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Kensuke Norikoshi, Toshio Kobayashi, Keiji Tabuchi
AIM: To identify attributes of nurses' workplace social capital in Japan. BACKGROUND: Much attention has been paid to nurses' workplace social capital to improve the quality of the work environment; however, few studies are available on the attributes of nurses' workplace social capital. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 32 nurses at seven hospitals. Nurses reported on the attributes of workplace social capital, such as characteristics facilitating individual positive action in an organisation, which were qualitatively analysed using the Kawakita Jiro method...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Nursing Management
Thomas Ho-Yin Leung, Hermit Wai-Man Tang, Michelle Kwan-Yee Siu, David Wai Chan, Karen Kar-Loen Chan, Annie Nga-Yin Cheung, Hextan Yuen-Sheung Ngan
Accumulating evidence indicates that the human papilloma virus (HPV) E6 protein plays a crucial role in the development of cervical cancer. Sub-populations of cells that reside within tumors are responsible for tumor resistance to cancer therapy and recurrence. However, the identity of such cells residing in cervical cancer and their relationship with the HPV-E6 protein have not been identified. Here, we isolated sphere-forming cells, which exhibited self-renewal ability, from primary cervical tumors. Gene expression profiling revealed that CD55 was upregulated in primary cervical cancer sphere cells...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Pathology
Jianlin Zhang, Jin Huang, Xingyu Wang, Weidong Chen, Qinqing Tang, Maoyong Fang, Yeben Qian
Gastric cancer is one of the most common cancers and the second leading cause of cancer‑associated mortality worldwide. Recurrence, metastasis and resistance to drug treatment are the main barrier to survival of patients with advanced stage gastric cancer. Further study of the molecular mechanisms involved will improve the therapeutic options for gastric cancer. In a previous study, c‑Maf was discovered as an oncogene transduced in the avian AS42 retrovirus, and was found to be overexpressed in multiple myeloma and angioimmunoblastic T‑cell lymphoma...
September 20, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
Jiangxiao Qiu, Stephen R Carpenter, Eric G Booth, Melissa Motew, Samuel C Zipper, Christopher J Kucharik, Xi Chen, Steven P Loheide, Jenny Seifert, Monica G Turner
Sustaining food production, water quality, soil retention, flood and climate regulation in agricultural landscapes is a pressing global challenge given accelerating environmental changes. Scenarios are stories about plausible futures, and scenarios can be integrated with biophysical simulation models to explore quantitatively how the future might unfold. However, few studies have incorporated a wide range of drivers (e.g., climate, land-use, management, population, human diet) in spatially explicit, process-based models to investigate spatial-temporal dynamics and relationships of a portfolio of ecosystem services...
September 25, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Britney E Graham, Christian Darabos, Minjun Huang, Louis J Muglia, Jason H Moore, Scott M Williams
Methods to identify genes or pathways associated with complex diseases are often inadequate to elucidate most risk because they make implicit and oversimplified assumptions about underlying models of disease etiology. These can lead to incomplete or inadequate conclusions. To address this, we previously developed human phenotype networks (HPN), linking phenotypes based on shared biology. However, such visualization alone is often uninterpretable, and requires additional filtering. Here, we expand the HPN to include another method, evolutionary triangulation (ET)...
September 25, 2017: Genetic Epidemiology
Hongyan Wang, Jingfang Zheng, Qiang Li, Min Zhou, Dongmei Ai, Hui Zhang
This study examined the relationship between the expression of p16, a tumor suppressor gene, and lymph node metastasis, as well as patient prognosis, in cases with ovarian cancer. SKOV-3, an ovarian cancer cell line, and IOSE80, a normal human ovarian cell line, were selected for testing. Western blot analysis was used to detect the p16 expression in ovarian cell culture samples. In the study, 20 cases with normal ovarian tissue and 64 cases with ovarian cancer tissue, including 38 cases with lymph node metastasis and 26 cases without lymph node metastasis, were also selected for testing...
