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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339937/uterine-artery-leptin-receptors-during-the-ovarian-cycle-and-pregnancy-regulate-angiogenesis-in-ovine-uterine-artery-endothelial-cells
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Vladimir E Vargas, Rosalina Villalon Landeros, Gladys E Lopez, Jing Zheng, Ronald R Magness
Leptin regulates body weight, reproductive functions, blood pressure, endothelial function, and fetoplacental angiogenesis. Compared to the luteal phase, the follicular phase and pregnancy are physiological states of elevated estrogen, angiogenesis, and uterine blood flow (UBF). Little is known concerning leptin and its receptors (OB-R) for regulating uterine artery (UA) angiogenesis. We : 1) Ex vivo expression of OB-R in UA endothelium (UAendo) and UA vascular smooth muscle (UAvsm) is elevated in pregnant vs...
March 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339472/vector-status-of-aedes-species-determines-geographical-risk-of-autochthonous-zika-virus-establishment
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Lauren Gardner, Nan Chen, Sahotra Sarkar
BACKGROUND: The 2015-16 Zika virus pandemic originating in Latin America led to predictions of a catastrophic global spread of the disease. Since the current outbreak began in Brazil in May 2015 local transmission of Zika has been reported in over 60 countries and territories, with over 750 thousand confirmed and suspected cases. As a result of its range expansion attention has focused on possible modes of transmission, of which the arthropod vector-based disease spread cycle involving Aedes species is believed to be the most important...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338964/relationship-between-fine-root-exudation-and-respiration-of-two-quercus-species-in-a-japanese-temperate-forest
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Lijuan Sun, Mioko Ataka, Yuji Kominami, Kenichi Yoshimura
Plants allocate a considerable amount of carbon (C) to fine roots as respiration and exudation. Fine-root exudation could stimulate microbial activity, which further contributes to soil heterotrophic respiration. Although both root respiration and exudation are important components of belowground C cycling, how they relate to each other is less well known. In this study, we aimed to explore this relationship on mature trees growing in the field. The measurements were performed on two canopy species, Quercus serrata Thunb...
March 17, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337211/nutritional-biophysical-and-physiological-characteristics-of-wild-rocket-genotypes-as-affected-by-soilless-cultivation-system-salinity-level-of-nutrient-solution-and-growing-period
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Anna Bonasia, Corrado Lazzizera, Antonio Elia, Giulia Conversa
With the aim of defining the best management of nutrient solution (NS) in a soilless system for obtaining high quality baby-leaf rocket, the present study focuses on two wild rocket genotypes ("Nature" and "Naturelle"), grown in a greenhouse under two Southern Italy growing conditions-autumn-winter (AW) and winter-spring (WS)-using two soilless cultivation systems (SCS)-at two electrical conductivity values (EC) of NS. The SCSs used were the Floating System (FS) and Ebb and Flow System (EFS) and the EC values were 2...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337029/the-impact-of-protein-quantity-during-energy-restriction-on-genome-wide-gene-expression-analysis-in-adipose-tissue-of-obese-humans
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I P G Van Bussel, E M P Backx, C P G M De Groot, M Tieland, M Müller, L A Afman
BACKGROUND: Overweight and obesity is a growing health problem worldwide. The most effective strategy to reduce weight is energy restriction (ER). ER has been shown to be beneficial in disease prevention and it reduces chronic inflammation. Recent studies suggest that reducing the protein quantity of a diet contributes to the beneficial effects by ER. The organ most extensively affected during ER is white adipose tissue (WAT). OBJECTIVE: The first objective was to assess changes in gene expression between a high protein diet and a normal protein diet during ER...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335550/preparation-of-biodegradable-and-elastic-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-co-lactide-copolymers-and-evaluation-as-a-localized-and-sustained-drug-delivery-carrier
