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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145453/the-antiviral-drug-tenofovir-an-inhibitor-of-pannexin-1-mediated-atp-release-prevents-liver-and-skin-fibrosis-by-downregulating-adenosine-levels-in-the-liver-and-skin
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Jessica L Feig, Aranzazu Mediero, Carmen Corciulo, Hailing Liu, Jin Zhang, Miguel Perez-Aso, Laura Picard, Tuere Wilder, Bruce Cronstein
BACKGROUND: Fibrosing diseases are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide and, therefore, there is a need for safe and effective antifibrotic therapies. Adenosine, generated extracellularly by the dephosphorylation of adenine nucleotides, ligates specific receptors which play a critical role in development of hepatic and dermal fibrosis. Results of recent clinical trials indicate that tenofovir, a widely used antiviral agent, reverses hepatic fibrosis/cirrhosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144748/chemical-modification-for-proteolytic-stabilization-of-the-selective-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-integrin-rgdechi-peptide-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-activities-on-malignant-melanoma-cells
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Daniela Comegna, Antonella Zannetti, Annarita Del Gatto, Ivan de Paola, Luigi Russo, Sonia Di Gaetano, Annamaria Liguoro, Domenica Capasso, Michele Saviano, Laura Zaccaro
Herein we report the synthesis and biological characterization of the novel peptide ψRGDechi as the first step towards novel targeted theranostics in melanoma. This pseudo-peptide is designed from our previously reported RGDechi peptide, known to bind selectively αvβ3 integrin, and differs for a modified amide bond at the main protease cleavage site. This chemical modification drastically reduces the enzymatic degradation in serum, compared to its parental peptide, resulting in an overall magnification of the biological activity on a highly expressing αvβ3 human metastatic melanoma cell line...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144105/motor-imagery-ability-of-patients-with-lower-limb-amputation-exploring-the-course-of-rehabilitation-effects
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Elodie Saruco, Aymeric Guillot, Arnaud Saimpont, Franck DI Rienzo, Anne Durand, Catherine Mercier, Francine Malouin, Philip Jackson
BACKGROUND: Amputation of a lower-limb results in a severe decrease of functional mobility that deeply alters independent living. Motor imagery (MI) refers to the mental representation of an action without engaging its actual execution. The repetitive use of MI has been shown to contribute to promote motor recovery and phantom-limb pain alleviation. AIM: Given the importance of invoking accurate images to benefit from MI practice, and considering the link between motor capacities and MI, the present study investigated the effect of a rehabilitation program on MI ability in patients with lower-limb amputation...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143194/the-role-of-crowding-in-parallel-search-peripheral-pooling-is-not-responsible-for-logarithmic-efficiency-in-parallel-search
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Anna Madison, Alejandro Lleras, Simona Buetti
Recent results from our laboratory showed that, in fixed-target parallel search tasks, reaction times increase in a logarithmic fashion with set size, and the slope of this logarithmic function is modulated by lure-target similarity. These results were interpreted as being consistent with a processing architecture where early vision (stage one) processes elements in the display in exhaustive fashion with unlimited capacity and with a limitation in resolution. Here, we evaluate the contribution of crowding to our recent logarithmic search slope findings, considering the possibility that peripheral pooling of features (as observed in crowding) may be responsible for logarithmic efficiency...
November 15, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142998/covalent-post-assembly-modification-in-metallosupramolecular-chemistry
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REVIEW
Derrick A Roberts, Ben S Pilgrim, Jonathan R Nitschke
A growing variety of covalent reactions have been employed to achieve the post-assembly modification (PAM) of self-assembled metallosupramolecular complexes. Covalent PAM enables the late-stage derivatisation of pre-assembled parent complexes in a modular fashion, thus expanding the chemical space available for supramolecular synthesis. The oldest and most widespread implementation of covalent PAM is in metal-preorganised covalent synthesis. Recent work, however, has broadened the scope of covalent PAM to include: protocols for efficiently grafting new functionalities onto supramolecular architectures, reactions that permanently 'lock-down' metastable complexes, and covalent bond-forming stimuli that trigger controlled structural transformations between distinct supramolecular species...
