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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352707/prenatal-exposure-to-lead-in-france-cord-blood-levels-and-associated-factors-results-from-the-perinatal-component-of-the-french-longitudinal-study-since-childhood-elfe
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Abdessattar Saoudi, Clémentine Dereumeaux, Sarah Goria, Bénédicte Berat, Serge Brunel, Marie Pecheux, Perrine de Crouy-Chanel, Abdelkrim Zeghnoun, Loïc Rambaud, Vérène Wagner, Alain le Tertre, Clémence Fillol, Stéphanie Vandentorren, Laurence Guldner
BACKGROUND: As a result of the ban on lead in gasoline on 2nd January 2000, the French population's exposure to lead has decreased in recent years. However, because of the acknowledged harmful cognitive effects of lead even at low levels, lead exposure remains a major public health issue. In France, few biomonitoring data are available for exposure to lead in pregnant women and newborn. The purpose of the perinatal component of the French human biomonitoring (HBM) program was to describe levels of various biomarkers of exposure to several environmental pollutants, including lead, among mother-baby pairs...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352640/recent-advancements-in-bioremediation-of-dye-current-status-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Kumar Vikrant, Balendu Shekhar Giri, Nadeem Raza, Kangkan Roy, Ki-Hyun Kim, Birendra Nath Rai, Ram Sharan Singh
The rampant industrialization and unchecked growth of modern textile production facilities coupled with the lack of proper treatment facilities have proliferated the discharge of effluents enriched with toxic, baleful, and carcinogenic pollutants including dyes, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, odorants, and other hazardous materials. Therefore, the development of cost-effective and efficient control measures against such pollution is imperative to safeguard ecosystems and natural resources. In this regard, recent advances in biotechnology and microbiology have propelled bioremediation as a prospective alternative to traditional treatment methods...
January 8, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352540/insight-in-schizophrenia-spectrum-disorders-relationship-with-behavior-mood-and-perceived-quality-of-life-underlying-causes-and-emerging-treatments
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Paul H Lysaker, Michelle L Pattison, Bethany L Leonhardt, Scott Phelps, Jenifer L Vohs
Poor insight in schizophrenia is prevalent across cultures and phases of illness. In this review, we examine the recent research on the relationship of insight with behavior, mood and perceived quality of life, on its complex roots, and on the effects of existing and emerging treatments. This research indicates that poor insight predicts poorer treatment adherence and therapeutic alliance, higher symptom severity and more impaired community function, while good insight predicts a higher frequency of depression and demoralization, especially when coupled with stigma and social disadvantage...
February 2018: World Psychiatry: Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352525/an-mrm-based-cytokeratin-marker-assay-as-a-tool-for-cancer-studies-application-to-lung-cancer-pleural-effusions
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Anna Perzanowska, Agnieszka Fatalska, Grzegorz Wojtas, Andrzej Lewandowicz, Agata Michalak, Grzegorz Krasowski, Christoph H Borchers, Michal Dadlez, Dominik Domanski
PURPOSE: The goal of this work was to develop an LC-MRM assay for the quantitative analysis of a set of established and diagnostically important cytokeratin (CK) markers used in cancer diagnosis, prognosis and therapy monitoring. Secondly, the potential of this assay in lung cancer diagnosis through pleural effusion (PE) analysis was examined. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: A multiplexed MRM assay was developed for 17 CKs and their select caspase-cleaved fragments. Isotope-labeled standard peptides were used for high assay specificity and absolute peptide quantitation; with robust standard-flow LC coupled to a latest-generation triple-quadrupole instrument for high sensitivity...
