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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340273/genetic-diversity-and-selection-of-common-bean-lines-based-on-technological-quality-and-biofortification
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S de M Steckling, N D Ribeiro, F D Arns, H C Mezzomo, M T D F Possobom
The development of common bean cultivars with high technological quality that are biofortified with minerals, is required to meet the demand for food with health benefits. The objectives of this study were to evaluate whether common bean genotypes differ in terms of technological and mineral biofortification traits, to study the correlations between these characters, to analyze the genetic dissimilarity of common bean genotypes, and to select superior lines for these traits. For this, 14 common bean genotypes were evaluated in experiments conducted in three growing seasons in the Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340119/the-risk-of-nephrolithiasis-is-causally-related-to-inactive-matrix-gla-protein-a-marker-of-vitamin-k-status-a-mendelian-randomization-study-in-a-flemish-population
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Fang-Fei Wei, Lutgarde Thijs, Zhen-Yu Zhang, Lotte Jacobs, Wen-Yi Yang, Erika Salvi, Lorena Citterio, Nicholas Cauwenberghs, Tatiana Kuznetsova, Nadja E A Drummen, Azusa Hara, Paolo Manunta, Yan Li, Peter Verhamme, Karel Allegaert, Daniele Cusi, Cees Vermeer, Jan A Staessen
Background.: Vitamin K (VK)-dependent γ-glutamate carboxylation and serine phosphorylation activate matrix Gla protein (MGP) to a potent locally acting inhibitor of calcification. Nephrolithiasis represents a process of unwanted calcification associated with substantial mortality and high recurrence rates. We hypothesized that the risk of nephrolithiasis increases with VK shortage, as exemplified by higher plasma levels of desphospho-uncarboxylated MGP (dp-ucMGP). Methods...
March 15, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338737/retinol-binding-protein-4-and-lipids-prospectively-measured-during-early-to-mid-pregnancy-in-relation-to-preeclampsia-and-preterm-birth-risk
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Pauline Mendola, Akhgar Ghassabian, James L Mills, Cuilin Zhang, Michael Y Tsai, Aiyi Liu, Edwina H Yeung
BACKGROUND: Maternal retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4) and lipids may relate to preeclampsia and preterm birth risk but longitudinal data are lacking. This study examines these biomarkers longitudinally during pregnancy in relation to preeclampsia and preterm birth risk. METHODS: Maternal serum samples from the Calcium for Preeclampsia Prevention (CPEP) trial were analyzed at baseline: average 15 gestational weeks; mid-pregnancy: average 27 weeks; and at >34 weeks...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338421/harnessing-the-osteogenicity-of-in-vitro-stem-cell-derived-mineralized-extracellular-matrix-as-3d-biotemplate-to-guide-bone-regeneration
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Yoke Chin Chai, Johanna Bolander, Ioannis Papantoniou, Jennifer Patterson, Jef Vleugels, Jan Schrooten, Frank P Luyten
Advanced biomaterials that are capable of guiding robust bone regeneration are highly demanded for translational therapy of bone defects or bone augmentation in clinics. One of the strategic approaches is to produce tissue engineering (TE) constructs that mediate bone regeneration by recapitulating the natural bone formation or healing process. In this study, we aimed at producing devitalized mineralized carriers with augmented bone forming capacity via a modified culture protocol (i.e., culture conditions with high calcium and/or phosphate concentrations) that first promotes cell growth and, subsequently, mineralized extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition by human periosteum-derived osteoprogenitor cells (hPDCs) on additive manufactured three-dimensional (3D) porous titanium (Ti)-based scaffolds...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338063/greater-postprandial-glucose-excursions-and-inadequate-nutrient-intake-in-youth-with-type-1-diabetes-and-celiac-disease
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Anna Pham-Short, Kim C Donaghue, Geoffrey Ambler, Sarah Garnett, Maria E Craig
