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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734251/climatic-controls-of-ecohydrological-responses-in-the-highlands-of-northern-ethiopia
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Samuale Tesfaye, Emiru Birhane, Toon Leijnse, S E A T M van der Zee
Climate variability and recurrent droughts have a strong negative impact on agricultural production and hydrology in the highlands northern Ethiopia. Since the 1980s, numerous mitigation and land rehabilitation measures have been implemented by local and national authorities to reduce these impacts, are often poorly effective. As underlying reason may be that controlling relationships between climate and ecohydrology at medium-sized catchments (10-10,000km(2)) of semi-arid highlands are not well known. We investigated trends and relationships in precipitation, temperature, streamflow, and net primary productivity (NPP)...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734247/seasonal-variation-in-water-uptake-patterns-of-three-plant-species-based-on-stable-isotopes-in-the-semi-arid-loess-plateau
#2
Jian Wang, Bojie Fu, Nan Lu, Li Zhang
Water is a limiting factor and significant driving force for ecosystem processes in arid and semi-arid areas. Knowledge of plant water uptake pattern is indispensable for understanding soil-plant interactions and species coexistence. The 'Grain for Green' project that started in 1999 in the Loess Plateau of China has led to large scale vegetation change. However, little is known about the water uptake patterns of the main plant species that inhabit in this region. In this study, the seasonal variations in water uptake patterns of three representative plant species, Stipa bungeana, Artemisia gmelinii and Vitex negundo, that are widely distributed in the semi-arid area of the Loess Plateau, were identified by using dual stable isotopes of δ(2)H and δ(18)O in plant and soil water coupled with a Bayesian mixing model MixSIAR...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734227/continuous-delivery-of-neutralizing-antibodies-elevate-ccl2-levels-in-mice-bearing-mcf10ca1d-breast-tumor-xenografts
#3
Min Yao, Curtis Smart, Qingting Hu, Nikki Cheng
Chemokines are small soluble molecules that play critical roles in wound healing, infection, and cancer progression. In particular, overexpression of the C-C motif chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2) in multiple cancer types correlates with poor patient prognosis. Animal studies have shown that CCL2 signals to macrophages and breast cancer cells to promote tumor growth, invasion, and metastasis, indicating that CCL2 is a promising therapeutic target. However, the effectiveness of human-specific neutralizing antibodies has not been fully evaluated...
July 19, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734202/creating-institutional-flexibility-for-adaptive-water-management-insights-from-two-management-agencies
#4
Michael Peat, Katie Moon, Fiona Dyer, William Johnson, Susan J Nichols
Adaptive management is an experimental approach used by water management agencies around the world to manage and restore aquatic ecosystems. The effectiveness of the approach can often be constrained by inflexible institutional arrangements. In this paper we compare two cases where agencies have implemented adaptive management to manage and restore aquatic ecosystems. Our aim was to understand practitioners' perceptions of how institutional flexibility can be created for adaptive management. We interviewed 14 adaptive management practitioners working in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia and 14 practitioners in Southern Florida, United States of America...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734198/length-of-stay-for-25-791-california-patients-found-incompetent-to-stand-trial
#5
Matthew Renner, Carol Newark, Bradley J Bartos, Richard McCleary, Nicholas Scurich
Referrals and admissions to state psychiatric hospitals of criminal defendants found Incompetent to Stand Trial (IST) are on the rise in the state of California and other parts of the country. Studies of treatment outcomes of this population have primarily focused on factors that determine competency and/or restorability. However, as IST patients place an increasing resource burden on state psychiatric hospital systems, other outcomes such as length of stay (LOS) are becoming increasingly important for practitioners and policy makers to understand...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734180/bottom-up-assembly-of-salivary-gland-microtissues-for-assessing-myoepithelial-cell-function
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Tugba Ozdemir, Padma Pradeepa Srinivasan, Daniel R Zakheim, Daniel A Harrington, Robert L Witt, Mary C Farach-Carson, Xinqiao Jia, Swati Pradhan-Bhatt
Myoepithelial cells are flat, stellate cells present in exocrine tissues including the salivary glands. While myoepithelial cells have been studied extensively in mammary and lacrimal gland tissues, less is known of the function of myoepithelial cells derived from human salivary glands. Several groups have isolated tumorigenic myoepithelial cells from cancer specimens, however, only one report has demonstrated isolation of normal human salivary myoepithelial cells needed for use in salivary gland tissue engineering applications...
