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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535598/antarctic-seals-molecular-biomarkers-as-indicators-for-pollutant-exposure-health-effects-and-diet
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K Lehnert, L Weirup, K C Harding, T Härkönen, O Karlsson, J Teilmann
Weddell (Leptonychotes weddellii), Ross (Ommatophoca rossii) and crabeater seals (Lobodon carcinophaga) are phocid seals with a circumpolar distribution around Antarctica. As long-lived and large top predators, they bioaccumulate contaminants and are considered as sentinels of ecosystem health. Antarctic seals are increasingly exposed to climate change, pollution, shipping and fisheries. To reveal and understand possible anthropogenic impacts on their immune and health status, this study investigates sensitive biomarkers of the xenobiotic metabolism and immune system in relation to mercury (Hg) burden...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535517/coupled-plasma-filtration-adsorption-application-for-liver-and-thyroid-toxins
#2
Gabriele Donati, Irene Capelli, Anna Laura Croci Chiocchini, Nicolò Natali, Anna Scrivo, Gaetano La Manna
Coupled plasma filtration and adsorption (CPFA) is a detoxification system that combines a plasma adsorption circuit and a continuous renal replacement therapy circuit. Its main application is for sepsis and septic shock with or without acute renal failure. Several recent studies have suggested that CPFA can reduce the mortality when the volume of plasma absorbed on the styrenic resin is at least >0.18 L/kg/day. At present, new applications for CPFA are under investigation, also in patients without significant kidney failure...
2017: Contributions to Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535510/heat-shock-protein-a12b-protects-vascular-endothelial-cells-against-sepsis-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-mice
#3
Yi Chen, Lei Wang, Qiuxiang Kang, Xu Zhang, Guifang Yu, Xiaojian Wan, Jiafeng Wang, Keming Zhu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary endothelial injury is a critical process in the pathogenesis of acute lung injury (ALI) during sepsis. Heat shock protein A12B (HSPA12B) is mainly expressed in endothelial cells and protects against several harmful factors. However, the effects of HSPA12B in sepsis-induced ALI and its potential mechanisms of action remain unclear. METHODS: For in vivo experiments, C57BL/6 mice were randomly divided into four groups (n=15): a sham operation group, a cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) group, a HSPA12B siRNA-CLP group and a negative control (NC) siRNA-CLP group...
May 25, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535058/peo-ppo-diblock-copolymers-protect-myoblasts-from-hypo-osmotic-stress-in-vitro-dependent-on-copolymer-size-composition-and-architecture
#4
Mihee Kim, Karen J Haman, Evelyne M Houang, Wenjia Zhang, Demetris Yannopoulos, Joseph M Metzger, Frank S Bates, Benjamin J Hackel
Poloxamer 188, a triblock copolymer of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(propylene oxide) (PPO), protects cellular membranes from various stresses. Though numerous block copolymer variants exist, evaluation of alternative architecture, composition, and size has been minimal. Herein, cultured murine myoblasts are exposed to the stresses of hypotonic shock and isotonic recovery, and membrane integrity was evaluated by quantifying release of lactate dehydrogenase. Comparative evaluation of a systematic set of PEO-PPO diblock and PEO-PPO-PEO triblock copolymers demonstrates that the diblock architecture can be protective in vitro...
