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R Kelman Wieder, Melanie A Vile, Kimberli D Scott, Cara M Albright, Kelly McMillen, Dale H Vitt, Mark Fenn
Oil extraction and development activities in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of northern Alberta, Canada release NOx, SOx, and NHx to the atmosphere, ultimately resulting in increasing N and S inputs to surrounding ecosystems through atmospheric deposition. Peatlands are a major feature of the northern Alberta landscape, with bogs covering 6-10% of the land area, and fens covering 21-53%. Bulk deposition of NH4+-N, NO3--N, total inorganic N (TIN), and SO42--S, was quantified using ion exchange resin collectors deployed at 23 locations, over 1-6 years, reveal maximum N and S deposition of 9...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Shao-Yong Xu, Shu-Fen Li, Guo-Xin Ni
BACKGROUND Although tendinopathy is common, its underlying pathogenesis is poorly understood. This study aimed to investigate the possible pathogenesis of tendinopathy. MATERIAL AND METHODS In this study, a total of 24 rats were randomly and evenly divided into a control (CON) group and a strenuous treadmill running (STR) group. Animals in the STR group were subjected to a 12-week treadmill running protocol. Subsequently, all Achilles tendons were harvested to perform histological observation or biochemical analyses...
October 15, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Libin Song, Xiangyuan Chen, Song Gao, Chenyue Zhang, Chao Qu, Peng Wang, Luming Liu
Evidence from in vitro and in vivo studies shows that Ski may act as both a tumor proliferation-promoting factor and a metastatic suppressor in human pancreatic cancer and also may be a therapeutic target of integrative therapies. At present, pancreatic cancer stem cells (CSCs) are responsible for tumor recurrence accompanied by resistance to conventional therapies. Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling pathway is found to be aberrantly activated in CSCs. The objectives of this study were to investigate the role of Ski in modulating pancreatic CSCs and to examine the molecular mechanisms involved in pancreatic cancer treatment both in vivo and in vitro...
October 12, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
Bin Zhou, Deheng Chen, Huazi Xu, Xiaolei Zhang
Chondrocyte plays a critical role in endochondral ossification and cartilage repair by maintaining the cartilaginous matrix. Statins have been widely used to lower the cholesterol level in patients with cardiovascular disorders. Previous research has demonstrated potential role of statins in chondrocyte proliferation. This study addresses the proliferation-regulatory effect of lovastatin in rabbit chondrocytes as well as the underlying signaling mechanisms, thereby exploring its potential application in chondrocyte-related disorders, such as cartilage damage and osteoarthritis...
October 3, 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
Rich Boden, Lee P Hutt, Marcel Huntemann, Alicia Clum, Manoj Pillay, Krishnaveni Palaniappan, Neha Varghese, Natalia Mikhailova, Dimitrios Stamatis, Tatiparthi Reddy, Chew Yee Ngan, Chris Daum, Nicole Shapiro, Victor Markowitz, Natalia Ivanova, Tanja Woyke, Nikos Kyrpides
Thermithiobacillus tepidarius DSM 3134(T) was originally isolated (1983) from the waters of a sulfidic spring entering the Roman Baths (Temple of Sulis-Minerva) at Bath, United Kingdom and is an obligate chemolithoautotroph growing at the expense of reduced sulfur species. This strain has a genome size of 2,958,498 bp. Here we report the genome sequence, annotation and characteristics. The genome comprises 2,902 protein coding and 66 RNA coding genes. Genes responsible for the transaldolase variant of the Calvin-Benson-Bassham cycle were identified along with a biosynthetic horseshoe in lieu of Krebs' cycle sensu stricto...
2016: Standards in Genomic Sciences
Shuji Suzuki, Jiro Shimazaki, Keiichi Morishita, Nobusada Koike, Nobuhiko Harada, Tsuneo Hayashi, Mamoru Suzuki
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of co-administration of oral S-1 and oxaliplatin (SOX) in combination with bevacizumab (bev) in patients with advanced recurrent colorectal cancer. A retrospective study of 36 patients with advanced recurrent colorectal cancer was performed, of whom 27 received first-line and 9 received second-line SOX+bev chemotherapy between 2010 and 2013 at the Hachioji Digestive Disease Hospital (Hachioji, Japan). The SOX+bev regimen consisted of administration of intravenous oxaliplatin (85 mg/m(2)) on days 1 and 14, bevacizumab (5 mg/kg) on day 1, and co-administration of oral S-1 twice daily on days 1-14...
October 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
A Sebio, S Stintzing, V Heinemann, Y Sunakawa, W Zhang, W Ichikawa, A Tsuji, T Takahashi, A Parek, D Yang, S Cao, Y Ning, S Stremitzer, S Matsusaka, S Okazaki, A Barzi, M D Berger, H-J Lenz
The Hippo pathway is involved in colorectal cancer (CRC) development and progression. The Hippo regulator Rassf1a is also involved in the Ras signaling cascade. In this work, we tested single nucleotide polymorphisms within Hippo components and their association with outcome in CRC patients treated with cetuximab. Two cohorts treated with cetuximab plus chemotherapy were evaluated (198 RAS wild-type (WT) patients treated with first-line FOLFIRI plus Cetuximab within the FIRE-3 trial and 67 Ras WT patients treated either with first-line mFOLFOX6 or SOX plus Cetuximab)...
