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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107775/beta-caryophyllene-protects-against-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-by-attenuating-inflammation-and-metabolic-dysregulation-in-mice
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Zoltan V Varga, Csaba Matyas, Katalin Erdelyi, Resat Cinar, Daniela Nieri, Andrea Chicca, Balazs Tamas Nemeth, Janos Paloczi, Tamas Lajtos, Lukas Corey, Gyorgy Hasko, Bin Gao, George Kunos, Jürg Gertsch, Pal Pacher
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) is a plant-derived FDA approved food additive with anti-inflammatory properties. Some of its beneficial effects in vivo reported to involve activation of cannabinoid 2 receptors (CB2) that are predominantly expressed in immune cells. Herein, we evaluated the translational potential of BCP using a well-established model of chronic and binge alcohol-induced liver injury. METHODS: In this study we investigated the effects of BCP on liver injury induced by chronic plus binge alcohol feeding in mice in vivo by using biochemical assays, real-time PCR and histology analyses...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107754/hyperoside-attenuates-ova-induced-allergic-airway-inflammation-by-activating-nrf2
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Peng Ye, Xi-Liang Yang, Xing Chen, Cai Shi
Allergic airways disease (AAD) is one of the most common medical illnesses that is associated with an increased allergic airway inflammation. Hyperoside, an active compound isolated from Rhododendron brachycarpum G. Don, has been reported to have anti-inflammatory effect. The aim of this study was to analyze the protective effect of hyperoside on OVA-induced allergic airway inflammation in mice. In the present study, the mouse asthma model was induced by given OVA and hyperoside was administrated 1h before OVA challenge...
January 17, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107742/heavy-rare-earth-elements-affect-early-life-stages-in-paracentrotus-lividus-and-arbacia-lixula-sea-urchins
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Rahime Oral, Giovanni Pagano, Antonietta Siciliano, Maria Gravina, Anna Palumbo, Immacolata Castellano, Oriana Migliaccio, Philippe J Thomas, Marco Guida, Franca Tommasi, Marco Trifuoggi
BACKGROUND: Heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) have been scarcely studied for their toxicity, in spite of their applications in several technologies. Thus HREEs require timely investigations for their adverse health effects. METHODS: Paracentrotus lividus and Arbacia lixula embryos and sperm were exposed to trichloride salts of five HREEs (Dy, Ho, Er, Yb and Lu) and to Ce(III) as a light REE (LREE) reference to evaluate: 1) developmental defects (% DD) in HREE-exposed larvae or in the offspring of HREE-exposed sperm; 2) mitotic anomalies; 3) fertilization success; and 4) reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, and nitric oxide (NO) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107740/ambient-air-pollution-and-primary-liver-cancer-incidence-in-four-european-cohorts-within-the-escape-project
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Marie Pedersen, Zorana J Andersen, Massimo Stafoggia, Gudrun Weinmayr, Claudia Galassi, Mette Sørensen, Kirsten T Eriksen, Anne Tjønneland, Steffen Loft, Andrea Jaensch, Gabriele Nagel, Hans Concin, Ming-Yi Tsai, Sara Grioni, Alessandro Marcon, Vittorio Krogh, Fulvio Ricceri, Carlotta Sacerdote, Andrea Ranzi, Ranjeet Sokhi, Roel Vermeulen, Kees de Hoogh, Meng Wang, Rob Beelen, Paolo Vineis, Bert Brunekreef, Gerard Hoek, Ole Raaschou-Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Tobacco smoke exposure increases the risk of cancer in the liver, but little is known about the possible risk associated with exposure to ambient air pollution. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the association between residential exposure to air pollution and primary liver cancer incidence. METHODS: We obtained data from four cohorts with enrolment during 1985-2005 in Denmark, Austria and Italy. Exposure to nitrogen oxides (NO2 and NOX), particulate matter (PM) with diameter of less than 10µm (PM10), less than 2...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107732/comparative-analysis-of-polyamine-metabolism-in-wheat-and-maize-plants
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Gabriella Szalai, Katalin Janda, Éva Darkó, Tibor Janda, Violeta Peeva, Magda Pál
In the present work changes in polyamine contents were investigated after various hydroponic polyamine treatments (putrescine, spermidine and spermine at 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 mM concentrations) in two different crop species, wheat and maize. In contrast to putrescine, higher polyamines (spermidine and spermine) induced concentration-dependent oxidative damage in both crops, resulting in decreased biomass. The unfavourable effects of polyamines were more pronounced in the roots, and maize was more sensitive than wheat...
