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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440100/detrimental-effects-of-nicotine-on-thioacetamide-induced-liver-injury-in-mice
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Zixiong Zhou, Surim Park, Jong Won Kim, Jing Zhao, Moo-Yeol Lee, Kyung Chul Choi, Chae Woong Lim, Bumseok Kim
AIM: Nicotine exerts a number of physiological effects. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of nicotine on thioacetamide (TAA)-induced liver fibrosis in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For in vivo experiments, hepatic fibrosis was induced by TAA (0.25 g/kg, i.p.) three times a week for 6 weeks. Mice of TAA treated groups were administered daily with distilled water and nicotine (50 or 100 μg/mL) via gastrogavage throughout the experimental period...
April 25, 2017: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439487/modified-rice-bran-hemicellulose-inhibits-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-induced-angiogenesis-in-vitro-via-vegfr2-and-its-downstream-signaling-pathways
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Xia Zhu, Aya Okubo, Naoki Igari, Kentaro Ninomiya, Yukari Egashira
Angiogenesis is implicated in diverse pathological conditions such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, atherosclerosis, and retinal neovascularization. In the present study, we investigated the effects of modified rice bran hemicellulose (MRBH), a water-soluble hemicellulose preparation from rice bran treated with shiitake enzymes, on vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-induced angiogenesis in vitro and its mechanism. We found that MRBH significantly inhibited VEGF-induced tube formation in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) co-cultured with human dermal fibroblasts...
2017: Bioscience of Microbiota, Food and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434212/effects-of-environmental-factors-on-cyanobacterial-production-of-odorous-compounds-geosmin-and-2-methylisoborneol
#3
Hyung-Seok Oh, Chang Soo Lee, Ankita Srivastava, Hee-Mock Oh, Chi-Yong Ahn
Geosmin and 2-methylisoborneol (2-MIB), responsible for earthy or musty smell, are a major concern for safe drinking water supplies. This study investigated the effects of environmental factors on odorous compounds production and cell growth in cyanobacterial strains. Anabaena sp. FACHB-1384, a 2-MIB producer, was sensitive to low temperature (<20°C). However, geosmin producers, Anabaena sp. Chusori and Anabaena sp. NIER, were sensitive to high light intensity (>100 μmol/m²/sec), but not to low temperature...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433788/regulation-of-human-nucleus-pulposus-cells-by-peptide-coupled-substrates
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Devin T Bridgen, Bailey V Fearing, Liufang Jing, Johannah Sanchez-Adams, Megan C Cohan, Farshid Guilak, Jun Chen, Lori A Setton
Nucleus pulposus (NP) cells are derived from the notochord and differ from neighboring cells of the intervertebral disc in phenotypic marker expression and morphology. Adult human NP cells lose this phenotype and morphology with age in a pattern that contributes to progressive disc degeneration and pathology. Select laminin-mimetic peptide ligands and substrate stiffnesses were examined for their ability to regulate human NP cell phenotype and biosynthesis through the expression of NP-specific markers aggrecan, N-cadherin, collagen types I and II, and GLUT1...
April 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433176/novel-hydroxyethyl-chitosan-cellulose-scaffolds-with-bubble-like-porous-structure-for-bone-tissue-engineering
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Yaping Wang, Junmin Qian, Na Zhao, Ting Liu, Weijun Xu, Aili Suo
Hydrogels fabricated from natural polysaccharides may serve as ideal scaffolds for tissue engineering because of their similarity to the extracellular matrices. In this study, novel hydrogel scaffolds with bubble-like porous structure were prepared from hydroxyethyl chitosan (HECS) and cellulose (CEL) by a combination of chemical crosslinking, particle-leaching using silicon dioxide particles as porogen and freeze-drying method. The morphology, compression stress-strain curves, wettability, and swelling and rheological behaviors of the HECS/CEL scaffolds were characterized by SEM, mechanical test, contact angle measurement and rheometer...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431786/-ligninolytic-enzyme-production-by-white-rot-fungi-during-paraquat-herbicide-degradation
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Reyna L Camacho-Morales, José Luis Gerardo-Gerardo, Karina Guillén Navarro, José E Sánchez
Paraquat is a widely used herbicide in agriculture. Its inappropriate use and wide distribution represents a serious pollution problem for soil and water. White rot fungi are capable of degrading pollutants having a similar structure to that of lignin, such as paraquat. This study evaluated the degradation effect of paraquat on the production of ligninolytic enzymes by white rot fungi isolated from the South of Mexico. Six fungal strains showed tolerance to the herbicide in solid culture. Three of the six evaluated strains showed levels of degradation of 32, 26 and 47% (Polyporus tricholoma, Cilindrobasidium laeve and Deconica citrispora, respectively) after twelve days of cultivation in the presence of the xenobiotic...
