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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725030/a-practical-model-evaluating-antiviral-cytokines-by-natural-killer-cells-in-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Xiaoyan Li, Yurong Gu, Xiaobo Guo, Lin Gu, Liang Zhou, Xiaojuan Wu, Xueqin Wang, Zania Stamataki, Yuehua Huang
Natural killer (NK) cells play a major role in anti-viral immunity as first line defense during hepatitis B infection, particularly in untreated patients whose T cells functions are profoundly impaired. Cytokine interferon (IFN)-γ and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α produced by NK cells are important anti-viral factors. However, there is lack of a quantifiable model to evaluate cytokine responses by NK cells. In this study, almost half of the patients (47.9%) beyond treatment criteria had high cytokine activity, although it was lower than those recommended for antiviral therapy (78...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721161/repeated-positive-acceleration-exposure-exacerbates-endothelial-dysfunction-in-high-fat-diet-induced-hyperlipidemic-rats
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Zhihui Yang, Hua Ge, Chunya Wang, Zhongdong Li, Qingjun Zhang, Jianchang Wang
INTRODUCTION: It remains unclear whether exposure to repeated positive acceleration (+Gz) can exacerbate endothelial dysfunction on the basis of hyperlipidemia. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of repeated +Gz exposure on endothelial function in high-fat-diet-induced hyperlipidemic rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into control, repeat +Gz exposure, high-fat diet (HFD), and +Gz + HFD groups. The rats in the +Gz group were exposed to +Gz and the rats in the HFD group were fed a diet with 2% cholesterol...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720191/sustained-accelerated-idioventricular-rhythm-in-a-centrifuge-simulated-suborbital-spaceflight
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Rahul Suresh, Rebecca S Blue, Charles Mathers, Tarah L Castleberry, James M Vanderploeg
INTRODUCTION: Hypergravitational exposures during human centrifugation are known to provoke dysrhythmias, including sinus dysrhythmias/tachycardias, premature atrial/ventricular contractions, and even atrial fibrillations or flutter patterns. However, events are generally short-lived and resolve rapidly after cessation of acceleration. This case report describes a prolonged ectopic ventricular rhythm in response to high G exposure. CASE REPORT: A previously healthy 30-yr-old man voluntarily participated in centrifuge trials as a part of a larger study, experiencing a total of 7 centrifuge runs over 48 h...
August 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720183/g-loc-warning-algorithms-based-on-emg-features-of-the-gastrocnemius-muscle
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Sungho Kim, Taehwan Cho, Yongkyun Lee, Hyojin Koo, Booyong Choi, Dongsoo Kim
BACKGROUND: G-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) is mainly caused by failure to sustain an oxygenated blood supply to the pilot's brain because of the sudden acceleration in the direction of the +Gz axis, and is considered a critical safety issue. The purpose of this study was to develop G-LOC warning algorithms based on monitoring electromyograms (EMG) of the gastrocnemius muscle on the calf. METHODS: EMG data was retrieved from a total of 67 pilots and pilot trainees of the Korean Air Force during high-G training on a human centrifugal simulator...
August 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692887/electron-magnetic-resonance-data-on-high-spin-mn-iii-s-2-ions-in-porphyrinic-and-salen-complexes-modeled-by-microscopic-spin-hamiltonian-approach
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Krzysztof Tadyszak, Czesław Rudowicz, Hitoshi Ohta, Takahiro Sakurai
The spin Hamiltonian (SH) parameters experimentally determined by EMR (EPR) may be corroborated or otherwise using various theoretical modeling approaches. To this end semiempirical modeling is carried out for high-spin (S=2) manganese (III) 3d(4) ions in complex of tetraphenylporphyrinato manganese (III) chloride (MnTPPCl). This modeling utilizes the microscopic spin Hamiltonians (MSH) approach developed for the 3d(4) and 3d(6) ions with spin S=2 at orthorhombic and tetragonal symmetry sites in crystals, which exhibit an orbital singlet ground state...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673505/the-first-sign-of-loss-of-consciousness
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B S Typ Whinnery, Estrella M Forster
The first clinically observable sign of an unconsciousness episode (UNCE) serves as the temporal sequence (kinetics) onset point for neurological events occurring during the loss of consciousness, unconsciousness and recovery of consciousness phases of the UNCE. The initial neurologic signs of 212 individuals exposed to gradual (N=114) and rapid (N=98) onset +Gz acceleration stress, inducing the ischemic LOC phase in 83.3±18.6s and 8.89±1.52s; p<0.001respectively, were determined. The duration of the unconscious phase (considered absolute incapacitation) was 10...
