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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738227/rapid-and-reliable-determination-of-p-nitroaniline-in-wastewater-by-molecularly-imprinted-fluorescent-polymeric-ionic-liquid-microspheres
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Xing Lu, Yiwen Yang, Yanbo Zeng, Lei Li, Xiaohua Wu
Rapid and efficient detecting trace amount of environmental p-nitroaniline (p-NA) is in urgent need for security concerns and pollution supervision. In this work we report the use of molecularly imprinted polymeric ionic liquid (MIPIL) microspheres to construct recognizable surfaces for detection of p-NA through fluorescence quenching. The p-NA imprinted microspheres are synthesized by precipitation polymerization upon co-polymerization of 3-(anthracen-9-ylmethyl)-1-vinyl-1H-imidazol-3-ium chloride (Fluorescent IL monomer) with ethyleneglycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA)...
July 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735230/granulometry-microbial-composition-and-biological-activity-of-dusts-collected-in-french-dairy-farms
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Hugo Pfister, Claudie Morzadec, Pierre Le Cann, Laurent Madec, Valérie Lecureur, Martine Chouvet, Stéphane Jouneau, Laurent Vernhet
BACKGROUND: Dairy working increases the prevalence of lower airway respiratory diseases, especially COPD and asthma. Epidemiological studies have reported that chronic inhalation of organic dusts released during specific daily tasks could represent a major risk factor for development of these pathologies in dairy workers. Knowledge on size, nature and biological activity of such organic dusts remain however limited. OBJECTIVE: To compare size distribution, microbial composition and cellular effects of dusts liberated by the spreading of straw bedding in five French dairy farms located in Brittany...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728125/assessment-and-prediction-of-joint-algal-toxicity-of-binary-mixtures-of-graphene-and-ionic-liquids
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Zhuang Wang, Fan Zhang, Se Wang, Willie J G M Peijnenburg
Graphene and ionic liquids (ILs) released into the environment will interact with each other. So far however, the risks associated with the concurrent exposure of biota to graphene and ILs in the environment have received little attention. The research reported here focused on observing and predicting the joint toxicity effects in the green alga Scenedesmus obliquus exposed to binary mixtures of intrinsic graphene (iG)/graphene oxide (GO) and five ILs of varying anionic and cationic types. The isolated ILs in the binary mixtures were the main contributors to toxicity...
July 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721208/new-perspectives-on-the-regulation-of-type-ii-inflammation-in-asthma
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REVIEW
Mireya Becerra-Díaz, Marsha Wills-Karp, Nicola M Heller
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs which has been thought to arise as a result of inappropriately directed T helper type-2 (Th2) immune responses of the lungs to otherwise innocuous inhaled antigens. Current asthma therapeutics are directed towards the amelioration of downstream consequences of type-2 immune responses (i.e. β-agonists) or broad-spectrum immunosuppression (i.e. corticosteroids). However, few approaches to date have been focused on the primary prevention of immune deviation...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716229/association-between-interleukin-32-polymorphism-and-multiple-sclerosis
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Zaher Morsaljahan, Alireza Rafiei, Reza Valadan, Mahmoud Abedini, Masoumeh Pakseresht, Rezvan Khajavi
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system (CNS). Environmental and genetic factors play a key role in the development of the disease. Interleukin-32 (IL-32) is a cytokine inducing crucial inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-α, IL-6, IL-1β, and MIP-2. The present study was an attempt to reveal any association between IL-32 levels and C/T promoter SNP with susceptibility to MS. METHODS: This case control study recruited a total of 304 subjects including 132 MS patients and 172 sex- and age-matched healthy controls...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714917/larvicidal-and-nematicidal-activities-of-3-acylbarbituric-acid-analogues-against-asian-tiger-mosquito-aedes-albopictus-and-pine-wood-nematode-bursaphelenchus-xylophilus
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Seon-Mi Seo, Hyo-Rim Lee, Ji-Eun Lee, Yong-Chul Jeong, Hyung-Wook Kwon, Joon-Kwan Moon, Mark G Moloney, Il-Kwon Park
Widespread concern for the occurrence of resistant strains, along with the avoidance of the use of highly toxic insecticides and their wide environmental dispersal, highlights the need for the development of new and safer pest control agents. Natural products provide inspiration for new chemical entities with biological activities, and their analogues are good lead compounds for the development of new pest control agents. For this purpose, we evaluated the larvicidal and nematicidal activities of 48 3-acylbarbituric acid analogues against the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus and the pine wood nematode, Bursaphelenchus xylophilus, organisms of increasing global concern...
