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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933740/fine-needle-aspiration-in-the-diagnosis-and-classification-of-hepatoblastoma-analysis-of-21-new-cases
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Tatjana Vlajnic, Hervé J Brisse, Isabelle Aerts, Paul Fréneaux, Cécile Cellier, Monique Fabre, Jerzy Klijanienko
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of hepatoblastoma (HBL) is based on characteristic clinical and radiological presentation, young age and marked elevation of serum α-fetoprotein (aFP). Fine needle aspiration (FNA) technique is successfully used in the diagnosis of hepatoblastoma. To evaluate the value of FNA in the diagnosis and subtyping of HBL, we report our experience correlated to histological sections (core needle biopsy, CNB). METHODS: From 1991 to 2015, 21 cases from 20 patients were cytologically diagnosed as HBL...
December 9, 2016: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933185/circulating-serpinb1-levels-and-clinical-features-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Kohzo Takebayashi, Kenji Hara, Tomoko Terasawa, Rika Naruse, Mariko Suetsugu, Takafumi Tsuchiya, Toshihiko Inukai
OBJECTIVE: The main purpose of this study was to investigate the association of serum SerpinB1 levels and various parameters in patients with type 2 diabetes. The effect of canagliflozin (a sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor), which can decrease circulating insulin levels, on serum SerpinB1 levels was also investigated. A recent study suggests that the serum levels of SerpinB1, also known as monocyte neutrophil elastase inhibitor, increase with insulin resistance, may have a protective effect for pancreatic β cells, and may decrease insulin resistance...
2016: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931505/phase-iii-clinical-trial-assessing-safety-and-efficacy-of-umbilical-cord-blood-mononuclear-cell-transplant-therapy-of-chronic-complete-spinal-cord-injury
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Hui Zhu, Waisang Poon, Yansheng Liu, Gilberto Ka-Kit Leung, Yatwa Wong, Yaping Feng, Stephanie C P Ng, Kam Sze Tsang, David T F Sun, David K Yeung, Caihong Shen, Fang Niu, Zhexi Xu, Pengju Tan, Shaofeng Tang, Hongkun Gao, Yun Cha, Kwok-Fai So, Robert Fleischaker, Dongming Sun, John Chen, Jan Lai, Wendy Cheng, Wise Young
Umbilical cord blood-derived mononuclear cell (UCB-MNC) transplants improve recovery in animal spinal cord injury (SCI) models. We transplanted UCB-MNCs into 28 patients with chronic complete SCI in Hong Kong (HK) and Kunming (KM). Stemcyte Inc. donated UCB-MNCs isolated from human leukocyte antigen (HLA 4:6)-matched UCB units. In HK, four patients received four 4-l injections (1.6 million cells) into dorsal entry zones above and below the injury site, and another four received 8-l injections (3.2 million cells)...
November 2016: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927849/the-effect-of-serum-vitamin-d-levels-on-ovarian-reserve-markers-a-prospective-cross-sectional-study
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Panagiotis Drakopoulos, Arne van de Vijver, Valerie Schutyser, Stevan Milatovic, Ellen Anckaert, Johan Schiettecatte, Christophe Blockeel, Michel Camus, Herman Tournaye, Nikolaos P Polyzos
STUDY QUESTION: Is there any association between serum 25-OH vitamin D levels and ovarian reserve markers in infertile women? SUMMARY ANSWER: Vitamin D is not associated with the ovarian reserve markers, anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) and antral follicle count (AFC), in infertile women. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The mechanism underlying the relationship between vitamin D deficiency and reproduction is still unclear; however, evidence indicates a potential direct negative impact on ovarian function...
December 6, 2016: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927601/probiotic-supplementation-in-diabetic-hemodialysis-patients-has-beneficial-metabolic-effects
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Alireza Soleimani, Malihe Zarrati Mojarrad, Fereshteh Bahmani, Mohsen Taghizadeh, Mohammad Ramezani, Maryam Tajabadi-Ebrahimi, Parvaneh Jafari, Ahmad Esmaillzadeh, Zatollah Asemi
This study determined the effects of probiotic supplementation on glycemic control, lipid concentrations, biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress in 60 diabetic patients on hemodialysis in a parallel randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. Participants were initially matched based on sex, duration of dialysis and diabetes, body mass index and age. Subsequently, they were randomly divided into two groups to take either a capsule containing the probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Bifidobacterium bifidum or placebo for 12 weeks...
