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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779297/cardiac-rhythm-management-devices
#1
Irene Stevenson, Alex Voskoboinik
BACKGROUND: The last decade has seen ongoing evolution and use of cardiac rhythm management devices, including pacemakers, cardiac resynchronisation therapy, implantable cardioverter defibrillators and loop recorders. General practitioners are increasingly involved in follow-up and management of patients with these devices. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to provide an overview of different cardiac rhythm management devices, including their role, implant procedure, post-procedural care, potential complications and follow‑up...
May 2018: Australian journal of general practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779282/-effect-of-bone-morphogenetic-protein-4-overexpression-on-the-biological-activity-of-mouse-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#2
Jin Qiu, Hui-Yu Zhang, Li Liu, Ying-Hui Tan
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to construct the expression of bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP4) lentiviral vector gene and explore its influence on the biological activity of mouse induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. METHODS: iPS cell lines stably overexpressing BMP4 were constructed by lentivirus transfection (BMP4-overexpressing group). Cells without transfection served as the blank group, and cells with only vector transfection served as the empty-vector group...
April 1, 2018: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779281/-effects-of-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-on-osteogenic-differentiation-and-notch-signaling-pathway-in-human-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells
#3
Yu Ma, Shu-Hui Li, Xin-Xin Ding, Pei-Ling Wu
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) on osteogenic differentiation and Notch signaling pathway of periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) and to investigate the regulatory role of Notch signaling pathway on the osteogenic differentiation of PDLSCs under the influence of TNF-α. METHODS: PDLSCs were obtained through enzyme digestion and tissue block method. The expression levels of stem cell surface markers CD105, CD90, CD146, CD45, and CD31 were detected by fluorescence activated cell sorter (FACS)...
April 1, 2018: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779273/-effects-of-inhibitory-concentration-minocycline-on-the-proliferation-differentiation-and-mineralization-of-osteoblasts
#4
Hua-Ying Shao, Yi-Gong Zhang, Xue Yang, Qiong-Yue Zhang, Xiao-Hong Wu
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of the inhibitory concentration minocycline on the proliferation, differentiation, and expression of Runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and osteopontin (OPN) mRNA of osteoblasts. METHODS: Primary osteoblasts were cultured in osteogenic induction medium containing 0, 0.1, 0.5, 1, 10 μg·mL⁻¹ minocycline. Cell counting kit-8 was used to observe cell proliferation. ALP activity assay, alizarin red S staining, and real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) were used to determine cell differentiation and mineralization...
April 1, 2018: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779272/-effects-of-protein-kinase-c-and-motigen-activated-protein-kinase-kinase-extracellular-regulated-protein-kinases-signaling-pathway-on-mrna-level-of-inducible-nitric-oxide-synthase-in-tca8113-cells
#5
Xue-Feng Gao, Hai-Bin Jiao, Chang-Cheng Ye, Ying-Qun Liu
OBJECTIVE: To explore the regulatory mechanism of inducible nitric oxide synthase (NOS-2) expression related to proliferation of Tca8113 cells. METHODS: RNAi mediated by short hairpin RNAs was utilized to knock down NOS-2, protein kinase C (PKC)-α, PKC-β and PKC-δ. Griess Reagent played a significant role on the detection of NO product after NOS-2 silence. The cell proliferation was determined by CCK8 method. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (q-PCR) was recruited to check the mRNA level of NOS-2, PKC-α, PKC-β and PKC-δ after treated by a variety of ways...
April 1, 2018: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779270/-protective-effects-of-hydrogen-rich-medium-on-lipopolysaccharides-induced-injury-in-human-periodontal-ligament-cells
#6
Min Zhou, Zuo-Lin Wang
OBJECTIVE: In this study, lipopolysaccharides (LPS) was used to damage human periodontal ligament cells (hPDLCs) and consequently investigate the protective effects of hydrogen on reducing oxidative stress and cell apoptosis rate. METHODS: hPDLCs were isolated, and then cultured with normal medium+1 μg·mL⁻¹ LPS or with hydrogen-rich medium+
1 μg·mL⁻¹ LPS. Cell proliferation activity was assessed using a cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8), and lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) release was also detected...
