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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161153/protective-effects-of-agomelatine-on-testicular-damage-caused-by-bortezomib
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N Akaras, T Bal, H Atilay, J Selli, M B Halici
Bortezomib is a chemotherapeutic agent used to treat several cancers; however, it exhibits severe side effects in testicular tissue. We investigated the use of agomelatine to prevent testicular tissue damage caused by bortezomib. We used 36 male Sprague-Dawley rats divided randomly into six equal groups: group 1, no treatment control; group 2, agomelatine treatment only; group 3, bortezomib treatment only for 48 h; group 4, bortezomib + agomelatine treatment for 48 h; group 5, bortezomib treatment only for 72 h; and group 6, bortezomib + agomelatine treatment for 72 h...
November 21, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161081/diet-obesity-and-asthma
#2
Lisa G Wood
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in many developed countries as Western dietary patterns have been widely adopted. These diets are characterized by excess energy intake as well as regular consumption of processed or "fast" foods and limited consumption of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. The result is a high intake of saturated fat, refined carbohydrates, and sodium; and a low intake of fiber, vitamins, and other phytochemicals. This type of poor-quality diet has been associated with increased risk of chronic inflammatory diseases, including asthma...
November 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160078/formation-of-lipid-bilayer-nanodiscs-by-diisobutylene-maleic-acid-dibma-copolymer
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Abraham Olusegun Oluwole, Johannes Klingler, Bartholomäus Danielczak, Jonathan Oyebamiji Babalola, Carolyn Vargas, Georg Pabst, Sandro Keller
Membrane proteins usually need to be extracted from their native environment and separated from other membrane components for in-depth in vitro characterization. The use of styrene/maleic acid (SMA) copolymers to solubilize membrane proteins and their surrounding lipids into bilayer nanodiscs is an attractive approach toward this goal. We have recently shown that diisobutylene/maleic acid (DIBMA) copolymer similarly solubilizes model and cellular membranes but, unlike SMA(3:1), has a mild impact on lipid acyl-chain order and thermotropic phase behavior...
November 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159189/nmdar-encephalitis-passive-transfer-from-man-to-mouse-by-a-recombinant-antibody
#4
Manish Malviya, Sumanta Barman, Kristin S Golombeck, Jesús Planagumà, Francesco Mannara, Nathalie Strutz-Seebohm, Claudia Wrzos, Fatih Demir, Christine Baksmeier, Julia Steckel, Kim Kristin Falk, Catharina C Gross, Stjepana Kovac, Kathrin Bönte, Andreas Johnen, Klaus-Peter Wandinger, Elena Martín-García, Albert J Becker, Christian E Elger, Nikolaj Klöcker, Heinz Wiendl, Sven G Meuth, Hans-Peter Hartung, Guiscard Seebohm, Frank Leypoldt, Rafael Maldonado, Christine Stadelmann, Josep Dalmau, Nico Melzer, Norbert Goebels
Objective: Autoimmune encephalitis is most frequently associated with anti-NMDAR autoantibodies. Their pathogenic relevance has been suggested by passive transfer of patients' cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in mice in vivo. We aimed to analyze the intrathecal plasma cell repertoire, identify autoantibody-producing clones, and characterize their antibody signatures in recombinant form. Methods: Patients with recent onset typical anti-NMDAR encephalitis were subjected to flow cytometry analysis of the peripheral and intrathecal immune response before, during, and after immunotherapy...
November 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159010/multiple-myeloma-presenting-as-acute-renal-failure-in-the-absence-of-other-characteristic-features
#5
Zachary N Gastelum, Diana M Biggs, Aaron Scott
This case report describes a 54-year-old, asymptomatic man who presented with hyperkalemia on routine lab testing who was later found to have acute renal failure, unresponsive to fluid resuscitation, with minimal improvement after hemodialysis. After a comprehensive evaluation ruled out common causes of acute renal failure, the patient underwent testing with a bone survey, urine protein electrophoresis (UPEP), serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP), and immunoelectrophoresis for suspected plasma cell dyscrasia and received plasmapheresis for hyperviscosity syndrome and nephrotoxicity, which resulted in improved renal function...
