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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729605/evaluating-the-effects-of-material-properties-of-artificial-meniscal-implant-in-the-human-knee-joint-using-finite-element-analysis
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Duraisamy Shriram, Gideon Praveen Kumar, Fangsen Cui, Yee Han Dave Lee, Karupppasamy Subburaj
Artificial meniscal implants may replace severely injured meniscus and restore the normal functionality of the knee joint. Implant material stiffness and shape influence the longevity of implantations. This study, using 3D finite element analysis, aimed to evaluate the effects of material stiffness variations of anatomically shaped artificial meniscal implant in the knee joint. Finite element simulations were conducted on five different cases including intact knee, medial meniscectomized knee, and the knee joint with the meniscal implant with three distinct material stiffness...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727758/longevity-effect-of-a-polysaccharide-from-chlorophytum-borivilianum-on-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Steve Thomas Pannakal, Sibylle Jäger, Albert Duranton, Amit Tewari, Subarna Saha, Aneesha Radhakrishnan, Nita Roy, Jean François Kuntz, Soraya Fermas, Darryl James, Jane Mellor, Namita Misra, Lionel Breton
The traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, provides insights and practical solutions towards a healthy life style. Rasayana is a branch of Ayurveda known for preserving and promoting health, enhancing the quality of life and delaying the aging process. In the traditional knowledge, the Rasayana herb, Chlorophytum borivilianum (C. borivilanum) is regarded as a general health promoting tonic that delays aging and increases lifespan, cognitive function and physical strength. Aging is a complex and multifactorial physiological phenomenon that manifests itself over a wide range of biological systems, tissues, and functions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719283/american-aedes-vexans-mosquitoes-are-competent-vectors-of-zika-virus
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Alex Gendernalik, James Weger-Lucarelli, Selene M Garcia Luna, Joseph R Fauver, Claudia Rückert, Reyes A Murrieta, Nicholas Bergren, Demitrios Samaras, Chilinh Nguyen, Rebekah C Kading, Gregory D Ebel
AbstractStarting in 2013-2014, the Americas have experienced a massive outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) which has now reached at least 49 countries. Although most cases have occurred in South America and the Caribbean, imported and autochthonous cases have occurred in the United States. Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are known vectors of ZIKV. Little is known about the potential for temperate Aedes mosquitoes to transmit ZIKV. Aedes vexans has a worldwide distribution, is highly abundant in particular localities, aggressively bites humans, and is a competent vector of several arboviruses...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718514/aldehyde-dehydrogenase-1-a1-regulates-energy-metabolism-in-adipocytes-from-different-species
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Kefeng Yang, Christopher Adin, Qiwen Shen, Ly James Lee, Lianbo Yu, Paolo Fadda, Arpad Samogyi, Kathleen Ham, Lu Xu, Chen Gilor, Ouliana Ziouzenkova
BACKGROUND: Survival and longevity of xenotransplants depend on immune function and ability to integrate energy metabolism between cells from different species. However, mechanisms for interspecies cross talk in energy metabolism are not well understood. White adipose tissue stores energy and is capable of mobilization and dissipation of energy as heat (thermogenesis) by adipocytes expressing uncoupling protein 1 (Ucp1). Both pathways are under the control of vitamin A metabolizing enzymes...
July 17, 2017: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708104/fruit-and-juice-epigenetic-signatures-are-associated-with-independent-immunoregulatory-pathways
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Jessie Nicodemus-Johnson, Robert A Sinnott
Epidemiological evidence strongly suggests that fruit consumption promotes many health benefits. Despite the general consensus that fruit and juice are nutritionally similar, epidemiological results for juice consumption are conflicting. Our objective was to use DNA methylation marks to characterize fruit and juice epigenetic signatures within PBMCs and identify shared and independent signatures associated with these groups. Genome-wide DNA methylation marks (Illumina Human Methylation 450k chip) for 2,148 individuals that participated in the Framingham Offspring exam 8 were analyzed for correlations between fruit or juice consumption using standard linear regression...
July 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707579/the-involvement-of-ercc2-xpd-and-ercc6-csb-wild-type-alleles-in-protection-against-aging-and-cancer
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Natalia Savina, Natalia Nikitchenko, Tatyana Kuzhir, Alexander Rolevich, Sergei Krasny, Roza Goncharova
BACKGROUND: DNA helicases maintain genome stability, and their deficiency is associated with disorders resembling premature aging as well as contributes to carcinogenesis. Their functions are determined by the respective genes encoding nucleotide excision repair initiating proteins, e.g. XPD and CSB. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to investigate the influence of genetic variations in ERCC2/XPD (rs1799793, rs13181) and ERCC6/CSB (rs2228526, rs2228528) loci on lifespan and developing age-related bladder cancer focusing on homozygous wild type alleles...
