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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927119/effect-of-glutamine-enriched-nutritional-support-on-intestinal-mucosal-barrier-function-mmp-2-mmp-9-and-immune-function-in-patients-with-advanced-gastric-cancer-during-perioperative-chemotherapy
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Juan Wang, Yanfen Li, Yuanling Qi
We studied the effects of glutamine-enriched nutritional support on intestinal mucosal barrier, matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-2, MMP-9 and immune function during perioperative chemotherapy in patients with advanced gastric cancer. The study was conducted on 94 patients with advanced gastric cancer admitted from April 2015 to March 2016. They were randomly divided into observation and control groups, n=47. Control group was given basic nutritional support whereas glutamine-enriched nutritional support was given to patients in observation group...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927038/effects-of-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-combined-with-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-advanced-esophageal-carcinoma
#2
Yu Liu, Deyao Xie, Chang Li, Chaoxi Lin, Jun Zhao
We analyzed the improvement of survival time and the effects of neoadjuvant chemotherapy combined with radiotherapy on treating patients with advanced esophageal carcinoma. Retrospectively, 43 patients were selected with esophageal carcinoma who were administered neoadjuvant chemotherapy combined with radiotherapy. According to gender, and tumor staging, the nearest neighbor matching was carried out. Eighty-six patients (1:2) who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy and 129 patients (1:3) who underwent surgery only were taken and compared for clinical outcomes...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926423/a-noninterventional-multicenter-prospective-phase-iv-study-of-trabectedin-in-patients-with-advanced-soft-tissue-sarcoma
#3
Angela Buonadonna, Charlotte Benson, Jose Casanova, Bernd Kasper, Antonio López Pousa, Filomena Mazzeo, Thomas Brodowicz, Nicolas Penel
This prospective, noninterventional study is the first phase IV trial designed to evaluate trabectedin in patients with advanced soft tissue sarcoma in real-life clinical practice across Europe. To be included in the study, patients must have received more than or equal to one cycle of trabectedin and be currently on treatment. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival as defined by investigators. The secondary endpoints included objective response rate, disease control rate, time to progression and the growth modulation index (GMI), overall survival, and an assessment of the cancer-related symptoms and safety...
September 18, 2017: Anti-cancer Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925973/mechanisms-by-which-hpv-induces-a-replication-competent-environment-in-differentiating-keratinocytes
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REVIEW
Cary Moody
Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are the causative agents of cervical cancer and are also associated with other genital malignancies, as well as an increasing number of head and neck cancers. HPVs have evolved their life cycle to contend with the different cell states found in the stratified epithelium. Initial infection and viral genome maintenance occurs in the proliferating basal cells of the stratified epithelium, where cellular replication machinery is abundant. However, the productive phase of the viral life cycle, including productive replication, late gene expression and virion production, occurs upon epithelial differentiation, in cells that normally exit the cell cycle...
September 19, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925957/genome-wide-analysis-of-the-biosynthesis-and-deactivation-of-gibberellin-dioxygenases-gene-family-in-camellia-sinensis-l-o-kuntze
#5
Cheng Pan, Kunhong Tian, Qiuyan Ban, Leigang Wang, Qilu Sun, Yan He, Yuanfei Yang, Yuting Pan, Yeyun Li, Jiayue Jiang, Changjun Jiang
Gibberellins (GAs), a class of diterpenoid phytohormones, play a key role in regulating diverse processes throughout the life cycle of plants. Bioactive GA levels are rapidly regulated by Gibberellin-dioxygenases (GAox), which are involved in the biosynthesis and deactivation of gibberellin. In this manuscript, a comprehensive genome-wide analysis was carried out to find all GAox in Camellia sinensis. For the first time in a tea plant, 14 CsGAox genes, containing two domains, DIOX_N (PF14226) and 2OG-FeII_Oxy, were identified (PF03171)...
