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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223795/nanoparticle-based-hyperthermia-distinctly-impacts-production-of-ros-expression-of-ki-67-top2a-and-tpx2-and-induction-of-apoptosis-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Robert Ludwig, Francisco J Teran, Ulf Teichgraeber, Ingrid Hilger
So far, the therapeutic outcome of hyperthermia has shown heterogeneous responses depending on how thermal stress is applied. We studied whether extrinsic heating (EH, hot air) and intrinsic heating (magnetic heating [MH] mediated by nanoparticles) induce distinct effects on pancreatic cancer cells (PANC-1 and BxPC-3 cells). The impact of MH (100 µg magnetic nanoparticles [MNP]/mL; H=23.9 kA/m; f=410 kHz) was always superior to that of EH. The thermal effects were confirmed by the following observations: 1) decreased number of vital cells, 2) altered expression of pro-caspases, and 3) production of reactive oxygen species, and 4) altered mRNA expression of Ki-67, TOP2A, and TPX2...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220612/tree-mortality-across-biomes-is-promoted-by-drought-intensity-lower-wood-density-and-higher-specific-leaf-area
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REVIEW
Sarah Greenwood, Paloma Ruiz-Benito, Jordi Martínez-Vilalta, Francisco Lloret, Thomas Kitzberger, Craig D Allen, Rod Fensham, Daniel C Laughlin, Jens Kattge, Gerhard Bönisch, Nathan J B Kraft, Alistair S Jump
Drought events are increasing globally, and reports of consequent forest mortality are widespread. However, due to a lack of a quantitative global synthesis, it is still not clear whether drought-induced mortality rates differ among global biomes and whether functional traits influence the risk of drought-induced mortality. To address these uncertainties, we performed a global meta-analysis of 58 studies of drought-induced forest mortality. Mortality rates were modelled as a function of drought, temperature, biomes, phylogenetic and functional groups and functional traits...
February 21, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187033/prognostic-significance-of-stromal-versus-intratumoral-infiltrating-lymphocytes-in-different-subtypes-of-breast-cancer-treated-with-cytotoxic-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy
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Thaer Khoury, Vidya Nagrale, Mateusz Opyrchal, Xuan Peng, Dan Wang, Song Yao
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate if there were differences in associations of stromal versus intratumoral tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) with pathology complete response (pCR) among breast cancer (BC) subtypes treated with neoadjuvant therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The hematoxylin and eosin slides of BC-core biopsy consecutive cases (n=331) were reviewed from a single institution between 2000 and 2014. TIL-stroma (TIL-str) was scored from 0% to 100%...
February 9, 2017: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178961/sequential-above-and-belowground-herbivory-modifies-plant-responses-depending-on-herbivore-identity
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Dinesh Kafle, Anne Hänel, Tobias Lortzing, Anke Steppuhn, Susanne Wurst
BACKGROUND: Herbivore-induced changes in plant traits can cause indirect interactions between spatially and/or temporally separated herbivores that share the same host plant. Feeding modes of the herbivores is one of the major factors that influence the outcome of such interactions. Here, we tested whether the effects of transient aboveground herbivory for seven days by herbivores of different feeding guilds on tomato plants (Solanum lycopersicum) alters their interaction with spatially as well as temporally separated belowground herbivores...
February 8, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176856/characterization-of-adipogenic-chemicals-in-three-different-cell-culture-systems-implications-for-reproducibility-based-on-cell-source-and-handling
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Christopher D Kassotis, Lauren Masse, Stephanie Kim, Jennifer J Schlezinger, Thomas F Webster, Heather M Stapleton
The potential for chemical exposures to exacerbate the development and/or prevalence of metabolic disorders, such as obesity, is currently of great societal concern. Various in vitro assays are available to assess adipocyte differentiation, though little work has been done to standardize protocols and compare models effectively. This study compares several adipogenic cell culture systems under a variety of conditions to assess variability in responses. Two sources of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes as well as OP9 preadipocytes were assessed for cell proliferation and triglyceride accumulation following different induction periods and using various tissue culture plates...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163098/caste-discrimination-in-the-ant-odontomachus-hastatus-what-role-for-behavioral-and-chemical-cues
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Kévin Berthelot, Felipe Ramon Portugal, Raphaël Jeanson
In social insects, the maintenance of genetic colony integrity requires resident workers to recognize any intruder with a reproductive potential and to behave appropriately to minimize fitness costs. In this study, our objective was to identify the relative contribution of the behavioral patterns and chemical cues of intruders with different fertility status on their likelihood of being accepted in monogynous colonies. Using the ponerine ant Odontomachus hastatus as a model organism, we introduced non-nestmate workers, founding queens and heterospecific workers on intact nests in the field...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161176/association-among-gestation-length-and-health-production-and-reproduction-in-holstein-cows-and-implications-for-their-offspring
#7
A Vieira-Neto, K N Galvão, W W Thatcher, J E P Santos
Objectives were to evaluate associations among gestation length (GL) and performance in Holstein cows and their offspring. A total of 8,095 Holstein cows and 3,635 female offspring born alive on 2 farms using only artificial insemination (AI) were evaluated. Gestation length averaged 276 ± 6 d in the 8,095 dams, and it was categorized as short (SGL; at least 1 SD below the population mean; mean = 266 d, range 256 to 269 d), average (AGL; population mean ± 1 SD; mean = 276 d, range 270 to 282 d), or long (LGL; at least 1 SD above the population mean; mean = 285 d, range 283 to 296 d)...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153865/mechanisms-creating-transient-and-sustained-photoresponses-in-mammalian-retinal-ganglion-cells
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Xiwu Zhao, Aaron N Reifler, Melanie M Schroeder, Elizabeth R Jaeckel, Andrew P Chervenak, Kwoon Y Wong
Retinal neurons use sustained and transient light responses to encode visual stimuli of different frequency ranges, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. In particular, although earlier studies in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) proposed seven potential mechanisms, all seven have since been disputed, and it remains unknown whether different RGC types use different mechanisms or how many mechanisms are used by each type. Here, we conduct a comprehensive survey in mice and rats of 12 candidate mechanisms that could conceivably produce tonic rod/cone-driven ON responses in intrinsically photosensitive RGCs (ipRGCs) and transient ON responses in three types of direction-selective RGCs (TRHR+, Hoxd10+ ON, and Hoxd10+ ON-OFF cells)...