October 4, 2016: Pharmacogenomics Journal
Xiong Xiao, Nan Li, Dapeng Zhang, Bo Yang, Hongmei Guo, Yuemin Li
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) share many characteristics with embryonic stem cells, but lack ethical controversy. They provide vast opportunities for disease modeling, pathogenesis understanding, therapeutic drug development, toxicology, organ synthesis, and treatment of degenerative disease. However, this procedure also has many potential challenges, including a slow generation time, low efficiency, partially reprogrammed colonies, as well as somatic coding mutations in the genome. Pioneered by Shinya Yamanaka's team in 2006, iPSCs were first generated by introducing four transcription factors: Oct 4, Sox 2, Klf 4, and c-Myc (OSKM)...
October 2016: Cellular Reprogramming
Weiwei Lu, Jia Shi, Jinming Zhang, Zhengtao Lv, Fengjing Guo, Hui Huang, Wentao Zhu, Anmin Chen
We evaluated the role of the CXCL12/CXCR4 (C-X-C motif chemokine ligand 12/C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4) axis in aggrecanase-mediated cartilage degradation, and explored the underlying mechanism in a post-traumatic osteoarthritis rat model. Expression of CXCL12/CXCR4 and ADAMTS-5 was analyzed in the knees of osteoarthritic and non-arthritic rats using Western blot, ELISA, immunohistochemistry and immunofluorescence. Rodent studies were performed using Sprague-Dawley rats, with animals divided into three groups: Destabilization of the medial meniscus/AMD3100-treated (DMM/AMD3100-treated), DMM/PBS-treated, and sham controls...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Hao Ni, Xue-Ping Zhang, Xiao-Tong Wang, Qiu-Yuan Xia, Jing-Huan Lv, Xuan Wang, Shan-Shan Shi, Rui Li, Xiao-Jun Zhou, Qiu Rao
Mammary analogue secretory carcinoma (MASC) of salivary glands is a newly recognized tumor entity. To explore a more practical and convenient immunohistochemical approach to distinguish MASC from other tumors arising from salivary glands as well as to expand the immunologic and genetic lineage of MASC, we examined 17 MASC using clinicopathologic, immunohistochemical and molecular analysis. 18 cases of acinic cell carcinoma (AciCC), 18 cases of adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), 22 cases of mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC), and 14 cases of basal cell adenocarcinoma (BCA) were brought in for comparison...
September 19, 2016: Human Pathology
Jillian Lackey, Pascale Champagne, Brant Peppley
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) perform well on light hydrocarbon fuels, and the use of biogas derived from the anaerobic digestion (AD) of municipal wastewater sludges could provide an opportunity for the CH4 produced to be used as a renewable fuel. Greenhouse gas (GHG), NOx, SOx, and hydrocarbon pollutant emissions would also be reduced. In this study, SOFCs were operated on AD derived biogas. Initially, different H2 dilutions were tested (N2, Ar, CO2) to examine the performance of tubular SOFCs. With inert gases as diluents, a decrease in cell performance was observed, however, the use of CO2 led to a higher decrease in performance as it promoted the reverse water-gas shift (WGS) reaction, reducing the H2 partial pressure in the gas mixture...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Balaraman Kalyanaraman, Micael Hardy, Radoslaw Podsiadly, Gang Cheng, Jacek Zielonka
In this review, some of the recent developments in probes and assay techniques specific for superoxide (O2(•-)) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) are discussed. Over the last decade, significant progress has been made in O2(•-) and H2O2 detection due to syntheses of new redox probes, better understanding of their chemistry, and development of specific and sensitive assays. For superoxide detection, hydroethidine (HE) is the most suitable probe, as the product, 2-hydroxyethidium, is specific for O2(•-). In addition, HE-derived dimeric products are specific for one-electron oxidants...
August 30, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Xiao-Chuan Li, Yao-Hong Wu, Xue-Dong Bai, Wei Ji, Zi-Ming Guo, Chao-Feng Wang, Qing He, Di-Ke Ruan
Tissue engineering has shown great success in the treatment of intervertebral disk degeneration (IVDD) in the past decade. However, the adverse and harsh microenvironment associated in the intervertebral disks remains a great obstacle for the survival of transplanted cells. Although increasing numbers of new materials have been created or modified to overcome this hurdle, a new effective strategy of biological therapy is still required. In this study, bone morphogenic protein 7 (BMP7)-based functionalized self-assembling peptides were developed by conjugating a bioactive motif from BMP-7 (RKPS) onto the C-terminal of the peptide RADARADARADARADA (RADA16-I) at a ratio of 1:1 to form a new RADARKPS peptide...
