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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350612/the-effects-of-betaine-on-the-nuclear-fractal-dimension-chromatin-texture-and-proliferative-activity-in-hepatocytes-in-mouse-model-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Milena Vesković, Milica Labudović-Borović, Ivan Zaletel, Jelena Rakočević, Dušan Mladenović, Bojan Jorgačević, Danijela Vučević, Tatjana Radosavljević
The effects of betaine on hepatocytes chromatin architecture changes were examined by using fractal and gray-level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM) analysis in methionine/choline-deficient (MCD) diet-induced, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Male C57BL/6 mice were divided into groups: (1) Control: standard diet; (2) BET: standard diet and betaine supplementation through drinking water (solution 1.5%); (3) MCD group: MCD diet for 6 weeks; (4) MCD+BET: fed with MCD diet + betaine for 6 weeks. Liver tissue was collected for histopathology, immunohistochemistry, and determination of fractal dimension and GLCM parameters...
January 19, 2018: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348134/cerebral-mitochondrial-microangiopathy-leads-to-leukoencephalopathy-in-mitochondrial-neurogastrointestinal-encephalopathy
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L L Gramegna, A Pisano, C Testa, D N Manners, R D'Angelo, E Boschetti, F Giancola, L Pironi, L Caporali, M Capristo, M L Valentino, G Plazzi, C Casali, M T Dotti, G Cenacchi, M Hirano, C Giordano, P Parchi, R Rinaldi, R De Giorgio, R Lodi, V Carelli, C Tonon
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalopathy is a rare disorder due to recessive mutations in the thymidine phosphorylase gene, encoding thymidine phosphorylase protein required for mitochondrial DNA replication. Clinical manifestations include gastrointestinal dysmotility and diffuse asymptomatic leukoencephalopathy. This study aimed to elucidate the mechanisms underlying brain leukoencephalopathy in patients with mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalopathy by correlating multimodal neuroradiologic features to postmortem pathology...
January 18, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345442/lung-uptake-of-fluorine-18-fluoroethyl-choline-pet-ct-in-patients-with-prostate-cancer
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Daniele A Pizzuto, Salvatore Annunziata, Francesco P Ieria, Carmelo Caldarella, Maria A Isgrò, Valerio Lanni, Gaia Bencivenga, Vittoria Rufini, Alessandro Giordano
BACKGROUND: Metastatic spreading to the lungs is a negative prognostic factor in patients with prostate cancer (PC). Aim of our study was to assess the prevalence of lung PC metastases in patients with fluorine-18 fluoroethyl-choline (F-18-FECh) PET-CT positive lung lesions and the role of Gleason Score (GS) and common biochemical markers in predicting metastatic spreading to the lungs. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated the scans of 1283 patients ongoing (F-18-FECh) PET-CT for PC between May 2010 and July 2014...
January 17, 2018: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345423/deep-eutectic-solvent-aqueous-solutions-as-efficient-media-for-the-solubilization-of-hardwood-xylans
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Eduarda S Morais, Patrícia V Mendonça, Jorge F J Coelho, Mara G Freire, Carmen S R Freire, João A P Coutinho, Armando J D Silvestre
This work contributes to the development of integrated lignocellulosic-based biorefineries by the pioneering exploitation of hardwood xylans by solubilization and extraction in deep eutectic solvents (DES). DES formed by choline chloride and urea or acetic acid were initially evaluated as solvents for commercial xylan as a model compound. The effects of temperature, molar ratio, and concentration of the DES aqueous solutions were evaluated and optimized by using a response surface methodology. The results obtained demonstrated the potential of these solvents, with 328...
