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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324269/metformin-sensitizes-triple-negative-breast-cancer-to-proapoptotic-trail-receptor-agonists-by-suppressing-xiap-expression
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Elena Strekalova, Dmitry Malin, Harisha Rajanala, Vincent L Cryns
PURPOSE: Despite robust antitumor activity in diverse preclinical models, TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) receptor agonists have not demonstrated efficacy in clinical trials, underscoring the need to identify agents that enhance their activity. We postulated that the metabolic stress induced by the diabetes drug metformin would sensitize breast cancer cells to TRAIL receptor agonists. METHODS: Human triple (estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor, and HER2)-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cell lines were treated with TRAIL receptor agonists (monoclonal antibodies or TRAIL peptide), metformin, or the combination...
March 21, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323682/relationship-of-cognitive-function-to-motor-symptoms-and-mood-disorders-in-patients-with-isolated-dystonia
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Jennifer A Foley, R Saman Vinke, Patricia Limousin, Lisa Cipolotti
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship of dystonia symptoms to cognitive function by comparing cognitive performance in patients with focal (cervical) and generalized dystonia subtypes and examining the differential contributions of severity of symptoms and mood disorders to cognition. BACKGROUND: Studies of the nonmotor syndrome in isolated dystonia have reported evidence of cognitive dysfunction, but the cause of this impairment remains unclear. Several studies have suggested that poor cognitive performance reflects the distracting effects of the motor symptoms and/or a mood disorder...
March 2017: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318984/safety-and-efficacy-of-thrombectomy-in-acute-ischaemic-stroke-revascat-1-year-follow-up-of-a-randomised-open-label-trial
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Antoni Dávalos, Erik Cobo, Carlos A Molina, Angel Chamorro, M Angeles de Miquel, Luis San Román, Joaquín Serena, Elena López-Cancio, Marc Ribó, Mónica Millán, Xabier Urra, Pere Cardona, Alejandro Tomasello, Carlos Castaño, Jordi Blasco, Lucía Aja, Marta Rubiera, Meritxell Gomis, Arturo Renú, Blanca Lara, Joan Martí-Fàbregas, Brian Jankowitz, Neus Cerdà, Tudor G Jovin
BACKGROUND: The REVASCAT trial and other studies have shown that the neurovascular thrombectomy improves outcomes at 90 days post stroke. However, whether the observed benefit is sustained in the long term remains unknown. We report the results of the prespecified 12-month analysis of the REVASCAT trial. METHODS: Patients with acute ischaemic stroke who could be treated within 8 h of symptom onset were randomly assigned to medical therapy (including intravenous alteplase when eligible) and neurovascular thrombectomy with Solitaire FR or medical therapy alone...
March 16, 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318686/probiotic-supplementation-for-management-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-adults-with-type-ii-diabetes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Fatemeh Hendijani, Vajihe Akbari
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The effectiveness of probiotics in control of hypertension and dyslipidemia in diabetic patients remains unclear. Therefore, we systematically reviewed relevant data to elucidate the effects of probiotics on blood pressure and lipid profile of type 2 diabetic patients. METHODS: We searched PubMed, ISI Web of Knowledge, Scopus, The Cochrane Library, ClinicalTrials.gov, ProQuest Dissertations and Theses databases until May 2016. The primary outcomes were systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP), total cholesterol (TC), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and triglycerides (TG)...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317872/preclinical-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-pharmacokinetics-and-immunogenicity-of-js-001-a-programmed-cell-death-protein-1-pd-1-monoclonal-antibody
#5
Jie Fu, Fang Wang, Li-Hou Dong, Jing Zhang, Cheng-Lian Deng, Xue-Li Wang, Xin-Yao Xie, Jing Zhang, Ruo-Xian Deng, Li-Bo Zhang, Hai Wu, Hui Feng, Bo Chen, Hai-Feng Song
JS-001 is the first monoclonal antibody (mAb) against programmed cell death protein-1 (PD-1) approved by the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) into the clinical trails. To date, however, no pre-clinical pharmacological and pharmacokinetic (PK) data are available. In this study, we investigated the efficacy of JS-001 and conducted a preclinical PK study, including the monitoring of anti-drug antibodies (ADAs). We found that JS-001 specifically bound to PD-1 antigen with an EC50 of 21 nmol/L, and competently blocked the binding of PD-1 antigen to PD-L1 and PD-L2 with IC50 of 3...
