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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431534/the-effects-of-spirulina-platensis-on-anthropometric-indices-appetite-lipid-profile-and-serum-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-vegf-in-obese-individuals-a-randomized-double-blinded-placebo-controlled-trial
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Reihaneh Zeinalian, Mahdieh Abbasalizad Farhangi, Atefeh Shariat, Maryam Saghafi-Asl
BACKGROUND: In recent years, a great attention has been focused on Spirulina platensis as a source of potential valuable nutrients for prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. The objectives of the current study were to determine the effects of Spirulina platensis on anthropometric parameters, serum lipids, appetite and serum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) in obese individuals. METHODS: In the current study sixty four obese individuals aged 20-50 years were enrolled and randomly allocated into two groups of intervention and placebo...
April 21, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415766/anti-proliferative-role-of-recombinant-lethal-toxin-of-bacillus-anthracis-on-primary-mammary-ductal-carcinoma-cells-revealing-its-therapeutic-potential
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Rekha Khandia, Bramhadev Pattnaik, Katherukamem Rajukumar, Atul Pateriya, Sandeep Bhatia, Harshad Murugkar, Anil Prakash, Hare Krishna Pradhan, Kuldeep Dhama, Ashok Munjal, Sunil K Joshi
Bacillus anthracis secretes three secretary proteins; lethal factor (LF), protective antigen (PA) and edema factor (EF). The LF has ability to check proliferation of mammary tumors, chiefly depending on mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway. Evaluation of therapeutic potential of recombinant LF (rLF), recombinant PA (rPA) and lethal toxin (rLF + rPA = LeTx) on the primary mammary ductal carcinoma cells revealed significant (p < 0.01) reduction in proliferation of tumor cells with mean inhibition indices of 28...
March 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386902/effect-of-earthworms-on-growth-photosynthetic-efficiency-and-metal-uptake-in-brassica-juncea-l-plants-grown-in-cadmium-polluted-soils
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Parminder Kaur, Shagun Bali, Anket Sharma, Adarsh Pal Vig, Renu Bhardwaj
The present study has been carried out to examine the role of earthworms in phytoremediation of Cd and its effect on growth, pigment content, expression of genes coding key enzymes of pigments, photosynthetic efficiency and osmoprotectants in Brassica juncea L. plants grown under cadmium (Cd) metal stress. The effect of different Cd concentrations (0.50, 0.75, 1.0, 1.25 mM) was studied in 30 and 60-day-old plants grown in soils containing earthworms. It was observed that earthworm inoculation showed stimulatory effect on phytoremediation capacity and Cd uptake has increased by 49% (in 30-day-old plants) and 35% (in 60-day-old plants) in shoots and 13...
April 7, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375968/curve-modulation-and-apex-migration-using-shilla-growth-guidance-rods-for-early-onset-scoliosis-at-5-year-follow-up
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John T Wilkinson, Chad E Songy, David B Bumpass, Francis L McCullough, Richard E McCarthy
BACKGROUND: The Shilla procedure was designed to correct and control early-onset spinal deformity while harnessing a child's remaining spinal growth. It allows for controlled axial skeletal growth within the construct, avoiding the need for frequent surgeries to lengthen implants. We hypothesized that curve characteristics evolve over time after initial apex fusion and placement of the Shilla implants. The purpose of this study was to identify trends in curve evolution after Shilla implantation and understand how these changes influence ultimate outcome...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359360/postprandial-changes-in-glucose-oxidation-and-insulin-sensitivity-in-metabolic-syndrome-influence-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-and-vitamin-d-status
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Kaveri Pathak, Mario J Soares, Yun Zhao, Anthony P James, Jillian L Sherriff, Philip Newsholme
OBJECTIVE: Metabolic inflexibility due to insulin resistance has been reported in metabolic syndrome (MetS). Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) and vitamin D status may improve insulin sensitivity. The aim of this study was to investigate glucose-induced thermogenesis and oxidation in MetS, and to examine whether changes in FGF21 or prevailing vitamin D status modulated defined metabolic parameters. METHODS: Forty-eight overweight and obese older adults (14 men, 34 women; ages 51 ± 15 y) were studied...
