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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813942/robotic-assessment-of-the-contribution-of-motor-commands-to-wrist-position-sense
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Sara Contu, Francesca Marini, Lorenzo Masia
Assessing joint position sense for rehabilitation after neurological injury provides a prognostic factor in recovery and long-term functional outcomes. A common method for testing joint position sense involves the active replication of a joint configuration presented via a passive movement. However, recent evidence showed how this sense is mediated by the centrally generated signals of motor command, such that movements produced volitionally may be coded differently from passive movements and accuracy may be different when matching targets presented actively...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813781/bee-venom-decreases-lps-induced-inflammatory-responses-in-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Chang Hee Jeong, Wei Nee Cheng, Hyojin Bae, Kyung Woo Lee, Sang Mi Han, Michael C Petriello, Hong Gu Lee, Han Geuk Seo, Sung Gu Han
The world dairy industry has long been challenged by bovine mastitis, an inflammatory disease, which causes economic loss due to decreased milk production and quality. Attempts have been made to prevent or treat this disease with multiple approaches, primarily through increased abuse of antibiotics, but effective natural solutions remain elusive. Bee venom (BV) contains a variety of peptides (e.g., melittin) and that shows multiple bioactivities including prevention of inflammation. Thus, in the current study, it was hypothesized that BV can reduce inflammation in bovine mammary epithelial cells (MAC-T)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813643/multi-connection-pattern-analysis-decoding-the-representational-content-of-neural-communication
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Yuanning Li, R Mark Richardson, Avniel Singh Ghuman
The lack of multivariate methods for decoding the representational content of interregional neural communication has left it difficult to know what information is represented in distributed brain circuit interactions. Here we present Multi-Connection Pattern Analysis (MCPA), which works by learning mappings between the activity patterns of the populations as a factor of the information being processed. These maps are used to predict the activity from one neural population based on the activity from the other population...
August 13, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813640/innate-immune-signaling-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-contributes-to-drug-primed-reinstatement-of-cocaine-seeking
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Kyle T Brown, Sophia C Levis, Casey E O'Neill, Alexis L Northcutt, Timothy J Fabisiak, Linda R Watkins, Ryan K Bachtell
Cocaine addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder characterized by persistent perturbations to an organism's homeostatic processes that result in maladaptive drug seeking. Although considerable attention has been directed at the consequences of neuronal changes following chronic cocaine taking, few studies have examined the role of microglia, the brain's resident immune cells, following chronic cocaine administration. Toll-Like Receptor 4 (TLR4) is a molecular pattern receptor that recognizes pathogens, danger signals, and xenobiotics and induces proinflammatory signaling in the central nervous system...
August 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813514/the-helicobacter-pylori-type-iv-secretion-system-promotes-il-8-synthesis-in-a-model-of-pediatric-airway-epithelium-via-p38-map-kinase
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Myra G Dela Pena-Ponce, Monica T Jimenez, Lori M Hansen, Jay V Solnick, Lisa A Miller
Epidemiologic studies have reported an inverse relationship between childhood Helicobacter pylori infection and development of allergic asthma. Because lung epithelium plays an important role in allergic asthma pathogenesis, we hypothesized that H. pylori may directly influence airway epithelial cell innate immune function, particularly in early childhood. To test our hypothesis, we established an in vitro H. pylori infection model using primary tracheobronchial epithelial cell cultures derived from infant, juvenile and adult rhesus monkeys...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813483/muroid-rodent-phylogenetics-900-species-tree-reveals-increasing-diversification-rates
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Scott J Steppan, John J Schenk
We combined new sequence data for more than 300 muroid rodent species with our previously published sequences for up to five nuclear and one mitochondrial genes to generate the most widely and densely sampled hypothesis of evolutionary relationships across Muroidea. An exhaustive screening procedure for publically available sequences was implemented to avoid the propagation of taxonomic errors that are common to supermatrix studies. The combined data set of carefully screened sequences derived from all available sequences on GenBank with our new data resulted in a robust maximum likelihood phylogeny for 900 of the approximately 1,620 muroids...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813180/inflammatory-signaling-cascades-and-autophagy-in-cancer
#7
Teresa Monkkonen, Jayanta Debnath
Tumor-associated inflammation is predictive of poor prognosis and drives a variety of tumorigenic phenotypes, including tumor proliferation and survival, angiogenesis, invasiveness, and metastasis. Here, we review mammalian data addressing the interaction of macroautophagy/autophagy with key signaling cascades associated with tumor inflammation. Although our understanding of this area remains incomplete, certain inflammatory pathways have emerged as important mediators of the crosstalk between autophagy and inflammation in tumors...
August 16, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812611/divergent-demographic-strategies-of-plants-in-variable-environments
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Jenni L McDonald, Miguel Franco, Stuart Townley, Thomas H G Ezard, Kim Jelbert, Dave J Hodgson
One of the best-supported patterns in life history evolution is that organisms cope with environmental fluctuations by buffering their most important vital rates against them. This demographic buffering hypothesis is evidenced by a tendency for temporal variation in rates of survival and reproduction to correlate negatively with their contribution to fitness. Here, we show that widespread evidence for demographic buffering can be artefactual, resulting from natural relationships between the mean and variance of vital rates...
