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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812266/oxytocin-and-social-relationships-from-attachment-to-bond-disruption
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Oliver J Bosch, Larry J Young
Social relationships throughout life are vital for well-being and physical and mental health. A significant amount of research in animal models as well as in humans suggests that oxytocin (OT) plays an important role in the development of the capacity to form social bonds, the mediation of the positive aspects of early-life nurturing on adult bonding capacity, and the maintenance of social bonding. Here, we focus on the extensive research on a socially monogamous rodent model organism, the prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster)...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804515/mmx-%C3%A2-technology-and-its-applications-in-gastrointestinal-diseases
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Silvia Nardelli, Laura Francesca Pisani, Gian Eugenio Tontini, Maurizio Vecchi, Luca Pastorelli
The Multimatrix(®) (MMX(®)) preparation MMX(®) is a recently obtained drug formulation developed to facilitate release of high concentrations of active drugs into the colon, with a homogeneous distribution along all colonic segments, particularly the most distal ones; the distal colonic tracts, indeed, are the most difficult to reach in significant amounts when a drug is given orally. The MMX(®) formulation is characterized by a lipophilic matrix dispersed in a hydrophilic structure. Indeed, in the last few years, MMX(®) technology has been widely used in the development of various drugs for the treatment of inflammatory and infectious gastrointestinal diseases localized in the colon...
July 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774196/the-clinical-utility-of-the-heparin-neutralization-assay-in-the-diagnosis-of-heparin-induced-thrombocytopenia
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Gang Zheng, Michael B Streiff, Clifford M Takemoto, Jennifer Bynum, Elise Gelwan, Jayesh Jani, Danielle Judge, Thomas S Kickler
Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) remains diagnostically challenging. Immunoassays including PF4/heparin enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) have high sensitivity but low specificity. Whether the heparin neutralization assay (HNA) improves the diagnostic accuracy of the PF4/heparin ELISA for HIT is uncertain. In this study, to assess its clinical utility and evaluate whether it improves the diagnostic accuracy for HIT, we implemented HNA in conjunction with PF4/heparin ELISA over a 1-year period...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753952/amperometric-microsensors-monitoring-glutamate-evoked-in-situ-responses-of-nitric-oxide-and-carbon-monoxide-from-live-human-neuroblastoma-cells
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Yejin Ha, Chaejeong Heo, Juhyun Woo, Hyunwoo Ryu, Youngmi Lee, And Minah Suh
In the brain, nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO) are important signaling gases which have multifaceted roles, such as neurotransmitters, neuromodulators, and vasodilators. Even though it is difficult to measure NO and CO in a living system due to their high diffusibility and extremely low release levels, electrochemical sensors are promising tools to measure in vivo and in vitro NO and CO gases. In this paper, using amperometric dual and septuple NO/CO microsensors, real-time NO and CO changes evoked by glutamate were monitored simultaneously for human neuroblastoma (SH-SY5Y) cells...
July 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749575/comparing-pairwise-additive-and-many-body-generalized-born-models-for-acid-base-calculations-and-protein-design
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Francesco Villa, David Mignon, Savvas Polydorides, Thomas Simonson
Generalized Born (GB) solvent models are common in acid/base calculations and protein design. With GB, the interaction between a pair of solute atoms depends on the shape of the protein/solvent boundary and, therefore, the positions of all solute atoms, so that GB is a many-body potential. For compute-intensive applications, the model is often simplified further, by introducing a mean, native-like protein/solvent boundary, which removes the many-body property. We investigate a method for both acid/base calculations and protein design that uses Monte Carlo simulations in which side chains can explore rotamers, bind/release protons, or mutate...
