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Cranberry juice decreases disease activity in women with rheumatoid arthritis.

Nutrition 2018 Oct 10;60:112-117. Epub 2018 Oct 10.

Department of Internal Medicine,University of Londrina, Londrina, Paraná, Brazil. Electronic address:

Objectives: Studies have shown that cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) has antiinflammatory and antioxidant effects; however, to our knowledge, the effects of cranberry juice consumption have not been studied in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The aim of this study was to verify the effect of cranberry juice consumption on several inflammatory biomarkers and on the disease activity of patients with RA.

Methods: A prospective study was conducted with 41 women diagnosed with RA. Read More

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October 2018

Developmental toxicity of kresoxim-methyl during zebrafish (Danio rerio) larval development.

Chemosphere 2018 Dec 8;219:517-525. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Institute of Quality and Standard for Agro-products, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, State Key Laboratory Breeding Base for Zhejiang Sustainable Pest and Disease Control, Hangzhou, 310021, Zhejiang, China. Electronic address:

Kresoxim-methyl (KM) is a broad spectrum strobilurin fungicide that has been used widely on crops around the world. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the toxic effects of KM using various sublethal endpoints during zebrafish (Danio rerio) larval development. Results showed that the LC values of KM to zebrafish at multiple life stages (embryo, larvae, juvenile and adult) were 0. Read More

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December 2018

Checkpoint-modulating immunotherapies in tumor treatment: Targets, drugs, and mechanisms.

Int Immunopharmacol 2018 Dec 12;67:160-175. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Wuya College of Innovation, Key Laboratory of Structure-Based Drug Design & Discovery, Ministry of Education, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang 110016, China; Hubei Key Laboratory of Natural Medicinal Chemistry and Resource Evaluation, School of Pharmacy, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, China. Electronic address:

Tumor immunotherapy, as a new treatment of cancer, has been developing on the basis of tumor immunology. Tumor immunotherapy stimulates and enhances the function of immune system in human bodies, in order to control and kill tumor cells. It is often used as an adjuvant therapy combined with surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other conventional methods. Read More

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December 2018

Metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 signalling induced NMDA receptor subunits alterations during the development of morphine-induced antinociceptive tolerance in mouse cortex.

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 12;110:717-726. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Anesthesiology, Affiliated Shanghai Sixth People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200233, China; Department of Anesthesiology, Tongzhou People's Hospital, Nantong 226300, China. Electronic address:

Background And Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the interactions between mGluR5 and NMDAR during the development of tolerance to the analgesic effect of chronic morphine following disruption of the link between mGluR5 and NMDAR.

Methods: For these experiments, mGluR5 knockout (KO) mice, Shank3 ΔC mutant mice and their littermate controls were used. Repeated morphine treatment through intrathecal injections (i. Read More

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December 2018

Salvanic acid B inhibits myocardial fibrosis through regulating TGF-β1/Smad signaling pathway.

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 12;110:685-691. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Cardiology, Chongqing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chongqing 400021, PR China. Electronic address:

Objective: Salvanic Acid B (Sal B) was proved to show significant effect against fibrosis and myocardial injury. This study aimed to investigate the protective effects and the mechanisms of Sal B on myocardial fibrosis.

Methods: The mice were randomly assigned to five groups: control group, model group, positive group, low-dose group, high-dose group. Read More

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December 2018

Molecular alterations in meningiomas: Literature review.

Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2018 Dec 7;176:89-96. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Departament of Neurology, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology, LIM15, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Meningiomas, tumors that originate from meningothelial cells, account for approximately 30% of all new diagnoses of central nervous system neoplasms. According to the 2016 WHO classification of central nervous system tumors meningiomas are classified into three grades: I, II, and III. Past studies have shown that the risk of meningiomas recurrence is strongly correlated with the molecular profile of the tumor. Read More

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December 2018

Influence of the T to S mutation at the STMK motif on antibiotic resistance of penicillin binding protein 1A: A comprehensive computational study.

