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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150987/therapeutic-effect-of-curcumin-and-methylprednisolone-in-the-rat-spinal-cord-injury
#1
Xuehong Liu, Yong Zhang, Yang Yang, Jingquan Lin, Xue Huo, Xiaoxue Du, Benson O A Botchway, Marong Fang
In addition to imperiling an individual's daily life, spinal cord injury (SCI), a catastrophic medical damage, can permanently impair an individual's body function. Methylprednisolone (MP), a medically accepted therapeutic drug for SCI, is highly controversial for the lack of consensus on its true therapeutic effect. In recent years, curcumin has served as a potential and novel therapeutic drug in SCI. Our study was intended to investigate the precise effect of MP and curcumin in SCI. We examined the function of MP and curcumin in a SCI model rat, both in vivo and in vitro, and found that there was a momentous improvement in Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan (BBB) scores in the MP-treated group when compared to Cur-treated group within 14 days...
November 18, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150979/anterior-thalamic-nuclei-lesions-have-a-greater-impact-than-mammillothalamic-tract-lesions-on-the-extended-hippocampal-system
#2
Brook A L Perry, Stephanie A Mercer, Sophie C Barnett, Jungah Lee, John C Dalrymple-Alford
The anterior thalamic nuclei (ATN), mammillary bodies and their interconnecting fiber tract, the mammillothalamic tract (MTT), are important components of an extended hippocampal circuit for episodic memory. In humans, damage to the MTT or ATN in many disorders is associated with severe anterograde amnesia and it is assumed that their influence on memory is functionally equivalent. The relative influence of these two structures on memory has not, however, been assessed explicitly. Here, a direct comparison found that only ATN lesions impaired spatial reference memory in rats...
November 18, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150959/nono-ubiquitination-is-mediated-by-fbw7-and-gsk3-%C3%AE-via-a-degron-lost-upon-chromosomal-rearrangement-in-cancer
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Luigi Alfano, Antonella Caporaso, Angela Altieri, Caterina Costa, Iris M Forte, Carmelina A Iannuzzi, Daniela Barone, Luca Esposito, Antonio Giordano, Francesca Pentimalli
NONO is an RNA-binding protein involved in transcription, mRNA splicing, DNA repair and checkpoint activation in response to UV radiation. NONO expression has been found altered in several tumour types, including prostate, colon, breast, melanoma and in papillary renal carcinoma, in which an X chromosome inversion generates a NONO-TFE3 fusion protein. Upon such rearrangement, NONO loses its C-terminal domain. Through bioinformatics analysis, we identified a putative degron motif, known to be recognized by the Skp1-Cul1-F-box-protein (SCF) complex...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150941/micrornas-as-predictive-biomarkers-for-myocardial-injury-in-aged-mice-following-myocardial-infarction
#4
Natia Qipshidze Kelm, Kellianne M Piell, Eugenia Wang, Marsha P Cole
The occurrence of myocardial infarction (MI) increases appreciably with age. In the Framingham Heart Study, the incidence of MI more than doubles for men and increases more than 5-fold in women (ages 55 to 64 years compared to 85 to 94 years). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) quantitatively regulate their target's expression post-transcriptionally by either silencing action through binding at the 3'UTR domains or degrading the messages at their coding regions. In either case, these regulations affect the cardiac transcriptional output and cardiac function...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150932/high-fat-diet-induced-oxidative-stress-blocks-hepatocyte-nuclear-factor-4%C3%AE-and-leads-to-hepatic-steatosis-in-mice
#5
Dongsheng Yu, Gang Chen, Minglin Pan, Jia Zhang, Wenping He, Yang Liu, Xue Nian, Liang Sheng, Bin Xu
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common form of chronic liver disease with manifestation of over-accumulation of fat in liver. Increasing evidences indicate that NAFLD may be in part caused by malfunction of very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) secretion. Hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α (HNF4α), a nuclear receptor protein, plays an important role in sustain hepatic lipid homeostasis via transcriptional regulation of genes involved in secretion of VLDL, such as apolipoprotein B (ApoB). However, the exact functional change of HNF4α in NAFLD remains to be elucidated...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150919/a-focus-on-the-beneficial-effects-of-alpha-synuclein-and-a-re-appraisal-of-synucleinopathies
#6
Larisa Ryskalin, Carla L Busceti, Fiona Limanaqi, Francesca Biagioni, Stefano Gambardella, Francesco Fornai
Alpha synuclein (α-syn) belongs to a class of proteins which are commonly considered to play a detrimental role in neuronal survival. This assumption is based on the occurrence of a severe neuronal degeneration in patients carrying a multiplication of the α-syn gene (SNCA) and in a variety of experimental models, where overexpression of α-syn leads to cell death and neurological impairment. In these conditions, a higher amount of normally structured α-syn produces a damage, which is even worse compared with that produced by α-syn owing an abnormal structure (as occurring following point gene mutations)...
