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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932790/motor-neurons-derived-from-als-related-mouse-ips-cells-recapitulate-pathological-features-of-als
#1
Ju-Hwang Park, Hang-Soo Park, Sunghoi Hong, Seongman Kang
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a late-onset progressive neurodegenerative disease characterized by the loss of motor neurons in the spinal cord and brain. Mutations in Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) are known to induce ALS. Although many research models have been developed, the exact pathological mechanism of ALS remains unknown. The recently developed induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell technology is expected to illuminate the pathological mechanisms and new means of treatment for neurodegenerative diseases...
December 9, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932257/antioxidant-antibacterial-and-anti-aging-activities-of-intracellular-zinc-polysaccharides-from-grifola-frondosa-sh-05
#2
Chen Zhang, Zheng Gao, Chunlong Hu, Jianjun Zhang, Xinyi Sun, Chengbo Rong, Le Jia
In present work, the strain of Grifola frondosa SH-05 was used as a vector of zinc biotransformation to produce the IZPS. The bioactivities including antioxidant and antibacterial activities in vitro and anti-aging properties in vivo of IZPS were investigated comparing with the IPS. The results which were in consistent with the results of histopathology assay demonstrated that the IZPS had superior antioxidant and anti-aging activities by scavenging the hydroxyl and DPPH radicals, increasing enzyme activities, decreasing the MDA contents and ameliorating the anile condition of mice...
December 5, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931179/structural-and-functional-integrity-of-the-intraparietal-sulcus-in-moderate-and-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
#3
Chandler Sours, Prashant Raghavan, Alexandre Medina de Jesus, Steven R Roys, Li Jiang, Jiachen Zhuo, Rao P Gullapalli
Severe and Moderate TBI (sTBI) often results in long-term cognitive deficits such as reduced processing speed and attention. The intraparietal sulcus (IPS) is a neocortical structure that plays a crucial role in the deeply interrelated processes of multisensory processing and top down attention. Therefore, we hypothesized that disruptions in the functional and structural connections of the IPS may play a role in the development of such deficits. To examine these connections we used resting state fMRI (rsfMRI) and diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) in a cohort of 27 sTBI patients (29...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924227/otx2-impedes-self-renewal-of-porcine-ips-cells-through-downregulation-of-nanog-expression
#4
Ning Wang, Yaxian Wang, Youlong Xie, Huayan Wang
The transcription factor Otx2 acts as a negative switch in the regulation of transition from naive to primed pluripotency in mouse pluripotent stem cells. However, the molecular features and function of porcine OTX2 have not been well elucidated in porcine-induced pluripotent stem cells (piPSCs). By studying high-throughput transcriptome sequencing and interfering endogenous OTX2 expression, we demonstrate that OTX2 is able to downgrade the self-renewal of piPSCs. OTX2 is highly expressed in porcine brain, reproductive tissues, and preimplantation embryos, but is undetectable in fibroblasts and most somatic tissues...
2016: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922138/mitomycin-c-treated-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-as-a-safe-delivery-system-of-gold-nanorods-for-targeted-photothermal-therapy-of-gastric-cancer
#5
Meng Yang, Yanlei Liu, Wenxiu Hou, Xiao Zhi, Chunlei Zhang, Xinquan Jiang, Fei Pan, Yuming Yang, Jian Ni, Daxiang Cui
Human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) possess an intrinsic tumor tropism ability. However, iPS cells are impeded in clinical applications of tumor therapy due to the formation of teratomas and their survival in normal organs such as the liver, lungs, spleen and kidneys. Mitomycin C (MMC) can overcome this limitation by suppressing iPS proliferation. Herein, we fabricated a safe delivery system of iPS cells treated with MMC loading with gold nanorods (AuNRs) for the targeted photothermal treatment of gastric cancer...
