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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641400/cytosolic-delivery-of-sirna-by-ultra-high-affinity-dsrna-binding-proteins
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Nicole J Yang, Monique J Kauke, Fangdi Sun, Lucy F Yang, Katie F Maass, Michael W Traxlmayr, Yao Yu, Yingda Xu, Robert S Langer, Daniel G Anderson, K Dane Wittrup
Protein-based methods of siRNA delivery are capable of uniquely specific targeting, but are limited by technical challenges such as low potency or poor biophysical properties. Here, we engineered a series of ultra-high affinity siRNA binders based on the viral protein p19 and developed them into siRNA carriers targeted to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Combined in trans with a previously described endosome-disrupting agent composed of the pore-forming protein Perfringolysin O (PFO), potent silencing was achieved in vitro with no detectable cytotoxicity...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641303/microrna-122a-regulates-zonulin-by-targeting-egfr-in-intestinal-epithelial-dysfunction
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Bin Zhang, Yinghai Tian, Ping Jiang, Yanqiong Jiang, Chao Li, Ting Liu, Rujian Zhou, Ning Yang, Xinke Zhou, Zhihua Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study aimed to investigate the role of microRNA (miR)-122a in regulating zonulin during the modulation of intestinal barrier. METHODS: Zonulin proteins and their target gene expression were analyzed in miR-122a-overexpressing cell lines and in the target gene of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). An mmu-miR-122a intestinal epithelial conditional transgenic (miR-122a-TG) mouse model was established to investigate EGFR and zonulin expression...
June 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641290/long-term-follow-up-of-choroidal-neovascularization-due-to-angioid-streaks-with-pro-re-nata-intravitreal-anti-vegf-treatment
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Giovanni Giacomelli, Lucia Finocchio, Ilaria Biagini, Andrea Sodi, Vittoria Murro, Ugo Introini, Monica Varano, Francesco Bandello, Ugo Menchini
PURPOSE: To evaluate the long-term outcomes of intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs with a pro re nata (PRN) regimen for the treatment of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) secondary to angioid streaks (AS). METHODS: This is a retrospective, multicenter, noncomparative case series of consecutive AS eyes affected by treatment-naïve CNV. A complete ophthalmologic examination was performed every 30-45 days after the loading phase, including fluorescein angiography and/or optical coherence tomography...
June 23, 2017: Ophthalmologica. Journal International D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641277/association-of-the-cfh-y402h-polymorphism-with-the-1-year-response-of-exudative-amd-to-intravitreal-anti-vegf-treatment-in-the-brazilian-population
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Flavio Mac Cord Medina, Augusto Alves Lopes da Motta, Walter Yukihiko Takahashi, Pedro Carlos Carricondo, Mario Martins Dos Santos Motta, Monica B Melo, Jose Paulo C Vasconcellos
AIM: Evidence of the relationship between the polymorphism of the complement factor H (CFH) gene at position 402 (Y402H) and the response to the treatment of wet AMD is controversial. The aim of this study was to compare the functional and morphological 1-year evolution of patients with exudative AMD treated with antivascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) drugs with the CFH Y402H polymorphism in the Brazilian population. METHODS: Forty-six patients treated for wet AMD with bevacizumab or ranibizumab in a pro re nata regimen were included...
June 23, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641215/worry-and-cognitive-control-predict-course-trajectories-of-anxiety-in-older-adults-with-late-life-depression
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P Spinhoven, D C van der Veen, R C Oude Voshaar, H C Comijs
BACKGROUND: Many older adults with depressive disorder manifest anxious distress. This longitudinal study examines the predictive value of worry as a maladaptive cognitive emotion regulation strategy, and resources necessary for successful emotion regulation (i.e., cognitive control and resting heart rate variability [HRV]) for the course of anxiety symptoms in depressed older adults. Moreover, it examines whether these emotion regulation variables moderate the impact of negative life events on severity of anxiety symptoms...
