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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679946/extensive-depolarization-and-lack-of-recovery-of-leech-retzius-neurons-caused-by-2-4-diaminobutyric-acid
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S Spasic, M Stanojevic, J Nesovic Ostojic, S Kovacevic, M Prostran, S Lopicic
In this paper we present, for the first time, a detailed account of electrophysiological effects of 2,4-diaminobutyric acid (2,4-DABA). 2,4-DABA is a neurotoxic non-protein amino acid produced by Cyanobacteria with a possible link to neurodegenerative disorders in animals and humans. Intracellular recordings were performed on Retzius nerve cells of the leech Haemopis sanguisuga using glass microelectrodes filled with 3 mol/L KCl. Our results show that 2,4-DABA is an excitatory amino acid, causing membrane depolarization in a concentration-dependent manner...
March 31, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679944/epigallocatechin-3-gallate-attenuates-microcystin-lr-induced-apoptosis-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-through-activation-of-the-nrf2-ho-1-pathway
#2
Jun Shi, Min Zhang, Libin Zhang, Huipin Deng
Our previous study showed that the tea extract, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), protects against microcystin-LR (MC-LR) -mediated apoptosis of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs); however, the mechanism underlying MC-LR-induced HUVEC apoptosis remains incompletely understood. In this study, we investigated whether the nuclear factor erythroid-like 2 (NRF2)/heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) pathway, which regulates antioxidant transcriptional regulation of oxidative stress and apoptosis, is involved in this process...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679943/photocatalytic-decomposition-of-selected-biologically-active-compounds-in-environmental-waters-using-tio-2-polyaniline-nanocomposites-kinetics-toxicity-and-intermediates-assessment
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Daniela V Šojić Merkulov, Vesna N Despotović, Nemanja D Banić, Sanja J Armaković, Nina L Finčur, Marina J Lazarević, Dragana D Četojević-Simin, Dejan Z Orčić, Marija B Radoičić, Zoran V Šaponjić, Mirjana I Čomor, Biljana F Abramović
A comprehensive study of the removal of selected biologically active compounds (pharmaceuticals and pesticides) from different water types was conducted using bare TiO2 nanoparticles and TiO2 /polyaniline (TP-50, TP-100, and TP-150) nanocomposite powders. In order to investigate how molecular structure of the substrate influences the rate of its removal, we compared degradation efficiency of the initial substrates and degree of mineralization for the active components of pharmaceuticals (propranolol, and amitriptyline) and pesticides (sulcotrione, and clomazone) in double distilled (DDW) and environmental waters...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679942/radiocesium-concentrations-in-soil-and-leaf-after-decontamination-practices-in-a-forest-plantation-highly-polluted-by-the-fukushima-accident
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Manuel López-Vicente, Yuichi Onda, Junko Takahashi, Hiroaki Kato, Shinya Chayama, Keigo Hisadome
Owing to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident a vast amount of radiocesium was released polluting the land. Afterwards, a variety of decontamination practices has been done, reducing the ambient dose rates. In this study we evaluated the effectiveness of eight forest decontamination practices by means of monitoring the radiocesium (137 Cs) concentration in soil and leaf samples, and the daily discharge rates in ten plots during 27 months (May 2013-July 2015). A forest plantation located 16 km southwest to the FDNPP and within the exclusion area was selected...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679937/chronic-radiation-exposure-modifies-temporal-dynamics-of-cytogenetic-but-not-reproductive-indicators-in-scots-pine-populations
#5
Stanislav Geras'kin, Alla Oudalova, Alexey Kuzmenkov, Denis Vasiliyev
Over a period of 13 years (2003-2015), reproductive and cytogenetic effects are investigated in Scots pine populations growing in the Bryansk region of Russia radioactively contaminated as a result of the Chernobyl accident. In reference populations, the frequencies of cytogenetic abnormalities are shown to change with time in a cyclic manner. In chronically exposed populations, the cyclic patterns in temporal dynamics of cytogenetic abnormalities appear to be disturbed. In addition, a tendency to decrease in the frequencies of cytogenetic abnormalities with time as well as an increase in their variability with dose rate is revealed...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679936/controversies-in-monitoring-metastatic-breast-cancer-during-systemic-treatment-results-of-a-gim-gruppo-italiano-mammella-survey
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Bonotto Marta, Basile Debora, Gerratana Lorenzo, Pelizzari Giacomo, Bartoletti Michele, Vitale Maria Grazia, Fanotto Valentina, Lisanti Camilla, Mansutti Mauro, Minisini Alessandro Marco, Aprile Giuseppe, De Laurentiis Michele, Montemurro Filippo, Del Mastro Lucia, Puglisi Fabio
BACKGROUND: The optimal strategy for monitoring metastatic breast cancer (M-MBC) is unclear. Nevertheless, M-MBC influences patient's quality of life and it affects the use of resources in terms of both drugs and diagnostic exam prescription. We aim to disclose oncologists' approach on M-MBC, identifying controversial areas. METHODS: An anonymous online survey was conducted among GIM members who, based on their on-field experience, shared their own method for M-MBC planning...
