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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551850/microrna-211-expression-is-down-regulated-and-associated-with-poor-prognosis-in-human-glioma
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Jun Zhang, Jianguang Lv, Feng Zhang, Hongmin Che, Qiwei Liao, Wobin Huang, Shaopeng Li, Yuqian Li
Accumulating evidence has supported the role of microRNAs in the initiation and development of malignant tumors. MicroRNA-211 (miR-211), which was reported to involve in diverse physiological activities in several cancers, was investigated for its expression in human glioma and adjacent normal brain tissues, as well as its correlation with patient prognosis. Glioma tissues and adjacent normal brain tissues were obtained from 82 patients who underwent surgical resection, and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction was performed to assess the expression level of miR-211...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551781/the-in-vivo-biology-of-the-mitochondrial-calcium-uniporter
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Julia C Liu, Randi J Parks, Jie Liu, Justin Stares, Ilsa I Rovira, Elizabeth Murphy, Toren Finkel
The identification of the molecular composition of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter has allowed for the genetic manipulation of its components and the creation of various in vivo genetic models. Here, we review the initial attempts to modulate the expression of components of the calcium uniporter in a range of organisms from plants to mammals. This analysis has confirmed the strict requirement for the uniporter for in vivo mitochondrial calcium uptake and for maintaining mitochondrial calcium homeostasis...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551635/enhanced-susceptibility-to-5-fluorouracil-in-human-colon-cancer-cells-by-silencing-of-grp78
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Seungpil Yun, Yong-Seok Han, Jun Hee Lee, Sangmin Kim, Sang Hun Lee
BACKGROUND: Glucose-regulated protein (GRP78), also known as immunoglobulin heavy chain binding protein and as heat shock 70 kDa protein 5, is present in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane. GRP78 is generally expressed at low concentrations, but is increased by physiological stress. GRP78 is thought to protect against tissue or organ damage under pathological conditions, such as neurotoxic stress, myocardial infarction, or arteriosclerosis. In addition, in tumors, GRP78 expression is much higher than in normal tissues...
June 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551532/effects-of-tryptophan-kynurenine-and-kynurenic-acid-exerted-on-human-reconstructed-corneal-epithelium-in-vitro
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Anna Matysik-Woźniak, Roman Paduch, Waldemar A Turski, Ryszard Maciejewski, Anselm G Jünemann, Robert Rejdak
BACKGROUND: Tryptophan metabolites formed along kynurenine pathway may affect cell proliferation and tissue function. This pathway presents potential sites for drug discovery. Tryptophan and its metabolites kynurenine and kynurenic acid may be involved in the physiology and pathology of the ocular surface. The purpose of this work is to investigate the effect exerted by tryptophan, kynurenine and kynurenic acid upon corneal epithelium. METHODS: A SkinEthic™ HCE human reconstructed corneal epithelium model was used...
February 24, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551526/controlling-adsorption-of-albumin-with-hyaluronan-on-silica-surfaces-and-sulfonated-latex-particles
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Ida Berts, Giovanna Fragneto, Lionel Porcar, Maja S Hellsing, Adrian R Rennie
Polysaccharides are known to modify binding of proteins at interfaces and this paper describes studies of these interactions and how they are modified by pH. Specifically, the adsorption of human serum albumin on to polystyrene latex and to silica is described, focusing on how this is affected by hyaluronan. Experiments were designed to test how such binding might be modified under relevant physiological conditions. Changes in adsorption of albumin alone and the co-adsorption of albumin and hyaluronan are driven by electrostatic interactions...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551190/clinical-trial-of-local-anesthetic-protocols-for-acute-pain-associated-with-caustic-paste-disbudding-in-dairy-calves
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Charlotte B Winder, Stephen J LeBlanc, Derek B Haley, Kerry D Lissemore, M Ann Godkin, Todd F Duffield
Caustic paste disbudding is becoming more commonplace in North America. A large body of work has examined pain control for cautery disbudding and surgical dehorning, but fewer studies have evaluated pain control for caustic paste disbudding, and results conflict regarding benefits of local anesthesia. In humans, the pain associated with a caustic, chemical burn can differ in nature, duration, and intensity compared with a thermal burn. The objective of this clinical trial was to evaluate the effects of either a lidocaine cornual nerve block or a topical anesthetic incorporated into caustic paste on the acute pain of caustic paste disbudding...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550726/indices-of-stress-and-immune-function-in-arctic-barnacle-goslings-branta-leucopsis-were-impacted-by-social-isolation-but-not-a-contaminated-grazing-environment
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Margje E de Jong, Isabella B R Scheiber, Nico W van den Brink, Anna Braun, Kevin D Matson, Jan Komdeur, Maarten J J E Loonen
In many areas around the Arctic remains and spoil heaps of old mines can be found, which have been abandoned after their heydays. Runoff from tailings of these abandoned mines can directly contaminate the local environment with elevated concentrations of trace metals. Few studies have investigated the possible negative effects of contaminants on Arctic terrestrial animals that use these areas. Trace metals can accumulate in animals and this accumulation has been linked to negative effects on fitness. Both, the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and/or the immune system have been named as possible underlying causes for these observations...
