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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109167/cell-cycle-tailored-targeting-of-metastatic-melanoma-challenges-opportunities
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Nikolas K Haass, Brian Gabrielli
The advent of targeted therapies of metastatic melanoma, such as MAPK pathway inhibitors and immune checkpoint antagonists, has turned dermato-oncology from the 'bad guy' to the 'poster child' in oncology. Current targeted therapies are effective; although here is a clear need to develop combination therapies to delay the onset of resistance. Many anti-melanoma drugs impact on the cell cycle but are also dependent on certain cell cycle phases resulting in cell cycle phase-specific drug insensitivity. Here, we raise the question: Have combination trials been abandoned prematurely as ineffective possibly only because drug scheduling was not optimized? Firstly, if both drugs of a combination hit targets in the same melanoma cell, cell cycle-mediated drug insensitivity should be taken into account when planning combination therapies, timing of dosing schedules and choice of drug therapies in solid tumors...
January 21, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109053/frogs-model-man-in-vivo-thyroid-hormone-signaling-during-development
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REVIEW
Laurent M Sachs, Daniel R Buchholz
Thyroid hormone (TH) signaling comprises TH transport across cell membranes, metabolism by deiodinases, and molecular mechanisms of gene regulation. Proper TH signaling is essential for normal perinatal development, most notably for neurogenesis and fetal growth. Knowledge of perinatal TH endocrinology needs improvement to provide better treatments for premature infants and endocrine diseases during gestation and to counteract effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals. Studies in amphibians have provided major insights to understand in-vivo mechanisms of TH signaling...
January 21, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109001/polygonum-multiflorum-radix-extract-protects-human-foreskin-melanocytes-from-oxidative-stress-in-vitro-and-potentiates-hair-follicle-pigmentation-ex-vivo
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Peggy Sextius, Richard Betts, Ishak Benkhalifa, Stéphane Commo, Joan Eilstein, Marco Massironi, Ping Wang, Jean-Francois Michelet, Jie Qiu, Xuezhu Tan, Severine Jeulin
OBJECTIVE: To examine the ability of an extract from traditional Chinese medicine, Polygonum multiflorum Radix, to protect melanocyte viability from oxidative stress, a key mechanism in the initiation and progression of hair greying. METHODS: To assess the antioxidant capacity of Polygonum multiflorum Radix extract, primary human foreskin melanocytes were treated with a commercially available Polygonum multiflorum Radix extract added to culture medium and exposed to hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ), using intracellular reactive oxygen species concentrations and glutathione/protein ratios as endpoints...
January 20, 2017: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108867/administration-of-voriconazole-in-disseminated-talaromyces-penicillium-marneffei-infection-a-retrospective-study
#4
Yanyin Ouyang, Shuangqi Cai, Hao Liang, Cunwei Cao
Talaromyces (Penicillium) marneffei infection is a fatal disseminated mycosis caused by the dimorphic fungus Talaromyces marneffei; the therapeutic strategies for this infectious disease are limited. The aim of this retrospective study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of voriconazole for treating patients with disseminated T. marneffei infection with or without HIV infection in a clinical setting. Patients who intravenously received voriconazole (6 mg/kg q12 h for the first 24 h followed by 4 mg/kg q12 h) as the initial antifungal treatment were enrolled...
January 20, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108493/fine-motor-skill-mediates-visual-memory-ability-with-microstructural-neuro-correlates-in-cerebellar-peduncles-in-prematurely-born-adolescents
#5
Alyssa R Thomas, Cheryl Lacadie, Betty Vohr, Laura R Ment, Dustin Scheinost
Adolescents born preterm (PT) with no evidence of neonatal brain injury are at risk of deficits in visual memory and fine motor skills that diminish academic performance. The association between these deficits and white matter microstructure is relatively unexplored. We studied 190 PTs with no brain injury and 92 term controls at age 16 years. The Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test (ROCF), the Beery visual-motor integration (VMI), and the Grooved Pegboard Test (GPT) were collected for all participants, while a subset (40 PTs and 40 terms) underwent diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108294/the-dimensional-reduction-method-for-identification-of-parameters-that-trade-off-due-to-similar-model-roles
#6
Shaun M Davidson, Paul D Docherty, Rua Murray
Parameter identification is an important and widely used process across the field of biomedical engineering. However, it is susceptible to a number of potential difficulties, such as parameter trade-off, causing premature convergence at non-optimal parameter values. The proposed Dimensional Reduction Method (DRM) addresses this issue by iteratively reducing the dimension of hyperplanes where trade off occurs, and running subsequent identification processes within these hyperplanes. The DRM was validated using clinical data to optimize 4 parameters of the widely used Bergman Minimal Model of glucose and insulin kinetics, as well as in-silico data to optimize 5 parameters of the Pulmonary Recruitment (PR) Model...
