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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636167/berberine-ameliorates-collagen-induced-arthritis-in-rats-by-suppressing-th17-cell-responses-via-inducing-cortistatin-in-the-gut
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Mengfan Yue, Yufeng Xia, Can Shi, Chunge Guan, Yunfan Li, Rui Liu, Zhifeng Wei, Yue Dai
Berberine, an isoquinoline alkaloid, has been reported to ameliorate various autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis by oral administration. However, its mechanism remains mysterious due to an extremely low bioavailability. The fact that berberine is easy to accumulate in gut, the largest endocrine organ in the body, attracts us to explore its anti-arthritic mechanism in view of the induction of intestinal immunosuppressive neuropeptides. In this study, berberine (200 mg/kg, i.g.) was shown to ameliorate collagen-induced arthritis in rats, which was manifested by the reduction of clinical signs and joint destruction, as well as marked down-regulation of Th17 cell frequency and IL-17 level in blood...
June 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635950/genetically-predicted-high-body-mass-index-was-associated-with-increased-gastric-cancer-risk
#2
Yingying Mao, Caiwang Yan, Qun Lu, Meng Zhu, Fei Yu, Cheng Wang, Juncheng Dai, Hongxia Ma, Zhibin Hu, Hongbing Shen, Guangfu Jin
Epidemiological studies have linked body mass index (BMI) with risk of gastrointestinal cancers. However, for gastric cancer, the relationship is more controversial. In particular, it is unclear whether the observed association is due to confounding or bias inherent in conventional observational studies. To investigate whether BMI is causally associated with gastric cancer risk, we applied Mendelian randomization using individual-level data from 2631 gastric cancer cases and 4373 cancer-free controls. We derived a weighted genetic risk score (wGRS) using 37 BMI-associated genetic variants as an instrumental variable...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635370/evaluation-of-the-comprehensive-palatability-of-japanese-sake-paired-with-dishes-by-multiple-regression-analysis-based-on-subdomains
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Ryo Nakamura, Kumiko Nakano, Hiroyasu Tamura, Masaki Mizunuma, Tohru Fushiki, Dai Hirata
Many factors contribute to palatability. In order to evaluate the palatability of Japanese alcohol sake paired with certain dishes by integrating multiple factors, here we applied an evaluation method previously reported for palatability of cheese by multiple regression analysis based on 3 subdomain factors (rewarding, cultural, and informational). We asked 94 Japanese participants/subjects to evaluate the palatability of sake (1st evaluation/E1 for the first cup, 2nd/E2 and 3rd/E3 for the palatability with aftertaste/afterglow of certain dishes) and to respond to a questionnaire related to 3 subdomains...
June 21, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634752/comparison-of-three-treatment-strategies-for-cesarean-scar-pregnancy
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Guangquan Liu, Jiacong Wu, Jian Cao, Yunping Xue, Chencheng Dai, Juan Xu, Xuemei Jia
PURPOSE: To explore the optimal treatment for cesarean scar pregnancy. METHOD: In total, 86 women diagnosed with a cesarean scar pregnancy were divided into three groups according to treatment. The human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) decline percentage, intraoperative blood loss and success rate were analyzed in Group A [combination of uterine arterial embolization (UAE), local methotrexate (MTX) injection and dilation & curettage (D&C)], Group B (combination of UAE and local MTX injection) and Group C (D&C)...
