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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431938/selective-inhibition-of-ezh2-by-a-small-molecule-inhibitor-regulates-microglial-gene-expression-essential-for-inflammation
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Sarder Arifuzzaman, Amitabh Das, Sun Hwa Kim, Taeho Yoon, Young Seek Lee, Kyoung Hwa Jung, Young Gyu Chai
Multiple studies have documented that Enhancer of zeste homolog 2 (EZH2) could play a role in inflammation and a wide range of malignancies; however, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unaddressed. Microglial activation is a key process in the production and release of numerous pro-inflammatory mediators that play important roles in inflammation and neurodegeneration in the central nervous system (CNS). Therefore, our aim was to investigate whether inhibition of EZH2 with the selective small molecule inhibitor EPZ-6438 protects against neonatal microglial activation...
April 18, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428813/perinatal-depression-in-nigeria-perspectives-of-women-family-caregivers-and-health-care-providers
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Ademola Adeponle, Danielle Groleau, Lola Kola, Laurence J Kirmayer, Oye Gureje
BACKGROUND: Perinatal maternal depression is common and undertreated in many sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria. While culture shapes the social determinants and expression of depressive symptoms, there is a dearth of research investigating these processes in African contexts. METHODS: To address this gap, we conducted in-depth interviews with 14 women with perinatal depression, 14 of their family caregivers and 11 health providers, using the McGill Illness Narrative Interview as part of a larger trial of a stepped-care intervention...
2017: International Journal of Mental Health Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424626/a-rat-immobilization-model-based-on-cage-volume-reduction-a-physiological-model-for-bed-rest
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Enrica Marmonti, Sílvia Busquets, Míriam Toledo, Marina Ricci, Marc Beltrà, Victòria Gudiño, Francesc Oliva, José M López-Pedrosa, Manuel Manzano, Ricardo Rueda, Francisco J López-Soriano, Josep M Argilés
Bed rest has been an established treatment in the past prescribed for critically illness or convalescing patients, in order to preserve their body metabolic resource, to prevent serious complications and to support their rapid path to recovery. However, it has been reported that prolonged bed rest can have detrimental consequences that may delay or prevent the recovery from clinical illness. In order to study disuse-induced changes in muscle and bone, as observed during prolonged bed rest in humans, an innovative new model of muscle disuse for rodents is presented...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423323/liberated-pka-catalytic-subunits-associate-with-the-membrane-via-myristoylation-to-preferentially-phosphorylate-membrane-substrates
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Shane E Tillo, Wei-Hong Xiong, Maho Takahashi, Sheng Miao, Adriana L Andrade, Dale A Fortin, Guang Yang, Maozhen Qin, Barbara F Smoody, Philip J S Stork, Haining Zhong
Protein kinase A (PKA) has diverse functions in neurons. At rest, the subcellular localization of PKA is controlled by A-kinase anchoring proteins (AKAPs). However, the dynamics of PKA upon activation remain poorly understood. Here, we report that elevation of cyclic AMP (cAMP) in neuronal dendrites causes a significant percentage of the PKA catalytic subunit (PKA-C) molecules to be released from the regulatory subunit (PKA-R). Liberated PKA-C becomes associated with the membrane via N-terminal myristoylation...
April 18, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420204/fructose-intake-serum-uric-acid-and-cardiometabolic-disorders-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Cristiana Caliceti, Donato Calabria, Aldo Roda, Arrigo F G Cicero
There is a direct relationship between fructose intake and serum levels of uric acid (UA), which is the final product of purine metabolism. Recent preclinical and clinical evidence suggests that chronic hyperuricemia is an independent risk factor for hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. It is probably also an independent risk factor for chronic kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes, and cognitive decline. These relationships have been observed for high serum UA levels (>5.5 mg/dL in women and >6 mg/dL in men), but also for normal to high serum UA levels (5-6 mg/dL)...
