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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231240/galectin-3-histone-deacetylases-and-hedgehog-signaling-possible-convergent-targets-in-schistosomiasis-induced-liver-fibrosis
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Felipe Leite de Oliveira, Katia Carneiro, José Marques Brito, Mariana Cabanel, Jonathas Xavier Pereira, Ligia de Almeida Paiva, Wingkin Syn, Neil C Henderson, Marcia Cury El-Cheikh
Schistosomiasis affects approximately 240 million people in the world. Schistosoma mansoni eggs in the liver induce periportal fibrosis and hepatic failure driven by monocyte recruitment and macrophage activation, resulting in robust Th2 response. Here, we suggested a possible involvement of Galectin-3 (Gal-3), histone deacetylases (HDACs), and Hedgehog (Hh) signaling with macrophage activation during Th1/Th2 immune responses, fibrogranuloma reaction, and tissue repair during schistosomiasis. Gal-3 is highly expressed by liver macrophages (Kupffer cells) around Schistosoma eggs...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230325/serum-phosphatidylinositol-as-a-biomarker-for-bipolar-disorder-liability
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Emma Em Knowles, Peter J Meikle, Kevin Huynh, Harald Hh Göring, Rene L Olvera, Samuel R Mathias, Ravi Duggirala, Laura Almasy, John Blangero, Joanne E Curran, David C Glahn
OBJECTIVES: Individuals with bipolar disorder (BPD) exhibit alterations in their phospholipid levels. It is unclear whether these alterations are a secondary consequence of illness state, or if phospholipids and illness risk overlap genetically. If the latter were true, then phospholipids might provide key insights into the pathophysiology of the illness. Therefore, we rank-ordered phospholipid classes by their genetic overlap with BPD risk in order to establish which class might be most informative in terms of increasing our understanding of illness pathophysiology...
February 23, 2017: Bipolar Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228244/setting-the-right-foundations-improving-the-approach-used-to-teach-concepts-of-hand-hygiene-to-medical-students
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R Kaur, H Razee, H Seale
A pre- and postintervention study was conducted to evaluate the impact of a new hand hygiene (HH) teaching module on the knowledge and attitudes amongst medical students towards HH. The teaching module significantly improved knowledge about HH indications and duration (T1=7.9, T2=9.2, T3=9.1; P=0.001), the use of HH materials (T1=1.3, T2=3.8, T3=4.3; P=0.004), and the 'Five Moments for HH' (T1=3.1, T2=6.7, T3=5.9; P=0.012). It also improved the students' attitudes towards HH (T1=48.5, T2=56.2, T3=54.1; P=0...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228131/whole-genome-sequencing-of-one-complex-pedigree-illustrates-challenges-with-genomic-medicine
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Han Fang, Yiyang Wu, Hui Yang, Margaret Yoon, Laura T Jiménez-Barrón, David Mittelman, Reid Robison, Kai Wang, Gholson J Lyon
BACKGROUND: Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) has risen as a useful tool for precision medicine by providing a standardized vocabulary of phenotypic abnormalities to describe presentations of human pathologies; however, there have been relatively few reports combining whole genome sequencing (WGS) and HPO, especially in the context of structural variants. METHODS: We illustrate an integrative analysis of WGS and HPO using an extended pedigree, which involves Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS), hereditary hemochromatosis (HH), and dysautonomia-like symptoms...
