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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820884/let-s-rise-up-to-unite-taxonomy-and-technology
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Holly M Bik
What do you think of when you think of taxonomy? An 18th century gentlemen in breeches? Or perhaps botany drawings hung on the walls of a boutique hotel? Such old-fashioned conceptions to the contrary, taxonomy is alive today although constantly struggling for survival and recognition. The scientific community is losing valuable resources as taxonomy experts age and retire, and funding for morphological studies and species descriptions remains stagnant. At the same time, organismal knowledge (morphology, ecology, physiology) has never been more important: genomic studies are becoming more taxon focused, the scientific community is recognizing the limitations of traditional "model" organisms, and taxonomic expertise is desperately needed to fight against global biodiversity declines resulting from human impacts...
August 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820033/unregulated-saphenous-vein-graft-distension-decreases-tissue-viscoelasticity
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Eric S Wise, Kyle M Hocking, Brian C Evans, Craig L Duvall, Joyce Cheung-Flynn, Colleen M Brophy
OBJECTIVES: Unregulated intraoperative distension of human saphenous vein (SV) graft leads to supraphysiologic luminal pressures and causes acute physiologic and cellular injury to the conduit. The effect of distension on tissue viscoelasticity, a biophysical property critical to a successful graft, is not well described. In this investigation, we quantify the loss of viscoelasticity in SV deformed by distension and compare the results to tissue distended in a pressure-controlled fashion...
September 2017: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819625/antagonistic-properties-of-some-halophilic-thermoactinomycetes-isolated-from-superficial-sediment-of-a-solar-saltern-and-production-of-cyclic-antimicrobial-peptides-by-the-novel-isolate-paludifilum-halophilum
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Donyez Frikha Dammak, Ziad Zarai, Soumaya Najah, Rayed Abdennabi, Lassaad Belbahri, Mostafa E Rateb, Hafedh Mejdoub, Sami Maalej
This study has focused on the isolation of twenty-three halophilic actinomycetes from two ponds of different salinity and the evaluation of their ability to exert an antimicrobial activity against both their competitors and several other pathogens. From the 23 isolates, 18 strains showed antagonistic activity, while 19 showed activities against one or more of the seven pathogen strains tested. Six strains exhibited consistent antibacterial activity against Gram-negative and Gram-positive pathogens characterized at the physiological and molecular levels...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819546/oxidative-stress-harms-and-benefits-for-human-health
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Gabriele Pizzino, Natasha Irrera, Mariapaola Cucinotta, Giovanni Pallio, Federica Mannino, Vincenzo Arcoraci, Francesco Squadrito, Domenica Altavilla, Alessandra Bitto
Oxidative stress is a phenomenon caused by an imbalance between production and accumulation of oxygen reactive species (ROS) in cells and tissues and the ability of a biological system to detoxify these reactive products. ROS can play, and in fact they do it, several physiological roles (i.e., cell signaling), and they are normally generated as by-products of oxygen metabolism; despite this, environmental stressors (i.e., UV, ionizing radiations, pollutants, and heavy metals) and xenobiotics (i.e., antiblastic drugs) contribute to greatly increase ROS production, therefore causing the imbalance that leads to cell and tissue damage (oxidative stress)...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819274/distinct-carbon-sources-affect-structural-and-functional-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes-derived-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Cláudia Correia, Alexey Koshkin, Patrícia Duarte, Dongjian Hu, Ana Teixeira, Ibrahim Domian, Margarida Serra, Paula M Alves
The immature phenotype of human pluripotent stem cell derived cardiomyocytes (hPSC-CMs) constrains their potential in cell therapy and drug testing. In this study, we report that shifting hPSC-CMs from glucose-containing to galactose- and fatty acid-containing medium promotes their fast maturation into adult-like CMs with higher oxidative metabolism, transcriptional signatures closer to those of adult ventricular tissue, higher myofibril density and alignment, improved calcium handling, enhanced contractility, and more physiological action potential kinetics...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819145/remote-sensing-of-seasonal-light-use-efficiency-in-temperate-bog-ecosystems
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R Tortini, N C Coops, Z Nesic, A Christen, S C Lee, T Hilker
Despite storing approximately half of the atmosphere's carbon, estimates of fluxes between wetlands and atmosphere under current and future climates are associated with large uncertainties, and it remains a challenge to determine human impacts on the net greenhouse gas balance of wetlands at the global scale. In this study we demonstrate that the relationship between photochemical reflectance index, derived from high spectral and temporal multi-angular observations, and vegetation light use efficiency was strong (r(2) = 0...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819139/landscape-of-submitochondrial-protein-distribution
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F-Nora Vögtle, Julia M Burkhart, Humberto Gonczarowska-Jorge, Cansu Kücükköse, Asli Aras Taskin, Dominik Kopczynski, Robert Ahrends, Dirk Mossmann, Albert Sickmann, René P Zahedi, Chris Meisinger
The mitochondrial proteome comprises ~1000 (yeast)-1500 (human) different proteins, which are distributed into four different subcompartments. The sublocalization of these proteins within the organelle in most cases remains poorly defined. Here we describe an integrated approach combining stable isotope labeling, various protein enrichment and extraction strategies and quantitative mass spectrometry to produce a quantitative map of submitochondrial protein distribution in S. cerevisiae. This quantitative landscape enables a proteome-wide classification of 986 proteins into soluble, peripheral, and integral mitochondrial membrane proteins, and the assignment of 818 proteins into the four subcompartments: outer membrane, inner membrane, intermembrane space, or matrix...
