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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734275/low-level-of-autophagy-related-gene-10-atg10-expression-in-the-6-hydroxydopamine-rat-model-of-parkinson-s-disease
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Marzieh Shams Nooraei, Ali Noori-Zadeh, Shahram Darabi, Farzad Rajaei, Zohreh Golmohammadi, Hojjat Allah Abbaszadeh
Background: Autophagy is a mechanism disassembling the damaged organelles from the cell. This study attempted to examine the expression of several autophagy-related genes in Parkinson’s disease (PD) rat model. Methods: The male Wistar rats were divided into three groups as control, sham, and lesion. In the latter group, the PD rat model was induced by the injection of 6-hydroxydopamine in the striatum.The behavioral test was conducted one (baseline) and four weeks after the surgery through apomorphine hydrochloride...
July 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734274/genetic-analysis-of-iranian-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia
#2
Mahdis Ekrami, Maryam Torabi, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard, Javad Mowla, Bahram Mohammad Soltani, Feyzollah Hashemi-Gorji, Zahra Mohebbi, Mohammad Miryounesi
Background: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a frequent autosomal dominant disorder of lipoprotein metabolism. This disorder is generally caused by mutations in low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR), apolipoprotein B 100 (APOB), and proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) genes. In the present study, we aimed at identifying the common LDLR and APOB gene mutations in an Iranian population. Methods: Eighty unrelated Iranian patients with FH entered the study, based on Simon Broome diagnostic criteria...
July 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734273/association-between-thrombophilic-genes-polymorphisms-and-recurrent-pregnancy-loss-susceptibility-in-the-iranian-population-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mahdieh Kamali, Sedigheh Hantoushzadeh, Sedigheh Borna, Hossein Neamatzadeh, Mahta Mazaheri, Mahmood Noori-Shadkam, Fatemeh Haghighi
Background: Studies have indicated that thrombophilic genes polymorphisms are associated with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) in the Iranian population. However, the results from these studies remained inconsistent and inconclusive. The aim of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to evaluate the precise association between thrombophilic genes polymorphisms (MTHFR C677T, MTHFR A1298C, Prothrombin G20210A, FVL G1691A, and PAI-1 4G/5G) and RPL risk in the Iranian population. Method: Electronic databases of PubMed, Web of Science, Google Scholar, and ISC were searched for eligible articles published up to April 1, 2017...
July 23, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734272/glycosylation-patterns-of-selected-proteins-in-individual-serum-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-samples
#4
Isabella Karlsson, Lorena Ndreu, Alessandro Quaranta, Gunnar Thorsén
A method we previously developed has been applied to the determination of the glycosylation pattern of specific proteins in biological samples. Six proteins (alpha-1-antitrypsin, transferrin, haptoglobin, C1 inhibitor, alpha-1 acid glycoprotein, and immunoglobulin G) were studied in serum samples from five individuals and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from three individuals, to investigate the expected normal distribution of glycosylation patterns and to assess whether this methodology can be used to discriminate between samples from different individuals...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734271/development-and-validation-of-sensitive-lc-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantification-of-suvn-502-and-its-metabolite-and-its-application-for-first-in-human-pharmacokinetic-study
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Ramakrishna Nirogi, Devender Reddy Ajjala, Raghupathi Aleti, Lakshmiprasanna Rayapati, Hanumanth Rao Pantangi, Rajesh Kumar Boggavarapu, Naga Surya Prakash Padala
A sensitive and rapid LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated for the quantification of SUVN-502 and M1 of SUVN-502, a 5-HT6 receptor antagonist for the treatment of dementia associated with Alzheimer's disease. Following solid-phase extraction, SUVN-502 and M1 of SUVN-502 and IS were eluted with 10mM ammonium acetate (pH 4.0) and acetonitrile using a rapid gradient program on reverse phase column. Multiple reaction monitoring mode was used to monitor the respective transitions of m/z 478.2→377.7 for SUVN-502 and m/z 464...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734270/a-case-study-of-an-unknown-mass-grave-hostages-killed-70-years-ago-by-a-nazi-firing-squad-identified-thanks-to-genetics
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Andrzej Ossowski, Marta Diepenbroek, Marcin Zwolski, Adam Falis, Maria Wróbel, Milena Bykowska-Witowska, Grażyna Zielińska, Maria Szargut, Tomasz Kupiec
Almost 6 million people died in Poland during the Nazi occupation and about 570 thousand during the Soviet occupation. But the end of the war was not the end of the trauma. Historians estimate that at least 30 thousand people were killed during the Stalinist regime in Poland. In 2012 the Institute of National Remembrance started to search for hidden burials of victims of communism. Many exhumations were carried out under the project. One of them took place in Białystok, eastern Poland. According to information gathered by local historians, a detention centre in the heart of city was the place of secret burials of victims of the communist regime...
