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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346389/artesunate-enhances-the-cytotoxicity-of-5-aminolevulinic-acid-based-sonodynamic-therapy-against-mouse-mammary-tumor-cells-in-vitro
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Tomohiro Osaki, Yoshihiro Uto, Masahiro Ishizuka, Tohru Tanaka, Nobuyasu Yamanaka, Tsukasa Kurahashi, Kazuo Azuma, Yusuke Murahata, Takeshi Tsuka, Norihiko Itoh, Tomohiro Imagawa, Yoshiharu Okamoto
Sonodynamic therapy (SDT) kills tumor cells through the synergistic effects of ultrasound (US) and a sonosensitizer agent. 5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) has been used as a sonodynamic sensitizer for cancer treatment. However, studies have shown that 5-ALA-based SDT has limited efficacy against malignant tumors. In this study, we examined whether artesunate (ART) could enhance the cytotoxicity of 5-ALA-based SDT against mouse mammary tumor (EMT-6) cells in vitro. In the ART, ART + US, ART + 5-ALA, and ART + 5-ALA + US groups, the cell survival rate correlated with ART concentration, and decreased with increasing concentrations of ART...
March 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345892/a-silver-specific-dnazyme-with-a-new-silver-aptamer-and-salt-promoted-activity
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Runjhun Saran, Kimberly Kleinke, Wenhu Zhou, Tianmeng Yu, Juewen Liu
Most RNA-cleaving DNAzymes require a metal ion to interact with the scissile phosphate for activity. Therefore, few unmodified DNAzymes work with thiophilic metals due to their low affinity to phosphate. Recently, an Ag+-specific Ag10c DNAzyme was reported via in vitro selection. Herein, the Ag10c is characterized to rationalize the role of the strongly thiophilic Ag+. Systematic mutation studies indicate that the Ag10c is a highly conserved DNAzyme and its Ag+ binding is unrelated to C-Ag+-C interaction. Its activity is enhanced with Na+ concentrations of buffer...
March 27, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345549/sub-anesthesia-dose-of-isoflurane-in-60-oxygen-reduces-inflammatory-responses-in-experimental-sepsis-models
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Yi Huang, Xiao-Xia Wang, Dong-Dong Sun, Ze-Xin Zhang, Wan-Wan Yang, Tian Shao, Han Han, Er-Fei Zhang, Zhong-Shu Pu, Zuo-Xu Hou, Hai-Long Dong, Li-Ze Xiong, Li-Chao Hou
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is a major cause of mortality in Intensive Care Units. Anesthetic dose isoflurane and 100% oxygen were proved to be beneficial in sepsis; however, their application in septic patients is limited because long-term hyperoxia may induce oxygen toxicity and anesthetic dose isoflurane has potential adverse consequences. This study was scheduled to find the optimal combination of isoflurane and oxygen in protecting experimental sepsis and its mechanisms. METHODS: The effects of combined therapy with isoflurane and oxygen on lung injury and sepsis were determined in animal models of sepsis induced by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) or intraperitoneal injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) or zymosan...
April 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345400/combination-of-aerobic-exercise-and-an-arginine-alanine-and-phenylalanine-mixture-increases-fat-mobilization-and-ketone-body-synthesis
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Keisuke Ueda, Chiaki Sanbongi, Shoko Takai, Shuji Ikegami, Satoshi Fujita
During exercise, blood levels of several hormones increase acutely. We hypothesized that consumption of a specific combination of amino acids (arginine, alanine, and phenylalanine; A-mix) may be involved in secretion of glucagon, and when combined with exercise may promote fat catabolism. Ten healthy male volunteers were randomized in a crossover study to ingest either A-mix (3 g/dose) or placebo (3 g of dextrin/dose). Thirty minutes after ingesting, each condition subsequently performed workload trials on a cycle ergometer at 50% of maximal oxygen consumption for 1 h...
