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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813098/modeling-and-mapping-basal-area-of-pinus-taeda-l-plantation-using-airborne-lidar-data
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Carlos A Silva, Carine Klauberg, Andrew T Hudak, Lee A Vierling, Scott J Fennema, Ana Paula D Corte
Basal area (BA) is a good predictor of timber stand volume and forest growth. This study developed predictive models using field and airborne LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) data for estimation of basal area in Pinus taeda plantation in south Brazil. In the field, BA was collected from conventional forest inventory plots. Multiple linear regression models for predicting BA from LiDAR-derived metrics were developed and evaluated for predictive power and parsimony. The best model to predict BA from a family of six models was selected based on corrected Akaike Information Criterion (AICc) and assessed by the adjusted coefficient of determination (adj...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813012/inhibitory-effect-of-lycopene-on-amyloid-%C3%AE-induced-apoptosis-in-neuronal-cells
#2
Sinwoo Hwang, Joo Weon Lim, Hyeyoung Kim
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease. Brain amyloid-β deposition is a crucial feature of AD, causing neuronal cell death by inducing oxidative damage. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) activate NF-κB, which induces expression of Nucling. Nucling is a pro-apoptotic factor recruiting the apoptosome complex. Lycopene is an antioxidant protecting from oxidative stress-induced cell damage. We investigated whether lycopene inhibits amyloid-β-stimulated apoptosis through reducing ROS and inhibiting mitochondrial dysfunction and NF-κB-mediated Nucling expression in neuronal SH-SY5Y cells...
August 16, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813008/dietary-fructose-enhances-the-ability-of-low-concentrations-of-angiotensin-ii-to-stimulate-proximal-tubule-na%C3%A2-%C2%BA-reabsorption
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Agustin Gonzalez-Vicente, Pablo D Cabral, Nancy J Hong, Jessica Asirwatham, Nianxin Yang, Jessica M Berthiaume, Fernando P Dominici, Jeffrey L Garvin
Fructose-enriched diets cause salt-sensitive hypertension. Proximal tubules (PTs) reabsorb 70% of the water and salt filtered through the glomerulus. Angiotensin II (Ang II) regulates this process. Normally, dietary salt reduces Ang II allowing the kidney to excrete more salt, thereby preventing hypertension. We hypothesized that fructose-enriched diets enhance the ability of low concentrations of Ang II to stimulate PT transport. We measured the effects of a low concentration of Ang II (10(-12) mol/L) on transport-related oxygen consumption (QO₂), and Na/K-ATPase and Na/H-exchange (NHE) activities and expression in PTs from rats consuming tap water (Control) or 20% fructose (FRUC)...
August 16, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812969/functional-expression-of-bmp7-receptors-in-oral-epithelial-cells-interleukin-17f-production-in-response-to-bmp7
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Kensuke Nishio, Yasumasa Ozawa, Hisanori Ito, Takashi Kifune, Tatsuya Narita, Toshimitsu Iinuma, Nobuhito Gionhaku, Masatake Asano
BACKGROUND: Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are members of the transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) superfamily. Recently, BMP7 has been demonstrated to be produced by salivary glands and contribute to embryonic branching in mice. The BMP7 in saliva is thought to be delivered to the oral cavity and is expected to contact with stratified squamous epithelial cells which line the surface of oral mucosa. In this study, we attempted to investigate the effects of BMP7 on oral epithelial cells...
October 2017: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812967/tanshinone-induced-ers-suppresses-igfii-activation-to-alleviate-ang-ii-mediated-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Ya-Fang Chen, Nien-Hung Lee, Pei-Ying Pai, Li-Chin Chung, Chia-Yao Shen, Peramaiyan Rajendran, Yu-Feng Chen, Ray-Jade Chen, Vijaya Padma Viswanadha, Wei-Wen Kuo, Chih-Yang Huang
Cardiomyopathy involves changes in myocardial ultrastructure and cardiac hypertrophy. Angiotensin II (AngII) has previously been shown to stimulate the expression of IGF-2 and IGF-2R in H9c2 cardiomyoblasts and increase of blood pressure, and cardiac hypertrophy. Estrogen receptors (ERs) exert protective effects, such as anti-hypertrophy in cadiomyocytes. Tanshinone IIA (TSN), a main active ingredient from a Chinese medical herb, Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge (Danshen), was shown to protect cardiomyocytes hypertrophy by different stress signals...
