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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340358/lysosomal-rupture-induced-by-structurally-distinct-chitosans-either-promotes-a-type-1-ifn-response-or-activates-the-inflammasome-in-macrophages
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David Fong, Pascal Grégoire-Gélinas, Alexandre P Cheng, Tal Mezheritsky, Marc Lavertu, Sachiko Sato, Caroline D Hoemann
Chitosan is a family of glucosamine and N-acetyl glucosamine polysaccharides with poorly understood immune modulating properties. Here, functional U937 macrophage responses were analyzed in response to a novel library of twenty chitosans with controlled degree of deacetylation (DDA, 60-98%), molecular weight (1 to >100 kDa), and acetylation pattern (block vs. random). Specific chitosan preparations (10 or 190 kDa 80% block DDA and 3, 5, or 10 kDa 98% DDA) either induced macrophages to release CXCL10 and IL-1ra at 5-50 μg/mL, or activated the inflammasome to release IL-1β and PGE2 at 50-150 μg/mL...
March 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337969/signatures-of-relativistic-spin-light-coupling-in-magneto-optical-pump-probe-experiments
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Ritwik Mondal, Marco Berritta, Peter Oppeneer
Femtosecond magneto-optical pump-probe measurements of ultrafast demagnetization show an intriguing difference in the first 100 fs of the magneto-optical Kerr response depending on whether the polarization of the pump and probe beams are in parallel or perpendicular configuration [Bigot {\it et al.}, Nature Phys. {\bf 5}, 515 (2009)]. Starting from a most general relativistic Hamiltonian we focus on the ultra-relativistic light-spin interaction and show that this coupling term leads to different light-induced opto-magnetic fields when pump and probe polarization are parallel and perpendicular to each other, providing thus an explanation for the measurements...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335506/a-colorimetric-sensor-for-the-highly-selective-detection-of-sulfide-and-1-4-dithiothreitol-based-on-the-in-situ-formation-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-dopamine
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Lingzhi Zhao, Liu Zhao, Yanqing Miao, Chunye Liu, Chenxiao Zhang
Hydrogen sulfide (H₂S) has attracted attention in biochemical research because it plays an important role in biosystems and has emerged as the third endogenous gaseous signaling compound along with nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO). Since H₂S is a kind of gaseous molecule, conventional approaches for H₂S detection are mostly based on the detection of sulfide (S(2-)) for indirectly reflecting H₂S levels. Hence, there is a need for an accurate and reliable assay capable of determining sulfide in physiological systems...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323093/impact-of-major-and-minor-mode-on-eeg-frequency-range-activities-of-music-processing-as-a-function-of-expertise
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Raoul Jenni, Mathias S Oechslin, Clara E James
Processing western tonal music may yield distinct brain responses depending on the mode of the musical compositions. Although subjective feelings in response to major and minor mode are well described, the underlying brain mechanisms and their development with increasing expertise have not been thoroughly examined. Using high-density electroencephalography, the present study investigated neuronal activities in the frequency domain in response to polyphone musical compositions in major and minor mode in non-musicians, amateurs and experts...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317868/hsp70-1-is-required-for-interleukin-5-induced-angiogenic-responses-through-enos-pathway
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Sung Lyea Park, Tae-Wook Chung, Sangtae Kim, Byungdoo Hwang, Jung Min Kim, Hwan Myung Lee, Hee-Jae Cha, Yoonhee Seo, Soo Young Choe, Ki-Tae Ha, Gonhyung Kim, Seok-Joong Yun, Sung-Soo Park, Yung Hyun Choi, Bo Kyung Kim, Won-Tae Kim, Eun-Jong Cha, Cam Patterson, Wun-Jae Kim, Sung-Kwon Moon
We report a pivotal role for IL-5 as an angiogenic activator. IL-5 increased proliferation, migration and colony tube formation in HUVECs associated with the phosphorylation of ERK and AKT/eNOS, and promoted microvessel sprouting from an angiogenesis animal model. The angiogenic effects were confirmed in IL-5-deficient mice and addition of IL-5 antibody. HSP70-1 was identified via expression profiling following IL-5 stimulation. A siRNA knockdown of HSP70-1 suppressed angiogenic responses and eNOS phosphorylation induced by IL-5...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303363/test-retest-reliability-of-scotopic-full-field-electroretinograms-in-rabbits
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Jan Luebke, Alexandra Anton, Michael Bach
PURPOSE: To explore test-retest reliability of standard scotopic full-field ERG measurements in New Zealand White rabbits. The ERG is widely used for testing of retinal integrity after any ocular treatment. We here present detailed stimulus-response dependencies for single healthy and untreated animals, concentrating on test-retest reproducibility. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five New Zealand White rabbits (aged 8-10 weeks, weight about 2.0-2.5 kg) underwent binocular ERG measurements after intramuscular anesthesia and pharmaceutical pupillary dilatation at a baseline day and 10 days later...
