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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324900/infant-guided-co-regulated-feeding-in-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-part-ii-interventions-to-promote-neuroprotection-and-safety
#1
Catherine S Shaker
Feeding skills of preterm neonates in a neonatal intensive care unit are in an emergent phase of development and require careful support to minimize stress. The underpinnings that influence and enhance both neuroprotection and safety were discussed in Part I. An infant-guided, co-regulated approach to feeding can protect the vulnerable neonate's neurologic development, support the parent-infant relationship, and prevent feeding problems that may endure. Contingent interventions are used to maintain subsystem stability and enhance self-regulation, development, and coping skills...
April 2017: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324656/investigating-the-influences-of-the-adsorbed-species-on-catalytic-activity-for-hydrogen-oxidation-reaction-in-alkaline-electrolyte
#2
Siqi Lu, Zhongbin Zhuang
Catalysts for hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) in alkaline electrolyte are important for anion exchange membrane fuel cells. Understanding the role of OH(-) during the HOR catalytic process in alkaline electrolyte is essential to design highly active HOR catalysts. Here, we attempt to isolate the influence of OH(-) by using surface controlled Pt based nanoparticles as the model catalysts. By comparing the HOR activity between PtNi nanoparticles and acid washed PtNi nanoparticles, which have almost the same hydrogen binding energies but much different OH binding energies, it was found that the HOR activity in alkaline electrolyte is not mainly controlled by the OH adsorption...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324652/positive-feedback-genetic-circuit-incorporating-a-constitutively-active-mutant-gal3-into-yeast-gal-induction-system
#3
Shintaro Ryo, Jun Ishii, Toshihide Matsuno, Yasuyuki Nakamura, Daiki Matsubara, Masahiro Tominaga, Akihiko Kondo
The GAL expression system is the most frequently used induction technique in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Here we report a simple but powerful genetic circuit for use with the GAL induction system. Briefly, an artificial positive feedback circuit was incorporated into the GAL regulatory network. We selected green fluorescent protein (GFP) as a reporter of GAL1 induction, and designed a strain that expressed a constitutively active Gal3 mutant protein (Gal3(c)) under control of the GAL10 promoter. In the resulting strain, GAL1 and GAL10 promoters regulate the expression of GFP and GAL3(c), respectively...
March 21, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324211/comparison-of-in-vitro-osteogenic-potential-of-iliac-crest-and-degenerative-facet-joint-bone-autografts-for-intervertebral-fusion-in-lumbar-spinal-stenosis
#4
Jeroen Geurts, Daniela Ramp, Stefan Schären, Cordula Netzer
PURPOSE: The promotion of spinal fusion using bone autografts is largely mediated by the osteoinductive potential of progenitors/mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) that reside in the marrow spaces of cancellous bone. Iliac crest is the common autograft donor site, but its use presents an increased risk for donor site pain, morbidity and infection. Degenerative bone samples harvested during facetectomy might provide an alternative viable source of osteoinductive autografts. In this study, we conducted an intra-individual comparison of the osteogenic potential of isolated low passage MSC from both sources...
March 21, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324206/indeterminate-domain-protein-binding-sequences-in-the-5-untranslated-region-and-promoter-of-the-scarecrow-gene-play-crucial-and-distinct-roles-in-regulating-scarecrow-expression-in-roots-and-leaves
#5
Atsushi Kobayashi, Satoshi Miura, Akiko Kozaki
SCARECROW (SCR) and SHORT-ROOT (SHR), which belong to the GRAS transcription factor family, are key regulators of root and leaf growth and development. Despite the importance of SCR expression for proper plant development, the mechanism of SCR regulation has not been clarified. A previous study showed that an INDETERMINATE DOMAIN transcription factor, JACKDAW (JKD), is essential for the expression of SCR in combination with SCR and SHR. In this study, we characterized possible binding sequences of INDETERMINATE DOMAIN PROTEIN in the 1...
