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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231315/functional-xanthophyll-cycle-and-pigment-content-of-a-kleptoplastic-benthic-foraminifer-haynesina-germanica
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Thierry Jauffrais, Bruno Jesus, Vona Méléder, Emmanuelle Geslin
Some shallow water benthic foraminifera are able to retain functional chloroplasts (kleptoplasts) from their food source, i.e. diatoms. Here we assessed the functionality of the kleptoplast xanthophyll cycle (XC, i.e. the main diatom short-term photo-regulation mechanism) and we surveyed Haynesina germanica kleptoplast pigment composition over time and at different light regimes. Six common diatom lipophilic pigments were detected, two chlorophylls (Chl a, Chl c) and four carotenoids (fucoxanthin and by-products, diadinoxanthin, diatoxanthin and β-carotene), the same pigment profile as the diatom species frequently isolated at the sampling site...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230829/genetic-effects-in-children-exposed-in-prenatal-period-to-ionizing-radiation-after-the-chornobyl-nuclear-power-plant-accident
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Ye I Stepanova, V Yu Vdovenko, Zh A Misharina, V I Kolos, L P Mischenko
AIM: To study the genetic effects in children exposed to radiation in utero as a result of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant accident accounting the total radiation doses and equivalent radiation doses to the red bone marrow. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Incidence of minor developmental anomalies was studied in children exposed to radiation in utero (study group) and in the control group (1144 subjects surveyed in total). Cytogenetic tests using the method of differential G-banding of chromosomes were conducted in 60 children of both study and control groups (10-12-year-olds) and repeatedly in 39 adolescents (15-17-year-olds)...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230588/how-to-expose-the-entire-sella-floor-with-minimal-manipulation-during-an-endoscopic-endonasal-transsphenoidal-approach
#3
Do Hyun Kim, Yong-Kil Hong, Sin-Soo Jeun, Yong Jin Park, Soo Whan Kim, Jin Hee Cho, Boo-Young Kim, Sung Won Kim
OBJECTIVE: A method of opening the posterior ethmoid air cells with minimal manipulation is important for adequate exposure of the sella floor and minimal nasal morbidity. METHODS: Between February 2009 and August 2016, 373 patients with skull-base tumors underwent surgery via endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal approach with the 2-nostrils/4-hands technique using this technique. RESULTS: A linear incision was made laterally toward one-third of the superior turbinate along the superior border of the sphenoid sinus ostium...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230298/vitamin-e-nanoemulsion-activity-on-stored-red-blood-cells
#4
C A L Silva, C A Azevedo Filho, G Pereira, D C N Silva, M C A B Castro, A F Almeida, S C A Lucena, B S Santos, M L Barjas-Castro, A Fontes
BACKGROUND: Stored red blood cells (RBCs) undergo numerous changes that have been termed RBC storage lesion, which can be related to oxidative damage. Vitamin E is an important antioxidant, acting on cell lipids. Thus, this study aimed to investigate vitamin E activity on stored RBCs. METHODS: We prepared a vitamin E nanoemulsion that was added to RBC units and stored at 4 °C. Controls, without vitamin E, were kept under the same conditions. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) production was monitored for up to 35 days of storage...