September 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158508/switching-between-h-and-j-type-electronic-coupling-in-single-conjugated-polymer-aggregates
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Theresa Eder, Thomas Stangl, Max Gmelch, Klaas Remmerssen, Dirk Laux, Sigurd Höger, John M Lupton, Jan Vogelsang
The aggregation of conjugated polymers and electronic coupling of chromophores play a central role in the fundamental understanding of light and charge generation processes. Here we report that the predominant coupling in isolated aggregates of conjugated polymers can be switched reversibly between H-type and J-type coupling by partially swelling and drying the aggregates. Aggregation is identified by shifts in photoluminescence energy, changes in vibronic peak ratio, and photoluminescence lifetime. This experiment unravels the internal electronic structure of the aggregate and highlights the importance of the drying process in the final spectroscopic properties...
November 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157665/lipopolysaccharide-induced-increase-in-intestinal-epithelial-tight-permeability-is-mediated-by-toll-like-receptor-4-myeloid-differentiation-primary-response-88-myd88-activation-of-myosin-light-chain-kinase-expression
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Meghali Nighot, Rana Al-Sadi, Shuhong Guo, Manmeet Rawat, Prashant Nighot, Martin D Watterson, Thomas Y Ma
Lipopolysaccharides (LPSs) are a major component of the Gram-negative bacterial cell wall and play an important role in mediating intestinal inflammatory responses in inflammatory bowel disease. Although recent studies suggested that physiologically relevant concentrations of LPS (0 to 1 ng/mL) cause an increase in intestinal epithelial tight junction (TJ) permeability, the mechanisms that mediate an LPS-induced increase in intestinal TJ permeability remain unclear. Herein, we show that myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) plays a central role in the LPS-induced increase in TJ permeability...
December 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157222/comparative-proteomics-reveals-the-physiological-differences-between-winter-tender-shoots-and-spring-tender-shoots-of-a-novel-tea-camellia-sinensis-l-cultivar-evergrowing-in-winter
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Shengjie Liu, Jiadong Gao, Zhongjian Chen, Xiaoyan Qiao, Hualin Huang, Baiyuan Cui, Qingfeng Zhu, Zhangyan Dai, Hualing Wu, Yayan Pan, Chengwei Yang, Jun Liu
BACKGROUND: A recently discovered tea [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] cultivar can generate tender shoots in winter. We performed comparative proteomics to analyze the differentially accumulated proteins between winter and spring tender shoots of this clonal cultivar to reveal the physiological basis of its evergrowing character during winter. RESULTS: We extracted proteins from the winter and spring tender shoots (newly formed two leaves and a bud) of the evergrowing tea cultivar "Dongcha11" respectively...
November 20, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156790/kaempferol-induces-autophagic-cell-death-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-via-activating-ampk-signaling
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Bing Han, Yi-Qun Yu, Qi-Lian Yang, Chun-Ying Shen, Xiao-Juan Wang
In the present study, we demonstrate that Kaempferol inhibited survival and proliferation of established human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cell lines (HepG2, Huh-7, BEL7402, and SMMC) and primary human HCC cells. Kaempferol treatment in HCC cells induced profound AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) activation, which led to Ulk1 phosphorylation, mTOR complex 1 inhibition and cell autophagy. Autophagy induction was reflected by Beclin-1/autophagy gene 5 upregulation and p62 degradation as well as light chain 3B (LC3B)-I to LC3B-II conversion and LC3B puncta formation...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156487/evolution-and-molecular-mechanism-of-four-electron-reducing-ferredoxin-dependent-bilin-reductases-from-oceanic-phages
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Benjamin Ledermann, Meike Schwan, Johannes A Sommerkamp, Eckhard Hofmann, Oded Béjà, Nicole Frankenberg-Dinkel
Ferredoxin-dependent bilin reductases (FDBRs) are a class of enzymes reducing the heme metabolite biliverdin IXα (BV) to form open-chain tetrapyrroles used for light-perception and light-harvesting in photosynthetic organisms. Thus far, seven FDBR families have been identified, each catalyzing a distinct reaction and either transferring two or four electrons from ferredoxin onto the substrate. The newest addition to the family is PcyX, originally identified from metagenomics data derived from phage. Phylogenetically, PcyA is the closest relative catalyzing the reduction of BV to phycocyanobilin...