The gluten free diet (GFD) has a high glycemic index and low-fiber content, which potentially influences glycemic excursions in type 1 diabetes (T1D) and celiac disease (CD). Participants in this case-control study of youth with T1D+CD (n = 10) and T1D only (n = 7) wore blinded continuous glucose monitoring systems for six days. Blood glucose levels (BGLs) were compared between groups for each meal, including pre-meal, peak, 2-hour postprandial and time-to-peak. Participants consumed a test-breakfast of GF cereal and milk for three days and kept weighed food diaries; nutrient intake was analyzed and compared to national recommendations...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337995/cigarette-smoke-impairs-a2a-adenosine-receptor-mediated-wound-repair-through-up-regulation-of-duox-1-expression
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Zhi Tian, Hui Zhang, Jendayi Dixon, Nicole Traphagen, Todd A Wyatt, Kusum Kharbanda, Samantha Simet Chadwick, Narasaiah Kolliputi, Diane S Allen-Gipson
Cigarette smoke (CS) exposure and intrinsic factors such as the NADPH oxidases produce high levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), ensuing inflammatory tissue injury. We previously demonstrated that CS-generated ROS, particularly hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), impaired adenosine stimulated wound repair. We hypothesized that CS exposure modulates expression of Dual oxidase 1 (Duox-1), a NADPH oxidases known to generate H2O2. To test this hypothesis, we used human bronchial epithelial cell line Nuli-1 and C57BL/6 mice...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337797/standardized-sophora-pachycarpa-root-extract-enhances-osteogenic-differentiation-in-adipose-derived-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Samaneh Mollazadeh, Vajiheh Neshati, Bibi Sedigheh Fazly Bazzaz, Mehrdad Iranshahi, Majid Mojarrad, Hojjat Naderi-Meshkin, Mohammad Amin Kerachian
Bone defect is an important topic in public health. Novel therapies are based on osteogenic induction by natural antiosteoporotic compounds including plant-derived estrogens. In the current study, the osteogenic potential of Sophora pachycarpa root extract (SPRE) was explored on human adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells. Herein, adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells were osteoinducted in the presence of increased concentrations of the extract for 21 days. Then, cell viability was evaluated by MTT assay, and the differentiated cells were stained by Alizarin Red S for calcium deposition and subjected to alkaline phosphatase (ALP) assay for enzymatic activity...
March 24, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336946/real-time-observational-evidence-of-changing-asian-dust-morphology-with-the-mixing-of-heavy-anthropogenic-pollution
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Xiaole Pan, Itsushi Uno, Zhe Wang, Tomoaki Nishizawa, Nobuo Sugimoto, Shigekazu Yamamoto, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Yele Sun, Pingqing Fu, Xiao Tang, Zifa Wang
Natural mineral dust and heavy anthropogenic pollution and its complex interactions cause significant environmental problems in East Asia. Due to restrictions of observing technique, real-time morphological change in Asian dust particles owing to coating process of anthropogenic pollutants is still statistically unclear. Here, we first used a newly developed, single-particle polarization detector and quantitatively investigate the evolution of the polarization property of backscattering light reflected from dust particle as they were mixing with anthropogenic pollutants in North China...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336867/synthesis-of-multicolor-core-shell-naluf%C3%A2-yb-3-ln-3-caf%C3%A2-upconversion-nanocrystals
#9
Hui Li, Shuwei Hao, Chunhui Yang, Guanying Chen
The ability to synthesize high-quality hierarchical core/shell nanocrystals from an efficient host lattice is important to realize efficacious photon upconversion for applications ranging from bioimaging to solar cells. Here, we describe a strategy to fabricate multicolor core @ shell α-NaLuF₄:Yb(3+)/Ln(3+)@CaF₂ (Ln = Er, Ho, Tm) upconversion nanocrystals (UCNCs) based on the newly established host lattice of sodium lutetium fluoride (NaLuF₄). We exploited the liquid-solid-solution method to synthesize the NaLuF₄ core of pure cubic phase and the thermal decomposition approach to expitaxially grow the calcium fluoride (CaF₂) shell onto the core UCNCs, yielding cubic core/shell nanocrystals with a size of 15...
