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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231637/preen-oil-and-bird-fitness-a-critical-review-of-the-evidence
#1
Gregorio Moreno-Rueda
The uropygial gland is a holocrine complex exclusive to birds that produces an oleaginous secretion (preen oil) whose function is still debated. Herein, I examine critically the evidence for the many hypotheses of potential functions of this gland. The main conclusion is that our understanding of this gland is still in its infancy. Even for functions that are considered valid by most researchers, real evidence is scarce. Although it seems clear that preen oil contributes to plumage maintenance, we do not know whether this is due to a role in reducing mechanical abrasion or in reducing feather degradation by keratinophilic organisms...
February 23, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231556/compliant-support-surfaces-affect-sensory-reweighting-during-balance-control
#2
I M Schut, D Engelhart, J H Pasma, R G K M Aarts, A C Schouten
To maintain upright posture and prevent falling, balance control involves the complex interaction between nervous, muscular and sensory systems, such as sensory reweighting. When balance is impaired, compliant foam mats are used in training methods to improve balance control. However, the effect of the compliance of these foam mats on sensory reweighting remains unclear. In this study, eleven healthy subjects maintained standing balance with their eyes open while continuous support surface (SS) rotations disturbed the proprioception of the ankles...
February 9, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231499/surfactant-cobalt-iii-complexes-the-impact-of-hydrophobicity-on-interaction-with-hsa-and-dna-insights-from-experimental-and-theoretical-approach
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Selvakumar Veeralakshmi, Gopal Sabapathi, Selvan Nehru, Ponnambalam Venuvanalingam, Sankaralingam Arunachalam
To develop surfactant-based metallodrugs, it is very important to know about their hydrophobicity, micelle forming capacity, their interaction with biomacromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids, and biological activities. Here, diethylenetriamine (dien) and tetradecylamine ligand (TA) based surfactant-cobalt(III) complexes with single chain domain, [Co(dien)(TA)Cl2]ClO4 (1) and double chain domain [Co(dien)(TA)2Cl](ClO4)2 (2) were chosen to study the effect of hydrophobicity on the interaction with human serum albumin and calf thymus DNA...
February 16, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231172/chemometrics-methods-for-specificity-authenticity-and-traceability-analysis-of-olive-oils-principles-classifications-and-applications
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REVIEW
Habib Messai, Muhammad Farman, Abir Sarraj-Laabidi, Asma Hammami-Semmar, Nabil Semmar
BACKGROUND: Olive oils (OOs) show high chemical variability due to several factors of genetic, environmental and anthropic types. Genetic and environmental factors are responsible for natural compositions and polymorphic diversification resulting in different varietal patterns and phenotypes. Anthropic factors, however, are at the origin of different blends' preparation leading to normative, labelled or adulterated commercial products. Control of complex OO samples requires their (i) characterization by specific markers; (ii) authentication by fingerprint patterns; and (iii) monitoring by traceability analysis...
November 17, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231026/late-administration-of-a-palladium-lipoic-acid-complex-poly-mva-modifies-cardiac-mitochondria-but-not-functional-or-structural-manifestations-of-radiation-induced-heart-disease-in-a-rat-model
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Vijayalakshmi Sridharan, John W Seawright, Francis J Antonawich, Merrill Garnett, Maohua Cao, Preeti Singh, Marjan Boerma
Exposure of the heart to ionizing radiation can cause adverse myocardial remodeling. In small animal models, local heart irradiation causes persistent alterations in cardiac mitochondrial function and swelling. POLY-MVA is a dietary supplement that contains a palladium lipoic acid complex that targets mitochondrial complex I and has been demonstrated to have greater redox potential than lipoic acid alone. POLY-MVA improves mitochondrial function and anti-oxidant enzyme activity in the aged rat heart. In this study, we tested whether POLY-MVA can mitigate cardiac effects of ionizing radiation...
February 23, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230826/modifying-effects-of-5-azacytidine-on-metal-containing-proteins-profile-in-guerin-carcinoma-with-different-sensitivity-to-cytostatics
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V F Chekhun, Y V Lozovska, L A Naleskina, T V Borikun, A P Burlaka, I N Todor, D V Demash, T M Yalovenko, T V Zadvornyi, A O Pavlova, D M Storchay, N Yu Lukianova
AIM: To assess the influence of the treatment with 5-azacytidine (5-aza) on the profile of metal-containing proteins and factors of their regulation in Guerin carcinoma cells in vivo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted on Wistar rats transplanted with wild-type Guerin carcinoma (Guerin/WT) and its strains resistant to cisplatin (Guerin/CP) or doxorubicin (Guerin/Dox). Animals were distributed in 6 groups treated with 5-aza and control animals without treatment...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230217/dna-protected-silver-emitters-charge-dependent-switching-of-fluorescence
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Matías Berdakin, Martin I Taccone, Gustavo A Pino, Cristián G Sánchez
The relationship between the state of charge and spectroscopy of DNA-protected silver emitters is not yet well understood. This remains one of the major issues to unveil in order to fully disentangle the spectroscopic features of these novel systems. It is a well known fact that a fluorescence response arises upon chemical reduction of silver cations attached to DNA, leading to neutral (or partially oxidized) "bright" clusters. It is important to note that the absence of fluorescence in completely ionic complexes is universal in the sense that it does not depend on any experimental variable...
