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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340447/fronto-limbic-disconnection-in-depressed-patients-with-suicidal-ideation-a-resting-state-functional-connectivity-study
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Lian Du, Jinkun Zeng, Huan Liu, Dejian Tang, Huaqing Meng, Yongmei Li, Yixiao Fu
BACKGROUND: Suicidal ideation (SI) is highly prevalent and a known symptom of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), but its underlying biological mechanisms are relatively unknown. Several studies linked suicidal ideation to dysfunctional brain circuits, specifically fronto-limbic connections. The purpose of this work was to investigate fronto-limbic disconnection in MDD patients with or without SI. METHODS: MDD patients with SI (SI, n=28) or without SI (NSI, n=20), identified by the Scale for Suicide Ideation and healthy controls (HCs, n=30) underwent resting-state functional MRI scanning...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340442/neurocognitive-performance-as-an-endophenotype-for-mood-disorder-subgroups
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Alison K Merikangas, Lihong Cui, Monica E Calkins, Tyler M Moore, Ruben C Gur, Raquel E Gur, Kathleen R Merikangas
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence that neurocognitive function may be an endophenotype for mood disorders. The goal of this study is to examine the specificity and familiality of neurocognitive functioning across the full range of mood disorder subgroups, including Bipolar I (BP-I), Bipolar II (BP-II), Major Depressive Disorders (MDD), and controls in a community-based family study. METHODS: A total of 310 participants from 137 families with mood spectrum disorders (n=151) and controls (n=159) completed the University of Pennsylvania's Computerized Neurocognitive Battery (CNB) that assessed the accuracy and speed of task performance across five domains...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340433/feasibility-of-carbon-dioxide-sequestration-by-spongiochloris-sp-microalgae-during-petroleum-wastewater-treatment-in-airlift-bioreactor
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Abdeldjalil Abid, Faten Saidane, Moktar Hamdi
The aim of this work was to study the ability of using Hydrocabonoclastic native microbial and Spongiochloris sp microalgae in airlift bioreactors couples in order to restore hydrocarbons wastewater and develop the capacity of natural systems to reduce greenhouse effect through maximal control of CO2 gas emission in atmosphere. The kinetic parameters of CO2 gas fixation level and conversion it into biological material by microalgae as the biodegradation process effect in hydrocarbon have been evaluated. The result present that maximum specific growth rate μmax of Spongiochloris sp was (0...
March 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340377/possible-protective-effect-of-royal-jelly-against-cyclophosphamide-induced-prostatic-damage-in-male-albino-rats-a-biochemical-histological-and-immuno-histo-chemical-study
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Sara Mohammed Naguib Abdel-Hafez, Rehab Ahmed Rifaai, Walaa Yehia Abdelzaher
Almost all the chemotherapy treat many cancer types effectively, but it leads to severe side effects. Chemotherapy like cyclophosphamide (CP) not works only on the active cells, such as cancer cells, but also acts on the healthy cells. Royal jelly (RJ) was reported to have a lot of therapeutic effects besides being an anti-oxidant and anti-cancer agent. The purpose of this study was to assess the possible protective role of RJ in ameliorating the toxic effects of CP overdose in the rat prostatic tissue. The rats were separated into 4 groups; control group, RJ group, CP group and RJ with CP group...
