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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161804/importance-of-biological-ultrafine-particles-in-indoor-dust-as-a-pathogenesis-of-chronic-inflammatory-lung-diseases
#1
Young-Koo Jee, Jinho Yang, Yoon-Keun Kim, You-Young Kim, Tae Soo Kang
The role of infectious agents in the etiology of inflammatory diseases once believed to be non-infectious is increasingly being recognized. Many bacterial components in the indoor dust can evoke inflammatory lung diseases. Bacteria secrete nanometer-sized vesicles into the extracellular milieu, so-called extracellular vesicles (EVs). which are pathophysiologically related to inflammatory diseases. Microbiota compositions in the indoor dust revealed the presence of both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Health and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161751/the-jellyfish-sign-a-new-sonographic-cervical-marker-to%C3%A2-predict-maternal-morbidity-in-abnormally-invasive-placenta-previa
#2
Emma Bertucci, Filomena Giulia Sileo, Giovanni Grandi, Valentina Fenu, Carlotta Cani, Luciano Mancini, Ema Mataca, Fabio Facchinetti
Purpose To investigate the value of a new cervical sonographic sign, called the jellyfish sign (JS), for predicting the risk of maternal morbidity in cases of abnormally invasive placenta (AIP) previa totalis. Materials and Methods Retrospective evaluation of transvaginal (TV) and transabdominal (TA) scans performed in all singleton pregnancies with placenta previa totalis. JS, i. e. the absence of the normal linear demarcation between the placenta previa and the cervix, was evaluated by TV scans. The presence/severity of AIP and outcomes of maternal morbidity were related to this sign...
November 21, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161701/yin-yang-1-dynamically-regulates-antiviral-innate-immune-responses-during-viral-infection
#3
Jie Zan, Hao Zhang, Ai-Ping Gu, Kai-Lun Zhong, Min-Yi Lu, Xiao-Xin Bai, Jin-Yang Zhang, Jun Cai
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Type I interferon (IFN-1) production and IFN-1 signaling play critical roles in the host antiviral innate immune responses. Although transcription factor Yin Yang 1 (YY1) has been reported to have a dual activator/repressor role during the regulation of interferon beta (IFN-β) promoter activity, the roles of YY1 in the regulation of upstream signaling pathways leading to IFN-1 induction and IFN-1 signaling during viral infection remain to be elucidated. METHODS: The roles of YY1 in IFN-1 production and IFN-1 signaling were investigated using immunoblotting, real-time PCR, small interfering RNA (siRNA)-mediated YY1 knockdown, YY1 overexpression by transient transfection, and co-immunoprecipitation, using mouse cells...
November 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161662/deiodination-of-iopamidol-by-zero-valent-iron-zvi-enhances-formation-of-iodinated-disinfection-by-products-during-chloramination
#4
Huiyu Dong, Zhimin Qiang, Junfeng Lian, Jin Li, Jianwei Yu, Jiuhui Qu
Iodinated X-ray contrast media (ICM) is considered as one of iodine sources for formation of toxic iodinated disinfection byproducts (I-DBPs) during disinfection. This study investigated transformation of a typical ICM, iopamidol (IPM) by zero valent iron (ZVI) and the effect of transformation on the formation of I-DBPs during chloramination. It was found that the presence of ZVI could deiodinate IPM into I(-) and the transformation of IPM exhibited a pseudo-first-order kinetics. Acidic circumstance, SO4(2-), Cl(-) and monochloramine could promote the transformation of IPM by ZVI, while SiO3(2-) inhibited the transformation of IPM...
November 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161622/on-denny-brown-s-spastic-dystonia-what-is-it-and-what-causes-it
#5
REVIEW
Jakob Lorentzen, Maud Pradines, Jean-Michel Gracies, Jens Bo Nielsen
In this review, we will work around two simple definitions of two different entities, which most often co-exist in patients with lesions to central motor pathways: Spasticity is "Enhanced excitability of velocity-dependent responses to phasic stretch at rest", which will not be the subject of this review, while Spastic dystonia is tonic, chronic, involuntary muscle contraction in the absence of any stretch or any voluntary command (Gracies, 2005). Spastic dystonia is a much less well understood entity that will be the subject this review...
