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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346778/diverse-brain-myeloid-expression-profiles-reveal-distinct-microglial-activation-states-and-aspects-of-alzheimer-s-disease-not-evident-in-mouse-models
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Brad A Friedman, Karpagam Srinivasan, Gai Ayalon, William J Meilandt, Han Lin, Melanie A Huntley, Yi Cao, Seung-Hye Lee, Patrick C G Haddick, Hai Ngu, Zora Modrusan, Jessica L Larson, Joshua S Kaminker, Marcel P van der Brug, David V Hansen
Microglia, the CNS-resident immune cells, play important roles in disease, but the spectrum of their possible activation states is not well understood. We derived co-regulated gene modules from transcriptional profiles of CNS myeloid cells of diverse mouse models, including new tauopathy model datasets. Using these modules to interpret single-cell data from an Alzheimer's disease (AD) model, we identified microglial subsets-distinct from previously reported "disease-associated microglia"-expressing interferon-related or proliferation modules...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346731/direct-polymerization-of-the-arsenic-drug-penao-to-obtain-nanoparticles-with-high-thiol-reactivity-and-anti-cancer-efficiency
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Janina-Miriam Noy, Hongxu Lu, Philip Hogg, Jia-Lin Yang, Martina H Stenzel
PENAO (4-(N-(S-penicillaminylacetyl)amino) phenylarsonous acid), which is a mitochondria inhibitor that reacts with adenine nucleotide translocator (ANT), is currently being trialed in patients with solid tumors. To increase the stability of the drug, the formation of nanoparticles has been proposed. Herein, the direct synthesis of polymeric micelles based on the anti-cancer drug PENAO is presented. PENAO is readily available for amidation reaction to form PENAO MA (4-(N-(S-penicillaminylacetyl) amino) phenylarsonous acid methacrylamide) which undergoes RAFT (reversible addition fragmentation chin transfer) polymerization with poly(polyethylene glycol methyl ether methacrylate) (PEGMA) as comonomer and poly(methylmethacrylate) (pMMA) as chain transfer agent, resulting in p(MMA)-b-p(PEG-co-PENAO) block copolymers with 3-15 wt...
January 18, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346661/the-role-of-healthcare-and-education-systems-in-co-occurrence-of-health-risk-behaviours-in-27-european-countries
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Shiho Kino, Eduardo Bernabé, Wael Sabbah
Background: Contextual factors play an important role in health and related behaviours. This study aims to examine the association of co-occurrence of five health-risk behaviours with healthcare and education contextual factors using nationally representative samples from 27 European countries. Methods: Data were from Eurobarometer 72.3, 2009. The outcome was a count variable ranging from 0 to 5 indicating co-occurrence of five health-risk behaviours, namely smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, non-frequent fresh fruit consumption, physical inactivity and non-dental check-ups...
February 1, 2018: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346649/endothelial-function-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Mohammad Adawi, Abdulla Watad, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Howard Amital, Saaida Golan, Sirchan Rizak, Blum Arnon
Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are at higher risk of accelerated atherosclerosis. We sought to assess endothelial dysfunction in RA to find a possible mechanistic pathway that will explain this clinical phenomenon. Methods: A prospective study recruited 44 RA patients with an active long standing (>12 months) disease. All underwent a detailed assessment of disease activity. To estimate the endothelial function the Brachial Artery Method was performed, measuring flow mediated diameter percent change (FMD%)...
January 15, 2018: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346579/web-based-cognitive-behavior-therapy-for-chronic-pain-patients-with-aberrant-drug-related-behavior-outcomes-from-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Honoria Guarino, Chunki Fong, Lisa A Marsch, Michelle C Acosta, Cassandra Syckes, Sarah K Moore, Ricardo A Cruciani, Russell K Portenoy, Dennis C Turk, Andrew Rosenblum
Objective: There is high unmet need for effective behavioral treatments for chronic pain patients at risk for or with demonstrated histories of opioid misuse. Despite growing evidence supporting technology-based delivery of self-management interventions for chronic pain, very few such programs target co-occurring chronic pain and aberrant drug-related behavior. This randomized controlled trial evaluated the effectiveness of a novel, web-based self-management intervention, grounded in cognitive behavior therapy, for chronic pain patients with aberrant drug-related behavior...
