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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350747/short-article-small-intestinal-mucosal-injury-in-patients-taking-chemotherapeutic-agents-for-solid-cancers
#1
Maria P Dore, Giovanni M Pes, Alberto Murino, Bianca Quarta Colosso, Marco Pennazio
OBJECTIVE: Chemotherapy for cancer is a systemic treatment often associated with side effects than can be debilitating and, in some cases, life-threatening. Few data are available on intestinal enterotoxicity. Wireless video capsule endoscopy (VCE) is a noninvasive method of imaging the small intestine. This study presents the results of VCE in patients with solid tumors undergoing antineoplastic regimens with agents, notably for toxicity for the gastrointestinal mucosa (i.e. carboplatin, cyclophosphamide, 5-fluorouracil, methotrexate, and cisplatin)...
May 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350622/keratitis-due-to-achromobacter-xylosoxidans-in-a-contact-lens-user
#2
Cristina Almenara Michelena, María Ángeles Del Buey, Francisco Javier Ascaso, Jose Ángel Cristóbal
OBJECTIVES: Ocular infections due to Achromobacter xylosoxidans are extremely uncommon; their diagnosis is a challenge and the optimal treatment remains controversial. We present a case of A. xylosoxidans in a contact lens user and a review of the literature to facilitate diagnostic suspicion and empirical therapeutic management. METHODS: Review of the literature in PubMed and MEDLINE. We also document a case diagnosed in our department in January 2016. SETTING: Hospital Clínico Universitario Lozano Blesa, Zaragoza, Spain...
March 27, 2017: Eye & Contact Lens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346473/oral-administration-of-bifidobacterium-bifidum-g9-1-alleviates-rotavirus-gastroenteritis-through-regulation-of-intestinal-homeostasis-by-inducing-mucosal-protective-factors
#3
Tomohiro Kawahara, Yutaka Makizaki, Yosuke Oikawa, Yoshiki Tanaka, Ayako Maeda, Masaki Shimakawa, Satoshi Komoto, Kyoko Moriguchi, Hiroshi Ohno, Koki Taniguchi
Human rotavirus (RV) infection is a leading cause of dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide. Since therapeutic approaches to RV gastroenteritis are limited to alleviation of dehydration with oral rehydration solutions, more direct approaches to palliate symptoms of RV gastroenteritis are required. Treatments with probiotics have been increasingly recognized as alternative safe and low cost treatments for moderate infectious diarrhea. In this study, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1 (BBG9-1), which has been used as an intestinal drug for several decades, was shown to have a remarkable protective effect against RV gastroenteritis in a suckling mice model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346391/hydrogen-sulphide-production-in-healthy-and-ulcerated-gastric-mucosa-of-rats
#4
Patrycja Bronowicka-Adamska, Maria Wróbel, Marcin Magierowski, Katarzyna Magierowska, Sławomir Kwiecień, Tomasz Brzozowski
Hydrogen sulphide (H₂S) is produced endogenously via two enzymes dependent on pyridoxal phosphate (PLP): cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS, EC 4.2.1.22), cystathionase γ-liase (CTH, EC 4.4.1.1), and a third, 3-mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (MPST, EC 2.8.1.2). H₂S strengthens the defence mechanisms of the gastric mucosal barrier, and plays an important role in gastroprotection, including the increased resistance to damage caused by various irritants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The study was conducted to determine the role of H₂S in ulcerated gastric mucosa of rats caused by immobilization in cold water (WRS)...
