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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449478/protective-effect-of-propofol-preconditioning-on-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-human-hepatocyte
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Yuzhu Zhang, Zhenzhen Chen, Nianhai Feng, Junxia Tang, Xingbo Zhao, Chengxiao Liu, Hongyu Xu, Mengyuan Zhang
BACKGROUND: Blood reperfusion after ischemia is the main measure to restore cell function. This study was aimed to explore the effect of propofol on rat and cell models of liver ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury, and to investigate its possible mechanism. METHODS: Wistar rats were divided into four groups: control group, sham group, I/R group, and propofol group. Human hepatocyte HL7702 was divided into six groups: control group, I/R group and propofol (5, 10, 20 and 40 µmol/L) groups...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448979/combination-of-correctors-rescues-cftr-transmembrane-domain-mutants-by-mitigating-their-interactions-with-proteostasis
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Miquéias Lopes-Pacheco, Clément Boinot, Inna Sabirzhanova, Daniele Rapino, Liudmila Cebotaru
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Premature degradation of mutated cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein causes cystic fibrosis (CF), the commonest Mendelian disease in Caucasians. Despite recent advances in precision medicines for CF patients, many CFTR mutants have not been characterized and the effects of these new therapeutic approaches are still unclear for those mutants. METHODS: Cells transfected or stably expressing four CFTR transmembrane-domain mutants (G85E, E92K, L1077P, and M1101K) were used to: 1) characterize the mutants according to their protein expression, thermal sensitivity, and degradation pathways; 2) evaluate the effects of correctors in rescuing them; and 3) explore the effects of correctors on CFTR interactions with proteostasis components...
April 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448914/reconciling-agriculture-and-stream-restoration-in-europe-a-review-relating-to-the-eu-water-framework-directive
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REVIEW
H M Flávio, P Ferreira, N Formigo, J C Svendsen
Agriculture is widespread across the EU and has caused considerable impacts on freshwater ecosystems. To revert the degradation caused to streams and rivers, research and restoration efforts have been developed to recover ecosystem functions and services, with the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) playing a significant role in strengthening the progress. Analysing recent peer-reviewed European literature (2009-2016), this review explores 1) the conflicts and difficulties faced when restoring agriculturally impacted streams, 2) the aspects relevant to effectively reconcile agricultural land uses and healthy riverine ecosystems and 3) the effects and potential shortcomings of the first WFD management cycle...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448742/choreography-of-parental-histones-in-damaged-chromatin
#4
Juliette Dabin, Sophie E Polo
In the cell nucleus, DNA repair machineries operate on a chromatin substrate, whose integrity is key for preserving cell functions and identity. Yet, it is still unclear how the epigenetic information conveyed by chromatin is maintained during the DNA repair process. We recently characterized the dynamics of parental histones coupled to UV-C damage repair in human cells, providing insights into how the pre-damage chromatin state may be restored. Here, we summarize our main findings and discuss them in the context of epigenome maintenance following DNA damage...