January 17, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108111/weighting-the-parameters-a-response-to-bancel-s-searching-for-global-consciousness-a-seventeen-year-exploration
#7
Roger Nelson
This brief report is a response to the article by Peter Bancel entitled "Searching for Global Consciousness: A Seventeen Year Exploration" in which he compares a goal orientation (GO) model with a field-like model he refers to as global consciousness (GC). He first attempts to exclude the latter, and then presents selected tests that compare the models. While the article appears to provide support for Bancel׳s conclusion that GC cannot explain the data and must be supplanted by GO, there are good reasons to believe this conclusion is premature at best...
December 16, 2016: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108103/respiratory-support-for-very-low-birth-weight-infants-receiving-dexamethasone
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Yamini V Virkud, Christoph P Hornik, Daniel K Benjamin, Matthew M Laughon, Reese H Clark, Rachel G Greenberg, P Brian Smith
OBJECTIVE: To assess how neonatal intensive care units followed the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for use of dexamethasone in preterm infants by evaluating respiratory support at the time of dexamethasone administration. STUDY DESIGN: This is an observational study of infants discharged from one of 290 neonatal intensive care units from 2003 to 2010. The cohort included very low birth weight (<1500 g birth weight) infants born at ≤32 weeks gestational age...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107614/sirt1-dependent-anti-senescence-effects-of-cell-deposited-matrix-on-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Long Zhou, Xi Chen, Tao Liu, Caihong Zhu, Michelle Si, Joseph Jargstorf, Mao Li, Guoqing Pan, Yihong Gong, Zong-Ping Luo, Huilin Yang, Ming Pei, Fan He
Human umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) are considered an attractive cell source for tissue regeneration. However, environmental oxidative stress can trigger premature senescence in MSCs and thus compromises their regenerative potential. Extracellular matrix (ECM) derived from MSCs has been shown to facilitate cell proliferation and multilineage differentiation. This investigation evaluated the effect of cell-deposited decellularized ECM (DECM) on oxidative stress-induced premature senescence in UC-MSCs...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106777/neuroprotection-by-caffeine-in-hyperoxia-induced-neonatal-brain-injury
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Stefanie Endesfelder, Ulrike Weichelt, Evelyn Strauß, Anja Schlör, Marco Sifringer, Till Scheuer, Christoph Bührer, Thomas Schmitz
Sequelae of prematurity triggered by oxidative stress and free radical-mediated tissue damage have coined the term "oxygen radical disease of prematurity". Caffeine, a potent free radical scavenger and adenosine receptor antagonist, reduces rates of brain damage in preterm infants. In the present study, we investigated the effects of caffeine on oxidative stress markers, anti-oxidative response, inflammation, redox-sensitive transcription factors, apoptosis, and extracellular matrix following the induction of hyperoxia in neonatal rats...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106734/glycative-stress-and-its-defense-machinery-glyoxalase-1-in-renal-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Yosuke Hirakawa, Reiko Inagi
Chronic kidney disease is a major public health problem around the world. Because the kidney plays a role in reducing glycative stress, renal dysfunction results in increased glycative stress. In turn, glycative stress, especially that due to advanced glycated end products (AGEs) and their precursors such as reactive carbonyl compounds, exacerbates chronic kidney disease and is related to premature aging in chronic kidney disease, whether caused by diabetes mellitus or otherwise. Factors which hinder a sufficient reduction in glycative stress include the inhibition of anti-glycation enzymes (e...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106294/balancing-between-aging-and-cancer-molecular-genetics-meets-traditional-chinese-medicine
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Jing Liu, Lei Peng, Wenhui Huang, Zhiming Li, Jun Pan, Lei Sang, Siqian Lu, Jihong Zhang, Wanyi Li, Ying Luo
The biological consequences of cellular senescence and immortalization in aging and cancer are in conflict. Organisms have developed common cellular signaling pathways and surveillance mechanisms to control the processing of aging against tumorigenesis. The imbalance of any signals involved in this process may result in either premature aging or tumorigenesis and reduce the life span of the organism. In contrast, the balance between aging and tumorigenesis at a higher level (homeostatic-balance) may benefit the organism with tumor-free longevity...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106024/-a-rare-cause-of-2-1-atrioventricular-block-and-congestive-heart-failure-in-preterm-infants-hypocalcemia
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Emine Azak, Hatice Tatar Aksoy, Handan Ünsal, İbrahim İlker Çetin
Atrioventricular (AV) block in the neonatal period is a rare disorder. It is frequently associated with underlying structural congenital heart disease and maternal lupus. Presently described is premature baby who developed 2:1 AV block and congestive heart failure due to hypocalcemia. Dramatic clinical improvement was observed following treatment of intravenous 10% calcium gluconate. Therefore, it is suggested that serum calcium level of newborns with AV block and congestive heart failure be measured.
January 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105957/identification-of-nuclear-genes-controlling-chlorophyll-synthesis-in%C3%A2-barley-by-rna-seq
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Nickolay A Shmakov, Gennadiy V Vasiliev, Natalya V Shatskaya, Alexey V Doroshkov, Elena I Gordeeva, Dmitry A Afonnikov, Elena K Khlestkina
BACKGROUND: Albinism in plants is characterized by lack of chlorophyll and results in photosynthesis impairment, abnormal plant development and premature death. These abnormalities are frequently encountered in interspecific crosses and tissue culture experiments. Analysis of albino mutant phenotypes with full or partial chlorophyll deficiency can shed light on genetic determinants and molecular mechanisms of albinism. Here we report analysis of RNA-seq transcription profiling of barley (Hordeum vulgare L...
