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Yan Xu, Yawei Xing, Yanjie Xu, Chahua Huang, Huihui Bao, Kui Hong, Xiaoshu Cheng
We know that silencing Bim, a pro-apoptosis protein, significantly attenuates glucose and oxygen-deprived induced apoptosis in cardiomyocytes. However, the mechanisms underlying the regulation of the Bim activation in the heart have remained unknown. Pim-2 is one of three Pim serine/threonine kinase family members thought to be involved in cell survival and proliferation. H9c2 cardiomyocytes were subjected to a hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) condition in vitro, mimicking ischemic/reperfusion injury in vivo. H/R augmented the expression of Bim, Cyt C, and Pim-2 and induced H9c2 cell apoptosis...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Yu-Dong Ma, Varadharajan Thiyagarajan, May-Jywan Tsai, Sheng-I Lue, Yi-Chen Chia, Song-Kun Shyue, Ching-Feng Weng
Migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) contributes to intimal hyperplasia and other vascular diseases. Caveolin-1 (Cav-1) has been recognized as a proliferative inhibitor of VSMCs and is likely to be an important regulator of VSMC migration. The underlying mechanism of pyrogallol on the VSMC migration is not fully understood. This study attempted to dissect the role of Cav-1 and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) in VSMC migration and to investigate the effect of pyrogallol on VSMC mobility during carotid artery ligation mice...
October 15, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Neena Kapoor, Daniel M Blumenthal, Stacy E Smith, Ivan K Ip, Ramin Khorasani
Purpose To determine whether there were sex differences in full professorship after accounting for factors known to influence academic advancement. Materials and Methods Institutional review board approval was obtained for this HIPAA-compliant study, with waiver of informed consent. In this cross-sectional study, the authors used a comprehensive 2014 physician database (5089 academic radiologists, inclusive of all U.S. academic radiologists in 2014; 11.3% of all U.S. radiologists) containing information on physician age, years since residency, National Institutes of Health funding, scientific publications (first or last author and total), clinical trial investigation, and clinical volume measured according to 2013 Medicare reimbursement...
October 21, 2016: Radiology
Cornelia Mahler, Sarah Berger, Katherine Pollard, Johannes Krisam, Sven Karstens, Joachim Szecsenyi, Katja Krug
The implementation of a bachelor degree in Interprofessional Health Care at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, has fostered the need to evaluate the impact of this innovative programme. The University of the West of England Interprofessional Questionnaire (UWE-IP) was developed for longitudinal evaluation of an interprofessional curriculum. The UWE-IP consists of 35 items in four scales: "Communication and Teamwork Scale," "Interprofessional Learning Scale," "Interprofessional Interaction Scale," and "Interprofessional Relationships Scale...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Interprofessional Care
Fernanda D Santa-Maria, Luiza Monteavaro Mariath, Cláudia S Poziomczyk, Marcia A P Maahs, Rafael F M Rosa, Paulo R G Zen, Lavínia Schüller-Faccini, Ana Elisa Kiszewski
OBJECTIVES: Current knowledge on dental anomalies in patients with incontinentia pigmenti (IP) has been obtained by examining case reports; however, an overall characterization of such alterations remains lacking. The objective of this study was to determine the frequency, type and location of dental alterations in IP using a case series. METHODS: Fourteen patients (9 children and 5 adults) with a clinical diagnosis of IP who presented dental anomalies were included in this study...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
Linfang Lan, Xinyi Leng, Jill Abrigo, Vincent Ip, Yannie Oy Soo, Thomas Leung, Xiangyan Chen, Ka Sing Wong
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October 20, 2016: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
Jing Chen, Sudhirkumar Shinde, Prabal Subedi, Celina Wierzbicka, Börje Sellergren, Stefan Helling, Katrin Marcus
Selective enrichment techniques are essential for mapping of protein posttranslational modifications (PTMs). Phosphorylation is one of the PTMs which continues to be associated with significant analytical challenges. Particularly problematic are tyrosine-phosphorylated peptides (pY-peptides) resulting from tryptic digestion which commonly escape current chemo- or immuno- affinity enrichments and hence remain undetected. We here report on significant improvements in this regard using pY selective molecularly imprinted polymers (pY-MIPs)...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Yan Wang, Jian-Shu Hu, Huang-Quan Lin, Tsz-Ming Ip, David Chi-Cheong Wan
BACKGROUND: Traditionally, molecular docking is primarily employed to screen pure compounds; the top-ranking chemicals are subsequently selected for experimental validation. Unlike synthetic chemicals, most natural products are commercially unavailable. The isolation and purification of each natural product is extremely time-consuming, which has restricted the screening of lead compounds from natural products. PURPOSE: We developed a protocol, Herbalog, to facilitate the identification of bioactive phytochemicals through molecular docking...
