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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345343/mycobacterium-tuberculosis-rewiring-host-cell-signaling-to-promote-infection
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Michael D Stutz, Michelle P Clark, Marcel Doerflinger, Marc Pellegrini
The ability of Mycobacterium tuberculosis to cause disease hinges upon successfully thwarting the innate defenses of the macrophage host cell. The pathogen's trump card is its armory of virulence factors that throw normal host cell signaling into disarray. This process of subverting the macrophage begins upon entry into the cell, when M. tuberculosis actively inhibits the fusion of the bacilli-laden phagosomes with lysosomes. The pathogen then modulates an array of host signal transduction pathways, which dampens the macrophage's host-protective cytokine response, while simultaneously adapting host cell metabolism to stimulate lipid body accumulation...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344814/nutritional-therapy-in-autosomal-dominant-polycystic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Biagio R Di Iorio, Adamasco Cupisti, Claudia D'Alessandro, Antonio Bellasi, Vincenzo Barbera, Luca Di Lullo
CKD-related nutritional therapy (NT) is a crucial cornerstone of CKD patients' treatment, but the role of NT has not been clearly investigated in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). Several clinical studies have focused on new pharmacological approaches to delay cystic disease progression, but there are no data on dietary interventions in ADPKD patients. The aim of this paper is to analyze the evidence from the literature on the impact of five nutritional aspects (water, sodium, phosphorus, protein intake, and net acid load) in CKD-related ADPKD extrapolating-where information is unavailable-from what occurs in CKD non-ADPKD patients Sodium intake restriction could be useful in decreasing the growth rate of cysts...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343791/single-plasmid-systems-for-inducible-dual-protein-expression-and-for-crispr-cas9-crispri-gene-regulation-in-lactic-acid-bacterium-lactococcus-lactis
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Aleš Berlec, Katja Škrlec, Janja Kocjan, Maria Olenic, Borut Štrukelj
Lactococcus lactis is a food-grade lactic acid bacterium that is used in the dairy industry as a cell factory and as a host for recombinant protein expression. The nisin-controlled inducible expression (NICE) system is frequently applied in L. lactis; however new tools for its genetic modification are highly desirable. In this work NICE was adapted for dual protein expression. Plasmid pNZDual, that contains two nisin promoters and multiple cloning sites (MCSs), and pNZPolycist, that contains a single nisin promoter and two MCSs separated by the ribosome binding site, were constructed...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343159/celebrating-40-years-of-medical-teacher-as-the-last-man-standing-i-look-back-to-help-us-look-forward
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Hilliard Jason
INTRODUCTION: In this reflective, descriptive, analytical, first-person piece, I offer recollections, data, and literature to help elucidate the emergence of medical education as a scholarly field, as part of celebrating Medical Teacher's 40-year anniversary. I emphasize the impressive growth of the professional literature in medical education, and recognize that much remains to be done. FINDINGS: Medical education as a domain for research and development has transitioned from being largely ignored during the first 20 of the past 60 years, through a slow growth phase, to rapid acceleration during the last 2 decades...
January 18, 2018: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342862/heterogeneous-contributing-factors-in-mpm-disease-development-and-progression-biological-advances-and-clinical-implications
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Bhairavi Tolani, Luis A Acevedo, Ngoc T Hoang, Biao He
Malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) tumors are remarkably aggressive and most patients only survive for 5-12 months; irrespective of stage; after primary symptoms appear. Compounding matters is that MPM remains unresponsive to conventional standards of care; including radiation and chemotherapy. Currently; instead of relying on molecular signatures and histological typing; MPM treatment options are guided by clinical stage and patient characteristics because the mechanism of carcinogenesis has not been fully elucidated; although about 80% of cases can be linked to asbestos exposure...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341908/induction-of-au-methotrexate-conjugates-by-sugar-molecules-production-assembly-mechanism-and-bioassay-studies
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Wei-Yuan Wang, Xiu-Fen Zhao, Xiao-Han Ju, Ping Liu, Jing Li, Ya-Wen Tang, Shu-Ping Li, Xiao-Dong Li, Fu-Gui Song
Au-methotrexate (Au-MTX) conjugates induced by sugar molecules were produced by a simple, one-pot, hydrothermal growth method. Herein, the Au(III)-MTX complexes were used as the precursors to form Au-MTX conjugates. Addition of different types of sugar molecules with abundant hydroxyl groups resulted in the formation of Au-MTX conjugates featuring distinct characteristics that could be explained by the diverse capping mechanisms of sugar molecules. That is, the instant-capping mechanism of glucose favored the generation of peanut-like Au-MTX conjugates with high colloidal stability while the post-capping mechanism of dextran and sucrose resulted in the production of Au-MTX conjugates featuring excellent near-infrared (NIR) optical properties with a long-wavelength plasmon resonance near 630-760 nm...
