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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088239/towards-interruption-of-schistosomiasis-transmission-in-sub-saharan-africa-developing-an-appropriate-environmental-surveillance-framework-to-guide-and-to-support-end-game-interventions
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J Russell Stothard, Suzy J Campbell, Mike Y Osei-Atweneboana, Timothy Durant, Michelle C Stanton, Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum, David Rollinson, Dieudonné R Eloundou Ombede, Louis-Albert Tchuem-Tchuenté
Schistosomiasis is a waterborne parasitic disease in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly common in rural populations living in impoverished conditions. With the scale-up of preventive chemotherapy, national campaigns will transition from morbidity- to transmission-focused interventions thus formal investigation of actual or expected declines in environmental transmission is needed as 'end game' scenarios arise. Surprisingly, there are no international or national guidelines to do so in sub-Saharan Africa. Our article therefore provides an introduction to key practicalities and pitfalls in the development of an appropriate environmental surveillance framework...
January 14, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087626/snail2-and-zeb2-repress-p-cadherin-to-define-embryonic-territories-in-the-chick-embryo
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Hervé Acloque, Oscar H Ocaña, Diana Abad, Claudio D Stern, M Angela Nieto
Snail and Zeb transcription factors induce epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) in embryonic and adult tissues by direct repression of E-Cadherin transcription. The repression of E-Cadherin transcription by the EMT inducers Snail1 and Zeb2 plays a fundamental role in defining embryonic territories in the mouse, as E-Cadherin needs to be downregulated in the primitive streak and in the epiblast concomitant with the formation of mesendodermal precursors and the neural plate, respectively. Here we show that in the chick embryo, E-Cadherin is weakly expressed in the epiblast at pre-primitive streak stages where it is substituted by P-Cadherin We also show that Snail2 and Zeb2 repress P-Cadherin transcription in the primitive streak and the neural plate, respectively...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079609/mesenchymal-stem-cells-induce-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-melanoma-by-paracrine-secretion-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE
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Chuan Lv, Haiying Dai, Mengyan Sun, Hui Zhao, Kai Wu, Ji Zhu, Yuchong Wang, Xian Cao, Zhaofan Xia, Chunyu Xue
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are considered for potential use as an ideal vehicle to efficiently deliver therapeutic agents in treatment against cancers including melanoma. However, emerging evidence indicates that MSCs promote tumor growth and progression. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of the role of MSCs is very important to evaluate the MSCs-based therapy in melanoma. B16 melanoma cells treated by MSC conditioned medium (CM), showed significantly enhanced migration and invasion, which was also confirmed in a lung metastasis mice model in vivo...
January 5, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078822/development-and-testing-of-a-grasper-for-notes-powered-by-variable-stiffness-pneumatic-actuation
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Michele Gabrio Antonelli, Pierluigi Beomonte Zobel, Francesco Durante, Fabio Gaj
BACKGROUND: In natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (NOTES) the peritoneal cavity is reached through natural orifices (mouth, rectus and transvaginal duct), by means of little cuttings in the walls of hollow organs. Due to narrow spaces, NOTES needs robotic systems to assure operation/movement precision and patient safety. Variable stiffness actuation (VSA) assures both requirements. METHODS: The authors developed a grasper for NOTES, provided with VSA, to use as an end-effector for snail robot devices...
January 12, 2017: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078716/incorporating-food-web-dynamics-into-ecological-restoration-a-modeling-approach-for-river-ecosystems
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J Ryan Bellmore, Joseph R Benjamin, Michael Newsom, Jennifer A Bountry, Daniel Dombroski
Restoration is frequently aimed at the recovery of target species, but also influences the larger food web in which these species participate. Effects of restoration on this broader network of organisms can influence target species both directly and indirectly via changes in energy flow through food webs. To help incorporate these complexities into river restoration planning we constructed a model that links river food web dynamics to in-stream physical habitat and riparian vegetation conditions. We present an application of the model to the Methow River, Washington (USA), a location of on-going restoration aimed at recovering salmon...
