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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545267/-influence-of-postoperative-pelvic-floor-function-on-different-surgical-procedures-of-hysterectomy
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A L Tan, L Hong, Y Z Zhao, L Jiang
Objective: To compare the influence of postoperative pelvic floor function after different surgical procedures of hysterectomy. Methods: A total of 260 patients who underwent hysterectomy in Renmin hospital of Wuhan University from January 2012 to January 2014 were enrolled in the study, and divided into 5 groups by different surgical procedures, which were total abdominal hysterectomy (A-TH; 46 cases), total laparoscopic hysterectomy (L-TH; 59 cases), total vaginal hysterectomy (V-TH; 42 cases), abdominal intrafascial hysterectomy (A-CISH; 78 cases), laparoscopic intrafascial hysterectomy (L-CISH; 35 cases)...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545188/clinacanthus-nutans-hexane-extracts-induce-apoptosis-through-a-caspase-dependent-pathway-in-human-cancer-cell-lines
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Pei Ying Ng, Soi Moi Chye, Chew Hee Ng, Rhun Yian Koh, Yee Lian Tiong, Liew Phing Pui, Yong Hui Tan, Crystale Siew Ying Lim, Khuen Yen Ng
Background: Clinacanthus nutans (C.nutans) is a plant consumed as a cancer treatment in tropical Asia. Despite the availability of numerous anecdotal reports, evaluation of active anticancer effects has remained elusive. Therefore we here examined antiproliferative, reactive oxygen species (ROS)-inducing and apoptosis mechanisms of whole plant extracts in different cancer cell lines. Methods: Antiproliferative actions of five solvent extracts (hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, methanol and water) of C.nutans were tested on non-small cell lung cancer (A549), nasopharygeal cancer (CNE1) and liver cancer (HepG2) cells using MTT assay...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545138/sumo-4-a-novel-functional-candidate-in-the-human-placental-protein-sumoylation-machinery
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Dora Baczyk, Melanie C Audette, Sascha Drewlo, Khrystyna Levytska, John C Kingdom
BACKGROUND: Small ubiquitin-like modifiers (SUMOs) conjugate to proteins post-translationally, thereby affecting target localization, activity and stability. Functional SUMO family members identified in the human placenta include SUMO-1 to SUMO-3, which are elevated in pre-eclampsia. Whether the fourth isoform, SUMO-4, plays a role in placental development and function remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: We tested the hypothesis that SUMO-4 is expressed in the human placenta and demonstrates altered SUMOylation in pre-eclamptic pregnancies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544835/leaflet-mechanical-properties-of-carpentier-edwards-perimount-magna-pericardial-aortic-bioprostheses
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Heide Kuang, Yue Xuan, Michelle Lu, Aart Mookhoek, Andrew D Wisneski, Julius M Guccione, Liang Ge, Elaine E Tseng
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has recently been shown to be equivalent to surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in intermediate-risk patients. As TAVR expands towards the traditionally SAVR population, TAVR versus SAVR durability becomes increasingly important. While the durability of TAVR is unknown, valve design - particularly with regards to leaflet stress - impacts on valve durability. Although leaflet stress cannot be measured directly, it can be determined using finite element modeling, with such models requiring the mechanical properties of the leaflets...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544833/how-heart-valves-evolve-to-adapt-to-an-extreme-pressure-system-morphologic-and-biomechanical-properties-of-giraffe-heart-valves
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Jonas Amstrup Funder, Carl Christian Danielsen, Ulrik Baandrup, Bo Martin Bibby, Ted Carl Andelius, Emil Toft Brøndum, Tobias Wang, J Michael Hasenkam
BACKGROUND: Heart valves which exist naturally in an extreme-pressure system must have evolved in a way to resist the stresses of high pressure. Giraffes are interesting as they naturally have a blood pressure twice that of humans. Thus, knowledge regarding giraffe heart valves may aid in developing techniques to design improved pressure-resistant biological heart valves. METHODS: Heart valves from 12 giraffes and 10 calves were explanted and subjected to either biomechanical or morphological examinations...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544806/can-soil-microbial-diversity-influence-plant-metabolites-and-life-history-traits-of-a-rhizophagous-insect-a-demonstration-in-oilseed-rape
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Tom Lachaise, Morgane Ourry, Lionel Lebreton, Anne-Yvonne Guillerm-Erckelboudt, Juliette Linglin, Chrystelle Paty, Valérie Chaminade, Nathalie Marnet, Julie Aubert, Denis Poinsot, Anne-Marie Cortesero, Christophe Mougel
Interactions between plants and phytophagous insects play an important part in shaping the biochemical composition of plants. Reciprocally plant metabolites can influence major life history traits in these insects and largely contribute to their fitness. Plant rhizospheric microorganisms are an important biotic factor modulating plant metabolites and adaptation to stress. While plant-insects or plant-microorganisms interactions and their consequences on the plant metabolite signature are well-documented, the impact of soil microbial communities on plant defenses against phytophagous insects remains poorly known...
