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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910898/hydrogen-overproducing-nitrogenases-obtained-by-random-mutagenesis-and-high-throughput-screening
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Emma Barahona, Emilio Jiménez-Vicente, Luis M Rubio
When produced biologically, especially by photosynthetic organisms, hydrogen gas (H2) is arguably the cleanest fuel available. An important limitation to the discovery or synthesis of better H2-producing enzymes is the absence of methods for the high-throughput screening of H2 production in biological systems. Here, we re-engineered the natural H2 sensing system of Rhodobacter capsulatus to direct the emission of LacZ-dependent fluorescence in response to nitrogenase-produced H2. A lacZ gene was placed under the control of the hupA H2-inducible promoter in a strain lacking the uptake hydrogenase and the nifH nitrogenase gene...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908300/serum-complement-c3-strongly-correlates-with-whole-body-insulin-sensitivity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#2
Francesco Ursini, Salvatore D'Angelo, Emilio Russo, Franco Arturi, Lucia D'Antona, Caterina Bruno, Saverio Naty, Giovambattista De Sarro, Ignazio Olivieri, Rosa Daniela Grembiale
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterised by an excess of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) risk, attributable to a synergy between under-diagnosed traditional risk factors (i.e. insulin resistance) and inflammatory disease activity. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the correlation between inflammatory measures and insulin sensitivity in RA patients. METHODS: Forty non-diabetic RA patients (19 males) were recruited. All patients underwent anthropometric measurements, laboratory evaluation and oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT)...
October 27, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906834/successful-continuation-of-hcv-treatment-following-liver-transplantation
#3
Carlos Fernández Carrillo, Gonzalo Crespo, Juan de la Revilla, Lluís Castells, Maria Buti, José Luis Montero, Emilio Fábrega, Inmaculada Fernández, Cristina Serrano-Millán, Victoria Hernández, José Luis Calleja, María-Carlota Londoño
BACKGROUND: Guidelines recommend that patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related liver disease be treated for HCV before liver transplant (LT) to eliminate the virus prior to surgery. However, the unpredictability of donor organ availability may limit treatment duration. Interruption of HCV treatment with resumption post-LT is one potential solution which has not been investigated widely. METHODS: Patients from 5 clinical centres included in the large, national, noninterventional Hepa-C registry who started treatment with direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) while awaiting LT were identified retrospectively and followed up prospectively...
December 1, 2016: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906416/a-study-of-clozapine-induced-sedation
#4
Rosa B Sauras, Sonia Ramos, Louisa Mann, Emilio Fernandez-Egea
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Actas Españolas de Psiquiatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906137/in-vitro-toxicity-of-carbon-nanotube-polylysine-colloids-to-colon-cancer-cells
#5
Alejandro Ansón-Casaos, Laura Grasa, Desirée Pereboom, José Emilio Mesonero, Alvaro Casanova, María Divina Murillo, María Teresa Martínez
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) are thoroughly purified and dispersed in an aqueous solution of high molecular weight poly-L-lysine (pLlys). Human intestinal epithelial Caco-2/TC7 cells are incubated with the SWCNT dispersions in pLlys, and their effects on cell viability are studied by image flow cytometry. No significant changes are observed in the cell culture wells up to pLlys concentrations of 10 μg ml(-1). However, high mortality is detected at pLlys concentrations of 100 μg ml(-1). The presence of oxygen-free SWCNTs does not modify the effects of pLlys on cell cultures at any of the tested concentrations (≤1 μg ml(-1))...
December 2016: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905652/-conflicts-of-interest-in-nephrology
#6
Sofía P Salas, Antonio Vukusich, María Isabel Catoni, Andrés Valdivieso, Emilio Roessler
Since doctors disposed of effective tools to serve their patients, they had to worry about the proper management of available resources and how to deal with the relationship with the industry that provides such resources. In this relation-ship, health professionals may be involved in conflicts of interest that they need to acknowledge and learn how to handle. This article discusses the conflicts of interest in nephrology. Its objectives are to identify those areas where such conflicts could occur; to help to solve them, always considering the best interest of patients; and to help health workers to keep in mind that they have to preserve their autonomy and professional integrity...
