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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330122/production-purification-and-characterization-of-a-thermotolerant-alkaline-serine-protease-from-a-novel-species-bacillus-caseinilyticus
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Thirumala Mothe, Vishnuvardhan Reddy Sultanpuram
Alkaline proteases are important enzymes in many industrial applications, especially as additives in laundry detergent industry. Though there are a number of Bacillus species which are reported to be producing proteases, the efficiency of a protease produced by a novel strain has to be studied in comparison to the others. Hence, in this study, an alkaline serine protease produced by a novel species Bacillus caseinilyticus was purified and characterized for its possible usage in detergent industry. Ammonium sulphate, dialysis and DEAE column chromatographic methods were used for purification of the isolated alkaline protease...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329764/the-lung-is-a-site-of-platelet-biogenesis-and-a-reservoir-for-haematopoietic-progenitors
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Emma Lefrançais, Guadalupe Ortiz-Muñoz, Axelle Caudrillier, Beñat Mallavia, Fengchun Liu, David M Sayah, Emily E Thornton, Mark B Headley, Tovo David, Shaun R Coughlin, Matthew F Krummel, Andrew D Leavitt, Emmanuelle Passegué, Mark R Looney
Platelets are critical for haemostasis, thrombosis, and inflammatory responses, but the events that lead to mature platelet production remain incompletely understood. The bone marrow has been proposed to be a major site of platelet production, although there is indirect evidence that the lungs might also contribute to platelet biogenesis. Here, by directly imaging the lung microcirculation in mice, we show that a large number of megakaryocytes circulate through the lungs, where they dynamically release platelets...
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328962/the-blood-dna-virome-in-8-000-humans
#3
Ahmed Moustafa, Chao Xie, Ewen Kirkness, William Biggs, Emily Wong, Yaron Turpaz, Kenneth Bloom, Eric Delwart, Karen E Nelson, J Craig Venter, Amalio Telenti
The characterization of the blood virome is important for the safety of blood-derived transfusion products, and for the identification of emerging pathogens. We explored non-human sequence data from whole-genome sequencing of blood from 8,240 individuals, none of whom were ascertained for any infectious disease. Viral sequences were extracted from the pool of sequence reads that did not map to the human reference genome. Analyses sifted through close to 1 Petabyte of sequence data and performed 0.5 trillion similarity searches...
March 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328926/frequency-and-role-of-nkp46-and-nkg2a-in-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
#4
Teppei Yoshioka, Tomohide Tatsumi, Takuya Miyagi, Kaori Mukai, Kumiko Nishio, Akira Nishio, Yoshinobu Yokoyama, Takahiro Suda, Tadashi Kegasawa, Minoru Shigekawa, Hayato Hikita, Ryotaro Sakamori, Tetsuo Takehara
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Natural Killer (NK) cells are involved in the control of viral infection. However, the role of NK cells in chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remains unclear. This study investigated the frequencies and roles of NK cells in CHB, with a focus on activating receptor NKp46 and inhibitory receptor NKG2A. PATIENTS/METHOD: Peripheral blood lymphocytes were obtained from 71 CHB patients and 37 healthy subjects (HS). The expressions of NKp46 and NKG2A were analyzed using flow cytometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328867/astragaloside-iv-alleviates-lipopolysaccharide-induced-acute-kidney-injury-through-down-regulating-cytokines-ccr5-and-p-erk-and-elevating-anti-oxidative-ability
#5
Wei Zhou, Yi Chen, Xingyu Zhang
BACKGROUND Astragaloside IV (AS-IV) has been shown to prevent ischemia-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) in rat models of ischemia and reperfusion. However, the effects of AS-IV on AKI during sepsis and endotoxinemia is unclear. The current study aimed to investigate the effects and molecular mechanisms of AS-IV on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced AKI. MATERIAL AND METHODS Adult male CD-1 mice were randomly assigned into 6 groups (n=8/group): control group: mice were intraperitoneally (i.p.) injected with normal saline; LPS group (10 mg/kg, i...
