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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641208/an-associative-account-of-the-development-of-word-learning
#1
Vladimir M Sloutsky, Hyungwook Yim, Xin Yao, Simon Dennis
Word learning is a notoriously difficult induction problem because meaning is underdetermined by positive examples. How do children solve this problem? Some have argued that word learning is achieved by means of inference: young word learners rely on a number of assumptions that reduce the overall hypothesis space by favoring some meanings over others. However, these approaches have difficulty explaining how words are learned from conversations or text, without pointing or explicit instruction. In this research, we propose an associative mechanism that can account for such learning...
June 19, 2017: Cognitive Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641197/effects-of-organophosphorus-flame-retardant-tdcpp-on-normal-human-corneal-epithelial-cells-implications-for-human-health
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Ping Xiang, Rong-Yan Liu, Chao Li, Peng Gao, Xin-Yi Cui, Lena Q Ma
Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP) is one of the most detected organophosphorus flame retardants (OPFRs) in the environment, especially in indoor dust. Continuous daily exposure to TDCPP-containing dust may adversely impact human cornea. However, its detrimental effects on human corneal epithelium are largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the cell apoptosis in normal human corneal epithelial cells (HCECs) after TDCPP exposure and elucidated the underlying molecular mechanisms. Our data indicated a dose-dependent decrease of cell viability after TDCPP exposure with LC50 at 202 μg/mL...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641164/protective-effects-of-flavonoids-against-alzheimer-s-disease-related-neural-dysfunctions
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REVIEW
Mahsa Bakhtiari, Yunes Panahi, Javad Ameli, Behrad Darvishi
Senile ages of human life is mostly associated with developmental of several neurological complicated conditions including decreased cognition and reasoning, increased memory loss and impaired language performance. Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent neural disorder associated with dementia, consisting of about 70% of dementia reported cases. Failure of currently approved chemical anti-AD therapeutic agents has once again brought up the idea of administering naturally occurring compounds as effective alternative and/or complementary regimens in AD treatment...
June 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641145/lack-of-association-between-deletion-polymorphism-of-bim-gene-and-in-vitro-drug-sensitivity-in-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Meixian Huang, Kunio Miyake, Keiko Kagami, Masako Abe, Tamao Shinohara, Atsushi Watanabe, Shinpei Somazu, Hiroko Oshiro, Kumiko Goi, Hiroaki Goto, Masayoshi Minegishi, Shotaro Iwamoto, Nobutaka Kiyokawa, Kanji Sugita, Takeshi Inukai
A deletion polymorphism in the BIM gene was identified as an intrinsic mechanism for resistance to tyrosine kinase inhibitor in chronic myeloid leukemia patients in East Asia. BIM is also involved in the responses to glucocorticoid and chemotherapy in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), suggesting a possible association between deletion polymorphism of BIM and the chemosensitivity of ALL. Thus, we analyzed 72 B-cell precursor (BCP)-ALL cell lines established from Japanese patients. Indeed, higher BIM gene expression was associated with good in vitro sensitivities to glucocorticoid and chemotherapeutic agents used in induction therapy...
June 4, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640942/polyfunctional-response-by-immtac-imcgp100-redirected-cd8-and-cd4-t-cells
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Caroline Boudousquie, Giovanna Bossi, Jacob M Hurst, Karolina A Rygiel, Bent K Jakobsen, Namir J Hassan
The success of immune system based cancer therapies depends on a broad immune response engaging a range of effector cells and mechanisms. Immune mobilising monoclonal TCRs against cancer (ImmTAC(™) molecules, fusion proteins consisting of a soluble, affinity enhanced TCR and an anti-CD3 scFv Ab) were previously shown to redirect CD8(+) and CD4(+) T cells against tumours. Here we present evidence that IMCgp100 (ImmTAC recognising a peptide derived from the melanoma-specific protein, gp100, presented by HLA-A*0201) efficiently redirects and activates effector and memory cells from both CD8(+) and CD4(+) repertoires...
