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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239596/genetic-diversity-of-atlantic-bluefin-tuna-in-the-mediterranean-sea-insights-from-genome-wide-snps-and-microsatellites
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Aglaia Antoniou, Panagiotis Kasapidis, Georgios Kotoulas, Constantinos C Mylonas, Antonios Magoulas
BACKGROUND: Elucidating the patterns of the Atlantic Bluefin tuna [ABFT, Thunnus thynnus (Linnaeus, 1758)] population structure constitutes a challenging task of great importance. Most of the unique challenges stem from its biology, as well as the attributes of the marine realm in which it disperses. Accurate information is urgently needed for stock assessment, and the identification of critical features to the persistence and adaptation of populations in order to formulate and adopt effective strategies for ABFT conservation and management...
December 2017: Journal of Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238752/gold-nanoparticle-interactions-in-human-blood-a-model-evaluation
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Niloofar Ajdari, Cian Vyas, Stephanie L Bogan, Bashir A Lwaleed, Brian G Cousins
In this study, we investigated gold nanoparticle (AuNP) interactions in blood using thromboelastography as a rapid screening tool to monitor their influence on blood coagulation. 1.2nM colloidal AuNPs ranging from 12 to 85nm have no effect in the blood, however, 5nM AuNPs demonstrate pro-thrombogenic concentration dependent effects with a reduction in clot formation. Size effects exhibit a non-linear trend with 45 and 85nm particles resulting in a faster pro-thrombotic response. Clot strength decreased with AuNP size with the greatest reduction with 28nm particles...
February 23, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238135/a-gold-polydopamine-core-shell-nanoprobe-for-long-term-intracellular-detection-of-micrornas-in-differentiating-stem-cells
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Chun Kit K Choi, Chung Hang J Choi, Liming Bian
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) represent an emerging class of biomarkers for studying and understanding biological events; the development of viable tools for detecting or monitoring the intracellular expression levels of specific miRNAs is of great interest to life scientists and biomedical engineers. Here, we describe the fabrication of a novel class of core-shell nanoprobes that comprise a gold nanoparticle core and a polydopamine (PDA) shell. Our nanoprobes can be used to specifically track the expression profiles of two miRNA markers of osteogenic differentiation (i...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237548/application-of-packed-fiber-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-with-gc-ms-for-the-determination-of-short-chain-fatty-acids-in-children-s-urine
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Renshan Zhao, Lanling Chu, Yu Wang, Yuan Song, Ping Liu, Chen Li, Jingjing Huang, Xuejun Kang
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex disorder involving interactions between genetic, epigenetic and environmental factors. Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are prevalent in the cohort of children with ASD and they have been recognized as a comorbid condition recently. It is of value to monitor GI issues in individuals, and to help further characterize factors that may contribute to GI disorders (in individuals with and without ASD). Due to the biological relevance of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) to GI disorders, it is important to develop a rapid and selective detection method capable of identifying and quantifying SCFAs in complex biological samples...
February 22, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237116/methods-to-study-autophagy-in-zebrafish
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E Fodor, T Sigmond, E Ari, K Lengyel, K Takács-Vellai, M Varga, T Vellai
Autophagy (cellular self-eating) is a highly regulated degradation process of the eukaryotic cell during which parts of the cytoplasm are delivered into, and broken down within, the lysosomal compartment. The process serves as a main route for the elimination of superfluous and damaged cellular constituents, thereby mediating macromolecular and organellar turnover. In addition to maintaining cellular homeostasis, autophagy is involved in various other cellular and developmental processes by degrading specific regulatory proteins, and contributing to the clearance of intracellular pathogens...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237115/characterization-of-autophagic-responses-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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T Xu, S Kumar, D Denton
Drosophila is an excellent model system for studying autophagy during animal development due to the availability of genetic reagents and opportunity for in vivo cell biological analysis. The regulation and mechanism of autophagy are highly evolutionarily conserved and the role of autophagy has been characterized during various stages of Drosophila development as well as following starvation. Studies in Drosophila have revealed novel insights into the role of distinct components of the autophagy machinery. This chapter describes protocols for examining autophagy during Drosophila development...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237109/monitoring-the-formation-of-autophagosomal-precursor-structures-in-yeast-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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R Gómez-Sánchez, J Sánchez-Wandelmer, F Reggiori
The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is a powerful and versatile model organism for studying multiple aspects of the biology of eukaryotic cells, including the molecular principles underlying autophagy. One of the unique advantages of this unicellular system is its amenability to genetic and biochemical approaches, which had a pivotal role in the discovery and characterization of most of the autophagy-related (Atg) proteins, the central players of autophagy. The relevance of investigating autophagy in this cell model lies in the high conservation of this pathway among eukaryotes, i...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236993/-what-role-for-paraclinical-investigations-within-clinical-trials-conducted-in-psychiatric-patients
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A Kaladjian, M Adida, N Simon, R Belzeaux, O Blin, E Fakra, J-M Azorin
As in the usual care of patients, paraclinical investigations have today only a very modest role in clinical trials in psychiatry, mainly to complete the pre-therapeutical assessments prior to inclusion of subjects or to monitor treatment tolerance. Yet, the accumulation of data in neurosciences suggests the next emergence of biomarkers, whose interest is that they are closely associated to the biological disturbances underlying psychiatric illnesses, and that they are accessible by means of technological tools such as imaging devices...
