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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715420/blood-vessel-tortuosity-selects-against-evolution-of-aggressive-tumor-cells-in-confined-tissue-environments-a-modeling-approach
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András Szabó, Roeland M H Merks
Cancer is a disease of cellular regulation, often initiated by genetic mutation within cells, and leading to a heterogeneous cell population within tissues. In the competition for nutrients and growth space within the tumors the phenotype of each cell determines its success. Selection in this process is imposed by both the microenvironment (neighboring cells, extracellular matrix, and diffusing substances), and the whole of the organism through for example the blood supply. In this view, the development of tumor cells is in close interaction with their increasingly changing environment: the more cells can change, the more their environment will change...
July 17, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714408/biomaterials-and-supercritical-fluid-technologies-which-perspectives-to-fabricate-artificial-extracellular-matrix
#2
Della Porta Giovanna, E Reverchon, N Maffulli
The foundation of tissue engineering for either therapeutic or diagnostic applications is the ability to exploit living cells. Tissue engineering utilizes living cells as engineering materials implanted, seeded or bio-plotted into an artificial structure capable of supporting three-dimensional tissue formation. These structures, typically called scaffolds, are critical, both ex vivo and in vivo, to influence their own microenvironments. Scaffolds can serve the following purposes: allow cell attachment and migration, deliver and retain cells and biochemical factors, enable diffusion of vital cell nutrients or expressed products, exert certain mechanical and biological influences to modify the behaviour of the cell phase...
July 13, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709220/three-dimensional-mechanisms-of-macro-to-micro-scale-transport-and-absorption-enhancement-by-gut-villi-motions
#3
Yanxing Wang, James G Brasseur
We evaluate the potential for physiological control of intestinal absorption by the generation of "micromixing layers" (MMLs) induced by coordinated motions of mucosal villi coupled with lumen-scale "macro" eddying motions generated by gut motility. To this end, we apply a three-dimensional (3D) multigrid lattice-Boltzmann model of a lid-driven macroscale cavity flow with microscale fingerlike protuberances at the lower surface. Integrated with a previous 2D study of leaflike villi, we generalize to 3D the 2D mechanisms found there to enhance nutrient absorption by controlled villi motility...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709055/declining-atmospheric-deposition-of-heavy-metals-over-the-last-three-decades-is-reflected-in-soil-and-foliage-of-97-beech-fagus-sylvatica-stands-in-the-vienna-woods
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Selina Türtscher, Pétra Berger, Leopold Lindebner, Torsten W Berger
Rigorous studies on long-term changes of heavy metal distribution in forest soils since the implementation of emission controls are rare. Hence, we resampled 97 old-growth beech stands in the Vienna Woods. This study exploits an extensive data set of soil (infiltration zone of stemflow and between trees area) and foliar chemistry from three decades ago. It was hypothesized that declining deposition of heavy metals is reflected in soil and foliar total contents of Pb, Cu, Zn, Ni, Mn and Fe. Mean soil contents of Pb in the stemflow area declined at the highest rate from 223 to 50 mg kg(-1) within the last three decades...
July 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708055/prion-disease-pathogenesis-in-the-absence-of-the-commensal-microbiota
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Barry M Bradford, Laura Tetlow, Neil A Mabbott
Prion diseases are a unique group of transmissible, typically sub-acute, neurodegenerative disorders. During central nervous system (CNS) prion disease, the microglia become activated and are thought to provide a protective response by scavenging and clearing prions. The mammalian intestine is host to a large burden of commensal micro-organisms, especially bacteria, termed the microbiota. The commensal microbiota has beneficial effects on host health, including through the metabolism of essential nutrients, regulation of host development and protection against pathogens...
