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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454452/flow-cytometry-based-immunophenotypic-analysis-of-primary-systemic-light-chain-amyloidosis
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Xiangwen Diao, Juan Li, Juan Ouyang, Junru Liu, Beihui Huang, Meilan Chen, Jingli Gu
Using flow cytometry, the present study aimed to investigate the immunophenotypic characteristics of malignant plasma cells (PCs) in the bone marrow of patients with primary systemic light chain amyloidosis (AL) compared with the characteristics of patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Flow cytometric results of 51 patients with AL and 150 patients with MM were reviewed. The proportion of total bone marrow PCs in the patients with AL was significantly lower than that in the patients with MM, 1.35% (0.3-9.5%) vs...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453489/changes-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-peptides-due-to-tauopathy
#2
Petra Majerova, Peter Barath, Alena Michalicova, Stanislav Katina, Michal Novak, Andrej Kovac
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and progressive supranuclear palsy are two common neurodegenerative tauopathies, and the most common cause of progressive brain dementia in elderly affecting more than 35 million people. The tauopathies are characterized by abnormal deposition of microtubule associated protein tau into intracellular neurofibrillary tangles composed mainly of the hyperphosphorylated form of the protein. The diagnosis of tauopathies is based on the presence of clinical features and pathological changes...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449155/mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-effect-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-with-ppar-%C3%AE-agonist-or-exendin-4
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Mohamed Abd Elaziz Wassef, Ola M Tork, Laila A Rashed, Walaa Ibrahim, Heba Morsi, Dina Mohamed Mekawy Rabie
Therapy targeting mitochondria may provide novel ways to treat diabetes and its complications. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ) agonists and exendin-4; an analog of glucagon-like peptide-1 have shown cardioprotective properties in many cardiac injury models. So, we evaluated their effects in diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) in relation to mitochondrial dysfunction. This work included seven groups of adult male albino rats: the control group, the non-treated diabetic group, and the treated diabetic groups: one group was treated with MSCs only, the second with pioglitazone only, the third with MSCs and pioglitazone, the forth with exendin-4 only and the fifth with MSCs and exendin-4...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448086/effects-of-running-wheel-activity-and-dietary-hmb-and-%C3%AE-alanine-co-supplementation-on-muscle-quality-in-aged-male-rats
#4
D W Russ, C Acksel, K W McCorkle, N K Edens, S M Garvey
OBJECTIVE: Loss of skeletal muscle function is linked to increased risk for loss of health and independence in older adults. Dietary interventions that can enhance aging muscle function, alone or in combination with exercise, may offer an effective way to reduce these risks. The goal of this study was to evaluate the muscular effects of beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate (HMB) and beta-alanine (β-Ala) co-supplementation in aged Sprague-Dawley rats with voluntary access to running wheels (RW)...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447717/knockdown-of-zfpl1-results-in-increased-autophagy-and-autophagy%C3%A2-related-cell-death-in-nci%C3%A2-n87-and-bgc%C3%A2-823-human-gastric-carcinoma-cell-lines
#5
Yong-Zheng Xie, Wan-Li Ma, Ji-Ming Meng, Xue-Qun Ren
Macroautophagy, which will hereafter be referred to as autophagy, is an evolutionarily conserved process, during which cells recycle and remove damaged organelles and proteins in response to cellular stress. However, the mechanisms underlying the regulation of autophagy remain to be fully elucidated. The present study demonstrated that knockdown of zinc finger protein like 1 (ZFPL1) induces autophagy and increases autophagic cell death in NCI‑N87 and BGC‑823 human gastric carcinoma cell lines. To examine the role of ZFPL1 in gastric carcinoma cells, ZFPL1 expression was downregulated by lentiviral infection...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446754/phonon-mediated-repulsion-sharp-transitions-and-quasi-self-trapping-in-the-extended-peierls-hubbard-model
#6
J Sous, M Chakraborty, C P J Adolphs, R V Krems, M Berciu
We study two identical fermions, or two hard-core bosons, in an infinite chain and coupled to phonons by interactions that modulate their hopping as described by the Peierls/Su-Schrieffer-Heeger (SSH) model. We show that exchange of phonons generates effective nearest-neighbor repulsion between particles and also gives rise to interactions that move the pair as a whole. The two-polaron phase diagram exhibits two sharp transitions, leading to light dimers at strong coupling and the flattening of the dimer dispersion at some critical values of the parameters...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446322/-research-advances-in-treatment-of-myeloma-nephropathy-review
#7
Xiao-Ping Zhang, Zu-Yao Xia, Bao-An Chen, Chong Gao
Myeloma nephropathy is a common complication in patients with myltiple myeloma (MM) that causes high morbidity. In the majority of cases, renal impairment is caused by the accumulation and precipitation of light chains, which form casts in the distal tubules, resulting in renal obstruction. This review discusses the recent advances on its treatment, so as to provide reference for clinical treatment of MM induced-renal failure.
