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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528419/a-risk-based-characterization-of-sediment-contamination-by-legacy-and-emergent-contaminants-of-concern-in-coastal-british-columbia-canada
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Carmen Morales-Caselles, Jean-Pierre W Desforges, Neil Dangerfield, Peter S Ross
Sediments have long been used to help describe pollution sources, contaminated sites, trends over time, and habitat quality for marine life. We collected surficial sediments from 12 sites at an average seawater depth of 25 m in three near-urban areas of the Salish Sea (British Columbia, Canada) to investigate habitat quality for marine life, including heavily contaminated killer whales. Samples were analyzed using high-resolution instrumentation for a wide variety of congeners of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), polybrominated biphenyls, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans, organochlorine pesticides, and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs)...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528415/oxidative-stress-in-shellfish-sinonovacula-constricta-exposed-to-the-water-accommodated-fraction-of-zero-sulfur-diesel-oil-and-pinghu-crude-oil
#2
Mei Jiang, Lei Li, Yingren Li, Gongming Shen, Xinqiang Shen
This study investigated the oxidative stress of the water accommodated fraction (WAF) of zero sulfur diesel oil and Pinghu crude oil on Sinonovacula constricta, respectively. The oxidative stress of oil pollutants on organisms was measured by typical antioxidases, such as SOD, CAT, GST, and POD. Toxicity was quantitatively evaluated by combining IBR (integrated biomarker responses). Results demonstrated that different concentrations of oil caused different degrees of induction to the four antioxidases. Compared with the control group, all test groups presented enzyme induction or inhibition during exposure period...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528232/a-mathematical-and-biological-plausible-model-of-decision-execution-regulation-in-go-no-go-tasks-focusing-on-the-fronto-striatal-thalamic-pathway
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Golnaz Baghdadi, Farzad Towhidkhah, Reza Rostami
Discovering factors influencing the speed and accuracy of responses in tasks such as "Go/No-Go" is one of issues which have been raised in neurocognitive studies. Mathematical models are considered as tools to identify and to study decision making procedure from different aspects. In this paper, a mathematical model has been presented to show several factors can alter the output of decision making procedure before execution in a "Go/No-Go" task. The dynamic of this model has two stable fixed points, each of them corresponds to the "Press" and "Not-press" responses...
May 13, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528141/portland-cement-induces-human-periodontal-ligament-cells-to-differentiate-by-upregulating-mir-146a
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Min-Ching Wang, Li-Yin Yeh, Wen-Yu Shih, Wan-Chun Li, Kuo-Wei Chang, Shu-Chun Lin
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Bioaggregates such as Portland cement (PC) can be an economical alternative for mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) with additional benefit of less discoloration. MTA has been known to induce differentiations of several dental cells. MicroRNAs are important regulators of biological processes, including differentiation, physiologic homeostasis, and disease progression. This study is to explore how PC enhances the differentiation of periodontal ligament (PDL) cells in microRNAs level...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528123/quantitative-biology-of-hydrogen-peroxide-signaling
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REVIEW
Fernando Antunes, Paula Matos Brito
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) controls signaling pathways in cells by oxidative modulation of the activity of redox sensitive proteins denominated redox switches. Here, quantitative biology concepts are applied to review how H2O2 fulfills a key role in information transmission. Equations described lay the foundation of H2O2 signaling, give new insights on H2O2 signaling mechanisms, and help to learn new information from common redox signaling experiments. A key characteristic of H2O2 signaling is that the ratio between reduction and oxidation of redox switches determines the range of H2O2 concentrations to which they respond...