September 19, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925889/physical-activity-does-it-really-increase-bone-density-in-postmenopausal-women-a-review-of-articles-published-between-2001-2016
#6
Daria Segev, Devora Hellerstein, Ayelet Dunsky
BACKGROUND: Physical activity is known for its many health benefits, among them the positive effect on bone health during the life cycle. During childhood, physical stress stimulates bone remodeling and increases density. However, due to hormonal changes during adulthood, and mainly during postmenopause the rate of bone remodeling is slowed and is less efficient. As a result, argument has arisen in the literature regarding the benefit or harm of physical activity on bone health among postmenopausal women...
September 18, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925142/-research-progress-on-method-validation-of-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-quantitative-analysis
#7
Yu Luo, Wen-Long Li, Hai-Bin Qu
Due to the advantages of fast and noninvasive, requiring almost no sample preparation, supplying chemical and physical information, near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy is widely used in the pharmaceutical industry. In the life cycle of an established analytical method, rigorous validation should be performed before routine use. However,there is no detailed experimental standards or decision rules for the NIR methods validation currently, and various approaches were applied to validate the established NIR quantification models in literatures...
October 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924870/efficacy-of-a-novel-sigma-1-receptor-antagonist-for-oxaliplatin-induced-neuropathy-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-phase-iia-clinical-trial
#8
Jordi Bruna, Sebastián Videla, Andreas A Argyriou, Roser Velasco, Jesús Villoria, Cristina Santos, Cristina Nadal, Guido Cavaletti, Paola Alberti, Chiara Briani, Haralabos P Kalofonos, Diego Cortinovis, Mariano Sust, Anna Vaqué, Thomas Klein, Carlos Plata-Salamán
This trial assessed the efficacy of MR309 (a novel selective sigma-1 receptor ligand previously developed as E-52862) in ameliorating oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy (oxaipn). A discontinuous regimen of MR309 (400 mg/day, 5 days per cycle) was tested in patients with colorectal cancer receiving FOLFOX in a phase II, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter clinical trial. Outcome measures included changes in 24-week quantitative measures of thermal sensitivity and total neuropathy score...
September 18, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924505/greater-reproductive-investment-but-shorter-lifespan-in-agrosystem-than-in-natural-habitat-toads
#9
Francisco Javier Zamora-Camacho, Mar Comas
Global amphibian decline is due to several factors: habitat loss, anthropization, pollution, emerging diseases, and global warming. Amphibians, with complex life cycles, are particularly susceptible to habitat alterations, and their survival may be impaired in anthropized habitats. Increased mortality is a well-known consequence of anthropization. Life-history theory predicts higher reproductive investment when mortality is increased. In this work, we compared age, body size, and different indicators of reproductive investment, as well as prey availability, in natterjack toads (Epidalea calamita) from agrosystems and adjacent natural pine groves in Southwestern Spain...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924306/refrigerant-performance-evaluation-including-effects-of-transport-properties-and-optimized-heat-exchangers
#10
Riccardo Brignoli, J Steven Brown, H Skye, Piotr A Domanski
Preliminary refrigerant screenings typically rely on using cycle simulation models involving thermodynamic properties alone. This approach has two shortcomings. First, it neglects transport properties, whose influence on system performance is particularly strong through their impact on the performance of the heat exchangers. Second, the refrigerant temperatures in the evaporator and condenser are specified as input, while real-life equipment operates at imposed heat sink and heat source temperatures; the temperatures in the evaporator and condensers are established based on overall heat transfer resistances of these heat exchangers and the balance of the system...
August 2017: Revue Internationale du Froid
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924189/communication-via-extracellular-vesicles-enhances-viral-infection-of-a-cosmopolitan-alga
#11
Daniella Schatz, Shilo Rosenwasser, Sergey Malitsky, Sharon G Wolf, Ester Feldmesser, Assaf Vardi
Communication between microorganisms in the marine environment has immense ecological impact by mediating trophic-level interactions and thus determining community structure (1) . Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are produced by bacteria (2,3) , archaea (4) , protists (5) and metazoans, and can mediate pathogenicity (6) or act as vectors for intercellular communication. However, little is known about the involvement of EVs in microbial interactions in the marine environment (7) . Here we investigated the signalling role of EVs produced during interactions between the cosmopolitan alga Emiliania huxleyi and its specific virus (EhV, Phycodnaviridae) (8) , which leads to the demise of these large-scale oceanic blooms (9,10) ...
