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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817840/nuciferine-relaxes-tracheal-rings-via-the-blockade-of-vdlcc-and-nscc-channels
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Xiao Yang, Meng-Fei Yu, Jun Lei, Yong-Bo Peng, Ping Zhao, Lu Xue, Weiwei Chen, Li-Qun Ma, Qing-Hua Liu, Jinhua Shen
This study aimed to elucidate the mechanisms of nuciferine (a main aporphine alkaloid of lotus leaf extract), which can induce relaxation in contracted tracheal rings. Under Ca(2+)-free and 2 mM Ca(2+) conditions, we found that nuciferine had no effect on the resting muscle tone of tracheal rings. In contrast, nuciferine relaxed high K(+)-contracted mouse tracheal rings in a dose-dependent manner and inhibited both Ca(2+) influx and voltage-dependent L-type Ca(2+) channel currents induced by high K(+). Similarly, nuciferine also inhibited acetylcholine-induced contractions in mouse tracheal rings in a dose-dependent manner...
August 17, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817833/fmnl2-destabilises-commd10-to-activate-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-invasion-and-metastasis-of-colorectal-cancer
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S S Yang, X M Li, M Yang, X L Ren, J L Hu, X H Zhu, F F Wang, Z C Zeng, J Y Li, Z Q Cheng, W T Liao, Y Q Ding, J Guan, L Liang
BACKGROUND: Diaphanous-related formins (DRFs), actin necleator, have been known to participate in the progression of cancer cells. We previously reported that FMNL2 (Formin-like2), a member of DRFs, was a positive regulator in colorectal cancer (CRC) metastasis, yet proteins and pathways required for the function of this pro-invasive DRFs remain to be identified. METHODS: The relationship between FMNL2 and COMMD10 was examined using Co-IP, GST pull-down, immunofluorescence and in vitro ubiquitination assay...
August 17, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817824/parametric-linkage-analysis-identifies-five-novel-genome-wide-significant-loci-for-familial-lung-cancer
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Anthony M Musolf, Claire L Simpson, Mariza de Andrade, Diptasri Mandal, Colette Gaba, Ping Yang, Yafang Li, Ming You, Elena Y Kupert, Marshall W Anderson, Ann G Schwartz, Susan M Pinney, Christopher I Amos, Joan E Bailey-Wilson
OBJECTIVE: One of four American cancer patients dies of lung cancer. Environmental factors such as tobacco smoking are known to affect lung cancer risk. However, there is a genetic factor to lung cancer risk as well. Here, we perform parametric linkage analysis on family-based genotype data in an effort to find genetic loci linked to the disease. METHODS: 197 individuals from families with a high-risk history of lung cancer were recruited and genotyped using an Illumina array...
August 18, 2017: Human Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817816/exosomes-derived-from-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-promote-tumor-growth-through-hedgehog-signaling-pathway
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Jin Qi, Yali Zhou, Zuoyi Jiao, Xu Wang, Yang Zhao, Yangbin Li, Huijuan Chen, Luxi Yang, Hongwen Zhu, Yumin Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) are known to home to sites of tumor microenvironments where they participate in the formation of the tumor microenvironment and to interplay with tumor cells. However, the potential functional effects of MSCs on tumor cell growth are controversial. Here, we, from the view of bone marrow MSC-derived exosomes, study the molecular mechanism of MSCs on the growth of human osteosarcoma and human gastric cancer cells. METHODS: MSCs derived from human bone marrow (hBMSCs) were isolated and cultured in complete DMEM/F12 supplemented with 10% exosome-depleted fetal bovine serum and 1% penicillin-streptomycin, cell culture supernatants containing exosomes were harvested and exosome purification was performed by ultracentrifugation...
