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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224919/characteristics-and-regulatory-pathway-of-the-prupesep1-sepallata-gene-during-ripening-and-softening-in-peach-fruits
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Jinjin Li, Fang Li, Ming Qian, Mingyu Han, Hangkong Liu, Dong Zhang, Juanjuan Ma, Caiping Zhao
SEPALLATA genes are members of a subfamily of MADS-box transcription factors, and have essential roles in floral organ development and fruit ripening. In this study, the PrupeSEP1 gene was cloned from peach flesh. Its deduced amino acid sequence was very similar to that of MdMADS8 and MdMADS9 in apple and MADS-RIN-like in strawberry. During storage of melting flesh (MF) peach, the pattern of SEP1 expression was similar to that of ethylene biosynthesis and ethylene signal transduction-related gene expression (EIN2 and ETR2)...
April 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221037/computational-investigation-of-ligand-binding-to-the-peripheral-site-in-cyp3a4-conformational-dynamics-and-inhibitor-discovery
#2
Hanwen Du, Junhao Li, Yingchun Cai, Hongxiao Zhang, Guixia Liu, Yun Tang, Weihua Li
Human cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) is a major drug-metabolizing enzyme responsible for the metabolism of ~50% of clinically used drugs and is often involved in drug-drug interactions. It exhibits atypical binding and kinetic behavior towards many ligands. Binding of ligands to CYP3A4 is a complex process. Recent studies from both crystallography and biochemistry suggested the existence of a peripheral ligand-binding site at the enzyme surface. However, the stability of ligand bound at this peripheral site and the possibility of discovering new CYP3A4 ligands based on this site remain unclear...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219214/-analysis-of-risk-factors-for-postsurgical-gastroparesis-syndrome-pgs-after-operation-for-gastric-cancer
#3
D L Liu, X W Zhang, F Q Lyu
Objective: To investigate the risk factors for postsurgical gastroparesis syndrome (PGS) after surgery for stomach cancer. Methods: A total of 684 patients with gastric cancer who underwent surgery for stomach cancer from Jan. 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2014 in Tai'an Tumor Prevention and Treatment Hospital, including 475 males and 209 females, with an average age of 59.9 years were identified and included in this study. There were 206 cases of gastric cardia and gastric fundus cancers and 478 cases of gastric antrum cancer...
February 23, 2017: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218307/effects-of-u0126-and-mk2206-on-cell-growth-and-re-growth-of-endometriotic-stromal-cells-grown-on-substrates-of-varying-stiffness
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Sachiko Matsuzaki, Jean-Luc Pouly, Michel Canis
Endometriosis is a common gynecological disorder responsible for infertility and pelvic pain. A complete cure for patients with endometriosis awaits new targets and strategies. Here we show that U0126 (a MEK inhibitor) and MK2206 (an AKT inhibitor) synergistically inhibit cell growth of deep endometriotic stromal cells (DES) grown on polyacrylamide gel substrates (PGS) of varying stiffness (2 or 30 kilopascal [kPa]) or plastic in vitro. No significant differences in cell proliferation were observed among DES, endometrial stromal cells of patients with endometriosis (EES) from the proliferative phase (P), EES-S (secretory phase) and EES-M (menstrual phase) compared to cells grown on a substrate of the same stiffness at both higher (U0126 [30 μM] and MK2206 [9 μM]) and lower (U0126 [15 μM] and MK2206 [4...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217551/cost-effectiveness-of-glaucoma-management-with-monotherapy-medications-in-egypt
#5
Amal Abd-Elaal El-Khamery, Amir Ibrahim Mohamed, Hassan Eisa Hassan Swify, Alaa Ibrahim Mohamed
Glaucoma is a serious chronic ophthalmic disease since it causes irreversible visual disability if untreated can lead to blindness. Treatment options include medications (classified into five major classes of drugs which are muscarinic cholinergic agonists, alpha-2 adrenergic agonists, beta-1 adrenergic antagonists, prostaglandins [PGs], and carbonic anhydrase inhibitors); use of laser therapy or conventional surgery. Pharmacoeconomic analysis helps in choosing among this variety of treatments. There is a great need for such analysis in Egypt since undergoing of it in different countries or societies may produce different results...
