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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055004/stat4-regulates-the-cd8-regulatory-t-cell-t-follicular-helper-cell-axis-and-promotes-atherogenesis-in-insulin-resistant-ldlr-mice
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Parésa L Taghavie-Moghadam, Tayab C Waseem, Julian Hattler, Lindsey M Glenn, Anca D Dobrian, Mark H Kaplan, Yi Yang, Roza Nurieva, Jerry L Nadler, Elena V Galkina
The metabolic syndrome and diabetic conditions support atherosclerosis, but the exact mechanisms for accelerated atherogenesis remain unclear. Although the proinflammatory role of STAT4 in atherosclerosis and diet-induced insulin resistance (IR) was recently established, the impact of STAT4 on atherogenesis in conditions of IR is not known. In this study, we generated Stat4(-/-)Ldlr(-/-) mice that were fed a diabetogenic diet with added cholesterol (DDC). DDC-fed Stat4(-/-)Ldlr(-/-) mice demonstrated improved glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity, and a 36% reduction in atherosclerosis compared with Ldlr(-/-) controls...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054659/enhanced-transport-of-ferrihydrite-colloid-by-chain-shaped-humic-acid-colloid-in-saturated-porous-media
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Jie Ma, Huaming Guo, Mei Lei, Yongtao Li, Liping Weng, Yali Chen, Yuling Ma, Yingxuan Deng, Xiaojuan Feng, Wei Xiu
Both humic acid and colloid particle size effectively regulate colloid transport. However, little is known about effect of particle size and configuration of humic acid colloid (HAcolloid) on enhanced-transport of ferrihydrite colloid (FHcolloid) in porous media. Co-transport of HAcolloid and FHcolloid at different pH was systematically investigated by monitoring breakthrough curves (BTCs) in saturated sand columns. The colloid transport model and the (X)DLVO theory were used to reveal the mechanism of HAcolloid-enhanced FHcolloid transport in the columns...
October 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054648/distinct-toxicity-of-silver-nanoparticles-and-silver-nitrate-to-daphnia-magna-in-m4-medium-and-surface-water
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Yi Hu, Xiangjie Chen, Kun Yang, Daohui Lin
Toxicity of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) has been studied in various culture media. However, these media notably differ from the natural aquatic system, thus the conclusions may be inapplicable for real environment condition. The toxicity and its underlying mechanism of AgNPs in surface waters warrant more investigations. This study investigated the acute toxicity, chronic toxicity, bioaccumulation, and alga-daphnia food chain transfer of citrate-coated AgNPs (C-AgNPs) and Ag(+) (from AgNO3) to D. magna in a culture medium (M4) and a surface water sample...
October 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054644/legionella-a-threat-to-groundwater-pathogen-transport-in-recharge-basin
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Lauren R McBurnett, Nathan T Holt, Absar Alum, Morteza Abbaszadegan
This study elucidates the potential risk posed by Legionella during aquifer recharge practices. Experiments were conducted using pilot-scale column simulating infiltration of bacterial surrogate and pathogen, E. coli and Legionella pneumophila, under central Arizona recharge basin conditions. A column was packed with a loamy sand media collected from a recharge basin and was fitted with six sampling ports at soil depths of 15, 30, 60, 92, 122cm and acclimated for a month with tertiary treated wastewater. Transport of Legionella appeared to be delayed compared to E...
October 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054455/dadle-enhances-viability-and-anti-inflammatory-effect-of-human-mscs-subjected-to-serum-free-apoptotic-condition-in-part-via-the-dor-pi3k-akt-pathway
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L Vinod Kumar Reddy, Dwaipayan Sen
AIM: Nutritional deprivation and inflammation-rich zones are the major causative reasons for poor survivability of transplanted mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Therefore in the present study, we demonstrated the cytoprotective and anti-inflammatory effects of activated delta (δ)-opioid receptor (DOR) with synthetic peptide [D-Ala(2), D-Leu(5)]-enkephalin (DADLE) treatment on human MSCs cultured in serum-starved condition. MAIN METHODS: Cell viability was measured using MTT and Annexin V/PI assays...