May 23, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544643/adaptations-to-endurance-training-depend-on-exercise-induced-oxidative-stress-exploiting-redox-inter-individual-variability
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Nikos V Margaritelis, Anastasios A Theodorou, Vassilis Paschalis, Aristidis S Veskoukis, Konstantina Dipla, Andreas Zafeiridis, George Panayiotou, Ioannis S Vrabas, Antonios Kyparos, Michalis G Nikolaidis
AIM: The aim of the present study was to reveal the role of reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS) in exercise adaptations under physiological in vivo conditions and without the interference from other exogenous redox agents (e.g., a pro-oxidant or antioxidant). METHODS: We invented a novel methodological set-up that exploited the large redox inter-individual variability in exercise responses. More specifically, we used exercise-induced oxidative stress as the "classifier" measure (i...
May 24, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544507/the-effect-of-binaural-beat-technology-on-the-cardiovascular-stress-response-in-military-service-members-with-postdeployment-stress
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MeLisa A Gantt, Stephanie Dadds, Debra S Burns, Dale Glaser, Angelo D Moore
PURPOSE: To assess the efficacy of embedded theta brainwave frequency in music using binaural beat technology (BBT) compared to music alone on the cardiovascular stress response in military service members with postdeployment stress. DESIGN: A double-blinded, randomized, pre- and postintervention trial. METHODS: Seventy-four military services members with complaint of postdeployment stress were randomized to either music with BBT or music alone...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Nursing Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544198/jaboticaba-berry-peel-intake-prevents-insulin-resistance-induced-tau-phosphorylation-in-mice
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Ângela G Batista, Edilene S Soares, Monique C P Mendonça, Juliana K da Silva, Ana Paula Dionísio, Cesar R Sartori, Maria Alice da Cruz-Höfling, Mário R Maróstica Júnior
The hyperphosphorylation of tau in the hippocampus can be caused by central and peripheral insulin resistance and these alterations are related to the development of tauopathies, such as Alzheimer's disease. In this study, we used a high-fat diet to induce obesity and insulin resistance in adult Swiss mice and checked whether supplementation with Myrciaria jaboticaba berry peel for 10 weeks could improve insulin sensitivity, learning/memory performance and prevent tau phosphorylation in the hippocampus. Furthermore, adipocytokines, inflammatory markers, and oxidative stress were assessed...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544042/forced-degradation-studies-of-lansoprazole-using-lc-esi-hrms-and-1-h-nmr-experiments-in-vitro-toxicity-evaluation-of-major-degradation-products
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G Shankar, R M Borkar, S Udutha, L Guntuku, V G M Naidu, N Nagesh, R Srinivas
Regulatory agencies from all over the world have set up stringent guidelines with regard to drug degradation products due to their toxic effects or carcinogenicity. Lansoprazole, a proton-pump inhibitor, was subjected to forced degradation studies as per ICH guidelines Q1A (R2). The drug was found to degrade under acidic, basic, neutral hydrolysis and oxidative stress conditions, whereas it was found to be stable under thermal and photolytic conditions. The chromatographic separation of the drug and its degradation products were achieved on a Hiber Purospher, C18 (250 X 4...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543585/a-score-test-for-genetic-class-level-association-with-nonlinear-biomarker-trajectories
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Jing Qian, Sara Nunez, Soohyun Kim, Muredach P Reilly, Andrea S Foulkes
Emerging data suggest that the genetic regulation of the biological response to inflammatory stress may be fundamentally different to the genetic underpinning of the homeostatic control (resting state) of the same biological measures. In this paper, we interrogate this hypothesis using a single-SNP score test and a novel class-level testing strategy to characterize protein-coding gene and regulatory element-level associations with longitudinal biomarker trajectories in response to stimulus. Using the proposed class-level association score statistic for longitudinal data, which accounts for correlations induced by linkage disequilibrium, the genetic underpinnings of evoked dynamic changes in repeatedly measured biomarkers are investigated...