J Mol Graph Model 2018 Dec 7;87:185-191. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Molecular Biology Research Center, Systems Biology and Poisonings Institute, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

The emergence of antibiotic resistance has attracted the attention of scientists and scientific circles over the decades. β-Lactam antibiotics resistance is a worldwide therapeutic challenge in bacterial infections, mediated through several mechanisms of which mutations in Penicillin Binding Proteins (PBPs) are an important issue, making critical therapeutic problems in the human population. Accordingly, investigating the dynamic structures of mutant variants could result in a profound understanding of such a specific resistance. Read More

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December 2018

Disrupted structural and functional brain networks in Alzheimer's disease.

Neurobiol Aging 2018 Nov 16;75:71-82. Epub 2018 Nov 16.

Dementia Care & Research Center, Peking University Institute of Mental Health (Sixth Hospital), Beijing, China; Beijing Key Laboratory for Translational Research on Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia, Beijing, China; National Clinical Research Center for Mental Disorders (Peking University Sixth Hospital), Beijing, China. Electronic address:

Studies have demonstrated that the clinical manifestations of Alzheimer's disease (AD) are associated with abnormal connections in either functional connectivity networks (FCNs) or structural connectivity networks (SCNs). However, the FCN and SCN of AD have usually been examined separately, and the results were inconsistent. In this multimodal study, we collected resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging data from 46 patients with AD and 39 matched healthy controls (HCs). Read More

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November 2018

Interaction of hormonal and social environments in understanding body image concerns in adolescent girls.

J Psychiatr Res 2018 Dec 7;109:178-184. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, 316 Physics Rd #262, East Lansing, MI, 48824, USA.

During adolescence, peer approval becomes increasingly important and may be perceived as contingent upon appearance in girls. Concurrently, girls experience hormonal changes, including an increase in progesterone. Progesterone has been implicated in affiliative behavior but inconsistently associated with body image concerns. Read More

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December 2018

'There is no point giving cash to women who don't spend it the way they are told to spend it' - Exploring women's agency over cash in a combined participatory women's groups and cash transfer programme to improve low birthweight in rural Nepal.

Soc Sci Med 2018 Dec 6;221:9-18. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Institute for Global Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, WC1N 1EH, United Kingdom. Electronic address:

Cash transfer programmes form an integral part of nutrition, health, and social protection policies worldwide, but the mechanisms through which they achieve their health and nutritional impacts are incompletely understood. We present results from a process evaluation of a combined participatory women's groups and cash transfer programme to improve low birth weight in rural Nepal. We explored the ways in which context, implementation, and mechanism of the intervention affected beneficiary women's agency over cash transfers. Read More

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December 2018

Draft genome sequence of human-associated streptogramin resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

J Glob Antimicrob Resist 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Bacterial Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Resistance Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Athens, Georgia, USA. Electronic address:

Objectives: Staphylococcus aureus is one of the leading causes of nosocomial and community-acquired infections. Treatment of those infections with macrolide-lincosamide-streptogramin (MLS) antibiotics has led to resistance to those antibiotics through various mechanisms. S. Read More

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December 2018

Draft genome sequence of Escherichia coli ST410 co-harboring bla, bla, bla, aac(3)-IIa, aac(6')-Ib-cr genes with gyrA and parC mutations isolated from pediatric patient in Poland.

J Glob Antimicrob Resist 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Bacteriology and Biocontamination Control, National Institute of Public Health-National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland.

Objectives: Escherichia coli is one of the major agents of nosocomial infections. The aim of this study was to report the first draft genome sequence of an E. coli strain (no. Read More

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December 2018

An enzyme-based electrochemical biosensor probe with sensitivity to detect astrocytic versus glioma uptake of glutamate in real time in vitro.

Biosens Bioelectron 2018 Nov 16;126:751-757. Epub 2018 Nov 16.

Biomedical Engineering, PO Box 10157, Ruston, LA 71272, USA; Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Sciences, Louisiana Tech University, PO Box 10157, Ruston, LA 71272, USA. Electronic address:

Glutamate, a major excitatory neurotransmitter in the central nervous system, is essential for regulation of thought, movement, memory, and other higher functions controlled by the brain. Dysregulation of glutamate signaling is associated with severe neuropathological conditions, such as epilepsy, and glioma, a form of brain cancer. Glutamate signals are currently detected by several types of neurochemical probes ranging from microdialysis-based to enzyme-based carbon fiber microsensors. Read More

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November 2018

Gut microbiota: a potential manipulator for host adipose tissue and energy metabolism.

