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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644898/spatio-temporal-orientation-of-microtubules-controls-conical-cell-shape-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-petals
#1
Huibo Ren, Xie Dang, Xianzhi Cai, Peihang Yu, Yajun Li, Shanshan Zhang, Menghong Liu, Binqing Chen, Deshu Lin
The physiological functions of epidermal cells are largely determined by their diverse morphologies. Most flowering plants have special conical-shaped petal epidermal cells that are thought to influence light capture and reflectance, and provide pollinator grips, but the molecular mechanisms controlling conical cell shape remain largely unknown. Here, we developed a live-confocal imaging approach to quantify geometric parameters of conical cells in Arabidopsis thaliana (A.thaliana). Through genetic screens, we identified katanin (KTN1) mutants showing a phenotype of decreased tip sharpening of conical cells...
June 23, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644233/tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-vatalanib-inhibits-proliferation-and-migration-of-human-pterygial-fibroblasts
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Hong Kyu Kim, Ji-Young Choi, Sang Min Park, Chang Rae Rho, Kyong Jin Cho, Sangmee Ahn Jo
PURPOSE: Vatalanib is a small-molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitor. We investigated the effects of vatalanib on the proliferation and migration of cultured human pterygial fibroblasts (HPFs). METHODS: Pterygium tissues were obtained after pterygium excision surgery and subjected to primary culture. HPFs were treated with vatalanib at various concentrations. Mitomycin C (MMC) was used as a positive control. Cell proliferation and migration assays were used to investigate the effects of vatalanib...
June 21, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644070/particulate-matter-disrupts-human-lung-endothelial-cell-barrier-integrity-via-rho-dependent-pathways
#3
Ting Wang, Yuka Shimizu, Xiaomin Wu, Gabriel T Kelly, Xiaoyan Xu, Lichun Wang, Zhongqing Qian, Yin Chen, Joe G N Garcia
Increased exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) is associated with elevated morbidity and mortality in patients with cardiopulmonary diseases and cancer. We and others have shown that PM induces lung microvascular barrier dysfunction which potentially enhances the systemic toxicity of PM. However, the mechanisms by which PM disrupts vascular endothelial integrity remain incompletely explored. We hypothesize that PM induces endothelial cell (EC) cytoskeleton rearrangement via Rho GTPase-dependent pathways to facilitate vascular hyperpermeability...
June 23, 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643713/tissue-plasminogen-activator-assisted-vitrectomy-for-submacular-hemorrhage-due-to-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Mustafa Gok, V Levent Karabaş, Mehmet S Aslan, Özgür Kara, Süleyman Karaman, Fatih Yenihayat
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the treatment efficacy of vitrectomy combined with subretinal recombinant tissue plasminogen activator (r-tPA) and factors affecting visual improvement in patients with submacular hemorrhage (SMH) due to neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medical records of 17 consecutive patients diagnosed with SMH secondary to nAMD were retrospectively reviewed. The initial surgical procedure involved a 23-gauge transconjunctival vitrectomy, subretinal r-tPA application through a self-sealing inferior retinotomy, and sulfur hexafluoride gas for tamponade in all patients...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642683/object-phobia-and-altered-rhoa-signaling-in-amygdala-of-mice-lacking-rich2
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Tasnuva Sarowar, Stefanie Grabrucker, Tobias M Boeckers, Andreas M Grabrucker
RICH2 knockout (RICH2 KO) mice exhibit neophobia in the novel object test. To gain further insight into their anxiety-related phenotype, we subjected these mice to additional behavioral tests to elucidate whether the behavioral abnormality in these mice is a consequence of reduced exploratory motivation, and whether the neophobia is linked specifically to objects or also present for other modalities. RICH2 KO mice engage in normal exploration in a novel environment, suggesting that the anxiety-related phenotype is not due to reduced exploratory drive...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642198/treatment-of-intestinal-fibrosis-in-experimental-inflammatory-bowel-disease-by-the-pleiotropic-actions-of-a-local-rho-kinase-inhibitor
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Tom Holvoet, Sarah Devriese, Karolien Castermans, Sandro Boland, Dirk Leysen, Yves-Paul Vandewynckel, Lindsey Devisscher, Lien Van den Bossche, Sophie Van Welden, Melissa Dullaers, Roosmarijn E Vandenbroucke, Riet De Rycke, Karel Geboes, Arnaud Bourin, Olivier Defert, Pieter Hindryckx, Martine De Vos, Debby Laukens
BACKGROUND: Intestinal fibrosis resulting in (sub)obstruction is a common complication of Crohn's disease (CD). Rho kinases (ROCKs) play multiple roles in TGFβ1-induced myofibroblast activation that could be therapeutic targets. Because systemic ROCK inhibition causes cardiovascular side-effects, we evaluated the effects of a locally acting ROCK inhibitor (AMA0825) on intestinal fibrosis. METHODS: Fibrosis was assessed in mouse models using dextran sulfate sodium and adoptive T cell transfer...
