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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088017/co-delivery-of-ibuprofen-and-gentamicin-from-nanoporous-anodic-titanium-dioxide-layers
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Anna Pawlik, Magdalena Jarosz, Karolina Syrek, Grzegorz D Sulka
Although single-drug therapy may prove insufficient in treating bacterial infections or inflammation after orthopaedic surgeries, complex therapy (using both an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory drug) is thought to address the problem. Among drug delivery systems (DDSs) with prolonged drug release profiles, nanoporous anodic titanium dioxide (ATO) layers on Ti foil are very promising. In the discussed research, ATO samples were synthesized via a three-step anodization process in an ethylene glycol-based electrolyte with fluoride ions...
January 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073789/dynamics-of-convulsive-seizure-termination-and-postictal-generalized-eeg-suppression
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Prisca R Bauer, Roland D Thijs, Robert J Lamberts, Demetrios N Velis, Gerhard H Visser, Else A Tolner, Josemir W Sander, Fernando H Lopes da Silva, Stiliyan N Kalitzin
It is not fully understood how seizures terminate and why some seizures are followed by a period of complete brain activity suppression, postictal generalized EEG suppression. This is clinically relevant as there is a potential association between postictal generalized EEG suppression, cardiorespiratory arrest and sudden death following a seizure. We combined human encephalographic seizure data with data of a computational model of seizures to elucidate the neuronal network dynamics underlying seizure termination and the postictal generalized EEG suppression state...
January 10, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065834/nanosecond-pulsed-electric-fields-trigger-cell-differentiation-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#3
Fan Bai, Christian Gusbeth, Wolfgang Frey, Peter Nick
Nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEFs) have great potential for biotechnological and medical applications. However, the biological mechanisms causing the cellular responses are still far from understood. We used the unicellular green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as experimental model to dissect the immediate consequences of electroporation from the developmental cellular responses evoked by nsPEFs. We observe that nsPEFs induce a short-term permeabilization of the membrane, accompanied by swelling and oxidative burst...
January 5, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054154/interstitial-cell-modulation-of-pyeloureteric-peristalsis-in-the-mouse-renal-pelvis-examined-using-fibsem-tomography-and-calcium-indicators
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Hikaru Hashitani, Michael J Nguyen, Haruka Noda, Retsu Mitsui, Ryuhei Higashi, Keisuke Ohta, Kei-Ichiro Nakamura, Richard J Lang
Typical and atypical smooth muscle cells (TSMCs and ASMCs, respectively) and interstitial cells (ICs) within the pacemaker region of the mouse renal pelvis were examined using focused ion beam scanning electron (FIB SEM) tomography, immunohistochemistry and Ca(2+) imaging. Individual cells within 500-900 electron micrograph stacks were volume rendered and associations with their neighbours established. 'Ribbon-shaped', Ano1 Cl(-) channel immuno-reactive ICs were present in the adventitia and the sub-urothelial space adjacent to the TSMC layer...
January 4, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053858/a-major-miss-in-prognostication-after-cardiac-arrest-burst-suppression-and-brain-healing
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Danielle A Becker, Nicholas D Schiff, Lance B Becker, Manisha G Holmes, Joseph J Fins, James M Horowitz, Orrin Devinsky
We report a case with therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest where meaningful recovery far exceeded anticipated negative endpoints following cardiac arrest with loss of brainstem reflexes and subsequent status epilepticus. This man survived and recovered after an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest followed by a 6-week coma with absent motor responses and 5 weeks of burst suppression. Standard criteria suggested no chance of recovery. His recovery may relate to the effect of burst-suppression on EEG to rescue neurons near neuronal cell death...
