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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214859/farnesoid-x-receptor-in-mice-prevents-severe-liver-immunopathology-during-lymphocytic-choriomeningitis-virus-infection
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Nadine Honke, Namir Shaabani, Cornelia Hardt, Caroline Krings, Dieter Häussinger, Philipp A Lang, Karl S Lang, Verena Keitel
BACKGROUND: Bile acids (BAs) are steroid molecules that are synthesized in the liver. In addition to their important role as a surfactant in solubilizing lipids and promoting the absorption of lipids in the gastrointestinal tract, they act as inflammagens. The role of BAs and their receptor farnesoid X receptor (FXR) during viral infection has not been studied in detail. METHODS: By using FXR-deficient mice, we investigated the role of bile acid receptor FXR during infection with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)...
January 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214367/population-genetic-structure-and-adaptation-of-malaria-parasites-on-the-edge-of-endemic-distribution
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Craig W Duffy, Hampate Ba, Samuel Assefa, Ambroise D Ahouidi, Yacine B Deh, Abderahmane Tandia, Freja C M Kirsebom, Dominic P Kwiatkowski, David J Conway
To determine whether the major human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum exhibits fragmented population structure or local adaptation at the northern limit of its African distribution where the dry Sahel zone meets the Sahara, samples were collected from diverse locations within Mauritania over a range of ~ 1000 kilometres. Microsatellite genotypes were obtained for 203 clinical infection samples from eight locations, and Illumina paired-end sequences were obtained to yield high coverage genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data for 65 clinical infection samples from four locations...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214088/a-case-of-seropositive-autoimmune-autonomic-ganglionopathy-with-diffuse-esophageal-spasm
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Nobutoshi Morimoto, Sakuma Takahashi, Tomoki Inaba, Motonori Takamiya, Yasuhiko Kageyama, Mizuki Morimoto, Yoshiaki Takahashi, Hirotake Nishimura, Shunya Nakane, Koji Abe
Autoimmune autonomic ganglionopathy (AAG) is an immune-mediated disorder that leads to various autonomic failures associated with anti-ganglionic acetylcholine receptor antibodies (anti-gAChR-Abs). Diffuse esophageal spasm (DES) is an uncommon esophageal motility disorder. We herein report the case of a 68-year-old woman with DES as a partial symptom of AAG. She presented with chronic esophageal transit failure, constipation, and numbness of the hands and feet, Adie's pupil, thermal hypoalgesia, and decreased deep tendon reflexes...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213701/ursolic-acid-mediated-changes-in-glycolytic-pathway-promote-cytotoxic-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-phenotypically-different-breast-cancer-cells
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Anna Lewinska, Jagoda Adamczyk-Grochala, Ewa Kwasniewicz, Anna Deregowska, Maciej Wnuk
Plant-derived pentacyclic triterpenotids with multiple biological activities are considered as promising candidates for cancer therapy and prevention. However, their mechanisms of action are not fully understood. In the present study, we have analyzed the effects of low dose treatment (5-20 µM) of ursolic acid (UA) and betulinic acid (BA) on breast cancer cells of different receptor status, namely MCF-7 (ER(+), PR(+/-), HER2(-)), MDA-MB-231 (ER(-), PR(-), HER2(-)) and SK-BR-3 (ER(-), PR(-), HER2(+)). UA-mediated response was more potent than BA-mediated response...
February 17, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213589/sh479-a-betulinic-acid-derivative-ameliorates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-by-regulating-the-th17-treg-balance
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Jing Li, Ji Jing, Yang Bai, Zhen Li, Roumei Xing, Binhe Tan, Xueyun Ma, Wenwei Qiu, Changsheng Du, Bing Du, Fan Yang, Jie Tang, Stefan Siwko, Mingyao Liu, Huaqing Chen, Jian Luo
CD4+ T helper cells, especially Th17 cells, combined with immune regulatory network dysfunction, play key roles in autoimmune diseases including multiple sclerosis (MS). Betulinic acid (BA), a natural pentacyclic triterpenoid, has been reported to be involved in anti-inflammation, in particular having an inhibitory effect on pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-17 and IFN-γ production. In this study, we screened BA derivatives and found a BA derivative, SH479, which had a greater inhibitory effect on Th17 differentiation...
February 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212347/molecularly-imprinted-sol-gel-based-qcm-sensor-arrays-for-the-detection-and-recognition-of-volatile-aldehydes
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Chuanjun Liu, Bartosz Wyszynski, Rui Yatabe, Kenshi Hayashi, Kiyoshi Toko
The detection and recognition of metabolically derived aldehydes, which have been identified as important products of oxidative stress and biomarkers of cancers; are considered as an effective approach for early cancer detection as well as health status monitoring. Quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) sensor arrays based on molecularly imprinted sol-gel (MISG) materials were developed in this work for highly sensitive detection and highly selective recognition of typical aldehyde vapors including hexanal (HAL); nonanal (NAL) and bezaldehyde (BAL)...
