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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652732/preparation-characterization-and-evaluation-of-amphotericin-b-loaded-mpeg-pcl-g-pei-micelles-for-local-treatment-of-oral-candida-albicans
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Li Zhou, Peipei Zhang, Zhuo Chen, Shaona Cai, Ting Jing, Huihui Fan, Fei Mo, Jiye Zhang, Rong Lin
Fatal Candida albicans infections in the mucosal system can occur in association with immune-compromised diseases and dysbacteriosis. Currently, amphotericin B (AmB) is considered to be the most effective antibiotic in the treatment of C. albicans infections, but its clinical application is limited by side effects and poor bioavailability. In order to use AmB in the local treatment of oral C. albicans infections, AmB/MPEG-PCL-g-PEI (monomethoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(epsilon-caprolactone)-graft-polyethylenimine, MPP) micelles were prepared...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643533/evaluation-of-variation-in-coagulation-among-children-with-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-pneumonia-a-case-control-study
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Tianhua Li, Haiying Yu, Weina Hou, Zhiyong Li, Chunfang Han, Lihong Wang
Objective Acute organ embolism in children with Mycoplasma pneumoniae pneumonia (MPP) has been reported, but changes in coagulation are unclear. This study aimed to investigate changes in coagulation in children with MPP. Methods A total of 185 children with MMP (cases) and 117 healthy children (controls) were recruited. We measured prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT), thrombin time (TT), and plasma fibrinogen (FIB) and D-dimer levels. Results Plasma FIB (3.39 ± 0.96 g/L vs 2...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641252/an-embedded-marked-point-process-framework-for-three-level-object-population-analysis
#3
Csaba Benedek
In this paper we introduce a probabilistic approach for extracting complex hierarchical object structures from digital images used by various vision applications. The proposed framework extends conventional Marked Point Process (MPP) models by (i) admitting object-subobject ensembles in parent-child relationships and (ii) allowing corresponding objects to form coherent object groups, by a Bayesian segmentation of the population. Different from earlier, highly domain specific attempts on MPP generalization, the proposed model is defined at an abstract level, providing clear interfaces for applications in various domains...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631231/2-3-dideoxycytidine-protects-dopaminergic-neurons-in-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Jianyi Niu, Jing Xiong, Dan Hu, Fei Zeng, Shuke Nie, Shanping Mao, Tao Wang, Zhentao Zhang, Zhaohui Zhang
DNA polymerase-β (DNA pol-β) plays a crucial role in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). The aim of this study was to investigate the neuroprotective effects of a DNA polymerase-β inhibitor 2',3'-dideoxycytidine (DDC) in PD models. In the in vitro studies, primary cultured neurons were challenged with 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP(+)). The expression of DNA pol-β was assessed using western blot. The neuroprotective effect of DNA pol-β knockdown and DNA pol-β inhibitor DDC was determined using cell viability assay and caspase-3 activity assay...
June 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628028/electron-transport-in-stepped-bi-sub-2-sub-se-sub-3-sub-thin-films
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Sebastian Bauer, Christian Alexander Bobisch
We analyse the electron transport in a 16 quintuple layer (QL) thick stepped Bi<sub>2</sub>Se<sub>3</sub> film grown on Si(111) by means of scanning tunnelling potentiometry (STP) and multi-point probe (MPP) measurements. Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) images reveal that the local structure of the Bi<sub>2</sub>Se<sub>3</sub> film is dominated by terrace steps and domain boundaries. From a microscopic study on the nm scale by STP, we find a mostly linear gradient of the voltage on the Bi<sub>2</sub>Se<sub>3</sub> terraces which is interrupted by voltage drops at the position of the domain boundaries...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627368/photoactivation-of-erk-creb-vmat2-pathway-attenuates-mpp-induced-neuronal-injury-in-a-cellular-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Xiaotong Gu, Lei Liu, Qi Shen, Da Xing
The vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) pumps dopamine from cytoplasm into synaptic vesicles for subsequent release, and the deficits of VMAT2 has been implicated in the dopaminergic neuronal cell loss which is considered as a typical pathological feature of Parkinson's disease (PD). Low-power laser irradiation (LPLI), a potent noninvasive physiotherapy approach, is capable of penetrating into nerve tissue to exert beneficial effects such as promoting nerve regeneration and ATP production. In the present study, we demonstrated that LPLI protects against MPP(+)-induced neurotoxicity via upregulation of VMAT2 in SH-SY5Y human dopaminergic neuroblastoma cells...
