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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432958/membrane-fusion-between-baculovirus-budded-virus-enveloped-particles-and-giant-liposomes-generated-using-a-droplet-transfer-method-for-the-incorporation-of-recombinant-membrane-proteins
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Misako Nishigami, Takaaki Mori, Masahiro Tomita, Kingo Takiguchi, Kanta Tsumoto
Giant proteoliposomes are generally useful as artificial cell membranes in biochemical and biophysical studies, and various procedures for their preparation have been reported. We present here a novel preparation technique that involves the combination of i) cell-sized lipid vesicles (giant unilamellar vesicles, GUVs) that are generated using the droplet-transfer method, where lipid monolayer-coated water-in-oil microemulsion droplets interact with oil/water interfaces to form enclosed bilayer vesicles, and ii) budded viruses (BVs) of baculovirus (Autographa californica nucleopolyhedrovirus) that express recombinant transmembrane proteins on their envelopes...
April 13, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432860/high-ki-67-expression-is-associated-with-prolactin-secreting-pituitary-adenomas
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Bogdan Bălinişteanu, Anca Maria Cîmpean, Amalia Raluca Ceauşu, Ana Silvia Corlan, Eugen Melnic, Marius Raica
Pituitary adenomas represent the third most common primary intracranial tumor in neurosurgical practice. To understand the biological behaviour of the pituitary adenomas previous studies have determined the tumor proliferation rate using monoclonal antibodies targeted against the Ki-67 antigen. The aim of this study was to correlate the Ki-67 index with hormonal profiles of pituitary adenomas. The study included 50 pituitary adenoma cases. For histopathologic evaluation, the sections were stained with routine hematoxylin and eosin method...
April 22, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432842/low-grade-inflammation-and-tryptophan-kynurenine-pathway-activation-are-associated-with-adverse-cardiac-remodeling-in-primary-hyperparathyroidism-the-epath-trial
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Nicolas Verheyen, Andreas Meinitzer, Martin Robert Grübler, Klemens Ablasser, Ewald Kolesnik, Astrid Fahrleitner-Pammer, Evgeny Belyavskiy, Christian Trummer, Verena Schwetz, Elisabeth Pieske-Kraigher, Jakob Voelkl, Ioana Alesutan, Cristiana Catena, Leonardo Alberto Sechi, Helmut Brussee, Dirk von Lewinski, Winfried März, Burkert Pieske, Stefan Pilz, Andreas Tomaschitz
BACKGROUND: Primary hyperparathyroidism (pHPT) is associated with low-grade inflammation, left ventricular hypertrophy and increased cardiovascular mortality, but the association between inflammatory markers and parameters of adverse cardiac remodeling is unknown. We investigated the relationship between C-reactive protein (CRP), the essential amino acid tryptophan and its pro-inflammatory derivatives kynurenine and quinolinic acid (QUIN) with echocardiographic parameters. METHODS: Cross-sectional baseline data from the "Eplerenone in Primary Hyperparathyroidism" trial were analyzed...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432801/weight-loss-in-obese-girls-with-polycystic-ovarian-syndrome-is-associated-with-a-decrease-of-anti-muellerian-hormone-concentrations
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Thomas Reinehr, Alexandra Kulle, Juliane Rothermel, Caroline Knop, Nina Lass, Christina Bosse, Paul-Martin Holterhus
OBJECTIVE: The Anti- Muellerian Hormone (AMH) has been reported as surrogate marker of antral follicles, which are the origins of hyperandrogenism in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Therefore, AMH may be useful for the diagnosis of PCOS. The objective was to study the longitudinal changes in AMH concentrations in girls with and without PCOS. DESIGN: This is a longitudinal study of obese girls participating in a 1-year lifestyle intervention. PATIENTS: Forty obese girls aged 13-16 years (50% with PCOS) were included in the study...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432797/effects-of-levothyroxine-administration-and-withdrawal-on-the-hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid-axis-in-euthyroid-dogs
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V Ziglioli, D L Panciera, G C Troy, W E Monroe, K M Boes, K R Refsal
BACKGROUND: Chronic supplementation can suppress the hypothalamic-pituitary-thyroid axis (HPTA) and make it difficult to assess thyroid function after withdrawal of levothyroxine. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether the HPTA is suppressed after levothyroxine administration in euthyroid dogs and the time required for resolution of any suppression. ANIMALS: Twenty-eight healthy euthyroid dogs. METHODS: A prospective, randomized study administering levothyroxine to euthyroid dogs for 8 weeks (group 1) or 16 weeks (group 2)...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432647/the-gender-attention-observational-study-gender-and-hormonal-status-differences-in-the-incidence-of-adverse-events-during-cyclosporine-treatment-in-psoriatic-patients
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Delia Colombo, Giuseppe Banfi, Nicoletta Cassano, Alessandra Graziottin, Gino Antonio Vena, Giovanni Gualberto Fiori, Emanuela Zagni, Luca Stingeni, Sergio Chimenti, Enzo Berardesca, Giuseppe Micali, Giuseppe Albertini, Clara De Simone, Gilberto Bellia
INTRODUCTION: Female sex has been shown to be a risk factor for the development of adverse drug reactions; however, this has not been studied for cyclosporine (CsA). The aim of this study was to investigate, in Italian dermatological practice, the influence of gender and menopause and related hormones on the incidence of adverse events (AEs) during CsA treatment in psoriatic patients. METHODS: Multicenter, prospective, observational study conducted from May 2011 to June 2013...