May 23, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534042/loss-of-the-habenula-intrinsic-neuromodulator-kisspeptin1-affects-learning-in-larval-zebrafish
#5
Charlotte Lupton, Mohini Sengupta, Ruey-Kuang Cheng, Joanne Chia, Vatsala Thirumalai, Suresh Jesuthasan
Learning how to actively avoid a predictable threat involves two steps: recognizing the cue that predicts upcoming punishment and learning a behavioral response that will lead to avoidance. In zebrafish, ventral habenula (vHb) neurons have been proposed to participate in both steps by encoding the expected aversiveness of a stimulus. vHb neurons increase their firing rate as expectation of punishment grows but reduce their activity as avoidance learning occurs. This leads to changes in the activity of raphe neurons, which are downstream of the vHb, during learning...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533998/ipilimumab-as-a-cause-of-severe-pan-colitis-and-colonic-perforation
#6
Raj Shah, Danielle Witt, Talal Asif, Fahad F Mir
Ipilimumab is a human monoclonal antibody that functions as a cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) inhibitor that is used to treat malignant melanoma. Due to ipilimumab's removal of immune regulation, specifically through the inactivation of CTLA-4, it is commonly associated with inflammatory and autoimmune events. Gastrointestinal (GI) related immune-related adverse events such as diarrhea occur in 29% of patients with 7.6% of patients specifically suffering from colitis. We describe a case of colonic perforation with ipilimumab use...
April 20, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533582/angular-ectopic-pregnancy-presenting-as-rupture-of-lateral-wall-of-the-uterus-late-presentation-in-gestation-week-20
#7
Malihe Hasanzadeh, Salme Dadgar, Yalda Arian, Yousef Yousefi
The differential diagnosis of acute abdominal pain in pregnancy is broad and can be complicated by atypical manifestations that are due to the anatomic distortions and physiologic changes of pregnancy. Due to the lack of clinical understanding, angular pregnancy does not appear to be recognized as a clinical entity and many cases are likely to go undiagnosed. This is a case report of a 34-year-old woman who was referred to the obstetrics emergency department with sudden abdominal pain and in a state of hypovolemic shock...
May 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533394/nanomechanics-of-the-substrate-binding-domain-of-hsp70-determine-its-allosteric-atp-induced-conformational-change
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Soumit Sankar Mandal, Dale R Merz, Maximilian Buchsteiner, Ruxandra I Dima, Matthias Rief, Gabriel Žoldák
Owing to the cooperativity of protein structures, it is often almost impossible to identify independent subunits, flexible regions, or hinges simply by visual inspection of static snapshots. Here, we use single-molecule force experiments and simulations to apply tension across the substrate binding domain (SBD) of heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) to pinpoint mechanical units and flexible hinges. The SBD consists of two nanomechanical units matching 3D structural parts, called the α- and β-subdomain. We identified a flexible region within the rigid β-subdomain that gives way under load, thus opening up the α/β interface...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532425/combined-pulmonary-and-left-ventricular-support-with-veno-pulmonary-ecmo-and-impella-5-0-for-cardiogenic-shock-after-coronary-surgery
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Sameh Sayed, Christoph Schimmer, Ina Shade, Rainer Leyh, Ivan Aleksic
BACKGROUND: Mechanical circulatory support is a common practice nowadays in the management of patients after cardiogenic shock due to myocardial infarction. The single or combined use of one or more devices for mechanical support depends not only on the advantage or disadvantage of these devices but also on the timing of use of these devices before the development of multi organ failure. In our case we used more than one tool for mechanical circulatory support during the prolonged and complicated course of our patient with postcardiotomy cardiogenic shock after coronary artery bypass surgery...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532277/temporal-parameters-of-post-stress-prophylactic-glucose-treatment-in-rats
#10
M A Conoscenti, E E Hart, N J Smith, T R Minor
Acute trauma can lead to life-long changes in susceptibility to psychiatric disease, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Rats given free access to a concentrated glucose solution for 24 hours beginning immediately after trauma failed to show stress-related pathology in the learned helplessness model of PTSD and comorbid major depression. We assessed effective dosing and temporal constraints of the glucose intervention in three experiments. We exposed 120 male Sprague-Dawley rats to 100, 1 mA, 3-15s, inescapable and unpredictable electric tail shocks (over a 110 minute period) or simple restraint in the learned helplessness procedure...
