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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818476/complex-anatomic-abnormalities-of-the-lower-leg-muscles-and-tendons-associated-with-phocomelia-a-case-report
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Thomas Hodo, Mark Hamrick, Yulia Melenevsky
Musculoskeletal anatomy is widely known to have components that stray from the norm in the form of variant muscle and tendon presence, absence, origin, insertion, and bifurcation. Although these variant muscles and tendons might be deemed incidental and insignificant findings by most, they can be important contributors to pathologic physiology or, more importantly, an option for effective treatment. In the present case report, we describe a patient with phocomelia and Müllerian abnormalities secondary to in utero thalidomide exposure...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818213/the-natural-history-and-outcomes-of-line-associated-upper-extremity-deep-venous-thromboses-in-critically-ill-patients
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Joshua Underhill, Matthew A Sherman, Ryan Howard, Anthony Hage, Andrea Obi, Lena Napolitano, Dawn M Coleman
OBJECTIVE: Anticoagulation remains the standard of care for line-associated upper extremity deep venous thrombosis (UEDVT). This treatment carries the risk of hemorrhagic complications, possibly more so in surgical patients. Considering the low-risk profile of UEDVT-which is associated with fewer, less severe pulmonary emboli than lower extremity deep venous thrombosis-current UEDVT treatment guidelines may be overly aggressive. The goal of this study was to review outcomes of line-associated UEDVT in critically ill patients and to define the efficacy of current treatment protocols in pulmonary embolism (PE) prevention while avoiding hemorrhagic complications...
September 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816526/echocardiographic-assessment-of-right-ventricle-dimensions-and-function-after-exposure-to-extreme-altitude-is-an-expedition-to-8000%C3%A2-m-hazardous-for-right-ventricular-function
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Marta Kurdziel, Jarosław Wasilewski, Karolina Gierszewska, Anna Kazik, Gracjan Pytel, Jacek Wacławski, Adam Krajewski, Anna Kurek, Lech Poloński, Mariusz Gąsior
Kurdziel, Marta, Jarosław Wasilewski, Karolina Gierszewska, Anna Kazik, Gracjan Pytel, Jacek Wacławski, Adam Krajewski, Anna Kurek, Lech Poloński, and Mariusz Gąsior. Echocardiographic assessment of right ventricle dimensions and function after exposure to extreme altitude: Is an expedition to 8000 m hazardous for right ventricular function? High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2017.-Although the right ventricle (RV) is under great hypoxic stress at altitude, still little is known what happens to the RV after descent...
August 17, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814306/blood-acid-base-status-in-impala-aepyceros-melampus-immobilised-and-maintained-under-total-intravenous-anaesthesia-using-two-different-drug-protocols
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Gareth E Zeiler, Leith C R Meyer
BACKGROUND: In mammals, homeostasis and survival are dependent on effective trans-membrane movement of ions and enzyme function, which are labile to extreme acid-base changes, but operate efficiently within a narrow regulated pH range. Research in patients demonstrating a pH shifts outside the narrow regulated range decreased the cardiac output and systemic vascular resistance and altered the oxygen binding to haemoglobin. These cardiopulmonary observations may be applicable to the risks associated with anaesthesia and performance of wildlife ungulates on game farms...
August 16, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811197/seasonal-changes-in-plasma-testosterone-and-cortisol-suggest-an-androgen-mediated-regulation-of-the-pituitary-adrenal-axis-in-the-tarabul-s-gerbil-gerbillus-tarabuli-thomas-1902
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Yamina Zatra, Naouel Aknoun-Sail, Arezki Kheddache, Abdelouafi Benmouloud, Salima Charallah, Elara N Moudilou, Jean-Marie Exbrayat, Farida Khammar, Zaina Amirat
In the desert gerbil Gerbillus tarabuli (Thomas, 1902), cortisol is the main glucocorticosteroid produced by the adrenal glands. Plasma cortisol concentrations show highest values when testosterone is reduced and lowest values during the breeding season which occurs from early winter to late spring. In order to specify the implication of testicular androgens in these corticosteroid seasonal variations we investigated the effects induced by gonadectomy performed during the breeding season on the pituitary adrenal axis...