June 19, 2017: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641819/dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mr-imaging-of-carotid-vasa-vasorum-in-relation-to-coronary-and-cerebrovascular-events
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Juan Wang, Huijun Chen, Jie Sun, Daniel S Hippe, Huawei Zhang, Shengyuan Yu, Jianming Cai, Leixing Xie, Bao Cui, Chun Yuan, Xihai Zhao, Weimin Yuan, Hongbin Liu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Dynamic contrast-enhanced MR imaging (DCE-MRI) provides a noninvasive approach to the functional status of carotid adventitial vasa vasorum. Contrast extravasation rate, or K(trans), derived from kinetic modeling of adventitial enhancement, has been correlated with plaque neovascularization and inflammation. This study sought to clarify the clinical implications of K(trans) by evaluating its relationship with documented cardiovascular events (CVE). METHODS: Seventy patients with carotid plaque at clinical ultrasound examination were recruited and imaged with a previously-described bright-blood DCE-MRI protocol (spatial resolution: 0...
June 3, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641719/surfactant-protein-d-inhibits-interleukin-12p40-production-by-macrophages-through-the-sirp%C3%AE-rock-erk-signaling-pathway
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Rui Yamaguchi, Arisa Sakamoto, Takatoshi Yamamoto, Yasuji Ishimaru, Shinji Narahara, Hiroyuki Sugiuchi, Yasuo Yamaguchi
OBJECTIVE: Interleukin (IL)-12 has a pivotal profibrotic role in the development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Medical research trials based on IPF registry databases have actively recruited patients. Surfactant protein D (SP-D) is a useful biomarker in patients with IPF. SP-D binds to signal regulatory protein α (SIRPα), which acts as an inhibitory receptor, and this SP-D/SIRPα interaction may have an anti-inflammatory effect. Accordingly, the inhibitory effect of SP-D on IL-12p40 production by lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated macrophages was investigated...
June 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641288/the-crista-fenestra-and-its-impact-on-the-surgical-approach-to-the-scala-tympani-during-cochlear-implantation
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Roberto D Angeli, Joel Lavinsky, Enio T Setogutti, Luiz Lavinsky
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to describe the dimensions of the crista fenestra and determine its presence by means of high-resolution computed tomography (CT) for the purpose of cochlear implantation via the round window approach. METHODS: A series of 10 adult human temporal bones underwent high-resolution CT scanning and were further dissected for microscopic study of the round window niche. RESULTS: In all of the specimens, the round window membrane was fully visualized after the complete removal of bony overhangs...
June 23, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641032/targeting-rho-gtpase-effector-p21-activated-kinase-4-pak4-suppresses-p-bad-microrna-drug-resistance-axis-leading-to-inhibition-of-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-proliferation
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Ramzi M Mohammad, Yiwei Li, Irfana Muqbil, Amro Aboukameel, William Senapedis, Erkan Baloglu, Yosef Landesman, Philip A Philip, Asfar S Azmi
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is a highly aggressive and therapy resistant malignancy. Mutant K-Ras, found in >90% of refractory PDAC, acts as a molecular switch activating Rho GTPase signaling that in turn promotes a plethora of pro-survival molecules and oncogenic microRNAs. We investigated the impact of Rho GTPase effector protein p21 activated kinase 4 (PAK4) inhibition on pro-survival p-Bad and oncogenic miRNA signaling. We demonstrate that the dual NAMPT and PAK4 modulators (KPT-9274 and KPT-9307) inhibit PDAC cell proliferation through down-regulation of Bad phosphorylation and up-regulation tumor suppressive miRNAs (miR-145, let-7c, let-7d, miR-34c, miR320 and miR-100)...
