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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346821/structure-activity-relationships-on-cynnamoyl-derivatives-as-inhibitors-of-p300-histone-acetyltransferase
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Valentina Noemi Madia, Rosaria Benedetti, Maria Letizia Barreca, Liza Ngo, Luca Pescatori, Antonella Messore, Giovanni Pupo, Francesco Saccoliti, Sergio Valente, Antonello Mai, Luigi Scipione, Yujun George Zheng, Cristina Tintori, Maurizio Botta, Violetta Cecchetti, Lucia Altucci, Roberto Di Santo, Roberta Costi
Human p300 is a polyhedric transcriptional coactivator, playing a crucial role by acetylating histones on specific lysine residues. A great deal of evidences shows that p300 is involved in several diseases as leukemia, tumors and viral infection. Its involvement in pleiotropic biological roles and connections to diseases provide the rationale as to how its modulation could represent an amenable drug target. Several p300 inhibitors (HATi) have been described so far, but all suffer from low potency, lack of specificity or low cell-permeability, highlighting the need to find more effective inhibitors...
March 27, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346789/resolving-ultrafast-photoinduced-deactivations-in-water-solvated-pyrimidine-nucleosides
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Ana J Pepino, Javier Segarra-Martí, Artur Nenov, Roberto Improta, Marco Garavelli
For the first time, ultrafast deactivations of photo-excited water-solvated pyrimidine nucleosides are mapped employing hybrid QM(CASPT2)/MM(AMBER) optimizations that account for explicit solvation, sugar effects and dynamically correlated potential energy surfaces. Low energy S1/S0 ring-puckering and ring-opening conical intersections (CIs) are suggested to drive the ballistic coherent sub-ps (<200fs) decays observed in each pyrimidine, the energetics controlling this processes correlating with the lifetimes observed...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346524/rare-mutations-and-potentially-damaging-missense-variants-in-genes-encoding-fibrillar-collagens-and-proteins-involved-in-their-production-are-candidates-for-risk-for-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes
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Bhavi P Modi, Maria E Teves, Laurel N Pearson, Hardik I Parikh, Piya Chaemsaithong, Nihar U Sheth, Timothy P York, Roberto Romero, Jerome F Strauss
Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is the leading identifiable cause of preterm birth with ~ 40% of preterm births being associated with PPROM and occurs in 1% - 2% of all pregnancies. We hypothesized that multiple rare variants in fetal genes involved in extracellular matrix synthesis would associate with PPROM, based on the assumption that impaired elaboration of matrix proteins would reduce fetal membrane tensile strength, predisposing to unscheduled rupture. We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) on neonatal DNA derived from pregnancies complicated by PPROM (49 cases) and healthy term deliveries (20 controls) to identify candidate mutations/variants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346054/genomic-regions-in-local-endangered-sheep-encode-potentially-favorable-genes
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Bianca Moioli, Roberto Steri, Gennaro Catillo
The economic evaluation of farm animal genetic resources plays a key role in developing conservation programs. However, to date, the link between diversity as assessed by neutral genetic markers and the functional diversity is not yet understood. Two genome-wide comparisons, using over 44,000 Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms, identified the markers with the highest difference in allele frequency between the Alpago endangered breed and two clusters, composed of four specialized dairy sheep, and four meat breeds respectively...