December 4, 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926952/growth-hormone-treatment-increases-plasma-irisin-concentration-in-patients-with-turner-syndrome
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B Wikiera, K Zawadzka, Ł Łaczmański, N Słoka, M Bolanowski, A Basiak, A Noczyńska, J Daroszewski
Irisin (Ir) deficiency may be a contributing factor in metabolic disease. This study aimed to investigate the effect of supraphysiological doses of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) on Ir plasma concentration in relation to metabolic disorders, including obesity and other components of metabolic syndrome. We studied 36 girls with Turner syndrome (mean age 8.2 years) treated with rhGH (0.05 mg/kg/day). Anthropometric data and fasting blood levels [e. g., Ir, insulin, glucose, glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), IGF-1, IGFBP-3, cholesterol, insulin resistance (HOMA-IR), and β-cell function (HOMA-β)] were analyzed prior to and following rhGH therapy [mean (SD) follow-up of 1...
December 7, 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926661/the-effect-of-intraoperative-and-6-h-postoperative-intravenous-administration-of-low-dose-prostacyclin-on-the-endothelium-hemostasis-and-hemodynamics-in-patients-undergoing-a-pancreaticoduodenoctemy-a-randomized-controlled-pilot-study
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Pär I Johansson, Christian R Mortensen, Tatiana Nielsen, Carsten Tollund, Jakob Stensballe, Carsten P Hansen, Hans J Frederiksen, Sisse R Ostrowski
BACKGROUND: Capillary leakage, secondary to endothelial breakdown, is common in patients undergoing major surgical procedures with extensive tissue injury and this is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Prostacyclin has been ascribed cytoprotective properties together with its vasodilatory and antiplatelet effects. The present pilot study investigated the safety and endothelial protective effects of low-dose prostacyclin infusion. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A randomized placebo-controlled pilot study evaluating the effect of prostacyclin (iloprost) infusion (1...
December 6, 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925846/characteristics-sources-and-cytotoxicity-of-atmospheric-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-urban-roadside-areas-of-hangzhou-china
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Hongzhen Bai, Hongjian Zhang
The primary objective of this study is to understand the profiles, sources and cytotoxic effects of atmospheric polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are closely related to urban air contamination and public health, in urban roadside environments. On-road sampling campaigns were conducted from 2014 to 2015 at three urban road sites in Hangzhou, China. Sixteen gaseous and particulate matter (PM) 2.5-bound PAHs were identified and quantified using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The total PAH concentrations at the three sites ranged from 750 to1142 ng/m(3) and 1050 to 1483 ng/m(3) in summer and winter, respectively...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925203/the-genetic-landscape-of-breast-carcinomas-with-neuroendocrine-differentiation
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Caterina Marchiò, Felipe C Geyer, Charlotte Ky Ng, Salvatore Piscuoglio, Maria R De Filippo, Marco Cupo, Anne M Schultheis, Raymond S Lim, Kathleen A Burke, Elena Guerini-Rocco, Mauro Papotti, Larry Norton, Anna Sapino, Britta Weigelt, Jorge S Reis-Filho
Neuroendocrine breast carcinomas (NBCs) account for 2-5% of all invasive breast cancers and are histologically similar to neuroendocrine tumours from other sites. They typically express oestrogen receptor (ER), are HER2-negative and of luminal subtype. Here we sought to define the mutational profile of NBCs, and to investigate whether NBCs and common forms of luminal (ER+/HER2-) breast cancer display distinct repertoires of somatic mutations. Eighteen ER+/HER2- NBCs, defined as harbouring >50% of tumour cells expressing chromogranin A and/or synaptophysin, and matched normal tissue were microdissected and subjected to massively parallel sequencing targeting all exons of 254 genes most frequently mutated in breast cancer and/or related to DNA repair...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923919/quorum-sensing-coordinates-cooperative-expression-of-pyruvate-metabolism-genes-to-maintain-a-sustainable-environment-for-population-stability
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Lisa A Hawver, Jennifer M Giulietti, James D Baleja, Wai-Leung Ng
: Quorum sensing (QS) is a microbial cell-cell communication system that regulates gene expression in response to population density to coordinate collective behaviors. Yet, the role of QS in resolving the stresses caused by the accumulation of toxic metabolic by-products at high cell density is not well defined. In response to cell density, QS could be involved in reprogramming of the metabolic network to maintain population stability. Using unbiased metabolomics, we discovered that Vibrio cholerae mutants genetically locked in a low cell density (LCD) QS state are unable to alter the pyruvate flux to convert fermentable carbon sources into neutral acetoin and 2,3-butanediol molecules to offset organic acid production...
