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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679951/surgical-site-infection-rate-after-hemilaminectomy-and-laminectomy-in-dogs-without-perioperative-antibiotic-therapy
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Barbara A R Dyall, Hugo G Schmökel
OBJECTIVE:  The aim of this study was to retrospectively review the surgical site infection (SSI) rate in dogs undergoing laminectomies without perioperative antibiotics, and compare those data with the expected infection rate for clean surgical wounds in dogs undergoing similar procedures. METHODS:  This was a retrospective single-centre study composed of dogs that underwent hemilaminectomies or laminectomies for thoracolumbar disc herniation or lumbosacral disease during a 2-year period (during 2015 and 2016)...
April 21, 2018: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology: V.C.O.T
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679947/tissue-factor-coagulant-activity-is-regulated-by-the-plasma-membrane-microenvironment
#2
Yuanjie Yu, Anita N Böing, Chi M Hau, Najat Hajji, Wolfram Ruf, Auguste Sturk, Rienk Nieuwland
BACKGROUND:  Tissue factor (TF) can be present in a non-coagulant and coagulant form. Whether the coagulant activity is affected by the plasma membrane microenvironment is unexplored. OBJECTIVE:  This article studies the presence and coagulant activity of human TF in plasma membrane micro-domains. METHODS:  Plasma membranes were isolated from human MIA PaCa2 cells, MDA-MB-231 cells and human vascular smooth muscle cells by Percoll gradient ultracentrifugation after cell disruption...
April 21, 2018: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679946/extensive-depolarization-and-lack-of-recovery-of-leech-retzius-neurons-caused-by-2-4-diaminobutyric-acid
#3
S Spasic, M Stanojevic, J Nesovic Ostojic, S Kovacevic, M Prostran, S Lopicic
In this paper we present, for the first time, a detailed account of electrophysiological effects of 2,4-diaminobutyric acid (2,4-DABA). 2,4-DABA is a neurotoxic non-protein amino acid produced by Cyanobacteria with a possible link to neurodegenerative disorders in animals and humans. Intracellular recordings were performed on Retzius nerve cells of the leech Haemopis sanguisuga using glass microelectrodes filled with 3 mol/L KCl. Our results show that 2,4-DABA is an excitatory amino acid, causing membrane depolarization in a concentration-dependent manner...
March 31, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679944/epigallocatechin-3-gallate-attenuates-microcystin-lr-induced-apoptosis-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-through-activation-of-the-nrf2-ho-1-pathway
#4
Jun Shi, Min Zhang, Libin Zhang, Huipin Deng
Our previous study showed that the tea extract, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), protects against microcystin-LR (MC-LR) -mediated apoptosis of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs); however, the mechanism underlying MC-LR-induced HUVEC apoptosis remains incompletely understood. In this study, we investigated whether the nuclear factor erythroid-like 2 (NRF2)/heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) pathway, which regulates antioxidant transcriptional regulation of oxidative stress and apoptosis, is involved in this process...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679943/photocatalytic-decomposition-of-selected-biologically-active-compounds-in-environmental-waters-using-tio-2-polyaniline-nanocomposites-kinetics-toxicity-and-intermediates-assessment
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Daniela V Šojić Merkulov, Vesna N Despotović, Nemanja D Banić, Sanja J Armaković, Nina L Finčur, Marina J Lazarević, Dragana D Četojević-Simin, Dejan Z Orčić, Marija B Radoičić, Zoran V Šaponjić, Mirjana I Čomor, Biljana F Abramović
A comprehensive study of the removal of selected biologically active compounds (pharmaceuticals and pesticides) from different water types was conducted using bare TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 /polyaniline (TP-50, TP-100, and TP-150) nanocomposite powders. In order to investigate how molecular structure of the substrate influences the rate of its removal, we compared degradation efficiency of the initial substrates and degree of mineralization for the active components of pharmaceuticals (propranolol, and amitriptyline) and pesticides (sulcotrione, and clomazone) in double distilled (DDW) and environmental waters...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679917/possible-impacts-of-sea-level-rise-on-disease-transmission-and-potential-adaptation-strategies-a-review