March 20, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317003/peri-operative-inflammatory-cytokines-in-plasma-of-the-elderly-correlate-in-prospective-study-with-postoperative-changes-in-cognitive-test-scores
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R Kline, E Wong, M Haile, S Didehvar, S Farber, A Sacks, E Pirraglia, M J de Leon, A Bekker
Increasingly, postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is recognized as a complication after surgery in the elderly; but it's etiology remains unclear. Here we examine changes in cytokine levels during both the pre-operative and postoperative period, comparing them with long term variation in cognitive test scores. Forty-one patients aged 65 and older undergoing major surgery with general anesthesia were recruited after written consent in this IRB approved study. Thirty went on to complete this prospective, non-interven-tional and non-randomized study...
August 2016: Int J Anesthesiol Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316129/cognitive-compensatory-processes-of-older-clinically-fit-patients-with-hematologic-malignancies-undergoing-chemotherapy-a-longitudinal-cohort-study
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Yves Libert, Cindy Borghgraef, Yves Beguin, Nicole Delvaux, Martine Devos, Chantal Doyen, Stéphanie Dubruille, Anne-Marie Etienne, Aurore Liénard, Isabelle Merckaert, Christine Reynaert, Jean-Louis Slachmuylder, Nicole Straetmans, Eric Van Den Neste, Dominique Bron, Darius Razavi
OBJECTIVE: Despite the well-known negative impacts of cancer and anticancer therapies on cognitive performance, little is known about the cognitive compensatory processes of older patients with cancer. This study was designed to investigate the cognitive compensatory processes of older, clinically-fit patients with hematologic malignancies undergoing chemotherapy. METHODS: We assessed 89 consecutive patients (age ≥ 65 years) without severe cognitive impairment and 89 age-, sex-, and education level-matched healthy controls...
March 18, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315940/a-multi-faceted-strategy-to-reduce-ventilation-associated-mortality-in-brain-injured-patients-the-bi-vili-project-a-nationwide-quality-improvement-project
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Karim Asehnoune, Ségolène Mrozek, Pierre François Perrigault, Philippe Seguin, Claire Dahyot-Fizelier, Sigismond Lasocki, Anne Pujol, Mathieu Martin, Russel Chabanne, Laurent Muller, Jean Luc Hanouz, Emmanuelle Hammad, Bertrand Rozec, Thomas Kerforne, Carole Ichai, Raphael Cinotti, Thomas Geeraerts, Djillali Elaroussi, Paolo Pelosi, Samir Jaber, Marie Dalichampt, Fanny Feuillet, Véronique Sebille, Antoine Roquilly
PURPOSE: We assessed outcomes in brain-injured patients after implementation of a multi-faceted approach to reduce respiratory complications in intensive care units. METHODS: Prospective nationwide before-after trial. Consecutive adults with acute brain injury requiring mechanical ventilation for ≥24 h in 20 French intensive care units (ICUs) were included. The management of invasive ventilation in brain-injured patients admitted between 1 July 2013 and 31 October 2013 (4 months) was monitored and analysed...
March 18, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315750/fun-cube-based-brain-gym-cognitive-function-assessment-system
#9
Tao Zhang, Chung-Chih Lin, Tsang-Chu Yu, Jing Sun, Wen-Chuin Hsu, Alice May-Kuen Wong
The aim of this study is to design and develop a fun cube (FC) based brain gym (BG) cognitive function assessment system using the wireless sensor network and multimedia technologies. The system comprised (1) interaction devices, FCs and a workstation used as interactive tools for collecting and transferring data to the server, (2) a BG information management system responsible for managing the cognitive games and storing test results, and (3) a feedback system used for conducting the analysis of cognitive functions to assist caregivers in screening high risk groups with mild cognitive impairment...
