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Advances in Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS): Part I: Pathogenesis and Diagnostics.

Sportverletz Sportschaden 2018 Dec 11;32(4):243-250. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Muscle Research Center Erlangen, Interdisciplinary Center for Muscle Research, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a type of ultrastructural muscle injury. The manifestation of DOMS is caused by eccentric or unfamiliar forms of exercise. Clinical signs include reduced force capacities, increased painful restriction of movement, stiffness, swelling, and dysfunction of adjacent joints. Read More

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December 2018

[Use of Negative Pressure Wound Therapy with Instillation and Dwell Time for Wound Treatment - Results of an Expert Consensus Conference].

Zentralbl Chir 2018 Dec 11;143(6):609-616. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Unfallchirurgie, Bundeswehrkrankenhaus Berlin, Deutschland.

Rinsing wounds with wound cleansing solutions has long been a recognised cornerstone in wound management as a means of removing cell debris and surface pathogens in wound exudates. In combination with surgical debridement and topical negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT), this can facilitate the intended progression from the inflammatory to the proliferative phase of wound healing. Procedures of topical negative pressure wound therapy with instillation and a defined exposure/dwell-time of topical solutions under cyclic compression and decompression with foam dressings (NPWTi-d) can remove cellular remnants and debris that may inhibit the healing process. Read More

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December 2018
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Efficacy and Safety of Amrubicin in Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Patients Beyond Third-Line Therapy.

Oncol Res Treat 2018 Dec 12;42(1-2). Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Background: There are no standard cytotoxic treatments for non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients beyond third-line therapy. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and safety of amrubicin in pretreated NSCLC patients.

Methods: The records of NSCLC patients who received amrubicin monotherapy as a third or later line of chemotherapy at Shizuoka General Hospital between April 2007 and March 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Read More

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December 2018

Predictive Value of Age-Bilirubin-International Normalized Ratio-Creatinine Score in Short-Term Survival of Acute-on-Chronic Hepatitis B Liver Failure.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 11;51(5):2484-2495. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Hepatic Surgery, The Third Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangdong, China.

Background/aims: The age-bilirubin-international normalized ratio-creatinine (ABIC) score, which is a predictive model commonly used for alcoholic hepatitis, has not yet been studied in acute-on-chronic hepatitis B liver failure (HBV-ACLF). We aimed to investigate the predictive value of the ABIC score in patients with HBV-ACLF.

Methods: This retrospective study involved 398 patients diagnosed with HBV-ACLF, who were divided into a training cohort of 305 patients and a validation cohort of 93 patients. Read More

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December 2018

Stromal Cell-Derived CCL20 Promotes Tumor Progression and Osteolysis in Giant Cell Tumor of Bone.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 11;51(5):2472-2483. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Spine Tumor Center, Department of Orthopedic Oncology, Changzheng Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China.

Background/aims: Giant cell tumor of bone (GCTB), one of the most common primary bone tumors, leads to extensive bone destruction. However, the mechanisms underlying GCTB progression remain elusive and prognostic factors and treatment targets are required. In the current study, we explored the function of the chemokine family member CCL20 in GCTB progression. Read More

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December 2018
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Protective Mechanism of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells in Remodelling of the Skin Stem Cell Niche During Photoaging.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 11;51(5):2456-2471. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Background/aims: Skin photoaging is primarily caused by the functional attrition of skin stem cells. The skin stem cell niche plays an important role in maintaining stem cell survival and behaviour. In our study, we hypothesized that UVB irradiation induces skin photoaging by changing skin stem cell niches and that transferred adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) can remodel the niches by affecting the BMP signalling pathway and transdifferentiating into skin stem cells. Read More

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December 2018
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A Novel Variant of the FZD4 Gene in a Chinese Family Causes Autosomal Dominant Familial Exudative Vitreoretinopathy.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 11;51(5):2445-2455. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Key Laboratory of Epigenetics and Oncology, the Research Center for Preclinical Medicine, Southwest Medical University, Luzhou,

Background/aims: Familial exudative vitreoretinopathy (FEVR) is a complex hereditary eye disorder characterized by incomplete development of the retinal vasculature, thereby affecting retinal angiogenesis.

