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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231656/-acute-effect-of-ambient-air-pollution-on-small-airway-lung-functions-among-school-children-in-shanghai
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L J Zhang, C Y Guo, H H Xu, D Xu, X B Shen, X Y Du, M H Zhang, J G Tan, J H Zhang, C Y Dong, H L Qian, Y W Shi, M Z Pan, X D Zhou
Objective: To study the acute effects of compound ambient air pollution on small airway lung functions among school children in Shanghai. Method: A longitudinal survey on lung functions was conducted among 233 school-children from three schools (A, B and C, located in innerring, mid-ring and outer-ring areas). Lung function test was performed once a week for 3 times respectively, among children in school A and B in Dec. 2013 and in school C in Dec. 2014. The fourth lung function test was tested in Jun. 2014 and May 2015 in the respective schools...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231513/increasing-ascorbate-levels-in-crops-to-enhance-human-nutrition-and-plant-abiotic-stress-tolerance
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REVIEW
Richard C Macknight, William A Laing, Sean M Bulley, Ronan C Broad, Alexander At Johnson, Roger P Hellens
Ascorbate (or vitamin C) is an essential human micronutrient predominantly obtained from plants. In addition to preventing scurvy, it is now known to have broader roles in human health, for example as a cofactor for enzymes involved in epigenetic programming and as regulator of cellular iron uptake. Furthermore, ascorbate is the major antioxidant in plants and underpins many environmentally induced abiotic stress responses. Biotechnological approaches to enhance the ascorbate content of crops therefore have potential to improve both human health and abiotic stress tolerance of crops...
February 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231468/parkinson-sac-domain-mutation-in-synaptojanin-1-impairs-clathrin-uncoating-at-synapses-and-triggers-dystrophic-changes-in-dopaminergic-axons
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Mian Cao, Yumei Wu, Ghazaleh Ashrafi, Amber J McCartney, Heather Wheeler, Eric A Bushong, Daniela Boassa, Mark H Ellisman, Timothy A Ryan, Pietro De Camilli
Synaptojanin 1 (SJ1) is a major presynaptic phosphatase that couples synaptic vesicle endocytosis to the dephosphorylation of PI(4,5)P2, a reaction needed for the shedding of endocytic factors from their membranes. While the role of SJ1's 5-phosphatase module in this process is well recognized, the contribution of its Sac phosphatase domain, whose preferred substrate is PI4P, remains unclear. Recently a homozygous mutation in its Sac domain was identified in early-onset parkinsonism patients. We show that mice carrying this mutation developed neurological manifestations similar to those of human patients...
February 22, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231431/enhancing-adoptive-cell-therapy-of-cancer-through-targeted-delivery-of-small-molecule-immunomodulators-to-internalizing-or-non-internalizing-receptors
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Yiran Zheng, Li Tang, Llian Mabardi, Sudha Kumari, Darrell J Irvine
Adoptive cell therapy (ACT) has achieved striking efficacy in B-cell leukemias, but less success treating other cancers, in part due to the rapid loss of ACT T-cell effector function in vivo due to immunosuppression in solid tumors. Transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) signaling is an important mechanism of immune suppression in the tumor microenvironment, but systemic inhibition of TGF-β is toxic. Here we evaluated the potential of targeting a small molecule inhibitor of TGF-β to ACT T-cells using PEGylated immunoliposomes...
