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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724279/alterations-in-striatal-circuits-underlying-addiction-like-behaviors
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Hyun Jin Kim, Joo Han Lee, Kyunghwa Yun, Joung-Hun Kim
Drug addiction is a severe psychiatric disorder characterized by the compulsive pursuit of drugs of abuse despite potential adverse consequences. Although several decades of studies have revealed that psychostimulant use can result in extensive alterations of neural circuits and physiology, no effective therapeutic strategies or medicines for drug addiction currently exist. Changes in neuronal connectivity and regulation occurring after repeated drug exposure contribute to addiction-like behaviors in animal models...
June 30, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724269/association-of-human-methionine-synthase-a2756g-transition-with-prostate-cancer-a-case-control-study-and-in-silico-analysis
#2
Arezou Ebrahimi, Abasalt Hosseinzadeh Colagar, Mohammad Karimian
Methionine synthase (MTR) is one of the key enzymes of folate pathway, which play a key role in the construction, repair, and methylation of DNA. In this study, an association of MTR A2756G gene transition with prostate cancer in men populations of Kashan-Iran was investigated by a case-control study and an in silico analysis. The 200 samples including 100 patients with prostate cancer, as case group and 100 healthy men, as control group included in this study. MTR-A2756G genotyping was performed by PCR-RFLP technique...
May 2017: Acta Medica Iranica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724216/the-extract-from-punica-granatum-pomegranate-peel-induces-apoptosis-and-impairs-metastasis-in-prostate-cancer-cells
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Yuanle Deng, Yali Li, Fangfang Yang, Anqi Zeng, Shuping Yang, Yi Luo, Yiwen Zhang, Yongmei Xie, Tinghong Ye, Yong Xia, Wenya Yin
Prostate cancer is a big threat to male for its poor prognosis and high mortality rate. Natural compounds are important resources of many anticancer drugs. Pomegranate is a kind of antioxidant-rich fruit and its peel and seed has potential anticancer activities. In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of pomegranate peel extract (PoPx) on the apoptosis and metastasis of prostate cancer cells and the related mechanism. We found that PoPx showed growth inhibition on prostate cancer cells. Nuclei morphological and flow cytometer (FCM) analysis indicated that PoPx could induce prostate cancer apoptosis...
July 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724214/potential-protective-effects-of-alpha-pinene-against-cytotoxicity-caused-by-aspirin-in-the-iec-6-cells
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Hafsia Bouzenna, Najla Hfaiedh, Marie-Agnès Giroux-Metges, Abdelfattah Elfeki, Hélène Talarmin
Alpha-pinene is a key compound of the essential oils extracted from many species of coniferous trees. It is known for its biological activities. The aim of the present study was to determine the preventive effect of alpha-pinene on aspirin-induced toxicity in vitro, using IEC-6 cells, and to investigate its antioxidant activities. The antioxidant activities were determined by 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and ferric reducing antioxidant power (FRAP). The cytotoxicity and oxidative stress were detected by cell viability, antioxidant enzyme activity, malondialdehyde (MDA) and GSH production, and the activation of MAPK pathways...
July 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724212/the-effects-of-microrna-98-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-invasion-by-targeting-stat3-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Juying Liu, Wei Chen, Zhenzhang Chen, Jing Wen, Hongliang Yu, Feijiang Wang, Lirong Wu, Xia He
MicroRNA-98 (miR-98) is downregulated in many tumors, and is closely related to tumor progression. In addition, it shows anticarcinogenic functions in various tumor. However, few study show that the biological function and regulatory mechanisms of miR-98 in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) progression. The identification and its target genes which regulate by dysregulated miRNAs may strengthen our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of NPC. In this study, we observe that miR-98 is not only significantly reduced in NPC tissues, but also decreased markedly in NPC cell lines...