July 7, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702667/microengineered-cultures-containing-human-hepatic-stellate-cells-and-hepatocytes-for-drug-development
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Matthew D Davidson, David A Kukla, Salman R Khetani
In non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), hepatic stellate cells (HSC) differentiate into myofibroblast-like cells that cause fibrosis, which predisposes patients to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Thus, modeling interactions between activated HSCs and hepatocytes in vitro can aid in the development of anti-NASH/fibrosis therapeutics and lead to a better understanding of disease progression. Species-specific differences in drug metabolism and disease pathways now necessitate the supplementation of animal studies with data acquired using human liver models; however, current models do not adequately model the negative effects of primary human activated HSCs on the phenotype of otherwise well-differentiated primary human hepatocytes (PHHs) as in vivo...
July 12, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701867/effects-of-korean-ginseng-berry-on-skin-antipigmentation-and-antiaging-via-foxo3a-activation
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Juewon Kim, Si Young Cho, Su Hwan Kim, Donghyun Cho, Sunmi Kim, Chan-Woong Park, Takahiko Shimizu, Jae Youl Cho, Dae Bang Seo, Song Seok Shin
BACKGROUND: The ginseng berry has various bioactivities, including antidiabetic, anticancer, antiinflammatory, and antioxidative properties. Moreover, we have revealed that the active antiaging component of the ginseng berry, syringaresinol, has the ability to stimulate longevity via gene activation. Despite the many known beneficial effects of ginseng, its effects on skin aging are poorly understood. In this study, we investigated the effects of ginseng and the ginseng berry on one of the skin aging processes, melanogenesis, and age-related pigment lipofuscin accumulation, to elucidate the mechanism of action with respect to antiaging...
July 2017: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700947/acute-dietary-restriction-acts-via-tor-pp2a-and-myc-signaling-to-boost-innate-immunity-in-drosophila
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Jung-Eun Lee, Morsi Rayyan, Allison Liao, Isaac Edery, Scott D Pletcher
Dietary restriction promotes health and longevity across taxa through mechanisms that are largely unknown. Here, we show that acute yeast restriction significantly improves the ability of adult female Drosophila melanogaster to resist pathogenic bacterial infections through an immune pathway involving downregulation of target of rapamycin (TOR) signaling, which stabilizes the transcription factor Myc by increasing the steady-state level of its phosphorylated forms through decreased activity of protein phosphatase 2A...
July 11, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699360/mir-34a-and-mir-9-are-overexpressed-and-sirt-genes-are-downregulated-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-of-aging-humans
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Magdalena Owczarz, Monika Budzinska, Anna Domaszewska-Szostek, Joanna Borkowska, Jacek Polosak, Magdalena Gewartowska, Przemyslaw Slusarczyk, Monika Puzianowska-Kuznicka
Increased expression of sirtuins lowers the risk of age-related diseases, while their role in the regulation of longevity is not firmly established. Since aging is associated with immunosenescence, we tested whether sirtuin expression was modified in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in an age-related manner and whether this might result from altered expression of the selected miRNAs. The expression of seven SIRT genes and of SIRT1 mRNA-interacting miR-9, miR-34a, miR-132, and miR-199a-5p was evaluated by real-time PCR in PBMC originating from young (Y, n = 57, mean age 27 ± 4...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698311/proteomics-and-metabolomics-in-ageing-research-from-biomarkers-to-systems-biology
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REVIEW
Jessica M Hoffman, Yang Lyu, Scott D Pletcher, Daniel E L Promislow
Age is the single greatest risk factor for a wide range of diseases, and as the mean age of human populations grows steadily older, the impact of this risk factor grows as well. Laboratory studies on the basic biology of ageing have shed light on numerous genetic pathways that have strong effects on lifespan. However, we still do not know the degree to which the pathways that affect ageing in the lab also influence variation in rates of ageing and age-related disease in human populations. Similarly, despite considerable effort, we have yet to identify reliable and reproducible 'biomarkers', which are predictors of one's biological as opposed to chronological age...
July 15, 2017: Essays in Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698112/slow-aging-in-mammals-lessons-from-african-mole-rats-and-bats
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REVIEW
Philip Dammann
Traditionally, the main mammalian models used in aging research have been mice and rats, i.e. short-lived species that obviously lack effective maintenance mechanisms to keep their soma in a functional state for prolonged periods of time. It is doubtful that life-extending mechanisms identified only in such short-lived species adequately reflect the diversity of longevity pathways that have naturally evolved in mammals, or that they have much relevance for long-lived species such as humans. Therefore, some complementary, long-lived mammalian models have been introduced to aging research in the past 15-20 years, particularly naked mole-rats (and to a lesser extent also other mole-rats) and bats...
July 8, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695747/novel-strategies-for-anti-aging-drug-discovery
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Komal Saraswat, Syed Ibrahim Rizvi
Scientific achievements in the last few decades, leading to effective therapeutic interventions, have dramatically improved human life expectancy. Consequently, aging has become a significant problem and represents the major risk factor for most human pathologies including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorders, and cancer. Scientific discoveries over the past two decades have been instrumental in dissecting molecular mechanism(s) which play important roles in determining longevity. The same understanding has also led to the acknowledgement of the plurality of 'causes' which act either alone or in combination to create the condition which can be defined as 'aging'...
