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Yu-Ju Peng, Tang-Long Shen, Yu-Shan Chen, Harry John Mersmann, Bing-Hsien Liu, Shih-Torng Ding
BACKGROUND: Adiponectin (ADN) is an adipokine derived from adipocytes. It binds to adiponectin receptor 1 and 2 (AdipoR1 and R2) to exert its function in regulating whole-body energy homeostasis and inflammatory responses. However, the role of ADN-AdipoR1 signaling in intestinal inflammation is controversial, and its role in the regulation of neutrophils is still unclear. Our goal was to clarify the role of AdipoR1 signaling in colitis and the effects on neutrophils. METHODS: We generated porcine AdipoR1 transgenic mice (pAdipoR1 mice) and induced murine colitis using dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) to study the potential role of AdipoR1 in inflammatory bowel disease...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Science
Jose Kuzhively, Bettina Tahsin, Peter Hart, Leon Fogelfeld
AIM: Evaluate legacy effect on renal outcomes after the end of a multifactorial-multidisciplinary intervention in patients with advanced diabetic nephropathy (ADN trial) CKD 3-4. METHODS: A retrospective electronic review was conducted of 72 patients who completed the ADN trial ESRD-free with subsequent follow-up of two years or until ESRD development. RESULTS: At baseline, reflecting ADN trial end, 38 post-intervention and 34 post-control patients were similar except for lower HbA1c, SBP and age in the post-intervention group...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Hui Zeng, Fei Li, Xilong Yu, Dongbin Ou, Lianzhong Chen
In this paper, quantitative experiments were made to measure the concentration of key intermediate products (CO, N2 O, and NO) and the gas temperature for combustion flow based on near-infrared and mid-infrared laser absorption spectroscopy. This paper used the developed diagnostic system to study two main ignition modes of a real 1-Newton thruster based on ammonium dinitramide (ADN): steady-state firing and pulse-mode firing over a feed pressure of 5-12 bar. The steady-state firing experiments distinguished the whole process into catalytic decomposition stage and combustion stage, experimentally demonstrating the combustion kinetics mechanism of an ADN monopropellant...
February 20, 2018: Applied Optics
Joshua P Bassett, Thomas J Wills, Francesca Cacucci
Head direction (HD) cells are neurons found in an extended cortical and subcortical network that signal the orientation of an animal's head relative to its environment [1-3]. They are a fundamental component of the wider circuit of spatially responsive hippocampal formation neurons that make up the neural cognitive map of space [4]. During post-natal development, HD cells are the first among spatially modulated neurons in the hippocampal circuit to exhibit mature firing properties [5, 6], but before eye opening, HD cell responses in rat pups have low directional information and are directionally unstable [7, 8]...
January 31, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Jeanette M Olsen, Sarah L Warring
BACKGROUND: The health impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is significant. Nurses need knowledge and must work in multidisciplinary teams to address this problem. This study examined the effects of an interprofessional education (IPE) activity with nonhealth care students on associate degree nursing (ADN) students' ACEs knowledge and perspectives on IPE. METHOD: The mixed-methods approach used a quasi-experimental pretest-posttest design with an intervention and control group and thematic analysis of focus group data...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Nursing Education
Andrew J Rech, David Balli, Alejandro Mantero, Hemant Ishwaran, Katherine L Nathanson, Ben Z Stanger, Robert H Vonderheide
The immune system exerts antitumor activity via T cell-dependent recognition of tumor-specific antigens. Although the number of tumor neopeptides - peptides derived from somatic mutations - often correlates with immune activity and survival, most classically defined high-affinity neopeptides (CDNs) are not immunogenic, and only rare CDNs have been linked to tumor rejection. Thus, the rules of tumor antigen recognition remain incompletely understood. Here, we analyzed neopeptides, immune activity, and clinical outcome from 6,324 patients across 27 tumor types...
January 16, 2018: Cancer Immunology Research
Maria Wilson, Jens Ådne Rekkedal Haga, Hans Erik Karlsen
Attacks by aquatic predators generate frontal water disturbances characterised by low-frequency gradients in pressure and particle motion. Low-frequency hearing is highly developed in cephalopods. Thus, we examined behavioural responses in juvenile cuttlefish to infrasonic accelerations mimicking main aspects of the hydrodynamic signals created by predators. In the experimental set-up, animals and their surrounding water moved as a unit to minimise lateral line activation and to allow examination of the contribution by the inner ear...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Chengqiang Wang, Zekun Jia, Bin Zhen, Minghan Han
Supported Ni catalysts prepared under different conditions, for liquid phase hydrogenation of adiponitrile (ADN) to 6-aminocapronitrile (ACN) and hexamethyenediamine (HMD), were investigated. The highly reactive imine intermediate can form condensation byproducts with primary amine products (ACN and HMD), which decreased the yield coefficient of primary amines. The catalysts support, condition of catalyst preparation and dosage of additive were studied to improve the yield. A highly dispersed Ni/SiO₂ catalyst prepared by the direct reduction of Ni(NO₃)₂/SiO₂ suppressed the condensation reactions by promoting the hydrogenation of adsorbed imines, and it gave the improved hydrogenation activity of 0...
