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Y-M Weng, C-R Ke, J-Z Kong, H Chen, J-J Hong, D-S Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of autophagy-related gene 5 (ATG5) on the proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis of Mc3T3-E1 osteoblast as well as the effects of ATG5 on apoptosis of osteoblasts under the conditions of non-oxidative stress and oxidative stress. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ATG5 overexpressing and silencing cell lines were established in this experiment with lentiviral vector and transcription activator-like effect or nuclease (Talen) technique, respectively, using Mc3T3-E1 cells...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
A Rampello, P Papi, G Pompa, A Rampello, A Polimeni, C Di Paolo
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate functionality and clinical application of a novel immediate device in the treatment of temporomandibular disorders (TMDs). To address the research purpose, authors developed and implemented a randomized control clinical trial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eighty patients were enrolled in this study and were randomly divided into two subgroups based on the treatment applied: patient group (PG) and control group (CG). The CG was not subjected to any kind of treatment, even placebo, in order to be able to assess the spontaneous development of the pathology over time...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Mohammad Asadi, Baharak Sayahpour, Pedram Abbasi, Anh T Ngo, Klas Karis, Jacob R Jokisaari, Cong Liu, Badri Narayanan, Marc Gerard, Poya Yasaei, Xuan Hu, Arijita Mukherjee, Kah Chun Lau, Rajeev S Assary, Fatemeh Khalili-Araghi, Robert F Klie, Larry A Curtiss, Amin Salehi-Khojin
Lithium-air batteries are considered to be a potential alternative to lithium-ion batteries for transportation applications, owing to their high theoretical specific energy. So far, however, such systems have been largely restricted to pure oxygen environments (lithium-oxygen batteries) and have a limited cycle life owing to side reactions involving the cathode, anode and electrolyte. In the presence of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water vapour, these side reactions can become even more complex. Moreover, because of the need to store oxygen, the volumetric energy densities of lithium-oxygen systems may be too small for practical applications...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Mingna Liao, Qilun Zhang, Fengling Tang, Zhiwei Xu, Xin Zhou, Youpeng Li, Yali Zhang, Chenghao Yang, Qiang Ru, Lingzhi Zhao
The synthesis of nanosized CoO anodes with unique morphologies via a hydrothermal method is investigated. By adjusting the pH values of reaction solutions, nanoflakes (CoO-NFs) and nanoflowers (CoO-FLs) are successfully located on copper foam. Compared with CoO-FLs, CoO-NFs as anodes for lithium ion batteries present ameliorated lithium storage properties, such as good rate capability, excellent cycling stability, and large CoO nanoflakes; CoO nanoflowers; anodes; binder free; lithium ion batteriesreversible capacity...
March 22, 2018: Nanomaterials
Hua Wang, Shu Zhang, Aihong Zhang, Cunling Yan
This study aimed to explore the efficacy of propofol to treat malignant pheochromocytoma (PCC) in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, PC12 cells were treated with different concentrations of propofol (0, 1, 5, and 10 μg/mL) for specific times followed by a MTT assay to detect cell proliferation. Transwell assays were performed to assess the function of propofol on the migration and invasion of PC12 cells, and flow cytometry to analyze cell apoptosis and cell cycle progression. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction was carried out to analyze the expression level of mRNA (Bcl-2, Bax, and CyclinE)...
March 22, 2018: DNA and Cell Biology
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In the context of the White Book on Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (PRM) in Europe this paper deals with the scope and competencies of PRM starting from its definition as the "medicine of functioning." PRM uses the rehabilitative health strategy as its core strategy together with the curative strategy. According to the complexity of disabling health conditions, PRM also refers to prevention and maintenance and provides information to the patients and other caregivers. The rehabilitation process according to the so-called rehabilitation cycle including an assessment and definition of the (individual) rehabilitation goals, assignment to the rehabilitation program evaluation of individual outcomes...
April 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Justin Rashtian, John Zhang
In older women with severe diminished ovarian response (DOR), in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment is much less successful due to the low number of mature oocytes collected. The objective of this study was to assess whether follicular-phase stimulation (FPS) and luteal-phase stimulation (LPS) in the same menstrual cycle (double ovarian stimulation) in older women with severe DOR will produce a higher number of oocytes compared to FPS alone. Women with DOR (n = 69; mean age = 42.4) who underwent double ovarian stimulation for IVF were included...
