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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213845/topical-formulation-containing-beeswax-based-nanoparticles-improved-in-vivo-skin-barrier-function
#1
Carla Souza, Luis Alexandre Pedro de Freitas, Patrícia Maria Berardo Gonçalves Maia Campos
Lipid nanoparticles have shown many advantages for treatment/prevention of skin disorders with damaged skin barrier function. Beeswax is a favorable candidate for the development of nanosystems in the cosmetic and dermatological fields because of its advantages for the development of products for topical application. In the present study, beeswax-based nanoparticles (BNs) were prepared using the hot melt microemulsion technique and incorporated to a gel-cream formulation. The formulation was subsequently evaluated for its rheological stability and effect on stratum corneum water content (SCWC) and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) using in vivo biophysical techniques...
February 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213766/microelectrophoretic-study-of-environmentally-induced-dna-damage-in-fish-and-its-use-for-early-toxicity-screening-of-freshwater-bodies
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Bilal Hussain, Tayyaba Sultana, Salma Sultana, K A Al-Ghanim, Shahreef Masood, Muhammad Ali, Shahid Mahboob
This study investigates the potential of the comet and micronucleus assays of fish DNA as a means of screening the toxicity of aquatic environments. Catla catla and Cirrhinus mrigala collected from the River Chenab in Pakistan were used as a case study for the application of comet and micronucleus techniques. Comet and micronucleus assays were used to compare DNA damage in C. catla and C. mrigala collected from polluted areas of the River Chenab and farmed fish. Atomic absorption spectrophotometry showed an acute level of toxicity from Cd, Cu, Mn, Zn, Pb, Cr, Sn, and Hg in river water...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213321/effects-of-selenium-lead-interaction-on-the-gene-expression-of-inflammatory-factors-and-selenoproteins-in-chicken-neutrophils
#3
Xiaojing Li, Mengyuan Xing, Menghao Chen, Jinxin Zhao, Ruifeng Fan, Xia Zhao, Changyu Cao, Jie Yang, Ziwei Zhang, Shiwen Xu
Lead (Pb) is one of the most highly toxic metal pollutant that can cause damage to the immune system. It is known that selenium (Se) can antagonize heavy metals. To explore the toxic effects of Pb poisoning on bird immune cells, as well as the alleviating effects of Se on Pb, Se supplement and/or Pb poisoning chicken models were established. One hundred and eighty Hyline 7-day-old male chickens received either Se (1mg Se per kg of diet), Pb (350mg Pb per liter water) or Se+Pb in their diet and water for 90 days...
February 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213175/quantitative-analysis-of-mycosporine-like-amino-acids-in-marine-algae-by-capillary-electrophoresis-with-diode-array-detection
#4
Anja Hartmann, Adele Murauer, Markus Ganzera
Marine species have evolved a variety of physical or chemical strategies to diminish damage from elevated environmental ultraviolet radiation. Mycosporine-like amino acids, a group of widely distributed small water soluble compounds, are biologically relevant because of their photo-protective potential. In addition, presumed antioxidant and skin protective strategies raise the interest for possible medicinal and cosmetic applications. In this study the first CE method for the quantification of mycosporine-like amino acids in marine species is presented...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211103/impaired-learning-and-memory-in-rats-induced-by-a-high-fat-diet-involvement-with-the-imbalance-of-nesfatin-1-abundance-and-copine-6-expression
#5
Zheng Chen, Ya-Yun Xu, Rui Wu, Yin-Xiu Han, Yue Yu, Jin-Fang Ge, Fei-Hu Chen
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common cause of chronic liver disease, resulting not only in liver dysfunction, glucose and lipid metabolism disorder, but also in neuropsychiatric damage. In the present study, a NAFLD rat model was established via feeding of a high-fat diet, and the behavior was observed via the open field test (OFT), the sucrose preference test (SPT), the elevated plus maze (EPM), the forced swimming test (FST), and the Morris water maze (MWM). The plasma concentrations of alanine aminotransferase (ALT), glucose, free fatty acid (FFA), total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were detected using chemiluminescence technique...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208612/enteric-pathogens-and-their-toxin-induced-disruption-of-the-intestinal-barrier-through-alteration-of-tight-junctions-in-chickens
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REVIEW
Wageha A Awad, Claudia Hess, Michael Hess
Maintaining a healthy gut environment is a prerequisite for sustainable animal production. The gut plays a key role in the digestion and absorption of nutrients and constitutes an initial organ exposed to external factors influencing bird's health. The intestinal epithelial barrier serves as the first line of defense between the host and the luminal environment. It consists of a continuous monolayer of intestinal epithelial cells connected by intercellular junctional complexes which shrink the space between adjacent cells...
