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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724055/bone-turnover-after-bariatric-surgery
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Thalita Lima Melo, Leila Froeder, Leandro da Cunha Baia, Ita Pfeferman Heilberg
Objective: The aim of the present study was to evaluate parameters of bone and mineral metabolism after bariatric surgery. Subjects and methods: This sectional study included data from medical records from 61 bariatric surgery (BS) patients (minimum period of 6 months after the procedure) and from 30 class II and III obese patients as a control group (Cont), consisting of daily dietary intake of macronutrients, calcium and sodium, serum 25(OH)D and parathyroid hormone (PTH) and other biochemical serum and urinary parameters...
July 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723982/assessment-of-nutritional-status-of-children-and-adolescents-with-spastic-quadriplegic-cerebral-palsy
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Thaisa Barboza Caselli, Elizete Aparecida Lomazi, Maria Augusta Santos Montenegro, Maria Angela Bellomo-Brandão
BACKGROUND: Due to several factors, such as gastrointestinal's diseases and difficulty in feeding, children with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy tend to present nutritional deficits. OBJECTIVE: To assess the nutritional status of pediatric patients with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy according to reference curves for this population and with the measures of folds and circumferences, obtained by the upper arm circumference and triceps skin fold. METHODS: The data were obtained from: knee-height, estimated height, weight, upper arm circumference, and triceps skin fold...
July 6, 2017: Arquivos de Gastroenterologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723920/temperature-modulates-dengue-virus-epidemic-growth-rates-through-its-effects-on-reproduction-numbers-and-generation-intervals
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Amir S Siraj, Rachel J Oidtman, John H Huber, Moritz U G Kraemer, Oliver J Brady, Michael A Johansson, T Alex Perkins
Epidemic growth rate, r, provides a more complete description of the potential for epidemics than the more commonly studied basic reproduction number, R0, yet the former has never been described as a function of temperature for dengue virus or other pathogens with temperature-sensitive transmission. The need to understand the drivers of epidemics of these pathogens is acute, with arthropod-borne virus epidemics becoming increasingly problematic. We addressed this need by developing temperature-dependent descriptions of the two components of r-R0 and the generation interval-to obtain a temperature-dependent description of r...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723662/acetyl-lupeolic-acid-inhibits-akt-signaling-and-induces-apoptosis-in-chemoresistant-prostate-cancer-cells-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Claudia Schmidt, Cornelia Loos, Lu Jin, Michael Schmiech, Christoph Q Schmidt, Menna El Gaafary, Tatiana Syrovets, Thomas Simmet
The triterpenoid acetyl-lupeolic acid (ac-LA) isolated from the oleogum resin of Boswellia carterii reduced the viability of a panel of cancer cell lines more efficiently than lupeol. There was no detectable intracellular conversion of ac-LA to lupeol and vice versa. In contrast to docetaxel, ac-LA did not induce selection of treatment-resistant cancer cells. By various parameters including DNA fragmentation, ac-LA was shown to induce apoptosis in androgen-independent PC-3 cells, whereas in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells, ac-LA led to cell accumulation in the G2/M phase of the cell cycle, but not to apoptosis...
July 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722137/precise-and-arbitrary-deposition-of-biomolecules-onto-biomimetic-fibrous-matrices-for-spatially-controlled-cell-distribution-and-functions
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Chao Jia, Bowen Luo, Haoyu Wang, Yongqian Bian, Xueyong Li, Shaohua Li, Hongjun Wang
Advances in nano-/microfabrication allow the fabrication of biomimetic substrates for various biomedical applications. In particular, it would be beneficial to control the distribution of cells and relevant biomolecules on an extracellular matrix (ECM)-like substrate with arbitrary micropatterns. In this regard, the possibilities of patterning biomolecules and cells on nanofibrous matrices are explored here by combining inkjet printing and electrospinning. Upon investigation of key parameters for patterning accuracy and reproducibility, three independent studies are performed to demonstrate the potential of this platform for: i) transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1-induced spatial differentiation of fibroblasts, ii) spatiotemporal interactions between breast cancer cells and stromal cells, and iii) cancer-regulated angiogenesis...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721999/distance-m-me-a-novel-parameter-having-significant-potential-as-a-predictor-of-mandibular-growth
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Parul Jain, Rahul Kaul, Santanu Mukhopadhyay, Subrata Saha, Subir Sarkar
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the present study was to investigate the relationship of the measured distance between two mandibular points (distance M-Me) to chronological age and to find out whether the absolute values of distance M-Me could be classified age-wise into a unique range, which could be directly read for predicting the stage of mandibular growth. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The study sample consists of lateral cephalometric records of 65 patients (34 females and 31 males; age range: 6-21 years)...
