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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823128/molecular-cloning-and-expression-analysis-of-annexin-a2-gene-in-sika-deer-antler-tip
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Yanling Xia, Haomiao Qu, Binshan Lu, Qiang Zhang, Heping Li
Objective: Molecular cloning and bioinformatics analysis of Annexin A2 gene in sika deer antler tip were conducted. The role of Annexin A2 gene in the growth and development of the antler were analyzed initially. Methods: The reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used to clone the cDNA sequence of the Anxa2 gene from antler tip of sika deer (Cervus nippon hortulorum) and the bioinformatics tools provided on the web site were applied to analyze the amino acid sequence of Anxa2 protein...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823044/diagnostic-implications-of-tert-promoter-mutation-status-in-diffuse-gliomas-in-a-routine-clinical-setting
#2
Ekkehard Hewer, Nadine Prebil, Sabina Berezowska, Marielena Gutt-Will, Philippe Schucht, Matthias S Dettmer, Erik Vassella
IDH (isocitrate dehydrogenase) gene mutations are present in most diffuse low-grade gliomas and define the clinico-pathological core of the respective morphologically defined entities. Conversely, according to the 2016 WHO classification, the majority of glioblastomas belong to the IDH-wildtype category, which is defined by exclusion. TERT (telomerase reverse transcriptase gene) promoter mutations have been suggested as a molecular marker for primary glioblastomas. We analyzed molecular, histopathological, and clinical profiles of a series of 110 consecutive diffuse gliomas (WHO grades II-IV) diagnosed at our institution, in which TERT promoter mutation analysis had been performed as part of diagnostic work-up...
August 19, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823021/control-by-low-levels-of-calcium-of-mammalian-cell-membrane-electropermeabilization
#3
Ciobanu Florin, Golzio Muriel, Kovacs Eugenia, Teissié Justin
Electric pulses, when applied to a cell suspension, induce a reversible permeabilization of the plasma membrane. This permeabilized state is a long-lived process (minutes). The biophysical molecular mechanisms supporting the membrane reorganization associated to its permeabilization remain poorly understood. Modeling the transmembrane structures as toroidal lipidic pores cannot explain why they are long-lived and why their resealing is under the control of the ATP level. Our results describe the effect of the level of free Calcium ions...
August 20, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822809/inhibition-of-soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-lowers-portal-hypertension-in-cirrhotic-rats-by-ameliorating-endothelial-dysfunction-and-liver-fibrosis
#4
Wensheng Deng, Yiming Zhu, Jiayun Lin, Lei Zheng, Chihao Zhang, Meng Luo
Epoxyeicostrienoic acids (EETs) are arachidonic acid derived meditators which are catalyzed by soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) to less active dihydroeicostrienoics acids (DHETS). The aim of our study is to investigate the effects of sEH inhibition on hepatic and systemic hemodynamics, hepatic endothelial dysfunction, and hepatic fibrosis in CCl4 cirrhotic rats. The sEH inhibitor,trans-4-{4-[3-(4-trifluoromethoxyphenyl)-ureido]cyclohexyloxy}benzoic acid (t-TUCB) was administered to stabilize hepatic EETs by gavage at a dose of 1mg/kg/d...
August 16, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822808/bml-111-equilibrated-ace-angii-at1r-and-ace2-ang-1-7-mas-axis-to-protect-hepatic-fibrosis-in-rats
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Quandong Hu, Zhenzhen Hu, Qiongfeng Chen, Yonghong Huang, Zi Mao, Fangyun Xu, Xiaoyan Zhou
BACKGROUND: It was recently reported Lipoxins (LXs) had protective effects on fibrous diseases, and renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) had played vital and bidirectional roles in hepatic fibrosis. In this paper, a hepatic fibrosis model, induced by carbon tetrachloride (CCL4) in rats, was used to observe the relations between RAAS and LXs, as well as to further explore the alternative anti-fibrosis mechanisms of LXs. METHODS: The model was evaluated by morphological observations and biochemical assays...
August 16, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822797/influence-of-bcr-abl-transcript-type-on-outcome-in-patients-with-chronic-phase-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-treated-with%C3%A2-imatinib
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Katia Borgia Barbosa Pagnano, Eliana Cristina Miranda, Márcia Torresan Delamain, Gislaine Oliveira Duarte, Erich Vinicius de Paula, Irene Lorand-Metze, Carmino Antonio de Souza
BACKGROUND: The prognostic significance of breakpoint cluster region gene-Abelson murine leukemia viral oncogene homolog 1 (BCR-ABL1) transcripts in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is still controversial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All consecutive CML patients in chronic phase treated with imatinib in a single center were analyzed (n = 170). BCR-ABL1 transcript was evaluated using multiplex reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Exclusively patients with BCR-ABL transcripts e13a2 and/or e14a2 were included in this analysis...
