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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411243/potent-vasoconstrictor-kisspeptin-10-induces-atherosclerotic-plaque-progression-and-instability-reversal-by-its-receptor-gpr54-antagonist
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Kengo Sato, Remina Shirai, Mina Hontani, Rina Shinooka, Akinori Hasegawa, Tomoki Kichise, Tomoyuki Yamashita, Hayami Yoshizawa, Rena Watanabe, Taka-Aki Matsuyama, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Shinji Koba, Youichi Kobayashi, Tsutomu Hirano, Takuya Watanabe
BACKGROUND: Kisspeptin-10 (KP-10), a potent vasoconstrictor and inhibitor of angiogenesis, and its receptor, GPR54, have currently received much attention in relation to pre-eclampsia. However, it still remains unknown whether KP-10 could affect atherogenesis. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated the effects of KP-10 on human umbilical vein endothelial cells, human monocyte-derived macrophages, human aortic smooth muscle cells in vitro, and atherosclerotic lesions in apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice in vivo...
April 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400732/how-factors-involved-in-the-resolution-of-crystal-induced-inflammation-target-il-1%C3%AE
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Francesca Oliviero, Anna Scanu
One of the main clinical features characterizing crystal-induced inflammation is its spontaneous resolution. The aim of this review is to outline the various factors involved in the self-limiting course of crystal-induced inflammation focusing on their effect on IL-1β production. Endogenous molecules that are induced or locally recruited by the process itself, inhibitory proteins naturally present in the joint and exogenous dietary factors are discussed. Aside from the classical well-known molecules involved in the resolution of crystal-induced acute attack such as TGFβ, IL-10, IL-1Ra, and lipoproteins, particular attention is paid to recently uncovered mechanisms such as the aggregation of neutrophil extracellular traps, the release of ectosomes from neutrophil surface, and alpha-1-anti-trypsin-mediated IL-1 inhibition...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386696/cd1-a-singed-cat-of-the-three-antigen-presentation-systems
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REVIEW
Radoslaw Kaczmarek, Mariola Pasciak, Katarzyna Szymczak-Kulus, Marcin Czerwinski
Contrary to general view that the MHC Class I and II are the kapellmeisters of recognition and response to antigens, there is another big player in that part of immunity, represented by CD1 glycoproteins. In contrast to MHC Class I or II, which present peptides, CD1 molecules present lipids. Humans express five CD1 proteins (CD1a-e), four of which (CD1a-d) are trafficked to the cell surface, where they may display lipid antigens to T-cell receptors. This interaction may lead to both non-cognate and cognate T cell help to B cells, the latter eliciting anti-lipid antibody response...
April 6, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377278/factors-modulating-bioavailability-of-quercetin-related-flavonoids-and-the-consequences-of-their-vascular-function
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Junji Terao
Nowadays dietary flavonoids attract much attention in the prevention of chronic diseases. Epidemiological and intervention studies strongly suggest that flavonoid intake has beneficial effects on vascular health. It is unlikely that flavonoids act as direct antioxidants, although oxidative stress profoundly contributes to vascular impairment leading to cardiovascular diseases. Instead, flavonoids may exert their function by tuning the cellular redox state to an adaptive response or tolerable stress. However, the optimum intake of flavonoids from supplements or diet has not been clarified yet, because a number of exogenous and endogenous factors modulating their bioavailability affect their vascular function...
April 2, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376344/differential-effects-of-phasic-and-tonic-alerting-on-the-efficiency-of-executive-attention
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Dariusz Asanowicz, Anna Marzecová
The study examined how alerting and executive attention interact in a task involving conflict resolution. We proposed a tentative scenario in which an initial exogenous phasic alerting phase is followed by an endogenous tonic alerting phase, and hypothesized that these two processes may have distinct effects on conflict resolution. Phasic alerting was expected to increase the conflict, whereas tonic alerting was expected to decrease the conflict. Three experiments were conducted using different variants of the flanker task with visual alerting cues and varied cue-target intervals (SOA), to differentiate between effects of phasic alerting (short SOA) and tonic alerting (long SOA)...
April 1, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343938/testosterone-influences-volitional-but-not-reflexive-orienting-of-attention-in-human-males
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Steve Hansen, Jim McAuliffe, Bernard Goldfarb, Justin M Carré
The impact of testosterone (T) on the exogenous (Experiment 1) and endogenous (Experiment 2) orienting of visual attention in males was examined. Sixteen male participants completed both an exogenous and an endogenous cuing task on two separate days. About 2-3h prior to testing, either a placebo or a dose of T was administered. The inhibition of return (IOR) phenomenon was observed during the exogenous cuing task, but IOR was not influenced by T. During the endogenous task, participants demonstrated the expected cuing effects on both days...
