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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647992/-progress-of-research-in-relation-to-the-impact-of-climate-change-on-children-s-health-status
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J H Gao, L P Li, J Wang, X B Liu, H X Wu, J Li, J Li, Q Y Liu
Along with global warming, climate change has become one of the biggest public health challenges. The unique metabolism, behavior, physiology and development in children, will make them suffer more from the climate change. In the present review, we summarized the progress and situation of studies on the associations between climate change and children's health also trying to provide adaptation and mitigation strategies. The purpose of this study was to offer scientific evidence for prevention and control on the adverse effects as injuries, diseases and deaths among children that resulted from the changes of climate...
June 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647787/using-stem-cell-oxygen-physiology-to-optimize-blastocyst-culture-while-minimizing-hypoxic-stress
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REVIEW
Alan Bolnick, Awoniyi O Awonuga, Yu Yang, Mohammed Abdulhasan, Yufen Xie, Sichang Zhou, Elizabeth E Puscheck, Daniel A Rappolee
This review is a response to the Fellows Forum on testing 2% oxygen for best culture of human blastocysts (J Ass Reprod Gen 34:303-8, 1; J Ass Reprod Gen 34:309-14, 2) prior to embryo transfer. It is a general analysis in support of the position that an understanding of stem cell physiology and responses to oxygen are necessary for optimization of blastocyst culture in IVF and to enhance reproductive success in fertile women.
June 24, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647607/bioaccessibility-and-risk-assessment-of-essential-and-non-essential-elements-in-vegetables-commonly-consumed-in-swaziland
#3
Robert Londi Mnisi, Peter P Ndibewu, Lihle D Mafu, Gabriel C Bwembya
The green leafy vegetables (Mormodica involucrate, Bidens pilosa and Amaranthus spinosus) are economic; seasonal; locally grown and easily available; easy to propagate and store; highly nutritious food substances that form an important component of diets. This study applies a physiology based extraction technique (PBET) to mimic digestion of these vegetables to determine the fraction of essential (Fe and Zn) and non-essential elements (Cd, Cr and Pb) that are made available for absorption after ingestion. Prior to the application of the PBET, the vegetables were cooked adopting indigenous Swazi cooking methods...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647579/frailty-is-associated-with-lower-expression-of-genes-involved-in-cellular-response-to-stress-results-from-the-toledo-study-for-healthy-aging
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Mariam El Assar, Javier Angulo, José Antonio Carnicero, Stefan Walter, Francisco José García-García, Eva López-Hernández, José-María Sánchez-Puelles, Leocadio Rodríguez-Mañas
BACKGROUND: Specific mechanisms underlying frailty syndrome are not well known. Frailty can be viewed as a loss of functional reserve resulting in increased vulnerability to stressors. We hypothesize that pathways regulating cellular response to stress are potential players in the development of frailty. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of the expression of certain genes related to cellular response to stress with the presence of frailty in older patients. METHODS: A sample of 350 individuals aged 65 years or older (22% frail) was selected from the Toledo Study of Healthy Aging...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Directors Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647555/normalizing-the-gene-dosage-of-dyrk1a-in-a-mouse-model-of-down-syndrome-rescues-several-alzheimer-s-disease-phenotypes
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Susana García-Cerro, Noemí Rueda, Verónica Vidal, Sara Lantigua, Carmen Martínez-Cué
The intellectual disability that characterizes Down syndrome (DS) is primarily caused by prenatal changes in central nervous system growth and differentiation. However, in later life stages, the cognitive abilities of DS individuals progressively decline due to accelerated aging and the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD) neuropathology. The AD neuropathology in DS has been related to the overexpression of several genes encoded by Hsa21 including DYRK1A (dual-specificity tyrosine-(Y)-phosphorylation regulated kinase 1A), which encodes a protein kinase that performs crucial functions in the regulation of multiple signaling pathways that contribute to normal brain development and adult brain physiology...