July 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732362/acute-atorvastatin-treatment-restores-the-cardioprotective-effects-of-ischemic-postconditioning-in-hyperlipidemic-rats
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Tao Sun, Hong-Ju Zhang, Chayakrit Krittanawong, Su Wang, Ying Tao, Zhao Li, Qiancheng Yin, Donghua Zhang, Qian Wang, Ji Huang, Jingmei Zhang, Zhizhong Li, Yutong Cheng
BACKGROUND: Ischemic Postconditioning (IPC) reduces ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury under normal conditions. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins), which inhibit the synthesis of mevalonate, can interfere with the cardioprotective effect of IPC. However, the beneficial role of IPC in hyperlipidemic patients, post-acute administration of statins remains unknown. This study was to determine if acute administration of atorvastatin affect the infarct size-limiting effect of IPC in hyperlipidemic rats...
July 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732358/lenalidomide-restores-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-multiple-myeloma-patients-via-deactivating-notch-signaling-pathway
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Juan Guo, Chengming Fei, Youshan Zhao, Sida Zhao, Qingqing Zheng, Jiying Su, Dong Wu, Xiao Li, Chunkang Chang
Multiple myeloma (MM) always presents osteolytic bone lesions, resulting from the abnormal osteoblastic and osteoclastic function in patients. MM patients exhibit the impairment of osteogenic differentiation of BMMSCs (bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells) and osteoblast deficiency. Effects of the drug, lenalidomide on the osteoblastic functions and the involved mechanisms remain unexplored. In the present study, it is observed that the osteogenic differentiation of BMMSCs from MM patients (MM-MSCs) is impaired and activation of Notch signaling pathway in MM-MSCs is abnormal...
July 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732298/stomatal-and-non-stomatal-factors-regulated-the-photosynthesis-of-soybean-seedlings-in-the-present-of-exogenous-bisphenol-a
#9
Liya Jiao, Lihong Wang, Qing Zhou, Xiaohua Huang
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an emerging environmental endocrine disruptor that has toxic effects on plants growth. Photosynthesis supplies the substances and energy required for plant growth, and regulated by stomatal and non-stomatal factors. Therefore, in this study, to reveal how BPA affects photosynthesis in soybean seedlings (Glycine max L.) from the perspective of stomatal and non-stomatal factors, the stomatal factors (stomatal conductance and behaviours) and non-stomatal factors (Hill reaction, apparent quantum efficiency, Rubisco activity, carboxylation efficiency, the maximum Rubisco carboxylation velocity, ribulose-1,5-bisphospate regeneration capacities mediated by maximum electron transport rates, and triose phosphate utilization rate) were investigated using a portable photosynthesis system...
July 18, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732183/new-resins-for-dental-composites
#10
A P P Fugolin, C S Pfeifer
Restorative composites have evolved significantly since they were first introduced in the early 1960s, with most of the development concentrating on the filler technology. This has led to improved mechanical properties, notably wear resistance, and has expanded the use of composites to larger posterior restorations. On the organic matrix side, concerns over the polymerization stress and the potential damage to the bonded interface have dominated research in the past 20 y, with many "low-shrinkage" composites being launched commercially...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732171/using-metagenomics-to-show-the-efficacy-of-forest-restoration-in-the-new-jersey-pine-barrens
#11
William D Eaton, Shadi Shokralla, Kathleen M McGee, Mehrdad Hajibabaei
The Franklin Parker Preserve within the New Jersey Pine Barrens contains 5,000 acres of wetlands habitat, including old-growth Atlantic White Cedar (or AWC; Chamaecyparis thyoides) swamps, cranberry bogs, and former cranberry bogs undergoing restoration into AWC forests. This study showed that the C-use efficiency was greater in the old-growth AWC soils than in soils from 8-year old mid-stage restored AWC stands, which were greater than found in soil from 4-year old AWC stands-the latter two stands being restored from long-term cranberry bogs...
