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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805502/the-fundamentals-of-cross-sector-collaboration-for-social-change-to-promote-population-health
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Joanne G de Montigny, Sylvie Desjardins, Louise Bouchard
Cross-sector collaboration is increasingly relied upon to tackle society's pressing and intractable problems. Chief among societal problems are unfavorable structural and social determinants of health. The ability to positively change these health determinants rests on the collaborative processes and structures of governance across diverse sectors in society. The purpose of this article is to present a conceptual framework that sheds light on the basic requirements of cross-sector collaboration for social change to promote the health of populations...
August 1, 2017: Global Health Promotion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805193/optics-of-plasmon-exciton-nanomaterials
#2
Maxim Sukharev, Abraham Nitzan
This review provides a brief introduction to the physics of coupled exciton-plasmon systems, the theoretical description and experimental manifestation of such phenomena, followed by an account of the state-of-the-art methodology for the numerical simulations of such phenomena and supplemented by a number of FORTRAN codes, by which the interested reader can introduce himself/herself to the practice of such simulations. Applications to CW light scattering as well as transient response and relaxation are described...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803810/autophagy-plays-a-positive-role-in-zinc-induced-apoptosis-in-intestinal-porcine-epithelial-cells
#3
Xin Zhou, Yansen Li, ChunMei Li
A high‑zinc (Zn) diet has been found to promote growth performance in pigs, but causes cell apoptosis in the intestinal epithelium. To investigate the mechanism underlying the high dietary Zn-induced apoptosis in porcine small intestinal epithelium, IPEC-J2 cells (intestinal porcine epithelial cells) were used to determine the effect of Zn on cell inhibitory, apoptosis, and mitochondrial membrane potential and autophagy in vitro. Results showed that Zn inhibited IPEC-J2 cell proliferation and induced apoptosis and autophagy...
August 10, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801717/vitamin-b6-is-essential-for-serine-de-novo-biosynthesis
#4
Rúben J Ramos, Mia L Pras-Raves, Johan Gerrits, Maria van der Ham, Marcel Willemsen, Hubertus Prinsen, Boudewijn Burgering, Judith J Jans, Nanda M Verhoeven-Duif
Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), the metabolically active form of vitamin B6, plays an essential role in brain metabolism as a cofactor in numerous enzyme reactions. PLP deficiency in brain, either genetic or acquired, results in severe drug-resistant seizures that respond to vitamin B6 supplementation. The pathogenesis of vitamin B6 deficiency is largely unknown. To shed more light on the metabolic consequences of vitamin B6 deficiency in brain, we performed untargeted metabolomics in vitamin B6-deprived Neuro-2a cells...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800376/fetal-bovine-serum-fbs-past-present-future
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Jan van der Valk, Karen Bieback, Christiane Buta, Brett Cochrane, Wilhelm G Dirks, Jianan Fu, James J Hickman, Christiane Hohensee, Roman Kolar, Manfred Liebsch, Francesca Pistollato, Markus Schulz, Daniel Thieme, Tilo Weber, Joachim Wiest, Stefan Winkler, Gerhard Gstraunthaler
The supplementation of culture medium with fetal bovine serum (FBS, also referred to as 'fetal calf serum') is still common practice in cell culture applications. Due to a number of disadvantages in terms of quality and reproducibility of in vitro data, animal welfare concerns, and in light of recent cases of fraudulent marketing, the search for alternatives and the development of serum-free medium formulations gained global attention. Here, we report on the 3rd Workshop on FBS, Serum Alternatives and Serum-free Media, where (a) regulatory aspects, (b) the serum dilemma, (c) alternatives to FBS, (d) case-studies of serum-free in vitro applications, and (e) the establishment of serum-free databases, were discussed...
