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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331763/inhibition-of-isoprenylcysteine-carboxylmethyltransferase-sensitizes-common-chemotherapies-in-cervical-cancer-via-ras-dependent-pathway
#1
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331413/eef-2-kinase-targeted-mir-449b-confers-radiation-sensitivity-to-cancer-cells
#2
Cheng Ji, QiongHua Xu, LingChuan Guo, XiaoHui Wang, YiJie Ren, HongHan Zhang, WeiDong Zhu, ZhiJun Ming, YunSheng Yuan, XingCong Ren, JianXun Song, Yan Cheng, JinMing Yang, Yi Zhang
The roles of microRNA in regulation of various biological processes and in modulation of therapeutic effects have been widely appreciated. In this study, we found a positive correlation between miR-449 b expression and radiation sensitivity in cancer cells and in tumor specimens from patients. We showed that eEF-2 kinase, a negative regulator of global protein synthesis, is a target of miR-449 b. Introducing a miR-449 b mimic into cancer cells led to suppression of eEF-2 kinase expression, leading to increases of protein synthesis and depletion of cellular ATP...
January 10, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331324/rectal-culture-directed-antibiotic-prophylaxis-before-transrectal-prostate-biopsy-reduced-infectious-complications-and-healthcare-costs
#3
J V Baldissera-Aradas, L Rodríguez-Villamil, R Blanco-Fernández, C Pérez-García, G Viejo de la Guerra, I González-Rodríguez, J Mosquera-Madera
BACKGROUND: Transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy (TUPB) is associated with infectious complications (ICs), which are related to a greater prevalence of ciprofloxacin-resistant bacteria (CRB) in rectal flora. We examined the ICs that occurred in 2 groups: A guided antibiotic prophylaxis (GP) group and an empiric prophylaxis (EP) group. We assessed the financial impact of GP. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The GP group was studied prospectively (June 2013 to July 2014)...
January 10, 2018: Actas Urologicas Españolas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331099/adaptation-and-validation-of-the-disruptive-behaviour-disorders-teacher-rating-scale-as-a-screening-tool-for-early-detection-of-disruptive-behaviour-disorders-in-schools-in-a-lower-middle-income-setting
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Olawunmi Olagundoye, Alex Igundunasse, Morenike Aluko
Background Despite the need to curb the menace resulting from the negative trajectory of disruptive behaviour disorders (DBD) in societies of the world today, there is yet a dearth of locally standardised tools for the early detection of these disorders in Nigeria. This study was aimed at standardising the DBD teacher rating scale (DBD-TRS) to be culturally specific using teachers' ratings of their students. Objectives To establish norm scores for the three categories of DBD on the DBD-TRS, to evaluate the reliability, validity, predictive power, sensitivity and specificity of DBD-TRS items for identifying DBD symptoms amongst children/adolescents between the ages of 4 and 16 years...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331063/simultaneous-pharmacokinetics-and-stability-studies-of-physalins-in-rat-plasma-and-intestinal-bacteria-culture-media-using-liquid-chromatography-with-mass-spectrometry
#5
Yunliang Zheng, Meihua Lin, Xingjiang Hu, You Zhai, Qiao Zhang, Yan Lou, Jianzhong ShenTu, Lihua Wu
Physalins are the major steroidal constituent of Physalis plants and display a range of biological activity. For this study, a rapid and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry method was developed for the simultaneous quantification of six physalins. Specifically, it was for the quantification of physalin A, physalin B, physalin D, physalin G, 4,7-didehydroneophysalin B and isophysalin B in rat plasma and rat intestinal bacteria. After a solid-phase extraction, analytes and internal standards (prednisolone) were separated on a Shield reverse-phase C18 column (measuring 3 mm × 150 mm with an internal diameter of 3...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330994/pattern-of-causative-micro-organisms-in-catheter-related-blood-stream-infections-in-dialysis-patients-experience-from-saudi-arabia