May 22, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532230/hsp90-stabilizes-auxin-receptor-tir1-and-ensures-plasticity-of-auxin-responses
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Etsuko Watanabe, Shoji Mano, Ikuko Hara-Nishimura, Mikio Nishimura, Kenji Yamada
Heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) is a highly conserved molecular chaperone that facilitates the maturation of target proteins. Here, we report that the auxin receptor TIR1 is a target of cytosolic HSP90 and that HSP90 and TIR1 form a complex. Inhibition of HSP90 compromised the nuclear localization of TIR1, and abrogated plant responses to the hormone auxin. Our findings suggest that HSP90 positively regulates auxin receptor function. We also propose that HSP90 buffers or hides phenotypic variations in animals and plants by masking mutations in some of its target proteins...
May 22, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531762/high-dose-testosterone-enanthate-supplementation-boosts-oxidative-stress-but-exerts-little-effect-on-the-antioxidant-barrier-in-sedentary-adolescent-male-rat-liver
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Ewa Sadowska-Krepaa, Barbara Klapcinępa, Barbara Kłapcińska, Sławomir Jagsz, Anna Nowara, Izabela Szołtysek-Bołdys, Małgorzata Chalimoniuk, Józef Langfort, Stanisław J Chrapusta
BACKGROUND: Anabolic-androgenic steroids abuse is on the rise among adolescent boys and young men, mostly in those seeking a 'shortcut' to an improved body image. This approach is associated with the risk of severe adverse health effects, some of which involve the liver and are linked to hepatic oxidative stress. Testosterone and its esters is a cornerstone of most anabolic-androgenic steroid stacking protocols. METHODS: We assessed and compared several hepatotoxicity and liver oxidative stress indices, as well as the contents of some components of the hepatic antioxidant barrier between sedentary adolescent male rats given a 6-week course of weekly im testosterone enanthate (TE, 8 or 80mg/kgBW/week) or vehicle (sesame oil) injections...
March 11, 2017: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531761/3%C3%AE-hydroxy-urs-12-en-28-oic-acid-confers-protection-against-znonps-induced-adversity-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#13
Hema Negi, Shilpi Khare Saikia, Ranjana Kanaujia, Satish Jaiswal, Rakesh Pandey
Despite their well reported potent risk towards human health and environment Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) find an extensive commercial usage due to their antimicrobial properties. Here, we evaluated the efficacy of a natural triterpene ursolic acid (3β-hydroxy-urs-12-en-28-oic acid; UA) for overcoming the cytotoxic challenges of ZnONPs employing Ceanorhabditis elegans. The 24h LC50 of Zn-ONPs (<50nm TEM) was deduced as 4.75mgL(-1). UA (25μM) was observed to defend against this toxicity by attenuating Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) resulting into better survival at 2mgL(-1) in a time dependent behavior...
May 8, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531183/a-scoping-review-on-bio-aerosols-in-healthcare-and-the-dental-environment
#14
Charifa Zemouri, Hans de Soet, Wim Crielaard, Alexa Laheij
BACKGROUND: Bio-aerosols originate from different sources and their potentially pathogenic nature may form a hazard to healthcare workers and patients. So far no extensive review on existing evidence regarding bio-aerosols is available. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to review evidence on bio-aerosols in healthcare and the dental setting. The objectives were 1) What are the sources that generate bio-aerosols?; 2) What is the microbial load and composition of bio-aerosols and how were they measured?; and 3) What is the hazard posed by pathogenic micro-organisms transported via the aerosol route of transmission? METHODS: Systematic scoping review design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531175/weekly-high-dose-liposomal-amphotericin-b-l-amb-in-critically-ill-septic-patients-with-multiple-candida-colonization-the-ambidex-study
#15
Elie Azoulay, Jean-François Timsit, Alexandre Lautrette, Stephane Legriel, Adeline Max, Stephane Ruckly, Benoit Misset, Yves Cohen, Michel Wolff
BACKGROUND: To demonstrate the feasibility and safety of weekly high-dose liposomal amphotericin B (L-AmB) (as a pre-emptive antifungal treatment) for 2 weeks in patients with septic shock and Candida colonization. METHODS: Pilot, multicentre, open-label, prospective study conducted in seven French ICUs. Non-immunocompromised patients, receiving mechanical ventilation were eligible if they presented ICU-acquired severe sepsis requiring newly administered antibacterial agents and Candida colonization in at least two sites...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530771/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-levels-correlate-with-an-infection-in-trauma-patients
#16
Young Duck Cho, Sung Hyuk Choi, Jung Youn Kim, Sung Jun Park, Young Hoon Yoon, Han Jin Cho, Ji Won Yeom
BACKGROUND: The role of migration inhibitory factor (MIF) is best understood in septic shock and septic disease; however, the role of MIF in a secondary infection after trauma has not yet been completely studied. This study aimed to evaluate the role of MIF in trauma patients. METHODS: The patients in the study population were divided into two groups according to the results of their MIF levels. The initial MIF levels, trauma mechanism, revised trauma score, survival rate, length of stay (LOS) in the intensive care unit (ICU), level of leukocytes, and level of C-reactive protein (CRP) were compared between the groups...
