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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432972/assessment-of-the-bioavailability-and-depuration-of-uranium-cesium-and-thorium-in-snails-cantareus-aspersus-using-kinetics-models
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B Pauget, A Villeneuve, P O Redon, A Cuvier, A de Vaufleury
Uranium ore waste has led to soil contamination that may affect both environmental and soil health. To analyze the risk of metal transfer, metal bioavailability must be estimated by measuring biological parameters. Kinetic studies allow taking into account the dynamic mechanisms of bioavailability, as well as the steady state concentration in organisms necessary to take into account for relevant risk assessment. In this way, this work aims to model the snail accumulation and excretion kinetics of uranium (U), cesium (Cs) and thorium (Th)...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432965/spatiotemporal-description-of-btex-volatile-organic-compounds-in-a-middle-eastern-megacity-tehran-study-of-exposure-prediction-for-environmental-health-research-tehran-sepehr
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Heresh Amini, Vahid Hosseini, Christian Schindler, Hossein Hassankhany, Masud Yunesian, Sarah B Henderson, Nino Künzli
The spatiotemporal variability of ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Tehran, Iran, is not well understood. Here we present the design, methods, and results of the Tehran Study of Exposure Prediction for Environmental Health Research (Tehran SEPEHR) on ambient concentrations of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, p-xylene, m-xylene, o-xylene (BTEX), and total BTEX. To date, this is the largest study of its kind in a low- and middle-income country and one of the largest globally. We measured BTEX concentrations at five reference sites and 174 distributed sites identified by a cluster analytic method...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432831/oncopeltus-fasciatus-as-an-evo-devo-research-organism
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REVIEW
Ariel D Chipman
The large milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus was one of the main study insects for a range of biological questions throughout much of the 20(th) century. Its importance waned with the introduction of Drosophila melanogaster as a genetic model organism. The evo-devo revolution of the turn of the century re-introduced Oncopeltus into the scientific community, and it has proved increasingly useful, mostly within a comparative context for evolution driven research. The last few years have seen a number of significant contributions to our understanding of the evolution of developmental processes in insects, and in arthropods in general, arise from work on Oncopeltus...
April 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432379/high-resolution-tomography-based-quantification-of-cortical-porosity-and-cortical-thickness-at-the-surgical-neck-of-the-humerus-during-aging
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Tobias Helfen, Christoph M Sprecher, Ursula Eberli, Boyko Gueorguiev, Peter E Müller, Robert G Richards, Florian Schmidutz
Fractures of the proximal humerus are highly related to age and osteoporotic bone remodeling. Previous studies have highlighted the cortex as a major side of the bone loss, but the microstructural changes of the humerus have not been evaluated entirely. Sixty-four (n = 64) humeri of a representative collective (18-100 years) were scanned with high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (82 µm). Bone mineral density (BMD), trabecular bone volume fraction (Tb.BV/TV), cortical thickness (Ct...