May 23, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542928/crosstalk-between-e2f1-and-p53-transcription-factors-in-doxorubicin-induced-dna-damage-evidence-for-preventive-protective-effects-of-silymarin
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Seyedeh-Khadijeh Shafiei-Roudbari, Hassan Malekinejad, Hamed Janbaz-Aciabar, Mazdak Razi
OBJECTIVES: To study the effects of silymarin in various forms of applications on the molecular mechanism(s) of doxorubicin-induced testicular toxicity in male rats. METHODS: Following DOX administration with or without SMN in male rats, sperm quality assays were conducted. Moreover, total antioxidant capacity and nitric oxide content of testis were determined. Expression profile of p53 and E2F1 was analysed by PCR technique. Ultimately, the rate of DNA fragmentation in the testes was quantitatively measured...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542797/application-of-geographic-information-systems-to-investigating-associations-between-social-status-and-burial-location-in-medieval-trino-vercellese-piedmont-italy
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Marissa C Stewart, Giuseppe Vercellotti
OBJECTIVES: Socioeconomic status differences in skeletal populations are often inferred from skeletal indicators of stress and burial location. However, to date, the association between osteometric parameters and spatial location in relation to socioeconomic status in medieval Italy has not been explicitly tested. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study examined the spatial distribution of osteometric data in the medieval (8th-13th c.) cemetery of San Michele di Trino (Trino Vercellese, VC, Italy) to determine whether skeletal correlates of socioeconomic status correspond with privileged burial locations...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542729/occupational-manual-activity-is-reflected-on-the-patterns-among-hand-entheses
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Fotios Alexandros Karakostis, Gerhard Hotz, Heike Scherf, Joachim Wahl, Katerina Harvati
OBJECTIVES: In anthropological sciences, entheses are widely utilized as occupational stress markers. However, the reaction of entheseal surfaces to mechanical loading is not well understood. Furthermore, previous studies on entheses relied on the individuals' occupation-at-death. Past research by one of us has identified two patterns among hand entheses, proposing that they reflect two synergistic muscle groups. Here, we investigate the association between these patterns and habitual manual activity using an extensively documented skeletal sample and a three-dimensional system of quantification...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542620/elevated-catalase-expression-in-a-fungal-pathogen-is-a-double-edged-sword-of-iron
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Arnab Pradhan, Carmen Herrero-de-Dios, Rodrigo Belmonte, Susan Budge, Angela Lopez Garcia, Aljona Kolmogorova, Keunsook K Lee, Brennan D Martin, Antonio Ribeiro, Attila Bebes, Raif Yuecel, Neil A R Gow, Carol A Munro, Donna M MacCallum, Janet Quinn, Alistair J P Brown
Most fungal pathogens of humans display robust protective oxidative stress responses that contribute to their pathogenicity. The induction of enzymes that detoxify reactive oxygen species (ROS) is an essential component of these responses. We showed previously that ectopic expression of the heme-containing catalase enzyme in Candida albicans enhances resistance to oxidative stress, combinatorial oxidative plus cationic stress, and phagocytic killing. Clearly ectopic catalase expression confers fitness advantages in the presence of stress, and therefore in this study we tested whether it enhances fitness in the absence of stress...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542485/a-link-between-thrifty-phenotype-and-maternal-care-across-two-generations-of-intercrossed-mice
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Bruno Sauce, Carolina P Goes, Isabela Forti, Bruno Gabriel O do Monte, Isabela M Watanabe, Joao Cunha, Andrea C Peripato