2017: Epilepsy & Behavior Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053575/faba-bean-drought-responsive-gene-identification-and-validation
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Megahed H Ammar, Altaf M Khan, Hussein M Migdadi, Samah M Abdelkhalek, Salem S Alghamdi
This study was carried out to identify drought-responsive genes in a drought tolerant faba bean variety (Hassawi 2) using a suppressive subtraction hybridization approach (SSH). A total of 913 differentially expressed clones were sequenced from a differential cDNA library that resulted in a total of 225 differentially expressed ESTs. The genes of mitochondrial and chloroplast origin were removed, and the remaining 137 EST sequences were submitted to the gene bank EST database (LIBEST_028448). A sequence analysis identified 35 potentially drought stress-related ESTs that regulate ion channels, kinases, and energy production and utilization and transcription factors...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040016/quasilinear-reflection-as-a-possible-mechanism-for-suppressor-induced-otoacoustic-emission
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Yi-Wen Liu, Tzu-Chi Liu
A frequency-domain iterative approach is developed to compute the change in characteristic impedance in the cochlea due to the presence of a suppressor tone. Based on this approach, a small transient wave passing by the best place (BP) of the suppressor is predicted to be partially reflected because of the suppressor-induced impedance variation. This computational approach is tested on a nonlinear model of cochlear mechanics [Liu, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 136, 1788-1796 (2014)]. When a 9-kHz suppressor at 60 dB sound pressure level is delivered to the model, the characteristic impedance decreases by ∼20% near its BP...
December 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039911/effective-suppression-of-atrial-fibrillation-by-the-antihistaminic-agent-antazoline-first-experimental-insights-into-a-novel-antiarrhythmic-agent
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Gerrit Frommeyer, Magdalena Sterneberg, Dirk G Dechering, Sven Kaese, Nils Bögeholz, Christian Pott, Michael Fehr, Harilaos Bogossian, Peter Milberg, Lars Eckardt
INTRODUCTION: The antihistaminic antazoline (ANT) was reported to be highly effective and safe for rapid conversion of atrial fibrillation (AF). We therefore analyzed underlying mechanisms in an experimental whole-heart model. METHODS AND RESULTS: Isolated and retrogradely perfused rabbit hearts underwent a standardized protocol employing atrial burst pacing induced AF in 5 of 20 hearts under baseline conditions (7 episodes). Thereafter, a combination of acetylcholine and isoproterenol was employed to enhance AF occurrence...
December 31, 2016: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039042/role-of-low-voltage-activated-calcium-current-and-extracellular-calcium-in-controlling-the-firing-pattern-of-developing-ca1-pyramidal-neurons
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Alberto Sánchez-Aguilera, José Luis Sánchez-Alonso, María Ángeles Vicente-Torres, Asunción Colino
The firing pattern of individual neurons is an important element for information processing and storing. During the first weeks of development, there is a transitional period during which CA1 pyramidal neurons display burst-spiking behavior in contrast to the adult regular-firing pattern. Spike after-depolarizations (ADPs) constitute a major factor underlying burst-spiking behavior. Using current-clamp recordings, we studied ADP waveforms and firing patterns in CA1 pyramidal neurons of Wistar rats from 9 to 19 postnatal days (P9-19)...
December 28, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028789/isoflurane-use-in-the-treatment-of-super-refractory-status-epilepticus-is-associated-with-hippocampal-changes-on-mri
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Kristin M Ikeda, Robert Connors, Donald H Lee, Alexander G Khandji, Jan Claassen, G Bryan Young
BACKGROUND: Refractory status epilepticus (RSE) is associated with high morbidity and mortality. Experts recommend aggressive management with continuous intravenous infusions or inhaled anesthetics such as isoflurane. However, there is concern that MRI changes in RSE reflect isoflurane neurotoxicity. We performed a case-control study to determine whether isoflurane is neurotoxic, based on MRI signal changes. METHODS: We performed a retrospective case-control study of the incidence of MRI changes in RSE treated with and without isoflurane...
December 27, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028604/molecular-mechanisms-of-group-i-metabotropic-glutamate-receptor-mediated-ltp-and-ltd-in-basolateral-amygdala-in-vitro
#11
A Chen, W W Hu, X L Jiang, M Potegal, H Li
The roles of group I metabotropic glutamate receptors, metabotropic glutamate receptor 1 (mGluR1) and mGluR5, in regulating synaptic plasticity and metaplasticity in the basolateral amygdala (BLA) remain unclear. The present study examined mGluR1- and mGluR5-mediated synaptic plasticity in the BLA and their respective signaling mechanisms. Bath application of the group I mGluR agonist, 3,5-dihydroxyphenylglycine (DHPG) (20 μM), directly suppressed basal fEPSPs (84.5 ± 6.3% of the baseline). The suppressive effect persisted for at least 30 min after washout; it was abolished by the mGluR1 antagonist 7-(hydroxyimino)cyclopropa[b]chromen-1a-carboxylate ethyl ester (CPCCOEt) but was unaffected by the mGluR5 antagonist 2-methyl-6- (phenylethynyl)-pyridine (MPEP)...
