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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636071/the-role-of-homocysteine-in-seminal-vesicles-remodeling-in-rat
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Adel Ghoul, Elara Moudilou, Mohamed El Hadi Cherifi, Fouzia Zerrouk, Billel Chaouad, Anissa Moulahoum, Souhila Aouichat-Bouguerra, Khira Othmani, Jean-Marie Exbrayat, Yasmina Benazzoug
INTRODUCTION: Elevated plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels have been associated with several tissue injuries including heart and liver fibrosis. In these diseases, hyperhomocysteinemia (Hhcy) plays a major role in modulating the alteration of the balance between matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), leading to the pathological accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Since the effect of Hhcy on ECM of seminal vesicle was not studied, the aim of our research was to check if Hcy can induce a remodeling within seminal vesicles ECM...
June 21, 2017: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635608/the-protective-role-of-folic-acid-against-testicular-dysfunction-in-lead-intoxicated-rat-model
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Asmaa Ms Gomaa, Nasser S Abou Khalil, Mohammed A Abdel-Ghani
There is an increasing concern over male reproductive toxicity caused by lead exposure. Folic acid (FA) is supposed to be a promising therapeutic strategy against lead toxicity. Therefore, the aim of this experimental study was to shed light on the potential protective role of FA on lead-induced testicular dysfunction in rats and its possible underlying mechanistic pathways. Rats (n = 24) were divided into four groups: Control, FA, Lead, and FA+Lead group. After 4 weeks, lead intoxication resulted in a marked reduction in the relative testicular weight and the serum level of testosterone, an impairment in the characters of semen analysis, and an increased content of lead, malondialdehyde and both interleukin-6 and -10 and a decreased antioxidant enzyme levels in the testicular tissue homogenate...
July 2017: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635522/dietary-intake-among-opioid-and-alcohol-using-pregnant-women
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Shikhar Shrestha, Elizabeth Jimenez, Laura Garrison, Peter Pribis, Dennis W Raisch, Julia M Stephen, Ludmila N Bakhireva
BACKGROUND: Substance abuse in nonpregnant adults has been associated with increased intake in calories and decreased intake of nutrient-dense foods; however, studies examining dietary intake in opioid-using and alcohol-using pregnant women are lacking. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate dietary intake in opioid-using pregnant women with or without concurrent light-to-moderate alcohol use as compared to abstaining controls. METHODS: This prospective birth cohort included 102 pregnant women classified into four study groups: controls (n = 27), medication-assisted treatment (MAT; n = 26), alcohol (ALC; n = 22), and concurrent use of both substances (MAT + ALC; n = 27)...
February 22, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630783/highly-sensitive-colorimetric-assay-for-determining-fe-3-based-on-gold-nanoparticles-conjugated-with-glycol-chitosan
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Kyungmin Kim, Yun-Sik Nam, Yeonhee Lee, Kang-Bong Lee
A highly sensitive and simple colorimetric assay for the detection of Fe(3+) ions was developed using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) conjugated with glycol chitosan (GC). The Fe(3+) ion coordinates with the oxygen atoms of GC in a hexadentate manner (O-Fe(3+)-O), decreasing the interparticle distance and inducing aggregation. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry showed that the bound Fe(3+) was coordinated to the oxygen atoms of the ethylene glycol in GC, which resulted in a significant color change from light red to dark midnight blue due to aggregation...
2017: Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628552/a-case-study-of-high-velocity-persistent-geotropic-nystagmus-is-this-bppv
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Michael C Schubert, Pamela M Dunlap, Susan L Whitney
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Deciphering the cause for a persistent, direction-changing geotropic nystagmus can be difficult. Migraine and light cupula are two possible causes, though can be confused with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) affecting the horizontal semicircular canal. In migraine, the persistent geotropic nystagmus tends to be slow; in light cupula, the nystagmus has been illustrated to beat in the direction opposite that of prone positioning. CASE DESCRIPTION: Here we describe a patient with initial occurrence then recurrence of a high velocity (≥30 deg/sec), persistent direction-changing geotropic nystagmus and vertigo with an intensity variable based on head position, which was difficult to manage...