J Nutr Biochem 2018 Nov 10;64:206-217. Epub 2018 Nov 10.

College of Animal Science and Technology, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi, 712100, China. Electronic address:

Normally, the gut microbiota has a mutually beneficial association with host health and maintains its commensal status in mammals. Conversely, it can also negatively influence host physiology under some certain circumstances, including obesity and other disease states. Although numerous gut microbial functions directly affect the gastrointestinal tract, in this paper, we focus on the influences of the gut microbiota on host adipose tissue and energy metabolism, particularly lipometabolism. Read More

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November 2018

Noble metal nanoparticle-functionalized Zr-metal organic frameworks with excellent photocatalytic performance.

J Colloid Interface Sci 2018 Dec 6;538:569-577. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

College of Chemical Engineering, Jiangsu Key Lab for the Chemistry & Utilization of Agricultural and Forest Biomass, Jiangsu Co-Innovation Center of Efficient Processing and Utilization of Forest Resources, Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210037, China. Electronic address:

Noble metal nanoparticles (NPs) functionalized MOFs are attractive materials for photocatalytic reactions, and outstanding catalytic performances can be expected, especially when they have intrinsically matched crystal faces between metals and MOFs. This study discovered that the photocatalytic oxidation of aromatic alcohols to aldehydes was enhanced over Au/UiO-66-NH or Au/UiO-66 but suppressed over Pt loaded counterparts, whereas the reduction of Cr(VI) was boosted over both two catalysts. In reactions, the conversion of benzyl alcohol was 17. Read More

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December 2018

Meditation, stress processes, and telomere biology.

Curr Opin Psychol 2018 Nov 19;28:92-101. Epub 2018 Nov 19.

University of California, San Francisco, United States. Electronic address:

Both theoretical and empirical work support the notion that meditation training can improve telomere regulation, which may ultimately contribute to healthy aging. Yet, the psychological and biological mechanisms underlying these changes remain underspecified, as do the contexts and boundary conditions in which these changes occur. Here we summarize studies investigating the effects of various meditation-based interventions on telomere biology, making suggestions for future research. Read More

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November 2018

Early response of C2C12 myotubes to a sub-cytotoxic dose of hemorrhagic metalloproteinase HF3 from Bothrops jararaca venom.

J Proteomics 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Laboratório Especial de Toxinologia Aplicada, Center of Toxins, Immune-Response and Cell Signaling (CeTICS), Instituto Butantan, São Paulo, Brazil. Electronic address:

Manifestations of local tissue damage, such as hemorrhage and myonecrosis, are among the most dramatic effects of envenomation by viperid snakes. Snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) of the P-III class are main players of the hemorrhagic effect due to their activities in promoting blood vessel disruption. Hemorrhagic Factor 3 (HF3), a P-III class SVMP from Bothrops jararaca, shows a minimum hemorrhagic dose of 240 fmol on rabbit skin. Read More

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December 2018

Activation of peroxymonosulfate by magnetic catalysts derived from drinking water treatment residuals for the degradation of atrazine.

J Hazard Mater 2018 Dec 5;366:402-412. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

State Key Laboratory of Water Environment Simulation, School of Environment, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 100875, China.

Magnetic catalysts (MCs) derived from iron-rich drinking water treatment residuals (WTRs) were prepared through pyrolysis treatment and introduced as activators of peroxymonosulfate (PMS) for refractory atrazine (ATZ) degradation. Comprehensive characterization analysis indicated that pyrolytic temperature could manipulate the crystalline structure evolution of the MCs and influence their physicochemical and catalytic properties. The catalytic performances of the as-prepared samples pyrolyzed at 600 °C (MC-600) and 1000 °C (MC-1000) were evaluated, and MC-1000 exhibited far more excellent catalytic reactivity than MC-600 in PMS oxidation system. Read More

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December 2018

Genetic susceptibility to Tuberculosis: Interaction between HLA-DQA1 and age of onset.

