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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319523/plasma-levels-of-microrna-155-are-upregulated-with-long-term-left-ventricular-assist-device-support
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Teresa Wang, Emily C OʼBrien, Joseph G Rogers, Daniel L Jacoby, Michael E Chen, Jeffrey M Testani, Dawn E Bowles, Carmelo A Milano, G Michael Felker, Chetan B Patel, Pramod N Bonde, Tariq Ahmad
Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy unloads the failing heart but exposes the human body to unique pathophysiological demands such as continuous blood-flow and complete univentricular support, which are associated with increased risk of adverse clinical outcomes. MiRNAs are 22-23 nucleotide RNAs involved in regulation of multiple biological processes including the pathogenesis of heart failure (HF). Thus, measurement of miRNAs may have potential in both diagnostics as circulating biomarkers, and in therapeutics for targeted interventions...
March 17, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319196/h-channels-in-embryonic-biomphalaria-glabrata-cell-membranes-putative-roles-in-snail-host-schistosome-interactions
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Brandon J Wright, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Timothy P Yoshino, Meyer B Jackson
The human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni causes intestinal schistosomiasis, a widespread neglected tropical disease. Infection of freshwater snails Biomphalaria spp. is an essential step in the transmission of S. mansoni to humans, although the physiological interactions between the parasite and its obligate snail host that determine success or failure are still poorly understood. In the present study, the B. glabrata embryonic (Bge) cell line, a widely used in vitro model for hemocyte-like activity, was used to investigate membrane properties, and assess the impact of larval transformation proteins (LTP) on identified ion channels...
March 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319187/the-impact-of-high-grade-glial-neoplasms-on-human-cortical-electrophysiology
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S Kathleen Bandt, Jarod L Roland, Mrinal Pahwa, Carl D Hacker, David T Bundy, Jonathan D Breshears, Mohit Sharma, Joshua S Shimony, Eric C Leuthardt
OBJECTIVE: The brain's functional architecture of interconnected network-related oscillatory patterns in discrete cortical regions has been well established with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies or direct cortical electrophysiology from electrodes placed on the surface of the brain, or electrocorticography (ECoG). These resting state networks exhibit a robust functional architecture that persists through all stages of sleep and under anesthesia. While the stability of these networks provides a fundamental understanding of the organization of the brain, understanding how these regions can be perturbed is also critical in defining the brain's ability to adapt while learning and recovering from injury...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319173/affinity-purification-of-human-m-calpain-through-an-intrinsically-disordered-inhibitor-calpastatin
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Hung Huy Nguyen, Mihaly Varadi, Peter Tompa, Kris Pauwels
Calpains are calcium-activated proteases that have biomedical and biotechnological potential. Their activity is tightly regulated by their endogenous inhibitor, calpastatin that binds to the enzyme only in the presence of calcium. Conventional approaches to purify calpain comprise multiple chromatographic steps, and are labor-intensive, leading to low yields. Here we report a new purification procedure for the human m-calpain based on its reversible calcium-mediated interaction with the intrinsically disordered calpastatin...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319061/ccdc178-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-metastasis-through-modulation-of-anoikis
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X Hu, Y Zhao, L Wei, B Zhu, D Song, J Wang, L Yu, J Wu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most malignant tumors with high rate of recurrence and metastasis. Coiled-coil domain-containing protein 178 (CCDC178) has been reported to be mutated in HCC, whereas its role in physiological and pathologic process, including in human cancer, remains largely unknown. Here, we found that CCDC178 is upregulated in HCC tissues and its overexpression is correlated with pathological stage (P=0.003). CCDC178 deficiency reduced the anchorage-independent growth and anoikis resistance of HCC cells, and inhibited the HCC metastasis in vivo...
March 20, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318894/synthesis-and-human-bacterial-carbonic-anhydrase-inhibition-with-a-series-of-sulfonamides-incorporating-phthalimido-moieties
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Menshawy A Mohamed, Alaa A-M Abdel-Aziz, Helmy M Sakr, Adel S El-Azab, Silvia Bua, Claudiu T Supuran
A series of sulfonamides was obtained by reacting substituted-2-(1,3-dioxo-1,3-dihydroisobenzofuran-5-carboxamido)benzoic acids with aromatic sulfonamides incorporating primary amino moieties. The new compounds were investigated as inhibitor of four carbonic anhydrase (CA, EC 4.2.1.1) isoforms, the human (h) hCA I and II, and the α- and β-class CAs from the pathogenic bacterium Vibrio cholerae, VchCAα and VhcCAβ. hCA I was effectively inhibited by the new sulfonamides, with inhibition constants in the range of 4...
