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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107221/cash-vs-food-assistance-to-improve-adherence-to-antiretroviral-therapy-among-hiv-infected-adults-in-tanzania-a-randomized-trial
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Sandra I McCoy, Prosper F Njau, Carolyn Fahey, Ntuli Kapologwe, Suneetha Kadiyala, Nicholas P Jewell, William H Dow, Nancy S Padian
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the effectiveness of short-term cash and food assistance to improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) and retention in care among people living with HIV in Tanzania. METHODS: At three clinics, 805 participants were randomized to three groups in a 3 : 3 : 1 ratio, stratified by site : nutrition assessment and counseling (NAC) and cash transfers (∼$11/month, n = 347), NAC and food baskets (n = 345), and NAC-only (comparison group, n = 113, clinicaltrials...
January 19, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105226/expression-of-epidermal-growth-factor-like-domain-7-may-be-a-predictive-marker-of-the-effect-of-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-for-locally-advanced-uterine-cervical-cancer
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Makoto Yamauchi, Takeshi Fukuda, Takuma Wada, Masaru Kawanishi, Kenji Imai, Reiko Tasaka, Tomoyo Yasui, Toshiyuki Sumi
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) followed by hysterectomy may be effective for the treatment of locally advanced uterine cervical cancer and improve patient prognosis. It is important to identify markers that are able to predict whether NAC may be successful. Epidermal growth factor-like domain 7 (EGFL7) regulates vascular sprouting in blood vessel formation. In numerous types of human cancer, EGFL7 is upregulated and inhibits endothelial cell adhesion molecules, decreasing vascular tightness and, thus, increasing vascular permeability...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105213/wogonin-induces-beclin-1-pi3k-and-reactive-oxygen-species-mediated-autophagy-in-human-pancreatic-cancer-cells
#3
Shao-Jun Li, Shi-Jie Sun, Jie Gao, Fu-Bo Sun
Wogonin is considered to be an inhibitor of myeloid cell leukemia 1 and B-cell lymphoma 2, and a potential antitumor drug due to its ability to induce apoptosis in certain cancer cells; however, few previous studies have reported on wogonin-induced autophagy. The aim of the present study was to investigate the influence of wogonin on autophagy in human pancreatic cancer cells (HPCCs), elucidate its mechanism, and identify strategies to increase its effectiveness as an anti-cancer treatment. HPCCs were treated with wogonin and autophagy was detected in the cells...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104421/assessing-cancer-progression-and-stable-disease-after-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-for-organ-confined-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
#4
Meera R Chappidi, Max Kates, Aaron Brant, Alexander S Baras, George J Netto, Phillip M Pierorazio, Noah M Hahn, Trinity J Bivalacqua
OBJECTIVE: To propose and validate a new approach to stratify clinically staged organ-confined muscle-invasive bladder cancer patients (cT2N0M0) that are pathologic non-responders to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) to better characterize NAC non-response. METHODS: We retrospectively identified radical cystectomy patients with cT2N0M0 disease at our institution (2005-2014) and in the National Cancer Database (NCDB, 2004-2012) for external validation. Patients were stratified as stable (pT2N0M0) or progressors (>pT2 and/or pN+)...
January 16, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103509/3-5-dihydroxy-3-4-7-trimethoxyflavone-induces-er-stress-associated-hct-116-programmed-cell-death-via-redox-signaling
#5
Mahendra Pal Singh, Jaehong Han, Sun Chul Kang
Quercetin, a well cognized bioactive flavone possessing great medicinal value, has limited usage. The rapid gastrointestinal digestion of quercetin is also a major obstacle for its clinical implementation due to low bioavailability and poor aqueous solubility. 3',5-dihydroxy-3,4',7-trimethoxyflavone (DTMF), a novel semi-synthetic derivative of quercetin, is known to modulate several biological activities. Therefore, in the present study we examined the cytotoxic mechanism of DTMF in concentration-dependent manner (25, 50, and 100μM; 24h) against HCT-116 human colon carcinoma cells...
January 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102488/performance-and-side-effects-of-supplementation-with-n-acetylcysteine-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Kate Rhodes, Andrea Braakhuis
BACKGROUND: N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is a promising antioxidant supplement with potential as an acute strategy to enhance performance in elite sport, but there are concerns about its side effects with high doses. OBJECTIVE: To review the current literature and evaluate the effects of NAC supplementation on sport performance and the risk of adverse effects. METHODS: The literature up to May 2016 was searched on MEDLINE (PubMed), EMBASE, SPORTDiscus, Google Scholar and Scopus databases to identify all studies investigating the effects of NAC supplementation on exercise performance and/or side effects experienced...