July 8, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734269/crime-scene-reconstruction-sex-prediction-from-blood-stained-foot-sole-impressions
#7
Nabanita Basu, Samir Kumar Bandyopadhyay
It is often difficult to predict the sex of an individual based on bloody incomplete footprints. However, such prints/impressions are particularly common in a crime scene. Again variability in the texture, color of the target surface has an impact on the bloodstained impression formed. The study of bare foot, footprint, footwear (i.e. shoe, canvas etc.) within the legal context is referred to as forensic podiatry. Based on the fact that it is possible to predict the sex of an individual from footprint impressions, an automated model has been proposed in this paper for analyzing the sex of an individual from his/her broken/incomplete footprint impressions based on morphological features alone...
June 26, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734268/dna-barcoding-allows-identification-of-european-fanniidae-diptera-of-forensic-interest
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Andrzej Grzywacz, Dominika Wyborska, Marcin Piwczyński
In forensic entomology practice, species identification is a prerequisite for any further analysis of collected material. Although morphology-based taxonomy may be hindered by a range of factors, these are not obstacles for a molecular identification approach, so-called DNA barcoding. The Fanniidae are a dipteran family that is attracted to and breeds in decomposing animal carrion and dead human bodies. However, morphological identification of fanniids, both at adult and immature stages, is considered to be difficult, particularly for non-experts...
June 29, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734267/status-epilepticus-related-etiology-incidence-and-mortality-a-meta-analysis
#9
Rui-Juan Lv, Qun Wang, Tao Cui, Fei Zhu, Xiao-Qiu Shao
Status epilepticus (SE) is a severe medical condition. To determine its epidemiology and outcome of SE, we performed a meta-analysis to investigate the etiology, incidence and mortality of SE. We searched PubMed and Embase between Jan 1, 2000, and Oct 31, 2016, with no regional restrictions, for observational studies of the etiology, incidence and mortality of SE. Forty-three studies were included in the meta-analysis. The pooled crude annual incidence rate, the pooled case fatality rate and the pooled crude annual mortality rate of SE were 12...
July 15, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734266/air-quality-and-health-effects-of-biogenic-volatile-organic-compounds-emissions-from-urban-green-spaces-and-the-mitigation-strategies
#10
Yuan Ren, Zelong Qu, Yuanyuan Du, Ronghua Xu, Danping Ma, Guofu Yang, Yan Shi, Xing Fan, Akira Tani, Peipei Guo, Ying Ge, Jie Chang
Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) emissions lead to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and ground-level ozone pollution, and are harmful to human health, especially in urban areas. However, most BVOCs estimations ignored the emissions from urban green spaces, causing inaccuracies in the understanding of regional BVOCs emissions and their environmental and health effects. In this study, we used the latest local vegetation datasets from our field survey and applied an estimation model to analyze the spatial-temporal patterns, air quality impacts, health damage and mitigating strategies of BVOCs emissions in the Greater Beijing Area...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734265/decreased-lung-function-with-mediation-of-blood-parameters-linked-to-e-waste-lead-and-cadmium-exposure-in-preschool-children
#11
Xiang Zeng, Xijin Xu, H Marike Boezen, Judith M Vonk, Weidong Wu, Xia Huo
Blood lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) levels have been associated with lower lung function in adults and smokers, but whether this also holds for children from electronic waste (e-waste) recycling areas is still unknown. To investigate the contribution of blood heavy metals and lung function levels, and the relationship among living area, the blood parameter levels, and the lung function levels, a total of 206 preschool children from Guiyu (exposed area), and Haojiang and Xiashan (reference areas) were recruited and required to undergo blood tests and lung function tests during the study period...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734264/a-small-scale-portable-method-for-extracting-microplastics-from-marine-sediments
#12
Rachel L Coppock, Matthew Cole, Penelope K Lindeque, Ana M Queirós, Tamara S Galloway
Microplastics (plastic particles, 0.1 μm-5 mm in size) are widespread marine pollutants, accumulating in benthic sediments and shorelines the world over. To gain a clearer understanding of microplastic availability to marine life, and the risks they pose to the health of benthic communities, ecological processes and food security, it is important to obtain accurate measures of microplastic abundance in marine sediments. To date, methods for extracting microplastics from marine sediments have been disadvantaged by complexity, expense, low extraction efficiencies and incompatibility with very fine sediments...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734263/study-of-the-influencing-factors-of-the-blood-levels-of-toxic-elements-in-africans-from-16-countries
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Luis Alberto Henríquez-Hernández, Octavio P Luzardo, Luis D Boada, Cristina Carranza, José Luis Pérez Arellano, Ana González-Antuña, Maira Almeida-González, Carlos Barry-Rodríguez, Manuel Zumbado, María Camacho
Africa's economy is growing faster than any other continent and it has been estimated that the middle class in Africa now exceeds 350 million people. This has meant a parallel increase in the importation of consumer goods and in the implementation of communication and information technologies (ICT), but also in the generation of large quantities of e-waste. However, inadequate infrastructure development remains a major constraint to the continent's economic growth and these highly toxic residues are not always adequately managed...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734262/mercury-risk-in-poultry-in-the-wanshan-mercury-mine-china
