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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735524/characterization-of-cytoskeleton-features-and-maturation-status-of-cultured-human-ipsc-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Christian Zuppinger, George Gibbons, Priyanka Dutta-Passecker, Adrian Segiser, Henriette Most, Thomas M Suter
Recent innovations in stem cell technologies and the availability of human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) have opened new possibilities for studies and drug testing on human cardiomyocytes in vitro. Still, there are concerns about the precise nature of such 'reprogrammed' cells. We have performed an investigation using immunocytochemistry and confocal microscopy on several cellular features using commercially available hiPSC-CMs. For some selected developmentally regulated or cardiac chamber-specific proteins, we have compared the results from hiPSC-derived cardiomyocytes with freshly isolated, ventricular cardiomyocytes from adult rats...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735521/myd88-erk-nfkb%C3%A2-pathways-and-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-release-in-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells-stimulated-by-porphyromonas%C3%A2-gingivalis
#2
Francesca Diomede, Maria Zingariello, Marcos F X B Cavalcanti, Ilaria Merciaro, Jacopo Pizzicannella, Natalia De Isla, Sergio Caputi, Patrizia Ballerini, Oriana Trubiani
The present study was aimed at investigating whether human Periodontal Ligament Stem Cells (hPDLSCs) were capable of sensing and reacting to lipopolysaccharide from Porphyromonas gingivalis (LPS-G) which is widely recognized as a major pathogen in the development and progression of periodontitis. At this purpose hPDLCs were stimulated with 5 μg/mL LPS-G various times and the expression of toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) was evaluated. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play an essential role in innate immune signaling in response to microbial infections, and in particular TLR4, type-I transmembrane proteins, has been shown recognizing LPS-G...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735515/determination-of-cell-fate-in-skeletal-muscle-following-bmp-gene-transfer-by-in-vivo-electroporation
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Mariko Kawai, Yu-Ki Ohmori, Mai Nishino, Masayo Yoshida, Kaori Tabata, Do-Saku Hirota, Ayako Ryu-Mon, Hiromitsu Yamamoto, Junya Sonobe, Yo-Hei Kataoka, Noriko Shiotsu, Mika Ikegame, Hiroki Maruyama, Toshio Yamamoto, Kazuhisa Bessho, Kiyoshi Ohura
We previously developed a novel method for gene transfer, which combined a non-viral gene expression vector with transcutaneous in vivo electroporation. We applied this method to transfer the bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) gene and induce ectopic bone formation in rat skeletal muscles. At present, it remains unclear which types of cells can differentiate into osteogenic cells after BMP gene transfer by in vivo electroporation. Two types of stem cells in skeletal muscle can differentiate into osteogenic cells: muscle-derived stem cells, and bone marrow-derived stem cells in the blood...
May 5, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735497/conceptual-dft-analysis-of-the-regioselectivity-of-1-3-dipolar-cycloadditions-nitrones-as-a-case-of-study
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Ramón Alain Miranda-Quintana, Marco Martínez González, David Hernández-Castillo, Luis A Montero-Cabrera, Paul W Ayers, Christophe Morell
The regioselectivity of the 1,3-dipolar cycloaddition of a model nitrone with a set of dipolarophiles, presenting diverse electronic effects, is analyzed using conceptual density functional theory (DFT) methods. We deviate from standard approaches based on frontier molecular orbitals and formulations of the local hard/soft acid/base principle and use instead the dual descriptor. A detailed analysis is carried out to determine the influence of the way to calculate the dual descriptor, the computational procedure, basis set and choice of method to condensate the values of this descriptor...
