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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151140/effects-of-oxygen-availability-on-oxidative-stress-biomarkers-in-the-mediterranean-mussel-mytilus-galloprovincialis
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Alessia Giannetto, Maria Maisano, Tiziana Cappello, Sabrina Oliva, Vincenzo Parrino, Antonino Natalotto, Giuseppe De Marco, Salvatore Fasulo
In aquatic environments, hypoxia and oxygen-deficient areas are increasing worldwide. Transitions in oxygen levels can influence the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), eventually leading to oxidative stress. The transcriptional response of oxidative stress biomarkers was evaluated by qPCR in gill tissue from Mytilus galloprovincialis experimentally subjected to 48-h air exposure followed by 48-h re-oxygenation, as compared to normoxic control mussels. Superoxide dismutases (CuZnsod and Mnsod), catalase (cat), and glutathione S-transferase (gst) were over-expressed early after 8-h air exposure and returned to normoxic levels during re-oxygenation...
November 18, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151129/one-novel-and-two-uncommon-mefv-mutations-in-japanese-patients-with-familial-mediterranean-fever-a-clinicogenetic-study
#2
Dai Kishida, Masahide Yazaki, Akinori Nakamura, Fumio Nomura, Takeshi Kondo, Takanori Uehara, Masatomi Ikusaka, Akira Ohya, Norihiko Watanabe, Ryuta Endo, Satoshi Kawaai, Yasuhiro Shimojima, Yoshiki Sekijima
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autoinflammatory disease caused by mutations in the MEFV gene and characterized by recurrent episodes of fever and polyserositis. To date, over 317 MEFV mutations have been reported, only nine of which account for almost all Japanese patients with FMF. Therefore, the prevalence of rare MEFV variants and their clinical characteristics remains unclear. This study identified MEFV mutations previously unreported in the Japanese population and described their clinical features...
November 18, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149823/olive-oil-related-anti-inflammatory-effects-on-atherosclerosis-potential-clinical-implications
#3
Tanakal Wongwarawipat, Nikolaos Papageorgiou, Dimitrios Bertsias, Gerasimos Siasos, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Atherosclerosis is characterized by a chronic low-grade inflammatory process which can result in atherothrombosis and a number of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). It is believed to be caused by multiple processes that involve inflammation and immunity. Mediterranean Diet (MedD) has been discovered to possess anti-inflammatory properties and associated with a reduction in the CVD risk and mortality. Its main component, extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), is believed to be largely responsible for these effects and therefore, has been investigated in various studies...
November 15, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149822/olive-leaf-extracts-act-as-modulators-of-the-human-immune-response
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Thea Magrone, Anna Spagnoletta, Rosaria Salvatore, Manrico Magrone, Francesco Dentamaro, Matteo Antonio Russo, Graziana Difonzo, Carmine Summo, Francesco Caponio, Emilio Jirillo
BACKGROUND: Olive tree leaves have been used in the Mediterranean area as traditional medicine in virtue of their healthy effects. Olive leaf extracts (OLEs) contain higher amounts of polyphenols than those detected in the extra virgin olive oil and fruit. Several lines of evidence support the cardioprotective, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activities exerted by OLEs. METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from twenty-five healthy donors were cultured in the presence of 3 μg of two OLE extracts, extract A (resuspended in water) and extract B (resuspended in 70% ethanol)...
November 15, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149758/oligotrophy-as-a-major-driver-of-mercury-bioaccumulation-in-medium-to-high-trophic-level-consumers-a-marine-ecosystem-comparative-study
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Tiphaine Chouvelon, Pierre Cresson, Marc Bouchoucha, Christophe Brach-Papa, Paco Bustamante, Sylvette Crochet, Françoise Marco-Miralles, Bastien Thomas, Joël Knoery
Mercury (Hg) is a global contaminant of environmental concern. Numerous factors influencing its bioaccumulation in marine organisms have already been described at both individual and species levels (e.g., size or age, habitat, trophic level). However, few studies have compared the trophic characteristics of ecosystems to explain underlying mechanisms of differences in Hg bioaccumulation and biomagnification among food webs and systems. The present study aimed at investigating the potential primary role of the trophic status of systems on Hg bioaccumulation and biomagnification in temperate marine food webs, as shown by their medium-to high-trophic level consumers...
