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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941417/protective-role-of-liriodendrin-in-mice-with-dextran-sulphate-sodium-induced-ulcerative-colitis
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Zhen Zhang, Lei Yang, Botao Wang, Lanqiu Zhang, Qi Zhang, Dihua Li, Shukun Zhang, Hongwei Gao, Ximo Wang
Sargentodoxa cuneata, containing syringaresinol and its glycoside liriodendrin as the main bioactive compounds, is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine for treating intestinal inflammation. In our preliminary study, liriodendrin inhibited NF-kB activation in sepsis-induced acute lung injury. The present study was designed to investigate its effect on dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced colitis in a mouse model and to explore the possible related mechanisms. Experimental colitis was established by giving mice drinking water containing 3% (w/v) DSS for 7days...
September 20, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941356/computational-approaches-to-identify-genetic-interactions-for-cancer-therapeutics
#2
Graeme Benstead-Hume, Sarah K Wooller, Frances M G Pearl
The development of improved cancer therapies is frequently cited as an urgent unmet medical need. Here we describe how genetic interactions are being therapeutically exploited to identify novel targeted treatments for cancer. We discuss the current methodologies that use 'omics data to identify genetic interactions, in particular focusing on synthetic sickness lethality (SSL) and synthetic dosage lethality (SDL). We describe the experimental and computational approaches undertaken both in humans and model organisms to identify these interactions...
September 23, 2017: Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938734/hyperspectral-microscopy-can-detect-metabolic-heterogeneity-within-bovine-post-compaction-embryos-incubated-under-two-oxygen-concentrations-7-versus-20
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Melanie L Sutton-McDowall, Martin Gosnell, Ayad G Anwer, Melissa White, Malcolm Purdey, Andrew D Abell, Ewa M Goldys, Jeremy G Thompson
STUDY QUESTION: Can we separate embryos cultured under either 7% or 20% oxygen atmospheres by measuring their metabolic heterogeneity? SUMMARY ANSWER: Metabolic heterogeneity and changes in metabolic profiles in morula exposed to two different oxygen concentrations were not detectable using traditional fluorophore and two-channel autofluorescence but were detectable using hyperspectral microscopy. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Increased genetic and morphological blastomere heterogeneity is associated with compromised developmental competence of embryos and currently forms the basis for embryo scoring within the clinic...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938701/correction-elevated-microrna-135a-is-associated-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-experimental-mouse-model
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Hyun-Wook Lee, Sung-Hyun Park
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.18632/oncotarget.16011.].
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938576/computational-prediction-of-human-disease-related-micrornas-by-path-based-random-walk
#5
Israel Mugunga, Ying Ju, Xiangrong Liu, Xiaoyang Huang
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small, endogenous RNAs that are 21-25 nucleotides in length. In animals and plants, miRNAs target specific genes for degradation or translation repression. Discovering disease-related miRNA is fundamental for understanding the pathogenesis of diseases. The association between miRNA and a disease is mainly determined via biological investigation, which is complicated by increased biological information due to big data from different databases. Researchers have utilized different computational methods to harmonize experimental approaches to discover miRNA that articulates restrictively in specific environmental situations...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938479/pulmonary-function-and-sleep-breathing-two-new-targets-for-type-2-diabetes-care
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Albert Lecube, Rafael Simó, Maria Pallayova, Naresh M Punjabi, Carolina López-Cano, Cecilia Turino, Cristina Hernández, Ferran Barbé
Population based studies showing the negative impact of type 2 diabetes (T2D) on lung function are overviewed. Among the well-recognized pathophysiological mechanisms, the metabolic pathways related to insulin resistance, low-grade chronic inflammation, leptin resistance, microvascular damage, and autonomic neuropathy are emphasized. Histopathological changes are exposed, and findings reported from experimental models are clearly differentiated from those described in humans. The accelerated decline in pulmonary function that appears in patients with cystic fibrosis with related abnormalities of glucose tolerance and diabetes is considered as an example to further investigate the relationship between T2D and the lung...
September 4, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938475/modeling-the-sex-differences-and-inter-individual-variability-in-the-activity-of-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis
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Rohit T Rao, Ioannis P Androulakis
Significant sex differences exist in the activity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. These differences are thought to contribute to the disparity in the prevalence of various autoimmune and infectious diseases between males and females. We use a mathematical model of the HPA axis to evaluate the hypothesis that differential sensitivity and negative feedback of the HPA axis network are causal factors for the observed sex differences in its activity. In doing so, we implicitly account for the differential influence of gonadal hormones on the HPA axis...
