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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786767/oral-supplementation-of-lanthanum-zirconate-nanoparticles-moderately-affected-behavior-but-drastically-disturbed-leukocyte-count-serum-cholesterol-levels-and-antioxidant-parameters-from-vital-organs-of-albino-mice-in-a-gender-specific-manner
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Muhammad Nazar Aftab, Irum Naz Akram, Tafheem Khosa, Syeda Qandeel Zahra, Irum Bashir, Muhammad Naeem Ashiq, Furhan Iqbal
Lanthanum Zirconate nanoparticles (NPs) are used in blades of gas turbine engines to thermally insulate them and to protect them against hot and corrosive gas streams. However, the information regarding their biocompatibility is limited. The present study was aimed to report the effect of Lanthanum Zirconate NPs on selected aspects of behavior, serum biochemistry, complete blood count and antioxidant parameters from vital organs of albino mice in a gender specific manner. Albino mice, seven weeks old, were orally treated with 75 mg/ml solvent/Kg body weight of Lanthanum Zirconate nanoparticles for consecutive 22 days...
May 21, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786422/mechanisms-regulating-the-association-of-protein-phosphatase-1-with-spinophilin-and-neurabin
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Michael C Edler, Asma B Salek, Darryl S Watkins, Harjot Kaur, Cameron W Morris, Bryan K Yamamoto, Anthony J Baucum
Protein phosphorylation is a key mediator of signal transduction, allowing for dynamic regulation of substrate activity. Whereas protein kinases obtain substrate specificity by targeting specific amino acid sequences, serine/threonine phosphatase catalytic subunits are much more promiscuous in their ability to dephosphorylate substrates. To obtain substrate specificity, serine/threonine phosphatases utilize targeting proteins to regulate phosphatase subcellular localization and catalytic activity. Spinophilin and its homolog neurabin are two of the most abundant dendritic spine-localized protein phosphatase 1 (PP1) targeting proteins...
May 22, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785852/syntheses-of-gibberellins-a-15-and-a-24-the-key-metabolites-in-gibberellin-biosynthesis
#3
David J-Y D Bon, Lewis Norman Mander, Ping Lan
Gibberellins (GAs) are essential phytohormones involved in numerous aspects of plant growth and development. Notably, the biochemistry and genetics of GA biosynthesis which is associated with their endogenous regulation has been largely resolved, however, a crucial unsolved question remains: the precise mechanism of the stepwise oxidation and subsequent removal of C-20 from C20-precursors leading to bioactive C19 gibberellins is still unresolved. In order to satisfy numerous requests from biologists, practical preparations of certain GAs that were isolated in miniscule quantities are highly demanded...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783628/is-3-carboxy-4-methyl-5-propyl-2-furanpropionate-cmpf-a-clinically-relevant-uremic-toxin-in-haemodialysis-patients
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Mathilde Luce, Anais Bouchara, Myriam Pastural, Samuel Granjon, Jean Christophe Szelag, Maurice Laville, Walid Arkouche, Denis Fouque, Christophe O Soulage, Laetitia Koppe
3-Carboxy-4-methyl-5-propyl-2-furanpropionate (CMPF) is a metabolite of furan fatty acid and a marker of fish oil intake. CMPF is described as a protein-bound uremic toxin and interacts with free oxygen radicals, which can induce cell damages. However, the clinical consequences of CMPF accumulation in haemodialysis patients remain poorly documented. The aims of this study are to investigate potential association between CMPF levels and (i) biochemical and nutritional parameters; (ii) cardiovascular events and (iii) mortality...