April 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446298/-clinical-effects-of-different-chemotherapeutic-regimens-on-the-patients-with-multiple-myeloma
#8
Shu Wang, Hong-Mei Guan
OBJECTIVE: To explore the clinical effects of T-VD regimen (bortezomib+dexamethasone+thalidomid) and T-VAD regimen (vincristine+adriamycin+dexamethasone+thalidomide) on the patients with multiple myeloma(MM). METHODS: Thirty cases of MM treated by T-VD(T-VD group) and 30 cases of MM treated by T-VAD(T-VAD group) from April 2010 to April 2012 were included in this study. The clinical effects and long-term survival were compared betwwen these 2 groups. RESULTS: Both the CR and ORR in T-VD group were higher than those in T-VAD group(P<0...
April 2017: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446126/cd44-silencing-decreases-the-expression-of-stem-cell-related-factors-induced-by-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-in-lung-cancer-preliminary-findings
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Fariz Nurwidya, Fumiyuki Takahashi, Motoyasu Kato, Hario Baskoro, Moulid Hidayat, Aditya Wirawan, Kazuhisa Takahashi
The mechanism underlying increased concentrations of cancer stem cells (CSCs)-associated factors in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells treated with transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1) and tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα), is still not clear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the possible role of CD44 in the regulation of CSC-associated genes, by analyzing the effect of CD44 knockdown on the expression of CSC-associated genes. A549, a NSCLC cell line that expresses CD44 antigen, was treated with TGFβ1 and TNFα...
April 24, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445079/multiple-antimicrobial-resistance-and-novel-point-mutation-in-fluoroquinolone-resistant-escherichia-coli-isolates-from-mangalore-india
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Santhosh Kogaluru Shivakumaraswamy, Deekshit Vijaya Kumar, Venugopal Moleyuru Nagarajappa, Iddya Karunasagar, Indrani Karunasagar
Fluoroquinolone resistance in bacteria is usually associated with mutations in the topoisomerase regions. We report a novel point mutation in fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli strains. E. coli isolated from the environment in and around Mangalore, India, were examined for their antimicrobial resistance profile to 12 antibiotics and for the antibiotic resistance genes by polymerase chain reaction. Of the 67 E. coli isolated, 24 (35.8%) were sensitive to all antibiotics and 43 (64.2%) showed resistance to at least one of the 12 antibiotics used in the study...
