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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646812/oral-consumption-of-vitamin-k2-for-8-weeks-associated-with-increased-maximal-cardiac-output-during-exercise
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Brian K McFarlin, Andrea L Henning, Adam S Venable
Background • Vitamin K1 and K2 are not typically common in a Western diet because they are found in a variety of fermented foods. Vitamin K2 in particular has been demonstrated to restore mitochondrial function and has a key role in production of mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate. Thus, it is reasonable to speculate that dietary supplementation with vitamin K2 could increase the function of muscle with high mitochondrial content (ie, skeletal and cardiac muscle). Objective • The purpose of this study was to determine if 8 wk of dietary supplementation with Vitamin K2 could alter cardiovascular responses to a graded cycle ergometer test...
July 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646785/higher-cardio-respiratory-fitness-is-associated-with-increased-mental-and-physical-quality-of-life-in-people-with-bipolar-disorder-a-controlled-pilot-study
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Davy Vancampfort, Noemi Hagemann, Sabine Wyckaert, Simon Rosenbaum, Brendon Stubbs, Joseph Firth, Felipe B Schuch, Michel Probst, Pascal Sienaert
The aim of this study was to investigate whether cardiorespiratory fitness among outpatients with bipolar disorder is associated with health related quality of life (HRQL) and explore differences versus healthy controls. Outpatients with bipolar disorder and healthy controls matched for age, sex and body mass index completed the 36-item Short Form Health Survey, the Positive-and-Negative-Affect-Schedule (PANAS), a maximal cardiorespiratory fitness test, and wore a Sensewear Armband to measure physical activity and sedentary behavior for eight days...
June 19, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646756/protein-functionalization-of-zno-nanostructure-exhibits-selective-and-enhanced-toxicity-to-breast-cancer-cells-through-oxidative-stress-based-cell-death-mechanism
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Sailendra Mahanta, S Prathap, Deependra Kumar Ban, Subhankar Paul
Zinc oxide nanostructure (ZnONS) was chemically synthesized and functionalized (FZnONSBLA) with a small protein bovine α-lactalbumin (BLA) by chemical cross-linking methods. Both nano-structures were characterized using various techniques such as electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR, photo-luminescence and X-ray diffraction. Electron microscopy and DLS analysis revealed their (ZnONS and FZnONSBLA) average size of 200nm and 450nm, respectively. When cytotoxicity of both the nanostructures were assessed in breast cancer cells MCF-7 and MDAMB231 by MTT assay and PI/Annexin V staining (FACS), FZnONSBLA demonstrated higher cell death than ZnONS primarily due to generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646736/cell-damage-caused-by-ultraviolet-b-radiation-in-the-desert-cyanobacterium-phormidium-tenue-and-its-recovery-process
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Gaohong Wang, Songqiang Deng, Jiafeng Liu, Chaoran Ye, Xiangjun Zhou, Lanzhou Chen
Phormidium tenue, a cyanobacterium that grows in the topsoil of biological soil crusts (BSCs), has the highest recovery rate among desert crust cyanobacteria after exposure to ultraviolet B (UV-B) radiation. However, the mechanism underlying its recovery process is unclear. To address this issue, we measured chlorophyll a fluorescence, generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), lipid peroxidation, and repair of DNA breakage in P. tenue following exposure to UV-B. We found that UV-B radiation at all doses tested reduced photosynthesis and induced cell damage in P...
June 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646727/pulmonary-embolism-prognostic-factors-and-length-of-hospital-stay-a-cohort-study
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Marco Paolo Donadini, Francesco Dentali, Marco Castellaneta, Paola Gnerre, Micaela La Regina, Luca Masotti, Filippo Pieralli, Fulvio Pomero, Roberta Re, Luigina Guasti, Walter Ageno, Alessandro Squizzato
INTRODUCTION: Patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) are commonly admitted to hospital for their initial treatment. We aimed to assess the association of length of hospital stay with commonly available clinical variables and their combinations. METHODS: A retrospective multicenter cohort study was conducted on consecutive PE patients admitted to eight Italian centers. Logistic regression analysis was performed to evaluate the association between the length of hospital stay and the Pulmonary Embolism Severity Index (PESI) parameters, National Early Warning Score (NEWS) and other possible determinants...
