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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319893/role-of-macrophages-in-age-related-oxidative-stress-and-lipofuscin-accumulation-in-mice
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Carmen Vida, Irene Martínez de Toda, Julia Cruces, Antonio Garrido, Mónica Gonzalez-Sanchez, Mónica De la Fuente
The age-related changes in the immune functions (immunosenescence) may be mediated by an increase of oxidative stress and damage affecting leukocytes. Although the "oxidation-inflammation" theory of aging proposes that phagocytes are the main immune cells contributing to "oxi-inflamm-aging", this idea has not been corroborated. The aim of this work was to characterize the age-related changes in several parameters of oxidative stress and immune function, as well as in lipofuscin accumulation ("a hallmark of aging"), in both total peritoneal leukocyte population and isolated peritoneal macrophages...
March 9, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319733/plasma-cell-and-memory-b-cell-differentiation-from-the-germinal-center
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REVIEW
Dan Suan, Christopher Sundling, Robert Brink
Germinal centers (GCs) form in secondary lymphoid tissues in response to antigenic challenge and are the site of somatic hypermutation, generating GC B cells with increasing affinity for the inciting agent that are positively selected over time. However, it is not until GC B cells differentiate into memory B cells and plasma cells and egress from the GC back into the circulation that effective long-lived humoral immunity is conferred upon the host. Here we review what is known about the signals that initiate the transition from a GC B cell into the memory B cell and plasma cell compartments and the downstream transcriptional regulation of these processes...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319732/an-antigen-to-remember-regulation-of-b-cell-memory-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Aleta Pupovac, Kim L Good-Jacobson
Vaccine success relies on the formation of immunity. Humoral immunity is critical and is mediated by long-lived antibody-secreting cells and memory B cells (MBCs). Chronic infectious diseases cause a significant global burden of disease; pathogens that evade the immune system can cause phenotypical and functional changes to immune memory populations. Thus, recent studies have focused on MBC subset function. IgM(+) MBCs have emerged as important early responders in malaria. Atypical MBCs have functional qualities associated with exhaustion in chronic infectious diseases, but the requirements for their formation and where they localize remains unknown...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319729/stromal-networking-cellular-connections-in-the-germinal-centre
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REVIEW
Alice E Denton, Michelle A Linterman
Secondary lymphoid organs are organized into distinct zones, governed by different types of mesenchymal stromal cells. These stromal cell subsets are critical for the generation of protective humoral immunity because they direct the migration of, and interaction between, multiple immune cell types to form the germinal centre. The germinal centre response generates long-lived antibody-secreting plasma cells and memory B cells which can provide long-term protection against re-infection. Stromal cell subsets mediate this response through control of immune cell trafficking, activation, localization and antigen access within the secondary lymphoid organ...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318787/municipal-wastewater-treatment-plant-effluent-induced-effects-on-freshwater-mussel-populations-and-the-role-of-mussel-refugia-in-recolonizing-an-extirpated-reach
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Patricia L Gillis, Rodney McInnis, Joseph Salerno, Shane R de Solla, Mark R Servos, Erin M Leonard
Global human population and urbanization continually increase the volume of wastewater entering aquatic environments. Despite efforts to treat these effluents, they contribute a diverse suite of substances that enter watersheds at concentrations that have the potential to elicit adverse effects on aquatic organisms. The relationship between wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent exposure and biological responses within aquatic ecosystems remains poorly understood, especially at the population level. To examine the effect of WWTP effluents on sentinel invertebrates, freshwater mussels were assessed in the Grand River, Ontario, in populations associated with the outfall of a major WWTP...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317225/cr-0-mo-0-and-w-0-isocyanide-complexes-as-luminophores-and-photosensitizers-with-long-lived-excited-states
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Laura A Büldt, Oliver S Wenger
Group 6 d6 metal complexes with arylisocyanide ligands are earth-abundant alternatives to photoactive complexes made from precious metals such as Ru(II), Re(I), Os(II), or Ir(III). Some of them have long-lived 3MLCT excited states that exhibit luminescence with good quantum yields combined with nano- to microsecond lifetimes, and they are very strongly reducing. Recent studies have demonstrated that Cr(0), Mo(0), and W(0) arylisocyanides have great potential for application in luminescent devices, photoredox catalysis, and dye-sensitized solar cells...
March 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316149/detecting-alternatively-spliced-transcript-isoforms-from-single-molecule-long-read-sequences-without-a-reference-genome
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Xiaoxian Liu, Wenbin Mei, Pamela S Soltis, Douglas E Soltis, W Brad Barbazuk
Alternative splicing (AS) is a major source of transcript and proteome diversity, but examining AS in species without well-annotated reference genomes remains difficult. Research on both human and mouse has demonstrated the advantages of using Iso-Seq(™) data for isoform-level transcriptome analysis, including the study of AS and gene fusion. We applied Iso-Seq(™) to investigate AS in Amborella trichopoda, a phylogenetically pivotal species that is sister to all other living angiosperms. Our data show that, compared with RNA-Seq data, the Iso-Seq(™) platform provides better recovery on large transcripts, new gene locus identification, and gene model correction...