April 26, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444965/serum-free-light-chain-quantitative-assays-dilemma-of-a-biomarker
#11
Giovanni Cigliana, Francesca Gulli, Cecilia Napodano, Krizia Pocino, Elena De Santis, Luigi Colacicco, Iole Cordone, Laura Conti, Umberto Basile
BACKGROUND: Serum free light chains detection assays are consistently meeting greater interest for the diagnosis and monitoring of monoclonal gammopathies and plasma cell dyscrasias. Nowadays, there are neither standardized methods nor reference material for the determination of free light chains; for this reason, it is important to compare two different assays used in clinical laboratory. METHODS: We evaluated 300 serum samples from patients with B-cell disorders and compared the analytical performances of both assay...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442574/the-r753q-polymorphism-in-toll-like-receptor-2-tlr2-attenuates-innate-immune-responses-to-mycobacteria-and-impairs-myd88-adapter-recruitment-to-tlr2
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Goutham Pattabiraman, Rahul Panchal, Andrei E Medvedev
Toll-like receptor (TLR) 2 plays a critical role in host defenses against mycobacterial infections. The Arg753Gln (R753Q) TLR2 polymorphism has been associated with increased incidence of tuberculosis and infections with non-tuberculous mycobacteria in human populations, but the mechanisms by which this polymorphism affects TLR2 signaling are unclear. In this study, we determined the impact of the R753Q TLR2 polymorphism on macrophage sensing of Mycobacterium smegmatis. Upon infection with M. smegmatis, macrophages from knock-in (KI) mice harboring R753Q TLR2 expressed lower levels of TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-10 compared to cells from wild-type (WT) mice but both R753Q TLR2 and WT mice exhibited comparable bacterial burdens...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442495/aspirin-prevents-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activation-and-cdx2-expression-stimulated-by-acid-and-bile-salts-in-oesophageal-squamous-cells-of-patients-with-barrett-s-oesophagus
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Xiaofang Huo, Xi Zhang, Chunhua Yu, Edaire Cheng, Qiuyang Zhang, Kerry B Dunbar, Thai H Pham, John P Lynch, David H Wang, Robert S Bresalier, Stuart J Spechler, Rhonda F Souza
OBJECTIVE: In previous studies using oesophageal squamous cells from patients with Barrett's oesophagus (normal oesophageal squamous (NES)-B cells) and from patients without Barrett's oesophagus (NES-G cells), we showed that acid and bile salts induced caudal-related homeobox transcription factor 2 (CDX2) expression only in NES-B cells. CDX2, a transcription factor required to form intestinal epithelium, is a target of nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) signalling, which can be inhibited by aspirin...
April 25, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442309/a-universal-colorimetry-for-nucleic-acids-and-aptamer-specific-ligands-detection-based-on-dna-hybridization-amplification
#14
Shuang Li, Xinxin Shang, Jia Liu, Yujie Wang, Yingshu Guo, Jinmao You
We present a universal amplified-colorimetric for detecting nucleic acid targets or aptamer-specific ligand targets based on gold nanoparticle-DNA (GNP-DNA) hybridization chain reaction (HCR). The universal arrays consisted of capture probe and hairpin DNA-GNP. First, capture probe recognized target specificity and released the initiator sequence. Then dispersed hairpin DNA modified GNPs were cross-linked to form aggregates through HCR events triggered by initiator sequence. As the aggregates accumulate, a significant red-to purple color change can be easily visualized by the naked eye...
April 22, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441017/equilibration-of-micelle-polyelectrolyte-complexes-mechanistic-differences-between-static-and-annealed-charge-distributions
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Jennifer E Laaser, Michael McGovern, Yaming Jiang, Elise Lohmann, Theresa M Reineke, David C Morse, Kevin D Dorfman, Timothy P Lodge
The role of charge density and charge annealing in polyelectrolyte complexation was investigated through systematic comparison of two micelle-polyelectrolyte systems. First, poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(styrene) (PDMAEMA-b-PS) micelles were complexed with poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS) at pH values above and below the pKa of PDMAEMA to investigate the role of charge annealing in the complexation process. Second, complexes of poly(DMAEMA-stat-oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)-block-poly(styrene) (P(DMAEMA-stat-OEGMA)-b-PS) micelles with the same PSS at low pH were used to investigate how the complexation process differs when the charged sites are in fixed positions along the polymer chains...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440650/comprehensive-computational-and-experimental-analysis-of-biomaterial-towards-the-behavior-of-imidazolium-based-ionic-liquids-an-interplay-between-hydrophilic-and-hydrophobic-interactions
