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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922089/elderly-patients-have-an-altered-gut-brain-axis-regardless-of-the-presence-of-cirrhosis
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Jasmohan S Bajaj, Vishwadeep Ahluwalia, Joel L Steinberg, Sarah Hobgood, Peter A Boling, Michael Godschalk, Saima Habib, Melanie B White, Andrew Fagan, Edith A Gavis, Dinesh Ganapathy, Phillip B Hylemon, Karen E Stewart, Raffi Keradman, Eric J Liu, Jessica Wang, Patrick M Gillevet, Masoumeh Sikaroodi, F Gerard Moeller, James B Wade
Cognitive difficulties manifested by the growing elderly population with cirrhosis could be amnestic (memory-related) or non-amnestic (memory-unrelated). The underlying neuro-biological and gut-brain changes are unclear in this population. We aimed to define gut-brain axis alterations in elderly cirrhotics compared to non-cirrhotic individuals based on presence of cirrhosis and on neuropsychological performance. Age-matched outpatients with/without cirrhosis underwent cognitive testing (amnestic/non-amnestic domains), quality of life (HRQOL), multi-modal MRI (fMRI go/no-go task, volumetry and MR spectroscopy), blood (inflammatory cytokines) and stool collection (for microbiota)...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922054/first-insight-into-the-proteome-landscape-of-the-porcine-short-posterior-ciliary-arteries-key-signalling-pathways-maintaining-physiologic-functions
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Caroline Manicam, Natarajan Perumal, Norbert Pfeiffer, Franz H Grus, Adrian Gericke
Short posterior ciliary arteries (sPCA) provide the major blood supply to the optic nerve head. Emerging evidence has linked structural and functional anomalies of sPCA to the pathogenesis of several ocular disorders that cause varying degrees of visual loss, particularly anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy and glaucoma. Although the functional relevance of this vascular bed is well-recognized, the proteome of sPCA remains uncharacterized. Since the porcine ocular system closely resembles that of the human's and is increasingly employed in translational ophthalmic research, this study characterized the proteome of porcine sPCA employing the mass spectrometry-based proteomics strategy...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921458/metabolic-profile-of-human-coelomic-fluid
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C Virgiliou, L Valianou, M Witting, F Moritz, C Fotakis, P Zoumpoulakis, A C Chatziioannou, L Lazaros, G Makrydimas, K Chatzimeletiou, N Raikos, G A Theodoridis
AIM: Till now there is very limited knowledge on the molecular content of coelomic fluid and cells. This study presents the first attempt to elucidate the metabolic profile of such samples. METHODOLOGY: Samples were collected via coelocentesis from 41 women during the first trimester of gestation. Metabolic content was assessed using four different analytical platforms. For targeted analysis a hydrophilic interaction chromatography ultra high performance LC-MS/MS method was applied...
