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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938744/an-improved-ivm-method-for-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-from-small-follicles-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-patients-enhances-oocyte-competence-and-embryo-yield
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F Sánchez, F Lolicato, S Romero, M De Vos, H Van Ranst, G Verheyen, E Anckaert, J E J Smitz
STUDY QUESTION: Are meiotic and developmental competence of human oocytes from small (2-8 mm) antral follicles improved by applying an optimized IVM method involving a prematuration step in presence of C-Type Natriuretic Peptide (CNP) followed by a maturation step in presence of FSH and Amphiregulin (AREG)? SUMMARY ANSWER: A strategy involving prematuration culture (PMC) in the presence of CNP followed by IVM using FSH + AREG increases oocyte maturation potential leading to a higher availability of Day 3 embryos and good-quality blastocysts for single embryo transfer...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938734/hyperspectral-microscopy-can-detect-metabolic-heterogeneity-within-bovine-post-compaction-embryos-incubated-under-two-oxygen-concentrations-7-versus-20
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Melanie L Sutton-McDowall, Martin Gosnell, Ayad G Anwer, Melissa White, Malcolm Purdey, Andrew D Abell, Ewa M Goldys, Jeremy G Thompson
STUDY QUESTION: Can we separate embryos cultured under either 7% or 20% oxygen atmospheres by measuring their metabolic heterogeneity? SUMMARY ANSWER: Metabolic heterogeneity and changes in metabolic profiles in morula exposed to two different oxygen concentrations were not detectable using traditional fluorophore and two-channel autofluorescence but were detectable using hyperspectral microscopy. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Increased genetic and morphological blastomere heterogeneity is associated with compromised developmental competence of embryos and currently forms the basis for embryo scoring within the clinic...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938715/the-harm-done-to-reproducibility-by-the-culture-of-null-hypothesis-significance-testing
#3
Timothy L Lash
In the last few years, stakeholders in the scientific community have raised alarms about a perceived lack of reproducibility of scientific results. In reaction, guidelines for journals have been promulgated and grant applicants have been asked to address the rigor and reproducibility of their proposed projects. Neither solution addresses a primary culprit, which is the culture of null hypothesis significance testing that dominates statistical analysis and inference. In an innovative research enterprise, selection of results for further evaluation based on null hypothesis significance testing is doomed to yield a low proportion of reproducible results and a high proportion of effects that are initially overestimated...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938713/invited-commentary-can-issues-with-reproducibility-in-science-be-blamed-on-hypothesis-testing
#4
Clarice R Weinberg
In the accompanying article (Am J Epidemiol. 2017;186(6):646-647), Dr. Timothy Lash makes a forceful case that the problems with reproducibility in science stem from our "culture" of null hypothesis significance testing. He notes that when attention is selectively given to statistically significant findings, the estimated effects will be systematically biased away from the null. Here I revisit the recent history of genetic epidemiology and argue for retaining statistical testing as an important part of the tool kit...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938696/the-molecular-mechanisms-of-chemoresistance-in-cancers
#5
REVIEW
Hua-Chuan Zheng
Overcoming intrinsic and acquired drug resistance is a major challenge in treating cancer patients because chemoresistance causes recurrence, cancer dissemination and death. This review summarizes numerous molecular aspects of multi-resistance, including transporter pumps, oncogenes (EGFR, PI3K/Akt, Erk and NF-κB), tumor suppressor gene (p53), mitochondrial alteration, DNA repair, autophagy, epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), cancer stemness, and exosome. The chemoresistance-related proteins are localized to extracellular ligand, membrane receptor, cytosolic signal messenger, and nuclear transcription factors for various events, including proliferation, apoptosis, EMT, autophagy and exosome...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938632/the-%C3%AE-secretase-inhibitors-enhance-the-anti-leukemic-activity-of-ibrutinib-in-b-cll-cells