January 2017: Journal of Advanced Pharmaceutical Technology & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216909/aneuploidy-screening-by-array-comparative-genomic-hybridization-improves-success-rates-of-in-vitro-fertilization-a-multicenter-indian-study
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Aditi Kotdawala, Deven Patel, Javier Herrero, Rajni Khajuria, Nalini Mahajan, Manish Banker
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the usefulness of preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) using array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) in the Indian population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective, multicenter study including 235 PGS cycles following intracytoplasmic sperm injection performed at six different infertility centers from September 2013 to June 2015. Patients were divided as per maternal age in several groups (<35, 35-36, 37-38, 39-40, and >40 years) and as per indication for undergoing PGS...
October 2016: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212299/exogenous-and-endogenous-hydrogen-sulfide-protects-gastric-mucosa-against-the-formation-and-time-dependent-development-of-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-acute-lesions-progressing-into-deeper-ulcerations
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Marcin Magierowski, Katarzyna Magierowska, Magdalena Hubalewska-Mazgaj, Zbigniew Sliwowski, Robert Pajdo, Grzegorz Ginter, Slawomir Kwiecien, Tomasz Brzozowski
Hydrogen sulfide (H₂S) is an endogenous mediator, synthesized from l-cysteine by cystathionine γ-lyase (CSE), cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) or 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (3-MST). The mechanism(s) involved in H₂S-gastroprotection against ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) lesions and their time-dependent progression into deeper gastric ulcerations have been little studied. We determined the effect of l-cysteine, H₂S-releasing NaHS or slow H₂S releasing compound GYY4137 on gastric blood flow (GBF) and gastric lesions induced by 30 min of I followed by 3, 6, 24 and 48 h of R...
February 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211964/relationship-between-pathological-gambling-alexithymia-and-gambling-type
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Céline Bonnaire, Servane Barrault, Ania Aïte, Mathieu Cassotti, Sylvain Moutier, Isabelle Varescon
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to see if: (i) alexithymia is associated with PG and with the severity of gambling behavior; (ii) alexithymia is associated with strategic and non-strategic gambling. METHODS: Two hundred and twenty-six gamblers were recruited in different gambling locations. First, pathological gamblers (PGs) (n = 106) were compared to non-pathological gamblers (NPGs) (n = 120). Second, strategic gamblers (n = 92) were compared to non-strategic gamblers (n = 96)...
February 17, 2017: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210971/scaffold-free-approach-produces-neocartilage-tissue-of-similar-quality-as-the-use-of-hystem%C3%A2-and-hydromatrix%C3%A2-scaffolds
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Janne H Ylärinne, Chengjuan Qu, Mikko J Lammi
Numerous biomaterials are being considered for cartilage tissue engineering, while scaffold-free systems have also been introduced. Thus, it is important to know do the scaffolds improve the formation of manufactured neocartilages. This study compares scaffold-free cultures to two scaffold-containing ones. Six million bovine primary chondrocytes were embedded in HyStem™ or HydroMatrix™ scaffolds, or suspended in scaffold-free chondrocyte culture medium, and then loaded into agarose gel supported culture well pockets...
April 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201827/hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism-in-non-functioning-pituitary-adenomas-impact-of-intervention
#10
Diana Margarida Monteiro, Paula Freitas, Romana Vieira, Davide Carvalho
To determine the prevalence of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) among patients with non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPA) and the post-surgery outcome on pituitary gonadotropins secretion (PGS); to determine the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) on male patients with NFPA, to evaluate the impact of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in those with HH. Retrospective evaluation of gonadal function in 109 NFPA patients (45 males), with a mean age of 51.8 years, diagnosed on the last 10 years. ED questionnaire applied to 34 male patients...
