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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806762/a-becn1-mutation-mediates-hyperactive-autophagic-sequestration-of-amyloid-oligomers-and-improved-cognition-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Altea Rocchi, Soh Yamamoto, Tabitha Ting, Yuying Fan, Katherine Sadleir, Yigang Wang, Weiran Zhang, Sui Huang, Beth Levine, Robert Vassar, Congcong He
Impairment of the autophagy pathway has been observed during the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by abnormal deposition of extracellular and intracellular amyloid β (Aβ) peptides. Yet the role of autophagy in Aβ production and AD progression is complex. To study whether increased basal autophagy plays a beneficial role in Aβ clearance and cognitive improvement, we developed a novel genetic model to hyperactivate autophagy in vivo. We found that knock-in of a point mutation F121A in the essential autophagy gene Beclin 1/Becn1 in mice significantly reduces the interaction of BECN1 with its inhibitor BCL2, and thus leads to constitutively active autophagy even under non-autophagy-inducing conditions in multiple tissues, including brain...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806595/advances-in-stem-cell-proteomics
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Nade Abazova, Jeroen Krijgsveld
Stem cells are at the basis of organismal development, characterized by their potential to differentiate towards specific lineages upon receiving proper signals. To understand the molecular principles underlying gain and loss of pluripotency, proteomics plays an increasingly important role owing to technical developments in mass spectrometry and implementation of innovative biochemical approaches. Here we review how quantitative proteomics has been used to investigate protein expression, localization, interaction and modification in stem cells both in vitro and in vivo, thereby complementing other omics approaches to study fundamental properties of stem cell plasticity...
August 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806446/sema3a-reduces-sprouting-of-adult-rod-photoreceptors-in-vitro
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Frank Kung, Weiwei Wang, Tracy S Tran, Ellen Townes-Anderson
Purpose: Rod photoreceptor terminals respond to retinal injury with retraction and sprouting. Since the guidance cue Semaphorin3A (Sema3A) is observed in the retina after injury, we asked whether Sema3A contributes to structural plasticity in rod photoreceptors. Methods: We used Western blots and alkaline phosphatase (AP)-tagged neuropilin-1 (NPN-1) to detect the expression of Sema3A in an organotypic model of porcine retinal detachment. We then examined Sema3A binding to cultured salamander rod photoreceptors using AP-tagged Sema3A...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806302/surgery-for-primary-hyperparathyroidism-adherence-to-consensus-guidelines-in-an-academic-health-system
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Eric J Kuo, Mostafa A Al-Alusi, Lin Du, Albert Shieh, Masha J Livhits, Angela M Leung, Michael W Yeh
OBJECTIVE: To determine the extent to which consensus guidelines for surgery in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) are followed within an academic health system. BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that adherence to consensus guidelines in community practice is low. METHODS: Adults with biochemically confirmed PHPT who received primary care within an academic health system were identified from 2005 to 2015. Multivariable logistic regression was used to analyze predictors of parathyroidectomy (PTx)...
August 11, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806258/recurrent-scapular-metastasis-from-hepatoblastoma-shown-on-fdg-pet-ct-and-f-dopa-pet-ct
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Bing Zhang, Qiao He, Xinchong Shi, Xiaoyan Wang, Xiangsong Zhang
We report the case of a 4-year-old girl with a biochemical relapse (plasma α-fetoprotein of 57,987.6 μg/L) after hepatoblastoma and extrahepatic metastases removal and adjuvant chemotherapy. Abdominal ultrasound, CT, and MRI failed to determine the site of recurrence. F-FDG PET/CT showed increased activity in the region of left scapula and adjacent soft tissue, which was incorrectly interpreted as the postoperative repair or inflammatory change. F-DOPA PET/CT showed increased activity and noticeable progressed lesion in the same place...
August 12, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806257/orbital-hemangiopericytoma-in-68ga-prostate-specific-membrane-antigen-hbed-cc-pet-ct
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Jochen Hammes, Carsten Kobe, Ute Hilgenberg, Wolfgang E Lieb, Alexander Drzezga
A 76-year-old man with biochemical relapse of prostate cancer underwent Ga-prostate-specific membrane antigen PET/CT. Besides a local lymph node metastasis, a nodular structure inside the left orbit caudal to the optic nerve showed increased uptake. A metastasis in this location is unlikely. The subsequently performed MRI showed the structure being T1 hypointense, T2 indifferent, and strongly gadolinium contrast agent enhancing. Histopathologic examination after surgical removal identified the tumor as hemangiopericytoma, which rarely occurs in the orbit...
August 12, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806256/recurrent-malignant-melanoma-detected-on-18f-fluciclovine-pet-ct-imaging-for-prostate-cancer
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Eugene J Teoh, Maria T Tsakok, Kevin M Bradley, Katherine Hyde, Manil Subesinghe, Fergus V Gleeson
A 66-year-old man presented with biochemical recurrence of prostate cancer and underwent F-fluciclovine PET/CT to detect sites of recurrence. He had a history of resected truncal stage IIIC malignant melanoma, with bilateral axillary node involvement on sentinel node biopsy, in complete remission for 3 years. F-fluciclovine PET/CT demonstrated an incidental fluciclovine-avid right axillary node (SUVmax = 4.3). Diagnostic sampling confirmed recurrent malignant melanoma.
