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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103636/limited-excessive-voluntary-alcohol-drinking-leads-to-liver-dysfunction-in-mice
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Scott A Wegner, Katherine A Pollard, Viktor Kharazia, David Darevsky, Luz Perez, Sanjoy Roychowdhury, Allison Xu, Dorit Ron, Laura E Nagy, Frederic Woodward Hopf
BACKGROUND: Liver damage is a serious and sometimes fatal consequence of long-term alcohol intake, which progresses from early-stage fatty liver (steatosis) to later-stage steatohepatitis with inflammation and fibrosis/necrosis. However, very little is known about earlier stages of liver disruption that may occur in problem drinkers, those who drink excessively but are not dependent on alcohol. METHODS: We examined how repeated binge-like alcohol drinking in C57BL/6 mice altered liver function, as compared with a single binge-intake session and with repeated moderate alcohol consumption...
January 19, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103614/enrichment-of-putative-pax8-target-genes-at-serous-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-susceptibility-loci
#2
Siddhartha P Kar, Emily Adler, Jonathan Tyrer, Dennis Hazelett, Hoda Anton-Culver, Elisa V Bandera, Matthias W Beckmann, Andrew Berchuck, Natalia Bogdanova, Louise Brinton, Ralf Butzow, Ian Campbell, Karen Carty, Jenny Chang-Claude, Linda S Cook, Daniel W Cramer, Julie M Cunningham, Agnieszka Dansonka-Mieszkowska, Jennifer Anne Doherty, Thilo Dörk, Matthias Dürst, Diana Eccles, Peter A Fasching, James Flanagan, Aleksandra Gentry-Maharaj, Rosalind Glasspool, Ellen L Goode, Marc T Goodman, Jacek Gronwald, Florian Heitz, Michelle A T Hildebrandt, Estrid Høgdall, Claus K Høgdall, David G Huntsman, Allan Jensen, Beth Y Karlan, Linda E Kelemen, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Susanne K Kjaer, Jolanta Kupryjanczyk, Diether Lambrechts, Douglas A Levine, Qiyuan Li, Jolanta Lissowska, Karen H Lu, Jan Lubiński, Leon F A G Massuger, Valerie McGuire, Iain McNeish, Usha Menon, Francesmary Modugno, Alvaro N Monteiro, Kirsten B Moysich, Roberta B Ness, Heli Nevanlinna, James Paul, Celeste L Pearce, Tanja Pejovic, Jennifer B Permuth, Catherine Phelan, Malcolm C Pike, Elizabeth M Poole, Susan J Ramus, Harvey A Risch, Mary Anne Rossing, Helga B Salvesen, Joellen M Schildkraut, Thomas A Sellers, Mark Sherman, Nadeem Siddiqui, Weiva Sieh, Honglin Song, Melissa Southey, Kathryn L Terry, Shelley S Tworoger, Christine Walsh, Nicolas Wentzensen, Alice S Whittemore, Anna H Wu, Hannah Yang, Wei Zheng, Argyrios Ziogas, Matthew L Freedman, Simon A Gayther, Paul D P Pharoah, Kate Lawrenson
BACKGROUND: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified 18 loci associated with serous ovarian cancer (SOC) susceptibility but the biological mechanisms driving these findings remain poorly characterised. Germline cancer risk loci may be enriched for target genes of transcription factors (TFs) critical to somatic tumorigenesis. METHODS: All 615 TF-target sets from the Molecular Signatures Database were evaluated using gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA) and three GWAS for SOC risk: discovery (2196 cases/4396 controls), replication (7035 cases/21 693 controls; independent from discovery), and combined (9627 cases/30 845 controls; including additional individuals)...
January 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103589/the-effects-of-body-mass-index-on-second-trimester-amniotic-fluid-cytokine-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-levels
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Rauf Melekoglu, Osman Ciftci, Sevil Eraslan, Nese Basak, Ebru Celik
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of obesity on amniotic fluid (AF) inflammatory markers in second-trimester AF, testing the hypothesis that there is a relationship between maternal body mass index (BMI) and fetal inflammatory exposure. METHODS: AF was obtained from 84 singleton pregnant women undergoing elective amniocentesis for karyotype analysis at 16-24 weeks of gestation between April 2014 and May 2016. The cell-free AF was used to analyze interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-6, and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1, MMP-6, and MMP-13...