March 3, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306512/an-inflammatory-perspective-on-necroptosis
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Conor J Kearney, Seamus J Martin
Necroptosis (programmed necrosis) occurs in response to TNF, Fas, or TRAIL, as well as certain TLR ligands, when caspase activity required for apoptosis is blocked. Necroptosis is typically considered a highly pro-inflammatory mode of cell death, due to release of intracellular "danger signals" that promote inflammation. However, because most pro-necroptotic stimuli are intrinsically highly pro-inflammatory-due to their ability to initiate the synthesis of numerous cytokines and chemokines-the inflammatory consequences of necroptosis are complex...
March 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304284/scanning-gate-microscopy-of-magnetic-focusing-in-graphene-devices-quantum-vs-classical-simulation
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Marko D Petrović, Slaviša Milovanović, Francois Peeters
We compare classical versus quantum electron transport in recently investigated magnetic focusing devices [S. Bhandari et al., Nano Lett. 16, 1690 (2016)] exposed to the perturbing potential of a scanning gate microscope (SGM). Using the Landauer-Büttiker formalism for a multi-terminal device, we calculate resistance maps that are obtained as the SGM tip is scanned over the sample. There are three unique regimes in which the scanning tip can operate (focusing, repelling, and mixed regime) which are investigated...
March 17, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303296/sortase-a-aided-escherichia-coli-expression-system-for-functional-osteoprotegerin-cysteine-rich-domain
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Mengmeng Jin, Yuan Chen, Yunfeng Zhao, Luyang Che, Yanyan Ma, Jingzhe Li, Yi Wang, Hua Tao, Juan Ma, Bing Pan, Changzhen Liu, Peng Huang
As a natural inhibitor of the receptor activator of nuclear factor-кB ligand (RANKL), osteprotegerin (OPG) is considered a promising treatment for metabolic bone diseases. Typical approaches for preparing recombinant OPG or its derivatives employ eukaryotic expression systems. Due to the advantages of a prokaryotic expression system, which include its convenience, low cost, and abundant production, in this study, we establish a strategy for preparing functional OPG using the Escherichia coli expression system...
March 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303077/using-response-surface-analysis-to-interpret-the-impact-of-parent-offspring-personality-similarity-on-adolescent-externalizing-problems
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Aart Franken, Odillia M Laceulle, Marcel A G Van Aken, Johan Ormel
Personality similarity between parent and offspring has been suggested to play an important role in offspring's development of externalizing problems. Nonetheless, much remains unknown regarding the nature of this association. This study aimed to investigate the effects of parent-offspring similarity at different levels of personality traits, comparing expectations based on evolutionary and goodness-of-fit perspectives. Two waves of data from the TRAILS study (N = 1587, 53% girls) were used to study parent-offspring similarity at different levels of personality traits at age 16 predicting externalizing problems at age 19...
January 2017: European Journal of Personality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302599/a-different-path-for-harnessing-trail
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Two studies show that the apoptosis-inducing protein TRAIL also induces release of cytokines that promote tumor growth. TRAIL triggers formation of a signaling complex that activates NF-κB. Loss of one component of the signaling complex, the adaptor protein FADD, reduces the number of lung tumors in mice.