June 13, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622577/hyperoside-inhibits-lipopolysaccharide-induced-inflammatory-responses-in-microglial-cells-via-p38-and-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways
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Hui-Hui Fan, Lan-Bing Zhu, Ting Li, Hui Zhu, Ya-Nan Wang, Xiao-Li Ren, Bei-Lei Hu, Chen-Ping Huang, Jian-Hong Zhu, Xiong Zhang
Hyperoside (quercetin-3-O-β-d-galactoside) is an active compound isolated from herbs. Neuroinflammation is a key mechanism involved in neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson's disease. In this study, we aimed to investigate the potentiality of hyperoside in inhibiting microglia-mediated neuroinflammation. BV2 microglial cells were pretreated with hyperoside and stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The results showed that hyperoside significantly inhibited LPS-induced production of nitric oxide and pro-inflammatory cytokines including IL-1β and TNF-α, as well as the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase...
June 13, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619113/mechanisms-underlying-extensive-ser129-phosphorylation-in-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregates
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Shigeki Arawaka, Hiroyasu Sato, Asuka Sasaki, Shingo Koyama, Takeo Kato
Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized neuropathologically by intracellular aggregates of fibrillar α-synuclein, termed Lewy bodies (LBs). Approximately 90% of α-synuclein deposited as LBs is phosphorylated at Ser129 in brains with PD. In contrast, only 4% of total α-synuclein is phosphorylated at Ser129 in brains with normal individuals. It is unclear why extensive phosphorylation occurs in the pathological process of PD. To address this issue, we investigated a mechanism and role of Ser129-phosphorylation in regulating accumulation of α-synuclein...
June 15, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618344/developmental-mechanism-of-muscle-tendon-bone-complex-in-the-fetal-soft-palate
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Michiyuki Nara, Kei Kitamura, Masahito Yamamoto, Ryotaro Nagakura, Keisuke Mitomo, Satoru Matsunaga, Shinichi Abe
OBJECTIVE: This study was performed to investigate how the palatine aponeurosis, medial pterygoid process (MPP) of the sphenoid bone, and tensor veli palatini (TVP) muscle form the pulley: muscle-tendon-bone complex. DESIGN: Mice at embryonic day (ED) 14-17 were used as sample in this study. Azan staining was performed to observe the morphology, and immunohistochemical staining of desmin was performed to closely observe the development of the myotendinous junction...
June 6, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615977/high-lateral-plantar-pressure-is-related-to-an-increased-tibialis-anterior-fibularis-longus-activity-ratio-in-patients-with-recurrent-lateral-ankle-sprain
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Shinshiro Mineta, Takayuki Inami, Raldy Mariano, Norikazu Hirose
INTRODUCTION: Center of pressure (COP) is a sudden displacement at the time of a lateral ankle sprain (LAS). It has been suggested that the distribution of plantar pressure and the quantity of COP displacement are important for assessing the risk of LAS. Therefore, we evaluated the plantar pressure during a single-leg balance test with eyes closed (SLB-C) to identify the factors and characteristics of plantar pressure in people with repeated cases of LAS. METHODS: We recruited 22 collegiate athletes and divided them into an instability group (IG; n=11) and a control group (CG; n=11)...
