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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778077/selection-of-plants-for-phytoremediation-of-barium-polluted-flooded-soils
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Paulo Roberto Cleyton de Castro Ribeiro, Douglas Gomes Viana, Fábio Ribeiro Pires, Fernando Barboza Egreja Filho, Robson Bonomo, Alberto Cargnelutti Filho, Luiz Fernando Martins, Leila Beatriz Silva Cruz, Mauro César Pinto Nascimento
The use of barite (BaSO4) in drilling fluids for oil and gas activities makes barium a potential contaminant in case of spills onto flooded soils, where low redox conditions may increase barium sulfate solubility. In order to select plants able to remove barium in such scenarios, the following species were evaluated on barium phytoextraction capacity: Brachiaria arrecta, Cyperus papyrus, Eleocharis acutangula, E. interstincta, Nephrolepsis cf. rivularis, Oryza sativa IRGA 424, O. sativa BRS Tropical, Paspalum conspersum, and Typha domingensis...
May 10, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777997/rumen-fluid-fermentation-for-enhancement-of-hydrolysis-and-acidification-of-grass-clipping
#2
Siqi Wang, Guangming Zhang, Panyue Zhang, Xiaowen Ma, Fan Li, Haibo Zhang, Xue Tao, Junpei Ye, Mohammad Nabi
Rumen fluid, formed in rumen of ruminants, includes a complex microbial population of bacteria, protozoa, fungi and archaea, and has high ability to degrade lignocellulosic biomass. In this study, rumen fluid was used to ferment grass clipping for enhancing the hydrolysis and acidification of organic matters. Results showed that strict anaerobic condition, higher grass clipping content and smaller particle size of grass clipping were beneficial to the hydrolysis and acidification of organics. The increase of SCOD and total VFA concentration respectively reached 24...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777984/lc-ms-analysis-to-determine-the-biodistribution-of-a-polymer-coated-ilomastat-ocular-implant
#3
Abeer H A Mohamed-Ahmed, Alastair Lockwood, Hala Fadda, Shivam Madaan, Peng T Khaw, Steve Brocchini, Kersti Karu
Ilomastat is a matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor (MMPi) that has shown the potential to inhibit scarring (fibrosis) by mediating healing after injury or surgery. A long lasting ocular implantable pharmaceutical formulation of ilomastat is being developed to mediate the healing process to prevent scarring after glaucoma filtration surgery. The ilomastat implant was coated with water permeable and biocompatible phosphoryl choline polymer (PC1059) displayed extended slow release of ilomastat in vitro and in vivo...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777949/evaluation-of-skin-or-sweat-characteristic-mrnas-for-inferring-the-human-origin-of-touched-contact-traces
#4
Tomoko Akutsu, Ken Watanabe, Ayari Takamura, Koichi Sakurada
The source of small amounts of touch DNA, which is transferred from the skin to an object when it is handled or touched, could be an issue in the forensic analysis of criminal cases. Here, we performed an extended evaluation of skin- or sweat-characteristic mRNAs to investigate their usability to infer whether an object has been handled or touched by someone. First, we compared the expression levels of candidate genes between skin swabs and other body fluids by quantitative RT-PCR analysis. Among the analyzed genes, corneodesmosin (CDSN), late cornified envelope 1C (LCE1C), filaggrin (FLG), desmocollin 1, and dermcidin were selected for further analysis on the basis of their specificities and sensitivities...