June 22, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640888/mechanisms-of-acute-neurovascular-protection-with-at1-blockade-after-stroke-effect-of-prestroke-hypertension
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Ahmed Alhusban, Anna Kozak, Bindu Pillai, Heba Ahmed, Mohammed A Sayed, Maribeth H Johnson, Tauheed Ishrat, Adviye Ergul, Susan C Fagan
Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability worldwide. Improving stroke outcome requires an orchestrated interplay that involves up regulation of pro-survival pathways and a concomitant suppression of pro-apoptotic mediators. In this investigation, we assessed the involvement of eNOS in the AT1 blocker-mediated protective and pro-recovery effects in animals with hypertension. We also evaluated the effect of acute eNOS inhibition in hypertensive animals. To achieve these goals, spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) were implanted with blood pressure transmitters, and randomized to receive either an eNOS inhibitor (L-NIO) or saline one hour before cerebral ischemia induction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640859/toxic-effects-of-atrazine-on-porcine-oocytes-and-possible-mechanisms-of-action
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Bao Yuan, Shuang Liang, Yong-Xun Jin, Ming-Jun Zhang, Jia-Bao Zhang, Nam-Hyung Kim
Because atrazine is a widely used herbicide, its adverse effects on the reproductive system have been extensively researched. In this study, we investigated the effects of atrazine exposure on porcine oocyte maturation and the possible mechanisms. Our results showed that the rates of oocyte maturation significantly decreased after treatment with 200 μM atrazine in vitro. Atrazine treatment resulted in abnormal spindle morphology but did not affect actin distribution. Atrazine exposure not only triggered a DNA damage response but also decreased MPF levels in porcine oocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640759/electroactive-%C3%AE-crystalline-phase-inclusion-and-photoluminescence-response-of-heat-controlled-spin-coated-pvdf-tio2-free-standing-nanocomposite-film-for-nanogenerator-and-active-nanosensor
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Md Mehebub Alam, Ayesha Sultana, Debabrata Sarkar, Dipankar Mandal
The electroactive β-phase is most desirable due to its highest piezo-, pyro- and ferro-electric properties in poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF). Induction of β-phase is successfully accomplished in titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) doped spin coated PVDF nanocomposite (PNC) films. The optimized yields of β-phase and homogeneous ultra-smooth free standing PNC film is utilized in mechanical energy harvesting application by fabricating a nanogenerator (NG) where the typical electrical poling step is not undertaken...
June 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636454/anticancer-potential-of-sanguinarine-for-various-human-malignancies
#9
Iman W Achkar, Fatima Mraiche, Ramzi M Mohammad, Shahab Uddin
Sanguinarine (Sang) - a benzophenanthridine alkaloid extracted from Sanguinaria canadensis - exhibits antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, proapoptotic and growth inhibitory activities on tumor cells of various cancer types as established by in vivo and in vitro studies. Although the underlying mechanism of Sang antitumor activity is yet to be fully elucidated, Sang has displayed multiple biological effects, which remain to suggest its possible use in plant-derived treatments of human malignancies. This review covers the anticancer abilities of Sang including inhibition of aberrantly activated signal transduction pathways, induction of cell death and inhibition of cancer cell proliferation...
June 21, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636167/berberine-ameliorates-collagen-induced-arthritis-in-rats-by-suppressing-th17-cell-responses-via-inducing-cortistatin-in-the-gut
#10
Mengfan Yue, Yufeng Xia, Can Shi, Chunge Guan, Yunfan Li, Rui Liu, Zhifeng Wei, Yue Dai
Berberine, an isoquinoline alkaloid, has been reported to ameliorate various autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis by oral administration. However, its mechanism remains mysterious due to an extremely low bioavailability. The fact that berberine is easy to accumulate in gut, the largest endocrine organ in the body, attracts us to explore its anti-arthritic mechanism in view of the induction of intestinal immunosuppressive neuropeptides. In this study, berberine (200 mg/kg, i.g.) was shown to ameliorate collagen-induced arthritis in rats, which was manifested by the reduction of clinical signs and joint destruction, as well as marked down-regulation of Th17 cell frequency and IL-17 level in blood...
