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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925492/antibacterial-antioxidant-and-anti-proliferative-properties-and-zinc-content-of-five-south-portugal-herbs
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Ricardo Nunes, Pawel Pasko, Malgorzata Tyszka-Czochara, Agnieszka Szewczyk, Marek Szlosarczyk, Isabel S Carvalho
CONTEXT: Crataegus monogyna L. (Rosaceae) (CM), Equisetum telmateia L. (Equisataceae) (ET), Geranium purpureum Vil. (Geraniaceae) (GP), Mentha suaveolens Ehrh. (Lamiaceae) (MS), and Lavandula stoechas L. spp. luisieri (Lamiaceae) (LS) are all medicinal. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the antioxidant, antiproliferative and antimicrobial activities of plant extracts and quantify individual phenolics and zinc. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Aerial part extracts were prepared with water (W), ethanol (E) and an 80% mixture (80EW)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924074/optimized-t-cell-receptor-mimic-tcrm-chimeric-antigen-receptor-t-cells-directed-towards-the-intracellular-wilms-tumor-1-antigen
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S Rafiq, T J Purdon, A F Daniyan, M Koneru, T Dao, C Liu, D A Scheinberg, R J Brentjens
CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cells are clinically effective in a limited set of leukemia patients. However, CAR T-cell therapy thus far has been largely restricted to targeting extracellular tumor-associated antigens (TAA). Herein, we report a T-cell receptor-mimic (TCRm) CAR, termed WT1-28z, that is reactive to a peptide portion of the intracellular onco-protein Wilms Tumor 1(WT1), as it is expressed on the surface of the tumor cell in the context of HLA-A*02:01. T-cells modified to express WT1-28z specifically targeted and lysed HLA-A*02:01+ WT1+ tumors and enhanced survival of mice engrafted with HLA-A*02:01+, WT1+ leukemia or ovarian tumors...
December 7, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923483/regulation-of-membrane-type-1-matrix-metalloproteinase-activity-and-intracellular-localization-in-clinical-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms
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John S Ikonomidis, Elizabeth K Nadeau, Adam W Akerman, Robert E Stroud, Rupak Mukherjee, Jeffrey A Jones
OBJECTIVE: Membrane type-1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) is elevated during thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) development in mouse models, and plays an important role in the activation of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2 and the release of matrix- bound transforming growth factor-β. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that MT1-MMP is subject to protein kinase C (PKC)-mediated regulation, which alters intracellular trafficking and activity with TAAs. METHODS: Levels of MMP-2, native and phosphorylated MT1-MMP, and PKC-δ were measured in aortic tissue from patients with small TAAs (<5 cm; n = 8) and large TAAs (>6...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919705/the-complete-mitochondrial-genome-of-thitarodes-sejilaensis-lepidoptera-hepialidae-a-host-insect-of-ophiocordyceps-sinensis-and-its-implication-in-taxonomic-revision-of-hepialusadopted-in-china
#4
Zhiwen Zou, Qiang Min, Shiyu Cheng, Tianrong Xin, Bin Xia
The mitochondrial genome is widely used for phylogenetic analyses and evolutionary biology. The complete mitochondrial genome of Thitarodes sejilaensis (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) was sequenced and analyzed in this study. This mitogenome is a typical circular molecule of 15,290bp, with the gene content, orientation and order identical to other insects in the family Hepialidae. The genome nucleotide composition is heavily biased towards As and Ts, accounting for 80.87% of total nucleotide content. The major strand shows a positive AT-skew and negative GC-skew...
December 2, 2016: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918557/automated-evaluation-of-liver-fibrosis-in-thioacetamide-carbon-tetrachloride-and-bile-duct-ligation-rodent-models-using-second-harmonic-generation-two-photon-excited-fluorescence-microscopy
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Feng Liu, Long Chen, Hui-Ying Rao, Xiao Teng, Ya-Yun Ren, Yan-Qiang Lu, Wei Zhang, Nan Wu, Fang-Fang Liu, Lai Wei
Animal models provide a useful platform for developing and testing new drugs to treat liver fibrosis. Accordingly, we developed a novel automated system to evaluate liver fibrosis in rodent models. This system uses second-harmonic generation (SHG)/two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy to assess a total of four mouse and rat models, using chemical treatment with either thioacetamide (TAA) or carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), and a surgical method, bile duct ligation (BDL). The results obtained by the new technique were compared with that using Ishak fibrosis scores and two currently used quantitative methods for determining liver fibrosis: the collagen proportionate area (CPA) and measurement of hydroxyproline (HYP) content...
