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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729940/propofol-induced-downregulation-of-nr2b-membrane-translocation-in-hippocampus-and-spatial-memory-deficits-of-neonatal-mice
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Yuzhu Wang, Song Han, Ruquan Han, Yue Su, Junfa Li
BACKGROUND: Thousands of infants and children are undergoing anesthesia around the world every day. But impacts of anesthetics on the developing neural system remain unclear yet. Previous evidence showed that anesthesia might affect the developing neural system. Thus, early-life anesthesia becomes a critical issue in clinical pediatric practice. Hence, propofol, a short-acting and widely applied intravenous anesthetic, has been gaining focus upon neonatal anesthesia. METHODS: Fifty-four male C57BL/6J mice were randomly divided into following three groups: group D6 intraperitoneally (i...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729831/investigating-focal-connectivity-deficits-in-alzheimer-s-disease-using-directional-brain-networks-derived-from-resting-state-fmri
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Sinan Zhao, D Rangaprakash, Archana Venkataraman, Peipeng Liang, Gopikrishna Deshpande
Connectivity analysis of resting-state fMRI has been widely used to identify biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease (AD) based on brain network aberrations. However, it is not straightforward to interpret such connectivity results since our understanding of brain functioning relies on regional properties (activations and morphometric changes) more than connections. Further, from an interventional standpoint, it is easier to modulate the activity of regions (using brain stimulation, neurofeedback, etc.) rather than connections...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729074/proteomic-analysis-of-the-effects-of-nur77-on-lipopolysaccharide-induced-microglial-activation
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Yan Chen, Yuexinzi Jin, Hui Zhan, Jian Chen, Yanting Chen, Hailan Meng, Jiali Jin, Linjie Yu, Xiang Cao, Yun Xu
Microglia are critical components of the immune response in the central nervous system. Our study aims to explore potential role of Nur77 in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced microglial activation. Primary wild-type and Nur77(-/-) microglia were stimulated with LPS and protein extracts were detected via mass spectrometry. Q-PCR and western blotting were performed to validate candidate proteins. A total of 2004 proteins were identified, with 749 and 677 significantly differentially expressed proteins in wild-type and Nur77(-/-) microglia in resting and activated states, respectively...
July 17, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728652/accuracy-of-fractional-flow-reserve-measurements-in-clinical-practice-observations-from-a-core-laboratory-analysis
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Mitsuaki Matsumura, Nils P Johnson, William F Fearon, Gary S Mintz, Gregg W Stone, Keith G Oldroyd, Bernard De Bruyne, Nico H J Pijls, Akiko Maehara, Allen Jeremias
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare site-reported measurements of fractional flow reserve (FFR) with FFR analysis by an independent core laboratory (CL). BACKGROUND: FFR is an index of coronary stenosis severity that has been validated in multiple trials and is widely used in clinical practice. However, the incidence of suboptimal FFR measurements is unknown. METHODS: Patients undergoing FFR assessment within the CONTRAST (Can Contrast Injection Better Approximate FFR Compared to Pure Resting Physiology) study had paired, repeated measurements of multiple physiological metrics per local practice...
July 24, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722273/hydrothermal-synthesis-of-vo2-polymorphs-advantages-challenges-and-prospects-for-the-application-of-energy-efficient-smart-windows
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Ming Li, Shlomo Magdassi, Yanfeng Gao, Yi Long
Vanadium dioxide (VO2 ) is a widely studied inorganic phase change material, which has a reversible phase transition from semiconducting monoclinic to metallic rutile phase at a critical temperature of τc ≈ 68 °C. The abrupt decrease of infrared transmittance in the metallic phase makes VO2 a potential candidate for thermochromic energy efficient windows to cut down building energy consumption. However, there are three long-standing issues that hindered its application in energy efficient windows: high τc , low luminous transmittance (Tlum ), and undesirable solar modulation ability (ΔTsol )...
