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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923233/efficacy-of-adipodren%C3%A2-in-reducing-interleukin-1-induced-lymphatic-endothelial-hyperpermeability
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Valerio Ciccone, Martina Monti, Giulia Antonini, Luisa Mattoli, Michela Burico, Francesca Marini, Anna Maidecchi, Lucia Morbidelli
Lymphatic leakage can be seen as a detrimental phenomenon associated with fluid retention and deposition as well as gain of weight. Moreover, lymphatic dysfunction is associated with an inflammatory environment and can be a substrate for other health conditions. A number of treatments can ameliorate lymphatic vasculature: natural substances have been used as treatment options particularly suitable for their consolidated effectiveness and safety profile. Here we report the protective effect of AdipoDren®, an association of a series of plant-derived natural complexes, on lymphatic endothelium permeability promoted by interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) and the associated molecular mechanisms...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923210/study-on-the-interactional-behaviour-of-transition-metal-ions-with-myoglobin-a-detailed-calorimetric-spectroscopic-and-light-scattering-analysis
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Amandeep Kaur, Parampaul K Banipal, Tarlok S Banipal
The energetics and the impact on the conformation of heme containing protein myoglobin (Mb) due to the binding of three transition metal ions (Zn(2+), Ni(2+), and Mn(2+)) have been investigated using isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-vis, and circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy under physiological conditions. The binding affinity of the order of 10(4)M(-1) has been observed for all metal ions from calorimetry as well as from absorption spectroscopy. The binding of these metal ions with Mb is a spontaneous process that exposes the hydrophobic groups away from the protein core as exhibited by the negative Gibbs free energy change (ΔG) and positive heat capacity change (ΔCp) values...
November 27, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923192/regional-homogeneity-associated-with-overgeneral-autobiographical-memory-of-first-episode-treatment-naive-patients-with-major-depressive-disorder-in-the-orbitofrontal-cortex-a-resting-state-fmri-study
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Yansong Liu, Xudong Zhao, Zaohuo Cheng, Fuquan Zhang, Jun Chang, Haosen Wang, Rukui Xie, Zhiqiang Wang, Leiming Cao, Guoqiang Wang
BACKGROUND: Overgeneral autobiographical memory (OGM) is involved in the onset and maintenance of depression. Recent studies have shown correlations between OGM and alterations of some brain regions by using task-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). However, the correlation between OGM and spontaneous brain activity in depression remains unclear. The purpose of this study was to determine whether patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) show abnormal regional homogeneity (ReHo) and, if so, whether the brain areas with abnormal ReHo are associated with OGM...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923191/a-highly-specific-ratiometric-two-photon-fluorescent-probe-to-detect-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-in-plasma-and-living-systems
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Li-Wei Zou, Ping Wang, Xing-Kai Qian, Lei Feng, Yang Yu, Dan-Dan Wang, Qiang Jin, Jie Hou, Zhi-Hong Liu, Guang-Bo Ge, Ling Yang
In this study, a highly specific ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe GP-BAN was developed and well-characterized to monitor dipeptidyl peptidase IV in plasma and living systems. GP-BAN was designed on the basis of the catalytic properties and substrate preference of DPP-IV, and it could be readily hydrolyzed upon addition of DPP-IV under physiological conditions. Both reaction phenotyping and inhibition assays demonstrated that GP-BAN displayed good reactivity and high selectivity towards DPP-IV over other human serine hydrolases including FAP, DPP-VIII, and DPP-IX...
