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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932496/sonic-hedgehog-pathway-activation-increases-mitochondrial-abundance-and-activity-in-hippocampal-neurons
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Pamela J Yao, Uri Manor, Ronald S Petralia, Rebecca D Brose, Ryan T Y Wu, Carolyn Ott, Ya-Xian Wang, Ari Charnoff, Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Mark P Mattson
Mitochondria are essential organelles whose biogenesis, structure, and function are regulated by many signaling pathways. In this study we present evidence that, in hippocampal neurons, activation of the Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling pathway impacts multiple aspects of mitochondria. Mitochondrial mass was increased significantly in neurons treated with Shh. Using biochemical and fluorescence imaging analyses, we show that Shh signaling activity reduces mitochondrial fission and promotes mitochondrial elongation, at least in part, via suppression of the mitochondrial fission protein dynamin-like GTPase Drp1...
December 8, 2016: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929924/effect-of-different-agitation-techniques-on-the-penetration-of-irrigant-and-sealer-into-dentinal-tubules
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Yu Gu, Hiran Perinpanayagam, David J W Kum, Yeon-Jee Yoo, Jin-Sun Jeong, Sang-Min Lim, Seok-Woo Chang, Seung-Ho Baek, Qiang Zhu, Kee-Yeon Kum
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of five intracanal agitation techniques on the penetration of irrigant and sealer into dentinal tubules. BACKGROUND DATA: Intracanal agitation techniques could promote chemomechanical debridement and the sealing of root canals during endodontic treatment. However, there is limited evidence for the agitation effect of Nd:YAP laser. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Human maxillary premolars with single straight canals (N = 60) were prepared with ProTaper Next(®) NiTi rotary files (Dentsply Maillefer) up to X4 (ISO 40 size)...
November 3, 2016: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928965/targeting-the-hedgehog-pathway-for-locally-advanced-and-metastatic-basal-cell-carcinoma
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Vivian T Yin, Bita Esmaeli
Basal cell caricnoma (BCC), the most common periocular magliancy, is treated with complete surgical excision. However, in patients not amenable to surgery or when surgical resection means loss of vital organs or disfiguring procedures due to locally advanced or metastatic disease, targeting the hedgehog pathway offers anovel treatment approach for such patients. Mutation in PTCH1 and SMO has been identified in patients with basal cell nevoid syndrome as well as in patients with sporadic BCC. Inhibition of SMO by vismodegib or sonidegib, the two sonic hedgehog inhibitor drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, has shown overall response rate for locally advanced and metastatic BCC around 50%...
December 7, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928107/ultrasonic-monitoring-of-the-setting-of-silicone-elastomeric-impression-materials
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Chie Kanazawa, Ryosuke Murayama, Tetsuya Furuichi, Arisa Imai, Shunichi Suda, Hiroyasu Kurokawa, Toshiki Takamizawa, Masashi Miyazaki
This study used an ultrasonic measurement device to monitor the setting behavior of silicone elastomeric impression materials, and the influence of temperature on setting behavior was determined. The ultrasonic device consisted of a pulser-receiver, transducers, and an oscilloscope. The two-way transit time through the mixing material was divided by two to account for the down-and-back travel path; then it was multiplied by the sonic velocity. Analysis of variance and the Tukey honest significant difference test were used...
December 6, 2016: Dental Materials Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925461/in-it-for-the-long-haul-the-cytocompatibility-of-aged-graphene-oxide-and-its-degradation-products
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Brian D Holt, Anne M Arnold, Stefanie A Sydlik
Synthetic biomaterials are poised to transform medicine; however, current synthetic options have yet to ideally recapitulate the desirable properties of native tissue. Thus, the development of new synthetic biomaterials remains an active challenge. Due to its excellent properties, including electrical conductivity, water dispersibility, and capacity for functionalization, graphene oxide (GO) holds potential for myriads of applications, including biological devices. While many studies have evaluated the compatibility of freshly prepared GO, understanding the compatibility of GO as it ages in an aqueous environment is crucial for its safe implementation in long-term biological applications...
