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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539335/special-k-once-the-fun-is-over-an-emt-arrives-for-the-bladder
#1
Warren G Hill, Weiqun Yu
Wang et al. report that in rats exposed to daily ketamine for sixteen weeks, the urothelium begins to undergo phenoconversion to a more mesenchymal state. This epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), has several classic molecular hallmarks and Wang et al. demonstrate convincingly that a number of these including downregulation of E-cadherin, upregulation of mesenchymal markers vimentin and fibroblast specific protein (FSP-1), colocalization of both epithelial and mesenchymal markers in a subset of urothelium-associated cells and upregulation of TGFβ expression in urothelium are all present...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533326/prostaglandin-e-receptor-subtype-4-regulates-lipid-droplet-size-and-mitochondrial-activity-in-murine-subcutaneous-white-adipose-tissue
#2
Fan Ying, Yin Cai, Yu Cai, Yu Wang, Eva Hoi Ching Tang
The purpose of this study was to investigate whether genetic ablation of prostaglandin E receptor subtype 4 (EP4) affects white adipose tissue (WAT) remodeling mediated by β3-adrenergic stimulation. The selective β3-adrenergic agonist, CL316243 (1 mg/kg/d, i.p.) caused a greater increase in metabolic rate in EP4-knockout mice. CL316243 fragmented the unilocular lipid droplet into multilocular lipid vacuoles and increased mitochondrial biogenesis and its activity. These changes were amplified in mice with EP4 deficiency and were selectively seen in subcutaneous WAT...
May 22, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457731/expression-pattern-of-cancer-associated-fibroblast-and-its-clinical-relevance-in-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma
#3
Xiao-Fang Zhang, Min Dong, Yu-Hang Pan, Jian-Ning Chen, Xiang-Qi Huang, Yi Jin, Chun-Kui Shao
Intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) is a highly malignant neoplasm and lacks of effective treatment, characterized by dense desmoplastic stroma rich in cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), which have been indicated to facilitate tumor progression in several types of human cancer. However, the clinical relevance of CAFs in ICC has not been fully characterized. Here, we evaluated the histological phenotype of CAFs and immunohistochemical expressions of α-SMA, FSP-1, and PDGFRβ in 71 ICC cases, and found that immature CAF phenotype was significantly associated with lymph node metastasis (P=...
April 27, 2017: Human Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438490/acute-nanoparticle-exposure-to-vocal-folds-a-laboratory-study
#4
Xinxin Liu, Tanaya Walimbe, William Pierre Schrock, Wei Zheng, M Preeti Sivasankar
OBJECTIVES: Airway exposure to nanoparticles is common in occupational settings. Inhaled nanoparticles have toxic effects on respiratory tissue. Vocal folds are also at direct risk from inhaled nanoparticles. This study investigated the effects of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT), a type of nanoparticle, on vocal fold epithelium and fibroblasts. These cell types were selected for study as the epithelium is the outer layer of the vocal folds and fibroblasts are the most common cell type in connective tissue underlying the epithelium...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434000/apolipoprotein-a1-inhibits-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-human-coronary-artery-endothelial-cells
#5
Juling Feng, Jingjing Zhang, Ampadu O Jackson, Xiao Zhu, Hainan Chen, Wen Chen, Qingjun Gui, Kai Yin
OBJECTIVE: Transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) is the major cytokine for stimulating endothelial cells (ECs) to transdifferentiate to mesenchymal cells (MCs) in the process known as endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). Recently, TGF-β1-induced EndMT has been implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis (AS). It has been identified that apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA-I) obstructs TGF-β1-induced endothelial dysfunction, providing a protective effect for ECs and also anti-AS activity...
