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Katrien Van Bocxlaer, Eric Gaukel, Deirdre Hauser, Seong Hee Park, Sara Schock, Vanessa Yardley, Ryan Randolph, Jacob J Plattner, Tejal Merchant, Simon L Croft, Robert T Jacobs, Stephen A Wring
Cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) is caused by several species of the protozoan parasite Leishmania - affecting an estimated 10 million people worldwide. Previously reported strategies for the development of topical CL treatments have focussed primarily on drug permeation and formulation optimisation as the means to increase treatment efficacy.Our approach aims to identify compounds with anti-leishmanial activity and properties consistent with topical administration. Of the test compounds, five benzoxaboroles showed potent activity (EC50 < 5 μM) against intracellular amastigotes of at least one Leishmania species and acceptable activity (20 μM< EC50 <30 μM) against two more species...
March 5, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Benjamin Zeeb, Vanessa Schöck, Nicole Schmid, Lisa Majer, Kurt Herrmann, Jörg Hinrichs, Jochen Weiss
Process-stable complexes composed of whey protein isolate (WPI) and sugar beet pectin have great potential as structuring agents or fat replacers in foods. The current study investigates the compatibility of heated WPI : pectin complexes in different meat matrices. Spreadable raw-fermented sausages and sliceable emulsion-type sausages were therefore manufactured containing biopolymer complexes with various WPI : pectin ratios r (2 : 1, 8 : 1). Macro- and microstructural properties of the meat dispersions were analyzed in terms of colour, texture, rheometry, sensory, and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) measurements...
February 22, 2018: Food & Function
Jeremy P Koelmel, Christina M Jones, Candice Z Ulmer, Timothy J Garrett, Richard A Yost, Tracey B Schock, John A Bowden
AIM: To confidently determine lipid-based biomarkers, it is important to minimize variation introduced during preanalytical steps. We evaluated reducing variation associated with lipid measurements in invertebrate sentinel species using a state-of-the-art heat treatment technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Earthworms (Eisenia fetida), house crickets (Acheta domestica) and ghost shrimp (Palaemonetes paludosus) were euthanized either by flash freezing or heat treatment...
February 16, 2018: Bioanalysis
Noora Tuovinen, Klaus Seppi, Francesco de Pasquale, Christoph Müller, Michael Nocker, Michael Schocke, Elke R Gizewski, Christian Kremser, Gregor K Wenning, Werner Poewe, Atbin Djamshidian, Christoph Scherfler, Morinobu Seki
INTRODUCTION: The study aim was to identify longitudinal abnormalities of functional connectivity and its relation with motor disability in early to moderately advanced stages of Parkinson's disease patients. METHODS: 3.0T structural and resting-state functional MRI was performed in healthy subjects (n = 16) and Parkinson's disease patients (n = 16) with mean disease duration of 2.2 ± 1.2 years at baseline with a clinical follow-up of 1.5 ± 0.3 years. Resting-state fMRI analysis included region-to-region connectivity in correlation with UPDRS-III scores and computation of Global Efficiency and Degree Centrality...
February 8, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Michael K DeSantis, Simoni Triantafyllidou, Michael Schock, Darren A Lytle
Galvanic corrosion as a mechanism of toxic lead release into drinking water has been under scientific debate in the U.S. for over 30 years. Visual and mineralogical analysis of 28 lead pipe joints, excavated after 60+ years from 8 U.S. water utilities, provided the first direct view of three distinct galvanic corrosion patterns in practice: (1) no evidence of galvanic corrosion; (2) galvanic corrosion with lead cathode; (3) galvanic corrosion with lead anode. Pattern 3 is consistent with empirical galvanic series (lead→brass→copper in order of increasing nobility) and poses the greatest risk of Pb exposure...
February 15, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Yu Shu Xiao, Frieder Schöck, Nicanor González-Morales
Sarcomeres, the smallest contractile unit of muscles, are arguably the most impressive actomyosin structure. Yet a complete understanding of sarcomere formation and maintenance is missing. The Drosophila indirect flight muscle (IFM) has proven to be a very valuable model to study sarcomeres. Here, we present a protocol for the rapid dissection of IFM and analysis of sarcomeres using fluorescently tagged proteins.
