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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446011/development-of-decision-support-formulas-for-the-prediction-of-bladder-outlet-obstruction-and-prostatic-surgery-in-patients-with-lower-urinary-tract-symptom-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-part-ii-external-validation-and-usability-testing-of-a-smartphone-app
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Min Soo Choo, Seong Jin Jeong, Sung Yong Cho, Changwon Yoo, Chang Wook Jeong, Ja Hyeon Ku, Seung-June Oh
PURPOSE: We aimed to externally validate the prediction model we developed for having bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) and requiring prostatic surgery using 2 independent data sets from tertiary referral centers, and also aimed to validate a mobile app for using this model through usability testing. METHODS: Formulas and nomograms predicting whether a subject has BOO and needs prostatic surgery were validated with an external validation cohort from Seoul National University Bundang Hospital and Seoul Metropolitan Government-Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center between January 2004 and April 2015...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445976/oxidative-stress-induced-apoptosis-in-granulosa-cells-involves-jnk-p53-and-puma
#2
Hongyan Yang, Yan Xie, Dongyu Yang, Decheng Ren
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) play important roles in follicular development and survival. Granulosa cell death is associated with increased ROS, but the mechanism of granulosa cell death induced by ROS is not clear. In order to define the molecular link between ROS and granulosa cell death, COV434, human granulosa tumor cells, were treated with H2O2. Compared to control cells, H2O2 induced granulosa cell death in a dose- and time-dependent manner. H2O2 induced an increase in Bax, Bak and Puma, and a decrease in anti-apoptotic molecules such as Bcl-2, Bcl-xL and Mcl-1...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445968/usp22-knockdown-enhanced-chemosensitivity-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-to-5-fu-by-up-regulation-of-smad4-and-suppression-of-akt
#3
Jing Zhang, Nan Luo, Yu Tian, Jiazhi Li, Xiaozhou Yang, Huimin Yin, Congshu Xiao, Jie Sheng, Yang Li, Bo Tang, Rongkuan Li
USP22, a member of the deubiquitinases (DUBs) family, is known to be a key subunit of the human Spt-Ada-Gcn5 acetyltransferase (hSAGA) transcriptional cofactor complex. Within hSAGA, USP22 removes ubiquitin from histone proteins, thus regulating the transcription and expression of downstream genes. USP22 plays important roles in many cancers; however, its effect and the mechanism underlying HCC chemoresistance remain unclear. In the present study, we found that USP22 was highly expressed in chemoresistant HCC tissues and cells and was correlated with the prognosis of HCC patients who received chemotherapy...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445935/inhibition-of-mtorc2-component-rictor-impairs-tumor-growth-in-pancreatic-cancer-models
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Katharina M Schmidt, Claus Hellerbrand, Petra Ruemmele, Christoph W Michalski, Bo Kong, Alexander Kroemer, Christina Hackl, Hans J Schlitt, Edward K Geissler, Sven A Lang
Mammalian Target of Rapamycin complex 2 (mTORC2) and its regulatory component Rapamycin-insensitive companion of mTOR (RICTOR) are increasingly recognized as important players in human cancer development and progression. However, the role of RICTOR in human pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is unclear so far. Here, we sought to analyze the effects of RICTOR inhibition in human pancreatic cancer cell lines in vitro and in vivo. Furthermore, RICTOR expression was determined in human PDAC samples. Results demonstrate that depletion of RICTOR with siRNA (transient knock-down) or shRNA (stable knock-down) has an inhibitory effect on tumor growth in vitro...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445933/the-long-noncoding-rna-hotair-promotes-parkinson-s-disease-by-upregulating-lrrk2-expression
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Sheng Wang, Xuan Zhang, Yuanyuan Guo, Han Rong, Tiebang Liu
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) have emerged recently as a new class of genes that regulate cellular processes. HOTAIR (Hox transcript antisense intergenic RNA), an approximately 2.2 kb long noncoding RNA transcribed from the HOXC locus, is upregulated in various diseases. However, the role of HOTAIR in Parkinson's disease (PD) remains unclear. A mouse model of PD was developed by intraperitoneal injection of MPTP. The expression of HOTAIR and LRRK2 were detected in the PD mice and in human neuroblastoma cell lines SH-SY5Y pretreated with MPP+...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445874/erythropoietin-treatment-exacerbates-moderate-injury-after-hypoxia-ischemia-in-neonatal-superoxide-dismutase-transgenic-mice
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R Ann Sheldon, Christine Windsor, Byong Sop Lee, Olatz Arteaga Cabeza, Donna M Ferriero
The neonatal brain is highly susceptible to oxidative stress as developing endogenous antioxidant mechanisms are overwhelmed. In the neonate, superoxide dismutase (SOD) overexpression worsens hypoxic-ischemic injury due to H2O2 accumulation in the brain. Erythropoietin (EPO) is upregulated in 2 phases after HI, early (4 h) and late (7 days), and exogenous EPO has been effective in reducing the injury, possibly through reducing oxidative stress. We hypothesized that exogenous EPO would limit injury from excess H2O2 seen in SOD1-overexpressing mice, and thus enhance recovery after HI...