November 4, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161581/dna-rna-hybrid-substrates-modulate-the-catalytic-activity-of-purified-aid
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Hala S Abdouni, Justin J King, Atefeh Ghorbani, Heather Fifield, Lesley Berghuis, Mani Larijani
Activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) converts cytidine to uridine at Immunoglobulin (Ig) loci, initiating somatic hypermutation and class switching of antibodies. In vitro, AID acts on single stranded DNA (ssDNA), but neither double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) oligonucleotides nor RNA, and it is believed that transcription is the in vivo generator of ssDNA targeted by AID. It is also known that the Ig loci, particularly the switch (S) regions targeted by AID are rich in transcription-generated DNA/RNA hybrids...
November 18, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161476/-spatial-distribution-of-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae-in-the-rural-area-of-two-municipalities-of-cundinamarca-colombia
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Laura Cabezas, Wilson Cabanzo, Fernando Santa, Victor Alberto Olano, Diana Sarmiento, Sandra Vargas, Juan Felipe Jaramillo, Thor-Axel Stenstrom, Hans J Overgaard, María Inés Matiz
INTRODUCTION: It is difficult to adapt or create new strategies for dengue control in rural areas due to the dispersion of homes and the lack of knowledge about the presence and behavior of the vector in these areas. Spatial data analysis could help understand time and space dynamics related to the transmission of vector-borne diseases in rural areas and, thus, contribute to the prevention and control of dengue. OBJECTIVE: To determine the probability of the presence of the dengue vector Aedes aegypti in the rural area of the municipalities of Anapoima and La Mesa, in the central area of Colombia...
March 29, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161457/the-soluble-guanylate-cyclase-cyg12-is-required-for-the-acclimation-to-hypoxia-and-trophic-regimes-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#8
Melis Düner, Jan Lambertz, Carolin Mügge, Anja Hemschemeier
Oxygenic phototrophs frequently encounter environmental conditions that result in intracellular energy crises. Growth of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii in hypoxia in the light depends on acclimatory responses of which the induction of photosynthetic cyclic electron flow is essential. The microalga cannot grow in the absence of molecular oxygen (O2 ) in the dark, although it possesses an elaborate fermentation metabolism. Not much is known about how the microalga senses and signals the lack of O2 or about its survival strategies during energy crises...
November 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161447/dna-polymerase-beta-participates-in-dna-end-joining
#9
Sreerupa Ray, Gregory Breuer, Michelle DeVeaux, Daniel Zelterman, Ranjit Bindra, Joann B Sweasy
DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) are one of the most deleterious lesions and if left unrepaired, they lead to cell death, genomic instability and carcinogenesis. Cells combat DSBs by two pathways: homologous recombination (HR) and non-homologous end-joining (NHEJ), wherein the two DNA ends are re-joined. Recently a back-up NHEJ pathway has been reported and is referred to as alternative NHEJ (aNHEJ), which joins ends but results in deletions and insertions. NHEJ requires processing enzymes including nucleases and polymerases, although the roles of these enzymes are poorly understood...
November 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161381/dynamic-change-in-left-ventricular-apical-back-rotation-a-marker-of-diastolic-suction-with-exercise
#10
Sung-Jin Hong, Chi Young Shim, Darae Kim, In-Jeong Cho, Geu-Ru Hong, Sun-Ha Moon, Hyun-Jin Lee, Jin-Kyung Lee, Donghoon Choi, Yangsoo Jang, Jong-Won Ha
Aims: We hypothesized that the absence of a decrease in minimal left ventricular (LV) pressure during exercise would be associated with impaired LV apical back rotation during exercise. Methods and results: A total of 21 patients (59 ± 10 years) underwent invasive LV pressure measurements and simultaneous echocardiography at rest and during submaximal supine bicycle exercise. Patients were classified according to the changes in minimal LV pressure from rest to maximal exercise (Δminimal LVP); Group 1 (n = 8) had a decrease in minimal LV pressure with exercise, whereas Group 2 (n = 13) had an increase in minimal LV pressure...