October 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Shuhong Zhang, Ronghua Shu, Meng Yue, Shuhong Zhang
BACKGROUND X-chromosome-coupled zinc finger protein (ZFX) in the Zfy protein family is abundantly expressed in both embryonic and hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). ZFX exist in various tumor cells and is correlated with proliferation and survival of tumor cells. As a malignant tumor with high invasiveness, hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) may present resistance against chemotherapy and features of stem cells. This study aimed to explore the expression of ZFX in HCC cells, in an attempt to illustrate the role of ZFX in tumorigenesis...
2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
S Alaei, A S Knaupp, S M Lim, J Chen, M L Holmes, M L Änkö, C M Nefzger, J M Polo
Reprogrammable mouse models engineered to conditionally express Oct-4, Klf-4, Sox-2 and c-Myc (OKSM) have been instrumental in dissecting molecular events underpinning the generation of induced pluripotent stem cells. However, until now these models have been reported in the context of the m2 reverse tetracycline-controlled transactivator, which results in low reprogramming efficiency and consequently limits the number of reprogramming intermediates that can be isolated for downstream profiling. Here, we describe an improved OKSM mouse model in the context of the reverse tetracycline-controlled transactivator 3 with enhanced reprogramming efficiency (>9-fold) and increased numbers of reprogramming intermediate cells albeit with similar kinetics, which we believe will facilitate mechanistic studies of the reprogramming process...
July 2016: Stem Cell Research
Alejandro Ariel Gru, M Yadira Hurley, Andrea L Salavaggione, Lindsey Brodell, David Sheinbein, Milan Anadkat, Pierluigi Porcu, John L Frater
Cutaneous MCL is exceedingly rare, almost always occurring as a dissemination of systemic MCL. To date, only 32 cases have been described. We report a series of 10 cases of MCL in the skin, and provide a comprehensive clinico-pathologic review with clinical follow-up. Our cases occurred in older individuals (mean age = 70) and were more frequently in men (90%). Half of them presented in the head and neck region as a mass/nodule, and the remainder in the trunk and extremities as nodules. All patients have stage IV disease...
August 18, 2016: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
Ji-Yun Ko, Gun-Il Im
OBJECTIVES: To compare in vitro chondrogenesis from bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells using concave microwell plates with those obtained using culture tubes. RESULTS: Pellets cultured in concave microwell plates had a significantly higher level of GAG per DNA content and greater proteoglycan content than those cultured in tubes at day 7 and 14. Three chondrogenic markers, SOX-9, COL2A1 and aggrecan, showed significantly higher expression in pellets cultured in concave microwell plates than those cultured in tubes at day 7 and 14...
November 2016: Biotechnology Letters
Yoo-Jin Shin, Tae-Ryong Riew, Xuyan Jin, Jeong-Heon Choi, Mun-Yong Lee
Suppressor of cytokine signaling 2 (SOCS2) is a well-established negative regulator of growth hormone signaling that acts on adult hippocampal neurogenesis during ischemic insults. To explore whether SCOS2 is involved in poststroke neurogenesis, we studied the temporal expression of SOCS2 mRNA in the subventricular zone (SVZ) of rats after transient focal cerebral ischemia. We found that SOCS2 expression was upregulated in the SVZ of the infarcted hemisphere. The number of SOCS2-expressing cells was significantly increased in the ipsilateral SVZ compared with that on the contralateral side on days 7-10 after reperfusion, and SOCS2-expressing cells were highly proliferative, coinciding both spatially and temporally with stroke-induced neurogenesis...
October 1, 2016: Brain Research
Ewa Ferensztajn-Rochowiak, Maciej Tarnowski, Jerzy Samochowiec, Michal Michalak, Mariusz Z Ratajczak, Janusz K Rybakowski
BACKGROUND: The aim was to evaluate the peripheral mRNA expression of pluripotency master transcriptional factors such as octamer-binding transcription factor 4 (Oct4), sex-determining region Y-box 2 (Sox2) and homeobox protein Nanog, in patients with bipolar disorder (BD), and the effect of long-term lithium treatment. METHODS: Fifteen BD patients (aged 53±7years) not treated with lithium, with duration of illness>10years, 15 BD patients (aged 55±6years) treated with lithium for 8-40 years (mean 16years) and 15 control subjects (aged 50±5years) were included...
October 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
Raman Kaul, Mara H O'Brien, Eliane Dutra, Alexandro Lima, Achint Utreja, Sumit Yadav
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to delineate the cellular, mechanical and morphometric effects of altered loading on the mandibular condylar cartilage (MCC) and subchondral bone. We hypothesized that altered loading will induce differentiation of cells by accelerating the lineage progression of the MCC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four-week-old male Dkk3 XCol2A1XCol10A1 mice were randomly divided into two groups: (1) Loaded-Altered loading of MCC was induced by forced mouth opening using a custom-made spring; (2) Control-served as an unloaded group...
2016: PloS One
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