November 20, 2017: Bio-protocol
Nadine Stammel, Christine Knaevelsrud, Katrin Schock, Lena C S Walther, Mechthild Wenk-Ansohn, Maria Böttche
Background : Multidisciplinary treatment approaches are commonly used in specialized psychosocial centres for the treatment of traumatized refugees, but empirical evidence for their efficacy is inconsistent. Objective : In order to obtain more evidence on the development of mental health and well-being of traumatized refugees who receive multidisciplinary treatment, symptom courses of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and somatoform symptoms as well as in the subjective quality of life were investigated in the course of a multidisciplinary treatment...
2017: European Journal of Psychotraumatology
Renée T Fortner, Helena Schock, Charlotte Le Cornet, Anika Hüsing, Allison F Vitonis, Theron S Johnson, Raina N Fichorova, Titilayo Fashemi, Hidemi S Yamamoto, Anne Tjønneland, Louise Hansen, Kim Overvad, Marie-Christine Boutron-Ruault, Marina Kvaskoff, Gianluca Severi, Heiner Boeing, Antonia Trichopoulou, Eleni-Maria Papatesta, Carlo La Vecchia, Domenico Palli, Sabina Sieri, Rosario Tumino, Carlotta Sacerdote, Amalia Mattiello, N Charlotte Onland-Moret, Petra H Peeters, H B As Bueno-de-Mesquita, Elisabete Weiderpass, J Ramón Quirós, Eric J Duell, Maria-Jose Sánchez, Carmen Navarro, Eva Ardanaz, Nerea Larrañaga, Björn Nodin, Karin Jirström, Annika Idahl, Eva Lundin, Kay-Tee Khaw, Ruth C Travis, Marc Gunter, Mattias Johansson, Laure Dossus, Melissa A Merritt, Elio Riboli, Kathryn L Terry, Daniel W Cramer, Rudolf Kaaks
CA125 is the best ovarian cancer early detection marker to date; however, sensitivity is limited and complementary markers are required to improve discrimination between ovarian cancer cases and non-cases. Anti-CA125 autoantibodies are observed in circulation. Our objective was to evaluate whether these antibodies (1) can serve as early detection markers, providing evidence of an immune response to a developing tumor, and (2) modify the discriminatory capacity of CA125 by either masking CA125 levels (resulting in lower discrimination) or acting synergistically to improve discrimination between cases and non-cases...
April 1, 2018: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Stephanie Mangesius, Anna Hussl, Florian Krismer, Philipp Mahlknecht, Eva Reiter, Susanne Tagwercher, Atbin Djamshidian, Michael Schocke, Regina Esterhammer, Gregor Wenning, Christoph Müller, Christoph Scherfler, Elke R Gizewski, Werner Poewe, Klaus Seppi
INTRODUCTION: Several previous studies examined different brainstem-derived MR planimetric measures with regards to their diagnostic accuracy in separating patients with neurodegenerative parkinsonian disorders and reported conflicting results. The current study aimed to compare their performance in a well-characterized sample of patients with neurodegenerative parkinsonian disorders. METHODS: MR planimetric measurements were assessed in a large retrospective cohort of 55 progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), 194 Parkinson's disease (PD) and 63 multiple system atrophy (MSA) patients...