May 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337744/tknockdown-of-an-inflorescence-meristem-specific-cytokinin-oxidase-osckx2-in-rice-reduces-yield-penalty-under-salinity-stress-condition
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Rohit Joshi, Khirod Kumar Sahoo, Amit Kumar Tripathi, Ritesh Kumar, Brijesh Kumar Gupta, Ashwani Pareek, Sneh Lata Singla-Pareek
Cytokinins play a significant role in determining grain yield in plants. Cytokinin oxidases catalyze irreversible degradation of cytokinins and hence modulate cellular cytokinin levels. Here, we studied the role of an inflorescence meristem-specific rice cytokinin oxidase - OsCKX2, in reducing yield penalty under salinity stress conditions. We utilized an RNAi-based approach to study the function of OsCKX2 in maintaining grain yield under salinity stress condition. Ultra-performance liquid chromatography (UPLC)-based estimation revealed a significant increase in cytokinins in the inflorescence meristem of OsCKX2-knockdown plants...
March 24, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323284/altered-peripheral-immune-profiles-in-treatment-resistant-depression-response-to-ketamine-and-prediction-of-treatment-outcome
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D D Kiraly, S R Horn, N T Van Dam, S Costi, J Schwartz, S Kim-Schulze, M Patel, G E Hodes, S J Russo, M Merad, D V Iosifescu, D S Charney, J W Murrough
A subset of patients with depression have elevated levels of inflammatory cytokines, and some studies demonstrate interaction between inflammatory factors and treatment outcome. However, most studies focus on only a narrow subset of factors in a patient sample. In the current study, we analyzed broad immune profiles in blood from patients with treatment-resistant depression (TRD) at baseline and following treatment with the glutamate modulator ketamine. Serum was analyzed from 26 healthy control and 33 actively depressed TRD patients free of antidepressant medication, and matched for age, sex and body mass index...
March 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290079/silicon-alleviates-salt-and-drought-stress-of-glycyrrhiza-uralensis-seedling-by-altering-antioxidant-metabolism-and-osmotic-adjustment
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Wenjin Zhang, Zhicai Xie, Lianhong Wang, Ming Li, Duoyong Lang, Xinhui Zhang
This study was conducted to determine effect and mechanism of exogenous silicon (Si) on salt and drought tolerance of Glycyrrhiza uralensis seedling by focusing on the pathways of antioxidant defense and osmotic adjustment. Seedling growth, lipid peroxidation, antioxidant metabolism, osmolytes concentration and Si content of G. uralensis seedlings were analyzed under control, salt and drought stress [100 mM NaCl with 0, 10 and 20% of PEG-6000 (Polyethylene glycol-6000)] with or without 1 mM Si. Si addition markedly affected the G...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286419/dual-roles-of-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinase-erk-in-quinoline-compound-bpiq-induced-apoptosis-and-anti-migration-of-human-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells
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Yao Fong, Chang-Yi Wu, Kuo-Feng Chang, Bing-Hung Chen, Wan-Ju Chou, Chih-Hua Tseng, Yen-Chun Chen, Hui-Min David Wang, Yeh-Long Chen, Chien-Chih Chiu
BACKGROUND: 2,9-Bis[2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)ethoxy]-6-{4-[2-(pyrrolidin-1-yl)ethoxy] phenyl}-11H-indeno[1,2-c]quinoline-11-one (BPIQ), is a synthetic quinoline analog. A previous study showed the anti-cancer potential of BPIQ through modulating mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis. However, the effect of BPIQ on cell migration, an index of cancer metastasis, has not yet been examined. Furthermore, among signal pathways involved in stresses, the members of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family are crucial for regulating the survival and migration of cells...
