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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332353/aesculetin-6-7-dihydroxycoumarin-exhibits-potent-and-selective-antitumor-activity-in-human-acute-myeloid-leukemia-cells-thp-1-via-induction-of-mitochondrial-mediated-apoptosis-and-cancer-cell-migration-inhibition
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Jian Gong, Wei-Guo Zhang, Xiao-Fen Feng, Mei-Juan Shao, Chao Xing
PURPOSE: The main target of the present research was to examine the antitumor properties of aesculetin in human acute myeloid leukemia cancer cells (THP-1) and peripheral blood mono-nucleated cells (PBMCs) (used as normal cell line model) along with the determination of its effects on induction of apoptosis, inhibition of cancer cell migration and changes in Bcl-2/Bax protein expressions. METHODS: MTT colorimetric bioassay was performed to study the impact of this natural compound on cytotoxicity of both cell types...
November 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332255/profiling-attention-and-cognition-enhancing-drugs-in-a-rat-touchscreen-based-continuous-performance-test
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Zhiyong Ding, Jordan W Brown, Lynne E Rueter, Eric G Mohler
RATIONALE: A novel rodent continuous performance test (CPT) was developed as one of the goals of the NEWMEDS (Novel Methods leading to New Medications in Depression and Schizophrenia) consortium to improve its translatability to the CPT test used in human subjects. OBJECTIVES: The objective of the study is to investigate the effects of attention and cognition enhancing drugs in rodent CPT. METHODS: A single cohort of rats were trained to asymptotic performance in the test...
January 13, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332050/supplemental-retinal-carotenoids-enhance-memory-in-healthy-individuals-with-low-levels-of-macular-pigment-in-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Rebecca Power, Robert F Coen, Stephen Beatty, Riona Mulcahy, Rachel Moran, Jim Stack, Alan N Howard, John M Nolan
BACKGROUND: There is a biologically plausible rationale whereby the dietary carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and meso-zeaxanthin (MZ), which are collectively referred to as macular pigment (MP) in the central retina (macula), support the maintenance of cognition via their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the impact of supplemental L, Z, and MZ on memory, executive function, and verbal fluency among healthy individuals with low MP levels...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332026/medicinal-plant-materials-in-the-treatment-of-anxiety-disorders-neurobiological-aspects
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Miłosz Jan Gołyszny, Ewa Obuchowicz
Context • Pathological anxiety, which affects approximately one-third of the world population, is an inadequate, irrational reaction of an organism to the environment and to a potential threat. Despite advancements in pharmacotherapy for anxiety disorders, further studies are still necessary to search for new substances possessing the desired anxiolytic effects, with as few unwanted effects as possible. Objective • This study intended to examine the characteristics of medicinal plant materials that exhibit anxiolytic properties, with a special emphasis on the mechanisms of action of their active ingredients on the systems involved in the pathophysiology of anxiety...
January 15, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331962/splicing-variant-of-wdfy4-augments-mda5-signalling-and-the-risk-of-clinically-amyopathic-dermatomyositis
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Yuta Kochi, Yoichiro Kamatani, Yuya Kondo, Akari Suzuki, Eiryo Kawakami, Ryosuke Hiwa, Yukihide Momozawa, Manabu Fujimoto, Masatoshi Jinnin, Yoshiya Tanaka, Takashi Kanda, Robert G Cooper, Hector Chinoy, Simon Rothwell, Janine A Lamb, Jiří Vencovský, Heřman Mann, Koichiro Ohmura, Keiko Myouzen, Kazuyoshi Ishigaki, Ran Nakashima, Yuji Hosono, Hiroto Tsuboi, Hidenaga Kawasumi, Yukiko Iwasaki, Hiroshi Kajiyama, Tetsuya Horita, Mariko Ogawa-Momohara, Akito Takamura, Shinichiro Tsunoda, Jun Shimizu, Keishi Fujio, Hirofumi Amano, Akio Mimori, Atsushi Kawakami, Hisanori Umehara, Tsutomu Takeuchi, Hajime Sano, Yoshinao Muro, Tatsuya Atsumi, Toshihide Mimura, Yasushi Kawaguchi, Tsuneyo Mimori, Atsushi Takahashi, Michiaki Kubo, Hitoshi Kohsaka, Takayuki Sumida, Kazuhiko Yamamoto
OBJECTIVES: Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) are a heterogeneous group of rare autoimmune diseases in which both genetic and environmental factors play important roles. To identify genetic factors of IIM including polymyositis, dermatomyositis (DM) and clinically amyopathic DM (CADM), we performed the first genome-wide association study for IIM in an Asian population. METHODS: We genotyped and tested 496 819 single nucleotide polymorphism for association using 576 patients with IIM and 6270 control subjects...