February 23, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225491/rupture-of-hepatic-hemangioma-with-hemoperitoneum-due-to-spontaneous-gallbladder-perforation-a-unique-case-report
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Qing-Hong Ke, Chun-Jun Zhang, Hai-Feng Huang
INTRODUCTION: Hemangiomas are common benign tumors of the liver. Spontaneous rupture is a rare complication, occurring most commonly in giant hemangiomas. Rupture of a hemangioma with hemoperitoneum is a serious development and can be fatal if not managed promptly.The present study reports the unique case of a man who experienced rupture and hemorrhage of a hepatic hemangioma (HH) due to perforation of the gallbladder fundus. After en block resection of the hemangioma and gallbladder using the Pringle maneuver, the patient made an uneventful recovery without complications...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223930/event-and-time-driven-techniques-using-parallel-cpu-gpu-co-processing-for-spiking-neural-networks
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Francisco Naveros, Jesus A Garrido, Richard R Carrillo, Eduardo Ros, Niceto R Luque
Modeling and simulating the neural structures which make up our central neural system is instrumental for deciphering the computational neural cues beneath. Higher levels of biological plausibility usually impose higher levels of complexity in mathematical modeling, from neural to behavioral levels. This paper focuses on overcoming the simulation problems (accuracy and performance) derived from using higher levels of mathematical complexity at a neural level. This study proposes different techniques for simulating neural models that hold incremental levels of mathematical complexity: leaky integrate-and-fire (LIF), adaptive exponential integrate-and-fire (AdEx), and Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) neural models (ranged from low to high neural complexity)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222732/refinement-of-intraperitoneal-injection-of-sodium-pentobarbital-for-euthanasia-in-laboratory-rats-rattus-norvegicus
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Katie K Zatroch, Cameron G Knight, Julie N Reimer, Daniel S J Pang
BACKGROUND: The Canadian Council on Animal Care and American Veterinary Medical Association classify intraperitoneal (IP) pentobarbital as an acceptable euthanasia method in rats. However, national guidelines do not exist for a recommended dose or volume and IP euthanasia has been described as unreliable, with misinjections leading to variable success in ensuring a timely death. The aims of this study were to assess and improve efficacy and consistency of IP euthanasia. In a randomized, blinded study, 51 adult female Sprague-Dawley rats (170-495 g) received one of four treatments: low-dose low-volume (LL) IP pentobarbital (n = 13, 200 mg/kg pentobarbital), low-dose high-volume (LH) IP pentobarbital (n = 14, 200 mg/kg diluted 1:3 with phosphate buffered saline), high-dose high-volume (HH, n = 14, 800 mg/kg pentobarbital), or saline...
February 21, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219909/atypical-presentation-of-a-spontaneous-coeliac-artery-dissection-resulting-in-jejunal-ischaemia
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Jayan George, Harsh Nathani, Andrew Hu, Ahmed Al-Mukhtar
We describe a case of a 59-year-old man with no significant medical history apart from a hiatus hernia and depression who presented with periumbilical pain which woke him at night. Before this he had 6 weeks of generalised abdominal pain. Blood tests were relatively normal and CT revealed some ill-defined stranding around the coeliac artery. He was diagnosed with a spontaneous coeliac artery dissection. Given the complexity of the case, a multidisciplinary team approach was adopted. He was managed conservatively and improved significantly over the next few days...
February 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219456/an-electronic-competency-based-evaluation-tool-for-assessing-humanitarian-competencies-in-a-simulated-exercise
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Andrea B Evans, Jennifer M Hulme, Peter Nugus, Hilarie H Cranmer, Melanie Coutu, Kirsten Johnson
METHODS: The evaluation tool was first derived from the formerly Consortium of British Humanitarian Agencies' (CBHA; United Kingdom), now "Start Network's," Core Humanitarian Competency Framework and formatted in an electronic data capture tool that allowed for offline evaluation. During a 3-day humanitarian simulation event, participants in teams of eight to 10 were evaluated individually at multiple injects by trained evaluators. Participants were assessed on five competencies and a global rating scale...
February 21, 2017: Prehospital and Disaster Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215635/mechanical-stimulation-promote-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-through-epigenetic-regulation-of-sonic-hedgehog
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Chuandong Wang, Shengzhou Shan, Chenglong Wang, Jing Wang, Jiao Li, Guoli Hu, Kerong Dai, Qingfeng Li, Xiaoling Zhang
Mechanical unloading leads to bone loss and disuse osteoporosis partly due to impaired osteoblastogenesis of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs). However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of this phenomenon are not fully understood. In this study, we demonstrated that cyclic mechanical stretch (CMS) promotes osteoblastogenesis of BMSCs both in vivo and in vitro. Besides, we found that Hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway was activated in this process. Inhibition of which by either knockdown of Sonic hedgehog (Shh) or treating BMSCs with Hh inhibitors attenuated the osteogenic effect of CMS on BMSCs, suggesting that Hh signaling pathway acts as an endogenous mediator of mechanical stimuli on BMSCs...
