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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141376/-clinical-significance-of-acute-gastrointestinal-injury-grades-in-inflammatory-response-of-critically-ill-patients
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J Wang, Y L Gao, W W Yu, Y H Xia, Y Z Sun
Objective: To explore the value of acute gastrointestinal injury (AGI) grades in inflammatory response of critically ill patients. Methods: Ptients with AGI severity from Ⅰ to Ⅳ were randomly selected(20 for each)from July 2014 to June 2015 in ICU of Yantai Yuhuangding Hospital. The expression of NF-κB were detected by immunofluorescence. The expression of TNF-α and IL-6 were detected by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Procalcitonin (PCT) and C reactive protein (CRP) were measured. Statistical analysis was carried out...
November 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141247/connections-of-anterior-thalamic-visual-centers-in-the-leopard-frog-rana-pipiens
#2
Eric W Recktenwald, Elizabeth A Dudkin, Laura K Skorina, William M Saidel, Edward R Gruberg
The amphibian retina projects to two discrete regions of neuropil in the anterior thalamus: the neuropil of Bellonci and the corpus geniculatum. These retinorecipient areas are encompassed within a larger zone of surrounding neuropil we call the NCZ (for neuropil of Bellonci/corpus geniculatum zone). The NCZ is characterized electrophysiologically by a distinctive tonic oscillatory response to blue light; it appears to be a visual module involved in processing the stationary visual environment. Using horseradish peroxidase (HRP), we mapped the connections of the NCZ...
November 16, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141151/light-responsive-nanoparticles-for-highly-efficient-cytoplasmic-delivery-of-anticancer-agents
#3
Yangyun Wang, Yibin Deng, Huanhuan Luo, Aijun Zhu, Hengte Ke, Hong Yang, Huabing Chen
Stimuli-responsive nanostructures have shown great promise for intracellular delivery of anticancer compounds. A critical challenge remains in the exploration of stimuli-responsive nanoparticles for fast cytoplasmic delivery. Herein, near-infrared (NIR) light-responsive nanoparticles were rationally designed to generate highly efficient cytoplasmic delivery of anticancer agents for synergistic thermo-chemotherapy. The drug-loaded polymeric nanoparticles of selenium-inserted copolymer (I/D-Se-NPs) were rapidly dissociated in several minutes through reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated selenium oxidation upon NIR light exposure, and this irreversible dissociation of I/D-Se-NPs upon such a short irradiation promoted continuous drug release...
November 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141034/structure-of-the-human-chromosome-interaction-network
#4
Sergio Sarnataro, Andrea M Chiariello, Andrea Esposito, Antonella Prisco, Mario Nicodemi
New Hi-C technologies have revealed that chromosomes have a complex network of spatial contacts in the cell nucleus of higher organisms, whose organisation is only partially understood. Here, we investigate the structure of such a network in human GM12878 cells, to derive a large scale picture of nuclear architecture. We find that the intensity of intra-chromosomal interactions is power-law distributed. Inter-chromosomal interactions are two orders of magnitude weaker and exponentially distributed, yet they are not randomly arranged along the genomic sequence...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141015/nematocytes-discovery-and-characterization-of-a-novel-anculeate-hemocyte-in-drosophila-falleni-and-drosophila-phalerata
#5
Julianna Bozler, Balint Z Kacsoh, Giovanni Bosco
Immune challenges, such as parasitism, can be so pervasive and deleterious that they constitute an existential threat to a species' survival. In response to these ecological pressures, organisms have developed a wide array of novel behavioral, cellular, and molecular adaptations. Research into these immune defenses in model systems has resulted in a revolutionary understanding of evolution and functional biology. As the field has expanded beyond the limited number of model organisms our appreciation of evolutionary innovation and unique biology has widened as well...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140816/the-role-of-small-incision-suture-less-cataract-surgery-in-the-developed-world
#6
Sanduk Ruit, Reeta Gurung, Shyam Vyas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Manual small incision cataract surgery (MSICS) has recently gone through much refinement and fine tuning. It is often taken as an alternate option for phacoemulsification, especially in developing country. This review will present some insight on its applications especially for developed nations. The role of MSCIS in tackling complex cataracts with stony hard nucleus is fairly established. The role of training residents with MSCIS has certain advantages though debatable...