January 12, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107731/natural-amelioration-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticle-toxicity-in-fenugreek%C3%A2-trigonella-foenum-gracum-by-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-glomus-intraradices-secretion-of-glomalin
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Narges Ghasemi Siani, Seyfollah Fallah, Lok Raj Pokhrel, Ali Rostamnejadi
Owing to rising production and use of engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) in the myriad of consumer applications, ENPs are being released into the environment where their potential fate and effects have remained unclear. With naturally occurring arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF; Glomus intraradices) in soils, their influence (positive or negative) on ENPs toxicity in plants is not well documented. Herein, we investigated potential influence of AMF on the growth and development in fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) under varied Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) treatments (0, 125, 250, 375 and 500 μg g(-1))...
January 3, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107728/a-three-dimensional-core-shell-nanostructured-composite-of-polypyrrole-wrapped-mno2-reduced-graphene-oxide-carbon-nanotube-for-high-performance-lithium-ion-batteries
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Yong Li, Daixin Ye, Wen Liu, Bin Shi, Rui Guo, Haijuan Pei, Jingying Xie
Manganese oxides are promising anode materials for their high-energy density. However, they suffer from poor rate capability and fast capacity fading. Herein, we construct a three-dimensional (3D) core-shell structured polypyrrole (PPy)/MnO2-reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-carbon nanotubes (CNTs) composite via a facile two-step method. In the structure, the CNTs can facilitate fast electron conduction and keep structural integrity. The flexible and conductive rGO nanosheets work as both a reactive material and a carrier for MnO2 in-situ growth...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107725/photo-release-of-nitrous-oxide-from-the-hyponitrite-ion-studied-by-infrared-spectroscopy-evidence-for-the-generation-of-a-cobalt-n2o-complex-experimental-and-dft-calculations
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M Elizabeth Chacón Villalba, Carlos A Franca, Jorge A Güida
The solid state photolysis of sodium, silver and thallium hyponitrite (M2N2O2, M=Na, Ag, Tl) salts and a binuclear complex of cobalt bridged by hyponitrite ([Co(NH3)5-N(O)-NO-Co(NH3)5](4+)) were studied by irradiation with visible and UV light in the electronic absorption region. The UV-visible spectra for free hyponitrite ion and binuclear complex of cobalt were interpreted in terms of Density Functional Theory calculations in order to explain photolysis behavior. The photolysis of each compound depends selectively on the irradiation wavelength...
January 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107722/microalgae-biorefinery-high-value-products-perspectives
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Kit Wayne Chew, Jing Ying Yap, Pau Loke Show, Ng Hui Suan, Joon Ching Juan, Tau Chuan Ling, Duu-Jong Lee, Jo-Shu Chang
Microalgae have received much interest as a biofuel feedstock in response to the uprising energy crisis, climate change and depletion of natural sources. Development of microalgal biofuels from microalgae does not satisfy the economic feasibility of overwhelming capital investments and operations. Hence, high-value co-products have been produced through the extraction of a fraction of algae to improve the economics of a microalgae biorefinery. Examples of these high-value products are pigments, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins and anti-oxidants, with applications in cosmetics, nutritional and pharmaceuticals industries...
January 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107713/bioaccessibility-of-as-and-pb-in-orchard-and-urban-soils-amended-with-phosphate-fe-oxide-and-organic-matter
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Meifang Cai, Murray B McBride, Kaiming Li, Zhian Li
Soils historically contaminated in urban and orchard environments by Pb and As were amended separately with organic matter, soluble Ca phosphate, and Fe oxide to determine whether these materials could lower Pb or As bioaccessibility. After 5 years of equilibration in the laboratory, the amended soils and control were tested for bioaccessibility using the standard physiologically based extraction test (PBET). Bioaccessibilities of Pb and As were not substantially reduced relative to the unamended controls after the 5-year period by any of the soil amendments...
