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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927250/gut-microbiota-and-the-liver
#1
Alessandro Federico, Marcello Dallio, Giuseppe G Caprio, Vittorio M Ormando, Carmela Loguercio
Nowadays liver diseases represent one of major healthy problems in the world in terms of morbidity and mortality. The high prevalence of liver pathologies represents the key point to understand the necessity to identify the pathogenetic mechanisms that support these disorders in order to nurse them. Alterations of intestinal microbiota seem to play an important role in induction and promotion of liver damage progression, in addition to direct injury resulting from different causal agents. Gut microbiota is considered both as a promoting factor and as a potential therapeutic target of a large number of liver pathologies due to the connection between intestine and liver: the gut-liver axis...
December 2017: Minerva Gastroenterologica e Dietologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927006/emerging-roles-of-heparanase-in-viral-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Neel Thakkar, Tejabhiram Yadavalli, Dinesh Jaishankar, Deepak Shukla
Heparan sulfate (HS) is ubiquitously expressed on mammalian cells. It is a polysaccharide that binds growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines, and thereby controls several important physiological functions. Ironically, many human pathogens including viruses interact with it for adherence to host cells. HS functions can be regulated by selective modifications and/or selective cleavage of the sugar chains from the cell surface. In mammals, heparanase (HPSE) is the only known enzyme capable of regulating HS functions via a selective endoglycosidase activity that cleaves polymeric HS chains at internal sites...
September 18, 2017: Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926742/an-interpersonal-perspective-on-criterion-a-of-the-dsm-5-alternative-model-for-personality-disorders
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REVIEW
Aaron L Pincus
This paper links Criterion A of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5th Edition Alternative Model for Personality Disorders with the contemporary interpersonal model of personality pathology. Advances in interpersonal theory and assessment are outlined to demonstrate that Criterion A's self (identity, self-direction) and interpersonal (empathy, intimacy) impairments are related to the interpersonal meta-constructs and agency and communion and are operationalized by perceptual, behavioral, and affective mechanisms of the interpersonal situation framework...
September 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926720/recent-advances-in-proteomic-profiling-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-and-the-road-ahead
#4
Hyunsoo Kim, Joonho Park, Joseph I Wang, Youngsoo Kim
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the deadliest cancers worldwide. However, there remain many unmet clinical needs, from diagnosis to treatment strategies. The inherent complexity of the molecular characteristics of PDAC has made it difficult to meet these challenges, rendering proteomic profiling of PDAC a critical area of research. Area covered: In this review, we present recent advances in mass spectrometry (MS) and its current application in proteomic studies on PDAC. In addition, we discuss future directions for research that can efficiently incorporate current MS-based technologies that address key issues of PDAC proteomics...
September 19, 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926687/advanced-nanostructured-anode-materials-for-sodium-ion-batteries
#5
REVIEW
Qidi Wang, Chenglong Zhao, Yaxiang Lu, Yunming Li, Yuheng Zheng, Yuruo Qi, Xiaohui Rong, Liwei Jiang, Xinguo Qi, Yuanjun Shao, Du Pan, Baohua Li, Yong-Sheng Hu, Liquan Chen
Sodium-ion batteries (NIBs), due to the advantages of low cost and relatively high safety, have attracted widespread attention all over the world, making them a promising candidate for large-scale energy storage systems. However, the inherent lower energy density to lithium-ion batteries is the issue that should be further investigated and optimized. Toward the grid-level energy storage applications, designing and discovering appropriate anode materials for NIBs are of great concern. Although many efforts on the improvements and innovations are achieved, several challenges still limit the current requirements of the large-scale application, including low energy/power densities, moderate cycle performance, and the low initial Coulombic efficiency...