November 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140406/smad3-stat3-crosstalk-in-pathophysiological-contexts
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Yuka Itoh, Masao Saitoh, Keiji Miyazawa
Smad3 and STAT3 are intracellular molecules that transmit signals from plasma membrane receptors to the nucleus. Smad3 operates downstream of growth/differentiation factors that utilize activin receptor-like kinase (ALK)-4, 5, or 7, such as transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), activin, and myostatin. STAT3 principally functions downstream of cytokines that exert their effects via gp130 and Janus family kinases, including interleukin-6 (IL-6), leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), and oncostatin M. Accumulating evidence indicates that Smad3 and STAT3 engage in crosstalk in a highly context-dependent fashion, cooperating in some conditions while acting antagonistically each other in others...
November 13, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140245/bacterial-fumarase-and-l-malic-acid-are-evolutionary-ancient-components-of-the-dna-damage-response
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Esti Singer, Yardena Bh Silas, Sigal Ben-Yehuda, Ophry Pines
Fumarase is distributed between two compartments of the eukaryotic cell. The enzyme catalyses the reversible conversion of fumaric to L-malic acid in mitochondria as part of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle, and in the cytosol/nucleus as part of the DNA damage response (DDR). Here we show that fumarase of the model prokaryote Bacillus subtilis (Fum-bc) is induced upon DNA damage, co-localized with the bacterial DNA and is required for the DDR. Fum-bc can substitute for both eukaryotic functions in yeast. Furthermore, we found that the fumarase dependent intracellular signaling of the B...
November 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140083/a-critical-role-of-ser26-hydrogen-bonding-in-a%C3%AE-42-assembly-and-toxicity
#9
Robin Roychaudhuri, Tien-Phat V Huynh, Taylor R Whitaker, Elisabeth Hodara, Margaret M Condron, David B Teplow
Amyloid β-protein (Aβ) assembly is a seminal process in Alzheimer's disease. Elucidating the mechanistic features of this process is thought to be vital for the design and targeting of therapeutic agents. Com-putational studies of the most pathologic form of Aβ, the 42-residue Aβ42 peptide, have suggested that hydrogen bonding involving Ser 26 may be particularly important in organizing a monomer folding nucleus and in subse-quent peptide assembly. To study this question, we ex-perimentally determined structure-activity relationships among Aβ42 peptides in which Ser 26 was replaced with Gly, Ala, α-aminobutryic acid (Abu), or Cys...
November 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139560/the-mammalian-circadian-clock-exhibits-chronic-ethanol-tolerance-and-withdrawal-induced-glutamate-hypersensitivity-accompanied-by-changes-in-glutamate-and-trkb-receptor-proteins
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Jonathan H Lindsay, Rebecca A Prosser
BACKGROUND: Alcohol tolerance and withdrawal-induced effects are criteria for alcohol use disorders listed by the DSM-V. Although tolerance and withdrawal have been studied over many decades, there is still uncertainty regarding mechanistic distinctions that characterize these different forms of ethanol (EtOH)-induced plasticity. Previously, we demonstrated that the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) circadian clock develops both acute and rapid tolerance to EtOH inhibition of glutamate-induced circadian phase shifts...
November 15, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139544/automatic-detection-of-dna-double-strand-sreaks-after-irradiation-using-an-%C3%AE-h2ax-assay
#11
Tim Hohmann, Jacqueline Kessler, Urszula Grabiec, Matthias Bache, Dyrk Vordermark, Faramarz Dehghani
Radiation therapy belongs to the most common approaches for cancer therapy leading amongst others to DNA damage like double strand breaks (DSB). DSB can be used as a marker for the effect of radiation on cells. For visualization and assessing the extent of DNA damage the γH2AX foci assay is frequently used. The analysis of the γH2AX foci assay remains complicated as the number of γH2AX foci has to be counted. The quantification is mostly done manually, being time consuming and leading to person-dependent variations...