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Bilal Mohsin
BACKGROUND: Catheter related blood stream infections (CRBSI) are the leading cause of morbidity in HD patients. The majority of these infections relate to haemodialysis catheters. There is a paucity of local data on microbial agents responsible for CRBSI in our region. This prompted our study. METHODS: This Prospective observatory survey was conducted in Department of Nephrology, King Fahd Hospital, Hofuf KSA from Nov 2014 to Jan 2017 (26 months). It was performed on dialysis patients with HD catheters who developed features of CRBSI...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330988/microbiological-profile-from-middle-ear-and-nasopharynx-in-patients-suffering-from-chronic-active-mucosal-otitis-media
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Shahid Farooq Khattak, Nadeem Ahmed Sheikh, Adil Aleem, Muhammad Farooq, Kanwal Nadeem
BACKGROUND: Chronic otitis media is described as a tympanic membrane perforation and ear discharge for more than six weeks duration. Ascending infection from the nasopharynx into the middle ear cleft has been attributed to prevent resolution of chronic otitis media. This research aims to determine the association between the microbiological flora of the nasopharynx with that of the middle ear in patients suffering from chronic (active) mucosal otitis media.. METHODS: Our study is a hospital-based cross-sectional survey...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330981/comparison-of-ziehl-neelsen-based-light-microscopy-with-led-fluorescent-microscopy-for-tuberculosis-diagnosis-an-insight-from-a-limited-resource-high-burden-setting
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Muhammad Yahya Noori, Faiza Ali, Zaheer Ali, Shaheen Sharafat
BACKGROUND: Microscopy is the most widely used tool for Tuberculosis screening. Conventionally, Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) staining has been the widely used for staining Acid-Fast Bacilli (AFB) but with the advent of Fluorescent staining, Auramine O stain is now being adapted as the preferred method for setups with high workload as it has the advantage of being less laborious, since bacteria fluoresce in front of a dark background and are easier to count. This study was performed to compare the efficiency of the two methods in a high-burden, limited resource setting to see the magnitude of diagnostic accuracy between ZN and Fluorescent Microscopy, using culture as the standard...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330673/vacuum-assisted-closure-therapy-of-paradoxical-reaction-in-tuberculous-lymphadenopathy-caused-by-mycobacterium-africanum
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H F Geerdes-Fenge, P Pongratz, J Liese, E C Reisinger
A 26-year-old HIV-negative male from Ghana was treated for cervical, intrathoracic and abdominal lymph node tuberculosis (TB) and tuberculous hepatitis. Penetration of the thoracic trachea by a mediastinal lymph node had caused bronchomucosal TB. Sputum culture grew M. africanum, sensitive to all first-line antituberculous drugs. Four weeks after the beginning of directly observed treatment with isoniazid, rifampin, pyrazinamide and ethambutol, the right cervical lymph node increased in size, liquefied and caused a spontaneous fistula...
January 12, 2018: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330649/growth-of-leptospirillum-ferriphilum-in-sulfur-medium-in-co-culture-with-acidithiobacillus-caldus
#10
Sarah L Smith, D Barrie Johnson
Leptospirillum ferriphilum and Acidithiobacillus caldus are both thermotolerant acidophilic bacteria that frequently co-exist in natural and man-made environments, such as biomining sites. Both are aerobic chemolithotrophs; L. ferriphilum is known only to use ferrous iron as electron donor, while A. caldus can use zero-valent and reduced sulfur, and also hydrogen, as electron donors. It has recently been demonstrated that A. caldus reduces ferric iron to ferrous when grown aerobically on sulfur. Experiments were carried out which demonstrated that this allowed L...
