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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732298/stomatal-and-non-stomatal-factors-regulated-the-photosynthesis-of-soybean-seedlings-in-the-present-of-exogenous-bisphenol-a
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Liya Jiao, Lihong Wang, Qing Zhou, Xiaohua Huang
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an emerging environmental endocrine disruptor that has toxic effects on plants growth. Photosynthesis supplies the substances and energy required for plant growth, and regulated by stomatal and non-stomatal factors. Therefore, in this study, to reveal how BPA affects photosynthesis in soybean seedlings (Glycine max L.) from the perspective of stomatal and non-stomatal factors, the stomatal factors (stomatal conductance and behaviours) and non-stomatal factors (Hill reaction, apparent quantum efficiency, Rubisco activity, carboxylation efficiency, the maximum Rubisco carboxylation velocity, ribulose-1,5-bisphospate regeneration capacities mediated by maximum electron transport rates, and triose phosphate utilization rate) were investigated using a portable photosynthesis system...
July 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730648/calcineurin-inhibitor-withdrawal-or-tapering-for-kidney-transplant-recipients
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REVIEW
Krishna M Karpe, Girish S Talaulikar, Giles D Walters
BACKGROUND: Calcineurin inhibitors (CNI) can reduce acute transplant rejection and immediate graft loss but are associated with significant adverse effects such as hypertension and nephrotoxicity which may contribute to chronic rejection. CNI toxicity has led to numerous studies investigating CNI withdrawal and tapering strategies. Despite this, uncertainty remains about minimisation or withdrawal of CNI. OBJECTIVES: This review aimed to look at the benefits and harms of CNI tapering or withdrawal in terms of graft function and loss, incidence of acute rejection episodes, treatment-related side effects (hypertension, hyperlipidaemia) and death...
July 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730283/blockade-of-alcohol-escalation-and-relapse-drinking-by-pharmacological-faah-inhibition-in-male-and-female-c57bl-6j-mice
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Yan Zhou, Benjamin I Schwartz, Joanna Giza, Steven S Gross, Francis S Lee, Mary Jeanne Kreek
BACKGROUND: Anandamide (AEA)-dependent signaling is regulated by the catabolic enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). Several lines of evidence have demonstrated that FAAH and AEA are involved in the behavioral effects of alcohol. Therefore, we investigated whether a selective FAAH inhibitor, URB597 (cyclohexylcarbamic acid 3'-[aminocarbonyl]-[1,1'-biphenyl]-3-yl ester), altered alcohol intake in mice in a voluntary alcohol drinking model. METHODS: Mice, subjected to 3 weeks of chronic intermittent access (IA) in a two-bottle choice paradigm with 24-h access every other day, developed rapid escalation of alcohol intake and high preference...
July 20, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729845/negative-affect-and-excessive-alcohol-intake-incubate-during-protracted-withdrawal-from-binge-drinking-in-adolescent-but-not-adult-mice
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Kaziya M Lee, Michal A Coehlo, Noah R Solton, Karen K Szumlinski
Binge-drinking is common in underage alcohol users, yet we know little regarding the biopsychological impact of binge-drinking during early periods of development. Prior work indicated that adolescent male C57BL6/J mice with a 2-week history of binge-drinking (PND28-41) are resilient to the anxiogenic effects of early alcohol withdrawal. Herein, we employed a comparable Drinking-in-the-Dark model to determine how a prior history of binge-drinking during adolescence (EtOH(adolescents)) influences emotionality (assayed with the light-dark box, marble burying test, and the forced swim test) and the propensity to consume alcohol in later life, compared to animals without prior drinking experience...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729300/rapamycin-is-highly-effective-in-murine-models-of-immune-mediated-bone-marrow-failure
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Xingmin Feng, Zenghua Lin, Wanling Sun, Maile K Hollinger, Marie J Desierto, Keyvan Keyvanfar, Daniela Malide, Pawel Muranski, Jichun Chen, Neal S Young
Acquired aplastic anemia, the prototypical bone marrow failure disease, is characterized by pancytopenia and marrow hypoplasia. Most aplastic anemia patients respond to immunosuppressive therapy, usually as anti-thymocyte globulin and cyclosporine, but some relapse on cyclosporine withdrawal or require long-term administration of cyclosporine to maintain blood counts. In the current study, we tested efficacy of rapamycin as a new or alternative treatment in mouse models of immune-mediated bone marrow failure...
