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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823121/characterization-of-the-porcine-nanog-5-flanking-region
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Azra Memon, Ki-Duk Song, Woon Kyu Lee
Objective: Nanog, a homeodomain protein, has been investigated in humans and mice using ESCs. Because of the limited availability of ESCs, few studies have reported the function and role of Nanog in porcine ESCs. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the location of the porcine Nanog chromosome and its basal promoter activity, which might have potential applications in development of ESs specific marker as well as understanding its operating systems in the porcine. Methods: To characterize the porcine Nanog promoter, the 5'-flanking region of Nanog was isolated from cells of mini-pig ears...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823116/outcomes-of-living-donor-kidney-transplantation-in-diabetic-patients-age-and-sex-matched-comparison-with-non-diabetic-patients
#2
Chung Hee Baek, Hyosang Kim, Seung Don Baek, Mun Jang, Wonhak Kim, Won Seok Yang, Duck Jong Han, Su-Kil Park
Background/Aims: Kidney transplantation (KT) reportedly provides a significant survival advantage over dialysis in diabetic patients. However, KT outcome in diabetic patients compared with that in non-diabetic patients remains controversial. In addition, owing to recent improvements in the outcomes of KT and management of cardiovascular diseases, it is necessary to analyze outcomes of recently performed KT in diabetic patients. Methods: We reviewed all diabetic patients who received living donor KT between January 2008 and December 2011...
August 21, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823097/epitope-mapping-of-histo-blood-group-antigens-bound-to-norovirus-vlps-using-std-nmr-experiments-reveals-fine-details-of-molecular-recognition
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Brigitte Fiege, Mila Leuthold, Francisco Parra, Kevin P Dalton, Peter J Meloncelli, Todd L Lowary, Thomas Peters
Attachment of human noroviruses to histo blood group antigens (HBGAs) is thought to be critical for the infection process. Therefore, we have determined binding epitopes of synthetic type 1 to 6 blood group A- and B-tetrasaccharides binding to GII.4 human Norovirus virus like particles (VLPs) using STD NMR experiments. So far, little information is available from crystal structure analysis studies on the interactions of the reducing-end sugars with the protruding domain (P-domain) of the viral coat protein VP1...
August 19, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822991/aquatide-activation-of-sirt1-reduces-cellular-senescence-through-a-sirt1-foxo1-autophagy-axis
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Chae Jin Lim, Yong-Moon Lee, Seung Goo Kang, Hyung W Lim, Kyong-Oh Shin, Se Kyoo Jeong, Yang Hoon Huh, Suin Choi, Myungho Kor, Ho Seong Seo, Byeong Deog Park, Keedon Park, Jeong Keun Ahn, Yoshikazu Uchida, Kyungho Park
Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation is a relevant environment factor to induce cellular senescence and photoaging. Both autophagy- and silent information regulator T1 (SIRT1)-dependent pathways are critical cellular processes of not only maintaining normal cellular functions, but also protecting cellular senescence in skin exposed to UV irradiation. In the present studies, we investigated whether modulation of autophagy induction using a novel synthetic SIRT1 activator, heptasodium hexacarboxymethyl dipeptide-12 (named as Aquatide), suppresses the UVB irradiation-induced skin aging...
