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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551830/factors-responsible-for-obesity-related-hypertension
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REVIEW
Kyungjoon Lim, Kristy L Jackson, Yusuke Sata, Geoffrey A Head
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The major health issue of being overweight or obese relates to the development of hypertension, insulin resistance and diabetic complications. One of the major underlying factors influencing the elevated blood pressure in obesity is increased activity of the sympathetic nerves to particular organs such as the kidney. RECENT FINDINGS: There is now convincing evidence from animal studies that major signals such as leptin and insulin have a sympathoexcitatory action in the hypothalamus to cause hypertension...
July 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551498/nasal-chondrocytes-as-a-neural-crest-derived-cell-source-for-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
Karoliina Pelttari, Marcus Mumme, Andrea Barbero, Ivan Martin
Cells deriving from neural crest are generally acknowledged during embryonic development for their multipotency and plasticity, accounting for their capacity to generate various cell and tissue types even across germ layers. At least partial preservation of some of these properties in adulthood makes neural crest derived cells of large interest for regenerative purposes. Chondrocytes from fully mature nasal septum cartilage in adults are also derivatives of neural crest cells and were recently demonstrated to be able not only to maintain functionality across serial cloning, as surrogate self-renewal test, but also to respond and adapt to heterotopic transplantation sites...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551408/epigenetic-mechanisms-of-myeloid-differentiation-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Javier Rodríguez-Ubreva, Antonio Garcia-Gomez, Esteban Ballestar
Myeloid cells are extremely plastic as they respond and terminally differentiate into a plethora of functional types, in the blood or tissues, in response to a variety of growth factors, cytokines and pathogenic molecules. This plasticity is also manifested by the subversion of normal differentiation into the aberrant generation of a variety of tolerogenic myeloid cells in the tumoral microenvironment, where a variety of factors are released. Epigenetic mechanisms are in great part responsible for the plasticity of myeloid cells both under physiological and tumoral conditions...
May 25, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551377/increased-chromatin-plasticity-supports-enhanced-metastatic-potential-of-mouse-melanoma-cells
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Yael Maizels, Adi Elbaz, Rosari Hernandez, Oshrat Sandrusy, Anna Rosenberg, Gabi Gerlitz
Metastasis formation is strongly dependent on the migration capabilities of tumor cells. Recently it has become apparent that nuclear structure and morphology affect the cellular ability to migrate. Previously we found that migration of melanoma cells is both associated with and dependent on global chromatin condensation. Therefore, we anticipated that tumor progression would be associated with increased chromatin condensation. Interestingly, the opposite has been reported for melanoma. In trying to resolve this contradiction, we show that during growth conditions, tumor progression is associated with global chromatin de-condensation that is beneficial for faster proliferation...
May 24, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551364/barriers-and-attitudes-to-research-among-residents-in-plastic-and-reconstructive-surgery-a-national-multicenter-cross-sectional-study
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The Canadian Plastic Surgery Research, Sarah Al Youha, Becher Alhalabi, Jill Stone, Helene Retrouvey, Osama Samargandi, Johnny Ionut Efanov, Michael Stein, Alexander Morzycki, Haley Augustine, Emilie Bougie, Diana Song, Hollie Power, Julian Diaz-Abele, Caitlin Symonette, Marie Noland, Chris Coroneos, Sophocles Voineskos, Joshua Vorstenbosch, Toni Zhong, Michael Bezuhly, Jason G Williams
OBJECTIVE: Research sets the foundation for developing plastic surgeons who think critically and approach clinical practice with an inquisitive mind. The objective of this study was to characterize current attitudes and perceived barriers towards conducting research during residency. DESIGN: A validated 36-item questionnaire was developed by a national task-force of Canadian plastic surgery trainees. The survey was distributed to all 13 plastic surgery programs in Canada...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551080/solar-uv-b-radiation-modulates-chemical-defenses-against-anticarsia-gemmatalis-larvae-in-leaves-of-field-grown-soybean
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Francisco M Dillon, Hugo D Chludil, Jorge A Zavala
Although it is well known that solar ultraviolet B (UV-B) radiation enhances plant defenses, there is less knowledge about traits that define insect resistance in field-grown soybean. Here we study the effects of solar UV-B radiation on: a) the induction of phenolic compounds and trypsin proteinase inhibitors (TPI) in soybean undamaged leaves or damaged by Anticarsia gemmatalis neonates during six days, and b) the survival and mass gain of A. gemmatalis larvae that fed on soybean foliage. Two soybean cultivars (cv...
May 25, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551066/socially-induced-plasticity-in-sensorimotor-gating-in-the-african-cichlid-fish-astatotilapia-burtoni
#7
Heike Neumeister, Mila Adelman, William Gallagher, Jiangtao Gou, Karin Merrins, Melissa Perkowski, Stephanie Shih, Beth Terranova, Thomas Preuss
Deficits in sensorimotor gating (PPI), social defeat and social withdrawal are hallmark features of several neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. However, the link between social environment and PPI i.e., the possible role of social defeat in driving PPI plasticity, is far from clear. Here we explored these questions in the African cichlid fish Astatotilapia burtoni, where males exist as two distinct yet reversible phenotypes. In fish communities, DOMs exhibit frequent aggressive and territorial behaviors, threatening and attacking SUBs, which respond either by engaging in fights and fleeing, or by avoiding interaction with DOMs altogether...