May 14, 2018: Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777892/surgically-treated-de-novo-cervico-medullary-arachnoid-cyst-in-a-symptomatic-adult-patient
#5
William Clifton, Gazanfar Rahmathulla, Kourosh Tavanaiepour, Dunbar Alcindor, George Jakubek, Daryoush Tavanaiepour
Arachnoid cysts are a relatively common finding in adult patients, especially with the advent of advanced imaging techniques. The overall incidence ranges from 1-2%, and the majority are clinically silent1,2 . Arachnoid cysts are postulated to arise by congenital anomalies or trauma1 . De novo formation of arachnoid cysts has been reported, but is exceptionally rare and mostly found in the pediatric population after head trauma3-5 . There have only been two reported cases of symptomatic de novo arachnoid cyst formation in adult patients to date, both with histories of head trauma6,7 ...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777885/posttraumatic-cerebrospinal-fluid-leak-associated-with-an-upper-cervical-meningeal-diverticulum
#6
Noriya Enomoto, Hideo Mure, Toshiyuki Okazaki, Mai Azumi, Shinya Okita, Shinji Nagahiro, Yasushi Takagi
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) has been increasingly recognized as a phenomenon caused by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks; however, its pathogenesis is still unclear. Here, we report two cases of SIH as a result of CSF leak from a meningeal diverticulum at the C2 nerve root sleeve. The first case is that of a 46-year-old man who had suffered from orthostatic headache after a bicycle accident at age 45. Computed tomography (CT) myelography revealed CSF leaks at the C1/2 level. He underwent epidural blood patch (EBP) therapy, but it was unsuccessful...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777877/multi-walled-carbon-nanotubeinduced-inhalation-toxicity-recognizing-nano-bis-demethoxy-curcumin-analog-as-an-ameliorating-candidate
#7
Arul Prakash Francis, Thiyagarajan Devasena, Selvam Ganapathy, Venkata Rajsekhar Palla, Prakhya Balakrishna Murthy, Sundara Ramaprabhu
Human beings and ecosystems are being possibly exposed to CNTs, as there is a rise in global production rate of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). This may affect the health of humans and increases the environmental risk. We have already reported the pulmonary toxicity due to the inhalation of MWCNTs. We claim that a compound with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity may ameliorate the CNT-induced toxic effect. With this view, we have investigated the ameliorative effect of intravenously-administered nano bis-demethoxy curcumin analog (NBDMCA) against MWCNTs-induced inhalation toxicity by examining the lung histopathology for inflammatory cell dynamics, pulmonary remodeling and estimating the inflammatory biomarkers in the broncho-alveolar lavage fluid...
May 16, 2018: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777855/polymer-lipid-hybrid-nanoparticles-as-enhanced-indomethacin-delivery-systems
#8
Annalisa Dalmoro, Sabrina Bochicchio, Shamil F Nasibullin, Paolo Bertoncin, Gaetano Lamberti, Anna Angela Barba, Rouslan I Moustafine
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), i.e. indomethacin used for rheumatoid arthritis and non-rheumatoid inflammatory diseases, are known for their injurious actions on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Mucosal damage can be avoided by using nanoscale systems composed by a combination of liposomes and biodegradable natural polymer, i.e. chitosan, for enhancing drug activity. Aim of this study was to prepare chitosan-lipid hybrid delivery systems for indomethacin dosage through a novel continuous method based on microfluidic principles...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777721/pentraxins-crp-i-and-crp-ii-are-post-translationally-deiminated-and-differ-in-tissue-specificity-in-cod-gadus-morhua-l-ontogeny
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Bergljót Magnadóttir, Polly Hayes, Berglind Gísladóttir, Birkir Þór Bragason, Mariya Hristova, Anthony P Nicholas, Sigríður Guðmundsdóttir, Sigrun Lange
Pentraxins are fluid phase pattern recognition molecules that form an important part of the innate immune defence and are conserved between fish and human. In Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua L.), two pentraxin-like proteins have been described, CRP-I and CRP-II. Here we show for the first time that these two CRP forms are post-translationally deiminated (an irreversible conversion of arginine to citrulline) and differ with respect to tissue specific localisation in cod ontogeny from 3 to 84 days post hatching. While both forms are expressed in liver, albeit at temporally differing levels, CRP-I shows a strong association with nervous tissue while CRP-II is strongly associated to mucosal tissues of gut and skin...
