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Zhaohui Qiu, Jie Peng, Lingli Mou, Xiao Li, Fanqi Meng, Peng Yu
Multidrug resistance (MDR) of tumors occurs when tumor cells exhibit reduced sensitivity to a large number of unrelated drugs. The molecular mechanism of MDR commonly involves overexpression of the plasma membrane drug efflux pump P-glycoprotein (P-gp). Overexpression of P-gp may be induced by the selection and/or adaptation of cells during exposure to chemotherapeutic drugs, referred to as acquired P-gp-mediated MDR. This study aimed to establish a P-gp quantification method by Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography and Tandem Mass Spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) to better understand the regulation of P-gp expression and its relationship with the level of drug resistance...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Yuri Ishiuchi, Hitoshi Sato, Narumi Komatsu, Hideo Kawaguchi, Takashi Matsuwaki, Keitaro Yamanouchi, Masugi Nishihara, Taku Nedachi
Skeletal muscle is an endocrine organ that secretes several proteins, which are collectively termed myokines. Although many studies suggest that exercise regulates myokine secretion, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear and all the exercise-dependent myokines have not yet been identified. Therefore, in this study, we attempted to identify novel exercise-dependent myokines by using our recently developed in vitro contractile model. Differentiated C2C12 myotubes were cultured with or without electrical pulse stimulation (EPS) for 24 h to induce cell contraction, and the myokines secreted in conditioned medium were analyzed using a cytokine array...
March 17, 2018: Cytokine
Yanyong Guo, Zhibin Li, Yao Wu, Chengcheng Xu
Bicyclists running the red light at crossing facilities increase the potential of colliding with motor vehicles. Exploring the contributing factors could improve the prediction of running red-light probability and develop countermeasures to reduce such behaviors. However, individuals could have unobserved heterogeneities in running a red light, which make the accurate prediction more challenging. Traditional models assume that factor parameters are fixed and cannot capture the varying impacts on red-light running behaviors...
March 17, 2018: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
Xiaowei Cong, Xijin Xu, Long Xu, Minghui Li, Cheng Xu, Qilin Qin, Xia Huo
Air pollution is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), and cardiovascular regulatory changes in childhood contribute to the development and progression of cardiovascular events at older ages. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of air pollutant exposure on the child sympatho-adrenomedullary (SAM) system, which plays a vital role in regulating and controlling the cardiovascular system. Two plasma biomarkers (plasma epinephrine and norepinephrine) of SAM activity and heart rate were measured in preschool children (n = 228) living in Guiyu, and native (n = 104) and non-native children (n = 91) living in a reference area (Haojiang) for >1 year...
March 17, 2018: Environment International
Laura Sanvicente-Añorve, Jorge Zavala-Hidalgo, Eugenia Allende-Arandía, Margarita Hermoso-Salazar
Most coral-associated decapod species have non-migratory adult populations and depend on their planktonic larvae for dispersal. This study examined the metapopulation structure of three decapod species with different pelagic larval duration (PLD) from twelve coral reef complexes of the Gulf of Mexico. The dispersion of larvae was analyzed through the use of a realistic numerical simulation of the Gulf of Mexico with the Hybrid Coordinate Ocean Model. To study the transport and dispersion of particles in near-surface waters, a particle-tracking subroutine was run using as input the currents from the model...
2018: PloS One
David Perez-Diaz-de-Cerio, Ángela Hernández-Solana, Antonio Valdovinos, Jose Luis Valenzuela
Timing points used in running races and other competition events are generally based on radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology. Athletes' times are calculated via passive RFID tags and reader kits. Specifically, the reader infrastructure needed is complex and requires the deployment of a mat or ramps which hide the receiver antennae under them. Moreover, with the employed tags, it is not possible to transmit additional and dynamic information such as pulse or oximetry monitoring, alarms, etc. In this paper we present a system based on two low complex schemes allowed in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE): the non-connectable undirected advertisement process and a modified version of scannable undirected advertisement process using the new capabilities present in Bluetooth 5...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Guilong Yan, Haitao Niu, Hua Zhou, Hongxia Wang, Hao Shao, Xueting Zhao, Tong Lin
Auxiliary fields have been used to enhance the performance of needle electrospinning. However, much less has been reported on how auxiliary fields affect needleless electrospinning. Herein, we report a novel needleless electrospinning technique that consists of an aerodynamic field and a second electric field. The second electric field is generated by setting two grounded inductive electrodes near the spinneret. The two auxiliary fields have to be applied simultaneously to ensure working of the electrospinning process...
