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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323983/autophagic-degradation-of-collagen-1a1-by-cortisol-in-human-amnion-fibroblasts
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Yabing Mi, Wangsheng Wang, Chuyue Zhang, Chao Liu, Jiangwen Lu, Wenjiao Li, Rujuan Zuo, Leslie Myatt, Kang Sun
Rupture of fetal membranes can initiate parturition at both term and preterm. Collagen is the crucial factor determining the tensile strength of the membranes. Toward the end of gestation, a feed-forward regeneration of cortisol via 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 exists in fetal membranes. It remains undetermined whether cortisol contributes to collagen reduction in fetal membranes. Here we have examined whether cortisol accumulation is a causative factor for collagen reduction in human amnion fibroblasts, the major source of collagens in the membranes...
January 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318247/metalized-nanocellulose-composites-as-a-feasible-material-for-membrane-supports-design-and-applications-for-water-treatment
#2
Perla Cruz-Tato, Edwin O Ortiz-Quiles, Karlene Vega-Figueroa, Liz Noemi Santiago-Martoral, Michael Flynn, Liz M Diaz-Vazquez, Eduardo Nicolau
Herein, we study the feasibility of using nanocellulose (NC)-based composites with silver and platinum nanoparticles as additive materials to fabricate the support layer of thin film composite (TFC) membranes for water purification applications. In brief, the NC surface was chemically modified and then was decorated with silver and platinum nanoparticles, respectively by chemical reduction. These metalized nanocellulose composites (MNC) were characterized by several techniques including: FTIR, XPS, TGA, XRD and XANES to probe their integrity...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302654/palmitate-induced-vacuolar-type-h-atpase-inhibition-feeds-forward-into-insulin-resistance-and-contractile-dysfunction
#3
Yilin Liu, Laura K M Steinbusch, Miranda Nabben, Dimitris Kapsokalyvas, Marc van Zandvoort, Patrick Schönleitner, Gudrun Antoons, Peter J Simons, Will A Coumans, Amber Geomini, Dipanjan Chanda, Jan F C Glatz, Dietbert Neumann, Joost J F P Luiken
Dietary fat overconsumption leads to myocardial lipid accumulation through mechanisms that are incompletely resolved. Previously, we identified increased translocation of the fatty acid transporter CD36 from its endosomal storage compartment to the sarcolemma as primary mechanism of excessive myocellular lipid import. Here, we show that increased CD36 translocation is caused by alkalinization of endosomes due to inhibition of proton pumping activity of vacuolar-type H(+)-ATPase (v-ATPase). Endosomal alkalinization was observed in hearts from rats fed a lard-based high fat-diet and in rodent and human cardiomyocytes upon palmitate overexposure, and appeared as early lipid-induced event preceding the onset of insulin resistance...
March 16, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294962/a-novel-high-performance-beam-supported-membrane-structure-with-enhanced-design-flexibility-for-partial-discharge-detection
#4
Chenzhao Fu, Wenrong Si, Haoyong Li, Delin Li, Peng Yuan, Yiting Yu
A novel beam-supported membrane (BSM) structure for the fiber optic extrinsic Fabry-Perot interferometer (EFPI) sensors showing an enhanced performance and an improved resistance to the temperature change was proposed for detecting partial discharges (PDs). The fundamental frequency, sensitivity, linear range, and flatness of the BSM structure were investigated by employing the finite element simulations. Compared with the intact membrane (IM) structure commonly used by EFPI sensors, BSM structure provides extra geometrical parameters to define the fundamental frequency when the diameter of the whole membrane and its thickness is determined, resulting in an enhanced design flexibility of the sensor structure...