June 20, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634453/relaxin-family-peptide-receptors-1-and-2-are-fully-functional-in-the-bovine
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Yanzhenzi Dai, Richard Ivell, Xuan Liu, Dana Janowski, Ravinder Anand-Ivell
In most mammals the peptide hormone relaxin is a key physiological component regulating early pregnancy and birth. However, synteny analysis shows that the gene encoding ovarian relaxin-2 is deleted in cows and sheep. While, these ruminants appear to exhibit a relaxin-like physiology, as in other mammals, until now a molecular understanding of this has been lacking. Cloning and expression analysis of the cognate bovine receptor for relaxin, RXFP1, as well as of the structurally related receptor, RXFP2, in female tissues, shows that these are expressed in a similar way to other mammals...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634442/mild-traumatic-brain-injury-evokes-pyramidal-neuron-axon-initial-segment-plasticity-and-diffuse-presynaptic-inhibitory-terminal-loss
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Michal Vascak, Jianli Sun, Matthew Baer, Kimberle M Jacobs, John T Povlishock
The axon initial segment (AIS) is the site of action potential (AP) initiation, thus a crucial regulator of neuronal activity. In excitatory pyramidal neurons, the high density of voltage-gated sodium channels (NaV1.6) at the distal AIS regulates AP initiation. A surrogate AIS marker, ankyrin-G (ankG) is a structural protein regulating neuronal functional via clustering voltage-gated ion channels. In neuronal circuits, changes in presynaptic input can alter postsynaptic output via AIS structural-functional plasticity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634415/force-induced-increased-osteogenesis-enables-accelerated-orthodontic-tooth-movement-in-ovariectomized-rats
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Qinggang Dai, Siru Zhou, Peng Zhang, Xuhui Ma, Nayong Ha, Xiao Yang, Zhifeng Yu, Bing Fang, Lingyong Jiang
As the number of elderly orthodontic patients increases, the impact of postmenopausal osteoporosis on orthodontic tooth movement (OTM) has attracted a great deal of attention because OTM relies on alveolar bone remodeling. The question of whether OTM causes subsequent alveolar bone loss and is harmful to alveolar bone health under osteoporotic conditions remains to be answered. The present study aimed to clarify the influences of OTM on alveolar bone in osteoporotic rats. OTM was accelerated in ovariectomized (OVX) rats as a result of increased bone resorption in the pressure area...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634367/proteomic-analysis-reveals-large-amounts-of-decomposition-enzymes-and-major-metabolic-pathways-involved-in-algicidal-process-of-trametes-versicolor-f21a
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Xueyan Gao, Congyan Wang, Wei Dai, Shenrong Ren, Fang Tao, Xingbing He, Guomin Han, Wei Wang
A recent algicidal mode indicates that fungal mycelia can wrap and eliminate almost all co-cultivated algal cells within a short time span. However, the underlying molecular mechanism is rarely understood. We applied proteomic analysis to investigate the algicidal process of Trametes versicolor F21a and identified 3,754 fungal proteins. Of these, 30 fungal enzymes with endo- or exoglycosidase activities such as β-1,3-glucanase, α-galactosidase, α-glucosidase, alginate lyase and chondroitin lyase were significantly up-regulated...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634361/uridine-ameliorates-dextran-sulfate-sodium-dss-induced-colitis-in-mice
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Manish Kumar Jeengar, Dinesh Thummuri, Mattias Magnusson, V G M Naidu, Srinivas Uppugunduri
Uridine, one of the four components that comprise RNA, has attracted attention as a novel therapeutic modulator of inflammation. However, very little is known about its effect on intestinal inflammation. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential protective effect of intracolonic administered uridine against DSS induced colitis in male C57BL/6 mice. Intracolonic instillation of 3 doses of uridine 1 mg/Kg (lower dose), 5 mg/Kg (medium dose), and 10 mg/Kg (higher dose) in saline was performed daily...
