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Di Zhao, Na-Sui Wang, Fu Chen, Zheng-Bing Li, Xi-Tao Li, Xu-Xin Zhu
BACKGROUND: miR-34a is a multifunctional post-translational modulator, which is involved in several diabetes-related complications. However, miR-34a remains to be fully elucidated in the diabetic endothelium from rats. In this study, the role of miR-34a/NOTCH1 signaling in the progression of hyperglycemia-vascular endothelial dysfunction was investigated. METHODS: In intravenous injection of miR-34a mimics and inhibitors in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats, the biomarkers of endothelial dysfunction was measured...
March 12, 2018: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Dylan Tanzer, Karen Smith, Michael Tanzer
BACKGROUND: The implementation of care pathways in hip arthroplasty programs has been shown to result in a decreased length of stay (LOS), but often multiple elements of a care pathway are implemented at the same time. As a result, it is difficult to understand the impact each of the individual modifications has made to the patient's prepathway care. In particular, it is unknown what the role of patient expectations pertaining to anticipated LOS alone is on the LOS after primary THA. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) Does changing the patient's expectations regarding his or her anticipated LOS, without intentionally changing the rest of the care pathway, result in a change in the patient's LOS after primary THA? (2) Is the resultant LOS associated with the patient's age, gender, or day of the week the surgery was performed? METHODS: We retrospectively compared the LOS in 100 consecutive patients undergoing THA immediately after the implementation of a 4-day care pathway (4-day Group) with 100 consecutive patients, 3 months later, who were also in the same pathway but were told by their surgeon preoperatively and in the hospital to expect a LOS of 2 days (2-day Group)...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Molly A Hartzler, Matthew P Abdel, Peter K Sculco, Michael J Taunton, Mark W Pagnano, Arlen D Hanssen
BACKGROUND: Dislocation is one of the most common complications after revision THA. Dual-mobility constructs and large femoral heads (ie, 40 mm) are two contemporary, nonconstrained bearing options used in revision THA to minimize the risk of dislocation; however, it is not currently established if there is a clear benefit to using dual-mobility constructs over large femoral heads in the revision setting. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: We sought to determine if dual-mobility constructs would provide a reduction in dislocation, rerevision for dislocation, and reoperation or other complications as compared with large femoral heads in revision THA...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Sang-Hyun Park, Zhen Lu, Robert S Hastings, Patricia A Campbell, Edward Ebramzadeh
BACKGROUND: In 2010, a widely used metal-on-metal hip implant design was voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer because of higher than anticipated failure rates at 5 years. Although there was a large published range of revision rates, numerous studies had reported a higher risk of revision for excessive wear and associated adverse tissue reactions when compared with other metal-on-metal total hips. The reasons for this were suggested by some to be related to cup design features. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: From retrievals of ASR metal-on-metal implants and tissue samples obtained at revision surgery, we asked the following questions: (1) What were the common and uncommon surface features? (2) What were the common and uncommon linear and volumetric wear characteristics? (3) Were there common taper corrosion characteristics? (4) What aseptic lymphocytic vasculitis-associated lesion (ALVAL) features were present in the tissues? METHODS: Five hundred fifty-five ASRs, including 23 resurfacings, were studied at one academic research center...
February 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Ye-Fen Lu, Xue-Li Cai, Zheng-Zheng Li, Jing Lv, Yi-An Xiang, Jian-Jun Chen, Wei-Jing Chen, Wei-Yan Sun, Xiu-Mei Liu, Jian-Bo Chen
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have recently emerged as novel and potentially promising therapeutic targets in various cancers. However, the expression pattern and biological function of lncRNAs in glioma remain largely elusive. In the present study, we investigated the functional role of an lncRNA, small nucleolar RNA host gene 16 (SNHG16), in glioma. METHODS: The expression levels of SNHG16 and miR-4518 were measured using qRT-PCR. The relationship between the levels of SNHG16 and clinicopathologic features were statically analyzed...
March 6, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Beata Znorko, Dariusz Pawlak, Ewa Oksztulska-Kolanek, Tomasz Domaniewski, Anna Pryczynicz, Alicja Roszczenko, Joanna Rogalska, Paweł Lipowicz, Michał Doroszko, Malgorzata Michalina Brzoska, Krystyna Pawlak
Osteoprotegerin (OPG), receptor activator of NF-κB ligand (RANKL), and parathyroid hormone (PTH) play a central role in the regulation of bone turnover in chronic kidney disease (CKD), but their influence on bone mineral density (BMD) and strength remains unclear, particularly in children. We studied the clinical significance of OPG and RANKL in relation to PTH, femur weight, BMD, and bone biomechanical properties in growing rats after one month (CKD-1) and three months (CKD-3) of surgically-induced mild CKD...
