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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166724/-beneficial-effects-of-schisandrin-b-on-the-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-a-mice-model-of-myocardial-infarction
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P S Chen, J Liu, H Y Meng, P Wu, Z J Yang
Objective: To investigate whether Schisandrin B (Sch B) could improve cardiac structure and function in myocardial infarction (MI) mice and related mechanisms. Methods: Male C57BL/6J mice were randomized into sham (n=8), MI+ Sch B (n=24, 80 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1) per gavage) or MI+ vehicle (n=24, equal volume). After treatment for 3 weeks, cardiac function was detected by echocardiography measurement.Infarction size was measured by Evans blue and TTC staining.HE and Masson trichrome staining were used to observe the myocardial inflammation, structure and fibrosis...
November 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166721/-a-preliminary-study-on-the-relationship-between-idiopathic-arrhythmia-and-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-defined-cardiac-features-in-patients-with-straight-back-syndrome
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L Chen, X H Ma, L Zhao, R Bai, S N Li, L Wang, H Chen, Z M Fan, M W Lou, Y D Niu
Objective: To retrospectively analyze the potential correlation between cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging and clinical features and idiopathic arrhythmia in patients with straight back syndrome (SBS). Methods: Patients receiving CMR imaging examination from April 2015 to March 2016 at our department (n=1 432) were screened, 76 patients met the diagnosis criteria of flat chest (anteroposterior diameter/transthoracic diameter (APD/TTD) ratio<0.37 at the T8 vertebra). After excluding 33 patients with structural heart disease, 43 SBS patients were divided into two groups: SBS without obvious morphological change in the heart (group A, n=19) and SBS with morphological change of the heart (group B, n=24)...
November 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166711/-effects-of-caspase-1-inhibitor-vx765-on-cold-restraint-stress-induced-acute-gastric-ulcer-in-mice
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S Q Zheng, X D Hong, T S Chen, P F Luo, S C Xiao
Objective: To investigate the protective effects of caspase-1 inhibitor VX765 on gastric mucosa of mice with cold-restraint stress-induced acute gastric ulcer. Methods: Twenty-four specific pathogen free male C57BL/6J mice were divided into normal control group (NC), cold restrain group (CR), VX765 pre-treatment+ cold restrain group (VCR), and rabeprazole pre-treatment+ cold restrain group (RCR) according to the random number table, with 6 mice in each group. Mice in group NC were injected intraperitoneally with solution of 10 mL/kg dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) and phosphate buffer solution (PBS)...
November 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166709/-effects-of-dexmedetomidine-on-myocardium-of-rats-with-severe-burn-at-early-stage
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D Wang, P L Yang, X Zhang, Y Liu
Objective: To investigate the effects of dexmedetomidine on myocardium of rats at early stage after severe burn. Methods: Twenty specific pathogen free male SD rats were immersed in 90 ℃ hot water for 20 s, causing 30% total body surface area (TBSA) full-thickness scald (hereafter referred to as burn) on the back. And then they were divided into burn resuscitation group (BR) and burn resuscitation+ dexmedetomidine group (BRD) according to the random number table, with 10 rats in each group. Sodium lactate Ringer's solution (2 mL·kg(-1)·%TBSA(-1)) were intraperitoneally injected into rats of both groups after burn...
November 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166708/-effects-of-astragalus-polysaccharide-on-cardiac-dysfunction-in-rabbits-with-severe-scald-injury
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L Zhong, J H Zhan, J H Luo, X Cheng
Objective: To investigate the effects of astragalus polysaccharide (AP) on cardiac dysfunction in rabbits with severe scald injury. Methods: Sixty-four New Zealand white rabbits were divided into pure scald group and AP group according to the random number table, with 32 rabbits in each group. Rabbits in the two groups were all inflicted with 30% total body surface area full-thickness scald on the back. Immediately after injury, rabbits in two groups were intraperitoneally injected with lactated Ringer's solution once for antishock...