May 16, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777717/analysis-of-the-postoperative-periarticular-environment-and-influence-on-sustained-drug-delivery-from-a-gel-formulation
#10
Darren Svirskis, Waldron Martis, Prabhat Bhusal, Manisha Sharma, Renus Stowers, Simon W Young
Regional intraarticular delivery of local anaesthetics is effective in treating postoperative pain following total knee or hip replacement. Recent research efforts have been only partially successful in achieving sustained release of the analgesic agent, in part due to limited understanding of the biological environment into which these formulations are administered. This study aimed to detail the composition and properties of postoperative periarticular fluid (PO-PAF). PO-PAF was collected from 8 patients and the composition and physicochemical properties determined...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777694/gapdh-targeted-therapy-a-new-approach-for-secondary-damage-after-traumatic-brain-injury-on-rats
#11
Vladimir F Lazarev, Elizaveta A Dutysheva, Elena Y Komarova, Elena R Mikhaylova, Irina V Guzhova, Boris A Margulis
Massive neuronal death caused by a neurodegenerative pathology or damage due to ischaemia or traumatic brain injury leads to the appearance of cytosolic proteins in the extracellular space. We found that one of the most abundant cellular polypeptides, glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), appearing in the medium of dying cells or body fluids is able to form aggregates that are cytotoxic to adjacent cells. Since we previously showed that the hydrocortisone derivative RX624 can inhibit the ability of GAPDH to transport the enzyme complex with polyglutamine and reduce the cytotoxicity of the complex, we explored the effects of GAPDH on SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma cells...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777685/thiamine-preserves-mitochondrial-function-in-a-rat-model-of-traumatic-brain-injury-preventing-inactivation-of-the-2-oxoglutarate-dehydrogenase-complex
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Garik V Mkrtchyan, Muammer Üçal, Andrea Müllebner, Sergiu Dumitrescu, Martina Kames, Rudolf Moldzio, Marek Molcanyi, Samuel Schaefer, Adelheid Weidinger, Ute Schaefer, Juergen Hescheler, Johanna Catharina Duvigneau, Heinz Redl, Victoria I Bunik, Andrey V Kozlov
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Based on the fact that traumatic brain injury is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction we aimed at localization of mitochondrial defect and attempted to correct it by thiamine. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Interventional controlled experimental animal study was used. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to lateral fluid percussion traumatic brain injury. Thiamine was administered 1 h prior to trauma; cortex was extracted for analysis 4 h and 3 d after trauma...
May 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777596/morphological-analysis-of-pore-size-and-connectivity-in-a-thick-mixed-culture-biofilm
#13
Alex F Rosenthal, James S Griffin, Michael Wagner, Aaron I Packman, Oluwaseyi Balogun, George F Wells
Morphological parameters are commonly used to predict transport and metabolic kinetics in biofilms. Yet, quantification of biofilm morphology remains challenging due to imaging technology limitations and lack of robust analytical approaches. We present a novel set of imaging and image analysis techniques to estimate internal porosity, pore size distributions, and pore network connectivity to a depth of 1 mm at a resolution of 10 µm in a biofilm exhibiting both heterotrophic and nitrifying activity. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) scans revealed an extensive pore network with diameters as large as 110 µm directly connected to the biofilm surface and surrounding fluid...
May 19, 2018: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777509/improving-the-oral-bioavailability-of-tapentadol-via-a-carbamate-prodrug-approach-synthesis-bioactivation-and-pharmacokinetics
#14
Yingchao Li, Yongjun Wang, Ran Zhang, Cuiru Liu, Yue Wei, Jin Sun, Zhonggui He, Youjun Xu, Tianhong Zhang
Tapentadol suffers from rapid clearance due to extensive metabolism in vivo, which results in low oral bioavailability. In the present study, three novel prodrugs of tapentadol (WWJ01, WWJ02, and WWJ03) were synthesized to improve its metabolic stability and thereby improve its oral bioavailability. They all exhibited good stability in phosphate buffers, simulated gastrointestinal fluids, rat plasma, and intestinal and liver homogenates. Disappointingly, the N,N-diethylcarbamate prodrug of tapentadol (WWJ02) and the N,N-diisopropylcarbamate prodrug of tapentadol (WWJ03) were metabolized into inactive metabolites when incubated with liver microsomes...
