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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817856/back-to-basics-the-effect-of-healthy-diet-and-exercise-on-chronic-disease-management
#1
Robert L Allison
INTRODUCTION: The increase in obesity rates in the U.S. and other less developed industrial countries have led to a worldwide epidemic of chronic disease states. Increased obesity rates are implicated in the treatment failures for illnesses such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension and cancer. Effective prevention of obesity through diet and exercise contributes to the successful medical management of multiple chronic disease states. OBJECTIVE: Review the last 10 years of literature (2006-2016) on the effects of diet and exercise as they relate to the prevention of chronic disease...
2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817830/microrna-200a-inhibits-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-induced-proximal-tubular-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-by-targeting-%C3%AE-catenin
#2
Yi Gong, Zhexue Qin, Baoshang Zhou, Hua Chen, Zhengmin Shi, Jing Zhang
BACKGROUND: The epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a crucial event in the development of renal interstitial fibrosis (RIF). A growing body of evidence indicates that β-catenin plays an important role in various types of fibrosis. Although members of the microRNA (miRNA)-200 family have been suggested to suppress EMT in cancer and fibrosis, the function of miRNA-200a in regulating the progression of RIF is unknown. We speculate that miRNA-200a may hinder this progression through the suppression of β-catenin...
August 18, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817828/fall-prone-older-people-s-attitudes-towards-the-use-of-virtual-reality-technology-for-fall-prevention
#3
Kim Dockx, Lisa Alcock, Esther Bekkers, Pieter Ginis, Miriam Reelick, Elisa Pelosin, Giovanna Lagravinese, Jeffrey M Hausdorff, Anat Mirelman, Lynn Rochester, Alice Nieuwboer
BACKGROUND: Virtual reality (VR) technology is a relatively new rehabilitation tool that can deliver a combination of cognitive and motor training for fall prevention. The attitudes of older people to such training are currently unclear. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate: (1) the attitudes of fall-prone older people towards fall prevention exercise with and without VR; (2) attitudinal changes after intervention with and without VR; and (3) user satisfaction following fall prevention exercise with and without VR...
August 18, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817827/role-of-next-generation-sequencing-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-the-evaluation-of-bone-and-soft-tissue-tumors
#4
Kinga Szurian, Karl Kashofer, Bernadette Liegl-Atzwanger
Bone and soft-tissue tumors are in general rare. Diagnosing these tumors is challenging based on the significant number of different tumor entities, the rareness of these tumors, and the considerable morphological heterogeneity which can be found within a single tumor entity. Considering that more than half of the described soft-tissue tumors and approximately 25% of the bone tumors harbor recurrent genetic alterations, the use of auxiliary molecular examinations should be strongly considered. Molecular analyses are important to confirm the diagnosis, to guide treatment, to provide information about prognosis, and to allow patient recruitment for basket trials based on the molecular signature of a tumor...
August 18, 2017: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817817/assessment-of-direct-to-consumer-genetic-testing-policy-in-korea-based-on-consumer-preference
#5
Gicheol Jeong
AIMS: In June 2016, Korea permitted direct-to-consumer genetic testing (DTC-GT) on 42 genes. However, both the market and industry have not yet been fully activated. Considering the aforementioned context, this study provides important insights. METHODS: The Korean DTC-GT policy assessment is based on consumer preference analysis using a discrete choice experiment. In August 2016, a web-based survey was conducted to collect data from 1,200 respondents. RESULTS: The estimation results show that consumers prefer a DTC-GT product that is cheap, tests various items or genes, offers accurate test results, and guarantees the confidentiality of all information...
August 18, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817807/mir-21-promotes-cardiac-fibrosis-after-myocardial-infarction-via-targeting-smad7
#6
Jinxia Yuan, Hongtao Chen, Dawei Ge, Yu Xu, Haihua Xu, Yang Yang, Ming Gu, Yuhe Zhou, Jingdong Zhu, Ting Ge, Qun Chen, Yue Gao, Yanqing Wang, Xiaowei Li, Yanfang Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cardiac fibrosis after myocardial infarction (MI) has been identified as an important factor in the deterioration of heart function. Previous studies have demonstrated that miR-21 plays an important role in various pathophysiological processes in the heart. However, the role of miR-21 in fibrosis regulation after MI remains unclear. METHODS: To induce cardiac infarction, the left anterior descending coronary artery was permanently ligated of mice...
