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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343338/expression-of-typical-osteoclast-markers-by-pbmcs-after-peg-induced-fusion-as-a-model-for-studying-osteoclast-differentiation
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Luz M Castillo, Carlos A Guerrero, Orlando Acosta
Bone is a metabolically active organ subjected to continuous remodeling process that involves resorption by osteoclast and subsequent formation by osteoblasts. Osteoclast involvement in this physiological event is regulated by macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF) and receptor activator of nuclear factor κB ligand (RANKL). Fusion of mono-nuclear pre-osteoclasts is a critical event for osteoclast differentiation and for bone resorption. Here we show that PBMCs can be successfully fused with polyethylenglicol (PEG) in order to generated viable osteoclast-like cells that exhibit tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) and bone resorptive activities...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343266/the-influence-of-general-health-on-the-need-for-dental-general-anaesthesia-in-children
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P Rajavaara, S Rankinen, M-L Laitala, H Vähänikkilä, H Yli-Urpo, S Koskinen, V Anttonen
AIM: To analyse the occurrence and causes of dental general anaesthesia (DGA) in healthy and medically compromised children, and to investigate if there are differences between those groups considering factors associated with DGA and DGA procedures. METHODS: The data was collected from medical records of children under 7 years of age treated under DGA in the years 2009 and 2010 at the Oulu University Hospital, Finland. The children were divided into two groups: 0-35-month-olds and ≥36-month olds...
March 25, 2017: European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343084/role-of-pterostilbene-in-attenuating-immune-mediated-devastation-of-pancreatic-beta-cells-via-nrf2-signaling-cascade
#3
Dornadula Sireesh, Munuswamy-Ramanujam Ganesh, Umapathy Dhamodharan, Murugesan Sakthivadivel, Srinivasan Sivasubramanian, Palani Gunasekaran, Kunka Mohanram Ramkumar
Nrf2 (nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor-2) is a transcription factor that regulates oxidative/xenobiotic stress response and also suppress inflammation. Nrf2 signaling is associated with an increased susceptibility to various kinds of stress. Nrf2 has been shown as a promising therapeutic target in various human diseases including diabetes. Our earlier studies showed Pterostilbene (PTS) as a potent Nrf2 activator, and it protects the pancreatic β-cells against oxidative stress. In this study, we investigated PTS confer protection against cytokine-induced β-cell apoptosis and its role on insulin secretion in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic mice...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343070/the-activation-of-akt-mtor-pathway-by-bleomycin-in-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-human-submandibular-gland-cells-a-treatment-mechanism-of-bleomycin-for-mucoceles-of-the-salivary-glands
#4
Yu Cai, Rui Sun, Rong Wang, Jian-Gang Ren, Wei Zhang, Yi-Fang Zhao, Ji-Hong Zhao
OBJECTIVE: Bleomycin (BLM) has been found safe and highly effective in the treatment of the mucoceles by intralesional injection in our previous study. The present research was designed to investigate whether epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) contributes to the therapeutic effects of BLM for mucoceles of the salivary glands. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The cell proliferation and apoptosis of human submandibular gland cells (HSG cells) were examined by Cell Counting Kit-8 assay and Annexin V binding assay respectively...
March 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343056/preliminary-investigation-of-the-microwave-pyrolysis-mechanism-of-sludge-based-on-high-frequency-structure-simulator-simulation-of-the-electromagnetic-field-distribution
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Rui Ma, Nana Yuan, Shichang Sun, Peixin Zhang, Lin Fang, Xianghua Zhang, Xuxin Zhao
Under microwave irradiation, raw sludge was pyrolyzed mainly by evaporation of water, with a weight loss ratio of 84.8% and a maximum temperature not exceeding 200°C. High-temperature pyrolysis of SiC sludge could be realized, with a weight loss ratio of 93.4% and a final pyrolysis temperature of 1131.7°C. Variations between the electric field intensity distribution are the main reason for the differences of pyrolysis efficiencies. HFSS simulation showed that the electric field intensity of the raw sludge gradually decreased from 2...