March 21, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324027/follistatin-targets-distinct-pathways-to-promote-brown-adipocyte-characteristics-in-brown-and-white-adipose-tissues
#6
Rajan Singh, Melissa Braga, Srinivasa T Reddy, Se-Jin Lee, Meher Parveen, Victor Grijalva, Laurent Vergnes, Shehla Pervin
We previously demonstrated that Fst expression is highest in brown adipose tissue (BAT) and skeletal muscle, but is also present at substantial levels in epididymal (Epi) and subcutaneous (SC) white adipose tissues (WAT). Fst promotes mouse brown preadipocyte differentiation and promotes browning during differentiation of mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs). Fst-transgenic (Fst-Tg) mouse show significant increase in circulating Fst levels and increased brown adipose mass. BAT of Fst-Tg mice had increased expression of brown adipose-associated markers including uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1), PRDM16, PGC-1α and Glut4...
January 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324017/a-novel-selective-bombesin-receptor-subtype-3-agonist-promotes-weight-loss-in-male-diet-induced-obese-rats-with-circadian-rhythm-change
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Yasunori Nio, Natsu Hotta, Minoru Maruyama, Kenichi Hamagami, Toshimi Nagi, Masaaki Funata, Junichi Sakamoto, Masanori Nakakariya, Nobuyuki Amano, Tomohiro Okawa, Yasuyoshi Arikawa, Shinobu Sasaki, Shoki Okuda, Shizuo Kasai, Yugo Habata, Yasutaka Nagisa
Bombesin receptor subtype 3 (BRS-3) is an orphan G-protein-coupled receptor. Based on the obese phenotype of male BRS-3-deficient mice, BRS-3 has been considered an attractive target for obesity treatment. Here, we developed a novel selective BRS-3 agonist (Compound-A) and evaluated its anti-obesity effects. Compound-A showed anorectic effects and enhanced energy expenditure in diet-induced obese (DIO)-F344 rats. Moreover, repeated oral administration of Compound-A for 7 days resulted in a significant body weight reduction in DIO-F344 rats...
March 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324014/variation-in-the-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-gene-in-primates
#8
Peter Rotwein
Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) is a multifunctional peptide that is involved in a wide range of physiological and patho-physiological processes in many animal species, ranging from somatic growth in children to metabolism, and tissue regeneration and repair in adults. The IGF1 gene is under multifactorial regulation in the few species in which it has been studied, with major control being exerted by growth hormone (GH) through a gene expression pathway involving inducible binding of the STAT5b transcription factor to dispersed enhancer elements...
January 18, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324007/aberrant-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-drives-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-in-a-male-mouse-model-of-prostate-tumorigenesis
#9
Hong Pu, Diane Begemann, Natasha Kyprianou
The androgen receptor (AR) plays a critical role as a driver of castration-resistant-prostate cancer (CRPC). Our previous studies demonstrated that disruption of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling via introduction of dominant-negative TGF-β type II receptor (DNTGF-RβII) in the prostate epithelium of transgenic adenocarcinoma of the prostate (TRAMP) mice accelerated tumor. This study investigated the consequences of disrupted TGF-β signaling on prostate tumor growth under conditions of castration-induced androgen deprivation (ADT) in the pre-clinical model DNTGFβRII...
March 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323964/dysregulated-autophagy-in-hepatocytes-promotes-bisphenol-a-bpa-induced-hepatic-lipid-accumulation-in-male-mice
#10
Shumin Yang, Ting Li, Aipin Zhang, Rufei Gao, Chuan Peng, Lulu Liu, Qingfeng Cheng, Mei Mei, Ying Song, Xiaojiao Xiang, Chaodong Wu, Xiaoqiu Xiao, Qifu Li
Context: Accumulating evidence suggests that bisphenol A (BPA) exposure is associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Disruption of autophagy causes lipid accumulation in hepatocytes. Whether and how BPA regulates autophagy remains to be explored. Objective: We investigated the effect of BPA on autophagy in hepatocytes and examined the influence of BPA-regulated autophagy on hepatic lipid accumulation. Design: Male CD1 mice were treated with BPA for eight weeks, followed by histological and biochemical evaluation of liver lipids and autophagy...