Infect Genet Evol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Microbiology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Several genome-wide association studies (GWAS) identified new single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with susceptibility to Tuberculosis (TB). However, many of them were not replicated across ethnic groups. The cause of this phenomenon of genetic heterogeneity is uncertain. Read More

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December 2018

Improved anti-colorectal carcinomatosis effect of tannic acid co-loaded with oxaliplatin in nanoparticles encapsulated in thermosensitive hydrogel.

Eur J Pharm Sci 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

State Key Laboratory of Biotherapy and Cancer Center and Department of Neurosurgery, West China Hospital, Sichuan University and Collaborative Innovation Center for Biotherapy, Chengdu 610041, PR China. Electronic address:

Tannic acid, a hydrolysable tannin, exists commonly in food plants. Tannic acid has already been shown various anticancer mechanisms such as inhibiting the proliferation, inducing a higher apoptotic rate and slowing down the metastasis of different cancers. Moreover, tannic acid was reported to reduce the side effects caused by chemotherapeutics on patients. Read More

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December 2018

Anti-inflammatory action of HO-1/CO in human bronchial epithelium in response to cationic polypeptide challenge.

Mol Immunol 2018 Dec 12;105:205-212. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

School of Biomedical Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China. Electronic address:

Carbon monoxide (CO) is an anti-inflammatory gaseous molecule produced endogenously by heme oxygenases (HOs) HO-1 and HO-2. However, the mechanisms underlying the anti-inflammatory effects of CO in the human bronchial epithelium are still not fully understood. In this study, the cationic peptide poly-l-arginine (PLA) was utilized to induce bronchial epithelial damage and subsequent pro-inflammatory cytokine release in the human bronchial epithelial cell line 16HBE14o-. Read More

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December 2018

Caffeine-stimulated muscle IL-6 mediates alleviation of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Biol Lipids 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Key Laboratory of Pu-erh Tea Science, the Ministry of Education, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming 650201, China; State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Bio-Resources in Yunnan, Kunming, China; Pu'erh Tea Research Institute, Pu'erh, China. Electronic address:

Caffeine intake is associated with a reduced risk developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain to be fully elucidated. We report here that caffeine markedly improved high fat diet-induced NAFLD in mice resulting in a 10-fold increase in circulating IL-6 levels, leading to STAT3 activation in the liver. Interestingly, the expression of IL-6 mRNA was not increased in the liver, but increased substantially in the muscles of caffeine-treated mice. Read More

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December 2018

Effects of acute psychosocial stress on the neural correlates of episodic encoding: Item versus associative memory.

Neurobiol Learn Mem 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Saarland University.

Acute stress is known to modulate episodic memory, but little is known about the extent to, and the circumstances under, which stress affects encoding of item vs. inter-item associative information for words of different valences. Furthermore, the precise neuro-cognitive mechanisms underlying stress effects on episodic encoding in humans are largely unknown. Read More

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December 2018

Anthriscus sylvestris root extract reduces allergic lung inflammation by regulating interferon regulatory factor 4-mediated Th2 cell activation.

J Ethnopharmacol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Herbal Medicine Research Division, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, Daejeon, 34054, Korea; Department of Pathology, College of Korean Medicine, Sangji University, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do, 26339, Korea. Electronic address:

Ethnopharmacological Relevance: Anthriscus sylvestris L. Hoffmann (AS) is a perennial plant that grows in Asia and Eastern Europe. Its dried root is used to treat conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and cough. Read More

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December 2018

FH535 inhibits proliferation and migration of colorectal cancer cells by regulating CyclinA2 and Claudin1 gene expression.

Gene 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Wenzhou Medical University School of Laboratory Medicine and Life Sciences, Wenzhou 325000, China. Electronic address:

Wnt signaling pathway plays a major role in the progression of colorectal cancer (CRC). Small molecules which can cut off this signal transduction can be promising anti-cancer drugs for CRC therapy. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the mechanisms of FH535, an inhibitor of the Wnt signaling pathway, on inhibiting proliferation and migration of colorectal cancer cells DLD-1 and SW620. Read More

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December 2018

Selective CB2 inverse agonist JTE907 drives T cell differentiation towards a Treg cell phenotype and ameliorates inflammation in a mouse model of inflammatory bowel disease.

Pharmacol Res 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Medicine, Section of Pharmacology, University of Perugia, Italy.