March 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340352/human-epistatic-interaction-controls-il7r-splicing-and-increases-multiple-sclerosis-risk
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Gaddiel Galarza-Muñoz, Farren B S Briggs, Irina Evsyukova, Geraldine Schott-Lerner, Edward M Kennedy, Tinashe Nyanhete, Liuyang Wang, Laura Bergamaschi, Steven G Widen, Georgia D Tomaras, Dennis C Ko, Shelton S Bradrick, Lisa F Barcellos, Simon G Gregory, Mariano A Garcia-Blanco
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder where T cells attack neurons in the central nervous system (CNS) leading to demyelination and neurological deficits. A driver of increased MS risk is the soluble form of the interleukin-7 receptor alpha chain gene (sIL7R) produced by alternative splicing of IL7R exon 6. Here, we identified the RNA helicase DDX39B as a potent activator of this exon and consequently a repressor of sIL7R, and we found strong genetic association of DDX39B with MS risk. Indeed, we showed that a genetic variant in the 5' UTR of DDX39B reduces translation of DDX39B mRNAs and increases MS risk...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340346/the-upsides-and-downsides-of-organelle-interconnectivity
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Daniel E Gottschling, Thomas Nyström
Interconnectivity and feedback control are hallmarks of biological systems. This includes communication between organelles, which allows them to function and adapt to changing cellular environments. While the specific mechanisms for all communications remain opaque, unraveling the wiring of organelle networks is critical to understand how biological systems are built and why they might collapse, as occurs in aging. A comprehensive understanding of all the routes involved in inter-organelle communication is still lacking, but important themes are beginning to emerge, primarily in budding yeast...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339911/a-null-variant-in-the-apolipoprotein-l3-gene-is-associated-with-non-diabetic-nephropathy
#7
Karl L Skorecki, Jessica H Lee, Carl D Langefeld, Saharon Rosset, Shay Tzur, Walter G Wasser, Revital Shemer, Gregory A Hawkins, Jasmin Divers, Rulan S Parekh, Man Li, Matthew G Sampson, Matthias Kretzler, Martin R Pollak, Shrijal Shah, Daniel Blackler, Brendan Nichols, Michael Wilmot, Seth L Alper, Barry I Freedman, David J Friedman
Background.: Inheritance of apolipoprotein L1 gene ( APOL1 ) renal-risk variants in a recessive pattern strongly associates with non-diabetic end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). Further evidence supports risk modifiers in APOL1 -associated nephropathy; some studies demonstrate that heterozygotes possess excess risk for ESKD or show earlier age at ESKD, relative to those with zero risk alleles. Nearby loci are also associated with ESKD in non-African Americans. Methods.: We assessed the role of the APOL3 null allele rs11089781 on risk of non-diabetic ESKD...
February 20, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339788/intravenous-dendritic-cell-administration-enhances-suppression-of-lung-metastasis-induced-by-carbon-ion-irradiation
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Ken Ando, Hidetoshi Fujita, Akihiro Hosoi, Liqiu Ma, Masaru Wakatsuki, Ken-Ichiro Seino, Kazuhiro Kakimi, Takashi Imai, Takashi Shimokawa, Takashi Nakano
Carbon-ion radiotherapy (CIRT) is an advanced radiotherapy and has achieved good local control, even in tumors that are resistant to conventional photon beam radiotherapy (PBRT). However, distant metastasis control is an important issue. Recently, the combination of radiotherapy and immunotherapy has attracted the attention. In immunotherapy, dendritic cells (DCs) play a pivotal role in the anti-tumor immune system. However, the mechanisms underlying the combination therapy of DCs and radiotherapy have been unclear...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339737/a-novel-chronic-opioid-monitoring-tool-to-assess-prescription-drug-steady-state-levels-in-oral-fluid
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Naum Shaparin, Neel Mehta, Frank Kunkel, Richard Stripp, Damon Borg, Elizabeth Kolb
Objective. : Interpretation limitations of urine drug testing and the invasiveness of blood toxicology have motivated the desire for the development of simpler methods to assess biologically active drug levels on an individualized patient basis. Oral fluid is a matrix well-suited for the challenge because collections are based on simple noninvasive procedures and drug concentrations better correlate to blood drug levels as oral fluid is a filtrate of the blood. Well-established pharmacokinetic models were utilized to generate oral fluid steady state concentration ranges to assess the interpretive value of the alternative matrix to monitor steady state plasma oxycodone levels...
February 23, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339687/extra-gonadal-oocytes-residing-in-the-mouse-ovarian-hilum-contribute-to-fertility1
#10
Xiaofei Sun, Junya Ito, Sarah J Potter, Sudhansu K Dey, Tony DeFalco
The observation of pups born from recipient and donor mice after ovariectomy followed by ovarian transplant poses the interesting possibility of an extra-ovarian source of oocytes. However, whether mammalian adult oocytes reside in extra-gonadal tissues remains elusive. Using transgenic fluorescent reporter mice and transplantation surgeries, we demonstrate the presence of both donor- and recipient-derived corpora lutea and recovery of both donor- and recipient-derived offspring from ovariectomized mice after transplantation of donor ovaries...
