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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343066/calcium-triggers-reversal-of-calmodulin-on-nested-anti-parallel-sites-in-the-iq-motif-of-the-neuronal-voltage-dependent-sodium-channel-nav1-2
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Liam Hovey, C Andrew Fowler, Ryan Mahling, Zesen Lin, Mark Stephen Miller, Dagan C Marx, Jesse B Yoder, Elaine H Kim, Kristin M Tefft, Brett C Waite, Michael D Feldkamp, Liping Yu, Madeline A Shea
Several members of the voltage-gated sodium channel family are regulated by calmodulin (CaM) and ionic calcium. The neuronal voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.2 contains binding sites for both apo (calcium-depleted) and calcium-saturated CaM. We have determined equilibrium dissociation constants for rat NaV1.2 IQ motif [IQRAYRRYLLK] binding to apo CaM (~3nM) and (Ca(2+))4-CaM (~85nM), showing that apo CaM binding is favored by 30-fold. For both apo and (Ca(2+))4-CaM, NMR demonstrated that NaV1.2 IQ motif peptide (NaV1...
March 9, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342980/muscarinic-receptor-mediated-signaling-pathways-in-hepatocytes-from-ccl4-induced-liver-fibrotic-rat
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Lin Luo, Chenghao Xi, Tingting Xu, Gaoshan Zhang, E Qun, Wei Zhang
The pathological changes of parasympathetic nerves are considered as an independent prognostic factor of the survival rate for patients with chronic liver disease. The non-selective muscarinic acetylcholine receptors (mAchR) agonists and antagonists can affect the proliferation of hepatocytes, but little is known about the role of mAChR in hepatocytes and hepatic fibrosis and the signaling pathway of this receptor in regulation of hepatocytes remains elusive. Here, 3ml/kg 40% carbon tetrachloride (CCL4) was given to induce hepatic fibrosis in rats and the hepatocytes were isolated to investigate the expression of mAchR and the cell signaling pathways which were involved in...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342323/computer-aided-tumor-diagnosis-using-shear-wave-breast-elastography
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Woo Kyung Moon, Yao-Sian Huang, Yan-Wei Lee, Shao-Chien Chang, Chung-Ming Lo, Min-Chun Yang, Min Sun Bae, Su Hyun Lee, Jung Min Chang, Chiun-Sheng Huang, Yi-Ting Lin, Ruey-Feng Chang
The shear wave elastography (SWE) uses the acoustic radiation force to measure the stiffness of tissues and is less operator dependent in data acquisition compared to strain elastography. However, the reproducibility of the result is still interpreter dependent. The purpose of this study is to develop a computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) method to differentiate benign from malignant breast tumors using SWE images. After applying the level set method to automatically segment the tumor contour and hue-saturation-value color transformation, SWE features including average tissue elasticity, sectional stiffness ratio, and normalized minimum distance for grouped stiffer pixels are calculated...
March 15, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340381/studying-the-adsorption-of-dna-nanostructures-on-graphene-in-the-aqueous-phase-using-molecular-dynamic-simulations
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Jixue Sun, Yang Li, Jianping Lin
DNA nanostructures can undergo large structural fluctuations and deviate from their intended configurations. In this work, two model DNA nanostructures (i.e., Nan and Kai) were designed based on the shape of the two Chinese characters of the name of Nankai University, and additional single-stranded DNA fragments were added to interact with graphene. During four 50-ns molecular dynamic simulations in aqueous solution, the DNA nanostructures adsorbed onto graphene demonstrated more stable conformations with lower root mean square deviations and smaller coordinate changes in the z-axis direction than the DNA nanostructures that were not adsorbed onto graphene...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339984/the-link-between-phenotype-and-fatty-acid-metabolism-in-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
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Dan-Qian Chen, Hua Chen, Lin Chen, Nosratola D Vaziri, Ming Wang, Xiang-Ri Li, Ying-Yong Zhao
Background.: The kidney plays a central role in elimination of metabolic waste products and regulation of low-molecular weight metabolites via glomerular filtration, tubular secretion and reabsorption. Disruption of these processes results in profound changes in the biochemical milieu of the body fluids, which contribute to complications of chronic kidney disease (CKD) by inducing cytotoxicity and inflammation. Insight into the changes of the composition of metabolites and dysregulation of target genes and proteins enhances the understanding of the pathophysiology of CKD and its complications, and the development of novel therapeutic strategies...
