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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156730/generation-of-patient-specific-human-neural-stem-cells-from-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-patient-derived-fibroblasts
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Eun-Ah Sung, Kyung-Rok Yu, Ji-Hee Shin, Yoojin Seo, Hyung-Sik Kim, Myung Guen Koog, Insung Kang, Jae-Jun Kim, Byung-Chul Lee, Tae-Hoon Shin, Jin Young Lee, Seunghee Lee, Tae-Wook Kang, Soon Won Choi, Kyung-Sun Kang
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a neurodegenerative and lysosomal lipid storage disorder, characterized by the abnormal accumulation of unesterified cholesterol and glycolipids, which is caused by mutations in the NPC1 genes. Here, we report the generation of human induced neural stem cells from NPC patient-derived fibroblasts (NPC-iNSCs) using only two reprogramming factors SOX2 and HMGA2 without going through the pluripotent state. NPC-iNSCs were stably expandable and differentiated into neurons, astrocytes, and oligodendrocytes...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156596/microvesicle-involvement-in-shiga-toxin-associated-infection
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REVIEW
Annie Villysson, Ashmita Tontanahal, Diana Karpman
Shiga toxin is the main virulence factor of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, a non-invasive pathogen that releases virulence factors in the intestine, causing hemorrhagic colitis and, in severe cases, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS). HUS manifests with acute renal failure, hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia. Shiga toxin induces endothelial cell damage leading to platelet deposition in thrombi within the microvasculature and the development of thrombotic microangiopathy, mostly affecting the kidney. Red blood cells are destroyed in the occlusive capillary lesions...
November 19, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156441/modeling-spray-drift-and-runoff-related-inputs-of-pesticides-to-receiving-water
#3
Xuyang Zhang, Yuzhou Luo, Kean S Goh
Pesticides move to surface water via various pathways including surface runoff, spray drift and subsurface flow. Little is known about the relative contributions of surface runoff and spray drift in agricultural watersheds. This study develops a modeling framework to address the contribution of spray drift to the total loadings of pesticides in receiving water bodies. The modeling framework consists of a GIS module for identifying drift potential, the AgDRIFT model for simulating spray drift, and the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) for simulating various hydrological and landscape processes including surface runoff and transport of pesticides...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156440/pharmaceutical-and-personal-care-products-induced-stress-symptoms-and-detoxification-mechanisms-in-cucumber-plants
#4
Chengliang Sun, Stacia Dudley, John Trumble, Jay Gan
Contamination of agricultural soils by pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) resulting from the application of treated wastewater, biosolids and animal wastes constitutes a potential environmental risk in many countries. To date a handful of studies have considered the phytotoxicity of individual PPCPs in crop plants, however, little is known about the effect of PPCPs as mixtures at environmentally relevant levels. This study investigated the uptake and transport, physiological responses and detoxification of a mixture of 17 PPCPs in cucumber seedlings...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156439/air-pollution-over-the-north-china-plain-and-its-implication-of-regional-transport-a-new-sight-from-the-observed-evidences
#5
Baozhu Ge, Zifa Wang, Weili Lin, Xiaobin Xu, Jie Li, Dongshen Ji, Zhiqiang Ma
High concentrations of the fine particles (PM2.5) are frequently observed during all seasons over the North China Plain (NCP) region in recent years. In NCP, the contributions of regional transports to certain area, e.g. Beijing city, are often discussed and estimated by models when considering an effective air pollution controlling strategy. In this study, we selected three sites from southwest to northeast in NCP, in which the concentrations of air pollutants displayed a multi-step decreasing trend in space...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156437/home-composting-using-different-ratios-of-bulking-agent-to-food-waste
#6
Lucas Lourenço Castiglioni Guidoni, Roger Vasques Marques, Rodrigo Bilhalva Moncks, Fabiana Torma Botelho, Matheus Francisco da Paz, Luciara Bilhalva Corrêa, Érico Kunde Corrêa
The negative environmental impacts associated with home composting may be due to the absence of a defined operation criteria for the degradation process. In addition to the potentially low environmental impact in terms of energy and water usage, which is minimal to the manufacture of the composting unit and avoiding the processing and transportation of waste or byproduct, composting at home can also promote a reduction in the emission of unpleasant gases. The proportion of the food waste and bulking agents in the composting mixture may be decisive to fulfill good practices of waste stabilization...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156432/the-effects-of-human-drugs-in-corbicula-fluminea-assessment-of-neurotoxicity-inflammation-gametogenic-activity-and-energy-status
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G V Aguirre-Martínez, C André, F Gagné, L M Martín-Díaz
The constant release of pharmaceuticals products to aquatic environment even at low concentrations (ng L(-1) to µg L(-1)) could lead to unknown chronic effects to non-target organisms. The aim of this study was to evaluate neurotoxic responses, inflammation, gametogenic activity and energy status on the fresh water clam C. fluminea after exposure to different concentrations of caffeine (CAF), ibuprofen (IBU), carbamazepine (CBZ), novobiocin (NOV) and tamoxifen (TMX) for 21 days under laboratory conditions...
