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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097208/muscle-synergies-after-stroke-are-correlated-with-perilesional-high-gamma
#1
Jason Godlove, Tanuj Gulati, Ben Dichter, Edward Chang, Karunesh Ganguly
Movements can be factored into modules termed "muscle synergies". After stroke, abnormal synergies are linked to impaired movements; however, their neural basis is not understood. In a single subject, we examined how electrocorticography signals from the perilesional cortex were associated with synergies. The measured synergies contained a mix of both normal and abnormal patterns and were remarkably similar to those described in past work. Interestingly, we found that both normal and abnormal synergies were correlated with perilesional high gamma...
December 2016: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096961/polysaccharide-from-sepia-esculenta-ink-and-cisplatin-inhibit-synergistically-proliferation-and-metastasis-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-mda-mb-231-cells
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Hua-Zhong Liu, Wei Xiao, Yi-Peng Gu, Ye-Xing Tao, Da-Yan Zhang, Hui Du, Jiang-Hua Shang
OBJECTIVES: This paper aims to investigate synergistic inhibition of polysaccharide from Sepia esculenta ink (SIP), a newly isolated marine polysaccharide in our laboratory, on breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cells exposed to cisplatin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cell viability of MDA-MB-231 cells was determined by CCK 8 assay. Median-effect concentration was analyzed using Chou-Talalay method that was also subjected to determine cell inhibition ratio and combined index, as well as interaction between SIP and cisplatin...
December 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095127/association-of-the-dna-repair-smug1-rs3087404-polymorphism-and-its-interaction-with-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-for-age-related-macular-degeneration-in-iranian-patients
#3
Mortaza Bonyadi, Faride Mehdizadeh, Mohammad Hossein Jabbarpoor Bonyadi, Masoud Soheilian, Alireza Javadzadeh, Mehdi Yaseri
BACKGROUND: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a complex disease and recently the role of DNA repairing genes in its susceptibility has been studied. It has been hypothesized that polymorphism in DNA repair system genes reduce the capacity to repair DNA damages which may lead to a greater susceptibility to AMD. C-reactive protein (CRP) production is shown to enhance inflammatory processes by increasing oxidative stress and inducing DNA damage. We planned to evaluate the possible association of SMUG1 variants and their possible interaction with high sensitivity CRP levels in AMD...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095119/fecal-carriage-of-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-strains-is-associated-with-worse-outcome-in-patients-hospitalized-in-the-pediatric-oncology-unit-of-beni-messous-hospital-in-algiers-algeria
#4
Chafiaa Medboua-Benbalagh, Abdelaziz Touati, Rachida Kermas, Alima Gharout-Sait, Lucien Brasme, Halima Mezhoud, Djamila Touati, Thomas Guillard, Christophe de Champs
OBJECTIVES: The current study aimed to investigate extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) fecal carriage in children with different cancers admitted in the pediatric oncology unit of Beni-Messous Hospital (Algiers, Algeria). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Rectal swabs from children with cancer were sampled from February 2012 to May 2013 within 48 hours following their admission. After species identification and detection of ESBL production by double-disk synergy test (DD test), antibiotic susceptibility was determined by the standard disk diffusion method...
January 17, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095100/association-of-combined-cigarette-smoking-and-arms2-loc387715-a69s-polymorphisms-with-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-meta-analysis
#5
Mohammad Hossein Jabbarpoor Bonyadi, Mehdi Yaseri, Mortaza Bonyadi, Masoud Soheilian, Homayoun Nikkhah
PURPOSE: The age-related maculopathy susceptibility2 (ARMS2)/LOC387715 A69S (rs10490924) polymorphism and cigarette smoking have been shown to have significant association with AMD. In this meta-analysis we used the results of available association studies of combined ARMS2/LOC387715 genotypes and cigarette smoking with AMD to estimate the possible synergistic or multiplicative effects. METHODS: Heterogeneity of studies was evaluated using the Cochran Q-test and the I-square index...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095095/joint-association-of-complement-component-3-and-cc-cytokine-ligand2-ccl2-or-complement-component-3-and-cfh-polymorphisms-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#6
Mortaza Bonyadi, Mohammad Hossein Jabbarpoor Bonyadi, Mehdi Yaseri, Tahereh Mohammadian, Nikou Fotouhi, Alireza Javadzadeh, Masoud Soheilian
BACKGROUND: To determine the joint effect of complement component 3(C3 R102G) with CC-cytokine ligand2 (CCL2-2518) or complement factor H (CFH) Y402H polymorphisms on advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: In this case-control study, 233 patients with advanced AMD and 159 unrelated healthy controls enrolled for evaluation. Selected polymorphisms were determined by polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism. RESULTS: A combination of AA CCL2 (rs1024611) and GG C3 (R102G) genotypes resulted in a super-additivity of the risks: OR = 10...
