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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823088/electrical-signals-triggered-controllable-formation-of-calcium-alginate-film-for-wound-treatment
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Xiaoli Liu, Huan Liu, Xue Qu, Miao Lei, Chuchu Zhang, Hua Hong, Gregory F Payne, Changsheng Liu
Wound dressings play important roles in the management of wounds, and calcium cross-linked alginate (Ca(2+)-Alg) is a commonly used hydrogel that is adapted for wound treatment. However, conventional methods for fabricating Ca(2+)-Alg hydrogels can be tedious and difficult to control because of the rapid Ca(2+)-induced gelation of alginate. In this study, An electrodeposition method was used to rapidly and controllably fabricate Ca(2+)-Alg films for wound treatment. Several measures of film growth (e.g., thickness and mass) are shown to linearly correlate to the imposed charge transfer at the electrode...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822997/18f-fdg-pet-ct-in-solitary-plasmacytoma-metabolic-behavior-and-progression-to-multiple-myeloma
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Domenico Albano, Giovanni Bosio, Giorgio Treglia, Raffaele Giubbini, Francesco Bertagna
PURPOSE: Solitary plasmacytoma (SP) is a rare plasma-cell neoplasm, which can develop both in skeletal and/or soft tissue and frequently progresses to multiple myeloma (MM). Our aim was to study the metabolic behavior of SP and the role of 18F-FDG-PET/CT in predicting progression to MM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-two patients with SP who underwent 18F-FDG-PET/CT before any treatment were included. PET images were qualitatively and semiquantitatively analyzed by measuring the maximum standardized uptake value body weight (SUVbw), lean body mass (SUVlbm), body surface area (SUVbsa), metabolic tumor volume (MTV), total lesion glycolysis (TLG) and compared with age, sex, site of primary disease, and tumor size...
August 19, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822960/loss-of-perilipin-2-in-cultured-myotubes-enhances-lipolysis-and-redirects-the-metabolic-energy-balance-from-glucose-oxidation-towards-fatty-acid-oxidation
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Yuan Z Feng, Jenny Lund, Yuchuan Li, Irlin K Knabenes, Siril S Bakke, Eili Tranheim Kase, Yun K Lee, Alan R Kimmel, G Hege Thoresen, Arild Christian Rustan, Knut Tomas Dalen
Lipid droplet (LD) coating proteins are essential for the formation and stability of intracellular LDs. Plin2 is an abundant LD coating protein in skeletal muscle, but its importance for muscle function is unclear. We show that myotubes established from Plin2-/- mice contain reduced content of LDs and accumulate less oleic acid in triacylglycerol (TAG), due to elevated LD hydrolysis compared to Plin2+/+ myotubes. The reduced ability to store TAG in LDs in Plin2-/- myotubes is accompanied by a shift in energy metabolism...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822933/occurrence-of-vibrio-species-beta-lactam-resistant-vibrio-species-and-indicator-bacteria-in-ballast-and-port-waters-of-a-tropical-harbor
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Charmaine Ng, Shin Giek Goh, Nazanin Saeidi, William A Gerhard, Claudia K Gunsch, Karina Yew Hoong Gin
Ballast water discharges are potential sources for the spread of invasive and pathogenic aquatic organisms. Ballast waters from six ships docked in the Port of Singapore were tested to determine if indictor organisms fell within proposed standards for ballast water discharge according to regulation D-2 of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) guidelines. Vibrio species were cultured on media supplemented with beta-lactam antibiotics to determine the presence of antibiotic resistant Vibrio species in the ballast waters of these vessels...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822931/adherence-of-microplastics-to-soft-tissue-of-mussels-a-novel-way-to-uptake-microplastics-beyond-ingestion
#5
Prabhu Kolandhasamy, Lei Su, Jiana Li, Xiaoyun Qu, Khalida Jabeen, Huahong Shi
Microplastic pollution is recognized as an emerging threat to aquatic ecosystems. One of the main environmental risks associated with microplastics is their bioavailability to marine organisms. Up to date, ingestion has been widely accepted as the sole way for the animals to uptake microplastics. Nevertheless, microplastics have also been found in some organs which are not involved in the process of ingestion. We hypothesize that the animal might uptake microplastics through adherence in addition to ingestion...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822907/leaf-carbohydrates-influence-transcriptional-and-post-transcriptional-regulation-of-nocturnal-carboxylation-and-starch-degradation-in-the-facultative-cam-plant-mesembryanthemum-crystallinum