February 23, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230150/an-experimental-study-on-the-impacts-of-inspiratory-and-expiratory-muscles-activities-during-mechanical-ventilation-in-ards-animal-model
#5
Xianming Zhang, Juan Du, Weiliang Wu, Yongcheng Zhu, Ying Jiang, Rongchang Chen
In spite of intensive investigations, the role of spontaneous breathing (SB) activity in ARDS has not been well defined yet and little has been known about the different contribution of inspiratory or expiratory muscles activities during mechanical ventilation in patients with ARDS. In present study, oleic acid-induced beagle dogs' ARDS models were employed and ventilated with the same level of mean airway pressure. Respiratory mechanics, lung volume, gas exchange and inflammatory cytokines were measured during mechanical ventilation, and lung injury was determined histologically...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229939/chenopodium-bonus-henricus-l-a-source-of-hepatoprotective-flavonoids
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Zlatina Kokanova-Nedialkova, Paraskev Nedialkov, Magdalena Kondeva-Burdina, Rumyana Simeonova, Virginia Tzankova, Denitsa Aluani
Three new flavonoid glycosides (7-9) named patuletin-3-O-(5″'-О-Е-feruloyl)-β-d-apiofuranosyl(1→2)[β-d-glucopyranosyl (1→6)]-β-d-glucopyranoside (7), spinacetin-3-O-(5″'-О-Е-feruloyl)-β-d-apiofuranosyl (1→2)[β-d-glucopyranosyl(1→6)]-β-d-glucopyranoside (8) and 6-methoxykaempferol-3-O-(5″'-О-Е-feruloyl)-β-d-apiofuranosyl(1→2)[β-d-glucopyranosyl (1→6)]-β-d-glucopyranoside (9) together with six known flavonoid glycosides of patuletin, spinacetin and 6-methoxykaempferol (1-6) were isolated from the aerial parts of C...
February 14, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228404/endothelial-colony-forming-cells-ameliorate-endothelial-dysfunction-via-secreted-factors-following-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#7
Jason A Collett, Purvi Mehrotra, Allison Crone, W Christopher Shelley, Mervin C Yoder, David P Basile
Damage to endothelial cells contributes to acute kidney injury (AKI) by leading to impaired perfusion. Endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) are endothelial precursor cells with high proliferative capacity, pro-angiogenic activity, and in vivo vessel forming potential. We hypothesized that ECFCs may ameliorate the degree of AKI and/or promote repair of the renal vasculature following ischemia/reperfusion (I/R). Rat pulmonary microvascular ECs (PMVEC) with high proliferative potential were compared with pulmonary artery ECs (PAEC) with low proliferative potential in rats subjected to renal I/R...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225018/choline-ameliorates-cardiovascular-damage-by-improving-vagal-activity-and-inhibiting-the-inflammatory-response-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#8
Longzhu Liu, Yi Lu, Xueyuan Bi, Man Xu, Xiaojiang Yu, Runqing Xue, Xi He, Weijin Zang
Autonomic dysfunction and abnormal immunity lead to systemic inflammatory responses, which result in cardiovascular damage in hypertension. The aim of this report was to investigate the effects of choline on cardiovascular damage in hypertension. Eight-week-old male spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) and Wistar-Kyoto rats were intraperitoneally injected with choline or vehicle (8 mg/kg/day). After 8 weeks, choline restored the cardiac function of the SHRs, as evidenced by decreased heart rate, systolic blood pressure, left ventricle systolic pressure, and ±dp/dtmax and increased ejection fraction and fractional shortening...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224201/dexmedetomidine-protects-against-cisplatin-induced-acute-kidney-injury-in-mice-through-regulating-apoptosis-and-inflammation
#9
H Liang, H-Z Liu, H-B Wang, J-Y Zhong, C-X Yang, B Zhang
OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: Cisplatin-based chemotherapy has been widely used in the perioperative period of cancer surgery, which exacerbates the risk of renal injury. In this study, we examined whether dexmedetomidine (DEX), a commonly used anesthetic adjuvant, shows a protective effect against cisplatin-induced acute kidney injury. MATERIALS: Acute kidney injury in mice was induced by cisplatin. TREATMENTS: Mice were administered with DEX 25 μg/kg or atipamezole 250 μg/kg (once a day, for 3 days) after cisplatin treatment...
February 21, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221817/neuroprotective-effect-of-omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-in-the-6-ohda-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-is-mediated-by-a-reduction-of-inducible-nitric-oxide-synthase
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Marco Aurélio Mori, Ana Marcia Delattre, Bruno Carabelli, Claudia Pudell, Mariza Bortolanza, Pedro Vinícius Staziaki, Jesuí Vergilio Visentainer, Paula Fernandes Montanher, Elaine A Del Bel, Anete Curte Ferraz
OBJECTIVE: Parkinson's disease (PD) is characterized by deterioration of the nigrostriatal system and associated with chronic neuroinflammation. Glial activation has been associated with regulating the survival of dopaminergic neurons and is thought to contribute to PD through the release of proinflammatory and neurotoxic factors, such as reactive nitric oxide (NO) that triggers or exacerbates neurodegeneration in PD. Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) exert protective effects, including antiinflammatory, antiapoptotic, and antioxidant activity, and may be promising for delaying or preventing PD by attenuating neuroinflammation and preserving dopaminergic neurons...
