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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449155/mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-effect-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-with-ppar-%C3%AE-agonist-or-exendin-4
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Mohamed Abd Elaziz Wassef, Ola M Tork, Laila A Rashed, Walaa Ibrahim, Heba Morsi, Dina Mohamed Mekawy Rabie
Therapy targeting mitochondria may provide novel ways to treat diabetes and its complications. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR-γ) agonists and exendin-4; an analog of glucagon-like peptide-1 have shown cardioprotective properties in many cardiac injury models. So, we evaluated their effects in diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) in relation to mitochondrial dysfunction. This work included seven groups of adult male albino rats: the control group, the non-treated diabetic group, and the treated diabetic groups: one group was treated with MSCs only, the second with pioglitazone only, the third with MSCs and pioglitazone, the forth with exendin-4 only and the fifth with MSCs and exendin-4...
April 27, 2017: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448849/regulation-of-the-human-papillomavirus-type-16-late-promoter-by-transcriptional-elongation
#2
William K Songock, Matthew L Scott, Jason M Bodily
Transcripts from the late promoter of human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) are upregulated upon host cell differentiation. Differentiation-dependent transcript regulation is thought to sequester viral antigens in the uppermost epithelial layers, facilitating immune evasion. The mechanisms regulating late promoter upregulation during differentiation are poorly characterized. We show that the late promoter is upregulated at the transcriptional level and that the viral enhancer stimulates promoter activity. Using kinase inhibition and chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis, we show evidence for differentiation-dependent enhancement of transcript elongation...
April 24, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448790/drinking-and-driving-behavior-at-stop-signs-and-red-lights
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Jingyan Wan, Changxu Wu, Yiqi Zhang, Rebecca J Houston, Chang Wen Chen, Panya Chanawangsa
Alcohol is one of the principal risk factors for motor vehicle crashes. One factor that contributes to vehicle crashes is noncompliance with stop signs and red lights. The present experiment investigated the effects of alcohol and drinking patterns on driving behavior at stop signs and red lights. 28 participants participated in drinking and simulated driving sessions during which they received a moderate dose of alcohol (0.08% BAC) or a placebo. Simulated driving tasks measured participants' driving performance at stop signs and red lights in response to each dose...
April 24, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448178/what-is-being-measured-a-comparison-of-two-depressive-symptom-severity-instruments-with-a-depression-diagnosis-in-low-income-high-risk-mothers
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Jenny Yang, Maria Martinez, Todd A Schwartz, Linda Beeber
BACKGROUND: Adequate assessment of depressive symptomatology is a necessary step toward decreasing income-related mental health treatment inequity. No studies have focused on comparing instruments used to detect depression in women from low-income backgrounds who are mothers of young children-a period of increased risk for depressive symptoms. METHODS: To address this gap, two commonly used instruments (Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale [CES-D] and Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression [Hamilton]) were compared with a depression diagnosis (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition [DSM-V]) in a sample (n = 251) of mothers from low-income backgrounds with children ranging from 1 to 54 months old...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448173/high-beam-headlamp-use-rates-effects-of-rurality-proximity-of-other-traffic-and-roadway-curvature
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Ian J Reagan, Matthew L Brumbelow, Michael J Flannagan, John M Sullivan
OBJECTIVE: The few observational studies of the prevalence of high beam use indicate the rate of high beam use is about 25% when vehicles are isolated from other vehicles on unlit roads. Recent studies were limited to two-lane rural roads and used measurement methods that likely overestimated use. The current study examined factors associated with the rate of high beam use of isolated vehicles on a variety of roadways in the Ann Arbor, Michigan, area. METHODS: Twenty observation sites were categorized as urban, rural, or on a rural/urban boundary and selected to estimate the effects of street lighting, road curvature, and direction of travel relative to the city on high beam use...
April 27, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448054/lipid-droplet-isolation-for-quantitative-mass-spectrometry-analysis
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Kathrin Rösch, Marcel Kwiatkowski, Hartmut Schlüter, Eva Herker
Lipid droplets are vital to the replication of a variety of different pathogens, most prominently the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), as the putative site of virion morphogenesis. Quantitative lipid droplet proteome analysis can be used to identify proteins that localize to or are displaced from lipid droplets under conditions such as virus infections. Here, we describe a protocol that has been successfully used to characterize the changes in the lipid droplet proteome following infection with HCV. We use Stable Isotope Labeling with Amino Acids in Cell Culture (SILAC) and thus label the complete proteome of one population of cells with "heavy" amino acids to quantitate the proteins by mass spectrometry...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447698/anisotropic-metal-nanoparticles-for-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering
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Javier Reguera, Judith Langer, Dorleta Jiménez de Aberasturi, Luis M Liz-Marzán
The optimization of the enhancement of Raman scattering by plasmonic effects is largely determined by the properties of the enhancing substrates. The main parameters behind this effect are related to the morphology of plasmonic nanoparticles and their relative distribution within the substrate. We focus this tutorial review on the effects of nanoparticle morphology, for the particular case of anisotropic metal nanoparticles. Anisotropy in silver and gold nanoparticles offers the possibility to tailor their plasmonic properties and intrinsic electromagnetic "hotspots"...