March 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315608/brief-report-neighborhood-disadvantage-and-hair-cortisol-among-older-urban-african-americans
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Samuele Zilioli, Richard B Slatcher, Heather Fritz, Jason C Booza, Malcolm P Cutchin
Previous studies have shown that living in poor neighborhoods is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. However, researchers are now investigating the biological pathways responsible for the deleterious effects of neighborhood disadvantage on health. This study investigated whether neighborhood disadvantage (i.e., a measure of relative neighborhood quality derived by combining social and built environmental conditions) was associated with hair cortisol-a retrospective indicator of long-term hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis activation-and whether this link would be mediated by self-reported neighborhood satisfaction...
March 2, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315548/the-caregiving-quandary%C3%A2
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Deborah A Boyle
Long before I became a cancer caregiver, I worried about families. Providing care without a script, expanding their workload, solo decision making, incessant worrying, managing expectations, overseeing medications-that is the lay caregiver's all-consuming world. However, when cancer entered my residence, I started living what I had historically observed from a distance. The double-duty caregiving at work and home overwhelmed me. Years of experience did little to prepare me for the emotional tsunami and physical toll caregiving took on me...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314768/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-infection-liberates-transmissible-cytotoxic-prion-amyloids
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Ron Balczon, K Adam Morrow, Chun Zhou, Bradley Edmonds, Mikhail Alexeyev, Jean-Francois Pittet, Brant M Wagener, Stephen A Moser, Silas Leavesley, Xiangming Zha, Dara W Frank, Troy Stevens
Patients who recover from pneumonia subsequently have elevated rates of death after hospital discharge as a result of secondary organ damage, the causes of which are unknown. We used the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a common cause of hospital-acquired pneumonia, as a model for investigating this phenomenon. We show that infection of pulmonary endothelial cells by P. aeruginosa induces production and release of a cytotoxic amyloid molecule with prion characteristics, including resistance to various nucleases and proteases...
March 17, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314550/sense-of-life-worth-living-ikigai-and-incident-functional-disability-in-elderly-japanese-the-tsurugaya-project
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Kentaro Mori, Yu Kaiho, Yasutake Tomata, Mamoru Narita, Fumiya Tanji, Kemmyo Sugiyama, Yumi Sugawara, Ichiro Tsuji
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that elderly persons who feel ikigai (a sense of life worth living) have a lower risk of incident functional disability than those who do not. Recent studies have suggested that ikigai impacts on mortality. However, its impact upon disability is unknown. The aim of the present study was to investigate the association between ikigai and incident functional disability among elderly persons. METHODS: We conducted a prospective cohort study of 830 Japanese elderly persons aged ≥70years as a comprehensive geriatric assessment in 2003...
April 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314456/transitioning-to-adulthood-from-foster-care
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REVIEW
Terry Lee, Wynne Morgan
Transitional age foster youth do not typically receive the types of family supports their nonfoster peers enjoy. Many foster youth experience multiple adversities and often fare worse than nonfoster peers on long-term functional outcomes. Governments increasingly recognize their responsibility to act as parents for state dependents transitioning to adulthood and the need to provide services to address social/emotional supports, living skills, finances, housing, education, employment, and physical and mental health...
April 2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314204/stability-speciation-and-spectral-properties-of-npo2-complexes-with-pyridine-monocarboxylates-in-aqueous-solution
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Rama Mohana Rao Dumpala, Neetika Rawat, B S Tomar
Neptunyl ion as NpO2(+) is the least reacting and most mobile radioactive species among all the actinides. The picolinic acid used for decontamination is co-disposed along with the radioactive waste. Thus, in long term storage of HLW, there is high possibility of interaction of actinides and long lived fission products with the picolinate and can cause migration. The complexation of NpO2(+) with the three structural isomers of pyridine monocarboxylates provides an insight to explore the role of hetero atom (nitrogen) with respect to key binding moiety (carboxylate)...
March 6, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314176/metronomic-and-metronomic-like-therapies-in-neuroendocrine-tumors-rationale-and-clinical-perspectives
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REVIEW
Ioana Lambrescu, Simona Fica, Diana Martins, Francesca Spada, Chiara Cella, Emilio Bertani, Manila Rubino, Bianca Gibelli, Chiara Grana, Guido Bonomo, Luigi Funicelli, Davide Ravizza, Eleonora Pisa, Dario Zerini, Antonio Ungaro, Nicola Fazio
Metronomic therapy is characterized by the administration of regular low doses of certain drugs with very low toxicity. There have been numerous debates over the empirical approach of this regimen, but fewest side effects are always something to consider in order to improve patients' quality of life. Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are rare malignancies relatively slow-growing; therefore their treatment is often chronic, involving several different therapies for tumor growth control. Knowing that these tumors are highly vascularized, the anti-angiogenic aspect is highly regarded as something to be targeted in all patients harboring NETs...
