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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719905/childhood-onset-adult-growth-hormone-deficiency-clinical-hormonal-and-radiological-assessment-in-a-single-center-in-china
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Hongbo Yang, Huijuan Zhu, Xuemin Yan, Hui Pan
BACKGROUND: Although growth hormone deficiency (GHD) is an important issue in pediatric patients, adult GHD (AGHD) is a neglected field of endocrinology in China. The aim of this study is to characterize the clinical, hormonal, and radiological features in childhood-onset AGHD (CO AGHD) in a single center in China and to compare them with counterparts from Japan. METHODS: The medical records of 78 Chinese patients with CO AGHD were reviewed and compared with data from the HypoCCS database study from Japan (N = 69)...
July 18, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719892/cinnamaldehyde-ameliorates-diet-induced-obesity-in-mice-by-inducing-browning-of-white-adipose-tissue
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Jiacheng Zuo, Dandan Zhao, Na Yu, Xin Fang, Qianqian Mu, Yue Ma, Fangfang Mo, Rui Wu, Rufeng Ma, Lili Wang, Ruyuan Zhu, Haixia Liu, Dongwei Zhang, Sihua Gao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Obesity has become a major health concern with few effective medications. Cinnamaldehyde (CA) has been reported to exhibit anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. However, whether CA shows anti-obesity activity remains unknown. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the potential anti-obesity effects of CA on mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD) and to explore the possible mechanisms involved. METHODS: Male C57BL/6J mice fed an HFD for 12 weeks were supplemented with CA (40 mg/kg/day) via gavage for an additional 8 weeks...
July 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719874/combined-effects-of-temperature-and-clomazone-gamit-%C3%A2-on-oxidative-stress-responses-and-b-esterase-activity-of-physalaemus-nattereri-leiuperidae-and-rhinella-schneideri-bufonidae-tadpoles
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Juliane Silberschmidt Freitas, Andreia Arantes Felício, Fabrício Barreto Teresa, Eduardo Alves de Almeida
Temperature is an important factor influencing the toxicity of chemicals in aquatic environments. Neotropical tadpoles experience large temperature fluctuations in their habitats and many species are distributed in areas impacted by agriculture. This study evaluated the effects caused by the exposure to clomazone (Gamit(®)) at different temperatures (28, 32 and 36 °C) on biochemical stress responses and esterase activities in Physalaemus nattereri and Rhinella schneideri tadpoles. Results evidenced that temperature modulates the effects of clomazone on biochemical response of tadpoles...
July 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719865/antioxidant-effect-of-exercise-exploring-the-role-of-the-mitochondrial-complex-i-superassembly
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J R Huertas, S Al Fazazi, A Hidalgo-Gutierrez, L C López, R A Casuso
Mitochondrial respiratory complexes become assembled into supercomplexes (SC) under physiological conditions. One of the functional roles of these entities is the limitation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) produced by complex I (CI) of the respiratory chain. We sought to determine whether the systemic antioxidant effect of exercise is mediated by the assembly of mitochondrial CIs into SCs in rats. Male Wistar rats were exercise trained or remained sedentary for ten weeks; then, blood samples were collected, and the gastrocnemius muscle was isolated...
July 11, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719824/supplementation-of-l-carnitine-during-in%C3%A2-vitro-maturation-improves-embryo-development-from-less-competent-bovine-oocytes
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Drahomira Knitlova, Pavlina Hulinska, Michal Jeseta, Katerina Hanzalova, Bartosz Kempisty, Marie Machatkova
The present study was designed to define the impact of l-carnitine, supplemented during maturation, on bovine oocytes with different meiotic competence in terms of their IVF outcomes. Meiotically more competent (MMC) and less competent (MLC) oocytes were obtained separately from differently sized follicles at selected phases of folliculogenesis. The oocytes were matured with or without l-carnitine, fertilized and cultured to the blastocyst stage. The oocytes were examined for nuclear maturation, mitochondrial cluster formation, lipid consumption, fertilization and embryo development...
