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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343156/ectopic-acth-producing-large-cell-neuroendocrine-pancoast-tumour-presenting-as-horner-syndrome
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Rajanshu Verma, Alexandra Lambert, Harold H Katz, Scott J Benson
We present an interesting case where a patient is presented with a droopy left eyelid (as part of Horner syndrome) and Cushingoid features which were a result of a Pancoast tumour (apical lung tumour in superior pulmonary sulcus) involving the left lung. This tumour was secreting ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), a paraneoplastic endocrine phenomenon, which resulted in Cushing syndrome symptomatology. Though most ectopic ACTH-producing lung cancers are either small cell or carcinoid tumours, this was in fact a large cell neuroendocrine cancer (LCNEC)...
March 24, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342879/stable-subcutaneous-cartilage-regeneration-of-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-directed-by-chondrocyte-sheet
#2
Dan Li, Lian Zhu, Yu Liu, Zongqi Yin, Yi Liu, Fangjun Liu, Aijuan He, Shaoqing Feng, Yixin Zhang, Zhiyong Zhang, Wenjie Zhang, Wei Liu, Yilin Cao, Guangdong Zhou
In vivo niche plays an important role in regulating differentiation fate of stem cells. Due to lack of proper chondrogenic niche, stable cartilage regeneration of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) in subcutaneous environments is always a great challenge. This study explored the feasibility that chondrocyte sheet created chondrogenic niche retained chondrogenic phenotype of BMSC engineered cartilage (BEC) in subcutaneous environments. Porcine BMSCs were seeded into biodegradable scaffolds followed by 4 weeks of chondrogenic induction in vitro to form BEC, which were wrapped with chondrocyte sheets (Sheet group), acellular small intestinal submucosa (SIS, SIS group), or nothing (Blank group) respectively and then implanted subcutaneously into nude mice to trace the maintenance of chondrogenic phenotype...
March 22, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340506/neuromedin-u-alters-bioenergetics-and-expands-the-cancer-stem-cell-phenotype-in-her2-positive-breast-cancer
#3
Vanesa G Martinez, John Crown, Richard K Porter, Lorraine O'Driscoll
Neuromedin U (NmU) is a neuropeptide belonging to the neuromedin family. Recently, we reported a significant association between NmU and breast cancer, particularly correlating with increased aggressiveness, resistance to HER2-targeted therapies and overall significantly poorer outcome for patients, although the mechanism through which it exerts this effect remained unexplained. Investigating this, here we found that ectopic over-expression of NmU in HER2-positive breast cancer cells induced aberrant metabolism, with increased glycolysis, likely due to enhanced pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase activity...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340490/a-novel-method-of-neo-osseous-flap-prefabrication-induction-of-free-calvarial-periosteum-with-bioactive-glass
#4
Ali Aliyev, Omer Ekin, Ozan Bitik, Gokhan Tuncbilek
Background Reconstruction of craniofacial bone defects is a primary focus of craniofacial surgery. Although autogenous bone grafts remain as the gold standard, alloplastic materials have also gained widespread popularity due to their off-the-shelf availability, ease of use, and durability. In addition to replacing the missing bone, some of these alloplastic materials have also been found to induce new bone formation. Objectives In this study, the phenomenon of neo-osseous induction with bioactive glass was investigated for different implant-soft tissue configurations...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340282/carfilzomib-induces-leukaemia-cell-apoptosis-via-inhibiting-elk1-kiaa1524-elk-1-cip2a-and-activating-pp2a-not-related-to-proteasome-inhibition
#5
Chun-Yu Liu, Feng-Shu Hsieh, Pei-Yi Chu, Wen-Chun Tsai, Chun-Teng Huang, Yuan-Bin Yu, Tzu-Ting Huang, Po-Shen Ko, Man-Hsin Hung, Wan-Lun Wang, Chung-Wai Shiau, Kuen-Feng Chen
Enhancing the tumour suppressive activity of protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) has been suggested to be an anti-leukaemic strategy. KIAA1524 (also termed CIP2A), an oncoprotein inhibiting PP2A, is associated with disease progression in chronic myeloid leukaemia and may be prognostic in cytogenetically normal acute myeloid leukaemia. Here we demonstrated that the selective proteasome inhibitor, carfilzomib, induced apoptosis in sensitive primary leukaemia cells and in sensitive leukaemia cell lines, associated with KIAA1524 protein downregulation, increased PP2A activity and decreased p-Akt, but not with the proteasome inhibition effect of carfilzomib...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340173/f-box-protein-fbx92-affects-leaf-size-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#6
Joke Baute, Stefanie Polyn, Jolien De Block, Jonas Blomme, Mieke Van Lijsebettens, Dirk Inzé
F-box proteins are part of one of the largest families of regulatory proteins that play important roles in protein degradation. In plants, F-box proteins are functionally very diverse, and only a small subset has been characterized in detail. Here, we identified a novel F-box protein FBX92 as a repressor of leaf growth in Arabidopsis. Overexpression of AtFBX92 resulted in plants with smaller leaves than wild type, whereas plants with reduced levels of AtFBX92 showed in contrast increased leaf growth by stimulating cell proliferation...