April 21, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432515/mri-predicts-pathologic-complete-response-in-her2-positive-breast-cancer-after-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
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Mette S van Ramshorst, Claudette E Loo, Emilie J Groen, Gonneke H Winter-Warnars, Jelle Wesseling, Frederieke van Duijnhoven, Marie-Jeanne T Vrancken Peeters, Gabe S Sonke
BACKGROUND: Neoadjuvant treatment of HER2-positive breast cancer frequently leads to a pathologic complete response (pCR), which is associated with favourable long-term outcome. Treatment regimens typically consist of 6-9 cycles of trastuzumab-based chemotherapy, although many patients achieve early radiologic complete response (rCR). If rCR accurately predicts pCR, the number of chemotherapy cycles can possibly be reduced. METHODS: We performed a diagnostic accuracy study to determine the association between rCR and pCR in patients with stage II-III HER2-positive breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant trastuzumab-based chemotherapy at the Netherlands Cancer Institute...
April 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432496/reproductive-effects-of-life-cycle-exposure-to-difenoconazole-on-female-marine-medaka-oryzias-melastigma
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Xiaocui Dong, Zhenghong Zuo, Jiaojiao Guo, Hongbin Li, Lemeng Zhang, Meng Chen, Zhibin Yang, Chonggang Wang
Difenoconazole (DFZ) is a widely used triazole fungicide which has been detected in some estuaries and embayments. This study was conducted to investigate the effects of DFZ on ovarian development in female marine medaka (Oryzias melastigma). After 180 days exposure of the embryo to DFZ (0, 1, 10, 100 and 1000 ng/L), the gonadosomatic index and percentage of mature oocytes produced were significantly reduced in the 1, 10 and 100 ng/L treatments but not the 1000 ng/L treatment compared to the control, thus exhibiting a U-shaped dose response curve...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432473/vasopressin-and-vasopressin-antagonists-in-heart-failure
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Julie K Vishram-Nielsen, Finn Gustafsson
Despite the introduction of multiple new pharmacological agents over the past three decades in the field of heart failure (HF), overall prognosis remains poor. Hyponatremia is prevalent in HF patients and has been suggested as a contributor to poor response to standard therapy. Elevated levels of arginine vasopressin (AVP), a peptide hormone produced in the hypothalamus, play a role in development of hyponatremia, and AVP and its surrogate, copeptin, are related to changes in osmolality, hemodynamics, neuro-hormones as well as in overall outcome in HF patients...
April 22, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432403/bone-marrow-fat-content-in-70-adolescent-girls-with-anorexia-nervosa-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-assessment
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Kirsten Ecklund, Sridhar Vajapeyam, Robert V Mulkern, Henry A Feldman, Jennifer M O'Donnell, Amy D DiVasta, Catherine M Gordon
BACKGROUND: Adolescents and women with anorexia nervosa have increased bone marrow fat and decreased bone formation, at least in part due to hormonal changes leading to preferential stem cell differentiation to adipocytes over osteoblasts. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate marrow fat content and correlate with age and disease severity using knee MRI with T1 relaxometry (T1-R) and MR spectroscopy (MRS) in 70 adolescents with anorexia nervosa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We enrolled 70 girls with anorexia nervosa who underwent 3-T knee MRI with coronal T1-W images, T1-R and single-voxel proton MRS at 30 and 60 ms TE...
