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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092924/evaluation-of-the-use-of-rotational-thromboelastometry-in-the-assessment-of-fxi-deficency
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G N Pike, A M Cumming, J Thachil, C R M Hay, P H B Bolton-Maggs, J Burthem
INTRODUCTION: The absence of a reliable clinical test to predict bleeding tendency leaves factor XI (FXI)-deficient individuals at risk of overtreatment or under treatment. AIM: To assess whether rotational thromboelastometry has value in detection of FXI deficiency and identification of bleeding tendency. METHODS: Thromboelastometry was measured in whole blood and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) samples containing corn trypsin inhibitor (CTI) from controls (n = 50) and FXI-deficient individuals (n = 93) at tissue factor (TF) 0...
January 16, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092862/protective-effects-of-total-flavonoids-of-astragalus-against-adjuvant-induced-arthritis-in-rats-by-regulating-opg-rankl-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Xin-Yu Liu, Lu Xu, Ying Wang, Jin-Xia Li, Yu Zhang, Chong Zhang, Sha-Sha Wang, Xue-Mei Zhang
BACKGROUND: Astragalus membranaceus Bunge is one of the oldest and most frequently used crude herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. The total flavonoids of Astragalus (TFA) are the main active components isolated from Astragalus membranaceus Bunge. Our recent study has shown its potential immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory effects in vivo and in vitro. However, its anti-arthritic effects and mechanisms of action involved have not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the protective effects and possible mechanisms of TFA on Freund's complete adjuvant (FCA)-induced arthritis in rats...
January 13, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092760/serum-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-and-stability-of-depressive-symptoms-in-coronary-heart-disease-patients-a-prospective-study
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Stella L Kuhlmann, Mira Tschorn, Volker Arolt, Katja Beer, Julia Brandt, Laura Grosse, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Jacqueline Müller-Nordhorn, Nina Rieckmann, Johannes Waltenberger, Katharina Warnke, Rainer Hellweg, Andreas Ströhle
OBJECTIVE: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) supports neurogenesis, angiogenesis, and promotes the survival of various cell types in the brain and the coronary system. Moreover, BDNF is associated with both coronary heart disease (CHD) and depression. The current study aims to investigate whether serum BDNF levels are associated with the course of depressive symptoms in CHD patients. METHODS: At baseline, N=225 CHD patients were enrolled while hospitalized...
December 23, 2016: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092699/infection-of-human-intestinal-epithelial-cells-by-invasive-bacteria-activates-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-increases-icam-1-expression-through-nod1
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Woon Geon Shin, Bum Joon Park, Sung Joong Lee, Jae Gyu Kim
Background/Aims: Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain 1 (NOD1) is required for primary intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) to respond to natural mucopeptides secreted by gram-negative bacteria. Infection of human IECs with invasive bacteria up-regulates intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) expression. However, the role of NOD family members in host defense has been largely unknown. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is a functional role for NOD1 in the up-regulation of ICAM-1 expression in invasive bacteria-infected IECs...
January 16, 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092692/smile-seq-identifies-binding-motifs-of-single-and-dimeric-transcription-factors
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Alina Isakova, Romain Groux, Michael Imbeault, Pernille Rainer, Daniel Alpern, Riccardo Dainese, Giovanna Ambrosini, Didier Trono, Philipp Bucher, Bart Deplancke
Resolving the DNA-binding specificities of transcription factors (TFs) is of critical value for understanding gene regulation. Here, we present a novel, semiautomated protein-DNA interaction characterization technology, selective microfluidics-based ligand enrichment followed by sequencing (SMiLE-seq). SMiLE-seq is neither limited by DNA bait length nor biased toward strong affinity binders; it probes the DNA-binding properties of TFs over a wide affinity range in a fast and cost-effective fashion. We validated SMiLE-seq by analyzing 58 full-length human, mouse, and Drosophila TFs from distinct structural classes...
