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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738667/toe-grip-strength-in-middle-aged-individuals-as-a-risk-factor-for-falls
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Ryota Tsuyuguchi, Satoshi Kurose, Takayuki Seto, Nana Takao, Satoshi Tagashira, Hiromi Tsutsumi, Shingo Otsuki, Yutaka Kimura
BACKGROUND: Toe grip strength is the force of a toe on a surface. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between falls in middle-aged individuals and physical strength factors such as toe grip strength and knee extension strength. METHODS: The subjects were 194 middle-aged individuals (388 feet) who were independent in daily life, received no nursing care, and participated in a health sports event organized by a sports club. We evaluated the body composition, blood pressure, vascular age, systemic response, bone density, knee extension strength, and toe grip strength, and examined their relationship using a self-administered questionnaire survey...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738655/risk-of-false-decision-on-conformity-of-a-multicomponent-material-when-test-results-of-the-components-content-are-correlated
#2
Ilya Kuselman, Francesca R Pennecchi, Ricardo J N B da Silva, D Brynn Hibbert
The probability of a false decision on conformity of a multicomponent material due to measurement uncertainty is discussed when test results are correlated. Specification limits of the components' content of such a material generate a multivariate specification interval/domain. When true values of components' content and corresponding test results are modelled by multivariate distributions (e.g. by multivariate normal distributions), a total global risk of a false decision on the material conformity can be evaluated based on calculation of integrals of their joint probability density function...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738648/matrix-interference-evaluation-employing-gc-and-lc-coupled-to-triple-quadrupole-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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S Uclés, A Lozano, A Sosa, P Parrilla Vázquez, A Valverde, A R Fernández-Alba
Gas and liquid chromatography coupled to triple quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry are currently the most powerful tools employed for the routine analysis of pesticide residues in food control laboratories. However, whatever the multiresidue extraction method, there will be a residual matrix effect making it difficult to identify/quantify some specific compounds in certain cases. Two main effects stand out: (i) co-elution with isobaric matrix interferents, which can be a major drawback for unequivocal identification, and therefore false negative detections, and (ii) signal suppression/enhancement, commonly called the "matrix effect", which may cause serious problems including inaccurate quantitation, low analyte detectability and increased method uncertainty...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738610/a-novel-donor-%C3%AF-acceptor-type-fluorescence-probe-for-sensing-ph-mechanism-and-application-in-vivo
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Jianbin Chao, Huijuan Wang, Yongbin Zhang, Caixia Yin, Fangjun Huo, Kailun Song, Zhiqing Li, Ting Zhang, Yaqin Zhao
A novel pH fluorescent probe 1-(pyren-1-yl)-3-(6-methoxypridin-3-yl)-acrylketone, (PMPA), which had a pyrene structure attached to methoxypyridine, was synthesized for monitoring extremely acidic and alkaline pH. The pH titrations indicated that PMPA displayed a remarkable emission enhancement with a pKa of 2.70 and responded linearly to minor pH fluctuations within the extremely acidic range of 1.26-3.97. Interestingly, PMPA also exhibited strong pH-dependent characteristics with pKa 9.32 and linear response to extreme-alkalinity range of 8...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738600/quantification-of-intercellular-adhesion-forces-measured-by-fluid-force-microscopy
#5
Noa Cohen, Saheli Sarkar, Evangelia Hondroulis, Pooja Sabhachandani, Tania Konry
The mechanics of cancer cell adhesion to its neighboring cells, homotypic or heterotypic, have significant impact on tumor progression and metastasis. Intercellular adhesion has been quantified previously using atomic force microscopy-based methods. Here we show the feasibility of the recently developed fluidic force microscopy (FluidFM) to measure adhesive forces exerted by breast cancer cells. Multiple cell pairs were assessed at precisely controlled, increasing contact durations by pressure-dependent immobilization of a cell at the probe tip...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738581/the-g-bhq-synergistic-effect-improved-double-quenching-molecular-beacons-based-on-guanine-and-black-hole-quencher-for-sensitive-simultaneous-detection-of-two-dnas
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Dongshan Xiang, Fengquan Li, Chenyi Wu, Boan Shi, Kun Zhai