February 23, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448544/comparing-herbaceous-plant-communities-in-active-and-passive-riparian-restoration
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Elise S Gornish, Michael S Lennox, David Lewis, Kenneth W Tate, Randall D Jackson
Understanding the efficacy of passive (reduction or cessation of environmental stress) and active (typically involving planting or seeding) restoration strategies is important for the design of successful revegetation of degraded riparian habitat, but studies explicitly comparing restoration outcomes are uncommon. We sampled the understory herbaceous plant community of 103 riparian sites varying in age since restoration (0 to 39 years) and revegetation technique (active, passive, or none) to compare the utility of different approaches on restoration success across sites...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448535/alpha-1-antitrypsin-supplementation-improves-alveolar-macrophages-efferocytosis-and-phagocytosis-following-cigarette-smoke-exposure
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Karina A Serban, Daniela N Petrusca, Andrew Mikosz, Christophe Poirier, Angelia D Lockett, Lauren Saint, Matthew J Justice, Homer L Twigg, Michael A Campos, Irina Petrache
Cigarette smoking (CS), the main risk factor for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) in developed countries, decreases alveolar macrophages (AM) clearance of both apoptotic cells and bacterial pathogens. This global deficit of AM engulfment may explain why active smokers have worse outcomes of COPD exacerbations, episodes characterized by airway infection and inflammation that carry high morbidity and healthcare cost. When administered as intravenous supplementation, the acute phase-reactant alpha-1 antitrypsin (A1AT) reduces the severity of COPD exacerbations in A1AT deficient (AATD) individuals and of bacterial pneumonia in murine models, but the effect of A1AT on AM scavenging functions has not been reported...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448515/chronic-cocaine-induces-hif-vegf-pathway-activation-along-with-angiogenesis-in-the-brain
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Wei Yin, Kevin Clare, Qiujia Zhang, Nora D Volkow, Congwu Du
Cocaine induces vasoconstriction in cerebral vessels, which with repeated use can result in transient ischemic attacks and cerebral strokes. However, the neuroadaptations that follow cocaine's vasoconstricting effects are not well understood. Here, we investigated the effects of chronic cocaine exposure (2 and 4 weeks) on markers of vascular function and morphology in the rat brain. For this purpose we measured nitric oxide (NO) concentration in plasma, brain neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS or NOS1), HIF-1α, and VEGF expression in different brain regions, i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448172/the-macrophage-stimulating-anti-cancer-agent-rrx-001-protects-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Pedro Cabrales, Scott Caroen, Arnold Oronsky, Corey Carter, Jane Trepel, Thomas Summers, Tony Reid, Neil Oronsky, Michelle Lybeck, Bryan Oronsky
Introduction RRx-001, a clinical macrophage-stimulating anti-cancer agent that also produces nitric oxide (NO) was studied in a model of ischemia-reperfusion injury. Methods The production of NO is dependent on the oxygen tension because nitric oxide synthases convert l-arginine to NO and l-citrulline in the presence of O2. Since the P450 enzymes, which metabolize nitrate esters such as nitroglycerin are dependent on oxygen, the generation of 'exogenous' NO is also sensitive to alterations in tissue PO2. I/R injury was studied in a hamster chamber window, with compression of the periphery of the window for 1 hour to induce ischemia...
April 27, 2017: Expert Review of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447781/artemisinin-protectes-retinal-neuronal-cells-against-oxidative-stress-and-restores-rat-retinal-physiological-function-from-light-exposed-damage
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Fengxia Yan, Hai-Tao Wang, Yang Gao, Jiang-Ping Xu, Wenhua Zheng
Oxidative stress plays a key role in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of severe visual loss and blindness in the aging population which lacks any effective treatments currently. In this study, artemisinin, a well-known anti-malarial drug was found to suppress hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced cell death in retinal neuronal RGC-5 cells. Artemisinin, in the therapeutically relevant dosage, concentration-dependently attenuated the accumulation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), increased mitochondrial mitochondrial membrane potential and decreased cell apoptosis in RGC-5 cells induced by H2O2...
April 27, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447104/bmp-type-ii-receptor-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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REVIEW
Mar Orriols, Maria Catalina Gomez-Puerto, Peter Ten Dijke
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a chronic disease characterized by a progressive elevation in mean pulmonary arterial pressure. This occurs due to abnormal remodeling of small peripheral lung vasculature resulting in progressive occlusion of the artery lumen that eventually causes right heart failure and death. The most common cause of PAH is inactivating mutations in the gene encoding a bone morphogenetic protein type II receptor (BMPRII). Current therapeutic options for PAH are limited and focused mainly on reversal of pulmonary vasoconstriction and proliferation of vascular cells...