November 16, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105936/pathways-of-aging-comparative-analysis-of-gene-signatures-in-replicative-senescence-and-stress-induced-premature-senescence
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Kamil C Kural, Neetu Tandon, Mikhail Skoblov, Olga V Kel-Margoulis, Ancha V Baranova
BACKGROUND: In culturing normal diploid cells, senescence may either happen naturally, in the form of replicative senescence, or it may be a consequence of external challenges such as oxidative stress. Here we present a comparative analysis aimed at reconstruction of molecular cascades specific for replicative (RS) and stressinduced senescence (SIPS) in human fibroblasts. RESULTS: An involvement of caspase-3/keratin-18 pathway and serine/threonine kinase Aurora A/ MDM2 pathway was shared between RS and SIPS...
December 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105604/influence-of-working-temperature-on-the-formation-of-electrospun-polymer-nanofibers
#16
Guang-Zhi Yang, Hai-Peng Li, Jun-He Yang, Jia Wan, Deng-Guang Yu
Temperature is an important parameter during electrospinning, and virtually, all solution electrospinning processes are conducted at ambient temperature. Nanofiber diameters presumably decrease with the elevation of working fluid temperature. The present study investigated the influence of temperature variations on the formation of polymeric nanofibers during single-fluid electrospinning. The surface tension and viscosity of the fluid decreased with increasing working temperature, which led to the formation of high-quality nanofibers...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105373/vascular-changes-on-fluorescein-angiography-of-premature-infants-with-low-risk-of-retinopathy-of-prematurity-after-high-oxygen-exposure
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Maria Ana Martinez-Castellanos, Raul Velez-Montoya, Kenneth Price, Andree Henaine-Berra, Gerardo García-Aguirre, Virgilio Morales-Canton, Linda Alejandra Cernichiaro-Espinosa
PURPOSE: To describe a wide array of peripheral vascular changes using fluorescein angiography in preterm neonates, without high risk characteristics for developing retinopathy of prematurity, that were exposed to high oxygen concentration. METHODS: Retrospective, two center, case series. Newborns at two different hospitals with ≥1500 g or gestational age of ≥32 weeks, fluorescein angiography performed, and with high oxygen exposure without adequate control were included...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105342/five-percent-dextrose-maximizes-dose-delivery-of-yttrium-90-resin-microspheres-and-reduces-rates-of-premature-stasis-compared-to-sterile-water
#18
Mary Ellen Koran, Samantha Stewart, Jennifer C Baker, Andrew J Lipnik, Fil Banovac, Reed A Omary, Daniel B Brown
Resin Yttrium-90 (Y90) microspheres have historically been infused using sterile water (H2O). In 2013, recommendations expanded to allow delivery with 5% dextrose in water (D5W). In this retrospective study, we hypothesized that D5W would improve Y90 delivery with a lower incidence of stasis. We reviewed 190 resin Y90 infusions using H2O (n=137) or D5W (n=53). Y90 dosimetry was calculated using the body surface area method. Infusion was halted if intra-arterial stasis was fluoroscopically identified prior to clearing the vial...
December 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105101/urinary-neutrophil-gelatinase-associated-lipocalin-is-an-early-predictor-of-acute-kidney-injury-in-premature-infants
#19
Ryota Kuribayashi, Hiroshi Suzumura, Toshimi Sairenchi, Yoshiyuki Watabe, Yayoi Tsuboi, George Imataka, Hidemitsu Kurosawa, Osamu Arisaka
Urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (uNGAL) is produced in response to tubular epithelial injury and is a biomarker of tubulointerstitial injury. The aim of the present study was to examine whether acute kidney injury (AKI) could be predicted by measuring uNGAL in very low-birth weight (VLBW) infants. Forty VLBW infants with birthweight below 1,500 g were enrolled in the present study. uNGAL and serum creatinine (sCre) were measured daily from postnatal days 0 to 8. Infants with sCre ≥1.2 mg/dl were diagnosed with AKI...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105091/effect-of-melatonin-on-the-peripheral-t-lymphocyte-cell-cycle-and-levels-of-reactive-oxygen-species-in-patients-with-premature-ovarian-failure
#20
Yanmin Li, Hongli Liu, Jing Sun, Yipeng Tian, Changzhong Li
The objective of the present study was to observe the curative effect and mechanism of melatonin for suppression of premature ovarian failure (POF). From December 2014 to June 2015, 128 patients were consecutively diagnosed with POF in the Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. The patients were randomly divided into the experimental and control groups. The experimental group received melatonin tablets (1-3 mg/day), while the control group received placebo tablets. The levels of six sex hormones, percentage of T lymphocytes in the G1/M phase, and levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) were determined at four different time-points (1 day before treatment, and at 1, 3 and 6 months after treatment) in both groups...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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