July 27, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739644/nrt1-5-npf7-3-functions-as-a-proton-coupled-h-k-antiporter-for-k-loading-into-the-xylem-in-arabidopsis
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Hong Li, Miao Yu, Xin-Qiao Du, Zhi-Fang Wang, Wei-Hua Wu, Francisco J Quintero, Xue-Hua Jin, Hao-Dong Li, Yi Wang
Potassium and nitrogen are essential macronutrients for plant growth and have a positive impact on crop yield. Previous studies have indicated that the absorption and translocation of K+ and NO3- are correlated with each other in plants; however, the molecular mechanism that coordinates K+ and NO3- transport remains unknown. In this study, using a forward genetic approach, we isolated a low-K+-sensitive Arabidopsis mutant lks2 that showed a leaf-chlorosis phenotype under low-K+ conditions. LKS2 encodes the transporter NRT1...
July 24, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738229/a-facile-one-step-method-for-cell-lysis-and-dna-extraction-of-waterborne-pathogens-using-a-microchip
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Vivek Kamat, Sulaxna Pandey, Kishore Paknikar, Dhananjay Bodas
Globally, waterborne organisms are the primary causative agents for the transmission of various forms of diarrheal diseases. For accurate diagnosis, molecular tools have gained considerable attention in the recent past. Molecular tools require DNA as the starting material for diagnosis, and hence, a prerequisite is the quality and integrity of DNA. To obtain high quality DNA rapidly, we have fabricated a microchip in poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) by soft lithography process. The microchip facilitated in-flow coating of chitosan on the magnetic nanoparticles, which under external mechanical vibration caused cell lysis and released DNA in the supernatant...
July 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708998/profiling-ssb-nascent-chain-interactions-reveals-principles-of-hsp70-assisted-folding
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Kristina Döring, Nabeel Ahmed, Trine Riemer, Harsha Garadi Suresh, Yevhen Vainshtein, Markus Habich, Jan Riemer, Matthias P Mayer, Edward P O'Brien, Günter Kramer, Bernd Bukau
The yeast Hsp70 chaperone Ssb interacts with ribosomes and nascent polypeptides to assist protein folding. To reveal its working principle, we determined the nascent chain-binding pattern of Ssb at near-residue resolution by in vivo selective ribosome profiling. Ssb associates broadly with cytosolic, nuclear, and hitherto unknown substrate classes of mitochondrial and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) nascent proteins, supporting its general chaperone function. Ssb engages most substrates by multiple binding-release cycles to a degenerate sequence enriched in positively charged and aromatic amino acids...
July 13, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707599/designing-of-selective-%C3%AE-secretase-inhibitory-benzenesulfonamides-through-comparative-in-vitro-and-in-silico-analysis
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Neeraj Masand, Satya P Gupta, Ratan Lal Khosa
BACKGROUND: In Alzheimer's disease (AD), the gene mutations have been identified in the amyloid precursor protein (APP), the presenilin-1 (PS1) and -2 (PS2) genes. APP is a transmembrane protein which gets cleaved by α- and β-secretase enzymes and releases Aβ peptides which forms senile plaques in brain tissue. It contributes for local inflammatory response, subsequent oxidative stress, biochemical changes and neuronal death. Targeting the development of Aβ aggregates in the senile plaques is an important strategy in the treatment of AD...
July 13, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704538/intestinal-calcium-and-bile-salts-facilitate-germination-of-clostridium-difficile-spores
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Travis J Kochan, Madeline J Somers, Alyssa M Kaiser, Michelle S Shoshiev, Ada K Hagan, Jessica L Hastie, Nicole P Giordano, Ashley D Smith, Alyxandria M Schubert, Paul E Carlson, Philip C Hanna
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is an anaerobic gram-positive pathogen that is the leading cause of nosocomial bacterial infection globally. C. difficile infection (CDI) typically occurs after ingestion of infectious spores by a patient that has been treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics. While CDI is a toxin-mediated disease, transmission and pathogenesis are dependent on the ability to produce viable spores. These spores must become metabolically active (germinate) in order to cause disease. C. difficile spore germination occurs when spores encounter bile salts and other co-germinants within the small intestine, however, the germination signaling cascade is unclear...
