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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938749/the-testicular-transcriptome-associated-with-spermatogonia-differentiation-initiated-by-gonadotrophin-stimulation-in-the-juvenile-rhesus-monkey-macaca-mulatta
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Suresh Ramaswamy, William H Walker, Paula Aliberti, Rahil Sethi, Gary R Marshall, Alyxzandria Smith, Seyedmehdi Nourashrafeddin, Alicia Belgorosky, Uma R Chandran, Mark P Hedger, Tony M Plant
STUDY QUESTION: What is the genetic landscape within the testis of the juvenile rhesus monkey (Macaca mulatta) that underlies the decision of undifferentiated spermatogonia to commit to a pathway of differentiation when puberty is induced prematurely by exogenous LH and FSH stimulation? SUMMARY ANSWER: Forty-eight hours of gonadotrophin stimulation of the juvenile monkey testis resulted in the appearance of differentiating B spermatogonia and the emergence of 1362 up-regulated and 225 down-regulated testicular mRNAs encoding a complex network of proteins ranging from enzymes regulating Leydig cell steroidogenesis to membrane receptors, and from juxtacrine and paracrine factors to transcriptional factors governing spermatogonial stem cell fate...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938737/complex-catsper-dependent-and-independent-ca2-i-signalling-in-human-spermatozoa-induced-by-follicular-fluid
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Sean G Brown, Sarah Costello, Mark C Kelly, Mythili Ramalingam, Ellen Drew, Stephen J Publicover, Christopher L R Barratt, Sarah Martins Da Silva
STUDY QUESTION: Does progesterone in human follicular fluid (hFF) activate CatSper and do other components of hFF modulate this effect and/or contribute separately to hFF-induced Ca2+ signaling? SUMMARY ANSWER: hFF potently stimulates CatSper and increases [Ca2+]i, primarily due to high concentrations of progesterone, however, other components of hFF also contribute to [Ca2+]i signaling, including modulation of CatSper channel activity and inhibition of [Ca2+]i oscillations...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938417/new-perspectives-on-pheochromocytoma-and-paraganglioma-towards-a-molecular-classification
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Joakim Crona, David Taïeb, Karel Pacak
A new molecular biology based taxonomy has been proposed for pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma (PPGL). Data from the Cancer Genome Atlas revealed clinically relevant prognostic and predictive biomarkers and stratified PPGLs into three main clusters. Each subgroup has a distinct molecular-biochemical-imaging signature. Concurrently, new methods for biochemical analysis, functional imaging, and medical therapies have also become available. The research community now strives to match the cluster biomarkers with the most superior intervention...
August 4, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938165/a-novel-dopa-albumin-based-tissue-adhesive-for-internal-medical-applications
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Wenzhen Zhu, Yvonne Peck, Jabed Iqbal, Dong-An Wang
To date, existing tissue adhesives have various weak points in gluing kinetics and stability - particularly, in biocompatibility, which make most of them remain suboptimal for internal conditions. Herein, a novel mussel-inspired "BCD" tissue glue made of bovine serum albumin (BSA), citrate acid (CA) and dopamine was developed aiming at internal medical applications. BSA was employed as a natural and biocompatible macromolecular backbone; CA was introduced as a dual-functional intermediate to increase reactive carboxyl sites for engraftment of dopamine onto BSA backbone and also block the competing reactive amines from the proteinic backbone...
September 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937537/a-comparison-of-biologic-screening-and-diagnostic-indicators-to-detect-in-utero-opiate-and-cocaine-exposure-among-mother-infant-dyads
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Meagan Stabler, Peter Giacobbi, Ilana Chertok, Leann Long, Lesley Cottrell, Panitan Yossuck
BACKGROUND: Opioid and cocaine antenatal substance use can result in significant obstetric and pediatric health implications. Accurate detection of in utero exposed neonates can improve patient care and health outcomes. Therefore, the effectiveness of mother-infant biological and diagnostic indicators collected at labor and delivery to provide accurate detection of in utero opiate and cocaine exposure was assessed. METHODS: A retrospective medical chart review included 335 mother-infant dyads exposed to antenatal substances who were delivered between January 2009 and March 2014...
September 19, 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937014/sex-bias-in-basic-and-preclinical-noise-induced-hearing-loss-research
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Amanda Marie Lauer, Katrina Marie Schrode
INTRODUCTION: Sex differences in brain biochemistry, physiology, structure, and function have been gaining increasing attention in the scientific community. Males and females can have different responses to medications, diseases, and environmental variables. A small number of the approximately 7500 studies of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) have identified sex differences, but the mechanisms and characterization of these differences have not been thoroughly studied. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a mandate in 2015 to include sex as a biological variable in all NIH-funded research beginning in January 2016...
