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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324928/design-of-a-dual-slot-antenna-for-small-animal-microwave-ablation-studies
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Tyler J Moon, Christopher L Brace
This study presents the development of a dual-slot antenna for small animal tumor ablation. By using a dual-slot design at 8 GHz, it was hypothesized that smaller and more spherical ablations can be produced. After computer-aided design optimization, antennas were fabricated and ablations performed at 5-20 W for 15-120 s with the objective of creating ablations with a diameter/length aspect ratio of at least 0.9. The new dual-slot design at 8 GHz created significantly more spherical ablations than a commercial antenna at 2...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324866/long-term-bioavailability-of-redox-nanoparticles-effectively-reduces-organ-dysfunctions-and-death-in-whole-body-irradiated-mice
#2
Chitho P Feliciano, Koji Tsuboi, Kenshi Suzuki, Hiroyuki Kimura, Yukio Nagasaki
Radioprotective agents have been developed to protect patients against the damaging and lethal effects of ionizing radiation. However, in addition to the intrinsic ability to target reactive oxygen species (ROS), the ability to retain a significant level of bioavailability is desirable in radioprotective agents because that would increase and prolong their radioprotective efficacy and improve its safety. Here, we report the development of a novel nanoparticle-based radioprotective agent with improved bioavailability, which suppressed the adverse effects typically associated with low-molecular-weight (LMW) antioxidants...
March 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324830/chitinase-3-like-1-deficient-donor-splenocytes-accentuated-the-pathogenesis-of-acute-graft-versus-host-diseases-through-regulating-t-cell-expansion-and-type-i-inflammation
#3
Zengyao Li, Jian Gu, Jing Liu, Qin Zhu, Hao Lu, Yunjie Lu, Jianhua Rao, Ling Lu, Xuehao Wang
Acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) is a major complication following transplantation, limiting the success of this therapy. Chitinase 3-like-1 (CHI3L1), a member of the glycosyl hydrolase 18 family, plays a critical role in bacterial infections, allergic disease and a variety of malignancies. Here, we investigated whether CHI3L1 could affect the pathogenesis of aGVHD in a mouse allo-HCT model. In this study, we show that CHI3L1 deficiency in donor T cells increased the severity of aGVHD through enhancing systemic and local inflammation...
March 16, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324785/-ub006-a-new-fatty-acid-synthase-inhibitor-and-cytotoxic-agent-without-anorexic-side-effects
#4
Kamil Makowski, Joan Francesc Mir, Paula Mera, Xavier Ariza, Guillermina Asins, Fausto G Hegardt, Laura Herrero, Jordi García, Dolors Serra
C75 is a synthetic anticancer drug that inhibits fatty acid synthase (FAS) and shows a potent anorexigenic side effect. In order to find new cytotoxic compounds that do not impact food intake, we synthesized a new family of C75 derivatives. The most promising anticancer compound among them was UB006 ((4SR,5SR)-4-(hydroxymethyl)-3-methylene-5-octyldihydrofuran-2(3H)-one). The effects of this compound on cytotoxicity, food intake and body weight were studied in UB006 racemic mixture and in both its enantiomers separately...
March 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324784/an-in%C3%A2-vivo-active-1-2-5-oxadiazole-pt-ii-complex-a-promising-anticancer-agent-endowed-with-stat3-inhibitory-properties
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Federica Porta, Giorgio Facchetti, Nicola Ferri, Arianna Gelain, Fiorella Meneghetti, Stefania Villa, Daniela Barlocco, Daniela Masciocchi, Akira Asai, Nao Miyoshi, Silvia Marchianò, Byoung-Mog Kwon, Yena Jin, Valentina Gandin, Cristina Marzano, Isabella Rimoldi
New Pt(II) complexes (Pt-1-3) bearing 1,2,5-oxadiazole ligands (1-3) were synthesized, characterized and evaluated for their ability to disrupt STAT3 dimerization. Ligand 3·HCl showed cytotoxic effects on HCT-116 cells (IC50 = 95.2 μM) and a selective ability to interact with STAT3 (IC50 = 8.2 μM) versus STAT1 (IC50 > 30 μM). Its corresponding platinum complex Pt-3 exhibited an increased cytotoxicity (IC50 = 18.4 μM) and a stronger interaction with STAT3 (IC50 = 1.4 μM), leading to inhibition of its signaling pathway...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324760/trpv1-agonism-inhibits-endothelial-cell-inflammation-via-activation-of-enos-no-pathway
#6
Youping Wang, Lin Cui, Hui Xu, Suxiao Liu, Feiyun Zhu, Fengna Yan, Si Shen, Mingjun Zhu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 channel (TRPV1) is found to be expressed in endothelial cells (ECs) and activate endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). Recent studies implicate TRPV1 in attenuating inflammatory responses. However, the mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects remain unclear. In this study, we investigated whether TRPV1 suppresses inflammatory responses of ECs via eNOS/NO pathway. METHODS: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and renal microvascular endothelial cells (MVECs) isolated from deoxycorticosterone (DOCA)-salt hypertensive mice were cultured in the presence of capsaicin (CAP, a specific TRPV1 agonist) with or without the specific inhibitor of TRPV1, NOS, or Ca(2+)-dependent phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway, before lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation...
