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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923173/electrophysiological-responses-to-symmetry-presented-in-the-left-or-in-the-right-visual-hemifield
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Damien Wright, Alexis D J Makin, Marco Bertamini
Symmetry is a highly salient feature in the visual world, abundant in both man-made and natural objects. In particular, humans find reflectional symmetry most salient. Electrophysiological work on symmetry perception has identified a difference wave known as the Sustained Posterior Negativity (SPN) originating from extrastriate areas. Amplitude is more negative for symmetrical than random patterns, from around 200 msec after stimulus onset. For the first time, we report responses to patterns presented exclusively in one hemifield...
November 10, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923035/biomarkers-in-anal-cancer-from-biological-understanding-to-stratified-treatment
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Christopher M Jones, Vicky Goh, David Sebag-Montefiore, Duncan C Gilbert
Squamous cell carcinomas of the anus and anal canal represent a model of a cancer and perhaps the first where level 1 evidence supported primary chemoradiotherapy (CRT) in treating locoregional disease with curative intent. The majority of tumours are associated with infection with oncogenic subtypes of human papilloma virus and this plays a significant role in their sensitivity to treatment. However, not all tumours are cured with CRT and there remain opportunities to improve outcomes in terms of oncological control and also reducing late toxicities...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922982/mir-21-is-overexpressed-in-hydatidiform-mole-tissues-and-promotes-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-in-choriocarcinoma-cells
#3
Ya-Xin Wang, Jiu-Ru Zhao, Yue-Ying Xu, Wei-Bin Wu, Hui-Juan Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The aims of this study were to make clear whether miR-21 was dysregulated in hydatidiform mole (HM) tissues and choriocarcinoma (CCA) cells, to elucidate whether aberrant miR-21 expression would affect the function of CCA cells, and to find out whether there was a relationship between miR-21 and AKT, PDCD4, and PTEN in CCA cells. METHODS: Fresh and formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded trophoblastic tissues (normal first trimester placentas and HMs) were retrieved from the biobank in the International Peace Maternity and Child Health Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922876/mothers-weaning-practices-when-infants-breastfeed-for-more-than-one-year
#4
Addie Cunniff, Diane Spatz
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend that infants receive human milk exclusively for the first 6 months of life and that breastfeeding continue beyond the first or second year of life for as long as a family deems appropriate. More infants in the United States and around the world are meeting this recommendation. As more infants breastfeed beyond the first year of life, best practices for weaning toddlers come into question. Little is known about concerns and practices of breastfeeding mothers weaning their children from feedings...
December 5, 2016: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922802/urban-breeding-corvids-as-disseminators-of-ticks-and-emerging-tick-borne-pathogens
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Attila D Sándor, Zsuzsa Kalmár, Ioana Matei, Angela Monica Ionică, Ioan-Daniel Mărcuţan
Crows (Corvidae) are common city dwellers worldwide and are increasingly important subjects of epidemiology studies. Although their importance as hosts and transmitters of a number of zoonotic parasites and pathogens is well known, there are no studies on their importance as tick hosts. After mosquitoes, ticks are the most important vectors of zoonotic pathogens, especially for those causing emerging zoonotic diseases. Pathogenic bacteria, especially Borrelia spp., Rickettsia spp., and Anaplasma spp., vectored by ticks, are the cause for most vector-borne diseases in Europe...