January 19, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102321/the-chaperonin-cct-inhibits-assembly-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-amyloid-fibrils-by-a-specific-conformation-dependent-interaction
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Begoña Sot, Alejandra Rubio-Muñoz, Ahudrey Leal-Quintero, Javier Martínez-Sabando, Miguel Marcilla, Cintia Roodveldt, José M Valpuesta
The eukaryotic chaperonin CCT (chaperonin containing TCP-1) uses cavities built into its double-ring structure to encapsulate and to assist folding of a large subset of proteins. CCT can inhibit amyloid fibre assembly and toxicity of the polyQ extended mutant of huntingtin, the protein responsible for Huntington's disease. This raises the possibility that CCT modulates other amyloidopathies, a still-unaddressed question. We show here that CCT inhibits amyloid fibre assembly of α-synuclein A53T, one of the mutants responsible for Parkinson's disease...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100069/the-effect-of-n-acetylcysteine-supplementation-on-serum-homocysteine-levels-and-hepatic-and-renal-oxidative-stress-in-homocysteine-thiolactone-treated-rats
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Gamze Kondakçı, A Fatih Aydın, Semra Doğru-Abbasoğlu, Müjdat Uysal
The effect of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) (1 g/kg body weight/day) on serum homocysteine (Hcy) levels, insulin resistance (IR), and hepatic and renal prooxidant-antioxidant balance was evaluated in rats treated with homocysteine thiolactone (HcyT) (500 mg/kg body weight/day for 6 weeks). Reactive oxygen species (ROS), malondialdehyde (MDA), glutathione, ferric reducing antioxidant power, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) activities were determined in the liver and kidney. HcyT elevated serum Hcy levels and caused IR, but liver and kidney function tests remained unchanged...
January 19, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097778/does-smoking-history-confer-a-higher-risk-for-reconstructive-complications-in-nipple-sparing-mastectomy
#9
Jordan D Frey, Michael Alperovich, Jamie P Levine, Mihye Choi, Nolan S Karp
History of smoking has been implicated as a risk factor for reconstructive complications in nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM), however there have been no direct analyses of outcomes in smokers and nonsmokers. All patients undergoing NSM at New York University Langone Medical Center from 2006 to 2014 were identified. Outcomes were compared for those with and without a smoking history and stratified by pack-year smoking history and years-to-quitting (YTQ). A total of 543 nipple-sparing mastectomies were performed from 2006 to 2014 with a total of 49 in patients with a history of smoking...
January 18, 2017: Breast Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097691/oilseed-rape-nac56-transcription-factor-modulates-reactive-oxygen-species-accumulation-and-hypersensitive-response-like-cell-death
#10
Qinqin Chen, Fangfang Niu, Jingli Yan, Bisi Chen, Feifei Wu, Xiaohua Guo, Bo Yang, Yuan-Qing Jiang
The NAC (NAM, ATAF1/2, CUC2) transcription factor gene family is plant-specific and plays diverse roles in development and responses to abiotic stresses and pathogen challenge. Oilseed rape (Brassica napus) or canola is an important oil crop worldwide, however, the function of NAC genes in it remains largely elusive. Here, we identified and characterized the NAC56 gene isolated from oilseed rape. Expression of BnaNAC56 was induced by abscisic acid (ABA), jasmonic acid (JA), methyl viologen (MV) and a necrotrophic fungal pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, but repressed by cold...
January 18, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093719/metabolic-nodal-response-as-a-prognostic-marker-after-neoadjuvant-therapy-for-oesophageal-cancer
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J M Findlay, K M Bradley, L M Wang, J M Franklin, E J Teoh, F V Gleeson, N D Maynard, R S Gillies, M R Middleton
BACKGROUND: The ability to predict recurrence and survival after neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) and surgery for oesophageal cancer remains elusive. This study evaluated the role of [(18) F]fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) PET-CT in assessing tumour and nodal response as a prognostic marker. METHODS: This was a single-centre UK cohort study. From 2006 to 2014, patients with oesophageal cancer staged with PET-CT before NAC, and restaged by CT or PET-CT before resection, were included...
