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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684808/tissue-interactions-and-estrogenic-response-during-human-female-fetal-reproductive-tract-development
#1
Gerald R Cunha, Takeshi Kurita, Mei Cao, Joel Shen, Paul S Cooke, Stanley J Robboy, Laurence S Baskin
The role of tissue interactions was explored to determine whether epithelial differentiation within the developing human reproductive tract is induced and specified by mesenchyme in tissue recombinants composed of mouse vaginal mesenchyme + human uterine tubal epithelium (mVgM+hTubE). The tissue recombinants were grown in DES-treated ovariectomized athymic mice. After 2-4 weeks of in vivo growth, several vaginal specific features were expressed in the human tubal epithelium. The mesenchyme-induced effects included morphological change as well as expression of several immunohistochemical markers...
April 18, 2018: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684762/never-non-daily-and-daily-smoking-status-and-progression-to-daily-cigarette-smoking-as-correlates-of-major-depressive-episode-in-a-national-sample-of-youth-results-from-the-national-survey-of-drug-use-and-health-2013-to-2015
#2
Amy M Cohn
BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking is associated with depression, and new initiates who progress more quickly to daily smoking may be at enhanced risk. In a nationally representative sample of youth, this study examined the association between daily, non-daily, and never smoking with past-year and lifetime major depressive episode (MDE) and, among daily smokers, whether faster progression to daily smoking was associated with increased MDE risk. METHODS: Data were from n = 44,921 youth aged 12-17 in the 2013-2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health...
March 2, 2018: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684697/new-arene-ruthenium-ii-complexes-of-4%C3%A2-aryl%C3%A2-4h%C3%A2-naphthopyrans-with-anticancer-and-anti-vascular-activities
#3
Florian Schmitt, Jana Kasparkova, Viktor Brabec, Gerrit Begemann, Rainer Schobert, Bernhard Biersack
A series of four 2‑amino‑3‑cyano‑4‑(3/4‑pyridyl)‑4H‑benzo[h]chromenes 2a-d and their dichlorido(p‑cymene)ruthenium(II) complexes 3a-d were tested for antiproliferative, vascular-disruptive, anti-angiogenic and DNA-binding activity. The coordination of the 4‑pyridyl‑4H‑naphthopyrans 2 to ruthenium led to complexes with pleiotropic effects. Unlike the free ligands 2a-d, their ruthenium complexes 3a-d showed a significant affinity for DNA as demonstrated by electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSA) and ethidium bromide assays...
April 5, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684682/identification-and-validation-nucleolin-as-a-target-of-curcumol-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-cells
#4
Juan Wang, Jiacai Wu, Xumei Li, Haowei Liu, Jianli Qin, Zhun Bai, Bixia Chi, Chen Xu
Identification of the specific protein target(s) of a drug is a critical step in unraveling its mechanisms of action (MOA) in many natural products. Curcumol, isolated from well known Chinese medicinal plant Curcuma zedoary, has been shown to possess multiple biological activities. It can inhibit nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) proliferation and induce apoptosis, but its target protein(s) in NPC cells remains unclear. In this study, we employed a mass spectrometry-based chemical proteomics approach reveal the possible protein targets of curcumol in NPC cells...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684618/everolimus-is-a-new-anti-cancer-molecule-metabolic-side-effects-as-lipid-disorders-and-hyperglycemia
#5
REVIEW
L Morviducci, F Rota, L Rizza, P Di Giacinto, S Ramponi, M R Nardone, C Tubili, A Lenzi, P Zuppi, R Baldelli
In the last few years, molecular targeted therapies have replaced traditional cytotoxic chemotherapy in the fight against many cancers to the extent that our understanding of tumor biology has become more sophisticated. This shift has markedly changed adverse event profiles, compared to cytotoxic chemotherapy, affecting a diverse range of organ systems. Everolimus was approved by the FDA in 2011 for the treatment of progressive pancreatic NE tumors (Yao, 2011; Jensenn, 2012). It is an inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and exhibits antitumor activity via disruption of various signaling pathways and it's used in the treatment of advanced renal cell cancer, breast cancer and neuroendocrine tumors (NET); it's used also as anti-rejection agent for transplantation but with lower doses for anti-rejection (1...
