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M G Frías-Espericueta, B Y Ramos-Magaña, J Ruelas-Inzunza, M F Soto-Jiménez, O Escobar-Sánchez, M Aguilar-Juárez, G Izaguirre-Fierro, C C Osuna-Martínez, D Voltolina
We determined total Hg and Se contents of hepatopancreas, exoskeleton, and muscle, and the Se:Hg molar ratios in the muscle of shrimps Farfantepenaeus californiensis and Litopenaeus stylirostris caught in NE Pacific Mexican waters. Total Hg mean values in muscle, hepatopancreas, and exoskeleton were 0.31 ± 0.26, 0.28 ± 0.29, and 0.24 ± 0.06 μg g(-1), and 0.46 ± 0.46, 0.41 ± .034, and 0.24 ± 0.06 μg g(-1) for F. californiensis and L. stylirostris, respectively. In all tissues, the mean concentrations of Se tended to be close to one order of magnitude higher than the respective Hg values...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
David D B Bates, Dorathy Tamayo-Murillo, Steven Kussman, Adam Luce, Christina A LeBedis, Jorge A Soto, Stephan W Anderson
PURPOSE: To determine whether the diameter of intrahepatic and extrahepatic bile ducts and pancreatic ducts in patients on methadone maintenance therapy is increased when compared with control subjects. METHODS: Between January 1, 2000 and March 15, 2013, a total of 97 patients (mean age 49.9, range 22-79, 65 male, 32 female) were identified who were receiving chronic methadone maintenance therapy (MMT) when they underwent imaging with abdominal MRI or a contrast-enhanced abdominopelvic CT...
October 21, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
Ana Karen Medina Lira, Argenis Jose Mayorga Soto, Pamela Frigerio
BACKGROUND: Choledochal cyst is a congenital dilatation of the biliary tree. It may affect only the extrahepatic bile duct (type I, II and III), intrahepatic (type V) or both (type IVa). Vater first described choledochal cyst in 1723. Open excision was the standard procedure made a great impact in the treatment but since 1995 Farello et al. first reported laparoscopic choledochal cyst excision and this has been used worldwide. CASE REPORT: Female, 17 years old, past medical history two years ago a laparoscopic cholecystectomy for gallbladders...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Liane Balvedi Poersch-Bortolon, Jorge Fernando Pereira, Antonio Nhani, Hebert Hernán Soto Gonzáles, Gisele Abigail Montan Torres, Luciano Consoli, Rafael Augusto Arenhart, Maria Helena Bodanese-Zanettini, Márcia Margis-Pinheiro
Drought limits wheat production in the Brazilian Cerrado biome. In order to search for candidate genes associated to the response to water deficit, we analyzed the gene expression profiles, under severe drought stress, in roots and leaves of the cultivar MGS1 Aliança, a well-adapted cultivar to the Cerrado. A set of 4,422 candidate genes was found in roots and leaves. The number of down-regulated transcripts in roots was higher than the up-regulated transcripts, while the opposite occurred in leaves. The number of common transcripts between the two tissues was 1,249, while 2,124 were specific to roots and 1,049 specific to leaves...
October 20, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Mangesh I Chaudhari, Jijeesh R Nair, Lawrence R Pratt, Fernando A Soto, Perla B Balbuena, Susan Rempe
Lithium ion solvation and diffusion properties in ethylene carbonate (EC) and propylene carbonate (PC) are studied by molecular simulation, experiments, and electronic structure calculations. Studies carried out in water provide a reference for interpretation. Classical molecular dynamics simulation results are compared to ab initio molecular dynamics to as- sess non-polarizable force field parameters for solvation structure of the carbonate solvents. Quasi-chemical theory (QCT) is adapted to take advantage of four-fold occupancy of the near-neighbor solvation structure observed in simulations, and used to calculate solvation free energies...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Ramón Martínez-Mármol, Bruna Barneda-Zahonero, David Soto, Rosa Maria Andrés, Elena Coccia, Xavier Gasull, Laura Planells-Ferrer, Rana S Moubarak, Eduardo Soriano, Joan X Comella
Caspases have recently emerged as key regulators of axonal pruning and degeneration and of long-term depression (LTD), a long-lasting form of synaptic plasticity. However, the mechanism underlying these functions remains unclear. In this context, XIAP has been shown to modulate these processes. The neuron-specific form of FAIM protein (FAIM-L) is a death receptor antagonist that stabilizes XIAP protein levels, thus preventing death receptor-induced neuronal apoptosis. Here we show that FAIM-L modulates synaptic transmission, prevents chemical-LTD induction in hippocampal neurons, and thwarts axon degeneration after nerve growth factor (NGF) withdrawal...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Rita Valenzuela, Maria A Costa-Besada, Javier Iglesias-Gonzalez, Emma Perez-Costas, Begoña Villar-Cheda, Pablo Garrido-Gil, Miguel Melendez-Ferro, Ramon Soto-Otero, Jose L Lanciego, Daniel Henrion, Rafael Franco, Jose L Labandeira-Garcia
The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) was initially considered as a circulating humoral system controlling blood pressure, being kidney the key control organ. In addition to the 'classical' humoral RAS, a second level in RAS, local or tissular RAS, has been identified in a variety of tissues, in which local RAS play a key role in degenerative and aging-related diseases. The local brain RAS plays a major role in brain function and neurodegeneration. It is normally assumed that the effects are mediated by the cell-surface-specific G-protein-coupled angiotensin type 1 and 2 receptors (AT1 and AT2)...