December 2016: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924807/genetic-and-molecular-analyses-indicate-independent-effects-of-tgifs-on-nodal-and-gli3-in-neural-tube-patterning
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Kenichiro Taniguchi, Anoush E Anderson, Tiffany A Melhuish, Anne L Carlton, Arkadi Manukyan, Ann E Sutherland, David Wotton
Holoprosencephaly (HPE) is a prevalent craniofacial developmental disorder that has both genetic and environmental causes. The gene encoding TG-interacting factor 1 (TGIF1) is among those that are routinely screened in HPE patients. However, the mechanisms by which TGIF1 variants cause HPE are not fully understood. TGIF1 is a transcriptional repressor that limits the output of the Transforming Growth Factor ß (TGFß)/Nodal signaling pathway, and HPE in patients with TGIF1 variants has been suggested to be due to increased Nodal signaling...
December 7, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923495/improved-smell-function-with-increased-nasal-mucus-sonic-hedgehog-in-hyposmic-patients-after-treatment-with-oral-theophylline
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Robert I Henkin, Suzanna Hosein, William A Stateman, Alexandra B Knöppel, Mona Abdelmeguid
PURPOSE: We previously demonstrated the presence of sonic hedgehog (Shh) in nasal mucus in normal subjects and in patients with smell loss (hyposmia). Nasal mucus Shh levels were found significantly diminished in untreated hyposmic patients of multiple etiologies. Since treatment with oral theophylline has been previously associated with improvement in smell function we wished to study if such treatment increased nasal mucus Shh as well as improved smell function in patients with hyposmia...
November 23, 2016: American Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923134/evolution-enhanced-footing-for-snake-limb-development
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Maria M Kaltcheva, Mark Lewandoski
Two groups have studied the loss of limbs in snake evolution by focusing on a long-distance cis-acting enhancer of Sonic Hedgehog. They find a progressive degeneration of binding sites for key transcription factors, mirroring the progressive limblessness occurring in these reptiles.
December 5, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922129/sonic-horizon-formation-for-oscillating-bose-einstein-condensates-in-isotropic-harmonic-potential
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Ying Wang, Yu Zhou, Shuyu Zhou
We study the sonic horizon phenomena of the oscillating Bose-Einstein condensates in isotropic harmonic potential. Based on the Gross-Pitaevskii equation model and variational method, we derive the original analytical formula for the criteria and lifetime of the formation of the sonic horizon, demonstrating pictorially the interaction parameter dependence for the occur- rence of the sonic horizon and damping effect of the system distribution width. Our analytical results corroborate quantitatively the particular features of the sonic horizon reported in previous numerical study...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921170/effect-of-photon-initiated-photoacoustic-streaming-passive-ultrasonic-and-sonic-irrigation-techniques-on-dentinal-tubule-penetration-of-irrigation-solution-a-confocal-microscopic-study
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Merve Akcay, Hakan Arslan, Merve Mese, Nazlı Durmus, Ismail Davut Capar
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the efficacy of different irrigation techniques including laser-activated irrigation using an erbium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Er:YAG) laser with a novel tip design (photon-induced photoacoustic streaming (PIPS)), Er:YAG laser with Preciso tip, sonic activation, and passive ultrasonic activation on the final irrigation solution penetration into dentinal tubules by using a laser scanning confocal microscope. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In this study, 65 extracted single-rooted human mandibular premolars were instrumented up to size 40 and randomly divided into 5 groups (n = 13) based on the activation technique of the final irrigation solution as follows: conventional irrigation (control group), sonic activation, passive ultrasonic activation, Er:YAG-PIPS tip activation, and Er:YAG-Preciso tip activation...