November 30, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923164/thinking-anxious-feeling-anxious-or-both-cognitive-bias-moderates-the-relationship-between-anxiety-disorder-status-and-sympathetic-arousal-in-youth
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Michelle Rozenman, Allison Vreeland, John Piacentini
Cognitive bias and physiological arousal are two putative markers that may underlie youth anxiety. However, data on relationships between cognitive bias and arousal are limited, and typically do not include behavioral measurement of these constructs in order to tap real-time processes. We aimed to examine the relationship between performance-based cognitive bias and sympathetic arousal during stress in clinically anxious and typically-developing youth. The sample included children and adolescents ages 9 to 17 (Mean age=13...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923144/folic-acid-grafted-bovine-serum-albumin-decorated-graphene-oxide-an-efficient-drug-carrier-for-targeted-cancer-therapy
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Naxin Ma, Jing Liu, Wenxiu He, Zhonghao Li, Yuxia Luan, Yunmei Song, Sanjay Garg
Targeting drug carrier systems based on graphene oxide (GO) are of great interest, since it can selectively deliver anticancer drugs to tumor cells, and enhance therapeutic activities with minimized side effects. However, direct grafting target molecules on GO usually results in aggregation of physiological fluid, limiting its biomedical applications. Here, we propose a new strategy to construct targeting GO drug carrier using folic acid grafted bovine serum albumin (FA-BSA) as both the stabilizer and targeting agent...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923109/generation-of-domain-specific-monoclonal-antibodies-against-human-glutaredoxin3
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Xin Dai, Yanqing Li, Xiaohong Sun, Kai Cai, Qinwen Mao, Haibin Xia
Human Glutaredoxin3 (hGLRX3), which encodes a 37.4 kDa protein, possesses an N-terminal Trx homology domain followed by two tandem repeats of Grx domains. GLRX3 is expressed in many tissues and plays important roles in iron metabolism, antioxidant effect, cell proliferation and development, regulation of immune reaction, and tumorigenesis. The mechanisms underlying the biological function of GLRX3 are still not clear. To facilitate the functional research of GLRX3, in this study, monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against hGLRX3 were produced by using purified prokaryotic recombinant 6His-hGLRX3 fusion protein as the immunogen...
December 6, 2016: Monoclonal Antibodies in Immunodiagnosis and Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923070/macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-derived-from-cd4-t-cells-contributes-to-control-of-a-blood-borne-infection
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Mary F Fontana, Gabrielly L de Melo, Chioma Anidi, Rebecca Hamburger, Chris Y Kim, So Youn Lee, Jennifer Pham, Charles C Kim
Dynamic regulation of leukocyte population size and activation state is crucial for an effective immune response. In malaria, Plasmodium parasites elicit robust host expansion of macrophages and monocytes, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here we show that myeloid expansion during P. chabaudi infection is dependent upon both CD4+ T cells and the cytokine Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor (MCSF). Single-cell RNA-Seq analysis on antigen-experienced T cells revealed robust expression of Csf1, the gene encoding MCSF, in a sub-population of CD4+ T cells with distinct transcriptional and surface phenotypes...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922863/suppression-of-myocardial-18f-fdg-uptake-through-prolonged-high-fat-high-protein-and-very-low-carbohydrate-diet-before-fdg-pet-ct-for-evaluation-of-patients-with-suspected-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Yang Lu, Christopher Grant, Karen Xie, Nadera J Sweiss
BACKGROUND: A major obstacle in using FDG-PET/CT to diagnose cardiac sarcoidosis (CS) is the unpredictable physiological myocardial FDG uptake. We hypothesized that a prolonged 72-hour pretest high-fat, high-protein, and very-low-carbohydrate (HFHPVLC) diet preparation could suppress physiologic myocardial uptake of FDG and thus help to identify active CS. METHODS: This retrospective study included 215 FDG-PET/CT tests from 207 patients with biopsy-proven sarcoidosis and clinical suspicion for CS between July 2014 and December 2015...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922861/pet-mr-outperforms-pet-ct-in-suspected-occult-tumors
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Tetsuro Sekine, Felipe de Galiza Barbosa, Bert-Ram Sah, Cäcilia E Mader, Gaspar Delso, Irene A Burger, Paul Stolzmann, Edwin E Ter Voert, Gustav K von Schulthess, Patrick Veit-Haibach, Martin W Huellner