April 27, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447574/optimized-longitudinal-monitoring-of-stem-cell-grafts-in-mouse-brain-using-a-novel-bioluminescent-near-infrared-fluorescent-fusion-reporter
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Laura Mezzanotte, Juvita Delancy Iljas, Ivo Que, Alan Chan, Eric Kaijzel, Rob Hoeben, Clemens Löwik
<p>Biodistribution and fate of transplanted stem cells via longitudinal monitoring has been successfully achievedin the last decade using optical imaging. However, sensitive longitudinal imaging of transplanted stem cells in deep tissue like the brain remains challenging not only due to low light penetration but because of other factors such as low or inferior expression levels of optical reporters in stem cells and stem cell death after transplantation. Here we describe an optimized imaging protocol for sensitive long term monitoring of human bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) expressing a novel bioluminescent/near infrared fluorescent (NIRF) fusion reporter transplanted in mouse brain cortex...
April 26, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447450/band-bending-of-ga-polar-gan-interfaced-with-al2o3-through-ultraviolet-ozone-treatment
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Kwangeun Kim, Jae Ha Ryu, Jisoo Kim, Sang June Cho, Dong Liu, Jeongpil Park, In-Kyu Lee, Baxter Moody, Weidong Zhou, John Albrecht, Zhenqiang Ma
Understanding the band bending at the interface of GaN/dielectric under different surface treatment conditions is critically important for device design, device performance, and device reliability. The effects of ultraviolet/ozone (UV/O3) treatment of the GaN surface on the energy band bending of atomic-layer-deposition (ALD) Al2O3 coated Ga-polar GaN were studied. The UV/O3 treatment and post-ALD anneal can be used to effectively vary the band bending, valence band offset, conduction band offset, and interface dipole at the Al2O3/GaN interfaces...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447409/factor-viii-inhibitors-advances-in-basic-and-translational-science
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REVIEW
J D Lai, D Lillicrap
In the treatment of hemophilia A, the 20%-30% risk of developing of anti-factor VIII (FVIII) antibodies, or inhibitors, is the dominant concern among healthcare providers. Immune tolerance induction remains the only effective method of eradicating inhibitors in approximately 75% of patients, but is accompanied by significant emotional and economical burden. While certain risk factors, such as the type of FVIII mutation, offer some insight, there remains no strategy to confidently predict the development of an inhibitor...
May 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447151/rhythms-in-the-endocrine-system-of-fish-a-review
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REVIEW
Mairi Cowan, Clara Azpeleta, Jose Fernando López-Olmeda
The environment which living organisms inhabit is not constant and many factors, such as light, temperature, and food availability, display cyclic and predictable variations. To adapt to these cyclic changes, animals present biological rhythms in many of their physiological variables, timing their functions to occur when the possibility of success is greatest. Among these variables, many endocrine factors have been described as displaying rhythms in vertebrates. The aim of the present review is to provide a thorough review of the existing knowledge on the rhythms of the endocrine system of fish by examining the hormones that show rhythmicity, how environmental factors control these rhythms and the variation in the responses of the endocrine system depending on the time of the day...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446978/optimizing-the-diagnosis-and-therapy-of-barrett-s-esophagus
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REVIEW
Juan A Muñoz-Largacha, Hiran C Fernando, Virginia R Litle
The incidence of Barrett's esophagus (BE) in the Western world has increased over the last decades. BE is considered a premalignant lesion that can progress to esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), a highly aggressive malignancy with poor survival rates. The close association between BE and EAC highlights the need for an early diagnosis in order to improve survival and outcomes in this group of patients. Although the evidence for BE screening with conventional endoscopy is controversial and limited by cost-effectiveness studies, screening can be suggested in patients with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and two or more risk factors for EAC...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446669/salivary-blockade-protects-the-lower-respiratory-tract-of-mice-from-lethal-influenza
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Karen Ivinson, Georgia Deliyannis, Leanne McNabb, Lara Grollo, Brad Gilbertson, David Jackson, Lorena E Brown
It is possible to model progression of influenza virus from the upper respiratory tract to the lower respiratory tract in the mouse using viral inoculum delivered in a restricted manner to the nose. In this model, infection with the A/Udorn/307/72 (Udorn) strain of virus results ultimately in high viral titres in both the trachea and lungs. In contrast, the A/Puerto Rico/8/34 (PR8) strain causes an infection that is almost entirely limited to the nasal passages. The factors that govern the progression of virus down the respiratory tract are not well understood...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446234/retinal-vessel-diameters-and-reactivity-in-diabetes-mellitus-and-or-cardiovascular-disease
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R Heitmar, G Y H Lip, R E Ryder, A D Blann
BACKGROUND: Retinal vessel calibre and vascular dilation/constriction in response to flicker light provocation may provide a measure distinguishing patients suffering from diabetes mellitus and/or cardiovascular disease. METHODS: One hundred and sixteen age and sex matched patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), cardiovascular disease (CVD) and both DM and CVD (DM + CVD) underwent systemic and intraocular pressure measurements. Retinal vessel calibres were assessed using a validated computer-based program to compute central retinal artery and vein equivalents (CRVE) from monochromatic retinal images...
