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Mitchell R K L Lie, Janine van der Giessen, Gwenny M Fuhler, Alison de Lima, Maikel P Peppelenbosch, Cokkie van der Ent, C Janneke van der Woude
BACKGROUND: Around 30% of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are refractory to current IBD drugs or relapse over time. Novel treatments are called for, and low dose Naltrexone (LDN) may provide a safe, easily accessible alternative treatment option for these patients. We investigated the potential of LDN to induce clinical response in therapy refractory IBD patients, and investigated its direct effects on epithelial barrier function. METHODS: Patients not in remission and not responding to conventional therapy were offered to initiate LDN as a concomitant treatment...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Tian Hong, Lan Shuai, Stephen J Frost, Nicole Landi, Kenneth R Pugh, Hua Shu
We investigated whether preschoolers with poor phonological awareness (PA) skills had impaired cortical basis for detecting speech feature, and whether speech perception influences future literacy outcomes in preschoolers. We recorded ERP responses to speech in 52 Chinese preschoolers. The results showed that the poor PA group processed speech changes differentially compared to control group in mismatch negativity (MMN) and late discriminative negativity (LDN). Furthermore, speech perception in kindergarten could predict literacy outcomes after literacy acquisition...
March 9, 2018: Developmental Neuropsychology
Tadayoshi Hayata, Masahiko Chiga, Yoichi Ezura, Makoto Asashima, Hidetaka Katabuchi, Ryuichi Nishinakamura, Masaki Noda
In mammals, the ovarian follicles are regulated at least in part by bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) family members. Dullard (also known as Ctdnep1) gene encodes a phosphatase that suppresses BMP signaling by inactivating or degrading BMP receptors. Here we report that the Col1a1-Cre-induced Dullard mutant mice displayed hemorrhagic ovarian cysts, with red blood cells accumulated in the follicles, resulting in infertility. Cells expressing Cre driven by Col1a1 2.3-kb promoter and their descendants were found in granulosa cells in the ovary and in Sertoli cells in the testis...
March 9, 2018: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Cong Yan, Huanhuan Huo, Cuiwei Yang, Tao Zhang, Yuanyuan Chu, Yanfen Liu
Ubiquitination modification has been shown to play a key role in autophagy. Increasing studies reported the involvement of de-ubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) in autophagy pathway. To systematically search how DUBs manipulate autophagy, we utilized a double fluorescence tagged LC3 stable HeLa cell line, and did a genome wide screen of 55 human DUBs which is about 60% coverage of the DUB family. We found a bunch of DUBs have impact on autophagy by either changing the LC3 puncta formation or the autophagy flux. One of them, Ubiquitin C-Terminal Hydrolase L1 (UCHL1) correlated to Parkinson's disease, strongly affects autophagy by inhibiting autophagosome formation...
February 17, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Evalyn E A P Mulder, Shiromani Janki, Türkan Terkivatan, Karel W J Klop, Jan N M IJzermans, T C Khe Tran
BACKGROUND: There are 2 endoscopic surgical techniques that implement 3D vision to overcome visual misperception: 3D endoscopy and the da Vinci surgical system. 3D endoscopy has several advantages, such as the presence of tactile feedback and easy implementation, at lower costs. We aimed to assess whether 3D endoscopy could be an alternative to the robot during living donor nephrectomy (LDN). METHODS: Between April 2015 and April 2016 we prospectively collected data on 40 patients undergoing 3D endoscopic LDNs in 1 center, performed by a da Vinci certified surgeon...
February 14, 2018: Transplantation
Guo-Qing Di, Zhao-Qi Qin
Objective: The present study aimed to evaluate the influences of combined traffic noise (CTN) on the ability of learning and memory in mice. Materials and Methods: The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) mice were exposed to CTN from highways and high-speed railways for 42 days, whose day-night equivalent continuous A-weighted sound pressure level (Ldn ) was 70 dB(A). On the basis of behavioral reactions in Morris water maze (MWM) and the concentrations of amino acid neurotransmitters in the hippocampus, the impacts of CTN on learning and memory in mice were examined...
January 2018: Noise & Health
Jennifer M Burg, David L Scott, Kayvan Roayaie, Erin Maynard, John M Barry, C Kristian Enestvedt
Reports for pediatric kidney transplant recipients suggested better outcomes for ODN compared to LDN. Contemporary outcomes stratified by donor type and center volume have not been evaluated in a national dataset. UNOS data (2000-2014) were analyzed for pediatric living donor kidney transplant recipients. The primary outcome was GF; secondary outcomes were DGF, rejection, and patient survival. Live donor nephrectomies for pediatric recipients decreased 30% and transitioned from ODN to LDN. GF rates did not differ for ODN vs LDN (P = ...