July 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722139/structure-based-release-analysis-of-the-jc-virus-agnoprotein-regions-a-role-for-the-hydrophilic-surface-of-the-major-alpha-helix-domain-in-release
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A Sami Saribas, Martyn K White, Mahmut Safak
Agnoprotein (Agno) is an important regulatory protein of JC virus (JCV), BK virus (BKV) and simian virus 40 (SV40) and these viruses are unable to replicate efficiently in the absence of this protein. Recent 3D-NMR structural data revealed that Agno contains two alpha-helices (a minor and a major) while the rest of the protein adopts an unstructured conformation (Coric et al., 2017, J Cell Biochem). Previously, release of the JCV Agno from the Agno-positive cells was reported. Here, we have further mapped the regions of Agno responsible for its release by a structure-based systematic mutagenesis approach...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717007/epigenetic-suppression-of-human-telomerase-htert-is-mediated-by-the-metastasis-suppressor-nme2-in-a-g-quadruplex-dependent-fashion
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Dhurjhoti Saha, Ankita Singh, Tabish Hussain, Vivek Srivastava, Suman Sengupta, Anirban Kar, Parashar Dhapola, Vishnu Dhople, Ramesh Ummani, Shantanu Chowdhury
Transcriptional activation of the human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) gene, which remains repressed in adult somatic cells, is critical during tumorigenesis. Several transcription factors and the epigenetic state of the hTERT promoter are known to be important for tight control of hTERT in normal tissues, but the molecular mechanisms leading to hTERT reactivation in cancer are not well understood. Surprisingly, here we found occupancy of the metastasis suppressor nonmetastatic 2 (NME2) within hTERT core promoter in HT1080 fibrosarcoma cells and HCT116 colon cancer cells, and NME2 mediated transcriptional repression of hTERT in these cells...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716961/the-structural-basis-of-large-scale-functional-connectivity-in-the-mouse
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Joanes Grandjean, Valerio Zerbi, Joshua Balsters, Nicole Wenderoth, Markus Rudina
Translational neuroimaging requires approaches and techniques that can bridge between multiple different species and disease states. One candidate method, which offers insights into the brain's functional connectivity (FC), is resting state fMRI (rs-fMRI). In both humans and non-human primates, patterns of functional connectivity (often referred to as the functional connectome) have been related to the underlying structural connectivity (structural connectome). Given the recent rise in pre-clinical neuroimaging of mouse models it is an important question whether the mouse functional connectome conforms to the underlying structural connectivity...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716714/functional-density-and-edge-maps-characterizing-functional-architecture-in-individuals-and-improving-cross-subject-registration
#9
Tong Tong, Iman Aganj, Tian Ge, Jonathan R Polimeni, Bruce Fischl
Population-level inferences and individual-level analyses are two important aspects in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies. Extracting reliable and informative features from fMRI data that capture biologically meaningful inter-subject variation is critical for aligning and comparing functional networks across subjects, and connecting the properties of functional brain organization with variations in behavior, cognition and genetics. In this study, we derive two new measures, which we term functional density map and edge map, and demonstrate their usefulness in characterizing the function of individual brains...
July 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712506/vdac1-functions-in-ca-2-homeostasis-and-cell-life-and-death-in-health-and-disease
#10
REVIEW
Varda Shoshan-Barmatz, Yakov Krelin, Anna Shteinfer-Kuzmine
In the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM), the voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1) serves as a mitochondrial gatekeeper, controlling the metabolic and energy cross-talk between mitochondria and the rest of the cell. VDAC1 also functions in cellular Ca(2+) homeostasis by transporting Ca(2+) in and out of mitochondria. VDAC1 has also been recognized as a key protein in mitochondria-mediated apoptosis, contributing to the release of apoptotic proteins located in the inter-membranal space (IMS) and regulating apoptosis via association with pro- and anti-apoptotic members of the Bcl-2 family of proteins and hexokinase...