December 6, 2016: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922673/effects-of-mir-145-on-the-inhibition-of-chondrocyte-proliferation-and-fibrosis-by-targeting-tnfrsf11b-in-human-osteoarthritis
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Guo-Dong Wang, Xiao-Wei Zhao, Yu-Ge Zhang, Ying Kong, Shuai-Shuai Niu, Long-Fei Ma, Yuan-Min Zhang
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common cause of functional deterioration in older adults, and altered chondrogenesis is the most common pathophysiological process involved in the development of OA. MicroRNA‑145 (miR‑145) has been shown to regulate chondrocyte homeostasis. However, the function of miR‑145 in OA remains to be elucidated. In the present study, the expression levels of miR‑145 were examined in cartilage specimens from 25 patients with knee OA using reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922631/dataset-of-eye-disease-related-proteins-analyzed-using-the-unfolding-mutation-screen
#7
Caitlyn L McCafferty, Yuri V Sergeev
A number of genetic diseases are a result of missense mutations in protein structure. These mutations can lead to severe protein destabilization and misfolding. The unfolding mutation screen (UMS) is a computational method that calculates unfolding propensities for every possible missense mutation in a protein structure. The UMS validation demonstrated a good agreement with experimental and phenotypical data. 15 protein structures (a combination of homology models and crystal structures) were analyzed using UMS...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922288/medial-gastrocnemius-myotendinous-junction-displacement-and-plantar-flexion-strength-in-patients-treated-with-immediate-rehabilitation-after-achilles-tendon-repair
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Carlos I De la Fuente, Roberto Peña Y Lillo, Rodrigo Ramirez Campillo, Pablo Ortega-Auriol, Mauricio Delgado, Joel Alvarez-Ruf, Gabriel Carreño
CONTEXT:  Pathologic plantar flexion frequently occurs after operative repair of the Achilles tendon (AT) because of immobilization and non-weight bearing in the first weeks of traditional rehabilitation. Novel rehabilitation strategies that apply mobilization and weight bearing have been proposed, but their effects on medial gastrocnemius myotendinous junction displacement (MJD) and isometric plantar-flexion strength (PFS) are unknown. OBJECTIVE:  To compare the effects of 12 weeks of immediate versus traditional rehabilitation on MJD and PFS in patients with percutaneous AT repair and to compare AT rupture scores (ATRSs) during follow-up...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922187/tomentosin-induces-telomere-shortening-and-caspase-dependant-apoptosis-in-cervical-cancer-cells
#9
Nawel Merghoub, Hassan El Btaouri, Laila Benbacer, Saïd Gmouh, Chantal Trentesaux, Bertrand Brassart, Mohammed Attaleb, Claudie Madoulet, Thomas Wenner, Saaid Amzazi, Hamid Morjani, Mohamed El Mzibri
Tomentosin, a natural sesquiterpene lactone purified from of Inula viscosa L., was investigated for its anti-proliferative, telomere shortening and apoptotic effects on human cervical cancer HeLa and SiHa cell lines. Tomentosin was found to inhibit the growth of SiHa and HeLa cell lines in dose and time-dependent manner (IC50 values of 7.10 ± 0.78µM and 5.87 ± 0.36µM, respectively after 96h of treatment). As evidenced by TTAGGG telomere length assay, tomentosin target specifically the telomeric overhang lengthening...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922119/in-situ-particles-reorientation-during-magnetic-hyperthermia-application-shape-matters-twice
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Konstantinos Simeonidis, M Puerto Morales, Marzia Marciello, Makis Angelakeris, Patricia de la Presa, Ana Lazaro-Carrillo, Andrea Tabero, Angeles Villanueva, Oksana Chubykalo-Fesenko, David Serantes
Promising advances in nanomedicine such as magnetic hyperthermia rely on a precise control of the nanoparticle performance in the cellular environment. This constitutes a huge research challenge due to difficulties for achieving a remote control within the human body. Here we report on the significant double role of the shape of ellipsoidal magnetic nanoparticles (nanorods) subjected to an external AC magnetic field: first, the heat release is increased due to the additional shape anisotropy; second, the rods dynamically reorientate in the orthogonal direction to the AC field direction...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922115/perilipin-5-fine-tunes-lipid-oxidation-to-metabolic-demand-and-protects-against-lipotoxicity-in-skeletal-muscle
