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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343379/hepatitis-c-virus-nonstructural-5a-protein-hcv-ns5a-inhibits-hepatocyte-apoptosis-through-the-nf-kappab-mir-503-bcl-2-pathway
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Xie Zheng Yuan, Xiao Zhi Hua, Wang Fen Fen
The nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) encoded by the human hepatitis C virus (HCV) RNA genome is a multifunctional phosphoprotein. To analyse the influence of NS5A on apoptosis, we established an Hep-NS5A cell line (HepG2 cells that stably express NS5A) and induced apoptosis using tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha. We utilised the MTT assay to detect cell viability, real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Western blot to analyse gene and protein expression, and a luciferase reporter gene experiment to investigate the targeted regulatory relationship...
March 27, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343377/protein-kinase-c-mediates-the-corticosterone-induced-sensitization-of-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-innervating-the-rat-stomach
#2
Meng Li, Lu Xue, Hong-Yan Zhu, Hongjun Wang, Xue Xu, Geping Wu, Guang-Yin Xu
Background/Aims: Gastric hypersensitivity contributes to abdominal pain in patients with functional dyspepsia (FD). Recent studies showed that hormones induced by stress are correlated with visceral hypersensitivity. However, the precise mechanisms underlying gastric hypersensitivity remain largely unknown. The aim of the present study was designed to investigate the roles of corticosterone (CORT) on excitability of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons innervating the stomach. Methods: DRG neurons innervating the stomach were labeled by DiI injection into the stomach wall...
March 26, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343373/weighted-win-loss-approach-for-analyzing-prioritized-outcomes
#3
Xiaodong Luo, Junshan Qiu, Steven Bai, Hong Tian
To analyze prioritized outcomes, Buyse (2010) and Pocock et al. (2012) proposed the win loss approach. In this paper, we first study the relationship between the win loss approach and the traditional survival analysis on the time to the first event. We then propose the weighted win loss statistics to improve the efficiency of the unweighted methods. A closed-form variance estimator of the weighted win loss statistics is derived to facilitate hypothesis testing and study design. We also calculated the contribution index to better interpret the results of the weighted win loss approach...
March 26, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343372/east-of-the-andes-the-genetic-profile-of-the-peruvian-amazon-populations
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T Di Corcia, C Sanchez Mellado, T J Davila Francia, G Ferri, S Sarno, D Luiselli, O Rickards
OBJECTIVES: Assuming that the differences between the Andes and the Amazon rainforest at environmental and historical levels have influenced the distribution patterns of genes, languages, and cultures, the maternal and paternal genetic reconstruction of the Peruvian Amazon populations was used to test the relationships within and between these two extreme environments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed four Peruvian Amazon communities (Ashaninka, Huambisa, Cashibo, and Shipibo) for both Y chromosome (17 STRs and 8 SNPs) and mtDNA data (control region sequences, two diagnostic sites of the coding region, and one INDEL), and we studied their variability against the rest of South America...
March 25, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343366/motor-learning-in-animal-models-of-parkinson-s-disease-aberrant-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-motor-cortex
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REVIEW
Tonghui Xu, Shaofang Wang, Rupa R Lalchandani, Jun B Ding
In Parkinson's disease (PD), dopamine depletion causes major changes in the brain, resulting in the typical cardinal motor features of the disease. PD neuropathology has been restricted to postmortem examinations, which are limited to only a single time of PD progression. Models of PD in which dopamine tone in the brain is chemically or physically disrupted are valuable tools in understanding the mechanisms of the disease. The basal ganglia have been well studied in the context of PD, and circuit changes in response to dopamine loss have been linked to the motor dysfunctions in PD...
March 25, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343365/sox10-immunohistochemistry-in-sweat-ductal-glandular-neoplasms
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David S Cassarino, Albert Su, Bruce A Robbins, David Altree-Tacha, Seong Ra
BACKGROUND: SOX10 is a newer Schwannian and melanocytic marker that has generated great interest for its relative sensitivity and specificity in the diagnosis of neural crest-derived tumors. Previous studies with SOX10 have shown positive immunohistochemical expression in cutaneous eccrine glands and negative expression in eccrine ducts, apocrine glands, and hair follicles. Thus, we hypothesized that some sweat gland tumors of presumed eccrine origin would be positive for SOX10, whereas apocrine-derived sweat gland tumors would not...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343364/comparison-between-the-effect-of-6-weeks-of-morning-or-evening-aerobic-exercise-on-appetite-and-anthropometric-indices-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Z Alizadeh, S Younespour, M Rajabian Tabesh, S Haghravan
Several studies have shown that exercise is directly related to creating negative energy balance and changes in appetite. However, few studies have examined the effect of exercise time during the day on these factors. The aim of the present study was to demonstrate the effect of 6 weeks of morning and evening aerobic exercise on appetite and anthropometric indices. A total of 48 overweight females were recruited to this clinical trial. By the time of exercise, they were divided into two groups (morning or evening) and performed 6 weeks of exercise with a target heart rate on the ventilatory threshold...