February 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230160/global-view-of-cognate-kinase-activation-by-the-human-pyruvate-dehydrogenase-complex
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Elena L Guevara, Luying Yang, Barbara Birkaya, Jieyu Zhou, Natalia S Nemeria, Mulchand S Patel, Frank Jordan
The human pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC) comprises four multidomain components, E1, E3, E2 and an E3-binding protein (E3BP), the latter two forming the core as E2·E3BP sub-complex. Pyruvate flux through PDC is regulated via phosphorylation (inactivation) at E1 by four PDC kinases (PDKs), and reactivation by two PDC phosphatases. Up-regulation of PDK isoform gene expression is reported in several forms of cancer, while PDKs may be further activated by PDC by binding to the E2·E3BP core. Hence, the PDK: E2·E3BP interaction provides new therapeutic targets...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230077/cartilage-like-electrostatic-stiffening-of-responsive-cryogel-scaffolds
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G S Offeddu, I Mela, P Jeggle, R M Henderson, S K Smoukov, M L Oyen
Cartilage is a structural tissue with unique mechanical properties deriving from its electrically-charged porous structure. Traditional three-dimensional environments for the culture of cells fail to display the complex physical response displayed by the natural tissue. In this work, the reproduction of the charged environment found in cartilage is achieved using polyelectrolyte hydrogels based on polyvinyl alcohol and polyacrylic acid. The mechanical response and morphology of microporous physically-crosslinked cryogels are compared to those of heat-treated chemical gels made from the same polymers, as a result of pH-dependent swelling...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229909/paradoxical-inhibition-of-glycolysis-by-pioglitazone-opposes-the-mitochondriopathy-caused-by-aif-deficiency
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Paule Bénit, Alice Pelhaître, Elise Saunier, Sylvie Bortoli, Assetou Coulibaly, Malgorzata Rak, Manuel Schiff, Guido Kroemer, Massimo Zeviani, Pierre Rustin
Mice with the hypomorphic AIF-Harlequin mutation exhibit a highly heterogeneous mitochondriopathy that mostly affects respiratory chain complex I, causing a cerebral pathology that resembles that found in patients with AIF loss-of-function mutations. Here we describe that the antidiabetic drug pioglitazone (PIO) can improve the phenotype of a mouse Harlequin (Hq) subgroup, presumably due to an inhibition of glycolysis that causes an increase in blood glucose levels. This glycolysis-inhibitory PIO effect was observed in cultured astrocytes from Hq mice, as well as in human skin fibroblasts from patients with AIF mutation...
February 16, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229632/redox-regulation-of-mitochondrial-functional-activity-by-quinones
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N G Krylova, T A Kulahava, V T Cheschevik, I K Dremza, G N Semenkova, I B Zavodnik
Quinones are among the rare compounds successfully used as therapeutic agents to correct mitochondrial diseases and as specific regulators of mitochondrial function within cells. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the redox-dependent effects of quinones on mitochondrial function. The functional parameters [respiratory activity, membrane potential, and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation] of isolated rat liver mitochondria and mitochondria in intact cells were measured in the presence of eight exogenously applied quinones that differ in lipophilicity and one-electron reduction potential...
December 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229628/impaired-glucose-tolerance-after-streptozotocin-microinjection-into-the-mediodorsal-prefrontal-cortex-of-the-rat
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B Nagy, I Szabó, G Takács, B Csetényi, E Hormay, Z Karádi
The mediodorsal prefrontal cortex (mdPFC) is a key structure of the central glucose-monitoring (GM) neural network. Previous studies indicate that intracerebral streptozotocin (STZ) microinjection-induced destruction of local chemosensory neurons results in feeding and metabolic alterations. The present experiments aimed to examine whether STZ microinjection into the mdPFC causes metabolic deficits. To do so, glucose tolerance test (GTT) and measurements of plasma metabolites were performed in STZ-treated or control rats...
December 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229377/important-treatment-outcomes-for-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis-a-multisite-qualitative-study
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Emma Dures, Sarah Hewlett, Jane Lord, Clive Bowen, Neil McHugh, William Tillett
BACKGROUND: Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a variable and complex inflammatory condition. Symptoms can compromise physical function, reduce quality of life, and accrue significant health costs. Commonly used patient-reported outcomes largely reflect the professionals' perspective, however it is not known whether they capture what is important to patients. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to identify treatment outcomes important to patients with PsA. METHODS: Eight focus groups that were audio recorded, transcribed, anonymised and analysed using inductive thematic analysis were conducted at five hospital sites...