August 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819001/epigenomics-and-human-adaptation-to-high-altitude
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Colleen Glyde Julian
Over the past decade, major technological and analytical advancements have propelled efforts towards identifying the molecular mechanisms that govern human adaptation to high altitude. Despite remarkable progress with respect to the identification of adaptive genomic signals that are strongly associated with the 'hypoxia-tolerant' physiological characteristics of high-altitude populations, many questions regarding the fundamental biological processes underlying human adaptation remain unanswered. Vital to address these enduring questions will be to determine the role of epigenetic processes, or non-sequence based features of the genome, that are not only critical for the regulation of transcriptional responses to hypoxia but heritable across generations...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818834/designing-and-implementing-a-physiology-course-for-a-new-doctoral-occupational-therapy-program-with-student-feedback
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Barbara E Goodman, Moses N Ikiugu
Recently, the Occupational Therapy Department requested a custom-designed medical physiology course for the students in the new occupational therapy doctoral program. The first author, a physiologist with extensive experience in teaching both undergraduate preprofessional and medical students in human physiology, was recruited to design and implement the course. The course was designed to be consistent with the constructivist philosophy that guides the occupational therapy curriculum. The course was offered for the first time during fall/spring 2015/2016 and included both first- and second-year occupational therapy doctoral students...
September 1, 2017: Advances in Physiology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818832/b-cell-ox40l-supports-t-follicular-helper-cell-development-and-contributes-to-sle-pathogenesis
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Andrea Cortini, Ursula Ellinghaus, Talat H Malik, Deborah S Cunningham Grahman, Marina Botto, Timothy James Vyse
OBJECTIVES: TNFSF4 (encodes OX40L) is a susceptibility locus for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Risk alleles increase TNFSF4 expression in cell lines, but the mechanism linking this effect to disease is unclear, and the OX40L-expressing cell types mediating the risk are not clearly established. Blockade of OX40L has been demonstrated to reduce disease severity in several models of autoimmunity, but not in SLE. We sought to investigate its potential therapeutic role in lupus. METHODS: We used a conditional knockout mouse system to investigate the function of OX40L on B and T lymphocytes in systemic autoimmunity...
August 17, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818665/irf-5-accelerates-leukocyte-adhesion-to-endothelial-cells-in-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-through-regulating-the-transcription-of-vcam-1
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Hongbin Cai, Zhuhua Yao, Wenting Li
Ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) has been implicated in many pathological conditions, including cardiovascular diseases. Adhesion of leukocytes to the surface of endothelial cells has been considered as one of the principle steps in the pathological cascade of inflammatory tissue damage during IRI. The role of the transcriptional factor interferon regulatory factor-5 (IRF-5) in endothelial physiology remains unknown. Here, we report that IRF-5 is expressed in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and is rapidly upregulated in response to IRI, mediated by the JAK2/STAT3 pathway...
August 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818484/the-physiology-of-submaximal-exercise-the-steady-state-concept
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REVIEW
Guido Ferretti, Nazzareno Fagoni, Anna Taboni, Paolo Bruseghini, Giovanni Vinetti
The steady state concept implies that the oxygen flow is invariant and equal at each level along the respiratory system. The same is the case with the carbon dioxide flow. This condition has several physiological consequences, which are analysed. First, we briefly discuss the mechanical efficiency of exercise and the energy cost of human locomotion, as well as the roles played by aerodynamic work and frictional work. Then we analyse the equations describing the oxygen flow in lungs and in blood, the effects of ventilation and of the ventilation - perfusion inequality, and the interaction between diffusion and perfusion in the lungs...
August 14, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818429/exposure-shapes-the-perception-of-affective-touch
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Uta Sailer, Rochelle Ackerley
Touch is a common occurrence in our lives, where affective and inter-personal aspects of touch are important for our well-being. We investigated whether touch exposure affects hedonic and discriminative aspects of tactile perception. The perceived pleasantness and intensity of gentle forearm stroking, over different velocities, was assessed in individuals reporting to seldom receive inter-personal touch, and in controls who received touch often. The groups did not differ in their stroking intensity judgements, nor in tactile discrimination sensitivity; however, individuals with low touch exposure evaluated the pleasantness of touch differently...