July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700952/nicotine-facilitates-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-targeting-to-mitochondria-but-makes-them-less-susceptible-to-selective-ligands
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Kateryna Uspenska, Olena Lykhmus, Galyna Gergalova, Volodymyr Chernyshov, Hugo R Arias, Sergiy Komisarenko, Maryna Skok
Several nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) subtypes are expressed in mitochondria to regulate the internal pathway of apoptosis in ion channel-independent manner. However, the mechanisms of nAChR activation in mitochondria and targeting to mitochondria are still unknown. Nicotine has been shown to favor nAChR pentamer assembly, folding, and maturation on the way of biosynthesis. The idea of the present work was to determine whether nicotine affects the content, glycosylation, and function of mitochondrial nAChRs...
July 9, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698291/bioprosthetic-valve-fracture-improves-the-hemodynamic-results-of-valve-in-valve-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Adnan K Chhatriwalla, Keith B Allen, John T Saxon, David J Cohen, Sanjeev Aggarwal, Anthony J Hart, Suzanne J Baron, Danny Dvir, A Michael Borkon
BACKGROUND: Valve-in-valve (VIV) transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) may be less effective in small surgical valves because of patient/prosthesis mismatch. Bioprosthetic valve fracture (BVF) using a high-pressure balloon can be performed to facilitate VIV TAVR. METHODS AND RESULTS: We report data from 20 consecutive clinical cases in which BVF was successfully performed before or after VIV TAVR by inflation of a high-pressure balloon positioned across the valve ring during rapid ventricular pacing...
July 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678065/pregnancy-and-reproductive-aspects-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Laura Andreoli, Francesca Crisafulli, Angela Tincani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To discuss pregnancy and reproductive aspects in women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with particular focus on preconception counselling, maternal and foetal outcomes, safety and beneficial effects of drugs during pregnancy as well as contraception methods, assisted reproduction techniques and strategies for thromboembolism prophylaxis in patients with positive antiphospholipid antibodies. RECENT FINDINGS: Evidence-based recommendations for the management of family planning and women's health issues in SLE and/or APS have been developed by a multidisciplinary panel of experts...
September 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673596/intra-spinal-microstimulation-may-alleviate-chronic-pain-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Bin Shu, Fei Yang, Yun Guan
Chronic pain after spinal cord injury (SCI) is a form of central neuropathic pain that is debilitating and often refractory to current pharmacological treatments. Neurostimulation pain therapies, such as epidural spinal cord stimulation, have only moderate success in reducing SCI pain. The pathogenesis of SCI pain may involve a state of central neuronal hyperexcitability, especially in the spinal cord dorsal horn, that develops after injury. We hypothesize that the neuronal structures near the spinal cord injury site may be an important pain generator, and intraspinal microstimulation (ISMS) may normalize dorsal horn neuronal hyperexcitability and hence alleviate SCI pain...
July 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662899/l-type-amino-acid-transporter-1-utilizing-prodrugs-how-to-achieve-effective-brain-delivery-and-low-systemic-exposure-of-drugs
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Elena Puris, Mikko Gynther, Johanna Huttunen, Aleksanteri Petsalo, Kristiina M Huttunen
L-type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1) is selectively expressed in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and brain parenchyma. This transporter can facilitate brain delivery of neuroprotective agents and additionally give opportunity to minimize systemic exposure. Here, we investigated structure-pharmacokinetics relationship of five newly synthesized LAT1-utilizing prodrugs of the cyclooxygenase inhibitor, ketoprofen, in order to identify beneficial structural features of prodrugs to achieve both targeted brain delivery and low peripheral distribution of the parent drug...
