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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156323/early-life-exposure-to-per-and-polyfluoroalkyl-substances-and-mid-childhood-lipid-and-alanine-aminotransferase-levels
#1
Ana M Mora, Abby F Fleisch, Sheryl L Rifas-Shiman, Jennifer A Woo Baidal, Larissa Pardo, Thomas F Webster, Antonia M Calafat, Xiaoyun Ye, Emily Oken, Sharon K Sagiv
BACKGROUND: Growing evidence suggests that exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) may disrupt lipid homeostasis and liver function, but data in children are limited. OBJECTIVE: We examined the association of prenatal and mid-childhood PFAS exposure with lipids and alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels in children. METHODS: We studied 682 mother-child pairs from a Boston-area pre-birth cohort. We quantified PFASs in maternal plasma collected in pregnancy (median 9...
November 17, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156315/genus-and-species-level-identification-of-dermatophyte-fungi-by-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#2
Evelin Witkowska, Tomasz Jagielski, Agnieszka Kamińska
This paper demonstrates that surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) coupled with principal component analysis (PCA) can serve as a fast and reliable technique for detection and identification of dermatophyte fungi at both genus and species level. Dermatophyte infections are the most common mycotic diseases worldwide, affecting a quarter of the human population. Currently, there is no optimal method for detection and identification of fungal diseases, as each has certain limitations. Here, for the first time, we have achieved with a high accuracy, differentiation of dermatophytes representing three major genera, i...
November 3, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156148/cm-101-type-i-collagen-targeted-mr-imaging-probe-for-detection-of-liver-fibrosis
#3
Christian T Farrar, Eric M Gale, Richard Kennan, Ian Ramsay, Ricard Masia, Gunisha Arora, Kailyn Looby, Lan Wei, Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, Michelle M Bunzel, Chunlian Zhang, Yonghua Zhu, Taro E Akiyama, Michael Klimas, Shirly Pinto, Himashinie Diyabalanage, Kenneth K Tanabe, Valerie Humblet, Bryan C Fuchs, Peter Caravan
Purpose To evaluate the biodistribution, metabolism, and pharmacokinetics of a new type I collagen-targeted magnetic resonance (MR) probe, CM-101, and to assess its ability to help quantify liver fibrosis in animal models. Materials and Methods Biodistribution, pharmacokinetics, and stability of CM-101 in rats were measured with mass spectrometry. Bile duct-ligated (BDL) and sham-treated rats were imaged 19 days after the procedure by using a 1.5-T clinical MR imaging unit. Mice were treated with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) or with vehicle two times a week for 10 weeks and were imaged with a 7...
November 20, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154899/combining-diagnostic-methods-for-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-a-comparative-approach
#4
Sylvia Natalie Kłodzińska, Petra Alexandra Priemel, Thomas Rades, Hanne Mørck Nielsen
BACKGROUND: The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) is a measure of antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) of a given antibiotic, but provides insufficient information when bacterial killing is crucial, e.g. when treating immunocompromised patients. In these cases, the minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) is a more reliable measure of antibiotic activity. Here, we aim to demonstrate and recommend combinations of methods for MIC and MBC measurements. We also aim to emphasize the importance of uniform protocols for these procedures including the time point for reading MIC results, which the authors suggest to be 20h...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154893/an-interleaved-sequence-for-simultaneous-magnetic-resonance-angiography-mra-susceptibility-weighted-imaging-swi-and-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping-qsm
#5
Yongsheng Chen, Saifeng Liu, Sagar Buch, Jiani Hu, Yan Kang, E Mark Haacke
PURPOSE: To image the entire vasculature of the brain with complete suppression of signal from background tissue using a single 3D excitation interleaved rephased/dephased multi-echo gradient echo sequence. This ensures no loss of signal from fast flow and provides co-registered susceptibility weighted images (SWI) and quantitative susceptibility maps (QSM) from the same scan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The suppression of background tissue was accomplished by subtracting the flow-dephased images from the flow-rephased images with the same echo time of 12...