Methods: In this study, a Chinese autosomal dominant FEVR pedigree was recruited. Ophthalmic examinations were performed, targeted next-generation sequencing was used to identify the causative gene, and Sanger sequencing was conducted to verify the candidate mutation. Read More

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December 2018
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PGK1 is a Potential Survival Biomarker and Invasion Promoter by Regulating the HIF-1α-Mediated Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition Process in Breast Cancer.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 11;51(5):2434-2444. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

The Clinical Medical Testing Laboratory, Northern Jiangsu People's Hospital and Clinical Medical College of Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, China.

Background/aims: Glycolysis, a multi-step enzymatic reaction, is considered to be the root of cancer development and progression. The aim of this study is to figure out which glycolysis enzyme participates in the progression of breast cancer and its possible mechanisms.

Materials: We firstly screened out PGK1 by performing an RT-PCR array of glycolysis-related genes in three paired breast cancer samples, and further investigated PGK1 using TCGA and our own database. Read More

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December 2018

Sodium Fluoride Arrests Renal G2/M Phase Cell-Cycle Progression by Activating ATM-Chk2-P53/Cdc25C Signaling Pathway in Mice.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 11;51(5):2421-2433. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

College of Veterinary Medicine, Sichuan Agricultural University, Ya'an, China.

Background/aims: Excessive fluoride intake can induce cytotoxicity, DNA damage and cell-cycle changes in many tissues and organs, including the kidney. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of fluoride-induced renal cell-cycle changes are not well understood at present. In this study, we used a mouse model to investigate how sodium fluoride (NaF) induces cell-cycle changes in renal cells. Read More

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December 2018

Resveratrol Ameliorates Lipid Droplet Accumulation in Liver Through a SIRT1/ ATF6-Dependent Mechanism.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 11;51(5):2397-2420. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Research Center for Nutrition and Food Safety, Institute of Military Preventive Medicine, Third Military Medical University, Chongqing Key Laboratory of Nutrition and Food Safety, Chongqing,

Background/aims: Lipid droplets (LDs) are dynamic organelles that store neutral lipids during times of energy excess, and an increased accumulation of LDs in the liver is closely linked to hepatic steatosis. Our previous studies suggested that resveratrol (RSV) supplement could improve hepatic steatosis, but the underlying mechanism, particularly which related to LD accumulation, has not yet been elucidated.

Methods: A high-fat diet (HFD) and palmitic acid were used to induce hepatic steatosis in mouse liver and hepatocytes, respectively. Read More

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December 2018

Type I Interferons: Distinct Biological Activities and Current Applications for Viral Infection.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 11;51(5):2377-2396. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Etiological Biology, OIE/National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Reference Laboratory, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Lanzhou,

The interferons (IFNs) are a primary defense against pathogens because of the strong antiviral activities they induce. IFNs can be classified into three groups: type I, type II and type III, according to their genetic, structural, and functional characteristics and their receptors on the cell surface. The type I IFNs are the largest group and include IFN-α, IFN-β, IFN-ε, IFN-ω, IFN-κ, IFN-δ, IFN-τ and IFN-ζ. Read More

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December 2018

Mammalian STE20-Like Kinase 1 Deletion Alleviates Renal Ischaemia-Reperfusion Injury via Modulating Mitophagy and the AMPK-YAP Signalling Pathway.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2359-2376. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Background/aims: The aim of our study is to investigate the molecular mechanism by which mammalian STE20-like kinase 1 (Mst1) participates in renal I/R injury through modifying mitophagy and the AMPK-YAP signalling pathway.

Methods: WT mice and Mst1-knockout mice were subjected to renal ischaemia-reperfusion (I/R) in vivo. In vitro, the hypoxia-reoxygenation model was used with renal tubular epithelial cells to mimic renal I/R injury. Read More

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December 2018

Establishment of a Mouse Model of Premature Ovarian Failure Using Consecutive Superovulation.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2341-2358. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Key Laboratory of the Model Animal Research, Animal Core Facility of Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing Medical University, Nanjing,

Background/aims: This study investigated the effect of consecutive superovulation on the ovaries and established a premature ovarian failure (POF) model in mice.