March 9, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318584/short-communication-early-modification-of-the-circadian-organization-of-cow-activity-in-relation-to-disease-or-estrus
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Isabelle Veissier, Marie-Madeleine Mialon, Karen Helle Sloth
Biological rhythms are an essential regulator of life. There is evidence that circadian rhythm of activity is disrupted under chronic stress in animals and humans, and it may also be less marked during diseases. Here we investigated whether a detectable circadian rhythm of activity exists in dairy cows in commercial settings using a real-time positioning system. We used CowView (GEA Farm Technologies) to regularly record the individual positions of 350 cows in a Danish dairy farm over 5 mo and to infer the cows' activity (resting, feeding, in alley)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317948/local-remodeling-of-synthetic-extracellular-matrix-microenvironments-by-co-cultured-endometrial-epithelial-and-stromal-cells-enables-long-term-dynamic-physiological-function
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Christi D Cook, Abby S Hill, Margaret Guo, Linda Stockdale, Julia P Papps, Keith B Isaacson, Douglas A Lauffenburger, Linda G Griffith
Mucosal barrier tissues, comprising a layer of tightly-bonded epithelial cells in intimate molecular communication with an underlying matrix-rich stroma containing fibroblasts and immune cells, are prominent targets for drugs against infection, chronic inflammation, and other disease processes. Although human in vitro models of such barriers are needed for mechanistic studies and drug development, differences in extracellular matrix (ECM) needs of epithelial and stromal cells hinder efforts to create such models...
March 20, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317895/upregulation-of-skeletal-muscle-pgc-1%C3%AE-through-the-elevation-of-cyclic-amp-levels-by-cyanidin-3-glucoside-enhances-exercise-performance
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Toshiya Matsukawa, Hideko Motojima, Yuki Sato, Shinya Takahashi, Myra O Villareal, Hiroko Isoda
Regular exercise and physical training enhance physiological capacity and improve metabolic diseases. Skeletal muscles require peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-gamma coactivator-1α (PGC-1α) in the process of their adaptation to exercise owing to PGC-1α's ability to regulate mitochondrial biogenesis, angiogenesis, and oxidative metabolism. Cyanidin-3-glucoside (Cy3G) is a natural polyphenol and a nutraceutical factor, which has several beneficial effects on human health. Here, the effect of Cy3G on exercise performance and the underlying mechanisms involved were investigated...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317894/swim-a-computational-tool-to-unveiling-crucial-nodes-in-complex-biological-networks
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Paola Paci, Teresa Colombo, Giulia Fiscon, Aymone Gurtner, Giulio Pavesi, Lorenzo Farina
SWItchMiner (SWIM) is a wizard-like software implementation of a procedure, previously described, able to extract information contained in complex networks. Specifically, SWIM allows unearthing the existence of a new class of hubs, called "fight-club hubs", characterized by a marked negative correlation with their first nearest neighbors. Among them, a special subset of genes, called "switch genes", appears to be characterized by an unusual pattern of intra- and inter-module connections that confers them a crucial topological role, interestingly mirrored by the evidence of their clinic-biological relevance...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317804/a-survey-on-undiagnosed-active-pulmonary-tuberculosis-among-pregnant-mothers-in-mekelle-and-surrounding-districts-in-tigray-ethiopia
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Dawit Gebreegziabiher, Kelemework Adane, Markos Abebe
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: To determine the prevalence of undiagnosed active pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB) cases and sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of symptom combinations for undiagnosed TB infection in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive and HIV-negative pregnant mothers attending antenatal care (ANC) clinics. Mycobacterium TB and HIV are the leading causes of death among women of reproductive age worldwide. Symptom screening is the first step in the World Health Organization (WHO)-recommended TB intensified case finding algorithm for people living with HIV...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317609/analysis-of-nitrite-and-nitrate-in-foods-overview-of-chemical-regulatory-and-analytical-aspects
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L Merino, U Örnemark, F Toldrá
In this chapter, several factors that should be considered for selecting and developing suitable analytical methods for determining nitrite/nitrate are presented. Nitrite and nitrate occurrence and suitability are a controversial issue. Nitrite is an approved additive considered a foremost curing ingredient for the preservation of meat products. Nitrate is a natural constituent of the human diet that, however, raises fears for its suggested potential harmfulness related to carcinogenesis and environmental contamination...
2017: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317607/nutritional-aspects-of-dysphagia-management
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C Gallegos, E Brito-de la Fuente, P Clavé, A Costa, G Assegehegn
This chapter describes the nutritional aspects of dysphagia management by starting with the definition of these two conditions (dysphagia and malnutrition) that share three main clinical characteristics: (a) their prevalence is very high, (b) they can lead to severe complications, and (c) they are frequently underrecognized and neglected conditions. From an anatomical standpoint, dysphagia can result from oropharyngeal and/or esophageal causes; from a pathophysiological perspective, dysphagia can be caused by organic or structural diseases (either benign or malignant) or diseases causing impaired physiology (mainly motility and/or perception disorders)...