November 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166707/-establishment-of-myocardial-targeted-nanoparticles-and-preliminary-evaluation-of-its-effects-on-prevention-and-treatment-of-myocardial-injury
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Y Y Liu, C Wang, P F Luo, Z F Xia
Objective: To establish 3-{4-[2-hydroxyl-(1-methylethylamino) propoxy] phenyl} propionic acid cetylesters (PAC) modified nanoparticles, and preliminarily explore its cardiomyocyte-targeting function and protection effects on myocardium. Methods: (1) HL-1 myocardial cells were divided into cyanidin-3 (Cy3) marked non-targeted small interference RNA (Cy3-siNC) group and Cy3 marked small interference RNA designed for the nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB)-p65 gene (Cy3-si435) group according to the random number table, with 3 wells in each group...
November 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166697/-patient-unrelated-risk-factors-for-the-development-and-treatment-course-of-anastomotic-failure-in-colorectal-surgery-results-of-structured-m-m-conferences
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Peter Alexander Vogel
Background There are numerous published studies on patient-related risk factors for the development of anastomotic failure. We therefore investigated the influence of patient-unrelated risk factors for the development and course of treatment of anastomotic failure in colorectal surgery. Patient Sample From May 1, 2015, until December, 31, 2016, n = 179 post-colorectal surgery patients were analysed. Overall, n = 14 patients suffered from anastomotic failure. These patients' course of treatment was analysed in a Morbidity and Mortality Conference (M+M conference) structured according to the London Protocol...
November 22, 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166696/-fluorescence-cholangiography-in-comparison-to-radiographic-cholangiography-during-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy
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Viktoria Pax, Sylke Schneider-Koriath, Martin Scholz, Reiko Wießner, Kaja Ludwig
Background The reported incidence rate of bile duct injury (BDI) during laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) is 0.3%. However, routine use of intraoperative cholangiography (IOC) is a controversial, due to the additional cost and radiation exposure. The aim of this study was to assess the application of fluorescence cholangiography (FC) in comparison to IOC and to LC without any intraoperative imaging. Materials and Methods This prospective study included 230 patients undergoing LC in our institution. The subjects were divided into two groups...
November 22, 2017: Zentralblatt Für Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166690/-facial-emotion-recognition-theory-of-mind-and-empathy-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Samar S Ayache, Moussa A Chalah, Tania Kuempfel, Frank Padberg, Jean-Pascal Lefaucheur, Ulrich Palm
Multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic progressive inflammatory disease of the central nervous system, causes frequent disability, mood disorders, fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction. As a part of the last, social cognition is frequently disturbed in MS patients. It comprises empathy and social perception of emotions from facial, bodily and vocal cues. Social cognitive deficits worsen affect decoding, interpersonal relationship, and quality of life. Despite the impact of these deficits on global functioning, only a small number of studies have investigated its correlations and overlaps with MS symptoms...
November 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166667/flotillin-scaffold-activity-contributes-to-type-vii-secretion-system-assembly-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Benjamin Mielich-Süss, Rabea M Wagner, Nicole Mietrach, Tobias Hertlein, Gabriella Marincola, Knut Ohlsen, Sebastian Geibel, Daniel Lopez
Scaffold proteins are ubiquitous chaperones that promote efficient interactions between partners of multi-enzymatic protein complexes; although they are well studied in eukaryotes, their role in prokaryotic systems is poorly understood. Bacterial membranes have functional membrane microdomains (FMM), a structure homologous to eukaryotic lipid rafts. Similar to their eukaryotic counterparts, bacterial FMM harbor a scaffold protein termed flotillin that is thought to promote interactions between proteins spatially confined to the FMM...