March 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339512/effects-of-mulberry-leaves-on-production-performance-and-the-potential-modulation-of-antioxidative-status-in-laying-hens
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W C Lin, M T Lee, S C Chang, Y L Chang, C H Shih, B Yu, T T Lee
This study evaluated the antioxidant ability of Taisung No. 3 mulberry leaf extract (MLE) as well as the potential of mulberry leaf (ML)-based dietary supplementation for modulating the antioxidative status of laying hens. The results showed that the MLE had a total phenolic compound content of 7.4 ± 0.15 mg of gallic acid equivalent/g dry weight (DW) and a total flavonoid content of 4.4 ± 0.19 mg of quercetin equivalent/g DW. The 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl free-radical-scavenging ability was 45...
October 6, 2016: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339070/125i%C3%A2-seed-irradiation-induces-apoptosis-and-inhibits-angiogenesis-by-decreasing-hif-1%C3%AE-and-vegf-expression-in-lung-carcinoma-xenografts
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Gui-Ling Xiang, Xin-Hong Zhu, Cun-Zhi Lin, Li-Jun Wang, Yong Sun, Yi-Wei Cao, Fang-Fang Wang
The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of irradiation by 125I seeds in human lung cancer xenograft model and to determine the underlying mechanisms involved, with a focus on angiogenesis. A group of 40 mice bearing A549 lung adenocarcinoma xenografts was randomly separated into 4 groups: control group (n=10), sham seed (0 mCi) implant group (n=10), 125I seed (0.6 mCi) implant group (n=10) and 125I seed (0.8 mCi) implant group (n=10), respectively. The body weight and tumor volume, were recorded every four days until the end of the study...
March 23, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339016/paeonol-ameliorates-imiquimod-induced-psoriasis-like-skin-lesions-in-balb-c-mice-by-inhibiting-the-maturation-and-activation-of-dendritic-cells
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Yujiao Meng, Mingxing Wang, Xiangjiang Xie, Tingting Di, Jingxia Zhao, Yan Lin, Xiaolong Xu, Ningfei Li, Yating Zhai, Yan Wang, Ping Li
Paeonol, an active component derived from the traditional Chinese medicine Cortex Moutan, possesses anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant and anti-allergic properties. Psoriasis is a chronic, recurrent, inflammatory dermatosis accompanied by excessive activation of Toll‑like receptors (TLRs) in dendritic cells (DCs), which are primarily responsible for initiating an immune response. We investigated the effect of paeonol on inflammation in an imiquimod (IMQ)-induced psoriasis-like mouse model and murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) stimulated by R848...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338668/corrigendum-long-term-outcome-of-aldosteronism-after-target-treatments
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Vin-Cent Wu, Shuo-Meng Wang, Chia-Hui Chang, Ya-Hui Hu, Lian-Yu Lin, Yen-Hung Lin, Shih-Chieh Jeff Chueh, Likwang Chen, Kwan-Dun Wu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338041/meibomian-gland-dysfunction-correlates-to-the-tear-film-instability-and-ocular-discomfort-in-patients-with-pterygium
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Huping Wu, Zhirong Lin, Fan Yang, Xie Fang, Nuo Dong, Shunrong Luo, Xumin Shang, Wei Li, Zuguo Liu
Pterygium is a very common disease in an eye clinic characterized by a benign proliferation of local conjunctiva that often crosses the limber of cornea and extends into corneal surface. Variety of studies has showed that pterygium is able to result in ocular discomfort and the change of ocular surface environment, such as dry eye. However, the link between abnormal tear film function and pterygium is controversial. Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is a common cause of dry eye and ocular discomfort but is often neglected, which may be the missing link between dry eye and pterygium...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337978/microrna-filters-hox-temporal-transcription-noise-to-confer-boundary-formation-in-the-spinal-cord
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Chung-Jung Li, Tian Hong, Ying-Tsen Tung, Ya-Ping Yen, Ho-Chiang Hsu, Ya-Lin Lu, Mien Chang, Qing Nie, Jun-An Chen
The initial rostrocaudal patterning of the neural tube leads to differential expression of Hox genes that contribute to the specification of motor neuron (MN) subtype identity. Although several 3' Hox mRNAs are expressed in progenitors in a noisy manner, these Hox proteins are not expressed in the progenitors and only become detectable in postmitotic MNs. MicroRNA biogenesis impairment leads to precocious expression and propagates the noise of Hoxa5 at the protein level, resulting in an imprecise Hoxa5-Hoxc8 boundary...