July 20, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729151/standard-dose-pembrolizumab-in-combination-with-reduced-dose-ipilimumab-for-patients-with-advanced-melanoma-keynote-029-an-open-label-phase-1b-trial
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Georgina V Long, Victoria Atkinson, Jonathan S Cebon, Michael B Jameson, Bernie M Fitzharris, Catriona M McNeil, Andrew G Hill, Antoni Ribas, Michael B Atkins, John A Thompson, Wen-Jen Hwu, F Stephen Hodi, Alexander M Menzies, Alexander D Guminski, Richard Kefford, Benjamin Y Kong, Babak Tamjid, Archana Srivastava, Anna J Lomax, Mohammed Islam, Xinxin Shu, Scot Ebbinghaus, Nageatte Ibrahim, Matteo S Carlino
BACKGROUND: Reduced-dose nivolumab in combination with standard-dose ipilimumab improves objective response and progression-free survival compared with standard-dose ipilimumab alone, but increases toxicity. We assessed the safety and anti-tumour activity of standard-dose pembrolizumab in combination with reduced-dose ipilimumab. METHODS: In this open-label, phase 1b trial, we recruited patients from 12 medical centres in Australia, New Zealand, and the USA. Eligible patients were aged at least 18 years, had advanced melanoma, had an Eastern Coooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0 or 1, had measurable disease according to the Response Evaluation Criteria in Solid Tumors (RECIST) version 1...
July 17, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727060/effect-of-monensin-inclusion-on-intake-digestion-and-ruminal-fermentation-parameters-by-bos-taurus-indicus-and-bos-taurus-taurus-steers-consuming-bermudagrass-hay
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N L Bell, R C Anderson, T R Callaway, M O Franco, J E Sawyer, T A Wickersham
Effects of monensin inclusion and cattle subspecies on utilization of bermudagrass hay (13.7% CP, 77.3% NDF, and 38.8% ADF) were evaluated using ruminally cannulated steers (5 [BI] and 5 [BT]; 398 kg BW). Subspecies were concurrently subjected to a 2-period, 2-treatment crossover design. Treatments were 0 (CON) or 200 mg·steer·d monensin (MON) in 0.91 kg dried distillers' grains with solubles. Periods were 70 d in length: 20 d of adaptation, 22 d of sample collection, and 28 d for withdrawal of treatment...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727043/effect-of-monensin-withdrawal-on-intake-digestion-and-ruminal-fermentation-parameters-by-bos-taurus-indicus-and-bos-taurus-taurus-steers-consuming-bermudagrass-hay
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N L Bell, T R Callaway, R C Anderson, M O Franco, J E Sawyer, T A Wickersham
Effects of monensin withdrawal and cattle subspecies on the utilization of bermudagrass hay (14.3% CP, 72.3% NDF, and 36.9% ADF) were evaluated using ruminally cannulated steers (5 [BI] and 5 [BT]). Subspecies were concurrently subjected to a 2-period, 2-treatment crossover design. Treatments consisted of either 0 mg·steer·d-1 monensin with no previous monensin feeding (CON) or withdrawal from 200 mg·steer·d-1 monensin (MON) fed individually in 0.91 kg dried distillers' grains with solubles for 42 d. Withdrawal was evaluated for a 28-d period...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726986/board-invited-review-quantifying-water-use-in-ruminant-production
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G Legesse, K H Ominski, K A Beauchemin, S Pfister, M Martel, E J McGeough, A Y Hoekstra, R Kroebel, M R C Cordeiro, T A McAllister
The depletion of water resources, in terms of both quantity and quality, has become a major concern both locally and globally. Ruminants, in particular, are under increased public scrutiny due to their relatively high water use per unit of meat or milk produced. Estimating the water footprint of livestock production is a relatively new field of research for which methods are still evolving. This review describes the approaches used to quantify water use in ruminant production systems as well as the methodological and conceptual issues associated with each approach...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726942/conjugated-polymer-covalently-modified-graphene-oxide-quantum-dots-for-ternary-electronic-memory-devices
#10
Fei Fan, Bin Zhang, Yaming Cao, Xutong Yang, Junwei Gu, Yu Chen