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Tahar Taybi, John C Cushman, Anne M Borland
Nocturnal degradation of transitory starch is a limiting factor for the optimal function of crassulacean acid metabolism and must be coordinated with phosphoenolypyruvate carboxylase (PEPC)-mediated CO2 uptake to optimise carbon gain over the diel cycle. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that nocturnal carboxylation is coordinated with starch degradation in CAM via a mechanism whereby the products of these pathways regulate diel transcript abundance and enzyme activities for both processes. To test this hypothesis, a starch and CAM-deficient mutant of Mesembryanthemum crystallinum was compared with wild type plants under well-watered and saline (CAM-inducing) conditions...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822860/phloretin-loaded-fast-dissolving-nanofibers-for-the-locoregional-therapy-of-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Suyeong Nam, Song Yi Lee, Hyun-Jong Cho
Fast dissolving nanofiber (NF) composed of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and d-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol succinate (TPGS) was developed for locoregional delivery of phloretin to oral cancers. PVA/TPGS/phloretin NF with 321nm mean diameter and >90% drug entrapment efficiency was fabricated by an electrospinning method. Transformation of drug from crystalline to amorphous state was identified by solid-state studies. NF structure was changed to nanoparticles after its dispersing in the aqueous medium. PVA/TPGS/phloretin NF exhibited fast wetting property and smaller hydrodynamic size of dispersion, compared with PVA/phloretin NF...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822845/triphenyl-phosphonium-coated-nano-quercetin-for-oral-delivery-neuroprotective-effects-in-attenuating-age-related-global-moderate-cerebral-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats
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Swarupa Ghosh, Sibani Sarkar, Somsubhra T Choudhury, Tirtha Ghosh, Nirmalendu Das
Cerebral ischemia-reperfusion is a classical example of reactive oxygen species (ROS) mediated acute damage to brain. Post-ischemic reperfusion induced oxygen free radicals production causes damage to brain cell mitochondria. Antioxidants like quercetin (Qc) have potentials to manage oxidative stress related pathophysiology. However low oral bioavailability and poor cell membrane permeability restricts its therapeutic efficacy. To overcome these hurdles mitochondria specific delivery of Qc nanocapsules were designed to efficiently counteract cerebral ischemia-reperfusion induced cell death and neurodegeneration in young and aged rats...
August 16, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822768/functional-dissection-and-transport-mechanism-of-magnesium-in-plants
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REVIEW
Zhi Chang Chen, Wen Ting Peng, Jian Li, Hong Liao
Magnesium (Mg) is the second most abundant cation in plants, and, as such, is involved in numerous physiological and biochemical processes, including photosynthesis, enzyme activation, and synthesis of nucleic acids and proteins. Due to its relatively small ionic radius and large hydrated radius, Mg binds weakly to soil and root surfaces, and thereby is easily leached from soil. Mg deficiency not only affects crop productivity and quality, but also contributes to numerous chronic human diseases. Therefore, Mg nutrition in plants is an important issue in nutrition and food security...
August 16, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822689/cholesterol-lowering-gene-therapy-counteracts-the-development-of-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-in-mice
#10
Ilayaraja Muthuramu, Ruhul Amin, Andrey Postnov, Mudit Mishra, Joseph Pierre Aboumsallem, Tom Dresselaers, Uwe Himmelreich, Paul P Van Veldhoven, Olivier Gheysens, Frank Jacobs, Bart De Geest
A causal role of hypercholesterolemia in non-ischemic heart failure has never been demonstrated. Adeno-associated viral serotype 8 (AAV8)-low-density lipoprotein receptor (AAV8-LDLr) gene transfer was performed in LDLr-deficient mice without and with pressure overload induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC). AAV8-LDLr gene therapy resulted in an 82.8% (p < 0.0001) reduction of plasma cholesterol compared with controls. Mortality rate was lower (p < 0.05) in AAV8-LDLr TAC mice compared with control TAC mice (hazard ratio for mortality 0...
