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Collin W Blackburn, Sarah R Vossoughi, Bukola Ojo, Prakash Gorroochurn, Charles C Marboe, Yelena Akelina, Robert J Strauch
Background During microvascular anastomosis, needle placement is facilitated by inserting the tips of the forceps into the lumen of the vessel, rather than grasping and everting the luminal wall, to minimize trauma to the vessel. This study examines whether the vessel wall can be grasped and everted during microvascular anastomosis without compromising surgical outcomes. Methods A total of 20 Sprague-Dawley rats weighing between 252 and 483 g were used. Bilateral anastomoses of the animals' femoral arteries (mean size: 0...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery
Michael Chalick, Oded Jacobi, Edward Pichinuk, Christian Garbar, Armand Bensussan, Alan Meeker, Ravit Ziv, Tania Zehavi, Nechama I Smorodinsky, John Hilkens, Franz-Georg Hanisch, Daniel B Rubinstein, Daniel H Wreschner
Translation of mRNA in alternate reading frames (ARF) is a naturally occurring process heretofore underappreciated as a generator of protein diversity. The MUC1 gene encodes MUC1-TM, a signal-transducing trans-membrane protein highly expressed in human malignancies. Here we show that an AUG codon downstream to the MUC1-TM initiation codon initiates an alternate reading frame thereby generating a novel protein, MUC1-ARF. MUC1-ARF, like its MUC1-TM 'parent' protein, contains a tandem repeat (VNTR) domain. However, the amino acid sequence of the MUC1-ARF tandem repeat as well as N- and C- sequences flanking it differ entirely from those of MUC1-TM...
2016: PloS One
Xinyi Liu, Dongfei Feng, Dianming Liu, Shuyuan Wang, Xuexin Yu, Enyu Dai, Jing Wang, Lihong Wang, Wei Jiang
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most common incident form of cancer in women including different subtypes. Cancer stem cells (CSCs) have been confirmed to exist in breast cancer. But the research on the origin of breast cancer subtype stem cells (BCSSCs) is still inadequate. METHODS: We identified the putative origin cells of BCSSCs through comparing gene signatures between BCSSCs and normal mammary cells from multiple perspectives: common signature, expression consistency, functional similarity and shortest path length...
2016: PloS One
Yukio Ozaki, Shogo Tamura, Katsue Suzuki-Inoue
Platelets play a key role in the pathophysiological processes of hemostasis and thrombus formation. However, platelet functions beyond thrombosis and hemostasis have been increasingly identified in recent years. A large body of evidence now exists which suggests that platelets also play a key role in inflammation, immunity, malignancy, and furthermore in organ development and regeneration, such as the liver. We have recently identified CLEC-2 on the platelet membrane, which induces intracellular activation signals upon interaction of a snake venom, rhodocytin...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Jay S Naik, Jessica M Osmond, Benjimen R Walker, Nancy L Kanagy
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a recently described gaseous vasodilator produced within the vasculature by the enzymes cystathionine γ-lyase and 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtansferase. Previous data demonstrate that endothelial cells (EC) are the source of endogenous H2S production and are required for H2S-induced dilation. However, the signal transduction pathway activated by H2S within EC has not been elucidated. TRPV4 and large conductance Ca(2+)-activated K channels (BK channels) are expressed in EC. H2S-induced dilation is inhibited by luminal administration of iberiotoxin and disruption of the endothelium...
October 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Hwanhee Jang, Yohan Choi, Inkyu Yoo, Jisoo Han, Minjeong Kim, Hakhyun Ka
Objective: Prostaglandins (PGs) function in various reproductive processes, including luteolysis, maternal pregnancy recognition, conceptus development, and parturition. Our earlier study has shown that PG transporters ABCC4 and SLCO2A1 are expressed in the uterine endometrium in pigs. Since several other PG transporters such as ABCC1, ABCC9, SLCO4C1, and SLCO5A1 are known to be present in the uterine endometrium, this study investigated the expression of these PG transporters in the porcine uterine endometrium and placenta...
October 19, 2016: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Lauren Brasile, Nicholas Henry, Bart Stubenitsky
BACKGROUND: We have previously reported on a novel organ-specific immunomodifying therapy that provides protection from early allograft rejection in the absence of systemic immunosuppressive drugs. This novel therapy is a nano-barrier membrane called ImmunoCloak, consisting of a matrix of laminin, proteoglycans, fibronectin and collagens. The membrane "immunocloaks" the luminal surfaces within the renal vasculature by covering the point of contact between donor vascular endothelial cells and the recipient's immune cells; without adversely affecting renal function...