January 19, 2018: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352468/developmental-plasticity-of-gabaergic-neurotransmission-to-brainstem-motoneurons
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Lila Buls Wollman, Richard B Levine, Ralph F Fregosi
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) signalling regulates neuronal differentiation and synaptogenesis. Here we test the hypothesis that developmental nicotine exposure (DNE) disrupts the development of GABAergic synaptic transmission to hypoglossal motoneurons (XIIMNs). GABAergic spontaneous and miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents (sIPSC/mIPSC) were recorded from XIIMNs in brainstem slices from control and DNE rat pups of either sex, 1-5 days old, at baseline and following acute stimulation of nAChRs with nicotine...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352367/continuous-manufacturing-of-co-crystals-challenges-and-prospects
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REVIEW
Rahul B Chavan, Rajesh Thipparaboina, Balvant Yadav, Nalini R Shastri
The last decade has witnessed extensive growth in the field of co-crystallization for mitigating the solubility and dissolution-related issues of poorly soluble drugs. This is largely because co-crystals can modify the physicochemical properties of drugs without any covalent modification in the drug molecules. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now considers drug products that are designed to contain a new co-crystal, analogous to new polymorph of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API). This positive change in regulatory perspective coupled with successful commercialization of valsartan-sacubitril co-crystal (Entresto, Novartis) has now brought co-crystals into focus, in both industries as well as academia...
January 19, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352322/qportal-a-platform-for-data-driven-biomedical-research
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Christopher Mohr, Andreas Friedrich, David Wojnar, Erhan Kenar, Aydin Can Polatkan, Marius Cosmin Codrea, Stefan Czemmel, Oliver Kohlbacher, Sven Nahnsen
Modern biomedical research aims at drawing biological conclusions from large, highly complex biological datasets. It has become common practice to make extensive use of high-throughput technologies that produce big amounts of heterogeneous data. In addition to the ever-improving accuracy, methods are getting faster and cheaper, resulting in a steadily increasing need for scalable data management and easily accessible means of analysis. We present qPortal, a platform providing users with an intuitive way to manage and analyze quantitative biological data...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352292/rna-seq-of-kaposi-s-sarcoma-reveals-alterations-in-glucose-and-lipid-metabolism
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For Yue Tso, Andrew V Kossenkov, Salum J Lidenge, Owen Ngalamika, John R Ngowi, Julius Mwaiselage, Jayamanna Wickramasinghe, Eun Hee Kwon, John T West, Paul M Lieberman, Charles Wood
Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) is the etiologic agent of Kaposi's sarcoma (KS). It is endemic in a number of sub-Saharan African countries with infection rate of >50%. The high prevalence of HIV-1 coupled with late presentation of advanced cancer staging make KS the leading cancer in the region with poor prognosis and high mortality. Disease markers and cellular functions associated with KS tumorigenesis remain ill-defined. Several studies have attempted to investigate changes of the gene profile with in vitro infection of monoculture models, which are not likely to reflect the cellular complexity of the in vivo lesion environment...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352256/time-management-in-a-co-housed-social-rodent-species-arvicanthis-niloticus
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Alexandra Castillo-Ruiz, Premananda Indic, William J Schwartz
Sociality has beneficial effects on fitness, and timing the activities of animals may be critical. Social cues could influence daily rhythmic activities via direct effects on the circadian clock or on processes that bypass it (masking), but these possibilities remain incompletely addressed. We investigated the effects of social cues on the circadian body temperature (Tb) rhythms in pairs of co-housed and isolated grass rats, Arvicanthis niloticus (a social species), in constant darkness (DD). Cohabitation did not induce synchronization of circadian Tb rhythms...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352239/elucidating-the-mechanism-of-the-considerable-mechanical-stiffening-of-dna-induced-by-the-couple-zn2-calix-4-arene-1-3-o-diphosphorous-acid