May 2017: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721940/isolation-characterisation-and-enzymatic-activity-of-streptomyces-sp-and-its-ph-control-during-fermentation-process
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Balraj Baskaran, Arulmozhi Muthukumarasamy
Streptomyces sp. with grey white mycelium was isolated from Kodiyakkarai marine segment of east coastal of India. The isolate produced spiny spores and did not produce any diffusible pigments. Various biochemical tests were carried out to confirm the isolate classification. The amylolytic enzyme activity was estimated using the isolated strain which was confirmed by golden yellowish zone formation after using the Gram's iodine stain. The amount of amylase produced by the isolate was 6.15 U/ml. Higher living cells always produce better enzymes, so that the process parameters especially pH was maintained in fermentation chamber for higher growth and also for large-scale growth...
August 2017: IET Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721809/acellular-spinal-cord-scaffold-implantation-promotes-vascular-remodeling-with-sustained-delivery-of-vegf-in-a-rat-spinal-cord-hemisection-model
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Zi-Xing Xu, Li-Qun Zhang, Chang-Sheng Wang, Rong-Sheng Chen, Gui-Shuang Li, Yu Guo, Wei-Hong Xu
: Background: Promoting angiogenesis provides a possible therapeutic approach in treating spinal cord injury (SCI). Vascular endothelial growth fact (VEGF) is a pro-angiogenic substance that involves in endothelial cell (EC) proliferation, migration, and survival. Exogenous administration of VEGF to the lesion epicenter of the spinal cord has been recently revealed as a potential method for promoting the blood vessel sprouting. METHODS: Spinal cord hemisection in a rat model was established and angiogenesis was studied through implant of an acellular spinal cord scaffold (ASCS) with sustained delivery of VEGF165...
July 17, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721153/fibroblast-growth-factor-23-iron-and-inflammation-are-they-related-in-early-stages-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Ewelina Lukaszyk, Mateusz Lukaszyk, Ewa Koc-Zorawska, Anna Bodzenta-Lukaszyk, Jolanta Malyszko
INTRODUCTION: Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23) levels are elevated in impaired renal function. Inflammation and iron are potential regulators of FGF-23. The aim of the study was to evaluate the association between FGF-23 concentration, novel iron status biomarkers and inflammatory parameters among patients with early stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study population included 84 patients with CKD in the early stage. Serum hemoglobin, fibrinogen, creatinine, iron, transferrin saturation and ferritin levels were measured using standard laboratory methods...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721067/phase-i-dose-escalation-study-of-long-acting-pasireotide-in-patients-with-neuroendocrine-tumors
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James C Yao, Jennifer A Chan, Alain C Mita, Madan G Kundu, Karina Hermosillo Reséndiz, Ke Hu, Shoba Ravichandran, Jonathan R Strosberg, Edward M Wolin
This phase I study aimed at determining the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) and characterizing the safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics (PKs), and efficacy of pasireotide in patients with advanced neuroendocrine tumors (NETs). Patients were enrolled in two phases: dose-escalation phase (to determine the MTD) at a starting dose of 80 mg pasireotide long-acting release (LAR) i.m. followed by a dose-expansion phase (to evaluate safety and prelimi-nary efficacy). Associations between PK/pharmacodynamic parameters and clinical outcomes were evaluated using linear regression analysis...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720699/cellular-trade-offs-and-optimal-resource-allocation-during-cyanobacterial-diurnal-growth
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Alexandra-M Reimers, Henning Knoop, Alexander Bockmayr, Ralf Steuer
Cyanobacteria are an integral part of Earth's biogeochemical cycles and a promising resource for the synthesis of renewable bioproducts from atmospheric CO2 Growth and metabolism of cyanobacteria are inherently tied to the diurnal rhythm of light availability. As yet, however, insight into the stoichiometric and energetic constraints of cyanobacterial diurnal growth is limited. Here, we develop a computational framework to investigate the optimal allocation of cellular resources during diurnal phototrophic growth using a genome-scale metabolic reconstruction of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942...
