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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779121/a-comprehensive-comparable-study-of-the-physiological-properties-of-four-microalgal-species-under-different-light-wavelength-conditions
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Yu Zhong, Peng Jin, Jay J Cheng
Microalgae treated with blue light have potential for production of human nutrition supplement and biofuel due to their higher biomass productivity and favorable fatty acid composition. Chlorella vulgaris, Chlorella pyrenoidosa, Scenedesmus quadricauda and Scenedesmus obliquus are representative green microalgae which are widely reported for algal production. In this study, we provide a systematic investigation of the biomass productivity, photosynthetic pigments, chlorophyll fluorescence and fatty acid content of the four green microalgae...
May 19, 2018: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779043/glis1-3-transcription-factors-critical-roles-in-the-regulation-of-multiple-physiological-processes-and-diseases
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Anton M Jetten
Krüppel-like zinc finger proteins form one of the largest families of transcription factors. They function as key regulators of embryonic development and a wide range of other physiological processes, and are implicated in a variety of pathologies. GLI-similar 1-3 (GLIS1-3) constitute a subfamily of Krüppel-like zinc finger proteins that act either as activators or repressors of gene transcription. GLIS3 plays a critical role in the regulation of multiple biological processes and is a key regulator of pancreatic β cell generation and maturation, insulin gene expression, thyroid hormone biosynthesis, spermatogenesis, and the maintenance of normal kidney functions...
May 19, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779022/intraoperative-incident-dark-field-imaging-of-the-human-peritoneal-microcirculation
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Zühre Uz, Arnoud W Kastelein, Dan M J Milstein, Dan Liu, Fadi Rassam, Denise P Veelo, Jan-Paul W R Roovers, Can Ince, Thomas M van Gulik
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study describes the peritoneal microcirculation, compares quantitative parameters and angioarchitecture to the standard of sublingual microcirculatory assessment, and determines the practical feasibility of this method. METHODS: Incident dark field imaging was performed of the peritoneum and sublingually to determine angioarchitecture, total and perfused vessel density (TVD and PVD), the proportion of perfused vessels (PPV), the microvascular flow index (MFI) and image acquisition time...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778902/perspectives-on-the-past-present-and-future-of-cancer-nanomedicine
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Yu Seok Youn, You Han Bae
The justification of cancer nanomedicine relies on enhanced permeation (EP) and retention (R) effect and the capability of intracellular targeting due primarily to size after internalization (endocytosis) into the individual target cells. The EPR effect implies improved efficacy. Affinity targeting for solid tumors only occur after delivery to individual cells, which help internalization and/or retention. The design principles have been supported by animal results in numerous publications, but hardly translated...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778444/artificial-structures-alter-kelp-functioning-across-an-urbanised-estuary
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M Mayer-Pinto, K A Dafforn, A B Bugnot, T M Glasby, E L Johnston
Assessments of human impacts on natural habitats often focus on the abundance of component species, yet physiological and/or sub-lethal effects of stressors on functional attributes may be equally important to consider. Here we evaluated how artificial structures, an integral part of urbanisation in the marine environment, affects key functional properties of the habitat-forming kelp Ecklonia radiata. Given that stressors rarely occur in isolation, we assessed the effects of infrastructure across an urbanised estuary...
May 5, 2018: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778442/developmental-profiles-of-progesterone-receptor-transcripts-and-molecular-responses-to-gestagen-exposure-during-silurana-tropicalis-early-development
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Paisley Thomson, Valerie S Langlois
Environmental gestagens are an emerging class of contaminants that have been recently measured in surface water and can interfere with reproduction in aquatic vertebrates. Gestagens include endogenous progestogens, such as progesterone (P4), which bind P4-receptors and have critically important roles in vertebrate physiology and reproduction. Gestagens also include synthetic progestins, which are components of human and veterinary drugs, such as melengestrol acetate (MGA). Endogenous progestogens are essential in the regulation of reproduction in mammalian species, but the role of P4 in amphibian larval development remains unclear...
May 17, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777986/predicting-of-the-refractive-index-of-haemoglobin-using-the-hybrid-ga-svr-approach
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Tajudeen A Oyehan, Ibrahim O Alade, Aliyu Bagudu, Kazeem O Sulaiman, Sunday O Olatunji, Tawfik A Saleh
The optical properties of blood play crucial roles in medical diagnostics and treatment, and in the design of new medical devices. Haemoglobin is a vital constituent of the blood whose optical properties affect all of the optical properties of human blood. The refractive index of haemoglobin has been reported to strongly depend on its concentration which is a function of the physiology of biological cells. This makes the refractive index of haemoglobin an essential non-invasive bio-marker of diseases. Unfortunately, the complexity of blood tissue makes it challenging to experimentally measure the refractive index of haemoglobin...