August 12, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810996/rhabdomyolysis-after-crawling-military-training
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Danit Atias-Varon, Haggai Sherman, Ran Yanovich, Yuval Heled
INTRODUCTION: Rhabdomyolysis is a syndrome characterized by muscle necrosis followed by release of intracellular muscle contents into the circulation. Exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER) occurs in response to nonfamiliar and/or excessive, prolonged, or repetitive exercises, with eccentric characteristics. In military populations, due to the type of intense, all out physical loads, ER is a significant threat, particularly when training under heat stress. However, many other etiologies exist, and clinical presentations vary greatly...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810704/yeast-kch1-and-kch2-membrane-proteins-play-a-pleiotropic-role-in-membrane-potential-establishment-and-monovalent-cation-homeostasis-regulation
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Kristina Felcmanova, Petra Neveceralova, Hana Sychrova, Olga Zimmermannova
The Kch1 and Kch2 plasma-membrane proteins were identified in Saccharomyces cerevisiae as being essential for the activation of a high-affinity Ca2+ influx system. We searched for Kch proteins roles in the maintenance of cation homeostasis and tested the effect of kch1 and/or kch2 deletions on various physiological parameters. Compared to wild-type, kch1 kch2 mutant cells were smaller, relatively hyperpolarised, grew better under limited K+ conditions and exhibited altered growth in the presence of monovalent cations...
August 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809953/monitoring-health-and-reproductive-status-of-olms-proteus-anguinus-by-ultrasound
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Susanne Holtze, Maja Lukač, Ivan Cizelj, Frank Mutschmann, Claudia Anita Szentiks, Dušan Jelić, Robert Hermes, Frank Göritz, Stanton Braude, Thomas Bernd Hildebrandt
The olm (Proteus anguinus) is a troglomorphic, neotenous amphibian with extraordinary life expectancy and unique adaptations that deserve further investigation. A low reproductive rate and habitat decline render it threatened by extinction. Establishing captive populations for maintenance and artificial breeding may one day become crucial to the species. Longitudinal, in-vivo assessment of inner organs is invaluable to our understanding of reproductive physiology, health, and behavior. Using ultrasound, we measured heart rate and assessed health and reproductive status of 13 captive olms at Zagreb Zoo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806084/photochemical-activation-of-tertiary-amines-for-applications-in-studying-cell-physiology
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Naeem Asad, Davide Deodato, Xin Lan, Magnus B Widegren, David Lee Phillips, Lili Du, Timothy M Dore
Representative tertiary amines were linked to the 8-cyano-7-hydroxyquinolinyl (CyHQ) photoremovable protecting group (PPG) to create photoactivatable forms suitable for use in studying cell physiology. The photoactivation of tamoxifen and 4-hydroxytamoxifen, which can be used to activate Cre recombinase and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, demonstrated that highly efficient release of bioactive molecules could be achieved through 1- and 2-photon excitation (1PE and 2PE). CyHQ-protected anilines underwent a photo-aza-Claisen rearrangement instead of releasing amines...
August 14, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805631/bumble-bee-ecophysiology-integrating-the-changing-environment-and-the-organism
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S Hollis Woodard
Bumble bees are among the most ecologically and economically important pollinators worldwide, yet many of their populations are being threatened by a suite of interrelated, human-mediated environmental changes. Here, I discuss recent progress in our understanding of bumble bee ecophysiology, including advances related to thermal biology in light of global warming; nutritional biology in the context of declining food resources; and the capacity for bumble bees to exhibit physiological plasticity or adaptations to novel or extreme environments, with reference to their evolutionary history and current biogeography...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805269/cloning-and-bacterial-expression-systems-for-recombinant-human-heparanase-production-substrate-specificity-investigation-by-docking-of-a-putative-heparanase-substrate
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Angela Pennacchio, Alessandro Capo, Simonetta Caira, Annabella Tramice, Antonio Varriale, Maria Staiano, Sabato D'Auria
Human heparanase (HPSE) is an enzyme that degrades the extracellular matrix. It is implicated in a multiplicity of physiological and pathological processes encouraging angiogenesis and tumor metastasis. The protein is a heterodimer composed from a subunit of 8 kDa and a subunit of 50 kDa. The two protein subunits are non-covalently associated. The cloning and expression of the two protein subunits in Escherichia coli, and their subsequent purification to homogeneity under native conditions result in the production of an active heparanase enzyme...
