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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161795/superior-mesenteric-artery-syndrome-combined-with-renal-nutcracker-syndrome-in-a-young-male-a-case-report
#1
Myung Jin Oh
Superior mesenteric artery (SMA) syndrome is one of the rare causes of small bowel obstruction. It develops following a marked decrease in the angle between SMA and the abdominal aorta due to weight loss, anatomical anomalies, or following surgeries. Nutcracker syndrome in the left renal vein may also occur following a decrease in the aortomesenteric angle. Though SMA syndrome and renal nutcracker syndrome share the same pathogenesis, concurrent development has rarely been reported. Herein, we report a 23-year-old healthy male diagnosed with SMA syndrome and renal nutcracker syndrome due to severe weight reduction...
November 25, 2017: Korean Journal of Gastroenterology, Taehan Sohwagi Hakhoe Chi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160747/lipopolysaccharide-mediates-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-by-regulating-autophagy-and-retinoic-acid-signaling
#2
Ming Chen, Jiaxing Liu, Wenqi Yang, Wenhua Ling
Bacterial translocation and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) leakage occur at a very early stage of liver fibrosis in animal models. We studied the role of LPS in hepatic stellate cell (HSC) activation and the underlying mechanisms in vitro and in vivo. Herein, we demonstrated that LPS treatment led to a dramatic increase in autophagosome formation and autophagic flux in LX-2 cells and HSCs, which was mediated through the AKT-MTOR and AMPK-ULK1 pathway. LPS significantly decreased the lipid content, including the lipid droplet (LD) number and lipid staining area in HSCs; pretreatment with macroautophagy/autophagy inhibitors or silencing ATG5 attenuated this decrease...
November 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160078/formation-of-lipid-bilayer-nanodiscs-by-diisobutylene-maleic-acid-dibma-copolymer
#3
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/29160009/mirna-in-spinal-muscular-atrophy-pathogenesis-and-therapy
#4
REVIEW
Francesca Magri, Fiammetta Vanoli, Stefania Corti
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive neurodegenerative disease characterized by the selective death of lower motor neurons in the brain stem and spinal cord. SMA is caused by mutations in the survival motor neuron 1 gene (SMN1), leading to the reduced expression of the full-length SMN protein. microRNAs (miRNAs) are small RNAs that regulate post-transcriptional gene expression. Recent findings have suggested an important role for miRNAs in the pathogenesis of motor neuron diseases, including SMA...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159055/neural-correlates-of-working-memory-deficits-and-associations-to-response-inhibition-in-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
#5
Stephan Heinzel, Christian Kaufmann, Rosa Grützmann, Robert Hummel, Julia Klawohn, Anja Riesel, Katharina Bey, Leonhard Lennertz, Michael Wagner, Norbert Kathmann
Previous research in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has indicated performance decrements in working memory (WM) and response inhibition. However, underlying neural mechanisms of WM deficits are not well understood to date, and empirical evidence for a proposed conceptual link to inhibition deficits is missing. We investigated WM performance in a numeric n-back task with four WM load conditions during functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) in 51 patients with OCD and 49 healthy control participants who were matched for age, sex, and education...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158052/baicalin-attenuates-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-by-suppressing-key-regulators-of-lipid-metabolism-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-mice
#6
Junli Zhang, Haiming Zhang, Xiaoling Deng, Ning Zhang, Beibei Liu, Shengliang Xin, Guixin Li, Keshu Xu
AIMS: Baicalin (BA), an active flavonoid compound originating from the herb of Scutellaria baicalensis Georgi, has been previously shown to exert anti-inflammation and anti-oxidant effects in liver diseases. However, the potential role of BA in the regulation of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) remains elusive. In this study, we newly explored the hepatoprotective effects of BA in MCD diet-induced NASH by ameliorating hepatic steatosis, inflammation, fibrosis and apoptosis. MAIN METHODS: NASH was induced in mice fed a methionine and choline-deficient (MCD) diet for 4weeks...
