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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441858/-development-of-an-eosinophilic-bronchitis-mouse-model-and-the-effects-of-eosinophil-activation-on-airway-hyperresponsiveness-in-eosinophilic-bronchitis-mice
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L Li, J T Lin
Objective: To develop a mouse model of eosinophilic bronchitis, and explore the effects of eosinophil activation on airway hyperresponsiveness. Methods: A total of 60 female specific pathogen free BALB/c female mice were divided randomly into four groups: polymyxin B group, normal saline group, polymyxin B+ N-methionine leucine phenylalanine (fMLP) group, normal saline+ fMLP group. All the groups were given corresponding nasal drops for 21 days. The former two groups were given 12 μl 0.5% polymyxin B or normal saline once a day by transnasal administration respectively...
April 25, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441775/progress-in-the-correlative-atomic-force-microscopy-and-optical-microscopy
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REVIEW
Lulu Zhou, Mingjun Cai, Ti Tong, Hongda Wang
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) has evolved from the originally morphological imaging technique to a powerful and multifunctional technique for manipulating and detecting the interactions between molecules at nanometer resolution. However, AFM cannot provide the precise information of synchronized molecular groups and has many shortcomings in the aspects of determining the mechanism of the interactions and the elaborate structure due to the limitations of the technology, itself, such as non-specificity and low imaging speed...
April 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441733/bioactivity-studies-on-titania-coatings-and-the-estimation-of-their-usefulness-in-the-modification-of-implant-surfaces
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Aleksandra Radtke, Adrian Topolski, Tomasz Jędrzejewski, Wiesław Kozak, Beata Sadowska, Marzena Więckowska-Szakiel, Piotr Piszczek
Morphologically different titania coatings (nanofibers (TNFs), nanoneedles (TNNs), and nanowires (TNWs)) were studied as potential biomedical materials. The abovementioned systems were produced in situ on Ti6Al4V substrates via direct oxidation processes using H₂O₂ and H₂O₂/CaCl₂ agents, and via thermal oxidation in the presence of Ar and Ar/H₂O₂. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy have been used to structurally characterize the produced materials. The morphology changes on the titanium alloy surface were investigated using scanning electron microscopy...
April 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441729/the-influence-of-hydroxyapatite-nanoparticle-morphology-on-embryonic-development-in-a-zebrafish-exposure-model
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Shiuli Pujari-Palmer, Xi Lu, Marjam Karlsson Ott
Nanomaterials are used in many different industries such as cosmetics, food, clothing, and electronics. There is increasing concern that exposure to nanoparticles (NPs) during pregnancy can adversely affect fetal development. It is well known that the size, charge, and chemistry of a nanoparticle can modulate embryological development. The role that particle morphology plays on early development, however, is still widely unknown. The present study aims to investigate the effect of hydroxyapatite nanoparticle (HANP) morphology on embryological development in a zebrafish exposure model...
April 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441723/phenolic-compounds-isolated-from-caesalpinia-coriaria-induce-s-and-g2-m-phase-cell-cycle-arrest-differentially-and-trigger-cell-death-by-interfering-with-microtubule-dynamics-in-cancer-cell-lines
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Jessica Nayelli Sánchez-Carranza, Laura Alvarez, Silvia Marquina-Bahena, Enrique Salas-Vidal, Verónica Cuevas, Elizabeth W Jiménez, Rafael A Veloz G, Maelle Carraz, Leticia González-Maya
Caesalpinia coriaria (C. coriaria), also named cascalote, has been known traditionally in México for having cicatrizing and inflammatory properties. Phytochemical reports on Caesalpinia species have identified a high content of phenolic compounds and shown antineoplastic effects against cancer cells. The aim of this study was to isolate and identify the active compounds of a water:acetone:ethanol (WAE) extract of C. coriaria pods and characterize their cytotoxic effect and cell death induction in different cancer cell lines...
