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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922655/zymosan-a-protects-the-hematopoietic-system-from-radiation-induced-damage-by-targeting-tlr2-signaling-pathway
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Jicong Du, Ying Cheng, Suhe Dong, Pei Zhang, Jiaming Guo, Jiaqi Han, Fu Gao, Hainan Zhao, Ding Sun, Jianguo Cui, Jianming Cai, Cong Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The hematopoietic system is vulnerable to ionizing radiation and is often severely damaged by radiation. Molecules affecting radioresistance include Toll-like receptor 2. We investigated whether Zymosan-A, a novel TLR2 agonist, can protect the hematopoietic system from radiation-induced damage after total body irradiation. METHODS: Mice were exposed to total body radiation after treatment with Zymosan-A or normal saline, and their survival was recorded...
September 1, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921805/cytochrome-p450-diversification-and-hostplant-utilization-patterns-in-specialist-and-generalist-moths-birth-death-and-adaptation
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Bernarda Calla, Katherine Noble, Reed M Johnson, Kimberly K O Walden, Mary A Schuler, Hugh M Robertson, May R Berenbaum
Across insect genomes, the size of the cytochrome P450 monooxygenase (CYP) gene superfamily varies widely. CYPome size variation has been attributed to reciprocal adaptive radiations in insect detoxification genes in response to plant biosynthetic gene radiations driven by coevolution between herbivores and their chemically defended hostplants. Alternatively, variation in CYPome size may be due to random "birth and death" processes, whereby exponential increase via gene duplications is limited by random decay via gene death or transition via divergence...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921782/estimate-your-dose-raddose-3d
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Charles S Bury, Jonathan C Brooks-Bartlett, Steven P Walsh, Elspeth F Garman
We present the current status of RADDOSE-3D, a software tool allowing the estimation of the dose absorbed in a macromolecular crystallography diffraction experiment. The code allows a temporal and spatial dose contour map to be calculated for a crystal of any geometry and size as it is rotated in an X-ray beam, and gives several summary dose values: among them diffraction weighted dose. This allows experimenters to plan data collections which will minimise radiation damage effects by spreading the absorbed dose more homogeneously, and thus to optimise the use of their crystals...
September 16, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921613/voxel-based-multi-model-fitting-method-for-modelling-time-activity-curves-in-spect-images
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David Sarrut, Adrien Halty, Jean-Noel Badel, Ludovic Ferrer, Manuel Bardiès
PURPOSE: Estimating the biodistribution and the pharmacokinetics from timesequence SPECT images on a per-voxel basis is useful for studying activity nonuniformity or computing absorbed dose distributions by convolution of voxel kernels or Monte-Carlo radiation transport. Current approaches are either region-based, thus assuming uniform activity within the region, or voxel-based but using the same fitting model for all voxels. METHODS: We propose a voxel-based multi-model fitting method (VoMM) that estimates a fitting function for each voxel by automatically selecting the most appropriate model among a predetermined set with Akaike criteria...
September 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921536/technical-note-a-simulation-study-on-the-feasibility-of-radiotherapy-dose-enhancement-with-calcium-tungstate-and-hafnium-oxide-nano-and-microparticles
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Nicholas J Sherck, You-Yeon Won
PURPOSE: To assess the radiotherapy dose enhancement (RDE) potential of calcium tungstate (CaWO4 ) and hafnium oxide (HfO2 ) nano- and microparticles (NPs). A Monte Carlo simulation study was conducted to gauge their respective RDE potentials relative to that of the broadly studied gold (Au) NP. The study was warranted due to the promising clinical and preclinical studies involving both CaWO4 and HfO2 NPs as RDE agents in the treatment of various types of cancers. The study provides a baseline RDE to which future experimental RDE trends can be compared to...
September 18, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921404/effectiveness-of-a-new-lead-shielding-device-and-additional-filter-for-reducing-staff-and-patient-radiation-exposure-during-videofluoroscopic-swallowing-study-using-a-human-phantom
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Yoshiaki Morishima, Koichi Chida, Yoshikazu Muroya, Yoshiya Utsumi
Interventional radiology procedures often involve lengthy exposure to fluoroscopy-derived radiation. We therefore devised a videofluoroscopic swallowing study (VFSS) procedure using a human phantom that proved to protect the patient and physician by reducing the radiation dose. We evaluated a new lead-shielding device and separately attached additional filters (1.0-, 2.0-, and 3.0-mm Al filters and a 0.5-mm Cu filter) during VFSS to reduce the patient's entrance skin dose (ESD). A monitor attached to the human phantom's neck measured the ESD...
September 18, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917711/crocodiles-and-alligators-antiamoebic-and-antitumor-compounds-of-crocodiles
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Ruqaiyyah Siddiqui, Shareni Jeyamogan, Salwa Mansoor Ali, Fatima Abbas, K A Sagathevan, Naveed Ahmed Khan
Crocodiles exist in unsanitary environments, feed on rotten meat, are often exposed to heavy metals such as arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, mercury, nickel, lead, selenium, tolerate high levels of radiation, and are amid the very few species to survive the catastrophic Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event, nonetheless they can live for up to a 100 years. Moreover, as they live in unhygienic conditions, they regularly come across pathogens. Logically, we postulate that crocodiles have established mechanisms to defend themselves from noxious agents as well as protecting themselves from pathogens...