April 22, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432333/metabolomic-and-proteomic-analysis-of-maize-embryonic-callus-induced-from-immature-embryo
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Fei Ge, Hongmei Hu, Xing Huang, Yanling Zhang, Yanli Wang, Zhaoling Li, Chaoying Zou, Huanwei Peng, Lujiang Li, Shibin Gao, Guangtang Pan, Yaou Shen
The low ratio of embryonic callus (EC) induction has inhibited the rapid development of maize genetic engineering. Still, little is known to explain the genotype-dependence of EC induction. Here, we performed a large-scale, quantitative analysis of the maize EC metabolome and proteome at three typical induction stages in two inbred lines with a range of EC induction capabilities. Comparison of the metabolomes and proteomes suggests that the differential molecular responses begin at an early stage of development and continue throughout the process of EC formation...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432332/involvement-of-gonadotropin-inhibitory-hormone-in-pubertal-disorders-induced-by-thyroid-status
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Mika Kiyohara, You Lee Son, Kazuyoshi Tsutsui
Thyroid disorders cause abnormal puberty, indicating interactions between the hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid (HPT) and hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axes, which are important in pubertal development. The hypothalamic gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH) was shown to be decreased in the early prepubertal stage, suggesting the role of GnIH on pubertal onset. Here, we investigated whether thyroid dysfunction affects pubertal onset in female mice via GnIH regulation. Hypothyroidism showed delayed pubertal onset with increased GnIH expression and reduced pituitary-gonadal activity...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432293/quiescence-of-adult-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-requires%C3%A2-thyroid-hormone-and-hypoxia-to-activate-runx1
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Yasuhito Tokumoto, Shinpei Tamaki, Yasuaki Kabe, Keiyo Takubo, Makoto Suematsu
The adult mammalian central nervous system (CNS) contains a population of slowly dividing oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs), i.e., adult OPCs, which supply new oligodendrocytes throughout the life of animal. While adult OPCs develop from rapidly dividing perinatal OPCs, the mechanisms underlying their quiescence remain unknown. Here, we show that perinatal rodent OPCs cultured with thyroid hormone (TH) under hypoxia become quiescent and acquire adult OPCs-like characteristics. The cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p15/INK4b plays crucial roles in the TH-dependent cell cycle deceleration in OPCs under hypoxia...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432270/discriminating-between-virilizing-ovary-tumors-and-ovary-hyperthecosis-in-postmenopausal-women-clinical-data-hormonal-profiles-and-image-studies
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Viviane Dos Reis Vieira Yance, José Antonio Miguel Marcondes, Michelle Patrocíneo Rocha, Cristiano Roberto Grimaldi Barcellos, Wagner Silva Dantas, Ana Flavia Assis Avila, Ronaldo Hueb Baroni, Filomena Marino Carvalho, Sylvia Asaka Yamashita Hayashida, Berenice Bilharinho Mendonça, Sorahia Domenice
The presence of virilizing signs associated with high serum androgen levels in postmenopausal women is rare. Virilizing ovarian tumors (VOTs) and ovarian stromal hyperthecosis (OH) are the most common etiologies in virilized postmenopausal women. The differential diagnosis between these two conditions is often difficult. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the contribution of clinical features, hormonal profiles and radiological studies to the differential diagnosis of VOT and OH. DESIGN: A retrospective study...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432269/altered-sleep-patterns-in-patients-with-non-functional-ghrh-receptor
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Francielle T Oliveira, Roberto Salvatori, Jose' Marcondes, Larissa B Macena, Alecia A Oliveira-Santos, Augusto Cn Faro, Viviane C Campos, Carla R Oliveira, Ursula Mm Costa, Manuel Aguiar-Oliveira
OBJECTIVES: GH releasing hormone (GHRH) exerts hypnotic actions increasing non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. Conversely, GH stimulates REM sleep. GH deficiency (GHD) often leads to sleep problems, daytime fatigue, and reduced quality of life (QoL). GHD may be due to lack of hypothalamic GHRH or destruction of somatotroph cells. We have described a cohort with isolated GHD (IGHD) due to GHRH resistance caused by a homozygous null mutation in the GHRH receptor gene. They have normal QoL and no obvious complaints of chronic tiredness...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432267/assessment-of-lung-function-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients-with-acromegaly