July 11, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689042/historical-demography-and-longevity-genetics-back-to-the-future
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REVIEW
Niels van den Berg, Marian Beekman, Ken Robert Smith, Angelique Janssens, Pieternella Eline Slagboom
Research into the genetic component of human longevity can provide important insights in mechanisms that may protect against age-related diseases and multi-morbidity. Thus far only a limited number of robust longevity loci have been detected in either candidate or genome wide association studies. One of the issues in these genetic studies is the definition of the trait being either lifespan, including any age at death or longevity, i.e. survival above a diverse series of thresholds. Likewise heritability and segregation research have conflated lifespan with longevity...
July 5, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686708/drosophila-lines-with-mutant-and-wild-type-human-tdp-43-replacing-the-endogenous-gene-reveals-phosphorylation-and-ubiquitination-in-mutant-lines-in-the-absence-of-viability-or-lifespan-defects
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Jer-Cherng Chang, David B Morton
Mutations in TDP-43 are associated with proteinaceous inclusions in neurons and are believed to be causative in neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Here we describe a Drosophila system where we have engineered the genome to replace the endogenous TDP-43 orthologue with wild type or mutant human TDP-43(hTDP-43). In contrast to other models, these flies express both mutant and wild type hTDP-43 at similar levels to those of the endogenous gene and importantly, no age-related TDP-43 accumulation observed among all the transgenic fly lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683582/extending-viability-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-and-lactobacillus-johnsonii-by-microencapsulation-in-alginate-microgels
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Kendra A Tiani, Timothy W Yeung, D Julian McClements, David A Sela
AIM: To investigate whether microencapsulation of Lactobacillus in alginate microbeads will lead to increased longevity during refrigerated storage or simulated digestion. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Microscopy was used to confirm that Lactobacillus plantarum ATCC BAA-793 and Lactobacillus johnsonii ATCC 33200 were immobilised within the microbeads and laser scattering analysis was used to determine the mean diameter of the microbeads. The number of viable cells were enumerated throughout refrigerated storage and simulated digestion experiments...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673754/the-longevity-gene-klotho-is-differentially-associated-with-cognition-in-subtypes-of-schizophrenia
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Bharti Morar, Johanna C Badcock, Michael Phillips, Osvaldo P Almeida, Assen Jablensky
Cognitive impairment is a core feature of schizophrenia and impacts negatively the functioning of affected individuals. Cognitive decline correlates with aging, and is the primary cause of loss of independence and reduced quality of life. The klotho gene is a key modulator of aging, with expression deficiency resulting in premature aging, while overexpression extends lifespan and enhances cognition. A haplotype and functional human variant of the gene, KL-VS, increases expression and promotes longevity. KL-VS heterozygosity is associated with enhanced cognition and a larger volume of the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, a region involved in planning and decision-making, which is especially susceptible to shrinkage with age...
July 1, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670372/cxcl10-accelerates-emt-and-metastasis-by-mmp-2-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#18
Tingting Ren, Lili Zhu, Mingliang Cheng
Human malignant hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a common tumor, which severely threatens human health and shortens longevity. The poor prognosis of HCC is primarily attributed to distant metastases. C-X-C motif chemokine 10 (CXCL10) regulates the control of several cellular and developmental processes including tumor cell proliferation, apoptosis, and cell metastasis. Previous studies have confirmed that CXCL10 functions as an oncogene in several cancers. However, the expression and biological functions of CXCL10 in HCC, especially with regard to metastasis, need further investigation...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667895/sirt1-regulates-the-chemoresistance-and-invasiveness-of-ovarian-carcinoma-cells
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David Hamisi Mvunta, Tsutomu Miyamoto, Ryoichi Asaka, Yasushi Yamada, Hirofumi Ando, Shotaro Higuchi, Koichi Ida, Hiroyasu Kashima, Tanri Shiozawa
BACKGROUND: SIRT1 is a longevity gene that forestalls aging and age-related diseases including cancer, and has recently attracted widespread attention due to its overexpression in some cancers. We previously identified the overexpression of SIRT1 in ovarian carcinoma (OvCa) as a poor prognostic factor. However, mechanistic insights into the function of SIRT1 in OvCa have yet to be elucidated. METHODS: Quantitative real-time reverse PCR (qRT-PCR) and Western blotting were employed to examine the expression of SIRT1 in a panel of human OvCa cell lines...
June 27, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658611/interventions-to-slow-cardiovascular-aging-dietary-restriction-drugs-and-novel-molecules
#20
REVIEW
Christian Heiss, Ioakim Spyridopoulos, Judith Haendeler
Cardiovascular aging is a highly dynamic process. Despite the fact that cardiovascular function and structure change with age, they can still be modulated even in aged humans. The most prominent approaches to improve age-dependent vascular changes include dietary restriction and pharmacologic agents interacting with signaling pathways implicated in this context. These include inhibition of TOR, glycolysis, and GH/IGF-1, activation of sirtuins, and AMPK, as well as modulators of inflammation, epigenetic pathways, and telomeres...
June 27, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
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