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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145152/possible-role-of-arthrospira-platensis-in-reversing-oxidative-stress-mediated-liver-damage-in-rats-exposed-to-lead
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Samah R Khalil, Walaa M Elhady, Yaser H A Elewa, Noura E Abd El-Hameed, Sozan A Ali
Environmental pollutants, particularly metallic elements, mobilized and released into the environment, eventually accumulate in the food chain and thus pose a serious threat to human and animal health. In the present study, the role of Arthrospira (Spirulina platensis; SP) as a protector against oxidative stress-mediated liver damage induced by an exposure to lead acetate (LA; as a metallic pollutant) was assessed. To achieve this aim, rats were orally administered with 300 mg/kg bw SP for 15 days, before and concurrently with an intraperitoneal injection of 50 mg/kg bw LA (6 injections throughout 15 days)...
November 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141107/metal-transformation-as-a-strategy-for-bacterial-detoxification-of-heavy-metals
#2
Ashraf M M Essa, Mohamed A Al Abboud, Sayeed I Khatib
Microorganisms can modify the chemical and physical characters of metals leading to an alteration in their speciation, mobility, and toxicity. Aqueous heavy metals solutions (Hg, Cd, Pb, Ag, Cu, and Zn) were treated with the volatile metabolic products (VMPs) of Escherichia coli Z3 for 24 h using aerobic bioreactor. The effect of the metals treated with VMPs in comparison to the untreated metals on the growth of E. coli S1 and Staphylococcus aureus S2 (local isolates) was examined. Moreover, the toxic properties of the treated and untreated metals were monitored using minimum inhibitory concentration assay...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139070/mobile-health-application-and-e-health-literacy-opportunities-and-concerns-for-cancer-patients-and-caregivers
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Hyunmin Kim, Joy V Goldsmith, Soham Sengupta, Asos Mahmood, M Paige Powell, Jay Bhatt, Cyril F Chang, Soumitra S Bhuyan
Health literacy is critical for cancer patients as they must understand complex procedures or treatment options. Caregivers' health literacy also plays a crucial role in caring for cancer patients. Low health literacy is associated with low adherence to medications, poor health status, and increased health care costs. There is a growing interest in the use of mobile health applications (apps) to improve health literacy. Mobile health apps can empower underserved cancer patients and their caregivers by providing features or functionalities to enhance interactive patient-provider communication and to understand medical information more readily...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138932/soybean-glycine-max-wrinkled1-transcription-factor-gmwri1a-positively-regulates-seed-oil-accumulation
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Liang Chen, Yuhong Zheng, Zhimin Dong, Fanfan Meng, Xingmiao Sun, Xuhong Fan, Yunfeng Zhang, Mingliang Wang, Shuming Wang
Soybean is the world's most important leguminous crop producing high-quality protein and oil. Elevating oil accumulation in soybean seed is always many researchers' goal. WRINKLED1 (WRI1) encodes a transcription factor of the APETALA2/ethylene responsive element-binding protein (AP2/EREBP) family that plays important roles during plant seed oil accumulation. In this study, we isolated and characterized three distinct orthologues of WRI1 in soybean (Glycine max) that display different organ-specific expression patterns, among which GmWRI1a was highly expressed in maturing soybean seed...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137181/structure-and-functional-analysis-of-promoters-from-two-liver-isoforms-of-cpt-i-in-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
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Yi-Huan Xu, Zhi Luo, Kun Wu, Yao-Fang Fan, Wen-Jing You, Li-Han Zhang
Carnitine palmitoyltransferase I (CPT I) is a key enzyme involved in the regulation of lipid metabolism and fatty acid β-oxidation. To understand the transcriptional mechanism of CPT Iα1b and CPT Iα2a genes, we cloned the 2695-bp and 2631-bp regions of CPT Iα1b and CPT Iα2a promoters of grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella), respectively, and explored the structure and functional characteristics of these promoters. CPT Iα1b had two transcription start sites (TSSs), while CPT Iα2a had only one TSS. DNase I foot printing showed that the CPT Iα1b promoter was AT-rich and TATA-less, and mediated basal transcription through an initiator (INR)-independent mechanism...
