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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719882/antileishmanial-activity-and-tubulin-polymerization-inhibition-of-podophyllotoxin-derivatives-on-leishmania-infantum
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José Miguel Escudero-Martínez, Yolanda Pérez-Pertejo, Rosa M Reguera, María Ángeles Castro, María Victoria Rojo, Carolina Santiago, Andrés Abad, Pablo Anselmo García, José Luis López-Pérez, Arturo San Feliciano, Rafael Balaña-Fouce
Leishmania microtubules play an important role not only in cell division, but also in keeping the shape of the parasite and motility of its free-living stages. Microtubules result from the self-assembly of alpha and beta tubulins, two phylogenetically conserved and very abundant eukaryotic proteins in kinetoplastids. The colchicine binding domain has inspired the discovery and development of several drugs currently in clinical use against parasites. However, this domain is less conserved in kinetoplastids and may be selectively targeted by new compounds...
June 28, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719870/effects-of-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-on-estrogen-receptor-alpha-and-heat-shock-protein-60-gene-expression-in-primary-cultures-of-loggerhead-sea-turtle-caretta-caretta-erythrocytes
#2
Paolo Cocci, Martina Capriotti, Gilberto Mosconi, Francesco Alessandro Palermo
The loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) can be considered a good indicator species for studying the ecological impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) on wildlife. However, the effect of these environmental pollutants on nuclear steroid hormone signaling has not yet been addressed in sea turtles mainly due to the legal constraints of their endangered status. Here we describe the use of primary erythrocyte cell cultures as in vitro models for evaluating the effects of different EDCs on the expression of estrogen receptor α (ERα)...
July 15, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719716/the-sophono-bone-conduction-system-surgical-audiologic-and-quality-of-life-outcomes
#3
Timothy Mclean, Irumee Pai, Andrew Philipatos, Michael Gordon
We prospectively evaluated the surgical, audiologic, and quality-of-life outcomes in 5 patients-2 men and 3 women, aged 22 to 64 years (mean: 41.8)-who were implanted with the Sophono Alpha 2 MPO Processor. The indications for implantation of this bone-conduction device included recurrent ear canal infections with hearing aids (n = 3), single-sided deafness (n = 1), and patient preference in view of difficulty using a conventional hearing aid (n = 1). In addition to the patient with single-sided deafness, 3 patients had a bilateral mixed hearing loss and 1 had a bilateral conductive hearing loss...
July 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719267/comparison-of-cytokine-responses-in-ecuadorian-children-infected-with-giardia-ascaris-or-both-parasites
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Jill Weatherhead, Andrea Arévalo Cortés, Carlos Sandoval, Maritza Vaca, Martha Chico, Sophia Loor, Philip J Cooper, Rojelio Mejia
AbstractMore than 2 billion people are infected with parasites globally, and the majority have coinfections. Intestinal protozoa and helminths induce polarizing CD4(+) T-helper cell 1 (Th1) mediated cytokine responses within the host. Such immune polarization may inhibit the ability of the host to mount an adequate immune response for pathogen clearance to concurrent pathogens. The current study evaluated the plasma cytokine profile in Ascaris and Giardia coinfected children compared with Giardia- and Ascaris-only infected children...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719185/small-molecule-enhancement-of-20s-proteasome-activity-targets-intrinsically-disordered-proteins
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Corey L Jones, Evert Njomen, Benita Sjogren, Thomas S Dexheimer, Jetze J Tepe
The 20S proteasome is the main protease for degradation of oxidatively damaged and intrinsically disordered proteins. When accumulation of disordered or oxidatively damaged proteins exceed proper clearance in neurons, imbalanced pathway signaling or aggregation occurs, which have been implicated in the pathogenesis of several neurological disor-ders. Screening of the NIH Clinical Collection and Prestwick libraries identified the neuroleptic agent chlorpromazine as a lead agent capable of enhancing 20S proteasome activity...