March 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279608/influence-of-fertilizer-draw-solution-properties-on-the-process-performance-and-microbial-community-structure-in-a-side-stream-anaerobic-fertilizer-drawn-forward-osmosis-ultrafiltration-bioreactor
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Youngjin Kim, Sheng Li, Laura Chekli, Sherub Phuntsho, Noreddine Ghaffour, TorOve Leiknes, Ho Kyong Shon
In this study, a side-stream anaerobic fertilizer-drawn forward osmosis (FDFO) and ultrafiltration (UF) membrane bioreactor (MBR) hybrid system was proposed and operated for 55days. The FDFO performance was first investigated in terms of flux decline with various fertilizers draw solution. Flux decline was very severe with all fertilizers due to the absence of aeration and the sticky property of sludge. Flux recovery by physical cleaning varied significantly amongst tested fertilizers which seriously affected biofouling in FDFO via reverse salt flux (RSF)...
February 27, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278103/evaluation-of-direct-membrane-filtration-and-direct-forward-osmosis-as-concepts-for-compact-and-energy-positive-municipal-wastewater-treatment
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Tobias Hey, Niada Bajraktari, Åsa Davidsson, Jörg Vogel, Henrik Tækker Madsen, Claus Hélix-Nielsen, Jes la Cour Jansen, Karin Jönsson
Municipal wastewater treatment commonly involves mechanical, biological and chemical treatment steps to protect humans and the environment from adverse effects. Membrane technology has gained increasing attention as an alternative to conventional wastewater treatment due to increased urbanization. Among the available membrane technologies, microfiltration and forward osmosis have been selected for this study due to their specific characteristics, such as compactness and efficient removal of particles. In this study, two treatment concepts were evaluated with regard to their specific electricity, energy and area demands...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270635/-molecular-mechanisms-of-circadian-rhythm-and-sleep-homeostasis
#7
Kazuhiro Kon, Koji L Ode, Hiroki R Ueda
Sleep-wake cycle is controlled by the interplay between circadian rhythm and sleep homeostasis. Genetic studies, through the discovery of mutants with altered sleep-wake behaviors, have explored the molecular components that regulate our daily rhythms. In mammalian circadian clocks, negative-feedback loops composed of a set of transcription activators and inhibitors generate a cell-autonomous oscillation of transcriptional activity. Recent studies further discovered that such transcriptional feedback is controlled through post-translational modifications for the fine-tuning of the oscillation period...
March 2017: Brain and Nerve, Shinkei Kenkyū No Shinpo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268040/long-term-liquid-storage-and-reproductive-evaluation-of-an-innovative-boar-semen-extender-formula12-%C3%A2-containing-a-non-reducing-disaccharide-and-an-enzymatic-agent
#8
Carla Bresciani, Annalisa Bianchera, Ruggero Bettini, Annamaria Buschini, Laura Marchi, Clotilde Silvia Cabassi, Alberto Sabbioni, Federico Righi, Claudio Mazzoni, Enrico Parmigiani
There are no reports of saccharolytic enzymes being used in the preparation of formulations for animal semen extenders. In the present study, the use of an innovative semen extender (Formula12(®)) in the long-term liquid storage of boar semen at 17°C was evaluated. The formulation included use of a disaccharide (sucrose) as the energy source precursor coupled to an enzymatic agent (invertase). The innovative extender was evaluated and compared in vitro to a commercial extender (Vitasem LD(®)) for the following variables: Total Motility (TM), Forward Progressive Motility (FPM), sperm morphology, membrane integrity, acrosome integrity, and chromatin instability...
February 24, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261050/membrane-active-antimicrobial-peptides-translating-mechanistic-insights-to-design
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Jianguo Li, Jun-Jie Koh, Shouping Liu, Rajamani Lakshminarayanan, Chandra S Verma, Roger W Beuerman
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are promising next generation antibiotics that hold great potential for combating bacterial resistance. AMPs can be both bacteriostatic and bactericidal, induce rapid killing and display a lower propensity to develop resistance than do conventional antibiotics. Despite significant progress in the past 30 years, no peptide antibiotic has reached the clinic yet. Poor understanding of the action mechanisms and lack of rational design principles have been the two major obstacles that have slowed progress...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259812/electrolysis-assisted-mitigation-of-reverse-solute-flux-in-a-three-chamber-forward-osmosis-system
#10
Shiqiang Zou, Zhen He
Forward osmosis (FO) has been widely studied for desalination or water recovery from wastewater, and one of its key challenges for practical applications is reverse solute flux (RSF). RSF can cause loss of draw solutes, salinity build-up and undesired contamination at the feed side. In this study, in-situ electrolysis was employed to mitigate RSF in a three-chamber FO system ("e-FO") with Na2SO4 as a draw solute and deionized (DI) water as a feed. Operation parameters including applied voltage, membrane orientation and initial draw concentrations were systematically investigated to optimize the e-FO performance and reduce RSF...