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Yannick Tauran, Mehmet C Tarhan, Laurent Mollet, Jean Baptiste Gerves, Momoko Kumemura, Laurent Jalabert, Nicolas Lafitte, Ikjoo Byun, Beomjoon Kim, Hiroyuki Fujita, Dominique Collard, Florent Perret, Mickael Desbrosses, Didier Leonard, Christelle Goutaudier, Anthony W Coleman
The couple Calix[4]arene-1,3-O-diphosphorous acid (C4diP) and zinc ions (Zn2+) acts as a synergistic DNA binder. Silicon NanoTweezer (SNT) measurements show an increase in the mechanical stiffness of DNA bundles by a factor of >150, at Zn2+ to C4diP ratios above 8, as compared to Zinc alone whereas C4diP alone decreases the stiffness of DNA. Electroanalytical measurements using 3D printed devices demonstrate a progression of events in the assembly of C4diP on DNA promoted by zinc ions. A mechanism at the molecular level can be deduced in which C4diP initially coordinates to DNA by phosphate-phosphate hydrogen bonds or in the presence of Zn2+ by Zn2+ bridging coordination of the phosphate groups...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352185/genetic-fingerprinting-of-salmon-louse-lepeophtheirus-salmonis-populations-in-the-north-east-atlantic-using-a-random-forest-classification-approach
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A Jacobs, M De Noia, K Praebel, Ø Kanstad-Hanssen, M Paterno, D Jackson, P McGinnity, A Sturm, K R Elmer, M S Llewellyn
Caligid sea lice represent a significant threat to salmonid aquaculture worldwide. Population genetic analyses have consistently shown minimal population genetic structure in North Atlantic Lepeophtheirus salmonis, frustrating efforts to track louse populations and improve targeted control measures. The aim of this study was to test the power of reduced representation library sequencing (IIb-RAD sequencing) coupled with random forest machine learning algorithms to define markers for fine-scale discrimination of louse populations...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352161/the-action-of-a-negative-allosteric-modulator-at-the-dopamine-d2-receptor-is-dependent-upon-sodium-ions
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Christopher J Draper-Joyce, Ravi Kumar Verma, Mayako Michino, Jeremy Shonberg, Anitha Kopinathan, Carmen Klein Herenbrink, Peter J Scammells, Ben Capuano, Ara M Abramyan, David M Thal, Jonathan A Javitch, Arthur Christopoulos, Lei Shi, J Robert Lane
Sodium ions (Na+) allosterically modulate the binding of orthosteric agonists and antagonists to many class A G protein-coupled receptors, including the dopamine D2 receptor (D2R). Experimental and computational evidences have revealed that this effect is mediated by the binding of Na+ to a conserved site located beneath the orthosteric binding site (OBS). SB269652 acts as a negative allosteric modulator (NAM) of the D2R that adopts an extended bitopic pose, in which the tetrahydroisoquinoline moiety interacts with the OBS and the indole-2-carboxamide moiety occupies a secondary binding pocket (SBP)...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352153/biology-culture-co-evolution-in-finite-populations
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Bart de Boer, Bill Thompson
Language is the result of two concurrent evolutionary processes: biological and cultural inheritance. An influential evolutionary hypothesis known as the moving target problem implies inherent limitations on the interactions between our two inheritance streams that result from a difference in pace: the speed of cultural evolution is thought to rule out cognitive adaptation to culturally evolving aspects of language. We examine this hypothesis formally by casting it as as a problem of adaptation in time-varying environments...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352116/the-chemical-fluctuation-theorem-governing-gene-expression
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Seong Jun Park, Sanggeun Song, Gil-Suk Yang, Philip M Kim, Sangwoon Yoon, Ji-Hyun Kim, Jaeyoung Sung
Gene expression is a complex stochastic process composed of numerous enzymatic reactions with rates coupled to hidden cell-state variables. Despite advances in single-cell technologies, the lack of a theory accurately describing the gene expression process has restricted a robust, quantitative understanding of gene expression variability among cells. Here we present the Chemical Fluctuation Theorem (CFT), providing an accurate relationship between the environment-coupled chemical dynamics of gene expression and gene expression variability...
