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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151250/mudskipper-boleophthalmus-pectinirostris-hepcidin-1-and-hepcidin-2-present-different-gene-expression-profile-and-antibacterial-activity-and-possess-distinct-protective-effect-against-edwardsiella-tarda-infection
#1
Jie Chen, Li Nie, Jiong Chen
Hepcidins are small cysteine-rich antimicrobial peptides that play an important role in fish immunity against pathogens. Most fish species have two or more hepcidin homologs that have distinct functions. This study investigated the immune functions of mudskipper (Boleophthalmus pectinirostris) hepcidin-1 (BpHep-1) and hepcidin-2 (BpHep-2) in vitro and in vivo. Upon infection with Edwardsiella tarda, the expression of BpHep-1 and BpHep-2 mRNA in immune tissues was significantly upregulated, but the expression profiles were different...
November 18, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151143/salinity-reduces-2-4-d-efficacy-in-echinochloa-crusgalli-by-affecting-redox-balance-nutrient-acquisition-and-hormonal-regulation
#2
Faisal Islam, Yuan Xie, Muhammad A Farooq, Jian Wang, Chong Yang, Rafaqat A Gill, Jinwen Zhu, Weijun Zhou
Distinct salinity levels have been reported to enhance plants tolerance to different types of stresses. The aim of this research is to assess the interaction of saline stress and the use of 2,4-D as a means of controlling the growth of Echinochloa crusgalli. The resultant effect of such interaction is vital for a sustainable approach of weed management and food production. The results showed that 2,4-D alone treatment reduces the chlorophyll contents, photosynthetic capacity, enhanced MDA, electrolyte leakage, and ROS production (H2O2, O2(·-)) and inhibited the activities of ROS scavenging enzymes...
November 18, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151078/therapeutic-effect-of-exogenous-ghrelin-in-the-healing-of-gingival-ulcers-is-mediated-by-the-release-of-endogenous-growth-hormone-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-1
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J Cieszkowski, Z Warzecha, P Ceranowicz, D Ceranowicz, B Kusnierz-Cabala, M Pedziwiatr, M Dembinski, T Ambrozy, T Kaczmarzyk, M Pihut, M Wieckiewicz, R Olszanecki, A Dembinski
Ghrelin, an acylated 28-amino acid polypeptide, was primary isolated from the stomach, and the stomach is a main source of circulating ghrelin. Ghrelin strongly and dose-dependently stimulates release of growth hormone from the anterior pituitary, as well as increases food intake and fat deposition. Previous studies showed that ghrelin exhibits protective and therapeutic effect in different parts of the gastrointestinal system, including the oral cavity. The aim of present study was to examine the role of growth hormone and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in the healing of gingival ulcers...
August 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150764/projections-for-the-changes-in-growing-season-length-of-tree-ring-formation-on-the-tibetan-plateau-based-on-cmip5-model-simulations
#4
Minhui He, Bao Yang, Vladimir Shishov, Sergio Rossi, Achim Bräuning, Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Jussi Grießinger
The response of the growing season to the ongoing global warming has gained considerable attention. In particular, how and to which extent the growing season will change during this century is essential information for the Tibetan Plateau, where the observed warming trend has exceeded the global mean. In this study, the 1960-2014 mean length of the tree-ring growing season (LOS) on the Tibetan Plateau was derived from results of the Vaganov-Shashkin oscilloscope tree growth model, based on 20 composite study sites and more than 3000 trees...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150732/dimethylarginine-dimethylaminohydrolase-1-ddah1-is-frequently-upregulated-in-prostate-cancer-and-its-overexpression-conveys-tumor-growth-and-angiogenesis-by-metabolizing-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-adma
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Karthik Reddy Kami Reddy, Chandrashekhar Dasari, Divya Duscharla, Bhukya Supriya, N Sai Ram, M V Surekha, Jerald Mahesh Kumar, Ramesh Ummanni
Tissue microarray analysis confirmed higher dimethylarginine dimethylaminohydrolase-1 (DDAH1) expression in prostate cancer (PCa) compared to benign and normal prostate tissues. DDAH1 regulates nitric oxide (NO) production by degrading endogenous nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibitor, asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA). This study examined whether DDAH1 has any physiological role in PCa progression. Using overexpression of DDAH1 in PCa (PC3 and LNCaP) cell lines, we found that DDAH1 promotes cell proliferation, migration and invasion by lowering ADMA levels, as well as increasing NO production...