November 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
Johannes Schalamon, Thomas Petnehazy, Herwig Ainoedhofer, Christoph Castellani, Holger Till, Georg Singer
BACKGROUND: In an experimental study the performance of different closed abdominal drainage systems was tested. METHODS: A vacuum bottle designed for Redon Drainage, a flexible plastic bulb designed for Jackson-Pratt drains and a V.A.C.(®) Negative Pressure Wound Therapy System were used. In a porcine cadaveric study mimicking the abdominal cavity the intrinsic pressure (IP) at one and three minutes (T0, T3) and the amount of evacuated fluid were measured. RESULTS: The Redon and Jackson drainage displayed a rapid decline to IP values of almost zero comparing T0 and T3...
October 8, 2016: American Journal of Surgery
Daniela D'Arcangelo, Francesco Facchiano, Giovanni Nassa, Andrea Stancato, Annalisa Antonini, Stefania Rossi, Cinzia Senatore, Martina Cordella, Claudio Tabolacci, Annamaria Salvati, Roberta Tarallo, Alessandro Weisz, Angelo M Facchiano, Antonio Facchiano
Melanoma is the most aggressive skin-cancer, showing high mortality at advanced stages. Platelet Derived Growth Factor Receptor-alpha (PDGFR-alpha) potently inhibits melanoma- and endothelium-proliferation and its expression is significantly reduced in melanoma-biopsies, suggesting that melanoma progression eliminates cells expressing PDGFR-alpha. In the present study transient overexpression of PDGFR-alpha in endothelial (HUVEC) and melanoma (SKMel-28, A375, Preyer) human-cells shows strong anti-proliferative effects, with profound transcriptome and miRNome deregulation...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Sylwia Wrotek, Krzysztof Domagalski, Tomasz Jędrzejewski, Eliza Dec, Wiesław Kozak
PURPOSE: The aim of our study was to investigate the effect of buthionine sulfoximine (BSO) - a glutathione depletor - on a course of endotoxic fever and IL-1β and IL-6 production. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Male Wistar rats were subjected to intraperitoneal injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from E. coli (50μg/kg, ip) to provoke fever. The level of spleen glutathione, plasma interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, and deep body temperature (Tb) were measured. RESULTS: The LPS administration provoked fever (the average Tb was 38...
October 17, 2016: Cytokine
F Mashayekhi, Z Salehi
In the central nervous system (CNS) the main proteins of myelin are proteolipid protein (PLP), myelin basic protein (MBP), myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) and CNPase. Myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein is a minor component of the myelin sheath, but is an important autoantigen linked to the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS). CNPase is expressed exclusively by oligodendrocytes in the CNS, and the appearance of CNPase seems to be one of the earliest events of oligodendrocyte differentiation and myelination...
