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Yanhong Li, Xiaolong Sui, Hua Zhu, Yanfeng Xu, Lan Huang, Yuhuan Xu, Yunlin Han, Xiaochun Feng, Chuan Qin
Henoch-Schönlein purpura (HSP) is a systemic vasculitis mediated by autologous immune complex. Animal models of HSP are scarce. Here, we describe the characteristics of HSP rabbit model in the acute and recovery phase. First, we constructed the HSP rabbit models, and then assessed immunologic indicators of models by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and immunoturbidimetry. Histomorphological characteristics were analyzed by haematoxylin-eosin, immunofluorescence and special staining. In the acute stage (24 h) after antigen challenge, the model group rabbits featured skin ecchymosis and abnormal laboratory examination results...
October 21, 2016: Archives of Dermatological Research
Julie Grandbois, Sandhya Khurana, Kelly Graff, Phong Nguyen, Leah Meltz, T C Tai
Epinephrine is synthesized by the catecholamine biosynthetic enzyme, phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PNMT), primarily in chromaffin cells of the adrenal medulla and secondarily in brainstem adrenergic neurons of the medulla oblongata. Epinephrine is an important neurotransmitter/neurohormone involved in cardiovascular regulation; however, overproduction is detrimental with negative outcomes such as cellular damage, cardiovascular dysfunction, and hypertension. Genetic mapping studies have linked elevated expression of PNMT to hypertension...
October 18, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
Katharina Anna Lindlbauer, Hans Marx, Michael Sauer
This study investigates potential limitations of 1,3-propanediol formation by Lactobacillus diolivorans. Particular focus is given to enhanced glycerol utilization as well as the elimination of by-product formation. The key aspect is a modulation of the redox household by process engineering through the application of carbon pulses. A shift in the product pattern of C3 products was achieved, improving the ratio of 1,3-propanediol versus 3-hydroxypropionic acid up to a level of 20:1. Moreover, in combination with alternative feeding strategies this ratio was enhanced up to 45:1 and the maximum observed productivity of 1,3-propanediol could be significantly increased to 1...
October 18, 2016: New Biotechnology
Elena Hernandez-Encinas, Diana Aguilar-Morante, Jose A Morales-Garcia, Elena Gine, Marina Sanz-SanCristobal, Angel Santos, Ana Perez-Castillo
BACKGROUND: The CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein β (C/EBPβ) is a transcription factor implicated in the control of proliferation, differentiation, and inflammatory processes mainly in adipose tissue and liver; although more recent results have revealed an important role for this transcription factor in the brain. Previous studies from our laboratory indicated that CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein β is implicated in inflammatory process and brain injury, since mice lacking this gene were less susceptible to kainic acid-induced injury...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Florian A Busch, Rowan F Sage
The biochemical model of C3 photosynthesis by Farquhar, von Caemmerer and Berry (FvCB) assumes that photosynthetic CO2 assimilation is limited by one of three biochemical processes that are not always easily discerned. This leads to improper assessments of biochemical limitations that limit the accuracy of the model predictions. We use the sensitivity of rates of CO2 assimilation and photosynthetic electron transport to changes in O2 and CO2 concentration in the chloroplast to evaluate photosynthetic limitations...
October 21, 2016: New Phytologist
Gabriëlle H S Buitendijk, Ada J Hooghart, Corina Brussee, Paulus T V M de Jong, Albert Hofman, Johannes R Vingerling, Caroline C W Klaver
Purpose: Reticular pseudodrusen (RPD) are considered to be a distinct feature in AMD. Population studies have studied the epidemiology of RPD using standard color fundus photographs (CFP). However, recent studies have shown that RPD are better imaged using near-infrared (NIR) imaging. We studied the epidemiology of RPD in a large population-based study using NIR and CFP. Methods: Participants aged 65+ years from the Rotterdam Study underwent ophthalmologic examination including NIR and CFP...