November 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135600/balance-and-functional-outcomes-for-older-community-dwelling-adults-who-practice-tai-chi-and-those-who-do-not-a-comparative-study
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Deborah Bubela, Laddie Sacharko, Judy Chan, Maegen Brady
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: A growing body of literature substantiates that Tai Chi is a form of exercise that may help older adults increase strength, improve balance, lower fall rates, and experience less fear of falling. Few studies, however, offer controlled experimental design and simultaneously investigate multiple factors known to contribute to fall risk. The purpose of this study was to compare performance on measures relating to fall risk (strength, balance, functional mobility, and fear of falling) in older community-dwelling adults who participated in a community-based Tai Chi program with a control group of their peers who had no Tai Chi training over the same time period...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134601/transposable-bacteriophages-as-genetic-tools
#7
Ariane Toussaint
Phage Mu is the paradigm of a growing family of bacteriophages that infect a wide range of bacterial species and replicate their genome by replicative transposition. This molecular process, which is used by other mobile genetic elements to move within genomes, involves the profound rearrangement of the host genome [chromosome(s) and plasmid(s)] and can be exploited for the genetic analysis of the host bacteria and the in vivo cloning of host genes. In this chapter we review Mu-derived constructs that optimize the phage as a series of genetic tools that could inspire the development of similarly efficient tools from other transposable phages for a large spectrum of bacteria...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134414/pax3-promotes-cell-migration-and-cxcr4-gene-expression-in-neural-crest-cells
#8
Man Xu, Yongle Li, Jinfeng Du, Hengrong Lin, Sixian Cao, Zuming Mao, Ronghua Wu, Mei Liu, Yan Liu, Qiyou Yin
Neural crest (NC) cells are a multipotent cell population with powerful migration ability during development. C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) is a chemokine receptor implicated to mediate NC migration in various species, whereas the underlying mechanism is not well documented yet. PAX3 is a critical transcription factor for the formation of neural crest and the migration and differentiation of NCs. In this study, we retrieved a potential PAX3 binding element in the promoter of the CXCR4 gene, and we further found that PAX3 could promote the expression of CXCR4 and facilitate the migration of NCs...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133551/copper-ions-and-coordination-complexes-as-novel-carbapenem-adjuvants
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Karrera Y Djoko, Maud E S Achard, Minh-Duy Phan, Alvin W Lo, Manfredi Miraula, Sasiprapa Prombhul, Steven J Hancock, Kate M Peters, Hanna Sidjabat, Patrick N Harris, Nataša Mitić, Timothy R Walsh, Gregory J Anderson, William M Shafer, David L Paterson, Gerhard Schenk, Alastair G McEwan, Mark A Schembri
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae are an urgent threat to global human health. These organisms produce β-lactamases with carbapenemase activity, such as the metallo-β-lactamase NDM-1, which is notable due to its association with mobile genetic elements and the lack of a clinically useful inhibitor. Here we examined the ability of copper to inhibit the activity of NDM-1 and explored the potential of a copper coordination complex as a mechanism to efficiently deliver copper as an adjuvant in clinical therapeutics...
November 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132725/computational-study-of-the-role-of-fluid-content-and-flow-on-the-lumbar-disc-response-in-cyclic-compression-replication-of-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-conditions
#10
Petra Velísková, Maxim Bashkuev, Aboulfazl Shirazi-Adl, Hendrik Schmidt
The intervertebral disc viscoelastic response is governed primarily by its fluid content and flow. Invivo measurements demonstrate that the disc volume, fluid content, height and nucleus pressure completely recover during resting even after diurnal loading with twice longer duration (16 vs. 8 h). In view of much longer periods required for the recovery of disc height and pressure in vitro, concerns have been raised on the fluid inflow through the endplates that might be hampered by clogged blood vessels post mortem...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130960/piwi-proteins-and-piwi-interacting-rna-emerging-roles-in-cancer
#11
Yi-Neng Han, Yuan Li, Sheng-Qiang Xia, Yuan-Yuan Zhang, Jun-Hua Zheng, Wei Li
P-Element induced wimpy testis (PIWI)-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) are a type of noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) and interact with PIWI proteins. piRNAs were primarily described in the germline, but emerging evidence revealed that piRNAs are expressed in a tissue-specific manner among multiple human somatic tissue types as well and play important roles in transposon silencing, epigenetic regulation, gene and protein regulation, genome rearrangement, spermatogenesis and germ stem-cell maintenance. PIWI proteins were first discovered in Drosophila and they play roles in spermatogenesis, germline stem-cell maintenance, self-renewal, retrotransposons silencing and the male germline mobility control...
