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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166560/analytical-challenges-and-recent-advances-in-mass-spectrometry-based-lipidomics
#1
Yepy Hardi Rustam, Gavin Edmund Reid
Although no internationally accepted consensus definition exists, lipids can be broadly defined as "fatty acids and their derivatives, and substances related biosynthetically or functionally to these compounds". Lipids play critical roles as (i) the major structural components of biological membranes, and as functional and regulatory components of membrane protein signaling, (ii) bioactive intra- and inter-cellular signaling molecules, and (iii) energy storage molecules for the maintenance of energy homeostasis...
November 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166372/placental-lipid-processing-in-response-to-a-maternal-high-fat-diet-and-diabetes-in-rats
#2
Eli J Louwagie, Tricia D Larsen, Angela L Wachal, Michelle L Baack
BACKGROUND: Diabetes and obesity during pregnancy impact the health of both mothers and developing babies. Prevention focuses on glycemic control, but increasing evidence implicates a role for lipids. Using a rat model, we showed that a maternal high-fat (HF) diet, increased perinatal morbidity and mortality, but lipid processing across the maternal-placental-fetal triad remained unstudied. We hypothesized that HF diet would disrupt placental lipid processing to exaggerate fuel-mediated consequences of diabetic pregnancy...
November 22, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166135/application-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-quantitatively-monitoring-chronic-constriction-injury-of-rabbit-sciatic-nerves-correlation-with-histological-and-functional-changes
#3
Wenjun Wu, Yanfeng Niu, Xiangquan Kong, Dingxi Liu, Xi Long, Shenglei Shu, Xiaoyun Su, Bing Wang, Xiaoming Liu, Yamei Ma, Lixia Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in quantitatively monitoring chronic constriction injuries (CCI) of sciatic nerves and to analyze the association of DTI parameters with nerve histology and limb function. METHODS: CCI was created on sciatic nerves in the right hind legs of 20 rabbits with the left as control. DTI parameters -- fractional anisotropy (FA), apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), axial diffusivity (AD) and radial diffusivity (RD) -- and limb function were longitudinally evaluated...
November 22, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165613/exposure-to-concentrated-ambient-pm2-5-compromises-spermatogenesis-in-a-mouse-model-role-of-suppression-of-hypothalamus-pituitary-gonads-axis
#4
Lianglin Qiu, Minjie Chen, Xiaoke Wang, Xiaobo Qin, Sufang Chen, Yingyun Qian, Zhenzhen Liu, Qi Cao, Zhekang Ying
Background: Epidemiological studies link ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution to abnormalities in the male reproductive system. However, few toxicological studies have investigated this potentially important adverse effect of PM2.5 pollution. Therefore, in the present study, we analyzed the effects of PM2.5 exposure on spermatogenesis and hypothalamic-pituitary- gonadal (HPG) axis in a murine model. Methods: Fourteen male C57BL/6J mice were subjected to a 4-month exposure to filtered air (FA) or concentrated ambient PM2...
November 20, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165394/wxc-%C3%AE-sic-nanocomposite-catalysts-used-in-aqueous-phase-hydrogenation-of-furfural
#5
Jacek Rogowski, Mariusz Andrzejczuk, Joanna Berlowska, Michal Binczarski, Dorota Kregiel, Andrzej Kubiak, Magdalena Modelska, Elzbieta Szubiakiewicz, Andrei Stanishevsky, Jolanta Tomaszewska, Izabela Alina Witonska
This study investigates the effects of the addition of tungsten on the structure, phase composition, textural properties and activities of β-SiC-based catalysts in the aqueous phase hydrogenation of furfural. Carbothermal reduction of SiO₂ in the presence of WO₃ at 1550 °C in argon resulted in the formation of WxC-β-SiC nanocomposite powders with significant variations in particle morphology and content of WxC-tipped β-SiC nano-whiskers, as revealed by TEM and SEM-EDS. The specific surface area (SSA) of the nanocomposite strongly depended on the amount of tungsten and had a notable impact on its catalytic properties for the production of furfuryl alcohol (FA) and tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA)...
