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Emily C Lumley, Acadia R Osborn, Jessica E Scott, Amanda G Scholl, Vicki Mercado, Young T McMahan, Zachary G Coffman, Jay L Brewster
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) has the ability to signal organelle dysfunction via a complex signaling network known as the unfolded protein response (UPR). In this work, hamster fibroblast cells exhibiting moderate levels of ER stress were compared to those exhibiting severe ER stress. Inhibition of N-linked glycosylation was accomplished via a temperature-sensitive mutation in the Dad1 subunit of the oligosaccharyltransferase (OST) complex or by direct inhibition with tunicamycin (Tm). Temperature shift (TS) treatment generated weak activation of ER stress signaling when compared to doses of Tm that are typically used in ER stress studies (500-1000 nM)...
October 20, 2016: Cell Stress & Chaperones
Lin Teng, Xian Wang, Xiaojun Wang, Honglei Gou, Lihui Ren, Tingting Wang, Yun Wang, Yuetong Ji, Wei E Huang, Jian Xu
Rapid profiling of stress-response at single-cell resolution yet in a label-free, non-disruptive and mechanism-specific manner can lead to many new applications. We propose a single-cell-level biochemical fingerprinting approach named "ramanome", which is the collection of Single-cell Raman Spectra (SCRS) from a number of cells randomly selected from an isogenic population at a given time and condition, to rapidly and quantitatively detect and characterize stress responses of cellular population. SCRS of Escherichia coli cells are sensitive to both exposure time (eight time points) and dosage (six doses) of ethanol, with detection time as early as 5 min and discrimination rate of either factor over 80%...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Fang Wang, Zebin Weng, Cunyu Li, Guoping Peng
Adverse reactions of injectable drugs usually occur at first administration and are closely associated with the dosage and speed of injection. This phenomenon is correlated with the anaphylactoid reaction. However, up to now, study methods based on antigen detection have still not gained wide acceptance and single physiological indicators cannot be utilized to differentiate anaphylactoid reactions from allergic reactions and inflammatory reactions. In this study, a reliable method for the evaluation of anaphylactoid reactions caused by injectable drugs was established by using multiple physiological indicators...
October 12, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Vera Erdman, Ilsia Tuktarova, Timur Nasibullin, Ianina Timasheva, Olga Mustafina
OBJECTIVE: Physiological and biochemical changes during aging alter drug metabolism. Drug intake is increased with age because of cumulative morbidity, in particular, high prevalence of cardiovascular diseases. Antihypertensive medications are the most commonly used drugs. Individual drug sensitivity or resistance may be influenced by the variance of the "pharmacological response" genes.Our purpose was to search for the polymorphic variants of "pharmacological response" genes associated with survival in different age periods...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Naftali Stern
As both the rate of hypertension and cancer rise with age, concomitant hypertension in patients receiving treatment for cancer is very common. Increase in blood pressure during cancer treatment requires careful clinical assessment. Distinction between discontinuation or malabsorption of antihypertensive treatment due to factors such as nausea/vomiting/diarrhea and anti-cancer drug specific effects must be first made. De-novo hypertension during cancer treatment is likely related to anticancer drugs per se. Classical chemotherapeutic agents such as cyclophosphamide, cisplatin and busulfan have been previously linked to rising blood pressure...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Bożena Karolewicz
In the article, groups of multifunctional polymers used in drug dosage form technology were classified and evaluated. These compounds, in addition to their basic function as excipients, may have additional properties, e.g. stimuli sensitivity, enzyme inhibition, intestinal epithelium penetration enhancement, efflux pump inhibition, taste-masking, pharmacological activity and the ability to interact with enzymes responsible for drug metabolism. While classifying specific groups of multifunctional polymers, special emphasis was placed on the advantages of using them when designing new drug...
September 2016: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Rachel Bello, Yael Lebenthal, Liora Lazar, Shlomit Shalitin, Ariel Tenenbaum, Moshe Phillip, Liat de Vries
AIM: This study explored whether using the suggested diagnostic serum basal level of 17-hydroxyprogesterone (6.0 nmol/l) would lead to underdiagnosis of non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia. METHODS: We retrospectively studied 123 patients with non-classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia, defined as an adrenocorticotropic hormone-stimulated 17-hydroxyprogesterone level of more than 45nmol/l. Of these 13 had basal 17-hydroxyprogesterone levels of less than 6...