January 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921363/morphomechanics-and-developmental-constraints-in-the-evolution-of-ammonites-shell-form
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Alexander Erlich, Derek E Moulton, Alain Goriely, Regis Chirat
The idea that physical processes involved in biological development underlie morphogenetic rules and channel morphological evolution has been central to the rise of evolutionary developmental biology. Here, we explore this idea in the context of seashell morphogenesis. We show that a morphomechanical model predicts the effects of variations in shell shape on the ornamental pattern in ammonites, a now extinct group of cephalopods with external chambered shell. Our model shows that several seemingly unrelated characteristics of synchronous, ontogenetic, intraspecific, and evolutionary variations in ornamental patterns among various ammonite species may all be understood from the fact that the mechanical forces underlying the oscillatory behavior of the shell secreting system scale with the cross-sectional curvature of the shell aperture...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921334/synacton-and-individual-activity-of-synthetic-and-natural-corticotropins
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T V Vyunova, L A Andreeva, K V Shevchenko, N F Myasoedov
Short endogenous peptides represent one of the most important constituents of the mammalian body's general regulatory system. Some synthesized analogs and modified natural peptides (eg, corticotropins) also show high biological activity. Nevertheless, the mechanism of action of regulatory peptides remains unclear. To explain the effects of peptides of intermolecular processes, the hypothesis that a synactonal mechanism underlies the action of regulatory peptides, exemplified by the heptapeptide Semax, has been proposed...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921292/cranial-joint-histology-in-the-mallard-duck-anas-platyrhynchos-new-insights-on-avian-cranial-kinesis
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Alida M Bailleul, Lawrence M Witmer, Casey M Holliday
The evolution of avian cranial kinesis is a phenomenon in part responsible for the remarkable diversity of avian feeding adaptations observable today. Although osteological, developmental and behavioral features of the feeding system are frequently studied, comparatively little is known about cranial joint skeletal tissue composition and morphology from a microscopic perspective. These data are key to understanding the developmental, biomechanical and evolutionary underpinnings of kinesis. Therefore, here we investigated joint microstructure in juvenile and adult mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos; Anseriformes)...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921179/activation-of-dioxygen-by-copper-metalloproteins-and-insights-from-model-complexes
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REVIEW
David A Quist, Daniel E Diaz, Jeffrey J Liu, Kenneth D Karlin
Nature uses dioxygen as a key oxidant in the transformation of biomolecules. Among the enzymes that are utilized for these reactions are copper-containing metalloenzymes, which are responsible for important biological functions such as the regulation of neurotransmitters, dioxygen transport, and cellular respiration. Enzymatic and model system studies work in tandem in order to gain an understanding of the fundamental reductive activation of dioxygen by copper complexes. This review covers the most recent advancements in the structures, spectroscopy, and reaction mechanisms for dioxygen-activating copper proteins and relevant synthetic models thereof...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921111/rapid-detection-of-hendra-virus-antibodies-an-integrated-device-with-nanoparticle-assay-and-chaotic-micromixing
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K Petkovic, G Metcalfe, H Chen, Y Gao, M Best, D Lester, Y Zhu
Current diagnosis of infectious diseases such as Hendra virus (HeV) relies mostly on laboratory-based tests. There is an urgent demand for rapid diagnosis technology to detect and identify these diseases in humans and animals so that disease spread can be controlled. In this study, an integrated lab-on-a-chip device using a magnetic nanoparticle immunoassay is developed. The key features of the device are the chaotic fluid mixing, achieved by magnetically driven motion of nanoparticles with the optimal mixing protocol developed using chaotic transport theory, and the automatic liquid handling system for loading reagents and samples...
December 6, 2016: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921011/mechanisms-of-infectivity-and-evasion-derived-from-microvesicles-cargo-produced-by-trypanosoma-cruzi
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REVIEW
Bruna C Borges, Isadora A Uehara, Laysa O S Dias, Paula C Brígido, Claudio V da Silva, Marcelo J B Silva
Cell invasion by the intracellular protozoans requires interaction of proteins from both the host and the parasite. Many parasites establish chronic infections, showing they have the potential to escape the immune system; for example, Trypanosoma cruzi is an intracellular parasite that causes Chagas disease. Parasite internalization into host cell requires secreted and surface molecules, such as microvesicles. The release of microvesicles and other vesicles, such as exosomes, by different eukaryotic organisms was first observed in the late twentieth century...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920818/exposition-of-hepatitis-b-surface-antigen-hbsag-on-the-surface-of-hek293t-cell-and-evaluation-of-its-expression
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Mina Mirian, Razieh Taghizadeh, Hossein Khanahmad, Mansour Salehi, Ali Jahanian-Najafabadi, Hojjat Sadeghi-Aliabadi, Shirin Kouhpayeh
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is considered as a global health concern and hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) is the most immunogenic protein of HBV. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the expression of HBsAg on the cell surface of human embryonic kidney cell line (HEK293T). After transformation of expression vector pcDNA/HBsAg to E.coli TOP10F', plasmid was extracted and digested with BglII. Afterwards, the linearized vector was transfected to cells and treated with hygromycin B for 5 weeks to expand the resulted clonies...