August 31, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938443/microbiota-dependent-induction-of-colonic-cyp27b1-is-associated-with-colonic-inflammation-implication-of-locally-produced-1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d-in-inflammatory-regulation-in-the-colon
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Jie Du, Xinzhi Wei, Xin Ge, Yinyin Chen, Yan Chun Li
Our recent studies demonstrated that intestinal epithelial vitamin D receptor (VDR) signaling plays a critical role in regulating colonic inflammation by protecting epithelial barrier integrity. Epithelial VDR is down-regulated in colitis, but how mucosal inflammation affects local 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D (1,25(OH)2D3) production is unknown. Here we showed that Cyp27b1, a cytochrome P450 enzyme required for 1,25(OH)2D3 biosynthesis, is highly induced in colonic mucosa in inflammatory response. While VDR is reduced in colon biopsies from patients with ulcerative colitis, Cyp27b1 is markedly up-regulated in these samples...
September 18, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938428/glp-1-receptor-activation-inhibits-palmitate-induced-apoptosis-via-ceramide-in-human-cardiac-progenitor-cells
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Anna Leonardini, Rossella D'Oria, Maria Angela Incalza, Cristina Caccioppoli, Valentina Andrulli Buccheri, Angelo Cignarelli, Domenico Paparella, Vito Margari, Annalisa Natalicchio, Sebastio Perrini, Francesco Giorgino, Luigi Laviola
Context: Increased apoptosis of cardiomyocytes and cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) in response to saturated fatty acids (SFA) can lead to myocardial damage and dysfunction. Ceramides mediate lipotoxicity-induced apoptosis. GLP-1 receptor (GLP1R) agonists exert beneficial effects on cardiac cells in experimental models. Objective: To investigate the protective effects of GLP1R activation on SFA-mediated apoptotic death of human CPCs. Design: Human CPCs were isolated from cardiac appendages of non-diabetic donors and then exposed to palmitate with or without pre-treatment with the GLP1R agonist exendin-4...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938327/adipose-tissue-derived-stromal-vascular-fraction-increases-osteogenesis-in-an-experimental-design-zygomatic-bone-defect-model
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Gaye Toplu, Derya Ozcelik, Merdan Serin, Havva Erdem, Arzu Turkseven Topacoglu
INTRODUCTION: Facial bone defects are frequently encountered problems in clinical practice. Bone grafts, flaps, and alloplastic materials are often used in their treatment. This leads to donor site morbidity and prolongation of the operation. The authors have planned this study to examine whether adipose tissue derived stromal vascular fraction (SVF) has an osteogenic effect in the critical sized membranous bone defect of the zygomatic bone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty male Wistar Albino rats were used...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938216/efficient-removal-of-priority-hazardous-priority-and-emerging-pollutants-with-prunus-armeniaca-functionalized-biochar-from-aqueous-wastes-experimental-optimization-and-modeling
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Maja Turk Sekulić, Sabolč Pap, Zoran Stojanović, Nikola Bošković, Jelena Radonić, Tatjana Šolević Knudsen
This paper investigates the ability of the phosphoric acid functionalized Prunus armeniaca stones biochar (AsPhA) prepared by thermochemical activation to remove lead (Pb(2+)), cadmium (Cd(2+)), nickel (Ni(2+)), naproxen and chlorophenols from aqueous wastes. The engineered biochar was characterized using the Scanning Electron Microscopy, Energy-dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Brunauer, Emmett and Teller technique. The batch studies were performed by varying the initial pH of the solution (2-9), adsorbent dosage (0...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938207/zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-in-predicted-environmentally-relevant-concentrations-leading-to-behavioral-impairments-in-male-swiss-mice
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Joyce Moreira de Souza, Bruna de Oliveira Mendes, Abraão Tiago Batista Guimarães, Aline Sueli de Lima Rodrigues, Thales Quintão Chagas, Thiago Lopes Rocha, Guilherme Malafaia
Although the potential neurotoxic effects from the exposure to zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) on humans and on experimental models have been reported in previous studies, the effects from the exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of them remain unclear. Thus, the aim of the present study is to investigate the effects from the exposure to environmentally relevant concentrations of ZnO NPs on the behavior of male Swiss mice. The animals were daily exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations of ZnO NPs (5...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938196/sorption-of-uranium-vi-onto-hydrous-ferric-oxide-modified-zeolite-assessment-of-the-effect-of-ph-contact-time-temperature-selected-cations-and-anions-on-sorbent-interactions
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Pfano Mathews Nekhunguni, Nikita Tawanda Tavengwa, Hlanganani Tutu
Zeolites are commonly used as adsorbents for metal removal in most applications e.g. in wastewater. However, the ubiquity of iron in such systems may, in the long-term, distort the true interactions and mechanisms of contaminant removal as a result of modification of the zeolite surface. In this study, this potential phenomenon was assessed for the removal of uranium(VI) from aqueous solution by hydrous ferric oxide-modified zeolite (HFOMZ). This was prepared by precipitating iron hydroxide (the common precipitate of iron in aqueous systems) onto zeolite...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938147/development-of-an-experimental-model-of-burst-fracture-with-damage-characterization-of-the-vertebral-bodies-under-dynamic-conditions
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A Germaneau, T Vendeuvre, M Saget, P Doumalin, J C Dupré, F Brémand, F Hesser, C Brèque, P Maxy, M Roulaud, O Monlezun, P Rigoard
BACKGROUND: Burst fractures represent a significant proportion of fractures of the thoracolumbar junction. The recent advent of minimally invasive techniques has revolutionized the surgical treatment of this type of fracture. However mechanical behaviour and primary stability offered by these solutions have to be proved from experimental validation tests on cadaveric specimens. Therefore, the aim of this study was to develop an original and reproducible model of burst fracture under dynamic impact...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938146/the-uncertainty-of-biodegradation-rate-constants-of-emerging-organic-compounds-in-soil-and-groundwater-a-compilation-of-literature-values-for-82-substances
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Janek Greskowiak, Enrico Hamann, Victoria Burke, Gudrun Massmann
The present study reports on biodegradation rate constants of emerging organic compounds (EOCs) in soil and groundwater available in the literature. The major aim of this compilation was to provide an assessment of the uncertainty of hydrological models with respect to the fate of EOCs. The literature search identified a total number of 82 EOCs for which 1st-order rate constants could be derived. It was found that for the majority of compounds degradation rate constants vary over more than three orders of magnitude...