November 16, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141996/the-distinct-transcriptomes-of-slow-and-fast-adult-muscles-are-delineated-by-noncoding-rnas
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Vered Raz, Muhammad Riaz, Zuotian Tatum, Szymon M Kielbasa, Peter A C 't Hoen
Adult muscles have a vast adaptation capacity, enabling function switches in response to altered conditions. During intensive physical activity, disease, or aging, adult skeletal muscles change and adjust their functions. The competence to adjust varies among muscles. Muscle-specific molecular mechanisms in healthy and normal conditions could designate changes in physiologic and pathologic conditions. We generated deep mRNA-sequencing data in adult fast and slow mouse muscles, and applying paired analysis, we identified that the muscle-specific signatures are composed of half of the muscle transcriptome...
November 15, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141148/plasmonically-enhanced-galactoxyloglucan-endowed-gold-nanoparticles-exposed-tumor-targeting-biodistribution-envisaged-in-a-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering-platform
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Manu M Joseph, Jyothi B Nair, Kaustabh Kumar Maiti, Sreelekha Therakathinal T
Biopolymer capped gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were perceived for tracing biodistribution in a solid tumor mice through surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) fingerprinting. In this strategy, a robust and ecofriendly green chemistry approach was adopted to construct galactoxyloglucan (PST001) endowed AuNPs (PST-GNPs) with cancer-cell-selective toxic nature and excellent biocompatibility. Plasmonically enhanced light scattering properties facilitated PST-GNPs to be a superior SERS substrate with high Raman signal enhancement...
November 15, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140689/tissue-inhibitor-of-metalloprotease-2-timp-2-bioprocess-development-physicochemical-biochemical-and-biological-characterization-of-highly-expressed-recombinant-protein
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Ananda Chowdhury, Robert G Brinson, Beiyang Wei, William G Stetler-Stevenson
Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloprotease -2 (TIMP-2) is a secreted 21 kDa multifunctional protein first described as an endogenous inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) that prevents breakdown of the extracellular matrix often observed in chronic diseases. TIMP-2 diminishes growth factor-mediated cell proliferation in vitro, as well as neoangiogenesis and tumor growth in vivo independent of its MMP-inhibitory activity, . These physiological properties make TIMP-2 an excellent candidate for further pre-clinical development as a biologic therapy of cancer...
November 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140596/florence-robotic-intracorporeal-neobladder-florin-a-new-reconfiguration-strategy-developed-following-the-ideal-guidelines
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Andrea Minervini, Davide Vanacore, Gianni Vittori, Martina Milanesi, Agostino Tuccio, Giampaolo Siena, Riccardo Campi, Andrea Mari, Andrea Gavazzi, Marco Carini
OBJECTIVE: To describe our step-by-step technique for robotic intracorporeal neobladder configuration, including the stages of conception, development and exploration of this surgical innovation, according to the IDEAL Collaboration guidelines. PATIENTS AND METHODS: FloRIN neobladder was performed after the following main surgical steps: isolation of 50 cm of ileum; bowel anastomosis; urethro-ileal anastomosis creating an asymmetrical U shape (30 cm distally and 20 cm proximally to anastomosis), ileum detubularisation; posterior wall reconfiguration as an L; bladder neck reconstruction; anterior folding of the posterior plate to reach the 12 o'clock position; uretero-enteral "orthotopic" bilateral anastomosis...
