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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893831/retinal-pre-conditioning-by-cd59a-knockout-protects-against-light-induced-photoreceptor-degeneration
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Delu Song, Brooks Wilson, Liangliang Zhao, Rupak Bhuyan, Mausumi Bandyopadhyay, Arkady Lyubarsky, Chen Yu, Yafeng Li, Levi Kanu, Takashi Miwa, Wen-Chao Song, Silvia C Finnemann, Bärbel Rohrer, Joshua L Dunaief
Complement dysregulation plays a key role in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but the specific mechanisms are incompletely understood. Complement also potentiates retinal degeneration in the murine light damage model. To test the retinal function of CD59a, a complement inhibitor, CD59a knockout (KO) mice were used for light damage (LD) experiments. Retinal degeneration and function were compared in WT versus KO mice following light damage. Gene expression changes, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, and glial cell activation were also compared...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885972/protecting-the-confidentiality-and-security-of-personal-health-information-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-in-the-era-of-sdgs-and-big-data
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Eduard J Beck, Wayne Gill, Paul R De Lay
BACKGROUND: As increasing amounts of personal information are being collected through a plethora of electronic modalities by statutory and non-statutory organizations, ensuring the confidentiality and security of such information has become a major issue globally. While the use of many of these media can be beneficial to individuals or populations, they can also be open to abuse by individuals or statutory and non-statutory organizations. Recent examples include collection of personal information by national security systems and the development of national programs like the Chinese Social Credit System...
2016: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872214/effects-of-prolonged-anoxia-on-electrical-activity-of-the-heart-in-crucian-carp-carassius-carassius
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Elisa Tikkanen, Jaakko Haverinen, Stuart Egginton, Minna Hassinen, Matti Vornanen
The effects of sustained anoxia on cardiac electrical excitability were examined in the anoxia-tolerant Crucian carp (Carassius carassius). The electrocardiogram (ECG) and expression of excitation-contraction coupling genes were studied in fish acclimatised to normoxia in summer (+18°C) or winter (+2°C), and in winter fish after 1, 3 and 6 weeks of anoxia. Anoxia induced a sustained bradycardia from a heart rate of 10.3±0.77 to 4.1±0.29 bpm (P<0.05) after 5 weeks, and heart rate slowly recovered to control levels when oxygen was restored...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862498/all-trans-retinoic-acid-preconditioning-enhances-proliferation-angiogenesis-and-migration-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-in-vitro-and-enhances-wound-repair-in-vivo
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M Pourjafar, M Saidijam, K Mansouri, H Ghasemibasir, F Karimi Dermani, R Najafi
OBJECTIVES: Stem cell therapy is considered to be a suitable alternative in treatment of a number of diseases. However, there are challenges in their clinical application in cell therapy, such as to reduce survival and loss of transplanted stem cells. It seems that chemical and pharmacological preconditioning enhances their therapeutic efficacy. In this study, we investigated effects of all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) on survival, angiogenesis and migration of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in vitro and in a wound-healing model...
November 10, 2016: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829401/health-literacy-among-different-age-groups-in-germany-results-of-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Eva-Maria Berens, Dominique Vogt, Melanie Messer, Klaus Hurrelmann, Doris Schaeffer
BACKGROUND: Health literacy is of increasing importance in public health research. It is a necessary pre-condition for the involvement in decisions about health and health care and related to health outcomes. Knowledge about limited health literacy in different age groups is crucial to better target public health interventions for subgroups of the population. However, little is known about health literacy in Germany. The study therefore assesses the prevalence of limited health literacy and associated factors among different age groups...
November 9, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825340/patient-and-provider-acceptance-of-telecoaching-in-type-2-diabetes-a-mixed-method-study-embedded-in-a-randomised-clinical-trial
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I Odnoletkova, H Buysse, F Nobels, G Goderis, B Aertgeerts, L Annemans, D Ramaekers
BACKGROUND: Despite advances in diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes, suboptimal metabolic control persists. Patient education in diabetes has been proved to enhance self-efficacy and guideline-driven treatment, however many people with type 2 diabetes do not have access to or do not participate in self-management support programmes. Tele-education and telecoaching have the potential to improve accessibility and efficiency of care, but there is a slow uptake in Europe. Patient and provider acceptance in a local context is an important pre-condition for implementation...