January 12, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077929/hnrnpa2b1-regulates-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-pancreatic-cancer-cells-through-the-erk-snail-signalling-pathway
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Shengjie Dai, Jie Zhang, Shihao Huang, Bin Lou, Binbo Fang, Tingting Ye, Xince Huang, Bicheng Chen, Mengtao Zhou
BACKGROUND: Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein A2B1 (HNRNPA2B1) is closely related to tumour occurrence and development, oncogene expression, apoptosis inhibition and invasion and metastasis capacities. However, its function in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of pancreatic cancer is not fully understood. METHODS: By comparing various wild-type pancreatic cancer cell lines, we determined which have a higher expression level of HNRNPA2B1 accompanied by the higher expression of N-cadherin and vimentin and lower expression of E-cadherin...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077400/differential-expression-of-hedgehog-and-snail-in-cutaneous-fibrosing-disorders-implications-for-targeted-inhibition
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Amrita Goyal, Katy R Linskey, Jonathan Kay, Lyn M Duncan, Rosalynn M Nazarian
OBJECTIVES: To examine Hedgehog signaling in cutaneous fibrosing disorders for which effective approved therapies are lacking, expand our knowledge of pathophysiology, and explore the rationale for targeted inhibition. METHODS: Stain intensity and percentage of cells staining for Sonic hedgehog (Shh), Indian hedgehog (Ihh), Patched (Ptch), glycogen synthase kinase 3 β (GSK3-β), β-catenin, and Snail were evaluated in human skin biopsy specimens of keloid, hypertrophic scar (Hscar), scleroderma, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), scar, and normal skin using a tissue microarray...
December 2016: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077118/malat1-promoted-invasiveness-of-gastric-adenocarcinoma
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Na Keum Lee, Jung Hwa Lee, Cristina Ivan, Hui Ling, Xinna Zhang, Chan Hyuk Park, George A Calin, Sang Kil Lee
BACKGROUND: Gastric cancer is the second leading cause of cancer globally, and the mechanism of its pathogenesis is still largely unknown. Recently, non-coding RNAs have been recognized to promote metastasis in various cancers, including gastric cancer. METHODS: We found that metastasis associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript-1 (MALAT1) is upregulated in gastric cancer tissue compared to adjacent normal tissue, as determined by microarray and subsequent qRT-PCR, then investigated the impact of MALAT1 on apoptosis, cell proliferation, and the cell cycle to dissect the carcinogenesis of gastric cancer, and examined mechanisms of invasion and metastasis...
January 11, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076840/hif-1%C3%AE-induces-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-gastric-cancer-stem-cells-through-the-snail-pathway
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Shi-Wei Yang, Zhi-Gang Zhang, Ying-Xue Hao, Yong-Liang Zhao, Feng Qian, Yan Shi, Ping-Ang Li, Chun-Yang Liu, Pei-Wu Yu
Substantial evidence suggests that the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) phenotype is associated with the invasive characteristics of cancer stem cells (CSCs),which possess an EMT phenotype that may predominate in tumor invasion and metastasis. However, the mechanisms for the generation and regulation of these CSCs have not been clearly defined. As hypoxia and EMT-related factors may have important functions in EMT-like CSCs, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of hypoxia on these cells...
January 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076326/cytosolic-thumpd1-promotes-breast-cancer-cells-invasion-and-metastasis-via-the-akt-gsk3-snail-pathway
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Xiupeng Zhang, Guiyang Jiang, Mingfang Sun, Haijing Zhou, Yuan Miao, Mengyuan Liang, Enhua Wang, Yong Zhang
Human THUMP domain-containing protein 1 (THUMPD1) is a specific adaptor protein that modulates tRNA acetylation through interaction with NAT10. Immunohistochemical analysis of 146 breast cancer specimens (82 triple-negative and 64 non-triple-negative cases) indicated THUMPD1 expression is higher in breast cancer tissues (60.9%, 89/146) than normal breast tissues (28.3%, 15/53; p < 0.001). Overall and cytosolic, but not nuclear, THUMPD1 expression in breast cancer correlated with advanced TNM stage (p = 0...