June 23, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704432/determination-of-absolute-expression-profiles-using-multiplexed-mirna-analysis
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Yunke Song, Duncan Kilburn, Jee Hoon Song, Yulan Cheng, Christopher T Saeui, Douglas G Cheung, Carlo M Croce, Kevin J Yarema, Stephen J Meltzer, Kelvin J Liu, Tza-Huei Wang
Accurate measurement of miRNA expression is critical to understanding their role in gene expression as well as their application as disease biomarkers. Correct identification of changes in miRNA expression rests on reliable normalization to account for biological and technological variance between samples. Ligo-miR is a multiplex assay designed to rapidly measure absolute miRNA copy numbers, thus reducing dependence on biological controls. It uses a simple 2-step ligation process to generate length coded products that can be quantified using a variety of DNA sizing methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698257/brain-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-resists-hypertension-via-regulating-microglial-activation
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You Li, Xiao Z Shen, Liang Li, Tuantuan V Zhao, Kenneth E Bernstein, Alan K Johnson, Patrick Lyden, Jianmin Fang, Peng Shi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Hypertension is the major risk factor for stroke. Recent work unveiled that hypertension is associated with chronic neuroinflammation; microglia are the major players in neuroinflammation, and the activated microglia elevate sympathetic nerve activity and blood pressure. This study is to understand how brain homeostasis is kept from hypertensive disturbance and microglial activation at the onset of hypertension. METHODS: Hypertension was induced by subcutaneous delivery of angiotensin II, and blood pressure was monitored in conscious animals...
July 11, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697694/midterm-outcomes-from-a-pilot-study-of-percutaneous-deep-vein-arterialization-for-the-treatment-of-no-option-critical-limb-ischemia
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Steven Kum, Yih Kai Tan, Michiel A Schreve, Roberto Ferraresi, Ramon L Varcoe, Andrej Schmidt, Dierk Scheinert, Jihad A Mustapha, Darryl M Lim, Derek Ho, Tjun Y Tang, Vlad-Adrian Alexandrescu, Pramook Mutirangura
PURPOSE: To report the initial clinical experience with percutaneous deep vein arterialization (PDVA) to treat critical limb ischemia (CLI) via the creation of an arteriovenous fistula. METHODS: Seven patients (median age 85 years; 5 women) with CLI and no traditional endovascular or surgical revascularization options (no-option CLI) were recruited in a pilot study to determine the safety of PDVA. All patients were diabetic; 4 had Rutherford category 6 ischemia...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692694/renal-replacement-therapy-practices-for-patients-with-acute-kidney-injury-in-china
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William R Clark, Xiaoqiang Ding, Haibo Qiu, Zhaohui Ni, Ping Chang, Ping Fu, Jiarui Xu, MinMin Wang, Li Yang, Jing Wang, Claudio Ronco
Recent data indicate AKI is very common among hospitalized Chinese patients and continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is increasingly offered for treatment. However, only anecdotal information regarding CRRT's use in relation to other modalities and the specific manner in which it is prescribed exists currently. This report summarizes the results of a comprehensive physician survey designed to characterize contemporary dialytic management of AKI patients in China, especially with respect to the utilization of CRRT...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691901/decoding-temporal-interpretation-of-the-morphogen-bicoid-in-the-early-drosophila-embryo
#15
Anqi Huang, Christopher Amourda, Shaobo Zhang, Nicholas S Tolwinski, Timothy E Saunders
Morphogen gradients provide essential spatial information during development. Not only the local concentration but also duration of morphogen exposure is critical for correct cell fate decisions. Yet, how and when cells temporally integrate signals from a morphogen remains unclear. Here, we use optogenetic manipulation to switch off Bicoid-dependent transcription in the early Drosophila embryo with high temporal resolution, allowing time-specific and reversible manipulation of morphogen signalling. We find that Bicoid transcriptional activity is dispensable for embryonic viability in the first hour after fertilization, but persistently required throughout the rest of the blastoderm stage...