August 14, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803869/metabolic-flexibility-underpins-growth-capabilities-of-the-fastest-growing-alga
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Haim Treves, Omer Murik, Isaac Kedem, Doron Eisenstadt, Sagit Meir, Ilana Rogachev, Jedrzej Szymanski, Nir Keren, Isabel Orf, Antonio F Tiburcio, Rubén Alcázar, Asaph Aharoni, Joachim Kopka, Aaron Kaplan
The factors rate-limiting growth of photosynthetic organisms under optimal conditions are controversial [1-8]. Adaptation to extreme environments is usually accompanied by reduced performance under optimal conditions [9, 10]. However, the green alga Chlorella ohadii, isolated from a harsh desert biological soil crust [11-17], does not obey this rule. In addition to resistance to photodamage [17, 18], it performs the fastest growth ever reported for photosynthetic eukaryotes. A multiphasic growth pattern (very fast growth [phase I], followed by growth retardation [phase II] and additional fast growth [phase III]) observed under constant illumination and temperature indicates synchronization of the algal population...
August 3, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802262/small-noncoding-rna-expression-during-extreme-anoxia-tolerance-of-annual-killifish-austrofundulus-limnaeus-embryos
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Claire Louise Riggs, Jason E Podrabsky
Small noncoding RNAs (sncRNA) have recently emerged as specific and rapid regulators of gene expression, involved in a myriad of cellular and organismal processes. MicroRNAs, a class of sncRNAs, are differentially expressed in diverse taxa in response to environmental stress, including anoxia. In most vertebrates, a brief period of oxygen deprivation results in severe tissue damage or death. Studies on sncRNA and anoxia have focused on these anoxia-sensitive species. Studying sncRNAs in anoxia-tolerant organisms may provide insight into adaptive mechanisms supporting anoxia tolerance...
August 11, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799745/a-two-distinctly-separated-emission-colorimetric-nir-fluorescent-probe-for-fast-hydrazine-detection-in-living-cells-and-mice-upon-independent-excitations
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Zhengliang Lu, Wenlong Fan, Xiaomin Shi, Yanan Lu, Chunhua Fan
Hydrazine is carcinogenic and highly toxic so that it can lead to serious environmental contamination and serious health risks although it has been extensively used as an effective propellant and an important reactive base in industry. Thus, the development of two-emission NIR fluorescent probes for rapid detection of hydrazine with high selectivity and sensitivity is of significance and of great challenge in both biological and environmental sciences. Here, we report a two-emission colori-metric fluorescent probe for the specific detection of hydrazine based on hydrazinolysis reaction under physiological condi-tions...