March 27, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344645/mimicking-lichens-incorporation-of-yeast-strains-together-with-sucrose-secreting-cyanobacteria-improves-survival-growth-ros-removal-and-lipid-production-in-a-stable-mutualistic-co-culture-production-platform
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Tingting Li, Chien-Ting Li, Kirk Butler, Stephanie G Hays, Michael T Guarnieri, George A Oyler, Michael J Betenbaugh
BACKGROUND: The feasibility of heterotrophic-phototrophic symbioses was tested via pairing of yeast strains Cryptococcus curvatus, Rhodotorula glutinis, or Saccharomyces cerevisiae with a sucrose-secreting cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus. RESULTS: The phototroph S. elongatus showed no growth in standard BG-11 medium with yeast extract, but grew well in BG-11 medium alone or supplemented with yeast nitrogen base without amino acids (YNB w/o aa). Among three yeast species, C...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344560/nitric-oxide-has-a-concentration-dependent-effect-on-the-cell-cycle-acting-via-ein2-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-cultured-cells
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Galina V Novikova, Luis A J Mur, Alexander V Nosov, Artem A Fomenkov, Kirill S Mironov, Anna S Mamaeva, Evgeny S Shilov, Victor Y Rakitin, Michael A Hall
Ethylene is known to influence the cell cycle (CC) via poorly characterized roles whilst nitric oxide (NO) has well-established roles in the animal CC but analogous role(s) have not been reported for plants. As NO and ethylene signaling events often interact we examined their role in CC in cultured cells derived from Arabidopsis thaliana wild-type (Col-0) plants and from ethylene-insensitive mutant ein2-1 plants. Both NO and ethylene were produced mainly during the first 5 days of the sub-cultivation period corresponding to the period of active cell division...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344189/diffusivity-of-the-double-negatively-charged-mono-vacancy-in-silicon
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Chidanand Bhoodoo, Lasse Vines, Edouard Monakhov, Bengt Svensson
Lightly-doped silicon (Si) samples of <i>n</i>-type conductivity have been irradiated with 2.0 MeV H<sup>+</sup> ions at a temperature of 30 K and characterized <i>in situ</i> by deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS) measurements using an on-line setup. Migration of the Si mono-vacancy in its double negative charge state (<i>V</i><sup>2-</sup>) starts to occur at temperatures above ∼70 K and is monitored via trapping of <i>V</i><sup>2-</sup> by interstitial oxygen impurity atoms (O<sub><i>i</i></sub>), leading to the growth of the prominent vacancy-oxygen (<i>V</i>O) center...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344047/sub-additive-effects-of-photodynamic-therapy-combined-with-erlotinib-for-the-treatment-of-epidermoid-carcinoma-an-in-vitro-study
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Sávio M L Gontijo, Renata C Felizali, Pedro P G Guimarães, Robson A S Santos, Rubén D Sinisterra, Maria E Cortés, Patrícia V Araújo
BACKGROUND: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an antitumour treatment that employs the combination of a photosensitive compound, oxygen and visible light. To improve the antitumour activity of PDT, the present study used the strategy of combining PDT with erlotinib (ERL), a drug frequently used in the treatment of epidermoid carcinoma. METHODS: An MTT cell viability assay was used to evaluate the cytotoxicity of PDT combined with ERL on A431 epidermoid carcinoma cells in vitro...
