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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156867/cross-cultural-adaptation-and-psychometric-assessment-of-the-turkish-version-of-the-vulnerability-to-abuse-screening-scale
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Güler Duru Aşiret, Gülcan Bağcıvan, Münevver Özcan, Beste Başak Eröksüz, Nalan Akbayrak, Nuran Akdemir
Background/aim: The aim of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Turkish version of the Vulnerability to Abuse Screening Scale (VASS). Materials and methods: This was a methodological study. The sample included 140 elderly individuals. Data were collected by using a questionnaire form, the VASS, and the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS). The Cronbach alpha value was calculated and test?retest reliability was tested for the reliability analyses. Results: The Cronbach alpha value calculated for the VASS (12 items) was 0...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156852/risk-factors-for-recurrent-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infections-in-a-pediatric-intensive-care-unit
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Rana İşgüder, İlker Devrim, Gökhan Ceylan, Ahu Kara, Gamze Gülfidan, Hasan Ağın
Background/aim: It is recommended that a central venous catheter (CVC) be removed if central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) has been diagnosed. The objective of this retrospective study was to evaluate the risk factors for recurrent CLABSI in reinserted catheters in a pediatric intensive care unit. Materials and methods: Patients with recurrent and nonrecurrent CLABSI were compared in terms of the catheter exchange interval, the interval between negative blood culture and reinsertion of the CVC, and the pre-/reinsertion treatment duration...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156770/sco-spondin-oligopeptide-inhibits-angiogenesis-in-glioblastoma
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Romain Bibes, Stéphane Gobron, François Vincent, Carole Mélin, Nicolas Vedrenne, Aurélie Perraud, Francois Labrousse, Marie-Odile Jauberteau, Fabrice Lalloué
Angiogenesis plays a critical role in glioblastoma growth and progression. We therefore aimed at evaluating the anti-angiogenic properties of an oligopeptide originating from SCO-spondin (NX) on a model of human glioblastoma. To this end, we studied the impact of NX treatment on human brain endothelial cells (HBMECs) alone or co-cultured with glioblastoma cells (U87-MG) on apoptosis, proliferation, migration and release of angiogenic factors. We further investigated the anti-angiogenic potential of NX on human glioblastoma cells grown on chorio-allantoic membrane (CAM) or in glioblastoma xenografts...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156538/combined-effects-of-simulated-microgravity-and-radiation-exposure-on-osteoclast-cell-fusion
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Srinivasan Shanmugarajan, Ye Zhang, Maria Moreno-Villanueva, Ryan Clanton, Larry H Rohde, Govindarajan T Ramesh, Jean D Sibonga, Honglu Wu
The loss of bone mass and alteration in bone physiology during space flight are one of the major health risks for astronauts. Although the lack of weight bearing in microgravity is considered a risk factor for bone loss and possible osteoporosis, organisms living in space are also exposed to cosmic radiation and other environmental stress factors. As such, it is still unclear as to whether and by how much radiation exposure contributes to bone loss during space travel, and whether the effects of microgravity and radiation exposure are additive or synergistic...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156529/alpinetin-improved-high-fat-diet-induced-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-nafld-through-improving-oxidative-stress-inflammatory-response-and-lipid-metabolism
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Yong Zhou, Yin-Lu Ding, Jian-Liang Zhang, Peng Zhang, Jin-Qing Wang, Zhao-Hua Li
The non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become a serious medical problem and an increasing threat to public health. It is characterized by the abnormal fat accumulation in liver without excessive alcohol intake. The concurrent NAFLD might up-regulate the risk of chronic kidney disease as well as the mortality rate. Though various drugs have been investigated to attenuate NAFLD, further study is still necessary to find new therapeutic strategy and to reveal the underlying molecular mechanism. In the present study, NAFLD animal models were induced by feeding with high fat (HF) diet for 8 weeks...
