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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802057/hmgb1-released-by-autophagic-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-maintains-the-stemness-of-luminal-breast-cancer-cells
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Xi-Long Zhao, Yong Lin, Jun Jiang, Zhuo Tang, Shuai Yang, Lu Lu, Yan Liang, Xue Liu, Jiao Tan, Xu-Gang Hu, Qin Niu, Wen-Juan Fu, Ze-Xuan Yan, De-Yu Guo, Yi-Fang Ping, Ji Ming Wang, Xia Zhang, Hsiang-Fu Kung, Xiu-Wu Bian, Xiao-Hong Yao
Cancer stem/initiating cells (CSCs/CICs) and their microenvironmental niche play a vital role in malignant tumour recurrence and metastasis. Cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are major components of the niche of breast cancer initiating cells (BCICs) and their interactions may profoundly affect breast cancer progression. Autophagy has been considered as a critical process for CIC maintenance, but whether it is involved in the cross-talk between CAFs and CICs to affect tumourigenesis and pathological significance remains elusive...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757867/factors-related-to-significant-improvement-of-estimated-glomerular-filtration-rates-in-chronic-hepatitis-b-patients-receiving-telbivudine-therapy
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Te-Fu Lin, Ping-I Hsu, Kung-Hung Lin, Feng-Woei Tsay, Tzung-Jiun Tsai, Yan-Hua Chen, Hsien-Chung Yu
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The improvement of estimated glomerular filtration rates (eGFRs) in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients receiving telbivudine therapy is well known. The aim of this study was to clarify the kinetics of eGFRs and to identify the significant factors related to the improvement of eGFRs in telbivudine-treated CHB patients in a real-world setting. METHODS: Serial eGFRs were calculated every 3 months using the Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology Collaboration (CKD-EPI) equation...
2017: Gastroenterology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731516/mir-181d-regulates-human-dendritic-cell-maturation-through-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Xian Wei Su, Gang Lu, Chi Kwan Leung, Qiang Liu, Yi Li, Kam Sze Tsang, Shi Dou Zhao, Danny Tat Ming Chan, Hsiang Fu Kung, Wai Sang Poon
OBJECTIVES: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are considered as the cellular regulators which post-transcriptionally modulate gene expression in diverse biological processes including cell development and immunity. In this study, we investigated functions of miR-181d in dendritic cells (DCs) maturation, and the underlying mechanisms were also explored. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Here we did the miRNA screening in human DCs in response to lipopolysaccharides (LPS) by quantitative real-time PCR (qRT-PCR)...
July 21, 2017: Cell Proliferation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723661/decreased-risk-of-dementia-in-migraine-patients-with-traditional-chinese-medicine-use-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Chun-Ting Liu, Bei-Yu Wu, Yu-Chiang Hung, Lin-Yi Wang, Yan-Yuh Lee, Tsu-Kung Lin, Pao-Yen Lin, Wu-Fu Chen, Jen-Huai Chiang, Sheng-Feng Hsu, Wen-Long Hu
Patients with migraine are reportedly at increased risk of developing dementia. We aimed to investigate the association between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) use and dementia risk in migraine patients. This longitudinal cohort study used the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database to identify 32,386 diagnosed migraine patients aged 20 years and above who received treatment from 1997 to 2010. To balance comparability between TCM users and non-TCM users, we randomly selected equal numbers from each group, and compared subgroups compiled based on combinations of age, sex, index year, and year of migraine diagnosis...
July 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714773/impact-of-martial-arts-judo-karate-and-kung-fu-on-bone-mineral-density-gains-in-adolescents-of-both-genders-9-month-follow-up-martial-arts-and-bone-density
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Igor H Ito, Han C G Kemper, Ricardo R Agostinete, Kyle R Lynch, Diego G D Christofaro, Enio R Ronque, Rômulo A Fernandes
PURPOSE: To compare bone mineral density gains in adolescents of both genders stratified according to different martial art styles in a 9-month follow-up study. METHODS: The longitudinal study consisted of 29 adolescents of both genders and age between 11 and 17 years stratified into control group ([CG] not engaged in any sport) and 50 fighters (Kung-fu / karate-KF / KT, n = 29; Judo, n = 21). All 79 subjects underwent anthropometric measures (weight, height, leg length and height set), dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (Bone Mineral Density [BMD], in g/cm(2)) at two moments, baseline and nine months later...
