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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923259/-established-therapies-and-new-therapeutic-strategies-in-alcoholic-liver-disease
#1
Helmut Karl Seitz, Sebastian Mueller
Chronical alcohol abuse causes more than 200 diseases and/or symptoms and among these alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is of special importance since it occurs frequently and may be life-threatening. In Europe alcohol consumption as well as ALD increased as compared to the rest of the world. It has been estimated that in Europe approximately 500 000 people die every year due to ALD. ALD consists of alcoholic fatty liver, alcoholic steatohepatitis (ASH), alcoholic cirrhosis and hepatocellar cancer (HCC ). Alcohol hepatitis (AH) is a clinical feature with jaundice and liver failure and a high mortality...
December 6, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923250/clinical-evaluation-of-the-first-automated-assay-for-the-detection-of-stimulating-tsh-receptor-autoantibodies
#2
S Allelein, M Ehlers, S Goretzki, D Hermsen, J Feldkamp, M Haase, T Dringenberg, C Schmid, H Hautzel, M Schott
Until recently, stimulating TSH receptor autoantibodies (sTRAbs) could only be measured by bioassays. A new assay system, which directly detects sTRAb in sera by applying bridge technology, has been established and is now available as automated chemiluminescence (bridge) immunoassay. We evaluated the automated bridge assay in clinical routine and compared it with a conventional automated TRAb assay (competition assay). Altogether, 226 Graves' disease (GD), 57 autoimmune thyroiditis, 74 non-autoimmune nodular goiter and 49 thyroid cancer patients, as well as 41 healthy controls were retrospectively evaluated...
December 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923225/integrin-%C3%AE-iib%C3%AE-3-dependent-erk-signaling-is-regulated-by-src-and-rho-kinases-in-both-leu33-and-pro33-polymorphic-isoforms
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Khon C Huynh, Thi-Hiep Nguyen, Dinh Chuong Pham, Huong T T Nguyen, Toi Van Vo, Marianna Gyenes, Volker R Stoldt
Platelet integrin αIIbβ3 possesses a Leu/Pro polymorphism at residue 33 (Leu33/HPA-1a or Pro33/HPA-1b). The Pro33 isoform has been suggested to exhibit prothrombotic features. αIIbβ3-expressing CHO (Chinese hamster ovary) cells on immobilized fibrinogen show activation of the MAP kinase family member ERK2, with an enhanced ERK2 activity in Pro33 cells compared to Leu33 cells. In our present work, we examined how the Leu/Pro polymorphism modulates the ERK2 activation stimulated by 2 differently triggered outside-in signalings...
December 7, 2016: Acta Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923166/a-comparative-systematic-review-of-yasmin-drospirenone-pill-versus-standard-treatment-options-for-symptoms-of-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Jing Li, Jing Ren, Wenxia Sun
OBJECTIVES: To systematically review the impact of Yasmin (drospirenone pill) compares with other standard treatments for symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). STUDY DESIGN: The relevant studies of the randomized controlled trials in women with PCOS treated with drospirenone were retrieved and the systematic evaluation was conducted. RESULTS: Eighteen articles were included. Compared with drospirenone (DRSP) monotherapy, DRSP plus metformin was better in reducing body mass index (BMI), luteinizing hormone (LH) and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)...