January 13, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346529/echocardiographic-criteria-to-detect-unicuspid-aortic-valve-morphology
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Sebastian Ewen, Irem Karliova, Petra Weber, Stephan H Schirmer, Hashim Abdul-Khaliq, Jakob Schöpe, Felix Mahfoud, Hans-Joachim Schäfers
Aims: Unicuspid aortic valve (UAV) is a rare congenital malformation associated with severe aortic stenosis or regurgitation. This study aimed to systematically determine echocardiographic criteria to identify UAV. Methods and results: All patients underwent a preoperative baseline examination, including echocardiography. A total of 69 patients with intraoperatively confirmed UAV underwent an aortic valve repair procedure between August 2001 and May 2011. To compare the findings of UAV cases with those of other valve morphologies, we examined 99 consecutive patients with a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and 103 consecutive patients with a tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) undergoing isolated aortic valve surgery before May 2016...
January 15, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346528/a-novel-stromal-lncrna-signature-reprograms-fibroblasts-to-promote-the-growth-of-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-via-lncrna-caf-interleukin-33
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Liang Ding, Jing Ren, Dongya Zhang, Yi Li, Xiaofeng Huang, Qingang Hu, Hui Wang, Yuxian Song, Yanhong Ni, Yayi Hou
Stromal carcinoma-related fibroblasts (CAFs) are the main type of non-immune cells in the tumor microenvironment (TME). CAFs interact with cancer cells to promote tumor proliferation. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) are known to regulate cell growth, apoptosis, and metastasis of cancer cells, but their role in stromal cells is unclear. Using RNA sequencing, we identified a stromal lncRNA signature during the transformation of CAFs from normal fibroblasts (NFs) in oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). We uncovered an uncharacterized lncRNA, FLJ22447, which was remarkably up-regulated in CAFs, referred to LncRNA-CAF (Lnc-CAF) hereafter...
January 13, 2018: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346443/exposure-to-previous-cart-is-associated-with-significant-liver-fibrosis-and-cirrhosis-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-patients
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Evrim Anadol, Kristina Lust, Christoph Boesecke, Carolynne Schwarze-Zander, Raphael Mohr, Jan-Christian Wasmuth, Jürgen Kurt Rockstroh, Jonel Trebicka
INTRODUCTION: Combined antiretroviral therapy (cART) has improved survival in HIV-patients. While the first antiretrovirals, which became available in particular D-drugs (especially didanosine and stavudine) and unboosted protease inhibitors, may impair liver function, the modern cART seems to decrease liver fibrosis. This study assessed the influence of exposure to previous antiretrovirals on liver fibrosis in HIV-infected patients. METHODS: This observational cross-sectional single-center study recruited 333 HIV patients and assessed liver fibrosis using transient elastography (TE)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346436/bone-marrow-concentrate-promotes-bone-regeneration-with-a-suboptimal-dose-of-rhbmp-2
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Kazuhiro Egashira, Yoshinori Sumita, Weijian Zhong, Takashi I, Seigo Ohba, Kazuhiro Nagai, Izumi Asahina
Bone marrow concentrate (BMC), which is enriched in mononuclear cells (MNCs) and platelets, has recently attracted the attention of clinicians as a new optional means for bone engineering. We previously reported that the osteoinductive effect of bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) could be enhanced synergistically by co-transplantation of peripheral blood (PB)-derived platelet-rich plasma (PRP). This study aims to investigate whether BMC can effectively promote bone formation induced by low-dose BMP-2, thereby reducing the undesirable side-effects of BMP-2, compared to PRP...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346427/soluble-factors-from-adipose-tissue-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-promote-canine-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-proliferation-and-invasion
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Takahiro Teshima, Hirotaka Matsumoto, Hidekazu Koyama
The potential effects of adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (AT-MSCs) on the growth and invasion of canine tumours including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are not yet understood. Moreover in humans, the functional contribution of AT-MSCs to malignancies remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of AT-MSCs on the proliferation and invasion of canine HCC cells in vitro. The effect of AT-MSCs on mRNA levels of factors related to HCC progression were also evaluated...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346421/the-absence-of-specific-yeast-heat-shock-proteins-leads-to-abnormal-aggregation-and-compromised-autophagic-clearance-of-mutant-huntingtin-proteins
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Ryan Higgins, Marie-Helene Kabbaj, Alexa Hatcher, Yanchang Wang