April 1, 2018: Hua Xi Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Huaxi Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, West China Journal of Stomatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779268/variation-in-polyphenolic-profiles-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activity-of-different-achillea-species-as-natural-sources-of-antiglycative-compounds
#7
Mahvash Afshari, Mehdi Rahimmalek, Mehran Miroliaei
A comparative study was carried out on the methanolic extracts from six Achillea species and the examined polyphenols from these plants on the formation of advanced glycation end-products (AGE) in vitro. A. pachycephala which was richer in flavonoids (15 mg quercetin/g W) and phenolics (111.10 mg tannic acid/g DW) with substantial antioxidant activity (IC50 = 365.5 μg/ml) presented strong anti-AGE properties. Chlorogenic acid, luteolin, quercetin and caffeic acid were identified as the major polyphenols in the extracts by HPLC...
May 19, 2018: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779267/%C3%AE-synuclein-activates-innate-immunity-but-suppresses-interferon-%C3%AE-expression-in-murine-astrocytes
#8
Jintang Wang, Zheng Chen, Jeremy Walston, Peisong Gao, Maolong Gao, Sean X Leng
Glial activation and neuroinflammation contribute to pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases, linked to neuron loss and dysfunction. α-Synuclein (α-syn), as a metabolite of neuron, can induce microglia activation to trigger innate immune response. However, whether α-syn, as well as its mutants (A53T, A30P and E46K), induces astrocyte activation and inflammatory response is not fully elucidated. In this study, we used A53T mutant and wildtype α-syns to stimulate primary astrocytes in dose- and time-dependent manners (0...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779263/effects-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-lps-and-lr12-peptide-on-trem-1-expression-by-monocytes
#9
M Dubar, K Carrasco, S Gibot, C Bisson
Periodontal disease involves the activation of host immune response, acting not only as defender of periodontal tissues against bacterial aggression but also as mediator of tissue destruction. Triggering Receptor Expressed on Myeloid cells 1 (TREM-1) is an immune receptor that synergizes with Toll-like receptors in amplifying the inflammatory response mediated by microbial molecules. AIM: To investigate the role of P. gingivalis lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and the effect of LR12, a TREM-1 inhibitory peptide, on the expression of membrane-bound and soluble form of TREM-1 on human primary monocytes, as well as the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779258/hyperpolarized-porous-silicon-nanoparticles-potential-theragnostic-material-for-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-si-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#10
Hyeonglim Seo, Ikjang Choi, Nicholas Whiting, Jingzhe Hu, Quy Son Luu, Shivanand Pudakalakatti, Caitlin McCowan, Yaewon Kim, Niki Zacharias, Seunghyun Lee, Pratip Bhattacharya, Youngbok Lee
Porous silicon nanoparticles have recently garnered attention as potentially-promising biomedical platforms for drug delivery and medical diagnostics. Here, we demonstrate porous silicon nanoparticles as contrast agents for ²⁹Si magnetic resonance imaging. Size-controlled porous silicon nanoparticles were synthesized by magnesiothermic reduction of silica nanoparticles and were surface activated for further functionalization. Particles were hyperpolarized via dynamic nuclear polarization to enhance their ²⁹Si MR signals; the particles demonstrated long ²⁹Si spin-lattice relaxation (T₁) times (~ 25 mins), which suggests potential applicability for medical imaging...