September 2017: Noise & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936154/potential-role-of-amino-acids-in-pathogenesis-of-schizophrenia
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Shamaila Saleem, Faiza Shaukat, Anjuman Gul, Mahwish Arooj, Arif Malik
Schizophrenia is a syndrome of inconclusive etiopathogenesis with a prevalence of about 1% in general population. Underlying factors include genetic predisposition and defected neurodevelopment in early stages of life. The role of amino acids has been indicated in some reports. However, very few workers have detailed the effect of each amino acid in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Thus, in the present review, we aimed to provide an insight into the potential role of amino acids levels during schizophrenia...
July 2017: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935631/cultural-crossings-of-care-an-appeal-to-the-medical-humanities
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Julia Kristeva, Marie Rose Moro, John Ødemark, Eivind Engebretsen
Modern medicine is confronted with cultural crossings in various forms. In facing these challenges, it is not enough to simply increase our insight into the cultural dimensions of health and well-being. We must, more radically, question the conventional distinction between the 'objectivity of science' and the 'subjectivity of culture'. This obligation creates an urgent call for the medical humanities but also for a fundamental rethinking of their grounding assumptions.Julia Kristeva (JK) has problematised the biomedical concept of health through her reading of the anthropogony of Cura (Care), who according to the Roman myth created man out of a piece of clay...
September 21, 2017: Medical Humanities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935121/treatment-of-acute-ocular-chemical-burns
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REVIEW
Namrata Sharma, Manpreet Kaur, Tushar Agarwal, Virender S Sangwan, Rasik B Vajpayee
Ocular chemical burns are an ophthalmic emergency and are responsible for 11.5% to 22.1% of ocular injuries. Immediate copious irrigation is universally recommended in acute ocular burns to remove the offending agent and minimize damage. Conventional medical therapy consists of the use of agents that promote epithelialization, minimize inflammation, and prevent cicatricial complications. Biological fluids such as autologous serum, umbilical cord blood serum, platelet-rich plasma, and amniotic membrane suspension are a rich source of growth factors and promote healing when used as adjuncts to conventional therapy...
September 18, 2017: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934494/derivatives-of-bst-like-gss-polymerase-with-improved-processivity-and-inhibitor-tolerance
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Igor P Oscorbin, Ekaterina A Belousova, Ulyana A Boyarskikh, Aleksandr I Zakabunin, Evgeny A Khrapov, Maksim L Filipenko
At the moment, one of the actual trends in medical diagnostics is a development of methods for practical applications such as point-of-care testing, POCT or research tools, for example, whole genome amplification, WGA. All the techniques are based on using of specific DNA polymerases having strand displacement activity, high synthetic processivity, fidelity and, most significantly, tolerance to contaminants, appearing from analysed biological samples or collected under purification procedures. Here, we have designed a set of fusion enzymes based on catalytic domain of DNA polymerase I from Geobacillus sp...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934178/update-to-cdc-s-u-s-medical-eligibility-criteria-for-contraceptive-use-2016-revised-recommendations-for-the-use-of-hormonal-contraception-among-women-at-high-risk-for-hiv-infection
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Naomi K Tepper, Jamie W Krashin, Kathryn M Curtis, Shanna Cox, Maura K Whiteman
CDC's U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (U.S. MEC) (first published in 2010 and updated in 2016) provides evidence-based guidance for the safe use of contraceptive methods among U.S. women with certain characteristics or medical conditions (1), and is adapted from global guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and kept up to date based on continual review of published literature (2).* CDC recently evaluated the evidence and the updated WHO guidance on the risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) acquisition among women using hormonal contraception...
September 22, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934118/graphene-based-materials-for-biosensors-a-review
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REVIEW
Phitsini Suvarnaphaet, Suejit Pechprasarn
The advantages conferred by the physical, optical and electrochemical properties of graphene-based nanomaterials have contributed to the current variety of ultrasensitive and selective biosensor devices. In this review, we present the points of view on the intrinsic properties of graphene and its surface engineering concerned with the transduction mechanisms in biosensing applications. We explain practical synthesis techniques along with prospective properties of the graphene-based materials, which include the pristine graphene and functionalized graphene (i...
September 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933265/the-role-of-vitamin-d-in-multiple-sclerosis-biology-biochemistry-epidemiology-and-potential-roles-in-treatment
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Steve Simpson, Ingrid van der Mei, Bruce Taylor
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive, demyelinating condition of the central nervous system, manifesting in loss or alterations in function of sensory, motor and cognitive function. Of the various environmental and behavioural risk factors identified as playing a role in MS onset and progression, perhaps none has been as consistent as vitamin D. OBJECTIVE: In this review, we will endeavour to present a general background on the role of vitamin D in human health and particularly in MS, as well as the substantial epidemiological evidence in support of vitamin D's role in MS...
