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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532062/polylactide-and-polycaprolactone-based-substrates-enhance-angiogenic-potential-of-human-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-vitro-implications-for-cardiovascular-repair
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Małgorzata Sekuła, Patrycja Domalik-Pyzik, Anna Morawska-Chochół, Sylwia Bobis-Wozowicz, Elżbieta Karnas, Sylwia Noga, Dariusz Boruczkowski, Marta Adamiak, Zbigniew Madeja, Jan Chłopek, Ewa K Zuba-Surma
Recent approaches in tissue regeneration focus on combining innovative achievements of stem cell biology and biomaterial sciences to develop novel therapeutic strategies for patients. Growing recent evidence indicates that mesenchymal stem cells harvested from human umbilical cord Wharton's jelly (hUC-MSCs) are a new valuable source of cells for autologous as well as allogeneic therapies in humans. hUC-MSCs are multipotent, highly proliferating cells with prominent immunoregulatory activity. In this study, we evaluated the impact of widely used FDA approved poly(α-esters) including polylactide (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) on selected biological properties of hUC-MSCs in vitro...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530234/n-alkylated-analogs-of-4-methylamphetamine-4-ma-differentially-affect-monoamine-transporters-and-abuse-liability
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Ernesto Solis, John S Partilla, Farhana Sakloth, Iwona Ruchala, Kathryn L Schwienteck, Louis J De Felice, Jose M Eltit, Richard A Glennon, S Stevens Negus, Michael H Baumann
Clandestine chemists synthesize novel stimulant drugs by exploiting structural templates known to target monoamine transporters for dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin (DAT, NET, and SERT, respectively). 4-Methylamphetamine (4-MA) is an emerging drug of abuse that interacts with transporters, but limited structure-activity data are available for its analogs. Here we employed uptake and release assays in rat brain synaptosomes, voltage-clamp current measurements in cells expressing transporters, and calcium flux assays in cells co-expressing transporters and calcium channels to study the effects of increasing N-alkyl chain length of 4-MA on interactions at DAT, NET and SERT...
May 22, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530155/an-oncolytic-adenovirus-encoding-decorin-and-gm-csf-inhibits-tumor-growth-in-a-colorectal-tumor-model-by-targeting-pro-tumorigenic-signals-and-via-immune-activation
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Zhao Liu, Yuefeng Yang, Xiaoyan Zhang, Hao Wang, Weidong Xu, Hua Wang, FengJun Xiao, Zhigang Bai, Hongwei Yao, Xuemei Ma, Lan Jin, Chu-Tse Wu, Prem Seth, Zhongtao Zhang, Lisheng Wang
In advanced and metastatic stages of colorectal cancer (CRC), reduced sensitivity to conventional strategies is still a major obstacle to successful treatments. Decorin is an important regulator in the development and progression of various cancers. To examine if CRC patients have altered decorin levels, expression of decorin and its target genes, Met and vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) were analyzed in their tumors. Compared to normal tissues, decorin expression was reduced in CRC patients' tumors, while, there were increased Met and VEGFA levels...
May 20, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529870/symptom-specific-amygdala-hyperactivity-modulates-motor-control-network-in-conversion-disorder
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Thomas Hassa, Alexandra Sebastian, Joachim Liepert, Cornelius Weiller, Roger Schmidt, Oliver Tüscher
Initial historical accounts as well as recent data suggest that emotion processing is dysfunctional in conversion disorder patients and that this alteration may be the pathomechanistic neurocognitive basis for symptoms in conversion disorder. However, to date evidence of direct interaction of altered negative emotion processing with motor control networks in conversion disorder is still lacking. To specifically study the neural correlates of emotion processing interacting with motor networks we used a task combining emotional and sensorimotor stimuli both separately as well as simultaneously during functional magnetic resonance imaging in a well characterized group of 13 conversion disorder patients with functional hemiparesis and 19 demographically matched healthy controls...
