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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444505/occupational-heat-stress-assessment-and-protective-strategies-in-the-context-of-climate-change
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Chuansi Gao, Kalev Kuklane, Per-Olof Östergren, Tord Kjellstrom
Global warming will unquestionably increase the impact of heat on individuals who work in already hot workplaces in hot climate areas. The increasing prevalence of this environmental health risk requires the improvement of assessment methods linked to meteorological data. Such new methods will help to reveal the size of the problem and design appropriate interventions at individual, workplace and societal level. The evaluation of occupational heat stress requires measurement of four thermal climate factors (air temperature, humidity, air velocity and heat radiation); available weather station data may serve this purpose...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444223/gene-organizer-linking-genes-to-the-organs-they-affect
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David Gokhman, Guy Kelman, Adir Amartely, Guy Gershon, Shira Tsur, Liran Carmel
One of the biggest challenges in studying how genes work is understanding their effect on the physiology and anatomy of the body. Existing tools try to address this using indirect features, such as expression levels and biochemical pathways. Here, we present Gene ORGANizer (geneorganizer.huji.ac.il), a phenotype-based tool that directly links human genes to the body parts they affect. It is built upon an exhaustive curated database that links >7000 genes to ∼150 anatomical parts using >150 000 gene-organ associations...
April 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443116/comparative-analysis-of-phosphoproteome-remodeling-after-short-term-water-stress-and-aba-treatments-versus-longer-term-water-stress-acclimation
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Govinal B Bhaskara, Thao T Nguyen, Tsu-Hao Yang, Paul E Verslues
Several studies have used short term dehydration, osmotic stress or Abscisic Acid (ABA) treatments to identify the initial protein phosphorylation-dephosphorylation responses to drought and low water potential or ABA treatments. However, longer term drought acclimation leads to altered expression of many kinases and phosphatases suggesting that it may also produce unique changes in phosphoproteome composition. To get a better overview of the state of drought-related phosphoproteomics and investigate this question of short versus longer term phosphoproteome regulation, we compared three Arabidopsis thaliana studies analyzing short term phosphoproteome changes to recent data from our laboratory analyzing phosphoproteome changes after a longer drought acclimation treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443015/cross-subject-eeg-feature-selection-for-emotion-recognition-using-transfer-recursive-feature-elimination
#4
Zhong Yin, Yongxiong Wang, Li Liu, Wei Zhang, Jianhua Zhang
Using machine-learning methodologies to analyze EEG signals becomes increasingly attractive for recognizing human emotions because of the objectivity of physiological data and the capability of the learning principles on modeling emotion classifiers from heterogeneous features. However, the conventional subject-specific classifiers may induce additional burdens to each subject for preparing multiple-session EEG data as training sets. To this end, we developed a new EEG feature selection approach, transfer recursive feature elimination (T-RFE), to determine a set of the most robust EEG indicators with stable geometrical distribution across a group of training subjects and a specific testing subject...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442692/viscocanalostomy-and-canaloplasty-ab-externo-schlemm-s-canal-surgery
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Matthias C Grieshaber
Ab externo Schlemm's canal (SC) surgery (e.g., viscocanalostomy and canaloplasty) is a valuable alternative to glaucoma filtration surgery. It targets the abnormally high resistance to outflow in the trabecular meshwork (TM) and reestablishes the physiologic outflow system. In viscocanalostomy, viscoelastic substance is injected to dilate SC, which in turn leads to microdisruptions of the inner wall. In canaloplasty, the additional intracanalicular stent (suture or Stegmann Canal Expander®) keeps the canal patent and enhances the circumferential flow...
2017: Developments in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442534/oncogenic-%C3%AE-catenin-and-pik3ca-instruct-network-states-and-cancer-phenotypes-in-intestinal-organoids
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Pamela Riemer, Mattias Rydenfelt, Matthias Marks, Karen van Eunen, Kathrin Thedieck, Bernhard G Herrmann, Nils Blüthgen, Christine Sers, Markus Morkel
Colorectal cancer is driven by cooperating oncogenic mutations. In this study, we use organotypic cultures derived from transgenic mice inducibly expressing oncogenic β-catenin and/or PIK3CA(H1047R) to follow sequential changes in cancer-related signaling networks, intestinal cell metabolism, and physiology in a three-dimensional environment mimicking tissue architecture. Activation of β-catenin alone results in the formation of highly clonogenic cells that are nonmotile and prone to undergo apoptosis. In contrast, coexpression of stabilized β-catenin and PIK3CA(H1047R) gives rise to intestinal cells that are apoptosis-resistant, proliferative, stem cell-like, and motile...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442477/nobel-laureate-a-v-hill-and-the-refugee-scholars-1933-1945
#7
Jack A Rall
A. V. Hill shared the 1922 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his investigation of the energetics of muscular contraction. His scientific work has been well chronicled over many years (Rall JA. Mechanism of Muscular Contraction, 2014). There is the natural tendency to focus solely on an investigator's scientific achievements. But in the case of Hill, it has been said (Katz B. Biogr Mem Fellows R Soc 24: 71-149, 1978) that "it was his devotion to such wider issues, outside the boundaries of his own research, through which he exerted his most important influence on other people's lives and on the course of events...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Physiology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442368/differences-between-adolescents-and-adults-in-the-acute-effects-of-pcp-and-ketamine-and-in-sensitization-following-intermittent-administration
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Angelica Rocha, Nigel Hart, Keith Trujillo
Adolescence is a phase of development during which many physiological and behavioral changes occur, including increased novelty seeking and risk taking. In humans, this is reflected in experimentation with drugs. Research demonstrates that drug use that begins during adolescence is more likely to lead to addiction than drug use that begins later in life. Despite this, relatively little is known of the effects of drugs in adolescence, and differences in response between adolescents and adults. PCP and ketamine are popular club drugs, both possessing rewarding properties that could lead to escalating use...