November 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156372/psychometric-properties-of-the-intuitive-eating-scale-2-ies-2-in-a-culturally-diverse-hispanic-american-sample
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Jessica F Saunders, Kristin A Nichols-Lopez, Leslie D Frazier
BACKGROUND: Intuitive eating is an adaptive eating tendency consistently associated with positive physical and mental health outcomes, including lower risk for obesity and eating disorders (EDs). Obesity rates are disproportionately high in Hispanic American populations, yet the properties of intuitive eating remain to be examined in such samples. METHOD: The current study examined the psychometric properties of the Intuitive Eating Scale-2 (IES-2) in a Hispanic American sample of adult college students (N=482), and related IES-2 scores to levels of disordered eating, body mass index (BMI), fruit and vegetable consumption, and body shape satisfaction...
November 14, 2017: Eating Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156328/role-of-hair-pigmentation-in-drug-incorporation-into-hair
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Hyerim Yu, Won-Jun Jang, Jung-Hee Jang, Byoungduck Park, Young Ho Seo, Chul-Ho Jeong, Sooyeun Lee
Hair analysis has notably expanded its application as a bio-monitor for drug or toxicant exposure. Hair pigmentation is proposed as a major factor affecting drug incorporation into hair; however, the mechanisms underlying the incorporation of drugs into hair are still unclear. In the present study, the effect of hair pigmentation on drug incorporation into hair was examined using rats carrying hair with different melanin status and human cells (SK-Mel-28 cells, HaCaT cells and the co-cultured HaCaT cells with SK-Mel-28 cells) representing the main pigmentary unit in hair...
November 11, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156239/examining-the-effects-of-alcohol-on-gabaa-receptor-mrna-expression-and-function-in-neural-cultures-generated-from-control-and-alcohol-dependent-donor-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Richard Lieberman, Henry R Kranzler, Eric S Levine, Jonathan Covault
Factors influencing the development of alcohol-use disorder (AUD) are complex and heterogeneous. While animal models have been crucial to identifying actions of alcohol on neural cells, human-derived in vitro systems that reflect an individual's genetic background hold promise in furthering our understanding of the molecular and functional effects of alcohol exposure and the pathophysiology of AUD. In this report, we utilized induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSCs)-derived neural cell cultures obtained from healthy individuals (CTLs) and those with alcohol dependence (ADs) to 1) examine the effect of 21-day alcohol exposure on mRNA expression of three genes encoding GABAA receptor subunits (GABRA1, GABRG2, and GABRD) using quantitative PCR, and 2) examine the effect of acute and chronic alcohol exposure on GABA-evoked currents using whole-cell patch-clamp electrophysiology...
August 12, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156133/harnessing-sphingosine-1-phosphate-signaling-and-nanotopographical-cues-to-regulate-skeletal-muscle-maturation-and-vascularization
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Jonathan Hung Tsui, Kajohnkiart Janebodin, Nicholas Ieronimakis, David Michael Patrick Yama, Hee Seok Yang, Rakchanok Chavanachat, Aislinn L Hays, Haeshin Lee, Morayma Reyes, Deok-Ho Kim
Despite possessing substantial regenerative capacity, skeletal muscle can suffer from loss of function due to catastrophic traumatic injury or degenerative disease. In such cases, engineered tissue grafts hold the potential to restore function and improve patient quality of life. Requirements for successful integration of engineered tissue grafts with the host musculature include cell alignment that mimics host tissue architecture and directional functionality, as well as vascularization to ensure tissue survival...