August 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817811/downregulation-of-microrna-330-correlates-with-the-radiation-sensitivity-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-brain-metastasis-from-lung-cancer
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Li-Peng Jiang, Zhi-Tu Zhu, Yue Zhang, Chun-Yan He
BACKGROUND: The present study sought to explore the role of microRNA-330 (miR-330) in predicting the radiation response and prognosis of patients with brain metastasis (BM) from lung cancer (LC). METHODS: Patients with BM from LC were identified and classified into radiation-sensitive and radiation-resistant groups according to the overall survival rate, local and distant recurrence rate after conventional whole-brain radiation therapy. Quantitative realtime polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) was used to detect miR-330 expression in serum...
August 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817810/tgf-%C3%AE-1-is-involved-in-vitamin-d-induced-chondrogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-regulating-the-erk-jnk-pathway
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Xiaorui Jiang, Botao Huang, Huiying Yang, Guishi Li, Chunlei Zhang, Guangshi Yang, Feng Lin, Guodong Lin
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Osteoarthritis (OA) is characterized by degradation of cartilage, sole cell type of which is chondrocytes. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) possess multipotency and can be directionally differentiated into chondrocytes under stimulation. This study was aimed to explore the possible roles of vitamin D and transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1) in the chondrogenic differentiation of BMSCs. METHODS: BMSCs were isolated from femurs and tibias of rats and characterized by flow cytometry...
August 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817807/mir-21-promotes-cardiac-fibrosis-after-myocardial-infarction-via-targeting-smad7
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Jinxia Yuan, Hongtao Chen, Dawei Ge, Yu Xu, Haihua Xu, Yang Yang, Ming Gu, Yuhe Zhou, Jingdong Zhu, Ting Ge, Qun Chen, Yue Gao, Yanqing Wang, Xiaowei Li, Yanfang Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cardiac fibrosis after myocardial infarction (MI) has been identified as an important factor in the deterioration of heart function. Previous studies have demonstrated that miR-21 plays an important role in various pathophysiological processes in the heart. However, the role of miR-21 in fibrosis regulation after MI remains unclear. METHODS: To induce cardiac infarction, the left anterior descending coronary artery was permanently ligated of mice...
August 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817806/specialized-mechanosensory-nociceptors-mediating-rapid-responses-to-hair-pull
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Nima Ghitani, Arnab Barik, Marcin Szczot, James H Thompson, Chia Li, Claire E Le Pichon, Michael J Krashes, Alexander T Chesler
The somatosensory system provides animals with the ability to detect, distinguish, and respond to diverse thermal, mechanical, and irritating stimuli. While there has been progress in defining classes of neurons underlying temperature sensation and gentle touch, less is known about the neurons specific for mechanical pain. Here, we use in vivo functional imaging to identify a class of cutaneous sensory neurons that are selectively activated by high-threshold mechanical stimulation (HTMRs). We show that their optogenetic excitation evokes rapid protective and avoidance behaviors...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817801/a-sensitized-igf1-treatment-restores-corticospinal-axon-dependent-functions
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Yuanyuan Liu, Xuhua Wang, Wenlei Li, Qian Zhang, Yi Li, Zicong Zhang, Junjie Zhu, Bo Chen, Philip R Williams, Yiming Zhang, Bin Yu, Xiaosong Gu, Zhigang He
A major hurdle for functional recovery after both spinal cord injury and cortical stroke is the limited regrowth of the axons in the corticospinal tract (CST) that originate in the motor cortex and innervate the spinal cord. Despite recent advances in engaging the intrinsic mechanisms that control CST regrowth, it remains to be tested whether such methods can promote functional recovery in translatable settings. Here we show that post-lesional AAV-assisted co-expression of two soluble proteins, namely insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and osteopontin (OPN), in cortical neurons leads to robust CST regrowth and the recovery of CST-dependent behavioral performance after both T10 lateral spinal hemisection and a unilateral cortical stroke...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817782/cost-effectiveness-of-a-patient-navigation-program-to-improve-cervical-cancer-screening
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Yan Li, Erin Carlson, Roberto Villarreal, Leah Meraz, José A Pagán
OBJECTIVES: To assess the cost-effectiveness of a community-based patient navigation program to improve cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women 18 or older in San Antonio, Texas. STUDY DESIGN: We used a microsimulation model of cervical cancer to project the long-term cost-effectiveness of a community-based patient navigation program compared with current practice. METHODS: We used program data from 2012 to 2015 and published data from the existing literature as model input...