November 17, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161347/pharmacological-blockage-of-the-cxcr4-cxcl12-axis-in-endometriosis-leads-to-contrasting-effects-in-proliferation-migration-and-invasion
#11
Abigail Ruiz, Lynnette Ruiz, Mariano Colón-Caraballo, Bryan J Torres-Collazo, Janice B Monteiro, Manuel Bayona, Asgerally T Fazleabas, Idhaliz Flores
High levels of inflammatory factors including chemokines have been reported in peritoneal fluid and blood of women with endometriosis. CXCL12 mediates its action by interaction with its specific receptor, CXCR4, which has been reported to be elevated in human endometriosis lesions and in the rat model of endometriosis. Activation of the CXCR4-CXCL12 axis increases cell proliferation, migration and invasion of cancer cells. To obtain insights into the CXCR4 expression profile in lesions and endometrium, as well as functionality of the CXCR4-CXCL12 axis in endometriosis we analysed the expression of CXCR4 in tissues on a human tissue array and studied CXCL12-mediated activation of proliferation, invasion, and migration in vitro...
November 17, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161340/prefrontal-executive-control-rescues-risk-for-anxiety-associated-with-high-threat-and-low-reward-brain-function
#12
Matthew A Scult, Annchen R Knodt, Spenser R Radtke, Bartholomew D Brigidi, Ahmad R Hariri
Compared with neural biomarkers of risk for mental illness, little is known about biomarkers of resilience. We explore if greater executive control-related prefrontal activity may function as a resilience biomarker by "rescuing" risk associated with higher threat-related amygdala and lower reward-related ventral striatum activity. Functional MRI was used to assay baseline threat-related amygdala, reward-related ventral striatum, and executive control-related prefrontal activity in 120 young adult volunteers...
November 17, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161301/detection-and-quantification-of-dengue-virus-using-a-novel-biosensor-system-based-on-dengue-ns3-protease-activity
#13
Ming-Shu Hsieh, Mei-Yu Chen, Chun-Hsiang Hsieh, Chien-Hsiung Pan, Guann-Yi Yu, Hsin-Wei Chen
BACKGROUND: The traditional methods, plaque assays and immuno-focus assays, used to titrate infectious dengue virus (DENV) particles are time consuming and labor intensive. Here, we developed a DENV protease activity detection system (DENPADS) to visualize DENV infection in cells based on dengue protease activity. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Dengue NS3 protease cleaves NS4B-NS5. BHK-21 cells stably expressing the sensor module comprising DENV-2 NS4 and the 10 amino-terminal amino acids of NS5 (N10NS5) fused with the SV40 nuclear localization signal (NLS) and Cre recombinase (Cre), were generated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161288/switch-to-maraviroc-with-darunavir-r-both-qd-in-patients-with-suppressed-hiv-1-was-well-tolerated-but-virologically-inferior-to-standard-antiretroviral-therapy-48-week-results-of-a-randomized-trial
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Barbara Rossetti, Roberta Gagliardini, Genny Meini, Gaetana Sterrantino, Vincenzo Colangeli, Maria Carla Re, Alessandra Latini, Manuela Colafigli, Francesca Vignale, Stefano Rusconi, Valeria Micheli, Antonio Di Biagio, Giancarlo Orofino, Valeria Ghisetti, Alessandra Fantauzzi, Vincenzo Vullo, Pierfrancesco Grima, Daniela Francisci, Claudio Mastroianni, Andrea Antinori, Michele Trezzi, Lucia Lisi, Pierluigi Navarra, Benedetta Canovari, Antonella D'Arminio Monforte, Silvia Lamonica, Alessandro D'Avino, Maurizio Zazzi, Simona Di Giambenedetto, Andrea De Luca
OBJECTIVES: Primary study outcome was absence of treatment failure (virological failure, VF, or treatment interruption) per protocol at week 48. METHODS: Patients on 3-drug ART with stable HIV-1 RNA <50 copies/mL and CCR5-tropic virus were randomized 1:1 to maraviroc with darunavir/ritonavir qd (study arm) or continue current ART (continuation arm). RESULTS: In June 2015, 115 patients were evaluable for the primary outcome (56 study, 59 continuation arm)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161013/intelligent-peptide-gathering-mechanical-arm-tames-wild-trojan-horse-peptides-for-the-controlled-delivery-of-cancer-nanotherapeutics
#15
Nian-Qiu Shi, Yan Li, Yong Zhang, Nan Shen, Ling Qi, Shu-Ran Wang, Xian-Rong Qi
Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs), also called "Trojan-Horse" peptides, have been used for facilitating intracellular delivery of numerous diverse cargoes and even nanocarriers. However, the lack of targeting specificity ("wildness" or nonselectivity) of CPP-nanocarriers remains an intractable challenge for many in vivo applications. In this work, we used an intelligent "peptide-gathering mechanical arm" (Int PMA) to curb CPPs' wildness and enhance the selectivity of R9-liposome-based cargo delivery for tumor targeting...