July 17, 2017: Pediatric Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698024/the-prevalence-and-characteristics-of-cow-s-milk-protein-allergy-in-infants-and-young-children-with-iron-deficiency-anemia
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Fu-Ping Lai, Yao-Jong Yang
BACKGROUND: The clinical presentation of cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) in children varies. This retrospective study aimed to investigate the prevalence and clinical manifestations of CMPA in young children who visited for evaluation of iron deficiency anemia (IDA). METHODS: Patients aged <4 years who were diagnosed as having IDA (serum ferritin <12 ng/mL) at the National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan in the period 2005-2015 were reviewed. Their clinical presentations, laboratory data, endoscopy findings, and prognosis were analyzed...
June 30, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696069/hcc-associated-single-nucleotide-variants-and-deletions-identified-using-genome-wide-high-throughput-analysis-of-hbv
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Wen-Chun Liu, I-Chin Wu, Yen-Chien Lee, Chih-Peng Lin, Ji-Hong Cheng, Yih-Jyh Lin, Chia-Jui Yen, Pin-Nan Cheng, Pei-Fu Li, Yi-Ting Cheng, Pei-Wen Cheng, Koun-Tem Sun, Shu-Ling Yan, Jia-Jhen Lin, Jui-Chu Yang, Kung-Chao Chang, Cheng-Hsun Ho, Vincent S Tseng, Bill Chia-Han Chang, Jaw-Ching Wu, Ting-Tsung Chang
This study investigated hepatitis B virus (HBV) single nucleotide variants (SNVs) and deletion mutations linked with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Ninety-three HCC patients and 108 non-HCC patients were enrolled for HBV genome-wide next-generation sequencing (NGS) analysis. Systemic literature review and meta-analysis were performed to validate NGS-defined HCC-associated SNVs and deletions. The experimental results identified 60 NGS-defined HCC-associated SNVs, including 41 novel SNVs, and their pathogenic frequencies...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668573/safety-and-immunogenicity-of-an-inactivated-cell-culture-derived-h7n9-influenza-vaccine-in-healthy-adults-a-phase-i-ii-prospective-randomized-open-label-trial
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Un-In Wu, Szu-Min Hsieh, Wen-Sen Lee, Ning-Chi Wang, Hsiang-Chi Kung, Tsong-Yih Ou, Fu-Lun Chen, Te-Yu Lin, Yee-Chun Chen, Shan-Chwen Chang
BACKGROUND: We conducted a phase I/II clinical trial to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of a Madin-Darby canine kidney (MDCK) cell-grown inactivated H7N9 influenza vaccine for pandemic preparedness purposes. METHODS: Between April 7, 2015 and May 27, 2016, healthy adults aged 20-60years were enrolled sequentially in phase I (n=40) and phase II (n=160) from three hospitals in Taiwan and randomized to receive 2 doses of whole-virus H7N9 vaccine (15 or 30μg hemagglutinin antigen (HA) with or without an aluminum hydroxide adjuvant) at 21-day intervals...
June 28, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559078/risk-factors-of-ventriculo-peritoneal-shunt-dependency-in-patients-with-spontaneous-cerebellar-hemorrhage
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Shih-Yuan Hsu, Hsin-Huan Chang, Fu-Yuan Shih, Yu-Jun Lin, Wei-Che Lin, Ben-Chung Cheng, Yu-Jih Su, Chia-Te Kung, Yu-Ni Ho, Nai-Wen Tsai, Cheng-Hsien Lu, Hung-Chen Wang
BACKGROUND: Hydrocephalus is a common complication after a spontaneous cerebellar hemorrhage (CH). This study focused on predicting ventriculo-peritorneal (VP) shunt-dependency in patients with spontaneous CH. METHODS: Ninety-nine patients with spontaneous CH were evaluated in this retrospective study. A comparison between patients with and those without VP shunt dependency during hospitalization was made. RESULTS: VP shunt-dependent hydrocephalus developed in 19...
May 27, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523650/ubiquitin-specific-peptidase-5-mediates-histidine-rich-protein-hpn-induced-cell-apoptosis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-p14-p53-signaling
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Yi Liu, Wei-Mao Wang, Li-Yi Zou, Li Li, Lu Feng, Ming-Zhu Pan, Min-Yi Lv, Ying Cao, Hua Wang, Hsiang-Fu Kung, Jian-Xin Pang, Wei-Ming Fu, Jin-Fang Zhang
Hpn is a small histidine-rich cytoplasmic protein from Helicobacter pylori and has been recognized as a high-risk factor for several cancers including gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, and MALT lymphoma. However, the relationship between Hpn and cancers remains elusive. In this study, we discovered that Hpn protein effectively suppressed cell growth and induced apoptosis in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). A two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry-based comparative proteomics was performed to find the molecular targets of Hpn in HCC cells...
