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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352711/gold-cleaning-methods-for-preparation-of-cell-culture-surfaces-for-self-assembled-monolayers-of-zwitterionic-oligopeptides
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Junko Enomoto, Tatsuto Kageyama, Dina Myasnikova, Kisaki Onishi, Yuka Kobayashi, Yoko Taruno, Takahiro Kanai, Junji Fukuda
Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) have been used to elucidate interactions between cells and material surface chemistry. Gold surfaces modified with oligopeptide SAMs exhibit several unique characteristics, such as cell-repulsive surfaces, micropatterns of cell adhesion and non-adhesion regions for control over cell microenvironments, and dynamic release of cells upon external stimuli under culture conditions. However, basic procedures for the preparation of oligopeptide SAMs, including appropriate cleaning methods of the gold surface before modification, have not been fully established...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352607/integrated-lung-tissue-mechanics-one-piece-at-a-time-computational-modeling-across-the-scales-of-biology
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Kelly S Burrowes, Amin Iravani, Wendy Kang
The lung is a delicately balanced and highly integrated mechanical system. Lung tissue is continuously exposed to the environment via the air we breathe, making it susceptible to damage. As a consequence, respiratory diseases present a huge burden on society and their prevalence continues to rise. Emergent function is produced not only by the sum of the function of its individual components but also by the complex feedback and interactions occurring across the biological scales - from genes to proteins, cells, tissue and whole organ - and back again...
January 12, 2018: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352310/leishmania-proteophosphoglycans-regurgitated-from-infected-sand-flies-accelerate-dermal-wound-repair-and-exacerbate-leishmaniasis-via-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-dependent-signalling
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Emilie Giraud, Tereza Lěstinová, Tamsyn Derrick, Oihane Martin, Rod J Dillon, Petr Volf, Ingrid Műller, Paul A Bates, Matthew E Rogers
Leishmania parasites are transmitted to vertebrate hosts by female phlebotomine sand flies as they bloodfeed by lacerating the upper capillaries of the dermis with their barbed mouthparts. In the sand fly midgut secreted proteophosphoglycans from Leishmania form a biological plug known as the promastigote secretory gel (PSG), which blocks the gut and facilitates the regurgitation of infective parasites. The interaction between the wound created by the sand fly bite and PSG is not known. Here we nanoinjected a sand fly egested dose of PSG into BALB/c mouse skin that lead to the differential expression of 7,907 transcripts...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352237/wearable-sweat-rate-sensors-for-human-thermal-comfort-monitoring
#4
Jai Kyoung Sim, Sunghyun Yoon, Young-Ho Cho
We propose watch-type sweat rate sensors capable of automatic natural ventilation by integrating miniaturized thermo-pneumatic actuators, and experimentally verify their performances and applicability. Previous sensors using natural ventilation require manual ventilation process or high-power bulky thermo-pneumatic actuators to lift sweat rate detection chambers above skin for continuous measurement. The proposed watch-type sweat rate sensors reduce operation power by minimizing expansion fluid volume to 0...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352226/spatio-temporal-characteristics-of-urban-air-pollutions-and-their-causal-relationships-evidence-from-beijing-and-its-neighboring-cities
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Lei Jiang, Ling Bai
China has been suffering from serious air pollution for years in response to the rapid industrialization and urbanization. Notably Beijing is one of the most polluted capitals in the world. Hence, the focus of the study area is on Beijing. In the first stage, we analyze spatial and temporal characteristics of air pollution of the 6 cities while in the second stage the Granger causality test is applied to investigate whether air pollution of a city is affected by its neighbors, and vice versa. The findings are the following...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352206/omega-3-carboxylic-acids-provide-efficacious-anti-inflammatory-activity-in-models-of-crystal-mediated-inflammation