June 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634229/akt-activation-by-ca2-calmodulin-dependent-protein-kinase-kinase-2-camkk2-in-ovarian-cancer-cells
#10
Angela M Gocher, Gissou Azabdaftari, Lindsey M Euscher, Shuhang Dai, Loukia G Karacosta, Thomas F Franke, Arthur M Edelman
Hyperactivation of Akt is associated with oncogenic changes in the growth, survival and chemoresistance of cancer cells. The PI3K/Phosphoinositide-dependent kinase (PDK) 1 pathway represents the canonical mechanism for phosphorylation of Akt at its primary activation site, Thr308. We observed that Ca2+/calmodulin (CaM)-dependent protein kinase kinase 2 (beta) (CaMKK2) is highly expressed in high-grade serous ovarian cancer and investigated its role in Akt activation in ovarian cancer (OVCa) cell lines (OVCAR-3, SKOV-3, Caov-3)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634194/zbp1-dai-ubiquitination-and-sensing-of-influenza-vrnps-activate-programmed-cell-death
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Sannula Kesavardhana, Teneema Kuriakose, Clifford S Guy, Parimal Samir, R K Subbarao Malireddi, Ashutosh Mishra, Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti
Innate sensing of influenza virus infection induces activation of programmed cell death pathways. We have recently identified Z-DNA-binding protein 1 (ZBP1) as an innate sensor of influenza A virus (IAV). ZBP1-mediated IAV sensing is critical for triggering programmed cell death in the infected lungs. Surprisingly, little is known about the mechanisms regulating ZBP1 activation to induce programmed cell death. Here, we report that the sensing of IAV RNA by retinoic acid inducible gene I (RIG-I) initiates ZBP1-mediated cell death via the RIG-I-MAVS-IFN-β signaling axis...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633772/omnidirectional-internal-fixation-by-double-approaches-for-treating-r%C3%A3-edi-allg%C3%A3-wer-type-iii-pilon-fractures
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Chong-Hua Dai, Jun Sun, Kun-Quan Chen, Hui-Bo Zhang
In the present study, we explored the effectiveness and complications of omnidirectional internal fixation using a double approach for treating Rüedi-Allgöwer type III pilon fractures. A retrospective analysis was performed of 19 cases of Rüedi-Allgöwer type III unilateral closed pilon fracture. With preoperative preparation and correct surgical timing, the reduction was performed using anteromedial and posterolateral approaches, and the fracture fragments were fixed by omnidirectional internal fixation...
July 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632429/on-stable-states-in-a-topologically-driven-protein-folding-model
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Zheng Dai, David Becerra, Jérôme Waldispühl
Theoretical models of protein folding often make simplifying assumptions that allow analysis, yielding interesting theoretical results. In this article, we study models where folding dynamics is primarily driven by local topological features in an iterative manner. We illustrate the merit of the proposed approach through its ability to simulate realistic protein folding processes even when the sequence content information is reduced to just hydrophobic and polar. We then analyze our models and show that under our simple assumptions, certain structures are inherently unstable, and that determining whether structures can be stable is an [Formula: see text]-hard problem...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632053/the-effect-of-a-secondary-cognitive-task-on-landing-mechanics-and-jump-performance
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Boyi Dai, Ross F Cook, Elizabeth A Meyer, Yvonne Sciascia, Taylour J Hinshaw, Chaoyi Wang, Qin Zhu
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries commonly occur during jump-landing tasks when individuals' attention is simultaneously allocated to other objects and tasks. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effect of allocation of attention imposed by a secondary cognitive task on landing mechanics and jump performance. Thirty-eight recreational athletes performed a jump-landing task in three conditions: no counting, counting backward by 1 s from a randomly given number, and counting backward by 7 s from a randomly given number...
February 28, 2017: Sports Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631941/analytical-characterization-of-methyl-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-for-pharmacological-activity-to-reduce-lysosomal-cholesterol-accumulation-in-niemann-pick-disease-type-c1-cells
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Rong Li, Jon Hao, Hideji Fujiwara, Miao Xu, Shu Yang, Sheng Dai, Yan Long, Manju Swaroop, Changhui Li, Mylinh Vu, Juan J Marugan, Daniel S Ory, Wei Zheng
Methyl-β-cyclodextrin (MβCD) reduces lysosomal cholesterol accumulation in Niemann-Pick disease type C1 (NPC1) patient fibroblasts. However, the pharmacological activity of MβCD reported by different laboratories varies. To determine the potential causes of this variation, we analyzed the mass spectrum characteristics, pharmacological activity of three preparations of MβCDs, and the protein expression profiles of NPC1 patient fibroblasts after treatment with different sources of MβCDs. Our data revealed varied mass spectrum profiles and pharmacological activities on the reduction of lysosomal cholesterol accumulation in NPC1 fibroblasts for these three preparations of MβCDs obtained from different batches and different sources...