March 23, 2017: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343714/sensitivity-of-eastern-oyster-crassostrea-virginica-spermatozoa-and-oocytes-to-dispersed-oil-cellular-responses-and-impacts-on-fertilization-and-embryogenesis
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J Vignier, A K Volety, A Rolton, N Le Goïc, F-L E Chu, R Robert, P Soudant
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill released millions of barrels of oil and dispersant into the Gulf of Mexico. The timing of the spill coincided with the spawning season of Crassostrea virginica. Consequently, gametes released in the water were likely exposed to oil and dispersant. This study aimed to (i) evaluate the cellular effects of acute exposure of spermatozoa and oocytes to surface slick oil, dispersed mechanically (HEWAF) and chemically (CEWAF), using flow-cytometric (FCM) analyses, and (ii) determine whether the observed cellular effects relate to impairments of fertilization and embryogenesis of gametes exposed to the same concentrations of CEWAF and HEWAF...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343134/exfoliated-graphene-nanosheets-ph-sensitive-drug-carrier-and-anti-cancer-activity
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Nisha Tyagi, Nour F Attia, Kurt E Geckeler
A straightforward and facile method for the exfoliation of graphene sheets using poly(vinylpyrrolidone) nanoparticles of an average size of 42nm was developed and their dual role as pH-sensitive drug carrier and anti-cancer agent was evaluated. The cytotoxic impact of the exfoliated nanosheets (GRP-PVP-NP) was examined on various cells (HCT-116, HeLa, SCC-9, NIH-3T3 and HEK-293cells) by a series of assays. Their cytotoxic nature was attributed to affecting the mitochondrial enzyme activity, proliferation capability, and the formation of tight junctions in cancer cells...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343049/stabilisation-of-spent-mushroom-substrate-for-application-as-a-plant-growth-promoting-organic-amendment
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Fabiana S Paula, Enrico Tatti, Florence Abram, Jude Wilson, Vincent O'Flaherty
Over three million tonnes of spent mushroom substrate (SMS) are produced in Europe every year as a by-product of the cultivation of Agaricus bisporus. The management of SMS has become an increasing challenge for the mushroom production industry, and finding environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for this organic residue is, therefore, highly desirable. Due to its physical properties and nutrient content, SMS has great potential to be employed in agricultural and horticultural sectors, and further contribute to reduce the use of non-renewable resources, such as peat...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343031/assessing-the-genotoxic-effects-of-two-lipid-peroxidation-products-4-oxo-2-nonenal-and-4-hydroxy-hexenal-in-haemocytes-and-midgut-cells-of-drosophila-melanogaster-larvae
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Eşref Demir, Ricard Marcos
Lipid peroxidation products can induce tissue damage and are implicated in diverse pathological conditions, including aging, atherosclerosis, brain disorders, cancer, lung and various liver disorders. Since in vivo studies produce relevant information, we have selected Drosophila melanogaster as a suitable in vivo model to characterise the potential risks associated to two lipid peroxidation products namely 4-oxo-2-nonenal (4-ONE) and 4-hydroxy-hexenal (4-HHE). Toxicity, intracellular reactive oxygen species production, and genotoxicity were the end-points evaluated...
March 22, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342871/oxidative-damage-induces-apoptosis-and-promotes-calcification-in-disc-cartilage-endplate-cell-through-ros-mapk-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-implications-for-disc-degeneration
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Yingchao Han, Xinhua Li, Meijun Yan, Mingjie Yang, Shanjin Wang, Jie Pan, Lili Jun, Jun Tan
Cartilage endplate (CEP) cell calcification and apoptosis play a vital role in the intervertebral disc degeneration (IVDD). Oxidative stress is a key factor in inducing programmed cell death and cartilage calcification. However, the cell death and calcification of cartilage endplate cells under oxidative stress have never been described. The present study investigated the apoptosis and calcification in the cartilage endplate cell under oxidative stress induced by H2O2 to understand the underlying mechanism of IVDD...
March 23, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342838/the-effect-of-the-packaging-system-and-storage-time-on-myofibrillar-protein-degradation-and-oxidation-process-in-relation-to-beef-tenderness
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Małgorzata Moczkowska, Andrzej Półtorak, Magdalena Montowska, Edward Pospiech, Agnieszka Wierzbicka
This study investigated the impact of packaging systems on the degradation and oxidation of beef proteins regarding beef tenderness of longissimus lumborum (LL) and biceps femoris (BF) muscles stored in vacuum skin packaging (VSP), a modified atmosphere with high oxygen concentration (MAP), and combined of these two methods (VSP+MAP). A significant decrease in the Warner-Bratzler shear force (WBSF) in VSP at D14 and D28 for LL was observed compared to BF. A significant effect of packaging system on troponin-T (Tn-T) and desmin degradation was shown (p≤0...