March 10, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324704/bxd-recombinant-inbred-strains-participate-in-social-preference-anxiety-and-depression-behaviors-along-sex-differences-in-cytokines-and-tactile-allodynia
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Caridad López-Granero, Alessandra Antunes Dos Santos, Beatriz Ferrer, Megan Culbreth, Sudipta Chakraborty, Angel Barrasa, Maria Gulinello, Aaron B Bowman, Michael Aschner
Depression and anxiety are the most common psychiatric disorders, representing a major public health concern. Dysregulation of oxidative and inflammatory systems may be associated with psychiatric disorders, such as depression and anxiety. Due to the need to find appropriate animal models to the understanding of such disorders, we queried whether 2 BXD recombinant inbred (RI) mice strains (BXD21/TyJ RI and BXD84/RwwJ RI mice) and C57BL/6 wild-type mice show differential performance in depression and anxiety related behaviors and biomarkers...
March 6, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324666/gene-expression-analysis-to-assess-the-relevance-of-rodent-models-to-human-lung-injury
#8
Timothy E Sweeney, Shane Lofgren, Purvesh Khatri, Angela J Rogers
Rationale The relevance of animal models to human diseases is an area of intense scientific debate. The degree to which mouse models of lung injury recapitulate human lung injury has never been assessed. Integrating data from both human and animal expression studies allows for increased statistical power and identification of conserved differential gene expression across organisms and conditions. Objectives Comprehensive integration of gene expression data in experimental ALI in rodents compared to humans. Methods We performed two separate gene expression multi-cohort analyses to determine differential gene expression in experimental animal and human lung injury...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324649/sulfonamides-as-selective-nav1-7-inhibitors-optimizing-potency-pharmacokinetics-and-metabolic-properties-to-obtain-atropisomeric-quinolinone-am-0466-that-affords-robust-in-vivo-activity
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Russell F Graceffa, Alessandro A Boezio, Jessica Able, Steven Altmann, Loren M Berry, Christiane M Boezio, John R Butler, Margaret Y Chu-Moyer, Melanie Cooke, Erin F DiMauro, Thomas A Dineen, Elma Feric Bojic, Robert S Foti, Robert T Fremeau, Angel Guzman-Perez, Hua Gao, Hakan Gunaydin, Hongbing Huang, Liyue Huang, Christopher Ilch, Michael Jarosh, Thomas Kornecook, Charles R Kreiman, Daniel S La, Joseph Ligutti, Benjamin Charles Milgram, Min-Hwa Jasmine Lin, Isaac E Marx, Hanh Nho Nguyen, Emily A Peterson, Gwen Rescourio, John Roberts, Laurie B Schenkel, Roman Shimanovich, Brian Andrew Sparling, John Stellwagen, Kristin Taborn, Karina R Vaida, Jean Wang, John T S Yeoman, Violeta L Yu, Dawn Zhu, Bryan D Moyer, Matthew M Weiss
Due to its strong genetic validation, NaV1.7 has attracted significant interest as a target for the treatment of pain. We have previously reported on a number of structurally distinct bicyclic heteroarylsulfonamides as NaV1.7 inhibitors that demonstrate high levels of selectivity over other NaV isoforms. Herein, we report the discovery and optimization of a novel series of atropisomeric quinolinone sulfonamide inhibitors of NaV1.7, which demonstrate nanomolar inhibition of NaV1.7 and exhibit high levels of selectivity over other sodium channel isoforms...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324645/three-dimensional-analysis-of-somatic-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-fission-deficient-injured-motor-neurons-using-fib-sem
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Hiromi Tamada, Sumiko Kiryu-Seo, Hiroki Hosokawa, Keisuke Ohta, Naotada Ishihara, Masatoshi Nomura, Katsuyoshi Mihara, Kei-Ichiro Nakamura, Hiroshi Kiyama
Mitochondria undergo morphological changes through fusion and fission for their quality control, which are vital for neuronal function. In this study, we examined three-dimensional morphologies of mitochondria in motor neurons under normal, nerve injured, and nerve injured plus fission-impaired conditions using the focused ion beam/scanning electron microscopy (FIB/SEM), because the FIB/SEM technology is a powerful tool to demonstrate both 3D images of whole organelle and the intra-organellar structure simultaneously...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324642/cinnamon-reduces-inflammatory-response-in-intestinal-fibroblasts-in-vitro-and-in-colitis-in-vivo-leading-to-decreased-fibrosis