April 22, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428446/the-finite-state-projection-approach-to-analyze-dynamics-of-heterogeneous-populations
#6
Rob Johnson, Brian Munsky
Population modeling aims to capture and predict the dynamics of cell populations in constant or fluctuating environments. At the elementary level, population growth proceeds through sequential divisions of individual cells. Due to stochastic effects, populations of cells are inherently heterogeneous in phenotype, and some phenotypic variables have an effect on division or survival rates, as can be seen in partial drug resistance. Therefore, when modeling population dynamics where the control of growth and division is phenotype dependent, the corresponding model must take account of the underlying cellular heterogeneity...
May 11, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398144/social-workers-experiences-as-the-family-support-person-during-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-attempts
#7
Janice Firn, Keli DeVries, Dawnielle Morano, Toni Spano-English
During inhospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation attempts, a designated family support person (FSP) may provide guidance and support to family members. Research on nurses and chaplains in this role has been published. Social workers also regularly fulfill this service, however, little is known about how they perceive and enact this role. To explore their experiences, qualitative interviews (n = 10) were conducted with FSP social workers. Critical realist thematic analysis identified five themes: walking in cold, promoting family presence, responding to the whole spectrum of grief, going beyond the family support role, and repercussions of bearing witness...
April 11, 2017: Social Work in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395998/changes-in-the-effects-of-peyronie-s-disease-after-treatment-with-collagenase-clostridium-histolyticum-male-patients-and-their-female-partners
#8
Irwin Goldstein, L Dean Knoll, Larry I Lipshultz, Ted Smith, Gregory J Kaufman, Chris G McMahon
INTRODUCTION: Collagenase Clostridium histolyticum (CCH) intralesional injection was efficacious for the management of Peyronie's disease (PD) in the double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled Investigation for Maximal Peyronie's Reduction Efficacy and Safety Studies I and II (IMPRESS I and II). Little is known about the consequences of PD or treatment on the sexual partners of affected men. AIM: To assess the safety and efficacy of CCH treatment in men who received placebo in the IMPRESS I or II study and to evaluate the men's PD symptoms and partner bother as reported by female sexual partners...
April 5, 2017: Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383825/the-fibroblast-surface-markers-fap-anti-fibroblast-and-fsp-are-expressed-by-cells-of-epithelial-origin-and-may-be-altered-during-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
#9
Zuzana Kahounová, Daniela Kurfürstová, Jan Bouchal, Gvantsa Kharaishvili, Jiří Navrátil, Ján Remšík, Šárka Šimečková, Vladimír Študent, Alois Kozubík, Karel Souček
The identification of fibroblasts and cancer-associated fibroblasts from human cancer tissue using surface markers is difficult, especially because the markers used currently are usually not expressed solely by fibroblasts, and the identification of fibroblast-specific surface molecules is still under investigation. It was aimed to compare three commercially available antibodies in the detection of different surface epitopes of fibroblasts (anti-fibroblast, fibroblast activation protein α, and fibroblast surface protein)...
April 6, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322869/scaffold-free-high-throughput-generation-of-quiescent-valvular-microtissues
#10
Annelies Roosens, Inès Puype, Ria Cornelissen
AIMS: The major challenge of working with valvular interstitial cells in vitro is the preservation or recovery of their native quiescent state. In this study, a biomimetic approach is used which aims to engineer small volume, high quality valve microtissues, having a potential in regenerative medicine and as a relevant 3D in vitro model to provide insights into valve (patho)biology. METHODS AND RESULTS: To form micro-aggregates, porcine valvular interstitial cells were seeded in agarose micro-wells and cultured in medium supplemented with 250μM Ascorbic Acid 2-phosphate for 22days...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275010/epithelial-and-non-epithelial-ptch1-play-opposing-roles-to-regulate-proliferation-and-morphogenesis-of-the-mouse-mammary-gland
#11
Teresa Monkkonen, John D Landua, Adriana P Visbal, Michael T Lewis
Patched 1 (Ptch1) has epithelial, stromal and systemic roles in murine mammary gland organogenesis, yet specific functions remain undefined. Cre-recombinase-mediated Ptch1 ablation in mammary epithelium increased proliferation and branching, but did not phenocopy transgenic expression of activated smoothened (SmoM2). The epithelium showed no evidence of canonical hedgehog signaling, and hyperproliferation was not blocked by smoothened (SMO) inhibition, suggesting a non-canonical function of PTCH1. Consistent with this possibility, nuclear localization of cyclin B1 was increased...