#14
Runsheng Yin, Wei Zhang, Guangyi Sun, Zhaohui Feng, James P Hurley, Liyuan Yang, Lihai Shang, Xinbin Feng
In this study, total mercury (THg) and methylmercury (MeHg) concentrations in muscles (leg and breast), organs (intestine, heart, stomach, liver) and blood were investigated for backyard chickens, ducks and geese of the Wanshan Mercury Mine, China. THg in poultry meat products range from 7.9 to 3917.1 ng/g, most of which exceeded the Chinese national standard limit for THg in meat (50 ng/g). Elevated MeHg concentrations (0.4-62.8 ng/g) were also observed in meat products, suggesting that poultry meat can be an important human MeHg exposure source...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734261/abundant-plankton-sized-microplastic-particles-in-shelf-waters-of-the-northern-gulf-of-mexico
#15
Rosana Di Mauro, Matthew J Kupchik, Mark C Benfield
Accumulation of marine debris is a global problem that affects the oceans on multiple scales. The majority of floating marine debris is composed of microplastics: plastic particles up to 5 mm in diameter. With similar sizes and appearances to natural food items, these small fragments pose potential risks to many marine organisms including zooplankton and zooplanktivores. Semi-enclosed seas are reported to have high concentrations of microplastics, however, the distribution and concentration of microplastics in one such system, the Gulf of Mexico, remains unknown...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734260/time-averaged-concentrations-are-effective-for-predicting-chronic-toxicity-of-varying-copper-pulse-exposures-for-two-freshwater-green-algae-species
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Brad M Angel, Stuart L Simpson, Ellissah Granger, Kathryn Goodwyn, Dianne F Jolley
Intermittent, fluctuating and pulsed contaminant discharges may result in organisms receiving highly variable contaminant exposures. This study investigated the effects of dissolved copper pulse concentration and exposure duration on the toxicity to two freshwater green algae species. The effects of single copper pulses of between 1 and 48 h duration and continuous exposures (72 h) on growth rate inhibition of Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and Chlorella sp. were compared on a time-averaged concentration (TAC) basis...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734259/polishability-and-wear-resistance-of-splint-material-for-oral-appliances-produced-with-conventional-subtractive-and-additive-manufacturing
#17
Fabian Huettig, Achim Kustermann, Ebru Kuscu, Jürgen Geis-Gerstorfer, Sebastian Spintzyk
Occlusal splints to treat bruxism are commonly made from polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) in a manual workflow (powder-liquid technique). Today digitalization allows a machine-based manufacturing in subtractive (milling) and additive (printing) means using industrial-made PMMA or comparable resins. An in-vitro study should assess the surface finish and screen the wear resistance of conventional and industrial materials. Therefore, a total of 30 specimens made from conventionally PMMA (group C; powder-liquid, Palapress), polycarbonate ingots (group S; innoBlanc splint plus), and light-curing resin (group A; VarseoWax splint) were polished to examine the surface roughness (Ra) by profilometry and further analyzed by SEM...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734258/mechanical-properties-and-biocompatibility-of-porous-titanium-scaffolds-for-bone-tissue-engineering
#18
Yunhui Chen, Jessica Ellen Frith, Ali Dehghan-Manshadi, Hooyar Attar, Damon Kent, Nicolas Dominique Mathieu Soro, Michael J Bermingham, Matthew S Dargusch
Synthetic scaffolds are a highly promising new approach to replace both autografts and allografts to repair and remodel damaged bone tissue. Biocompatible porous titanium scaffold was manufactured through a powder metallurgy approach. Magnesium powder was used as space holder material which was compacted with titanium powder and removed during sintering. Evaluation of the porosity and mechanical properties showed a high level of compatibility with human cortical bone. Interconnectivity between pores is higher than 95% for porosity as low as 30%...
July 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734257/comparison-of-femoropopliteal-artery-stents-under-axial-and-radial-compression-axial-tension-bending-and-torsion-deformations
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Kaspars Maleckis, Paul Deegan, William Poulson, Cole Sievers, Anastasia Desyatova, Jason MacTaggart, Alexey Kamenskiy
High failure rates of Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) stenting appear to be associated with the inability of certain stent designs to accommodate severe biomechanical environment of the femoropopliteal artery (FPA) that bends, twists, and axially compresses during limb flexion. Twelve Nitinol stents (Absolute Pro, Supera, Lifestent, Innova, Zilver, Smart Control, Smart Flex, EverFlex, Viabahn, Tigris, Misago, and Complete SE) were quasi-statically tested under bench-top axial and radial compression, axial tension, bending, and torsional deformations...
July 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734256/3d-porous-polyurethanes-featured-by-different-mechanical-properties-characterization-and-interaction-with-skeletal-muscle-cells
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Lorenzo Vannozzi, Leonardo Ricotti, Tommaso Santaniello, Tercio Terencio, Reinier Oropesa-Nunez, Claudio Canale, Francesca Borghi, Arianna Menciassi, Cristina Lenardi, Irini Gerges
The fabrication of biomaterials for interaction with muscle cells has attracted significant interest in the last decades. However, 3D porous scaffolds featured by a relatively low stiffness (almost matching the natural muscle one) and highly stable in response to cyclic loadings are not available at present, in this context. This work describes 3D polyurethane-based porous scaffolds featured by different mechanical properties. Biomaterial stiffness was finely tuned by varying the cross-linking degree of the starting foam...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
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