November 16, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923153/bilingual-toddlers-have-advanced-abilities-to-repair-communication-failure
#5
Stephanie Wermelinger, Anja Gampe, Moritz M Daum
Recent research has demonstrated enhanced communicative abilities in bilingual children compared with monolingual children throughout childhood and in a variety of domains. The processes underlying these advantages are, however, not well understood. It has been suggested that one aspect that particularly stimulates bilinguals' communication skills is their daily experience with challenging communication. In the current study, we investigated whether children's assumed experience with communication failures would increase their skills when it came to repairing communication failure...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923151/a-novel-role-for-the-kr%C3%A3-ppel-like-factor-14-on-macrophage-inflammatory-response-and-atherosclerosis-development
#6
Xiao Wei, Ruomei Yang, Chengpan Wang, Xun Jian, Ling Li, Hua Liu, Gangyi Yang, Zhiyong Li
Genome-wide association studies have shown that Krüppel-like factor 14 (KLF14) is associated with both Type 2 diabetes mellitus and lipid metabolism. However, its role in chronic inflammatory responses and the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis remains unknown. The present study was designed to investigate both in vivo and in vitro the impact of KLF14 on chronic inflammatory responses and atherosclerosis. ApoE KO mice, a well-established animal model of atherosclerosis, had higher expressions of KLF14 in aorta tissues than that in C57BL/6 J mice when fed the high-fat diet (HFD) or standard chow diet...
November 14, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923071/c-type-lectin-mincle-recognizes-glucosyl-diacylglycerol-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-and-plays-a-protective-role-in-pneumococcal-pneumonia
#7
Friederike Behler-Janbeck, Tomotsugu Takano, Regina Maus, Jennifer Stolper, Danny Jonigk, Meritxell Tort Tarrés, Thomas Fuehner, Antje Prasse, Tobias Welte, Mattie S M Timmer, Bridget L Stocker, Yoichi Nakanishi, Tomofumi Miyamoto, Sho Yamasaki, Ulrich A Maus
Among various innate immune receptor families, the role of C-type lectin receptors (CLRs) in lung protective immunity against Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) is not fully defined. We here show that Mincle gene expression was induced in alveolar macrophages and neutrophils in bronchoalveolar lavage fluids of mice and patients with pneumococcal pneumonia. Moreover, S. pneumoniae directly triggered Mincle reporter cell activation in vitro via its glycolipid glucosyl-diacylglycerol (Glc-DAG), which was identified as the ligand recognized by Mincle...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923070/macrophage-colony-stimulating-factor-derived-from-cd4-t-cells-contributes-to-control-of-a-blood-borne-infection
#8
Mary F Fontana, Gabrielly L de Melo, Chioma Anidi, Rebecca Hamburger, Chris Y Kim, So Youn Lee, Jennifer Pham, Charles C Kim
Dynamic regulation of leukocyte population size and activation state is crucial for an effective immune response. In malaria, Plasmodium parasites elicit robust host expansion of macrophages and monocytes, but the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Here we show that myeloid expansion during P. chabaudi infection is dependent upon both CD4+ T cells and the cytokine Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor (MCSF). Single-cell RNA-Seq analysis on antigen-experienced T cells revealed robust expression of Csf1, the gene encoding MCSF, in a sub-population of CD4+ T cells with distinct transcriptional and surface phenotypes...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923041/crystal-structure-of-the-salmonella-typhimurium-effector-gtge
#9
Caishuang Xu, Guennadi Kozlov, Kathy Wong, Kalle Gehring, Miroslaw Cygler
Salmonella Typhimurium GtgE is an effector protein contributing to the virulence of this pathogen. It was shown to possess highly selective proteolytic activity against a subset of Rab proteins that helps in evasion of Salmonella-containing vacuole (SCV) fusion with lysosomes. Cys45, His151 and Asp169 are essential for proteolytic activity. The structure of a C-terminal fragment GtgE(79-214) indicated the presence of a papain-like fold. Here, we present the structure of GtgE(17-214) containing the fully assembled active site...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922964/the-effect-of-uniaxial-mechanical-stretch-on-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-in-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#10
Chuang Zhao, Yunfeng Li, Xuemei Wang, Shujuan Zou, Jing Hu, En Luo