July 15, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697569/relationships-of-dietary-patterns-foods-and-micro-and-macronutrients-with-alzheimer-s-disease-and-late-life-cognitive-disorders-a-systematic-review
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Vincenzo Solfrizzi, Carlo Custodero, Madia Lozupone, Bruno P Imbimbo, Vincenzo Valiani, Pasquale Agosti, Andrea Schilardi, Alessia D'Introno, Maddalena La Montagna, Mariapaola Calvani, Vito Guerra, Rodolfo Sardone, Daniela I Abbrescia, Antonello Bellomo, Antonio Greco, Antonio Daniele, Davide Seripa, Giancarlo Logroscino, Carlo Sabbá, Francesco Panza
In the last decade, the association between diet and cognitive function or dementia has been largely investigated. In the present article, we systematically reviewed observational studies published in the last three years (2014-2016) on the relationship among dietary factors and late-life cognitive disorders at different levels of investigation (i.e., dietary patterns, foods and food-groups, and dietary micro- and macronutrients), and possible underlying mechanisms of the proposed associations. From the reviewed evidence, the National Institute on Aging-Alzheimer's Association guidelines for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and cognitive decline due to AD pathology introduced some evidence suggesting a direct relation between diet and changes in the brain structure and activity...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693950/enhanced-volatile-fatty-acids-production-from-anaerobic-fermentation-of-food-waste-a-mini-review-focusing-on-acidogenic-metabolic-pathways
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Miaomiao Zhou, Binghua Yan, Jonathan W C Wong, Yang Zhang
Recently, efficient disposal of food waste (FW) with potential resource recovery has attracted great attentions. Due to its easily biodegradable nature, rich nutrient availability and high moisture content, FW is regarded as favorable substrate for anaerobic digestion (AD). Both waste disposal and energy recovery can be fulfilled during AD of FW. Volatile fatty acids (VFAs) which are the products of the first-two stages of AD, are widely applied in chemical industry as platform chemicals recently. Concentration and distribution of VFAs is the result of acidogenic metabolic pathways, which can be affected by the micro-environment (e...
June 26, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686606/plant-fed-versus-chemicals-fed-rhizobacteria-of-lucerne-plant-only-teabags-culture-media-not-only-increase-culturability-of-rhizobacteria-but-also-recover-a-previously-uncultured-lysobacter-sp-novosphingobium-sp-and-pedobacter-sp
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Nabil A Hegazi, Mohamed S Sarhan, Mohamed Fayez, Sascha Patz, Brian R Murphy, Silke Ruppel
In an effort to axenically culture the previously uncultivable populations of the rhizobacteria of Lucerne (Medicago sativa L.), we propose plant-only teabags culture media to mimic the nutritional matrix available in the rhizosphere. Here, we show that culture media prepared from Lucerne powder teabags substantially increased the cultivability of Lucerne rhizobacteria compared with a standard nutrient agar, where we found that the cultivable populations significantly increased by up to 60% of the total bacterial numbers as estimated by Quantitative Real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (qRT-PCR)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686043/the-role-of-nutrition-in-the-pathophysiology-and-management-of-sickle-cell-disease-among-children-a-review-of-literature
#9
Agartha Ohemeng, Isaac Boadu
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one of the common inherited blood disorders in humans and has been associated with decreased dietary intake which results in poor nutritional status and impaired growth. Nutrition is one of the most important but often forgotten aspect of care of patients with chronic disorders and there have been emerging concern in literature on increased nutritional needs of SCD patients. This paper sought to review the available literature on the roles of individual nutrients in the pathophysiology and management of SCD among children...
July 7, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681690/development-of-nutrient-rich-growing-media-with-hazelnut-husk-and-municipal-sewage-sludge
#10
Omer Hulusi Dede, Saim Ozdemir
In the present study, development of structurally stable, rich in nutrients and environmentally safe growing media was carried out by combining waste material: crop residue hazelnut husk and municipal sewage sludge. In order to achieve this goal, structurally stable lignocellulosic hazelnut husk (HH) residue was mixed with nutrient-rich sewage sludge (S) in various proportions: HH 100%; HH+S1 87.5% : 12.5%; HH+S2 75% : 2 5%; HH+S3 50% : 5 0%. Following composting, the key physical, chemical and microbiological properties of the growing media were characterized for long term ornamental nursery crops...