January 13, 2018: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331929/sex-related-differential-response-to-dexamethasone-in-endocrine-and-immune-measures-in-depressed-in-patients-and-healthy-controls
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Carina Rampp, Andreas Eichelkraut, Johanna Best, Darina Czamara, Monika Rex-Haffner, Manfred Uhr, Elisabeth B Binder, Andreas Menke
Although sex differences in major depression have been reported repeatedly, the underlying mechanisms are still disputed. The rapidly changing gonadal steroid concentrations of the postpartum period or during menopause have been shown to be associated with depressive symptoms and to modulate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA)-axis, which is implicated in depression. The sample comprised of 128 depressed in-patients (36.7% women) and 166 healthy controls (30.0% women). Blood was collected at baseline (at 6pm) and then 3 h as well as 21 h after ingestion of 1...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331915/theory-of-water-treatment-by-capacitive-deionization-with-redox-active-porous-electrodes
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Fan He, P M Biesheuvel, Martin Z Bazant, T Alan Hatton
Capacitive deionization (CDI) for water treatment, which relies on the capture of charged species to sustain the electrical double layers (EDLs) established within porous electrodes under an applied electrical potential, can be enhanced by the chemical attachment of fixed charged groups to the porous electrode electrodes (ECDI). It has recently been demonstrated that further improvements in capacity and energy storage can be gained by functionalization of the electrode surfaces with redox polymers in which the charge on the electrodes can be modulated through Faradaic reactions under different cell voltages in a capacitive process that can be called "Faradaic CDI" (FaCDI)...
January 3, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331911/enhanced-photocatalytic-degradation-of-sulfamethoxazole-by-zinc-oxide-photocatalyst-in-the-presence-of-fluoride-ions-optimization-of-parameters-and-toxicological-evaluation
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Amir Mirzaei, Laleh Yerushalmi, Zhi Chen, Fariborz Haghighat, Jianbo Guo
The presence of antibiotics in water bodies has received increasing attention since they are continuously introduced and detected in the environment and may cause unpredictable environmental hazards and risks. The photocatalytic degradation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) by ZnO in the presence of fluoride ions (F-ZnO) was evaluated. The effects of operating parameters on the efficiency of SMX removal were investigated by using response surface methodology (RSM). Under the optimum condition, i.e. photocatalyst dosage = 1...
January 11, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331829/additional-small-dose-of-prostaglandin-f2%C3%AE-at-timed-artificial-insemination-failed-to-improve-pregnancy-risk-of-lactating-dairy-cows
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J A Sauls, B E Voelz, L G D Mendonça, J S Stevenson
Two experiments were performed to test the hypothesis that administering PGF2α concurrent with timed artificial insemination (AI) in lactating dairy cows would enhance pregnancy per AI (P/AI). In experiment 1, lactating Holstein cows (n = 289) in one herd were enrolled after a non-pregnancy diagnosis (30-36 d after AI) to synchronize subsequent ovulation before AI. Cows were assigned randomly to receive (im) 10 mg of PGF2α concurrent with timed AI (Day 0; treatment) or no injection (control). Blood samples were collected on Days -3, 0, and 13 to determine serum concentrations of progesterone...
January 3, 2018: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331821/influences-of-cdse-ncs-on-the-photovoltaic-parameters-of-bhj-organic-solar-cells
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Fatih Ongul, Sureyya Aydin Yuksel, Cagdas Allahverdi, Sinem Bozar, Mehmet Kazici, Serap Gunes
In this study, the high quality CdSe nanocrystals (NCs) capped with stearic acid were synthesized in a solvent and then purified four times by using the precipitation and redissolution process. The average size of the synthesized CdSe NCs was determined ~3.0nm via transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurement and their corresponding optical band edge energy was also calculated as ~2.1eV using ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy. The bulk heterojunction (BHJ) hybrid solar cells based on a ternary system including P3HT, PCBM and CdSe NCs at different weight concentrations (0wt%, 0...
