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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811602/identification-of-ciguatoxins-in-a-shark-involved-in-a-fatal-food-poisoning-in-the-indian-ocean
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Jorge Diogène, Laia Reverté, Maria Rambla-Alegre, Vanessa Del Río, Pablo de la Iglesia, Mònica Campàs, Oscar Palacios, Cintia Flores, Josep Caixach, Christian Ralijaona, Iony Razanajatovo, Agathe Pirog, Hélène Magalon, Nathalie Arnich, Jean Turquet
Severe food poisoning events after the consumption of sharks have been reported since the 1940s; however, there has been no clear understanding of their cause. Herein, we report for the first time the presence of ciguatoxins (CTXs) in sharks. The identification by mass spectrometry of CTXs, including two new analogues, in a bull shark (Carcharhinus leucas) that was consumed by humans, causing the poisoning and death of 11 people in Madagascar in 2013 is described. Typical neurotoxic ciguatera symptoms were recorded in patients, and toxicological assays on extracts of the shark demonstrated CTX-like activity...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790928/enhanced-right-chamber-remodeling-in-endurance-ultra-trail-athletes-compared-to-marathon-runners-detected-by-standard-and-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Kristian Ujka, Luca Bastiani, Gennaro D'Angelo, Bruna Catuzzo, Alessandro Tonacci, Simona Mrakic-Sposta, Alessandra Vezzoli, Guido Giardini, Lorenza Pratali
Background: Strenuous and endurance exercise training have been associated with morphological and functional heart remodeling. Two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) is a novel technique that allows an accurate quantification of global myocardium deformation. Our aim was to evaluate together left and right cardiac remodeling in different long-distance running athletes: marathon runners (42 km) (M) and endurance mountain runners (>300 Km) (UT). Methods: A total of 92 athletes (70 males, 76%) including 47 M [age 45 ± 7 years; training: 18 (9-53) years(*)days/week], 45 UT [age 42 ± 9, training: 30 (15-66) years(*)days/week] underwent conventional echocardiography and STE (Beyond Diogenes 2...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783592/the-efficiency-of-spermatogenesis-and-the-support-capacity-of-sertoli-cells-in-characiformes
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Maira da Silva Rodrigues, Diógenes Henrique de Siqueira-Silva, Patrícia Postingel Quirino, Alexandre Ninhaus-Silveira, Rosicleire Veríssimo-Silveira
This stereological analysis of the types of germ cells and the number of Sertoli cells per cyst in Astyanax altiparanae testes during spermatogenesis is the first such report in Characiformes. Testes of 25 male A. altiparanae were examined. Based on the number of spermatogonia B per cyst (469.2 ± 9.92), we estimated that spermatogonia undergo at least nine mitotic divisions before differentiating into primary spermatocytes. There are four spermatogonia types: undifferentiated spermatogonia A*, undifferentiated spermatogonia, differentiated spermatogonia, and type B spermatogonia...
July 27, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766472/stereological-analysis-of-gonads-from-diploid-and-triploid-fish-yellowtail-tetra-astyanax-altiparanae-garutti-britski-in-laboratory-conditions
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Nivaldo Ferreira do Nascimento, Diógenes Henrique de Siqueira-Silva, Matheus Pereira-Santos, Takafumi Fujimoto, José Augusto Senhorini, Laura Satiko Okada Nakaghi, George Shigueki Yasui
This study aimed to examine the gonadal morphology of diploid and triploid fish through stereological analysis. Triploid individuals were obtained after temperature shock (40°C for 2 min) at 2 min post-fertilization and reared until 175 days post-fertilization (dpf). Intact eggs were used to obtain the diploids. Gonads were collected for histological analysis at 83, 114, 144 and 175 dpf. Diploid females and males presented normal oogenesis and spermatogenesis through all the experimental period. Conversely, stereological analysis revealed that triploid females were sterile and oogonia were the prevalent cell type in the ovaries...
August 2, 2017: Zygote: the Biology of Gametes and Early Embryos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757246/evaluation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-modulation-of-trigeminal-neuronal-responses-to-cold
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Michael A Eskander, Koyo Takimoto, Anibal Diogenes
Tissue engineering protocols, such as regenerative endodontic procedures (REPs), comprise biologically based procedures designed to restore normal physiologic function. For REPs, the goal is reconstitution of the pulp-dentin complex by delivering mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), including the stem cells of the apical papilla (SCAP) into a root canal system. Many patients regain cold sensitivity after REPs, but the mechanism is not understood. We hypothesized that SCAP modulate nociceptive function through a paracrine mechanism that activates cold-sensitive ion channels in neurons...