April 27, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445868/suppressionof-pyruvate-dehydrogenase-kinase-2-re-sensitizes-paclitaxel-resistant-human-lung-cancer-cells-to-paclitaxel
#7
Hong Sun, Anyou Zhu, Xiang Zhou, Fengchao Wang
Despite impressive initial clinical responses, the majority of lung cancer patients treated with paclitaxel eventually develop resistance to the drug. Pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase-2 (PDK2) is a key regulator of glycolysis and oxidative phosphorylation, and its expression is increased in a variety of tumors. In this study, the role of PDK2 in mediating paclitaxel resistance in lung cancer cells was investigated using biochemical and isotopic tracing methods. Increased expression of PDK2 was observed in paclitaxel-resistant cells ascompared totheir parental cells...
April 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445861/the-application-of-silicon-sol-gel-technology-to-forensic-blood-substitute-development-investigation-of-the-spreading-dynamics-onto-a-paper-surface
#8
Theresa Stotesbury, Mike Illes, Paul Wilson, Andrew J Vreugdenhil
This work investigates the spreading dynamics of three candidate sol-gel solutions, of ranging viscosities, surface tensions and densities, and compares them with water and two commercial blood substitute products. Droplets were created with different sizes (10 to75μL) and impact velocities (1.4 to 6.0m/s) to strike 176gsm cardstock. Over 2200 droplets were created using the six different fluids and their final dried stain diameter was measured. Droplet spread was plotted using the Scheller and Bousfield correlation and uses effective viscosity as a parameter for non-Newtonian fluids...
April 1, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445836/a-forensic-multiplex-of-nine-novel-pentameric-repeat-strs
#9
M de la Puente, C Phillips, M Fondevila, M Gelabert-Besada, Á Carracedo, M V Lareu
Pentameric-repeat short tandem repeats (STRs), consisting of loci with repeat units of five base-pairs, have the advantage of reduced stutter products compared to their tetrameric-repeat STR counterparts. This characteristic potentially helps the interpretation of mixed DNA profiles when minor component alleles may coincide with stutter peaks from the major components. To develop a simple but informative forensic multiplex with the capability to aid mixture interpretation, we designed an 11-plex assay of nine pentameric STRs new to forensic analysis plus two male- specific markers: DYS391 and the Y-Indel rs2032678 used in GlobalFiler™ (Life Technologies)...
