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H-Y Li, F Liu, H-R Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between nuclear receptor related 1 (Nurr1) expression and drug resistance in the brain of rats with epilepsy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 60 adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were selected, and the animal model of epilepsy was established by electrical stimulation. These rats were randomly divided into the control group and the drug-resistant group. The model of drug-resistant epilepsy was screened with phenytoin (PHT) and phenobarbital (PB); the hippocampus and temporal lobe cortex tissues were isolated from rats; the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) and protein levels of Nurr1 in the hippocampus and cortex tissues of the two groups of rats were detected by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), Western blotting and immunohistochemistry, respectively...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Y-X Cao, Z-Q Wang, J-X Kang, K Liu, C-F Zhao, Y-X Guo, B-H Jiao
OBJECTIVE: It's of great significance to investigate the novel targets of drugs for the treatment of stroke. In this study, we explored the neuroprotective role of miR-424 in oxygen glucose deprivation (OGD)-induced injuries in PC-12 cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PC-12 cells were subjected to OGD stimulation to mimic ischemic injury. The expressions of miR-424 and mitogen-activated protein kinase phosphatase-1 (MKP-1) were altered by transient transfection with miR-424 mimic, miR-424 inhibitor, pEX-MKP-1, or sh-MKP-1...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
P L Foglio-Bonda, E Laguini, C Davoli, F Pattarino, A Foglio-Bonda
OBJECTIVE: To determine salivary pH, flow rate (FR) and surface tension (γs) in a cohort of 30 healthy young adults. To acquire cohort biological independent variables (age, gender, weight, height, medications, smoking, pathologies, and allergies) and to correlate them with pH, FR and γs obtained values. Evaluate the possible variation of the γs values during the time after the withdrawal and the influence of the operational abilities of the experimenting operators. Evaluate the relationship between γs, pH and FR  and the dependence between pH and FR...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Hsien-Kuo Chin, Chi-Ting Horng, Yi-Shan Liu, Chi-Cheng Lu, Chen-Ying Su, Pei-Syuan Chen, Hong-Yi Chiu, Fuu-Jen Tsai, Po-Chuen Shieh, Jai-Sing Yang
Anti-angiogenesis is one of the most general clinical obstacles in cancer chemotherapy. Kaempferol is a flavonoid phytochemical found in many fruits and vegetables. Our previous study revealed that kaempferol triggered apoptosis in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) by ROS‑mediated p53/ATM/death receptor signaling. However, the anti‑angiogenic potential of kaempferol remains unclear and its underlying mechanism warranted further exploration in VEGF‑stimulated HUVECs. In the present study, kaempferol significantly reduced VEGF‑stimulated HUVEC viability...
May 2018: Oncology Reports
Peter Bosanac, Susan Rossell, James Olver, Clare Groves, David Castle
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March 1, 2018: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Qingfen Yu, Sameh Othman, Sabyasachi Dasgupta, Thorsten Auth, Gerhard Gompper
Nanoparticles in biological systems encounter lipid-bilayer membranes as barriers. They interact with plasma membranes, membranous organelles, such as the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus, the nucleus, and intracellular and extracellular vesicles, such as autophagosomes, lysosomes, and exosomes. Extracellular vesicles have recently attracted particular attention, as they are involved in the transmission of biological signals and as regulators for biological processes. For example, exosomes, small vesicles containing proteins, mRNA, and miRNA, that are released by cells into the extracellular environment, have been suggested to participate in tumor metastasis...
March 22, 2018: Nanoscale
J Woo, J E Kim, J J Im, J Lee, H S Jeong, S Park, S-Y Jung, H An, S Yoon, S M Lim, S Lee, J Ma, E Y Shin, Y-E Han, B Kim, E H Lee, L Feng, H Chun, B-E Yoon, I Kang, S R Dager, I K Lyoo, C J Lee
The role of astrocytes in brain plasticity has not been extensively studied compared with that of neurons. Here we adopted integrative translational and reverse-translational approaches to explore the role of an astrocyte-specific major water channel in the brain, aquaporin-4 (AQP4), in brain plasticity and learning. We initially identified the most prevalent genetic variant of AQP4 (single nucleotide polymorphism of rs162008 with C or T variation, which has a minor allele frequency of 0.21) from a human database (n=60 706) and examined its functionality in modulating the expression level of AQP4 in an in vitro luciferase reporter assay...