January 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341828/biosensors-for-spatiotemporal-detection-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-cells-and-tissues
#7
Marie Erard, Sophie Dupre-Crochet, Oliver Nusse
Redox biology has become a major issue in numerous areas of physiology. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have a broad range of roles from signal transduction to growth control and cell death. To understand the nature of these roles, accurate measurement of the reactive compounds is required. An increasing number of tools for ROS detection is available; however, specificity and sensitivity of these tools are often insufficient. Furthermore, their specificity has been rarely evaluated in complex physiological conditions...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341453/mechanism-underlying-the-negative-effect-of-prostate-volume-on-the-outcome-of-extensive-transperineal-ultrasound-guided-template-prostate-biopsy
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Takayoshi Demura, Takenori Takada, Naohiko Shimoda, Takaya Hioka, Yoshihumi Iwaguchi, Shin Ichihara, Hiroko Gotoda
Previous studies have indicated a possible relationship between increased prostate volume (PV) and decreased biopsy yield, although the mechanism involved is unclear. We evaluated 1650 patients who underwent template biopsy. The distribution of 993 cancer lesions in 302 prostatectomy specimens was compared with the biopsy data to determine whether each lesion was detected. A receiver operating characteristic (ROC) model was used to determine the diagnostic accuracy of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and related markers...
January 17, 2018: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341159/clinicopathological-genomic-and-immunological-factors-in-colorectal-cancer-prognosis
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REVIEW
K M Marks, N P West, E Morris, P Quirke
BACKGROUND: Numerous factors affect the prognosis of colorectal cancer (CRC), many of which have long been identified, such as patient demographics and the multidisciplinary team. In more recent years, molecular and immunological biomarkers have been shown to have a significant influence on patient outcomes. Whilst some of these biomarkers still require ongoing validation, if proven to be worthwhile they may change our understanding and future management of CRC. The aim of this review was to identify the key prognosticators of CRC, including new molecular and immunological biomarkers, and outline how these might fit into the whole wider context for patients...
January 2018: British Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340286/cancer-imaging-phenomics-toolkit-quantitative-imaging-analytics-for-precision-diagnostics-and-predictive-modeling-of-clinical-outcome
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Christos Davatzikos, Saima Rathore, Spyridon Bakas, Sarthak Pati, Mark Bergman, Ratheesh Kalarot, Patmaa Sridharan, Aimilia Gastounioti, Nariman Jahani, Eric Cohen, Hamed Akbari, Birkan Tunc, Jimit Doshi, Drew Parker, Michael Hsieh, Aristeidis Sotiras, Hongming Li, Yangming Ou, Robert K Doot, Michel Bilello, Yong Fan, Russell T Shinohara, Paul Yushkevich, Ragini Verma, Despina Kontos
The growth of multiparametric imaging protocols has paved the way for quantitative imaging phenotypes that predict treatment response and clinical outcome, reflect underlying cancer molecular characteristics and spatiotemporal heterogeneity, and can guide personalized treatment planning. This growth has underlined the need for efficient quantitative analytics to derive high-dimensional imaging signatures of diagnostic and predictive value in this emerging era of integrated precision diagnostics. This paper presents cancer imaging phenomics toolkit (CaPTk), a new and dynamically growing software platform for analysis of radiographic images of cancer, currently focusing on brain, breast, and lung cancer...