February 16, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212537/itraconazole-exerts-its-anti-melanoma-effect-by-suppressing-hedgehog-wnt-and-pi3k-mtor-signaling-pathways
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Guanzhao Liang, Musang Liu, Qiong Wang, Yongnian Shen, Huan Mei, Dongmei Li, Weida Liu
Malignant melanoma is the deadliest form of all skin cancers. Itraconazole, a commonly used systemic antifungal drug, has been tested for its anti-tumor effects on basal cell carcinoma, prostate cancer, and non-small cell lung cancer. Whether itraconazole has any specific anti-tumor effect on melanoma remains unknown. However, the goal of this study is to investigate the effect of itraconazole on melanoma and to reveal some details of its underlying mechanism. In the in vivo xenograft mouse model, we find that itraconazole can inhibit melanoma growth and extend the survival of melanoma xenograft mice, compared to non-itraconazole-treated mice...
February 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211214/anti-cancer-stem-cell-activity-of-a-hedgehog-inhibitor-gant61-in-estrogen-receptor-positive-breast-cancer-cells
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Junichi Kurebayashi, Yoshikazu Koike, Yusuke Ohta, Wataru Saitoh, Tetsumasa Yamashita, Naoki Kanomata, Takuya Moriya
Estradiol (E2) increases not only the cell growth but also cancer stem cell (CSC) proportion in estrogen receptor (ER)-positive breast cancer cells. It was suggested that the non-canonical hedgehog (Hh) pathway activated by E2 plays an important role in the regulation of CSC proportion in ER-positive breast cancer cells. We studied anti-CSC activity of a non-canonical Hh inhibitor GANT61 in ER-positive breast cancer cells. Effects of GANT61 on the cell growth, cell cycle progression, apoptosis and CSC proportion were investigated in four ER-positive breast cancer cell lines...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208838/the-effect-of-metformin-and-gant61-combinations-on-the-radiosensitivity-of-prostate-cancer-cells
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Annelies Gonnissen, Sofie Isebaert, Chad M McKee, Ruth J Muschel, Karin Haustermans
The anti-diabetes drug metformin has been shown to have anti-neoplastic effects in several tumor models through its effects on energy metabolism and protein synthesis. Recent studies show that metformin also targets Hedgehog (Hh) signaling, a developmental pathway re-activated in several tumor types, including prostate cancer (PCa). Furthermore, we and others have shown that Hh signaling is an important target for radiosensitization. Here, we evaluated the combination of metformin and the Hh inhibitor GANT61 (GLI-ANTagonist 61) with or without ionizing radiation in three PCa cell lines (PC3, DU145, 22Rv1)...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208792/an%C3%A2-exercise-only%C3%A2-intervention%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-obese%C3%A2-fathers%C3%A2-restores%C3%A2-glucose%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-insulin%C3%A2-regulation%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-conjunction%C3%A2-with%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-rescue%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-pancreatic%C3%A2-islet%C3%A2-cell%C3%A2-morphology%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-microrna%C3%A2-expression%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-male%C3%A2-offspring
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Nicole O McPherson, Michelle Lane, Lauren Sandeman, Julie A Owens, Tod Fullston
Paternal obesity programs metabolic syndrome in offspring. Low-impact exercise in obese  males improves the metabolic health of female offspring, however whether this occurred in male  offspring remained unknown. C57BL/6NHsd (Harlan) mice were fed a control diet (CD; 6% fat, n =  7) or a high-fat diet (HFD; 21% fat, n = 16) for 18 weeks. After 9 weeks, HFD-fed mice either remained  sedentary (HH, n = 8) or undertook low-moderate exercise (HE, n = 8) for another 9 weeks...
February 9, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201827/hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism-in-non-functioning-pituitary-adenomas-impact-of-intervention
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Diana Margarida Monteiro, Paula Freitas, Romana Vieira, Davide Carvalho
To determine the prevalence of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism (HH) among patients with non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPA) and the post-surgery outcome on pituitary gonadotropins secretion (PGS); to determine the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) on male patients with NFPA, to evaluate the impact of testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in those with HH. Retrospective evaluation of gonadal function in 109 NFPA patients (45 males), with a mean age of 51.8 years, diagnosed on the last 10 years. ED questionnaire applied to 34 male patients...