November 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154539/electrokinetic-removal-of-dodecyl-sulfate-micelles-from-digested-protein-samples-prior-to-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#6
Ria Marni Tubaon, Paul Raymond Haddad, Joselito P Quirino
In proteomics, dodecyl sulfate (DS-) as sodium salt is commonly used in protein solubilization prior to tryptic digestion, but the presence of the DS- hampers the electrospray ionization mass spectrometric (ESI-MS) analysis. The development of DS- depletion techniques is therefore important especially when dealing with small samples where there could be poor sensitivity due to sample loss or dilution during sample preparation. Here, we present a simple and fast electrokinetic removal method of DS- from small volumes of peptide and digested protein samples prior to ESI-MS...
November 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154507/relationship-between-selected-micronutrient-deficiencies-and-oxidative-stress-biomarkers-in-diabetes-mellitus-patients-with-foot-ulcers-in-ibadan-nigeria
#7
Elizabeth Bosede Bolajoko, Olubayo Michael Akınosun, John Anetor, Kensese Sontin Mossanda
Background/aim: Micronutrients are indispensable in the prevention of diseases and maintenance of good health. Their deficiencies have been implicated in several diseases associated with oxidative stress (OS). This study aimed at investigating the levels of some vitamins and minerals in association with OS markers in diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) patients in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria. Materials and methods: Seventy DFU patients and 50 apparently healthy volunteers (controls) were recruited for the study. Blood samples of 10 mL were collected after a 10-h overnight fast from each participant after obtaining their consent...
August 23, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154193/fundamentals-on-the-biochemistry-of-peroxynitrite-and-protein-tyrosine-nitration
#8
REVIEW
Silvina Bartesaghi, Rafael Radi
In this review we provide an analysis of the biochemistry of peroxynitrite and tyrosine nitration. Peroxynitrite is the product of the diffusion-controlled reaction between superoxide (O2(•)(-)) and nitric oxide ((•)NO). This process is in competition with the enzymatic dismutation of O2(•-) and the diffusion of (•)NO across cells and tissues and its reaction with molecular targets (e.g. guanylate cyclase). Understanding the kinetics and compartmentalization of the O2(•-) / (•)NO interplay is critical to rationalize the shift of (•)NO from a physiological mediator to a cytotoxic intermediate...
September 19, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153088/methodology-of-analysis-of-very-weak-acids-by-isotachophoresis-with-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometric-detection-anionic-electrolyte-systems-for-the-medium-alkaline-ph-range
#9
Zdena Malá, Petr Gebauer
This work describes for the first time a functional electrolyte system setup for anionic isotachophoresis (ITP) with electrospray-ionization mass-spectrometric (ESI-MS) detection in the neutral to medium-alkaline pH range. So far no application was published on the analysis of very weak acids by anionic ITP-MS although there is a broad spectrum of potential analytes with pKa values in the range 5-10, where application of this technique promises interesting gains in both sensitivity and specificity. The problem so far was the lack of anionic ESI-compatible ITP systems in the mentioned pH range as all typical volatile anionic system components are fully ionized at neutral and alkaline pH and thus too fast to suit as terminators...
January 15, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152896/trimetazidine-restores-the-positive-adaptation-to-exercise-training-by-mitigating-statin-induced-skeletal-muscle-injury
#10
Ming Song, Fang-Fang Chen, Yi-Hui Li, Lei Zhang, Feng Wang, Ran-Ran Qin, Zhi-Hao Wang, Ming Zhong, Meng-Xiong Tang, Wei Zhang, Lu Han
BACKGROUND: Exercise rehabilitation is demonstrated to improve the prognosis of patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). Statins, as the key medicine to lower cholesterol in CHD, result in skeletal muscle injury and impair exercise training adaptation. Energy metabolism dysfunction is identified as the potential mechanism underlying statin-induced skeletal muscle injury. In this study, we investigated the effects of the metabolic modulator trimetazidine on skeletal muscle energy metabolism and statin-associated exercise intolerance...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152572/a-null-mutation-in-serpine1-protects-against-biological-aging-in-humans
#11
Sadiya S Khan, Sanjiv J Shah, Ekaterina Klyachko, Abigail S Baldridge, Mesut Eren, Aaron T Place, Abraham Aviv, Eli Puterman, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Meadow Heiman, Toshio Miyata, Sweta Gupta, Amy D Shapiro, Douglas E Vaughan
Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) has been shown to be a key component of the senescence-related secretome and a direct mediator of cellular senescence. In murine models of accelerated aging, genetic deficiency and targeted inhibition of PAI-1 protect against aging-like pathology and prolong life span. However, the role of PAI-1 in human longevity remains unclear. We hypothesized that a rare loss-of-function mutation in SERPINE1 (c.699_700dupTA), which encodes PAI-1, could play a role in longevity and metabolism in humans...
