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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433999/circadian-plasma-cortisol-measurements-reflect-severity-of-hypercortisolemia-in-children-with-different-etiologies-of-endogenous-cushing-syndrome
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Amit Tirosh, Maya B Lodish, Charalampos Lyssikatos, Elena Belyavskaya, Georgios Z Papadakis, Constantine A Stratakis
BACKGROUND: The utility of circadian cortisol variation in estimating the degree of hypercortisolemia in different forms of endogenous Cushing syndrome (CS) has not been evaluated in children yet. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study, including children who underwent surgery due to CS (n = 115), was divided into children with a pituitary adenoma (Cushing disease) (n = 88), primary adrenal CS (n = 21), or ectopic adrenocorticotropin- or corticotropin-releasing hormone (ACTH-/CRH)-secreting tumors (n = 6)...
April 21, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432885/from-laboratory-to-field-studies-the-assessment-of-biscutella-laevigata-suitability-to-biological-reclamation-of-areas-contaminated-with-lead-and-cadmium
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Ewa Muszyńska, Ewa Hanus-Fajerska, Barbara Piwowarczyk, Joanna Augustynowicz, Krystyna Ciarkowska, Tomasz Czech
The aim of the work was to evaluate the usefulness of the in vitro multiplication of Biscutella laevigata calamine ecotype for in situ reclamation of post-flotation wastes polluted with Pb and Cd. The experiment was conducted on three steps: (i) plant shoots' production under in vitro condition, (ii) establishment of the material in greenhouse experiment, and finally (iii) field cultivation directly on the mining-waste heap of Olkusz Ore-Bearing Region, Poland. This region is known to be one of the most chemically-degraded area in central Europe...
April 19, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431432/contrast-sensitivity-and-lateral-inhibition-are-enhanced-with-macular-carotenoid-supplementation
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James M Stringham, Kevin J O'Brien, Nicole T Stringham
Purpose: Once deposited in the retina, the so-called macular carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and mesozeaxanthin (MZ) have been shown to enhance visual performance. The purpose of our study was to investigate whether increasing macular pigment optical density (MPOD) could enhance lateral inhibitory processes, and thereby improve contrast sensitivity (CS). Methods: A total of 59 young (18-25 years), healthy individuals participated in this 1-year, double-masked, placebo-controlled study...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431132/revealing-the-biochemical-and-genetic-basis-of-colour-variation-in-a-polymorphic-lizard
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Claire A McLean, Adrian Lutz, Katrina J Rankin, Devi Stuart-Fox, Adnan Moussalli
Determining the mechanistic and genetic basis of animal coloration is essential to understand the costs and constraints on colour production, and the evolution and maintenance of phenotypic variation. However, genes underlying structural colour and widespread pigment classes apart from melanin remain largely uncharacterised, in part due to restricted taxonomic focus. We combined liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and RNA-seq gene expression analyses to characterise the pigments and genes associated with skin colour in the polymorphic lizard, Ctenophorus decresii...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430813/phytoplankton-blooms-during-austral-summer-in-the-ross-sea-antarctica-driving-factors-and-trophic-implications
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Olga Mangoni, Vincenzo Saggiomo, Francesco Bolinesi, Francesca Margiotta, Giorgio Budillon, Yuri Cotroneo, Cristina Misic, Paola Rivaro, Maria Saggiomo
During the austral summer of 2014, an oceanographic cruise was conducted in the Ross Sea in the framework of the RoME (Ross Sea Mesoscale Experiment) Project. Forty-three hydrological stations were sampled within three different areas: the northern Ross Sea (RoME 1), Terra Nova Bay (RoME 2), and the southern Ross Sea (RoME 3). The ecological and photophysiological characteristics of the phytoplankton were investigated (i.e., size structure, functional groups, PSII maximum quantum efficiency, photoprotective pigments), as related to hydrographic and chemical features...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430732/noninvasive-rcm-for-differentiation-of-melanotic-macules-from-melanocytic-lesions-blinded-evaluation-of-a-series-of-42-pigmented-macules
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Martin Laimer, Edith Arzberger, Clara-Anna Kirchner, Christine Prodinger, Rainer Hofmann-Wellenhof, Verena Ahlgrimm-Siess
BACKGROUND: Differentiation of melanotic macules from melanocytic lesions, most importantly of melanoma, is a common problem on clinical-dermoscopic examination. OBJECTIVE: To assess the value of noninvasive reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) in the differential diagnosis of melanotic macules and melanocytic lesions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Reflectance confocal microscopy images of 42 pigmented macules on mucocutaneous junctions of genitalia and lips, including 31 melanotic macules, 6 nevi, and 5 melanomas, were retrospectively and independently assessed in a blinded manner by one expert observer and 2 less experienced observers together...
