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March 20, 2018: Scientific American
Michael Mazzeffi, Srikar Jonna, Natalia Blanco, Orestes Mavrothalassitis, Obi Odekwu, Magali Fontaine, Peter Rock, Kenichi Tanaka, Kerri Thom
BACKGROUND: Kidney transplant patients are frequently anemic and at risk for red blood cell (RBC) transfusion. Previous studies suggest that pre-transplant RBC transfusion may improve kidney transplant outcomes; however, RBC transfusion is also associated with infection. The purpose of our study was to characterize the relationships between intraoperative RBC transfusion, delayed graft function (DGF), postoperative surgical site infection (SSI), and sepsis. METHODS: Analysis was performed on a historical cohort of adult kidney transplant patients from a single medical center during a two-year period...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Anesthesia
Satoki Onda, Yuji Sano, Naoto Takahata, Takanori Kagoshima, Toshihiro Miyajima, Tomo Shibata, Daniele L Pinti, Tefang Lan, Nak Kyu Kim, Minoru Kusakabe, Yoshiro Nishio
Geochemical monitoring of groundwater in seismically-active regions has been carried out since 1970s. Precursors were well documented, but often criticized for anecdotal or fragmentary signals, and for lacking a clear physico-chemical explanation for these anomalies. Here we report - as potential seismic precursor - oxygen isotopic ratio anomalies of +0.24‰ relative to the local background measured in groundwater, a few months before the Tottori earthquake (M 6.6) in Southwest Japan. Samples were deep groundwater located 5 km west of the epicenter, packed in bottles and distributed as drinking water between September 2015 and July 2017, a time frame which covers the pre- and post-event...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Zhang Cai, Hang Wen, Sridhar Komarneni, Li Li
Produced or flowback waters from Marcellus Shale gas extraction (MSWs) typically are highly saline and contain chemicals including trace metals, which pose significant concerns on water quality. The natural attenuation of MSW chemicals in groundwater is poorly understood due to the complex interactions between aquifer minerals and MSWs, limiting our capabilities to monitor and predict. Here we combine flow-through experiments and process-based reactive transport modeling to understand mechanisms and quantify the retention of MSW chemicals in a quartz (Qtz) column, a calcite-rich (Cal) column, and a clay-rich (Vrm, vermiculite) column...
March 7, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Wenhua Xue, Zhirui Fan, Yuanzhe Li, Lifeng Li, Tengfei Zhang, Jingli Lu, Bingjun Ma, Zijia Zhu, Jingyao Lian, Chaoqi Zhang, Xiaoqin Song, Dongxu Sun, Yunkai Zhai, Ruitai Fan, Yang Cao, Xiaoming Deng, Jie Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The current study was designed to investigate the protective role of alkannin (ALK) on liver injury in diabetic C57BL/KsJ-db/db mice and explore its potential mechanisms. METHODS: An oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) was performed. The levels of insulin, alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransaminase (AST), total cholesterol (TC) and triglyceride (TG) were determined by commercial kits. The pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6 and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α were determined by ELISA...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Jiajia Shan, Junbo Zhao, Lifen Liu, Yituo Zhang, Xue Wang, Fengchang Wu
Hyperspectral imaging technology has been investigated as a possible way to detect microplastics contamination in soil directly and efficiently in this study. Hyperspectral images with wavelength range between 400 and 1000 nm were obtained from soil samples containing different materials including microplastics, fresh leaves, wilted leaves, rocks and dry branches. Supervised classification algorithms such as support vector machine (SVM), mahalanobis distance (MD) and maximum likelihood (ML) algorithms were used to identify microplastics from the other materials in hyperspectral images...
March 16, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Anthony J Burt, Joseph D Hantho, Amy E Nielsen, Rock J Mancini
Drug efflux and enzymatic drug degradation are two cellular mechanisms that contribute to drug resistance in many cancers. Herein, we report the synthesis and in vitro activity of a pro-immunostimulant that exploits both processes in tandem to selectively confer cancer-mediated immunogenicity. We demonstrate that an imidazoquinoline pro-immunostimulant is inactive until it is selectively metabolized to active immunostimulant by endogenous α-mannosidase enzyme expressed within multidrug-resistant cancer cells...