April 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419831/molecular-phenotyping-of-transient-postnatal-tyrosine-hydroxylase-neurons-in-the-rat-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis
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David A Carter
The bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) is a complex integrative centre in the forebrain, composed of multiple sub-nuclei, each with discrete populations of neurons. Progress in understanding BNST function, both in the adult and during postnatal maturation, is dependent upon a more complete characterization of neuronal phenotypes in the BNST. The aim of the current study was to define the molecular phenotype of one postnatal BNST neuronal population, in order to identify molecular factors that may underlie both (protein marker-related) immaturity, and secondly, the transience of this phenotype...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416688/knockout-of-the-lrrc26-subunit-reveals-a-primary-role-of-lrrc26-containing-bk-channels-in-secretory-epithelial-cells
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Chengtao Yang, Vivian Gonzalez-Perez, Taro Mukaibo, James E Melvin, Xiao-Ming Xia, Christopher J Lingle
Leucine-rich-repeat-containing protein 26 (LRRC26) is the regulatory γ1 subunit of Ca(2+)- and voltage-dependent BK-type K(+) channels. BK channels that contain LRRC26 subunits are active near normal resting potentials even without Ca(2+), suggesting they play unique physiological roles, likely limited to very specific cell types and cellular functions. By using Lrrc26 KO mice with a β-gal reporter, Lrrc26 promoter activity is found in secretory epithelial cells, especially acinar epithelial cells in lacrimal and salivary glands, and also goblet and Paneth cells in intestine and colon, although absent from neurons...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412745/neutrophil-count-is-associated-with-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cell-level-and-presents-prognostic-value-of-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients
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Xing Li, Yan-Fang Xing, Ai-Hua Lei, Qiang Xiao, Zhi-Huan Lin, Ying-Fen Hong, Xiang-Yuan Wu, Jie Zhou
Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cell (MDSC) has been raised to be a novel target for multiple cancers. However, target agents on MDSC have not display promising efficacy. One of the critical reasons shall be less optimal patient selection. In the present study, we aimed to identify clinical parameters relevant to MDSC level in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients for future MDSC targeted therapy. In the present study, a series of 55 HCC patients (testing group) and 20 healthy donors were analyzed investigating frequencies of MDSC in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC)...
February 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412442/human-brain-mapping-a-systematic-comparison-of-parcellation-methods-for-the-human-cerebral-cortex
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REVIEW
Salim Arslan, Sofia Ira Ktena, Antonios Makropoulos, Emma C Robinson, Daniel Rueckert, Sarah Parisot
The macro-connectome elucidates the pathways through which brain regions are structurally connected or functionally coupled to perform a specific cognitive task. It embodies the notion of representing and understanding all connections within the brain as a network, while the subdivision of the brain into interacting functional units is inherent in its architecture. As a result, the definition of network nodes is one of the most critical steps in connectivity network analysis. Although brain atlases obtained from cytoarchitecture or anatomy have long been used for this task, connectivity-driven methods have arisen only recently, aiming to delineate more homogeneous and functionally coherent regions...
April 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409655/9-1-1-triage-of-non-traumatic-chest-pain-association-with-hospital-diagnosis
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Greg Scott, Jeff J Clawson, Isabel Gardett, Meghan Broadbent, Nathan Williams, Conrad Fivaz, Gigi Marshall, Tracey Barron, Christopher Olola
OBJECTIVE: Chest pain is one of the most common reasons people seek emergency care-and one of the most critical. In the United States, chest pain is the second most common reason for emergency department (ED) visits. A patient's primary complaint of "chest pain" may reflect a broad range of underlying causes; therefore, it is important that emergency medical service (EMS) agencies gain a thorough understanding of these cases, beginning with the initial management of chest pain in the 9-1-1 center...
April 14, 2017: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405948/a-de-identification-pipeline-for-ultrasound-medical-images-in-dicom-format
#11
Eriksson Monteiro, Carlos Costa, José Luís Oliveira
Clinical data sharing between healthcare institutions, and between practitioners is often hindered by privacy protection requirements. This problem is critical in collaborative scenarios where data sharing is fundamental for establishing a workflow among parties. The anonymization of patient information burned in DICOM images requires elaborate processes somewhat more complex than simple de-identification of textual information. Usually, before sharing, there is a need for manual removal of specific areas containing sensitive information in the images...