November 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157477/spontaneous-dissection-of-superior-mesenteric-artery-long-term-outcome-of-stent-placement
#7
Junghoon Kim, Chang Jin Yoon, Nakjong Seong, Hyukjoon Lee, Young-Joo Kim
Stent placement was performed in 10 patients with symptomatic spontaneous dissection of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA). A stent was placed as first-line treatment in 7 patients and as second-line treatment in 3 patients in whom conservative treatment had failed. Abdominal pain completely resolved within 2 days after stent placement, and follow-up (median 53 months; range, 11-99 months) CT angiography revealed complete obliteration of the false lumen and good stent patency in 9 patients. One patient showed asymptomatic stent occlusion at 99-month follow-up...
December 2017: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156788/modulation-of-hif-1%C3%AE-and-stat3-signaling-contributes-to-anti-angiogenic-effect-of-yc-1-in-mice-with-liver-fibrosis
#8
Tzung-Yan Lee, Yann-Lii Leu, Chorng-Kai Wen
Hypoxia has been shown to have a role in the pathogenesis of several forms of liver disease. The aim of the study was to evaluate the mechanisms of HIF-1α inhibitor, YC-1, during bile duct ligation (BDL)-induced liver fibrosis in mice. Liver fibrosis was induced in mice, and YC-1 was then given intraperitoneally (50 mg/kg) once daily following 5 days. Liver injuries mice that were treated with YC-1 showed improved inflammatory response and diminished angiogenesis and hepatic fibrosis. YC-1 treatment inhibited liver neutrophil infiltration, while a decreased in TNF-α signaling as well as macrophage aggregation...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155044/the-forkhead-transcription-factor-unc-130-foxd-integrates-both-bmp-and-notch-signaling-to-regulate-dorsoventral-patterning-of-the-c-elegans-postembryonic-mesoderm
#9
Qinfang Shen, Leila B Toulabi, Herong Shi, Erin E Nicklow, Jun Liu
The proper development of a multicellular organism requires precise spatial and temporal coordination of cell intrinsic and cell extrinsic regulatory mechanisms. Both Notch signaling and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling function to regulate the proper development of the C. elegans postembryonic mesoderm. We have identified the C. elegans FOXD transcription factor UNC-130 as a major target functioning downstream of both BMP signaling and Notch signaling to regulate dorsoventral patterning of the postembryonic mesoderm...
November 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154784/tgf-%C3%AE-1-signaling-regulates-mouse-hepatic-stellate-cell-differentiation-via-the-jagged1-notch-pathway
#10
Yasen Aimaiti, Xin Jin, Wei Wang, Zixin Chen, Dewei Li
AIMS: We tested whether transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) signaling plays an important role in hepatic stellate cell differentiation fate and investigated the role of Jagged1/Notch in this process. MATERIALS AND METHODS: TGF-β1 was overexpressed and transforming growth factor receptor 1 (TGF-β-R1) was knocked down by a lentiviral vector in mouse hepatic stellate cells (mHSCs). Transfection efficiency was assessed with immunofluorescence, quantitative reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) and western blotting...
November 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152530/neurofeedback-induced-facilitation-of-the-supplementary-motor-area-affects-postural-stability
#11
Hiroaki Fujimoto, Masahito Mihara, Noriaki Hattori, Megumi Hatakenaka, Hajime Yagura, Teiji Kawano, Ichiro Miyai, Hideki Mochizuki
Near-infrared spectroscopy-mediated neurofeedback (NIRS-NFB) is a promising therapeutic intervention for patients with neurological diseases. Studies have shown that NIRS-NFB can facilitate task-related cortical activation and induce task-specific behavioral changes. These findings indicate that the effect of neuromodulation depends on local cortical function. However, when the target cortical region has multiple functions, our understanding of the effects is less clear. This is true in the supplementary motor area (SMA), which is involved both in postural control and upper-limb movement...