Zero dimensional graphene oxide (GO) quantum dots (GOQDs) have been expected to play an important role in the development of new memory materials. When the size of GO was reduced to that of GOQDs, both the electron affinity and ionization potential of GO were found to be decreased, and this was followed by the elevation of lowest energy unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) energy level. This implies that the electron withdrawing ability of GOQDs is weaker than that of GO. In this work, a novel arylamine-based polyazomethine covalently functionalized graphene oxide quantum dots (TPAPAM-GOQDs), which was synthesized using an amidation reaction, was for the first time used to fabricate a ternary memory device with a configuration of gold/TPAPAM-GOQDs/indium tin oxide...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724217/chondroprotective-and-anti-nociceptive-effects-of-caffeoylquinic-acid-in-osteoarthritis-by-downregulating-catabolic-activity-and-oxidative-damage-in-chondrocytes
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Luping Liu, Yongmei Li
We evaluated the chondroprotective and anti-nociceptive effects of caffeoylquinic acid (CA) in a rat osteoarthritis (OA) model. Monosodium iodoacetate was injected intra-articularly in the rats to produce OA. The rats were divided into three groups: control, OA group, which received vehicle, and the CA-treated group, which received CA (50mg/kg, p.o.) for 14days. At the end of the protocol, pain was estimated by observing the paw withdrawal threshold and latency. Degeneration of cartilage was assessed through histomorphological and microscopical examination of joints...
July 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723522/efficacy-and-safety-of-hexanic-lipidosterolic-extract-of-serenoa-repens-permixon-in-the-treatment-of-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-due-to-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Giacomo Novara, Gianluca Giannarini, Antonio Alcaraz, José-M Cózar-Olmo, Aurelien Descazeaud, Francesco Montorsi, Vincenzo Ficarra
CONTEXT: A recent Cochrane Collaboration meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluating the efficacy of different extracts of Serenoa repens in relieving lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) concluded that these extracts were no more effective than placebo. However, among all Serenoa repens extracts, Permixon (Pierre Fabre Medicament, Paris, France) has the highest activity and the most accurate standards of drug preparation and extraction...
December 2016: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721049/the-potential-role-of-vagus-nerve-stimulation-in-the-treatment-of-hiv-associated-depression-a-review-of-literature
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REVIEW
William C Nicholson, Mirjam-Colette Kempf, Linda Moneyham, David E Vance
Depression is the most common comorbidity and neuropsychiatric complication in HIV. Estimates suggest that the prevalence rate for depression among HIV-infected individuals is three times that of the general population. The association between HIV and clinical depression is complex; however, chronic activation of inflammatory mechanisms, which disrupt central nervous system (CNS) function, may contribute to this association. Disruptions in CNS function can result in cognitive disorders, social withdrawal, fatigue, apathy, psychomotor impairment, and sleep disturbances, which are common manifestations in depression and HIV alike...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719094/discovery-and-characterization-of-a-novel-tryptophan-hydroxylase-1-inhibitor-as-a-prodrug
#14
Hailong Shi, Yaya Cui, Yifei Qin
Serotonin (5-HT) is an important neurotransmitter and paracrine signaling molecule in the gastrointestinal tract. Two distinct tryptophan hydroxylases (TPH), TPH1 and TPH2 are the rate-limiting enzymes in the 5-HT biosynthesis process. TPH1 expression is mainly limited in the enterochromaffin cells and distributed in peripheries such as the skin and gut, while TPH2 is the predominant isoform in the CNS. In this study, mol002291 was screened as a drug-like compound from the TCM database for the inhibitor of TPH...
July 18, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716953/a-novel-in-vitro-analog-expressing-learning-induced-cellular-correlates-in-distinct-neural-circuits
#15
Harris A Weisz, Marcy L Wainwright, Riccardo Mozzachiodi
When presented with noxious stimuli, Aplysia exhibits concurrent sensitization of defensive responses, such as the tail-induced siphon withdrawal reflex (TSWR) and suppression of feeding. At the cellular level, sensitization of the TSWR is accompanied by an increase in the excitability of the tail sensory neurons (TSNs) that elicit the reflex, whereas feeding suppression is accompanied by decreased excitability of B51, a decision-making neuron in the feeding neural circuit. The goal of this study was to develop an in vitro analog coexpressing the above cellular correlates...