August 21, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822926/human-exposure-to-hydrogen-sulphide-concentrations-near-wastewater-treatment-plants
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Ana Flavia Locateli Godoi, Anderson Marlon Grasel, Gabriela Polezer, Andrew Brown, Sanja Potgieter-Vermaak, Débora Camargo Scremim, Carlos I Yamamoto, Ricardo Henrique Moreton Godoi
The hydrogen sulphide (H2S) levels from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in Curitiba, Brazil have been quantified for the first time. H2S generated by anaerobic decomposition of organic matter in WWTPs is a cause for concern because it is an air pollutant, which can cause eye and respiratory irritation, headaches, and nausea. Considering the requirement for WWTPs in all communities, it is necessary to assess the concentrations and effects of gases such as H2S on populations living and/or working near WWTPs...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822913/polyphosphate-is-a-key-factor-for-cell-survival-after-dna-damage-in-eukaryotic-cells
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Samuel Bru, Bàrbara Samper-Martín, Eva Quandt, Sara Hernández-Ortega, Joan M Martínez-Laínez, Eloi Garí, Marta Rafel, Javier Torres-Torronteras, Ramón Martí, Mariana P C Ribeiro, Javier Jiménez, Josep Clotet
Cells require extra amounts of dNTPs to repair DNA after damage. Polyphosphate (polyP) is an evolutionary conserved linear polymer of up to several hundred inorganic phosphate (Pi) residues that is involved in many functions, including Pi storage. In the present article, we report on findings demonstrating that polyP functions as a source of Pi when required to sustain the dNTP increment essential for DNA repair after damage. We show that mutant yeast cells without polyP produce less dNTPs upon DNA damage and that their survival is compromised...
August 8, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822800/amelogenin-induces-m2-macrophage-polarisation-via-pge2-camp-signalling-pathway
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Kensuke Yamamichi, Takao Fukuda, Terukazu Sanui, Kyosuke Toyoda, Urara Tanaka, Yuki Nakao, Karen Yotsumoto, Hiroaki Yamato, Takaharu Taketomi, Takeshi Uchiumi, Fusanori Nishimura
OBJECTIVES: Amelogenin, the major component of the enamel matrix derivative (EMD), has been suggested as a bioactive candidate for periodontal regeneration. Apart from producing a regenerative effect on periodontal tissues, amelogenin has also been reported to have an anti-inflammatory effect. However, the precise molecular mechanisms underlying these effects remain unclear. In the present study, we examined the immunomodulatory effects of amelogenin on macrophages. DESIGN: Human phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA)-differentiated U937 macrophages and CD14+ peripheral blood-derived monocytes (PBMC)-derived macrophages were stimulated with recombinant amelogenin (rM180)...
August 12, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822718/role-of-the-coagulation-system-in-genitourinary-cancers-review
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Axel John, Christian Gorzelanny, Alexander T Bauer, Stefan W Schneider, Christian Bolenz
Tumor progression is associated with aberrant hemostasis, and patients with malignant diseases have an elevated risk of developing thrombosis. A crosstalk among the vascular endothelium, components of the coagulation cascade, and cancer cells transforms the intravascular milieu to a prothrombotic, proinflammatory, and cell-adhesive state. We review the existing evidence on activation of the coagulation system and its implication in genitourinary malignancies and discuss the potential therapeutic benefit of antithrombotic agents...
July 26, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822686/the-role-of-human-monoacylglycerol-lipase-hmagl-binding-pocket-in-breakup-of-unsaturated-phospholipid-membranes
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Ioannis Karageorgos, Vitalii I Silin, Nikolai Zvonok, John Marino, David R Janero, Alexandros Makriyannis
Human monoacylglycerol lipase (hMAGL) plays a key role in homeostatic tuning of the endocannabinoid signaling system and supports aggressive tumorogenesis, making this enzyme a promising therapeutic target. hMAGL features a membrane-associated lid domain that regulates entry of endocannabinoid lipid substrates into the hydrophobic channel accessing the active site, likely from the membrane bilayer. The present work applied simultaneous surface plasmon resonance and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements to show that, in absence of the substrate, hMAGL can remove phospholipid molecules from the membrane and, thereby, disintegrate pre-formed, intact, tethered phospholipid bilayer membrane mimetics (tBLMs) composed of unsaturated phosphatidylcholines...