Maternal effects are causal influences from mother to offspring beyond genetic information, and have lifelong consequences for multiple traits. Previously, we reported that mice whose mothers did not nurse properly had low birth weight followed by rapid fat accumulation and disturbed development of some organs. That pattern resembles metabolic syndromes known collectively as the thrifty phenotype, which is believed to be an adaptation to a stressful environment which prepares offspring for reduced nutrient supply...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542473/stably-engineered-nanobubbles-and-ultrasound-an-effective-platform-for-enhanced-macromolecular-delivery-to-representative-cells-of-the-retina
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Sachin S Thakur, Micheal S Ward, Amirali Popat, Nicole B Flemming, Marie-Odile Parat, Nigel L Barnett, Harendra S Parekh
Herein we showcase the potential of ultrasound-responsive nanobubbles in enhancing macromolecular permeation through layers of the retina, ultimately leading to significant and direct intracellular delivery; this being effectively demonstrated across three relevant and distinct retinal cell lines. Stably engineered nanobubbles of a highly homogenous and echogenic nature were fully characterised using dynamic light scattering, B-scan ultrasound and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The nanobubbles appeared as spherical liposome-like structures under TEM, accompanied by an opaque luminal core and darkened corona around their periphery, with both features indicative of efficient gas entrapment and adsorption, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542424/development-of-behavioural-profile-in-the-northern-common-boa-boa-imperator-repeatable-independent-traits-or-personality
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Olga Šimková, Petra Frýdlová, Barbora Žampachová, Daniel Frynta, Eva Landová
Recent studies of animal personality have focused on its proximate causation and ecological and evolutionary significance in particular, but the question of its development was largely overlooked. The attributes of personality are defined as between-individual differences in behaviour, which are consistent over time (differential consistency) and contexts (contextual generality) and both can be affected by development. We assessed several candidates for personality variables measured in various tests with different contexts over several life-stages (juveniles, older juveniles, subadults and adults) in the Northern common boa...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542382/uv-b-induced-fibrillization-of-crystallin-protein-mixtures
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Sibel Cetinel, Valentyna Semenchenko, Jae-Young Cho, Mehdi Ghaffari Sharaf, Karim F Damji, Larry D Unsworth, Carlo Montemagno
Environmental factors, mainly oxidative stress and exposure to sunlight, induce the oxidation, cross-linking, cleavage, and deamination of crystallin proteins, resulting in their aggregation and, ultimately, cataract formation. Various denaturants have been used to initiate the aggregation of crystallin proteins in vitro. All of these regimens, however, are obviously far from replicating conditions that exist in vivo that lead to cataract formation. In fact, it is our supposition that only UV-B radiation may mimic the observed in vivo cause of crystallin alteration leading to cataract formation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542380/more-oxygen-during-development-enhanced-flight-performance-but-not-thermal-tolerance-of-drosophila-melanogaster
#20
Shayan Shiehzadegan, Jacqueline Le Vinh Thuy, Natalia Szabla, Michael J Angilletta, John M VandenBrooks
High temperatures can stress animals by raising the oxygen demand above the oxygen supply. Consequently, animals under hypoxia could be more sensitive to heating than those exposed to normoxia. Although support for this model has been limited to aquatic animals, oxygen supply might limit the heat tolerance of terrestrial animals during energetically demanding activities. We evaluated this model by studying the flight performance and heat tolerance of flies (Drosophila melanogaster) acclimated and tested at different concentrations of oxygen (12%, 21%, and 31%)...
2017: PloS One
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