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Xia Li, Zhiming Jiang, Jianguo Feng, Xiaoying Zhang, Junzhou Wu, Wei Chen
Esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) is a highly malignant cancer with poor response to both of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. 2-Acetylamino-3-[4-(2-acetylamino-2-carboxyethylsulfanylcarbonylamino) phenyl carbamoylsulfanyl] propionic acid (2-AAPA), an irreversible inhibitor of glutathione reductase (GR), is able to induce intracellular oxidative stress, and has shown anticancer activity in many cancer cell lines. In this study, we investigated the effects of 2-AAPA on the cell proliferation, cell cycle and apoptosis and aimed to explore its mechanism of action in human esophageal cancer TE-13 cells...
June 27, 2017: Oncotarget
Luiz Felipe de Souza, Ariana Ern Schmitz, Luana Caroline Schüler da Silva, Karen Andrinéia de Oliveira, Cláudia Beatriz Nedel, Carla Inês Tasca, Andreza Fabro de Bem, Marcelo Farina, Alcir Luiz Dafre
Thiol homeostasis has a critical role in the maintenance of proper cellular functions and survival, being coordinated by the action of several reductive enzymes, including glutathione (GSH)/glutathione reductase (GR) and thioredoxin (Trx)/thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) systems. Here, we investigated the effects of the GR inhibitor 2-acetylamino-3-[4-(2-acetylamino-2-carboxyethylsulfanylthiocarbonylamino)phenylthiocarbamoylsulfanyl]propionic acid (2-AAPA) on the activity of thiol reductases (GR and TrxR), redox balance and mitochondrial function of A172 glioblastoma cells...
April 29, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
Arthur Yin Fan, Jun Xu, Yong-Ming Li
In the United States and other Western countries, dry needling has been a topic in academic and legal fields. This White Paper is to provide the authoritative information of dry needling versus acupuncture to academic scholars, healthcare professionals, administrators, policymakers, and the general public by providing the authoritative evidence and expertise regarding critical issues of dry needling and reaching a consensus. We conclude that Dr. Travell, Dr. Gunn, Dr. Baldry and others who have promoted dry needling by simply rebranding (1) acupuncture as dry needling and (2) acupuncture points as trigger points (dry needling points)...
February 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Arthur Yin Fan, Jun Xu, Yong-Ming Li
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Miranda A Moore, Megan Coffman, James F Cawley, Diana Crowley, Anthony Miller, Kathleen Klink
This study seeks to investigate how physician assistants (PAs) finance their education and to characterize the educational debt of PA students. Data from the 2011 American Academy of PAs (AAPA)-Physician Assistant Education Association Graduating Student Survey were used to explore the educational debt of PA students. The median total educational debt of a PA student graduating in 2011 was $80,000. Little financial assistance, other than student loans, is available to PA students. Eighty-five percent of PA students report owing some PA education debt amount, with 23% owing at least $100,000...
March 2017: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Na-Hyun Kim, Yoon-Ji Kim, Dong-Yul Lee
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of tribochemical silica coating and different 10-methacryloyloxydecyl dihydrogen phosphate (MDP)-containing primers on the shear bond strength (SBS) of orthodontic metal brackets to yttrium-stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (Y-TZP) surfaces. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred ninety polished Y-TZP specimens were randomly assigned to 19 groups (n = 10): 30 specimens were used for surface analyses after polishing with 600-grit silicon carbide paper, airborneparticle abrasion with 50-μm alumina (A), or tribochemical silica coating (CoJet [C]); 160 specimens were used in SBS testing of orthodontic metal brackets to Y-TZP after alumina airborne-particle abrasion or tribochemical silica coating and application of either ESPE-Sil (S) (ASn, ASa, CSn, CSa), Alloy Primer (AP) (AAPn, AAPa, CAPn, CAPa), Clearfil Ceramic Primer (CP) (ACPn, ACPa, CCPn, CCPa), or Scotchbond Universal (U) (AUn, AUa, CUn, CUa) and either stored in water for 24 h (non-aged, n) or thermocycled 5000 times (aged, a)...
2017: Journal of Adhesive Dentistry
Hoi Yee Keung, Tsz Kai Li, Lok To Sham, Man Kit Cheung, Peter Chi Keung Cheung, Hoi Shan Kwan
Bifidobacteria exert beneficial effects on hosts and are extensively used as probiotics. However, due to the genetic inaccessibility of these bacteria, little is known about their mechanisms of carbohydrate utilization and regulation. Bifidobacterium breve strain JCM1192 can grow on water-insoluble yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) cell wall glucans (YCWG), which were recently considered as potential prebiotics. According to the results of (1)H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometry, the YCWG were composed of highly branched (1→3,1→6)-β-glucans and (1→4,1→6)-α-glucans...