February 2, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145686/in-situ-characterization-of-protein-adsorption-onto-nanoparticles-by-fluorescence-correlation-spectroscopy
#9
Li Shang, G Ulrich Nienhaus
Nanotechnology holds great promise for applications in many fields including biology and medicine. Unfortunately, the processes occurring at the interface between nanomaterials and living systems are exceedingly complex and not yet well understood, which has significantly hampered the realization of many nanobiotechnology applications. Whenever nanoparticles (NPs) are incorporated by a living organism, a protein adsorption layer, also known as the "protein corona", forms on the NP surface. Accordingly, living organisms interact with protein-coated rather than bare NPs, and their biological responses depend on the nature of the protein corona...
February 1, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118950/characterization-of-a-commercial-scintillation-detector-for-2-d-dosimetry-in-scanned-proton-and-carbon-ion-beams
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S Russo, A Mirandola, S Molinelli, E Mastella, A Vai, G Magro, A Mairani, D Boi, M Donetti, M Ciocca
INTRODUCTION: Pencil beam scanning technique used at CNAO requires beam characteristics to be carefully assessed and periodically checked to guarantee patient safety. This study aimed at characterizing the Lynx® detector (IBA Dosimetry) for commissioning and periodic quality assurance (QA) for proton and carbon ion beams, as compared to EBT3 films, currently used for QA checks. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The Lynx® is a 2-D high-resolution dosimetry system consisting of a scintillating screen coupled with a CCD camera, in a compact light-tight box...
January 22, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115590/akt-signaling-pathway-in-macrophage-activation-and-m1-m2-polarization
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REVIEW
Eleni Vergadi, Eleftheria Ieronymaki, Konstantina Lyroni, Katerina Vaporidi, Christos Tsatsanis
Macrophages become activated initiating innate immune responses. Depending on the signals, macrophages obtain an array of activation phenotypes, described by the broad terms of M1 or M2 phenotype. The PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway mediates signals from multiple receptors including insulin receptors, pathogen-associated molecular pattern receptors, cytokine receptors, adipokine receptors, and hormones. As a result, the Akt pathway converges inflammatory and metabolic signals to regulate macrophage responses modulating their activation phenotype...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113116/metabolic-interference-of-sod-gene-mutations-on-catalase-activity-in-escherichia-coli-exposed-to-gramoxone%C3%A2-paraquat-herbicide
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Fernanda Gravina, Tatiane Dobrzanski, Luiz R Olchanheski, Carolina W Galvão, Péricles M Reche, Sonia A Pileggi, Ricardo A Azevedo, Michael J Sadowsky, Marcos Pileggi
Herbicides are continuously used to minimize the loss of crop productivity in agricultural environments. They can, however, cause damage by inhibiting the growth of microbiota via oxidative stress, due to the increased production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Cellular responses to ROS involve the action of enzymes, including superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT). The objective of this study was to evaluate adaptive responses in Escherichia coli K-12 to paraquat, the active ingredient in the herbicide Gramoxone®...