June 21, 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822786/leptin-is-essential-for-spinal-microglial-activation-and-neuropathic-pain-after-preganglionic-cervical-root-avulsion
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Kai-Ting Chang, Yi-Lo Lin, Chi-Te Lin, Chen-Jei Hong, May-Jywan Tsai, Wen-Cheng Huang, Yang-Hsin Shih, Yi-Yen Lee, Henrich Cheng, Ming-Chao Huang
AIMS: Preganglionic cervical root avulsion (PCRA) affects both the peripheral and central nervous systems and is often associated with neuropathic pain. Unlike peripheral nerve injuries (PNI), central lesions caused by disruption of cervical roots from the spinal cord following PCRA contribute to the generation of neuropathic pain. Leptin is involved in the development of neuropathic pain after PNI by affecting neurons. However, whether leptin is involved in microglial activation leading to neuropathic pain after PCRA is unknown...
August 16, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822761/down-regulation-of-vascular-ppar-%C3%AE-contributes-to-endothelial-dysfunction-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-mice-exposed-to-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia
#8
Yanan Zhang, Chunlian Zhang, Haiou Li, Jingdong Hou
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), characterized by chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH), is associated with endothelial dysfunction. The prevalence of OSA is linked to an epidemic of obesity. CIH has recently been reported to cause endothelial dysfunction in diet-induced obese animals by exaggerating oxidative stress and inflammation, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. PPAR-γ, a ligand-inducible transcription factor that exerts anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, is down-regulated in the peripheral tissues in diet-induce obesity...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822742/strategy-set-shifting-and-response-inhibition-in-adult-rats-exposed-to-an-environmental-polychlorinated-biphenyl-mixture-during-adolescence
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Supida Monaikul, Paul Eubig, Stan Floresco, Susan Schantz
Converging evidence from studies with animal models and humans suggests that early developmental exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) leads to deficits in cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. These processes are mediated to a large extent by the prefrontal cortex, thus we examined the effects of PCB exposure during adolescence-a period of robust prefrontal cortical development-on both processes. Specifically, we used operant set-shifting and differential reinforcement of low rates of responding (DRL) tasks to assess cognitive flexibility and response inhibition, respectively...
August 16, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822719/thalidomide-is-associated-with-increased-t-cell-activation-and-inflammation-in-antiretroviral-naive-hiv-infected-individuals-in-a-randomised-clinical-trial-of-efficacy-and-safety
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Tânia R C Vergara, Sadia Samer, Joanna R Santos-Oliveira, Leila B Giron, Muhammad Shoaib Arif, Maria Luciana Silva-Freitas, Lia A Cherman, Mauro S Treitsman, Alberto Chebabo, Maria Cecilia A Sucupira, Alda M Da-Cruz, Ricardo Sobhie Diaz
TRIAL DESIGN: Open-label, randomised, controlled, pilot proof-of-concept clinical trial. METHODS: Participants: Antiretroviral naïve adult males with CD4 count ≥350cells/mm(3). INTERVENTIONS: Patients were randomised to receive thalidomide 200mg QD for 3weeks (Thalidomide group) or not (Control group) and followed for 48weeks. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that short-term Thalidomide use would reduce HIV related inflammation and HIV replication among antiretroviral naïve HIV infected individuals...
August 12, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822699/extent-and-evolution-of-gene-duplication-in-dna-viruses
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Yuxia Gao, Huayao Zhao, Yin Jin, Xiaoyu Xu, Guan-Zhu Han
Gene duplication is the main source of genomic novelties and complexities for both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. In contrast, gene duplication appears to be infrequent in the RNA viruses. However, the extent and evolution of gene duplication in DNA viruses remains obscure. Here we perform a genome-wide analysis of gene duplication in the genomes of 250 DNA viruses that represent all known DNA viral genera. While no gene duplication event is identified in single stranded DNA (ssDNA) or reverse transcribing DNA viruses, gene duplication is frequent among double stranded DNA (dsDNA) viruses...
August 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822669/left-ventricular-lead-position-guided-by-parametric-strain-echocardiography-improves-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Donato Mele, Marianna Nardozza, Michele Malagù, Emanuela Leonetti, Cristina Fragale, Antonio Rondinella, Roberto Ferrari, Matteo Bertini
BACKGROUND: There is still a significant proportion of patients with heart failure who fail to improve after cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). The investigators used parametric two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography with polar plots of the amplitude and timing of left ventricular (LV) longitudinal strain to guide implantation of the LV lead, with the aim of increasing CRT response. METHODS: Sixty-four patients who underwent LV lead implantation guided by two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (study group) and 64 patients treated with standard CRT implantation (control group) were retrospectively analyzed in this study...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822654/polarity-independent-effects-of-tdcs-on-paired-associative-stimulation-induced-plasticity
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Hanna Faber, Alexander Opitz, Florian Müller-Dahlhaus, Ulf Ziemann
BACKGROUND: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can polarize the cortex of the human brain. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: We sought to verify the hypothesis that posterior-anterior (PA) but not anterior-posterior (AP) tDCS of primary motor cortex (M1) produces cooperative effects with corticospinal plasticity induced by paired associative stimulation of the supplementary motor area (SMA) to M1 projection (PASSMA→M1) in a highly controlled experimental design...
