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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545243/ficus-umbellata-vahl-moraceae-stem-bark-extracts-exert-antitumor-activities-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Kevine Kamga Silihe, Stéphane Zingue, Evelyn Winter, Charline Florence Awounfack, Anupam Bishayee, Nishil N Desai, Leônidas João Mello, Thomas Michel, Francine Nzufo Tankeu, Derek Tantoh Ndinteh, Sara Honorine Riwom, Dieudonné Njamen, Tânia Beatriz Creczynski-Pasa
A Ficus umbellata is used to treat cancer. The present work was therefore designed to assess antitumor potentials of F. umbellata extracts in nine different cell lines. Cell cycle, apoptosis, cell migration/invasion, levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), caspases activities as well as Bcl-2 and Bcl-xL protein content were assessed in MDA-MB-231 cells. The 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA)-induced carcinogenesis in rats were also used to investigate antitumor potential of F...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544950/the-influence-of-continuous-versus-interval-walking-exercise-on-knee-joint-loading-and-pain-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis
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Shawn Farrokhi, Prakash Jayabalan, Jonathan A Gustafson, Brian A Klatt, Gwendolyn A Sowa, Sara R Piva
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether knee contact force and knee pain are different between continuous and interval walking exercise in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). METHODS: Twenty seven patients with unilateral symptomatic knee OA completed two separate walking exercise sessions on a treadmill at 1.3m/s on two different days: 1) a continuous 45min walking exercise session, and 2) three 15min bouts of walking exercise separated by 1h rest periods for a total of 45min of exercise in an interval format...
May 17, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544911/arianna-a-research-environment-for-neuroimaging-studies-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Alessandra Retico, Silvia Arezzini, Paolo Bosco, Sara Calderoni, Alberto Ciampa, Simone Coscetti, Stefano Cuomo, Luca De Santis, Dario Fabiani, Maria Evelina Fantacci, Alessia Giuliano, Enrico Mazzoni, Pietro Mercatali, Giovanni Miscali, Massimiliano Pardini, Margherita Prosperi, Francesco Romano, Elena Tamburini, Michela Tosetti, Filippo Muratori
The complexity and heterogeneity of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) require the implementation of dedicated analysis techniques to obtain the maximum from the interrelationship among many variables that describe affected individuals, spanning from clinical phenotypic characterization and genetic profile to structural and functional brain images. The ARIANNA project has developed a collaborative interdisciplinary research environment that is easily accessible to the community of researchers working on ASD (https://arianna...
May 17, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544902/extraction-and-applications-of-cyanotoxins-and-other-cyanobacterial-secondary-metabolites
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Fatima Haque, Sara Banayan, Josephine Yee, Yi Wai Chiang
The rapid proliferation of cyanobacteria in bodies of water has caused cyanobacterial blooms, which have become an increasing cause of concern, largely due to the presence of toxic secondary metabolites (or cyanotoxins). Cyanotoxins are the toxins produced by cyanobacteria that may be harmful to surrounding wildlife. They include hepatotoxins, neurotoxins and dermatotoxins, and are classified based on the organs they affect. There are also non-toxic secondary metabolites that include chelators and UV-absorbing compounds...
May 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544898/aerosol-and-snow-transfer-processes-an-investigation-on-the-behavior-of-water-soluble-organic-compounds-and-ionic-species
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Elena Barbaro, Roberta Zangrando, Sara Padoan, Ornela Karroca, Giuseppa Toscano, Warren R L Cairns, Carlo Barbante, Andrea Gambaro
The concentrations of water-soluble compounds (ions, carboxylic acids, amino acids, sugars, phenolic compounds) in aerosol and snow have been determined at the coastal Italian base "Mario Zucchelli" (Antarctica) during the 2014-2015 austral summer. The main aim of this research was to investigate the air-snow transfer processes of a number of classes of chemical compounds and investigate their potential as tracers for specific sources. The composition and particle size distribution of Antarctic aerosol was measured, and water-soluble compounds accounted for 66% of the PM10 total mass concentration...
