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Ciqiong Chen, Li Long, Fusheng Zhang, Qin Chen, Cheng Chen, Xiaorui Yu, Qingya Liu, Jinku Bao, Zhangfu Long
Curcuma longa possesses powerful antifungal activity, as demonstrated in many studies. In this study, the antifungal spectrum of Curcuma longa alcohol extract was determined, and the resulting EC50 values (mg/mL) of its extract on eleven fungi, including Fusarium graminearum, Fusarium chlamydosporum, Alternaria alternate, Fusarium tricinctum, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, Botrytis cinerea, Fusarium culmorum, Rhizopus oryzae, Cladosporium cladosporioides, Fusarium oxysporum and Colletotrichum higginsianum, were 0...
2018: PloS One
Guanglei Cheng, Anil Annadi, Shicheng Lu, Hyungwoo Lee, Jung-Woo Lee, Mengchen Huang, Chang-Beom Eom, Patrick Irvin, Jeremy Levy
The widely reported magnetoresistance oscillations in LaAlO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} heterostructures have invariably been attributed to the Shubnikov-de Haas (SdH) effect, despite a pronounced inconsistency with low-field Hall resistance measurements. Here we report SdH-like resistance oscillations in quasi-1D electron waveguides created at the LaAlO_{3}/SrTiO_{3} interface by conductive atomic force microscopy lithography. These oscillations can be directly attributed to magnetic depopulation of magnetoelectric subbands...
February 16, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Tanziyah Muqeem, Biswarup Ghosh, Vitor Pinto, Angelo C Lepore, Manuel Covarrubias
Presynaptic voltage-gated K+ (Kv) channels in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons are thought to regulate nociceptive synaptic transmission in the spinal dorsal horn. However, the Kv channel subtypes responsible for this critical role have not been identified. The Kv3.4 channel is particularly important because it is robustly expressed in DRG nociceptors, where it regulates action potential (AP) duration. Furthermore, Kv3.4 dysfunction is implicated in the pathophysiology of neuropathic pain in multiple pain models...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Long-Long Li, Dian Wang, Chong-Yang Ge, Lei Yu, Jin-Long Zhao, Hai-Tian Ma
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) possesses fat-reducing effect, while little information is available on whether DHEA regulates cell proliferation and mitochondrial function, which would, in turn, affect lipid droplet accumulation in broiler. In this study, the lipid droplet accumulation, cell proliferation, cell cycle and mitochondrial membrane potential were analysis in primary chicken hepatocytes treated with DHEA. The results showed that total area and counts of lipid droplet were significantly decreased in hepatocytes after DHEA treated...
March 12, 2018: Physiological Research
Susana Gonzalez, Thozhukat Sathyapalan, Zeeshan Javed, Stephen L Atkin
Objective: The aim of this study is to evaluate the effect of growth hormone therapy (rGH) on mitochondrial function on peripheral muscle and to correlate with exercise capacity in subjects with severe adult growth hormone deficiency (GHD). Design: Six months, double-blind, randomized, crossover, placebo-controlled trial of subcutaneous rGH in 17 patients with GHD. Measurements: Quadriceps muscle biopsies were obtained at baseline, 3 months, and 6 months to measure succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) to assess mitochondrial activity...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Maria S Yusseppone, Iara Rocchetta, Sebastian E Sabatini, Carlos M Luquet, Maria Del Carmen Ríos de Molina, Christoph Held, Doris Abele
Hypoxia in freshwater ecosystems is spreading as a consequence of global change, including pollution and eutrophication. In the Patagonian Andes, a decline in precipitation causes reduced lake water volumes and stagnant conditions that limit oxygen transport and exacerbate hypoxia below the upper mixed layer. We analyzed the molecular and biochemical response of the North Patagonian bivalve Diplodon chilensis after 10 days of experimental anoxia (<0.2 mg O2 /L), hypoxia (2 mg O2 /L), and normoxia (9 mg O2 /L)...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Phillip Baker, Sharon Friel, Adrian Kay, Fran Baum, Lyndall Strazdins, Tamara Mackean
BACKGROUND: Despite decades of evidence gathering and calls for action, few countries have systematically attenuated health inequities (HI) through action on the social determinants of health (SDH). This is at least partly because doing so presents a significant political and policy challenge. This paper explores this challenge through a review of the empirical literature, asking: what factors have enabled and constrained the inclusion of the social determinants of health inequities (SDHI) in government policy agendas? METHODS: A narrative review method was adopted involving three steps: first, drawing upon political science theories on agenda-setting, an integrated theoretical framework was developed to guide the review; second, a systematic search of scholarly databases for relevant literature; and third, qualitative analysis of the data and thematic synthesis of the results...