November 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166651/stiffness-analysis-of-3d-spheroids-using-microtweezers
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Devina Jaiswal, Norah Cowley, Zichao Bian, Guoan Zheng, Kevin P Claffey, Kazunori Hoshino
We describe a novel mechanical characterization method that has directly measured the stiffness of cancer spheroids for the first time to our knowledge. Stiffness is known to be a key parameter that characterizes cancerous and normal cells. Atomic force microscopy or optical tweezers have been typically used for characterization of single cells with the measurable forces ranging from sub pN to a few hundred nN, which are not suitable for measurement of larger 3D cellular structures such as spheroids, whose mechanical characteristics have not been fully studied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166649/extended-light-exposure-increases-stem-digestibility-and-biomass-production-of-switchgrass
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Chunqiao Zhao, Xifeng Fan, Xincun Hou, Yi Zhu, Yuesen Yue, Juying Wu
Switchgrass is a photoperiod-sensitive energy grass suitable for growing in the marginal lands of China. We explored the effects of extended photoperiods of low-irradiance light (7 μmol·m-2·s-1, no effective photosynthesis) on the growth, the biomass dry weight, the biomass allocation, and, especially, the stem digestibility and cell wall characteristics of switchgrass. Two extended photoperiods (i.e., 18 and 24 h) were applied over Alamo. Extended light exposure (18 and 24 h) resulted in delayed heading and higher dry weights of vegetative organs (by 32...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166642/effect-of-calcium-infiltrated-hydroxyapatite-scaffolds-on-the-hematopoietic-fate-of-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
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Qinghao Zhang, Jörg C Gerlach, Eva Schmelzer, Ian Nettleship
Foamed hydroxyapatite offers a three-dimensional scaffold for the development of bone constructs, mimicking perfectly the in vivo bone structure. In vivo, calcium release at the surface is assumed to provide a locally increased gradient supporting the maintenance of the hematopoietic stem cells niche. We fabricated hydroxyapatite scaffolds with high surface calcium concentration by infiltration, and used human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) as a model to study the effects on hematopoietic lineage direction...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166626/non-covalent-interactions-between-thio-caffeine-derivatives-and-water-soluble-porphyrin-in-ethanol-water-environment
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Agnieszka Lipke, Magdalena Makarska-Bialokoz, Arleta Sierakowska, Beata Jasiewicz
To determine the binding interactions and ability to form the non-covalent systems, the association process between 5,10,15,20-tetrakis[4-(trimethylammonio)phenyl]-21H,23H-porphine tetra-p-tosylate (H2TTMePP) and a series of five structurally diverse thio-caffeine analogues has been studied in ethanol and ethanol-water solutions, analyzing its absorption and steady-state fluorescence spectra. The porphyrin fluorescence lifetimes in the systems studied were established as well. During the titration with thio-caffeine compounds the slight bathochromic effect and considerable hypochromicity of the porphyrin Soret band maximum can be noted...
November 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166622/morphological-characteristics-and-variations-of-the-human-quadratus-plantae-muscle
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Bettina Pretterklieber
The quadratus plantae (QP) is a highly variable structure. A number of partly inexact descriptions of this entity have been provided in textbooks of anatomy. Although several authors have examined the QP, its exact site of origin and type of insertion have hitherto not been specified. The aim of this study has been to provide detailed qualitative and quantitative data about the number of heads, points of origin, and type of insertion of the QP. The QP in both feet of 50 formalin-fixed specimens of body donors (25 men and women) were analyzed by gross anatomical dissection...