September 13, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917186/compounds-isolated-from-eriobotrya-deflexa-leaves-protect-against-ultraviolet-radiation-b-induced-photoaging-in-human-fibroblasts
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Chung-Yu Huang, Yi-Tzu Lin, Hsiang-Chun Kuo, Wen-Fei Chiou, Mei-Hsien Lee
Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation leads to skin photoaging because of the upregulation of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 and downregulation of type I collagen and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1. Eriobotrya deflexa (Hemsl.) Nakai (Rosaceae) is a flowering plant endemic to Taiwan, and its leaves have been used as an expectorant and in antitussive folk remedy. Our previous studies have demonstrated that an E. deflexa leaf extract functions as a free radical scavenger. The current evaluated the antiphotoaging effect of partitioned fractions and specific compounds from the leaves of E...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915893/dosimetric-comparison-of-different-treatment-modalities-for-stereotactic-radiotherapy
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Shih-Ming Hsu, Yuan-Chun Lai, Chien-Chung Jeng, Chia-Ying Tseng
BACKGROUND: The modalities for performing stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) on the brain include the cone-based linear accelerator (linac), the flattening filter-free (FFF) volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) linac, and tomotherapy. In this study, the cone-based linac, FFF-VMAT linac, and tomotherapy modalities were evaluated by measuring the differences in doses delivered during brain SRT and experimentally assessing the accuracy of the output radiation doses through clinical measurements...
September 16, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915385/photoluminescent-lateral-flow-based-on-non-radiative-energy-transfer-for-protein-detection-in-human-serum
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Alejandro Zamora-Gálvez, Eden Morales-Narváez, Javier Romero, Arben Merkoçi
A new paper-based lateral flow immunoassay configuration was engineered and investigated. The assay is intended for the detection of a model protein in human serum, that is, human immunoglobulin G, with the aim to demonstrate a virtually universal protein detection platform. Once the sample is added in the strip, the analyte is selectively captured by antibody-decorated silica beads (Ab-SiO2) onto the conjugate pad and the sample flows by capillarity throughout the strip until reaching the test line, where a sandwich-like immunocomplex takes place due to the presence of antibody-functionalized QDs (Ab-QDs) onto the test line...
September 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915316/plate-pattern-clarification-of-the-marine-dinophyte-heterocapsa-triquetra-sensu-stein-dinophyceae-collected-at-the-kiel-fjord-germany
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Urban Tillmann, Mona Hoppenrath, Marc Gottschling, Kusber Wolf-Henning, Malte Elbrächter
One of the most common marine dinophytes is a species known as Heterocapsa triquetra. When Stein introduced the taxon Heterocapsa he formally based the type species H. triquetra on the basionym Glenodinium triquetrum. The latter was described by Ehrenberg and is most likely a species of Kryptoperidinium. In addition to that currently unresolved nomenclatural situation, the thecal plate composition of H. triquetra sensu Stein (1883) was controversial in the past. In order to clarify the debate, we collected material and established the strain UTKG7 from the Baltic Sea off Kiel (Germany, the same locality as Stein had studied), which was investigated using light and electron microscopy, and whose systematic position was inferred using molecular phylogenetics...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913947/extreme-chromosome-17-copy-number-instability-is-a-prognostic-factor-in-patients-with-gastroesophageal-adenocarcinoma-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Jacqueline E Birkness, Neal G Spada, Caitlyn Miller, James D Luketich, Katie S Nason, Weijing Sun, Jon M Davison
Gastric and esophageal cancers frequently show genomic instability and aneuploidy. Chromosomal copy number instability (CIN) is a form of genomic instability that exerts pleiotropic effects on cellular biology and is a source of genetic heterogeneity in a population of cells. CIN results in cell-to-cell variation in chromosome copy number which can be detected and quantified by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). CIN is a biomarker associated with differential response to a number of chemotherapy compounds...
September 14, 2017: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913689/the-evaluation-of-protective-effect-of-lycopene-against-genotoxic-influence-of-x-irradiation-in-human-blood-lymphocytes
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Aneta Gajowik, Małgorzata M Dobrzyńska
Many studies suggest that exogenous antioxidants may protect cells against DNA damage caused with ionizing radiation. One of the most powerful antioxidants is lycopene (LYC), a carotenoid derived from tomatoes. The aim of this study was to investigate, using the comet assay, whether LYC can act as protectors/modifiers and prevent DNA damage induced in human blood lymphocytes, as well as to mitigate the effects of radiation exposure. In this project, LYC, dissolved in DMSO at a concentration of 10, 20 or 40 μM/ml of cell suspension, was added to the isolated lymphocytes from human blood at appropriate intervals before or after the X-irradiation at doses of 0...