November 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152521/isokinetic-strength-deficit-6-months-after-adductor-canal-blockade-for-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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James E Christensen, Natalie E Taylor, Scott J Hetzel, John A Shepler, Tamara A Scerpella
Background: Recent evidence shows a delayed return to sport in children and delayed quadriceps recovery in both adults and children who have undergone anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with concomitant femoral nerve blockade (FNB) compared with those who had no blockade. We evaluated the use of adductor canal blockade (ACB), as an alternative to FNB, at the time of ACL reconstruction. Hypothesis: Patients who receive ACB will have greater isokinetic strength at 6 months postoperative compared with patients who receive FNB at the time of ACL reconstruction...
November 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152179/flight-is-the-key-to-postprandial-blood-glucose-balance-in-the-fruit-bats-eonycteris-spelaea-and-cynopterus-sphinx
#13
Xingwen Peng, Xiangyang He, Qi Liu, Yunxiao Sun, Hui Liu, Qin Zhang, Jie Liang, Zhen Peng, Zhixiao Liu, Libiao Zhang
Excessive sugar consumption could lead to high blood glucose levels that are harmful to mammalian health and life. Despite consuming large amounts of sugar-rich food, fruit bats have a longer lifespan, raising the question of how these bats overcome potential hyperglycemia. We investigated the change of blood glucose level in nectar-feeding bats (Eonycteris spelaea) and fruit-eating bats (Cynopterus sphinx) via adjusting their sugar intake and time of flight. We found that the maximum blood glucose level of C...
November 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151592/diet-resistant-obesity-is-characterized-by-a-distinct-plasma-proteomic-signature-and-impaired-muscle-fiber-metabolism
#14
A B Thrush, G Antoun, M Nikpay, D A Patten, C DeVlugt, J-F Mauger, B L Beauchamp, P Lau, R Reshke, É Doucet, P Imbeault, R Boushel, D Gibbings, J Hager, A Valsesia, R Slack, O Y Al-Dirbashi, R Dent, R McPherson, M-E Harper
BACKGROUND/OBJECT: Inter-individual variability in weight loss during obesity treatment is complex and poorly understood. Here we use whole body and tissue approaches to investigate fuel oxidation characteristics in skeletal muscle fibers, cells, and distinct circulating protein biomarkers before and after a high fat meal (HFM) challenge in those who lost the most (obese diet-sensitive; ODS), vs the least (obese diet-resistant; ODR) amount of weight in a highly controlled weight management program...
November 20, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151349/changes-in-enzyme-structural-dynamics-studied-by-hydrogen-exchange-mass-spectrometry-ligand-binding-effects-or-catalytically-relevant-motions
#15
Courtney S Fast, Siavash Vahidi, Lars Konermann
It is believed that enzyme catalysis is facilitated by conformational dynamics of the protein scaffold that surrounds the active site. Yet, the exact nature of catalytically relevant protein motions remains largely unknown. Hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX) mass spectrometry (MS) reports on backbone H-bond fluctuations. HDX/MS therefore represents a promising avenue for probing the relationship between enzyme dynamics and catalysis. A seemingly straightforward strategy for such measurements involves comparative measurements during substrate turnover and in the resting state...
