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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732340/vascular-regulation-of-glioma-stem-like-cells-a-balancing-act
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REVIEW
Lucy J Brooks, Simona Parrinello
Glioblastoma (GBM) are aggressive and therapy-resistant brain tumours driven by glioma stem-like cells (GSCs). GSC behaviour is controlled by the microenvironment, or niche, in which the cells reside. It is well-established that the vasculature is a key component of the GSC niche, which drives maintenance in the tumour bulk and invasion at the margin. Emerging evidence now indicates that the specific properties of the vasculature within these two regions impose different functional states on resident GSCs, generating distinct subpopulations...
July 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731659/neonatal-intensive-care-unit-lighting-update-and-recommendations
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Roberto G Rodríguez, Andrea E Pattini
Achieving adequate lighting in neonatal intensive care units is a major challenge: in addition to the usual considerations of visual performance, cost, energy and aesthetics, there appear different biological needs of patients, health care providers and family members. Communicational aspects of light, its role as a facilitator of the visual function of doctors and nurses, and its effects on the newborn infant physiology and development were addressed in order to review the effects of light (natural and artificial) within neonatal care with a focus on development...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730141/extracellular-vesicles-as-modulators-of-tumor-microenvironment-and-disease-progression-in-glioma
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Abir Mondal, Divya Kumari Singh, Suchismita Panda, Anjali Shiras
Diffuse gliomas are lethal tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) characterized by infiltrative growth, aggressive nature, and therapeutic resistance. The recent 2016 WHO classification for CNS tumors categorizes diffuse glioma into two major types that include IDH wild-type glioblastoma, which is the predominant type and IDH-mutant glioblastoma, which is less common and displays better prognosis. Recent studies suggest presence of a distinct cell population with stem cell features termed as glioma stem cells (GSCs) to be causal in driving tumor growth in glioblastoma...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724615/glioblastoma-cellular-cross-talk-converges-on-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-to-attenuate-egfr-inhibitor-sensitivity
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Ciro Zanca, Genaro R Villa, Jorge A Benitez, Amy Haseley Thorne, Tomoyuki Koga, Matteo D'Antonio, Shiro Ikegami, Jianhui Ma, Antonia D Boyer, Afsheen Banisadr, Nathan M Jameson, Alison D Parisian, Olesja V Eliseeva, Gabriela F Barnabe, Feng Liu, Sihan Wu, Huijun Yang, Jill Wykosky, Kelly A Frazer, Vladislav V Verkhusha, Maria G Isaguliants, William A Weiss, Timothy C Gahman, Andrew K Shiau, Clark C Chen, Paul S Mischel, Webster K Cavenee, Frank B Furnari
In glioblastoma (GBM), heterogeneous expression of amplified and mutated epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) presents a substantial challenge for the effective use of EGFR-directed therapeutics. Here we demonstrate that heterogeneous expression of the wild-type receptor and its constitutively active mutant form, EGFRvIII, limits sensitivity to these therapies through an interclonal communication mechanism mediated by interleukin-6 (IL-6) cytokine secreted from EGFRvIII-positive tumor cells. IL-6 activates a NF-κB signaling axis in a paracrine and autocrine manner, leading to bromodomain protein 4 (BRD4)-dependent expression of the prosurvival protein survivin (BIRC5) and attenuation of sensitivity to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs)...
July 19, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723692/angiotensin-ii-regulates-dendritic-cells-through-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-erk1-2-and-stat1-pathways
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Yan Meng, Chen Chen, Yang Liu, Cui Tian, Hui-Hua Li
BACKGROUND: Activation of dendritic cells (DCs) is necessary to initiate immune responses. Angiotensin II (Ang II) has been reported to have a proinflammatory and immunomodulatory function. However, the role of Ang II in regulation of DCs and the underlying mechanisms remain illdefined. METHODS: The effects of Ang II on the proliferation, maturation, phagocytosis, migration, and communication with T cells of DCs were analysed utilizing MTT, flow cytometry, ELISA, transwell assay and mixed lymphocyte culture...
July 19, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722089/-how-to-carry-out-high-quality-clinical-trial
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Lai Xu, Yi Xiao
Evidence-based medicine derived from large-scale clinical trials has been widely accepted by clinicians, which strongly motivates the clinicians in medical institutions to conduct or participate in clinical trials. However, how to improve the clinical trial quality and management to achieve worldwide acceptance still remains challenging. By analyzing the difficulties faced by the majority of large Chinese clinical institutions and the opportunities during the evolvement of research modes, this paper proposes to improve the quality of clinical trial by closely following the domain development, raising clinical research thinking, ensuring rigorous research design, standardizing the steps and details of each operational session, as well as establishing a collaborative and well-communicated team...