September 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938140/encapsulating-fe3o4-into-calcium-alginate-coated-chitosan-hydrochloride-hydrogel-beads-for-removal-of-cu-ii-and-u-vi-from-aqueous-solutions
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Xiaofeng Yi, Jiarui He, Yingyuan Guo, Zhenhua Han, Meixia Yang, Jiali Jin, Junjie Gu, Minrui Ou, Xiaoping Xu
The aim of this work was to study the removal of Cu (II) and U (VI) ions from aqueous solutions by encapsulating magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles into calcium alginate coated chitosan hydrochloride (CCM) hydrogel beads. ATR-FTIR and XRD analysis data indicated that the CCM composites were successfully prepared. SEM images and EDX spectra showed that Cu(2+) and UO2(2+) ions were adhered onto sorbents. Adsorption properties for removal of both copper and uranium ions under various experimental conditions were investigated...
September 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938087/emerging-opportunities-for-target-discovery-in-rare-cancers
#17
REVIEW
Tanaz Sharifnia, Andrew L Hong, Corrie A Painter, Jesse S Boehm
Rare cancers pose unique challenges to research due to their low incidence. Barriers include a scarcity of tissue and experimental models to enable basic research and insufficient patient accrual for clinical studies. Consequently, an understanding of the genetic and cellular features of many rare cancer types and their associated vulnerabilities has been lacking. However, new opportunities are emerging to facilitate discovery of therapeutic targets in rare cancers. Online platforms are allowing patients with rare cancers to organize on an unprecedented scale, tumor genome sequencing is now routinely performed in research and clinical settings, and the efficiency of patient-derived model generation has improved...
September 21, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938052/effectiveness-of-tb-sensitization-initiatives-in-improving-the-involvement-of-self-help-group-members-in-rural-tb-control-in-south-india
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Beena Thomas, B Priscilla Rebecca, A Dhanalakshmi, S Rani, A Deepa Lakshmi, Basilea Watson, R Vijayalakshmi, M Muniyandi, N Karikalan
Background: The 'End TB strategy' has highlighted the importance of inter-sectoral collaboration and community mobilization for achieving zero TB deaths by 2020. Objective: The aim of the study was to develop and test a model TB sensitization programme involving self help groups (SHGs). Methodology: This experimental study was conducted in two blocks (intervention and control), in Tiruvallur district. The intervention content included short-lecture, musical story telling activity, role play, short film on TB...
December 1, 2016: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938033/effect-of-attachment-type-on-implant-strain-in-maxillary-implant-overdentures-comparison-of-ball-locator-and-magnet-attachments-part-1-overdenture-with-palate
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Toshihito Takahashi, Tomoya Gonda, Yoshinobu Maeda
PURPOSE: Implant overdentures with attachments have been used in clinical practice and the effect of attachments on implant strain has been frequently reported. However, most studies have focused on mandibular overdentures; there are few reports on maxillary overdentures. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of attachment type on implant strain in maxillary overdentures under various implant configurations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A maxillary edentulous model with implants and experimental overdentures were fabricated...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937994/modeling-of-annexin-a2-membrane-interactions-by-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#20
Davit Hakobyan, Volker Gerke, Andreas Heuer
The annexins are a family of Ca2+-regulated phospholipid binding proteins that are involved in membrane domain organization and membrane trafficking. Although they are widely studied and crystal structures are available for several soluble annexins their mode of membrane association has never been studied at the molecular level. Here we obtained molecular information on the annexin-membrane interaction that could serve as paradigm for the peripheral membrane association of cytosolic proteins by Molecular Dynamics simulations...
2017: PloS One
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