December 28, 2016: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018392/narrow-leafed-lupin-lupinus-angustifolius-%C3%AE-1-and-%C3%AE-6-conglutin-proteins-exhibit-antifungal-activity-protecting-plants-against-necrotrophic-pathogen-induced-damage-from-sclerotinia-sclerotiorum-and-phytophthora-nicotianae
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Jose C Jimenez-Lopez, Su Melser, Kathleen DeBoer, Louise F Thatcher, Lars G Kamphuis, Rhonda C Foley, Karam B Singh
Vicilins (7S globulins) are seed storage proteins and constitute the main protein family in legume seeds, particularly in narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.; NLL), where seven vicilin genes, called β1- to β7-conglutin have been identified. Vicilins are involved in germination processes supplying amino acids for seedling growth and plant development, as well as in some cases roles in plant defense and protection against pathogens. The roles of NLL β-conglutins in plant defense are unknown. Here the potential role of five NLL β-conglutin family members in protection against necrotrophic fungal pathogens was investigated and it was demonstrated that recombinant purified 6xHis-tagged β1- and β6-conglutin proteins exhibited the strongest in vitro growth inhibitory activity against a range of necrotrophic fungal pathogens compared to β2, β3, and β4 conglutins...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011378/anti-diabetic-effect-of-the-ethyl-acetate-fraction-of-clerodendrum-volubile-protocatechuic-acid-suppresses-phagocytic-oxidative-burst-and-modulates-inflammatory-cytokines
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Ochuko L Erukainure, Rahman M Hafizur, M Iqbal Choudhary, Achyut Adhikari, Ahmed M Mesaik, Olubunmi Atolani, Priyanka Banerjee, Robert Preissner, Aliyu Muhammad, Md Shahidul Islam
The antidiabetic effects of the ethyl acetate (EtOAc) fraction of Clerodendrum volubile leaves was investigated in this study. EtOAc extract was also fractionated to isolate the active compounds. The structure of the isolated compound (Protocatechuic acid) was established using (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopies and mass spectrometry. Protocatechuic acid was investigated for its anti-oxidative burst in polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) and macrophages. It was also docked with α-glucosidase and TNF-α. Acute treatment with EtOAc fraction of Clerodendrum volubile leaves significantly (p<0...
December 21, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997922/continuous-intraoperative-monitoring-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-surgery
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Rémi Tyrand, Shahan Momjian, Claudio Pollo, Christopher Lysakowski, Agustina M Lascano, Serge Vulliémoz, Karl Schaller, Colette Boëx
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The monitoring of interictal epileptiform discharge rates (IEDRs) all along anterior temporal lobe resections (ATLRs) has never been reported. Here the effect of ATLR on continuous IEDR monitoring is described. METHODS: IEDRs computed automatically during entire interventions were recorded in 34 patients (38.2%, 13/34 depth; 61.8%, 21/34 scalp electrodes only). Monitorings were invalidated when burst suppression occurred or if initial IEDRs were <5...
December 21, 2016: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997608/effect-of-peripheral-electrical-stimulation-pes-on-nocturnal-blood-glucose-in-type-2-diabetes-a-randomized-crossover-pilot-study
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Merav Catalogna, Keren Doenyas-Barak, Roi Sagi, Ramzia Abu-Hamad, Uri Nevo, Eshel Ben-Jacob, Shai Efrati
BACKGROUND: Regulation of hepatic glucose production has been a target for antidiabetic drug development, due to its major contribution to glucose homeostasis. Previous pre-clinical study demonstrated that peripheral electrical stimulation (PES) may stimulate glucose utilization and improve hepatic insulin sensitivity. The aim of the present study was to evaluate safety, tolerability, and the glucose-lowering effect of this approach in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). METHODS: Twelve patients with T2DM were recruited for an open label, interventional, randomized trial...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993972/differential-macrophage-polarization-from-pneumocystis-in-immunocompetent-and-immunosuppressed-hosts-potential-adjunctive-therapy-during-pneumonia
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Vijayalakshmi Nandakumar, Deanne Hebrink, Paige Jenson, Theodore Kottom, Andrew Limper
We explored differential polarization of macrophages during infection using a rat model of Pneumocystis pneumonia. We observed enhanced pulmonary M1 macrophage polarization in immunosuppressed (IS) hosts, but an M2 predominant response in immunocompetent (IC) hosts following Pneumocystis carinii (Pc) challenge. Increased inflammation and iNOS levels characterized the M1 response. However, macrophage ability to produce nitric oxide was defective. In contrast, the lungs of IC animals revealed a prominent M2 gene signature and these macrophages effectively elicited an oxidative burst associated with clearance of Pneumocystis In addition, during Pc-infection the expression of Dectin-1, a critical receptor for recognition and clearance of Pc, was upregulated in macrophages of IC animals but was suppressed in IS animals...
