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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549317/frontal-and-subcortical-grey-matter-reductions-in-ptsd
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Daniel C M O'Doherty, Ashleigh Tickell, Will Ryder, Charles Chan, Daniel F Hermens, Maxwell R Bennett, Jim Lagopoulos
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterised by a range of debilitating psychological, physical and cognitive symptoms. PTSD has been associated with grey matter atrophy in limbic and frontal cortical brain regions. However, previous studies have reported heterogeneous findings, with grey matter changes observed beyond limbic/frontal areas. Seventy-five adults were recruited from the community, 25 diagnosed with PTSD along with 25 healthy and 25 trauma exposed age and gender matched controls. Participants underwent clinical assessment and magnetic resonance imaging...
May 19, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548710/measurement-of-glycine-in-healthy-and-tumorous-brain-by-triple-refocusing-mrs-at-3%C3%A2-t-in-vivo
#2
Vivek Tiwari, Zhongxu An, Sandeep K Ganji, Jeannie Baxter, Toral R Patel, Edward Pan, Bruce E Mickey, Elizabeth A Maher, Marco C Pinho, Changho Choi
Glycine (Gly) has been implicated in several neurological disorders, including malignant brain tumors. The precise measurement of Gly is challenging largely as a result of the spectral overlap with myo-inositol (mI). We report a new triple-refocusing sequence for the reliable co-detection of Gly and mI at 3 T and for the evaluation of Gly in healthy and tumorous brain. The sequence parameters were optimized with density-matrix simulations and phantom validation. With a total TE of 134 ms, the sequence gave complete suppression of the mI signal between 3...
May 26, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547862/mri-evaluation-of-regional-and-longitudinal-changes-in-z-spectra-of-injured-spinal-cord-of-monkeys
#3
Feng Wang, Zhongliang Zu, Ruiqi Wu, Tung-Lin Wu, John C Gore, Li Min Chen
PURPOSE: In principle, MR methods that exploit magnetization transfer (MT) may be used to quantify changes in the molecular composition of tissues after injury. The ability to track such changes in injured spinal cord may allow more precise assessment of the state of neural tissues. METHODS: Z-Spectra were obtained from the cervical spinal cord before and after a unilateral dorsal column lesion in monkeys at 9.4T. The amplitudes of chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) and nuclear Overhauser enhancement (NOE) effects from multiple proton pools, along with nonspecific semisolid MT effects from immobile macromolecules, were quantified using a five-peak Lorenzian fitting of each Z-spectrum...
May 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546106/enhanced-dissolution-and-skin-permeation-profiles-of-epalrestat-with-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-derivatives-using-a-cogrinding-method
#4
Takayuki Furuishi, Shoma Takahashi, Noriko Ogawa, Mihoko Gunji, Hiromasa Nagase, Toyofumi Suzuki, Tomohiro Endo, Haruhisa Ueda, Etsuo Yonemochi, Kazuo Tomono
Epalrestat (EPL) is a water-insoluble drug (14μM) that inhibits aldose reductase. This study investigated the interactions between β-cyclodextrin (CD) derivatives and EPL to determine the solubilizing effect on EPL from phase solubility diagrams. We improved the solubility of EPL in water by adding β-CD derivatives. Moreover, the solubility of EPL mixed with β-CD derivatives by cogrinding in a ball mill method was about 2-3 times higher than those of EPL with the same CD concentration (5mM) calculated from phase solubility diagrams...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545970/chitosan-stabilized-camptothecin-nanoemulsions-development-evaluation-and-biodistribution-in-preclinical-breast-cancer-animal-mode
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Subramanian Natesan, Abimanyu Sugumaran, Chandrasekar Ponnusamy, Vignesh Thiagarajan, Rajaguru Palanichamy, Ruckmani Kandasamy
