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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822061/co-ultramicronized-palmitoylethanolamide-luteolin-facilitates-the-development-of-differentiating-and-undifferentiated-rat-oligodendrocyte-progenitor-cells
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Stephen D Skaper, Massimo Barbierato, Laura Facci, Mila Borri, Gabriella Contarini, Morena Zusso, Pietro Giusti
Oligodendrocytes, the myelin-producing cells of the central nervous system (CNS), have limited capability to bring about repair in chronic CNS neuroinflammatory demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis (MS). MS lesions are characterized by a compromised pool of undifferentiated oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) unable to mature into myelin-producing oligodendrocytes. An attractive strategy may be to replace lost OLs and/or promote their maturation. N-palmitoylethanolamine (PEA) is an endogenous fatty acid amide signaling molecule with anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective actions...
August 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821923/ankg-hemizygous-mice-present-cognitive-impairment-and-elevated-anxiety-depressive-like-traits-associated-with-decreased-expression-of-gaba-receptors-and-postsynaptic-density-protein
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Cui Liu, Ling Zhang, Jie Wu, Xiaolong Sui, Yanfeng Xu, Lan Huang, Yunlin Han, Hua Zhu, Yanhong Li, Xiuping Sun, Chuan Qin
Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of patient populations and genetic linkage assessments have demonstrated that the ankyrin-G (AnkG) gene is involved in neuropsychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer's disease, but it remains unclear how the genetic variants of AnkG contribute to neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we generated AnkG hemizygous mice using the gene trapping approach. Homozygous AnkG was embryonically lethal. Western blotting and real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assessments of wild type (WT) and AnkG (+/-) mutant mice demonstrated a 50% reduction of ANKG levels, at the gene and protein levels, in AnkG hemizygous mice...
August 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821882/identification-of-a-short-sequence-in-the-hcmv-terminase-pul56-essential-for-interaction-with-pul89-subunit
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G Ligat, C Jacquet, S Chou, A Couvreux, S Alain, S Hantz
The human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) terminase complex consists of several components acting together to cleave viral DNA into unit length genomes and translocate them into capsids, a critical process in the production of infectious virions subsequent to DNA replication. Previous studies suggest that the carboxyl-terminal portion of the pUL56 subunit interacts with the pUL89 subunit. However, the specific interacting residues of pUL56 remain unknown. We identified a conserved sequence in the C-terminal moiety of pUL56 (671WMVVKYMGFF680)...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821828/different-elevational-patterns-of-rodent-species-richness-between-the-southern-and-northern-slopes-of-a-mountain
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Ling-Ying Shuai, Chun-Lei Ren, Wen-Bo Yan, Yan-Ling Song, Zhi-Gao Zeng
Studies on elevational gradients in biodiversity have accumulated in recent decades. However, few studies have compared the elevational patterns of diversity between the different slopes of a single mountain. We investigated the elevational distribution of rodent diversity (alpha and beta diversity) and its underlying mechanisms along the southern and northern slopes of Mt. Taibai, the highest mountain in the Qinling Mountains, China. The species richness of rodents on the two slopes showed distinct distribution patterns, with a monotonically decreasing pattern found along the southern slope and a hump-shaped elevational pattern evident along the northern slope...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821620/arjunolic-acid-a-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-alpha-agonist-regresses-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-non-canonical-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Trisha Bansal, Emeli Chatterjee, Jasdeep Singh, Arjun Ray, Bishwajit Kundu, V Thankamani, Shantanu Sengupta, Sagartirtha Sarkar
Cardiac hypertrophy and associated heart fibrosis remain a major cause of death worldwide. Phytochemicals have gained attention as alternative therapeutics for managing cardiovascular diseases. These include the extract from the plant Terminalia arjuna which is a popular cardioprotectant and may prevent or slow progression of pathological hypertrophy to heart failure. Here, we investigated the mode of action of a principal bioactive T. arjuna compound, arjunolic acid (AA) in ameliorating hemodynamic load-induced cardiac fibrosis and identified its intracellular target...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821582/identification-of-%C3%AE-enolase-as-a-prognostic-and-diagnostic-precancer-biomarker-in-oral-submucous-fibrosis