March 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345534/electron-transfer-processes-occurring-on-platinum-neural-stimulating-electrodes-calculated-charge-storage-capacities-are-inaccessible-during-applied-stimulation
#5
Eric M Hudak, Doe Kumsa, Heidi Martin, J Mortimer
<i>Objective.</i> Neural prostheses employing platinum electrodes are often constrained by a charge/charge-density parameter known as the Shannon limit. In examining the relationship between charge injection and observed tissue damage, the electrochemistry at the electrode-tissue interface should be considered. The charge-storage capacity (CSC) is often used as a predictor of how much charge an electrode can inject during stimulation, but calculating charge from a steady-state i-E curve (cyclic voltammogram) over the water window misrepresents how electrodes operate during stimulation...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343360/tsunami-run-up-and-inundation-along-the-coast-of-sabah-and-sarawak-malaysia-due-to-a-potential-brunei-submarine-mass-failure
#6
Wai Kiat Tan, Su Yean Teh, Hock Lye Koh
Submarine landslides, also known as submarine mass failures (SMFs), are major natural marine disasters that could critically damage coastal facilities such as nuclear power plants and oil and gas platforms. It is therefore essential to investigate submarine landslides for potential tsunami hazard assessment. Three-dimensional seismic data from offshore Brunei have revealed a giant seabed mass deposited by a previous SMF. The submarine mass extends over 120 km from the continental slope of the Baram Canyon at 200 m water depth to the deep basin floor of the Northwest Borneo Trough...
March 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341872/childhood-adversity-associated-with-white-matter-alteration-in-the-corpus-callosum-corona-radiata-and-uncinate-fasciculus-of-psychiatrically-healthy-adults
#7
Simon McCarthy-Jones, Lena K L Oestreich, Amanda E Lyall, Zora Kikinis, Dominick T Newell, Peter Savadjiev, Martha E Shenton, Marek Kubicki, Ofer Pasternak, Thomas J Whitford
Diffusion tensor imaging studies report childhood adversity (CA) is associated with reduced fractional anisotropy (FA) in multiple white matter tracts in adults. Reduced FA may result from changes in tissue, suggesting myelin/axonal damage, and/or from increased levels of extracellular free-water, suggesting atrophy or neuroinflammation. Free-water imaging can separately identify FA in tissue (FAT) and the fractional volume of free-water (FW). We tested whether CA was associated with altered FA, FAT, and FW in seven white matter regions of interest (ROI), in which FA changes had been previously linked to CA (corona radiata, corpus callosum, fornix, cingulum bundle: hippocampal projection, inferior fronto-occipital fasciculus, superior longitudinal fasciculus, uncinate fasciculus)...
March 25, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341391/mice-lacking-liver-specific-%C3%AE-catenin-develop-steatohepatitis-and-fibrosis-after-iron-overload
#8
Morgan E Preziosi, Sucha Singh, Erika V Valore, Chun-Ling Jung, Branimir Popovic, Minakshi Poddar, Shanmugam Nagarajan, Tomas Ganz, Satdarshan P Monga
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Iron overload disorders such as hereditary hemochromatosis and iron-loading anemias are a common cause of morbidity from liver diseases and increase risk of hepatic fibrosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Once iron-induced damage occurs, treatment options are limited partly because of the lack of animal models recapitulating human disease, which do not exhibit relevant sequelae after chronic iron overload. METHODS: Since liver-specific β-catenin knockout mice (KO) are susceptible to injury, fibrosis and tumorigenesis following chemical carcinogen exposure, iron-overload diet was administered to KO and littermate control (CON) mice for various times...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341295/robust-and-durable-superhydrophobic-fabrics-fabricated-via-simple-cu-nanoparticles-deposition-route-and-its-application-in-oil-water-separation
#9
Jintao Wang, Hongfei Wang
The exploitation of separation materials with high selectivity for oil pollutants is of great importance due to severe environmental damage from oil spillages and industrial discharge of oils. A facile in situ growth process for creating superhydrophobic-superoleophilic fabrics for oil-water separation is developed. This proposed method is based mainly on the deposition Cu nanoparticles and subsequent hydrophobic modification. Compared with the hydrophilicity of original fabric, the water contact angle of the modified fabric rises to 154...
March 21, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340598/myelin-specific-multiple-sclerosis-antibodies-cause-complement-dependent-oligodendrocyte-loss-and-demyelination
#10
Yiting Liu, Katherine S Given, Danielle E Harlow, Adeline M Matschulat, Wendy B Macklin, Jeffrey L Bennett, Gregory P Owens
Intrathecal immunoglobulin G (IgG) synthesis, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) oligoclonal IgG bands and lesional IgG deposition are seminal features of multiple sclerosis (MS) disease pathology. Both the specific targets and pathogenic effects of MS antibodies remain poorly characterized. We produced IgG1 monoclonal recombinant antibodies (rAbs) from clonally-expanded plasmablasts recovered from MS patient CSF. Among these were a subset of myelin-specific MS rAbs. We examined their immunoreactivity to mouse organotypic cerebellar slices by live binding and evaluated tissue injury in the presence and absence of human complement...