October 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152519/primary-carcinosarcoma-of-the-pancreas-with-cd10-positive-sarcoma-component
#12
Christine J Salibay, Julia Rewerska, Shweta Gupta, Nicholas Ree
Carcinosarcomas of the pancreas are rare entities with a dismal prognosis. We report a rare case of pancreatic carcinosarcoma in a 49-year-old African American female who underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy with right salpingo-oophorectomy and exploration of the pancreatic mass. The surgery revealed a sclerotic mass in the body and tail of the pancreas that was surgically unresectable, and a pancreatic biopsy confirmed the pathology of pancreatic carcinosarcoma. Histologically, the lesion showed a high-grade spindle cell sarcoma and adjacent moderately differentiated adenocarcinoma...
October 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152129/protective-effect-of-dehydroandrographolide-on-obstructive-cholestasis-in-bile-duct-ligated-mice
#13
Zhiyong Weng, Xuefeng Liu, Jiehua Hu, Jingzhou Mu, Jing Xie, Chenjuan Yao, Lihua Li
Background: Dehydroandrographolide (DA) is the main contributor to the therapeutic properties of the medicinal plant Andrographis paniculata (AP). However, it is unknown whether DA has a hepatoprotective effect on obstructive cholestasis in mice and humans. Methods: We administered DA to mice for 5 days prior to bile duct ligation (BDL) and for the 7 days. Liver function markers, liver histology and necrosis, compensatory responses of hepatocytes, liver fibrosis and the expression of hepatic fibrogenesis markers were evaluated in BDL mice and/or human LX-2 cells...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152068/age-associated-and-therapy-induced-alterations-in-the-cellular-microenvironment-of-experimental-gliomas
#14
Hannah Schneider, Birthe Lohmann, Hans-Georg Wirsching, Kathy Hasenbach, Elisabeth J Rushing, Karl Frei, Martin Pruschy, Ghazaleh Tabatabai, Michael Weller
The poor prognosis associated with advanced age in patients with glioblastoma remains poorly understood. Glioblastoma in the elderly has been particularly associated with vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-dependent angiogenesis, and early uncontrolled studies suggested that the anti-angiogenic agent bevacizumab (BEV), an antibody to VEGF, might be preferentially active in this patient population. Accordingly, we explored host age-dependent differences in survival and benefit from radiotherapy (RT) or BEV in syngeneic mouse glioma models...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151978/overexpression-of-%C3%AE-sma-positive-fibroblasts-cafs-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-predicts-poor-prognosis
#15
Jiewei Chen, Pengfei Yang, Yongbo Xiao, Yijun Zhang, Jun Liu, Dan Xie, Muyan Cai, Xinke Zhang
Purpose: The aim of this study is to investigate the differential expression of α-sma-positive fibroblasts (CAFs) in nasopharyngeal carcinomas (NPCs), nasopharyngitis, metastatic tissues of NPCs and its prognostic value in NPCs. Methods: The expression of α-sma-labeled CAFs in 85 NPCs, 32 nasopharyngitis and 12 metastatic tissues of NPCs was detected by immunohistochemical method. The relationship between CAFs and clinicopathological parameters of NPCs was analyzed. Results: The high density of CAFs in the NPCs, nasopharyngitis and metastatic tissues of NPCs group were 41...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151822/new-actuation-mechanism-for-actively-cooled-sma-springs-in-a-neurosurgical-robot
#16
Shing Shin Cheng, Yeongjin Kim, Jaydev P Desai
The paper presents the use of shape memory alloy (SMA) spring actuators with real-time cooling to control the motion of the MINIR-II robot. A new actuation mechanism involving the passage of water as the cooling medium and air as the medium to drive out the water has been developed to facilitate real-time control of the springs. Control parameters, such as current, water flow rates, SMA pre-displacement, and gauge pressure of the compressed air, are identified from the SMA thermal model and from the actuation mechanism...