July 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712711/specificity-and-putative-mode-of-action-of-a-mosquito-larvicidal-toxin-from-the-bacterium-xenorhabdus-innexi
#7
Il-Hwan Kim, Jerald Ensign, Do-Young Kim, Hoe-Yune Jung, Na-Ri Kim, Bo-Hwa Choi, Sun-Min Park, Que Lan, Walter G Goodman
Reduction of mosquito-borne diseases relies, in part, on the use of synthetic pesticides to control pest mosquitoes. This reliance has led to genetic resistance, environmental contamination and the nondiscriminatory elimination of both pest and non-pest species. To expand our options for control, we screened entomopathogenic bacteria for potential larvicidal activity. A lipopeptide from the bacterium, Xenorhabdus innexi, was discovered that displayed potent larvicidal activity. The LC50s of the lipopeptide towards Aedes aegypti, Culex pipiens and Anopheles gambiae larvae were 1...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707492/bisphenol-a-bpa-aggravates-multiple-low-dose-streptozotocin-induced-type-1-diabetes-in-c57bl-6-mice
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Marina Cetkovic-Cvrlje, Sinduja Thinamany, Kylie A Bruner
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a T-cell-mediated autoimmune disorder characterized by destruction of insulin-producing pancreatic β-cells. Whereas epidemiological data implicate environmental factors in the increasing incidence of T1D, their identity remains unknown. Though exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) has been associated with several disorders, no epidemiologic evidence has linked BPA exposure and T1D. The goal of this study was to elucidate diabetogenic potentials of BPA and underlying mechanisms in the context of T-cell immunity, in a multiple low-dose streptozotocin (MLDSTZ)-induced autoimmune mouse T1D model...
December 2017: Journal of Immunotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706260/early-intervention-with-bifidobacterium-lactis-ncc2818-modulates-the-host-microbe-interface-independent-of-the-sustained-changes-induced-by-the-neonatal-environment
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Marie C Lewis, Claire A Merrifield, Bernard Berger, Olivier Cloarec, Swantje Duncker, Annick Mercenier, Jeremy K Nicholson, Elaine Holmes, Mick Bailey
Inflammatory and metabolic diseases can originate during early-life and have been correlated with shifts in intestinal microbial ecology. Here we demonstrate that minor environmental fluctuations during the early neonatal period had sustained effects on the developing porcine microbiota and host-microbe interface. These inter-replicate effects appear to originate during the first day of life, and are likely to reflect very early microbiota acquisition from the environment. We statistically link early systemic inflammation with later local increases in inflammatory cytokine (IL-17) production, which could have important enteric health implications...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705536/effects-of-confinement-duration-and-parity-on-stereotypic-behavioral-and-physiological-responses-of-pregnant-sows
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Ming-Yue Zhang, Xiang Li, Xiao-Hui Zhang, Hong-Gui Liu, Jian-Hong Li, Jun Bao
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of space restriction stress on the stereotypic behavioral and physiological responses of different parity sows, and it is necessary to understand such effects due to space restriction to improve the welfare of the sows in confined conditions. We selected fifty pregnant sows (Large White) at primiparity and first to fifth parity in a confined farm with the same body condition and due date (3±1.5days). Behavioral observations and physiological analysis were carried out during spatial confinement throughout pregnancy...
