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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913104/d-ala2-gip-glu-pal-is-neuroprotective-in-a-chronic-parkinson-s-disease-mouse-model-and-increases-bndf-expression-while-reducing-neuroinflammation-and-lipid-peroxidation
#1
Yanwei Li, WeiZhen Liu, Lin Li, Christian Hölscher
Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is a risk factor for Parkinson's disease (PD). Therefore, treatment to improve insulin resistance in T2DM may be useful for PD patients. Glucose dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) is a member of the incretin hormone family that can promote insulin release and improve insulin resistance. Several GIP analogues have been developed as potential treatments for T2DM. We had shown previously that D-Ala2-GIP-glu-PAL, a novel long-acting GIP analogue, can play a neuroprotective role in the PD mouse model induced by acute MPTP injection...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911923/morphology-and-hydraulic-architecture-of-vitis-vinifera-l-cv-syrah-and-torront%C3%A3-s-riojano-plants-are-unaffected-by-variations-in-red-to-far-red-ratio
#2
Carina Verónica González, María Florencia Jofré, Hernán F Vila, Markus Stoffel, Rubén Bottini, Carla Valeria Giordano
Plants have evolved an array of specific photoreceptors to acclimate to the light environment. By sensing light signals, photoreceptors modulate plant morphology, carbon- and water-physiology, crop yield and quality of harvestable organs, among other responses. Many cultural practices and crop management decisions alter light quantity and quality perceived by plants cultivated in the field. Under full sunlight, phytochromes perceive high red to far red ratios (R:FR; 1.1), whereas overhead or lateral low R:FR (below 1...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911448/inverted-internal-limiting-membrane-flap-technique-as-a-useful-procedure-for-macular-hole-associated-retinal-detachment-in-highly-myopic-eyes
#3
H Sasaki, A Shiono, J Kogo, R Yomoda, Y Munemasa, M Syoda, H Otake, H Kurihara, Y Kitaoka, H Takagi
PurposeTo determine whether the inverted internal limiting membrane (ILM) flap technique contributes to high reattachment and closure rates in patients with macular hole-associated retinal detachment (MHRD).Patients and methodsIn all, 15 eyes of 15 patients with MHRD undergoing 25-gauge pars plana vitrectomy with the inverted ILM flap technique or ILM peeling. The patients were divided into the inverted ILM flap technique group (6 eyes) and ILM peeling group (9 eyes). The logarithm of minimal angle of resolution best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) and retinal attachment and macular hole closure rates were compared between the two groups before and after surgery...
December 2, 2016: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911229/c-2-arteriovenous-fistula-presenting-as-a-pathologic-hangman-s-fracture-case-report
#4
Rajeev D Sen, Carolina Gesteira Benjamin, Howard A Riina, Donato Pacione
The authors report on an 81-year-old woman with a pathologic hangman's fracture secondary to a complex arteriovenous fistula (AVF). The patient presented with severe, unremitting neck pain and was found to have fractures bilaterally through the pars interarticularis of C-2 with significant anterior subluxation of C-2 over C-3 along with widening of the left transverse foramen. Due to an abnormally appearing left vertebral artery (VA) on CT angiography, the patient underwent conventional angiography, which revealed a complex AVF stemming from the left VA at the level of C-2 with dilated posterior cervical veins and a large venous varix...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910893/interference-with-protease-activated-receptor-1-alleviates-neuronal-cell-death-induced-by-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-microglial-cells-through-the-pi3k-akt-pathway
#5
Yuxin Li, Wuyang Yang, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Baocheng Wang, Shujun Xu, Weijie Zhu, Feng Yu, Shaoji Yuan, Peigang Lu