November 20, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156093/functional-and-molecular-outcomes-of-the-human-masticatory-muscles
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Gaetano Isola, Giuseppe Anastasi, Giovanni Matarese, Ray C Williams, Giuseppina Cutroneo, Pietro Bracco, Maria Grazia Piancino
The masticatory muscles achieve a broad range of different activities such as chewing, sucking, swallowing and speech. In order to accomplish these duties, masticatory muscles have a unique and heterogeneous structure and fibre composition, enabling them to produce their strength and contraction speed largely dependent on their motor units and myosin proteins that can change in response to genetic and environmental factors. Human masticatory muscles express unique myosin isoforms, including a combination of thick fibers, expressing myosin light chains (MyLC) and myosin class I and II heavy chains (MyHC) -IIA, -IIX, α-cardiac, embryonic and neonatal and thin fibers, respectively...
November 20, 2017: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155773/dna-magnetic-particle-binding-analysis-by-dynamic-and-electrophoretic-light-scattering
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Yazan Haddad, Simona Dostalova, Jiri Kudr, Ondrej Zitka, Zbynek Heger, Vojtech Adam
Isolation of DNA using magnetic particles is a field of high importance in biotechnology and molecular biology research. This protocol describes the evaluation of DNA-magnetic particles binding via dynamic light scattering (DLS) and electrophoretic light scattering (ELS). Analysis by DLS provides valuable information on the physicochemical properties of particles including particle size, polydispersity, and zeta potential. The latter describes the surface charge of the particle which plays major role in electrostatic binding of materials such as DNA...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155738/imaging-amyloid-tissues-stained-with-luminescent-conjugated-oligothiophenes-by-hyperspectral-confocal-microscopy-and-fluorescence-lifetime-imaging
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Sofie Nyström, Marcus Bäck, K Peter R Nilsson, Per Hammarström
Proteins that deposit as amyloid in tissues throughout the body can be the cause or consequence of a large number of diseases. Among these we find neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease afflicting primarily the central nervous system, and systemic amyloidosis where serum amyloid A, transthyretin and IgG light chains deposit as amyloid in liver, carpal tunnel, spleen, kidney, heart, and other peripheral tissues. Amyloid has been known and studied for more than a century, often using amyloid specific dyes such as Congo red and Thioflavin T (ThT) or Thioflavin (ThS)...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155199/physiochemical-and-functional-properties-of-tiger-puffer-takifugu-rubripes-skin-gelatin-as-affected-by-extraction-conditions
#14
Jinfeng Pan, Qi Li, Hui Jia, Lining Xia, Wengang Jin, Meijun Shang, Chang Xu, Xiuping Dong
The study investigated physiochemical and functional properties of gelatins from tiger puffer skin (GTPS) extracted with warm-water method at 45, 55 and 65°C for 3, 6 and 12h. GTPS45 exhibited strong γ-, β-, α1- and α2-chains, but they faded with the presence of fragments (<80 KDa) in other GTPS. As the increase of temperature and time, amide I and A were shifted to higher wavenumber and their amplitudes in GTPS65-12 decreased. Lightness declined while redness and yellowness were enhanced. Gel strength was in a range of 144...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155085/ir-spectroscopy-analysis-of-pancreatic-lipase-related-protein-2-interaction-with-phospholipids-2-discriminative-recognition-of-various-micellar-systems-and-characterization-of-plrp2-dppc-bile-salt-complexes
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Eduardo Mateos-Diaz, Priscila Sutto-Ortiz, Moulay Sahaka, Deborah Byrne, Hélène Gaussier, Frédéric Carrière
The interaction of pancreatic lipase-related protein 2 (PLRP2) with various micelles containing phospholipids was investigated using pHstat enzyme activity measurements, differential light scattering, size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and transmission IR spectroscopy. Various micelles of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) and lysophosphatidylcholine were prepared with either bile salts (sodium taurodeoxycholate or glycodeoxycholate) or Triton X-100, which are substrate-dispersing agents commonly used for measuring phospholipase activities...