November 15, 2017: Histology and Histopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139213/heterogeneous-neuronal-activity-in-the-lateral-habenula-after-short-and-long-term-cocaine-self-administration-in-rats
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Ping Gao, Henk J Groenewegen, Louk J M J Vanderschuren, Pieter Voorn
Cocaine addiction is thought to be the result of drug-induced functional changes in a neural network implicated in emotions, learning, and cognitive control. Recent studies have implicated the lateral habenula (LHb) in drug-directed behavior, especially its aversive aspects. Limited cocaine exposure has been shown to alter neuronal activity in the LHb, but the impact of long-term drug exposure on habenula function has not been determined. Therefore, using c-fos as a marker, we here examined neuronal activity in LHb in rats that self-administered cocaine for either 10 or 60 days...
November 15, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138967/mice-lacking-egr1-have-impaired-clock-gene-bmal1-oscillation-locomotor-activity-and-body-temperature
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Casper Schwartz Riedel, Birgitte Georg, Henrik L Jørgensen, Jens Hannibal, Jan Fahrenkrug
Early growth response transcription factor 1 (EGR1) is expressed in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) after light stimulation. We used EGR1-deficient mice to address the role of EGR1 in the clock function and light-induced resetting of the clock. The diurnal rhythms of expression of the clock genes BMAL1 and PER1 in the SCN were evaluated by semi-quantitative in situ hybridization. We found no difference in the expression of PER1 mRNA between wildtype and EGR1-deficient mice; however, the daily rhythm of BMAL1 mRNA was completely abolished in the EGR1-deficient mice...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138923/hippocampal-caudate-nucleus-interactions-support-exceptional-memory-performance
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Nils C J Müller, Boris N Konrad, Nils Kohn, Monica Muñoz-López, Michael Czisch, Guillén Fernández, Martin Dresler
Participants of the annual World Memory Championships regularly demonstrate extraordinary memory feats, such as memorising the order of 52 playing cards in 20 s or 1000 binary digits in 5 min. On a cognitive level, memory athletes use well-known mnemonic strategies, such as the method of loci. However, whether these feats are enabled solely through the use of mnemonic strategies or whether they benefit additionally from optimised neural circuits is still not fully clarified. Investigating 23 leading memory athletes, we found volumes of their right hippocampus and caudate nucleus were stronger correlated with each other compared to matched controls; both these volumes positively correlated with their position in the memory sports world ranking...
November 14, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138823/mechanical-strain-promotes-osteogenic-differentiation-of-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-ovariectomized-rats-via-the-phosphoinositide-3%C3%A2-kinase-akt-signaling-pathway
#15
Ningjuan Ouyang, Peng Zhang, Runqing Fu, Guofang Shen, Lingyong Jiang, Bing Fang
Osteoporosis has become an overwhelming public health problem worldwide. As an elementary physiological factor to regulate bone formation and regeneration, mechanical strain may be used as a non‑invasive intervention in osteoporosis prevention and treatment. However, little is known regarding the underlying mechanism. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effect of continuous mechanical strain (CMS) on osteogenic differentiation of bone mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) from ovariectomized rats (OVX BMSCs)...
November 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138803/toll-like-receptors-tlr1-2-tlr6-and-muc5b-as-binding-interaction-partners-with-cytostatic-proline-rich-polypeptide-1-in-human-chondrosarcoma
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Karina Galoian, Silva Abrahamyan, Gor Chailyan, Amir Qureshi, Parthik Patel, Gil Metser, Alexandra Moran, Inesa Sahakyan, Narine Tumasyan, Albert Lee, Tigran Davtyan, Samvel Chailyan, Armen Galoyan
Metastatic chondrosarcoma is a bone malignancy not responsive to conventional therapies; new approaches and therapies are urgently needed. We have previously reported that mTORC1 inhibitor, antitumorigenic cytostatic proline rich polypeptide 1 (PRP-1), galarmin caused a significant upregulation of tumor suppressors including TET1/2 and SOCS3 (known to be involved in inflammatory processes), downregulation of oncoproteins and embryonic stem cell marker miR-302C and its targets Nanog, c-Myc and Bmi-1 in human chondrosarcoma...