August 12, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806246/response-assessment-of-223ra-treatment-should-a-fluorocholine-pet-ct-be-performed
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Ana María García Vicente, Ángel Soriano Castrejón, Ruth Alvarez Cabellos, Belén Sanchez Gil, Nicolás Mohedano Mohedano
We present 3 cases of patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer and bone metastases treated with Ra, belonging to our prospective and multicenter ChoPET-Rad study. All patients underwent clinical, hematological, and biochemical monitoring between each Ra administration. Initial and follow-up F-fluorocholine PET/CT and Tc-biphosphonate bone scintigraphy were performed previously and after the third Ra administration. Both techniques correctly established the response to treatment, in agreement to the biochemical response, although differences in the disease expression (concordant and discordant patterns) were found because of the different radiotracer biodistribution and molecular information derived from them...
August 12, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806058/metalloproteases-of-the-inner-mitochondrial-membrane
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Roman Levytskyy, Iryna Bohovych, Oleh Khalimonchuk
The inner mitochondrial membrane (IM) is among most protein-rich cellular compartments. The metastable IM sub-proteome where the concentration of proteins is approaching oversaturation creates a challenging protein folding environment with high probability for protein malfunction or aggregation. Failure to maintain protein homeostasis in such a setting can impair functional integrity of the mitochondria and drive clinical manifestations. The IM is equipped with a series of highly conserved, proteolytic complexes dedicated to the maintenance of normal protein homeostasis within this mitochondrial sub-compartment...
August 14, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805874/microfluidic-modeling-of-the-biophysical-microenvironment-in-tumor-cell-invasion
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Yu Ling Huang, Jeffrey E Segall, Mingming Wu
Tumor cell invasion, whether penetrating through the extracellular matrix (ECM) or crossing a vascular endothelium, is a critical step in the cancer metastatic cascade. Along the way from a primary tumor to a distant metastatic site, tumor cells interact actively with the microenvironment either via biomechanical (e. g. ECM stiffness) or biochemical (e.g. secreted cytokines) signals. Increasingly, it is recognized that the tumor microenvironment (TME) is a critical player in tumor cell invasion. A main challenge for the mechanistic understanding of tumor cell-TME interactions comes from the complexity of the TME, which consists of extracellular matrices, fluid flows, cytokine gradients and other cell types...
August 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805795/m3-an-integrative-framework-for-structure-determination-of-molecular-machines
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Ezgi Karaca, João P G L M Rodrigues, Andrea Graziadei, Alexandre M J J Bonvin, Teresa Carlomagno
We present a broadly applicable, user-friendly protocol that incorporates sparse and hybrid experimental data to calculate quasi-atomic-resolution structures of molecular machines. The protocol uses the HADDOCK framework, accounts for extensive structural rearrangements both at the domain and atomic levels and accepts input from all structural and biochemical experiments whose data can be translated into interatomic distances and/or molecular shapes.
August 14, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805765/-systemic-inflammatory-markers-in-age-associated-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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T P Kliushnik, L V Androsova, N M Mikhaylova, I V Kolykhalov, S A Zozulya, A M Dupin
AIM: To determine a complex of immune markers reflecting various links of multicomponent inflammatory reactions in amnestic type of mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) in comparison with Alzheimer's disease (AD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty-seven patients with aMCI, aged 72 [63; 77] years, and 91 patients with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 74 [68; 79] years were examined. The aMCI was diagnosed according to the criteria of R.S. Petersen et al. (1999) and B. Dubois et al...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805715/identification-and-analysis-of-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-mapk-cascades-in-fragaria-vesca
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Heying Zhou, Suyue Ren, Yuanfang Han, Qing Zhang, Ling Qin, Yu Xing
Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades are highly conserved signaling modules in eukaryotes, including yeasts, plants and animals. MAPK cascades are responsible for protein phosphorylation during signal transduction events, and typically consist of three protein kinases: MAPK, MAPK kinase, and MAPK kinase kinase. In this current study, we identified a total of 12 FvMAPK, 7 FvMAPKK, 73 FvMAPKKK, and one FvMAPKKKK genes in the recently published Fragaria vesca genome sequence. This work reported the classification, annotation and phylogenetic evaluation of these genes and an assessment of conserved motifs and the expression profiling of members of the gene family were also analyzed here...
