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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149779/increased-genes-expression-levels-of-cytokines-related-to-th17-treg-cells-in-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cell-correlate-with-clinical-severity-in-copd-and-mustard-gas-exposed-patients
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Parisa Farahani, Raheleh Halabian, Ensieh Vahedi, Jafar Salimian
The long lasting inflammation and immune dysregulation is one of the main mechanisms involved in lung complication of veterans exposed to sulfur mustard (SM) gas. Th17/Treg cells have an important role in immunopathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and mustard lung disease. In this study, expression of cytokines genes levels related to Th17/Treg cells was determined in peripheral blood mononuclear (PBMC) of mustard lung patients and was compared with COPD patients and healthy controls (HC)...
October 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149743/multigenerational-effects-of-salinity-in-six-clonal-lineages-of-daphnia-longispina
#2
C Venâncio, R Ribeiro, A M V M Soares, I Lopes
Sea level rise, as a consequence of climate changes, is already causing seawater intrusion in some freshwater coastal ecosystems worldwide. The increase in salinity at these freshwater coastal ecosystems may occur gradually (through groundwater) or abruptly (through extreme weather events). Moreover, many of them are also being altered and threatened by anthropogenic activities. Accordingly, the present study aimed at assessing the multigenerational lethal and sublethal effects caused by increased salinity in six clonal lineages of the freshwater cladoceran Daphnia longispina differing in their sensitivity to lethal levels of copper...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149738/associations-of-urinary-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-metabolites-with-fractional-exhaled-nitric-oxide-and-exhaled-carbon-monoxide-a-cross-sectional-study
#3
Yun Zhou, Yuewei Liu, Huizhen Sun, Jixuan Ma, Lili Xiao, Limin Cao, Wei Li, Bin Wang, Jing Yuan, Weihong Chen
Exposure to Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been associated with inflammatory responses. Fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) and exhaled carbon monoxide (eCO) are both important inflammatory mediators especially in airways. However, few studies have investigated associations of PAH exposures with FeNO or eCO. Therefore, we aimed to quantify the associations of urinary PAH metabolites with FeNO and eCO levels, and investigate their potential effect modifiers by linear mixed models among 4133 participants from the Wuhan-Zhuhai cohort in China...
November 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149723/residual-effects-of-biochar-on-growth-photosynthesis-and-cadmium-uptake-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l-under-cd-stress-with-different-water-conditions
#4
Muhammad Rizwan, Shafaqat Ali, Tahir Abbas, Muhammad Adrees, Muhammad Zia-Ur-Rehman, Muhammad Ibrahim, Farhat Abbas, Muhammad Farooq Qayyum, Rab Nawaz
Soil cadmium (Cd) contamination and drought stress are among the main issues hindering global food security. Biochar has been used to reduce metal uptake by plants and water stress mitigation, but long-term residual effects of biochar under Cd stress at different moisture levels needs to be investigated. A following rice (Oryza sativa L.) was grown after wheat on Cd-contaminated soil amended with different levels of biochar (0, 3.0, and 5.0%, w/w). Thirty five days old plants were irrigated with three moisture levels including zero drought as a control (1-2 cm water layer on soil), mild drought (MD, 50% of soil water holding capacity, WHC), and severe drought (SD, 35% of soil WHC) for an accompanying 35 days...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149722/effects-of-middle-ear-quasi-static-stiffness-on-sound-transmission-quantified-by-a-novel-3-axis-optical-force-sensor
#5
Ivo Dobrev, Jae Hoon Sim, Baktash Aqtashi, Alexander M Huber, Thomas Linder, Christof Röösli
BACKGROUND: Intra-operative quantification of the ossicle mobility could provide valuable feedback for the current status of the patient's conductive hearing. However, current methods for evaluation of middle ear mobility are mostly limited to the surgeon's subjective impression through manual palpation of the ossicles. This study investigates how middle ear transfer function is affected by stapes quasi-static stiffness of the ossicular chain. The stiffness of the middle ear is induced by a) using a novel fiber-optic 3-axis force sensor to quantify the quasi-static stiffness of the middle ear, and b) by artificial reduction of stapes mobility due to drying of the middle ear...