November 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156346/abcg2-mediated-suppression-of-chlorin-e6-accumulation-and-photodynamic-therapy-efficiency-in-glioblastoma-cell-lines-can-be-reversed-by-ko143
#8
Sara A Abdel Gaber, Patricia Müller, Wolfgang Zimmermann, Dirk Hüttenberger, Rainer Wittig, Mahmoud H Abdel Kader, Herbert Stepp
BACKGROUND: Photodynamic therapy (PDT) of malignant brain tumors is a promising adjunct to standard treatment, especially if tumor stem cells thought to be responsible for tumor progression and therapy resistance were also susceptible to this kind of treatment. However, some photosensitizers have been reported to be substrates of ABCG2, one of the membrane transporters mediating resistance to chemotherapy. Here we investigate, whether inhibition of ABCG2 can restore sensitivity to photosensitizer chlorin e6-mediated PDT...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156343/native-and-exotic-oysters-in-brazil-comparative-tolerance-to-hypercapnia
#9
Anthony Moreira, Etelvina Figueira, Iracy L Pecora, Amadeu M V M Soares, Rosa Freitas
Environmental hypercapnia in shallow coastal marine ecosystems can be exacerbated by increasing levels of atmospheric CO2. In these ecosystems organisms are expected to become increasingly subjected to pCO2 levels several times higher than those inhabiting ocean waters (e.g.: 10,000µatm), but still our current understanding on different species capacity to respond to such levels of hypercapnia is limited. Oysters are among the most important foundation species inhabiting these coastal ecosystems, although natural oyster banks are increasingly threatened worldwide...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156339/silicification-process-in-diatom-algae-using-different-silicon-chemical-sources-colloidal-silicic-acid-interactions-at-cell-surface
#10
Silvia Casabianca, Antonella Penna, Samuela Capellacci, Michela Cangiotti, Maria Francesca Ottaviani
The silicon transport and use inside cells are key processes for understanding how diatoms metabolize this element in the silica biogenic cycle in the ocean. A spin-probe electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) study over time helped to investigate the interacting properties and the internalization mechanisms of silicic acid from different silicon sources into the cells. Diatom cells were grown in media containing biogenic amorphous substrates, such as diatomaceous earth and sponge spicules, and crystalline sodium metasilicate...
November 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156336/magnesium-lithospermate-b-loaded-pegylated-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-for-improved-oral-bioavailability
#11
Xuqi Kang, Hui Chen, Shujuan Li, Liyong Jie, Jingbo Hu, Xiaojuan Wang, Jing Qi, Xiaoying Ying, Yongzhong Du
Magnesium lithospermate B (MLB) is an active polyphenol acid with multiple pharmacological activities and poor oral bioavailability. The present research aimed to construct MLB loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (MLB-SLNs) for oral delivery to enhance its bioavailability. MLB-SLNs were prepared by solvent diffusion method and subsequently modified with polyethylene glycol monostearate (PEG-SA) superficially. The particle sizes of MLB-SLNs varied from 82.57 to 53.50nm with an improved drug loading capacity (up to 16...