BACKGROUND: To compare the diagnostic accuracy of PET/MR and PET/CT in patients with suspected occult primary tumors. METHODS: This prospective study was approved by the institutional review board. Sequential PET/CT-MR was performed in 43 patients (22 male subjects; median age, 58 years; range, 20-86 years) referred for suspected occult primary tumors. Patients were assessed with PET/CT and PET/MR for the presence of a primary tumor, lymph node metastases, and distant metastases...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922823/slm35-links-mitochondrial-stress-response-and-longevity-through-tor-signaling-pathway
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Jose L Aguilar-Lopez, Raymond Laboy, Fabiola Jaimes-Miranda, Erika Garay, Alexander DeLuna, Soledad Funes
In most eukaryotic cells mitochondria are essential organelles involved in a great variety of cellular functions. One of the physiological processes linked to mitochondria is aging, a gradual process of damage accumulation that eventually promotes cell death. Aging depends on a balance between mitochondrial biogenesis, function and degradation. It has been previously shown that Tor1, Sch9 and Ras2 are activated in response to nutrient availability and regulate cell growth and division. A deficiency in any of these genes promotes lifespan extension and cell protection during oxidative and heat shock stress...
December 2, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922820/rapamycin-treatment-benefits-glucose-metabolism-in-mouse-models-of-type-2-diabetes
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Peter C Reifsnyder, Kevin Flurkey, Austen Te, David E Harrison
Numerous studies suggest that rapamycin treatment promotes insulin resistance, implying that rapamycin could have negative effects on patients with, or at risk for, type 2 diabetes (T2D). New evidence, however, indicates that rapamycin treatment produces some benefits to energy metabolism, even in the context of T2D. Here, we survey 5 mouse models of T2D (KK, KK-Ay, NONcNZO10, BKS-db/db, TALLYHO) to quantify effects of rapamycin on well-recognized markers of glucose homeostasis within a wide range of T2D environments...
November 30, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922747/frailty-and-subsequent-disability-and-mortality-among-patients-with-critical-illness
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Nathan E Brummel, Susan P Bell, Timothy D Girard, Pratik P Pandharipande, James C Jackson, Alessandro Morandi, Jennifer L Thompson, Rameela Chandrasekhar, Gordon R Bernard, Robert S Dittus, Thomas M Gill, E Wesley Ely
INTRODUCTION The prevalence of frailty (diminished physiologic reserve) and its effect on outcomes for those ≥18 years old with critical illness is unclear. We hypothesized greater frailty would be associated with subsequent mortality, disability, and cognitive impairment, regardless of age. METHODS At enrollment, we measured frailty using the Clinical Frailty Scale (CFS, range 1 [very fit] to 7 [severely frail]). At 3 and 12 months post-discharge, we assessed vital status, instrumental and basic activities of daily living (IADLs and BADLs), and cognition...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922658/detecting-anxiety-states-when-caring-for-people-with-dementia
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Bert Arnrich, Jesús Favela, Darién Miranda
BACKGROUND: Caregiving is a complex, stressful activity, which frequently leads to anxiety and the development of depressive disorders. Recent advances in wearable sensing allows to monitor relevant physiological data of the caregiver for detecting anxiety spans and for enacting coping strategies to reduce their anxiety when needed. OBJECTIVES: This work proposes a method to infer anxiety states of caregivers when caring for people with dementia, by using physiological data...
December 6, 2016: Methods of Information in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922639/mesolimbic-leptin-signaling-negatively-regulates-cocaine-conditioned-reward
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M Shen, C Jiang, P Liu, F Wang, L Ma
The regulatory mechanisms underlying the response to addictive drugs are complex, and increasing evidence indicates that there is a role for appetite-regulating pathways in substance abuse. Leptin, an important adipose hormone that regulates energy balance and appetite, exerts its physiological functions via leptin receptors. However, the role of leptin signaling in regulating the response to cocaine remains unclear. Here we examined the potential role of leptin signaling in cocaine reward using a conditioned place preference (CPP) procedure...