January 4, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Juana L Vidal Arboleda, Luisa F Ortiz Roman, Martha Olivera Angel
Brucella canis is a facultative intracellular pathogen responsible for canine brucellosis, a zoonotic disease that affects canines, causing abortions and reproductive failure; and the production of non-specific symptoms in humans. In 2005 the presence of B. canis in Antioquia was demonstrated and the strains were identified as type 2. The sequencing of the genome of a field strain denoted Brucella canis str. Oliveri, showed species-specific indel events, which led us to investigate the genomic characteristics of the B...
December 22, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
Asmaa I Matouk, Ashraf Taye, Mohamed A El-Moselhy, Gehan H Heeba, Abdel A Abdel-Rahman
Chronic GPR18 activation by its agonist abnormal cannabidiol (trans-4-[3-methyl-6-(1-methylethenyl)-2-cyclohexen-1-yl]-5-pentyl-1,3-benzenediol; abn-cbd) improves myocardial redox status and function in healthy rats. Here, we investigated the ability of abn-cbd to alleviate diabetes-evoked cardiovascular pathology and the contribution of GPR18 to this effect. Four weeks after diabetes induction by streptozotocin (STZ, 55mg/kg; i.p), male Wistar rats received abn-cbd, the GPR18 antagonist (1,3-dimethoxy-5-methyl-2-[(1R,6R)-3-methyl-6-(1-methylethenyl)-2-,cyclohexen-1-yl]benzene;O-1918), their combination (100µg/kg/day, i...
December 20, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
Allison Brandt Anbari, Amy Vogelsmeier, Debbie S Dougherty
Studies that suggest an increased number of bachelor's prepared nurses (BSNs) at the bedside improves patient safety do not stratify their samples into traditional bachelor's and associates (ADN) to BSN graduates. This qualitative study investigated potential differences in patient safety meaning among BSNs and ADN to BSN graduates. Guided by the theory of Language Convergence/Meaning Divergence, interview data from eight BSN and eight ADN to BSN graduates were analyzed. Findings indicate there are two meaning levels or systems, the local level and the systemic level...
December 1, 2017: Western Journal of Nursing Research
Jing-Guo Wu, Nan Xun, Li-Jin Zeng, Zhen-Yu Li, Yan-Bing Liang, Hao Tang, Zhong-Fu Ma
We explored the effects of RNA interference-mediated silencing of TLR4 gene on expressions of adipocytokines in obstructive sleep apnea hyponea syndrome (OSAS) with hypertension in a rat model. Systolic blood pressure of caudal artery and physiological changes were observed when establishing rat models of OSAS with hypertension. Mature rat adipocytes were induced from separated and cultured primary rat adipocytes. To transfect rat mature adipocytes, TLR4 siRNA group and negative control (NC) siRNA group were established...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
Eliane Esteves, Sandra R Maruyama, Rebeca Kawahara, André Fujita, Larissa A Martins, Adne A Righi, Francisco B Costa, Giuseppe Palmisano, Marcelo B Labruna, Anderson Sá-Nunes, José M C Ribeiro, Andréa C Fogaça
Ticks are obligate blood feeding ectoparasites that transmit a wide variety of pathogenic microorganisms to their vertebrate hosts. Amblyomma sculptum is vector of Rickettsia rickettsii , the causative agent of Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF), the most lethal rickettsiosis that affects humans. It is known that the transmission of pathogens by ticks is mainly associated with the physiology of the feeding process. Pathogens that are acquired with the blood meal must first colonize the tick gut and later the salivary glands (SG) in order to be transmitted during a subsequent blood feeding via saliva...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Sílvia C Barros, Fernanda Ramos, Teresa Fagulha, Margarida Duarte, Ana Margarida Henriques, Helga Waap, Tiago Luís, Teresa Costa, Rita Amador, Sofia Quintans, Miguel Fevereiro
West Nile fever (WNF) is an emergent disease in Europe, under surveillance in the European Union. Following a 5-year period of apparent silence (autumn 2010 to summer 2015), West Nile virus (WNV) reemerged in the South of Portugal, in July 2015. Here we present data from the onset, geographic location within mainland Portugal, and outcome of clinical cases of WNV infection in horses in 2015 and 2016. During the transmission seasons of 2015 and 2016, twenty-seven horses, most symptomatic (n=20) were found positive to IgM, pr-E immunoglobulins and VNT, leading to the subsequent report to Animal Disease Notification System of the European Commission (ADNS) by the Portuguese National Authority for Animal Health...
