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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091881/identifying-metabolites-of-meclonazepam-by-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry-using-human-liver-microsomes-hepatocytes-a-mouse-model-and-authentic-urine-samples
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Svante Vikingsson, Ariane Wohlfarth, Mikael Andersson, Henrik Gréen, Markus Roman, Martin Josefsson, Fredrik C Kugelberg, Robert Kronstrand
Meclonazepam is a benzodiazepine patented in 1977 to treat parasitic worms, which recently appeared as a designer benzodiazepine and drug of abuse. The aim of this study was to identify metabolites suitable as biomarkers of drug intake in urine using high-resolution mass spectrometry, authentic urine samples, and different model systems including human liver microsomes, cryopreserved hepatocytes, and a mice model. The main metabolites of meclonazepam found in human urine were amino-meclonazepam and acetamido-meclonazepam; also, minor peaks for meclonazepam were observed in three of four urine samples...
January 13, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090444/bone-marrow-edema-like-lesions-bmels-are-associated-with-higher-t1%C3%AF-and-t2-values-of-cartilage-in-anterior-cruciate-ligament-acl-reconstructed-knees-a-longitudinal-study
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Jingshan Gong, Valentina Pedoia, Luca Facchetti, Thomas M Link, C Benjamin Ma, Xiaojuan Li
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the longitudinal changes of bone marrow edema-like lesions (BMELs) in patients after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and to investigate the effect of BMELs on cartilage matrix composition changes measured using MR T1ρ and T2 mapping. METHODS: Patients with acute ACL tear were enrolled in a prospective study. MR imaging was performed at baseline (before surgeries) and at 6-month, 1-year and 2-year after ACL reconstruction...
December 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089556/larval-stages-of-neoplagioporus-elongatus-goto-and-ozaki-1930-opecoelidae-plagioporinae-with-notes-on-potential-second-intermediate-hosts
#3
Ayaka Yano, Misako Urabe
The morphology of sporocysts and cercariae of Neoplagioporus elongatus (Goto and Ozaki, 1930) is described for the first time. A cotylomicrocercous cercaria obtained from the sorbeoconch snail Semisulcospira nakasekoae was confirmed to be the cercaria of N. elongatus, based on the degree of sequence identity of the COI gene to that of adult worms. Freshwater annelids (oligochaetes and leeches) and some aquatic insects (odonates) were demonstrated experimentally to be potential second intermediate hosts.
January 9, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088444/feeding-recombinant-e-coli-with-gst-mbmktx-fusion-protein-increases-the-fecundity-and-lifespan-of-caenorhabditis-elegans
#4
Jie Xu, Yajie Jiang, Lu Wan, Qi Wang, Zebo Huang, Yongmei Liu, Yingliang Wu, Zongyun Chen, Xin Liu
Scorpion venom could be a useful treatment for a variety of diseases, such as cancer, epilepsy and analgesia. BmKTX is a polypeptide extracts from scorpion venom (PESV), which have attracted much attention from researchers in recent years. mBmKTX is a mutant polypeptide according to the amino acid sequence of BmKTX. We expressed it with the vector pGEX-4T-1 in Escherichia coli, and Caenorhabditis elegans were used as the animal model and fed with the strains. In this study, the expression of pGEX-mBmKTX was analyzed by SDS-PAGE, and GST-mBmKTX purified from pGEX-mBmKTX as a glutathione S-transferase (GST)-tagged fusion protein is approximately 30kDa...
January 11, 2017: Peptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087770/article-discoveries
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Anke Konrad, Owen Thompson, Robert H Waterston, Donald G Moerman, Peter D Keightley, Ulfar Bergthorsson, Vaishali Katju
Mitochondrial genomes of metazoans, given their elevated rates of evolution, have served as pivotal markers for phylogeographic studies and recent phylogenetic events. In order to determine the dynamics of spontaneous mitochondrial mutations in small populations in the absence and presence of selection, we evolved mutation accumulation (MA) lines of Caenorhabditis elegans in parallel over 409 consecutive generations at three varying population sizes of N = 1, 10 and 100 hermaphrodites. The N =1 populations should have a minimal influence of natural selection to provide the spontaneous mutation rate and the expected rate of neutral evolution, whereas larger population sizes should experience increasing intensity of selection...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086748/genetic-mechanisms-of-bone-digestion-and-nutrient-absorption-in-the-bone-eating-worm-osedax-japonicus-inferred-from-transcriptome-and-gene-expression-analyses
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Norio Miyamoto, Masa-Aki Yoshida, Hiroyuki Koga, Yoshihiro Fujiwara
BACKGROUND: Bone-eating worms of the genus Osedax (Annelida, Siboglinidae) have adapted to whale fall environments by acquiring a novel characteristic called the root, which branches and penetrates into sunken bones. The worms lack a digestive tract and mouth opening, and it has been suggested that Osedax degrade vertebrate bones and uptake nutrients through acidification and secretion of enzymes from the root. Symbiotic bacteria in the root tissue may have a crucial role in the metabolism of Osedax...
