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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340520/galangin-inhibits-human-osteosarcoma-cells-growth-by-inducing-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-dependent-osteogenic-differentiation
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Chunhong Liu, Mingming Ma, Junde Zhang, Shaoliu Gui, Xiaohai Zhang, Shuangtao Xue
Osteosarcoma is the most common primary malignancy of the musculoskeletal system, and is associated with excessive proliferation and poor differentiation of osteoblasts. Currently, despite the use of traditional chemotherapy and radiotherapy, no satisfactory and effective agent has been developed to treat the disease. Herein, we found that a flavonoid natural product, galangin, could significantly attenuate human osteosarcoma cells proliferation, without causing obvious cell apoptosis. Moreover, galangin enhanced the expression of osteoblast differentiation markers (collagen type I, alkaline phosphatase, osteocalcin and osteopontin) remarkably and elevated the alkaline phosphatase activity in human osteosarcoma cells...
March 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340474/studying-the-effects-of-natural-extracts-with-metabolomics-a-longitudinal-study-on-the-supplementation-of-healthy-rats-with-polygonum-cuspidatum-sieb-et-zucc
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Gregorio Peron, Jalal Uddin, Matteo Stocchero, Stefano Mammi, Elisabetta Schievano, Stefano Dall'Acqua
BACKGROUND: A longitudinal study was performed to evaluate the effects of Polygonum cuspidatum extract (standardized at 20% resveratrol) supplementation on healthy rats. The effects were explored by monitoring urinary metabolome changes using UPLC-HRMS and (1)H NMR-based approaches. The aim of the study was to explore the effects of P. cuspidatum supplementation on a healthy animal model using metabolomics, in order to determine possible modes of action and obtain information on bioactivity...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340339/targeted-apoptosis-of-senescent-cells-restores-tissue-homeostasis-in-response-to-chemotoxicity-and-aging
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Marjolein P Baar, Renata M C Brandt, Diana A Putavet, Julian D D Klein, Kasper W J Derks, Benjamin R M Bourgeois, Sarah Stryeck, Yvonne Rijksen, Hester van Willigenburg, Danny A Feijtel, Ingrid van der Pluijm, Jeroen Essers, Wiggert A van Cappellen, Wilfred F van IJcken, Adriaan B Houtsmuller, Joris Pothof, Ron W F de Bruin, Tobias Madl, Jan H J Hoeijmakers, Judith Campisi, Peter L J de Keizer
The accumulation of irreparable cellular damage restricts healthspan after acute stress or natural aging. Senescent cells are thought to impair tissue function, and their genetic clearance can delay features of aging. Identifying how senescent cells avoid apoptosis allows for the prospective design of anti-senescence compounds to address whether homeostasis can also be restored. Here, we identify FOXO4 as a pivot in senescent cell viability. We designed a FOXO4 peptide that perturbs the FOXO4 interaction with p53...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339707/selection-for-pro-inflammatory-mediators-produces-chickens-more-resistant-to-campylobacter-jejuni
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C L Swaggerty, I Y Pevzner, H He, K J Genovese, M H Kogut
Campylobacter spp. are the second leading cause of bacterial-induced foodborne illnesses with an estimated economic burden of nearly $2B USD per year. Most human illness associated with campylobacteriosis is due to infection by C. jejuni and chickens are recognized as a reservoir that could lead to foodborne illness in humans resulting from handling or consuming raw or undercooked chicken. We recently developed a novel breeding strategy based on identification and selection of chickens with an inherently high and low phenotype of pro-inflammatory mediators including IL-6, CXCLi2, and CCLi2, hereafter referred to as the high and low lines, respectively...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339587/incisor-inclination-and-perceived-tooth-colour-changes
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Philip Ciucchi, Stavros Kiliaridis
Introduction: Social attractiveness is influenced by a variety of different smile-related factors. We evaluated whether the degree of upper central incisor proclination can result in tooth colour change. Methods: Forty young adult subjects (20-25 years) in good health with a complete sound dentition were selected. The subjects were seated in standardized light conditions with an above-directed light source. Their natural head position was stated as 0 degrees. To mimic the range of possible anterior torque movements they were asked to tilt their heads upward +15 degrees (upward tilting) and downward -15 degrees (downward tilting)...
January 25, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339510/3d-dentofacial-photogrammetry-reference-values-a-novel-approach-to-orthodontic-diagnosis
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Mohamed I Masoud, Neetu Bansal, Jose C Castillo, Amornrut Manosudprasit, Veerasathpurush Allareddy, Arshan Haghi, Hannah C Hawkins, Erik Otárola-Castillo
Background: Orthodontic diagnostic standards generally use the cranial base as a reference and rely on samples selected by orthodontists. Objective: The purpose of this study was to provide male and female standards for a novel non-radiographic approach for orthodontic diagnosis that utilizes 3D dentofacial photogrammetry using the eyes and natural head orientation as references instead of the cranial base. Methods: One hundred and eighty females and 200 males between the ages of 18 and 35 years from 2 modeling agencies were orthodontically screened for near ideal occlusion...