August 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905644/requests-of-laboratory-tests-for-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-calcium-phosphate-disorders-in-spain
#7
María Salinas, Maite López-Garrigós, Emilio Flores, Joaquín Uris, Carlos Leiva-Salinas
BACKGROUND: Knowledge about the variability in the request of calcium-phosphate metabolism laboratory tests in primary care is important to design strategies to improve health system efficiency. AIM: To compare the inter-practice variability in calcium-phosphate metabolism laboratory tests requested by general practitioners from diverse regions across Spain. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One hundred and forty one clinical laboratories were invited to participate in an observational cross-sectional study...
August 2016: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905406/differential-roles-for-l-type-calcium-channel-subtypes-in-alcohol-dependence
#8
Stefanie Uhrig, David Vandael, Andrea Marcantoni, Nina Dedic, Ainhoa Bilbao, Miriam A Vogt, Natalie Hirth, Laura Broccoli, Rick E Bernardi, Kai Schönig, Peter Gass, Dusan Bartsch, Rainer Spanagel, Jan M Deussing, Wolfgang H Sommer, Emilio Carbone, Anita C Hansson
It has previously been shown that the inhibition of L-type calcium channels (LTCCs) decreases alcohol consumption, although the contribution of the central LTCC subtypes Cav1.2 and Cav1.3 remains unknown. Here, we determined changes in Cav1.2 (Cacna1c) and Cav1.3 (Cacna1d) mRNA and protein expression in alcohol dependent rats during protracted abstinence and naïve controls using in situ hybridization and Western Blot analysis. Functional validation was obtained by electrophysiological recordings of calcium currents in dissociated hippocampal pyramidal neurons...
December 1, 2016: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903675/a-pam50-based-chemo-endocrine-score-for-hormone-receptor-positive-breast-cancer-with-an-intermediate-risk-of-relapse
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Aleix Prat, Ana Lluch, Arran K Turnbull, Anita K Dunbier, Lourdes Calvo, Joan Albanell, Juan de la Haba-Rodríguez, Angels Arcusa, Ignacio Chacón, Pedro Sánchez-Rovira, Arrate Plazaola, Montse Muñoz, Laia Paré, Joel S Parker, Nuria Ribelles, Begona Jimenez, Abdul Aziz Bin Aiderus, Rosalía Caballero, Barbara Adamo, Mitch Dowsett, Eva M Carrasco, Miguel Martín, J Michael Dixon, Charles M Perou, Emilio Alba
PURPOSE: Hormone receptor-positive (HR+) breast cancer is clinically and biologically heterogeneous and subgroups with different prognostic and treatment sensitivities need to be identified. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Research-based PAM50 subtyping and expression of additional genes was performed on 63 patients with HR+/HER2- disease randomized to neoadjuvant multi-agent chemotherapy versus endocrine therapy in a phase II trial. The biology associated with treatment response was used to derive a PAM50-based Chemo-Endocrine Score (CES)...
November 30, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903410/long-chain-n-3-pufa-supplied-by-the-usual-diet-decrease-plasma-stearoyl-coa-desaturase-index-in-non-hypertriglyceridemic-older-adults-at-high-vascular-risk
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Ana M Pérez-Heras, Jordi Mayneris-Perxachs, Montserrat Cofán, Mercè Serra-Mir, Ana I Castellote, Carmen López-Sabater, Montserrat Fitó, Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Miguel-Ángel Martínez-González, Dolores Corella, Ramon Estruch, Emilio Ros, Aleix Sala-Vila
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The activity of stearoyl-CoA desaturase-1 (SCD1), the central enzyme in the synthesis of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA), has been associated with de novo lipogenesis. In experimental models SCD1 is down-regulated by polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), but clinical studies are scarce. The effect of long-chain n-3 PUFA (LCn-3PUFA) supplied by the regular diet, in the absence of fatty fish or fish oil supplementation, remains to be explored. METHODS: We related 1-y changes in plasma SCD1 index, as assessed by the C16:1n-7/C16:0 ratio, to both adiposity traits and nutrient intake changes in a sub-cohort (n = 243) of non-hypertriglyceridemic subjects of the PREDIMED (PREvención con DIeta MEDiterranea) trial...