March 9, 2018: Cytokine
Y Valcárcel, A Valdehíta, E Becerra, M López de Alda, A Gil, M Gorga, M Petrovic, D Barceló, J M Navas
Endocrine disruptors (EDs) are natural or man-made chemicals that can affect the health of organisms by interfering with their normal hormonal functions. Many of these substances can cause their effects at very low doses and, considering the key role played by the endocrine system on development, organisms in early phases of growth (foetal, childhood, puberty) are especially sensitive to the action of EDs. In addition, when combined, they can show additive, antagonistic and synergistic activities. Taking all this into account it is essential to determine the presence of this kind of compounds in drinking water...
February 22, 2018: Chemosphere
Attila Németh, Ingrid Grummt
The nucleolus is the largest nuclear sub-compartment in which the early steps of ribosome biogenesis take place. It also plays an essential role in the assembly and function of non-ribosomal ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes, controls cell cycle progression and senses environmental stress. The spatial organization and dynamics of nucleolar proteins and RNA is regulated at different structural levels, which finally determine nucleolar architecture. The intimate link between nucleolar structure and function is reflected by transcription-dependent changes in nucleolus-associated chromatin, overall morphological alterations in response to external cues, and the liquid droplet-like behavior of nucleolar compartments...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
J Bogdanowicz, A Kumar, C Fleischmann, M Gilbert, J Houard, A Vella, W Vandervorst
This paper demonstrates the increased light absorption efficiency of semiconducting atom probe tips resulting from focused-ion-beam (FIB) preparation. We use transmission electron microscopy to show that semiconducting tips prepared with FIB are surrounded with an amorphized shell. Photomodulated optical reflectance measurements then provide evidence that FIB-induced damage leads to an increase in both sub- and supra-bandgap light absorption efficiency. Using laser-assisted atom probe tomography (La-APT) measurements, we finally show that, for a nanoscale tip geometry, the laser-induced heating of a tip during La-APT is enhanced by the FIB preparation...
March 5, 2018: Ultramicroscopy
Alessandro Satriano, Edward J Vigmond, David S Schwartzman, Elena S Di Martino
Mechanical stretch plays a major role in modulating atrial function, being responsible for beat-by-beat responses to changes in chamber preload, enabling a prompt regulation of cardiac function. Mechano-electric coupling (MEC) operates through many mechanisms and has many targets, making it experimentally difficult to isolate causes and effects especially under sinus conditions where effects are more transient and subtle. Therefore, modelling is a powerful tool to help understand the role of MEC with respect to the atrial electromechanical interaction...
February 21, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Yanan Wan, Aboubacar Younoussa Camara, Qingqing Huang, Yao Yu, Qi Wang, Huafen Li
The accumulation of arsenic (As) in rice grain is a potential threat to human health. Our study investigated the possible mediatory role of selenite fertilization on As uptake and accumulation by rice (Oryza sativa L.) under different water management regimes (aerobic or flooded) in a pot experiment. Soil solutions were also extracted during the growing season to monitor As dynamics. Results showed that As contents in the soil solutions, seedlings, and mature rice were higher under flooded than under aerobic water management...
March 9, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Jing Lu, Haipu Li, Yi Tu, Zhaoguang Yang
Parabens are preservatives widely used in foodstuffs, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, which have led to elevated paraben concentrations in wastewater and receiving waters. Laboratory-scale batch experiments were conducted to investigate the adsorption and degradation of parabens in an aerobic activated sludge system. Results show that biodegradation plays a key role in removing parabens from the aerobic system of wastewater treatment plants, while adsorption on the sludge is not significant. The effects of parent paraben concentration, concentration of mixed liquor suspended solids (MLSS), initial pH and temperature on degradation were investigated using kinetic models...
March 9, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Nihui Zhang, Ruijuan Yao, Jianglong Guo, Jing He, Guolong Meng, Fang Wu
Chitosan as a natural cationic polysaccharide has drawn wide interests as surface modification materials in orthopedic applications, with the potential to achieve combined osteogenic, antimicrobial and haemostatic functions. The cationicity of chitosan has been reported to play an important role in modifying the osteoblastic cell responses and the antibacterial activities, while its effect on the haemostatic properties has been rarely studied. To this aim, we prepared carboxymethyl chitosan hydrogels with different cationicity through crosslinking with different concentrations of genipin (1%, 2...