2017: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529644/3-3-diindolylmethane-stimulates-exosomal-wnt11-autocrine-signaling-in-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-to-enhance-wound-healing
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Hui Shi, Xiao Xu, Bin Zhang, Jiahao Xu, Zhaoji Pan, Aihua Gong, Xu Zhang, Rong Li, Yaoxiang Sun, Yongmin Yan, Fei Mao, Hui Qian, Wenrong Xu
Human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hucMSCs) are suggested as a promising therapeutic tool in regenerative medicine, however, their efficacy requires improvement. Small molecules and drugs come up to be a convenient strategy in regulating stem cells fate and function. Here, we evaluated 3,3'-diindolylmethane (DIM), a natural small-molecule compound involved in the repairing effects of hucMSCs on a deep second-degree burn injury rat model. HucMSCs primed with 50 μM of DIM exhibited desirable repairing effects compared with untreated hucMSCs...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529636/a-new-green-titania-with-enhanced-nir-absorption-for-mitochondria-targeted-cancer-therapy
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Juan Mou, Tianquan Lin, Fuqiang Huang, Jianlin Shi, Hangrong Chen
A new kind of green titania (G-TiO2-x ) with obvious green color was facilely synthesized from black titania (B-TiO2-x ) through subsequently strong ultrasonication. Comparatively, this stable G-TiO2-x shows much enhanced near infrared (NIR) absorption, especially around 920 nm, which can be ascribed to the obvious change of TiO2-x lattice order owing to the effect of ultrasonication. This feature enables G-TiO2-x to be stimulated with 980 nm laser in the combined photodynamic therapy (PDT) and photothermal therapy (PTT), which is greatly beneficial for improving tissue penetration depth...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529553/progress-in-the-application-and-mechanism-of-metformin-in-treating-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Chan Li, Yang Xue, Yu-Rong Xi, Ke Xie
At present, the incidence and mortality of lung cancer demonstrate an increasing trend. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) accounts for ~80-85% of all lung cancer cases. Therefore, developing novel and more effective treatments is of great importance. The use of combination therapies, where several anticancer agents are used together, is a promising strategy. Recent studies demonstrate that metformin, which has been utilized for treating diabetes mellitus for >50 years, has antitumor effects in numerous types of cancer including NSCLC...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529474/mir-30b-attenuates-neuropathic-pain-by-regulating-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-nav1-3-in-rats
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Songxue Su, Jinping Shao, Qingzan Zhao, Xiuhua Ren, Weihua Cai, Lei Li, Qian Bai, Xuemei Chen, Bo Xu, Jian Wang, Jing Cao, Weidong Zang
Nav1.3 is a tetrodotoxin-sensitive isoform among voltage-gated sodium channels that are closely associated with neuropathic pain. It can be up-regulated following nerve injury, but its biological function remains uncertain. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are endogenous non-coding RNAs that can regulate post-transcriptional gene expression by binding with their target mRNAs. Using Target Scan software, we discovered that SCN3A is the major target of miR-30b, and we then determined whether miR-30b regulated the expression of Nav1...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528772/early-interleukin-6-enhances-hepatic-ketogenesis-in-appswe-psen1de9-mice-via-3-hydroxy-3-methylglutary-coa-synthase-2-signaling-activation-by-p38-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65
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Le Shi, Daina Zhao, Chen Hou, Yunhua Peng, Jing Liu, Shuangxi Zhang, Jiankang Liu, Jiangang Long
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is considered a multifactorial disease that affects the central nervous system and periphery. A decline in brain glucose metabolism is an early feature of AD and is accompanied by a phenotypic shift from aerobic glycolysis to ketogenesis. The liver is responsible for the generation of the ketone body. However, the mechanism that underlies hepatic ketogenesis in AD remains unclear. Here, we investigated hepatic ketogenesis during the early stage of AD pathogenesis in amyloid precursor protein (APPSWE) and presenilin (PSEN1dE9) (APP/PS1) mice...
April 26, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528394/a-novel-dual-wavelength-laser-stimulator-to-elicit-transient-and-tonic-nociceptive-stimulation
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Xiaoxi Dong, Tianjun Liu, Han Wang, Jichun Yang, Zhuying Chen, Yong Hu, Yingxin Li
This study aimed to develop a new laser stimulator to elicit both transient and sustained heat stimulation with a dual-wavelength laser system as a tool for the investigation of both transient and tonic experimental models of pain. The laser stimulator used a 980-nm pulsed laser to generate transient heat stimulation and a 1940-nm continuous-wave (CW) laser to provide sustained heat stimulation. The laser with 980-nm wavelength can elicit transient pain with less thermal injury, while the 1940-nm CW laser can effectively stimulate both superficial and deep nociceptors to elicit tonic pain...