January 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075478/high-expression-of-rab43-predicts-poor-prognosis-and-is-associated-with-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-gliomas
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Ming-Zhi Han, Bin Huang, An-Jing Chen, Xin Zhang, Ran Xu, Jian Wang, Xin-Gang Li
The Ras-related GTP-binding protein (RAB) family plays an important role in regulating signal transduction and cellular processes including vesicle transport, cytoskeleton formation and membrane trafficking. More recently, several RAB members have been reported to promote tumorigenesis in many types of cancers. However, the clinical significance and potential function of RAB43 in gliomas remain unclear. Herein, we found that RAB43 was upregulated and positively correlated with the grade of progression in glioma patients by in silico analysis and immunohistochemistry (IHC)...
January 3, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075173/tgf%C3%AE-1-induced-lncrna-uca1-upregulation-promotes-gastric-cancer-invasion-and-migration
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Zhong-Kun Zuo, Yi Gong, Xiang-Heng Chen, Fei Ye, Zheng-Ming Yin, Qian-Ni Gong, Jiang-Sheng Huang
According to recent studies, long noncoding RNA urothelial carcinoma associated 1 (UCA1) is involved in the development and progression of many malignant tumors, including gastric cancer (GC). We validated the detailed role of UCA1 in human GC cell lines and GC tissues so as to determine its exact function and the underlying mechanism of GC invasion and migration. In our research, lncRNA-UCA1 was specifically upregulated in GC tissues and cell lines, and augmented GC cell proliferation, and invasive and migratory capabilities...
January 11, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074367/assessment-of-metal-contamination-in-the-hun-river-china-and-evaluation-of-the-fish-zacco-platypus-and-the-snail-radix-swinhoei-as-potential-biomonitors
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Xing Wu, Shaofeng Wang, Hongxing Chen, Zhiqiang Jiang, Hongwei Chen, Mi Gao, Ran Bi, Paul L Klerks, He Wang, Yongju Luo, Lingtian Xie
The Hun River is a major tributary of the Liao River in the northeast area of China and provides drinking water for 23 million local residents. This study was designed to assess the severity of metal contamination in the Hun River and the potential use of indigenous organisms (the fish Zacco platypus and the snail Radix swinhoei) as biomonitors of metal contamination. Water, sediment, and the native fish and snails were collected at four sampling sites that differed in their physicochemical characteristics and their contamination levels...
January 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073389/the-distribution-of-echinostome-parasites-in-ponds-and-implications-for-larval-anuran-survival
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John A Marino, Manja P Holland, Earl E Werner
Parasites can influence host population dynamics, community composition and evolution. Prediction of these effects, however, requires an understanding of the influence of ecological context on parasite distributions and the consequences of infection for host fitness. We address these issues with an amphibian - trematode (Digenea: Echinostomatidae) host-parasite system. We initially performed a field survey of trematode infection in first (snail) and second (larval green frog, Rana clamitans) intermediate hosts over 5 years across a landscape of 23 ponds in southeastern Michigan...
January 11, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070312/investigation-of-nutritional-properties-of-three-species-of-marine-turban-snails-for-human-consumption
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Roslizawati Ab Lah, Joshua Smith, Dale Savins, Ashley Dowell, Daniel Bucher, Kirsten Benkendorff
Turban snails (family Turbinidae) are gastropod molluscs that are harvested for human consumption yet little is known about the nutritional properties of these snails, particularly from Australian waters. This study compares the proximate composition (ash, moisture, protein, and lipid content), fatty acid profiles, mineral, and trace element content of three species of turbinid snails; Turbo militaris, Lunella undulata, and Lunella torquata from northern New South Wales, Australia. They were all found to have relatively high protein in their flesh (16...