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Ji Hoon Park, Bo Keun Lee, Seung Hun Park, Mal Geum Kim, Jin Woo Lee, Hye Yun Lee, Hai Bang Lee, Jae Ho Kim, Moon Suk Kim
To develop a biodegradable polymer possessing elasticity and flexibility, we synthesized MPEG-b-(PCL-co-PLA) copolymers (PCxLyA), which display specific rates of flexibility and elasticity. We synthesize the PCxLyA copolymers by ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone and l-lactide. PCxLyA copolymers of various compositions were synthesized with 500,000 molecular weight. The PCxLyA copolymers mechanical properties were dependent on the mole ratio of the ε-caprolactone and l-lactide components. Cyclic tensile tests were carried out to investigate the resistance to creep of PCxLyA specimens after up to 20 deformation cycles to 50% elongation...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334553/a-multi-matrix-hilic-ms-ms-method-for-the-quantitation-of-endogenous-small-molecule-neurological-biomarker-n-acetyl-aspartic-acid-naa
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Dewakar Sangaraju, Sheerin K Shahidi-Latham, Braydon L Burgess, Brian Dean, Xiao Ding
A multi-matrix hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometric method (HILIC-MS/MS) was developed for the quantitation of N-Acetyl Aspartic acid (NAA) using stable isotope labeled internal standard, D3-NAA in various biological matrices such as human plasma, human CSF, mouse plasma, brain and spinal cord. A high throughput 96-well plate format supported liquid extraction (SLE) procedure was developed and used for sample preparation. Mass spectrometric analysis of NAA was performed using selected reaction monitoring transitions in positive electrospray ionization mode...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334524/suppression-of-lithium-dendrite-formation-by-using-lagp-peo-litfsi-composite-solid-electrolyte-and-lithium-metal-anode-modified-by-peo-litfsi-in-all-solid-state-lithium-batteries
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Chunhua Wang, Yifu Yang, Xingjiang Liu, Hai Zhong, Han Xu, Zhibin Xu, Huixia Shao, Fei Ding
The formation of lithium dendrites is suppressed using a Li1.5Al0.5Ge1.5(PO4)3-poly(ethylene oxide) (LAGP-PEO) composite solid electrolyte and a PEO (lithium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide) [PEO (LiTFSI)] modified lithium metal anode in all-solid-state lithium batteries. The effects on the anode performance of the PEO content in the composite solid electrolyte and the molecular weight of PEO used to modify the Li anode are studied. The structure, surface morphology, and stability of the composite solid electrolyte are examined by X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and electrochemical tests...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334508/dietary-fatty-acids-influence-sperm-quality-and-function
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A Ferramosca, N Moscatelli, M Di Giacomo, V Zara
Recently, obesity has been linked to male infertility. In animal models the administration of a high-fat diet caused a reduction in sperm quality, by impairing gamete energy metabolism. The aim of this study was to investigate a possible effect of dietary fatty acids supplementation in the modulation of sperm energy metabolism and, in turn, in the improvement of sperm quality in rats fed a high-fat diet. Sexually mature male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups and fed for 4 weeks a standard diet (control group), a high-fat diet (enriched in 35% of fat and 15% sucrose), a high-fat diet supplemented with 2...
March 23, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333238/clustering-of-pcos-like-traits-in-naturally-hyperandrogenic-female-rhesus-monkeys
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D H Abbott, B H Rayome, D A Dumesic, K C Lewis, A K Edwards, K Wallen, M E Wilson, S E Appt, J E Levine
STUDY QUESTION: Do naturally occurring, hyperandrogenic (≥1 SD of population mean testosterone, T) female rhesus monkeys exhibit traits typical of women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? SUMMARY ANSWER: Hyperandrogenic female monkeys exhibited significantly increased serum levels of androstenedione (A4), 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP), estradiol (E2), LH, antimullerian hormone (AMH), cortisol, 11-deoxycortisol and corticosterone, as well as increased uterine endometrial thickness and evidence of reduced fertility, all traits associated with PCOS...