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Yvonne Hagenlocher, Sabrina Satzinger, Mehtap Civelek, Katharina Feilhauer, Jörg Köninger, Stephan C Bischoff, Axel Lorentz
Intestinal fibrosis, a complication of inflammatory bowel disease, is currently being addressed by surgery alone, with no adequate alternative therapy available for patients. We propose that anti-inflammatory plant substances like cinnamon extract (CE) or its main compound cinnamaldeyde (CA) could aid in therapy. We recently found CE reducing inflammation in murine colitis. Here, we analysed effects of CE on fibrosis in IL-10(-/-) colitis METHODS AND RESULTS: IL-10(-/-) and wild type (wt) mice were orally treated with/without vehicle or CE...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324630/morphological-and-neurochemical-differences-in-peptidergic-nerve-fibres-of-the-mouse-vagina
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Christine Barry, Esther Ji, Harman Sharma, Lara Beukes, Pat Vilimas, Yvette DeGraaf, Dusan Matusica, Rainer V Haberberger
The vagina is innervated by a complex arrangement of sensory, sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve fibres that contain classical transmitters plus an array of neuropeptides and enzymes known to regulate diverse processes including blood flow and nociception. The neurochemical characteristics and distributions of peptide-containing nerves in the mouse vagina are unknown. This study used multiple labelling immunohistochemistry, confocal imaging and analysis to investigate the presence and colocalization of the peptides vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP), calcitonin-gene related peptide (CGRP), substance P (SP), neuropeptide tyrosine (NPY) and the nitric oxide synthesizing enzyme neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) in nerve fibres of the murine vaginal wall...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324600/light-sheet-fluorescence-microscopy-chemical-clearing-and-labeling-protocols-for-ultramicroscopy
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Nina Jährling, Klaus Becker, Saiedeh Saghafi, Hans-Ulrich Dodt
Light-sheet microscopy is an effective technique in neuroscience, developmental biology, and cancer research for visualizing and analyzing cellular networks and whole organs in three dimensions. Because this technique requires specimens to be translucent they commonly have to be cleared before microscopy inspection. Here, we provide 3DISCO based protocols for preparing cleared samples of immuno-stained neural networks, lectin-labeled vascular networks, and Methoxy-X04 labeled beta-amyloid plaques in mice. 3DISCO utilizes the lipophilic solvents tetrahydrofuran (THF) and dibenzylether (DBE) for dehydration and successive clearing...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324259/protective-effect-of-nigella-sativa-seeds-against-spermatocyte-chromosomal-aberrations-and-genotoxicity-induced-by-carbon-tetrachloride-in-mice
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Ashraf M Abdel-Moneim, Amina E Essawy, Sherifa S Hamed, Ashgan A Abou-Gabal, Aglal A Alzergy
Nigella sativa is a well-known dietary antioxidant and a valuable inhibitor of clastogenesis and carcinogenesis. The purpose of the present work was to investigate the effects of N. sativa seeds against chromosomal aberrations in primary spermatocytes and early embryonic lethality induced by CCl4 hepatotoxin in Swiss albino mice. One hundred male Swiss albino mice were randomly divided into five groups. Groups I, II, and III received only normal saline, olive oil, and aqueous suspension of N. sativa seeds (50 mg/kg b...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324222/bdnf-mrna-splice-variants-differentially-impact-ca1-and-ca3-dendrite-complexity-and-spine-morphology-in-the-hippocampus
#15
Kristen R Maynard, John W Hobbs, Mahima Sukumar, Alisha S Kardian, Dennisse V Jimenez, Robert J Schloesser, Keri Martinowich
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is an activity-dependent neurotrophin critical for neuronal plasticity in the hippocampus. BDNF is encoded by multiple transcripts with alternative 5' untranslated regions (5'UTRS) that display activity-induced targeting to distinct subcellular compartments. While individual Bdnf 5'UTR transcripts influence dendrite morphology in cultured hippocampal neurons, it is unknown whether Bdnf splice variants impact dendrite arborization in functional classes of neurons in the intact hippocampus...