May 24, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551012/activation-of-cb2-receptor-system-restores-cognitive-capacity-and-hippocampal-sox2-expression-in-a-transgenic-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jiang Wu, Mark Hocevar, Joseph F Foss, B Bihua Bie, Mohamed Naguib
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by neuroinflammation, extensive deposits of amyloid-β aggregates, and loss of memory and cognitive abilities. The brains of patients with AD show increased expression of cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2) receptors and glial markers. CB2 receptors act as a negative feedback regulator; when activated by a CB2 agonist, they can help limit the extent of the neuroinflammatory response and the subsequent development of neuronal damage in the central nervous system...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550924/new-perspective-on-the-in%C3%A2-vivo-use-of-cold-stress-dynamic-thermography-in-integumental-reconstruction-with-the-use-of-skin-muscle-flaps
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Szymon Kolacz, Mateusz Moderhak, Jerzy Jankau
BACKGROUND: Among the problems encountered by plastic surgeons is the reconstruction of defects following tumors. One of the reconstructive options is trans rectus abdominis (TRAM) flap. Despite that anatomy is well explored, marginal flap necrosis may develop. To minimize the complications, imaging examinations were designed to determine the degree of flap perfusion. One of them is the thermographic examination. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined 38 patients who had undergone 10 reconstructive breast surgeries with a pedicled TRAM ipsilateral flap, 10 patients with a TRAM contralateral flap, and 18 patients with a TRAM supercharged flap...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550530/rtms-ameliorates-ptsd-symptoms-in-rats-by-enhancing-glutamate-transmission-and-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-acc-via-the-pten-akt-signalling-pathway
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Gaohua Liu, Dayun Feng, Jian Wang, Haifeng Zhang, Zhengwu Peng, Min Cai, Jing Yang, Ruiguo Zhang, Huaning Wang, Shengxi Wu, Qingrong Tan
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a novel physiological therapy that has been adopted to clinically treat psychiatric disorders. Our previous study indicated the potential therapeutic effect of rTMS on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, the exact molecular mechanism is elusive. Currently, using the single prolonged stress (SPS) rat model for PTSD, we investigated the glutamatergic transmission and neural plasticity changes in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) after SPS induction and explored the protective effects and mechanism of rTMS treatment...
May 26, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550448/towards-xeno-free-cultures-of-human-limbal-stem-cells-for-ocular-surface-reconstruction
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Zala Lužnik, Claudia Breda, Vanessa Barbaro, Stefano Ferrari, Angelo Migliorati, Enzo Di Iorio, Barbara Ferrari, Carlo Griffoni, Andrea Grassetto, Hossein Mostafa Elbadawy, Marina Bertolin
Isolated limbal epithelial stem cells (LESCs) were cultured with or without a 3T3 murine fibroblast feeder-layer (FL) in 4 different culture media on culture plates or on denuded human amniotic membrane (AM) support and fibrin gel support: (1) control medium supplemented with fetal bovine serum; (2) control medium supplemented with the synthetic serum "XerumFree™ XF205" (XF); (3) CnT-20 medium supplemented with "XerumFree™ XF205" (CnT-XF) and (4) CnT-20 medium supplemented with human AB serum (CnT-AB). The three xenogeneic media were compared to standard condition (control + FL) and parameters assessed included cell morphology, proliferative potential, number of passages, assessment of clonogenic and abortive colonies, life span, ∆Np63α expression and epithelial morphology on AM...
May 26, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550340/heat-and-bleach-a-cost-efficient-method-for-extracting-microplastics-from-return-activated-sludge
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Surya Sujathan, Ann-Kathrin Kniggendorf, Arun Kumar, Bernhard Roth, Karl-Heinz Rosenwinkel, Regina Nogueira
The extraction of plastic microparticles, so-called microplastics, from sludge is a challenging task due to the complex, highly organic material often interspersed with other benign microparticles. The current procedures for microplastic extraction from sludge are time consuming and require expensive reagents for density separation as well as large volumes of oxidizing agents for organic removal, often resulting in tiny sample sizes and thus a disproportional risk of sample bias. In this work, we present an improved extraction method tested on return activated sludge (RAS)...