December 2016: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231065/exposure-of-children-to-phthalates-and-the-impact-of-consumer-practices-in-slovakia
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Miroslava Šidlovská, Ida Petrovičová, Branislav Kolena, Tomáš Pilka, Eva Šovčíková, Tomáš Trnovec
Phthalates are environmental pollutants that can enter the human body by ingestion, inhalation and dermal absorption. Food constitutes the most important source of human exposure to these chemicals. The aim of our study was the biological monitoring of exposure to eight phthalate metabolites in children (n=107), 10-12 years of age, living in eastern Slovakia. Additionally, we analysed some associations between anthropometric measures, questionnaire data (i.e. eating and drinking habits, practice of personal care products) and concentrations of phthalate metabolites...
February 23, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231060/improving-quality-in-the-preanalytical-phase-through-innovation-on-behalf-of-the-european-federation-for-clinical-chemistry-and-laboratory-medicine-eflm-working-group-for-preanalytical-phase-wg-pre
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Giuseppe Lippi, Geoffrey S Baird, Giuseppe Banfi, Karin Bölenius, Janne Cadamuro, Stephen Church, Michael P Cornes, Anna Dacey, Antoine Guillon, Georg Hoffmann, Mads Nybo, Lakdasa Devananda Premawardhana, María Salinas, Sverre Sandberg, Robbert Slingerland, Ana Stankovic, Sylte Marit Sverresdotter, Pieter Vermeersch, Ana-Maria Simundic
It is now undeniable that laboratory testing is vital for the diagnosis, prognostication and therapeutic monitoring of human disease. Despite the many advances made for achieving a high degree of quality and safety in the analytical part of diagnostic testing, many hurdles in the total testing process remain, especially in the preanalytical phase ranging from test ordering to obtaining and managing the biological specimens. The Working Group for the Preanalytical Phase (WG-PRE) of the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM) has planned many activities aimed at mitigating the vulnerability of the preanalytical phase, including the organization of three European meetings in the past 7 years...
February 23, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229973/female-conspecifics-restore-rhythmic-singing-behaviour-in-arrhythmic-male-zebra-finches
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Neelu Anand Jha, Vinod Kumar
The present study investigated whether pairing with a conspecific female would restore rhythmicity in the singing behaviour of arrhythmic male songbirds. We recorded the singing and, as the circadian response indicator, monitored the activity-rest pattern in male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) housed without or with a conspecific female under 12 h light: 12 h darkness (12L:12D) or constant bright light (LL bright). Both unpaired and paired birds exhibited a significant daily rhythm in the singing and activity behaviour, but paired birds, under 12L:12D, showed a ~2 h extension in the evening...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229646/special-nutrition-intervention-is-required-for-muscle-protective-efficacy-of-physical-exercise-in-elderly-people-at-highest-risk-of-sarcopenia
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A Molnár, I Jónásné Sztruhár, Á A Csontos, Cs Ferencz, Sz Várbíró, B Székács
Progressive loss of muscle mass and strength is a physiological consequence of aging, and without interventions, it usually deteriorates into sarcopenia. In this study, the hypothesis that combined special nutritional-physiotherapeutical intervention to prevent or reverse this biological deterioration in elderly people was tested. The effects of the regular resistance muscle training (PT, n = 17) alone and the combined exercise + special nutrition therapy containing whey protein and vitamin D (PT + NT, n = 17) were monitored for 3 months in 34 elderly patients (12 men and 22 women; mean age: 66...
September 2016: Physiol Int
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229420/noninvasive-assessment-of-cell-fate-and-biology-in-transplanted-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Federico Franchi, Martin Rodriguez-Porcel
Recently, molecular imaging has become a conditio sine qua non for cell-based regenerative medicine. Developments in molecular imaging techniques, such as reporter gene technology, have increasingly enabled the noninvasive assessment of the fate and biology of cells after cardiovascular applications. In this context, bioluminescence imaging is the most commonly used imaging modality in small animal models of preclinical studies. Here, we present a detailed protocol of a reporter gene imaging approach for monitoring the viability and biology of Mesenchymal Stem Cells transplanted in a mouse model of myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228229/oxidative-transformation-of-a-tunichrome-model-compound-provides-new-insight-into-the-crosslinking-and-defense-reaction-of-tunichromes
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Adal Abebe, Qun F Kuang, Jason Evans, William E Robinson, Manickam Sugumaran
Tunichromes, small oligopeptides with dehydrodopa units isolated from the blood cells of ascidians, have been implicated in the defense reactions, metal binding, wound repair, or tunic formation. Their instability and high reactivity has severely hampered the assessment of their biological role. Experiments conducted with the model compound, 1,2-dehydro-N-acetyldopamine, indicated that the instability of tunichromes is due to this basic structure. Exposure of this catecholamine derivative to even mild alkaline condition such as pH 7...