December 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
Joanna Suraj, Anna Kurpińska, Mariola Olkowicz, Ewa Niedzielska-Andres, Magdalena Smolik, Agnieszka Zakrzewska, Agnieszka Jasztal, Barbara Sitek, Stefan Chlopicki, Maria Walczak
The objective of this study was to develop and validate the method based on micro-liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (microLC/MS-MRM) for simultaneous determination of adiponectin (ADN), von Willebrand factor (vWF), soluble form of vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (sVCAM-1), soluble form of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (sICAM-1) and syndecan-1 (SDC-1) in mouse plasma. The calibration range was established from 2.5pmol/mL to 5000pmol/mL for ADN; 5pmol/mL to 5000pmol/mL for vWF; 0.375pmol/mL to 250pmol/mL for sVCAM-1 and sICAM-1; and 0...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Ramesh Samineni, Jaipal Madapa, Srihari Pabbaraja, Goverdhan Mehta
A general, transition-metal-free, one-pot, domino Michael-SNAr or AdNE substitution protocol was devised for spiroannulation of oxindoles with ortho-bromoaryl ynones, β-bromoalkenyl ynones, and β-bromoalkenyl enones in a convenient and efficient manner. As an application, a short synthesis of tetracyclic alkaloid spindomycin B was accomplished.
November 17, 2017: Organic Letters
Jose V Lafuente, Catalina Requejo, Alejandro Carrasco, Harkaitz Bengoetxea
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most frequent neurodegenerative disorder, but current therapies are only symptomatic. Experimental models are necessary to go deeper in the comprehension of pathophysiological mechanism and to assess new therapeutic strategies. The unilateral 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) lesion either in medial forebrain bundle (MFB) or into the striatum in rats affords to study various stages of PD depending on the evolution time lapsed. A promising alternative to address the neurodegenerative process is the use of neurotrophic factors; but its clinical use has been limited due to its short half-life and rapid degradation after in vivo administration, along with difficulties for crossing the blood-brain barrier (BBB)...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
Toru Kawada, Michael J Turner, Shuji Shimizu, Atsunori Kamiya, Toshiaki Shishido, Masaru Sugimachi
Although electrical activation of the carotid sinus baroreflex (baroreflex activation therapy) is being explored as a device therapy for resistant hypertension, possible effects on baroreflex dynamic characteristics of interaction between electrical stimulation and pressure inputs are not fully elucidated. To examine whether the electrical stimulation of the baroreceptor afferent nerve impedes normal short-term arterial pressure (AP) regulation mediated by the stimulated nerve, we electrically stimulated the right aortic depressor nerve (ADN) while estimating the baroreflex dynamic characteristics by imposing pressure inputs to the isolated baroreceptor region of the right ADN in nine anesthetized rats...
November 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Farideh Pousti, Ramesh Ahmadi, Fatemeh Mirahmadi, Narges Hosseinmardi, Kambiz Rohampour
Recent studies have suggested the involvement of some metabolic hormones in memory formation and synaptic plasticity. Insulin dysfunction is known as an essential process in the pathogenesis of sporadic Alzheimer's disease (AD). In this study we examined whether adiponectin (ADN), as an insulin-sensitizing adipokine, could affect hippocampal synaptic plasticity. Field potential recordings were performed on intracerebroventricular (icv) cannulated urethane anesthetized rats. After baseline recording from dentate gyrus (DG) and 10min prior to high/low frequency stimulation (HFS/LFS), 10μl icv ADN (600nm) were injected...
October 25, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
Emil Lindbäck, Óscar Lopéz, Ådne Tobiesen, José G Fernández-Bolaños, Magne O Sydnes
The preparation of a novel type of iminosugar including a hydrazide imide moiety is described. The sugar hydrazide imides (3S,4S,5R,6R)-1-amino-3,4,5-trihydroxy-6-(hydroxymethyl)-2-iminopiperidine acetate and (3S,4S,5R,6R)-3,4,5-trihydroxy-6-(hydroxymethyl)-2-imino-1-(methylamino)piperidine acetate presented here behave as inhibitors of α/β-glucosidases in the low micromolar concentration range. The former inhibitor displays a pH-dependent inhibition of β-glucosidase. The N-methylated counterpart behaves as an anomer-selective competitive micromolar inhibitor of α-glucosidase...
October 25, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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