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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917825/molecular-symmetry-constrained-systematic-search-approach-to-structure-solution-of-the-coiled-coil-srgap2-f-barx-domain
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Michael Sporny, Julia Guez-Haddad, David G Waterman, Michail N Isupov, Yarden Opatowsky
SRGAP2 (Slit-Robo GTPase-activating protein 2) is a cytoplasmic protein found to be involved in neuronal branching, restriction of neuronal migration and restriction of the length and density of dendritic postsynaptic spines. The extended F-BAR (F-BARx) domain of SRGAP2 generates membrane protrusions when expressed in COS-7 cells, while most F-BARs induce the opposite effect: membrane invaginations. As a first step to understand this discrepancy, the F-BARx domain of SRGAP2 was isolated and crystallized after co-expression with the carboxy domains of the protein...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section D, Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914563/differential-effects-of-testosterone-and-estradiol-on-clitoral-function-an-experimental-study-in-rats
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Paolo Comeglio, Ilaria Cellai, Sandra Filippi, Chiara Corno, Francesca Corcetto, Annamaria Morelli, Elena Maneschi, Elisa Maseroli, Edoardo Mannucci, Massimiliano Fambrini, Mario Maggi, Linda Vignozzi
INTRODUCTION: Female sexual response is a complex phenomenon in which psychological, neurologic, and vascular mechanisms and hormonal factors interact. During the arousal phase, they cooperate to increase genital blood flow, thus inducing engorgement of the clitoris and lubrication of the vagina. Regulation of vascular and non-vascular smooth muscle tone is the crucial event in the erectile process. Preclinical studies have suggested that nitric oxide (NO) is the main vasodilator neurotransmitter modulating, through the second messenger cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP), clitoral flow vessels...
December 2016: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913300/suppression-of-nadph-oxidase-attenuates-hypoxia-induced-dysfunctions-of-endothelial-progenitor-cells
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Bin Liu, Kai-Di Ren, Jing-Jie Peng, Tao Li, Xiu-Ju Luo, Chengming Fan, Jin-Fu Yang, Jun Peng
NADPH oxidases (NOX) - derived reactive oxygen species (ROS) contribute to oxidative injury in hypoxia-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension. This study aims to evaluate the status of NOX in endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) under hypoxic condition and to determine whether NOX inhibitors could attenuate hypoxia-induced dysfunctions of EPCs. EPCs were isolated from peripheral blood of SD rats and subjected to hypoxia (O2/N2/CO2, 1/94/5) for 24 h. The cells were collected for β-galactosidase or Hoechst staining, or for functional analysis (migration, adhesion and tube formation)...
November 29, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911862/overexpression-of-semaphorin-3e-enhances-pancreatic-cancer-cell-growth-and-associates-with-poor-patient-survival
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Lin-Kin Yong, Syeling Lai, Zhengdong Liang, Ethan Poteet, Fengju Chen, George van Buren, William Fisher, Qianxing Mo, Changyi Chen, Qizhi Yao
Semaphorin-3E (Sema3E) is a member of an axon guidance gene family, and has recently been reported to contribute to tumor progression and metastasis. However, its role in pancreatic cancer is yet unknown and uncharacterized. In this study, we showed that Sema3E is overexpressed in human pancreatic cancer, and that high Sema3E levels are associated with tumor progression and poor survival. Interestingly, we also observed Sema3E expression in the nucleus, even though Sema3E is reported to be a secreted protein...
November 29, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908599/prospective-evaluation-of-a-new-biflanged-metal-stent-for-the-treatment-of-pancreatic-fluid-collections-with-videos
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Shuntaro Mukai, Takayoshi Tsuchiya, Takao Itoi, Shujiro Tsuji, Reina Tanaka, Ryosuke Tonozuka, Yuichi Nagakawa, Kazuhiko Kasuya, Masaaki Shimatani, Atsushi Sofuni
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: EUS-guided transluminal drainage (EUS-TD) and sequential direct endoscopic necrosectomy (DEN) for pancreatic fluid collections (PFCs) using a dedicated biflanged metal stent (BFMS) has been reported as a useful alternative to using plastic stents or a conventional metal stent. However, current dedicated BFMSs have limitations. Recently, a new BFMS with solidly constructed biflanges and various stent lengths matched to the PFC condition has been developed. Herein, we prospectively evaluated this new BFMS for the treatment of PFCs...