March 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328857/ivc-filters-trends-in-placement-and-indications-a-study-of-2-populations
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Mahek Shah, Talal Alnabelsi, Shantanu Patil, Shilpa Reddy, Brijesh Patel, Marvin Lu, Aditya Chandorkar, Apostholos Perelas, Shilpkumar Arora, Nilay Patel, Larry Jacobs, Glenn G Eiger
Inferior vena cava filter (IVCF) placement appears to be expanding over time despite absence of clear directing evidence.Two populations were studied. The first population included patients who received an IVCF between January 2005 and August 2013 at our community hospital center. Demographic information, indications for placement, and retrieval rate was recorded among other variables. The second population comprised of patients receiving an IVCF from 2005 to 2012 according to the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) using ICD-9CM coding...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328685/whole-blood-transfusion-closest-to-the-point-of-injury-during-french-remote-military-operations
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Yann Daniel, Anne Sailliol, Thomas Pouget, Sébastien Peyrefitte, Sylvain Ausset, Christophe Martinaud
To improve the survival of combat casualties, interest in the earliest resort to whole blood (WB) transfusion on the battlefield has been emphasized. Providing volume, coagulation factors, plasma and oxygenation capacity, WB appears actually as an ideal product severe trauma management. WB can be collected in advance, and stored for subsequent utilization, or can be drawn, directly on the battlefield, once a soldier is wounded, from an uninjured companion and immediately transfused.Such concepts require a great control of risks at each step, especially regarding ABO mismatches, and transfusion transmitted diseases...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328614/a-newborn-with-familial-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-complicated-with-transfusion-associated-graft-versus-host-disease
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Ahmet Ozdemir, Tamer Gunes, Samuel C C Chiang, Ekrem Unal
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is characterized by activation of cytotoxic T and natural killer (NK) cells, and macrophages related to a spectrum of hyperinflammatory disorders. The clinical findings mainly include high fever, cytopenia, splenomegaly, phagocytosis, and proliferation of histiocytes in lymphoreticular tissue. To the best of our knowledge, transfusion-associated graft versus host disease (TA-GVHD) in a 13-day old male newborn with HLH is being reported first time in the literature. The aim of this report was to emphasize the importance of blood products irradiation in the prevention of the development of graft versus host disease especially among high-risk subjects such as newborns with HLH...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327819/cellular-immunodeficiency-related-to-chronic-dermatophytosis-in-a-patient-with-schistosoma-mansoni-infection-can-schistosomiasis-induce-immunodeficiency
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Maurício Domingues Ferreira, Anna Cristina Collaniere, Dalton Luís Bertolini, Noac Chuffi Barros, Dewton de Moraes Vasconcelos
Here, we describe a case of hepatosplenic schistosomiasis that progressed to widespread persistent dermatophytosis. Significant T and B lymphocytopenia was confirmed. T-cell deficit is associated with increased susceptibility to fungal infections of skin and mucous membranes. The accumulation of a large amount of blood cells in the spleen could have played a crucial role in the development of lymphocytopenia in the present case. Alternatively, the schistosomiasis-induced increase in prostaglandin E2 levels could have inhibited the production of interferon-γ, a cytokine fundamental to fungal resistance...
January 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327814/the-development-of-panstrongylus-herreri-under-fluctuating-environmental-conditions
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Edson Franzim, Maria Tays Mendes, Ana Carolina Borella Marfil Anhê, Afonso Pelli, Marcos Vinicius Silva, Virmondes Rodrigues, Helioswilton Sales-Campos, Carlo Jose Freire Oliveira
INTRODUCTION: Panstrongylus herreri is a main Chagas disease vector, and its success as a vector stems from its ability to establish domiciliated colonies; we aimed to explore its biology and reproduction. METHODS: The average amount of blood ingested and the time from the beginning of a blood meal to the production of feces were recorded. RESULTS: Females exhibited a higher blood ingestion rate than males, but similar defecation times and frequencies were observed...
