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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934823/comprehensive-analysis-of-non-synonymous-natural-variants-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors
#1
Hee Ryung Kim, Nguyen Minh Duc, Ka Young Chung
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the largest superfamily of transmembrane receptors and have vital signaling functions in various organs. Because of their critical roles in physiology and pathology, GPCRs are the most commonly used therapeutic target. It has been suggested that GPCRs undergo massive genetic variations such as genetic polymorphisms and DNA insertions or deletions. Among these genetic variations, non-synonymous natural variations change the amino acid sequence and could thus alter GPCR functions such as expression, localization, signaling, and ligand binding, which may be involved in disease development and altered responses to GPCR-targeting drugs...
September 19, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934822/stent-placement-for-benign-esophageal-leaks-perforations-and-fistulae-a-clinical-prediction-rule-for-successful-leakage-control
#2
Emo E van Halsema, Wouter F W Kappelle, Bas L A M Weusten, Robert Lindeboom, Mark I van Berge Henegouwen, Paul Fockens, Frank P Vleggaar, Manon C W Spaander, Jeanin E van Hooft
Background and study aims Sealing esophageal leaks by stent placement allows healing in 44 % - 94 % of patients. We aimed to develop a prediction rule to predict the chance of successful stent therapy. Patients and methods In this multicenter retrospective cohort study, patients with benign upper gastrointestinal leakage treated with stent placement were included. We used logistic regression analysis including four known clinical predictors of stent therapy outcome. The model performance to predict successful stent therapy was evaluated in an independent validation sample...
September 21, 2017: Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934818/effects-of-zinc-alpha2-glycoprotein-on-lipid-metabolism-of-liver-in-high-fat-diet-induced-obese-mice
#3
Guoqiang Fan, Yu Qiao, Shixing Gao, Jun Guo, Ruqian Zhao, Xiaojing Yang
Zinc alpha2 glycoprotein (ZAG) is a new type of adipokine involved in adipose tissue mobilization, however, little is known about its lipid metabolism effect in liver. Therefore, we investigated the effects of ZAG in the regulation of hepatic lipid accumulation. Mice were randomly divided into two groups; one was fed a normal diet and another was fed a high-fat diet for eight weeks to establish obesity model. After that, the normal diet group was divided into ND (injection of pcDNA3.1) and NDZ (injection of ZAG recombinant plasmid) and the high-fat diet group was divided into HF (injection of pcDNA3...
September 21, 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934787/complex-regional-pain-syndrome-type-i-a-debilitating-and-poorly-understood-syndrome-possible-role-for-pulsed-electromagnetic-fields-a-narrative-review
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Stefania Pagani, Francesca Veronesi, Nicolo Nicoli Aldini, Milena Fini
BACKGROUND: Complex regional pain syndrome type I (CRPS-I), also called algodystrophy, is a complex syndrome characterized by limb pain, edema, allodynia, hyperalgesia and functional impairment of bone with a similar clinical picture of osteoporosis, including an increased release of various pro-inflammatory neuropeptides and cytokines. Several treatments have been proposed for CRPS-I, but due to the poor outcome of conventional drugs and the invasiveness of some techniques, expectations are now directed towards new resources that could be more effective and less invasive...
September 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934756/tumor-necrosis-factor-receptor-mediates-fibroblast-growth-factor-inducible-14-signaling
#5
Xuening Wang, Shengxiang Xiao, Yumin Xia
Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-related weak inducer of apoptosis (TWEAK) engages its sole receptor, fibroblast growth factor-inducible 14 (Fn14), which participates in various inflammatory and immunologic processes. TWEAK/Fn14 interaction induces different cell fates depending on the local microenvironment, which correlates with certain expression profiles of TNF receptors (TNFR). The predominant expression of TNFR1 or TNFR2 facilitates cell death or proliferation, respectively, on TWEAK/Fn14 activation. TNFR-associated factors (TRAF) interact with Fn14, cellular inhibitor of apoptosis protein (cIAP)-1, and TNFR, consequently transducing signals from TWEAK to downstream cytokines and cell cycle mediators...
