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Roger S McIntyre, Ioana Florea, Brigitte Tonnoir, Henrik Loft, Raymond W Lam, Michael Cronquist Christensen
OBJECTIVE: This post hoc analysis investigates the effect of vortioxetine on cognitive functioning and depressive symptoms in working adults with major depressive disorder (MDD). METHODS: Population data from FOCUS, a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study investigating the efficacy of vortioxetine versus placebo on cognitive functioning and depression in patients with MDD, were used to analyze mean change from baseline scores for the Digit Symbol Substitution Test (DSST), Trail Making Test A/B (TMT-A/B), Stroop, and Perceived Deficits Questionnaire (PDQ)...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Juan Yang, Guiyuan Li, Keqiang Zhang
Apoptotic signaling provoked by death receptors, DR4 and DR5, are generally considered to promote cell death and chemosensitivity in multiple cancers, but this view is being thrown into doubt with recent findings that up-regulated DR4 and DR5 in advanced stages of ovarian cancer are associated with the poor prognosis. For this conflict, two reasonable explanations have been proposed: one is that DR4 and DR5 not exclusively mediate apoptotic pathway, but also favor survival signal; another is that apoptotic signals by DR4 and DR5 are disrupted by some regulators...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Thomas G Burns, Natasha N Ludwig, Tiffany N Tajiri, Nick DeFilippis
The objective of this study was to assess cognitive performance and behavioral symptoms in a sample of children diagnosed with partial epilepsy who were seizure controlled on AED monotherapy for one year. Ninety-eight seizure-controlled children on AED monotherapy were included in this study. Specific AEDs examined included topiramate, divalproex sodium, lamotrigine, levetiracetam, and oxcarbazepine. Groups did not differ on age, region of focal epilepsy, or Full-Scale IQ. Direct measures included the WISC-IV and selected tests from the DKEFS (Verbal Fluency and Trail Making Test)...
October 25, 2016: Applied Neuropsychology. Child
Jian Wang, Radovan Krejci, Scott Giangrande, Chongai Kuang, Henrique M J Barbosa, Joel Brito, Samara Carbone, Xuguang Chi, Jennifer Comstock, Florian Ditas, Jost Lavric, Hanna E Manninen, Fan Mei, Daniel Moran-Zuloaga, Christopher Pöhlker, Mira L Pöhlker, Jorge Saturno, Beat Schmid, Rodrigo A F Souza, Stephen R Springston, Jason M Tomlinson, Tami Toto, David Walter, Daniela Wimmer, James N Smith, Markku Kulmala, Luiz A T Machado, Paulo Artaxo, Meinrat O Andreae, Tuukka Petäjä, Scot T Martin
The nucleation of atmospheric vapours is an important source of new aerosol particles that can subsequently grow to form cloud condensation nuclei in the atmosphere. Most field studies of atmospheric aerosols over continents are influenced by atmospheric vapours of anthropogenic origin (for example, ref. 2) and, in consequence, aerosol processes in pristine, terrestrial environments remain poorly understood. The Amazon rainforest is one of the few continental regions where aerosol particles and their precursors can be studied under near-natural conditions, but the origin of small aerosol particles that grow into cloud condensation nuclei in the Amazon boundary layer remains unclear...
October 24, 2016: Nature
Jody Lyneé Madeira, Barbara Andraka-Christou
Though intended to educate patients on the risks, benefits, side effects and alternatives within medical treatment, informed consent documents may have unanticipated consequences for patients. Patients may regard these forms as little more than a ritual to access treatment. Or patients may perceive that these forms exist to protect doctors rather than to contribute to a meaningful, patient-protective educational interaction. To rehabilitate the informed consent project, this essay considers the baggage that informed consent documents have acquired through practical use, explores patients' and providers' lived experience of informed consent, and considers whether a multimedia consent application would be a viable solution to the various difficulties that currently erode perceptions of and confidence in the informed consent process...
April 2016: Journal of Law and the Biosciences
Shuaihantian Luo, Yunuo Wang, Ming Zhao, Qianjin Lu
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a severe autoimmune disease that causes multiple-organ dysfunction mainly affecting women in their childbearing years. Type I IFN synthesis is usually triggered by viruses, and its production is tightly regulated and limited in time in health individuals. However, many patients with systemic autoimmune diseases including SLE have signs of aberrant production of type I interferon (IFN) and display an increased expression of IFN-inducible genes. Continuous type I IFNs derived from activated plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) by interferogenic immune complexes (ICs) and migration of these cells to tissues both break immune tolerance and promote an on-going autoimmune reaction in human body...