Methods: The mouse POF model was induced by 5-15 consecutive superovulation treatments with pregnant mare serum gonadotropin (PMSG), human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and prostaglandin F2α (PGF2α). Normal adult mice were compared with mice displaying natural ovarian aging. Read More

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December 2018

Circular RNA circPVT1 Promotes Proliferation and Invasion Through Sponging miR-125b and Activating E2F2 Signaling in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2324-2340. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Prevention Medicine, School of Public Health, Mudanjiang Medical College, Mudanjiang City,

Background/aims: Circular RNAs (circRNAs) are key regulators in the development and progression of human cancers, however its role in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tumorigenesis is not well understood. The aim of this study is to identify the expression level of circPVT1 in NSCLC and further investigated its functional relevance with NSCLC progression both in vitro and in vivo.

Methods: Quantative real-time PCR was used for the measurement of circPVT1 in NSCLC specimens and cell lines. Read More

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December 2018

The Transient Receptor Potential Channel, Vanilloid 5, Induces Chondrocyte Apoptosis via Ca2+ CaMKII-Dependent MAPK and Akt/ mTOR Pathways in a Rat Osteoarthritis Model.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2309-2323. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, ShengJing Hospital, China Medical University, ShenYang,

Background/aims: Chondrocyte apoptosis is a central pathological feature of cartilage in osteoarthritis (OA). Accumulating evidence suggests that calcium ions (Ca2+) are an important regulator of apoptosis. Previously, we reported that the transient receptor potential channel vanilloid (TRPV5) is upregulated in monoiodoacetic acid (MIA)-induced OA articular cartilage. Read More

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December 2018
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Dental Follicle Stem Cells Ameliorate Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Inflammation by Secreting TGF-β3 and TSP-1 to Elicit Macrophage M2 Polarization.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2290-2308. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Guanghua School of Stomatology, Hospital of Stomatology, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou,

Background/aims: Increasing evidence has demonstrated the novel roles of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in immunotherapy. However, difficulty in acquiring these cells and possible ethical issues limited their application. Recently, we have isolated a unique MSC population from dental follicles with potent stem cell-like properties. Read More

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December 2018

MicroRNA-128 Protects Dopamine Neurons from Apoptosis and Upregulates the Expression of Excitatory Amino Acid Transporter 4 in Parkinson's Disease by Binding to AXIN1.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2275-2289. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Neurosurgery, The First Affiliated Hospital of Kunming Medical University, Kunming,

Background/aims: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a frequently occurring condition that resulted from the loss of midbrain neurons, which synthesize the neurotransmitter dopamine. In this study, we established mouse models of PD to investigate the expression of microRNA-128 (miR-128) and mechanism through which it affects apoptosis of dopamine (DA) neurons and the expression of excitatory amino acid transporter 4 (EAAT4) via binding to axis inhibition protein 1 (AXIN1).

Methods: Gene expression microarray analysis was performed to screen differentially expressed miRNAs that are associated with PD. Read More

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December 2018
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lncRNA SNHG8 Promotes the Tumorigenesis and Metastasis by Sponging miR-149-5p and Predicts Tumor Recurrence in Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2262-2274. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Background/aims: Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are aberrantly expressed in multiple malignant tumors involved in tumor growth and metastasis. Accumulating data show that small nucleolar RNA host gene (SNHG) 1/12/20 plays a key role in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the molecular mechanisms by which SNHG8 contributes to HCC remain elusive and merit exploration. Read More

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December 2018

Tanshinone IIA Inhibits High Glucose-Induced Collagen Synthesis via Nuclear Factor Erythroid 2-Related Factor 2 in Cardiac Fibroblasts.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2250-2261. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Department of Surgery, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan.

Background/aims: Diabetes is associated with increased incidence of myocardial dysfunction, which is partly characterized by interstitial and perivascular fibrosis. Cardiac fibroblasts have been identified as an important participant in the development of cardiac fibrosis. Exposure of cultured cardiac fibroblasts to high glucose resulted in increased collagen synthesis. Read More

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December 2018

Hypoxia Preconditioning of Human MSCs: a Direct Evidence of HIF-1α and Collagen Type XV Correlation.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2237-2249. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Biomedical and Specialty Surgical Sciences, University of Ferrara, Ferrara,