December 5, 2016: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921041/signaling-crosstalk-between-tubular-epithelial-cells-and-interstitial-fibroblasts-after-kidney-injury
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REVIEW
Roderick J Tan, Dong Zhou, Youhua Liu
BACKGROUND: A wide variety of kidney diseases ultimately lead to tubulointerstitial damage. The initial site of injury is usually the renal tubules, with activation of fibroblasts occurring later. Self-limited disease is characterized by transient cellular activation with timed deactivation and ultimately a return to normal functioning, whereas sustained responses characterize chronic disease and the development of irreversible fibrosis. The underlying molecular and cellular mechanisms of this cascade of events remain an area of active research...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918595/impact-of-sonic-hedgehog-pathway-expression-on-outcome-in-hpv-negative-head-and-neck-carcinoma-patients-after-surgery-and-adjuvant-radiotherapy
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Elisabeth Enzenhofer, Thomas Parzefall, Georg Haymerle, Sven Schneider, Lorenz Kadletz, Gregor Heiduschka, Johannes Pammer, Felicitas Oberndorfer, Fritz Wrba, Benjamin Loader, Matthäus Christoph Grasl, Christos Perisanidis, Boban M Erovic
INTRODUCTION: HPV positive patients suffering from head and neck cancer benefit from intensified radiotherapy when applied as a primary as well as an adjuvant treatment strategy. However, HPV negative patients treated with surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy lack validated prognostic biomarkers. It is therefore important to define prognostic biomarkers in this particular patient population. Especially, ´high-risk groups´ need to be defined in order to adapt treatment protocols. Since dysregulation of the sonic hedgehog pathway plays an important role in carcinogenesis, we aimed to assess whether members of the sonic hedgehog-signaling pathway may act as prognostic factors in patients with HPV negative head and neck squamous cell carcinoma...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917720/ultrasound-promoted-synthesis-and-anticoagulant-activity-of-2-amino-4h-chromen-4-ylphosphonates
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Sarva Santhisudha, Tellamekala Sreekanth, Sudileti Murali, Bathal Vijaya Kumar, Meruva Anila Devi, Cirandur Suresh Reddy
BACKGROUND: One of the alarming difficulties in the field of hematology is the Coagulant disorders. Despite the availability of clinically proven existing anticoagulants, their limitations have prompted a continuous search for novel anticoagulants. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of the study is to synthesize a series of 2-amino-4H-chromen-4-ylphosphonate derivatives and to test their anticoagulant activity depending on PT measurements con-sidering commercial heparin as positive control...
December 4, 2016: Cardiovascular & Hematological Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917272/the-hedgehog-gli-1-signaling-pathways-is-involved-in-the-inhibitory-effect-of-resveratrol-on-human-colorectal-cancer-hct116-cells
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Zhou Du, Feng Zhou, Zengrong Jia, Beishi Zheng, Shaoliang Han, Jun Cheng, Guanbao Zhu, Ping Huang
OBJECTIVES: The study aimed to investigate the effects of resveratrol on colorectal cancer HCT116 cells, including cell viability, apoptosis, and migration, and the partial mechanisms focused on hedgehog/gli-1 signaling pathways. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We chose the appropriate time and concentration of recombinant human Sonic hedgehog (Shh) stimulation by cell viability. The proportion of cell apoptosis was detected by flow cytometry; HCT116 cell migration was measured by scratch test; the expression of Ptch, Smo, and Gli-1 was measured by Western blot analysis...