April 21, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432293/quiescence-of-adult-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cells-requires%C3%A2-thyroid-hormone-and-hypoxia-to-activate-runx1
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Yasuhito Tokumoto, Shinpei Tamaki, Yasuaki Kabe, Keiyo Takubo, Makoto Suematsu
The adult mammalian central nervous system (CNS) contains a population of slowly dividing oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs), i.e., adult OPCs, which supply new oligodendrocytes throughout the life of animal. While adult OPCs develop from rapidly dividing perinatal OPCs, the mechanisms underlying their quiescence remain unknown. Here, we show that perinatal rodent OPCs cultured with thyroid hormone (TH) under hypoxia become quiescent and acquire adult OPCs-like characteristics. The cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p15/INK4b plays crucial roles in the TH-dependent cell cycle deceleration in OPCs under hypoxia...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432291/birth-weight-changes-in-a-major-city-under-rapid-socioeconomic-transition-in-china
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Jian-Rong He, Wei-Dong Li, Min-Shan Lu, Yong Guo, Fan-Fan Chan, Jin-Hua Lu, Li-Fang Zhang, Song-Ying Shen, Xiao-Yan Xia, Ping Wang, Wei-Jian Mo, Kin Bong Hubert Lam, Jane E Hirst, Hui-Min Xia, Xiu Qiu
Estimates of trends in birth weight may be useful in evaluating population health. We aimed to determine whether temporal changes in birth weight have occurred amongst 2.3 million neonates born in Guangzhou, China, during 2001-2015 and investigate the socioeconomic determinants of any changes. Trends in mean birth weight and annualized changes with the associated 95% confidence intervals (CIs) in the incidence of small for gestational age (SGA) and large for gestational age (LGA), defined as birth weight <10(th) or >90(th) centile respectively for gestational age and sex, were examined using linear and Poisson regression models...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432010/exposure-to-an-enriched-environment-facilitates-motor-recovery-and-prevents-short-term-memory-impairment-and-reduction-of-striatal-bdnf-in-a-progressive-pharmacological-model-of-parkinsonism-in-mice
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Clarissa L C Campêlo, José R Santos, Anatildes F Silva, Aline L Dierschnabel, André Pontes, Jeferson S Cavalcante, Alessandra M Ribeiro, Regina H Silva
Previous studies showed that the repeated administration with a low dose of reserpine (RES) induces a gradual appearance of motor signs and cognitive deficits compatible with parkinsonism in rodents. Environmental stimulation has neuroprotective effects in animal models of neurodegenerative damage, including acutely induced PD. We investigated the effects of exposure to an enriched environment (EE) on motor, cognitive and neuronal (levels of tyrosine hydroxylase, TH and brain derived neurotrophic factor, BDNF) deficits induced by a progressive model of PD in mice...
April 18, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432007/caloric-compensation-in-preschool-children-relationships-with-body-mass-and-differences-by-food-category
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S Carnell, L Benson, E L Gibson, L A Mais, S Warkentin
Maintaining a healthy weight may involve compensating for previously consumed calories at subsequent meals. To test whether heavier children demonstrated poorer caloric compensation across a range of conditions, and to explore whether compensation failure was the result of inadequate adjustment of overall intake or specific over-consumption of highly palatable, high energy-density 'junk' foods, we administered two compensation tests to a sample of 4-5 y olds. For Test A, preloads varied only in carbohydrate content and were organoleptically indistinguishable (200 ml orange-flavored beverage [0 kcal vs...
April 18, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431434/bright-light-suppresses-form-deprivation-myopia-development-with-activation-of-dopamine-d1-receptor-signaling-in-the-on-pathway-in-retina
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Si Chen, Zhina Zhi, Qingqing Ruan, Qingxia Liu, Fen Li, Fen Wan, Peter S Reinach, Jiangfan Chen, Jia Qu, Xiangtian Zhou
Purpose: To determine whether dopamine receptor D1 (D1R) signaling pathway activation by bright light (BL) in specific retinal neuronal cell types contributes to inhibiting form-deprivation myopia (FDM) in mice. Methods: Mice (3-weeks old) were raised under either normal light (NL: 100-200 lux) or BL (2500-5000 lux) conditions with or without form deprivation. Refraction changes were evaluated with an eccentric infrared photorefractor, and ocular axial components with optical coherence tomography...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431375/radioactivity-in-wastes-generated-from-shale-gas-exploration-and-production-north-eastern-poland
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Paweł Jodłowski, Jan Macuda, Jakub Nowak, Chau Nguyen Dinh
In the present study, the K-40, U-238, Ra-226, Pb-210, Ra-228 and Th-228 activity concentrations were measured in 64 samples of wastes generated from shale gas exploration in North-Eastern Poland. The measured samples consist of drill cuttings, solid phase of waste drilling muds, fracking fluids, return fracking fluids and waste proppants. The measured activity concentrations in solid samples vary in a wide range from 116 to around 1100 Bq/kg for K-40, from 14 to 393 Bq/kg for U-238, from 15 to 415 Bq/kg for Ra-226, from 12 to 391 Bq/kg for Pb-210, from a few Bq/kg to 516 Bq/kg for Ra-228 and from a few Bq/kg to 515 Bq/kg for Th-228...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430420/a-thorium-chalcogenolate-series-generated-by-atom-insertion-into-thorium-carbon-bonds
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Nicholas S Settineri, Mary E Garner, John Arnold
A new thorium monoalkyl complex, Th(CH2SiMe3)(L3) (L = MeC(N(i)Pr)2) (2), undergoes insertion of chalcogen atoms resulting in a series of thorium chalcogenolate complexes, Th(ECH2SiMe3)(L3) (E = S, SS, Se, Te; 5-8). Complex 6 represents the first alkyl disulfide thorium species and illustrates the ability of 2 to undergo controllable, stoichiometric atom insertion. All complexes have been characterized by (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy, FTIR, EA, and melting point, and in the case of 1, 2, and 4-8, X-ray crystallography...