February 15, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183622/characterization-of-ginger-essential-oil-palygorskite-composite-geo-pgs-and-its-anti-bacteria-activity
#11
Hong Lei, Qiaonian Wei, Qing Wang, Anxiang Su, Mei Xue, Qin Liu, Qiuhui Hu
To explore a novel kind of anti-bacterial composite material having the excellent antibacterial ability, stability and specific-targeting capability, palygorskite (PGS) was used as the carrier of ginger essential oil (GEO) and a novel kind of composite GEO-PGS was prepared by ion exchange process. The characterization and the antibacterial activity of GEO-PGS was investigated in this study. Results of FTIR, XPS, XRD,TG analysis and SEM observation demonstrated the combination of GEO and PGS, GEO was absorbed on the surface of PGS, and the content of GEO in the composite was estimated to be 18...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174320/isolation-of-luteal-endothelial-cells-and-functional-interactions-with-t-lymphocytes
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Sadhat S Walusimbi, Lindy Wetzel, David Townson, Joy Pate
The objectives of this study were to optimize the isolation of luteal endothelial cells (LEC) and examine their functional interactions with autologous T lymphocytes. Analysis by flow cytometry showed that the purity of LEC isolated by filtration was nearly 90% as indicated by Bandeiraea simplicifolia (BS)-1 lectin binding. LEC expressed mRNA for progesterone receptor (PGR), prostaglandin receptors (PTGFR, PTGER2 and 4, and PTGIR), tumor necrosis factor receptors (TNFRSF1A&B) and interleukin (IL) 1B receptors (IL1R1&2)...
February 7, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174214/excitotoxicity-induced-immediate-prostaglandin-d2-production-induces-sustained-microglial-activation-and-delayed-neuronal-death-in-the-hippocampus
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Kensuke Iwasa, Shinji Yamamoto, Sosuke Yagishita, Kei Maruyama, Keisuke Yoshikawa
Excitotoxicity is the pivotal mechanism of neuronal death. Prostaglandins (PGs) produced during excitotoxicity play important roles in neurodegenerative conditions. Previously, we demonstrated that initial burst productions of PGD2, PGE2 and PGF2alpha are produced by Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in the hippocampus following a single systemic kainic acid (KA) administration. In addition, we showed that blocking of all PG productions ameliorated hippocampal delayed neuronal death at 30 days after KA administration...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166208/in-vitro-reconstitution-demonstrates-the-cell-wall-ligase-activity-of-lcp-proteins
#14
Kaitlin Schaefer, Leigh M Matano, Yuan Qiao, Daniel Kahne, Suzanne Walker
Sacculus is a peptidoglycan (PG) matrix that protects bacteria from osmotic lysis. In Gram-positive organisms, the sacculus is densely functionalized with glycopolymers important for survival, but the way in which assembly occurs is not known. In Staphylococcus aureus, three LCP (LytR-CpsA-Psr) family members have been implicated in attaching the major glycopolymer wall teichoic acid (WTA) to PG, but ligase activity has not been demonstrated for these or any other LCP proteins. Using WTA and PG substrates produced chemoenzymatically, we show that all three proteins can transfer WTA precursors to nascent PGs, establishing that LCP proteins are PG-glycopolymer ligases...
February 6, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150361/cornea-and-its-adaptation-to-environment-and-accommodation-function-in-veiled-chameleon-chamaeleo-calyptratus-ultrastructure-and-3d-transmission-electron-tomography
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Saeed Akhtar, Adnan A Khan, Hussain A Albuhayzah, Turki M Almubrad
We investigate the ultrastructural features and 3D electron tomography of chameleon (Chamaeleon calyptratus) which is a native of desert environments of Saudi Arabia. The corneas of the chameleon were fixed in 2.5% glutaraldehyde containing cuprolinic blue in sodium acetate buffer for electron microscopy and tomography, and observed under a JEOL 1400 transmission electron microscope. The thin cornea (21.92 μm) contained 28-30 collagen fibril lamellae. The middle stromal lamellae (from 13 to 19) contained keratocytes with a long cell process and filled with granular material...