January 20, 2017: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103576/a-new-model-of-multi-visceral-and-bone-metastatic-prostate-cancer-with-perivascular-niche-targeting-by-a-novel-endothelial-specific-adenoviral-vector
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Zhi Hong Lu, Sergey Kaliberov, Rebecca E Sohn, Lyudmila Kaliberova, Yingqiu Du, Julie L Prior, Daniel J Leib, Anne Chauchereau, Jennifer K Sehn, David T Curiel, Jeffrey M Arbeit
While modern therapies for metastatic prostate cancer (PCa) have improved survival they are associated with an increasingly prevalent entity, aggressive variant PCa (AVPCa), lacking androgen receptor (AR) expression, enriched for cancer stem cells (CSCs), and evidencing epithelial-mesenchymal plasticity with a varying extent of neuroendocrine transdifferentiation. Parallel work revealed that endothelial cells (ECs) create a perivascular CSC niche mediated by juxtacrine and membrane tethered signaling. There is increasing interest in pharmacological metastatic niche targeting, however, targeted access has been impossible...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103575/piwil2-transfected-human-fibroblasts-are-cancer-stem-cell-like-and-genetically-unstable
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Deying Zhang, Xin Wu, Xing Liu, Chunhong Cai, Guangping Zeng, Jan Rohozinski, Yuanyuan Zhang, Guanghui Wei, Dawei He
Uncontrolled cell proliferation and inhibition of apoptosis are considered to be vital for cancer initiation, maintenance, infiltration, metastasis and recurrence after anti-cancer therapy. Here we report the generation of a novel cell line by reprogramming child foreskin fibroblast with the full length apoptosis inhibitor gene PIWIL2. The fibroblasts transfected with PIWIL2 expressed the stem cell markers OCT-4, NANOG, SOX-2, KLF-4 and C-MYC; endoderm marker AFP and GATA6; mesoderm markers ACTA2 and BRACHYURY; and ectoderm markers NESTIN and TUBB3...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103553/data-driven-affine-deformation-estimation-and-correction-in-cone-beam-computed-tomography
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Vincent Van Nieuwenhove, Jan De Beenhouwer, Thomas De Schryver, Luc Van Hoorebeke, Jan Sijbers
In Computed Tomography (CT), motion and deformation during the acquisition lead to streak artefacts and blurring in the reconstructed images. To remedy these artefacts, we introduce an efficient algorithm to estimate and correct for global affine deformations directly on the cone beam projections. The proposed technique is data-driven and thus removes the need for markers and/or a tracking system. A relationship between affine transformations and the cone beam transform is proven and used to correct the projections...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103534/examining-the-link-between-cocaine-binging-and-individual-social-and-behavioral-factors-among-street-based-cocaine-users
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Élise Roy, Nelson Arruda, Didier Jutras-Aswad, Djamal Berbiche, Michel Perreault, Karine Bertrand, Magali Dufour, Julie Bruneau
AIMS: To estimate the prevalence of cocaine binging and examine associated factors, to characterize binge episodes and to study the relationship between cocaine binging and HIV and HCV risk behaviors among street-based cocaine users. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted in Montréal, Canada. Interviewer-administered questionnaire were carried out at 3-month intervals. Cocaine binging was defined as using large quantities of cocaine, without stopping, over a limited period of time, until resources run out or until being physically incapable of consuming...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103529/improving-osteogenesis-of-three-dimensional-porous-scaffold-based-on-mineralized-recombinant-human-like-collagen-via-mussel-inspired-polydopamine-and-effective-immobilization-of-bmp-2-derived-peptide
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Jing Zhou, Xiaodong Guo, Qixin Zheng, Yongchao Wu, Fuzai Cui, Bin Wu
An ideal bone substitute should be biocompatible, biodegradable, osteoinductive and osteoconductive. In our previous work, we fabricated a three-dimensional porous scaffold based on mineralized recombinant human-like collagen, nano-hydroxyapatite/recombinant human-like collagen/poly(lactic acid) (nHA/RHLC/PLA). Like other HA/collagen scaffolds, the nHA/RHLC/PLA scaffold lacked osteoinductive bioactivity. The purpose of the present study was to develop a polydopamine (pDA)-assisted BMP-2-derived peptide (designated as P24) surface modification strategy for improving the osteogenesis of the nHA/RHLC/PLA scaffold...
January 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103517/a-noninvasive-cancer-detection-strategy-based-on-gold-nanoparticle-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-of-urinary-modified-nucleosides-isolated-by-affinity-chromatography
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Shangyuan Feng, Zuci Zheng, Yuanji Xu, Jinyong Lin, Guannan Chen, Cuncheng Weng, Duo Lin, Sufang Qiu, Min Cheng, Zufang Huang, Lan Wang, Rong Chen, Shusen Xie, Haishan Zeng
The search for tumor biomarkers in the urine for cancer diagnosis is currently a hot topic in clinical oncology, with potential for cancer screening and diagnosis. Modified nucleosides excreted through the urine are considered to be a general tumor marker for various cancer types. Herein, we explore a new method that utilizes surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy to obtain a complete biochemical profile of urinary modified nucleosides. In our method, modified nucleosides are first isolated from urine sample utilizing the excellent separation ability of affinity chromatography; then supplemented with gold (Au) nanoparticles as substrate for SERS spectroscopy analysis...
