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Amanda Souza Setti, Rita Cássia Sávio Figueira, Daniela Paes de Almeida Ferreira Braga, Matheus de Castro Azevedo, Assumpto Iaconelli, Edson Borges
OBJECTIVE: To study whether embryos derived from oocytes presenting a smooth endoplasmic reticulum cluster (SERC) are less likely to develop into blastocysts and implant. DESIGN: Transversal study. SETTING: Private university-affiliated in vitro fertilization (IVF) center. PATIENT(S): Total of 7,609 oocytes obtained from 743 intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) cycles. INTERVENTION(S): Oocytes split between the SERC-positive cycles (with at least one SERC-positive oocyte) and the SERC-negative cycles (only oocytes free of SERC)...
October 12, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
D F Dubeibe, M C Caldas-Bussiere, V L Maciel, W V Sampaio, C R Quirino, P B D Gonçalves, M P De Cesaro, M R Faes, C S Paes de Carvalho
Nitric oxide (NO) is identified as a signaling molecule involved in many cellular or physiological functions, including meiotic maturation of cattle oocytes. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of supplementation of culture medium with the L-arginine (L-arg, NO synthesis precursor) in nuclear maturation of oocytes, concentrations of nitrate/nitrite, progesterone (P4), and 17β-estradiol (E2) in the culture medium; and the cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) and cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) intracellular concentrations in the cumulus-oocyte complexes (COCs) during the first hours of maturation in the presence of hemisections (HSs) of the follicular wall (control -ve)...
September 17, 2016: Theriogenology
Andre Uflacker, Ziv J Haskal, Tiago Bilhim, James Patrie, Timothy Huber, João Martins Pisco
PURPOSE: To perform meta-analysis of available data on prostatic artery embolization (PAE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Meta-analysis was conducted on articles published between November 2009 and December 2015. Peer-reviewed studies with > 5 patients and standard deviations and/or individual-level data on one or more of the following outcomes were included: prostate volume (PV), peak flow rate (Qmax), postvoid residual (PVR), International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS), quality of life (QOL) score, International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) score, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) level...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology: JVIR
Jianteng Sun, Lili Pan, Daniel C W Tsang, Zhiheng Li, Lizhong Zhu, Xiangdong Li
The present study investigated phthalate esters (PAEs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) in agricultural soils and vegetables from eastern China. The concentrations of PAEs ranged from 109 to 5560 ng/g in soils and 60.1 to 2390 ng/g in cabbages, with average concentrations of 946 and 601 ng/g, respectively. The concentrations of OCPs ranged from <0.1 to 662 ng/g in soils and <0.1 to 42.8 ng/g in cabbages, with average concentrations of 134 and 11.6 ng/g, respectively. OCPs were mainly in the 0-30 cm surface soil layers, while PAEs could infiltrate in deep soil profiles to 70-80 cm layer...
October 13, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jeffrey R Wozniak, Bryon A Mueller, Sarah N Mattson, Claire D Coles, Julie A Kable, Kenneth L Jones, Christopher J Boys, Kelvin O Lim, Edward P Riley, Elizabeth R Sowell
: Consistent with well-documented structural and microstructural abnormalities in prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), recent studies suggest that functional connectivity (FC) may also be disrupted. We evaluated whole-brain FC in a large multi-site sample, examined its cognitive correlates, and explored its potential to objectively identify neurodevelopmental abnormality in individuals without definitive dysmorphic features. Included were 75 children with PAE and 68 controls from four sites...