May 20, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528205/heterotrimeric-complex-of-p38-mapk-pkc%C3%AE-and-tirap-is-required-for-ap1-mediated-inflammatory-response
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Mirza S Baig, Dongfang Liu, Kannan Muthu, Anjali Roy, Uzma Saqib, Adnan Naim, Syed M Faisal, Mansi Srivastava, Rohit Saluja
Inflammation could be described as a physiological response of the body to tissue injury, pathogen invasion, and irritants. During the inflammatory phase, cells of both the innate as well as adaptive immune system are activated and recruited to the site of inflammation. These mediators are downstream targets for the transcription factors; activator protein-1 (AP1), nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer (NF-κB), signal transducers and activators of transcription factors (STAT1), as well as interferon regulatory factors (IRFs), which control the expression of most immunomodulatory genes...
May 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528193/novel-missense-loss-of-function-mutations-of-wnt1-in-an-autosomal-recessive-osteogenesis-imperfecta-patient
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Joon Yeon Won, Woo Young Jang, Hye-Ran Lee, Seon Young Park, Woo-Young Kim, Jong Hoon Park, Yonghwan Kim, Tae-Joon Cho
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a heritable skeletal disorder characterized by bone fragility and low bone mass. Recently, loss-of-function mutations of WNT1 have been reported to be causative in OI or osteoporosis. We report an OI patient with novel compound heterozygous WNT1 missense mutations, p.Glu123Asp and p.Cys153Gly. Both mutations are found in the exon 3, and the p.Glu123Asp is the most proximal N-terminus missense mutation among the reported WNT1 missense mutations in OI patients. In vitro functional analysis reveals that while expression of wildtype WNT1 stimulates canonical WNT1-mediated β-catenin signaling, that of individual WNT1 mutant fails to do so, indicative of the pathogenic nature of the WNT1 variants...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528164/mri-derived-myocardial-strain-measures-in-normal-subjects
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Ha Q Vo, Thomas H Marwick, Kazuaki Negishi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the normal ranges of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based feature tracking (FT) and to identify sources of variations. Similar analyses were also performed for strain encoding, displacement encoding with stimulated echoes, and myocardial tagging. BACKGROUND: MRI-FT is a novel technique for quantification of myocardial deformation using MRI cine images. However, the reported 95% confidence intervals (CIs) from the 2 largest studies have no overlaps...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527682/analyzing-the-experiences-of-adolescent-control-rats-effects-of-the-absence-of-physical-or-social-stimulation-on-anxiety-like-behaviour-are-dependent-on-the-test
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Namrata Joshi, Ronald A Leslie, Tara S Perrot
The present study was designed to systematically assess the control experience routinely used in our laboratory as part of studies on predator odour stress. Specifically, we examined effects of the physical and social components of this control experience on measures of anxiety-like behaviour in adolescent rats. Adolescent animals are at increased susceptibility to environmental perturbations and have been used for such studies much less often. Male and female Long-Evans rats were subjected to physical stimulation (Exposed or Unexposed) and social stimulation (Single Housed or Pair Housed), resulting in four groups...