July 10, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691248/adolescent-alcohol-exposure-decreases-frontostriatal-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-adulthood
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Margaret A Broadwater, Sung-Ho Lee, Yang Yu, Hongtu Zhu, Fulton T Crews, Donita L Robinson, Yen-Yu Ian Shih
Connectivity of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) matures through adolescence, coinciding with emergence of adult executive function and top-down inhibitory control over behavior. Alcohol exposure during this critical period of brain maturation may affect development of PFC and frontolimbic connectivity. Adult rats exposed to adolescent intermittent ethanol (AIE; 5 g/kg ethanol, 25 percent v/v in water, intragastrically, 2-day-on, 2-day-off, postnatal day 25-54) or water control underwent resting-state functional MRI to test the hypothesis that AIE induces persistent changes in frontolimbic functional connectivity under baseline and acute alcohol conditions (2 g/kg ethanol or saline, intraperitoneally administered during scanning)...
July 9, 2017: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687967/relationship-of-non-invasive-quantification-of-myocardial-blood-flow-to-arrhythmic-events-in-patients-with-implantable-cardiac-defibrillators
#17
Michael Ghannam, Krasimira Mikhova, Hong Jun Yun, John J Lazarus, Matthew Konerman, Ashraf Saleh, Richard L Weinberg, Ryan Cunnane, Ravi V Shah, Keri M Hiller, Edward P Ficaro, James R Corbett, Venkatesh L Murthy
BACKGROUND: Ischemia contributes to arrhythmogenesis though its role is incompletely understood. Abnormal myocardial perfusion measured by PET imaging may predict ventricular arrhythmias (VAs) in a high-risk population. METHODS: Patients with implantable cardiac defibrillators who had undergone rubidium-82 cardiac PET imaging were identified. Patients were stratified by median MBF and MFR values for analysis. The Cox proportional hazards model was used to assess the impact of myocardial perfusion on survival free of VT independent of critical covariates...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684465/avian-thermoregulation-in-the-heat-resting-metabolism-evaporative-cooling-and-heat-tolerance-in-sonoran-desert-songbirds
#18
Eric Krabbe Smith, Jacqueline J O'Neill, Alexander R Gerson, Andrew E McKechnie, Blair O Wolf
We examined thermoregulatory performance in seven Sonoran Desert passerine bird species varying in body mass from 10 to 70g - Lesser Goldfinch, House Finch, Pyrrhuloxia, Cactus Wren, Northern Cardinal, Abert's Towhee and Curve-billed Thrasher. Using flow-through respirometry we measured daytime resting metabolism, evaporative water loss and body temperature at air temperatures (Tair) between 30° and 52°C. We found marked increases in resting metabolism above the upper critical temperature (Tuc), which for six of the seven species fell within a relatively narrow range (36...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683294/similarities-and-distinctions-of-cancer-and-immune-metabolism-in-inflammation-and-tumors
#19
REVIEW
Gabriela Andrejeva, Jeffrey C Rathmell
It has been appreciated for nearly 100 years that cancer cells are metabolically distinct from resting tissues. More recently understood is that this metabolic phenotype is not unique to cancer cells but instead reflects characteristics of proliferating cells. Similar metabolic transitions also occur in the immune system as cells transition from resting state to stimulated effectors. A key finding in immune metabolism is that the metabolic programs of different cell subsets are distinctly associated with immunological function...
July 5, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683292/mice-under-caloric-restriction-self-impose-a-temporal-restriction-of-food-intake-as-revealed-by-an-automated-feeder-system
#20
Victoria A Acosta-Rodríguez, Marleen H M de Groot, Filipa Rijo-Ferreira, Carla B Green, Joseph S Takahashi
Caloric restriction (CR) extends lifespan in mammals, yet the mechanisms underlying its beneficial effects remain unknown. The manner in which CR has been implemented in longevity experiments is variable, with both timing and frequency of meals constrained by work schedules. It is commonplace to find that nocturnal rodents are fed during the daytime and meals are spaced out, introducing prolonged fasting intervals. Since implementation of feeding paradigms over the lifetime is logistically difficult, automation is critical, but existing systems are expensive and not amenable to scale...
July 5, 2017: Cell Metabolism
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