December 6, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916342/exploring-the-context-for-effective-clinical-governance-in-infection-control
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Kate Halton, Lisa Hall, Anne Gardner, Deborough MacBeth, Brett G Mitchell
BACKGROUND: Effective clinical governance is necessary to support improvements in infection control. Historically, the focus has been on ensuring that infection control practice and policy is based on evidence, and that there is use of surveillance and auditing for self-regulation and performance feedback. There has been less exploration of how contextual and organizational factors mediate an infection preventionists (IP's) ability to engage with evidence-based practice and enact good clinical governance...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914926/metschnikowia-cf-typographi-and-other-pathogens-from-the-bark-beetle-ips-sexdentatus-prevalence-histological-and-ultrastructural-evidence-and-molecular-characterization
#7
Regina G Kleespies, Young Woon Lim, Cezary Tkaczuk, Marta Wrzosek, Bernhardt M Steinwender, Rudolf Wegensteiner
Ips sexdentatus (Six-spined engraver beetle) from Austria and Poland were dissected and examined for the presence of pathogens. Specimens collected in Austria were found to contain the ascomycetous fungus Metschnikowia cf. typographi. Infection rates ranged from 3.6% to 26.8% at different collection sites. M. cf. typographi infected midguts were investigated by histological, ultrastructural and molecular techniques. Extraordinary ultrastructural details are shown, such as ascospores with bilateral flattened flanks resembling alar rims at both sides of their attenuating tube-like ends...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912963/overcoming-communication-challenges-in-integrative-supportive-cancer-care-the-integrative-physician-the-psycho-oncologist-and-the-patient
#8
Eran Ben-Arye, Efrat Shavit, Haya Wiental, Elad Schiff, Olga Agour, Noah Samuels
BACKGROUND: Complementary/integrative medicine (CIM) services are increasingly being integrated into conventional supportive cancer care, presenting a number of challenges to communication between healthcare professionals (HCPs). The purpose of the present study was to explore the impact of the communication between integrative physicians (IPs) trained in CIM and social workers (SWs) working as psycho-oncologists in the same oncology setting. We examine whether IP-SW communication correlates with the number of patient-SW sessions, as provided within the oncology department...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910335/detailed-characterization-of-the-llnl-imaging-proton-spectrometer
#9
A M Rasmus, A U Hazi, M J-E Manuel, C C Kuranz, S R Klein, P X Belancourt, J R Fein, M J MacDonald, R P Drake, B B Pollock, J Park, G J Williams, H Chen
Ultra-intense short pulse lasers incident on solid targets (e.g., thin Au foils) produce well collimated, broad-spectrum proton beams. These proton beams can be used to characterize magnetic fields, electric fields, and density gradients in high energy-density systems. The LLNL-Imaging Proton Spectrometer (L-IPS) was designed and built [H. Chen et al., Rev. Sci. Instrum. 81, 10D314 (2010)] for use with such laser produced proton beams. The L-IPS has an energy range of 50 keV-40 MeV with a resolving power (E/dE) of about 275 at 1 MeV and 21 at 20 MeV, as well as a single spatial imaging axis...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910049/gene-transfer-in-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-es-and-ips-cells
#10
Francesca Stillitano, Ioannis Karakikes, Roger J Hajjar
The advent of human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC) technology has produced patient-specific hiPSC derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) that can be used as a platform to study cardiac diseases and to explore new therapies.The ability to genetically manipulate hiPSC-CMs not only is essential for identifying the structural and/or functional role of a protein but can also provide valuable information regarding therapeutic applications. In this chapter, we describe protocols for culture, maintenance, and cardiac differentiation of hiPSCs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909099/neural-tuning-to-numerosity-relates-to-perceptual-tuning-in-3-to-6-year-old-children
#11
Alyssa J Kersey, Jessica F Cantlon
: Neural representations of approximate numerical value, or numerosity, have been observed in the intraparietal sulcus (IPS) in monkeys and humans, including children. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) we show that children as young as 3 to 4 years old exhibit neural tuning to cardinal numerosities in the IPS and that their neural responses are accounted for by a model of numerosity coding that has been used to explain neural responses in the adult IPS. We also found that the sensitivity of children's neural tuning to number in the right IPS was comparable to their numerical discrimination sensitivity observed behaviorally, outside of the scanner...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907001/multifactorial-optimizations-for-directing-endothelial-fate-from-stem-cells
#12
Drew E Glaser, William S Turner, Nicole Madfis, Lian Wong, Jose Zamora, Nicholas White, Samuel Reyes, Andrew B Burns, Ajay Gopinathan, Kara E McCloskey
Embryonic stem cells (ESC) and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells are attractive in vitro models of vascular development, therapeutic angiogenesis, and tissue engineering. However, distinct ESC and iPS cell lines respond differentially to the same microenvironmental factors. Developing improved/optimized differentiation methodologies tailored/applicable in a number of distinct iPS and ESC lines remains a challenge in the field. Currently published methods for deriving endothelial cells (EC) robustly generate high numbers of endothlelial progenitor cells (EPC) within a week, but their maturation to definitive EC is much more difficult, taking up to 2 months and requiring additional purification...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901296/novel-forest-decline-triggered-by-multiple-interactions-among-climate-an-introduced-pathogen-and-bark-beetles
#13
Carmen M Wong, Lori D Daniels
Novel forest decline is increasing due to global environmental change, yet the causal factors and their interactions remain poorly understood. Using tree ring analyses, we show how climate and multiple biotic factors caused the decline of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) in 16 stands in the southern Canadian Rockies. In our study area, 72% of whitebark pines were dead and 18% had partially dead crowns. Tree mortality peaked in the 1970s; however, the annual basal area increment of disturbed trees began to decline significantly in the late 1940s...