January 13, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811669/paraventricular-thalamic-control-of-food-intake-and-reward-role-of-glucagon-like-peptide-1-receptor-signaling
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Zhi Yi Ong, Jing-Jing Liu, Zhiping P Pang, Harvey J Grill
Paraventricular thalamic nucleus (PVT) neurons receive hindbrain and hypothalamic inputs, and project to forebrain sites involved in reward and motivation function. The role of PVT in energy balance and reward control is however understudied. Given that PVT neurons express glucagon-like peptide-1 receptors (GLP-1R), which are critical to feeding and body weight control, we tested the hypothesis that PVT GLP-1R signaling contributes to food intake and reward inhibition. To assess the hypothesis, behavioral tests including chow and high-fat diet intake, meal patterns, conditioned place preference for high-fat food, cue-induced reinstatement of sucrose-seeking, and motivation to work for sucrose were employed following intra-PVT delivery of either GLP-1R agonist, exendin-4 (Ex4), or GLP-1R antagonist, exendin-9-39 (Ex9)...
July 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811383/interleukin-36-cytokines-may-overcome-microbial-immune-evasion-strategies-that-inhibit-interleukin-1-family-signaling
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Liselotte E Jensen
Pathogens deploy immune evasion strategies to successfully establish infections within their hosts. Naturally, the host responds by acquiring mechanisms to counter these strategies. There is increasing evidence that the three interleukin-36 (IL-36) cytokines, IL-36α, IL-36β and IL-36γ, play important roles in host immunity. With a focus on the skin as a target for microbial and viral invasion, the current knowledge of IL-36 functions is reviewed. Furthermore, the hypothesis that the IL-36s have evolved to counteract virulence factors is presented using viruses as an example...
August 15, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811357/autophagy-attenuates-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-by-promoting-snail-degradation-in-human-cardiac-microvascular-endothelial-cells
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Jin Zou, Yanhua Liu, Bingong Li, Zeqi Zheng, Xuan Ke, Yanqin Hao, Xuelian Li, Xingxing Li, Fuyou Liu, Zhiyong Zhang
Endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) mainly exists in cardiovascular development and disease progression, and is well known to contribute to cardiac fibrosis. Recent studies indicated that autophagy also participates in the regulation of cardiac fibrosis. However, the precise role of autophagy in cardiac fibrosis and the underlying molecular mechanism remain unclear. This study aimed to explore the role of autophagy in EndMT, reveal the underlying molecular mechanism and seek new therapy for cardiac fibrosis...
August 15, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811280/dan-nbl1-promotes-collective-neural-crest-migration-by-restraining-uncontrolled-invasion
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Rebecca McLennan, Caleb M Bailey, Linus J Schumacher, Jessica M Teddy, Jason A Morrison, Jennifer C Kasemeier-Kulesa, Lauren A Wolfe, Madeline M Gogol, Ruth E Baker, Philip K Maini, Paul M Kulesa
Neural crest cells are both highly migratory and significant to vertebrate organogenesis. However, the signals that regulate neural crest cell migration remain unclear. In this study, we test the function of differential screening-selected gene aberrant in neuroblastoma (DAN), a bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) antagonist we detected by analysis of the chick cranial mesoderm. Our analysis shows that, before neural crest cell exit from the hindbrain, DAN is expressed in the mesoderm, and then it becomes absent along cell migratory pathways...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810574/tissue-kallikrein-protects-against-ischemic-stroke-by-suppressing-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-activating-nrf2-signaling-pathway-in-rats
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Jiawei Yang, Jianhua Su, Fen Wan, Nan Yang, Haibo Jiang, Mingming Fang, Hang Xiao, Jun Wang, Jinrong Tang
Brain damage following cerebral ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) is a complicated pathophysiological course, in which inflammation and oxidative stress have been suggested to serve an important role. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) has been suggested to be involved in secondary inflammatory process in cerebral ischemia. Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2), an important regulator of the antioxidant host defense, maintains the cellular redox homeostasis. Tissue kallikrein (TK) has been proven to elicit a variety of biological effects in ischemic stroke through its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809482/structural-dynamics-of-15-lipoxygenase-2-via-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange
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Kristin Diane Droege, Mary E Keithly, Charles R Sanders, Richard N Armstrong, Matthew K Thompson
Eicosanoids are inflammatory signaling lipids that are biosynthesized in response to cellular injury or threat. They were originally thought to be pro-inflammatory molecules, but at least one sub-class, the lipoxins, are able to resolve inflammation. The first step in lipoxin synthesis is the oxygenation of arachidonic acid by 15-Lipoxygenase (15-LOX). 15-LOX contains two domains: a Ca2+ binding PLAT domain and a catalytic domain. 15-LOX is a soluble cytosolic protein until Ca2+ binding to the PLAT domain promotes translocation to the membrane surface...