January 13, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081357/assessment-of-neuronal-cell-based-cytotoxicity-of-neurotoxins-from-an-estuarine-nemertean-in-the-han-river-estuary
#7
Yeo Seon Kwon, Seul Ki Min, Seung Ju Yeon, Jin Ha Hwang, Jae-Sang Hong, Hwa Sung Shin
A heteronemertean, Yininemertes pratensis was collected in Han River Estuary, South Korea. This estuarine nemertean has been known for harmful effects by the local fishermen to the glass eels, juveniles of Japanese eels Anguilla japonica, migrating to fresh water. The present study confirmed the neurotoxic effects of this heteronemertean ribbon worm at the cellular level. 5, 11-dideoxy TTX (288 m/z) and 11-norTTX-6(S)-01 (m/z 305.97), derivative types of neurotoxic TTX, were identified through HPLC and MALDI-TOF MS...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079271/uptake-and-elimination-kinetics-of-the-biocide-triclosan-and-the-synthetic-musks-galaxolide-and-tonalide-in-the-earthworm-dendrobaena-veneta-when-exposed-to-sewage-sludge
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Ivo Havranek, Claire Coutris, Hans Ragnar Norli, Pierre-Adrien Rivier, Erik J Joner
Sewage sludge is an important amendment that enriches soils with organic matter and provides plants with nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus. However, knowledge on fate and effects of organic pollutants present in the sludge on soil organisms is limited. In the present study, the uptake of triclosan, galaxolide, and tonalide in the earthworm Dendrobaena veneta was measured one week after amendment of agricultural soil with sewage sludge, while elimination kinetics were assessed over a 21-day period after transferring worms to a clean soil...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078195/using-voice-coils-to-actuate-modular-soft-robots-wormbot-an-example
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Markus P Nemitz, Pavel Mihaylov, Thomas W Barraclough, Dylan Ross, Adam A Stokes
In this study, we present a modular worm-like robot, which utilizes voice coils as a new paradigm in soft robot actuation. Drive electronics are incorporated into the actuators, providing a significant improvement in self-sufficiency when compared with existing soft robot actuation modes such as pneumatics or hydraulics. The body plan of this robot is inspired by the phylum Annelida and consists of three-dimensional printed voice coil actuators, which are connected by flexible silicone membranes. Each electromagnetic actuator engages with its neighbor to compress or extend the membrane of each segment, and the sequence in which they are actuated results in an earthworm-inspired peristaltic motion...
December 1, 2016: Soft Robotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077603/influence-of-focus-of-attention-reinvestment-and-fall-history-on-elderly-gait-stability
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Jonathan L A de Melker Worms, John F Stins, Erwin E H van Wegen, Ian D Loram, Peter J Beek
Falls represent a substantial risk in the elderly. Previous studies have found that a focus on the outcome or effect of the movement (external focus of attention) leads to improved balance performance, whereas a focus on the movement execution itself (internal focus of attention) impairs balance performance in elderly. A shift toward more conscious, explicit forms of motor control occurs when existing declarative knowledge is recruited in motor control, a phenomenon called reinvestment. We investigated the effects of attentional focus and reinvestment on gait stability in elderly fallers and nonfallers...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077590/molecular-epidemiology-of-ascaris-infection-among-pigs-in-iowa
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Jeba Jesudoss Chelladurai, Kaitlyn Murphy, Tymbrie Snobl, Christopher Bader, Cody West, Kylie Thompson, Matthew T Brewer
Ascaris is a large roundworm parasite that infects humans and pigs throughout the world. Molecular markers have been used to study parasite transmission in Ascaris-endemic and -nonendemic regions of the world. In the United States, ascariasis still persists in commercial swine and has been designated a neglected disease of poverty in humans. However, relatively few data are available for evaluation of zoonotic transmission. In the present study, we obtained adult worms from abattoirs and characterized each worm on the basis of the gene encoding nuclear internal transcribed sequence (ITS) and mitochondrial cox1 Restriction fragment-length polymorphism analysis of ITS revealed swine, human, and hybrid genotypes...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074007/papers-of-note-in-nature-541-7635
#12
John F Foley
This week's articles show how targeting a fatty acid receptor blocks metastasis, reveal the structural basis for the mechanism of action of a potassium channel, and indicate that splicing factor 1 is required for life span extension in worms.
January 10, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073356/gut-microbiota-disturbance-during-helminth-infection-can-it-affect-cognition-and-behaviour-of-children
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Vanina Guernier, Bradley Brennan, Laith Yakob, Gabriel Milinovich, Archie C A Clements, Ricardo J Soares Magalhaes
BACKGROUND: Bidirectional signalling between the brain and the gastrointestinal tract is regulated at neural, hormonal, and immunological levels. Recent studies have shown that helminth infections can alter the normal gut microbiota. Studies have also shown that the gut microbiota is instrumental in the normal development, maturation and function of the brain. The pathophysiological pathways by which helminth infections contribute to altered cognitive function remain poorly understood...