February 23, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231321/argonaute10-promotes-the-degradation-of-mir165-6-through-the-sdn1-and-sdn2-exonucleases-in-arabidopsis
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Yu Yu, Lijuan Ji, Brandon H Le, Jixian Zhai, Jiayi Chen, Elizabeth Luscher, Lei Gao, Chunyan Liu, Xiaofeng Cao, Beixin Mo, Jinbiao Ma, Blake C Meyers, Xuemei Chen
The degradation of small RNAs in plants and animals is associated with small RNA 3' truncation and 3' uridylation and thus relies on exonucleases and nucleotidyl transferases. ARGONAUTE (AGO) proteins associate with small RNAs in vivo and are essential for not only the activities but also the stability of small RNAs. AGO1 is the microRNA (miRNA) effector in Arabidopsis, and its closest homolog, AGO10, maintains stem cell homeostasis in meristems by sequestration of miR165/6, a conserved miRNA acting through AGO1...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231305/effects-of-vasoactive-drugs-on-crystalloid-fluid-kinetics-in-septic-sheep
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Yuhong Li, Zheng Xiaozhu, Ru Guomei, Ding Qiannan, Robert G Hahn
PURPOSE: Crystalloid fluid and vasoactive drugs are used in the early treatment of sepsis. The purpose of the present study was to examine how these drugs alter plasma volume expansion, peripheral edema, and urinary excretion. METHODS: Twenty-five anesthetized sheep were made septic by cecal puncture and a short infusion of lipopolysaccharide. After 50 min, a slow infusion of isotonic saline was initiated: the saline either contained no drug, norepinephrine (1 μg/kg/min), phenylephrine (3 μg/kg/min), dopamine (50 μg/kg/min), or esmolol (50 μg/kg/min)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231179/how-can-diet-affect-the-accumulation-of-advanced-glycation-end-products-in-the-human-body
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REVIEW
Axel Guilbaud, Celine Niquet-Leridon, Eric Boulanger, Frederic J Tessier
The accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) is associated with the complications of diabetes, kidney disease, metabolic disorders and degenerative diseases. It is recognized that the pool of glycation products found in the human body comes not only from an endogenous formation, but also from a dietary exposure to exogenous AGEs. In recent years, the development of pharmacologically-active ingredients aimed at inhibiting endogenous glycation has not been successful. Since the accumulation of AGEs in the human body appears to be progressive throughout life, an early preventive action against glycation could be effective through dietary adjustments or supplementation with purified micronutrients...
December 6, 2016: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231088/health-promoting-compounds-in-pigmented-thai-and-wild-rice
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Valentina Melini, Rita Acquistucci
Organic pigmented Thai rice and wild rice are commonly available in specialized Italian markets and food shops, and they are gaining popularity among consumers demanding healthy foods. Indeed, the typical colour of kernels, which is the unique characteristic of pigmented cereals, is due to the accumulation of pigments that are also responsible for a number of healthy effects. The aim of this study was to provide a portrait of two organic pigmented Thai rice varieties from Thailand and one wild rice variety from Canada, imported into Italy and at Italian consumers' disposal...
January 20, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231052/review-the-role-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-in-the-treatment-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Xin Sun, Yan Zhang, Meilin Xie
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has been defined as a spectrum of histological abnormalities and is characterized by significant and excessive accumulation of triglycerides in the hepatocytes in patients without alcohol consumption or other diseases. Current studies are targeting new molecular mechanisms that underlie NAFLD and associated metabolic disorders. Many therapeutic targets have been found and used in clinical studies. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are among the potential targets and have been demonstrated to exert a pivotal role in modulation of NAFLD...
March 1, 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230991/electron-accumulation-on-naphthalene-diimide-photosensitized-by-ru-2-2-bipyridine-3-2
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Michael Skaisgirski, Xingwei Guo, Oliver S Wenger
In a molecular triad comprised of a central naphthalene diimide (NDI) unit flanked by two [Ru(bpy)3](2+) (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) sensitizers, NDI(2-) is formed after irradiation with visible light in deaerated CH3CN in the presence of excess triethylamine. The mechanism for this electron accumulation involves a combination of photoinduced and thermal elementary steps. In a structurally related molecular pentad with two peripheral triarylamine (TAA) electron donors attached covalently to a central [Ru(bpy)3](2+)-NDI-[Ru(bpy)3](2+) core but no sacrificial reagents present, photoexcitation only leads to NDI(-) (and TAA(+)), whereas NDI(2-) is unattainable due to rapid electron transfer events counteracting charge accumulation...