#11
Claire Laurens, Virginie Bourlier, Aline Mairal, Katie Louche, Pierre-Marie Badin, Etienne Mouisel, Alexandra Montagner, André Marette, Angelo Tremblay, John S Weisnagel, Hervé Guillou, Dominique Langin, Denis R Joanisse, Cedric Moro
Lipid droplets (LD) play a central role in lipid homeostasis by controlling transient fatty acid (FA) storage and release from triacylglycerols stores, while preventing high levels of cellular toxic lipids. This crucial function in oxidative tissues is altered in obesity and type 2 diabetes. Perilipin 5 (PLIN5) is a LD protein whose mechanistic and causal link with lipotoxicity and insulin resistance has raised controversies. We investigated here the physiological role of PLIN5 in skeletal muscle upon various metabolic challenges...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922054/first-insight-into-the-proteome-landscape-of-the-porcine-short-posterior-ciliary-arteries-key-signalling-pathways-maintaining-physiologic-functions
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Caroline Manicam, Natarajan Perumal, Norbert Pfeiffer, Franz H Grus, Adrian Gericke
Short posterior ciliary arteries (sPCA) provide the major blood supply to the optic nerve head. Emerging evidence has linked structural and functional anomalies of sPCA to the pathogenesis of several ocular disorders that cause varying degrees of visual loss, particularly anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy and glaucoma. Although the functional relevance of this vascular bed is well-recognized, the proteome of sPCA remains uncharacterized. Since the porcine ocular system closely resembles that of the human's and is increasingly employed in translational ophthalmic research, this study characterized the proteome of porcine sPCA employing the mass spectrometry-based proteomics strategy...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922051/catalysis-and-structure-of-zebrafish-urate-oxidase-provide-insights-into-the-origin-of-hyperuricemia-in-hominoids
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Marialaura Marchetti, Anastasia Liuzzi, Beatrice Fermi, Romina Corsini, Claudia Folli, Valentina Speranzini, Francesco Gandolfi, Stefano Bettati, Luca Ronda, Laura Cendron, Rodolfo Berni, Giuseppe Zanotti, Riccardo Percudani
Urate oxidase (Uox) catalyses the first reaction of oxidative uricolysis, a three-step enzymatic pathway that allows some animals to eliminate purine nitrogen through a water-soluble compound. Inactivation of the pathway in hominoids leads to elevated levels of sparingly soluble urate and puts humans at risk of hyperuricemia and gout. The uricolytic activities lost during evolution can be replaced by enzyme therapy. Here we report on the functional and structural characterization of Uox from zebrafish and the effects on the enzyme of the missense mutation (F216S) that preceded Uox pseudogenization in hominoids...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921458/metabolic-profile-of-human-coelomic-fluid
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C Virgiliou, L Valianou, M Witting, F Moritz, C Fotakis, P Zoumpoulakis, A C Chatziioannou, L Lazaros, G Makrydimas, K Chatzimeletiou, N Raikos, G A Theodoridis
AIM: Till now there is very limited knowledge on the molecular content of coelomic fluid and cells. This study presents the first attempt to elucidate the metabolic profile of such samples. METHODOLOGY: Samples were collected via coelocentesis from 41 women during the first trimester of gestation. Metabolic content was assessed using four different analytical platforms. For targeted analysis a hydrophilic interaction chromatography ultra high performance LC-MS/MS method was applied...
January 2017: Bioanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921344/uhplc-ms-based-hdac-assay-applied-to-bio-guided-microfractionation-of-fungal-extracts
#15
Vincent Zwick, Pierre-Marie Allard, Lucie Ory, Claudia A Simões-Pires, Laurence Marcourt, Katia Gindro, Jean-Luc Wolfender, Muriel Cuendet
INTRODUCTION: Histone deacetylases (HDAC) are considered as promising targets for cancer treatment. Today, four HDAC inhibitors, vorinostat, romidepsin, belinostat, and panobinostat, have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for cancer treatment, while others are in clinical trials. Among them, several are naturally occurring fungal metabolites. OBJECTIVE: To develop and optimise an enzyme assay for bio-guided identification of HDAC inhibitors in fungal strains...