January 10, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073016/larval-evolution-i-ll-tail-you-later%C3%A2
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Andreas Hejnol, Bruno C Vellutini
Larval stages can be astonishingly different from their adult forms. A new study in acorn worms shows that the whole larval body is patterned only with a subset of anterior genes, revealing the intricate developmental bases that underlie the evolution of larval forms.
January 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071844/a-vesicle-to-worm-transition-provides-a-new-high-temperature-oil-thickening-mechanism
#15
Matthew J Derry, Oleksandr O Mykhaylyk, Steven P Armes
Diblock copolymer vesicles are prepared via RAFT dispersion polymerization directly in mineral oil. Such vesicles undergo a vesicle-to-worm transition on heating to 150 °C, as judged by TEM and SAXS. Variable-temperature (1) H NMR spectroscopy indicates that this transition is the result of surface plasticization of the membrane-forming block by hot solvent, effectively increasing the volume fraction of the stabilizer block and so reducing the packing parameter for the copolymer chains. The rheological behavior of a 10 % w/w copolymer dispersion in mineral oil is strongly temperature-dependent: the storage modulus increases by five orders of magnitude on heating above the critical gelation temperature of 135 °C, as the non-interacting vesicles are converted into weakly interacting worms...
January 10, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069074/a-next-generation-microarray-further-reveals-stage-enriched-gene-expression-pattern-in-the-blood-fluke-schistosoma-japonicum
#16
Pengfei Cai, Shuai Liu, Xianyu Piao, Nan Hou, Hong You, Donald P McManus, Qijun Chen
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is caused by infection with blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma, and ranks, in terms of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), as the third most important neglected tropical disease. Schistosomes have several discrete life stages involving dramatic morphological changes during their development, which require subtle gene expression modulations to complete the complex life-cycle. RESULTS: In the current study, we employed a second generation schistosome DNA chip printed with the most comprehensive probe array for studying the Schistosoma japonicum transcriptome, to explore stage-associated gene expression in different developmental phases of S...
January 10, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068429/functional-requirements-for-heparan-sulfate-biosynthesis-in-morphogenesis-and-nervous-system-development-in-c-elegans
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Cassandra R Blanchette, Andrea Thackeray, Paola N Perrat, Siegfried Hekimi, Claire Y Bénard
The regulation of cell migration is essential to animal development and physiology. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans shape the interactions of morphogens and guidance cues with their respective receptors to elicit appropriate cellular responses. Heparan sulfate proteoglycans consist of a protein core with attached heparan sulfate glycosaminoglycan chains, which are synthesized by glycosyltransferases of the exostosin (EXT) family. Abnormal HS chain synthesis results in pleiotropic consequences, including abnormal development and tumor formation...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067319/c-elegans-on-a-chip-for-in-situ-and-in-vivo-ag-nanoparticles-uptake-and-toxicity-assay
#18
Jin Ho Kim, Seung Hwan Lee, Yun Jeong Cha, Sung Jin Hong, Sang Kug Chung, Tai Hyun Park, Shin Sik Choi
Nanomaterials are extensively used in consumer products and medical applications, but little is known about their environmental and biological toxicities. Moreover, the toxicity analysis requires sophisticated instruments and labor-intensive experiments. Here we report a microfluidic chip incorporated with the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans that rapidly displays the changes in body growth and gene expression specifically responsive to the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). C. elegans were cultured in microfluidic chambers in the presence or absence of AgNPs and were consequently transferred to wedge-shaped channels, which immobilized the animals, allowing the evaluation of parameters such as length, moving distance, and fluorescence from the reporter gene...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066871/cysteine-protease-inhibitor-of-schistosoma-japonicum-a-parasite-derived-negative-immunoregulatory-factor
#19
Lin Chen, Baohua He, Wei Hou, Li He
Studies have shown that cysteine protease inhibitors from some parasites have immunosuppressive effects on the host. We previously have cloned a novel cysteine protease inhibitor from Schistosoma japonicum and purified its recombinant version (protein named rSj-C). Its possible inhibitory effect on the host immune response has not been described.This study shows that rSj-C inhibits lysosomal cysteine protease of murine dendritic cells (DCs). After DCs were incubated with rSj-C and then with soluble adult worm antigen (AWA) of S...
January 9, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065312/using-fast-acting-temperature-sensitive-mutants-to-study-cell-division-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#20
T Davies, S Sundaramoorthy, S N Jordan, M Shirasu-Hiza, J Dumont, J C Canman
Fast-acting temperature-sensitive (ts) mutations are powerful conditional tools for studying transient cellular processes such as cytokinesis. Fast-acting ts cytokinesis-defective mutants are functional at the permissive temperature; yet show a fully penetrant loss-of-function cytokinesis failure phenotype when upshifted to the restrictive temperature. Fast-acting ts mutations thus allow functional tunability and rapid and reversible protein inactivation by simply shifting the temperature at precise times throughout cell division...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
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