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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098823/integrative-mirna-gene-expression-analysis-enables-refinement-of-associated-biology-and-prediction-of-response-to-cetuximab-in-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-cancer
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Loris De Cecco, Marco Giannoccaro, Edoardo Marchesi, Paolo Bossi, Federica Favales, Laura D Locati, Lisa Licitra, Silvana Pilotti, Silvana Canevari
This paper documents the process by which we, through gene and miRNA expression profiling of the same samples of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) and an integrative miRNA-mRNA expression analysis, were able to identify candidate biomarkers of progression-free survival (PFS) in patients treated with cetuximab-based approaches. Through sparse partial least square-discriminant analysis (sPLS-DA) and supervised analysis, 36 miRNAs were identified in two components that clearly separated long- and short-PFS patients...
January 14, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098794/ftr82-is-critical-for-vascular-patterning-during-zebrafish-development
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Hsueh-Wei Chang, Wen-Der Wang, Chien-Chih Chiu, Chiou-Hua Chen, Yi-Shan Wang, Zih-Ying Chen, Wangta Liu, Ming-Hong Tai, Zhi-Hong Wen, Chang-Yi Wu
Cellular components and signaling pathways are required for the proper growth of blood vessels. Here, we report for the first time that a teleost-specific gene ftr82 (finTRIM family, member 82) plays a critical role in vasculature during zebrafish development. To date, there has been no description of tripartite motif proteins (TRIM) in vascular development, and the role of ftr82 is unknown. In this study, we found that ftr82 mRNA is expressed during the development of vessels, and loss of ftr82 by morpholino (MO) knockdown impairs the growth of intersegmental vessels (ISV) and caudal vein plexus (CVP), suggesting that ftr82 plays a critical role in promoting ISV and CVP growth...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098310/a-computational-model-predicts-genetic-nodes-that-allow-switching-between-species-specific-responses-in-a-conserved-signaling-network
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Adriana T Dawes, David Wu, Karley K Mahalak, Edward M Zitnik, Natalia Kravtsova, Haiwei Su, Helen M Chamberlin
Cell signaling networks regulate a variety of developmental and physiological processes, and changes in their response to external stimuli are often implicated in disease initiation and progression. To elucidate how different responses can arise from conserved signaling networks, we have developed a mathematical model of the well-characterized Caenorhabditis vulval development network involving EGF, Wnt and Notch signaling that recapitulates biologically observed behaviors. We experimentally block a specific element of the EGF pathway (MEK), and find different behaviors in vulval development in two Caenorhabditis species, C...
January 18, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097825/signalling-pathways-involved-in-hypoxia-induced-renal-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Minna Liu, Xiaoxuan Ning, Rong Li, Zhen Yang, Xiaoxia Yang, Shiren Sun, Qi Qian
Renal fibrosis is the common pathological hallmark of progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD) with diverse aetiologies. Recent researches have highlighted the critical role of hypoxia during the development of renal fibrosis as a final common pathway in end-stage kidney disease (ESKD), which joints the scientist's attention recently to exploit the molecular mechanism underlying hypoxia-induced renal fibrogenesis. The scaring formation is a multilayered cellular response and involves the regulation of multiple hypoxia-inducible signalling pathways and complex interactive networks...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097394/the-morphology-and-morphometry-of-the-fovea-capitis-femoris
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Vivek Perumal, Stephanie J Woodley, Helen D Nicholson
BACKGROUND: There is little published information on the anatomy of the fovea capitis femoris (FCF), the distal attachment site of the ligament of the head of femur (LHF). This study investigates the morphology of the FCF on dry bones in an attempt to answer some of the debate around the functional significance of the LHF. METHODS: The morphological and morphometric details of the FCF were analysed on 125 dry isolated femora (n = 125) from the Anatomy Museum, University of Otago, New Zealand...