November 10, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149715/robust-brain-roi-segmentation-by-deformation-regression-and-deformable-shape-model
#6
Zhengwang Wu, Yanrong Guo, Sang Hyun Park, Yaozong Gao, Pei Dong, Seong-Whan Lee, Dinggang Shen
We propose a robust and efficient learning-based deformable model for segmenting regions of interest (ROIs) from structural MR brain images. Different from the conventional deformable-model-based methods that deform a shape model locally around the initialization location, we learn an image-based regressor to guide the deformable model to fit for the target ROI. Specifically, given any voxel in a new image, the image-based regressor can predict the displacement vector from this voxel towards the boundary of target ROI, which can be used to guide the deformable segmentation...
November 10, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149713/adult-exposure-to-bisphenol-a-in-rare-minnow-gobiocypris-rarus-reduces-sperm-quality-with-disruption-of-testicular-aquaporins
#7
Yingying Zhang, Yongjing Guan, Ting Zhang, Cong Yuan, Yan Liu, Zaizhao Wang
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disrupter which has adverse effects on male reproduction. Aquaporins (AQPs), well known water-selective channels, play important roles in spermatogenesis and sperm functions. However, whether AQPs participate in the process that BPA induces abnormal sperms has not been investigated to date. In the present study, adult male rare minnows Gobiocypris rarus were exposed to environmentally relevant concentrations BPA (15 and 225 μg/L) for 1, 2 and 3 weeks. Results showed that BPA exposure disrupted sperm motility, increased the percentage of abnormal sperm cells, and decreased sperm tolerance to hypotonic solution and sperm fertilization capacity...
November 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149712/detection-of-perfluoroalkyl-acids-and-sulphonates-in-italian-eel-samples-by-hplc-hrms-orbitrap
#8
Luca Maria Chiesa, Maria Nobile, Elisa Pasquale, Claudia Balzaretti, Petra Cagnardi, Doriana Tedesco, Sara Panseri, Francesco Arioli
Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) contain one or more carbon-bound hydrogens substituted by fluorine. Since the 1950s, these compounds have been used to manufacture fat- and water-resistant fabrics, paper and food containers, and to produce photographic films, firefighting foams, detergents and insecticides. The widespread use and global distribution of PFASs, have led to their accumulation in the environment. Food, particularly fish and other seafood, is considered the main route of human exposure to PFASs...
October 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149707/over-expression-of-cyclooxygenase-2-in-increased-reticulated-platelets-leads-to-aspirin-resistance-after-elective-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery
#9
Xiaoxuan Gong, Xuezhong Wang, Zhuowen Xu, Tiantian Zhu, Qiu Zhang, Jinying Zhang, Xiaowei Wang, Chunjian Li
INTRODUCTION: Aspirin resistance (AR) has been reported to present after coronary artery bypass graft causing saphenous vein graft failure. We aimed to investigate the factors that affect the anti-platelet effect of aspirin after off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery (OPCAB). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty OPCAB candidates were successively recruited. Platelet count, platelet aggregation, reticulated platelet (RP), platelets' cyclooxygenase (COX)-1 and COX-2 expressions were determined during the peri-operative period...
November 9, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149703/quercetin-attenuates-collagen-induced-arthritis-by-restoration-of-th17-treg-balance-and-activation-of-heme-oxygenase-1-mediated-anti-inflammatory-effect
#10
Yan Yang, Xu Zhang, Min Xu, Xin Wu, Feipeng Zhao, Chengzhi Zhao
Quercetin (QU) has been shown obvious anti-arthritic property in pre-clinical studies or clinical studies. Howbeit, the underlying mechanism of it is still not revealed distinctly and should be gotten further insight into. QU at a dosage of 150 mg/kg was administered orally in collagen-induced arthritis rats and then the clinical symptoms were monitored. The protein levels of Th17/Treg-related cytokines were determined by ELISA, and the mRNA levels of cytokines and transcription factors associated with the Th17 and Treg phenotypes were evaluated by real-time PCR, the proportions of Th17 and Treg cells were assessed by flow cytometry...