October 19, 2016: Transplantation
Anna Ehinger, Per Malmström, Pär-Ola Bendahl, Christopher W Elston, Anna-Karin Falck, Carina Forsare, Dorthe Grabau, Lisa Rydén, Olle Stål, Mårten Fernö
BACKGROUND: The St Gallen surrogate definition of the intrinsic subtypes of breast cancer consist of five subgroups based on estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PgR), human epidermal growth factor receptor type 2 (HER2), and Ki-67. PgR and Ki-67 are used for discriminating between the 'Luminal A-like' and 'Luminal B-like (HER2-negative)' subtypes. Histological grade (G) has prognostic value in breast cancer; however, its relationship to the St Gallen subtypes is not clear. Based on a previous pilot study, we hypothesized that G could be a primary discriminator for ER-positive/HER2-negative breast cancers that were G1 or G3, whereas Ki-67 and PgR could provide additional prognostic information specifically for patients with G2 tumors...
October 20, 2016: Acta Oncologica
Naoki Hayashi, Madoka Iwase, Tomohiro Ochi, Akina Seki, Naoko Matsuda, Hideko Yamauchi
Following the discovery that the prognostic impact of preoperative chemotherapy depends on the primary breast cancer subtype, the treatment strategy for primary breast cancer changed. Pathologic complete response(pCR)with preoperative chemotherapy is predictive of a favorable prognosis in patients with HER2 type or triple-negative type breast cancer, but not in patients with ER-positive/HER2-negative, the so-called Luminal type, breast cancer. However, the role of preoperative chemotherapy in patients with Luminal-B type breast cancer who may need chemotherapy should be further assessed...
October 2016: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
Satoshi Yanagita, Masato Imahana, Kazuaki Suwa, Hitomi Sugimura, Masayuki Nishiki
Japanese Society of Radiological Technology (JSRT) standard digital image database contains many useful cases of chest X-ray images, and has been used in many state-of-the-art researches. However, the pixel values of all the images are simply digitized as relative density values by utilizing a scanned film digitizer. As a result, the pixel values are completely different from the standardized display system input value of digital imaging and communications in medicine (DICOM), called presentation value (P-value), which can maintain a visual consistency when observing images using different display luminance...
2016: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
Meng Wu, Lishann Ingram, Ezequiel J Tolosa, Renzo E Vera, Qianjin Li, Sungjin Kim, Yongjie Ma, Demetri D Spyropoulos, Zanna Beharry, Jiaoti Huang, Martin E Fernandez-Zapico, Houjian Cai
Although the differentiation of oncogenically transformed basal progenitor cells is one of the key steps in prostate tumorigenesis, the mechanisms mediating this cellular process are still largely unknown. Here we demonstrated that an expanded p63+ and CK5+ basal/progenitor cell population, induced by the concomitant activation of oncogenic Kras(G12D) and androgen receptor (AR) signaling, underwent cell differentiation in vivo. The differentiation process led to suppression of the p63 expressing cells with a decreased number of CK5+ basal cells, but an increase of CK8+ luminal tumorigenic cells, and revealed a hierarchal lineage pattern consisting of p63+/CK5+ progenitor, CK5+/CK8+ transitional progenitor, and CK8+ differentiated luminal cells...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
W Liu, J B Li, T Wang, L Bian, S H Zhang, H Q Zhang, J M Zhou, S T Song, Z F Jiang
Objective: To analyze the predict values of pathologic complete response (pCR) rates for patient outcome according to breast cancer (BC) molecular subtypes. Methods: Four hundred and sixteen patients with confirmed BC who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NCT) in The Affiliated Hospital of Military Medical Science Academy of the PLA were enrolled.The clinical and pathological characteristics of patients were collected. The primary endpoint was pCR rate and the secondary endpoint was disease free survival (DFS)...