September 21, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934742/elevated-apoptosis-in-the-liver-of-dairy-cows-with-ketosis
#6
Xiliang Du, Liang Chen, Dan Huang, Zhicheng Peng, Chenxu Zhao, Yuming Zhang, Yiwei Zhu, Zhe Wang, Xinwei Li, Guowen Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Dairy cows with ketosis are characterized by oxidative stress and hepatic damage. The aim of this study was to investigate hepatic oxidative stress and the apoptotic status of ketotic cows, as well as the underlying apoptosis pathway. METHODS: The blood aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), glutamate dehydrogenase (GLDH) and gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) activities and the haptoglobin (HP), serum amyloid A (SAA) and serum apoptotic cytokeratin 18 neo-epitope M30 (CK18 M30) concentrations were determined by commercially available kits and ELISA kits, respectively...
September 21, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934735/effect-of-shikonin-on-spinal-cord-injury-in-rats-via-regulation-of-hmgb1-tlr4-nf-kb-signaling-pathway
#7
Yihui Bi, Yapeng Zhu, Mingkai Zhang, Keke Zhang, Xingyi Hua, Zheng Fang, Jian Zhou, Wenjie Dai, Yixing Cui, Jun Li, Tao You
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Shikonin, a compound extracted from Zicao, has been demonstrated to hold anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor activities in various diseases and it has been shown to protect human organs from injuries. However, the effect of shikonin on the recovery of spinal cord injury (SCI) remains unknown. This study was designed to estimate the potential therapeutic effect and underlying mechanism of shikonin on SCI in vivo. METHODS: In the study, we used HE staining, ELISA assay, transfection assay, TUNEL assay, real time PCR and Western blot to detect the effects of shikonin on spinal cord injury in rats...
September 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934732/long-noncoding-rna-cir-promotes-chondrocyte-extracellular-matrix-degradation-in-osteoarthritis-by-acting-as-a-sponge-for-mir-27b
#8
Yu-Fei Li, Shu-Hua Li, Yong Liu, Ya-Tong Luo
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease characterized by articular cartilage degradation. The degradation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) of chondrocyte is closely associated with the destruction of joints in OA patients. lncRNAs are non-coding segments of RNA that possess important regulatory functions at the cellular level and in a variety of pathophysiological processes. The present study was conducted to investigate whether lncRNA-CIR regulated the expression of MMP13 as a sponge of miR-27 in OA...
September 21, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934731/fasting-spot-urine-ph-is-associated-with-metabolic-syndrome-in-the-japanese-population
#9
Masanori Shimodaira, Shinji Okaniwa, Tomohiro Nakayama
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between urine pH and metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components while controlling for covariates. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted on 5,430 Japanese subjects (4691 without MetS; 739 with MetS) undergoing health assessments. Partial correlation analysis and analysis of covariance were used for controlling confounding parameters (age, gender, serum uric acid (UA) levels, high sensitivity C-reactive protein, estimated glomerular filtration rate, and smoking and drinking statuses)...
September 19, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934730/dihydroartemisinin-and-curcumin-synergistically-induce-apoptosis-in-skov3-cells-via-upregulation-of-mir-124-targeting-midkine
#10
Jiaojiao Zhao, Yuchen Pan, Xiujun Li, Xuefang Zhang, Yaxian Xue, Tingting Wang, Shuli Zhao, Yayi Hou
BACKGROUND/AIM: Women with advanced ovarian carcinoma are less likely to receive platinum-based chemotherapy and surgery due to a greater risk of cytotoxicity and poorer outcomes. We attempted to improve a promising therapy against ovarian cancer by using a combination of dihydroartemisinin (DHA) and curcumin (Cur). METHODS: Human ovarian cancer SKOV3 cells were treated with DHA, Cur alone, or a combination of both. The viability of SKOV3 cells was measured by Cell Counting Kit-8 (CCK-8) and a colony formation assay...