August 16, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822683/hsp90-sensitivity-to-adp-reveals-hidden-regulation-mechanisms
#10
Jackson C Halpin, Timothy O Street
The ATPase cycle of the Hsp90 molecular chaperone is essential for maintaining the stability of numerous client proteins. Extensive analysis has focused on ATP-driven conformational changes of Hsp90, however, little is known about how Hsp90 operates under physiological nucleotide conditions in which both ATP and ADP are present. By quantifying Hsp90 activity under mixed nucleotide conditions we find dramatic differences in ADP-sensitivity among Hsp90 homologs. ADP acts as a strong ATPase inhibitor of cytosol-specific Hsp90 homologs, whereas organellular Hsp90 homologs (Grp94 and TRAP1) are relatively insensitive to the presence of ADP...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822643/genetic-background-impacts-vaccine-induced-reduction-of-pneumococcal-colonization
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Kirsten Kuipers, Saskia van Selm, Fred van Opzeeland, Jeroen D Langereis, Lilly M Verhagen, Dimitri A Diavatopoulos, Marien I de Jonge
Vaccination has been one of the most successful strategies to reduce morbidity and mortality caused by respiratory infections. Recent evidence suggests that differences in the host genetic background and environmental factors may contribute to heterogeneity in the immune response to vaccination. During pre-clinical testing, vaccines are often evaluated in a single mouse inbred strain, which may not translate well to the heterogeneous human population. Here, we examined the influence of host genetic background on vaccine-induced protection against pneumococcal colonization in two commonly used inbred mouse strains, i...
August 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822631/clinical-evaluation-of-ebola-virus-disease-therapeutics
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REVIEW
Guodong Liu, Gary Wong, Shuo Su, Yuhai Bi, Frank Plummer, George F Gao, Gary Kobinger, Xiangguo Qiu
Ebola virus disease (EVD) was first described over 40 years ago, but no treatment has been approved for humans. The 2013-2016 EVD outbreak in West Africa has expedited the clinical evaluation of several candidate therapeutics that act through different mechanisms, but with mixed results. Nevertheless, these studies are important because the accumulation of clinical data and valuable experience in conducting efficacy trials under emergency circumstances will lead to better implementation of similar studies in the future...
August 16, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822593/decreased-expression-of-microrna-122-is-associated-with-an-unfavorable-prognosis-in-childhood-acute-myeloid-leukemia-and-function-analysis-indicates-a-therapeutic-potential
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Juan Yang, Yufang Yuan, Xiaochun Yang, Ze Hong, Lijuan Yang
MicroRNA (miR)-122 functions as a tumor suppressor in various human cancers. However, its involvement in childhood acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remains unknown. In this study, quantitative real-time PCR assay demonstrated that miR-122 expression in bone marrow specimens from AML children were significantly lower than that in non-malignant controls (P<0.001). Statistically, AML children with low miR-122 expression more frequently had large white blood cell count (P=0.022), French-American-British classification subtype M7 (P<0...
June 28, 2017: Pathology, Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822542/short-communication-a-study-of-lactobacillus-isolates-adherence-to-and-influence-on-membrane-integrity-of-human-caco-2-cells
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Neethu M Jose, Craig R Bunt, Arlene McDowell, Jasper Z S Chiu, Malik A Hussain
The selection criteria of ideal probiotic bacteria are complex and involve many factors. One key criterion is based on the ability of the probiotic bacteria to adhere to the epithelial lining of the gastrointestinal tract. The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the adherence and influence on membrane integrity of 2 selected lactobacilli isolates-Lactobacillus rhamnosus MI13 (dairy food origin) and L. plantarum RC2 (bovine rumen origin)-to Caco-2 cells in the presence and absence of Escherichia coli...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822452/-a-study-on-the-correlation-between-neo-bioscoresystem-and-disease-free-survival-of-breast-cancer-patients-with-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
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G C Wang, F R Xu, J B Li, W Liu, L Bian, S H Zhang, T Wang, S T Song, Z F Jiang
Obiective: To explorethe correlation between Neo-Bioscore and disease-free survival (DFS) after neoadjuvant therapy in patients with breast cancer in China. Methods: The clinical and pathological data of 429 patients with early or locally advanced breast cancer who received neoadjuvant therapy at the No.307 Hospital of PLA from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2015 were analyzed and we followed up their DFS. Results: Neo-Bioscore were closely related to DFS (χ(2)=47.662, P<0.001). When the groups were divided by Neo-Bioscore 3, they weremore relevantto DFS (HR=5...