November 9, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27797969/role-of-the-microenvironment-in-liver-metastasis-from-pre-to-prometastatic-niches
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REVIEW
Pnina Brodt
Liver metastases remain a major barrier to successful management of malignant disease, particularly for cancers of the gastrointestinal tract but also for other malignancies, such as breast carcinoma and melanoma. The ability of metastatic cells to survive and proliferate in the liver is determined by the outcome of complex, reciprocal interactions between tumor cells and different local resident subpopulations, including the sinusoidal endothelium, stellate, Kupffer, and inflammatory cells that are mediated through cell-cell and cell-extracellular matrix adhesion and the release of soluble factors...
October 19, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766066/hemophilia-a-gene-therapy-via-intraosseous-delivery-of-factor-viii-lentiviral-vectors
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Carol H Miao
Current treatment of hemophilia A (HemA) patients with repeated infusions of factor VIII (FVIII; abbreviated as F8 in constructs) is costly, inconvenient, and incompletely effective. In addition, approximately 25 % of treated patients develop anti-factor VIII immune responses. Gene therapy that can achieve long-term phenotypic correction without the complication of anti-factor VIII antibody formation is highly desired. Lentiviral vector (LV)-mediated gene transfer into hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) results in stable integration of FVIII gene into the host genome, leading to persistent therapeutic effect...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27762068/procalcitonin-and-cytokine-profiles-in-engraftment-syndrome-in-pediatric-stem-cell-transplantation
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Nirali N Shah, Theresa M Watson, Bonnie Yates, David J Liewehr, Seth M Steinberg, David Jacobsohn, Terry J Fry
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of engraftment syndrome (ES) following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) can be a challenge due to the systemic presentation and alternative etiologies. With a goal of establishing biomarkers to more accurately distinguish ES, we prospectively analyzed levels of cytokines during HSCT. PROCEDURES: We performed a prospective study of children ≤21 years who underwent allogeneic HSCT. Blood samples for interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1b, IL-12p70, interferon-γ, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and procalcitonin were obtained from each subject prior to conditioning, at day 0, and then biweekly through engraftment and at days 30, 60 and 100...
October 20, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756605/liraglutide-attenuates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice
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Feng Zhou, Ying Zhang, Jing Chen, Xuemei Hu, Yancheng Xu
Liraglutide, an effective drug for the treatment of diabetes, has been proven to demonstrate anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects. Hence, this study explored the effects and mechanism of action of liraglutide on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI) in mice. Male BALB/c mice were pre-conditioned with liraglutide or saline prior to intraperitoneal LPS or saline administration. Histopathological examination of lung, the wet/dry (W/D)weight ratio, protein content, inflammatory cell numbers and pro-inflammatory cytokine levels in broncho-alveolar lavage fluid (BAL fluid) were conducted...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753160/pre-transplantation-blockade-of-tnf-%C3%AE-mediated-oxygen-species-accumulation-protects-hematopoietic-stem-cells
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Takashi Ishida, Sachie Suzuki, Chen-Yi Lai, Satoshi Yamazaki, Shigeru Kakuta, Yoichiro Iwakura, Masanori Nojima, Yasuo Takeuchi, Masaaki Higashihara, Hiromitsu Nakauchi, Makoto Otsu
Hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation (HSCT) for malignancy requires toxic pre-conditioning to maximize anti-tumor effects and donor-HSC engraftment. While this induces bone marrow (BM)-localized inflammation, how this BM environmental change affects transplanted HSCs in vivo remains largely unknown. We here report that, depending on interval between irradiation and HSCT, residence within lethally irradiated recipient BM compromises donor-HSC reconstitution ability. Both in vivo and in vitro we demonstrate that, among inflammatory cytokines, TNF-α plays a role in HSC damage: TNF-α stimulation leads to accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in highly purified hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSCs/HSPCs)...
