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Onengiya Harry, Grant S Schulert, Alexei A Grom, Robert W Frenck, Jon L Woltmann, Andrew H Shapiro, Judith A Smith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
Peng-Wei Lu, Lin Li, Fang Wang, Yuan-Ting Gu
The study intends to investigate the effects of long non-coding RNA HOST2 (lncRNA HOST2) on cell migration and invasion by regulating microRNA let-7b (let-7b) in breast cancer. Breast cancer and adjacent normal tissues were collected from 98 patients with breast cancer. Breast cancer MCF-7 cells were divided into the blank, negative control (NC), pcDNA3-Mock, siHOST2, let-7b inhibitor, pcDNA3-HOST2, let-7b mimic, pcDNA3-HOST2 + let-7b mimic and siHOST2 + let-7b inhibitor groups. RT-qPCR was used to detect the mRNA expressions of HOST2, let-7b and c-Myc...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
Ryo Yagi, Chihiro Mochizuki, Mitsunobu Sato, Takeshi Toyama, Masatsugu Hirota, Tohru Hayakawa, Chikahiro Ohkubo
We performed thin carbonate-containing apatite (CA) coating on titanium (Ti) by an aqueous spray coating (ASC) method that consisted of a Ca-CO₃-PO₄ complex. Two different CA coatings were produced by two different spray amounts and were heat-treated after spraying. We evaluated three-dimensional structures, adhesiveness to Ti, and durability of the CA film. In addition, we performed immersion experiments in simulated body fluid (SBF), and bone responses were evaluated after implantation into a femoral bone defect in rats...
December 11, 2017: Materials
Małgorzata Natonek-Wiśniewska, Piotr Krzyścin
The objective of the study was to demonstrate how mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) can be used to determine the species origin of animal microtraces. The study included pieces of cat and dog hair without the root, a fragment of cooked chicken bone (0.1g), three goose down samples (0.028 g), a pork swab, a pork scratching (5×5×5 mm), and pork lard (0.22 g). DNA was isolated from all of these samples using the method appropriate for the particular source material. The extracts had DNA concentration exceeding 5.4 ng/µl with A260/280 purity range of 1...
December 13, 2017: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Zhiwei Chen, Dan Guo, Lina Si, Guoxin Xie
Tetraalkylammonium salts have larger ions than metal ions, which can greatly change the interlayer space and energy, and then potentially tune the properties of graphite. In this work, various graphite intercalation compounds (GICs) have been synthesized by intercalating tetraoctylammonium bromide (TOAB) ions into graphite through electrochemical interactions under different reduction potentials. Different degrees of expansion between graphite layers as well as their corresponding structures and topographies have been characterized by different analytical techniques...
2017: Scanning
Justin Caccavale, David Fiumara, Michael Stapf, Liedeke Sweitzer, Hannah J Anderson, Jonathan Gorky, Prasad Dhurjati, Deni S Galileo
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a devastating brain cancer for which there is no known cure. Its malignancy is due to rapid cell division along with high motility and invasiveness of cells into the brain tissue. Simple 2-dimensional laboratory assays (e.g., a scratch assay) commonly are used to measure the effects of various experimental perturbations, such as treatment with chemical inhibitors. Several mathematical models have been developed to aid the understanding of the motile behavior and proliferation of GBM cells...
December 11, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
Adriana Bermeo-Ovalle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: Epilepsy Currents
Songyi Seo, Wonhee Suh
Purpose: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a principal mediator of pathological ocular neovascularization, which is the leading cause of blindness in various ocular diseases. As Src, a non-receptor tyrosine kinase, has been implicated as one of the major signaling molecules in VEGF-mediated neovascularization, the present study aimed to investigate whether dasatinib, a potent Src kinase inhibitor, could suppress pathological ocular neovascularization in murine models of oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) and choroidal neovascularization (CNV)...
2017: Molecular Vision
Tugce Ipek, Mariana Petronela Hanga, Andreas Hartwig, James Wolffsohn, Clare O'Donnell
PURPOSE: Cataract surgery can lead to the temporary development or worsening of dry eye symptoms. Contributing factors may include corneal incisions, agents used before, during or after surgery, light from the operating microscope, disruption of ocular surface tissues and inflammatory processes. The purpose of this study was to observe the effect of light exposure on conjunctival fibroblasts in order to determine whether light has an effect on wound healing closure, assuming that operating microscopes might have an effect on the ocular surface...
December 6, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
Paras P Vakharia, Rishi Chopra, Ryan Sacotte, Kevin R Patel, Vivek Singam, Neha Patel, Supriya Immaneni, Takeshia White, Robert Kantor, Derek Y Hsu, Jonathan I Silverberg
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) is associated with itch, skin inflammation and barrier disruption, and scratching, all of which may be associated with skin pain. OBJECTIVE: To characterize the patient burden of skin pain in AD. METHODS: We performed a prospective dermatology practice-based study using questionnaires and evaluation by a dermatologist. RESULTS: Overall, 305 patients (age range, 13-97 years) were included in the study, with 564 encounters...