May 19, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641152/urea-induced-ros-accelerate-senescence-in-endothelial-progenitor-cells
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Maria D'Apolito, Anna Laura Colia, Maria Lasalvia, Vito Capozzi, Maria Pia Falcone, Massimo Pettoello-Mantovani, Michael Brownlee, Angela Bruna Maffione, Ida Giardino
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The pathogenic events responsible for the reduction of endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) number and function seen in patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) are poorly understood. Here we investigate the hypothesis that increased concentrations of urea associated with CRF increase ROS production directly in EPCs, causing abnormalities associated with coronary artery disease risk. METHODS: Human EPCs were isolated from peripheral blood mononuclear cells of healthy donors and cultured in the presence or absence of 20 mmol/L urea...
June 15, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641110/sox11-expression-promotes-regeneration-of-some-retinal-ganglion-cell-types-but-kills-others
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Michael W Norsworthy, Fengfeng Bei, Riki Kawaguchi, Qing Wang, Nicholas M Tran, Yi Li, Benedikt Brommer, Yiming Zhang, Chen Wang, Joshua R Sanes, Giovanni Coppola, Zhigang He
At least 30 types of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) send distinct messages through the optic nerve to the brain. Available strategies of promoting axon regeneration act on only some of these types. Here we tested the hypothesis that overexpressing developmentally important transcription factors in adult RGCs could reprogram them to a "youthful" growth-competent state and promote regeneration of other types. From a screen of transcription factors, we identified Sox11 as one that could induce substantial axon regeneration...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641077/inhibition-of-early-growth-response-1-in-the-hippocampus-alleviates-neuropathology-and-improves-cognition-in-an-alzheimer-model-with-plaques-and-tangles
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Xike Qin, Yunling Wang, Hemant K Paudel
A sporadic form of Alzheimer disease (AD) and vascular dementia share many risk factors, and their pathogenic mechanisms are suggested to be related. Transcription factor early growth response 1 (Egr-1) regulates various vascular pathologies and is up-regulated in both AD brains and AD mouse models; however, its role in AD pathogenesis is unclear. Herein, we report that silencing of Egr-1 in the hippocampus by shRNA reduces tau phosphorylation, amyloid-β (Aβ) pathology, and improves cognition in the 3xTg-AD mouse model...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641076/elevated-cd26-expression-by-skin-fibroblasts-distinguishes-a-profibrotic-phenotype-involved-in-scar-formation-compared-to-gingival-fibroblasts
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Wesley Mah, Guoqiao Jiang, Dylan Olver, Corrie Gallant-Behm, Colin Wiebe, David A Hart, Leeni Koivisto, Hannu Larjava, Lari Häkkinen
Compared to skin, wound healing in oral mucosa is faster and produces less scarring, but the mechanisms involved are incompletely understood. Studies in mice have linked high expression of CD26 to a profibrotic fibroblast phenotype, but this has not been tested in models more relevant for humans. We hypothesized that CD26 is highly expressed by human skin fibroblasts (SFBLs), and this associates with a profibrotic phenotype distinct from gingival fibroblasts (GFBLs). We compared CD26 expression in human gingiva and skin and in gingival and hypertrophic-like scar-forming skin wound healing in a pig model, and used three-dimensional cultures of human GFBLs and SFBLs...