April 2018: Molecular Psychiatry
Andrzej Werbart, Camilla von Below, Karin Engqvist, Sofia Lind
OBJECTIVE: To explore therapists' experiences of therapeutic process in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with nonimproved young adults. METHOD: Eight nonimproved cases were identified according to the criterion of reliable and clinically significant change in self-rated symptoms. Transcripts of therapist interviews (8 at baseline and 8 at termination) were analyzed applying grounded-theory methodology. RESULTS: A tentative conceptual process model was constructed around the core category Having Half of the Patient in Therapy...
March 22, 2018: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
Justin Rashtian, John Zhang
In older women with severe diminished ovarian response (DOR), in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment is much less successful due to the low number of mature oocytes collected. The objective of this study was to assess whether follicular-phase stimulation (FPS) and luteal-phase stimulation (LPS) in the same menstrual cycle (double ovarian stimulation) in older women with severe DOR will produce a higher number of oocytes compared to FPS alone. Women with DOR (n = 69; mean age = 42.4) who underwent double ovarian stimulation for IVF were included...
March 22, 2018: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
Naoyuki Tanimoto, Mathias W Seeliger
Electroretinography (ERG) is important for functional diagnostics of the retina. Types of information about retinal function obtainable by ERG differ depending on recording conditions, e.g., a combination of light stimulus and adaptation. In terms of stimulation, single-flash and flicker stimuli are frequently used because response properties have been well investigated, allowing an assessment of fundamental retinal functionality; for example, how photoreceptors and bipolar cells, including signal transmission between them, are affected under pathological conditions...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jan Kremers, Naoyuki Tanimoto
Electroretinography is a crucial assay for studying the function and the functional integrity of the retina. The mouse is an important animal model for studying the retinal neurons and circuitries. In addition, it is often used as animal model for human retinal disorders. Therefore, a good understanding of the procedures in animal handling, of the methods for data analysis and of the requirements for stimulators and for the data acquisition equipment is of importance. Here, the currently most common methods and materials for in vivo electroretinography in the mouse are discussed...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Antonio Merolli, Stephanie Fung, N Sanjeeva Murthy, E Thomas Pashuck, Yong Mao, Xiaohuan Wu, Joseph A M Steele, Daniel Martin, Prabhas V Moghe, Timothy Bromage, Joachim Kohn
Osteoclasts are large multinucleated giant cells that actively resorb bone during the physiological bone turnover (BTO), which is the continuous cycle of bone resorption (by osteoclasts) followed by new bone formation (by osteoblasts). Osteoclasts secrete chemotactic signals to recruit cells for regeneration of vasculature and bone. We hypothesize that a biomaterial that attracts osteoclasts and re-establishes BTO will induce a better healing response than currently used bone graft materials. While the majority of bone regeneration efforts have focused on maximizing bone deposition, the novelty in this approach is the focus on stimulating osteoclastic resorption as the starter for BTO and its concurrent new vascularized bone formation...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Alena Rajnochová Svobodová, Eva Gabrielová, Loizos Michaelides, Pavel Kosina, Alena Ryšavá, Jitka Ulrichová, Bohumil Zálešák, Jitka Vostálová
Exposure to solar radiation is a major cause of environmental human skin damage. The main constituent of solar UV light is UVA radiation (320-400 nm); however, the need for protection against UVA has been marginalized for a long time. As a result, there is still a lack of useful agents for UVA protection. In this study, the effect of silymarin (SM) and its main constituent silybin (SB) pre-treatment on UVA-stimulated damage to primary human dermal fibroblasts were carried out. The cells were pre-treated for 1 h with SB or SM and then were exposed to UVA light, using a solar simulator...
March 21, 2018: Archives of Dermatological Research
Qian Gao, Xuemei Li, Haitao Huang, Ying Guan, Qili Mi, Jianhua Yao
Phyllanthus emblica: (PE) fruit extract has pharmacological activity and exert anti-bacterial, anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects, but few study exist for evaluating its improved effects on the imbalance of oral ecology, which may contribute to series of oral diseases. In this study, an examiner-blinded, randomized, and gum-base-controlled crossover manner was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of a sugar-free chewing gum containing PE fruit extract in changing the oral microbiome. Twenty healthy young adults were randomly instructed to chew either PE gum or placebo gum...