November 28, 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907826/extent-of-mossy-fiber-sprouting-in-patients-with-mesiotemporal-lobe-epilepsy-correlates-with-neuronal-cell-loss-and-granule-cell-dispersion
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Barbara Schmeiser, Josef Zentner, Marco Prinz, Armin Brandt, Thomas M Freiman
OBJECTIVE: The most frequent finding in temporal lobe epilepsy is hippocampal sclerosis, characterized by selective cell loss of hippocampal subregions CA1 and CA4 as well as mossy fiber sprouting (MFS) towards the supragranular region and granule cell dispersion. Although selective cell loss is well described, its impact on mossy fiber sprouting and granule cell dispersion remains unclear. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a single center series, we examined 319 human hippocampal specimens, collected in a 15-years period...
November 22, 2016: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907263/seasonal-patterns-in-%C3%AE-2-h-values-of-multiple-tissues-from-andean-birds-provide-insights-into-elevational-migration
#7
Mariana Villegas, Seth D Newsome, John G Blake
Elevational migration is a widespread phenomenon in tropical avifauna but it is difficult to identify using traditional approaches. Hydrogen isotope (δ(2) H) values of precipitation decrease with elevation so δ(2) H analysis of multiple bird tissues with different isotopic incorporation rates may be a reliable method for characterizing seasonal elevational migration. Here we compare δ(2) H values in metabolically inert (feathers and claws) and metabolically active (whole blood) tissues to examine whether an upslope migration occurs prior to the breeding season in the Yungas Manakin (Chiroxiphia boliviana)...
December 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905970/a-feasibility-study-on-using-smartphones-to-conduct-short-version-verbal-autopsies-in-rural-china
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Jing Zhang, Rohina Joshi, Jixin Sun, Samantha R Rosenthal, Miao Tong, Cong Li, Rasika Rampatige, Meghan Mooney, Alan Lopez, Lijing L Yan
BACKGROUND: Currently there are two main sources of mortality data with cause of death assignments in China. Both sources-the Ministry of Health-Vital Registration system and the Chinese Disease Surveillance Point system-present their own challenges. A new approach to cause of death assignment is a smartphone-based shortened version of a verbal autopsy survey. This study evaluates the feasibility and acceptability of this new method conducted by township health care providers (THP) and village doctors (VD) in rural China, where a large proportion of deaths occur in homes and cause of death data are inaccurate or lacking...
August 20, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904671/melatonin-promotes-diabetic-wound-healing-in-vitro-by-regulating-keratinocyte-activity
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Ruipeng Song, Lijun Ren, Haoli Ma, Ruijing Hu, Honghong Gao, Li Wang, Xuehui Chen, Zhigang Zhao, Jialin Liu
Diabetic patients are at high risk of developing delayed cutaneous wound healing. Proper keratinocyte proliferation and migration are crucial steps during re-epithelialization. Melatonin (Mel) accelerates wound repair in full-thickness incisional wounds; however, its role in diabetic wound healing is unknown. This study explored the role of Mel in diabetic wound healing in vitro by using high glucose (HG)-cultured keratinocytes. Mel reduced the HG-induced mRNA expression and release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, and IL-8, in keratinocytes...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903354/-the-characteristics-of-hiv-positive-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-china-and-predictors-of-their-migration-2008-2015
#10
Q Q Qin, W Guo, L Y Wang, Z W Ding, C Cai, Y Cui, J P Sun
Objective: To characterize the migration patterns of men who have sex with men (MSM) living with HIV/AIDS in the period 2008-2015 and to characterize the determinants of their migration. Methods: All identified HIV/AIDS cases transmitted through self-reported homosexual contact reported to the National Case Reporting System(CRS) by the end of December 31, 2015 were included in this study. Data of basic demographic characteristics, household registration and address of the research objects were collected. Retrospective cohort study was used to analyze the migration characteristics of HIV/AIDS cases between 2008 and 2015...