March 16, 2017: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274771/factors-associated-with-time-to-clinical-stability-in-complicated-skin-and-skin-structure-infections
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Iiro H Jääskeläinen, Lars Hagberg, Erik Forsblom, Asko Järvinen
OBJECTIVES: Factors associated with the time to clinical stability in patients with complicated skin and skin structure infection (cSSSI) were analysed in a retrospective population-based study. METHODS: All hospitalized patients (n=402) with cSSSI in two Nordic cities during a 4 year period were included. Patient, disease and treatment related factors were analysed in relation to early (0-3 days) or late (≥ 4 days) clinical stability. Clinical stability was assessed as improvement of infection related local and systemic signs...
March 5, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273853/changes-in-brain-monoamines-underlie-behavioural-disruptions-after-zebrafish-diet-exposure-to-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-environmental-mixtures
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Caroline Vignet, Verena M Trenkel, Annick Vouillarmet, Giampiero Bricca, Marie-Laure Bégout, Xavier Cousin
Zebrafish were exposed through diet to two environmentally relevant polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) mixtures of contrasted compositions, one of pyrolytic (PY) origin and one from light crude oil (LO). Monoamine concentrations were quantified in the brains of the fish after six month of exposure. A significant decrease in noradrenaline (NA) was observed in fish exposed to both mixtures, while a decrease in serotonin (5HT) and dopamine (DA) was observed only in LO-exposed fish. A decrease in metabolites of 5HT and DA was observed in fish exposed to both mixtures...
March 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269744/osteoblast-like-cell-responses-to-ion-products-released-from-magnesium-and-silicate-containing-calcium-carbonates
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Shinya Yamada, Yoshio Ota, Akiko Obata, Toshihiro Kasuga
BACKGROUND: Inorganic ions released from bioceramics and bioactive glasses have been reported to influence osteogenic cell functions. Cell responses depend on types of the ions provided, for example, silicate ion has been found to up-regulate their proliferation, differentiation and mineralization. OBJECTIVE: Mouse osteoblast-like cells (MC3T3-E1) were cultured in media containing silicate and calcium ions with/without magnesium ion to evaluate their combined effects on the cell's functions...
2017: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263432/the-effect-of-cell-debris-within-biologic-scaffolds-upon-the-macrophage-response
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Ricardo Londono, Jenna L Dziki, Eric Haljasmaa, Neill Turner, Cynthia Leifer, Stephen F Badylak
All biomaterials, including biologic scaffolds composed of extracellular matrix (ECM), elicit a host immune response when implanted. The type and intensity of this response depends in part upon the thoroughness of decellularization and removal of cell debris from the source tissue. Pro-inflammatory responses have been associated with negative downstream remodeling events including scar tissue formation, encapsulation, and seroma formation. The relative effects of specific cellular components upon the inflammatory response are not known...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252986/psychophysiological-measurement-of-backward-response-activation-in-the-prioritized-processing-paradigm
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Jeff Miller
Response-selection bottleneck (RSB) models provide an important account of dual-task interference. These models are thought to have difficulty, however, explaining the commonly observed backward compatibility effect (BCE), which is the finding that the speed of first-task responses depends on their compatibility with later second-task responses. One explanation of this phenomenon is based on a distinction between an early response activation stage and a subsequent response selection stage (e.g., Hommel, 1998)...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252642/neuronal-survival-in-the-brain-neuron-type-specific-mechanisms
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Ulrich Pfisterer, Konstantin Khodosevich
Neurogenic regions of mammalian brain produce many more neurons that will eventually survive and reach a mature stage. Developmental cell death affects both embryonically produced immature neurons and those immature neurons that are generated in regions of adult neurogenesis. Removal of substantial numbers of neurons that are not yet completely integrated into the local circuits helps to ensure that maturation and homeostatic function of neuronal networks in the brain proceed correctly. External signals from brain microenvironment together with intrinsic signaling pathways determine whether a particular neuron will die...
March 2, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249536/linear-rogowski-coil
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V Nassisi, D Delle Side
Nowadays, the employment and development of fast current pulses require sophisticated systems to perform measurements. Rogowski coils are used to diagnose cylindrical shaped beams; therefore, they are designed and built with a toroidal structure. Recently, to perform experiments of radiofrequency biophysical stresses, flat transmission lines have been developed. Therefore, in this work we developed a linear Rogowski coil to detect current pulses inside flat conductors. The system is first approached by means of transmission line theory...
February 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
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
#19
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
#20
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
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