January 17, 2017: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092180/n-acetylcysteine-a-possible-protector-against-indomethacin-induced-peptic-ulcer-crosstalk-between-antioxidant-anti-inflammatory-and-antiapoptotic-mechanisms
#12
Nema Ali Soliman, Doaa Hussein Zineldeen, Mohamed Alaa Katary, Darin Abd Ali
This study investigated the gastroprotective effects of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) against indomethacin-induced gastric ulcer in rats. Ulceration was induced by a single oral administration of indomethacin (30 mg/kg). 50 male albino rats were allocated into 5 equal groups: control group received normal saline orally, indomethacin group rats received normal saline orally for 5 days and indomethacin (50 mg/kg) on the last day, ranitidine group received ranitidine (reference drug) orally for 5 days (50 mg/kg) before receiving indomethacin (50 mg/kg) on the last day, and NAC groups received NAC orally at 300 and 500 mg/kg, respectively, for 5 days before receiving indomethacin (50 mg/kg) on the last day...
November 14, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089852/dopamine-d1-receptor-agonist-treatment-attenuates-extinction-of-morphine-conditioned-place-preference-while-increasing-dendritic-complexity-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-core
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Kendra L Kobrin, Danielle T Arena, Stephen C Heinrichs, Olivia H Nguyen, Gary B Kaplan
The dopamine D1 receptor (D1R) has a role in opioid reward and conditioned place preference (CPP), but its role in CPP extinction is undetermined. We examined the effect of D1R agonist SKF81297 on the extinction of opioid CPP and associated dendritic morphology in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), a region involved with reward integration and its extinction. During the acquisition of morphine CPP, mice received morphine and saline on alternate days; injections were given immediately before each of eight daily conditioning sessions...
January 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088644/tert-butyl-hydroperoxide-t-bhp-induced-apoptosis-and-necroptosis-in-endothelial-cells-roles-of-nox4-and-mitochondrion
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Wenwen Zhao, Haitao Feng, Wen Sun, Kang Liu, Jin-Jian Lu, Xiuping Chen
Oxidative stress causes endothelial death while underlying mechanisms remain elusive. Herein, the pro-death effect of tert-butyl hydroperoxide (t-BHP) was investigated with low concentration (50μM) of t-BHP (t-BHPL) and high concentration (500μM) of t-BHP (t-BHPH). Both t-BHPL and t-BHPH induced endothelial cell death was determined. T-BHPL induced caspase-dependent apoptosis and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation, which was inhibited by N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC). Furthermore, NADPH oxidase inhibitor diphenyleneiodonium (DPI), NOX4 siRNA, and NOX4 inhibitor GKT137831 reduced t-BHPL-induced ROS generation while mitochondrial respiratory chain inhibitors rotenone (Rot), 2-thenoyltrifluoroacetone (TTFA), and antimycin A (AA) failed to do so...
January 5, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088515/the-membrane-tethered-nac-transcription-factor-atntl7-contributes-to-er-stress-resistance-in-arabidopsis
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Yong Hun Chi, Sarah Mae Boyles Melencion, Cresilda Vergara Alinapon, Min Ji Kim, Eun Seon Lee, Seol Ki Paeng, Joung Hun Park, Ganesh M Nawkar, Young Jun Jung, Ho Byeong Chae, Chang Ho Kang, Sang Yeol Lee
We screened for endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-resistant mutants among 25 mutants of the Arabidopsis NTL (NAC with Transmembrane motif 1-Like) family. We identified a novel mutant, SALK_044777, showing strong resistance to ER stress. RT-PCR and genomic DNA sequence analyses identified the mutant as atntl7, which harbors a T-DNA insertion in the fourth exon of AtNTL7. Two other atntl7-mutant alleles, in which T-DNA was inserted in the second exon and third intron of AtNTL7, respectively, showed ER-stress sensitive phenotypes, suggesting that SALK_044777 is a gain-of-function mutant...