May 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544882/inference-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-genome-scale-regulatory-networks-in-large-phylogenies
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Christopher Koch, Jay Konieczka, Toni Delorey, Ana Lyons, Amanda Socha, Kathleen Davis, Sara A Knaack, Dawn Thompson, Erin K O'Shea, Aviv Regev, Sushmita Roy
Changes in transcriptional regulatory networks can significantly contribute to species evolution and adaptation. However, identification of genome-scale regulatory networks is an open challenge, especially in non-model organisms. Here, we introduce multi-species regulatory network learning (MRTLE), a computational approach that uses phylogenetic structure, sequence-specific motifs, and transcriptomic data, to infer the regulatory networks in different species. Using simulated data from known networks and transcriptomic data from six divergent yeasts, we demonstrate that MRTLE predicts networks with greater accuracy than existing methods because it incorporates phylogenetic information...
May 24, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544696/increased-incidence-of-liver-cancer-after-successful-daa-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-c-fact-or-fiction
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Alfredo Alberti, Sara Piovesan
Therapy of hepatitis C has been revolutionized by Direct Antiviral Agents. These drugs are safe and efficacious in all infected patients, including those with advanced, or decompensated cirrhosis, and are currently largely used in such cases in clinical practice worldwide. It was therefore cause of great concern the publication of two reports suggesting that treatment with DAAs could increase the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in cirrhotic patients, particularly in those receiving antiviral therapy after having been cured for an HCC...
June 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544610/phenol-enriched-olive-oils-modify-paraoxonase-related-variables-a-randomized-crossover-controlled-trial
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Sara Fernández-Castillejo, Ana-Isabel García-Heredia, Rosa Solà, Jordi Camps, Maria-Carmen López de la Hazas, Marta Farràs, Anna Pedret, Úrsula Catalan, Laura Rubió, Maria-José Motilva, Olga Castañer, María-Isabel Covas, Rosa-Maria Valls
SCOPE: Low paraoxonase (PON)1 activities, and high PON1 and low PON3 protein levels are characteristic of cardiovascular disease. Our aim was to assess short and long-term effects of virgin olive oils (VOO), enriched with their own phenolic compounds (PC; FVOO) or with them plus complementary PC from thyme (FVOOT), on PON-related variables and the mechanisms involved. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two randomized, controlled, double-blind, and crossover interventions were conducted...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544595/severe-cytokine-release-syndrome-in-a-patient-receiving-pd-1-directed-therapy
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Seth J Rotz, Daniel Leino, Sara Szabo, Jennifer L Mangino, Brian K Turpin, Joseph G Pressey
Cytokine release syndrome (CRS) is a phenomenon of immune hyperactivation described in the setting of cellular and bispecific T-cell engaging immunotherapy. Checkpoint blockade using anti-programmed cell death 1 (anti-PD-1) inhibitors is an approach to antitumor immune system stimulation. A 29-year-old female with alveolar soft part sarcoma developed severe CRS after treatment with anti-PD-1 therapy. CRS was characterized by high fevers, encephalopathy, hypotension, hypoxia, hepatic dysfunction, and evidence of coagulopathy, and resolved after infusion of the interleukin-6 inhibitor tocilizumab and corticosteroids...
