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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528413/dissolved-platinum-concentrations-in-coastal-seawater-boso-to-sanriku-areas-japan
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Asami Suzuki Mashio, Hajime Obata, Toshitaka Gamo
Platinum, one of the rarest elements in the earth's crust, is now widely used in a range of products, such as catalytic converters in automobiles and anticancer drugs. Increasing use and dispersal of platinum has the potential to affect aquatic environments. Platinum concentrations in open ocean seawater have been found to be very low (approximately 0.2 pmol/L); however, Pt distributions and biogeochemical cycles in coastal areas are unknown. In this study, we investigated Pt concentrations in coastal waters between the Boso and Sanriku areas, Japan, after the 2011 tsunami...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528265/synthesis-radiolabeling-and-preclinical-evaluation-of-a-11-c-gmom-derivative-as-pet-radiotracer-for-the-ion-channel-of-the-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor
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Pieter J Klein, Robert C Schuit, Athanasios Metaxas, Johannes Am Christiaans, Esther Kooijman, Adriaan A Lammertsma, Bart Nm van Berckel, Albert D Windhorst
INTRODUCTION: Presently available PET ligands for the NMDAr ion channel generally suffer from fast metabolism. The purpose of this study was to develop a metabolically more stable ligand for the NMDAr ion channel, taking [(11)C]GMOM ([(11)C]1) as the lead compound. METHODS: [(11)C]1, its fluoralkyl analogue [(18)F]PK209 ([(18)F]2) and the newly synthesized fluorovinyloxy analogue [(11)C]7b were evaluated ex vivo in male Wistar rats for metabolic stability. In addition, [(11)C]7b was subjected to a biodistribution study and its affinity (Ki) and lipophilicity (logD7...
May 8, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527710/ccn3-regulates-macrophage-foam-cell-formation-and-atherosclerosis
#3
Hong Shi, Chao Zhang, Vinay Pasupuleti, Xingjian Hu, Domenick A Prosdocimo, Wenconghui Wu, Yulan Qing, Shitong Wu, Haneen Mohammad, Stanton L Gerson, Bernard Perbal, Philip A Klenotic, Nianguo Dong, Zhiyong Lin
Recent studies implicate the Cyr61, CTGF, Nov (CCN) matricellular signaling protein family as emerging players in vascular biology, with NOV (alias CCN3) as an important regulator of vascular homeostasis. Herein, we examined the role of CCN3 in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. In response to a 15-week high-fat diet feeding, CCN3-deficient mice on the atherosclerosis-prone Apoe(-/-) background developed increased aortic lipid-rich plaques compared to control Apoe(-/-) mice, a result that was observed in the absence of alterations in plasma lipid content...
June 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527393/a-combination-of-platelet-features-allows-detection-of-early-stage-cancer
#4
Siamack Sabrkhany, Marijke J E Kuijpers, Sander M J van Kuijk, Linda Sanders, Sharo Pineda, Steven W M Olde Damink, Anne-Marie C Dingemans, Arjan W Griffioen, Mirjam G A Oude Egbrink
BACKGROUND: Detection of early-stage cancer significantly improves patient survival. As platelets play an important role in cancer progression, we aimed to investigate whether platelets can be used for the discovery of early-stage cancer. METHODS: Patients with lung (n = 86) or head of pancreas (n = 42) cancer were included, as were healthy sex- and age-matched controls (n = 92). Blood was collected before initiation of treatment. Platelet count, volume and activation status were quantified in whole blood...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526706/cardiac-hyporesponsiveness-in-severe-sepsis-is-associated-with-nitric-oxide-dependent-activation-of-g-protein-receptor-kinase
#5
Daniela Dal-Secco, Silvia DalBó, Natalia E S Lautherbach, Fábio N Gava, Mara Rubia Nunes Celes, Patricia Oliveira Benedet, Adriana H Souza, Juliana Akinaga, Vanessa Lima, Katiussia P Silva, Luiz Ricardo A Kiguti, Marcos A Rossi, Isis do Carmo Kettelhut, André Sampaio Pupo, Fernando Queiroz Cunha, Jamil Assreuy
G protein-coupled receptor kinase isoform 2 (GRK2) has a critical role in physiological and pharmacological responses to endogenous and exogenous substances. Sepsis causes an important cardiovascular dysfunction in which nitric oxide (NO) has a relevant role. The present study aimed to assess the putative effect of inducible NO synthase (NOS-2)-derived NO on the activity of GRK2 in the context of septic cardiac dysfunction. C57BL/6 mice were submitted to severe septic injury by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP)...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526336/activation-of-na-h-exchanger-other-than-formation-of-transmembrane-pore-underlies-the-cytotoxicity-of-nematocyst-venom-from-chrysaora-helvola-brandt-jellyfish
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Lanlan Fan, Jun Luo, Xiaoyong Li, Ming Chen, Wei Shu, Xiaosheng Qu
We previously reported unexpected apoptosis-like cell death induced by nematocyst venom (NV) from Chrysaora helvola Brandt (C. helvola) jellyfish. To assess whether the pore formation mechanism underlay the action of NV, the change in cell membrane permeability was studied in both chicken erythrocytes and human CNE-2 cells. Initially, paradoxical results were derived from osmoprotectant protection assays. Polyethylene glycol (PEG)2000, which completely inhibited the NV induced hemolysis, failed to protect CNE-2 cells...