February 28, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258578/aquaporin-targeted-therapeutics-state-of-the-field
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Lukmanee Tradtrantip, Bjung-Ju Jin, Xiaoming Yao, Marc O Anderson, Alan S Verkman
Drugs targeting aquaporins have broad potential clinical applications, including cancer, obesity, edema, glaucoma, skin diseases and others. The astrocyte water channel aquaporin-4 is a particularly compelling target because of its role of brain water movement, neuroexcitation and glia scarring, and because it is the target of pathogenic autoantibodies in the neuroinflammatory demyelinating disease neuromyelitis optica . There has been considerable interest in the identification of small molecule inhibitors of aquaporins, with various candidates emerging from testing of known ion transport inhibitors, as well as compound screening and computational chemistry...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237346/improvement-of-post-thawed-sperm-quality-and-fertility-of-arian-rooster-by-oral-administration-of-d-aspartic-acid
#12
Mahdi Ansari, Mahdi Zhandi, Hamid Kohram, Mojtaba Zaghari, Mostafa Sadeghi, Mohsen Sharafi
This study was conducted to investigate the effect of d-Aspartic acid (D-Asp) on post-thawed sperm quality, fertility and hatchability outcomes in male broiler breeders. Twenty 55-week-old roosters were selected and equally split into four groups (n = 5 rooster/group). Different daily D-Asp doses including 0 (D-0), 100 (D-100), 200 (D-200) or 300 (D-300) mg/kg BW were capsulated and individually administered for 12 weeks to roosters in each group. Semen samples were weekly collected from 7th to 12th week of experiment...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236854/transfer-of-malignant-traits-as-opposed-to-migration-of-cells-a-novel-concept-to-explain-metastatic-disease
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Goffredo Orazio Arena, Vincenzo Arena, Manuel Arena, Mohamed Abdouh
Metastatic disease is believed to develop following dissemination of cells to target organs. Inability of this theory to effectively explain certain phenomena such as patterns of metastatic spread, late metastasis formation, different gene patterns between primary cancer and metastasis have brought forward the need for alternative models. Recent discoveries have strengthened the validity of theories supporting a humoral transfer of malignant traits as opposed to migration of malignant cells to explain metastatic disease in cancer patients...
March 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235460/tyrozine-d-oxidation-and-redox-equilibrium-in-photosystem-ii
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Nigar Ahmadova, Felix Ho, Stenbjorn Styring, Fikret Mamedov
Tyrosine D (TyrD) is an auxiliary redox active tyrosine residue in photosystem II (PsiI). The mechanism of TyrD oxidation was investigated by EPR spectroscopy, flash-induced fluorescence decay and thermoluminescence measurements in PsiI enriched membranes from spinach. PsiI membranes were chemically treated with 3mM ascorbate and 1mM diaminodurene and subsequent washing, leading to the complete reduction of TyrD. TyrD oxidation kinetics and competing recombination reactions were measured after a single saturating flash in the absence and presence of DCMU (inhibitor of the QB-site) in the pH range of 4...
February 21, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222420/camalexin-induced-cell-membrane-scrambling-and-cell-shrinkage-in-human-erythrocytes
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Mustafa Almasry, Mohamed Jemaà, Morena Mischitelli, Florian Lang, Caterina Faggio
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The thaliana phytoalexin Camalexin has been proposed for the treatment of malignancy. Camalexin counteracts tumor growth in part by stimulation of suicidal death or apoptosis of tumor cells. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter suicidal death or eryptosis, which is characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Cellular mechanisms contributing to the complex machinery executing eryptosis include increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i), oxidative stress, ceramide, protein kinase C and caspases...