Cannabinoids are known to possess anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory properties, but the mechanisms involved are not fully understood. CB2 is the cannabinoid receptor that is expressed primarily on hematopoietic cells and mediates the immunoregulatory functions of cannabinoids. In order to study the effect of JTE907, a selective/inverse agonist of CB2 with anti-inflammatory properties, on the differentiation of T cell subtypes, we used an in vitro system of Th lineage-specific differentiation of naïve CD4 T lymphocytes isolated from the mouse spleen. Read More

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December 2018

The testosterone metabolite 3α-androstanediol inhibits oxidative stress-induced ERK phosphorylation and neurotoxicity in SH-SY5Y cells through an MKP3/DUSP6-dependent mechanism.

Neurosci Lett 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, 50 Stone Road East, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada. Electronic address:

Testosterone exerts neuroprotective effects on the brain, but the mechanisms by which these effects are exerted appear to be different in males and females. While in females they involve local conversion to estradiol, in males they may be androgen receptor-dependent, or mediated through metabolism to neurosteroids such as 5α-androstane-3α,17β-diol (3α-diol), which acts through different mechanisms than testosterone itself. Recently, we demonstrated that 3α-diol can protect neurons and neuronal-like cells against oxidative stress-induced neurotoxicity associated with prolonged phosphorylation of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK). Read More

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December 2018

Alternative splicing of the vitamin D receptor modulates target gene expression and promotes ligand-independent functions.

Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, Oregon State University, 1007 Agriculture & Life Sciences Building, Corvallis, OR 97331; USA; LS Pharma, 884 Park St., Lebanon, OR 97355; USA.

Alternative splicing modulates gene function by creating splice variants with alternate functions or non-coding RNA activity. Naturally occurring variants of nuclear receptor (NR) genes with dominant negative or gain-of-function phenotypes have been documented, but their cellular roles, regulation, and responsiveness to environmental stress or disease remain unevaluated. Informed by observations that class I androgen and estrogen receptor variants display ligand-independent signaling in human cancer tissues, we questioned whether the function of class II NRs, like the vitamin D receptor (VDR), would also respond to alternative splicing regulation. Read More

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December 2018

Resveratrol promotes apoptosis through the induction of dual specificity phosphatase 1 and sensitizes prostate cancer cells to cisplatin.

Food Chem Toxicol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Departamento de Bioquímica-Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas "Alberto Sols", Universidad Autónoma de Madrid-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Madrid, Spain. Electronic address:

Resveratrol is a polyphenol with chemopreventive properties against prostate cancer; however, the mechanisms underlying its actions are not completely understood. Previously, we demonstrated that DUSP1 induces apoptosis in prostate cancer cells; therefore in the present study we investigated the role of this phosphatase on resveratrol effects. Moreover, we analysed the efficiency of combined treatment of resveratrol and the chemotherapeutic drug cisplatin on cellular viability and apoptosis and its relation with DUSP1 in prostate cancer cells. Read More

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December 2018

Pathophysiological Mechanisms Implicated in Postpartum Depression.

Front Neuroendocrinol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Neuroscience, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 02111, USA. Electronic address:

This review aims to summarize the diverse proposed pathophysiological mechanisms contributing to postpartum depression, highlighting both clinical and basic science research findings. The risk factors for developing postpartum depression are discussed, which may provide insight into potential neurobiological underpinnings. The evidence supporting a role for neuroendocrine changes, neuroinflammation, neurotransmitter alterations, circuit dysfunction, and the involvement of genetics and epigenetics in the pathophysiology of postpartum depression are discussed. Read More

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December 2018

The insulin-like growth factor-1 system in the adult mammalian brain and its implications in central maternal adaptation.

Front Neuroendocrinol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

MTA-ELTE Laboratory of Molecular and Systems Neurobiology, Department of Physiology and Neurobiology, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary; Laboratory of Neuromorphology, Department of Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary; Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary. Electronic address:

Our knowledge on the bioavailability and actions of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) has markedly expanded in recent years as novel mechanisms were discovered on IGF binding proteins (IGFBPs) and their ability to release IGF-1. The new discoveries allowed a better understanding of the endogenous physiological actions of IGF-1 and also its applicability in therapeutics. The focus of the present review is to summarize novel findings on the neuronal, neuroendocrine and neuroplastic actions of IGF-1 in the adult brain. Read More

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December 2018

Oxidative stress in the choroid plexus contributes to blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier disruption during sepsis development.