May 20, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779247/randomised-controlled-trials-define-shape-of-dose-response-for-pollinex-quattro-birch-allergoid-immunotherapy
#11
Margitta Worm, Tim Higenbottam, Oliver Pfaar, Ralph Mösges, Werner Aberer, Kulasiri Gunawardena, Dorothea Wessiepe, Denise Lee, Matthias F Kramer, Murray Skinner, Bev Lees, Stefan Zielen
BACKGROUND: The Birch Allergoid, Tyrosine Adsorbate, Monophosphoryl Lipid A (POLLINEX® Quattro Plus 1.0 ml Birch 100%) is an effective, well-tolerated short course subcutaneous immunotherapy. We performed two phase II studies to determine its optimal cumulative dose. METHODS: The studies were conducted in Germany, Austria and Poland (EudraCT numbers: 2012-004336-28 PQBirch203 and 2015-000984-15 PQBirch204) using a wide range of cumulative doses. In both studies, subjects were administered 6 therapy injections weekly outside the pollen season...
May 19, 2018: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779246/regulation-of-plasminogen-activation-on-cell-surfaces-and-fibrin
#12
REVIEW
Tetsumei Urano, Francis J Castellino, Yuko Suzuki
The fibrinolytic system dissolves fibrin and maintains vascular patency. Recent advances in imaging analyses allowed visualization of the spatiotemporal regulatory mechanism of fibrinolysis, as well as its regulation by other plasma haemostasis cofactors. Vascular endothelial cells (VECs) retain tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) after secretion and maintain high plasminogen (plg) activation potential on their surfaces. As in plasma, the serpin, plasminogen activator inhibitor type 1 (PAI-1), regulates fibrinolytic potential via inhibition of the VEC surface-bound plg activator, tPA...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779241/visible-light-driven-chemoselective-hydrogenation-of-nitroarenes-to-anilines-in-water-via-graphitic-carbon-nitride-metal-free-photocatalysis
#13
Gang Xiao, Peifeng Li, Yilin Zhao, Shengnan Xu, Haijia Su
Green and efficient procedures are highly required for the chemoselective hydrogenation of functionalized nitroarenes to industrially important anilines. Here, we show that visible-light-driven, chemoselective hydrogenation of functionalized nitroarenes bearing the sensitive groups to anilines can be achieved in good to excellent yields (82-100%) in water under relatively mild conditions, catalyzed by low-cost and recyclable graphitic carbon nitride. It is also applicable in gram-scale reaction with 86% yield of aniline...
May 20, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779237/enzyme-free-replication-with-two-or-four-bases
#14
Clemens Richert, Elena Hänle
All known forms of life encode their genetic information in a sequence of bases of a genetic polymer and produce copies of their genes via semiconservative replication. How this process started before polymerase enzymes had been evolved is unclear. Enzyme-free copying of short stretches of DNA or RNA sequence has been demonstrated, using activated nucleotides, but not replication. We have developed a methodology for replication. It involves extension with reversible termination, enzyme-free ligation, and strand capture and allowed us to monitor nucleotide incorporation for an entire helical turn of DNA, both during a first and a second round of copying...
May 20, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779236/arabidopsis-inositol-phosphate-kinases-ipk1-and-itpk1-constitute-a-metabolic-pathway-in-maintaining-phosphate-homeostasis
#15
Hui-Fen Kuo, Yu-Ying Hsu, Wei-Chi Lin, Kai-Yu Chen, Teun Munnik, Charles A Brearley, Tzyy-Jen Chiou
Emerging studies have implicated a close link between inositol phosphate (InsP) metabolism and cellular phosphate (Pi ) homeostasis in eukaryotes; however, whether a common InsP species is deployed as an evolutionarily conserved metabolic messenger to mediate Pi signaling remains unknown. Here, using genetics and InsP profiling combined with Pi starvation response (PSR) analysis in Arabidopsis thaliana, we showed that the kinase activity of inositol pentakisphosphate 2-kinase (IPK1), an enzyme required for phytate (inositol hexakisphosphates; InsP6 ) synthesis, is indispensable for maintaining Pi homeostasis under Pi -replete conditions, and inositol 1,3,4-trisphosphate 5/6-kinase 1 (ITPK1) plays an equivalent role...