January 2018: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339187/doxorubicin-loaded-dendritic-fe3o4-supramolecular-nanoparticles-for-magnetic-drug-targeting-and-tumor-regression-in-spheroid-murine-melanoma-model
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Saumya Nigam, D Bahadur
This work evaluates the magnetically-guided delivery of DOX-loaded dendritic-Fe3O4 nanoparticles and their tumor regression efficacy in subcutaneous melanoma in C57BL/6 mice. The hematological, biochemical and histopathological parameters were minimally affected. The nanoparticles localized in lungs, liver and spleen suggesting non-specific uptake. However, in tumor-bearing mice, substantially higher localization in magnetically-targeted tumor was observed when compared to passive localization in non-targeted tumor...
January 12, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338433/in-vivo-ovarian-cancer-gene-therapy-using-crispr-cas9-system
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Zhi-Yao He, Ya-Guang Zhang, Yu-Han Yang, Cui-Cui Ma, Ping Wang, Wei Du, Ling Li, Rong Xiang, Xiang-Rong Song, Xia Zhao, Shaohua Yao, Yu-Quan Wei
CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology holds great promise for the field of human gene therapy. However, deficiency of safe and effective delivery systems restricts the biomedical application of CRISPR-Cas9 technique. Here, we use a folate receptor-targeted liposome (F-LP) to deliver a CRISPR plasmid DNA co-expressing Cas9 and single guide RNA targeting the DNA methyltransferase 1 (DNMT1) gene of ovarian cancer. F-LP binds CRISPR plasmid (gDNMT1) efficiently and the formed lipoplex (F-LP/gDNMT1) is stable and safe for injection...
January 16, 2018: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338238/paralithocins-antimicrobial-peptides-with-unusual-disulfide-connectivity-from-the-red-king-crab-paralithodes-camtschaticus
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Morten K Moe, Tor Haug, Magne O Sydnes, Sigmund V Sperstad, Chun Li, Lena C Vaagsfjord, Enrique de la Vega, Klara Stensvåg
As part of an ongoing exploration of marine invertebrates as a source of new antimicrobial peptides, hemocyte extracts from the red king crab, Paralithodes camtschaticus, were studied. Three cationic cysteine (Cys)-rich peptides, named paralithocins 1-3, were isolated by bioassay-guided purification, and their amino acid sequences determined by Edman degradation and expressed sequences tag analysis. Disulfide bond mapping was performed by high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry. The peptides (38-51 amino acids in length) share a unique Cys motif composed of eight Cys, forming four disulfide bridges with a bond connectivity of (Cys relative position) Cys1-Cys8, Cys2-Cys6, Cys3-Cys5, and Cys4-Cys7, a disulfide arrangement that has not been previously reported among antimicrobial peptides...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337961/how-the-evolution-of-multicellularity-set-the-stage-for-cancer
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REVIEW
Anna S Trigos, Richard B Pearson, Anthony T Papenfuss, David L Goode
Neoplastic growth and many of the hallmark properties of cancer are driven by the disruption of molecular networks established during the emergence of multicellularity. Regulatory pathways and molecules that evolved to impose regulatory constraints upon networks established in earlier unicellular organisms enabled greater communication and coordination between the diverse cell types required for multicellularity, but also created liabilities in the form of points of vulnerability in the network that when mutated or dysregulated facilitate the development of cancer...
January 16, 2018: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337631/the-cervical-vertebral-maturation-method-a-user-s-guide
#15
James A McNamara, Lorenzo Franchi
The cervical vertebral maturation (CVM) method is used to determine the craniofacial skeletal maturational stage of an individual at a specific time point during the growth process. This diagnostic approach uses data derived from the second (C2), third (C3), and fourth (C4) cervical vertebrae, as visualized in a two-dimensional lateral cephalogram. Six maturational stages of those three cervical vertebrae can be determined, based on the morphology of their bodies. The first step is to evaluate the inferior border of these vertebral bodies, determining whether they are flat or concave (ie, presence of a visible notch)...