April 20, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684473/improved-cognitive-morning-performance-in-healthy-older-adults-following-blue-enriched-light-exposure-on-the-previous-evening
#6
Karine Scheuermaier, Mirjam Münch, Joseph M Ronda, Jeanne F Duffy
OBJECTIVES: Exposure to light can have acute alerting and circadian phase-shifting effects. This study investigated the effects of evening exposure to blue-enriched polychromatic white (BEL) vs. polychromatic white light (WL) on sleep inertia dissipation the following morning in older adults. METHODS: Ten healthy older adults (average age = 63.3 yrs; 6 F) participated in a 13-day study comprising three baseline days, an initial circadian phase assessment, four days with 2-h evening light exposures, a post light exposure circadian phase assessment and three recovery days...
April 20, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684385/upregulation-of-ca-v-3-2-t-type-calcium-channels-in-adjacent-intact-l4-dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-in-neuropathic-pain-rats-with-l5-spinal-nerve-ligation
#7
Qing-Ying Liu, Wen Chen, Shuang Cui, Fei-Fei Liao, Ming Yi, Feng-Yu Liu, You Wan
Besides the injured peripheral dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons, the adjacent intact DRG neurons also have important roles in neuropathic pain. Ion channels including Cav 3.2 T-type calcium channel in the DRG neurons are important in the development of neuropathic pain. In the present study, we aimed to examine the expression of Cav 3.2 T-type calcium channels in the intact DRG neurons in neuropathic pain. A neuropathic pain model of rat with lumbar 5 (L5) spinal nerve ligation (SNL) was established, in which the L4 DRG was separated from the axotomized L5 DRG, and the molecular, morphological and electrophysiological changes of Cav 3...
April 20, 2018: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684379/effect-of-a-long-term-treatment-with-metformin-in-dystrophic-mdx-mice-a-reconsideration-of-its-potential-clinical-interest-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#8
Paola Mantuano, Francesca Sanarica, Elena Conte, Maria Grazia Morgese, Roberta Francesca Capogrosso, Anna Cozzoli, Adriano Fonzino, Angelo Quaranta, Jean-Francois Rolland, Michela De Bellis, Giulia Maria Camerino, Luigia Trabace, Annamaria De Luca
The pharmacological stimulation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) via metabolic enhancers has been proposed as potential therapeutic strategy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Metformin, a widely-prescribed anti-hyperglycemic drug which activates AMPK via mitochondrial respiratory chain, has been recently tested in DMD patients in synergy with nitric oxide (NO)-precursors, with encouraging results. However, preclinical data supporting the use of metformin in DMD are still poor, and its actions on skeletal muscle appear controversial...
April 20, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684361/high-frequency-of-ovarian-cyst-development-in-vhl-2b-snf5-mice
#9
Yasumichi Kuwahara, Leslie M Kennedy, Anthony N Karnezis, E Lorena Mora-Blanco, Arlin B Rogers, Christopher D Fletcher, David G Huntsman, Charles W M Roberts, W Kimryn Rathmell, Bernard E Weissman
The new paradigm of mutations in chromatin modifying genes as driver events in the development of cancers has proved challenging to resolve the complex influences over disease phenotypes. In particular, impaired activities of members of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complex have appeared in an increasing variety of tumors. Mutations in SNF5, a member of this ubiquitously expressed complex, arise in almost all cases of malignant rhabdoid tumor in the absence of additional genetic alterations. Therefore, we studied how activation of additional oncogenic pathways might shift the phenotype of disease driven by SNF5 loss...