March 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333235/ovarian-hormones-and-obesity
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Brigitte Leeners, Nori Geary, Philippe N Tobler, Lori Asarian
BACKGROUND: Obesity is caused by an imbalance between energy intake, i.e. eating and energy expenditure (EE). Severe obesity is more prevalent in women than men worldwide, and obesity pathophysiology and the resultant obesity-related disease risks differ in women and men. The underlying mechanisms are largely unknown. Pre-clinical and clinical research indicate that ovarian hormones may play a major role. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: We systematically reviewed the clinical and pre-clinical literature on the effects of ovarian hormones on the physiology of adipose tissue (AT) and the regulation of AT mass by energy intake and EE...
March 2, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333140/metabolic-and-molecular-insights-into-an-essential-role-of-nicotinamide-phosphoribosyltransferase
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Li Q Zhang, Leon Van Haandel, Min Xiong, Peixin Huang, Daniel P Heruth, Charlie Bi, Roger Gaedigk, Xun Jiang, Ding-You Li, Gerald Wyckoff, Dmitry N Grigoryev, Li Gao, Linheng Li, Min Wu, J Steven Leeder, Shui Qing Ye
Nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (NAMPT) is a pleiotropic protein implicated in the pathogenesis of acute respiratory distress syndrome, aging, cancer, coronary heart diseases, diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and sepsis. However, the underlying molecular mechanisms of NAMPT in these physiological and pathological processes are not fully understood. Here, we provide experimental evidence that a Nampt gene homozygous knockout (Nampt(-/-)) resulted in lethality at an early stage of mouse embryonic development and death within 5-10 days in adult mice accompanied by a 25...
March 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332893/monascus-ruber-fermented-buckwheat-red-yeast-buckwheat-suppresses-adipogenesis-in-3t3-l1-cells
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Heeok Hong, Jiyoung Park, Wenchie L Lumbera, Seong Gu Hwang
Although various treatments have been used for weight loss to date, obese people rarely have safe and effective treatment options. Therefore, the antiobesity effects of several natural compounds are being actively investigated. This study was conducted to investigate the antiadipogenic effects of Monascus ruber-fermented Fagopyrum esculentum (red yeast buckwheat, RYB) in 3T3-L1 cells. We assessed the intracellular lipid content and adipocyte differentiation by oil red O staining and the expression of genes and proteins associated with adipocyte differentiation by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction and western blotting in 3T3-L1 cells...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332829/impact-of-peg-chain-length-on-the-physical-properties-and-bioactivity-of-pegylated-chitosan-sirna-nanoparticles-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Chuanxu Yang, Shan Gao, Frederik Dagnaes-Hansen, Maria Jakobsen, Jørgen Kjems
PEGylation of cationic polyplexes is a promising approach to enhance the stability and reduce unspecific interaction with biological components. Herein, we systematically investigate the impact of PEGylation on physical and biological properties of chitosan/siRNA polyplexes. A series of chitosan-PEG copolymers (CS-PEG2k, CS-PEG5k and CS-PEG10k) were synthesized with similar PEG mass content but with different molecular weight. PEGylation with higher molecular weight and less grafting degree resulted in smaller and more compacted nanoparticles with relatively higher surface charge...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332409/laboratory-and-pilot-scale-field-experiments-for-application-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-loaded-chitosan-composites-to-phosphate-removal-from-natural-water
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Jae-Hyun Kim, Song-Bae Kim, Sang-Hyup Lee, Jae-Woo Choi
The aim of this study was to apply iron oxide nanoparticle-chitosan (ION-chitosan) composites to phosphate removal from natural water collected from the Seoho Stream in Suwon, Republic of Korea. Laboratory batch experiments showed that phosphate removal by the ION-chitosan composites was not sensitive to pH changes between pH values of 5.0 and 9.0. During six cycles of adsorption-desorption, the composites could be successfully regenerated with 5 mM NaOH solution and reused for phosphate removal. Laboratory fixed-bed column experiments (column height = 10 and 20 cm, inner diameter = 2...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331909/evaluating-the-effect-of-insulin-sensitizers-metformin-and-pioglitazone-alone-and-in-combination-on-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-an-rct
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Seyed Mojtaba Sohrevardi, Fahime Nosouhi, Saeed Hossein Khalilzade, Parichehr Kafaie, Mojgan Karimi-Zarchi, Iman Halvaei, Mehdi Mohsenzadeh
BACKGROUND: Insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia may play a role in pathogenesis of PCOS. One of the common therapeutic methods is using insulin-sensitizing drugs such as metformin and thiazolidinediones. OBJECTIVE: The purpose was to determine the effect of metformin and pioglitazone on clinical, hormonal and metabolic parameters in women with PCOS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty four women randomly received one of the following for 3 months: metformin (n=28) (500 mg three times a day), pioglitazone (30 mg daily) (n=28) and combination of both metformin and pioglitazone (n=28) (30 mg/day pioglitazone plus 500 mg metformin three times a day)...