May 8, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528116/ph-controllable-cell-penetrating-polypeptide-possessing-cancer-targeting
#6
DaeYong Lee, IlKoo Noh, Jisang Yoo, N Sanoj Rejinold, Yeu-Chun Kim
Helical peptides were naturally-occurring ordered conformations that mediated various biological functions essential for biotechnology. However, it was difficult for natural helical polypeptides to be applied in biomedical fields due to low bioavailability. To avoid these problems, synthetic alpha-helical polypeptides have recently been introduced by further modifying pendants in the side chain. In spite of an attractive biomimetic helical motif, these systems could not be tailored for targeted delivery mainly due to nonspecific binding events...
May 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528093/kinetic-and-thermodynamic-compensation-a-current-and-practical-review-for-foods
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REVIEW
Alfonso Garvín, Raquel Ibarz, Albert Ibarz
Kinetic and thermodynamic compensations have been reported in many chemical, physical, biological and food processes. Kinetic compensation can be found for any process and when it takes place, it gives information about the reaction mechanism and whether the reaction is controlled by enthalpy or entropy. It consists of the linear relationship between the logarithm of the frequency factor (lnk0) and the activation energy (Ea), both previously obtained from the Arrhenius equation for different values of an environmental variable (e...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528092/structural-strength-analysis-of-amorphous-trehalose-maltodextrin-systems
#8
V A Maidannyk, B Nurhadi, Y H Roos
Fundamental knowledge of physical state of materials gives practically important information for food, biological and pharmaceutical industry. Based on Williams-Landel-Ferry (WLF) equation, the strength concept was introduced. This concept provides a simple parameter, S, to express resistance of solids to flow above the glass transition temperature. To develop this approach, miscible trehalose-maltodextrin (0:100; 20:80; 40:60; 60:40; 80:20 and 100:0) systems with different ratios of components were used in the present study...
June 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527898/triterpenes-and-meroterpenes-from-ganoderma-lucidum-with-inhibitory-activity-against-hmgs-reductase-aldose-reductase-and-%C3%AE-glucosidase
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Baosong Chen, Jin Tian, Jinjin Zhang, Kai Wang, Li Liu, Bo Yang, Li Bao, Hongwei Liu
Seven new compounds including four lanostane triterpenoids, lucidenic acids Q-S (1-3) and methyl ganoderate P (4), and three triterpene-farnesyl hydroquinone conjugates, ganolucinins A-C (5-7), one new natural product ganomycin J (8), and 73 known compounds (9-81) were isolated from fruiting bodies of Ganoderma lucidum. The structures of the compounds 1-8 were determined by spectroscopic methods. Bioactivities of compounds isolated were assayed against HMG-CoA reductase, aldose reductase, α-glucosidase, and PTP1B...
May 17, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527797/mir-26b-promoter-analysis-reveals-regulatory-mechanisms-by-lipid-related-transcription-factors-in-goat-mammary-epithelial-cells
#10
Hui Wang, Jun Luo, Qiuya He, Dawei Yao, Jiao Wu, Juan J Loor
MicroRNA (miRNA) regulate protein abundance and control diverse aspects of cellular processes and biological functions associated with lipid metabolism. MiR-26b and its host gene CTDSP1 regulate triacylglycerol synthesis by synergistically suppressing the insulin-induced gene 1 (INSIG1); however, the direct regulators of miR-26b expression remain unknown. In the present study, we characterized the activity of a novel putative promoter region in miR-26b. Results revealed that promoter activity and miR-26b expression are dynamically regulated by different transcription factors including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARG), sterol regulatory element binding transcription factor 1 (SREBF1), and liver X receptor α (LXRα)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527736/the-effects-of-non-invasive-radiofrequency-electric-field-hyperthermia-on-biotransport-and-biodistribution-of-fluorescent-60-fullerene-derivative-in-a-murine-orthotopic-model-of-breast-adenocarcinoma
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Norman A Lapin, Martyna Krzykawska-Serda, Sean Dilliard, Yuri Mackeyev, Maciej Serda, Lon J Wilson, Steven A Curley, Stuart J Corr