January 16, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092460/a-three-dimensional-lymphatic-endothelial-cell-tube-formation-assay-to-identify-novel-kinases-involved-in-lymphatic-vessel-remodeling
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T Jessica Gambino, Steven P Williams, Carol Caesar, Daniel Resnick, Cameron J Nowell, Rae H Farnsworth, Marc G Achen, Steven A Stacker, Tara Karnezis
The lymphatic system is a series of vessels that transport cells and excess fluid from tissues to the blood vascular system. Normally quiescent, the lymphatics can grow or remodel in response to developmental, immunological, or cells pathological stimuli. Lymphatic vessels comprise lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) that can respond to external growth factors by undergoing proliferation, migration, adhesion, and tube and lumen formation into new vessel structures, a process known as lymphangiogenesis. To understand the key gene and signaling pathways necessary for lymphangiogenesis and lymphatic vessel remodeling, we have developed a three-dimensional LEC tube formation assay to explore the role of kinase signaling in these processes...
January 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092364/proof-of-the-quantitative-potential-of-immunofluorescence-by-mass-spectrometry
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Maria I Toki, Fabiola Cecchi, Todd Hembrough, Konstantinos N Syrigos, David L Rimm
Protein expression in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded patient tissue is routinely measured by Immunohistochemistry (IHC). However, IHC has been shown to be subject to variability in sensitivity, specificity and reproducibility, and is generally, at best, considered semi-quantitative. Mass spectrometry (MS) is considered by many to be the criterion standard for protein measurement, offering high sensitivity, specificity, and objective molecular quantification. Here, we seek to show that quantitative immunofluorescence (QIF) with standardization can achieve quantitative results comparable to MS...
January 16, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092336/the-construction-of-expanded-prefabricated-adipose-tissue-epat-using-an-external-volume-expansion-eve-device
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Yi Yuan, Shuifa Yang, Yangyan Yi, Jianhua Gao, Feng Lu
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have demonstrated that mechanical forces promote the growth of adipose tissue. However, the mechanism of adipose tissue regeneration induced by mechanical forces remains unclear. METHODS: In an experiment using rats, prefabricated adipose tissue with a vessel pedicle was expanded using an external volume expansion (EVE) device. The volume of fat flaps was tested at different time points. Cell proliferation and angiogenesis were analyzed using immunofluorescence...
January 12, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091828/liver-x-receptor-%C3%AE-lxr%C3%AE-promoted-invasion-and-emt-of-gastric-cancer-cells-by-regulation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-activity
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Linhua Ji, Bin Zhang, Gang Zhao
Aberrant expression of Liver X receptor α (LXRα) has been frequently reported in various types of cancers excluding gastric cancer (GC). Moreover, the role of LXRα in human GC has not been previously reported. In this study, we investigated the effect of LXRα down-regulation on invasion and EMT of GC. The expression of LXRα in GC cell lines was detected by real-time PCR. The LXRα siRNA was transiently transfected into GC cells using Lipofectamine™ 2000 reagent. Subsequently, cell invasive ability was evaluated by Transwell assays...
January 16, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091717/bar-adsorptive-microextraction-technique-application-for-the-determination-of-pharmaceuticals-in-real-matrices
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Carlos Almeida, Samir M Ahmad, José Manuel F Nogueira
In the present work, bar adsorptive microextraction using miniaturized devices (7.5 × 3.0 mm) coated with suitable sorbent phases, combined with microliquid desorption (100 μL) followed by high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection (BAμE-μLD/HPLC-DAD), is proposed for the determination of trace level of six pharmaceuticals (furosemide, mebeverine, ketoprofen, naproxen, diclofenac and mefenamic acid) in environmental water and urine matrices. By comparing ten distinct sorbent materials (five polymeric and five activated carbons), the polymer P5 proved to be the most suitable to achieve the best selectivity and efficiency...
January 16, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091639/gold-nanoparticles-stabilized-by-cationic-carbosilane-dendrons-synthesis-and-biological-properties
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Cornelia E Peña-González, Elzbieta Pedziwiatr-Werbicka, Dzmitry Shcharbin, Carlos Guerrero-Beltrán, Viktar Abashkin, Svetlana Loznikova, José L Jiménez, M Ángeles Muñoz-Fernández, Maria Bryszewska, Rafael Gómez, Javier Sánchez-Nieves, F Javier de la Mata
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and polycationic macromolecules are used as gene carriers. Their behaviour is dependent on several factors, such as the size and type of the framework, charge, etc. We have combined both types of systems and prepared AuNPs covered with cationic carbosilane dendrons with the aim to evaluate their biocompatibility. Water soluble dendronized cationic AuNPs were prepared following a straightforward procedure from dendrons, a gold precursor and a reducing agent in water and were characterized by (1)H NMR, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dynamic light scattering (DLS), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), ultraviolet spectroscopy (UV), and zeta potential (ZP)...