September 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926527/genistein-suppresses-aerobic-glycolysis-and-induces-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-death
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Sainan Li, Jingjing Li, Weiqi Dai, Qinghui Zhang, Jiao Feng, Liwei Wu, Tong Liu, Qiang Yu, Shizan Xu, Wenwen Wang, Xiya Lu, Kan Chen, Yujing Xia, Jie Lu, Yingqun Zhou, Xiaoming Fan, Wenhui Mo, Ling Xu, Chuanyong Guo
BACKGROUND: Genistein is a natural isoflavone with many health benefits, including antitumour effects. Increased hypoxia-inducible factor 1 α (HIF-1α) levels and glycolysis in tumour cells are associated with an increased risk of mortality, cancer progression, and resistance to therapy. However, the effect of genistein on HIF-1α and glycolysis in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is still unclear. METHODS: Cell viability, apoptosis rate, lactate production, and glucose uptake were measured in HCC cell lines with genistein incubation...
September 19, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926425/the-roles-of-dna-methylation-in-the-stages-of-cancer
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K Wyatt McMahon, Enusha Karunasena, Nita Ahuja
Next year will mark 60 years since Dr. Leslie Foulds outlined his hypothesis that cancer is "a dynamic process advancing through stages that are qualitatively different," leading the way to our view of cancer progression as we know it today. Our understanding of the mechanisms of these stages has been continuously evolving this past half-century, and there has always been an active discussion of the roles of both genetic and epigenetic changes in directing this progression. In this review, we focus on the roles one particular epigenetic mark-DNA methylation-plays in these various "discontinuous" stages of cancer...
September 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926357/first-in-human-treatment-with-a-dendritic-cell-targeting-lentiviral-vector-expressing-ny-eso-1-lv305-induces-deep-durable-response-in-refractory-metastatic-synovial-sarcoma-patient
#8
Seth M Pollack, Hailing Lu, Sacha Gnjatic, Neeta Somaiah, Ryan B O'Malley, Robin L Jones, Frank J Hsu, Jan Ter Meulen
Effective induction of antitumor T cells is a pivotal goal of cancer immunotherapy. To this end, lentiviral vectors (LV) are uniquely poised to directly prime CD8 T-cell responses via transduction of dendritic cells in vivo and have shown promise as active cancer therapeutics in preclinical tumor models. However, until now, significant barriers related to production and regulation have prevented their widespread use in the clinic. We developed LV305, a dendritic cell-targeting, integration-deficient, replication incompetent LV from the ZVex platform, encoding the full-length cancer-testis antigen NY-ESO-1...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926310/coronary-ct-angiography-derived-fractional-flow-reserve
#9
Christian Tesche, Carlo N De Cecco, Moritz H Albrecht, Taylor M Duguay, Richard R Bayer, Sheldon E Litwin, Daniel H Steinberg, U Joseph Schoepf
Invasive coronary angiography (ICA) with measurement of fractional flow reserve (FFR) by means of a pressure wire technique is the established reference standard for the functional assessment of coronary artery disease (CAD) ( 1 , 2 ). Coronary computed tomographic (CT) angiography has emerged as a noninvasive method for direct assessment of CAD and plaque characterization with high diagnostic accuracy compared with ICA ( 3 , 4 ). However, the solely anatomic assessment provided with both coronary CT angiography and ICA has poor discriminatory power for ischemia-inducing lesions...
October 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926225/bridging-bio-nano-science-and-cancer-nanomedicine
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Mattias Björnmalm, Kristofer J Thurecht, Michael Michael, Andrew M Scott, Frank Caruso
The interface of bio-nano science and cancer medicine is an area experiencing much progress but also beset with controversy. Core concepts of the field-e.g., the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect, tumor targeting and accumulation, and even the purpose of "nano" in cancer medicine-are hotly debated. In parallel, considerable advances in neighboring fields are occurring rapidly, including the recent progress of "immuno-oncology" and the fundamental impact it is having on our understanding and the clinical treatment of the group of diseases collectively known as cancer...