January 17, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095743/adult-murine-pancreatic-progenitors-require-egf-and-nicotinamide-for-self-renewal-and-differentiation-in-a-serum-and-conditioned-medium-free-culture
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Lena Wedeken, Angela Luo, Jacob R Tremblay, Jeffrey Rawson, Liang Jin, Dan Gao, Janine Quijano, Hsun Teresa Ku
Adult pancreatic stem and progenitor cells may serve as an alternative source of insulin-secreting endocrine cells in cell replacement therapy for type 1 diabetes, but much remained unknown about these cells. We previously identified adult murine pancreatic progenitor-like cells that displayed in vitro self-renewal and tri-lineage differentiation activities in a 3-dimensional colony/organoid assay containing 1% methylcellulose and 5% Matrigel. However, the presence of other undefined culture components, such as serum and conditioned medium, has prevented a complete understanding of the signals required for progenitor cell growth...
January 17, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095169/examination-of-knee-morphology-after-secondary-ipsilateral-acl-injury-compared-to-those-that-have-not-reinjured-a-preliminary-study
#7
Jessica E Digiacomo, Riann M Palmieri-Smith, John A Redmann, Lindsey K Lepley
CONTEXT: Modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors have been identified for sustaining a primary ACL injury, however less research is available examining risk factors for a second injury. Identifying whether bony morphological factors are different (or more exaggerated) among those that experience a secondary ACL injury is critical to understanding if non-modifiable risk factors are associated with a second injury. OBJECTIVE: To identify if bony morphology is different among those that experience a secondary ACL re-injury as compared to ACL individuals that do not...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Sport Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094257/pten-is-necessary-for-the-quiescence-and-maintenance-of-adult-muscle-stem-cells
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Feng Yue, Pengpeng Bi, Chao Wang, Tizhong Shan, Yaohui Nie, Timothy L Ratliff, Timothy P Gavin, Shihuan Kuang
Satellite cells (SCs) are myogenic stem cells required for regeneration of adult skeletal muscles. A proper balance among quiescence, activation and differentiation is essential for long-term maintenance of SCs and their regenerative function. Here we show a function of Pten (phosphatase and tensin homologue) in quiescent SCs. Deletion of Pten in quiescent SCs leads to their spontaneous activation and premature differentiation without proliferation, resulting in depletion of SC pool and regenerative failure...
January 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092987/emerging-treatment-approaches-for-myeloma-related-bone-disease
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Maria Gavriatopoulou, Meletios A Dimopoulos, Efstathios Kastritis, Evangelos Terpos
Multiple myeloma is characterized by the presence of osteolytic lesions that leads to devastating skeletal-related events in the majority of patients. Myeloma bone disease is attributed to increased osteoclastic and suppressed osteoblastic activity. Areas covered: Bisphosphonates remain the main treatment option, however they have limitations on their own. Understanding the pathogenesis of myeloma bone disease may provide a roadmap for new therapeutic approaches. The pathway of RANKRANKLOPG pathway has revealed denosumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting RANKL as a novel emerging therapy for myeloma-related bone disease...
January 17, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090565/thbs2-is-a-candidate-modifier-of-liver-disease-severity-in-alagille-syndrome
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Ellen A Tsai, Melissa A Gilbert, Christopher M Grochowski, Lara A Underkoffler, He Meng, Xiaojie Zhang, Michael M Wang, Hailu Shitaye, Kurt D Hankenson, David Piccoli, Henry Lin, Binita M Kamath, Marcella Devoto, Nancy B Spinner, Kathleen M Loomes
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Alagille syndrome is an autosomal-dominant, multisystem disorder caused primarily by mutations in JAG1, resulting in bile duct paucity, cholestasis, cardiac disease, and other features. Liver disease severity in Alagille syndrome is highly variable, however, factors influencing the hepatic phenotype are unknown. We hypothesized that genetic modifiers may contribute to the variable expressivity of this disorder. METHODS: We performed a genome-wide association study in a cohort of Caucasian subjects with known pathogenic JAG1 mutations, comparing patients with mild vs severe liver disease, followed by functional characterization of a candidate locus...