October 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Jordan M Glenn, Michelle Gray, Jennifer Vincenzo, Sally Paulson, Melissa Powers
This investigation examined differences in functional sit-to-stand power/velocity between cohorts of adults aged 18-97 years. This study included 264 healthy adults classified into 4 cohorts (18-40, C1; 60-69, C2; 70-79, C2; ≥80, C4). Participants completed the sit-to-stand task 5 times. Power and velocity were measured via the TENDO power analyzer. Absolute average power was maintained from C1-C3, but decreased (p<.01) in C4. Absolute peak power decreased between C1-C2 (p<.01), was similar between C2-C3, and decreased in C4 (p<...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Aging and Physical Activity
Linda van Roij, Appy Sluijs, Jelmer J Laks, Gert-Jan Reichart
RATIONALE: Analyses of stable carbon isotope ratios (δ(13) C values) of organic and inorganic matter remains have been instrumental for much of our understanding of present and past environmental and biological processes. Until recently, the analytical window of such analyses has been limited to samples containing at least several µg of carbon. METHODS: Here we present a setup combining laser ablation, nano combustion gas chromatography and isotope ratio mass spectrometry (LA/nC/GC/IRMS)...
October 21, 2016: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
Morten Asser Karsdal, Kim Henriksen, Mette Juul Nielsen, Inger Byrjalsen, Diana Julie Leeming, Stephen Gardner, Zachary Goodman, Keyur Patel, Aleksander Krag, Claus Christiansen, Detlef Schuppan
BACKGROUND: There are no approved treatments for liver fibrosis. To aid development of anti-fibrotic therapies, non-invasive biomarkers that can identify patients with progressive fibrosis and that permit monitoring of the response to anti-fibrotic therapy are much needed. METHODS: Samples from a phase II anti-fibrotic trial of the glitazone farglitazar in patients with advanced hepatitis C, with matched follow-up liver biopsies, and from a phase III study of balaglitazone in late stage type 2 diabetics (BALLET study), were analysed for serological Pro-C3 levels in conjunction with other disease parameters...
October 20, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
Ruyi Huang, Serapio M Baca, Jason W Worrell, Xingquan Liu, Yeji Seo, James C Leiter, Daniel C Lu
Respiration is produced and controlled by well-characterized brainstem nuclei, but the contributions of spinal circuits to respiratory control and modulation remain under investigation. Many respiratory studies are conducted in in vitro preparations (e.g., brainstem slice) obtained from neonatal rodents. While informative, these studies do not fully recapitulate the complex afferent and efferent neural circuits that are likely to be involved in eupnea (i.e., quiet breathing). To begin to investigate spinal contributions to respiration, we electrically stimulated the cervical spinal cord during unassisted respiration in anesthetized, intact mice...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
Johannes G de Vries
Several strategies can be chosen to convert renewable resources into chemicals. In this account, I exemplify the route that starts with so-called platform chemicals; these are relatively simple chemicals that can be produced in high yield, directly from renewable resources, either via fermentation or via chemical routes. They can be converted into the existing bulk chemicals in a very efficient manner using multistep catalytic conversions. Two examples are given of the conversion of sugars into nylon intermediates...
October 20, 2016: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
Akira Ikumi, Shigeki Kubota, Yukiyo Shimizu, Hideki Kadone, Aiki Marushima, Tomoyuki Ueno, Hiroaki Kawamoto, Yasushi Hada, Akira Matsumura, Yoshiyuki Sankai, Masashi Yamazaki
CONTEXT: Recently, locomotor training with robotic assistance has been found effective in treating spinal cord injury (SCI). Our case report examined locomotor training using the robotic suit hybrid assistive limb (HAL) in a patient with complete C4 quadriplegia due to chronic SCI. This is the first report examining HAL in complete C4 quadriplegia. FINDINGS: The patient was a 19-year-old man who dislocated C3/4 during judo 4 years previously. Following the injury, he underwent C3/4 posterior spinal fusion but remained paralyzed despite rehabilitation...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
Andreas Ehnbom, Subrata K Ghosh, Kyle G Lewis, John A Gladysz
As reported by Alfred Werner in 1911-1912, salts of the formally D3 symmetric [Co(en)3](3+) (en = ethylenediamine) trication were among the first chiral inorganic compounds to be resolved into enantiomers, the absolute configurations of which are denoted Λ (left handed helix) or Δ (right handed helix). After a >100 year dormant period during which few useful reactions of these substitution inert complexes were described, carbon substituted derivatives have recently been found to be potent catalysts for enantioselective organic synthesis...