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Paola Secchiero, Rebecca Voltan, Erika Rimondi, Elisabetta Melloni, Emmanouil Athanasakis, Veronica Tisato, Stefania Gallo, Gian Matteo Rigolin, Giorgio Zauli
Ibrutinib blocks B-cell receptor signaling and interferes with leukemic cell-to-microenvironment interactions. Ibrutinib plays a key role in the management of B-CLL and is recommended for first line treatment of high-risk CLL patients with 17p deletion. Therefore, elucidating the factors governing sensitivity/resistance to Ibrutinib represents a relevant issue. For this purpose, in 3 B-CLL patient samples harboring functional TP53 mutations, the frequency of the mutated clones was monitored during in vivo Ibrutinib therapy, revealing a progressive decline of the frequency of TP53(mut) clones during 12 months of treatment...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938629/role-of-caspase-3-e-cadherin-in-helicobacter-pylori-induced-apoptosis-of-gastric-epithelial-cells
#7
Yongmei Yang, Jie Du, Fen Liu, Xiaoyan Wang, Xiaohui Li, Yuanjian Li
This study was designed to investigate the role of caspase-3/E-cadherin in Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) -induced gastric epithelial apoptosis in cells, animal models and clinical gastritis patients. In cultured gastric mucosal epithelial cells, gastric glandular epithelial cells and C57BL/6 mice, H. pylori infection significantly induced apoptosis of gastric epithelial cells, down-regulated full-length E-cadherin and Bcl-2 expression, and up-regulated cleaved-caspase-3, E-cadherin/carboxy-terminal fragment 3 and Bax expression...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938626/infiltrating-mast-cells-enhance-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-through-il-6-stat3-cyclin-d1-signals
#8
Zhenyu Ou, Yao He, Lin Qi, Xiongbin Zu, Longxiang Wu, Zhenzhen Cao, Yuan Li, Longfei Liu, Daud Athanasius Dube, Zhi Wang, Long Wang
Early evidences have showed that mast cells could infiltrate into benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) tissues, but the exact role of mast cells in BPH development remains unclear. In this study, we identified more mast cells existing in human BPH tissues compared with that in the normal prostate. In the in vitro co-culture system, BPH-1 prostate cells promoted activation and migration of mast cells, and mast cells conversely stimulated BPH-1 cells proliferation significantly. Molecular analysis demonstrated that mast cell-derived interleukin 6 (IL-6) could activate STAT3/Cyclin D1 signals in BPH-1 cells...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938611/dickkopf-1-induces-angiogenesis-via-vegf-receptor-2-regulation-independent-of-the-wnt-signaling-pathway
#9
Sung Hoon Choi, Hyemi Kim, Hyun Gyu Lee, Beom Kyung Kim, Jun Yong Park, Do Young Kim, Sang Hoon Ahn, Kwang-Hyub Han, Seung Up Kim
Tumor angiogenesis is essential for invasive tumor growth and metastasis. Dickkopf-1 (DKK-1), an antagonist of Wnt signaling, participates in tumor development and progression. We evaluated whether DKK-1 stimulation induces angiogenesis and the endothelial-mesenchymal transition (EnMT). Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were stimulated with recombinant DKK-1 (rDDK-1) or conditioned medium from a culture of DKK-1-transfected 293 cells. Following stimulation, the expression levels of angiogenesis-related factors and EnMT related markers were determined by immunoblot assays...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938596/vitamin-d3-induces-vitamin-d-receptor-and-hdac11-binding-to-relieve-the-promoter-of-the-tight-junction-proteins
#10
Feng-Hua Liu, Shan-Shan Li, Xiao-Xi Li, Shuai Wang, Mao-Gang Li, Li Guan, Tian-Gang Luan, Zhi-Gang Liu, Zhan-Ju Liu, Ping-Chang Yang