Clinical use of camptothecin (CPT) is hindered due to its poor water and oil solubility, active lactone ring instability and non-targeted toxicity. Recently we reported formulation of camptothecin microemulsions with increased solubility for the improved treatment of breast cancer. In this research chitosan stabilized camptothecin nanoemulsions (CHI-CPT-NEs) were formulated improve the cancer targeting efficiency of CPT. The developed NEs were characterized for their droplet size distribution, stability in plasma and evaluated for in-vitro drug release, in-vivo targeting potential, in-vitro hemolytic potential, cytotoxicity, genotoxicity and in-vivo biodistribution...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545248/ephedra-treated-donor-derived-gut-microbiota-transplantation-ameliorates-high-fat-diet-induced-obesity-in-rats
#6
Jing-Hua Wang, Bong-Soo Kim, Kyungsun Han, Hojun Kim
Changes in gut microbiota (GM) are closely associated with metabolic syndrome, obesity, type 2 diabetes and so on. Several medicinal herbs, including Ephedra sinica (Es), have anti-obesity effects that ameliorate metabolic disorders. Therefore, in this study we evaluated whether Es maintains its anti-obesity effect through Es-altered gut microbiota (EsM) transplantation. GM was isolated from cecal contents of Es treated and untreated rats following repeated transplants into obese rats via oral gavage over three weeks...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545040/exploring-the-role-of-white-matter-connectivity-in-cortex-maturation
#7
Cecilia L Friedrichs-Maeder, Alessandra Griffa, Juliane Schneider, Petra Susan Hüppi, Anita Truttmann, Patric Hagmann
The maturation of the cortical gray matter (GM) and white matter (WM) are described as sequential processes following multiple, but distinct rules. However, neither the mechanisms driving brain maturation processes, nor the relationship between GM and WM maturation are well understood. Here we use connectomics and two MRI measures reflecting maturation related changes in cerebral microstructure, namely the Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) and the T1 relaxation time (T1), to study brain development. We report that the advancement of GM and WM maturation are inter-related and depend on the underlying brain connectivity architecture...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544449/metagenomic-based-impact-study-of-transgenic-grapevine-rootstock-on-its-associated-virome-and-soil-bacteriome
#8
Jean-Michel Hily, Sandrine Demanèche, Nils Poulicard, Mélanie Tannières, Samia Djennane, Monique Beuve, Emmanuelle Vigne, Gérard Demangeat, Véronique Komar, Claude Gertz, Aurélie Marmonier, Caroline Hemmer, Sophie Vigneron, Armelle Marais, Thierry Candresse, Pascal Simonet, Olivier Lemaire
For some crops, the only possible approach to gain a specific trait requires genome modification. The development of virus-resistant transgenic plants based on the pathogen-derived resistance strategy has been a success story for over three decades. However, potential risks associated with the technology, such as horizontal gene transfer (HGT) of any part of the transgene to an existing gene pool, have been raised. Here, we report no evidence of any undesirable impacts of genetically modified (GM) grapevine rootstock on its biotic environment...
May 25, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542882/butyrate-and-retinoic-acid-synergistically-imprint-mucosal-like-dendritic-cell-development-from-bone-marrow-cells
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Yetao Qiang, Jie Xu, Cheng Yan, Huimin Jin, Tengfei Xiao, Nannan Yan, Liping Zhou, Huazhang An, Xiaoming Zhou, Qixiang Shao, Sheng Xia
Accumulating data show that the phenotypes and functions of distinctive mucosal dendritic cells (DCs) in the gut are regulated by retinoic acid (RA). Unfortunately, the exact role of butyrate in RA mediated mucosal DC differentiation has not been thoroughly elucidated to date. Mucosal like dendritic cell differentiation was completed in vitro by culturing bone marrow cells with growth factors (GM-CSF/IL-4), RA and/or butyrate. The phenotypes, cytokine secretion, immune functions and levels of retinal dehydrogenase of different DCs were detected using qPCR, ELISA and flow cytometry, respectively...