April 19, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430154/circadian-rhythm-neuropeptides-in-drosophila-signals-for-normal-circadian-function-and-circadian-neurodegenerative-disease
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REVIEW
Qiankun He, Binbin Wu, Jeffrey L Price, Zhangwu Zhao
Circadian rhythm is a ubiquitous phenomenon in many organisms ranging from prokaryotes to eukaryotes. During more than four decades, the intrinsic and exogenous regulations of circadian rhythm have been studied. This review summarizes the core endogenous oscillation in Drosophila and then focuses on the neuropeptides, neurotransmitters and hormones that mediate its outputs and integration in Drosophila and the links between several of these (pigment dispersing factor (PDF) and insulin-like peptides) and neurodegenerative disease...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429999/beneficial-effects-of-oral-supplementation-with-ovoderm-on-human-skin-physiology-two-pilot-studies
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Andrés Aguirre, Erena Gil-Quintana, Marisa Fenaux, Sandra Erdozain, Itziar Sarria
Collagens and hyaluronic acid have long been used in pharmaceuticals and food supplements for the improvement of skin elasticity and hydration. These compounds provide the building blocks of the skin. Ovoderm is an oral supplement obtained from eggshells that contains naturally occurring collagen and glycosaminoglycans, such as hyaluronic acid. We evaluated the efficacy of Ovoderm on skin biophysical parameters related to cutaneous aging such as elasticity, hydration, and pigmentation. Two pilot studies were run to assess the effect of daily oral supplementation with 300 mg Ovoderm on skin parameters...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429669/what-can-pharmacological-models-of-retinal-degeneration-tell-us
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M H Reisenhofer, J Balmer, V Enzmann
Animal models with pharmacologically induced retinal degeneration including sodium iodate (NaIO3) and N-methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU) have been extensively used in ophthalmic research to investigate retinal degeneration. NaIO3 induces degeneration of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) followed by photoreceptor (PRC) cell death, mimicking features of age-related macular degeneration. In contrast, MNU leads to rapid destruction of the PRCs only, enabling the use of the MNU model to investigate degeneration induced in retinitis pigmentosa...
March 31, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429668/the-role-of-mitochondria-associated-reactive-oxygen-species-in-the-amyloid-%C3%AE-induced-production-of-angiogenic-factors-by-arpe-19-cells
#10
L Wu, X Tan, L Liang, H Yu, C Wang, D Zhang, A Kijlstra, P Yang
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the mechanisms whereby Amyloid-beta (Aβ) induces the production of angiogenic factors by a human retinal pigment epithelial cell line (ARPE-19) cells. METHODS: ARPE-19 cells obtained from the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) were utilized in this study. The expression level of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), Interleukin-8 (IL-8), monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) and complement activation fragments C3a and C5a were measured by Real-time quantitative PCR (RT-PCR) and Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
March 31, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429461/deodorization-of-arthrospira-platensis-biomass-for-further-scale-up-food-applications
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Sara P Cuellar-Bermúdez, Bertha Barba-Davila, Sergio O Serna-Saldivar, Roberto Parra-Saldivar, José Rodriguez-Rodriguez, Sandra Morales-Davila, Koen Goiris, Koenraad Muylaert, Cristina Chuck-Hernández
BACKGROUND: Given the importance of A. platensis as a potential food protein source, we achieve an affordable deodorization process that does not significantly affect the nutritional value of algae biomass. RESULTS: Ethanol, acetone or hexane were used to deodorize algae biomass and then to identify the profile of volatile compounds associated with its distinctive odor. Sensorial characteristics were improved in the biomass cake after the proposed solvent extraction...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429191/melanogenesis-inhibition-in-mice-using-a-low-fluence-1064-nm-q-switched-neodymium-doped-yttrium-aluminum-garnet-laser-a-pilot-study
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Jae-Hui Nam, Joon Hong Min, Wang-Kyun Kim, Sunmin Yim, Won-Serk Kim
A low-fluence 1064-nm Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser, or laser toning, has yielded favorable outcomes in various benign pigmented disorders. However, the exact mechanism of action of laser toning has not been fully elucidated. We sought to determine the inhibitory effect of laser toning on melanogenesis and to assess how laser passes influence the outcomes. To produce perceptible pigmentation, nine HRM-2 melanin-possessing hairless mice were treated with ultraviolet (UV) B radiation on the dorsal skin...
