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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739526/chronic-mild-stress-exacerbates-severity-of-experimental-autoimmune-encephalomyelitis-in-association-with-altered-non-coding-rna-and-metabolic-biomarkers
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Brietta Gerrard, Vaibhav Singh, Olena Babenko, Isabelle Gauthier, V Wee Yong, Igor Kovalchuk, Artur Luczak, Gerlinde A S Metz
The causal factors determining the onset and severity of multiple sclerosis (MS) are not well understood. Here, we investigated the influence of chronic stress on clinical symptoms, metabolic and epigenetic manifestations of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), a common animal model of MS. Lewis rats were immunized for monophasic EAE with MBP69-88 and were exposed to chronic stress for 37 days starting 7 days prior to immunization. The exposure to stress accelerated and exacerbated the clinical symptoms of EAE...
July 21, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739494/amblyomma-maculatum-secis-binding-protein-2-and-putative-selenoprotein-p-are-indispensable-for-pathogen-replication-and-tick-fecundity
#2
Khemraj Budachetri, Gary Crispell, Shahid Karim
Selenium, a vital trace element, is incorporated into selenoproteins to produce selenocysteine. Our previous studies have revealed an adaptive co-evolutionary process that has enabled the spotted fever-causing tick-borne pathogen Rickettsia parkeri to survive by manipulating an antioxidant defense system associated with selenium, which includes a full set of selenoproteins and other antioxidants in ticks. Here, we conducted a systemic investigation of SECIS binding protein 2 (SBP2) and putative selenoprotein P (SELENOP) by transcript silencing in adult female Gulf-coast ticks (Amblyomma maculatum)...
July 21, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739104/hepatic-trace-element-concentrations-of-breeding-female-common-eiders-across-a-latitudinal-gradient-in-the-eastern-canadian-arctic
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Conor D Mallory, H Grant Gilchrist, Gregory J Robertson, Jennifer F Provencher, Birgit M Braune, Mark R Forbes, Mark L Mallory
We examined hepatic concentrations of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), manganese (Mn), mercury (Hg), rubidium (Rb), selenium (Se) and zinc (Zn) in 10 breeding female common eiders (Somateria mollissima) from each of three colonies across 20° of latitude. Levels of many elements were elevated in eiders, although generally below levels of toxicological concern. We found significant differences in concentrations of As, Rb, Hg, Mn and Se among colonies, but not in a consistent pattern with latitude, and Hg:Se molar ratios did not vary among colonies...
July 21, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738631/a-review-aptamer-based-analytical-strategies-using-the-nanomaterials-for-environmental-and-human-monitoring-of-toxic-heavy-metals
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Leila Farzin, Mojtaba Shamsipur, Shahab Sheibani
Recent developments in biotechnology offer the new methods for the sensitive detection of heavy metals based on the affinity and specificity of aptamers, as nucleic acid ligands selected from random sequence pools in vitro. Heavy metals have received considerable importance as the most toxic metallic pollutants which may cause serious environmental damages. They are classified as trace elements because of their presence in trace concentrations in various environmental matrices. Thus, the precise and sensitive methods to detect heavy metals are important to ensure human and environment safety...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738578/a-simple-method-for-the-multi-elemental-analysis-of-beer-using-total-reflection-x-ray-fluorescence
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Ednilton M Gama, Clésia C Nascentes, Roberta P Matos, Gabrielle de C Rodrigues, Guilherme D Rodrigues
A method of direct analysis for quantification of 15 inorganic elements (P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Br, As, Rb, Sr and Pb) in beers by Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence (TXRF) was developed. The experimental conditions were optimized. Direct analysis was compared with the acid digestion procedure to evaluate the effect matrix and the results were satisfactory. The evaluation of the accuracy and precision was realized by analysis of two certified reference materials of natural and waste water. For the majority of the elements, good agreement was achieved between the certified value and the value measured in the CRM´s...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738557/multielemental-analysis-of-18-essential-and-toxic-elements-in-amniotic-fluid-samples-by-icp-ms-full-procedure-validation-and-estimation-of-measurement-uncertainty
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B Markiewicz, A Sajnóg, W Lorenc, A Hanć, I Komorowicz, J Suliburska, R Kocyłowski, D Barałkiewicz
Amniotic fluid is the substantial factor in the development of an embryo and fetus due to the fact that water and solutes contained in it penetrate the fetal membranes in an hydrostatic and osmotic way as well as being swallowed by the fetus. Elemental composition of amniotic fluid influences the growth and health of the fetus, therefore, an analysis of amniotic fluid is important because the results would indicate abnormal levels of minerals or toxic elements. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) is often used for determination of trace and ultra-trace level elements in a wide range of matrices including biological samples because of its unique analytical capabilities...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738251/quantification-of-some-elements-of-nuclear-and-industrial-interest-from-zircon-mineral-using-neutron-activation-analysis-and-passive-gamma-ray-spectroscopy
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M F Attallah, M A Hilal, S I Moussa
A combined of various nuclear and analytical techniques were used for characterization of Egyptian zircon ore. Neutron activation analysis has been used for determination of the major, minor and trace elements from zircon ore. Non-destructive gamma-ray technique is also used for the radiometric analysis of zircon ore to quantify the natural radionuclides such as (238)U, (235)U, (232)Th, (226)Ra and (40)K. Zircon ore has been characterized by different analytical tools such as Fourier transformer infrared (FTIR), X-ray fluorescence (XRF), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
July 14, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735383/brucellosis-causes-alteration-in-trace-elements-and-oxidative-stress-factors
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Naser Zanganeh, Ehsan Siahpoushi, Nejat Kheiripour, Sima Kazemi, Mohammad Taghi Goodarzi, Mohammad Yousef Alikhani
Brucellosis is regarded as one of the most common diseases among humans and livestock. In the present study, we aimed to assess the effect of this disease on the level of various cations including copper (Cu), manganese (Mn), zinc (Zn), and magnesium (Mg) as well as oxidative stress status in the serum of people suffering from brucellosis. The present case-study was carried out on 40 patients with brucellosis (case) and 20 healthy people (control). Blood specimens were taken from all the people and the level of essential trace elements and oxidative stress status were measured...
