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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538208/notch4-and-mhc%C3%A2-class-ii-polymorphisms-are-associated-with%C3%A2-hcv-related-benign-and-malignant-lymphoproliferative-diseases
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Laura Gragnani, Elisa Fognani, Valli De Re, Massimo Libra, Adriana Garozzo, Patrizio Caini, Guia Cerretelli, Andrea Giovannelli, Serena Lorini, Monica Monti, Silvia Bagnoli, Irene Piaceri, Anna Linda Zignego
Mixed cryoglobulinemia (MC), is a HCV-related, clinically benign, lymphoproliferative disorder (LPD) that may evolve into a non Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Significant associations were found between two single nucleotide polymorphisms near NOTCH4 (rs2071286) and the HLA class II (rs9461776) genes and HCV-related MC syndrome (MCS). We analyzed NOTCH4 rs2071286 and HLA-II rs9461776 in 3 HCV-related LPD groups (asymptomatic MC, MCS, NHL) with HCV infection without lymphoproliferative disorders.We found a positive relationship between NOTCH4 rs207186 T minor allele frequency (MAF) and patients with HCV-related LPDs at risk of NHL (Chi-square test for trend = 14...
March 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537767/assessing-dimensions-of-pathological-narcissism-psychometric-properties-of-the-short-form-of-the-five-factor-narcissism-inventory-in-a-sample-of-italian-university-students
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Andrea Fossati, Antonella Somma, Serena Borroni, Joshua D Miller
To evaluate the psychometric properties of the Italian translation of the Five-Factor Narcissism Inventory-Short Form (FFNI-SF), 1,063 Italian university students were administered the scale, along with the Pathological Narcissism Inventory (PNI) and the Measure of Disordered Personality Functioning (MDPF). In general, the FFNI-SF scales showed good internal consistency (median α = .76; median interitem r = .44) and structural analyses suggested a 3-component model of FFNI-SF scales that was similar to that reported by Sherman et al...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Personality Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535374/discovery-of-stromal-regulatory-networks-that-suppress-ras-sensitized-epithelial-cell-proliferation
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Huayang Liu, James A Dowdle, Safiya Khurshid, Nicholas J Sullivan, Nicholas Bertos, Komal Rambani, Markus Mair, Piotr Daniel, Esther Wheeler, Xing Tang, Kyle Toth, Michael Lause, Markus E Harrigan, Karl Eiring, Connor Sullivan, Matthew J Sullivan, Serena W Chang, Siddhant Srivastava, Joseph S Conway, Raleigh Kladney, Joseph McElroy, Sooin Bae, Yuanzhi Lu, Ali Tofigh, Sadiq M I Saleh, Soledad A Fernandez, Jeffrey D Parvin, Vincenzo Coppola, Erin R Macrae, Sarmila Majumder, Charles L Shapiro, Lisa D Yee, Bhuvaneswari Ramaswamy, Michael Hallett, Michael C Ostrowski, Morag Park, Helen M Chamberlin, Gustavo Leone
Mesodermal cells signal to neighboring epithelial cells to modulate their proliferation in both normal and disease states. We adapted a Caenorhabditis elegans organogenesis model to enable a genome-wide mesodermal-specific RNAi screen and discovered 39 factors in mesodermal cells that suppress the proliferation of adjacent Ras pathway-sensitized epithelial cells. These candidates encode components of protein complexes and signaling pathways that converge on the control of chromatin dynamics, cytoplasmic polyadenylation, and translation...
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532704/the-bright-and-the-dark-sides-of-motor-simulation
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Maria Serena Panasiti, Giuseppina Porciello, Salvatore Maria Aglioti
While the acquisition of knowledge about the sensory, emotional, and motor states of others has long been thought to derive from abstract inferential operations, recent theories based on neuroscientific and psychological models emphasize that motor simulation is essential to a variety of complex functions ranging from the monitoring of one's own performance to the understanding of others' actions, and matching self and others' states to optimize social interactions. In this review, we discuss evidence that simulating the actions of others has both bright and dark sides...
May 19, 2017: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532167/how-the-marine-biotoxins-affect-human-health
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Silvia Morabito, Serena Silvestro, Caterina Faggio
Several marine microalgae produce dangerous toxins very damaging to human health, aquatic ecosystems and coastal resources. These Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in recent decades seem greatly increased regarding frequency, severity and biogeographical level, causing serious health risks as a consequence of the consumption of contaminated seafood. Toxins can cause various clinically described syndromes, characterised by a wide range of symptoms: amnesic (ASP), diarrhoetic (DSP), azaspirazid (AZP), neurotoxic (NSP) and paralytic (PSP) shellfish poisonings and ciguatera fish poisoning...
