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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679778/recapitulating-spatiotemporal-tumor-heterogeneity-in-vitro-through-engineered-breast-cancer-microtissues
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Claudia Mazio, Costantino Casale, Giorgia Imparato, Francesco Urciuolo, Paolo Antonio Netti
Tumor and microenvironmental heterogeneity hinders the study of breast cancer biology and the assessment of therapeutic strategies, being associated with high variability and drug resistance. In this context, it is mandatory to develop three-dimensional breast tumor models able to reproduce this heterogeneity and the dynamic interaction occurring between tumor cells and microenvironment. Here we show a new breast cancer microtissue model (T-µTP) uniquely able to present intra-tumor morphological heterogeneity in a dynamic and responsive endogenous matrix...
April 18, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679597/management-of-dyspnea-in-the-terminally-ill
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REVIEW
Lara Pisani, Nicholas S Hill, Angela Maria Grazia Pacilli, Massimiliano Polastri, Stefano Nava
The genesis of dyspnea involves the activation of several mechanisms that are mediated and perceived depending on previous experiences, values, emotions and beliefs. Breathlessness may become unbearable, especially in terminally ill patients, whether afflicted by respiratory, cardiac or cancer-related disorders, due to a final stage of a chronic process, an acute event or both. Compared to pain, palliation of dyspnea has received relatively little attention in clinical practice and the medical literature. This is particularly true when the breathlessness is associated with acute respiratory failure since most of the studies on pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments of respiratory distress have excluded such patients...
April 18, 2018: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676647/immunologic-effects-of-beryllium-exposure
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Andrew P Fontenot
Metal-induced hypersensitivity is driven by T-cell sensitization to metal ions. Although numerous metals are associated with the development of diffuse parenchymal lung disease, beryllium-induced hypersensitivity is the best-studied to date. This review focuses on the interaction between innate and adaptive immunity that leads to the development of chronic beryllium disease. After beryllium exposure, activation of the innate immune system occurs through the engagement of pattern-recognition receptors. This activation leads to cell death, release of alarmins, and activation and migration of dendritic cells to lung-draining lymph nodes...
April 2018: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674246/a-microrna-expression-signature-of-the-postprandial-state-in-response-to-a-high-saturated-fat-challenge
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Sergio Lopez, Beatriz Bermudez, Sergio Montserrat-de la Paz, Rocio Abia, Francisco J G Muriana
The postprandial hypertriglyceridemia is an important and largely silent disturbance involved in the genesis of numerous pathological conditions. Exaggerated and prolonged states of postprandial hypertriglyceridemia are frequently related to the ingestion of meals enriched in saturated fatty acids (SFAs). MicroRNAs are noncoding RNAs that function as gene regulators and play significant roles in both health and disease. However, differential miRNA expression between fasting and postprandial states has never been elucidated...
March 18, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29672545/epileptiform-activity-during-inert-gas-euthanasia-of-mice
#5
Thomas C Gent, Carlotta Detotto, Alexei L Vyssotski, Regula Bettschart-Wolfensberger
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is one of the most commonly used euthanasia agents for mice, yet it is highly aversive and nociceptive. Inert gases are a possible alternative, however there are qualitative reports of seizures resulting from exposure. Here we evaluate epileptiform activity caused by inert gases (N2, He, Ar and Xe) and CO2 in mice chronically instrumented for EEG/EMG undergoing single-gas euthanasia. We found that N2, He and Ar caused epileptiform activity in all animals, CO2 in half of animals and no epileptiform activity produced by Xe...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670469/dietary-n-3-pufa-may-attenuate-experimental-colitis
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Cloé Charpentier, Ronald Chan, Emmeline Salameh, Khaly Mbodji, Aito Ueno, Moïse Coëffier, Charlène Guérin, Subrata Ghosh, Guillaume Savoye, Rachel Marion-Letellier
Background: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) occurred in genetically predisposed people exposed to environmental triggers. Diet has long been suspected to contribute to the development of IBD. Supplementation with n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) protects against intestinal inflammation in rodent models while clinical trials showed no benefits. We hypothesized that intervention timing is crucial and dietary fatty acid pattern may influence intestinal environment to modify inflammation genesis...