July 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724211/dexmedetomidine-preconditioning-protects-against-retinal-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-and-inhibits-inflammation-response-via-toll-like-receptor-4-tlr4-pathway
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Zong Chen, Ping-Yang Qiu, Chuan-Gen Ma
BACKGROUND: Retinal ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is one of significant cause of visual dysopia and causes inflammatory response. Dexmedetomidine is widely applied to general/local anaesthesia and has been reported to have extensive anti-inflammatory effect. However, the role of dexmedetomidine in retinal I/R injury is currently unknown. This study investigates the effect of dexmedetomidine preconditioning on retinal I/R injury and explore the related signal mechanism toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) pathway...
July 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724188/bisindole-oxadiazole-hybrids-t3p-%C3%A2-mediated-synthesis-and-appraisal-of-their-apoptotic-antimetastatic-and-computational-bcl-2-binding-potential
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Pooja R Kamath, Manu M Joseph, Abdul Ajees Abdul Salam, Sreelekha T Therakathinal, Dhanya Sunil, Subhankar Biswas, Karkala Sreedhara Ranganath Pai
In the pursuit of novel anticancer leads, new bisindole-oxadiazoles were synthesized using propyl phosphonic anhydride as a mild and efficient reagent. The molecule, 3-[5-(1H-indol-3-ylmethyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-yl]-1H-indole (3a) exhibited selective cytotoxicity to MCF-7 cells with a cell cycle arrest in the G1 phase. The mechanism of cytotoxicity of 3a involved caspase-2-dependent apoptotic pathway with characteristic apoptotic morphological alterations as observed in acridine orange/ethidium bromide and Hoechst staining...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724078/genome-wide-association-study-of-developing-leaves-heat-tolerance-during-vegetative-growth-stages-in-a-sorghum-association-panel
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Junping Chen, Ratan Chopra, Chad Hayes, Geoffrey Morris, Sandeep Marla, John Burke, Zhanguo Xin, Gloria Burow
Heat stress reduces grain yield and quality worldwide. Enhancing heat tolerance of crops at all developmental stages is one of the essential strategies required for sustaining agricultural production especially as frequency of temperature extremes escalates in response to climate change. Although heat tolerance mechanisms have been studied extensively in model plant species, little is known about the genetic control underlying heat stress responses of crop plants at the vegetative stage under field conditions...
July 2017: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723961/dysfunctional-gpr40-ffar1-signaling-exacerbates-pain-behavior-in-mice
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Kazuo Nakamoto, Fuka Aizawa, Kei Miyagi, Takuya Yamashita, Mitsumasa Mankura, Yutaka Koyama, Fumiyo Kasuya, Akira Hirasawa, Takashi Kurihara, Atsuro Miyata, Shogo Tokuyama
We previously showed that activation of G protein-coupled receptor 40/free fatty acid receptor 1 (GPR40/FFAR1) signaling modulates descending inhibition of pain. In this study, we investigated the involvement of fatty acid-GPR40/FFAR1 signaling in the transition from acute to chronic pain. We used GPR40/FFAR1-knockout (GPR40KO) mice and wild-type (WT) mice. A plantar incision was performed, and mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia were evaluated with a von Frey filament test and plantar test, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723948/integrative-functional-analyses-using-rainbow-trout-selected-for-tolerance-to-plant-diets-reveal-nutrigenomic-signatures-for-soy-utilization-without-the-concurrence-of-enteritis
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Jason Abernathy, Andreas Brezas, Kevin R Snekvik, Ronald W Hardy, Ken Overturf
Finding suitable alternative protein sources for diets of carnivorous fish species remains a major concern for sustainable aquaculture. Through genetic selection, we created a strain of rainbow trout that outperforms parental lines in utilizing an all-plant protein diet and does not develop enteritis in the distal intestine, as is typical with salmonids on long-term plant protein-based feeds. By incorporating this strain into functional analyses, we set out to determine which genes are critical to plant protein utilization in the absence of gut inflammation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723940/modeling-the-dynamics-of-chromosomal-alteration-progression-in-cervical-cancer-a-computational-model
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Augusto Cabrera-Becerril, Cruz Vargas-De-León, Sergio Hernández, Pedro Miramontes, Raúl Peralta