November 15, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140459/rbm45-competes-with-hdac1-for-binding-to-fus-in-response-to-dna-damage
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Juanjuan Gong, Min Huang, Fengli Wang, Xiaolu Ma, Hongmei Liu, Yingfeng Tu, Lingyu Xing, Xuefei Zhu, Hui Zheng, Junjie Fang, Xiaoling Li, Qiaochu Wang, Jiuqiang Wang, Zhongshuai Sun, Xi Wang, Yun Wang, Caixia Guo, Tie-Shan Tang
DNA damage response (DDR) is essential for genome stability and human health. Recently, several RNA binding proteins (RBPs), including fused-in-sarcoma (FUS), have been found unexpectedly to modulate this process. The role of FUS in DDR is closely linked to the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Given that RBM45 is also an ALS-associated RBP, we wondered whether RBM45 plays any function during this process...
November 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140406/smad3-stat3-crosstalk-in-pathophysiological-contexts
#11
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/29140275/old-fashioned-vs-ultra-processed-based-current-diets-possible-implication-in-the-increased-susceptibility-to-type-1-diabetes-and-celiac-disease-in-childhood
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REVIEW
Sandra V Aguayo-Patrón, Ana M Calderón de la Barca
Ultra-processed foods are ready-to-heat and ready-to-eat products created to replace traditional homemade meals and dishes due to convenience and accessibility. Because of their low-fiber and high-fat and sugar composition, these foodstuffs could induce a negative impact on health. They are partially responsible for obesity and chronic non-transmissible diseases; additionally, they could impact in the prevalence of autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. The rationale is that the nutritional composition of ultra-processed foodstuffs can induce gut dysbiosis, promoting a pro-inflammatory response and consequently, a "leaky gut"...
November 15, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140226/childhood-inflammatory-markers-and-intelligence-as-predictors-of-subsequent-persistent-depressive-symptoms-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
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G M Khandaker, J Stochl, S Zammit, I Goodyer, G Lewis, P B Jones
BACKGROUND: To identify developmental sub-groups of depressive symptoms during the second decade of life, a critical period of brain development, using data from a prospective birth cohort. To test whether childhood intelligence and inflammatory markers are associated with subsequent persistent depressive symptoms. METHODS: IQ, a proxy for neurodevelopment, was measured at age 8 years. Interleukin 6 (IL-6) and C-reactive protein, typical inflammatory markers, were measured at age 9 years...
November 15, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140117/comparison-of-radiation-dose-and-image-quality-of-abdominopelvic-ct-using-iterative-aidr-3d-and-conventional-reconstructions
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Caroline Duarte de Mello-Amoedo, Aparecido Nakano Martins, Adriano Tachibana, Daniella Ferraro Pinho, Ronaldo Hueb Baroni
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to compare radiation dose and image quality of abdominopelvic CT studies reconstructed with iterative and conventional techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study enrolled 99 patients who underwent abdominopelvic CT examinations with the portal venous phase images reconstructed with both filtered back projection and Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR 3D) at different time points. Subjective assessment of image quality was performed by two radiologists who scored axial images for overall quality, sharpness, noise, and acceptability in a blinded fashion...
November 15, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139371/hailey-hailey-disease-presenting-as-lichenoid-plaques-on-the-thigh
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Anupama Ghosh, Anupam Das, Piyush Kumar, Swapan Sardar
A 40-year-old woman presented with multiple itchy violaceous papules and plaques on the medial aspects of both thighs. This was accompanied by a burning sensation on friction and increased itching that interfered with her daily activities, particularly in the summer. The family history was noncontributory. Cutaneous examination showed multiple flat-topped hyperkeratotic violaceous papules and plaques, appearing in linear fashion on the medial aspects of the thighs bilaterally (Figure 1). Histopathologic examination showed acanthosis, widespread suprabasal acantholysis resembling a "dilapidated brick wall," without any evidence of dyskeratosis...