March 27, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345661/stepwise-analysis-of-mir9-loci-identifies-mir-9-5p-to-be-involved-in-oestrogen-regulated-pathways-in-breast-cancer-patients
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Raffaela Barbano, Barbara Pasculli, Michelina Rendina, Andrea Fontana, Caterina Fusilli, Massimiliano Copetti, Stefano Castellana, Vanna Maria Valori, Maria Morritti, Paolo Graziano, Ciuffreda Luigi, Michelina Coco, Francesco Picardo, Tommaso Mazza, Ella Evron, Roberto Murgo, Evaristo Maiello, Manel Esteller, Vito Michele Fazio, Paola Parrella
miR-9 was initially identified as an epigenetically regulated miRNA in tumours, but inconsistent findings have been reported so far. We analysed the expression of miR-9-5p, miR-9-3p, pri-miRs and MIR9 promoters methylation status in 131 breast cancer cases and 12 normal breast tissues (NBTs). The expression of both mature miRs was increased in tumours as compared to NBTs (P < 0.001) and negatively correlated with ER protein expression (P = 0.005 and P = 0.003, for miR-9-3p and miR-9-5p respectively)...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345639/genomic-characterization-of-nontuberculous-mycobacteria
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Tarcisio Fedrizzi, Conor J Meehan, Antonella Grottola, Elisabetta Giacobazzi, Giulia Fregni Serpini, Sara Tagliazucchi, Anna Fabio, Clotilde Bettua, Roberto Bertorelli, Veronica De Sanctis, Fabio Rumpianesi, Monica Pecorari, Olivier Jousson, Enrico Tortoli, Nicola Segata
Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium leprae have remained, for many years, the primary species of the genus Mycobacterium of clinical and microbiological interest. The other members of the genus, referred to as nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), have long been underinvestigated. In the last decades, however, the number of reports linking various NTM species with human diseases has steadily increased and treatment difficulties have emerged. Despite the availability of whole genome sequencing technologies, limited effort has been devoted to the genetic characterization of NTM species...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345623/liposomes-loaded-with-bioactive-lipids-enhance-antibacterial-innate-immunity-irrespective-of-drug-resistance
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Noemi Poerio, Francesca Bugli, Francesco Taus, Marilina B Santucci, Carlo Rodolfo, Francesco Cecconi, Riccardo Torelli, Francesco Varone, Riccardo Inchingolo, Fabio Majo, Vincenzina Lucidi, Sabrina Mariotti, Roberto Nisini, Maurizio Sanguinetti, Maurizio Fraziano
Phagocytosis is a key mechanism of innate immunity, and promotion of phagosome maturation may represent a therapeutic target to enhance antibacterial host response. Phagosome maturation is favored by the timely and coordinated intervention of lipids and may be altered in infections. Here we used apoptotic body-like liposomes (ABL) to selectively deliver bioactive lipids to innate cells, and then tested their function in models of pathogen-inhibited and host-impaired phagosome maturation. Stimulation of macrophages with ABLs carrying phosphatidic acid (PA), phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PI3P) or PI5P increased intracellular killing of BCG, by inducing phagosome acidification and ROS generation...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345452/l-glutamine-supplementation-promotes-an-improved-energetic-balance-in-walker-256-tumor-bearing-rats
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Heber Amilcar Martins, Roberto Barbosa Bazotte, Geraldo Emilio Vicentini, Mariana Machado Lima, Flavia Alessandra Guarnier, Catchia Hermes-Uliana, Flavia Cristina Vieira Frez, Gleison Daion Piovezana Bossolani, Luciane Fracaro, Larissa Dos Santos Fávaro, Mariana Inocêncio Manzano, Jacqueline Nelisis Zanoni
We evaluated the effects of supplementation with oral l-glutamine in Walker-256 tumor-bearing rats. A total of 32 male Wistar rats aged 54 days were randomly divided into four groups: rats without Walker-256 tumor, that is, control rats (C group); control rats supplemented with l-glutamine (CG group); Walker-256 tumor rats without l-glutamine supplementation (WT group); and WT rats supplemented with l-glutamine (WTG group). l-Glutamine was incorporated into standard food at a proportion of 2 g/100 g (2%). After 10 days of the experimental period, the jejunum and duodenum were removed and processed...