Background/aims: Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) hold considerable promise in bone tissue engineering, but their poor survival and potency when in vivo implanted limits their therapeutic potential. For this reason, the study on culture conditions and cellular signals that can influence the potential therapeutic outcomes of MSCs have received considerable attention in recent years. Cell maintenance under hypoxic conditions, in particular for a short period, is beneficial for MSCs, as low O2 tension is similar to that present in the physiologic niche, however the precise mechanism through which hypoxia preconditioning affects these cells remains unclear. Read More

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December 2018

circZMYM2 Competed Endogenously with miR-335-5p to Regulate JMJD2C in Pancreatic Cancer.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2224-2236. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Departments of Urology, the Third Affiliated Hospital of SooChow University, Changzhou,

Background/aims: We aimed to study the involvement of circZMYM2 (hsa_circ_0099999) in pancreatic cancer (PC) cell proliferation, apoptosis and invasion and to figured out the underlying mechanism of circZMYM2 regulating miR-335-5p and JMJD2C.

Methods: CircRNA differential expressions in twenty PC samples and paired normal tissue samples were analyzed using Arraystar Human CircRNA microarray V1. CircZMYM2 expression level was determined via qRT-PCR. Read More

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December 2018

miR-494 Sensitizes Gastric Cancer Cells to TRAIL Treatment Through Downregulation of Survivin.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2212-2223. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Internal Medicine, Affiliated Tumor Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou,

Background/aims: TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is a novel and low-toxic anti-tumor drug used for various cancers. However, cancer cells usually develop mechanisms to acquire the resistance against TRAIL. Among these changes, dysregulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) usually occurs in cancer cells and is responsible for induction of drug resistance. Read More

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December 2018

RNA-Seq Analyses of the Role of miR-21 in Acute Pancreatitis.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2198-2211. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Institute for Brain Research and Rehabilitation, Guangdong Key Laboratory of Mental Health and Cognitive Science, Center for Studies of Psychological Application, South China Normal University, Guangzhou,

Background/aims: Our previous study demonstrated that a deficiency of microRNA 21 (miR-21) protects mice from acute pancreatitis, yet the underlying molecular networks associated with miR-21 in pancreatitis and pancreatitis-associated lung injury remain unexplored.

Methods: We used next generation sequencing to analyze gene expression profiles of pancreatic tissues from wild-type (WT) and miR-21 knockout (KO) mice treated with caerulein by using a 1-day treatment protocol. The Database for Annotation, Visualization, and Integrated Discovery gene annotation tool and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis were used to analyze the molecular pathways, while quantitative real-time PCR, western blotting, and immunohistochemistry were used to explore the molecular mechanisms. Read More

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December 2018
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Deficiency of VCP-Interacting Membrane Selenoprotein (VIMP) Leads to G1 Cell Cycle Arrest and Cell Death in MIN6 Insulinoma Cells.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2185-2197. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois,

Background/aims: VCP-interacting membrane selenoprotein (VIMP), an ER resident selenoprotein, is highly expressed in β-cells, however, the role of VIMP in β-cells has not been characterized. In this study, we studied the relationship between VIMP deficiency and β-cell survival in MIN6 insulinoma cells.

Methods: To determine the role of VIMP in β-cells, lentiviral VIMP shRNAs were used to knock down (KD) expression of VIMP in MIN6 cells. Read More

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December 2018

Inhibition of Glutathione Synthesis via Decreased Glucose Metabolism in Stored RBCs.

Cell Physiol Biochem 2018 7;51(5):2172-2184. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Immunology, Binzhou Medical University, Yantai,

Background/aims: Although red blood cells (RBCs) transfusions can be lifesaving, they are not without risk. RBCs storage is associated with the abnormal metabolism of glutathione (GSH), which may increase the risk of the oxidative damage of RBCs after transfusion. The responsible mechanisms remain unknown. Read More

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December 2018

Expression Levels of microRNAs miR-93 and miR-200a in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma with Special Reference to Differentiation and Relapse-Free Survival.

Oncology 2018 Dec 11:1-7. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Pathology, Medical Research Center Oulu, Oulu University Hospital and University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland.

Objectives: Protein levels of the transcription factor nuclear factor erythroid-derived 2-like 2 (Nrf2) and its inhibitor Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1) have been proposed as prognostic factors in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas (PDACs). These cellular redox-state-regulating enzymes are targeted by several microRNAs, including miR-93 and miR-200a.