Wnt/β-catenin signal is required in bone formation and remodling, but little is known about whether Wnt/β-catenin signal could promote osteogenic differentiation of rat bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) after uniaxial mechanical stretch. In this study, rat BMSCs were identified by flow cytometry and used for mechanical stretch. A custom-made uniaxial dynamic stretch apparatus was applied for rat BMSCs stretch. There were 2 groups in the study: the mechanical stretch group and the nonstretch control group...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922952/effect-of-energy-drink-on-bone-formation-in-the-expanded-inter-premaxillary-suture
#11
Muhammet Birlik, Hakki Oguz Kazancioglu, Mehmet Şerif Aydin, Sertac Aksakalli, Seref Ezirganli
Maxillary expansion of the median palatal suture is a common procedure in orthodontics. Even after retention, there is a strong tendency to relapse in the expanded suture. The authors' objectives are to accelerate the bone formation process in the expanded suture and to reduce the required retention time by using an energy drink (ED). Twenty rats were divided into 2 groups (n = 20). The expansion-only group was defined as the control group (Group C). The other group was defined as the expansion-plus-energy drink group (Group ED)...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922937/repurposing-ospemifene-for-potentiating-an-antigen-specific-immune-response
#12
Chiao-Jung Kao, Gregory T Wurz, Yi-Chen Lin, Daniel P Vang, Brian Phong, Michael W DeGregorio
OBJECTIVE: Ospemifene, an estrogen receptor agonist/antagonist approved for the treatment of dyspareunia and vaginal dryness in postmenopausal women, has potential new indications as an immune modulator. The overall objective of the present series of preclinical studies was to evaluate the immunomodulatory activity of ospemifene in combination with a peptide cancer vaccine. METHODS: Immune regulating effects, mechanism of action and structure activity relationships of ospemifene and related compounds were evaluated by examining expression of T-cell activating cytokines in vitro, and antigen-specific immune response and cytotoxic T-lymphocyte activity in vivo...
December 5, 2016: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922917/adherence-to-oral-administration-of-endocrine-treatment-in-patients-with-breast-cancer-a-qualitative-study
#13
Laura Iacorossi, Francesca Gambalunga, Alessandra Fabi, Diana Giannarelli, Anna Marchetti, Michela Piredda, Maria Grazia De Marinis
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the world, and it is also the leading cause of cancer deaths among women. Nevertheless, breast cancer survival has increased as a result of improvements in early diagnosis and therapy, for example, oral endocrine therapy. Despite the importance of adherence to endocrine therapy, its trend appears complex and multidimensional and therefore has many loopholes and missing information. OBJECTIVE: The study aims to explore the experiences of adherence to endocrine therapy in women with breast cancer and their perceptions of the challenges they face in adhering to their medication prescribed...
December 5, 2016: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922915/lifestyle-behaviors-perceived-stress-and-inflammation-of-individuals-with-chronic-graft-versus-host-disease
#14
Debra Lynch Kelly, Debra E Lyon, Deidre Periera, Cynthia Garvan, John Wingard
BACKGROUND: Stress is a potent immunomodulator contributing to chronic conditions. Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is a life-threatening late effect of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation associated with stress and exaggerated immune response that may be associated to lifestyle behaviors. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to explore associations among lifestyle behaviors, perceived stress, and inflammation of individuals with cGVHD. METHODS: A secondary analysis from a prospective observational study of 24 adults (≥18 years) with cGVHD was conducted...
December 5, 2016: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922859/fdg-pet-ct-for-monitoring-response-of-melanoma-to-the-novel-oncolytic-viral-therapy-talimogene-laherparepvec
#15
Matthew F Covington, Clara N Curiel, Lois Lattimore, Ryan J Avery, Phillip H Kuo
61-year-old woman with stage IIIa (T3a N1a M0) left lower leg melanoma with lesions suggestive of in-transit metastases 8 months following wide local excision and femoral nodal dissection. FDG-PET/CT demonstrated 5 FDG-avid in-transit nodal metastases in the distal left leg, confirmed on biopsy. Talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) oncolytic immunotherapy consisting of intralesional injections of modified herpes simplex virus-expressing granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor was completed over 6 months...