July 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720792/optical-read-out-of-neural-activity-in-mammalian-peripheral-axons-calcium-signaling-at-nodes-of-ranvier
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Arjun K Fontaine, Emily A Gibson, John H Caldwell, Richard F Weir
Current neural interface technologies have serious limitations for advanced prosthetic and therapeutic applications due primarily to their lack of specificity in neural communication. An optogenetic approach has the potential to provide single cell/axon resolution in a minimally invasive manner by optical interrogation of light-sensitive reporters and actuators. Given the aim of reading neural activity in the peripheral nervous system, this work has investigated an activity-dependent signaling mechanism in the peripheral nerve...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720428/inhibitors-of-connexin-and-pannexin-channels-as-potential-therapeutics
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Joost Willebrords, Michaël Maes, Sara Crespo Yanguas, Mathieu Vinken
While gap junctions support the exchange of a number of molecules between neighboring cells, connexin hemichannels provide communication between the cytosol and the extracellular environment of an individual cell. The latter equally holds true for channels composed of pannexin proteins, which display an architecture reminiscent of connexin hemichannels. In physiological conditions, gap junctions are usually open, while connexin hemichannels and, to a lesser extent, pannexin channels are typically closed, yet they can be activated by a number of pathological triggers...
July 15, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718098/massive-hemorrhage-and-transfusion-in-the-operating-room
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Brian Muirhead, Andrew D H Weiss
PURPOSE: In this Continuing Professional Development module, we review the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations associated with massive hemorrhage as well as laboratory investigations and appropriate therapeutic measures. In addition to reviewing the available blood/plasma products and adjunct therapy, we also explore the role of the anesthesiologist in a massive transfusion protocol scenario. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Massive hemorrhage can be either anticipated or unexpected...
July 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716821/abnormalities-in-alternative-splicing-in-diabetes-therapeutic-targets
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REVIEW
Zodwa Dlamini, Fortunate Mokoena, Rodney Hull
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a non-communicable, metabolic disorder that affects 416 million individuals worldwide. Type 2 diabetes contributes to a vast 85-90% of the diabetes incidences while 10-15% of patients suffer from type 1 diabetes. These two predominant forms of DM cause a significant loss of functional pancreatic β-cell mass causing different degrees of insulin deficiency, most likely, due to increased β-cell apoptosis. Treatment options involve the use of insulin sensitisers, α-glucosidase inhibitors, and β-cell secretagogues which are often expensive, limited in efficacy and carry detrimental adverse effects...
August 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716730/interaction-of-small-g-protein-signaling-modulator-3-with-connexin-43-contributes-to-myocardial-infarction-in-rat-hearts
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Chang Youn Lee, Jung-Won Choi, Sunhye Shin, Jiyun Lee, Hyang-Hee Seo, Soyeon Lim, Seahyoung Lee, Hyun-Chul Joo, Sang Woo Kim, Ki-Chul Hwang
Connexin 43 (Cx43), a ubiquitous connexin expressed in the heart and skin, is associated with a variety of hereditary conditions. Therefore, the characterization of Cx43-interacting proteins and their dynamics is important to understand not only the molecular mechanisms underlying pathological malfunction of gap junction-mediated intercellular communication but also to identify novel and unanticipated biological functions of Cx43. In the present study, we observed potential targets of Cx43 to determine new molecular functions in cardio-protection...
July 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714275/fucoidan-induced-osteogenic-differentiation-promotes-angiogenesis-by-inducing-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-secretion-and-accelerates-bone-repair
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Beom-Su Kim, Sun-Sik Yang, Hyung-Keun You, Hong-In Shin, Jun Lee
Osteogenesis and angiogenesis, including cell-cell communication between blood vessel cells and bone cells, are essential for bone repair. Fucoidan is a chemical compound that has a variety of biological activities. It stimulates osteoblast differentiation in human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which in turn induces angiogenesis. However, the mechanism by which this communication between osteoblasts and endothelial cells is mediated remains unclear. Thus, the aim of this study was to clarify the relationship between fucoidan-induced osteoblastic differentiation in MSCs and angiogenesis in endothelial cells...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713160/pathogenic-roles-of-microvesicles-in-diabetic-retinopathy
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REVIEW
Wei Zhang, Song Chen, Ming-Lin Liu
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a common complication of diabetes and has been recognized as the leading cause of blindness in adults. Several interrelated molecular pathways are involved in the development of DR. Microvesicles (MVs) are cell membrane vesicles, which carry many biologic molecules, such as mRNAs, microRNAs, transcription factors, membrane lipids, membrane receptors, and other proteins. They may be involved in intercellular communication that can promote inflammation, angiogenesis, and coagulation...
July 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711943/pancreatic-cancer-derived-exosomes-promote-tumor-metastasis-and-liver-pre-metastatic-niche-formation
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Zeqian Yu, Susu Zhao, Long Ren, Lishan Wang, Zhangjun Chen, Robert M Hoffman, Jiahua Zhou
Exosomes play important roles in cell-cell communication, and are likely mediators of the metastatic cascade in cancer. This study examined the role of exosomes in pancreatic cancer cell adhesion, migration, and invasion. We isolated and purified exosomes from two isogenic pancreatic cancer cell lines with different metastatic potentials. Uptake of exosomes from highly metastatic Panc02-H7 cells decreased adhesion and increased migration and invasion capacity in weakly metastatic Panc02 cells in vitro. Exosomes from highly metastatic pancreatic cancer cells induced liver pre-metastatic niche formation in naïve mice and promoted primary tumor growth and liver metastasis in vivo...