November 19, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899950/bone-anchored-titanium-implants-in-patients-with-auricular-defects-three-years-and-27-patients-experience
#11
Emilio Mevio, Luca Facca, Stefano Schettini, Mauro Mullace
Different surgical solutions have been proposed for reconstruction of the auricle following loss of the pinna through traumatic injury or neoplastic disease or in patients with congenital defects. Surgical treatment may involve the insertion of an autogenous rib cartilage framework or the use of a porous polymer material inserted into an expanded postauricular flap. Reconstruction with rib cartilage has yielded good results but requires more than one surgical step, and adverse events can occur both at the donor and at the acceptor site; cases of prosthesis rejection have also been described following application of the polymeric prosthesis...
2016: International Journal of Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899535/a-tomato-universal-stress-protein-involved-in-oxidative-stress-is-a-cipk6-phosphorylation-target
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Emilio Gutierrez-Beltran, José María Personat, Fernando N de la Torre, Olga Del Pozo
Calcineurin B-like interacting protein kinases (CIPKs) decode calcium signals upon interaction with the calcium sensors calcineurin B like proteins (CBLs) into phosphorylation events that result into adaptation to environmental stresses. Few phosphorylation targets of CIPKs are known and therefore the molecular mechanisms underlying their downstream output responses are not fully understood. Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) Cipk6 regulates immune and susceptible Programmed cell death (PCD) in immunity transforming Ca2+ signals into Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) signaling...
November 29, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899379/transcriptional-regulator-cnot3-defines-an-aggressive-colorectal-cancer-subtype
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Paloma Cejas, Alessia Cavazza, Chandri Yandava, Víctor Moreno, David Horst, Juan Moreno-Rubio, Emilio Burgos, Marta Mendiola, Len Taing, Ajay Goel, Jaime Feliu, Ramesh A Shivdasani
Cancer cells exhibit dramatic alterations of chromatin organization at cis-regulatory elements, but the molecular basis, extent and impact of these alterations are still being unraveled. Here we identify extensive genome-wide modification of sites bearing the active histone mark H3K4me2 in primary human colorectal cancers (CRC), as compared to corresponding benign precursor adenomas. Modification of certain CRC sites highlighted the activity of the transcription factor CNOT3, which is known to control self-renewal of embryonic stem cells (ESC)...
November 29, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898047/inhibition-of-urease-by-disulfiram-an-fda-approved-thiol-reagent-used-in-humans
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Ángel Gabriel Díaz-Sánchez, Emilio Alvarez-Parrilla, Alejandro Martínez-Martínez, Luis Aguirre-Reyes, Jesica Aline Orozpe-Olvera, Miguel Armando Ramos-Soto, José Alberto Núñez-Gastélum, Bonifacio Alvarado-Tenorio, Laura Alejandra de la Rosa
Urease is a nickel-dependent amidohydrolase that catalyses the decomposition of urea into carbamate and ammonia, a reaction that constitutes an important source of nitrogen for bacteria, fungi and plants. It is recognized as a potential antimicrobial target with an impact on medicine, agriculture, and the environment. The list of possible urease inhibitors is continuously increasing, with a special interest in those that interact with and block the flexible active site flap. We show that disulfiram inhibits urease in Citrullus vulgaris (CVU), following a non-competitive mechanism, and may be one of this kind of inhibitors...
November 26, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895565/challenges-to-the-pair-bond-neural-and-hormonal-effects-of-separation-and-reunion-in-a-monogamous-primate
#15
Katie Hinde, Chelsea Muth, Nicole Maninger, Benjamin J Ragen, Rebecca H Larke, Michael R Jarcho, Sally P Mendoza, William A Mason, Emilio Ferrer, Simon R Cherry, Marina L Fisher-Phelps, Karen L Bales
Social monogamy at its most basic is a group structure in which two adults form a unit and share a territory. However, many socially monogamous pairs display attachment relationships known as pair bonds, in which there is a mutual preference for the partner and distress upon separation. The neural and hormonal basis of this response to separation from the adult pair mate is under-studied. In this project, we examined this response in male titi monkeys (Callicebus cupreus), a socially monogamous New World primate...
