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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432255/osmotic-activation-of-a-ca-2-dependent-phospholipase-c-pathway-that-regulates-%C3%A2-n-trpv1-mediated-currents-in-rat-supraoptic-neurons
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Vimal Bansal, Thomas E Fisher
The magnocellular neurosecretory cells (MNCs) of the hypothalamus regulate body fluid balance by releasing the hormones vasopressin (VP) and oxytocin (OT) in an osmolality-dependent manner. Elevations of external osmolality increase MNC firing and hormone release. MNC osmosensitivity is largely due to activation of a mechanosensitive non-selective cation current that responds to osmotically-evoked changes in MNC volume and is mediated by an N-terminal variant of the TRPV1 channel (∆N TRPV1). We report a novel mechanism by which increases in osmolality may modulate ∆N TRPV1-mediated currents and thus influence MNC electrical behaviour...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432117/control-of-muscle-metabolism-by-the-mediator-complex
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Leonela Amoasii, Eric N Olson, Rhonda Bassel-Duby
Exercise represents an energetic challenge to whole-body homeostasis. In skeletal muscle, exercise activates a variety of signaling pathways that culminate in the nucleus to regulate genes involved in metabolism and contractility; however, much remains to be learned about the transcriptional effectors of exercise. Mediator is a multiprotein complex that links signal-dependent transcription factors and other transcriptional regulators with the basal transcriptional machinery, thereby serving as a transcriptional "hub...
April 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432105/centrin-diversity-and-basal-body-patterning-across-evolution-new-insights-from-paramecium
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Anne Aubusson-Fleury, Guillaume Balavoine, Michel Lemullois, Khaled Bouhouche, Janine Beisson, France Koll
First discovered in unicellular eukaryotes, centrins play crucial roles in basal body duplication and anchoring mechanisms. While the evolutionary status of the founding members of the family, Centrin2/Vfl2 and Centrin3/cdc31 has long been investigated, the evolutionary origin of other members of the family has received less attention. Using a phylogeny of ciliate centrins, we identify two other centrin families, the ciliary centrins and the centrins present in the contractile filaments (ICL centrins). In this paper, we carry on the functional analysis of still not well known centrins, the ICL1e subfamily identified in Paramecium, and show their requirement for correct basal body anchoring through interactions with Centrin2 and Centrin3...
April 21, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432036/increased-inflammation-from-childhood-to-adolescence-predicts-sleep-apnea-in-boys-a-preliminary-study
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Jordan Gaines, Alexandros N Vgontzas, Julio Fernandez-Mendoza, Fan He, Susan L Calhoun, Duanping Liao, Edward O Bixler
While chronic systemic inflammation in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been traditionally considered a consequence of intermittent hypoxia, several treatment studies targeting inflammation suggest that this process may precede the development of the disorder. A recent cross-sectional study in the Penn State Child Cohort (PSCC) revealed that inflammation largely mediates the association between visceral adiposity and OSA in adolescence. The purpose of this study was to examine for the first time whether, longitudinally, inflammation precedes OSA during this developmental period...
April 18, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432007/caloric-compensation-in-preschool-children-relationships-with-body-mass-and-differences-by-food-category
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S Carnell, L Benson, E L Gibson, L A Mais, S Warkentin
Maintaining a healthy weight may involve compensating for previously consumed calories at subsequent meals. To test whether heavier children demonstrated poorer caloric compensation across a range of conditions, and to explore whether compensation failure was the result of inadequate adjustment of overall intake or specific over-consumption of highly palatable, high energy-density 'junk' foods, we administered two compensation tests to a sample of 4-5 y olds. For Test A, preloads varied only in carbohydrate content and were organoleptically indistinguishable (200 ml orange-flavored beverage [0 kcal vs...
April 18, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431971/influence-of-stress-associated-with-chronic-alcohol-exposure-on-drinking
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REVIEW
Howard C Becker
Stress is commonly regarded as an important trigger for relapse and a significant factor that promotes increased motivation to drink in some individuals. However, the relationship between stress and alcohol is complex, likely changing in form during the transition from early moderated alcohol use to more heavy uncontrolled alcohol intake. A growing body of evidence indicates that prolonged excessive alcohol consumption serves as a potent stressor, producing persistent dysregulation of brain reward and stress systems beyond normal homeostatic limits...
April 18, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431945/in-vitro-fermentation-behaviors-of-fucosylated-chondroitin-sulfate-from-pearsonothuria-graeffei-by-human-gut-microflora
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Chao-Yang Wei, Ning-Bo Liao, Yu Zhang, Xing-Qian Ye, Shan Li, Ya-Qin Hu, Dong-Hong Liu, Robert J Linhardt, Xin Wang, Shi-Guo Chen
A fucosylated chondroitin sulfate (FCS-pg) with highly repeated structure from Pearsonothuria graeffei was subjected to a in vitro fermentation model to investigate its fermentability and effects on human gut microflora. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) measurement found FCS-pg can be fermented to short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) by gut microflora from partial human fecal samples. 16S rRNA gene-based polymerase chain reaction-based denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) profiling and real-time quantitative PCR analysis showed that FCS-pg mainly increased the proportions of Clostridium cluster XI, Bacteriodes prevotella group, Bifidobacterium genus, Clostridium cluster I and Clostridium cluster XIVab, whereas the numbers of the Enterobacteriaceae and Lactobacillus decreased...