February 21, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323899/lawsonia-intracellularis-exploits-%C3%AE-catenin-wnt-and-notch-signalling-pathways-during-infection-of-intestinal-crypt-to-alter-cell-homeostasis-and-promote-cell-proliferation
#11
Yang W Huan, Rebecca J Bengtsson, Neil MacIntyre, Jack Guthrie, Heather Finlayson, Sionagh H Smith, Alan L Archibald, Tahar Ait-Ali
Lawsonia intracellularis is an obligate intracellular bacterial pathogen that causes proliferative enteropathy (PE) in pigs. L. intracellularis infection causes extensive intestinal crypt cell proliferation and inhibits secretory and absorptive cell differentiation. However, the affected host upstream cellular pathways leading to PE are still unknown. β-catenin/Wnt signalling is essential in maintaining intestinal stem cell (ISC) proliferation and self-renewal capacity, while Notch signalling governs differentiation of secretory and absorptive lineage specification...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323884/a-system-for-coordinated-analysis-of-translational-readthrough-and-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay
#12
Stacey L Baker, J Robert Hogg
The nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) pathway degrades mRNAs containing premature termination codons, limiting the expression of potentially deleterious truncated proteins. This activity positions the pathway as a regulator of the severity of genetic diseases caused by nonsense mutations. Because many genetic diseases result from nonsense alleles, therapeutics inducing readthrough of premature termination codons and/or inhibition of NMD have been of great interest. Several means of enhancing translational readthrough have been reported to concomitantly inhibit NMD efficiency, but tools for systematic analysis of mammalian NMD inhibition by translational readthrough are lacking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323872/expression-maturation-and-turnover-of-drrs-an-unusually-stable-dosr-regulated-small-rna-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Alexandra Moores, Ana B Riesco, Stefan Schwenk, Kristine B Arnvig
Mycobacterium tuberculosis depends on the ability to adjust to stresses encountered in a range of host environments, adjustments that require significant changes in gene expression. Small RNAs (sRNAs) play an important role as post-transcriptional regulators of prokaryotic gene expression, where they are associated with stress responses and, in the case of pathogens, adaptation to the host environment. In spite of this, the understanding of M. tuberculosis RNA biology remains limited. Here we have used a DosR-associated sRNA as an example to investigate multiple aspects of mycobacterial RNA biology that are likely to apply to other M...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323869/tyrosine-mutated-aav2-mediated-shrna-silencing-of-pten-promotes-axon-regeneration-of-adult-optic-nerve
#14
ZhengRu Huang, ZiZhong Hu, Ping Xie, QingHuai Liu
Activating PI3K/AKT/mTOR signaling pathway via deleting phosphatase and tensin homolog (PTEN) has been confirmed to enhance intrinsic growth capacity of neurons to facilitate the axons regeneration of central nervous system after injury. Considering conditional gene deletion is currently not available in clinical practice, we exploited capsid residue tyrosine 444 to phenylalanine mutated single-stranded adeno-associated virus serotype 2 (AAV2) as a vector delivering short hairpin RNA to silence PTEN to promote retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) survival and axons regeneration in adult rat optic nerve axotomy paradigm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323865/the-microrna-302b-inhibited-insulin-like-growth-factor-binding-protein-2-signaling-pathway-induces-glioma-cell-apoptosis-by-targeting-nuclear-factor-ia
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Chin-Cheng Lee, Peng-Hsu Chen, Kuo-Hao Ho, Chwen-Ming Shih, Chia-Hsiung Cheng, Cheng-Wei Lin, Kur-Ta Cheng, Ann-Jeng Liu, Ku-Chung Chen
MicroRNAs are small noncoding RNAs that post-transcriptionally control the expression of genes involved in glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) development. Although miR-302b functions as a tumor suppressor, its role in GBM is still unclear. Therefore, this study comprehensively explored the roles of miR-302b-mediated gene networks in GBM cell death. We found that miR-302b levels were significantly higher in primary astrocytes than in GBM cell lines. miR-302b overexpression dose dependently reduced U87-MG cell viability and induced apoptosis through caspase-3 activation and poly(ADP ribose) polymerase degradation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323611/the-role-of-universal-health-literacy-precautions-in-minimizing-medspeak-and-promoting-shared-decision-making
#16
Lara Killian, Margo Coletti
Shared decision making (SDM), a collaborative process whereby patients and professionals make health care decisions together, is a cornerstone of ethical patient care. The patient-clinician communication necessary to achieve SDM depends on many factors, not the least of which is a shared language (sometimes with the aid of a medical interpreter). However, even when a patient and clinician are speaking the same mother tongue, the use of medical jargon can pose a large and unnecessary barrier. This article discusses how health care professionals can use "universal health literacy precautions" as a legal, practical, and ethical means to enhance SDM and improve health care outcomes...