October 18, 2016: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747368/cardiomyogenesis-of-periodontal-ligament-derived-stem-cells-by-dynamic-tensile-strain
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Daniel Pelaez, Zenith Acosta Torres, Tsz Kin Ng, Kwong Wai Choy, Chi Pui Pang, Herman S Cheung
Cellular therapies for the treatment of myocardial infarction have proven to be an invaluable tool in recent years and provide encouraging evidence for the possibility to restore normal heart function. However, questions still remain as to the optimal cell source, pre-conditioning methods and delivery techniques for such an application. This study explores the use of a population of stem cells arising from the neural crest and isolated from adult human periodontal ligament along with short-term mechanical strain as an inducer of cardiomyogenesis and possibly pre-conditioning stimulus for cellular cardiomyoplasty...
October 17, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737733/conditioned-medium-of-periodontal-ligament-mesenchymal-stem-cells-exert-anti-inflammatory-effects-in-lipopolysaccharide-activated-mouse-motoneurons
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Thangavelu Soundara Rajan, Sabrina Giacoppo, Oriana Trubiani, Francesca Diomede, Adriano Piattelli, Placido Bramanti, Emanuela Mazzon
Conditioned medium derived from mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) shows immunomodulatory and neuroprotective effects in preclinical models. Given the difficulty to harvest MSCs from bone marrow and adipose tissues, research has been focused to find alternative resources for MSCs, such as oral-derived tissues. Recently, we have demonstrated the protective effects of MSCs obtained from healthy human periodontal ligament tissue (hPDLSCs) in murine experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis model. In the present in vitro study, we have investigated the immunomodulatory and neuroprotective effects of conditioned medium obtained from hPDLSCs of Relapsing Remitting- Multiple sclerosis (RR-MS) patients on NSC34 mouse motoneurons stimulated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
October 11, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27696408/widespread-brain-transcriptome-alterations-underlie-the-neuroprotective-actions-of-dietary-saffron
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Nicholas V Skladnev, Varshika Ganeshan, Ji Yeon Kim, Thomas J Burton, John Mitrofanis, Jonathan Stone, Daniel M Johnstone
Dietary saffron has shown promise as a neuroprotective intervention in clinical trials of retinal degeneration and dementia and in animal models of multiple CNS disorders, including Parkinson's disease. This therapeutic potential makes it important to define the relationship between dose and protection and the mechanisms involved. To explore these two issues, mice were pre-conditioned by providing an aqueous extract of saffron (0.01% w/v) as their drinking water for 2, 5 or 10 days before administration of the parkinsonian neurotoxin MPTP (50 mg/kg)...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27677694/the-acceptability-of-mass-administrations-of-anti-malarial-drugs-as-part-of-targeted-malaria-elimination-in-villages-along-the-thai-myanmar-border
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Ladda Kajeechiwa, May Myo Thwin, Paw Wah Shee, Nan Lin Yee, Elvina Elvina, Peapah Peapah, Kyawt Kyawt, Poe Thit Oo, William PoWah, Jacqueline Roger Min, Jacher Wiladphaingern, Lorenz von Seidlein, Suphak Nosten, Francois Nosten
BACKGROUND: A targeted malaria elimination project, including mass drug administrations (MDA) of dihydroartemisinin/piperaquine plus a single low dose primaquine is underway in villages along the Thailand Myanmar border. The intervention has multiple components but the success of the project will depend on the participation of the entire communities. Quantitative surveys were conducted to study reasons for participation or non-participation in the campaign with the aim to identify factors associated with the acceptance and participation in the mass drug administrations...