2017: Cancer Cell International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276279/the-immune-stimulation-capacity-of-liposome-treated-red-blood-cells
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Luciana da Silveira Cavalcante, Donald R Branch, Trang T Duong, Rae S M Yeung, Jason P Acker, Jelena L Holovati
Our in vivo studies on a rat model established safety of transfusing liposome-treated red blood cells (RBCs) but identified the potential for immune modulation as related to transfusion efficacy of liposome-treated RBCs. The aim of this study was at assessing the impact of liposome-induced membrane changes on the immune profile of liposome-treated RBCs by (a) evaluating their interaction with endothelial cells and monocytes; and (b) the resulting immune response derived from this interaction, in the form of cytokine release, adhesion molecules expression and phagocytosis...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Liposome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272447/eggshell-membrane-powder-ameliorates-intestinal-inflammation-by-facilitating-the-restitution-of-epithelial-injury-and-alleviating-microbial-dysbiosis
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Huijuan Jia, Manaka Hanate, Wanping Aw, Hideomi Itoh, Kenji Saito, Shoko Kobayashi, Satoshi Hachimura, Shinji Fukuda, Masaru Tomita, Yukio Hasebe, Hisanori Kato
Gut microbiota is an essential factor in the shaping of intestinal immune system development and driving inflammation in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We report the effects and microbe-host interactions underlying an intervention using fine powder of eggshell membrane (ESM) against IBD. ESM attenuated lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammatory cytokine production and promoted the Caco-2 cell proliferation by up-regulating growth factors in vitro. In a murine model of dextran sodium sulphate-induced colitis, ESM significantly suppressed the disease activity index and colon shortening...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271457/insulin-growth-factor-1-correlates-with-higher-bone-mineral-density-and-lower-inflammation-status-in-obese-adult-subjects
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Rachele Fornari, Chiara Marocco, Davide Francomano, Simona Fittipaldi, Carla Lubrano, Viviana M Bimonte, Lorenzo M Donini, Emanuele Nicolai, Antonio Aversa, Andrea Lenzi, Emanuela A Greco, Silvia Migliaccio
PURPOSE: Obesity is a severe public health problem worldwide, leading to an insulin-resistant state in liver, adipose, and muscle tissue, representing a risk factor for type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer. We have shown that abdominal obesity is associated with homeostasis derangement, linked to several hormonal and paracrine factors. Data regarding potential link between GH/IGF1 axis, bone mineral density, and inflammation in obesity are lacking. Thus, aim of this study was to evaluate correlation among IGF-1, BMD, and inflammation in obese individuals...
March 7, 2017: Eating and Weight Disorders: EWD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220282/serum-trace-elements-are-associated-with-hemostasis-lipid-spectrum-and-inflammatory-markers-in-men-suffering-from-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Anatoly V Skalny, Lydmila L Klimenko, Aliya A Turna, Maria N Budanova, Ivan S Baskakov, Marina S Savostina, Aksana N Mazilina, Anatoly I Deyev, Margarita G Skalnaya, Alexey A Tinkov
The primary objective of the study is investigation of the association between trace elements status and hemostasis, lipid spectrum and inflammatory markers in acute ischemic stroke (AIS). A total of 30 men suffering from AIS and 30 healthy controls were involved in the current survey. Blood count, serum lipid spectrum, complement components C4 and C3a, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), S100B protein, NR2 antibodies (NR2Ab), and total antioxidant status (TAS), as well as plasma fibrinogen, and D-dimer levels and activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) were assessed...
February 20, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197985/inonotus-obliquus-polysaccharide-regulates-gut-microbiota-of-chronic-pancreatitis-in-mice
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Yang Hu, Chunying Teng, Sumei Yu, Xin Wang, Jinsong Liang, Xin Bai, Liying Dong, Tao Song, Min Yu, Juanjuan Qu
Polysaccharide is efficient in attenuation of metabolic ailments and modulation of gut microbiota as prebiotics. The therapeutic effect of Inonotus obliquus polysaccharide (IOP) on chronic pancreatitis (CP) in mice has been validated in our previous study. However, it is not clear whether IOP is conducive to maintaining the homeostasis between gut microbiota and host. The aim of this study is to testify the potential effects of IOP on gut microbiota composition and diversity in mice with CP. The changes in glutathione peroxidase (GSH-PX), total antioxidant capacity (TAOC), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), lipase and trypsin levels were measured by commercial assay kits, meanwhile the gut microbiota composition and diversity were analyzed by high throughput sequencing...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159238/in-vitro-effects-of-tamoxifen-on-equine-neutrophils
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C Borlone, N Morales, C Henriquez, H Folch, C Olave, J Sarmiento, B Uberti, G Moran
Neutrophils participate in innate immunity as the first line of host defense against microorganisms. However, exacerbated neutrophil activity can be harmful to surrounding tissues; this is important in a range of diseases, including allergic asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in humans, and equine asthma (also known as recurrent airway obstruction (RAO). Tamoxifen (TX) is a non-steroidal estrogen receptor modulator with effects on cell growth and survival. Previous preliminary studies showed that TX treatment in horses with induced acute pulmonary inflammation promoted early apoptosis of blood and BALF neutrophils, reduction of BALF neutrophils, and improvement in animals' clinical status...
