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Sonia Bansal, Laurence C Jayet Bray, Barbara L Schwartz, Wilsaan M Joiner
BACKGROUND: Symptoms of psychosis in schizophrenia reflect disturbances in sense of agency-difficulty distinguishing internally from externally generated sensory and perceptual experiences. One theory attributes these anomalies to a disruption in corollary discharge (CD), an internal copy of generated motor commands used to distinguish self-movement-generated sensations from externally generated stimulation. METHODS: We used a transsaccadic shift detection paradigm to examine possible deficits in CD and sense of agency based on the ability to perceive visual changes in 31 schizophrenia patients (SZPs) and 31 healthy control subjects...
February 2018: Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging
Yujuan Chen, Fengjiao Yuan, Xian Jiang, Qing Lv, Na Luo, Changyang Gong, Chunting Wang, Li Yang, Gu He
Recently, tumor immunotherapy has achieved great progress in the treatment of hematological and solid neoplasms. The DC vaccines, KLH-conjugated vaccines or glycosylated peptide vaccines can efficiently induce immune responses against tumors. In the current study, we have discovered cholesteryl PADRE-EGFRvIII epitope-conjugated lipopeptide self-assembled micelles as a potential self-adjuvant vaccine against cutaneous melanoma. The lipopeptide vaccines were synthesized using a standard solid phase peptide synthesis method, and these vaccines could elicit both a humoral and a cellular immune response to EGFRvIII positive melanoma cells...
March 12, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Luisa Bonilla, Amit Oza, Stephanie Lheureux
Epithelial Ovarian Cancer (EOC) is the most lethal gynecological malignancy. EOC outcomes remain unsatisfactory despite aggressive surgical approach, disease chemo-sensitivity and recent introduction of agents targeting angiogenesis and tumour genome instability. Advances in EOC research have allowed for a tailored treatment approach and accelerated development of novel treatments strategies from bench to bed side, anticipated to improve patient outcomes. Areas covered: Comprehensive review of growth factor receptor antagonists for EOC treatment currently in different stages of development was performed...
March 2018: Expert Opinion on Emerging Drugs
Karl H Schoenbach
This article is based on my presentation at the D'Arsonval Ceremony at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association in Hangzhou, China, in June of 2017. It describes the pathway from the first studies on the effects of intense, nanosecond pulses on biological cells to the development of medical therapies based on these effects. The motivation for the initial studies of the effects of high voltage, nanosecond pulses on mammalian cells was based on a simple electrical circuit model, which predicted that such pulses allow us to affect not just the plasma membrane but also the subcellular structures...
March 12, 2018: Bioelectromagnetics
Deniz Erturk-Hasdemir, Dennis L Kasper
Starting from birth, all animals develop a symbiotic relationship with their resident microorganisms that benefits both the microbe and the host. Recent advances in technology have substantially improved our ability to direct research toward the identification of important microbial species that affect host physiology. The identification of specific commensal molecules from these microbes and their mechanisms of action is still in its early stages. Polysaccharide A (PSA) of Bacteroides fragilis is the archetypical example of a commensal molecule that can modulate the host immune system in health and disease...
March 12, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Yeming Xie, Koon Hee Han, Nathan Grainger, Wen Li, Robert D Corrigan, Brian A Perrino
Smooth muscle contraction involves regulating myosin light chain phosphorylation and dephosphorylation by myosin light chain kinase and myosin light chain phosphatase. CPI-17 and MYPT1 are crucial for regulating gastrointestinal smooth muscle contraction by inhibiting myosin light chain phosphatase. Integrin signalling involves the dynamic recruitment of several proteins, including FAK, to focal adhesions. FAK tyrosine kinase activation is involved in cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix via integrin signalling...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Physiology
Alessandro Picelli, Elena Chemello, Paola Castellazzi, Mirko Filippetti, Annalisa Brugnera, Marialuisa Gandolfi, Andreas Waldner, Leopold Saltuari, Nicola Smania
BACKGROUND: Preliminary evidence showed additional effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over the damaged cerebral hemisphere combined with cathodal transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation during robot-assisted gait training in chronic stroke patients. This is consistent with the neural organization of locomotion involving cortical and spinal control. The cerebellum is crucial for locomotor control, in particular for avoidance of obstacles, and adaptation to novel conditions during walking...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Xin Zhao, Jinyu Liu, Shijun Yang, Dandan Song, Chen Wang, Chen Chen, Chengcheng Wang, Feifei Pu, Runmei Yang, Xiaoya Li, Qiuting Wang, Shasha Ge, Yulin Lin, Xiuhua Liu, Dayong Cai
Vascular dementia (VaD) is the common cognitive disorder derived mainly from lacunar stroke. The neurovascular coupling (NVC) dysfunction involves in its pathogenesis. VaD lacks suitable animal models for developing preventive therapies. This study aimed to confirm a model for preventing VaD via maintaing NVC sensitivity in rats. The model was replicated with autologous microthrombi against the background of hypercholesterolemia. A phosphodiesterase inhibitor (pentoxyfylline) was preventively administrated to confirm the role of NVC sensitivity...