February 23, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230893/the-effect-of-body-mass-on-outdoor-adult-human-decomposition
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Lindsey G Roberts, Jessica R Spencer, Gretchen R Dabbs
Forensic taphonomy explores factors impacting human decomposition. This study investigated the effect of body mass on the rate and pattern of adult human decomposition. Nine males and three females aged 49-95 years ranging in mass from 73 to 159 kg who were donated to the Complex for Forensic Anthropology Research between December 2012 and September 2015 were included in this study. Kelvin accumulated degree days (KADD) were used to assess the thermal energy required for subjects to reach several total body score (TBS) thresholds: early decomposition (TBS ≥6...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230856/ginsenoside-rg5-increases-cardiomyocyte-resistance-to-ischemic-injury-through-regulation-of-mitochondrial-hexokinase-ii-and-dynamin-related-protein-1
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Yi-Lin Yang, Jia Li, Kang Liu, Lei Zhang, Qun Liu, Baolin Liu, Lian-Wen Qi
Hexokinase-II (HK-II) and dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1) regulate mitochondrial function differently. This study was designed to investigate the cardioprotective effect of ginsenoside Rg5 (Rg5) with emphasis on the regulation of mitochondrial HK-II and Drp1. Saturated acid palmitate (PA) stimulation increased lactate accumulation and induced cellular acidification by impairing the activity of pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) in cardiomyocytes, leading to HK-II dissociation from mitochondria. Rg5 improved PDH activity and prevented cellular acidification by combating fatty-acid oxidation, contributing to protecting mitochondrial HK-II...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230855/simvastatin-induced-cell-cycle-arrest-through-inhibition-of-stat3-skp2-axis-and-activation-of-ampk-to-promote-p27-and-p21-accumulation-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Sin-Ting Wang, Hsiu J Ho, Jaw-Town Lin, Jeng-Jer Shieh, Chun-Ying Wu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is characterized by a poor prognosis and is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death worldwide. Simvastatin, an HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor, which decreases cholesterol synthesis by inhibiting mevalonate pathways and is widely used to treat cardiovascular diseases. Simvastatin exhibits anticancer effects against several malignancies. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the anticancer effects of simvastatin on HCC are still not well understood. In this study, we demonstrated simvastatin-induced G0/G1 arrest by inducing p21 and p27 accumulation in HepG2 and Hep3B cells...
February 23, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230821/circulating-hematopoietic-progenitor-cells-in-patients-affected-by-chornobyl-accident
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N M Bilko, I S Dyagil, I Z Russu, D I Bilko
: High radiation sensitivity of stem cells and their ability to accumulate sublethal radiation damage provides the basis for investigation of hematopoietic progenitors using in vivo culture methodology. Unique samples of peripheral blood and bone marrow were derived from the patients affected by Chornobyl accident during liquidation campaign. AIM: To investigate functional activity of circulating hematopoietic progenitor cells from peripheral blood and bone marrow of cleanup workers in early and remote periods after the accident at Chornobyl nuclear power plant (CNPP)...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230819/chornobyl-catastrophe-cytogenetic-effects-of-low-dose-ionizing-radiation-and-their-modification
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E A Domina
Among the long-term effects of the Chornobyl disaster the greatest concern of international medical and scientific community is given to the established fact of excess of the spontaneous level of cancer incidence in the exposed population. According to mo-dern concepts, the accumulation of chromosome aberrations, especially in radiosensitive cells, could be potentially oncogenic, and low doses of ionizing radiation could be promoters of the radiation-induced carcinogenesis. The results of our studies have shown that such substances as thymalin, inosine, ascorbic acid, caffeine could modify radiation-induced cytogenetic effects in peripheral blood lymphocytes of healthy individuals and exert protective or sensitizing action dependent on their concentrations, cell radiosensitivity, dose of irradiation, and relative biologic effectiveness of ionizing radiation...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230791/the-temporal-pattern-flux-and-function-of-autophagy-in-spinal-cord-injury
