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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431432/contrast-sensitivity-and-lateral-inhibition-are-enhanced-with-macular-carotenoid-supplementation
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James M Stringham, Kevin J O'Brien, Nicole T Stringham
Purpose: Once deposited in the retina, the so-called macular carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and mesozeaxanthin (MZ) have been shown to enhance visual performance. The purpose of our study was to investigate whether increasing macular pigment optical density (MPOD) could enhance lateral inhibitory processes, and thereby improve contrast sensitivity (CS). Methods: A total of 59 young (18-25 years), healthy individuals participated in this 1-year, double-masked, placebo-controlled study...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431314/effect-of-metals-on-microcystin-abundance-and-environmental-fate
#2
Guofei Dai, Ningyan Peng, Jiayou Zhong, Ping Yang, Binchun Zou, Hui Chen, Qian Lou, Yuanyuan Fang, Wei Zhang
Metals can react with microcystin (MC), which is released from cyanobacterial blooms through various mechanisms; these reactions may mitigate the environmental and health risks of MCs but may also cause harm to aquatic ecosystems and humans. Several studies were conducted, including laboratory tests, ecological simulations, and a field investigation of Poyang Lake. The laboratory studies showed that Fe(3+), Cu(2+), and Pb(2+) stimulated MC photodegradation under high light intensity at the water-sediment interface, which reduced the MC accumulation in the sediment...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431210/exotic-gill-lice-species-copepoda-lernaeopodidae-salmincola-spp-infect-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-and-brook-trout-salvelinus-fontinalis-in-the-southeastern-united-states
#3
Carlos F Ruiz, Jacob M Rash, Doug A Besler, Jackson R Roberts, Micah B Warren, Cova R Arias, Stephen A Bullard
Salmincola californiensis infected 25 of 31 (prevalence 0.8; intensity 2-35 [mean 6.6 ± standard deviation 7.7; n = 25]) rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, from a private trout farm connected to the Watauga River, North Carolina. Salmincola edwardsii infected all of 9 (1.0; 2-43 [9.3 ± 13.0; 9]) brook trout, Salvelinus fontinalis, from Big Norton Prong, a tributary of the Little Tennessee River, North Carolina. Both lernaeopodids are well-known salmonid pathogens but neither is native to, nor has been previously taxonomically confirmed from, the southeastern United States...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429905/maintenance-vitamin-d3-dosage-requirements-in-chinese-women-with-post-menopausal-osteoporosis-living-in-the-tropics
#4
Yogeswari Venugopal, Sharifah F Wan Muhamad Hatta, Nurbazlin Musa, Siti Abdul Rahman, Jeyakantha Ratnasingam, Sharmila Sunita Paramasivam, Lee Ling Lim, Luqman Ibrahim, Karen Choong, Alexander Tb Tan, Karuthan Chinna, Siew Pheng Chan, Shireene R Vethakkan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) dose required to maintain sufficiency in non- Caucasian women with postmenopausal osteoporosis (PMO) inthe tropics has not been well studied. Some guidelines mandate 800-1000 IU vitamin D/day but the Endocrine Society (US) advocates 1500-2000 IU/day to maintain 25-hydroxyvitamin-D (25(OH)D) concentration at >75 nmol/L. We aimed to establish oral cholecalciferol dose required to maintain 25(OH)D concentration at >75 nmol/L in PMO Chinese Malaysian women, postulating lower dose requirements amongst light-skinned subjects in the tropics...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428938/effects-of-supplementation-with-antifreeze-proteins-on-the-follicular-integrity-of-vitrified-warmed-mouse-ovaries-comparison-of-two-types-of-antifreeze-proteins-alone-and-in-combination
#5
Min Kyung Kim, Hyun Sun Kong, Hye Won Youm, Byung Chul Jee
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of supplementing vitrification and warming solutions with two types of antifreeze proteins (AFPs) and the combination thereof on the follicular integrity of vitrified-warmed mouse ovaries. METHODS: Ovaries (n=154) were obtained from 5-week-old BDF1 female mice (n=77) and vitrified using ethylene glycol and dimethyl sulfoxide with the supplementation of 10 mg/mL of Flavobacterium frigoris ice-binding protein (FfIBP), 10 mg/mL of type III AFP, or the combination thereof...