August 11, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798728/draft-genome-sequence-of-the-nitrogen-fixing-rhizobium-sullae-type-strain-is123-t-focusing-on-the-key-genes-for-symbiosis-with-its-host-hedysarum-coronarium-l
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Gaurav Sablok, Riccardo Rosselli, Torsten Seeman, Robin van Velzen, Elisa Polone, Alessio Giacomini, Nicola La Porta, Rene Geurts, Rosella Muresu, Andrea Squartini
The prominent feature of rhizobia is their molecular dialogue with plant hosts. Such interaction is enabled by the presence of a series of symbiotic genes encoding for the synthesis and export of signals triggering organogenetic and physiological responses in the plant. The genome of the Rhizobium sullae type strain IS123(T) nodulating the legume Hedysarum coronarium, was sequenced and resulted in 317 scaffolds for a total assembled size of 7,889,576 bp. Its features were compared with those of genomes from rhizobia representing an increasing gradient of taxonomical distance, from a conspecific isolate (Rhizobium sullae WSM1592), to two congeneric cases (Rhizobium leguminosarum bv...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797477/effects-of-oxygen-on-responses-to-heating-in-two-lizard-species-sampled-along-an-elevational-gradient
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P Mason DuBois, Tanner K Shea, Natalie M Claunch, Emily N Taylor
Thermal tolerance is an important variable in predictive models about the effects of global climate change on species distributions, yet the physiological mechanisms responsible for reduced performance at high temperatures in air-breathing vertebrates are not clear. We conducted an experiment to examine how oxygen affects three variables exhibited by ectotherms as they heat-gaping threshold, panting threshold, and loss of righting response (the latter indicating the critical thermal maximum)-in two lizard species along an elevational (and therefore environmental oxygen partial pressure) gradient...
August 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793794/excitable-signal-transduction-networks-in-directed-cell-migration
#17
Peter N Devreotes, Sayak Bhattacharya, Marc Edwards, Pablo A Iglesias, Thomas Lampert, Yuchuan Miao
Although directed migration of eukaryotic cells may have evolved to escape nutrient depletion, it has been adopted for an extensive range of physiological events during development and in the adult organism. The subversion of these movements results in disease, such as cancer. Mechanisms of propulsion and sensing are extremely diverse, but most eukaryotic cells move by extending actin-filled protrusions termed macropinosomes, pseudopodia, or lamellipodia or by extension of blebs. In addition to motility, directed migration involves polarity and directional sensing...
August 9, 2017: Annual Review of Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792275/subacute-toxicity-effects-of-deltamethrin-on-oxidative-stress-markers-in-rainbow-trout
#18
Antonia Concetta Elia, Federica Giorda, Nicole Pacini, Ambrosius Josef Martin Dörr, Tommaso Scanzio, Marino Prearo
Deltamethrin is a pyrethroid insecticide that is considered extremely toxic to aquatic organisms. We evaluated the effect of subacute doses (0.033, 0.1, or 0.3 mg/kg) of deltamethrin on micronucleus frequency and oxidative stress markers in Rainbow Trout Oncorhynchus mykiss at 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8 d after intracoelomic injection. No genotoxic damage was recorded, as no specimen showed a micronucleus number above the physiological range. Deltamethrin exposure elicited a transient reduction in the levels of superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase, and glutathione S-transferase and a persistent decrease in glutathione reductase activity...
September 2017: Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789677/cold-adaptation-aging-and-korean-women-divers-haenyeo
#19
REVIEW
Joo-Young Lee, Joonhee Park, Siyeon Kim
BACKGROUND: We have been studying the thermoregulatory responses of Korean breath-hold women divers, called haenyeo, in terms of aging and cold adaptation. During the 1960s to the 1980s, haenyeos received attention from environmental physiologists due to their unique ability to endure cold water while wearing only a thin cotton bathing suit. However, their overall cold-adaptive traits have disappeared since they began to wear wetsuits and research has waned since the 1980s. For social and economic reasons, the number of haenyeos rapidly decreased to 4005 in 2015 from 14,143 in 1970 and the average age of haenyeos is about 75 years old at present...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780354/asymmetric-inheritance-of-the-yeast-chaperone-hsp26p-and-its-functional-consequences
#20
George Lytras, Ioannis Zacharioudakis, Dimitris Tzamarias
The yeast Hsp26 protein, a conserved a-crystallin small heatshock chaperone, is assembled in to oligomeric complexes, microscopically visible as distinct cytoplasmic foci. We studied at single cell resolution the dynamics of Hsp26p foci assembly, the mode of their inheritance in to progeny cells and the physiological significance of Hsp26p function. We showed that Hsp26p foci are formed upon cells' entry in to stationary phase, but upon re-entry to proliferation they are asymmetrically retained in the mother cells and are absent from the newborn daughters...
August 2, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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