August 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805600/the-effect-of-oxytocin-and-kisspeptin-10-in-ovary-and-uterus-of-ischemia-reperfusion-injured-rats
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M Aslan, G Erkanli Senturk, H Akkaya, S Sahin, B Yılmaz
OBJECTIVE: Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injuries result in damage to endothelial and parenchymal cells. Oxytocin (OXY) stimulates uterine contraction during parturition and myoepithelial cells during suckling. OXY has been used as a protective antioxidant. Kisspeptin plays a key role in the central control of reproductive functions and onset of puberty. Recent studies show that these reproductive hormones have protective potential as antioxidant. The aim of this study is to investigate the potential protective effects of Kisspeptin and OXY as antioxidants on I/R injured ovary and uterus of female rats...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805560/glycation-of-matrix-proteins-in-the-artery-inhibits-migration-of-smooth-muscle-cells-from-the-media-to-the-intima
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A Kuzan, O Michel, A Gamian
Formation and growth of atherosclerotic plaques have serious clinical consequences. One mechanism that occurs during atherogenesis is migration of smooth muscle cells from the middle layer of the artery to the intima, where they proliferate and are transformed into foam cells. This degenerative process is accompanied by glycation, by which proteins are modified and change the biomechanical and biochemical properties. The aim of the study was to determine whether glycation of collagen and elastin building the walls of blood vessels alters the adhesion and rate of myocyte migration...
2017: Folia Biologica (Praha)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805131/brain-positron-emission-tomography-with-2-18-f-2-deoxi-d-glucose-of-patients-with-dystonia-and-essential-tremor-detects-differences-between-these-disorders
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Vadim Belenky, Andrei Stanzhevsky, Olga Klicenko, Alexandr Skoromets
We studied patients with dystonia (D) and essential tremor (ET) using positron emission tomography (PET) equipped with Cortex ID software. This allowed PET brain visualisation to be compared to scans of a control group by means of the z-score. The study revealed hypo-metabolism in both D and ET groups, and additionally revealed a difference between these two groups of patients in certain areas of the brain. These two nosological forms overlap in clinical features and are difficult to differentiate. The PET picture may help to provide a differential diagnosis in addition to the biochemical difference in dopamine exchange previously revealed by us in this group of patients...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805047/outcomes-of-post-prostatectomy-radiotherapy-at-a-regional-cancer-centre
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Luke Nicholls, Amber Winter, Ashley Harwood, Ashley Plank, Preeti Bagga, Winnie Wong, Eric Khoo
INTRODUCTION: To investigate the efficacy and toxicity of radiation therapy (RT) after radical prostatectomy (RP) for prostate cancer at Radiation Oncology Centres, Toowoomba. METHODS: The electronic medical records of 130 consecutive patients with histologically proven prostate adenocarcinoma who underwent post-prostatectomy RT between January 2008 and December 2014 were analysed. Primary endpoint was Biochemical Recurrence (BCR) after RT. BCR was defined by PSA > 0...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804996/in-vitro-evaluation-of-3d-bioprinted-tri-polymer-network-scaffolds-for-bone-tissue-regeneration
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Stephanie T Bendtsen, Mei Wei
In vitro evaluations provide vital information on the ability of tissue engineered scaffolds to support cell life and promote natural physiological behaviors in culture. Such assessments are necessary to conduct before implementation of the scaffolds for tissue healing in vivo. The scaffold extracellular matrix must provide the biochemical and mechanical cues necessary to promote cellular attachment, migration and proliferation before differentiation and new tissue deposition can occur. In this study, an in vitro evaluation was conducted to assess the ability of scaffolds 3D printed with a previously developed alginate-polyvinyl alcohol-hydroxyapatite formulation to promote proliferation of encapsulated MC3T3 cells...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804986/effects-of-hydroxycitric-acid-on-lipid-droplet-accumulation-in-chicken-embryos
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Mengling Peng, Longlong Li, Lei Yu, Chongyang Ge, Haitian Ma
This study was conducted to determine the impact of (-)-hydroxycitric acid ((-)-HCA) on biochemical indices and lipid metabolism parameters in chicken embryos. Two hundred and forty fertilized eggs were divided into six groups and injected with (-)-HCA at concentrations of 0, 0.1, 0.5, 1.0, 10.0 and 50 mg/kg (n = 40). After 19 days of incubation, serum and liver were collected for analysis of biochemical indices and lipid metabolism parameters. Results showed no significant differences on serum biochemical indices: 1-50 mg/kg (-)-HCA significantly increased serum glucose and hepatic glycogen contents (P < 0...
August 14, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804962/biochemical-analysis-of-uterine-fluid-for-identification-of-indicators-for-subclinical-endometritis-in-the-water-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis
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S C Gahlot, S Kumar, A Kumaresan, S Vairamuthu, K K Saraf, L Sreela, R K Baithalu, S S Lathwal, T K Mohanty
Alterations in biochemical constituents of uterine fluid have been suggested for diagnosis of subclinical uterine infection in the bovine. This study was undertaken to investigate whether uterine fluid biomolecules could act as tool for diagnosis of subclinical endometritis in the buffalo. Uterine fluid samples from normal (n = 22) and subclinical endometritis (n = 18; diagnosed based on uterine cytology)-affected buffaloes were subjected to biochemical analysis. Among the different biochemical constituents estimated, urea, urea N, cholesterol, total bilirubin and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) concentrations were significantly (p < 0...
August 14, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
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