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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926842/pharmacotherapy-with-thymoquinone-improved-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-integrity-and-functional-activity-enhanced-islets-revascularization-and-alleviated-metabolic-and-hepato-renal-disturbances-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-in-rats
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Adel Galal El-Shemi, Osama Adnan Kensara, Aiman Alsaegh, Mohammed Hasan Mukhtar
AIMS: This study is aimed at evaluating the antidiabetic effects of thymoquinone (TQ) on streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes in rats, and exploring the possible underlying mechanisms. METHODS: Diabetes was induced in adult male Wistar rats by intraperitoneal injection of freshly prepared STZ (65 mg/kg). After disease induction, 42 rats were equally assigned to: controls, STZ-diabetic group, and STZ-diabetic group treated with oral TQ (35 mg/kg/day) for 5 weeks...
September 20, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926676/randomized-controlled-trial-of-increasing-physical-activity-on-objectively-measured-and-self-reported-cognitive-functioning-among-breast-cancer-survivors-the-memory-motion-study
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Sheri J Hartman, Sandahl H Nelson, Emily Myers, Loki Natarajan, Dorothy D Sears, Barton W Palmer, Lauren S Weiner, Barbara A Parker, Ruth E Patterson
BACKGROUND: Increasing physical activity can improve cognition in healthy and cognitively impaired adults; however, the benefits for cancer survivors are unknown. The current study examined a 12-week physical activity intervention, compared with a control condition, on objective and self-reported cognition among breast cancer survivors. METHODS: Sedentary breast cancer survivors were randomized to an exercise arm (n = 43) or a control arm (n = 44). At baseline and at 12 weeks, objective cognition was measured with the National Institutes of Health Cognitive Toolbox, and self-reported cognition using the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System scales...
September 19, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925907/atrial-fibrillation-ablation-increases-inflammation-chemokine-modulation-suppresses-activation-of-leukocytes-isolated-after-ablation
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Alexandra Lucas, Mohammad Al-Ani, Sriram Ambadapadi, Jordan R Yaron, Donghang Zheng, Adisson Fortunel, Maia Doroton-Guevara, Liying Liu, Sufi Morshed, Jay Fricker, William Miles, Matthew McKillop
AIMS: Atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation is associated with increased circulating markers of inflammation. Innate immune, or inflammation, pathways up-regulate mononuclear cell responses and may increase risk for recurrent arrhythmia. Chemokines and serine protease coagulation pathways both activate innate immune responses. Here, we measured inflammatory markers in peripheral blood samples from patients after cryoballoon and/or radiofrequency pulmonary vein isolation and assessed the capacity for inhibition of chemokine and serine protease pathways to block cell activation...
September 18, 2017: Cardiovascular & Hematological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925402/contrasting-effects-of-an-mdm2-functional-polymorphism-on-tumor-phenotypes
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G J Ortiz, Y Li, S M Post, V Pant, S Xiong, C A Larsson, A K El-Naggar, D G Johnson, G Lozano
MDM2, an E3 ubiquitin ligase, is a potent inhibitor of the p53 tumor suppressor and is elevated in many human cancers that retain wild-type p53. MDM2 SNP309G is a functional polymorphism that results in elevated levels of MDM2 (due to enhanced SP1 binding to the MDM2 promoter) thus decreasing p53 activity. Mdm2(SNP309G/G) mice are more prone to spontaneous tumor formation than Mdm2(SNP309T/T) mice, providing direct evidence for the impact of this SNP in tumor development. We asked whether environmental factors impact SNP309G function and show that SNP309G cooperates with ionizing radiation to exacerbate tumor development...
September 18, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925397/coactosin-like-protein-clp-cotl1-suppresses-breast-cancer-growth-through-activation-of-il-24-perp-and-inhibition-of-non-canonical-tgf%C3%AE-signaling
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L Xia, X Xiao, W L Liu, Y Song, T J J Liu, Y J Li, E Zacksenhaus, X J Hao, Y Ben-David
Coactosin-like protein (CLP, or Cotl1), is an F-actin-binding protein, whose role in cancer is largely unknown. Here we show that CLP/Cotl1 is highly expressed in a rat epithelial breast cancer cell line (FE1.3) compared with its mesenchymal counterpart (FE1.2). Knockdown of CLP/Cotl1 in FE1.3 cells increased cell proliferation, whereas its overexpression in FE1.2 cells inhibited proliferation in culture and reduced tumor growth in xenograft assays in mice. Mechanistically, we identified two major pathways through which CLP/Cotl1 exerts its suppressive effects...