November 16, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150861/cost-effectiveness-of-the-psycho-educational-blended-group-and-online-intervention-hypoaware-compared-with-usual-care-for-people-with-type-1-and-insulin-treated-type-2-diabetes-with-problematic-hypoglycaemia-analyses-of-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
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M de Wit, S M P A Rondags, M W van Tulder, F J Snoek, J E Bosmans
AIMS: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of HypoAware, a blended (group and online) psycho-educational intervention based on the evidence-based Blood Glucose Awareness Training, in comparison with usual care in people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes with a high risk of severe hypoglycaemia. METHODS: We performed an economic evaluation, from a societal and healthcare perspective, that used data from a 6-month, multicentre, cluster-randomized controlled trial (n=137)...
November 18, 2017: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150850/comparison-of-pharmacodynamic-effects-of-ticagrelor-vs-prasugrel-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-patients-with-coronary-heart-disease
#8
L-L Shang, D-D Guo, H-Y Zhao, A-J Quan, P-G Cao
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are at higher risk of thrombotic complications. Studies have indicated that patients with T2DM have impaired clopidogrel-induced antiplatelet effect. Ticagrelor and prasugrel are two latest generation P2Y12 inhibitors with advantageous platelet inhibitory profiles. However, the pharmacodynamic differences between the two drugs in patients with T2DM remain poorly explored. METHODS: This study, involving 140 patients with T2DM following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), evaluated the efficacy of aspirin upon concomitant use of prasugrel (10 mg/d) or ticagrelor (90 mg/d)...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150834/il-22-neutralizing-autoantibodies-impair-fungal-clearance-in-murine-oropharyngeal-candidiasis-model
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Rudolf Bichele, Jaanika Kärner, Kai Truusalu, Imbi Smidt, Reet Mändar, Heather R Conti, Sarah L Gaffen, Pärt Peterson, Martti Laan, Kai Kisand
Protection against mucocutaneous candidiasis depends on the T helper (Th)17 pathway, as gene defects affecting its integrity result in inability to clear Candida albicans infection on body surfaces. Moreover, autoantibodies neutralizing Th17 cytokines have been related to chronic candidiasis in a rare inherited disorder called autoimmune polyendocriopathy candidiasis ectodermal dystrophy (APECED) caused by mutations in autoimmune regulator (AIRE) gene. However, the direct pathogenicity of these autoantibodies has not yet been addressed...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150831/the-extracellular-membrane-proximal-domain-of-membrane-bound-ige-restricts-b-cell-activation-by-limiting-b-cell-antigen-receptor-surface-expression
#10
Kanika Vanshylla, Felipe Opazo, Konrad Gronke, Jürgen Wienands, Niklas Engels
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies are key mediators of allergic reactions. Due to their potentially harmful anaphylactic properties their production is tightly regulated. The membrane-bound isoform of IgE (mIgE), which is an integral component of the B cell antigen receptor, has been shown to be critical for the regulation of IgE responses in mice. In primate species including humans, mIgE can be expressed in two isoforms that are produced by alternative splicing of the primary ε Ig heavy chain transcript, and differ in the absence or presence of an extracellular membrane-proximal domain (EMPD) consisting of 52 amino acids...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150794/shunt-surgery-in-idiopathic-normal-pressure-hydrocephalus-is-cost-effective-a-cost-utility-analysis
#11
Mats Tullberg, Josefine Persson, Jakob Petersen, Per Hellström, Carsten Wikkelsø, Åsa Lundgren-Nilsson
BACKGROUND: The objective was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of shunt surgery in patients with idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (iNPH). METHODS: Health-related quality of life was evaluated before and 6 months after surgery using the EQ-5D-3 L (EuroQOL group five-dimensions health survey) in 30 patients (median age, 71 years; range, 65-89 years) diagnosed with iNPH. The costs associated with shunt surgery were assessed by a detailed survey with interviews and extraction of register data concerning the cost of hospital care, primary care, residential care, home-care service and informal care...