April 18, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431857/modeling-human-infertility-with-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Di Chen, Joanna J Gell, Yu Tao, Enrique Sosa, Amander T Clark
Human fertility is dependent upon the correct establishment and differentiation of the germline. This is because no other cell type in the body is capable of passing a genome and epigenome from parent to child. Terminally differentiated germline cells in the adult testis and ovary are called gametes. However, the initial specification of germline cells occurs in the embryo around the time of gastrulation. Most of our knowledge regarding the cell and molecular events that govern human germline specification involves extrapolating scientific principles from model organisms, most notably the mouse...
April 13, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431669/after-the-leader-trial-and-sustain-6-how-do-we-explain-the-cardiovascular-benefits-of-some-glp-1-receptor-agonists
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B Vergès, B Charbonnel
Recent cardiovascular outcome trials - the LEADER with liragutide and SUSTAIN-6 with semaglutide - have shown significant reductions of major cardiovascular (CV) events with these glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 receptor agonists. Progressive separation of the treatment and placebo curves, starting clearly between 12 and 18 months of the trial period, and significant reductions in the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke, indicate that the beneficial CV effects observed with GLP-1 receptor agonists could be due to an antiatherogenic effect...
April 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431550/the-physiological-cost-of-male-biased-parasitism-in-a-nearly-monomorphic-mammal
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Arturo Oliver-Guimerá, Carlos Martínez-Carrasco, Asta Tvarijonaviciute, María Rocío Ruiz de Ybáñez, Jordi Martínez-Guijosa, Jorge Ramón López-Olvera, Xavier Fernández-Aguilar, Andreu Colom-Cadena, Gregorio Mentaberre, Roser Velarde, Diana Gassó, Mathieu Garel, Luca Rossi, Santiago Lavín, Emmanuel Serrano
BACKGROUND: Even though male-biased parasitism is common in mammals, little effort has been made to evaluate whether higher parasitic burden in males results in an extra biological cost, and thus a decrease in fitness. Body condition impairment and the augmentation of oxidative stress can be used as indicators of the cost of parasite infections. Here, we examined relationships between gastrointestinal and respiratory helminths, body condition and oxidative stress markers (glutathione peroxidase, paraoxonase-1) in 28 Pyrenean chamois (Rupicapra p...
April 21, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431377/metabolic-regulation-and-the-anti-obesity-perspectives-of-human-brown-fat
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REVIEW
Camilla Scheele, Søren Nielsen
Activation of brown adipose tissue (BAT) in adult humans increase glucose and fatty acid clearance as well as resting metabolic rate, whereas a prolonged elevation of BAT activity improves insulin sensitivity. However, substantial reductions in body weight following BAT activation has not yet been shown in humans. This observation raise the possibility for feedback mechanisms in adult humans in terms of a brown fat-brain crosstalk, possibly mediated by batokines, factors produced by and secreted from brown fat...
April 11, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431090/current-status-of-the-blue-butterfly-in-fukushima-research
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Joji M Otaki, Wataru Taira
Adverse biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident have been revealed using the pale grass blue butterfly, Zizeeria maha, since 2012, which were often considered incompatible with the conventional understanding of radiation biology. This discrepancy likely originates from different system conditions and methodologies. In this article, we first respond to comments from the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) regarding our study; "technical errors" in unit usage and mathematical models noted by UNSCEAR are not errors but reflect our research philosophy not to introduce theoretical assumptions associated with unit conversion and mathematical fit...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430971/association-between-native-american-owned-casinos-and-the-prevalence-of-large-for-gestational-age-births
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Jessica C Jones-Smith, William H Dow, Vanessa M Oddo
Background: A small number of studies have used a natural experiment approach to examine the health impacts of increased economic resources stemming from Native American-owned casinos. We build on this work by examining whether casinos are associated with obesity-related health in utero . Methods: We examined whether casino openings or expansion (as proxy for increased economic resources) are associated with a decreased likelihood of infants being born large-for-gestational-age (LGA), an important risk factor for childhood overweight/obesity...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430763/protective-effect-of-pinitol-against-inflammatory-mediators-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-via-inhibition-of-protein-tyrosine-phosphatase-non-receptor-type-22-ptpn22
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Kewen Zheng, Zhixuan Zhao, Na Lin, Yiyan Wu, Ying Xu, Wanli Zhang
BACKGROUND The aim of the current study was to explore the anti-arthritic effect of pinitol via assessing its effect on various inflammatory mediators and its possible mechanism of action. MATERIAL AND METHODS We assessed the anti-arthritic effect of pinitol in a formaldehyde- and CFA-induced arthritic model in Wistar Swiss albino strain rats divided into 6 groups. The rats received different doses of pinitol and indomethacin for 28 days. The arthritic index and body weight were determined at regular intervals, together with hepatic, hematological, and antioxidant parameters...