January 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094841/phase-2-randomized-double-blind-study-of-pracinostat-in-combination-with-azacitidine-in-patients-with-untreated-higher-risk-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Guillermo Montalban-Bravo, Jesus G Berdeja, Yasmin Abaza, Elias Jabbour, James Essell, Roger M Lyons, Farhad Ravandi, Michael Maris, Brian Heller, Amy E DeZern, Sunil Babu, David Wright, Bertrand Anz, Ralph Boccia, Rami S Komrokji, Philip Kuriakose, James Reeves, Mikkael A Sekeres, Hagop M Kantarjian, Richard Ghalie, Gail J Roboz
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of patients with higher risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) remains poor despite available therapies. Histone deacetylase inhibitors have demonstrated activity in patients with MDS and in vitro synergy with azacitidine. METHODS: A phase 2 randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial of azacitidine and pracinostat was conducted in patients who had International Prognostic Scoring System intermediate-2-risk or high-risk MDS. The primary endpoint was the complete response (CR) rate by cycle 6 of therapy...
January 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092265/the-fibronectin-synergy-site-re-enforces-cell-adhesion-and-mediates-a-crosstalk-between-integrin-classes
#8
Maria Benito-Jardón, Sarah Klapproth, Irene Gimeno-LLuch, Tobias Petzold, Mitasha Bharadwaj, Daniel J Müller, Gabriele Zuchtriegel, Christoph A Reichel, Mercedes Costell
Fibronectin (FN), a major extracellular matrix component, enables integrin-mediated cell adhesion via binding of α5β1, αIIbβ3 and αv-class integrins to an RGD-motif. An additional linkage for α5 and αIIb is the synergy site located in close proximity to the RGD motif. We report that mice with a dysfunctional FN-synergy motif (FNsyn/syn) suffer from surprisingly mild platelet adhesion and bleeding defects due to delayed thrombus formation after vessel injury. Additional loss of β3 integrins dramatically aggravates the bleedings and severely compromises smooth muscle cell coverage of the vasculature leading to embryonic lethality...
January 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090343/amylin-leptin-synergy-is-absent-in-extreme-obesity-and-not-restored-by-calorie-restriction-induced-weight-loss-in-rats
#9
J L Trevaskis, C Wittmer, J Athanacio, P S Griffin, D G Parkes, J D Roth
OBJECTIVE: Co-administration of amylin and leptin induces synergistic and clinically meaningful (>10%) weight loss that is attenuated as the degree of obesity increases. We explored whether calorie restriction (CR) could restore amylin/leptin synergy in very obese rats. METHODS: Sprague Dawley rats on high-fat diet (696 ± 8 g, n = 72) were randomized to three cohorts (C1-C3). Rats in C1 were administered vehicle, rat amylin (50 µg kg(-1) d(-1)), murine leptin (125 µg kg(-1) d(-1)) or amylin and leptin for 28 days (n = 6 per group) via subcutaneous minipump...