November 17, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150716/slow-life-histories-in-lizards-living-in-the-highlands-of-the-andes-mountains
#6
Jorgelina M Boretto, Facundo Cabezas-Cartes, Nora R Ibargüengoytía
In the highlands of the Andes, lizards must balance precisely the allocation of energy for growth and reproduction to ensure their survival. We studied the individuals' age, growth rates, age at sexual maturity, and maximum life span of the viviparous lizard Phymaturus antofagastensis, endemic of cold and harsh environments at high altitudes in the Andes Mountains of Catamarca province, Argentina. We also estimated key life history parameters like reproductive effort, lifetime reproductive effort, net reproductive rate, and relative reproductive time in P...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150647/impact-of-multidecadal-climate-variability-on-united-kingdom-rickets-rates
#7
Haris Majeed, G W K Moore
Children who receive inadequate exposure to sunlight have reduced levels of vitamin D, resulting in rickets, a disease that is characterized by bone deformity, stunted growth, and long term pronounced disability. The United Kingdom rickets incidence rates declined from the early 1960's to mid-1990's, after which there was a dramatic increase. The reason for this change is not well understood. Here we show that an important low frequency mode of climate variability, the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO), with a period of ~60-80 years, has an impact on rickets incidence rates in the United Kingdom through changes in sea level pressure, cloud cover and sunshine duration...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150501/glna-truncation-in-salmonella-enterica-results-in-a-small-colony-variant-phenotype-attenuated-host-cell-entry-and-reduced-expression-of-flagellin-and-spi-1-associated-effector-genes
#8
Philipp Aurass, Juliane Düvel, Susanne Karste, Ulrich Nübel, Wolfgang Rabsch, Antje Flieger
Many pathogenic bacteria use sophisticated survival strategies to overcome harsh environmental conditions. One is the formation of slow-growing subpopulations termed small colony variants (SCVs). Here we characterize an SCV, which spontaneously emerged from an axenic Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium water culture. We found that the SCV harbors a frameshift mutation in the glutamine synthetase gene glnA leading to a ∼90% truncation of the corresponding protein. Glutamine synthetase, a central enzyme in nitrogen assimilation, converts glutamate and ammonia to glutamine...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150249/accuracy-of-the-cobas-egfr-mutation-assay-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-compared-with-three-laboratory-developed-tests
#9
Haruhiko Nakamura, Hirotaka Koizumi, Hiroki Sakai, Hiroyuki Kimura, Tomoyuki Miyazawa, Hideki Marushima, Hisashi Saji, Masayuki Takagi
BACKGROUND: The reliability of the cobas EGFR assay to detect epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as an in vitro diagnostic test was compared with 3 laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: After screening for EGFR mutations using formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded NSCLC tissue sections using the cobas EGFR assay, 151 samples were further tested with 3 LDTs; the peptide nucleic acid-locked nucleic acid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) clamp, PCR invader, and Cycleave assays...
October 28, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149982/marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-effectively-reduce-histologic-changes-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-renal-allograft-rejection
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P Yu, Z Wang, Y Liu, Z Xiao, Y Guo, M Li, M Zhao
BACKGROUND: Chronic allograft rejection remains as the leading cause of the chronic renal grafts loss post-transplantation. No therapy has been found really effective to prevent and treat chronic allograft rejection. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have characteristics of immunomodulation and are expected to be used for inducing graft immune tolerance in organ transplantation. We investigated the efficacy and safety of early infusion of donor-derived marrow MSCs in a rat model of chronic renal allograft rejection...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149966/seasonal-variation-of-vitamin-d-status-in-long-term-kidney-transplant-recipients
#11
J Wilimborek, M Nowicki, I Kurnatowska
BACKGROUND: There is little information about circannual rhythm of vitamin D level in kidney transplantation (KTx) patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In 71 patients (27 females; 44 males) in the long term after KTx (5.5 ± 2.6 years) during the winter and summer months plasma concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), 1,25-hydroxyvitamin D, parathormone (PTH), fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23), calcium, and phosphorus were assessed. Vitamin D status was classified according to 25(OH)D level (ie, insufficiency, ≤30 ng/mL; deficiency, <15 ng/mL)...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149959/urinary-tissue-inhibitor-of-metalloproteinase-and-insulin-like-growth-factor-7-as-early-biomarkers-of-delayed-graft-function-after-kidney-transplantation
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J Yang, S Y Lim, M-G Kim, C-W Jung, W-Y Cho, S-K Jo
BACKGROUND: Recently, urinary tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) and insulin-like growth factor-7 (IGFBP-7), markers for G1 cell cycle arrest, have been identified and validated in predicting the development of acute kidney injury in critically ill patients. It is unknown, however, whether these two biomarkers could predict the development of delayed graft function (DGF) after kidney transplantation (KT). METHODS: This is a single-center, prospective, observational study...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149941/pathophysiology-of-septic-shock
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James A Russell, Barret Rush, John Boyd
Fundamental features of septic shock are vasodilation, increased permeability, hypovolemia, and ventricular dysfunction. Vasodilation owing to increased nitric oxide and prostaglandins is treated with vasopressors (norepinephrine first). Increased permeability relates to several pathways (Slit/Robo4, vascular endothelial growth factor, angiopoietin 1 and 2/Tie2 pathway, sphingosine-1-phosphate, and heparin-binding protein), some of which are targets for therapies. Hypovolemia is common and crystalloid is recommended for fluid resuscitation...