December 5, 2016: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917858/discovery-of-a-new-type-of-topological-weyl-fermion-semimetal-state-in-moxw1-xte2
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Ilya Belopolski, Daniel S Sanchez, Yukiaki Ishida, Xingchen Pan, Peng Yu, Su-Yang Xu, Guoqing Chang, Tay-Rong Chang, Hao Zheng, Nasser Alidoust, Guang Bian, Madhab Neupane, Shin-Ming Huang, Chi-Cheng Lee, You Song, Haijun Bu, Guanghou Wang, Shisheng Li, Goki Eda, Horng-Tay Jeng, Takeshi Kondo, Hsin Lin, Zheng Liu, Fengqi Song, Shik Shin, M Zahid Hasan
The recent discovery of a Weyl semimetal in TaAs offers the first Weyl fermion observed in nature and dramatically broadens the classification of topological phases. However, in TaAs it has proven challenging to study the rich transport phenomena arising from emergent Weyl fermions. The series MoxW1-xTe2 are inversion-breaking, layered, tunable semimetals already under study as a promising platform for new electronics and recently proposed to host Type II, or strongly Lorentz-violating, Weyl fermions. Here we report the discovery of a Weyl semimetal in MoxW1-xTe2 at x=25%...
December 5, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916380/contemporary-outcomes-of-open-thoracoabdominal-aneurysm-repair-functional-status-is-the-strongest-predictor-of-perioperative-mortality
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Tammam Obeid, Caitlin W Hicks, Kanhua Yin, Isibor Arhuidese, Besma Nejim, Arman Kilic, James H Black, Mahmoud Malas
BACKGROUND: Open repair of thoracoabdominal and descending thoracic aneurysm (TAA) carries significant operative morbidity and mortality. Despite evolving operative techniques patient-level risk factors affecting mortality after open TAA repair, including patient functional status, remain to be fully understood. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We identified all open TAA repair cases in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database between 2005 and 2013. Multivariable logistic regression was used to evaluate the effect of patients' age, gender, race, body mass index (BMI), comorbid conditions, functional status, ASA class, smoking, rupture, descending thoracic aneurysm versus Crawford types, dissection, and preoperative: transfusion, creatinine levels, on perioperative (30-d) mortality after open TAA repair...
November 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914986/identification-of-epigenetically-downregulated-tmem70-and-ube2e2-in-rat-liver-after-28-day-treatment-with-hepatocarcinogenic-thioacetamide-showing-gene-product-downregulation-in-hepatocellular-preneoplastic-and-neoplastic-lesions-produced-by-tumor-promotion
#8
Sayaka Mizukami, Atsunori Yafune, Yousuke Watanabe, Kota Nakajima, Meilan Jin, Toshinori Yoshida, Makoto Shibutani
The present study identified genes showing promoter region hypermethylation by CpG island microarrays in the liver of rats treated with hepatocarcinogen thioacetamide (TAA) for 28 days. Among 47 hypermethylated genes, Hist1h2aa, Tmem70, Ube2e2, and Slk were confirmed to show hypermethylation by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and pyrosequencing analyses as well as downregulation of transcript levels by real-time reverse transcription-PCR analysis in the livers of rats treated with TAA. All gene products of the 4 selected genes showed decreased immunoreactivity forming negative liver cell foci in a subpopulation of glutathione S-transferase placental form (GST-P)(+) foci in TAA-promoted rat livers in a two-stage hepatocarcinogenesis model...
November 30, 2016: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908807/incomplete-expansion-of-chimney-stent-graft-during-chimney-thoracic-endovascular-aneurysm-repair-ch-tevar
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Athanasios Katsargyris, Domenico Spinelli, Kyriakos Oikonomou, Hozan Mufty, Eric Lg Verhoeven
PURPOSE: To report a technical complication during a chimney-thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair (Ch-TEVAR) procedure. CASE REPORT: A 77 year-old female patient underwent Ch-TEVAR for a symptomatic thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) with a short and angulated proximal neck. Deployment of the aortic stent-graft over the left subclavian artery (LSA) was followed by placement of a balloon expandable covered stent as a chimney for the LSA. Chimney deployment failed due to balloon perforation...