October 18, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Curtis J Henrich
Non-radioactive assays based on incorporation of puromycin into newly synthesized proteins and subsequent detection using anti-puromycin antibodies have been previously reported and well-validated. To develop a moderate- to high-throughput assay, an adaptation is here described wherein cells are puromycin-labeled followed by simultaneously probing puromycin-labeled proteins and a reference protein in situ. Detection using a pair of near IR-labeled secondary antibodies (InCell western, ICW format) allows quantitative analysis of protein synthesis in 384-well plates...
2016: PloS One
Zhaoxu Li, Junzhe Zhang, Jicun Tang, Ruiying Wang
γδ T cells has been shown to exhibit profound antitumor effects in a broad range of tumor entities, including OS. However, resistance to γδ T cells is a serious problem in the management of OS. This study investigates the impact of celastrol on the expression of death receptors 4/5 (DR4/5) on OS cell lines (HOS, U2OS) and cancer cell lysis by γδ T cells. The results showed that celastrol increased transcription of DR4/5 in HOS and U2OS, leading to increased cell surface, and total DR4/5 protein expression...
October 19, 2016: Oncotarget
Donghee Shin, Kanwoo Youn, Eunja Lee, Myeongjun Lee, Hweemin Chung, Deokweon Kim
BACKGROUND: This study was designed to investigate the prevalence of the menisci lesions in national park workers and work factors affecting this prevalence. METHODS: The study subjects were 698 workers who worked in 20 Korean national parks in 2014. An orthopedist visited each national park and performed physical examinations. Knee MRI was performed if the McMurray test or Apley test was positive and there was a complaint of pain in knee area. An orthopedist and a radiologist respectively read these images of the menisci using a grading system based on the MRI signals...
2016: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Ryo Kamata, Batmunkh Bumdelger, Hiroki Kokubo, Masayuki Fujii, Koichi Yoshimura, Takafumi Ishida, Mari Ishida, Masao Yoshizumi
Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), which commonly occur among elderly individuals, are accompanied by a risk of rupture with a high mortality rate. Although eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) has been reported to prevent AAA formation, the mechanism by which EPA works on vascular smooth muscle cells is unknown. This study aimed to investigate the mechanism by which orally-administered EPA prevents the formation of severe AAAs that develop in Osteoprotegerin (Opg) knockout (KO) mice. In the CaCl2-induced AAA model, EPA attenuated the enhanced progression of AAAs in Opg-KO mice, including the increase in aortic diameter with destruction of elastic fibers in the media...
2016: PloS One
Steffie Van Nieuland, Jan M Baetens, Bernard De Baets
'The 100 km Dodentocht', which takes place annually and has its start in Bornem, Belgium, is a long distance march where participants have to cover a 100 km trail in at most 24 hours. The approximately 11 000 marchers per edition are tracked by making use of passive radio-frequency-identification (RFID). These tracking data were analyzed to build a spatially explicit marching model that gives insights into the dynamics of the event and allows to evaluate the effect of changes in the starting procedure of the event...
2016: PloS One
Oliwia Anna Segiet, Mariusz Deska, Łukasz Mielańczyk, Marlena Brzozowa-Zasada, Grzegorz Buła, Jacek Gawrychowski, Romuald Wojnicz
AIM: Differentiating between parathyroid lesions is still difficult and ambiguous. In cases of primary hyperparathyroidism, appropriate and prompt diagnosis is of great importance for effective treatment and follow-up. A great amount of mechanisms contribute to the pathogenesis of primary hyperparathyroidism, such as disturbance in balance between pro- and anti-apoptotic factors. Therefore, we examined whether immunohistochemical expression of apoptotic factors, TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) and Fas, could have clinical utility as a marker of proliferative lesions of parathyroid gland...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Pelin Erkoc, Ahmet Cingöz, Tugba Bagci Onder, Seda Kizilel
Overcoming drug resistance is a major challenge for cancer therapy. Tumor necrosis factor α-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a potent therapeutic as an activator of apoptosis, particularly in tumor but not in healthy cells. However, its efficacy is limited by the resistance of tumor cell populations to the therapeutic substance. Here, we have addressed this limitation through the development of a controlled release system, matrix-metalloproteinase (MMP)-sensitive and arg-gly-asp-ser (RGDS) peptide functionalized poly (ethylene-glycol) (PEG) particles which are synthesized via visible-light-induced water-in-water emulsion polymerization...