January 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327605/ginsenoside-rb1-protects-against-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-myocardial-injury-via-energy-metabolism-regulation-mediated-by-rhoa-signaling-pathway
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Yuan-Chen Cui, Chun-Shui Pan, Li Yan, Lin Li, Bai-He Hu, Xin Chang, Yu-Ying Liu, Jing-Yu Fan, Kai Sun, Quan -Li, Jing-Yan Han
Cardiac ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) injury remains a challenge for clinicians. Ginsenoside Rb1 (Rb1) has been reported to have the ability to attenuate I/R injury, but its effect on energy metabolism during cardiac I/R and the underlying mechanism remain unknown. In this study, we detected the effect of Rb1 on rat myocardial blood flow, myocardial infarct size, cardiac function, velocity of venule red blood cell, myocardial structure and apoptosis, energy metabolism and change in RhoA signaling pathway during cardiac I/R injury...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327566/wholegrain-rye-but-not-wholegrain-wheat-lowers-body-weight-and-fat-mass-compared-with-refined-wheat-a-6-week-randomized-study
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J Suhr, S Vuholm, K N Iversen, R Landberg, M Kristensen
BACKGROUND: Observational studies suggest inverse associations between wholegrain intake and body weight gain. Only few controlled intervention studies have supported this association and few compare effects of different grain varieties. OBJECTIVE: To investigate how wholegrain wheat (WGW) and rye compared with refined wheat (RW) affect body weight and composition and appetite sensation. DESIGN: Seventy overweight/obese adults participated in this 6-week randomized parallel study, in which they replaced their habitual cereal foods with RW, WGW or wholegrain rye (WGR)...
March 22, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327410/mitochondria-control-acute-and-chronic-responses-to-hypoxia
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G S McElroy, N S Chandel
There are numerous mechanisms by which mammals respond to hypoxia. These include acute changes in pulmonary arterial tone due to smooth muscle cell contraction, acute increases in respiration triggered by the carotid body chemosensory cells, and chronic changes such as induction of red blood cell proliferation and angiogenesis by hypoxia inducible factor targets erythropoietin and vascular endothelial growth factor, respectively. Mitochondria account for the majority of oxygen consumption in the cell and have recently been appreciated to serve as signaling organelles required for the initiation or propagation of numerous homeostatic mechanisms...
March 19, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326680/the-effect-of-desmopressin-on-the-amount-of-bleeding-and-transfusion-requirements-in-patients-undergoing-heart-transplant-surgery
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Alireza Jahangirifard, Mohammad Reza Razavi, Zargham Hosein Ahmadi, Mohammad Forozeshfard
One of the most common risks after a heart transplant is bleeding. In this study, the effect of desmopressin administration on the amount of bleeding and transfusion requirements following heart transplant surgery was investigated. In a double-blind clinical trial, 48 patients who were candidates for heart transplant surgery were randomly assigned to two groups. In the intervention group, patients received desmopressin 0.3 μg/kg, 30 min. before surgery. Patients in the control group received normal saline at the same amount and time...
March 22, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326080/characterization-of-the-highly-prevalent-regulatory-cd24-hi-cd38-hi-b-cell-population-in-human-cord-blood
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Ana Esteve-Solé, Irene Teixidó, Angela Deyà-Martínez, Jordi Yagüe, Ana M Plaza-Martín, Manel Juan, Laia Alsina
The newborn's immune system must transition from a sterile haploidentical uterus to the world full of antigens. Regulatory B-cells (Breg; broadly defined as CD19(+)CD24(hi)CD38(hi)) are tolerance promoters in the adult immune system. They can inhibit IFN-γ and IL-17 production by T-cells and are essential in different conditions, including pregnancy. Breg have still not been well characterized in umbilical cord blood, where we hypothesize that they are pivotal in the achievement of tolerance. We studied CD19(+)CD24(hi)CD38(hi) Breg in healthy umbilical cord blood (hUCB) compared to healthy peripheral adult blood (hAPB)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325558/l-citrulline-ameliorates-cerebral-blood-flow-during-cortical-spreading-depression-in-rats-involvement-of-nitric-oxide-and-prostanoids-mediated-pathway