April 15, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445815/lc-ms-ms-determination-of-tranexamic-acid-in-human-plasma-after-phospholipid-clean-up
#10
Nicolas Fabresse, Fanta Fall, Isabelle Etting, Philippe Devillier, Jean-Claude Alvarez, Stanislas Grassin-Delyle
Tranexamic acid is a widely used antifibrinolytic drug but its pharmacology and pharmacokinetics remains poorly understood. Owing to the recent knowledge on phospholipid-induced matrix effects during human plasma analysis, our aim was to develop a liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry method for the quantitation of tranexamic acid after efficient sample clean-up. Sample preparation consisted in phospholipid removal and protein precipitation. Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography was used and the detection was achieved with multiple reaction monitoring...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445704/development-of-standard-methods-for-zika-virus-propagation-titration-and-purification
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Sharton Vinicius Antunes Coelho, Rômulo Leão Silva Neris, Michelle Premazzi Papa, Laila Castro Schnellrath, Lana Monteiro Meuren, Diogo A Tschoeke, Luciana Leomil, Brunno Renato Farias Verçoza, Milene Miranda, Fabiano L Thompson, Andrea Thompson Da Poian, Thiago Moreno L Souza, Fabiana Avila Carneiro, Clarissa R Damaso, Iranaia Assunção-Miranda, Luciana Barros de Arruda
The emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has stimulated several research groups to study and collaborate to understand virus biology and pathogenesis. These efforts may assist with the development of antiviral drugs, vaccines and diagnostic tests, as well as to promote advancements in public health policies. Here, we aim to develop standard protocols for propagation, titration, and purification of Asian and Brazilian ZIKV strains, by systematically testing different cell types, kinetics, multiplicity of infection and centrifugation protocols...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445612/influence-of-adjuvant-formulation-on-inducing-immune-response-in-mice-immunized-with-a-recombinant-serpin-from-trichinella-spiralis
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Jing Xu, Xue Bai, Libo Wang, Hai Ning Shi, Joke W B van der Giessen, Pascal Boireau, Ming Yuan Liu, Xiao Lei Liu
Nematodes of the genus Trichinella are one of the most widespread zoonotic pathogens on the world and they can still cause major public health problems in many parts of the world. Vaccination against the helminth nematode Trichinella could be a good strategy to reduce the risk of human and animal infection. It was our aim to evaluate three adjuvants, which could be used as an efficient vaccine for animals in combination with rTs-Serpin antigen. In this study, BALB/c mice were vaccinated by an intramuscular route with rTs-Serpin antigen from the parasite Trichinella spiralis in combination with three different adjuvant formulations: Montanide ISA201, Montanide IMS 1313 N PR VG and Freund's complete adjuvant / Freund's incomplete adjuvant (FCA/FIA)...
April 26, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445602/identification-of-a-novel-mirna-that-increases-transient-protein-expression-in-combination-with-valproic-acid
#13
Hermann-Josef Meyer, Dorothea Reilly, Scott E Martin, Athena W Wong
Transient gene expression in mammalian cells is an efficient process to produce recombinant proteins for various research applications and large molecule therapeutics development. For the first time, we report a screen to identify human microRNAs (miRNAs) that increase titers after polyethylenimine (PEI) mediated transient transfection of a HEK293 cell line. From a library of 875 miRNAs, we identified 2 miRNAs, miR-26a-5p and miR-337-5p, that increased human IgG1 (huIgG1) yields by 50% and 25%, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445589/a-network-engineering-perspective-on-probing-and-perturbing-cognition-with-neurofeedback
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REVIEW
Danielle S Bassett, Ankit N Khambhati
Network science and engineering provide a flexible and generalizable tool set to describe and manipulate complex systems characterized by heterogeneous interaction patterns among component parts. While classically applied to social systems, these tools have recently proven to be particularly useful in the study of the brain. In this review, we describe the nascent use of these tools to understand human cognition, and we discuss their utility in informing the meaningful and predictable perturbation of cognition in combination with the emerging capabilities of neurofeedback...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445499/fine-scale-population-genetic-structure-of-the-bengal-tiger-panthera-tigris-tigris-in-a-human-dominated-western-terai-arc-landscape-india
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Sujeet Kumar Singh, Jouni Aspi, Laura Kvist, Reeta Sharma, Puneet Pandey, Sudhanshu Mishra, Randeep Singh, Manoj Agrawal, Surendra Prakash Goyal