September 18, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925017/early-treatment-with-resolvin-e1-facilitates-myocardial-recovery-from-ischemia-in-mice
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Guizhu Liu, Qian Liu, Yujun Shen, Deping Kong, Yanjun Gong, Bo Tao, Guilin Chen, Shumin Guo, Juanjuan Li, Shengkai Zuo, Yu Yu, Huiyong Yin, Li Zhang, Bin Zhou, Colin D Funk, Jian Zhang, Ying Yu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: An appropriate inflammatory response is necessary for cardiac healing after acute myocardial infarction (MI). Resolvin E1 (RvE1) is an anti-inflammatory and pro-resolution lipid mediator derived from eicosapentaenoic acid. The purpose of this study was to investigate the potential effects of RvE1 on cardiac function recovery after MI in mice. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Acute MI was induced by surgical ligation of the left anterior descending artery (LAD) in mice...
September 19, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924170/the-tyrosine-phosphatase-ptpn13-fap-1-links-calpain-2-tbi-and-tau-tyrosine-phosphorylation
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Yubin Wang, Randy A Hall, Moses Lee, Andysheh Kamgar-Parsi, Xiaoning Bi, Michel Baudry
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Calpain activation and tau hyperphosphorylation have been implicated in both TBI and AD. However, the link between calpain and tau phosphorylation has not been fully identified. We recently discovered that the two major calpain isoforms in the brain, calpain-1 and calpain-2, play opposite functions in synaptic plasticity and neuronal survival/death, which may be related to their different C-terminal PDZ binding motifs. Here, we identify the tyrosine phosphatase PTPN13 as a key PDZ binding partner of calpain-2...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923608/molecular-characterization-and-phylogenetic-analysis-of-highly-pathogenic-vibrio-alginolyticus-strains-isolated-during-mortality-outbreaks-in-cultured-ruditapes-decussatus-juvenile
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Badreddine Mechri, Monastiri Abir, Amel Medhioub, Mohamed Nejib Medhioub, Mahjoub Aouni
In the summer of 2008 and 2009, a series of mortalities in growing out seeds of R. decussatus juveniles were occurred in the eastern Tunisian littoral. Nine predominant bacterial strains were isolated from dead and moribund juveniles and characterized as Vibrio alginolyticus. These isolates were subjected to biochemical and molecular characterization. All the Vibrio strains were tested for their susceptibility against the most widely used antibiotic in aquaculture as well as, the assessment of the presence of erythromycin (emrB) and tetracycline (tetS) resistance genes among the tested bacteria...
September 15, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922856/building-up-absence-seizures-in-the-somatosensory-cortex-from-network-to-cellular-epileptogenic-processes
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Guillaume Jarre, Tristan Altwegg-Boussac, Mark S Williams, Florian Studer, Mathilde Chipaux, Olivier David, Stéphane Charpier, Antoine Depaulis, Séverine Mahon, Isabelle Guillemain
The epileptogenic processes leading to recurrent seizures in Genetic Epilepsies are largely unknown. Using the Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rat from Strasbourg, we investigated in vivo the network and single neuron mechanisms responsible for the early emergence of epileptic activity. Local field potential recordings in the primary somatosensory cortex (SoCx), from the second post-natal week to adulthood, showed that immature cortical discharges progressively evolved into typical spike-and-wave discharges following a 3-step maturation process...
September 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922739/o-glcnac-transferase-regulates-transcriptional-activity-of-human-oct4
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Sandii Constable, Jae-Min Lim, Krithika Vaidyanathan, Lance Wells
O-linked β-N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) is a single sugar modification found on many different classes of nuclear and cytoplasmic proteins. Addition of this modification, by the enzyme O-linked N-acetylglucosamine transferase (OGT), is dynamic and inducible. One major class of proteins modified by O-GlcNAc is transcription factors. O-GlcNAc regulates transcription factor properties through a variety of different mechanisms including localization, stability and transcriptional activation. Maintenance of embryonic stem (ES) cell pluripotency requires tight regulation of several key transcription factors, many of which are modified by O-GlcNAc...