January 11, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087840/vibrio-cholerae-cholix-toxin-induced-hepg2-cell-death-is-enhanced-by-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-through-ros-and-intracellular-signal-regulated-kinases
#16
Kohei Ogura, Yasuhiro Terasaki, Tohru Miyoshi-Akiyama, Mika Terasaki, Joel Moss, Masatoshi Noda, Kinnosuke Yahiro
Cholix toxin (Cholix) from Vibrio cholerae is a potent virulence factor exhibiting ADP-ribosyltransferase activity on eukaryotic elongation factor 2 (eEF2) of host cells, resulting in inhibition of protein synthesis. Administration of Cholix or its homologue Pseudomonas exotoxin A (PEA) to mice causes lethal hepatocyte damage. In this study, we demonstrate cytotoxicity of Cholix on immortalized human hepatocytes in the presence of tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α), which has been reported to play a fatal role in PEA administered to mice...
January 13, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086830/sigma-2-receptor-agonist-derivatives-of-1-cyclohexyl-4-3-5-methoxy-1-2-3-4-tetrahydronaphthalen-1-yl-propyl-piperazine-pb28-induce-cell-death-via-mitochondrial-superoxide-production-and-caspase-activation-in-pancreatic-cancer
#17
Maria Laura Pati, John R Hornick, Mauro Niso, Francesco Berardi, Dirk Spitzer, Carmen Abate, William Hawkins
BACKGROUND: Despite considerable efforts by scientific research, pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer related mortalities. Sigma-2 receptors, which are overexpressed in several tumors, represent promising targets for triggering selective pancreatic cancer cells death. METHODS: We selected five differently structured high-affinity sigma-2 ligands (PB28, PB183, PB221, F281 and PB282) to study how they affect the viability of diverse pancreatic cancer cells (human cell lines BxPC3, AsPC1, Mia PaCa-2, and Panc1 and mouse Panc-02, KCKO and KP-02) and how this is reflected in vivo in a tumor model...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079398/feasibility-evaluation-of-diffusion-weighted-imaging-using-an-integrated-mri-radiotherapy-system-for-response-assessment-to-neoadjuvant-therapy-in-rectal-cancer
#18
Narek Shaverdian, Yingli Yang, Peng Hu, Steven Hart, Ke Sheng, James Lamb, Minsong Cao, Nzhde Agazaryan, David Thomas, Michael Steinberg, Daniel A Low, Percy Lee
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the feasibility of on-board DWI with an integrated low-field MRI-radiotherapy system to assess responses to neoadjuvant chemoradiation (NAC) in rectal cancer. METHODS: A spin echo-based planar imaging diffusion sequence on a 0.35 T MRI-radiotherapy system was acquired over the course of NAC. The apparent diffusion coefficients (ADC) from the tumor region of interest (ROIs) were calculated. A functional diffusion map (fDM) was created showing a pixel-wise ADC analysis of the ROI over the course of treatment...
January 12, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078487/the-role-of-the-nox4-derived-ros-mediated-rhoa-rho-kinase-pathway-in-rat-hypertension-induced-by-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia
#19
Wen Lu, Jing Kang, Ke Hu, Si Tang, Xiufang Zhou, Lifang Xu, Yuanyuan Li, Shuhui Yu
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, which is a risk factor for resistant hypertension, is characterized by chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) and is associated with many cardiovascular diseases. CIH elicits systemic oxidative stress and sympathetic hyperactivity, which lead to hypertension. Rho kinases (ROCKs) are considered to be major effectors of the small GTPase RhoA and have been extensively studied in the cardiovascular field. Upregulation of the RhoA/ROCK signaling cascade is observed in various cardiovascular disorders, such as atherosclerosis, pulmonary hypertension, and stroke...
January 11, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077487/calcium-permeable-ampa-receptors-and-silent%C3%A2-synapses-in-cocaine-conditioned-place-preference
#20
Avani Shukla, Anna Beroun, Myrto Panopoulou, Peter A Neumann, Seth Gn Grant, M Foster Olive, Yan Dong, Oliver M Schlüter
Exposure to cocaine generates silent synapses in the nucleus accumbens (NAc), whose eventual unsilencing/maturation by recruitment of calcium-permeable AMPA-type glutamate receptors (CP-AMPARs) after drug withdrawal results in profound remodeling of NAc neuro-circuits. Silent synapse-based NAc remodeling was shown to be critical for several drug-induced behaviors, but its role in acquisition and retention of the association between drug rewarding effects and drug-associated contexts has remained unclear. Here, we find that the postsynaptic proteins PSD-93, PSD-95, and SAP102 differentially regulate excitatory synapse properties in the NAc...
January 11, 2017: EMBO Journal
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