Microvasc Res 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Laboratory of Neurobiology of Inflammatory and Metabolic Processes, Graduate Program in Health Sciences, Health Sciences Unit, University of South Santa Catarina, Tubarão, SC, Brazil. Electronic address:

Background: The choroid plexus (CP), main component of blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier (BCSFB), protects the brain from peripheral inflammation similar to the blood-brain barrier. Thus, CP is considered a critical target site of oxidative damage, which in sepsis oxidative stress is likely to be a major step in the development of brain damage. Functional alterations in CP may be associated with sepsis-induced brain injury. Read More

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December 2018

Receptor- and store-operated mechanisms of calcium entry during the nanosecond electric pulse-induced cellular response.

Biochim Biophys Acta Biomembr 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Air Force Research Laboratory, 711th Human Performance Wing, Airman Systems Directorate, Bioeffects Division, Radio Frequency Bioeffects Branch, 4141 Petroleum Road, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234, USA.

Nanosecond electric pulses have been shown to open nanopores in the cell plasma membrane by fluorescent imaging of calcium uptake and fluorescent dyes, including propidium (Pr) iodide and YO-PRO-1 (YP). Recently, we demonstrated that nsEPs also induce the phosphoinositide intracellular signaling cascade by phosphatidylinositol‑4,5‑bisphosphate (PIP) depletion resulting in physiological responses similar to those observed following stimulation of G-coupled receptors. In this paper, we explore the role of receptor- and store-operated calcium entry (ROCE/SOCE) mechanisms in the observed response of cells to nsEP. Read More

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December 2018

Mechanisms of Pyrethroid Resistance in Aedes (Stegomyia) aegypti from Colombia.

Acta Trop 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas CIDEIM, Carrera 125 N 19-225, Cali, Colombia; Universidad ICESI, Cali,Colombia. Electronic address:

In Colombia Aedes (Stegomyia) aegypti is the main vector of urban arboviruses such as dengue, chikungunya and Zika. This urban mosquito has a well-established capacity to develop insecticide resistance to different types of insecticides (pyrethroids, organochlorides, organophosphates), using multiple resistance mechanisms. An understanding of ongoing resistance mechanisms is critical to determining the activities of vector control programs. Read More

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December 2018

Molecular Mechanisms of Glutaredoxin Enzymes: Versatile Hubs for Thiol-Disulfide Exchange between Protein Thiols and Glutathione.

J Mol Biol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

School of Chemistry and Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3010, Australia.

The tripeptide glutathione (GSH) and its oxidized form glutathione disulfide (GSSG) constitute a key redox couple in cells. In particular, they partner protein thiols in reversible thiol-disulfide exchange reactions that act as switches in cell signaling and redox homeostasis. Disruption of these processes may impair cellular redox signal transduction and induce redox misbalances that are linked directly to aging processes and to a range of pathological conditions including cancer, cardiovascular diseases and neurological disorders. Read More

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December 2018

Darpp-32 and t-Darpp protein products of PPP1R1B: old dogs with new tricks.

Biochem Pharmacol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, California State University, Los Angeles, CA, USA. Electronic address:

The PPP1R1B gene is located on chromosome 17q12 (39,626,208-39,636,626[GRCh38/hg38]), which codes for multiple transcripts and two experimentally-documented proteins Darpp-32 and t-Darpp. Darpp-32 (Dopamine and cAMP Regulated Phosphoprotein), discovered in the early 1980s, is a protein whose phosphorylation is upregulated in response to cAMP in dopamine-responsive tissues in the brain. It's phosphorylation profile modulates its ability to bind and inhibit Protein Phosphatase 1 activity, which, in turn, controls the activity of hundreds of phosphorylated proteins. Read More

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December 2018

Dual use in the 21st century: emerging risks and global governance.

Swiss Med Wkly 2018 Nov 2;148:w14688. Epub 2018 Dec 2.