May 18, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783280/pericardial-cyst-cause-of-sudden-cardiac-death
#5
Marie Brix Ley, Maiken Kudahl Larsen
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of sudden death in the world. The etiology of sudden cardiac death involves a wide range of diseases, but seldom pericardial cysts. A pericardial cyst is an uncommon cyst usually located in the middle mediastinum and rarely in the posterior part. They are usually harmless and asymptomatic. Here, we present a case of a 63-year-old woman who presented with dyspnea and hoarseness, but died suddenly after a CT scan was attempted. The detailed forensic pathologic and histologic examination revealed a pericardial cyst located in the posterior mediastinum...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783198/toxicity-assessment-of-metal-oxide-nano-pollutants-on-tomato-solanum-lycopersicon-a-study-on-growth-dynamics-and-plant-cell-death
#6
Bilal Ahmed, Mohammad Saghir Khan, Javed Musarrat
The present study for the first time demonstrated the interactions of metal oxide (MO) nano-pollutants (CuO and Al2 O3 -NPs) with tissues and cellular DNA of tomato plants grown in soil sand: silt: clay (667:190:143) and Hoagland-hydroponic system and assessed the hazardous effects of NPs on cell physiology and biochemistry. Results of SEM equipped with EDX revealed attachment of variably shaped CuO-NPs (18 nm) and Al2 O3 -NPs (21 nm) on roots, and internalization followed by translocation in plants by ICP-MS and TEM...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782658/recent-advances-on-black-phosphorus-for-energy-storage-catalysis-and-sensor-applications
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REVIEW
Hanwen Liu, Kui Hu, Dafeng Yan, Ru Chen, Yuqin Zou, Hongbo Liu, Shuangyin Wang
As a new type of 2D semiconductor, black phosphorus (BP) possesses high charge-carrier mobility and theoretical capacity, thickness-dependent bandgap, and anisotropic structure, which has attracted tremendous attention since early 2014. To explore its full application in all aspects, studies based on BP nanostructures are swiftly expanding from the electronic field to energy storage and even biochemistry. The mechanism and application of BP in Li-/Na-ion battery anodes, oxygen evolution reaction/hydrogen evolution reaction catalysis, photocatalytic hydrogen production, and selective sensors are summarized...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782268/-lipid-blood-profile-in-old-patients-with-ischemic-heart-disease
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S V Topolyanskaya, O N Vakulenko, T A Eliseeva, N A Balyasnikova, G A Kalinin, L M Kupina, N V Strizhova
PURPOSE: to assess prevalence of dyslipidemia in patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD) older than 75 years as well as to evaluate possible associations between serum lipids and various cardiovascular and other diseases in these patients. METHODS: We enrolled in this cross sectional study 555 hospitalized IHD patients aged 75-98 years (mean age 86.8 years, 74.5 % women). Levels of lipids (total cholesterol [TC], triglycerides [TG], low and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol [LDLC, HDLC]) were measured by enzyme method on the biochemistry analyzer Konelab 60i...
March 2018: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781076/first-trimester-combined-screening-for-fetal-aneuploidies-enhanced-with-additional-ultrasound-markers-an-8-year-prospective-study
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Dragos Nemescu, Adina Bratie, Alexandra Mihaila, Dan Navolan, Adina Tanase
OBJECTIVES: To describe our screening population and audit of the performance of first-trimester screening for Down syndrome, based on a combined test, enhanced with additional ultrasound markers, over the whole period of the study. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a prospective study from 2009 to 2016, which included 1358 singleton fetuses with a crown-rump length of 45-84 mm. The risk of aneuploidy was calculated using nuchal translucency, fetal heart rate (FHR), and additional markers, such as nasal bone (NB), tricuspid flow (TF) and ductus venosus (DV), combined with maternal serum free β-human chorionic gonadotropin (fβ-hCG) and pregnancy-associated plasma protein-A (PAPP-A)...
2018: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780118/a-10-year-follow-up-study-of-a-japanese-family-with-ferroportin-disease-a-mild-iron-overload-with-mild-hyperferritinemia-co-occurring-with-hyperhepcidinemia-may-be-benign
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Hisao Hayashi, Motoyoshi Yano, Naohito Urawa, Akane Mizutani, Shima Hamaoka, Jun Araki, Yuji Kojima, Yutaka Naito, Ayako Kato, Yasuaki Tatsumi, Koichi Kato
This is a 10-year follow-up study of a family with ferroportin disease A. The proband, a 59-year-old man showed no noteworthy findings with the exception of an abnormal iron level. The proband's 90-year-old father showed reduced abilities in gait and cognition; however, with the exception of his iron level, his biochemistry results were almost normal. Brain imaging showed age-matched atrophy and iron deposition. In both patients, the serum levels of ferritin and hepcidin25, and liver CT scores declined over a 10-year period...