February 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211902/simultaneous-observation-of-particle-and-wave-behaviors-of-entangled-photons
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Zhong-Xiao Man, Yun-Jie Xia, Nguyen Ba An
We theoretically study wave-particle duality of two entangled photons in the spirit of quantum version of delayed-choice experiments using Hadamard gate controlled by the quantum state of an ancilla and show that the two photons may globally exhibit particle-like, wave-like or simultaneously both particle-like and wave-like behavior. We prove that the obtained results cannot be satisfactorily explained by any hidden-variable theory. We also propose an efficient and experimentally feasible scheme without using any ancilla and controlled-gates to directly (i...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208611/betulinic-acid-mediated-apoptosis-in-human-prostate-cancer-cells-involves-p53-and-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways
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Eswar Shankar, Ailin Zhang, Daniel Franco, Sanjay Gupta
Defects in p53 and nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) signaling pathways are frequently observed in the initiation and development of various human malignancies, including prostate cancer. Clinical studies demonstrate higher expression of NF-κB/p65/RelA, NF-κB/p50/RelB, and cRel as well as downregulation of the p53 network in primary prostate cancer specimens and in metastatic tumors. Betulinic acid (BA), is a triterpenoid that has been reported to be an effective inducer of apoptosis through modification of several signaling pathways...
February 10, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208123/analysis-of-acquired-mutations-in-transgenes-arising-in-ba-f3-transformation-assays-findings-and-recommendations
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Kevin Watanabe-Smith, Jamila Godil, Anupriya Agarwal, Cristina Tognon, Brian Druker
The identification and functional validation of potentially oncogenic mutations in leukemia is an essential step toward a future of personalized targeted therapy. To assess the oncogenic capacity of individual mutations, reliable and scalable in vitro experimental approaches are required. Since 1988, researchers have used the IL-3 dependent Ba/F3 transformation assay to validate the oncogenic potential of mutations to drive factor-independent growth. Here we report a previously unrecognized phenomenon whereby Ba/F3 cells, engineered to express weakly transforming mutations, present with additional acquired mutations in the expressed transgene following factor withdrawal...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207806/trace-element-accumulation-in-lotic-dragonfly-nymphs-genus-matters
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Dean E Fletcher, Angela H Lindell, Garrett K Stillings, Susan A Blas, J Vaun McArthur
Constituents of coal combustion waste (CCW) expose aquatic organisms to complex mixtures of potentially toxic metals and metalloids. Multi-element trace element analyses were used to distinguish patterns of accumulation among 8 genera of dragonfly nymphs collected from two sites on a CCW contaminated coastal plain stream. Dragonfly nymphs are exceptional for comparing trace element accumulation in syntopic macroinvertebrates that are all predators within the same order (Odonata) and suborder (Anisoptera), but differ vastly in habitat use and body form...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207734/a-causal-inference-model-explains-perception-of-the-mcgurk-effect-and-other-incongruent-audiovisual-speech
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John F Magnotti, Michael S Beauchamp
Audiovisual speech integration combines information from auditory speech (talker's voice) and visual speech (talker's mouth movements) to improve perceptual accuracy. However, if the auditory and visual speech emanate from different talkers, integration decreases accuracy. Therefore, a key step in audiovisual speech perception is deciding whether auditory and visual speech have the same source, a process known as causal inference. A well-known illusion, the McGurk Effect, consists of incongruent audiovisual syllables, such as auditory "ba" + visual "ga" (AbaVga), that are integrated to produce a fused percept ("da")...
February 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205559/crystalline-structure-defect-chemistry-and-room-temperature-colossal-permittivity-of-nd-doped-barium-titanate
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Qiaomei Sun, Qilin Gu, Kongjun Zhu, Rongying Jin, Jinsong Liu, Jing Wang, Jinhao Qiu
Dielectric materials with high permittivity are strongly demanded for various technological applications. While polarization inherently exists in ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3), its high permittivity can only be achieved by chemical and/or structural modification. Here, we report the room-temperature colossal permittivity (~760,000) obtained in xNd: BaTiO3 (x = 0.5 mol%) ceramics derived from the counterpart nanoparticles followed by conventional pressureless sintering process. Through the systematic analysis of chemical composition, crystalline structure and defect chemistry, the substitution mechanism involving the occupation of Nd(3+) in Ba(2+) -site associated with the generation of Ba vacancies and oxygen vacancies for charge compensation has been firstly demonstrated...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204745/effective-dose-per-unit-kerma-area-product-conversion-factors-in-adults-undergoing-modified-barium-swallow-studies
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Heather Shaw Bonilha, Janina Wilmskoetter, Sameer V Tipnis, Bonnie Martin-Harris, Walter Huda
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203422/colobronchial-fistula-the-pathogenesis-clinical-presentations-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Jinbo Zhao, Nan Ma, Zhengwei Zhao, Jie Lei, Qiang Lu, Feng Tian, Yongan Zhou, Yong Han, Xiaofei Li