Health Ethics and Policy Lab, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Dual use research of concern (DURC) is defined by the World Health Organization as "life sciences research that is intended for benefit, but which might easily be misapplied to do harm." Ethical and policy discussions on DURC span the past three decades. Today, however, new and emerging technologies and associated sociocultural transformations within the scientific community are reshaping the current risk scenario. Read More

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November 2018

On the (Non-)equivalency of monopolar and bipolar settings for deep brain stimulation fMRI studies of Parkinson's disease patients.

J Magn Reson Imaging 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

GE Global Research Center, Bangalore, India.

Background: The majority of Parkinson's disease patients with deep brain stimulation (DBS) use a monopolar configuration, which presents challenges for EEG and MRI studies. The literature reports algorithms to convert monopolar to bipolar settings.

Purpose/hypothesis: To assess brain responses of Parkinson's disease patients implanted with DBS during fMRI studies using their clinical and presumed equivalent settings using a published conversion recipe. Read More

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December 2018

Multiple intramolecular trafficking signals in RESISTANCE TO POWDERY MILDEW 8.2 are engaged in activation of cell death and defense.

Plant J 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

Center for Crop Disease and Insect Pests, Rice Research Institute, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu, 611130, China.

The extrahaustorial membrane (EHM) is a host-derived interfacial membrane encasing the haustorium of powdery mildew fungi. The Arabidopsis thaliana RESISTANCE TO POWDERY MILDEW 8.2 (RPW8. Read More

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December 2018

Impact of cell culture media additives on IgG glycosylation produced in CHO cells.

Biotechnol Bioeng 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

Merck Life Sciences, Upstream R&D, Frankfurter Strasse 250, Darmstadt, Germany.

Glycosylation is a key critical quality attribute for monoclonal antibodies and other recombinant proteins because of its impact on effector mechanisms and half-life. In this study, a variety of compounds were evaluated for their ability to modulate glycosylation profiles of recombinant monoclonal antibodies produced in Chinese hamster ovary cells. Compounds were supplemented into the cell culture feed of fed-batch experiments performed with a CHO K1 and a CHO DG44 cell line expressing a recombinant IgG1. Read More

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December 2018

Patterns of altered regional brain glucose metabolism in borderline personality disorder and bipolar II disorder.

Acta Psychiatr Scand 2018 Dec 15. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway.

Objective: The relationship between borderline personality disorder (BPD) and bipolar II disorder (BIP-II) is disputed but understudied. Here, we investigated brain glucose metabolism in these patient groups and healthy control subjects (HCs).

Methods: Sixty-five subjects, 22 BPD (19 females); 22 BIP-II (17 females); 21 HC (14 females) were examined using 2-deoxy-2[18F]-fluoro-d-glucose Positron-Emission Tomography (PET) scanning. Read More

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December 2018

Maternal and offspring MTHFR genotypes interact in a mouse model to induce ASD-like behavior.

Genes Brain Behav 2018 Dec 15:e12547. Epub 2018 Dec 15.

Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Individuals with autism constitute a variable population whose members are spread along the autism spectrum. Sub-populations within that spectrum exhibit other conditions, such as anxiety, intellectual disabilities, hyperactivity and epilepsy, with different severities and co-occurrences. Among the genes associated with the increased risk for autism is the methylenetetrahydrofolate-reductase (MTHFR) 677C>T polymorphism, which impairs one-carbon metabolic pathway efficiency. Read More

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December 2018

PAR2 promotes M1 macrophage polarization and inflammation via FOXO1 pathway.

J Cell Biochem 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Department of Physiology & Pathophysiology, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Shanghai, People's Republic of China.

Macrophages polarization plays essential but different roles in most diseases such as atherosclerosis, adipose tissue inflammation, and insulin resistance. Our previous study revealed that protease-activated receptor 2 (PAR2), a G-protein coupled receptor influenced macrophage function, but little is known regarding the regulation of macrophage polarization process and its potential mechanisms. In the present study, bone marrow-derived macrophages (BMDM) isolated from C57/BL6 mice and cultured with L929-conditional medium and murine macrophage cell line RAW264. Read More

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December 2018

Notoginsenoside R1 protects oxygen and glucose deprivation-induced injury by upregulation of miR-21 in cardiomyocytes.

J Cell Biochem 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Department of Cardiology, Jining No. 1 People's Hospital, Jining, Shandong, China.

