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Xuehua Shao, Duo Lai, Ling Zhang, Hanhong Xu
Azadirachtin is one of the most effective botanical insecticides and has been widely used in pest control. Toxicological reports show that azadirachtin can induce apoptosis in various insect cell lines. However, studies of azadirachtin-induced autophagy in cultured insect cells are lacking. This study reports that azadirachtin A significantly inhibits cell proliferation by inducing autophagic and apoptotic cell death in Spodoptera litura cultured cell line (SL-1 cell). Characteristic autophagolysosome and Atg8-PE (phosphatidylethanolamine) accumulation were observed by electron microscopy and western blotting, indicating that azadirachtin triggered autophagy in SL-1 cell...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shi-Hong Gu, Yun-Chih Hsieh, Pei-Ling Lin
Our previous studies showed that adenosine 5'-monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK)/the target of rapamycin (TOR) signaling is involved in prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH)-stimulated ecdysteroidogenesis in Bombyx mori prothoracic glands (PGs). In the present study, we further investigated the signaling involved in PTTH-stimulated phosphorylation of 4E-BP. We found that 4E-BP phosphorylation stimulated by PTTH was partially reduced in Ca(2+)-free medium, indicating the involvement of Ca(2+). In addition, we found that a potent and specific inhibitor of phospholipase C (PLC), U73122, greatly inhibited 4E-BP phosphorylation...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Insect Physiology
Stephan Geuter, Jonathan T Cunningham, Tor D Wager
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Pain Rep
David Hamilton, Vinidh Paleri
Morbidity and mortality associated with increasingly radical doses of chemoradiotherapy have led many to question the current standard of care in head and neck cancer. Recently, surgeons have developed minimally invasive, transoral techniques which have demonstrated excellent survival and favourable functional outcomes. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is the most recent, cutting edge in the evolution of transoral techniques; TORS allows surgeons unprecedented access to and visualisation of the upper aerodigestive tract...
October 11, 2016: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
Mark A D'Agostino
The standard treatment for patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome is positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. However when PAP therapy fails, surgery maybe an option to alleviate the obstruction. The base of tongue plays an important role in this obstruction, and addressing the tongue base surgically can be a challenge for the head and neck surgeon. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) using the da Vinci Surgical System provides a safe and effective way to approach and manage the base of tongue and supraglottis...
October 11, 2016: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
Adrienne Wang, Jacob Mouser, Jason Pitt, Daniel Promislow, Matt Kaeberlein
Pediatric mitochondrial disorders are a devastating category of diseases caused by deficiencies in mitochondrial function. Leigh Syndrome (LS) is the most common of these diseases with symptoms typically appearing within the first year of birth and progressing rapidly until death, usually by 6-7 years of age. Our lab has recently shown that genetic inhibition of the mechanistic target of rapamycin (TOR) rescues the short lifespan of yeast mutants with defective mitochondrial function, and that pharmacological inhibition of TOR by administration of rapamycin significantly rescues the shortened lifespan, neurological symptoms, and neurodegeneration in a mouse model of LS...
October 11, 2016: Oncotarget
Arzu-Karaman Koç, Yakup Yegin, Mustafa Çelik, Mehmet Sar, Damlanur Sakiz, Fatma-Tülin Kayhan
INTRODUCTION: Sialadenoma papilliferum (SP) is a rare benign tumor, which originates from the minor salivary gland. It occurs at sites that have minor salivary glands, such as the palate, retromolar pads, buccal mucosa, and lips. The most common location for tumor development is on the hard palate. A differential diagnosis consists of ruling out other salivary gland tumors. Transoral robotic surgery (TORS) is a new technology used in head and neck surgery within certain centers around the world...