September 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926090/efficacy-of-different-chemotherapy-regimens-in-treatment-of-advanced-or-metastatic-pancreatic-cancer-a-network-meta-analysis
#11
Shu-Hua Zhang, Gui-Feng Liu, Xue-Feng Li, Lin Liu, Shao-Nan Yu
We performed a network meta-analysis (NMA) to compare the short- and long-term efficacy of Gemcitabine, Gemcitabine + S-1 (tegafur), Gemcitabine + nab-paclitaxel, Gemcitabine + Capecitabine, Gemcitabine + Cisplatin, FOLFIRINOX (oxaliplatin + irinotecan + fluorouracil + leucovorin), Gemcitabine + oxaliplatin, Gemcitabine + irinotecan, Gemcitabine + Exatecan, Gemcitabine + pemetrexed, Gemcitabine + 5-FU and S-1 in treating advanced or metastatic pancreatic cancer (PC)...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925402/contrasting-effects-of-an-mdm2-functional-polymorphism-on-tumor-phenotypes
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G J Ortiz, Y Li, S M Post, V Pant, S Xiong, C A Larsson, A K El-Naggar, D G Johnson, G Lozano
MDM2, an E3 ubiquitin ligase, is a potent inhibitor of the p53 tumor suppressor and is elevated in many human cancers that retain wild-type p53. MDM2 SNP309G is a functional polymorphism that results in elevated levels of MDM2 (due to enhanced SP1 binding to the MDM2 promoter) thus decreasing p53 activity. Mdm2(SNP309G/G) mice are more prone to spontaneous tumor formation than Mdm2(SNP309T/T) mice, providing direct evidence for the impact of this SNP in tumor development. We asked whether environmental factors impact SNP309G function and show that SNP309G cooperates with ionizing radiation to exacerbate tumor development...
September 18, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925399/dock4-promotes-loss-of-proliferation-in-glioblastoma-progenitor-cells-through-nuclear-beta-catenin-accumulation-and-subsequent-mir-302-367-cluster-expression
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D N Debruyne, L Turchi, F Burel-Vandenbos, M Fareh, F Almairac, V Virolle, D Figarella-Branger, N Baeza-Kallee, P Lagadec, V Kubiniek, P Paquis, D Fontaine, M-P Junier, H Chneiweiss, T Virolle
Glioblastomas (GBM) are lethal primitive brain tumours characterized by a strong intra-tumour heterogeneity. We observed in GBM tissues the coexistence of functionally divergent micro-territories either enriched in more differentiated and non-mitotic cells or in mitotic undifferentiated OLIG2 positive cells while sharing similar genomic abnormalities. Understanding the formation of such functionally divergent micro-territories in glioblastomas (GBM) is essential to comprehend GBM biogenesis, plasticity and to develop therapies...
September 18, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925295/characteristics-of-patients-with-existing-advance-directives-evaluating-motivations-around-advance-care-planning
#14
Joanne E Genewick, Dorothy M Lipski, Katherine M Schupack, Angela L H Buffington
INTRODUCTION: Although 80% of patients endorse an advance directive (AD), less than 35% of American adults have a documented AD. Much research has been done on barriers to creating ADs; however, there is a paucity of research addressing motivations for creating ADs. Previous research has identified 4 categories of influence for engaging in advance care planning (ACP). This study aimed to quantify the influence of these 4 motivating categories in creating an AD. METHODS: Participants included 238 adults with documented ADs...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924333/childhood-adversities-and-depression-in-adulthood-current-findings-and-future-directions
#15
Richard T Liu
Considerable support exists supporting a relationship between childhood adversities and adult depression. Consistent evidence has emerged linking early life adversities with a more chronic course for depression, as well as to poorer treatment outcomes. What remain decidedly less clear, however, are the moderators and mediating mechanisms underlying this association. This article provides a review of the existing research relating early adversities to adult depression, as well as recent studies suggestive of potential mediators and moderators of this relation...