June 30, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641681/the-effects-of-training-on-anxiety-and-task-performance-in-simulated-suborbital-spaceflight
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Rebecca S Blue, Frederick Bonato, Kimberly Seaton, Andrea Bubka, Johnené L Vardiman, Charles Mathers, Tarah L Castleberry, James M Vanderploeg
INTRODUCTION: In commercial spaceflight, anxiety could become mission-impacting, causing negative experiences or endangering the flight itself. We studied layperson response to four varied-length training programs (ranging from 1 h-2 d of preparation) prior to centrifuge simulation of launch and re-entry acceleration profiles expected during suborbital spaceflight. We examined subject task execution, evaluating performance in high-stress conditions. We sought to identify any trends in demographics, hemodynamics, or similar factors in subjects with the highest anxiety or poorest tolerance of the experience...
July 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634650/a-randomized-phase-ii-study-of-gemcitabine-plus-z-360-a-cck2-receptor-selective-antagonist-in-patients-with-metastatic-pancreatic-cancer-as-compared-with-gemcitabine-plus-placebo
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Makoto Ueno, Chung Pin Li, Masafumi Ikeda, Hiroshi Ishii, Nobumasa Mizuno, Taketo Yamaguchi, Tatsuya Ioka, Do Youn Oh, Wataru Ichikawa, Takuji Okusaka, Yutaka Matsuyama, Daichi Arai, Li Tzong Chen, Young Suk Park, Junji Furuse
BACKGROUND: We investigated the efficacy and safety of 60, 120, or 240 mg of Z-360, which is a highly potent cholecystokinin2-receptor-selective antagonist, combined with gemcitabine in patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer. METHODS: Patients were randomly assigned in a 1:1:1:1 ratio to one of four treatment groups. Patients received 1000 mg/m(2) gemcitabine for each cycle and Z-360 tablets of 60 mg (GZ 60 mg group), 120, 240 mg or placebo tablets (Gem group) orally twice daily...
June 20, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623080/increased-constitutive-nitric-oxide-production-by-whole-body-periodic-acceleration-ameliorates-alterations-in-cardiomyocytes-associated-with-utrophin-dystrophin-deficiency
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Jose R Lopez, Juan Kolster, Rui Zhang, Jose Adams
Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) cardiomyopathy is a progressive lethal disease caused by the lack of the dystrophin protein in the heart. The most widely used animal model of DMD is the dystrophin-deficient mdx mouse; however, these mice exhibit a mild dystrophic phenotype with heart failure only late in life. In contrast, mice deficient for both dystrophin and utrophin (mdx/utrn(-/-), or dKO) can be used to model severe DMD cardiomyopathy where pathophysiological indicators of heart failure are detectable by 8-10weeks of age...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584908/the-ep3-receptor-gz-signaling-axis-as-a-therapeutic-target-for-diabetes-and-cardiovascular-disease
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Michael D Schaid, Jaclyn A Wisinski, Michelle E Kimple
Cardiovascular disease is a common co-morbidity found with obesity-linked type 2 diabetes. Current pharmaceuticals for these two diseases treat each of them separately. Yet, diabetes and cardiovascular disease share molecular signaling pathways that are increasingly being understood to contribute to disease pathophysiology, particularly in pre-clinical models. This review will focus on one such signaling pathway: that mediated by the G protein-coupled receptor, Prostaglandin E2 Receptor 3 (EP3), and its associated G protein in the insulin-secreting beta-cell and potentially the platelet, Gz...