October 2017: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812961/community-managed-services-for-persons-with-intellectual-disability-andhra-pradesh-experience
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Jayanthi Narayan, Raja Pratapkumar, Sudhakara P Reddy
In resource poor settings innovative and bottom-up approaches are required to provide services to people with with disabilities. In this context, the present paper explains a community-based model of manpower development and coordination of services for people with intellectual disabilities in unified state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Women with disabilities from the village were identified, and those willing to be trained to work as community resource persons (CRPs) were selected and given hands-on training in a phased manner...
September 2017: Journal of Intellectual Disabilities: JOID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812766/modulatory-effects-of-arginine-glutamine-and-branched-chain-amino-acids-on-heat-shock-proteins-immunity-and-antioxidant-response-in-exercised-rats
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Carolina Soares Moura, Pablo Christiano Barboza Lollo, Priscila Neder Morato, Eder Muller Risso, Jaime Amaya-Farfan
Heat shock proteins (HSPs) are endogenous proteins whose function is to maintain the cell's tolerance to insult, and glutamine supplementation is known to increase HSP expression during intense exercise. Since few studies have addressed the possibility that supplementation with other amino acids could have similar effects to that of glutamine, our objective was to evaluate the effects of leucine, valine, isoleucine and arginine as potential stimulators of HSPs 25, 60, 70 and 90 in rats subjected to acute exercise as a stressing factor...
August 16, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812580/lactate-dehydrogenase-activity-drives-hair-follicle-stem-cell-activation
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Aimee Flores, John Schell, Abigail S Krall, David Jelinek, Matilde Miranda, Melina Grigorian, Daniel Braas, Andrew C White, Jessica L Zhou, Nicholas A Graham, Thomas Graeber, Pankaj Seth, Denis Evseenko, Hilary A Coller, Jared Rutter, Heather R Christofk, William E Lowry
Although normally dormant, hair follicle stem cells (HFSCs) quickly become activated to divide during a new hair cycle. The quiescence of HFSCs is known to be regulated by a number of intrinsic and extrinsic mechanisms. Here we provide several lines of evidence to demonstrate that HFSCs utilize glycolytic metabolism and produce significantly more lactate than other cells in the epidermis. Furthermore, lactate generation appears to be critical for the activation of HFSCs as deletion of lactate dehydrogenase (Ldha) prevented their activation...
August 14, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812547/lung-epithelial-cells-therapeutically-inducible-effectors-of-antimicrobial-defense
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REVIEW
M M Leiva-Juárez, J K Kolls, S E Evans
Lung epithelial cells are increasingly recognized to be active effectors of microbial defense, contributing to both innate and adaptive immune function in the lower respiratory tract. As immune sentinels, lung epithelial cells detect diverse pathogens through an ample repertoire of membrane-bound, endosomal, and cytosolic pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs). The highly plastic epithelial barrier responds to detected threats via modulation of paracellular flux, intercellular communications, mucin production, and periciliary fluid composition...