January 5, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103511/neuroglobin-functions-as-a-prognostic-marker-and-promotes-the-tumor-growth-of-glioma-via-suppressing-apoptosis
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Bei Zhang, Mingze Chang, Juanhong Wang, Yong Liu
Neuroglobin (Ngb) has been reported to be upregulated by hypoxia and plays an anti-apoptotic function. Previous studies have reported that Ngb is expressed in human glioblastoma cells and up-regulated in hypoxic microregions of glioblastoma tumor xenografts. While, the clinical significance of Ngb and its function in human glioma keep unknown. Ngb expression was analyzed in 86 glioma tissues and 20 normal brain tissues. Results showed that Ngb was significantly overexpressed in glioma tissues compared to normal brain tissues...
January 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103507/circular-banp-an-upregulated-circular-rna-that-modulates-cell-proliferation-in-colorectal-cancer
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Mingchen Zhu, Yijun Xu, Yun Chen, Feng Yan
Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are recently identified as widespread and diverse endogenous noncoding RNAs that may harbor vital functions in human and animals. However, the role of circRNAs in the process of tumorigenesis and development of colorectal cancer (CRC) remains vague. Here we characterized the circRNA expression profile from three paired CRC cancerous and adjacent normal tissues by human circRNA array, and identified 136 significantly overexpressed circRNAs and 243 downregulated circRNAs in CRC cancerous tissues (>2-fold changes)...
January 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103460/-pneumocystis-pneumonia-in-107-hiv-infected-patients-admitted-to-the-department-of-infectious-diseases-at-santa-maria-hospital-lisbon-2002-2013
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Vilma Grilo, Aida Pereira
INTRODUCTION: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia remains one of the most common opportunistic illnesses in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. It is currently the most reported AIDS-defining infection in Portugal. The aims of this study were to analyze the features of a human immunodeficiency virus /Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia coinfected population, to compare it with the current literature, and to evaluate comparatively subpopulations of patients based on the previous knowledge of the human immunodeficiency virus infection, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia diagnostic method and discharge results...
October 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103399/for-whom-does-time-heal-wounds-individual-differences-in-stability-and-change-in-posttraumatic-stress-after-the-2011-oslo-bombing
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Marianne Skogbrott Birkeland, Marianne Bang Hansen, Ines Blix, Øivind Solberg, Trond Heir
Prospective studies describing and predicting individual differences in the course of posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) after disasters are scarce. The present study aimed to describe and predict individual differences in both the level and the rate of change in PTSS after the 2011 Oslo bombing, a terrorist attack directed at the Norwegian government. Survey data from ministerial employees (N = 256) were collected 10, 22, and 34 months after the bombing. We used latent growth modeling to examine the development of PTSS, and to identify the strength of predictor variables...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Traumatic Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103361/the-relationship-between-body-composition-and-renal-resistive-index-in-new-diagnosed-hypertensive-patients
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S Karakan, B Inan, A Aktas, H Yavuz
Objective: Obesity is a major modifiable risk factor for atherosclerosis. Thus, early risk markers are needed to identify obese subjects. The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between body composition and arterial stiffness documented by Doppler-derived renal resistive index (RRI). Materials/Subjects and Methods: We enrolled 120 new-diagnosed hypertensive patients (mean age 45±8 years) who were admitted to our nephrology clinic. Body fat percentage (BFP) was measured by bioelectrical impedance (BIA)...