November 3, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130265/the-economics-of-public-health-missing-pieces-to-the-puzzle-of-health-system-reform
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Glen P Mays, Adam J Atherly, Alan M Zaslavsky
The United States continues to experiment with health care delivery and financing innovations, but relatively little attention is given to the public health system and its capacity for improving health status in the U.S. population at large. The public health system operates as a multisector enterprise in which government agencies work in conjunction with private and voluntary organizations to identify health risks in the population and to mobilize community-wide actions that prevent and contain these risks...
December 2017: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127832/uranium-in-groundwater-a-synopsis-based-on-a-large-hydrogeochemical-data-set
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Thomas Riedel, Christine Kübeck
Most of the knowledge on the occurrence of Uranium (U) in groundwater comes from in-situ manipulation experiments in the field, computational modelling studies or from laboratory analyses where individual processes of U mobilization were studied in isolation. Because of Uranium's vital redox chemistry it interacts, often simultaneously, with many other element cycles (e.g., sulfur, carbon, iron, and manganese) making it difficult to predict U concentrations in natural environments. For the present study a large data set was analyzed to predict the occurrence of U in groundwater from basic hydrochemistry...
November 2, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127599/cb1-receptors-mediated-inhibition-of-atp-induced-ca-2-i-increase-in-cultured-rat-spinal-dorsal-horn-neurons
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Jingdong Long, Xiaolu Lei, Meiyun Chen, Shulei Yang, Tao Sun, Junwei Zeng, Deqian Yu, Hong Tian, Xiaohong Liu
Spinal cannabinoid receptor 1 (CB1R) and purinergic P2X receptors (P2XR) play a critical role in the process of pathological pain. Both CB1R and P2XR are expressed in spinal dorsal horn (DH) neurons. It is not clear whether CB1 receptor activation modulates the function of P2X receptor channels within dorsal horn. For this reason, we observed the effect of CP55940 (cannabinoid receptor agonist) on ATP-induced Ca(2+) mobilization in cultured rat DH neurons. The changes of intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) were detected with confocal laser scanning microscopy using fluo-4/AM as a calcium fluorescent indicator...
November 10, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127343/global-phylogenetic-analysis-of-escherichia-coli-and-plasmids-carrying-the-mcr-1-gene-indicates-bacterial-diversity-but-plasmid-restriction
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Sébastien Matamoros, Jarne M van Hattem, Maris S Arcilla, Niels Willemse, Damian C Melles, John Penders, Trung Nguyen Vinh, Ngo Thi Hoa, Menno D de Jong, Constance Schultsz
To understand the dynamics behind the worldwide spread of the mcr-1 gene, we determined the population structure of Escherichia coli and of mobile genetic elements (MGEs) carrying the mcr-1 gene. After a systematic review of the literature we included 65 E. coli whole genome sequences (WGS), adding 6 recently sequenced travel related isolates, and 312 MLST profiles. We included 219 MGEs described in 7 Enterobacteriaceae species isolated from human, animal and environmental samples. Despite a high overall diversity, 2 lineages were observed in the E...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126393/genomic-characterisation-of-clinical-and-environmental-pseudomonas-putida-group-strains-and-determination-of-their-role-in-the-transfer-of-antimicrobial-resistance-genes-to-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Silke Peter, Philipp Oberhettinger, Leonard Schuele, Ariane Dinkelacker, Wichard Vogel, Daniela Dörfel, Daniela Bezdan, Stephan Ossowski, Matthias Marschal, Jan Liese, Matthias Willmann
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas putida is a Gram-negative, non-fermenting bacterium frequently encountered in various environmental niches. P. putida rarely causes disease in humans, though serious infections and outbreaks have been reported from time to time. Some have suggested that P. putida functions as an exchange platform for antibiotic resistance genes (ARG), and thus represents a serious concern in the spread of ARGs to more pathogenic organisms within a hospital. Though poorly understood, the frequency of ARG exchange between P...