May 18, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521278/scaffold-protein-jlp-mediates-tcr-initiated-cd4-t-cell-activation-and-cd154-expression
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Qi Yan, Cheng Yang, Qiang Fu, Zhaowei Chen, Shan Liu, Dou Fu, Rahmat N Rahman, Ryota Nakazato, Katsuji Yoshioka, Sam K P Kung, Guohua Ding, Huiming Wang
CD4(+) T-cell activation and its subsequent induction of CD154 (CD40 ligand, CD40L) expression are pivotal in shaping both the humoral and cellular immune responses. Scaffold protein JLP regulates signal transduction pathways and molecular trafficking inside cells, thus represents a critical component in maintaining cellular functions. Its role in regulating CD4(+) T-cell activation and CD154 expression, however, is unclear. Here, we demonstrated expression of JLP in mouse tissues of lymph nodes, thymus, spleen, and also CD4(+) T cells...
May 15, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473978/the-association-between-door-to-balloon-time-of-less-than-60-minutes-and-prognosis-of-patients-developing-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-and-undergoing-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Fu-Cheng Chen, Yan-Ren Lin, Chia-Te Kung, Cheng-I Cheng, Chao-Jui Li
Background. The study aimed to verify the effect of primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) with <60 min door-to-balloon time on ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients' prognoses. Methods. Outcomes of patients receiving PPCI with door-to-balloon time of <60 min were compared with those of patients receiving PPCI with door-to-balloon time 60-90 min. Result. Totally, 241 STEMI patients (191 with Killip classes I or II) and 104 (71 with Killip classes I or II) received PPCI with door-to-balloon time <60 and 60-90 min, respectively...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450703/changes-in-the-prevalence-of-hbsag-and-hbeag-a-study-of-8696-parturients-in-a-well-vaccinated-area
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Chen-Hsuan Wu, Te-Yao Hsu, Fu-Tsai Kung, Chan-Chao ChangChien, Ching-Chang Tsai, Sheng-Nan Lu
To elucidate the impact of a hepatitis B (HB) vaccination program on the prevalence of HB surface antigen (HBsAg) and HB envelope antigen (HBeAg) as well as the success rate of HBeAg clearance among parturients, we collected data on parturients who gave birth between 2000 and 2010, and recorded the HB status postpartum of those with positive HBeAg before birth. A total of 8696 parturients were enrolled, of whom 113 with prenatal positive HBeAg were invited back. The prevalence of HBsAg decreased over the study period, particularly in the vaccinated cohort, while there was no change in the prevalence of HBeAg...
April 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420503/age-is-a-major-prognosticator-in-extremely-low-oocyte-retrieval-cycles
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Yu-Ting Su, Pin-Yao Lin, Fu-Jen Huang, Fu-Tsai Kung, Yu-Ju Lin, Yi-Ru Tsai, Kuo-Chung Lan
OBJECTIVE: Clinical prognosis appears to be varied in females with poor ovarian response (POR), and poor responders defined by the Bologna criteria might not be sufficiently homogeneous. The aim of this study was to determine the major predictor of reproductive outcomes in extremely low oocyte retrieval cycles. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cohort of fresh in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection cycles (n = 858) was analyzed from January 2001 to September 2014...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334864/coordination-among-tertiary-base-pairs-results-in-an-efficient-frameshift-stimulating-rna-pseudoknot
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Yu-Ting Chen, Kai-Chun Chang, Hao-Teng Hu, Yi-Lan Chen, You-Hsin Lin, Chiung-Fang Hsu, Cheng-Fu Chang, Kung-Yao Chang, Jin-Der Wen
Frameshifting is an essential process that regulates protein synthesis in many viruses. The ribosome may slip backward when encountering a frameshift motif on the messenger RNA, which usually contains a pseudoknot structure involving tertiary base pair interactions. Due to the lack of detailed molecular explanations, previous studies investigating which features of the pseudoknot are important to stimulate frameshifting have presented diverse conclusions. Here we constructed a bimolecular pseudoknot to dissect the interior tertiary base pairs and used single-molecule approaches to assess the structure targeted by ribosomes...