March 19, 2018: Biochemistry
N W Badri, S W Flatt, H S Barkai, B Pakiz, D D Heath, C L Rock
Background: Fasting glucose and homeostatic model assessment-insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) are important measures of the risk for metabolic syndrome and diabetes. Weight loss interventions are considered part of the first line of therapy for those who develop disease states associated with insulin resistance, such as pre-diabetes, diabetes, or metabolic syndrome. Sex differences in insulin resistance have been extensively reported, but sex differences in the ability to improve insulin sensitivity are not well-established...
2018: Journal of Obesity & Weight Loss Therapy
Yuntao Ji, Meixia Cao, Jia Liu, Yanfei Chen, Xiaoli Li, Jing Zhao, Changqing Qu
Aim: Adipogenesis is characterized by a strong interdependence between cell shape, cytoskeletal organization, and the onset of adipogenic gene expression. Here we investigated the role of the RhoA/ROCK pathway in adipogenesis. Result: High RhoA activity in the cell line C3H10T1/2 were generated (Named RhoA14V cells). Treatment of RhoA14V cells with Shield 1 following their differentiation into adipocytes resulted in the appearance of thick cortical actin filaments, and increased mRNA expression levels of RhoA, ROCK, p-MYPT1 and p-MLC, while PPARγ mRNA decreased...
December 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
J-P Suuronen, M Sayab
Zircon is the most widely used mineral in petrochronology and provides key information about magmatic and crustal differentiation history of plutonic rocks, transport paths of clastic material 'from source to sink' and significantly contributes in the reconstruction of enigmatic planetary-scale tectonic episodes since the Archaean. However, detailed textural analysis of this accessory mineral has always been hampered by two-dimensional (2D) analytical limitations. With the advancements in X-ray nanotomography technology, it is now possible to non-destructively, yet digitally, cut, visualize, compare and quantify internal textures within zircons, their growth and zoning patterns and chemical distribution of trace elements in three dimensions (3D)...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Jin-Woo Kim, Zhong Lu
West Texas' Permian Basin, consisting of ancient marine rocks, is underlain by water-soluble rocks and multiple oil-rich formations. In the region that is densely populated with oil producing facilities, many localized geohazards, such as ground subsidence and micro-earthquakes, have gone unnoticed. Here we identify the localized geohazards in West Texas, using the satellite radar interferometry from newly launched radar satellites that provide radar images freely to public for the first time, and probe the causal mechanisms of ground deformation, encompassing oil/gas production activities and subsurface geological characteristics...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Marco Giovanni Malusà, Maria Luce Frezzotti, Simona Ferrando, Enrico Brandmayr, Fabio Romanelli, Giuliano Francesco Panza
The long-term carbon budget has major implications for Earth's climate and biosphere, but the balance between carbon sequestration during subduction, and outgassing by volcanism is still poorly known. Although carbon-rich fluid inclusions and minerals are described in exhumed mantle rocks and xenoliths, compelling geophysical evidence of large-scale carbon storage in the upper mantle is still lacking. Here, we use a geophysical surface-wave seismic tomography model of the mantle wedge above the subducted European slab to document a prominent shear-wave low-velocity anomaly at depths greater than 180 km...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Robert West, Mauro Mobilia, Alastair M Rucklidge
We study the influence of a randomly switching reproduction-predation rate on the survival behavior of the nonspatial cyclic Lotka-Volterra model, also known as the zero-sum rock-paper-scissors game, used to metaphorically describe the cyclic competition between three species. In large and finite populations, demographic fluctuations (internal noise) drive two species to extinction in a finite time, while the species with the smallest reproduction-predation rate is the most likely to be the surviving one (law of the weakest)...