March 16, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301598/regulation-of-anti-apoptotic-bcl-2-family-protein-mcl-1-by-s6-kinase-2
#15
Alakananda Basu, Savitha Sridharan
The anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 family protein myeloid cell leukemia-1 (Mcl-1) plays an important role in breast cancer cell survival and chemoresistance. We have previously shown that knockdown of the 40S ribosomal protein S6 kinase-2 (S6K2), which acts downstream of the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), enhanced breast cancer cell death by apoptotic stimuli. The increase in cell death by S6K2 depletion was partly due to inactivation of Akt. In the present study, we investigated if S6K2 regulates Mcl-1, which acts downstream of Akt...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300627/serum-uric-acid-is-associated-with-better-executive-function-in-men-but-not-in-women-baseline-assessment-of-the-elsa-brasil-study
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Cristina Pellegrino Baena, Claudia Kimie Suemoto, Sandhi Barreto, Paulo Lotufo, Isabela Benseñor
BACKGROUND: Serum uric acid (SUA) may protect against free radical stress damage and was previously linked to cognitive impairment in older adults, but evidence in middle-aged adults is scarce. PURPOSE: We sought to analyze whether SUA is associated with cognitive performance in apparently healthy middle-aged participants in the ELSA-Brasil cohort study. METHODS: We excluded participants older than age 65, those taking allopurinol, benzbromarone, or medications that could impair cognitive performance, those with previous stroke, and those with incomplete data on cognitive tests or SUA...
March 11, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300219/doxorubicin-induces-cardiotoxicity-through-upregulation-of-death-receptors-mediated-apoptosis-in-cardiomyocytes
#17
Liqun Zhao, Baolin Zhang
Doxorubicin is a highly effective anticancer agent but causes cardiotoxicity in many patients. The mechanisms of doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity remain incompletely understood. Here we investigated doxorubicin-induced cytotoxicity in human induced pluripotent stem cells-derived cardiomyocytes (iPS-CMs). We found that doxorubicin and related anthracycline agents (e.g., daunorubicin, idarubicin, and epirubicin) significantly upregulated the expression of death receptors (DRs) (TNFR1, Fas, DR4 and DR5) in iPS-derived cardiomyocytes at both protein and mRNA levels...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297950/grand-canonical-solution-of-semiflexible-self-avoiding-trails-on-the-bethe-lattice
#18
W G Dantas, Tiago J Oliveira, Jürgen F Stilck, Thomas Prellberg
We consider a model of semiflexible interacting self-avoiding trails (sISATs) on a lattice, where the walks are constrained to visit each lattice edge at most once. Such models have been studied as an alternative to the self-attracting self-avoiding walks (SASAWs) to investigate the collapse transition of polymers, with the attractive interactions being on site as opposed to nearest-neighbor interactions in SASAWs. The grand-canonical version of the sISAT model is solved on a four-coordinated Bethe lattice, and four phases appear: non-polymerized (NP), regular polymerized (P), dense polymerized (DP), and anisotropic nematic (AN), the last one present in the phase diagram only for sufficiently stiff chains...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294530/the-association-between-physical-activity-and-cognition-in-men-with-and-without-hiv-infection
#19
A K Monroe, L Zhang, L P Jacobson, M W Plankey, T T Brown, E N Miller, E Martin, J T Becker, A J Levine, A Ragin, N C Sacktor
OBJECTIVES: HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders are highly prevalent, and physical activity (PA) is a modifiable behaviour that may affect neurocognitive function. Our objective was to determine the association between PA and neurocognitive function and the effect of HIV on this association. METHODS: PA was assessed in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study with the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. A neuropsychological test battery assessed global impairment and domain-specific impairment (executive function, speed of processing, working memory, learning, memory, and motor function) every 2 years...
March 13, 2017: HIV Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292708/dioscorea-alata-tuber-proteome-analysis-shows-over-thirty-dioscorin-isoforms-and-novel-tuber-proteins
#20
Shruti Sharma, Ravi Gupta, Renu Deswal
In Dioscorea, dioscorin (31 kDa) is the major storage protein constituting 85% of the total tuber proteins. An integrated proteomic and biochemical approach was used to understand the physiological role of dioscorin in the two contrasting growth stages (germinating and mature tuber). HPLC analysis showed 3 fold reduction in mannitol and 12.88 and 1.24 fold increase in sucrose and maltose in the germinating tuber. A 1.8 and 3 fold increase in sucrose phosphate synthase and mannitol dehydrogenase activity respectively was observed in the germinating tuber while a 2 fold higher invertase probably lowers the sucrose accumulation in the mature tuber...
March 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
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