April 1, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266128/ablation-of-endothelial-prolyl-hydroxylase-domain-protein-2-promotes-renal-vascular-remodelling-and-fibrosis-in-mice
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Shuo Wang, Heng Zeng, Sean T Chen, Liying Zhou, Xue-Jiao Xie, Xiaochen He, Yong-Kang Tao, Qin-Hui Tuo, Changqin Deng, Duan-Fang Liao, Jian-Xiong Chen
Accumulating evidence demonstrates that hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF-α) hydroxylase system has a critical role in vascular remodelling. Using an endothelial-specific prolyl hydroxylase domain protein-2 (PHD2) knockout (PHD2(EC) KO) mouse model, this study investigates the regulatory role of endothelial HIF-α hydroxylase system in the development of renal fibrosis. Knockout of PHD2 in EC up-regulated the expression of HIF-1α and HIF-2α, resulting in a significant decline of renal function as evidenced by elevated levels of serum creatinine...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260588/utilization-of-size-polymorphism-in-its1-and-its2-regions-for-identification-of-pathogenic-yeast-species
#13
Hossein Khodadadi, Ladan Karimi, Nilufar Jalalizand, Hassan Adin, Hossein Mirhendi
PURPOSE: Despite the existence of a variety of available yeast-identification strategies, easier and more cost-effective methods are required for routine use in clinical laboratories. The internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions of fungal rRNA genes exhibit variable sizes depending on the yeast species. In the present study, fragment size polymorphism (FSP) analysis of the ITS1 and ITS2 regions for identification of the clinically most important yeast species was assessed. METHODOLOGY: The ITS1 and ITS2 regions of 190 strains, including isolates of 31 standard strains and 159 clinical isolates, were separately PCR amplified with two primer sets: ITS1-ITS2 and ITS3-ITS4...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220552/activation-of-the-mtor-dependent-signaling-pathway-underlies-ketamine-induced-uropathy
#14
Chih-Chieh Lin, An-Hang Yang, Alex Tong-Long Lin
AIMS: To investigate the pathogenic role of activation of the mammalian target of the rapamycin (mTOR) in the ketamine induced microvascular injury. METHODS: Twenty-three patients with ketamine-induced cystitis (KC) and 16 control volunteers were recruited. Bladder tissues were obtained from both groups by cystoscopic biopsies. Phospho-S6 ribosomal protein (p-S6RP), an end product of the mTOR pathway, was stained in the urinary bladder from both groups. Endothelial cells of the urinary bladder (HBdMECs) were examined to investigate the in vitro activation of the mTOR pathway and the co-expression of the endothelial marker (cluster of differentiation 31 [CD31]) and the mesenchymal marker (fibroblast-specific protein 1 [FSP-1])...
February 21, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206897/retrospective-study-of-the-survival-rates-of-indirect-pulp-therapy-versus-different-pulpotomy-medicaments
#15
Patrice Barsamian Wunsch, Marissa M Kuhnen, Al M Best, Tegwyn H Brickhouse
PURPOSE: The purposes of this retrospective chart review were to determine: (1) how primary molars in need of vital pulp therapy (VPT) have been treated over a period of four years at a university-based pediatric dental practice (UBP); and which treatments-indirect pulp therapy (IPT), formocresol pulpotomy (FCP), and ferric sulfate pulpotomy (FSP)-have been successful. METHODS: Electronic patient records (axiUm) that contained the procedure codes D3120 (pulp cap-indirect) or D3220 (therapeutic pulpotomy) were totaled by year...