Methods: We assessed mRNA levels of Nrf2 and Keap1 and tissue expression of miR-93 and miR-200a in 51 patients with surgically treated PDAC. Read More

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December 2018

Stability and mean residence times for hybrid epithelial/mesenchymal phenotype.

Phys Biol 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Physics, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, Kolkata, INDIA.

Cancer metastasis and drug resistance remain unsolved clinical challenges. A phenotypic transition that is often implicated in both these processes is Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) during which epithelial cells weaken their cell-cell adhesion and gain traits of migration and invasion, typical of mesenchymal cells. However, recent studies indicate that apart from these two states, cells can also exist in one or more hybrid E/M state(s) which plays an aggressive role in progression of the disease. Read More

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December 2018

Role and mechanisms of a three-dimensional bioprinted microtissue model in promoting proliferation and invasion of growth-hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma cells.

Biofabrication 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Biomanufacturing Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing, CHINA.

Growth-hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma (GHSPA) is a benign tumour with a high incidence and large economic burden, which greatly affects quality of life. The aetiological factors are yet to be clarified for GHSPA. Conventional two-dimensional (2D) monolayer culture of tumour cells cannot ideally reflect the growth status of tumours in the physiological environment, and insufficiencies of in vitro models have severely restricted the progress of cancer research. Read More

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December 2018

Synthesis and evaluation of HfO2 as a prospective filler in inorganic-organic hybrid membranes based on Nafion for PEM fuel cells.

Nanotechnology 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

SCIENCE, Centro de Investigacion y Desarrollo Tecnologico en Electroquimica SC, Pedro Escobedo, 76703, MEXICO.

Hybrid inorganic-organic Nafion membranes modified with metal oxides (typically TiO<sub>2</sub>, ZrO<sub>2</sub>, WO<sub>3</sub>) are a good alternative for fuel cells applications. However, one of their main limitations is associated with their relative low proton conductivity at temperatures above 80°C. In this work, we overcome this issue using HfO<sub>2</sub> as a filler. Read More

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December 2018

3D bioprinting of heterogeneous bi- and tri-layered hollow channels within gel scaffolds using scalable multi-axial microfluidic extrusion nozzle.

Biofabrication 2018 Dec 11. Epub 2018 Dec 11.

Department of Mechanical Engineering, McMaster University, Center for Advanced Micro-Electro-Fluidics, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA L8S 4L7, Hamilton, CANADA.

One of the primary focuses in recent years in tissue engineering has been the fabrication and integration of vascular structures into artificial tissue constructs. However, most available methodologies lack the ability to create multi-layered concentric conduits inside natural extracellular matrices (ECMs) and gels that replicate more accurately the hierarchical architecture of biological blood vessels. In this work, we present a new microfluidic nozzle design capable of multi-axial extrusion in order to 3D print and pattern bi- and tri-layered hollow channel structures. Read More

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December 2018

Investigation of the diabetic effects of maternal high-glucose diet on rats.

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 8;110:609-617. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Pathology, Burdur, Turkey.

Background: Diabetes mellitus become an epidemic problem throughout the world. Relation of the diabetes with diet is known. Some evidence is reported about mother died and risk of diabetes in babies during the life related with gestational diabetes. Read More

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December 2018

Dexamethasone induces osteoblast apoptosis through ROS-PI3K/AKT/GSK3β signaling pathway.

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 8;110:602-608. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Department of Orthopedics, Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Jiefang Road 238, Wuhan, Hubei, 430060, China. Electronic address:

Background: Osteoblasts play important roles in the process of osteogenesis and prevention of osteonecrosis. Dexamethasone (Dex), a type of glucocorticoids (GCs), induces apoptosis of osteoblasts and leads to the occurrence of non-traumatic osteonecrosis. This study aimed to explore the effects of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Protein kinase 3 (PI3K/AKT) and glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) on Dex-induced osteoblasts apoptosis. Read More

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December 2018

Recruitment of macrophages and bone marrow stem cells to regenerating liver promoted by sodium phthalhydrazide in mice.

