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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223877/transcriptomic-analyses-reveal-complex-and-interconnected-sucrose-signaling-cascades-in-developing-seeds-of-castor-bean
#1
Bin Wang, Yang Zhang, Mohammad Enamul Haque, Wei Xu, Fei Li, Aizhong Liu
Seeds are highly specific organs that strongly sink sucrose resources from leaf and stem tissues to trigger seed metabolism and development. In particular, for heterotrophic non-green seeds, the potential molecular mechanism underlying sucrose-driven seed development remains unanswered. Castor bean (Ricinus communis L.), a typical non-green seed, has been considered as a model plant for seed biology study in dicotyledonous plants due to its heterotrophic seeds with persistent endosperms. In the present study, the fast-developing castor bean seeds were treated with exogenous sucrose and mannitol for four hours...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223393/mersalyl-prevents-the-tl-induced-permeability-transition-pore-opening-in-the-inner-membrane-of-ca2-loaded-rat-liver-mitochondria
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Sergey M Korotkov, Svetlana A Konovalova, Vladimir P Nesterov, Irina V Brailovskaya
It was earlier shown that the calcium load of rat liver mitochondria in medium containing TlNO3 and KNO3 resulted in the Tl+-induced mitochondrial permeability transition pore (MPTP) opening in the inner membrane. This opening was accompanied by an increase in swelling and membrane potential dissipation and a decrease in state 3, state 4, and 2,4-dinitrophenol-uncoupled respiration. This respiratory decrease was markedly leveled by mersalyl (MSL), the phosphate symporter (PiC) inhibitor which poorly stimulated the calcium-induced swelling, but further increased the potential dissipation...
December 6, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223021/pre-treatment-of-soybean-plants-with-calcium-stimulates-ros-responses-and-mitigates-infection-by-sclerotinia-sclerotiorum
#3
Arbia Arfaoui, Abdelbasset El Hadrami, Fouad Daayf
Considering the high incidence of white mold caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in a variety of field crops and vegetables, different control strategies are needed to keep the disease under economical threshold. This study assessed the effect of foliar application of a calcium formulation on disease symptoms, oxalic acid production, and on the oxidative stress metabolism in soybean plants inoculated with each of two isolates of the pathogen that have contrasting aggressiveness (HA, highly-aggressive versus WA, weakly-aggressive)...
November 26, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221946/-facing-a-dilemma-in-elderly-complex-and-vulnerable-patients-to-stop-or-not-to-stop-prevention
#4
Laura Llobet Vila, Josep Maria Manresa Domínguez, José Manuel Carmona Segado, Alícia Franzi Sisó, Rosa Vallès Balasch, Isabel Martínez Díaz
OBJECTIVES: 1-To know the preventive prescription (statin, antiplatelet drugs, bisphosphonates, calcium and vitamin D and Vit B12) of elderly patients previously identified as a CCD (with a complex chronic disease) and ACD (with advanced chronic disease and lifetime expectancy of less than 12 months) who died during 2015. 2-To assess the correct indication of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) to determine potentially avoidable medication. DESIGN: Retrospective observational study...
December 5, 2017: Atencion Primaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221908/how-to-maintain-active-zone-integrity-during-high-frequency-transmission
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REVIEW
Niklas Byczkowicz, Andreas Ritzau-Jost, Igor Delvendahl, Stefan Hallermann
In the central nervous system, the frequency at which reliable synaptic transmission can be maintained varies strongly between different types of synapses. Several pre- and postsynaptic processes must interact to enable high-frequency synaptic transmission. One of the mechanistically most challenging issues arises during repetitive neurotransmitter release, when synaptic vesicles fuse in rapid sequence with the presynaptic plasma membrane within the active zone (AZ), potentially interfering with the structural integrity of the AZ itself...