May 22, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531193/raman-microscopy-investigation-of-vitrification-induced-structural-damages-in-mature-bovine-oocytes
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Giulia Rusciano, Carolina De Canditiis, Gianluigi Zito, Marcello Rubessa, Maria Serena Roca, Rosa Carotenuto, Antonio Sasso, Bianca Gasparrini
Although oocyte cryopreservation has great potentials in the field of reproductive technologies, it still is an open challenge in the majority of domestic animals and little is known on the biochemical transformation induced by this process in the different cellular compartments. Raman micro-spectroscopy allows the non-invasive evaluation of the molecular composition of cells, based on the inelastic scattering of laser photons by vibrating molecules. The aim of this work was to assess the biochemical modifications of both the zona pellucida and cytoplasm of vitrified/warmed in vitro matured bovine oocytes at different post-warming times...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530282/covalent-capture-of-oriented-calix-6-arene-rotaxanes-by-a-metal-free-active-template-approach
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Guido Orlandini, Giulio Ragazzon, Valeria Zanichelli, Andrea Secchi, Serena Silvi, Margherita Venturi, Arturo Arduini, Alberto Credi
We describe the active template effect of a calix[6]arene host towards the alkylation of a complexed pyridylpyridinium guest. The acceleration of the reaction within the cavity is significant and rim-selective, enabling the efficient preparation of rotaxanes with full control of the mutual orientation of their nonsymmetric components.
May 22, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527050/interplay-between-sirt-3-metabolism-and-its-tumor-suppressor-role-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Serena De Matteis, Anna Maria Granato, Roberta Napolitano, Chiara Molinari, Martina Valgiusti, Daniele Santini, Francesco Giuseppe Foschi, Giorgio Ercolani, Umberto Vespasiani Gentilucci, Luca Faloppi, Mario Scartozzi, Giovanni Luca Frassineti, Andrea Casadei Gardini
Sirtuins (SIRT), first described as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD(+))-dependent type III histone deacetylases, are produced by cells to support in the defense against chronic stress conditions such as metabolic syndromes, neurodegeneration, and cancer. SIRT-3 is one of the most studied members of the mitochondrial sirtuins family. In particular, its involvement in metabolic diseases and its dual role in cancer have been described. In the present review, based on the evidence of SIRT-3 involvement in metabolic dysfunctions, we aimed to provide an insight into the multifaceted role of SIRT-3 in many solid and hematological tumors with a particular focus on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
May 19, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525472/a-comparison-of-implants-used-in-open-door-laminoplasty-structural-rib-allografts-versus-metallic-miniplates
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Ehsan Tabaraee, Praveen Mummaneni, Amir Abdul-Jabbar, David Shearer, Esha Roy, Beejal Amin, Christopher Ames, Shane Burch, Vedat Deviren, Sigurd Berven, Serena Hu, Dean Chou, Bobby K Tay
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective case-controlled study. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Open-door laminoplasty has been successfully used to address cervical spondylotic myelopathy and ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament. Two common implants include rib allograft struts and metallic miniplates. OBJECTIVE: The goals of this study were to compare outcomes, complications, and costs associated with these 2 implants. METHODS: A retrospective review was done on 51 patients with allograft struts and 55 patients with miniplates...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525281/interaction-of-7-alkoxycoumarins-with-the-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor
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Marco Gargaro, Francesco Epifano, Serena Fiorito, Vito Alessandro Taddeo, Salvatore Genovese, Matteo Pirro, Antonella Turco, Paolo Puccetti, Carsten B Schmidt-Weber, Francesca Fallarino
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is a transcription factor activated by a vast array of natural and synthetic ligands. It plays a pivotal role in numerous physiological and pathological responses, such as cell proliferation and differentiation, induction of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes, response to environmental toxins, and several others. In this study, we investigated the ability of some natural compounds (oxyprenylated ferulic acid and umbelliferone derivatives) and their semisynthetic analogues (e...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524095/pkc-in-regenerative-therapy-new-insights-for-old-targets
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REVIEW
Marta Rui, Rita Nasti, Emanuele Bignardi, Serena Della Volpe, Giacomo Rossino, Daniela Rossi, Simona Collina
Effective therapies for chronic or non-healing wounds are still lacking. These tissue insults often result in severe clinical complications (i.e., infections and/or amputation) and sometimes lead to patient death. Accordingly, several research groups have focused their efforts in finding innovative and powerful therapeutic strategies to overcome these issues. On the basis of these considerations, the comprehension of the molecular cascades behind these pathological conditions could allow the identification of molecules against chronic wounds...