September 27, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Marrie van der Mooren, Robert Rosén, Luuk Franssen, Linda Lundström, Patricia Piers
Purpose: To quantify the effect of induced stray light on halo size, luminance threshold, and contrast sensitivity. Methods: Retinal stray light was induced in five healthy subjects using different photographic filters. The stray light induced ranged from levels observed in intraocular lenses (IOLs) with glistenings (low) to cataract level (high). The visual impact was measured for halo size, luminance detection threshold, and contrast sensitivity with and without a glare source...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Yoshiyuki Goto, Satoshi Uematsu, Hiroshi Kiyono
Intestinal epithelial cells apically express glycans, especially α1,2-fucosyl linkages, which work as a biological interface for the host-microbe interaction. Emerging studies have shown that epithelial α1,2-fucosylation is regulated by microbes and by group 3 innate lymphoid cells (ILC3s). Dysregulation of the gene (FUT2) encoding fucosyltransferase 2, an enzyme governing epithelial α1,2-fucosylation, is associated with various human disorders, including infection and chronic inflammatory diseases. This suggests a critical role for an interaction between microbes, epithelial cells and ILC3s mediated via glycan residues...
October 19, 2016: Nature Immunology
Maesoon Im, Shelley I Fried
The ON-OFF directionally selective cells of the retina respond preferentially to movement in a preferred direction, but under laboratory conditions they are also sensitive to changes in the luminance of the stationary stimulus. If the response of these neurons contains information about both direction and luminance downstream neurons are faced with the challenge of extracting the motion component, a computation that may be difficult under certain viewing conditions. Here, we show that during natural viewing the response to luminance is suppressed, leaving a relatively pure motion signal that gets transmitted to the brain...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Meiou Dai, Chenjing Zhang, Ayad Ali, Xinyuan Hong, Jun Tian, Chieh Lo, Nadège Fils-Aimé, Sergio A Burgos, Suhad Ali, Jean-Jacques Lebrun
Triple negative breast cancers exhibit very aggressive features and poor patient outcomes. These tumors are enriched in cancer stem cells and exhibit resistance to most treatments and chemotherapy. In this study, we found the cyclin-dependent kinase (CDK4) to act as a cancer stem cell regulator and novel prognostic marker in triple negative breast cancers. We found CDK4 to be highly expressed in these tumors and its expression to correlate with poor overall and relapse free survival outcomes, high tumor grade and poor prognostic features of triple negative breast cancer patients...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ahmed R H Ahmed
Identification of metastatic potential of breast cancer cells is necessary for proper management of this disease. This work aimed to estimate likelihood of axillary lymph node (ALN) involvement in breast cancer patients based on human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) expression. Primary tumors of 317 breast cancer patients were evaluated for estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and HER2 expression by immunohistochemistry. The validity of these molecules to predict ALN metastasis was measured statistically and compared to predictive effect of other clinicopathological parameters...
October 15, 2016: Journal of the Egyptian National Cancer Institute
Suleyman Sahin, Gokmen U Erdem, Fatih Karatas, Aydin Aytekin, Ali R Sever, Yavuz Ozisik, Kadri Altundag
BACKGROUND: Body mass index (BMI) is defined as a poor prognostic factor in patients with breast cancer (BC). However, there are controversial results regarding the various effects of BMI on BC, hence the exact pathophysiology of the relation between obesity and BC is still under debate, and remains unclear. This paper aims to investigate the association between BMI at presentation and BC subtypes defined according to the immunohistochemical classification in both premenopausal and postmenopausal patients with BC...
October 15, 2016: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
K Bridget Brosnihan, Victor M Pulgar, Manish S Bharadwaj, Liomar A A Neves, Liliya M Yamaleyeva
BACKGROUND: Cyclooxygenase (COX)-derived prostanoids (PGE2, PGI2) are important contributors to the process of decidualization. Previous studies showed the presence of Ang-(1-7) in the primary and secondary decidualized zones of the implantation site at early pregnancy. Decreased concentrations of Ang-(1-7) were found in the decidualized uterus compared to the non-decidualized uterus of pseudopregnant rats, suggesting that low levels of Ang-(1-7) are required for successful decidualization at early pregnancy...
October 18, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
R Onnainty, E M Schenfeld, J P Petiti, M R Longhi, A Torres, M A Quevedo, G E Granero
Here, a novel drug delivery system was developed for the hydrochlorothiazide (HCT):ß-cyclodextrin (ßCD) inclusion complex loaded into chitosan (CS) nanoparticles (NPs)[CS/HCT:ßCD NPs]. It was found, for the first time, that exposure of the intestinal mucosa to free HCT resulted in an increased and abnormal intestinal permeability associated with several injuries to the intestinal epithelium. Nevertheless, the HCT delivery system obtained ameliorated the damage of the intestinal epithelium induced by HCT...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
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