August 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735495/neuroanatomical-and-resting-state-eeg-power-correlates-of-central-hearing-loss-in-older-adults
#5
Nathalie Giroud, Sarah Hirsiger, Raphaela Muri, Andrea Kegel, Norbert Dillier, Martin Meyer
To gain more insight into central hearing loss, we investigated the relationship between cortical thickness and surface area, speech-relevant resting state EEG power, and above-threshold auditory measures in older adults and younger controls. Twenty-three older adults and 13 younger controls were tested with an adaptive auditory test battery to measure not only traditional pure-tone thresholds, but also above individual thresholds of temporal and spectral processing. The participants' speech recognition in noise (SiN) was evaluated, and a T1-weighted MRI image obtained for each participant...
July 22, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735494/trends-in-use-of-warfarin-and-direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-atrial-fibrillation-in-norway-2010-to-2015
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Lars J Kjerpeseth, Hanne Ellekjær, Randi Selmer, Inger Ariansen, Kari Furu, Eva Skovlund
PURPOSE: Since 2011, several direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs; dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban) have been introduced as alternatives to warfarin for stroke prophylaxis in atrial fibrillation. We wanted to investigate changes in utilization of oral anticoagulants for atrial fibrillation in Norway following the introduction of DOACs. METHODS: Using nationwide registries, we identified all adults with pharmacy dispensings for warfarin or DOACs between January 2010 and December 2015 in Norway, and used ambulatory reimbursement codes to identify atrial fibrillation as indication...
July 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735473/low-concentration-bpaf-and-bpf-induced-cell-biological-effects-are-mediated-by-ros-in-mcf-7-breast-cancer-cells
#7
Bingli Lei, Su Sun, Jie Xu, Chenglian Feng, Yingxin Yu, Gang Xu, Minghong Wu, Wei Peng
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) induced by bisphenol A (BPA) have been implicated in cellular oxidative damage and carcinogenesis. It is not known whether the potential alternatives of BPA, bisphenol AF (BPAF), and bisphenol F (BPF) can also induce ROS involved in mediating biological responses. This study evaluated the toxicity of BPAF and BPF on cell proliferation, DNA damage, intracellular calcium homeostasis, and ROS generation in MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. The results showed that BPAF at 0.001-1 μM and BPF at 0...
July 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735472/assessment-of-soils-contamination-with-veterinary-antibiotic-residues-in-northern-poland-using-developed-mae-spe-lc-ms-ms-methods
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Paulina Łukaszewicz, Jolanta Kumirska, Anna Białk-Bielińska, Joanna Dołżonek, Piotr Stepnowski
Among the wide range of compounds reaching the soil are the veterinary antimicrobials. Since no regulations regarding acceptable levels of drug concentrations in the environment exist, monitoring tests, particularly concerning soils, are carried out very rarely. This study presents a preliminary assessment of the contamination of agricultural soils in Northern Poland with seven antimicrobial veterinary medicines which has never been carried out before. Veterinary drugs were detected in 54% of the examined soil samples; the most commonly detected drugs were sulfonamides and trimethoprim...
July 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735471/effect-of-processing-conditions-on-degree-of-hydrolysis-ace-inhibition-and-antioxidant-activities-of-protein-hydrolysate-from-acetes-indicus
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Vignaesh Dhanabalan, Martin Xavier, Nagalakshmi Kannuchamy, Kurukkan Kunnath Asha, Chongtham Baru Singh, Amjad Balange
Protein hydrolysate was prepared from Acetes indicus which is a major bycatch among non-penaeid prawn landings of India. Hydrolysis conditions (enzyme to substrate ratio and time) for preparing protein hydrolysates using alcalase enzyme were optimized by response surface methodology using central composite design. The optimum conditions for enzyme-substrate ratio (mL/100 g) of 1.57, 1.69, 1.60, 1.56, and 1.50 and for hydrolysis time of 97.18, 96.5, 98.15 min, 102.48, and 88.44 min were established for attaining maximum yield, degree of hydrolysis, 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl, angiotensin I-converting enzyme-inhibiting activity, and metal-chelating activity, respectively...
