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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432560/executive-function-and-life-space-mobility-in-old-age
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Taina Poranen-Clark, Mikaela B von Bonsdorff, Merja Rantakokko, Erja Portegijs, Johanna Eronen, Markku Kauppinen, Johan G Eriksson, Taina Rantanen, Anne Viljanen
BACKGROUND: Life-space assessment incorporates all movements in terms of the distance from home, the frequency of movement and the need of assistance for movement. Executive function (EF) is an important higher order cognitive ability that controls and guides people's goal-directed actions. We examined the cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between EF and life-space mobility, and investigated if perceived walking difficulties, lower extremity performance, and transportation difficulties explain the association...
April 21, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432551/partial-p53-dependence-of-anisomycin-induced-apoptosis-in-pc12-cells
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R Schipp, J Varga, J Bátor, M Vecsernyés, Z Árvai, M Pap, József Szeberényi
The bacterial antibiotic anisomycin is known to induce apoptosis by activating several mitogen-activated protein kinases and by inhibiting protein synthesis. In this study, the influence of p53 protein on the apoptosis-inducing effect of anisomycin was investigated. The effect of protein synthesis-inhibiting concentration of anisomycin on apoptotic events was analyzed using Western blot, DNA fragmentation, and cell viability assays in wild-type PC12 and in mutant p53 protein expressing p143p53PC12 cells. Anisomycin stimulated the main apoptotic pathways in both cell lines, but p143p53PC12 cells showed lower sensitivity to the drug than their wild-type counterparts...
April 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432279/il-35-induces-n2-phenotype-of-neutrophils-to-promote-tumor-growth
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Jiu-Ming Zou, Jian Qin, Yong-Chao Li, Yu Wang, Dong Li, Yu Shu, Chao Luo, Shan-Shan Wang, Gang Chi, Fang Guo, Gui-Mei Zhang, Zuo-Hua Feng
IL-35 is an immunosuppressive cytokine and exerts regulatory effects on T cells, B cells, macrophages and dendritic cells. Neutrophils are important innate immune cells that play key roles in tumor development. The effect of IL-35 on neutrophils remains unknown. Here, we report that IL-35 can induce N2 neutrophil polarization (protumor phenotype) by increasing G-CSF and IL-6 production, and promote neutrophil infiltration into tumor microenvironment. The sustained expression of IL-35 could promote chronic inflammation to augment the proangiogenic and immunosuppressive function of neutrophils...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431546/health-care-public-reporting-utilization-user-clusters-web-trails-and-usage-barriers-on-germany-s-public-reporting-portal-weisse-liste-de
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Christoph Pross, Lars-Henrik Averdunk, Josip Stjepanovic, Reinhard Busse, Alexander Geissler
BACKGROUND: Quality of care public reporting provides structural, process and outcome information to facilitate hospital choice and strengthen quality competition. Yet, evidence indicates that patients rarely use this information in their decision-making, due to limited awareness of the data and complex and conflicting information. While there is enthusiasm among policy makers for public reporting, clinicians and researchers doubt its overall impact. Almost no study has analyzed how users behave on public reporting portals, which information they seek out and when they abort their search...
April 21, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431261/dietary-patterns-and-depression-risk-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Ye Li, Mei-Rong Lv, Yan-Jin Wei, Ling Sun, Ji-Xiang Zhang, Huai-Guo Zhang, Bin Li
Although some studies have reported potential associations of dietary patterns with depression risk, a consistent perspective hasn't been estimated to date. Therefore, we conducted this meta-analysis to evaluate the relation between dietary patterns and the risk of depression. A literature research was conducted searching MEDLINE and EMBASE databases up to September 2016. In total, 21 studies from ten countries met the inclusion criteria and were included in the present meta-analysis. A dietary pattern characterized by a high intakes of fruit, vegetables, whole grain, fish, olive oil, low-fat dairy and antioxidants and low intakes of animal foods was apparently associated with a decreased risk of depression...
April 11, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431030/using-multivariate-base-rates-to-interpret-low-scores-on-an-abbreviated-battery-of-the-delis-kaplan-executive-function-system
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Justin E Karr, Mauricio A Garcia-Barrera, James A Holdnack, Grant L Iverson
Objective: Executive function consists of multiple cognitive processes that operate as an interactive system to produce volitional goal-oriented behavior, governed in large part by frontal microstructural and physiological networks. Identification of deficits in executive function in those with neurological or psychiatric conditions can be difficult because the normal variation in executive function test scores, in healthy adults when multiple tests are used, is largely unknown. This study addresses that gap in the literature by examining the prevalence of low scores on a brief battery of executive function tests...