February 21, 2017: Nutritional Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221720/imaging-cell-matrix-interactions-in-3d-collagen-hydrogel-culture-systems
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Aaron R Short, Catherine Czeisler, Benjamin Stocker, Sara Cole, José Javier Otero, Jessica O Winter
3D hydrogels better replicate in vivo conditions, and yield different results from 2D substrates. However, imaging interactions between cells and the hydrogel microenvironment is challenging because of light diffraction and poor focal depth. Here, cryosectioning and vibrating microtomy methods and fixation protocols are compared. Collagen I/III hydrogel sections (20-100 µm) are fixed with paraformaldehyde (2%-4%) and structurally evaluated. Cryosectioning damaged hydrogels, and vibrating microtomy (100 µm, 2%) yielded the best preservation of microstructure and cell integrity...
February 21, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220682/the-treadmill-of-production-and-the-positional-economy-of-consumption
#12
Dean Curran
The theory of the treadmill of production highlights how the constant search for economic growth leads to advanced economies being stuck on a "treadmill," where their well-being is not improved by economic growth, yet the impacts of this pursuit of growth causes massive, unsustainable environmental damages. In interrogating the specific driving force that keeps the irrational system of the treadmill so powerfully in place, the theory of the treadmill of production focuses on how those who control the production process, corporations, are the primary agents driving the treadmill, while also highlighting how the state and workers generally continue to provide support for the treadmill's continued reproduction...
February 2017: Canadian Review of Sociology, Revue Canadienne de Sociologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219600/tert-butylhydroquinone-protects-liver-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats-through-nrf2-activating-anti-oxidative-activity
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X-P Zeng, X-J Li, Q-Y Zhang, Q-W Liu, L Li, Y Xiong, C-X He, Y-F Wang, Q-F Ye
BACKGROUND: Hepatic ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury is a serious complication that occurs in surgical operations such as hepatectomy and liver transplantation. NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a transcription factor that has been proven against inflammatory and oxidative injury. Tert-butylhydroquinone (tBHQ), a widely used Nrf2 activator, is a common food preservative. In this study, we attempt to investigate the potential protective role of tBHQ in hepatic I/R injury. METHODS: Twenty adult male rats were randomly divided into four groups: (1) sham+vehicle group; (2) I/R+vehicle group; (3) sham+tBHQ group; and (4) I/R+tBHQ group...
March 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219442/eplerenone-for-early-cardiomyopathy-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-results-of-a-two-year-open-label-extension-trial
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Subha V Raman, Kan N Hor, Wojciech Mazur, Xin He, John T Kissel, Suzanne Smart, Beth McCarthy, Sharon L Roble, Linda H Cripe
BACKGROUND: Cardiomyopathy is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). We recently showed in a 12-month double-blind randomized controlled trial that adding eplerenone to background medical therapy was cardioprotective in this population. The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of longer-term eplerenone therapy in boys with DMD. RESULTS: Eleven subjects (phase 1 baseline median [range] age: 13 [7 - 25] years) from the original 12-month trial at a single participating center were enrolled...
February 20, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217292/oxygen-or-cooling-to-make-a-decision-after-acute-ischemia-stroke
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Wen-Cao Liu, Xin-Chun Jin
The presence of a salvageable penumbra, a region of ischemic brain tissue with sufficient energy for short-term survival, has been widely agreed as the premise for thrombolytic therapy with tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which remains the only United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved treatment for acute ischemia stroke. However, the use of tPA has been profoundly constrained due to its narrow therapeutic time window and the increased risk of potentially deadly hemorrhagic transformation (HT)...