April 1, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Arthur Yin Fan, Jun Xu, Yong-Ming Li
In the last twenty years, in the United States and other Western countries, dry needling (DN) became a hot and debatable topic, not only in academic but also in legal fields. This White Paper is to provide the authoritative information of DN versus acupuncture to academic scholars, healthcare professional administrators, lawmakers, and the general public through providing the authoritative evidence and experts' opinions regarding critical issues of DN versus acupuncture, and then reach consensus. DN is the use of dry needles alone, either solid filiform acupuncture needles or hollow-core hypodermic needles, to insert into the body for the treatment of muscle pain and related myofascial pain syndrome...
January 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
Samuel N Rodman, Jacquelyn M Spence, Tyler J Ronnfeldt, Yueming Zhu, Shane R Solst, Rebecca A O'Neill, Bryan G Allen, Xiangming Guan, Douglas R Spitz, Melissa A Fath
The goal of this study was to determine if depletion of glutathione (GSH) and inhibition of thioredoxin (Trx) reductase (TrxR) activity could enhance radiation responses in human breast cancer stem cells by a mechanism involving thiol-dependent oxidative stress. The following were used to inhibit GSH and Trx metabolism: buthionine sulfoximine (BSO), a GSH synthesis inhibitor; sulfasalazine (SSZ), an inhibitor of xc(-) cysteine/glutamate antiporter; auranofin (Au), a thioredoxin reductase inhibitor; or 2-AAPA, a GSH-reductase inhibitor...
October 2016: Radiation Research
Amy L Schaefer, Yasuhiro Oda, Bruna Goncalves Coutinho, Dale A Pelletier, Justin Weiburg, Vittorio Venturi, E Peter Greenberg, Caroline S Harwood
UNLABELLED: Homologs of the LuxR acyl-homoserine lactone (AHL) quorum-sensing signal receptor are prevalent in Proteobacteria isolated from roots of the Eastern cottonwood tree, Populus deltoides Many of these isolates possess an orphan LuxR homolog, closely related to OryR from the rice pathogen Xanthomonas oryzae OryR does not respond to AHL signals but, instead, responds to an unknown plant compound. We discovered an OryR homolog, PipR, in the cottonwood endophyte Pseudomonas sp. strain GM79...
August 2, 2016: MBio
Anika Habener, Arpita Chowdhury, Frank Echtermeyer, Ralf Lichtinghagen, Gregor Theilmeier, Christine Herzog
The iron-sulfur cluster containing protein mitoNEET is known to modulate the oxidative capacity of cardiac mitochondria but its function during myocardial reperfusion injury after transient ischemia is unknown. The purpose of this study was to analyze the impact of mitoNEET on oxidative stress induced cell death and its relation to the glutathione-redox system in cardiomyocytes in an in vitro model of hypoxia and reoxygenation (H/R). Our results show that siRNA knockdown (KD) of mitoNEET caused an 1.9-fold increase in H/R induced apoptosis compared to H/R control while overexpression of mitoNEET caused a 53% decrease in apoptosis...
2016: PloS One
Yosuke Watanabe, Colin E Murdoch, Soichi Sano, Yasuo Ido, Markus M Bachschmid, Richard A Cohen, Reiko Matsui
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are increased in ischemic tissues and necessary for revascularization; however, the mechanism remains unclear. Exposure of cysteine residues to ROS in the presence of glutathione (GSH) generates GSH-protein adducts that are specifically reversed by the cytosolic thioltransferase, glutaredoxin-1 (Glrx). Here, we show that a key angiogenic transcriptional factor hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)-1α is stabilized by GSH adducts, and the genetic deletion of Glrx improves ischemic revascularization...
May 24, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Dres Damgaard, Mads Emil Bjørn, Maria A Steffensen, Ger J M Pruijn, Claus H Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Citrullination catalysed by peptidylarginine deiminases (PADs) plays an important pathogenic role in anti-citrullinated protein antibody (ACPA)-positive rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and, possibly, several other inflammatory diseases. Non-physiological reducing agents such as dithiothreitol (DTT) are normally added to the reaction buffer when determining PAD activity in vitro. We investigated the ability of reduced glutathione (GSH), the most abundant intracellular small-molecule thiol in vivo, to activate PADs...