April 20, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428810/recent-achievements-obtained-by-chloroplast-transformation
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REVIEW
Muhamed Adem, Dereje Beyene, Tileye Feyissa
Chloroplasts play a great role for sustained wellbeing of life on the planet. They have the power and raw materials that can be used as sophisticated biological factories. They are rich in energy as they have lots of pigment-protein complexes capable of collecting sunlight, in sugar produced by photosynthesis and in minerals imported from the plant cell. Chloroplast genome transformation offers multiple advantages over nuclear genome which among others, include: integration of the transgene via homologus recombination that enables to eliminate gene silencing and position effect, higher level of transgene expression resulting into higher accumulations of foreign proteins, and significant reduction in environmental dispersion of the transgene due to maternal inheritance which helps to minimize the major critic of plant genetic engineering...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428782/a-recombinant-potato-virus-y-infectious-clone-tagged-with-the-rosea1-visual-marker-pvy-ros1-facilitates-the-analysis-of-viral-infectivity-and-allows-the-production-of-large-amounts-of-anthocyanins-in-plants
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Teresa Cordero, Mohamed A Mohamed, Juan-José López-Moya, José-Antonio Daròs
Potato virus Y (PVY) is a major threat to the cultivation of potato and other solanaceous plants. By inserting a cDNA coding for the Antirrhinum majus Rosea1 transcription factor into a PVY infectious clone, we created a biotechnological tool (PVY-Ros1) that allows infection by this relevant plant virus to be tracked by the naked eye with no need for complex instrumentation. Rosea1 is an MYB-type transcription factor whose expression activates the biosynthesis of anthocyanin pigments in a dose-specific and cell-autonomous manner...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428778/evidence-for-nitric-oxide-synthase-activity-in-staphylococcus-xylosus-mediating-nitrosoheme-formation
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Geoffrey Ras, Véronique Zuliani, Patrick Derkx, Tim M Seibert, Sabine Leroy, Régine Talon
Staphylococcus xylosus is used as a starter culture in fermented meat products and contributes to color formation by the reduction of nitrate to nitrite. Nitrite is a food additive that is chemically turned to nitric oxide (NO) in meat but its safety has been questioned. The objective of this study was to determine the ability of NO synthase (NOS) of S. xylosus C2a to produce NO. For this purpose, a nos deletion mutant (Δnos) in S. xylosus was constructed and NO production was evaluated in a test based on its ability to form nitrosomyoglobin and nitrosoheme...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428284/acute-presentation-of-autoimmune-hepatitis-a-multicentre-study-with-detailed-histological-evaluation-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients
#16
Hiep Nguyen Canh, Kenichi Harada, Hirofumi Ouchi, Yasunori Sato, Koichi Tsuneyama, Masayoshi Kage, Masayuki Nakano, Kaname Yoshizawa, Atsushi Takahashi, Masanori Abe, Jong-Hon Kang, Kazuhiko Koike, Ayano Inui, Tomoo Fujisawa, Akinobu Takaki, Teruko Arinaga-Hino, Takuji Torimura, Yoshiyuki Suzuki, Keiichi Fujiwara, Mikio Zeniya, Hiromasa Ohira, Atsushi Tanaka, Hajime Takikawa