November 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149670/an-updated-review-on-tritium-in-the-environment
#6
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Frédérique Eyrolle, Loïc Ducros, Séverine Le Dizès, Karine Beaugelin-Seiller, Sabine Charmasson, Patrick Boyer, Catherine Cossonnet
Various studies indicated more or less recently that organically bound tritium (OBT) formed from gaseous or liquid tritium releases into the environment potentially accumulates in organisms contradicting hypotheses associated to methods used to assess the biological impact of tritium on humans (ASN, 2010). Increasing research works were then performed during the last decade in order to gain knowledge on this radionuclide expected to be increasingly released by nuclear installations in the near future within the environment...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149474/interventions-for-old-world-cutaneous-leishmaniasis
#7
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Julio Heras-Mosteiro, Begoña Monge-Maillo, Mariona Pinart, Patricia Lopez Pereira, Emely Garcia-Carrasco, Pedro Campuzano Cuadrado, Ana Royuela, Irene Mendez Roman, Rogelio López-Vélez
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous leishmaniasis, caused by a parasitic infection, is considered one of the most serious skin diseases in many low- and middle-income countries. Old World cutaneous leishmaniasis (OWCL) is caused by species found in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, and India. The most commonly prescribed treatments are antimonials, but other drugs have been used with varying success. As OWCL tends to heal spontaneously, it is necessary to justify the use of systemic and topical treatments...
November 17, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148417/recurrent-pleural-effusion-is-an-important-diagnostic-clue-to-distinguish-familial-mediterranean-fever-from-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
#8
Fumihiro Yamaguchi, Miku Tajika, Daisuke Inoue, Yusuke Shikama, Dai Kishida, Akinori Nakamura
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 31, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148415/exacerbation-of-beh%C3%A3-et-s-syndrome-and-familial-mediterranean-fever-with-menstruation
#9
Gul Guzelant, Yesim Ozguler, Sinem Nihal Esatoglu, Guzin Karatemiz, Huri Ozdogan, Sebahattin Yurdakul, Hasan Yazici, Emire Seyahi
OBECTIVES: Menstruation triggers several conditions such as migraine, recurrent aphthous stomatitis and acne vulgaris in healthy individuals. There is evidence that Behçet's syndrome (BS) and familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) may exacerbate during menstruation. The aim is to assess whether BS and FMF patients experience menstrual flares. METHODS: Females of reproductive age with BS and FMF seen consecutively at the outpatient clinic of Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty at Istanbul, as well as apparently healthy hospital workers were studied using a standardised questionnaire...