June 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255170/nucleophosmin-interacts-with-pin2-terf1-interacting-telomerase-inhibitor-1-pinx1-and-attenuates-the-pinx1-inhibition-on-telomerase-activity
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Derek Hang-Cheong Cheung, Sai-Tim Ho, Kwok-Fai Lau, Rui Jin, Ya-Nan Wang, Hsiang-Fu Kung, Jun-Jian Huang, Pang-Chui Shaw
Telomerase activation and telomere maintenance are critical for cellular immortalization and transformation. PIN2/TERF1-interacting telomerase inhibitor 1 (PinX1) is a telomerase regulator and the aberrant expression of PinX1 causes telomere shortening. Identifying PinX1-interacting proteins is important for understanding telomere maintenance. We found that PinX1 directly interacts with nucleophosmin (NPM), a protein that has been shown to positively correlate with telomerase activity. We further showed that PinX1 acts as a linker in the association between NPM and hTERT, the catalytic subunit of telomerase...
March 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254232/comparing-the-midterm-outcome-of-single-incision-vaginal-mesh-and-transobturator-vaginal-mesh-in-treating-severe-pelvic-organ-prolapse
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Tsai-Hwa Yang, Ling-Ying Wu, Fei-Chi Chuang, Fu-Tsai Kung, Kuan-Hui Huang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to compare perioperative parameters and midterm clinical outcomes using two different mesh kits: transobturator vaginal mesh (TVM) (both Perigee and Apogee), versus single incision vaginal mesh (SIM) (combined Elevate anterior/apical system and Elevate posterior/apical system) in treating severe pelvic organ prolapse (POP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study. During 2008 and 2013, those women with severe POP [POP quantification system (POP-Q), Stage III and Stage IV], who received either TVM or SIM operation, were enrolled for cohort comparison...
February 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252668/aggretin-venom-polypeptide-as-a-novel-anti-angiogenesis-agent-by-targeting-integrin-alpha2beta1
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Ching Hu Chung, Chien Hsin Chang, Chun Chieh Hsu, Kung Tin Lin, Hui Chin Peng, Tur Fu Huang
VEGF and VEGFR antibodies have been used as a therapeutic strategy to inhibit angiogenesis in many diseases; however, frequent and repeated administration of these antibodies to patients induces immunogenicity. In previous studies, we demonstrated that aggretin, a heterodimeric snake venom C-type lectin, exhibits pro-angiogenic activities via integrin α2β1 ligation. We hypothesised that small-mass aggretin fragments may bind integrin α2β1 and act as antagonists of angiogenesis. In this study, the anti-angiogenic efficacy of a synthesised aggretin α-chain C-terminus (AACT, residue 106-136) was evaluated in both in vitro and in vivo angiogenesis models...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181380/fisetin-induced-apoptosis-of-human-oral-cancer-scc-4-cells-through-reactive-oxygen-species-production-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-caspase-and-mitochondria-dependent-signaling-pathways
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Chen-Hsuan Su, Chao-Lin Kuo, Kung-Wen Lu, Fu-Shun Yu, Yi-Shih Ma, Jiun-Long Yang, Yung-Lin Chu, Fu-Shin Chueh, Kuo-Ching Liu, Jing-Gung Chung
Oral cancer is one of the cancer-related diseases in human populations and its incidence rates are rising worldwide. Fisetin, a flavonoid from natural products, has been shown to exhibit anticancer activities in many human cancer cell lines but the molecular mechanism of fisetin-induced apoptosis in human oral cancer cells is still unclear; thus, in this study, we investigated fisetin-induced cell death and associated signal pathways on human oral cancer SCC-4 cells in vitro. We examined cell morphological changes, total viable cells, and cell cycle distribution by phase contrast microscopy and flow cytometry assays...
June 2017: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152037/reassessing-the-feasibility-of-the-zygote-score-for-predicting-embryo-viability-in-ivf-icsi-using-the-gnrh-antagonist-protocol-compared-to-the-long-protocol
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Pin-Yao Lin, Fu-Jen Huang, Fu-Tsai Kung, Yi-Chi Lin, Hsin-Ju Chiang, Yu-Ju Lin, Kuo-Chung Lan
BACKGROUND: Many factors from the oocyte/sperm or the process of fertilization may affect the zygote formation. The zygote score (Z-score) describes the quality of a human zygote based on its pronuclear morphology, nucleolar precursor bodies, and alignment of polar bodies, and it can be used in the selection process at the zygote stage for embryo transfer or cryopreservation. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this retrospective cohort study was to investigate the relationship between different controlled ovarian stimulation (COS) protocols and the zygote score (Z-score) and to assess the feasibility of the Z-score for predicting embryo survival in the GnRH-antagonist (GnRH-ant) protocol...
2017: PloS One
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