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Yue Li, Yunyan Wei, Weiwei Yuan, Qiqing Huang, Yaya Zhao, Weihong Zhao, Wei Xu, Jianqing Wu
The ligand of CD40, known as CD154 or CD40L, is the key to immunostimulatory and anticancer activity, but how CD40L affects cellular senescence is unclear. Thus, we studied a membrane‑stable mutant form CD40L (CD40L‑M) to explore tumor growth and cellular senescence in CD40‑positive NSCLC cells. We found that CD40L‑M‑expressing cells had senescent characteristics, including reduced cell proliferation and enlargement, increased SA‑β‑gal staining activity, and overexpression of several cell cycle regulators p53 and p21...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Yi Jhen Wu, Yu Chiuan Wu, I-Fen Chen, Yi-Lung Wu, Chin Wen Chuang, Han Hsiang Huang, Shyh Ming Kuo
Astaxanthin (Asta), a xanthophyll carotenoid, has been reported to be a strong antioxidative agent and has anti-inflammatory, antitumor and free radical-scavenging activities. However, inadequate stability and water solubility results in its low bioavailability. This study incorporated Asta into hydrophilic hyaluronan nanoparticles (HAn) to produce Asta-HAn aggregates (AHAna) using an electrostatic field system and investigated the restorative effects of AHAna on retrorsine-CCl₄-induced liver fibrosis in rats in vivo...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Tamer A El-Sobky, Shady Samir, Ahmed Naeem Atiyya, Shady Mahmoud, Ahmad S Aly, Ramy Soliman
INTRODUCTION: This systematic review aims to answer three research questions concerning the management of hereditary multiple osteochondromas of forearm in children: What is the best available evidence for the currently employed surgical procedures? What patient characteristics are associated with better prognosis? What disease characteristics are associated with better prognosis? METHODS: We searched the literature using three major databases with no publication date restrictions...
2018: SICOT-J
Peter Mancuso, Jeffrey L Curtis, Christine M Freeman, Marc Peters-Golden, Jason B Weinberg, Martin G Myers
Leptin is a pleiotropic hormone produced by white adipose tissue that regulates appetite and many physiologic functions including the immune response to infection. Genetic leptin deficiency in humans and mice impairs host defenses against respiratory tract infections. Since leptin deficiency is associated with obesity and other metabolic abnormalities, we generated mice that lack the leptin receptor (LepRb) in cells of the myeloid linage (LysM-LepRb-KO) to evaluate its impact in lean metabolically normal mice in a murine model of pneumococcal pneumonia...
March 22, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Vania Mattoso Ribeiro, Teresa Palmisciano Bede, Gabrielle S Rocha, Sergio Barroso, Samuel Valença, Vilma Blondet de Azeredo
BACKGROUND: High fat diets have been implicated in the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Polyphenols from grapes may reduce ROS and restore oxidative balance. The aim of this study is to investigate the antioxidant properties of high polyphenols beverages associated with a high fat diet in enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant activity. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Fifty female rats were divided into five groups: a) control group (CG) - control diet (4% fat); b) high fat diet group (HFD) - high fat diet (20% fat); c) grape juice group (GJ) - grape juice (15 ml/day) + high fat diet; d) red wine group (RW) - red wine (10 ml/day) + high fat diet; and e) resveratrol solution group (RS) - resveratrol solution (15 ml/day) + high fat diet...
November 24, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Michalina Błażkiewicz, Ida Wiszomirska, Katarzyna Kaczmarczyk, Andrzej Wit
BACKGROUND: Falls constitute an important health issue. They cause significant morbidity, mortality and have marked psychological effects on the individual, too. The aim of this study has been to determine parameters describing human movement strategies for balance and the reaction if balance is lost as a result of an unstable ground, and to attempt to describe the types of falls. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study group comprised 20 volunteers. Kinematic parameters of falling and dynamic stability were measured using the Vicon Motion System and the Biodex Balance System SD...