May 18, 2018: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780000/the-effects-of-proton-pump-inhibitor-on-hepatic-vascular-responsiveness-and-hemodynamics-in-cirrhotic-rats
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I-Fang Hsin, Shao-Jung Hsu, Chiao-Lin Chuang, Teh-Ia Huo, Hui-Chun Huang, Fa-Yauh Lee, Hsin-Ling Ho, Shu-Yu Chang, Shou-Dong Lee
BACKGROUND: Liver cirrhosis is associated with increased intrahepatic resistance due to hepatic fibrosis and exaggerated vasoconstriction. Recent studies have indicated that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), in addition to acid suppression, modulate vasoactive substances and vasoresponsiveness. PPIs are frequently prescribed in patients with cirrhosis due to a higher prevalence of peptic ulcers, however other impacts are unknown. METHODS: Liver cirrhosis was induced in Sprague-Dawley rats with common bile duct ligation (BDL)...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779821/clinical-efficacy-and-feasibility-of-whey-protein-isolates-supplementation-in-malnourished-peritoneal-dialysis-patients-a-multicenter-parallel-open-label-randomized-controlled-trial
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Sharmela Sahathevan, Chee-Hee Se, SeeHoe Ng, Ban-Hock Khor, Karuthan Chinna, Bak Leong Goh, Halim A Gafor, Sunita Bavanandan, Ghazali Ahmad, Tilakavati Karupaiah
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Poor dietary intake is commonly associated with malnutrition in the dialysis population and oral nutritional supplementation is strategized to redress dietary inadequacy. Knowledge on clinical efficacy of whey protein supplementation (WPS) as an option to treat malnutrition in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients is limited. METHODS: This multicenter, parallel, open-label, randomized controlled trial investigated the clinical efficacy of WPS in 126 malnourished CAPD patients with serum albumin <40 g/L and body mass index (BMI) <24 kg/m2 ...
June 2018: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779815/use-of-standard-enteral-formula-versus-enteric-formula-with-prebiotic-content-in-nutrition-therapy-a-randomized-controlled-study-among-neuro-critical-care-patients
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Piril Tuncay, Fatma Arpaci, Mutlu Doganay, Deniz Erdem, Arzu Sahna, Hulya Ergun, Dilek Atabey
OBJECTIVE: To compare use of standard enteral formula versus enteric formula with prebiotic content in terms of nutrition therapy related outcomes among neurocritical care patients. METHODS: A total of 46 adult neurocritical care patients who received nutrition therapy with standard enteral formula (SEF group; n = 23) or enteral formula with prebiotic content (EFPC group; n = 23) during their hospitalization in intensive care unit (ICU) were included in this prospective randomized controlled study...
June 2018: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779651/the-biochemistry-and-structural-biology-of-cyanobactin-pathways-enabling-combinatorial-biosynthesis
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Wenjia Gu, Shi-Hui Dong, Snigdha Sarkar, Satish K Nair, Eric W Schmidt
Cyanobactin biosynthetic enzymes have exceptional versatility in the synthesis of natural and unnatural products. Cyanobactins are ribosomally synthesized and posttranslationally modified peptides synthesized by multistep pathways involving a broad suite of enzymes, including heterocyclases/cyclodehydratases, macrocyclases, proteases, prenyltransferases, methyltransferases, and others. Here, we describe the enzymology and structural biology of cyanobactin biosynthetic enzymes, aiming at the twin goals of understanding biochemical mechanisms and biosynthetic plasticity...
2018: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778426/germline-cytoskeletal-and-extra-cellular-matrix-related-single-nucleotide-variations-associated-with-distinct-cancer-survival-rates
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Shayan Falasiri, Tasnif Rahman, Yaping N Tu, Timothy J Fawcett, George Blanck
BACKGROUND: Human mutagenesis has a large stochastic component. Thus, large coding regions, especially cytoskeletal and extra-cellular matrix protein (CECMP) coding regions are particularly vulnerable to mutations. Recent results have verified a high level of somatic mutations in the CECMP coding regions in the cancer genome atlas (TCGA), and a relatively common occurrence of germline, deleterious mutations in the TCGA breast cancer dataset. METHODS: The objective of this study was to determine the correlations of CECMP coding region, germline nucleotide variations with both overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS)...