April 18, 2018: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679932/tcnq-molecular-semiconductor-of-the-cu-ii-taab-macrocycle-optical-and-electrical-properties
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M E Sánchez Vergara, R Salcedo, Bertha Molina, R Carrera-Téllez, J R Álvarez-Bada, A Hernández-García, V Gómez-Vidales
The present study reports the doping of a semiconducting molecular material through the formation of hydrogen bonds between the macrocycle Cu(II)(TAAB) and the electronic acceptor TCNQ. According to density functional theory (DFT) calculations and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analysis, the doped compound has the shape of a distorted square pyramid, with four nitrogen atoms in the equatorial position and the apical oxygen atom from the water ligands. These water molecules can generate strong hydrogen bonds with TCNQ and the TAAB metallic complex...
April 11, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679930/mixed-culture-polyhydroxyalkanoate-pha-synthesis-from-nutrient-rich-wet-oxidation-liquors
#8
Suren Wijeyekoon, Carlo R Carere, Mark West, Shresta Nath, Daniel Gapes
Organic waste residues can be hydrothermally treated to produce organic acid rich liquors. These hydrothermal liquors are a potential feedstock for polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) production. We investigated the effect of dissolved oxygen concentration and substrate feeding regimes on PHA accumulation and yield using two hydrothermal liquors derived from a mixture of primary and secondary municipal wastewater treatment sludge and food waste. The enriched culture accumulated a maximum of 41% PHA of cell dry weight within 7 h; which is among the highest reported for N and P rich hydrothermal liquors...
April 12, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679925/tocotrienol-rich-fraction-supplementation-reduces-hyperglycemia-induced-skeletal-muscle-damage-through-regulation-of-insulin-signaling-and-oxidative-stress-in-type-2-diabetic-mice
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Heaji Lee, Yunsook Lim
Chronic hyperglycemia induces impairment of muscle growth and development of diabetes mellitus (DM). Since skeletal muscle is the major site for disposal of ingested glucose, impaired glucose metabolism causes imbalance between protein synthesis and degradation which adversely affects physical mobility. In this study, we investigated the effect of tocotrienol-rich fraction (TRF) supplementation on skeletal muscle damage in diabetic mice. Diabetes was induced by a high-fat diet with streptozotocin (STZ) injection (100 mg/kg) in male C57BL/6J mice...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679922/the-reliability-of-gait-variability-measures-for-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease-and-healthy-older-adults-the-effect-of-gait-speed
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Linda Rennie, Niklas Löfgren, Rolf Moe-Nilssen, Arve Opheim, Espen Dietrichs, Erika Franzén
BACKGROUND: Step-to-step variability is a marker of reduced motor control and a frequently studied outcome measure in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD) as compared to healthy older adults (HOA). To challenge motor control of gait, walking should be tested at different gait speeds. Good reliability is essential, and gait variability estimates show good reproducibility when sampled at normal gait speed. The aim was therefore to investigate if gait variability could be reliably sampled at slow and fast speeds for individuals with PD and HOA by evaluating test-retest reliability...