The functionality of a protein depends on its correct folding, but newly synthesized proteins are susceptible to aberrant folding and aggregation. Heat shock proteins (HSPs) function as molecular chaperones that aid in protein folding and the degradation of misfolded proteins. Trinucleotide (CAG) repeat expansion in the Huntingtin gene (HTT) results in the expression of misfolded Huntingtin protein (Htt), which contributes to the development of Huntington's disease. We previously found that the degradation of mutated Htt with polyQ expansion (Htt103QP) depends on both ubiquitin proteasome system and autophagy...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346404/bio-fortification-potential-of-global-wild-annual-lentil-core-collection
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Sandeep Kumar, Anil Kumar Choudhary, Kuldeep Singh Rana, Ashutosh Sarker, Mohar Singh
Lentil, generally known as poor man's' meat due to its high protein value is also a good source of dietary fiber, antioxidants and vitamins along with fast cooking characteristics. It could be used globally as a staple food crop to eradicate hidden hunger, if this nutritionally rich crop is further enriched with essential minerals. This requires identification of essential mineral rich germplasm. So, in the present study, a core set of 96 wild accessions extracted from 405 global wild annual collections comprising different species was analyzed to determine its bio-fortification potential...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346402/gene-regulation-in-kluyveromyces-marxianus-in-the-context-of-chromosomes
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Du Toit W P Schabort, Stephanus G Kilian, James C du Preez
Eukaryotes, including the unicellular eukaryotes such as yeasts, employ multiple levels of gene regulation. Regulation of chromatin structure through chromatin compaction cascades, and influenced by transcriptional insulators, might play a role in the coordinated regulation of genes situated at adjacent loci and expressed as a co-regulated cluster. Subtelomeric gene silencing, which has previously been described in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is an example of this phenomenon. Transcription from a common regulatory element located around a shared intergenic region is another factor that could coordinate the transcription of genes at adjacent loci...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346306/zinc-tantalum-oxynitride-zntao%C3%A2-n-photoanode-modified-with-cobalt-phosphate-layers-for-the-photoelectrochemical-oxidation-of-alkali-water
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Prabhakarn Arunachalam, Maged N Shaddad, Mohamed A Ghanem, Abdullah M Al-Mayouf, Mark T Weller
Photoanodes fabricated by the electrophoretic deposition of a thermally prepared zinc tantalum oxynitride (ZnTaO₂N) catalyst onto indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates show photoactivation for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline solutions. The photoactivity of the OER is further boosted by the photodeposition of cobalt phosphate (CoPi) layers onto the surface of the ZnTaO₂N photoanodes. Structural, morphological, and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of the modified ZnTaO₂N photoanodes are studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ultraviolet visible (UV-Vis) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and electrochemical techniques...
January 18, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346301/braf-and-mek-inhibitors-influence-the-function-of-reprogrammed-t-cells-consequences-for-adoptive-t-cell-therapy
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Jan Dörrie, Lek Babalija, Stefanie Hoyer, Kerstin F Gerer, Gerold Schuler, Lucie Heinzerling, Niels Schaft
BRAF and MEK inhibitors (BRAFi/MEKi), the standard treatment for patients with BRAFV600 mutated melanoma, are currently explored in combination with various immunotherapies, notably checkpoint inhibitors and adoptive transfer of receptor-transfected T cells. Since two BRAFi/MEKi combinations with similar efficacy are approved, potential differences in their effects on immune cells would enable a rational choice for triple therapies. Therefore, we characterized the influence of the clinically approved BRAFi/MEKi combinations dabrafenib (Dabra) and trametinib (Tram) vs...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346279/how-neighborhood-effects-vary-childbearing-and-fathering-among-latino-and-african-american-adolescents
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Jessica L Lucero, Anna Maria Santiago, George C Galster
This study examines what neighborhood conditions experienced at age 15 and after are associated with teen childbearing and fathering among Latino and African American youth and whether these neighborhood effects vary by gender and/or ethnicity. Administrative and survey data from a natural experiment are used for a sample of 517 Latino and African American youth whose families were quasi-randomly assigned to public housing operated by the Denver (CO) Housing Authority (DHA). Characteristics of the neighborhood initially assigned by DHA to wait list applicants are utilized as identifying instruments for the neighborhood contexts experienced during adolescence...