July 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817772/quantifying-elucidating-thermally-enhanced-minority-carrier-diffusion-length-using-radius-controlled-rutile-nanowires
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Liming Zhang, Litianqi Sun, Zixuan Guan, Sang Chul Lee, Yingzhou Li, Haitao Dean Deng, Yiyang Li, Nadia Ahlborg, Madhur Boloor, Nicholas A Melosh, William C Chueh
Minority carrier diffusion length (LD) is a crucial property that determines the performance of light absorbers in photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells. Many transition-metal oxides are stable photoanodes for solar water splitting but exhibit a small to moderate LD, ranging from a few nanometers (such as α-Fe2O3 and TiO2) to a few tens of nanometers (such as BiVO4). Under operating conditions, temperature of PEC cells can deviate substantially from ambient, yet the temperature-dependence of LD has not been quantified...
August 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817770/photoinduced-copper-catalyzed-alkylation-of-amines-a-mechanistic-study-of-the-cross-coupling-of-carbazole-with-alkyl-bromides
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Jun Myun Ahn, Tanvi S Ratani, Kareem Hannoun, Gregory C Fu, Jonas C Peters
We have recently reported that a variety of couplings of nitrogen, sulfur, oxygen, and carbon nucleophiles with organic halides can be achieved under mild conditions (-40 to 30 °C) through the use of light and a copper catalyst. Insight into the various mechanisms by which these reactions proceed may enhance our understanding of chemical reactivity and facilitate the development of new methods. In this report, we apply an array of tools (EPR, NMR, transient absorption, and UV-vis spectroscopy; ESI-MS; X-ray crystallography; DFT calculations; reactivity, stereochemical, and product studies) to investigate the photoinduced, copper-catalyzed coupling of carbazole with alkyl bromides...
August 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817752/technical-refinements-and-outcomes-of-the-modified-anterior-septal-transplant
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Myriam Loyo, Jeffrey D Markey, Deniz Gerecci, Edward El Rassi, Ryan J Li, C Blake Sullivan, Tom D Wang
Importance: Severe anterior septal deviation and resultant nasal obstruction represent a difficult surgical task to correct. The goal of surgery is to straighten the anterior dorsal and caudal struts, while maintaining nasal tip and midvault support. This study presents a novel extracorporeal septoplasty technique to straighten the crooked anterior septum. Objective: To describe the novel anterior septal transplant technique, which consists of complete resection of the caudal septum and reconstruction with extended spreader grafts and a columellar strut, without a separate caudal septal replacement graft...
August 17, 2017: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817716/endothelial-dysfunction-in-renal-arcuate-arteries-of-obese-zucker-rats-the-roles-of-nitric-oxide-endothelium-derived-hyperpolarizing-factors-and-calcium-activated-k-channels
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Dandan Yin, Qianchen Wang, Xun Zhou, Ying Li
The roles of nitric oxide (NO), endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factors (EDHF), and calcium-activated K+ (KCa) channels in diabetes-associated endothelial dysfunction of small renal arteries are not clear. The present study investigated acetylcholine (ACh)-induced vasorelaxation of renal arcuate arteries from obese Zucker (OZ) rats at different diabetes durations, and the relative contribution of NO, EDHF, and KCa channels to the endothelial dysfunction. OZ rats of 7 weeks (prediabetic stage), 12 weeks (early diabetic stage), and 20 weeks (late diabetic stage), and time-matched lean control rats, were studied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817710/excessive-use-of-wechat-social-interaction-and-locus-of-control-among-college-students-in-china
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Juan Hou, Yamikani Ndasauka, Yingying Jiang, Zi Ye, Ying Wang, Lizhuang Yang, Xiaoming Li, Yongjun Zhang, Liangjun Pang, Yan Kong, Fei Xu, Xiaochu Zhang