The aim of this study is to understand the combined and differential biokinetic effects of radiofrequency (RF) electric-field hyperthermia as an adjunctive therapy to [60]fullerene nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems in targeting the micro-vasculature and micro-environments of breast cancer tumors. Intravital microscopy (IVM) is an ideal tool to provide the spatial and temporal resolution needed for quantification in this investigation. The water-soluble and fluorescent [60]fullerene derivative (C60-serPF) was designed to be an amphiphilic nanostructure, which is able to cross several biological membranes and accumulate in tumor tissues by passing through abnormally leaky tumor blood vessels...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527710/ccn3-regulates-macrophage-foam-cell-formation-and-atherosclerosis
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Hong Shi, Chao Zhang, Vinay Pasupuleti, Xingjian Hu, Domenick A Prosdocimo, Wenconghui Wu, Yulan Qing, Shitong Wu, Haneen Mohammad, Stanton L Gerson, Bernard Perbal, Philip A Klenotic, Nianguo Dong, Zhiyong Lin
Recent studies implicate the Cyr61, CTGF, Nov (CCN) matricellular signaling protein family as emerging players in vascular biology, with NOV (alias CCN3) as an important regulator of vascular homeostasis. Herein, we examined the role of CCN3 in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. In response to a 15-week high-fat diet feeding, CCN3-deficient mice on the atherosclerosis-prone Apoe(-/-) background developed increased aortic lipid-rich plaques compared to control Apoe(-/-) mice, a result that was observed in the absence of alterations in plasma lipid content...
June 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527622/genome-wide-copy-number-analysis-reveals-candidate-gene-loci-that-confer-susceptibility-to-high-grade-prostate-cancer
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Prevathe Poniah, Shamsul Mohd Zain, Azad Hassan Abdul Razack, Shanggar Kuppusamy, Shankar Karuppayah, Hooi Sian Eng, Zahurin Mohamed
BACKGROUND: Two key issues in prostate cancer (PCa) that demand attention currently are the need for a more precise and minimally invasive screening test owing to the inaccuracy of prostate-specific antigen and differential diagnosis to distinguish advanced vs. indolent cancers. This continues to pose a tremendous challenge in diagnosis and prognosis of PCa and could potentially lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment complications. Copy number variations (CNVs) in the human genome have been linked to various carcinomas including PCa...
May 17, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527247/-diversity-of-triatominae-hemiptera-reduviidae-in-santander-colombia-epidemiological-implications
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Lyda Esteban, José Mauricio Montes, Víctor Manuel Angulo
INTRODUCTION: Domestic and wild triatomines in the department of Santander have an epidemiological impact, as recently they have been linked to outbreaks of acute Chagas disease. The analysis of their diversity and temporal variation contributes to the understanding of their biology and ecology in one of the most endemic areas of the country. OBJECTIVES: To analyze triatominae diversity in two regions of Santander. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the triatomine records for Santander contained in the CINTROP-UIS entomology lab database...
January 24, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527238/a-widespread-family-of-serine-threonine-protein-phosphatases-shares-a-common-regulatory-switch-with-proteasomal-proteases
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Niels Bradshaw, Vladimir M Levdikov, Christina M Zimanyi, Rachelle Gaudet, Anthony J Wilkinson, Richard Losick
PP2C phosphatases control biological processes including stress responses, development, and cell division in all kingdoms of life. Diverse regulatory domains adapt PP2C phosphatases to specific functions, but how these domains control phosphatase activity was unknown. We present structures representing active and inactive states of the PP2C phosphatase SpoIIE from Bacillus subtilis. Based on structural analyses and genetic and biochemical experiments, we identify an α-helical switch that shifts a carbonyl oxygen into the active site to coordinate a metal cofactor...
