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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353277/a-critical-review-of-the-consensus-statement-from-the-european-atherosclerosis-society-consensus-panel-2017
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Harumi Okuyama, Tomohito Hamazaki, Rokuro Hama, Yoichi Ogushi, Tetsuyuki Kobayashi, Naoki Ohara, Hajime Uchino
BACKGROUND: The Consensus Statement from the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) Consensus Panel 2017 concludes on the basis of 3 different types of clinical studies that low-density lipoprotein (LDL) causes atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). In Mendelian randomization studies, rare genetic mutations affecting LDL receptor function were found to cause higher or lower LDL-C levels, which are associated with correspondingly altered ASCVD risk. In prospective cohort studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of statins, a remarkably consistent log-linear association was demonstrated between the absolute magnitude of LDL-C exposure and ASCVD risk...
January 19, 2018: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353225/spectrum-of-mutations-in-index-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia-in-singapore-single-center-study
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Sharon Li Ting Pek, Sanjaya Dissanayake, Jessie Choi Wan Fong, Michelle Xueqin Lin, Eric Zit Liang Chan, Justin I-Shing Tang, Chee Wan Lee, Hean Yee Ong, Chee Fang Sum, Su Chi Lim, Subramaniam Tavintharan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an autosomal dominant genetic disease characterized by the presence of high plasma low density lipoproteins cholesterol (LDL-c). Patients with FH, with mutation detected, are at increased risk of premature cardiovascular disease compared to those without mutations. The aim of the study was to assess the type of mutations in patients, clinically diagnosed with FH in Singapore. METHODS: Patients (probands) with untreated/highest on-treatment LDL-c>4...
December 27, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353208/natural-products-berberine-and-curcumin-exhibited-better-ameliorative-effects-on-rats-with-non-alcohol-fatty-liver-disease-than-lovastatin
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Wu-Wen Feng, Shuang-Yu Kuang, Can Tu, Zhi-Jie Ma, Jing-Yao Pang, Yan-Hui Wang, Qing-Ce Zang, Ta-Si Liu, Yan-Ling Zhao, Xiao-He Xiao, Jia-Bo Wang
Studies have shown that satins and herbal products have potential to treat non-alcohol fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in clinic. However, no study has compared their effects, and their mechanisms remain unresolved. Here, we choose lovastatin and two herbal products including berberine and curcumin to compare their effects in treating NAFLD. NAFLD model was established by high fat food, and rats were administrated with lovastatin, berberine, curcumin, berberine + curcumin at the dosage of 100, 100, 100, 50 + 50 mg/kg bw, respectively...
January 17, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353173/use-of-cu-zn-superoxide-dismutase-tool-for-biomonitoring-marine-environment-pollution-in-the-persian-gulf-and-the-gulf-of-oman
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Farrokhzad Zeinali, Ahmad Homaei, Ehsan Kamrani, Seema Patel
Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is the pivotal antioxidant enzyme that defends organisms against the oxidative stresses of superoxide radicals. In this experimental study, purification of SOD from the leaves of Avicennia marina (grey mangrove or white mangrove) from the family Acanthaceae, located in Sirik mangrove forest on the shore of the Gulf of Oman was performed, for the intended characterization of SOD. The Sirik AmSOD (A. marina SOD) expressed optimum activity in the pH range of 6-9 with the maximum activity at pH 8...
January 16, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353169/integrated-biomarkers-response-confirm-the-antioxidant-role-of-diphenyl-diselenide-against-atrazine
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Aline Teixeira Marins, Cíntia Côrte Real Rodrigues, Charlene Cavalheiro de Menezes, Jeane de Lima Costa Gomes, Maiara Dorneles Costa, Mauro Eugênio Medina Nunes, Mariela de Souza Vieira, Filipe Fagan Donato, Renato Zanella, Leila Picolli da Silva, Vania Lucia Loro
Atrazine (ATZ) is a herbicide worldwide used. That can cause oxidative damage in non-target organisms, such as fish. Furthermore, the threat of exposure to pesticides together with poor nutrition is hazardous to the normal development of fish, and supplementation of the fish diet with antioxidants compounds is an alternative approach to prevent the hazardous effects of pesticide exposure. Here we aimed to investigate the capacity of diphenyl diselenide (PhSe)2 diet supplementation to improve the antioxidant defense of Cyprinus carpio (carp) exposed to environmental concentrations of ATZ...