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425969/the-pharmacological-effects-of-lutein-and-zeaxanthin-on-visual-disorders-and-cognition-diseases
#6
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Yu-Ping Jia, Lei Sun, He-Shui Yu, Li-Peng Liang, Wei Li, Hui Ding, Xin-Bo Song, Li-Juan Zhang
Lutein (L) and zeaxanthin (Z) are dietary carotenoids derived from dark green leafy vegetables, orange and yellow fruits that form the macular pigment of the human eyes. It was hypothesized that they protect against visual disorders and cognition diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), age-related cataract (ARC), cognition diseases, ischemic/hypoxia induced retinopathy, light damage of the retina, retinitis pigmentosa, retinal detachment, uveitis and diabetic retinopathy. The mechanism by which they are involved in the prevention of eye diseases may be due their physical blue light filtration properties and local antioxidant activity...
April 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423890/physicochemical-characteristics-and-fatty-acid-profiles-of-muscle-tissues-from-hanwoo-steers-fed-a-total-mixed-ration-supplied-with-medicinal-plant-by-products
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Shin Ja Lee, Do Hyung Kim, Han Sul Yang, Ki Chang Nam, Seung Kyu Ahn, Sung Kwon Park, Chang Weon Choi, Sung Sill Lee
Objective: Using medicinal plant by-products (MPBP) as feed additives may be an eco-friendly option as substitutes for feedstuffs and may assist in reducing the improper disposal of MPBP. Therefore, this study was conducted to evaluate the influences of medicinal plant by-products on the meat quality of Hanwoo steers fed a total mixed ration (TMR). Methods: Twenty seven steers (BW = 573 ± 57 kg) were randomly divided into three treatments with a control group and two tested groups as follows: control, 1000 g/kg TMR; treatment 1 (MPBP30), 970 g/kg TMR and 30 g/kg MPBP; treatment 2 (MPBP50), 950 g/kg TMR and 50 g/kg MPBP...
March 25, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422269/wake-and-light-therapy-for-moderate-to-severe-depression-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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M Kragh, K Martiny, P Videbech, D N Møller, C S Wihlborg, T Lindhardt, E R Larsen
OBJECTIVE: To examine the efficacy of using wake and light therapy as a supplement to standard treatment of hospitalized patients with depression. METHOD: In this randomized, controlled study, 64 patients with moderate-to-severe depression were allocated to standard treatment or to the intervention, which additionally consisted of three wake therapy sessions in one week, 30-min daily light treatment and sleep time stabilization over the entire nine-week study period...
April 19, 2017: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415317/reorientations-of-the-large-scale-flow-in-turbulent-convection-in-a-cube
#9
N Foroozani, J J Niemela, V Armenio, K R Sreenivasan
Large-eddy simulations of turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection were conducted for a fluid of Prandtl number Pr=0.7 confined in a cube, for Rayleigh numbers of 10^{6} and 10^{8}. The model solves the unsteady Navier-Stokes equations under the Boussinesq approximation, using a dynamic Smagorinsky model with a Lagrangian averaging technique for the subgrid terms. Under fully developed conditions the flow topology is characterized by a large-scale circulation (LSC) developing in a plane containing one of the diagonals of the cell, while two counter-rotating vortices consequently develop in the other diagonal plane, resulting in a strong inflow at the horizontal midplane...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414912/observation-of-photovoltaic-action-from-photoacid-modified-nafion-due-to-light-driven-ion-transport
#10
William White, Christopher D Sanborn, Ronald S Reiter, David M Fabian, Shane Ardo
Replacing passive ion-exchange membranes, like Nafion, with membranes that use light to drive ion transport would allow membranes in photoelectrochemical technologies to serve in an active role. Toward this, we modified per-fluorosulfonic acid ionomer membranes with organic pyrenol-based photoacid dyes to sensitize the membranes to visi-ble light and initiate proton transport. Covalent modification of the membranes was achieved by reacting Nafion sul-fonyl fluoride poly(perfluorosulfonyl fluoride) membranes with 8-hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-tris(2-aminoethylsulfonamide) photoacids...