May 16, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525828/peripheral-immune-factors-are-elevated-in-women-with-current-or-recent-alcohol-dependence-and-associated-with-altered-mood-and-memory
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Clare J Wilhelm, Bret E Fuller, Marilyn Huckans, Jennifer M Loftis
BACKGROUND: The adverse effects of alcohol on brain function result, in part, from inflammatory processes. The sex-specific neuropsychiatric consequences and inflammatory status of active alcohol dependence and early remission from dependence have not been investigated. METHODS: Neuropsychiatric symptoms, inflammatory factors, and liver enzymes were compared in a prospective cohort study of adults with (n=51) or without (n=31) a current or recent history of alcohol dependence...
May 10, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525789/measuring-bdnf-in-saliva-using-commercial-elisa-results-from-a-small-pilot-study
#8
Charlotte Vrijen, Hendrika M Schenk, Catharina A Hartman, Albertine J Oldehinkel
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a protein often studied in psychiatric populations. Commercial ELISA kits have been validated for measuring BDNF in blood plasma and serum, but blood collection is an invasive method which cannot always be used. The aim of this pilot study was to explore the noninvasive alternative of measuring BDNF in saliva. Three different commercial ELISA kits were used to analyze parallel plasma and saliva samples from six healthy adults. In total 33 plasma and 33 saliva samples were analyzed according to manufacturers' standard protocols...
April 22, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524914/bioavailability-of-the-ferulic-acid-derived-phenolic-compounds-of-a-rice-bran-enzymatic-extract-and-their-activity-against-superoxide-production
#9
Cristina Perez-Ternero, Alba Macià, Maria Alvarez de Sotomayor, Juan Parrado, Maria-Jose Motilva, Maria-Dolores Herrera
Rice bran is an exceptional source of such antioxidant molecules as γ-oryzanol and ferulic acid, but their bioavailability and metabolism within this matrix remain unknown. The aims of this work were to describe the oral bioavailability and metabolic pathways of the ferulic acid-derived phenolic compounds contained in a rice bran enzymatic extract (RBEE), and to determine its effect on NADPH oxidase activity. Wistar rats were administered with RBEE and sacrificed at different times over a period of 24 h to obtain plasma...
May 19, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524818/fluorescence-lifetime-imaging-microscopy-reveals-rerouting-of-snare-trafficking-driving-dendritic-cell-activation
#10
Daniëlle Rianne José Verboogen, Natalia González Mancha, Martin Ter Beest, Geert van den Bogaart
SNARE proteins play a crucial role in intracellular trafficking by catalyzing membrane fusion, but assigning SNAREs to specific intracellular transport routes is challenging with current techniques. We developed a novel Förster resonance energy transfer-fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FRET-FLIM)-based technique allowing visualization of real-time local interactions of fluorescently tagged SNARE proteins in live cells. We used FRET-FLIM to delineate the trafficking steps underlying the release of the inflammatory cytokine interleukin-6 (IL-6) from human blood-derived dendritic cells...