November 28, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905691/is-volume-important-in-aneurysm-treatment-outcome
#10
Athanasios Katsargyris, Chris Klonaris, Eric L Verhoeven
Several studies have suggested that surgical procedures performed at high-volume centers may result in superior outcome. Technically more demanding procedures such as aortic aneurysm repair appear to demonstrate a stronger relationship with volume. The present chapter reviewed the literature using the MEDLINE database to identify studies investigating the effect of volume in aortic aneurysm repair outcomes. The great majority of studies identified shows an advantage for high-volume hospitals with regard to perioperative mortality of abdominal (AAA), thoracic (TAA) and thoracoabdominal (TAAA) aortic aneurysm repair...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894713/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-in-marfan-syndrome
#11
Tracy Hagerty, Patrick Geraghty, Alan C Braverman
OBJECTIVE: Marfan syndrome (MFS) leads to aortic root aneurysm, while descending thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) occurs less commonly. Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is rarely reported in MFS. Risk factors for AAA are poorly understood and there are no guidelines for AAA screening in MFS. We sought to characterize AAA among Marfan patients in our center. METHODS: The records of 12 adults with MFS and AAA disease were reviewed. Clinical features, imaging, operative reports, and outcomes were analyzed...
November 25, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894092/a-novel-fully-human-anti-ncl-immunornase-for-triple-negative-breast-cancer-therapy
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Chiara D'Avino, Dario Palmieri, Ashley Braddom, Nicola Zanesi, Cindy James, Sara Cole, Francesco Salvatore, Carlo M Croce, Claudia De Lorenzo
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide. A new promising anti-cancer therapy involves the use of monoclonal antibodies specific for target tumor-associated antigens (TAAs). A TAA of interest for immunotherapy of Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is nucleolin (NCL), a multifunctional protein, selectively expressed on the surface of cancer cells, which regulates the biogenesis of specific microRNAs (miRNAs) involved in tumor development and drug-resistance. We previously isolated a novel human anti-NCL scFv, called 4LB5, that is endowed with selective anti-tumor effects...
November 23, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891504/thoracic-aorta-aneurysm-repair-in-a-patient-with-a-solitary-kidney-hybrid-surgery-as-a-bailout-procedure
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Chris Bakoyiannis, Demetrios Moris, George Karaolanis, Nikolaos Patelis, Dimitrios Schizas, Sotirios Georgopoulos, Theodoros Liakakos
Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) is an emerging treatment option for thoracic aorta aneurysms (TAA). Endovascular access is a challenge. We present a novel TEVAR technique in a patient with single kidney and a 6.4 cm TAA. Attempting to place a sheath through iliac arteries was unsuccessful. The decision to proceed to hybrid TEVAR was made. The protection of the solitary kidney was achieved through axillo-femoral bypass, followed by an end-to-side anastomosis between the aorta and a bifurcated graft...
2016: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875523/a-protein-fragment-derived-from-dna-topoisomerase-i-as-a-novel-tumour-associated-antigen-for-the-detection-of-early-stage-carcinoma
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Shang-Mian Yie, Shang-Rong Ye, Xiao-Li Ma, Ke Xie, Jian-Bo Zhang, Mei Cao, Xu He, Zhen-Bo Hu, Cheng-Lu Yang, Jia Zhang, Jie Zeng
BACKGROUND: The production of autoantibodies against tumour-associated antigens (TAAs) is believed to reflect greater immunologic reactivity in cancer patients and enhanced immune surveillance for cancer cells. Over the past few decades, a number of different TAAs and their corresponding autoantibodies have been investigated. However, positive frequency of autoantibody detection in cancer patients has been relatively low. Here we describe a novel TAA that was a fragment derived from human DNA-topoiomerase I and an autoantibody against the novel TAA with relatively high positive frequency in the sera of early-stage non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), gastric cancer (GC), colorectal cancer (CRC) and oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC)...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871272/association-of-tryptophan-hydroxylase-2-polymorphisms-with-oppositional-defiant-disorder-in-a-chinese-han-population
#15
Chang-Hong Wang, Cong Liu, En-Zhao Cong, Gai-Ling Xu, Ting-Ting Lv, Ying-Li Zhang, Qiu-Fen Ning, Ji-Kang Wang, Hui-Yao Nie, Yan Li
BACKGROUND: Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a behavioral disorder of school-age population. It is well known that 5-HT dysfunction is correlated with impulsivity, which is one of the common characteristics of ODD. The enzyme tryptophan hydroxylase-2 (TPH-2) synthesizes 5-HT in serotonergic neurons of the midbrain raphe. The purposes of this study were to investigate the potential association of TPH-2 polymorphisms with susceptibility to ODD in a Han Chinese school population. METHODS: Four polymorphisms (rs4570625, rs11178997, rs1386494 and rs7305115) of the TPH-2 gene were analyzed by using polymerase chain reaction and DNA microarray hybridization in a case-control study of 276 Han Chinese individuals (124 ODD and 152 controls)...