June 5, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543855/theoretical-studies-of-the-copper-gyromagnetic-factors-for-three-novel-cu-2-coordination-polymers-with-bi-triazole-ligand
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Li-Na Wu, Shao-Yi Wu, Li-Juan Zhang, Xu-Sheng Liu, Li Peng
The copper electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) gyromagnetic factors are theoretically studied for three novel Cu(2+) coordination polymers [Cu(XL)(NO3 )2 ]n (1), {[Cu(XL)(4,4'-bpy)(NO3 )2 ]•CH3 CN}n (1a) and {[Cu(XL)3 ](NO3 )2 •3.5H2 O}n (2) with bi-triazole ligand (XL)=N,N'-bicyclo[2.2.2]oct-7-ene-2,3,5,6-tetracarboxdiimide bi(1,2,4-triazole) from the high order perturbation calculations of the g factors for a rhombically elongated octahedral 3d(9) group. The order (1 ≤ 1a < 2) of gz can be illustrated by the dominant second-order perturbation term roughly proportional to the square of the covalency factor N...
May 25, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539143/incidence-of-g-induced-loss-of-consciousness-and-almost-loss-of-consciousness-in-the-royal-air-force
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Ellen Slungaard, Judith McLeod, Nicholas D C Green, Amit Kiran, Di J Newham, Stephen D R Harridge
INTRODUCTION: Exposure to sustained +Gz acceleration with inadequate G protection can result in G-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) or almost loss of consciousness (A-LOC). The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) last conducted a survey of G-LOC within their military aircrew in 2005 with interventions subsequently introduced. The aim of this study was to repeat the 2005 survey in order to evaluate the impact of those interventions. METHODS: An anonymous questionnaire requesting details of G-LOC and A-LOC events was mailed to all RAF pilots (N = 1878) and weapons systems operators (WSOs) (N = 473), irrespective of aircraft currently flown...
June 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502923/g-protein-coupled-receptor-signaling-through-gpr176-gz-and-rgs16-tunes-time-in-the-center-of-the-circadian-clock-review
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Kaoru Goto, Masao Doi, Tianyu Wang, Sumihiro Kunisue, Iori Murai, Hitoshi Okamura
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) constitute an immensely important class of drug targets with diverse clinical applications. There are still more than 120 orphan GPCRs whose cognate ligands and physiological functions are not known. A set of circadian pacemaker neurons that governs daily rhythms in behavior and physiology resides in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the brain. Malfunction of the circadian clock has been linked to a multitude of diseases, such as sleeping disorders, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer, which makes the clock an attractive target for drug development...
May 13, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440282/understanding-the-rising-phase-of-the-pm2-5-concentration-evolution-in-large-china-cities
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Baolei Lv, Jun Cai, Bing Xu, Yuqi Bai
Long-term air quality observations are seldom analyzed from a dynamic view. This study analyzed fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution processes using long-term PM2.5 observations in three Chinese cities. Pollution processes were defined as linearly growing PM2.5 concentrations following the criteria of coefficient of determination R(2) > 0.8 and duration time T ≥ 18 hrs. The linear slopes quantitatively measured pollution levels by PM2.5 concentrations rising rates (PMRR, μg/(m(3)·hr))...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430608/adrenalectomy-abolishes-hypergravity-induced-gastric-acid-hyposecretion
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Kiyong Na, Hyun-Soo Kim
Jet fighter pilots experience high gravitational acceleration forces in the cephalocaudal direction (+Gz), causing severe stress. Stress affects different physiological functions of the gastrointestinal tract. Although the effects of exposure to hypergravity on cardiovascular and cerebral functions have been the subject of numerous studies, crucial information regarding potential pathophysiological alterations following hypergravity exposure in the gastrointestinal tract is lacking. We recently documented a significant decrease in gastric secretory activity in rats after acute exposure to hypergravity...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419290/svmqa-support-vector-machine-based-protein-single-model-quality-assessment
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Balachandran Manavalan, Jooyoung Lee
Motivation: The accurate ranking of predicted structural models and selecting the best model from a given candidate pool remain as open problems in the field of structural bioinformatics. The quality assessment (QA) methods used to address these problems can be grouped into two categories: consensus methods and single-model methods. Consensus methods in general perform better and attain higher correlation between predicted and true quality measures. However, these methods frequently fail to generate proper quality scores for native-like structures which are distinct from the rest of the pool...