December 2016: Obesity Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086831/evaluation-of-the-cytotoxicity-of-the-bithionol-cisplatin-combination-in-a-panel-of-human-ovarian-cancer-cell-lines
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Vijayalakshmi N Ayyagari, Tsung-Han Jeff Hsieh, Paula L Diaz-Sylvester, Laurent Brard
BACKGROUND: Combination drug therapy appears a promising approach to overcome drug resistance and reduce drug-related toxicities in ovarian cancer treatments. In this in vitro study, we evaluated the antitumor efficacy of cisplatin in combination with Bithionol (BT) against a panel of ovarian cancer cell lines with special focus on cisplatin-sensitive and cisplatin-resistant cell lines. The primary objectives of this study are to determine the nature of the interactions between BT and cisplatin and to understand the mechanism(s) of action of BT-cisplatin combination...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081182/combination-of-plant-metabolic-modules-yields-synthetic-synergies
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Fatemeh Rajabi, Ernst Heene, Jan Maisch, Peter Nick
The great potential of pharmacologically active secondary plant metabolites is often limited by low yield and availability of the producing plant. Chemical synthesis of these complex compounds is often too expensive. Plant cell fermentation offers an alternative strategy to overcome these limitations. However, production in batch cell cultures remains often inefficient. One reason might be the fact that different cell types have to interact for metabolite maturation, which is poorly mimicked in suspension cell lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080217/synergistic-effects-of-tetrandrine-with-posaconazole-against-aspergillus-fumigatus
#12
Shui-Xiu Li, Yan-Jun Song, Ling Jiang, Ya-Jing Zhao, Hui Guo, Dong-Mei Li, Kun-Ju Zhu, Hong Zhang
In our earlier in vitro and in vivo studies, synergistic effects were observed when itraconazole or voriconazole were combined with tetrandrine (TET) against Aspergillus fumigatus, and the synergistic mechanism was related to inhibition of the drug efflux pump. Posaconazole (PCZ) is a broad-spectrum triazole antifungal agent used for the treatment of diverse fungal infections, including aspergillosis and candidiasis. Herein, the antifungal effects of TET are further investigated in vitro and in vivo alone or combined with PCZ against 20 clinical isolates of A...
January 12, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080059/a-computational-approach-for-modeling-neutron-scattering-data-from-lipid-bilayers
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Jan-Michael Y Carrillo, John Katsaras, Bobby G Sumpter, Rana Ashkar
Biological cell membranes are responsible for a range of structural and dynamical phenomena crucial to a cell's well-being and its associated functions. Due to the complexity of cell membranes, lipid bilayer systems are often used as biomimetic models. These systems have led to significant insights into vital membrane phenomena such as domain formation, passive permeation and protein insertion. Experimental observations of membrane structure and dynamics are, however, limited in resolution, both spatially and temporally...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079887/drp-1-is-required-for-bh3-mimetic-mediated-mitochondrial-fragmentation-and-apoptosis
#14
Mateus Milani, Dominic P Byrne, Georgia Greaves, Michael Butterworth, Gerald M Cohen, Patrick A Eyers, Shankar Varadarajan
The concept of using BH3 mimetics as anticancer agents has been substantiated by the efficacy of selective drugs, such as Navitoclax and Venetoclax, in treating BCL-2-dependent haematological malignancies. However, most solid tumours depend on MCL-1 for survival, which is highly amplified in multiple cancers and a major factor determining chemoresistance. Most MCL-1 inhibitors that have been generated so far, while demonstrating early promise in vitro, fail to exhibit specificity and potency in a cellular context...
