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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641386/the-neurosteroid-pregnenolone-reverts-microtubule-derangement-induced-by-the-loss-of-a-functional-cdkl5-iqgap1-complex
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Isabella Barbiero, Diana Peroni, Marco Tramarin, Chetan Chandola, Laura Rusconi, Nicoletta Landsberger, Charlotte Kilstrup-Nielsen
CDKL5 is a protein kinase that plays a key role for neuronal functions as testified by the onset of complex neuronal dysfunctions in patients with genetic lesions in CDKL5. Here we identify a novel interactor of CDKL5, IQGAP1, a fundamental regulator of cell migration and polarity. In accordance with a functional role of this interaction, depletion of CDKL5 impairs cell migration and impedes the localization of IQGAP1 at the leading edge. Moreover, we demonstrate that CDKL5 is required for IQGAP1 to form a functional complex with its effectors, Rac1 and the microtubule plus end tracking protein CLIP170...
June 21, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641323/ischaemia-reperfusion-injury-and-hyperbaric-oxygen-pathways-a-review-of-cellular-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Ashish Francis, Richard Baynosa
Ischaemia-induced tissue injury has wide-ranging clinical implications including myocardial infarction, stroke, compartment syndrome, ischaemic renal failure and replantation and revascularization. However, the restoration of blood flow produces a 'second hit' phenomenon, the effect of which is greater than the initial ischaemic event and characterizes ischaemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. Some examples of potential settings of IR injury include: following thrombolytic therapy for stroke, invasive cardiovascular procedures, solid organ transplantation, and major trauma resuscitation...
June 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641283/-healing-of-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-a-case-report
#3
Inge Mangelsdorf, Harald Walach, Joachim Mutter
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a devastating disease leading to death within 3-5 years in most cases. New approaches to treating this disease are needed. Here, we report a successful therapy. CASE REPORT: In a 49-year-old male patient suffering from muscle weakness and fasciculations, progressive muscular atrophy, a variant of ALS, was diagnosed after extensive examinations ruling out other diseases. Due to supposed mercury exposure from residual amalgam, the patient's teeth were restored...
June 12, 2017: Complementary Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641260/nested-conjugate-gradient-algorithm-with-nested-preconditioning-for-non-linear-image-restoration
#4
Deepak G Skariah, Muthuvel Arigovindan
We develop a novel optimization algorithm, which we call Nested Non-Linear Conjugate Gradient algorithm (NNCG), for image restoration based on quadratic data fitting and smooth non-quadratic regularization. The algorithm is constructed as a nesting of two conjugate gradient (CG) iterations. The outer iteration is constructed as a preconditioned non-linear CG algorithm; the preconditioning is performed by the inner CG iteration that is linear. The inner CG iteration, which performs preconditioning for outer CG iteration, itself is accelerated by an another FFT based non-iterative preconditioner...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641256/a-novel-fast-tensor-based-preconditioner-for-image-restoration
#5
Mansoor Rezghi
Image restoration is one of the main parts of image processing. Mathematically, this problem can be modeled as a large scale structured ill-posed linear system. Ill-posedness of this problem results in low convergence rate of iterative solvers. For speeding up the convergence, preconditioning usually is used. Despite the existing preconditioners for image restoration which are constructed based on approximations of the blurring matrix, in this paper, we propose a novel preconditioner with a different viewpoint...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641255/piecewise-linear-approximation-of-vector-valued-images-and-curves-via-2nd-order-variational-model
#6
Massimo Zanetti, Lorenzo Bruzzone
Variational models are known to work well for addressing image restoration/regularization problems. However, most of the methods proposed in literature are defined for scalar inputs and are used on multiband images (such as RGB or multispectral imagery) by the composition of a simple band-wise processing. This involves suboptimal results and may introduce artifacts. Only in a few cases variational models are extended to the case of vector-valued inputs. However, the known implementations are restricted to 1st-order models, while 2nd-order models are never considered...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641229/effects-of-short-term-invasion-of-spartina-alterniflora-and-the-subsequent-restoration-of-native-mangroves-on-the-soil-organic-carbon-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-stock
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Jianxiang Feng, Jian Zhou, Liming Wang, Xiaowei Cui, Cunxin Ning, Hao Wu, Xiaoshan Zhu, Guanghui Lin
The exotic cordgrass Spartina alterniflora has severely invaded the mangrove wetlands in southern China and ecological restoration using native mangroves was conducted in an attempt to control this invasive species. In this study, the contents and pools of soil organic carbon (SOC), total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) were quantified to investigate the invasive effects of S. alterniflora and then to evaluate whether the ecological restoration of native mangrove could reverse those effects. S. alterniflora only showed significantly higher organic carbon content in the surface 0-10 cm of soil than in the uninvaded mudflat...