October 2016: Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920804/bone-healing-in-2016
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REVIEW
John A Buza, Thomas Einhorn
Delayed fracture healing and nonunion occurs in up to 5-10% of all fractures, and can present a challenging clinical scenario for the treating physician. Methods for the enhancement of skeletal repair may benefit patients that are at risk of, or have experienced, delayed healing or nonunion. These methods can be categorized into either physical stimulation therapies or biological therapies. Physical stimulation therapies include electrical stimulation, low-intensity pulsed ultrasonography, or extracorporeal shock wave therapy...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920802/the-role-of-drugs-in-bone-pain
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REVIEW
Francesco Marras, Paolo Tranquilli Leali
: Painful symptomatology in the skeletal system can be found in various pathological conditions and can be either localised or diffused. Bone tenderness is common in those who are of an elderly age. TREATMENT STRATEGY: Patients should be informed of the possible causes of their pain and the different therapies that could alleviate it; furthermore they should be encouraged to have an active role in their therapy. It is necessary to prevent the onset of the pain (by the clock) by considering the biological half-life, the bioavailability and the duration of action of the therapy...
May 2016: Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920767/ecophysiology-and-comparative-genomics-of-nitrosomonas-mobilis-ms1-isolated-from-autotrophic-nitrifying-granules-of-wastewater-treatment-bioreactor
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Soe Myat Thandar, Norisuke Ushiki, Hirotsugu Fujitani, Yuji Sekiguchi, Satoshi Tsuneda
Ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB), which oxidize ammonia to nitrite in the first step of nitrification, play an important role in biological wastewater treatment systems. Nitrosomonas mobilis is an important and dominant AOB in various wastewater treatment systems. However, the detailed physiological and genomic properties of N. mobilis have not been thoroughly investigated because of limited success isolating pure cultures. This study investigated the key physiological characteristics of N. mobilis Ms1, which was previously isolated into pure culture from the nitrifying granules of wastewater treatment bioreactor...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920755/finding-potential-therapeutic-targets-against-shigella-flexneri-through-proteome-exploration
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Mohammad Uzzal Hossain, Md Arif Khan, Abu Hashem, Md Monirul Islam, Mohammad Neaz Morshed, Chaman Ara Keya, Md Salimullah
Background:Shigella flexneri is a gram negative bacteria that causes the infectious disease "shigellosis." S. flexneri is responsible for developing diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps in human. Antibiotics are mostly given to patients infected with shigella. Resistance to antibiotics can hinder its treatment significantly. Upon identification of essential therapeutic targets, vaccine and drug could be effective therapy for the treatment of shigellosis. Methods: The study was designed for the identification and qualitative characterization for potential drug targets from S...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920753/neuroproteomics-and-systems-biology-approach-to-identify-temporal-biomarker-changes-post-experimental-traumatic-brain-injury-in-rats
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Firas H Kobeissy, Joy D Guingab-Cagmat, Zhiqun Zhang, Ahmed Moghieb, Olena Y Glushakova, Stefania Mondello, Angela M Boutté, John Anagli, Richard Rubenstein, Hisham Bahmad, Amy K Wagner, Ronald L Hayes, Kevin K W Wang
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) represents a critical health problem of which diagnosis, management, and treatment remain challenging. TBI is a contributing factor in approximately one-third of all injury-related deaths in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.7 million people suffer a TBI in the United States annually. Efforts continue to focus on elucidating the complex molecular mechanisms underlying TBI pathophysiology and defining sensitive and specific biomarkers that can aid in improving patient management and care...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920554/next-generation-sequence-detects-arap3-as-a-novel-oncogene-in-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
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Qing-Xuan Wang, En-Dong Chen, Ye-Feng Cai, Yi-Li Zhou, Zhou-Ci Zheng, Ying-Hao Wang, Yi-Xiang Jin, Wen-Xu Jin, Xiao-Hua Zhang, Ou-Chen Wang
PURPOSE: Thyroid cancer is the most frequent malignancies of the endocrine system, and it has became the fastest growing type of cancer worldwide. Much still remains unknown about the molecular mechanisms of thyroid cancer. Studies have found that some certain relationship between ARAP3 and human cancer. However, the role of ARAP3 in thyroid cancer has not been well explained. This study aimed to investigate the role of ARAP3 gene in papillary thyroid carcinoma. METHODS: Whole exon sequence and whole genome sequence of primary papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) samples and matched adjacent normal thyroid tissue samples were performed and then bioinformatics analysis was carried out...