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Cory Iverson, Andrew Bacong, Sha Liu, Scott Baumgartner, Torbjörn Lundström, Jan Oscarsson, Jeffrey N Miner
This study assesses the efficacy and exposure-response relationship of omega-3-carboxylic acids (OM-3 CA) in models of crystal-based inflammation. Human THP-1 macrophages and primary peripheral blood mononuclear cells exposed to multiple inflammatory crystal types were used to determine the anti-inflammatory potential of omega-3 (OM-3) fatty acids in vitro. Anti-inflammatory effects of OM-3 CA in vivo were tested in rat monosodium urate (MSU) crystal air pouch and rat knee intra-articular MSU injection models...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352086/temporal-and-spatial-distribution-of-the-acetic-acid-bacteria-communities-throughout-the-wooden-casks-used-for-the-fermentation-and-maturation-of-lambic-beer-underlines-their-functional-role
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J De Roos, M Verce, M Aerts, P Vandamme, L De Vuyst
Few data have been published on the occurrence and functional role of acetic acid bacteria (AAB) in lambic beer production processes, mainly due to their difficult recovery and possibly unknown role. Therefore, a novel aseptic sampling method, spanning both the spatial and temporal distribution of AAB and their substrates and metabolites, was combined with a highly selective medium and matrix-assisted laser desorption time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI TOF MS) as a high-throughput dereplication method followed by comparative gene sequencing for their isolation and identification, respectively...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352082/clostridial-strain-specific-characteristics-associated-with-necrotizing-enterocolitis
#8
Sophia Schönherr-Hellec, Geraldine L Klein, Johanne Delannoy, Laurent Ferraris, Jean Christophe Rozé, Marie José Butel, Julio Aires
We aimed at identifying potential clostridial factors linking these bacteria with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). We compared the phenotypic traits, stress responses, cellular cytotoxicity and inflammatory capabilities of the largest collection of Clostridium butyricum and Clostridium neonatale strains isolated from fecal samples of NEC and control preterm neonates (PN). When strains characteristics were used as explanatory variables, a statistical discriminant analysis allowed the separation of NEC and control strains into separate groups...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351873/biochar-amendment-for-batch-composting-of-nitrogen-rich-organic-waste-effect-on-degradation-kinetics-composting-physics-and-nutritional-properties
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Mayur Shirish Jain, Rohit Jambhulkar, Ajay S Kalamdhad
Composting is an efficient technology to reduce pathogenic bodies and stabilize the organic matter in organic wastes. This research work investigates an effect of biochar as amendment to improve the composting efficiency and its effect on degradation kinetics, physical and nutritional properties. Biochar (2.5, 5 and 10% (w/w)) were added into a mixture of Hydrilla verticillata, cow dung and sawdust having ratio of 8:1:1 (control), respectively. Biochar addition resulted in advanced thermophilic temperatures (59 °C) and could improve the physical properties of composting process...
January 9, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351745/the-associations-between-weight-related-anthropometrics-during-childhood-and-lung-function-in-late-childhood-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Kristine Kjer Byberg, Ingvild Bruun Mikalsen, Geir Egil Eide, Michele R Forman, Pétur Benedikt Júlíusson, Knut Øymar
BACKGROUND: An association between body weight in childhood and subsequent lung function and asthma has been suggested, but few longitudinal studies exist. Our aim was to explore whether weight-related anthropometric measurements through childhood were associated with lung function in late childhood. METHODS: From an original nested case-control study, a cohort study was conducted, where lung function was measured in 463 children aged 12.8 years, and anthropometry was measured at several ages from birth through 12...