June 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647358/mitochondria-associated-membranes-mams-an-emerging-platform-connecting-energy-and-immune-sensing-to-metabolic-flexibility
#6
Jennifer Rieusset
Living organisms have the capacity to sense both nutrients and immune signals in order to adapt their metabolism to the needs, and both metabolic inflexibility and exacerbated immune responses are associated with metabolic diseases. Over the past decade, mitochondria emerged as key nutrient and immune sensors regulating numerous signalling pathways, and mitochondria dysfunction has been extensively implicated in metabolic diseases. Interestingly, mitochondria interact physically and functionally with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER, in contact sites named mitochondria-associated membranes (MAMs), in order to exchange metabolites and calcium and regulate cellular homeostasis...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647328/effects-of-feeding-an-immunomodulatory-supplement-to-heat-stressed-or-actively-cooled-cows-during-late-gestation-on-postnatal-immunity-health-and-growth-of-calves
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Amy L Skibiel, Thiago F Fabris, Fabiana N Corrá, Yazielis M Torres, Derek J McLean, James D Chapman, David J Kirk, Geoffrey E Dahl, Jimena Laporta
Heat stress during late gestation negatively affects the physiology, health, and productivity of dairy cows as well as the calves developing in utero. Providing cows with active cooling devices, such as fans and soakers, and supplementing cows with an immunomodulating feed additive, OmniGen-AF (OG; Phibro Animal Health Corporation), improves immune function and milk yield of cows. It is unknown if maternal supplementation of OG combined with active cooling during late gestation might benefit the developing calf as well...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647125/isogenic-mutations-in-the-moraxella-catarrhalis-cyddc-system-display-pleiotropic-phenotypes-and-reveal-the-role-of-a-palindrome-sequence-in-its-transcriptional-regulation
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Yosra I Nagy, Manal M M Hussein, Yasser M Ragab, Ahmed S Attia
Moraxella catarrhalis is becoming an important human respiratory tract pathogen affecting significant proportions from the population. However, still little is known about its physiology and molecular regulation. To this end, the CydDC, which is a heterodimeric ATP binding cassette transporter that has been shown to contribute to the maintenance of the redox homeostasis across the periplasm in other Gram-negative bacteria, is studied here. Amino acids multiple sequence alignments indicated that M. catarrhalis CydC is different from the CydC proteins of the bacterial species in which this system has been previously studied...
September 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647111/right-ventricular-function-imaging-techniques
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REVIEW
Lance C Visser
Functional assessment of the right ventricle (RV) is challenging and has been understudied compared with the left ventricle. However, advances in echocardiographic assessment of RV function permit the quantitative assessment of RV performance via numerous modalities. Many RV function indices have now been studied in large samples of healthy dogs, and studies suggest a clinical benefit to echocardiographic RV function assessment in dogs and cats. This article reviews relevant RV anatomy and physiology, and highlights numerous indices of RV function assessment for dogs and cats...
June 21, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646867/a-high-quality-annotated-transcriptome-of-swine-peripheral-blood
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Haibo Liu, Timothy P L Smith, Dan J Nonneman, Jack C M Dekkers, Christopher K Tuggle
BACKGROUND: High throughput gene expression profiling assays of peripheral blood are widely used in biomedicine, as well as in animal genetics and physiology research. Accurate, comprehensive, and precise interpretation of such high throughput assays relies on well-characterized reference genomes and/or transcriptomes. However, neither the reference genome nor the peripheral blood transcriptome of the pig have been sufficiently assembled and annotated to support such profiling assays in this emerging biomedical model organism...
June 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646838/immune-response-cytokines-as-potential-biomarkers-for-ddt-induced-neurodegeneration
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Héctor Luis Maldonado-Pérez, Judith Graber, Mark Gregory Robson
Background: The world incidence rate of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is 64 cases per 1,000 individuals. Due to the aging population, the prevalence of AD is however increasing and yet, little remains known about the etiology of AD. Objective: Previous studies suggested relationships between AD, neuro-inflammation and organochloride pesticide exposures, therefore, we aimed to study the association between DDT and possible biomarkers of AD. Materials and Methods: We explored literature on inflammation, pesticide exposure and biomarkers associated with AD...
2017: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646812/oral-consumption-of-vitamin-k2-for-8-weeks-associated-with-increased-maximal-cardiac-output-during-exercise
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Brian K McFarlin, Andrea L Henning, Adam S Venable
Background • Vitamin K1 and K2 are not typically common in a Western diet because they are found in a variety of fermented foods. Vitamin K2 in particular has been demonstrated to restore mitochondrial function and has a key role in production of mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate. Thus, it is reasonable to speculate that dietary supplementation with vitamin K2 could increase the function of muscle with high mitochondrial content (ie, skeletal and cardiac muscle). Objective • The purpose of this study was to determine if 8 wk of dietary supplementation with Vitamin K2 could alter cardiovascular responses to a graded cycle ergometer test...
July 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646678/bioengineering-for-intestinal-organoid-cultures
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REVIEW
Ge-Ah Kim, Jason R Spence, Shuichi Takayama
Recent advances allow access to human cell-based intestinal organoids that recreate human physiology to levels not possible with conventional 2D cell cultures. Despite their huge potential, there are many challenges that remain. This review will cover recent bioengineering approaches to improve organoid maturation, scale up, reproducibility and analysis. The first section covers the advances in engineering the culture environment, followed by the section on tools for micro-manipulation and analysis of organoids...
June 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646525/preliminary-characterization-of-putative-structural-cuticular-proteins-in-the-malaria-vector-anopheles-sinensis
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Dan Zhou, Baiyun Duan, Yan Sun, Lei Ma, Changliang Zhu, Bo Shen
BACKGROUND: The insect cuticle protects against environmental stresses such as insecticides, physical injury, dehydration and pathogenic microorganisms. Structural cuticular proteins (CPs) are the primary components, and are of interest for physiology-based pest management methods. Anopheles sinensis CPs are poorly characterised at present, therefore we performed whole genome sequence analysis and re-analysed available transcriptome data to identify potential insecticide resistance-associated CPs...