November 17, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150768/toe-web-intertrigo-in-kaposi-s-sarcoma-patients-a-microbiological-study-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients
#12
G Nazzaro, A Tourlaki, B Scoppio, A Restelli, A Grancini, L Brambilla
Kaposi 's sarcoma (KS) is a rare multifocal angioproliferative disease associated with human herpes virus 8 (HHV-8) infection, characterized by cutaneous nodules or plaques especially on the lower limbs. Some skin modifications, such as chronic lymphedema, plantar hyperkeratosis and interdigital desquamation, may be associated with consequent impairment of the local immunosurveillance and increased risk of some bacterial or mycotic infections. With the objective of evaluating if bacterial or mycotic infections in KS patients are supported by different microorganisms compared to control patients, we performed an observational retrospective study, comparing positive cultural swabs of interdigital intertrigo of KS patients with positive cultural swabs of interdigital intertrigo of patients admitted to our dermatologic unit during the last 10 years...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150731/cellular-and-molecular-responses-of-adult-zebrafish-after-exposure-to-cuo-nanoparticles-or-ionic-copper
#13
Unai Vicario-Parés, Jose M Lacave, Paul Reip, Miren P Cajaraville, Amaia Orbea
Due to their antimicrobial, electrical and magnetic properties, copper nanoparticles (NPs) are suitable for a vast array of applications. Copper can be toxic to biota, making it necessary to assess the potential hazard of copper nanomaterials. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) were exposed to 10 µg Cu/L of CuO NPs of ≈100 nm (CuO-poly) or ionic copper to compare the effects provoked after 3 and 21 days of exposure and at 6 months post-exposure (mpe). At 21 days, significant copper accumulation was only detected in fish exposed to ionic copper...
November 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150719/preoperative-optimization-for-major-hepatic-resection
#14
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Sarah Walcott-Sapp, Kevin G Billingsley
PURPOSE: Major hepatic resections are performed for primary hepatobiliary malignancies, metastatic disease, and benign lesions. Patients with chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis and steatosis, are at an elevated risk of malnutrition and impaired strength and exercise capacity, deficits which cause increased risk of postoperative complications and mortality. The aims of this report are to discuss the pathophysiology of changes in nutrition, exercise capacity, and muscle strength in patient populations likely to require major hepatectomy, and review recommendations for preoperative evaluation and optimization...
November 18, 2017: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150712/unacylated-ghrelin-and-obestatin-promising-biomarkers-of-protein-energy-wasting-in-children-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Alice Monzani, Michela Perrone, Flavia Prodam, Stefania Moia, Giulia Genoni, Sara Testa, Fabio Paglialonga, Anna Rapa, Gianni Bona, Giovanni Montini, Alberto Edefonti
BACKGROUND: Impairment in orexigenic/anorexigenic hormone balance may be key in the pathogenesis of protein energy wasting in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Measurement of ghrelin and obestatin concentrations in children with CKD would help assess the potential contribution of these hormones to uremic protein energy wasting. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional case-control study. Acylated and unacylated ghrelin and obestatin were measured in 42 children on conservative treatment (CT), 20 children on hemodialysis, 48 pediatric renal transplant (RTx) recipients and 43 controls (CTR) (mean age 11...