July 2017: Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy: JNPT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627061/glycaemic-and-insulinaemic-responses-of-adult-healthy-warm-blooded-mares-following-feeding-with-jerusalem-artichoke-meal
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M Glatter, M Bochnia, F Goetz, J Gottschalk, G Koeller, N Mielenz, D Hillegeist, J M Greef, A Einspanier, A Zeyner
This study aimed to investigate the impact of the supplementation of a pre-biotic compound [Jerusalem artichoke meal (JAM)] on the glycaemic and insulinaemic response in healthy, non-obese warm-blooded horses. Six adult mares [mean body weight (bwt) 529 ± 38.7 kg; body condition score 5.1 ± 0.49/9] were used. In two equal meals per day, the horses received crushed oat grains (1 g starch/kg bwt per day) and meadow hay (2 kg/100 kg bwt per day) which together were likely to meet the energy recommendation for light work (GfE, )...
June 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621347/nonlinear-optical-properties-upconversion-and-lasing-in-metal-organic-frameworks
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REVIEW
Raghavender Medishetty, Jan K Zaręba, David Mayer, Marek Samoć, Roland A Fischer
The building block modular approach that lies behind coordination polymers (CPs) and metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) results not only in a plethora of materials that can be obtained but also in a vast array of material properties that could be aimed at. Optical properties appear to be particularly predetermined by the character of individual structural units and by the intricate interplay between them. Indeed, the "design principles" shaping the optical properties of these materials seem to be well explored for luminescence and second-harmonic generation (SHG) phenomena; these have been covered in numerous previous reviews...
June 16, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618783/pulsed-light-emitting-diodes-for-higher-phytochemical-level-in-microgreens
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Viktorija Vaštakaitė, Akvilė Viršilė, Aušra Brazaitytė, Giedrė Samuolienė, Julė Jankauskienė, Algirdas Novičkovas, Pavelas Duchovskis
A novel research of pulsed LED lighting versus continuous lighting was conducted by analyzing phytochemicals levels in microgreens. Red pak choi (Brassica rapa var. chinensis), mustard (Brassica juncea L.) and tatsoi (Brassica rapa var. rosularis) were grown indoors under HPS lamps supplemented with monochromatic (455 nm, 470 nm, 505 nm, 590 nm and 627 nm) LEDs (total PPFD 200±10 µmol m(-2) s(-1); 16 h day(-1)). For pulsed light treatments, the frequencies at 2 Hz, 32 Hz, 256 Hz, and 1024 Hz with a duty cycle of 50% of monochromatic LEDs were applied...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618393/young-infants-visual-fixation-patterns-in-addition-and-subtraction-tasks-support-an-object-tracking-account
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J Gavin Bremner, Alan M Slater, Rachel A Hayes, Uschi C Mason, Caroline Murphy, Jo Spring, Lucinda Draper, David Gaskell, Scott P Johnson
Investigating infants' numerical ability is crucial to identifying the developmental origins of numeracy. Wynn (1992) claimed that 5-month-old infants understand addition and subtraction as indicated by longer looking at outcomes that violate numerical operations (i.e., 1+1=1 and 2-1=2). However, Wynn's claim was contentious, with others suggesting that her results might reflect a familiarity preference for the initial array or that they could be explained in terms of object tracking. To cast light on this controversy, Wynn's conditions were replicated with conventional looking time supplemented with eye-tracker data...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613119/relatives-level-of-satisfaction-with-advanced-cancer-care-in-greenland-a-mixed-methods-study
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Mikaela Augustussen, Lise Hounsgaard, Michael Lynge Pedersen, Per Sjøgren, Helle Timm
Palliative cancer care in Greenland is provided by health professionals at local level, the national Queen Ingrid's Hospital and at Rigshospitalet in Denmark. To improve and develop care for relatives of patients with advanced cancer, we conducted a mixed method study examining relatives' level of satisfaction with care and treatment and their current main concerns. The aim was to investigate relatives' level of satisfaction with advanced cancer care and bring to light their current main concerns. The FAMCARE-20 questionnaire was translated to Greenlandic and pilot tested...