May 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631617/hfo-sub-2-sub-high-k-solid-state-incandescent-devices-performance-improvement-by-ti-embedded-layer-and-observation-of-conductive-paths-as-light-emitting-sources
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Yiwei Liu, Can Yang, Jinyan Zhao, Shengli Wu, Liyan Dai, Gang Niu
Solid state incandescent light emission devices (SSI-LEDs) with metal-oxide-semiconductor structure is a promising candidate for future broad band light emission devices. In this work, electrical and light emission features of SSI-LEDs based on HfO<sub>2</sub> high-k thin films with or without the Ti-embedded layer on p-type silicon wafers have been studied. It turns out that the Ti-embedded layer can effectively reduce the turn-on voltage thus improving the fluorescence efficiency of SSI-LEDs. The combination of scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM) and conductive AFM (CAFM) results unambiguously clarifies that conductive filaments, which are formed due to local thermal excitation during the forming process, are accompanied with the formation of pits on HfO<sub>2</sub> surface and are responsible for the light emitting...
June 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631356/immune-tolerance-effect-in-mesenteric-lymph-node-lymphocytes-of-geniposide-on-adjuvant-arthritis-rats
#17
Zheng-Rong Zhang, Hong Wu, Rong Wang, Shu-Ping Li, Li Dai, Wen-Yu Wang
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic, Th1 cytokine-predominant autoimmune disease result in a chronic and inflammatory disorder. Geniposide (GE), an iridoid glycoside compound that is purified from Gardenia jasminoides Ellis, has antiinflammatory and other immunoregulatory effects, but its exact mechanism of actions on RA is unknown. The aim of this study was to elucidate antiinflammation effects of GE on adjuvant arthritis (AA) rats and its possible immune tolerance mechanisms. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were administered with GE (30, 60, and 120 mg/kg) orally from day 17 to 24 after immunization...
June 19, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631273/dermoscopic-features-of-ocular-and-extraocular-sebaceous-carcinomas
#18
Hanae Satomura, Dai Ogata, Eichi Arai, Tetsuya Tsuchida
Sebaceous carcinomas are rare but potentially fatal malignant adenocarcinomas with varying degrees of sebaceous differentiation. Several dermoscopic findings of extraocular sebaceous carcinomas have been reported; however, there are no previous reports of ocular sebaceous carcinomas detected using dermoscopy. We present a case of ocular sebaceous carcinomas showing specific findings from dermoscopy, and describe the common dermoscopic characteristics. In our cases and a review of cases in the literature, we noted that polymorphous vessels and yellowish areas were observed in all eight cases...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631219/agrobacterium-tumefaciens-mediated-transformation-of-oleaginous-yeast-lipomyces-species
#19
Ziyu Dai, Shuang Deng, David E Culley, Kenneth S Bruno, Jon K Magnuson
Interest in using renewable sources of carbon, especially lignocellulosic biomass, for the production of hydrocarbon fuels and chemicals has fueled interest in exploring various organisms capable of producing hydrocarbon biofuels and chemicals or their precursors. The oleaginous (oil-producing) yeast Lipomyces starkeyi is the subject of active research regarding the production of triacylglycerides as hydrocarbon fuel precursors using a variety of carbohydrate and nutrient sources. The genome of L. starkeyi has been published, which opens the door to production strain improvements through the development and use of the tools of synthetic biology for this oleaginous species...
June 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630951/phenotyping-hypotensive-patients-in-critical-care-using-hospital-discharge-summaries
#20
Yang Dai, Sharukh Lokhandwala, William Long, Roger Mark, Li-Wei H Lehman
Among critically-ill patients, hypotension represents a failure in compensatory mechanisms and may lead to organ hypoperfusion and failure. In this work, we adopt a data-driven approach for phenotype discovery and visualization of patient similarity and cohort structure in the intensive care unit (ICU). We used Hierarchical Dirichlet Process (HDP) as a nonparametric topic modeling technique to automatically learn a d-dimensional feature representation of patients that captures the latent "topic" structure of diseases, symptoms, medications, and findings documented in hospital discharge summaries...
February 2017: IEEE-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics
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