June 22, 2017: Small GTPases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640982/mechanisms-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-mediated-vasoconstriction-of-rat-afferent-arterioles
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Zhengrong Guan, Fuchenchu Wang, Xiangqin Cui, Edward W Inscho
AIM: Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) influences resistance vessel function and is implicated in renal pathological processes. Previous studies revealed that S1P evoked potent vasoconstriction of the preglomerular microvasculature, but the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely defined. We postulated that S1P-mediated preglomerular microvascular vasoconstriction involves activation of voltage-dependent L-type calcium channels (L-VDCC) and the rho/rho kinase pathway. METHODS: Afferent arteriolar reactivity was assessed in vitro using the blood-perfused rat juxtamedullary nephron preparation and diameter was measured during exposure to physiological and pharmacological agents...
June 22, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639986/chitinase-3-like-protein-1-ykl-40-before-and-after-therapy-in-supraventricular-arrhythmias
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Nikolaos Michelakakis, Georgios J Neroutsos, Anastasia S Perpinia, Dimitrios Farmakis, Eugenia G Voukouti, Apostolos J Karavidas, John Parissis, Maria T Georgiakaki, Vlassios N Pyrgakis
BACKGROUND: The inflammatory glycoprotein chitinase-3-like protein 1 or YKL-40 has emerged as a potential biomarker of cardiovascular diseases, including atrial fibrillation (AFib). We sought to assess YKL-40 in a wide spectrum of supraventricular arrhythmias besides AFib in comparison with other inflammatory markers. METHODS: We determined serum levels of YKL-40, C-reactive protein (CRP) and IL-6 in 70 patients with AFib, atrial flutter, atrioventricular node reentry tachycardia or other supraventricular tachycardias before, immediately after therapy and 1 week after therapy; 20 healthy patients served as controls...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638915/-optogenetic-activation-of-dorsal-hippocampal-astrocytic-rac1-blocks-the-learning-of-associative-memory
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Xiao-Mu Guo, Zhao-Hui Liao, Ye-Zheng Tao, Fei-Fei Wang, Lan Ma
Rac1 belongs to the family of Rho GTPases, and plays important roles in the brain function. It affects the cell migration and axon guidance via regulating the cytoskeleton and cellular morphology. However, the effect of its dynamic activation in regulating physiological function remains unclear. Recently, a photoactivatable analogue of Rac1 (PA-Rac1) has been developed, allowing the activation of Rac1 by the specific wavelength of light in living cells. Thus, we constructed recombinant adeno-associated virus (AAV) of PA-Rac1 and its light-insensitive mutant PA-Rac1-C450A under the control of the mouse glial fibrillary acidic protein (mGFAP) promoter to manipulate Rac1 activity in astrocytes by optical stimulation...
June 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638746/a-quantitative-study-on-anonymity-and-professionalism-within-an-online-free-open-access-medical-education-community
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Daneilla Dimitri, Andrea Gubert, Amanda B Miller, Brent Thoma, Teresa Chan
The increasing use of social media to share knowledge in medical education has led to concerns about the professionalism of online medical learners and physicians. However, there is a lack of research on the behavior of professionals within open online discussions. In 2013, the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine website (ALiEM.com) launched a series of moderated online case discussions that provided an opportunity to explore the relationship between anonymity and professionalism. Comments from 12 case discussions conducted over a one-year period were analyzed using modified scales of anonymity and professionalism derived by Kilner and Hoadley...
