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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150995/efficacy-and-safety-of-extracranial-vein-angioplasty-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Paolo Zamboni, Luigi Tesio, Stefania Galimberti, Luca Massacesi, Fabrizio Salvi, Roberto D'Alessandro, Patrizia Cenni, Roberto Galeotti, Donato Papini, Roberto D'Amico, Silvana Simi, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Graziella Filippini
Importance: Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is characterized by restricted venous outflow from the brain and spinal cord. Whether this condition is associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) and whether venous percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) is beneficial in persons with MS and CCSVI is controversial. Objective: To determine the efficacy and safety of venous PTA in patients with MS and CCSVI. Design, Setting, and Participants: We analyzed 177 patients with relapsing-remitting MS; 62 were ineligible, including 47 (26...
November 18, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150975/downregulation-of-dusp4-enhances-cell-proliferation-and-invasiveness-in-colorectal-carcinomas
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Michihiro Ichimanda, Naoki Hijiya, Yoshiyuki Tsukamoto, Tomohisa Uchida, Chisato Nakada, Tomonori Akagi, Tsuyoshi Etoh, Hidekatsu Iha, Masafumi Inomata, Mutsuhiro Takekawa, Masatsugu Moriyama
It is widely accepted that aberrant activation of the Wnt signaling pathway is responsible for the development of precursor lesions of colorectal cancer (CRC). However, the molecular mechanisms involved in the process of progression from these precursor lesions to invasive lesions of CRC are not fully understood. Recently, we reported that constitutive activation of MAPK accompanied by downregulation of dual-specificity phosphatase 4 (DUSP4), a MAPK phosphatase, contributes to the progression of precursor lesions in the pancreas...
November 18, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150948/methylation-associated-dok1-and-dok2-down-regulation-potential-biomarkers-for-predicting-adverse-prognosis-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Pin-Fang He, Zi-Jun Xu, Jing-Dong Zhou, Xi-Xi Li, Wei Zhang, De-Hong Wu, Zhi-Hui Zhang, Xin-Yue Lian, Xin-Yu Yao, Zhao-Qun Deng, Jiang Lin, Jun Qian
DOK-1 and DOK-2 (DOK1/2) are closely related members of downstream of tyrosine kinase (DOK) family genes, which are found to be frequently rearranged in several hematopoietic cancers. However, the clinical implications of DOK1/2 in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remain largely unknown. To investigate the clinical significance, real-time quantitative PCR (RQ-PCR) was carried out to detect DOK1/2 expressions in 125 de novo AML patients and 28 healthy controls. Real-time quantitative methylation-specific PCR (RQ-MSP) and bisulfite sequencing PCR (BSP) were applied to detect DOK1/2 methylation level and density...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150936/the-roles-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-tissue-development-and-regenerative-medicine
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REVIEW
Maryam Majidinia, Javad Aghazadeh, Rana Jahanban-Esfahlani, Bahman Yousefi
Regenerative medicine is a translational field which combines tissue engineering and molecular biology to construct spare organs or help injured or defective tissues to regenerate or restore their normal functions. This is particularly important with specific organs such as heart, central nervous system, retina or limbs which possess very limited regenerative capacity. As such, regenerative medicine has received peculiar attention in the last decade. In this regard, Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway has been subject to intensive research, since it plays many essential roles in the regulation of the progenitor cell fate, developmental decisions, proliferation during embryonic development, and adult tissue homeostasis...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150868/patient-reported-health-outcomes-in-patients-with-non-melanoma-skin-cancer-and-actinic-keratosis-results-from-a-large-scale-observational-study-analysing-effects-of-diagnoses-and-disease-progression
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W G Philipp-Dormston, K Müller, B Novak, K Strömer, C Termeer, U Hammann, J Glutsch, G Kraehn-Senftleben, H Lübbert, M Koller, R M Szeimies
BACKGROUND: Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and actinic keratosis (AK) are very common among fair-skinned individuals. A disease continuum from AK to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) has been frequently postulated. AK and NMSC may influence quality of life (QL) of patients, and it can be suspected that disease progression entails a QL reduction. The purpose of this study was to document QL in patients with NMSC and AK using the health-outcome questionnaire EQ-5D-5L. METHODS: The study was designed as a non-interventional, prospective, cross-sectional study...
