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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337884/monitoring-strategies-of-earth-dams-by-ground-based-radar-interferometry-how-to-extract-useful-information-for-seismic-risk-assessment
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Andrea Di Pasquale, Giovanni Nico, Alfredo Pitullo, Giuseppina Prezioso
The aim of this paper is to describe how ground-based radar interferometry can provide displacement measurements of earth dam surfaces and of vibration frequencies of its main concrete infrastructures. In many cases, dams were built many decades ago and, at that time, were not equipped with in situ sensors embedded in the structure when they were built. Earth dams have scattering properties similar to landslides for which the Ground-Based Synthetic Aperture Radar (GBSAR) technique has been so far extensively applied to study ground displacements...
January 16, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321952/fasciculation-and-elongation-zeta-1-protein-fez1-interacts-with-the-retinoic-acid-receptor-and-participates-in-transcriptional-regulation-of-the-hoxb4-gene
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Mariana Bertini Teixeira, Ana Carolina M Figueira, Ariane S Furlan, Bruno Aquino, Marcos R Alborghetti, Adriana F Paes Leme, Li-Na Wei, Jörg Kobarg
Fasciculation and elongation zeta-1 (FEZ1) protein is involved in axon outgrowth and is highly expressed in the brain. It has multiple interaction partners, with functions varying from the regulation of neuronal development and intracellular transport mechanisms to transcription regulation. One of its interactors is retinoic acid receptor (RAR), which is activated by retinoic acid and controls many target genes and physiological process. Based on previous evidence suggesting a possible nuclear role for FEZ1, we wanted to deepen our understanding of this function by addressing the FEZ1-RAR interaction...
January 2018: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321244/silencing-carboxylesterase-1-in-human-thp-1-macrophages-perturbs-genes-regulated-by-pparg-rxr-and-rar-rxr-downregulation-of-cyp27a1-lxr%C3%AE-signaling
#3
Lee C Mangum, Xiang Hou, Abdolsamad Borazjani, Jung Hwa Lee, Matthew K Ross, J Allen Crow
Macrophage foam cells store excess cholesterol as cholesteryl esters, which need to be hydrolyzed for cholesterol efflux. We recently reported that silencing expression of carboxylesterase 1 (CES1) in human THP-1 macrophages (CES1KD macrophages) reduced cholesterol uptake and decreased expression of CD36 and scavenger receptor-A in cells loaded with acetylated low-density lipoprotein (acLDL). Here, we report that CES1KD macrophages exhibit reduced transcription of cytochrome P450 27A1 ( CYP27A1 ) in non-loaded and acLDL-loaded cells...
January 10, 2018: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321172/modest-decreases-in-endogenous-all-trans-retinoic-acid-produced-by-a-mouse-rdh10-heterozygote-provoke-major-abnormalities-in-adipogenesis-and-lipid-metabolism
#4
Di Yang, Marta G Vuckovic, Carolyn P Smullin, Myeongcheol Kim, Christabel Pui-See Lo, Emily Devericks, Hong Sik Yoo, Milena Tintcheva, Yinghua Deng, Joseph L Napoli
Pharmacological dosing of all-trans-retinoic acid (atRA) controls adiposity in rodents by inhibiting adipogenesis and inducing fatty acid oxidation. Retinol dehydrogenases (Rdh) catalyze the first reaction that activate retinol into atRA. This study examined post-natal contributions of Rdh10 to atRA biosynthesis and physiological functions of endogenous atRA. Embryonic fibroblasts from Rdh10 heterozygote hypomorphs or with a total Rdh10 knockout exhibit decreased atRA biosynthesis and escalated adipogenesis...
January 10, 2018: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305858/identification-of-a-candidate-enhancer-for-dmrt3-involved-in-spastic-cerebral-palsy-pathogenesis
#5
Naoto Kubota, Toshifumi Yokoyama, Nobuhiko Hoshi, Mikita Suyama
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a major neuronal disease and the most common movement disorder in children. Although environmental factors leading to CP have been greatly investigated, the genetic mechanism underlying CP is not well understood. Here we focused on two clinical reports that characterized a deletion involving the KANK1 gene locus in the 9p24.3 region. One report shows spastic CP and the other shows no spastic CP phenotype. Based on the epigenetic status and evolutionary conservation, we first found a functional genomic element at the noncoding region that was deleted only in patients with spastic CP...