March 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345265/cytokine-and-antioxidant-gene-profiles-from-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-pelibuey-lambs-after-haemonchus-contortus-infection
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Zaira Estrada-Reyes, Ma Eugenia López-Arellano, Felipe Torres-Acosta, Alberto López-Reyes, Alfredo Lagunas-Martínez, Pedro Mendoza-de-Gives, Roberto González-Garduño, Sara Olazarán-Jenkins, David Reyes-Guerrero, Gabriel Ramírez-Vargas
The expression profiles of cytokines and anti-oxidant genes were determined from an experimental infection with H. contortus in Pelibuey lambs. The infection was followed for 34 days (d) to determine the number of eggs per gram (epg) and the packed cell volume (PCV). Differential white cell counts and expression profile estimations of IL2, IL4, IL5, IL6, IL8, IL10, IL13, FCεR1A, GPX and SOD1 were determined at 0 h, 4 h, 2 d and 14 d post-infection (PI) in infected and control groups. Comparison of the fold-change between 0 and 4 h, 4 h and 2 d, and 2 and 14 d periods was performed...
March 27, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345211/3d-echocardiographic-analysis-of-aortic-annulus-for-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-using-novel-aortic-valve-quantification-software-comparison-with-computed-tomography
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Anuj Mediratta, Karima Addetia, Diego Medvedofsky, Robert J Schneider, Eric Kruse, Atman P Shah, Sandeep Nathan, Jonathan D Paul, John E Blair, Takeyoshi Ota, Husam H Balkhy, Amit R Patel, Victor Mor-Avi, Roberto M Lang
BACKGROUND: With the increasing use of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) in patients with aortic stenosis (AS), computed tomography (CT) remains the standard for annulus sizing. However, 3D transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has been an alternative in patients with contraindications to CT. We sought to (1) test the feasibility, accuracy, and reproducibility of prototype 3DTEE analysis software (Philips) for aortic annular measurements and (2) compare the new approach to the existing echocardiographic techniques...
March 27, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343765/human-cardiac-progenitor-cells-with-regenerative-potential-can-be-isolated-and-characterized-from-3d-electro-anatomic-guided-endomyocardial-biopsies
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Domenico D'Amario, Antonio Maria Leone, Maria Lucia Narducci, Costantino Smaldone, Dalgisio Lecis, Frediano Inzani, Marco Luciani, Andrea Siracusano, Federica La Neve, Melissa Manchi, Gemma Pelargonio, Francesco Perna, Piergiorgio Bruno, Massimo Massetti, Dario Pitocco, Donato Cappetta, Grazia Esposito, Konrad Urbanek, Antonella De Angelis, Francesco Rossi, Roberto Piacentini, Giulia Angelini, Domenica Donatella Li Puma, Claudio Grassi, Elisa De Paolis, Ettore Capoluongo, Valentina Silvestri, Biagio Merlino, Riccardo Marano, Filippo Crea
AIMS: In the present study, we aimed to develop a percutaneous approach and a reproducible methodology for the isolation and expansion of Cardiac Progenitor Cells (CPCs) from EndoMyocardial Biopsies (EMB) in vivo. Moreover, in an animal model of non-ischemic heart failure (HF), we would like to test whether CPCs obtained by this methodology may engraft the myocardium and differentiate. METHODS AND RESULTS: EMB were obtained using a preformed sheath and a disposable bioptome, advanced via right femoral vein in 12 healthy mini pigs, to the right ventricle...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343617/epifibro-brazilian-fibromyalgia-registry-data-on-the-acr-classification-and-diagnostic-preliminary-criteria-fulfillment-and-the-follow-up-evaluation
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José Eduardo Martinez, Eduardo S Paiva, Marcelo C Rezende, Roberto E Heymann, Milton Helfenstein, Aline Ranzolin, Jose Roberto Provenza, Luiz Severiano Ribeiro, Eduardo J R Souza, Daniel P Feldman, Marcos Renato de Assis
INTRODUCTION: EpiFibro (Brazilian Epidemiological Study of Fibromyalgia) was created to study Fibromyalgia patients. Patients were included since 2011 according to the 1990 American College of Rheumatology Classification Criteria for Fibromyalgia (ACR1990). OBJECTIVES: To determine how many patients still fulfill the ACR1990 and the ACR2010 criteria in 2014; to determine the correlation between the impact of FM and to describe data on the follow-up evaluation. METHODS: This is a cross sectional study in a multicenter cohort of patients...
