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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098946/negative-association-between-mr-spectroscopic-glutamate-markers-and-gray-matter-volume-after-alcohol-withdrawal-in-the-hippocampus-a-translational-study-in-humans-and-rats
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Ulrich Frischknecht, Derik Hermann, Nuran Tunc-Skarka, Guo-Ying Wang, Markus Sack, Julia van Eijk, Traute Demirakca, Claudia Falfan-Melgoza, Bertram Krumm, Sandra Dieter, Rainer Spanagel, Falk Kiefer, Karl F Mann, Wolfgang H Sommer, Gabriele Ende, Wolfgang Weber-Fahr
BACKGROUND: Both chronic alcohol consumption and alcohol withdrawal lead to neural tissue damage which partly recovers during abstinence. This study investigated withdrawal-associated changes in glutamatergic compounds, markers of neuronal integrity, and gray matter volumes during acute alcohol withdrawal in the hippocampus, a key region in development and maintenance of alcohol dependence in humans and rats. METHODS: Alcohol-dependent patients (N = 39) underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MR spectroscopy (MRS) measurements within 24 hours after the last drink and after 2 weeks of abstinence...
January 18, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098912/microrna-9-limits-hepatic-fibrosis-by-suppressing-the-activation-and-proliferation-of-hepatic-stellate-cells-by-directly-targeting-mrp1-abcc1
#2
Jie Sun, Huanying Zhang, Liying Li, Lianfeng Yu, Lifang Fu
Liver fibrosis is a chronic liver disease characterized by the proliferation and activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM). Research suggests that microRNAs (miRNAs) are a new type of regulator of liver fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the role of microRNA-9 (miR-9) in the process of liver fibrosis, as well as the underlying mechanism of action. Downregulated levels of miR-9 were found in fibrotic liver tissues and activated HSCs as detected by qRT-PCR; whereas, expression of multidrug resistance‑associated protein 1 (MRP1/ABCC1) was upregulated in the fibrotic liver tissues and activated HSCs...
January 17, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098903/vitexin-alleviates-lipopolysaccharide%C3%A2-induced-islet-cell-injury-by-inhibiting-hmgb1-release
#3
Feifei Wang, Jiajing Yin, Yujin Ma, Hongwei Jiang, Yanbo Li
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic metabolic disease, where the predominant pathogenesis is pancreatic β‑cells dysfunction or injury. It has been well established that inflammation leads to a gradual exhaustion of pancreatic β‑cell function with decreased β‑cell mass likely resulting from pancreatic β‑cells apoptosis or death. Vitexin, a major bioactive flavonoid compound in plants has numerous pharmacological properties, including antioxidant, anti‑inflammatory and antimyeloperoxidase. Whether vitexin can protect pancreatic β‑cells against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)‑induced pro‑inflammatory cytokine production and apoptosis has received little attention...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098875/exposure-to-tnf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-combined-with-tgf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-induces-carcinogenesis-in-vitro-via-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-twist-axis
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Weilei Dong, Shuwen Sun, Xiaocheng Cao, Yinghong Cui, A Chen, Xiang Li, Jiansong Zhang, Jianguo Cao, Yifeng Wang
Persistent human papilloma virus (HPV) infection induces chronic inflammation resulting in human cervical cancer. However, the mechanisms underlying carcinogenesis via chronic inflammation remain largely unclear. We investigated the role of pro-inflammatory factors in epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and cancer stem cell-like (CSCL) characteristics of HeLa cells exposed to TNF‑α with or without TGF‑β. We then determined the role of NF-κB/Twist signal axis in the pathogenesis of cervical cancer...
January 16, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098843/perm-hypothesis-the-fundamental-machinery-able-to-elucidate-the-role-of-xenobiotics-and-hormesis-in-cell-survival-and-homeostasis
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REVIEW
Salvatore Chirumbolo, Geir Bjørklund
In this article the Proteasome, Endoplasmic Reticulum and Mitochondria (PERM) hypothesis is discussed. The complex machinery made by three homeostatic mechanisms involving the proteasome (P), endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and mitochondria (M) is addressed in order to elucidate the beneficial role of many xenobiotics, either trace metals or phytochemicals, which are spread in the human environment and in dietary habits, exerting their actions on the mechanisms underlying cell survival (apoptosis, cell cycle regulation, DNA repair and turnover, autophagy) and stress response...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098838/role-of-udp-glucuronosyltransferase-1a1-in-the-metabolism-and-pharmacokinetics-of-silymarin-flavonolignans-in-patients-with-hcv-and-nafld
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Ying Xie, Sonia R Miranda, Janelle M Hoskins, Roy L Hawke
Silymarin is the most commonly used herbal medicine by patients with chronic liver disease. Silymarin flavonolignans undergo rapid first-pass metabolism primarily by glucuronidation. The aims of this investigation were: (1) to determine the association of UGT1A1*28 polymorphism with the area under the plasma concentration-time curves (AUCs) for silybin A (SA) and silybin B (SB); (2) to evaluate the effect of UGT1A1*28 polymorphism on the profile of flavonolignan glucuronide conjugates found in the plasma; and (3) to investigate the role of UGT1A1 enzyme kinetics on the pharmacokinetics of SA and SB...