February 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339495/microrna-expression-profiles-identify-disease-specific-alterations-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Ji-Qing Chen, Gábor Papp, Szilárd Póliska, Krisztina Szabó, Tünde Tarr, Bálint László Bálint, Péter Szodoray, Margit Zeher
The discovery of microRNAs (miRNAs) and their critical role in genetic control opened new avenues in understanding of various biological processes including immune cell lineage commitment, differentiation, proliferation and apoptosis. However, a given miRNA may have hundreds of different mRNA targets and a target might be regulated by multiple miRNAs, thus the characterisation of dysregulated miRNA expression profiles could give a better insight into the development of immunological disturbances in autoimmune diseases...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339073/identification-of-proteins-in-the-aqueous-humor-associated-with-cataract-development-using-itraq-methodology
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Minhong Xiang, Xingru Zhang, Qingsong Li, Hanmin Wang, Zhenyong Zhang, Zhumei Han, Meiqing Ke, Xingxing Chen
Proteins in the aqueous humor (AH) are important in the induction of cataract development. The identification of cataract-associated proteins assists in identifying patients and predisposed to the condition and improve treatment efficacy. Proteomics analysis has previously been used for identifying protein markers associated with eye diseases; however, few studies have examined the proteomic alterations in cataract development due to high myopia, glaucoma and diabetes. The present study, using the isobaric tagging for relative and absolute protein quantification methodology, aimed to examine cataract-associated proteins in the AH from patients with high myopia, glaucoma or diabetes, and controls...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339042/immunomodulatory-effects-in-workers-exposed-to-naturally-occurring-asbestos-fibers
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Caterina Ledda, Chiara Costa, Serena Matera, Beatrice Puglisi, Valentina Costanzo, Massimo Bracci, Concettina Fenga, Venerando Rapisarda, Carla Loreto
Natural asbestiform fibers are defined 'naturally occurring asbestos' (NOA) and refer to the mineral as a natural component of soils or rocks. The release of NOA fibers into the air from rocks or soils by routine human activities or natural weathering processes represents a risk for human beings. Fluoro-edenite (FE) is a NOA fiber detected in the benmoreitic lava in the area of Biancavilla, South-west slope of Mt. Etna. The aim of the present study was to investigate FE immunotoxicity pathways in a group of 38 occupationally exposed construction workers, in order to find any biological markers of its effect...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338782/source-sink-interaction-a-century-old-concept-under-the-light-of-modern-molecular-systems-biology
#14
Tian-Gen Chang, Xin-Guang Zhu
Many approaches to engineer source strength have been proposed to enhance crop yield potential. However, a well-co-ordinated source-sink relationship is required finally to realize the promised increase in crop yield potential in the farmer's field. Source-sink interaction has been intensively studied for decades, and a vast amount of knowledge about the interaction in different crops and under different environments has been accumulated. In this review, we first introduce the basic concepts of source, sink and their interactions, then summarize current understanding of how source and sink can be manipulated through both environmental control and genetic manipulations...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338751/reduced-thickness-of-the-anterior-cingulate-cortex-in-individuals-with-an-at-risk-mental-state-who-later-develop-psychosis
#15
Yoichiro Takayanagi, Sue Kulason, Daiki Sasabayashi, Tsutomu Takahashi, Naoyuki Katagiri, Atsushi Sakuma, Chika Obara, Mihoko Nakamura, Mikio Kido, Atsushi Furuichi, Yumiko Nishikawa, Kyo Noguchi, Kazunori Matsumoto, Masafumi Mizuno, J Tilak Ratnanather, Michio Suzuki
BACKGROUND: Despite the fact that only a part of the individuals with at-risk mental state (ARMS) for psychosis do develop psychosis, biological markers of future transition to psychosis have not been well documented. Structural abnormality of the anterior cingulate gyrus (ACG), which probably exists prior to the onset of psychosis, could be such a risk marker. METHODS: We conducted a multicenter magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study of 3 scanning sites in Japan...
