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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641286/effect-of-bexarotene-on-platelet-activation-and-apoptosis
#1
Hang Cao, Rosi Bissinger, Anja T Umbach, Meinrad Gawaz, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The retinoid X receptor (RXRs) stimulator Bexarotene ((4-[1-(3,5,5,8,8-pentamethyl-5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-2-naphthyl)ethynyl] benzoic acid) is used for the treatment of several malignancies. Bexarotene is at least in part effective by stimulation of apoptosis of tumor cells. Moreover, Bexarotene triggers eryptosis, the suicidal death of erythrocytes. Similar to erythrocytes, blood platelets lack nuclei but are nevertheless able to enter an apoptosis-like phenotype, characterized by caspase activation, cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phospha-tidylserine translocation to the cell surface...
June 23, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631312/the-flow-and-fate-of-digestive-enzymes-in-the-field-cricket-gryllus-bimaculatus
#2
Joseph Woodring
The flow of enzymes, the ratio of bound to unbound enzymes, and their inactivation in the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus was studied. The digestive enzymes are forced forward into the crop by caecal contraction and then they are mixed with freshly chewed food and saliva, forming a crop-chyme. This chyme is blended by crop peristalsis, and periodic opening of the preproventricular valve (PPV) allows posterior movement into the proventriculus and further into the midgut. The contraction of the crop is modulated by Grybi-AST and Grybi-SK peptides, which are partially secreted by the caecal endocrine cells...
June 20, 2017: Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628880/forward-osmosis-for-oily-wastewater-reclamation-multi-charged-oxalic-acid-complexes-as-draw-solutes
#3
Qingchun Ge, Gary Lee Amy, Tai-Shung Chung
Forward osmosis (FO) has demonstrated its merits in hybrid FO seawater desalination. However, FO may have a potential for other applications if suitable draw solutes are available. In this study, a series of novel draw solutes based on oxalic acid (OA)-transitional metal complexes are presented. Influential factors of FO performance have been systematically investigated by varying the transitional metals, cations of the complex draw solutes as well as the experimental conditions. Compared to NaCl and other recently synthesized draw solutes, the OA complexes show superior FO performance in terms of high water fluxes up to 27...
June 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628868/an-overview-on-exploration-and-environmental-impact-of-unconventional-gas-sources-and-treatment-options-for-produced-water
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REVIEW
Tânia L S Silva, Sergio Morales-Torres, Sérgio Castro-Silva, José L Figueiredo, Adrián M T Silva
Rising global energy demands associated to unbalanced allocation of water resources highlight the importance of water management solutions for the gas industry. Advanced drilling, completion and stimulation techniques for gas extraction, allow more economical access to unconventional gas reserves. This stimulated a shale gas revolution, besides tight gas and coalbed methane, also causing escalating water handling challenges in order to avoid a major impact on the environment. Hydraulic fracturing allied to horizontal drilling is gaining higher relevance in the exploration of unconventional gas reserves, but a large amount of wastewater (known as "produced water") is generated...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626447/autoimmune-thyroiditis-and-glomerulopathies
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REVIEW
Domenico Santoro, Carmela Vadalà, Rossella Siligato, Michele Buemi, Salvatore Benvenga
Autoimmune thyroiditis (AIT) is generally associated with hypothyroidism. It affects ~2% of the female population and 0.2% of the male population. The evidence of thyroid function- and thyroid autoantibody-unrelated microproteinuria in almost half of patients with AIT and sometimes heavy proteinuria as in the nephrotic syndrome point to a link of AIT with renal disease. The most common renal diseases observed in AIT are membranous nephropathy, membranoproliferative glomerulonephritis, minimal change disease, IgA nephropathy, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, antineutrophil cytoplasmic autoantibody (ANCA) vasculitis, and amyloidosis...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623807/hiv-tat-excites-d1-receptor-like-expressing-neurons-from-rat-nucleus-accumbens
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G Cristina Brailoiu, Elena Deliu, Jeffrey L Barr, Linda M Console-Bram, Alexandra M Ciuciu, Mary E Abood, Ellen M Unterwald, Eugen Brailoiu
BACKGROUND: HIV-1 infection and drug abuse are frequently co-morbid and their association greatly increases the severity of HIV-1-induced neuropathology. While nucleus accumbens (NAcc) function is severely perturbed by drugs of abuse, little is known about how HIV-1 infection affects NAcc. METHODS: We used calcium and voltage imaging to investigate the effect of HIV-1 trans-activator of transcription (Tat) on rat NAcc. Based on previous neuronal studies, we hypothesized that Tat modulates intracellular Ca(2+) homeostasis of NAcc neurons...