July 5, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719789/waist-to-height-ratio-in-indian-women-comparison-with-traditional-indices-of-obesity-association-with-inflammatory-biomarkers-and-lipid-profile
#6
Sharvari Dilip Malshe, Shobha Anand Udipi
We compared waist-to-height ratio (WHtR) with traditional anthropometric indices in healthy women aged 21 to 45 years from urban slums of Mumbai city, India. Lipid profile and inflammatory markers were measured in a subsample of 200 women, and their relationship with WHtR was examined. Mean WHtR was 0.50 ± 0.1, but a little more than half (51.9%) of the women had WHtR ≥0.50. WHtR could correctly identify centrally obese adult women, even when they were categorized as healthy or normal according to body mass index, waist circumference, waist to hip ratio, and percentage body fat...
July 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719619/diagnostic-utility-of-corneal-confocal-microscopy-and-intra-epidermal-nerve-fibre-density-in-diabetic-neuropathy
#7
Uazman Alam, Maria Jeziorska, Ioannis N Petropoulos, Omar Asghar, Hassan Fadavi, Georgios Ponirakis, Andrew Marshall, Mitra Tavakoli, Andrew J M Boulton, Nathan Efron, Rayaz A Malik
OBJECTIVES: Corneal confocal microscopy (CCM) is a rapid, non-invasive, reproducible technique that quantifies small nerve fibres. We have compared the diagnostic capability of CCM against a range of established measures of nerve damage in patients with diabetic neuropathy. METHODS: In this cross sectional study, thirty subjects with Type 1 diabetes without neuropathy (T1DM), thirty one T1DM subjects with neuropathy (DSPN) and twenty seven non-diabetic healthy control subjects underwent detailed assessment of neuropathic symptoms and neurologic deficits, quantitative sensory testing (QST), electrophysiology, skin biopsy and corneal confocal microscopy (CCM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719542/cideb-deficiency-aggravates-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-ulcerative-colitis-in-mice-by-exacerbating-the-oxidative-burden-in-colonic-mucosa
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Chao Sun, Yuanlin Zhao, Xing Gao, Yuan Yuan, Chao Wang, Yingmei Wang, Lijun Zhang, Yu Gu, Feng Zhang, Peizhen Hu, Zhe Wang, Zhuyi Li, Jiankuan Shi, Sheng Li, Kaiyu Cao, Bingcheng Ren, Ming Yu, Weihua Liang, Zengshan Li, Jing Ye
BACKGROUND: Abnormal lipid metabolism is one of many factors that contribute to the development of ulcerative colitis (UC). As a lipid droplet-associated protein, Cideb facilitated the export of lipids from enterocytes and promoted intestinal lipid absorption. We found that Cideb was upregulated in the colonic mucosa of both UC patients and dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced mouse colitis, but its roles in the pathogenesis of UC are still ill-defined. METHODS: Acute colitis was induced with DSS in Cideb-null and wild-type mice, and the inflammation and oxidative stress were evaluated in the colonic mucosa...
August 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719492/fifty-men-3510-marathons-cardiac-risk-factors-and-coronary-artery-calcium-scores
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William O Roberts, Robert S Schwartz, Ross F Garberich, Samantha Carlson, Thomas Knickelbine, Jonathan G Schwartz, Gretchen Peichel, John R Lesser, Kelly Wickstrom, Kevin M Harris
INTRODUCTION/PURPOSE: Many male marathon runners have elevated coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores despite high physical activity. We examined the association between CAC scores, cardiovascular risk factors, and lifestyle habits in long term marathoners. METHODS: We recruited men who had run ≥1 marathon annually for 25 consecutive years. CAC was assessed using coronary computed tomography angiography. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CAD) risk factors were measured with a 12-lead ECG, serum lipid panel, height, weight, resting blood pressure and heart rate, and a risk factor questionnaire...
July 17, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719387/pediatric-mitochondrial-diseases-and-the-heart
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Gregory M Enns
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mitochondrial disorders are an increasingly recognized cause of heart dysfunction, with the primary manifestations being cardiomyopathy and conduction defects. This review focuses on the complex genetics of mitochondrial disease and recently discovered conditions that affect mitochondrial function. RECENT FINDINGS: Next-generation sequencing techniques, especially whole-exome sequencing, have led to the discovery of a number of conditions that cause mitochondrial dysfunction and subsequent cardiac abnormalities...