May 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524103/potential-impact-of-nutrition-on-immune-system-recovery-from-heavy-exertion-a-metabolomics-perspective
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REVIEW
David C Nieman, Susan Hazels Mitmesser
This review describes effective and ineffective immunonutrition support strategies for the athlete, with a focus on the benefits of carbohydrates and polyphenols as determined from metabolomics-based procedures. Athletes experience regular cycles of physiological stress accompanied by transient inflammation, oxidative stress, and immune perturbations, and there are increasing data indicating that these are sensitive to nutritional influences. The most effective nutritional countermeasures, especially when considered from a metabolomics perspective, include acute and chronic increases in dietary carbohydrate and polyphenols...
May 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524005/rivaroxaban-metabolism-pharmacologic-properties-and-drug-interactions
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Tomas Kvasnicka, Ivana Malikova, Zuzana Zenahlikova, Karolína Kettnerova, Radka Brzezkova, Tomas Zima, Jan Ulrych, Jan Briza, Ivan Netuka, Jan Kvasnicka
BACKGROUND: Rivaroxaban represents a selective direct inhibitor of activated coagulation factor X (FXa) having peroral bioavailability and prompt onset of action. OBJECTIVE: The absorbtion of rivaroxaban is quick, reaching maximum plasma concentration 2-4 hours following its administration. Peroral bioavailability is high (80-100 %) and pharmacokinetic variability is considered to be moderate (coefficient of variation 30-40 %). This review discusses the properties, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics and clinical indications of rivaroxaban...
May 18, 2017: Current Drug Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523563/assessment-of-endothelial-cell-function-and-physiological-microcirculatory-reserve-by-video-microscopy-using-a-topical-acetylcholine-and-nitroglycerin-challenge
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Matthias Peter Hilty, Jacqueline Pichler, Bulent Ergin, Urs Hefti, Tobias Michael Merz, Can Ince, Marco Maggiorini
BACKGROUND: Assessment of the microcirculation is a promising target for the hemodynamic management of critically ill patients. However, just as the sole reliance on macrocirculatory parameters, single static parameters of the microcirculation may not represent a sufficient guide. Our hypothesis was that by serial topical application of acetylcholine (ACH) and nitroglycerin (NG), the sublingual microcirculation can be challenged to determine its endothelial cell-dependent and smooth muscle-dependent physiological reserve capacity...
December 2017: Intensive Care Medicine Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522875/serum-uric-acid-is-associated-with-erectile-dysfunction-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study-in-chinese-men
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Fengbin Gao, Boren Jiang, Zhen Cang, Ningjian Wang, Bing Han, Qin Li, Yi Chen, Yingchao Chen, Fangzhen Xia, Hualing Zhai, Chi Chen, Meng Lu, Ying Meng, Yingli Lu, Zhoujun Shen
The role that serum uric acid (UA) plays in the pathophysiological development of erectile dysfunction (ED) is controversial. We aimed to screen the factors related with ED, and to examine the association between serum UA and ED. Our data were derived from a cross-sectional Survey on Prevalence in East China for Metabolic Diseases and Risk Factors study in 2014-2015. Questionnaire of International Index of Erectile Dysfunction-5 was used for assessment of ED. Data were collected in three general communities respectively...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522584/cooperative-targets-of-combined-mtor-hdac-inhibition-promote-myc-degradation
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John K Simmons, Aleksandra M Michalowski, Benjamin J Gamache, Wendy DuBois, Jyoti Patel, Ke Zhang, Joy Gary, Shuling Zhang, Snehal Gaikwad, Daniel Connors, Nicholas Watson, Elena Leon, Jin-Qiu Chen, W Michael Kuehl, Maxwell P Lee, Adriana Zingone, Ola Landgren, Peter Ordentlich, Jing Huang, Beverly A Mock
Cancer treatments often require combinations of molecularly targeted agents to be effective. mTORi (rapamycin) and HDACi (MS-275/entinostat) inhibitors have been shown to be effective in limiting tumor growth, and here we define part of the cooperative action of this drug combination. More than 60 human cancer cell lines responded synergistically (CI<1) when treated with this drug combination compared to single agents.  In addition, a breast cancer patient-derived xenograft, and a BCL-XL plasmacytoma mouse model both showed enhanced responses to the combination compared to single agents...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521878/combining-a-nontargeted-and-targeted-metabolomics-approach-to-identify-metabolic-pathways-significantly-altered-in-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
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Alice Y Chang, Antigoni Z Lalia, Gregory D Jenkins, Tumpa Dutta, Rickey E Carter, Ravinder J Singh, K Sreekumaran Nair
OBJECTIVE: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a condition of androgen excess and chronic anovulation frequently associated with insulin resistance. We combined a nontargeted and targeted metabolomics approach to identify pathways and metabolites that distinguished PCOS from metabolic syndrome (MetS). METHODS: Twenty obese women with PCOS were compared with 18 obese women without PCOS. Both groups met criteria for MetS but could not have diabetes mellitus or take medications that treat PCOS or affect lipids or insulin sensitivity...