June 8, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646724/zinc-and-calcium-alter-the-relationship-between-mitochondrial-respiration-ros-and-membrane-potential-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-liver-mitochondria
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Mahmoud S Sharaf, Don Stevens, Collins Kamunde
At excess levels, zinc (Zn) disrupts mitochondrial functional integrity and induces oxidative stress in aquatic organisms. Although much is known about the modulation of Zn toxicity by calcium (Ca) in fish, their interactions at the mitochondrial level have scarcely been investigated. Here we assessed the individual and combined effects of Zn and Ca on the relationship between mitochondrial respiration, ROS and membrane potential (ΔΨmt) in rainbow trout liver mitochondria. We tested if cation uptake through the mitochondrial calcium uniporter (MCU) is a prerequisite for Zn- and/or Ca-induced alteration of mitochondrial function...
June 12, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646683/fabrication-of-low-fire-hazard-flexible-poly-vinyl-chloride-via-reutilization-of-heavy-metal-biosorbents
#7
Ye-Tang Pan, De-Yi Wang
As a naturally abundant biopolymer, chitosan is considered to be a suitable adsorbent for stannate (SnO3(2-)) in tin plating wastewater. However, mass transfer of the adsorbent and its recycling remain challenging problems. Though flexible poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) is highly flammable due to the addition of plasticizers, the traditional flame retardant, antimony trioxide (Sb2O3), is potentially harmful. In this study, chitosan was anchored onto the surface of PVC resin to adsorb SnO3(2-) from wastewater. Thereafter, tin-doped chitosan-coated PVC resin was readily recycled and processed into a flexible PVC composite (modified fPVC)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646657/-half-sandwich-schiff-base-ir-iii-complexes-as-anticancer-agents
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Ze-Dong Mou, Ning Deng, Feng Zhang, Jiaying Zhang, Juan Cen, Xia Zhang
A series of "half-sandwich" Schiff-base Ir(III) complexes were synthesized and investigated for their in vitro activities against the leukemia K562 cell line. These compounds demonstrated antiproliferative activities against K562 cells with IC50 values of 0.26-4.77 μM. In particular, compound 10c showed cytotoxicity against five cancer cell lines/sublines and stronger activities than cisplatin in K562, K562/A02, MCF-7, MCF-7/ADM, and A549 cells. Mechanism studies illustrated that compound 10c increased the level of reactive oxygen species and induced apoptosis of K562 cells...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646647/successful-maintenance-of-key-physiological-parameters-in-preterm-lambs-treated-with-ex%C3%A2-vivo-uterine-environment-therapy-for-a-period-of-1-week
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Haruo Usuda, Shimpei Watanabe, Yuichiro Miura, Masatoshi Saito, Gabrielle C Musk, Judith Rittenschober-Böhm, Hideyuki Ikeda, Shinichi Sato, Takushi Hanita, Tadashi Matsuda, Alan H Jobe, John P Newnham, Sarah J Stock, Matthew W Kemp
BACKGROUND: Extremely preterm infants born at the border of viability (22-24 weeks' gestation) have high rates of death and lasting disability. Ex vivo uterine environment therapy is an experimental neonatal intensive care strategy that provides gas exchange using parallel membranous oxygenators connected to the umbilical vessels, sparing the extremely preterm cardiopulmonary system from ventilation-derived injury. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to refine our ex vivo uterine environment therapy platform to eliminate fetal infection and inflammation, while simultaneously extending the duration of hemodynamically stable ex vivo uterine environment therapy to 1 week...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646646/antileukemic-activity-and-cellular-effects-of-the-antimalarial-agent-artesunate-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Bijender Kumar, Arjun Kalvala, Su Chu, Steven Rosen, Stephen J Forman, Guido Marcucci, Ching-Cheng Chen, Vinod Pullarkat
The artimisinins are a class of antimalarial compounds whose antiparasitic activity is mediated by induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Herein, we report that among the artimisinins, artesunate (ARTS), an orally bioavailable compound has the most potent antileukemic activity in AML models and primary patients' blasts. ARTS was most cytotoxic to the FLT3-ITD+ AML MV4-11 and MOLM-13 cells (IC50 values of 1.1 and 0.82μM respectively), inhibited colony formation in primary AML and MDS cells and augmented cytotoxicity of chemotherapeutics...