November 3, 2016: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339186/quantum-chemical-strain-analysis-for-mechanochemical-processes
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Tim Stauch, Andreas Dreuw
The use of mechanical force to initiate a chemical reaction is an efficient alternative to the conventional sources of activation energy, i.e., heat, light, and electricity. Applications of mechanochemistry in academic and industrial laboratories are diverse, ranging from chemical syntheses in ball mills and ultrasound baths to direct activation of covalent bonds using an atomic force microscope. The vectorial nature of force is advantageous because specific covalent bonds can be preconditioned for rupture by selective stretching...
March 24, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335464/a-geographic-information-assisted-temporal-mixture-analysis-for-addressing-the-issue-of-endmember-class-and-endmember-spectra-variability
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Wenliang Li, Changshan Wu
Spectral mixture analysis (SMA) is a common approach for parameterizing biophysical fractions of urban environment and widely applied in many fields. For successful SMA, the selection of endmember class and corresponding spectra has been assumed as the most important step. Thanks to the spatial heterogeneity of natural and urban landscapes, the variability of endmember class and corresponding spectra has been widely considered as the profound error source in SMA. To address the challenging problems, we proposed a geographic information-assisted temporal mixture analysis (GATMA)...
March 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335420/efforts-and-challenges-in-engineering-the-genetic-code
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Xiao Lin, Allen Chi Shing Yu, Ting Fung Chan
This year marks the 48th anniversary of Francis Crick's seminal work on the origin of the genetic code, in which he first proposed the "frozen accident" hypothesis to describe evolutionary selection against changes to the genetic code that cause devastating global proteome modification. However, numerous efforts have demonstrated the viability of both natural and artificial genetic code variations. Recent advances in genetic engineering allow the creation of synthetic organisms that incorporate noncanonical, or even unnatural, amino acids into the proteome...
March 14, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335414/inhibition-of-listeria-monocytogenes-on-ready-to-eat-meats-using-bacteriocin-mixtures-based-on-mode-of-action
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Paul Priyesh Vijayakumar, Peter M Muriana
Bacteriocin-producing (Bac⁺) lactic acid bacteria (LAB) comprising selected strains of Lactobacillus curvatus, Lactococcus lactis, Pediococcus acidilactici, and Enterococcus faecium and thailandicus were examined for inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes during hotdog challenge studies. The Bac⁺ strains, or their cell-free supernatants (CFS), were grouped according to mode-of-action (MOA) as determined from prior studies. Making a mixture of as many MOAs as possible is a practical way to obtain a potent natural antimicrobial mixture to address L...
March 14, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335344/a-targeted-nanoprobe-based-on-carbon-nanotubes-natural-biopolymer-chitosan-composites
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Baoyan Wu, Na Zhao
A novel targeting theranostic nanoprobe based on single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)-natural biopolymer chitosan composites was developed for cancer cell targeting imaging and fluorescence imaging-guided photodynamic therapy. First, chitosan was respectively conjugated with a tumor-homing molecule folic acid, or a photosensitizing drug pyropheophorbide a using a water-soluble carbodiimide coupling chemistry. Chitosan was fluorescently labeled by fluorescein isothiocyanate via the covalently linkage of the isothiocyanate group with the amino group...
November 17, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334424/frequency-and-function-in-the-basal-ganglia-the-origins-of-beta-and-gamma-band-activity
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Alexander Blenkinsop, Sean Anderson, Kevin Gurney
Neural oscillations in the basal ganglia are well studied yet remain poorly understood. Behavioural correlates of spectral activity are well described, yet a quantitative hypothesis linking time domain dynamics and spectral properties to basal ganglia function has been lacking. We show, for the first time, that a unified description is possible by interpreting previously ignored structure in data describing GPi responses to cortical stimulation. These data were used to expose a pair of distinctive neuronal responses to the stimulation...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334329/metabolomics-of-pichia-pastoris-impact-of-buffering-conditions-on-the-kinetics-and-nature-of-metabolite-loss-during-quenching
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Matthias Mattanovich, Hannes Rußmayer, Theresa Scharl-Hirsch, Verena Puxbaum, Jonas Burgard, Diethard Mattanovich, Stephan Hann
Mass spectrometry based metabolomic profiling is a powerful strategy to quantify the concentrations of numerous primary metabolites in parallel. To avoid distortion of metabolite concentrations, quenching is applied to stop the cellular metabolism instantly. For yeasts, cold methanol quenching is accepted to be the most suitable method to stop metabolism, while keeping the cells intact for separation from the supernatant. During this treatment, metabolite loss may occur while the cells are suspended in the quenching solution...