September 18, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638467/dual-responsive-molecular-probe-for-tumor-targeted-imaging-and-photodynamic-therapy
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Xiaoqing Meng, Yueting Yang, Lihua Zhou, Li Zhang, Yalin Lv, Sanpeng Li, Yayun Wu, Mingbin Zheng, Wenjun Li, Guanhui Gao, Guanjun Deng, Tao Jiang, Dapeng Ni, Ping Gong, Lintao Cai
The precision oncology significantly relies on the development of multifunctional agents to integrate tumor targeting, imaging and therapeutics. In this study, a first small-molecule theranostic probe, RhoSSCy is constructed by conjugating 5'-carboxyrhodamines (Rho) and heptamethine cyanine IR765 (Cy) using a reducible disulfide linker and pH tunable amino-group to realize thiols/pH dual sensing. In vitro experiments verify that RhoSSCy is highly sensitive for quantitative analysis and imaging intracellular pH gradient and biothiols...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638087/mesoscopic-multimodal-imaging-provides-new-insight-to-tumor-tissue-evaluation-an-example-of-macrophage-imaging-of-hepatic-tumor-using-organosilica-nanoparticles
#16
Michihiro Nakamura, Koichiro Hayashi, Hitoshi Kubo, Masafumi Harada, Keisuke Izumi, Yoshihiro Tsuruo, Toshinobu Yogo
Multimodal imaging using novel multifunctional nanoparticles provides new approach to biomedical field. Thiol-organosilica nanoparticles containing iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) and rhodamine B (thiol OS-MNP/Rho) were applied to multimodal imaging of hepatic tumor of Long-Evans Cinnamon (LEC) rat. The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of LEC rats revealed tumors in the liver clearly and semi-quantitatively due to a labeling of macrophages in liver. The fluorescent imaging (FI) showed abnormal fluorescent patterns of the liver at the mesoscopic level that was between macroscopic and microscopic level...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637603/reliability-and-validity-of-two-multidimensional-self-reported-physical-activity-questionnaires-in-people-with-chronic-low-back-pain
#17
Flávia A Carvalho, Priscila K Morelhão, Marcia R Franco, Chris G Maher, Rob J E M Smeets, Crystian B Oliveira, Ismael F Freitas Júnior, Rafael Z Pinto
BACKGROUND: Although there is some evidence for reliability and validity of self-report physical activity (PA) questionnaires in the general adult population, it is unclear whether we can assume similar measurement properties in people with chronic low back pain (LBP). OBJECTIVE: To determine the test-retest reliability of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) long-version and the Baecke Physical Activity Questionnaire (BPAQ) and their criterion-related validity against data derived from accelerometers in patients with chronic LBP...
February 2017: Musculoskeletal Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636867/assortative-sexual-mixing-patterns-in-male-female-and-male-male-partnerships-in-melbourne-australia-implications-for-hiv-and-sexually-transmissible-infection-transmission
#18
Eric P F Chow, Tim R H Read, Matthew G Law, Marcus Y Chen, Catriona S Bradshaw, Christopher K Fairley
BACKGROUND: Assortative mixing patterns have become a new and important focus in HIV/sexually transmissible infection (STI) research in recent years. There are very limited data on sexual mixing patterns, particularly in an Australian population. METHODS: Male-female and male-male partnerships attending the Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) between 2011 and 2014 were included. Correlation of age between two individuals within a partnership was examined by using Spearman's rank correlation...
October 2016: Sexual Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636793/development-and-validation-of-ihs4-a-novel-dynamic-scoring-system-to-assess-hidradenitis-suppurativa-acne-inversa-severity
#19
C C Zouboulis, T Tzellos, A Kyrgidis, G B E Jemec, F G Bechara, E J Giamarellos-Bourboulis, J R Ingram, T Kanni, I Karagiannidis, A Martorell, Ł Matusiak, A Pinter, E P Prens, D Presser, S Schneider-Burrus, E von Stebut, J C Szepietowski, H H van der Zee, S M Wilden, R Sabat
BACKGROUND: A validated tool for the dynamic severity assessment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is lacking. The aim of this study was to develop and validate such a novel scoring system. METHODS: A Delphi voting procedure was conducted among the members of the European Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation (EHSF) to achieve consensus towards an initial HS Severity Score System (HS4). Strengths and weaknesses of HS4 were examined by a multicenter prospective study...
June 21, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636614/smartphone-dependence-classification-using-tensor-factorization
#20
Jingyun Choi, Mi Jung Rho, Yejin Kim, In Hye Yook, Hwanjo Yu, Dai-Jin Kim, In Young Choi
Excessive smartphone use causes personal and social problems. To address this issue, we sought to derive usage patterns that were directly correlated with smartphone dependence based on usage data. This study attempted to classify smartphone dependence using a data-driven prediction algorithm. We developed a mobile application to collect smartphone usage data. A total of 41,683 logs of 48 smartphone users were collected from March 8, 2015, to January 8, 2016. The participants were classified into the control group (SUC) or the addiction group (SUD) using the Korean Smartphone Addiction Proneness Scale for Adults (S-Scale) and a face-to-face offline interview by a psychiatrist and a clinical psychologist (SUC = 23 and SUD = 25)...
2017: PloS One
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