March 26, 2017: Clinical Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343362/climate-controls-over-ecosystem-metabolism-insights-from-a-fifteen-year-inductive-artificial-neural-network-synthesis-for-a-subalpine-forest
#8
REVIEW
Loren P Albert, Trevor F Keenan, Sean P Burns, Travis E Huxman, Russell K Monson
Eddy covariance (EC) datasets have provided insight into climate determinants of net ecosystem productivity (NEP) and evapotranspiration (ET) in natural ecosystems for decades, but most EC studies were published in serial fashion such that one study's result became the following study's hypothesis. This approach reflects the hypothetico-deductive process by focusing on previously derived hypotheses. A synthesis of this type of sequential inference reiterates subjective biases and may amplify past assumptions about the role, and relative importance, of controls over ecosystem metabolism...
March 25, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343359/characterization-of-pm2-5-chemical-composition-at-the-demokritos-suburban-station-in-athens-greece-the-influence-of-saharan-dust
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Vasiliki Vasilatou, Evangelia Diapouli, Dimitrios Abatzoglou, Evangelos B Bakeas, Michael Scoullos, Konstantinos Eleftheriadis
The aim of this work is to study the atmospheric concentrations of selected major and trace elements and ions found in PM2.5, at a suburban site in Athens, Greece, and discuss on the impact of the different sources. Special focus is given to the influence of Saharan dust episodes. The seasonal variability in the metal and ion concentrations is also examined. The results show that PM2.5 mass concentrations are significantly influenced by Saharan dust events; it is observed that when the PM2.5 concentration is higher than 25 μg/m(3), five out of six times, the air mass crossed North Africa at an altitude within the boundary layer...
March 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343357/gut-microbiome-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
R G Armani, A Ramezani, A Yasir, S Sharama, M E F Canziani, D S Raj
With over 100 trillion microbial cells, the gut microbiome plays important roles in both the maintenance of health and the pathogenesis of disease. Gut microbiome dysbiosis, resulted from alteration of composition and function of the gut microbiome and disruption of gut barrier function, is commonly seen in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The dysbiotic gut microbiome generates excessive amounts of uremic toxins, and the impaired intestinal barrier permits translocation of these toxins into the systemic circulation...
April 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343356/development-of-a-novel-strategy-to-target-cd39-antithrombotic-activity-to-the-endothelial-platelet-microenvironment-in-kidney-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Maithili Sashindranath, Karen M Dwyer, Shala Dezfouli, Carly Selan, Sandra Crikis, Bo Lu, Yuping Yuan, Michael J Hickey, Karlheinz Peter, Simon C Robson, Peter J Cowan, Harshal H Nandurkar
Kidney ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is common during transplantation. IRI is characterised by inflammation and thrombosis and associated with acute and chronic graft dysfunction. P-selectin and its ligand PSGL-1 are cell adhesion molecules that control leukocyte-endothelial and leukocyte-platelet interactions under inflammatory conditions. CD39 is the dominant vascular nucleotidase that facilitates adenosine generation via extracellular ATP/ADP-phosphohydrolysis. Adenosine signalling is protective in renal IRI, but CD39 catalytic activity is lost with exposure to oxidant stress...
March 25, 2017: Purinergic Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343353/development-reproduction-survival-and-demographic-patterns-of-tuta-absoluta-meyrick-lepidoptera-gelechiidae-on-different-commercial-tomato-cultivars
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F S Krechemer, L A Foerster
The increase in the production of tomato, Solanum lycopersicon Mill. (Solanaceae), has favored the proliferation of pests, especially Tuta absoluta (Meyrick) (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae). In this study, the development, reproduction, survival, and demographic parameters of T. absoluta reared on six commercial tomato cultivars (Cherry, Cordilheira, Giuliana, Nemoneta, Paron, and Santa Clara) were evaluated. Tuta absoluta completed its development in all tomato cultivars. Development from newly hatched caterpillar to newly emerged adult varied between 24...
March 25, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343352/the-role-of-hypofractionated-radiotherapy-in-prostate-cancer
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REVIEW
Linus C Benjamin, Alison C Tree, David P Dearnaley
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: It is now accepted that prostate cancer has a low alpha/beta ratio, establishing a strong basis for hypofractionation of prostate radiotherapy. This review focuses on the rationale for hypofractionation and presents the evidence base for establishing moderate hypofractionation for localised disease as the new standard of care. The emerging evidence for extreme hypofractionation in managing localized and oligometastatic prostate cancer is reviewed. RECENT FINDINGS: The 5-year efficacy and toxicity outcomes from four phase III studies have been published within the last 12 months...
April 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343351/health-related-quality-of-life-hrqol-and-its-correlates-among-community-recruited-children-living-with-hiv-and-uninfected-children-born-to-hiv-infected-parents-in-west-bengal-india
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Aritra Das, Roger Detels, Abdelmonem A Afifi, Marjan Javanbakht, Frank J Sorvillo, Samiran Panda
PURPOSE: Helping children living with HIV (CLH) to attain an optimum quality of life is an important goal for HIV programs around the world. Our principal objectives were to determine the association of HIV infection with different domains of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among 8- to 15-year-old CLH in India and to compare the HRQoL parameters between CLH and HIV-negative children born to HIV-infected parents ("HIV-affected"). We also assessed whether antiretroviral therapy (ART) and CD4 lymphocyte counts were associated with HRQoL among CLH...
