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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454295/synthetic-and-genetically-encoded-fluorescent-neural-activity-indicators
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Claire Deo, Luke D Lavis
The ultimate goal of neuroscience is to relate the complex activity of cells and cell-networks to behavior and cognition. This requires tools and techniques to visualize neuronal activity. Fluorescence microscopy is an ideal tool to measure activity of cells in the brain due to the high sensitivity of the technique and the growing portfolio of optical hardware and fluorescent sensors. Here, we give a chemist's perspective on the recent progress of fluorescent activity indicators that enable the measurement of cellular events in the living brain...
February 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454255/effects-of-adjunctive-eslicarbazepine-acetate-on-neurocognitive-functioning-in-children-with-refractory-focal-onset-seizures
#2
Sergiusz Jóźwiak, P Veggiotti, J Moreira, H Gama, F Rocha, P Soares-da-Silva
PURPOSE: This was a phase-II, randomized, double-blind (DB), placebo-controlled study aimed to evaluate neurocognitive effects of eslicarbazepine acetate (ESL) as adjunctive therapy in pediatric patients with refractory focal-onset seizures (FOS). METHODS: Children (6-16years old) with FOS were randomized (2:1) to ESL or placebo. Treatment started at 10mg/kg/day, was up-titrated up to 30mg/kg/day (target dose), and maintained for 8weeks, followed by one-year open-label follow-up...
February 13, 2018: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454251/uv-absorption-spectrum-of-allene-radical-cations-in-solid-argon
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Chih-Hao Chin, Meng-Yeh Lin, Tzu-Ping Huang, Yu-Jong Wu
Electron bombardment during deposition of an Ar matrix containing a small proportion of allene generated allene cations. Further irradiation of the matrix sample at 385 nm destroyed the allene cations and formed propyne cations in solid Ar. Both cations were identified according to previously reported IR absorption bands. Using a similar technique, we recorded the ultraviolet absorption spectrum of allene cations in solid Ar. The vibrationally resolved progression recorded in the range of 266-237 nm with intervals of about 800 cm -1 was assigned to the A 2 E ← X 2 E transition of allene cations, and the broad continuum absorption recorded in the region of 229-214 nm was assigned to their B 2 A 1 ← X 2 E transition...
February 8, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454196/sexually-transmitted-infections-and-immune-activation-among-hiv-infected-but-virally-suppressed-youth-on-antiretroviral-therapy
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Tanya L Kowalczyk Mullins, Su X Li, James Bethel, Maureen M Goodenow, Stephanie Hudey, John W Sleasman
BACKGROUND: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is associated with chronic immune activation, and concurrent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) may increase immune activation. OBJECTIVES: Because HIV-infected youth are at high risk of STIs and little is known about the impact of STIs on immune activation in HIV-infected youth, we conducted an exploratory study examining the association between STIs and systemic inflammation and immune activation among HIV-infected adolescents...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454181/brainstem-dysfunction-heralding-disseminated-cryptococcosis
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Prachaya Srivanitchapoom, Yuvadee Pitakpatapee, Panitta Sitthinamsuwan, Sith Sathornsumetee
Cryptococcal meningoencephalitis is one of the most common central nervous system infections affecting immunocompromised patients. However, brainstem involvement is extremely rare and may represent a diagnostic challenge to clinicians. We report a non-HIV infected, chronically immunosuppressed, patient with fatal disseminated cryptococcosis presented with subcutaneous masses at both thighs and progressive brainstem dysfunction. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated multiple brainstem infarcts likely derived from small vessel vasculopathy...
February 12, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454157/nanofibrous-plga-electrospun-scaffolds-modified-with-type-i-collagen-influence-hepatocyte-function-and-support-viability-in-vitro
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Jessica H Brown, Prativa Das, Michael D DiVito, David Ivancic, Lay Poh Tan, Jason A Wertheim
A major challenge of maintaining primary hepatocytes in vitro is progressive loss of hepatocyte-specific functions, such as protein synthesis and cytochrome P450 (CYP450) catalytic activity. We developed a three-dimensional (3D) nanofibrous scaffold made from poly(L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) polymer using a newlyoptimizedwet electrospinning techniquethat resulted in a highly porous structure that accommodated inclusion of primary human hepatocytes. Extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins (type I collagen or fibronectin) at varying concentrations were chemically linked to electrospun PLGA using amine coupling to develop an in vitro culture system containing the minimal essential ECM components of the liver micro-environment that preserve hepatocyte function in vitro...
