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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332336/downregulation-of-guanine-nucleotide-binding-protein-beta-1-gnb1-is-associated-with-worsened-prognosis-of-clearcell-renal-cell-carcinoma-and-is-related-to-vegf-signaling-pathway
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C Chen, H Chi, L Min, Z Junhua
PURPOSE: Clear-cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) is characterized by genetic abnormalities, while the role of Guanine Nucleotide-Binding Protein Beta 1 (GNB1) in ccRCC has not been studied. We thus aimed to evaluate the expression and prognostic value of GNB1 in ccRCC. METHODS: A two-stage study (exploration and validation) was conducted using in silico and immunohistochemical (IHC) scoring of ccRCC samples from our institute, to evaluate the association between GNB1 expression and clinicopathological parameters of ccRCC patients...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332330/therapeutic-effect-of-gefitinib-in-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-and-its-effect-on-the-egfr-level-in-peripheral-blood
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Jing Wang, Pengchao Hu, Ying Wang, Youhong Dong
PURPOSE: This study was designed to investigate the therapeutic effect of gefitinib in advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and its effect on the level of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) in peripheral blood. METHODS: A total of 58 patients with NSCLC were treated with gefinitib (iressa) (250 mg per day). EGFR levels in the peripheral blood were measured with ELISA assay before and after treatment. Statistical analyses of patient quality of life, survival and other clinical data were conducted including logistic regression analysis, x2 test and t-test...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332291/analysis-of-reactive-carbonyl-species-generated-under-oxidative-stress
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Jun'ichi Mano, Md Sanaullah Biswas
Oxidation of membrane lipids by reactive oxygen species primarily generates lipid peroxides, from which various carbonyls, i.e., aldehydes and ketones, are formed. Among them, those with a carbonyl-conjugated C-C double bond have significant biological functions and are designated as reactive carbonyl species (RCS). A dozen kinds of RCS occurring in plant cells have a broad spectrum of reactivity and biological effects, depending on the structure. Several RCS have been recently found to activate caspase-like proteases in plants, thereby initiating PCD...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332283/markers-of-developmentally-regulated-programmed-cell-death-and-their-analysis-in-cereal-seeds
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Fernando Domínguez, Francisco Javier Cejudo
Programmed cell death (PCD) is a key process for the development and differentiation of multicellular organisms, which is characterized by well-defined morphological and biochemical features. These include chromatin condensation, DNA degradation and nuclear fragmentation, with nucleases and proteases playing a relevant function in these processes. In this chapter we describe methods routinely used for the analysis of hallmarks of developmentally regulated PCD in cereal seed tissues, which are based on agarose and polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, in situ staining of DNA fragmentation, and cell-free assays of relevant enzymatic activities...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332190/transcriptomic-profiling-of-developing-fiber-in-levant-cotton-gossypium-herbaceum-l
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Mithil J Parekh, Sushil Kumar, Ranbir S Fougat, Harshvardhan N Zala, Ramesh J Pandit
Cotton (Gossypium spp.) is an imperative economic crop of the globe due to its natural textile fiber. Molecular mechanisms of fiber development have been greatly revealed in allotetraploid cotton but remained unexplored in Gossypium herbaceum. G. herbaceum can withstand the rigors of nature like drought and pests but produce coarse lint. This undesirable characteristic strongly needs the knowledge of fiber development at molecular basis. The present study reported the transcriptome sequence of the developing fiber of G...
January 13, 2018: Functional & Integrative Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332170/mirna-mrna-crosstalk-in-laryngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-based-on-the-tcga-database
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Guan-Jiang Huang, Meng-Si Luo, Guo-Ping Chen, Min-Yi Fu
BACKGROUND: The functional characterization of non-coding microRNAs (miRNAs) has been shown to be associated with the pathophysiology of the disease, but it is still a challenging task to elucidate the pathogenesis of microRNAs and disease. In addition, the understanding of the role of miRNAs in the development of LSCC still needs further exploration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study, to identify miRNAs that play a key role in LSCC, we analyzed miRNA and mRNA sequence data from 162 LSCC samples from the TCGA database, and screened specific miRNAs and mRNAs by differential gene expression analysis...
January 13, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332143/conjunction-of-g-quadruplex-and-stem-loop-in-the-5-untranslated-region-of-mouse-hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-4-alpha1-mediates-strong-inhibition-of-protein-expression
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Shangdong Guo, Hong Lu
Hepatocyte nuclear factor 4-alpha (HNF4α) is a well-established master regulator of liver development and function. Restoration of HNF4α can treat multiple liver disorders and liver cancers. To date, HNF4α is still "undruggable" due to lack of known activating ligands. Thus, understanding the regulatory mechanism of HNF4α expression may help develop an alternative approach to modulate HNF4α protein levels. G-quadruplexes (G4) are non-canonical stable secondary structures discovered mostly in the promoters of oncogenes...