March 15, 2018: Medycyna Pracy
Cristian Alvarez, Rodrigo Ramirez-Campillo, Cristian Martinez-Salazar, Angélica Castillo, Francisco Gallardo, Emmanuel Gomes Ciolac
Sedentary overweight or obese adult (age<60 years) women, allocated in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM, n =13), dyslipidemia alone (DYS, n =12), dyslipidemia associated with hyperglycaemia (DYSHG, N=12), or healthy control (CON, n =10) groups, had their lipid, glucose, blood pressure, endurance performance, and anthropometry variables assessed before and after 16 weeks of a thrice-weekly high-intensity interval training (HIIT) program. Triglycerides reduced significantly ( P <0.05) in all groups, and high-density lipoprotein increased ( P <0...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Sports Medicine
Fernanda Silva Ferreira, Helena Biasibetti-Brendler, Paula Pierozan, Felipe Schmitz, Carolina Gessinger Bertó, Caroline Acauan Prezzi, Vanusa Manfredini, Angela T S Wyse
Kynurenic acid (KYNA) and quinolinic acid (QUIN) are metabolites produced in the degradation of tryptophan and have important neurological activities. KYNA/QUIN ratio changes are known to be associated with central nervous system disorders, such Alzheimer, Parkinson, and Huntington diseases. In the present study, we investigate the ability of KYNA in prevent the first events preceding QUIN-induced neurodegeneration in striatal slices of rat. We evaluated the protective effect of KYNA on oxidative status (reactive oxygen species production, antioxidant enzymes activities, lipid peroxidation, nitrite levels, protein and DNA damage, and iNOS immunocontent), mitochondrial function (mitochondrial mass, membrane potential, and respiratory chain enzymes), and Na+ ,K+ -ATPase in striatal slices of rats treated with QUIN...
March 21, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Erica L Fletcher, Ursula Greferath, Susmita Saha, Emily E Anderson, Kirstan A Vessey
Analysis of how retinal ganglion cells change in retinal degeneration is critical for evaluating the potential of photoreceptor restorative therapies. Immunocytochemistry in combination with image analysis provides a way for quantifying not only the density of ganglion cells during disease, but also information about their morphology and an evaluation of excitatory and inhibitory synaptic inputs. Here, we describe how indirect immunofluorescence can be used in retinal whole mounts to obtain information about ganglion cells in retinal degeneration...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Clint L Makino, Teresa Duda, Alexandre Pertzev, Rameshwar K Sharma
Our ability to see is based on the activity of retinal rod and cone photoreceptors. Rods function when there is very little light, while cones operate at higher light levels. Photon absorption by rhodopsin activates a biochemical cascade that converts photic energy into a change in the membrane potential of the cell by decreasing the levels of a second messenger, cGMP, that control the gating of cation channels. But just as important as the activation of the cascade are the shut-off and recovery processes. The timing of shutoff and recovery ultimately affects sensitivity, temporal resolution and even the capacity for counting single photons...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Dyre Kleive, Mushegh A Sahakyan, Ammar Khan, Bjarte Fosby, Pål-Dag Line, Knut Jørgen Labori
PURPOSE: The incidence of intraoperative arterial injury during pancreatectomy is not well described. This study aims to evaluate the incidence, management, and outcome of arterial injuries during pancreatectomy. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of 1535 consecutive patients undergoing pancreatectomy between 2006 and 2016 at Oslo University Hospital. The type of arterial injury and potential contributing factors were analyzed. Short-term outcomes were compared between patients with arterial injury and patients undergoing a planned arterial resection due to tumor involvement...
March 21, 2018: Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery
Bethany M Henrick, Andra A Hutton, Michelle C Palumbo, Giorgio Casaburi, Ryan D Mitchell, Mark A Underwood, Jennifer T Smilowitz, Steven A Frese
Historically, Bifidobacterium species were reported as abundant in the breastfed infant gut. However, recent studies in resource-rich countries show an increased abundance of taxa regarded as signatures of dysbiosis. It is unclear whether these differences are the product of genetics, geographic factors, or interventions such as formula feeding, antibiotics, and caesarean section. Fecal pH is strongly associated with Bifidobacterium abundance; thus, pH could be an indicator of its historical abundance. A review of 14 clinical studies published between 1926 and 2017, representing more than 312 healthy breastfed infants, demonstrated a change in fecal pH from 5...
March 2018: MSphere
Buket Ayna, Emrah Ayna, Sema Çelenk, Emine Göncü Başaran, Berivan Dündar Yılmaz, İbrahim Halil Tacir, Mehmet Cudi Tuncer
AIM: To compare the efficacy of resin composite restorations, retained with either polyethylene or zirconia-rich glass fiber posts. METHODS: Sixty-two single rooted maxillary and mandibular central incisor teeth in forty-four patients (15 males and 29 females; age range 15-32 years) were restored either with an ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWP) fiber post (Bondable Reinforcement Ribbon, DENSE, Ribbond, Seattle, WA, United States) or a zircon-rich glass fiber post (Snowpost, Lot H 040; Carbotech, Ganges, France)...