August 9, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798480/magnesium-chloride-promotes-osteogenesis-through-notch-signaling-activation-and-expansion-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Juan M Díaz-Tocados, Carmen Herencia, Julio M Martínez-Moreno, Addy Montes de Oca, Maria E Rodríguez-Ortiz, Noemi Vergara, Alfonso Blanco, Sonja Steppan, Yolanda Almadén, Mariano Rodríguez, Juan R Muñoz-Castañeda
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are osteoblasts progenitors and a variety of studies suggest that they may play an important role for the health in the field of bone regeneration. Magnesium supplementation is gaining importance as adjuvant treatment to improve osteogenesis, although the mechanisms involving this process are not well understood. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of magnesium on MSC differentiation. Here we show that in rat bone marrow MSC, magnesium chloride increases MSC proliferation in a dose-dependent manner promoting osteogenic differentiation and mineralization...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793388/morphological-molecular-and-toxin-analysis-of-field-populations-of-alexandrium-genus-from-the-argentina-sea
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Elena Fabro, Gastón O Almandoz, Martha Ferrario, Uwe John, Urban Tillmann, Kerstin Toebe, Bernd Krock, Allan Cembella
In the Argentine Sea, blooms of toxigenic dinoflagellates of the Alexandrium tamarense species complex have led to fish and bird mortalities and human deaths as a consequence of paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP). Yet little is known about the occurrence of other toxigenic species of the genus Alexandrium, or of their toxin composition beyond coastal waters. The distribution of Alexandrium species and related toxins in the Argentine Sea was determined by sampling surface waters on an oceanographic expedition during austral spring from ~39 to 48º S...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771840/influence-of-l-carnitine-and-l-arginine-on-protein-synthesis-and-maturation-of-the-semitendinosus-muscle-of-lightweight-piglets
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J G Madsen, E Seoni, M Kreuzer, P Silacci, G Bee
Lightweight (LW) piglets from large litters display impaired growth performance compared with heavier littermates. This study investigated the growth performance and muscle development of early-weaned LW piglets (birthweight <1.2 kg) from large litters (17.3 ± 3.0 total born per litter), fed ad libitum a milk replacer supplemented with either l-carnitine (CAR) or l-arginine (ARG) from day 7 to day 28 of age. In total, 36 female and entire male Swiss Large White piglets, weaned on day 7 of age, were artificially reared in pairs in rescue decks...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770228/mmp-2-mmp-9-and-timp-4-and-response-to-aspirin-in-diabetic-and-nondiabetic-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-a-pilot-study
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Wiktor Kuliczkowski, Marek Radomski, Mariusz Gąsior, Joanna Urbaniak, Jacek Kaczmarski, Andrzej Mysiak, Marta Negrusz-Kawecka, Iwona Bil-Lula
BACKGROUND: High on-aspirin treatment platelets reactivity (HPR) is a significant problem in long-term secondary prevention of cardiovascular events. We hypothesize that imbalance between platelets MMPs/TIMPs results in cardiovascular disorders. We also explored whether chronically elevated blood glucose affects MMP-2/TIMP-4 release from platelets. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy patients with stable coronary artery disease, supplemented with aspirin, participated in this pilot study...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769941/arabidopsis-thaliana-mterf10-and-mterf11-but-not-mterf12-are-involved-in-the-response-to-salt-stress
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Duorong Xu, Dario Leister, Tatjana Kleine
Plastid gene expression (PGE) is crucial for plant development and acclimation to various environmental stress conditions. Members of the "mitochondrial transcription termination factor" (mTERF) family, which are present in both metazoans and plants, are involved in organellar gene expression. Arabidopsis thaliana contains 35 mTERF proteins, of which mTERF10, mTERF11, and mTERF12 were previously assigned to the "chloroplast-associated" group. Here, we show that all three are localized to chloroplast nucleoids, which are associated with PGE...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768428/evaluation-of-antiplasmodial-properties-of-a-cyanobacterium-spirulina-platensis-and-its-mechanism-of-action
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Diah Anggraini Wulandari, Elizabeth Sidhartha, Iriani Setyaningsih, Jonathan Marshall Marbun, Din Syafruddin, Puji Budi Setia Asih
The rapid emergence of antimalarial drug resistance necessitates a continual effort on novel drug discovery. A cyanobacterium, Spirulina platensis, is a potential antimalarial agent that has been widely consumed as food supplement in the form of crude extract. It is known to possess antiviral, antibacterial and antifungi activities. This study examined the antimalarial activities of several Spirulina formulas against Plasmodium falciparum 3D7, in vitro. The tested Spirulina formulas included commercially available capsule, crude extract and alkaloid fraction...
August 2, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763452/pathogen-reduction-through-additive-free-short-wave-uv-light-irradiation-retains-the-optimal-efficacy-of-human-platelet-lysate-for-the-expansion-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Sabrina Viau, Lucie Chabrand, Sandy Eap, Judith Lorant, Karl Rouger, Francis Goudaliez, Chryslain Sumian, Bruno Delorme
BACKGROUND: We recently developed and characterized a standardized and clinical grade human Platelet Lysate (hPL) that constitutes an advantageous substitute for fetal bovine serum (FBS) for human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) expansion required in cell therapy procedures, avoiding xenogenic risks (virological and immunological) and ethical issues. Because of the progressive use of pathogen-reduced (PR) labile blood components, and the requirement of ensuring the viral safety of raw materials for cell therapy products, we evaluated the impact of the novel procedure known as THERAFLEX UV-Platelets for pathogen reduction on hPL quality (growth factors content) and efficacy (as a medium supplement for hMSC expansion)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762311/therapeutic-potential-of-co-enzyme-q10-in-retinal-diseases
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Xun Zhang, Ali Mohammad Tohari, Fabio Marcheggiani, Xinzhi Zhou, James Reilly, Luca Tiano, Xinhua Shu
Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) plays a critical role in mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation by serving as an electron carrier in the respiratory electron transport chain. CoQ10 also functions as a lipid-soluble antioxidant by protecting lipids, proteins and DNA damaged by oxidative stress. CoQ10 deficiency has been associated with a number of human diseases including mitochondrial diseases, neurodegenerative disorders, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer, and with the ageing process. In many of these conditions CoQ10 supplementation therapy has been effective in slowing or reversing pathological changes...