#6
REVIEW
Ana C Dvorak, Helena M Solo-Gabriele, Andrea Galletti, Bernardo Benzecry, Hannah Malone, Vicki Boguszewski, Jason Bird
Sea levels are projected to rise in response to climate change, causing the intrusion of sea water into land. In flat coastal regions, this would generate an increase in shallow water covered areas with limited circulation. This scenario raises a concern about the consequences it could have on human health, specifically the possible impacts on disease transmission. In this review paper we identified three categories of diseases which are associated with water and whose transmission can be affected by sea level rise...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679901/replacement-of-arg-with-nle-and-modified-d-phe-in-the-core-sequence-of-mshs-ac-his-d-phe-arg-trp-nh-2-leads-to-hmc1r-selectivity-and-pigmentation
#7
Saghar Mowlazadeh Haghighi, Yang Zhou, Jixun Dai, Jonathon R Sawyer, Victor J Hruby, Minying Cai
Melanoma skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer in the US [1]. A great need exists for improved formulations and mechanisms to prevent and protect human skin from cancers and other skin damage caused by sunlight exposure. Current efforts to prevent UV damage to human skin, which in many cases leads to melanoma and other skin cancers. The primordial melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) is involved in regulating skin pigmentation and hair color, which is a natural prevention from UV damage. The endogenous melanocortin agonists induce pigmentation and share a core pharmacophore sequence "His-Phe-Arg-Trp", and it was found that substitution of the Phe by D-Phe results in increasing melanocortin receptor potency...
April 11, 2018: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679893/identification-of-homocysteine-suppressive-mitochondrial-etc-complex-genes-and-tissue-expression-profile-novel-hypothesis-establishment
#8
Ramon Cueto, Lixiao Zhang, Hui Min Shan, Xiao Huang, Xinyuan Li, Ya-Feng Li, Jahaira Lopez, William Y Yang, Muriel Lavallee, Catherine Yu, Yong Ji, Xiaofeng Yang, Hong Wang
Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) which has been implicated in matochondrial (Mt) function impairment. In this study, we characterized Hcy metabolism in mouse tissues by using LC-ESI-MS/MS analysis, established tissue expression profiles for 84 nuclear-encoded Mt electron transport chain complex (nMt-ETC-Com) genes in 20 human and 19 mouse tissues by database mining, and modeled the effect of HHcy on Mt-ETC function. Hcy levels were high in mouse kidney/lung/spleen/liver (24-14 nmol/g tissue) but low in brain/heart (~5 nmol/g)...
April 4, 2018: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679872/maize-productivity-heavy-metals-uptake-and-their-availability-in-contaminated-clay-and-sandy-alkaline-soils-as-affected-by-inorganic-and-organic-amendments
#9
Mahmoud F Seleiman, Ahmed M S Kheir
Contamination of arid and semi-arid ecosystems by toxic heavy metals is a serious concern due to its impact on growth and productivity of crop and health risk through food chain. Therefore, the aims of this investigation were to study the impact of inorganic (i.e. nano hydroxyapatite, NHA and polyacrylamide, PAM) and organic (i.e. sugar beet factory lime, SBFL and biochar, BI) soil amendments on maize productivity grown in contaminated silty clay (i.e. fluvial, lacustrine) and sandy (i.e. marine) alkaline soils...
April 15, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679871/groundwater-chemistry-and-human-health-risk-assessment-in-the-mining-region-of-east-singhbhum-jharkhand-india
#10
Umesh Kumar Singh, A L Ramanathan, V Subramanian
Groundwater chemistry of mining region of East Singhbhum district having complex contaminant sources were investigated based on heavy metals loads and other hydrochemical constituents. This study aimed to identify the degree of heavy metals exposure and their potential health risk to local population. The results of hydrochemical analysis showed that Na+ , K+ , and Ca2+ ions are the dominant cations in the groundwater, while HCO3 - , F- and Cl- ions dominate the anionic part of the groundwater. The weathering process was considered the dominant factor to determine the major ionic composition in the study area...