July 22, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734042/multivariate-optimization-of-conditions-for-digestion-of-wet-feeds-for-dogs-and-cats-using-a-closed-digester-block-and-multielement-determination-by-icp-oes
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Dayara Virgínia Lino Ávila, Sidnei Oliveira Souza, Silvlvânio Silvlvério Lopes Costa, Carlos Alexandre Borges Garcia, José do Patrocínio Hora Alvlves, Rennan Geovanny Oliveira Araujo, Elisangela Andrade Passos
A full 2⁴ factorial design was applied to find the best combination of diluted reagents (HNO₃ and H₂O₂), time, and temperature for the digestion of samples of wet feed for dogs and cats using a closed digestion block. The residual carbon concentration (RCC) was used as the response in the factorial design. All variables and their interactions significantly influenced the digestion of the feed samples, as indicated by the RCC. The conditions established for the digestion of 0.05 g (dry mass) wet feed samples were the addition of 3...
July 21, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733845/genome-wide-identification-in-silico-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-zip-like-genes-from-trichomonas-vaginalis-in-response-to-zinc-and-iron
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K G Fernández-Martín, M E Alvarez-Sánchez, V E Arana-Argáez, L C Alvarez-Sánchez, J C Lara-Riegos, J C Torres-Romero
Trace elements such as Zinc and Iron are essential components of metalloproteins and serve as cofactors or structural elements for enzymes involved in several important biological processes in almost all organisms. Because either excess or insufficient levels of Zn and Fe can be harmful for the cells, the homeostatic levels of these trace minerals must be tightly regulated. The Zinc regulated transporter, Iron regulated transporter-like Proteins (ZIP) comprise a diverse family, with several paralogues in diverse organisms and are considered essential for the Zn and Fe uptake and homeostasis...
July 21, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733228/progressive-erosion-of-the-relaxin1-gene-in-bovids
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Loggan Malone, Juan C Opazo, Peter L Ryan, Federico G Hoffmann
The relaxin/insulin-like (RLN/INSL) gene family is a group of genes that encode peptide hormones involved in a variety of physiological functions related to reproduction. Previous studies have shown that relaxin plays a key role in widening of the pubic bone during labor and in gamete maturation. Because of these functions, studying the evolution of RLN1, the gene encoding for relaxin, is relevant in livestock species, most of which belong in the group Laurasiatheria, which includes cow, pig, horse, goat, and sheep in addition to bats, cetaceans and carnivores...
July 18, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731841/survey-of-nutrition-management-practices-in-centers-for-pediatric-intestinal-rehabilitation
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Anita M Nucci, Kipp Ellsworth, Austin Michalski, Emily Nagel, Jackie Wessel
BACKGROUND: Nutrition management of pediatric intestinal failure (IF) requires interdisciplinary coordination of parenteral nutrition (PN) and enteral nutrition (EN) support. Nutrition strategies used by specialists in pediatric intestinal rehabilitation to promote gut adaptation and manage complications have not been previously summarized. METHODS: A practice survey was distributed to members of the dietitian subgroup of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition Pediatric Intestinal Failure Section...
July 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731295/biogeochemistry-of-lead-its-release-to-the-environment-and-chemical-speciation
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Jay T Cullen, Jason McAlister
Lead (Pb) is a metal that is not essential for life processes and proves acutely toxic to most organisms. Compared to other metals Pb is rather immobile in the environment but still its biogeochemical cycling is greatly perturbed by human activities. In this review we present a summary of information describing the physical and chemical properties of Pb, its distribution in crustal materials, and the processes, both natural and anthropogenic, that contribute to the metal's mobilization in the biosphere. The relatively high volatility of Pb metal, low melting point, its large ionic radius, and its chemical speciation in aquatic systems contributes to its redistribution by anthropogenic and natural processes...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727945/micronutrient-alterations-during-continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-in-critically-ill-adults-a-retrospective-study
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Amir Y Kamel, Nisha J Dave, Vivian M Zhao, Daniel P Griffith, Michael J Connor, Thomas R Ziegler
BACKGROUND: Continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) is commonly used to provide renal replacement therapy in the intensive care unit. Limited published data suggest that CRRT may lead to depletion of water-soluble vitamins and trace elements. The goal of this study was to identify the incidence of trace element and vitamin deficiencies in critically ill patients during CRRT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study is based on a retrospective chart review of patients who were referred to Emory University Hospital's nutrition support services and had at least 1 serum micronutrient level measured during CRRT (thiamin, pyridoxine, ascorbic acid, folate, zinc, and copper) between April 1, 2009, and June 1, 2012...