May 18, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523198/uterine-fibroid-torsion-during-pregnancy-a-case-of-laparotomic-myomectomy-at-18-weeks-gestation-with-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Annachiara Basso, Mariana Rita Catalano, Giuseppe Loverro, Serena Nocera, Edoardo Di Naro, Matteo Loverro, Mariateresa Natrella, Salvatore Andrea Mastrolia
Uterine myomas are the most common benign growths affecting female reproductive system, occurring in 20-40% of women, whereas the incidence rate in pregnancy is estimated from 0.1 to 3.9%. The lower incidence in pregnancy is due to the association with infertility and low pregnancy rates and implantation rates after in vitro fertilization treatment. Uterine myomas, usually, are asymptomatic during pregnancy. However, occasionally, pedunculated fibroids torsion or other superimposed complications may cause acute abdominal pain...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518147/survivin-a-key-player-in-cancer-progression-increases-in-obesity-and-protects-adipose-tissue-stem-cells-from-apoptosis
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Miriam Ejarque, Victòria Ceperuelo-Mallafré, Carolina Serena, Gisela Pachón, Yaiza Núñez-Álvarez, Margarida Terrón-Puig, Enrique Calvo, Catalina Núñez-Roa, Wilfredo Oliva-Olivera, Francisco J Tinahones, Miguel Angel Peinado, Joan Vendrell, Sonia Fernández-Veledo
Adipose tissue (AT) has a central role in obesity-related metabolic imbalance through the dysregulated production of cytokines and adipokines. In addition to its known risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, obesity is also a major risk for cancer. We investigated the impact of obesity for the expression of survivin, an antiapoptotic protein upregulated by adipokines and a diagnostic biomarker of tumor onset and recurrence. In a cross-sectional study of 111 subjects classified by body mass index, circulating levels of survivin and gene expression in subcutaneous AT were significantly higher in obese patients and positively correlated with leptin...
May 18, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518027/measles-cases-during-ebola-outbreak-west-africa-2013-2106
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Francesca Colavita, Mirella Biava, Concetta Castilletti, Serena Quartu, Francesco Vairo, Claudia Caglioti, Chiara Agrati, Eleonora Lalle, Licia Bordi, Simone Lanini, Michela Delli Guanti, Rossella Miccio, Giuseppe Ippolito, Maria R Capobianchi, Antonino Di Caro
The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa caused breakdowns in public health systems, which might have caused outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases. We tested 80 patients admitted to an Ebola treatment center in Freetown, Sierra Leone, for measles. These patients were negative for Ebola virus. Measles virus IgM was detected in 13 (16%) of the patients.
June 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514750/epigenome-wide-association-study-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-identification-of-stochastic-epigenetic-mutations-through-an-innovative-statistical-approach
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REVIEW
Davide Gentilini, Stefania Scala, Germano Gaudenzi, Paolo Garagnani, Miriam Capri, Matteo Cescon, Gian Luca Grazi, Maria Giulia Bacalini, Serena Pisoni, Alessandra Dicitore, Luisa Circelli, Sara Santagata, Francesco Izzo, Anna Maria Di Blasio, Luca Persani, Claudio Franceschi, Giovanni Vitale
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) results from accumulation of both genetic and epigenetic alterations. We investigated the genome-wide DNA methylation profile in 69 pairs of HCC and adjacent non-cancerous liver tissues using the Infinium HumanMethylation 450K BeadChip array. An innovative analytical approach has been adopted to identify Stochastic Epigenetic Mutations (SEMs) in HCC.HCC and peritumoral tissues showed a different epigenetic profile, mainly characterized by loss of DNA methylation in HCC. Total number of SEMs was significantly higher in HCC tumor (median: 77,370) than in peritumoral (median: 5,656) tissues and correlated with tumor grade...