May 26, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550297/reef-building-corals-thrive-within-hot-acidified-and-deoxygenated-waters
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Emma F Camp, Matthew R Nitschke, Riccardo Rodolfo-Metalpa, Fanny Houlbreque, Stephanie G Gardner, David J Smith, Marco Zampighi, David J Suggett
Coral reefs are deteriorating under climate change as oceans continue to warm and acidify and thermal anomalies grow in frequency and intensity. In vitro experiments are widely used to forecast reef-building coral health into the future, but often fail to account for the complex ecological and biogeochemical interactions that govern reefs. Consequently, observations from coral communities under naturally occurring extremes have become central for improved predictions of future reef form and function. Here, we present a semi-enclosed lagoon system in New Caledonia characterised by diel fluctuations of hot-deoxygenated water coupled with tidally driven persistently low pH, relative to neighbouring reefs...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550203/socs1-is-a-key-molecule-that-prevents-regulatory-t-cell-plasticity-under-inflammatory-conditions
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Reiko Takahashi, Hiroko Nakatsukasa, Shunichi Shiozawa, Akihiko Yoshimura
We previously showed that regulatory T cells (Tregs) from T cell-specific Socs1-deficient mice (Socs1(fl/fl)Lck-Cre(+) mice) easily convert into Th1- or Th17-like cells (ex-Tregs), which lose Foxp3 expression and suppressive functions in vivo. Because Tregs in Socs1(fl/fl)Lck-Cre(+) mice are constantly exposed to a large amount of inflammatory cytokines produced by non-Tregs in vivo, in this study we analyzed Treg-specific Socs1-deficient mice (Socs1(fl/fl)Foxp3(YFP-Cre) mice). These mice developed dermatitis, splenomegaly, and lymphadenopathy that were much milder than those in Socs1(fl/fl)Lck-Cre(+) mice...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550169/the-gliotransmitter-d-serine-promotes-synapse-maturation-and-axonal-stabilization-in-vivo
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Marion R Van Horn, Arielle Strasser, Lois S Miraucourt, Loredano Pollegioni, Edward S Ruthazer
The N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) is thought to play a key role in the refinement of connectivity in developing neural circuits. Pharmacological blockade or genetic loss-of-function manipulations that prevent NMDAR function during development result in the disorganization of topographic axonal projections. However, because NMDARs contribute to overall glutamatergic neurotransmission, such loss-of-function experiments fail to adequately distinguish between the roles played by NMDARs and neural activity in general...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550052/distinct-chromatin-states-underlie-tumor-specific-t-cell-dysfunction
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Tumor T cells differentiate through a plastic dysfunctional state and a fixed dysfunctional state.
May 26, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550022/longitudinal-assessment-of-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-in-sardinian-psychotic-patients-labsp-a-protocol-for-a-prospective-observational-study
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Diego Primavera, Mirko Manchia, Luca Deriu, Massimo Tusconi, Roberto Collu, Maria Scherma, Paola Fadda, Walter Fratta, Bernardo Carpiniello
INTRODUCTION: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) plays a crucial role in neurodevelopment, synaptic plasticity and neuronal function and survival. Serum and plasma BDNF levels are moderately, but consistently, decreased in patients with schizophrenia (SCZ) compared with healthy controls. There is a lack of knowledge, however, on the temporal manifestation of this decline. Clinical, illness course and treatment factors might influence the variation of BDNF serum levels in patients with psychosis...
May 25, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549972/quality-by-design-approach-for-studying-the-impact-of-formulation-and-process-variables-on-product-quality-of-oral-disintegrating-films
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Sonal Mazumder, Naresh Pavurala, Prashanth Manda, Xiaoming Xu, Celia N Cruz, Yellela S R Krishnaiah
The present investigation was carried out to understand the impact of formulation and process variables on the quality of oral disintegrating films (ODF) using Quality by Design (QbD) approach. Lamotrigine (LMT) was used as a model drug. Formulation variable was plasticizer to film former ratio and process variables were drying temperature, air flow rate in the drying chamber, drying time and wet coat thickness of the film. A Definitive Screening Design: of Experiments (DoE) was used to identify and classify the critical formulation and process variables impacting critical quality attributes (CQA)...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549897/daily-acute-intermittent-hypoxia-improves-breathing-function-with-acute-and-chronic-spinal-injury-via-distinct-mechanisms
#19
B J Dougherty, J Terada, S R Springborn, S Vinit, P M MacFarlane, G S Mitchell
Daily acute intermittent hypoxia (dAIH) elicits respiratory plasticity, enhancing respiratory motor output and restoring breathing capacity after incomplete cervical spinal injuries (cSCI). We hypothesized that dAIH-induced functional recovery of breathing capacity would occur after both acute (2 weeks) and chronic (8 weeks) cSCI, but through distinct cellular mechanisms. Specifically, we hypothesized that dAIH-induced breathing recovery would occur through serotonin-independent mechanisms 2wks post C2 cervical hemisection (C2Hs), versus serotonin-dependent mechanisms 8wks post C2Hs...
May 23, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549766/plasticity-of-immune-system-vs-memory-therapy-ist
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A Tammaro, I Romano, F Persechino, F R Parisella, I Trimarchi, S Persechino
BACKGROUND: Pharmacotherapy and immunotherapy are the main treatments for allergic diseases to inhalants. OBJECTIVE: This study investigates whether to repeat short cycles of immunotherapy after 3 or 5 years the from interruption of the first therapeutic cycle, lasting 3-4 years, to maintain immune memory in individuals subjected to IST. METHODS AND RESULTS: We have compared two groups, one of 452 patients who, after the first treatment for 3-4 years of IST, performed a cycle of four months after three and 10 years from the suspension, and a second group of 126 individuals who have performed only the IST treatment for 3-4 years...
May 23, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
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