April 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409415/%C3%AE-aminobutyric-acid-gaba-confers-chromium-stress-tolerance-in-brassica-juncea-l-by-modulating-the-antioxidant-defense-and-glyoxalase-systems
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Jubayer Al Mahmud, Mirza Hasanuzzaman, Kamrun Nahar, Anisur Rahman, Md Shahadat Hossain, Masayuki Fujita
Chromium (Cr) toxicity is hazardous to the seed germination, growth, and development of plants. γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is a non-protein amino acid and is involved in stress tolerance in plants. To investigate the effects of GABA in alleviating Cr toxicity, we treated eight-d-old mustard (Brassica juncea L.) seedlings with Cr (0.15 and 0.3 mM K2CrO4, 5 days) alone and in combination with GABA (125 µM) in a semi-hydroponic medium. The roots and shoots of the seedlings accumulated Cr in a dose-dependent manner, which led to an increase in oxidative damage [lipid peroxidation; hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) content; superoxide (O2(•-)) generation; lipoxygenase (LOX) activity], methylglyoxal (MG) content, and disrupted antioxidant defense and glyoxalase systems...
April 13, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405704/expression-of-histophilus-somni-ibpa-dr2-protective-antigen-in-the-diatom-thalassiosira-pseudonana
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Aubrey Davis, Lauren T Crum, Lynette B Corbeil, Mark Hildebrand
Increasing demand for the low-cost production of valuable proteins has stimulated development of novel expression systems. Many challenges faced by existing technology may be overcome by using unicellular microalgae as an expression platform due to their ability to be cultivated rapidly, inexpensively, and in large scale. Diatoms are a particularly productive type of unicellular algae showing promise as production organisms. Here, we report the development of an expression system in the diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana by expressing the protective IbpA DR2 antigen from Histophilus somni for the production of a vaccine against bovine respiratory disease...
April 12, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405003/surpassing-light-induced-cell-damage-in-vitro-with-novel-cell-culture-media
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John H Stockley, Kimberley Evans, Moritz Matthey, Katrin Volbracht, Sylvia Agathou, Jana Mukanowa, Juan Burrone, Ragnhildur T Káradóttir
Light is extensively used to study cells in real time (live cell imaging), separate cells using fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) and control cellular functions with light sensitive proteins (Optogenetics). However, photo-sensitive molecules inside cells and in standard cell culture media generate toxic by-products that interfere with cellular functions and cell viability when exposed to light. Here we show that primary cells from the rat central nervous system respond differently to photo-toxicity, in that astrocytes and microglia undergo morphological changes, while in developing neurons and oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) it induces cellular death...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400060/factors-influencing-diurnal-variation-in-height-among-adults
#14
B Floyd, L Jayasinghe, C Dey
This study evaluates height loss during the day in light of variables assessable through participant self-report. Participants were 19 female and 15 male staff and students who met with us twice with a mean interval between measurement sessions of 6.96h (SD=0.86). Hypotheses were evaluated using two-stage least squares regression analysis (SYSTAT 10). Males and females lost similar amounts of height between sessions (male,x¯=6.9mm;female,x¯=7.4mm). Among factors considered to impact overall height loss, sleep duration (Adj...