June 19, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641051/beneficial-role-of-citrus-fruit-polyphenols-against-hepatic-dysfunctions-a-review
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Md Mohabbulla Mohib, Kazi Afnan, Tasfiq Zaman Paran, Salma Khan, Juthika Sarker, Nahid Hasan, Istiaque Hasan, Md Abu Taher Sagor
Alcoholic liver diseases and virus-induced hepatic dysfunctions are prevalent in western countries. Evidence also suggests that hyperglycemia and insulin resistance are key players in the development of hepatic diseases and their complications. Since the comorbid diseases like obesity, diabetes and vascular dysfunctions primarily affect liver, the modern therapies against other hepatic dysfunctions are becoming a major challenge to treat. In addition to these, polypharmacy and adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are further aggravating the phenomenon...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641029/gender-differences-in-the-trajectory-classes-of-depressive-symptoms-in-korean-older-adults
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Hyunjoo Lee, Sojung Park
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed (1) to identify gender-specific heterogeneous longitudinal patterns of depressive symptoms, (2) to explore the effects of economic status and various health conditions as risk factors in depressive symptom trajectories. METHOD: Data came from the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (2006-2012) focuing on older adults aged 65 and older. Latent class growth analysis was used to identify the depressive symptom trajectory groups. Multinomial logistic regression was used to examine the association between economic and health status changes and the depresison trajectories...
June 22, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640975/nac-transcription-factor-jungbrunnen1-enhances-drought-tolerance-in-tomato
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Venkatesh P Thirumalaikumar, Vikas Devkar, Nikolay Mehterov, Shawkat Ali, Rengin Ozgur, Ismail Turkan, Bernd Mueller-Roeber, Salma Balazadeh
Water deficit (drought stress) massively restricts plant growth and the yield of crops; reducing the deleterious effects of drought is therefore of high agricultural relevance. Drought triggers diverse cellular processes including the inhibition of photosynthesis, the accumulation of cell-damaging reactive oxygen species, and gene expression reprogramming, besides others. Transcription factors (TF) are central regulators of transcriptional reprogramming and expression of many TF genes is affected by drought, including members of the NAC family...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640960/ferulic-acid-alleviates-symptoms-of-preeclampsia-in-rats-by-upregulating-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor
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Weiyan Gong, Jipeng Wan, Qing Yuan, Quanzhan Man, Xiaojing Zhang
Preeclampsia is a complication affecting pregnant women worldwide, which leads to maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of ferulic acid (FA) on an N(ω) -nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (L-NAME) induced rat model of preeclampsia. L-NAME was administered to pregnant rats to induce preeclampsia. 48 rats were divided into three experimental groups (n=16 each): control group, preeclampsia group and preeclampsia with FA treatment (preeclampsia+FA). Physiological characteristics such as urine volume, total urine protein and blood pressure were assessed...
June 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640901/mrsa-infections-in-norway-a-study-of-the-temporal-evolution-2006-2015
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Francesco Di Ruscio, Jørgen Vildershøj Bjørnholt, Truls Michael Leegaard, Aina E Fossum Moen, Birgitte Freiesleben de Blasio
BACKGROUND: Norway has one of the lowest prevalences of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in the world. This study exploits the extensive data on MRSA infections in the Norwegian surveillance system to investigate the important factors defining the MRSA epidemiology. METHODS: We performed a quasi-Poisson regression of the monthly notification rate (NR) of MRSA infections reported from January 2006 to December 2015, comparing the time trend among people with an immigrant vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640887/epidermal-growth-factor-promotes-cyclin-g2-degradation-via-calpain-mediated-proteolysis-in-gynaecological-cancer-cells
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Stefanie Bernaudo, Shahin Khazai, Eilyad Honarparvar, Alina Kopteva, Chun Peng