June 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636040/tamoxifen-like-metallocifens-target-the-thioredoxin-system-determining-mitochondrial-impairment-leading-to-apoptosis-in-jurkat-cells
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Valeria Scalcon, Michèle Salmain, Alessandra Folda, Siden Top, Pascal Pigeon, Hui Zhi Shirley Lee, Gérard Jaouen, Alberto Bindoli, Anne Vessières, Maria Pia Rigobello
Tamoxifen-like metallocifens (TLMs) of the group-8 metals (Fe, Ru, and Os) show strong anti-proliferative activity on cancer cell lines resistant to apoptosis, owing to their unique redox properties. In contrast, the thioredoxin system, which is involved in cellular redox balance, is often overexpressed in cancer cells, especially in tumour types resistant to standard chemotherapies. Therefore, we investigated the effect of these three TLMs on the thioredoxin system and evaluated the input of the metallocene unit in comparison with structurally related organic tamoxifens...
June 21, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635534/exploring-premenstrual-dysphoric-disorder-pmdd-in-the-work-context-a-qualitative-study
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Claire Hardy, Jenna Hardie
This study aims to explore women's experience of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) in the workplace, and identify if organizations can do anything to help. Analysis of 15 semi-structured interviews, using an inductive thematic analysis approach, revealed the most common symptoms women experience at work include difficulty in concentrating, self-doubt, paranoia, fatigue, tearfulness, a heightened sensitivity to the environment and people, outbursts, and finding social interaction particularly difficult during this premenstrual "episode" phase...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634844/thrombospondin-1-production-regulates-the-inflammatory-cytokine-secretion-in-thp-1-cells-through-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Tian Xing, Yao Wang, Wen-Jie Ding, Yuan-Ling Li, Xiao-Dong Hu, Cong Wang, Ao Ding, Ji-Long Shen
Thrombospondin-1 (TSP-1) is upregulated in several inflammatory diseases. Recent data have shown that macrophages from TSP-1-deficient mice have a reduced inflammatory phenotype, suggesting that TSP-1 plays a part in macrophage activation. DNA microarray approach revealed that Porphyromonas gingivalis lipopolysaccharide (P. gingivalis LPS) may induce the enhanced TSP-1 expression in human monocytes, suggesting a role of TSP-1-mediated pathogenesis in periodontitis. Until recently, the function of TSP-1 has been a matter of debate...
June 20, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634786/inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activity-by-aminoguanidine-alleviates-neuroinflammation-induced-by-hyperglycemia
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Yuanjian Song, Fang Zhang, Changjiang Ying, Kiran Ashok Kumar, Xiaoyan Zhou
Neuroinflammation is a key feature of cerebral complication which is associated with diabetes mellitus (DM). Inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) is implicated in the pathogenesis of neuroinflammation. However, how iNOS facilitates the development of inflammation in brain is still unidentified. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association of iNOS and neuroinflammation in diabetic mice, and elucidate the potential mechanisms underlying aminoguanidine (AG), the selective inhibitor of iNOS, protected neurons against inflammation in diabetic mice...
June 20, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634498/evaluation-of-in-vitro-cytotoxicity-biocompatibility-and-changes-in-the-expression-of-apoptosis-regulatory-proteins-induced-by-cerium-oxide-nanocrystals
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Shahanavaj Khan, Anees A Ansari, Christian Rolfo, Andreia Coelho, Maha Abdulla, Khayal Al-Khayal, Rehan Ahmad
Cerium oxide nanocrystals (CeO2-NCs) exhibit superoxide dismutase and catalase mimetic activities. Based on these catalytic activities, CeO2-NCs have been suggested to have the potential to treat various diseases. The crystalline size of these materials is an important factor that influences the performance of CeO2-NCs. Previous reports have shown that several metal-based nanocrystals, including CeO2-NCs, can induce cytotoxicity in cancer cells. However, the underlying mechanisms have remained unclear. To characterize the anticancer activities of CeO2-NCs, several assays related to the mechanism of cytotoxicity and induction of apoptosis has been performed...