May 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402561/the-role-of-the-default-mode-network-in-component-processes-underlying-the-wandering-mind
#12
Giulia L Poerio, Mladen Sormaz, Hao-Ting Wang, Daniel Margulies, Elizabeth Jefferies, Jonathan Smallwood
Experiences such as mind-wandering illustrate that cognition is not always tethered to events in the here-and-now. Although converging evidence emphasises the default mode network (DMN) in mind-wandering, its precise contribution remains unclear. The DMN comprises cortical regions that are maximally distant from primary sensory and motor cortex, a topological location that may support the stimulus-independence of mind-wandering. The DMN is functionally heterogeneous, comprising regions engaged by memory, social cognition, and planning; processes relevant to mind-wandering content...
March 21, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402004/the-vegf-gene-polymorphism-impacts-brain-volume-and-arterial-blood-volume
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Hikaru Takeuchi, Hiroaki Tomita, Yasuyuki Taki, Yoshie Kikuchi, Chiaki Ono, Zhiqian Yu, Atsushi Sekiguchi, Rui Nouchi, Yuka Kotozaki, Seishu Nakagawa, Carlos Makoto Miyauchi, Kunio Iizuka, Ryoichi Yokoyama, Takamitsu Shinada, Yuki Yamamoto, Sugiko Hanawa, Tsuyoshi Araki, Keiko Kunitoki, Yuko Sassa, Ryuta Kawashima
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays a critical role in the angiogenesis and proliferation of various types of cells such as neurons, astroglia, and endothelial cells in the brain. A common polymorphism in the VEGF gene (-2578 C/A) is associated with circulating VEGF levels, cancers and Alzheimer's disease. Nonetheless, the effects of this polymorphism on normal human brain volume, arterial blood volume, and blood supply remain unclear. In this study, the effects of this polymorphism on the total gray matter volume (TGMV) and total white matter volume (TWMV) using T1-weighted structural images and the total arterial blood volume (TABV) and mean cerebral blood flow (mCBF) during rest using arterial spin labeling (ASL) in 765 young adult humans were investigated...
April 12, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401807/biophysical-stimulation-for-engineering-functional-skeletal-muscle
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Sarah Somers, Alexander Spector, Douglas DiGirolamo, Warren L Grayson
Tissue engineering is a promising therapeutic strategy to regenerate skeletal muscle. However, ex vivo cultivation methods typically result in a low differentiation efficiency of stem cells as well as grafts that resemble the native tissues morphologically, but lack contractile function. The application of biomimetic tensile strain provides a potent stimulus for enhancing myogenic differentiation and engineering functional skeletal muscle grafts. We reviewed integrin-dependent mechanisms that potentially link mechanotransduction pathways to the upregulation of myogenic genes...
April 12, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401196/periodontal-ligament-stem-cells-regulate-apoptosis-of-neutrophils
#15
Qing Wang, Gang Ding, Xin Xu
Periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) are promising cell resource for the cell-based therapy for periodontitis and regeneration of bio-root. In this study, we investigated the effect of PDLSCs on neutrophil, a critical constituent of innate immunity, and the underlying mechanisms. The effect of PDLSCs on the proliferation and apoptosis of resting neutrophils and IL-8 activated neutrophils was tested under cell-cell contact culture and Transwell culture, with or without anti-IL-6 neutralizing antibody. We found that PDLSCs could promote the proliferation and reduce the apoptosis of neutrophils whether under cell-cell contact or Transwell culture...