October 15, 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Paige M Kulling, Kristine C Olson, Thomas L Olson, David J Feith, Thomas P Loughran
Commonly known for its critical role in calcium homeostasis and bone mineralization, more recently vitamin D has been implicated in haematological cancer pathogenesis and shows promise as an anti-cancer therapy. Serum levels of 25(OH)D3 , the precursor to the active form of vitamin D, calcitriol, are typically lower in patients with haematological disease compared to healthy individuals. This often correlates with worse disease outcome. Furthermore, diseased cells typically highly express the vitamin D receptor (VDR), which is required for many of the anti-cancer effects observed in multiple in vivo and in vitro cancer models...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Haematology
Eduardo Ortega, Arturo Ponce, Ulises Santiago, Diego Alducin, Alfredo Benitez-Lara, Germán Plascencia-Villa, Miguel José-Yacamán
The present work explores electron diffraction methods for studying the structure of metallic clusters stabilized with thiol groups, which are susceptible to structural damage caused by electron beam irradiation. There is a compromise between the electron dose used and the size of the clusters since they have small interaction volume with electrons and as a consequence weak reflections in the diffraction patterns. The common approach of recording individual clusters using nanobeam diffraction has the problem of an increased current density...
2017: Adv Struct Chem Imaging
Eva Sönnerstam, Maria Sjölander, Maria Gustafsson
BACKGROUND: Older people are more sensitive to drugs and adverse drug reactions than younger people because of age-related physiological changes such as impaired renal function. As people with dementia are particularly vulnerable to the effects of drugs, it is especially important to evaluate the dosages of renally cleared medications in this group. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of impaired renal function and inappropriate prescriptions on the basis of renal function among older patients with dementia or cognitive impairment...
October 12, 2016: Drugs & Aging
Kenji Takeshita, Hiroaki I Ogawa, Toshinari Maeda
BACKGROUND: Carcinogens are known to cause swelling of the mammalian cell nucleus. However, the mechanism of the swelling and its toxicological significance have not been fully elucidated. Since nuclear swelling (NS hereafter) has been frequently observed in chromosomal aberration (CA hereafter) tests (in vitro), the relationship between NS and CAs was investigated in this study. RESULTS: In a short-term CA test using the fibroblast CHL cell line, the appearance of NS increased in a dose-dependent manner after exposure to six types of clastogens (mitomycin C, methyl methane sulfonate, 1-methyl-3-nitro-1-nitrosoguanidine, benzo[a]pyrene, cyclophosphamide monohydrate, and 9,10-dimethyl-2-benzanthracene), and a strong correlation was found between NS (%) and CAs (%) at each dosage...
2016: Genes and Environment: the Official Journal of the Japanese Environmental Mutagen Society
Alona Falach-Malik, Hava Rozenfeld, Moria Chetboun, Konstantin Rozenberg, Uriel Elyasiyan, Sanford R Sampson, Tovit Rosenzweig
: Oxidative stress is associated with different pathological conditions, including glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes (T2D), however studies had failed to prove the benefits of antioxidants in T2D. AIM: On the assumption that the failure to demonstrate such anti-diabetic effects is a result of sub-optimal or excessive antioxidant dosage, we aimed to clarify the dose-response effect of the antioxidant N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC) on the progression of T2D in-vivo...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
Michael Devos, Barbara Gilbert, Geertrui Denecker, Kirsten Leurs, Conor Mc Guire, Kelly Lemeire, Tino Hochepied, Marnik Vuylsteke, Jo Lambert, Caroline Van Den Broecke, Louis Libbrecht, Jody Haigh, Geert Berx, Saskia Lippens, Peter Vandenabeele, Wim Declercq
Unlike its family member p53, the p63 gene is rarely mutated in human cancer. However, ΔNp63α protein levels are often elevated in tumors of epithelial origin, such as squamous cell carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma. In order to study the oncogenic properties of ΔNp63α in vivo, we generated transgenic mice overexpressing ΔNp63α from the Rosa26 locus promoter controlled by K5Cre. We found that these mice spontaneously develop epidermal cysts and ectopic ΔNp63α expression in the bile duct epithelium that leads to dilatation of the intrahepatic biliary ducts, to hepatic cyst formation and bile duct adenoma...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Thomas D Brekke, Lindy A Henry, Jeffrey M Good
The importance of regulatory incompatibilities to the early stages of speciation remains unclear. Hybrid mammals often show extreme parent-of-origin growth effects that are thought to be a consequence of disrupted genetic imprinting (parent-specific epigenetic gene silencing) during early development. Here we test the long-standing hypothesis that abnormal hybrid growth reflects disrupted gene expression due to loss of imprinting (LOI) in hybrid placentas, resulting in dosage imbalances between paternal growth factors and maternal growth repressors...