2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Tomas Petrasek, Martina Skurlova, Kristyna Maleninska, Iveta Vojtechova, Zdena Kristofikova, Hana Matuskova, Jana Sirova, Karel Vales, Daniela Ripova, Ales Stuchlik
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is one of the most serious human, medical, and socioeconomic burdens. Here we tested the hypothesis that a rat model of AD (Samaritan; Taconic Pharmaceuticals, USA) based on the application of amyloid beta42 (Abeta42) and the pro-oxidative substances ferrous sulfate heptahydrate and L-buthionine-(S, R)-sulfoximine, will exhibit cognitive deficits and disruption of the glutamatergic and cholinergic systems in the brain. Behavioral methods included the Morris water maze (MWM; long-term memory version) and the active allothetic place avoidance (AAPA) task (acquisition and reversal), testing spatial memory and different aspects of hippocampal function...
2016: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
Sobia S Hussaini, Reamer L Bushardt, Wanda C Gonsalves, Virginia O Hilton, Brad J Hornberger, Frank A Labagnara, Kevin M OʼHara, Cody Sasek, Benjamin J Smith, Jennifer S Williams
No consensus definition exists for postgraduate physician assistant (PA) training. This report from the AAPA Task Force on Accreditation of Postgraduate PA Training Programs describes the types of clinical training programs and their effects on hiring and compensation of PAs. Although completing a postgraduate program appears to have no effect on compensation, PAs who complete these programs may be favored in the hiring process and frequently report greater confidence in their skills. More research is needed and program accreditation is key to monitoring the effectiveness of these programs...
May 2016: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
James F Cawley, Noel Smith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2015: JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
Darron T Smith, Cardell K Jacobson
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether racial, gender, and ethnic salary disparities exist in the physician assistant (PA) profession and what factors, if any, are associated with the differentials. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: We use a nationally representative survey of 15,105 PAs from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). STUDY DESIGN: We use bivariate and multivariate statistics to analyze pay differentials from the 2009 AAPA survey...
June 2016: Health Services Research
H Steven Moffic, Sy Atezaz Saeed, Stuart Silver, Steve Koh
As with all professional ethical principles, those in psychiatry have to evolve over time and societal changes. The current ethical challenges for psychiatric administration and leadership, especially regarding for-profit managed care, need updated solutions. One solution resides in the development by the American Association of Psychiatric Administrators (AAPA) of the first set of ethical principles designed specifically for psychiatric administrators. These principles build on prior Psychological Theories of leadership, such as those of Freud, Kernberg, and Kohut...
September 2015: Psychiatric Quarterly
Iain P Hartley, Timothy C Hill, Thomas J Wade, Robert J Clement, John B Moncrieff, Ana Prieto-Blanco, Mathias I Disney, Brian Huntley, Mathew Williams, Nicholas J K Howden, Philip A Wookey, Robert Baxter
Quantifying landscape-scale methane (CH4 ) fluxes from boreal and arctic regions, and determining how they are controlled, is critical for predicting the magnitude of any CH4 emission feedback to climate change. Furthermore, there remains uncertainty regarding the relative importance of small areas of strong methanogenic activity, vs. larger areas with net CH4 uptake, in controlling landscape-level fluxes. We measured CH4 fluxes from multiple microtopographical subunits (sedge-dominated lawns, interhummocks and hummocks) within an aapa mire in subarctic Finland, as well as in drier ecosystems present in the wider landscape, lichen heath and mountain birch forest...
October 2015: Global Change Biology
Varoon Singh, Sridhar Chinthakindi, Ajay Kumar Purohit, Deepak Pardasani, Vijay Tak, Devendra Kumar Dubey
A sample preparation method involving extraction, enrichment and derivatization of acidic degradation products of nerve agents was developed using magnetic strong anion exchange resins (MSAX). The method was performed in a single vial involving magnetic dispersive solid phase extraction (MDSPE). Analytes were derivatized with N,O-bis(trimethylsilyl)trifluoroacetamide (BSTFA) in the presence of resins. MSAX were custom synthesized using Fe3O4 nanoparticles as core, 4-vinylpyridine-co-divinylbenzene as polymer shell and quaternary pyridinium function as anion-exchanger...
May 22, 2015: Journal of Chromatography. A
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