March 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343318/prevalence-of-thyroid-dysfunction-and-its-impact-on-cognition-in-older-mexican-adults-sadem-study
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T Juárez-Cedillo, L Basurto-Acevedo, S Vega-García, A Sánchez-Rodríguez Martha, R Retana-Ugalde, E Juárez-Cedillo, C Gonzalez-Melendez Roberto, J Escobedo-de-la-Peña
INTRODUCTION: Subclinical thyroid dysfunction is a possible risk factor for cognitive impairment in old age, but results are inconsistent. Aim of the present study was to evaluate the prevalence of thyroid dysfunction among older community-dwelling adults and to see whether thyroid function impacts the cognitive status of the elderly. METHODS: We included 1750 participants from the Study on Aging and Dementia in Mexico (SADEM). All subjects were evaluated clinically via specific interviews...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343162/mesothelin-promoter-variants-are-associated-with-increased-soluble-mesothelin-related-peptide-levels-in-asbestos-exposed-individuals
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Chiara De Santi, Perla Pucci, Alessandra Bonotti, Ombretta Melaiu, Monica Cipollini, Roberto Silvestri, Veronika Vymetalkova, Elisa Barone, Elisa Paolicchi, Alda Corrado, Irene Lepori, Irene Dell'Anno, Lucia Pellè, Pavel Vodicka, Luciano Mutti, Rudy Foddis, Alfonso Cristaudo, Federica Gemignani, Stefano Landi
BACKGROUND: Soluble mesothelin-related peptide (SMRP) is a promising diagnostic biomarker for malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), but various confounders hinder its usefulness in surveillance programmes. We previously showed that a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) within the 3'untranslated region (3'UTR) of the mesothelin (MSLN) gene could affect the levels of SMRP. OBJECTIVES: To focus on SNPs located within MSLN promoter as possible critical genetic variables in determining SMRP levels...
March 25, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342984/hdac4-and-hdac6-sustain-dna-double-strand-break-repair-and-stem-like-phenotype-by-promoting-radioresistance-in-glioblastoma-cells
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Francesco Marampon, Francesca Megiorni, Simona Camero, Clara Crescioli, Heather P McDowell, Roberta Sferra, Antonella Vetuschi, Simona Pompili, Luca Ventura, Francesca De Felice, Vincenzo Tombolini, Carlo Dominici, Roberto Maggio, Claudio Festuccia, Giovanni Luca Gravina
The role of histone deacetylase (HDAC) 4 and 6 in glioblastoma (GBM) radioresistance was investigated. We found that tumor samples from 31 GBM patients, who underwent temozolomide and radiotherapy combined treatment, showed HDAC4 and HDAC6 expression in 93.5% and 96.7% of cases, respectively. Retrospective clinical data analysis demonstrated that high-intensity HDAC4 and/or HDAC6 immunostaining was predictive of poor clinical outcome. In vitro experiments revealed that short hairpin RNA-mediated silencing of HDAC4 or HDAC6 radiosensitized U87MG and U251MG GBM cell lines by promoting DNA double-strand break (DSBs) accumulation and by affecting DSBs repair molecular machinery...