March 16, 2018: World Journal of Clinical Cases
Meenakshi Vishwanath, Nandakumar Janakiraman, Hamed Vaziri, Ravindra Nanda, Flavio Uribe
Traumatic dental injury is considered a public dental health problem because of a high childhood incidence, high treatment costs, and prolonged treatment time. Although management guidelines for traumatized teeth have been outlined, tooth loss following trauma is occasionally unavoidable. Here, we describe the successful interdisciplinary management of a traumatized central incisor in an 11-year old boy that was extracted because of a poor prognosis and restored by the autotransplantation of an immature donor tooth into the site...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Orthodontics
Jeong Hee Lee, Eung Do Kim, Eun Jung Jun, Hyoung Sun Yoo, Joon Woo Lee
Background: The purpose of this paper is to provide technology trends and information regarding market and prospects in stents used for human blood vessels in Korea and the world.A stent is a medical device in the form of a cylindrical metal net used to normalize flow when blood or other bodily fluids such as biliary fluids are obstructed in blood vessels, gastrointestinal tracts, etc. by inserting the stent into a narrowed or clogged area. Stents are classified into vascular and non-vascular stents...
2018: Biomaterials Research
Vishesh Khanna, Senthil N Sambandam, Munis Ashraf, Varatharaj Mounasamy
Critical to the success of a total knee arthroplasty (TKA) is the anatomical alignment. This may appear as a challenge in an extra-articular deformity (EAD) that may be inherent in certain people or result from fracture malunion, congenital disorders, nutritional, metabolic and infective causes. This appraisal aimed at providing the reader with an up-todate overview of the research carried out on, and existent evidence of EAD correction while planning a TKA. We reviewed the current English literature on TKA in extra-articular knee deformities...
December 14, 2017: Orthopedic Reviews
Krish Patel, Amee Patel, David Hawes, Janki Shah, Krishna Shah
Gastrointestinal (GI) microbiota are known to play paramount role in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Innovative sequencing methods have radically expanded our ability to analyze the intestinal microbiome. However, alterations of the GI microbiome in IBD have not yet been fully evaluated. Irregular colonization of the gut has been implicated in chronic intestinal inflammation. Faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) is a procedure which aims to restore microbial disturbances to the individual's gut microbiome...
2018: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
Chunhong Zhang, Guomin Song, Weisheng Ye, Baoshan Xu
Osteosarcoma is one of the most frequent types of primary malignant bone neoplasm in children and adolescents. Despite advancements developed in therapeutic modalities, the 5-year overall survival rates for patients with metastatic osteosarcoma disease remain poor. The present study aimed to investigate the expression level of microRNA-302a (miR-302a) in osteosarcoma tissues and cell lines, and the biological roles of miR-302a in osteosarcoma cells. In addition, the molecular mechanism underlying its tumor suppressive roles was evaluated...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Jiang Wei, Yang Wenjie, Liu Ping, Wang Na, Ren Haixia, Zhao Xuequn
Overuse and misuse of antibiotics leads to rapid evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes. Klebsiella pneumoniae has become the most common pathogenic bacterium accountable for nosocomial infections due to its high virulence factor and general occurrence of resistance to most antibiotics. The β-lactamase signaling pathway has been suggested to be involved in antibiotic resistance against β-lactams in Klebsiella pneumoniae . In the present study, the molecular mechanism of the antibiotic resistance of Klebsiella pneumoniae was investigated and the results indicated involvement of the β-arrestin recruitment-induced β-lactamase signaling pathway...
March 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Jasmine M Bracher, Maarten D Verhoeven, H Wouter Wisselink, Barbara Crimi, Jeroen G Nijland, Arnold J M Driessen, Paul Klaassen, Antonius J A van Maris, Jean-Marc G Daran, Jack T Pronk
Background: l-Arabinose occurs at economically relevant levels in lignocellulosic hydrolysates. Its low-affinity uptake via the Saccharomyces cerevisiae Gal2 galactose transporter is inhibited by d-glucose. Especially at low concentrations of l-arabinose, uptake is an important rate-controlling step in the complete conversion of these feedstocks by engineered pentose-metabolizing S. cerevisiae strains. Results: Chemostat-based transcriptome analysis yielded 16 putative sugar transporter genes in the filamentous fungus Penicillium chrysogenum whose transcript levels were at least threefold higher in l-arabinose-limited cultures than in d-glucose-limited and ethanol-limited cultures...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
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