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Author Gredilla, A.; Fdez-Ortiz de Vallejuelo, S.; Gomez-Nubla, L.; Carrero, J.A.; de Leao, F.B.; Madariaga, J.M.; Silva, L.F.O.
Title Are children playgrounds safe play areas? Inorganic analysis and lead isotope ratios for contamination assessment in recreational (Brazilian) parks Type Journal Article
Year 2017 Publication Environmental Science and Pollution Research International Abbreviated Journal Environ Sci Pollut Res Int
Volume 24 Issue 31 Pages 24333-24345
Keywords Chemometric analysis; Human health; Icp-Ms; Lead isotopic ratio; Metals; Normalized-and-Weighted Average Concentration; Playgrounds
Abstract In city playgrounds, there is a potential risk of harming children's health by contamination coming from anthropogenic activities. With the aim to determinate the sources and the risk of hazardous elements, soil samples were collected in 19 selected playgrounds of different urban and rural areas from the Rio Grande do Sul state (Brazil). The concentration of 23 metals and metalloids and lead isotopic ratios were determined by ICP-MS. The methodology proposed here, firstly, classified the parks according to the average metal content by means of the NWACs (Normalized-and-Weighted Average Concentrations) and assess the contamination risk determining the Contamination Factors (CFs). Finally, statistical tools (correlation analysis and principal component analysis) were used to identify the most important contamination sources. The statistical tools used, together with lead isotopic composition analysis of the samples, revealed that coal combustion is the main source of contamination in the area. Vegetation was identified as a barrier for the contamination coming from the city. Nonetheless, some of the soils present a possible toxicological risk for humans. In fact, Cr, Sb, and Pb concentrations were higher than the Residential Intervention Values (VIRs) defined by the Environmental Protection Agency of the State of Sao Paulo, also in Brazil.
Address Research Group in Environmental Management and Sustainability, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, Universidad De la Costa, Calle 58, No. 55-56, 080002, Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia
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Author Guerrero, P.A.; Tchaicha, J.H.; Chen, Z.; Morales, J.E.; McCarty, N.; Wang, Q.; Sulman, E.P.; Fuller, G.; Lang, F.F.; Rao, G.; McCarty, J.H.
Title Glioblastoma stem cells exploit the alphavbeta8 integrin-TGFbeta1 signaling axis to drive tumor initiation and progression Type Journal Article
Year 2017 Publication Oncogene Abbreviated Journal Oncogene
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Abstract Glioblastoma (GBM) is a primary brain cancer that contains populations of stem-like cancer cells (GSCs) that home to specialized perivascular niches. GSC interactions with their niche influence self-renewal, differentiation and drug resistance, although the pathways underlying these events remain largely unknown. Here, we report that the integrin alphavbeta8 and its latent transforming growth factor beta1 (TGFbeta1) protein ligand have central roles in promoting niche co-option and GBM initiation. alphavbeta8 integrin is highly expressed in GSCs and is essential for self-renewal and lineage commitment in vitro. Fractionation of beta8high cells from freshly resected human GBM samples also reveals a requirement for this integrin in tumorigenesis in vivo. Whole-transcriptome sequencing reveals that alphavbeta8 integrin regulates tumor development, in part, by driving TGFbeta1-induced DNA replication and mitotic checkpoint progression. Collectively, these data identify the alphavbeta8 integrin-TGFbeta1 signaling axis as crucial for exploitation of the perivascular niche and identify potential therapeutic targets for inhibiting tumor growth and progression in patients with GBM.Oncogene advance online publication, 7 August 2017; doi:10.1038/onc.2017.248.
Address Department of Neurosurgery, M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA
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Author Sareddy, G.R.; Viswanadhapalli, S.; Surapaneni, P.; Suzuki, T.; Brenner, A.; Vadlamudi, R.K.
Title Novel KDM1A inhibitors induce differentiation and apoptosis of glioma stem cells via unfolded protein response pathway Type Journal Article
Year 2017 Publication Oncogene Abbreviated Journal Oncogene
Volume 36 Issue 17 Pages 2423-2434
Keywords Animals; Apoptosis/*drug effects; Cell Differentiation/*drug effects; Cell Line, Tumor; Cell Survival/drug effects; Cell Transformation, Neoplastic; Disease Progression; Enzyme Inhibitors/*pharmacology; Gene Expression Regulation, Neoplastic/drug effects; Glioma/*pathology; Histone Demethylases/*antagonists & inhibitors; Mice; Neoplastic Stem Cells/*drug effects/metabolism/pathology; Signal Transduction/drug effects; Survival Analysis; Transcription, Genetic/drug effects; Unfolded Protein Response/*drug effects
Abstract Glioma stem cells (GSCs) have a central role in glioblastoma (GBM) development and chemo/radiation resistance, and their elimination is critical for the development of efficient therapeutic strategies. Recently, we showed that lysine demethylase KDM1A is overexpressed in GBM. In the present study, we determined whether KDM1A modulates GSCs stemness and differentiation and tested the utility of two novel KDM1A-specific inhibitors (NCL-1 and NCD-38) to promote differentiation and apoptosis of GSCs. The efficacy of KDM1A targeting drugs was tested on purified GSCs isolated from established and patient-derived GBMs using both in vitro assays and in vivo orthotopic preclinical models. Our results suggested that KDM1A is highly expressed in GSCs and knockdown of KDM1A using shRNA-reduced GSCs stemness and induced the differentiation. Pharmacological inhibition of KDM1A using NCL-1 and NCD-38 significantly reduced the cell viability, neurosphere formation and induced apoptosis of GSCs with little effect on differentiated cells. In preclinical studies using orthotopic models, NCL-1 and NCD-38 significantly reduced GSCs-driven tumor progression and improved mice survival. RNA-sequencing analysis showed that KDM1A inhibitors modulate several pathways related to stemness, differentiation and apoptosis. Mechanistic studies showed that KDM1A inhibitors induce activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR) pathway. These results strongly suggest that selective targeting of KDM1A using NCL-1 and NCD-38 is a promising therapeutic strategy for elimination of GSCs.