September 21, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934723/neural-mechanisms-underlying-the-disruption-of-male-courtship-behavior-by-adult-exposure-to-di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-in-mice
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Carlos Dombret, Daphné Capela, Kevin Poissenot, Caroline Parmentier, Emma Bergsten, Cédric Pionneau, Solenne Chardonnet, Hélène Hardin-Pouzet, Valérie Grange-Messent, Matthieu Keller, Isabelle Franceschini, Sakina Mhaouty-Kodja
BACKGROUND: Courtship behavior plays a critical role in attracting females and reproduction success. However, the effects of exposure to a ubiquitous contaminant di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) on these behaviors and, in particular, on courtship vocalizations have not been examined. OBJECTIVE: The effects of adult exposure to DEHP on courtship and mating behaviors and gonadotropic axis and neural mechanisms involved in DEHP-induced effects were analyzed in male mice...
September 1, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934717/expression-of-c-ebp%C3%AE-in-myeloid-progenitors-during-sepsis-promotes-immunosuppression
#12
Jun Dai, Ajinkya Kumbhare, Dima Youssef, Zhi Q Yao, Charles E McCall, Mohamed El Gazzar
Sepsis-induced myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) contribute to immunosuppression associated with sepsis. We reported that the CCAAT enhancer-binding protein C/EBPβ activates microRNA (miR)-21 and miR-181b expressions, which induce transcription factor NFI-A to support the generation and expansion of MDSCs in the bone marrow and spleens of septic mice. Here, using a conditional knockout mouse model lacking C/EBPβ in the myeloid lineage, we find that without C/EBPβ, myeloid progenitor cells could not express miR-21 or miR-181b, and ectopic expression of C/EBPβ in the C/EBPβ-deficient myeloid progenitors activated the expression of the two miRNAs...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934693/enzyme-classification-using-multiclass-support-vector-machine-and-feature-subset-selection
#13
Debasmita Pradhan, Sudarsan Padhy, Biswajit Sahoo
Proteins are the macromolecules responsible for almost all biological processes in a cell. With the availability of large number of protein sequences from different sequencing projects, the challenge with the scientist is to characterize their functions. As the wet lab methods are time consuming and expensive, many computational methods such as FASTA, PSI-BLAST, DNA microarray clustering, and Nearest Neighborhood classification on protein-protein interaction network have been proposed. Support vector machine is one such method that has been used successfully for several problems such as protein fold recognition, protein structure prediction etc...
August 31, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934692/identification-of-key-genes-and-pathways-and-therapeutic-agents-in-cadmium-treated-liver-cells-a-bioinformatics-study
#14
Liang Zhang, Yi Huang, Zhen Yu, Mengmeng Shao, Yunbo Luo, Yi Zhu
Evidence indicates that Cadmium (Cd) can accumulate in liver, which results in acute or chronic cell damage with unclear complex mechanisms. Thus, we aimed to explore the possible molecules and pathways by using bioinformatics methods Consequently, two datasets (GSE8865 and GSE31286) were retrieved and the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were screened out. The intersection of the DEGs included seven up-regulated and forty-three down-regulated genes, which were mainly enriched in biological cell proliferation items, and were enriched in several metabolism-related pathways...
September 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934685/use-of-food-waste-fish-waste-and-food-processing-waste-for-china-s-aquaculture-industry-needs-and-challenge
#15
Wing Yin Mo, Yu Bon Man, Ming Hung Wong
China's aquaculture industry is growing dramatically in recent years and now accounts for 60.5% of global aquaculture production. Fish protein is expected to play an important role in China's food security. Formulated feed has become the main diet of farmed fish. The species farmed have been diversified, and a large amount of 'trash fish' is directly used as feed or is processed into fishmeal for fish feed. The use of locally available food waste as an alternative protein source for producing fish feed has been suggested as a means of tackling the problem of sourcing safe and sustainable feed...