February 25, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Swetha K Maddili, Ramesh Katla, Vijaya Kumar Kannekanti, Naveen Kumar Bejjanki, Balaraju Tuniki, Cheng-He Zhou, Himabindu Gandham
The binding behaviour between calf thymus DNA and synthesized benzothiazolyl triazolium derivatives as potent antimicrobial agents was explored by means of spectroscopic applications together with molecular docking study at the sub-domain IIA, binding site I of human serum albumin (HSA). Most of the synthesized derivatives presented significant antimicrobial inhibition when compared with the clinical Norfloxacin, Chloromycin, and Fluconazole. In particular, compound 5q presented efficient anti-Bacillus subtilis, anti-Escherichia coli, anti-Salmonella typhi, and anti-Psuedomonas aeruginosa activity with low MIC values of 2-8 μg/mL which were relatively superior to the reference drugs...
February 21, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Yusuf Atan, Murat Akbaba, Seval Kul, Zekeriya Tataroğlu, Ebru Temiz, Gülper Nacarkahya, Ahmet Arslan
Suicide is an important public health problem. The aim of the present study is to determine the incidence of serotonin receptor gene polymorphisms (rs6313and rs6314) in patients with a history of suicide attempt by blood sampling and to evaluate whether a causal relation exists between gene polymorphisms and suicide. After obtaining the necessary approvals for the study, we included 178 patients with attempted suicide history admitted to the emergency room between December 14, 2016 and July 31, 2016; 174 control subjects were also included...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
Rosita Gabbianelli, Elisabetta Damiani
Neurodegeneration represents a global problem due to the progressive increase in the aging population all over the world. The quality of life in aging and the cost for the health care system require actions to promote healthy aging. In this regard, several risk factors associated with the development of neurodegeneration can be identified, and programs to educate people on the key role of prevention could significantly ameliorate the future picture of the aging population. Here we describe the key role of the pre- and postnatal period of life during the first 1000 days of life, focusing on the importance of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle of mother and offspring for the prevention of neurodegeneration later in life...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Brij Bhushan Mehta, Anil Tiwari, Saniya Sharma, Ashu Shukla, Maryada Sharma, Rakesh K Vasishta, Ramesh K Sen, Aman Sharma, Manni Luthra-Guptasarma
Tenascin-C (TN-C) levels are elevated in the synovial tissue and fluid, as well as cartilage of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. In addition, the presence of TN-C fragments has also been documented in arthritic cartilage. We have previously shown that a single chain variable fragment antibody (TN64), directed against the fibronectin type III repeats 1-5 (TNfnIII 1-5) of TN-C, effectively inhibits fibrotic pathology. Given that fibrosis results from chronic inflammation, and the fact that increased levels of TN-C in the synovial fluid of patients with RA contributes to synovial inflammation and joint destruction, we aimed to investigate the role of TNfnIII 1-5 region of TN-C in RA pathogenesis...
March 9, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
Priyam Jani, Chao Liu, Hua Zhang, Khaled Younes, M Douglas Benson, Chunlin Qin
OBJECTIVE: The bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) play crucial roles in tooth development. However, several BMPs retain expression in the dentin of the fully patterned and differentiated tooth. We hypothesized that BMP signaling therefore plays a role in the function of the differentiated odontoblast, the job of which is to lay down and mineralize the dentin matrix. DESIGN: We generated mice deficient in Bmp2 and 4 using a dentin matrix protein 1 (Dmp1) promoter-driven cre recombinase that was expressed in differentiated odontoblasts...
February 7, 2018: Archives of Oral Biology
Gery C Karantzas, Daniel Romano, Juwon Lee
Attachment theory is an important framework from which to examine familial aged care. Despite this, the role of attachment in later-life caregiving remains unclear. The current study presents a systematic review of papers within the last five years on attachment and various outcomes related to familial aged care. For the caregiver, attachment anxiety was associated with poorer mental health, and attachment insecurity with a more controlling manner of caregiving. The few studies conducted with care recipients found that attachment insecurity was associated with greater self-appraisals of dementia symptoms and a lower sense of security...
March 6, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychology
Marinus H van IJzendoorn, Marian J Bakermans-Kranenburg
Attachment is transmitted from one generation to the next. Adult attachment has been shown to predict the security or insecurity of children's attachment relationship with their parents. In search for the mechanism of intergenerational transmission of attachment sensitive parenting has been the main focus of research during the past four decades. Meta-analytic work confirmed the role of sensitive parenting, but a large explanatory gap remains to be explained. Parental mentalization has not yet fulfilled its promise as a bridge across the transmission gap...
February 27, 2018: Current Opinion in Psychology
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