February 10, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208115/effects-of-%C3%AE-cypermethrin-enantiomers-on-the-growth-biochemical-parameters-and-bioaccumulation-in-rana-nigromaculata-tadpoles-of-the-anuran-amphibians
#7
Peng Xu, Ledan Huang
Populations of many amphibian species are declining worldwide in part because of pesticide contamination. As a surface water contaminant, α-cypermethrin may have severe ecological impacts on amphibians. Here, we examined the acute toxicity of α-cypermethrin enantiomers to dark-spotted frog Rana nigromaculata tadpoles at 24, 48, 72 and 96h, finding that the tadpoles were indeed sensitive to α-cypermethrin. The (S)-(1R, 3R)-enantiomer was approximately 29 times more toxic than the (R)-(1S, 3S)-enantiomer at 96h...
February 13, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205341/spatiotemporal-microstructural-white-matter-changes-in-diffusion-tensor-imaging-after-transient-focal-ischemic-stroke-in-rats
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Won-Beom Jung, Yong Hee Han, Julius Juhyun Chung, Sun Young Chae, Sung Hoon Lee, Geun Ho Im, JiHoon Cha, Jung Hee Lee
Structural reorganization in white matter (WM) after stroke is a potential contributor to substitute or to newly establish the functional field on the injured brain in nature. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is an imaging modality that can be used to evaluate damage and recovery within the brain. This method of imaging allows for in vivo assessment of the restricted movements of water molecules in WM and provides a detailed look at structural connectivity in the brain. For longitudinal DTI studies after a stroke, the conventional region of interest method and voxel-based analysis are highly dependent on the user-hypothesis and parameter settings for implementation...
February 16, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202648/living-in-flowing-water-increases-resistance-to-ultraviolet-b-radiation
#9
Ensiyeh Ghanizadeh-Kazerouni, Craig E Franklin, Frank Seebacher
Ultraviolet B radiation (UV-B) is an important environmental driver that can affect locomotor performance negatively by inducing production of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Prolonged regular exercise increases antioxidant activities, which may alleviate the negative effects of UV-B-induced ROS. Animals naturally performing exercise, such as humans performing regular exercise or fish living in flowing water, may therefore be more resilient to the negative effects of UV-B. We tested this hypothesis in a fully factorial experiment, where we exposed mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki) to UV-B and control (no UV-B) conditions in flowing and still water...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202244/changes-in-land-uses-and-ecosystem-services-under-multi-scenarios-simulation
#10
Jingya Liu, Jing Li, Keyu Qin, Zixiang Zhou, Xiaonan Yang, Ting Li
Social economy of China has been rapidly developing for more than 30years with efficient reforms and policies being issued. Societal developments have resulted in a greater use of many natural resources to the extent that the ecosystem can no longer self-regulate, thus severely damaging the balance of the ecosystem itself. This in turn has led to a deterioration in people's living environments. Our research is based on a combination of climate scenarios presented in the fifth report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and policy scenarios, including the one-child policy and carbon tax policy...