November 9, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138510/high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-and-insulin-resistance-are-characterized-by-differential-beta-oscillatory-signaling-of-the-limbic-cortico-basal-ganglia-loop
#17
Lukas Maurer, Hui Tang, Jens K Haumesser, Jennifer Altschüler, Andrea A Kühn, Joachim Spranger, Christoph van Riesen
The concept of brain circuit disorders has been proposed for a variety of neuropsychiatric diseases, characterized by pathological disturbances of neuronal networks including changes in oscillatory signaling of re-entrant cortico-subcortical loops in the basal ganglia system. Parts of this circuitry play a pivotal role in energy homeostasis. We therefore investigated whether high-fat diet (HFD) induced obesity is associated with changes in oscillatory signaling in the limbic cortico-basal ganglia loop. We performed multi-site in-vivo electrophysiological recordings of local field potentials within this network under urethane anesthesia in adult rats after 4 weeks of HFD feeding compared to age-matched controls...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138439/abma-a-small-molecule-that-inhibits-intracellular-toxins-and-pathogens-by-interfering-with-late-endosomal-compartments
#18
Yu Wu, Valérie Pons, Amélie Goudet, Laetitia Panigai, Annette Fischer, Jo-Ana Herweg, Sabrina Kali, Robert A Davey, Jérôme Laporte, Céline Bouclier, Rahima Yousfi, Céline Aubenque, Goulven Merer, Emilie Gobbo, Roman Lopez, Cynthia Gillet, Sandrine Cojean, Michel R Popoff, Pascal Clayette, Roger Le Grand, Claire Boulogne, Noël Tordo, Emmanuel Lemichez, Philippe M Loiseau, Thomas Rudel, Didier Sauvaire, Jean-Christophe Cintrat, Daniel Gillet, Julien Barbier
Intracellular pathogenic microorganisms and toxins exploit host cell mechanisms to enter, exert their deleterious effects as well as hijack host nutrition for their development. A potential approach to treat multiple pathogen infections and that should not induce drug resistance is the use of small molecules that target host components. We identified the compound 1-adamantyl (5-bromo-2-methoxybenzyl) amine (ABMA) from a cell-based high throughput screening for its capacity to protect human cells and mice against ricin toxin without toxicity...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138350/the-dead-box-rna-helicase-rh50-is-a-23s-4-5s-rrna-maturation-factor-that-functionally-overlaps-with-the-plastid-signaling-factor-gun1
#19
Francesca Paieri, Luca Tadini, Nikolay Manavski, Tatjana Kleine, Roberto Ferrari, Pietro Angelo Morandini, Paolo Pesaresi, Jörg Meurer, Dario Leister
DEAD-box RNA helicases (DBRHs) modulate RNA secondary structure, allowing RNA molecules to adopt the conformations required for interaction with their target proteins. RH50 is a chloroplast-located DBRH that co-localizes and is co-expressed with GUN1, a central factor in chloroplast-to-nucleus signaling. When combined with mutations that impair plastid gene expression (prors1-1, prpl11-1, prps1-1, prps21-1, prps17-1 and prpl24-1), rh50 and gun1 mutations evoke similar patterns of epistatic effects. These observations, together with the synergistic growth phenotype of the double mutant rh50-1 gun1-102, suggest that RH50 and GUN1 are functionally related and that this function is associated with plastid gene expression, in particular ribosome functioning...
November 14, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138235/brip1-overexpression-is-correlated-with-clinical-features-and-survival-outcome-of-luminal-breast-cancer-subtypes
#20
Ishita Gupta, Allal Ouhtit, Adil Al-Ajmi, Syed Gauhar A Rizvi, Hamad Al-Riyami, Marwa Al-Riyami, Yahya Tamimi
In Oman, breast cancer is most common, representing approximately more than 25% of all cancers in women. Relatively younger populations of patients (25 to 40 years) present surprisingly with an aggressive phenotype and advanced tumor stages. In this study, we investigated differential gene expressions in Luminal-A, Luminal-B, Triple negative and Her2+ breast cancer subtypes and compared data to benign tumor samples. We identified a potential candidate gene BRIP1, showing differential expression in the four breast cancer subtypes examined, suggesting that BRIP1 has the profile of a useful diagnostic marker, suitable for targeted therapeutic intervention...
November 14, 2017: Endocrine Connections
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