October 20, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Funda Sarı, Arzu Didem Yalçın, Gizem Esra Genç, Metin Sarıkaya, Atıl Bisgin, Ramazan Çetinkaya, Saadet Gümüşlü
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is characterized by multiple, large renal cysts and impaired kidney function. Although the reason for the development of kidney cysts is unknown, ADPKD is associated with cell cycle arrest and abundant apoptosis of renal tubular epithelial cells. AIMS: We asked whether serum-soluble TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (sTRAIL) might underlie ADPKD. STUDY DESIGN: Case-control study...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
J Zhao, Y Zhang, Y Y Chao, J Ma, Y F Yang, J Y Zhao, Y H Du, W W Li, X Q Song, L X Lü
Objective: To study the impairments of cognitive function in first-episode schizophrenia and the potential effectiveness of risperidone and olanzapine monotherapy on first-episode schizophrenia. Methods: A total of 57 first-episode schizophrenia and 30 healthy controls were assessed at baseline, and patients were assessed again after 8-week antipsychotics therapy. Results: The positive and negative symptom scale (PANSS) reductive ratio between the two groups was similar. At baseline, the performance of schizophrenia patients was significant poor than healthy controls in the four domains of cognitive function (P<0...
October 11, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Dong-Liang Chen, Yu-Hong Li, Zhi-Juan Wang, Ye-Ke Zhu
Gabapentin has been used as an adjuvant for treatment of cancer pain. Previous studies showed that opioids combined with gabapentin for management of cancer pain reduced the dosage of opioids.The objective of this study was to explore the clinical effect and patients' satisfaction of oxycontin combined with gabapentin in treatment of severe cancer pain. After titration of morphine, 60 severe cancer patients with visual analog score (VAS) more than 7 were randomly divided into trial group (n = 30) and control group (n = 30)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Markus Granzin, Ana Stojanovic, Matthias Miller, Richard Childs, Volker Huppert, Adelheid Cerwenka
Natural killer (NK) cells are promising antitumor effector cells, but the generation of sufficient NK cell numbers for adoptive immunotherapy remains challenging. Therefore, we developed a method for highly efficient ex vivo expansion of human NK cells. Ex vivo expansion of NK cells in medium containing IL-2 and irradiated clinical-grade feeder cells (EBV-LCL) induced a 22-fold NK cell expansion after one week that was significantly increased to 53-fold by IL-21. Repeated stimulation with irradiated EBV-LCL and IL-2 and addition of IL-21 at the initiation of the culture allowed sustained NK cell proliferation with 10(11)-fold NK cell expansion after 6 weeks...
2016: Oncoimmunology
Hung C Tran, Zesheng Wan, Michael A Sheard, Jianping Sun, Jeremy R Jackson, Jemily Malvar, Yibing Xu, Larry Wang, Richard Sposto, Eugene S Kim, Shahab Asgharzadeh, Robert C Seeger
PURPOSE: Immunotherapy of high-risk neuroblastoma using the anti-GD2 antibody dinutuximab induces antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC). Galunisertib, an inhibitor of TGFβR1, was examined for its ability to enhance the efficacy of dinutuximab in combination with human ex vivo activated NK (aNK) cells against neuroblastoma. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: TGFB1 and TGFBR1 mRNA expression was determined for 249 primary neuroblastoma tumors by microarray analysis...
October 10, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Abhishek Jaywant, Jennifer Barredo, David C Ahern, Linda Resnik
The Trail Making Test (TMT) and written version of the Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) assess attention, processing speed, and executive functions but their utility is limited in populations with upper limb dysfunction. Oral versions of the TMT and SDMT exist, but a systematic review of their psychometric properties and clinical utility has not been conducted, which was the goal of this study. Searches were conducted in PubMed and PsycINFO, test manuals, and the reference lists of included articles. Four measures were identified: the SDMT-oral, oral TMT-A, oral TMT-B, and the Mental Alternation Test (MAT)...
October 18, 2016: Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
Adrian Noriega De La Colina, Rong Wu, Laurence Desjardins-Crépeau, Pierre Larochelle, Maxime Lamarre-Cliche, Louis Bherer, Hélène Girouard
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess cognitive performance in older adults treated and controlled for blood pressure (BP) when compared to untreated normotensive subjects, and to determine whether blood pressure still correlates with poorer cognitive performances. DESIGN AND METHOD: Forty-eight older adults aged between 65 and 85 years were recruited in the community and divided into two groups: normotensive (n = 26) and controlled hypertensive (n = 22)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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