February 2, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
Patrick Walsh, Vincent Truong, Caitlin Hill, Nicolas D Stoflet, Jessica Baden, Walter C Low, Susan A Keirstead, James R Dutton, Ann M Parr
The use of defined conditions for derivation, maintenance, and differentiation of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) provides a superior experimental platform to discover culture responses to differentiation cues and elucidate the basic requirements for cell differentiation and fate restriction. Adoption of defined systems for reprogramming, undifferentiated growth, and differentiation of hiPSCs was found to significantly influence early stage differentiation signaling requirements and temporal kinetics for the production of primitive neuroectoderm...
December 2017: Cell Transplantation
Guttorm Raknes, Pia Simonsen, Lars Småbrekke
Background and Aims: Low dose naltrexone (LDN) is a controversial off-label treatment used by many Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) patients. A small number of preliminary studies indicate that LDN might be beneficial in CD, but evidence is too scarce to demonstrate efficacy. We wanted to examine whether initiation of LDN therapy by patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) was followed by changes in dispensing of relevant medication. Methods: We performed a quasi-experimental before and after study following a sudden increase of LDN use in the Norwegian population in 2013...
January 27, 2018: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
Thomas B Mcgregor, Premal Patel, Gabriel Chan, Alp Sener
INTRODUCTION: In recent years, the method of vascular control during laparoscopic donor nephrectomy (LDN) has come under scrutiny due to catastrophic consequences of a device failure. This study sought to examine the surgical preferences of Canadian donor surgeons with regards to vascular control and their perception on the safety of these modalities. We also surveyed the experience with device malfunction and their subsequent management during LDN. METHODS: An online survey was sent out to donor surgeons registered with the Canadian Society of Transplantation...
October 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
Rihito Kanamaru, Hideyuki Ohzawa, Hideyo Miyato, Shiro Matsumoto, Hidenori Haruta, Kentaro Kurashina, Shin Saito, Yoshinori Hosoya, Hironori Yamaguchi, Hiroharu Yamashita, Yasuyuki Seto, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Naohiro Sata, Joji Kitayama
Many types of immune cells appear in peritoneal cavity after abdominal surgery. In patients who underwent laparotomy due to gastric cancer, peritoneal lavages were obtained before and after surgical procedure. Cells were recovered from intermediate layer after Ficoll-Hypaque centrifugation and analyzed for phenotypes and functions, especially focused on low density neutrophils (LDN). The number of CD66b (+) LDN with mature phenotype was markedly elevated in postoperative as compared with preoperative lavages...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Leonard B Weinstock, Jill B Brook, Trisha L Myers, Brent Goodman
A patient with severe postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS) received immunotherapy with low-dose naltrexone (LDN) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) and antibiotic therapy for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). A dramatic and sustained response was documented. The utility of IVIg in autoimmune neuromuscular diseases has been published, but clinical experience with POTS is relatively unknown and has not been reported in MCAS. As a short-acting mu-opioid antagonist, LDN paradoxically increases endorphins which then bind to regulatory T cells which regulate T-lymphocyte and B-lymphocyte production and this reduces cytokine and antibody production...
January 11, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Ayumu Takeno, Ippei Kanazawa, Masakazu Notsu, Ken-Ichiro Tanaka, Toshitsugu Sugimoto
Previous studies showed that adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK), which plays as an intracellular energy sensor, promotes the differentiation and mineralization of osteoblasts via enhancing expression of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2, which is a potent inducer of osteoblastogenesis. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine the roles of AMPK in BMP-2-induced osteoblastogenesis. We used a murine osteoblastic cell line MC3T3-E1 and a murine marrow stromal cell line ST2. BMP-2 (50 and 100 ng/mL) stimulated alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and enhanced mineralization of MC3T3-E1 cells, while the effects of BMP-2 were partly abolished by an inhibitor of AMPK, ara-A (0...