November 11, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
Melissa Anne Tadros, Brett Anthony Graham, Robert John Callister
In this issue of the Journal of Physiology, Balachandar and Prescott (2018) model the action potential discharge patterns (ie, spiking types) that have long been used to classify superficial dorsal horn (SDH: lamina I-II) neurons by varying the expression levels of two potassium conductances. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 10, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Cheng-Ju Kuo, Sin-Tian Wang, Chia-Mei Lin, Hao-Chieh Chiu, Cheng-Rung Huang, Der-Yen Lee, Geen-Dong Chang, Ting-Chen Chou, Jenn-Wei Chen, Chang-Shi Chen
The enteric pathogen enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) is responsible for outbreaks of bloody diarrhea and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) worldwide. Several molecular mechanisms have been described for the pathogenicity of EHEC; however, the role of bacterial metabolism in the virulence of EHEC during infection in vivo remains unclear. Here we show that aerobic metabolism plays an important role in the regulation of EHEC virulence in Caenorhabditis elegans. Our functional genomic analyses showed that disruption of the genes encoding the succinate dehydrogenase complex (Sdh) of EHEC, including the sdhA gene, attenuated its toxicity toward C...
March 7, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Rasmus Gregersen, Kristoffer Andresen, Jakob Burcharth, Hans-Christian Pommergaard, Jacob Rosenberg
PURPOSE: The study aimed to investigate long-term mortality, recurrence, and death related to recurrence for patients admitted with acute diverticulitis with abscess formation (Hinchey stage Ib-II). METHODS: The cohort was identified by linking administrative registers for all Danish citizens in years 2000-2012. Patients were identified from ICD-10 discharge codes and stratified according to treatment (antibiotics, percutaneous abscess drainage, or surgery). RESULTS: From 6,641,672 persons, 3148 patients were identified with acute diverticulitis with abscess formation...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Valentina Indio, Annalisa Astolfi, Giuseppe Tarantino, Milena Urbini, Janice Patterson, Margherita Nannini, Maristella Saponara, Lidia Gatto, Donatella Santini, Italo F do Valle, Gastone Castellani, Daniel Remondini, Michelangelo Fiorentino, Margaret von Mehren, Giovanni Brandi, Guido Biasco, Michael C Heinrich, Maria Aabbondanza Pantaleo
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) carrying the D842V activating mutation in the platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha ( PDGFRA ) gene are a very rare subgroup of GIST (about 10%) known to be resistant to conventional tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) and to show an indolent behavior. In this study, we performed an integrated molecular characterization of D842V mutant GIST by whole-transcriptome and whole-exome sequencing coupled with protein-ligand interaction modelling to identify the molecular signature and any additional recurrent genomic event related to their clinical course...
March 4, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Anthony A Duplanty, Robert W Siggins, Timothy Allerton, Liz Simon, Patricia E Molina
Work from our group demonstrated that chronic binge alcohol (CBA)-induces mitochondrial gene dysregulation at end-stage disease of simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) infection in antiretroviral therapy (ART) naïve rhesus macaques. Alterations in gene expression can disrupt mitochondrial homeostasis and in turn contribute to the risk of metabolic comorbidities characterized by loss of skeletal muscle (SKM) functional mass that are associated with CBA, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and prolonged ART...
March 2018: Physiological Reports
Chung Thong Lim, Márta Korbonits
Pituitary adenomas are the third most common central nervous system tumours and arise from the anterior pituitary within the pituitary fossa. The signs and symptoms of patients with pituitary adenomas vary from 'mass effects' caused by a large adenoma to features secondary to excess pituitary hormones produced by the functioning pituitary adenoma. Detailed histopathological assessment, based on novel classifications and the latest WHO guidelines, helps to categorise pituitary adenomas into different subtypes and identify features that, in some cases, help to predict their behaviour...