January 2018: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149918/oxygen-transfer-in-moving-bed-biofilm-reactor-and-integrated-fixed-film-activated-sludge-processes
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A demonstrated approach to design the, so-called, medium-bubble air diffusion network for oxygen transfer into the aerobic zone(s) of moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) and integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) processes is described in this paper. Operational full-scale biological water resource recovery systems treating municipal sewerage demonstrate that medium-bubble air diffusion networks designed using the method presented here provide reliable service. Further improvement is possible, however, as knowledge gaps prevent more rational process designs...
November 17, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149905/the-kusamala-program-for-primary-caregivers-of-children-6-59-months-of-age-hospitalized-with-severe-acute-malnutrition-in-malawi-study-protocol-for-a-cluster-randomized-controlled-trial
#15
Allison I Daniel, Meta van den Heuvel, Wieger P Voskuijl, Melissa Gladstone, Mike Bwanali, Isabel Potani, Celine Bourdon, Jenala Njirammadzi, Robert H J Bandsma
BACKGROUND: Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is associated with high mortality rates and impairments in growth and development in children that do survive. There are complex nutritional, health, and behavioural risk factors involving severely malnourished children and their primary caregivers, requiring integrated intervention approaches. METHODS: A cluster-randomized controlled trial at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Malawi will be conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a 4-day hospital-based intervention programme directed at primary caregivers...
November 17, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149902/metabolism-of-aromatics-by-trichosporon-oleaginosus-while-remaining-oleaginous
#16
Allison Yaguchi, Alana Robinson, Erin Mihealsick, Mark Blenner
BACKGROUND: The oleaginous yeast, Trichosporon oleaginosus, has been extensively studied for its ability to metabolize non-conventional feedstocks. These include phenol-containing waste streams, such as distillery wastewater, or streams consisting of non-conventional sugars, such as hydrolyzed biomass and various bagasse. An initial BLAST search suggests this yeast has putative aromatic metabolizing genes. Given the desirability to valorize underutilized feedstocks such as lignin, we investigated the ability of T...
November 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149711/enantiomeric-characterization-of-herbicide-lactofen-enantioseparation-absolute-configuration-assignment-and-enantioselective-activity-and-toxicity
#17
Jingqian Xie, Lu Zhao, Kai Liu, Fangjie Guo, Zunwei Chen, Weiping Liu
Chiral herbicides consist of two or more enantiomers, which usually differ in their biological properties and behave enantioselectively in biochemical process. Scant studies have been published in the past decades to characterize the enantiomers of herbicide lactofen. In this study, a laboratory method was developed to prepare the lactofen enantiomers using normal phase high performance liquid chromatography with an AD-H column, and μg level production yield was achieved in a single run. The two separated enantiomers had purity of ≫99%, with their absolute configurations assigned by experimental and calculated electronic and vibrational circular dichroism...
October 31, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149671/silver-nanoparticles-stimulate-the-proliferation-of-sulfate-reducing-bacterium-desulfovibrio-vulgaris
#18
Zhaoyu Chen, Ji Lu, Shu-Hong Gao, Min Jin, Philip L Bond, Ping Yang, Zhiguo Yuan, Jianhua Guo
The intensive use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in cosmetics and textiles causes their release into sewer networks of urban water systems. Although a few studies have investigated antimicrobial activities of nanoparticles against environmental bacteria, little is known about potential impacts of the released AgNPs on sulfate reducing bacteria in sewers. Here, we investigated the effect of AgNPs on Desulfovibrio vulgaris Hidenborough (D. vulgaris), a typical sulfate-reducing bacterium (SRB) in sewer systems...
November 8, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149646/dependence-of-growth-inhibiting-action-of-increased-planting-density-on-capacity-of-lettuce-plants-to-synthesize-aba
#19
Lidiya B Vysotskaya, Tatyana N Arkhipova, Guzel R Kudoyarova, Stanislav Yu Veselov
Inhibition of lettuce plant growth under increased planting density was accompanied by accumulation of abscisic acid (ABA) in the shoots of competing plants. To check causal relationship between these responses we studied the effect of decreased synthesis of ABA on growth indexes and hormonal balance of lettuce plants under elevated density of their planting (one (single) or three (competing) plants per pot). Herbicide fluridone was used to inhibit ABA synthesis. Preliminary experiments with single plants showed that presence of fluridone in the soil solution at rather low concentration (0...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149635/the-association-between-adolescent-cannabis-use-and-anxiety-a-parallel-process-analysis
#20
Jacqueline Duperrouzel, Samuel W Hawes, Catalina Lopez-Quintero, Ileana Pacheco-Colón, Jonathan Comer, Raul Gonzalez
INTRODUCTION: Associations between anxiety symptoms and cannabis use have been previously explored, yet the directionality of these associations remains highly debatable. The present study aims to prospectively examine patterns of cannabis use and anxiety during adolescence focusing on their co-development and bidirectional influences. METHODS: Adolescents (n=250) of predominantly Hispanic ethnicity, aged 14-17 at baseline, exposed to drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes completed three (bi-annual) assessments across a 1-year period...
November 4, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
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