September 18, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923924/near-atomic-structure-of-jasplakinolide-stabilized-malaria-parasite-f-actin-reveals-the-structural-basis-of-filament-instability
#12
Sabrina Pospich, Esa-Pekka Kumpula, Julian von der Ecken, Juha Vahokoski, Inari Kursula, Stefan Raunser
During their life cycle, apicomplexan parasites, such as the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, use actomyosin-driven gliding motility to move and invade host cells. For this process, actin filament length and stability are temporally and spatially controlled. In contrast to canonical actin, P. falciparum actin 1 (PfAct1) does not readily polymerize into long, stable filaments. The structural basis of filament instability, which plays a pivotal role in host cell invasion, and thus infectivity, is poorly understood, largely because high-resolution structures of PfAct1 filaments were missing...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923923/hydrologic-regulation-of-plant-rooting-depth
#13
Ying Fan, Gonzalo Miguez-Macho, Esteban G Jobbágy, Robert B Jackson, Carlos Otero-Casal
Plant rooting depth affects ecosystem resilience to environmental stress such as drought. Deep roots connect deep soil/groundwater to the atmosphere, thus influencing the hydrologic cycle and climate. Deep roots enhance bedrock weathering, thus regulating the long-term carbon cycle. However, we know little about how deep roots go and why. Here, we present a global synthesis of 2,200 root observations of >1,000 species along biotic (life form, genus) and abiotic (precipitation, soil, drainage) gradients. Results reveal strong sensitivities of rooting depth to local soil water profiles determined by precipitation infiltration depth from the top (reflecting climate and soil), and groundwater table depth from below (reflecting topography-driven land drainage)...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923721/evidence-of-sexual-dimorphism-of-htr1b-gene-on-major-adult-adhd-comorbidities
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Diana Müller, Eugenio H Grevet, Alana C Panzenhagen, Renata B Cupertino, Bruna S da Silva, Djenifer B Kappel, Nina R Mota, Paula Blaya-Rocha, Stefania P Teche, Eduardo S Vitola, Luis A Rohde, Verônica Contini, Diego L Rovaris, Jaqueline B Schuch, Claiton H D Bau
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a very common psychiatric disorder across the life cycle and frequently presents comorbidities. Since ADHD is highly heritable, several studies have focused in the underlying genetic factors involved in its etiology. One of the major challenges in this search is the phenotypic heterogeneity, which could be partly attributable to the sexual dimorphism frequently seen in psychiatric disorders. Taking into account the well-known sexual dimorphic effect observed in serotonergic system characteristics, we differentially tested the influence of HTR1B SNPs (rs11568817, rs130058, rs6296 and rs13212041) on ADHD susceptibility and on its major comorbidities according to sex...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923387/characterization-and-structure-activity-relationship-study-of-iminodipyridinopyrimidines-as-novel-hepatitis-c-virus-inhibitor
#15
Dong-Sik Park, Eunji Jo, Jihyun Choi, MyungEun Lee, Soohyun Kim, Hee-Young Kim, Jiyon Nam, Sujin Ahn, Jong Yeon Hwang, Marc Peter Windisch
Upon high-throughput screening of synthetic small molecule libraries with the infectious hepatitis C virus (HCV) cell culture system, we identified an iminodipyridinopyrimidine (IDPP) scaffold. IDPP did not inhibit HCV replication, but exhibited very potent inhibitory activity on early and late steps of HCV life cycle. Applying an intensive structure-activity relationship (SAR) study, a promising IDPP Lead compound (12c) with excellent potency (EC50 = 10 nM), high safety margin (SI > 2000), and an acceptable stability in human and rat liver microsomes (t1/2 >60 min) was identified...