January 18, 2018: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343737/moderate-decline-in-select-synaptic-markers-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-ba9-of-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-at-various-cognitive-stages
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Odile Poirel, Sébastien Mella, Catherine Videau, Lauriane Ramet, Maria Antonietta Davoli, Etienne Herzog, Pavel Katsel, Naguib Mechawar, Vahram Haroutunian, Jacques Epelbaum, Stéphanie Daumas, Salah El Mestikawy
Synaptic loss, plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are viewed as hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease (AD). This study investigated synaptic markers in neocortical Brodmann area 9 (BA9) samples from 171 subjects with and without AD at different levels of cognitive impairment. The expression levels of vesicular glutamate transporters (VGLUT1&2), glutamate uptake site (EAAT2), post-synaptic density protein of 95 kD (PSD95), vesicular GABA/glycine transporter (VIAAT), somatostatin (som), synaptophysin and choline acetyl transferase (ChAT) were evaluated...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341902/curcumin-potentiates-the-function-of-human-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-expressed-in-sh-ep1-cells
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Eslam El Nebrisi, Lina T Al Kury, Keun-Hang Susan Yang, Petrilla Jayaprakash, Frank C Howarth, Nadine Kabbani, Murat Oz
Effects of curcumin, a biologically active ingredient of turmeric, were tested on the Ca2+ transients induced by the activation of α7 subunit of the human nicotinic acetylcholine (α7 nACh) receptor expressed in SH-EP1 cells. Curcumin caused a significant potentiation of choline (1 mM)-induced Ca2+ transients with an EC50 value of 133 nM. The potentiating effect of curcumin was not observed in Ca2+ transients induced by high K+ (60 mM) containing solutions or activation of α4β2 nACh receptors and the extent of curcumin potentiation was not altered in the presence of Ca2+ channel antagonists nifedipine (1 μM), verapamil (1 μM), ω-conotoxin (1 μM), and bepridil (10 μM)...
January 13, 2018: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341105/metabolomic-characterization-of-human-hippocampus-from-drug-resistant-epilepsy-with-mesial-temporal-seizure
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Julien Detour, Caroline Bund, Charles Behr, Hélène Cebula, Ercument A Cicek, Maria-Paola Valenti-Hirsch, Béatrice Lannes, Benoît Lhermitte, Astrid Nehlig, Pierre Kehrli, François Proust, Edouard Hirsch, Izzie-Jacques Namer
OBJECTIVE: Within a complex systems biology perspective, we wished to assess whether hippocampi with established neuropathological features have distinct metabolome. Apparently normal hippocampi with no signs of sclerosis (noHS), were compared to hippocampal sclerosis (HS) type 1 (HS1) and/or type 2 (HS2). Hippocampus metabolome from patients with epilepsy-associated neuroepithelial tumors (EANTs), namely, gangliogliomas (GGs) and dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors (DNTs), was also compared to noHS epileptiform tissue...
January 17, 2018: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340645/a-plasma-metabolomic-signature-involving-purine-metabolism-in-human-optic-atrophy-1-opa1-related-disorders
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Cinzia Bocca, Judith Kouassi Nzoughet, Stéphanie Leruez, Patrizia Amati-Bonneau, Marc Ferré, Mariame-Selma Kane, Charlotte Veyrat-Durebex, Juan Manuel Chao de la Barca, Arnaud Chevrollier, Chadi Homedan, Christophe Verny, Dan Miléa, Vincent Procaccio, Gilles Simard, Dominique Bonneau, Guy Lenaers, Pascal Reynier
Purpose: Dominant optic atrophy (DOA; MIM [Mendelian Inheritance in Man] 165500), resulting in retinal ganglion cell degeneration, is mainly caused by mutations in the optic atrophy 1 (OPA1) gene, which encodes a dynamin guanosine triphosphate (GTP)ase involved in mitochondrial membrane processing. This work aimed at determining whether plasma from OPA1 pathogenic variant carriers displays a specific metabolic signature. Methods: We applied a nontargeted clinical metabolomics pipeline based on ultra-high-pressure liquid chromatography coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC-HRMS) allowing the exploration of 500 polar metabolites in plasma...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340224/camkii-is-involved-in-the-choline-induced-downregulation-of-acetylcholine-release-in-mouse-motor-synapses
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A E Gaydukov, O P Balezina
We investigated the involvement of calcium-dependent enzymes, protein kinase C (PKC) and calcium-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII), in the signaling pathway triggered by the activation of presynaptic alpha7-type nicotinic acetylcholine receptors by exogenous choline, leading to downregulation of the evoked acetylcholine (ACh) release in mouse motor synapses. Blockade of PKC with chelerythrine neither changed the evoked release of ACh by itself nor prevented the inhibitory effect of choline. The CaMKII blocker KN-62 did not affect synaptic activity but fully prevented the choline-induced downregulation of ACh release...