November 14, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149696/clearance-of-plasmin-pn-1-complexes-by-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-human-aneurysm-of-the-ascending-aorta
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Kamel Boukais, Luciano F Borges, Laurence Venisse, Ziad Touat, Déborah François, Véronique Arocas, Guillaume Jondeau, Paul Declerck, Marie-Christine Bouton, Jean-Baptiste Michel
Plasminogen is a circulating zymogen which enters the arterial wall by radial, transmural hydraulic conductance, where it is converted to plasmin by tissue plasminogen activator t-PA on an activation platform involving S100A4 on the vascular smooth muscle cell (vSMC) membrane. Plasmin is involved in the progression of human thoracic aneurysm of the ascending aorta (TAA). vSMCs protect the TAA wall from plasmin-induced proteolytic injury by expressing high levels of antiproteases. Protease nexin-1 (PN-1) is a tissue antiprotease belonging to the serpin superfamily, expressed in the vascular wall, and is able to form a covalent complex with plasmin...
October 24, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149689/an-extended-sequence-specificity-for-uv-induced-dna-damage
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Long H Chung, Vincent Murray
The sequence specificity of UV-induced DNA damage was determined with a higher precision and accuracy than previously reported. UV light induces two major damage adducts: cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) and pyrimidine(6-4)pyrimidone photoproducts (6-4PPs). Employing capillary electrophoresis with laser-induced fluorescence and taking advantages of the distinct properties of the CPDs and 6-4PPs, we studied the sequence specificity of UV-induced DNA damage in a purified DNA sequence using two approaches: end-labelling and a polymerase stop/linear amplification assay...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149661/unraveling-the-effects-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungus-on-uptake-translocation-and-distribution-of-cadmium-in-phragmites-australis-cav-trin-ex-steud
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Xiaochen Huang, Li Wang, Shishu Zhu, Shih-Hsin Ho, Jieting Wu, Prasanta K Kalita, Fang Ma
Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud. has been reported to form a symbiosis with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF). However, the tolerance mechanism for AMF symbiosis on cadmium (Cd) phytotoxicity still remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of Rhizophagus irregularis inoculation on Cd-stressed (0, 1, and 20mgL(-1)) roots, stems, and leaves of P. australis with regard to subcellular Cd distribution and chemical forms of Cd. In addition, transmission electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to investigate variations in subcellular structures and functional groups in plant organs...
November 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149648/dried-plum-alleviates-symptoms-of-inflammatory-arthritis-in-tnf-transgenic-mice
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Faryal Mirza, Joseph Lorenzo, Hicham Drissi, Francis Y Lee, Do Y Soung
Dried plum (DP), a rich source of polyphenols has been shown to have bone-preserving properties in both animal models of osteoporosis and postmenopausal women. We evaluated if DP alleviated the destruction of joints in transgenic mice (TG) that overexpress human tumor necrosis factor (TNF), a genetic model of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A four-week treatment of 20% DP diet in TG slowed the onset of arthritis and reduced bone erosions in the joints compared to TG on a regular diet. This was associated with fewer tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRAP) positive cells, suggesting decreased osteoclastogenesis...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149642/oxidative-stress-cell-cycle-arrest-dna-damage-and-apoptosis-in-adult-zebrafish-danio-rerio-induced-by-tris-1-3-dichloro-2-propyl-phosphate
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Hanyan Chen, Pingping Wang, Zhongkun Du, Guowei Wang, Shixiang Gao
Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP) is an additive flame retardant of high production volume, and frequently detected in biota and environment. However, knowledge on its potential risk and toxicological mechanism still remains limited. In this study, DNA damage, transcriptomic responses and biochemical changes in the liver of zebrafish (Danio rerio) induced by TDCPP were investigated. Zebrafish was exposed to 45.81μg/L (1/100 (96h-LC50)) and 229.05μg/L (1/20 (96h-LC50)) TDCPP for 7 d. The reactive oxygen species (ROS) and GSH contents, in addition to antioxidant enzyme activities in the liver changed significantly, and the mRNA levels of genes related to oxidative stress were alerted in a dose-dependent and/or sex-dependent manner after exposure to TDCPP...
