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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821181/conservation-genetics-of-the-cheetah-lessons-learned-and-new-opportunities
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Stephen J O'Brien, Warren E Johnson, Carlos A Driscoll, Pavel Dobrynin, Laurie Marker
The dwindling wildlife species of our planet have become a cause célèbre for conservation groups, governments, and concerned citizens throughout the world. The application of powerful new genetic technologies to surviving populations of threatened mammals has revolutionized our ability to recognize hidden perils that afflict them. We have learned new lessons of survival, adaptation, and evolution from viewing the natural history of genomes in hundreds of detailed studies. A single case history of one species, the African cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus, is here reviewed to reveal a long-term story of conservation challenges and action informed by genetic discoveries and insights...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821162/oral-administration-of-thymoquinone-mitigates-the-effect-of-cisplatin-on-brush-border-membrane-enzymes-energy-metabolism-and-antioxidant-system-in-rat-intestine
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Faaiza Shahid, Zeba Farooqui, Subuhi Abidi, Iqbal Parwez, Farah Khan
Cisplatin (CP) is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent that elicits severe gastrointestinal toxicity. Nigella sativa, a member of family Ranunculaceae, is one of the most revered medicinal plant known for its numerous health benefits. Thymoquinone (TQ), a major bioactive component derived from the volatile oil of Nigella sativa seeds, has been shown to improve gastrointestinal functions in animal models of acute gastric/intestinal injury. In view of this, the aim of the present study was to investigate the protective effect of TQ on CP induced toxicity in rat intestine and to elucidate the mechanism underlying these effects...
August 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821069/preparation-and-pharmacological-evaluation-of-norcantharidin-conjugated-carboxymethyl-chitosan-in-mice-bearing-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#3
Zhiwen Jiang, Jinhua Chi, Baoqin Han, Wanshun Liu
In this study, norcantharidin (NCTD), a small-molecule anticancer drug derived from Chinese traditional medicine blister beetle (Mylabris), was conjugated covalently onto carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS). Then the hepatocellular carcinoma therapeutic properties and liver-protective effects were investigated through orthotopic transplantation tumor model. Results showed that the obtained CMCS-NCTD demonstrated remarkable anti-growth efficacy against hepatocellular 22 in mice. Significant improvement of the liver injury caused by cancer cells was observed in tumor-bearing mice administrated with CMCS-NCTD...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820880/knock-out-of-a-mitochondrial-sirtuin-protects-neurons-from-degeneration-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#4
Rachele Sangaletti, Massimo D'Amico, Jeff Grant, David Della-Morte, Laura Bianchi
Sirtuins are NAD⁺-dependent deacetylases, lipoamidases, and ADP-ribosyltransferases that link cellular metabolism to multiple intracellular pathways that influence processes as diverse as cell survival, longevity, and cancer growth. Sirtuins influence the extent of neuronal death in stroke. However, different sirtuins appear to have opposite roles in neuronal protection. In Caenorhabditis elegans, we found that knock-out of mitochondrial sirtuin sir-2.3, homologous to mammalian SIRT4, is protective in both chemical ischemia and hyperactive channel induced necrosis...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820802/antioxidation-role-of-different-lateral-stellate-ganglion-block-in-isoproterenol-induced-acute-myocardial-ischemia-in-rats
#5
Na Wei, Meng Chi, Lin Deng, Guonian Wang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: To determine whether stellate ganglion block (SGB) treatment exerts protective effects against isoproterenol (ISO)-induced acute myocardial ischemia (AMI) due to its antioxidant effects, we aimed to evaluate the protective effects of different lateral SGB agents on the tissue antioxidant status in ISO-induced AMI in male Sprague-Dawley rats. METHODS: The AMI model received an acute ISO overdose to make cardiac ischemia damage at a single dose of 110 mg/kg injected subcutaneously into the rats...