January 3, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288071/design-and-synthesis-of-a-potent-highly-selective-orally-bioavailable-retinoic-acid-receptor-alpha-agonist
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Earl Clarke, Christopher I Jarvis, Maria B Goncalves, S Barret Kalindjian, David R Adams, Jane T Brown, Jason J Shiers, David M A Taddei, Elodie Ravier, Stephanie Barlow, Iain Miller, Vanessa Smith, Alan D Borthwick, Jonathan P T Corcoran
A ligand-based virtual screening exercise examining likely bioactive conformations of AM 580 (2) and AGN 193836 (3) was used to identify the novel, less lipophilic RARα agonist 4-(3,5-dichloro-4-ethoxybenzamido)benzoic acid 5, which has good selectivity over the RARβ, and RARγ receptors. Analysis of the medicinal chemistry parameters of the 3,5-substituents of derivatives of template 5 enabled us to design a class of drug-like molecules with lower intrinsic clearance and higher oral bioavailability which led to the novel RARα agonist 4-(3-chloro-4-ethoxy-5-isopropoxybenzamido)-2-methylbenzoic acid 56 that has high RARα potency and excellent selectivity versus RARβ (2 orders of magnitude) and RARγ (4 orders of magnitude) at both the human and mouse RAR receptors with improved drug-like properties...
December 9, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286303/disturbed-vitamin-a-metabolism-in-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-nafld
#7
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Ali Saeed, Robin P F Dullaart, Tim C M A Schreuder, Hans Blokzijl, Klaas Nico Faber
Vitamin A is required for important physiological processes, including embryogenesis, vision, cell proliferation and differentiation, immune regulation, and glucose and lipid metabolism. Many of vitamin A's functions are executed through retinoic acids that activate transcriptional networks controlled by retinoic acid receptors (RARs) and retinoid X receptors (RXRs).The liver plays a central role in vitamin A metabolism: (1) it produces bile supporting efficient intestinal absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like vitamin A; (2) it produces retinol binding protein 4 (RBP4) that distributes vitamin A, as retinol, to peripheral tissues; and (3) it harbors the largest body supply of vitamin A, mostly as retinyl esters, in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs)...
December 29, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282706/the-association-of-rar-related-orphan-receptor-a-rora-gene-polymorphisms-with-the-risk-of-asthma
#8
Xulong Cai, Mali Lin, Shan Cao, Yunguang Liu, Na Lin
Asthma is a common, heterogeneous chronic respiratory disease characterized by chronic inflammation of the airway, airway hyperreactivity, and airway remodeling. The RAR-related orphan receptor A (RORA) gene has been identified for the pathogenesis of asthma. The purpose of this research was to investigate the relationship between RORA gene polymorphisms and asthma susceptibility in the Chinese Zhuang population. This was a case-control study including 231 children with asthma and 343 healthy controls. The RORA gene polymorphisms were measured by the polymerase chain reaction-ligase detection reaction genotyping assays and confirmed by sequencing...
December 28, 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219281/impact-on-sexual-function-of-surgical-treatment-in-rectal-cancer
#9
Pedro Costa, João M Cardoso, Hugo Louro, Jorge Dias, Luís Costa, Raquel Rodrigues, Paulo Espiridião, Jorge Maciel, Luís Ferraz
INTRODUCTION: The development of new surgical techniques and medical devices, like therapeutical multimodal approaches has allowed for better outcomes on patients with rectal cancer (RCa). Owing to that, an increased awareness and investment towards better outcomes regarding patients' sexual and urinary function has been recently observed. AIM: Evaluate and characterize the sexual dysfunction of patients submitted to surgical treatment for RCa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An observational retrospective study including all male patients who underwent a surgical treatment for RCa between January 2011 December 2014 (n=43) was performed, complemented with an inquiry questionnaire to every patient about its sexual habits and level of function before and after surgery...