October 15, 2016: Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187522/survey-of-patient-and-partner-satisfaction-following-collagenase-clostridium-histolyticum-treatment-for-peyronie-s-disease
#16
J Anaissie, F A Yafi, E J Traore, S C Sikka, W J G Hellstrom
Intralesional injection of collagenase Clostridium histolyticum (CCH) is a minimally invasive, Food and Drug Administration-approved, effective treatment for Peyronie's disease (PD). To assess the satisfaction of patients and their female sexual partners (FSP) following CCH therapy for PD, we conducted a retrospective review of the records of all patients treated with CCH for PD between 04/2014 and 03/2016. Collected variables included demographics, pre- and post-treatment sexual function, penile curvature, penile vascular findings, and treatment outcomes...
March 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146484/high-spatial-resolution-phase-sensitive-optical-time-domain-reflectometer-with-a-frequency-swept-pulse
#17
Bin Lu, Zhengqing Pan, Zhaoyong Wang, Hanrong Zheng, Qing Ye, Ronghui Qu, Haiwen Cai
A high spatial resolution phase-sensitive optical time domain reflectometer (ϕ-OTDR) with an optical frequency-swept pulse (FSP) is proposed, and the experimental results are presented in the Letter. The FSP ϕ-OTDR uses optical pulses with linear frequency modulation with higher pulse energy for longer sensing fiber and uses matched filter in the receiver to compress the processed pulse width. Thus, the contradiction between spatial resolution and the working distance in ordinary ϕ-OTDR is relaxed. A spatial resolution of 30 cm, a sensing distance of 19...
February 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142386/system-transformation-under-the-california-mental-health-services-act-implementation-of-full-service-partnerships-in-l-a-county
#18
Sarah L Starks, Paul G Arns, Howard Padwa, Jack R Friedman, Jocelyn Marrow, Marcia L Meldrum, Elizabeth Bromley, Erin L Kelly, John S Brekke, Joel T Braslow
OBJECTIVE: The study evaluated the effect of California's Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) on the structure, volume, location, and patient centeredness of Los Angeles County public mental health services. METHODS: This prospective mixed-methods study (2006-2013) was based in five Los Angeles County public mental health clinics, all with usual care and three with full-service partnerships (FSPs). FSPs are MHSA-funded programs designed to "do whatever it takes" to provide intensive, recovery-oriented, team-based, integrated services for clients with severe mental illness...
February 1, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088081/lead-pb-2-and-copper-cu-2-remediation-from-water-using-superparamagnetic-maghemite-%C3%AE-fe2o3-nanoparticles-synthesized-by-flame-spray-pyrolysis-fsp
#19
Shalini Rajput, Lok P Singh, Charles U Pittman, Dinesh Mohan
Superparamagnetic maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanoparticles of controllable morphology were successfully synthesized using a flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) technique. Their physico-chemical properties, size, morphology, and surface chemistries were determined using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), selected area electron diffraction patterns (SAED), SEM-EDX, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and pHZPC(6.3). Elemental contents before and after adsorption were identified using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF), energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and elemental mapping...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068213/utilization-of-size-polymorphism-in-its1-and-its2-regions-for-identification-of-pathogenic-yeast-species
#20
Hossein Khodadadi, Ladan Karimi, Niloufar Jalali-Zand, Hassan Adin, Hossein Mirhendi
Despite the existence of a variety of available yeast identification strategies, easier and more cost-effective methods are required for routine use in clinical laboratories. The internal transcribed spacer (ITS) regions of fungal rRNA genes exhibit variable sizes depending on the yeast species. In the present study, fragment size polymorphism (FSP) analysis of the ITS1 and ITS2 regions for identification of the clinically most important yeast species was assessed. The ITS1 and ITS2 regions of 190 strains, including isolates of 31 standard strains and 159 clinical isolates, were separately PCR-amplified with two primer sets: ITS1-ITS2 and ITS3-ITS4...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
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