December 19, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990573/de-novo-post-illumination-monoterpene-burst-in-quercus-ilex-holm-oak
#17
K G Srikanta Dani, Giovanni Marino, Cosimo Taiti, Stefano Mancuso, Brian J Atwell, Francesco Loreto, Mauro Centritto
Explicit proof for de novo origin of a rare post-illumination monoterpene burst and its consistency under low O 2 , shows interaction of photorespiration, photosynthesis, and isoprenoid biosynthesis during light-dark transitions. Quercus ilex L (holm oak) constitutively emits foliar monoterpenes in an isoprene-like fashion via the methyl erythritol phosphate (MEP) pathway located in chloroplasts. Isoprene-emitting plants are known to exhibit post-illumination isoprene burst, a transient emission of isoprene in darkness...
December 18, 2016: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982758/burst-suppression-in-hypothermia-after-cardiac-arrest-because-of-drowning-treated-with-targeted-temperature-management-a-case-report
#18
Tomoya Okazaki, Toru Hifumi, Satoshi Egawa, Hideyuki Hamaya, Natsuyo Shinohara, Shohei Kawamoto, Takuma Iwaki, Kohei Tsukahara, Kenya Kawakita, Takashi Kusaka, Yasuhiro Kuroda
Outcomes of cardiac arrest (CA) because of drowning in children are generally poor, but some reports show that cases with post-CA hypothermia because of drowning exhibit good recovery when treated with targeted temperature management (TTM). However, because electroencephalogram (EEG) findings are not reported in those cases, a complete examination of brain damage has not been performed during TTM. Here we report a case of a 15-month-old boy with post-CA hypothermia recovery after treating with TTM, along with EEG findings...
December 16, 2016: Therapeutic Hypothermia and Temperature Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933078/citrus-leprosis-virus-c-infection-results-in-hypersensitive-like-response-suppression-of-the-ja-et-plant-defense-pathway-and-promotion-of-the-colonization-of-its-mite-vector
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Gabriella D Arena, Pedro L Ramos-González, Maria A Nunes, Marcelo Ribeiro-Alves, Luis E A Camargo, Elliot W Kitajima, Marcos A Machado, Juliana Freitas-Astúa
Leprosis is a serious disease of citrus caused by Citrus leprosis virus C (CiLV-C, genus Cilevirus) whose transmission is mediated by false spider mites of the genus Brevipalpus. CiLV-C infection does not systemically spread in any of its known host plants, thus remaining restricted to local lesions around the feeding sites of viruliferous mites. To get insight into this unusual pathosystem, we evaluated the expression profiles of genes involved in defense mechanisms of Arabidopsis thaliana and Citrus sinensis upon infestation with non-viruliferous and viruliferous mites by using reverse-transcription qPCR...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923187/sleep-eeg-patterns-in-infants-with-congenital-zika-virus-syndrome
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Maria Durce Costa Gomes Carvalho, Demócrito de Barros Miranda-Filho, Vanessa van der Linden, Paula Fabiana Sobral, Regina Coeli Ferreira Ramos, Maria Ângela Wanderley Rocha, Marli Tenório Cordeiro, Sarah Pinheiro de Alencar, Magda Lahorgue Nunes
OBJECTIVES: To describe sleep EEG patterns of neonates, and infants with microcephaly due to congenital Zika virus (ZikV) syndrome. METHODS: A descriptive case series of EEGs performed in a cohort of neonates with microcephaly monitored from October 2015 to February 2016 at a University Hospital in Northeast Brazil. Infants were investigated following an established protocol that includes EEG, neuroimaging studies, PCR and specific antibodies for ZikV detection...
January 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
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