October 7, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
Nirvair S Kelley
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and liver failure. Treatment with n-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LCPUFAs) produced variable success in improving NAFLD. The purpose of this review is to determine if n-3 LCPUFA will decrease markers of NAFLD, compare the efficacies of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), and identify factors that contribute to discrepancies in results...
October 6, 2016: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
Hani Bagheri, Chansonette Badduke, Ying Qiao, Rita Colnaghi, Iga Abramowicz, Diana Alcantara, Christopher Dunham, Jiadi Wen, Robert S Wildin, Malgorzata J M Nowaczyk, Jennifer Eichmeyer, Anna Lehman, Bruno Maranda, Sally Martell, Xianghong Shan, Suzanne M E Lewis, Mark O'Driscoll, Cheryl Y Gregory-Evans, Evica Rajcan-Separovic
The 2p15p16.1 microdeletion syndrome has a core phenotype consisting of intellectual disability, microcephaly, hypotonia, delayed growth, common craniofacial features, and digital anomalies. So far, more than 20 cases of 2p15p16.1 microdeletion syndrome have been reported in the literature; however, the size of the deletions and their breakpoints vary, making it difficult to identify the candidate genes. Recent reports pointed to 4 genes (XPO1, USP34, BCL11A, and REL) that were included, alone or in combination, in the smallest deletions causing the syndrome...
March 17, 2016: JCI Insight
Ana Vanessa Nascimento, Amit Singh, Hassan Bousbaa, Domingos Ferreira, Bruno Sarmento, Mansoor M Amiji
: Efficiency of chemotherapy is often limited by low therapeutic index of the drug as well as emergence of inherent and acquired drug resistance in cancer cells. As a common strategy to overcome drug resistance, higher doses of chemo-agents are administered. However, adverse side effects are usually increased as a consequence. A potentially effective approach is to combine chemotherapy with other therapeutic strategies such as small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) that allow the use of lower yet efficient doses of the anticancer drugs...
September 30, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
Weilin Peng, Ruijie Song, Murat Acar
Genetic noise together with genome duplication and volume changes during cell cycle are significant contributors to cell-to-cell heterogeneity. How can cells buffer the effects of these unavoidable epigenetic and genetic variations on phenotypes that are sensitive to such variations? Here we show that a simple network motif that is essential for network-dosage compensation can reduce the effects of extrinsic noise on the network output. Using natural and synthetic gene networks with and without the network motif, we measure gene network activity in single yeast cells and find that the activity of the compensated network is significantly lower in noise compared with the non-compensated network...
October 3, 2016: Nature Communications
Christopher E Bauer, Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, Gary Marano, Mary-Beth Mandich, Alexander Stolin, Peter Martone, James W Lewis, Gangadhar Jaliparthi, Raymond R Raylman, Stan Majewski
BACKGROUND: Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is traditionally used to image patients in restrictive positions, with few devices allowing for upright, brain-dedicated imaging. Our team has explored the concept of wearable PET imagers which could provide functional brain imaging of freely moving subjects. To test feasibility and determine future considerations for development, we built a rudimentary proof-of-concept prototype (Helmet_PET) and conducted tests in phantoms and four human volunteers...
September 2016: Brain and Behavior
Liaqat Ali, Yan-Qiu Wang, Jie Zhang, Muhammad Ajmal, Zhengrun Xiao, Jiarong Wu, Ji-Long Chen, Daojin Yu
Nutrient deposition and extensive use of antibiotics are increasing worldwide, especially in freshwater ecosystems. Bacteria display resistance to certain antibiotics and thus survive for extended periods in eutrophic environments. In this study, model ecosystems were established to investigate the effect of nitrate and phosphate nutrient salts on antibiotic resistance in strains of Enterococcus faecalis. Mesocosms were replicated to evaluate the ecological effects of nutrient influx. The mesocosms were divided into four different nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) regimens...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
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