January 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098817/spatial-analysis-of-human-health-risk-due-to-arsenic-exposure-through-drinking-groundwater-in-taiwan-s-pingtung-plain
#7
Ching-Ping Liang, Yi-Chi Chien, Cheng-Shin Jang, Ching-Fang Chen, Jui-Sheng Chen
Chronic arsenic (As) exposure continues to be a public health problem of major concern worldwide, affecting hundreds of millions of people. A long-term groundwater quality survey has revealed that 20% of the groundwater in southern Taiwan's Pingtung Plain is clearly contaminated with a measured As concentration in excess of the maximum level of 10 µg/L recommended by the World Health Organization. The situation is further complicated by the fact that more than half of the inhabitants in this area continue to use groundwater for drinking...
January 14, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098766/single-electrode-deep-brain-stimulation-with-dual-targeting-at-dual-frequency-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-pain-a-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Milo Hollingworth, Hugh P Sims-Williams, Anthony E Pickering, Neil Barua, Nikunj K Patel
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) has been used to target many deep brain structures for the treatment of chronic pain. The periaqueductal grey and periventricular grey (PAG/PVG) is an effective target but results are variable, sometimes short-lived or subject to tolerance. The centromedian intra-laminar parafascicular complex (CMPf) modulates medial pain pathways and CMPf DBS may address the affective aspects of pain perception. Stimulation of multiple deep brain targets may offer a strategy to optimize management of patients with complex pain symptomatology...
January 13, 2017: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098757/role-of-mir-34a-5p-in-hematopoietic-progenitor-cells-proliferation-and-fate-decision-novel-insights-into-the-pathogenesis-of-primary-myelofibrosis
#9
Elisa Bianchi, Samantha Ruberti, Sebastiano Rontauroli, Paola Guglielmelli, Simona Salati, Chiara Rossi, Roberta Zini, Enrico Tagliafico, Alessandro Maria Vannucchi, Rossella Manfredini
Primary Myelofibrosis (PMF) is a chronic Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasm characterized by a skewed megakaryopoiesis and an overproduction of proinflammatory and profibrotic mediators that lead to the development of bone marrow (BM) fibrosis. Since we recently uncovered the upregulation of miR-34a-5p in PMF CD34+ hematopoietic progenitor cells (HPCs), in order to elucidate its role in PMF pathogenesis here we unravelled the effects of miR-34a-5p overexpression in HPCs. We showed that enforced expression of miR-34a-5p partially constrains proliferation and favours the megakaryocyte and monocyte/macrophage commitment of HPCs...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098741/does-familial-aggregation-of-chronic-low-back-pain-impact-on-recovery-a-population-based-twin-study
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J R Zadro, D Shirley, J F Sanchez-Romera, J R Ordoñana, P H Ferreira
STUDY DESIGN: Longitudinal twin-cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact familial aggregation of chronic low back pain (LBP) has on the recovery from chronic LBP. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: LBP is a worldwide problem, with pain and disability often becoming chronic. Genetics and familial behaviours could significantly impact the recovery from chronic LBP but have not been extensively investigated. METHODS: 624 Spanish twins from the Murcia Twin Registry reported experiencing chronic LBP within the past two years during the 2009/11 data collection wave and were followed up in 2013...
January 16, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098721/the-endocannabinoid-system-and-its-role-in-eczematous-dermatoses
#11
Alexandra R Trusler, Ashley K Clark, Raja K Sivamani, Vivian Y Shi
The skin serves as the foremost barrier between the internal body and the external world, providing crucial protection against pathogens and chemical, mechanical, and ultraviolet damages. The skin is a central player in the intricate network of immune, neurologic, and endocrine systems. The endocannabinoid system (ECS) includes an extensive network of bioactive lipid mediators and their receptors, functions to modulate appetite, pain, mood, and memory, and has recently been implicated in skin homeostasis. Disruption of ECS homeostasis is implicated in the pathogenesis of several prevalent skin conditions...
January 2017: Dermatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098594/mediators-of-diabetic-neuropathy-is-hyperglycemia-the-only-culprit
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Anna Grisold, Brian C Callaghan, Eva L Feldman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is a disabling, highly prevalent complication of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T1DM and T2DM). Large clinical studies support the concept that, in addition to hyperglycemia, components of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) may underlie the pathogenesis of DPN, especially in T2DM. This review will present the evidence supporting the MetS and its individual components as potential causal factors for the development of neuropathy...