2017: International Journal of Circumpolar Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609133/carotenoids-biosynthesis-and-cleavage-related-genes-from-bacteria-to-plants
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Ming-Hua Liang, Jianhua Zhu, Jian-Guo Jiang
Carotenoids are essential for photosynthesis and photoprotection in photosynthetic organisms and beneficial for human health. Apocarotenoids derived from carotenoid degradation can serve critical functions including hormones, volatiles, and signals. They have been used commercially as food colorants, animal feed supplements, and nutraceuticals for cosmetic and pharmaceutical purposes. This review focuses on the molecular evolution of carotenogenic enzymes and carotenoid cleavage oxygenases (CCOs) from bacteria, fungi, cyanobacteria, algae, and plants...
June 13, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598975/vitamin-d-deficiency-and-clinical-correlations-in-systemic-sclerosis-patients-a-retrospective-analysis-for-possible-future-developments
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Amelia Chiara Trombetta, Vanessa Smith, Emanuele Gotelli, Massimo Ghio, Sabrina Paolino, Carmen Pizzorni, Amber Vanhaecke, Barbara Ruaro, Alberto Sulli, Maurizio Cutolo
OBJECTIVE: Assessment of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) correlations with clinical parameters and evaluation of the efficacy of standard oral supplementation in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients. METHODS: 154 SSc patients were recruited, in all seasons. Serum 25(OH)D concentrations were evaluated using LIAISON 25-OH (Diasorin, Italy). Medsger disease severity scale (DSS), nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) and all instrumental exam contemplated by international guidelines were performed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598524/nicotine-upregulates-coaggregation-of-candida-albicans-and-streptococcus-mutans
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Ali Ashkanane, Grace F Gomez, John Levon, L Jack Windsor, George J Eckert, Richard L Gregory
PURPOSE: Denture stomatitis is a condition of painless inflammation of denture-bearing mucosa. Reports indicate that nicotine, the major psychoactive ingredient in tobacco, increases growth of Streptococcus mutans and Candida albicans in denture biofilm. The purpose of this study was to determine the in vitro effects of nicotine on coaggregation of C. albicans with S. mutans. MATERIAL AND METHODS: C. albicans strain ATCC 10231, S. mutans strain UA159 (ATTC 700610), and nicotine dilutions (ranging from 0 to 32 mg/ml) were used for this study...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595683/cholecalciferol-d%C3%A2-versus-ergocalciferol-d%C3%A2-in-older-adults
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Simona Dereje, Ilan Muradov, Samira Nazzal, Timothy Nguyen
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is naturally found in very few food sources. It is produced endogenously from ultraviolet light from the sun striking the skin and then triggering vitamin D synthesis and activation. Vitamin D helps promote calcium absorption in the gut, maintains adequate serum calcium and phosphate levels, promotes bone growth, modulates cell growth, and has many other roles. There have been an increasing number of people, especially in older adults, with vitamin D deficiency. This is in part a result of a reduction of sun exposure as people age, increase in use of sunscreen, and other factors...
June 1, 2017: Consultant Pharmacist: the Journal of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595556/iodine-prophylaxis-in-the-lights-of-the-last-recommendation-of-who-on-reduction-of-daily-salt-intake
#15
Szybiński Zbigniew
In 1994 international organizations: WHO,UNICEF and ICCIDD indicated salt - Natrium Chloride as a main carrier of iodine in the prophilaxis systems in the iodine deficient areas over the world. Following this recommendation 24 European countries introduced the model of iodine prophylaxis based on the salt iodization. However in 7 European countries only - among them in Poland - salt iodization is mandatory -as the most effective model on the population level. OBJECTIVE: Presentation the method for reduction of the consumption of iodized salt and supplementation of iodine by other iodine carriers...