May 24, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544472/engineering-muscle-cell-alignment-through-3d-bioprinting
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Pamela Mozetic, Sara Maria Giannitelli, Manuele Gori, Marcella Trombetta, Alberto Rainer
Processing of hydrogels represents a main challenge for the prospective application of additive manufacturing (AM) to soft tissue engineering. Furthermore, direct manufacturing of tissue precursors with a cell density similar to native tissues has the potential to overcome the extensive in vitro culture required for conventional cell-seeded scaffolds seeking to fabricate constructs with tailored structural and functional properties. In this work, we present a simple AM methodology that exploits the thermoresponsive behavior of a block copolymer (Pluronic®) as a means to obtain good shape retention at physiological conditions and to induce cellular alignment...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544343/levels-of-anxiety-in-parents-in-the-24-h-before-and-after-their-child-s-surgery-a-descriptive-study
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Laura Pomicino, Elena Maccacari, Sara Buchini
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To: a. investigate pre and post-operative anxiety levels in parents of surgical patients; b. identify factors that affect parental anxiety; c. analyze assistance provided and overall parental satisfaction in order to assess if and how this aspect can impact their anxiety level. BACKGROUND: Surgery as an event generates anxiety in children and their parents. Children who are anxious before surgery are likely to develop more postoperative psychological and physiological complications than those who are not...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544264/ampk-%C3%AE-1-reduces-tumor-progression-and-improves-survival-in-p53-null-mice
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Vanessa P Houde, Sara Donzelli, Andrea Sacconi, Sandra Galic, Joanne A Hammill, Jonathan L Bramson, Robert A Foster, Theodoros Tsakiridis, Bruce E Kemp, Giuseppe Grasso, Giovanni Blandino, Paola Muti, Gregory R Steinberg
The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a heterotrimeric protein complex that is an important sensor of cellular energy status. Reduced expression of the AMPK β1 isoform has been linked to reduced survival in different cancers but whether this accelerates tumor progression and the potential mechanism mediating these effects is not known. Further, it is unknown whether AMPK β1 is implicated in tumorigenesis and if so what tissues may be most sensitive. In the current study we find that in the absence of the tumor suppressor p53, germline genetic deletion of AMPK β1 accelerates the appearance of a T cell lymphoma that reduces lifespan compared to p53 deficiency alone...
May 24, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544234/clinical-microscopic-and-ultrastructural-findings-in-a-case-of-short-anagen-syndrome
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Jose M Martin, Encarnacion Montesinos, Sara Sanchez, Catalina Torres, Dolores Ramon
Short anagen syndrome is an uncommon and recently described disease characterized by many telogen hairs and short maximum hair length. We report here the case of a 3-year-old girl whose short, sparse, fine hair since birth was consistent with short anagen syndrome. X-ray microanalysis demonstrated normal composition of the main bioelements of her hairs.
May 23, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544075/dual-kidney-transplant-techniques-a-systematic-review
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Annelise Cocco, Sara Shahrestani, Nicholas Cocco, Ahmer Hameed, Lawrence Yuen, Brendan Ryan, Wayne Hawthorne, Vincent Lam, Henry Pleass
BACKGROUND: Dual kidney transplantation (DKT) was developed in order to improve outcomes from transplantation of extended criteria donors (ECD). This paper examined which surgical techniques have been reported for DKT, and whether any technique had superior patient and graft survival. METHOD: Electronic databases were searched for published studies mapping to MESH terms: ''kidney or renal" AND "transplan*" AND "dual or double". Single case reports; studies of patients less than 18 years old; studies which did not describe the surgical technique; and studies that did not report patient or graft survival were excluded...
May 23, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543916/hcv-rna-genomic-sequences-and-hcv-e2-glycoprotein-in-sural-nerve-biopsies-from-hcv-infected-patients-with-peripheral-neuropathy
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Sabino Russi, Domenico Sansonno, Salvatore Monaco, Sara Mariotto, Sergio Ferrari, Fabio Pavone, Gianfranco Lauletta, Franco Dammacco
AIMS: Peripheral neuropathy (PN), the major neurological complication of chronic HCV infection, is frequently associated with mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC) and small-vessel systemic vasculitis. While humoral and cell-mediated immune mechanisms are suspected to act together in an aberrant immune response that results in peripheral nerve damage, the role of HCV remains largely speculative. The possible demonstration of HCV in peripheral nerve tissue would obviously assume important pathogenic implications...