July 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735469/phylogenetic-relationships-between-dicrocoelium-chinensis-populations-in-japan-and-china-based-on-mitochondrial-nad1-gene-sequences
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Kei Hayashi, WenQiang Tang, Yuma Ohari, Maiko Ohtori, Uday Kumar Mohanta, Kayoko Matsuo, Hiroshi Sato, Tadashi Itagaki
We carried out phylogenetic analyses of the relationships between Dicrocoelium chinensis populations in Japan and China using molecular markers. One hundred nine lancet flukes collected from Japan and China were identified as D. chinensis based on their testis orientation and the nucleotide sequences of their ribosomal ITS2. These flukes were analyzed phylogenetically using mitochondrial nad1 gene sequences. An analysis of molecular variance found that the percentage of variation between the countries was extremely high, indicating that the D...
July 22, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735448/inhibitory-effects-of-andrographolide-on-activated-macrophages-and-adjuvant-induced-arthritis
#11
Swati Gupta, Kamla Prasad Mishra, Shashi Bala Singh, Lilly Ganju
Andrographolide, a diterpenoid lactone obtained from plant Andrographis paniculata, is used in South Asian countries to relieve various inflammatory symptoms. To study the effects of this agent, the impact of andrographolide on production of inflammatory mediators were delineated in mouse peritoneal macrophages (PMϕ). Inflammatory mediators like nitric oxide (NO), tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α, interleukin-6 and related molecular mechanisms of andrographolide-mediated inhibition of enzymes/transcription factors were studied...
July 22, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735435/examination-of-honeys-and-flowers-as-soil-element-indicators
#12
Nikolett Czipa, Gerda Diósi, Clive Phillips, Béla Kovács
Detection of soil element deficiencies is time consuming, requiring a major commitment for field work and analysis. Bees concentrate some elements in their honey which could allow soil element concentrations to be predicted without having to take large numbers of soil samples. We measured 14 element concentrations in soil, sunflower, acacia flower and honey samples from two different regions of Hungary. Across sites, the elements with significant correlation coefficients between honey and soil concentrations, in descending order of probability, were Cu > Ba >Sr = Ni > Zn > Mn = Pb >As...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735423/the-anticoagulant-effect-of-heparin-during-radiofrequency-ablation-rfa-in-patients-taking-apixaban-or-rivaroxaban
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L C Brendel, F Dobler, G Hessling, J Michel, S L Braun, A L Steinsiek, P Groha, R Eckl, I Deisenhofer, A Hyseni, M Roest, I Ott, B Steppich
PURPOSE: Measuring the anticoagulant effect of heparin during radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in patients taking apixaban and rivaroxaban is challenging, since the activated coagulation time (ACT) does not seem to reflect the true anticoagulant activity of these drugs. We therefore evaluated coagulation properties of apixaban and rivaroxaban during RFA by different coagulation assays to better monitor periprocedural hemostasis. METHODS: The study included 90 patients (61 ± 12 years) with atrial fibrillation who underwent RFA procedures...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735421/ammonia-released-by-streptomyces-aburaviensis-induces-droplet-formation-in-streptomyces-violaceoruber
#14
Kathrin Schmidt, Dieter Spiteller
Streptomyces violaceoruber grown in co-culture with Streptomyces aburaviensis produces an about 17-fold higher volume of droplets on its aerial mycelium than in single-culture. Physical separation of the Streptomyces strains by either a plastic barrier or by a dialysis membrane, which allowed communication only by the exchange of volatile compounds or diffusible compounds in the medium, respectively, still resulted in enhanced droplet formation. The application of molecular sieves to bioassays resulted in the attenuation of the droplet-inducing effect of S...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735419/modulation-of-human-kv4-3-kchip2-channel-inactivation-kinetics-by-cytoplasmic-ca-2
#15
Christiane Groen, Robert Bähring
The transient outward current (I to) in the human heart is mediated by Kv4.3 channels complexed with Kv channel interacting protein (KChIP) 2, a cytoplasmic Ca(2+)-binding EF-hand protein known to modulate Kv4.3 inactivation gating upon heterologous co-expression. We studied Kv4.3 channels co-expressed with wild-type (wt) or EF-hand-mutated (ΔEF) KChIP2 in human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293 cells. Co-expression took place in the absence or presence of BAPTA-AM, and macroscopic currents were recorded in the whole-cell patch-clamp configuration with different free Ca(2+) concentrations in the patch-pipette...