June 8, 2017: Recent Patents on Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589636/25-hydroxyvitamin-d3-and-its-c-3-epimer-are-elevated-in-the-skin-and-serum-of-skh-1-mice-supplemented-with-dietary-vitamin-d3
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Matthew D Teegarden, Amanda R Campbell, Jessica L Cooperstone, Kathleen L Tober, Steven J Schwartz, Tatiana M Oberyszyn
SCOPE: UV exposure is a risk factor for keratinocyte carcinoma (KC) while critical for endogenous vitamin D production. We investigated dietary modulation of skin and serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25OHD3 ) and its C-3 epimer (C3epi) in a mouse model of KC. C3epi is an under-investigated metabolite of vitamin D with respect to its biological implications. METHODS AND RESULTS: Male and female Skh-1 mice were supplemented with 25, 150 or 1000 IU/kg diet vitamin D3 for 25 weeks, with some exposed to UV light...
June 7, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588362/folic-acid-modulates-matrix-metalloproteinase-2-expression-alleviates-neuropathic-pain-and-improves-functional-recovery-in-spinal-cord-injured-rats
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Gurwattan S Miranpuri, Sivan Vadakkadath Meethal, Emmanuel Sampene, Abhishek Chopra, Seah Buttar, Carrie Nacht, Neydis Moreno, Kush Patel, Lisa Liu, Anupama Singh, Chandra K Singh, Nithya Hariharan, Bermans Iskandar, Daniel K Resnick
BACKGROUND: The molecular underpinnings of spinal cord injury (SCI) associated with neuropathic pain (NP) are unknown. Recent studies have demonstrated that matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) such as MMP2 play a critical role in inducing NP following SCI. Promoter methylation of MMPs is known to suppress their transcription and reduce NP. In this context, it has been shown in rodents that folic acid (FA), an FDA approved dietary supplement and key methyl donor in the central nervous system (CNS), increases axonal regeneration and repair of injured CNS in part via methylation...
May 2017: Annals of Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586465/ros-induces-anthocyanin-production-via-late-biosynthetic-genes-and-anthocyanin-deficiency-confers-the-hypersensitivity-to-ros-generating-stresses-in-arabidopsis
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Zhenhua Xu, Kashif Mahmood, Steven J Rothstein
Anthocyanins are known to have antioxidant activities. Their accumulation can be triggered by many chemical and environmental factors, including reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, the mechanism of ROS-induced anthocyanin accumulation and the role of anthocyanins in the response of Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana) to different stresses are largely unknown. Here, we study the cross-regulation between ROS and anthocyanin production. Ten Arabidopsis mutants covering the main anthocyanin regulatory and biosynthetic genes are systematically analyzed under ROS-generating stresses...
June 6, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585209/influence-of-antioxidants-on-leptin-metabolism-and-its-role-in-the-pathogenesis-of-obesity
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Harald Mangge, Christian Ciardi, Kathrin Becker, Barbara Strasser, Dietmar Fuchs, Johanna M Gostner
Obesity is associated with low-grade inflammation. Leptin, a hormone made by fat cells regulates appetite and hunger and thus food intake behavior. Interestingly, , food preservatives like sodium sulfite and sodium benzoate and also natural colorant and spice compounds such as curcumin were found to decrease the release of leptin in murine 3T3-L1 adipocytes, after co-incubation with LPS, which was added to mimic the pro-inflammatory status in obesity. Several of these compounds are well known food antioxidants...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581887/impact-of-s-sulfocysteine-on-fragments-and-trisulfide-bond-linkages-in-monoclonal-antibodies
#20
Ronja Seibel, Sandra Maier, Alisa Schnellbaecher, Susanne Bohl, Maria Wehsling, Anne Zeck, Aline Zimmer
The quality of recombinant proteins such as monoclonal antibodies produced using Chinese hamster ovary cell-based mammalian systems is dependent on many factors, including cell line, process and cell culture media. Due to these factors, the generated product is heterogeneous and may have chemically-induced modifications or post-translational modifications that affect antibody stability, functionality and, in some cases, patient safety. This study demonstrates that S-sulfocysteine, a cysteine derivative, can increase the antibody specific productivity in different cell lines cultivated with different processes while minimizing trisulfide linkages in generated mAbs, mainly between heavy and light chain...
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