June 2017: Clinical Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924187/the-ipsych2012-case-cohort-sample-new-directions-for-unravelling-genetic-and-environmental-architectures-of-severe-mental-disorders
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C B Pedersen, J Bybjerg-Grauholm, M G Pedersen, J Grove, E Agerbo, M Bækvad-Hansen, J B Poulsen, C S Hansen, J J McGrath, T D Als, J I Goldstein, B M Neale, M J Daly, D M Hougaard, O Mors, M Nordentoft, A D Børglum, T Werge, P B Mortensen
The Integrative Psychiatric Research (iPSYCH) consortium has established a large Danish population-based Case-Cohort sample (iPSYCH2012) aimed at unravelling the genetic and environmental architecture of severe mental disorders. The iPSYCH2012 sample is nested within the entire Danish population born between 1981 and 2005, including 1 472 762 persons. This paper introduces the iPSYCH2012 sample and outlines key future research directions. Cases were identified as persons with schizophrenia (N=3540), autism (N=16 146), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (N=18 726) and affective disorder (N=26 380), of which 1928 had bipolar affective disorder...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924013/reward-related-ventral-striatum-activity-buffers-against-the-experience-of-depressive-symptoms-associated-with-sleep-disturbances
#17
Reut Avinun, Adam Nevo, Annchen R Knodt, Maxwell L Elliott, Spenser R Radtke, Bartholomew D Brigidi, Ahmad R Hariri
Sleep disturbances represent one risk factor for depression. Reward-related brain function, particularly the activity of the ventral striatum (VS), has been identified as a potential buffer against stress-related depression. We were therefore interested in testing whether reward-related VS activity would moderate the effect of sleep disturbances on depression in a large cohort of young adults. Data were available from 1129 university students (mean age 19.71 ± 1.25 years; 637 women) who completed a reward-related functional MRI task to assay VS activity and provided self-reports of sleep using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and symptoms of depression using a summation of the General Distress/Depression (GDD) and Anhedonic Depression (AD) subscales of the Mood and Anxiety Symptoms Questionnaire-short form...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923935/retinoid-x-receptor-suppresses-a-metastasis-promoting-transcriptional-program-in-myeloid-cells-via-a-ligand-insensitive-mechanism
#18
Mate Kiss, Zsolt Czimmerer, Gergely Nagy, Pawel Bieniasz-Krzywiec, Manuel Ehling, Attila Pap, Szilard Poliska, Pal Boto, Petros Tzerpos, Attila Horvath, Zsuzsanna Kolostyak, Bence Daniel, Istvan Szatmari, Massimiliano Mazzone, Laszlo Nagy
Retinoid X receptor (RXR) regulates several key functions in myeloid cells, including inflammatory responses, phagocytosis, chemokine secretion, and proangiogenic activity. Its importance, however, in tumor-associated myeloid cells is unknown. In this study, we demonstrate that deletion of RXR in myeloid cells enhances lung metastasis formation while not affecting primary tumor growth. We show that RXR deficiency leads to transcriptomic changes in the lung myeloid compartment characterized by increased expression of prometastatic genes, including important determinants of premetastatic niche formation...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923905/acute-coronary-syndromes-the-way-forward-from-mechanisms-to-precision-treatment
#19
REVIEW
Filippo Crea, Peter Libby
Well into the 21st century, we still triage acute myocardial infarction on the basis of the presence or absence of ST-segment elevation, a century-old technology. Meanwhile, we have learned a great deal about the pathophysiology and mechanisms of acute coronary syndromes (ACS) at the clinical, pathological, cellular, and molecular levels. Contemporary imaging studies have shed new light on the mechanisms of ACS. This review discusses these advances and their implications for clinical management of the ACS for the future...
September 19, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923897/controlled-human-malaria-infection-applications-advances-and-challenges
#20
Danielle I Stanisic, James S McCarthy, Michael F Good
Controlled Human Malaria Infection (CHMI) entails deliberate infection with malaria parasites either by mosquito bite or direct injection of sporozoites or parasitised erythrocytes. When required, the resulting blood-stage infection is curtailed by the administration of anti-malarial drugs. Inducing a malaria infection via inoculation with infected blood was first used as a treatment (malariotherapy) for neurosyphilis in Europe and the United States in the early 1900s. More recently, CHMI has been applied to the fields of malaria vaccine and drug development where it is used to evaluate products in well-controlled early phase proof-of-concept clinical studies thus facilitating progression of only the most promising candidates for further evaluation in malaria-endemic areas...
September 18, 2017: Infection and Immunity
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