February 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199338/development-and-application-of-an-edna-method-to-detect-the-critically-endangered-trinidad-golden-tree-frog-phytotriades-auratus-in-bromeliad-phytotelmata
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Sarah Brozio, Chloe Manson, Eleanor Gourevitch, Thomas J Burns, Mark S Greener, J Roger Downie, Paul A Hoskisson
The use of environmental DNA (eDNA) to monitor rare and elusive species has great potential for conservation biology. Traditional surveying methods can be time-consuming, labour-intensive, subject to error or can be invasive and potentially damaging to habitat. The Trinidad golden treefrog (Phytotriades auratus) is one such species that would benefit from such an approach. This species inhabits the giant bromeliad (Glomeropitcairnia erectiflora) on two peaks on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Traditional survey methods for this species have required the destruction of the giant bromeliad, which is the only known habitat of this frog...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199121/smart-contact-lenses-with-graphene-coating-for-electromagnetic-interference-shielding-and-dehydration-protection
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Sangkyu Lee, Insu Jo, Sangmin Kang, Bongchul Jang, Joonhee Moon, Jong Bo Park, Soochang Lee, Sichul Rho, Youngsoo Kim, Byung Hee Hong
Recently, smart contact lenses with electronic circuits have been proposed for various sensor and display applications, where the use of flexible and biologically stable electrode materials is essential. Graphene is an atomically thin carbon materials with 2-dimensional hexagonal lattice, showing outstanding electrical and mechanical properties as well as excellent biocompatibility. In addition, graphene is capable of protecting eyes from electromagnectic (EM) waves that may cause eye diseases such as cataracts...
February 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196966/effect-of-selective-5-ht6r-agonist-on-expression-of-5-ht-receptor-and-neurotransmitter-in-vascular-dementia-rats
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Haining Yu, Tao Chen, Li Zhou, Jiyou Tang
BACKGROUND 5-HT6 receptor (5-HT6R) has pluripotent roles regulating secretion of neurotransmitters. However, whether 5-HT6R is involved in the development of vascular dementia (VD) remains unclear. To evaluate the role and mechanism of 5-HT6R in VD, this study established a rat VD model to evaluate the effect of selective 5-HT6R agonist on the expression of 5-HT6R mRNA and neurotransmitter. MATERIAL AND METHODS Eighty healthy male SD rats (7 weeks old) were randomly assigned to sham, model, 5-HT6R agonist, and placebo groups (N=20 each)...
February 15, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195172/who-water-quality-standards-vs-synergic-effect-s-of-fluoride-heavy-metals-and-hardness-in-drinking-water-on-kidney-tissues
#14
Hewa M S Wasana, Gamage D R K Perera, Panduka De S Gunawardena, Palika S Fernando, Jayasundera Bandara
Despite WHO standards, waterborne diseases among the human being are rising alarmingly. It is known that the prolong exposure to contaminated water has major impact on public health. The effect of chemical contaminations in drinking water on human being is found to be chronic rather than acute and hence can be defined "consumption of contaminated drinking water could be a silent killer". As the WHO recommended water quality standards are only for individual element and synergic effects of trace metals and anions have not been considered, investigation of synergic effects of trace metals and anions and their effect on human being is of prime important research...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192628/evaluation-of-climate-related-carbon-turnover-processes-in-global-vegetation-models-for-boreal-and-temperate-forests
#15
Martin Thurner, Christian Beer, Philippe Ciais, Andrew D Friend, Akihiko Ito, Axel Kleidon, Mark R Lomas, Shaun Quegan, Tim T Rademacher, Sibyll Schaphoff, Markus Tum, Andy Wiltshire, Nuno Carvalhais
Turnover concepts in state-of-the-art global vegetation models (GVMs) account for various processes, but are often highly simplified and may not include an adequate representation of the dominant processes that shape vegetation carbon turnover rates in real forest ecosystems at a large spatial scale. Here we evaluate vegetation carbon turnover processes in GVMs participating in the Inter-Sectoral Impact Model Intercomparison Project (ISI-MIP; including HYBRID4, JeDi, JULES, LPJml, ORCHIDEE, SDGVM, and VISIT) using estimates of vegetation carbon turnover rate (k) derived from a combination of remote sensing based products of biomass and net primary production (NPP)...