November 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155869/nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways-are-involved-in-m1-polarization-of-raw-264-7-macrophage-by-polyporus-polysaccharide-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
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Chun-Ping Liu, Xian Zhang, Qing-Long Tan, Wen-Xing Xu, Chang-Yuan Zhou, Min Luo, Xiong Li, Run-Yue Huang, Xing Zeng
Bladder cancer is one of the most malignant tumors closely associated with macrophages. Polyporus polysaccharide (PPS) has shown excellent efficacy in treating bladder cancer with minimal side effects. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the effects of PPS in inhibiting bladder cancer remain unclear. In this study, we used macrophages cultured alone or with T24 human bladder cancer cell culture supernatant as study models. We found that PPS enhanced the activities of IFN-γ-stimulated RAW 264.7 macrophages, as shown by the release of inducible nitric oxide synthase (INOS), secretion of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-6, phagocytosis activity, as well as expression of M1 phenotype indicators, such as CD40, CD284 and CD86...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155844/hypoxia-and-hypoxia-inducible-factor-hif-downregulate-antigen-presenting-mhc-class-i-molecules-limiting-tumor-cell-recognition-by-t-cells
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Shalini Sethumadhavan, Murillo Silva, Phaethon Philbrook, Thao Nguyen, Stephen M Hatfield, Akio Ohta, Michail V Sitkovsky
Human cancers are known to downregulate Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) class I expression thereby escaping recognition and rejection by anti-tumor T cells. Here we report that oxygen tension in the tumor microenvironment (TME) serves as an extrinsic cue that regulates antigen presentation by MHC class I molecules. In support of this view, hypoxia is shown to negatively regulate MHC expression in a HIF-dependent manner as evidenced by (i) lower MHC expression in the hypoxic TME in vivo and in hypoxic 3-dimensional (3D) but not 2-dimensional (2D) tumor cell cultures in vitro; (ii) decreased MHC in human renal cell carcinomas with constitutive expression of HIF due to genetic loss of von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) function as compared with isogenically paired cells with restored VHL function, and iii) increased MHC in tumor cells with siRNA-mediated knockdown of HIF...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155711/monitoring-astrocyte-reactivity-and-proliferation-in-vitro-under-ischemic-like-conditions
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Yancy Ferrer-Acosta, Maxine N Gonzalez-Vega, David E Rivera-Aponte, Solianne M Martinez-Jimenez, Antonio H Martins
Ischemic stroke is a complex brain injury caused by a thrombus or embolus obstructing blood flow to parts of the brain. This leads to deprivation of oxygen and glucose, which causes energy failure and neuronal death. After an ischemic stroke insult, astrocytes become reactive and proliferate around the injury site as it develops. Under this scenario, it is difficult to study the specific contribution of astrocytes to the brain region exposed to ischemia. Therefore, this article introduces a methodology to study primary astrocyte reactivity and proliferation under an in vitro model of an ischemia-like environment, called oxygen glucose deprivation (OGD)...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155210/transition-from-androgenic-to-neurosteroidal-action-of-5%C3%AE-androstane-3%C3%AE-17%C3%AE-diol-through-the-type-a-%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-receptor-in-prostate-cancer-progression
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Ding Xia, Doan V Lai, Weijuan Wu, Zachary D Webb, Qing Yang, Lichao Zhao, Zhongxin Yu, Jessica E Thorpe, Bryan C Disch, Michael A Ihnat, Muralidharan Jayaraman, Danny N Dhanasekaran, Kelly L Stratton, Michael S Cookson, Kar-Ming Fung, Hsueh-Kung Lin
Androgen ablation is the standard of care prescribed to patients with advanced or metastatic prostate cancer (PCa) to slow down disease progression. Unfortunately, a majority of PCa patients under androgen ablation progress to castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Several mechanisms including alternative intra-prostatic androgen production and androgen-independent androgen receptor (AR) activation have been proposed for CRPC progression. Aldo-keto reductase family 1 member C3 (AKR1C3), a multi-functional steroid metabolizing enzyme, is specifically expressed in the cytoplasm of PCa cells; and positive immunoreactivity of the type A γ-aminobutyric acid receptor (GABAAR), an ionotropic receptor and ligand-gated ion channel, is detected on the membrane of PCa cells...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155205/cystic-echinococcosis-in-turkana-kenya-30-years-of-imaging-in-an-endemic-region
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N Solomon, E Zeyhle, K Subramanian, P J Fields, T Romig, P Kern, J Y Carter, J Wachira, A Mengiste, C N L Macpherson
Cystic echinococcosis (CE), a widespread, complex zoonosis, causes chronic disease associated with high morbidity. The pastoral Turkana people of Kenya have one of the highest prevalence rates of CE in the world. Between 1983 and 2015, a CE control program in the Turkana region used ultrasound (US) screening surveys and surgical outreach visits to evaluate CE prevalence and treat those with the disease. As the gold standard modality for diagnosing CE, US reveals a great deal of information about the disease in affected populations...