March 14, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339601/characterization-and-consistency-of-interactions-of-triggers-and-substrate-at-the-onset-of-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation
#7
David G Jones, Vias Markides, Anthony W C Chow, Richard J Schilling, Prapa Kanagaratnam, Tom Wong, D Wyn Davies, Nicholas S Peters
Aims: Initiating mechanisms of atrial fibrillation (AF) remain poorly understood, involving complex interaction between triggers and the atrial substrate. This study sought to classify the transitional phenomena, hypothesizing that there is consistency within and between patients in trigger-substrate interaction during transition to AF. Methods and results: Non-contact left atrial (LA) mapping was performed in 17 patients undergoing ablation for paroxysmal AF. All had spontaneous ectopy...
January 25, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339092/macc1-decreases-the-chemosensitivity-of-gastric-cancer-cells-to-oxaliplatin-by-regulating-fasn-expression
#8
Jiangman Duan, Lishan Chen, Minyu Zhou, Jingwen Zhang, Li Sun, Na Huang, Jianping Bin, Yulin Liao, Wangjun Liao
The effect of chemotherapeutic agents is limited as a result of drug resistance, which demands prompt solutions provided by clinical studies. To date, the underlying mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance are relatively unknown. Metastasis-associated in colon cancer 1 (MACC1) is an oncogene associated with the progression and prognosis of gastric cancer (GC). Bioinformatic analysis revealed that MACC1 is positively associated with fatty acid synthase (FASN), a major enzyme of lipogenesis, and drives chemoresistance to oxaliplatin in GC...
March 22, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339031/p53-inducible-long-non-coding-rna-picart1-mediates-cancer-cell-proliferation-and-migration
#9
Yu Cao, Minglin Lin, Yiwen Bu, Hongyan Ling, Yingchun He, Chenfei Huang, Yi Shen, Bob Song, Deliang Cao
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) function in the development and progression of cancer, but only a small portion of lncRNAs have been characterized to date. A novel lncRNA transcript, 2.53 kb in length, was identified by transcriptome sequencing analysis, and was named p53-inducible cancer-associated RNA transcript 1 (PICART1). PICART1 was found to be upregulated by p53 through a p53-binding site at -1808 to -1783 bp. In breast and colorectal cancer cells and tissues, PICART1 expression was found to be decreased...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338815/enhanced-tenogenic-differentiation-and-tendon-like-tissue-formation-by-chip-overexpression-in-tendon-derived-stem-cells
#10
Weifeng Han, Lei Chen, Junpeng Liu, Ai Guo
The carboxyl terminus of Hsc70-interacting protein (CHIP, also known as STUB1) plays critical roles in the proliferation and differentiation of many types of cells. The potential function of CHIP in tendon-derived stem cells (TDSCs) remains largely unknown at present. Here, we investigated the effects of CHIP on tenogenic differentiation of TDSCs via lentivirus-mediated overexpression. Forced expression of CHIP induced morphological changes and significantly enhanced cell proliferation, as well as tendon differentiation in vitro...