April 21, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430689/perioperative-outcomes-of-robotic-assisted-hysterectomy-compared-with-open-hysterectomy
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Bhargavi Gali, Jamie N Bakkum-Gamez, David J Plevak, Darrell Schroeder, Timothy O Wilson, Christopher J Jankowski
BACKGROUND: Increasing numbers of robotic hysterectomies (RH) are being performed. To provide ventilation (with pneumoperitoneum and steep Trendelenburg position) for these procedures, utilization of lung protective strategies with limiting airway pressures and tidal volumes is difficult. Little is known about the effects of intraoperative mechanical ventilation and high peak airway pressures on perioperative complications. We performed a retrospective review to determine whether patients undergoing RH had increased pulmonary complications compared to total abdominal hysterectomy (TAH)...
April 19, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430676/a-biomimetic-alternative-to-synthetic-hydroxyapatite-boron-containing-bone-like-hydroxyapatite-precipitated-from-simulated-body-fluid
#16
Mert Calis, Tugrul Tolga Demirtas, Alper Vatansever, Gulseren Irmak, Ahmet Hamdi Sakarya, Pergin Atilla, Figen Ozgur, Menemse Gumusderelioglu
BACKGROUND: Biological hydroxyapatite (HA), has several mechanical and physical advantages over the commercially available synthetic apatite (CAP-HA). The aim of this in vivo study was to investigate the effect of osteoinductive "bone-like hydroxyapatite" obtained from simulated body fluid (SBF) combined with osteoinductive "boron" (B) on bone healing. MATERIALS: Bone like nanohydroxyapatite (SBF-HA) was precipitated from 10× simulated body fluid (10×SBF). Thirty Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 5 experimental groups (n = 6 each)...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430655/a-study-on-the-anti-tumor-mechanism-of-total-flavonoids-from-radix-tetrastigmae-against-additional-cell-line-based-on-cox-2-mediated-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
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Li Qinglin, Xin Wenxiu, Zhong Like, Fangluo, Cao Gang, Huang Ping
This study is to explore the effect of total flavonoids from Radix Tetrastigmae (TF) against hepatic cancer and discuss the acting mechanism. Proliferation of HepG2 cells was promoted by PGE2 and Butaprost. Using AH6809 as the positive control, the inhibitory effect of TF on additional cell line was detected through a CCK-8 assay, the apoptosis rate was detected by flow cytometry, and the nuclear morphology of cells were observed by Hochest33258 staining. Then PCR was applied to determine the mRNA expression...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430395/flower-colour-polymorphism%C3%A2-in-the-mediterranean-basin-occurrence-maintenance-and-implications-for-speciation
#18
REVIEW
E Narbona, H Wang, P L Ortiz, M Arista, E Imbert
Flower colour polymorphism (FCP) is the occurrence of at least two discrete flower colour variants in the same population. Despite a vast body of research concerning the maintenance and evolutionary consequences of FCP, only recently has the spatial variation in morph frequencies among populations been explored. Here we have summarized the biochemical and genetic basis of FCP, the factors that have been proposed to explain their maintenance, and the importance of FCP and its geographic variation in the speciation process...
April 21, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430390/chronic-toxicity-of-binary-metal-mixtures-of-cadmium-and-zinc-to-daphnia-magna
#19
Edgar Pérez, Tham C Hoang
The present study characterized the chronic effect of binary-metal mixtures of cadmium (Cd) and zinc (Zn) on Daphnia magna. The titration design was chosen to characterize the 21-d chronic effects of the binary-metal mixtures on survival, growth, reproduction, and metal accumulation in D. magna. Using this design, increasing concentrations of Zn (10, 20, 40, 80, 120, 160 and 200µg/L) were titrated against a constant concentration of 1.5µg/L Cd. The results demonstrated that Cd was highly toxic to D. magna...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429895/interleukin-6-and-resistin-in-relation-to-anthropometric-measurements-in-school-children
#20
Carolina Del Pilar Escalona-Villasmil, Jorymar Yoselyn Leal-Montiel, Pablo Antonio Ortega-Fernindez, Carlos Javier Chavez
The worldwide prevalence of childhood obesity has increased greatly over the past three decades. The increasing occurrence in children of disorders, such as type 2 diabetes, is believed to be a consequence of this obesity epidemic. Although the precise mechanisms are still unclear, dysregulated production or secretion of adipokines caused by excess adipose tissue and adipose tissue dysfunction can contribute to the development of obesity-related me- tabolic diseases. The objective of the study was to determine the serum levels of interleukin-6 and resistin in relation to anthropometric measurements in school children...
June 2016: Investigación Clínica
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