June 23, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646444/engineering-3d-models-of-tumors-and-bone-to-understand-tumor-induced-bone-disease-and-improve-treatments
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REVIEW
Kristin A Kwakwa, Joseph P Vanderburgh, Scott A Guelcher, Julie A Sterling
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Bone is a structurally unique microenvironment that presents many challenges for the development of 3D models for studying bone physiology and diseases, including cancer. As researchers continue to investigate the interactions within the bone microenvironment, the development of 3D models of bone has become critical. RECENT FINDINGS: 3D models have been developed that replicate some properties of bone, but have not fully reproduced the complex structural and cellular composition of the bone microenvironment...
June 23, 2017: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646310/effects-of-a-dark-septate-endophyte-dse-on-growth-cadmium-content-and-physiology-in-maize-under-cadmium-stress
#16
Yongmei He, Zhixin Yang, Mingrui Li, Ming Jiang, Fangdong Zhan, Yanqun Zu, Tao Li, Zhiwei Zhao
Dark septate endophytes (DSE) are widely distributed in plant roots grown in stressful habitats, especially in heavy metal-polluted soils. But little is known about the physiological interactions between DSE and plants under heavy metal stress. In the present study, the growth, Cd content, and physiological response of Zea mays L. to a root-colonized DSE, Exophiala pisciphila, were analyzed under Cd stress (0, 5, 10, 20, and 40 mg/kg) in a sand culture experiment. Under high Cd (10, 20, and 40 mg/kg) stress, the DSE colonization in roots increased the maize growth, kept more Cd in roots, and decreased Cd content in shoots...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646221/aberrant-activation-of-the-human-sex-determining-gene-in-early-embryonic-development-results-in-postnatal-growth-retardation-and-lethality-in-mice
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Tatsuo Kido, Zhaoyu Sun, Yun-Fai Chris Lau
Sexual dimorphisms are prevalent in development, physiology and diseases in humans. Currently, the contributions of the genes on the male-specific region of the Y chromosome (MSY) in these processes are uncertain. Using a transgene activation system, the human sex-determining gene hSRY is activated in the single-cell embryos of the mouse. Pups with hSRY activated (hSRY(ON)) are born of similar sizes as those of non-activated controls. However, they retard significantly in postnatal growth and development and all die of multi-organ failure before two weeks of age...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646166/atp-release-during-cell-swelling-activates-a-ca-2-dependent-cl-current-by-autocrine-mechanism-in-mouse-hippocampal-microglia
#18
E Murana, F Pagani, B Basilico, M Sundukova, L Batti, S Di Angelantonio, B Cortese, A Grimaldi, A Francioso, P Heppenstall, P Bregestovski, C Limatola, D Ragozzino
Microglia cells, resident immune cells of the brain, survey brain parenchyma by dynamically extending and retracting their processes. Cl(-) channels, activated in the cellular response to stretch/swelling, take part in several functions deeply connected with microglia physiology, including cell shape changes, proliferation, differentiation and migration. However, the molecular identity and functional properties of these Cl(-) channels are largely unknown. We investigated the properties of swelling-activated currents in microglial from acute hippocampal slices of Cx3cr1 (+/GFP) mice by whole-cell patch-clamp and imaging techniques...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646159/yvck-a-protein-required-for-cell-wall-integrity-and-optimal-carbon-source-utilization-binds-uridine-diphosphate-sugars
#19
Elodie Foulquier, Anne Galinier
In Bacillus subtilis, Listeria monocytogenes and in two Mycobacteria, it was previously shown that yvcK is a gene required for normal cell shape, for optimal carbon source utilization and for virulence of pathogenic bacteria. Here we report that the B. subtilis protein YvcK binds to Uridine diphosphate-sugars like Uridine diphosphate-Glucose (UDP-Glc) and Uridine diphosphate-N-acetylglucosamine (UDP-GlcNAc) in vitro. Using the crystal structure of Bacillus halodurans YvcK, we identified residues involved in this interaction...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646058/semen-collection-methods-in-alpacas
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REVIEW
M C Abraham, K de Verdier, R Båge, J M Morrell
South American camelids, particularly alpacas, are gaining in popularity outside their native lands. Reproductive biotechnologies, such as artificial insemination or embryo transfer with cryopreserved embryos, are more complicated in these species than many others due to differences in their reproductive physiology compared to the more commonly encountered domestic livestock. This article reviews the methods currently available for obtaining semen or spermatozoa from alpacas and describes some of the problems associated with handling the viscous seminal plasma characteristic of camelids...
June 24, 2017: Veterinary Record
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