March 22, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Shatakshee Chatterjee, Rohan Chaubal, Arindam Maitra, Nilesh Gardi, Amit Dutt, Sudeep Gupta, Rajendra A Badwe, Partha P Majumder, Priyanka Pandey
PURPOSE: We have reported a survival benefit of single injection of hydroxyprogesterone prior to surgery for primary tumour in patients with node-positive operable breast cancer. Hydroxyprogesterone was meant to recapitulate the luteal phase of menstrual cycle in these women. We wanted to understand the molecular basis of action of hydroxyprogesterone on primary breast tumours in a peri-operative setting. METHODS: We performed whole transcriptome sequencing (RNA-Seq) of primary breast tumour samples collected from patients before and after hydroxyprogesterone exposure and controls...
March 21, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Ashish Agnihotri, Praveen Gupta, Anuj Dwivedi, Chandra Shekhar Seth
Salicylic acid alleviates lead toxicity in Brassica juncea (L.) by promoting growth under non-stress and activating stress-defense mechanism (s) under lead stress conditions. It also boosts the ascorbate-glutathione cycle and thus helps in minimizing oxidative and DNA damage. Brassica juncea plants were exposed to different concentrations (0, 500, 1000 and 2000 mg kg-1 ) of lead (Pb) and subsequently sprayed with 0.5 mM of salicylic acid (SA) to check for morphological and leaf gas exchange parameters like transpiration rate (E), stomatal conductance (GH2 O), net photosynthetic rate (A) and maximum quantum yield of PS II (Fv /Fm )...
March 21, 2018: Planta
C V Manohar, Tiago Correia Mendes, Mega Kar, Dabin Wang, Changlong Xiao, Maria Forsyth, Sagar Mitra, Douglas R MacFarlane
Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are widely considered as alternative, sustainable, and cost-effective energy storage devices for large-scale energy storage applications. In this work, an easily fabricated sodium vanadium phosphate-carbon composite (NVP@C) cathode material shows a good rate capability, and long cycle life (89% capacity retention after 5000 cycles at a rate of 10C) with an ionic liquid electrolyte for room temperature sodium metal batteries. The electrochemical performance of a full-cell sodium ion battery with NVP@C and hard carbon electrodes was also investigated at room temperature with an ionic liquid electrolyte...
March 22, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Rafal Tokarz, Stephen Sameroff, Teresa Tagliafierro, Komal Jain, Simon H Williams, D Moses Cucura, Ilia Rochlin, Javier Monzon, Giovanna Carpi, Danielle Tufts, Maria Diuk-Wasser, Jory Brinkerhoff, W Ian Lipkin
Ticks carry a wide range of known human and animal pathogens and are postulated to carry others with the potential to cause disease. Here we report a discovery effort wherein unbiased high-throughput sequencing was used to characterize the virome of 2,021 ticks, including Ixodes scapularis ( n = 1,138), Amblyomma americanum ( n = 720), and Dermacentor variabilis ( n = 163), collected in New York, Connecticut, and Virginia in 2015 and 2016. We identified 33 viruses, including 24 putative novel viral species...
March 2018: MSphere
You-Jung Lee, Chung-Hoon Kim, Do-Young Kim, Jun-Woo Ahn, Sung-Hoon Kim, Hee-Dong Chae, Byung-Moon Kang
Objective: To compare human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)-administered natural cycle with spontaneous ovulatory cycle in patients undergoing frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FTET) in natural cycles. Methods: In this retrospective cohort study, we analyzed the clinical outcome of a total of 166 consecutive FTET cycles that were performed in either natural cycle controlled by HCG for ovulation triggering (HCG group, n=110) or natural cycle with spontaneous ovulation (control group, n=56) in 166 infertile patients between January 2009 and November 2013...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Juan Wei, Hailan Su, Yang Bi, Jixin Li, Lidan Feng, Wenjun Sheng
As a major cancer type in females, cervical cancer has been explored in depth by researchers. HeLa is a cervical cancer cell line. Isorhamnetin is an O-methylated flavonol that is primarily extracted from sea buckthorn. In the present study, the anti-proliferative effect of isorhamnetin on HeLa cells was evaluated using a Trypan blue dye exclusion assay. Isorhamnetin inhibited the cell proliferation in a time- and dose-dependent manner. Flow cytometric analysis of the cell cycle distribution revealed that isorhamnetin inhibited the cell cycle progression of HeLa by causing G2/M phase arrest and decreasing the proportion of cells in G1 phase...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Benjamin Stich, Delphine Van Inghelandt