September 2017: Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820694/differential-neurovirulence-of-african-and-asian-genotype-zika-virus-isolates-in-outbred-immunocompetent-mice
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Nisha K Duggal, Jana M Ritter, Erin M McDonald, Hannah Romo, Farshad Guirakhoo, Brent S Davis, Gwong-Jen J Chang, Aaron C Brault
Although first isolated almost 70 years ago, Zika virus (ZIKV; Flavivirus, Flaviviridae) has only recently been associated with significant outbreaks of disease in humans. Several severe ZIKV disease manifestations have also been recently documented, including fetal malformations, such as microcephaly, and Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. Although principally transmitted by mosquitoes, sexual transmission of ZIKV has been documented. Recent publications of several interferon receptor knockout mouse models have demonstrated ZIKV-induced disease...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820355/alpha-particles-and-x-rays-interact-in-inducing-dna-damage-in-u2os-cells
#7
Alice Sollazzo, Beata Brzozowska, Lei Cheng, Lovisa Lundholm, Siamak Haghdoost, Harry Scherthan, Andrzej Wojcik
Survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are monitored for health effects within the Life Span Study (LSS). The LSS results represent the most important source of data about cancer effects from ionizing radiation exposure, which forms the foundation for the radiation protection system. One uncertainty connected to deriving universal risk factors from these results is related to the problem of mixed radiation qualities. The A-bomb explosions generated a mixed beam of the sparsely ionizing gamma radiation and densely ionizing neutrons...
August 18, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819817/estimation-of-entrance-surface-air-kerma-due-to-diagnostic-x-ray-examinations-of-adult-patients-in-uttarakhand-india-and-establishment-of-local-diagnostic-reference-levels
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Satish C Uniyal, Vineet Chaturvedi, Sunil D Sharma, Shailendra Raghuvanshi
It is well established that diagnostic X-ray practices must be optimised to keep patient radiation dose as low as compatible with providing the diagnostic information required. For effective optimisation of diagnostic exposures, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) introduced the concept of diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) in 1996. The present study aimed to carry out an extensive dose survey of diagnostic radiography installations in the Uttarakhand region of India to establish local DRL Values for the different diagnostic practices...
August 17, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819291/a-single-molecule-assessment-of-the-protective-effect-of-dmso-against-dna-double-strand-breaks-induced-by-photo-and-%C3%AE-ray-irradiation-and-freezing
#9
Masami Noda, Yue Ma, Yuko Yoshikawa, Tadayuki Imanaka, Toshiaki Mori, Masakazu Furuta, Tatsuaki Tsuruyama, Kenichi Yoshikawa
Dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) is widely used as a cryoprotectant for organs, tissues, and cell suspension in storage. In addition, DMSO is known to be a useful free radical scavenger and a radio-protectant. To date, many in vitro assays using cultured cells have been performed for analysing the protective effect of DMSO against genomic DNA damage; however, currently it has been rather difficult to detect DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) in a quantitative manner. In the present study, we aimed to observe the extent of DNA damage by use of single molecular observation with a fluorescence microscope to evaluate DSBs induced by photo- and γ-ray-irradiation, or freeze/thawing in variable concentrations of DMSO...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819175/in-vivo-therapeutic-efficacy-of-frog-skin-derived-peptides-against-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-induced-pulmonary-infection
#10
Chen Chen, Maria Luisa Mangoni, Y Peter Di