2016: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893847/a2a-adenosine-receptor-antagonism-reverts-the-blood-brain-barrier-dysfunction-induced-by-sleep-restriction
#16
Gabriela Hurtado-Alvarado, Emilio Domínguez-Salazar, Javier Velázquez-Moctezuma, Beatriz Gómez-González
Chronic sleep restriction induces blood-brain barrier disruption and increases pro-inflammatory mediators in rodents. Those inflammatory mediators may modulate the blood-brain barrier and constitute a link between sleep loss and blood-brain barrier physiology. We propose that adenosine action on its A2A receptor may be modulating the blood-brain barrier dynamics in sleep-restricted rats. We administrated a selective A2A adenosine receptor antagonist (SCH58261) in sleep-restricted rats at the 10th day of sleep restriction and evaluated the blood-brain barrier permeability to dextrans coupled to fluorescein (FITC-dextrans) and Evans blue...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893770/network-analysis-shows-asymmetrical-flows-within-a-bird-metapopulation
#17
Emilio R Rojas, Cédric Sueur, Pierre-Yves Henry, Blandine Doligez, Gérard Wey, Olivier Dehorter, Sylvie Massemin
How the spatial expansion of a species changes at a human time scale is a process difficult to determine. We studied the dispersal pattern of the French white stork population, using a 21-year ringing/resighting dataset. We used the graph-theory to investigate the strength of links between 5 populations (North-East, North-West, Centre, West, and South) and to determine factors important for the birds' movements. Two clusters of populations were identified within the metapopulation, with most frequent movements of individuals between North-Eastern and Centre populations, and between North-Western and Western populations...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893332/outcome-of-men-with-relapse-after-adjuvant-carboplatin-for-clinical-stage-i-seminoma
#18
Stefanie Fischer, Torgrim Tandstad, Matthew Wheater, Emilio Porfiri, Aude Fléchon, Jorge Aparicio, Dirk Klingbiel, Breda Skrbinc, Umberto Basso, Jonathan Shamash, Anja Lorch, Klaus-Peter Dieckmann, Gabriella Cohn-Cedermark, Olof Ståhl, Caroline Chau, Edurne Arriola, Kalena Marti, Paul Hutton, Brigitte Laguerre, Pablo Maroto, Jörg Beyer, Silke Gillessen
Purpose Adjuvant carboplatin is one of three management strategies that may follow inguinal orchiectomy in clinical stage I seminoma. However, little is known about the outcome of patients who experience a relapse after such treatment. Patients and Methods Data from 185 patients who relapsed after adjuvant carboplatin between January 1987 and August 2013 at 31 centers/groups from 20 countries were collected and retrospectively analyzed. Primary outcomes were disease-free survival and overall survival. Secondary outcomes were time to, stage at, and treatment of relapse as well as rate of subsequent relapses...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889602/toxicity-evaluation-and-initial-characterization-of-the-venom-of-a-colombian-latrodectus-sp
#19
Alexandra Rueda, Emilio Realpe, Alfredo Uribe
The genus Latrodectus has not been studied in Colombia even though it is medically important worldwide; there are three species for the country, this study focused on a non-identified species found in the Tatacoa Desert in the Huila Department. This research is the first approximation to the extraction, composition analysis and toxicity evaluation of the venom of a species of the genus Latrodectus in Colombia; and aims to evaluate the toxicity by the initial characterization of its venom. The venom extraction was accomplished with electrostimulation and total protein concentration was determined by the Lowry method and BCA assays from crude venom; with these methods, high protein concentration of the samples was measured...
November 23, 2016: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889354/influence-of-ozonolysis-time-during-sugarcane-pretreatment-effects-on-the-fiber-and-enzymatic-saccharification
#20
Olavo Micali Perrone, Jessika Souza Rossi, Marcia Maria de Souza Moretti, Christiane da Costa Carreira Nunes, Sidnei Emilio Bordignon, Eleni Gomes, Roberto Da-Silva, Mauricio Boscolo
Modifications in sugarcane bagasse (SCB) from ozonolysis (O) NaOH (B) and ultrasound (U) (OBU) treatment for cellulosic ethanol production by enzymatic hydrolysis, were evaluated when increasing the exposure time of SCB to ozone. The lignin, cellulose, and hemicellulose after treatment were quantified: lignin removal and a consequent increase in cellulose content were shown using an infrared spectroscopic technique (ATR-FTIR) and chemical characterization. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) proved that OBU treatment does not affect the crystalline cellulose portion and electron microscopy techniques established that the fiber region most affected by the OBU treatment was the secondary cell wall, where the greatest lignin content is located...
November 15, 2016: Bioresource Technology
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