March 24, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336411/exogenous-hydrogen-sulfide-eliminates-spatial-memory-retrieval-impairment-and-hippocampal-ca1-ltd-enhancement-caused-by-acute-stress-via-promoting-glutamate-uptake
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Jin He, Ruixian Guo, Pengxin Qiu, Xingwen Su, Guangmei Yan, Jianqiang Feng
Acute stress impairs the hippocampus-dependent spatial memory retrieval, and its synaptic mechanisms are associated with hippocampal CA1 long-term depression (LTD) enhancement in the adult rats. Endogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is recognized as a novel gasotransmitter and has the neural protective roles. However, very little attention has been paid to understanding the effects of H2S on spatial memory retrieval impairment. We observed the protective effects of NaHS (a donor of H2S) against spatial memory retrieval impairment caused by acute stress and its synaptic mechanisms...
March 20, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294715/moving-beyond-attentional-biases-shifting-the-interhemispheric-balance-between-left-and-right-posterior-parietal-cortex-modulates-attentional-control-processes
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Felix Duecker, Teresa Schuhmann, Nina Bien, Christianne Jacobs, Alexander T Sack
The concept of interhemispheric competition has been very influential in attention research, and the occurrence of biased attention due to an imbalance in posterior parietal cortex (PPC) is well documented. In this context, the vast majority of studies have assessed attentional performance with tasks that did not include an explicit experimental manipulation of attention, and as a consequence, it remains largely unknown how these findings relate to core attentional constructs such as endogenous and exogenous control and spatial orienting and reorienting...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284987/orienting-of-attention-with-and-without-cue-awareness
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Laura Herreros, Anthony J Lambert, Ana B Chica
Many cognitive processes operate without consciousness, and exogenous attentional capture seems to be one of them. While endogenously attending to the opposite location of a cue cannot occur without cue awareness, attending the cued location in an exogenous or stimulus driven form can occur even when participants are not aware of the presence of the cue (McCormick, 1997). Orienting attention to a specific location shortens reaction times to supra-threshold stimuli, and increases the likelihood of consciously perceiving near-threshold stimuli in that location...
March 8, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281160/further-evidence-in-favor-of-prior-entry-from-endogenous-attention-to-a-location-in-space
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Ralph S Redden, Ghislain d'Entremont, Raymond M Klein
Titchener's (1908) law of prior entry states that "the object of attention comes to consciousness more quickly than the objects which we are not attending to," or otherwise, that attended stimuli are perceived earlier than unattended stimuli. Shore, Spence, and Klein (Psychological Science, 12, 205-212. doi: 10.1111/1467-9280.00337 , 2001) showed that endogenous visuospatial orienting does in fact elicit prior-entry effects, albeit to a smaller degree than does exogenous visuospatial orienting. In disagreement with this finding, Schneider and Bavelier (Cognitive Psychology, 47, 333-366...
March 9, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273110/transient-human-auditory-cortex-activation-during-volitional-attention-shifting
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Christian Harm Uhlig, Alexander Gutschalk
While strong activation of auditory cortex is generally found for exogenous orienting of attention, endogenous, intra-modal shifting of auditory attention has not yet been demonstrated to evoke transient activation of the auditory cortex. Here, we used fMRI to test if endogenous shifting of attention is also associated with transient activation of the auditory cortex. In contrast to previous studies, attention shifts were completely self-initiated and not cued by transient auditory or visual stimuli. Stimuli were two dichotic, continuous streams of tones, whose perceptual grouping was not ambiguous...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270972/en-face-coherence-microscopy-invited
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Olivier Thouvenin, Kate Grieve, Peng Xiao, Clement Apelian, A Claude Boccara
En face coherence microscopy or flying spot or full field optical coherence tomography or microscopy (FF-OCT/FF-OCM) belongs to the OCT family because the sectioning ability is mostly linked to the source coherence length. In this article we will focus our attention on the advantages and the drawbacks of the following approaches: en face versus B scan tomography in terms of resolution, coherent versus incoherent illumination and influence of aberrations, and scanning versus full field imaging. We then show some examples to illustrate the diverse applications of en face coherent microscopy and show that endogenous or exogenous contrasts can add valuable information to the standard morphological image...
February 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251978/-comparative-analysis-of-the-synchronization-methods-of-normal-and-transformed-human-cells
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A K Velichko, N V Petrova, S V Razin, O L Kantidze
Reactions of genetically identical cells to various exogenous and endogenous stimuli can vary significantly. One of the main factors of this non-genetic cellular heterogeneity is the cell cycle. The most convenient way to study the subcellular processes depending on the cell cycle stage is the synchronization of the cells. Toxic inhibitors of DNA replication and/or mitotic spindle assembly are typically used to synchronize cells. It is important to accurately select the synchronization method for a particular experiment...