July 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719612/renal-osteodystrophy-in-the-obesity-era-is-metabolic-syndrome-relevant
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Janaina Da Silva Martins, João Henrique Castro, Nestor A Sainz Rueda, Luciene Machado Dos Reis, Vanda Jorgetti, Rosa Maria Affonso Moysés, Jacqueline Teixeira Caramori
BACKGROUND: Observational studies have shown a beneficial effect of obesity on bone health; however, most of those studies were not based on bone biopsies. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) could have an effect on bone remodeling. However, there are no data on the effects of MetS in the presence of renal osteodystrophy. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate associations between MetS and renal osteodystrophy using the bone histomorphometric turnover-mineralization-volume (TMV) classification...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719071/mesoporous-silica-thin-membranes-with-large-vertical-mesochannels-for-nanosize-based-separation
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Yupu Liu, Dengke Shen, Gang Chen, Ahmed A Elzatahry, Manas Pal, Hongwei Zhu, Longlong Wu, Jianjian Lin, Daifallah Al-Dahyan, Wei Li, Dongyuan Zhao
Membrane separation technologies are of great interest in industrial processes such as water purification, gas separation, and materials synthesis. However, commercial filtration membranes have broad pore size distributions, leading to poor size cutoff properties. In this work, mesoporous silica thin membranes with uniform and large vertical mesochannels are synthesized via a simple biphase stratification growth method, which possess an intact structure over centimeter size, ultrathin thickness (≤50 nm), high surface areas (up to 1420 m(2) g(-1) ), and tunable pore sizes from ≈2...
July 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718915/temperature-responses-of-photosynthetic-capacity-parameters-were-not-affected-by-foliar-nitrogen-content-in-mature-pinus-sylvestris
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Lasse Tarvainen, Martina Lutz, Mats Räntfors, Torgny Näsholm, Göran Wallin
A key weakness in current Earth System Models is the representation of thermal acclimation of photosynthesis in response to changes in growth temperatures. Previous studies in boreal and temperate ecosystems have shown leaf-scale photosynthetic capacity parameters, the maximum rates of carboxylation (Vcmax ) and electron transport (Jmax ), to be positively correlated with foliar nitrogen (N) content at a given reference temperature. It is also known that Vcmax and Jmax exhibit temperature optima that are affected by various environmental factors and, further, that N partitioning among the foliar photosynthetic pools is affected by N availability...
July 18, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718891/mk-reduces-inhaled-chlorine-triggered-ahr-and-airway-inflammation-in-the-mouse
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Yoichiro Hamamoto, Satoshi Ano, Benoit Allard, Michael O'Sullivan, Toby K McGovern, James G Martin
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cysteinyl leukotrienes (CysLTs) are pro-inflammatory lipid mediators that exacerbate disease state in several asthma phenotypes including asthma induced by allergen, virus and exercise. However, the role of CysLTs in irritant-induced airway disease is not well characterized. The purpose of the current study was to investigate the effect of montelukast (MK), a CysLT1R antagonist, on parameters of irritant-induced asthma (IIA) induced by inhalation of chlorine (Cl2 ) in the mouse...
July 18, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718809/maternal-choline-supplementation-alters-fetal-growth-patterns-in-a-mouse-model-of-placental-insufficiency
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Julia H King, Sze Ting Cecilia Kwan, Jian Yan, Kevin C Klatt, Xinyin Jiang, Mark S Roberson, Marie A Caudill
Impairments in placental development can adversely affect pregnancy outcomes. The bioactive nutrient choline may mitigate some of these impairments, as suggested by data in humans, animals, and human trophoblasts. Herein, we investigated the effects of maternal choline supplementation (MCS) on parameters of fetal growth in a Dlx3+/- (distal-less homeobox 3) mouse model of placental insufficiency. Dlx3+/- female mice were assigned to 1X (control), 2X, or 4X choline intake levels during gestation. Dams were sacrificed at embryonic days E10...