March 19, 2017: Homo: Internationale Zeitschrift Für die Vergleichende Forschung Am Menschen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397330/is-meat-quality-of-forage-fed-steers-comparable-to-the-meat-quality-of-conventional-beef-from-concentrate-fed-bulls
#15
M Blanco, I Casasús, G Ripoll, P Albertí, B Panea, M Joy
BACKGROUND: Replacing concentrates with forages in the diet of finishing cattle to satisfy societal demands and for economic reasons is a target for beef farmers, but this change may affect meat acceptance. In the Mediterranean area, young bulls are usually finished on concentrates (Conventional beef). Alternatively, steers can be finished on grass with supplements (G-supp); however, if carcasses are too lean, meat quality may be negatively affected. To increase fat deposition, grazing steers were finished on a total mixed ration composed of alfalfa hay and corn (TMR)...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397310/creatine-supplementation-reduces-sleep-need-and-homeostatic-sleep-pressure-in-rats
#16
Markus Dworak, Tae Kim, Robert W Mccarley, Radhika Basheer
Sleep has been postulated to promote brain energy restoration. It is as yet unknown if increasing the energy availability within the brain reduces sleep need. The guanidine amino acid creatine (Cr) is a well-known energy booster in cellular energy homeostasis. Oral Cr-monohydrate supplementation (CS) increases exercise performance and has been shown to have substantial effects on cognitive performance, neuroprotection and circadian rhythms. The effect of CS on cellular high-energy molecules and sleep-wake behaviour is unclear...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Sleep Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394002/supplementation-with-omega-3-acids-after-myocardial-infarction-and-modification-of-inflammatory-markers-in-light-of-the-patients-diet-a-preliminary-study
#17
Magdalena Makarewicz-Wujec, Gabriela Parol, Andrzej Parzonko, Małgorzata Kozłowska-Wojciechowska
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine activation, activation of proinflammatory cytokines and platelets, and endothelial dysfunction play a significant role in development of heart failure. AIM: The aim of the work was to assess the effect of supplementation with EPA and DHA in adaily dose of 1g on selected inflammatory markers and platelet activation in patients with heart failure after recent myocardial infarction in light of their diet. M ETHODS: This preliminary study was arandomised, double-blind trial involving 30patients with post-infarction heart failure...
April 10, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392225/simple-low-cost-differentiation-of-candida-auris-from-candida-haemulonii-complex-using-chromagar-candida-medium-supplemented-with-pal-s-medium
#18
Anil Kumar, Arun Sachu, Karthika Mohan, Vivek Vinod, Kavitha Dinesh, Shamsul Karim
BACKGROUND: Candida auris is unique due to its multidrug resistance and misidentification as Candida haemulonii by commercial systems. Its correct identification is important to avoid inappropriate treatments. AIMS: To develop a cheap method for differentiating C. auris from isolates identified as C. haemulonii by VITEK2. METHODS: Fifteen C. auris isolates, six isolates each of C. haemulonii and Candida duobushaemulonii, and one isolate of Candida haemulonii var...
April 6, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383293/peripheral-nerve-block-as-a-supplement-to-light-or-deep-general-anesthesia-in-elderly-patients-receiving-total-hip-arthroplasty-a-prospective-randomized-study
#19
Bin Mei, Hanning Zha, Xiaolong Lu, Xinqi Cheng, Shishou Cheng, Xuesheng Liu, Yuanhai Li, Erwei Gu
BACKGROUND: Peripheral nerve block combined with general anesthesia is a preferable anesthesia method for elderly patients receiving hip arthroplasty. The depth of sedation may influence patient recovery. Therefore, we aimed to investigate the influence of peripheral nerve blockade and different intraoperative sedation levels on the short-term recovery of elderly patients receiving total hip arthroplasty. METHODS: Patients aged 65 years and older undergoing total hip arthroplasty were randomized into three groups: a general anesthesia without lumbosacral plexus block group, and two general anesthesia plus lumbosacral plexus block groups, each with a different level of sedation (light or deep)...
April 5, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379594/pyrrolizidine-alkaloids-enhance-alcohol-induced-hepatocytotoxicity-in-vitro-in-normal-human-hepatocytes
#20
M G Neuman, L B Cohen, V Steenkamp
OBJECTIVE: Herbal remedies containing pyrrilidozine alkaloids (PA)s can induce liver damage, including hepato-sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (HSOS) or veno-occlusive liver disease (VOD). Some individuals misusing alcohol consume also teas and/or herbal remedies containing PA. The interaction or additive toxicity of alcohol to PA toxicity needs to be addressed. The objectives of this study are 1) to review the scientific literature on the PA-induced liver toxicity; 2) identify possible mechanism(s) involved in PA-induced hepatocytotoxicity in the presence or absence of ethanol (EtOH) in vitro in normal human hepatocytes (NHH) in primary culture...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
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