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Yuki Kurauchi, Koichi Mokudai, Asami Mori, Kenji Sakamoto, Tsutomu Nakahara, Masahiko Morita, Ayako Kamimura, Kunio Ishii
l-Citrulline is a potent precursor of l-arginine, and exerts beneficial effect on cardiovascular system via nitric oxide (NO) production. Migraine is one of the most popular neurovascular disorder, and imbalance of cerebral blood flow (CBF) observed in cortical spreading depression (CSD) contributes to the mechanism of migraine aura. Here, we investigated the effect of l-citrulline on cardiovascular changes to KCl-induced CSD. in rats. Intravenous injection of l-citrulline prevented the decrease in CBF, monitored by laser Doppler flowmetry, without affecting mean arterial pressure and heart rate during CSD...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325220/action-of-antibiotic-oxacillin-on-in%C3%A2-vitro-growth-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-previously-treated-with-homeopathic-medicines
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Tânia Aguiar Passeti, Leandro Ribeiro Bissoli, Ana Paula Macedo, Registila Beltrame Libame, Susana Diniz, Silvia Waisse
BACKGROUND: Resistance to antibiotics is a major public health concern worldwide. New treatment options are needed and homeopathy is one such option. We sought to assess the effect of the homeopathic medicine Belladonna (Bell) and a nosode (biotherapy) prepared from a multi-drug resistant bacterial species, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), on the same bacterium. METHODS: Bell and MRSA nosode were prepared in 6cH and 30cH potencies in 30% alcohol and sterile water, according to the Brazilian Homeopathic Pharmacopeia and tested on MRSA National Collection of Type Cultures (NCTC) 10442...
February 2017: Homeopathy: the Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324802/pelvic-exenteration-case-series-a-single-surgeon-s-experience-at-one-institution-in-trinidad-and-tobago
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Ravi Maharaj, Vandana Devika Sookdeo, Maurice Fortuné, Meenakshi Akhilesh, Chalapathi Rao Adidam Venkata, Wayne Mohammed, Dave Harnanan, Wayne A Warner
INTRODUCTION: Pelvic exenteration (PE) is an ultra-radical surgical procedure characterized by the en bloc resection of the pelvic organs. METHODS: In this case series, we report retrospectively on four patients who underwent PE in Trinidad and Tobago from 2012 to 2016. One male patient had rectal cancer while one each of three women had cervical, colon, or rectal cancer. RESULTS: Early postoperative complications (≤30days) occurred in all patients, while late complications (>30days) occurred in one patient (Grade 1 - Clavien-Dindo classification)...
March 7, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324271/anti-mullerian-hormone-concentrations-in-individual-follicular-fluids-within-one-stimulated-ivf-cycle-resemble-blood-serum-values
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Michael Schenk, Julia Maria Kröpfl, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Elisabeth Feldmeier, Gregor Weiss
PURPOSE: Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) is commonly known as the most potent marker for ovarian reserve due to its decline as female age increases. While serum AMH (sAMH) levels have been intensively investigated, there is less data regarding AMH concentrations in follicular fluid (FF), since FF has usually been designated as waste product during oocyte collection in assisted reproductive technologies. This pilot study investigated follicle AMH concentrations (fAMH) of several follicles per ovary, individually collected with the Steiner-Tan needle, and compared them to sAMH concentrations in women undergoing IVF treatment...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323879/mir-181b-regulates-vascular-stiffness-age-dependently-in-part-by-regulating-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Daijiro Hori, Brittany Dunkerly-Eyring, Yohei Nomura, Debjit Biswas, Jochen Steppan, Jorge Henao-Mejia, Hideo Adachi, Lakshmi Santhanam, Dan E Berkowitz, Charles Steenbergen, Richard A Flavell, Samarjit Das
BACKGROUND: Endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffening play major roles in cardiovascular diseases. The critical role for the miR-181 family in vascular inflammation has been documented. Here we tested whether the miR-181 family can influence the pathogenesis of hypertension and vascular stiffening. METHODS AND RESULTS: qPCR data showed a significant decrease in miR-181b expression in the aorta of the older mice. Eight miR-181a1/b1-/- mice and wild types (C57BL6J:WT) were followed weekly for pulse wave velocity (PWV) and blood pressure measurements...
2017: PloS One
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