July 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719056/tracking-salience-in-young-people-a-psychometric-field-test-of-the-aberrant-salience-inventory-asi
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Andrea Raballo, David C Cicero, John G Kerns, Sara Sanna, Mirra Pintus, Ingrid Agartz, Elisa Pintus, Irene Corrias, Veronica Lai, Donatella Rita Petretto, Mauro G Carta, Antonio Preti
AIM: To explore the prevalence of Aberrant Salience (AS, an alleged experiential feature of psychosis-proneness) in Italian young people and corroborate the transcultural validity of the Aberrant Salience Inventory (ASI). METHODS: Young adults attending an Italian university (n = 649) underwent serial evaluations with the ASI together with psychometric proxies for help seeking General Health Questionnaire and attenuated positive and negative symptoms Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire (SPQ)...
July 18, 2017: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719035/melatonin-inhibits-nucleus-pulposus-np-cell-proliferation-and-extracellular-matrix-ecm-remodeling-via-the-melatonin-membrane-receptors-mediated-pi3k-akt-pathway
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Zheng Li, Xingye Li, Chong Chen, Matthew T V Chan, William Ka Kei Wu, Jianxiong Shen
Pinealectomy in vertebrates accelerated intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD). However, the potential mechanisms, particularly, melatonin's role is still to be clarified. In this study, for first time, melatonin membrane receptors of MT1 and MT2 were found to be present in the human intervertebral disc tissues and nucleus pulposus (NP) cells, respectively. Melatonin treatment significantly inhibited NP cell proliferation in dose- dependent manner. Accordingly, melatonin down-regulated gene expression of cyclin D1, PCNA, matrix metallopeptidases-3 and -9 and upregulated gene expression of collagen type II alpha 1 chain and aggrecan in NP cells...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718882/an-analysis-on-the-choice-of-alpha-level-in-the-osteometric-pair-matching-of-the-os-coxa-scapula-and-clavicle
#8
Jeffrey James Lynch
This study compares the use of 0.05 and 0.10 alpha levels with the updated osteometric pair-matching model on two samples of the os coxa, scapula, and clavicle. The samples include the Forensic Data Bank, and the osteometric sorting reference used within the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Mixed-effects two-way analyses of variance were used to analyze bilateral asymmetry in the standard measurements. In total, 3,793,566 t-tests were conducted for osteometric pair-matching analysis. The results indicate high levels of exclusion power, and accuracy can be obtained with the os coxa and scapula...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718763/a-theory-of-working-memory-without-consciousness-or-sustained-activity
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Darinka Trübutschek, Sébastien Marti, Andrés Ojeda, Jean-Rémi King, Yuanyuan Mi, Misha Tsodyks, Stanislas Dehaene
Working memory and conscious perception are thought to share similar brain mechanisms, yet recent reports of non-conscious working memory challenge this view. Combining visual masking with magnetoencephalography, we investigate the reality of non-conscious working memory and dissect its neural mechanisms. In a spatial delayed-response task, participants reported the location of a subjectively unseen target above chance-level after several seconds. Conscious perception and conscious working memory were characterized by similar signatures: a sustained desynchronization in the alpha/beta band over frontal cortex, and a decodable representation of target location in posterior sensors...
July 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718301/web-addiction-in-the-brain-cortical-oscillations-autonomic-activity-and-behavioral-measures
#10
Michela Balconi, Salvatore Campanella, Roberta Finocchiaro
Background and aims Internet addiction (IA) was recently defined as a disorder tagging both the impulse control and the reward systems. Specifically, inhibitory deficits and reward bias were considered highly relevant in IA. This research aims to examine the electrophysiological correlates and autonomic activity [skin conductance response (SCR) and heart rate] in two groups of young subjects (N = 25), with high or low IA profile [tested by the Internet Addiction Test (IAT)], with specific reference to gambling behavior...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718163/incidence-and-management-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-after-urethral-stricture-repair
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Amanda S J Chung, Kurt A McCammon
Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) after urethral stricture repair are not uncommon. Urgency has been reported in 40% of men and urge incontinence in 12% of men after anterior urethroplasty. De novo urgency and urge incontinence is seen in 9 and 5% of men, respectively, after urethroplasty. Once a complication of urethroplasty (such as recurrent urethral stricture or diverticulum) has been excluded as a cause, evaluation of LUTS in such patients should focus on differentiating bladder dysfunction (overactive bladder, underactive bladder), from other outlet obstruction (such as benign prostatic obstruction), dysfunctional voiding, or medical causes (such as nocturnal polyuria)...