August 16, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817803/developmental-dysfunction-of-vip-interneurons-impairs-cortical-circuits
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Renata Batista-Brito, Martin Vinck, Katie A Ferguson, Jeremy T Chang, David Laubender, Gyorgy Lur, James M Mossner, Victoria G Hernandez, Charu Ramakrishnan, Karl Deisseroth, Michael J Higley, Jessica A Cardin
GABAergic interneurons play important roles in cortical circuit development. However, there are multiple populations of interneurons and their respective developmental contributions remain poorly explored. Neuregulin 1 (NRG1) and its interneuron-specific receptor ERBB4 are critical genes for interneuron maturation. Using a conditional ErbB4 deletion, we tested the role of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP)-expressing interneurons in the postnatal maturation of cortical circuits in vivo. ErbB4 removal from VIP interneurons during development leads to changes in their activity, along with severe dysregulation of cortical temporal organization and state dependence...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817800/tia1-mutations-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-and-frontotemporal-dementia-promote-phase-separation-and-alter-stress-granule-dynamics
#8
Ian R Mackenzie, Alexandra M Nicholson, Mohona Sarkar, James Messing, Maria D Purice, Cyril Pottier, Kavya Annu, Matt Baker, Ralph B Perkerson, Aishe Kurti, Billie J Matchett, Tanja Mittag, Jamshid Temirov, Ging-Yuek R Hsiung, Charles Krieger, Melissa E Murray, Masato Kato, John D Fryer, Leonard Petrucelli, Lorne Zinman, Sandra Weintraub, Marsel Mesulam, Julia Keith, Sasha A Zivkovic, Veronica Hirsch-Reinshagen, Raymond P Roos, Stephan Züchner, Neill R Graff-Radford, Ronald C Petersen, Richard J Caselli, Zbigniew K Wszolek, Elizabeth Finger, Carol Lippa, David Lacomis, Heather Stewart, Dennis W Dickson, Hong Joo Kim, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Eileen Bigio, Kevin B Boylan, J Paul Taylor, Rosa Rademakers
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) are age-related neurodegenerative disorders with shared genetic etiologies and overlapping clinical and pathological features. Here we studied a novel ALS/FTD family and identified the P362L mutation in the low-complexity domain (LCD) of T cell-restricted intracellular antigen-1 (TIA1). Subsequent genetic association analyses showed an increased burden of TIA1 LCD mutations in ALS patients compared to controls (p = 8.7 × 10(-6)). Postmortem neuropathology of five TIA1 mutations carriers showed a consistent pathological signature with numerous round, hyaline, TAR DNA-binding protein 43 (TDP-43)-positive inclusions...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817792/making-human-stars-a-new-method-to-generate-human-astrocytes
#9
Nicola J Allen
Human astrocytes are increasingly appreciated as important contributors to brain function in health and disease, but techniques to study them are limited. In this issue of Neuron, Sloan and colleagues (2017) describe a new 3D culture model that generates mature human astrocytes, opening the door to future studies of their function.
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817784/hydrogen-peroxide-regulates-angiogenesis-related-factors-in-tumor-cells
#10
Ana Jerónimo, Gonçalo Rodrigues, Filipe Vilas-Boas, Gabriel G Martins, Ana Bagulho, Carla Real
Tumor angiogenesis is required for tumor development and growth and is regulated by several factors including reactive oxygen species (ROS). Hydrogen peroxide (H<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub>) is a ROS with an important role in cell signaling but how H<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub> regulates tumor angiogenesis is still poorly understood. We have xenografted tumor cells with altered levels of H<sub>2</sub>O<sub>2</sub> by catalase overexpression into zebrafish embryos to study redox-induced tumor neovascularization...