April 20, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684328/visual-outcomes-after-implantation-of-a-segmental-refractive-multifocal-intraocular-lens-following-cataract-surgery
#10
Thomas Kohnen, Eva Hemkeppler, Michael Herzog, Sabrina Schönbrunn, Nina DeLorenzo, Kerstin Petermann, Myriam Böhm
PURPOSE: To evaluate visual outcomes with particular attention to intermediate visual acuity (VA), of a segmental refractive multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) with optimized depth of focus (DoF) DESIGN: Prospective, noncomparative case series. METHODS: Setting: Department of Ophthalmology, Goethe University, Frankfurt/Germany. PATIENT OR STUDY POPULATION: Fifty eyes (25 patients) were included. INCLUSION CRITERIA: bilateral cataract, age >45 years, corneal astigmatism ≤0...
April 20, 2018: American Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684311/tfam-is-required-for-maturation-of-the-fetal-and-adult-intestinal-epithelium
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Manasa Srivillibhuthur, Bailey N Warder, Natalie H Toke, Pooja P Shah, Qiang Feng, Nan Gao, Edward M Bonder, Michael P Verzi
During development, the embryo transitions from a metabolism favoring glycolysis to a metabolism favoring mitochondrial respiration. How metabolic shifts regulate developmental processes, or how developmental processes regulate metabolic shifts, remains unclear. To test the requirement of mitochondrial function in developing endoderm-derived tissues, we genetically inactivated the mitochondrial transcription factor, Tfam, using the Shh-Cre driver. Tfam mutants did not survive postnatally, exhibiting defects in lung development...
April 20, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684282/biosynthesis-and-conformational-properties-of-the-irregular-sesquiterpenoids-isothapsadiene-and-%C3%AE-isothapsenol
#12
Laurence G Cool, Karl E Vermillion, Gary R Takeoka, Selina C Wang, Dean J Tantillo
A carbocation cyclization/rearrangement mechanism for the biosynthesis of isothapsadiene and β-isothapsenol is shown to be energetically viable on the basis of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. In addition, for both isothapsadiene and β-isothapsenol, variable-temperature NMR experiments reveal two equilibrium conformers that undergo hindered exchange. The identities of these conformers, which are related by a chair-flip, are confirmed by DFT calculations on their structures, energies, 1H and 13C chemical shifts and interconversion pathway...
April 23, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684220/osteoarthritis-time-for-us-all-to-shift-the-needle
#13
David J Hunter
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 1, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684130/genomic-insights-into-the-evolution-and-ecology-of-botulinum-neurotoxins
#14
Michael J Mansfield, Andrew C Doxey
Clostridial neurotoxins, which include botulinum and tetanus neurotoxins, have evolved a remarkably sophisticated structure and molecular mechanism fine-tuned for the targeting and cleavage of vertebrate neuron substrates leading to muscular paralysis. How and why did this toxin evolve? From which ancestral proteins are BoNTs derived? And what is, or was, the primary ecological role of BoNTs in the environment? In this article, we examine these questions in light of recent studies identifying homologs of BoNTs in the genomes of non-clostridial bacteria, including Weissella, Enterococcus, and Chryseobacterium...
April 19, 2018: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684031/computationally-identified-novel-agonists-for-gprc6a
#15
Min Pi, Karan Kapoor, Ruisong Ye, Dong-Jin Hwang, Duane D Miller, Jeremy C Smith, Jerome Baudry, L Darryl Quarles
New insights into G protein coupled receptor regulation of glucose metabolism by β-cells, skeletal muscle and liver hepatocytes identify GPRC6A as a potential therapeutic target for treating type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2D). Activating GPRC6A with a small molecule drug represents a potential paradigm-shifting opportunity to make significant strides in regulating glucose homeostasis by simultaneously correcting multiple metabolic derangements that underlie T2D, including abnormalities in β-cell proliferation and insulin secretion and peripheral insulin resistance...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29684021/laboratory-and-molecular-surveillance-of-paediatric-typhoidal-salmonella-in-nepal-antimicrobial-resistance-and-implications-for-vaccine-policy
#16
Carl D Britto, Zoe A Dyson, Sebastian Duchene, Michael J Carter, Meeru Gurung, Dominic F Kelly, David R Murdoch, Imran Ansari, Stephen Thorson, Shrijana Shrestha, Neelam Adhikari, Gordon Dougan, Kathryn E Holt, Andrew J Pollard
BACKGROUND: Children are substantially affected by enteric fever in most settings with a high burden of the disease, including Nepal. However pathogen population structure and transmission dynamics are poorly delineated in young children, the proposed target group for immunization programs. Here we present whole genome sequencing and antimicrobial susceptibility data on 198 S. Typhi and 66 S. Paratyphi A isolated from children aged 2 months to 15 years of age during blood culture surveillance at Patan Hospital, Nepal, 2008-2016...
