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Cole R Drifka, Agnes G Loeffler, Kara Mathewson, Adib Keikhosravi, Jens C Eickhoff, Yuming Liu, Sharon M Weber, W John Kao, Kevin W Eliceiri
Risk factors for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) progression after surgery are unclear, and additional prognostic factors are needed to inform treatment regimens and therapeutic targets. PDAC is characterized by advanced sclerosis of the extracellular matrix, and interactions between cancer cells, fibrillar collagen, and other stromal components play an integral role in progression. Changes in stromal collagen alignment have been shown to modulate cancer cell behavior and have important clinical value in other cancer types, but little is known about its role in PDAC and prognostic value...
October 20, 2016: Oncotarget
Jinlan Nie, Quanfang Huang, Shimei Tan, Xing Lin
Objective To investigate the effect of Raf kinase inhibitor protein (RKIP) over-expression on the proliferation of LX-2 human hepatic stellate cells. Methods Recombinant plasmid pcDNA3.1-RKIP was transfected into LX-2 cells. G418 was used to screen and culture stably infected cells. MTT assay and colony formation assay were used to examine the effect of RKIP over-expression on cell proliferation and colony formation, respectively. Western blotting was performed to assess the expressions of RKIP, α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), type 1 collagen (Col1) and matrix metalloproteinase 1(MMP-1) and MMP-2 as well as extracellular signal-regulated kinases/mitogen-activated protein kinase (ERK/MAPK) signaling pathway-related proteins...
November 2016: Xi Bao Yu Fen Zi Mian Yi Xue za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Cellular and Molecular Immunology
Fei Yan, Bin Su
Antioxidants are widely found or used in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, thus rapid and sensitive detection of antioxidants is of great interest. The present work reports a simple and fast electrochemical method for direct analysis of antioxidants in fruit juices by modulating the permeability of mesochannels on the electrode surface. This goal was achieved by growing vertical silica mesochannel array (SMA) with a channel diameter of 2 ∼ 3 nm on the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode surface using the cylindrical micelles (CMs) as the template...
October 24, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Nicole Y K Li-Jessen, Michael Powell, Ae-Jin Choi, Byung-Joo Lee, Susan L Thibeault
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) is a chromatin-binding protein located in the cell nucleus. Following injury, immunocompetent cells secrete HMGB1 to the extracellular milieu under the stimulation of proinflammatory cytokines. Extracellular HMGB1 acts a danger signal that instigates the innate immunity and tissue repair. We previously reported HMGB1 in the vocal fold extracellular compartment between day 3 and day 7 following surgical injury. In this study, we further investigated the cell source of HMGB1 and the relationship of proinflammatory cytokine expression and HMGB1 translocation in wounded vocal folds...
October 24, 2016: Laryngoscope
Ming-Jie Zhang, Yun Liu, Zi-Cheng Hu, Yi Zhou, Yan Pi, Lu Guo, Xu Wang, Xue Chen, Jing-Cheng Li, Li-Li Zhang
The phenotypic modulation of contractile vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) is widely accepted as the pivotal process in the arterial remodeling induced by hypertension. This study aimed to investigate the potential role of transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 (TRPV1) on regulating VSMC plasticity and intracranial arteriole remodeling in hypertension. Spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR), Wistar-Kyoto (WKY) rats and TRPV1(-/-) mice on a C57BL/6J background were used. By microscopic observation of the histopathological sections of vessels from hypertensive SHR and age-matched normotensive WKY control rats, we found that hypertension induced arterial remodeling...
October 24, 2016: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
Julia M Boll, Kenneth W Sharp, C Louis Garrard, Thomas C Naslund, John A Curci, R James Valentine
BACKGROUND: True aneurysms of the gastroduodenal (GDA) and pancreaticoduodenal (PDA) arteries have been attributed to increased collateral flow due to tandem celiac artery stenosis or occlusion. While GDA/PDA aneurysm exclusion is recommended because of the high reported risk of rupture, it remains uncertain whether simultaneous celiac artery reconstruction is necessary to preserve end-organ flow. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective analysis of consecutive patients admitted 1996-2015 with true aneurysms of the GDA or PDA...
October 20, 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Marco Pizzi, Fabio Fuligni, Luisa Santoro, Elena Sabattini, Martina Ichino, Rita De Vito, Pietro Zucchetta, Raffaella Colombatti, Laura Sainati, Piergiorgio Gamba, Rita Alaggio
Hereditary spherocytosis (HS) and sickle cell disease (SCD) are associated with splenomegaly and spleen dysfunction in pediatric patients. Scant data exist on possible correlations between spleen morphology and function in HS and SCD. This study aimed to assess the histological and morphometric features of HS and SCD spleens, in order to get possible correlations with disease pathophysiology. In a large series of spleens from SCD, HS and control patients the following parameters were considered: (i) macroscopic features; (ii) lymphoid follicle (LF) density; (iii) presence of peri-follicular marginal zones (MZs); (iv) presence of Gamna-Gandy bodies; (v) density of CD8-positive sinusoids; (vi) density of CD34-positive microvessels; (vii) presence/distribution of fibrosis and SMA-positive myoid cells; (viii) density of CD68-positive macrophages...