February 13, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192256/response-of-gut-health-and-microbiota-to-sulfide-exposure-in-pacific-white-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei
#16
Yantong Suo, Erchao Li, Tongyu Li, Yongyi Jia, Jian G Qin, Zhimin Gu, Liqiao Chen
Sulfide is a natural and widely distributed toxicant. It can be commonly found on the interface between water and sediment in the aquatic environment. The Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei starts life in the benthic zone soon after the mysis stage, an early stage of post larvae. Therefore, L. vannamei is inevitably affected by exposure to sulfide released from pond sediment. This study explored the toxicant effect of different concentrations of sulfide on the intestinal health and microbiota of Pacific white shrimp by monitoring the change of expression of inflammatory, immune related cytokines, and the structure of the intestinal microbiota...
February 10, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192250/bifunctional-viscous-nanovesicles-co-loaded-with-resveratrol-and-gallic-acid-for-skin-protection-against-microbial-and-oxidative-injuries
#17
Justina Vitonyte, Maria Letizia Manca, Carla Caddeo, Donatella Valenti, Josè Esteban Peris, Iris Usach, Amparo Nacher, Maria Matos, Gemma Gutiérrez, Germano Orrù, Xavier Fernàndez-Busquets, Anna Maria Fadda, Maria Manconi
Resveratrol and gallic acid were co-loaded in phospholipid vesicles aiming at protecting the skin from external injuries, such as oxidative stress and microbial infections. Liposomes were prepared using biocompatible phospholipids dispersed in water. To improve vesicle stability and applicability, the phospholipids and the phenols were dispersed in water/propylene glycol or water/glycerol, thus obtaining PEVs and glycerosomes, respectively. The vesicles were characterized by size, morphology, physical stability, and their therapeutic efficacy was investigated in vitro...
February 10, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191863/ulinastatin-downregulates-tlr4-and-nf-kb-expression-and-protects-mouse-brains-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
#18
Xiaofang Li, Likai Su, Xiangjian Zhang, Cong Zhang, Lina Wang, Yaoru Li, Ye Zhang, Tingting He, Xingyuan Zhu, Lili Cui
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory damage plays an important role in ischemic stroke and provides potential targets for therapy. Ulinastatin (UTI), a drug used to treat shock and acute pancreatitis in clinic, has attracted attention for its protective effects through immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory properties. However, the effect of UTI in the acute phase of cerebral ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is not clear. This study is to investigate the potential neuroprotective effect of UTI and explore its underlying mechanisms...
February 13, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190466/the-total-triterpenoid-saponins-of-xanthoceras-sorbifolia-improve-learning-and-memory-impairments-through-against-oxidative-stress-and-synaptic-damage
#19
Xue-Fei Ji, Tian-Yan Chi, Peng Liu, Lu-Yi Li, Ji-Kai Xu, Qian Xu, Li-Bo Zou, Da-Li Meng
BACKGROUND: X. sorbifolia is a widely cultivated ecologicalcrop in the north of China which is used to produce biodiesel fuel. It also possesses special medicinal value and has attracted keen interests of researchers to explore its bioactivity. PURPOSE: To extract the total triterpenoid saponins from the husk of X. sorbifolia (TSX) and investigate its effects on Alzheimer's disease (AD). STUDY DESIGN: TSX was prepared via modern extraction techniques...
February 15, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190398/transforming-cytosolic-proteins-into-insoluble-and-membrane-toxic-forms-by-genetic-pathological-or-environmental-factors
#20
Jianxing Song
An increasing spectrum of diseases other than neurodegenerative diseases is characteristic of aggregation of specific proteins, while aggregation of a large number of non-specific proteins are associated with aging down to Escherichia coli. Triggered by disease-causing mutations and aging-associated damages, many well-folded cytosolic proteins become "completely insoluble" in vivo. As facilitated by our discovery in 2005 that "completely insoluble" proteins could be solubilized in unsalted water, we have deciphered that disease- and aging-associated factors act to eliminate the native folds of human VAPB-MSP and SOD1, as well as E...
February 9, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
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