March 25, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343350/an-exploration-of-differences-between-japan-and-two-european-countries-in-the-self-reporting-and-valuation-of-pain-and-discomfort-on-the-eq-5d
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Yan Feng, Mike Herdman, Floortje van Nooten, Charles Cleeland, David Parkin, Shunya Ikeda, Ataru Igarashi, Nancy J Devlin
PURPOSE: To investigate the systematic differences in the self-reporting and valuation of overall health and, in particular, pain/discomfort between three countries (England/UK, Japan, and Spain) on the EQ-5D. METHODS: Existing datasets were used to explore differences in responses on the EQ-5D descriptive system between Japan (3L and 5L), the UK (3L), England (5L), and Spain (5L), particularly on the dimension of pain/discomfort. The role of different EQ dimensions in determining self-reported overall health scores for the EuroQol visual analog scale (EQ-VAS) was investigated using ordinary least squares regression...
March 25, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343348/process-analytical-techniques-for-hot-melt-extrusion-and-their-application-to-amorphous-solid-dispersions
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REVIEW
Patrick Hitzer, Tim Bäuerle, Tobias Drieschner, Edwin Ostertag, Katharina Paulsen, Holger van Lishaut, Günter Lorenz, Karsten Rebner
Newly developed active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are often poorly soluble in water. As a result the bioavailability of the API in the human body is reduced. One approach to overcome this restriction is the formulation of amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs), e.g., by hot-melt extrusion (HME). Thus, the poorly soluble crystalline form of the API is transferred into a more soluble amorphous form. To reach this aim in HME, the APIs are embedded in a polymer matrix. The resulting amorphous solid dispersions may contain small amounts of residual crystallinity and have the tendency to recrystallize...
March 25, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343346/molecularly-imprinted-polymer-prepared-with-polyhedral-oligomeric-silsesquioxane-through-reversible-addition-fragmentation-chain-transfer-polymerization
#17
Shu-Ping Gao, Xue Zhang, Li-Shun Zhang, Yan-Ping Huang, Zhao-Sheng Liu
Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) was utilized to prepare imprinted polymer through reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT) successfully. The imprinted polymer was made with a mixture of RAFT agent, 4-vinylpyridine (4-VP), POSS monomer [PSS-(1-propylmethacrylate)-heptaisobutyl substituted, MA 0702], and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EDMA), with ketoprofen (KET) as template. The influence of polymerization variables, the amount of RAFT agent and POSS monomer, the ratio of KET to 4-VP, and the ratio of 4-VP to EDMA, were investigated on the retention factor and imprinting effect...
March 25, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343344/simultaneous-detection-of-chlorinated-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-with-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-by-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#18
Meng Qiao, Wei Cao, Bochuan Liu, Xu Zhao, Jiuhui Qu
Chlorinated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (ClPAHs), including polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs), are hazardous and widespread in the environment, but studies of these substances in the wastewater environment are lacking. In this study, five typical PCNs and five typical ClPAHs (other than PCNs) were simultaneously detected along with their parent polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in wastewater samples. All these compounds could be analyzed by gas chromatography- electron ionization mass spectrometry in selected ion monitoring mode and separated on a DB-17ms column...
March 25, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343343/child-and-adult-factors-related-to-quality-of-life-in-adults-with-autism
#19
Philippa Moss, William Mandy, Patricia Howlin
The WHO Quality of Life-Brief questionnaire was used to assess quality of life (QoL) among 52 adults with autism (mean age 49 years) followed-up since childhood. Overall, assessments of QOL were more positive than measures of objective social outcome (jobs, independence, relationships etc.) but correlations between caregiver and self-reports were low. Informant ratings indicated few correlations between current QoL and any child or adult factors. On self-report ratings, QoL was significantly negatively correlated with severity of repetitive behaviours in childhood; higher QoL was positively associated with better adult social outcomes...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343340/a-lake-centric-geospatial-database-to-guide-research-and-inform-management-decisions-in-an-arctic-watershed-in-northern-alaska-experiencing-climate-and-land-use-changes
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Benjamin M Jones, Christopher D Arp, Matthew S Whitman, Debora Nigro, Ingmar Nitze, John Beaver, Anne Gädeke, Callie Zuck, Anna Liljedahl, Ronald Daanen, Eric Torvinen, Stacey Fritz, Guido Grosse
Lakes are dominant and diverse landscape features in the Arctic, but conventional land cover classification schemes typically map them as a single uniform class. Here, we present a detailed lake-centric geospatial database for an Arctic watershed in northern Alaska. We developed a GIS dataset consisting of 4362 lakes that provides information on lake morphometry, hydrologic connectivity, surface area dynamics, surrounding terrestrial ecotypes, and other important conditions describing Arctic lakes. Analyzing the geospatial database relative to fish and bird survey data shows relations to lake depth and hydrologic connectivity, which are being used to guide research and aid in the management of aquatic resources in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska...
March 25, 2017: Ambio
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