May 17, 2018: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777456/distal-bowel-re-feeding-in-patients-with-proximal-jejunostomy
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Anand Nagar, Siddharth Mehrotra, Amitabh Yadav, Vivek Mangla, Shailendra Lalwani, Naimish Mehta, Samiran Nundy
BACKGROUND: Patients who have a proximal jejunostomy are difficult to manage because of their high stoma output which results in fluid and electrolyte imbalance with repeated hospital admissions and the necessity for expensive parenteral nutrition (PN). There are few reports on the use of re-feeding of the proximal effluents in this situation. METHODS: We here relate our experience with this manoeuvre in 35 patients between Jan 2010 and Feb 2016 who had stomas less than 120 cm away from the duodenojejunal flexure...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777414/altered-gut-microbiota-associated-with-intestinal-disease-in-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idellus
#16
Ngoc Tuan Tran, Jing Zhang, Fan Xiong, Gui-Tang Wang, Wen-Xiang Li, Shan-Gong Wu
Gut microbiota plays a crucial importance in their host. Disturbance of the microbial structure and function is known to be associated with inflammatory intestinal disorders. Enteritis is a significant cause of high mortality in fish species, including grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus). Study regarding the association between microbial alternations and enteritis in grass carp is still absent. In this study, changes in the gut microbiota of grass carp suffering from enteritis were investigated using NGS-based 16S rRNA sequencing...
May 18, 2018: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777407/modelling-the-delay-between-pharmacokinetics-and-eeg-effects-of-morphine-in-rats-binding-kinetic-versus-effect-compartment-models
#17
Wilhelmus E A de Witte, Vivi Rottschäfer, Meindert Danhof, Piet H van der Graaf, Lambertus A Peletier, Elizabeth C M de Lange
Drug-target binding kinetics (as determined by association and dissociation rate constants, k on and k off ) can be an important determinant of the kinetics of drug action. However, the effect compartment model is used most frequently instead of a target binding model to describe hysteresis. Here we investigate when the drug-target binding model should be used in lieu of the effect compartment model. The utility of the effect compartment (EC), the target binding kinetics (TB) and the combined effect compartment-target binding kinetics (EC-TB) model were tested on either plasma (ECPL , TBPL and EC-TBPL ) or brain extracellular fluid (ECF) (ECECF , TBECF and EC-TBECF ) morphine concentrations and EEG amplitude in rats...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777288/time-shifting-effects-of-methylphenidate-on-daily-rhythms-in-the-diurnal-rodent-arvicanthis-ansorgei
#18
Jorge Mendoza, Hester C van Diepen, Rob Rodrigues Pereira, Johanna H Meijer
People suffering of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and treated with the psychostimulant methylphenidate (MPH) show sleep-wake cycle and daily rhythm alterations despite the beneficial effects of MPH on behavioral symptoms (i.e., hyperactivity, attention). In nocturnal rodents (i.e., mice), chronic exposure to MPH alters the neural activity of the circadian clock in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), behavioral rhythms, and the sleep-wake cycle. Here, we studied the effects of MPH on daily rhythms of behavior and body temperature of the diurnal rodent Arvicanthis ansorgei...
May 18, 2018: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777174/how-does-blood-regulate-cerebral-temperatures-during-hypothermia
#19
Stephen Blowers, Ian Marshall, Michael Thrippleton, Peter Andrews, Bridget Harris, Iain Bethune, Prashant Valluri
Macro-modeling of cerebral blood flow can help determine the impact of thermal intervention during instances of head trauma to mitigate tissue damage. This work presents a bioheat model using a 3D fluid-porous domain coupled with intersecting 1D arterial and venous vessel trees. This combined vascular porous (VaPor) model resolves both cerebral blood flow and energy equations, including heat generated by metabolism, using vasculature extracted from MRI data and is extended using a tree generation algorithm...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777154/calcimimetic-acts-on-enteric-neuronal-casr-to-reverse-cholera-toxin-induced-intestinal-electrolyte-secretion
#20
Lieqi Tang, Lingli Jiang, Megan E McIntyre, Ekaterina Petrova, Sam X Cheng
Treatment of acute secretory diarrheal illnesses remains a global challenge. Enterotoxins produce secretion through direct epithelial action and indirectly by activating enteric nervous system (ENS). Using a microperfused colonic crypt technique, we have previously shown that R568, a calcimimetic that activates the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR), can act on intestinal epithelium and reverse cholera toxin-induced fluid secretion. In the present study, using the Ussing chamber technique in conjunction with a tissue-specific knockout approach, we show that the effects of cholera toxin and CaSR agonists on electrolyte secretion by the intestine can also be attributed to opposing actions of the toxin and CaSR on the activity of the ENS...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
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