2017: Advances in Food and Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316999/does-the-gut-microbiota-influence-immunity-and-inflammation-in-multiple-sclerosis-pathophysiology
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Monika Adamczyk-Sowa, Aldona Medrek, Paulina Madej, Wirginia Michlicka, Pawel Dobrakowski
Aim. Evaluation of the impact of gut microflora on the pathophysiology of MS. Results. The etiopathogenesis of MS is not fully known. Gut microbiota may be of a great importance in the pathogenesis of MS, since recent findings suggest that substitutions of certain microbial population in the gut can lead to proinflammatory state, which can lead to MS in humans. In contrast, other commensal bacteria and their antigenic products may protect against inflammation within the central nervous system. The type of intestinal flora is affected by antibiotics, stress, or diet...
2017: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316330/the-microbiota-of-the-respiratory-tract-gatekeeper-to-respiratory-health
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REVIEW
Wing Ho Man, Wouter A A de Steenhuijsen Piters, Debby Bogaert
The respiratory tract is a complex organ system that is responsible for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. The human respiratory tract spans from the nostrils to the lung alveoli and is inhabited by niche-specific communities of bacteria. The microbiota of the respiratory tract probably acts as a gatekeeper that provides resistance to colonization by respiratory pathogens. The respiratory microbiota might also be involved in the maturation and maintenance of homeostasis of respiratory physiology and immunity...
March 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316329/xerotolerant-bacteria-surviving-through-a-dry-spell
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REVIEW
Pedro H Lebre, Pieter De Maayer, Don A Cowan
Water is vital for many biological processes and is essential for all living organisms. However, numerous macroorganisms and microorganisms have adapted to survive in environments in which water is scarce; such organisms are collectively termed xerotolerant. With increasing global desertification due to climate change and human-driven desertification processes, it is becoming ever more important to understand how xerotolerant organisms cope with a lack of water. In this Review, we discuss the environmental, physiological and molecular adaptations that enable xerotolerant bacteria to survive in environments in which water is scarce and highlight insights from modern 'omics' technologies...
March 20, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316060/hotair-functions-as-a-competing-endogenous-rna-to-regulate-pten-expression-by-inhibiting-mir-19-in-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Yanjun Lai, Shuai He, Liming Ma, Hong Lin, Biyun Ren, Jing Ma, Xinyu Zhu, Shifang Zhuang
Sustained cardiac hypertrophy (CH) is related to a variety of physiological as well as pathological stimuli and eventually increases the risk of heart failure. HOTAIR has been identified as a competing endogenous RNA in multiple human biological processes. Whether lncRNA-HOTAIR is involved in the progress of CH and how it works still remain unknown. Herein, we found that HOTAIR was down-regulated, while miR-19 was up-regulated in both heart tissues from TAC-operated mice in vivo and cultural cardiomyocytes treated with Ang-II in vitro by real-time PCR...
March 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315997/trans-fatty-acids-suppress-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-inflammatory-gene-expression-in-endothelial-huvec-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hepg2-cells
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Marine S Da Silva, Pierre Julien, Jean-François Bilodeau, Olivier Barbier, Iwona Rudkowska
Trans fatty acids (TFA) intake has been linked to cardiovascular diseases and liver diseases; yet the effect of TFA on inflammation remains controversial. Accordingly, the objective of this paper was to determine the in vitro effects of TFA on inflammatory gene expression. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) cells were treated for 24 h with either trans-vaccenic acid (tVA), trans-palmitoleic acid (tPA) or elaidic acid (EA) at concentrations of 5-150 µM, or with a mixture of tVA and tPA (150/50 µM)...
March 18, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315975/spatial-patterns-and-frequency-distributions-of-regional-deformation-in-the-healthy-human-lung
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Daniel E Hurtado, Nicolás Villarroel, Carlos Andrade, Jaime Retamal, Guillermo Bugedo, Alejandro Bruhn
Understanding regional deformation in the lung has long attracted the medical community, as parenchymal deformation plays a key role in respiratory physiology. Recent advances in image registration make it possible to noninvasively study regional deformation, showing that volumetric deformation in healthy lungs follows complex spatial patterns not necessarily shared by all subjects, and that deformation can be highly anisotropic. In this work, we systematically study the regional deformation in the lungs of eleven human subjects by means of in vivo image-based biomechanical analysis...
March 18, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315813/the-case-for-applying-tissue-engineering-methodologies-to-instruct-human-organoid-morphogenesis
#20
REVIEW
Carlos R Marti-Figueroa, Randolph S Ashton
Three-dimensional organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) derivatives have become widely used in vitro models for studying development and disease. Their ability to recapitulate facets of normal human development during in vitro morphogenesis produces tissue structures with unprecedented biomimicry. Current organoid derivation protocols primarily rely on spontaneous morphogenesis processes to occur within 3-D spherical cell aggregates with minimal to no exogenous control. This yields organoids containing microscale regions of biomimetic tissues, but at the macroscale (i...
March 15, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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