March 21, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324176/bhlha9-regulates-apical-ectodermal-ridge-formation-during-limb-development
#16
Kensuke Kataoka, Takahide Matsushima, Yoshiaki Ito, Tempei Sato, Shigetoshi Yokoyama, Hiroshi Asahara
Split hand/foot malformation (SHFM) and SHFM combined with long-bone deficiency (SHFLD) are congenital dysgeneses of the limb. Although six different loci/mutations (SHFM1-SHFM6) have been found from studies on families with SHFM, the causes and associated pathogenic mechanisms for a large number of patients remain unidentified. On the basis of the identification of a duplicated gene region involving BHLHA9 in some affected families, BHLHA9 was identified as a novel SHFM/SHFLD-related gene. Although Bhlha9 is predicted to participate in limb development as a transcription factor, its precise function is unclear...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324147/genotoxicity-kinetics-in-murine-normoblasts-as-an-approach-for-the-in-vivo-action-of-difluorodeoxycytidine
#17
Pedro Morales-Ramírez, Teresita Vallarino-Kelly, Virginia Cruz-Vallejo
PURPOSE: This study analyzed the kinetics of in vivo micronucleus induction in normoblasts by determining the kinetics of difluorodeoxycytidine (dFdC)-induced micronucleated polychromatic erythrocytes (MN-PCEs) in the peripheral blood of mice. The kinetic indexes of MN-PCE induction of dFdC were correlated with the previously reported mechanisms DNA damage induction by this compound. In general, this study aimed to establish an in vivo approach for discerning the processes underlying micronucleus induction by antineoplastic agents or mutagens in general...
March 21, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324115/regenerative-responses-and-axon-pathfinding-of-retinal-ganglion-cells-in-chronically-injured-mice
#18
Benjamin J Yungher, Márcio Ribeiro, Kevin K Park
Purpose: Enhanced regeneration of retinal ganglion cell (RGC) axons can be achieved by modification of numerous neuronal-intrinsic factors. However, axon growth initiation and the pathfinding behavior of these axons after traumatic injury remain poorly understood outside of acute injury paradigms, despite the clinical relevance of more chronic settings. We therefore examined RGC axon regeneration following therapeutic delivery that is postponed until 2 months after optic nerve crush injury...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324113/microrna-expression-patterns-involved-in-amyloid-beta-induced-retinal-degeneration
#19
Peirong Huang, Junran Sun, Fenghua Wang, Xueting Luo, Jingyang Feng, Qing Gu, Te Liu, Xiaodong Sun
Purpose: Dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is characterized by the accumulation of drusen under Bruch's membrane, and amyloid beta (Aβ) is speculated to be one of the key pathologic factors. While the detrimental effects of Aβ on retinas have been widely explored, Aβ-induced epigenetic regulatory changes have yet to be fully investigated. We therefore aimed to identify the microRNA (miRNA) expression profiles in an Aβ-induced mouse model of retinal degeneration. Methods: C57BL/6 mice were intravitreally injected with Aβ1-40 or PBS and the eye tissues were collected for hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) staining, apoptosis immunofluorescence staining, and miRNA profiling...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324111/arap1-deficiency-causes-photoreceptor-degeneration-in-mice
#20
Ala Moshiri, Devin Humpal, Brian C Leonard, Denise M Imai, Addy Tham, Lynette Bower, Dave Clary, Thomas M Glaser, K C Kent Lloyd, Christopher J Murphy
Purpose: Small guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) ADP-ribosylation factors (Arfs) regulate membrane traffic and actin reorganization under the control of GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs). Arap1 is an Arf-directed GAP that inhibits the trafficking of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to the early endosome, but the diversity of its functions is incompletely understood. The aim of this study was to determine the role of Arap1 in the mammalian retina. Methods: Genetically engineered Arap1 knockout mice were screened for ocular abnormalities in the National Institutes of Health Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping (KOMP2) Project...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
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