November 16, 2017: Chemistry and Physics of Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154199/ultraviolet-b-radiation-down-regulates-ulk1-and-atg7-expression-and-impairs-the-autophagy-response-in-human-keratinocytes
#16
Xu Chen, Li Li, Song Xu, Wenbo Bu, Kun Chen, Min Li, Heng Gu
Autophagy is a self-digestive pathway that helps to maintain cellular homeostasis, and many autophagy-related gene (ATG)s involved the regulation of the autophagy process. Ultraviolet light is a common stressor of skin, but it is unclear how autophagy is regulated after ultraviolet exposure in epidermal keratinocytes. Here, we found that the mRNAs of some key ATG genes such as ULK1, ATG5 and ATG7 exhibited significantly lower levels in the skin tissues of the face and chest with solar ultraviolet exposure, compared with perineal skin...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153741/left-atrial-function-in-patients-with-light-chain-amyloidosis-a-transthoracic-3d-speckle-tracking-imaging-study
#17
Dania Mohty, Vincent Petitalot, Julien Magne, Bahaa M Fadel, Cyrille Boulogne, Dounia Rouabhia, Chahrazed ElHamel, David Lavergne, Thibaud Damy, Victor Aboyans, Arnaud Jaccard
BACKGROUND: Systemic light chain amyloidosis (AL) is characterized by the extracellular deposition of amyloid fibrils. Transthoracic echocardiography is the modality of choice to assess cardiac function in patients with AL. Whereas left ventricular (LV) function has been well studied in this patient population, data regarding the value of left atrial (LA) function in AL patients are lacking. In this study, we aim to examine the impact of LA volumes and function on survival in AL patients as assessed by real-time 3D echocardiography...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153147/trifecta-of-light-chain-cast-nephropathy-monoclonal-plasma-cell-infiltrates-and-light-chain-proximal-tubulopathy
#18
Abhilash Koratala, A Ahsan Ejaz, Wesley M Hiser, William L Clapp
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153137/ckd-stage-v-in-al-amyloidosis-is-it-too-late-to-treat-maybe-not
#19
Nelson Leung
Ig light chain amyloidosis is a protein misfolding disease capable of causing multiorgan failure. Organ failure can be stopped by reducing the production of Ig light chain. The current study by Rezk et al. found that even patients with advanced chronic kidney disease can benefit if the serum free light chain can be substantially reduced within the first 3 months. This, if confirmed, can have a huge impact in the management of these patients.
December 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152654/nephrin-loss-is-reduced-by-grape-seed-proanthocyanidins-in-the-experimental-diabetic-nephropathy-rat-model
#20
Xianhua Li, Zhaoli Gao, Haiqing Gao, Baoying Li, Tao Peng, Bei Jiang, Xiangdong Yang, Zhao Hu
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of the major causes of end‑stage renal failure. Grape seed proanthocyanidin extracts (GSPE) are known to act as antioxidants. The current study aimed to determine the effects of GSPE on the streptozotocin (STZ)‑induced diabetic rat model and to explore the underlying mechanism of its action. Wistar rats were induced into a diabetic state by injection of STZ and were treated with 250 mg·kg‑1·day‑1 GSPE for 24 weeks. Kidney samples were collected for observation of renal pathological changes by light microscope (periodic acid‑Schiff staining) and electron microscopy...
October 19, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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