January 16, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353102/aging-african-green-monkeys-manifest-transcriptional-pathological-and-cognitive-hallmarks-of-human-alzheimer-s-disease
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Paige E Cramer, Renee C Gentzel, Keith Q Tanis, Joshua Vardigan, Yi Wang, Brett Connolly, Philip Manfre, Kenneth Lodge, John J Renger, Celina Zerbinatti, Jason M Uslaner
While many preclinical models of Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been reported, none fully recapitulate the disease. In an effort to identify an appropriate preclinical disease model, we characterized age-related changes in 2 higher order species, the African green monkey (AGM) and the rhesus macaque. Gene expression profiles in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the visual cortex showed age-related changes in AGMs that are strikingly reminiscent of AD, whereas aged rhesus were most similar to healthy elderly humans...
December 20, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353078/blood-biochemical-parameters-and-melanomacrophage-centers-in-nile-tilapia-fed-essential-oils-of-clove-basil-and-ginger
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Aline Brum, Scheila Anelise Pereira, Lucas Cardoso, Edsandra Campos Chagas, Francisco Célio Maia Chaves, José Luiz Pedreira Mouriño, Maurício Laterça Martins
Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) is the most farmed freshwater fish in the world, however, disease outbreaks are the main cause of losses in production. Due to this, there is an increasing interest in natural products for enhancing disease resistance, without causing physiological impairment. The aim of this study was to verify the effect of the essential oils of clove basil (Ocimum gratissimum) and ginger (Zingiber officinale) on physiological and immunological parameters of nile tilapia. After 35 and 55 days of supplementation (0...
January 15, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352863/a-chitin-deacetylase-of-podospora-anserina-has-two-functional-chitin-binding-domains-and-a-unique-mode-of-action
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Janina Hoßbach, Franziska Bußwinkel, Andreas Kranz, Jasper Wattjes, Stefan Cord-Landwehr, Bruno M Moerschbacher
Chitosan is a structurally diverse biopolymer that is commercially derived from chitin by chemical processing, but chitin deacetylases (CDAs) potentially offer a sustainable and more controllable approach allowing the production of chitosans with tailored structures and biological activities. We investigated the CDA from Podospora anserina (PaCDA) which is closely related to Colletotrichum lindemuthianum CDA in the catalytic domain, but unique in having two chitin-binding domains. We produced recombinant PaCDA in Hansenula polymorpha for biochemical characterization and found that the catalytic domain of PaCDA is also functionally similar to C...
March 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352696/safety-and-efficacy-of-prostatic-artery-chemoembolization-for-prostate-cancer-initial-experience
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João Pisco, Tiago Bilhim, Nuno V Costa, Manuel Pinto Ribeiro, Lucia Fernandes, António G Oliveira
PURPOSE: To evaluate outcome of prostatic artery chemoembolization for patients with prostate cancer (PCa). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This single-center prospective cohort study was conducted between August 2013 and July 2016 in 20 patients with PCa who underwent chemoembolization. Mean patient age was 67.5 years ± 6.4. Gleason score was 6-10, and staging was T2N0M0. Fifteen patients refused prostatectomy and 5 wanted to stop hormonal therapy because of side effects...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352562/cbs-mutations-are-good-predictors-for-b6-responsiveness-a-study-based-on-the-analysis-of-35-brazilian-classical-homocystinuria-patients
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Soraia Poloni, Fernanda Sperb-Ludwig, Taciane Borsatto, Giovana Weber Hoss, Maria Juliana R Doriqui, Emília K Embiruçu, Ney Boa-Sorte, Charles Marques, Chong A Kim, Carolina Fischinger Moura de Souza, Helio Rocha, Marcia Ribeiro, Carlos E Steiner, Carolina A Moreno, Pricila Bernardi, Eugenia Valadares, Osvaldo Artigalas, Gerson Carvalho, Hector Y C Wanderley, Johanna Kugele, Melanie Walter, Lorena Gallego-Villar, Henk J Blom, Ida Vanessa D Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Classical homocystinuria (HCU) is a monogenic disease caused by the deficient activity of cystathionine β-synthase (CβS). The objective of this study was to identify the CBS mutations in Brazilian patients with HCU. METHODS: gDNA samples were obtained for 35 patients (30 families) with biochemically confirmed diagnosis of HCU. All exons and exon-intron boundaries of CBS gene were sequenced. Gene expression analysis by qRT-PCR was performed in six patients...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352332/effects-of-continuous-or-intermittent-low-magnitude-high-frequency-vibration-on-fracture-healing-in-sheep
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Yanhui Li, Guozhao Liu, Jing Yu, Chen Li, Lei Tan, Baohui Hao, Chao Liu, Junhao Lin, Dong Zhu, Xizheng Zhang
PURPOSE: Vibration therapy has been shown to improve fracture healing. In this study, we investigated the effects of continuous or different intermittent vibration regimens on fracture healing in sheep models on the basis of radiographs, mechanical, and biochemical testing. METHODS: The 63 right-hind metatarsals from 63 sheep (12-month-old) were osteotomized; followed by surgical fixation with a steel plate. Two weeks after the surgery, the sheep with right-hind metatarsal fractures were randomly divided into seven groups (n=9/group): control (no vibration treated), continuous vibration (CV), one, three, five, seven and 14-day intermittent vibration (named IV-1, -3, -5, -7, and -14, respectively) groups, which represented a cycle of the successive n-day vibration and successive n-day break...