We designed two double quenching molecular beacons (MBs) with simple structure based on guanine (G base) and Black Hole Quencher (BHQ), and developed a new analytical method for sensitive simultaneous detection of two DNAs by synchronous fluorescence analysis. In this analytical method, carboxyl fluorescein (FAM) and tetramethyl-6-carboxyrhodamine (TAMRA) were respectively selected as fluorophore of two MBs, Black Hole Quencher 1 (BHQ-1) and Black Hole Quencher 2 (BHQ-2) were respectively selected as organic quencher, and three continuous nucleotides with G base were connected to organic quencher (BHQ-1 and BHQ-2)...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738560/novel-metal-nanoparticle-enhanced-fluorescence-for-determination-of-trace-amounts-of-fluoroquinolone-in-aqueous-solutions
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Sheng-Nan Yin, Ting Yao, Tun-Hua Wu, Yong Zhang, Ping Wang
Metal-enhanced fluorescence of fluoroquinolones (FQs) was first observed in aqueous solutions. In addition, a new type of silver nanoparticles (AgNP) was synthesized with simple and easy synthetic processes and environmentally friendly compounds. The effects of different concentrations of AgNPs on the fluorescence behaviours of ciprofloxacin (CIP), enrofloxacin (ENR) and lomefloxacin (LMF) in aqueous solutions were investigated, respectively. The experimental results demonstrated that the fluorescence peak shapes and the locations of the features in the excitation and emission spectra for each FQ that was mixed with AgNPs were almost the same as those of the standard FQs...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738558/elemental-source-attribution-signatures-for-calcium-ammonium-nitrate-can-fertilizers-used-in-homemade-explosives
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Carlos G Fraga, Alexander V Mitroshkov, Nikhil S Mirjankar, Brian P Dockendorff, Angie M Melville
Calcium ammonium nitrate (CAN) is a widely available fertilizer composed of ammonium nitrate (AN) mixed with some form of calcium carbonate such as limestone or dolomite. CAN is also frequently used to make homemade explosives. The potential of using elemental profiling and chemometrics to match both pristine and reprocessed CAN fertilizers to their factories of origin for use in future forensic investigations was examined. Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) was used to determine the concentrations of 64 elements in 125 samples from 11 CAN stocks from 6 different CAN factories...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738543/phenolic-compounds-of-triplaris-gardneriana-can-protect-cells-against-oxidative-stress-and-restore-oxidative-balance
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Thiago Silva de Almeida, José Joaquim Lopes Neto, Nathanna Mateus de Sousa, Igor Parra Pessoa, Leonardo Rogério Vieira, Jackeline Lima de Medeiros, Aline Augusti Boligon, Astrid R M Hamers, Davi Felipe Farias, Ad Peijnenburg, Ana Fontenele Urano Carvalho
This work aimed to add value to an underexploited plant species from Brazil, Triplaris gardneriana. To that, the phenolic compounds profile of its seed ethanolic extract and fractions was examined by HPLC and the antioxidant capacity assessed using chemical assays as well as in vitro cell imaging. Twelve compounds were quantified and classified as either phenolic acids or flavonoids. The fractionation process did not generate fractions with different compositions except for chloroformic fraction, which showed only 6 out of 12 standard compounds used...
July 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738527/evaluation-of-heavy-metal-mobilization-in-creek-sediment-influence-of-rac-values-and-ambient-environmental-factors
#10
Guannan Liang, Bo Zhang, Mao Lin, Simiao Wu, Hao Hou, Jia Zhang, Guangren Qian, Xin Huang, Jizhi Zhou
The risk assessment code (RAC) is a common method for assessing heavy metal (HM) mobility and their potential health risks, based on HM total concentration and chemical speciation. In this study, both the RAC and the influence of ambient environmental factors were investigated in a river sediment system. Sixty-eight sediment samples were collected from the main river system in Shanghai, China. The total concentration and chemical speciation of Cu, Zn, Ni, Pb, Cd, Cr, As, and Hg were determined in the samples...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738526/the-potential-of-chrysophanol-in-protecting-against-high-fat-induced-cardiac-injury-through-nrf2-regulated-anti-inflammation-anti-oxidant-and-anti-fibrosis-in-nrf2-knockout-mice
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Yonggang Lian, Xiangjun Xia, Haiying Zhao, Yunfeng Zhu
Cardiovascular complications induced by high fat are one of the most challenging health problems presently. Oxidative stress, inflammation and fibrosis are major components included in the pathology of diabetic cardiomyopathy. Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) has been reported as an essential therapeutic target in various diseases for its induction of anti-oxidant enzymes, and other protective enzymes. Additionally, a number of Nrf2 activators showed strong anti-inflammatory properties. In the study, we calculated the Nrf2-dependent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrosis effects of chrysophanol in high fat diet-induced diabetic heart injury...