February 7, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336831/-calcilytic-drugs-feature-and-future
#10
Itsuro Endo
Calcium-sensing receptor(CaSR)is highly expressed in parathyroid, kidney, bone, and small and large intestines to regulate Ca homeostasis. Calcilytics are allosteric antagonists of CaSR, and stimulate endogenous PTH release. Several calcilytics have been evaluated as anabolic therapies for postmenopausal osteoporosis but clinical development of all of them has been abandoned because the lacked clinical efficacy. Calcilytics might be repurposed for new indications like autosomal dominant hypocalcemia or other disorders...
2017: Clinical Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336154/socioeconomic-and-therapy-factor-influence-on-self-reported-fatigue-anxiety-and-depression-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Mirjana Lapčević, Mira Vuković, Branislav S Gvozdenović, Vesna Mioljević, Snežana Marjanović
INTRODUCTION: Fatigue, anxiety and depression are very frequent symptoms in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). GOALS: In this study we evaluated the influence of socioeconomic characteristics, therapy and comorbidities on the self-reported high fatigue, anxiety and depression in patients with RA. METHOD: Multicenter cross-sectional study was performed in 22 health institutions in Serbia during the period from April-August 2014 in population of older RA patients...
February 27, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336114/paradoxical-aortic-stenosis-a-systematic-review
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Rita Cavaca, Rogério Teixeira, Maria João Vieira, Lino Gonçalves
Aortic stenosis (AS) is a complex systemic valvular and vascular disease with a high prevalence in developed countries. The new entity "paradoxical low-flow, low-gradient aortic stenosis" refers to cases in which patients have severe AS based on assessment of aortic valve area (AVA) (≤1 cm(2)) or indexed AVA (≤0.6 cm(2)/m(2)), but paradoxically have a low mean transvalvular gradient (<40 mmHg) and a low stroke volume index (≤35 ml/m(2)), despite preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (≥50%)...
March 20, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336104/serum-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-and-metabolic-syndrome-in-a-japanese-working-population-the-furukawa-nutrition-and-health-study
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Shamima Akter, Masafumi Eguchi, Kayo Kurotani, Takeshi Kochi, Ikuko Kashino, Rie Ito, Keisuke Kuwahara, Hiroko Tsuruoka, Isamu Kabe, Tetsuya Mizoue
OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidence has suggested a protective role of vitamin D on metabolic syndrome (MetS). However, studies addressing this issue are limited in Asia and it remains unclear whether calcium could modify the association. We examined the association of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) status with MetS, and the potential effect modification by calcium intake in a Japanese working population. METHODS: Study subjects were 1790 workers, ages 18 to 69 y, who participated in a health survey at the time of periodic checkup...
April 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336092/physiological-and-biochemical-responses-of-salix-integra-thunb-under-copper-stress-as-affected-by-soil-flooding
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Yini Cao, Chuanxin Ma, Guangcai Chen, Jianfeng Zhang, Baoshan Xing
To explore the joint effect of copper (Cu) and flooding on Salix integra Thunb. (S. integra), the physiological and biochemical parameters of the seedlings grown in Cu amended soil (50, 150, 450 mg kg(-1)) with or without the flooding for 60 days were evaluated. The results suggested that the flooding significantly inhibited the root growth in terms of root length and root tips. The Cu exposures of 50 and 150 mg kg(-1) notably enhanced the root growth as compared to the control. Majority of Cu was accumulated in S...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335787/risk-factors-of-atherosclerotic-tissue-types-in-single-vessel-and-intermediate-coronary-lesions-a-cross-sectional-study
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Xianjin Wang, Qun Chen, Yu Xu, Yanqing Wang, Yang Yang, Ming Gu, Haihua Xu, Yanfang Zhao
BACKGROUND: Few data exist that correlate lesion-related risk factors such as conventional cardiovascular risks or lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) with tissue types within atherosclerotic plaques in patients with single-vessel and intermediate coronary lesions. METHODS: One hundred and ninety-two patients with single-vessel and intermediate coronary lesions were enrolled in a cross-sectional study and divided into two groups: stable angina pectoris (SAP) and acute coronary syndrome (ACS) groups...