January 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331811/volatile-organic-compounds-vocs-removal-in-non-thermal-plasma-double-dielectric-barrier-discharge-reactor
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Muhammad Farooq Mustafa, Xindi Fu, Yanjun Liu, Yawar Abbas, Hongtao Wang, Wenjing Lu
Non-thermal plasma (NTP) an emerging technology to treat volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in unhygienic point source air streams. In present study, double dielectric barrier discharge (DDBD) reactors were used for the first time to evaluate the removal efficiency of VOCs mixture of different nature at constant experimental conditions (input power 16-65.8 W, VOCs mixture feeding rate 1-6 L/min, 100-101 ppm inlet concentration of individual VOC). Reactor A and B with discharge gap at 6 mm and 3 mm respectively, were used in current study...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331776/low-cost-screen-printed-electrodes-based-on-electrochemically-reduced-graphene-oxide-carbon-black-nanocomposites-for-dopamine-epinephrine-and-paracetamol-detection
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G Ibáñez-Redín, D Wilson, D Gonçalves, O N Oliveira
A green approach for the preparation of carbon black (CB) and electrochemically reduced graphene oxide composite (ERGO) is described based on screen printed carbon electrodes (SPCEs) fabricated on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) as electrochemical sensors. This approach leads to a heterogeneous hydrophilic surface with high concentration of defect sites according to scanning electron microscopy, contact angle and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The SPCE/CB-ERGO sensor was tested with dopamine (DA), epinephrine (EP) and paracetamol (PCM), exhibiting an enhanced electrocatalytic performance compared to the bare SPCE...
December 30, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331730/exenatide-exerts-cognitive-effects-by-modulating-the-bdnf-trkb-neurotrophic-axis-in-adult-mice
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Manuela Bomba, Alberto Granzotto, Vanessa Castelli, Noemi Massetti, Elena Silvestri, Lorella M T Canzoniero, Annamaria Cimini, Stefano L Sensi
Modulation of insulin-dependent signaling is emerging as a valuable therapeutic tool to target neurodegeneration. In the brain, the activation of insulin receptors promotes cell growth, neuronal repair, and protection. Altered brain insulin signaling participates in the cognitive decline seen in Alzheimer's disease patients and the aging brain. Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) regulates insulin secretion and, along with GLP-1 analogues, enhances neurotrophic signaling and counteracts cognitive deficits in preclinical models of neurodegeneration...
December 19, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331728/the-effect-of-bioadhesive-on-the-interfacial-compatibility-and-pervaporation-performance-of-composite-membranes-by-md-and-gcmc-simulation
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Baohe Wang, Yan Nie, Jing Ma
Combing molecular dynamics (MD) and Grand Canonical Monte Carlo (GCMC) simulation, the effect of bioadhesive transition layer on the interfacial compatibility of the pervaporation composite membranes, and the pervaporation performance toward penetrant molecules were investigated. In our previous experimental study, the structural stability and permeability selectivity of the composite membranes were considerably enhanced by the introduction of bioadhesive carbopol (CP). In the present study, the interfacial compatibility and the interfacial energies between the chitosan (CS) separation layer, CP transition layer and the support layer were investigated, respectively...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331658/sulforaphene-enhances-the-efficacy-of-photodynamic-therapy-in-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer-through-ras-raf-mek-erk-pathway-suppression
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Saswata Chatterjee, Yunhee Rhee, Phil-Sang Chung, Rui-Feng Ge, Jin-Chul Ahn
Sulforaphene (SFE), a natural isothiocyanate from cruciferous vegetables has shown a potential anticancer effect against cervical and lung cancer. Palliative treatments like photodynamic therapy (PDT) are being implemented for a long time however, the results are still not promising in case of aggressive cancers like anaplastic thyroid cancer. The objective of this work is to establish an alternative method with the combination of photofrin-PDT and sulforaphene, a natural isothiocyanate from cruciferous vegetables, against human anaplastic thyroid cancer to enhance the efficacy of PDT...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331564/direct-renin-inhibition-is-not-enough-to-prevent-reactive-oxygen-species-generation-and-vascular-dysfunction-in-renovascular-hypertension