March 21, 2018: Current Microbiology
Timm Rosburg, Michael Weigl, Ronja Thiel, Ralph Mager
Mismatch negativity (MMN) represents an event-related potential (ERP) component which is elicited by deviant sound events in an otherwise regular, repetitive stimulation. The MMN amplitude typically decreases when two identical deviants are presented in direct succession, but it remains stable when the two deviants vary from the standard in different features. Less is known about such repetition effects on another ERP component, the P3a, which usually follows the MMN. In the current study, we investigated how the P3a was affected by identical and non-identical repetitions of sound deviants...
March 22, 2018: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Ana Filipa Geraldo, João Pereira, Pedro Nunes, Sofia Reimão, Rita Sousa, Miguel Castelo-Branco, Susana Pinto, Jorge Guedes Campos, Mamede de Carvalho
PURPOSE: This paper aims to analyze the contribution of mean diffusivity (MD), axial diffusivity (AD), and radial diffusivity (RD) in the detection of microstructural abnormalities in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and to evaluate the degree of agreement between structural and functional changes through concomitant diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and clinical assessment. METHODS: Fourteen patients with ALS and 11 healthy, age- and gender-matched controls were included...
March 22, 2018: Neuroradiology
Liane E Tellier, Elda A Treviño, Alexandra L Brimeyer, David S Reece, Nick J Willett, Robert E Guldberg, Johnna S Temenoff
As a potential treatment for osteoarthritis (OA), we have developed injectable and hydrolytically degradable heparin-based biomaterials with tunable sulfation for the intra-articular delivery of tumor necrosis factor-alpha stimulated gene-6 (TSG-6), a protein known to inhibit plasmin which may degrade extracellular matrix within OA joints. We first assessed the effect of heparin sulfation on TSG-6 anti-plasmin activity and found that while fully sulfated (Hep) and heparin desulfated at only the N position (Hep-N) significantly enhanced TSG-6 bioactivity in vitro, fully desulfated heparin (Hep-) had no effect, indicating that heparin sulfation plays a significant role in modulating TSG-6 bioactivity...
March 22, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Yoo Jin Shim, Aeran Seol, Dayong Lee, Seul Ki Kim, Jung Ryeol Lee, Byung Chul Jee, Chang Suk Suh, Seok Hyun Kim
Objective: To investigate the patterns of estradiol-oocyte ratio (EOR) and estradiol-mature oocyte ratio (EMOR) in patients with breast cancer undergoing controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) using letrozole and gonadotropins for fertility preservation. Methods: This retrospective study included 32 breast cancer patients underwent COS for fertility preservation and no patients had previously undergone gonadotoxic treatments. Basal characteristics and in vitro fertilization (IVF) outcomes were compared according to the age of women (age <35 vs...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Atefeh Krouni, Sedighe Forouhari, Bahia Namavarjahromi, Mohammad Hossein Dabbaghmanesh, Arezoo Shayan, Sara Sepasi, Atefeh Zare
Introduction: Hirsutism is a common disorder that has remarkable physical and mental effects on individuals. No appropriate diet has yet specified for individuals with hirsutism. The present study was carried out to examine the effect of high-fibre, low-caloric balanced diet on some related hormone levels in obese or overweight women with hirsutism who had referred to clinics affiliated with Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. Materials and Methods: The present study was a clinical trial that was carried out on 47 obese or overweight women with hirsutism in 2014...
October 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
Joanna Morrison, Issarapa Chunsuwan, Petch Bunnag, Petra C Gronholm, Georgia Lockwood Estrin
Introduction: In low-income and middle-income countries, it is estimated that one in every three preschool-age children are failing to meet cognitive or socioemotional developmental milestones. Thailand has implemented a universal national developmental screening programme (DSPM) for young children to enable detection of developmental disorders and early intervention that can improve child health outcomes. DSPM implementation is being hampered by low attendance at follow-up appointments when children fail the initial screening...
2018: BMJ Global Health
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