August 2017: IEEE Transactions on Robotics: a Publication of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151701/clinical-outcomes-of-transcatheter-selective-superior-mesenteric-artery-urokinase-infusion-therapy-vs-transjugular-intrahepatic-portosystemic-shunt-in-patients-with-cirrhosis-and-acute-portal-vein-thrombosis
#17
Ting-Ting Jiang, Xiao-Ping Luo, Jian-Ming Sun, Jian Gao
AIM: To compare the outcomes of transcatheter superior mesenteric artery (SMA) urokinase infusion and transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) for acute portal vein thrombosis (PVT) in cirrhosis. METHODS: From January 2013 to December 2014, patients with liver cirrhosis and acute symptomatic PVT who met the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to either an SMA group or a TIPS group. The two groups accepted transcatheter selective SMA urokinase infusion therapy and TIPS, respectively...
November 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150436/microvesicles-derived-from-human-wharton-s-jellymesenchymal-stem-cells-ameliorate-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-renal-fibrosis-by-releasing-from-g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest
#18
Wenxia Chen, Yongbin Yan, Chundong Song, Ying Ding, Tao Du
Studies have demonstrated that microvesicles (MVs) derived from human Wharton's Jelly mesenchymal stromal cells (hWJMSCs) could ameliorate renal ischemia/reperfusion injury (IRI), however, the underlying mechanisms were not clear yet. Here, MVs were isolated and injected intravenously into rats immediately after ischemia of the left kidney, and Erk1/2 activator HGF or inhibitor U0126 was administrated, respectively. Tubular cell proliferation and apoptosis were identified by Ki67 or TUNEL immunostaining. Masson's tri-chrome straining and alpha-smooth muscle actin (α -SMA) staining were used for assessing renal fibrosis...
November 17, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149772/natural-history-of-infantile-onset-spinal-muscular-atrophy
#19
Stephen J Kolb, Christopher S Coffey, Jon W Yankey, Kristin Krosschell, W David Arnold, Seward B Rutkove, Kathryn J Swoboda, Sandra P Reyna, Ai Sakonju, Basil T Darras, Richard Shell, Nancy Kuntz, Diana Castro, Julie Parsons, Anne M Connolly, Claudia A Chiriboga, Craig McDonald, W Bryan Burnette, Klaus Werner, Mathula Thangarajh, Perry B Shieh, Erika Finanger, Merit E Cudkowicz, Michelle M McGovern, D Elizabeth McNeil, Richard Finkel, Susan T Iannaccone, Edward Kaye, Allison Kingsley, Samantha R Renusch, Vicki L McGovern, Xueqian Wang, Phillip G Zaworski, Thomas W Prior, Arthur H M Burghes, Amy Bartlett, John T Kissel
OBJECTIVE: Infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the most common genetic cause of infant mortality, typically resulting in death prior to age 2. Clinical trials in this population require an understanding of disease progression and identification of meaningful biomarkers to hasten therapeutic development and predict outcomes. METHODS: A longitudinal, multi-center, prospective natural history study enrolled 26 SMA infants, and 27 control infants less than six months of age...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147150/localized-aortic-root-dissection-with-a-superior-mesenteric-artery-aneurysm
#20
Akihiko Ikeda, Tomomi Nakajima, Yuji Hiramatsu, Tomoaki Jikuya
In this study, the case of a 46-year-old female patient with localized aortic root dissection and a superior mesenteric artery (SMA) aneurysm is described. Computed tomographic angiography could not clearly delineate an intimal flap in the aortic root, but it detected SMA aneurysm, which implied the presence of a vulnerability of the aortic wall. Finally, transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) evidently showed the intimal flap localized in the aortic root. The present case suggests that TEE is of paramount importance for detecting localized aortic root dissection...
September 25, 2017: Annals of Vascular Diseases
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