Excessive microglial cells activation in response to inflammatory stimuli leads to synaptic loss, dysfunction, and neuronal cell death. Activated microglia are involved in the pathogenesis of neurological conditions and frequently contribute to several complications. Accumulating evidence suggests that signaling through PAR-1 is involved in inflammation, however, its function has yet to be fully elucidated. Here, we have demonstrated that the suppression of PAR-1 leads to down-regulation of inflammatory factors including IL-1β, IL-6, TNF-α, NO, as well as the prevention of activation of NF-κB in BV2 cells...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910115/an-expert-consensus-definition-of-failure-of-a-treatment-to-provide-adequate-relief-f-par-for-chronic-constipation-an-international-delphi-survey
#6
J Tack, H Boardman, P Layer, I Schiefke, D Jayne, C Scarpignato, M Fox, T Frieling, P Ducrotte, S Hamdy, K Gill, C Ciriza de Los Rios, R Felt-Bersma, D De Looze, V Stanghellini, A Mohr Drewes, M Simrén, C Pehl, T Hoheisel, A Leodolter, E Rey, J Dalrymple, A Emmanuel
BACKGROUND: As treatments for constipation become increasingly available, it is important to know when to progress along the treatment algorithm if the patient is not better. AIM: To establish the definition of failure of a treatment to provide adequate relief (F-PAR) to support this management and referral process in patients with chronic constipation. METHODS: We conducted an international Delphi Survey among gastroenterologists and general practitioners with a special interest in chronic constipation...
December 1, 2016: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909652/percutaneous-transpedicular-lumbar-endoscopy-a-case-report
#7
Priyank Uniyal, Gun Choi, Bhushan Khedkkar
INTRODUCTION: Since Kambin introduced the concept of percutaneous transforaminal disc surgery in 1973, there has been numerous advances in the field of spine endoscopy and the concept of central debulking of the disc has changed to targeted fragmentectomy and disc preservation. The lumbar disc fragments which are down migrated and to the medial aspect of the pedicle are extremely challenging to deal by transforaminal approach even after foraminoplasties and by various other approaches...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909337/optimization-of-the-optical-transparency-of-rodent-tissues-by-modified-pact-based-passive-clearing
#8
Jiwon Woo, Mirae Lee, Jeong Min Seo, Hyo Suk Park, Yong Eun Cho
Recently, a bio-electrochemical technique known as CLARITY was reported for three-dimensional phenotype mapping within transparent tissues, allowing clearer whole-body and organ visualization with CB-perfusion (CUBIC) and leading to the development of whole-body clearing and transparency of intact tissues with the PACT (passive clarity technique) and PARS (perfusion-assisted agent release in situ) methodologies. We evaluated the structure-function relationships in circuits of the whole central nervous system (CNS) and various internal organs using improved methods with optimized passive clarity...
December 2, 2016: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906434/effect-and-mechanism-of-par-2-on-the-proliferation-of-esophageal-cancer-cells
#9
D Quanjun, Z Qingyu, Z Qiliang, X Liqun, C Jinmei, L Ziquan, H Shike
OBJECTIVE: Esophageal Cancer (EC) is a common malignant tumor occurred in the digestive tract. In this study, we investigated the mechanism of Protease Activated Receptor 2 (PAR-2) on the proliferation of esophageal cancer cell. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Transfected esophageal cancer (EC) cell (PAR-2shRNA EC109) was established with low stable PAR-2 expression. EC109 cell was treated with PAR-2 agonist, PAR-2 anti-agonist and MAPK inhibitor respectively; Untreated EC109 cell (blank control) and PAR-2shRNA EC109 cell were used for analysis also...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905210/erythrocyte-fatty-acid-composition-does-not-influence-levels-of-free-bioavailable-and-total-25-hydroxy-vitamin-d
#10
Martin Carlsson, Ingela Nilsson, Lars Brudin, Siv-Ping Von, Pär Wanby
In vitro, mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids (FAs) may decrease the binding affinity of vitamin D metabolites for vitamin D-binding protein, which in turn may influence their bioavailability. FAs incorporated as phospholipids in erythrocyte (ery-) cell membranes reflect dietary intake. The purpose of this study was to investigate ery-FA composition in relation to markers for vitamin D. In healthy females (age 22.6 ± 2.0 years) total 25(OH)D was measured by LC-MS/MS (n = 78), free 25(OH)D with ELISA (n = 64 of 78), and bioavailable 25(OH)D was calculated...