July 21, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731897/marginal-bone-loss-around-early-loaded-sla-and-slactive-implants-radiological-follow-up-evaluation-up-to-6-5-years
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Işil Damla Şener-Yamaner, Gökhan Yamaner, Atilla Sertgöz, Cenk Fatih Çanakçi, Mutlu Özcan
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare marginal bone loss around early-loaded SLA and SLActive tissue-level implants (Straumann Dental Implants; Institut Straumann AG, Basel, Switzerland) after a mean of 81-month follow-up period. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred seven SLA and 68 SLActive implants were placed in 55 patients and loaded with final restoration after 8 and 3 weeks of healing time, respectively. Marginal bone loss around implants was determined radiographically at initial and after a mean observation time ranging between 20 and 81 months...
August 2017: Implant Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731779/arthroscopic-labral-base-repair-in-the-hip-5-year-minimum-clinical-outcomes
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Benjamin G Domb, Leslie C Yuen, Victor Ortiz-Declet, Jody Litrenta, Itay Perets, Austin W Chen
BACKGROUND: Arthroscopic labral base repair (LBR) in the hip is a previously described technique designed to restore the native functional anatomy of the labrum by reproducing its seal against the femoral head. LBR has been shown to have good short-term outcomes. Hypothesis/Purpose: The purpose was to evaluate clinical outcomes of an LBR cohort with a minimum 5-year follow-up. It was hypothesized that patients who underwent LBR would continue to have significant improvement from their preoperative scores and maintain scores similar to their 2-year outcomes...
July 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731532/formate-and-nitrate-utilization-in-enterobacter-aerogenes-for-semi-anaerobic-production-of-isobutanol
#14
Hwi-Min Jung, Yong Hwan Kim, Min-Kyu Oh
Anaerobic bioprocessing is preferred because of its economic advantages. However, low productivity and decreased growth of the host strain have limited the use of the anaerobic process. Anaerobic respiration can be applied to anoxic processing using formate and nitrate metabolism to improve the productivity of value-added metabolites. We constructed isobutanol-producing strains using Enterobacter aerogenes as a host strain by metabolic engineering approaches. The byproduct pathway (ldhA, budA, and pflB) was knocked out, and heterologous keto-acid decarboxylase (kivD) and alcohol dehydrogenase (adhA) were expressed along with the L-valine synthesis pathway (ilvCD and budB)...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731213/immunomodulatory-properties-of-olea-europaea-leaf-extract-in-intestinal-inflammation
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Teresa Vezza, Francesca Algieri, Alba Rodríguez-Nogales, José Garrido-Mesa, M Pilar Utrilla, Nassima Talhaoui, Ana María Gómez-Caravaca, Antonio Segura-Carretero, M Elena Rodríguez-Cabezas, Giovanni Monteleone, Julio Gálvez
SCOPE: Extracts from olive (Olea europaea) leaves are used in Mediterranean traditional medicine as anti-inflammatory. They contain antioxidant phenolic compounds, like oleuropeoside, which could be interesting for the treatment of inflammatory conditions associated with oxidative stress in humans, including inflammatory bowel disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: The anti-inflammatory effects of olive leaf extract (0.5-25 mg/kg) were studied in two mice models of colitis (DSS and DNBS)...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731194/smurf1-promotes-the-proliferation-migration-and-invasion-of-gastric-cancer-cells
#16
Youmao Tao, Caixia Sun, Tao Zhang, Yan Song
Smad ubiquitin regulatory factor 1 (SMURF1), a well-known E3 ubiquitin ligase, targets substrate proteins for ubiquitination and proteasomal degradation. Accumulating studies have shown that SMURF1 acts as an oncogenic factor in human malignancies. However, the clinical significance of SMURF1 and its role in gastric cancer (GC) remain unclear. The expression of SMURF1 was detected in 68 cases of GC and corresponding tumor-adjacent specimens. Our results revealed that SMURF1 was prominently overexpressed in GC specimens compared to corresponding tumor-adjacent tissues...