May 24, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543585/a-score-test-for-genetic-class-level-association-with-nonlinear-biomarker-trajectories
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Jing Qian, Sara Nunez, Soohyun Kim, Muredach P Reilly, Andrea S Foulkes
Emerging data suggest that the genetic regulation of the biological response to inflammatory stress may be fundamentally different to the genetic underpinning of the homeostatic control (resting state) of the same biological measures. In this paper, we interrogate this hypothesis using a single-SNP score test and a novel class-level testing strategy to characterize protein-coding gene and regulatory element-level associations with longitudinal biomarker trajectories in response to stimulus. Using the proposed class-level association score statistic for longitudinal data, which accounts for correlations induced by linkage disequilibrium, the genetic underpinnings of evoked dynamic changes in repeatedly measured biomarkers are investigated...
May 23, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543070/tnf-%C3%AE-has-both-stimulatory-and-inhibitory-effects-on-mouse-monocyte-derived-osteoclastogenesis
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Yixuan Cao, Ineke D C Jansen, Sara Sprangers, Teun J de Vries, Vincent Everts
Phenotypically different osteoclasts may be generated from different subsets of precursors. To what extent the formation of these osteoclasts is influenced or mediated by the inflammatory cytokine TNF-α, is unknown and was investigated in this study. The osteoclast precursors early blasts (CD31(hi) Ly-6C(-) ), myeloid blasts (CD31(+) Ly-6C(+) ) and monocytes (CD31(-) Ly-6C(hi) ) were sorted from mouse bone marrow using flow cytometry and cultured with M-CSF and RANKL, with or without TNF-α. Surprisingly, TNF-α prevented the differentiation of TRAcP(+) osteoclasts generated from monocytes on plastic; an effect not seen with early blasts and myeloid blasts...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542952/compensatory-and-decompensatory-alterations-in-cardiomyocyte-ca-2-dynamics-in-hearts-with-diastolic-dysfunction-following-aortic-banding
#18
Sara Gattoni, Åsmund Treu Røe, Jan Magnus Aronsen, Ivar Sjaastad, William E Louch, Nicolas P Smith, Steven A Niederer
KEY POINTS: At the cellular level cardiac hypertrophy causes remodelling, leading to changes in ionic channel, pump and exchanger densities and kinetics. Previous studies have focused on quantifying changes in channels, pumps and exchangers without quantitatively linking these changes with emergent cellular scale functionality. Two biophysical cardiac cell models were created, parameterized and validated and are able to simulate electrophysiology and calcium dynamics in myocytes from control sham operated rats and aortic-banded rats exhibiting diastolic dysfunction...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542664/-vertical-transmission-of-chikungunya-virus-infection-case-report
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Sara E Cardona-Correa, Lina María Castaño-Jaramillo, Augusto Quevedo-Vélez
Chikungunya virus infection is a disease transmitted by vectors, in which vertical transmission was described in years 2005-2006. An infection rate up to 49% in neonates born from mothers with active viremia during labor has been observed. Perinatal infection could results in serious complications and potential cognitive impairment. OBJECTIVE: To describe a newborn with Chikungunya virus infection secundary to vertical transmission. Clínical case: A female newborn is analyzed. She presented with fever and exanthema during her first week of life, elevation of transaminases and thrombocytopenia...
April 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542262/the-role-of-the-innate-immune-response-regulatory-gene-abcf1-in-mammalian-embryogenesis-and-development
#20
Sara M Wilcox, Hitesh Arora, Lonna Munro, Jian Xin, Franz Fenninger, Laura A Johnson, Cheryl G Pfeifer, Kyung Bok Choi, Juan Hou, Pamela A Hoodless, Wilfred A Jefferies
ABCF1 is an ABC transporter family protein that has been shown to regulate innate immune response and is a risk gene for autoimmune pancreatitis and arthritis. Unlike other members of ABC transporter family, ABCF1 lacks trans-membrane domains and is thought to function in translation initiation through an interaction with eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2 (eIF2). To study ABCF1 expression and function in development and disease, we used a single gene trap insertion in the Abcf1 gene in murine embryonic stem cells (ES cells) that allowed lineage tracing of the endogenous Abcf1 promoter by following the expression of a β-galactosidase reporter gene...
2017: PloS One
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