August 16, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812532/spontaneous-experimentally-induced-and-transmissible-aa-amyloidosis-in-japanese-quail-coturnix-japonica
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Yumi Nakayama, Junichi Kamiie, Gen Watanabe, Kazuhiko Suzuki, Tomoaki Murakami
The authors describe a spontaneous case of amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis in an adult female Japanese quail ( Coturnix japonica). The bird developed AA amyloidosis secondary to chronic peritonitis caused by a Gram-negative bacillus infection. Mild amyloid deposition was also identified in the intestinal tract of apparently healthy adult individuals, suggesting that quail may develop intestinal amyloidosis with age. Based on these observations, it was hypothesized that quail can develop AA amyloidosis following inflammatory stimulation with lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812457/from-half-dead-to-being-free-resistance-to-hiv-stigma-self-disclosure-and-support-for-pmtct-hiv-care-among-couples-living-with-hiv-in-kenya
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Sydney A Spangler, Lisa L Abuogi, Eliud Akama, Elizabeth A Bukusi, Anna Helova, Pamela Musoke, Wafula Z Nalwa, Thomas A Odeny, Maricianah Onono, Iris Wanga, Janet M Turan
In sub-Saharan Africa, self-disclosure of HIV-positive status may be a pivotal action for improving access to prevention of mother-to-child transmission services. However, understanding of HIV stigma and disclosure, and their effects on demand for care remains incomplete - particularly in the current context of new antiretroviral therapy guidelines. The purpose of this study was to explore these issues among self-disclosed couples living in southwest Kenya. We conducted 38 in-depth interviews with HIV-positive pregnant or postpartum women and their male partners...
August 16, 2017: Culture, Health & Sexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812451/nonmedical-use-of-over-the-counter-medications-is-significantly-associated-with-nonmedical-use-of-prescription-drugs-among-university-students
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Vi T Le, Abigail Norris Turner, Anne McDaniel, Kenneth M Hale, Christina Athas, Nicole C Kwiek
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between nonmedical use of over-the-counter medications (NMUOTC) and nonmedical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD). PARTICIPANTS: University students surveyed on NMUOTC and NMUPD between August and December 2011 (N = 939). METHODS: Cross-sectional data analysis of online survey. RESULTS: The majority of respondents were female, undergraduate, Caucasian, and not affiliated with Greek life...
August 16, 2017: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812425/nasunin-inhibits-the-lipopolysaccharide-induced-pro-inflammatory-mediator-production-in-raw264-mouse-macrophages-by-suppressing-ros-mediated-activation-of-pi3%C3%A2-k-akt-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-p38-signaling-pathways
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Wataru Komatsu, Kazuko Itoh, Satomi Akutsu, Hisashi Kishi, Shuji Ohhira
Nasunin is a major anthocyanin in eggplant peel. The purpose of this study was to examine the anti-inflammatory effects of nasunin in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW264 macrophages and to identify the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects. We found that nasunin reduced the LPS-induced secretion of tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-6 and nitric oxide, and expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase in a dose-dependent manner. Nasunin diminished LPS-induced nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) activation by suppressing the degradation of inhibitor of κB-α and nuclear translocation of p65 subunit of NF-κB...
August 16, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812251/in-vitro-study-of-influence-of-au-nanoparticles-on-ht29-and-spev-cell-lines
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Elena Pavlovich, Nataliia Volkova, Elena Yakymchuk, Olena Perepelitsyna, Michail Sydorenko, Anatoliy Goltsev
Cell culture models are excellent tools for potential toxicity of nanoparticles and fundamental investigations in cancer research. Thus, information about AuNP potential toxicity and effects on human health is necessary for the use of nanomaterials in clinical settings. The aim of our research is to examine the effects of AuNPs on the epithelial origin cell lines: continuous and oncogenic. Embryonic porcine kidney epithelial inoculated (SPEV) cell line and colorectal carcinoma cell line (HT29) were used. In the test cultures, the cell proliferation, necrosis/apoptosis, and multicellular spheroids generation were evaluated...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812210/increased-il-6-expression-on-thp-1-by-il-34-stimulation-up-regulated-rheumatoid-arthritis-th17-cells
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Bing Wang, Yawei Tang, Xiaotong Sun, Xunli Ouyang, Han Li, Jing Wei, Yan Zhang, Xia Li
IL-34 is a pleiotropic cytokine, which is a key regulator of monocytes/macrophages and might participate in the pathogenesis of RA. In this study, we aimed to explore the effect of IL-34 on the monocyte-like cell line THP-1 and the quantitative variation of Th17 cells in THP-1 and RA CD4(+)T cells coculture system. CD4(+)T cells were purified from RA PBMC using immunomagnetic beads. THP-1 were cultured with RA CD4(+)T cells. The frequency of Th17 cells was determined by FACS. Fluorscence indensity and expression of ROS were detected by FACS and cell staining, respectively...