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Swarnendu Bag, Debabrata Dutta, Amrita Chaudhary, Bidhan Chandra Sing, Mousumi Pal, Ajoy Kumar Ray, Rita Banerjee, Ranjan Rashmi Paul, Amit Basak, Amit Kumar Das, Jyotirmoy Chatterjee
AIMS: Diagnostic ambiguities regarding the malignant potentiality of oral submucous fibrosis (OSF), an oral precancerous condition having dysplastic and non-dysplastic isoforms are the major failure for early intervention of oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) patients. Our goal is to identify proteomic signatures from biopsies that can be used as precancer diagnostic marker for patient suffering from OSF. METHODS: The high throughput techniques adopting de novo peptide sequencing (1D SDS-PAGE coupled nanoLC MALDI tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS)-based peptide mass fingerprint), immunohistochemistry (IHC), Western blot (WB) and real-time PCR (RT-PCR) analysis are considered for such biomarker identification and multilevel validations...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821552/differences-in-temperature-and-water-chemistry-shape-distinct-diversity-patterns-in-thermophilic-microbial-communities
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Cecilia M Chiriac, Edina Szekeres, Knut Rudi, Andreea Baricz, Adriana Hegedus, Nicolae Dragoş, Cristian Coman
This study presents the biodiversity and ecology of microbial mats developed in thermal gradients (20-65 °C) in the surroundings of three drillings (CH, CI, MB) tapping a hyperthermal aquifer from Romania. Using a metabarcoding approach, 16S rRNA genes were sequenced from both DNA and RNA transcripts (cDNA) and compared. The relationships between the microbial diversity and the physico-chemical factors were explored. Additionally, the cDNA data was used for in silico functionality predictions, bringing new insights into the functional potential and dynamics of these communities...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820959/takinib-a-selective-tak1-inhibitor-broadens-the-therapeutic-efficacy-of-tnf-%C3%AE-inhibition-for-cancer-and-autoimmune-disease
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Juliane Totzke, Deepak Gurbani, Rene Raphemot, Philip F Hughes, Khaldon Bodoor, David A Carlson, David R Loiselle, Asim K Bera, Liesl S Eibschutz, Marisha M Perkins, Amber L Eubanks, Phillip L Campbell, David A Fox, Kenneth D Westover, Timothy A J Haystead, Emily R Derbyshire
Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) has both positive and negative roles in human disease. In certain cancers, TNF-α is infused locally to promote tumor regression, but dose-limiting inflammatory effects limit broader utility. In autoimmune disease, anti-TNF-α antibodies control inflammation in most patients, but these benefits are offset during chronic treatment. TAK1 acts as a key mediator between survival and cell death in TNF-α-mediated signaling. Here, we describe Takinib, a potent and selective TAK1 inhibitor that induces apoptosis following TNF-α stimulation in cell models of rheumatoid arthritis and metastatic breast cancer...
August 17, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820903/prominent-facilitation-at-beta-and-gamma-frequency-range-revealed-with-physiological-calcium-concentration-in-adult-mouse-piriform-cortex-in-vitro
#9
Marie Gleizes, Simon P Perrier, Caroline Fonta, Lionel G Nowak
Neuronal activity is characterized by a diversity of oscillatory phenomena that are associated with multiple behavioral and cognitive processes, yet the functional consequences of these oscillations are not fully understood. Our aim was to determine whether and how these different oscillatory activities affect short-term synaptic plasticity (STP), using the olfactory system as a model. In response to odorant stimuli, the olfactory bulb displays a slow breathing rhythm as well as beta and gamma oscillations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820747/involvement-of-hyperglycemia-in-the-development-of-platelet-procoagulant-response-the-role-of-aldose-reductase-and-platelet-swelling
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Tomasz Rusak, Tomasz Misztal, Malgorzata Rusak, Justyna Branska-Januszewska, Marian Tomasiak
: Rise in mean platelet volume (MPV) has been demonstrated to be associated with increased platelet reactivity. In diabetes patients, augmented MPV was proposed to contribute to increased risk of thrombotic complications. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate whether under hyperglycemic conditions, aldose reductase (AR)-mediated sorbitol formation and associated rise in cell volume, which subsequently results in platelet hyperactivation. Platelets were obtained from 30 healthy volunteers and 13 patients with diabetes...