February 15, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199243/intraabdominal-surgery-and-anesthesia-management
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John Hedley-Whyte
: Inspired Oxygenation in Surgical Patients During General Anesthesia With Controlled Ventilation: A Concept of Atelectasis. By Bendixen HH, Hedley-Whyte J, and Laver MB. New Engl J Med 1963; 269:991-996. Reprinted with permission. ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to determine if the pattern of ventilation, by itself, influences oxygenation during anesthesia and surgery and examine the hypothesis that progressive pulmonary atelectasis may occur during constant ventilation whenever periodic hyperventilation is lacking, but is reversible by passive hyperinflation of the lungs...
March 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198775/combining-smoothened-agonist-sag-and-nel-like-protein-1-nell-1-enhances-bone-healing
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Soonchul Lee, Chenchao Wang, Hsin Chuan Pan, Swati Shrestha, Carolyn Meyers, Catherine Ding, Jia Shen, Eric Chen, Min Lee, Chia Soo, Kang Ting, Aaron W James
BACKGROUND: Non-healing bone defects represent an immense biomedical burden. Despite recent advances in protein based bone regeneration, safety concerns over bone morphogenetic protein-2 have prompted the search for alternative factors. Previously, we examined the additive / synergistic effects of Hedgehog (Hh) and Nel-like protein-1 (NELL-1) on the osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells in vitro. Here, we sought to leverage our previous findings by applying the combination of Smoothened agonist (SAG), Hh signal activator, and NELL-1 to an in vivo critical size bone defect model...
February 13, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198364/interleukin-22-drives-nitric-oxide-dependent-dna-damage-and-dysplasia-in-a-murine-model-of-colitis-associated-cancer
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C Wang, G Gong, A Sheh, S Muthupalani, E M Bryant, D A Puglisi, H Holcombe, E A Conaway, N A P Parry, V Bakthavatchalu, S P Short, C S Williams, G N Wogan, S R Tannenbaum, J G Fox, B H Horwitz
The risk of colon cancer is increased in patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Inflammation-induced DNA damage could be an important link between inflammation and cancer, although the pathways that link inflammation and DNA damage are incompletely defined. RAG2-deficient mice infected with Helicobacter hepaticus (Hh) develop colitis that progresses to lower bowel cancer. This process depends on nitric oxide (NO), a molecule with known mutagenic potential. We have previously hypothesized that production of NO by macrophages could be essential for Hh-driven carcinogenesis, however, whether Hh infection induces DNA damage in this model and whether this depends on NO has not been determined...
February 15, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197088/synchronization-and-inter-layer-interactions-of-noise-driven-neural-networks
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Anis Yuniati, Te-Lun Mai, Chi-Ming Chen
In this study, we used the Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) model of neurons to investigate the phase diagram of a developing single-layer neural network and that of a network consisting of two weakly coupled neural layers. These networks are noise driven and learn through the spike-timing-dependent plasticity (STDP) or the inverse STDP rules. We described how these networks transited from a non-synchronous background activity state (BAS) to a synchronous firing state (SFS) by varying the network connectivity and the learning efficacy...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196091/pre-breeding-of-lentil-lens-culinaris-medik-for-herbicide-resistance-through-seed-mutagenesis
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Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Jawad Asghar, Ghulam Abbas, Tariq Mahmud Shah, Hussein Shimelis
Lentil is a poor competitor of weeds and its sensitivity to herbicides is a major hurdle for large scale production. The present study was conducted to select herbicide resistant lentil genotypes through seed mutagenesis. Seeds of three advanced lentil genotypes (LPP 11001, LPP 11100 and LPP 11116) were treated with two different concentrations of ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS; 0.1 and 0.2%), hydrazine hydrate (HH; 0.02 and 0.03%) and sodium azide (SA; 0.01 and 0.02%) to develop M1 seed. The M2 was screened against two herbicides including Ally Max 28...
2017: PloS One
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