May 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526953/mutual-interference-between-adult-females-of-galendromus-flumenis-acari-phytoseiidae-feeding-on-eggs-of-banks-grass-mite-decreases-predation-efficiency-and-increases-emigration-rate
#16
Fatemeh Ganjisaffar, Gösta Nachman, Thomas M Perring
The Banks grass mite, Oligonychus pratensis (Banks) (Acari: Tetranychidae) causes significant damage to dates in California (USA), if not controlled. Studies are underway to develop biological control strategies against this pest in dates using the predatory mite Galendromus flumenis (Chant) (Acari: Phytoseiidae). In California date gardens, this predator is found in low numbers that are insufficient for the economic suppression of Banks grass mites, and our research aims to understand why it fails to keep up with prey densities...
May 19, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526929/analytical-management-of-patients-undergoing-oral-anticoagulant-therapy-could-have-a-strong-impact-on-clinical-outcomes-a-follow-up-study
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Vincenzo De Iuliis, Sebastiano Ursi, Gianfranco Vitullo, Irma Griffo, Antonio Marino, Marika Caruso, Francesco Cipollone, Sabrina Capodifoglio, Veronica Breda, Elena Toniato, Alfonso Pennelli, Pio Conti, Stefano Martinotti
INTRODUCTION: Oral anticoagulant therapy, such as vitamin K antagonists (VKAs), is prominent for the prevention of cerebral ischemic stroke or systemic embolism and all-cause mortality in patients with atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, and mechanical or biological valve. VKA treatment requires monitoring of the international normalized ratio (INR) in order to maintain it in a therapeutic range, avoiding side effects, the main and most significant of which is bleeding. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the event rates of several clinical composite outcomes, such as bleeding, thromboembolic events, and all-cause death...
May 19, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526883/openspritzer-an-open-hardware-pressure-ejection-system-for-reliably-delivering-picolitre-volumes
#18
C J Forman, H Tomes, B Mbobo, R J Burman, M Jacobs, T Baden, J V Raimondo
The ability to reliably and precisely deliver picolitre volumes is an important component of biological research. Here we describe a high-performance, low-cost, open hardware pressure ejection system (Openspritzer), which can be constructed from off the shelf components. The device is capable of delivering minute doses of reagents to a wide range of biological and chemical systems. In this work, we characterise the performance of the device and compare it to a popular commercial system using two-photon fluorescence microscopy...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526692/understanding-the-interrelationship-between-the-synthesis-of-urea-and-gluconeogenesis-by-formulating-an-overall-balanced-equation
#19
Piero L Ipata, Rossana Pesi
It is well known that a strong metabolic interrelationship exists between ureagenesis and gluconeogenesis. In this paper, we present a detailed, overall equation, describing a possible metabolic link between ureagenesis and gluconeogenesis. We adopted a guided approach in which we strongly suggest that students, when faced with the problem of obtaining the overall equation of a metabolic pathway, carefully account for all atoms and charges of the single reactions, as well as the cellular localizations of the substrates, and the related transport systems...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Physiology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526555/modeling-psychomotor-retardation-using-ipscs-from-mct8-deficient-patients-indicates-a-prominent-role-for-the-blood-brain-barrier
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Gad D Vatine, Abraham Al-Ahmad, Bianca K Barriga, Soshana Svendsen, Ariel Salim, Leslie Garcia, Veronica J Garcia, Ritchie Ho, Nur Yucer, Tongcheng Qian, Ryan G Lim, Jie Wu, Leslie M Thompson, Weston R Spivia, Zhaohui Chen, Jennifer Van Eyk, Sean P Palecek, Samuel Refetoff, Eric V Shusta, Clive N Svendsen
Inactivating mutations in the thyroid hormone (TH) transporter Monocarboxylate transporter 8 (MCT8) cause severe psychomotor retardation in children. Animal models do not reflect the biology of the human disease. Using patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), we generated MCT8-deficient neural cells that showed normal TH-dependent neuronal properties and maturation. However, the blood-brain barrier (BBB) controls TH entry into the brain, and reduced TH availability to neural cells could instead underlie the diseased phenotype...
May 8, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
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