July 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726692/chemical-speciation-of-trace-metals-in-the-industrial-sludge-of-dhaka-city-bangladesh
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Md Saiful Islam, Md Habibullah Al-Mamun, Ye Feng, Masahiro Tokumura, Shigeki Masunaga
The objective of this study was to assess total concentration and chemical fractionation of trace metals in the industrial wastewater and sludge collected from seven different types of industries in Dhaka City, Bangladesh. The sludge from industries is either dumped on landfills or reused as secondary resources in order to preserve natural resources. Metals were analyzed using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The ranges of Cr, Ni, Cu, As, Cd, and Pb in the sludges were 1.4-9,470, 4.8-994, 12...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725970/ion-release-in-ceramic-bearings-for-total-hip-replacement-results-from-an-in-vitro-and-an-in-vivo-study
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Jan Philippe Kretzer, Ulrike Mueller, Marcus R Streit, Hartmuth Kiefer, Robert Sonntag, Robert M Streicher, Joern Reinders
INTRODUCTION: Literature on the potential release of trace elements following implantation of Zirconia-platelet toughened alumina (ZPTA) ceramic components is scant. The present study therefore analysed the in vitro and in vivo potential release of ions from ZPTA bearings. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An in vitro and in vivo study was conducted. The in vitro study compared leaching in bovine serum from two groups: ZPTA ceramic heads and Co-28Cr-6Mo alloy heads, both 28-mm diameter...
July 20, 2017: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725442/identification-of-dust-storm-origin-in-south-west-of-iran
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Parya Broomandi, Bahram Dabir, Babak Bonakdarpour, Yousef Rashidi
BACKGROUND: Deserts are the main sources of emitted dust, and are highly responsive to wind erosion. Low content of soil moisture and lack of vegetation cover lead to fine particle's release. One of the semi-arid bare lands in Iran, located in the South-West of Iran in Khoozestan province, was selected to investigate Sand and Dust storm potential. METHODS: This paper focused on the metrological parameters of the sampling site, their changes and the relationship between these changes and dust storm occurrence, estimation of Reconaissance Drought Index, the Atterberg limits of soil samples and their relation with soil erosion ability, the chemical composition, size distribution of soil and airborne dust samples, and estimation of vertical mass flux by COMSALT through considering the effect of saffman force and interparticle cohesion forces during warm period (April-September) in 2010...
2017: Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724931/assessing-the-shock-state-of-the-lunar-highlands-implications-for-the-petrogenesis-and-chronology-of-crustal-anorthosites
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J F Pernet-Fisher, K H Joy, D J P Martin, K L Donaldson Hanna
Our understanding of the formation and evolution of the primary lunar crust is based on geochemical systematics from the lunar ferroan anorthosite (FAN) suite. Recently, much effort has been made to understand this suite's petrologic history to constrain the timing of crystallisation and to interpret FAN chemical diversity. We investigate the shock histories of lunar anorthosites by combining Optical Microscope (OM) 'cold' cathodoluminescence (CL)-imaging and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy analyses...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724228/a-new-method-for-correlation-analysis-of-compositional-environmental-data-a-worked-example
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C Reimann, P Filzmoser, K Hron, P Kynčlová, R G Garrett
Most data in environmental sciences and geochemistry are compositional. Already the unit used to report the data (e.g., μg/l, mg/kg, wt%) implies that the analytical results for each element are not free to vary independently of the other measured variables. This is often neglected in statistical analysis, where a simple log-transformation of the single variables is insufficient to put the data into an acceptable geometry. This is also important for bivariate data analysis and for correlation analysis, for which the data need to be appropriately log-ratio transformed...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723941/heat-treatment-as-a-universal-technical-solution-for-silcrete-use-a-comparison-between-silcrete-from-the-western-cape-south-africa-and-the-kalahari-botswana
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Patrick Schmidt, David J Nash, Sheila Coulson, Matthias B Göden, Graeme J Awcock
Heat treatment was one of the first transformative technologies in the southern African Middle Stone Age (MSA), with many studies in the Cape coastal zone of South Africa identifying it as an essential step in the preparation of silcrete prior to its use in stone tool manufacture. To date, however, no studies have investigated whether heat treatment is necessary for all silcrete types, and how geographically widespread heat treatment was in the subcontinent. The aim of this study is to investigate experimentally whether heat treatment continued further north into the Kalahari Desert of Botswana and northernmost South Africa, the closest area with major silcrete outcrops to the Cape...
2017: PloS One
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