April 30, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777816/aptamer-based-assay-for-monitoring-genetic-disorder-phenylketonuria-pku
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Mohammad Hasanzadeh, Amir Zargami, Hossein Navay Baghban, Ahad Mokhtarzadeh, Nasrin Shadjou, Soltanali Mahboob
The genetic disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) is the inability to metabolize phenylalanine because of a lack of the enzyme phenylalanine hydroxylase. Phenylalanine is used to biochemically form proteins, coded for by DNA. The development of an apta-assay for detection of l-Phenylalanine is presented in this work. A highly specific DNA-aptamer, selected to l-Phenylalanine was immobilized onto a gold nanostructure and electrochemical measurements were performed in a solution containing the phosphate buffer solution with physiological pH...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777757/stem-cell-based-retina-models
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Kevin Achberger, Jasmin C Haderspeck, Alexander Kleger, Stefan Liebau
From the early days of cell biological research, the eye-especially the retina-has evoked broad interest among scientists. The retina has since been thoroughly investigated and numerous models have been exploited to shed light on its development, morphology, and function. Apart from various animal models and human clinical and anatomical research, stem cell-based models of animal and human cells of origin have entered the field, especially during the last decade. Despite the observation that the retina of different species comprises endogenous stem cells, most stem cell-related research in the human retina is now based on pluripotent stem cell models...
May 16, 2018: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777728/testosterone-induced-downregulation-of-migration-and-proliferation-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-by-androgen-receptor-dependent-and-independent-mechanisms
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Aulona Gaba, Mario Mairhofer, Zyhdi Zhegu, Nadja Leditznig, Ladislaus Szabo, Walter Tschugguel, Christian Schneeberger, Iveta Yotova
Recent research has emphasized the potential unfavorable effects of declining testosterone (T) levels in men and the putative beneficial effect of androgen therapy in select women. Some controversy surrounding the mechanism of action and the effects of T on endothelium remains. In this study, we evaluated the mechanism of T action on pooled primary Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVEC) of mixed gender by focusing on two important processes, proliferation and migration. In our in vitro model system, we found that only the supra-physiological dose of T affected these two processes irrespective of the ratio of male to female cells in the pools...
May 16, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777698/surf4-has-oncogenic-potential-in-nih3t3-cells
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Jayoung Kim, Chae Mi Hong, Su Min Park, Dong Hoon Shin, Jee Yeon Kim, Sang-Mo Kwon, Jae Ho Kim, Chi Dae Kim, Dae-Sik Lim, Dongjun Lee
SURF4, which is located in the Surfeit gene cluster, encodes for a conserved integral membrane protein containing multiple putative transmembrane regions. However, the physiological role of SURF4 has not been determined. We found that SURF4 demonstrated aberrant amplification and increased expression in the tumor tissues of several human cancer patients. Overexpression of SURF4 led to increased cell proliferation, migration, and maintenance of anchorage-independent growth. In addition, NIH3T3 cells overexpressing SURF4 induced tumor growth in the mice...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777696/sterilized-bifidobacteria-suppressed-fat-accumulation-and-blood-glucose-level
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Keita Kikuchi, Mahmoud Ben Othman, Kazuichi Sakamoto
Probiotics such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium improve the balance of intestinal microflora and have various physiological functions beneficial to human health. It is not always known whether the ingested microbial cells are viable- or killed. However, even sterilized bacterial cells are functional. Bacterial cell functions are strain-specific and their modes of action are still poorly understood. The aim of this study was to elucidate the roles of sterilized bifidobacteria in obesity and lipid metabolism...
May 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777687/physiological-stress-responses-in-wild-asian-elephants-elephas-maximus-in-a-human-dominated-landscape-in-the-western-ghats-southern-india
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Sreedhar Vijayakrishnan, Mavatur Ananda Kumar, G Umapathy, Vinod Kumar, Anindya Sinha
Increasing anthropogenic pressures on forests, especially in the tropical regions of the world, have restricted several large mammalian species such as the Asian elephant to fragmented habitats within human-dominated landscapes. In this study, we assessed the effects of an anthropogenic landscape and its associated conflict with humans on the physiological stress responses displayed by Asian elephants in the Anamalai Hills of the Western Ghats mountains in south India. We have quantified faecal glucocorticoid metabolite (FGM) concentrations in focal individual elephants within and across herds, inhabiting both anthropogenic and natural habitats, and evaluated their physiological responses to different socio-ecological situations between November 2013 and April 2014...
May 16, 2018: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777602/-suspension-of-respiratory-support-in-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Agustín A Silberberg, Josefina Robetto, Mora Achával
Decision making in advanced Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients keeps on being a controversial issue. The aim of this work is to discuss ethical implications of withdrawing respiratory support treatment in patients with ALS. Through a bibliographic search on Pubmed database (2010-2016) we investigated whether or not the use of Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV) and Mechanical Ventilation (MV) would increase survival and quality of life. We included 38 review articles. From these papers, results and ethical implications of initiating and mainly withdrawing respiratory support were analyzed...