Intestinal epithelial barrier dysfunction and vitamin D (VitD)-deficiency play a critical role in a large number of diseases. The histone deacetylases (HDAC) are associated with a large number of immune diseases. This study tests a hypothesis that the interaction between VitD and HDAC is associated with the regulation of epithelial barrier functions. In this study, human intestinal epithelial cell line, T84 cells, was cultured into monolayers to be used as a model to test the epithelial barrier functions. We observed that in a VitD-deficient environment, the T84 monolayer barrier function was compromised...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938555/exosomes-of-invasive-urothelial-carcinoma-cells-are-characterized-by-a-specific-mirna-expression-signature
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Sophie Baumgart, Sebastian Hölters, Carsten-Henning Ohlmann, Rainer Bohle, Michael Stöckle, Marie Stampe Ostenfeld, Lars Dyrskjøt, Kerstin Junker, Joana Heinzelmann
Muscle-invasive bladder cancer (MIBC) represents a highly aggressive tumor type compared to non-muscle-invasive tumors. MIBC is characterized by specific molecular alterations, which may also modulate extracellular tumorigenic effects. Tumor-associated exosomes, especially exosomal miRNAs, are important regulators in the interaction between tumor cells and tumor microenvironment by affecting tumor-promoting processes in target cells. It is important to analyze whether their exosomal patterns also reflect the specific molecular characteristics of MIBC...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938490/expression-of-contactin-4-is-associated-with-malignant-behavior-in-pheochromocytomas-and-paragangliomas
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Lucie Evenepoel, Francien H van Nederveen, Lindsey Oudijk, Thomas G Papathomas, David F Restuccia, Eric J T Belt, Wouter W de Herder, Richard A Feelders, Gaston J H Franssen, Marc Hamoir, Dominique Maiter, Aurel Perren, Henri J L M Timmers, Susanne van Eeden, Laurent Vroonen, Selda Aydin, Mercedes Robledo, Miikka Vikkula, Ronald R de Krijger, Winand N M Dinjens, Alexandre Persu, Esther Korpershoek
Context: Pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas (PPGL) are rare neuroendocrine, usually benign tumors. Currently, the only reliable criterion of malignancy is the presence of metastases. Objective: The aim was to identify genes associated with malignancy in PPGL. Design: Transcriptomic profiling was performed on 40 benign and 11 malignant PPGL. Genes showing a significantly different expression between benign and malignant PPGL with a ratio ≥ 4 were confirmed, and subsequently tested in an independent series by qRT-PCR...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938461/adipokines-and-their-receptor-are-widely-expressed-and-distinctly-regulated-by-the-metabolic-environment-in-the-prostate-of-male-mice-direct-role-under-normal-and-tumoral-conditions
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André Sarmento-Cabral, Fernando L-López, Raúl M Luque
Adipose tissue-derived adipokines (i.e. leptin/adiponectin/resistin) play important roles in the regulation of several pathophysiological processes through the activation of specific receptors. However, although adipokines and their receptors are widely distributed in many tissues and exhibit a clear modulation by the particular metabolic conditions (e.g. obesity and/or fasting), their expression, regulation, and putative action on normal prostate-glands (PGs; a hormone-dependent organ tightly regulated by the endocrine-metabolic milieu) is still to be defined...
August 9, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938460/huwe1-regulates-the-establishment-and-maintenance-of-spermatogonia-by-suppressing-dna-damage-response
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Kin Lam Fok, Rohini Bose, Kai Sheng, Ching-Wen Chang, Mira Katz-Egorov, Martine Culty, Sicheng Su, Ming Yang, Ye Chun Ruan, Hsiao-Chang Chan, Antonio Iavarone, Anna Lasorella, Regina Cencic, Jerry Pelletier, Makoto Nagano, Wenming Xu, Simon S Wing
Spermatogenesis is sustained by a heterogeneous population of spermatogonia which includes the spermatogonial stem cells. However, the mechanisms underlying their establishment from gonocyte embryonic precursors and their maintenance thereafter remain largely unknown. Here, we report that inactivation of the ubiquitin ligase Huwe1 in male germ cells in mice led to the degeneration of spermatogonia in neonates and resulted in a Sertoli cell-only phenotype in the adult. Huwe1 KO gonocytes showed a decrease in mitotic re-entry which inhibited their transition to spermatogonia...