March 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337848/designing-smart-materials-with-recombinant-proteins
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Sydney Hollingshead, Charng-Yu Lin, Julie C Liu
Recombinant protein design allows modular protein domains with different functionalities and responsive behaviors to be easily combined. Inclusion of these protein domains can enable recombinant proteins to have complex responses to their environment (e.g., temperature-triggered aggregation followed by enzyme-mediated cleavage for drug delivery or pH-triggered conformational change and self-assembly leading to structural stabilization by adjacent complementary residues). These "smart" behaviors can be tuned by amino acid identity and sequence, chemical modifications, and addition of other components...
March 24, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337690/using-active-choice-within-the-electronic-health-record-to-increase-influenza-vaccination-rates
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Mitesh S Patel, Kevin G Volpp, Dylan S Small, Craig Wynne, Jingsan Zhu, Lin Yang, Steven Honeywell, Susan C Day
BACKGROUND: Despite the benefits of influenza vaccination, each year more than half of adults in the United States do not receive it. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between an active choice intervention in the electronic health record (EHR) and changes in influenza vaccination rates. DESIGN: Observational study. PATIENTS: Adults eligible for influenza vaccination with a clinic visit at one of three internal medicine practices at the University of Pennsylvania Health System between September 2010 and March 2013...
March 23, 2017: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337397/development-and-application-of-a-brush-spray-derived-from-a-calligraphy-brush-style-synthetic-hair-pen-for-use-in-esi-ms
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Jen-Ying Liu, Pei-Chun Chen, Yea-Wenn Liou, Kai-Yin Chang, Cheng-Huang Lin
The development of a novel type of a sampling/ionization kit for use in electrospray ionization/mass spectrometry is reported. Using a small calligraphy-brush-style synthetic hair pen (nylon-brush), and analogous to paper-spray mass spectrometry, the analytes can be collected, elution/desorption and then ionized from the surface of the nylon-brush. The body of the kit was produced by means of a commercial 3D-printer, in which ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) was used as the starting material. Meanwhile, a small nylon-brush was embedded inside a 3D-printed plastic cell, in which a solvent was supplied to rinse the brush by means of capillary action...
2017: Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337309/gkn2-increases-apoptosis-reduces-the-proliferation-and-invasion-ability-of-gastric-cancer-cells-through-down-regulating-the-jak-stat-signaling-pathway
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Jun Ouyang, Xiaohui Pan, Hui Lin, Zecheng Hu, Ping Xiao, Haobin Hu
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of gastric motility protein 2 (GKN2) on the proliferation, apoptosis and invasion of gastric cancer cell and on the JAK/signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) signaling pathway. METHODS: Expression of GKN2 was qualified using Western blot analysis in four gastric cancer cell lines and immortalized human gastric mucosal epithelial cell line GES-1. The cells were then transfected with pcDNA3.1-GKN2 and control vector using Lipofectamine(tm)2000 and assayed for viability, apoptosis, cell cycle changes, invasion ability as well as expression of cell cycle protein D1 (Cylin D1), Bcl-2, Bax, matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP2), MMP9, JAK2 and p-STAT3...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336961/voltage-induced-interface-reconstruction-and-electrical-instability-of-the-ferromagnet-semiconductor-device
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Shu-Jui Chang, Po-Chun Chang, Wen-Chin Lin, Shao-Hua Lo, Liang-Chun Chang, Shang-Fan Lee, Yuan-Chieh Tseng