May 2017: Ulusal Travma Ve Acil Cerrahi Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Trauma & Emergency Surgery: TJTES
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530073/-red-herring-complaints-in-an-eighteen-years-old-female-with-a-hydatid-cyst-of-the-lung
#17
Nasser Nadim
Brain and eye hydatid cysts are early symptomatic, as opposed to those developing in other organs, including lungs, where they remain asymptomatic through adolescence, even to adulthood, due to their slow growth. Hence, discovering that patients have lung hydatid cyst occurs, frequently, during random chest imaging. Up to thirty percent of pulmonary echinococcal cysts may rupture spontaneously, after chest or abdominal trauma. The main lung hydatidosis complaints, such as dyspnea and chest pain, are caused by the reduction of the functional area of the lung, expectoration of the tapeworm cystoides into the bronchial tree, or by compression of surrounding structures...
November 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529983/role-of-leukoreduction-of-packed-red-blood-cell-units-in-trauma-patients-a-review
#18
Young Kim, Brent T Xia, Alex L Chang, Timothy A Pritts
Hemorrhagic shock is a leading cause of mortality within the trauma population, and blood transfusion is the standard of care. Leukoreduction filters remove donor leukocytes prior to transfusion of blood products. While the benefits of leukocyte depletion are well documented in scientific literature, these benefits do not translate directly to the clinical setting. This review summarizes current research regarding leukoreduction in the clinical arena, as well as studies performed exclusively in the trauma population...
June 2016: International Journal of Hematology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529699/evolution-immunity-and-the-emergence-of-brain-superautoantigens
#19
Serge Nataf
While some autoimmune disorders remain extremely rare, others largely predominate the epidemiology of human autoimmunity. Notably, these include psoriasis, diabetes, vitiligo, thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Thus, despite the quasi-infinite number of "self" antigens that could theoretically trigger autoimmune responses, only a limited set of antigens, referred here as superautoantigens, induce pathogenic adaptive responses. Several lines of evidence reviewed in this paper indicate that, irrespective of the targeted organ (e...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529698/seven-perspectives-on-gpcr-h-d-exchange-proteomics-methods
#20
Xi Zhang
Recent research shows surging interest to visualize human G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) dynamic structures using the bottom-up H/D-exchange (HDX) proteomics technology. This opinion article clarifies critical technical nuances and logical thinking behind the GPCR HDX proteomics method, to help scientists overcome cross-discipline pitfalls, and understand and reproduce the protocol at high quality. The 2010 89% HDX structural coverage of GPCR was achieved with both structural and analytical rigor. This article emphasizes systematically considering membrane protein structure stability and compatibility with chromatography and mass spectrometry (MS) throughout the pipeline, including the effects of metal ions, zero-detergent shock, and freeze-thaws on HDX result rigor...
2017: F1000Research
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