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic and frequently drug-resistant pulmonary pathogen especially in cystic fibrosis sufferers. Recently, the frog skin-derived antimicrobial peptide (AMP) Esc(1-21) and its diastereomer Esc(1-21)-1c were found to possess potent in vitro antipseudomonal activity. Here, they were first shown to preserve the barrier integrity of airway epithelial cells better than the human AMP LL-37. Furthermore, Esc(1-21)-1c was more efficacious than Esc(1-21) and LL-37 in protecting host from pulmonary bacterial infection after a single intra-tracheal instillation at a very low dosage of 0...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819174/interleukin-17-receptor-a-il-17ra-as-a-central-regulator-of-the-protective-immune-response-against-giardia
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Oonagh Paerewijck, Brecht Maertens, Leentje Dreesen, Frederik Van Meulder, Iris Peelaers, Dariusz Ratman, Robert W Li, Erik Lubberts, Karolien De Bosscher, Peter Geldhof
The protozoan parasite Giardia is a highly prevalent intestinal pathogen with a wide host range. Data obtained in mice, cattle and humans revealed the importance of IL-17A in the development of a protective immune response against Giardia. The aim of this study was to further unravel the protective effector mechanisms triggered by IL-17A following G. muris infection in mice, by an RNA-sequencing approach. C57BL/6 WT and C57BL/6 IL-17RA KO mice were orally infected with G. muris cysts. Three weeks post infection, intestinal tissue samples were collected for RNA-sequencing, with samples from uninfected C57BL/6 WT and C57BL/6 IL-17RA KO animals serving as negative controls...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819160/effects-of-catalase-on-chloroplast-arrangement-in-opuntia-streptacantha-chlorenchyma-cells-under-salt-stress
#12
Diana Marcela Arias-Moreno, Juan Francisco Jiménez-Bremont, Israel Maruri-López, Pablo Delgado-Sánchez
In arid and semiarid regions, low precipitation rates lead to soil salinity problems, which may limit plant establishment, growth, and survival. Herein, we investigated the NaCl stress effect on chlorophyll fluorescence, photosynthetic-pigments, movement and chloroplasts ultrastructure in chlorenchyma cells of Opuntia streptacantha cladodes. Cladodes segments were exposed to salt stress at 0, 100, 200, and 300 mM NaCl for 8, 16, and 24 h. The results showed that salt stress reduced chlorophyll content, F v /F m , ΦPSII, and qP values...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819080/a-survey-on-selection-use-maintenance-and-management-of-chemical-protective-gloves-at-workplaces-in-japan
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Isamu Kabe, Hiroko Tsuruoka, Takeshi Kochi, Yasuo Koga, Masafumi Eguchi, Tomomi Matsui, Rie Ito, Yoko Tokujitani, Hiroyuki Miyauchi, Shigeru Tanaka
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to survey the selection, use, and maintenance of chemical protective gloves (CPGs) at real workplaces. METHODS: Subjects comprised 817 workers using CPGs at seven domestic manufacturing plants in Japan. We administered an anonymous questionnaire survey comprising the following aspect related to CPGs: environment of use, conditions of use, method of selection, knowledge/awareness pertaining to their use, method of use, precautionary measures associated with their use, maximum time of use, and maintenance...
August 17, 2017: Sangyō Eiseigaku Zasshi, Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818827/endovascular-treatment-of-dural-arteriovenous-fistulas-of-the-transverse-and-sigmoid-sinuses-using-transarterial-balloon-assisted-embolization-combined-with-transvenous-balloon-protection-of-the-venous-sinus
#14
E Piechowiak, F Zibold, T Dobrocky, P J Mosimann, D Bervini, A Raabe, J Gralla, P Mordasini
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Combined transarterial balloon-assisted endovascular embolization with double-lumen balloon microcatheters and concomitant transvenous balloon protection was described as a promising treatment technique for dural arteriovenous fistulae of the transverse and sigmoid sinus. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the technical efficacy and safety of this combined treatment technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nine consecutive patients presenting with dural arteriovenous fistulas of the transverse and sigmoid sinuses underwent combined transarterial and transvenous balloon-assisted endovascular embolization...