July 17, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731185/snail-maintains-metastatic-potential-cancer-stem-like-properties-and-chemoresistance-in-mesenchymal-mouse-breast-cancer-tubo%C3%A2-p2j-cells
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Sun Young Ma, Jin-Hee Park, Hana Jung, Sung-Min Ha, Yeonye Kim, Dong Hyen Park, Deuk Hee Lee, Sooyong Lee, In-Ho Chu, So Young Jung, Il-Hwan Kim, Il-Whan Choi, Chang Soo Choi, Saegwang Park
Snail, a zinc-finger transcriptional repressor of E-cadherin expression, is one of the key inducers of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in epithelial cancer. In breast cancer, EMT has been associated with malignancies, including metastasis, cancer stem-like properties, and resistance to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In this study, we analysed the role of Snail in the highly metastatic mesenchymal TUBO‑P2J mouse breast cancer cells, by loss of function using short hairpin RNA. Though silencing Snail did not restore the E-cadherin expression or induce morphological changes, Snail silencing significantly ablated in vitro and in vivo metastatic potentials...
July 18, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731180/mir-216b-inhibits-glioma-cell-migration-and-invasion-through-suppression-of-foxm1
#18
Tingting Zhang, Guangtao Ma, Yan Zhang, Hongda Huo, Yuqian Zhao
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a vital role in tumour biological and pathologic processes. In the present study, we aimed to detect the expression and biological role of miR-216b in glioma. Our data showed that miR-216b was significantly downregulated in human glioma tissues and cells. Ectopic expression of miR-216b inhibited the proliferation and invasion of U87 and U251 cells and suppressed the growth of xenograft tumours in vivo. Bioinformatic and luciferase reporter analyses identified Forkhead box protein M1 (FoxM1) as a direct target of miR-216b...
July 17, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731178/microrna-379-acts-as-a-tumor-suppressor-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-by-targeting-the-igf%C3%A2-1r-mediated-akt-and-erk-pathways
#19
Fangzheng Zhou, Long Nie, Dali Feng, Siyan Guo, Ren'na Luo
Lung cancer is one of the most common types of malignancy in humans and is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths among men and women worldwide. Aberrantly expressed microRNAs in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) contribute to tumor occurrence and development as either tumor suppressors or promoters. MicroRNA-379 (miR‑379) is dysregulated in several types of human cancer. However, its expression pattern, role and underlying mechanism in NSCLC progression and metastasis are poorly understood. In this study, assay of reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction showed that miR‑379 was downregulated in both NSCLC tissue and cell lines...
July 18, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731175/heat-shock-induced-hikeshi-protects-cell-viability-via-nuclear-translocation-of-heat-shock-protein-70
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Toru Yanoma, Kyoichi Ogata, Takehiko Yokobori, Munenori Ide, Erito Mochiki, Yoshitaka Toyomasu, Mitsuhiro Yanai, Norimichi Kogure, Akiharu Kimura, Masaki Suzuki, Nobuhiro Nakazawa, Tuya Bai, Tetsunari Oyama, Takayuki Asao, Ken Shirabe, Hiroyuki Kuwano
Heat shock proteins (HSPs), particularly HSP70, help restore normal cellular function following damage caused by stressors. HSP expression in tumor tissues indicates cancer progression, and while the development of HSP inhibitors is progressing, these substances are not widely used to treat cancer. HIKESHI (C11orf73) does not control the intracellular movement of HSP70 at normal temperatures; however, it does regulate the function and movements of HSP70 during heat shock. In this study, we examined the intracellular movement of HSP70 during heat shock to investigate the significance of HIKESHI expression in gastric cancer (GC) and determine if HIKESHI inhibition has cytotoxic effects...
July 21, 2017: Oncology Reports
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