September 10, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661068/expression-of-mir-18a-and-mir-34c-in-circulating-monocytes-associated-with-vulnerability-to-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-and-insulin-resistance
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Si-Si Wang, Yong-Qiang Li, Ying-Zhi Liang, Jing Dong, Yan He, Ling Zhang, Yu-Xiang Yan
Chronic stress may facilitate the development of metabolic disorders including insulin resistance (IR) and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). MiR-18a and miR-34c modulate central cell responsiveness to stress by targeting glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and corticotropin-releasing factor receptor type 1 (CRFR1) mRNA, which are important regulators of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. This study explored the relationship between T2DM/IR and expression of miR-18a and miR-34c in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) in an occupational sample...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652278/palbociclib-combined-with-fulvestrant-in-premenopausal-women-with-advanced-breast-cancer-and-prior-progression-on-endocrine-therapy-paloma-3-results
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Sibylle Loibl, Nicholas C Turner, Jungsil Ro, Massimo Cristofanilli, Hiroji Iwata, Seock-Ah Im, Norikazu Masuda, Sherene Loi, Fabrice André, Nadia Harbeck, Sunil Verma, Elizabeth Folkerd, Kathy Puyana Theall, Justin Hoffman, Ke Zhang, Cynthia Huang Bartlett, Mitchell Dowsett
BACKGROUND: The efficacy and safety of palbociclib, a cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 inhibitor, combined with fulvestrant and goserelin was assessed in premenopausal women with advanced breast cancer (ABC) who had progressed on prior endocrine therapy (ET). PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred eight premenopausal endocrine-refractory women ≥18 years with hormone receptor-positive (HR+)/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-negative (HER2-) ABC were among 521 women randomized 2:1 (347:174) to fulvestrant (500 mg) ± goserelin with either palbociclib (125 mg/day orally, 3 weeks on, 1 week off) or placebo...
June 26, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643513/photochemical-cleavage-of-benzylic-c-o-bond-facilitated-by-an-ortho-or-meta-amino-group
#18
Xiong Ding, Pengfei Wang
The excited state meta effect, also known as the meta-ortho effect, results from selective electron transmission from an electron-donating group to the meta and ortho sites on an aromatic ring in its first excited singlet state. This effect facilitates photochemical cleavage of benzylic C-O or C-N bond to release the corresponding alcohol, carboxylic acid, or amine when an electron-donating amino group is at the meta position, as demonstrated in our recent work of using a 3-diethylaminobenzyl (DEABn) group as an effective photolabile protecting group (PPG)...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642617/podoplanin-enhances-lung-cancer-cell-growth-in-vivo-by-inducing-platelet-aggregation
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Kenichi Miyata, Ai Takemoto, Sakae Okumura, Makoto Nishio, Naoya Fujita
Podoplanin/Aggrus, known as a platelet aggregation-inducing factor, is frequently overexpressed in lung squamous cell carcinomas (LSCC) and glioblastomas among other tumours, and its expression has been reported to be correlated with poor prognosis. However, the contribution of podoplanin to malignant progression has been elusive. Here we demonstrate that in podoplanin-positive LSCC cells, their growth was abrogated by podoplanin knockout in vivo but not in vitro. Conversely, ectopic expression of podoplanin promoted cell growth in vivo and facilitated intratumoral platelet activation...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631442/osteoblast-migration-in-vertebrate-bone
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Antonia Thiel, Marie K Reumann, Adele Boskey, Johannes Wischmann, Rüdiger von Eisenhart-Rothe, Philipp Mayer-Kuckuk
Bone formation, for example during bone remodelling or fracture repair, requires mature osteoblasts to deposit bone with remarkable spatial precision. As osteoblast precursors derive either from circulation or resident stem cell pools, they and their progeny are required to migrate within the three-dimensional bone space and to navigate to their destination, i.e. to the site of bone formation. An understanding of this process is emerging based on in vitro and in vivo studies of several vertebrate species. Receptors on the osteoblast surface mediate cell adhesion and polarization, which induces osteoblast migration...
June 19, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
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