July 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719324/susceptibility-of-clinical-isolates-of-burkholderia-pseudomallei-to-a-lipid-a-biosynthesis-inhibitor
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Sineenart Sengyee, Natnaree Saiprom, Suporn Paksanont, Direk Limmathurotsakul, Vanaporn Wuthiekanun, Narisara Chantratita
Burkholderia pseudomallei is the causative agent of melioidosis, a serious infection associated with high mortality and relapse. Current antimicrobial therapy using ceftazidime (CAZ) is often ineffective. Inhibitors of LpxC, the enzyme responsible for lipid A biosynthesis, have potential antimicrobial activity against several Gram-negative bacteria in vivo, but their activity against B. pseudomallei is unclear. Herein, we investigated the susceptibility of B. pseudomallei clinical isolates to LpxC-4, an LpxC inhibitor, and LpxC-4 in combination with CAZ...
July 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719184/nanoparticle-mediated-mechanical-destruction-of-cell-membranes-a-coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics-study
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Liuyang Zhang, Yiping Zhao, Xianqiao Wang
The effects of binding mode, shape, binding strength, and rotational speed of actively rotating nanoparticles on the integrity of cell membranes have been systematically studied using dissipative particle dynamics simulations. With theoretical analyses of lipid density, surface tension, stress distribution, and water permeation, we demonstrate that the rotation of nanoparticles can provide a strong driving force for membrane rupture. The results show that nanoparticles embedded inside a cell membrane via endocytosis are more capable of producing large membrane deformations under active rotation than nanoparticles attached on the cell membrane surface...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719181/differential-ligand-binding-specificities-of-the-pulmonary-collectins-are-determined-by-the-conformational-freedom-of-a-surface-loop
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Michael J Rynkiewicz, Huixing Wu, Tanya R Cafarella, Nikolaos M Nikolaidis, James Frederick Head, Barbara A Seaton, Francis X McCormack
Lung surfactant proteins (SP) play critical roles in surfactant function and innate immunity. SP-A and SP-D, members of the collectin family of C-type lectins, exhibit distinct ligand specificities, effects on surfactant structure, and host defense functions despite extensive structural homology. SP-A binds to dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), the major surfactant lipid component, but not phosphatidylinositol (PI), whereas SP-D shows the opposite preference. Additionally, SP-A and SP-D recognize widely divergent pathogen-associated molecular patterns...
July 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719179/inhibition-of-human-class-i-vs-class-iii-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinases
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Matthew Hassett, Anna Sternberg, Paul David Roepe
Most investigations of phosphatidylinositol 3'-kinase (PI3K) drug inhibition have been via assays based on ADP appearance or ATP consumption (e.g. Liu, Q. et al. (2011) J. Med. Chem. 54, 1473-1480). However, at least some PI3K isoforms show basal ATPase activity in the absence of PI lipid substrate(s), which may complicate quantification of drug potency, isoform specificity of some drugs, and synergy for drug combinations. In this study, we probe the class I vs class III isoform specificity of a selected set of phosphatidylinositol 3'-kinase (PI3K) inhibitors using a simple, inexpensive, semi high-throughput assay that quantifies production of phosphatidylinositol 3'-phosphate (PI3P) from phosphatidylinositol (PI)...
July 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719149/cadmium-induced-toxicity-is-rescued-by-curcumin-a-review
#15
REVIEW
Mohammad Mohajeri, Mehdi Rezaee, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Cadmium (Cd) is one of the most common environmental and occupational heavy metals with extended distribution. Exposure to Cd may be associated with several deleterious consequences on the liver, bones, kidneys, lungs, testes, brain, immunological, and cardiovascular systems. Overproduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) as the main mechanism behind its toxicity causes oxidative stress and subsequent damages to lipids, proteins, and DNA. Therefore, antioxidants along with chelating agents have shown promising outcomes against Cd-induced toxicity...