April 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446126/cd44-silencing-decreases-the-expression-of-stem-cell-related-factors-induced-by-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-and-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-in-lung-cancer-preliminary-findings
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Fariz Nurwidya, Fumiyuki Takahashi, Motoyasu Kato, Hario Baskoro, Moulid Hidayat, Aditya Wirawan, Kazuhisa Takahashi
The mechanism underlying increased concentrations of cancer stem cells (CSCs)-associated factors in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cells treated with transforming growth factor β1 (TGFβ1) and tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα), is still not clear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the possible role of CD44 in the regulation of CSC-associated genes, by analyzing the effect of CD44 knockdown on the expression of CSC-associated genes. A549, a NSCLC cell line that expresses CD44 antigen, was treated with TGFβ1 and TNFα...
April 24, 2017: Bosnian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445459/the-effect-of-illumination-on-the-formation-of-metal-halide-perovskite-films
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Amita Ummadisingu, Ludmilla Steier, Ji-Youn Seo, Taisuke Matsui, Antonio Abate, Wolfgang Tress, Michael Grätzel
Optimizing the morphology of metal halide perovskite films is an important way to improve the performance of solar cells when these materials are used as light harvesters, because film homogeneity is correlated with photovoltaic performance. Many device architectures and processing techniques have been explored with the aim of achieving high-performance devices, including single-step deposition, sequential deposition and anti-solvent methods. Earlier studies have looked at the influence of reaction conditions on film quality, such as the concentration of the reactants and the reaction temperature...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444588/unveiling-differentially-expressed-genes-upon-regulation-of-transcription-factors-in-sepsis
#17
Junli Zhang, Yuelei Cheng, Minmin Duan, Nannan Qi, Jian Liu
In this study, we integrated the gene expression data of sepsis to reveal more precise genome-wide expression signature to shed light on the pathological mechanism of sepsis. Differentially expressed genes via integrating five microarray datasets from the Gene Expression Omnibus database were obtained. The gene function and involved pathways of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were detected by GeneCodis3. Transcription factors (TFs) targeting top 20 dysregulated DEGs (including up- and downregulated genes) were found based on the TRANSFAC...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444394/tissue-specific-dissociation-of-diurnal-transcriptome-rhythms-during-sleep-restriction-in-mice
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Jana Husse, Jana-Thabea Kiehn, Johanna L Barclay, Nadine Naujokat, Judit Meyer-Kovac, Hendrik Lehnert, Henrik Oster
Study objectives: Shortened or mistimed sleep affects metabolic homeostasis, which may in part be mediated by dysregulation of endogenous circadian clocks. In this study, we assessed the contribution of sleep disruption to metabolic dysregulation by analysing diurnal transcriptome regulation in metabolic tissues of mice subjected to a sleep restriction paradigm. Methods: Male mice were subjected to 2x5 days of sleep restriction (SR) with enforced waking during the first six hours of the light phase...
April 24, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444370/identification-of-hda15-pif1-as-a-key-repression-module-directing-the-transcriptional-network-of-seed-germination-in-the-dark
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Dachuan Gu, Chia-Yang Chen, Minglei Zhao, Linmao Zhao, Xuewu Duan, Jun Duan, Keqiang Wu, Xuncheng Liu
Light is a major external factor in regulating seed germination. Photoreceptor phytochrome B (PHYB) plays a predominant role in promoting seed germination in the initial phase after imbibition, partially by repressing phytochrome-interacting factor1 (PIF1). However, the mechanism underlying the PHYB-PIF1-mediated transcription regulation remains largely unclear. Here, we identified that histone deacetylase15 (HDA15) is a negative component of PHYB-dependent seed germination. Overexpression of HDA15 in Arabidopsis inhibits PHYB-dependent seed germination, whereas loss of function of HDA15 increases PHYB-dependent seed germination...
April 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444083/interictal-abnormal-fmri-activation-of-visual-areas-during-a-motor-task-cued-by-visual-stimuli-in-migraine
#20
Adriana Bastos Conforto, Khallil Taverna Chaim, Mario Fernando Prieto Peres, André Leite Gonçalves, Inara Laurindo Siqueira, Maria Angela Maramaldo Barreiros, Edson Amaro
Objective: To assess changes in blood-oxygen-level-dependent activity after light deprivation compared to regular light exposure in subjects with migraine in the interictal state and in controls. Methods: Ten subjects with migraine and ten controls participated in two sessions of functional magnetic resonance imaging. In each session, they performed a finger-tapping task with the right hand, cued by visual stimuli. They were scanned before and after 30 minutes of light deprivation or light exposure...
January 2017: Einstein
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