October 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148088/effectiveness-of-an-intensive-intervention-to-improve-lifestyles-in-subjects-with-intermediate-cardiovascular-risk-date-study-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#10
Natalia Sanchez-Aguadero, Sara Mora-Simon, Jose I Recio-Rodriguez, Rosario Alonso-Dominguez, Jesus Gonzalez-Sanchez, Cristina Martin-Martin, Manuel A Gomez-Marcos, Emiliano Rodriguez-Sanchez
AIM: To evaluate the effectiveness of an intensive intervention led by primary care nurses for lifestyle modification among subjects with intermediate cardiovascular risk. BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases may be prevented by adopting healthy lifestyles. Interventions focused on populations at risk are more efficient than those aimed at the general population. More than 50 per cent of cardiovascular events occur in subjects with intermediate cardiovascular risk, but only a few studies have targeted this population...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148036/function-and-mechanism-of-the-pyrin-inflammasome
#11
REVIEW
Rosalie Heilig, Petr Broz
Pyrin, encoded by the MEFV gene, is an intracellular pattern recognition receptor that assembles inflammasome complexes in response to pathogen infections. Mutations in the MEFV gene have been linked to autoinflammatory diseases such as Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) or pyrin-associated autoinflammation with neutrophilic dermatosis (PAAND). Recent insights have now revealed how pyrin is activated during infection, providing a molecular basis for the understanding of such disease-causing mutations in pyrin...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147948/adherence-to-mediterranean-diet-and-subjective-cognitive-function-in-men
#12
Ambika Bhushan, Elinor Fondell, Alberto Ascherio, Changzheng Yuan, Francine Grodstein, Walter Willett
Benefits of a Mediterranean diet for cognition have been suggested, but epidemiologic studies have been relatively small and of limited duration. To prospectively assess the association between long-term adherence to a Mediterranean dietary pattern and self-reported subjective cognitive function (SCF). Prospective observational study. The Health Professionals' Follow-up Study, a prospective cohort of 51,529 men, 40-75 years of age when enrolled in 1986, of whom 27,842 were included in the primary analysis...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146643/are-il18rap-gene-polymorphisms-associated-with-body-mass-regulation-a-cross-sectional-study
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Vanesa Martínez-Barquero, Griselda de Marco, Sergio Martínez-Hervas, Victoria Adam-Felici, Cristina Pérez-Soriano, Verónica Gonzalez-Albert, Gemma Rojo, Juan Francisco Ascaso, José Tomás Real, Ana Barbara Garcia-Garcia, Juan Carlos Martín-Escudero, Raquel Cortes, Felipe Javier Chaves
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between IL18RAP and body mass index (BMI) and obesity and to verify the effect of a polymorphism in the microRNA136 (MIR136) IL18RAP binding region. DESIGN: We analysed samples from two Spanish cross-sectional studies, VALCAR (Spanish Mediterranean coast) and Hortega (Spanish centre). These studies aimed at analysing cardiovascular risk and development of cardiovascular disease in the general population. Both populations correspond to regions with different characteristics...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146202/effects-of-polystyrene-microplastics-on-early-stages-of-two-marine-invertebrates-with-different-feeding-strategies
#14
Silvia Messinetti, Silvia Mercurio, Marco Parolini, Michela Sugni, Roberta Pennati
Nowadays, microplastics represent one of the main threats to marine ecosystems, being able to affect organisms at different stages of their life cycle and at different levels of the food web. Although the presence of plastic debris has been reported in different habitats and the ability to ingest it has been confirmed for different taxa, few studies have been performed to elucidate the effects on survival and development of marine animals. Thus, we explored the effects of different environmental concentrations of polystyrene microbeads on the early stages of two invertebrate species widespread in the Mediterranean shallow waters: the pelagic planktotrophic pluteus larvae of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus and the filter-feeding sessile juveniles of the ascidian Ciona robusta...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146076/short-term-effects-of-prescribed-burning-on-litterfall-biomass-in-mixed-stands-of-pinus-nigra-and-pinus-pinaster-and-pure-stands-of-pinus-nigra-in-the-cuenca-mountains-central-eastern-spain
#15
J Espinosa, J Madrigal, A C De La Cruz, M Guijarro, E Jimenez, C Hernando