September 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820669/preliminary-psychometric-evaluation-of-the-hamilton-depression-rating-scale-in-methamphetamine-dependence
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Tracy Hellem, Lindsay Scholl, Hayden Ferguson, Erin McGlade, Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, Perry Renshaw, Laura Hildreth
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to test the initial psychometric properties of the 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) in individuals with and without major depressive disorder who use methamphetamine. We used data from two completed studies and two ongoing clinical trials. The HAM-D has well established reliability and validity in a variety of populations. However, there are no published reports of reliability and validity of the HAM-D in a methamphetamine using population...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Dual Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820494/immune-response-patterns-and-next-generation-sequencing-diagnostics-for-the-detection-of-mycoses-in-patients-with-septic-shock-results-of-a-combined-clinical-and-experimental-investigation
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Sebastian O Decker, Annette Sigl, Christian Grumaz, Philip Stevens, Yevhen Vainshtein, Stefan Zimmermann, Markus A Weigand, Stefan Hofer, Kai Sohn, Thorsten Brenner
Fungi are of increasing importance in sepsis. However, culture-based diagnostic procedures are associated with relevant weaknesses. Therefore, culture- and next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based fungal findings as well as corresponding plasma levels of β-d-glucan, interferon gamma (INF-γ), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin (IL)-2, -4, -6, -10, -17A, and mid-regional proadrenomedullin (MR-proADM) were evaluated in 50 septic patients at six consecutive time points within 28 days after sepsis onset...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820355/alpha-particles-and-x-rays-interact-in-inducing-dna-damage-in-u2os-cells
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Alice Sollazzo, Beata Brzozowska, Lei Cheng, Lovisa Lundholm, Siamak Haghdoost, Harry Scherthan, Andrzej Wojcik
Survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are monitored for health effects within the Life Span Study (LSS). The LSS results represent the most important source of data about cancer effects from ionizing radiation exposure, which forms the foundation for the radiation protection system. One uncertainty connected to deriving universal risk factors from these results is related to the problem of mixed radiation qualities. The A-bomb explosions generated a mixed beam of the sparsely ionizing gamma radiation and densely ionizing neutrons...
August 18, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820283/n-3-pufas-induce-inflammatory-tolerance-by-formation-of-keap1-containing-sqstm1-p62-bodies-and-activation-of-nfe2l2
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Jennifer Mildenberger, Ida Johansson, Ismail Sergin, Eli Kjøbli, Jan Kristian Damås, Babak Razani, Trude Helen Flo, Geir Bjørkøy
Inflammation is crucial in the defense against infections but must be tightly controlled to limit detrimental hyperactivation. Our diet influences inflammatory processes and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) have known anti-inflammatory effects. The balance of pro- and anti-inflammatory processes is coordinated by macrophages and macroautophagy/autophagy has recently emerged as a cellular process that dampens inflammation. Here we report that the n-3 PUFA docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) transiently induces cytosolic speckles of the autophagic receptor SQSTM1/p62 (sequestosome 1) (described as SQSTM1/p62-bodies) in macrophages...
August 18, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820271/cam-deformities-and-limited-hip-range-of-motion-are-associated-with-early-osteoarthritic-changes-in-adolescent-athletes-a-prospective-matched-cohort-study
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Cody C Wyles, Germán A Norambuena, Benjamin M Howe, Dirk R Larson, Bruce A Levy, Brandon J Yuan, Robert T Trousdale, Rafael J Sierra
BACKGROUND: The natural history of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) remains incompletely understood. In particular, there is limited documentation of joint damage in adolescent patients with limited range of motion (LROM) of the hip, which is commonly associated with FAI. PURPOSE: To evaluate changes in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radiographs, and clinical examinations over 5 years in a group of athletes from a wide variety of sports with asymptomatic LROM of the hip compared with matched controls...