February 22, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338609/ectopic-expression-of-aeluropus-littoralis-plasma-membrane-protein-gene-altmp1-confers-abiotic-stress-tolerance-in-transgenic-tobacco-by-improving-water-status-and-cation-homeostasis
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Walid Ben Romdhane, Rania Ben-Saad, Donaldo Meynard, Jean-Luc Verdeil, Jalel Azaza, Nabil Zouari, Lotfi Fki, Emmanuel Guiderdoni, Abdullah Al-Doss, Afif Hassairi
We report here the isolation and functional analysis of AlTMP1 gene encoding a member of the PMP3 protein family. In Aeluropus littoralis, AlTMP1 is highly induced by abscisic acid (ABA), cold, salt, and osmotic stresses. Transgenic tobacco expressing AlTMP1 exhibited enhanced tolerance to salt, osmotic, H₂O₂, heat and freezing stresses at the seedling stage. Under greenhouse conditions, the transgenic plants showed a higher level of tolerance to drought than to salinity. Noteworthy, AlTMP1 plants yielded two- and five-fold more seeds than non-transgenic plants (NT) under salt and drought stresses, respectively...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338424/monocytes-seeded-on-engineered-hypertrophic-cartilage-do-not-enhance-endochondral-ossification-capacity
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Atanas Todorov, Celeste Scotti, Andrea Barbero, Arnaud Scherberich, Adam Papadimitropoulos, Ivan Martin
Engineered hypertrophic cartilage (HC) represents an attractive bone substitute material, capable to induce bone formation by endochondral ossification. Since bone formation by HC depends on factors released from the extracellular matrix, in this study, we hypothesized that HC seeding with monocytes committed to osteoclastogenesis could enhance its remodeling, improve chemotaxis of skeletal and vascular cells, and consequently enhance bone formation. This would be particularly relevant for devitalized HC, which currently exhibits only limited osteoinductivity...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338421/harnessing-the-osteogenicity-of-in-vitro-stem-cell-derived-mineralized-extracellular-matrix-as-3d-biotemplate-to-guide-bone-regeneration
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Yoke Chin Chai, Johanna Bolander, Ioannis Papantoniou, Jennifer Patterson, Jef Vleugels, Jan Schrooten, Frank P Luyten
Advanced biomaterials that are capable of guiding robust bone regeneration are highly demanded for translational therapy of bone defects or bone augmentation in clinics. One of the strategic approaches is to produce tissue engineering (TE) constructs that mediate bone regeneration by recapitulating the natural bone formation or healing process. In this study, we aimed at producing devitalized mineralized carriers with augmented bone forming capacity via a modified culture protocol (i.e., culture conditions with high calcium and/or phosphate concentrations) that first promotes cell growth and, subsequently, mineralized extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition by human periosteum-derived osteoprogenitor cells (hPDCs) on additive manufactured three-dimensional (3D) porous titanium (Ti)-based scaffolds...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338216/the-diversified-function-and-potential-therapy-of-ectopic-olfactory-receptors-in-non-olfactory-tissues
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Zhe Chen, Hong Zhao, Nian Fu, Linxi Chen
Olfactory receptors (ORs) are mainly distributed in olfactory neurons and play a key role in detecting volatile odorants, eventually resulting in the production of smell perception. Recently, it is also reported that ORs are expressed in non-olfactory tissues including heart, lung, sperm, skin and cancerous tissues. Interestingly, ectopic ORs are associated with the development of diseases in non-olfactory tissues. For instance, ectopic ORs initiate the hypoxic ventilatory responses and maintain the oxygen homeostasis of breathing in the carotid body when oxygen levels decline...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338184/microrna-370-3p-inhibits-human-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-via-targeting-kdr-akt-signaling-pathway-in-cerebral-aneurysm
#15
W-Z Hou, X-L Chen, W Wu, C-H Hang
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral aneurysm is a common vascular disease with high morbidity and mortality. Vascular smooth muscle deletion or dysplasia is an important reason for the development of cerebral aneurysm. MiRNAs participate in a variety of biological functions through inhibiting target gene translation. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of miRNAs in the regulation of vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MiRNA and mRNA expressions were tested by Real-time PCR...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338020/epigenetic-regulation-of-intronic-transgenes-in-arabidopsis
