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Francesca Veronesi, Gianluca Giavaresi, Milena Fini, Giovanni Longo, Caterina Alexandra Ioannidu, Anna Scotto d'Abusco, Fabiana Superti, Gianluca Panzini, Carlo Misiano, Alberto Palattella, Paolo Selleri, Nicola Di Girolamo, Viola Garbarino, Laura Politi, Roberto Scandurra
Titanium implants coated with a 500nm nanostructured layer, deposited by the Ion Plating Plasma Assisted (IPPA) technology, composed of 60% graphitic carbon, 25% titanium oxides and 15% titanium carbide were implanted into rabbit femurs whilst into the controlateral femurs uncoated titanium implants were inserted as control. At four time points the animals were injected with calcein green, xylenol orange, oxytetracycline and alizarin. After 2, 4 and 8weeks femurs were removed and processed for histology and static and dynamic histomorphometry for undecalcified bone processing into methylmethacrylate, sectioned, thinned, polished and stained with Toluidine blue and Fast green...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
David J Tennent, Christina M Hylden, Anthony E Johnson, Travis C Burns, Jason M Wilken, Johnny G Owens
INTRODUCTION: Quadriceps strength after arthroscopic knee procedures is frequently diminished several years postoperation. Blood flow restriction (BFR) training uses partial venous occlusion while performing submaximal exercise to induce muscle hypertrophy and strength improvements. The purpose of this study was to evaluate BFR as a postoperative therapeutic intervention after knee arthroscopy. METHODS: A randomized controlled pilot study comparing physical therapy with and without BFR after knee arthroscopy was conducted...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
Lenka Sochorová, Lenka Hanzlíková, Milena Černá, Anna Drgáčová, Alena Fialová, Andrea Švarcová, Tomáš Gramblička, Jana Pulkrabová
Persistent organic pollutants, such as perfluorinated alkylated substances (PFASs) and brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are widespread in the environment and most of them are bioaccumulated in wildlife and humans. The present study is the first investigation to reveal the PFAS and BFR levels of serum samples in the adult population of the Czech Republic. Altogether, 300 serum samples from blood donors in four cities were examined. In all samples 19 PFASs and 33 BFRs, including some of their metabolites, were targeted...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
Brittany R Counts, Lindy M Rossow, Kevin T Mattocks, J Grant Mouser, Matthew B Jessee, Samuel L Buckner, Scott J Dankel, Jeremy P Loenneke
Low-load resistance exercise with the blood flow restriction (BFR) has been shown to increase muscle size similar to that of traditional high-load resistance training. Throughout the BFR literature, there is a vast difference between the quantity of young females included in the literature compared to young males, older males and older females. Therefore, the purpose of this minireview is to discuss the underrepresentation of young females in the BFR literature and review the potential physiologic reasons as to why they may have been excluded...
October 11, 2016: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
Roland Solecki, Andreas Kortenkamp, Åke Bergman, Ibrahim Chahoud, Gisela H Degen, Daniel Dietrich, Helmut Greim, Helen Håkansson, Ulla Hass, Trine Husoy, Miriam Jacobs, Susan Jobling, Alberto Mantovani, Philip Marx-Stoelting, Aldert Piersma, Vera Ritz, Remy Slama, Ralf Stahlmann, Martin van den Berg, R Thomas Zoeller, Alan R Boobis
Endocrine disruption is a specific form of toxicity, where natural and/or anthropogenic chemicals, known as "endocrine disruptors" (EDs), trigger adverse health effects by disrupting the endogenous hormone system. There is need to harmonize guidance on the regulation of EDs, but this has been hampered by what appeared as a lack of consensus among scientists. This publication provides summary information about a consensus reached by a group of world-leading scientists that can serve as the basis for the development of ED criteria in relevant EU legislation...
October 6, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
Mizuki Sudo, Soichi Ando, Yutaka Kano
INTRODUCTION: We recently developed an animal model to investigate the effects of eccentric contraction (ECC) and blood flow restriction (BFR) on muscle tissue at the cellular level. This study clarified the effects of repeated BFR, ECC, and BFR combined with ECC (BFR+ECC) on muscle fiber hypertrophy. METHODS: Male Wistar rats were assigned to 3 groups: BFR, ECC, and BFR+ECC. The contralateral leg in the BFR group served as a control (CONT). Muscle fiber cross sectional area (CSA) of the tibialis anterior was determined after the respective treatments for 6 weeks...