Computational modeling has been applied to simulate the heterogeneity of cancer behavior. The development of Cervical Cancer (CC) is a process in which the cell acquires dynamic behavior from non-deleterious and deleterious mutations, exhibiting chromosomal alterations as a manifestation of this dynamic. To further determine the progression of chromosomal alterations in precursor lesions and CC, we introduce a computational model to study the dynamics of deleterious and non-deleterious mutations as an outcome of tumor progression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723928/erbb-activation-signatures-as-potential-biomarkers-for-anti-erbb3-treatment-in-hnscc
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Diego Alvarado, Gwenda F Ligon, Jay S Lillquist, Scott B Seibel, Gerald Wallweber, Veronique M Neumeister, David L Rimm, Gerald McMahon, Theresa M LaVallee
Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) accounts for 3-5% of all tumor types and remains an unmet medical need with only two targeted therapies approved to date. ErbB3 (HER3), the kinase-impaired member of the EGFR/ErbB family, has been implicated as a disease driver in a number of solid tumors, including a subset of HNSCC. Here we show that the molecular components required for ErbB3 activation, including its ligand neuregulin-1 (NRG1), are highly prevalent in HNSCC and that HER2, but not EGFR, is the major activating ErbB3 kinase partner...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723893/in-vivo-crispr-screening-identifies-ptpn2-as-a-cancer-immunotherapy-target
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Robert T Manguso, Hans W Pope, Margaret D Zimmer, Flavian D Brown, Kathleen B Yates, Brian C Miller, Natalie B Collins, Kevin Bi, Martin W LaFleur, Vikram R Juneja, Sarah A Weiss, Jennifer Lo, David E Fisher, Diana Miao, Eliezer Van Allen, David E Root, Arlene H Sharpe, John G Doench, W Nicholas Haining
Immunotherapy with PD-1 checkpoint blockade is effective in only a minority of patients with cancer, suggesting that additional treatment strategies are needed. Here we use a pooled in vivo genetic screening approach using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing in transplantable tumours in mice treated with immunotherapy to discover previously undescribed immunotherapy targets. We tested 2,368 genes expressed by melanoma cells to identify those that synergize with or cause resistance to checkpoint blockade. We recovered the known immune evasion molecules PD-L1 and CD47, and confirmed that defects in interferon-γ signalling caused resistance to immunotherapy...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723891/the-lysosomal-potassium-channel-tmem175-adopts-a-novel-tetrameric-architecture
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Changkeun Lee, Jiangtao Guo, Weizhong Zeng, Sunghoon Kim, Ji She, Chunlei Cang, Dejian Ren, Youxing Jiang
TMEM175 is a lysosomal K(+) channel that is important for maintaining the membrane potential and pH stability in lysosomes. It contains two homologous copies of a six-transmembrane-helix (6-TM) domain, which has no sequence homology to the canonical tetrameric K(+) channels and lacks the TVGYG selectivity filter motif found in these channels. The prokaryotic TMEM175 channel, which is present in a subset of bacteria and archaea, contains only a single 6-TM domain and functions as a tetramer. Here, we present the crystal structure of a prokaryotic TMEM175 channel from Chamaesiphon minutus, CmTMEM175, the architecture of which represents a completely different fold from that of canonical K(+) channels...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723864/sacral-neuromodulation-for-fecal-incontinence-a-review-of-the-central-mechanisms-of-action
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Paul T J Janssen, Niels Komen, Jarno Melenhorst, Nicole D Bouvy, Ali Jahanshahi, Yasin Temel, Stephanie O Breukink
OBJECTIVE: Fecal incontinence (FI) has a devastating effect on the quality of life and results in social isolation. Sacral neuromodulation (SNM) is proven to be an effective, minimal invasive treatment modality for FI. Despite the increasing application of SNM, the exact mechanisms of action remain unclear. The initial assumption of peripheral motor neurostimulation is not supported by increasing evidence, which report effects of SNM outside the pelvic floor. A new hypothesis states that afferent signals to the brain are essential for a successful therapy...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723845/lean-six-sigma-techniques-to-improve-ophthalmology-clinic-efficiency
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Thomas A Ciulla, Mohan V Tatikonda, Yehya A ElMaraghi, Rehan M Hussain, Amanda L Hill, Julie M Clary, Eyas Hattab
PURPOSE: Ophthalmologists serve an increasing volume of a growing elderly population undergoing increasingly complex outpatient medical care, including extensive diagnostic testing and treatment. The resulting prolonged patient visit times ("patient flow times") limit quality, patient and employee satisfaction, and represent waste. Lean Six Sigma process improvement was used in a vitreoretinal practice to decrease patient flow time, demonstrating that this approach can yield significant improvement in health care...
