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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343277/pancreatic-alpha-cell-selective-deletion-of-tcf7l2-impairs-glucagon-secretion-and-counter-regulatory-responses-to-hypoglycaemia-in-mice
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Gabriela da Silva Xavier, Angeles Mondragon, Vishnou Mourougavelou, Céline Cruciani-Guglielmacci, Jessica Denom, Pedro Luis Herrera, Christophe Magnan, Guy A Rutter
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Transcription factor 7-like 2 (TCF7L2) is a high mobility group (HMG) box-containing transcription factor and downstream effector of the Wnt signalling pathway. SNPs in the TCF7L2 gene have previously been associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes in genome-wide association studies. In animal studies, loss of Tcf7l2 function is associated with defective islet beta cell function and survival. Here, we explore the role of TCF7L2 in the control of the counter-regulatory response to hypoglycaemia by generating mice with selective deletion of the Tcf7l2 gene in pancreatic alpha cells...
March 25, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343198/-why-ovarian-cancer-cells-escape-from-immune-surveillance
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Iwona Wertel, Karolina Okła, Justyna Surówka, Monika Bilska, Grzegorz Polak, Wiesława Bednarek, Jan Kotarski
Ovarian cancer is a malignancy of high mortality rates. In respect of the number of deaths caused by cancers it occupies the fourth place among women in Poland. Recent studies are focusing on the role of immune system in ovarian cancer pathogenesis. It has been reported that immune response against ovarian cancer cells may be inhibited by a number of immunosuppressive mechanisms active in cancer microenvironment. It causes difficulties in recognizing and destroying cancer cells by immune system which leads to the development of immune tolerance and is associated with a low efficacy of standard therapeutic strategies...
2017: Wiadomości Lekarskie: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343043/clonal-integration-increases-tolerance-of-a-phalanx-clonal-plant-to-defoliation
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Pu Wang, Huan Li, Xiao-Yu Pang, Ao Wang, Bi-Cheng Dong, Jing-Pin Lei, Fei-Hai Yu, Mai-He Li
Defoliation by herbivores commonly imposes negative effects on plants, and physiological integration (resource sharing) can enhance the ability of guerilla clonal plants to tolerate stresses. Here we examined whether physiological integration can increase the ability of phalanx clonal plants to withstand defoliation. On a high mountain grassland in southwestern China, we subjected the phalanx clonal plant Iris delavayi within 10cm×10cm plots to three levels of defoliation intensity, i.e., control (no defoliation), moderate (50% shoot removal to simulate moderate herbivory) and heavy defoliation (100% shoot removal to simulate heavy herbivory), and kept rhizomes at the plot edges connected (allowing physiological integration) or disconnected (preventing integration) with intact ramets outside the plots...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342962/intellectual-evaluation-of-children-exposed-to-phthalate-tainted-products-after-the-2011-taiwan-phthalate-episode
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Po-Chin Huang, Chih-Hsin Tsai, Chu-Chih Chen, Ming-Tsang Wu, Mei-Lien Chen, Shu-Li Wang, Bai-Hsiun Chen, Ching-Chang Lee, Jouni J K Jaakkola, Wen-Chiu Wu, Min-Kung Chen, Chao A Hsiung, Rapit Group
INTRODUCTION: Phthalate exposure may reduce intellectual development in young children. In 2011, numerous Taiwanese children had been reported to have consumed phthalate-tainted products. We investigated the effects of phthalate exposure on the intellectual development of these children after the 2011 Taiwan di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) episode. METHODS: We recruited 204 children, aged 3-12 y, from 3 hospitals in Taiwan between 2012 and 2013. First-morning urine samples were collected for analyzing 5 phthalate metabolites...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342683/white-grape-juice-elicits-a-lower-breath-hydrogen-response-compared-with-apple-juice-in-healthy-human-subjects-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jennifer Erickson, Qi Wang, Joanne Slavin
BACKGROUND: Diets low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FODMAPS) are used to manage symptoms in individuals with irritable bowel syndrome. Although effective at reducing symptoms, the diet can be complex and restrictive. In addition, there are still large gaps in the literature and many foods with unclear effects in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, like fruit juice. Although many fruits are allowable on a low-FODMAP diet, consumption of all fruit juice is generally cautioned due to the large fructose load contained in juice, regardless of the glucose concentration...