May 19, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779233/long-term-high-intensity-sound-stimulation-inhibits-h-current-i-h-in-ca1-pyramidal-neurons
#16
A O S Cunha, C C Ceballos, J L de Deus, R M Leão
Afferent neurotransmission to hippocampal pyramidal cells can lead to long-term changes to their intrinsic membrane properties and affect many ion currents. One of the most plastic neuronal currents is the hyperpolarization activated cationic current (Ih ), which changes in CA1 pyramidal cells in response to many types of physiological and pathological processes, including auditory stimulation. Recently we demonstrated that long-term potentiation (LTP) in rat hippocampal Schaffer-CA1 synapses is depressed by high-intensity sound stimulation...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779229/codeinone-reductase-isoforms-with-differential-stability-efficiency-and-product-selectivity-in-opium-poppy
#17
Mehran Dastmalchi, Limei Chang, Miguel A Torres, Kenneth K S Ng, Peter J Facchini
Codeinone reductase (COR) catalyzes the reversible NADPH-dependent reduction of codeinone to codeine as the penultimate step of morphine biosynthesis in opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). COR also irreversibly reduces neopinone, which forms by spontaneous isomerization in aqueous solution from codeinone, to neopine. In a parallel pathway involving 3-O-desmethylated analogs, COR converts morphinone to morphine, and neomorphinone to neomorphine. Similar to neopine, neomorphine formation by COR is irreversible...
May 19, 2018: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779226/phenotypic-characterization-of-enzymatic-activity-of-clinical-dermatophyte-isolates-from-animals-with-and-without-skin-lesions-and-humans
#18
Sebastian Gnat, Dominik Łagowski, Aneta Nowakiewicz, Przemysław Zięba
AIMS: The pathogenesis of dermatophytoses is associated with the secretion of enzymes degrading the infected tissue components. Although many studies on enzymatic activity of dermatophytes have been conducted over the years, there have been no concrete proposals on construction of the profile of enzymes characteristic of individual species, genus, or ecological types of dermatophytes. The aim of this study was to assess the capability of clinical dermatophyte isolates from both symptomatic and asymptomatic animals and humans to produce different enzymes...
May 20, 2018: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779223/gene-editing-vectors-for-studying-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-cholinergic-transmission
#19
Can Peng, Yijin Yan, Veronica J Kim, Staci E Engle, Jennifer N Berry, J Michael McIntosh, Rachael L Neve, Ryan M Drenan
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs), prototype members of the cys-loop ligand gated ion channel family, are key mediators of cholinergic transmission in the central nervous system. Despite their importance, technical gaps exist in our ability to dissect the function of individual subunits in the brain. To overcome these barriers, we designed CRISPR/Cas9 small guide RNA sequences (sgRNAs) for production of loss-of-function alleles in mouse nAChR genes. These sgRNAs were validated in vitro via deep sequencing...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779217/ginsenoside-c-mx-isolated-from-notoginseng-stem-leaf-ginsenosides-attenuates-ultraviolet-b-mediated-photoaging-in-human-dermal-fibroblasts
#20
Xiao-Yi Liu, Eunson Hwang, Bom Park, Hien T T Ngo, Yong-Kun Xiao, Tae-Hoo Yi
Notoginseng is a traditional herbal medicine widely used for medicinal therapy in Asia, as it contains numerous ginsenosides with pharmacological effects. In this study, we submitted Notoginseng stem-leaf (NGL) ginsenosides to an enzyme to create reaction the monomer products of ginsenoside C-Mx and then investigated the ability of ginsenoside C-Mx to protect the skin against ultraviolet B-induced injury in normal human dermal fibroblasts (NHDFs). Ginsenoside C-Mx alleviated UVB-induced intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), MMP-1, and IL-6 expression while accelerating TGF-β and procollagen type I secretion...
May 20, 2018: Photochemistry and Photobiology
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