April 26, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447053/deciphering-the-pathophysiology-of-irritable-bowel-syndrome-and-functional-gastrointestinal-disorders-an-alternative-model-for-pathogenesis-cytokine-controlled-transepithelial-multi-feedback-loop
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REVIEW
Ricky McCullough, Jeremiah McCullough
A working theoretical model for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) does not exist, hampered by the lack of any clear cut invention that address all symptom and signs of the disease. Reports of cessation of symptom and signs of both major types of IBS have been published using a non-systemic, topically active agent-high potency polymerized cross-linked sucralfate (HPPCLS). The unique clinical effect of this non-systemic agent restricted to the luminal surface of the gut provides opportunity to elaborate on an alternative working model for the pathogenesis of IBS and FGIDs...
2017: Translational Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446976/per-oral-endoscopic-myotomy-for-achalasia
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REVIEW
Steven R DeMeester
Symptoms in patients with achalasia are produced by outflow obstruction at the level of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). As a consequence of neural destruction the LES does not undergo normal swallow-induced relaxation. In addition, the esophageal body loses normal peristaltic function and esophageal emptying is on the basis of gravity. All therapies for achalasia are palliative in that normal LES or esophageal body function cannot be restored. The efficacy of any therapy for achalasia is directly related to its ability to reduce the outflow obstruction at the LES...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446779/functional-neuronal-differentiation-of-injury-induced-muscle-derived-stem-cell-like-cells-with-therapeutic-implications
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Kinga Vojnits, Haiying Pan, Xiaojing Dai, Hao Sun, Qingchun Tong, Radbod Darabi, Johnny Huard, Yong Li
Mammalian skeletal muscles contain a number of heterogeneous cell populations. Our previous study characterized a unique population of myogenic lineage stem cells that can be isolated from adult mammalian skeletal muscles upon injury. These injury-induced muscle-derived stem cell-like cells (iMuSCs) displayed a multipotent state with sensitiveness and strong migration abilities. Here, we report that these iMuSCs have the capability to form neurospheres that represent multiple neural phenotypes. The induced neuronal cells expressed various neuron-specific proteins, their mRNA expression during neuronal differentiation recapitulated embryonic neurogenesis, they generated action potentials, and they formed functional synapses in vitro...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446595/dna-damage-signaling-mediates-the-functional-antagonism-between-replicative-senescence-and-terminal-muscle-differentiation
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Lucia Latella, Alessandra Dall'Agnese, Francesca Boscolo Sesillo, Chiara Nardoni, Marianna Cosentino, Armin Lahm, Alessandra Sacco, Pier Lorenzo Puri
The molecular determinants of muscle progenitor impairment to regenerate aged muscles are currently unclear. We show that, in a mouse model of replicative senescence, decline in muscle satellite cell-mediated regeneration coincides with activation of DNA damage response (DDR) and impaired ability to differentiate into myotubes. Inhibition of DDR restored satellite cell differentiation ability. Moreover, in replicative human senescent fibroblasts, DDR precluded MYOD-mediated activation of the myogenic program...
April 1, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446243/targeting-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors-for-novel-treatments-of-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
James Maksymetz, Sean P Moran, P Jeffrey Conn
Support for the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) hypofunction hypothesis of schizophrenia has led to increasing focus on restoring proper glutamatergic signaling as an approach for treatment of this devastating disease. The ability of metabotropic glutamate (mGlu) receptors to modulate glutamatergic neurotransmission has thus attracted considerable attention for the development of novel antipsychotics. Consisting of eight subtypes classified into three groups based on sequence homology, signal transduction, and pharmacology, the mGlu receptors provide a wide range of targets to modulate NMDAR function as well as glutamate release...