September 2016: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090184/radiographic-evaluation-of-the-status-of-third-molars-in-sriganganagar-population-a-digital-panoramic-study
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Sharry Goyal, Pradhuman Verma, Seetharamaiha Sunder Raj
BACKGROUND: Third molar (M3) agenesis and impaction are associated with evolution, changed dietary habits, and human jaw growth. The aim of the study was to radiographically evaluate the prevalence of M3s agenesis, impacted M3s with different impaction patterns, and the approximation of Inferior Dental Canal (IDC) with impacted mandibular M3s roots among the Sriganganagar population. METHODS: The study included 700 randomly selected subjects from OPD with an age range of 25-45 years...
November 2016: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089430/high-variability-of-expression-profiles-of-homeologous-genes-for-wnt-hh-notch-and-hippo-signaling-pathways-in-xenopus-laevis
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Tatsuo Michiue, Takayoshi Yamamoto, Yuuri Yasuoka, Toshiyasu Goto, Takafumi Ikeda, Kei Nagura, Takuya Nakayama, Masanori Taira, Tsutomu Kinoshita
Cell signaling pathways, such as Wnt, Hedgehog (Hh), Notch, and Hippo, are essential for embryogenesis, organogenesis, and tissue homeostasis. In this study, we analyzed 415 genes involved in these pathways in the allotetraploid frog, Xenopus laevis. Most genes are retained in two subgenomes called L and S (193 homeologous gene pairs and 29 singletons). This conservation rate of homeologs is much higher than that of all genes in the X. laevis genome (86.9% vs 60.2%). Among singletons, 24 genes are retained in the L subgenome, a rate similar to the average for all genes (82...
January 12, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089369/deciphering-the-fringe-mediated-notch-code-identification-of-activating-and-inhibiting-sites-allowing-discrimination-between-ligands
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Shinako Kakuda, Robert S Haltiwanger
Fringe proteins are β3-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferases that modulate Notch activity by modifying O-fucose residues on epidermal growth factor-like (EGF) repeats of Notch. Mammals have three Fringes: Lunatic, Manic, and Radical. While Lunatic and Manic Fringe inhibit Notch1 activation from Jagged1 and enhance activation from Delta-like 1, Radical Fringe enhances signaling from both. We used a mass spectrometry approach to determine whether the variable effects of Fringes on Notch1 result from generation of unique glycosylation patterns on Notch1...
December 29, 2016: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088693/reinforcement-of-a-pmma-resin-for-interim-fixed-prostheses-with-silica-nanoparticles
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Marianthi Topouzi, Eleana Kontonasaki, Dimitrios Bikiaris, Lambrini Papadopoulou, Konstantinos M Paraskevopoulos, Petros Koidis
PURPOSE: Fractures in long span provisional/interim restorations are a common complication. Adequate fracture toughness is necessary to resist occlusal forces and crack propagation, so these restorations should be constructed with materials of improved mechanical properties. The aim of this study was to investigate the possible reinforcement of neat silica nanoparticles and trietoxyvinylsilane-modified silica nanoparticles in a PMMA resin for fixed interim restorations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Composite PMMA-Silica nanoparticles powders were mixed with PMMA liquid and compact bar shaped specimens were fabricated according to the British standard BS EN ISO 127337:2005...
January 9, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087837/off-target-effects-of-neuroleptics-and-antidepressants-on-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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M Caldara, S Graziano, M Gullì, S Cadonici, Nelson Marmiroli
Over the past years, the use of antidepressants and neuroleptics has steadily increased. Although incredibly useful to treat disorders like depression, schizophrenia, epilepsy, or mental retardation, these drugs display many side effects. Toxicogenomic studies aim to limit this problem by trying to identify cellular targets and off-targets of medical compounds. The baker yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been shown to be a key player in this approach, as it represents an incredible toolbox for the dissection of complex biological processes...