January 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107710/in-vivo-assesment-of-the-genotoxic-and-oxidative-stress-effects-of-particulate-matter-on-echinogammarus-veneris
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Melissa Marcoccia, Lucilla Ronci, Elvira De Matthaeis, Andrea Setini, Cinzia Perrino, Silvia Canepari
Seven types of atmospheric dusts (road dust, soil dust, brake dust, desert dust, pellet ash and coke and certified material NIST1648a - urban dust) have been tested for their genotoxicity on specimens of Echinogammarus veneris, a small aquatic amphipod. Experiments were carried out in vivo, by exposing the animals for 24 h to water containing 25 mg/L of dust. Each dust has been chemically analyzed for ions, elemental carbon, organic carbon and for the soluble and insoluble fractions of elements. Non-specific damages to DNA have been evaluated by the comet test, while oxidative damages have been estimated by coupling the comet test with formamido pyrimidine DNA glycosylase reaction...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107678/nobiletin-and-its-colonic-metabolites-suppress-colitis-associated-colon-carcinogenesis-by-down-regulating-inos-inducing-antioxidative-enzymes-and-arresting-cell-cycle-progression
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Xian Wu, Mingyue Song, Zili Gao, Yue Sun, Minqi Wang, Fang Li, Jinkai Zheng, Hang Xiao
Nobiletin (NOB) is a major citrus polymethoxyflavone (PMF) with various beneficial biological activities. We reported previously that dietary NOB significantly inhibited colitis-associated colon carcinogenesis in azoxymethane (AOM)/dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-treated mice, and the chemopreventive effects were associated with NOB metabolites found in the mouse colonic tissues. In this study, to better understand the role of colonic metabolites of NOB, we determined the anti-inflammation and anticancer effects of a mixture of NOB and its major metabolites (NOB-Met) at the concentrations equivalent to those found in colonic tissues of NOB-fed mice...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107677/sensitization-of-melanoma-cells-to-alkylating-agent-induced-dna-damage-and-cell-death-via-orchestrating-oxidative-stress-and-ikk%C3%AE-inhibition
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Anfernee Kai-Wing Tse, Ying-Jie Chen, Xiu-Qiong Fu, Tao Su, Ting Li, Hui Guo, Pei-Li Zhu, Hiu-Yee Kwan, Brian Chi-Yan Cheng, Hui-Hui Cao, Sally Kin-Wah Lee, Wang-Fun Fong, Zhi-Ling Yu
Nitrosourea represents one of the most active classes of chemotherapeutic alkylating agents for metastatic melanoma. Treatment with nitrosoureas caused severe systemic side effects which hamper its clinical use. Here, we provide pharmacological evidence that reactive oxygen species (ROS) induction and IKKβ inhibition cooperatively enhance nitrosourea-induced cytotoxicity in melanoma cells. We identified SC-514 as a ROS-inducing IKKβ inhibitor which enhanced the function of nitrosoureas. Elevated ROS level results in increased DNA crosslink efficiency triggered by nitrosoureas and IKKβ inhibition enhances DNA damage signals and sensitizes nitrosourea-induced cell death...
January 12, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107672/a-computational-model-of-conditioning-inspired-by-drosophila-olfactory-system
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Faramarz Faghihi, Ahmed A Moustafa, Ralf Heinrich, Florentin Wörgötter
Recent studies have demonstrated that Drosophila melanogaster (briefly Drosophila) can successfully perform higher cognitive processes including second order olfactory conditioning. Understanding the neural mechanism of this behavior can help neuroscientists to unravel the principles of information processing in complex neural systems (e.g. the human brain) and to create efficient and robust robotic systems. In this work, we have developed a biologically-inspired spiking neural network which is able to execute both first and second order conditioning...
November 23, 2016: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107665/a-%C3%AF-%C3%AF-conjugation-containing-soft-and-conductive-injectable-polymer-hydrogel-highly-efficiently-rebuilds-cardiac-function-after-myocardial-infarction
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Rui Bao, Baoyu Tan, Shuang Liang, Ning Zhang, Wei Wang, Wenguang Liu
Previous studies suggested that a stiffer hydrogel system exhibited a better performance to promote heart function after myocardial infarction (MI). However, the nature of myocardium, a tissue that alternately contracts and relaxes with electrical impulses, leads us to hypothesize that a soft and conductive hydrogel may be in favor of mechanical and electrical signals transmission to enhance heart function after MI. In this work, π-π conjugation interaction was first employed to produce a soft injectable hydrogel with conductive property...