October 20, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
X L Sun, F C Zhang, Y Xiao, L Liu, Y Guan
Objective: To study the morphologic changes of immunotactoid glomerulopathy and to investigate the clinical pathological features and differential diagnosis. Methods: Renal biopsy was observed under the light microscope, immunofluorescence and electron microscopy in a case of newly diagnosed immunotactoid glomerulopathy. Results: This patient clinically presented with nephrotic syndrome and hypertension, without family history of renal diseases. Light microscopy showed that diffusely massive and specific protein deposition in the glomerulus in Masson staining...
October 8, 2016: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
Karl J Niklas, Ulrich Kutschera
In 1790, the German poet Johann W. v. Goethe (1749-1832) proposed the concept of a hypothetical sessile organism known as the 'Plant Archetype,' which was subsequently reconstructed and depicted by 19th-century botanists, such as Franz Unger (1800-1870) and Julius Sachs (1832-1897), and can be considered one of the first expressions of Evo-Devo thinking. Here, we present the history of this concept in the context of Ernst Haeckel's (1834-1919) biogenetic law espoused in his Generelle Morphologie der Organismen of 1866...
October 18, 2016: Theory in Biosciences, Theorie in Den Biowissenschaften
Jianhua Wang, Yang Lu, Hong Xia, Qingshui Yin
PURPOSE: To investigate a unique procedure of joined transoral and retropharyngeal high cervical approach (JTRC) without mandibulectomy for treating upper cervical neoplasm involving both C2 and C3. METHOD: A 23-year-old male patient had neoplasma involving C2 and C3 that caused pathologic fracture of C2 and bony destruction of C3. The neoplasm excision and cervical spine reconstruction were performed through JTRC approach without splitting up the mandible. In this approach, there were two surgery windows that could be applied in turns by closing or opening the mouth to gain an ideal exposure...
October 18, 2016: European Spine Journal
Balasubramanian Chandramouli, Caterina Bernacchioni, Danilo Di Maio, Paola Turano, Giuseppe Brancato
Ferritin molecular cages are marvelous 24-mer supramolecular architectures that enable massive iron storage (>2000 Fe atoms) within their inner cavity. This cavity is connected to the outer environment by two channels at C3 and C4 symmetry axes of the assembly. Ferritins can also be exploited as carriers for in vivo imaging and therapeutic applications, owing to their capability to effectively protect within the cage cavity synthetic non-endogenous agents and deliver them to targeted tissue cells without stimulating adverse immune responses...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Nicklaus Fankhauser, Sylvain Aubry
C4 photosynthesis allows highly efficient carbon fixation that originates from tightly regulated anatomical and biochemical modifications of leaf architecture. Recent studies showed that leaf transcriptome modifications during leaf ontogeny of closely related C3 (Tarenaya hassleriana) and C4 (Gynandropsis gynandra) species within the Cleomaceae family existed but they did not identify any dedicated transcriptional networks or factors specifically driving C4 leaf ontogeny. RNAseq analysis provides a steady-state quantification of whole-cell mRNAs but does not allow any discrimination between transcriptional and post-transcriptional processes that may occur simultaneously during leaf ontogeny...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
Varsha R Jumde, Niek N H M Eisink, Martin D Witte, Adriaan J Minnaard
Palladium catalysed oxidation is able to single out the secondary hydroxyl group at C3 in glucose, circumventing the more readily accessible hydroxyl at C6 and the more reactive anomeric hydroxyl. Oxidation followed by reduction results in either allose or allitol, rare sugars that are important in biotechnology. Also N-acetyl glucosamine is selectively oxidized at C3. These results demonstrate that glucose and N-acetyl glucosamine, the most readily available chiral building blocks, can be versatile substrates in homogeneous catalysis...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
J Gonzalo N Irisarri, Justin D Derner, Lauren M Porensky, David J Augustine, Justin L Reeves, Kevin E Mueller
Grazing intensity elicits changes in the composition of plant functional groups in both shortgrass steppe (SGS) and northern mixed-grass prairie (NMP) in North America. How these grazing intensity-induced changes control aboveground net primary production (ANPP) responses to precipitation remains a central open question, especially in light of predicted climate changes. Here, we evaluated effects of four levels (none, light, moderate, and heavy) of long-term (>30 yr) grazing intensity in SGS and NMP on: (1) ANPP; (2) precipitation-use efficiency (PUE, ANPP : precipitation); and (3) precipitation marginal response (PMR; slope of a linear regression model between ANPP and precipitation)...
July 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
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