July 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718808/beta-palmitate-improves-bone-length-and-quality-during-catch-up-growth-in-young-rats
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Meytal Bar-Maisels, Yankel Gabet, Raanan Shamir, Sahar Hiram-Bab, Metsada Pasmanik-Chor, Moshe Phillip, Fabiana Bar-Yoseph, Galia Gat-Yablonski
Palmitic acid (PA) is the most abundant saturated fatty acid in human milk, where it is heavily concentrated in the sn-2-position (termed beta palmitate, BPA) and as such is conserved in all women, regardless of their diet or ethnicity, indicating its physiological and metabolic importance. We hypothesized that BPA improves the efficiency of nutrition-induced catch up growth as compared to sn-1,3 PA, which is present in vegetable oil. Pre-pubertal male rats were subjected to a 17 days food restriction followed by re-feeding for nine days with 1,3 PA or BPA-containing diets...
July 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718656/intermediate-valence-ytterbium-compound-yb4ga24pt9-synthesis-crystal-structure-and-physical-properties
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Olga Sichevych, Yurii Prots, Yuki Utsumi, Lev Akselrud, Marcus Schmidt, Ulrich Burkhardt, Mauro Coduri, Walter Schnelle, Matej Bobnar, Yu-Ting Wang, Yu-Han Wu, Ku-Ding Tsuei, Liu Hao Tjeng, Yuri Grin
The title compound was synthesized by a reaction of the elemental educts in a corundum crucible at 1200 °C under an Ar atmosphere. The excess of Ga used in the initial mixture served as a flux for the subsequent crystal growth at 600 °C. The crystal structure of Yb4Ga24Pt9 was determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data: new prototype of crystal structure, space group C2/m, Pearson symbol mS74, a = 7.4809(1) Å, b = 12.9546(2) Å, c = 13.2479(2) Å, β = 100.879(1)°, V = 1260.82(6) Å(3), RF = 0...
July 18, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718186/intrauterine-growth-restriction-iugr-induces-signs-of-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-6-year-old-infants-despite-absence-of-excessive-growth
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Anja Tzschoppe, Rüdiger von Kries, Ellen Struwe, Wolfgang Rascher, Helmuth-Guenther Dörr, Jörg Jüngert, Manfred Rauh, Matthias Beckmann, Ralf Schild, Tamme W Goecke, Jörg Dötsch
Background Postnatal catch-up growth and rapid weight gain after intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) seem to increase the risk for later disease. This study aimed to compare features of the metabolic syndrome early in life between IUGR and appropriate for gestational age (AGA) infants. Patients Data for 9 infants with IUGR defined by a birth weight<10(th) percentile and ultrasound-proven placental insufficiency and 11 AGA children were available. Method Postnatal growth, auxological, cardiovascular, and metabolic parameters up to a chronological age of 6 years were assessed: Fasting serum concentrations of LDL-cholesterol, insulin, leptin, IGF-I, DHEAS, skinfold thicknesses, blood pressure, and mean carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT)...
July 2017: Klinische Pädiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717350/properties-of-native-high-density-lipoproteins-inspire-synthesis-of-actively-targeted-in-vivo-sirna-delivery-vehicles
#20
Kaylin M McMahon, Michael P Plebanek, C Shad Thaxton
Efficient systemic administration of therapeutic short interfering RNA (siRNA) is challenging. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are natural in vivo RNA delivery vehicles. Specifically, native HDLs: 1) Load single-stranded RNA; 2) Are anionic, which requires charge reconciliation between the RNA and HDL, and 3) Actively target scavenger receptor type B-1 (SR-B1) to deliver RNA. Emphasizing these particular parameters, we employed templated lipoprotein particles (TLP), mimics of spherical HDLs, and self-assembled them with single-stranded complements of, presumably, any highly unmodified siRNA duplex pair after formulation with a cationic lipid...
November 15, 2016: Advanced Functional Materials
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