December 5, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221166/high-salt-induced-hypertension-leads-to-cognitive-defect
#6
Cui-Ping Guo, Zhen Wei, Fang Huang, Min Qin, Xing Li, Yu-Man Wang, Qun Wang, Jian-Zhi Wang, Rong Liu, Bin Zhang, Hong-Lian Li, Xiao-Chuan Wang
Although increasing evidences suggest a relationship between hypertension and brain function for years, it is still unclear whether hypertension constitutes a risk factor for cognitive decline and its underlying mechanism. In the present study, an experimental animal model of hypertension simply by feeding rats with high salt diet was employed. We found that long-term high salt intake caused a marked increase of systolic blood pressure linked to a declined regional cerebral blood flow. Fear conditioning and morris water maze behavioral test revealed that high salt diet induced hippocampal dependent spatial reference memory deficits, while a decreased synaptogenesis without neuronal loss in hippocampus was observed in high salt treated rats...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221117/inhibition-of-chemerin-cmklr1-axis-in-neuroblastoma-cells-reduces-clonogenicity-and-cell-viability-in-vitro-and-impairs-tumor-growth-in-vivo
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Conny Tümmler, Igor Snapkov, Malin Wickström, Ugo Moens, Linda Ljungblad, Lotta Helena Maria Elfman, Jan-Olof Winberg, Per Kogner, John Inge Johnsen, Baldur Sveinbjørnsson
Pro-inflammatory cells, cytokines, and chemokines are essential in promoting a tumor supporting microenvironment. Chemerin is a chemotactic protein and a natural ligand for the receptors CMKLR1, GPR1, and CCRL2. The chemerin/CMKLR1 axis is involved in immunity and inflammation, and it has also been implicated in obesity and cancer. In neuroblastoma, a childhood tumor of the peripheral nervous system we identified correlations between high CMKLR1 and GPR1 expression and reduced overall survival probability. CMKLR1, GPR1, and chemerin RNA and protein were detected in neuroblastoma cell lines and neuroblastoma primary tumor tissue...
November 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221029/effect-of-crystalline-family-and-orientation-on-stimulated-brillouin-scattering-in-whispering-gallery-mode-resonators
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Souleymane Diallo, Jean-Pierre Aubry, Yanne K Chembo
Ultra-high Q whispering-gallery mode resonators pumped by a continuous-wave laser are known to enhance stimulated Brillouin scattering when optimal resonance and phase-matching conditions are met. In crystalline resonators, this process depends critically on the crystal orientation and family, which impose the elastic constants defining the velocity of the acoustic waves. In this article, we investigate the effect of crystalline orientation and family on this velocity which is proportional to the Brillouin frequency down-shift...
November 27, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219187/integrated-molecular-biochemical-and-physiological-assessment-unravels-key-extraction-method-mediated-influences-on-rat-neonatal-cardiomyocytes
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Leonardo Jensen, Elida Neri, Vinicius Bassaneze, Nathalia Corrêa De Almeida Oliveira, Rafael Dariolli, Thiago Lauro Turaça, Débora Levy, Douglas Veronez, Mariana Sacrini Ayres Ferraz, Adriano Mesquita Alencar, Sérgio Paulo Bydlowski, Idágene Aparecida Cestari, José Eduardo Krieger
Neonatal cardiomyocytes are instrumental for disease modeling, but the effects of different cell extraction methods on basic cell biological processes remain poorly understood. We assessed the influence of two popular methods to extract rat neonatal cardiomyocytes, Pre-plating (PP) and Percoll (PC) on cell structure, metabolism, and function. Cardiomyocytes obtained from PP showed higher gene expression for troponins, titin, and potassium and sodium channels compared to PC. Also, PP cells displayed higher levels of troponin I protein...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218858/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-study-of-commercial-calcium-phosphate-cement-hydroset%C3%A2
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Niall W Kent, Gordon Blunn, Natalia Karpukhina, Graham Davis, Roberta Ferro de Godoy, Rory M Wilson, Melanie Coathup, Lyris Onwordi, Wen Yu Quak, Robert Hill
The commercial calcium phosphate cement, HydroSet™, was investigated in vitro, studying phase formation, compressive strength and setting time, followed by an ovine in vivo study to measure osseointegration, bone apposition and bone-to-graft contact. The X-ray diffraction and 31 P Magic Angle Spinning Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (MAS NMR) results showed the initial formation of octacalcium phosphate and hydroxyapatite at one hour. Over 7 days the octacalcium phosphate transformed to apatite, which was the only crystalline phase of the cement at 28 days...