January 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091613/adrenomedullin-promotes-angiogenesis-in-epithelial-ovarian-cancer-through-upregulating-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor
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Yi Zhang, Yang Xu, Jian Ma, Xiaoyan Pang, Mei Dong
Adrenomedullin (ADM) is a multi-functional peptide related to many kinds of tumors. This study was aimed to investigate the role of ADM on angiogenesis in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) and its possible mechanism. The expressions of ADM, vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), hypoxia-inducible factor-1α (HIF-1α) and CD34 were examined by immunohistochemistry staining. The relationship among ADM, HIF-1α, VEGF and micro-vessel density (MVD) was assessed in 56 EOC tissues. CAOV3 cells were stably transfected with pcDNA-ADM (plasmid overexpressing ADM gene) or pRNA-shADM (small interfering RNA for ADM gene)...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091408/novel-mutation-of-cleidocranial-dysplasia-related-frameshift-runt-related-transcription-factor-2-in-a-sporadic-chinese-case
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Xue-Yan Qin, Pei-Zeng Jia, Hua-Xiang Zhao, Wei-Ran Li, Feng Chen, Jiu-Xiang Lin
BACKGROUND: Cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD) is an autosomal dominant disease that affects the skeletal system. Common symptoms of CCD include hypoplasia or aplasia of the clavicles, delayed or even absent closure of the fontanels, midface hypoplasia, short stature, and delayed eruption of permanent and supernumerary teeth. Previous studies reported a connection between CCD and the haploinsufficiency of runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2). Here, we report a sporadic Chinese case presenting typical symptoms of CCD...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091396/anti-angiogenic-activity-and-antitumor-efficacy-of-amphiphilic-twin-drug-from-ursolic-acid-and-low-molecular-weight-heparin
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Wenming Cheng, Fatima Zohra Dahmani, Juan Zhang, Hui Xiong, Yuanyuan Wu, Lifang Yin, Jianping Zhou, Jing Yao
Heparin, a potential blood anti-coagulant, is also known for its binding ability to several angiogenic factors through electrostatic interactions due to its polyanionic character. However, the clinical application of heparin for cancer treatment is limited by several drawbacks, such as unsatisfactory therapeutic effects and severe anticoagulant activity that could induce hemorrhaging. Herein, low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) was conjugated to ursolic acid (UA), which is also an angiogenesis inhibitor, by binding the amine group of aminoethyl-UA (UA-NH2) with the carboxylic groups of LMWH...
January 16, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091279/aflatoxin-m1-in-human-breast-milk-in-shahrekord-iran-and-association-with-dietary-factors
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Tina Jafari, Aziz A Fallah, Soleiman Kheiri, Abdolmajid Fadaei, Sayed Asadollah Amini
This survey was conducted to determine the occurrence and levels of aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) in 250 breast milk samples of lactating mothers, obtained from urban and rural regions of Shahrekord, Iran. Moreover, the association between AFM1 occurrence levels and dietary factors were assessed. AFM1 analysis was carried out using the competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technique for screening and high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) for confirmatory purposes...