March 2, 2018: Endocrine Practice
Abdullah Bin Zahid, David Balser, Rebekah Thomas, Margaret Y Mahan, Molly E Hubbard, Uzma Samadani
OBJECTIVE Chronic subdural hematoma (cSDH) is a highly morbid condition associated with brain atrophy in the elderly. It has a reported 30% 1-year mortality rate. Approximately half of afflicted individuals report either no or relatively unremarkable trauma preceding their diagnosis, raising the possibility that cSDH is a manifestation of degenerative or inflammatory disease rather than trauma. The purpose of this study was to compare the rates of cerebral atrophy before and after cSDH to determine whether it is more likely that cSDH causes atrophy or that atrophy causes cSDH...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Syuhei Domoto, Manzo Suzuki, Shinpei Suzuki, Hiroyasu Bito
Background: Subdural hematoma (SDH) after accidental dural puncture (ADP) is rare but may be lethal. We experienced a patient who developed SDH after combined spinal and epidural anesthesia without a headache. Case presentation: A 41-year-old parturient female with an unruptured cerebral aneurysm, was scheduled to undergo elective cesarean delivery. Cerebrospinal fluid leakage was identified during puncture of the epidural space, and a catheter was placed after re-puncture...
2018: JA Clin Rep
Megan Christine Kaszuba, Lee Ang Tan, Roham Moftakhar, Manish Kumar Kasliwal
Intracranial arachnoid cysts (ACs) are relatively common findings that can be seen in up to 2% of patients. They are generally found incidentally with a benign clinical course and can be usually managed by observation. We report an unusual case of a middle fossa AC presenting with spontaneous intracystic hemorrhage along with subdural hematoma (SDH) causing significant mass effect and midline shift requiring surgical treatment. Even though the risk of hemorrhage in patients with AC is very low, the presence of AC is a known risk factor for SDH...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
G Donatini, J L Kraimps, C Caillard, E Mirallie, F Pierre, Loïc De Calan, Hamy Antoine, O Larin, O Tovkay, S Cherenko
BACKGROUND: Pheochromocytoma (PHEO) in pregnancy is a life-threatening condition. Its management is challenging with regards to the timing and type of surgery. METHODS: A retrospective review of the management of ten patients diagnosed with pheochromocytoma during pregnancy was performed. Data were collected on the initial diagnostic workup, symptoms, treatment, and follow-up. RESULTS: PHEO was diagnosed in ten patients who were between the 10th and the 29th weeks of pregnancy...
February 27, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
Ziya Asan
OBJECTIVE: Discussion of the prognoses of subdural hematoma (SDH) patients who were not operated at the time of the first diagnosis and the etiological causes for the patients who experienced enlarged hematomas during the follow-up period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The records, service files and radiological examinations of the patients diagnosed with SDH were reviewed. SDH patients were recorded under 5 different categories which can be listed as; acute SDH (ASDH), subacute SDH (SSDH), chronic SDH (CSDH), acute component with chronic SDH (A-CSDH) and subacute component with chronic SDH (S-CSDH)...
February 24, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Shuo Chen, Xi Chen, Tao Shan, Jiancang Ma, Wanrun Lin, Wei Li, Ya'an Kang
In this study, we investigated whether the metabolic alteration of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) occurs via miR-21 remodeling and the effect of this alteration on pancreatic cancer cells. CAFs and normal fibroblasts (NFs) were isolated and cultured. Glucose consumption and lactic acid production were tested, and lactate dehydrogenase (LDHA), pyruvate kinase m2 (PKM2), and miR-21 expression were examined. The level of glycolysis in CAFs was determined after treatment with a miR-21 inhibitor. Primary miR-21-NC CAFs and miR-21-inhibitor CAFs were indirectly co-cultured with BxPc-3 in vitro , and the invasion capacity of these cells was determined...
2018: International Journal of Biological Sciences
Joseph Driver, Aislyn C DiRisio, Heidi Mitchell, Zachary D Threlkeld, William B Gormley
Seizures due to subdural hematoma (SDH) are a common finding, typically diagnosed using electroencephalography (EEG). At times, aggressive management of seizures is necessary to improve neurologic recovery and outcomes. Here, we present three patients who had undergone emergent SDH evacuation and showed postoperative focal deficits without accompanying electrographic epileptiform activity. After infarction and recurrent hemorrhage were ruled out, seizures were suspected despite a negative EEG. Patients were treated aggressively with AEDs and eventually showed clinical improvement...
February 23, 2018: Neurocritical Care
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