#16
Kenji Osabe, Yoshiko Harukawa, Saori Miura, Hidetoshi Saze
Defense mechanisms of plant genomes can epigenetically inactivate repetitive sequences and exogenous transgenes. Loss of mutant phenotypes in intronic T-DNA insertion lines by interaction with another T-DNA locus, termed T-DNA suppression, has been observed in Arabidopsis thaliana, although the molecular basis of establishment and maintenance of T-DNA suppression is poorly understood. Here we show that maintenance of T-DNA suppression requires heterochromatinisation of T-DNA sequences and the nuclear proteins, INCREASED IN BONSAI METHYLATION 2 (IBM2) and ENHANCED DOWNY MILDEW 2 (EDM2), which prevent ectopic 3' end processing of mRNA in atypically long introns containing T-DNA sequences...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337997/the-mir-24-3p-p130cas-a-novel-axis-regulating-the-migration-and-invasion-of-cancer-cells
#17
Hoin Kang, Jun Gi Rho, Chongtae Kim, Hyosun Tak, Heejin Lee, Eunbyul Ji, Sojin Ahn, A-Ri Shin, Hyun-Il Cho, Yun Hyun Huh, Woo Keun Song, Wook Kim, Eun Kyung Lee
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that negatively regulate gene expression by suppressing translation or facilitating mRNA decay. Differential expression of miRNAs is involved in the pathogenesis of several diseases including cancer. Here, we investigated the role of-miR-24-3p as a downregulated miRNA in metastatic cancer. miR-24-3p was decreased in metastatic cancer and lower expression of miR-24-3p was related to poor survival of cancer patients. Consistently, ectopic expression of miR-24-3p suppressed the cell migration, invasion, and proliferation of MCF7, Hep3B, B16F10, SK-Hep1, and PC-3 cells by directly targeting p130Cas...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337453/mir-373-3p-targets-dkk1-to-promote-emt-induced-metastasis-via-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-tongue-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#18
Junquan Weng, Hui Zhang, Cheng Wang, Jianfeng Liang, Guanhui Chen, Wenqing Li, Haikuo Tang, Jinsong Hou
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate gene expression and at the same time mediate tumorigenesis. miR-373-3p has diverse effects in tumors, but its role in tongue squamous cell carcinoma (TSCC) remains unknown. The purpose of this study is to determine the function of miR-373-3p in the progression of TSCC. Our results brought to light that miR-373-3p is markedly upregulated in clinical TSCC tissues compared with paired adjacent normal tissues and has significant correlation with a more aggressive TSCC phenotype in patients...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337037/the-diagnostic-performance-of-ultrasound-in-the-detection-of-ectopic-pregnancy
#19
Lee Young, Cecilia Barnard, Elisabeth Lewis, Matthew Jones, Jana Furlan, Angela Karatasiou, Martin Necas
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy is essential in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity. Transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS) is the accepted imaging modality of choice for the diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy (EP). AIMS: To assess the effectiveness of transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS) in the detection of EP in consecutive women presenting for ultrasound to a radiology department with a clinical suspicion of EP. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 585 women presenting for TVUS over a 2...
March 24, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336830/-the-discovery-research-and-development-of-etelcalcetide-hydrochloride-the-world-1st-intravenous-calcimimetics
#20
Atsuto Inoue, Kazutsune Harada
Etelcalcetide hydrochloride is the first intravenous calcimimetics agent for secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT). Etelcalcetide hydrochloride is to be administered through dialysis circuit by physician or medical staff upon completion of dialysis and such administration is expected to reduce the burden of medication in patients. From the nonclinical study results, etelcalcetide functions as an allosteric activator of calcium-sensing receptor(CaSR). Etelcalcetide suppressed PTH secretion both in vitro and in vivo...
2017: Clinical Calcium
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