August 9, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818232/review-of-the-endothelial-pathogenic-mechanism-of-tie2-related-venous-malformation
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REVIEW
Zhong Du, JiaWei Zheng, ZhiYuan Zhang, YanAn Wang
BACKGROUND: Venous malformation (VM) is a type of disease involving vascular morphogenesis in humans. Clinically, VM can be sporadic or inherited. TIE2, also known as TEK or HYK, is a member of the receptor tyrosine kinase subfamily and is highly conserved among species. In 1996, an arginine-to-tryptophan substitution at position 849 (R849W) in TIE2 was found to induce hereditary VM. Additional alterations in TIE2 involved in the pathogenesis of inherited or sporadic VM have since been reported...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817799/human-astrocyte-maturation-captured-in-3d-cerebral-cortical-spheroids-derived-from-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Steven A Sloan, Spyros Darmanis, Nina Huber, Themasap A Khan, Fikri Birey, Christine Caneda, Richard Reimer, Stephen R Quake, Ben A Barres, Sergiu P Paşca
There is significant need to develop physiologically relevant models for investigating human astrocytes in health and disease. Here, we present an approach for generating astrocyte lineage cells in a three-dimensional (3D) cytoarchitecture using human cerebral cortical spheroids (hCSs) derived from pluripotent stem cells. We acutely purified astrocyte-lineage cells from hCSs at varying stages up to 20 months in vitro using immunopanning and cell sorting and performed high-depth bulk and single-cell RNA sequencing to directly compare them to purified primary human brain cells...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817717/short-report-trpv1-polymorphism-1911-a-g-alters-capsaicin-induced-sensory-changes-in-healthy-subjects
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Julia Forstenpointner, Matti Förster, Denisa May, Friederike Hofschulte, Ingolf Cascorbi, Gunnar Wasner, Janne Gierthmühlen, Ralf Baron
BACKGROUND: C-fibers express transient receptor potential (TRP) channels. These high-voltage gated channels function as integrators of different physical stresses (e.g. heat, protons, ATP). Additionally channel activation can be induced by capsaicin. Topically applied, capsaicin elicits burning pain, heat and mechanical hyperalgesia and serves as a human surrogate model for pain. It was suggested that the TRPV1-variant rs8065080 (1911A>G) plays a pivotal role in patients with neuropathic pain syndromes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817646/genetic-dissection-of-endothelial-transcriptional-activity-of-zebrafish-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptors-ahrs
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Wade W Sugden, Roberto C Leonardo-Mendonça, Darío Acuña-Castroviejo, Arndt F Siekmann
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) is a basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor conserved across phyla from flies to humans. Activated by a number of endogenous ligands and environmental toxins, studies on AHR function and gene regulation have largely focused on a toxicological perspective relating to aromatic hydrocarbons generated by human activities and the often-deleterious effects of exposure on vertebrates mediated by AHR activation. A growing body of work has highlighted the importance of AHR in physiologic processes, including immune cell differentiation and vascular patterning...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817288/in-silico-modeling-approach-for-the-evaluation-of-gastrointestinal-dissolution-supersaturation-and-precipitation-of-posaconazole
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Bart Hens, Shriram M Pathak, Amitava Mitra, Nikunjkumar Patel, Bo Liu, Sanjaykumar Patel, Masoud Jamei, Joachim Brouwers, Patrick Augustijns, David B Turner
The aim of this study was to evaluate gastrointestinal (GI) dissolution, supersaturation, and precipitation of posaconazole, formulated as an acidified (pH 1.6) and neutral (pH 7.1) suspension. A physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling and simulation tool was applied to simulate GI and systemic concentration-time profiles of posaconazole which were directly compared with intraluminal and systemic data measured in humans. The Advanced Dissolution Absorption and Metabolism (ADAM) model of the Simcyp® Simulator correctly simulated incomplete gastric dissolution and saturated duodenal concentrations of posaconazole in the duodenal fluids following administration of the neutral suspension...
August 17, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816240/rodent-mismatch-negativity-mmn-theta-neuro-oscillatory-response-as-a-translational-neurophysiological-biomarker-for-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-based-new-treatment-development-in-schizophrenia
#19
Migyung Lee, Andrea Balla, Henry Sershen, Pejman Sehatpour, Peter Lakatos, Daniel C Javitt
Deficits in the generation of auditory mismatch negativity (MMN) generation are among the most widely replicated neurophysiological abnormalities in schizophrenia and linked to underlying dysfunction of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR)-mediated neurotransmission. Here, we evaluate physiological properties of rodent MMN, along with sensitivity to NMDAR agonist and antagonist treatment, relative to known patterns of dysfunction in schizophrenia. Epidural neurophysiological responses to frequency- and duration-deviants, along with responses to standard stimuli, were obtained at baseline and following 2 and 4 weeks treatment from rats treated with saline, phencyclidine (PCP, 15 mg/kg/d by osmotic minipump), or PCP+glycine (16% by weight diet) interventions...
August 17, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816066/stressing-the-epi-genome-dealing-with-ros-in-cancer
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Akshay V Bhat, Shainan Hora, Ananya Pal, Sudhakar Jha, Reshma Taneja
SIGNIFICANCE: Growing evidence indicates cross-talk between Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and several key epigenetic processes like DNA methylation, histone modifications and miRNAs in normal physiology and human pathologies including cancer. This review focuses on how ROS-induced oxidative stress, metabolic intermediates and epigenetic processes influence each other in various cancers. Recent Advances: ROS alters chromatin structure and metabolism which impact the epigenetic landscape in cancer cells...
August 17, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
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