January 19, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351572/differential-susceptibility-in-ambient-particle-related-first-ever-stroke-onset-risk-findings-from-a-national-case-crossover-study
#11
Tianjia Guan, Tao Xue, Yuanli Liu, Yixuan Zheng, Siyuan Fan, Kebin He, Qiang Zhang
Different populations may respond differently to ambient fine particulate (PM2.5) exposure; however, less is known about the distribution of susceptible individuals among the entire population. We conducted a time-stratified case-crossover design to assess associations between stroke risk and PM2.5. During 2013-2015, 1,356 first-ever stroke onset events were derived from a large representative sample, the China National Stroke Screening Survey (CNSSS) database; daily PM2.5 averages with a spatial resolution of 0...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351544/long-term-exposure-to-fine-particulate-matter-blood-pressure-and-incident-hypertension-in-taiwanese-adults
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Zilong Zhang, Cui Guo, Alexis K H Lau, Ta-Chien Chan, Yuan Chieh Chuang, Changqing Lin, Wun Kai Jiang, Eng-Kiong Yeoh, Tony Tam, Kam S Woo, Bryan P Yan, Ly-Yun Chang, Martin C S Wong, Xiang Qian Lao
BACKGROUND: Long-term exposure to particulate matter (PM) air pollution may increase blood pressure and the risk of hypertension. However, epidemiological evidence is scarce and inconsistent. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the associations between long-term exposure to PM with an aerodynamic diameter <2.5μm (PM2.5), blood pressure, and incident hypertension in a large Taiwanese cohort. METHODS: We studied 361,560 adults ≥18y old from a large cohort who participated in a standard medical examination program during 2001 to 2014...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351455/thrombosis-systemic-and-cardiac-oxidative-stress-and-dna-damage-induced-by-pulmonary-exposure-to-diesel-exhaust-particles-and-the-effect-of-nootkatone-thereon
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Abderrahim Nemmar, Suhail Al-Salam, Sumaya Beegam, Priya Yuvaraju, Badreldin H Ali
Adverse cardiovascular effects of particulate air pollution persist even at lower concentrations than those of the current air quality limit. Therefore, identification of safe and effective measures against particles-induced cardiovascular toxicity is needed. Nootkatone is a sesquiterpenoid in grapefruit with diverse bioactivities including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. However, its protective effect on the cardiovascular injury induced by diesel exhaust particles (DEP) has not been studied before...
January 5, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351448/extracellular-oxidation-in-cystic-fibrosis-airway-epithelium-causes-enhanced-egfr-adam17-activity
#14
Marta Stolarczyk, Guido Veit, Andrea Schnur, Mieke Veltman, Gergely L Lukacs, Bob J Scholte
The EGFR/ADAM17 signaling pathway mediates the shedding of growth factors and secretion of cytokines, and is involved in chronic inflammation and tissue remodeling. Since these are hallmarks of cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease, we hypothesized that CFTR deficiency enhances EGFR/ADAM17 activity in human bronchial epithelial cells. In CFBE41o- cells lacking functional CFTR (iCFTR-) cultured at air-liquid interface (ALI) we found enhanced ADAM17-mediated shedding of the EGFR ligand amphiregulin (AREG) compared to genetically identical cells with induced CFTR expression (iCFTR+)...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351447/cigarette-smoke-dampens-anti-viral-signaling-in-small-airway-epithelial-cells-by-disrupting-tlr3-cleavage
#15
Parker F Duffney, Claire E McCarthy, Aitor Nogales, Thomas H Thatcher, Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Richard P Phipps, Patricia J Sime
Cigarette smokers and people exposed to secondhand smoke are at an increased risk for pulmonary viral infections, yet the mechanism responsible for this heightened susceptibility is not understood. To understand the effect of cigarette smoke on susceptibility to viral infection we used an air-liquid interface culture system, and exposed primary human small airway epithelial cells (SAEC) to whole cigarette smoke followed by treatment with the viral mimetic polyinosinic polycytidylic acid (poly I:C) or influenza A virus (IAV)...
December 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351442/measurements-of-pulmonary-gas-exchange-efficiency-using-expired-gas-and-oximetry-results-in-normal-subjects
#16
John B West, Daniel L Wang, Gordon Kim Prisk
We are developing a novel, noninvasive method for measuring the efficiency of pulmonary gas exchange in patients with lung disease. The patient wears an oximeter, and we measure the partial pressures of oxygen and carbon dioxide in inspired and expired gas using miniature analyzers. The arterial PO2 is then calculated from the oximeter reading and the oxygen dissociation curve, using the end-tidal PCO2 to allow for the Bohr effect. This calculation is only accurate when the oxygen saturation is below 94% and therefore these normal subjects breathed 12...