August 17, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817778/the-oxidation-state-of-4fe4s-clusters-modulates-the-dna-binding-affinity-of-dna-repair-proteins
#11
Edmund C M Tse, Theodore J Zwang, Jacqueline K Barton
A central question important to understanding DNA repair is how certain proteins are able to search for, detect, and fix DNA damage on a biologically relevant timescale. A feature of many base excision repair proteins is that they contain [4Fe4S] clusters that may aid their search for lesions. In this report, we establish the importance of the oxidation state of the redox-active [4Fe4S] cluster in the DNA damage detection process. We utilize DNA-modified electrodes to generate repair proteins with [4Fe4S] clusters in the 2+ and 3+ states by bulk electrolysis under an O2-free atmosphere...
August 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817773/surface-reaction-barriometry-methane-dissociation-on-flat-and-stepped-transition-metal-surfaces
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Davide Migliorini, Helen Jane Chadwick, Francesco Nattino, Ana Gutiérrez-Gonzáles, Eric Dombrowski, Eric A High, Han Guo, Arthur L Utz, Bret Earl Jackson, Rainer D Beck, Geert-Jan Kroes
Accurately simulating heterogeneously catalyzed reactions requires reliable barriers for molecules reacting at defects on metal surfaces, such as steps. However, first principles methods capable of computing these barriers to chemical accuracy have yet to be demonstrated. We show that state-resolved molecular beam experiments combined with ab initio molecular dynamics using specific reaction parameter density functional theory (SRP-DFT) can determine the molecule-metal surface interaction with the required reliability...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817729/comparison-of-bioimpedance-spectroscopy-and-x-ray-micro-computed-tomography-for-total-fat-volume-measurement-in-mice
#13
Gaelle Aubertin, Amira Sayeh, Jean-Philippe Dillenseger, Estelle Ayme-Dietrich, Philippe Choquet, Nathalie Niederhoffer
Obesity and the metabolic syndrome are two pathologies whose prevalence are in a constant increase. Evaluation of the total fat mass but also of the distribution between visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue are important factors while assessing the pathophysiology of these two pathologies. Computed tomography (CT) and bioimpedance (BIS) are the translational methods the most frequently used in human beings as well as in rodent models in longitudinal studies on adiposity and obesity. Surprisingly, no direct comparison of micro-CT and BIS was reported yet in mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817724/from-the-animal-house-to-the-field-are-there-consistent-individual-differences-in-immunological-profile-in-wild-populations-of-field-voles-microtus-agrestis
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Elena Arriero, Klara M Wanelik, Richard J Birtles, Janette E Bradley, Joseph A Jackson, Steve Paterson, Mike Begon
Inbred mouse strains, living in simple laboratory environments far removed from nature, have been shown to vary consistently in their immune response. However, wildlife populations are typically outbreeding and face a multiplicity of challenges, parasitological and otherwise. In this study we seek evidence of consistent difference in immunological profile amongst individuals in the wild. We apply a novel method in this context, using longitudinal (repeated capture) data from natural populations of field voles, Microtus agrestis, on a range of life history and infection metrics, and on gene expression levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817722/nicotinamide-alone-accelerates-the-conversion-of-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells-into-mature-neuronal-populations
#15
Síle M Griffin, Mark R Pickard, Rowan P Orme, Clive P Hawkins, Adrian C Williams, Rosemary A Fricker
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin B3 has been shown to play an important role during embryogenesis. Specifically, there is growing evidence that nicotinamide, the biologically active form of vitamin B3, plays a critical role as a morphogen in the differentiation of stem cells to mature cell phenotypes, including those of the central nervous system (CNS). Detailed knowledge of the action of small molecules during neuronal differentiation is not only critical for uncovering mechanisms underlying lineage-specification, but also to establish more effective differentiation protocols to obtain clinically relevant cells for regenerative therapies for neurodegenerative conditions such as Huntington's disease (HD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817719/t-cell-expression-of-il-18r-and-dr3-is-essential-for-non-cognate-stimulation-of-th1-cells-and-optimal-clearance-of-intracellular-bacteria
#16
Oanh H Pham, Hope O'Donnell, Aymen Al-Shamkhani, Tobias Kerrinnes, Renée M Tsolis, Stephen J McSorley
Th1 cells can be activated by TCR-independent stimuli, but the importance of this pathway in vivo and the precise mechanisms involved require further investigation. Here, we used a simple model of non-cognate Th1 cell stimulation in Salmonella-infected mice to examine these issues. CD4 Th1 cell expression of both IL-18R and DR3 was required for optimal IFN-γ induction in response to non-cognate stimulation, while IL-15R expression was dispensable. Interestingly, effector Th1 cells generated by immunization rather than live infection had lower non-cognate activity despite comparable IL-18R and DR3 expression...