April 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441716/noscapinoids-bearing-silver-nanocrystals-augmented-drug-delivery-cytotoxicity-apoptosis-and-cellular-uptake-in-b16f1-mouse-melanoma-skin-cancer-cells
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Naina Soni, Kiran Jyoti, Upendra Kumar Jain, Anju Katyal, Ramesh Chandra, Jitender Madan
PURPOSE: Noscapine (Nos) and reduced brominated analogue of noscapine (Red-Br-Nos) prevent cellular proliferation and induce apoptosis in cancer cells either alone or in combination with other chemotherapeutic drugs. However, owing to poor physicochemical properties, Nos and Red-Br-Nos have demonstrated their anticancer activity at higher and multiple doses. Therefore, in present investigation, silver nanocrystals of noscapinoids (Nos-Ag(2+) nanocrystals and Red-Br-Nos-Ag(2+) nanocrystals) were customized to augment drug delivery, cytotoxicity, apoptosis and cellular uptake in B16F1 mouse melanoma cancer cells...
April 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441627/effect-of-in%C3%A2-vitro-drought-stress-on-phenolic-acids-flavonols-saponins-and-antioxidant-activity-in-agave-salmiana
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César A Puente-Garza, Cristina Meza-Miranda, Desiree Ochoa-Martínez, Silverio García-Lara
This work evaluated the effect of in vitro drought stress on morphological characteristics, phenolic compounds, flavonols, saponin content, and antioxidant activity in plantlets of Agave salmiana. Drought stress was induced with polyethylene glycol (PEG) at 0, 10, 20 and 30% w/v in Murashige and Skoog solid medium. The determination of specific flavonols and saponins was achieved via HPLC-DAD and HPLC-ELSD, respectively. Compared with the control, plants grown in 30% PEG showed a change in the width of the leaves and a different color, showing less clarity and more darkening (L = 21...
April 10, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441625/influence-of-co-existed-tetrabromobisphenol-a-tbbpa-and-hexavalent-chromium-on-the-cellular-characteristics-of-pycnoporus-sanguineus-during-their-removal-and-reduction
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Mi Feng, Hua Yin, Hui Peng, Xintong Liu, Pingping Yang, Guining Lu, Zhi Dang
Simultaneous TBBPA removal and Cr(VI) reduction by Pycnoporus sanguineus together with the effect of these co-existed pollutants on the fungal cellular characteristics were investigated in this study, aiming at illuminating the mechanism involved in the interactions between contaminants and microbial cells. The results revealed that Cr(VI) reduction and TBBPA removal declined from 92.5%, 75.4-30.6%, 44.8% when Cr(VI) concentration increased from 5 to 40mg/L, respectively. The removal efficiencies for Cr(VI) and TBBPA reached 61...
April 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441547/phthalate-exposure-even-below-us-epa-reference-doses-was-associated-with-semen-quality-and-reproductive-hormones-prospective-marhcs-study-in-general-population
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Qing Chen, Huan Yang, Niya Zhou, Lei Sun, Huaqiong Bao, Lu Tan, Hongqiang Chen, Xi Ling, Guowei Zhang, Linping Huang, Lianbing Li, Mingfu Ma, Hao Yang, Xiaogang Wang, Peng Zou, Kaige Peng, Taixiu Liu, Xiefei Shi, Dejian Feng, Ziyuan Zhou, Lin Ao, Zhihong Cui, Jia Cao
BACKGROUND: Environment-Protection-Agency Reference Doses (EPA RfDs) for phthalate intakes are based on limited evidence, especially regarding low-dose male-reproductive toxicity. This study investigates the association between phthalate exposure and semen parameters and reproductive hormones in a general population with low phthalate exposure compared to the EPA RfDs. METHODS: The MARHCS (Male-Reproductive-Health-in-Chongqing-College-Students) cohort recruited 796 male students, who experienced a relocation of campuses and shifting environmental exposure...