April 26, 2017: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445937/methylation-mediated-silencing-of-microrna-211-promotes-cell-growth-and-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-through-activation-of-the-akt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-gbm
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Weidong Li, Xiaobo Miao, Lingling Liu, Yue Zhang, Xuejun Jin, Xiaojun Luo, Hai Gao, Xubin Deng
Aberrant expression of miR-211 has frequently been reported in cancer studies; however, its role in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) has not been examined in detail. We investigated the function and the underlying mechanism of miR-211 in GBM. We revealed that miR-211 was downregulated in GBM tissues and cell lines. Restoration of miR-211 inhibited GBM cell growth and invasion both in vitro and in vivo. The epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) phenotype was reversed when miR-211 expression was restored. HMGA2 was identified as a down-stream target of miR-211...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445875/double-incision-approach-and-early-rehabilitation-in-a-complicated-bicondylar-br-tibial-plateau-fracture-a-case-report-br-br
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Saverio Affatato, Maurizio Montalti, Claudio Masetti, Federico Giardina, Alessandra Sudanese
OBJECTIVE: The main goal of this case was to report the treatment of bicondylar fractures of the tibial plateau and the restoration of the metaphyseo-diaphyseal dissociation. CLINICAL PRESENTATION AND INTERVENTION: A 54-year old man who was cycling had a road accident that caused a closed fracture of the right tibial plateau and proximal fibula diagnosed by x-rays. Patient had surgical procedure and was immobilized with a long-leg splint for 4 weeks. After immobilization, aggressive rehabilitation was done...
April 26, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445736/systematic-epigenomic-analysis-reveals-chromatin-states-associated-with-melanoma-progression
#18
Petko Fiziev, Kadir C Akdemir, John P Miller, Emily Z Keung, Neha S Samant, Sneha Sharma, Christopher A Natale, Christopher J Terranova, Mayinuer Maitituoheti, Samirkumar B Amin, Emmanuel Martinez-Ledesma, Mayura Dhamdhere, Jacob B Axelrad, Amiksha Shah, Christine S Cheng, Harshad Mahadeshwar, Sahil Seth, Michelle C Barton, Alexei Protopopov, Kenneth Y Tsai, Michael A Davies, Benjamin A Garcia, Ido Amit, Lynda Chin, Jason Ernst, Kunal Rai
The extent and nature of epigenomic changes associated with melanoma progression is poorly understood. Through systematic epigenomic profiling of 35 epigenetic modifications and transcriptomic analysis, we define chromatin state changes associated with melanomagenesis by using a cell phenotypic model of non-tumorigenic and tumorigenic states. Computation of specific chromatin state transitions showed loss of histone acetylations and H3K4me2/3 on regulatory regions proximal to specific cancer-regulatory genes in important melanoma-driving cell signaling pathways...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445691/tis11-mediated-mrna-decay-promotes-the-reacquisition-of-drosophila-intestinal-stem-cell-quiescence
#19
Lindy McClelland, Heinrich Jasper, Benoît Biteau
Adult stem cell proliferation rates are precisely regulated to maintain long-term tissue homeostasis. Defects in the mechanisms controlling stem cell proliferation result in impaired regeneration and hyperproliferative diseases. Many stem cell populations increase proliferation in response to tissue damage and reacquire basal proliferation rates after tissue repair is completed. Although proliferative signals have been extensively studied, much less is known about the molecular mechanisms that restore stem cell quiescence...
April 23, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445416/structure-function-model-for-kissing-loop-interactions-that-initiate-dimerization-of-ty1-rna
#20
Eric R Gamache, Jung H Doh, Justin Ritz, Alain Laederach, Stanislav Bellaousov, David H Mathews, M Joan Curcio
The genomic RNA of the retrotransposon Ty1 is packaged as a dimer into virus-like particles. The 5' terminus of Ty1 RNA harbors cis-acting sequences required for translation initiation, packaging and initiation of reverse transcription (TIPIRT). To identify RNA motifs involved in dimerization and packaging, a structural model of the TIPIRT domain in vitro was developed from single-nucleotide resolution RNA structural data. In general agreement with previous models, the first 326 nucleotides of Ty1 RNA form a pseudoknot with a 7-bp stem (S1), a 1-nucleotide interhelical loop and an 8-bp stem (S2) that delineate two long, structured loops...
April 26, 2017: Viruses
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