July 6, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680370/effects-of-a-combined-protein-and-antioxidant-supplement-on-recovery-of-muscle-function-and-soreness-following-eccentric-exercise
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Stephen J Ives, Samuel Bloom, Alexs Matias, Noelle Morrow, Natalya Martins, Yookee Roh, Daniel Ebenstein, Gabriel O'Brien, Daniela Escudero, Kevin Brito, Leah Glickman, Scott Connelly, Paul J Arciero
BACKGROUND: An acute bout of eccentric contractions (ECC) cause muscle fiber damage, inflammation, impaired muscle function (MF) and muscle soreness (MS). Individually, protein (PRO) and antioxidant (AO) supplementation may improve some aspects of recovery from ECC, though have yet to be combined. We sought to determine if combined PRO and AO supplementation (PRO + AO) improves MS and MF following damaging ECC over PRO alone. METHODS: Sixty sedentary college-aged males participated in a randomized, single-blind, parallel design study of peak isometric torque (PIMT), peak isokinetic torque (PIKT), thigh circumference (TC), and muscle soreness (MS) of knee extensor muscles measured at baseline, immediately after and 1, 2, 6, and 24 h after completion of 100 maximal ECC...
2017: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649070/elemental-analysis-of-ten-plant-species-at-three-phenological-stages
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Musharaf Khan, Farrukh Hussain, Farid Ullah Khan, Shahana Musharaf, - Imdadullah
Livestock rearing is a common practice in Tehsil Takht-e-Nasrati by the locals to earn their livelihood. Low productivity due to poor health of livestock is major consideration in the study area. In order to know whether this low productivity and poor health might be due to poor quality of forage, ten plant species were analyzed for micro mineral quantification at three phenological stages. Mineral compositions of plants are used to diagnose probable deficiencies in food and forage and nutritional status of plants...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646438/noctiluca-and-copepods-grazing-on-the-phytoplankton-community-in-a-nutrient-enriched-coastal-environment-along-the-southwest-coast-of-india
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N Arunpandi, R Jyothibabu, L Jagadeesan, T R Gireeshkumar, C Karnan, S W A Naqvi
The relative grazing impact of Noctiluca scintillans (hereafter referred only Noctiluca) and copepods (Acrocalanus gracilis, Paracalanus parvus, Acartia danae and Oithona similis) on the phytoplankton community in an upwelling-mudbank environment along the southwest coast India is presented here. This study was carried out during the Pre-Southwest Monsoon (April-May) to the Late Southwest Monsoon (August) period in 2014. During the sampling period, large hydrographical transformation was evident in the study area (off Alappuzha, Southwest coast of India); warmer Pre-Southwest Monsoon water column condition got transformed into cooler and nitrate-rich hypoxic waters during the Southwest Monsoon (June-August) due to intense coastal upwelling...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634532/cellularizing-hydrogel-based-scaffolds-to-repair-bone-tissue-how-to-create-a-physiologically-relevant-micro-environment
#14
Mathieu Maisani, Daniele Pezzoli, Olivier Chassande, Diego Mantovani
Tissue engineering is a promising alternative to autografts or allografts for the regeneration of large bone defects. Cell-free biomaterials with different degrees of sophistication can be used for several therapeutic indications, to stimulate bone repair by the host tissue. However, when osteoprogenitors are not available in the damaged tissue, exogenous cells with an osteoblast differentiation potential must be provided. These cells should have the capacity to colonize the defect and to participate in the building of new bone tissue...
January 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631979/comparative-study-of-the-production-of-extracellular-%C3%AE-glucosidase-by-four-different-strains-of-aspergillus-using-submerged-fermentation
#15
Cristian Alarid-García, Eleazar Maximo Escamilla-Silva
Four strains of Aspergillus (Aspergillus niger CDBB-H-176, A. niger CDBB-H-175, A. niger ATCC 9642, and Aspergillus terreus CDBB-H-194) were used to produce extracellular β-glucosidase. Using an orthogonal experimental design (L9), we optimized the parameters of culture medium to maximize the activity of β-glucosidase. The optimal conditions (same for the four strains) were as follows: temperature, 30°C; pH, 6.0; orbital agitation, 200 rpm; concentration of sucrose, 0.5% (w/v). The most productive strain was A...
