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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454288/apocynum-venetum-leaf-extract-reverses-depressive-like-behaviors-in-chronically-stressed-rats-by-inhibiting-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis
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Xiangting Li, Ting Wu, Zhonghai Yu, Tingting Li, Jingsi Zhang, Zhennian Zhang, Min Cai, Wen Zhang, Jun Xiang, Dingfang Cai
BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a common but serious psychiatric disorder, but current treatments are inadequate for approximately half of the patients with MDD. Thus, better methods of treatment are urgently needed. This study aimed to investigate the antidepressant-like effects and potential mechanism of Apocynum venetum leaf extract (AVLE) in chronic unpredictable mild stress (CUMS) rat model of depression. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The CUMS rat model of depression was used to investigate the antidepressant-like activity and relevant mechanism of AVLE (30, 60, and 125 mg/kg, i...
February 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454271/the-complexation-of-rhizosphere-and-nonrhizosphere-soil-organic-matter-with-chromium-using-elemental-analysis-combined-with-ftir-spectroscopy
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Jiajun Wen, Zhongwu Li, Bin Huang, Ninglin Luo, Mei Huang, Ren Yang, Qiu Zhang, Xiuqing Zhai, Guangming Zeng
Complexation is a main mechanism controlling the reactions between soil organic matter (SOM) and heavy metals, which still have not been fully understood up to date. The objective of this study was to compare the SOM composition of nonrhizosphere and rhizosphere in low Cr treatment with that in high Cr treatment and to find out how metal concentrations affect the complexation with SOM. The results revealed that both the hydroxyl and the carboxyl were significantly different under different Cr treatment groups...
February 14, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454097/improving-sustained-drug-delivery-from-ophthalmic-lens-materials-through-the-control-of-temperature-and-time-of-loading
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Ana Topete, Andreia S Oliveira, A Fernandes, T G Nunes, A P Serro, B Saramago
Although the possibility of using drug-loaded ophthalmic lens to promote sustained drug release has been thoroughly pursued, there are still problems to be solved associated to the different alternatives. In this work, we went back to the traditional method of drug loading by soaking in the drug solution and tried to optimize the release profiles by changing the temperature and the time of loading. Two materials commercially available under the names of CI26Y and Definitive 50 were chosen. CI26Y is used for intraocular lenses (IOLs) and Definitive 50 for soft contact lenses (SCLs)...
February 14, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454012/immunologic-effects-of-chronic-administration-of-tofacitinib-a-janus-kinase-inhibitor-in-cynomolgus-monkeys-and-rats-comparison-of-juvenile-and-adult-responses
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Mark Collinge, Douglas J Ball, Christopher J Bowman, Andrea L Nilson, Zaher A Radi, W Mark Vogel
Tofacitinib, an oral Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor for treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, targets JAK1, JAK3, and to a lesser extent JAK2 and TYK2. JAK1/3 inhibition impairs gamma common chain cytokine receptor signaling, important in lymphocyte development, homeostasis and function. Adult and juvenile cynomolgus monkey and rat studies were conducted and the impact of tofacitinib on immune parameters (lymphoid tissues and lymphocyte subsets) and function (T-dependent antibody response (TDAR), mitogen-induced T cell proliferation) assessed...
February 14, 2018: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454007/destruction-of-noradrenergic-terminals-increases-dopamine-concentration-and-reduces-dopamine-metabolism-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex
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Rita Gálosi, Zoltán Petykó, Veronika Kállai, Attila Tóth, Tamás Ollmann, László Péczely, Anita Kovács, Beata Berta, László Lénárd
Effects of destroyed noradrenergic (NE) innervation in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) were examined on dopamine (DA) content and metabolism. 6-hydroxy-DOPA (6-OHDOPA) or 6-hydroxy-dopamine (6-OHDA) in combination with a potent DA reuptake inhibitor GBR 12935 or 6-OHDA were injected bilaterally into the mPFC in separate groups of animals. In addition, GBR 12935 or vehicle was injected into the mPFC in two other groups of animals as control experiments. NE and DA concentrations from postmortem tissue of the mPFC were measured using HPLC with electrochemical detection...