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 8;110:594-601. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Institute of Immunopathology and Preventive Medicine, Povsetova ulica 29, 1000 Lublana, Slovenia. Electronic address:

Pharmacological interventions which could be hepatoprotective, depending on bioavailability, anti-inflammatory and macrophage-targeting potential of drugs, are still at early preclinical stages. Existing evidence from many animal models of liver injury, as well as from human data, indicate that pharmacological and/or phytochemical interventions have limited impact on liver recovery. Recent studies on stem cell therapies focused on different cell subsets involved in tissue repair, including monocytes/macrophages and bone marrow cells migrating to the injured liver. Read More

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December 2018
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Novel hepatoprotective role of Leonurine hydrochloride against experimental non-alcoholic steatohepatitis mediated via AMPK/SREBP1 signaling pathway.

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 7;110:571-581. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

State Key Laboratory of Natural Medicines, China Pharmaceutical University, 210009, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China; Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Drug Discovery for Metabolic Diseases, China Pharmaceutical University, 210009, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China. Electronic address:

Background And Aims: Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome and is characterized by steatosis, inflammation, and fibrosis. We aim to characterize the hepatoprotective effects of Leonurine hydrochloride (LH) and the possible pathway in a cell and rodent model of diet-induced steatohepatitis (NASH).

Methods: For in vitro studies, Palmitic acid (PA) and free fatty acid (FFA) induced HepG2 and HL7702 steatosis cell models were used. Read More

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December 2018

Piezoelectric barium titanate nanostimulators for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme.

J Colloid Interface Sci 2018 Dec 4;538:449-461. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Smart Bio-Interfaces, Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 34, 56025 Pontedera, Italy; Politecnico di Torino, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy. Electronic address:

Major obstacles to the successful treatment of gliolastoma multiforme are mostly related to the acquired resistance to chemotherapy drugs and, after surgery, to the cancer recurrence in correspondence of residual microscopic foci. As innovative anticancer approach, low-intensity electric stimulation represents a physical treatment able to reduce multidrug resistance of cancer and to induce remarkable anti-proliferative effects by interfering with Ca and K homeostasis and by affecting the organization of the mitotic spindles. However, to preserve healthy cells, it is utterly important to direct the electric stimuli only to malignant cells. Read More

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December 2018

Cumulus-oocyte interactions and programmed cell death in bovine embryos produced in vitro.

Theriogenology 2018 Nov 26;126:81-87. Epub 2018 Nov 26.

Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Faculty of Animal Science, University of Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil.

This study investigated the interactions between cumulus cells (CCs) and oocytes and programmed cell death in bovine cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) with different morphological characteristics. DNA fragmentation was assessed in CCs at 0 and 24 h of maturation, as well as parthenogenetic developmental competence on the 9th day post-activation, blastocyst quality and BCL-2 and BAX transcript levels in matured CCs. Most immature oocytes in the COC-A group (full cumulus and several compact layers) were in the initial germinal vesicle (iGV) stage, exhibiting minimal or no DNA damage. Read More

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November 2018

Evaluation of porcine circovirus type 2 infection in in vitro embryo production using naturally infected oocytes.

Theriogenology 2018 Dec 4;126:75-80. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Key Laboratory of Animal Cellular and Genetics Engineering of Heilongjiang Province, College of Life Science, Northeast Agricultural University, Harbin, 150030, Heilongjiang, PR China. Electronic address:

In vitro fertilization (IVF) and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) are important breeding techniques for livestock. High-quality MII oocytes produced from in vitro maturation (IVM) are required for the two techniques listed above. The ovaries used for IVM operations are primarily acquired from commercial abattoirs, and the pathogen status of slaughtered animals becomes an unavoidable issue. Read More

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December 2018

Graphene from discharged dry cell battery electrodes.

J Hazard Mater 2018 Dec 3;366:358-369. Epub 2018 Dec 3.

Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur, 440010, India. Electronic address:

Utilization of extracted graphite rods from discharged dry cell batteries for synthesis of graphene oxide / graphene serves two purposes, one is waste management which supports environmental safety and the second is low cost production of graphene oxide / graphene which are highly promising 2D materials in various fields of research. In the present work, a sustainable feasibility for the synthesis of graphene oxide / graphene from graphite rods of waste dry cell batteries is demonstrated. The graphite rods separated from the waste dry cell batteries were subjected to electrochemical exfoliation (ECE) in an acidic media. Read More

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December 2018

A systematic assessment of statistics, risk factors, and underlying features involved in pancreatic cancer.