August 15, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812173/melatonin-attenuates-pain-hypersensitivity-and-decreases-astrocyte-mediated-spinal-neuroinflammation-in-a-rat-model-of-oxaliplatin-induced-pain
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Ye-Song Wang, Yuan-Yuan Li, Wei Cui, Li-Bin Li, Zhao-Cai Zhang, Bao-Ping Tian, Gen-Sheng Zhang
Neuroinflammatory response in spinal dorsal horn has been demonstrated to be a critical factor in oxaliplatin-induced pain. Melatonin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-allodynia effects in both preclinical and clinical studies. In the present study, we investigated the role of systemic administration of melatonin on oxaliplatin-induced pain. Intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection with oxaliplatin induced significantly mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia. Melatonin (i.p.) significantly alleviated mechanical allodynia and thermal hyperalgesia in the oxaliplatin but not sham-treated rats...
August 15, 2017: Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812109/vibratory-perineal-stimulation-for-the-treatment-of-female-stress-urinary-incontinence-a-systematic-review
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Marina Petter Rodrigues, Luciana Laureano Paiva, José Geraldo Lopes Ramos, Lia Ferla
INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The pelvic floor muscles (PFM) play an important part in the urinary continence mechanism. Changes in their structure and functionality may lead to a predisposition to pelvic floor dysfunction such as urinary incontinence (UI), which is the involuntary loss of urine. Some techniques for conservative treatment of UI are already well documented. However, new approaches have been found that require scientific proof of their effectiveness, such as vibratory stimulation (VS)...
August 15, 2017: International Urogynecology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812027/l-theanine-administration-modulates-the-absorption-of-dietary-nutrients-and-expression-of-transporters-and-receptors-in-the-intestinal-mucosa-of-rats
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Qiongxian Yan, Haiou Tong, Shaoxun Tang, Zhiliang Tan, Xuefeng Han, Chuanshe Zhou
L-theanine has various advantageous functions for human health; whether or not it could mediate the nutrients absorption is unknown yet. The effects of L-theanine on intestinal nutrients absorption were investigated using rats ingesting L-theanine solution (0, 50, 200, and 400 mg/kg body weight) per day for two weeks. The decline of insulin secretion and glucose concentration in the serum was observed by L-theanine. Urea and high-density lipoprotein were also reduced by 50 mg/kg L-theanine. Jejunal and ileac basic amino acids transporters SLC7a1 and SLC7a9, neutral SLC1a5 and SLC16a10, and acidic SLC1a1 expression were upregulated...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812026/evidence-of-immunosuppressive-and-th2-immune-polarizing-effects-of-antidiabetic-momordica-charantia-fruit-juice
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Rufine Fachinan, Adnette Fagninou, Magloire Pandoua Nekoua, Abdou Madjid Amoussa, Marius Adjagba, Latifou Lagnika, Anatole Lalèyè, Kabirou Moutairou, Akadiri Yessoufou
The mechanism of action of the antidiabetic capacity of Momordica charantia is still under investigation. Here, we assessed phytochemical compositions, antioxidant activity, and effects of total and filtered fruit and leafy stem juices of Momordica charantia on human T cell proliferation and differentiation through quantification of Th1/Th2 cytokines. In the absence of stimulation, total fruit and leafy stem juices induced significant T cell proliferation. Under PHA stimulation, both juices potentiated plant-induced T cell proliferation...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812008/evaluation-of-adrenal-function-in-nonhospitalized-patients-with-cirrhosis
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Maryam Moini, Mitra Yazdani Sarvestani, Mesbah Shams, Masood Nomovi
BACKGROUND: Patients with cirrhosis and advancing hepatic insufficiency may show various degrees of other organ malfunction, including brain, kidney, and lung. Several studies have also shown a high prevalence of adrenal insufficiency in cirrhotic patients that may cause hemodynamic instability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this study we prospectively evaluated adrenal function in a population of nonhospitalized cirrhotic patients. Categorization of liver disease severity was done according to model for end-stage liver disease (MELD) score...
2017: Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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