February 14, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454130/abscess-within-a-glioblastoma-mimicking-a-matryoshka-doll
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Kislay Kishore, Manish Beniwal, Shilpa Rao, K V L N Rao, Vikas Vazhayil, Dwarkanath Srinivas, Sampath Somanna
BACKGROUND: Abscess co-existing within a brain tumor is a rare entity. Case reports in literature primarily consist of sellar pathology and parenchymal lesions including meningioma, glioma, and metastases. We report a case of glioblastoma with an intra-tumoral abscess in a middle-aged lady with no prior invasive procedure or systemic focus of infection. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 45-year old lady presented with new onset generalized seizures and rapidly progressive left hemiparesis...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454129/delayed-post-traumatic-subacute-lumbar-subarachnoid-hematoma-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#8
Thiébaud Picart, Timothée Jacquesson, Emmanuel Jouanneau, Moncef Berhouma
BACKGROUND: Traumatic spinal subarachnoid hematoma, associated or not to a concurrent subdural hematoma has rarely been described. The evolution of such hematomas is heterogeneous. This study aims at defining the most accurate management which is currently not standardized. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 20-year-old man, victim of a high kinetic road accident five days before, suffering from several non-neurologic non-surgical vertebral fractures, complained of a sudden dorso-lumbar pain irradiating to his lower limbs...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454123/cardiac-metastasis-from-clivus-chordoma-a-case-report
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Jun Won Kim, Chang-Ki Hong, Yoon Jin Cha, Se Hoon Kim, Chang-Ok Suh, Kyu-Sung Lee
BACKGROUND: Chordomas are rare tumors showing locally aggressive nature and high rates of local recurrences. Distant metastases are infrequently reported and cardiac metastases are extremely rare. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 32-year-old woman had been diagnosed with a large chordoma involving the clivus. She received a total removal of the tumor and adjuvant intensity-modulated radiotherapy. Four and a half years after the surgery, she presented with multifocal lesions in the ventricles and the right atrium, although an open thoracotomy revealed chronic inflammation...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454117/the-differentially-expressed-genes-of-human-sporadic-cerebral-cavernous-malformations
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Xiangjiang Lin, Guolu Meng, Xing Liu, Tengfei Yu, Chuanfeng Bai, Xiaobin Fei, Shengze Deng, Jizong Zhao, Shulin Ren, Junting Zhang, Zhen Wu, Shuo Wang, Jianguo Zhang, Liwei Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To understand the development of Sporadic cerebral cavernous malformations (SCCM) comprehensively, we analyzed gene expression profiles in SCCMs by the gene microarray. METHODS: The total number of the specimens collected in our study was 14, 7 of which were SCCMs, and the others were controls that were obtained from normal brain vessels. The total RNA was extracted and hybridized with Oligonucleotide array containing 21522 genes. The analysis of Gene Ontology (GO) items and molecular pathways was performed based on the GO and Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) databases...
February 14, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454114/mitochondria-targeting-mitochondrial-reactive-oxygen-species-with-mitochondriotropic-polyphenolic-based-antioxidants
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José Teixeira, Cláudia M Deus, Fernanda Borges, Paulo J Oliveira
Mitochondrial function and regulation of redox balance is fundamental in controlling cellular life and death pathways. Antioxidants have been used to counteract disruption of redox networks, normally associated with progressive loss of cell homeostasis and disease pathophysiology, although therapeutic success is limited mainly due to pharmacokinetic drawbacks. Attempts to improve mitochondrial function in a range of diseases spurred active drug discovery efforts. Currently, the most effective strategy to deliver drugs to mitochondria is the covalent link of lipophilic cations to the bioactive compound...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454093/silencing-circular-rna-hsa_circ_0000977-suppresses-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-progression-by-stimulating-mir-874-3p-and-inhibiting-plk1-expression
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Wen-Jie Huang, Yun-Chao Wang, Song-Song Liu, Jia-Li Yang, Shi-Xiang Guo, Li-Jiang Wang, Huai-Zhi Wang, Ying-Fang Fan
Circular RNAs (CircRNAs) are a novel type of endogenous noncoding RNAs that regulate target gene expression by interacting with microRNA (miRNA). Emerging evidence shows that dysregulation of circRNAs plays important roles in biological and pathological processes, including cancer development and progression. The functional role of circRNA in PDAC (pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma) remains to be investigated. In this study, high throughput microarray assay revealed that hsa_circ_0000977 was aberrantly up-regulated in pancreatic cancer tissues; this was also validated by qRT-PCR...
February 14, 2018: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454068/o-glcnacylation-of-rack1-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinogenesis
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Fangfang Duan, Hao Wu, Dongwei Jia, Weicheng Wu, Shifang Ren, Lan Wang, Shushu Song, Xinying Guo, Fenglin Liu, Yuanyuan Ruan, Jianxin Gu
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Aberrant oncogenic mRNA translation and protein O-linked β-N-acetylglucosaminylation (O-GlcNAcylation) are general features during tumorigenesis. Nevertheless, whether and how these two pathways are interlinked remain unknown. Our previous study indicated that ribosomal RACK1 promoted the chemoresistance and growth in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study is to examine the role of RACK1 O-GlcNAcylation in oncogene translation and HCC carcinogenesis...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454060/aop-db-a-database-resource-for-the-exploration-of-adverse-outcome-pathways-through-integrated-association-networks
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Maureen E Pittman, Stephen W Edwards, Cataia Ives, Holly M Mortensen
The Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) framework describes the progression of a toxicity pathway from molecular perturbation to population-level outcome in a series of measurable, mechanistic responses. The controlled, computer-readable vocabulary that defines an AOP has the ability to, automatically and on a large scale, integrate AOP knowledge with publically available sources of biological high-throughput data and its derived associations. To support the discovery and development of putative (existing) and potential AOPs, we introduce the AOP-DB, an exploratory database resource that aggregates association relationships between genes and their related chemicals, diseases, pathways, species orthology information, ontologies, and gene interactions...