July 22, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735413/echocardiographic-and-hemodynamic-assessment-for-predicting-early-clinical-events-in-severe-acute-mitral-regurgitation
#16
Shin Watanabe, Kenneth Fish, Guillaume Bonnet, Carlos G Santos-Gallego, Lauren Leonardson, Roger J Hajjar, Kiyotake Ishikawa
The diagnostic role of echocardiographic and hemodynamic assessment in acute mitral regurgitation (AMR) remains unclear. The central question of this study was to determine if echocardiographic and hemodynamic parameters can predict early clinical events in AMR. AMR was induced by percutaneously severing the mitral valve chordae tendineae in 39 Yorkshire pigs. Immediately after AMR induction, echocardiographic and hemodynamic exams were performed, and compared between those who died and those who survived within 30-days of the procedure...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735396/isolation-of-polysomal-rna-for-analyzing-stress-responsive-genes-regulated-at-the-translational-level-in-plants
#17
Yong-Fang Li, Ramamurthy Mahalingam, Ramanjulu Sunkar
Alteration of gene expression is an essential mechanism, which allows plants to respond and adapt to adverse environmental conditions. Transcriptome and proteome analyses in plants exposed to abiotic stresses revealed that protein levels are not correlated with the changes in corresponding mRNAs, indicating regulation at translational level is another major regulator for gene expression. Analysis of translatome, which refers to all mRNAs associated with ribosomes, thus has the potential to bridge the gap between transcriptome and proteome...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735388/epigenetics-and-rna-processing-connections-to-drought-salt-and-aba
#18
Min May Wong, Geeng Loo Chong, Paul E Verslues
There have been great research advances in epigenetics, RNA splicing, and mRNA processing over recent years. In parallel, there have been many advances in abiotic stress and Abscisic Acid (ABA) signaling. Here we overview studies that have examined stress-induced changes in the epigenome and RNA processing as well as cases where disrupting these processes changes the plant response to abiotic stress. We also highlight some examples where specific connections of stress or ABA signaling to epigenetics or RNA processing have been found...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735383/brucellosis-causes-alteration-in-trace-elements-and-oxidative-stress-factors
#19
Naser Zanganeh, Ehsan Siahpoushi, Nejat Kheiripour, Sima Kazemi, Mohammad Taghi Goodarzi, Mohammad Yousef Alikhani
Brucellosis is regarded as one of the most common diseases among humans and livestock. In the present study, we aimed to assess the effect of this disease on the level of various cations including copper (Cu), manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn), and magnesium (Mg) as well as oxidative stress status in the serum of people suffering from brucellosis. The present case-study was carried out on 40 patients with brucellosis (case) and 20 healthy people (control). Blood specimens were taken from all the people and the level of essential trace elements and oxidative stress status were measured...
July 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735368/mdma-induced-indifference-to-negative-sounds-is-mediated-by-the-5-ht2a-receptor
#20
K P C Kuypers, R de la Torre, Farre, N Pizarro, L Xicota, J G Ramaekers
BACKGROUND: MDMA has been shown to induce feelings of sociability, a positive emotional bias and enhanced empathy. While previous research has used only visual emotional stimuli, communication entails more than that single dimension and it is known that auditory information is also crucial in this process. In addition, it is, however, unclear what the neurobiological mechanism underlying these MDMA effects on social behaviour is. Previously, studies have shown that MDMA-induced emotional excitability and positive mood are linked to the action on the serotonin (5-HT) 2A receptor...
July 22, 2017: Psychopharmacology
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