August 17, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818672/glutathione-monoethyl-ester-prevents-tdp-43-pathology-in-motor-neuronal-nsc-34%C3%A2-cells
#15
Tong Chen, Bradley J Turner, Philip M Beart, Lucy Sheehan-Hennessy, Chinasom Elekwachi, Hakan Muyderman
Oxidative stress is recognised as central in a range of neurological diseases including Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease characterised by fast progressing death of motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Cellular pathology includes cytosolic protein aggregates in motor neurons and glia of which potentially cytotoxic hyper-phosphorylated fragments of the Transactive response DNA Binding Protein 43 kDa (TDP-43) constitute a major component. This is closely associated with an additional loss of nuclear TDP-43 expression indicating a "loss of function" mechanism, accelerating motor neuron (MN) loss...
August 14, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818660/environmental-effects-are-stronger-than-human-effects-on-mammalian-predator-prey-relationships-in-arid-australian-ecosystems
#16
Benjamin L Allen, Alana Fawcett, Alison Anker, Richard M Engeman, Allan Lisle, Luke K-P Leung
Climate (drought, rainfall), geology (habitat availability), land use change (provision of artificial waterpoints, introduction of livestock), invasive species (competition, predation), and direct human intervention (lethal control of top-predators) have each been identified as processes driving the sustainability of threatened fauna populations. We used a systematic combination of empirical observational studies and experimental manipulations to comprehensively evaluate the effects of these process on a model endangered rodent, dusky hopping-mice (Notomys fuscus)...
August 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818659/a-new-methodology-to-identify-surface-water-bodies-at-risk-by-using-pesticide-monitoring-data-the-glyphosate-case-study-in-lombardy-region-italy
#17
Andrea Di Guardo, Antonio Finizio
In the last decades, several monitoring programs were established as an effect of EU Directives addressing the quality of water resources (drinking water, groundwater and surface water). Plant Protection Products (PPPs) are an obvious target of monitoring activities, since they are directly released into the environment. One of the challenges in managing the risk of pesticides at the territorial scale is identifying the locations in water bodies needing implementation of risk mitigation measures. In this, the national pesticides monitoring plans could be very helpful...
August 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818622/benefits-of-immune-protection-versus-immunopathology-costs-a-synthesis-from-cytokine-ko-models
#18
Gabriele Sorci, Cédric Lippens, Clothilde Léchenault, Bruno Faivre
The inflammatory response can produce damage to host tissues and in several infectious diseases the most severe symptoms are due to immunopathology rather than a direct effect of pathogen multiplication. One hypothesis for the persistence of inflammatory damage posits that the benefits of protection towards infection outweigh the costs. We used data on knocked-out (KO) cytokine models [and the corresponding wild-type (WT) controls] to test this hypothesis. We computed differences in pathogen load and host survival between WT and KO and divided them by the WT values...
August 14, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818451/the-association-between-displacement-of-sedentary-time-and-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain-an-isotemporal-substitution-analysis
#19
Cormac G Ryan, Shaun Wellburn, Suzanne McDonough, Denis J Martin, Alan M Batterham
OBJECTIVES: Physical activity is an effective intervention for the prevention and management of chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP). However, there is a lack of research to inform the intensity of physical activity that should be recommended. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between substituting 10minutes of sedentary time with either 10minutes of light physical activity (LPA) or moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and the CMP prevalence ratio. DESIGN: Secondary Analysis (November 2015) of data from the Health Survey for England (2008)...
February 3, 2017: Physiotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818416/adolescent-sports-participation-e-cigarette-use-and-cigarette-smoking
#20
Phil Veliz, Sean Esteban McCabe, Vita V McCabe, Carol J Boyd
INTRODUCTION: Although sport participation among adolescents has been found to lower the risk of traditional cigarette smoking, no studies to date have assessed if this type of physical activity lowers the risk of e-cigarette use among adolescents. METHODS: National data from the 2014 and 2015 Monitoring the Future study of 12th-grade students were used and analyses were conducted in 2016. Measures for past 30-day e-cigarette use and traditional cigarette smoking were used to assess differences between adolescents who participated in at least one competitive sport during the past year and adolescents who did not...
August 14, 2017: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
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