October 1, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921765/assessing-fire-impacts-on-the-carbon-stability-of-fire-tolerant-forests
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Lauren T Bennett, Matthew J Bruce, Josephine Machunter, Michele Kohout, Saravanan Jangammanaidu Krishnaraj, Cristina Aponte
The carbon stability of fire-tolerant forests is often assumed but less frequently assessed, limiting potential to anticipate threats to forest carbon posed by predicted increases in forest fire activity. Assessing the carbon stability of fire-tolerant forests requires multi-indicator approaches that recognise the myriad of ways that fires influence the carbon balance including combustion, deposition of pyrogenic material, and tree death, post-fire decomposition, recruitment, and growth. Five years after a large-scale wildfire in south-eastern Australia, we assessed the impacts of low- and high-severity wildfire, with and without prescribed fire (≤ 10 years before), on carbon stocks in multiple pools, and on carbon stability indicators (carbon stock percentages in live trees and in small trees, and carbon stocks in char and fuels) in fire-tolerant eucalypt forests...
September 16, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921587/dimethyl-fumarate-treatment-after-traumatic-brain-injury-prevents-depletion-of-antioxidative-brain-glutathione-and-confers-neuroprotection
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Tobias Krämer, Theresa Grob, Lutz Menzel, Tobias Hirnet, Eva Griemert, Konstantin Radyushkin, Serge C Thal, Axel Methner, Michael K E Schaefer
Dimethyl fumarate (DMF) is an immunomodulatory therapeutic for multiple sclerosis and psoriasis with neuroprotective potential. Its mechanism of action involves activation of the antioxidant pathway regulator Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) thereby increasing synthesis of the cellular antioxidant glutathione (GSH). The objective of this study was to investigate whether post-traumatic DMF treatment is beneficial after experimental traumatic brain injury (TBI). Adult C57Bl/6 mice were subjected to controlled cortical impact followed by oral administration of DMF (80 mg/kg body weight) or vehicle at 3 h, 24 h, 48 h and 72 h after the inflicted TBI...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921474/origins-of-phantom-limb-pain
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Damien P Kuffler
Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a chronic neuropathic pain occurring in 45-85% of patients who undergo major amputations of the upper and lower extremities. Chronic pain is physically and mentally debilitating, affecting an individual's potential for self-care and the performance of daily living activities essential for personal and economic independence. In addition, chronic pain may lead to depression and feelings of hopelessness. A National Center for Biotechnology Information study found that in the USA alone, the annual cost of dealing with neuropathic pain is more than $600 billion, with an estimated 20 million people in the USA suffering this condition...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920445/recovery-of-bioactive-molecules-from-chestnut-castanea-sativa-mill-by-products-through-extraction-by-different-solvents
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Filomena Monica Vella, Bruna Laratta, Francesco La Cara, Alessandra Morana
The underutilised forest and industrial biomass of Castanea sativa (Mill.) is generally discarded during post-harvest and food processing, with high impact on environmental quality. The searching on alternative sources of natural antioxidants from low-cost supplies, by methods involving environment-friendly techniques, has become a major goal of numerous researches in recent times. The aim of the present study was the set-up of a biomolecules extraction procedure from chestnut leaves, burs and shells and the assessing of their potential antioxidant activity...