August 2017: Learning & Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716819/effect-of-type-2-diabetes-surgical-incision-and-volatile-anesthesia-on-hemodynamics-in-the-rat
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Carol T Bussey, Regis R Lamberts
Diabetic patients have increased cardiac complications during surgery, possibly due to impaired autonomic regulation. Anesthesia lowers blood pressure and heart rate (HR), whereas surgical intervention has opposing effects. The interaction of anesthesia and surgical intervention on hemodynamics in diabetes is unknown, despite being a potential perioperative risk factor. We aimed to determine the effect of diabetes on the integrative interaction between hemodynamics, anesthesia, and surgical incision. Zucker type 2 diabetic rats (DM) and their nondiabetic littermates (ND) were implanted with an intravenous port for drug delivery, and a radiotelemeter to measure mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) and derive HR (total n = 50)...
July 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715848/patient-outcomes-in-dose-reduction-or-discontinuation-of-long-term-opioid-therapy-a-systematic-review
#17
Joseph W Frank, Travis I Lovejoy, William C Becker, Benjamin J Morasco, Christopher J Koenig, Lilian Hoffecker, Hannah R Dischinger, Steven K Dobscha, Erin E Krebs
Background: Expert guidelines recommend reducing or discontinuing long-term opioid therapy (LTOT) when risks outweigh benefits, but evidence on the effect of dose reduction on patient outcomes has not been systematically reviewed. Purpose: To synthesize studies of the effectiveness of strategies to reduce or discontinue LTOT and patient outcomes after dose reduction among adults prescribed LTOT for chronic pain. Data Sources: MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Library from inception through April 2017; reference lists; and expert contacts...
July 18, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714199/the-effect-of-dopaminergic-medication-on-conflict-adaptation-in-parkinson-s-disease
#18
Marit F L Ruitenberg, Elger L Abrahamse, Patrick Santens, Wim Notebaert
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurological disorder associated primarily with motor symptoms such as tremor, slowness of movement, and difficulties with gait and balance. Most patients take dopaminergic medication to improve their motor functions. Previous studies reported indications that such medication can impair higher cognitive functions (cf. dopamine overdose hypothesis). In the present study, we examined the effect of medication status on conflict adaptation. PD patients performed a Stroop task in which we manipulated the proportion of congruent and incongruent items, thereby allowing us to explore conflict adaptation...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712356/discontinuing-psychiatric-medications-a-survey-of-long-term-users
#19
Laysha Ostrow, Lauren Jessell, Manton Hurd, Sabrina M Darrow, David Cohen
OBJECTIVE: Individuals undergoing long-term psychiatric treatment frequently choose to stop taking psychiatric medications. To enhance service user choice and prevent undesirable outcomes, this first U.S. survey of a large sample of longer-term users sought to increase knowledge about users' experience of medication discontinuation. METHODS: A sample of 250 U.S. adults with a diagnosis of serious mental illness and a recent goal to stop up to two prescribed psychiatric medications, which they had taken for at least nine months, completed a web-based survey about experiences, strategies, and supports during discontinuation...
July 17, 2017: Psychiatric Services: a Journal of the American Psychiatric Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711008/sector-wise-midpoint-characterization-factors-for-impact-assessment-of-regional-consumptive-and-degradative-water-use
#20
Chia-Chun Lin, Jia-Yu Lin, Mengshan Lee, Pei-Te Chiueh
Water availability, resulting from either a lack of water or poor water quality is a key factor contributing to regional water stress. This study proposes a set of sector-wise characterization factors (CFs), namely consumptive and degradative water stresses, to assess the impact of water withdrawals with a life cycle assessment approach. These CFs consider water availability, water quality, and competition for water between domestic, agricultural and industrial sectors and ecosystem at the watershed level. CFs were applied to a case study of regional water management of industrial water withdrawals in Taiwan to show that both regional or seasonal decrease in water availability contributes to a high consumptive water stress, whereas water scarcity due to degraded water quality not meeting sector standards has little influence on increased degradative water stress...
July 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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