April 13, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419211/the-inhibitory-g-protein-%C3%AE-subunit-g%C3%AE-z-promotes-type-1-diabetes-like-pathophysiology-in-nod-mice
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Rachel J Fenske, Mark T Cadena, Quincy E Harenda, Haley N Wienkes, Kathryn Carbajal, Michael D Schaid, Erin Laundre, Allison L Brill, Nathan A Truchan, Harpreet Brar, Jaclyn Wisinski, Jinjin Cai, Timothy E Graham, Feyza Engin, Michelle E Kimple
The α-subunit of the heterotrimeric Gz protein, Gαz, promotes β-cell death and inhibits β-cell replication when pancreatic islets are challenged by stressors. Thus, we hypothesized that loss of Gαz protein would preserve functional β-cell mass in the nonobese diabetic (NOD) model, protecting from overt diabetes. We saw that protection from diabetes was robust and durable up to 35 weeks of age in Gαz knockout mice. By 17 weeks of age, Gαz-null NOD mice had significantly higher diabetes-free survival than wild-type littermates...
June 1, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400494/uv-b-inhibits-leaf-growth-through-changes-in-growth-regulating-factors-and-gibberellin-levels
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Julieta Fina, Romina Casadevall, Hamada AbdElgawad, Els Prinsen, Marios N Markakis, Gerrit T S Beemster, Paula Casati
Ultraviolet-B (UV-B) radiation affects leaf growth in a wide range of species. In this work, we demonstrate that UV-B levels present in solar radiation inhibit maize (Zea mays) leaf growth without causing any other visible stress symptoms, including the accumulation of DNA damage. We conducted kinematic analyses of cell division and expansion to understand the impact of UV-B radiation on these cellular processes. Our results demonstrate that the decrease in leaf growth in UV-B-irradiated leaves is a consequence of a reduction in cell production and a shortened growth zone (GZ)...
June 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377193/anthropogenic-mercury-emissions-from-1980-to-2012-in-china
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Ying Huang, Meihua Deng, Tingqiang Li, Jan Japenga, Qianqian Chen, Xiaoe Yang, Zhenli He
China was considered the biggest contributor for airborne mercury in the world but the amount of mercury emission in effluents and solid wastes has not been documented. In this study, total national and regional mercury emission to the environment via exhaust gases, effluents and solid wastes were accounted with updated emission factors and the amount of goods produced and/or consumed. The national mercury emission in China increased from 448 to 2151 tons during the 1980-2012 period. Nearly all of the emissions were ended up as exhaust gases and solid wastes...
July 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341935/a-natural-triterpenoid-saponin-as-multifunctional-stabilizer-for-drug-nanosuspension-powder
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Yingchong Chen, Yang Liu, Junnan Xu, Yuanbiao Xie, Qin Zheng, Pengfei Yue, Ming Yang
The objective of this study is to prepare a novel drug nanosuspension modified by a natural triterpenoid saponin (glycyrrhizin (GZ)) and evaluate its stability and redispersibility. A poorly soluble drug (andrographolide (AGE)) was used as a model drug. AGE nanosuspensions (AGE-NS) using GZ as natural stabilizer with mean particle size of 487 nm were firstly prepared by homogenization and converted into dried AGE nanosuspension powder (AGE-NP) by freeze-drying. It was found that GZ was able to prevent the aggregation of AGE nanocrystals and the freeze-dried AGE-NP could easily redisperse back to AGE-NS...
March 24, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
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