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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731824/evolutionary-scenarios-and-primate-natural-history
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Harry W Greene
Scenarios summarize evolutionary patterns and processes by interpreting organismal traits and their natural history correlates in a phylogenetic context. They are constructed by (1) describing phenotypes (including physiology and behavior), ideally with attention to formative roles of development, experience, and culture; (2) inferring homologies, homoplasies, ancestral character states, and their transformations with phylogenetic analyses; and (3) integrating those components with ecological and other ancillary data...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731279/influence-of-l-amino-acids-on-aggregation-and-biofilm-formation-in-azotobacter-chroococcum-and-trichoderma-viride
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Velmourougane Kulandaivelu, Radha Prasanna
AIM: The effects of L-amino acids on growth and biofilm formation in Azotobacter chroococcum (Az) and Trichoderma viride (Tv) as single (Az, Tv) and staggered inoculated cultures (Az-Tv, Tv-Az) was investigated. METHODS AND RESULTS: A preliminary study using a set of twenty L-amino acids, identified six amino acids (L-Glu, L-Gln, L-His, L-Ser, L-Thr, and L-Trp) which significantly enhanced growth and biofilm formation. Supplementation of these amino acids at different concentrations revealed that 40 mmol l(-1) was most effective...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730968/modulation-of-the-immune-system-for-the-treatment-of-glaucoma
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Katharina Bell, Nadine von Thun Und Hohenstein-Blaul, Julia Teister, Franz H Grus
At present intraocular pressure (IOP) lowering therapies are the only approach to treat glaucoma. Neuroprotective strategies to protect the retinal ganglion cells (RGC) from apoptosis are lacking to date. Results from clinical studies revealed altered immunoreactivities against retinal and optic nerve antigens in sera and aqueous humor of glaucoma patients and point toward an autoimmune involvement in glaucomatous neurodegeneration and RGC death. IgG accumulations along with plasma cells were found localised in human glaucomatous retinae in a pro-inflammatory environment possibly maintained by microglia...
July 19, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730697/impact-of-simultaneous-glutamate-dehydrogenase-gdh-and-toxin-a-b-rapid-immunoassay-on-clostridium-difficile-diagnosis-and-treatment-in-hospitalized-patients-with-antibiotic-associated-diarrhea-in-a-university-hospital-of-brazil
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Guilherme Grossi Lopes Cançado, Rodrigo Otávio Silveira Silva, Amanda Pontes Nader, Francisco Carlos Faria Lobato, Eduardo Garcia Vilela
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile is a major cause of health care-associated infection, but disagreement between diagnostic tests is an ongoing barrier to clinical decision making. Conventional enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for toxin detection is currently the most frequently used technique for CDI diagnosis, but its low sensitivity makes the development of an alternative strategy necessary for improving the diagnosis in developing countries. METHODS: Between years 2011 and 2015, 154 stool samples from patients with antibiotic-associated diarrhea were examined by toxigenic culture (TC) and EIA for the diagnosis of CDI...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730531/comparing-different-tissue-engineered-repair-materials-for-the-treatment-of-pelvic-organ-prolapse-and-urinary-incontinence-which-material-is-better
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Xiaojuan Wang, Yisong Chen, Zhongyong Fan, Keqin Hua
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: Synthetic non-absorbable meshes are widely used to augment surgical repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI), but these meshes are associated with serious complications. This study compares the attachment and extracellular matrix (ECM) production of adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) on different biodegradable nanomaterials to develop tissue engineered repair materials. METHODS: Rat ADSCs were isolated and cultured on electrospun poly-L-lactic acid (PLA) and electrospun poly(L-lactide)-trimethylene carbonate-gycolide (PLTG) terpolymers for 1 and 2 weeks...