Cancer Epidemiol 2018 Dec 8;58:104-110. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Department of Bioinformatics & Applied Sciences, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad, 211015, India. Electronic address:

Pancreatic cancer remains the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in the world, and will continue to become the number two cause of cancer-related death unless a remarkable breakthrough is achieved. With a slim chance of early diagnosis, surgery can only provide a median survival of 17-23 months. The presence of a dense stroma makes this cancer resilient to chemotherapy, with very few potent inhibitors like nab paclitaxelin available that can work in combination with chemotherapeutic agents. Read More

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December 2018
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3‑Bromo‑5‑(ethoxymethyl)‑1,2‑benzenediol inhibits LPS-induced pro-inflammatory responses by preventing ROS production and downregulating NF-κB in vitro and in a zebrafish model.

Int Immunopharmacol 2018 Dec 8;67:98-105. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Chuncheon Center, Korea Basic Science Institute (KBSI), Chuncheon 24341, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

The anti-inflammatory effects of 3‑bromo‑5‑(ethoxymethyl)‑1,2‑benzenediol (BEMB) from Polysiphonia morrowii were evaluated in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced RAW264.7 cells and zebrafish embryo. BEMB showed anti-inflammatory effects by inhibiting the production of nitric oxide (NO) and reactive oxygen species (ROS), and the expression of inducible NO synthase (iNOS) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) in the LPS-activated RAW264. Read More

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December 2018

Anti-allergic effects of salvianolic acid A and tanshinone IIA from Salvia miltiorrhiza determined using in vivo and in vitro experiments.

Int Immunopharmacol 2018 Dec 8;67:69-77. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

College of Pharmacy, Pusan National University, Busan 609-735, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

Salvia miltiorrhiza root has been used in Asian traditional medicine for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, asthma, and other conditions. Salvianolic acid B from S. miltiorrhiza extracts has been shown to improve airway hyperresponsiveness. Read More

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December 2018
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Resveratrol attenuates the MSU crystal-induced inflammatory response through the inhibition of TAK1 activity.

Int Immunopharmacol 2018 Dec 7;67:62-68. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Institute of Rheumatology and Immunology, The Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College, 63# Wenhua Road, Nanchong 637000, Sichuan, China; Sichuan Key Laboratory of Medical Imaging, North SiChuan Medical College, 234# Fujiang Road, Nanchong 637000, Sichuan, China; Preclinical School of North SiChuan Medical College, 234# Fujiang Road, Nanchong 637000, Sichuan, China. Electronic address:

TAK1 is closely associated with the NF-κB and MAPK signaling pathways. In the present study, we aimed to explore the relationship between TAK1 and gout as well as the effects of resveratrol on TAK1 activity and MSU crystal-induced inflammation. The expression levels of total TAK1 and phosphorylated TAK1 in gout patients were detected by western blotting. Read More

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December 2018

In vitro profiling of volatile organic compounds released by Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome adipocytes.

J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci 2018 Nov 28;1104:256-261. Epub 2018 Nov 28.

Vorarlberg Institute for Vascular Investigation and Treatment (VIVIT), Carinagasse 47, A-6800 Feldkirch, Austria; Private University of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Triesen, Liechtenstein; Medical Central Laboratories, A-6800 Feldkirch, Austria.

Breath analysis offers a non-invasive and rapid diagnostic method for detecting various volatile organic compounds that could be indicators for different diseases, particularly metabolic disorders including type 2 diabetes mellitus. The development of type 2 diabetes mellitus is closely linked to metabolic dysfunction of adipose tissue and adipocytes. However, the VOC profile of human adipocytes has not yet been investigated. Read More

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November 2018

A novel MUC1 aptamer-modified PLGA-epirubicin-PβAE-antimir-21 nanocomplex platform for targeted co-delivery of anticancer agents in vitro and in vivo.

Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 2018 Dec 4;175:231-238. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Targeted Drug Delivery Research Center, Pharmaceutical Technology Institute, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran; Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, School of Pharmacy, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran. Electronic address:

Conventional chemotherapy suffers from several drawbacks, including toxic side effects together with the development of resistance to the chemical agents. Therefore, exploring alternative therapeutic approaches as well as developing targeted delivery systems are in demand. Oligonucleotide-based therapy has emerged as a promising and alternative procedure for treating malignancies involving gene-related diseases. Read More

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December 2018

Synthesizing, characterizing, and toxicity evaluating of Phycocyanin-ZnO nanorod composites: A back to nature approaches.