February 20, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342963/new-insights-into-cellular-cholesterol-acquisition-promoter-analysis-of-human-hmgcr-and-sqle-two-key-control-enzymes-in-cholesterol-synthesis
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Vicky Howe, Laura J Sharpe, Anika V Prabhu, Andrew J Brown
BACKGROUND: The two control points of cholesterol synthesis, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase (HMGCR) and squalene monooxygenase (SQLE) are known targets of the transcription factor sterol-regulatory element binding protein-2 (SREBP-2). Yet the location of the sterol-regulatory elements (SREs) and cofactor binding sites, nuclear factor-Y (NF-Y) and specificity protein 1 (Sp1), have not been satisfactorily mapped in the human SQLE promoter, or at all in the human HMGCR promoter...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342773/generation-of-enhanced-definitive-endoderm-from-human-embryonic-stem-cells-under-an-albumin-insulin-free-and-chemically-defined-condition
#7
Su Qu, Liang Yan, Bo Fang, Shoudong Ye, Ping Li, Shengyang Ge, Jian Wu, Di Qu, Houyan Song
AIM: To enhance survival and generation of definitive endoderm cells from human embryonic stem cells in a simple and reproducible system. MAIN METHODS: Definitive endoderm (DE) differentiation from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) was induced under a chemical-defined condition withdrawn insulin supplement and serum albumin. We dissected influence of "alternative growth factors", WNT3A, BMP4 and bFGF in activin A-driven differentiation by detection of DE-associated genes expression and cell viability...
March 22, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342624/the-level-of-anxiety-depression-and-quality-of-life-among-patients-with-heart-failure-in-greece
#8
Zoi Aggelopoulou, Nikolaos V Fotos, Anastasia A Chatziefstratiou, Konstantinos Giakoumidakis, Ioannis Elefsiniotis, Hero Brokalaki
PURPOSE: The assessment of the level of anxiety, depression and quality of life among patients with heart failure. METHODS: It was an observational study. The populations were 231 patients with heart failure who were hospitalized in cardiology departments of 2 general hospitals in Athens, from September 1, 2010 through January 31, 2012. We used the "Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire - MLHFQ" to evaluate patients' quality of life and the " State-Trait Anxiety Inventory - STAI" and the "Maastricht Questionnaire - MQ" to evaluate the level of stress and depression, respectively...
April 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340515/inflammatory-potential-of-diet-and-risk-of-oral-and-pharyngeal-cancer-in-a-large-case-control-study-from-italy
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Nitin Shivappa, James R Hébert, Valentina Rosato, Werner Garavello, Diego Serraino, Carlo La Vecchia
Diet and inflammation have been suggested to be important risk factors for oral and pharyngeal cancer. We examined the association between dietary inflammatory index (DII) and oral and pharyngeal cancer in a large case-control study conducted between 1992 and 2009 in Italy. This study included 946 cases with incident, histologically confirmed oral and pharyngeal cancer, and 2492 controls hospitalized for acute non-neoplastic diseases. The DII was computed based on dietary intake assessed by a valid 78-item food frequency questionnaire and was adjusted for non-alcohol energy intake using the residual approach (E-DII)...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340471/chemotaxonomic-studies-of-nine-paris-species-from-china-based-on-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
#10
Yuanzhong Wang, Ehu Liu, Ping Li
Paris species, which contain steroid saponins, have been used as herb folk medicines in Asia. In the present study, a comprehensive strategy based on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was firstly proposed to evaluate the chemotaxonomic relationships of nine Paris species sampled from different geographical regions in China. Principle component analysis (PCA) based on FT-IR data revealed chemical similarities in term of the nine species and geographical regions, indicating the accumulation of metabolites affected by the combination of geographical factors and species...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340362/studies-on-neutron-spectrum-characterization-for-the-pneumatic-fast-transfer-system-pfts-of-kamini-reactor
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G V S Ashok Kumar, Sujoy Sen, E Radha, J S Brahmaji Rao, R Acharya, R Kumar, C R Venkatasubramani, A V R Reddy, M Joseph
Characterization of neutron energy spectrum along with the determination of sub-cadmium to epithermal neutron flux ratio (f) and the epithermal neutron flux shape factor (α) has been carried out at pneumatic fast transfer system (PFTS) of KAMINI reactor. The facility has been extensively used for the neutron activation analysis (NAA) studies using both k0-NAA and relative method. This paper describes the multi-foil activation method to determine the reaction rates followed by the generation of computed guess spectrum to unfold the neutron spectrum using least square minimization approach...