November 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151120/biomechanical-stress-in-myocardial-infarctions-can-endothelin-1-and-growth-differentiation-factor-15-serve-as-immunohistochemical-markers
#16
M Falk, R Huhn, F Behmenburg, St Ritz-Timme, F Mayer
Myocardial infarctions go along with biomechanical stress, i.e. stretching of muscle fibres, and the expression of certain marker molecules. We tested if two of those markers, endothelin-1 (ET-1) and growth differentiation factor 15 (GDF-15), can be used as immunohistochemical markers for myocardial ischaemia/infarctions. The study included experiments with an animal model, the isolated perfused Langendorff heart, as well as the investigation of human tissue samples drawn during autopsies. The overall picture of our results showed that GDF-15 is very sensitive and expressed very fast, not only as a consequence of ischaemia/infarctions, but also under other circumstances...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150696/impact-of-prolonged-overfeeding-on-skeletal-muscle-mitochondria-in-healthy-individuals
#17
Frederico G S Toledo, Darcy L Johannsen, Jeffrey D Covington, Sudip Bajpeyi, Bret Goodpaster, Kevin E Conley, Eric Ravussin
AIMS/HYPOTHESES: Reduced mitochondrial capacity in skeletal muscle has been observed in obesity and type 2 diabetes. In humans, the aetiology of this abnormality is not well understood but the possibility that it is secondary to the stress of nutrient overload has been suggested. To test this hypothesis, we examined whether sustained overfeeding decreases skeletal muscle mitochondrial content or impairs function. METHODS: Twenty-six healthy volunteers (21 men, 5 women, age 25...
November 17, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150441/co-ii-and-ni-ii-binding-of-the-escherichia-coli-transcriptional-repressor-rcnr-orders-its-n-terminus-alters-helix-dynamics-and-reduces-dna-affinity
#18
Hsin-Ting Huang, Cedric E Bobst, Jeffrey S Iwig, Peter T Chivers, Igor A Kaltashov, Michael J Maroney
RcnR, a transcriptional regulator in Escherichia coli, derepresses the expression of the export proteins RcnAB upon binding Ni(II) or Co(II). Lack of structural information has precluded elucidation of the allosteric basis for the decreased DNA affinity in RcnR's metal-bound states. Here, using hydrogen-deuterium exchange coupled with MS (HDX-MS), we probed the RcnR structure in the presence of DNA, the cognate metal ions Ni(II) and Co(II), or the noncognate metal ion Zn(II). We found that cognate metal binding altered the flexibility from the N-terminus through helix 1 and modulated the RcnR-DNA interaction...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149606/chronic-stress-alters-striosome-circuit-dynamics-leading-to-aberrant-decision-making
#19
Alexander Friedman, Daigo Homma, Bernard Bloem, Leif G Gibb, Ken-Ichi Amemori, Dan Hu, Sebastien Delcasso, Timothy F Truong, Joyce Yang, Adam S Hood, Katrina A Mikofalvy, Dirk W Beck, Norah Nguyen, Erik D Nelson, Sebastian E Toro Arana, Ruth H Vorder Bruegge, Ki A Goosens, Ann M Graybiel
Effective evaluation of costs and benefits is a core survival capacity that in humans is considered as optimal, "rational" decision-making. This capacity is vulnerable in neuropsychiatric disorders and in the aftermath of chronic stress, in which aberrant choices and high-risk behaviors occur. We report that chronic stress exposure in rodents produces abnormal evaluation of costs and benefits resembling non-optimal decision-making in which choices of high-cost/high-reward options are sharply increased...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149547/engineering-escherichia-coli-co-cultures-for-production-of-curcuminoids-from-glucose
#20
Zhen Fang, J Andrew Jones, Jingwen Zhou, Mattheos A G Koffas
Curcuminoids have attracted increasing attention because of the antioxidant, anticancer, and antitumor activities while their production is limited because of its main source, turmeric plant, demonstrates extensive seasonal variation. In this study, we constructed Escherichia coli co-culture system for the rapid production of curcuminoids from glucose. Firstly, the overexpression of curcuminoid synthase and four different strategies related to increasing the intracellular malonyl-CoA pool were conducted in engineered E...
November 17, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
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