January 2017: Food Science & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070007/first-evidence-of-angiostrongyliasis-caused-by-angiostrongylus-cantonensis-in-guadeloupe-lesser-antilles
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Céline Dard, Jean-Eudes Piloquet, Yvonne Qvarnstrom, LeAnne M Fox, Helmi M'kada, Jean-Christophe Hebert, Didier Mattera, Dorothée Harrois
Infection by the rat lungworm Angiostrongylus cantonensis represents the most common cause of infectious eosinophilic meningitis in humans, causing central nervous system (CNS) angiostrongyliasis. Most of CNS angiostrongyliasis cases were described in Asia, Pacific Basin, Australia, and some limited parts of Africa and America. CNS angiostrongyliasis has been reported in the Caribbean but never in the Lesser Antilles. The primary objectives of this study were to depict the first case of CNS angiostrongyliasis in the Lesser Antilles and investigate the environmental presence of A...
January 9, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068625/loss-of-periplakin-expression-is-associated-with-the-tumorigenesis-of-colorectal-carcinoma
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Xiang Li, Guohui Zhang, Yan Wang, Ahmed Elgehama, Yang Sun, Lele Li, Yanhong Gu, Wenjie Guo, Qiang Xu
Periplakin (PPL), a member of the plakin protein family, has been reported to be down-expressed in urothelial carcinoma. The role of PPL in human colorectal cancer, however, remains largely unknown. Also little is known about the contribution of PPL to the malignant property of colorectal cancer and the intracellular function of PPL. In this study, we demonstrated that PPL was apparently down-expressed in colon carcinomas compared with normal and para-carcinoma tissues, which was correlated with the tumor size...
January 6, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068579/changes-in-fatty-acid-metabolism-induced-by-varied-micro-supplementation-with-zinc-in-snails-helix-pomatia-gastropoda-pulmonata
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Danuta Kowalczyk-Pecka, Stanisław Pecka, Edyta Kowalczuk-Vasilev
We analyzed the changes in the profile of fatty acids (FA) in the foot tissues and hepatopancreas (HP) of snails Helix pomatia exposed to five microdoses of zinc (0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75, or 1mg/l) administered in the form of a pure salt solution and in the form of EDTA and lysine chelates. Selection from a pool of 56 fatty acids analyzed in snail tissues yielded a set of 12 biomarker acids undergoing significant changes in contact with toxic substances. The selection criteria included the greatest percentage among the FA profile and their significant role in physiological processes...
January 6, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068418/paternity-outcomes-in-the-freshwater-gastropod-chilina-dombeiana-in-the-biob%C3%A3-o-river-chile
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Jéssica Bórquez, Antonio Brante
Studying the mating system of obligate aquatic organisms that inhabit river ecosystems is important for understanding its evolution as well as the role of biological and environmental factors in modulating population dynamics and species distributional patterns. Here, we studied the reproductive strategy of the Chilean endemic freshwater snail, Chilina dombeiana, in the Biobío River, one of the largest rivers in Chile. This species has a low potential for dispersal given the absence of a free-swimming larval stage (benthic larval development) and given that adults have a low capacity for mobility...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067625/pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-has-neuroprotective-function-in-dopamine-based-neurodegeneration-developed-in-two-parkinsonian-models
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G Maasz, Z Zrinyi, D Reglodi, D Petrovics, A Rivnyak, T Kiss, A Jungling, A Tamas, Z Pirger
It has been observed that pituitary-adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) rescued DAergic neurons from neurodegeneration and improved motor alterations induced by 6-hydroxy-dopamine (6-OHDA) in rat parkinsonian models. Recently we investigated the molecular background of the neuroprotective effect of PACAP in DA-based neurodegeneration using rotenone-induced snail and 6-OHDA-induced rat models of Parkinson's disease. The behavioural activity, monoamine (DA and serotonin), metabolic enzyme (S-COMT, MB-COMT and MAO-B) and PARK7/DJ-1 protein contents were measured before and after PACAP-treatment in both models...
December 22, 2016: Disease Models & Mechanisms
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