September 26, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Kyle J Hackney, Meghan E Downs, Lori Ploutz-Snyder
BACKGROUND: Bed rest studies have shown that high load (HL) resistance training can mitigate the loss of muscle size and strength during musculoskeletal unloading; however, not all individuals are able to perform HL resistance exercise. Blood flow restricted (BFR) resistance exercise may be a novel way to prevent maladaptation to unloading without requiring HL exercise equipment. This study evaluated the muscular training adaptations to HL and BFR resistance training during unilateral lower limb suspension (ULLS), a human limb unloading model...
August 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Shouyu Xu, Xueyun Liu, Zhenhuang Chen, Gaoquan Li, Qin Chen, Guoqing Zhou, Ruijie Ma, Xinmiao Yao, Xiao Huang
Blood flow restriction (BFR) under low-intensity resistance training (LIRT) can produce similar effects upon muscles to that of high-intensity resistance training (HIRT) while overcoming many of the restrictions to HIRT that occurs in a clinical setting. However, the potential molecular mechanisms of BFR induced muscle hypertrophy remain largely unknown. Here, using a BFR rat model, we aim to better elucidate the mechanisms regulating muscle hypertrophy as induced by BFR and reveal possible clinical therapeutic targets for atrophy cases...
December 15, 2016: Gene
W-M Fu, L Yang, B-J Wang, J-K Xu, J-L Wang, L Qin, D-W Zhao
OBJECTIVE: Bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs) have been widely applied in osteonecrosis. However, lack of biomechanical support limited application of BMMSCs. And porous tantalum (PTA) has been identified as a cell-friendly scaffold for bone regeneration. Herein, we aimed to investigate the efficacy of PTA seeded with BMMSCs in the treatment of osteonecrosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After the production of PTA seeded with BMMSCs, MTT and GFP were performed to identify the proliferation and adhesion of BMMSCs respectively, which was further examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
August 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Ángel García-Bermejo, Susana Mohr, Laura Herrero, María-José González, Belén Gómara
This paper reports on the optimization, characterization, and applicability of gas chromatography coupled to triple-quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry (GC-QqQ(MS/MS)) for the determination of 14 polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs) and 2 emerging brominated flame retardants, 1,2-bis(2,4,6-tribromophenoxy)ethane (BTBPE) and decabromodiphenylethane (DBDPE), in functional food samples. The method showed satisfactory precision and linearity with instrumental limits of detection (iLODs) ranging from 0.12 to 7...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
I F Khouri, D Sui, E J Jabbour, B I Samuels, F Turturro, G Alatrash, P Anderlini, S Ahmed, B Oran, S O Ciurea, D Marin, A Olson, K K Patel, U R Popat, C Ledesma, T M Kadia, A Ferrajoli, J A Burger, J L Jorgensen, L J Medeiros, R L Bassett, A M Gulbis
Bendamustine has shown a favorable safety profile when included in chemotherapy regimens for several types of lymphoma, including CLL. This study investigated the long-term effect of adding bendamustine to a conditioning regimen on survival, rate of engraftment, immune recovery and GvHD after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) in CLL patients. These outcomes were compared with the fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (FCR) conditioning regimen. We reviewed the data for 89 CLL patients treated on three trials at our institution...
September 5, 2016: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Martin Brits, Jayne de Vos, Jana M Weiss, Egmont R Rohwer, Jacob de Boer
World-wide, the prevalence of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) is well documented for routine analysis of environmental and biological matrices. There is, however, limited information on these compounds in the African environment and insufficient information on the analytical approaches used to obtain data. This paper presents a review on BFR levels in the African environment and the various analytical methodologies specifically applied in Africa for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polybrominated biphenyls and alternative-BFRs...
December 2016: Chemosphere
Qingmei Jia, Richard Bowen, Bai-Yu Lee, Barbara Jane Dillon, Saša Masleša-Galić, Marcus A Horwitz
A safer and more effective vaccine than the unlicensed Francisella tularensis Live Vaccine Strain (LVS) is needed to protect against the biowarfare agent F. tularensis. Previously, we developed an LVS ΔcapB mutant that is significantly safer than LVS and provides potent protective immunity against F. tularensis respiratory challenge when administered intranasally but limited protection when administered intradermally unless as part of a prime-boost vaccination strategy. To improve the immunogenicity and efficacy of LVS ΔcapB, we developed recombinant LVS ΔcapB (rLVS ΔcapB) strains overexpressing various F...