January 2017: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224478/targeting-the-nf-e2-related-factor-2-pathway-a-novel-strategy-for-traumatic-brain-injury
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REVIEW
Li Zhang, Handong Wang
As an essential component of cellular defense against a variety of endogenous and exogenous stresses, nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) has received increased attention in the past decades. Multiple studies indicate that Nrf2 acts not only as an important protective factor in injury models but also as a downstream target of therapeutic agents. Activation of Nrf2 has increasingly been linked to many human diseases, especially in central nervous system (CNS) injury such as traumatic brain injury (TBI)...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162847/c-tactile-afferents-cutaneous-mediators-of-oxytocin-release-during-affiliative-tactile-interactions
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REVIEW
Susannah C Walker, Paula D Trotter, William T Swaney, Andrew Marshall, Francis P Mcglone
Low intensity, non-noxious, stimulation of cutaneous somatosensory nerves has been shown to trigger oxytocin release and is associated with increased social motivation, plus reduced physiological and behavioural reactivity to stressors. However, to date, little attention has been paid to the specific nature of the mechanosensory nerves which mediate these effects. In recent years, the neuroscientific study of human skin nerves (microneurography studies on single peripheral nerve fibres) has led to the identification and characterisation of a class of touch sensitive nerve fibres named C-tactile afferents...
January 19, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127028/natural-killer-t-cells-in-atherosclerosis
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REVIEW
Godfrey S Getz, Catherine A Reardon
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that develops in response to hyperlipidaemia. Cells from both the innate and adaptive immune systems contribute to the development of atherosclerotic lesions. The role of natural killer T (NKT) cells in response to microbial pathogens and inflammatory disorders such as atherosclerosis has received increasing attention in the past 10-15 years. Endogenous self-lipid antigens and exogenous lipid antigens, including those on microorganisms can activate NKT cells...
May 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120728/momordicacharantia-a-new-strategic-vision-to-improve-the-therapy-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Wai Chin Chong, Rohit Gundamaraju, Ravichandra Vemuri, Marcus T Scotti, Luciana Scotti
BACKGROUND: Endoplasmic reticulum is the major site for protein biosynthesis. Any perturbation in the endoplasmic reticulum will compromise its functions and reduce its efficiency in protein biosynthesis. As a result, misfolded proteins are produced and accumulated in the endoplasmic reticulum. This will result in endoplasmic reticulum stress, which reduces the quantity and quality of the functional protein synthesized from the cell. Besides that, the protein biosynthesis is also highly affected by oxidative stress...
January 24, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120309/microbial-production-of-astilbin-a-bioactive-rhamnosylated-flavanonol-from-taxifolin
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Nguyen Huy Thuan, Sailesh Malla, Nguyen Thanh Trung, Dipesh Dhakal, Anaya Raj Pokhrel, Luan Luong Chu, Jae Kyung Sohng
Flavonoids are plant-based polyphenolic biomolecules with a wide range of biological activities. Glycosylated flavonoids have drawn special attention in the industries as it improves solubility, stability, and bioactivity. Herein, we report the production of astilbin (ATN) from taxifolin (TFN) in genetically-engineered Escherichia coli BL21(DE3). The exogenously supplied TFN was converted to ATN by 3-O-rhamnosylation utilizing the endogeneous TDP-L-rhamnose in presence of UDP-glycosyltransferase (ArGT3, Gene Bank accession number: At1g30530) from Arabidopsis thaliana...
February 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118103/attention-modifies-spatial-resolution-according-to-task-demands
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Antoine Barbot, Marisa Carrasco
How does visual attention affect spatial resolution? In texture-segmentation tasks, exogenous (involuntary) attention automatically increases resolution at the attended location, which improves performance where resolution is too low (at the periphery) but impairs performance where resolution is already too high (at central locations). Conversely, endogenous (voluntary) attention improves performance at all eccentricities, which suggests a more flexible mechanism. Here, using selective adaptation to spatial frequency, we investigated the mechanism by which endogenous attention benefits performance in resolution tasks...
March 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100609/sterol-binding-by-the-tombusviral-replication-proteins-is-essential-for-replication-in-yeast-and-plants
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Kai Xu, Peter D Nagy
Membranous structures derived from various organelles are important for replication of plus-stranded RNA viruses. Although the important roles of co-opted host proteins in RNA virus replication have been appreciated for a decade, the equally important functions of cellular lipids in virus replication have been gaining full attention only recently. Previous work with Tomato bushy stunt tombusvirus (TBSV) in model host yeast has revealed essential roles for phosphatidylethanolamine and sterols in viral replication...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Virology
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