September 14, 2017: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913528/dna-protection-by-ectoine-from-ionizing-radiation-molecular-mechanisms
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Marc Benjamin Hahn, Susann Meyer, Maria-Astrid Schröter, Hans-Jörg Kunte, Tihomir Solomun, Heinz Sturm
Ectoine, a compatible solute and osmolyte, is known to be an effective protectant of biomolecules and whole cells against heating, freezing and extreme salinity. Protection of cells (human keratinocytes) by ectoine against ultraviolet radiation has also been reported by various authors, although the underlying mechanism is not yet understood. We present the first electron irradiation of DNA in a fully aqueous environment in the presence of ectoine and at high salt concentrations. The results demonstrate effective protection of DNA by ectoine against the induction of single-strand breaks by ionizing radiation...
September 15, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911859/recent-development-of-signaling-pathways-inhibitors-of-melanogenesis
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Thanigaimalai Pillaiyar, Manoj Manickam, Sang-Hun Jung
Human skin, eye and hair color rely on the production of melanin, depending on its quantity, quality, and distribution, Melanin plays a monumental role in protecting the skin against the harmful effect of ultraviolet radiation and oxidative stress from various environmental pollutants. However, an excessive production of melanin causes serious dermatological problems such as freckles, solar lentigo (age spots), melasma, as well as cancer. Hence, the regulation of melanin production is important for controlling the hyper-pigmentation...
September 11, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906145/protective-effect-of-rutin-against-brain-injury-induced-by-acrylamide-or-gamma-radiation-role-of-pi3k-akt-gsk-3%C3%AE-nrf-2-signalling-pathway
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Noura M Thabet, Enas M Moustafa
This study was designed to evaluate the effect of rutin on PI3K/AKT-signalling in case of acrylamide or γ-radiation-induced neurotoxicity. To induce brain damage, animals were received acrylamide (25 mg/kg b.wt./orally/day) or 5 Gy of γ-radiation exposure accompanied with an administration of rutin (200 mg/kg b.wt./orally/day). Our data revealed that, compared to acrylamide or γ-radiation, rutin activated PI3K/AKT/GSK-3β/NRF-2-pathway through increased protein levels of p-PI3K, p-AKT and p-GSK-3β and up-regulated the expression of NRF-2...
September 14, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905483/lung-cancer-in-young-women-in-southern-sweden-a-descriptive-study
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Ildikó Fritz, Håkan Olsson
INTRODUCTION: Lung cancer, a common malignancy and cause of cancer-related deaths, is strongly linked to several environmental exposures, and thus primarily affects the elderly. Formerly a man's disease, its incidence is rising among women, and lung cancer is now more common in women than men in Sweden. Women are particularly over-represented among young patients. While overall cancer mortality in Europe is decreasing, female lung cancer mortality is increasing. OBJECTIVES: We describe the epidemiological presentation of lung cancer in young Swedish women, aiming to pinpoint its risk factors for young women...
September 14, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905399/microdosimetric-measurements-of-a-clinical-proton-beam-with-micrometer-sized-solid-state-detector
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Sarah E Anderson, Keith M Furutani, Linh T Tran, Lachlan Chartier, Marco Petasecca, Michael Lerch, Dale A Prokopovich, Mark Reinhard, Vladimir L Perevertaylo, Anatoly B Rosenfeld, Michael G Herman, Chris Beltran
PURPOSE: Microdosimetry is a vital tool for assessing the microscopic patterns of energy deposition by radiation, which ultimately govern biological effect. Solid-state, silicon-on-insulator microdosimeters offer an approach for making microdosimetric measurements with high spatial resolution (on the order of tens of micrometers). These high-resolution, solid-state microdosimeters may therefore play a useful role in characterizing proton radiotherapy fields, particularly for making highly-resolved measurements within the Bragg peak region...
September 14, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904416/knockout-of-pprm-decreases-resistance-to-desiccation-and-oxidation-in-deinococcus-radiodurans
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Yang Zeng, Yun Ma, Fangzhu Xiao, Wuzhou Wang, Shuya He
Deinococcus radiodurans has attracted a great interest in the past decades due to its extraordinary resistance to ionizing radiation and highly efficient DNA repair system. Recent studies indicated that pprM is a putative pleiotropic gene in D. radiodurans and plays an important role in radioresistance and antioxidation, but its underlying mechanisms are poorly elucidated. In this study, pprM mutation was generated to investigate resistance to desiccation and oxidative stress. The result showed that the survival of pprM mutant under desiccation was markedly retarded compared to the wild strain from day 7-28...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902435/longitudinal-effects-of-single-hindlimb-radiation-therapy-on-bone-strength-and-morphology-at-local-and-contralateral-sites
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Megan E Oest, Connor G Policastro, Kenneth A Mann, Nicholas D Zimmerman, Timothy A Damron
Radiation therapy (RTx) is associated with increased risk for late-onset fragility fractures in bone tissue underlying the radiation field. Bone tissue outside the RTx field is often selected as a "normal" comparator tissue in clinical assessment of fragility fracture risk, but the robustness of this comparison is limited by an incomplete understanding of the systemic effects of local radiotherapy. In this study, a mouse model of limited field irradiation was used to quantify longitudinal changes in local (irradiated) and systemic (non-irradiated) femurs with respect to bone density, morphology, and strength...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
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