October 2017: Acta Naturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339573/-sup-18-sup-f-choline-pet-ct-for-parathyroid-scintigraphy-significantly-lower-radiation-exposure-of-patients-in-comparison-to-conventional-nuclear-medicine-imaging-approaches
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Sebastijan Rep, Marko Hocevar, Janja Vaupotič, Urban Zdesar, Katja Zaletel, Luka Lezaic
Parathyroid subtraction scintigraphy is the most commonly used imaging method for localization of hyperfunctioning parathyroid glands (HPG) in primary hyperparathyroidism, a common endocrine disorder. Hybrid (SPECT/CT) imaging with 99mTc-sestaMIBI (MIBI) at an early and delayed phase (dual-phase imaging) may be the most accurate conventional imaging approach, but includes additional radiation exposure due to added CT imaging. Recently, 18F-choline (FCH) PET/CT was introduced for HPG imaging, which can also be performed using the dual-phase approach...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338621/assessing-the-acute-effects-of-cdp-choline-on-sensory-gating-in-schizophrenia-a-pilot-study
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Robert Aidelbaum, Alain Labelle, Ashley Baddeley, Verner Knott
Deficient sensory gating (SG) in schizophrenia is associated with functional outcome and offers a therapeutic target as it is linked to the altered function/expression of the α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). This study analyzed the effects of citicoline (CDP-choline), a supplement with α7 nAChRs agonist properties, on SG in a sample of schizophrenia (SZ) patients. Using a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind design the dose-dependent (500 mg, 1000 mg, 2000 mg) and baseline-dependent (deficient versus normal suppressors) effects of CDP-choline on SG were examined using the P50 event-related potential (ERP) index of SG...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336157/glycerol-hydrogen-bonding-network-dominates-structure-and-collective-dynamics-in-a-deep-eutectic-solvent
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A Faraone, D V Wagle, G A Baker, E C Novak, M Ohl, D Reuter, P Lunkenheimer, A Loidl, E Mamontov
The deep eutectic solvent glyceline formed by choline chloride and glycerol in 1:2 molar ratio is much less viscous compared to glycerol, which facilitates its use in many applications where high viscosity is undesirable. Despite the large difference in viscosity, we have found that the structural network of glyceline is completely defined by its glycerol constituent, which exhibits complex microscopic dynamic behavior, as expected from a highly correlated hydrogen-bonding network. Choline ions occupy interstitial voids in the glycerol network and show little structural or dynamic correlations with glycerol molecules...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335880/the-long-term-effect-of-erythropoiesis-stimulating-agents-given-to-preterm-infants-a-proton-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-study-on-neurometabolites-in-early-childhood
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Charles Gasparovic, Arvind Caprihan, Ronald A Yeo, John Phillips, Jean R Lowe, Richard Campbell, Robin K Ohls
BACKGROUND: Erythropoiesis stimulating agents (ESAs) are neuroprotective in cell and animal models of preterm birth. Prematurity has been shown to alter neurometabolite levels in children in studies using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS). OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that ESA treatment in premature infants would tend to normalize neurometabolites by 4-6 years of age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Children in a longitudinal study of neurodevelopment underwent MRI and 1H-MRS at approximately 4 years and 6 years of age...
January 15, 2018: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334787/analysis-of-endocannabinoid-receptors-and-enzymes-in-the-post-mortem-motor-cortex-and-spinal-cord-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-patients
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Francisco Espejo-Porras, Javier Fernández-Ruiz, Eva de Lago
OBJECTIVE: We have investigated the endocannabinoid system in the motor cortex of motor neuron disease (MND) patients. METHODS: Post-mortem samples from MND patients and controls were used for immunostaining and/or Western blotting analysis of endocannabinoid elements. RESULTS: We did not find any evidence of neuronal losses in the motor cortex of MND patients, but elevations in glial markers Iba-1 and GFAP were evident. We found no changes in FAAH and MAGL enzymes and in the CB1 receptor, which correlated with the lack of cortical neuron death...
January 15, 2018: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333958/focal-mri-guided-salvage-high-dose-rate-brachytherapy-in-patients-with-radiorecurrent-prostate-cancer
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Metha Maenhout, Max Peters, Marco van Vulpen, Marinus A Moerland, Richard P Meijer, Maurice A A J van den Bosch, Paul L Nguyen, Steven J Frank, Jochem R N van der Voort van Zyp
INTRODUCTION: Whole-gland salvage treatment of radiorecurrent prostate cancer has a high rate of severe toxicity. The standard of care in case of a biochemical recurrence is androgen deprivation treatment, which is associated with morbidity and negative effects on quality of life. A salvage treatment with acceptable toxicity might postpone the start of androgen deprivation treatment, might have a positive influence on the patients' quality of life, and might even be curative. Here, toxicity and biochemical outcome are described after magnetic resonance imaging-guided focal salvage high-dose-rate brachytherapy in patients with radiorecurrent prostate cancer...