January 19, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352110/melatonin-inhibits-apoptotic-cell-death-induced-by-vibrio-vulnificus-vvha-via-melatonin-receptor-2-coupling-with-ncf-1
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Sei-Jung Lee, Hyun Jik Lee, Young Hyun Jung, Jun Sung Kim, Sang Ho Choi, Ho Jae Han
Melatonin, an endogenous hormone molecule, has a variety of biological functions, but a functional role of melatonin in the infection of Gram-negative bacterium Vibrio vulnificus has yet to be described. In this study, we investigated the molecular mechanism of melatonin in the apoptosis of human intestinal epithelial (HCT116) cells induced by the hemolysin (VvhA) produced by V. vulnificus. Melatonin (1 μM) significantly inhibited apoptosis induced by the recombinant protein (r) VvhA, which had been inhibited by the knockdown of MT2...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352087/subtype-specific-selection-for-resistance-to-fluoroquinolones-but-not-to-tetracyclines-occurs-in-campylobacter-jejuni-from-beef-cattle-in-confined-feeding-operations-in-southern-alberta-canada
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Andrew L Webb, L Brent Selinger, Eduardo N Taboada, G Douglas Inglis
Campylobacter jejuni was longitudinally isolated from beef cattle housed in four confined feeding operations (CFOs) in southern Alberta over 18 months. All of the cattle were administered a variety of antimicrobial agents (AMAs) non-therapeutically and metaphylactically during their time in the CFOs. In total, 7966 C. jejuni isolates were recovered from cattle. More animals were colonized by the bacterium after >60 days in the CFO (i.e. interim) compared to individuals upon entry at the CFO (i.e. arrival)...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352041/stress-signaling-jnk2-crosstalk-with-camkii-underlies-enhanced-atrial-arrhythmogenesis
#17
Jiajie Yan, Weiwei Zhao, Justin K Thomson, Xianlong Gao, Dominic M DeMarco, Elena Carrillo, Biyi Chen, Xiaomin Wu, Kenneth S Ginsburg, Mamdouh Bakhos, Donald M Bers, Mark E Anderson, Long-Sheng Song, Michael Fill, Xun Ai
Rationale: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia and advanced age is an inevitable and predominant AF risk factor. However, the mechanisms that couple aging and AF propensity remain unclear, making targeted therapeutic interventions unattainable. Objective: To explore the functional role of an important stress-response c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) in sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca2+ handling and consequently Ca2+-mediated atrial arrhythmias. Methods and Results: We employed a series of cutting-edge electrophysiological and molecular techniques, exploited the power of transgenic mouse models to detail the molecular mechanism, and verified its clinical applicability in parallel studies on donor human hearts...
January 19, 2018: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351996/altered-chemomechanical-coupling-causes-impaired-motility-of-the-kinesin-4-motors-kif27-and-kif7
#18
Yang Yue, T Lynne Blasius, Stephanie Zhang, Shashank Jariwala, Benjamin Walker, Barry J Grant, Jared C Cochran, Kristen J Verhey
Kinesin-4 motors play important roles in cell division, microtubule organization, and signaling. Understanding how motors perform their functions requires an understanding of their mechanochemical and motility properties. We demonstrate that KIF27 can influence microtubule dynamics, suggesting a conserved function in microtubule organization across the kinesin-4 family. However, kinesin-4 motors display dramatically different motility characteristics: KIF4 and KIF21 motors are fast and processive, KIF7 and its Drosophila melanogaster homologue Costal2 (Cos2) are immotile, and KIF27 is slow and processive...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351871/systemic-signaling-in-response-to-wounding-and-pathogens
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REVIEW
Richard Hilleary, Simon Gilroy
Plants possess systemic signaling networks that allow the perception of local stresses to be translated into plant-wide responses. Although information can be propagated via a variety of molecules such as hormones and RNAs moving within the bulk flow of the phloem or in the transpiration stream, the vasculature also appears to be a major pathway whereby extremely rapid signals move bi-directionally throughout the plant. In these cases, the movement mechanisms are not dependent on redistribution through bulk flow...
January 16, 2018: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351858/determination-of-semicarbazide-in-fish-by-molecularly-imprinted-stir-bar-sorptive-extraction-coupled-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography
#20
Tang Tang, Fangdi Wei, Xu Wang, Yujie Ma, Yueyue Song, Yunsu Ma, Quan Song, Guanhong Xu, Yao Cen, Qin Hu
A novel molecularly imprinted stir bar (MI-SB) for sorptive extraction of semicarbazide (SEM) was prepared in present paper. The coating of the stir bar was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, dynamic adsorption and static adsorption tests. The saturated adsorption of MI-SB was about 4 times over that of non-imprinted stir bar (NI-SB). The selectivity of MI-SB for SEM was much better than NI-SB. A method to determine SEM was established by coupling MI-SB sorptive extraction with HPLC-UV...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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