March 8, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
Raffaele Pesavento, Paolo Prandoni
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is an uncommon and late complication of pulmonary embolism resulting from misguided remodelling of residual pulmonary thromboembolic material and small-vessel arteriopathy. CTEPH is the only form of pulmonary hypertension (PH) potentially curable by pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA). Unfortunately, several patients have either an unacceptable risk-benefit ratio for undergoing the surgical intervention or develop persistent PH after PEA. Novel medical and endovascular therapies can be considered for them...
March 2, 2018: Thrombosis Research
Lin Wang, Lin Shi, Jie Gu, Cheng Zhan, Junjie Xi, Jianyong Ding, Di Ge
Epithelial neutrophil-activating peptide-78 (CXCL5), a member of the subgroup of CXC-type chemokine family, is an inflammatory factor involved in the progression of lung cancer, but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of CXCL5 on proliferation and migration in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) using tissue microarrays from NSCLC patients and H460 cells transfected with a CXCL5-interfered lentivirus vector or stimulated with recombinant CXCL5. We observed that the expression of CXCL5 was significantly higher in lung cancer cell lines, and high CXCL5 was associated with high chemokine (C-X-C motif) receptor 2 expression and was significantly associated with poor differentiation...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
N Cabezas-Llobet, L Vidal-Sancho, M Masana, A Fournier, J Alberch, D Vaudry, X Xifró
Deficits in hippocampal synaptic plasticity result in cognitive impairment in Huntington's disease (HD). Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a neuropeptide that exerts neuroprotective actions, mainly through the PAC1 receptor. However, the role of PACAP in cognition is poorly understood, and no data exists in the context of Huntington's disease (HD). Here, we investigated the ability of PACAP receptor stimulation to enhance memory development in HD. First, we observed a hippocampal decline of all three PACAP receptor expressions, i...
March 10, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
Xiaojie Deng, Zhen Liu, Xiong Liu, Qiaofen Fu, Tongyuan Deng, Juan Lu, Yiyi Liu, Zixi Liang, Qingping Jiang, Chao Cheng, Weiyi Fang
This study aimed to identify mechanisms by which microRNA 296-3p (miR-296-3p) functions as a tumor suppressor to restrain nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) cell growth, metastasis, and chemoresistance. Mechanistic studies revealed that miR-296-3p negatively regulated by nicotine directly targets the oncogenic protein mitogen-activated protein kinase-activated protein kinase-2 (Mapkapk2) (MK2). Suppression of MK2 downregulated Ras/Braf/Erk/Mek/c-Myc and phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt/c-Myc signaling and promoted cytoplasmic translocation of c-Myc, which activated miR-296-3p expression by a feedback loop...
February 3, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
Maite Ramírez, Saritza Santos, Osmarie Martínez, Ricardo Rodríguez, Eric Miranda, Willy D Ramos-Perez, Miguel Otero
Poxviruses are complex dsDNA viruses with over 200 genes, many of them with unknown role in the stimulation of immune responses. Among these, the vaccinia virus (VACV) L3L ORF encodes an essential protein for the transcription of the VACV early genes. To the best of our knowledge, the immune response elicited by L3 has not been characterized. In this regard, our data describes a DNA L3-coding plasmid (pL3L) that stimulates both, humoral- and cell-mediated immune responses in a mouse model. Cell-mediated immune responses were measured by IFN-γ and IL-4 ELISPOT assays...