November 21, 2016: Behavioral and Brain Functions: BBF
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855913/development-and-validation-of-a-near-infrared-spectrophotometric-method-to-determine-total-antioxidant-activity-of-milk
#16
G Niero, M Penasa, S Currò, A Masi, A R Trentin, M Cassandro, M De Marchi
In the present study a spectrophotometric method for the determination of total antioxidant activity (TAA) based on ABTS assay was developed and validated on raw milk (RM), whole UHT milk (WUM), partially skimmed UHT milk (SUM), whole pasteurised milk (WM) and partially skimmed pasteurised milk (SM). The most suitable solvent for antioxidant extraction was 80% acetone. Regardless of the type of milk, the coefficient of determination from the linearity test was greater than 0.95. The limit of detection ranged from 0...
April 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848919/clinical-and-biological-specificity-of-beta-thalassemia-intermedia-a-case-report
#17
Jean-Maxime Girard, Guillaume Drevin, Jean-François Brasme, Serge Pissard, Pascal Reynier, Gilles Simard, Marie-Christine Denis
We report the case of a nine-year-old girl, of Moroccan origin, hospitalised for fever and stomach ache. The clinical and biological investigations showed merely a moderate enlargement of the spleen associated with discrete regenerative hemolytic anemia. The etiologic analysis of the hemolysis was completed by the electrophoresis of hemoglobin (Hb) that revealed total absence of HbA, with the presence of 98.7% of HbF and 1.3% of HbA2. These results led to a diagnosis of β0 thalassemia associated with an intermediate phenotype, i...
December 1, 2016: Annales de Biologie Clinique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836291/the-megaaortic-syndrome-progression-of-ascending-aortic-aneurysm-or-a-disease-of-distinct-origin
#18
Ulrike Baranyi, Christian Stern, Birgitta Winter, Adrian Türkcan, Bernhard Scharinger, Marie-Elisabeth Stelzmüller, Thomas Aschacher, Martin Andreas, Marek Ehrlich, Günther Laufer, David Bernhard, Barbara Messner
BACKGROUND: Thoracic aortic aneurysm (TAA) is an often asymptomatic disease with fatal outcome, such as dissection or rupture. The megaaortic syndrome (MAS) is an extensive dilatation of the whole aorta with low incidence but high lethal outcome with unknown pathophysiology so far. METHODS AND RESULTS: We compared aortic tissue of patients with sporadic TAAs and MAS of the ascending aorta with non-aneurysmal control tissues. Specimens of MAS patients showed a significantly reduced thickness of the media but an increased thickness of the intima compared to control tissue and TAAs with moderate dilatation...
October 29, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834857/the-cd8%C3%A2-%C2%BA-t-cell-mediated-immunity-induced-by-hpv-e6-uploaded-in-engineered-exosomes-is-improved-by-iscomatrix-tm-adjuvant
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Francesco Manfredi, Paola di Bonito, Barbara Ridolfi, Simona Anticoli, Claudia Arenaccio, Chiara Chiozzini, Adriana Baz Morelli, Maurizio Federico
We recently described the induction of an efficient CD8⁺ T cell-mediated immune response against a tumor-associated antigen (TAA) uploaded in engineered exosomes used as an immunogen delivery tool. This immune response cleared tumor cells inoculated after immunization, and controlled the growth of tumors implanted before immunization. We looked for new protocols aimed at increasing the CD8⁺ T cell specific response to the antigen uploaded in engineered exosomes, assuming that an optimized CD8⁺ T cell immune response would correlate with a more effective depletion of tumor cells in the therapeutic setting...
November 9, 2016: Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834817/classification-of-27-tumor-associated-antigens-by-histochemical-analysis-of-36-freshly-resected-lung-cancer-tissues
#20
Gene Kurosawa, Mototaka Sugiura, Yoshinobu Hattori, Hiroyuki Tsuda, Yoshikazu Kurosawa
In previous studies, we identified 29 tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) and isolated 488 human monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) that specifically bind to one of the 29 TAAs. In the present study, we performed histochemical analysis of 36 freshly resected lung cancer tissues by using 60 mAbs against 27 TAAs. Comparison of the staining patterns of tumor cells, bronchial epithelial cells, and normal pulmonary alveolus cells and interalveolar septum allowed us to determine the type and location of cells that express target molecules, as well as the degree of expression...
November 8, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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