June 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641175/atmospheric-dust-deposition-on-soils-around-an-abandoned-fluorite-mine-hammam-zriba-ne-tunisia
#8
Chaima Djebbi, Fredj Chaabani, Oriol Font, Ignasi Queralt, Xavier Querol
The present study focuses on the eolian dispersion and dust deposition, of major and trace elements in soils in a semi-arid climate, around an old fluorite (CaF2) and barite (BaSO4) mine, located in Hammam Zriba in Northern Tunisia. Ore deposits from this site contain a high amount of metal sulphides constituting heavy metal pollution in the surrounding environment. Samples of waste from the surface of mine tailings and agricultural topsoil samples in the vicinity of the mine were collected. The soil samples and a control sample from unpolluted area, were taken in the direction of prevailing northwest and west winds...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641124/neural-repair-by-nt3-chitosan-via-enhancement-of-endogenous-neurogenesis-after-adult-focal-aspiration-brain-injury
#9
Peng Hao, Hongmei Duan, Fei Hao, Lan Chen, Min Sun, Kevin S Fan, Yi Eve Sun, David Williams, Zhaoyang Yang, Xiaoguang Li
The latent regenerative potential of endogenous neural stem/progenitor cells (NSCs) in the adult mammalian brain has been postulated as a likely source for neural repair. However, the inflammatory and inhibitory microenvironment after traumatic brain injury (TBI) prohibits NSCs from generating new functional neurons to restore brain function. Here we report a biodegradable material, chitosan, which, when loaded with neurotrophin-3 (NT3) and injected into the lesion site after TBI, effectively engaged endogenous NSCs to proliferate and migrate to the injury area...
April 26, 2017: Biomaterials
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/28640964/targeted-mutagenesis-in-tetraploid-switchgrass-panicum-virgatum-l-using-crispr-cas9
#11
Yang Liu, Paul Merrick, Zhengzhi Zhang, Chonghui Ji, Bing Yang, Shui-Zhang Fei
The CRISPR/Cas9 system has become a powerful tool for targeted mutagenesis. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is a high yielding perennial grass species that has been designated as a model biomass crop by the U.S. Department of Energy. The self infertility and high ploidy level make it difficult to study gene function or improve germplasm. To overcome these constraints, we explored the feasibility of using CRISPR/Cas9 for targeted mutagenesis in a tetraploid cultivar 'Alamo' switchgrass. We first developed a transient assay by which a non-functional green fluorescent protein gene containing a 1 bp frameshift insertion in its 5' coding region was successfully mutated by a Cas9/sgRNA complex resulting in its restored function...