January 12, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330607/river-continuity-restoration-and-diadromous-fishes-much-more-than-an-ecological-issue
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H Drouineau, C Carter, M Rambonilaza, G Beaufaron, G Bouleau, A Gassiat, P Lambert, S le Floch, S Tétard, E de Oliveira
Ecosystem fragmentation is a serious threat to biodiversity and one of the main challenges in ecosystem restoration. River continuity restoration (RCR) has often targeted diadromous fishes, a group of species supporting strong cultural and economic values and especially sensitive to river fragmentation. Yet it has frequently produced mixed results and diadromous fishes remain at very low levels of abundance. Against this background, this paper presents the main challenges for defining, evaluating and achieving effective RCR...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329750/women-and-the-experience-of-pain-and-opioid-use-disorder-a-literature-based-commentary
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Andrew L Koons, Marna Rayl Greenberg, Robert D Cannon, Gillian A Beauchamp
It is generally understood that pain experience and opioid abuse have relied on male-dominated models. However, sex and gender play a role in both pain experience and opioid use disorder. Using the previously validated Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Sex and Gender Specific Health PubMed Advanced Search Tool, the authors used pertinent literature to develop this literature-based commentary on sex and gender differences in pain experience and opioid use disorder. Women report their experience of pain more frequently, have increased rates of diagnoses related to pain, have increased pain sensitivity, and have a variable response to pain and analgesia...
January 9, 2018: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329547/microfluidic-co-culture-of-pancreatic-tumor-spheroids-with-stellate-cells-as-a-novel-3d-model-for-investigation-of%C3%A2-stroma-mediated-cell-motility-and-drug-resistance
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Ji-Hyun Lee, Seul-Ki Kim, Iftikhar Ali Khawar, Su-Yeong Jeong, Seok Chung, Hyo-Jeong Kuh
BACKGROUND: Pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), a major component of the tumor microenvironment in pancreatic cancer, play roles in cancer progression as well as drug resistance. Culturing various cells in microfluidic (microchannel) devices has proven to be a useful in studying cellular interactions and drug sensitivity. Here we present a microchannel plate-based co-culture model that integrates tumor spheroids with PSCs in a three-dimensional (3D) collagen matrix to mimic the tumor microenvironment in vivo by recapitulating epithelial-mesenchymal transition and chemoresistance...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329425/comparison-of-hepatic-2d-sandwich-cultures-and-3d-spheroids-for-long-term-toxicity-applications-a-multi-center-study
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Catherine C Bell, Anita C A Dankers, Volker M Lauschke, Rowena Sison-Young, Roz Jenkins, Cliff Rowe, Chris Goldring, Kevin Park, Sophie Regan, Tracy Walker, Chris Schofield, Audrey Baze, Alison J Foster, Dominic Williams, Amy W M van de Ven, Frank Jacobs, Jos van Houdt, Tuula Lähteenmäki, Jan Snoeys, Satu Juhila, Lysiane Richert, Magnus Ingelman-Sundberg
Primary human hepatocytes (PHH) are commonly used for in vitro studies of drug-induced liver injury. However, when cultured as 2D monolayers, PHH lose crucial hepatic functions within hours. This dedifferentiation can be ameliorated when PHH are cultured in sandwich configuration (2Dsw), particularly when cultures are regularly re-overlaid with extracellular matrix, or as 3D spheroids. In this study, the six participating laboratories evaluated the robustness of these two model systems made from cryopreserved PHH from the same donors considering both inter-donor and inter-lab variability and compared their suitability for use in repeated-dose toxicity studies using 5 different hepatotoxins with different toxicity mechanisms...