February 2018: Physical Review. E
Ruiting Lin, Siyuan Xia, Changliang Shan, Dong Chen, Yijie Liu, Xue Gao, Mei Wang, Hee-Bum Kang, Yaozhu Pan, Shuangping Liu, Young Rock Chung, Omar Abdel-Wahab, Taha Merghoub, Michael Rossi, Ragini R Kudchadkar, David H Lawson, Fadlo R Khuri, Sagar Lonial, Jing Chen
Dietary supplements such as vitamins and minerals are widely used in the hope of improving health but may have unidentified risks and side effects. In particular, a pathogenic link between dietary supplements and specific oncogenes remains unknown. Here we report that chondroitin-4-sulfate (CHSA), a natural glycosaminoglycan approved as a dietary supplement used for osteoarthritis, selectively promotes the tumor growth potential of BRAF V600E-expressing human melanoma cells in patient- and cell line-derived xenograft mice and confers resistance to BRAF inhibitors...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Cell
Xin Zhang, Lei Peng, Zhao-Peng Ni, Tian-Xiao Ni, Yi-Liang Huang, Yang Zhou
Experimental research was conducted to study the fire resistance of steel tubular columns used in prefabricated and modular construction. In order to achieve high-efficient prefabrication and fast on-site installation, membrane protections using board products and thermal insulation blankets are adopted as the favorable protection method. Three protected tubular columns were tested in a full-scale column furnace with axial load applied. The study variables were different membranes, including fiber reinforced calcium silicate (FRCS) boards, rock wool and aluminum silica (Fiberfrax) insulations...
March 16, 2018: Materials
Bryan Markinson, Mahmoud Ghannoum, Tate Winter, Anthony Rycerz, Fernando Rock, Aditya K Gupta
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail primarily caused by the dermatophytes Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes. The topical-based treatment of onychomycosis remains a challenge because of the difficulty associated with penetrating the dense, protective structure of the keratinized nail plate. Tavaborole is a novel small-molecule antifungal agent recently approved in the United States for the topical treatment of toenail onychomycosis. The low molecular weight, slight water solubility, and boron chemistry of tavaborole maximize nail penetration after topical application, allowing for effective targeting of the infection in the nail bed...
January 2018: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Y Ni, Y Qin, Z Fang, Z Zhang
PURPOSE: Dysfunction or death of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells is a common pathogenesis of various types of retinal degenerative diseases. Recent reports indicated that ROCK pathway inhibitors regulate cell proliferation or apoptosis in a cell-type-dependent manner. Here, we aim to investigate the effect of ROCK inhibitor Y-27632 on the human retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in vitro. METHODS: Cell proliferation and apoptosis were analyzed by CCK-8 and flow cytometry respectively...
March 16, 2018: Current Molecular Medicine
Alison S Brooks, John E Yellen, Richard Potts, Anna K Behrensmeyer, Alan L Deino, David E Leslie, Stanley H Ambrose, Jeffrey R Ferguson, Francesco d'Errico, Andrew M Zipkin, Scott Whittaker, Jeffrey Post, Elizabeth G Veatch, Kimberly Foecke, Jennifer B Clark
Previous research suggests that the complex symbolic, technological, and socio-economic behaviors that typify Homo sapiens had roots in the middle Pleistocene <200 ka, but data bearing on human behavioral origins are limited. We present a series of excavated Middle Stone Age sites from the Olorgesailie Basin, southern Kenya, dated ≥295 to ~320 ka by40 Ar/39 Ar and U-Series methods. Hominins at these sites made prepared cores and points, exploited iron-rich rocks to obtain red pigment, and procured stone tool materials from ≥25-50 km distance...
March 15, 2018: Science
Ines Marek, Robert Becker, Fabian B Fahlbusch, Carlos Menendez-Castro, Wolfgang Rascher, Christoph Daniel, Gudrun Volkert, Andrea Hartner
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Healing of mesangioproliferative glomerulonephritis involves degradation of excess extracellular matrix, resolution of hypercellularity by apoptosis and phagocytosis of apoptotic cells. Integrin receptors participate in the regulation of phagocytosis. In mice deficient for alpha8 integrin (Itga8-/-) healing of glomerulonephritis is delayed. As Itga8 is abundant in mesangial cells (MC) which are non-professional phagocytes, we hypothesized that Itga8 facilitates phagocytosis of apoptotic cells and matrix components by MC...
March 10, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
V Moreno, J Bach, M Zarroca, Ll Font, C Roqué, R Linares
Radon levels in the soil and groundwater in the North Maladeta Fault area (located in the Aran Valley sector, Central Pyrenees) are analysed from both geological and radiation protection perspectives. This area is characterized by the presence of two important normal faults: the North Maladeta fault (NMF) and the Tredós Fault (TF). Two primary aspects make this study interesting: (i) the NMF shows geomorphic evidence of neotectonic activity and (ii) the presence of a thermal spa, Banhs de Tredós, which exploits one of the several natural springs of the area and needs to be evaluated for radiation dosing from radon according to the European regulation on basic safety standards for protection against ionizing radiation...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
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