May 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542574/combination-therapy-of-cancer-with-cancer-vaccine-and-immune-checkpoint-inhibitors-a-mathematical-model
#10
Xiulan Lai, Avner Friedman
In this paper we consider a combination therapy of cancer. One drug is a vaccine which activates dendritic cells so that they induce more T cells to infiltrate the tumor. The other drug is a checkpoint inhibitor, which enables the T cells to remain active against the cancer cells. The two drugs are positively correlated in the sense that an increase in the amount of each drug results in a reduction in the tumor volume. We consider the question whether a treatment with combination of the two drugs at certain levels is preferable to a treatment by one of the drugs alone at 'roughly' twice the dosage level; if that is the case, then we say that there is a positive 'synergy' for this combination of dosages...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542177/mycophenolate-mofetil-for-scleroderma-related-interstitial-lung-disease-a-real-world-experience
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Misbah Baqir, Ashima Makol, Thomas G Osborn, Brian J Bartholmai, Jay H Ryu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Interstitial lung disease (ILD) remains the number one cause of mortality in scleroderma (SSc). Our goal was to determine the effectiveness of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) in treating SSc-ILD in a retrospective study. METHODS: A retrospective, computer-assisted search was performed to identify patients with SSc-ILD treated with MMF from 1997 through 2014. We used a novel software tool, Computer-Aided Lung Informatics for Pathology Evaluation and Rating (CALIPER), to quantify parenchymal lung abnormalities on high-resolution computed tomography...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541538/coordinated-modifications-in-mesophyll-conductance-photosynthetic-potentials-and-leaf-nitrogen-contribute-to-explain-the-large-variation-in-foliage-net-assimilation-rates-across-quercus-ilex-provenances
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José Javier Peguero-Pina, Sergio Sisó, Jaume Flexas, Jeroni Galmés, Ülo Niinemets, Domingo Sancho-Knapik, Eustaquio Gil-Pelegrín
Leaf dry mass per unit area (LMA) has been suggested to negatively affect the mesophyll conductance to CO2 (gm), the most limiting factor for photosynthesis per unit leaf area (AN) in many evergreens. Several anatomical traits (i.e., greater leaf thickness and thicker cell walls) constraining gm could explain the negative scaling of gm and AN with LMA across species. However, the Mediterranean sclerophyll Quercus ilex L. shows a major within-species variation in functional traits (greater LMA associated with higher nitrogen content and AN) that might contrast the worldwide trends...
May 24, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538321/muscle-activation-differs-between-partial-and-full-back-squat-exercise-with-external-load-equated
#13
Josinaldo J da Silva, Brad J Schoenfeld, Priscyla N Marchetti, Silvio L Pecoraro, Julia M D Greve, Paulo H Marchetti
da Silva, JJ, Schoenfeld, BJ, Marchetti, PN, Pecoraro, SL, Greve, JMD, and Marchetti, PH. Muscle activation differs between partial and full back squat exercise with external load equated. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1688-1693, 2017-Changes in range of motion affect the magnitude of the load during the squat exercise and, consequently, may influence muscle activation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate muscle activation between the partial and full back squat exercise with external load equated on a relative basis between conditions...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538312/skeletal-muscle-contraction-time-and-tone-decrease-after-8-weeks-of-plyometric-training
#14
Damir Zubac, Boštjan Šimunič
Zubac, D and Šimunič, B. Skeletal muscle contraction time and tone decrease after 8 weeks of plyometric training. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1610-1619, 2017-The aim of the study was to examine whether an improvement in jumping performance after 8 weeks of plyometric training (PT) runs in parallel with changes in lower-limb skeletal muscle contractile properties. Using noninvasive tensiomyography (TMG), we assessed contraction time (Tc) and the maximal amplitude of radial displacement (Dm) in 20 subjects (50% men; age 22...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537470/concurrent-validity-of-the-alberta-infant-motor-scale-to-detect-delayed-gross-motor-development-in-preterm-infants-a-comparative-study-with-the-bayley-iii
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Plínio Luna de Albuquerque, Miriam Queiroz de Farias Guerra, Marília de Carvalho Lima, Sophie Helena Eickmann
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the concurrent validity of AIMS in relation to the gross motor subtest of the Bayley Scale III/GM in preterm infants. METHODS: A total of 159 gross motor development assessments were performed with the AIMS and Bayley-III/GM. Linear regression was used to assess the correlation between AIMS and Bayley-III/GM scores. The intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) and the Bland-Altman plot were used to analyze intra- and inter-rater reliability...