December 11, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181439/rest-activity-circadian-rhythms-and-bone-mineral-density-in-elderly-men
#10
Tara S Rogers, Stephanie Harrison, Christine Swanson, Jane A Cauley, Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Eric Orwoll, Katie L Stone, Nancy E Lane
Background: Disrupted rest-activity circadian rhythm (RAR) patterns have been associated with poor health outcomes (i.e. diminished cognitive function, increased risk of dementia and falls). Circadian time cues in bone influence the differentiation of osteoblasts and osteoclasts, and bone turnover markers exhibit circadian variation; relationships between bone outcomes and RAR are emerging areas of research. We evaluated associations between RAR and areal bone mineral density (aBMD) at the total hip and femoral neck in older men from the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) cohort...
December 2017: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29175968/learning-health-systems-clinical-equipoise-and-the-ethics-of-response-adaptive-randomisation
#11
Alex John London
To give substance to the rhetoric of 'learning health systems', a variety of novel trial designs are being explored to more seamlessly integrate research with medical practice, reduce study duration and reduce the number of participants allocated to ineffective interventions. Many of these designs rely on response adaptive randomisation (RAR). However, critics charge that RAR is unethical on the grounds that it violates the principle of equipoise. In this paper, I reconstruct critiques of RAR as holding that it is inconsistent with five important ethical principles...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162478/liposomes-assembled-from-dimeric-retinoic-acid-phospholipid-with-improved-pharmacokinetic-properties
#12
Lu Lu, Yawei Du, Muhammad Ismail, Longbing Ling, Chen Yao, Zhenglin Fu, Xinsong Li
All-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) exhibits potent cytotoxicities against different cancer cells by binding to retinoic acid receptors (RARs), which is regarded as the first example of targeted therapy in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). However, its extensive clinical applications have been limited because of poor aqueous solubility, short half-life time and side effects. In this report, dimeric ATRA phosphorylcholine prodrug (Di-ATRA-PC) was designed and assembled into nanoliposomes to improve its pharmacokinetic properties...
November 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160747/lipopolysaccharide-mediates-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-by-regulating-autophagy-and-retinoic-acid-signaling
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Ming Chen, Jiaxing Liu, Wenqi Yang, Wenhua Ling
Bacterial translocation and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) leakage occur at a very early stage of liver fibrosis in animal models. We studied the role of LPS in hepatic stellate cell (HSC) activation and the underlying mechanisms in vitro and in vivo. Herein, we demonstrated that LPS treatment led to a dramatic increase in autophagosome formation and autophagic flux in LX-2 cells and HSCs, which was mediated through the AKT-MTOR and AMPK-ULK1 pathway. LPS significantly decreased the lipid content, including the lipid droplet (LD) number and lipid staining area in HSCs; pretreatment with macroautophagy/autophagy inhibitors or silencing ATG5 attenuated this decrease...
November 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158086/pfn2a-a-new-partner-of-rar%C3%AE-in-the-cytoplasm
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Dina Andriamoratsiresy, Aleksandr Piskunov, Regis Lutzing, Cécile Rochette-Egly
Retinoic acid receptors (RARs) are classically considered as nuclear ligand-dependent regulators of transcription. Here we highlighted a novel face of the RARα subtype: RARα is present in low amounts in the cytoplasm of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) where it interacts with profilin2a (PFN2A), a small actin-binding protein involved in filaments polymerisation. The interaction involves the N-terminal proline-rich motif (PRM) of RARα and the SH3-like domain of PFN2a. When increased in the cytoplasm, RARα competes with other PFN2a-binding proteins bearing PRMs and involved in actin filaments elongation...
November 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154149/rar%C3%AE-2-dependent-signaling-represses-neuronal-differentiation-in-mouse-es-cells
#15
Sri L Kona, Amita Shrestha, Xiaoping Yi, Serenthia Joseph, Humberto Munoz Barona, Eduardo Martinez-Ceballos
Embryonic Stem (ES) cells are pluripotent cells that can be induced to differentiate into cells of all three lineages: mesoderm, endoderm, and ectoderm. In culture, ES cells can be differentiated into mature neurons by treatment with Retinoic Acid (RA) and this effect is mediated mainly through the activation of the RA nuclear receptors (RAR α, β, and γ), and their isoforms. However, little is known about the role played by specific RAR types on ES cell differentiation. Here, we found that treatment of ES cells with AC55649, an RARβ2 agonist, increased endodermal marker gene expression...