July 18, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723692/angiotensin-ii-regulates-dendritic-cells-through-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-p65-erk1-2-and-stat1-pathways
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Yan Meng, Chen Chen, Yang Liu, Cui Tian, Hui-Hua Li
BACKGROUND: Activation of dendritic cells (DCs) is necessary to initiate immune responses. Angiotensin II (Ang II) has been reported to have a proinflammatory and immunomodulatory function. However, the role of Ang II in regulation of DCs and the underlying mechanisms remain illdefined. METHODS: The effects of Ang II on the proliferation, maturation, phagocytosis, migration, and communication with T cells of DCs were analysed utilizing MTT, flow cytometry, ELISA, transwell assay and mixed lymphocyte culture...
July 19, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723685/downregulation-of-macrophage-derived-t-ucr-uc-306-associates-with-poor-prognosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#18
Hong-Lin Luo, Jie Chen, Tao Luo, Fei-Xiang Wu, Jun-Jie Liu, Hui-Feng Wang, Miao Chen, Le-Qun Li, Hang Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Increasing evidence suggests that T-UCRs are involved in the development of cancer. In this study, we evaluated the role of a macrophage-derived T-UCR, uc.306, in the prognosis of hepatitis B (HBV)-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: The uc.306 was obtained by screening microassay data obtained during the polarization of U937 cells from the M2 to M1 phenotype. Uc.306 and macrophage molecule markers were detected by qPCR. Immunohistochemical (IHC) assays were used to examine the M1/M2 status of 90 paired HCC tissues...
July 19, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723681/inhibition-of-necroptosis-attenuates-kidney-inflammation-and-interstitial-fibrosis-induced-by-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction
#19
Xia Xiao, Chunyang Du, Zhe Yan, Yonghong Shi, Huijun Duan, Yunzhuo Ren
BACKGROUND: Inflammation plays a crucial role in renal interstitial fibrosis, the pathway of chronic kidney diseases. Necroptosis is a novel form of regulated cell death, which plays a potential role in inflammation and renal diseases. The small molecule necrostatin-1 (Nec-1) is a specific inhibitor of necroptosis. This study was aimed at determining the role of necroptosis, RIP1/RIP3/mixed lineage kinase domain-like (MLKL) signaling pathway, in renal inflammation and interstitial fibrosis related to primitive tubulointerstitial injury...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723672/e3-ubiquitin-ligase-tripartite-motif-containing-71-promotes-the-proliferation-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-through-the-inhibitor-of-kappab-%C3%AE-nuclear-factor-kappab-pathway
#20
Hongjiu Ren, Yitong Xu, Qiongzi Wang, Jun Jiang, Wudumuli, Linping Hui, Qingfu Zhang, Xiupeng Zhang, Enhua Wang, Limei Sun, Xueshan Qiu
Tripartite motif-containing (TRIM) 71 belongs to the TRIM protein family. Many studies have shown that TRIM71 plays conserved roles in stem cell proliferation, differentiation, and embryonic development; however, the relationship between TRIM71 and tumorigenesis is not clear. In this study, we demonstrate that TRIM71 expression in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is associated with tumor size, lymph node metastasis, TNM stage, and poor prognosis. We found that TRIM71 was highly expressed in NSCLC cell lines compared with that in human normal bronchial epithelial cells...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
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