AIMS: Although liver biopsy is crucial to diagnose and guide treatment decisions, a detailed histological analysis of autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) with clinically acute presentations has not yet been performed. This study aimed to characterise the histological features and explore potential histological hallmarks to diagnose the acute presentation of AIH. METHODS: We systematically evaluated liver specimens of 87 adult patients with acute presentation of AIH retrospectively enrolled from Japanese multicentre facilities...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428036/giantcell-tumor-of-tendon-sheath-open-surgery-or-arthroscopic-synovectomy-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Thibaut Noailles, Kevin Brulefert, Sylvain Briand, Pierre Marie Longis, Kevin Andrieu, Antoine Chalopin, François Gouin
PURPOSE: Giantcell tumor of tendon sheath(GCTTS)formelyknowned as pigmented villonodular synovitis (PVNS) is a benign, locally aggressive, proliferative disorder of the synovium involving a joint, bursa, or tendon sheath. Treatment ofGCTTSinvolves early surgical resection to limit articular destruction and the risk of recurrence. Synovectomy remains the treatment of choice forGCTTSbut without clear consensus to make an open or arthroscopic synovectomy andno certainty on the responsibility of surgery in the evolution towards the degenerative osteoarthritis...
April 17, 2017: Orthopaedics & Traumatology, Surgery & Research: OTSR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427949/parasitism-finds-many-solutions-to-the-same-problems-in-red-algae-florideophyceae-rhodophyta
#18
Jillian M Freese, Christopher E Lane
Parasitic red algae evolve from a common ancestor with their hosts, parasitizing cousins using familiar cellular mechanisms. They have independently evolved over one hundred times within the exclusively multicellular red algal class Florideophyceae. Reduced morphology, a lack of pigmentation, and direct cell-cell connections with their hosts are markers of red algal parasitism. With so many potential evolutionary pathways, red algal parasite diversity offers a unique test case to understand the earliest stages of this lifestyle transition...
April 17, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427621/engineering-design-and-prototype-development-of-a-full-scale-ultrasound-system-for-virgin-olive-oil-by-means-of-numerical-and-experimental-analysis
#19
Maria Lisa Clodoveo, Vito Moramarco, Antonello Paduano, Raffaele Sacchi, Tiziana Di Palmo, Pasquale Crupi, Filomena Corbo, Vito Pesce, Elia Distaso, Paolo Tamburrano, Riccardo Amirante
The aim of the virgin olive oil extraction process is mainly to obtain the best quality oil from fruits, by only applying mechanical actions while guaranteeing the highest overall efficiency. Currently, the mechanical methods used to extract virgin oils from olives are basically of two types: the discontinuous system (obsolete) and the continuous one. Anyway the system defined as "continuous" is composed of several steps which are not all completely continuous, due to the presence of the malaxer, a device that works in batch...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427282/biofouling-in-photobioreactors-for-marine-microalgae
#20
Ouassim Zeriouh, José Vicente Reinoso-Moreno, Lorenzo López-Rosales, María Del Carmen Cerón-García, Asterio Sánchez-Mirón, Francisco García-Camacho, Emilio Molina-Grima
The economic and/or energetic feasibility of processes based on using microalgae biomass requires an efficient cultivation system. In photobioreactors (PBRs), the adhesion of microalgae to the transparent PBR surfaces leads to biofouling and reduces the solar radiation penetrating the PBR. Light reduction within the PBR decreases biomass productivity and, therefore, the photosynthetic efficiency of the cultivation system. Additionally, PBR biofouling leads to a series of further undesirable events including changes in cell pigmentation, culture degradation, and contamination by invasive microorganisms; all of which can result in the cultivation process having to be stopped...
April 20, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
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