January 13, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087636/r-spondin-1-is-required-for-specification-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-through-wnt16-and-vegfa-signaling-pathways
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Jamie R Genthe, Wilson K Clements
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are the therapeutic component of bone marrow transplants, but finding immune-compatible donors limits treatment availability and efficacy. Recapitulation of endogenous specification during development is a promising approach to directing HSC specification in vitro, but current protocols are not capable of generating authentic HSCs with high efficiency. Across phyla, HSCs arise from hemogenic endothelium in the ventral floor of the dorsal aorta concurrent with arteriovenous specification and intersegmental vessel (ISV) sprouting, processes regulated by Notch and Wnt...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087290/inferior-j-waves-in-patients-with-vasospastic-angina-might-be-a-risk-factor-for-ventricular-fibrillation
#17
Tomoko Fumimoto, Takeshi Ueyama, Akihiko Shimizu, Yasuhiro Yoshiga, Makoto Ono, Takayoshi Kato, Hironori Ishiguchi, Takayuki Okamura, Jutaro Yamada, Masafumi Yano
BACKGROUND: There is little information about the relationship between J waves and the occurrence of ventricular fibrillation (VF) in patients with vasospastic angina (VSA). The present study aimed to assess the incidence of J waves and the occurrence of VF in patients with VSA. METHODS: The subjects consisted of 62 patients with VSA diagnosed by acetylcholine provocation tests in our institution from 2002 to 2014. We investigated the VF events, prevalence of J waves, and relationship between the VF events and J waves...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086833/delta-like-4-notch-signaling-promotes-apc-min-tumor-initiation-through-angiogenic-and-non-angiogenic-related-mechanisms
#18
Marina Badenes, Alexandre Trindade, Hugo Pissarra, Luís Lopes-da-Costa, António Duarte
BACKGROUND: Delta like 4 (Dll4)/Notch signaling is a key regulator of tumor angiogenesis. Additionally, the role of Dll4 has been studied on tumor stem cells. However, as these cells are implicated in tumor angiogenesis, it is conceivable that the effect of Dll4 on these cells may be a consequence of its angiogenic function. Our aim was to evaluate the expression and dissect the functions of Dll4 in the Apc (Min/+) model of colorectal cancer. METHODS: We evaluated the protein expression pattern of Dll4 and other Notch members in the Apc (Min/+) tumors relatively to the normal gut and compared endothelial-specific with ubiquitous Dll4 knockout mice on an Apc (Min/+) background...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081466/long-non-coding-rna-zfas1-is-an-unfavourable-prognostic-factor-and-promotes-glioma-cell-progression-by-activation-of-the-notch-signaling-pathway
#19
Kai Gao, Zhiwu Ji, Kun She, Qingyan Yang, Lianbin Shao
Survival of patients with glioma remains poor, which is largely attributed to active carcinogenesis. Accumulating evidence indicates that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play key roles in tumor initiation and progression. However, the function of lncRNA ZFAS1 in glioma is still unclear. In the current study, we found that ZFAS1 was upregulated in glioma tissues and cell lines. High ZFAS1 expression in glioma tissues was significantly correlated with advanced tumor stage and poor overall survival. Furthermore, in vitro assays demonstrated that ZFAS1 inhibition significantly suppressed glioma cell proliferation, migration and invasion...
January 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081078/mid-wave-infrared-narrow-bandwidth-guided-mode-resonance-notch-filter
#20
Y Zhong, Z Goldenfeld, K Li, W Streyer, L Yu, L Nordin, N Murphy, D Wasserman
We have designed, fabricated, and characterized a guided mode resonance notch filter operating in the technologically vital mid-wave infrared (MWIR) region of the electromagnetic spectrum. The filter provides a bandstop at λ≈4.1  μm, with a 12 dB extinction on resonance. In addition, we demonstrate a high transmission background (>80%), less than 6% transmission on resonance, and an ultra-narrow bandwidth transmission notch (10  cm<sup>-1</sup>). Our filter is optically characterized using angle- and polarization-dependent Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and simulated using rigorous coupled-wave analysis (RCWA) with excellent agreement between simulations and our experimental results...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
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