February 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155336/a-microemulsion-co-loaded-with-schizandrin-a-docetaxel-enhances-esophageal-carcinoma-treatment-through-overcoming-multidrug-resistance
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Xiangyu Su, Chanchan Gao, Fangfang Shi, Xiaoyao Feng, Lin Liu, Ding Qu, Cailian Wang
Multidrug resistance (MDR) is the major underlying cause of the low 5-year survival rate of esophageal carcinoma. In this study, we developed a novel microemulsion system (SD-ME) co-loaded with docetaxel (DTX) and Schizandrin A, a potent chemotherapeutic agent and a potential drug resistance modulator, respectively. In the physicochemical characterization studies, SD-ME displayed a well-defined spherical shape and size (56.62 ± 4.16 nm), a narrow polydispersity index (PDI, 0.132 ± 0.002), and a negative surface charge (-19...
November 2017: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118298/improving-menopausal-symptoms-through-promoting-physical-activity-a-pilot-web-based-intervention-study-among-asian-americans
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Eun-Ok Im, Sangmi Kim, Xiaopeng Ji, Sooyoung Park, Eunice Chee, Wonshik Chee, Hsiu-Min Tsai
OBJECTIVE: Based on previous studies, a Web-based physical activity promotion program with educational modules on menopausal symptoms and physical activity has been developed for Asian American midlife women to reduce their menopausal symptoms through increasing their physical activity. The purpose of this pilot randomized intervention study was to determine the efficacy of the Web-based program in improving menopausal symptom experience of Asian American midlife women. METHODS: This was a randomized repeated measures pre-test/post-test (pre-test, post 1 month, and post 3 months) control group study among 29 Asian American midlife women...
January 23, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090348/changes-in-hba1c-and-circulating-and-adipose-tissue-androgen-levels-in-overweight-obese-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-in-response-to-electroacupuncture
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E Stener-Victorin, M Maliqueo, M Soligo, V Protto, L Manni, E Jerlhag, M Kokosar, A Sazonova, C J Behre, M Lind, C Ohlsson, K Højlund, A Benrick
AIM: Insulin sensitivity is ~40% lower in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) than in controls. We tested the hypothesis that 5 weeks of electroacupuncture treatment improves glucose regulation and androgen levels in overweight/obese women with PCOS. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Seventeen women with PCOS, aged 18 to 38 years, with a body mass index (BMI) ≥25 kg/m(2) and diagnosed with PCOS were included in this experimental and feasibility study and subjected to five weeks of electroacupuncture treatments three times/week...
December 2016: Obesity Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061880/phospho-akt-overexpression-is-prognostic-and-can-be-used-to-tailor-the-synergistic-interaction-of-akt-inhibitors-with-gemcitabine-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Daniela Massihnia, Amir Avan, Niccola Funel, Mina Maftouh, Anne van Krieken, Carlotta Granchi, Rajiv Raktoe, Ugo Boggi, Babette Aicher, Filippo Minutolo, Antonio Russo, Leticia G Leon, Godefridus J Peters, Elisa Giovannetti
BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence of a constitutive activation of Akt in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), associated with poor prognosis and chemoresistance. Therefore, we evaluated the expression of phospho-Akt in PDAC tissues and cells, and investigated molecular mechanisms influencing the therapeutic potential of Akt inhibition in combination with gemcitabine. METHODS: Phospho-Akt expression was evaluated by immunohistochemistry in tissue microarrays (TMAs) with specimens tissue from radically-resected patients (n = 100)...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054637/salidroside-promotes-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-based-on-tissue-engineering-strategy-using-schwann-cells-and-plga-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Hui Liu, Peizhen Lv, Yongjia Zhu, Huayu Wu, Kun Zhang, Fuben Xu, Li Zheng, Jinmin Zhao
Salidriside (SDS), a phenylpropanoid glycoside derived from Rhodiola rosea L, has been shown to be neuroprotective in many studies, which may be promising in nerve recovery. In this study, the neuroprotective effects of SDS on engineered nerve constructed by Schwann cells (SCs) and Poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) were studied in vitro. We further investigated the effect of combinational therapy of SDS and PLGA/SCs based tissue engineering on peripheral nerve regeneration based on the rat model of nerve injury by sciatic transection...
January 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
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