July 11, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701769/perfluorooctane-sulfonate-affects-intestinal-immunity-against-bacterial-infection
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Caixia Suo, Zhiqin Fan, Liang Zhou, Ju Qiu
Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is an environmental contaminant that has been manufactured to be used as surfactants and repellents in industry. Due to long half-life for clearance and degradation, PFOS is accumulative in human body and has potential threat to human health. Previous studies have shown the development and function of immune cells can be affected by PFOS. Although PFOS has a high chance of being absorbed through the oral route, whether and how PFOS affects immune cells in the gut is unknown...
July 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700052/influence-of-environmental-enrichment-on-the-behavior-and-physiology-of-mice-infected-by-trypanosoma-cruzi
#12
Déborah Maria Moreira da Silva, Laila Pinheiro, Cristiano Schetini Azevedo, Guilherme de Paula Costa, André Talvani
INTRODUCTION: Enriched environments normally increase behavioral repertoires and diminish the expression of abnormal behaviors and stress-related physiological problems in animals. Although it has been shown that experimental animals infected with microorganisms can modify their behaviors and physiology, few studies have evaluated how environmental enrichment affects these parameters. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of environmental enrichment on the behavior and physiology of confined mice infected with Trypanosoma cruzi...
May 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696283/suboptimal-t-cell-receptor-signaling-compromises-protein-translation-ribosome-biogenesis-and-proliferation-of-mouse-cd8-t-cells
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Thomas C J Tan, John Knight, Thomas Sbarrato, Kate Dudek, Anne E Willis, Rose Zamoyska
Global transcriptomic and proteomic analyses of T cells have been rich sources of unbiased data for understanding T-cell activation. Lack of full concordance of these datasets has illustrated that important facets of T-cell activation are controlled at the level of translation. We undertook translatome analysis of CD8 T-cell activation, combining polysome profiling and microarray analysis. We revealed that altering T-cell receptor stimulation influenced recruitment of mRNAs to heavy polysomes and translation of subsets of genes...
July 10, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694762/clinical-significance-of-ncoa5-gene-rs2903908-polymorphism-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
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Aydin Rustemoglu, Esra Erkol Inal, Ahmet Inanir, Duygu Ekinci, Ulker Gul, Serbulent Yigit, Omer Ates, Nevin Karakus
Behçet's disease (BD) is an autoimmune multisystemic disease. The precise etiology of BD is not fully understood; however, it is thought that interactions between genetic and environmental factors play an essential role in its pathogenesis. The nuclear receptor coactivator-5 (NCOA5) gene encodes a coregulator for nuclear receptor subfamily 1 group D member 2 (NR1D2) and estrogen receptor 1 and 2 (ESR1 and ESR2). Also, the NCOA5 gene insufficiency leads to an elevated expression of IL-6, and increased levels of IL-6 were found to be related to the pathogenesis of BD...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681958/bj-2266-ameliorates-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-through-down-regulation-of-the-jak-stat-signaling-pathway
#15
Zhiwei You, Maheshwor Timilshina, Byeong-Seon Jeong, Jae-Hoon Chang
CD4(+) T cells differentiate into distinct effector subsets upon antigenic stimulation. Cytokines, and micro-environmental factors present during T-cell priming, direct differentiation of naïve CD4(+) T cells into pro-inflammatory Th1 and Th17 cells. From extensive screening of 2,4,5-trimethylpyridin-3-ol derivatives with various functional groups at C(6)-position, BJ-2266, a 6-thioureido-derivative, showed potent inhibitory activity on in vitro T helper (Th)-cell differentiation. This compound inhibited IFN-γ and IL-17 production from polyclonal CD4(+) T cells and ovalbumin (OVA)-specific CD4(+) T cells that were activated by T-cell receptor (TCR) engagement...