October 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054139/mc-media-pad-acplus%C3%A2-for-enumeration-of-aerobic-counts-in-a-variety-of-foods
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Hajime Teramura, Gail Betts
The MC-Media Pad ACplus™ is a dry, rehydratable film medium for the enumeration of aerobic bacterial colonies.The performance of the method in a variety of foods was compared to that of U.S. reference methods: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook (MLG) Chapter 3.02 "Quantitative Analysis of Bacteria in Foods as Sanitary Indicators" (USDA/FSIS MLG 3.02); Standard Methods for the Examination of Dairy Products (SMEDP) Chapter 6 "Microbiological Count Methods, Standard Plate Count Method" (SMEDP 6); AOAC Official Method(SM)966...
October 20, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053925/mesenchymal-stem-cell-secretome-improves-tendon-cell-viability-in-vitro-and-tendon-bone-healing-in-vivo-when-a-tissue-engineering-strategy-is-used-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-massive-rotator-cuff-tear
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Nuno Sevivas, Fábio Gabriel Teixeira, Raquel Portugal, Bruno Direito-Santos, João Espregueira-Mendes, Filipe J Oliveira, Rui F Silva, Nuno Sousa, Wan Ting Sow, Nguyen Luong, Kee Woei Ng, António J Salgado
BACKGROUND: Massive rotator cuff tears (MRCTs) represent a major clinical concern, especially when degeneration and chronicity are involved, which highly compromise healing capacity. PURPOSE: To study the effect of the secretome of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) on tendon cells (TCs) followed by the combination of these activated TCs with an electrospun keratin-based scaffold to develop a tissue engineering strategy to improve tendon-bone interface (TBi) healing in a chronic MRCT rat model...
October 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053396/embryonic-stem-cell-secreted-factors-decrease-invasiveness-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cells-through-regulome-modulation
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Elizabeth Tarasewicz, Robert S Oakes, Misael O Aviles, Joelle Straehla, Kathryn M Chilton, Joseph T Decker, Jia Wu, Lonnie D Shea, Jacqueline S Jeruss
Stem cell microenvironments decrease the invasiveness of cancer cells, and elucidating the mechanisms associated with disease regression could further the development of targeted therapies for aggressive cancer subtypes. To this end, we applied an emerging technology, TRanscriptional Activity CEll aRray (TRACER), to investigate the reprogramming of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) cells in conditions that promoted a less aggressive phenotype. The repressive environment was established through exposure to mouse embryonic stem cell conditioned media (mESC CM)...
October 20, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053340/the-beneficial-role-of-potassium-in-cd-induced-stress-alleviation-and-growth-improvement-in-gladiolus-grandiflora-l
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Nasim Ahmad Yasin, Malik Muhammad Zaheer, Waheed Ullah Khan, Sajid Rashid Ahmad, Aqeel Ahmad, Aamir Ali, Waheed Akram
Heavy metal contaminated agricultural soils are one of the most important constraints for successful cultivation of crops. The current research was conducted to evaluate the role of potassium (K) on plant growth and amelioration of cadmium (Cd) stress in Gladiolus grandiflora under greenhouse conditions. G. grandiflora corms were sown in media contaminated with 0 (C), 50 (Cd50) and 100 (Cd100) mg Cd kg(-1) soil. The plants growing in Cd-contaminated media exhibited reduced gas exchange attributes, chlorophyll (Chl) contents, vegetative and reproductive growth as compared to control...
October 20, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052947/exploring-opportunities-to-support-mental-health-care-using-social-media-a-survey-of-social-media-users-with-mental-illness
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John A Naslund, Kelly A Aschbrenner, Gregory J McHugo, Jürgen Unützer, Lisa A Marsch, Stephen J Bartels
AIM: Social media holds promise for expanding the reach of mental health services, especially for young people who frequently use these popular platforms. We surveyed social media users who self-identified as having a mental illness to learn about their use of social media for mental health and to identify opportunities to augment existing mental health services. METHODS: We asked 240 Twitter users who self-identified in their profile as having a mental illness to participate in an online survey...