September 2016: Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
Tanvi Shekhar-Guturja, Walters Aji Tebung, Harley Mount, Ningning Liu, Julia R Köhler, Malcolm Whiteway, Leah E Cowen
Invasive fungal infections are a leading cause of human mortality. Effective treatment is hindered by the rapid emergence of resistance to the limited number of antifungal drugs, demanding new strategies to treat life-threatening fungal infections. Here, we explore a powerful strategy to enhance antifungal efficacy using the natural product beauvericin against leading human fungal pathogens. We found that beauvericin potentiates the activity of azole antifungals against azole-resistant Candida isolates via inhibition of multidrug efflux, and that beauvericin itself is effluxed via Yor1...
October 10, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Tor Ekstrom, Stephen Maher, Yue Chen
INTRODUCTION: Identifying individual identities from faces is crucial for social functioning. In schizophrenia, previous studies showed mixed results as to whether face identity discrimination is compromised. How a social category factor (such as gender and race) affects schizophrenia patients' facial identity discrimination is unclear. METHODS: Using psychophysics, we examined perceptual performance on within- and between- category face identity discrimination tasks in patients (n = 51) and controls (n = 31)...
October 13, 2016: Cognitive Neuropsychiatry
Zeng Xiaowei, Liu Cuicui, Han Ning, Bian Hongwu, Zhu Muyuan
Autophagy is an evolutionarily highly conserved catabolic pathway among eukaryotic cells that protects the organisms against environmental stress. Normally, autophagy is mainly involved with autophagy-related proteins(ATGs) and autophagic regulators including a series of cytoplasmic proteins and small molecules. Besides, the selective autophagy, which targets damaged organalles or protein aggregates, is mediated by the additional receptors to help the ATGs recognize different substrates. In this review, we summarize recent advances in autophagic regulators like ROS(Reactive oxygen species), TOR(Target of rapamycin) and receptors like NBR1(Neighbor of BRCA1 gene protein), RPN10(Regulatory particle non-ATPase 10) as well as their functional mechanisms mainly in Arabidopsis thaliana...
July 20, 2016: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
Tor-Arne Hegvik, Eivind Alexander Valestrand
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Tidsskrift for Den Norske Lægeforening: Tidsskrift for Praktisk Medicin, Ny Række
Flemming Javier Olsen, Litten Bertelsen, Martina Chantal de Knegt, Thomas Emil Christensen, Niels Vejlstrup, Jesper Hastrup Svendsen, Jan Skov Jensen, Tor Biering-Sørensen
Several cardiac imaging modalities are able to visualize the left atrium (LA) and, therefore, allow for quantification of both structural and functional properties of this cardiac chamber. In echocardiography, only the maximal LA volume is included in the assessment of diastolic function at the current moment. Numerous studies, however, have shown that functional measures may be superior to the maximal LA volume in several aspects and to possess clinical value even in the absence of structural abnormalities...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Amer Sehic, Amela Tulek, Cuong Khuu, Minou Nirvani, Lars Peter Sand, Tor Paaske Utheim
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small, non-coding RNAs that provide an efficient pathway for regulation of gene expression at a post-transcriptional level. Tooth development is regulated by a complex network of cell-cell signaling during all steps of organogenesis. Most of the congenital dental defects in humans are caused by mutations in genes involved in developmental regulatory networks. Whereas the developmental morphological stages of the tooth development already are thoroughly documented, the implicated genetic network is still under investigation...
October 7, 2016: Gene
Wolfgang Frenzel, Stefan Wietek, Tor-Einar Svae, Anette Debes, Daniel Svorc
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the tolerability and safety of Octagam® 5% and 10% across all indications, ages, and treatment regimens, using data from four non-interventional post-authorization safety studies (PASS); this analysis was performed following changes in the preparation of raw material used to manufacture Octagam. METHODS: All four studies included in- and out-patients prescribed Octagam for treatment of their medical condition. Physicians used case report forms to document baseline demographics, Octagam treatment details, and data on the efficacy of Octagam, and recorded all adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and other safety data...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Santhosh Kumar Sariki, Pushpendra Kumar Sahu, Upendarrao Golla, Vikash Singh, Gajendra Kumar Azad, Raghuvir S Tomar
Mutations in the Senataxin gene, SETX are known to cause the neurodegenerative disorders, ataxia with oculomotor apraxia type 2 (AOA2) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 4 (ALS4). However, the mechanism underlying disease pathogenesis is still unclear. The Senataxin N-terminal protein-interaction and C-terminal RNA/DNA helicase domains are conserved in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae homolog, Sen1p. Using genome-wide expression analysis, we first show alterations in key cellular pathways such as; redox, unfolded protein response and TOR in the yeastsen1ΔN mutant (N terminal truncation)...