February 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214869/effects-of-antimalarial-tafenoquine-on-blood-platelet-activity-and-survival
#16
Hang Cao, Rosi Bissinger, Anja T Umbach, Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuyan, Meinrad Gawaz, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The 8-aminoquinoline tafenoquine has been shown to be effective against Plasmodia, Leishmania and Trypanosoma. The substance is at least in part effective by triggering apoptosis of the parasites. Moreover, tafenoquine has been shown to trigger eryptosis, the suicidal erythrocyte death characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. The effect of tafenoquine on eryptosis is in part due to stimulation of Ca2+ entry and oxidative stress...
January 26, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214868/stimulation-of-phospholipid-scrambling-of-the-erythrocyte-membrane-by-9-cis-retinoic-acid
#17
Majed Abed, Kousi Alzoubi, Florian Lang, Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuayn
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The endogenous retinoid 9-cis-retinoic acid has previously been shown to trigger apoptosis in a wide variety of cells including several tumor cells and has thus been suggested for the treatment of malignancy. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, which is characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Cellular mechanisms participating in the accomplishment of eryptosis include increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]i) and formation of ceramide...
January 31, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214863/stimulation-of-erythrocyte-cell-membrane-scrambling-by-c-reactive-protein
#18
Majed Abed, Christian Thiel, Syeda T Towhid, Kousi Alzoubi, Sabina Honisch, Florian Lang, Alfred Königsrainer
BACKGROUND: Eryptosis, the suicidal erythrocyte death characterized by cell shrinkage and phosphatidylserine-translocation, is triggered by fever and inflammation. Signaling includes increased cytosolic Ca2+-activity ([Ca2+]i), caspase activation, and ceramide. Inflammation is associated with increased plasma concentration of C-reactive protein (CRP). The present study explored whether CRP triggers eryptosis. METHODS: Phosphatidylserine abundance at the cell surface was estimated from annexin-V-binding, cell volume from forward scatter, [Ca2+]i from Fluo3-fluorescence, ceramide abundance and caspase-3-activity utilizing FITC-conjugated antibodies...
February 14, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214860/stimulation-of-erythrocyte-cell-membrane-scrambling-by-adarotene
#19
Morena Mischitelli, Mohamed Jemaàa, MyriamFezai Fezai, Mustafa Almasry, Florian Lang, Caterina Faggio
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The atypical retinoid E23-(40-hydroxyl-30-adamantylbiphenyl-4-yl) acrylic acid (ST1926, adarotene) is used in the treatment of malignancy. The effect of ST1926 is at least in part due to stimulation of apoptosis. Similar to apoptosis of nucleated cells, erythrocytes may enter eryptosis, the suicidal death of erythrocytes. Hallmarks of eryptosis include cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Signaling involved in the stimulation of eryptosis includes increase of cytosolic Ca2+ activity [Ca2+]<Sub>i</Sub>, oxidative stress and ceramide...
January 30, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214849/lipopeptide-induced-suicidal-erythrocyte-death-correlates-with-the-degree-of-acylation
#20
Abdulla Al Mamun Bhuyan, Minh-Thu Nguyen, Rosi Bissinger, Friedrich Götz, Florian Lang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Consequences of bacterial infection include anemia, which could result from stimulation of suicidal erythrocyte death or eryptosis, characterized by cell shrinkage and cell membrane scrambling with phosphatidylserine translocation to the erythrocyte surface. Bacterial components known to stimulate eryptosis include lipopeptides. Signaling mediating the triggering of eryptosis include increased cytosolic Ca2+ activity ([Ca2+]<Sub>i</Sub>), oxidative stress and cellular accumulation of ceramide...
January 24, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
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