May 1, 2017: Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology: the Official Journal of the National Academy of Neuropsychologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430629/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-a-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-increased-risk-of-coronary-heart-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Yafeng Wang, Qiuyu Huang, Jianchao Liu, Yanan Wang, Gongfeng Zheng, Ling Lin, Hui Yu, Weifeng Tang, Ziyang Huang
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a common complex disease resulting from the interaction of multiple environmental and genetic factors. To assess the potential relationship of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGFA) rs699947 C>A, rs3025039 C>T and rs2010963 G>C polymorphisms with CHD risk, a comprehensive meta-analysis was conducted. A systematic search of EMBASE and PubMed online database for publications on VEGFA polymorphisms and risk of CHD was carried out. Crude Odds ratios (ORs) with their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated to determine the association...
February 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430235/fiber-bragg-grating-interrogation-using-wavelength-modulated-tunable-distributed-feedback-lasers-and-a-fiber-optic-mach-zehnder-interferometer
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Anirban Roy, Arup Lal Chakraborty, Chandan Kumar Jha
This paper demonstrates a technique of high-resolution interrogation of two fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) with flat-topped reflection spectra centered on 1649.55 nm and 1530.182 nm with narrow line width tunable semiconductor lasers emitting at 1651.93 nm and 1531.52 nm, respectively. The spectral shift of the reflection spectrum in response to temperature and strain is accurately measured with a fiber-optic Mach-Zehnder interferometer that has a free spectral range of 0.0523 GHz and a broadband photodetector...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429325/gravitaxis-in-euglena
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Donat-P Häder, Ruth Hemmersbach
Motile microorganisms utilize a number of responses to external stimuli including light, temperature, chemicals as well as magnetic and electric fields. Gravity is a major clue to select a niche in their environment. Positive gravitaxis leads an organism down into the water column and negative gravitaxis brings it to the surface. In Euglena the precision of gravitaxis is regulated by an internal rhythm entrained by the daily light/dark cycle. This and the cooperation with phototaxis bring the cells into an optimal position in the water column...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429324/photomovement-in-euglena
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Donat-P Häder, Mineo Iseki
Motile microorganisms such as the green Euglena gracilis use a number of external stimuli to orient in their environment. They respond to light with photophobic responses, photokinesis and phototaxis, all of which can result in accumulations of the organisms in suitable habitats. The light responses operate synergistically with gravitaxis, aerotaxis and other responses. Originally the microscopically obvious stigma was thought to be the photoreceptor, but later the paraxonemal body (PAB, paraflagellar body) has been identified as the light responsive organelle, located in the trailing flagellum inside the reservoir...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429290/association-of-long-term-patterns-of-depressive-symptoms-and-attention-executive-function-among-older-men-with-and-without-human-immunodeficiency-virus
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Nicole M Armstrong, Pamela J Surkan, Glenn J Treisman, Ned C Sacktor, Michael R Irwin, Linda A Teplin, Ron Stall, Eileen M Martin, James T Becker, Cynthia Munro, Andrew J Levine, Lisa P Jacobson, Alison G Abraham
Older HIV-infected men are at higher risk for both depression and cognitive impairments, compared to HIV-uninfected men. We evaluated the association between longitudinal patterns of depressive symptoms and attention/executive function in HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected men aged 50+ years to understand whether HIV infection influenced the long-term effect of depression on attention/executive function. Responses to the Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression scale and attention/executive function tests (Trail Making Test Part B and Symbol Digit Modalities Test) were collected semiannually from May 1986 to April 2015 in 1611 men...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427434/adenovirus-mediated-cd40l-gene-transfer-increases-teffector-tregulatory-cell-ratio-and-upregulates-death-receptors-in-metastatic-melanoma-patients
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A Schiza, J Wenthe, S Mangsbo, E Eriksson, Anders Nilsson, T H Tötterman, A Loskog, G Ullenhag
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Malignant melanoma is an aggressive tumor sensitive for immunotherapy such as checkpoint blockade antibodies. Still, most patients with late stage disease do not respond, and the side effects can be severe. Stimulation of the CD40 pathway to initiate anti-tumor immunity is a promising alternative. Herein, we demonstrate immune profiling data from melanoma patients treated with an adenovirus-based CD40 ligand gene therapy (AdCD40L). METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells and plasma were collected from malignant melanoma patients (n = 15) enrolled in a phase I/IIa study investigating intratumoral delivery of AdCD40L with or without low dose cyclophosphamide...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425730/the-relation-of-anxiety-and-cognition-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Gretchen O Reynolds, Kristine K Hanna, Sandy Neargarder, Alice Cronin-Golomb
OBJECTIVE: Parkinson's disease (PD) has long been conceptualized as a motor disorder, but nonmotor symptoms also manifest in the disease and significantly reduce quality of life. Anxiety and cognitive dysfunction are prevalent nonmotor symptoms, even in early disease stages, but the relation between these symptoms remains poorly understood. We examined self-reported anxiety and neurocognitive function, indexed by measures of executive function (set-shifting and phonemic fluency), categorical fluency, and attention/working memory...