December 6, 2016: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922614/molecular-mechanisms-at-the-core-of-the-plant-circadian-oscillator
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REVIEW
Maria A Nohales, Steve A Kay
Circadian clocks are endogenous timekeeping networks that allow organisms to align their physiology with their changing environment and to perform biological processes at the most relevant times of the day and year. Initial feedback-loop models of the oscillator have been enriched by emerging evidence highlighting the increasing variety of factors and mechanisms that contribute to the generation of rhythms. In this Review, we consider the two major input pathways that connect the circadian clock of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana to its environment and discuss recent advances in understanding of how transcriptional, post-translational and post-transcriptional mechanisms contribute to clock function...
December 2016: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922611/genetic-and-epigenomic-mechanisms-of-mammalian-circadian-transcription
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REVIEW
Romeo Papazyan, Yuxiang Zhang, Mitchell A Lazar
The mammalian molecular clock comprises a complex network of transcriptional programs that integrates environmental signals with physiological pathways in a tissue-specific manner. Emerging technologies are extending knowledge of basic clock features by uncovering their underlying molecular mechanisms, thus setting the stage for a 'systems' view of the molecular clock. Here we discuss how recent data from genome-wide genetic and epigenetic studies have informed the understanding of clock function. In addition to its importance in human physiology and disease, the clock mechanism provides an ideal model to assess general principles of dynamic transcription regulation in vivo...
December 6, 2016: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922344/predictors-of-mortality-in-a-paediatric-intensive-care-unit-in-kigali-rwanda
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Rosine Nyirasafari, Mark H Corden, Angélique Charlie Karambizi, Jean Claude Kabayiza, Jean Damascene Makuza, Rex Wong, Michael F Canarie
BACKGROUND: The enormous burden of critical illness in resource-limited settings has led to a growing interest in paediatric critical care in these regions. However, published data on the practice of critical care and patient outcomes in these settings are scant. OBJECTIVE: This study sought to identify risk factors associated with mortality in the newly established Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Kigali University Teaching Hospital (KUTH) in Rwanda and test the predictive ability of a newly devised mortality risk score, the modified PRISM (MP) score...
December 6, 2016: Paediatrics and International Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922332/effect-of-moderate-and-high-intensity-chronic-exercise-on-the-pancreatic-islet-morphometry-in-healthy-rats-bdnf-receptor-participation
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Alberto Jiménez-Maldonado, Adolfo Virgen-Ortiz, Valery Melnikov, Alejandrina Rodríguez-Hernández, Armando Gamboa-Domínguez, Sergio Montero, Jesús Muñiz-Murguía, Mónica Lemus, Elena Roces de Álvarez-Buylla
A B S T R A C T The function and morphology of β-cells is largely dependent on insulin demand. As β-cells cover a bigger cell proportion in pancreas islets, changes of insulin producer cells affect the whole pancreatic islet morphology. Growth factors as the neurotrophins regulate the pancreas physiology, besides; physical exercise increases insulin sensitivity, and further modifies brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) concentration in plasma. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of chronic exercise (running in a treadmill for eight weeks) intensity on pancreatic islet morphometry in healthy state...
December 6, 2016: Islets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922185/relaxin-family-peptides-structure-activity-relationship-studies
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REVIEW
Nitin A Patil, K Johan Rosengren, Frances Separovic, John D Wade, Ross A D Bathgate, Mohammed Akhter Hossain
The human relaxin peptide family consists of seven cystine-rich peptides, four of which are known to signal through relaxin family peptide receptors, RXFP1-4. Considering the vital roles these peptides play in physiology and various diseases, they are of considerable importance for drug discovery and development. Detailed structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies towards understanding the role of important residues in each of these peptides have been reported over the years and utilised for design of antagonists and minimised agonist variants...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
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