August 25, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938449/tsh-igf-1-receptor-cross-talk-rapidly-activates-extracellular-signal-regulated-kinases-in-multiple-cell-types
#15
Christine C Krieger, Joseph D Perry, Sarah J Morgan, George J Kahaly, Marvin C Gershengorn
We previously showed that TSH/IGF-1 receptor cross-talk appears to be involved in Graves' orbitopathy (GO) pathogenesis and up-regulation of thyroid-specific genes in human thyrocytes. In orbital fibroblasts from GO patients (GOFs), co-administration of TSH and IGF-1 induces synergistic increases in hyaluronan secretion. In human thyrocytes, TSH plus IGF-1 synergistically increased expression of sodium-iodide symporter that appeared to involve ERK1/2 activation. However, the details of ERK1/2 activation were not known nor whether ERK1/2 was involved in this synergism in other cell types...
August 11, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938435/the-role-of-sequential-bmp-signaling-in-directing-human-embryonic-stem-cells-to-bipotential-gonadal-cells
#16
Kirsi Sepponen, Karolina Lundin, Katri Knuus, Pia Väyrynen, Taneli Raivio, Juha S Tapanainen, Timo Tuuri
Context: Human gonads arise as a pair of epithelial ridges on the surface of intermediate mesoderm (IM)-derived mesonephros. Toxic environmental factors and mutations in various genes are known to disturb normal gonadal development, but due to a lack of suitable in vitro models, detailed studies characterizing the molecular basis of the observed defects have not been performed. Objective: Our objective was to establish an in vitro method for studying differentiation of bipotential gonadal progenitors using human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), and to investigate the role of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) in gonadal differentiation...
August 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938423/igfbp4-is-required-for-adipogenesis-and-influences-the-distribution-of-adipose-depots
#17
David E Maridas, Victoria E DeMambro, Phuong T Le, Subburaman Mohan, Clifford J Rosen
Insulin-like Growth Factor I (IGF-I) induces adipogenesis in vitro. IGF Binding Protein 4 (IGFBP4) is highly expressed in adipocytes and osteoblasts and is inhibitory of IGFs in vitro. We previously reported that Igfbp4 null mice (Igfbp4-/-) had decreased fat proportions at 8 and 16 weeks of age. However, the mechanism leading to the reduced adiposity remains unknown. The purpose of this study was to elucidate how IGFBP4 mediates adipose tissue development in vivo. Our results showed that inguinal (iWAT) and gonadal (gWAT) white adipose tissues from Igfbp4-/- mice had decreased weights and Pparγ expression...
July 27, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938380/bacterial-keratitis-in-toronto-a-16-year-review-of-the-microorganisms-isolated-and-the-resistance-patterns-observed
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Alex L C Tam, Elie Côté, Mario Saldanha, Alejandro Lichtinger, Allan R Slomovic
PURPOSE: To review the incidence, distribution, current trends, and resistance patterns of bacterial keratitis isolates in Toronto over the past 16 years. METHODS: Microbiology records of suspected bacterial keratitis that underwent a diagnostic corneal scraping and cultures from January 1, 2000, through December 31, 2015, were retrospectively reviewed. The distribution of the main isolated pathogens and in vitro laboratory minimum inhibitory concentration testing results were used to identify resistance patterns...
September 21, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938300/enhancing-the-quality-and-safety-of-the-perioperative-patient
#19
Sven Staender, Andrew Smith
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Many possible hazards bedevil the perioperative patient. This review focuses on a number of aspects of perioperative management where the patient's quality and safety can be enhanced. RECENT FINDINGS: Our understanding of the relationship between preoperative preparation and postoperative outcomes has improved. There have also been recent developments in our understanding of how to construct useful cognitive aids and make the best use of checklists by understanding the cultural environment supporting their use...
September 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938243/creating-a-learning-culture-for-medical-consortia-in-china
#20
Guozhong He, Zimin Chen
In China's recent health care reforms, both individuals and organizations have shown an ever-growing desire and demand for new knowledge and skills. A health care delivery system (HCDS) should explore new ways for creating a learning organization (LO) and should organically combine HCDS culture construction with the LO construction to build a cultural atmosphere that is conducive to the development of the LO. This article describes the implementation phase, characteristics, and realization strategy of an HCDS construction for the ultimate purpose of enhancing HCDS cohesion, solidarity, and sustainable development...
September 21, 2017: Health Care Manager
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