2018: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670362/antiangiogenic-effects-of-aa-pme-on-huvecs-in-vitro-and-zebrafish-in-vivo
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Yue Jing, Gang Wang, Qi Xiao, Yachun Zhou, Yingjie Wei, Zhunan Gong
Angiogenesis plays a vital role in many physiological and pathological processes and several diseases are connected with its dysregulation. Asiatic acid (AA) has demonstrated anticancer properties and we suspect this might be attributable to an effect on angio-genesis. A modified derivative of AA, N-(2α,3β,23-acetoxyurs-12-en-28-oyl)-L-proline methyl ester (AA-PMe), has improved efficacy over its parent compound, but its effect on blood vessel development remains unclear. Methods: In this study, we investigated the antiangiogenic activity of AA and AA-PMe in zebrafish embryos and human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs)...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670026/indigenous-health-and-human-rights-a-reflection-on-law-and-culture
#8
Odette Mazel
In Australia, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples bear a greater burden of disease and have lower life expectancy than their non-Indigenous counterparts. These combined indicators are evidence of an entrenched health crisis in the Indigenous population that is linked to systemic disadvantage over many decades. In an effort to improve life expectancy and lessen the burden of disease, a number of strategies and national frameworks now embed a human rights-based approach to achieving health equality...
April 18, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29670003/stress-and-alterations-in-the-pain-matrix-a-biopsychosocial-perspective-on-back-pain-and-its-prevention-and-treatment
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Pia-Maria Wippert, Christine Wiebking
The genesis of chronic pain is explained by a biopsychosocial model. It hypothesizes an interdependency between environmental and genetic factors provoking aberrant long-term changes in biological and psychological regulatory systems. Physiological effects of psychological and physical stressors may play a crucial role in these maladaptive processes. Specifically, long-term demands on the stress response system may moderate central pain processing and influence descending serotonergic and noradrenergic signals from the brainstem, regulating nociceptive processing at the spinal level...
April 18, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666256/global-peatland-initiation-driven-by-regionally-asynchronous-warming
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Paul J Morris, Graeme T Swindles, Paul J Valdes, Ruza F Ivanovic, Lauren J Gregoire, Mark W Smith, Lev Tarasov, Alan M Haywood, Karen L Bacon
Widespread establishment of peatlands since the Last Glacial Maximum represents the activation of a globally important carbon sink, but the drivers of peat initiation are unclear. The role of climate in peat initiation is particularly poorly understood. We used a general circulation model to simulate local changes in climate during the initiation of 1,097 peatlands around the world. We find that peat initiation in deglaciated landscapes in both hemispheres was driven primarily by warming growing seasons, likely through enhanced plant productivity, rather than by any increase in effective precipitation...
April 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665937/-current-understanding-of-myeloproliferative-neoplasm-related-gene-mutations-and-cytokine-review
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Zhi-Peng He, Yong Wu
Myeloproliferative neoplasm(MPN) is clonal hematopoietic stem cell disorder characterized by abnormal proliferation and expansion of one or more myeloid lineages. BCR-ABL-negative MPN includes polycythemia vera (PV), essential thrombocythemia (ET) and primary myelofibrosis (PMF). The mutations of JAK2, CALR and MPL genes are involved in the pathogenesis of MPN that provided a more complete molecular diagnostic standard for MPN. More and more new mutated genes related to prognosis of MPN were discovered in the past few years, at same time it was found that cytokines were also involved in the genesis and development of MPN...