Cyclin G2 (CCNG2) is an atypical cyclin that functions to inhibit cell cycle progression and is often dysregulated in human cancers. We have previously shown that cyclin G2 is highly unstable and can be degraded through the ubiquitin/proteasome pathway. Furthermore, cyclin G2 contains a PEST domain, which has been suggested to act as a signal for degradation by multiple proteases. In this study, we determined if calpains, a family of calcium-dependent proteases, are also involved in cyclin G2 degradation. The addition of calpain inhibitors or silencing of calpain expression by siRNAs strongly enhanced cyclin G2 levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640841/a-sorghum-sorghum-bicolor-mutant-with-altered-carbon-isotope-ratio
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Govinda Rizal, Shanta Karki, Vivek Thakur, Samart Wanchana, Hugo Alonso-Cantabrana, Jacque Dionora, John E Sheehy, Robert Furbank, Susanne von Caemmerer, William Paul Quick
Recent efforts to engineer C4 photosynthetic traits into C3 plants such as rice demand an understanding of the genetic elements that enable C4 plants to outperform C3 plants. As a part of the C4 Rice Consortium's efforts to identify genes needed to support C4 photosynthesis, EMS mutagenized sorghum populations were generated and screened to identify genes that cause a loss of C4 function. Stable carbon isotope ratio (δ13C) of leaf dry matter has been used to distinguishspecies with C3 and C4 photosynthetic pathways...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640834/overexpression-of-gmfdl19-enhances-tolerance-to-drought-and-salt-stresses-in-soybean
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Yuanyuan Li, Quanzhen Chen, Haiyang Nan, Xiaoming Li, Sijia Lu, Xiaohui Zhao, Baohui Liu, Changhong Guo, Fanjiang Kong, Dong Cao
The basic leucine zipper (bZIP) family of transcription factors plays an important role in the growth and developmental process as well as responds to various abiotic stresses, such as drought and high salinity. Our previous work identified GmFDL19, a bZIP transcription factor, as a flowering promoter in soybean, and the overexpression of GmFDL19 caused early flowering in transgenic soybean plants. Here, we report that GmFDL19 also enhances tolerance to drought and salt stress in soybean. GmFDL19 was determined to be a group A member, and its transcription expression was highly induced by abscisic acid (ABA), polyethylene glycol (PEG 6000) and high salt stresses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640711/effects-of-season-and-postmortem-changes-on-blood-analytes-in-pyrenean-chamois-rupicapra-pyrenaica
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Asta Tvarijonaviciute, Ignasi Marco, Rafaela Cuenca, Santiago Lavín, Josep Pastor
Our objectives were to evaluate the effects of the 1) season, and 2) postmortem changes on serum biochemistries related with metabolism in Pyrenean chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica pyrenaica). Serum samples from 98 animals obtained from 2009 to 2012 were included. To investigate seasonal influences on blood parameters, the Pyrenean chamois were captured in drive-nets during the feed abundant (FA; n=32) and food deficient (FD; n=35) seasons. To evaluate the possible differences in biochemistry analytes when sampling live or dead animals, we used serum samples from 32 captured animals and 31 dead animals (obtained during controlled hunting) in the FA season...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640700/cns-tumors-in-neurofibromatosis
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Jian Campian, David H Gutmann
Neurofibromatosis (NF) encompasses a group of distinct genetic disorders in which affected children and adults are prone to the development of benign and malignant tumors of the nervous system. The purpose of this review is to discuss the spectrum of CNS tumors arising in individuals with NF type 1 (NF1) and NF type 2 (NF2), their pathogenic etiologies, and the rational treatment options for people with these neoplasms. This article is a review of preclinical and clinical data focused on the treatment of the most common CNS tumors encountered in children and adults with NF1 and NF2...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640625/dust-effects-on-nucleation-kinetics-and-nanoparticle-product-size-distributions-illustrative-case-study-of-a-prototype-ir-0-n-transition-metal-nanoparticle-formation-system
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Saim Özkar, Richard G Finke
The question is addressed if dust is kinetically important in the nucleation and growth of Ir(0)n nanoparticles formed from [Bu4N]5Na3(1,5-COD)Ir(I)·P2W15Nb3O62 (hereafter [(COD)Ir·POM](8-)), reduced by H2 in propylene carbonate solvent. Following a concise review of the (often-neglected) literature addressing dust in nucleation phenomena dating back to the late 1800s, the nucleation and growth kinetics of the [(COD)Ir·POM](8-) precatalyst system are examined for the effects of 0.2 μm microfiltration of the solvent and precatalyst solution, of rinsing the glassware with that microfiltered solvent, of silanizing the glass reaction vessel, for the addition of <0...
June 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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