Address Cancer Therapy and Research Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX, USA
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Author Sousa, K. de M.; Oliveira, W.I.F. de; Melo, L.O.M. de; Alves, E.A.; Piuvezam, G.; Gama, Z.A. da S.
Title A qualitative study analyzing access to physical rehabilitation for traffic accident victims with severe disability in Brazil Type Journal Article
Year 2017 Publication Disability and Rehabilitation Abbreviated Journal Disabil Rehabil
Volume 39 Issue 6 Pages 568-577
Keywords Brazil; health services accessibility; quality of health care; rehabilitation; traffic accidents
Abstract Purpose To identify access barriers to physical rehabilitation for traffic accident (TA) victims with severe disability and build a theoretical model to provide guidance towards the improvement of these services. Methods Qualitative research carried out in the city of Natal (Northeast Brazil), with semi-structured interviews with 120 subjects (19 key informer health professionals and 101 TA victims) identified in a database made available by the emergency hospital. The interviews were analyzed using Alceste software, version 4.9. Results The main barriers present in the interviews were: (1) related to services: bureaucratic administrative practises, low offer of rehabilitation services, insufficient information on rehabilitation, lack of guidelines that integrate hospital and ambulatory care and (2) related to patients: financial difficulties, functional limitations, geographic distance, little information on health, association with low education levels and disbelief in the system and in rehabilitation. Conclusion The numerous access barriers were presented in a theoretical model with causes related to organizational structure, processes of care, professionals and patients. This model must be tested by health policy-makers and managers to improve the quality of physical rehabilitation and avoid unnecessary prolongation of the suffering and disability experienced by TA survivors. Implications for rehabilitation Traffic accidents (TAs) are a global health dilemma that demands integrality of preventive actions, pre-hospital and hospital care and physical rehabilitation (PR). This study lays the foundation for improving access to PR for TA survivors, an issue of quality of care that results in preventable disabilities. The words of the patients interviewed reveal the suffering of victims, which is often invisible to society and given low priority by health policies that relegate PR to a second plan ahead of prevention and urgent care. A theoretical model of the causes of the problem of access to PR was built. The identified barriers are potentially preventable through the intervention of health policy-makers, managers, regulators and rehabilitation professionals, and by encouraging the participation of patients. Addressing timely access barriers involves the expansion of the supply of services and rehabilitation professionals, regulation and standardization of referencing practises and encouraging the provision of information to patients about continuity of care and their health needs.
Address d Department of Collective Health, Federal University of Rio Grande Do Norte , Natal , Brazil
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Author Sousa, K. de M.; Oliveira, W.I.F. de; Melo, L.O.M. de; Alves, E.A.; Piuvezam, G.; Gama, Z.A. da S.
Title A qualitative study analyzing access to physical rehabilitation for traffic accident victims with severe disability in Brazil Type Journal Article
Year 2017 Publication Disability and Rehabilitation Abbreviated Journal Disabil Rehabil
Volume 39 Issue 6 Pages 568-577
Keywords Brazil; health services accessibility; quality of health care; rehabilitation; traffic accidents
Abstract Purpose To identify access barriers to physical rehabilitation for traffic accident (TA) victims with severe disability and build a theoretical model to provide guidance towards the improvement of these services. Methods Qualitative research carried out in the city of Natal (Northeast Brazil), with semi-structured interviews with 120 subjects (19 key informer health professionals and 101 TA victims) identified in a database made available by the emergency hospital. The interviews were analyzed using Alceste software, version 4.9. Results The main barriers present in the interviews were: (1) related to services: bureaucratic administrative practises, low offer of rehabilitation services, insufficient information on rehabilitation, lack of guidelines that integrate hospital and ambulatory care and (2) related to patients: financial difficulties, functional limitations, geographic distance, little information on health, association with low education levels and disbelief in the system and in rehabilitation. Conclusion The numerous access barriers were presented in a theoretical model with causes related to organizational structure, processes of care, professionals and patients. This model must be tested by health policy-makers and managers to improve the quality of physical rehabilitation and avoid unnecessary prolongation of the suffering and disability experienced by TA survivors. Implications for rehabilitation Traffic accidents (TAs) are a global health dilemma that demands integrality of preventive actions, pre-hospital and hospital care and physical rehabilitation (PR). This study lays the foundation for improving access to PR for TA survivors, an issue of quality of care that results in preventable disabilities. The words of the patients interviewed reveal the suffering of victims, which is often invisible to society and given low priority by health policies that relegate PR to a second plan ahead of prevention and urgent care. A theoretical model of the causes of the problem of access to PR was built. The identified barriers are potentially preventable through the intervention of health policy-makers, managers, regulators and rehabilitation professionals, and by encouraging the participation of patients. Addressing timely access barriers involves the expansion of the supply of services and rehabilitation professionals, regulation and standardization of referencing practises and encouraging the provision of information to patients about continuity of care and their health needs.
Address d Department of Collective Health, Federal University of Rio Grande Do Norte , Natal , Brazil
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Notes PMID:26987029 Approved no
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