December 5, 2016: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921262/a-new-era-of-disease-modeling-and-drug-discovery-using-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#16
REVIEW
Wonhee Suh
In 2006, Shinya Yamanaka first reported that in vitro reprogramming of somatic cells toward pluripotency was achieved by simple induction of specific transcription factors. Induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology has since revolutionized the ways in which we explore the mechanisms of human diseases and develop therapeutics. Here, I describe the recent advances in human iPSC-based disease modeling and drug discovery and discuss the current challenges. Additionally, I outline potential future applications of human iPSCs in classifying patients based on their response to drugs in clinical trials and elucidating optimal patient-specific therapeutic strategies, which will contribute to reduced attrition rates and the development of precision medicine...
December 5, 2016: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921072/anatomy-based-algorithm-for-automatic-segmentation-of-human-diaphragm-in-noncontrast-computed-tomography-images
#17
Elham Karami, Yong Wang, Stewart Gaede, Ting-Yim Lee, Abbas Samani
In-depth understanding of the diaphragm's anatomy and physiology has been of great interest to the medical community, as it is the most important muscle of the respiratory system. While noncontrast four-dimensional (4-D) computed tomography (CT) imaging provides an interesting opportunity for effective acquisition of anatomical and/or functional information from a single modality, segmenting the diaphragm in such images is very challenging not only because of the diaphragm's lack of image contrast with its surrounding organs but also because of respiration-induced motion artifacts in 4-D CT images...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921007/long-term-response-to-nivolumab-and-acute-renal-failure-in-a-patient-with-metastatic-papillary-renal-cell-carcinoma-and-a-pd-l1-tumor-expression-increased-with-sunitinib-therapy-a-case-report
#18
Juan Ruiz-Bañobre, Urbano Anido, Ihab Abdulkader, José Antúnez-López, Rafael López-López, Jorge García-González
INTRODUCTION: Papillary renal cell carcinoma (PRCC), which represents around 20% of renal cell carcinomas, is a heterogeneous disease that includes different tumor types with several clinical and molecular phenotypes. Nivolumab, a fully human IgG4 programed cell death protein 1 immune checkpoint inhibitor antibody, has shown not only an overall survival advantage when compared to everolimus but also a relatively good side-effect profile among patients with previously treated advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma...
2016: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920947/the-daniel-k-inouye-college-of-pharmacy-scripts-poha-berry-physalis-peruviana-with-potential-anti-inflammatory-and-cancer-prevention-activities
#19
Leng Chee Chang, Mayuramas Sang-Ngern, John M Pezzuto, Carolyn Ma
The Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy, during a historic event in Spring 2016, graduated the first two students in the Pacific region to earn a PhD in pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Hilo. The college offers PhD programs in these five disciplines: Cancer Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacognosy, and Pharmacology. One of the Pharmacognosy dissertations focused on plant-derived natural products with potential anti-inflammatory and cancer chemopreventive activities...
November 2016: Hawai'i Journal of Medicine & Public Health: a Journal of Asia Pacific Medicine & Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920883/exogenous-secreted-frizzled-related-protein-4-modulates-steroidogenesis-of-rat-granulosa-cells-through-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-and-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathways
#20
Ghamartaj Hossein, Manijeh Khanmohammadi, Parisa Sahranavard Fard, Yasaman Heidarian, Somaieh Kazemnejad, Mohammad Mehdi Akhondi
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that secreted frizzled-related protein-4 known as an antagonist of Wnt signaling pathway plays a role in luteinization process of rodent granulosa cells. The purpose of this study was twofold: 1) to determine whether recombinant human secreted frizzled-related protein-4 (rhSFRP-4) could directly induce terminal differentiation of rat Granulosa Cells (GCs) and 2) to understand how the modulation of β-catenin and Protein Kinase B (PKB)/AKT activity by exogenous SFRP-4 could be involved in steroidogenesis...
October 2016: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
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