November 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156310/context-and-characteristics-of-illicit-drug-use-in-coastal-and-interior-tanzania
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Jenny Tiberio, Yovin Ivo Laurent, Joel Ndayongeje, Amani Msami, Susie Welty, Alois Ngonyani, Syangu Mwankemwa, Moza Makumbuli, Willi McFarland, Meghan D Morris
BACKGROUND: An increase in heroin seizures in East Africa may signal wider local consumption of illicit drugs. Most information about drug use in Tanzania is from the economic capital, Dar es Salaam, and well-travelled Zanzibar. More data are needed on the extent, trends, and characteristics of illicit drug use in the vast coast and interior of the country. METHODS: The study was a rapid assessment, triangulating data from in-depth interviews of primary key informants (people who use drugs [PWUD]), secondary informants (police, community members, service providers), and ethnographic mapping of hotspots in 12 regions of Tanzania...
November 16, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156285/modelling-spatial-and-temporal-variations-of-annual-suspended-sediment-yields-from-small-agricultural-catchments
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A Rymszewicz, M Bruen, J J O'Sullivan, J N Turner, D M Lawler, J R Harrington, E Conroy, M Kelly-Quinn
Estimates of sediment yield are important for ecological and geomorphological assessment of fluvial systems and for assessment of soil erosion within a catchment. Many regulatory frameworks, such as the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic, derived from the Oslo and Paris Commissions (OSPAR) require reporting of annual sediment fluxes. While they may be measured in large rivers, sediment flux is rarely measured in smaller rivers. Measurements of sediment transport at a national scale can be also challenging and therefore, sediment yield models are often utilised by water resource managers for the predictions of sediment yields in the ungauged catchments...
November 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156272/a-quantitative-assessment-of-distributions-and-sources-of-tropospheric-halocarbons-measured-in-singapore
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Sayantan Sarkar, Wei Hong Fan, Shiguo Jia, Donald R Blake, Jeffrey S Reid, Puji Lestari, Liya E Yu
This work reports the first ground-based atmospheric measurements of 26 halocarbons in Singapore, an urban-industrial city-state in Southeast (SE) Asia. A total of 166 whole air canister samples collected during two intensive 7 Southeast Asian Studies (7SEAS) campaigns (August-October 2011 and 2012) were analyzed for C1-C2 halocarbons using gas chromatography-electron capture/mass spectrometric detection. The halocarbon dataset was supplemented with measurements of selected non-methane hydrocarbons (NMHCs), C1-C5 alkyl nitrates, sulfur gases and carbon monoxide to better understand sources and atmospheric processes...
November 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156269/autotrophic-denitrification-supported-by-biotite-dissolution-in-crystalline-aquifers-2-transient-mixing-and-denitrification-dynamic-during-long-term-pumping
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Clément Roques, Luc Aquilina, Alexandre Boisson, Virginie Vergnaud-Ayraud, Thierry Labasque, Laurent Longuevergne, Marc Laurencelle, Alexis Dufresne, Jean-Raynald de Dreuzy, Hélène Pauwels, Olivier Bour
We investigated the mixing and dynamic of denitrification processes induced by long-term pumping in the crystalline aquifer of Ploemeur (Brittany, France). Hydrological and geochemical parameters have been continuously recorded over 15 boreholes in 5km(2) on a 25-year period. This extensive spatial and temporal monitoring of conservative as well as reactive compounds is a key opportunity to identify aquifer-scale transport and reactive processes in crystalline aquifers. Time series analysis of the conservative elements recorded at the pumped well were used to determine mixing fractions from different compartments of the aquifer on the basis of a Principal Component Analysis approach coupled with an end-member mixing analysis...