November 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165024/evaluation-of-separate-role-of-intestine-and-liver-in-first-pass-metabolism-of-budesonide-in-rat
#6
Amol A Raje, Radni D Deshpande, Vishal V Pathade, Vallabh Mahajan, Kaushal Joshi, Ashwini Tambe, Ramana Jinugu, Vamsi L M Madgula, Ashwani Gaur, Vishwottam Kandikere, Chandragouda R Patil, Kasim A Mookhtiar
1. Budesonide, a potent topical corticosteroid, reported to have low oral bioavailability in mice, rat, dog and human due to rapid first pass metabolism. However, there is insufficient information available in literature regarding the role of intestine and or liver responsible for the first pass metabolism of budesonide. 2. Current study in rats investigates the role of intestine and liver in first pass metabolism of budesonide using two in vivo models. Additionally, budesonide was also evaluated in in vitro assays such as thermodynamic solubility, permeability in Caco-2 cells and stability in simulated gastric (SGF), intestinal fluids (SIF) to understand the underlaying cause for low oral bioavailability...
November 22, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163922/bright-and-sensitive-ratiometric-fluorescent-probe-enabling-endogenous-fa-imaging-and-mechanistic-exploration-of-indirect-oxidative-damage-due-to-fa-in-various-living-systems
#7
Kun Dou, Guang Chen, Fabiao Yu, Yuxia Liu, Lingxin Chen, Ziping Cao, Tao Chen, Yulin Li, Jinmao You
As a notorious toxin, formaldehyde (FA) poses an immense threat to human health. Aberrantly elevated FA levels lead to serious pathologies, including organ damage, neurodegeneration, and cancer. Unfortunately, current techniques limit FA imaging to general comparative studies, instead of a mechanistic exploration of its biological role, and this is presumably due to the lack of robust molecular tools for reporting FA in living systems. More importantly, despite being reductive, FA, however, can induce oxidative damage to organisms, thus providing a challenge to the mechanistic study of FA using fluorescence imaging...
November 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163852/melatonin-as-a-potential-inhibitory-agent-in-head-and-neck-cancer
#8
REVIEW
Chia-Ming Yeh, Shih-Chi Su, Chiao-Wen Lin, Wei-En Yang, Ming-Hsien Chien, Russel J Reiter, Shun-Fa Yang
Melatonin is a molecule secreted by the pineal gland; it is an important regulator of sleep and circadian rhythms. Through multiple interrelated mechanisms, melatonin exhibits various inhibitory properties at different stages of tumor progression. Many studies have explored the oncostatic effects of melatonin on hormone-dependent tumors. In this review, we highlight recent advances in understanding the effects of melatonin on the development of head and neck cancers, including molecular mechanisms identified through experimental and clinical observations...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163330/white-matter-changes-in-hiv-women-with-a-history-of-cocaine-dependence
#9
Kathryn-Mary Wakim, Ciara J Molloy, Ryan P Bell, Lars A Ross, John J Foxe
Cocaine use is associated with the transmission of human immunodeficiency (HIV) virus through risky sexual behavior. In HIV+ individuals, cocaine use is linked with poor health outcomes, including HIV-medication non-adherence and faster disease progression. Both HIV and cocaine dependence are associated with reduced integrity of cerebral white matter (WM), but the effects of HIV during cocaine abstinence have not yet been explored. We used diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to understand the effect of combined HIV+ serostatus and former cocaine dependence on cerebral WM integrity...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163154/biotransformation-of-flavonoid-conjugates-with-fatty-acids-and-evaluations-of-their-functionalities
#10
Cynthia Q Sun, Keryn D Johnson, Herbert Wong, L Y Foo
Enzymatic conjugation with fatty acids including omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (ω-3 PUFAs) derived from fish oil to three citrus fruit-derived flavonoids: grapefruit extract, naringin, and neohesperidin dihydrochalcone were investigated. The conversions were achieved over 85% under the catalysis of lipase Novozyme 435 in acetone at 45°C at semi-preparative scale. The conjugates were purified via solvent partition and silica gel chromatography and achieved 90-98% in purity. The NMR analysis of the conjugates confirmed that the fatty acid carbon chain was linked onto the primary -OH group on the glucose moiety of the flavonoids...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163108/alterations-in-white-matter-integrity-in-young-adults-with-smartphone-dependence
