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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445982/serum-uric-acid-level-as-a-cardio-cerebrovascular-event-risk-factor-in-middle-aged-and-non-obese-chinese-men
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Zhi-Jun Li, Chen-Ju Yi, Jing Li, Na Tang
AIM: The role of uric acid as a risk factor for cardio-cerebrovascular diseases is controversial. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between serum uric acid level and the risk of cardio-cerebrovascular events in middle-aged and non-obese Chinese men. METHODS: We included 3152 participants from the health examination center of Tongji Hospital from June 2007 to June 2010. Clinical examination and medical records were collected at the annual health examination...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445967/lactobacillus-casei-zhang-and-vitamin-k2-prevent-intestinal-tumorigenesis-in-mice-via-adiponectin-elevated-different-signaling-pathways
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Yong Zhang, Chen Ma, Jie Zhao, Haiyan Xu, Qiangchuan Hou, Heping Zhang
The incidence of colon cancer has increased considerably and the intestinal microbiota participate in the development of colon cancer. We showed that the L. casei Zhang or vitamin K2 (Menaquinone-7) intervention significantly alleviated intestinal tumor burden in mice. This was associated with increased serum adiponectin levels in both treatments. But osteocalcin level was only increased by L. casei Zhang. Furthermore, the anti-carcinogenic actions of L. casei Zhang were mediated by hepatic Chloride channel-3(CLCN3)/Nuclear Factor Kappa B(NF-κB) and intestinal Claudin15/Chloride intracellular channel 4(CLIC4)/Transforming Growth Factor Beta(TGF-β) signaling, while the vitamin K2 effect involved a hepatic Vitamin D Receptor(VDR)-phosphorylated AMPK signaling pathway...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445964/abo-blood-group-and-ovarian-reserve-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
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Jie Deng, Mengmeng Jia, Xiaolin Cheng, Zhen Yan, Dongmei Fan, Xiaoyu Tian
Ovarian reserve reflects a woman's fertility potential. The ABO blood group system is a very stable genetic marker. Although many recent studies have explored the relationship between ABO blood group and ovarian reserve, a consensus has not yet been reached. This paper is the first meta-analysis and systematic review of the relationship between ABO blood type and ovarian reserve. We analyzed seven cross-sectional studies evaluating follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) or anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) levels in 55,113 participants to determine ovarian reserve...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445960/effect-of-folate-deficiency-on-promoter-methylation-and-gene-expression-of-esr1-cav1-and-elavl1-and-its-influence-on-spermatogenesis
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Hong-Fang Yuan, Kai Zhao, Yu Zang, Chun-Yan Liu, Zhi-Yong Hu, Jia-Jing Wei, Ting Zhou, Ying Li, Hui-Ping Zhang
This study aims to investigate the effect of folate deficiency on the male reproductive function and the underlying mechanism. A total of 269 screened participants from 421 recruitments were enrolled in this study. An animal model of folate deficiency was constructed. Folate concentration was measured in the ejaculate, and its association with semen parameters was then determined. The expression and promoter methylation status of ESR1, CAV1, and ELAVL1 were also evaluated. Results showed that seminal plasma folate level was significantly lower among subjects with azoospermia than those with normozoospermia...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445952/socs3-inhibits-the-pathological-effects-of-il-22-in-non-melanoma-skin-tumor-derived-keratinocytes
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Stefania Madonna, Claudia Scarponi, Martina Morelli, Rosanna Sestito, Pasqualina Liana Scognamiglio, Daniela Marasco, Cristina Albanesi
Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) and squamous-cell carcinomas (SCC) are common malignancies in humans, caused by neoplastic transformation of keratinocytes of the basal or suprabasal layers of epidermis, respectively. Tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) are frequently found in BCC and SCC, and functionally promote epithelial carcinogenesis. TILs secreting IL-22, in particular, participate to BCC and SCC growth by inducing keratinocyte proliferation and migration, as well as the expression of inflammatory, anti-apoptotic and pro-angiogenic genes...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445896/total-serum-antioxidant-capacity-in-healthy-normal-weight-and-asymptomatic-overweight-adults
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Ana Petelin, Paola Tedeschi, Annalisa Maietti, Mihaela Jurdana, Vincenzo Brandolini, Zala Jenko Pražnikar
Obesity and overweight are major contributors to the burden of chronic disease. Both are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation and by increased production of free radicals leading to oxidative stress. The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether overweight and fat accumulation is associated with serum total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in men and women, irrespective of nutritional habits, nutrient intakes, physical activity, smoking, and other confounders, which may be responsible for modifying the association between serum TAC and overweight/obesity measures...