September 27, 2016: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27669024/evolution-of-global-temperature-over-the-past-two-million-years
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Carolyn W Snyder
Reconstructions of Earth's past climate strongly influence our understanding of the dynamics and sensitivity of the climate system. Yet global temperature has been reconstructed for only a few isolated windows of time, and continuous reconstructions across glacial cycles remain elusive. Here I present a spatially weighted proxy reconstruction of global temperature over the past 2 million years estimated from a multi-proxy database of over 20,000 sea surface temperature point reconstructions. Global temperature gradually cooled until roughly 1...
September 26, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27642642/kinetics-and-signal-activation-properties-of-circulating-factor-s-from-healthy%C3%A2-volunteers-undergoing-remote%C3%A2-ischemic-pre-conditioning
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Heike A Hildebrandt, Vincent Kreienkamp, Sabine Gent, Philipp Kahlert, Gerd Heusch, Petra Kleinbongard
Although remote ischemic pre-conditioning (RIPC) reduced infarct size in animal experiments and proof-of-concept clinical trials, recent phase III trials failed to confirm cardioprotection during cardiac surgery. Here, we characterized the kinetic properties of humoral factors that are released after RIPC, as well as the signal transduction pathways that were responsible for cardioprotection in an ex vivo model of global ischemia reperfusion injury. Venous blood from 20 healthy volunteers was collected at baseline and 5 min, 30 min, 1 h, 6 h, and daily from 1 to 7 days after RIPC (3 × 5/5 min upper-limb ischemia/reperfusion)...
January 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27636016/mesenchymal-stromal-cells-deficient-in-autophagy-proteins-are-susceptible-to-oxidative-injury-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction
#18
Sailaja Ghanta, Konstantin Tsoyi, Xiaoli Liu, Kiichi Nakahira, Bonna Ith, Anna A Coronata, Laura E Fredenburgh, Joshua A Englert, Claude A Piantadosi, Augustine M K Choi, Mark A Perrella
Oxidative stress resulting from inflammatory responses that occur during acute lung injury and sepsis can initiate changes in mitochondrial function. Autophagy regulates cellular processes in the setting of acute lung injury, sepsis, and oxidative stress by modulating the immune response and facilitating turnover of damaged cellular components. We have shown that mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) improve survival in murine models of sepsis by also regulating the immune response. However, the effect of autophagy on MSC and MSC mitochondrial function during oxidative stress is unknown...
September 16, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27590486/reduction-of-obliterative-bronchiolitis-ob-by-prolyl-hydroxylase-inhibitors-activating-hypoxia-inducible-transcription-factors-in-an-experimental-mouse-model
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Christian Heim, Benjamin Motsch, Sabina Jalilova, Wanja M Bernhardt, Martina Ramsperger-Gleixner, Nicolai Burzlaff, Michael Weyand, Kai-Uwe Eckardt, Stephan M Ensminger
BACKGROUND: Obliterative bronchiolitis (OB) is the major limiting factor for long-term survival after lung transplantation. As previously shown, donor treatment with a PHD-inhibitor activating hypoxia-inducible transcription factors (HIFs) prevents graft injury both in an allogenic kidney and aortic allograft transplant model. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of HIF activation with a PHD-inhibitor on the development of OB. METHODS: Fully MHC-mismatched C57BL/6 (H-2(b)) donor tracheas were orthotopically transplanted into CBA/J (H-2(k)) recipients...
November 2016: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27557078/lipopolysaccharide-treatment-induces-genome-wide-pre-mrna-splicing-pattern-changes-in-mouse-bone-marrow-stromal-stem-cells
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Ao Zhou, Meng Li, Bo He, Weixing Feng, Fei Huang, Bing Xu, A Keith Dunker, Curt Balch, Baiyan Li, Yunlong Liu, Yue Wang
BACKGROUND: Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is a gram-negative bacterial antigen that triggers a series of cellular responses. LPS pre-conditioning was previously shown to improve the therapeutic efficacy of bone marrow stromal cells/bone-marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) for repairing ischemic, injured tissue. RESULTS: In this study, we systematically evaluated the effects of LPS treatment on genome-wide splicing pattern changes in mouse BMSCs by comparing transcriptome sequencing data from control vs...
2016: BMC Genomics
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