March 7, 2018: Vaccine
Kelly R Rhodes, Jordan J Green
Exciting developments in cancer nanomedicine include the engineering of nanocarriers to deliver drugs locally to tumors, increasing efficacy and reducing off-target toxicity associated with chemotherapies. Despite nanocarrier advances, metastatic cancer remains challenging to treat due to barriers that prevent nanoparticles from gaining access to remote, dispersed, and poorly vascularized metastatic tumors. Instead of relying on nanoparticles to directly destroy every tumor cell, immunotherapeutic approaches target immune cells to train them to recognize and destroy tumor cells, which, due to the amplification and specificity of an adaptive immune response, may be a more effective approach to treating metastatic cancer...
March 7, 2018: Molecular Immunology
Meaghan Creed
Neuromodulation therapies such as deep brain stimulation or transcranial magnetic stimulation have shown promise in reducing symptoms of addiction when applied to the prefontal cortex, nucleus accumbens or subthalamic nucleus. Pre-clinical investigations implicate modulation of the cortico-basal ganglia network in these therapeutic effects, and this mechanistic understanding is necessary to optimize stimulation paradigms. Recently, the principle that neuromodulation can reverse drug-evoked synaptic plasticity and reduce behavioral symptoms of addiction has inspired novel stimulation paradigms that have long-term effects in animal models...
March 7, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
Khazar Ahmadi, Alessio Fracasso, Jelle A van Dijk, Charlotte Kruijt, Maria van Genderen, Serge O Dumoulin, Michael B Hoffmann
A fundamental scheme in the organization of the early visual cortex is the retinotopic representation of the contralateral visual hemifield on each hemisphere. We determined the cortical organization in a novel congenital visual pathway disorder, FHONDA-syndrome, where the axons from the temporal retina abnormally cross to the contralateral hemisphere. Using ultra-high field fMRI at 7 T, the population receptive field (pRF) properties of the primary visual cortex were modeled for two affected individuals and two controls...
March 7, 2018: NeuroImage
Zezhu Zhou, Guixun Shi, Xinfeng Zheng, Shengdan Jiang, Leisheng Jiang
Autophagy has been indicated to be involved in regulating bone metabolism. However, little is known about the role of autophagy in mechanical stimulation-influenced osteoblast differentiation and bone formation. In the present study, we first demonstrated that autophagy activation was essential for cyclic mechanical stretching-promoted osteoblast differentiation of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells. To explore the in vivo role of autophagy in osteoblast differentiation, the hindlimb unloading-induced disuse osteoporosis model was used...
March 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Shinichi Furuya, Yuta Furukawa, Kazumasa Uehara, Takanori Oku
An integration of afferent sensory information from the visual, auditory, and proprioceptive systems into execution and update of motor programs plays crucial roles in control and acquisition of skillful sequential movements in musical performance. However, conventional behavioral and neurophysiological techniques that have been applied to study simplistic motor behaviors limit elucidating online sensorimotor integration processes underlying skillful musical performance. Here, we propose two novel techniques that were developed to investigate the roles of auditory and proprioceptive feedback in piano performance...
March 10, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
J V Pergolizzi, R Taylor, J-A LeQuang, R B Raffa
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Menthol has been used as a non-opioid pain reliever since ancient times. A modern understanding of its molecular mechanism of action could form the basis for generating targets for discovery of novel non-opioid analgesic drugs. METHODS: The PubMed database was queried using search words related to menthol, pain and analgesia. The results were limited to relevant preclinical studies and clinical trials and reviews published in English during the past 5 years, which yielded 31 reports...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Jing Xue, Ru Feng, Haixia Fu, Qian Jiang, Hao Jiang, Jing Lu, Hui Liu, Jingwen Wang, Ting Niu, Xin Wang, Yandi Xie, Hao Wang, Lanping Xu, Kaiyan Liu, Xiaojun Huang, Xiaohui Zhang
The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between hypothyroidism and thrombocytopenia in hepatitis Brelated compensatory liver cirrhosis and to determine whether treatment with levothyroxine and prednisone is superior in a multicenter, open-label, observational study in China. In total, 125 consecutive hepatitis B-related compensated liver cirrhosis patients with severe thrombocytopenia accompanied by hypothyroidism were included. The patients were divided into four groups according to treatment strategy: a control group (n=29), a prednisone group (n=25), a levothyroxine group (n=32) and a prednisone plus levothyroxine group (n=39)...
March 8, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
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