July 27, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822650/progressive-and-reversible-conduction-disease-with-checkpoint-inhibitors
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Neeti Reddy, Rohit Moudgil, Juan C Lopez-Mattei, Kaveh Karimzad, Elie N Mouhayar, Neeta Somaiah, Anthony P Conley, Shreyaskumar Patel, Dana E Giza, Cezar Iliescu
Novel antineoplastic therapies are focused on harnessing our own immune system to fight cancer. To that end, cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 and programmed death ligand 1 are 2 coinhibitory signals that play central roles in decreasing T-cell response and represent a class of medications termed "checkpoint inhibitors." We present an unusual case of progressive conduction abnormalities induced by checkpoint inhibitors. Prompt medical intervention resulted in full recovery. Despite the anticancer efficacy, the newer antineoplastic agents pose a significant and often life-threatening risk of cardiotoxicity...
June 8, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822538/smooth-muscle-nitric-oxide-responsiveness-and-clinical-maturation-of-hemodialysis-arteriovenous-fistulae
#15
Xiaoyong Tong, Xiuyun Hou, Christopher Wason, Tal Kopel, Richard A Cohen, Laura M Dember
The arteriovenous fistula is the preferred type of hemodialysis vascular access for patients with end-stage renal disease, but a high proportion of newly created fistulas fail to mature for use. Stenosis caused by neointimal hyperplasia often is present in fistulas with maturation failure, suggesting that local mechanisms controlling vascular smooth muscle cell (SMC) migration and proliferation are important contributors to maturation failure. SMCs cultured from explants of vein tissue obtained at the time of fistula creation from 19 patients with end-stage renal disease were studied to determine whether smooth muscle responsiveness to nitric oxide is associated with fistula maturation outcomes...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822499/countervailing-incentives-in-value-based-payment
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REVIEW
Daniel R Arnold
Payment reform has been at the forefront of the movement toward higher-value care in the U.S. health care system. A common belief is that volume-based incentives embedded in fee-for-service need to be replaced with value-based payments. While this belief is well-intended, value-based payment also contains perverse incentives. In particular, behavioral economists have identified several features of individual decision making that reverse some of the typical recommendations for inducing desirable behavior through financial incentives...
September 2017: Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822491/role-of-dispersal-in-resistance-evolution-and-spread
#17
REVIEW
Nicholas J Miller, Thomas W Sappington
Gene flow via immigration affects rate of evolution of resistance to a pest management tactic, while emigration from a resistant population can spread resistance alleles spatially. Whether resistance detected across the landscape reflects ongoing de novo evolution in different hotspots or spread from a single focal population can determine the most effective mitigation strategy. Pest dispersal dynamics determine the spatio-temporal scale at which mitigation tactics must be applied to contain or reverse resistance in an area...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822336/cesium-sorption-reversibility-and-kinetics-on-illite-montmorillonite-and-kaolinite
#18
Chad B Durrant, James D Begg, Annie B Kersting, Mavrik Zavarin
Understanding sorption and desorption processes is essential to predicting the mobility of radionuclides in the environment. We investigate adsorption/desorption of cesium in both binary (Cs+one mineral) and ternary (Cs+two minerals) experiments to study component additivity and sorption reversibility over long time periods (500days). Binary Cs sorption experiments were performed with illite, montmorillonite, and kaolinite in a 5mM NaCl/0.7mM NaHCO3 solution (pH8) and Cs concentration range of 10(-3) to 10(-11)M...
August 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822154/-a-new-benzamide-derivative-from-rice-fermentation-of-streptomyces-sp-cpcc-202950
#19
Shan-Shan Chang, Ming-Hua Chen, Ren-Zhong Wang, Ye-Xiang Wu, Guo-Hong Yang, Biao Dong, Li-Yan Yu, Zeng-Ping Gao, Shu-Yi Si
Eight compounds were isolated from the rice fermentation of Streptomyces sp. CPCC 202950 by a combination of various chromatographic techniques including column chromatography over silica, Sephadex LH-20, flash C₁₈, and reversed-phase HPLC. Their structures were identified as 3-[(3'-amino-3'-oxoprop-1'-en-2'-yl)oxy]benzamide (1), m-hydroxybenzamide (2), leptosphaepin (3), 5-methyluracil (4), feruloylamide (5), p-hydroxyphenylacetoamide (6), vanillamide (7), cyclo (L-val-L-ala) (8). Among them, 1 was a new benzamide analogue, and 2 was a new natural product...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822129/targeted-isolation-and-characterization-of-t-dna-mutants-defective-in-photorespiration
#20
Stefan Timm, Katharina Modde, Hermann Bauwe
Transfer DNA (T-DNA) insertional lines have facilitated reverse genetic approaches in plant science and considerably accelerated the functional characterization of genes. Typically, online databases of mutant collections are searched for suitable mutant alleles of the gene of interest (GOI). Before such lines can be characterized physiologically, the genotype of the respective mutant has to be verified followed by the quantitative examination of downstream effects on the levels of the respective mRNA and the encoded protein...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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