July 27, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754992/observed-crowding-effects-on-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-2-trans-enoyl-acp-coa-reductase-enzyme-activity-are-not-due-to-excluded-volume-only
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Mariane Rotta, Luis F S M Timmers, Carlos Sequeiros-Borja, Cristiano V Bizarro, Osmar N de Souza, Diogenes S Santos, Luiz A Basso
The cellular milieu is a complex and crowded aqueous solution. Macromolecular crowding effects are commonly studied in vitro using crowding agents. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects, if any, of macromolecular synthetic crowding agents on the apparent steady-state kinetic parameters (K m , k cat , and k cat /K m ) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis 2-trans-enoyl-ACP (CoA) reductase (InhA). Negligible effects on InhA activity were observed for ficoll 70, ficoll 400 and dextran 70. A complex effect was observed for PEG 6000...
July 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726387/aryl-substituted-ruthenium-ii-complexes-a-strategy-for-enhanced-photocleavage-and-efficient-dna-binding
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Felipe Diógenes Abreu, Tercio de F Paulo, Marcelo H Gehlen, Rômulo A Ando, Luiz G F Lopes, Ana Cláudia S Gondim, Mayron A Vasconcelos, Edson H Teixeira, Eduardo Henrique Silva Sousa, Idalina Maria Moreira de Carvalho
Ruthenium polypyridine complexes have shown promise as agents for photodynamic therapy (PDT) and tools for molecular biology (chromophore-assisted light inactivation). To accomplish these tasks, it is important to have at least target selectivity and great reactive oxygen species (ROS) photogeneration: two properties that are not easily found in the same molecule. To prepare such new agents, we synthesized two new ruthenium complexes that combine an efficient DNA binding moiety (dppz ligand) together with naphthyl-modified (1) and anthracenyl-modified (2) bipyridine as a strong ROS generator bound to a ruthenium complex...
August 7, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709705/phase-ii-trial-of-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-followed-by-chemoradiation-in-locally-advanced-cervical-cancer
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Carla Rameri Alexandre Silva de Azevedo, Luiz Cláudio Santos Thuler, Maria Júlia Gonçalves de Mello, Jurema Telles de Oliveira Lima, Ana Luiza Fassizoli da Fonte, Diógenes Fernando Santos Fontão, Vandré Cabral Gomes Carneiro, Tien Man Cabral Chang, Carlos Gil Ferreira
OBJECTIVE: Cervical cancer is a global public health challenge. Since 1999, platin based chemoradiation (CRT) is the standard treatment for those patients with locally advanced disease. However, this population still has a dismal prognosis and, alternatives approaches such as adjuvant chemotherapy are controversial, especially because of increased toxicity. Neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NACT) could be an option for more intensive treatment with manageable toxicity. METHODS: A phase II, prospective, non-randomized trial was conducted at a reference center in Recife, Brazil...
July 11, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693884/the-flavonoid-rutin-modulates-microglial-macrophage-activation-to-a-cd150-cd206-m2-phenotype
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Alessandra Bispo da Silva, Paulo Lucas Cerqueira Coelho, Jessika Alves Oliveira Amparo, Monique Marylin Alves de Almeida Carneiro, Julita Maria Pereira Borges, Cleide Dos Santos Souza, Maria de Fátima Dias Costa, Miriam Mecha, Carmen Guaza Rodriguez, Victor Diogenes Amaral da Silva, Silvia Lima Costa
Rutin is a glycosylated flavonoid present in many fruits and plants that has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying microglial activation and its effects on the regulation of cytokines and chemokines associated with inflammatory responses in the central nervous system. In this study we examined the effect of rutin on resting or lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated microglia and characterized their modulation to an activated M1 phenotype or an alternatively activated M2 phenotype...
July 8, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679551/pretreatment-fasting-plasma-glucose-and-insulin-modify-dietary-weight-loss-success-results-from-3-randomized-clinical-trials
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Mads F Hjorth, Christian Ritz, Ellen E Blaak, Wim Hm Saris, Dominique Langin, Sanne Kellebjerg Poulsen, Thomas Meinert Larsen, Thorkild Ia Sørensen, Yishai Zohar, Arne Astrup
Background: Which diet is optimal for weight loss and maintenance remains controversial and implies that no diet fits all patients.Objective: We studied concentrations of fasting plasma glucose (FPG) and fasting insulin (FI) as prognostic markers for successful weight loss and maintenance through diets with different glycemic loads or different fiber and whole-grain content, assessed in 3 randomized trials of overweight participants.Design: After an 8-wk weight loss, participants in the DiOGenes (Diet, Obesity, and Genes) trial consumed ad libitum for 26 wk a diet with either a high or a low glycemic load...