November 10, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149635/the-association-between-adolescent-cannabis-use-and-anxiety-a-parallel-process-analysis
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Jacqueline Duperrouzel, Samuel W Hawes, Catalina Lopez-Quintero, Ileana Pacheco-Colón, Jonathan Comer, Raul Gonzalez
INTRODUCTION: Associations between anxiety symptoms and cannabis use have been previously explored, yet the directionality of these associations remains highly debatable. The present study aims to prospectively examine patterns of cannabis use and anxiety during adolescence focusing on their co-development and bidirectional influences. METHODS: Adolescents (n=250) of predominantly Hispanic ethnicity, aged 14-17 at baseline, exposed to drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes completed three (bi-annual) assessments across a 1-year period...
November 4, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149616/protective-effects-of-proanthocyanidins-against-cadmium-induced-testicular-injury-through-the-modification-of-nrf2-keap1-signal-path-in-rats
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Liu He, Peng Li, Li-Hui Yu, Lin Li, Yi Zhang, Yang Guo, Miao Long, Jian-Bin He, Shu-Hua Yang
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the potential chemoprotective effects of proanthocyanidins (PAs) against cadmium (Cd)-induced oxidative damage of testes via Nrf2-Keap1 signal pathway in rats. Briefly, by using biochemical histological analysis, as well as the real time PCR and western blot approach, oxidative damage in rat testicular tissue was observed after exposure to Cd. In addition, significant down-regulations of mRNA and protein levels of nuclear erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1), γ-glutamyl cysteine synthetase (γ-GCS), glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) and quinone oxidoreductase 1 (NQO1), as well as a significant up-regulation of Kelch sample related protein-1 (Keap1) levels in testicular tissue were observed after Cd exposure...
November 3, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149566/iedda-reaction-of-molecular-iodine-catalyzed-synthesis-of-1-3-5-triazines-via-functionalization-of-sp-3-c-h-bond-of-acetophenones-with-amidines-an-experimental-investigation-and-dft-study
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Abhishek Rajesh Tiwari, Shilpa Raveendra Nath, Kaustubh Ashok Joshi, Bhalchandra Mahadeo Bhanage
The present work reports an inverse electron demand Diels Alder (iEDDA) type reaction to synthesize 1,3,5-trizines from acetophenones and amidines. The use of molecular iodine in catalytic amount facilitates the functionalization of sp3 C-H bond of acetophenones. This is a simple and efficient methodology for the synthesis of 1,3,5-triazines in good to excellent yields under transition metal-free and peroxide-free conditions. The reaction is believed to take place via an in situ iodination-based oxidative elimination of formaldehyde...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149555/mapping-the-reactions-in-a-single-zero-valent-iron-nanoparticle
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Lan Ling, Xiao-Yue Huang, Meirong Li, Wei-Xian Zhang
Nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) posseses unique functionalities for metal-metalloid removal and sequestration. So far, direct evidence on the heavy metal-iron reactions in the solid phase is still limited due to low concentration of heavy metals and small size of nanoparticles. In this work, angstrom-resolution spectral mappings on the reactions of nZVI with chromate, arsenate, nickel, silver, cesium, and zinc ions are presented. This work was achieved with spherical aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy integrated with high-sensitivity X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy scanning transmission electron microscopy (XEDS-STEM)...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149522/melatonin-improves-the-meiotic-maturation-of-porcine-oocytes-by-reducing-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-during-in-vitro-maturation
#20
Hyo-Jin Park, Jae-Young Park, Jin-Woo Kim, Seul-Gi Yang, Jae-Min Jung, Min-Ji Kim, Man-Jong Kang, Young Ho Cho, Gabbine Wee, Hee-Young Yang, Bong-Seok Song, Sun-Uk Kim, Deog-Bon Koo
Under endoplasmic reticulum (ER)-stress conditions, the unfolded protein response (UPR) generates a defense mechanism in mammalian cells. The regulation of UPR signaling is important in oocyte maturation, embryo development, and female reproduction of pigs. Recent studies have shown that melatonin plays an important role as an anti-oxidant to improve pig oocyte maturation. However, there is no report on the role of melatonin in the regulation of UPR signaling and ER-stress during in vitro maturation (IVM) of porcine oocytes...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
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