2016: Folia Neuropathologica
David F Woodward, Stacey L Wenthur, Tara L Rudebush, Shan Fan, Carol B Toris
PURPOSE: Since all prostanoid receptors affect intraocular pressure (IOP) and endogenous prostanoids are found in ocular tissues, the pressor effects of prostanoid antagonists were comprehensively evaluated. The absence of effects of most of these antagonists was not entirely anticipated. To ensure no false-negative results, ocular biodisposition studies were conducted. METHODS: Monkeys with laser-induced ocular hypertension were used to study antagonist effects on IOP...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Satoshi Okuyama, Tomoki Semba, Nobuki Toyoda, Francesco Epifano, Salvatore Genovese, Serena Fiorito, Vito Alessandro Taddeo, Atsushi Sawamoto, Mitsunari Nakajima, Yoshiko Furukawa
In patients with Parkinson's disease (PD), hyperactivated inflammation in the brain, particularly microglial hyperactivation in the substantia nigra (SN), is reported to be one of the triggers for the delayed loss of dopaminergic neurons and sequential motor functional impairments. We previously reported that (1) auraptene (AUR), a natural prenyloxycoumain, suppressed inflammatory responses including the hyperactivation of microglia in the ischemic brain and inflamed brain, thereby inhibiting neuronal cell death; (2) 7-isopentenyloxycoumarin (7-IP), another natural prenyloxycoumain, exerted anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects against excitotoxicity; and (3) 4'-geranyloxyferulic acid (GOFA), a natural prenyloxycinnamic acid, also exerted anti-inflammatory effects...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Martin Wieczorek, Karl-Heinz Gührs, Thorsten Heinzel
Posttranslational acetylation of lysine residues has been discovered as multifaceted regulatory modification for various nuclear, cytoplasmic, and mitochondrial proteins. The implementation of high-resolution and high-throughput mass spectrometry (MS) approaches has led to the identification of a hitherto underappreciated, large number of acetylation sites for a broad spectrum of cellular proteins. In this chapter, we describe a comprehensive protocol for the purification of an in vivo-acetylated, ectopically expressed, FLAG-epitope tagged nonhistone protein through immunoprecipitation (IP)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sameer Sethi, Souvik Maitra, Vikas Saini, Tanvir Samra, S K Malhotra
BACKGROUND: The current available literature is not unanimous in reporting the utility of short-axis and long-axis techniques for radial artery cannulation in both adults and children. This study was designed to compare short-axis out-of-plane (SA-OOP) and long-axis in-plane (LA-IP) techniques in ultrasound-guided radial artery cannulation in adults. METHODS: In this prospective randomized controlled trial, 150 adult patients of American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I-III aged between 18 and 70 years were included...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Anesthesia
Futoshi Matsui, Stephen Babitz, Audrey Rhee, Karen L Hile, Hongji Zhang, Kirstan Kathleen Meldrum
STAT3 is a transcription factor implicated in renal fibrotic injury, but the role of STAT3 in mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-induced renoprotection during renal fibrosis remains unknown. We hypothesized that MSCs protect against obstruction-induced renal fibrosis by downregulating STAT3 activation and STAT3-induced matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) expression. Male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent renal arterial injection of vehicle or MSCs (1 x 106 per rat) immediately prior to sham operation or induction of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO)...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
Alexandra Elliot, Linda Marklund, Niclas Håkansson, Huan Song, Weimin Ye, Pär Stjärne, Lalle Hammarstedt-Nordenvall
The true incidence of inverted papilloma (IP) is not yet known. From hospital-based studies, its incidence has been estimated to approximately 0.5/100,000 person years. Earlier hospital case studies have shown that IP can undergo a malignant transformation in 1-53 %. The frequency of its malignant transformation on a population basis is unknown. To our knowledge, no standardised incidence ratio (SIR) has been reported for malignancies among IPs. This study aims to investigate these incidences on a population basis...
October 18, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Nicola M Grissom, Robert George, Teresa M Reyes
Nutritional conditions in early life can have a lasting impact on health and disease risk, though the underlying mechanisms are incompletely understood. In the healthy individual, physiological and behavioral responses to stress are coordinated in such a way as to mobilize resources necessary to respond to the stressor and to terminate the stress response at the appropriate time. Induction of proinflammatory gene expression within the brain is one such example that is initiated in response to both physiological and psychological stressors, and is the focus of the current study...
October 15, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Mayank Sardana, Matthew Moll, Harrison W Farber
Management of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) remains challenging even in the contemporary era. Intravenous prostacyclin therapy, while associated with decreased mortality, has practical limitations and requires significant lifestyle modifications. The recently approved long-acting oral IP prostacyclin receptor agonist for treatment of PAH, selexipag, is a non-prostanoid agent that vasodilates, impacts remodeling (anti-proliferative), reduces endothelial cell dysfunction, inhibits platelet aggregation (anti-thrombotic), and increases right heart inotropy...
October 19, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology
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