April 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513813/hepatitis-b-virus-reactivation-after-effective-sofosbuvir-and-ribavirin-treatment-in-a-patient-with-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Silvia Odolini, Paola Lanza, Angiola Angiola, Serena Zaltron, Lucia Urbinati, Andrea Vavassori, Paola Nasta, Elena Festa, Franco Gargiulo, Anna Rodella, Arnaldo Caruso, Salvatore Casari, Francesco Castelli, Mauro Viganò
Reactivation of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been reported in patients with occult infection (OBI), i.e. HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) negative, HBV core antibody (anti-HBc) positive ± antibodies against HBsAg (anti-HBs) and detectable HBV DNA in serum or liver, receiving immunosuppressive or cytotoxic therapies. Recently, concerns have been raised regarding the risk of HBV reactivation in OBI patients treated with direct acting antiviral agents (DAAs) for chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Here we describe a case of HBV reactivation in a 72-year-old woman with OBI as a possible consequence of effective treatment with sofosbuvir (SOF) and ribavirin (Rbv) for genotype 2a/2c CHC...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512850/in-situ-handheld-3d-bioprinting-for-cartilage-regeneration
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Claudia Di Bella, Serena Duchi, Cathal D O'Connell, Romane Blanchard, Cheryl Augustine, Zhilian Yue, Fletcher Thompson, Christopher Richards, Stephen Beirne, Carmine Onofrillo, Sebastien H Bauquier, Stewart D Ryan, Peter Pivonka, Gordon G Wallace, Peter F Choong
Articular cartilage injuries experienced at an early age can lead to the development of osteoarthritis later in life. In situ 3D printing is an exciting and innovative bio-fabrication technology that enables the surgeon to deliver tissue- engineering techniques at the time and location of need. We have created a hand- held 3D printing device (Biopen) that allows the simultaneous co-axial extrusion of bioscaffold and cultured cells directly into the cartilage defect in vivo in a single session surgery. This pilot study assesses the ability of the Biopen to repair a full thickness chondral defect and the early outcomes in cartilage regeneration, and compares these results to other treatments in a large animal model...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509666/an-inhibitory-gate-for-state-transition-in-cortex
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Stefano Zucca, Giulia D'Urso, Valentina Pasquale, Dania Vecchia, Giuseppe Pica, Serena Bovetti, Claudio Moretti, Stefano Varani, Manuel Molano-Mazón, Michela Chiappalone, Stefano Panzeri, Tommaso Fellin
Large scale transitions between active (up) and silent (down) states during quiet wakefulness or NREM sleep regulate fundamental cortical functions and are known to involve both excitatory and inhibitory cells. However, if and how inhibition regulates these activity transitions is unclear. Using fluorescence-targeted electrophysiological recording and cell-specific optogenetic manipulation in both anesthetized and non-anesthetized mice, we found that two major classes of interneurons, the parvalbumin and the somatostatin positive cells, tightly control both up-to-down and down-to-up state transitions...
May 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509526/paraoxonases-and-psoriasis-negative-imbalance-of-anti-oxidant-endogenous-mechanisms
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Maria Schiattarella, Giuseppina Caiazzo, Roberta DI Caprio, Serena Lembo, Annunziata Raimondo, Fabio Ayala, Nicola Balato, Giuseppe Monfrecola, Giuliana Fortunato, Anna Balato
BACKGROUNG: Numerous reports have shown that psoriasis patients are more exposed to lipoprotein peroxidation and to a decrease in the activity of paraoxonase (PON)1, an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory enzyme. Thus, it has been suggested that malfunction of the anti-oxidant system and an increased production of reactive oxygen species drive immune inflammatory events, that result in progressive skin cell damage in patients with psoriasis. The PON protein family, including PON1, PON2 and PON3, is one of the most important endogenous defense mechanisms against oxidative stress...
May 16, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507188/cryoglobulinemia-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome-a-disease-subset-that-links-higher-systemic-disease-activity-autoimmunity-and-local-b-cell-proliferation-in-mucosa-associated-lymphoid-tissue
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Luca Quartuccio, Chiara Baldini, Roberta Priori, Elena Bartoloni, Francesco Carubbi, Alessia Alunno, Saviana Gandolfo, Serena Colafrancesco, Roberto Giacomelli, Roberto Gerli, Guido Valesini, Stefano Bombardieri, Salvatore De Vita
OBJECTIVE: To compare systemic disease activity by validated tools, i.e., the European League Against Rheumatism Sjögren Syndrome Disease Activity Index (ESSDAI) and the Clinical ESSDAI (ClinESSDAI) scores, between primary Sjögren syndrome (pSS) with positive serum cryoglobulins and pSS without serum cryoglobulins. METHODS: There were 825 consecutive patients with pSS who were retrospectively evaluated. RESULTS: The ESSDAI and the ClinESSDAI scores were significantly higher in cryoglobulin-positive patients (p < 0...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
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