Colloids Surf B Biointerfaces 2018 Dec 4;175:221-230. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Division of Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology, National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (NIGEB), P.O. Box 14155-6343, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address:

C-Phycocyanin pigment was purified from a native cyanobacterial strain using a novel consecutive multi-step procedure and utilized for the first time for the green synthesis of phycocyanin-zinc oxide nanorods (PHY-ZnO NRs) by a simple, low-cost and eco-friendly approach. The PHY-ZnO NRs were characterized using UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), zeta potential measurement, FTIR, SEM, TEM, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric (TGA), and EDX spectroscopy analysis. The UV-vis spectra showed an absorption band at 364 nm which is characteristic of ZnO nanoparticles (ZnONPs). Read More

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December 2018

Jasmonic acid and ethylene are involved in the accumulation of osmotin in germinating tomato seeds.

J Plant Physiol 2018 Nov 20;232:74-81. Epub 2018 Nov 20.

Department of Plant Physiology, Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Oczapowskiego 1A, 10-718 Olsztyn, Poland.

The expression of SlNP24 encoding osmotin was studied in germinating tomato seeds Solanum lycopersicum L. cv. Moneymaker. Read More

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November 2018

Expression profiles of organogenesis-related genes over the time course of one-step de novo shoot organogenesis from intact seedlings of kohlrabi.

J Plant Physiol 2018 Nov 8;232:257-269. Epub 2018 Nov 8.

Institute for Biological Research "Siniša Stanković", University of Belgrade, Bulevar despota Stefana 142, 11060 Belgrade, Serbia.

Kohlrabi (Brassica oleracea var. gongylodes) is an important vegetable crop that is able to undergo shoot regeneration in culture from intact seedlings in a single-step regeneration process, using cytokinin as the only plant growth regulator. In this work, we present the expression profiles of seven organogenesis-related genes over the time course of shoot regeneration from intact seedlings of kohlrabi cv. Read More

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November 2018

A roadmap towards a functional paradigm for learning & memory in plants.

J Plant Physiol 2018 Nov 8;232:209-215. Epub 2018 Nov 8.

Institute of Applied Biosciences, Center for Research & Technology (CERTH), Thessaloniki, Greece.

In plants, the acquisition, processing and storage of empirical information can result in the modification of their behavior according to the nature of the stimulus, and yet this area of research remained relatively understudied until recently. As the body of evidence supporting the inclusion of plants among the higher organisms demonstrating the adaptations to accomplish these tasks keeps increasing, the resistance by traditional botanists and agricultural scientists, who were at first cautious in allowing the application of animal models onto plant physiology and development, subsides. However, the debate retains much of its heat, a good part of it originating from the controversial use of nervous system terms to describe plant processes. Read More

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November 2018

Seasonal changes in cold hardiness and carbohydrate metabolism in four garden rose cultivars.

J Plant Physiol 2018 Dec 4;232:188-199. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Department of Plants and Crops, Ghent University, Coupure links 653, 9000 Gent, Belgium. Electronic address:

We studied metabolic adaptations to cold stress in roses and identified genes in the carbohydrate pathway during acclimation and deacclimation. A field experiment with four rose cultivars belonging to different USDA plant hardiness zones was set up in Melle, Belgium (51° 0' N, 3° 48' E). The more cold-hardy cultivars ('Dagmar Hastrup' and 'John Cabot') reached their lowest LT value in December, indicating a rapid acclimation after the first occurrence of frost. Read More

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Defense responses of Thuja orientalis to infestation of anholocyclic species aphid Cinara tujafilina.

J Plant Physiol 2018 Nov 22;232:160-170. Epub 2018 Nov 22.

Department of Plant Physiology, Poznań University of Life Sciences, Wołyńska 35, 60-637 Poznań, Poland. Electronic address:

The aim of this study was to determine an interdependence between generation of semiquinone radicals, superoxide anion (O-), manganese ions (Mn) and phenolic content in leaves of Thuja orientalis in response to infestation by varying populations of Cinara tujafilina, i.e. 40 or 80 aphids per plant. Read More

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November 2018
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