June 28, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709429/efficacy-of-rituximab-in-non-paraneoplastic-autoimmune-retinopathy
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Katherine Boudreault, Sally Justus, Jesse D Sengillo, Kaspar Schuerch, Winston Lee, Thiago Cabral, Stephen H Tsang
BACKGROUND: Autoimmune retinopathy (AIR) is a rare but potentially blinding condition that is often underdiagnosed. Common features in AIR presentation include rapidly progressive vision loss with abnormal electrophysiological responses of the retina associated with positive anti-retinal antibodies. AIR is also challenging to treat, and thus, the introduction of new potential therapeutic agents is welcomed. The goal of this communication is to assess the effects of rituximab infusions on electroretinogram (ERG) responses and visual function outcomes in patients with non-paraneoplastic autoimmune retinopathy (npAIR)...
July 15, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708466/a-bidirectional-association-between-the-gut-microbiota-and-cns-disease-in-a-biphasic-murine-model-of-multiple-sclerosis
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Sara L Colpitts, Eli J Kasper, Abigail Keever, Caleb Liljenberg, Trevor Kirby, Krisztian Magori, Lloyd H Kasper, Javier Ochoa-Repáraz
The gut microbiome plays an important role in the development of inflammatory disease as shown using experimental models of central nervous system (CNS) demyelination. Gut microbes influence the response of regulatory immune cell populations in the gut-associated lymphoid tissue (GALT), which drive protection in acute and chronic experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE). Recent observations suggest that communication between the host and the gut microbiome is bidirectional. We hypothesized that the gut microbiota differs between the acute inflammatory and chronic progressive stages of a murine model of secondary-progressive multiple sclerosis (SP-MS)...
July 14, 2017: Gut Microbes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704994/how-to-improve-adherence-to-treatment-in-patients-with-mild-to-moderate-psoriasis-an-expert-opinion
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Stefano Piaserico, Stefano Manfredini, Alessandro Borghi, Paolo Gisondi, Massimiliano Pazzaglia, Giuseppe Stinco, Marina Venturini, Andrea Conti
Topical treatments are frequently used for the therapy of psoriasis. However, they may be associated with poor adherence in clinical practice. Therapeutic adherence is affected by patient's characteristics, as well as disease- and treatment-related factors; moreover, satisfaction with therapy, cosmetic acceptability and complexity of the treatment regimen do also play a role. Since low adherence could lead to treatment failure, it is crucial to elaborate effective strategies aimed at improving patient adherence and thus clinical outcomes in psoriasis...
July 11, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703353/inhibition-of-glial-hemichannels-by-boldine-treatment-reduces-neuronal-suffering-in-a-murine-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Chenju Yi, Pascal Ezan, Paola Fernández, Julien Schmitt, Juan C Sáez, Christian Giaume, Annette Koulakoff
The contribution of reactive gliosis to the pathological phenotype of Alzheimer's disease (AD) opened the way for therapeutic strategies targeting glial cells instead of neurons. In such context, connexin hemichannels were proposed recently as potential targets since neuronal suffering is alleviated when connexin expression is genetically suppressed in astrocytes of a murine model of AD. Here, we show that boldine, an alkaloid from the boldo tree, inhibited hemichannel activity in astrocytes and microglia without affecting gap junctional communication in culture and acute hippocampal slices...
July 13, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701358/mechanism-of-action-of-the-anti-inflammatory-connexin43-mimetic-peptide-jm2
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J Matthew Rhett, Bennett W Calder, Stephen A Fann, Heather Bainbridge, Robert G Gourdie, Michael J Yost
Connexin-based therapeutics have shown the potential for therapeutic efficacy in improving wound healing. Our previous work demonstrated that the connexin43 (Cx43)-mimetic peptide JM2 reduced the acute inflammatory response to a submuscular implant model by inhibiting purinergic signaling. Given the prospective application in improving tissue engineered construct tolerance that these results indicated, we sought to determine the mechanism of action for JM2 in the present study. Using confocal microscopy, a gap-FRAP cell communication assay, and an ethidium bromide uptake assay of hemichannel function we found that the peptide reduced cell-surface Cx43 levels, Cx43 gap junction (GJ) size, GJ communication, and hemichannel activity...
July 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700290/lower-risk-cannabis-use-guidelines-a-comprehensive-update-of-evidence-and-recommendations
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Benedikt Fischer, Cayley Russell, Pamela Sabioni, Wim van den Brink, Bernard Le Foll, Wayne Hall, Jürgen Rehm, Robin Room
BACKGROUND: Cannabis use is common in North America, especially among young people, and is associated with a risk of various acute and chronic adverse health outcomes. Cannabis control regimes are evolving, for example toward a national legalization policy in Canada, with the aim to improve public health, and thus require evidence-based interventions. As cannabis-related health outcomes may be influenced by behaviors that are modifiable by the user, evidence-based Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG)-akin to similar guidelines in other health fields-offer a valuable, targeted prevention tool to improve public health outcomes...
August 2017: American Journal of Public Health
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