October 2017: Oncology Letters
Lingyun Liu, Zuowen Liang, Kaimin Guo, Hongliang Wang
This study measured the levels of expression of CD133, hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in human prostate cancer cells grown under hypoxic and non-hypoxic conditions to compare the values to resulting amounts of proliferation and apoptosis in the cells. Human prostate cancer cell line LNCaP cells were routinely thawed, cultured and passaged. Actively growing cells were divided into batches. Cells in the control group were grown under 5% CO2 + 20% O2, and those in the hypoxia group were grown under 5% CO2 + 1% O2...
October 2017: Oncology Letters
Junyan Wang, Dogu Baran Aydogan, Rohit Varma, Arthur W Toga, Yonggang Shi
The preservation of the spatial relationships among axonal pathways has long been studied and known to be critical for many functions of the brain. Being a fundamental property of the brain connections, there is an intuitive understanding of topographic regularity in neuroscience but yet to be systematically explored in connectome imaging research. In this work, we propose a general mathematical model for topographic regularity of fiber bundles that is consistent with its neuroanatomical understanding. Our model is based on a novel group spectral graph analysis (GSGA) framework motivated by spectral graph theory and tensor decomposition...
June 2017: Information Processing in Medical Imaging: Proceedings of the ... Conference
Sarah R Brauner-Otto, William G Axinn
Theories relating the changing environment to human fertility predict declining natural resources may actually increase the demand for children. Unfortunately most previous empirical studies have been limited to cross-sectional designs that limit our ability to understand links between processes that change over time. We take advantage of longitudinal measurement spanning more than a decade of change in the natural environment, household agricultural behaviors, and individual fertility preferences to reexamine this question...
June 2017: Population and Environment
Razegheh Akhbarizadeh, Farid Moore, Behnam Keshavarzi
Although weekly consumption of fish is recommended, the presence of contaminants in seafood has raised many concerns regarding the benefits of fish intake. In the present study microplastics (MPs) and metals' concentration in muscles of both benthic and pelagic fish species from northeast of Persian Gulf were investigated and the risk/benefit of their consumption was assessed. The results demonstrated that MPs and Hg in all species and Se in benthic species increase with size, while relationship between other metals, and fish size is not consistent...
September 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
Joseph McGrath, Stéphane M Duval, Luis F M Tamassia, Maik Kindermann, René T Stemmler, Vinícius N de Gouvea, Tiago S Acedo, Irmgard Immig, Scot N Williams, Pietro Celi
This review examines the role of nutritional strategies to improve lifetime performance in ruminants. Strategies to increase ruminants' productive longevity by means of nutritional interventions provide the opportunity not only to increase their lifetime performances and their welfare, but also to decrease their environmental impact. This paper will also address how such nutritional interventions can increase herd efficiency and farm profitability. The key competencies reviewed in this article are redox balance, skeletal development and health, nutrient utilization and sustainability, which includes rearing ruminants without antibiotics and methane mitigation...
September 12, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
Maria Patrizia Carrieri, Camelia Protopopescu, Fabienne Marcellin, Silvia Rosellini, Linda Wittkop, Laure Esterle, David Zucman, François Raffi, Eric Rosenthal, Isabelle Poizot-Martin, Dominique Salmon-Ceron, François Dabis, Bruno Spire
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Coffee has anti-inflammatory and hepato-protective properties. In the general population, drinking ≥3cups of coffee/day has been associated with a 14% reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between coffee consumption and the risk of all-cause mortality in patients co-infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). METHODS: ANRS CO13 HEPAVIH is an ongoing French nationwide prospective cohort of patients co-infected with HIV-HCV collecting both medical and psychosocial/behavioural data (annual self-administered questionnaires)...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
Jennifer W Mack, Joseph Jacobson, David Frank, Angel M Cronin, Kathleen Horvath, Victoria Allen, Jennifer Wind, Deborah Schrag
BACKGROUND: Limited systematic data about complaints related to cancer care are available. Patient complaints related to ambulatory care at a large academic cancer center were examined to better understand patient experiences of care and prioritize opportunities for quality improvement. METHODS: Content analysis of outpatient complaints made to the Patient/Family Relations Office at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, in a two-year period (January 2013-December 2014) were conducted...