In China, the number of college students using mobile phone based messaging and social networking applications like WeChat is increasing rapidly. However, there has been minimal research into the addictive nature of these applications and the psychological characteristics associate with their excessive use. There is also no published scale available for assessing excessive use of WeChat and similar applications. In the current study, we collected data from 1,245 college students in China (715 females) and developed the WeChat Excessive Use Scale (WEUS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817702/global-gene-expression-analysis-of-the-response-of-physic-nut-jatropha-curcas-l-to-medium-and-long-term-nitrogen-deficiency
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Qi Kuang, Sheng Zhang, Pingzhi Wu, Yaping Chen, Meiru Li, Huawu Jiang, Guojiang Wu
Jatropha curcas L. is an important biofuel plant with excellent tolerance of barren environments. However, studies on the regulatory mechanisms that operate in this plant in response to nitrogen (N) shortage are scarce. In this study, genome-wide transcriptional profiles of the roots and leaves of 8-week old physic nut seedlings were analyzed after 2 and 16 days of N starvation. Enrichment results showed that genes associated with N metabolism, processing and regulation of RNA, and transport predominated among those showing alterations in expression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817692/integrating-triangle-and-jaccard-similarities-for-recommendation
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Shuang-Bo Sun, Zhi-Heng Zhang, Xin-Ling Dong, Heng-Ru Zhang, Tong-Jun Li, Lin Zhang, Fan Min
This paper proposes a new measure for recommendation through integrating Triangle and Jaccard similarities. The Triangle similarity considers both the length and the angle of rating vectors between them, while the Jaccard similarity considers non co-rating users. We compare the new similarity measure with eight state-of-the-art ones on four popular datasets under the leave-one-out scenario. Results show that the new measure outperforms all the counterparts in terms of the mean absolute error and the root mean square error...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817684/correction-the-learning-curve-of-endoscopic-total-mastectomy-in-taiwan-a-multi-center-study
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Chin-Sheng Hung, Sheng-Wei Chang, Li-Min Liao, Cheng-Chiao Huang, Shih-Hsin Tu, Shou-Tung Chen, Dar-Ren Chen, Shou-Jen Kuo, Hung-Wen Lai, Ting-Mao Chou, Yao-Lung Kuo
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0178251.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817679/increased-half-life-and-enhanced-potency-of-fc-modified-human-pcsk9-monoclonal-antibodies-in-primates
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Yijun Shen, Hua Li, Li Zhao, Gang Li, Ben Chen, Qingsong Guo, Bei Gao, Jinsong Wu, Tong Yang, Li Jin, Yong Su
Blocking proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin type 9 (PCSK9) binding to low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) can profoundly lower plasma LDL levels. Two anti-PCKS9 monoclonal antibodies (mAbs), alirocumab and evolocumab, were approved by the FDA in 2015. The recommended dose is 75 mg to 150 mg every two weeks for alirocumab and 140mg every two weeks or 420 mg once a month for evolocumab. This study attempted to improve the pharmacokinetic properties of F0016A, an IgG1 anti-PCKS9 mAb, to generate biologically superior molecules...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817677/abnormal-expression-of-nrf2-may-play-an-important-role-in-the-pathogenesis-and-development-of-adenomyosis
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Ning Chen, Baoying Du, Hao Zhou, Fengxian Shen, Juan Li, Zhenwei Xie
OBJECTIVE: To explore the expression level of Nrf2 in adenomyosis and study the mechanism of abnormal expression of Nrf2 in the pathogenesis of adenomyosis. METHODS: Western blot, immunohistochemistry(IHC) and real time PCR were used to measure Nrf2 expression levels in tissue and cell samples. Knockdown and overexpression of Nrf2 were used to investigate the variation of migration ability of endometrial glandular cells as well as the regulatory mechanism. RESULTS: Nrf2 protein levels were significantly higher in the eutopic and ectopic endometrial glands when compared with control cases using IHC and western blot methods...
2017: PloS One
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