November 17, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150739/cell-therapy-in-stroke-cautious-steps-towards-a-clinical-treatment
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REVIEW
Olivier Detante, Keith Muir, Jukka Jolkkonen
In the future, stroke patients may receive stem cell therapy as this has the potential to restore lost functions. However, the development of clinically deliverable therapy has been slower and more challenging than expected. Despite recommendations by STAIR and STEPS consortiums, there remain flaws in experimental studies such as lack of animals with comorbidities, inconsistent approaches to experimental design, and concurrent rehabilitation that might lead to a bias towards positive results. Clinical studies have typically been small, lacking control groups as well as often without clear biological hypotheses to guide patient selection...
November 17, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150720/assessing-restoration-effects-on-river-hydromorphology-using-the-process-based-morphological-quality-index-in-eight-european-river-reaches
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B Belletti, L Nardi, M Rinaldi, M Poppe, K Brabec, M Bussettini, F Comiti, M Gielczewski, B Golfieri, S Hellsten, J Kail, E Marchese, P Marcinkowski, T Okruszko, A Paillex, M Schirmer, M Stelmaszczyk, N Surian
The Morphological Quality Index (MQI) and the Morphological Quality Index for monitoring (MQIm) have been applied to eight case studies across Europe with the objective of analyzing the hydromorphological response to various restoration measures and of comparing the results of the MQI and MQIm as a morphological assessment applied at the reach scale, with a conventional site scale physical-habitat assessment method. For each restored reach, the two indices were applied to the pre-restoration and post-restoration conditions...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150636/a-genetic-system-for-targeted-mutations-to-disrupt-and-restore-genes-in-the-obligate-bacterium-ehrlichia-chaffeensis
#8
Ying Wang, Lanjing Wei, Huitao Liu, Chuanmin Cheng, Roman R Ganta
Obligate intracellular bacteria (obligates) belonging to Rickettsiales and Chlamydiales cause diseases in hundreds of millions of people worldwide and in many animal species. Lack of an efficient system for targeted mutagenesis in obligates remains a major impediment in understanding microbial pathogenesis. Challenges in creating targeted mutations may be attributed to essential nature of majority of the genes and intracellular replication dependence. Despite success in generating random mutations, a method that works well in creating mutations in specific genes of interest followed by complementation remains problematic for obligates and is a highly sought-after goal...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150614/spatial-regulation-of-contractility-by-neuralized-and-bearded-during-furrow-invagination-in-drosophila
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Gantas Perez-Mockus, Khalil Mazouni, Vanessa Roca, Giulia Corradi, Vito Conte, François Schweisguth
Embryo-scale morphogenesis arises from patterned mechanical forces. During Drosophila gastrulation, actomyosin contractility drives apical constriction in ventral cells, leading to furrow formation and mesoderm invagination. It remains unclear whether and how mechanical properties of the ectoderm influence this process. Here, we show that Neuralized (Neur), an E3 ubiquitin ligase active in the mesoderm, regulates collective apical constriction and furrow formation. Conversely, the Bearded (Brd) proteins antagonize maternal Neur and lower medial-apical contractility in the ectoderm: in Brd-mutant embryos, the ventral furrow invaginates properly but rapidly unfolds as medial MyoII levels increase in the ectoderm...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150589/change-in-hydration-indices-associated-with-an-increase-in-total-water-intake-of-more-than-0-5%C3%A2-l-day-sustained-over-4%C3%A2-weeks-in-healthy-young-men-with-initial-total-water-intake-below-2%C3%A2-l-day
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Jodi D Stookey, Janice Hamer, David W Killilea
This secondary data analysis addressed gaps in knowledge about effects of chronic water intake. Longitudinal data from the Adapt Study were used to describe effects of prescribing a sustained increase in water intake relative to baseline, for 4 weeks, on multiple indices of total body water (TBW) flux, regulation, distribution, and volume in five healthy, free-living, young men, with mean total water intake initially below 2 L/day. Indices were measured weekly. Within-person fixed effect models tested for significant changes in indices over time and associations between changes in indices...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150520/dopaminergic-neurotoxins-induce-cell-death-by-attenuating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-regulation-of-trpc1-expression-and-autophagy
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Pramod Sukumaran, Yuyang Sun, Neil Antonson, Brij B Singh
Alterations in Ca(2+) homeostasis affect neuronal survival. However, the identity of Ca(2+) channels and the mechanisms underlying neurotoxin-induced neuronal degeneration are not well understood. In this study, the dopaminergic neurotoxins 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) and 1-methyl -4-phenylpyridium ions (MPP(+)/MPTP), which mimic Parkinson's disease (PD), induced neuronal degeneration by decreasing store-mediated Ca(2+) entry. The function of the transient receptor potential canonical (TRPC)-1 channel was decreased upon exposure to the neurotoxins, followed by a decrease in TRPC1 expression...