November 18, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150696/impact-of-prolonged-overfeeding-on-skeletal-muscle-mitochondria-in-healthy-individuals
#16
Frederico G S Toledo, Darcy L Johannsen, Jeffrey D Covington, Sudip Bajpeyi, Bret Goodpaster, Kevin E Conley, Eric Ravussin
AIMS/HYPOTHESES: Reduced mitochondrial capacity in skeletal muscle has been observed in obesity and type 2 diabetes. In humans, the aetiology of this abnormality is not well understood but the possibility that it is secondary to the stress of nutrient overload has been suggested. To test this hypothesis, we examined whether sustained overfeeding decreases skeletal muscle mitochondrial content or impairs function. METHODS: Twenty-six healthy volunteers (21 men, 5 women, age 25...
November 17, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150677/phosphatidylserine-decarboxylase-ct699-lysophospholipid-acyltransferase-ct775-and-acyl-acp-synthase-ct776-provide-membrane-lipid-diversity-to-chlamydia-trachomatis
#17
Eric Soupene, Frans A Kuypers
De novo lipid synthesis and scavenging of fatty acids (FA) are processes essential for the formation of the membrane of the human pathogen Chlamydia trachomatis (C.t.). Host FA are assimilated via esterification by the bacterial acyl-acyl carrier protein (ACP) synthase AasC but inhibitors of the host acyl-CoA synthetase enymes ACSL also impaired growth of C.t. in human cells. In E. coli, activity of AasC was sensitive to triacsin C and rosiglitazone G. The absence of a triacsin C-insensitive pathway and the increased inhibition by rosiglitazone G confirmed the sensitivity of the bacterial acyl-ACP synthase to these drugs in infected human cells...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150659/ectopic-foxp3-expression-preserves-primitive-features-of-human-hematopoietic-stem-cells-while-impairing-functional-t-cell-differentiation
#18
F R Santoni de Sio, L Passerini, M M Valente, F Russo, L Naldini, M G Roncarolo, R Bacchetta
FOXP3 is the transcription factor ruling regulatory T cell function and maintenance of peripheral immune tolerance, and mutations in its coding gene causes IPEX autoimmune syndrome. FOXP3 is also a cell-cycle inhibitor and onco-suppressor in different cell types. In this work, we investigate the effect of ectopic FOXP3 expression on HSC differentiation and we challenged this approach as a possible HSC-based gene therapy for IPEX. FOXP3-expressing HSC showed reduced proliferation ability and increased maintenance of primitive markers in vitro in both liquid and OP9-ΔL1 co-cultures...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150658/differential-regulation-of-synaptic-ap-2-clathrin-vesicle-uncoating-in-synaptic-plasticity
#19
Ermes Candiello, Ratnakar Mishra, Bernhard Schmidt, Olaf Jahn, Peter Schu
AP-1/σ1B-deficiency causes X-linked intellectual disability. AP-1/σ1B -/- mice have impaired synaptic vesicle recycling, fewer synaptic vesicles and enhanced endosome maturation mediated by AP-1/σ1A. Despite defects in synaptic vesicle recycling synapses contain two times more endocytic AP-2 clathrin-coated vesicles. We demonstrate increased formation of two classes of AP-2/clathrin coated vesicles. One which uncoats readily and a second with a stabilised clathrin coat. Coat stabilisation is mediated by three molecular mechanisms: reduced recruitment of Hsc70 and synaptojanin1 and enhanced μ2/AP-2 phosphorylation and activation...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150654/primary-aldosteronism-patients-show-skin-alterations-and-abnormal-activation-of-glucocorticoid-receptor-in-keratinocytes
#20
Julia Boix, Judit Bigas, Lisa M Sevilla, Maurizio Iacobone, Marilisa Citton, Francesca Torresan, Brasilina Caroccia, Gian Paolo Rossi, Paloma Pérez
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a disease characterized by high aldosterone levels caused by benign adrenal tumors being the most frequent cause of secondary hypertension. Aldosterone plays vital physiological roles through the mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) but in certain cell types, it can also activate the glucocorticoid (GC) receptor (GR). Both MR and GR are structurally and functionally related and belong to the same family of ligand-dependent transcription factors that recognize identical GC regulatory elements (GREs) on their target genes...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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