December 6, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921280/ph-responsive-triblock-copolymeric-micelles-decorated-with-a-cell-penetrating-peptide-provide-efficient-doxorubicin-delivery
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Khen Eng Ng, Mohd Cairul Iqbal Mohd Amin, Haliza Katas, Muhammad Wahab Amjad, Adeel Masood Butt, Prashant Kesharwani, Arun K Iyer
This study developed novel triblock pH-responsive polymeric micelles (PMs) using cholic acid-polyethyleneimine-poly-L-arginine (CA-PEI-pArg) copolymers. PEI provided pH sensitivity, while the hydrophilic cell-penetrating pArg peptide promoted cellular PM internalization. The copolymers self-assembled into PMs in aqueous solution at above the critical micelle concentration (2.98 × 10(-7) M) and encapsulated doxorubicin in the core region, with a 34.2% (w/w) entrapment efficiency. PMs showed pH-dependent swelling, increasing in size by almost sevenfold from pH 7...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920883/exogenous-secreted-frizzled-related-protein-4-modulates-steroidogenesis-of-rat-granulosa-cells-through-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-and-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathways
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Ghamartaj Hossein, Manijeh Khanmohammadi, Parisa Sahranavard Fard, Yasaman Heidarian, Somaieh Kazemnejad, Mohammad Mehdi Akhondi
BACKGROUND: It has been reported that secreted frizzled-related protein-4 known as an antagonist of Wnt signaling pathway plays a role in luteinization process of rodent granulosa cells. The purpose of this study was twofold: 1) to determine whether recombinant human secreted frizzled-related protein-4 (rhSFRP-4) could directly induce terminal differentiation of rat Granulosa Cells (GCs) and 2) to understand how the modulation of β-catenin and Protein Kinase B (PKB)/AKT activity by exogenous SFRP-4 could be involved in steroidogenesis...
October 2016: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919190/investigation-of-the-influence-of-glycyrrhizin-on-the-pharmacokinetics-of-celastrol-in-rats-using-lc-ms-and-its-potential-mechanism
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Guangkui Yan, Hanhua Zhang, Wei Wang, Yuan Li, Chenghuang Mao, Mingqiao Fang, Xianhong Yi, Jingdong Zhang
1. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of glycyrrhizin on the pharmacokinetics of celastrol in rats. 2. Twelve male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to two groups: control group and test group. Test group was pretreated with glycyrrhizin at a dose of 100 mg/kg/day for 10 days, and then the two groups were orally administered with celastrol at a dose of 1 mg/kg. The concentration of celastrol was determined using a sensitive and reliable LC-MS method. 3. The results showed that glycyrrhizin could significantly decrease the plasma concentration (from 64...
December 5, 2016: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918826/long-term-protection-of-genetically-ablated-rabbit-retinal-degeneration-by-sustained-transscleral-unoprostone-delivery
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Nobuhiro Nagai, Eri Koyanagi, Yasuko Izumida, Junjun Liu, Aya Katsuyama, Hirokazu Kaji, Matsuhiko Nishizawa, Noriko Osumi, Mineo Kondo, Hiroko Terasaki, Yukihiko Mashima, Toru Nakazawa, Toshiaki Abe
Purpose: To evaluate the long-term protective effects of transscleral unoprostone (UNO) against retinal degeneration in transgenic (Tg) rabbits (Pro347Leu rhodopsin mutation). Methods: The UNO release devices (URDs) were implanted into the sclerae of Tg rabbits and ERG, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and ophthalmic examinations were conducted for 40 weeks. Unoprostone metabolites in retina, choroid/RPE, aqueous humor, and plasma from wild-type (Wt) rabbits were measured using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918462/comparative-evaluation-of-trail-fgf-2-and-vegf-a-induced-angiogenesis-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#15
Siân P Cartland, Scott W Genner, Amna Zahoor, Mary M Kavurma
Tumor necrosis-factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) has been implicated in angiogenesis; the growth of new blood vessels from an existing vessel bed. Our aim was to compare pro-angiogenic responses of TRAIL, vascular endothelial growth-factor-A (VEGF-A) and fibroblast growth-factor-2 (FGF-2) either separately (10 ng/mL) or in combination, followed by the assessment of proliferation, migration and tubule formation using human microvascular endothelial-1 (HMEC-1) cells in vitro. Angiogenesis was also measured in vivo using the Matrigel plug assay...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916907/metformin-inhibits-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-via-pkm2-relative-mtor-p70s6k-signaling-pathway-in-cervical-carcinoma-cells