May 10, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646624/prognostic-relevance-of-oxidative-stress-measurement-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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Giovanni D'Arena, Candida Vitale, Omar Perbellini, Marta Coscia, Francesco La Rocca, Vitalba Ruggieri, Carlo Visco, Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno, Idanna Innocenti, Vincenzo Pizza, Silvia Deaglio, Giovanni Di Minno, Aldo Giudice, Gioacchino Calapai, Pellegrino Musto, Luca Laurenti, Eugenio Luigi Iorio
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the prognostic significance of oxidative stress (OS) and antioxidant defense status measurement in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). METHOD: d-ROMs test and BAP test were evaluated at diagnosis of 165 patients with CLL and correlated with clinical-biological features and prognosis. RESULTS: An increased oxidative damage (d-ROMs test) and a reduced antioxidant potential (BAP test), were found in CLL patients than normal controls (p <0...
June 24, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646570/inactivation-of-bacillus-spores-in-wash-waters-using-dilute-chlorine-bleach-solutions-at-different-temperatures-and-ph-levels
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Vicente J Gallardo, Donald A Schupp, John L Heckman, E Radha Krishnan, Eugene W Rice
Inactivation of Bacillus globigii spores in wash water was studied to simulate chlorine inactivation of Bacillus anthracis spores in water generated in during biological clean ups. Eight waters were studied, with six containing detergent. Chlorine levels were approximately 3,000 mg/L. Results across different waters showed decreasing inactivation with increasing pH. Inactivation did not appear to be influenced by chemical oxygen demand, suspended solids, turbidity, or dissolved solids. Inactivation efficacy was expressed as the time calculated to yield 6 log10 inactivation at 3,000 mg NaOCl/L...
June 23, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646459/silymarin-inhibits-adipogenesis-in-the-adipocytes-in-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idellus-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Peizhen Xiao, Zhou Yang, Jian Sun, Jingjing Tian, Zhiguang Chang, Xuexian Li, Baotong Zhang, Yuantu Ye, Hong Ji, Ermeng Yu, Jun Xie
In this study, two experiments were performed to explore the function of silymarin in adipogenesis in grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus) using in vitro and in vivo models. In experiment 1, differentiated grass carp pre-adipocytes were treated with silymarin for 6 days. Treatment with 100 μg mL(-1)silymarin (SM100 group) significantly reduced triglyceride accumulation at day 6. The adipogenic gene expression levels of PPARγ, C/EBPα, SREBP1c, FAS, SCD1, and LPL, and the protein expression level of PPARγ were significantly down-regulated in the SM100 group...
June 23, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646405/revealing-the-importance-of-linkers-in-k-series-oxime-reactivators-for-tabun-inhibited-ache-using-quantum-chemical-docking-and-smd-studies
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Shibaji Ghosh, Nellore Bhanu Chandar, Kalyanashis Jana, Bishwajit Ganguly
Inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) with organophosphorus compounds has a detrimental effect on human life. Oxime K203 seems to be one of the promising reactivators for tabun-inhibited AChE than (K027, K127, and K628). These reactivators differ only in the linker units between the two pyridinium rings. The conformational analyses performed with quantum chemical RHF/6-31G* level for K027, K127, K203 and K628 showed that the minimum energy conformers have different orientations of the active and peripheral pyridinium rings for these reactivator molecules...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646309/influence-of-polymethyl-acrylate-additive-on-the-formation-of-particulate-matter-and-nox-emission-of-a-biodiesel-diesel-fueled-engine
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Islam Mohammad Monirul, Haji Hassan Masjuki, Mohammad Abdul Kalam, Nurin Wahidah Mohd Zulkifli, Islam Shancita