November 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150512/a-genetic-system-for-the-thermophilic-acetogenic-bacterium-thermoanaerobacter-kivui
#12
Mirko Basen, Irina Geiger, Laura Henke, Volker Müller
Thermoanaerobacter kivui is one of the very few thermophilic acetogenic microorganisms. It grows optimally at 66°C on sugars but also lithotrophically with H2 + CO2 or with CO, producing acetate as major product. While a genome-derived model of acetogenesis has been developed, only few physiological or biochemical experiments towards the function of important enzymes in carbon and energy metabolism have been carried out. To address this issue, we developed a method for targeted, markerless gene deletions and for integration of genes into the genome of T...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150501/glna-truncation-in-salmonella-enterica-results-in-a-small-colony-variant-phenotype-attenuated-host-cell-entry-and-reduced-expression-of-flagellin-and-spi-1-associated-effector-genes
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Philipp Aurass, Juliane Düvel, Susanne Karste, Ulrich Nübel, Wolfgang Rabsch, Antje Flieger
Many pathogenic bacteria use sophisticated survival strategies to overcome harsh environmental conditions. One is the formation of slow-growing subpopulations termed small colony variants (SCVs). Here we characterize an SCV, which spontaneously emerged from an axenic Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium water culture. We found that the SCV harbors a frameshift mutation in the glutamine synthetase gene glnA leading to a ∼90% truncation of the corresponding protein. Glutamine synthetase, a central enzyme in nitrogen assimilation, converts glutamate and ammonia to glutamine...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150444/toll-like-receptor-4-induced-ryanodine-receptor-2-oxidation-and-sarcoplasmic-reticulum-ca2-leakage-promote-cardiac-contractile-dysfunction-in-sepsis
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Jie Yang, Rui Zhang, Xin Jiang, Jingzhang Lv, Ying Li, Hongyu Ye, Wenjuan Liu, Gang Wang, Cuicui Zhang, Na Zheng, Ming Dong, Yan Wang, Peiya Chen, Kumar Santosh, Yong Jiang, Jie Liu
Studies suggest the potential role of sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ leak in cardiac contractile dysfunction in sepsis. However, direct supporting evidence is lacking, and the mechanisms underlying this SR leak are poorly understood. Here, we investigated the changes in cardiac Ca2+ handling and contraction in LPS-treated rat cardiomyocytes and a mouse model of polymicrobial sepsis produced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). LPS decreased the systolic Ca2+ transient and myocyte contraction, as well as SR Ca2+ content...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150433/tyrosine-phosphorylation-of-munc18-1-inhibits-synaptic-transmission-by-preventing-snare%C3%A2-assembly
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Marieke Meijer, Bernhard Dörr, Hanna Ca Lammertse, Chrysanthi Blithikioti, Jan Rt van Weering, Ruud Fg Toonen, Thomas H Söllner, Matthijs Verhage
Tyrosine kinases are important regulators of synaptic strength. Here, we describe a key component of the synaptic vesicle release machinery, Munc18-1, as a phosphorylation target for neuronal Src family kinases (SFKs). Phosphomimetic Y473D mutation of a SFK phosphorylation site previously identified by brain phospho-proteomics abolished the stimulatory effect of Munc18-1 on SNARE complex formation ("SNARE-templating") and membrane fusion in vitro Furthermore, priming but not docking of synaptic vesicles was disrupted in hippocampal munc18-1-null neurons expressing Munc18-1Y473D Synaptic transmission was temporarily restored by high-frequency stimulation, as well as by a Munc18-1 mutation that results in helix 12 extension, a critical conformational step in vesicle priming...