May 24, 2017: Developmental Neurorehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536515/subjectivity-of-the-anomalous-sense-of-self-is-represented-in-gray-matter-volume-in-the-brain
#16
Noriaki Kanayama, Tomohisa Asai, Takashi Nakao, Kai Makita, Ryutaro Kozuma, Takuto Uyama, Toshiyuki Yamane, Hiroshi Kadota, Shigeto Yamawaki
The self includes complicated and heterogeneous functions. Researchers have divided the self into three distinct functions called "agency," "ownership," and "narrative self". These correspond to psychiatric symptoms, behavioral characteristics and neural responses, but their relationship with brain structure is unclear. This study examined the relationship between the subjectivity of self-related malfunctions and brain structure in terms of gray matter (GM) volume in 96 healthy people. They completed a recently developed self-reported questionnaire called the Embodied Sense of Self Scale (ESSS) that measures self-related malfunctions...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536456/use-of-genetically-modified-bacteria-for-drug-delivery-in-humans-revisiting-the-safety-aspect
#17
Udo Wegmann, Ana Lucia Carvalho, Martin Stocks, Simon R Carding
The use of live, genetically modified bacteria as delivery vehicles for biologics is of considerable interest scientifically and has attracted significant commercial investment. We have pioneered the use of the commensal gut bacterium Bacteroides ovatus for the oral delivery of therapeutics to the gastrointestinal tract. Here we report on our investigations of the biological safety of engineered B. ovatus bacteria that includes the use of thymineless death as a containment strategy and the potential for the spread of transgenes in vivo in the mammalian gastrointestinal tract...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536390/showing-the-way-oncolytic-adenoviruses-as-chaperones-of-immunostimulatory-adjuncts
#18
REVIEW
Jing Li Huang, Christopher J LaRocca, Masato Yamamoto
Oncolytic adenoviruses (OAds) are increasingly recognized as vectors for immunotherapy in the treatment of various solid tumors. The myriads of advantages of using adenovirus include targeted specificity upon infection and selective replication, which lead to localized viral burst, exponential spread of OAds, and antitumor effect. OAds can also induce a strong immune reaction due to the massive release of tumor antigens upon cytolysis and the presence of viral antigens. This review will highlight recent advances in adenoviral vectors expressing immunostimulatory effectors, such as GM-CSF (granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor), interferon-α, interleukin-12, and CD40L...
September 19, 2016: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536308/immune-correlates-of-gm-csf-and-melanoma-peptide-vaccination-in-a-randomized-trial-for-the-adjuvant-therapy-of-resected-high-risk-melanoma-e4697
#19
Lisa H Butterfield, Fengmin Zhao, Sandra Lee, Ahmad A Tarhini, Kim A Margolin, Richard L White, Michael Atkins, Gary I Cohen, Theresa L Whiteside, John M Kirkwood, David H Lawson
Purpose: E4697 was a multi-center intergroup randomized placebo-controlled Phase III trial of adjuvant GM-CSF and/or a multi-epitope melanoma peptide vaccine for patients with completely resected, high-risk stage III/IV melanoma. <p>Experimental Design: 815 patients were enrolled from 12/99 to 10/06 into this 6-arm study. GM-CSF was chosen to promote the numbers and functions of dendritic cells (DC). The melanoma antigen peptide vaccine (Tyrosinase368-376 (370D), gp100209-217 (210M), MART-127-35) in Montanide was designed to promote melanoma specific CD8(+) T cell responses...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535995/inflammation-associated-gene-expression-in-raw-264-7-macrophages-induced-by-toxins-from-fungi-common-on-damp-building-materials
#20
Thomas G Rand, Carolyn T Chang, David R McMullin, J David Miller
Most fungi that grow on damp building materials produce low molecular weight compounds, some of which are known to be toxic. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that exposure to some metabolites of fungi common on damp building materials would result in time-, dose-, and compound-specific responses in the production of various chemokines by RAW 264.7 cells. Cell cultures were exposed to a 10(-7)M or 10(-8)M metabolite dose for 2, 4, 12 or 24h. Metabolite concentrations used were based on those that might be expected in alveolar macrophages due to inhalation exposure from living or working in a damp building...
May 20, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
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