November 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916635/studies-on-the-effects-of-titanate-and-silane-coupling-agents-on-the-performance-of-poly-methyl-methacrylate-barium-titanate-denture-base-nanocomposites
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Nidal W Elshereksi, Mariyam J Ghazali, Andanastuti Muchtar, Che H Azhari
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to fabricate and characterise silanated and titanated nanobarium titanate (NBT) filled poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) denture base composites and to evaluate the behaviour of a titanate coupling agent (TCA) as an alternative coupling agent to silane. The effect of filler surface modification on fracture toughness was also studied. METHODS: Silanated, titanated and pure NBT at 5% were incorporated in PMMA matrix. Neat PMMA matrix served as a control...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915005/development-and-characterisation-of-disulfiram-loaded-plga-nanoparticles-for-the-treatment-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Mohammad Najlah, Zahima Ahmed, Mohammed Iqbal, Zhipeng Wang, Patrica Tawari, Weiguang Wang, Christopher McConville
Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) is the most common type of lung cancer in both men and women. A recent phase IIb study demonstrated that disulfiram (DSF) in combination with cisplatin and vinorelbine was well tolerated and prolonged the survival of patients with newly diagnosed NSCLC. However, DSF is rapidly (4 minutes) metabolised in the bloodstream and it is this issue which is limiting its anticancer application in the clinic. We have recently demonstrated that a low dose of DSF-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nanoparticles supplemented with oral Cu inhibited tumour growth and reduced metastasis in a xenograft mouse lung cancer model...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913339/a-parametric-study-for-the-design-of-an-optimized-ultrasonic-percussive-planetary-drill-tool
#17
Xuan Li, Patrick Harkness, Kevin Worrall, Ryan Timoney, Margaret Lucas
Traditional rotary drilling for planetary rock sampling, in-situ analysis and sample return, is challenging because the axial force and holding torque requirements are not necessarily compatible with lightweight spacecraft architectures in low-gravity environments. This article seeks to optimize an ultrasonic-percussive drill tool to achieve rock penetration with lower reacted force requirements, with a strategic view towards building an Ultrasonic Planetary Core Drill (UPCD) device. The UPCD is a descendant of the Ultrasonic/Sonic Driller/Corer (USDC) technique...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912131/preparation-of-a-magnetic-n-fe-ac-catalyst-for-aqueous-pharmaceutical-treatment-in-heterogeneous-sonication-system
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Nan Zhang, He Zhao, Guangming Zhang, Shan Chong, Yucan Liu, Liyan Sun, Huazhen Chang, Ting Huang
High efficiency and facile separation are desirable for catalysts used in water treatment. In this study, a magnetic catalyst (nitrogen doped iron/activated carbon) was prepared and used for pharmaceutical wastewater treatment. The catalyst was characterized using BET, SEM, XRD, VSM and XPS. Results showed that iron and nitrogen were successfully loaded and doped, magnetic Fe2N was formed, large amount of active surface oxygen and Fe(II) were detected, and the catalyst could be easily separated from water. Diclofenac was then degraded using the catalyst in ultrasound system...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911390/a-method-for-extracting-pigments-from-squid-doryteuthis-pealeii
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Christopher W DiBona, Thomas L Williams, Sean R Dinneen, Stephanie F Jones Labadie, Leila F Deravi
Cephalopods can undergo rapid and adaptive changes in dermal coloration for sensing, communication, defense, and reproduction purposes. These capabilities are supported in part by the areal expansion and retraction of pigmented organs known as chromatophores. While it is known that the chromatophores contain a tethered network of pigmented granules, their structure-function properties have not been fully detailed. We describe a method for isolating the nanostructured granules in squid Doryteuthis pealeii chromatophores and demonstrate how their associated pigments can be extracted in acidic solvents...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910709/management-of-infections-associated-with-neurosurgical-implanted-devices
#20
Anna Conen, Christoph A Fux, Peter Vajkoczy, Andrej Trampuz
Neurosurgical devices are increasingly used. With it, neurosurgical device-related infections gain relevance. As biofilms are involved in implant-associated infections the diagnosis and treatment is challenging and requires specific anti-biofilm concepts and management algorithms. Areas covered: The literature concerning the management of neurosurgical device-associated infections is scarce and heterogeneous treatment concepts are discussed, but no standardized diagnostic and treatment procedures exist. Therefore, we emphasize extrapolating management strategies predominantly from orthopedic device-associated infections, where the concept is better established and clinically validated...
December 2, 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
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