July 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738499/aqueous-extract-of-codium-fragile-suppressed-inflammatory-responses-in-lipopolysaccharide-stimulated-raw264-7-cells-and-carrageenan-induced-rats
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Seul Ah Lee, Sung-Min Moon, Yun Hee Choi, Seul Hee Han, Bo-Ram Park, Mi Suk Choi, Jae-Sung Kim, Yong Hwan Kim, Do Kyung Kim, Chun Sung Kim
Codium fragile (Suringar) Hariot has been used in Oriental medicine for the treatment of enterobiasis, dropsy, and dysuria and has been shown to have various biological effects. In this study, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory effects of aqueous extract of C. fragile (AECF) using in vitro and in vivo models. Nitric oxide (NO), prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), inflammatory-related mRNAs, and proteins were determined using the Griess assay, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), and western blotting, respectively...
July 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738418/molecular-pathway-to-protection-from-age-dependent-photoreceptor-degeneration-in-mef2-deficiency
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Saumya Nagar, Dorit Trudler, Scott R McKercher, Juan Piña-Crespo, Nobuki Nakanishi, Shu-Ichi Okamoto, Stuart A Lipton
Purpose: Photoreceptor degeneration in the retina is a major cause of blindness in humans. Elucidating mechanisms of degenerative and neuroprotective pathways in photoreceptors should afford identification and development of therapeutic strategies. Methods: We used mouse genetic models and improved methods for retinal explant cultures. Retinas were enucleated from Mef2d+/+ and Mef2d-/- mice, stained for MEF2 proteins and outer nuclear layer thickness, and assayed for apoptotic cells...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738416/conditionally-immortal-slc4a11-mouse-corneal-endothelial-cell-line-recapitulates-disrupted-glutaminolysis-seen-in-slc4a11-mouse-model
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Wenlin Zhang, Diego G Ogando, Edward T Kim, Moon-Jung Choi, Hongde Li, Jason M Tenessen, Joseph A Bonanno
Purpose: To establish conditionally immortal mouse corneal endothelial cell lines with genetically matched Slc4a11+/+ and Slc4a11-/- mice as a model for investigating pathology and therapies for SLC4A11 associated congenital hereditary endothelial dystrophy (CHED) and Fuchs' endothelial corneal dystrophy. Methods: We intercrossed H-2Kb-tsA58 mice (Immortomouse) expressing an IFN-γ dependent and temperature-sensitive mutant of the SV40 large T antigen (tsTAg) with Slc4a11+/+ and Slc4a11-/- C57BL/6 mice...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738415/monocarboxylate-transporters-mediate-fluorescein-uptake-in-corneal-epithelial-cells
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Yi-Chen Sun, Hau-Min Liou, Po-Ting Yeh, Wei-Li Chen, Fung-Rong Hu
Purpose: To determine the presence of monocarboxylate transporter (MCT) in human and rabbit corneal epithelium and its role in transcellular fluorescein transportation in the cornea. Methods: The presence of MCTs in human and rabbit corneal epithelium was determined by RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry. Intracellular fluorescein uptake experiment was performed using cultured human corneal epithelial cells (HCECs). The involvement of MCT in fluorescein uptake was determined by addition of MCT inhibitors to HCECs and acute dry eye model on New Zealand albino rabbits by spectrophotometry, corneal impression cytology, and external eye photographs...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738413/reliability-and-repeatability-of-cone-density-measurements-in-patients-with-stargardt-disease-and-rpgr-associated-retinopathy
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Preena Tanna, Melissa Kasilian, Rupert Strauss, James Tee, Angelos Kalitzeos, Sergey Tarima, Alexis Visotcky, Alfredo Dubra, Joseph Carroll, Michel Michaelides
Purpose: To assess reliability and repeatability of cone density measurements by using confocal and (nonconfocal) split-detector adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscopy (AOSLO) imaging. It will be determined whether cone density values are significantly different between modalities in Stargardt disease (STGD) and retinitis pigmentosa GTPase regulator (RPGR)-associated retinopathy. Methods: Twelve patients with STGD (aged 9-52 years) and eight with RPGR-associated retinopathy (aged 11-31 years) were imaged using both confocal and split-detector AOSLO simultaneously...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738410/no-large-population-of-unbound-or-wide-orbit-jupiter-mass-planets
