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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732110/growth-inhibitory-effect-of-%C3%AE-eudesmol-on-cholangiocarcinoma-cells-and-its-potential-suppressive-effect-on-heme-oxygenase-1-production-stat1-3-activation-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-downregulation
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Vivek Bhakta Mathema, Wanna Chaijaroenkul, Juntra Karbwang, Kesara Na-Bangchang
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a progressively fatal form of cancer originating from the malignant transformation of hepatic biliary cholangiocytes. The present study reports for the first time in vitro growth inhibitory activities of β-eudesmol, the bioactive sesquiterpenoid present in the rhizome of Atractylodes lancea (Thunb) DC., with respect to its underlying potential effects on heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) production, STAT1/3 phosphorylation, and NF-κB protein expression in human CCA cell line CL-6. The cytotoxic effect of β-eudesmol on CL-6 cells was evaluated by MTT assay using normal human embryonic fibroblast (OUMS) as a control cell line...
July 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732048/wolbachia-and-dengue-virus-infection-in-the-mosquito-aedes-fluviatilis-diptera-culicidae
#2
Jéssica Barreto Lopes Silva, Debora Magalhães Alves, Vanessa Bottino-Rojas, Thiago Nunes Pereira, Marcos Henrique Ferreira Sorgine, Eric Pearce Caragata, Luciano Andrade Moreira
Dengue represents a serious threat to human health, with billions of people living at risk of the disease. Wolbachia pipientis is a bacterial endosymbiont common to many insect species. Wolbachia transinfections in mosquito disease vectors have great value for disease control given the bacterium's ability to spread into wild mosquito populations, and to interfere with infections of pathogens, such as dengue virus. Aedes fluviatilis is a mosquito with a widespread distribution in Latin America, but its status as a dengue vector has not been clarified...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731589/effects-of-nitric-oxide-on-large-conductance-ca-2-activated-k-currents-in-human-cardiac-fibroblasts-through-pka-and-pkg-related-pathways
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Hyemi Bae, Inja Lim
The human cardiac fibroblast (HCF) is the most abundant cell type in the myocardium, and HCFs play critical roles in maintaining normal cardiac function. However, unlike cardiomyocytes, the electrophysiology of HCFs is not well established. In the cardiovascular system, Ca(2+) -activated K(+) (KCa) channels have distinct physiological and pathological functions, and nitric oxide (NO) play key roles. In this study, we investigated the potential effects of NO on KCa channels in HCFs. We recorded strong oscillating, well-maintained outward K(+) currents without marked inactivation throughout the test pulse period and detected outward rectification in the I-V curve; these are all characteristics that are typical of KCa currents...
July 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731545/genome-scale-data-reveals-that-endemic-poecilia-populations-from-small-sulfidic-springs-display-no-evidence-of-inbreeding
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Anthony P Brown, Ryan Greenway, Samuel Morgan, Corey R Quackenbush, Luca Giordani, Lenin Arias-Rodriguez, Michael Tobler, Joanna L Kelley
Populations with limited ranges can be highly vulnerable to changes in their environment and are, thus, of high conservation concern. Populations that experience human-induced range reductions are often highly inbred and lack genetic diversity, but it is unknown whether this is also the case for populations with naturally small ranges. The fishes Poecilia sulphuraria (listed as critically endangered) and Poecilia thermalis, which are endemic to small hydrogen sulfide rich springs in southern Mexico, are examples of such populations with inherently small habitats...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731540/participation-of-osteoclastogenic-factors-in-immunopathogenesis-of-human-chronic-periapical-lesions
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S C L T Santos, L A Couto, J M Fonseca, F C A Xavier, A C L Figueiredo, V S Freitas, R A Freitas, J N Santos, A C G Henriques