April 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430388/associations-between-childhood-maltreatment-and-non-medical-use-of-prescription-drugs-among-chinese-adolescents
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Lan Guo, Yan Xu, Jianxiong Deng, Xue Gao, Guoliang Huang, Jinghui Huang, Xueqing Deng, Wei-Hong Zhang, Ciyong Lu
AIMS: To test, among Chinese adolescents: (1) whether childhood maltreatment is associated with non-medical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD), (2) whether there are interaction effects of childhood maltreatment and depressive symptoms on NMUPD. DESIGN: A secondary analysis of the cross-sectional data collected from 7(th) and 12(th) graders who were sampled using a multistage, stratified cluster, random sampling method in the 2015 School-based Chinese Adolescents Health Survey (SCAHS)...
April 21, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429916/opportunities-and-barriers-to-public-health-nutrition-education-in-vietnamese-universities
#13
Quynh Th Pham, Anthony Worsley, Mark Lawrence, Bernie Marshall
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: A core challenge for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in combating the negative effects of the nutrition transition is to implement appropriate prevention strategies to halt the increasing prevalence of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs), against a background of prevailing under nutrition. There have been several proposals for the enhancement of university nutrition education for future health and related professionals who are expected to communicate knowledge of health risks to the broad community...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429651/time-to-improve-statin-prescription-guidelines-in-low-risk-patients
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Jan W Balder, Jeroen K de Vries, Douwe J Mulder, Pieter W Kamphuisen
Background The challenge of the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is to identify patients who would benefit from treatment with statins. Statins are currently prescribed to many patients, even those at a low 10-year risk of CVD. These latter patients may not be eligible for statins according to current guidelines. Design This study investigated the prescription of guideline-consistent (according to guidelines) and guideline-inconsistent (not according to guidelines) lipid-lowering treatment in primary prevention in a large contemporary Dutch cohort study (Lifelines)...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428789/il-10-producing-b-cells-regulate-t-helper-cell-immune-responses-during-1-3-%C3%AE-glucan-induced-lung-inflammation
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Fangwei Liu, Xiaowei Lu, Wujing Dai, Yiping Lu, Chao Li, Sitong Du, Ying Chen, Dong Weng, Jie Chen
With the rapid development of industry and farm, fungi contamination widely exists in occupational environment. Inhalation of fungi-contaminated organic dust results in hypersensitivity pneumonitis. 1,3-β-Glucan is a major cell wall component of fungus and is considered as a biomarker of fungi exposure. Current studies showed that 1,3-β-glucan exposure induced lung inflammation, which involved uncontrolled T helper (Th) cell immune responses, such as Th1, Th2, Th17, and regulatory T cell (Treg). A recently identified IL-10-producing B cells (B10) was reported in regulating immune homeostasis...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428706/gastroesophageal-reflux-disease-and-morbid-obesity-to-sleeve-or-not-to-sleeve
#16
EDITORIAL
Fabrizio Rebecchi, Marco E Allaix, Marco G Patti, Francisco Schlottmann, Mario Morino
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) has reached wide popularity during the last 15 years, due to the limited morbidity and mortality rates, and the very good weight loss results and effects on comorbid conditions. However, there are concerns regarding the effects of LSG on gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The interpretation of the current evidence is challenged by the fact that the LSG technique is not standardized, and most studies investigate the presence of GERD by assessing symptoms and the use of acid reducing medications only...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428692/the-appraisement-of-antioxidant-and-oxidant-status-in-women-undergoing-surgical-menopause