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Sylvere Störmann, Bodo Gutt, Josefine Roemmler-Zehrer, Martin Bidlingmaier, Rudolf Maria Huber, Jochen Schopohl, Matthias Angstwurm
OBJECTIVE: Acromegaly is associated with increased mortality due to respiratory disease. To date, lung function in patients with acromegaly has only been assessed in small studies, with contradicting results. We assessed lung function parameters in a large cohort of patients with acromegaly. DESIGN: Lung function of acromegaly patients was prospectively assessed using spirometry, blood gas analysis and body plethysmography. Biochemical indicators of acromegaly were assessed through measurement of growth hormone and IGF-I levels...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432261/ccm2-and-pak4-act-downstream-of-atrial-natriuretic-peptide-signaling-to-promote-cell-spreading
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Koichi Miura, Takashi Nojiri, Yoshiharu Akitake, Koji Ando, Shigetomo Fukuhara, Masahiro Zenitani, Toru Kimura, Jun Hino, Mikiya Miyazato, Hiroshi Hosoda, Kenji Kangawa
Atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) is a cardiac hormone released by the atrium in response to stretching forces. Via its receptor, guanylyl cyclase-A (GC-A), ANP maintains cardiovascular homeostasis by exerting diuretic, natriuretic, and hypotensive effects mediated in part by endothelial cells. Both in vivo and in vitro , ANP enhances endothelial barrier function by reducing RhoA activity and reorganizing the actin cytoskeleton. We established mouse endothelial cells that stably express GC-A, and used them to analyze the molecular mechanisms responsible for actin reorganization...
April 21, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432255/osmotic-activation-of-a-ca-2-dependent-phospholipase-c-pathway-that-regulates-%C3%A2-n-trpv1-mediated-currents-in-rat-supraoptic-neurons
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Vimal Bansal, Thomas E Fisher
The magnocellular neurosecretory cells (MNCs) of the hypothalamus regulate body fluid balance by releasing the hormones vasopressin (VP) and oxytocin (OT) in an osmolality-dependent manner. Elevations of external osmolality increase MNC firing and hormone release. MNC osmosensitivity is largely due to activation of a mechanosensitive non-selective cation current that responds to osmotically-evoked changes in MNC volume and is mediated by an N-terminal variant of the TRPV1 channel (∆N TRPV1). We report a novel mechanism by which increases in osmolality may modulate ∆N TRPV1-mediated currents and thus influence MNC electrical behaviour...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432226/everolimus-plus-exemestane-in-advanced-breast-cancer-safety-results-of-the-ballet-study-on-patients-previously-treated-without-and-with-chemotherapy-in-the-metastatic-setting
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Daniele Generali, Filippo Montemurro, Roberto Bordonaro, Antonino Mafodda, Sante Romito, Andrea Michelotti, Pierluigi Piovano, Maria Teresa Ionta, Claudia Bighin, Donata Sartori, Antonio Frassoldati, Marina Elena Cazzaniga, Ferdinando Riccardi, Franco Testore, Patrizia Vici, Carlo Antonio Barone, Alessio Schirone, Federico Piacentini, Franco Nolè, Annamaria Molino, Luciano Latini, Edda Lucia Simoncini, Fausto Roila, Francesco Cognetti, Francesco Nuzzo, Jennifer Foglietta, Alessandro Marco Minisini, Francesca Goffredo, Giuseppe Portera, Gilda Ascione, Gabriella Mariani
BACKGROUND: The BALLET study was an open-label, multicenter, expanded access study designed to allow treatment with everolimus plus exemestane in postmenopausal women with hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer progressed following prior endocrine therapy. A post hoc analysis to evaluate if previous chemotherapy in the metastatic setting affects the safety profile of the combination regimen of everolimus and exemestane was conducted on the Italian subset, as it represented the major part of the patients enrolled (54%)...
April 21, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432191/gene-expression-effects-of-glucocorticoid-and-mineralocorticoid-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-normal-human-skeletal-muscle
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Jessica A Chadwick, James Spencer Hauck, Celso E Gomez-Sanchez, Elise P Gomez-Sanchez, Jill A Rafael-Fortney
Mineralocorticoid and glucocorticoid receptors are closely related steroid hormone receptors that regulate gene expression through many of the same hormone response elements. However, their transcriptional activities and effects in skeletal muscles are largely unknown. We recently identified mineralocorticoid receptors (MR) in skeletal muscles after finding that combined treatment with the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor lisinopril and MR antagonist spironolactone was therapeutic in Duchenne muscular dystrophy mouse models...
April 21, 2017: Physiological Genomics
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