February 22, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229201/-sudden-cardiac-death-epidemiology-pathophysiology-and-risk-stratification
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B Rudic, E Tülümen, V Liebe, J Kuschyk, I Akin, M Borggrefe
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) remains a major public health burden despite revolutionary progress in the last three decades in the treatment of ventricular tachyarrhythmia with the use of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy. Survivors of sudden cardiac arrest are at high risk for recurrent tachyarrhythmia events. Early recognition of low left ventricular ejection fractions (≤35%) as a strong predictor of mortality and the causal association between ventricular tachyarrhythmia and SCD has led to a significant development of not only pharmacological antiarrhythmic therapy but also device-based prevention of SCD...
February 22, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229200/-current-impact-of-cardiac-implantable-electronic-devices
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J Kuschyk, B Rudic, M Borggrefe, I Akin
Sudden cardiac death and chronic heart failure are among the main contributors to persisting high mortality rates in Germany. In addition to removal of causal factors and guideline-conform pharmacological therapy, therapy with cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIED) is of undisputed importance. Subcutaneous defibrillators have the advantage that they do not have intracardiac electrodes but still have the same efficacy and safety. For patients with a wide QRS complex and reduced ejection fraction, cardiac resynchronization has led to a reduction of morbidity and mortality...
February 22, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229146/c4-ferrocenylsilyl-bridged-and-substituted-n-heterocyclic-carbenes-complexation-of-germanium-chloride
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Yuzhong Wang, Hunter P Hickox, Pingrong Wei, Gregory H Robinson
While the 1 : 1 reaction of C4-trichlorosilyl-functionalized N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) (2) with [(η(5)-C5H4Li)2Fe]3[TMEDA]2 (3) gives C4-sila[1]ferrocenophane-substituted NHC (4), C4-ferrocenylsilyl-bridged bis-NHC (6) is synthesized by combining 3 with C4-chlorodimethylsilyl-functionalized NHC (5) in a 1 : 2 ratio, (compound 5 is prepared by reaction of the anionic N-heterocyclic dicarbene (NHDC) [:C{[N(2,6-Pr(i)2C6H3)]2CHCLi}]n (1) with Me2SiCl2). In addition, ligand 4- and 6-based GeCl2 complexes (7 and 8) are also synthesized...
February 23, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228823/recognising-small-image-quality-differences-for-ultrasound-probes-and-the-potential-of-misdiagnosis-due-to-undetected-side-lobes
#17
Georg Doblhoff, Jaroslav Satrapa, Philip Coulthard
BACKGROUND: Ultrasonic imaging is an integral and routine procedure in many medical applications. An increased awareness of the need for quality assurance in this field has led to numerous tests being proposed. Due to the complexity of the problem, the tests directly measuring the important parameters of resolution and contrast of low-echoic structures are not unified, often more qualitative than quantitative, and are performed at large periodic intervals. Uniform sensitivity of an array transducer is a necessary but insufficient requirement for imaging quality of an ultrasound probe...
February 2017: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228773/import-of-soluble-proteins-into-chloroplasts-and-potential-regulatory-mechanisms
#18
REVIEW
Inga Sjuts, Jürgen Soll, Bettina Bölter
Chloroplasts originated from an endosymbiotic event in which a free-living cyanobacterium was engulfed by an ancestral eukaryotic host. During evolution the majority of the chloroplast genetic information was transferred to the host cell nucleus. As a consequence, proteins formerly encoded by the chloroplast genome are now translated in the cytosol and must be subsequently imported into the chloroplast. This process involves three steps: (i) cytosolic sorting procedures, (ii) binding to the designated receptor-equipped target organelle and (iii) the consecutive translocation process...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228754/proofreading-of-peptide-mhc-complexes-through-dynamic-multivalent-interactions
#19
REVIEW
Christoph Thomas, Robert Tampé
The adaptive immune system is able to detect and destroy cells that are malignantly transformed or infected by intracellular pathogens. Specific immune responses against these cells are elicited by antigenic peptides that are presented on major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) molecules and recognized by cytotoxic T lymphocytes at the cell surface. Since these MHC I-presented peptides are generated in the cytosol by proteasomal protein degradation, they can be metaphorically described as a window providing immune cells with insights into the state of the cellular proteome...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228607/analysis-of-nuclear-mitochondrial-dnas-and-factors-affecting-patterns-of-integration-in-plant-species
#20
Takanori Yoshida, Hazuka Y Furihata, Akira Kawabe
Sequences homologous to organellar DNA that have been integrated into nuclear genomes are referred to as nuclear mitochondrial DNAs (NUMTs) and nuclear plastid DNAs (NUPTs). NUMTs in nine plant species were analyzed to reveal the integration patterns and possible factors involved. The cumulative lengths of NUMTs in two-thirds of species analyzed were greater than those of NUPTs observed in a previous study. The age distribution of NUMTs was similar to that of NUPTs, suggesting similar mechanisms for integration and degradation of both NUPTs and NUMTs...
February 22, 2017: Genes & Genetic Systems
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