August 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673458/performance-endoparasitary-control-and-blood-values-of-ewes-locally-adapted-in-semiarid-region
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Josiel Borges Ferreira, Ana Carla Diógenes Suassuna Bezerra, Magda Maria Guilhermino, Jacinara Hody Gurgel Morais Leite, Wilma Emanuela da Silva, Renato Diógenes Macedo Paiva, Tallysson Nogueira Barbosa, José Ernandes Rufino de Sousa, Débora Andréa Evangelista Façanha
This study evaluated the variation in the prevalence of endoparasitoses and their impact on body condition and blood values of sheep of the Morada Nova breed. A total of 138 ewes were examined for their morphology (body weight, BW; body condition score, BCS), parasitology (faecal egg count, FEC; Famacha© score; coproculture), hematology (red blood cell count,RBC); hemoglobin concentration, HE; packet cell volume, PCV; mean corpuscular volume, MCV,; mean corpuscular hemoglobin, MCH; mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, MCHC; leukocytes, WBC) and serum biochemistry (glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, urea, creatinine, total protein, albumin, globulin, AST and ALT)...
June 2017: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28660777/diogenes-syndrome-in-frontotemporal-dementia
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Catherine M Finney, Mario F Mendez
Diogenes syndrome refers to the combination of extreme self-neglect and excessive collecting with clutter and squalor, which is often present in patients with dementia. Diogenes syndrome may be particularly common in behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), and the investigation of these patients may help clarify the nature of this syndrome. We describe 5 patients with bvFTD who exhibited a decline in self-care accompanied by hoarding behaviors. These patients, and a review of the literature, suggest a combination of frontal lobe disturbances: loss of insight or self-awareness with a failure to clean up or discard, a general compulsive drive, and an innate impulse to take environmental items...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658335/invasive-ductal-carcinoma-relationship-between-pathological-characteristics-and-the-presence-of-axillary-metastasis-in-220-cases
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Ranniere Gurgel Furtado DE Aquino, Paulo Henrique Diógenes Vasques, Diane Isabelle Magno Cavalcante, Ayane Layne DE Sousa Oliveira, Bruno Masato Kitagawa DE Oliveira, Luiz Gonzaga Porto Pinheiro
Objective: to analyze the relation of anatomopathological features and axillary involvement in cases of invasive ductal carcinoma. Methods: this is a cross-sectional study of 220 breast cancer patients submitted to radical mastectomy or quadrantectomy with axilar emptying, from the Mastology Service of the Assis Chateaubriand Maternity School, Ceará, Brazil. We submitted the tumors to histological processing and determined the histological (HG), tubular (TG) and nuclear (NG) grades, and the mitotic index (MI) by the classification of Scarff-Bloom-Richadson, verified the presence of angiolymphatic invasion (AI) and measured the largest tumor diameter (TD)...
March 2017: Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644941/the-use-of-the-cup-of-diogenes-and-ok-approach-for-carpal-tunnel-surgery
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Ahmadreza Afshar
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July 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589464/epsp-synthase-flexibility-is-determinant%C3%A2-to-its-function-computational-molecular-dynamics-and-metadynamics-studies
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Luís Fernando Saraiva Macedo Timmers, Antônio M S Neto, Rinaldo W Montalvão, Luiz A Basso, Diógenes S Santos, Osmar Norberto de Souza
Flexibility is involved in a wide range of biological processes, such as protein assembly and binding recognition. EPSP synthase is an enzyme that must undergo a large conformational change to accommodate its ligands into its binding cavity. However, although the structure of EPSP synthase has been determined, its plasticity has not been explored in depth. Therefore, in this work, we extensively examined the influence of the flexibility of Mycobacterium tuberculosis EPSP (MtEPSP) synthase on the function of this protein using classical and replica-exchange metadynamics simulations...