March 22, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342715/prediction-of-neonatal-respiratory-morbidity-by-quantitative-ultrasound-lung-texture-analysis-a-multicenter-study
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Montse Palacio, Elisenda Bonet-Carne, Teresa Cobo, Alvaro Perez-Moreno, Joan Sabrià, Jute Richter, Marian Kacerovsky, Bo Jacobsson, Raúl A García-Posada, Fernando Bugatto, Ramon Santisteve, Àngels Vives, Mauro Parra-Cordero, Edgar Hernandez-Andrade, José Luis Bartha, Pilar Carretero-Lucena, Kai Lit Tan, Rogelio Cruz-Martínez, Minke Burke, Suseela Vavilala, Igor Iruretagoyena, Juan Luis Delgado, Mauro Schenone, Josep Vilanova, Francesc Botet, George Sh Yeo, Jon Hyett, Jan Deprest, Roberto Romero, Eduard Gratacos
BACKGROUND: Prediction of neonatal respiratory morbidity may be useful to plan delivery in complicated pregnancies. The limited predictive performance of the current diagnostic tests together with the risks of an invasive procedure, limit the use of fetal lung maturity assessment. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of quantitative ultrasound texture analysis (quantusFLM®) to predict neonatal respiratory morbidity in preterm and early-term (<39.0 weeks) deliveries ...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342436/-vulnerations-of-human-dignity-at-the-end-of-life
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Roberto Germán Zurriaráin
Death is constitutive of human nature and therefore it must happen naturally. But there are mainly two ways that falsify it: euthanasia and therapeutic obstinacy. Two wrong choices that do not accept the human reality of death (the first, anticipates death and the second, delays it). From the philosophical and ethical point of view, both options are rejected, because they are against human dignity at the end of life. Aside from these, this article also rejects the different names which are given to refer to euthanasia, that also go against human nature at the end of life...
January 2017: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341908/lactic-acid-production-from-submerged-fermentation-of-broken-rice-using-undefined-mixed-culture
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Luiza Varela Nunes, Fabiane Fernanda de Barros Correa, Pedro de Oliva Neto, Cassia Roberta Malacrida Mayer, Bruna Escaramboni, Tania Sila Campioni, Natan Roberto de Barros, Rondinelli Donizetti Herculano, Eutimio Gustavo Fernández Núñez
The present work aimed to characterize and optimize the submerged fermentation of broken rice for lactic acid (LA) production using undefined mixed culture from dewatered activated sludge. A microorganism with amylolytic activity, which also produces LA, Lactobacillus amylovorus, was used as a control to assess the extent of mixed culture on LA yield. Three level full factorial designs were performed to optimize and define the influence of fermentation temperature (20-50 °C), gelatinization time (30-60 min) and broken rice concentration in culture medium (40-80 g L(-1)) on LA production in pure and undefined mixed culture...
April 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341562/deformable-discoidal-polymeric-nanoconstructs-for-the-precise-delivery-of-therapeutic-and-imaging-agents
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Anna Lisa Palange, Roberto Palomba, Ilaria F Rizzuti, Miguel Ferreira, Paolo Decuzzi
Over the last 15 years, a plethora of materials and different formulations have been proposed for the realization of nanomedicines. Yet drug-loading efficiency, sequestration by phagocytic cells, and tumor accumulation are sub-optimal. This would imply that radically new design approaches are needed to propel the clinical integration of nanomedicines, overcoming well-accepted clichés. This work briefly reviews the use of deformable discoidal nanoconstructs as a novel delivery strategy for therapeutic and imaging agents...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340494/postoperative-care-of-patients-with-high-grade-glioma-is-there-a-real-need-for-the-neurocritical-icu-and-early-ct-scan
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Roberto Altieri, Fabio Cofano, Alessandro Agnoletti, Riccardo Fornaro, Marco Ajello, Francesco Zenga, Alessandro Ducati, Diego Garbossa
Background Pressure on economic resources now requires a careful rationalization of services. For adult patients with supratentorial gliomas, there is no consensus on the real need for care in a postoperative neurocritical intensive care unit (NICU) and on the timing of a postsurgical computed tomography (CT) scan. In this retrospective nonrandomized study, we assessed if and when there is a real need for NICU and if an early CT scan could be justified in the absence of neurologic worsening. Methods Of 264 patients, 21 were admitted to the NICU after the procedure as planned before the surgery for their clinical features (Karnofsky performance status < 70, American Society of Anesthesiologists score > 2, or Charlson Comorbidity Index > 5)...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
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