October 2017: Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety
Laura D Straus, Sean P A Drummond, Victoria B Risbrough, Sonya B Norman
Fear learning is critical in the development and maintenance of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, and safety learning and extinction are necessary for recovery. Studies in animal models suggest that sleep disruption, and REM sleep fragmentation in particular, interfere with safety learning and extinction processes, and recently, studies are extending these findings to humans. A discussion of the human literature is presented here, which largely consists of experimental studies in healthy human control subjects...
September 24, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
Xin Wen, Yan Wang, Yongde Zou, Baohua Ma, Yinbao Wu
Biodegradation of antibiotic residues in the environment by microorganisms may lead to the generation of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), which are of great concern to human health. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is a relationship between the ability to degrade antibiotic doxycycline (DOX) and the development of resistance genes in microorganisms. We isolated and identified ten bacterial strains from a vegetable field that had received long-term manure application as fertilizer and were capable of surviving in a series of DOX concentrations (25, 50, 80, and 100mg/L)...
September 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Na Li, Meilan Yang, Ke Shi, Wei Li
BACKGROUND: Homeobox A11 antisense (HOXA11-AS), a newly identified lncRNA, is up-regulated in various carcinomas. We conducted the present meta-analysis to explore the potential of HOXA11-AS as a common predictive biomarker for metastasis and prognosis in malignant tumors. METHODS: A systematic literature search on the online electronic databases of PubMed, Web of Science, and Embase was carried out to determine relevant studies (as of July 9, 2017). The pooled hazard ratios (HRs)/odds rates (ORs), and their 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were used to evaluate the relationship...
September 20, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Xirui Xiao, Karthik Sankaranarayanan, Chaitan Khosla
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a glycolipid found in the outer membrane of Gram-negative bacteria, is a potent elicitor of innate immune responses in mammals. A typical LPS molecule is composed of three different structural domains: a polysaccharide called the O-antigen, a core oligosaccharide, and Lipid A. Lipid A is the amphipathic glycolipid moiety of LPS. It stimulates the immune system by tightly binding to Toll-like receptor 4. More recently, Lipid A has also been shown to activate intracellular caspase-4 and caspase-5...
September 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
Zeyan Zhang, Xingpeng Xiao, Tong Su, Jinyi Wu, Jianwei Ren, Jiongchang Zhu, Xiaodong Zhang, Rihui Cao, Runlei Du
A series of novel water-soluble 4-quinolone-3-carboxamides was prepared and evaluated as antiproliferative agents. Preliminary results indicated that most compounds tested in this study showed potent antiproliferative potencies against human tumor cell lines, and compound 8k was found to be the most potent antiproliferative agents with IC50 value of lower than 10 μM against nine human tumor cell lines. These results suggested that (1) the alkylamino side chain substituent was the advisable pharmacophoric group for the enhanced antiproliferative activities; (2) the length of the alkylamino side chain moiety also affected their antiproliferative potencies, and three methylene units were more favorable; (3) introducing arylated alkyl substituent into N1-position of quinolone facilitated antiproliferative activities of this class of compounds...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Carlo R Bartoli, David Zhang, Jooeun Kang, Samson Hennessy-Strahs, David Restle, Jessica Howard, Gretchen Redline, Christian Bermudez, Pavan Atluri, Michael A Acker
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that hemolysis contributes to left ventricular assist device (LVAD) thrombosis, but the mechanism is unknown. In a clinical study, we measured plasma free hemoglobin (pfHgb) and the incidence of LVAD thrombosis. In an in vitro study, we examined biophysical relationships between shear stress, pfHgb and von Willebrand factor (vWF) metabolism toward understanding mechanisms of LVAD thrombosis. METHODS: In the clinical study, blood samples were obtained from continuous-flow LVAD patients (n = 30)...
September 21, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Robert Trampel, Pierre-Louis Bazin, Kerrin Pine, Nikolaus Weiskopf
The human neocortex is organized radially into six layers which differ in their myelination and the density and arrangement of neuronal cells. This cortical cyto- and myeloarchitecture plays a central role in the anatomical and functional neuroanatomy but is primarily accessible through invasive histology only. To overcome this limitation, several non-invasive MRI approaches have been, and are being, developed to resolve the anatomical cortical layers. As a result, recent studies on large populations and structure-function relationships at the laminar level became possible...
September 20, 2017: NeuroImage
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