Fire severity, defined as the magnitude of fire effects in an ecosystem, is a key factor to consider in planning management strategies for protecting forests against fire. Although prescribed burning has been used as a fuel reduction tool in forest ecosystems, it is quite limited in the Mediterranean region. Furthermore, little is known about how tree crowns are affected by prescribed underburning aimed at reducing fire severity in conifer stands. As part of an ongoing study to assess the effects of prescribed burning on the tree canopy, litterfall is currently being monitored in a network of experimental plots located in mixed (Pinus nigra and Pinus pinaster) and pure (P...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145057/bioerosive-and-bioprotective-role-of-barnacles-on-rocky-shores
#16
Marta Pappalardo, Elena Maggi, Chiara Geppini, Federica Pannacciulli
Bioerosion and bioprotection (bio-remodeling) is the action exerted by biota colonizing rocky shores. It represents an important component among processes responsible for shaping coastal landforms, and a clear evidence of interaction between the biosphere and the solid earth. Barnacles extensively colonize the midlittoral belt of rocky shores in the Mediterranean Basin. Previous research, mostly based on laboratory evidence, suggests that barnacles are bioprotectors, in that they protect the rock surface from different types of physical and chemical weathering...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144445/critical-review-on-the-significance-of-olive-phytochemicals-in-plant-physiology-and-human-health
#17
REVIEW
Irene Gouvinhas, Nelson Machado, Carla Sobreira, Raúl Domínguez-Perles, Sónia Gomes, Eduardo Rosa, Ana I R N A Barros
Olive oil displays remarkable organoleptic and nutritional features, which turn it into a foodstuff appreciated by consumers, and a basic component of the Mediterranean diet. Indeed, the noticed benefits of including olive oil in the diet have been assigned to the presence of diverse bioactive compounds with different molecular structures. These compounds confer a wide range of biological properties to this food matrix, including the prevention of distinct human diseases as well as the modulation of their severity...
November 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144421/paralytic-shellfish-toxins-and-cyanotoxins-in-the-mediterranean-new-data-from-sardinia-and-sicily-italy
#18
Antonella Lugliè, Maria Grazia Giacobbe, Elena Riccardi, Milena Bruno, Silvia Pigozzi, Maria Antonietta Mariani, Cecilia Teodora Satta, Daniela Stacca, Anna Maria Bazzoni, Tiziana Caddeo, Pasqualina Farina, Bachisio Mario Padedda, Silvia Pulina, Nicola Sechi, Anna Milandri
Harmful algal blooms represent a severe issue worldwide. They affect ecosystem functions and related services and goods, with consequences on human health and socio-economic activities. This study reports new data on paralytic shellfish toxins (PSTs) from Sardinia and Sicily (Italy), the largest Mediterranean islands where toxic events, mainly caused by Alexandrium species (Dinophyceae), have been ascertained in mussel farms since the 2000s. The toxicity of the A. minutum, A. tamarense and A. pacificum strains, established from the isolation of vegetative cells and resting cysts, was determined by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)...
November 16, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143299/a-comparative-transcriptomic-approach-to-understanding-the-formation-of-cork
#19
Pau Boher, Marçal Soler, Anna Sánchez, Claire Hoede, Céline Noirot, Jorge Almiro Pinto Paiva, Olga Serra, Mercè Figueras
The transcriptome comparison of two oak species reveals possible candidates accounting for the exceptionally thick and pure cork oak phellem, such as those involved in secondary metabolism and phellogen activity. Cork oak, Quercus suber, differs from other Mediterranean oaks such as holm oak (Quercus ilex) by the thickness and organization of the external bark. While holm oak outer bark contains sequential periderms interspersed with dead secondary phloem (rhytidome), the cork oak outer bark only contains thick layers of phellem (cork rings) that accumulate until reaching a thickness that allows industrial uses...
November 15, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143127/decreased-serum-vitamin-b12-and-vitamin-d-levels-affect-sleep-quality-in-children-with-familial-mediterranean-fever
#20
Rabia Miray Kisla Ekinci, Sibel Balci, Mahir Serbes, Dilek Dogruel, Derya Ufuk Altintas, Mustafa Yilmaz
Familial Mediterranean fever is an autoinflammatory disorder characterized by recurrent fever and serositis. We aimed to describe serum vitamin B12 and vitamin D levels and their correlation with self-reported sleep quality of pediatric FMF patients. Sixty-three children with FMF were enrolled to the study. Information on sleep quality was obtained using self-administration of Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI). The patients were divided into subgroups depending on vitamin D serum concentrations: ≥ 20 and < 20 ng/ml...
November 15, 2017: Rheumatology International
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