June 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640957/restoration-of-cutaneous-pigmentation-by-transplantation-to-mice-of-isogeneic-human-melanocytes-in-dermal-epidermal-engineered-skin-substitutes
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Steven T Boyce, Christopher M Lloyd, Mark C Kleiner, Viki B Swope, Zalfa Abdel-Malek, Dorothy M Supp
Autologous engineered skin substitutes (ESS) containing melanocytes (hM) may restore pigmentation, and photoprotection after grafting to full-thickness skin wounds. In the current study, normal hM were isolated from discard skin, propagated with or without tyrosinase inhibitors, cryopreserved, recovered into culture, and added to ESS (ESS-P) before transplantation. ESS-P were incubated in either UCMC160/161 or UCDM1 medium, scored for hM densities, and grafted to mice. The results showed that: sufficient hM can be propagated to expand donor tissue by 100-fold; incubation of hM in tyrosinase inhibitors reduced pigment levels but did not change hM recovery after cryopreservation; hM densities in ESS-P were greater after incubation in UCDM1 than UCMC160 medium; hM were localized to the dermal-epidermal junction of ESS-P; and UCDM1 medium promoted earlier pigment distribution and density...
June 22, 2017: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640861/inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-improves-the-stress-resistance-and-myogenic-differentiation-of-mdspcs-isolated-from-naturally-aged-mice
#13
Jonathan D Proto, Aiping Lu, Akaitz Dorronsoro, Alex Scibetta, Paul D Robbins, Laura J Niedernhofer, Johnny Huard
A decline in the regenerative capacity of adult stem cells with aging is well documented. As a result of this decline, the efficacy of autologous stem cell therapies is likely to decline with increasing donor age. In these cases, strategies to restore the function of aged stem cells would have clinical utility. Globally, the transcription factor NF-κB is up-regulated in aged tissues. Given the negative role that NF-κB plays in myogenesis, we investigated whether the age-related decline in the function of muscle-derived stem/progenitor cells (MDSPCs) could be improved by inhibition of NF-κB...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640781/hydrogen-gas-inhalation-inhibits-progression-to-the-irreversible-stage-of-shock-after-severe-hemorrhage-in-rats
#14
Tadashi Matsuoka, Masaru Suzuki, Motoaki Sano, Kei Hayashida, Tomoyoshi Tamura, Koichiro Homma, Keiichi Fukuda, Junichi Sasaki
BACKGROUND: Mortality of hemorrhagic shock primarily depends on whether or not the patients can endure the loss of circulating volume until radical treatment is applied. We investigated whether hydrogen (H2) gas inhalation would influence the tolerance to hemorrhagic shock and improve survival. METHODS: Hemorrhagic shock was achieved by withdrawing blood until the mean arterial blood pressure reached 30-35 mmHg. After 60 minutes of shock, the rats were resuscitated with a volume of normal saline equal to four times the volume of shed blood...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640588/calcitonin-loaded-thermosensitive-hydrogel-for-long-term-anti-osteopenia-therapy
#15
Yanpeng Liu, Xiaobin Chen, Sheyu Li, Qiang Guo, Jing Xie, Lin Yu, Xinyuan Xu, Chunmei Ding, Jianshu Li, Jiandong Ding
Effective anti-osteopenia therapy can be achieved by designing long-term protein/peptide drug delivery systems for bone trabecula restoration. Here we show that a complex of salmon calcitonin and oxidized calcium alginate (sCT-OCA) was prepared and loaded into a thermosensitive copolymer hydrogel for long-term anti-osteopenia treatment. The triblock copolymer, poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid)-b-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(D,L-lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-PEG-PLGA) exhibited sol-gel transition at body temperature...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640583/fluffy-and-ordered-graphene-multilayer-films-with-improved-electromagnetic-interference-shielding-over-x-band
#16
Zicheng Wang, Renbo Wei, Xiaobo Liu