August 1, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756618/antioxidant-vitamin-and-mineral-supplements-for-slowing-the-progression-of-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Jennifer R Evans, John G Lawrenson
BACKGROUND: It has been proposed that antioxidants may prevent cellular damage in the retina by reacting with free radicals that are produced in the process of light absorption. Higher dietary levels of antioxidant vitamins and minerals may reduce the risk of progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to assess the effects of antioxidant vitamin or mineral supplementation on the progression of AMD in people with AMD...
July 31, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755938/effects-of-photoperiod-modulation-and-melatonin-feeding-around-drying-off-on-bovine-mammary-gland-involution
#15
B Ponchon, P Lacasse, S Ollier, X Zhao
The risk for a dairy cow to acquire new intramammary infections is high during the transition from lactation to the dry period, because of udder engorgement and altered immune functions. Once the gland is fully involuted, it becomes much more resistant to intramammary infections. Therefore, strategies to depress milk yield before drying-off and accelerate the involution process after drying-off could be beneficial for udder health. The objective of this study was to assess the effect of photoperiod manipulation and melatonin feeding from 14 d before to 14 d after drying-off on the speed of the involution process...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755332/naa-induced-direct-organogenesis-from-female-immature-inflorescence-explants-of-date-palm
#16
Hussam S M Khierallah, Saleh M Bader, Makki A Al-Khafaji
Micropropagation has great potential for the multiplication of female and male date palms of commercially grown cultivars by using inflorescences. This approach is simple, convenient, and much faster than the conventional method of using shoot-tip explants. We describe here a stepwise micropropagation procedure using inflorescence explants of Iraqi date palm cultivar Maktoom. Cultured explants were derived from 0.5-cm-long spike segments excised from 8 to 10-cm-long spathes. About 70% formed adventitious buds on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium supplemented with 2 mg/L naphthalene acetic acid (NAA), 4 mg/L benzylaminopurine (BAP), and 40 g/L sucrose and maintained in the dark for 16 weeks before transferring to normal light conditions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755214/in-vitro-conservation-of-date-palm-somatic-embryos-using-growth-retardant-conditions
#17
Mona M Hassan
In vitro conservation is carried out to maintain disease-free genetic materials, in a small area, protected against pests, insects, soil problems (alkaline, acidic, excess salinity, lack of organic matter, too dry, or too wet), climatic changes, and high-multiplication potential. A requirement of successful in vitro conservation is that the plants can be regenerated into complete plants rapidly when desired. The current work describes in vitro propagation and conservation techniques employing slow-growth conditions of date palm somatic embryo cultures...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754409/rigorous-analysis-of-static-light-scattering-measurements-on-buffered-protein-solutions
#18
Peter R Wills, Donald J Winzor
Attention is drawn to the thermodynamic invalidity of the current practice of analyzing static light scattering measurements on globular proteins in terms of theory for a single solute because of its disregard of the need to consider small species such as buffer components as additional cosolutes rather than as part of the solvent. This practice continues despite its demonstrated inadequacy in studies of sucrose-supplemented protein solutions, where the aberrant behavior was recognized to be a consequence of physical protein interaction with the small cosolute...
July 20, 2017: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754404/relevance-of-plasma-levels-of-free-homocysteine-and-methionine-as-risk-predictors-for-ischemic-stroke-in-the-young
#19
Kondapura Jayadevappa Rudreshkumar, Vijaya Majumdar, Dindagur Nagaraja, Rita Christopher
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The debated vascular risk potential of total homocysteine (tHcy), due to failed clinical trials designed on B vitamin supplementation, raises many possible explanations like the higher risk potential of the deleterious, free form of homocysteine (fHcy) or, the unchecked confounding effects of B-vitamins in tHcy-based association studies. Additionally, the cardiovascular risk probability of altered status of the homocysteine precursor, methionine (tMet) could shed light on the causality of association between tHcy and cardiovascular diseases...
July 13, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752930/oral-administration-of-grifola-frondosa-polysaccharides-improves-memory-impairment-in-aged-rats-via-antioxidant-action
#20
Zhaoxia Chen, Yanan Tang, Along Liu, Xiaobao Jin, Jiayong Zhu, Xuemei Lu
SCOPE: Grifola frondosa is an edible/medicinal mushroom with great nutritional value and bioactivity. The present study was performed to evaluate the beneficial effect of polysaccharides isolated from Grifola frondosa on memory impairment in aged rats. METHODS AND RESULTS: 20-month-old rats were gavaged with Grifola frondosa polysaccharides (GFP) for 8 weeks. Morris Water Maze test revealed that GFP administration significantly improved memory impairment in aged rats...
July 28, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
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