April 23, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29683984/effects-of-progressive-addition-lens-wear-on-digital-work-in-pre-presbyopes
#17
Chea-Su Kee, Tsz Wing Leung, Ka-Hung Kan, Christie Hang-I Lam
SIGNIFICANCE: Growing popularity of handheld digital devices imposes significant challenges to our visual system and clinical management. This study aimed to determine the effects of lens design on parameters that may influence the refractive management of pre-presbyopic adult computer users. PURPOSE: To determine the effects of wearing conventional single-vision lenses (SVL) versus progressive addition lenses (PAL) on the working distance and refractive status...
April 20, 2018: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29683966/intracranial-space-occupying-lesion-inducing-intracranial-hypertension-increases-the-encephalographic-effects-of-isoflurane-in-a-swine-model
#18
Tadayoshi Kurita, Shingo Kawashima, Koji Morita, Yoshiki Nakajima
BACKGROUND: Patients with a brain tumor are susceptible to the hypnotic effect of anesthetics depending on the tumor's size. We investigated whether intracranial space-occupying lesions (ICSOLs) inducing intracranial hypertension increase isoflurane's effect on electroencephalographic (EEG) results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After anesthetic induction with isoflurane, 11 swine were studied with regard to isoflurane's effect on EEGs at 0.5% to 2.0% inhalational concentration at sequential stages: baseline 1, ICSOL 1, baseline 2, ICSOL 2, baseline 3...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29683867/communication-among-team-members-within-the-patient-centered-medical-home-and-patient-satisfaction-with-providers-the-mediating-role-of-patient-provider-communication
#19
Susan E Stockdale, Danielle Rose, Jill E Darling, Lisa S Meredith, Christian D Helfrich, Timothy R Dresselhaus, Philip Roos, Lisa V Rubenstein
BACKGROUND: The Patient-centered Medical Home (PCMH) uses team-based care to improve patient outcomes, including satisfaction. The quality of patients' communication with their primary care providers (PCPs) is a key determinant of patient satisfaction. A shift to team-based care could disrupt the therapeutic relationship between patients and their PCPs and reduce patient satisfaction if communication and coordination among primary care team members is poor. Little is known about the relationship between intrateam communication within a PCMH and patient satisfaction with PCPs, and whether patient-provider communication might mediate this relationship...
April 21, 2018: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29683777/relationship-between-posturography-clinical-balance-and-executive-function-in-parkinson%C3%A2-s-disease
#20
Carolina de Oliveira Souza, Mariana Callil Voos, Alessandra Ferreira Barbosa, Janini Chen, Debora Cristina Valente Francato, Matija Milosevic, Milos Popovic, Erich Talamoni Fonoff, Hsin Fen Chien, Egberto Reis Barbosa
This study aimed to evaluate the relationship between posturography, clinical balance, and executive function tests in Parkinson´s disease (PD). Seventy-one people participated in the study. Static posturography evaluated the center of pressure fluctuations in quiet standing and dynamic posturography assessed sit-to-stand, tandem walk, and step over an obstacle. Functional balance was evaluated by Berg Balance Scale, MiniBESTest, and Timed Up and Go test. Executive function was assessed by Trail Making Test (TMT) and semantic verbal fluency test...
April 23, 2018: Journal of Motor Behavior
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