2017: Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615727/oestrogen-inhibits-arterial-calcification-by-promoting-autophagy
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Yi-Qun Peng, Dan Xiong, Xiao Lin, Rong-Rong Cui, Feng Xu, Jia-Yu Zhong, Ting Zhu, Feng Wu, Min-Zhi Mao, Xiao-Bo Liao, Ling-Qing Yuan
Arterial calcification is a major complication of cardiovascular disease. Oestrogen replacement therapy in postmenopausal women is associated with lower levels of coronary artery calcification, but its mechanism of action remains unclear. Here, we show that oestrogen inhibits the osteoblastic differentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in vitro and arterial calcification in vivo by promoting autophagy. Through electron microscopy, GFP-LC3 redistribution, and immunofluorescence analyses as well as measurement of the expression of the autophagosome marker light-chain I/II (LC3I/II) and autophagy protein 5 (Atg5), we show that autophagy is increased in VSMCs by oestrogen in vitro and in vivo...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615288/correlation-between-apparent-substrate-affinity-and-oct2-transporter-turnover
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Alyscia Cory Severance, Philip J Sandoval, Stephen H Wright
Organic cation transporter 2 (OCT2) mediates the first step in the renal secretion of many cationic drugs: basolateral uptake from blood into proximal tubule cells. The impact of this process on the pharmacokinetics of drug clearance as estimated using a physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) approach relies on an accurate understanding of the kinetics of transport because the ratio of the maximal rate of transport to the Michaelis constant (i.e., Jmax/Kt) provides an estimate of the intrinsic clearance (Clint) used in in vitro-in vivo extrapolation of experimentally determined transport data...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611589/mitochondrial-effects-of-pgc-1alpha-silencing-in-mpp-treated-human-sh-sy5y-neuroblastoma-cells
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Qinyong Ye, Chun Chen, Erwang Si, Yousheng Cai, Juhua Wang, Wanling Huang, Dongzhu Li, Yingqing Wang, Xiaochun Chen
The dopaminergic neuron degeneration and loss that occurs in Parkinson's disease (PD) has been tightly linked to mitochondrial dysfunction. Although the aged-related cause of the mitochondrial defect observed in PD patients remains unclear, nuclear genes are of potential importance to mitochondrial function. Human peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ coactivator-1alpha (PGC-1α) is a multi-functional transcription factor that tightly regulates mitochondrial biogenesis and oxidative capacity. The goal of the present study was to explore the potential pathogenic effects of interference by the PGC-1α gene on N-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP(+))-induced SH-SY5Y cells...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608163/prostate-specific-membrane-antigen-pet-mri-validation-of-mr-textural-analysis-for-detection-of-transition-zone-prostate-cancer
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Anthony Bates, Kenneth Miles
OBJECTIVES: To validate MR textural analysis (MRTA) for detection of transition zone (TZ) prostate cancer through comparison with co-registered prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) PET-MR. METHODS: Retrospective analysis was performed for 30 men who underwent simultaneous PSMA PET-MR imaging for staging of prostate cancer. Thirty texture features were derived from each manually contoured T2-weighted, transaxial, prostatic TZ using texture analysis software that applies a spatial band-pass filter and quantifies texture through histogram analysis...
June 12, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607800/effect-of-a-traditional-chinese-herbal-medicine-formulation-on-cell-survival-and-apoptosis-of-mpp-treated-mes-23-5-dopaminergic-cells
#15
Shuifen Ye, Ho Kee Koon, Wen Fan, Yihui Xu, Wei Wei, Chuanshan Xu, Jing Cai
Progressive degeneration of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (SN) is implicated in Parkinson's disease (PD). The efficacy of these currently used drugs is limited while traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used in the management of neurodegenerative diseases for many years. This study was designed to evaluate the effect of a modified traditional Chinese herbal medicine decoction, Cong Rong Jing (CRJ), on cell survival and apoptosis of 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium- (MPP(+)-) treated MES23.5 dopaminergic cells...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592647/the-beavis-effect-in-next-generation-mapping-panels-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Elizabeth G King, Anthony D Long
A major goal in the analysis of complex traits is to partition the observed genetic variation in a trait into components due to individual loci and perhaps variants within those loci. However, in both QTL mapping and genetic association studies, the estimated percent variation attributable to a QTL is upwardly biased conditional on it being discovered. This bias was first described in two-way QTL mapping experiments by William Beavis, and has been referred to extensively as "the Beavis effect." The Beavis effect is likely to occur in multiparent population (MPP) panels as well as collections of sequenced lines used for genome-wide association studies (GWAS)...