June 8, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621919/insights-on-tuning-the-nanostructure-of-rgo-laminate-membranes-for-low-pressure-osmosis-process
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Qiuze Wang, Cyril Aubry, Yaxin Chen, Huaihe Song, Linda Zou
In this research, rGO laminates were prepared by a controlled partial reduction step, aimed to avoid aggregation and tune the interlayer spacing (d) between the rGO layers. The mild reducing agent vitamin C (L-AA) and cross-linker polycarboxilic acids were used to improve the stability of the assembled rGO laminate membranes. AFM was used for the first time to further investigate the statistical size distribution of spacing between rGO layers. Topographical images of the edges of the rGO layers were obtained with an AFM instrument, interlayer spacing profiles were extracted and then the data was plotted and fitted with Gaussian curves...
June 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617282/hg-removal-and-the-effects-of-coexisting-metals-in-forward-osmosis-and-membrane-distillation
#8
Chia-Yu Wu, Shiao-Shing Chen, Dai-Zhou Zhang, Jun Kobayashi
In this study, we investigate the rejection of Hg, Cd, and Pb and the effect of coexisting metals on Hg removal through forward osmosis (FO) and membrane distillation (MD) in order to establish a more effective water treatment process. The results of our laboratory experiment indicate that more than 97% of the rejection for each metal is achieved through the FO system, and this rejection is the highest among previous studies using membrane filtrations. Moreover, we examine the matrix effect of the coexisting Cd and Pb on the rejection of Hg in the FO system...
June 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604649/a-short-review-of-membrane-fouling-in-forward-osmosis-processes
#9
REVIEW
Youngpil Chun, Dennis Mulcahy, Linda Zou, In S Kim
Interest in forward osmosis (FO) research has rapidly increased in the last decade due to problems of water and energy scarcity. FO processes have been used in many applications, including wastewater reclamation, desalination, energy production, fertigation, and food and pharmaceutical processing. However, the inherent disadvantages of FO, such as lower permeate water flux compared to pressure driven membrane processes, concentration polarisation (CP), reverse salt diffusion, the energy consumption of draw solution recovery and issues of membrane fouling have restricted its industrial applications...
June 12, 2017: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586125/sperm-motility-initiating-substance-may-be-insufficient-to-induce-forward-motility-of-cynops-ensicauda-sperm
#10
Tae Sato, Misato Yokoe, Daisuke Endo, Masaya Morita, Fubito Toyama, Yuuki Kawamura, Yuni Nakauchi, Eriko Takayama-Watanabe, Akihiko Watanabe
Sperm motility-initiating substance (SMIS) is a key protein for internal fertilization of the newt, Cynops pyrrhogaster, and commonly enhances forward sperm motility in some amphibian species, including external fertilizers. SMIS action varies among different species in correlation with a species-specific reproductive environment. In the present study, we identified the gene of C. ensicauda SMIS (CeSMIS) and examined the mechanism of SMIS action with reference to that of the closely related Cynops species. The CeSMIS was identified by a 176-amino acid sequence including 7 amino acids critical for the initiation of sperm motility...