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of the polymethyl acrylate (PMA) additive on the formation of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emission from a diesel coconut and/or Calophyllum inophyllum biodiesel-fueled engine. The physicochemical properties of 20% of coconut and/or C. inophyllum biodiesel-diesel blend (B20), 0.03 wt% of PMA with B20 (B20P), and diesel fuel were measured and compared to ASTM D6751, D7467, and EN 14214 standard. The test results showed that the addition of PMA additive with B20 significantly improves the cold-flow properties such as pour point (PP), cloud point (CP), and cold filter plugging point (CFPP)...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646308/photochemical-generation-of-reactive-intermediates-from-urban-waste-bio-organic-substances-under-uv-and-solar-irradiation
#16
Marcela Prado Silva, Arlen Mabel Lastre-Acosta, Simón Mostafa, Garrett McKay, Karl G Linden, Fernando L Rosario-Ortiz, Antonio Carlos Silva Costa Teixeira
Singlet oxygen ((1)O2), hydroxyl radicals ((•)OH), and excited triplet states of organic matter ((3)OM(*)) play a key role in the degradation of pollutants in aquatic environments. The formation rates and quantum yields (Φ) of these reactive intermediates (RI) through photosensitized reactions of dissolved organic matter (DOM) have been reported in the literature for decades. Urban biowaste-derived substances (UW-BOS), a form of organic matter derived from vegetative and urban waste, have recently been shown to be efficient sensitizers in the photo-degradation of different contaminants...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646245/six-minute-walk-test-as-a-predictor-of-diagnosis-disease-severity-and-clinical-outcomes-in-scleroderma-associated-pulmonary-hypertension-the-dibosa-study
#17
Abhishek Gadre, Christian Ghattas, Xiaozhen Han, Xiaofeng Wang, Omar Minai, Kristin B Highland
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common complication of scleroderma (SSc) and is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: To explore the utility of the 6MWT in the prediction of SSc-PH and to assess its prognostic implications. METHODS: A retrospective review of SSc patients from 2003 to 2013, with 6MWT and echocardiogram (n = 286), was conducted. Presence of PH was defined by right heart catheterization. Patients were randomized into development and validation cohorts...
June 23, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646193/fabrication-of-nitrogen-doped-nano-onions-and-their-electrocatalytic-activity-toward-the-oxygen-reduction-reaction
#18
E Y Choi, C K Kim
Nitrogen-doped nano-onions (NNO) were prepared as electrocatalytic materials for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). The nano-onions (NO), spherical graphitic material particles, were prepared by pyrolysis of nanodiamonds (ND). Oxidized NO (ONO) was prepared from NO by a modified Hummers' method, and this was mixed with urea, followed by pyrolysis, resulting in the formation of NNO. The nitrogen content and molar ratio of nitrogen-containing groups in the NNOs were varied by controlling the oxygen content of ONO to explore the effect of nitrogen content on the ORR activity...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646191/prednisolone-induces-apoptosis-in-corneal-epithelial-cells-through-the-intrinsic-pathway
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Jin Suk Ryu, Jung Hwa Ko, Mee Kum Kim, Won Ryang Wee, Joo Youn Oh
Glucocorticoid eye drops are one of the most widely used medications in ophthalmology. However, little is known about the effects of glucocorticoids on corneal epithelial cells that are directly exposed to topically-administered glucocorticoids. Here we investigated the effects of prednisolone, a synthetic glucocorticoid analogue frequently used in the clinic, on corneal epithelial cells. Results showed that prednisolone decreased survival of corneal epithelial cells by inhibiting proliferation and inducing apoptosis in a dose-dependent manner...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646188/mitochondrial-haplotypes-influence-metabolic-traits-across-bovine-inter-and-intra-species-cybrids
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Jikun Wang, Hai Xiang, Langqing Liu, Minghua Kong, Tao Yin, Xingbo Zhao
In bovine species, mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms and their correlation to productive or reproductive performances have been widely reported across breeds and individuals. However, experimental evidence of this correlation has never been provided. In order to identify differences among bovine mtDNA haplotypes, transmitochondrial cybrids were generated, with the nucleus from MAC-T cell line, derived from a Holstein dairy cow (Bos taurus) and mitochondria from either primary cell line derived from a domestic Chinese native beef Luxi cattle breed or central Asian domestic yak (Bos grunniens)...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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