October 8, 2016: FEBS Journal
Hugh Cross, Jørn Henrik Sønstebø, Nina E Nagy, Volkmar Timmermann, Halvor Solheim, Isabella Børja, Håvard Kauserud, Tor Carlsen, Barbara Rzepka, Katarzyna Wasak, Adam Vivian-Smith, Ari M Hietala
High biodiversity is regarded as a barrier against biological invasions. We hypothesized that the invasion success of the pathogenic ascomycete Hymenoscyphus fraxineus threatening common ash in Europe relates to differences in dispersal and colonization success between the invader and the diverse native competitors. Ash leaf mycobiome was monitored by high-throughput sequencing of the fungal internal transcribed spacer region (ITS) and quantitative PCR profiling of H. fraxineus DNA. Initiation of ascospore production by H...
September 26, 2016: New Phytologist
Meer T Alam, Shrestha S Ray, Camille N Chun, Zahara G Chowdhury, Mohammed H Rashid, Valery E Madsen Beau De Rochars, Afsar Ali
In October of 2010, an outbreak of cholera was confirmed in Haiti for the first time in more than a century. A single clone of toxigenic Vibrio cholerae O1 biotype El Tor serotype Ogawa strain was implicated as the cause. Five years after the onset of cholera, in October, 2015, we have discovered a major switch (ranging from 7 to 100%) from Ogawa serotype to Inaba serotype. Furthermore, using wbeT gene sequencing and comparative sequence analysis, we now demonstrate that, among 2013 and 2015 Inaba isolates, the wbeT gene, responsible for switching Ogawa to Inaba serotype, sustained a unique nucleotide mutation not found in isolates obtained from Haiti in 2012...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Elina Tor, Carole Steketee, Donna Mak
Objectives: To evaluate the merit of the Clinical Audit Project (CAP) in an assessment program for undergraduate medical education using a systematic assessment validation framework. Methods: A cross-sectional assessment validation study at one medical school in Western Australia, with retrospective qualitative analysis of the design, development, implementation and outcomes of the CAP, and quantitative analysis of assessment data from four cohorts of medical students (2011- 2014)...
September 24, 2016: International Journal of Medical Education
Parisa Kakanj, Bernard Moussian, Sebastian Grönke, Victor Bustos, Sabine A Eming, Linda Partridge, Maria Leptin
The TOR and Insulin/IGF signalling (IIS) network controls growth, metabolism and ageing. Although reducing TOR or insulin signalling can be beneficial for ageing, it can be detrimental for wound healing, but the reasons for this difference are unknown. Here we show that IIS is activated in the cells surrounding an epidermal wound in Drosophila melanogaster larvae, resulting in PI3K activation and redistribution of the transcription factor FOXO. Insulin and TOR signalling are independently necessary for normal wound healing, with FOXO and S6K as their respective effectors...
October 7, 2016: Nature Communications
Erling A Bringeland, Hans H Wasmuth, Patricia Mjønes, Tor Å Myklebust, Jon E Grønbech
BACKGROUND: Population-based studies for gastric adenocarcinoma are scarce, particularly studies conducted within a defined geographical area with publicly available censuses that allow incidence rates to be calculated. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Population-based study in Central Norway from 2001 to 2011, covering a population of 636 000-680 000, respectively. Patients were identified through the Cancer Registry of Norway and the Norwegian Patient Register, and were characterized by data from individual electronic patient records...
October 6, 2016: Acta Oncologica
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