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Alisson Martins-Oliveira, Danielle A Guimaraes, Carla S Ceron, Elen Rizzi, Diogo M M Oliveira, Carlos R Tirapelli, Dulce E Casarini, Fernanda B Fernandes, Lucas C Pinheiro, Jose E Tanus-Santos
Renin-angiotensin system activation promotes oxidative stress and endothelial dysfunction. However, no previous study has examined the effects of the renin inhibitior aliskiren, either alone or combined with angiotensin II type 1 antagonists on alterations induced by two-kidney, one-clip (2K1C) hypertension. We compared the vascular effects of aliskiren (50mg/kg/day), losartan (10mg/kg/day), or both by gavage for 4 weeks in 2K1C and control rats. Treatment with losartan, aliskiren, or both exerted similar antihypertensive effects...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331537/preparation-of-acetylated-nanofibrillated-cellulose-from-corn-stalk-microcrystalline-cellulose-and-its-reinforcing-effect-on-starch-films
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Li Cheng, Dongli Zhang, Zhengbiao Gu, Zhaofeng Li, Yan Hong, Caiming Li
Acetylated nanofibrillated cellulose (ANFC) with different degrees of substitution (DS) was prepared from corn-stalk microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) using chemical-mechanical combined processes. The physicochemical properties of nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) and ANFC were investigated together with the influence of added nanoparticles on the mechanical properties of starch films. The acetylation reaction was monitored by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and titration. Particle size and morphological of NFC and ANFC were studied by atomic force microscope (AFM)...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331387/tumor-associated-macrophages-and-angiogenesis-dual-recognizable-nanoparticles-for-enhanced-cancer-chemotherapy
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Duo Cao, Lin Liang, Yixin Xu, Ji Sun, Meng Lei, Man Wang, Yahui Wei, Zhenliang Sun
Tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) and angiogenesis are increasingly considered as the pivotal factors that affect tumor progress. Herein, we developed the paclitaxel (PTX)-loaded nanoparticles (NP/PTX) and decorated it with an innovative peptide YI (YINP/PTX) for simultaneously targeting delivery of drug to TAMs and angiogenesis. We demonstrated that the modification of YI peptide significantly enhanced the internalization of nanoparticles by cells, accumulation of nanoparticles in tumor tissues, but down regulated the distribution of them in normal tissues especially the liver...
January 10, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331360/fully-automated-segmentation-of-polycystic-kidneys-from-noncontrast-computed-tomography-a-feasibility-study-and-preliminary-results
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Dario Turco, Maddalena Valinoti, Eva Maria Martin, Carlo Tagliaferri, Francesco Scolari, Cristiana Corsi
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Total kidney volume is an important biomarker for the evaluation of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease progression. In this study, we present a novel approach for automated segmentation of polycystic kidneys from non-contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) images. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Non-contrast-enhanced CT images were acquired from 21 patients with a diagnosis of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. Kidney volumes obtained from the fully automated method were compared to volumes obtained by manual segmentation and evaluated using linear regression and Bland-Altman analyses...
January 10, 2018: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331348/effects-of-l-tryptophan-on-the-growth-intestinal-enzyme-activities-and-non-specific-immune-response-of-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus-selenka-exposed-to-crowding-stress
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Endong Zhang, Shuanglin Dong, Fang Wang, Xiangli Tian, Qinfeng Gao
In order to reveal the effects of l-tryptophan (Trp) on the physiology and immune response of sea cucumber (Apostichopus japonicus Selenka) exposed to crowding stress, four density groups of sea cucumbers (i.e. 4, 8, 16 and 32 individuals per 40 L water, represented as L, ML, MH and H) were fed with diets containing 0, 1, 3 and 5% l-tryptophan respectively for 75 days. The results showed that the specific growth rates (SGR) of the sea cucumber fed with diet with 3% Trp (L, 2.1; ML, 1.76; MH, 1.2; H, 0.7) were significantly higher than those fed with basal diet without Trp supplementation (P < ...
January 10, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
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