May 2018: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777561/the-association-of-sociodemographic-factors-and-needs-of-hemodialysis-patients-according-to-maslow-s-hierarchy-of-needs
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Chiung-Yu Shih, Chiu-Ya Huang, Mei-Lun Huang, Chyong-Mei Chen, Fu-In Tang
AIM: To explore the association between the sociodemographic factors and the needs of patients undergoing hemodialysis in Taiwan. BACKGROUND: Concomitant discomfort, including physical and mental aspects, affects the patients' quality of life and their willingness to undergo hemodialysis. Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a well-known tool to assess different levels of human needs. METHOD: We conducted a small-scale cross-sectional observational study using a structured needs assessment questionnaire on 159 patients from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital hemodialysis unit...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777504/implementation-and-validation-of-constitutive-relations-for-human-dermis-mechanical-response
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Alessandra Aldieri, Mara Terzini, Cristina Bignardi, Elisabetta M Zanetti, Alberto L Audenino
Finite element models in conjunction with adequate constitutive relations are pivotal in several physiological and medical applications related to both native and engineered tissues, allowing to predict the tissue response under various loading states. In order to get reliable results, however, the validation of the constitutive models is crucial. Therefore, the main purpose of this work is to provide an experimental-computational approach to the biomechanical investigation of soft tissues such as the dermis...
May 19, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777136/functional-proteomic-profiling-of-secreted-serine-proteases-in-health-and-inflammatory-bowel-disease
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Alexandre Denadai-Souza, Chrystelle Bonnart, Núria Solà Tapias, Marlène Marcellin, Brendan Gilmore, Laurent Alric, Delphine Bonnet, Odile Burlet-Schiltz, Morley D Hollenberg, Nathalie Vergnolle, Céline Deraison
While proteases are essential in gastrointestinal physiology, accumulating evidence indicates that dysregulated proteolysis plays a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Nonetheless, the identity of overactive proteases released by human colonic mucosa remains largely unknown. Studies of protease abundance have primarily investigated expression profiles, not taking into account their enzymatic activity. Herein we have used serine protease-targeted activity-based probes (ABPs) coupled with mass spectral analysis to identify active forms of proteases secreted by the colonic mucosa of healthy controls and IBD patients...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777099/targeting-g-protein-coupled-receptor-signaling-at-the-g-protein-level-with-a-selective-nanobody-inhibitor
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Sahil Gulati, Hui Jin, Ikuo Masuho, Tivadar Orban, Yuan Cai, Els Pardon, Kirill A Martemyanov, Philip D Kiser, Phoebe L Stewart, Christopher P Ford, Jan Steyaert, Krzysztof Palczewski
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) activate heterotrimeric G proteins by mediating a GDP to GTP exchange in the Gα subunit. This leads to dissociation of the heterotrimer into Gα-GTP and Gβγ dimer. The Gα-GTP and Gβγ dimer each regulate a variety of downstream pathways to control various aspects of human physiology. Dysregulated Gβγ-signaling is a central element of various neurological and cancer-related anomalies. However, Gβγ also serves as a negative regulator of Gα that is essential for G protein inactivation, and thus has the potential for numerous side effects when targeted therapeutically...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776965/developmentally-inspired-human-organs-on-chips
#19
Donald E Ingber
Although initially developed to replace animal testing in drug development, human 'organ on a chip' (organ chip) microfluidic culture technology offers a new tool for studying tissue development and pathophysiology, which has brought us one step closer to carrying out human experimentation in vitro In this Spotlight article, I discuss the central role that developmental biology played in the early stages of organ-chip technology, and how these models have led to new insights into human physiology and disease mechanisms...
May 18, 2018: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776608/development-of-a-polyclonal-anti-dugong-immunoglobulin-g-igg-antibody-with-evaluation-of-total-plasma-igg-in-a-living-dugong-dugong-dugon-population
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Arthur Wong, Janet M Lanyon, Sara J McKee, Richard Linedale, Lucy Woolford, Trevor Long, Graham R Leggatt
Species-specific antibodies (Ab) for the measurement of immunoglobulins (Ig) are valuable tools for determining the humoral immune status of threatened and endangered wildlife species such as dugongs. However, no studies have reported antibody reagents against dugong immunoglobulin. The object of this study was to develop an Ab with specificity for dugong IgG and apply this tool to survey total IgG levels in plasma samples from a live wild population of dugongs in southern Queensland, Australia. Dugong IgG was isolated from plasma by protein A/G column chromatography and a polyclonal antiserum was successfully raised against the dugong IgG through immunization of mice...
June 2018: Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology
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