March 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323576/tat-rasgap317-326-enhances-radiosensitivity-of-human-carcinoma-cell-lines-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-through-promotion-of-delayed-mitotic-cell-death
#17
Pelagia Tsoutsou, Alessandro Annibaldi, David Viertl, Jonathan Ollivier, Franz Buchegger, Marie-Catherine Vozenin, Jean Bourhis, Christian Widmann, Oscar Matzinger
The synthetic peptide TAT-RasGAP317-326 has been shown to potentiate the efficacy of anti-cancer drugs. In this study, we explored the action of TAT-RasGAP317-326 when combined with radiation by investigating its radiosensitizing activity in vitro and in vivo. To investigate the modulation of intrinsic radiosensitivity induced by TAT-RasGAP317-326, clonogenic assays were performed using four human cancer cell lines, HCT116 p53(+/+) (ATCC: CCL-247), HCT116 p53(-/-), PANC-1 (ATCC: CRL-1469) and HeLa (ATCC: CCL-2), as well as one nontumor cell line, HaCaT (CLS: 300493)...
March 21, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323486/enterolactone-induces-g1-phase-cell-cycle-arrest-in-nonsmall-cell-lung-cancer-cells-by-downregulating-cyclins-and-cyclin-dependent-kinases
#18
Shireen Chikara, Kaitlin Lindsey, Harsharan Dhillon, Sujan Mamidi, Jeffrey Kittilson, Melpo Christofidou-Solomidou, Katie M Reindl
Flaxseed is a rich source of the plant lignan secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG), which is metabolized into mammalian lignans enterodiol (ED) and enterolactone (EL) in the digestive tract. The anticancer properties of these lignans have been demonstrated for various cancer types, but have not been studied for lung cancer. In this study, we investigated the anticancer effects of EL for several nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell lines of various genetic backgrounds. EL inhibited the growth of A549, H441, and H520 lung cancer cells in concentration- and time-dependent manners...
March 21, 2017: Nutrition and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323448/effects-of-chronic-ghrelin-treatment-on-hypoxia-induced-brain-oxidative-stress-and-inflammation-in-a-rat-normobaric-chronic-hypoxia-model
#19
Hasan Omrani, Mohammad Reza Alipour, Fereshteh Farajdokht, Hadi Ebrahimi, Mehran Mesgari Abbasi, Gisou Mohaddes
AIM: This study aimed to evaluate the probable antioxidant effects of ghrelin in the brain and serum and its effect on tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) levels in the brain in a model of chronic systemic hypoxia in rats. METHODS: Systemic hypoxia was induced by a normobaric hypoxic chamber (O2 11%) for ten days. Adult male Wistar rats were divided into control (C), chronic ghrelin (80 μg/kg/10 days) (Ghr), chronic hypoxia (CH), and CH and ghrelin (80 μg/kg/ip/10 days) (CH + Gh) groups...
March 21, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320163/inhibition-of-17-beta-estradiol-on-neuronal-excitability-via-enhancing-girk1-mediated-inwardly-rectifying-potassium-currents-and-girk1-expression
#20
Yuwen Zhang, Yian Huang, Guoxiang Wang, Xin Wang, Yun Wang
BACKGROUND: Catamenial epilepsy is a common central nervous system disease in female, which is influenced by the 17-β-estradiol (estrogen) level during the menstrual cycle. Low level (<0.05ng/ml) of estrogen normally accompanies with the perimenstrual classification of catamenial epilepsy, however, without clear mechanism. In previous studies, estrogen has been demonstrated to possess widely regulatory effects on potassium channels. Here, the effect of 17-β-estradiol on modulating inwardly rectifying K(+) (Kir) currents was investigated in cultured hippocampal neurons...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
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