August 8, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822384/clinical-characteristics-of-trauma-patients-requiring-hydrocortisone-treatment-for-refractory-hypotension
#16
Gina Kim, Jeffrey Young
Corticosteroids play an important role in responding to physiologic stress in the human body. However, its application in critical care remains heavily debated. The purpose of this study was to identify patient characteristics associated with receiving stress-dose steroids during the intensive care unit stay after traumatic injury and its effect on in-hospital mortality. Patients admitted to the University of Virginia trauma center between January 1, 2011, and December 31, 2015, were identified using our Trauma Registry...
August 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822238/the-environmental-injustice-of-beauty-framing-chemical%C3%A2-exposures-from-beauty-products-as-a-health%C3%A2-disparities-concern
#17
Ami R Zota, Bhavna Shamasunder
The obstetrics-gynecology community has issued a call to action to prevent toxic environmental chemical exposures and their threats to healthy human reproduction. Recent committee opinions recognize that vulnerable and underserved women may be impacted disproportionately by environmental chemical exposures and recommend that reproductive health professionals champion policies that secure environmental justice. Beauty product use is an understudied source of environmental chemical exposures. Beauty products can include reproductive and developmental toxicants such as phthalates and heavy metals; however, disclosure requirements are limited and inconsistent...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822233/obese-fathers-lead-to-an-altered-metabolism-and-obesity-in-their-children-in-adulthood-review-of-experimental-and-human-studies
#18
REVIEW
Fernanda Ornellas, Priscila V Carapeto, Carlos A Mandarim-de-Lacerda, Marcia B Aguila
OBJECTIVE: To discuss the recent literature on paternal obesity, focusing on the possible mechanisms of transmission of the phenotypes from the father to the children. SOURCES: A non-systematic review in the PubMed database found few publications in which paternal obesity was implicated in the adverse transmission of characteristics to offspring. Specific articles on epigenetics were also evaluated. As the subject is recent and still controversial, all articles were considered regardless of year of publication...
August 16, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822172/-safflower-s-origin-and-changes-of-producing-areas
#19
Chao-Xiang Ren, Yi-Yun Wu, Xiao-Hui Tang, Jing Hu, Jiang Chen, Qing-Hua Wu, Jin Pei
Human's application of safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) has a long history, but the origin remains unclear. Safflower was introduced into China for traditional Chinese medicine, and Sichuan was major producing area. However, in recent years, the main producing area is in Xinjiang province, in contrast Sichuan safflower is difficult to find. By reading relevant document literature and the production and marketing information of safflower, and having field investigation in the main producing areas, the origin of safflower and the reasons of producing areas' changes were explored...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822091/effect-of-ap102-a-subtype-2-and-5-specific-somatostatin-analog-on-glucose-metabolism-in-rats
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Erika Tarasco, Petra Seebeck, Svende Pfundstein, Adrian F Daly, Philippe J Eugster, Alan G Harris, Eric Grouzmann, Thomas A Lutz, Christina N Boyle
PURPOSE: Somatostatin analogs are widely used to treat conditions associated with hormonal hypersecretion such as acromegaly and metastatic neuroendocrine tumors. First generation somatostatin analogs, such as octreotide and lanreotide, have high affinity for somatostatin receptor subtype 2 (SSTR2), but have incomplete efficacy in many patients. Pasireotide targets multiple SSTRs, having the highest affinity for SSTR5, but causes hyperglycemia and diabetes mellitus in preclinical and clinical studies...
August 18, 2017: Endocrine
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