April 13, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679865/generation-and-characterization-of-hagfish-variable-lymphocyte-receptor-b-against-glycoprotein-of-viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-virus-vhsv
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Jung Seok Lee, Jaesung Kim, Se Pyeong Im, Si Won Kim, Jassy Mary S Lazarte, Jae Wook Jung, Tae Won Gong, Young Rim Kim, Jeong Ho Lee, Hyoung Jun Kim, Tae Sung Jung
Variable lymphocyte receptors B (VLRBs) are non-immunoglobulin components of the humoral immune system in jawless vertebrates including hagfish (Eptatretus burgeri) and lamprey (Petromyzon marinus). Hagfish VLRBs consist of leucine rich repeat (LRR) modules with a superhydrophobic C-terminal tail, the latter of which leads to extremely low expression levels in recombinant protein technology. Here, we present an artificially oligomerized VLRB (arVLRB) that conjugates via the C4bp oligomerization domain derived from human C4b-binding protein (hC4bp) rather than the superhydrophobic tail...
April 18, 2018: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679856/b7-h6-expression-is-induced-by-lipopolysaccharide-and-facilitates-cancer-invasion-and-metastasis-in-human-gliomas
#12
Fengyuan Che, Xiaoli Xie, Long Wang, Quanping Su, Feiyu Jia, Yufu Ye, Lanlan Zang, Jing Wang, Hongyan Li, Yanchun Quan, Cuiping You, Jiawei Yin, Zhiqiang Wang, Gen Li, Yifeng Du, Lijuan Wang
Although great progress has been made in treatment regimens, gliomas are still incurable and the 5-year survival remains poor. Studies focusing on molecules that regulate tumorigenesis or tumor immunity may provide potential therapeutic strategies for patients with glioma. B7-H6 is selectively expressed in tumor cells and plays vital roles in host immune responses. In this study, we demonstrated that B7-H6 was expressed in glioma cell lines, including CRT, U251, SHG-44, SF-295, TG-905 and U373, and tumor tissues isolated from glioma patients...
April 18, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679855/rutin-and-rutin-conjugated-gold-nanoparticles-ameliorate-collagen-induced-arthritis-in-rats-through-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-inos-activation
#13
Anum Gul, Bimal Kunwar, Maryam Mazhar, Shaheen Faizi, Dania Ahmed, Muhammad Raza Shah, Shabana U Simjee
Numerous studies have suggested that nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) are important mediators of inflammatory response in human and animal models of arthritis. Besides, oxidative stress markers, nitric oxide (NO) and peroxide (PO) are also major contributors in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Over expression of these inflammatory mediators leads to the extracellular matrix degradation, and excessive cartilage and bone resorption, ultimately leading to the irreversible damage to joints...
April 18, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679845/establishment-of-stub1-chip-mutant-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-ipscs-from-a-patient-with-gordon-holmes-syndrome-scar16
#14
Stefanie Schuster, Yvonne Schelling, Matthis Synofzik, Philip Höflinger, Ludger Schöls, Stefan Hauser
STUB1/CHIP is a central component of cellular protein homeostasis and interacts with key proteins involved in the pathogenesis of many neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we reprogrammed human skin fibroblasts from a 12-year-old male patient with recessive spinocerebellar ataxia type 16 (OMIM #615768), carrying compound heterozygous mutations (c.355C>T, c.880A>T) in STUB1. Genomic integrity of the iPSC line HIHCNi001-A without transgene integration and genomic aberration but with maintained disease-relevant mutations was proven by SNP array analysis and Sanger sequencing while pluripotency was verified by the expression of important pluripotency markers and the capacity to differentiate into cells of all three germ layers...
April 9, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679840/estimation-of-stature-from-sternum-exploring-the-quadratic-models
#15
Ashish Saraf, Tanuj Kanchan, Kewal Krishan, Navneet Ateriya, Puneet Setia
Identification of the dead is significant in examination of unknown, decomposed and mutilated human remains. Establishing the biological profile is the central issue in such a scenario, and stature estimation remains one of the important criteria in this regard. The present study was undertaken to estimate stature from different parts of the sternum. A sample of 100 sterna was obtained from individuals during the medicolegal autopsies. Length of the deceased and various measurements of the sternum were measured...