October 2016: Medical Gas Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214964/speckle-tracking-in-alcapa-patients-after-surgical-repair-as-predictor-of-residual-coronary-disease
#16
Biagio Castaldi, Vladimiro Vida, Elena Reffo, Massimo Padalino, Queenette Daniels, Giovanni Stellin, Ornella Milanesi
Surgical re-implantation of the left coronary artery (LCA) is the treatment of choice in anomalous origin of left coronary artery from pulmonary artery (ALCAPA). Despite normalization of left ventricular function after surgery, residual coronary lesions or myocardial fibrosis may be found. The aim of this study was to detect regional left ventricular dysfunction predictive of coronary lesions or residual myocardial fibrosis using speckle tracking. We enrolled ten patients treated with surgical re-implantation of LCA for ALCAPA...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210876/effect-of-hyperhomocysteinemia-on-redox-balance-and-redox-defence-enzymes-in-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-and-or-after-ischemic-preconditioning-in-rats
#17
Martin Petráš, Anna Drgová, Mária Kovalská, Zuzana Tatarková, Barbara Tóthová, Oľga Križanová, Ján Lehotský
Increased level of homocysteine (hHcy) in plasma is an accompanying phenomenon of many diseases, including a brain stroke. This study determines whether hyperhomocysteinemia (which is a risk factor of brain ischemia) itself or in combination with ischemic preconditioning affects the ischemia-induced neurodegenerative changes, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), lipoperoxidation, protein oxidation, and activity of antioxidant enzymes in the rat brain cortex. The hHcy was induced by subcutaneous administration of homocysteine (0...
February 16, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207814/jmjd-5-kdm8-regulates-h3k36me2-and-is-required-for-late-steps-of-homologous-recombination-and-genome-integrity
#18
Pier Giorgio Amendola, Nico Zaghet, João J Ramalho, Jens Vilstrup Johansen, Mike Boxem, Anna Elisabetta Salcini
The eukaryotic genome is organized in a three-dimensional structure called chromatin, constituted by DNA and associated proteins, the majority of which are histones. Post-translational modifications of histone proteins greatly influence chromatin structure and regulate many DNA-based biological processes. Methylation of lysine 36 of histone 3 (H3K36) is a post-translational modification functionally relevant during early steps of DNA damage repair. Here, we show that the JMJD-5 regulates H3K36 di-methylation and it is required at late stages of double strand break repair mediated by homologous recombination...
February 16, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207618/magnetic-resonance-imaging-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-surgical-invasiveness-on-paravertebral-muscles-after-muscle-preserving-interlaminar-decompression-mild
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Hitoshi Tonomura, Yoichiro Hatta, Yasuo Mikami, Takumi Ikeda, Tomohisa Harada, Masateru Nagae, Hironori Koike, Hitoshi Hase, Toshikazu Kubo
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective study. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the extent of damage to the paravertebral muscles after muscle-preserving interlaminar decompression (MILD) using magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate changes in the multifidus muscle (MF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Short-term surgical outcomes of MILD for lumbar spinal canal stenosis (LSCS) are satisfactory; however, the extent of damage to the paravertebral muscles after MILD remains unclear...
March 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205591/protective-effect-of-17%C3%AE-estradiol-upon-hippocampal-spine-density-and-cognitive-function-in-an-animal-model-of-vascular-dementia
#20
Ying Zhu, Quanguang Zhang, Wenli Zhang, Ning Li, Yongxin Dai, Jingyi Tu, Fang Yang, Darrell W Brann, Ruimin Wang
The current study examined whether the steroid hormone, 17β-estradiol (E2) can exert long-lasting beneficial effects upon axonal health, synaptic plasticity, dementia-related amyloid-beta (Aβ) protein expression, and hippocampal-dependent cognitive function in an animal model of chronic cerebral hypoperfusion and vascular dementia (VaD). Chronic cerebral hypoperfusion and VaD was induced by bilateral common carotid artery occlusion (BCCAO) in adult male Sprague Dawley rats. Low dose E2 administered for the first 3-months after BCCAO exerted long-lasting beneficial effects, including significant neuroprotection of hippocampal CA1 neurons and preservation of hippocampal-dependent cognitive function when examined at 6-months after BCCAO...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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