December 1, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904987/transient-therapeutic-effect-of-vitrectomy-in-primary-intraocular-lymphoma
#11
Barbara Iaccheri, Tito Fiore, Alessio Cerquaglia, Marco Lupidi, Carlo Cagini
This photo essay shows the transient therapeutic effect of pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) in a patient affected by primary intraocular lymphoma (PIOL). PPV is crucial for the diagnosis of PIOL, but it may also play a role in the therapeutic approach.
November 30, 2016: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904817/transitional-vertebra-and-spina-bifida-occulta-related-with-chronic-low-back-pain-in-a-young-patient
#12
Maryam Kundi, Maham Habib, Sumbal Babar, Asif K Kundi, Salman Assad, Amjad Sheikh
Bertolotti's syndrome (BS) must be considered as a differential diagnosis in a young patient presenting with low back pain (LBP). We present a case of a 26-year-old male complaining of mild chronic LBP for six years, radiating to his left thigh for the past six months. He has been taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) with skeletal muscle relaxants for pain relief. The X-ray and computed tomography (CT) imagings showed congenital enlargement of the left transverse process of the fifth lumbar (L5) vertebra forming pseudo-articulation with the sacrum and unilateral pars interarticularis defect at the L4 level on the left side, respectively...
October 19, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904575/alpha-synuclein-structure-functions-and-interactions
#13
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Fatemeh Nouri Emamzadeh
At present, when a clinical diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) is made, serious damage has already been done to nerve cells of the substantia nigra pars compacta. The diagnosis of PD in its earlier stages, before this irreversible damage, would be of enormous benefit for future treatment strategies designed to slow or halt the progression of this disease that possibly prevents accumulation of toxic aggregates. As a molecular biomarker for the detection of PD in its earlier stages, alpha-synuclein (α-syn), which is a key component of Lewy bodies, in which it is found in an aggregated and fibrillar form, has attracted considerable attention...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904494/anti-apoptotic-effect-of-shudipingchan-granule-in-the-substantia-nigra-of-rat-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
#14
Qing Ye, Xiao-Lei Yuan, Jing He, Jie Zhou, Can-Xing Yuan, Xu-Ming Yang
Levodopa is the gold-standard treatment for Parkinson's disease. However, although it alleviates the clinical symptoms, it cannot delay the progressive apoptosis of dopaminergic neurons or prevent motor complications in the long term. In the present study, we investigated the effect of Shudipingchan granule on neuronal apoptosis in a rat model of Parkinson's disease, established by injecting 6-hydroxydopamine into the substantia nigra pars compacta and ventral tegmental area. We then administered levodopa (20 mg/kg intraperitoneally, twice daily) with or without Shudipingchan granule (7...