June 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521416/a-proposed-method-for-the-relative-quantification-of-levels-of-circulating-micrornas-in-the-plasma-of-gastric-cancer-patients
#17
Mayra-Cecilia Suárez-Arriaga, Javier Torres, Margarita Camorlinga-Ponce, Alejandro Gómez-Delgado, Patricia Piña-Sánchez, Hilda-Alicia Valdez-Salazar, Rosa-María Ribas-Aparicio, Ezequiel M Fuentes-Pananá, Martha-Eugenia Ruiz-Tachiquín
Gastric cancer (GC) is the fifth most common type of malignancy and the third leading cause of cancer-associated mortality worldwide. It is necessary to identify novel methods aimed at improving the early diagnosis and treatment of GC. MicroRNA expression profiles in the plasma of patients with GC have demonstrated a potential use in the opportune diagnosis of this neoplasm. However, there are currently no standardized targets for use in the normalization of microRNA Cq values for different neoplasms. The present study tested two normalization approaches while analyzing plasma derived from patients with GC and non-atrophic gastritis...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521261/novel-anti-inflammatory-agents-targeting-cxcr4-design-synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-preliminary-pharmacokinetic-study
#18
Renren Bai, Zhongxing Liang, Younghyoun Yoon, Eric Salgado, Amber Feng, Saumya Gurbani, Hyunsuk Shim
CXCR4 plays a crucial role in the inflammatory disease process, providing an attractive means for drug targeting. A series of novel amide-sulfamide derivatives were designed, synthesized and comprehensively evaluated. This new scaffold exhibited much more potent CXCR4 inhibitory activity, with more than 70% of the compounds showed notably better binding affinity than the reference drug AMD3100 in the binding assay. Additionally, in the Matrigel invasion assay, most of our compounds significantly blocked the tumor cell invasion, demonstrating superior efficacy compared to AMD3100...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521179/biological-predictors-of-insulin-resistance-associated-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-in-young-military-veterans
#19
Esther M Blessing, Victor Reus, Synthia H Mellon, Owen M Wolkowitz, Janine D Flory, Linda Bierer, Daniel Lindqvist, Firdaus Dhabhar, Meng Li, Meng Qian, Duna Abu-Amara, Isaac Galatzer-Levy, Rachel Yehuda, Charles R Marmar
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is associated with increased risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (cardiometabolic disease), warranting research into targeted prevention strategies. In the present case-control study of 160 young (mean age 32.7 years) male military veterans, we aimed to assess whether PTSD status predicted increased markers of cardiometabolic risk in otherwise healthy individuals, and further, to explore biological pathways between PTSD and these increased markers of cardiometabolic risk...
May 1, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521151/intracellular-localization-and-toxicity-of-graphene-oxide-and-reduced-graphene-oxide-nanoplatelets-to-mussel-hemocytes-in-vitro
#20
Alberto Katsumiti, Radmila Tomovska, Miren P Cajaraville
Recently, graphene materials have attracted tremendous research interest due to their unique physicochemical properties that hold great promise in electronics, energy, materials and biomedical areas. Graphene oxide (GO) is one of the most extensively studied graphene derivatives. In order to improve GO electrical properties, nanoplatelets are chemically reduced, thus increasing nanoplatelet conductivity. This reduced GO (rGO) shows different properties and behavior compared to GO. Graphene-based wastes are expected to end up in the marine environment...
April 28, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
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