2017: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634479/whole-blood-profiling-of-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-induced-trained-innate-immunity-in-infants-identifies-epidermal-growth-factor-il-6-platelet-derived-growth-factor-ab-bb-and-natural-killer-cell-activation
#16
Steven G Smith, Johanneke Kleinnijenhuis, Mihai G Netea, Hazel M Dockrell
Vaccination of infants with bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) activates both the innate and adaptive arms of the immune response. The antimycobacterial effects of these responses most likely account for the ability of BCG to protect against childhood forms of tuberculosis (TB). There is also evidence for a heterologous protective effect of BCG vaccination against TB-unrelated mortality in low birth weight infants. A possible mechanism of action of this effect, the induction of trained innate immunity, has been demonstrated when cells from BCG-vaccinated adults are restimulated in vitro with non-related microbial stimuli...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634441/roles-of-pannexin-1-channels-in-inflammatory-response-through-the-tlrs-nf-kappa-b-signaling-pathway-following-experimental-subarachnoid-hemorrhage-in-rats
#17
Ling-Yun Wu, Zhen-Nan Ye, Chen-Hui Zhou, Chun-Xi Wang, Guang-Bin Xie, Xiang-Sheng Zhang, Yong-Yue Gao, Zi-Huan Zhang, Meng-Liang Zhou, Zong Zhuang, Jing-Peng Liu, Chun-Hua Hang, Ji-Xin Shi
Background: Accumulating evidence suggests that neuroinflammation plays a critical role in early brain injury after subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). Pannexin-1 channels, as a member of gap junction proteins located on the plasma membrane, releases ATP, ions, second messengers, neurotransmitters, and molecules up to 1 kD into the extracellular space, when activated. Previous studies identified that the opening of Pannexin-1 channels is essential for cellular migration, apoptosis and especially inflammation, but its effects on inflammatory response in SAH model have not been explored yet...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634089/wedelolactone-a-plant-coumarin-prevents-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-and-injury-induced-neointimal-hyperplasia-through-akt-and-ampk-signaling
#18
Lu Peng, Xuefeng Huang, Xin Jin, Zuo Jing, Lichao Yang, Yu Zhou, Jie Ren, Yun Zhao
Wedelolactone (WDL) is a natural compound derived from Chinese herbal medicine Eclipta prostrate L, and has been reported to exhibit various effects potentially beneficial for human health. However, the possible preventive effects of WDL toward vascular remodeling and mechanisms involved have not been investigated to date. In this study, we investigated the effects of WDL on proliferation induced by platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) in primary rat aortic smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) and on neointimal hyperplasia resulted from balloon injury in rats...
June 17, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634055/an-insight-on-the-association-of-glycation-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#19
REVIEW
Nasimudeen R Jabir, Saheem Ahmad, Shams Tabrez
Hepato-cellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the frequent cause of cancer-related death worldwide and dominant form of primary liver cancer. However, the reason behind a steady increase in the incidence of this form of cancer remains elusive. Glycation has been reported to play a significant role in the induction of several chronic diseases including cancer. Several risk factors that could induce HCC have been reported in the literature. Deciphering the complex patho-physiology associated with HCC is expected to provide new targets for the early detection, prevention, progression and recurrence...
June 17, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633670/preclinical-anti-myeloma-activity-of-edo-s101-a-new-bendamustine-derived-molecule-with-added-hdaci-activity-through-potent-dna-damage-induction-and-impairment-of-dna-repair
#20
Ana-Alicia López-Iglesias, Ana B Herrero, Marta Chesi, Laura San-Segundo, Lorena González-Méndez, Susana Hernández-García, Irena Misiewicz-Krzeminska, Dalia Quwaider, Montserrat Martín-Sánchez, Daniel Primo, Teresa Paíno, P Leif Bergsagel, Thomas Mehrling, Marcos González-Díaz, Jesús F San-Miguel, María-Victoria Mateos, Norma C Gutiérrez, Mercedes Garayoa, Enrique M Ocio
BACKGROUND: Despite recent advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM), the prognosis of most patients remains poor, and resistance to traditional and new drugs frequently occurs. EDO-S101 is a novel therapeutic agent conceived as the fusion of a histone deacetylase inhibitor radical to bendamustine, with the aim of potentiating its alkylating activity. METHODS: The efficacy of EDO-S101 was evaluated in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo, alone, and in combination with standard anti-myeloma agents...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
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