December 20, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351245/exposure-to-ambient-air-particles-increases-the-risk-of-mental-disorder-findings-from-a-natural-experiment-in-beijing
#17
Zhen Jia, Yongjie Wei, Xiaoqian Li, Lixin Yang, Huijie Liu, Chen Guo, Lulu Zhang, Nannan Li, Shaojuan Guo, Yan Qian, Zhigang Li
Epidemiology studies indicated that air pollution has been associated with adverse neurological effects in human. Moreover, the secretion of glucocorticoid (GC) affects the mood regulation, and the negative feedback of hippocampal glucocorticoid receptors (GR) inhibits the GC secretion. Meanwhile, the over secretion of GC can interfere the immune system and induce neurotoxicity. In the present study, the human test showed that the secretion of the cortisol in plasma was elevated after exposure in heavy air pollution...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351164/body-mass-index-versus-body-fat-percentage-in-prospective-nfl-athletes-overestimation-of-obesity-rate-in-athletes-at-the-nfl-scouting-combine
#18
Capt Matthew T Provencher, Jorge Chahla, George Sanchez, Mark E Cinque, Nicholas I Kennedy, Jim Whalen, Mark D Price, Gilbert Moatshe, Robert F LaPrade
Obesity has been previously noted as a major issue in the National Football League (NFL), where it has been shown that 97% of all players demonstrate a body mass index (BMI) of ≥25.0 with a reported obesity rate of 56% (BMI ≥30.0). However, BMI does not take into account body composition by mass, and may overestimate prevalence of obesity. The purposes of this study were to (1) determine the validity of BMI as a measure of body fat percentage and obesity in athletes at the NFL Combine, to define the obesity rate based on body fat percentage compared to BMI...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350914/cys34-adductomes-differ-between-patients-with-chronic-lung-or-heart-disease-and-healthy-controls-in-central-london
#19
Sa Liu, Hasmik Grigoryan, William Matthew Bell Edmands, Sonia Dagnino, Rudy Sinharay, Paul Cullinan, Peter Collins, Kian Fan Chung, Benjamin M Barratt, Frank J Kelly, Paolo Vineis, Stephen M Rappaport
Oxidative stress generates reactive species that modify proteins, deplete antioxidant defenses and contribute to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and ischemic heart disease (IHD). To determine whether protein modifications differ between COPD or IHD patients and healthy subjects, we performed untargeted analysis of adducts at the Cys34 locus of human serum albumin (HSA). Biospecimens were obtained from nonsmoking participants from London, U.K., including healthy subjects (n=20) and patients with COPD (n=20) or IHD (n=10)...
January 19, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350885/unexpected-impact-of-esterification-on-the-antioxidant-activity-and-photo-stability-of-a-eumelanin-from-5-6-dihydroxyindole-2-carboxylic-acid
#20
Raffaella Micillo, Mariagrazia Iacomino, Marco Perfetti, Lucia Panzella, Kenzo Koike, Gerardino D'Errico, Marco d'Ischia, Alessandra Napolitano
To inquire into the role of the carboxyl group as determinant of the properties of 5,6-dihydroxyindole melanins, melanins from aerial oxidation of 5,6-dihydroxyindole (DHICA) and its methyl ester MeDHICA were comparatively tested for their antioxidant activity. MALDI MS spectrometry analysis of MeDHICA melanin provided evidence for a collection of intact oligomers. EPR analysis showed g-values almost identical and signal amplitudes (ΔB) comparable to those of DHICA melanin, but spin density was one order of magnitude higher, with a different response to pH changes...
January 19, 2018: Pigment Cell & Melanoma Research
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