October 20, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
G Díaz-Soto, E Romero, J L Pérez-Castrillón, O I Jauregui, D de Luis Román
Although normocalcemic and asymptomatic hyperparathyroidism (HPT) are becoming more common, they remain only partially understood. Parathyroid hormone (PTH) polymorphisms have been associated with disease severity in classical HPT. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the clinical effect of PTH polymorphism (rs6254) in normocalcemic and asymptomatic HPT. A prospective study of 61 consecutive patients with normocalcemic or asymptomatic HPT was carried out. Secondary causes of HPT were ruled out. All patients were followed for≥1 year...
October 18, 2016: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
Eva Soto-Tinoco, Natalí N Guerrero-Vargas, Ruud M Buijs
The brain is responsible for maintaining homeostasis of the organism, constantly adjusting its output via hormones and the autonomic nervous system to reach an optimal setting in every compartment of the body. Also the immune system is under strong control of the brain. Beyond the conventional systemic responses evoked by the brain during inflammation, such as hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation and the induction of sickness behavior, the autonomic nervous system is now recognized to exert regulatory effects on the inflammatory response...
October 18, 2016: Experimental Physiology
Clive R Rosenthal, David Soto
Cortical regions as early as primary visual cortex have been implicated in recognition memory. Here, we outline the challenges that this presents for neurobiological accounts of recognition memory. We conclude that understanding the role of early visual cortex (EVC) in this process will require the use of protocols that mask stimuli from visual awareness.
October 14, 2016: Trends in Neurosciences
Zachary Hajian-Forooshani, Iris Saraeny Rivera Salinas, Estelí Jiménez-Soto, Ivette Perfecto, John Vandermeer
Recent theoretical work suggests that two ineffective control agents can provide effective biological control when coupled together. We explore the implications of this work with the system of coffee leaf rust (CLR), caused by the fungal agent Hemileiae vastatrix, and two of its natural enemies, a fungal pathogen (Lecanicillium lecanii) and a spore predator (Mycodiplosis hemileiae). Here we report on comparative surveys of the CLR and its two natural enemies in Mexico, where the CLR has been at epidemic status since 2012, and Puerto Rico, where the CLR is present but has not reached epidemic densities...
October 15, 2016: Environmental Entomology
Julio A Chirinos, Scott R Akers, Lien Trieu, Harry Ischiropoulos, Paschalis-Thomas Doulias, Ali Tariq, Izzah Vassim, Maheswara R Koppula, Amer Ahmed Syed, Haideliza Soto-Calderon, Raymond R Townsend, Thomas P Cappola, Kenneth B Margulies, Payman Zamani
BACKGROUND: Stable plasma nitric oxide (NO) metabolites (NOM), composed predominantly of nitrate and nitrite, are attractive biomarkers of NO bioavailability. NOM levels integrate the influence of NO-synthase-derived NO production/metabolism, dietary intake of inorganic nitrate/nitrite, and clearance of NOM. Furthermore, nitrate and nitrite, the most abundant NOM, can be reduced to NO via the nitrate-nitrite-NO pathway. METHODS AND RESULTS: We compared serum NOM among subjects without heart failure (n=126), subjects with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF; n=43), and subjects with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF; n=32)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Salvador Iborra, María Martínez-López, Francisco J Cueto, Ruth Conde-Garrosa, Carlos Del Fresno, Helena M Izquierdo, Clare L Abram, Daiki Mori, Yolanda Campos-Martín, Rosa María Reguera, Benjamin Kemp, Sho Yamasaki, Matthew J Robinson, Manuel Soto, Clifford A Lowell, David Sancho
C-type lectin receptors sense a diversity of endogenous and exogenous ligands that may trigger differential responses. Here, we have found that human and mouse Mincle bind to a ligand released by Leishmania, a eukaryote parasite that evades an effective immune response. Mincle-deficient mice had milder dermal pathology and a tenth of the parasite burden compared to wild-type mice after Leishmania major intradermal ear infection. Mincle deficiency enhanced adaptive immunity against the parasite, correlating with increased activation, migration, and priming by Mincle-deficient dendritic cells (DCs)...