BACKGROUND: Chronic periapical lesions (CPLs) are common lesions of the oral cavity and are the result of caries, tooth fracture, iatrogenic causes or factors causing contamination and pulp necrosis. Inflammatory cells participate in the expansion of CPLs by releasing factors that stimulate or inhibit osteolytic activity. The objective of this study was to investigate the participation of RANKL, TNF-α, cathepsin K, IL-33 and OPG in the development of radicular cysts (RCs) and periapical granulomas (PGs)...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731284/the-rna-binding-protein-hur-inhibits-expression-of-ccl5-and-limits-recruitment-of-macrophages-into-tumors
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Thilo F Brauß, Sofia Winslow, Sebastian Lampe, Anica Scholz, Andreas Weigert, Nathalie Dehne, Kristoffer von Stedingk, Tobias Schmid, Bernhard Brüne
The RNA-binding protein HuR promotes tumor growth by affecting proliferation, metastasis, apoptosis, and angiogenesis. Although immune cells, especially tumor-associated macrophages, are critical components of the tumor stroma, the influence of HuR in tumors on the recruitment of immune cells remains poorly understood. In the present study, we therefore aimed to elucidate the impact of tumor cell HuR on the interaction between tumor cells and macrophages. To this end, we stably depleted HuR in human MCF-7 breast cancer cells...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731282/altered-signaling-associated-with-chronic-arsenic-exposure-in-human-skin-keratinocytes
#7
Sartaj Ahmad Mir, Santosh Renuse, Gajanan Sathe, Aafaque Ahmad Khan, Arun H Patil, Vishalakshi Nanjappa, Firdous Ahmad Bhat, T S Keshava Prasad, Ashok K Giri, Aditi Chatterjee, Harsha Gowda
Modulation of signaling pathways upon chronic arsenic exposure remains poorly studied. Here we carried out SILAC-based quantitative phosphoproteomics analysis to dissect the signaling induced upon chronic arsenic exposure in human skin keratinocyte cell line, HaCaT. We identified 4,171 unique phosphosites derived from 2,000 proteins. We observed differential phosphorylation of 406 phosphosites (2-fold) corresponding to 305 proteins. Several pathways involved in cytoskeleton maintenance and organization were found to be significantly enriched (p<0...
July 21, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731271/ultrasound-elastography-for-carpal-tunnel-pressure-measurement-a-cadaveric-validation-study
#8
Kazutoshi Kubo, Boran Zhou, Yu-Shiuan Cheng, Tai-Hua Yang, Bo Qiang, Kai-Nan An, Steven L Moran, Peter C Amadio, Xiaoming Zhang, Chunfeng Zhao
Carpal tunnel pressure is a key factor in the etiology of carpal tunnel syndrome. Numerous approaches have been conducted to measure carpal tunnel pressure. However, most techniques are invasive and take time and effort. We have developed an innovative approach to noninvasively assess the tunnel pressure by using the ultrasound surface wave elastography (USWE) technique. In a previous study it was shown that the shear wave speed in a tendon increased linearly with increasing tunnel pressure enclosed the tendon in a simple tendon model...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731263/commercial-strain-derived-clinical-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-can-evolve-new-phenotypes-without-higher-pathogenicity
#9
Walter P Pfliegler, Enikő Boros, Kitti Pázmándi, Ágnes Jakab, Imre Zsuga, Renátó Kovács, Edit Urbán, Zsuzsa Antunovics, Attila Bácsi, Matthias Sipiczki, László Majoros, István Pócsi
SCOPE: Saccharomyces cerevisiae is one of the most important microbes in food industry, but there is growing evidence on its potential pathogenicity as well. Its status as a member of human mycobiome is still not fully understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this study, we characterise clinical S. cerevisiae isolates from Hungarian hospitals along with commercial baking and probiotic strains, and determine their phenotypic parameters, virulence factors, interactions with human macrophages, and pathogenicity...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731233/integration-of-cellular-and-molecular-endpoints-to-assess-the-toxicity-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-hepg2-cell-line
#10
Patrícia I Morgado, Sílvia Jose, Riccardo Wanke, Alexandra M M Antunes, Ana Sofia Cardoso, Luisa Jordao