September 21, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933263/anticancer-properties-of-a-new-hybrid-analog-ad-013-combining-a-coumarin-scaffold-with-an-%C3%AE-methylene-%C3%AE-lactone-motif
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Angelika Długosz, Katarzyna Gach-Janczak, Jacek Szymański, Dariusz Deredas, Henryk Krawczyk, Tomasz Janecki, Anna Janecka
Background Coumarin is a natural phytochemical but as such has no medical uses. However, various natural and synthetic coumarin analogs attract attention due to their interesting biological properties. </P><P> Objective Here, we evaluated and compared anticancer properties of a new synthetic hybrid compound AD-013, which integrates a coumarin moiety and an α-methylene-δ-lactone motif, with novobiocin, a natural antibiotic bearing a coumarin scaffold. </P><P> Method Cytotoxic activities of compound AD-013 and novobiocin were assessed by the MTT assay...
September 21, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933183/an-update-on-nanoparticle-based-contrast-agents-in-medical-imaging
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Neda Naseri, Elham Ajorlou, Fatemeh Asghari, Younes Pilehvar-Soltanahmadi
Despite the great value of current exogenous contrast agents for providing main diagnostic information, they still have certain drawbacks such as short blood half life, nonspecific biodistribution, fast clearance, slight renal toxicity and poor contrast in fat patients. Nanoparticles (NPs) are used as novel contrast agents that represent a promising strategy for the non invasive diagnosis. As a platform, nanoparticulates are compatible for developing targeted contrast agents. Advances in nanotechnology will provide enhanced sensitivity and specificity for tumor imaging enabling earlier detection of metastases...
September 21, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933099/-herbal-textual-research-of-common-mongolian-medicine-du-ge-mo-nong
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Jie Xi, Hua-Rong Zhong, Wucharila-Tu, Buhe Bater, Hui-Hu Li, Guo-Yue Zhong
This study is aimed to provide the source for clinical medication by clarifing the common base of Mongolia medicinal materials "Du Ge Mo Nong". In this paper literature research and plant taxonomy method were adopted combined with investigation of the markets and clinical use status to clarify the origin of common traditional Mongolian medicine "Du Ge Mo Nong". The results showed that the Mongolian medicine "Du Ge Mo Nong" and Tibetan medicine "Du Mu Niu" were the same crude drug and originated from the seeds of Holarrhena antidysenteriaca of family Apocynaceae in earliest time...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932622/high-throughput-nuclear-delivery-and-rapid-expression-of-dna-via-mechanical-and-electrical-cell-membrane-disruption
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Xiaoyun Ding, Martin Stewart, Armon Sharei, James C Weaver, Robert S Langer, Klavs F Jensen
Nuclear transfection of DNA into mammalian cells is challenging yet critical for many biological and medical studies. Here, by combining cell squeezing and electric-field-driven transport in a device that integrates microfluidic channels with constrictions and microelectrodes, we demonstrate nuclear delivery of plasmid DNA within 1 hour after treatment, the most rapid DNA expression in a high-throughput setting (up to millions of cells per minute per device). Passing cells at high speed through microfluidic constrictions smaller than the cell diameter mechanically disrupts the cell membrane, allowing a subsequent electric field to further disrupt the nuclear envelope and drive DNA molecules into the cytoplasm and nucleus...
2017: Nature biomedical engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931637/diamond-thin-films-giving-biomedical-applications-a-new-shine
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REVIEW
P A Nistor, P W May
Progress made in the last two decades in chemical vapour deposition technology has enabled the production of inexpensive, high-quality coatings made from diamond to become a scientific and commercial reality. Two properties of diamond make it a highly desirable candidate material for biomedical applications: first, it is bioinert, meaning that there is minimal immune response when diamond is implanted into the body, and second, its electrical conductivity can be altered in a controlled manner, from insulating to near-metallic...
September 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931077/detection-of-bacterial-pathogens-including-potential-new-species-in-human-head-lice-from-mali
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Nadia Amanzougaghene, Florence Fenollar, Abdoul Karim Sangaré, Mahamadou S Sissoko, Ogobara K Doumbo, Didier Raoult, Oleg Mediannikov
In poor African countries, where no medical and biological facilities are available, the identification of potential emerging pathogens of concern at an early stage is challenging. Head lice, Pediculus humanus capitis, have a short life, feed only on human blood and do not transmit pathogens to their progeny. They are, therefore, a perfect tool for the xenodiagnosis of current or recent human infection. This study assessed the occurrence of bacterial pathogens from head lice collected in two rural villages from Mali, where a high frequency of head lice infestation had previously been reported, using molecular methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930546/tick-host-pathogen-systems-immunobiology-an-interactive-trio
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Stephen K Wikel
Significant new insights are being made into tick modulation of host immune defenses and the implications of those host defense changes on tick-borne pathogen transmission and establishment of infection. Understanding tick saliva complexity increased with construction and analyses of salivary gland cDNA libraries. High throughput next generation sequencing and advances in proteomics are revealing greater complexity of saliva, nature of gene families and differential gene expression patterns not previously attainable...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
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