#16
Reddicherla Umapathi, Suresh B Vepuri, Pannuru Venkatesu, Mahmoud E S Soliman
To provide insights into the aggregation behavior, hydration tendency and variation in phase transition temperature produced by the addition of ionic liquids (ILs) to poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) aqueous solution, systematic physicochemical studies, and molecular dynamic simulations were carried out. The influence of ILs possessing same [Cl]- anion and a set of cation [Cnmim]+ with increasing alkyl chain length such as 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ([Emim]+), 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium ([Amim]+), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium ([Bmim]+), 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium ([Hmim]+), 1-benzyl-3-methylimidazolium ([Bzmim]+), and 1- decyl-3-methylimidazolium ([Dmim] +) on the phase transition of PNIPAM was monitored by the aid of UV-visible absorption spectra, fluorescence intensity spectra, viscosity (ɳ), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440454/microrna%C3%A2-336-directly-targets-sox%C3%A2-2-in-osteosarcoma-to-inhibit-tumorigenesis
#17
Yong Cao, Tianding Wu, Dongzhe Li, Jianzhong Hu, Hongbin Lu
Previous evidence has suggested that microRNAs (miRNAs or miRs), which belong to a class of non‑coding RNAs, shape cellular processes by regulating gene expression. Abnormal expression of miRNAs has been associated with tumorigenesis in multiple cancers. However, the function of miR‑336 in osteosarcoma (OS) remains unknown. The experimental procedures used in the present study included flow cytometry, reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction, luciferase reporter assay, invasion assay, western blot analysis and in vivo implantation...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440452/bambi-overexpression-together-with-%C3%AE-sitosterol-ameliorates-nsclc-via-inhibiting-autophagy-and-inactivating-tgf-%C3%AE-smad2-3-pathway
#18
Xingchun Wang, Minjie Li, Mengyao Hu, Ping Wei, Wei Zhu
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has the highest mortality rate among all solid tumors with a poor prognosis. The BMP and activin receptor membrane bound inhibitor (BAMBI) has been identified as a hallmark of NSCLC and β-sitosterol possesses antitumor potentiality. This study explores the effect of BAMBI overexpression and β-sitosterol in the context of NSCLC. The results revealed that the transfection of pcDNA‑BAMBI and β-sitosterol treatment significantly reduced the levels of autophagy markers light chain 3 (LC3) II and Beclin 1, whereas the levels of LC3 I and p62 were promoted...
May 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440437/autophagy-related-protein-12-associates-with-anti-apoptotic-b-cell-lymphoma-2-to-promote-apoptosis-in-gentamicin-induced-inner-ear-hair-cell-loss
#19
Xiaofeng Ma, Yongze Liu, Waqas Muhammad, Dingding Liu, Junguo Wang, Han Zhou, Xia Gao, Xiaoyun Qian
The aim of the present study was to investigate the underlying mechanisms of autophagy in a gentamicin (GM)-induced ototoxic model, and to establish whether the blocking of autophagy significantly increases the survival of inner ear hair cells. Cochleae were carefully dissected from four day‑old C57BL/6J mice and randomly divided into three groups prior to explant culture: Control (culture medium), GM‑treated (culture medium + GM) and GM + 3-methyladenine (3-MA; culture medium + GM + 3‑MA). Transmission electron microscopy, immunofluorescence and western blotting were performed to observe the expression of the autophagy protein microtubule‑associated protein 1A/B‑light chain 3 in explant cultures treated with GM and the autophagy inhibitor 3‑MA...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439985/the-utility-of-mass-fix-to-detect-and-monitor-monoclonal-proteins-in-the-clinic
#20
Paolo Milani, David L Murray, David R Barnidge, Mindy C Kohlhagen, John R Mills, Giampaolo Merlini, Surendra Dasari, Angela Dispenzieri
The detection and quantification of monoclonal-proteins (M-proteins) are necessary for the diagnosis and evaluation of response in plasma cell dyscrasias. Immunoglobulin enrichment-coupled with matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass-spectrometry (MASS-FIX) is a simple and inexpensive method to identify M-proteins, but its clinical generalizability has not yet been elucidated. We compared MASS-FIX to protein electrophoresis (PEL), serum/urine immunofixation-electrophoresis (IFE) and quantitative serum free-light chain (FLC) for the identification of M-proteins in different clinical diagnoses...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
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