July 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587910/evaluation-of-tetrodotoxins-in-puffer-fish-caught-along-the-mediterranean-coast-of-spain-toxin-profile-of-lagocephalus-sceleratus
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Maria Rambla-Alegre, Laia Reverté, Vanessa Del Río, Pablo de la Iglesia, Oscar Palacios, Cintia Flores, Josep Caixach, Katrina Campbell, Christopher T Elliott, Andrés Izquierdo-Muñoz, Mònica Campàs, Jorge Diogène
Although consumption of Tetraodontidae species is prohibited in the EU, intoxications are still reported. The evaluation of tetrodotoxins (TTXs) by mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS and LC-HRMS) and a screening immunoassay (mELISA) in tetraodontid fishes caught along the Western Mediterranean Sea revealed high concentrations of TTXs in Lagocephalus sceleratus while no TTXs were identified in L. lagocephalus and Sphoeroides pachygaster individuals. The high TTXs content found in the L. sceleratus analysed herein demonstrate the occurrence of highly toxic puffer fish in the Western Mediterranean Sea...
June 3, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578888/comparative-evaluation-of-chemotactic-factor-effect-on-migration-and-differentiation-of-stem-cells-of-the-apical-papilla
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Sara Fayazi, Koyo Takimoto, Anibal Diogenes
INTRODUCTION: Cell homing strategies could potentially be used in regenerative endodontic procedures (REPs) to promote the progressive coronal migration of stem cells, including stem cells of the apical papilla (SCAPs), along with formation of a new vascular network without the need for intentional apical trauma and intracanal bleeding. Although many chemotactic factors have been investigated for different mesenchymal stem cells, their effect on SCAP migration and differentiation is not fully understood...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577961/histologic-evaluation-of-regenerative-endodontic-procedures-with-the-use-of-chitosan-scaffolds-in-immature-dog-teeth-with-apical-periodontitis
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Paulo J Palma, João C Ramos, João B Martins, Anibal Diogenes, Maria H Figueiredo, Paula Ferreira, Carlos Viegas, João M Santos
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate histologically the newly formed tissues after regenerative endodontic procedures (REPs) in dogs using either a blood clot (BC) or 2 different formulations of a chitosan hydrogel as scaffolds. METHODS: Apical periodontitis was induced by inoculating immature teeth with oral plaque in 4 beagle dogs. Teeth (n = 96) were divided into 2 control (n = 20) and 4 test groups (n = 76) according to the treatment: apexification and REPs with BC, sodium hyaluronate:chitosan (HA:CS) scaffolds, or pectin:chitosan (P:CS) scaffolds...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577494/antibacterial-modulatory-activity-of-antibiotics-and-toxicity-from-rhinella-jimi-stevaux-2002-anura-bufonidae-glandular-secretions
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Débora Lima Sales, Maria Flaviana Bezerra Morais-Braga, Antonia Thassya Lucas Dos Santos, Antonio Judson Targino Machado, João Antonio de Araujo Filho, Diógenes de Queiroz Dias, Francisco Assis Bezerra da Cunha, Rogério de Aquino Saraiva, Irwin Rose Alencar de Menezes, Henrique Douglas Melo Coutinho, José Galberto Martins Costa, Felipe Silva Ferreira, Rômulo Romeu da Nóbrega Alves, Waltécio de Oliveira Almeida
The increase in microorganisms with resistance to medications has caused a strong preoccupation within the medical and scientific community. Animal toxins studies, such as parotoid glandular secretions from amphibians, possesses a great potential in the development of drugs, such as antimicrobials, as these possess bioactive compounds. It was evaluated Rhinella jimi (Stevaux, 2002) glandular secretions against standard and multi-resistant bacterial strains; the effect of secretions combined with drugs; and determined the toxicity using two biologic in vivo models, and a in vitro model with mice livers...
August 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538774/influence-of-the-ventilatory-mode-on-acute-adverse-effects-and-facial-thermography-after-noninvasive-ventilation
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Suzy Maria Montenegro Pontes, Luiz Henrique de Paula Melo, Nathalia Parente de Sousa Maia, Andrea da Nóbrega Cirino Nogueira, Thiago Brasileiro Vasconcelos, Eanes Delgado Barros Pereira, Vasco Pinheiro Diógenes Bastos, Marcelo Alcantara Holanda
Objective: To compare the incidence and intensity of acute adverse effects and the variation in the temperature of facial skin by thermography after the use of noninvasive ventilation (NIV). Methods: We included 20 healthy volunteers receiving NIV via oronasal mask for 1 h. The volunteers were randomly divided into two groups according to the ventilatory mode: bilevel positive airway pressure (BiPAP) or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Facial thermography was performed in order to determine the temperature of the face where it was in contact with the mask and of the nasal dorsum at various time points...
March 2017: Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia: Publicaça̋o Oficial da Sociedade Brasileira de Pneumologia e Tisilogia
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