January 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106731/hypoxia-inducible-factor-1%C3%AE-promotes-endogenous-adaptive-response-in-rat-model-of-chronic-cerebral-hypoperfusion
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Ying Yang, Jieyang Ju, Min Deng, Jing Wang, Hui Liu, Li Xiong, Junjian Zhang
Hypoxia inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α), a pivotal regulator of gene expression in response to hypoxia and ischemia, is now considered to regulate both pro-survival and pro-death responses depending on the duration and severity of the stress. We previously showed that chronic global cerebral hypoperfusion (CCH) triggered long-lasting accumulation of HIF-1α protein in the hippocampus of rats. However, the role of the stabilized HIF-1α in CCH is obscure. Here, we knock down endogenous HIF-1α to determine whether and how HIF-1α affects the disease processes and phenotypes of CCH...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103315/multiple-acid-sensors-control-helicobacter-pylori-colonization-of-the-stomach
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Julie Y Huang, Emily Goers Sweeney, Karen Guillemin, Manuel R Amieva
Helicobacter pylori's ability to respond to environmental cues in the stomach is integral to its survival. By directly visualizing H. pylori swimming behavior when encountering a microscopic gradient consisting of the repellent acid and attractant urea, we found that H. pylori is able to simultaneously detect both signals, and its response depends on the magnitudes of the individual signals. By testing for the bacteria's response to a pure acid gradient, we discovered that the chemoreceptors TlpA and TlpD are each independent acid sensors...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102399/microsphere-cytometry-to-interrogate-microenvironment-dependent-cell-signaling
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Henriette Christie Ertsås, Garry P Nolan, Mark A LaBarge, James B Lorens
Microenvironmental cues comprising surface-mediated and soluble factors control cellular signaling mechanisms underlying normal cellular responses that define homeostatic and diseased cell states. In order to measure cell signaling in single adherent cells, we developed a novel microsphere-based flow cytometry approach. Single normal or neoplastic cells were adhered to uniform microspheres that display mimetic-microenvironments comprising surface combinations of extracellular matrix (ECM) in the presence of soluble agonists/antagonists...
February 20, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096427/influence-of-fatiguing-noise-on-auditory-evoked-responses-to-stimuli-of-various-levels-in-a-beluga-whale-delphinapterus-leucas
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Vladimir V Popov, Evgeniya V Sysueva, Dmitry I Nechaev, Viatcheslav V Rozhnov, Alexander Ya Supin
The negative impact of man-made noise on the hearing of odontocetes attracts considerable recent attention. Mostly permanent or temporary reductions in sensitivity are known as permanent or temporary threshold shift (PTS or TTS, respectively) were investigated. In the present study, the effects of a fatiguing sound on the hearing of a beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas within a wide range of levels of test signals was investigated. The fatiguing noise was half-octave band-limited noise centered at 32 kHz. Post-exposure effects of this noise on the evoked responses to test stimuli (rhythmic pip trains with a 45-kHz center frequency) at various levels (from threshold to 60 dB above threshold) was measured...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093236/extracellular-atp-and-adenosine-the-yin-and-yang-in-immune-responses
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REVIEW
M M Faas, T Sáez, P de Vos
Extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) and adenosine molecules are intimately involved in immune responses. ATP is mostly a pro-inflammatory molecule and is released during hypoxic condition and by necrotic cells, as well as by activated immune cells and endothelial cells. However, under certain conditions, for instance at low concentrations or at prolonged exposure, ATP may also have anti-inflammatory properties. Extracellular ATP can activate both P2X and P2Y purinergic receptors. Extracellular ATP can be hydrolyzed into adenosine in a two-step enzymatic process involving the ectonucleotidases CD39 (ecto-apyrase) and CD73...
January 16, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080967/affective-touch-and-attachment-style-modulate-pain-a-laser-evoked-potentials-study
#18
Charlotte Krahé, Marianne M Drabek, Yannis Paloyelis, Aikaterini Fotopoulou
Affective touch and cutaneous pain are two sub-modalities of interoception with contrasting affective qualities (pleasantness/unpleasantness) and social meanings (care/harm), yet their direct relationship has not been investigated. In 50 women, taking into account individual attachment styles, we assessed the role of affective touch and particularly the contribution of the C tactile (CT) system in subjective and electrophysiological responses to noxious skin stimulation, namely N1 and N2-P2 laser-evoked potentials...
November 19, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075361/role-of-ire1%C3%AE-xbp-1-in-cystic-fibrosis-airway-inflammation
#19
REVIEW
Carla M P Ribeiro, Bob A Lubamba
Cystic fibrosis (CF) pulmonary disease is characterized by chronic airway infection and inflammation. The infectious and inflamed CF airway environment impacts on the innate defense of airway epithelia and airway macrophages. The CF airway milieu induces an adaptation in these cells characterized by increased basal inflammation and a robust inflammatory response to inflammatory mediators. Recent studies have indicated that these responses depend on activation of the unfolded protein response (UPR). This review discusses the contribution of airway epithelia and airway macrophages to CF airway inflammatory responses and specifically highlights the functional importance of the UPR pathway mediated by IRE1/XBP-1 in these processes...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071851/preprogramming-complex-hydrogel-responses-using-enzymatic-reaction-networks
#20
Sjoerd G J Postma, Ilia N Vialshin, Casper Y Gerritsen, Min Bao, Wilhelm T S Huck
The creation of adaptive matter is heavily inspired by biological systems. However, it remains challenging to design complex material responses that are governed by reaction networks, which lie at the heart of cellular complexity. The main reason for this slow progress is the lack of a general strategy to integrate reaction networks with materials. Herein we use a systematic approach to preprogram the response of a hydrogel to a trigger, in this case the enzyme trypsin, which activates a reaction network embedded within the hydrogel...
January 10, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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