April 18, 2017: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430606/ketamine-administered-pregnant-rats-impair-learning-and-memory-in-offspring-via-the-creb-pathway
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Xinran Li, Cen Guo, Yanan Li, Lina Li, Yuxin Wang, Yiming Zhang, Yue Li, Yu Chen, Wenhan Liu, Li Gao
Ketamine has been reported to impair the capacity for learning and memory. This study examined whether these capacities were also altered in the offspring and investigated the role of the CREB signaling pathway in pregnant rats, subjected to ketamine-induced anesthesia. On the 14th day of gestation (P14), female rats were anesthetized for 3 h via intravenous ketamine injection (200 mg/Kg). Morris water maze task, contextual and cued fear conditioning, and olfactory tasks were executed between the 25th to 30th day after birth (B25-30) on rat pups, and rats were sacrificed on B30...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428209/myelin-detection-using-rapid-quantitative-mr-imaging-correlated-to-macroscopically-registered-luxol-fast-blue-stained-brain-specimens
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J B M Warntjes, A Persson, J Berge, W Zech
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Myelin detection is of great value in monitoring diseases such as multiple sclerosis and dementia. However, most MR imaging methods to measure myelin are challenging for routine clinical use. Recently, a novel method was published, in which the presence of myelin is inferred by using its effect on the intra- and extracellular water relaxation rates and proton density, observable by rapid quantitative MR imaging. The purpose of this work was to validate this method further on the brains of 12 fresh, intact cadavers...
April 20, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425950/diversity-analysis-and-bioresource-characterization-of-halophilic-bacteria-isolated-from-a-south-african-saltpan
#9
Ramganesh Selvarajan, Timothy Sibanda, Memory Tekere, Hlengilizwe Nyoni, Stephen Meddows-Taylor
Though intensive research has been channeled towards the biotechnological applications of halophiles and other extremophilic microbes, these studies have not been, by any means, exhaustive. Saline environments still offer a vast diversity of microbes with potential to produce an array of natural products which can only be unlocked by concerted research efforts. In this study, a combination of culture and molecular approaches were employed to characterize halophilic bacteria from saltpan water samples and profile their potential biotechnological applications...