April 2018: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665859/morphology-and-genomic-hallmarks-of-breast-tumours-developed-by-atm-deleterious-variant-carriers
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Anne-Laure Renault, Noura Mebirouk, Laetitia Fuhrmann, Guillaume Bataillon, Eve Cavaciuti, Dorothée Le Gal, Elodie Girard, Tatiana Popova, Philippe La Rosa, Juana Beauvallet, Séverine Eon-Marchais, Marie-Gabrielle Dondon, Catherine Dubois d'Enghien, Anthony Laugé, Walid Chemlali, Virginie Raynal, Martine Labbé, Ivan Bièche, Sylvain Baulande, Jacques-Olivier Bay, Pascaline Berthet, Olivier Caron, Bruno Buecher, Laurence Faivre, Marc Fresnay, Marion Gauthier-Villars, Paul Gesta, Nicolas Janin, Sophie Lejeune, Christine Maugard, Sébastien Moutton, Laurence Venat-Bouvet, Hélène Zattara, Jean-Pierre Fricker, Laurence Gladieff, Isabelle Coupier, Georgia Chenevix-Trench, Janet Hall, Anne Vincent-Salomon, Dominique Stoppa-Lyonnet, Nadine Andrieu, Fabienne Lesueur
BACKGROUND: The ataxia telangiectasia mutated (ATM) gene is a moderate-risk breast cancer susceptibility gene; germline loss-of-function variants are found in up to 3% of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) families who undergo genetic testing. So far, no clear histopathological and molecular features of breast tumours occurring in ATM deleterious variant carriers have been described, but identification of an ATM-associated tumour signature may help in patient management. METHODS: To characterise hallmarks of ATM-associated tumours, we performed systematic pathology review of tumours from 21 participants from ataxia-telangiectasia families and 18 participants from HBOC families, as well as copy number profiling on a subset of 23 tumours...
April 17, 2018: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29662073/global-warming-hiatus-contributed-to-the-increased-occurrence-of-intense-tropical-cyclones-in-the-coastal-regions-along-east-asia
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Jiuwei Zhao, Ruifen Zhan, Yuqing Wang
The recent global warming hiatus (GWH) was characterized by a La Niña-like cooling in the tropical Eastern Pacific accompanied with the Indian Ocean and the tropical Atlantic Ocean warming. Here we show that the recent GWH contributed significantly to the increased occurrence of intense tropical cyclones in the coastal regions along East Asia since 1998. The GWH associated sea surface temperature anomalies triggered a pair of anomalous cyclonic and anticyclonic circulations and equatorial easterly anomalies over the Northwest Pacific, which favored TC genesis and intensification over the western Northwest Pacific but suppressed TC genesis and intensification over the southeastern Northwest Pacific due to increased vertical wind shear and anticyclonic circulation anomalies...
April 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29660812/tremor-severity-in-parkinson-s-disease-and-cortical-changes-of-areas-controlling-movement-sequencing-a-preliminary-study
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Julián Benito-León, J Ignacio Serrano, Elan D Louis, Ales Holobar, Juan P Romero, P Povalej-Bržan, Félix Bermejo-Pareja, M Dolores Del Castillo, Ignacio J Posada, Eduardo Rocon
There remains much to learn about the changes in cortical anatomy that are associated with tremor severity in Parkinson's disease (PD). For this reason, we used a combination of structural neuroimaging to measure cortical thickness and neurophysiological studies to analyze whether PD tremor was associated with cortex integrity. Magnetic resonance imaging and neurophysiological assessment were performed in 13 nondemented PD patients (9 women, 69.2%) with a clearly tremor-dominant phenotype. Cortical reconstruction and volumetric segmentation were performed with the Freesurfer image analysis software...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29657703/determining-the-elemental-and-isotopic-composition-of-the-presolar-nebula-from-genesis-data-analysis-the-case-of-oxygen
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J Martin Laming, V S Heber, D S Burnett, Y Guan, R Hervig, G R Huss, A J G Jurewicz, E C Koeman-Shields, K D McKeegan, L Nittler, D B Reisenfeld, K D Rieck, J Wang, R C Wiens, D S Woolum
We compare element and isotopic fractionations measured in solar wind samples collected by NASA's Genesis mission with those predicted from models incorporating both the ponderomotive force in the chromosphere and conservation of the first adiabatic invariant in the low corona. Generally good agreement is found, suggesting that these factors are consistent with the process of solar wind fractionation. Based on bulk wind measurements, we also consider in more detail the isotopic and elemental abundances of O...