March 23, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334028/providencia-stuartii-form-biofilms-and-floating-communities-of-cells-that-display-high-resistance-to-environmental-insults
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Mariam El Khatib, Que-Tien Tran, Chady Nasrallah, Julie Lopes, Jean-Michel Bolla, Michel Vivaudou, Jean-Marie Pagès, Jacques-Philippe Colletier
Biofilms are organized communities of bacterial cells that are responsible for the majority of human chronic bacterial infections. Providencia stuartii is a Gram-negative biofilm-forming bacterium involved in high incidence of urinary tract infections in catheterized patients. Yet, the structuration of these biofilms, and their resistance to environmental insults remain poorly understood. Here, we report on planktonic cell growth and biofilm formation by P. stuartii, in conditions that mimic its most common pathophysiological habitat in humans, i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333338/drug-discovery-for-male-subfertility-using-high-throughput-screening-a-new-approach-to-an-unsolved-problem
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Sarah J Martins da Silva, Sean G Brown, Keith Sutton, Louise V King, Halil Ruso, David W Gray, Paul G Wyatt, Mark C Kelly, Christopher L R Barratt, Anthony G Hope
STUDY QUESTION: Can pharma drug discovery approaches be utilized to transform investigation into novel therapeutics for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: High-throughput screening (HTS) is a viable approach to much-needed drug discovery for male factor infertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There is both huge demand and a genuine clinical need for new treatment options for infertile men. However, the time, effort and resources required for drug discovery are currently exorbitant, due to the unique challenges of the cellular, physical and functional properties of human spermatozoa and a lack of appropriate assay platform...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332412/drug-safety-evaluation-of-parathyroid-hormone-for-hypocalcemia-in-patients-with-hypoparathyroidism
#18
Gemma Marcucci, Giuseppe Della Pepa, Maria Luisa Brandi
Hypoparathyroidism is a rare disorder characterized by low serum calcium levels and high serum phosphate levels. This disease is commonly treated with calcium supplements and active vitamin D metabolites or analogues, but large doses of these supplements are often utilized to relieve the symptoms caused by hypocalcemia, without guarantee of a physiological normalization of calcium-phosphate homeostasis. Areas covered: Several studies have investigated replacement therapy with recombinant human PTH [rhPTH (1-84) and rhPTH (1-34)] for subjects with hypoparathyroidism...
March 23, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332248/citrate-attenuates-vascular-calcification-in-chronic-renal-failure-rats
#19
Yan Ou, Zengying Liu, Shuiqin Li, Xiaojing Zhu, Yan Lin, Jin Han, Zhaoyang Duan, Lining Jia, Baosong Gui
Vascular calcification (VC) is a major contributor of cardiovascular dysfunction in chronic renal failure (CRF). Citrate binds calcium and inhibits the growth of calcium crystals. This present study intends to evaluate the effect of citrate on VC in adenine-induced CRF rats. The rats were randomly divided into five groups: the control group, the citrate control group, model group, model rats with low-dose treatment of citrate (216 mg/kg) and model rats with high-dose treatment of citrate (746 mg/kg). The rats were euthanized at 5 weeks with their blood and aorta in detection...
March 23, 2017: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332213/hen-egg-york-phosvitin-stimulates-osteoblast-differentiation-in-the-absence-of-ascorbic-acid
#20
Qingli Liu, Chunyan Li, Fang Geng, Xi Huang, Meihu Ma
BACKGROUND: Egg yolk phosvitin, one of the most highly phosphorylated extracellular matrix proteins known in nature, has a strong calcium binding and reducing capacity. Here, we investigated the effects of phosvitin on the osteoblast differentiation and osteogenic gene expression in cultured mouse osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells by using alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity analysis, alizarin red S staining and real-time PCR assay. RESULTS: ALP activity and alizarin red S staining analyses demonstrated no significant difference between differentiating MC3T3-E1 cells cultured in the presence of phosvitin and those cultured in the presence of ascorbic acid after 21 days of differentiation...
March 23, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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