March 22, 2017: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340408/ongoing-evolution-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pao1-sublines-complicates-studies-of-dna-damage-repair-and-tolerance
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Julia Sidorenko, Tatjana Jatsenko, Maia Kivisaar
Sublines of the major P. aeruginosa reference strain PAO1 are derivatives of the original PAO1 isolate, which are maintained in laboratories worldwide. These sublines display substantial genomic and phenotypic variation due to ongoing microevolution. Here, we examined four sublines, MPAO1, PAO1-L, PAO1-DSM and PAO1-UT, originated from different laboratories, and six DNA polymerase-deficient mutants from the P. aeruginosa MPAO1 transposon library for their employment in elucidation of DNA damage repair and tolerance mechanisms in P...
March 16, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340388/evaluation-of-cr-vi-reduction-mechanism-and-removal-by-cellulosimicrobium-funkei-strain-ar8-a-novel-haloalkaliphilic-bacterium
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Chinnannan Karthik, Selvaraj Barathi, Arivalagan Pugazhendhi, Vijayan Sri Ramkumar, Ngoc Bao Dung Thi, Padikasan Indra Arulselvi
The present study, a novel haloalkaliphilic Cr(VI) tolerant bacterial strain, Cellulosimicrobium funkei AR8, was isolated and characterized for its high Cr(VI) reduction. In batch experiments, Cr(VI) reduction was evaluated under different parametric conditions which include different pH (5-9), temperature (25-45°C), NaCl (0-3%) and Cr(VI) concentrations (100-250μg/ml). Variations in the cell surface functional groups and morphology of the bacterial cells after Cr(VI) reduction were characterized by FT-IR and SEM-EDX...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340002/overexpression-of-the-rice-sumo-e3-ligase-gene-ossiz1-in-cotton-enhances-drought-and-heat-tolerance-and-substantially-improves-fiber-yields-in-the-field-under-reduced-irrigation-and-rainfed-conditions
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Neelam Mishra, Li Sun, Xunlu Zhu, Jennifer Smith, Anurag Prakash Srivastava, Xiaojie Yang, Necla Pehlivan, Nardana Esmaeili, Hong Luo, Guoxin Shen, Don Jones, Dick Auld, John Burke, Paxton Payton, Hong Zhang
The Arabidopsis SUMO E3 ligase gene AtSIZ1 plays important roles in plant response to abiotic stresses as loss of function in AtSIZ1 leads to increased sensitivity to drought, heat and salt stresses. Overexpression of the AtSIZ1 rice homolog, OsSIZ1, leads to increased heat and drought tolerance in bentgrass, suggesting that the function of the E3 ligase SIZ1 is highly conserved in plants and it plays a critical role in abiotic stress responses. To test the possibility that the SUMO E3 ligase could be used to engineer drought- and heat-tolerant crops, the rice gene OsSIZ1 was overexpressed in cotton...
March 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339993/one-year-efficacy-and-safety-of-the-iron-based-phosphate-binder-sucroferric-oxyhydroxide-in-patients-on-peritoneal-dialysis
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Jürgen Floege, Adrian C Covic, Markus Ketteler, Johannes Mann, Anjay Rastogi, Bruce Spinowitz, Viatcheslav Rakov, Laura J Lisk, Stuart M Sprague
Background.: Sucroferric oxyhydroxide is a noncalcium, iron-based phosphate binder that demonstrated sustained serum phosphorus control, good tolerability and lower pill burden compared with sevelamer carbonate (sevelamer) in a Phase 3 study conducted in dialysis patients. This subanalysis examines the efficacy and tolerability of sucroferric oxyhydroxide and sevelamer in the peritoneal dialysis (PD) patient population. Methods.: The initial study (NCT01324128) and its extension (NCT01464190) were multicenter, Phase 3, open-label, randomized (2:1), active-controlled trials comparing sucroferric oxyhydroxide (1...
February 23, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339719/the-pepper-wpp-domain-protein-cawdp1-acts-as-a-novel-negative-regulator-of-drought-stress-via-aba-signaling
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Chanmi Park, Chae Woo Lim, Woonhee Baek, Jung-Hyun Kim, Sohee Lim, Sang Hyon Kim, Kyung-Nam Kim, Sung Chul Lee
Plants are constantly challenged by various environmental stresses, including high salinity and drought, and they have evolved defense mechanisms to counteract the deleterious effects of these stresses. The plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) regulates plant growth and developmental processes and mediates abiotic stress responses. Here, we report the identification and characterization of a novel CaWDP1 (Capsicum annuumWPP Domain Protein 1) protein. The expression of CaWDP1 in pepper leaves was induced by ABA, drought, and NaCl treatments, suggesting its role in the abiotic stress response...