March 20, 2018: Nanotechnology
Jill N Tirabassi, Lucianne Olewinski, Morteza Khodaee
BACKGROUND: Significant elevations of traditional biomarkers of liver injury can occur as a result of running an ultramarathon. HYPOTHESIS: Traditional serum biomarker levels of liver injury will significantly increase as the result of participating in this 161-km race at altitude. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cross-sectional study. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level 3. METHODS: A total of 64 (before) and 83 (after) volunteer runners participated in a prospective observational field-based study at the Leadville 100 ultramarathon race...
March 1, 2018: Sports Health
Shih-Liang Hsi, Peter Surman, Raida Al-Kassas
A highly sensitive and rapid stability indicating Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatographic (UPLC) method was developed for the quantification and identification of isotretinoin in bulk. Chromatographic separation was developed using a gradient elution in a reversed-phase system at flow rate of 0.5 ml/min with 12 minutes run time. The mobile phase was a gradient mixture of mobile phase A (contained a 30:70:0.5 mixture solution of methanol/Purified water/Glacial Acetic Acid) and mobile phase B (contained a 70:25:4...
March 20, 2018: Pharmaceutical Development and Technology
Jonathan Lichtenberger, Kathryn M Meurs, Etienne Côté
Cardiac arrhythmias often are transient and might not be detected using conventional electrocardiographic (ECG) techniques. The adhesive patch monitor (APM) is a single-lead, lightweight, up to 14-day continuous ambulatory ECG monitor. This study aimed to prospectively assess its usability in four boxer dogs considered either to be healthy or to have arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. Optimal recording was obtained by placing the APM on the left side of the animal's thorax, at the fifth intercostal space, slightly dorsal to the costochondral junction, and oriented either vertically or parallel to the long axis of the heart...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Boris F Prahl, Markus Boettle, Luís Costa, Jürgen P Kropp, Diego Rybski
The economic assessment of the impacts of storm surges and sea-level rise in coastal cities requires high-level information on the damage and protection costs associated with varying flood heights. We provide a systematically and consistently calculated dataset of macroscale damage and protection cost curves for the 600 largest European coastal cities opening the perspective for a wide range of applications. Offering the first comprehensive dataset to include the costs of dike protection, we provide the underpinning information to run comparative assessments of costs and benefits of coastal adaptation...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Data
Talia Serseg, Khedidja Benarous
Side effects of some drugs may be useful in certain cases. In this work, we studied the inhibitory effects of some medications as: Folic Acid which is taken by pregnant women, Colchicine and Febuxostat which is used as treatment of gout disease. These cases are linked to obesity, where women (BMI ≥ 30) have twice higher odds of having an NTD-affected pregnancy than the normal weight women, and the Gout disease frequently occurs in combination of a Metabolic syndrome. The risk of gout increases with the increase of the mass index...
March 18, 2018: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
Abir Goswami, Susnata Pramanik, Michael Schmittel
A catalytically active three-component nanorotor is reversibly self-assembled and disassembled by remote control. When zinc(ii) ions (2 equiv.) are added as an external chemical trigger to the mixture of transmitter [Cu(1)]+ and pre-rotor assembly [(S)·(R)], two equiv. of copper(i) ions translocate from [Cu(1)]+ to the two phenanthroline sites of [(S)·(R)]. As a result, [Zn(1)]2+ forms along with the three-component assembly [Cu2(S)(R)]2+, which is both a nanorotor (k298 = 46 kHz, ΔH‡ = 49.1 ± 0.4 kJ mol-1, ΔS‡ = 9...
March 20, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
María Lovato, José Real Buffelli, Mariana Abrile, Carlos Martín
The application of conventional physicochemical and microbiological techniques for the removal of organic pollutants has limitations for its utilization on wastewaters as landfill leachates because of their high concentration of not easily biodegradable organic compounds. The use of ozone-based technologies is an alternative and complementary treatment for this type of wastewaters. This paper reports the study of the degradation of landfill leachates from different stages of a treatment plant using ozone and ozone + UV...