Using x-ray magnetic spectroscopy with in-situ electrical characterizations, we investigated the effects of external voltage on the spin-electronic and transport properties at the interface of a Fe/ZnO device. Layer-, element-, and spin-resolved information of the device was obtained by cross-tuning of the x-ray mode and photon energy, when voltage was applied. At the early stage of the operation, the device exhibited a low-resistance state featuring robust Fe-O bonds. However, the Fe-O bonds were broken with increasing voltage...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336922/novel-and-traditional-lipid-related-biomarkers-and-their-combinations-in-predicting-coronary-severity
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Sha Li, Yuan-Lin Guo, Xi Zhao, Yan Zhang, Cheng-Gang Zhu, Na-Qiong Wu, Rui-Xia Xu, Ping Qing, Ying Gao, Xiao-Lin Li, Jing Sun, Geng Liu, Qian Dong, Jian-Jun Li
We investigated simultaneously traditional and novel lipid indices, alone or in combination, in predicting coronary severity assessed by Gensini score (GS) in 1605 non-lipid-lowering-drug-treated patients undergoing coronary angiography. Firstly, levels of triglycerides (TG), total cholesterol (TC), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), non high density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C), apolipoprotein (apo) B, lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)], proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9), apoC3, small dense LDL (sdLDL) and large HDL were increased, while HDL-C and apoA1 levels were decreased as GS status (all p for trend <0...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336780/biodistribution-and-radiation-dosimetry-for-the-tau-tracer-18-f-thk-5351-in-healthy-human-subjects
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Ing-Tsung Hsiao, Kun-Ju Lin, Kuo-Lun Huang, Chin-Chang Huang, Han-Shiuan Chen, Shiaw-Pyng Wey, Tzu-Chen Yen, Nobuyuki Okamura, Jung-Lung Hsu
(18)F-THK-5351 is a novel radiotracer that demonstrates high binding selectivity and affinity for tau pathology and exhibits better pharmacokinetics in the living brain than previous THK tau probes. The aim of the present study was to estimate the radiation dose of (18)F-THK-5351 in humans and to compare the clinical radiation dosimetry results to estimations published previously with preclinical data. Methods: Serial whole-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging was performed for 240 min on 12 healthy volunteers after injecting (18)F-THK-5351 (mean administered activity: 377...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336375/tumortropic-adipose-derived-stem-cells-carrying-smart-nanotherapeutics-for-targeted-delivery-and-dual-modality-therapy-of-orthotopic-glioblastoma
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Wen-Chia Huang, I-Lin Lu, Wen-Hsuan Chiang, Yi-Wen Lin, Yuan-Chung Tsai, Hsin-Hung Chen, Chien-Wen Chang, Chi-Shiun Chiang, Hsin-Cheng Chiu
Chemotherapy is typically used to treat malignant brain tumors, especially for the tumors in surgically inaccessible areas. However, owing to the existence of blood-brain barrier (BBB), the tumor accumulation and therapeutic efficacy of clinical therapeutics is still of great concerns. To this end, we present herein a prominent therapeutic strategy adopting adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) capable of carrying nanotherapeutic payloads selectively toward brain tumors for thermo/chemotherapy. The nanoparticle (NP) payload was obtained from co-assembly of poly(γ-glutamic acid-co-distearyl γ-glutamate) with poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid), paclitaxel (PTX), and oleic acid-coated superparamagnetic iron oxide NPs in aqueous solution...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335975/in-field-determination-of-trace-dissolved-manganese-in-estuarine-and-coastal-waters-with-automatic-on-line-preconcentration-and-flame-atomic-fluorescence-spectrometry
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Sichao Feng, Dongxing Yuan, Yongming Huang, Kunning Lin, Tingjin Zhou
An automatic on-line preconcentration and detection system for analysis of trace dissolved manganese (Mn) in estuarine and coastal waters was established, using preconcentration with IDA chelating resin and detection with flame atomic fluorescence spectrometer (FAFS). The rinse (pre-eluent) solution was optimized, for removing the interference ions while retaining the target element. It was found that the interference ions affected the chelating efficiency of Mn, causing variation of the detection blank and sensitivity...
April 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
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