Despite massive global conservation strategies, tiger populations continued to decline until recently, mainly due to habitat loss, human-animal conflicts, and poaching. These factors are known to affect the genetic characteristics of tiger populations and decrease local effective population sizes. The Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) at the foothills of the Himalaya is one of the 42 source sites of tigers around the globe. Therefore, information on how landscape features and anthropogenic factors affect the fine-scale spatial genetic structure and variation of tigers in TAL is needed to develop proper management strategies for achieving long-term conservation goals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445465/assembly-of-functionally-integrated-human-forebrain-spheroids
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Fikri Birey, Jimena Andersen, Christopher D Makinson, Saiful Islam, Wu Wei, Nina Huber, H Christina Fan, Kimberly R Cordes Metzler, Georgia Panagiotakos, Nicholas Thom, Nancy A O'Rourke, Lars M Steinmetz, Jonathan A Bernstein, Joachim Hallmayer, John R Huguenard, Sergiu P Paşca
The development of the nervous system involves a coordinated succession of events including the migration of GABAergic (γ-aminobutyric-acid-releasing) neurons from ventral to dorsal forebrain and their integration into cortical circuits. However, these interregional interactions have not yet been modelled with human cells. Here we generate three-dimensional spheroids from human pluripotent stem cells that resemble either the dorsal or ventral forebrain and contain cortical glutamatergic or GABAergic neurons...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445462/cell-diversity-and-network-dynamics-in-photosensitive-human-brain-organoids
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Giorgia Quadrato, Tuan Nguyen, Evan Z Macosko, John L Sherwood, Sung Min Yang, Daniel R Berger, Natalie Maria, Jorg Scholvin, Melissa Goldman, Justin P Kinney, Edward S Boyden, Jeff W Lichtman, Ziv M Williams, Steven A McCarroll, Paola Arlotta
In vitro models of the developing brain such as three-dimensional brain organoids offer an unprecedented opportunity to study aspects of human brain development and disease. However, the cells generated within organoids and the extent to which they recapitulate the regional complexity, cellular diversity and circuit functionality of the brain remain undefined. Here we analyse gene expression in over 80,000 individual cells isolated from 31 human brain organoids. We find that organoids can generate a broad diversity of cells, which are related to endogenous classes, including cells from the cerebral cortex and the retina...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445443/nutrimiraging-micromanaging-nutrient-sensing-pathways-through-nutrition-to-promote-healthy-aging
#18
REVIEW
Víctor Micó, Laura Berninches, Javier Tapia, Lidia Daimiel
Current sociodemographic predictions point to a demographic shift in developed and developing countries that will result in an unprecedented increase of the elderly population. This will be accompanied by an increase in age-related conditions that will strongly impair human health and quality of life. For this reason, aging is a major concern worldwide. Healthy aging depends on a combination of individual genetic factors and external environmental factors. Diet has been proved to be a powerful tool to modulate aging and caloric restriction has emerged as a valuable intervention in this regard...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445396/mir-103-promotes-proliferation-and-metastasis-by-targeting-klf4-in-gastric-cancer
#19
Jie Zheng, Yuzhen Liu, Yanchun Qiao, Liying Zhang, Shijun Lu
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in the cancer development and progression; overexpression of miR-103 has been identified in various tumors. However, its biological function and regulatory mechanism involved in modulation of human gastric cancer (GC) remain largely unknown. This study aimed to confirm clinical significance of miR-103 and investigate its biological role and underlying mechanism in GC. Real-time quantitative PCR (qRT-PCR) revealed miR-103 was highly expressed in GC tissues and cell lines...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445367/adipose-tissue-drives-response-to-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-a-murine-pressure-sore-model
#20
Madeleine J Gust, Seok Jong Hong, Robert C Fang, Steven T Lanier, Donald W Buck, Jennifer M Nuñez, Shengxian Jia, Eugene D Park, Robert D Galiano, Thomas A Mustoe
BACKGROUND: Ischemia-reperfusion injury contributes significantly to the pathogenesis of chronic wounds such as pressure sores and diabetic foot ulcers. The authors' laboratory has previously developed a cyclical murine ischemia-reperfusion injury model. The authors here use this model to determine factors underlying tissue response to ischemia-reperfusion injury. METHODS: C57BL/6 mice were subjected to cycles of ischemia-reperfusion that varied in number (one to four cycles) and duration of ischemia (1 to 2 hours)...
May 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
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