December 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331524/strategies-and-technical-challenges-for-imaging-oligometastatic-disease-recommendations-from-the-european-organisation-for-research-and-treatment-of-cancer-imaging-group
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Nandita M deSouza, Yan Liu, Arturo Chiti, Daniela Oprea-Lager, Géraldine Gebhart, Bernard E Van Beers, Ken Herrmann, Frederic E Lecouvet
Patients with oligometastatic disease (OMD) often have controllable symptoms, and cures are possible. Technical improvements in surgery and radiotherapy have introduced the option of metastasis-directed ablative therapies as an adjunct or alternative to standard-of-care systemic therapies. Several clinical trials and registries are investigating the benefit of these therapeutic approaches across several cancer sites. This requires that patients are correctly included and followed with appropriate imaging. This article discusses the evidence and offers recommendations for the implementation of standard-of-care (Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumours measurements on computed tomography [CT], magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] and bone scintigraphy) and advanced imaging modalities (functional, metabolic and radionuclide targeted) for identifying and following up patients with OMD...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331340/hsp72-protects-from-liver-injury-via-attenuation-of-hepatocellular-death-oxidative-stress-and-jnk-signaling
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Kateryna Levada, Nurdan Guldiken, Xiaoji Zhang, Giovanna Vella, Fa-Rong Mo, Laura P James, Johannes Haybaeck, Sonja M Kessler, Alexandra K Kiemer, Thomas Ott, Daniel Hartmann, Norbert Hüser, Marianne Ziol, Christian Trautwein, Pavel Strnad
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Heat shock protein (Hsp) 72 is a molecular chaperone that is upregulated in response to stress and possesses broad cytoprotective functions. To determine its hepatic function, we studied its expression in human liver disorders and its biological significance in newly generated transgenic animals. AIM AND METHODS: Double transgenic mice overexpressing Hsp72 (gene HSPA1A) under the control of a tissue-specific tetracycline-inducible system (Hsp72-LAP mice) were produced...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327125/icariin-improves-cognitive-impairment-after-traumatic-brain-injury-by-enhancing-hippocampal-acetylation
#18
Zi-Gang Zhang, Xin Wang, Jin-Hai Zai, Cai-Hua Sun, Bing-Chun Yan
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of icariin (ICA) on the cognitive impairment induced by traumatic brain injury (TBI) in mice and the underlying mechanisms related to changes in hippocampal acetylation level. METHODS: The modifified free-fall method was used to establish the TBI mouse model. Mice with post-TBI cognitive impairment were randomly divided into 3 groups using the randomised block method (n=7): TBI (vehicle-treated), low-dose (75 mg/kg) and high-dose (150 mg/kg) of ICA groups...
January 9, 2018: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326427/severe-steatosis-induces-portal-hypertension-by-systemic-arterial-hyporeactivity-and-hepatic-vasoconstrictor-hyperreactivity-in-rats
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Denise Van der Graaff, Wilhelmus J Kwanten, Filip J Couturier, Jesse S Govaerts, Wim Verlinden, Isabel Brosius, Michiel D'Hondt, Ann Driessen, Benedicte Y De Winter, Joris G De Man, Peter P Michielsen, Sven M Francque
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become the most prevalent chronic liver disease. The presence of portal hypertension has been demonstrated in NAFLD prior to development of inflammation or fibrosis, and is a result of extrahepatic and intrahepatic factors, principally driven by vascular dysfunction. An increased intrahepatic vascular resistance potentially contributes to progression of NAFLD via intralobular hypoxia. However, the exact mechanisms underlying vascular dysfunction in NAFLD remain unknown...
January 11, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326229/genomic-understanding-of-an-infectious-brain-disease-from-the-desert
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Leandro F Moreno, Abdalla A O Ahmed, Balázs Brankovics, Christina A Cuomo, Steph B J Menken, Saad J Taj-Aldeen, Hani Faidah, J Benjamin Stielow, Marcus de M Teixeira, Francesc X Prenafeta-Boldú, Vania A Vicente, Sybren de Hoog
Rhinocladiella mackenziei accounts for the majority of fungal brain infections in the Middle East and is restricted to the arid climate zone between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Neurotropic dissemination caused by this fungus has been reported in immunocompromised, but also immunocompetent individuals. If untreated, the infection is fatal. Outside of humans, the environmental niche of R. mackenziei is unknown, and the fungus has been only cultured from brain biopsies. In this paper we describe the whole genome re-sequencing of two Rhinocladiella mackenziei strains from patients in Saudi Arabia and Qatar...
January 11, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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