April 20, 2017: Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424988/overcoming-chemotherapy-drug-resistance-by-targeting-inhibitors-of-apoptosis-proteins-iaps
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REVIEW
Rama Rathore, Jennifer E McCallum, Elizabeth Varghese, Ana-Maria Florea, Dietrich Büsselberg
Inhibitors of apoptosis (IAPs) are a family of proteins that play a significant role in the control of programmed cell death (PCD). PCD is essential to maintain healthy cell turnover within tissue but also to fight disease or infection. Uninhibited, IAPs can suppress apoptosis and promote cell cycle progression. Therefore, it is unsurprising that cancer cells demonstrate significantly elevated expression levels of IAPs, resulting in improved cell survival, enhanced tumor growth and subsequent metastasis. Therapies to target IAPs in cancer has garnered substantial scientific interest and as resistance to anti-cancer agents becomes more prevalent, targeting IAPs has become an increasingly attractive strategy to re-sensitize cancer cells to chemotherapies, antibody based-therapies and TRAIL therapy...
April 19, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424578/the-crb1-complex-following-the-trail-of-crumbs-to-a-feasible-gene-therapy-strategy
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REVIEW
Peter M Quinn, Lucie P Pellissier, Jan Wijnholds
Once considered science fiction, gene therapy is rapidly becoming scientific reality, targeting a growing number of the approximately 250 genes linked to hereditary retinal disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa and Leber's congenital amaurosis. Powerful new technologies have emerged, leading to the development of humanized models for testing and screening these therapies, bringing us closer to the goal of personalized medicine. These tools include the ability to differentiate human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) to create a "retina-in-a-dish" model and the self-formed ectodermal autonomous multi-zone, which can mimic whole eye development...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424499/tamsulosin-for-treatment-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-in-women-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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H L Zhang, Z G Huang, Y Qiu, X Cheng, X Q Zou, T T Liu
Tamsulosin has been used for the off-label treatment of lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in women. Over the past few years, several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have reported the clinical effectiveness and safety of tamsulosin for LUTS in women. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to perform a meta-analysis to evaluate the safety and efficacy of tamsulosin in treating LUTS in women, which may resolve some of the current controversies over use of the drug and provide more reliable evidence for the use of tamsulosin...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424293/prediction-suppression-and-surprise-enhancement-in-monkey-inferotemporal-cortex
#17
Suchitra Ramachandran, Travis Meyer, Carl R Olson
Exposing monkeys, over the course of days and weeks, to pairs of images presented in fixed sequence, so that each leading image becomes a predictor for the corresponding trailing image, affects neuronal visual responsiveness in area TE. At the end of the training period, neurons respond relatively weakly to a trailing image when it appears in a trained sequence and thus confirms prediction whereas they respond relatively strongly to the same image when it appears in an untrained sequence and thus violates prediction...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424227/onc201-demonstrates-anti-tumor-effects-in-both-triple-negative-and-non-triple-negative-breast-cancers-through-trail-dependent-and-trail-independent-mechanisms
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Marie D Ralff, Christina L B Kline, Ozan C Küçükkase, Jessica Wagner, Bora Lim, David T Dicker, Varun V Prabhu, Wolfgang Oster, Wafik S El-Deiry
Breast cancer is a major cause of cancer-related death. TRAIL has been of interest as a cancer therapeutic, but only a subset of triple negative breast cancers (TNBC) is sensitive to TRAIL. The small molecule ONC201 induces expression of TRAIL and its receptor DR5. ONC201 has entered clinical trials in advanced cancers. Here we show that ONC201 is efficacious against both TNBC and non-TNBC cells (n=13)--. A subset of TNBC and non-TNBC cells succumb to ONC201-induced cell death. In 2/8 TNBC cell lines, ONC201 treatment induces caspase-8 cleavage and cell death that is blocked by TRAIL-neutralizing antibody RIK2...
April 19, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423747/establishment-of-requirements-and-methodology-for-the-development-and-implementation-of-greymatters-a-memory-clinic-information-system
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Archana Tapuria, Matt Evans, Vasa Curcin, Tony Austin, Nathan Lea, Dipak Kalra
INTRODUCTION: The aim of the paper is to establish the requirements and methodology for the development process of GreyMatters, a memory clinic system, outlining the conceptual, practical, technical and ethical challenges, and the experiences of capturing clinical and research oriented data along with the implementation of the system. METHODS: The methodology for development of the information system involved phases of requirements gathering, modeling and prototype creation, and 'bench testing' the prototype with experts...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423492/onc201-activates-er-stress-to-inhibit-the-growth-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells
#20
Xun Yuan, Dhonghyo Kho, Jing Xu, Ambikai Gajan, Kongming Wu, Gen Sheng Wu
ONC201 was previously identified as a first-in-class antitumor agent and small-molecule inducer of the TRAIL (tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand) gene that induces apoptosis in cancer cells. ONC201 has a safety profile and is currently in phase II clinical trials for the treatment of various malignancies. In the current study, we examine the effect of ONC201 on triple-negative breast cancer cells (TNBC), a subtype of breast cancer that is sensitive to TRAIL. We find that ONC201 inhibits the growth of TNBC cells including TNBC cells that have developed acquired TRAIL resistance...
March 28, 2017: Oncotarget
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