October 19, 2016: Human Pathology
Påvel G Lindberg, Maxime Térémetz, Sylvain Charron, Oussama Kebir, Agathe Saby, Narjes Bendjemaa, Stéphanie Lion, Benoît Crépon, Raphaël Gaillard, Catherine Oppenheim, Marie-Odile Krebs, Isabelle Amado
Inhibition is considered a key mechanism in schizophrenia. Short-latency intracortical inhibition (SICI) in the motor cortex is reduced in schizophrenia and is considered to reflect locally deficient γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic modulation. However, it remains unclear how SICI is modulated during motor inhibition and how it relates to neural processing in other cortical areas. Here we studied motor inhibition Stop signal task (SST) in stabilized patients with schizophrenia (N = 28), healthy siblings (N = 21) and healthy controls (n = 31) matched in general cognitive status and educational level...
September 30, 2016: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
Roberto De Sanctis, Giorgia Coratti, Amy Pasternak, Jacqueline Montes, Marika Pane, Elena S Mazzone, Sally Dunaway Young, Rachel Salazar, Janet Quigley, Maria C Pera, Laura Antonaci, Leonardo Lapenta, Allan M Glanzman, Danilo Tiziano, Francesco Muntoni, Basil T Darras, Darryl C De Vivo, Richard Finkel, Eugenio Mercuri
The aim of this retrospective multicentric study was to assess developmental milestones longitudinally in type I SMA infants using the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination. Thirty-three type I SMA infants, who classically do not achieve the ability to sit unsupported, were included in the study. Our results confirmed that all patients had a score of 0 out of a scale of 4 on items assessing sitting, rolling, crawling, standing or walking. A score of more than 0 was only achieved in three items: head control (n = 13), kicking (n = 15) and hand grasp (n = 18)...
October 5, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
Namitosh Tyagi, D Dash, Rashmi Singh
OBJECTIVE: Paraquat (PQ), a potent herbicide can cause severe toxicity. We report here that fibroproliferation phase of acute lung injury (ALI) is initiated much earlier (within 48 h) after PQ intoxication than previously reported (after 2 weeks) and we aimed to study the protective effects of intranasal curcumin as new therapeutic strategy in mouse model. METHODS: Mice (Park's strain) were divided into five experimental groups (I) control, received only saline (0...
October 20, 2016: Inflammopharmacology
Francesca Bianchini, Silvia Peppicelli, Pierangelo Fabbrizzi, Alessio Biagioni, Benedetta Mazzanti, Gloria Menchi, Lido Calorini, Alberto Pupi, Andrea Trabocchi
Fibrosis is the dramatic consequence of a dysregulated reparative process in which activated fibroblasts (myofibroblasts) and Transforming Growth Factor β1 (TGFβ1) play a central role. When exposed to TGFβ1, fibroblast and epithelial cells differentiate in myofibroblasts; in addition, endothelial cells may undergo endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndoMT) and actively participate to the progression of fibrosis. Recently, the role of αv integrins, which recognize the Arg-Gly-Asp (RGD) tripeptide, in the release and signal transduction activation of TGFβ1 became evident...
October 19, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Kenny Skagerlund, Thomas Karlsson, Ulf Träff
Continuous dimensions, such as time, space, and numerosity, have been suggested to be subserved by common neurocognitive mechanisms. Neuroimaging studies that have investigated either one or two dimensions simultaneously have consistently identified neural correlates in the parietal cortex of the brain. However, studies investigating the degree of neural overlap across several dimensions are inconclusive, and it remains an open question whether a potential overlap can be conceptualized as a neurocognitive magnitude processing system...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Richard S Finkel, Kathie M Bishop, Robert M Nelson
The natural history of spinal muscular atrophy type I (SMA-I) has changed as improved medical support has become available. With investigational drugs for spinal muscular atrophy now in clinical trials, efficient trial design focuses on enrolling recently diagnosed infants, providing best available supportive care, and minimizing subject variation. The quandary has arisen whether it is ethically appropriate to specify a predefined level of nutritional and/or ventilation support for spinal muscular atrophy type I subjects while participating in these studies...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Child Neurology
Futoshi Matsui, Stephen Babitz, Audrey Rhee, Karen L Hile, Hongji Zhang, Kirstan Kathleen Meldrum
STAT3 is a transcription factor implicated in renal fibrotic injury, but the role of STAT3 in mesenchymal stem cell (MSC)-induced renoprotection during renal fibrosis remains unknown. We hypothesized that MSCs protect against obstruction-induced renal fibrosis by downregulating STAT3 activation and STAT3-induced matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) expression. Male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent renal arterial injection of vehicle or MSCs (1 x 106 per rat) immediately prior to sham operation or induction of unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO)...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
W Zhang, W J Yu, Y Q Chen, E H Kang, Y Liu, J Zhuang, Y X Jiang, J Chu, Y J Li
Objective: To investigate the morphological features and immunophenotypes of eosinophilic renal tumors in order to provide references for the differential diagnosis of this tumor. Methods: A cohort of 75 cases of eosinophilic renal tumors were collected. The morphological features of the tumors were observed under microscope, and the immunophenotypes of the tumors were detected using tissue microarray and immunoshistochemistry. Results: There were some overlaps between the different types of eosinophilic renal tumors in morphology, but each had its distinct characteristics...