January 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217881/reduced-baroreflex-sensitivity-decreased-heart-rate-variability-with-increased-arterial-stiffness-in-predialysis
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C Lal, M Kaur, A K Jaryal, K K Deepak, D Bhowmik, S K Agarwal
High cardiovascular morbidity and mortality is observed in predialytic chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. The underlying mechanism of cardiovascular dysfunction often remains unclear. The present study was designed to perform multiparametric assessment of baroreflex sensitivity (BRS), arterial stiffness indices, and cardiovascular variabilities (heart rate variability [HRV] and blood pressure variability [BPV]) together in predialytic CKD patients; compare it with normal healthy controls; and determine their relationships in predialytic nondiabetic CKD patients...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217666/epac1-regulates-endothelial-annexin-a2-cell-surface-translocation-and-plasminogen-activation
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Wenli Yang, Fang C Mei, Xiaodong Cheng
Annexins, a family of highly conserved calcium- and phospholipid-binding proteins, play important roles in a wide range of physiologic functions. Among the 12 known annexins in humans, annexin A2 (AnxA2) is one of the most extensively studied and has been implicated in various human diseases. AnxA2 can exist as a monomer or a heterotetrameric complex with S100A10 (P11) and plays a critical role in many cellular processes, including exocytosis, endocytosis, and membrane organization. At the endothelial cell surface, the (AnxA2·P11)2 tetramer-acting as a coreceptor for plasminogen and tissue plasminogen activator (tPA)-accelerates tPA-dependent activation of the fibrinolytic protease, plasmin, the enzyme that is responsible for thrombus dissolution and the degradation of fibrin...
December 7, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217431/the-effects-of-load-on-transmural-differences-in-contraction-of-isolated-mouse-ventricular-cardiomyocytes
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Anastasia Khokhlova, Gentaro Iribe, Leonid Katsnelson, Keiji Naruse, Olga Solovyova
Mechanical properties of cardiomyocytes from different transmural regions are heterogeneous in the left ventricular wall. The cardiomyocyte mechanical environment affects this heterogeneity because of mechano-electric feedback mechanisms. In the present study, we investigated the effects of the mechanical load (preload and afterload) on transmural differences in contraction of subendocardial (ENDO) and subepicardial (EPI) single cells isolated from the murine left ventricle. Various preloads imposed via axial stretch and afterloads (unloaded and heavy loaded conditions) were applied to the cells using carbon fiber techniques for single myocytes...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217137/atorvastatin-affects-negatively-respiratory-function-of-isolated-endothelial-mitochondria
#14
Izabela Broniarek, Wieslawa Jarmuszkiewicz
The purpose of this research was to elucidate the direct effects of two popular blood cholesterol-lowering drugs used to treat cardiovascular diseases, atorvastatin and pravastatin, on respiratory function, membrane potential, and reactive oxygen species formation in mitochondria isolated from human umbilical vein endothelial cells (EA.hy926 cell line). Hydrophilic pravastatin did not significantly affect endothelial mitochondria function. In contrast, hydrophobic calcium-containing atorvastatin-induced a loss of outer mitochondrial membrane integrity, an increase in hydrogen peroxide formation, and reductions in maximal (phosphorylating or uncoupled) respiratory rate, membrane potential and oxidative phosphorylation efficiency...
December 4, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216631/effect-of-cinacalcet-combined-with-calcitriol-on-the-clinical-outcome-and-bone-metabolism-in-patients-on-hemodialysis-with-severe-secondary-hyperparathyroidism
#15
Fang Yuan, Xing Chen, Chang Wang, Zheng Li, Hong Liu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical outcome and the effect of bone metabolism of cinacalcet combined with calcitriol in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients with severe secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT). METHODS: Thirty MHD patients with SHPT were enrolled into the study. All patients were given cinacalcet 25-75 mg and 0.5 μg calcitriol daily. Serum Ca, P, intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH), and bone metabolic markers were measured. The clinical symptoms and their changes were investigated...