October 12, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Miguel Del Campo, Kenneth Lyons Jones
The fetal alcohol spectrum of disorders (FASD) includes four diagnostic categories for the clinical consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in the unborn child. Physical features are necessary for the diagnosis of the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and partial pFAS. Moreover, these features are specific and a diagnosis of FAS can be made even in the absence of knowledge of PAE. Not only growth deficits, microcephaly and the 3 facial features (short palpebral fissures, smooth philtrum and narrow vermillion of the upper lip) are characteristic, since other dysmorphic features particularly in the hands are key to the recognition of FAS...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Tao Zhang, Zehua Huang, Xiaohong Chen, Mingzhi Huang, Jujun Ruan
Dimethyl phthalate (DMP) as one of the most important and extensively used Phthalic acid esters (PAEs) is known to likely cause dysfunctions of the endocrine systems, liver, and nervous systems of animals. In this paper, the degradation and behavior of DMP were investigated in a laboratory scale anaerobic/anoxic/oxic (AAO) treatment system. In addition, a degradation model including biodegradation and sorption was formulated so as to evaluate the fate of DMP in the treatment system, and a mass balance model was designed to determine kinetic parameters of the removal model...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Flávia Sirotheau Corrêa Pontes, Felipe Paiva Fonseca, Beatriz Helena Rodrigues E Silva, Eduardo Rodrigues Fregnani, Sâmia Cordovil de Almeida, Anderson Costa Sousa, Marcondes Sena-Filho, Oslei Paes de Almeida, Hélder Antônio Rebelo Pontes
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 8, 2016: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
Vinícius Carvalho Fonseca, Edilson Paes Saraiva, Alex Sandro Campos Maia, Carolina Cardoso Nagib Nascimento, Josinaldo Araújo da Silva, Walter Esfraim Pereira, Edgard Cavalcanti Pimenta Filho, Maria Elivânia Vieira Almeida
The aim of this study was to build a prediction model both sensible and latent heat transfer by respiratory tract for Morada Nova sheep under field conditions in a semiarid tropical environment, using easily measured physiological and environmental parameters. Twelve dry Morada Nova ewes with an average of 3 ± 1.2 years old and average body weight of 32.76 ± 3.72 kg were used in a Latin square design 12 × 12 (12 days of records and 12 schedules). Tidal volume, respiratory rate, expired air temperature, and partial vapor pressure of the expired air were obtained from the respiratory facial mask and using a physiological measurement system...
October 10, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
Jin Hee Kim, Ji-Yeon Suh, Dong-Cheol Woo, Yu Sub Sung, Woo-Chan Son, Yoon Seok Choi, Sang Joon Pae, Jeong Kon Kim
Contrast enhancement by an extracellular-fluid contrast agent (CA) (Gd-DOTA) depends primarily on the blood-brain-barrier permeability (bp), and transverse-relaxation change caused by intravascular T2 CA (superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles, SPIONs) is closely associated with the blood volume (BV). Pharmacokinetic (PK) vascular characterization based on single-CA-using dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) has shown significant measurement variation according to the molecular size of the CA. Based on this recognition, this study used a dual injection of Gd-DOTA and SPIONs for tracing the changes of bp and BV in C6 glioma growth (Days 1 and 7 after the tumor volume reached 2 mL)...
October 10, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
Romualdo Barroso-Sousa, Flavia Rocha Paes, Ines Vaz-Luis, Rafael Borges Batista, Rafael Brant Costa, Katya Losk, Kristen Camuso, Otto Metzger-Filho, Melissa E Hughes, Craig A Bunnell, Mehra Golshan, Eric P Winer, Nancy U Lin
INTRODUCTION: The necessity of using granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) during dose-dense (DD) paclitaxel (T) after doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide (AC) is unclear. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study including patients with stage I-III breast cancer treated at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute with adjuvant DD-ACT between January 2011 and December 2013. Descriptive analyses evaluating patterns of G-CSF utilization during T were performed. RESULTS: Overall, 156 patients were treated with DD-ACT by 26 providers...
October 6, 2016: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
Zoe H Larsen, Praveen Chander, Jason A Joyner, Crina M Floruta, Tess L Demeter, Jason P Weick
BACKGROUND: Prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in animal models results in excitatory-inhibitory (E/I) imbalance in neocortex due to alterations in the GABAergic interneuron (IN) differentiation and migration. Thus, E/I imbalance is a potential cause for intellectual disability in individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), but whether ethanol (EtOH) changes glutamatergic and GABAergic IN specification during human development remains unknown. Here, we created a human cellular model of PAE/FASD and tested the hypothesis that EtOH exposure during differentiation of human pluripotent stem cell-derived neurons (hPSNs) would cause the aberrant production of glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons, resulting in E/I imbalance...
September 26, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Yan Wang, Ling Zhou, Meng Xiao, Zhong-Liang Sun, Chang-Yuan Zhang
In the present study, we have synthesized an amphiphilic pH-sensitive structure of poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether-b-(poly lactic acid-co-poly(b-amino esters)) (MPEG-b-(PLA-co-PAE)) to load paclitaxel to increase the therapeutic efficacy in leukemia. The micelles exhibit excellent drug-loading capacities for paclitaxel (PTX) and exhibited a typical pH-responsive drug release pattern. The release of PTX from the micelles was significantly accelerated by decreasing pH from 7.4 to 5.0 which just fitted the pathological process...