December 2017: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Man-Man Zhang, Feng Sun, Bing Cui, Le-Le Zhang, Ya Fang, Yan Li, Rui-Jia Zhang, Xiao-Ping Ye, Yu-Ru Ma, Bing Han, Huai-Dong Song
Background: Studies have shown an association of the UNC5D gene with kidney and bladder cancer and neuroblastoma. We investigated whether UNC5D acts as a tumor suppressor in papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC). Methods: Primary PTC tumors and matched normal thyroid tissues were obtained from 112 patients to detect UNC5D mRNA by real-time PCR. Genomic DNA sequencing was performed to detect BRAF mutation in PTC tumors. The association between UNC5D expression and clinicopathological data from PTC patients was reviewed retrospectively...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
Nikolaos N Vakirlis, Alex S Hebert, Dana A Opulente, Guillaume Achaz, Chris Todd Hittinger, Gilles Fischer, Joshua J Coon, Ingrid Lafontaine
New genes, with novel protein functions, can evolve "from scratch" out of intergenic sequences. These de novo genes can integrate the cell's genetic network and drive important phenotypic innovations. Therefore, identifying de novo genes and understanding how the transition from noncoding to coding occurs are key problems in evolutionary biology. However, identifying de novo genes is a difficult task, hampered by the presence of remote homologs, fast evolving sequences and erroneously annotated protein coding genes...
December 6, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Anne Schienle, Sonja Übel, Albert Wabnegger
Skin-picking disorder (SPD) is a common mental disorder. The predominant symptom involves the repeated scratching and picking of one's own skin. This behavior causes severe tissue damage (sores, scars, and infections), often leading to disfigurement. Besides physical injury, SPD is associated with clinically significant distress and impairment in important areas of functioning. The neurobiological mechanisms of SPD are still poorly understood. In this study, 30 SPD patients and 31 control participants (35 women, 26 men) with a mean age of 34 years were instructed to either scratch or gently stroke a small skin area on their arms during functional magnetic resonance imaging...
December 7, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
B R Pauw, A J Smith, T Snow, N J Terrill, A F Thünemann
Data correction is probably the least favourite activity amongst users experimenting with small-angle X-ray scattering: if it is not done sufficiently well, this may become evident only during the data analysis stage, necessitating the repetition of the data corrections from scratch. A recommended comprehensive sequence of elementary data correction steps is presented here to alleviate the difficulties associated with data correction, both in the laboratory and at the synchrotron. When applied in the proposed order to the raw signals, the resulting absolute scattering cross section will provide a high degree of accuracy for a very wide range of samples, with its values accompanied by uncertainty estimates...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Crystallography
Dong-Mei Wu, Yong-Jian Wang, Xin-Rui Han, Xin Wen, Shan Wang, Min Shen, Shao-Hua Fan, Juan Zhuang, Zi-Feng Zhang, Qun Shan, Meng-Qiu Li, Bin Hu, Chun-Hui Sun, Jun Lu, Yuan-Lin Zheng
The present study was to investigate the effect of lncRNA LINC00880 targeting CACNG5 on cell proliferation, migration, invasion and apoptosis in spinal cord ependymoma (SCE) through the MAPK signaling pathway. GEO database was used to download gene expression data related with SCE (GSE50161 and GSE66354) and annotation file. LncRNA with differential expression was predicted by Multi Experiment Matrix website (MEM). The target gene was analyzed by KEGG pathway enrichment analysis. SCE tissues and adjacent tissues were collected...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Sutton E Wheelis, Thomas G Wilson, Pilar Valderrama, Danieli C Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Implant healing abutments (IHA) have a vital role in soft tissue healing after implant placement. Although there is thorough investigation on the implant surface, little is known about the effects potentially damaging oral conditions impose on healing abutments. PURPOSE: To characterize the surface of titanium healing abutments before and after clinical placement to understand the effects of the oral environment and time on the device surface. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten regular Straumann IHA were subjected to characterization pre and postplacement to elucidate the effects of the oral environment on device surfaces...
December 6, 2017: Clinical Implant Dentistry and related Research
Bobbie Ann Austin, Ami D Gadhia
Eighty percent of drugs that enter human clinical testing are never approved for use. This means that for every five drugs that make it into the clinic, there are four that failed to show effectiveness for treating the disease or condition the drug was designed to treat.This high failure rate means there are many existing, partially developed therapeutic candidates with known pharmacology, formulation, and potential toxicity. Finding new uses for existing experimental drugs or biologics "repositioning" builds upon previous research and development efforts, so new candidate therapies can be advanced to clinical trials for a new use more quickly than starting from scratch...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Abi Rimmer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 6, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Jiangan Li, Lulu Ni, Bing Li, Mingdeng Wang, Zhemin Ding, Chunrong Xiong, Xiaojie Lu
BACKGROUND: Glioma remains the most common cause of brain cancer-related mortality. Glioma accounts for 50-60% of brain cancer. Due to their low toxicity and infrequent side effects, traditional herbs have been increasingly popular. Coptis Chinensis is commonly used in cancer treatment in combination with other Chinese Medicine herbs. However, little is known about its biological functions and mechanisms in glioma cells. METHODS: In this study, the anti-glioma cell effect of Coptis Chinensis was determined using the 3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2-H-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) method, plate clone test, scratch tests, flow cytometry, western blotting and a glioma xenograft tumor model...
December 6, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Z C Song, S Li, J C Dong, M J Sun, X L Zhang, R Shu
Hypoxia is a crucial microenvironment for inflamed periodontal tissue and periodontal wound healing. Enamel matrix proteins (EMPs) potentially can promote the formation of new periodontium. The effects of EMPs on periodontal ligament cells under hypoxia, however, remain unclear. We investigated the effects of EMPs on cellular biobehavior and osteogenic differentiation of human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) under hypoxia. Under cobalt chloride (CoCl2)-induced hypoxia, cellular biobehavior of hPDLCs, including proliferation, attachment, spreading, and migration with or without EMPs, was evaluated by 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol- 2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT), cell counting, spreading area measurement and wound scratch assay...
December 5, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
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