December 7, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215868/synthesis-of-ph-responsive-biodegradable-mesoporous-silica-calcium-phosphate-hybrid-nanoparticle-as-a-high-potential-drug-carrier
#16
Yongju He, Bowen Zeng, Shuquan Liang, Mengqiu Long, Hui Xu
Biodegradability is one of the most critical issues for silica-based nanodrug delivery systems, since it is crucial prerequisites for the successful translation in clinics. In this work, a novel mesoporous silica-calcium phosphate (MS-CAP) hybrid nanocarrier with a fast pH-responsive biodegradation rate was developed by a one-step method, where CAP precursors (Ca2+ and PO43-) were incorporated into silica matrix during the growth process. The morphology and structure of MS-CAP were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)...
December 7, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214357/investigation-and-analysis-of-osteoporosis-falls-and-fragility-fractures-in-elderly-people-in-the-beijing-area-a-study-on-the-bone-health-status-of-elderly-people-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-80%C3%A2-years-old-with-life-self-care
#17
Jian Zhou, Ming-Zhao Qin, Qian Liu, Jin-Ping Liu
Among ≥ 80 years old and under life self-care in the Beijing area, the prevalences of osteoporosis, falls, and fragility fracture were high; and these prevalences were even higher in women. The treatment rate of osteoporosis is very low. Therefore, comprehensive and standardized prevention and treatment should be promoted. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to investigate prevalence of osteoporosis, falls, and fragility fractures in this population, and analyze related factors, in order to provide a basis for standardized prevention and treatment...
December 6, 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214023/assessment-and-clinical-management-of-bone-disease-in-adults-with-eating-disorders-a-review
#18
REVIEW
Anne Drabkin, Micol S Rothman, Elizabeth Wassenaar, Margherita Mascolo, Philip S Mehler
Aim: To review current medical literature regarding the causes and clinical management options for low bone mineral density (BMD) in adult patients with eating disorders. Background: Low bone mineral density is a common complication of eating disorders with potentially lifelong debilitating consequences. Definitive, rigorous guidelines for screening, prevention and management are lacking. This article intends to provide a review of the literature to date and current options for prevention and treatment...
2017: Journal of Eating Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212933/characterization-of-an-influenza-virus-pseudotyped-with-ebolavirus-glycoprotein
#19
Julie Xiao, Pramila Rijal, Lisa Schimanski, Arun Kumar Tharkeshwar, Edward Wright, Wim Annaert, Alain Townsend
We have produced a new Ebola virus pseudotype: E-S-FLU, which can be handled in biosafety level-1/2 containment for laboratory analysis. E-S-FLU is a single cycle influenza virus coated with Ebolavirus glycoprotein, and it encodes enhanced green fluorescence protein as a reporter that replaces the influenza haemagglutinin. MDCK-SIAT1 cells were transduced to express Ebolavirus glycoprotein as a stable transmembrane protein for E-S-FLU production. Infection of cells by E-S-FLU was dependent on Niemann-Pick C1 protein, which is the well-characterized receptor for Ebola virus entry at the late endosome/lysosome membrane...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212817/casr-signaling-down-regulates-aqp2-expression-via-a-novel-microrna-pathway-in-pendrin-and-nacl-cotransporter-knockout-mice
#20
Marianna Ranieri, Kamyar Zahedi, Grazia Tamma, Mariangela Centrone, Annarita Di Mise, Manoocher Soleimani, Giovanna Valenti
High concentrations of urinary calcium counteract vasopressin action via the activation of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) that is expressed in the luminal membrane of collecting duct cells, which impairs the trafficking of aquaporin-2 (AQP2). Pendrin/NaCl cotransporter double-knockout (dKO) mice display significant calcium wasting and develop severe volume depletion, despite increased circulating vasopressin levels. We hypothesized that the CaSR-mediated impairment of AQP2 expression/trafficking underlies vasopressin resistance in dKO mice...
December 6, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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