November 17, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150315/surgical-options-for-osteoporotic-vertebral-compression-fractures-complicated-with-spinal-deformity-and-neurologic-deficit
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Kalliopi Alpantaki, Michael Dohm, Panagiotis Korovessis, Alexander G Hadjipavlou
INTRODUCTION: This paper describes surgical options for Osteoporotic vertebral compression fracture (OVCF) with acute flexible or chronic rigid kyphosis, and pseudarthrosis complicated with pain and neurologic deficit. METHODS: This study has two components. a) A prospective clinical study of surgical treatment of 31 patients (age: 69±11 years) with either acute flexible or progressive pseudarthrotic kyphosis manifested with severe pain or neurological deficit between 2010 and 2014...
November 12, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150297/prolonged-stretching-of-the-ankle-plantarflexors-elicits-muscle-tendon-adaptations-relevant-to-ankle-gait-kinetics-in-children-with-spastic-cerebral-palsy
#17
Teresa Martín Lorenzo, Eduardo Rocon, Ignacio Martínez Caballero, Ana Ramírez Barragán, Sergio Lerma Lara
Tissue related ankle hyper-resistance has been reported to contribute to equinus gait in children with spastic cerebral palsy. Hence, ankle plantarflexor stretching programs have been developed in order to restore passive ankle dorsiflexion. Despite high quality evidence on the limited effects of stretching on passive joint mobility, further muscle-tendon adaptations have been reported which may impact gait performance. As such, children with spastic cerebral palsy subject to long-term manual static stretching achieved dorsiflexion gains through the reduction of muscle and fascicle strain whilst preserving tendon strain, and prolonged use of ankle-foot orthoses achieved similar dorsiflexion gains through increased tendon strain whilst preserving muscle and fascicle strain...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150274/neuroprotective-potential-of-high-dose-biotin
#18
Mark F McCarty, James J DiNicolantonio
A recent controlled trial has established that high-dose biotin supplementation - 100 mg, three times daily - has a stabilizing effect on progression of multiple sclerosis (MS). Although this effect has been attributed to an optimization of biotin's essential cofactor role in the brain, a case can be made that direct stimulation of soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) by pharmacological concentrations of biotin plays a key role in this regard. The utility of high-dose biotin in MS might reflect an anti-inflammatory effect of cGMP on the cerebral microvasculature, as well on oligodendrocyte differentiation and on Schwann cell production of neurotrophic factors thought to have potential for managing MS...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150135/effect-of-different-resin-luting-cements-on-the-marginal-fit-of-lithium-disilicate-pressed-crowns
#19
Radek Mounajjed, Thomas J Salinas, Tomas Ingr, Basel Azar
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The vertical marginal discrepancy of restorations can increase upon cementation, and poor marginal fit can lead to cement dissolution, marginal discoloration, microleakage, and secondary caries. The amount of increase is related to the type of luting cement used, but how lithium disilicate pressed crowns are affected by different resin cements is unclear. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to compare the effect of using different resin luting cements on the vertical marginal discrepancy of lithium disilicate pressed crowns...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150134/stress-generation-in-mandibular-anterior-teeth-restored-with-different-types-of-post-and-core-at-various-levels-of-ferrule
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Anatolii Savychuk, Marianthi Manda, Christos Galanis, Christofer Provatidis, Petros Koidis
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Pertinent evidence regarding the mechanical integrity of mandibular anterior teeth restored with a post-and-core is limited. PURPOSE: The purpose of this finite element analysis study was to compare the impact of the post type (glass fiber post-and-resin core or cast post-and-core) along with the ferrule effect on the stress fields generated in endodontically treated mandibular lateral incisors and canines. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Three-dimensional models of the segmented mandible were developed...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
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