September 18, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920439/multi-material-3d-printing-of-graphene-based-electrodes-for-electrochemical-energy-storage-using-thermo-responsive-inks
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Victoria García Rocha, Esther Garcia-Tunon, Cristina Botas, Foivos Markoulidis, Ezra Feilden, Eleonora D'Elia, Na Ni, Milo Sebastian Peter Shaffer, Eduardo Saiz
The current lifestyles, increasing population and limited resources result in energy research being at the forefront of worldwide grand challenges, increasing the demand for sustainable and more efficient energy devices. In this context, Additive Manufacturing brings the possibility of making electrodes and electrical energy storage (EES) devices in any desired 3D shape and dimensions, while preserving the multifunctional properties of the active materials in terms of surface area and conductivity. This paves the way to optimized and more efficient designs for energy devices...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919866/t-wave-safety-margin-during-the-process-of-icd-implantation-as-a-novel-predictor-of-t-wave-oversensing
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Ya-Xun Sun, Jing Gao, Chen-Yang Jiang, Yu-Mei Xue, Yi-Zhou Xu, Gang Liu, Ji-Hong Guo, Xia Sheng, Yang Ye, Hong He, Yun-Tao Zhao, Hector Barajas-Martinez, Guo-Sheng Fu, Dan Hu
Introduction: T wave oversensing (TWOS) is a major drawback of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and data on predictors of TWOS in ICD is limited. We aimed to calculate a novel index of T wave safety margin (TWSM) and assess its potential for evaluating TWOS during the procedure of ICD implantation. Methods and Results: Thirty-two consecutive patients with ICD implantation were enrolled. During each procedure of ICD implantation, different ICD generators were connected to implanted sensing lead through active-fixation leads and bridging cables...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919696/potential-of-pomegranate-fruit-extract-punica-granatum-linn-to-increase-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-and-platelet-derived-growth-factor-expressions-on-the-post-tooth-extraction-wound-of-cavia-cobaya
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Intan Nirwana, Priyawan Rachmadi, Devi Rianti
BACKGROUND: Pomegranates fruit extracts have several activities, among others, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidants that have the main content punicalagin and ellagic acid. Pomegranate has the ability of various therapies through different mechanisms. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) function was to form new blood vessels produced by various cells one of them was macrophages. Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) was a growth factor proven chemotactic, increased fibroblast proliferation and collagen matrix production...
August 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918686/sensitivity-of-post-treatment-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-to-detect-inter-fractional-range-variations-in-scanned-ion-beam-therapy
#18
Josefine Handrack, Thomas Tessonnier, Wenjing Chen, Jakob Liebl, Jürgen Debus, Julia Bauer, Katia Parodi
BACKGROUND: Ion therapy, especially with modern scanning beam delivery, offers very sharp dose gradients for highly conformal cancer treatment. However, it is very sensitive to uncertainties of tissue stopping properties as well as to anatomical changes and setup errors, making range verification highly desirable. To this end, positron emission tomography (PET) can be used to measure decay products of β(+)-emitters created in interactions inside the patient. This work investigates the sensitivity of post treatment PET/CT (computed tomography) to detect inter-fractional range variations...
September 18, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918329/an-integrated-strategy-for-rapid-discovery-and-identification-of-the-sequential-piperine-metabolites-in-rats-using-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometery
#19
Zhanpeng Shang, Wei Cai, Yanfeng Cao, Fei Wang, Zhibin Wang, Jianqiu Lu, Jiayu Zhang
Piperine, one of the major bioactive constituents isolated from natural flavorings and medicinal-culinary herbs, possesses various biological activities. In the present study, an integrated strategy based on ultra high-performance liquid chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry was established to reveal piperine metabolism in rats. First of all, post-acquisition data-mining methods, including high resolution extracted ion chromatograms (HREICs) and multiple mass defect filtering (MMDF), were used to screen piperine metabolite candidates in a full-scan HRMS(1) level...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917486/effects-of-the-potential-probiotics-bacillus-aerophilus-kadr3-in-inducing-immunity-and-disease-resistance-in-labeo-rohita
#20
Dharmaraj Ramesh, Sami Souissi, Tharifkhan Shan Ahamed
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the dietary administration of Bacillus aerophilus KADR3 on enhancing the immunity and disease resistance against Aeromonas hydrophila infection in Labeo rohita. B. aerophilus culture supernatant exhibited antagonistic activity against fish pathogenic bacteria in an agar well diffusion assay. Four fish groups were fed with either of following diets containing different concentrations of B. aerophilus KADR3 (cfu g(-1)): 0 (control), 1 × 10(7) (DI), 1 × 10(8) (DII), and 1 × 10(9) (DIII) -cfu g(-1)...
September 13, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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