January 10, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329354/palmitate-induced-er-stress-and-inhibition-of-protein-synthesis-in-cultured-myotubes-does-not-require-toll-like-receptor-4
#15
Ben D Perry, Jill A Rahnert, Yang Xie, Bin Zheng, Myra E Woodworth-Hobbs, S Russ Price
Saturated fatty acids, such as palmitate, are elevated in metabolically dysfunctional conditions like type 2 diabetes mellitus. Palmitate has been shown to impair insulin sensitivity and suppress protein synthesis while upregulating proteolytic systems in skeletal muscle. Increased sarco/endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and subsequent activation of the unfolded protein response may contribute to the palmitate-induced impairment of muscle protein synthesis. In some cell types, ER stress occurs through activation of the Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328437/reduced-mitochondrial-response-sensitivity-is-involved-in-the-anti%C3%A2-apoptotic-effect-of-dexmedetomidine-pretreatment-in-cardiomyocytes
#16
Xiaojian Weng, Xiaodan Zhang, Xiaofei Lu, Jin Wu, Shitong Li
Dexmedetomidine is a commonly used α2-adreno-ceptor agonist, which affects various organs, including providing beneficial effects on the heart. However, the mechanism underlying the cardiac benefit remains to be fully elucidated. In the present study, it was demonstrated that dexmedetomidine pretreatment on primary cultured rat cardiomyocytes protected against reactive oxygen species (ROS)‑induced apoptosis. In terms of the potential mechanism, it was demonstrated that dexmedetomidine inhibited mitochondrial biogenesis and mitochondrial respiratory complexes, but with increased coupling efficiency...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328185/optical-fiber-humidity-sensor-based-on-the-direct-response-of-the-polyimide-film
#17
Ce Bian, Manli Hu, Ruohui Wang, Tingting Gang, Rongxin Tong, Lisong Zhang, Teng Guo, Xiaobo Liu, Xueguang Qiao
An optical fiber humidity sensor based on an optical Fabry-Perot interferometer is proposed and experimentally demonstrated. The sensor is constructed by a short section of hollow-core fiber coated with a polyimide (PI) film. Taking advantage of the direct response of the PI film, a sensitivity of up to 1.309 nm/%RH can be achieved in the humidity change range from 40% RH to 80% RH. The temperature sensitivity is measured to be 43.57 pm/°C when the temperature changes from 25°C to 55°C. Because of its simple structure, fast response time, convenient production, and good reproducibility, the proposed sensor will be competitive in the field of cultural relic humidity monitoring and pharmaceutical storage...
January 10, 2018: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327210/paired-blood-cultures-increase-the-sensitivity-for-detecting-pathogens-in-both-inpatients-and-outpatients
#18
Bansidhar Tarai, Dinesh Jain, Poonam Das, Sandeeep Budhiraja
The objective of this study was to show the differences between paired blood cultures (PBC) versus single blood cultures (SBC) in the microbiologic yield, the sensitivity to detect pathogens and the time to positivity (TTP). We performed a retrospective study examining 112,570 blood culture samples over a 5-year period from July 2011 to May 2016 in the BacT/ALERT® 3D automated blood culture system (bioMérieux, Marcy l'Etoile, France). Bacteria and yeasts were identified using the VITEK® 2 Compact system (bioMérieux, Marcy l'Etoile, France)...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326990/a-fluorescent-microbead-based-microfluidic-immunoassay-chip-for-immune-cell-cytokine-secretion-quantification
#19
Xin Cui, Ya Liu, Dinglong Hu, Weiyi Qian, Chung Tin, Dong Sun, Weiqiang Chen, Raymond H W Lam
Quantitative and dynamic analyses of immune cell secretory cytokines are essential for precise determination and characterization of the "immune phenotype" of patients for clinical diagnosis and treatment of immune-related diseases. Although multiple methods including the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) have been applied for cytokine detection, such measurements remain very challenging in real-time, high-throughput, and high-sensitivity immune cell analysis. In this paper, we report a highly integrated microfluidic device that allows for on-chip isolation, culture, and stimulation, as well as sensitive and dynamic cytokine profiling of immune cells...
January 12, 2018: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326768/streptococcus-constellatus-spondylodiscitis-in-a-teenager-a-case-report
#20
S W Lim, H Y Lim, T Kannaiah, Z Zuki
Streptococcus constellatus is an extremely rare cause of pyogenic spondylodiscitis. Literature search yielded only one case report in an elderly 72 years old man with spontaneous T10-T11 S. constellatus spondylodiscitis. It is virtually unheard of in young teenage. We report the case of a 14 years old male teenager who presented with worsening low back pain for one year with no neurological deficit. Imaging studies were consistent with features of L4-L5 spondylodiscitis. CT guided biopsy grew a pure culture of streptococcus constellatus sensitive to penicillin and erythromycin...
November 2017: Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal
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