September 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717838/the-triterpenoid-alpha-beta-amyrin-prevents-the-impaired-aortic-vascular-reactivity-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-mice
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Flávia Almeida Santos, Karine Maria Martins Bezerra Carvalho, Francisco José Batista-Lima, Paulo Iury Gomes Nunes, Ana Flávia Seraine Custódio Viana, Armenio André de Carvalho Almeida da Silva, Said Gonçalves da Cruz Fonseca, Mariana Helena Chaves, Vietla Satyanarayana Rao, Pedro Jorge Caldas Magalhães, Teresinha Silva de Brito
To characterize the protective effects of the triterpenoid mixture alpha, beta-amyrin (AMY, 20 mg/kg, during 15 days) on the reactivity of isolated aorta of high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obese mice. Male Swiss mice were fed with HFD or normal diet (ND) for 15 weeks. Contractions of thoracic aorta in response to KCl or phenylephrine (PHE) and relaxation by acetylcholine (ACh) or sodium nitroprusside (SNP) were analyzed. HFD-fed mice developed hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, and significant body weight gain, parameters prevented by AMY treatment...
July 17, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717771/human-papillomavirus-induced-cancer-late-relapse-in-a-patient-treated-with-tumor-necrosis-factor-alpha-inhibitor
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Gabriel Madeira Werberich, Tatiana Strava, Carolina Vizioli, Gustavo Dos Santos Fernandes
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Journal of Global Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717390/tracing-the-origin-of-the-early-wet-season-anopheles-coluzzii-in-the-sahel
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Tovi Lehmann, David Weetman, Diana L Huestis, Alpha S Yaro, Yaya Kassogue, Moussa Diallo, Martin J Donnelly, Adama Dao
In arid environments, the source of the malaria mosquito populations that re-establish soon after first rains remains a puzzle and alternative explanations have been proposed. Using genetic data, we evaluated whether the early rainy season (RS) population of Anopheles coluzzii is descended from the preceding late RS generation at the same locality, consistent with dry season (DS) dormancy (aestivation), or from migrants from distant locations. Distinct predictions derived from these two hypotheses were assessed, based on variation in 738 SNPs in eleven A...
August 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717322/th1-th2-balance-and-humoral-immune-response-to-potential-antigens-as-early-diagnostic-method-of-equine-strongylus-nematode-infection
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Faten A M Abo-Aziza, Seham H M Hendawy, Amira H El Namaky, Heba M Ashry
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the early diagnosis of strongyle infection based on early changes in Th1 and Th2 cytokines beside the diagnostic accuracy values and sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and western blotting profiles using prepared strongyles antigens. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 73 donkeys had a mean age of 4-32 years old were parasitologically examined for strongyle infection. The early changes in Th1 and Th2 cytokines were determined, and the diagnostic accuracy values and SDS-PAGE and western blotting profiles were performed using prepared strongyles antigens; crude somatic Strongylusvulgaris (CSS), excretory-secretory S...