May 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550595/clinical-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-colistin
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Nicolas Grégoire, Vincent Aranzana-Climent, Sophie Magréault, Sandrine Marchand, William Couet
In this review, we provide an updated summary on colistin pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Colistin is an old molecule that is frequently used as last-line treatment for infections caused by multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. Colistin is a decapeptide administered either as a prodrug, colistin methanesulfonate (CMS), when used intravenously, or as colistin sulfate when used orally. Because colistin binds to laboratory materials, many experimental issues are raised and studies on colistin can be tricky...
May 26, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550445/%C3%AE-carotene-at-physiologically-attainable-concentration-induces-apoptosis-and-down-regulates-cell-survival-and-antioxidant-markers-in-human-breast-cancer-mcf-7-cells
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G Sowmya Shree, K Yogendra Prasad, H S Arpitha, U R Deepika, K Nawneet Kumar, Priya Mondal, P Ganesan
Although β-carotene is known for its anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties, a few recent epidemiological and experimental evidence show that at higher concentration it acts as pro-oxidant and induces cancer. Since the global burden of breast cancer exceeds all other types of cancer, and its incidence rates is also in increasing trend, the present study attempted to evaluate the anti-cancer molecular mechanism of β-carotene (at 1 µM concentration) isolated from Spinacia oleracea in human breast cancer (MCF-7) cells...
May 26, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550360/bioprinting-technologies-for-disease-modeling
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Adnan Memic, Ali Navaei, Bahram Mirani, Julio Alvin Vacacela Cordova, Musab Aldhahri, Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz, Mohsen Akbari, Mehdi Nikkhah
There is a great need for the development of biomimetic human tissue models that allow elucidation of the pathophysiological conditions involved in disease initiation and progression. Conventional two-dimensional (2D) in vitro assays and animal models have been unable to fully recapitulate the critical characteristics of human physiology. Alternatively, three-dimensional (3D) tissue models are often developed in a low-throughput manner and lack crucial native-like architecture. The recent emergence of bioprinting technologies has enabled creating 3D tissue models that address the critical challenges of conventional in vitro assays through the development of custom bioinks and patient derived cells coupled with well-defined arrangements of biomaterials...
May 26, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550303/anti-proliferative-effects-of-nucleotides-on-gastric-cancer-via-a-novel-p2y6-soce-ca-2-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
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Hanxing Wan, Rui Xie, Jiangyu Xu, Jialin He, Bo Tang, Qingqing Liu, Sumin Wang, Yanjun Guo, Xin Yang, Tobias Xiao Dong, John M Carethers, Shiming Yang, Hui Dong
Although purinegic signaling is important in regulating gastric physiological functions, it is currently unknown for its role in gastric cancer (GC). We demonstrate for the first time that the expression of P2Y6 receptors was markedly down-regulated in human GC cells and primary GC tissues compared to normal tissues, while the expression of P2Y2 and P2Y4 receptors was up-regulated in GC cells. Moreover, the expression levels of P2Y6 receptors in GC tissues were correlated to tumor size, differentiation, metastasis to lymph nodes, and the survival rate of the patients with GC...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550294/advantages-and-problems-of-nonlinear-methods-applied-to-analyze-physiological-time-signals-human-balance-control-as-an-example
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Wolfram Müller, Alexander Jung, Helmut Ahammer
Physiological processes are regulated by nonlinear dynamical systems. Various nonlinear measures have frequently been used for characterizing the complexity of fractal time signals to detect system features that cannot be derived from linear analyses. We analysed human balance dynamics ranging from simple standing to balancing on one foot with closed eyes to study the inherent methodological problems when applying fractal dimension analysis to real-world signals. Higuchi dimension was used as an example. Choice of measurement and analysis parameters has a distinct influence on the computed dimension...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550172/myocardial-overexpression-of-timp3-following-myocardial-infarction-exerts-beneficial-effects-through-promoting-angiogenesis-and-suppressing-early-proteolysis
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Abhijit Takawale, Pu Zhang, Abul Azad, Wang Wang, Xiuhua Wang, Allan G Murray, Zamaneh Kassiri
Myocardial infarction (MI) results in loss of cardiomyocytes, adverse extracellular matrix (ECM) and structural remodeling, left ventricular (LV) dilation and dysfunction. Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMPs) inhibit matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), the main regulators of ECM turnover. TIMPs also have MMP-independent functions. TIMP3 levels are reduced in the heart within 24 hours of MI in mice. We investigated if overexpression of TIMP3 post-MI limits adverse remodeling, LV dilation and dysfunction...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550025/mineralocorticoid-receptor-null-mice-informing-cell-type-specific-roles
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Timothy James Cole, Morag Young
The mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) mediates the actions of two important adrenal corticosteroid hormones, aldosterone and cortisol. The cell signalling roles of the MR in vivo have expanded enormously since the cloning of human MR gene 30 years ago and the first MR gene knockout in mice nearly 20 years ago. Complete ablation of the MR revealed important roles postnatally for regulation of kidney epithelial functions, with MR-null mice dying 1-2 weeks postnatally from renal salt wasting and hyperkalaemia, with elevated plasma renin and aldosterone...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549864/hyaluronan-hydrogels-with-a-low-degree-of-modification-as-scaffolds-for-cartilage-engineering
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Annalisa La Gatta, Giulia Ricci, Antonietta Stellavato, Marcella Cammarota, Rosanna Filosa, Agata Papa, Antonella D'Agostino, Marianna Portaccio, Ines Delfino, Mario De Rosa, Chiara Schiraldi
In the field of cartilage engineering, continuing efforts have focused on fabricating scaffolds that favor maintenance of the chondrocytic phenotype and matrix formation, in addition to providing a permeable, hydrated, microporous structure and mechanical support. The potential of hyaluronan-based hydrogels has been well established, but the ideal matrix remains to be developed. This study describes the development of hyaluronan sponges-based scaffolds obtained by lysine methyl-ester crosslinking. The reaction conditions are optimized with minimal chemical modifications to obtain materials that closely resemble elements in physiological cellular environments...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549806/chronic-consequences-on-human-health-induced-by-microbial-pathogens-growth-faltering-among-children-in-developing-countries
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James P Nataro, Richard L Guerrant
Enteric infections continue to cause approximately 500,000 childhood deaths annually worldwide. In addition to the burden of diarrhea, there is emerging evidence that exposure to enteric pathogens may induce physiologic abnormalities that lead to linear growth faltering. This enteric disease, known as environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) remains cryptic with regard to its causes and features. In this workshop, experts in the field addressed the contribution of enteric pathogens to growth faltering in the absence of clinical diarrhea...
May 23, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549569/trpm-channels-as-potential-therapeutic-targets-against-pro-inflammatory-diseases
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REVIEW
Susanna Zierler, Sarah Hampe, Wiebke Nadolni
The immune system protects our body against foreign pathogens. However, if it overshoots or turns against itself, pro-inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, or diabetes develop. Ions, the most basic signaling molecules, shape intracellular signaling cascades resulting in immune cell activation and subsequent immune responses. Mutations in ion channels required for calcium signaling result in human immunodeficiencies and highlight those ion channels as valued targets for therapies against pro-inflammatory diseases...
May 3, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548666/zinc-and-the-iron-donor-frataxin-regulate-oligomerization-of-the-scaffold-protein-to-form-new-fe-s-cluster-assembly-centers
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B K Galeano, W Ranatunga, O Gakh, D Y Smith, J R Thompson, G Isaya
Early studies of the bacterial Fe-S cluster assembly system provided structural details for how the scaffold protein and the cysteine desulfurase interact. This work and additional work on the yeast and human systems elucidated a conserved mechanism for sulfur donation but did not provide any conclusive insights into the mechanism for iron delivery from the iron donor, frataxin, to the scaffold. We previously showed that oligomerization is a mechanism by which yeast frataxin (Yfh1) can promote assembly of the core machinery for Fe-S cluster synthesis both in vitro and in cells, in such a manner that the scaffold protein, Isu1, can bind to Yfh1 independent of the presence of the cysteine desulfurase, Nfs1...
May 26, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548559/the-yucatan-minipig-tmj-disc-structure-function-relationships-support-its-suitability-for-human-comparative-studies
#19
Natalia Vapniarsky, Ashkan Aryaei, Boaz Arzi, Jerry C Hu, David C Hatcher, Kyriacos A Athanasiou
Frequent involvement of the disc in temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders warrants attempts to tissue engineer TMJ disc replacements. Physiologically, a great degree of similarity is seen between humans and farm pigs (FPs), but the pig's rapid growth confers a significant challenge for in vivo experiments. Minipigs have a slower growth rate and are smaller than FPs, but minipig TMJ discs have yet to be fully characterized. The objective of this study was to determine the suitability of the minipig for TMJ studies by extensive structural and functional characterization...
May 26, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548485/clinically-relevant-detection-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-with-dna-antibody-nanostructures
#20
Jinping Wang, May Ching Leong, Eric Zhewei Leong, Win Sen Kuan, David T Leong
Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP) is a pathogenic bacterium and a major cause of community-acquired pneumonia that could be fatal if left untreated. Therefore, rapid and sensitive detection of SP is crucial to enable targeted treatment during SP infections. In this study, DNA tetrahedron (DNA TH) with a hollow structure is anchored on gold electrodes to construct an electrochemical immunosensor for rapid detection of pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA) peptide and SP lysate from synthetic and actual human samples...
May 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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