March 19, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Dunia E Santiago, Luisa M Pastrana-Martínez, Elisenda Pulido-Melián, Javier Araña, Joaquim L Faria, Adrián M T Silva, Óscar González-Díaz, José M Doña-Rodríguez
Magnetite (Fe3 O4 ), a core-shell material (SiO2 @Fe3 O4 ), and reduced graphene oxide-Fe3 O4 (referred as rGO-MN) were used as supports of a specific highly active TiO2 photocatalyst. Thermal treatments at 200 or 450 °C, different atmospheres (air or N2 ), and TiO2 :support weight ratios (1.0, 1.5, or 2.0) were investigated. X-ray diffractograms revealed that magnetite is not oxidized to hematite when the core-shell SiO2 @Fe3 O4 material-or a N2 atmosphere (instead of air) in the thermal treatment-was employed to prepare the TiO2 -based catalysts (the magnetic properties being preserved)...
March 2, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Hsiao-Ling Chen, Tun-Chieh Chen, Hsiu-Mei Chang, Yung-Shun Juan, Wei-Hsuan Huang, Hung-Fang Pan, Yong-Chieh Chang, Chiou-Mei Wu, Ya-Ling Wang, Hsiang Ying Lee
PURPOSE: Mirabegron, a β3-adrenoceptor agonist, was approved for overactive bladder (OAB), but worsened hypertension was a potential risk based on its mechanism of action. Besides, head to head comparisons were limited between mirabegron and antimuscarinic agents, the prior first-line pharmacotherapy of OAB. In this regard, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to compare their efficacy as well as safety, especially in blood pressure changes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Literature search was conducted in PubMed, Medline and seven randomized clinical trial (RCT) register databases of WHO, EU, USA, Taiwan, China, Japan and Cochrane...
March 19, 2018: World Journal of Urology
Masayuki Ishii, Atsushi Shimizu, Alan Kawarai Lefor, Yujirou Kokado, Hideaki Nishigori, Yasuko Noda
PURPOSE: The term "lateral rectal ligament" in surgery for rectal cancer has caused confusion regarding its true existence and contents. In previous studies, investigators claimed the existence of the ligament and described its topographical features as neurovascular structures and their surrounding connective tissues located at the anterolateral aspect of the distal rectum or the posterolateral aspect of the middle rectum. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the structure of the so-called "lateral rectal ligament" in cadaver dissections...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Colorectal Disease
Muna Al-Asfi, Dennis McNevin, Bhavik Mehta, Daniel Power, Michelle E Gahan, Runa Daniel
AbstractThe ability to provide accurate DNA-based forensic intelligence requires analysis of multiple DNA markers to predict the biogeographical ancestry (BGA) and externally visible characteristics (EVCs) of the donor of biological evidence. Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) enables the analysis of hundreds of DNA markers in multiple samples simultaneously, increasing the value of the intelligence provided to forensic investigators while reducing the depletion of evidential material resulting from multiple analyses...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
Carlos Pomares-Noguera, Francisco Ayala, Francisco Javier Robles-Palazón, Juan F Alomoto-Burneo, Alejandro López-Valenciano, José L L Elvira, Sergio Hernández-Sánchez, Mark De Ste Croix
Objective: To analyze the training effects of the FIFA 11+ kids on several parameters of physical performance in male youth football players. Materials and methods: Twenty-three youth players were randomized within each team into two groups (control vs. intervention). The intervention group performed the FIFA 11+ kids programme 2 times a week for 4 weeks; the control groups completed their normal warm-up routines. Thirteen physical performance measures {range of motion (hip, knee, and ankle joints), dynamic postural control (measured throughout the Y balance test), 20 m sprint time, slalom dribble with a ball, agility, vertical jumping height [counter movement jump (CMJ) and drop jump (DJ)], horizontal jump distance, accuracy when volleying a ball [measured throughout the Wall Volley test]} were assessed...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Ruth M A Napper
The advantages of using design-based stereology in the collection of quantitative data, have been highlighted, in numerous publications, since the description of the disector method by Sterio (1984). This review article discusses the importance of total number derived with the disector method, as a key variable that must continue to be used to understand the rodent brain and that such data can be used to develop quantitative networks of the brain. The review article will highlight the huge impact total number has had on our understanding of the rodent brain and it will suggest that neuroscientists need to be aware of the increasing number of studies where density, not total number, is the quantitative measure used...
2018: Frontiers in Neuroanatomy
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