January 19, 2018: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352312/a-role-for-domain-i-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-ns5a-protein-in-virus-assembly
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Chunhong Yin, Niluka Goonawardane, Hazel Stewart, Mark Harris
The NS5A protein of hepatitis C virus (HCV) plays roles in both virus genome replication and assembly. NS5A comprises three domains, of these domain I is believed to be involved exclusively in genome replication. In contrast, domains II and III are required for the production of infectious virus particles and are largely dispensable for genome replication. Domain I is highly conserved between HCV and related hepaciviruses, and is highly structured, exhibiting different dimeric conformations. To investigate the functions of domain I in more detail, we conducted a mutagenic study of 12 absolutely conserved and surface-exposed residues within the context of a JFH-1-derived sub-genomic replicon and infectious virus...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352303/perfusion-decellularization-of-a-human-limb-a-novel-platform-for-composite-tissue-engineering-and-reconstructive-surgery
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Mattia Francesco Maria Gerli, Jacques Paul Guyette, Daniele Evangelista-Leite, Brian Burns Ghoshhajra, Harald Christian Ott
Muscle and fasciocutaneous flaps taken from autologous donor sites are currently the most utilized approach for trauma repair, accounting annually for 4.5 million procedures in the US alone. However, the donor tissue size is limited and the complications related to these surgical techniques lead to morbidities, often involving the donor sites. Alternatively, recent reports indicated that extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffolds boost the regenerative potential of the injured site, as shown in a small cohort of volumetric muscle loss patients...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352106/cholesterol-binding-to-a-conserved-site-modulates-conformation-pharmacology-and-transport-kinetics-of-the-human-serotonin-transporter
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Louise Laursen, Kasper Severinsen, Kristina Birch Kristensen, Xavier Periole, Malene Overby, Heidi Kaastrup Müller, Birgit Schiøtt, Steffen Sinning
The serotonin transporter (SERT) is important for reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin from the synaptic cleft and is also the target of most antidepressants. It has previously been shown that cholesterol in the membrane bilayer affects the conformation of the serotonin transporter. Although recent crystal structures have identified several potential cholesterol binding sites it is unclear whether any of these potential cholesterol sites are occupieed by cholesterol and functionally relevant. In the present study we focus on the conserved Cholesterol Site 1 (CHOL1) located in a hydrophobic groove between TM1a, TM5 and TM7...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352105/an-ornithine-%C3%AF-aminotransferase-required-for-growth-in-the-absence-of-exogenous-proline-in-the-archaeon-thermococcus-kodakarensis
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Ren-Chao Zheng, Shin-Ichi Hachisuka, Hiroya Tomita, Tadayuki Imanaka, Yu-Guo Zheng, Makoto Nishiyama, Haruyuki Atomi
Aminotransferases are pyridoxal 5'-phosphate-dependent enzymes that catalyze reversible transamination reactions between amino acids and α-keto acids, and are important for the cellular metabolism of nitrogen. Many bacterial and eukaryotic ω-aminotransferases that use L-ornithine (Orn), L-lysine (Lys) or γ-aminobutyrate (GABA) have been identified and characterized, but the corresponding enzymes from archaea are unknown. Here we examined the activity and function of TK2101, a gene annotated as GABA aminotransferase, from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis We overexpressed the TK2101 gene in T...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351963/the-exon-junction-complex-structural-insights-into-a-faithful-companion-of-mammalian-mrnps
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Jennifer V Gerbracht, Niels H Gehring
During splicing, the exon junction complex (EJC) is deposited upstream of exon-exon boundaries. The EJC and its peripheral bound proteins play an essential role in mediating mRNA export, translation and turnover. However, the exact sequence of EJC assembly and the involved factors during splicing remain elusive. Recently published structures of the human C* spliceosome clarified the position of the EJC at this phase of splicing and have given insight into previously unidentified interactions between the EJC and spliceosomal proteins...