April 14, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679919/the-effect-of-growth-hormone-on-bioactive-igf-in-overweight-obese-women
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Laura E Dichtel, Mette Bjerre, Melanie Schorr, Miriam A Bredella, Anu V Gerweck, Brian M Russell, Jan Frystyk, Karen K Miller
OBJECTIVE: Overweight/obesity is characterized by decreased growth hormone (GH) secretion whereas circulating IGF-I levels are less severely reduced. Yet, the activity of the circulating IGF-system appears to be normal in overweight/obese subjects, as estimated by the ability of serum to activate the IGF-I receptor in vitro (bioactive IGF). We hypothesized that preservation of bioactive IGF in overweight/obese women is regulated by an insulin-mediated suppression of IGF-binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1) and IGFBP-2, and by suppression of IGFBP-3, mediated by low GH...
March 10, 2018: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679915/application-of-solar-photo-fenton-for-benzophenone-type-uv-filters-removal
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Henry Zúñiga-Benítez, Gustavo A Peñuela
Benzophenones (BPs) family is one of the most frequently used groups of UV-filters. However, it has been reported by different authors that this kind of chemical compounds could be associated with some endocrine disrupting activity, genotoxicity and reproductive toxicity. In addition, different studies have evidenced the presence of BPs in several environmental matrices, indicating that conventional technologies of water treatment are not able to remove them, which generates the necessity of evaluating new alternatives of remediation...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679914/a-multi-site-proof-of-concept-investigation-of-computerized-approach-avoidance-training-in-adolescent-cannabis-users
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Joanna Jacobus, Charles T Taylor, Kevin M Gray, Lindsay R Meredith, Anna M Porter, Irene Li, Norma Castro, Lindsay M Squeglia
BACKGROUND: Few effective treatment options exist for cannabis-using youth. This pilot study aimed to test Approach-Avoidance Training to reduce cannabis use with non-treatment-seeking adolescents. METHODS: Eighty cannabis-using non-treatment-seeking adolescents (average age 19) were recruited from San Diego, California and Charleston, South Carolina, and randomized to complete either six sessions of Cannabis Approach-Avoidance Task Training (CAAT-training) designed to reduce automatic approach biases for cannabis cues or CAAT-sham training...
April 11, 2018: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679912/effects-of-ugt2b7-scn1a-and-cyp3a4-on-the-therapeutic-response-of-sodium-valproate-treatment-in-children-with-generalized-seizures
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Weixing Feng, Shenghui Mei, Leting Zhu, Yazhen Yu, Weili Yang, Baoqin Gao, Xiaojuan Wu, Zhigang Zhao, Fang Fang
PURPOSE: This study aims to evaluate the associations between genetic polymorphisms and the effect of sodium valproate (VPA) therapy in children with generalized seizures. METHODS: A total of 174 children with generalized seizures on VPA therapy were enrolled. Steady-state trough plasma concentrations of VPA were analyzed. Seventy-six single nucleotide polymorphisms involved in the absorption, metabolism, transport, and target receptor of VPA were identified, and their associations with the therapeutic effect (seizure reduction) were evaluated using logistic regression adjusted by various influence factors...
April 14, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679911/the-effects-of-valproate-and-topiramate-use-on-serum-insulin-leptin-neuropeptide-y-and-ghrelin-levels-in-epileptic-children
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Nafiye Polat Çiçek, Tülay Kamaşak, Mine Serin, Aysenur Okten, Ahmet Alver, Ali Cansu
PURPOSE: Although some drugs used in the treatment of epilepsy are known to affect body weight, the hormonal factors responsible have not been sufficiently described. The purpose of this study was to compare insulin, leptin, neuropeptide Y and ghrelin levels in children with epilepsy receiving monotherapy with topiramate (TPM) and valproic acid (VPA), the drugs whose effects on body weight have been most discussed, with those of a control group. METHOD: 48 patients (25 VPA, 23 TPM) aged between 6 and 15...