December 2016: International Journal of Reproductive Biomedicine (Yazd, Iran)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327432/feedback-from-arctic-charr-feed-flavour-stimulation-and-re-feeding-after-feed-deprivation-stimulate-genes-encoding-both-orexigenic-and-anorexigenic-neuropeptides
#17
Anja Striberny, Even H Jørgensen
Despite vast research attention, the knowledge about central mechanisms of appetite regulation in teleost remains inconclusive. A common strategy in studies on appetite regulating mechanisms is to measure the response to feed restriction or - deprivation, but responses vary between fish species and between experiments, and are also likely dependent on the degree of energy perturbation. The anadromous Arctic charr is an interesting model for studying appetite regulation as its feeding cycle comprises months of winter anorexia, and hyperphagia during summer...
March 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326570/reproductive-disorders-in-female-rats-after-prenatal-exposure-to-betamethasone
#18
Cibele S Borges, Tainá L Pacheco, Marina T Guerra, Aline L Barros, Patricia V Silva, Gabriela Missassi, Katiussia Pinho da Silva, Janete A Anselmo-Franci, André S Pupo, Wilma De G Kempinas
Betamethasone is the drug of choice for antenatal treatment, promoting fetal lung maturation and decreasing mortality. Previous studies in rats reported male programming and alteration in sperm parameters and sexual behavior following intrauterine betamethasone exposure. The impact on the female reproductive development is not known. In this study, rat female offspring was assessed for sexual development, morphophysiology of the reproductive tract and fertility after maternal exposure to 0.1 mg kg(-1) of betamethasone or vehicle on gestational days 12, 13, 18 and 19...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325852/extended-multiplexing-of-tmt-labeling-reveals-age-and-high-fat-diet-specific-proteome-changes-in-mouse-epididymal-adipose-tissue
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Deanna L Plubell, Phillip A Wilmarth, Yuqi Zhao, Alexandra M Fenton, Jessica Minnier, Ashok P Reddy, John Klimek, Xia Yang, Larry L David, Nathalie Pamir
The lack of high-throughput methods to analyze the adipose tissue protein composition limits our understanding of the protein networks responsible for age and diet related metabolic response. We have developed an approach using multiple-dimension liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry and extended multiplexing (24 biological samples) with TMT labeling to analyze proteomes of epididymal adipose tissues isolated from mice fed either low or high fat diet for a short or a long-term, and from mice that aged on low vs...
March 21, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324994/co-activation-periods-of-gastrocnemius-and-vastus-lateralis-during-walking-evaluated-by-surface-electromyography
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Alessandro Mengarelli, Annachiara Strazza, Agnese Sbrollini, Angela Agostinelli, Laura Burattini, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo
"In vivo" studies reported that the co-activation of gastrocnemius and quadriceps femoris (QF) muscles produces ACL strain values greater than those caused by an isolated activation of either muscle. Aim of this study was to assess the co-activation of gastrocnemius (lateral head, GL) and vastus lateralis (VL) in healthy and young adults during walking. To this purpose the Statistical Gait Analysis was performed, that allows a characterization of gait considering hundreds of strides belonging to the same walking trial...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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