October 2016: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903911/mirtar2go-a-novel-rule-based-model-learning-method-for-cell-line-specific-microrna-target-prediction-that-integrates-ago2-clip-seq-and-validated-microrna-target-interaction-data
#15
Alireza Ahadi, Gaurav Sablok, Gyorgy Hutvagner
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are ∼19-22 nucleotides (nt) long regulatory RNAs that regulate gene expression by recognizing and binding to complementary sequences on mRNAs. The key step in revealing the function of a miRNA, is the identification of miRNA target genes. Recent biochemical advances including PAR-CLIP and HITS-CLIP allow for improved miRNA target predictions and are widely used to validate miRNA targets. Here, we present miRTar2GO, which is a model, trained on the common rules of miRNA-target interactions, Argonaute (Ago) CLIP-Seq data and experimentally validated miRNA target interactions...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903679/the-bruton-s-tyrosine-kinase-btk-inhibitor-acalabrutinib-demonstrates-potent-on-target-effects-and-efficacy-in-two-mouse-models-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Sarah E M Herman, Arnau Montraveta, Carsten U Niemann, Helena Mora-Jensen, Michael Gulrajani, Fanny Krantz, Rose Mantel, Lisa L Smith, Fabienne McClanahan, Bonnie Harrington, Dolors Colomer, Todd Covey, John C Byrd, Raquel Izumi, Allard Kaptein, Roger Ulrich, Amy Johnson, Brian J Lannutti, Adrian Wiestner, Jennifer A Woyach
PURPOSE: Acalabrutinib (ACP-196) is a novel, potent, and highly selective BTK inhibitor, which binds covalently to Cys481 in the ATP-binding pocket of BTK. We sought to evaluate the anti-tumor effects of acalabrutinib treatment in two established mouse models of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Two distinct mouse models were used, the TCL1 adoptive transfer model where leukemic cells from Eμ-TCL1 transgenic mice are transplanted into C57BL/6 mice, and the human NSG primary CLL xenograft model...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903273/a-novel-quantitative-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-method-for-detecting-toxigenic-pasteurella-multocida-in-nasal-swabs-from-swine
#17
Simone Scherrer, Daniel Frei, Max Michael Wittenbrink
BACKGROUND: Progressive atrophic rhinitis (PAR) in pigs is caused by toxigenic Pasteurella multocida. In Switzerland, PAR is monitored by selective culture of nasal swabs and subsequent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) screening of bacterial colonies for the P. multocida toxA gene. A panel of 203 nasal swabs from a recent PAR outbreak were used to evaluate a novel quantitative real-time PCR for toxigenic P. multocida in porcine nasal swabs. RESULTS: In comparison to the conventional PCR with a limit of detection of 100 genome equivalents per PCR reaction, the real-time PCR had a limit of detection of 10 genome equivalents...
December 1, 2016: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902843/ridge-estimation-of-the-var-1-model-and-its-time-series-chain-graph-from-multivariate-time-course-omics-data
#18
Viktorian Miok, Saskia M Wilting, Wessel N van Wieringen
Omics experiments endowed with a time-course design may enable us to uncover the dynamic interplay among genes of cellular processes. Multivariate techniques (like VAR(1) models describing the temporal and contemporaneous relations among variates) that may facilitate this goal are hampered by the high-dimensionality of the resulting data. This is resolved by the presented ridge regularized maximum likelihood estimation procedure for the VAR(1) model. Information on the absence of temporal and contemporaneous relations may be incorporated in this procedure...
November 7, 2016: Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902639/air-tamponade-combined-with-nonsupine-positioning-in-macular-hole-surgery-for-pseudophakic-eyes
#19
Vegard A Forsaa, Jørgen Krohn
PURPOSE: To investigate the closure rate of primary full-thickness macular hole, following intraocular air tamponade combined with a nonsupine positioning regimen. METHODS: A prospective study of patients with full-thickness macular hole, who underwent pars plana vitrectomy with internal limiting membrane peeling and intraocular air tamponade followed by 3 days of nonsupine positioning. Outcome measures were primary full-thickness macular hole closure and improvement in best-corrected visual acuity after 6 months...
November 29, 2016: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901488/cancer-associated-fibroblasts-promote-cancer-cell-growth-through-a-mir-7-rassf2-par-4-axis-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
#20
Zongze Shen, Xing Qin, Ming Yan, Rongrong Li, Gang Chen, Jianjun Zhang, Wantao Chen
Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), a major component of cancer stroma, play an important role in cancer progression but little is known about how CAFs affect tumorigenesis and development. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that can negatively regulate target mRNA expression at post-transcriptional levels. In head and neck cancer (HNC), our analysis of miRNA arrays showed that miR-7, miR-196 and miR-335 were significantly up-regulated in CAFs when compared with their paired normal fibroblasts (NFs)...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
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