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are persistent pollutants present in the environment with known mutagenic and carcinogenic properties. In the present study the effect of exposure to single or multiple doses of benzo[a]anthracene (BaA), pyrene (Pyr) and three halogenated derivatives of these compounds (1-ClPyr; 1-BrPyr and 7-ClBaA) were evaluated in a liver-derived human cell line (HepG2). Cytotoxicity as assessed by the classic MTT and neutral red assays showed a mild toxic effect in response to single or multiple dose exposure for up to 72h; except for multiple dose exposure to BaA and 7-ClBaA (1μM per day during 4 days) and single exposure to 10 μM BaA...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731222/bio-nano-interface-and-environment-a-critical-review
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Gerardo Pulido-Reyes, Francisco Leganes, Francisca Fernández-Piñas, Roberto Rosal
The Bio-Nano interface is the boundary where the Engineered NanoMaterials (ENM) meet the biological system, exerting the biological function for what they have been designed or inducing adverse effects to other cells or organisms when they reach non-target scenarios, i.e: the natural environment. Research has been performed to determine the fate, transport, and toxic properties of ENM, but much of it focused on pristine or "as manufactured" ENM or where modifications of the materials were not assessed. This article reviews the most recent progresses regarding the Bio-Nano interface and the transformations that ENM suffer in the environment, paying special attention to the adsorption of environmental biomolecules on the surface of ENM...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731215/hypophosphatasia-in-adults-clinical-assessment-and-treatment-considerations
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Jay R Shapiro, E Michael Lewiecki
Hypophosphatasia (HPP) is a rare inherited disorder of bone affecting approximately 500-600 known individuals in the US. HPP is due to mutations involving the gene for tissue non-specific alkaline phosphatase. Five clinical types of HPP are recognized. The clinical presentation of HPP varies from devastating prenatal intrauterine disease to mild manifestations in adulthood. In adults, main clinical involvement includes early loss of primary or secondary teeth, osteoporosis, bone pain, chondrocalcinosis, and fractures...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731213/immunomodulatory-properties-of-olea-europaea-leaf-extract-in-intestinal-inflammation
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Teresa Vezza, Francesca Algieri, Alba Rodríguez-Nogales, José Garrido-Mesa, M Pilar Utrilla, Nassima Talhaoui, Ana María Gómez-Caravaca, Antonio Segura-Carretero, M Elena Rodríguez-Cabezas, Giovanni Monteleone, Julio Gálvez
SCOPE: Extracts from olive (Olea europaea) leaves are used in Mediterranean traditional medicine as anti-inflammatory. They contain antioxidant phenolic compounds, like oleuropeoside, which could be interesting for the treatment of inflammatory conditions associated with oxidative stress in humans, including inflammatory bowel disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: The anti-inflammatory effects of olive leaf extract (0.5-25 mg/kg) were studied in two mice models of colitis (DSS and DNBS)...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731203/ptenp1-inhibits-the-growth-of-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-by-regulating-socs6-expression-and-correlates-with-disease-prognosis
#14
Tuotuo Gong, Shuyu Zheng, Shan Huang, Shenbo Fu, Xuanwei Zhang, Shupei Pan, Tian Yang, Yuchen Sun, Ya Wang, Beina Hui, Jia Guo, Xiaozhi Zhang
PTEN pseudogene (PTENP1) has a tumor suppressive role in multiple cancers. However, its involvement in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) remains largely unknown. In this study, we set out to identify the role of PTENP1 in the development of ESCC. Gene Expression Omnibus database was employed to investigate the expression of PTENP1 in ESCC. sRNA target Database(StarBase v2.0) was used to query the downstream of PTENP1. Next, both in vitro and in vivo experiments were employed to explore the function...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731201/a-technological-and-regulatory-outlook-on-crispr-crop-editing
#15
Rea Globus, Udi Qimron
Generating plants with increased yields while maintaining low production and maintenance costs is highly important since plants are the major food source for humans and animals, as well as important producers of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and fuels. Gene editing approaches, particularly the CRISPR-Cas system, are the preferred methods for improving crops, enabling quick, robust, and accurate gene manipulation. Nevertheless, new breeds of genetically-modified crops have initiated substantial debates concerning their biosafety, commercial use, and regulation...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731126/mir%C3%A2-132-in-atrial-fibrillation-directly-targets-connective-tissue-growth-factor