November 6, 2016: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903129/a-one-step-conversion-from-gastric-banding-to-laparoscopic-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-is-as-safe-as-a-two-step-conversion-a-comparative-analysis-of-885-patients
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I Debergh, B Defoort, M De Visschere, S Flahou, S Van Cauwenberge, J P Mulier, B Dillemans
AIMS: To achieve additional weight loss or to resolve band-related problems, a laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) can be converted to a laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). There is limited data on the feasibility and safety of routinely performing a single-step conversion. We assessed the efficacy of this revisional approach in a large cohort of patients operated in a high-volume bariatric institution. METHODS: Between October 2004 and December 2015, a total of 885 patients who underwent LAGB removal with RYGB were identified from a prospectively collected database...
November 30, 2016: Acta Chirurgica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902969/rac1-gtp-ase-signals-wnt-beta-catenin-pathway-mediated-integrin-directed-metastasis-associated-tumor-cell-phenotypes-in-triple-negative-breast-cancers
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Pradip De, Jennifer H Carlson, Tyler Jepperson, Scooter Willis, Brian Leyland-Jones, Nandini Dey
The acquisition of integrin-directed metastasis-associated (ID-MA) phenotypes by Triple-Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) cells is caused by an upregulation of the Wnt-beta-catenin pathway (WP). We reported that WP is one of the salient genetic features of TNBC. RAC-GTPases, small G-proteins which transduce signals from cell surface proteins including integrins, have been implicated in tumorigenesis and metastasis by their role in essential cellular functions like motility. The collective percentage of alteration(s) in RAC1 in ER+ve BC was lower as compared to ER-ve BC (35% vs 57%) (brca/tcga/pub2015)...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900341/subventricular-zone-associated-glioblastoma-a-call-for-translational-research-to-guide-clinical-decision-making
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Andrew W Smith, Bhupesh Parashar, A Gabriella Wernicke
Glioblastoma (GBM) is both the most common and the most devastating primary cancer of the central nervous system, with an expected overall survival in most patients of about 14 months. Despite extensive research, outcomes for GBM have been largely unchanged since the introduction of temozolomide in 2005. We believe that in order to achieve a breakthrough in therapeutic management, we must begin to identify subtypes of GBM, and tailor treatment to best target a particular tumor's vulnerabilities. Our group has recently produced an examination of the clinical outcomes of radiation therapy directed at tumors that contact the subventricular zone (SVZ), the 3-5 mm lateral border of the lateral ventricles that contains the largest collection of neural stem cells in the adult brain...
2016: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899769/the-role-of-club-cell-phenoconversion-and-migration-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Jutaro Fukumoto, Ramani Soundararajan, Joseph Leung, Ruan Cox, Sanjay Mahendrasah, Neha Muthavarapu, Travis Herrin, Alexander Czachor, Lee C Tan, Nima Hosseinian, Priyanshi Patel, Jayanthraj Gone, Mason T Breitzig, Young Cho, Andrew J Cooke, Lakshmi Galam, Venkata Ramireddy Narala, Yashwant Pathak, Richard F Lockey, Narasaiah Kolliputi
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is an age-related multifactorial disease featuring non-uniform lung fibrosis. The decisive cellular events at early stages of IPF are poorly understood. While the involvement of club cells in IPF pathogenesis is unclear, their migration has been associated with lung fibrosis. In this study, we labeled club cells immunohistochemically in IPF lungs using a club cell marker Claudin-10 (Cldn10), a unique protein based on the recent report which demonstrated that the appearance of Cldn10 in developing and repairing lungs precedes other club cell markers including club cell secretory protein (CCSP)...