March 15, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334254/selection-realized-heritability-and-fitness-cost-associated-with-dimethoate-resistance-in-a-field-population-of-culex-quinquefasciatus-diptera-culicidae
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Mehboob Alam, Muhammad Waqas Sumra, Daniyal Ahmad, Rizwan Mustafa Shah, Muhammad Binyameen, Sarfraz Ali Shad
Mosquitoes are known to be vectors of numerous diseases leading to human morbidity and mortality at large scale in the world. Insecticide resistance has become a serious concern in controlling the insect vectors of public health importance. Dimethoate is an organophosphate insecticide used to control different insect pests including mosquitoes. Biological parameters of susceptible, unselected, and dimethoate-selected strains of Culex quinquefasciatus Say were studied in the laboratory to recognize resistance development potential and associated fitness cost...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334180/sugar-diet-affects-odor-reception-but-variation-in-sugar-concentration-plays-minimal-role-in-the-response-of-the-parasitoid-microplitis-croceipes-hymenoptera-braconidae-to-host-related-plant-volatiles
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Matthew Burrows, Tolulope Morawo, Henry Fadamiro
Parasitoids utilize various sugar resources in nature, and rely on odor cues from plants to locate their food and hosts. However, lack of sugar in the diet may negatively impact odor reception in parasitoids, thus affecting foraging efficiency. We used Microplitis croceipes (Cresson) (Hymenoptera: Braconidae), a larval endoparasitoid of Heliothis virescens (F.) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae), as a model species to test the hypothesis that variation in sugar diet of parasitoids affects their olfactory response to host-related odors...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334098/untangling-the-reticulate-history-of-species-complexes-and-horticultural-breeds-in-abelia-caprifoliaceae
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Sven Landrein, Sven Buerki, Hua-Feng Wang, James J Clarkson
Background and Aims: The genetic and morphological consequences of natural selection and selective breeding are explored in the genus Abelia . The genus consists of ornamental shrubs endemic to China, which have been bred to create attractive and diverse cultivars. Methods: DNA fingerprinting (AFLP) and DNA sequence data are used to investigate the genetic diversity among 46 accessions of Abelia (22 natural taxa and 24 horticultural breeds). In the cultivated varieties these data are used to explore taxon boundaries, hybridisation and backcrossing...
February 20, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333499/are-applicants-more-likely-to-quit-longer-assessments-examining-the-effect-of-assessment-length-on-applicant-attrition-behavior
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Jay H Hardy, Carter Gibson, Matthew Sloan, Alison Carr
Conventional wisdom suggests that assessment length is positively related to the rate at which applicants opt out of the assessment phase. However, restricting assessment length can negatively impact the utility of a selection system by reducing the reliability of its construct scores and constraining coverage of the relevant criterion domain. Given the costly nature of these tradeoffs, is it better for managers to prioritize (a) shortening assessments to reduce applicant attrition rates or (b) ensuring optimal reliability and validity of their assessment scores? In the present study, we use data from 222,772 job-seekers nested within 69 selection systems to challenge the popular notion that selection system length predicts applicant attrition behavior...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333468/alkyl-chain-length-dependent-structural-and-orientational-transformations-of-water-at-alcohol-water-interfaces-and-its-relevance-to-atmospheric-aerosols
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Jahur A Mondal, Vinu Namboodiri, Mathi Pandiyathuray, Ajay K Singh
Although the hydrophobic size of an amphiphile plays a key role in various chemical, biological, and atmospheric processes, its effect at macroscopic aqueous interfaces (e.g. air-water, oil-water, cell membrane-water, etc.) which are ubiquitous in nature is not well understood. Here we report the hydrophobic alkyl chain length dependent structural and orientational transformations of water at alcohol (CnH2n+1OH, n = 1-12)-water interfaces using interface-selective heterodyne-detected vibrational sum frequency generation (HD-VSFG) and Raman multivariate curve resolution (Raman-MCR) spectroscopic techniques...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333429/multimodality-imaging-to-plan-and-guide-transcatheter-tricuspid-valve-interventions
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Edgard A Prihadi, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is a highly prevalent valvular heart disease. The natural history of untreated significant TR portends an unfavourable outcome, but only a minority of patients is currently referred for surgical treatment. Organic TR (caused by primary abnormality of the leaflets) is relatively infrequent whereas secondary or functional TR (caused by dilatation of the tricuspid annulus, right ventricle [RV] and right atrium) is the predominant mechanism. The success of transcatheter therapies for left valvular heart disease over the last decade, has fuelled similar development of novel transcatheter devices for the treatment of TR...
March 23, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333378/muscle-and-limb-mechanics
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George A Tsianos, Gerald E Loeb
Understanding of the musculoskeletal system has evolved from the collection of individual phenomena in highly selected experimental preparations under highly controlled and often unphysiological conditions. At the systems level, it is now possible to construct complete and reasonably accurate models of the kinetics and energetics of realistic muscles and to combine them to understand the dynamics of complete musculoskeletal systems performing natural behaviors. At the reductionist level, it is possible to relate most of the individual phenomena to the anatomical structures and biochemical processes that account for them...
March 16, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
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