#16
Gang Qiao, Dongsheng Xia, Zhaoyun Cheng, Guobao Zhang
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most frequently occurring, persistent cardiac arrhythmia, and the hallmark of AF‑dependent structural remodeling is atrial fibrosis. Connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) is important in the process of fibrosis. The association between miRNA and CTGF in AF‑dependent fibrosis remains to be elucidated. The present study aimed to determine if microRNA (miR)‑132 was able to regulate CTGF with an anti‑fibrotic effect in AF. A total of ten dogs or patients were assigned to control (n=4) and AF groups (n=6)...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730695/concurrent-electrical-cervicomedullary-stimulation-and-cervical-transcutaneous-spinal-direct-current-stimulation-results-in-a-stimulus-interaction
#17
Siobhan C Dongés, Siwei Bai, Janet L Taylor
Transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation (tsDCS) can modulate neuronal excitability within the human spinal cord; however few studies have used tsDCS at a cervical level. This study aimed to further characterise cervical tsDCS by observing its acute effects on motor responses to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and cervicomedullary stimulation. In both Study 1 and 2, participants (Study 1: n = 8, 4F; Study 2: n = 8, 3F) received two periods of 10 min, 3 mA cervical tsDCS on the same day through electrodes placed in an anterior-posterior configuration over the neck; one period with the cathode posterior (c-tsDCS) and the other with the anode posterior (a-tsDCS)...
July 20, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730660/bezlotoxumab-a-novel-agent-for-the-prevention-of-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection
#18
Wesley D Kufel, Aaron S Devanathan, Ashley H Marx, David J Weber, Lindsay M Daniels
Over the last decade, the incidence and severity of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) have significantly increased, leading to a rise in CDI-associated hospitalizations, health care costs, and mortality. Although treatment options exist for CDI, recurrence is frequent following treatment. Furthermore, patients with at least one CDI recurrence are at an increased risk of developing additional recurrences. A novel approach to the prevention of recurrent CDI is the use of monoclonal antibodies directed against the toxins responsible for CDI as an adjunct to antibiotic treatment...
July 21, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730625/fgf9-mutation-causes-craniosynostosis-along-with-multiple-synostoses
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Maria Rodriguez-Zabala, Miriam Aza-Carmona, Carlos I Rivera-Pedroza, Alberta Belinchón, Isabel Guerrero-Zapata, Jimena Barraza-García, Elena Vallespin, Min Lu, Angela Del Pozo, Marc J Glucksman, Fernando Santos-Simarro, Karen E Heath
Craniosynostosis is commonly caused by mutations in fibroblast growth factor receptors, highlighting the essential role of FGF-mediated signalling in skeletal development. We set out to identify the molecular defect in a family referred for craniosynostosis and in whom no mutation was previously detected. Using Next-generation sequencing, we identified a novel missense mutation in FGF9. Modelling based upon the crystal structure and functional studies confirmed its pathogenicity showing that it impaired homodimerization and FGFR3 binding...
July 21, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730264/is-the-human-embryo-legally-defined-and-protected-causes-and-consequences
#20
Maria Aluaş, Claudia Diana Gherman, Cristiana Iulia Dumitrescu
"Everyone's right to life shall be protected by law", states the article 2 of the European Convention of Human Rights (1950). This article guarantees the protection of life of all persons. The human embryo, however, does not seem to be under the protection of this article, or, at least not always. The human embryo does not have a nature clearly defined and it is not considered always as person. The law protects only two categories by its ordinary regulations: things and persons. Our main objective is to find out if the human embryo is or not protected, according to the legal framework in Romania...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
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