October 5, 2016: Immunity
Maryoris E Soto Lopez, Laís Silva Batalha, Pedro Marcus Pereira Vidigal, Luiz Augusto A Albino, Delaine Meireles Gouveia Boggione, Marco Tulio Pardini Gontijo, Denise M Soares Bazzolli, Regina C Santos Mendonca
Here, we present the genome sequence of the Escherichia coli bacteriophage UFV-AREG1. This phage was isolated from cowshed wastewater and showed specificity for enterohemorrhagic E. coli O157:H7 (ATCC 43895), E. coli 0111 (CDC O11ab) and E. coli (ATCC 23229).
October 13, 2016: Genome Announcements
Bernabé Ballesteros, Elena Jiménez, Alberto Moreno, Amparo Soto, María Antiñolo, José Albaladejo
Rate coefficients for the gas-phase reactions of CxF2x+1CHCH2 (x = 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6) with Cl atoms were determined at (298 ± 2) K and (710 ± 5) Torr of air using a relative rate technique. Two experimental setups with simulation chambers were employed with Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Gas Chromatography coupled to Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) as detection techniques. The Cl-rate coefficients obtained were (in 10(-10) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1)): (0.85 ± 0.11) for CF3CHCH2, (1...
October 10, 2016: Chemosphere
Carmen Martinez-Valenzuela, Fernanda Balderrama Soto, Stefan M Waliszewski, Enrique Meza, Sandra Gómez Arroyo, Luis Daniel Ortega Martínez, Eliakym Arambula Meraz, Mario Caba
Gasoline is a blend of organic compounds used in internal combustion engines. Gasoline-station attendants are exposed to gasoline vapors, which pose a potentially mutagenic risk. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, exposure to gasoline and engine exhaust is possibly carcinogenic to humans. We determined the frequency of micronucleus and other nuclear abnormalities, such as pyknotic nuclei, chromatin condensation, cells with nuclear buds, karyolytic cells, karyorrhexis, and binucleated cells in buccal mucosal smears of 60 gasoline-station attendants and 60 unexposed controls...
October 12, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Nora Angélica Núñez Guzmán, Daniel Ruiz Molina, Benigno Figueroa Núñez, Juan Carlos Soto-Sosa, Jorge Eduardo Herrera Abarca
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this clinical trial was to establish the bioequivalence of two tablets containing acetaminophen 650 mg (reference) and acetaminophen 650 mg plus caffeine 65 mg (test), administered orally, in fasting conditions in healthy Mexican volunteers. METHODS: Blood samples were taken from 21 male and five female individuals, during a 24-h period, to characterize the pharmacokinetic profile of acetaminophen. Plasma samples were quantified by ultra-performance liquid chromatography, tandem mass spectrometry...
October 12, 2016: Drugs in R&D
Sotiris Avgousti, Andreas S Panayides, Antonis P Jossif, Eftychios G Christoforou, Pierre Vieyres, Cyril Novales, Sotos Voskarides, Constantinos S Pattichis
This Letter proposes an end-to-end mobile tele-echography platform using a portable robot for remote cardiac ultrasonography. Performance evaluation investigates the capacity of long-term evolution (LTE) wireless networks to facilitate responsive robot tele-manipulation and real-time ultrasound video streaming that qualifies for clinical practice. Within this context, a thorough video coding standards comparison for cardiac ultrasound applications is performed, using a data set of ten ultrasound videos. Both objective and subjective (clinical) video quality assessment demonstrate that H...
September 2016: Healthcare Technology Letters
F Sara Ceccarelli, Brent D Opell, Charles R Haddad, Robert J Raven, Eduardo M Soto, Martín J Ramírez
Closely related organisms with transoceanic distributions have long been the focus of historical biogeography, prompting the question of whether long-distance dispersal, or tectonic-driven vicariance shaped their current distribution. Regarding the Southern Hemisphere continents, this question deals with the break-up of the Gondwanan landmass, which has also affected global wind and oceanic current patterns since the Miocene. With the advent of phylogenetic node age estimation and parametric bioinformatic advances, researchers have been able to disentangle historical evolutionary processes of taxa with greater accuracy...
2016: PloS One
Marta San Luciano, Cuiling Wang, Roberto A Ortega, Qiping Yu, Sarah Boschung, Jeannie Soto-Valencia, Susan B Bressman, Richard B Lipton, Seth Pullman, Rachel Saunders-Pullman
INTRODUCTION: Pre-clinical markers of Parkinson's Disease (PD) are needed, and to be relevant in pre-clinical disease, they should be quantifiably abnormal in early disease as well. Handwriting is impaired early in PD and can be evaluated using computerized analysis of drawn spirals, capturing kinematic, dynamic, and spatial abnormalities and calculating indices that quantify motor performance and disability. Digitized spiral drawing correlates with motor scores and may be more sensitive in detecting early changes than subjective ratings...
2016: PloS One
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