October 20, 2017: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052811/four-saccharomyces-species-differ-in-their-tolerance-to-various-stresses-though-they-have-similar-basic-physiological-parameters
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Jana Zemančíková, Marie Kodedová, Klára Papoušková, Hana Sychrová
Saccharomyces species, which are mostly used in the food and beverage industries, are known to differ in their fermentation efficiency and tolerance of adverse fermentation conditions. However, the basis of their difference has not been fully elucidated, although their genomes have been sequenced and analyzed. Five strains of four Saccharomyces species (S. cerevisiae, S. kudriavzevii, S. bayanus, and S. paradoxus), when grown in parallel in laboratory conditions, exhibit very similar basic physiological parameters such as membrane potential, intracellular pH, and the degree to which they are able to quickly activate their Pma1 H(+)-ATPase upon glucose addition...
October 20, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052144/the-effects-of-extracellular-serum-concentration-on-app-processing-in-npc1-deficient-app-overexpressing-n2a-cells
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M Maulik, D Vergote, G Phukan, J Chung, G Thinakaran, S Kar
Amyloid precursor protein (APP) is cleaved by a set of proteases including α-/β-/γ- and recently identified η-secretases, generating C-terminal fragments (CTFs) of varying lengths and amyloid β (Aβ) peptides, which are considered to play a pivotal role in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. Cellular cholesterol content/distribution can regulate the production/clearance of APP metabolites and hence modify AD pathology. To determine the functional relation between endosomal-lysosomal (EL) cholesterol sequestration and APP metabolism, we used our recently developed mouse N2a-ANPC cells that overexpress Swedish mutant human APP in the absence of cholesterol-trafficking Niemann-Pick type C1 (Npc1) protein...
October 19, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051758/identification-of-yfih-and-the-catalase-cata-as-polyphenol-oxidases-of-aeromonas-media-and-cata-as-a-regulator-of-pigmentation-by-its-peroxyl-radical-scavenging-capacity
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Baozhong Chai, Yunqian Qiao, He Wang, Xiaoming Zhang, Jiao Wang, Choushi Wang, Ping Zhou, Xiangdong Chen
Pyomelanin is the major constituent of pigment in melanogenic Aeromonas strains of bacteria. However, eumelanin, synthesized from tyrosine via L-DOPA and polyphenol oxidases (PPOs), may also be present in this genus since L-DOPA is frequently detected in culture fluids of several species. To address this question, we used a deletion mutant of Aeromonas media strain WS, in which pyomelanin synthesis is completely blocked under normal culture conditions. When tyrosine was supplied to the medium, we observed residual melanin accumulation, which we interpret as evidence for existence of the DOPA-melanin pathway...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050279/ssecks-akap12-scaffolding-functions-suppress-b16f10-induced-peritoneal-metastasis-by-attenuating-cxcl9-10-secretion-by-resident-fibroblasts
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Masashi Muramatsu, Lingqiu Gao, Jennifer Peresie, Benjamin Balderman, Shin Akakura, Irwin H Gelman
SSeCKS/Gravin/AKAP12 (SSeCKS) is a kinase scaffolding protein known to suppress metastasis by attenuating tumor-intrinsic PKC- and Src-mediated signaling pathways [1]. In addition to downregulation in metastatic cells, in silico analyses identified SSeCKS downregulation in prostate or breast cancer-derived stroma, suggesting a microenvironmental cell role in controlling malignancy. Although orthotopic B16F10 and SM1WT1[Braf(V600E)] mouse melanoma tumors grew similarly in syngeneic WT or SSeCKS-null (KO) mice, KO hosts exhibited 5- to 10-fold higher levels of peritoneal metastasis, and this enhancement could be adoptively transferred by pre-injecting naïve WT mice with peritoneal fluid (PF), but not non-adherent peritoneal cells (PC), from naïve KO mice...