January 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107663/antibacterial-anti-oxidant-electroactive-injectable-hydrogel-as-self-healing-wound-dressing-with-hemostasis-and-adhesiveness-for-cutaneous-wound-healing
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Xin Zhao, Hao Wu, Baolin Guo, Ruonan Dong, Yusheng Qiu, Peter X Ma
Injectable self-healing hydrogel dressing with multifunctional properties including anti-infection, anti-oxidative and conductivity promoting wound healing process will be highly desired in wound healing application and its design is still a challenge. We developed a series of injectable conductive self-healed hydrogels based on quaternized chitosan-g-polyaniline (QCSP) and benzaldehyde group functionalized poly(ethylene glycol)-co-poly(glycerol sebacate) (PEGS-FA) as antibacterial, anti-oxidant and electroactive dressing for cutaneous wound healing...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107650/acetylation-enhances-tet2-function-in-protecting-against-abnormal-dna-methylation-during-oxidative-stress
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Yang W Zhang, Zhihong Wang, Wenbing Xie, Yi Cai, Limin Xia, Hariharan Easwaran, Jianjun Luo, Ray-Whay Chiu Yen, Yana Li, Stephen B Baylin
TET proteins, by converting 5-methylcytosine (5mC) to 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), are hypothesized, but not directly shown, to protect promoter CpG islands (CGIs) against abnormal DNA methylation (DNAm) in cancer. We define such a protective role linked to DNA damage from oxidative stress (OS) known to induce this abnormality. TET2 removes aberrant DNAm during OS through interacting with DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) in a "Yin-Yang" complex targeted to chromatin and enhanced by p300 mediated TET2 acetylation...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107630/2-o-methyl-5-hydroxymethylcytidine-a-second-oxidative-derivative-of-5-methylcytidine-in-rna
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Sabrina M Huber, Pieter van Delft, Arun A Tanpure, Eric A Miska, Shankar Balasubramanian
5-hydroxymethylcytidine (hm5C) was recently identified as a direct metabolite of m5C in RNA. We investigated the stability of hm5C in human cells using bio-isotopomers and high-resolution tandem LC-MS/MS. This has led to the discovery of a second oxidative metabolite of m5C in RNA, namely 2'-O-methyl-5-hydroxymethylcytidine (hm5Cm). Subsequent quantitative analysis of total RNA from higher organisms, revealed varying levels and TET-independent formation of this new RNA modification.
January 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107627/use-of-tissue-metabolite-analysis-and-enzyme-kinetics-to-discriminate-between-alternate-pathways-for-hydrogen-sulfide-metabolism
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Kristie D Cox Augustyn, Michael R Jackson, Marilyn Schuman Jorns
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an endogenously synthesized signaling molecule that is enzymatically metabolized in mitochondria. The metabolism of H2S maintains optimal concentrations of the gasotransmitter and produces sulfane sulfur (S(0))-containing metabolites that may be functionally important in signaling. Sulfide:quinone oxidoreductase (SQOR) catalyzes the initial 2-electron oxidation of H2S to S(0) using coenzyme Q as electron acceptor in a reaction that requires a third substrate to act as the acceptor of S(0)...
January 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107626/polymeric-nanofibers-with-ultrahigh-piezoelectricity-via-self-orientation-of-nanocrystals
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Xia Liu, Jing Ma, Xiaoming Wu, Liwei Lin, Xiaohong Wang
Piezoelectricity in macromolecule polymers has been gaining immense attention, particularly for applications in biocompatible, implantable, and flexible electronic devices. This paper introduces core-shell-structured piezoelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) nanofibers chemically wrapped by graphene oxide (GO) lamellae (PVDF/GO nanofibers), in which the polar β-phase nanocrystals are formed and uniaxially self-oriented by the synergistic effect of mechanical stretching, high-voltage alignment, and chemical interactions...
January 20, 2017: ACS Nano
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