April 26, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445886/the-association-of-five-year-changes-in-the-levels-of-n-terminal-fragment-of-the-prohormone-brain-type-natriuretic-peptide-nt-probnp-with-subsequent-heart-failure-and-death-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-the-heart-and-soul-study
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Rakesh K Mishra, Gregory Judson, Robert H Christenson, Christopher DeFilippi, Alan H B Wu, Mary A Whooley
BACKGROUND: The N-terminal fragment of the prohormone brain-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a powerful predictor of adverse outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). However, little is known regarding the prognostic significance of longitudinal changes in NT-proBNP levels. METHODS: We evaluated the ability of 5-year changes in NT-proBNP levels to predict subsequent heart failure (HF) hospitalization or cardiovascular (CV) death in 635 participants with stable CAD enrolled in the Heart and Soul Study...
April 27, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445870/klk4-gene-and-dental-decay-replication-in-a-south-brazilian-population
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Tayla Cavallari, Simone Tetu Moyses, Samuel Jorge Moyses, Renata Iani Werneck
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this research was to identify and replicate the participation of KLK4 gene polymorphisms in the susceptibility to dental decay. METHODS: A total of 200 patients were recruited using ICDAS criteria - 100 of them with dental caries and 100 with no history of the disease. Buccal cells were collected and the DNA was extracted and amplified using PCR. RESULTS: During the descriptive analysis, the variables ethnicity, biofilm, and gingivitis and the markers rs2242670 and rs2978642 were statistically significant...
April 27, 2017: Caries Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445854/balance-training-in-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease-therapist-supervised-vs-home-based-exercise-programme
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Elizabeth Maria Atterbury, Karen Estelle Welman
BACKGROUND: Poor locomotion and balance in Parkinson's disease (PD) often diminishes independence. Accordingly, gait is considered one of the most relevant rehabilitation outcomes, and home-based balance exercises might be a viable mode of exercise delivery for individuals with PD. However, research on PD interventions rarely indicate best practices to deliver exercises. Therefore, this study endeavoured to compare the efficacy of a home-based and therapist-supervised balance programme on gait parameters, dynamic balance, balance confidence and motivation in individuals diagnosed with PD...
April 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445842/%C3%AE-eta-eudesmol-reduces-stem-cell-factor-induced-mast-cell-migration
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Sun-Young Nam, Hee-Yun Kim, Hyung-Min Kim, Hyun-Ja Jeong
Previously, we showed the inhibitory effects of β-eudesmol on mast cell-mediated allergic inflammatory responses. Stem cell factor (SCF) participates in allergic reactions through the differentiation and migration of mast cells. However, the effects of β-eudesmol on SCF-mediated allergic reactions are poorly understood. Herein, we showed that a treatment of rat peritoneal mast cells (RPMCs) with β-eudesmol markedly suppressed SCF-induced mast cell migration and morphological alterations in a concentration-dependent manner...
April 23, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445829/the-role-of-peu-mir164-and-its-target-penac-genes-in-response-to-abiotic-stress-in-populus-euphratica
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Xin Lu, Hui Dun, Conglong Lian, Xiaofei Zhang, Weilun Yin, Xinli Xia
Plant miR164 family is highly conserved and miR164 members regulate conserved targets belonging to NAC transcription factors. Our previous studies have revealed that peu-miR164a-e and its target gene POPTR_0007s08420 participate in abiotic stress response in Populus euphratica according to deep sequencing and degradome sequencing. In this study, miR164 family comprises six members that generate two mature products (miR164a-e and miR164f) and target seven NAC genes in P. euphratica. Co-expression in Nicotiana benthamiana and 5' RACE confirmed that peu-miR164 directs PeNAC070, PeNAC012 and PeNAC028 mRNAs cleavage...
April 8, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445826/exposure-to-fine-particulate-matter-causes-oxidative-and-methylated-dna-damage-in-young-adults-a-longitudinal-study
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Ching-Huang Lai, Han-Bin Huang, Yue-Cune Chang, Ting-Yao Su, Ying-Chuan Wang, Gia-Chi Wang, Jia-En Chen, Chin-Sheng Tang, Trong-Neng Wu, Saou-Hsing Liou
An increased understanding is needed of the physiological effects and plausible biological mechanisms that link PM2.5 (particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter below 2.5μm) exposure to mortality and morbidities such as atherosclerosis and respiratory disease. PM2.5 causes carcinogenic health effects. Biomonitoring in humans has suggested that 8-oxo-7, 8-dihydro-2-deoxyguanosine (8-oxodG) and N7-methylguanine (N7-MeG) are correlated with oxidative and methylated DNA damage. Thus, it is meaningful to explore the mechanisms of mutagenesis and carcinogenesis associated with oxidative and methylated DNA damage by simultaneously measuring these two markers...