February 14, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454005/a-quest-to-find-good-primers-for-gene-expression-analysis-of-candida-albicans-from-clinical-samples
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Gabriela C Alonso, Ana C Pavarina, Tábata V Sousa, Marlise I Klein
Biofilm production contributes to several human diseases, including oral candidiasis. Among the Candida species, Candida albicans is the most prevalent. The expression of virulence genes is implicated in the pathogenic potential of Candida biofilms. However, the evaluation of microbial gene expression from in vivo biofilm samples is not trivial, specifically, assessment via quantitative PCR (qPCR) can be a challenge because of several species present in clinical samples. Hence, the necessity of primers specificity...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453993/the-tegumental-allergen-like-proteins-of-schistosoma-mansoni-a-biochemical-study-of-smtal4-tal13
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Jack Carson, Charlotte M Thomas, Aaron McGinty, Gustavo Takata, David J Timson
Schistosoma mansoni, like other trematodes, expresses a number of unusual calcium binding proteins which consist of an EF-hand domain joined to a dynein light chain-like (DLC-like) domain by a flexible linker. These proteins have been implicated in host immune responses and drug binding. Three members of this protein family from S. mansoni (SmTAL1, SmTAL2 and SmTAL3) have been well characterised biochemically. Here we characterise the remaining family members from this species (SmTAL4-13). All of these proteins form homodimers and all except SmTAL5 bind to calcium and manganese ions...
February 14, 2018: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453986/sterol-o-acyltransferase-1-deficiency-improves-defective-insulin-signaling-in-the-brains-of-mice-fed-a-high-fat-diet
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Ning Xu, Hao Meng, Tian-Yi Liu, Ying-Li Feng, Yuan Qi, Dong-Huan Zhang, Hong-Lei Wang
Insulin resistance induced by a high-fat diet (HFD) is related to metabolic diseases, and sterol O-acyltransferase 1 (SOAT1) is a key enzyme for the biosynthesis of cholesteryl ester. In the present study, wild-type (WT) mice and SOAT1-knockout (KO) mice with a C57BL6 background fed a HFD were used to explore the role of SOAT1 in the hypothalamus. The results show that the WT mice exhibited a significant increase in body weight as well as hepatic histologic changes; they also had a lower glucose and insulin tolerance than the WT mice fed a normal diet...
February 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453983/aldolase-a-overexpression-is-associated-with-poor-prognosis-and-promotes-tumor-progression-by-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-colon-cancer
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Feng Ye, Yixing Chen, Lu Xia, Jiabian Lian, Shuyu Yang
There is increasing evidence that glycolysis is involved in cancer progression. Aldolase is a glycolytic enzyme that catalyzes the reversible conversion of fructose-1,6-bisphosphate to glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate and dihydroxyacetone phosphate. Disruption of the aldolase genes also plays a role in the progression of multiple types of cancer. However, the underlying mechanism of the action of aldolases in colon cancer progression remains elusive. In this study, aldolase A expression was investigated and found to be upregulated along with human colon cancer progression and metastasis at both the mRNA and protein levels in human colon cancer tissues...
February 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453982/glucagon-like-peptide-1-contributes-to-increases-abca1-expression-by-downregulating-mir-758-to-regulate-cholesterol-homeostasis
#10
Yue Yao, Qiang Li, Ping Gao, Wei Wang, Lili Chen, Jinchao Zhang, Yi Xu
Abnormal regulation of lipid metabolism is associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). GLP-1 as a new treatment for T2DM, has unique effects in modulating cholesterol homeostasis. However, the mechanism of this effect is largely missing. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of GLP-1 on cholesterol-induced lipotoxicity in hepatocytes and examine the underlying mechanisms. The cell viability was determined, and caspase-3 was used to detect the effects of GLP-1 on cholesterol-induced apoptosis...