July 18, 2017: BioFactors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719102/plant-viral-and-bacteriophage-delivery-of-nucleic-acid-therapeutics
#16
REVIEW
Patricia Lam, Nicole F Steinmetz
Nucleic acid therapeutics have emerged as a powerful method for treatment of many diseases. However, the challenge lies in safe and efficient delivery of nucleic acids to their target site, as they need to cross various extracellular and intracellular barriers. Mammalian viruses have initially been favored for delivery of nucleic acid therapeutics, but safety concerns regarding their immunogenicity and potential of integration have fueled the search for alternative delivery strategies. For example, chemistry and bioengineering have led to advances in the use of nonviral vectors composed of lipids and other polymers; nevertheless, the synthetic systems often do not match the efficiency achieved using the biological systems...
July 18, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719098/a-pyridoindole-based-multifunctional-bioprobe-ph-induced-fluorescence-switching-and-specific-targeting-of-lipid-droplets
#17
Bahadur Sk, Pilendra Thakre, Raghuvir Singh Tomar, Abhijit Patra
A versatile fluorescent probe, PITE, based on alkyl substituted pyridoindole (PI) and tetraphenylethylene (TE) exhibiting facile pH-induced fluorescence switching in solution, nanoparticles and solid state is presented. Strong fluorescence in the solid state besides solution and aggregated state allow sensing of toxic acid vapor. Fluorescence "off-on" switching of PITE by exposing to trifluoracetic acid and triethylamine vapor is visualized through naked eyes. A unified picture of switchable fluorescence of PITE is obtained by comprehensive spectroscopic investigations coupled with quantum mechanical calculations...
July 18, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718980/an-endogenous-dna-adduct-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-for-hepatocarcinogenesis-and-its-prevention-by-theaphenon-e-in-mice
#18
Ying Fu, Shana Silverstein, Justine N McCutcheon, Marcin Dyba, Raghu G Nath, Monika Aggarwal, Heidi Coia, Angela Bai, Jishen Pan, Jiji Jiang, Bhaskar Kallakury, Hongkun Wang, Yu-Wen Zhang, Giuseppe Giaccone, Aiwu Ruth He, Fung-Lung Chung
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide, mainly because of its poor prognosis. A valid mechanism-based prognostic biomarker is urgently needed. γ-hydroxy-1,N(2) -propanodeoxyguanosine (γ-OHPdG) is an endogenously formed mutagenic DNA adduct derived from lipid peroxidation (LPO). We examined the relationship of γ-OHPdG with hepatocarcinogenesis in two animal models and its potential role as a prognostic biomarker for recurrence in HCC patients. Bioassays were conducted in the Xeroderma pigmentosum group A knockout mice (Xpa(-/-) ), and the diethylnitrosamine (DEN)-injected mice, both prone to HCC development...
July 18, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718974/pre-pubertal-diet-restriction-reduces-reactive-oxygen-species-and-restores-fertility-in-male-wnin-obese-rat
#19
D M Dinesh Yadav, M N Muralidhar, S M V K Prasad, K Rajender Rao
Obesity is a multifactorial disorder associated with increased body adiposity, chronic oxidative stress which contributes to impaired fertility in males. Diet restriction and anti-oxidant supplementations are known to protect obese subjects from oxidative stress and improves fertility. However, the role of oxidative stress and the age of intervention in restoring male fertility are poorly understood. This study was aimed to assess the effect of diet restriction on fertility with respect to the age of intervention, body composition and oxidative stress using WNIN/Ob obese mutant rat strain...
July 18, 2017: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718891/mk-reduces-inhaled-chlorine-triggered-ahr-and-airway-inflammation-in-the-mouse
#20
Yoichiro Hamamoto, Satoshi Ano, Benoit Allard, Michael O'Sullivan, Toby K McGovern, James G Martin
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cysteinyl leukotrienes (CysLTs) are pro-inflammatory lipid mediators that exacerbate disease state in several asthma phenotypes including asthma induced by allergen, virus and exercise. However, the role of CysLTs in irritant-induced airway disease is not well characterized. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effect of montelukast (MK), a CysLT1R antagonist, on parameters of irritant-induced asthma (IIA) induced by inhalation of chlorine (Cl2 ) in the mouse...
July 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
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