October 31, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Thomas Mondritzki, Sarah M L Steinbach, Philip Boehme, Jessica Hoffmann, Maximilian Kullmann, Daniel Schock-Kusch, Julia Vogel, Peter Kolkhof, Peter Sandner, Erwin Bischoff, Jörg Hüser, Wilfried Dinh, Hubert Truebel
INTRODUCTION: Quantitative assessment of renal function by measurement of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is an important part of safety and efficacy evaluation in preclinical drug development. Existing methods are often time consuming, imprecise and associated with animal burden. Here we describe the comparison between GFR determinations with sinistrin (PS-GFR) and fluorescence-labelled sinistrin-application and its transcutaneous detection (TD-GFR) in a large animal model of chronic kidney disease (CKD)...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Elizabeth N Schock, Samantha A Brugmann
Development of the brain directly influences the development of the face via both physical growth and Sonic hedgehog (SHH) activity; however, little is known about how neural crest cells (NCCs), the mesenchymal population that comprise the developing facial prominences, influence the development of the brain. We utilized the conditional ciliary mutant Wnt1-Cre;Kif3a(fl/fl) to demonstrate that loss of primary cilia on NCCs resulted in a widened ventral forebrain. We found that neuroectodermal Shh expression, dorsal/ventral patterning, and amount of proliferation in the ventral neuroectoderm was not changed in Wnt1-Cre;Kif3a(fl/fl) mutants; however, tissue polarity and directional cell division were disrupted...
November 15, 2017: Developmental Biology
Seungyoun Jung, Naomi Allen, Alan A Arslan, Laura Baglietto, Aurelio Barricarte, Louise A Brinton, Brian L Egleston, Roni T Falk, Renée T Fortner, Kathy J Helzlsouer, Yutang Gao, Annika Idahl, Rudolph Kaaks, Vittorio Krogh, Melissa A Merritt, Eva Lundin, N Charlotte Onland-Moret, Sabina Rinaldi, Helena Schock, Xiao-Ou Shu, Patrick M Sluss, Paul N Staats, Carlotta Sacerdote, Ruth C Travis, Anne Tjønneland, Antonia Trichopoulou, Shelley S Tworoger, Kala Visvanathan, Elisabete Weiderpass, Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Joanne F Dorgan
Animal and experimental data suggest that anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) serves as a marker of ovarian reserve and inhibits the growth of ovarian tumors. However, few epidemiologic studies have examined the association between AMH and ovarian cancer risk. We conducted a nested case-control study of 302 ovarian cancer cases and 336 matched controls from nine cohorts. Prediagnostic blood samples of premenopausal women were assayed for AMH using a picoAMH enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using multivariable-adjusted conditional logistic regression...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Beatrice Grafl, Cristina Garcia-Rueda, Peter Cargill, Alisdair Wood, Alex Schock, Dieter Liebhart, Anna Schachner, Michael Hess
An investigation into the aetiology and pathogenesis of adenoviral gizzard erosion has been conducted following three natural outbreaks affecting one flock of 6-week-old replacement pullets and two consecutive placements of free range layers at the age of 21 and 23 weeks. Affected flocks showed increased mortality (0.12-0.30% per week), and gizzard lesions were consistent with fowl aviadenovirus (FAdV) involvement. To substantiate the initial findings, a selection of archived formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded gizzard samples from another 12 pullet and layer flocks, for which macroscopic and histopathological diagnosis of the disease were recorded in Great Britain during the period 2009-2016, were also investigated...
September 18, 2017: Avian Pathology: Journal of the W.V.P.A
Renée T Fortner, Helena Schock, Seungyoun Jung, Naomi E Allen, Alan A Arslan, Louise A Brinton, Brian L Egleston, Roni T Falk, Marc J Gunter, Kathy J Helzlsouer, Annika Idahl, Theron S Johnson, Rudolf Kaaks, Vittorio Krogh, Eva Lundin, Melissa A Merritt, Carmen Navarro, N Charlotte Onland-Moret, Domenico Palli, Xiao-Ou Shu, Patrick M Sluss, Paul N Staats, Antonia Trichopoulou, Elisabete Weiderpass, Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Wei Zheng, Joanne F Dorgan
BACKGROUND: The Mullerian ducts are the embryological precursors of the female reproductive tract, including the uterus; anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) has a key role in the regulation of foetal sexual differentiation. Anti-Mullerian hormone inhibits endometrial tumour growth in experimental models by stimulating apoptosis and cell cycle arrest. To date, there are no prospective epidemiologic data on circulating AMH and endometrial cancer risk. METHODS: We investigated this association among women premenopausal at blood collection in a multicohort study including participants from eight studies located in the United States, Europe, and China...