October 8, 2016: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Huafeng Wang, Huan Zhang, Yuqing Zhang, Dan Wang, Xixi Cheng, Fengrui Yang, Qi Zhang, Zhenyi Xue, Yan Li, Lijuan Zhang, Luhong Yang, Guolin Miao, Daiqing Li, Zhiyu Guan, Yurong Da, Zhi Yao, Fei Gao, Liang Qiao, Li Kong, Rongxin Zhang
Plumbagin is a quinonoid constituent extracted from Plumbago genus, and it exhibits diverse pharmacological effects. This study thoroughly investigated the effects of plumbagin on thioacetamide-induced acute and chronic liver injury. Results shown that plumbagin increased survival rate, reduced liver congestion and inflammation, and decreased macrophages and neutrophils in the fulminant hepatic failure model, and remarkably diminished liver fibrosis and inflammation in the chronic liver injury model. Furthermore, plumbagin significantly suppress the HSCs/myofibroblasts activation by reduced expression of markers α-SMA and COL-1/3, and reduced macrophage in liver...
October 14, 2016: Oncotarget
Wei Yu, Wei Hu, Yongjie Shui, Xiaoyang Zhu, Chao Li, Xiaoqiu Ren, Xueli Bai, Risheng Yu, Li Shen, Tingbo Liang, Lei Zheng, Qichun Wei
OBJECTIVES: To explore the areas at highest risk for postoperative pancreatic cancer local recurrence according to the spatial location of local failures, with the aim to provide a precise target volume for pancreatic cancer adjuvant radiotherapy. METHODS: Patients with pancreatic cancer who had undergone surgery for the primary tumor in pancreas at our institution from January 2010 to August 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. All local recurrences were plotted on the computed tomography (CT) image of a representative patient according to their relative coordinates to superior mesenteric artery (SMA) or celiac axis (CA)...
October 19, 2016: Radiation Oncology
Junko Nio-Kobayashi, Kaya Miyazaki, Kazuhisa Hashiba, Kiyoshi Okuda, Toshihiko Iwanaga
BACKGROUND: The mechanisms regulating the function and regression of the corpus luteum (CL) have not yet been elucidated in detail. The regressed CL of cows was previously reported to be filled with unusual vessels like arteriovenous anastomosis (AVA); however how these vessels are being established during luteolysis remains unknown. METHODS: The bovine CL at different luteal stages and regressing bovine CL induced by prostaglandin F2α (PGF) were histologically analyzed using light and electron microscopic levels...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Ovarian Research
Mariana Certal, Adriana Vinhas, Aurora Barros-Barbosa, Fátima Ferreirinha, Maria Adelina Costa, Paulo Correia-de-Sá
Nucleotides released during heart injury affect myocardium electrophysiology and remodelling through P2 purinoceptors activation in cardiac myofibroblasts. ATP and UTP endorse [Ca(2) +]i accumulation and growth of DDR-2/a-SMA-expressing myofibroblasts from adult rat ventricles via P2Y4 and P2Y2 receptors activation, respectively. Ventricular myofibroblasts also express ADP-sensitive P2Yi, P2Yi2 and P2Yi3 receptors as demonstrated by immunofluorescence confocal microscopy and western blot analysis, but little information exists on ADP effects in these cells...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Kristyna Gleghorn, Brandon Goodwin, Ramon Sanchez
Chordoma is a rare primary bone malignancy of notochord origin, representing 1-4% of malignant bone tumors. Typically, chordomas follow a slow progressive course with aggressive local extension, multiple recurrences, and metastases. Of particular interest to this case, cutaneous metastasis is exceedingly rare. Diagnosis of this entity can be a challenge due to the rarity of chordoma, as well as the infrequent presentation of distant cutaneous metastasis and non-specific clinical skin findings. We report a case of a 61-year-old male with a history of sacral chordoma treated by wide local excision 8 years prior to presentation developed a nodule on his scalp for 6 weeks...
October 14, 2016: American Journal of Dermatopathology
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