July 20, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730487/a-methodology-for-comprehensive-analysis-of-toll-like-receptor-signaling-in-macrophages
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Marijke Koppenol-Raab, Aleksandra Nita-Lazar
A combination of high-throughput, multiplexed, quantitative methods with computational modeling and statistical approaches is required to obtain system-level understanding of biological function. Mass spectrometry (MS)-based proteomics has emerged as a preferred tool for the analysis of changes in protein abundance and their post-translational modification (PTM) levels at a global scale, comparable with genomic experiments and generating data suitable for use in mathematical modeling of signaling pathways. Here we describe a set of parallel bottom-up proteomic approaches to detect and quantify the global protein changes in total intracellular proteins, their phosphorylation, and the proteins released by active and passive secretion or shedding mechanisms (referred to as the secretome as reviewed in Makridakis and Vlahou, J Proteome 73:2291-2305, 2010) in response to the stimulation of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) with specific ligands in cultured macrophages...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730424/possible-immunomodulating-effect-of-retinol-on-cytokines-secretion-in-patients-with-recurrent-furunculosis
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Danuta Nowicka, Ewelina Grywalska, Anna Hymos, Michał Mielnik, Jacek Roliński
Recurrent furunculosis is an infection of hair follicles which results in formation of abscesses. Previous studies showed that the pathogenesis of the disease may include an immune-mediated component as the proliferative response of peripheral blood lymphocytes to staphylococcal antigen is depressed. The aim of our study was to evaluate cytokines concentration in the plasma of patients with recurrent furunculosis and to determine whether retinol affects the secretion of those cytokines in patients with recurrent furunculosis and healthy subjects...
July 20, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729862/rad51-interacts-with-non-structural-3-protein-of-hepatitis-c-virus-and-regulates-viral-production
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Kidong Son, Tram T T Nguyen, Jae-Woong Choi, Long V Pham, Trang T D Luong, Yun-Sook Lim, Soon B Hwang
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a leading cause of chronic liver disease affecting over 170 million people worldwide. Chronic infection with HCV progresses to liver fibrosis, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. HCV exploits host cellular factors for viral propagation. To investigate the cellular factors required for HCV propagation, we screened a siRNA library targeting human cell cycle genes using cell culture grown HCV-infected cells. In the present study, we selected and characterized a gene encoding Rad51...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729840/cardiac-subtype-specific-modeling-of-kv1-5-ion-channel-deficiency-using-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Maike Marczenke, Ilaria Piccini, Isabella Mengarelli, Jakob Fell, Albrecht Röpke, Guiscard Seebohm, Arie O Verkerk, Boris Greber
The ultrarapid delayed rectifier K(+) current (IKur), mediated by Kv1.5 channels, constitutes a key component of the atrial action potential. Functional mutations in the underlying KCNA5 gene have been shown to cause hereditary forms of atrial fibrillation (AF). Here, we combine targeted genetic engineering with cardiac subtype-specific differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) to explore the role of Kv1.5 in atrial hiPSC-cardiomyocytes. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutagenesis of integration-free hiPSCs was employed to generate a functional KCNA5 knockout...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729187/poor-employment-conditions-adversely-affect-mental-health-outcomes-among-surgical-trainees
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Jasmina Kevric, Nathan Papa, Marlon Perera, Prem Rashid, Sumeet Toshniwal
BACKGROUND: Poor mental health in junior clinicians is prevalent and may lead to poor productivity and significant medical errors. We aimed to provide contemporary data on the mental health of surgical trainees and identify risk factors relating to poorer mental health outcomes. METHODS: A detailed questionnaire was developed comprising questions based on the 36-item short-form health survey (SF-36) and Physical Activity Questionnaire. Each of the questionnaires has proven validity and reliability in the clinical context...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729000/airway-microbiota-signals-anabolic-and-catabolic-remodeling-in-the-transplanted-lung