Highly ordered nitrogen-doped graphene multilayer films with large interlayer void are successfully fabricated by thermal annealing the compact stacking graphene oxide/copper phthalocyanine (GO/CuPc) multilayer films. Scanning electron microscopic (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and electrical conductivity measurements indicate that the breakaway of oxygen functional groups on/in the GO sheets at high temperature and the in-situ pyrolysis of CuPc molecules in the interlayer of graphene sheets synergistically facilitate the restoration of GO in graphitization, the effective nitrogen doping by replacing carbon atoms in graphene frameworks, the retention of layer-by-layer stacking structure of graphene sheets in plane and the formation of interlayer voids, leading to the enhancement in the electrical conductivity (3...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637347/mechanisms-underlying-the-long-term-survival-of-the-monocot-dracaena-marginata-under-drought-conditions
#17
Radek Jupa, Roman Plichta, Zuzana Paschová, Nadezhda Nadezhdina, Roman Gebauer
Efficient water management is essential for the survival of vascular plants under drought stress. While interrelations among drought stress, plant anatomy and physiological functions have been described in woody dicots, similar research is very limited for non-palm arborescent and shrubby monocots despite their generally high drought tolerance. In this study, potted transplants of Dracaena marginata Lam. in primary growth stage were exposed to several short- and long-term drought periods. Continuous measurements of sap flow and stem diameter, the evaluation of capacitance and leaf conductance, the quantification of non-structural carbohydrates (NSC), and organ-specific anatomical analyses were performed to reveal the mechanisms promoting plant resistance to limited soil moisture...
June 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637240/tfeb-activation-restores-migration-ability-to-tsc1-deficient-adult-neural-stem-progenitor-cells
#18
Alessandro Magini, Alice Polchi, Danila Di Meo, Giuseppina Mariucci, Krizia Sagini, Federico De Marco, Tommaso Cassano, Stefano Giovagnoli, Diego Dolcetta, Carla Emiliani
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder caused by mutations in either of two genes, TSC1 or TSC2, resulting in the constitutive activation of the mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1). mTOR inhibitors are now considered the treatment of choice for TSC disease. A major pathological feature of TSC is the development of subependymal giant cell astrocytomas (SEGAs) in the brain. Nowadays, it is thought that SEGAs could be a consequence of aberrant aggregation and migration of neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs)...
June 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637206/improving-combination-osteoporosis-therapy-in-a-preclinical-model-of-heightened-osteoanabolism
#19
Yu Shao, Selene Hernandez-Buquer, Paul Childress, Keith R Stayrook, Marta B Alvarez, Hannah Davis, Lilian Plotkin, Yongzheng He, Keith W Condon, David B Burr, Stuart J Warden, Alexander G Robling, Feng-Chun Yang, Ronald C Wek, Matthew R Allen, Joseph P Bidwell
Combining anti-catabolic agents with parathyroid hormone (PTH) to enhance bone mass has yielded mixed results in osteoporosis patients. Towards the goal of enhancing the efficacy of these regimens, we tested their utility in combination with loss of the transcription factor Nmp4 since disabling this gene amplifies PTH-induced increases in trabecular bone in mice by boosting osteoblast secretory activity. We addressed whether combining a sustained anabolic response with an anti-catabolic results in superior bone acquisition compared to PTH mono-therapy...
June 20, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637013/akt-can-modulate-the-in-vitro-response-of-hnscc-cells-to-irreversible-egfr-inhibitors
#20
Renato José Silva-Oliveira, Matias Melendez, Olga Martinho, Maicon F Zanon, Luciano de Souza Viana, André Lopes Carvalho, Rui Manuel Reis
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is overexpressed in up to 90% of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) tumors. Cetuximab is the first targeted (anti-EGFR) therapy approved for the treatment of HNSCC patients. However, its efficacy is limited due to primary and secondary resistance, and there is no predict biomarkers of response. New generation of EGFR inhibitors with pan HER targeting and irreversible action, such as afatinib and allitinib, represents a significant therapeutic promise. In this study, we intend to compare the potential cytotoxicity of two anti-EGFR inhibitors (afatinib and allitinib) with cetuximab and to identify potential predictive biomarkers of response in a panel of HNSCC cell lines...
June 7, 2017: Oncotarget
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