February 18, 2016: West Indian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103319/an-hsv-2-trivalent-vaccine-is-immunogenic-in-rhesus-macaques-and-highly-efficacious-in-guinea-pigs
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Sita Awasthi, Lauren M Hook, Carolyn E Shaw, Bapi Pahar, Jacob A Stagray, David Liu, Ronald S Veazey, Harvey M Friedman
A genital herpes vaccine is urgently needed to prevent pain and suffering, reduce the incidence of neonatal herpes, and decrease the risk of HIV acquisition and transmission that accompanies genital infection. We evaluated a trivalent HSV-2 subunit antigen vaccine administered with CpG and alum in rhesus macaques and guinea pigs. The vaccine contains glycoproteins C, D and E (gC2, gD2, gE2) to block virus entry by gD2 and immune evasion by gC2 and gE2. In rhesus macaques, the trivalent vaccine induced plasma and mucosa neutralizing antibodies, antibodies that block gC2 and gE2 immune evasion activities, and stimulated CD4 T cell responses...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103316/alpha-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-protects-against-cytokine-induced-barrier-damage-in-caco-2-intestinal-epithelial-monolayers
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Judit Váradi, András Harazin, Ferenc Fenyvesi, Katalin Réti-Nagy, Péter Gogolák, György Vámosi, Ildikó Bácskay, Pálma Fehér, Zoltán Ujhelyi, Gábor Vasvári, Eszter Róka, David Haines, Mária A Deli, Miklós Vecsernyés
Alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone (α-MSH) is a potent anti-inflammatory peptide with cytoprotective effect in various tissues. The present investigation demonstrates the ability of α-MSH to interact with intestinal epithelial cell monolayers and mitigate inflammatory processes of the epithelial barrier. The protective effect of α-MSH was studied on Caco-2 human intestinal epithelial monolayers, which were disrupted by exposure to tumor necrosis factor-α and interleukin-1β. The barrier integrity was assessed by measuring transepithelial electric resistance (TEER) and permeability for marker molecules...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103300/expression-profiling-of-ribosome-biogenesis-factors-reveals-nucleolin-as-a-novel-potential-marker-to-predict-outcome-in-aml-patients
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Virginie Marcel, Frédéric Catez, Caroline M Berger, Emeline Perrial, Adriana Plesa, Xavier Thomas, Eve Mattei, Sandrine Hayette, Pierre Saintigny, Philippe Bouvet, Jean-Jacques Diaz, Charles Dumontet
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a heterogeneous disease. Prognosis is mainly influenced by patient age at diagnosis and cytogenetic alterations, two of the main factors currently used in AML patient risk stratification. However, additional criteria are required to improve the current risk classification and better adapt patient care. In neoplastic cells, ribosome biogenesis is increased to sustain the high proliferation rate and ribosome composition is altered to modulate specific gene expression driving tumorigenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103291/the-gut-brain-axis-in-healthy-females-lack-of-significant-association-between-microbial-composition-and-diversity-with-psychiatric-measures
#18
Susan C Kleiman, Emily C Bulik-Sullivan, Elaine M Glenny, Stephanie C Zerwas, Eun Young Huh, Matthew C B Tsilimigras, Anthony A Fodor, Cynthia M Bulik, Ian M Carroll
OBJECTIVE: This study examined associations between the composition and diversity of the intestinal microbiota and measures of depression, anxiety, eating disorder psychopathology, stress, and personality in a group of healthy adult females. METHODS: Female participants (n = 91) ages 19-50 years with BMI 18.5-25 kg/m2 were recruited from central North Carolina between July 2014 and March 2015. Participants provided a single fecal sample and completed an online psychiatric questionnaire that included five measures: (i) Beck Anxiety Inventory; (ii) Beck Depression Inventory-II; (iii) Eating Disorder Examination-Questionnaire; (iv) Perceived Stress Scale; and (v) Mini International Personality Item Pool...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103263/splenic-cd4-t-cells-in-progressive-visceral-leishmaniasis-show-a-mixed-effector-regulatory-phenotype-and-impair-macrophage-effector-function-through-inhibitory-receptor-expression
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Audrie A Medina-Colorado, Elvia Y Osorio, Omar A Saldarriaga, Bruno L Travi, Fanping Kong, Heidi Spratt, Lynn Soong, Peter C Melby
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), caused by infection with the intracellular protozoan Leishmania donovani, is a chronic progressive disease with a relentlessly increasing parasite burden in the spleen, liver and bone marrow. The disease is characterized by fever, splenomegaly, cachexia, and pancytopenia, and progresses to death if not treated. Control of Leishmania infection is mediated by Th1 (IFNγ-producing) CD4+ T cells, which activate macrophages to produce nitric oxide and kill intracellular parasites. However, despite expansion of CD4+ T cells and increased IFNγ expression in the spleen, humans with active VL do not control the infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103257/activation-of-the-jak-stat-signaling-pathway-after-in-vitro-stimulation-with-ifn%C3%A3-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients-according-to-the-therapeutic-response-to-ifn%C3%A3
#20
Isaac Hurtado-Guerrero, Maria Jesús Pinto-Medel, Patricia Urbaneja, Jose Luis Rodriguez-Bada, Antonio León, Miguel Guerrero, Óscar Fernández, Laura Leyva, Begoña Oliver-Martos
Interferon beta (IFNß) is a common treatment used for multiple sclerosis (MS) which acts through the activation of the JAK-STAT pathway. However, this therapy is not always effective and currently there are no reliable biomarkers to predict therapeutic response. We postulate that the heterogeneity in the response to IFNß therapy could be related to differential activation patterns of the JAK-STAT signaling pathway. Our aim was to evaluate the basal levels and the short term activation of this pathway after IFNß stimulation in untreated and IFNß treated patients, as well as according to therapeutic response...
2017: PloS One
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