November 5, 2016: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900988/decreased-prognostic-value-of-international-prognostic-score-in-chinese-advanced-hodgkin-lymphoma-patients-treated-in-the-contemporary-era
#14
Qin Wang, Yan Qin, Su-Yi Kang, Xiao-Hui He, Peng Liu, Sheng Yang, Sheng-Yu Zhou, Chang-Gong Zhang, Lin Gui, Jian-Liang Yang, Yan Sun, Yuan-Kai Shi
BACKGROUND: The International Prognostic Score (IPS) was developed based on the data of Western advanced Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) patients treated before 1992. Only a few studies ever evaluated the application value of IPS in Chinese population or in patients treated in the contemporary era whose outcomes has improved significantly than before. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study involving 208 previously untreated Chinese advanced HL patients, who were admitted to Cancer Hospital Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences from January 1, 1999 to April 30, 2015 and received uniform first-line treatment...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900567/clinical-potential-of-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-perspectives-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#15
REVIEW
Dharmendra Kumar, Taruna Anand, Wilfried A Kues
The recent establishment of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells promises the development of autologous cell therapies for degenerative diseases, without the ethical concerns associated with human embryonic stem (ES) cells. Initially, iPS cells were generated by retroviral transduction of somatic cells with core reprogramming genes. To avoid potential genotoxic effects associated with retroviral transfection, more recently, alternative non-viral gene transfer approaches were developed. Before a potential clinical application of iPS cell-derived therapies can be planned, it must be ensured that the reprogramming to pluripotency is not associated with genome mutagenesis or epigenetic aberrations...
November 29, 2016: Cell Biology and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895584/induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-inhibit-bleomycin-induced-pulmonary-fibrosis-in-mice-through-suppressing-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad-mediated-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
#16
Yan Zhou, Zhong He, Yuan Gao, Rui Zheng, Xiaoye Zhang, Li Zhao, Mingqi Tan
Pulmonary fibrosis is a progressive and irreversible fibrotic lung disorder with high mortality and few treatment options. Recently, induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have been considered as an ideal resource for stem cell-based therapy. Although, an earlier study demonstrated the therapeutic effect of iPS cells on pulmonary fibrosis, the exact mechanisms remain obscure. The present study investigated the effects of iPS cells on inflammatory responses, transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1 signaling pathway, and epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) during bleomycin (BLM)-induced lung fibrosis...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893598/acceptability-and-effectiveness-of-assisted-human-immunodeficiency-virus-partner-services-in-mozambique-results-from-a-pilot-program-in-a-public-urban-clinic
#17
R Serene Myers, Caryl Feldacker, Freide Cesár, Zulmira Paredes, Gerito Augusto, Chadreque Muluana, Sinesia Citao, Catarina Mboa-Ferrao, Esmeralda Karajeanes, Matthew R Golden
BACKGROUND: Assisted partner services (APS) involves offering persons with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) assistance notifying and testing their sex partners. Assisted partner services is rarely available in sub-Saharan Africa. We instituted a pilot APS program in Maputo, Mozambique. METHODS: Between June and September 2014, community health workers (CHWs) offered APS to persons with newly diagnosed HIV (index patients [IPs]). Community health workers interviewed IPs at baseline, 4 and 8 weeks...
November 2016: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891567/barriers-and-facilitators-to-sustainment-of-an-evidence-based-supported-employment-program
#18
Valerie A Noel, Gary R Bond, Robert E Drake, Deborah R Becker, Gregory J McHugo, Sarah J Swanson, Alison E Luciano, Mary Ann Greene
Large-scale initiatives to expand evidence-based practices are often poorly implemented and rarely endure. The purpose of this study was to identify the perceived barriers and facilitators to sustainment of an evidence-based supported employment program, Individual Placement and Support (IPS). Within a 2-year prospective study of sustainment among 129 IPS programs in 13 states participating in a national learning community, we interviewed IPS team leaders and coded their responses to semi-structured interviews using a conceptual framework adapted from another large-scale implementation study...
November 28, 2016: Administration and Policy in Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888517/differentiation-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-neutrophil-granulocytes-from-common-marmoset-monkey-callithrix-jacchus
#19
Christopher Schrimpf, Christoph Wrede, Silke Glage, Jan Hegermann, Samantha Backhaus, Rainer Blasczyk, Hans-Gert Heuft, Thomas Müller
BACKGROUND: Inherited and acquired marrow failure syndromes most commonly lead to defect in myeloid and/or neutrophil differentiation and/or function. Besides this, neutropenia induced by cancer-adjusted chemotherapy is a frequent clinical problem. In both cases, cell replacement therapy is a well-established, but due to necessity of donors limited and perilous procedure. Therefore, autologous cell replacement from patients' own marrow-derived cells lowers risk and bares new possibilities for therapy...
November 25, 2016: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882268/long-term-culture-of-intestinal-cell-progenitors-an-overview-of-their-development-application-and-associated-technologies
#20
REVIEW
Andrew J Hollins, Lee Parry
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Long-term culture of adult progenitor cells in 3D is a recently emerging technology that inhabits the space between 2D cell lines and organ slice culture. RECENT FINDINGS: Adaptations to defined media components in the wake of advances in ES and iPS cell culture has led to the identification of conditions that maintained intestinal cell progenitors in culture. These conditions retain cellular heterogeneity of the normal or tumour tissue, and the cultures have been shown to be genetically stable, such that substantial biobanks are being created from patient derived material...
2016: Current Pathobiology Reports
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