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Stéphane Mouraux, Eric Bernasconi, Céline Pattaroni, Angela Koutsokera, John-David Aubert, Johanna Claustre, Christophe Pison, Pierre-Joseph Royer, Antoine Magnan, Romain Kessler, Christian Benden, Paola M Soccal, Benjamin J Marsland, Laurent P Nicod
BACKGROUND: Homeostatic turnover of the extracellular matrix conditions the structure and function of the healthy lung. In lung transplantation, long-term management remains limited by Chronic Lung Allograft Dysfunction (CLAD), an umbrella term used for a heterogeneous entity ultimately associated with pathological airway and/or parenchyma remodeling. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether the local cross-talk between the pulmonary microbiota and host cells is a key determinant in the control of lower airway remodeling post-transplantation...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727758/longevity-effect-of-a-polysaccharide-from-chlorophytum-borivilianum-on-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Steve Thomas Pannakal, Sibylle Jäger, Albert Duranton, Amit Tewari, Subarna Saha, Aneesha Radhakrishnan, Nita Roy, Jean François Kuntz, Soraya Fermas, Darryl James, Jane Mellor, Namita Misra, Lionel Breton
The traditional Indian medicine, Ayurveda, provides insights and practical solutions towards a healthy life style. Rasayana is a branch of Ayurveda known for preserving and promoting health, enhancing the quality of life and delaying the aging process. In the traditional knowledge, the Rasayana herb, Chlorophytum borivilianum (C. borivilanum) is regarded as a general health promoting tonic that delays aging and increases lifespan, cognitive function and physical strength. Aging is a complex and multifactorial physiological phenomenon that manifests itself over a wide range of biological systems, tissues, and functions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727410/exosomes-mediate-epithelium-mesenchyme-crosstalk-in-organ-development
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Nan Jiang, Lusai Xiang, Ling He, Guodong Yang, Jinxuan Zheng, Chenglin Wang, Yimei Zhang, Sainan Wang, Yue Zhou, Tzong-Jen Sheu, Jiaqian Wu, Kenian Chen, Paulo G Coelho, Nicky M Tovar, Shin Hye Kim, Mo Chen, Yan-Heng Zhou, Jeremy J Mao
Organ development requires complex signaling by cells in different tissues. Epithelium and mesenchyme interactions are crucial for the development of the skin, hair follicles, kidney, lungs, prostate, major glands and the teeth. Despite myriad literature on cell-cell interactions and ligand-receptor binding, the roles extracellular vesicles in epithelium-mesenchyme interactions during organogenesis are poorly understood. Here, we discovered that ~100 nm exosomes were secreted by the epithelium and mesenchyme of a developing tooth organ, and diffused through the basement membrane...
July 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726765/oleic-acid-uptake-reveals-the-rescued-enterocyte-phenotype-of-colon-cancer-caco-2-by-ht29-mtx-cells-in-co-culture-mode
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Emmanuelle Berger, Merian Nassra, Claude Atgié, Pascale Plaisancié, Alain Géloën
Gastrointestinal epithelium is the unique route for nutrients and for many pharmaceuticals to enter the body. The present study aimed to analyze precisely whether co-culture of two colon cancer cell lines, mucus-producing cells HT29-MTX and enterocyte-like Caco-2 cells, ameliorate differentiation into an in vitro intestinal barrier model and the signaling pathways involved. Differentiated Caco-2 cells gene datasets were compared first to intestinal or cancer phenotypes and second to signaling pathway gene datasets...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726757/characterization-of-essential-oil-composition-in-different-basil-species-and-pot-cultures-by-a-gc-ms-method
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Andrea Muráriková, Anton Ťažký, Jarmila Neugebauerová, Alexandra Planková, Josef Jampílek, Pavel Mučaji, Peter Mikuš
Basil (Ocimum L.) species are used as medicinal plants due to their essential oils exhibiting specific biological activity. The present work demonstrated that both the variety and season/conditions of cultivation had a significant effect on (i) the produced amount (extraction yield), (ii) qualitative, as well as (iii) quantitative profile of basil essential oil. Among studied basil varieties, a new variety, 'Mánes', was characterized for the first time. Based on our quantitative evaluation of GC-MS profiles, the following chemotypes and average concentrations of a main component were detected in the studied basil varieties: 'Ohře', 'Lettuce Leaf', 'Purple Opaal', 'Dark Green' (linalool, 5...