March 11, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340184/a-cross-national-comparison-of-incident-reporting-systems-implemented-in-german-and-swiss-hospitals
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Tanja Manser, Michael Imhof, Constanze Lessing, Matthias Briner
Objective: This study aimed to empirically compare incident reporting systems (IRS) in two European countries and to explore the relationship of IRS characteristics with context factors such as hospital characteristics and characteristics of clinical risk management (CRM). Design: We performed exploratory, secondary analyses of data on characteristics of IRS from nationwide surveys of CRM practices. Setting: The survey was originally sent to 2136 hospitals in Germany and Switzerland...
March 7, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340130/falling-down-on-the-job-evaluation-and-treatment-of-fall-risk-among-older-adults-with-upper-extremity-fragility-fractures
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Christine M McDonough, Carrie H Colla, Donald Carmichael, Anna N A Tosteson, Tor D Tosteson, John-Erik Bell, Robert V Cantu, Jonathan D Lurie, Julie P W Bynum
Background: Clinical practice guidelines recommend fall risk assessment and intervention for older adults who sustain a fall-related injury to prevent future injury and mobility decline. Objective: To describe how often Medicare beneficiaries with upper extremity fracture receive evaluation and treatment for fall risk. Design: Observational cohort. Methods Subjects: Fee-for-service beneficiaries age 66 to 99 treated as outpatients for proximal humerus or distal radius/ulna ("wrist") fragility fractures were studied using Carrier and Outpatient Hospital files...
March 2, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340076/cisplatin-induced-renal-inflammation-is-ameliorated-by-cilastatin-nephroprotection
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Blanca Humanes, Sonia Camaño, Jose Manuel Lara, Venkatta Sabbisetti, María Ángeles González-Nicolás, Joseph V Bonventre, Alberto Tejedor, Alberto Lázaro
Background.: Cisplatin is a potent chemotherapeutic drug whose nephrotoxic effect is a major complication and a dose-limiting factor for antitumoral therapy. There is much evidence that inflammation contributes to the pathogenesis of cisplatin-induced nephrotoxicity. We found that cilastatin, a renal dehydropeptidase-I inhibitor, has protective effects in vitro and in vivo against cisplatin-induced renal damage by inhibiting apoptosis and oxidation. Here, we investigated the potential use of cilastatin to protect against cisplatin-induced kidney injury and inflammation in rats...
March 11, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339906/interstitial-fibrosis-scored-on-whole-slide-digital-imaging-of-kidney-biopsies-is-a-predictor-of-outcome-in-proteinuric-glomerulopathies
#15
Laura H Mariani, Sebastian Martini, Laura Barisoni, Pietro A Canetta, Jonathan P Troost, Jeffrey B Hodgin, Matthew Palmer, Avi Z Rosenberg, Kevin V Lemley, Hui-Ping Chien, Jarcy Zee, Abigail Smith, Gerald B Appel, Howard Trachtman, Stephen M Hewitt, Matthias Kretzler, Serena M Bagnasco
Background.: Interstitial fibrosis (IF), tubular atrophy (TA) and interstitial inflammation (II) are known determinants of progression of renal disease. Standardized quantification of these features could add value to current classification of glomerulopathies. Methods.: We studied 315 participants in the Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE) study, including biopsy-proven minimal change disease (MCD = 98), focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS = 121), membranous nephropathy (MN = 59) and IgA nephropathy (IgAN = 37)...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339804/intra-cardiac-and-peripheral-levels-of-biochemical-markers-of-fibrosis-in-patients-undergoing-catheter-ablation-for-atrial-fibrillation
#16
Gordon A Begg, Rashed Karim, Tobias Oesterlein, Lee N Graham, Andrew J Hogarth, Stephen P Page, Christopher B Pepper, Kawal Rhode, Gregory Y H Lip, Arun V Holden, Sven Plein, Muzahir H Tayebjee
Aims: Measurement of circulating biomarkers of fibrosis may have a role in selecting patients and treatment strategy for catheter ablation. Pro-collagen type III N-terminal pro-peptide (PIIINP), C-telopeptide of type I collagen (ICTP), fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23), and galectin 3 (gal-3) have all been suggested as possible biomarkers for this indication, but studies assessing whether peripheral levels reflect intra-cardiac levels are scarce. Methods and results: We studied 93 patients undergoing ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) (n = 63) or non-paroxysmal AF (n = 30)...