December 3, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922818/age-related-changes-in-the-gene-expression-profile-of-antigen-specific-mouse-cd8-t-cells-can-be-partially-reversed-by-blockade-of-the-btla-cd160-pathways-during-vaccination
#16
Noor Dawany, Elizabeth M Parzych, Louise C Showe, Hildegund Cj Ertl
We analyzed gene expression profiles of young and aged mouse CD8(+) T cells specific for the nucleoprotein (NP) of influenza A/PR8/34 virus. CD8(+) T cells were stimulated either by the NP antigen expressed in its native form or fused into the herpes virus (HSV)-1 glycoprotein D (gD) protein, which blocks signaling through the immunoinhibitory B and T lymphocyte attenuator (BTLA) and CD160 pathways. We show that NP-specific CD8(+) T cells from aged mice exhibit numerous differences in gene expression compared to NP-specific CD8(+) T cells from young mice, including a significant reduction of expression in genes involved in T cell receptor (TcR) and CD28 signaling...
November 9, 2016: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922752/abnormal-glucose-metabolism-and-high-energy-expenditure-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#17
Gustavo A Heresi, Steven K Malin, Jarrod W Barnes, Liping Tian, John P Kirwan, Raed A Dweik
RATIONALE: Insulin resistance has emerged as a potential mechanism related to the pathogenesis of idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH). However, direct measurements of insulin and glucose metabolism have not been performed in IPAH patients to date. OBJECTIVES: To perform comprehensive metabolic phenotyping on humans with IPAH. METHODS: We assessed plasma insulin and glucose using an oral glucose tolerance test and estimated insulin resistance and beta-cell function in 14 IPAH patients and 14 controls matched for age, sex, blood pressure, and body mass index (BMI),...
December 6, 2016: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922693/a-novel-pdgf-receptor-inhibitor-eluting-stent-attenuates-in-stent-neointima-formation-in-a-rabbit-carotid-model
#18
Chen Huang, Haijun Mei, Min Zhou, Xiaobing Zheng
A novel drug-eluting stent (DES) is required to target vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) without harming endothelial cells (ECs). Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) is critical for the proliferation and migration of SMCs. Sunitinib [a PDGF receptor (PDGFR) tyrosine kinase inhibitor]‑eluting stents may therefore inhibit neointimal formation. The aim of the present study was to examine the stent‑based delivery of sunitinib in a rabbit carotid model; in addition, the effects of sunitinib were evaluated in vitro...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922689/rb-knockdown-accelerates-bladder-cancer-progression-through-e2f3-activation
#19
Jiang-Ping Wang, Yong Jiao, Cheng-Yuan Wang, Zhi-Bin Xu, Bo Zhang
Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers diagnosed in the world and leads to significant mortality and morbidity among affected patients. The retinoblastoma (Rb) protein is a main tumor suppressor, controlling cellular responses to potentially oncogenic stimulation. E2F3 was invariably disrupted in different human cancers for its central role in the control of cellular proliferation. Here, we investigated how Rb is integrated to control bladder cancer progression through E2F3 and p53 regulation. The results exhibit that Rb expression is lower in patients with bladder tumor, while E2F3 level is high...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922679/repetitive-extragenic-palindromic-dna-sequences-from-brucella%C3%A2-melitensis-stimulate-toll-like-receptor-9-signaling-in-macrophages
#20
Hui Yu, Liyun Bai, Yaxian Zhang, Zhanli Wang, Yongchun Yu
Brucella DNA activates the host innate immune system via the intracellular Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9). However, the Brucella DNA sequences which are responsible for these immunostimulatory effects remain to be elucidated. The present study demonstrated that repetitive extragenic palindromic (REPs) sequences present in Brucella DNA were able to stimulate macrophages through TLR9. The induction of interferon-α (IFN-α) production by Brucella REPs was detected in cultured RAW264.7 mouse macrophages as well as in Wistar rats...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
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