December 16, 2017: Endocrine Journal
M R Orazov, V Y Radzinskiy, M B Khamoshina, E N Nosenko, E S Tokaeva, L K Barsegyan, Y R Zakirova
Objective. To study features of histamine metabolism in patients with chronic pelvic pain associated with external genital endometriosis. Methods. For quantitative assessment of histamine level in peripheral blood was taken from 100 patients which than was centrifuged. In blood serum histamine concentration was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay method with reagents «Histamine ЕLISA» on the machine BAE-1000 Histamine (Labor Diagnostika Nord - LDN, Hermany). A pain syndrome was assessed by Visual Analog Scale (VAS), quality of life assessment - by Endometriosis Health Profile Questionnaire (EHR-30), level of anxiety was determined by Spielberger-Khanin questionnaire...
April 2017: Patologicheskaia Fiziologiia i èksperimental'naia Terapiia
Zhixiang Tong, Keir Martyn, Andy Yang, Xiaolei Yin, Benjamin E Mead, Nitin Joshi, Nicholas E Sherman, Robert S Langer, Jeffrey M Karp
Current ISC culture systems face significant challenges such as animal-derived or undefined matrix compositions, batch-to-batch variability (e.g. Matrigel-based organoid culture), and complexity of assaying cell aggregates such as organoids which renders the research and clinical translation of ISCs challenging. Here, through screening for suitable ECM components, we report a defined, collagen based monolayer culture system that supports the growth of mouse and human intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) enriched for an Lgr5(+) population comparable or higher to the levels found in a standard Matrigel-based organoid culture...
October 26, 2017: Biomaterials
Guttorm Raknes, Lars Småbrekke
Low dose naltrexone (LDN) has become a popular off-label therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS). A few small, randomized studies indicate that LDN may have beneficial effects in MS and other autoimmune diseases. If proven efficacious, it would be a cheap and safe alternative to the expensive treatments currently recommended for MS. We investigated whether a sudden increase in LDN use in Norway in 2013 was followed by changes in dispensing of other medications used to treat MS. We performed a quasi-experimental before-and-after study based on population data from the Norwegian Prescription Database (NorPD)...
2017: PloS One
Moeko Okada, Kentaro Yoshida, Shigeo Takumi
Hybrid abnormalities, severe growth abortion and grass-clump dwarfism, were found in the tetraploid wheat/Aegilops umbellulata hybrids, and the gene expression changes were conserved in the hybrids with those in other wheat synthetic hexaploids. Aegilops umbellulata Zhuk., a diploid goatgrass species with a UU genome, has been utilized as a genetic resource for wheat breeding. Here, we examine the reproductive barriers between tetraploid wheat cultivar Langdon (Ldn) and various Ae. umbellulata accessions by conducting interspecific crossings...
December 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
Janice M Kraniak, Anita Chalasani, Margaret R Wallace, Raymond R Mattingly
Plexiform neurofibromas (PNs), which may be present at birth in up to half of children with type 1 neurofibromatosis (NF1), can cause serious loss of function, such as quadriparesis, and can undergo malignant transformation. Surgery is the first line treatment although the invasive nature of these tumors often prevents complete resection. Recent clinical trials have shown promising success for some drugs, notably selumetinib, an inhibitor of MAP kinase kinase (MEK). We have developed three-dimensional (3D) cell culture models of immortalized cells from NF1 PNs and of control Schwann cells (SCs) that we believe mimic more closely the in vivo condition than conventional two-dimensional (2D) cell culture...
October 18, 2017: Experimental Neurology
Mark Brink, Beat Schäffer, Reto Pieren, Jean Marc Wunderli
This article presents empirically derived conversion rules between the environmental noise exposure metrics Leq24h, LDay, LEvening, LNight, Ldn, and Lden for the noise sources road, rail and air traffic. It caters to researchers that need to estimate the value of one (unknown) noise metric from the value of another (known) metric, e.g. in the scope of epidemiological meta-analyses or systematic reviews, when results from different studies are pooled and need to be related to one common exposure metric. Conversion terms are derived using two empirical methods a) based on analyzing the diurnal variation of traffic, and b) by analyzing differences between calculated noise exposure metrics...
October 9, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
V Campbell, C McGrath, A Corry
Hailey-Hailey disease (chronic benign familial pemphigus) is a rare inherited dermatosis typically characterised by erosions at intertriginous sites preceded by minor trauma or stress. We report a case of treatment resistant Hailey-Hailey disease, having failed topical and oral steroids, prophylactic acyclovir and doxycycline, and systemic therapies including dapsone, acitretin and ciclosporin. Low dose naltrexone (LDN) 4.5mg one daily was commenced following an incidental benefit in this patient's similarly affected sister...
October 9, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
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