February 27, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339739/unabated-occupational-risk-in-a-patient-with-rheumatoid-pulmonary-fibrosis
#17
V K Holden, S J Kligerman, T G Hastings, S E Hines
Background: This case highlights the importance of considering hypersensitivity pneumonitis (HP) in the differential diagnosis of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and of obtaining an occupational history so that remediable risk factors may be identified and managed. Aims: To report a case of a chicken sexer with severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who developed progressively worsening dyspnoea and restrictive lung disease associated with pulmonary fibrosis. Methods: Clinical investigation included physical examination, occupational history, pulmonary function tests (PFTs), chest imaging and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), as well as serological tests including standard IgE bird feather mixture and local IgG precipitin preparation to chicken excrement...
February 23, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339732/exploring-the-in-vivo-digestion-of-plant-proteins-in-broiler-chickens
#18
E Recoules, H Sabboh-Jourdan, A Narcy, M Lessire, G Harichaux, V Labas, M J Duclos, S Réhault-Godbert
The use of various protein sources (industry by-products, proteaginous) in poultry diets requires a greater understanding of protein digestion mechanisms. The aim of this study was to characterize the molecular actors required for protein digestion in broilers fed 4 different diets containing soybean meal, rapeseed meal, pea, or corn distiller's dried grain with solubles as the only protein source. The digesta of the digestive tract segments were collected and soluble proteins were analyzed by SDS-PAGE. SDS-PAGE analyses revealed 5 ubiquitous bands in digesta of all digestive tract segments regardless of the diet, whereas 3 bands were diet-specific...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338947/microenvironment-in-the-canopy-rivals-the-host-tree-water-status-in-controlling-sap-flow-of-a-mistletoe-species
#19
Da Yang, Guillermo Goldstein, Miao Wang, Wei-Wei Zhang, Ai-Ying Wang, Yan-Yan Liu, Guang-You Hao
Mistletoes absorb water from the vascular system of their hosts and thus the water use of mistletoes can be influenced by the water status of their hosts besides abiotic environmental conditions; however, there is a lack of studies on the dynamics of mistletoe water utilization in relation to both types of controlling factors. By building a canopy platform at 20 m above the ground, we monitored the dynamic changes of sap flow of Viscum coloratum (Kom.) Nakai (Loranthaceae) in combination with continuous measurements of microclimatic variables and volumetric water content (VWC) of its host tree branch xylem...
March 3, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338924/a-nonsynonymous-snp-catalog-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-virulence-genes-and-its-use-for-detecting-new-potentially-virulent-sublineages
#20
N E Mikheecheva, M V Zaychikova, A V Melerzanov, V N Danilenko
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is divided into several distinct lineages, and various genetic markers such as IS-elements, VNTR, and SNPs are used for lineage identification. We propose an M. tuberculosis classification approach based on functional polymorphisms in virulence genes. An M. tuberculosis virulence genes catalog has been established, including 319 genes from various protein groups, such as proteases, cell wall proteins, fatty acid and lipid metabolism proteins, sigma factors, toxin-antitoxin systems...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
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