September 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048704/hydroxyapatite-decreases-cytotoxicity-of-a-glass-ionomer-cement-by-calcium-fluoride-uptake-in-vitro
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Casiano Del Angel-Mosqueda, Rene Hernandez-Delgadillo, Osvelia E Rodríguez-Luis, María T Ramírez-Rodríguez, Silvia Munguía-Moreno, Norma V Zavala-Alonso, Juan M Solís-Soto, María A A Nakagoshi-Cepeda, Rosa I Sánchez-Nájera, Sergio E Nakagoshi-Cepeda, Claudio Cabral-Romero
BACKGROUND: Glass ionomer cements (GICs) are widely used in dentistry because of their remineralizing and cariostatic potential induced by fluoride. In vitro studies have reported cell toxicity triggered by GICs; however, the influence of hydroxyapatite (HAp) must be considered. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of HAp in decreasing the cytotoxicity of the GIC 3M Vitrebond in vitro. METHODS: Samples of 3M Vitrebond (powder, liquid and light-cured) were incubated in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium-Ham's F12 (DMEM-F12) for 24 hours at 37°C...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047824/optical-turbulence-in-confined-media-part-ii-first-results-using-the-intense-instrument
#16
Flavien Blary, Julien Chabé, Aziz Ziad, Julien Borgnino, Yan Fanteï-Caujolle, Arnaud Liotard, Frédéric Falzon
Optical system performances can be affected by local optical turbulence created by its surrounding environment (telescope dome, clean room, or atmospheric layer). This paper follows a previous one introducing the INdoor TurbulENce SEnsor (INTENSE) instrument for optical turbulence characterization in a local area by exploitation of laser beam angle-of-arrival fluctuations. After a brief summary of the theoretical background, we present in this part results obtained using the INTENSE instrument in various optical integration testing clean rooms and telescope domes, each with specific air behavior conditions...
August 1, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047640/bicontinuity-analysis-of-multibeam-interference-three-dimensional-periodic-structures-volume-fractions-and-interface-areas
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Shruthi K Vadivel, Matthieu C R Leibovici, Thomas K Gaylord
Bicontinuous structures are an important subset of three-dimensional periodic structures. In multibeam interference structures, the conditions for bicontinuity depend on the beam parameters and the exposure dose. As described in the present work, these conditions can be applied to establish the range of bicontinuity for any multibeam-interference-produced structure. In addition to the bicontinuity range, the analysis yields the volume fraction of the constituent materials and the normalized interface areas...
June 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046934/-knowledge-of-the-population-about-leading-symptoms-of-cardiovascular-emergencies-and-the-responsibility-and-accessibility-of-medical-facilities-in-emergencies-results-of-the-kzen-study-in-western-palatinate
#18
T Luiz, S Dittrich, G Pollach, C Madler
BACKGROUND: The Westpfalz is a mainly rural region in the southwestern part of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate with 527,000 inhabitants and demonstrates a higher than average cardiovascular mortality compared to the rest of Germany. The reasons are not known. Our study attempted to investigate whether significant deficits in knowledge of the population on cardiovascular emergencies, the accessibility of emergency medical services (EMS) or the different responsibilities and abilities of the medical facilities could be held responsible for this...
October 18, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046270/-mydepressionlookslike-examining-public-discourse-about-depression-on-twitter
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E Megan Lachmar, Andrea K Wittenborn, Katherine W Bogen, Heather L McCauley
BACKGROUND: Social media provides a context for billions of users to connect, express sentiments, and provide in-the-moment status updates. Because Twitter users tend to tweet emotional updates from daily life, the platform provides unique insights into experiences of mental health problems. Depression is not only one of the most prevalent health conditions but also carries a social stigma. Yet, opening up about one's depression and seeking social support may provide relief from symptoms...
October 18, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045472/sulfites-inhibit-the-growth-of-four-species-of-beneficial-gut-bacteria-at-concentrations-regarded-as-safe-for-food
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Sally V Irwin, Peter Fisher, Emily Graham, Ashley Malek, Adriel Robidoux
Sulfites and other preservatives are considered food additives to limit bacterial contamination, and are generally regarded as safe for consumption by governmental regulatory agencies at concentrations up to 5000 parts per million (ppm). Consumption of bactericidal and bacteriostatic drugs have been shown to damage beneficial bacteria in the human gut and this damage has been associated with several diseases. In the present study, bactericidal and bacteriostatic effects of two common food preservatives, sodium bisulfite and sodium sulfite, were tested on four known beneficial bacterial species common as probiotics and members of the human gut microbiota...
2017: PloS One
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