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Avneet Kaur, Pooja Negi, Veena Sarna, Rajendra Prasad, Bir S Chavan, Anita Malhotra, Gurjit Kaur
The present study was undertaken to study the impact of surgical menopause on oxidant and antioxidant status in relation to estrogen levels after 3 months of surgery. Total 130 women who had undergone total hysterectomy (TH) with or without bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO) were included in this study. The oxidant status was assessed by measuring plasma levels of malondialdehyde and antioxidant status was assessed by measuring superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione, glutathione peroxidase, estrogen, and Vitamin A, E and C levels...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428265/inhibition-of-thyroid-hormone-receptor-locally-in-the-retina-is-a-therapeutic-strategy-for-retinal-degeneration
#18
Hongwei Ma, Fan Yang, Michael R Butler, Joshua Belcher, T Michael Redmond, Andrew T Placzek, Thomas S Scanlan, Xi-Qin Ding
Thyroid hormone (TH) signaling regulates cell proliferation, differentiation, and metabolism. Recent studies have implicated TH signaling in cone photoreceptor viability. Using mouse models of retinal degeneration, we demonstrated that antithyroid drug treatment and targeting iodothyronine deiodinases (DIOs) to suppress cellular tri-iodothyronine (T3) production or increase T3 degradation preserves cones. In this work, we investigated the effectiveness of inhibition of the TH receptor (TR). Two genes, THRA and THRB, encode TRs; THRB2 has been associated with cone viability...
April 20, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428249/crystal-structure-and-redox-properties-of-a-novel-cyanobacterial-heme-protein-with-a-his-cys-heme-axial-ligation-and-a-per-arnt-sim-pas-like-domain
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Taiki Motomura, Michihiro Suga, Rainer Hienerwadel, Akiko Nakagawa, Thanh-Lan Lai, Wolfgang Nitschke, Takahiro Kuma, Miwa Sugiura, Alain Boussac, Jain-Ren Shen
Photosystem II (PSII) catalyzes the light-induced water oxidation leading to the generation of dioxygen indispensable for sustaining aerobic life on Earth. The PSII reaction center is composed of D1 and D2 proteins encoded by the psbA and psbD genes, respectively. In cyanobacteria, different psbA genes are present in the genome. The thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus elongatus contains 3 psbA genes, psbA1, psbA2 and psbA3 and a new c-type heme protein, Tll0287, was found to be expressed in a strain expressing the psbA2 gene only, but the structure and function of Tll0287 are unknown...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428078/kinetic-reconstruction-reveals-time-dependent-effects-of-romosozumab-on-bone-formation-and-osteoblast-function-in-vertebral-cancellous-and-cortical-bone-in-cynomolgus-monkeys
#20
Rogely Waite Boyce, Qing-Tian Niu, Michael S Ominsky
Romosozumab, a humanized monoclonal sclerostin antibody under development for the treatment of osteoporosis, has a unique mechanism of action on bone-increasing bone formation and decreasing bone resorption. The effects on bone formation are transient, eliciting a rapid increase in bone formation that attenuates with continued treatment. Although bone formation attenuates, bone mineral density (BMD) continues to increase. To explore potential tissue-level mechanisms that could contribute to a progressive increase in spine BMD, we used kinetic reconstruction techniques to examine the effects of romosozumab on modeling and remodeling units in vertebral cancellous bone from adult cynomolgus monkeys administered romosozumab for 10 and 28weeks...
April 18, 2017: Bone
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