January 16, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090795/isolation-and-characterization-of-anti-c-met-single-chain-fragment-variable-scfv-antibodies
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Elmira Safaie Qamsari, Zahra Sharifzadeh, Salman Bagheri, Farhad Riazi-Rad, Vahid Younesi, Mohsen Abolhassani, Sepideh Safaei Ghaderi, Behzad Baradaran, Mohammad Hossein Somi, Mehdi Yousefi
The receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) Met is the cell surface receptor for hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) involved in invasive growth programs during embryogenesis and tumorgenesis. There is compelling evidence suggesting important roles for c-Met in colorectal cancer proliferation, migration, invasion, angiogenesis, and survival. Hence, a molecular inhibitor of an extracellular domain of c-Met receptor that blocks c-Met-cell surface interactions could be of great thera-peutic importance. In an attempt to develop molecular inhibitors of c-Met, single chain variable fragment (scFv) phage display libraries Tomlinson I + J against a specific synthetic oligopeptide from the extracellular domain of c-Met receptor were screened; selected scFv were then characterized using various immune techniques...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090761/modest-overexpression-of-foxo-maintains-cardiac-proteostasis-and-ameliorates-age-associated-functional-decline
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Anna C Blice-Baum, Alexander C Zambon, Gaurav Kaushik, Meera C Viswanathan, Adam J Engler, Rolf Bodmer, Anthony Cammarato
Heart performance declines with age. Impaired protein quality control (PQC), due to reduced ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) activity, autophagic function, and/or chaperone-mediated protein refolding, contributes to cardiac deterioration. The transcription factor FOXO participates in regulating genes involved in PQC, senescence, and numerous other processes. Here, a comprehensive approach, involving molecular genetics, novel assays to probe insect cardiac physiology, and bioinformatics, was utilized to investigate the influence of heart-restricted manipulation of dFOXO expression in the rapidly aging Drosophila melanogaster model...
February 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090501/clinical-implications-of-apex1-and-jagged1-as-chemoresistance-factors-in-biliary-tract-cancer
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Hong-Beum Kim, Won Jin Cho, Nam Gyu Choi, Sung-Soo Kim, Jun Hee Park, Hee-Jeong Lee, Sang Gon Park
PURPOSE: Biliary cancer is a highly malignant neoplasm with poor prognosis and most patients need to undergo palliative chemotherapy, however major clinical problem associated with the use of chemotherapy is chemoresistance. So far, we aimed at investigating clinical implications of apurinic/apyrimidinic endodeoxyribonuclease 1 (APEX1) and Jagged1 as chemoresistance factors in biliary tract cancer. METHODS: We used 5 human biliary tract cancer cell lines (SNU-245, SNU-308, SNU-478, SNU-1079, and SNU-1196), and investigated the chemosensitivity of APEX1 and Jagged1 through 3-(4, 5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2, 5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and Western blot...
January 2017: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090291/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-as-a-novel-biomarker-of-portopulmonary-hypertension
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Hilary M DuBrock, Josanna M Rodriguez-Lopez, Barbara L LeVarge, Michael P Curry, Paul A VanderLaan, Zsuzsanna K Zsengeller, Elizabeth Pernicone, Ioana R Preston, Paul B Yu, Ivana Nikolic, Dihua Xu, Ravi I Thadhani, Richard N Channick, S Ananth Karumanchi
Portopulmonary hypertension (POPH) is a poorly understood complication of liver disease associated with significant morbidity and mortality. We sought to identify novel biomarkers of POPH disease presence and severity. We performed a prospective, multicenter, case-control study involving patients with liver disease undergoing right heart catheterization. POPH cases were defined as a mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) ≥25 mmHg and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) >240 dynes˙s˙cm(-5). Plasma samples were collected from the systemic and pulmonary circulation, and antibody microarray was used to identify biomarkers...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090002/easy-detection-of-hormone-secretion-from-l%C3%AE-t2-cells-by-using-gaussia-luciferase
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Kazuhiro Satou, Yuta Mochimaru, Takashi Nakakura, Tomoyuki Kusada, Jun Negishi, Shiori Musha, Nanaka Yoshimura, Yukio Kato, Hideaki Tomura
Reproduction is regulated by gonadotropins secreted from gonadotrophs. The production and secretion of gonadotropins are mainly regulated by gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH). Agonists or antagonists that influence GnRH action on gonadotrophs are important to regulate reproduction; however, these factors have not been fully characterized due to the lack of simple and easy-to-use techniques to detect gonadotropin secretion from gonadotropin-producing cells. In the present study, we found that Gaussia luciferase (Gluc), which was expressed in LβT2 cells, can be secreted like a luteinizing-hormone (LH) upon stimulation with GnRH...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
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