July 6, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674538/involvement-of-cytokines-in-the-pathogenesis-of-salt-and-water-imbalance-in-congestive-heart-failure
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Zaher S Azzam, Safa Kinaneh, Fadel Bahouth, Reem Ismael-Badarneh, Emad Khoury, Zaid Abassi
Congestive heart failure (CHF) has become a major medical problem in the western world with high morbidity and mortality rates. CHF adversely affects several systems, mainly the kidneys and the lungs. While the involvement of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system and the sympathetic nervous system in the progression of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal dysfunction in experimental and clinical CHF is well established, the importance of pro-inflammatory mediators in the pathogenesis of this clinical setting is still evolving...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668455/polymorphisms-in-dennd1b-gene-are-associated-with-asthma-and-atopy-phenotypes-in-brazilian-children
#17
Bianca S D Fiuza, Milca de J Silva, Neuza M Alcântara-Neves, Maurício L Barreto, Ryan Dos S Costa, Camila A Figueiredo
Asthma is a heterogeneous disease associated with a complex basis involving environmental factors and individual variabilities. The DENN Domain Containing 1B (DENND1B) gene has an important role on T cell receptor (TCR) down-regulation on Th2 cells and studies have shown that mutations or loss of this factor can be associated with increased Th2 responses and asthma. The aim of this work is to evaluate the association of polymorphisms in the DENND1B with asthma and allergy markers phenotypes in Brazilian children...
June 29, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28667417/enhanced-biomass-and-oxidative-stress-tolerance-of-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc-7942-overexpressing-the-dhar-gene-from-brassica-juncea
#18
Young-Saeng Kim, Il-Sup Kim, Joseph S Boyd, Arnaud Taton, James W Golden, Ho-Sung Yoon
OBJECTIVES: To improve the oxidative stress tolerance, biomass yield, and ascorbate/dehydroascorbate (AsA/DHA) ratio of Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 in the presence of H2O2, by heterologous expression of the dehydroascorbate reductase (DHAR) gene from Brassica juncea (BrDHAR). RESULTS: Under H2O2 stress, overexpression of BrDHAR in the transgenic strain (BrD) of S. elongatus greatly increased the AsA/DHA ratio. As part of the AsA recycling system, the oxidative stress response induced by reactive oxygen species was enhanced, and intracellular H2O2 level decreased...
June 30, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663093/heat-stress-induced-neuroinflammation-and-aberration-in-monoamine-levels-in-hypothalamus-are-associated-with-temperature-dysregulation
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Nishant Ranjan Chauhan, Medha Kapoor, Laxmi Prabha Singh, Rajinder Kumar Gupta, Ramesh Chand Meena, Rajkumar Tulsawani, Sarita Nanda, Shashi Bala Singh
Heat Stress (HS) induces diverse pathophysiological changes, which include brain ischemia, oxidative stress and neuronal damage. The present study was undertaken with the objective to ascertain whether neuroinflammation in Hypothalamus (HTH) caused under HS affects monoamine levels and hence, its physiological role in thermoregulation. Rats were exposed to HS in a heat simulation environmental chamber (Ambient temperature, Ta=45±0.5°C and Relative Humidity, RH=30±10%) with real-time measurement of core temperature (Tc) and skin temperature (Ts)...
June 27, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658556/epigenetic-regulation-of-t-helper-cell-differentiation-memory-and-plasticity-in-allergic-asthma
#20
REVIEW
Damon J Tumes, Magdalene Papadopoulos, Yusuke Endo, Atsushi Onodera, Kiyoshi Hirahara, Toshinori Nakayama
An estimated 300 million people currently suffer from asthma, which causes approximately 250 000 deaths a year. Allergen-specific T-helper (Th) cells produce cytokines that induce many of the hallmark features of asthma including airways hyperreactivity, eosinophilic and neutrophilic inflammation, mucus hypersecretion, and airway remodeling. Cytokine-producing Th subsets including Th1 (IFN-γ), Th2 (IL-4, IL-5, IL-13), Th9 (IL-9), Th17 (IL-17), Th22 (IL-22), and T regulatory (IL-10) cells have all been suggested to play a role in the development of asthma...
July 2017: Immunological Reviews
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