#11
Yuanming Hu, Xiaojing Long, Hanqing Lyu, Yangyang Zhou, Jianxiang Chen
Smartphone dependence (SPD) is increasingly regarded as a psychological problem, however, the underlying neural substrates of SPD is still not clear. High resolution magnetic resonance imaging provides a useful tool to help understand and manage the disorder. In this study, a tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS) analysis on diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) was used to measure white matter integrity in young adults with SPD. A total of 49 subjects were recruited and categorized into SPD and control group based on their clinical behavioral tests...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163042/impairment-of-hepcidin-upregulation-by-lipopolysaccharide-in-the-interleukin-6-knockout-mouse-brain
#12
Fa-Li Zhang, Hui-Min Hou, Zhi-Nan Yin, Lan Chang, Fe-Mi Li, Y-J Chen, Ya Ke, Zhong-Ming Qian
To find out whether the Interleukin-6 (IL-6)/signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) signaling pathway is involved in the expression of hepcidin in the mouse brain in vivo, we investigated the phosphorylation of STAT3, as well as the expression of hepcidin mRNA, ferroportin 1 (Fpn1) and ferritin light chain (Ft-L) proteins in the cortex and hippocampus of LPS-treated wild type (IL-6+/+) and IL-6 knockout (IL-6-/-) mice. We demonstrated that IL-6 knockout could significantly reduce the response of hepcidin mRNA, phospho-STAT3, Fpn1 and Ft-L protein expression to LPS treatment, in both the cortex and hippocampus of mice...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162808/a-multiplexable-tale-based-binary-expression-system-for-in-vivo-cellular-interaction-studies
#13
Markus Toegel, Ghows Azzam, Eunice Y Lee, David J H F Knapp, Ying Tan, Ming Fa, Tudor A Fulga
Binary expression systems have revolutionised genetic research by enabling delivery of loss-of-function and gain-of-function transgenes with precise spatial-temporal resolution in vivo. However, at present, each existing platform relies on a defined exogenous transcription activator capable of binding a unique recognition sequence. Consequently, none of these technologies alone can be used to simultaneously target different tissues or cell types in the same organism. Here, we report a modular system based on programmable transcription activator-like effector (TALE) proteins, which enables parallel expression of multiple transgenes in spatially distinct tissues in vivo...
November 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162665/the-beneficial-effects-of-curcumin-in-cirrhotic-rats-with-portal-hypertension
#14
Shao-Jung Hsu, Jing-Yi Lee, Te-Yueh Lin, Yu-Hsin Hsieh, Hui-Chun Huang, Fa-Yauh Lee, Han-Chieh Lin, Ming-Chih Hou, Shou-Dong Lee
In liver cirrhosis with portal hypertension, the uneven distribution of vasoactive substances leads to increased intrahepatic vascular resistance and splanchnic vasodilatation. Angiogenesis also induces increased portal inflow and portosystemic collaterals. The collaterals may induce lethal complications such as gastroesophageal variceal hemorrhage, but the therapeutic effect of vasoconstrictors is still suboptimal due to poor collateral vasoresponsivenss. Curcumin has aroused much attention for its anti-fibrosis, vasoactive and anti-angiogenesis actions...
November 21, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162503/global-structural-integrity-and-effective-connectivity-in-patients-with-disorders-of-consciousness
#15
Olivier Bodart, Enrico Amico, Francisco Gómez, Adenauer G Casali, Sarah Wannez, Lizette Heine, Aurore Thibaut, Jitka Annen, Melanie Boly, Silvia Casarotto, Mario Rosanova, Marcello Massimini, Steven Laureys, Olivia Gosseries
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have separately reported impaired functional, structural, and effective connectivity in patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC). The perturbational complexity index (PCI) is a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) derived marker of effective connectivity. The global fractional anisotropy (FA) is a marker of structural integrity. Little is known about how these parameters are related to each other. OBJECTIVE: We aimed at testing the relationship between structural integrity and effective connectivity...