April 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424587/interactions-of-the-mechanosensitive-channels-with-extracellular-matrix-integrins-and-cytoskeletal-network-in-osmosensation
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Runsheng Jiao, Dan Cui, Stephani C Wang, Dongyang Li, Yu-Feng Wang
Life is maintained in a sea water-like internal environment. The homeostasis of this environment is dependent on osmosensory system translation of hydromineral information into osmotic regulatory machinery at system, tissue and cell levels. In the osmosensation, hydromineral information can be converted into cellular reactions through osmoreceptors, which changes thirst and drinking, secretion of antidiuretic vasopressin (VP), reabsorption of water and salt in the kidneys at systemic level as well as cellular metabolic activity and survival status at tissue level...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423001/pre-hatching-embryo-dependent-and-independent-programming-of-endometrial-function-in-cattle
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Mariana Sponchiado, Nathália Souza Gomes, Patrícia Kubo Fontes, Thiago Martins, Maite Del Collado, Athos de Assumpção Pastore, Guilherme Pugliesi, Marcelo Fábio Gouveia Nogueira, Mario Binelli
The bovine pre-implantation embryo secretes bioactive molecules from early development stages, but effects on endometrial function are reported to start only after elongation. Here, we interrogated spatially defined regions of the endometrium transcriptome for responses to a day 7 embryo in vivo. We hypothesize that exposure to an embryo changes the abundance of specific transcripts in the cranial region of the pregnant uterine horn. Endometrium was collected from the uterotubal junction (UTJ), anterior (IA), medial (IM) and posterior (IP) regions of the uterine horn ipsilateral to the CL 7 days after estrus from sham-inseminated (Con) or artificially inseminated, confirmed pregnant (Preg) cows...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419961/evidence-towards-the-involvement-of-nitric-oxide-in-drought-tolerance-of-sugarcane
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Neidiquele M Silveira, John T Hancock, Lucas Frungillo, Eleni Siasou, Fernanda C C Marcos, Ione Salgado, Eduardo C Machado, Rafael V Ribeiro
Exogenous supply of nitric oxide (NO) increases drought tolerance in sugarcane plants. However, little is known about the role of NO produced by plants under water deficit. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that drought-tolerance in sugarcane is associated with NO production and metabolism, with the more drought-tolerant genotype presenting higher NO accumulation in plant tissues. The sugarcane genotypes IACSP95-5000 (drought-tolerant) and IACSP97-7065 (drought-sensitive) were submitted to water deficit by adding polyethylene glycol (PEG-8000) in nutrient solution to reduce the osmotic potential to -0...
April 8, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415680/long-term-neurocognitive-dysfunction-in-offspring-via-ngf-erk-creb-signaling-pathway-caused-by-ketamine-exposure-during-the-second-trimester-of-pregnancy-in-rats
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Yanan Li, Xinran Li, Cen Guo, Lina Li, Yuxin Wang, Yiming Zhang, Yu Chen, Wenhan Liu, Li Gao
Early life exposure to ketamine caused neurohistopathologic changes and persistent cognitive dysfunction. For this study, a pregnant rat model was developed to investigate neurocognitive effects in the offspring, following ketamine exposure during the second trimester. Pregnant rats on gestational day 14 (equal to midtrimester pregnancy in humans), intravenously received 200 mg/kg ketamine for 3 h. Their behavior was tested (Morris water maze, odor recognition test, and fear conditioning) at postnatal days (P25-30)...
March 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415153/polar-and-charged-extracellular-residues-conserved-among-barrier-forming-claudins-contribute-to-tight-junction-strand-formation
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Anna Piontek, Jan Rossa, Jonas Protze, Hartwig Wolburg, Caroline Hempel, Dorothee Günzel, Gerd Krause, Jörg Piontek
Claudins (Cldn) form the backbone of tight junction (TJ) strands and thereby regulate paracellular permeability for solutes and water. Polymeric strands are formed by homo- and heterophilic cis- and trans-interactions between claudin protomers. Crystal structures of some claudins have been resolved; however, the mechanism by which claudins assemble into TJ strands remains unclear. To elucidate strand architecture, TJ-like strands were reconstituted in HEK293 cells by claudin transfection. Determinants of prototypic, classic barrier-forming claudins (Cldn1, -3, and -5) involved in strand formation were analyzed by mutagenesis...
April 17, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414964/insights-into-the-short-term-effects-of-ceo2-nanoparticles-on-sludge-dewatering-and-related-mechanism
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Guoxiang You, Peifang Wang, Jun Hou, Chao Wang, Yi Xu, Lingzhan Miao, Bowen Lv, Yangyang Yang, Zhilin Liu, Fei Zhang
As CeO2 nanoparticles (NPs) are used in many applications, the released particles eventually enter wastewater treatment plants, influencing sludge dewatering and increasing the disposal costs. We conducted tests to gain insight into the sludge dewatering performance and the potential mechanism related to the distribution and production of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS). In addition, we conducted single-factor tests with six concentrations of CeO2 NPs in sequencing batch reactors containing matured activated sludge...