January 30, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338506/a-preliminary-report-radical-surgery-and-stem-cell-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-pancreatic-cancer
#16
Brigitta Omazic, Burcu Ayoglu, Matthias Löhr, Ralf Segersvärd, Caroline Verbeke, Isabelle Magalhaes, Zuzana Potacova, Jonas Mattsson, Alexei Terman, Sam Ghazi, Nils Albiin, Nikolaos Kartalis, Peter Nilsson, Thomas Poiret, Liu Zhenjiang, Rainer Heuchel, Jochen M Schwenk, Johan Permert, Markus J Maeurer, Olle Ringden
We examined the immunologic effects of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in the treatment of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, a deadly disease with a median survival of 24 months for resected tumors and a 5-year survival rate of 6%. After adjuvant chemotherapy, 2 patients with resected pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma underwent HSCT with HLA-identical sibling donors. Comparable patients who underwent radical surgery, but did not have a donor, served as controls (n=6). Both patients developed humoral and cellular (ie, HLA-A*01:01-restricted) immune responses directed against 2 novel tumor-associated antigens (TAAs), INO80E and UCLH3 after HSCT...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338285/remote-control-of-cellular-functions-the-role-of-smart-nanomaterials-in-the-medicine-of-the-future
#17
REVIEW
Giada Graziana Genchi, Attilio Marino, Agostina Grillone, Ilaria Pezzini, Gianni Ciofani
The remote control of cellular functions through smart nanomaterials represents a biomanipulation approach with unprecedented potential applications in many fields of medicine, ranging from cancer therapy to tissue engineering. By actively responding to external stimuli, smart nanomaterials act as real nanotransducers able to mediate and/or convert different forms of energy into both physical and chemical cues, fostering specific cell behaviors. This report describes those classes of nanomaterials that have mostly paved the way to a "wireless" control of biological phenomena, focusing the discussion on some examples close to the clinical practice...
March 24, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338224/adolescent-externalizing-behaviour-psychological-control-and-peer-rejection-transactional-links-and-dopaminergic-moderation
#18
Annelies Janssens, Wim Van Den Noortgate, Luc Goossens, Karine Verschueren, Hilde Colpin, Stephan Claes, Martijn Van Heel, Karla Van Leeuwen
This study investigated (1) reciprocal links among parental psychological control, peer rejection, and adolescent externalizing (aggressive and rule-breaking behaviour), and (2) the moderating effect of an adolescent genetic factor (biologically informed polygenic score for dopamine signalling). Three-year longitudinal data from 1,116 adolescents (51% boys; M age = 13.79) and their parents included psychological measures (adolescent-reported psychological control, peer-reported rejection, and parent-reported aggressive and rule-breaking behaviour)...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338193/oncogenic-mir-155-down-regulated-upon-activation-of-antitumor-cytotoxic-t-lymphocytes-by-the-fusion-of-dendritic-cells-with-breast-carcinoma-cells
#19
J Zhang, Y Li
OBJECTIVE: MicroRNAs has been proved to play vital roles in many biological processes. In the present study, the expression profile of oncogenic miR-155 in the activated antitumor cytotoxic T lymphocytes generated by the fusion of dendritic cells with breast carcinoma cells has been demonstrated. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Expression profile of oncogenic miR-155 was noted in antitumor cytotoxic T lymphocytes, which was generated by the fusion of dendritic cells (DC) with breast carcinoma cells (MCF-7)...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338188/implication-of-peripheral-blood-mirna-124-in-predicting-acute-myocardial-infarction
#20
M-L Guo, L-L Guo, Y-Q Weng
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the expression of miR-124 in the patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and elucidated the role of miR-124 on early diagnosis of AMI. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 90 AMI patients were recruited, along with 45 healthy individuals as the control group. Blood samples were collected at different time points (0 h at admission, 6 h, 12 h and 24 h of disease onset). Real-time PCR was used to test miRNA-124 level. ELISA was used to test serum troponin (cTnI) and creatine kinase-MB isoenzyme (CK-MB) levels...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
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