April 11, 2018: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679909/mechanisms-of-the-active-components-from-korean-pine-nut-preventing-and-treating-d-galactose-induced-aging-rats
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Jianmei Zhang, Weiwei Lin, Ruijun Wu, Yanmeng Liu, Kai Zhu, Jinyu Ren, Sufang Zhang, Xiaomei Ling
Age-related neuronal injury and oxidative damage are the predominant factors for neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's disease (AD). The aim of this study was to explore whether chronic administration of d-galactose (d-gal) can cause neuronal injury and oxidative damage, and to investigate the neuroprotective and antioxidative effects of the active components (UPNO-1) from Korean pine nut (Pinus koraiensis). Two dosing regimens were designed, one for the evaluation of preventive effects in which the rats were simultaneously administrated d-gal and UPNO-1/fishoil for 12 weeks, the other for the evaluation of therapeutic effects in which the rats were given d-gal for 8 weeks before treated with UPNO-1/selegiline for 8 weeks...
April 18, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679908/recent-advances-in-colony-stimulating-factor-1-receptor-c-fms-as-an-emerging-target-for-various-therapeutic-implications
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REVIEW
Archana Kumari, Om Silakari, Rajesh K Singh
Colony stimulating factor-1 (CSF-1) is one of the most common proinflammatory cytokine responsible for various inflammatory disorders. It has a remarkable role in the development and progression of osteoarthritis, cancer and other autoimmune disease conditions. The CSF-1 acts by binding to the receptor, called colony stimulating factor-1 receptor (CSF-1R) also known as c-FMS resulting in the cascade of signalling pathway causing cell proliferation and differentiation. Interleukin-34 (IL-34), recently identified as another ligand for CSF-IR, is a cytokine protein...
April 18, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679905/qing-brick-tea-qbt-aqueous-extract-protects-monosodium-glutamate-induced-obese-mice-against-metabolic-syndrome-and-involves-up-regulation-transcription-factor-nuclear-factor-erythroid-2-related-factor-2-nrf2-antioxidant-pathway
#18
Wenqi Gao, Changyi Xiao, Jun Hu, Biaoxin Chen, Chunyan Wang, Bangping Cui, Pengyi Deng, Jian Yang, Zhifang Deng
BACKGROUND: Qing brick tea (QBT), traditional and popular beverage for Chinese people, is an important post-fermentation dark tea. Our present study was performed to investigate the ameliorative effects of QBT aqueous extract on metabolic syndrome (Mets) in monosodium glutamate-induced obese mice and the potential mechanisms. METHOD: Monosodium glutamate-induced obese mice were used to evaluate the anti-Mets effects of QBT. Content levels of malonaldehyde (MDA), reactive oxygen species (ROS) and protein carbonylation, antioxidant enzyme activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), catalase (CAT), glutathione reductase (GR) in the skeletal muscle were assessed by commercial kits, respectively...
April 18, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679904/tanshinone-iia-protects-murine-chondrogenic-atdc5-cells-from-lipopolysaccharide-induced-inflammatory-injury-by-down-regulating-microrna-203a
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Luan Luan, Zhiyuan Liang
BACKGROUND: Osteoarthritis is the most common bone-joint disease in middle and older people all over the world. Tanshinone IIA (Tan IIA) is the main lipophilic diterpenoid isolated from the root of Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge (Lamiaceae). This study analyzed the protective effects of Tan IIA on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced murine chondrogenic ATDC5 cell inflammatory injury model. METHODS: Cell viability was assessed using cell counting kit-8 (CCK-8) assay. Cell apoptosis was detected using Annexin V-FITC/PI staining...
April 18, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679903/isoharringtonine-inhibits-breast-cancer-stem-like-properties-and-stat3-signaling
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Wei Chen, Hui Wang, Mei Cheng, Ling Ni, Li Zou, Qin Yang, Xianghai Cai, Baowei Jiao
OBJECTIVES: Breast cancer stem cells (BCSCs) contribute to breast cancer progression, relapse, and treatment resistance. Identification of the natural inhibitory components of BCSCs is therefore critical for clinical treatment. Here, we investigated whether isoharringtonine (IHT) had inhibitory effects on BCSCs in breast cancer cell lines. METHODS: HCC1806, HCC1937, and MCF7 cells were treated with IHT. The proliferation and the migration of cells were detected by MTS assay and wound healing migration assay, respectively...
April 18, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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