February 24, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314172/the-risk-of-cancer-in-the-offspring-and-parental-length-of-life
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Ruby Del Risco Kollerud, Karl Gerhard Blaasaas, Bjørgulf Claussen, Bente Oftedal, Øyvind Næss
BACKGROUND: We investigated if cancer onset in offspring is related to having short-lived parents for different cancer types and to see if there was a difference in smoking- and non-smoking related cancers. METHODS: Our study included 524,391 individuals born in Norway 1940-1950. All children were followed up for cancer from the age of 20 until they were between 59 and 69 years. Parental longevity was examined by grouping parental age of death into parents dying before 75 years of age and parents dying at 75 years of age or older...
March 14, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314103/computational-study-of-the-forces-driving-aggregation-of-ultrasmall-nanoparticles-in-biological-fluids
#16
Sergio A Hassan
Nanoparticle (NP) aggregation can lead to prolonged retention in tissues or embolism, among other adverse effects. Successful use in biomedicine thus requires the capability to make NPs with limited aggregative potential. Rational design is presently a challenge due to incomplete knowledge of their interactions in biofluids. Recently, ultrasmall gold NPs passivated with endogenous antioxidant glutathione have shown promise for use in vivo. Computer simulations are here conducted to identify the forces underlying aggregation (or lack thereof) of these NPs in a cell culture...
March 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306313/depolarization-dynamics-in-a-strongly-interacting-solid-state-spin-ensemble
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Joonhee Choi, Soonwon Choi, Georg Kucsko, Peter C Maurer, Brendan J Shields, Hitoshi Sumiya, Shinobu Onoda, Junichi Isoya, Eugene Demler, Fedor Jelezko, Norman Y Yao, Mikhail D Lukin
We study the depolarization dynamics of a dense ensemble of dipolar interacting spins, associated with nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamond. We observe anomalously fast, density-dependent, and nonexponential spin relaxation. To explain these observations, we propose a microscopic model where an interplay of long-range interactions, disorder, and dissipation leads to predictions that are in quantitative agreement with both current and prior experimental results. Our results pave the way for controlled many-body experiments with long-lived and strongly interacting ensembles of solid-state spins...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306268/realization-of-valley-and-spin-pumps-by-scattering-at-nonmagnetic-disorders
#18
Xing-Tao An, Jiang Xiao, M W-Y Tu, Hongyi Yu, Vladimir I Fal'ko, Wang Yao
The recent success in optical pumping of valley polarization in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) has greatly promoted the concept of valley-based informatics and electronics. However, between the demonstrated valley polarization of transient electron-hole pair excitations and practical valleytronic operations, there exist obvious gaps to fill, among which is the valley pump of long-lived charge carriers. Here we discover that the quested valley pump of electrons or holes can be realized simply by scattering at the ubiquitous nonmagnetic disorders, not relying on any specific material property...
March 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304016/tubular-nitrogen-doped-tio2-samples-with-efficient-photocatalytic-properties-based-on-long-lived-charge-separation-under-visible-light-irradiation-synthesis-characterization-and-reactivity
#19
Yoshikazu Hirose, Atsushi Itadani, Takahiro Ohkubo, Hideki Hashimoto, Jun Takada, Shigeharu Kittaka, Yasushige Kuroda
A nitrogen-doped TiO2 sample was prepared at 413 K by direct hydrothermal treatment of titanium isopropoxide in an aqueous solution of NH3. This new material has a large specific surface area of ca. 220 m(2) g(-1) because of its tubular structure and it exhibits a prominent absorption feature in the region between 400 and 650 nm. It responds strongly to light in the visible region, which is key to its potential performance as a photocatalyst that may improve the efficiency for utilization of solar energy. Actually, this sample exhibits very efficient activity in the decomposition of CH3COOH under visible light among the samples prepared...
March 17, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303788/dynamics-and-robustness-of-the-cardiac-progenitor-cell-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-network-during-cell-phenotypes-transition
#20
Yuangen Yao, Chengzhang Ma, Haiyou Deng, Quan Liu, Wei Cao, Rong Gui, Tianquan Feng, Ming Yi
Robustness is a fundamental characteristic of biological systems since all living systems need to adapt to internal or external perturbations, unpredictable environments, stochastic events and unreliable components, and so on. A long-term challenge in systems biology is to reveal the origin of robustness underlying molecular regulator network. In this study, a simple Boolean model is used to investigate the global dynamic properties and robustness of cardiac progenitor cell (CPC) induced pluripotent stem cell network that governs reprogramming and directed differentiation process...
February 2017: IET Systems Biology
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