April 22, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441105/transcriptomic-dissection-of-the-horizontally-acquired-response-regulator-esrb-reveals-its-global-regulatory-roles-in-the-physiological-adaptation-and-activation-of-t3ss-and-the-cognate-effector-repertoire-in-edwardsiella-piscicida-during-infection-towards
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Yang Liu, Luyao Zhao, Minjun Yang, Kaiyu Yin, Xiaohui Zhou, Ka Yin Leung, Qin Liu, Yuanxing Zhang, Qiyao Wang
Edwardsiella piscicida is the leading pathogen threatening worldwide aquaculture industries. The two-component system (TCS) EsrA-EsrB is essential for the pathogenesis of this bacterium. However, little is known about the regulon and regulatory mechanism of EsrA-EsrB or about the factors that mediate the interaction of TCS with bacterial hosts. Here, our RNA-seq analysis indicated that EsrB strongly induces type III and type VI secretion systems (T3/T6SS) expression and that it modulates the expression of both physiology- and virulence-associated genes in E...
April 25, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440201/investigation-of-the-ph-dependent-cytotoxicity-of-paclitaxel-conjugated-gold-nanoparticles
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Zahrah Alhalili, Nur Hikmatul Auliya, Barbara Sandersonb, J G Shapter
Breast cancer, apart from skin cancer, is the most common cancer among women accounting for nearly 1 in 3 cancers and the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women after lung cancer. Finding new approaches to treat such cancers is critically important. OBJECTIVE: This work investigated the ability of a simple system based on paclitaxel conjugated gold nanoparticles (AuNP) to induce efficient cytotoxicity against T47D breast cancerous cells at different pH values. METHOD: The synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles using two approaches is presented...
April 24, 2017: Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440197/hyperprolactinemia-induced-by-antipsychotics-from-diagnosis-to-treatment-approach
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Walter Milano, Chiara Colletti, Anna Capasso
Schizophrenia is one of the most severe psychiatric diseases with a significant impact on the psychosocial functioning of the patients. People with schizophrenia are at risk to die prematurely because of their illness with their poor lifestyle contributing to the excess morbidity and higher mortality rate. In particular, lifestyle (e.g. poor diet, low rates of physical activity and increased likelihood to smoke cigarettes) predisposes them to poor physical health and comorbid medical diseases. In addition, the treatment of schizophrenia usually involves the long-term administration of antipsychotic drugs and some of these medications are implicated in the increased risk of metabolic and cardiovascular effects...
April 23, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439239/development-of-automated-patch-clamp-technique-to-investigate-cftr-chloride-channel-function
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Arnaud Billet, Lionel Froux, John W Hanrahan, Frederic Becq
The chloride (Cl(-)) channel cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is defective in cystic fibrosis (CF), and mutation of its encoding gene leads to various defects such as retention of the misfolded protein in the endoplasmic reticulum, reduced stability at the plasma membrane, abnormal channel gating with low open probability, and thermal instability, which leads to inactivation of the channel at physiological temperature. Pharmacotherapy is one major therapeutic approach in the CF field and needs sensible and fast tools to identify promising compounds...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439033/genome-wide-identification-of-resd-nsrr-and-fur-binding-in-bacillus-subtilis-during-anaerobic-fermentative-growth-by-in-vivo-footprinting
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Onuma Chumsakul, Divya P Anantsri, Tai Quirke, Taku Oshima, Kensuke Nakamura, Shu Ishikawa, Michiko M Nakano
Upon oxygen limitation, the Bacillus subtilis ResE sensor kinase and its cognate ResD response regulator play primary roles in transcriptional activation of genes functioning in anaerobic respiration. The nitric oxide (NO)-sensitive NsrR repressor controls transcription to support nitrate respiration. In addition, the ferric uptake repressor (Fur) can modulate transcription under anaerobic conditions. However, whether these controls are direct or indirect has been investigated only in a gene-specific manner...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438709/characterization-of-high-resolution-gradient-echo-and-spin-echo-epi-for-fmri-in-the-human-visual-cortex-at-7t
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Catarina Rua, Mauro Costagli, Mark R Symms, Laura Biagi, Graziella Donatelli, Mirco Cosottini, Alberto Del Guerra, Michela Tosetti
The increased signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) offered by functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) at 7T allows the acquisition of functional data at sub-millimetric spatial resolutions. However, simply reducing partial volume effects is not sufficient to precisely localize task-induced activation due to the indirect mechanisms that relate brain function and the changes in the measured signal. In this work T2* and T2 weighted Echo Planar Imaging (EPI) schemes based on Gradient Recalled Echo (GRE) and Spin Echo (SE) were evaluated in terms of temporal SNR, percent signal change, contrast to noise ratio (CNR), activation volume, and sensitivity and specificity to gray matter...