February 22, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339469/non-invasive-evaluation-of-muscle-disease-in-the-canine-model-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-by-electrical-impedance-myography
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Chady H Hakim, Alex Mijailovic, Thais B Lessa, Joan R Coates, Carmen Shin, Seward B Rutkove, Dongsheng Duan
Dystrophin-deficient dogs are by far the best available large animal models for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), the most common lethal childhood muscle degenerative disease. The use of the canine DMD model in basic disease mechanism research and translational studies will be greatly enhanced with the development of reliable outcome measures. Electrical impedance myography (EIM) is a non-invasive painless procedure that provides quantitative data relating to muscle composition and histology. EIM has been extensively used in neuromuscular disease research in both human patients and rodent models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338952/physiological-and-morphological-responses-to-permanent-and-intermittent-waterlogging-in-seedlings-of-four-evergreen-trees-of-temperate-swamp-forests
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Alejandra Zúñiga-Feest, Angela Bustos-Salazar, Fernanda Alves, Vanessa Martinez, Cecilia Smith-Ramírez, Joào Pereira
Waterlogging decreases a plant's metabolism, stomatal conductance (gs) and photosynthetic rate (A); however, some evergreen species show acclimation to waterlogging. By studying both the physiological and morphological responses to waterlogging, the objective of this study was to assess the acclimation capacity of four swamp forest species that reside in different microhabitats. We proposed that species (Luma apiculata [D.C.] Burret. and Drimys winteri J.R. et G. Forster.) abundant in seasonally and intermittently waterlogged areas (SIWA) would have a higher acclimation capacity than species abundant in the inner swamp (Blepharocalyx cruckshanksii [H et A...
March 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338762/redox-and-reactive-oxygen-species-network-in-acclimation-for-salinity-tolerance-in-sugar-beet
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M Sazzad Hossain, Abdelaleim Ismail ElSayed, Marten Moore, Karl-Josef Dietz
Fine-tuned and coordinated regulation of transport, metabolism and redox homeostasis allows plants to acclimate to osmotic and ionic stress caused by high salinity. Sugar beet is a highly salt tolerant crop plant and is therefore an interesting model to study sodium chloride (NaCl) acclimation in crops. Sugar beet plants were subjected to a final level of 300 mM NaCl for up to 14 d in hydroponics. Plants acclimated to NaCl stress by maintaining its growth rate and adjusting its cellular redox and reactive oxygen species (ROS) network...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338741/tolerating-dissimilar-other-when-primed-with-death-neural-evidence-of-self-control-engaged-by-interdependent-people-in-japan
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Kuniaki Yanagisawa, Emiko S Kashima, Hiroki Moriya, Keita Masui, Kaichiro Furutani, Hiroshi Yoshida, Mitsuhiro Ura, Michio Nomura
Mortality salience (MS) has been shown to lead to derogation of others with dissimilar worldviews, yet recent research has shown that Asian-Americans who presumably adopt an interdependent self-construal (SC) tend to reveal greater tolerance after MS induction. In the present study, we demonstrated that Japanese individuals who are high on interdependent SC indeed show greater tolerance toward worldview-threatening other in the MS (vs control) condition, thus replicating the prior research. Extending this research, we also found that interdependent people's tolerance toward worldview-threatening other was mediated by increased activity in the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex in the MS condition...
February 17, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338715/salt-acclimation-process-a-comparison-between-a-sensitive-and-a-tolerant-olea-europaea-cultivar
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Camilla Pandolfi, Nadia Bazihizina, Cristiana Giordano, Stefano Mancuso, Elisa Azzarello
Saline soils are highly heterogeneous in time and space, and this is a critical factor influencing plant physiology and productivity. Temporal changes in soil salinity can alter plant responses to salinity, and pre-treating plants with low NaCl concentrations has been found to substantially increase salt tolerance in different species in a process called acclimation. However, it still remains unclear whether this process is common to all plants or is only expressed in certain genotypes. We addressed this question by assessing the physiological changes to 100 mM NaCl in two contrasting olive cultivars (the salt-sensitive Leccino and the salt-tolerant Frantoio), following a 1-month acclimation period with 5 or 25 mM NaCl...