May 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526695/-thinking-ethics-a-novel-pilot-proof-of-concept-program-of-integrating-ethics-into-the-physiology-curriculum-in-south-india
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Savitha D, Manjulika Vaz, Mario Vaz
Integrating medical ethics into the physiology teaching-learning program has been largely unexplored in India. The objective of this exercise was to introduce an interactive and integrated ethics program into the Physiology course of first-year medical students and to evaluate their perceptions. Sixty medical students (30 men, 30 women) underwent 11 sessions over a 7-mo period. Two of the Physiology faculty conducted these sessions (20-30 min each) during the routine physiology (theory/practicals) classes that were of shorter duration and could, therefore, accommodate the discussion of related ethical issues...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Physiology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526682/aeroallergens-induce-reactive-oxygen-species-production-and-dna-damage-and-dampen-antioxidant-responses-in-bronchial-epithelial-cells
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Tze Khee Chan, W S Daniel Tan, Hong Yong Peh, W S Fred Wong
Exposure to environmental allergens is a major risk factor for asthma development. Allergens possess proteolytic activity that is capable of disrupting the airway epithelium. Although there is increasing evidence pointing to asthma as an epithelial disease, the underlying mechanism that drives asthma has not been fully elucidated. In this study, we investigated the direct DNA damage potential of aeroallergens on human bronchial epithelial cells and elucidated the mechanisms mediating the damage. Human bronchial epithelial cells, BEAS-2B, directly exposed to house dust mites (HDM) resulted in enhanced DNA damage, as measured by the CometChip and the staining of DNA double-strand break marker, γH2AX...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525950/hydrophobic-drug-loaded-pegylated-magnetic-liposomes-for-drug-controlled-release
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Andri Hardiansyah, Ming-Chien Yang, Ting-Yu Liu, Chih-Yu Kuo, Li-Ying Huang, Tzu-Yi Chan
Less targeted and limited solubility of hydrophobic-based drug are one of the serious obstacles in drug delivery system. Thus, new strategies to enhance the solubility of hydrophobic drug and controlled release behaviors would be developed. Herein, curcumin, a model of hydrophobic drug, has been loaded into PEGylated magnetic liposomes as a drug carrier platform for drug controlled release system. Inductive magnetic heating (hyperthermia)-stimulated drug release, in vitro cellular cytotoxicity assay of curcumin-loaded PEGylated magnetic liposomes and cellular internalization-induced by magnetic guidance would be investigated...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525897/a-cellular-platform-for-the-evaluation-of-immune-checkpoint-molecules
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Sabrina Jutz, Annika Hennig, Wolfgang Paster, Ömer Asrak, Dejana Dijanovic, Florian Kellner, Winfried F Pickl, Johannes B Huppa, Judith Leitner, Peter Steinberger
Blockade of the T cell coinhibitory molecules CTLA-4 and PD-1 has clinical utility to strengthen T cell responses. In addition to these immune checkpoints an ever-growing number of molecules has been implicated in generating coinhibitory signals in T cells. However, investigating coinhibitory molecules in primary human cells is complicated by the restricted expression and promiscuity of both coinhibitory receptors and their ligands. Here we have evaluated the potential of fluorescence-based transcriptional reporters based on the human Jurkat T cell line in conjunction with engineered T cell stimulator cell lines for investigating coinhibitory pathways...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525841/ll-37-derived-short-antimicrobial-peptide-kr-12-a5-and-its-d-amino-acid-substituted-analogs-with-cell-selectivity-anti-biofilm-activity-synergistic-effect-with-conventional-antibiotics-and-anti-inflammatory-activity
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Eun Young Kim, Ganesan Rajasekaran, Song Yub Shin
KR-12-a5 is a 12-meric α-helical antimicrobial peptide (AMP) with dual antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory activities designed from human cathelicidin LL-37. We designed and synthesized a series of d-amino acid-substituted analogs of KR-12-a5 with the aim of developing novel α-helical AMPs that possess higher cell selectivity than KR-12-a5, while maintaining the anti-inflammatory activity. d-amino acid incorporation into KR-12-a5 induced a significant improvement in the cell selectivity by 2.6- to 13.6-fold as compared to KR-12-a5, while maintaining the anti-inflammatory activity...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525719/phosphorus-availability-and-release-pattern-from-activated-dolomite-phosphate-rock-in-central-florida
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Xiaoyun Mao, Qin Lu, Wei Mo, Xiaoping Xin, Xian Chen, Zhenli He
In this study, novel technology was developed to convert dolomite phosphate rock (DPR) into slow release P fertilizers. The DPR was powdered to < 100 mesh and activated with organic molecules under optimal reaction conditions. As compared to original DPR, available P, estimated by water soluble P released from the three DPRs activated with three types of organic molecules, increased by 6.86, 3.32, and 7.46 times, respectively. Phosphorus supply from the activated DPRs was greater than that of superphosphates (SP)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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