January 2017: Open Medicine (Warsaw, Poland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398578/social-anxiety-disorder-exhibit-impaired-networks-involved-in-self-and-theory-of-mind-processing
#16
Qian Cui, Eric J Vanman, Zhiliang Long, Yajing Pang, Yuyan Chen, Yifeng Wang, Qiyong Gong, Wei Zhang, Heng Chen, Xujun Duan, Huafu Chen
Most previous studies regarding social anxiety disorder (SAD) have focused on the role of emotional dysfunction, while impairments in self- and theory of mind (ToM)-processing have been relatively neglected. The present study utilised functional connectivity density (FCD), resting-state functional connectivity (RSFC), and discriminant analyses to investigate impairments in self- and ToM-related networks in patients with SAD. Patients with SAD exhibited decreased long-range FCD in the right rostral anterior cingulate cortex (rACC) and decreased short-range FCD in the right superior temporal gyrus (STG)-key nodes involved in self- and ToM-processing, respectively...
April 7, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398073/the-link-between-reduced-inspiratory-capacity-and-exercise-intolerance-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#17
Denis E O'Donnell, Amany F Elbehairy, Katherine A Webb, J Alberto Neder
Low inspiratory capacity (IC), chronic dyspnea and reduced exercise capacity are inextricably linked and are independent predictors of increased mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is no surprise, therefore, that a major goal of management is to improve IC by reducing lung hyperinflation in order to improve respiratory symptoms and health-related quality of life. The negative effects of lung hyperinflation on respiratory muscle and cardio-circulatory function during exercise are now well established...
April 11, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394459/ergogenic-properties-of-metformin-in-simulated-high-altitude
#18
Rebecca L Scalzo, Hunter L Paris, Scott E Binns, Janelle L Davis, Joseph W Beals, Christopher L Melby, Gary J Luckasen, Matthew S Hickey, Benjamin F Miller, Karyn L Hamilton, Christopher Bell
Metformin augments glucose/glycogen regulation and may acutely promote fatigue resistance during high-intensity exercise. In hypobaric environments, such as high altitude, the important contribution of carbohydrates to physiological function is accentuated as glucose/glycogen dependence is increased. Because hypoxia/hypobaria decreases insulin sensitivity, replenishing skeletal muscle glycogen in high altitude becomes challenging and subsequent physical performance may be compromised. We hypothesized that in conditions where glycogen repletion was critical to physical outcomes, metformin would attenuate hypoxia-mediated decrements in exercise performance...
April 10, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393295/elevated-galectin-9-suppresses-th1-effector-function-and-induces-apoptosis-of-activated-cd4-t-cells-in-osteoarthritis
#19
Shufeng Yang, Jin Wang, Fengrong Chen, Guoyin Liu, Zhiqiang Weng, Jianmin Chen
T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain 3 (Tim-3) is a critical regulatory molecule found on activated Th1 cells, exhausted CD8(+) T cells, and resting monocytes/macrophages. Galectin-9 (Gal-9) is an identified ligand for Tim-3. Interaction between Tim-3 and Gal-9 is thought to inhibit Th1 responses. The regulation and function of Tim-3 and Gal-9 in osteoarthritis (OA) have not been intensively investigated. We found that in peripheral blood, CD4(+) T cells, but not CD8(+) T cells or CD14(+) monocytes, from OA patients presented significantly elevated Tim-3 and Gal-9 expression compared to those from healthy controls (HC)...
April 10, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390770/rationale-and-design-of-the-marrowstim-pad-kit-for-the-treatment-of-critical-limb-ischemia-in-subjects-with-severe-peripheral-arterial-disease-mobile-trial-investigating-autologous-bone-marrow-cell-therapy-for-critical-limb%C3%A2-ischemia
#20
S Keisin Wang, Linden A Green, Raghu L Motaganahalli, Michael G Wilson, Andres Fajardo, Michael P Murphy
OBJECTIVE: Critical limb ischemia (CLI) continues to place a significant encumbrance on patients and the health care system as it progresses to limb loss and long-term disability. Traditional methods of revascularization offer a significant benefit; however, for one-third of CLI patients, these surgical options are not technically possible or patency is severely limited by disease burden (deemed "poor-option" for revascularization). In a previous phase I trial, we demonstrated intramuscular injection of concentrated bone marrow aspirate (cBMA) via MarrowStim (Zimmer Biomet, Warsaw, Ind) harvest is safe and may decrease major amputation in patients with CLI unfit for surgical revascularization...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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