March 24, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340238/cigarette-smoke-exposure-worsens-endotoxin-induced-lung-injury-and-pulmonary-edema-in-mice
#11
Jeffrey E Gotts, Jason Abbott, Xiaohui Fang, Haru Yanagisawa, Naoki Takasaka, Stephen L Nishimura, Carolyn S Calfee, Michael A Matthay
Introduction: Cigarette smoking (CS) remains a major public health concern and has recently been associated with an increased risk of developing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) experiments in human volunteers have demonstrated that active smokers develop increased alveolar-epithelial barrier permeability to protein after inhaling lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Here we tested the hypothesis that short-term whole-body CS exposure would increase LPS-induced lung edema in mice...
March 9, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338833/a-humidity-shock-leads-to-rapid-temperature-dependent-changes-in-coffee-leaf-physiology-and-gene-expression
#12
El-Hadji Thioune, James McCarthy, Thomas Gallagher, Bruce Osborne
Climate change is expected to increase the frequency of above-normal atmospheric water deficits contemporaneous with periods of high temperatures. Here we explore alterations in physiology and gene expression in leaves of Coffea canephora Pierre ex A. Froehner caused by a sharp drop in relative humidity (RH) at three different temperatures. Both stomatal conductance (gs) and CO2 assimilation (A) measurements showed that gs and A values fell quickly at all temperatures after the transfer to low RH.  However, leaf relative water content measurements indicated that leaves nonetheless experienced substantial water losses, implying that stomatal closure and/or resupply of water was not fast enough to stop excessive evaporative losses...
February 8, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338766/a-multi-proxy-assessment-of-dieback-causes-in-a-mediterranean-oak-species
#13
Michele Colangelo, J Julio Camarero, Giovanna Battipaglia, Marco Borghetti, Veronica De Micco, Tiziana Gentilesca, Francesco Ripullone
Drought stress causes forest dieback that is often explained by two interrelated mechanisms, namely hydraulic failure and carbon starvation. However, it is still unclear which functional and structural alterations, related to these mechanisms, predispose to dieback. Here we apply a multi-proxy approach for the characterization of tree structure (radial growth, wood anatomy) and functioning (δ13C, δ18O and non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs)) in tree rings before and after drought-induced dieback. We aim to discriminate which is the main mechanism and to assess which variables can act as early-warning proxies of drought-triggered damage...
February 9, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338417/a-3d-tissue-printing-approach-for-validation-of-diffusion-tensor-imaging-in-skeletal-muscle
#14
David B Berry, Shangting You, John Warner, Lawrence R Frank, Shaochen Chen, Samuel R Ward
The ability to noninvasively assess skeletal muscle microstructure, which predicts function and disease, would be of significant clinical value. One method that holds this promise is diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging (DT-MRI), which is sensitive to the microscopic diffusion of water within tissues and has become ubiquitous in neuroimaging as a way of assessing neuronal structure and damage. However, its application to the assessment of changes in muscle microstructure associated with injury, pathology, or age remains poorly defined, because it is difficult to precisely control muscle microstructural features in vivo...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337841/yeast-aquaporin-regulation-by-4-hydroxynonenal-is-implicated-in-oxidative-stress-response
#15
Claudia Rodrigues, Ivana Tartaro Bujak, Branka Mihaljević, Graça Soveral, Ana Cipak Gasparovic
Reactive oxygen species, especially hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ), contribute to functional molecular impairment and cellular damage, but also are necessary in normal cellular metabolism, and in low doses play stimulatory role in cell proliferation and stress resistance. In parallel, reactive aldehydes such as 4-hydroxynonenal (HNE), are lipid peroxidation breakdown products which also contribute to regulation of numerous cellular processes. Recently, channeling of H2 O2 by some mammalian aquaporin isoforms has been reported and suggested to contribute to aquaporin involvement in cancer malignancies, although the mechanism by which these membrane water channels are implicated in oxidative stress is not clear...