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Przemek Mróz, Andrzej Udalski, Jan Skowron, Radosław Poleski, Szymon Kozłowski, Michał K Szymański, Igor Soszyński, Łukasz Wyrzykowski, Paweł Pietrukowicz, Krzysztof Ulaczyk, Dorota Skowron, Michał Pawlak
Planet formation theories predict that some planets may be ejected from their parent systems as result of dynamical interactions and other processes. Unbound planets can also be formed through gravitational collapse, in a way similar to that in which stars form. A handful of free-floating planetary-mass objects have been discovered by infrared surveys of young stellar clusters and star-forming regions as well as wide-field surveys, but these studies are incomplete for objects below five Jupiter masses. Gravitational microlensing is the only method capable of exploring the entire population of free-floating planets down to Mars-mass objects, because the microlensing signal does not depend on the brightness of the lensing object...
July 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738408/cgas-surveillance-of-micronuclei-links-genome-instability-to-innate-immunity
#18
Karen J Mackenzie, Paula Carroll, Carol-Anne Martin, Olga Murina, Adeline Fluteau, Daniel J Simpson, Nelly Olova, Hannah Sutcliffe, Jacqueline K Rainger, Andrea Leitch, Ruby T Osborn, Ann P Wheeler, Marcin Nowotny, Nick Gilbert, Tamir Chandra, Martin A M Reijns, Andrew P Jackson
DNA is strictly compartmentalized within the nucleus to prevent autoimmunity; despite this, cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS), a cytosolic sensor of double-stranded DNA, is activated in autoinflammatory disorders and by DNA damage. Precisely how cellular DNA gains access to the cytoplasm remains to be determined. Here, we report that cGAS localizes to micronuclei arising from genome instability in a mouse model of monogenic autoinflammation, after exogenous DNA damage and spontaneously in human cancer cells. Such micronuclei occur after mis-segregation of DNA during cell division and consist of chromatin surrounded by its own nuclear membrane...
July 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738389/pdgf-promotes-the-warburg-effect-in-pulmonary-arterial-smooth-muscle-cells-via-activation-of-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-hif-1%C3%AE-signaling-pathway
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Yunbin Xiao, Hongyan Peng, Chenliang Hong, Zhi Chen, Xicheng Deng, Aiping Wang, Fang Yang, Li Yang, Chen Chen, Xuping Qin
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The enhanced proliferation of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) is a central pathological component in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Both the Warburg effect and platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) are involved in the proliferation of PASMCs. However, the mechanism underlying the crosstalk between the Warburg effect and PDGF during PASMC proliferation is still unknown. We hypothesized that PDGF promotes the Warburg effect via activating the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling pathway and hypoxia-inducible factor 1-α (HIF-1α) in proliferative PASMCs...
July 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738357/biphasically-modulating-the-activity-of-carboxypeptidase-g2-with-ultrasound
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Wanying Ma, Ying Zhang, Xueling Zheng, Tinghe Yu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Carboxypeptidase G2 (CPG2) has been used for cancer prodrug therapy to realize the targeted release of active drugs, but there yet lacks a means to modulate the CPG2 activity. Here ultrasound was used to modulate the CPG2 activity. METHODS: The activity of insonated CPG2 was determined, and then underlying biochemical (i.e., monomer, dimer and conformation) and ultrasonic (i.e., heat and cavitation) mechanisms were explored. RESULTS: Ultrasound (1...
July 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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