January 16, 2018: Angle Orthodontist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336778/damage-induced-reactive-oxygen-species-regulate-vimentin-and-dynamic-collagen-based-projections-to-mediate-wound-repair
#16
Danny LeBert, Jayne M Squirrell, Chrissy Freisinger, Julie Rindy, Netta Golenberg, Grace Frecentes, Angela Gibson, Kevin W Eliceiri, Anna Huttenlocher
Tissue injury leads to early wound-associated reactive oxygen species (ROS) production that mediate tissue regeneration. To identify mechanisms that function downstream of redox signals that modulate regeneration, a vimentin reporter of mesenchymal cells was generated by driving GFP from the vimentin promoter in zebrafish. Early redox signaling mediated vimentin reporter activity at the wound margin. Moreover, both ROS and vimentin were necessary for collagen production and reorganization into projections at the leading edge of the wound...
January 16, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336236/implementation-of-genomics-research-in-africa-challenges-and-recommendations
#17
Sally N Adebamowo, Veronica Francis, Ernest Tambo, Seybou H Diallo, Guida Landouré, Victoria Nembaware, Eileen Dareng, Babu Muhamed, Michael Odutola, Teniola Akeredolu, Barbara Nerima, Petronilla J Ozumba, Slee Mbhele, Anita Ghanash, Ablo P Wachinou, Nicholas Ngomi
BACKGROUND: There is exponential growth in the interest and implementation of genomics research in Africa. This growth has been facilitated by the Human Hereditary and Health in Africa (H3Africa) initiative, which aims to promote a contemporary research approach to the study of genomics and environmental determinants of common diseases in African populations. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to describe important challenges affecting genomics research implementation in Africa...
2018: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334791/application-of-fluorescence-guided-surgery-to-subsurface-cancers-requiring-wide-local-excision-literature-review-and-novel-developments-toward-indirect-visualization
#18
Kimberley S Samkoe, Brent D Bates, Jonathan T Elliott, Ethan LaRochelle, Jason R Gunn, Kayla Marra, Joachim Feldwisch, Dipak B Ramkumar, David F Bauer, Keith D Paulsen, Brian W Pogue, Eric R Henderson
The excision of tumors by wide local excision is challenging because the mass must be removed entirely without ever viewing it directly. Positive margin rates in sarcoma resection remain in the range of 20% to 35% and are associated with increased recurrence and decreased survival. Fluorescence-guided surgery (FGS) may improve surgical accuracy and has been utilized in other surgical specialties. ABY-029, an anti-epidermal growth factor receptor Affibody molecule covalently bound to the near-infrared fluorophore IRDye 800CW, is an excellent candidate for future FGS applications in sarcoma resection; however, conventional methods with direct surface tumor visualization are not immediately applicable...
January 2018: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334731/on-the-validity-of-measuring-metallic-and-semiconducting-swcnt-fractions-by-quantitative-raman-spectroscopy
#19
Ying Tian, Hua Jiang, Patrik Laiho, Esko I Kauppinen
Although it is known that the Raman spectroscopic signature of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is highly chirality dependent, using Raman spectroscopy as a tool for quantifying fraction of either metallic or semiconducting nanotubes in a sample has become a widely used analytical method. In this work, using the electron diffraction technique as a basis, we have examined the validity of Raman spectroscopy for quantitative evaluation of metallic fractions (M%) in single-walled carbon nanotube samples...
January 16, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334184/ph-responsive-peg-doxorubicin-encapsulated-aza-bodipy-nanotheranostic-agent-for-imaging-guided-synergistic-cancer-therapy
#20
Dapeng Chen, Qianyun Tang, Jianhua Zou, Xiaoyan Yang, Wei Huang, Qi Zhang, Jinjun Shao, Xiaochen Dong
Synergistic cancer therapy is of great interest for multiple advantages, such as excellent targeting accuracy, low side effects, and enhanced therapeutic efficiency. Herein, a near-infrared photosensitizer aza-BODIPY (AB) with high singlet oxygen quantum yield (ΦΔ = 82%) is designed and synthesized. With Schiff's base obtained from condensation reaction between doxorubicin (DOX) and polyethylene glycol-benzaldehyde (PEG-CHO) as the polymer matrix, aza-BODIPY is encapsulated to afford hydrophilic nanoparticles (DAB NPs)...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
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