February 14, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454056/biophysical-and-immunological-characterization-of-2-drib-modified-hsa-and-its-implications-in-diabetes-mellitus
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Ishrat Jahan Saifi, Km Neelofar, M R Ajmal, Sheelu Shafiq Siddiqi
Glycoxidation of protein may lead to develop diabetes. In the present study, different concentrations of 2-deoxy d-ribose (2-dRib) were used to modify human serum albumin (HSA). Nitro Blue Tetrazolium (NBT) assay results showed that yield of the fructosamine content was directly proportional to the concentration of 2-dRib. UV and fluorescence spectroscopy results showed an increment in hyperchromicity and decrease in fluorescence intensity of 2-dRib modified HSA as compared to native HSA. Further secondary structural changes were confirmed by UV-circular dichroism (UV-CD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR)...
February 14, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454038/dendritic-cells-as-cancer-therapeutics
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REVIEW
Christian E Bryant, Sarah Sutherland, Benjamin Kong, Michael S Papadimitrious, Derek N J Hart
The ability of immune therapies to control cancer has recently generated intense interest. This therapeutic outcome is reliant on T cell recognition of tumour cells. The natural function of dendritic cells (DC) is to generate adaptive responses, by presenting antigen to T cells, hence they are a logical target to generate specific anti-tumour immunity. Our understanding of the biology of DC is expanding, and they are now known to be a family of related subsets with variable features and function. Most clinical experience to date with DC vaccination has been using monocyte-derived DC vaccines...
February 14, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454037/melatonin-attenuates-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-induced-reduction-in-rat-sperm-motility-and-kinematics-in-vitro
#17
Isiaka Abdullateef Alagbonsi, Luqman Aribidesi Olayaki
The use of Cannabis sativa (CS) has been widely demonstrated to have detrimental effect on male reproductive functions. Despite the well-known existence of endocannabinoid and melatonergic systems in semen, the physiological significance of their interaction is not understood. We recently showed that melatonin exacerbates the CS-induced gonadotoxicity in-vivo. To overcome the limitations associated with our in-vivo studies and further understand the role of cannabinoid-melatonin relationship in sperm functions, this study investigated the in-vitro effect of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and/or melatonin on motility and kinematics of capacitating rat sperms...
February 14, 2018: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453990/atp-activated-p2x7-receptor-in-the-pathophysiology-of-mood-disorders-and-as-an-emerging-target-for-the-development-of-novel-antidepressant-therapeutics
#18
REVIEW
Linyu Wei, Sharifah A Syed Mortadza, Jing Yan, Libin Zhang, Lu Wang, Yaling Yin, Chaokun Li, Sylvie Chalon, Patrick Emond, Catherine Belzung, Dongliang Li, Chengbiao Lu, Sebastien Roger, Lin-Hua Jiang
Mood disorders are a group of psychiatric conditions that represent leading global disease burdens. Increasing evidence from clinical and preclinical studies supports that innate immune system dysfunction plays an important part in the pathophysiology of mood disorders. P2X7 receptor, belonging to the ligand-gated ion channel P2X subfamily of purinergic P2 receptors for extracellular ATP, is highly expressed in immune cells including microglia in the central nervous system (CNS) and has a vital role in mediating innate immune response...
February 14, 2018: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453987/the-role-of-foxq1-in-proliferation-of-human-dental-pulp-stem-cell
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Shaoqin Tu, Junming Zheng, Xin Gao, Chenyu Guan, Bin Cai, Lusai Xiang
This study aimed to investigate the role for Foxq1 in proliferation activity regulation of dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs). Proliferation of DPSC was induced by calcium hydroxide, then expression alteration of Foxq1 was evaluated. Lentivirus was employed to manipulate Foxq1 level in DPSC, and proliferation activities were evaluated. To look into mechanism regulating Foxq1 level after calcium hydroxide stimulation, expressions of various microRNAs were evaluated, then bioinformatics study and dual-luciferase study were carried out to confirm targeting relationship between microRNA and Foxq1...
February 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453983/aldolase-a-overexpression-is-associated-with-poor-prognosis-and-promotes-tumor-progression-by-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-colon-cancer
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Feng Ye, Yixing Chen, Lu Xia, Jiabian Lian, Shuyu Yang
There is increasing evidence that glycolysis is involved in cancer progression. Aldolase is a glycolytic enzyme that catalyzes the reversible conversion of fructose-1,6-bisphosphate to glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate and dihydroxyacetone phosphate. Disruption of the aldolase genes also plays a role in the progression of multiple types of cancer. However, the underlying mechanism of the action of aldolases in colon cancer progression remains elusive. In this study, aldolase A expression was investigated and found to be upregulated along with human colon cancer progression and metastasis at both the mRNA and protein levels in human colon cancer tissues...
February 14, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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