February 16, 2017: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227677/multipoint-temperature-monitoring-in-liver-undergoing-computed-tomography-guided-radiofrequency-ablation-with-fiber-bragg-grating-probes
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P Saccomandi, E Schena, M Diana, F M Di Matteo, G Costamagna, J Marescaux, P Saccomandi, E Schena, M Diana, F M Di Matteo, G Costamagna, J Marescaux, F M Di Matteo, J Marescaux, E Schena, M Diana, G Costamagna, P Saccomandi
In this work, we investigated the temperature increment experienced by biological tissue during radiofrequency ablation (RFA). The measurements were performed by using two custom-made thermal probes based on fiber optic sensors (fiber Bragg gratings, FBGs). The two probes embed a total of 9 FBGs. Experiments were performed during RFA of an ex vivo healthy porcine liver. The RFA heating module was equipped with 5 thermocouples. Results show that the temperature increment close to the applicator (i.e., 0.6 cm-0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227128/boundary-element-simulation-of-ultrasonic-backscattering-during-the-fracture-healing-process
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Vassiliki T Potsika, Konstantinos N Grivas, Theodoras Gortsas, Vasilios C Protopappas, Demosthenes K Polyzos, Dimitrios I Fotiadis, Vassiliki T Potsika, Konstantinos N Grivas, Theodoras Gortsas, Vasilios C Protopappas, Demosthenes K Polyzos, Dimitrios I Fotiadis, Dimitrios I Fotiadis, Theodoros Gortsas, Vasilios C Protopappas, Vassiliki T Potsika, Konstantinos N Grivas, Demosthenes K Polyzos
Competent fracture healing monitoring and treatment requires an extensive knowledge of bone biology and microstructure. The use of non-invasive and non-radiating means for the monitoring of the bone healing process has gained significant interest in recent years. Ultrasound is considered as a modality which can contribute to the assessment of bone status during the healing process, as well as, enhance the rate of the tissues' ossification. This work presents boundary element simulations of ultrasound propagation in healing long bones to investigate the monitoring potential of backscattering parameters...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226260/temporal-performance-assessment-of-wastewater-treatment-plants-by-using-multivariate-statistical-analysis
#17
Milad Ebrahimi, Erin L Gerber, Thomas D Rockaway
For most water treatment plants, a significant number of performance data variables are attained on a time series basis. Due to the interconnectedness of the variables, it is often difficult to assess over-arching trends and quantify operational performance. The objective of this study was to establish simple and reliable predictive models to correlate target variables with specific measured parameters. This study presents a multivariate analysis of the physicochemical parameters of municipal wastewater. Fifteen quality and quantity parameters were analyzed using data recorded from 2010 to 2016...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226234/zooming-in-on-plant-hormone-analysis-tissue-and-cell-specific-approaches
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Ondřej Novák, Richard Napier, Karin Ljung
Plant hormones are a group of naturally occurring, low-abundance organic compounds that influence physiological processes in plants. Our knowledge of the distribution profiles of phytohormones in plant organs, tissues, and cells is still incomplete, but advances in mass spectrometry have enabled significant advances in tissue- and cell-type-specific analyses of phytohormones over the last decade. Mass spectrometry is able to simultaneously identify and quantify hormones and their related substances. Biosensors, on the other hand, offer continuous monitoring; can visualize local distributions and realtime quantification; and, in the case of genetically encoded biosensors, are noninvasive...
February 10, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226213/an-oscillatory-reaction-induced-periodic-c-quadruplex-dna-gating-of-artificial-ion-channels
#19
Jian Wang, Ruochen Fang, Jue Hou, Huacheng Zhang, Ye Tian, Huanting Wang, Lei Jiang
Many biological ion channels controlled by biochemical reactions have autonomous and periodic gating functions, which play important roles in continuous mass transport and signal transmission of living systems. Inspired by these functional biological ion channel systems, here we report an artificial self-oscillating nanochannel system that can autonomously and periodically control its gating process under constant conditions. The system is constructed by integrating a chemical oscillator, consisting of BrO3-, Fe(CN)64-, H+, and SO32-, into a synthetic proton-sensitive nanochannel modified with C-quadruplex (C4) DNA motors...
February 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226208/tailoring-escherichia-coli-for-the-l-rhamnose-pbad-promoter-based-production-of-membrane-and-secretory-proteins
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Anna Hjelm, Alexandros Karyolaimos, Zhe Zhang, Edurne Rujas, David Vikström, Dirk Jan Slotboom, Jan-Willem de Gier
Membrane and secretory protein production in Escherichia coli requires precisely controlled production rates to avoid the deleterious saturation of their biogenesis pathways. Based on this requirement, the E. coli L-rhamnose PBAD promoter (PrhaBAD) is often used for membrane and secretory protein production since PrhaBAD is thought to regulate protein production rates in an L-rhamnose concentration dependent manner. By monitoring protein production in real-time in E. coli wild-type and an L-rhamnose catabolism deficient mutant, we demonstrate that the L-rhamnose concentration-dependent tunability of PrhaBAD-mediated protein production is actually due to L-rhamnose consumption rather than regulating production rates...
February 22, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
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