April 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445805/fak-phosphorylation-plays-a-central-role-in-thrombin-induced-rpe-cell-migration
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E D Aguilar-Solis, A M López-Colomé, I Lee-Rivera, A Alvarez-Arce, E López
The migration of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells is an important step in various pathologic conditions including subretinal neovascularization (SRN), proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) and, importantly, as a consequence of retinal surgery. Therefore, the elucidation of the mechanisms underlying RPE trans-differentiation and migration is essential for devising effective treatments aimed to the prevention of these disorders. A common event in these pathologies is the alteration of the blood-retina barrier (BRB), which allows the interaction of RPE cells with thrombin, a pro-inflammatory protease contained in serum...
April 23, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445801/an-ahp-based-evaluation-method-for-teacher-training-workshop-on-information-and-communication-technology
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Rochelle Irene Lucas, Michael Angelo Promentilla, Aristotle Ubando, Raymond Girard Tan, Kathleen Aviso, Krista Danielle Yu
The emergence of information and communication technology (ICT) has created opportunities for enhancing the learning process at different educational levels. However, its potential benefits can only be fully realized if teachers are properly trained to utilize such tools. The rapid evolution of ICT also necessitates rigorous assessment of training programs by participants. Thus, this study proposes an evaluation framework based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) to systematically evaluate such workshops designed for teachers...
April 19, 2017: Evaluation and Program Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445798/episiotomy-what-angle-do-you-cut-to-the-midline
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Kenneth Ma, Louise Byrd
OBJECTIVE: Although episiotomies are the commonest obstetric procedure performed the technique of performing one varies amongst obstetricians and midwives. The angle of episiotomy to the midline in particular has been shown to influence the risk of developing obstetric anal sphincter injuries (OASIS). In order to identify the differences in technique and to identify targets for training we undertook a practice survey of episiotomies to analyse the differences in technique between grades of obstetricians and midwives...
April 11, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445790/improving-insomnia-in-primary-care-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-nurse-led-group-treatment
#16
Christina Sandlund, Jerker Hetta, Gunnar H Nilsson, Mirjam Ekstedt, Jeanette Westman
BACKGROUND: Insomnia is a common health problem, and most people who seek help for insomnia consult primary care. In primary care, insomnia treatment typically consists of hypnotic drugs, although cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia is the recommended treatment. However, such treatment is currently available to few primary care patients. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of a group treatment program for insomnia led by nurses in primary care. OUTCOMES: were the Insomnia Severity Index, a 2-week sleep diary, and a questionnaire on frequency of hypnotic drug use...
April 14, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445788/an-emerging-role-for-the-ribosome-as-a-nexus-for-post-translational-modifications
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REVIEW
Deniz Simsek, Maria Barna
The ribosome is one of life's most ancient molecular machines that has historically been viewed as a backstage participant in gene regulation, translating the genetic code across all kingdoms of life in a rote-like fashion. However, recent studies suggest that intrinsic components of the ribosome can be regulated and diversified as a means to intricately control the expression of the cellular proteome. In this review, we discuss advances in the characterization of ribosome post-translational modifications (PTMs) from past to present...
April 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445784/brain-potentials-predict-language-selection-before-speech-onset-in-bilinguals
#18
Yan Jing Wu, Guillaume Thierry
Studies of language production in bilinguals have seldom considered the fact that language selection likely involves proactive control. Here, we show that Chinese-English bilinguals actively inhibit the language not-to-be used before the onset of a picture to be named. Depending on the nature of a directive cue, participants named a subsequent picture in their native language, in their second language, or remained silent. The cue elicited a contingent negative variation of event-related brain potentials, greater in amplitude when the cue announced a naming trial as compared to when it announced a silent trial...
April 23, 2017: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445721/nacho-mediates-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-function-throughout-the-brain
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Jose A Matta, Shenyan Gu, Weston B Davini, Brian Lord, Edward R Siuda, Anthony W Harrington, David S Bredt
Neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) participate in diverse aspects of brain function and mediate behavioral and addictive properties of nicotine. Neuronal nAChRs derive from combinations of α and β subunits, whose assembly is tightly regulated. NACHO was recently identified as a chaperone for α7-type nAChRs. Here, we find NACHO mediates assembly of all major classes of presynaptic and postsynaptic nAChR tested. NACHO acts at early intracellular stages of nAChR subunit assembly and then synergizes with RIC-3 for receptor surface expression...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445694/work-first-then-play-prior-task-difficulty-increases-motivation-related-brain-responses-in-a-risk-game
#20
Barbara Schmidt, Patrick Mussel, Roman Osinsky, Björn Rasch, Stefan Debener, Johannes Hewig
Task motivation depends on what we did before. A recent theory differentiates between tasks that we want to do and tasks that we have to do. After a have-to task, motivation shifts towards a want-to task. We measured this shift of motivation via brain responses to monetary feedback in a risk game that was used as want-to task in our study. We tested 20 healthy participants that were about 28 years old in a within-subjects design. Participants worked on a Stroop task (have-to task) or an easier version of the Stroop task as a control condition and played a risk game afterwards (want-to task)...
April 23, 2017: Biological Psychology
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