Ni(2+) concentrations. Little is known regarding nickel tolerance in the genus Sphingobium. We studied the response of the novel Sphingobium sp. ba1 strain, able to adapt to high Ni(2+) concentrations. Differential gene expression in cells cultured in 10 mM Ni(2+), investigated by RNA-seq analysis, identified 118 differentially expressed genes...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811097/type-i-collagen-promotes-primary-cilia-growth-through-down-regulating-hdac6-mediated-autophagy-in-confluent-mouse-embryo-fibroblast-3t3-l1-cells
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Qian Xu, Weiwei Liu, Xiaoling Liu, Wuxiyar Otkur, Toshihiko Hayashi, Masayuki Yamato, Hitomi Fujisaki, Shunji Hattori, Shin-Ichi Tashiro, Takashi Ikejima
Primary cilia are microtubule-based organelles that extend from nearly all vertebrate cells. Abnormal ciliogenesis and cilia length are suggested to be associated with hypertension and obesity as well as diseases such as Meckel-Gruber syndrome. Extracellular matrix (ECM), comprising cellular microenvironment, influences cell shape and proliferation. However, influence of ECM on cilia biogenesis has not been well studied. In this study we examined the effects of type I collagen (col I), the major component of ECM, on primary cilia growth...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
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