#16
Keyan Cheng, Min Hao
BACKGROUND: Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) plays a prominent role in tumorigenesis. Metformin exerts antitumorigenic effects in various cancers. This study investigated the mechanisms of metformin in TGF-β1-induced Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in cervical carcinoma cells. METHODS: cells were cultured with 10 ng/mL TGF-β1 to induce EMT and treated with or without metformin. Cell viability was evaluated by CCK-8 (Cell Counting Kit 8, CCK-8) assay; apoptosis were analyzed by flow cytometry; cell migration was evaluated by wound-healing assay...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916889/hyaluronic-acid-gel-based-scaffolds-as-potential-carrier-for-growth-factors-an-in-vitro-bioassay-on-its-osteogenic-potential
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Masako Fujioka-Kobayashi, Benoit Schaller, Eizaburo Kobayashi, Maria Hernandez, Yufeng Zhang, Richard J Miron
Hyaluronic acid (HA) has been utilized for a variety of regenerative medical procedures due to its widespread presence in connective tissue and perceived biocompatibility. The aim of the present study was to investigate HA in combination with recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein 9 (rhBMP9), one of the most osteogenic growth factors of the BMP family. HA was first combined with rhBMP9 and assessed for the adsorption and release of rhBMP9 over 10 days by ELISA. Thereafter, ST2 pre-osteoblasts were investigated by comparing (1) control tissue culture plastic, (2) HA alone, and (3) HA with rhBMP9 (100 ng/mL)...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916079/-role-and-mechanism-of-th17-treg-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-hypopnea-syndrome
#18
Y Liu, Y C Gu, Y Tang, X L Lü, H Chen, Q Z Wu
Objective: To explore the role and the mechanism of Th17/Treg in obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS). Methods: A total of 100 patients who completed polysomnography (PSG) in the sleep lab of Affiliated Wujiang Hospital of Nantong University from Mar. 2015 to Apr. 2016 were enrolled and divided into four groups (primary snoring as the control group, mild OSAHS, moderate OSAHS and severe OSAHS) according apnea hypopnea index (AHI). The proportion of Th17, Treg (of CD4(+) T cells) and the expression of interleukin (IL)-17A, IL-6 were detected and the relevant data were analyzed by the correlation analysis and the multiple stepwise regression analysis...
November 29, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916071/-the-effect-of-curcumin-on-the-expression-of-mir-155-to-apoptosis-and-invasion-of-extravillus-trophoblast-cells-treated-by-lipopolysaccharide
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G M Hong, P Gong, M Y Yang, L Shen, Z Y Diao, Y L Hu
Objective: To investigate the effect of curcumin on the expression of miR-155, apoptosis and invasion of extravillus trophoblast cells treated by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Methods: Human trophoblast cells (HTR-8/SVneo cells) were divided into 4 groups, the curcumin + LPS group (pre-treated by curcumin of 12.5, 25, 50 μmol/L, then LPS of 100 ng/ml), the LPS group (100 ng/ml), the recombinant adenovirus group (miR-155, multiplicity of infection100) and the control group. The miR-155 level in HTR-8/SVneo cells was measured by real-time PCR, and the expression of NF-κB was analyzed by luciferase gene expression...
November 25, 2016: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913949/epigenetic-cpg-methylation-of-the-promoter-and-reactivation-of-the-expression-of-gstp1-by-astaxanthin-in-human-prostate-lncap-cells
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Yuqing Yang, Francisco Fuentes, Limin Shu, Chao Wang, Doug Pung, Wenji Li, Chengyue Zhang, Yue Guo, Ah-Ng Kong
Astaxanthin (AST), a red dietary carotenoid, has synergistic antioxidant effects with polyunsaturated fatty acids at low concentrations via Nuclear factor (erythroid-derived 2)-like 2 (NFE2L2 or Nrf2)/antioxidant response element (ARE) signaling. In addition, chromatin remodeling and DNA methylation-based gene silencing represent a common mechanism in prostate carcinogenesis and tumor progression from normal cells to pre-initiated cells and ultimately to invasive carcinoma. Therefore, the control of epigenetic modification and the transcriptional/translational control of the activation of Nrf2 and Nrf2-target genes, including glutathione S-transferases (GSTs), appear to be an important mechanism that protects cells against injuries from oxidative stress and cancer development...
December 2, 2016: AAPS Journal
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