April 22, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441456/genome-wide-association-study-of-facial-morphology-reveals-novel-associations-with-frem1-and-park2
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Myoung Keun Lee, John R Shaffer, Elizabeth J Leslie, Ekaterina Orlova, Jenna C Carlson, Eleanor Feingold, Mary L Marazita, Seth M Weinberg
Several studies have now shown evidence of association between common genetic variants and quantitative facial traits in humans. The reported associations generally involve simple univariate measures and likely represent only a small fraction of the genetic loci influencing facial morphology. In this study, we applied factor analysis to a set of 276 facial linear distances derived from 3D facial surface images of 2187 unrelated individuals of European ancestry. We retained 23 facial factors, which we then tested for genetic associations using a genome-wide panel of 10,677,593 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441418/relationship-between-acromial-morphological-variation-and-subacromial-impingement-a-three-dimensional-analysis
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Xinyu Li, Wei Xu, Ning Hu, Xi Liang, Wei Huang, Dianming Jiang, Hong Chen
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association of acromial morphology and subacromial impingement. METHODS: Bilateral shoulder computed tomography was performed in 138 patients who received shoulder arthroscopy. Measured parameters included: acromial tilt (AT), modified acromial tilt (mAT), acromial slope (AS), acromiohumeral interval (AHI), lateral acromial angle (LAA), acromial index (AI), critical shoulder angle (CSA), acromial anterior protrusion (AAP), and acromial inferior protrusion (AIP)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441395/molecular-phylogeny-of-oncaeidae-copepoda-using-nuclear-ribosomal-internal-transcribed-spacer-its-rdna
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Iole Di Capua, Fulvio Maffucci, Raimondo Pannone, Maria Grazia Mazzocchi, Elio Biffali, Alberto Amato
Copepods belonging to the Oncaeidae family are commonly and abundantly found in marine zooplankton. In the Mediterranean Sea, forty-seven oncaeid species occur, of which eleven in the Gulf of Naples. In this Gulf, several Oncaea species were morphologically analysed and described at the end of the XIX century by W. Giesbrecht. In the same area, oncaeids are being investigated over seasonal and inter-annual scales at the long-term coastal station LTER-MC. In the present work, we identified six oncaeid species using the nuclear ribosomal internal transcribed spacers (ITS rDNA) and the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (mtCOI)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441376/nut-midline-carcinoma-a-rare-malignancy
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Sameer Al Diffalha, Nidal Al Aukla, Saleh Hasan, Shohreh Dickinson, Farah Khalil
Nuclear protein of the testis (NUT) midline carcinoma can present in the head, neck, and mediastinum. In general, it presents in young adult men and has a poor prognosis. We report on a case of NUT midline carcinoma of the mediastinum in a man 27 years of age without any prior malignancy. Due to the location of the tumor, mediastinal lymphoma and germ cell tumor were initially considered; however, immunohistochemistry was performed using NUT antibody that revealed it to be NUT midline carcinoma. Although guidelines exist for squamous cell carcinoma of the head, neck, and mediastinum, no such specific guidelines are available for NUT midline carcinoma, which looks morphologically similar to squamous cell carcinoma but behaves more aggressively and carries a poor prognosis...
April 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441314/radiologic-parameters-can-affect-the-preoperative-decision-making-of-three-column-spinal-osteotomies-in-the-treatment-of-severe-and-stiff-kyhposcoliosis
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Hengwei Fan, Xueshi Li, Zifang Huang, Wenyuan Sui, Jingfan Yang, Yaolong Deng, Chongwen Wang, Chuandong Lang, Junlin Yang
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate radiologic parameters affect spine surgeon's osteotomy choice on patients with severe and stiff thoracic kyphoscoliosis. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUD DATA: Three-column osteotomies were developed to address severe and stiff kyphoscolisis. Current choice on osteotomies based on the morphology of kyphosis, global balance and locations of the main curvature, however, quantitative basis for decision-making is still lacking...
April 24, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441235/noninvasive-iphone-measurement-of-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-using-intrinsic-frequency-methodology
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Niema M Pahlevan, Derek G Rinderknecht, Peyman Tavallali, Marianne Razavi, Thao T Tran, Michael W Fong, Robert A Kloner, Marie Csete, Morteza Gharib
OBJECTIVE: The study is based on previously reported mathematical analysis of arterial waveform that extracts hidden oscillations in the waveform that we called intrinsic frequencies. The goal of this clinical study was to compare the accuracy of left ventricular ejection fraction derived from intrinsic frequencies noninvasively versus left ventricular ejection fraction obtained with cardiac MRI, the most accurate method for left ventricular ejection fraction measurement. DESIGN: After informed consent, in one visit, subjects underwent cardiac MRI examination and noninvasive capture of a carotid waveform using an iPhone camera (The waveform is captured using a custom app that constructs the waveform from skin displacement images during the cardiac cycle...