Genomic prediction is a routine tool in breeding programs of most major animal and plant species. However, its usefulness for potato breeding has not yet been evaluated in detail. The objectives of this study were to (i) examine the prospects of genomic prediction of key performance traits in a diversity panel of tetraploid potato modeling additive, dominance, and epistatic effects, (ii) investigate the effects of size and make up of training set, number of test environments and molecular markers on prediction accuracy, and (iii) assess the effect of including markers from candidate genes on the prediction accuracy...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Elke Tatjana Aristizabal Prada, Vera Heinzle, Thomas Knösel, Svenja Nölting, Gerald Spoettl, Julian Maurer, Christine Spitzweg, Martin Angele, Nina Schmidt, Felix Beuschlein, Günter K Stalla, Rainer Blaser, Klaus A Kuhn, Christoph J Auernhammer
Tropomyosin receptor kinase (Trk) inhibitors are investigated as a novel targeted therapy in various cancers. We investigated the in vitro effects of the pan-Trk inhibitor GNF-5837 in human neuroendocrine tumor (NET) cells. The human neuroendocrine pancreatic BON1, bronchopulmonary NCI-H727 and ileal GOT1 cell lines were treated with GNF-5837 alone and in combination with everolimus. Cell viability decreased in a time- and dose-dependent manner in GOT1 cells in response to GNF-5837 treatment, while treatment in BON1 and NCI-H727 cells showed no effect on cellular viability...
March 21, 2018: Endocrine-related Cancer
Ricardo García-Muñoz, Lorea Aguinaga, Jesus Feliu, Judit Anton-Remirez, Lorena Jorge-Del-Val, Andrea Casajús-Navasal, María José Nebot-Villacampa, Isabel Daroca-Fernandez, Elena Domínguez-Garrido, Pilar Rabasa, Carlos Panizo
AIM: Obinutuzumab induces NK cell antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity. OBJECTIVE: Investigate the effects on the human immune system after obinutuzumab monotherapy treatment in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). METHOD: To evaluate these effects, we analyzed the distribution of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, B cells and NK cells in the peripheral blood of eight CLL patients who were treated with obinutuzumab in monotherapy...
March 1, 2018: Immunotherapy
Neelam Pandey, Sarbani Giri
Increasing male infertility of unknown aetiology can be associated with environmental factors. Extensive use of mobile phones has exposed the general population to unprecedented levels of radiofrequency radiations (RFRs) that may adversely affect male reproductive health. Therefore, the present study investigated the effect of RFR Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) type, 900 MHz and melatonin supplementation on germ cell development during spermatogenesis. Swiss albino mice were divided into four groups...
January 1, 2018: Toxicology and Industrial Health
Krzysztof Durkalec-Michalski, Emilia E Zawieja, Bogna E Zawieja, Dominika Jurkowska, Maciej S Buchowski, Jan Jeszka
The glycemic index (GI) of ingested carbohydrates may influence substrate oxidation during exercise and athletic performance. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess the effect of low- and moderate-GI three-week diets on aerobic capacity and endurance performance in runners. We conducted a randomized crossover feeding study of matched diets differing only in GI (low vs. moderate) in 21 endurance-trained runners. Each participant consumed both, low- (LGI) and moderate-GI (MGI) high-carbohydrate (~60%) and nutrient-balanced diets for three weeks each...
March 17, 2018: Nutrients
Viktoria Somogyi, Katalin Peto, Adam Deak, Bence Tanczos, Norbert Nemeth
BACKGROUND: Age- and gender-related alterations of hemorheological parameters have not been completely elucidated to date. Experiments on older animals may give valuable information on this issue. However, the majority of rheological studies have been performed in young rodents. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the influence of aging and gender on hemorheological parameters in rats. METHODS: Coeval male (n=10) and female (n=10) Wistar (Crl:WI) rats were followed-up over 15 months...
March 12, 2018: Biorheology
J Z Zhang, J F Liu, H Y Li
Objective: To compare the outcome of postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy and surgery alone for stage pT1b-3N0M0 squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the thoracic esophagus. Methods: Two hundred and thirty-eight patients who underwent esophagectomy for stage pT1b-3N0M0 SCC of the thoracic esophagus in Department of Thoracic Surgery, Fourth Hospital, Hebei Medical University between January 2008 and February 2011 were analyzed retrospectively. These included postoperative adjuvant chemotherapy for 118 patients and surgery alone for 120 patients...
April 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
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