September 13, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Qingqi Lin, Siyuan Chen, Yuanqing Chao, Xiongfei Huang, Shizhong Wang, Rongliang Qiu
Uptake and accumulation by plants is a significant pathway in the migration and transformation of phthalate esters (PAEs) in the environment. However, limited information is available on the mechanisms of PAE metabolism in plants. Here, we investigated the metabolism of di-n-butyl phthalate (DnBP), one of the most frequently detected PAEs, in pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) seedlings via a series of hydroponic experiments with an initial concentration of 10 mg L(-1). DnBP hydrolysis occurred primarily in the root, and two of its metabolites, mono-n-butyl phthalate (MnBP) and phthalic acid (PA), were detected in all plant tissues...
September 30, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Sheng-Min Wang, Changsu Han, Soo-Jung Lee, Tae-Youn Jun, Ashwin A Patkar, Prakash S Masand, Chi-Un Pae
Less than one third of patients who suffer from major depressive disorder (MDD) report remission following antidepressant treatments requiring more diverse treatment approaches. Augmentation of second generation antipsychotics (SGAs) has been increasingly recognized as an important treatment option. The authors have previously provided a comprehensive review of SGAs for the treatment of MDD in 2013. Since then, numerous additional clinical trials have been conducted to investigate diverse issues regarding the utility of SGAs in MDD...
September 2016: Chonnam Medical Journal
Joanna Helena Sliwowska, Wendy L Comeau, Tamara S Bodnar, Linda Ellis, Joanne Weinberg
BACKGROUND: Reproductive maturation is initiated with the onset of puberty, which activates the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and coincidences with increased expression of the hormone kisspeptin within the hypothalamus. Maturational events are sensitive to environmental factors, including alcohol, which is known to delay reproductive development. We hypothesized that, similar to alcohol's adverse effects during reproductive maturation, prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) would alter pubertal markers, sex hormone profiles, and kisspeptin expression in the hypothalamus...
September 30, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
Priscila Marques de Macedo, Rodrigo Almeida-Paes, Dayvison Francis Saraiva Freitas, Paula Marsillac, Ana Paola de Oliveira, Flavia Antelo Saez, Bodo Wanke, Antonio Carlos Francesconi do Valle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Eduardo Rodrigues Fregnani, Danyel Elias da Cruz Perez, Oslei Paes de Almeida, Felipe Paiva Fonseca, Fernando Augusto Soares, Gilberto de Castro Junior, Fábio Abreu de Alves
AIMS: The aim of this study was to investigate whether the expression of BRAF-V600E determines an aggressive clinical and molecular presentation of ameloblastoma. METHODS AND RESULTS: Ninety-three cases of solid ameloblastomas were arranged in a 1.0-mm tissue microarray block. Immunohistochemistry against a large panel of cytokeratins (CK), epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), parathyroid hormone-related peptide (PTHrP), syndecan-1, Ki67, p53, and BRAF-V600E were done...
September 28, 2016: Histopathology
Adriana Pinto de Freitas, Danielle Dias Pinto Ferreira, Arlete Fernandes, Robertta Silva Martins, Vladimir Pedro Peralva Borges-Martins, Matheus Figueiredo Sathler, Maurício Dos-Santos-Pereira, Roberto Paes-de-Carvalho, Elizabeth Giestal-de-Araujo, Ricardo Augusto de Melo Reis, Regina Celia Cussa Kubrusly
l-Glutamate and l-aspartate are the main excitatory amino acids (EAAs) in the Central Nervous System (CNS) and their uptake regulation is critical for the maintenance of the excitatory balance. Excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs) are widely distributed among central neurons and glial cells. GLAST and GLT1 are expressed in glial cells, whereas excitatory amino acid transporter 3/excitatory amino acid carrier 1 (EAAT3/EAAC1) is neuronal. Different signaling pathways regulate glutamate uptake by modifying the activity and expression of EAATs...
September 20, 2016: Neuroscience
Xin-Li Song, Yue Chen, Jin-Peng Yuan, Yu-Jun Qin, Ru-Song Zhao, Xiao Wang
Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) on polystyrene (PS) microspheres have been designed and prepared by layer-by-layer assembly via electrostatic interaction. MWCNTs@PS was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The new materials were employed as a novel solid-phase microextraction (SPME) coating to enrich trace level of phthalate acid esters (PAEs) in water samples. Five PAEs, di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), di-2-ethylhexyl adipate (DEHA), di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) and di-n-octyl phthalate (DOP), were studied in this work...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
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