April 22, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441135/proteomic-mapping-of-cytosol-facing-outer-mitochondrial-and-er-membranes-in-living-human-cells-by-proximity-biotinylation
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Victoria Hung, Stephanie S Lam, Namrata D Udeshi, Tanya Svinkina, Gaelen Guzman, Vamsi K Mootha, Steven A Carr, Alice Y Ting
The cytosol-facing membranes of cellular organelles contain proteins that enable signal transduction, regulation of morphology and trafficking, protein import and export, and other specialized processes. Discovery of these proteins by traditional biochemical fractionation can be plagued with contaminants and loss of key components. Using peroxidase-mediated proximity biotinylation, we captured and identified endogenous proteins on the outer mitochondrial membrane (OMM) and endoplasmic reticulum membrane (ERM) of living human fibroblasts...
April 25, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441063/validating-the-psycholinguistic-aspects-of-litmus-clt-evidence-from-polish-and-norwegian
#17
Pernille Hansen, Hanne Gram Simonsen, Magdalena Łuniewska, Ewa Haman
The novel assessment tool Cross-Linguistic Lexical Tasks (LITMUS-CLT) aims for comparable cross-linguistic assessment of multilingual children's lexical skills by basing each language version on two language-specific variables: age of acquisition (AoA) and complexity index (CI), a novel measure related to phonology, morphology, exposure and etymology. This article investigates the validity of this methodology, asking whether the underlying properties are robust predictors of children's performance. The Polish and Norwegian CLTs were used to assess 32 bilingual Polish-Norwegian, 34 monolingual Norwegian and 36 monolingual Polish children...
April 25, 2017: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441052/effects-of-hyaluronan-alone-or-in-combination-with-chondroitin-sulfate-and-n-acetyl-d-glucosamine-on-lipopolysaccharide-challenge-exposed-equine-fibroblast-like-synovial-cells
#18
Allison H Kilborne, Hayam Hussein, Alicia L Bertone
OBJECTIVE To investigate effects of hyaluronic acid (HA) or HA combined with chondroitin sulfate (CS) and N-acetyl-d-glucosamine (NAG) by use of a lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in vitro method. SAMPLE Monolayer cultures of synovial cells from 4 adult horses. PROCEDURES Synovial cell cultures were untreated or treated with HA alone or HA-CS-NAG for 24 hours, subsequently unchallenged or challenge-exposed with 2 LPS concentrations (20 and 50 ng/mL) for 2 hours, and retreated with HA or HA-CS-NAG for another 24 hours...
May 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441047/distribution-of-t-cell-markers-cd4-and-cd8%C3%AE-in-lymphoid-organs-of-healthy-newborn-juvenile-and-adult-highland-plateau-yaks
#19
Qian Zhang, Kun Yang, Yufeng Huang, Junfeng He, Sijiu Yu, Yan Cui
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the distribution of T-cell markers (CD4 and CD8α) in lymphoid organs of newborn, juvenile, and adult yaks. ANIMALS: 15 healthy male yaks of various ages from highland plateaus. PROCEDURES: Yaks were allocated to groups on the basis of age (newborn [1 to 7 days old; n = 5], juvenile [5 to 7 months old; 5], and adult [3 to 4 years old; 5]). The thymus, spleen, 5 mesenteric lymph nodes, and 5 hemal nodes were harvested from each yak within 10 minutes after euthanasia...
May 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440969/evolution-of-cancer-registration-combining-online-reporting-with-follow-up-in-the-community-practices-in-guangzhou-china
#20
Huazhang Liu, Guozhen Lin, Ke Li, Haiyuan Ding, Huan Xu, Yan Li, Hang Dong, Shaofang Song
Background: An efficient registration system with accurate and timely information on cancer incidence and mortality is key to development of policies to prevent and control cancer. A traditional registration system usually needs 3-4 years to collect data and publish a cancer report. However, researchers, policymakers and healthcare professionals need to know the latest cancer registration data quickly. Methods: A computer system has been operating with cases reported online by hospitals and followed up in communities at the Cancer Registry of Guangzhou (CRG) since 2008...
May 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
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