November 11, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162286/medical-management-of-a-subretinal-klebsiella-pneumoniae-abscess-with-excellent-visual-outcome-without-performing-vitrectomy
#16
A Martel, B Butet, J C Ramel, D Martiano, S Baillif
OBJECTIVE: To report the case of a Klebsiella pneumoniae endogenous endophthalmitis (KPEE) of hepatic and urinary origin that was successfully treated with systemic antibiotherapy and 13 intravitreal antibiotics injections without performing a vitrectomy. PATIENT AND METHOD: Case report of a 60-year-old man with a subretinal abscess in the left eye that developed 3 days after initial presentation for K. pneumoniae bacteremia, liver abscess and urinary tract infection...
November 18, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162115/opportunities-for-topical-antimicrobial-therapy-permeation-of-canine-skin-by-fusidic-acid
#17
Sian-Marie Frosini, Ross Bond, Anette Loeffler, Jo Larner
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcal infection of the canine epidermis and hair follicle is amongst the commonest reasons for antimicrobial prescribing in small animal veterinary practice. Topical therapy with fusidic acid (FA) is an attractive alternative to systemic therapy based on low minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs, commonly <0.03 mg/l) documented in canine pathogenic staphylococci, including strains of MRSA and MRSP (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and S. pseudintermedius)...
November 21, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161705/maintained-folic-acid-supplementation-reduces-the-risk-of-mortality-in-continuous-ambulatory-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
#18
Rong Rong, Qian Zhou, Jianxiong Lin, Naya Huang, Wei Li, Yagui Qiu, Xueqing Yu, Haiping Mao
BACKGROUND: The association between folic acid (FA) supplementation and mortality in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients is unclear. METHODS: FA exposure was calculated as a percentage of cumulative duration of drug usage to total follow-up duration (FA%). A total of 1,358 patients were classified by a cutoff value of FA%. The association of FA with mortality was evaluated using Cox proportional hazards models. RESULTS: The cutoff value of FA% for predicting mortality was <34% at a median follow-up of 40...
November 22, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161204/effect-of-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-esophageal-or-junctional-cancer-results-from-the-randomized-cross-trial
#19
Bo Jan Noordman, Mathilde G E Verdam, Sjoerd M Lagarde, Maarten C C M Hulshof, Pieter van Hagen, Mark I van Berge Henegouwen, Bas P L Wijnhoven, Hanneke W M van Laarhoven, Grard A P Nieuwenhuijzen, Geke A P Hospers, Johannes J Bonenkamp, Miguel A Cuesta, Reinoud J B Blaisse, Olivier R Busch, Fiebo J W Ten Kate, Geert-Jan M Creemers, Cornelis J A Punt, John Th M Plukker, Henk M W Verheul, Ernst J Spillenaar Bilgen, Herman van Dekken, Maurice J C van der Sangen, Tom Rozema, Katharina Biermann, Jannet C Beukema, Anna H M Piet, Caroline M van Rij, Janny G Reinders, Hugo W Tilanus, Ewout W Steyerberg, Ate van der Gaast, Mirjam A G Sprangers, J Jan B van Lanschot
Purpose To compare pre-agreed health-related quality of life (HRQOL) domains in patients with esophageal or junctional cancer who received neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (nCRT) followed by surgery or surgery alone. Secondary aims were to examine the effect of nCRT on HRQOL before surgery and the effect of surgery on HRQOL. Patients and Methods Patients were randomly assigned to nCRT (carboplatin plus paclitaxel with concurrent 41.4-Gy radiotherapy) followed by surgery or surgery alone. HRQOL was measured using the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 (QLQ-C30) and -Oesophageal Cancer Module (QLQ-OES24) questionnaires pretreatment and at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months postoperatively...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161056/de-novo-food-allergy-in-pediatric-liver-transplantation-recipients
#20
Ratchaneewan Sinitkul, Wiparat Manuyakorn, Wasu Kamchaisatian, Soamarat Vilaiyuk, Suwat Benjaponpitak, Chatmanee Lertudompholwanit, Suporn Treepongkaruna
BACKGROUND: Food allergy (FA) prevalence is increasing in pediatric liver transplantation (LT). However, the clinical course is still limited. OBJECTIVE: This retrospective cohort study aimed to identify the prevalence, risk factors, and the natural history of de novo FA in children post LT. METHODS: Medical records of pediatric LT recipients from Jan 2001 - Dec 2014 were reviewed. De novo FA was diagnosed by symptoms after exposure to culprit food occurring after LT, and improvement after diet elimination...
November 22, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
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