February 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453946/the-sexual-and-reproductive-health-of-foreign-born-women-in-the-united-states
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Athena Tapales, Ayana Douglas-Hall, Hannah Whitehead
OBJECTIVE: To explore the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) behaviors, health insurance coverage, and use of SRH services of women in the United States (U.S.) by nativity, disaggregated by race and ethnicity. STUDY DESIGN: We analyzed publicly-available and restricted data from the National Survey of Family Growth to assess differences and similarities between foreign-born and U.S.-born women, both overall and within Hispanic, non-Hispanic (NH) white, NH black, and NH Asian groups...
February 14, 2018: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453782/unusual-spontaneous-porto-systemic-shunt-the-importance-of-diagnosing-non-anatomical-porto-systemic-shunts-to-improve-portal-flow-in-pediatric-living-related-liver-transplantation-case-report
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Juan S Rubio, Carolina Rumbo, Pablo A Farinelli, Nicolás Aguirre, Diego A Ramisch, Hugo Paladini, Pablo D Angelo, Pablo Barros Schelotto, Gabriel E Gondolesi
Collateral circulation secondary to liver cirrhosis may cause the development of large PSSs that may steal flow from the main portal circulation. It is important to identify these shunts prior to, or during the transplant surgery because they might cause an insufficient portal flow to the implanted graft. There are few reports of "steal flow syndrome" cases in pediatrics, even in biliary atresia patients that may have portal hypoplasia as an associated malformation. We present a 12-month-old female who received an uneventful LDLT from her mother, and the GRWR was 4...
February 16, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453769/hpv-genotyping-for-the-cross-sectional-and-longitudinal-probability-of-developing-cin2
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Annarosa Del Mistro, Rachael Adcock, Francesca Carozzi, Anna Gillio-Tos, Laura De Marco, Salvatore Girlando, Raffaella Rizzolo, Helena Frayle, Morena Trevisan, Cristina Sani, Elena Burroni, Paolo Giorgi Rossi, Jack Cuzick, Guglielmo Ronco
HPV testing is more sensitive but less specific than cytology. We evaluated stand-alone genotyping as a possible triage method. During a multicentre randomised controlled trial comparing HPV testing to conventional cytology, HPV positive women were referred to colposcopy and followed up if no high-grade lesion was detected. HPV positive samples were genotyped by GP5+/GP6+ primed PCR followed by reverse line blot. Genotypes were hierarchically ordered by positive predictive value (PPV) for CIN grade 2 or more (CIN2+), and grouped by cluster analysis into 3 groups (A, B and C in decreasing order)...
February 17, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453733/egfp-transgene-a-useful-tool-to-track-transplanted-bone-marrow-mononuclear-cell-contribution-to-peripheral-remyelination
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Gonzalo Piñero, Vanina Usach, Paula A Soto, Paula V Monje, Patricia Setton-Avruj
Bone marrow mononuclear cells (BMMC) constitute a heterogeneous population with potential to promote tissue regeneration. For this reason, this cell fraction has recently become a therapeutic alternative to mesenchymal stem cells, as culture is not required and phenotypic transformations can be hence avoided. In this work, and in order to attain long-lasting cell labeling and study longer survival times, we used BMMC isolated from adult transgenic rats expressing GFP to reproduce our wild type model and evaluate their remyelination ability in a reversible model of Wallerian degeneration...
February 16, 2018: Transgenic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453695/temporary-assist-device-support-for-the-right-ventricle-pre-implant-and-post-implant-challenges
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Michael Dandel, Roland Hetzer
Severe right ventricular (RV) failure is more likely reversible than similar magnitudes of left ventricular (LV) failure and, because reversal of both adaptive remodeling and impaired contractility require most often only short periods of support, the use of temporary RV assist devices (t-RVADs) can be a life-saving therapy option for many patients. Although increased experience with t-RVADs and progresses made in the development of safer devices with lower risk for complications has improved both recovery rate of RV function and patient survival, the mortality of t-RVAD recipients can still be high but it depends mainly on the primary cause of RV failure (RVF), the severity of end-organ dysfunction, and the timing of RVAD implantation, and much less on adverse events and complications related to RVAD implantation, support, or removal...