June 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592646/loci-contributing-to-boric-acid-toxicity-in-two-reference-populations-of-drosophila-melanogaster
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Michael A Najarro, Jennifer L Hackett, Stuart J Macdonald
Populations maintain considerable segregating variation in the response to toxic, xenobiotic compounds. To identify variants associated with resistance to boric acid, a commonly-used household insecticide with a poorly understood mechanism of action, we assayed thousands of individuals from hundreds of strains. Using the Drosophila Synthetic Population Resource (DSPR), a multi-parental population (MPP) of inbred genotypes, we mapped six QTL to short genomic regions containing few protein-coding genes (3-188), allowing us to identify plausible candidate genes underlying resistance to boric acid toxicity...
June 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592645/inbred-strain-variant-database-isvdb-a-repository-for-probabilistically-informed-sequence-differences-among-the-collaborative-cross-strains-and-their-founders
#18
Daniel Oreper, Yanwei Cai, Lisa M Tarantino, Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, William Valdar
The Collaborative Cross (CC) is a panel of recently established multiparental recombinant inbred mouse strains. For the CC, as for any multiparental population (MPP), effective experimental design and analysis benefit from detailed knowledge of the genetic differences between strains. Such differences can be directly determined by sequencing, but until now whole-genome sequencing was not publicly available for individual CC strains. An alternative and complementary approach is to infer genetic differences by combining two pieces of information: probabilistic estimates of the CC haplotype mosaic from a custom genotyping array, and probabilistic variant calls from sequencing of the CC founders...
June 7, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590753/the-1-2-4-triazolo-4-3-a-pyrazin-3-one-as-a-versatile-scaffold-for-the-design-of-potent-adenosine-human-receptor-antagonists-structural-investigations-to-target-the-a2a-receptor-subtype
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Matteo Falsini, Lucia Squarcialupi, Daniela Catarzi, Flavia Varano, Marco Betti, Diego Dal Ben, Gabriella Marucci, Michela Buccioni, Rosaria Volpini, Teresa De Vita, Andrea Cavalli, Vittoria Colotta
In this work, we describe the identification of the 1,2,4-triazolo[4,3-a]pyrazin-3-one as a new versatile scaffold for the development of adenosine human (h) receptor antagonists. The new chemotype ensued from a molecular simplification approach applied to our previously reported 1,2,4-triazolo[4,3-a]quinoxalin-1-one series. Hence, a set of novel 8-amino-2-aryl-1,2,4-triazolopyrazin-3-one derivatives, featured by different substituents on the 2-phenyl ring (R) and at position 6 (R6), was synthesized with the main purpose of targeting the hA2A adenosine receptor (AR)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583715/novel-insights-into-the-antioxidant-role-of-tauroursodeoxycholic-acid-in-experimental-models-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Alexandra I Rosa, Inês Fonseca, Maria João Nunes, Sara Moreira, Elsa Rodrigues, Andreia Neves Carvalho, Cecília M P Rodrigues, Maria João Gama, Margarida Castro-Caldas
Impaired mitochondrial function and generation of reactive oxygen species are deeply implicated in Parkinson's disease progression. Indeed, mutations in genes that affect mitochondrial function account for most of the familial cases of the disease, and postmortem studies in sporadic PD patients brains revealed increased signs of oxidative stress. Moreover, exposure to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP), a mitochondrial complex I inhibitor, leads to clinical symptoms similar to sporadic PD. The bile acid tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA) is an anti-apoptotic molecule shown to protect against MPTP-induced neurodegeneration in mice, but the mechanisms involved are still incompletely identified...
June 2, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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