April 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414295/high-salt-intake-reprioritizes-osmolyte-and-energy-metabolism-for-body-fluid-conservation
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Kento Kitada, Steffen Daub, Yahua Zhang, Janet D Klein, Daisuke Nakano, Tetyana Pedchenko, Louise Lantier, Lauren M LaRocque, Adriana Marton, Patrick Neubert, Agnes Schröder, Natalia Rakova, Jonathan Jantsch, Anna E Dikalova, Sergey I Dikalov, David G Harrison, Dominik N Müller, Akira Nishiyama, Manfred Rauh, Raymond C Harris, Friedrich C Luft, David H Wassermann, Jeff M Sands, Jens Titze
Natriuretic regulation of extracellular fluid volume homeostasis includes suppression of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system, pressure natriuresis, and reduced renal nerve activity, actions that concomitantly increase urinary Na+ excretion and lead to increased urine volume. The resulting natriuresis-driven diuretic water loss is assumed to control the extracellular volume. Here, we have demonstrated that urine concentration, and therefore regulation of water conservation, is an important control system for urine formation and extracellular volume homeostasis in mice and humans across various levels of salt intake...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413991/potential-role-of-endothelin-in-early-vascular-aging
#17
Michelle Trindade, Wille Oigman, Mario Fritsch Neves
Early vascular aging is a process associated with gradual alterations in the vessels, regarding to their structure and function, taking a more rapid course than normal biological aging in the arteries. In the presence of cardiovascular disease, these age-associated alterations are accelerated, contributing for the appearance or the progression of cardiovascular disease, such as high blood pressure, dyslipidemia, smoking and diabetes. Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is the most abundant and important endothelin produced by vascular cells...
April 14, 2017: Current Hypertension Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412443/separating-blood-and-water-perfusion-and-free-water-elimination-from-diffusion-mri-in-the-human-brain
#18
Anna S Rydhög, Filip Szczepankiewicz, Ronnie Wirestam, André Ahlgren, Carl-Fredrik Westin, Linda Knutsson, Ofer Pasternak
The assessment of the free water fraction in the brain provides important information about extracellular processes such as atrophy and neuroinflammation in various clinical conditions as well as in normal development and aging. Free water estimates from diffusion MRI are assumed to account for freely diffusing water molecules in the extracellular space, but may be biased by other pools of molecules in rapid random motion, such as the intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) of blood, where water molecules perfuse in the randomly oriented capillary network...
April 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411227/fate-and-persistence-of-a-pathogenic-ndm-1-positive-escherichia-coli-strain-in-anaerobic-and-aerobic-sludge-microcosms
#19
David Mantilla-Calderon, Pei-Ying Hong
The presence of emerging biological pollutants in treated wastewater effluents has gained attention due to increased interest in water reuse. To evaluate the effectiveness of the removal of such contaminants by the conventional wastewater treatment process, the fate and decay kinetics of NDM-1-positive Escherichia coli strain PI7 and its plasmid-encoded antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) were assessed in microcosms of anaerobic and aerobic sludge. Results showed that E. coli PI7 decayed at a significantly slower rate under anaerobic conditions...
April 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409346/development-and-diseases-of-the-collecting-duct-system
#20
Lihe Chen, Paul J Higgins, Wenzheng Zhang
The collecting duct of the mammalian kidney is important for the regulation of extracellular volume, osmolarity, and pH. There are two major structurally and functionally distinct cell types: principal cells and intercalated cells. The former regulates Na(+) and water homeostasis, while the latter participates in acid-base homeostasis. In vivo lineage tracing using Cre recombinase or its derivatives such as CreGFP and CreER(T2) is a powerful new technique to identify stem/progenitor cells in their native environment and to decipher the origins of the tissue that they give rise to...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
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