October 24, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
Rebecca Kassubek, Martin Gorges, Michael Schocke, Viktoria A M Hagenston, André Huss, Albert C Ludolph, Jan Kassubek, Hayrettin Tumani
OBJECTIVE: The role of Glial Fibrillic Acidic Protein (GFAP) as a potential biomarker for relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) has been controversially discussed. The aim was to characterize the added value of GFAP levels in the CSF of RRMS and CIS patients in correlation with MRI lesion load. MATERIALS & METHODS: GFAP levels in the CSF from 18 patients with RRMS, 8 patients with CIS and 35 controls were analyzed together with MRI data for acute and chronic inflammatory lesion load...
August 9, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
E G Stets, C J Lee, D A Lytle, M R Schock
Corrosion in water-distribution systems is a costly problem and controlling corrosion is a primary focus of efforts to reduce lead (Pb) and copper (Cu) in tap water. High chloride concentrations can increase the tendency of water to cause corrosion in distribution systems. The effects of chloride are also expressed in several indices commonly used to describe the potential corrosivity of water, the chloride-sulfate mass ratio (CSMR) and the Larson Ratio (LR). Elevated CSMR has been linked to the galvanic corrosion of Pb whereas LR is indicative of the corrosivity of water to iron and steel...
February 1, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Gökhan Ertaylan, Charlotte Le Cornet, Eline H van Roekel, Audrey Y Jung, Martijn J L Bours, Antje Damms-Machado, Piet A van den Brandt, Helena Schock, Theo M de Kok, Jan Theys, Ilja C W Arts, Rudolf Kaaks, Matty P Weijenberg, Renée Turzanski Fortner
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) International and the University of Bristol have developed a novel framework for providing an overview of mechanistic pathways and conducting a systematic literature review of the biologically plausible mechanisms underlying exposure-cancer associations. Two teams independently applied the two-stage framework on mechanisms underpinning the association between body fatness and breast cancer to test the framework feasibility and reproducibility as part of a WCRF-commissioned validation study...
July 28, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
Nicanor González-Morales, Tristan K Holenka, Frieder Schöck
Many proteins contribute to the contractile properties of muscles, most notably myosin thick filaments, which are anchored at the M-line, and actin thin filaments, which are anchored at the Z-discs that border each sarcomere. In humans, mutations in the actin-binding protein Filamin-C result in myopathies, but the underlying molecular function is not well understood. Here we show using Drosophila indirect flight muscle that the filamin ortholog Cheerio in conjunction with the giant elastic protein titin plays a crucial role in keeping thin filaments stably anchored at the Z-disc...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
Frances M Nilsen, Jonathan E Dorsey, Russell H Lowers, Louis J Guillette, Stephen E Long, John A Bowden, Tracey B Schock
Concentrations of mercury (Hg) are not well studied in free-ranging wildlife. Atmospheric deposition patterns of Hg have been studied in detail and have been modeled for both global and specific locations and often correlate to environmental impact. However, monitoring the impact of Hg deposition in wildlife is complicated due to local environmental conditions that can affect the transformation of atmospheric Hg to the biologically available forms (e.g., rainfall, humidity, pH, the ability of the environment to methylate Hg), as well as affect the accessibility to organisms for sampling...
December 31, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Renée T Fortner, Eglé Tolockiene, Helena Schock, Husam Oda, Hans-Åke Lakso, Göran Hallmans, Rudolf Kaaks, Paolo Toniolo, Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Kjell Grankvist, Eva Lundin
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy and parity are associated with subsequent breast cancer risk. Experimental and epidemiologic data suggest a role for pregnancy sex steroid hormones. METHODS: We conducted a nested case-control study in the Northern Sweden Maternity Cohort (1975-2007). Eligible women had provided a blood sample in the first 20 weeks of gestation during a primiparous pregnancy leading to a term delivery. The current study includes 223 cases and 417 matched controls (matching factors: age at and date of blood collection)...
July 18, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
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