January 13, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332100/robot-assisted-radical-prostatectomy-is-more-beneficial-for-prostate-cancer-patients-a-system-review-and-meta-analysis
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Yuefeng Du, Qingzhi Long, Bin Guan, Lijun Mu, Juanhua Tian, Yumei Jiang, Xiaojing Bai, Dapeng Wu
BACKGROUND Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) is increasingly used worldwide, but comparisons of perioperative, functional, and oncologic outcomes among RARP, laparoscopic radical prostatectomy (LRP), and open radical prostatectomy (ORP) remain inconsistent. MATERIAL AND METHODS Systematic literature searches were conducted using EMBASE, PubMed, the Cochrane Library, CNKI, and Science Direct/Elsevier up to April 2017. A meta-analysis was conducted using Review Manager and Stata software. RESULTS We included 33 studies...
January 14, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332093/structure-function-correlation-in-hemianopic-vision-loss-in-children-aged-3-6-years-using-oct-and-svop-and-comparison-with-adult-eyes
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Wadim Bowl, Robert Knobloch, Silke Schweinfurth, Kerstin Holve, Knut Stieger, Birgit Lorenz
PURPOSE: To correlate visual field assessment with saccadic vector optokinetic perimetry (SVOP) in children with ganglion cell loss due to anterior pathway pathologies resulting in hemianopic visual field defects measured with optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: 5 young (aged 3-6 years) and 5 adult patients with hemianopia, 10 healthy preschoolers (mean age 4.4 years), and 10 healthy adults (mean age 25.3 years) were tested with SVOP and OCT (focusing on the ganglion cell layer, GCL+)...
January 13, 2018: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332036/relationships-between-lower-olfaction-and-brain-white-matter-lesions-in-elderly-subjects-with-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Juliette Heinrich, Jean-Sébastien Vidal, Axelle Simon, Anne-Sophie Rigaud, Olivier Hanon, Jacques Epelbaum, Cecile Viollet, Emmanuelle Duron
BACKGROUND: Olfactory impairment is reported in mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) and is associated with hippocampal atrophy. In elderly people, dementia with AD neuropathology and white matter lesions (WML) is common. In this context, olfactory impairment could also depend on the presence of WML. OBJECTIVE: To assess the cross-sectional relationship between olfaction and WML in elderly subjects with MCI. METHODS: Consecutive subjects, >65 years old, diagnosed as MCI after a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment in an expert memory center, with a brain MRI performed within a year and without major depressive state, were included...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332017/insulin-resistance-and-lung-function-in-obese-asthmatic-pre-pubertal-children
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Paola Di Filippo, Alessandra Scaparrotta, Daniele Rapino, Tommaso de Giorgis, Marianna Immacolata Petrosino, Marina Attanasi, Sabrina Di Pillo, Francesco Chiarelli, Angelika Mohn
BACKGROUND: Recent findings have supposed that the underlying association between the increased prevalence of both asthma and obesity may be insulin resistance (IR). METHODS: Insulin and glucose serum levels were analyzed to calculate the homeostatic model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) for IR in 98 pre-pubertal children. Lung function and allergy status evaluation were performed. The study population was divided into four groups: (1) obese asthmatic children (ObA); (2) normal-weight asthmatic children (NwA); (3) normal-weight non-asthmatic children (Nw) and (4) obese non-asthmatic children (Ob)...
January 26, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332011/examining-the-utility-of-cystatin-c-as-a-confirmatory-test-of-chronic-kidney-disease-across-the-age-range-in-middle-aged-and-older-community-dwelling-adults
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Mark Canney, Donal J Sexton, Neil O'Leary, Martin Healy, Rose Anne Kenny, Mark A Little, Conall M O'Seaghdha
BACKGROUND: Cystatin C has been proposed as a confirmatory test of chronic kidney disease (CKD). This is most applicable to older individuals with CKD, the majority of whom have a creatinine-based estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of 45-59 mL/min/1.73 m2 (CKD stage 3a). We sought to examine the utility of cystatin C as a confirmatory test of CKD across the age range in the general population of older adults. METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis of 5386 participants from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, a cluster-sampled national cohort of community-dwelling adults aged ≥50 years...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331980/dmc1-mutation-that-causes-human-non-obstructive-azoospermia-and-premature-ovarian-insufficiency-identified-by-whole-exome-sequencing
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Wen-Bin He, Chao-Feng Tu, Qiang Liu, Lan-Lan Meng, Shi-Min Yuan, Ai-Xiang Luo, Fu-Sheng He, Juan Shen, Wen Li, Juan Du, Chang-Gao Zhong, Guang-Xiu Lu, Ge Lin, Li-Qing Fan, Yue-Qiu Tan
BACKGROUND: The genetic causes of the majority of male and female infertility caused by human non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) and premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) with meiotic arrest are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To identify the genetic cause of NOA and POI in two affected members from a consanguineous Chinese family. METHODS: We performed whole-exome sequencing of DNA from both affected patients. The identified candidate causative gene was further verified by Sanger sequencing for pedigree analysis in this family...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331970/is-there-a-social-gradient-of-sarcopenia-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review-protocol
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Darci Green, Gustavo Duque, Nick Fredman, Aoun Rizvi, Sharon Lee Brennan-Olsen
INTRODUCTION: Sarcopenia (or loss of muscle mass and function) is a relatively new area within the field of musculoskeletal research and medicine. Investigating whether there is a social gradient, including occupation type and income level, of sarcopenia, as observed for other diseases, will contribute significantly to the limited evidence base for this disease. This new information may inform the prevention and management of sarcopenia and widen the evidence base to support existing and future health campaigns...