September 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934671/the-hnf1a-mutant-ala180val-clinical-challenges-in-determining-causality-of-a-rare-hnf1a-variant-in-familial-diabetes
#16
J V Sagen, L Bjørkhaug, B I Haukanes, L Grevle, J Molnes, B G Nedrebø, O Søvik, P R Njølstad, S Johansson, A Molven
AIMS: Heterozygous mutations in hepatocyte nuclear factor-1A (HNF1A) cause maturity-onset diabetes of the young type 3 (MODY3). Our aim was to compare two families with suspected dominantly inherited diabetes and a new HNF1A variant of unknown clinical significance. METHODS: The HNF1A gene was sequenced in two independently recruited families from the Norwegian MODY Registry. Both familes were phenotyped clinically and biochemically. Microsatellite markers around and within the HNF1A locus were used for haplotyping...
September 1, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934669/transforming-growth-factor-beta-tgf-%C3%AE-mediates-cardiac-fibrosis-and-induces-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
#17
REVIEW
Yiyang Yue, Ke Meng, Yuejie Pu, Xiaoming Zhang
Cardiovascular diseases account for the major cause of morbidity and mortality among individuals with diabetes. The diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a type of diabetic cardiovascular disease, which further directs to the heart failure. The researchers found that diabetes induced cardiac fibrosis plays a vital role in several of the pathological changes that associated with DCM, causing left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), diastolic dysfunction and systolic dysfunction. However, the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of DCM are still elusive...
September 1, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934646/clerodane-diterpenoids-from-scutellaria-formosana-with-inhibitory-effects-on-no-production-and-interactions-with-inos-protein
#18
Peixia Wang, Feng Liu, Xueyuan Yang, Yue Liang, Shen Li, Guochen Su, Da-Qing Jin, Yasushi Ohizumi, Jing Xu, Yuanqiang Guo
A phytochemical study on Scutellaria formosana afforded five previously undescribed spiro-diterpenoids, scutellapenes A-E. The structures were elucidated on the basis of extensive 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic data analysis, and the absolute configurations of these compounds were established by the time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) electronic circular dichroism (ECD) calculations. Scutellapenes B-E possess a spiro-diterpenoid skeleton. All of the compounds showed inhibitory effects on LPS-induced nitric oxide (NO) production in murine microglial BV-2 cells...
September 18, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934640/continuous-longitudinal-infusion-of-rhigf-1-rhigfbp-3-in-extremely-preterm-infants-evaluation-of-feasibility-in-a-phase-ii-study
#19
Ingrid Hansen-Pupp, Ann Hellström, Mohamed Hamdani, Adina Tocoian, Nerissa C Kreher, David Ley, Boubou Hallberg
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the feasibility of continuous longitudinal intravenous infusion of recombinant human insulin-like growth factor-1/recombinant human insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 (rhIGF-1/rhIGFBP-3) for prevention of retinopathy of prematurity and other complications in extremely preterm infants (<28weeks' gestational age), based on initial sections of a phase II randomized controlled trial. DESIGN: The phase II trial was designed in four sections (A-D); we report pharmacokinetic and adverse events (AEs) data pooled for Sections B and C...
August 31, 2017: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934608/chemical-free-fabrication-of-n-p-dual-doped-honeycomb-like-carbon-as-an-efficient-electrocatalyst-for-oxygen-reduction
#20
Lianwen Zhu, Jun Wu, Qiao Zhang, Xiangkui Li, Yiming Li, Xuebo Cao
Heteroatom-doped nanoporous carbons are now emerging as alternatives to platinum and its alloys as electrocatalysts to facilitate oxygen reduction reaction in metal-air batteries and fuel cells. However, the synthesis of nanoporous carbons usually involve in complicated procedures and intensive chemicals, which may dramatically raise their manufacture cost that even surpasses that of precious platinum. Herein, we demonstrate the single-step, chemical-free fabrication of N, P dualdoped honeycomb carbon that has hierarchically porous structure and oxygen electrocatalysis activity close to the benchmark Pt/C...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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