BACKGROUND: Colobronchial fistula (CBF) is rare and easy to be delayed in clinic. There is no systemic study about this disease. The pathogenesis, clinical presentations, diagnosis and treatment of CBF were analyzed in this study. METHODS: The clinical data from 37 cases of CBF, which included one case in our institute and the other 36 cases in literature from January 1960 to August 2016, were reviewed and analyzed. The etiology, clinical presentations, diagnostic and therapeutic methods, and outcomes were summarized...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203210/auditory-and-visual-electrophysiology-of-deaf-children-with-cochlear-implants-implications-for-cross-modal-plasticity
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David P Corina, Shane Blau, Todd LaMarr, Laurel A Lawyer, Sharon Coffey-Corina
Deaf children who receive a cochlear implant early in life and engage in intensive oral/aural therapy often make great strides in spoken language acquisition. However, despite clinicians' best efforts, there is a great deal of variability in language outcomes. One concern is that cortical regions which normally support auditory processing may become reorganized for visual function, leaving fewer available resources for auditory language acquisition. The conditions under which these changes occur are not well understood, but we may begin investigating this phenomenon by looking for interactions between auditory and visual evoked cortical potentials in deaf children...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203012/-effects-of-saliva-contamination-on-bond-strength-of-resin-resin-interfaces
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H J Guo, C Z Gao, F Lin, W Liu, L Yue
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the bond strength between different resin composite interfaces, and to evaluate the effect of saliva contamination and management with the contamination on the bond strength. METHODS: Two commercial resin composites containing different types of fillers (AP-X: barium-glass; P60: quartz) were tested in this study. The basic composite blocks were made of AP-X. After wet-ground flatted, the experimental groups were divided into three groups according to the surface treatment: (1)Direct bonding group: the bonding surface was rinsed with distilled water for 20 s, then dried with oil-free air for 20 s; (2)Saliva contamination group: the bonding surface was bathed in saliva for 30 min, then distilled water was rinsed for 20 s and dried with oil-free air for 20 s; (3)Saliva contamination and 75% ethanol wiping group: bonding surface bathed in saliva for 30 min, then wipe the surface with 75% ethanol, distilled water rinse for 20 s and dry with oil-free air for 20 s; The control group was made of the basic composite bulks of AP-X directly bonding with composite P60...
February 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202242/effects-of-monovalent-and-divalent-metal-cations-on-the-aggregation-and-suspension-of-fe3o4-magnetic-nanoparticles-in-aqueous-solution
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Hao Wang, Xiaoli Zhao, Xuejiao Han, Zhi Tang, Shasha Liu, Wenjing Guo, Chaobing Deng, Qingwei Guo, Huanhua Wang, Fengchang Wu, Xiaoguang Meng, John P Giesy
There has been limited research investigating how the mechanisms of aggregation of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) are affected by inorganic ions. In this study, Na(+), Mg(2+), Ca(2+), Sr(2+) and Ba(2+) were selected to systematically study the aggregation mechanisms of Fe3O4 MNPs. The results indicated that divalent cations more significantly affected the stabilities of MNPs than Na(+) at low concentrations (e.g., 0.1mM) in a decreasing order of Ba(2+)>Sr(2+)>Ca(2+)>Mg(2+)>Na(+). Extended DLVO theory did not offer a satisfactory explanation for the above difference due because it ignores specific ion effects...
February 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202185/pediatric-colonic-volvulus-a-single-institution-experience-and-review
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Sami Tannouri, Aditi Hendi, Elizabeth Gilje, Leslie Grissom, Douglas Katz
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Pediatric colonic volvulus is both rare and underreported. Existing literature consists only of case reports and small series. We present an analysis of cases (n=11) over 15 years at a single institution, focusing on workup and diagnosis. METHODS: This was an institutional review board approved single-institution retrospective chart review of 11 cases of large bowel volvulus occurring over 15 years (2000-2015). RESULTS: In our series, the most common presenting symptoms were abdominal pain and distention...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199078/anterior-six-arms-prolene-mesh-for-high-stage-vaginal-prolapse-five-years-follow-up
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Luis Gustavo M de Toledo, André Costa-Matos, Susane Mey Hwang, Raquel Dória Ramos Richetti, Silvia S Carramão, Antônio P F Auge
INTRODUCTION: In high stage vaginal prolapse, recurrence risk patients, anterior and apical defects need to be addressed in the same procedure. The pre-molded commercial mesh kits are expensive and not always available. Alternative effective and safe treatment ways, with lower costs are desirable. OBJECTIVE: To present long term follow-up of patients treated with a homemade mesh shape to correct high stage prolapses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We describe prospectively 18 patients with anterior and apical vaginal prolapses, stages III and IV, repaired using this specific design of mesh...
February 15, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198620/complexing-cations-by-polyethylene-oxide-binding-site-and-binding-mode
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Yuan Fang, Marianne Giesecke, Istvan Furo
The binding in methanol of K+ and Ba2+ cations to short polyethyleneoxide (PEO) chains with ca 4-25 monomeric units was studied via determining the effective charge of the polymer by a combination of electrophoretic NMR (eNMR) and diffusion NMR experiments. These cations were previously found to bind on similar strong manner to long PEO chains. In addition, 1H chemical shift and longitudinal spin relaxation rate changes upon binding were quantified. For both systems, binding was stronger for the short chains than that for longer chains that is attributed mainly to interactions between bound ions...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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