June 6, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581882/nutriproteomic-analysis-of-hwangmaemok-induced-antiangiogenic-effect-using-antibody-arrayed-protein-chip-assay
#11
Yu Mi Park, Min-A Kim, Hee Tae Jung, Hwa Jeong Kang, Hwa-Seung Yoo, In-Cheol Kang
We investigated the antiangiogenic effects of Lindera obtusiloba Blume (Hwangmaemok, HMM), which is a plant in the Lauraceae family that is commonly used to treat colds and gastritis. Moreover, given that a recent study reported the inhibitory effects of HMM extract on cancer metastasis, we hypothesized that HMM extract might possess and antiangiogenic function. Thus, this study was conducted to investigate the effects of HMM extract on endothelial cell proliferation, migration, and neovascularization in chick chorioallantoic membrane (CAM), and investigated the molecular mechanism of antiangiogenesis using a ProteoChip-based proteomics technology...
June 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578791/letrozole-an-aromatase-inhibitor-reduces-post-peak-age-related-regression-of-rooster-reproductive-performance
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Emad Abdulgabbar Ali, Mahdi Zhandi, Armin Towhidi, Mojtaba Zaghari, Mahdi Ansari, Mojtaba Najafi, Hamid Deldar
This study was designed to evaluate orally administrated Letrozole (Lz) on reproductive performance, plasma testosterone and estradiol concentrations and relative abundance of mRNA of GnRH, FSH and LH in roosters. Ross 308 roosters (n=32) that were 40-weeks of age were individually housed and received a basal standard diet supplemented different amounts of capsulated Lz [0 (Lz-0), 0.5 (Lz-0.5), 1 (Lz-1) or 1.5 (Lz-1.5), mg Lz/bird/day] for 12 weeks. Sperm quality variables and plasma testosterone and estradiol concentrations were assessed from the first to the tenth week of the treatment period...
May 27, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574107/continuous-renal-replacement-therapy-forty-year-anniversary
#13
Claudio Ronco
In 1977 Peter Kramer performed the first CAVH (continuous arteriovenous hemofiltration) treatment in Gottingen, Germany. CAVH soon became a reliable alternative to hemo- or peritoneal dialysis in critically ill patients. The limitations of CAVH spurred new research and the discovery of new treatments such as CVVH and CVVHD (continuous veno-venous hemofiltration and continuous veno-venous hemodialysis). The alliance with industry led to development of new specialized equipment with improved accuracy and performance in delivering continuous renal replacement therapies (CRRTs)...
May 31, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560506/biomimetic-dissolution-a-tool-to-predict-amorphous-solid-dispersion-performance
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Michael M Puppolo, Justin R Hughey, Traciann Dillon, David Storey, Susan Jansen-Varnum
The presented study describes the development of a membrane permeation non-sink dissolution method that can provide analysis of complete drug speciation and emulate the in vivo performance of poorly water-soluble Biopharmaceutical Classification System class II compounds. The designed membrane permeation methodology permits evaluation of free/dissolved/unbound drug from amorphous solid dispersion formulations with the use of a two-cell apparatus, biorelevant dissolution media, and a biomimetic polymer membrane...
May 30, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559361/ap3-adaptor-protein-dependent-vacuolar-trafficking-involves-a-subpopulation-of-copii-and-hops-tethering-proteins
#15
Qiang-Nan Feng, Shi-Jian Song, Shi-Xia Yu, Jia-Gang Wang, Sha Li, Yan Zhang
Plant vacuoles are versatile organelles critical for plant growth and responses to environment. Vacuolar proteins are transported from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) via multiple routes in plants. Two classic routes bear great similarity to other phyla with major regulators known, such as COPII and Rab5 GTPases. By contrast, vacuolar trafficking mediated by adaptor protein-3 (AP-3) or that independent of Golgi has few recognized cargos and none of the regulators. In search of novel regulators for vacuolar trafficking routes and by using a fluorescence-based forward genetic screen, we demonstrated that the multi-span transmembrane protein, Arabidopsis PROTEIN S-ACYL TRANSFERASE 10 (PAT10), is an AP-3-mediated vacuolar cargo...