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REVIEW
Kailiang Zhou, Charles A Sansur, Huazi Xu, Xiaofeng Jia
Previous studies have indicated that autophagy plays a critical role in spinal cord injury (SCI), including traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI) and ischemia-reperfusion spinal cord injury (IRSCI). However, while the understanding of mechanisms underlying autophagy in SCI has progressed, there remain several controversial points: (1) temporal pattern results of autophagic activation after SCI are not consistent across studies; (2) effect of accumulation of autophagosomes due to the blockade or enhancement of autophagic flux is uncertain; (3) overall effect of enhanced autophagy remains undefined, with both beneficial and detrimental outcomes reported in SCI literature...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230721/the-interplay-of-lncrna-h19-and-its-binding-partners-in-physiological-process-and-gastric-carcinogenesis
#17
REVIEW
Li Zhang, Yuhang Zhou, Tingting Huang, Alfred S L Cheng, Jun Yu, Wei Kang, Ka Fai To
Long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), a novel and effective modulator in carcinogenesis, has become a study hotspot in recent years. The imprinted oncofetal lncRNA H19 is one of the first identified imprinted lncRNAs with a high expression level in embryogenesis but is barely detectable in most tissues after birth. Aberrant alterations of H19 expression have been demonstrated in various tumors, including gastric cancer (GC), implicating a crucial role of H19 in cancer progression. As one of the top malignancies in the world, GC has already become a serious concern to public health with poor prognosis...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230708/cell-derived-nanoparticles-are-endogenous-modulators-of-sepsis-with-therapeutic-potential
#18
Natalia Kunz, Brent T Xia, Kai-Uwe Kalies, Matthias Klinger, Timo Gemoll, Jens K Habermann, Brynne E Whitacre, Aaron P Seitz, Kathrin Kalies, Charles C Caldwell
Cell-derived nanoparticles (CDNPs) containing cytosolic proteins and RNAs/DNAs can be isolated from stressed eukaryotic cells. Previously, CDNPs isolated from cultured cells exerted immunomodulatory activities in different infections. Here, we sought to elucidate the role of CDNPs using a murine model of cecal ligation and puncture (CLP). We hypothesized that CDNPs influence the immune response at the site of infection, where severe cellular stress occurs. We observed early CDNP accumulation in the peritoneum after 4 h and continued CDNP presence 24 h after CLP...
February 22, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230374/dual-thermoresponsive-aggregation-of-schizophrenic-pdmaema-b-psbma-copolymer-with-an-unrepeatable-ph-response-and-a-recycled-co2-n2-response
#19
Hui Sun, Xiaolu Chen, Xia Han, Honglai Liu
A dual-thermoresponsive block copolymer of poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate]-block-poly(sulfobetaine methacrylate) (PDMAEMA-b-PSBMA) exhibited reversible schizophrenic aggregation behavior in water because of the upper critical solution temperature (UCST) of the PSBMA block and the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) of the PDMAEMA block. Both the UCST and LCST shifted to lower values with increasing DMAEMA/SBMA block ratios, which was ascribed to the hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance of both blocks...
February 23, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230285/modeling-lung-surfactant-interactions-with-benzo-a-pyrene
#20
Jacek Korchowiec, Anna Stachowicz-Kusnierz, Sonia Trojan, Lukasz Cwiklik, Beata Korchowiec
By reducing surface tension of the air-water interface in alveoli, lung surfactant (LS) is crucial for proper functioning of the lungs. It also forms the first barrier against inhaled pathogens. In this study we inspect the interactions of LS models with a dangerous air pollutant, benzo[a]pyrene (BaP). DPPC, POPC and their 1:1 mixture are used as LS models. Pressure-area isotherms are employed to study macroscopic properties of the monolayers. We find that addition of BaP has a condensing effect, manifested by lowering the values of surface pressure and shifting the isotherms to smaller areas...
February 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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