February 17, 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453691/effect-of-phosphorylation-and-single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-on-caspase-substrates-processing
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Sonu Kumar, Piotr Cieplak
Posttranslational modifications that involve either reversible covalent modification of proteins or irreversible proteolysis are central to the regulation of key cellular mechanisms, including apoptosis, cell-cycle regulation and signal transduction. There is mounting evidence suggesting cross-talk between proteases and kinases. For instance: caspases, a class of proteases involved in programmed cell death-apoptosis, cleave a large set of various types of proteins. Simultaneously, kinases restrict caspase activity by phosphorylating their protein substrates in the vicinity of cleavage site...
February 16, 2018: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453596/effectiveness-of-the-sesquiterpene-%C3%AE-bisabolol-in-dogs-with-naturally-acquired-canine-leishmaniosis-an-exploratory-clinical-trial
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V Corpas-López, G Merino-Espinosa, C Acedo-Sánchez, V Díaz-Sáez, M C Navarro-Moll, F Morillas-Márquez, J Martín-Sánchez
The use of natural products is a promising approach for treating visceral leishmaniosis. (-)-α-Bisabolol is a sesquiterpene that have been proved active in vivo on Leishmania infantum-infected mice without showing toxicity. A single-centre, parallel-group, randomized, exploratory study was designed to assess its efficacy in a canine leishmaniosis model involving naturally infected dogs. In this clinical trial, 12 dogs were allocated into two groups and were treated with either meglumine antimoniate (100 mg/kg) through subcutaneous route or (-)-α-bisabolol (30 mg/kg) through oral route for two treatment series of 30 days, separated by a 30-day interval...
February 16, 2018: Veterinary Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453519/tricurin-a-synergistic-formulation-of-curcumin-resveratrol-and-epicatechin-gallate-repolarizes-tumor-associated-macrophages-and-triggers-an-immune-response-to-cause-suppression-of-hpv-tumors
#18
Sumit Mukherjee, Rahman Hussaini, Richard White, Doaa Atwi, Angela Fried, Samay Sampat, Longzhu Piao, Quintin Pan, Probal Banerjee
Our earlier studies reported a unique potentiated combination (TriCurin) of curcumin (C) with two other polyphenols. The TriCurin-associated C displays an IC50 in the low micromolar range for cultured HPV+ TC-1 cells. In contrast, because of rapid degradation in vivo, the TriCurin-associated C reaches only low nano-molar concentrations in the plasma, which are sub-lethal to tumor cells. Yet, injected TriCurin causes a dramatic suppression of tumors in TC-1 cell-implanted mice (TC-1 mice) and xenografts of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC) cells in nude/nude mice...
February 16, 2018: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453491/does-hearing-aid-use-affect-audiovisual-integration-in-mild-hearing-impairment
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Anja Gieseler, Maike A S Tahden, Christiane M Thiel, Hans Colonius
There is converging evidence for altered audiovisual integration abilities in hearing-impaired individuals and those with profound hearing loss who are provided with cochlear implants, compared to normal-hearing adults. Still, little is known on the effects of hearing aid use on audiovisual integration in mild hearing loss, although this constitutes one of the most prevalent conditions in the elderly and, yet, often remains untreated in its early stages. This study investigated differences in the strength of audiovisual integration between elderly hearing aid users and those with the same degree of mild hearing loss who were not using hearing aids, the non-users, by measuring their susceptibility to the sound-induced flash illusion...
February 16, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453458/il-2-inducible-kinase-itk-is-critical-for-hiv-1-infection-of-jurkat-t-cells
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Anika Hain, Melanie Krämer, René M Linka, Saeideh Nakhaei-Rad, Mohammad Reza Ahmadian, Dieter Häussinger, Arndt Borkhardt, Carsten Münk
Successful replication of Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 depends on the expression of various cellular host factors, such as the interleukin-2 inducible T-cell kinase (ITK), a member of the protein family of TEC-tyrosine kinases. ITK is selectively expressed in T-cells and coordinates signaling pathways downstream of the T-cell receptor and chemokine receptors, including PLC-1 activation, Ca 2+ -release, transcription factor mobilization, and actin rearrangements. The exact role of ITK during HIV-1 infection is still unknown...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
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