January 18, 2018: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346163/the-hippo-signaling-pathway-in-the-regulation-of-skeletal-muscle-mass-and-function
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Kevin I Watt, Craig A Goodman, Troy A Hornberger, Paul Gregorevic
The Hippo signaling pathway regulates the activity of the proteins Yes-associated protein (Yap) and transcriptional co-activator with PDZ-binding motif (Taz) to control tissue growth in many different cell types. Previously, we demonstrated Yap is a critical regulator of skeletal muscle mass. We hypothesize that alterations in Yap and Taz activity modulate the anabolic adaptations of skeletal muscle to resistance exercise.
January 15, 2018: Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346110/a-three-dimensional-arrayed-microfluidic-blood-brain-barrier-model-with-integrated-electrical-sensor-array
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Sehoon Jeong, Sunja Kim, John Buonocore, Jaewon Park, C Jane Welsh, Jianrong Li, Arum Han
OBJECTIVE: The blood-brain barrier (BBB) poses a unique challenge to the development of therapeutics against neurological disorders due to its impermeabi-lity to most of the chemical compounds. Most in vitro BBB models have limitations in mimicking in vivo conditions and functions. Here, we show a co-culture microfluidic BBB-on-a-chip that provides interactions between neurovascular endothelial cells and neuronal cells across a porous polycarbonate membrane, which better mimics the in vivo conditions, as well as allows in vivo level shear stress to be applied...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346075/human-papillomavirus-e6-interaction-with-cellular-pdz-domain-proteins-modulates-yap-nuclear-localization
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Sydney Webb Strickland, Nicole Brimer, Charles Lyons, Scott B Vande Pol
HPV E6 oncoproteins associate with cellular PDZ proteins. In addition to previously identified cellular PDZ proteins, we found association of the HPV16 E6 PBM with the Dystrophin Glycoprotein Complex, LRCC1, and SLC9A3R2. HPV18 E6 had additional associations when lysates from adenomatous cell lines were used including LRPPRC, RLGAPB, EIF3A, SMC2 and 3, AMOT, AMOTL1, and ARHGEF1; some of these cellular PDZ proteins are implicated in the regulation of the YAP1 transcriptional co-activator. In keratinocytes, nuclear translocation of YAP1 was promoted by the complete HPV-16 genome, or by expression of the individual E6 or E7 oncoproteins; the activity of E6 required an intact PBM at the carboxy-terminus...
January 12, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345917/anisotropic-assembly-of-ag52-and-ag76-nanoclusters
#20
Jia-Wei Liu, Lei Feng, Haifeng Su, Zhi Wang, Quan-Qin Zhao, Xingpo Wang, Chen-Ho Tung, Di Sun, Lan-Sun Zheng
Although there has been an upsurge of interest in anisotropic assembly of inorganic nanoparticles, atomically precise self-assembly of anisotropic (nonspherical) high-nuclearity metal clusters is extremely rare. Herein, we presented two novel silver nanoclusters, Ag52 (SD/Ag23) and Ag76 (SD/Ag24), which are interiorly templated by five MoO42- and a pair of Mo6O228- anions, respectively, and co-protected by bridging RSH and terminal diphosphine ligands exteriorly. Regiospe-cific distribution diphosphine ligands on the surface and the arrangement of multiple molybdate templates within the nanoclusters synergetically tailor their shapes to anisotropic oblate spheroid and elongated rod, respectively, as opposed to isotropic nanospheres...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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