March 18, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342702/apigenin-attenuates-oxidative-stress-and-neuronal-apoptosis-in-early-brain-injury-following-subarachnoid-hemorrhage
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Yuwei Han, Tingting Zhang, Jingyuan Su, Yuan Zhao, Chenchen, Wang, Xiaoming Li
Apigenin (API) is a naturally occurring plant flavone that exhibits powerful antioxidant and antiapoptosis. Oxidative stress plays an important role in the pathogenesis of early brain injury (EBI) following subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). The potential anti-oxidative and anti-apoptosis effects of API on EBI following SAH, however, have not been elucidated. The aim of this study was to assess whether API alleviates EBI after SAH via its anti-oxidative and anti-apoptotic effects. The endovascular puncture model was used to induce SAH and all the rats were subsequently sacrificed at 24h after SAH...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342615/effect-of-increasing-body-condition-on-oxidative-stress-and-mitochondrial-biogenesis-in-subcutaneous-adipose-tissue-depot-of-nonlactating-dairy-cows
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L Laubenthal, L Ruda, N Sultana, J Winkler, J Rehage, U Meyer, S Dänicke, H Sauerwein, S Häussler
With the onset of lactation, dairy cows with a body condition score >3.5 are sensitive to oxidative stress and metabolic disorders. Adipose tissue (AT) can adapt to varying metabolic demands and energy requirements by the plasticity of its size during lactation. In AT, angiogenesis is necessary to guarantee sufficient oxygen and nutrient supply for adipocytes. Cellular energy metabolism is reflected mainly by mitochondria, which can be quantified by the mitochondrial DNA copy number per cell. In the present study, we aimed to investigate the effect of overconditioning on angiogenesis and mitochondrial biogenesis in AT of nonlactating cows, irrespective of the physiological influences of lactation and pregnancy...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342417/the-protective-roles-of-tio2-nanoparticles-against-uv-b-toxicity-in-daphnia-magna
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Jie Liu, Wen-Xiong Wang
Aquatic environments are increasingly under environmental stress due to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and potential inputs of nanoparticles with intense application of nanotechnology. In this study, we investigated the interaction between UV-B radiation and titanium nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) in a model freshwater cladoceran Daphnia magna. UV-B toxicity to Daphnia magna was examined when the daphnids were exposed to a range of TiO2-NPs concentrations with an initial 5 or 10min of 200μW/cm(2) UV-B radiation. In addition, UV-B toxicity was also examined in the presence of TiO2-NPs in the body of daphnids...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342415/initial-report-on-methane-and-carbon-dioxide-emission-dynamics-from-sub-antarctic-freshwater-ecosystems-a-seasonal-study-of-a-lake-and-a-reservoir
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Oscar Gerardo-Nieto, María Soledad Astorga-España, Andrés Mansilla, Frederic Thalasso
The sub-Antarctic Magellanic ecoregion is a part of the world where ecosystems have been understudied and where the CH4 cycling and emissions in lakes has not ever been reported. To fill that knowledge gap, a lake and a reservoir located at 53°S were selected and studied during three campaigns equally distributed over one year. Among the parameters measured were CH4 and CO2 emissions, as well their dissolved concentrations in the water column, which were determined with high spatial resolution. No ebullition was observed and the CH4 flux ranged from 0...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341887/understanding-the-biological-activity-of-high-rate-algae-ponds-through-the-calculation-of-oxygen-balances
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Zouhayr Arbib, Ignacio de Godos Crespo, Enrique Lara Corona, Frank Rogalla
Microalgae culture in high rate algae ponds (HRAP) is an environmentally friendly technology for wastewater treatment. However, for the implementation of these systems, a better understanding of the oxygenation potential and the influence of climate conditions is required. In this work, the rates of oxygen production, consumption, and exchange with the atmosphere were calculated under varying conditions of solar irradiance and dilution rate during six months of operation in a real scale unit. This analysis allowed determining the biological response of these dynamic systems...
March 24, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341740/nanomolar-nitric-oxide-concentrations-quickly-and-reversibly-modulate-astrocytic-energy-metabolism
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Alejandro San Martín, Robinson Arce-Molina, Alex Galaz, Gustavo Pérez-Guerra, L Felipe Barros
Nitric oxide (NO) is an intercellular messenger involved in multiple bodily functions. Prolonged NO exposure irreversibly inhibits respiration by covalent modification of mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase, a phenomenon of pathological relevance. However, the speed and potency of NO's metabolic effects at physiological concentrations are incompletely characterized. To this end, we set out to investigate the metabolic effects of NO in cultured astrocytes from mice by taking advantage of the high spatiotemporal resolution afforded by genetically-encoded Foerster resonance energy transfer (FRET) nanosensors...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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