September 6, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923314/a-simple-method-for-isolation-of-cell-associated-viral-particles-from-cell-culture
#16
Katarina Laposova, Ingrid Oveckova, Jana Tomaskova
A common method for cell-associated virus isolation involves disruption of infected cells by a combination of hypotonic burst, freeze-thaw cycles (F-T) and sonication. This protocol was also originally used for the preparation of cell-free extract containing the MX strain of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV), which is preferentially propagated by cell-to-cell contact and does not release distinct virions into the medium. In the present study, we compared different approaches to virus isolation. Based on virus yield, we show that deionized water lysis is the fastest and most effective method for releasing LCMV MX infectious viral particles from persistently infected cells...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923123/-a-machine-for-recreating-life-an-introduction-to-reproduction-on-film
#17
Jesse Olszynko-Gryn, Patrick Ellis
Reproduction is one of the most persistently generative themes in the history of science and cinema. Cabbage fairies, clones and monstrous creations have fascinated filmmakers and audiences for more than a century. Today we have grown accustomed not only to the once controversial portrayals of sperm, eggs and embryos in biology and medicine, but also to the artificial wombs and dystopian futures of science fiction and fantasy. Yet, while scholars have examined key films and genres, especially in response to the recent cycle of Hollywood 'mom coms', the analytic potential of reproduction on film as a larger theme remains largely untapped...
September 2017: British Journal for the History of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922767/photosynthetic-and-metabolic-acclimation-to-repeated-drought-events-play-key-roles-in-drought-tolerance-in-coffee
#18
Paulo E Menezes-Silva, Lilian M V P Sanglard, Rodrigo T Ávila, Leandro E Morais, Samuel C V Martins, Priscilla Nobres, Camila M Patreze, Marcio A Ferreira, Wagner L Araújo, Alisdair R Fernie, Fábio M DaMatta
Over the last decades, most information on the mechanisms underlying tolerance to drought has been gained by considering this stress as a single event that happens just once in the life of a plant, in contrast to what occurs under natural conditions where recurrent drought episodes are the rule. Here we explored mechanisms of drought tolerance in coffee (Coffea canephora) plants from a broader perspective, integrating key aspects of plant physiology and biochemistry. We show that plants exposed to multiple drought events displayed higher photosynthetic rates, which were largely accounted for by biochemical rather than diffusive or hydraulic factors, than those submitted to drought for the first time...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922425/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-alpha-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-primary-effusion-lymphoma
#19
Prabha Shrestha, David A Davis, Ravindra P Veeranna, Robert F Carey, Coralie Viollet, Robert Yarchoan
Primary effusion lymphoma (PEL) is an aggressive B-cell lymphoma with poor prognosis caused by Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV). Previous studies have revealed that HIF-1α, which mediates much of the cellular response to hypoxia, plays an important role in life cycle of KSHV. KSHV infection promotes HIF-1α activity, and several KSHV genes are in turn activated by HIF-1α. In this study, we investigated the effects of knocking down HIF-1α in PELs. We observed that HIF-1α knockdown in each of two PEL lines leads to a reduction in both aerobic and anaerobic glycolysis as well as lipid biogenesis, indicating that HIF-1α is necessary for maintaining a metabolic state optimal for growth of PEL...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921628/who-wins-in-the-weaning-process-juvenile-feeding-morphology-of-two-freshwater-mussel-species
#20
Rafael Araujo, Miquel Campos, Carles Feo, Catuxa Varela, Joaquín Soler, Paz Ondina
The global decline of freshwater mussels can be partially attributed to their complex life cycle. Their survival from glochidium to adulthood is like a long obstacle race, with juvenile mortality as a key critical point. Mass mortality shortly after entering into a juvenile state has been reported in both wild and captive populations, thus weakening the effective bivalve population. A similar phenomenon occurs during metamorphosis in natural and hatchery populations of juvenile marine bivalves. Based on a morphological analysis using scanning electron microscopy of newly formed juveniles of the freshwater species Margaritifera margaritifera (L...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
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