2017: Skinmed
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139172/association-between-structural-brain-network-efficiency-and-intelligence-increases-during-adolescence
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Marinka M G Koenis, Rachel M Brouwer, Suzanne C Swagerman, Inge L C van Soelen, Dorret I Boomsma, Hilleke E Hulshoff Pol
Adolescence represents an important period during which considerable changes in the brain take place, including increases in integrity of white matter bundles, and increasing efficiency of the structural brain network. A more efficient structural brain network has been associated with higher intelligence. Whether development of structural network efficiency is related to intelligence, and if so to which extent genetic and environmental influences are implicated in their association, is not known. In a longitudinal study, we mapped FA-weighted efficiency of the structural brain network in 310 twins and their older siblings at an average age of 10, 13, and 18 years...
November 14, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138559/human-mesenchymal-stem-cell-derived-iron-oxide-exosomes-allow-targeted-ablation-of-tumor-cells-via-magnetic-hyperthermia
#17
U Altanerova, M Babincova, P Babinec, K Benejova, J Jakubechova, V Altanerova, M Zduriencikova, V Repiska, C Altaner
Magnetic hyperthermia, or the heating of tissues using magnetic materials, is a promising approach for treating cancer. We found that human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) isolated from various tissues and MSCs expressing the yeast cytosine deaminase∷uracil phosphoribosyl transferase suicide fusion gene (yCD∷UPRT) can be labeled with Venofer, an iron oxide carbohydrate nanoparticle. Venofer labeling did not affect cell proliferation or the ability to home to tumors. All Venofer-labeled MSCs released exosomes that contained iron oxide...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138483/macroscale-multimodal-imaging-reveals-ancient-painting-production-technology-and-the-vogue-in-greco-roman-egypt
#18
John K Delaney, Kathryn A Dooley, Roxanne Radpour, Ioanna Kakoulli
Macroscale multimodal chemical imaging combining hyperspectral diffuse reflectance (400-2500 nm), luminescence (400-1000 nm), and X-ray fluorescence (XRF, 2 to 25 keV) data, is uniquely equipped for noninvasive characterization of heterogeneous complex systems such as paintings. Here we present the first application of multimodal chemical imaging to analyze the production technology of an 1,800-year-old painting and one of the oldest surviving encaustic ("burned in") paintings in the world. Co-registration of the data cubes from these three hyperspectral imaging modalities enabled the comparison of reflectance, luminescence, and XRF spectra at each pixel in the image for the entire painting...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137842/comparison-of-pharmacokinetics-of-newly-discovered-aromatase-inhibitors-by-a-cassette-microdosing-approach-in-healthy-japanese-subjects
#19
Hiroyuki Kusuhara, Tadayuki Takashima, Hisako Fujii, Tsutomu Takashima, Masaaki Tanaka, Akira Ishii, Shusaku Tazawa, Kazuhiro Takahashi, Kayo Takahashi, Hidekichi Tokai, Tsuneo Yano, Makoto Kataoka, Akihiro Inano, Suguru Yoshida, Takamitsu Hosoya, Yuichi Sugiyama, Shinji Yamashita, Taisuke Hojo, Yasuyoshi Watanabe
The aim of the present study is to investigate the pharmacokinetics of our newly developed aromatase inhibitors (cetrozole and TMD-322) in healthy subjects by a cassette microdose strategy. A cocktail of cetrozole and TMD-322 was administered intravenously or orally (1.98 μg for each drug) to six healthy volunteers in a crossover fashion. Anastrozole (1.98 μg) was also included in the oral cocktail. Total body clearance and bioavailability were 12.1 ± 7.1 mL/min/kg and 34.9 ± 32.3% for cetrozole, and 16...
September 21, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137568/first-dorsal-metatarsal-artery-perforator-flap-to-cover-great-toe-defect
#20
Roongsak Limthongthang, Perajit Eamsobhana
BACKGROUND: There were very few options available for distal foot and toe defects that required a vascularized flap for coverage. As such, the use of a free flap was often justified in this region of the foot. The use of perforator flaps has created a new subset of local tissue transfer alternatives that increases the potential that the difficulties associated with microvascular tissue transfers could be avoided. The first dorsal metatarsal artery (FDMA) perforator flap was one variant of this new type of tissue transfer...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
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