Notoginsenoside R1 (NG-R1) is a major component of Panax notoginseng, which has been used clinically for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy for centuries in China. This study aimed to reveal the functional impacts and the underlying mechanisms of NG-R1 on oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD)-injured cardiomyocytes. Rat cardiomyocyte line H9c2 and primary cardiomyocytes were subjected to OGD with or without NG-R1 treatment. Read More

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December 2018

PUMA induction mediates acetaminophen-induced necrosis and liver injury.

Hepatology 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, USA.

Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose is one of the leading causes of hepatotoxicity and acute liver failure in the United States. Accumulating evidence suggests that hepatocyte necrosis plays a critical role in APAP-induced liver injury. However, the mechanisms of APAP-induced necrosis and liver injury are not fully understood. Read More

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December 2018

NRAS Q61R and BRAF G466A Mutations in Atypical Melanocytic Lesions Newly Arising in Advanced Melanoma Patients Treated with Vemurafenib.

J Cutan Pathol 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Department of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Background: BRAF inhibition has improved overall survival in patients with BRAF mutant melanoma but this is associated with a range of known and predictable cutaneous side effects, including squamous cell carcinomas associated with RAS mutations.

Methods: We identified three severely dysplastic nevi, one atypical intraepidermal melanocytic proliferation, and four melanoma in situ lesions, newly arising in four patients undergoing treatment with vemurafenib. To characterize mutations in these atypical melanocytic lesions, we used a custom iPlex panel detecting 74 mutations in 13 genes known to play a role in melanoma pathogenesis. Read More

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December 2018

Biosimilars: Are They Really Safe?

Cancer Treat Res 2019 ;171:61-73

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA.

An increasing availability of biosimilars is an important step in the process of delivering optimal care while improving access for patients with cancer. Evolving regulatory mechanisms deal with biosimilars with different approaches within major regulatory agencies. We discuss some of the specific properties of biosimilars that merit attention in terms of optimizing their safety, delivering on appropriate related cost savings, and ensuring that appropriate premiums on innovative research are available to ensure ongoing progress in anticancer therapy. Read More

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January 2019

Pharmacovigilance of Alternative Medications in the Cancer Setting.

Cancer Treat Res 2019 ;171:37-45

Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY, USA.

With the increase in utilization of alternative medications to manage cancer treatment-related side effects, pharmacovigilance of alternative drug therapies, specifically herbal supplements, has become of increasing importance in the oncologic setting. This chapter focuses on the pharmacovigilance of herbal supplements in the setting of cancer drug therapy and explores national and international drug policies that have been employed to mitigate adverse herbal supplement events (AHEs). This chapter examines common drug-herbal supplement interactions, discusses the mechanisms behind these interactions, and investigates several common pharmacovigilance reporting methods clinicians can use to report adverse events. Read More

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January 2019

Pupil size and search performance in low and high perceptual load.

Authors:
Manuel Oliva

Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci 2018 Dec 14. Epub 2018 Dec 14.

Cognitive Science, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.

The ability to focus on a task while disregarding irrelevant information is an example of selective attention. The perceptual-load hypothesis argues that the occurrence of early or late selection mechanisms is determined by task-relevant perceptual load. Additionally, evidence shows that pupil size serves as proxy of locus coeruleus-norepinephrine (LC-NE) activity, a system associated with cognitive and attentional mediation. Read More

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December 2018

Transcriptome analysis of differential gene expression in Dichomitus squalens during interspecific mycelial interactions and the potential link with laccase induction.

J Microbiol 2018 Sep 13. Epub 2018 Sep 13.

Research Center of Bioenergy and Bioremediation, College of Resources and Environment, Southwest University, Chongqing, 400715, P. R. China.

Interspecific mycelial interactions between white rot fungi are always accompanied by an increased production of laccase. In this study, the potential of the white rot fungus Dichomitus squalens to enhance laccase production during interactions with two other white rot fungi, Trametes versicolor or Pleurotus ostreatus, was assessed. To probe the mechanism of laccase induction and the role that laccase plays during combative interaction, we analyzed the differential gene expression profile of the laccase induction response to stressful conditions during fungal interaction. Read More

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September 2018
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