August 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817705/cell-surface-dynamics-and-cellular-distribution-of-endogenous-fcrn
#17
Lena D'Hooghe, Andrew D Chalmers, Sam Heywood, Paul Whitley
A major role for FcRn is the salvage of pinocytosed IgG and albumin from a degradative fate in lysosomes. FcRn achieves this by binding IgG in a pH-dependent manner in acidic endosomes and recycling it to the plasma membrane to be released at neutral pH. This is important in maintaining high serum IgG and albumin levels and has the potential to be exploited to modulate the pharmacokinetics of antibody-based therapeutics. Although FcRn is responsible for the recycling of IgG, the dynamic behaviour of endogenous FcRn is not well understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817704/analysis-of-multidrug-resistant-group-b-streptococci-with-reduced-penicillin-susceptibility-forming-small-less-hemolytic-colonies
#18
Hirotsugu Banno, Kouji Kimura, Yosuke Tanaka, Tsuyoshi Sekizuka, Makoto Kuroda, Wanchun Jin, Jun-Ichi Wachino, Keiko Yamada, Keigo Shibayama, Yoshichika Arakawa
Group B streptococci (GBS; Streptococcus agalactiae) are the leading cause of neonatal invasive diseases and are also important pathogens for elderly adults. Until now, nearly all GBS with reduced penicillin susceptibility (PRGBS) have shown β-hemolytic activity and grow on sheep blood agar. However, we have previously reported three PRGBS clinical isolates harboring a CylK deletion that form small less hemolytic colonies. In this study, we examined the causes of small, less hemolytic colony formation in these clinical isolates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817702/global-gene-expression-analysis-of-the-response-of-physic-nut-jatropha-curcas-l-to-medium-and-long-term-nitrogen-deficiency
#19
Qi Kuang, Sheng Zhang, Pingzhi Wu, Yaping Chen, Meiru Li, Huawu Jiang, Guojiang Wu
Jatropha curcas L. is an important biofuel plant with excellent tolerance of barren environments. However, studies on the regulatory mechanisms that operate in this plant in response to nitrogen (N) shortage are scarce. In this study, genome-wide transcriptional profiles of the roots and leaves of 8-week old physic nut seedlings were analyzed after 2 and 16 days of N starvation. Enrichment results showed that genes associated with N metabolism, processing and regulation of RNA, and transport predominated among those showing alterations in expression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817701/effect-of-exoskeletal-joint-constraint-and-passive-resistance-on-metabolic-energy-expenditure-implications-for-walking-in-paraplegia
#20
Sarah R Chang, Rudi Kobetic, Ronald J Triolo
An important consideration in the design of a practical system to restore walking in individuals with spinal cord injury is to minimize metabolic energy demand on the user. In this study, the effects of exoskeletal constraints on metabolic energy expenditure were evaluated in able-bodied volunteers to gain insight into the demands of walking with a hybrid neuroprosthesis after paralysis. The exoskeleton had a hydraulic mechanism to reciprocally couple hip flexion and extension, unlocked hydraulic stance controlled knee mechanisms, and ankles fixed at neutral by ankle-foot orthoses...
2017: PloS One
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