June 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717196/trib1-is-a-positive-regulator-of-hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-4-alpha
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Sébastien Soubeyrand, Amy Martinuk, Ruth McPherson
The TRIB1 locus has been linked to both cardiovascular disease and hepatic steatosis. Recent efforts have revealed TRIB1 to be a major regulator of liver function, largely, but not exclusively, via CEBPA degradation. We recently uncovered a functional interaction between TRIB1 and HNF4A, another key regulator of hepatic function, whose molecular underpinnings remained to be clarified. Here we have extended these findings. In hepatoma models, HNF4A levels were found to depend on TRIB1, independently of its impact on CEBPA...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716975/metabolic-phenotype-in-the-mouse-model-of-osteogenesis-imperfecta
#17
Iris Boraschi-Diaz, Josephine T Tauer, Omar El Rifai, Delphine Guillemette, Geneviève Lefebvre, Frank Rauch, Mathieu Ferron, Svetlana V Komarova
Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is the most common heritable bone fragility disorder, usually caused by dominant mutations in genes coding for collagen type I alpha chains, COL1A1 or COL1A2. Osteocalcin is now recognized as a bone-derived regulator of insulin secretion and sensitivity and glucose homeostasis. Since OI is associated with increased rates of bone formation and resorption, we hypothesized that the levels of undercarboxylated osteocalcin are increased in OI. The objective of this study was to determine changes in osteocalcin and to elucidate the metabolic phenotype in the Col1a1Jrt/+ mouse, a model of dominant OI caused by a Col1a1 mutation...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716662/lgtf-effects-of-haemophilus-parasuis-los-induced-inflammation-through-regulation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-mapks-signaling-pathways
#18
Ze Zeng, Bin Zhang, Huan He, Xinnuo Chen, Yupeng Ren, Hua Yue, Cheng Tang
The lgtF gene encodes a glucosyltransferase responsible for adding a glucose to the first sugar of heptose I in the synthesis of lipooligosaccharides (LOS). To study the function of lgtF, we constructed an lgtF mutant (ΔlgtF) from Haemophilus parasuis SC096 using a natural transformation system. A highly purified preparation of LOS from ΔlgtF (ΔlgtF-LOS) exhibited an obvious truncation in structure compared to the LOS of the wild-type SC096 strain (WT-LOS). The ΔlgtF-LOS also displayed a significantly reduced ability to induce inflammatory cytokine mRNA expression of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-1α (IL-1α), IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-8 in porcine alveolar macrophages (PAMs) in comparison with the WT-LOS...
July 14, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716632/mitochondrial-estrogen-receptors-as-a-vulnerability-factor-of-chronic-stress-and-mediator-of-fluoxetine-treatment-in-female-and-male-rat-hippocampus
#19
Miroslav Adzic, Milos Mitic, Marija Radojcic
Depression is a disease of an abnormal brain energy metabolism also marked with increased apoptosis in specific brain regions. Mounting evidence indicates that the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation and apoptosis are novel targets for the actions of estrogen receptors (ERs). In this study, we examined the effects of antidepressant (AD) fluoxetine (FLU) treatment on the mitochondrial ER alpha (ERα), ER beta (total and phospo-pERβ) and their association with cytochrome c (cyt c) oxidase activity and apoptotic Bcl2/Bax-molecules in the hippocampal mitochondria of chronically isolated (CPSI) female and male rats depicting depression...
July 14, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716555/attitudes-about-vaccines-to-prevent-ebola-virus-disease-in-guinea-at-the-end-of-a-large-ebola-epidemic-results-of-a-national-household-survey
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Kathleen L Irwin, Mohamed F Jalloh, Jamaica Corker, Barry Alpha Mahmoud, Susan J Robinson, Wenshu Li, Nyuma E James, Musa Sellu, Mohammad B Jalloh, Alpha Ahmadou Diallo, LaRee Tracy, Rana Hajjeh, Amanda VanSteelandt, Rebecca Bunnell, Lise Martel, Pratima L Raghunathan, Barbara Marston
INTRODUCTION: In 2014-2016, an Ebola epidemic devastated Guinea; more than 3800 cases and 2500 deaths were reported to the World Health Organization. In August 2015, as the epidemic waned and clinical trials of an experimental, Ebola vaccine continued in Guinea and neighboring Sierra Leone, we conducted a national household survey about Ebola-related knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) and opinions about "hypothetical" Ebola vaccines. METHODS: Using cluster-randomized sampling, we selected participants aged 15+ years old in Guinea's 8 administrative regions, which had varied cumulative case counts...
July 14, 2017: Vaccine
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