2016: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920467/possible-therapeutic-role-of-ige-blockade-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome
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EDITORIAL
Eli Magen, Tinatin Chikovani
Omalizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that binds to the high-affinity type-I IgE Fc receptors on mast cells (MCs) and basophils, inhibiting the IgE immune pathway. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common functional gastrointestinal disorder, and dysregulation of the immune system likely contributes to its etiology and/or symptomatology. Colonic biopsies from patients with IBS demonstrate considerable increase in the number of degranulating MCs releasing histamine in proximity to nerves, and this event may underlie the common IBS symptom of abdominal pain...
November 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920436/a-statistical-algorithm-showing-coenzyme-q10-and-citrate-synthase-as-biomarkers-for-mitochondrial-respiratory-chain-enzyme-activities
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D Yubero, A Adin, R Montero, C Jou, C Jiménez-Mallebrera, A García-Cazorla, A Nascimento, M M O'Callaghan, J Montoya, L Gort, P Navas, A Ribes, M D Ugarte, R Artuch
Laboratory data interpretation for the assessment of complex biological systems remains a great challenge, as occurs in mitochondrial function research studies. The classical biochemical data interpretation of patients versus reference values may be insufficient, and in fact the current classifications of mitochondrial patients are still done on basis of probability criteria. We have developed and applied a mathematic agglomerative algorithm to search for correlations among the different biochemical variables of the mitochondrial respiratory chain in order to identify populations displaying correlation coefficients >0...
December 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920381/harvest-induced-evolution-insights-from-aquatic-and-terrestrial-systems
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REVIEW
Anna Kuparinen, Marco Festa-Bianchet
Commercial and recreational harvests create selection pressures for fitness-related phenotypic traits that are partly under genetic control. Consequently, harvesting can drive evolution in targeted traits. However, the quantification of harvest-induced evolutionary life history and phenotypic changes is challenging, because both density-dependent feedback and environmental changes may also affect these changes through phenotypic plasticity. Here, we synthesize current knowledge and uncertainties on six key points: (i) whether or not harvest-induced evolution is happening, (ii) whether or not it is beneficial, (iii) how it shapes biological systems, (iv) how it could be avoided, (v) its importance relative to other drivers of phenotypic changes, and (vi) whether or not it should be explicitly accounted for in management...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920208/genetic-modification-of-er-hoxb8-osteoclast-precursors-using-crispr-cas9-as-a-novel-way-to-allow-studies-on-osteoclast-biology
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Irene Di Ceglie, Guus G H van den Akker, Giuliana Ascone, Bas Ten Harkel, Hans Häcker, Fons A J van de Loo, Marije I Koenders, Peter M van der Kraan, Teun J de Vries, Thomas Vogl, Johannes Roth, Peter L E M van Lent
Osteoclasts are cells specialized in bone resorption. Currently, studies on murine osteoclasts are primarily performed on bone marrow-derived cells with the use of many animals and limited cells available. ER-Hoxb8 cells are conditionally immortalized monocyte/macrophage murine progenitor cells, recently described to be able to differentiate toward functional osteoclasts. Here, we produced an ER-Hoxb8 clonal cell line from C57BL/6 bone marrow cells that strongly resembles phenotype and function of the conventional bone marrow-derived osteoclasts...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
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