November 29, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899538/reducing-unplanned-extubations-in-the-nicu-using-lean-methodology
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EDITORIAL
Bonnie M Powell, Edeltraud Gilbert, Teresa A Volsko
BACKGROUND: Unplanned extubations can lead to iatrogenic injury and have the potential to contribute to serious safety events. We adopted lean methodology to reduce the unplanned extubation rate in a Level 3b NICU. We hypothesized that the use of a rapid-cycle PDSA (plan, do, study, act) initiative would reduce the unplanned extubation rate. METHODS: Baseline unplanned extubation data were collected from November 1, 2012 to June 6, 2014. A voice of the customer survey ascertained perceptions regarding unplanned extubation causes and impact on care...
December 2016: Respiratory Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899506/a-common-framework-for-emt-and-collective-cell-migration
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REVIEW
Kyra Campbell, Jordi Casanova
During development, cells often switch between static and migratory behaviours. Such transitions are fundamental events in development and are linked to harmful consequences in pathology. It has long been considered that epithelial cells either migrate collectively as epithelial cells, or undergo an epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition and migrate as individual mesenchymal cells. Here, we assess what is currently known about in vivo cell migratory phenomena and hypothesise that such migratory behaviours do not fit into alternative and mutually exclusive categories...
December 1, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899318/new-wrinkling-substrate-assay-reveals-traction-force-fields-of-leader-and-follower-cells-undergoing-collective-migration
#17
Sho Yokoyama, Tsubasa S Matsui, Shinji Deguchi
Physical forces play crucial roles in coordinating collective migration of epithelial cells, but details of such force-related phenomena remain unclear partly due to the lack of robust methodologies to probe the underlying force fields. Here we develop a method for fabricating silicone substrates that detect cellular traction forces with a high sensitivity. Specifically, a silicone elastomer is exposed to oxygen plasma under heating. Removal of the heat shrinks the substrate so as to reduce its critical buckling strain in a spatially uniform manner...
November 27, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898952/frequency-of-leukochimerism-in-holstein-and-jersey-twinsets
#18
A S Young, B W Kirkpatrick
The current study was conducted to test breed difference in the frequency of leukochimerism. This study used leukochimerism as evidence of placental vascular anastomosis formation and compared its frequency in the Holstein and Jersey breeds. We test the null hypothesis that there is no difference in incidence of leukochimerism in the Holstein and Jersey breeds. Hair and blood samples were collected from 85 Jersey twinsets and 80 Holstein twinsets, ranging in age from 1 d to 8 yr. An additional 7 Holstein twinsets (6 complete and 1 partial where 1 twin died) were sampled originally 48 to 72 h after birth and resampled at 5 to 10 mo of age to provide an assessment of whether leukochimerism changed with age...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897157/getting-a-grip-on-collective-cell-migration
#19
Tamal Das, Joachim P Spatz
Many cell types in our body move in a collective manner, which requires individual cells to align their movements relative to that of their neighbours. A mechanism is now described in which cadherin-rich protrusions are extended from leading migrating cells and engulfed by follower cells to guide collective migration.
December 2016: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896303/data-on-some-socio-economic-parameters-explaining-the-movement-of-extra-eu-asylum-seekers-in-europe
#20
Silvia Angeloni
This article contains data concerning the movement of extra-EU asylum seekers in Europe. Data used in this paper were collected from the Eurostat database and the UNHCR database. The data consist of some socio-economic features related to 30 European countries where extra-EU asylum seekers have applied for protection. All variables were transformed into their natural logs. The degree of statistical correlation is evaluated from Pearson׳s coefficient, using the 0.05 level of significance. Regression analysis is conducted to identify some socio-economic predictors of countries attracting asylum migration...
December 2016: Data in Brief
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