March 2, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630784/elemental-characterization-of-romanian-crop-medicinal-plants-by-neutron-activation-analysis
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Daniela Haidu, Dénes Párkányi, Radu Ioan Moldovan, Cecilia Savii, Iulia Pinzaru, Cristina Dehelean, Ludovic Kurunczi
The metallic elements concentrations of medicinal plants (coriander, dill, Echinacea, lavender, chamomile, mint, and plantain, used for phytopharmaceutical products), cultivated in unpolluted region, were analyzed by neutron activation analysis. The essential nutrients, macro-, micro-, and trace elements (K, Ca, Mg, Na, Fe, Mn, Rb, Sr, and Zn), potentially toxic elements (Al, As, Ba, Co, Sb, Cr, and V), and rare earth elements were monitored and were compared with those presented in the literature. An estimation of their contributions to intake and toxicity for a person was made, which revealed that (a) teas prepared from the examined plants represent useful contribution to the food provided intake of three essential macronutrients (K, Ca, and Mg); (b) the Cu, Mn, Rb, Sr, Zn, and rare earths levels are normal or low; (c) the quantities of As, Ba, Co, Sb, Cr, and V do not represent toxicological concerns; (d) the examination of the estimated Al and Fe quantities recovered in infusions in the conditions of usual daily tea consumption is below the Tolerable Daily Intake values...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622737/a-mnemonic-for-pharmacists-to-ensure-optimal-monitoring-and-safety-of-total-parenteral-nutrition-i-am-full
#17
Chris J Bohl, Ann Parks
OBJECTIVE: To present a guideline-derived mnemonic that provides a systematic monitoring process to increase pharmacists' confidence in total parenteral nutrition (TPN) monitoring and improve safety and efficacy of TPN use. DATA SOURCES: The American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) guidelines were reviewed. Additional resources included a literature search of PubMed (1980 to May 2016) using the search terms: total parenteral nutrition, mnemonic, indications, allergy, macronutrients, micronutrients, fluid, comorbidities, labs, peripheral line, and central line...
July 2017: Annals of Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605609/effects-of-macro-and-micro-nutrients-on-exercise-induced-hepcidin-response-in-highly-trained-endurance-athletes
#18
Dylan Timothy Dahlquist, Trent Stellingwerff, Brad Pendleton Dieter, Donald C McKenzie, Michael S Koehle
Iron deficiency (ID) has ergolytic effects on athletic performance. Exercise induced inflammation impedes iron absorption in the digestive tract by up-regulating the expression of the iron regulatory protein, hepcidin. Limited research indicates the potential of specific macro- and micro- nutrients on blunting exercise induced hepcidin. Therefore, we investigated the effects of post-exercise supplementation with protein and carbohydrate (CHO) and vitamins D3 and K2 on the post-exercise hepcidin response. Ten highly-trained male cyclists (age: 26...
June 12, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604492/a-microstructural-investigation-of-disc-disruption-induced-by-low-frequency-cyclic-loading
#19
Meredith L Schollum, Kelly R Wade, Peter A Robertson, Ashvin Thambyah, Neil D Broom
STUDY DESIGN: Microstructural investigation of low frequency cyclic loading and flexing of the lumbar disc. OBJECTIVE: To explore micro-level structural damage in motion segments subjected to low frequency repetitive loading and flexing at sub-acute loads. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Cumulative exposure to mechanical load has been implicated in low back pain and injury. The mechanical pathways by which cyclic loading physically affects spine tissues remain unclear, in part due to the absence of high quality microstructural evidence...
June 9, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601579/screw-pyrolysis-technology-for-sewage-sludge-treatment
#20
Marco Tomasi Morgano, Hans Leibold, Frank Richter, Dieter Stapf, Helmut Seifert
Sewage sludge quantities have grown continuously since the introduction of the European Directive (UWWTD 91/271/EEC) relating to the treatment of urban wastewater. In the present, most of the sewage sludge is combusted in single fuels incineration plants or is co-fired in waste incineration or coal power plants. The combustion of sewage sludge is a proven technology. Other treatments, such as fluidized bed gasification, were successfully adopted to produce suitable syngas for power production. Besides, the number of large wastewater treatment plants is relatively small compared to the local rural ones...
June 7, 2017: Waste Management
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