January 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098578/helicobacter-pylori-and-risk-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Karn Wijarnpreecha, Charat Thongprayoon, Panadeekarn Panjawatanan, Wuttiporn Manatsathit, Veeravich Jaruvongvanich, Patompong Ungprasert
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is the most common chronic bacterial infection. Patients with H. pylori infection may be at an increased risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) because of chronic inflammation and insulin resistance. Several epidemiologic studies attempting to determine this risk have yielded inconsistent results. This meta-analysis was conducted with the aims to summarize all available evidence and estimate the risk of NAFLD in patients with H...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098561/decoding-of-intended-saccade-direction-in-an-oculomotor-brain-computer-interface
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Nan Jia, Scott Brincat, Andrés Salazar-Gómez, Mikhail Panko, Frank Guenther, Earl Miller
OBJECTIVE: To date, invasive brain-computer interface (BCI) research has largely focused on replacing lost limb functions using signals from of hand/arm areas of motor cortex. However, the oculomotor system may be better suited to BCI applications involving rapid serial selection from spatial targets, such as choosing from a set of possible words displayed on a computer screen in an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) application. Here we aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of a BCI utilizing the oculomotor system...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098396/the-effects-of-chronic-cobalt-and-chromium-exposure-after-metal-on-metal-hip-resurfacing-an-epigenome-wide-association-pilot-study
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Julia Steinberg, Karan M Shah, Alison Gartland, Eleftheria Zeggini, J Mark Wilkinson
Metal-on-metal (MOM) hip resurfacing has recently been a popular prosthesis choice for the treatment of symptomatic arthritis, but results in the release of cobalt and chromium ions into the circulation that can be associated with adverse clinical effects. The mechanism underlying these effects remains unclear. While chromosomal aneuploidy and translocations are associated with this exposure, the presence of subtle structural epigenetic modifications in patients with MOM joint-replacements remains unexplored...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098370/effectiveness-of-phototherapy-in-chronic-urticaria
#16
S F Thomsen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098219/combined-lrrk2-mutation-aging-and-chronic-low-dose-oral-rotenone-as-a-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
#17
Hui-Fang Liu, Philip Wing-Lok Ho, Gideon Chi-Ting Leung, Colin Siu-Chi Lam, Shirley Yin-Yu Pang, Lingfei Li, Michelle Hiu-Wai Kung, David Boyer Ramsden, Shu-Leong Ho
Aging, genetics and environmental toxicity are important etiological factors in Parkinson's disease (PD). However, its pathogenesis remains unclear. A major obstacle is the lack of an appropriate experimental model which incorporates genetic susceptibility, aging and prolonged environmental toxicity. Here, we explored the interplay amongst these factors using mutant LRRK2(R1441G) (leucine-rich-repeat-kinase-2) knockin mice. We found that mutant primary cortical and mesencephalic dopaminergic neurons were more susceptible to rotenone-induced ATP deficiency and cell death...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098218/the-role-of-mir-497-5p-in-myofibroblast-differentiation-of-lr-mscs-and-pulmonary-fibrogenesis
#18
Xiang Chen, Chaowen Shi, Cong Wang, Weilin Liu, Yanhong Chu, Zou Xiang, Kebin Hu, Ping Dong, Xiaodong Han
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a chronic, progressive and fatal fibrotic lung disease characterized by profound changes in stem cell differentiation, epithelial cell phenotypes and fibroblast proliferation. In our study, we found that miR-497-5p was significantly upregulated both during myofibroblast differentiation of lung resident mesenchymal stem cells (LR-MSCs) and in the lung tissues of a pulmonary fibrosis model. In addition, as determined by luciferase assays and Western blot analysis, reversion-inducing cysteine-rich protein with kazal motifs (Reck) was identified to be one of the target genes of miR-497-5p, and Reck could suppress the expression of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (Mmp2) and Mmp9, which could activate latent transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098214/clinical-roles-of-lung-volumes-detected-by-body-plethysmography-and-helium-dilution-in-asthmatic-patients-a-correlation-and-diagnosis-analysis
#19
Jian Luo, Dan Liu, Guo Chen, Binmiao Liang, Chuntao Liu
Roles of lung volumes in asthma remain controversial. We aimed to evaluate the efficacy of lung volumes in differentiating asthma severity levels. Consecutive outpatients with chronic persistent asthma were enrolled, and body plethysmography (BP) and helium dilution (HD) were performed simultaneously to extract RV%pred, TLC%pred, and RV/TLC. Significant negative correlations were found between FEV1%pred and RV%pred (r = -0.557, P < 0.001), TLC%pred (r = -0.387, P < 0.001), and RV/TLC (r = -0...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098144/oligo-fucoidan-prevents-renal-tubulointerstitial-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-cd44-signal-pathway
#20
Cheng-Hsien Chen, Yuh-Mou Sue, Chung-Yi Cheng, Yen-Cheng Chen, Chung-Te Liu, Yung-Ho Hsu, Pai-An Hwang, Nai-Jen Huang, Tso-Hsiao Chen
Tubulointerstitial fibrosis is recognized as a key determinant of progressive chronic kidney disease (CKD). Fucoidan, a sulphated polysaccharide extracted from brown seaweed, exerts beneficial effects in some nephropathy models. The present study evaluated the inhibitory effect of oligo-fucoidan (800 Da) on renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis. We established a mouse CKD model by right nephrectomy with transient ischemic injury to the left kidney. Six weeks after the surgery, we fed the CKD mice oligo-fucoidan at 10, 20, and 100 mg/kg/d for 6 weeks and found that the oligo-fucoidan doses less than 100 mg/kg/d improved renal function and reduced renal tubulointerstitial fibrosis in CKD mice...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
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