December 10, 2017: Astrophysical Journal. Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652858/oncosuppressors-and-oncogenes-role-in-haemangioma-genesis-and-potential-for-therapeutic-targeting
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REVIEW
Peace Mabeta
Genetic lesions in proto-oncogenes result in the perturbation of angiogenesis, the formation of neovessels from a pre-existing microvasculature. Similarly, the subversion of tumor suppressor genes promotes tumor vascularization. Excessive neovessel formation is associated with various neoplasms such as infantile hemangiomas (IH). Hemangiomas are the most common tumors in pediatric patients and at present have no definitive treatment. The pathogenesis of IH is not well understood; however, both vasculogenesis and angiogenesis are associated with hemangioma genesis...
April 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29652036/clinical-effects-of-selective-drug-regulating-vagus-nerve-signal-pathway-in-vagally-mediated-atrial-fibrillation
#17
Xue Lou, Yanmei Lu, Baopeng Tang, Xianhui Zhou
BACKGROUND The cardiac autonomic nervous system plays a crucial role in genesis and development of atrial fibrillation (AF) through the G protein signal transduction pathway. Therefore, intervening in the G protein signal transduction pathway may be a new "selective drug" method to regulate autonomic nerve activity to prevent vagally-mediated AF. MATERIAL AND METHODS Seventeen adult beagles were randomized into 3 groups: shame-operation control group (group A, n=5), empty vector gene control group (group B, n=6), and Gαi2ctp gene experimental group (group C, n=6)...
April 13, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29650324/molecular-basis-of-the-effect-of-mmp-9-on-the-prostate-bone-metastasis-a-review
#18
REVIEW
Emilio Rubén Pego, Isaac Fernández, María Jesús Núñez
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Prostate cancer (PCa) is the second most common cancer in men especially after 50 years old. The metastasis of said cancer involves a rise for morbidity, metastasizing 90% of the occasions on bone. Metalloproteinases (MMPs) are involved in the process of bone formation and they are postulated to be involved in the process of metastasizing, in particular MMP-9. This work is justified taking into account the scientific interest of the subject and the quality of the literature sources used...
April 9, 2018: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29649484/vision-and-the-genesis-of-survival-strategies-in-tsetse-flies-a-laboratory-study
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Emmanuel Kamba Mebourou, Balázs Bernáth, Dominique Schenker, Patrick M Guerin
Organisms respond to environmental stimuli in ways that optimize survival and reproduction. Tsetse fly life-history is characterized by high investment in progeny by the pregnant female and low birth rate. This places constraints on tsetse populations across the sub-Saharan biotopes they colonize where extreme climatic conditions militate against survival. Controlling metabolic rate is crucial in biotopes where daily swings in temperature can exceed 20 o C. Tsetse acquire their nutrient requirements from the blood meal...
April 9, 2018: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29644483/studies-of-abnormalities-of-the-lower-esophageal-sphincter-during-esophageal-emptying-based-on-a-fully-coupled-bolus-esophageal-gastric-model
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Wenjun Kou, John E Pandolfino, Peter J Kahrilas, Neelesh A Patankar
The aim of this work was to develop a fully coupled bolus-esophageal-gastric model based on the immersed boundary-finite element method to study the process of esophageal emptying across the esophagogastric junction (EGJ). The model included an esophageal segment, an ellipsoid-shaped stomach, a bolus, and a simple model of the passive and active sphincteric functions of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). We conducted three sets of case studies: (1) the effect of a non-relaxing LES; (2) the influence of the tissue anisotropy in the form of asymmetrical right- and left-sided compliance of the LES segment; and (3) the influence of LES and gastric wall stiffness on bulge formation of the distal esophageal wall...
April 11, 2018: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
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