August 15, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808187/g-aminobutyric-acid-promotes-methionine-choline-deficient-diet-induced-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Yoon Seok Roh, Ara Cho, Zixiong Zhou, Hyuneui Jeong, Jeong-Eun Park, Youn-Soo Cha, Suk-Heung Oh, Chae-Woong Lim, Bumseok Kim
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is one of the most common liver diseases and a major cause of liver fibrosis worldwide. G-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) is one of the most abundant inhibitory neurotransmitters in the central nervous system. Recently, it has been reported that GABAergic signaling pathways are found in various non-neuronal tissues including the immune system and play a functional role. In the present study, we investigated whether administration of GABA has effects on NASH through its immunomodulatory effects...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808131/intercellular-communication-via-the-comx-inducing-peptide-xip-of-streptococcus-mutans
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Justin Kaspar, Simon A M Underhill, Robert C Shields, Adrian Reyes, Suzanne Rosenzweig, Stephen J Hagen, Robert A Burne
Gram-positive bacteria utilize exported peptides to coordinate genetic and physiological processes required for biofilm formation, stress responses and ecological competitiveness. One example is activation of natural genetic competence by ComR and the comX-inducing peptide (XIP) in Streptococcus mutans Although the competence pathway can be activated by addition of synthetic XIP in defined medium, the hypothesis that XIP is able to function as an intercellular signal molecule has not been rigorously tested...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807849/danshen-improves-survival-of-patients-with-colon-cancer-and-dihydroisotanshinone-i-inhibit-the-proliferation-of-colon-cancer-cells-via-apoptosis-and-skp2-signaling-pathway
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Yin-Yin Lin, I-Yun Lee, Wen-Shih Huang, Yu-Shin Lin, Feng-Che Kuan, Li-Hsin Shu, Yu-Ching Cheng, Yao-Hsu Yang, Ching-Yuan Wu
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Danshen (Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge) is widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. However, it's definite clinical effect and mechanism on colon carcinoma is unclear. AIM OF THE STUDY: To test the hypothesis that the protective effect of danshen on colon cancer and discover the bioactive compounds through in vitro study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a nationwide cohort study by using population-based data from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805807/notch-signaling-pathway-and-gene-expression-profiles-during-early-in-vitro-differentiation-of-liver-derived-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-to-osteoblasts
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Ksymena Urbanek, Marta Lesiak, Daniel Krakowian, Halina Koryciak-Komarska, Wirginia Likus, Piotr Czekaj, Damian Kusz, Aleksander L Sieroń
Notch signaling is a key signaling pathway for cell proliferation and differentiation. Therefore, we formulated a working hypothesis that Notch signaling can be used to detect early osteoblastic differentiation of mesenchymal stromal cells. Changes in expression and distribution of Notch 1, 2, 3, and Delta1 in the cytoplasm and nuclei of rat liver-derived mesenchymal stromal cells differentiating into osteoblasts were investigated, together with the displacement of intracellular domains (ICDs) of the receptors...
August 14, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805509/enhanced-cell-killing-and-apoptosis-of-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cells-with-ultrasound-in-combination-with-cetuximab-coated-albumin-microbubbles
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Kyoichi Narihira, Akiko Watanabe, Hong Sheng, Hitomi Endo, Loreto B Feril, Yutaka Irie, Koichi Ogawa, Seyedeh Moosavi-Nejad, Seiji Kondo, Toshihiro Kikuta, Katsuro Tachibana
Targeted microbubbles has the potential to be used for ultrasound (US) therapy and diagnosis of various cancers. In the present study, US was irradiated to oral squamous cell carcinoma cells (HSC-2) in the presence of cetuximab coated albumin microbubbles (CCAM). Cell killing rate with ultrasound treatment at 0.9W/cm(2) and 1.0W/cm(2) in the presence of CCAM was greater compared to non-targeted albumin microbubbles (p < 0.05). On the other hand, selective cell killing was not observed in human myelomonocytic lymphoma cell line (U937) that had no affinity to cetuximab...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805431/disentangling-the-effects-of-serotonin-on-risk-perception-s-carriers-of-5-httlpr-are-primarily-concerned-with-the-magnitude-of-the-outcomes-not-the-uncertainty
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Philip Millroth, Peter Juslin, Elias Eriksson, Thomas Agren
Serotonin signaling is vital for reward processing, and hence, also for decision-making. The serotonin transporter gene linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR) has been connected to decision making, suggesting that short-allele carriers (s) are more risk averse than long-allele homozygotes (ll). However, previous research has not identified if this occurs because s-carriers (i) are more sensitive to the uncertainty of the outcomes or (ii) are more sensitive to the magnitude of the outcomes. This issue was disentangled using a willingness-to-pay task, where the participants evaluated prospects involving certain gains, uncertain gains, and ambiguous gains...
August 14, 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
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