February 15, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338609/ectopic-expression-of-aeluropus-littoralis-plasma-membrane-protein-gene-altmp1-confers-abiotic-stress-tolerance-in-transgenic-tobacco-by-improving-water-status-and-cation-homeostasis
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Walid Ben Romdhane, Rania Ben-Saad, Donaldo Meynard, Jean-Luc Verdeil, Jalel Azaza, Nabil Zouari, Lotfi Fki, Emmanuel Guiderdoni, Abdullah Al-Doss, Afif Hassairi
We report here the isolation and functional analysis of AlTMP1 gene encoding a member of the PMP3 protein family. In Aeluropus littoralis, AlTMP1 is highly induced by abscisic acid (ABA), cold, salt, and osmotic stresses. Transgenic tobacco expressing AlTMP1 exhibited enhanced tolerance to salt, osmotic, H₂O₂, heat and freezing stresses at the seedling stage. Under greenhouse conditions, the transgenic plants showed a higher level of tolerance to drought than to salinity. Noteworthy, AlTMP1 plants yielded two- and five-fold more seeds than non-transgenic plants (NT) under salt and drought stresses, respectively...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338324/studies-to-examine-potential-tolerability-differences-between-the-5-ht2c-receptor-selective-agonists-lorcaserin-and-cp-809101
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Guy A Higgins, Leonardo B Silenieks, Amy Patrick, Ines A M De Lannoy, Paul J Fletcher, Linda A Parker, Neil J MacLusky, Laura C Sullivan, Teresa A Chavera, Kelly A Berg
Lorcaserin (LOR) is a selective 5-HT2C receptor agonist that has been FDA approved as a treatment for obesity. The most frequently reported side-effects of LOR include nausea and headache, which can be dose limiting. We have previously reported that in the rat, while LOR produced unconditioned signs characteristic of nausea/malaise, the highly selective 5-HT2C agonist CP-809101 (CP) produced fewer equivalent signs. Because this may indicate a subclass of 5-HT2C agonists having better tolerability, the present studies were designed to further investigate this apparent difference...
March 24, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338306/implantation-of-a-biodegradable-rectum-balloon-implant-tips-tricks-and-pitfalls
#18
Ben G L Vanneste, Kees van De Beek, Ludy Lutgens, Philippe Lambin
INTRODUCTION: A rectum balloon implant (RBI) is a new device to spare rectal structures during prostate cancer radiotherapy. The theoretical advantages of a RBI are to reduce the high radiation dose to the anterior rectum wall, the possibility of a post-implant correction, and their predetermined shape with consequent predictable position. OBJECTIVE: To describe, step-by-step, our mini-invasive technique for hands-free transperineal implantation of a RBI before start of radiotherapy treatment...
March 24, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338287/synthesis-of-rationally-halogenated-buckybowls-by-chemoselective-aromatic-c-f-bond-activation
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Olena Papaianina, Vladimir A Akhmetov, Alexey A Goryunkov, Frank Hampel, Frank W Heinemann, Konstantin Y Amsharov
Halogenated buckybowls or bowl-shaped polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (BS-PAHs) are key building blocks for the "bottom-up" synthesis of various carbon-based nanomaterials with outstanding potential in different fields of technology. The current state of the art provides quite a limited number of synthetic pathways to BS-PAHs; moreover, none of these approaches show high selectivity and tolerance of functional groups. Herein we demonstrate an effective route to BS-PAHs that includes directed intramolecular aryl-aryl coupling through C-F bond activation...
March 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338069/rram-based-parallel-computing-architecture-using-k-nearest-neighbor-classification-for-pattern-recognition
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Yuning Jiang, Jinfeng Kang, Xinan Wang
Resistive switching memory (RRAM) is considered as one of the most promising devices for parallel computing solutions that may overcome the von Neumann bottleneck of today's electronic systems. However, the existing RRAM-based parallel computing architectures suffer from practical problems such as device variations and extra computing circuits. In this work, we propose a novel parallel computing architecture for pattern recognition by implementing k-nearest neighbor classification on metal-oxide RRAM crossbar arrays...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
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