April 14, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679839/xenon-detection-in-human-blood-analytical-validation-by-accuracy-profile-and-identification-of-critical-storage-parameters
#16
Cécile Frampas, Julia Ney, Mark Coburn, Marc Augsburger, Vincent Varlet
Xenon is a rare, mostly inert, noble gas that has applications in a wide range of fields, including medicine. Xenon acts on the human body as a useful organ-protective and anesthetic agent and has also been previously studied for potential applications in fields such as optics, aerospace and medical imaging. Recently, it was discovered that xenon can boost erythropoietin production, and it has been used as a performance-enhancing agent in international sports competitions such as the Sochi Olympic Games. Therefore, screening methods to detect the misuse of xenon by analysis of biological samples and to monitor anesthesia kinetics and efficiency are being investigated...
April 13, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679835/adsorption-mechanism-of-emerging-and-conventional-phenolic-compounds-on-graphene-oxide-nanoflakes-in-water
#17
Hepsiba Niruba Catherine, Ming-Han Ou, Basavaraju Manu, Yang-Hsin Shih
Emerging contaminants (ECs) such as bisphenol A (BPA), 4-nonylphenol (4-NP) and tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) have gained immense attention worldwide due to their potential threat to humans and environment. Graphene oxide (GO) nanomaterial is considered as an important sorbent due to its exceptional range of environmental application owing to its unique properties. GO was also considered as one of ECs because of its potential hazard. The adsorption of organic contaminants such as phenolic ECs on GO affects the stability of GO nanoflakes in water and the fate of organic contaminants, which would cause further environmental risk...
April 18, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679827/environmental-impact-assessment-of-alfalfa-medicago-sativa-l-hay-production
#18
Jacopo Bacenetti, Daniela Lovarelli, Doriana Tedesco, Roberto Pretolani, Valentina Ferrante
On-farm production of hay and high-protein-content feed has several advantages such as diversification of on-farm cultivated crops, reduction of off-farm feed concentrates transported over long distances and a reduction in runoff during the winter season if grown crops are perennial. Among those crops cultivated for high-protein-content feed, alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) is one of the most important in the Italian context. Nevertheless, up to now, only a few studies have assessed the environmental performance of alfalfa hay production...
April 18, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679825/technologies-for-the-management-of-msw-incineration-ashes-from-gas-cleaning-new-perspectives-on-recovery-of-secondary-raw-materials-and-circular-economy
#19
REVIEW
Margarida J Quina, Elza Bontempi, Anna Bogush, Stefan Schlumberger, Gisela Weibel, Roberto Braga, Valerio Funari, Jiri Hyks, Erik Rasmussen, Jakob Lederer
Environmental policies in the European Union focus on the prevention of hazardous waste and aim to mitigate its impact on human health and ecosystems. However, progress is promoting a shift in perspective from environmental impacts to resource recovery. Municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) has been increasing in developed countries, thus the amount of air pollution control residues (APCr) and fly ashes (FA) have followed the same upward trend. APCr from MSWI is classified as hazardous waste in the List of Waste (LoW) and as an absolute entry (19 01 07*), but FA may be classified as a mirror entry (19 0 13*/19 01 14)...
April 17, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679817/a-survey-of-uranium-levels-in-urine-and-hair-of-people-living-in-a-coal-mining-area-in-yili-xinjiang-china
#20
Rehemanjiang Wufuer, Wenjuan Song, Daoyong Zhang, Xiangliang Pan, Geoffrey Michael Gadd
Recent reports have drawn attention to the uranium contamination arising from coal mining activities in the Yili region of Xinjiang, China due to the mixed distribution of uranium and coal mines, and some of the coal mines being associated with a high uranium content. In this study, we have collected water samples, solid samples such as soil, mud, coal, and coal ash, and hair and urine samples from local populations in order to evaluate the uranium level in this environment and its implications for humans in this high uranium coal mining area...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
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