May 17, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778214/emerging-roles-of-nitric-oxide-synthase-in-bacterial-physiology
#16
Elizabeth H Hutfless, Sujata S Chaudhari, Vinai C Thomas
Nitric oxide (NO) is a potent inhibitor of diverse cellular processes in bacteria. Therefore, it was surprising to discover that several bacterial species, primarily Gram-positive organisms, harboured a gene encoding nitric oxide synthase (NOS). Recent attempts to characterize bacterial NOS (bNOS) have resulted in the discovery of structural features that may allow it to function as a NO dioxygenase and produce nitrate in addition to NO. Consistent with this characterization, investigations into the biological function of bNOS have also emphasized a role for NOS-dependent nitrate and nitrite production in aerobic and microaerobic respiration...
2018: Advances in Microbial Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778072/nmr-at-pressures-up-to-90-gpa
#17
Thomas Meier, Saiana Khandarkhaeva, Sylvain Petitgirard, Thomas Körber, Alexander Lauerer, Ernst Rössler, Leonid Dubrovinsky
The past 15 years have seen an astonishing increase in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) sensitivity and accessible pressure range in high-pressure NMR experiments, owing to a series of new developments of NMR spectroscopy applied to the diamond anvil cell (DAC). Recently, with the application of electro-magnetic lenses, so-called Lenz lenses, in toroidal diamond indenter cells, pressures of up to 72 GPa with NMR spin sensitivities of about 1012  spin/Hz1/2 has been achieved. Here, we describe the implementation of a refined NMR resonator structure using a pair of double stage Lenz lenses driven by a Helmholtz coil within a standard DAC, allowing to measure sample volumes as small as 100 pl prior to compression...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777921/comparison-of-heavy-metals-parasites-and-histopathology-in-sculpins-myoxocephalus-spp-from-two-sites-at-a-lead-zinc-mine-in-north-east-greenland
#18
Rasmus Dyrmose Nørregaard, Mai Dang, Lis Bach, Ole Geertz-Hansen, Kim Gustavson, Peter Aastrup, Pall S Leifsson, Jens Søndergaard, Barbara Nowak, Christian Sonne
The former lead-zinc mine at Mestersvig, Greenland, continues to contaminate the surrounding environment despite its operations ceasing over 50 years ago. Elevated concentrations of heavy metals are found in water, sediment and biota in the terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. To shed light on the present contamination and its potential effects on local fish we investigated gill and liver histology of sculpins (Myoxocephalus spp.) around the former mining area. Two species of sculpins were caught; shorthorn sculpins (M...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777748/a-brief-practical-review-of-size-exclusion-chromatography-rules-of-thumb-limitations-and-troubleshooting
#19
REVIEW
Richard R Burgess
Through years of research, teaching, troubleshooting, and editing, I have developed a solid working understanding of many aspects of protein purification and protein biochemistry. I have also found that many researchers do not understand the basics, let alone the pitfalls, of the techniques they use. In the case of size exclusion chromatography (SEC), I summarize below some of the rules of thumb, suggestions, limitations and troubleshooting I have found most useful in helping my students and colleagues carry out successful SEC...
May 16, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776756/sex-hormone-binding-globulin-is-a-biomarker-associated-with-nonvertebral-fracture-in-men-on-dialysis-therapy
#20
Jasna Aleksova, Phillip Wong, Robert McLachlan, Kay Weng Choy, Peter R Ebeling, Frances Milat, Grahame J Elder
Gonadal hormones impact bone health and higher values of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) have been independently associated with fracture risk in men without chronic kidney disease. People with chronic kidney disease have a greatly increased fracture risk, and gonadal dysfunction is common in men receiving dialysis treatment. Nevertheless, in these men the effect of gonadal steroids and SHBG on bone mineral density (BMD) and fracture risk is unknown. Here we investigate relationships between gonadal steroids, SHBG, BMD and fracture in men on long-term dialysis therapy, awaiting kidney or simultaneous pancreas kidney transplantation...
May 15, 2018: Kidney International
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