January 13, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331940/screening-and-functional-exploration-of-prothrombin-arg596-related-mutations-in-chinese-venous-thromboembolism-patients
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Xi Wu, Lei Li, Qiulan Ding, Xuefeng Wang, Fang Wu, Wenman Wu
AIMS: Dysfunctional prothrombin residue Arg596 associated mutation has been found to precipitate venous thromboembolism (VTE). In the current study we investigated the prevalence of Arg596 associated mutations in Chinese patients with VTE and explored the functional impact of Arg596Gln mutation on coagulation function in affected patients. METHODS: Prothrombin clotting activity was measured in 267 unrelated patients with unprovoked VTE. Patients with moderately decreased activities underwent further analysis of the F2 gene...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331858/down-regulation-of-long-non-coding-rna-afap1-as1-inhibits-tumor-growth-promotes-apoptosis-and-decreases-metastasis-in-thyroid-cancer
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Wencheng Dai, Ye Tian, Bin Jiang, Weixian Chen
Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), a new type of transcripts, play important roles in various cellular biological processes, involving tumorigenesis. Previous studies showed that lncRNA AFAP1-AS1 was aberrantly expressed in numerous cancers. Nevertheless, we know quite a little about the expression pattern and biological function of AFAP1-AS1 in thyroid cancer. In this study, we adopted the quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR) to detect the expression of AFAP1-AS1 in thyroid cancer tissues. We discovered that expression of AFAP1-AS1 was increased in thyroid cancer tissues...
January 11, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331856/schizandrin-a-enhances-chemosensitivity-of-colon-carcinoma-cells-to-5-fluorouracil-through-up-regulation-of-mir-195
#17
Dongfang Kong, Deyong Zhang, Xianqun Chu, Jing Wang
Nowadays 5-fluorouracil (5-FU)-based adjuvant chemotherapy is widely used for treating colon carcinoma. However, 5-FU resistance in the treatment of colon carcinoma has become more common and thereby new therapeutic strategies and new adjuvant drugs still need to be explored. Two 5-FU-resistant colon cancer cell lines, HCT116 and SW480, were used to investigate the effects of Schizandrin A (SchA), 5-FU, or their combination on cell viability and apoptosis. Besides, the role of miR-195 was studied to further clarify the specific function of SchA...
January 11, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331842/predicting-1-year-disability-and-mortality-of-injured-older-adults
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Alvin D Jeffery, Mary S Dietrich, Cathy A Maxwell
PURPOSE: The growing incidence of elderly patients injured from falls, combined with a growing understanding of the contribution of cognition and frailty to mortality, prompted this work. Our objective was to develop a clinical risk prediction model for prognosticating disability and mortality among injured older adults 1 year after hospitalization. METHODS: Secondary analysis of prospective longitudinal data from an urban Level 1 trauma center. A proportional odds regression model was used to model mortality and functional status as ordinal outcomes...
January 6, 2018: Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331826/pathway-and-mechanism-of-nitrogen-transformation-during-composting-functional-enzymes-and-genes-under-different-concentrations-of-pvp-agnps
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Guangming Zeng, Lihua Zhang, Haoran Dong, Yaoning Chen, Jiachao Zhang, Yuan Zhu, Yujie Yuan, Yankai Xie, Wei Fang
Polyvinylpyrrolidone coated silver nanoparticles (PVP-AgNPs) were applied at different concentrations to reduce total nitrogen (TN) losses and the mechanisms of nitrogen bio-transformation were investigated in terms of the nitrogen functional enzymes and genes. Results showed that mineral N in pile 3 which was treated with AgNPs at a concentration of 10 mg/kg compost was the highest (6.58 g/kg dry weight (DW) compost) and the TN loss (47.07%) was the lowest at the end of composting. Correlation analysis indicated that TN loss was significantly correlated with amoA abundance...
December 29, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331763/inhibition-of-isoprenylcysteine-carboxylmethyltransferase-sensitizes-common-chemotherapies-in-cervical-cancer-via-ras-dependent-pathway
#20
Qin Pan, Rong Liu, Hasina Banu, Liang Ma, Hui Li
Isoprenylcysteine carboxylmethyltransferase (Icmt) catalyzes the last step of post-translational protein prenylation, which is essential for the stability and proper functions of many oncogenic proteins, such as Ras. Despite extensive studies on the roles of Icmt in tumor transformation and progression, little is known on the involvement ofIcmt in the development of tumor resistance to chemotherapy. Here we show the upregulation of Icmt as a persistent response to chemotherapy in cervical cancer cells. In-depth functional analysis demonstrated that Icmt inhibition significantly inhibited growth, induced apoptosis and augmented the inhibitory effects of chemotherapy drugs in cervical cancer in cell culture system and xenograft mouse model...
January 10, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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