November 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156245/changes-in-activities-of-both-photosystems-and-the-regulatory-effect-of-cyclic-electron-flow-in-field-grown-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-l-under-water-deficit
#16
Xiao-Ping Yi, Ya-Li Zhang, He-Sheng Yao, Ji-Mei Han, Wah Soon Chow, Da-Yong Fan, Wang-Feng Zhang
To clarify the influence of water deficit on the functionality of the photosynthetic apparatus of cotton plants, leaf gas exchange, chlorophyll a fluorescence, and P700 redox state were examined in field-grown cotton Gossypium hirsutum L. cv. Xinluzao 45. In addition, we measured changes in the P515 signal and analyzed the activity of ATP synthase and the trans-thylakoid proton gradient (ΔpH). With increasing water deficit, the net CO2 assimilation rate (AN) and stomatal conductance (gs) significantly decreased, but the maximum quantum efficiency of PSII photochemistry (Fv/Fm) did not change...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156230/transport-of-a-neonicotinoid-pesticide-thiamethoxam-from-artificial-seed-coatings
#17
Jesse Radolinski, Junxue Wu, Kang Xia, Ryan Stewart
Neonicotinoid insecticides coat the seeds of major crops worldwide; however, the high solubility of these compounds, combined with their toxicity to non-target organisms, makes it critical to decipher the processes by which they are transported through soils and into aquatic environments. Transport and distribution of a neonicotinoid (thiamethoxam, TMX) were investigated by growing TMX-coated corn seeds in coarse-textured and fine-textured soil columns (20 and 60cm lengths). To understand the influence of living plants, corn plants were terminated in half of the columns (no plant treatment) and allowed to grow to the V5 growth stage (33days of growth) in the other half (with plant treatment)...
November 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156129/small-molecule-mitochondrial-uncouplers-and-their-therapeutic-potential
#18
Elizabeth S Childress, Stephanie J Alexopoulos, Kyle L Hoehn, Webster L Santos
Small molecule mitohondrial uncouplers transport protons from the mitochondrial inner membrane space into the mitochondrial matrix independent of ATP synthase, uncoupling nutrient metabolism from ATP generation. The therapeutic potential of mitochondrial uncouplers have been investigated for the treatment metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D), as well as for neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. This perspective will review the mitochondrial uncouplers reported to date and explore their potential as therapeutics...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155995/lysosome-biogenesis-regulated-by-the-amino-acid-transporter-slc15a4-is-critical-for-functional-integrity-of-mast-cells
#19
Toshihiko Kobayashi, Hidemitsu Tsutsui, Shiho Shimabukuro-Demoto, Reiko Sugitani-Yoshida, Hitomi Karyu, Kaori Furuyama-Tanaka, Daisuke Ohshima, Norihiro Kato, Tadashi Okamura, Noriko Toyama Sorimachi
Mast cells possess specialized lysosomes, so-called secretory granules, which play a key role not only in allergic responses but also in various immune disorders. The molecular mechanisms that control secretory-granule formation are not fully understood. Solute carrier family member 15A4 (SLC15A4) is a lysosome-resident amino-acid/oligopeptide transporter that is preferentially expressed in hematopoietic-lineage cells. Here we demonstrated that SLC15A4 is required for mast-cell secretory granule homeostasis, and limits mast-cell functions and inflammatory responses by controlling the mTORC1-TFEB signaling axis...
November 15, 2017: International Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155974/transcript-profiling-of-a-bitter-variety-of-narrow-leafed-lupin-to-discover-alkaloid-biosynthetic-genes
#20
Ting Yang, Istvan Nagy, Davide Mancinotti, Sophie Lisa Otterbach, Trine Bundgaard Andersen, Mohammed Saddik Motawia, Torben Asp, Fernando Geu-Flores
Lupins (Lupinus spp.) are nitrogen-fixing legumes that accumulate toxic alkaloids in their protein-rich beans. These anti-nutritional compounds belong to the family of quinolizidine alkaloids (QAs), which are of interest to the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. To unleash the potential of lupins as protein crops and as sources of QAs, a thorough understanding of the QA pathway is needed. However, only the first enzyme in the pathway, lysine decarboxylase (LDC), is known. Here, we report the transcriptome of a high-QA variety of narrow-leafed lupin (L...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
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