April 21, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438477/apnea-in-the-term-infant
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Mary Elaine Patrinos, Richard J Martin
Whereas apnea of prematurity has been well defined and its pathophysiology extensively studied, apnea in the term infant remains a greater challenge. Unfortunately, clear diagnostic criteria are lacking and pathogenesis and management vary widely. In this review we have arbitrarily organized the discussion chronologically into earlier and later postnatal periods. In the first days of life, presumed apnea may reflect physiologic events such as positional or feeding etiologies, or may be a manifestation of serious pathophysiology, such as a seizure disorder...
April 21, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437639/a-novel-biosensor-based-on-boronic-acid-functionalized-metal-organic-frameworks-for-the-determination-of-hydrogen-peroxide-released-from-living-cells
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Hongxia Dai, Wenjuan Lü, Xianwei Zuo, Qian Zhu, Congjie Pan, Xiaoying Niu, Juanjuan Liu, HongLi Chen, Xingguo Chen
In this work, we report a durable and sensitive H2O2 biosensor based on boronic acid functionalized metal-organic frameworks (denoted as MIL-100(Cr)-B) as an efficient immobilization matrix of horseradish peroxidase (HRP). MIL-100(Cr)-B features a hierarchical porous structure, extremely high surface area, and sufficient recognition sites, which can significantly increase HRP loading and prevent them from leakage and deactivation. The H2O2 biosensor can be easily achieved without any complex processing. Meanwhile, the immobilized HRP exhibited enhanced stability and remarkable catalytic activity towards H2O2 reduction...
April 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437467/mutant-uromodulin-expression-leads-to-altered-homeostasis-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-and-activates-the-unfolded-protein-response
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Céline Schaeffer, Stefania Merella, Elena Pasqualetto, Dejan Lazarevic, Luca Rampoldi
Uromodulin is the most abundant urinary protein in physiological conditions. It is exclusively produced by renal epithelial cells lining the thick ascending limb of Henle's loop (TAL) and it plays key roles in kidney function and disease. Mutations in UMOD, the gene encoding uromodulin, cause autosomal dominant tubulointerstitial kidney disease uromodulin-related (ADTKD-UMOD), characterised by hyperuricemia, gout and progressive loss of renal function. While the primary effect of UMOD mutations, retention in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), is well established, its downstream effects are still largely unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437389/normothermic-perfusion-in-the-assessment-and-preservation-of-declined-livers-before-transplantation-hyperoxia-and-vasoplegia-important-lessons-from-the-first-12-cases
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Christopher J E Watson, Vasilis Kosmoliaptsis, Lucy V Randle, Alexander E Gimson, Rebecca Brais, John R Klinck, Mazin Hamed, Anastasia Tsyben, Andrew J Butler
BACKGROUND: A program of normothermic ex situ liver perfusion (NESLiP) was developed to facilitate better assessment and use of marginal livers, while minimizing cold ischemia. METHODS: Declined marginal livers and those offered for research were evaluated. Normothermic ex situ liver perfusion was performed using an erythrocyte-based perfusate. Viability was assessed with reference to biochemical changes in the perfusate. RESULTS: Twelve livers (9 donation after circulatory death [DCD] and 3 from brain-dead donors), median Donor Risk Index 2...
May 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436996/continuum-electrostatic-calculation-on-bovine-rhodopsin-protonation-and-the-effect-of-the-membrane-potential
#19
Elisa Bombarda, G Matthias Ullmann
In this work, we calculate the protonation probabilities of titratable residues of bovine rhodopsin using the Poisson-Boltzmann equation. We also consider the influence of the membrane potential. Our results indicate that at physiological pH, the titratable groups directly involved in photosensing, namely Glu113, Glu181 and the retinal Schiff base, are charged. In contrast, the residues Asp83, Glu122, and His211, which are buried in the membrane, are uncharged. However, since these later residues are localized in the middle of the membrane, they are exposed to the membrane potential more strongly, which may have important functional implications...
April 24, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436966/microbial-metabolites-regulate-host-lipid-metabolism-through-nr5a-hedgehog-signalling
#20
Chih-Chun Janet Lin, Meng C Wang
Microorganisms and their hosts share the same environment, and microbial metabolic molecules (metabolites) exert crucial effects on host physiology. Environmental factors not only shape the composition of the host's resident microorganisms, but also modulate their metabolism. However, the exact molecular relationship among the environment, microbial metabolites and host metabolism remains largely unknown. Here, we discovered that environmental methionine tunes bacterial methyl metabolism to regulate host mitochondrial dynamics and lipid metabolism in Caenorhabditis elegans through an endocrine crosstalk involving NR5A nuclear receptor and Hedgehog signalling...
April 24, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
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