July 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726642/coordinated-transcriptional-control-of-adipocyte-triglyceride-lipase-atgl-by-transcription-factors-sp1-and-ppar%C3%AE-during-adipocyte-differentiation
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Debasish Roy, Kenneth T Farabaugh, Jing Wu, Alyssa Charrier, Cynthia Smas, Maria Hatzoglou, Kavitha Thirumurugan, David A Buchner
The breakdown of stored fat deposits into its components is a highly regulated process that maintains plasma levels of free fatty acids to supply energy to cells. Insulin-mediated transcription of Atgl, the enzyme that mediates the rate-limiting step in lipolysis, is a key point of this regulation. In conditions such as obesity or insulin resistance, Atgl transcription is often misregulated, which can contribute to overall disease progression. The mechanisms by which Atgl is induced during adipogenesis are not fully understood...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726187/best-practices-for-media-selection-for-mammalian-cells
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REVIEW
Paul J Price
Cell culture medium is a complex mixture of nutrients and growth factors that, along with the physical environment, can either help or destroy your experiment or production run. Nutritional requirements differ with different cell types and functions, as do optimal pH and osmolality. As cell growth proceeds, different cells will utilize amino acids and other components at different rates. By controlling for ammonia, free radicals, heavy metal toxicity, pH shifts, fluctuations in osmolality, nutrient depletion, and chemical and biological contaminants, you will optimize the chances of success...
July 19, 2017: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722601/rabies-in-myanmar-prevalent-preventable-but-not-prioritized
#18
Thet Thet Mu, Aye Aye Sein, Chit Soe, Nan Phyu Phyu Aung, Tint Tint Kyi, Josh Hanson
Despite the availability of proven measures to prevent the disease, rabies now kills more people in Myanmar than malaria. Although there are challenges in controlling rabies in such a large and culturally diverse country, Myanmar's successful National Malaria Control Program demonstrates what can be achieved with sufficient political, financial, and scientific commitment. Presently, however, Myanmar lacks a comparable program to coordinate the multifaceted approach that is necessary to control rabies. The national government has invested heavily in improving access to postexposure prophylaxis, but there should also be an emphasis on other, more cost-effective strategies, particularly mass canine vaccination, which has been an essential component of successful rabies elimination programs in other countries...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722176/comparative-study-of-submerged-and-surface-culture-acetification-process-for-orange-vinegar
#19
Cristina Cejudo-Bastante, Enrique Durán-Guerrero, Carmelo García-Barroso, Remedios Castro-Mejías
BACKGROUND: The two main acetification methodologies generally employed in the production of vinegar (surface and submerged cultures) were studied and compared for the production of orange vinegar. Polyphenols (UPLC/DAD) and volatiles compounds (SBSE-GC/MS) were considered as the main variables in the comparative study. Sensory characteristics of the obtained vinegars were also evaluated. RESULTS: Seventeen polyphenols and twenty four volatile compounds were determined in the samples during both acetification processes...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722156/chemometric-evaluation-of-hypericin-and-related-phytochemicals-in-17-in-vitro-cultured-hypericum-species-hairy-root-cultures-and-hairy-root-derived-transgenic-plants
#20
Katarína Nigutová, Souvik Kusari, Selahaddin Sezgin, Linda Petijová, Jana Henzelyová, Miroslava Bálintová, Michael Spiteller, Eva Čellárová
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to ascertain the presence and correlations among eight important secondary metabolites viz. hypericin, pseudohypericin, emodin, hyperforin, rutin, hyperoside, quercetin and quercitrin in different organs of 17 in vitro cultured Hypericum species, along with H. tomentosum and H. tetrapterum hairy root cultures, and hairy root-derived transgenic plants of H. tomentosum. METHODS: Samples were extracted and analysed by LC-MS...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
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