November 10, 2017: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149650/iron-chelation-therapy-in-lower-ipss-risk-myelodysplastic-syndromes-which-subtypes-benefit
#16
Shannon A Wong, Heather A Leitch
BACKGROUND: Analyses suggest MDS patients with higher serum ferritin levels (SF) have inferior overall survival (OS), in one study across MDS subtypes. Multiple analyses suggest those with high SF receiving iron chelation therapy (ICT) have superior OS, but which MDS subtypes benefit from ICT remains undefined. METHODS: We performed survival analyses of MDS subtypes by receipt of ICT. RESULTS: 182 MDS were lower IPSS risk and received red blood cell (RBC) transfusions; 63 received ICT...
January 2018: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144959/induction-of-innervation-by-encapsulated-adipocytes-with-engineered-vitamin-a-metabolism
#17
Qiwen Shen, Rumana Yasmeen, Jessica Marbourg, Lu Xu, Lianbo Yu, Paolo Fadda, Alan Flechtner, L James Lee, Phillip G Popovich, Ouliana Ziouzenkova
Innervation is a fundamental basis for function and survival of tissues. In the peripheral tissues, degenerative diseases create a neurotoxic metabolic milieu that either causes neurodegeneration or fails to sustain regenerative growth and reinnervation of injured/diseased tissues. Encapsulation of cells producing neurotrophic factors can augment axon growth and neuron survival; however, sustained innervation in vivo requires a combination of factors promoting axon growth and guidance pathway that are released in a tissue-specific context...
October 28, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144185/rest-activity-circadian-rhythm-and-sleep-quality-in-patients-with-binge-eating-disorder
#18
E Roveda, A Montaruli, L Galasso, C Pesenti, E Bruno, P Pasanisi, M Cortellini, S Rampichini, S Erzegovesi, A Caumo, F Esposito
Recent findings suggest that altered rest-activity circadian rhythms (RARs) are associated with a compromised health status. RARs abnormalities have been observed also in several pathological conditions, such as cardiovascular, neurological, and cancer diseases. Binge eating disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder, with a prevalence of 3.5% in women and 2% in men. BED and its associate obesity and motor inactivity could induce RARs disruption and have negative consequences on health-related quality of life...
November 16, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137256/qishenyiqi-pill-attenuates-atherosclerosis-by-promoting-regulatory-t-cells-inhibiting-t-helper-17-cells-and-accelerating-cholesterol-excretion
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Li Peng, Chong-Shan Lv, Yun Zhao, Shao-Dong Chen, Yang Huang, Da-Wei Lu, Shu-Qiong Huang, Zong-Bao Yang, Lin-Chao Qian, Lei Wen
Objective: The aim of this study was to explore potential immunoregulatory mechanisms underlying the suppressive effect on atherosclerosis of QiShenYiQi pill (QSYQ). Methods and Results: Male ApoE(-/-) mice were maintained on a Western-type diet and QSYQ treatment for eight weeks. Determination of atherosclerosis demonstrated that QSYQ attenuated plaque formation and decreased the level of blood low-density lipoproteins-cholesterol. QSYQ treatment did not affect body weight but reduced the ratio of liver weight and body weight...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133573/the-rars-mad1l1-fusion-gene-induces-cancer-stem-cell-like-properties-and-therapeutic-resistance-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Qian Zhong, Zhihua Liu, Zhi-Rui Lin, Ze-Dong Hu, Li Yuan, Yan-Min Liu, Ai-Jun Zhou, Li-Hua Xu, Li-Juan Hu, Zi-Feng Wang, Xin Yuan Guan, Jia-Jie Hao, Vivian Wai Yan Lui, Ling Guo, Hai-Qiang Mai, Ming-Yuan Chen, Fei Han, Yun-Fei Xia, Jennifer R Grandis, Xing Zhang, Mu-Sheng Zeng
PURPOSE: Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is most common head and neck cancer in Southeast Asia. Because local recurrence and distant metastasis are still the main causes of NPC treatment failure, it is urgent to identify new tumor markers and therapeutic targets for advanced NPC. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: RNA-seq was applied to look for interchromosome translocation in NPC. PCR, FISH and immunoprecipitation were used to examine the fusion gene expression at RNA, DNA, and protein levels in NPC biopsies...
November 13, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
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