August 1, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822646/the-crucial-role-of-maternal-care-providers-as-vaccinators-for-pregnant-women
#11
Maria Luz Vilca, Susanna Esposito
Vaccination during pregnancy is increasingly being recognised internationally a useful means of preventing illness in pregnant women and their newborns. It has been used since the 1960s, when it was found that tetanus vaccine was highly effective in preventing neonatal tetanus, but interest has greatly increased over the last few years. As new data become available showing the numerous benefits of maternal immunisation and its potential for improving maternal and neonatal health in relation to a number of infectious conditions, it is being increasingly incorporated into the national vaccination programmes around the world...
August 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822260/bioavailability-and-chronic-toxicity-of-bismuth-citrate-to-earthworm-eisenia-andrei-exposed-to-natural-sandy-soil
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Zohra Omouri, Jalal Hawari, Michel Fournier, Pierre Yves Robidoux
The present study describes bioavailability and chronic effects of bismuth to earthworms Eisenia andrei using OECD reproduction test. Adult earthworms were exposed to natural sandy soil contaminated artificially by bismuth citrate. Average total concentrations of bismuth in soil recovered by HNO3 digestion ranged from 75 to 289mg/kg. Results indicate that bismuth decreased significantly all reproduction parameters of Eisenia andrei at concentrations ≥ 116mg/kg. However, number of hatched cocoons and number of juveniles seem to be more sensitive than total number of cocoons, as determined by IC50; i...
August 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822239/ischemic-stroke-rates-decline-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-as-anticoagulants-uptake-improves-a-swedish-cohort-study
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Natalia Mochalina, Nazim Isma, Peter J Svensson, Anders Själander, Maj Carlsson, Tord Juhlin, Mattias Wieloch
INTRODUCTION: The impact of the increased anticoagulants uptake on incidence rate of ischemic stroke is largely unknown. We assessed time trends in rates of ischemic stroke in patients with incident atrial fibrillation (AF) diagnosed between 2011 and 2013. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Population-based retrospective registry study of all 11,500 adults diagnosed with incident non-valvular atrial fibrillation in 2011-2013 in primary and secondary care and receiving oral anticoagulants (n=4847), aspirin (n=2850) or no treatment (n=3766) in Skåne County, Sweden...
August 11, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822173/-breakthrough-in-key-science-and-technologies-in-dendrobium-catenatum-industry
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Ji-Ping Si, Qi Wang, Zhong-Jian Liu, Jing-Jing Liu, Yi-Bo Luo
In view of the significant difficulties of propagation, planting and simple product in Dendrobium catenatum(D. officinale)industry development, a series of research were carried out. Genome study showed that D. catenatum is a specie of diploid with 38 chromosomes and 28 910 protein-coding genes. It was identified that specific genes accumulated in different organs at the transcriptome level. We got an insight into the gene regulation mechanism of the loss of the endospermous seed, the wide ecological adaptability and the synthesis of polysaccharides, which provided a theoretical basis for genetic engineering breeding and development and utilization of active pharmaceutical ingredients...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822161/-synergistic-mechanism-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-based-on-target-combination-of-pept1-and-ppar%C3%AE
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Lian-Sheng Qiao, Yan-Kun Chen, Gang-Gang Luo, Fang Lu, Si-Jia Liu, Gong-Yu Li, Yan-Ling Zhang
Synergistic effect is main pharmacological mechanism of traditional Chinese medicine(TCM). The research method based on the key targets combination is an important method to explore the synergistic effect of TCM. Peptide transporter 1 (PepT1) is an essential target for drug uptake into the bloodstream, accounting for about 50% of the total transporter protein content from the small intestine. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor α(PPARα) is the lipid-lowering target of fibrates, which have a good hypolipidemic effect by activating PPARα...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822152/-preparation-of-cd123-mono-antibody-modified-tanshinone-%C3%A2-a-loaded-immunoliposome-and-its-in-vitro-evaluation