November 16, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155090/proteome-and-phosphoproteome-analysis-of-commensally-induced-dendritic-cell-maturation-states
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Ali Giray Korkmaz, Todor Popov, Loulou Peisl, Marius Cosmin Codrea, Sven Nahnsen, Alexander Steimle, Ana Velic, Boris Macek, Martin von Bergen, Joerg Bernhardt, Julia-Stefanie Frick
Dendritic cells (DCs) can shape the immune system towards an inflammatory or tolerant state depending on the bacterial antigens and the environment they encounter. In this study we provide a proteomic catalogue of differentially expressed proteins between distinct DC maturation states, brought about by bacteria that differ in their endotoxicity. To achieve this, we have performed proteomics and phosphoproteomics on murine DC cultures. Symbiont and pathobiont bacteria were used to direct dendritic cells into a semi-mature and fully-mature state, respectively...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154990/exosomes-derived-from-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-promote-neural-stem-cell-expansion-while-maintain-their-stemness-in-culture
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Yi-Zhe Zhang, Fan Liu, Chang-Geng Song, Xiu-Li Cao, Yu-Fei Zhang, Hai-Ning Wu, Chen-Jun Guo, Yong-Qiang Li, Qi-Jun Zheng, Min-Hua Zheng, Hua Han
The neural stem cell (NSC) niche in subventricular zone (SVZ) of adult mammalian brain contains dense vascular plexus, where endothelial cells (ECs) regulate NSCs by releasing plenty of angiocrine factors. However, the role of ECs-derived exosomes, a novel type of mediators of intercellular communications, in the regulation of NSCs remains unclear. In the current study, primary NSCs isolated from embryonic mouse brains form more neurospheres when cultured in the presence of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
November 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154847/behavioural-informatics-for-improving-water-hygiene-practice-based-on-iot-environment
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Yang Fu, Wenyan Wu
The development of Internet of Things (IoT) and latest Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have changed the nature of healthcare monitoring and health behaviour intervention in many applications. Water hygiene and water conservation behaviour intervention as important influence factors to human health are gaining much attentions for improving sustained sanitation practice. Based on face-to-face delivery, typical behaviour intervention method is costly and hardly to provide all day access to personalised intervention guidance and feedbacks...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154837/neuroprotective-effect-of-an-nrf2-are-activator-identified-from-a-chemical-library-on-dopaminergic-neurons
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Yasuhiko Izumi, Harue Kataoka, Yuri Inose, Akinori Akaike, Yutaka Koyama, Toshiaki Kume
The nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)-antioxidant response element (ARE) pathway, which induces the production of antioxidant enzymes, is a possible therapeutic target for treating diseases related to oxidative stress. Nrf2 activators often exhibit cytotoxicity due to nonspecific electrophilic reactions with thiol groups. We screened a chemical library to explore Nrf2 activators with a wide safety margin. In at least in vitro experiments, TPNA10168, identified from the library, showed a higher efficacy in Nrf2 activation and a lower cytotoxicity than sulforaphane, a well-known Nrf2 activator...
November 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154826/w9-peptide-enhanced-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-adipose-derived-stem-cells
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Yuki Otsuki, Masaaki Ii, Kazumasa Moriwaki, Masashi Okada, Koichi Ueda, Michio Asahi
W9 is a peptide that abrogates osteoclast differentiation via blockade of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL)-RANK signaling, which activates bone formation. However, W9 stimulated osteogenesis in osteoblasts and mesenchymal stem cells. The present study demonstrated that the W9 peptide promoted osteogenic differentiation of human adipose-derived stem cells (hAdSCs) even under non-osteogenic differentiation culture conditions. W9-treated hAdSCs exhibited several osteocalcin-expressing cells and great mineralization compared to the BMP2-treated hAdSCs, which suggests that the W9 peptide had potent osteogenic potential in hAdSCs...
November 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154822/mef2-and-the-skeletal-muscle-differentiation-program
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Michael V Taylor, Simon M Hughes
Mef2 is a conserved and significant transcription factor in the control of muscle gene expression. In cell culture Mef2 synergises with MyoD-family members in the activation of gene expression and in the conversion of fibroblasts into myoblasts. Amongst its in vivo roles, Mef2 is required for both Drosophila muscle development and mammalian muscle regeneration. Mef2 has functions in other cell-types too, but this review focuses on skeletal muscle and surveys key findings on Mef2 from its discovery, shortly after that of MyoD, up to the present day...
November 14, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
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