September 22, 2016: Vaccine
T Sanikidze, E Chikvaidze
The mechanism of gallstone formation is not well understood. Abnormal regulation of hepatic cholesterol, bile acid synthesis or esterification, deposition of cholesterol monohydrate crystals and gall bladder dysfunction are thought to be the principal metabolic aberrations that may cause gallstone formation. One plausible mechanism leading to these abnormalities is the role of free radicals, whose presence can be investigated using Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR). Surgically removed gall bladder stones were used to obtain purified bilirubin, which was irradiated in vitro with visible light and measured with EPR in the presence of and without oxygen...
August 29, 2016: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Chen Gu, Jing Wang, Shasha Liu, Guangfei Liu, Hong Lu, Ruofei Jin
Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) is a widely used brominated flame retardant (BFR) that has frequently been detected in various environmental compartments. Although TBBPA biotransformation has been observed under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions, knowledge of the detailed mechanism of direct aerobic TBBPA biodegradation still remains limited. In this study, the underlying mechanism of cometabolic degradation of TBBPA by Pseudomonas sp. fz under aerobic conditions was investigated. Two key degradation pathways (beta scission and debromination) were proposed based on triple quadrupole liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analysis...
September 20, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Alok Kumar Shrivastava, Sarita Pandey, Karl Josef Dietz, Prashant Kumar Singh, Shilpi Singh, Ruchi Rai, Lal Chand Rai
The study explores the significance of peroxides in regulating the CO2- and N2-fixation capacities in Anabaena sp. PCC7120. To this end Anabaena strains were generated carrying an extra copy of ahpC (An+ahpC) or by deleting from their endogenous functional ahpC (AnΔahpC). AhpC levels were 2.2- to 6.0-fold higher in An+ahpC than in wild type. An+ahpC revealed 1.4- to 2-fold upregulation of photosystems I and II, nitrogenase, superoxide dismutase and catalase activities while same activities were 1.3- to 2.5-fold downregulated in the insertional mutant (AnΔahpC) compared to the wild type...
November 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Ivan Gonçalves de Castro Ferreira, Mirian Molnar Rodrigues, José Freire da Silva Neto, Ricardo Ruiz Mazzon, Marilis do Valle Marques
Iron is an essential nutrient that is poorly available to living organisms but can be harmful when in excess due to the production of reactive oxygen species. Bacteria and other organisms use iron storage proteins called ferritins to avoid iron toxicity and as a safe iron source in the cytosol. The alpha-proteobacterium Caulobacter crescentus has two putative ferritins, Bfr and Dps, and some other proteins belonging to the ferritin-like superfamily, among them the one encoded by CC_0557. In this work, we have analyzed the role and regulation of these three putative ferritin-like proteins...
October 2016: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
Justin M Bradley, Dimitri A Svistunenko, Tamara L Lawson, Andrew M Hemmings, Geoffrey R Moore, Nick E Le Brun
Ferritins are iron storage proteins that overcome the problems of toxicity and poor bioavailability of iron by catalyzing iron oxidation and mineralization through the activity of a diiron ferroxidase site. Unlike in other ferritins, the oxidized di-Fe(3+) site of Escherichia coli bacterioferritin (EcBFR) is stable and therefore does not function as a conduit for the transfer of Fe(3+) into the storage cavity, but instead acts as a true catalytic cofactor that cycles its oxidation state while driving Fe(2+) oxidation in the cavity...
December 1, 2015: Angewandte Chemie
Mohamed Abou-Elwafa Abdallah
This review aims to highlight the recent advances and methodological improvements in instrumental techniques applied for the analysis of different brominated flame retardants (BFRs). The literature search strategy was based on the recent analytical reviews published on BFRs. The main selection criteria involved the successful development and application of analytical methods for determination of the target compounds in various environmental matrices. Different factors affecting chromatographic separation and mass spectrometric detection of brominated analytes were evaluated and discussed...
2014: International Scholarly Research Notices
Dongoh Lee, Changhwan Ahn, Eui-Ju Hong, Beum-Soo An, Sang-Hwan Hyun, Kyung-Chul Choi, Eui-Bae Jeung
2,4,6-Tribromophenol (TBP) is a brominated flame retardant (BFR). Based on its affinity for transthyretin, TBP could compete with endogenous thyroid hormone. In this study, the effects of TBP on the thyroid hormone system were assessed in mice. Briefly, animals were exposed to 40 and 250 mg/kg TBP. Thyroid hormones were also administered with or without TBP. When mice were treated with TBP, deiodinase 1 (Dio1) and thyroid hormone receptor β isoform 2 (Thrβ2) decreased in the pituitary gland. The levels of deiodinase 2 (Dio2) and growth hormone (Gh) mRNA increased in response to 250 mg/kg of TBP, and the relative mRNA level of thyroid stimulating hormone β (Tshβ) increased in the pituitary gland...
2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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