January 19, 2018: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351859/structural-and-immunological-characterization-of-hydroxyl-radical-modified-human-igg-clinical-correlation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#17
Sidra Islam, Abdul Rouf Mir, Mir Yasir Arfat, Farzana Khan, Masihuz Zaman, Asif Ali, Moinuddin
Structural alterations in proteins under oxidative stress have been widely implicated in the immuno-pathology of various disorders. This study has evaluated the extent of damage in the conformational characteristics of IgG by hydroxyl radical (OH) and studied its implications in the immuno-pathology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Using various biophysical and biochemical techniques, changes in aromatic microenvironment of the IgG and the protein aggregation became evident after treatment with OH. The SDS-PAGE study confirmed the protein aggregation while far ultraviolet circular dichroism spectroscopy (Far-UV CD) and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) inferred towards the alterations in secondary structure of IgG under OH stress...
January 10, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351844/interactome-screening-identifies-the-er-luminal-chaperone-hsp47-as-a-regulator-of-the-unfolded-protein-response-transducer-ire1%C3%AE
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Denisse Sepulveda, Diego Rojas-Rivera, Diego A Rodríguez, Jody Groenendyk, Andres Köhler, Cynthia Lebeaupin, Shinya Ito, Hery Urra, Amado Carreras-Sureda, Younis Hazari, Mireille Vasseur-Cognet, Maruf M U Ali, Eric Chevet, Gisela Campos, Patricio Godoy, Tomas Vaisar, Béatrice Bailly-Maitre, Kazuhiro Nagata, Marek Michalak, Jimena Sierralta, Claudio Hetz
Maintenance of endoplasmic reticulum (ER) proteostasis is controlled by a dynamic signaling network known as the unfolded protein response (UPR). IRE1α is a major UPR transducer, determining cell fate under ER stress. We used an interactome screening to unveil several regulators of the UPR, highlighting the ER chaperone Hsp47 as the major hit. Cellular and biochemical analysis indicated that Hsp47 instigates IRE1α signaling through a physical interaction. Hsp47 directly binds to the ER luminal domain of IRE1α with high affinity, displacing the negative regulator BiP from the complex to facilitate IRE1α oligomerization...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351805/neuroprotection-by-chitosan-nanoparticles-in-oxidative-stress-mediated-injury
#19
Bojun Chen, Jianming Li, Richard Ben Borgens
OBJECTIVE: Oxidative stress is a critical component of nervous system secondary injury. Oxidative stress produces toxic chemical byproducts including reactive aldehydes that traverse intact membranes and attack neighboring healthy cells. This secondary damage often leads to further patho-biochemical cascades that exacerbate the original insult. In this work, we investigate the therapeutic effects of chitosan nanoparticles on cell cultures exposed to oxidative stress. RESULTS: We found chitosan nanoparticles can rescue BV-2 glial cells from death, but only for cells undergoing necrosis...
January 19, 2018: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351497/screen-targeting-lung-and-prostate-cancer-oncogene-identifies-novel-inhibitors-of-rgs17-and-problematic-chemical-substructures
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Christopher R Bodle, Josephine H Schamp, Joseph B O'Brien, Michael P Hayes, Meng Wu, Jonathan A Doorn, David L Roman
Regulator of G protein signaling (RGS) proteins temporally regulate heterotrimeric G protein signaling cascades elicited by G protein-coupled receptor activation and thus are essential for cell homeostasis. The dysregulation of RGS protein expression has been linked to several pathologies, spurring discovery efforts to identify small-molecule inhibitors of these proteins. Presented here are the results of a high-throughput screening (HTS) campaign targeting RGS17, an RGS protein reported to be inappropriately upregulated in several cancers...
January 1, 2018: SLAS Discovery
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