August 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820103/two-novel-lipomycetaceous-yeast-species-lipomyces-okinawensis-sp-nov-and-lipomyces-yamanashiensis-f-a-sp-nov-isolated-from-soil-in-the-okinawa-and-yamanashi-prefectures-japan
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Atsushi Yamazaki, Mana Yanagiba, Takafumi Naganuma
Four novel Lipomyces strains were isolated from soil collected in the Okinawa and Yamanashi prefectures, Japan. Based on their morphological and biochemical characteristics, along with sequence typing using the D1/D2 domain of the LSU rRNA, internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region including 5.8S rRNA, and translation elongation factor 1 alpha gene (EF-1α), the four strains were shown to represent two novel species of the genus Lipomyces, described as Lipomyces okinawensis sp. nov. (type strain No.3-a(35)T=NBRC 110620T=CBS 14747T) and Lipomyces yamanashiensis f...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819998/reliability-and-validity-of-the-script-concordance-test-for-postgraduate-students-of-general-practice
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Julie Subra, Bruno Chicoulaa, André Stillmunkès, Pierre Mesthé, Stéphane Oustric, Marie-Eve Rougé Bugat
BACKGROUND: The script concordance test (SCT) is a validated method of examining students' clinical reasoning. Medical students' professional skills are assessed during their postgraduate years as they study for a specialist qualification in general practice. However, no specific provision is made for assessing their clinical reasoning during their postgraduate study. OBJECTIVE: The aim was to demonstrate the reliability and validity of the SCT in general practice and to determine if this tool could be used to assess medical students' progress in acquiring clinical reasoning...
December 2017: European Journal of General Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819935/plasma-biomarkers-of-inflammation-reflect-seizures-and-hemorrhagic-activity-of-cerebral-cavernous-malformations
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Romuald Girard, Hussein A Zeineddine, Maged D Fam, Anoop Mayampurath, Ying Cao, Changbin Shi, Robert Shenkar, Sean P Polster, Michael Jesselson, Ryan Duggan, Abdul-Ghani Mikati, Gregory Christoforidis, Jorge Andrade, Kevin J Whitehead, Dean Y Li, Issam A Awad
The clinical course of cerebral cavernous malformations (CCMs) is highly variable. Based on recent discoveries implicating angiogenic and inflammatory mechanisms, we hypothesized that serum biomarkers might reflect chronic or acute disease activity. This single-site prospective observational cohort study included 85 CCM patients, in whom 24 a priori chosen plasma biomarkers were quantified and analyzed in relation to established clinical and imaging parameters of disease categorization and severity. We subsequently validated the positive correlations in longitudinal follow-up of 49 subjects...
August 17, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819876/measuring-recurring-stigma-in-the-lives-of-individuals-with-mental-illness
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Jerel M Ezell, Chien-Wen Jean Choi, Melanie M Wall, Bruce G Link
We present an exploratory factor analysis of the 8-item Daily Indignities of Mental Illness (DIMI) scale, created to measure the detection and perceptions of recurring stigma among individuals with recent psychiatric hospitalizations. Structured in-person interviews were conducted with individuals with recent psychiatric hospitalizations in metropolitan New York. The 8-item DIMI scale's internal consistency for the sample (n = 65), measured by Cronbach's alpha, was 0.869. Statistically significantly higher DIMI scale scores were observed among individuals with more than 2 psychotic episodes and those reporting seeing relatives less often after hospitalization...
August 17, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819747/word-wide-meta-analysis-of-quercus-forests-ectomycorrhizal-fungal-diversity-reveals-southwestern-mexico-as-a-hotspot
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Olimpia Mariana García-Guzmán, Roberto Garibay-Orijel, Edith Hernández, Elsa Arellano-Torres, Ken Oyama
Quercus is the most diverse genus of ectomycorrhizal (ECM) host plants; it is distributed in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, from temperate to tropical regions. However, their ECM communities have been scarcely studied in comparison to those of conifers. The objectives of this study were to determine the richness of ECM fungi associated with oak forests in the Cuitzeo basin in southwestern Mexico; and to determine the level of richness, potential endemism and species similarity among ECM fungal communities associated with natural oak forests worldwide through a meta-analysis...
August 17, 2017: Mycorrhiza
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