January 12, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079806/the-relationship-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-metabolic-syndrome-for-colonoscopy-colorectal-neoplasm
#15
Shuang Pan, Wandong Hong, Wenzhi Wu, Qinfen Chen, Qian Zhao, Jiansheng Wu, Yin Jin
Colorectal neoplasm is considered to have a strong association with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and metabolic syndrome (MetS), respectively. The relationship among NAFLD, MetS, and colorectal neoplasm was assessed in 1793 participants. Participants were divided into 4 groups based on the status of NAFLD and MetS. Relative excess risks of interaction (RERI), attributable proportion (AP), and synergy index (SI) were applied to evaluate the additive interaction. NAFLD and MetS were significantly correlated with colorectal neoplasm and colorectal cancer (CRC), respectively...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079528/assessing-the-evolution-of-redundancy-synergy-of-spontaneous-variability-regulation-with-age
#16
Alberto Porta, Vlasta Bari, Beatrice De Maria, Natália Maria Perseguini, Juliana Milan, Patricia Rehder-Santos, Vinícius Minatel, Anielle Takahashi, Aparecida Catai
We exploited a model-based Wiener-Granger causality method in the information domain for the evaluation of the transfer entropy (TE) and interaction TE (ITE), the latter taken as a measure of the net balance between redundancy and synergy, to describe the interactions between the spontaneous variability of heart period (HP) and systolic arterial pressure (SAP) and the effect of respiration (R) on both variables. Cardiac control was typified via the genuine TE from SAP to HP, that from R to HP, and the ITE from SAP and R to HP, while vascular control was characterized via the genuine TE from HP to SAP, that from R to SAP, and the ITE from HP and R to SAP...
January 12, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079179/transcriptome-and-network-analyses-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-reveal-that-amphotericin-b-and-lactoferrin-synergy-disrupt-metal-homeostasis-and-stress-response
#17
Chi Nam Ignatius Pang, Yu-Wen Lai, Leona T Campbell, Sharon C-A Chen, Dee A Carter, Marc R Wilkins
Invasive fungal infections are difficult to treat. The few available antifungal drugs have problems with toxicity or efficacy, and resistance is increasing. To overcome these challenges, existing therapies may be enhanced by synergistic combination with another agent. Previously, we found amphotericin B (AMB) and the iron chelator, lactoferrin (LF), were synergistic against a range of different fungal pathogens. This study investigates the mechanism of AMB-LF synergy, using RNA-seq and network analyses. AMB treatment resulted in increased expression of genes involved in iron homeostasis and ATP synthesis...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077725/encoding-of-both-reaching-and-grasping-kinematics-in-dorsal-and-ventral-premotor-cortices
#18
Kazutaka Takahashi, Matthew D Best, Noah Huh, Kevin A Brown, Adil A Tobaa, Nicholas G Hatsopoulos
: Classically, it has been hypothesized that reach-to-grasp movements arise from two discrete parieto-frontal cortical networks. As part of these networks, the dorsal premotor cortex has been implicated in the control of reaching movements of the arm, while the ventral premotor cortex has been associated with the control of grasping movements of the hand. Recent studies have shown that such a strict delineation of function along anatomical boundaries is unlikely partly because reaching to different locations can alter distal hand kinematics and grasping different objects can affect kinematics of the proximal arm; Here, we used chronically implanted multi-electrode arrays to record unit spiking activity in both PMd and PMv simultaneously while rhesus macaques engaged in a reach-to-grasp task...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077701/a-comparison-of-eleven-phenotypic-assays-for-the-accurate-detection-of-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae
#19
Pranita D Tamma, Belita N A Opene, Andrew Gluck, Krizia K Chambers, Karen C Carroll, Patricia J Simner
BACKGROUND: Early identification of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) is essential to prevent their dissemination within healthcare settings. Our objective was to evaluate the accuracy of 11 phenotypic assays for the detection of CPE. METHODS: Two collections of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) isolates were evaluated including 191 retrospective isolates (122 CP-CRE and 69 non-CP isolates) as well as 45 prospective clinical isolates (15 CP-CRE and 30 non-CP-CRE) obtained over a 3-month period...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076361/synergy-and-order-effects-of-antibiotics-and-phages-in-killing-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilms
#20
Waqas Nasir Chaudhry, Jeniffer Concepción-Acevedo, Taehyun Park, Saadia Andleeb, James J Bull, Bruce R Levin
In contrast to planktonic cells, bacteria imbedded biofilms are notoriously refractory to treatment by antibiotics or bacteriophage (phage) used alone. Given that the mechanisms of killing differ profoundly between drugs and phages, an obvious question is whether killing is improved by combining antibiotic and phage therapy. However, this question has only recently begun to be explored. Here, in vitro biofilm populations of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PA14 were treated singly and with combinations of two phages and bactericidal antibiotics of five classes...
2017: PloS One
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