November 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160870/engineering-high-performance-hairpin-stacking-circuits-for-logic-gate-operation-and-highly-sensitive-biosensing-assay-of-microrna
#16
Yueli Xing, Xinmin Li, Taixian Yuan, Wei Cheng, Dandan Li, Tianxiao Yu, Xiaojuan Ding, Shijia Ding
Recently, hairpin stacking circuits (HSC) based on toehold-mediated strand displacement have been engineered to detect nucleic acids and proteins. However, the three metastable hairpins in a HSC system can potentially react non-specifically in the absence of a catalyst, limiting its practical application. Here, we developed a unique hairpin design guideline to eliminate circuit leakage of HSC, and the high-performance HSC was successfully implemented on logic gate building and biosensing. We began by analyzing the sources of circuit leakage and optimizing the toehold lengths of hairpins in the HSC system based on the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technique...
November 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160845/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-sequestration-enhances-in-vivo-cartilage-formation
#17
Carolina M Medeiros Da Cunha, Valeria Perugini, Petra Bernegger, Matteo Centola, Andrea Barbero, Anna L Guildford, Matteo Santin, Andrea Banfi, Ivan Martin, Anna Marsano
Autologous chondrocyte transplantation for cartilage repair still has unsatisfactory clinical outcomes because of inter-donor variability and poor cartilage quality formation. Re-differentiation of monolayer-expanded human chondrocytes is not easy in the absence of potent morphogens. The Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) plays a master role in angiogenesis and in negatively regulating cartilage growth by stimulating vascular invasion and ossification. Therefore, we hypothesized that its sole microenvironmental blockade by either VEGF sequestration by soluble VEGF receptor-2 (Flk-1) or by antiangiogenic hyperbranched peptides could improve chondrogenesis of expanded human nasal chondrocytes (NC) freshly seeded on collagen scaffolds...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160843/public-and-healthcare-professionals-knowledge-and-attitudes-toward-binge-eating-disorder-a-narrative-review
#18
REVIEW
Deborah Lynn Reas
Binge eating disorder (BED) is characterized by recurrent binge eating and marked distress in the absence of inappropriate compensatory behaviors for weight control. BED is prevalent in men and women, is associated with elevated psychosocial and functional impairment, and is associated strongly with obesity and related medical comorbidities. The aim is to provide a brief, state-of-the-art review of the major and recent findings to inform educational and awareness campaigns, stigma reduction interventions, as well as current clinical practice and future research...
November 21, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160733/potential-impact-of-inorganic-nanoparticles-on-macronutrient-digestion-titanium-dioxide-nanoparticles-slightly-reduce-lipid-digestion-under-simulated-gastrointestinal-conditions
#19
Qian Li, Ti Li, Chengmei Liu, Glen DeLoid, Georgios Pyrgiotakis, Philip Demokritou, Ruojie Zhang, Hang Xiao, David Julian McClements
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles are used in some food products to alter their optical properties, such as whiteness or brightness. These additives typically contain a population of TiO2 nanoparticles (d < 100 nm), which has led to concern about their potential toxicity. The objective of this study was to examine the impact of TiO2 particles on the gastrointestinal fate of oil-in-water emulsions using a simulated gastrointestinal tract (GIT) that includes mouth, stomach, and small intestine phases...
November 21, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160626/film-forming-properties-of-cissus-pulpunea-guill-and-perr-and-irvingia-gabonensis-o-rorke-gums
#20
Tolulope Omolola Ajala, Hope Idemudia Olaiya, Oluwatoyin Adepeju Odeku
BACKGROUND: Natural polymers such as gums have gained attention in drug delivery systems due to their availability, compatibility and degradation under natural and physiological conditions. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to investigate the film forming properties of gums obtained from the stem of Cissus polpunea (Guill and Perr) and the seed of Irvingia gabonensis (O'Rorke). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Gums were extracted from the relevant plant parts and characterized using functional, proximate and elemental properties...
January 2017: Polimery W Medycynie
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