#16
Yin Wang, Fu-Rong Liu, Hong-Lin Xiang, Hong Qing, Chen Chen, Sheng-Jun Mao, Hui Li
In the study, we developed a novel formulation, CD123 mono-antibody (mAb) modified tanshinone ⅡA loaded immunoliposome (CD123-TanⅡA-ILP) to achieve the targeted drug delivery for leukemia cells. Orthogonal test was used to optimize liposome preparation, and the TanⅡA-loaded PEGylated liposomes (TanⅡA-LP) of S100PC-Chol-(mPEG2000-DSPE)-TanⅡA at 19∶5∶1∶1 molar ratio were prepared by the thin film hydration-probe ultrasonic method. A post-insertion method was applied to prepare CD123-TanⅡA-ILP via thiolated mAb conjugated to the terminal of maleimide-PEG2000-DSPE...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822112/effectiveness-of-resistance-circuit-based-training-for-maximum-oxygen-uptake-and-upper-body-one-repetition-maximum-improvements-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Francisco Antonio Muñoz-Martínez, Jacobo Á Rubio-Arias, Domingo Jesús Ramos-Campo, Pedro E Alcaraz
BACKGROUND: It is well known that concurrent increases in both maximal strength and aerobic capacity are associated with improvements in sports performance as well as overall health. One of the most popular training methods used for achieving these objectives is resistance circuit-based training. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the present systematic review with a meta-analysis was to evaluate published studies that have investigated the effects of resistance circuit-based training on maximum oxygen uptake and one-repetition maximum of the upper-body strength (bench press exercise) in healthy adults...
August 18, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822108/semi-quantitative-metabolic-values-on-fdg-pet-ct-including-extracardiac-sites-of-disease-as-a-predictor-of-treatment-course-in-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis
#18
Mitsutomi Ishiyama, Laurie A Soine, Hubert J Vesselle
BACKGROUND: Cardiac sarcoidosis is associated with major adverse cardiac events including cardiac arrest, for which anti-inflammatory treatment is indicated. Oral corticosteroid is the mainstay among treatment options; however, adverse effects are a major concern with long-term use. It would be beneficial for providers to predict treatment response and prognosis for proper management strategy of sarcoidosis, though it remains challenging. Fluorine (F)-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography(PET)/computed tomography(CT) has an advantage over anatomical imaging in providing semi-quantitative functional parameters such as standard uptake value (SUV), metabolic volume, and total lesion glycolysis (TLG), which are well-established biomarkers in oncology...
August 18, 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822038/translocator-protein-pet-imaging-in-a-preclinical-prostate-cancer-model
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Mohammed N Tantawy, H Charles Manning, Todd E Peterson, Daniel C Colvin, John C Gore, Wenfu Lu, Zhenbang Chen, C Chad Quarles
PURPOSE: The identification and targeting of biomarkers specific to prostate cancer (PCa) could improve its detection. Given the high expression of translocator protein (TSPO) in PCa, we investigated the use of [(18)F]VUIIS1008 (a novel TSPO-targeting radioligand) coupled with positron emission tomography (PET) to identify PCa in mice and to characterize their TSPO uptake. PROCEDURES: Pten(pc-/-), Trp53(pc-/-) prostate cancer-bearing mice (n = 9, 4-6 months old) were imaged in a 7T MRI scanner for lesion localization...
August 18, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822016/in-situ-imaging-reveals-properties-of-purinergic-signalling-in-trigeminal-sensory-ganglia-in-vitro
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Arletta Nowodworska, Arn M J M van den Maagdenberg, Andrea Nistri, Elsa Fabbretti
Chronic pain is supported by sterile inflammation that induces sensitisation of sensory neurons to ambient stimuli including extracellular ATP acting on purinergic P2X receptors. The development of in vitro methods for drug screening would be useful to investigate cell crosstalk and plasticity mechanisms occurring during neuronal sensitisation and sterile neuroinflammation. Thus, we studied, at single-cell level, membrane pore dilation based on the uptake of a fluorescent probe following sustained ATP-gated P2X receptor function in neurons and non-neuronal cells of trigeminal ganglion cultures from wild-type (WT) and R192Q CaV2...
August 18, 2017: Purinergic Signalling
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