March 24, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337639/the-impact-of-mangiferin-from-belamcanda-chinensis-on-experimental-colitis-in-rats
#16
Marta Szandruk, Anna Merwid-Ląd, Adam Szeląg
BACKGROUND: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) [including Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC)] constitutes an important clinical problem. The pathogenesis of IBD remains unclear. It is believed that immune dysfunction, inflammatory mediators and oxidative damage play crucial roles in development of IBD. The condition is clinically associated with symptoms ranging from mild to severe during relapses, depending on the affected segment of the gastrointestinal tract. Bloody diarrhea with mucus, abdominal pain, weight loss and anemia are initial symptoms of both CD and UC...
March 24, 2017: Inflammopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337488/supercritical-carbon-dioxide-based-sterilization-of-decellularized-heart-valves
#17
Ryan S Hennessy, Soumen Jana, Brandon J Tefft, Meghana R Helder, Melissa D Young, Rebecca R Hennessy, Nicholas J Stoyles, Amir Lerman
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this research project encompasses finding the most efficient and effective method of decellularized tissue sterilization. BACKGROUND: Aortic tissue grafts have been utilized to repair damaged or diseased valves. Although, the tissues for grafting are collected aseptically, it does not eradicate the risk of contamination nor disease transfer. Thus, sterilization of grafts is mandatory. Several techniques have been applied to sterilize grafts; however, each technique shows drawbacks...
February 2017: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337481/waterjet-submucosal-dissection-of-porcine-esophagus-with-the-hybridknife-and-erbejet-2-system-a-pilot-study
#18
Daisuke Akutsu, Hideo Suzuki, Toshiaki Narasaka, Masahiko Terasaki, Tsuyoshi Kaneko, Hirofumi Matsui, Yuji Mizokami, Ichinosuke Hyodo
Background and study aims Esophageal endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is technically difficult because of narrow working spaces and ease of perforation due to the lack of serosa. HybridKnife is a recently developed ESD device that is combined with the high pressure waterjet ERBEJET 2 system to lift mucosa. We hypothesized that this waterjet could make submucosal dissection safer and studied this in porcine esophagus. Materials and methods Water pressures of 30 - 70 bar were tested to determine the appropriate pressure for waterjet ESD with HybridKnife (WJ-ESD) in one pig...
January 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336818/increased-exposure-to-sodium-during-pregnancy-and-lactation-changes-basal-and-induced-behavioral-and-neuroendocrine-responses-in-adult-male-offspring
#19
Marcia S Silva, Fabiana Lúcio-Oliveira, Andre Souza Mecawi, Lucas F Almeida, Silvia G Ruginsk, Michael P Greenwood, Mingkwan Greenwood, Laura Vivas, Lucila L K Elias, David Murphy, José Antunes-Rodrigues
Excessive sodium (Na(+)) intake in modern society has been associated with several chronic disorders such as hypertension. Several studies suggest that early life events can program physiological systems and lead to functional changes in adulthood. Therefore, we investigated behavioral and neuroendocrine responses under basal conditions and after 48 h of water deprivation in adult (60-day-old Wistar rats) male, Wistar rats originating from dams were offered only water or 0.15 mol/L NaCl during pregnancy and lactation...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336096/multigenerational-effects-of-two-glucocorticoids-prednisolone-and-dexamethasone-on-life-history-parameters-of-crustacean-ceriodaphnia-dubia-cladocera
#20
Navdeep Bal, Anupama Kumar, Jun Du, Dayanthi Nugegoda
Synthetic glucocorticoids (GCs) such as dexamethasone (DEX) and prednisolone (PDS) have been used since the 1940s to cure inflammatory and auto-immune disorders. Their use has been linked to a host of deleterious effects in aquatic ecosystems such as osteoporosis in vertebrates, developmental impairments in molluscs and reduced fecundity and growth in cladocerans. Apart from these handful of studies, the effects of GCs on aquatic biota are largely unknown. The present study is a first of its kind aiming to assess the multi-generational exposure effects of DEX and PDS on the life history parameters of Ceriodaphnia dubia (C...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Pollution
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