February 1, 2017: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146023/effective-repair-of-dural-tear-using-bioabsorbable-sheet-with-fibrin-glue
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Akira Iwata, Masahiko Takahata, Ken Kadoya, Hideaki Sudo, Terufumi Kokabu, Katsuhisa Yamada, Norimasa Iwasaki
STUDY DESIGN: Basic Science OBJECTIVE.: This study aimed to compare the techniques of surgical repair of dural tear using bioabsorbable material and fibrin glue. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage caused by dural tear can often be difficult to manage even after repair when the same materials are used in a similar manner. METHODS: Burst pressure was measured for repaired porcine dura with holes of different diameters using spray of combined fibrinogen and thrombin solution (fibrin spray) alone as a control and the 5-mm hole following different methods using fibrinogen and thrombin solutions plus polyglactin 910 sheet (PGS)...
January 31, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144140/renal-targeting-potential-of-a-polymeric-drug-carrier-poly-l-glutamic-acid-in-normal-and-diabetic-rats
#17
Hann-Juang Chai, Lik-Voon Kiew, Yunni Chin, Anwar Norazit, Suzita Mohd Noor, Yoke-Lin Lo, Chung-Yeng Looi, Yeh-Siang Lau, Tuck-Meng Lim, Won-Fen Wong, Nor Azizan Abdullah, Munavvar Zubaid Abdul Sattar, Edward J Johns, Zamri Chik, Lip-Yong Chung
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Poly-l-glutamic acid (PG) has been used widely as a carrier to deliver anticancer chemotherapeutics. This study evaluates PG as a selective renal drug carrier. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: (3)H-deoxycytidine-labeled PGs (17 or 41 kDa) and (3)H-deoxycytidine were administered intravenously to normal rats and streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. The biodistribution of these compounds was determined over 24 h. Accumulation of PG in normal kidneys was also tracked using 5-(aminoacetamido) fluorescein (fluoresceinyl glycine amide)-labeled PG (PG-AF)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139757/establishing-the-distribution-of-satellite-lesions-in-intermediate-and-high-risk-prostate-cancer-implications-for-focused-radiotherapy
#18
J V Hegde, D J Margolis, P-C Wang, R E Reiter, J Huang, M L Steinberg, M Kamrava
BACKGROUND: In focused radiotherapy for prostate cancer (PC), a full dose of radiation is delivered to the index lesion while reduced dose is delivered to the remaining prostate to reduce morbidity. As PC is commonly multifocal, we investigated whether baseline clinical characteristics or multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) may be useful to predict the actual pathologic distribution of PC in men with intermediate- or high-risk PC, which may better inform how to deliver focused radiotherapy...
January 31, 2017: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139750/myosuppressin-is-involved-in-the-regulation-of-pupal-diapause-in-the-cabbage-army-moth-mamestra-brassicae
#19
Nobuto Yamada, Hiroshi Kataoka, Akira Mizoguchi
Diapause, a programmed developmental arrest, is common in insects, enabling them to survive adverse seasons. It is well established that pupal diapause is regulated by ecdysteroids secreted by the prothoracic glands (PGs), with cessation of ecdysteroid secretion after pupal ecdysis leading to pupal diapause. A major factor regulating the gland activity is prothoracicotropic hormone (PTTH) secreted from the brain. In our previous study, we demonstrated that the cessation of PTTH release after pupal ecdysis resulted in the inactivation of the PGs, leading to pupal diapause in the cabbage army moth Mamestra brassicae...
January 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139142/relation-between-ocular-comfort-arachidonic-acid-mediators-and-histamine
#20
Simin Masoudi, Zhenjun Zhao, Mark Willcox
PURPOSE: Contact lenses are associated with discomfort during wear. This may be the result of stimulation of the ocular surface and production of pro-inflammatory mediators which are then released into the tears. This study examined changes in the concentration in tears of arachidonic acid metabolites (AAM) prostaglandins, cysteinyl leukotrienes, and resolvin-D1, as well as histamine in a general contact lens population in the morning and evening. METHOD: Tears were collected twice a day (morning and evening) for up to 10 days on two different occasions (with and without contact lens wear) from 30 experienced contact lens wearers for analysis of AAM and a separate group (N = 33) for analysis of histamine...
January 31, 2017: Current Eye Research
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