November 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126009/characteristics-and-origin-of-agates-from-p%C3%A5-%C3%A3-czki-g%C3%A3-rne-lower-silesia-poland-a-combined-microscopic-micro-raman-and-cathodoluminescence-study
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Magdalena Dumańska-Słowik, Tomasz Powolny, Magdalena Sikorska-Jaworowska, Adam Gaweł, Lucyna Kogut, Krzysztof Poloński
Agates from Płóczki Górne hosted by Permian basaltic rocks are predominantly made of length-fast chalcedony, and subordinately megaquartz and quartzine. Moganite occurs in traces mainly in transparent, outer, darker regions of white-grey coloured agates. Silica matrix of agates comprises a wide variety of solid inclusions represented by celadonite, plagioclases, hematite, goethite, barite, calcite, heulandite-clinoptyloite, nontronite-saponite, and Mn-dioxides (ramsdellite). Mineral phases are locally accompanied by black aggregations of carbonaceous matter, which gives a Raman signature of disordered carbon...
November 7, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124862/catabolic-task-division-between-two-interchangeable-near-isogenic-subpopulations-co-existing-in-a-herbicide-degrading-bacterial-consortium-consequences-for-the-interspecies-consortium-metabolic-model
#18
Pieter Albers, Cédric Lood, Basak Özturk, Benjamin Horemans, Rob Lavigne, Vera van Noort, René De Mot, Kathleen Marchal, Aminael Sanchez-Rodriguez, Dirk Springael
Variovorax sp. WDL1 mediates hydrolysis of the herbicide linuron into 3,4-dichloroaniline (DCA) and N,O-dimethylhydroxylamine in a tripartite bacterial consortium with Comamonas testosteroni WDL7 and Hyphomicrobium sulfonivorans WDL6. Although strain WDL1 contains the dcaQTA1A2B operon for DCA oxidation, this conversion is mainly performed by WDL7. Phenotypic diversification observed in WDL1 cultures and scrutiny of the WDL1 genome suggest that WDL1 cultures consist of two dedicated subpopulations, i.e., a linuron-hydrolyzing subpopulation (Lin+DCA-) and a DCA-oxidizing subpopulation (Lin-DCA+)...
November 10, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120256/silent-but-deadly-is200-promotes-pathogenicity-in-salmonella-typhimurium
#19
Michael J Ellis, Lindsey A Carfrae, Craig R Macnair, Ryan S Trussler, Eric D Brown, David B Haniford
Bacterial transposons were long thought of as selfish mobile genetic elements that propagate at the expense of 'host' bacterium fitness. However, limited transposition can benefit the host organism by promoting DNA rearrangements and facilitating horizontal gene transfer. Here we discuss and provide context for our recently published work which reported the surprising finding that an otherwise dormant transposon, IS200, encodes a regulatory RNA in Salmonella Typhimurium. This previous work identified a trans-acting sRNA that is encoded in the 5'UTR of IS200 transposase mRNA (tnpA)...
November 9, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117562/primer-independent-dna-synthesis-by-a-family-b-dna-polymerase-from-self-replicating-mobile-genetic-elements
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Modesto Redrejo-Rodríguez, Carlos D Ordóñez, Mónica Berjón-Otero, Juan Moreno-González, Cristian Aparicio-Maldonado, Patrick Forterre, Margarita Salas, Mart Krupovic
Family B DNA polymerases (PolBs) play a central role during replication of viral and cellular chromosomes. Here, we report the discovery of a third major group of PolBs, which we denote primer-independent PolB (piPolB), that might be a link between the previously known protein-primed and RNA/DNA-primed PolBs. PiPolBs are encoded by highly diverse mobile genetic elements, pipolins, integrated in the genomes of diverse bacteria and also present as circular plasmids in mitochondria. Biochemical characterization showed that piPolB displays efficient DNA polymerization activity that can use undamaged and damaged templates and is endowed with proofreading and strand displacement capacities...
November 7, 2017: Cell Reports
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