May 30, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554045/transparent-mediator-and-membrane-free-enzymatic-fuel-cell-based-on-nanostructured-chemically-modified-indium-tin-oxide-electrodes
#16
Elena González-Arribas, Tim Bobrowski, Chiara Di Bari, Kirill Sliozberg, Roland Ludwig, Miguel D Toscano, Antonio L De Lacey, Marcos Pita, Wolfgang Schuhmann, Sergey Shleev
We detail a mediator- and membrane-free enzymatic glucose/oxygen biofuel cell based on transparent and nanostructured conducting supports. Chemically modified indium tin oxide nanoparticle modified electrodes were used to substantially increase the active surface area without significantly compromising transparency. Two different procedures for surface nanostructuring were employed, viz. spray-coating and drop-coating. The spray-coated biodevice showed superior characteristics as compared to the drop-coated enzymatic fuel cell, as a result of the higher nanostructured surface area as confirmed by electrochemical characterisation, as well as scanning electron and atomic force microscopy...
May 23, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535537/triggering-of-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-by-exemestane
#17
Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuyan, Rosi Bissinger, Hang Cao, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The steroidal aromatase inactivator exemestane blocks estrogen biosynthesis and is thus employed for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. Exemestane is in part effective by stimulation of suicidal cell death or apoptosis. Side effects of exemestane treatment include anemia. At least in theory, exemestane induced anemia could be secondary to stimulation of suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface...
2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531853/methane-production-in-an-anaerobic-osmotic-membrane-bioreactor-using-forward-osmosis-effect-of-reverse-salt-flux
#18
Sheng Li, Youngjin Kim, Sherub Phuntsho, Laura Chekli, Ho Kyong Shon, TorOve Leiknes, Noreddine Ghaffour
This study investigated the impact of reverse salt flux (RSF) on microbe community and bio-methane production in a simulated fertilizer driven FO-AnMBR system using KCl, KNO3 and KH2PO4 as draw solutes. Results showed that KH2PO4 exhibited the lowest RSF in terms of molar concentration 19.1mM/(m(2).h), while for KCl and KNO3 it was 32.2 and 120.8mM/(m(2).h), respectively. Interestingly, bio-methane production displayed an opposite order with KH2PO4, followed by KCl and KNO3. Pyrosequencing results revealed the presence of different bacterial communities among the tested fertilizers...
September 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528964/inhibitory-interneurons-and-their-circuit-motifs-in-the-many-layers-of-the-barrel-cortex
#19
Dirk Feldmeyer, Guanxiao Qi, Vishalini Emmenegger, Jochen F Staiger
Recent years have seen substantial progress in studying the structural and function properties of GABAergic interneurons and their roles in the neuronal networks of barrel cortex. Although GABAergic interneurons represent only about 12% of the total number of neocortical neurons, they are extremely diverse with respect to their structural and functional properties. It has become clear that barrel cortex interneurons not only serve the maintenance of an appropriate excitation/inhibition balance but also are directly involved in sensory processing...
May 18, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528503/a-flux-enhancing-forward-osmosis-nanofiltration-integrated-treatment-system-for-the-tannery-wastewater-reclamation
#20
Parimal Pal, Sankha Chakrabortty, Jayato Nayak, Suman Senapati
Effective treatment of tannery wastewater prior to discharge to the environment as per environmental regulations remains a big challenge despite efforts to bring down the concentrations of the pollutants which are often quite high as measured in terms of chemical oxygen demand (7800 mg/L), total dissolved solids (5400 mg/L), chloride (4260 mg/L), sulphides (250 mg/L) and chromium. A pilot-scale forward osmosis and nanofiltration integrated closed loop system was developed for continuous reclamation of clean water from tannery wastewater at a rate of 52-55 L/m(2)/h at 1...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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