November 19, 2017: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166618/ipsc-based-compound-screening-and-in%C3%A2-vitro-trials-identify-a-synergistic-anti-amyloid-%C3%AE-combination-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Takayuki Kondo, Keiko Imamura, Misato Funayama, Kayoko Tsukita, Michiyo Miyake, Akira Ohta, Knut Woltjen, Masato Nakagawa, Takashi Asada, Tetsuaki Arai, Shinobu Kawakatsu, Yuishin Izumi, Ryuji Kaji, Nobuhisa Iwata, Haruhisa Inoue
In the process of drug development, in vitro studies do not always adequately predict human-specific drug responsiveness in clinical trials. Here, we applied the advantage of human iPSC-derived neurons, which offer human-specific drug responsiveness, to screen and evaluate therapeutic candidates for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Using AD patient neurons with nearly 100% purity from iPSCs, we established a robust and reproducible assay for amyloid β peptide (Aβ), a pathogenic molecule in AD, and screened a pharmaceutical compound library...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166612/impediment-of-replication-forks-by-long-non-coding-rna-provokes-chromosomal-rearrangements-by-error-prone-restart
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Takaaki Watanabe, Michael Marotta, Ryusuke Suzuki, Scott J Diede, Stephen J Tapscott, Atsushi Niida, Xiongfong Chen, Lila Mouakkad, Anna Kondratova, Armando E Giuliano, Sandra Orsulic, Hisashi Tanaka
Naturally stalled replication forks are considered to cause structurally abnormal chromosomes in tumor cells. However, underlying mechanisms remain speculative, as capturing naturally stalled forks has been a challenge. Here, we captured naturally stalled forks in tumor cells and delineated molecular processes underlying the structural evolution of circular mini-chromosomes (double-minute chromosomes; DMs). Replication forks stalled on the DM by the co-directional collision with the transcription machinery for long non-coding RNA...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166599/maturation-of-cerebellar-purkinje-cell-population-activity-during-postnatal-refinement-of-climbing-fiber-network
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Jean-Marc Good, Michael Mahoney, Taisuke Miyazaki, Kenji F Tanaka, Kenji Sakimura, Masahiko Watanabe, Kazuo Kitamura, Masanobu Kano
Neural circuits undergo massive refinements during postnatal development. In the developing cerebellum, the climbing fiber (CF) to Purkinje cell (PC) network is drastically reshaped by eliminating early-formed redundant CF to PC synapses. To investigate the impact of CF network refinement on PC population activity during postnatal development, we monitored spontaneous CF responses in neighboring PCs and the activity of populations of nearby CF terminals using in vivo two-photon calcium imaging. Population activity is highly synchronized in newborn mice, and the degree of synchrony gradually declines during the first postnatal week in PCs and, to a lesser extent, in CF terminals...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166597/mammalian-hp1-isoforms-have-specific-roles-in-heterochromatin-structure-and-organization
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Laia Bosch-Presegué, Helena Raurell-Vila, Joshua K Thackray, Jessica González, Carmen Casal, Noriko Kane-Goldsmith, Miguel Vizoso, Jeremy P Brown, Antonio Gómez, Juan Ausió, Timo Zimmermann, Manel Esteller, Gunnar Schotta, Prim B Singh, Lourdes Serrano, Alejandro Vaquero
HP1 is a structural component of heterochromatin. Mammalian HP1 isoforms HP1α, HP1β, and HP1γ play different roles in genome stability, but their precise role in heterochromatin structure is unclear. Analysis of Hp1α(-/-), Hp1β(-/-), and Hp1γ(-/-) MEFs show that HP1 proteins have both redundant and unique functions within pericentric heterochromatin (PCH) and also act globally throughout the genome. HP1α confines H4K20me3 and H3K27me3 to regions within PCH, while its absence results in a global hyper-compaction of chromatin associated with a specific pattern of mitotic defects...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166573/interaction-of-hsp90-with-phospholipid-model-membranes
#20
Muhan Zhang, Daoying Wang, Pengpeng Li, Chong Sun, Rong Xu, Zhiming Geng, Weimin Xu, Zhaoqi Dai
Heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is an essential molecular chaperone with versatile functions in cell homeostatic control under both normal and stress conditions. Hsp90 has been found to be expressed on the cell surface, but the mechanism of Hsp90 association to the membrane remains obscure. In this study, the direct interaction of Hsp90 and phospholipid vesicles was characterized, and the role of Hsp90 on membrane physical state was explored. Using surface plasmon resonance (SPR), we observed a strong interaction between Hsp90 and different compositions of lipid...
November 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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