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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29458079/autofluorescence-a-potential-pitfall-in-immunofluorescence-based-inflammation-grading
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Jonas Wizenty, Muhammad Imtiaz Ashraf, Nadine Rohwer, Martin Stockmann, Sascha Weiss, Matthias Biebl, Johann Pratschke, Felix Aigner, Tilo Wuensch
Immunofluorescence (IF) staining of paraffin-embedded tissues is a frequently used method to answer research questions or even detect the abundance of a certain protein for diagnostic use. However, the signal originating from specific antibody-staining might be distorted by autofluorescence (AF) of the assessed tissue. Although the AF phenomenon is well known, its presence is often neglected by insufficient staining controls. In this study, we describe the existence of cellular AF in paraffin-embedded healthy and inflamed human and murine colonic tissues and present ways to reduce AF...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Immunological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455981/digestibility-of-fucosylated-glycosaminoglycan-from-sea-cucumber-and-its-effects-on-digestive-enzymes-under-simulated-salivary-and-gastrointestinal-conditions
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Longyan Zhao, Yujing Qin, Ruowei Guan, Wenqi Zheng, Jikai Liu, Jinhua Zhao
The digestibility of fucosylated glycosaminoglycan (FG) and its effects on digestive enzymes were investigated using an in vitro digestion model. Results showed that the molecular weight and the reducing sugar content of FG were not significantly changed, and no free monosaccharides released from FG were detected after the salivary, gastric and intestinal digestion, indicating that both the backbone and the sulfated fucose branches of FG are resistant to be cleaved in the saliva and gastrointestinal tract environments...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455070/oral-engineered-bifidobacterium-longum-expressing-rhmnsod-to-suppress-experimental-colitis
#3
Mengge Liu, Shiyu Li, Qian Zhang, Zhenrui Xu, Jiajia Wang, Hanxiao Sun
In recent years, using genetic engineering and bioengineering techniques, Bifidobacterium as a carrier to express specific functions of the protein or polypeptide, has become a new treatment for disease. Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a type of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Although the cause of this inflammatory disorder is still unknown, a large amount of evidence suggests that ulcerative colitis is associated with increased activity of reactive oxygen species (ROS), manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) is a kind of superoxide dismutase (SOD) has been demonstrated to play a key role in the pathophysiology of colitis...
February 14, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454246/screening-of-physicochemical-treatment-processes-for-reducing-toxicity-of-hair-care-products-wastewaters
#4
Elisa Dias de Melo, Ann Mounteer, Eduarda Reis, Ellen Costa, Alana Vilete
Toxicity reduction in wastewaters from small hair care products manufacturing companies using coagulation/flocculation/sedimentation or flotation, membrane separation and powdered activated charcoal adsorption was evaluated. Raw wastewater composition varied widely within and especially between companies, but all exhibited high acute toxicity to Daphnia similis (EC(I)50; 48 h < 0.02-0.33%). Coagulation with aluminum sulfate and polyaluminum chloride aided by cationic or anionic polymers, as well as filtration on ultra (UF) and nanofiltration (NF) membranes efficiently removed turbidity (>99%) and oil and grease (>99%) and all treated samples exhibited similar dissolved organic matter contents...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454075/the-g-protein-coupled-p2y-6-receptor-promotes-colorectal-cancer-tumorigenesis-by-inhibiting-apoptosis
#5
Morgane Placet, Guillaume Arguin, Caroline M Molle, Jean-Philippe Babeu, Christine Jones, Julie C Carrier, Bernand Robaye, Sameh Geha, Francois Boudreau, Fernand-Pierre Gendron
Colorectal tumors are immersed in an array of tumor-promoting factors including extracellular nucleotides such as uridine 5'‑diphosphate (UDP). UDP is the endogenous agonist of the G protein-coupled P2Y 6 receptor (P2Y 6 R), which may contribute to the formation of a tumor-promoting microenvironment by coordinating resistance to apoptosis. Colorectal cancer (CRC) was chemically induced in P2ry6 knockout (P2ry6 -/- ) mice using azoxymethane and dextran sulfate sodium challenges. Mice were euthanatized and their tumor load determined...
February 14, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453945/evaluation-of-lipid-peroxidation-and-antioxidant-defense-mechanisms-in-the-bone-of-rats-in-conditions-of-separate-and-combined-administration-of-vanadium-v-and-magnesium-mg
#6
Agnieszka Ścibior, Dorota Gołębiowska, Agnieszka Adamczyk, Joanna Kurus, Magdalena Staniszewska, Ilona Sadok
The impact of vanadium (V) and magnesium (Mg) applied as sodium metavanadate (SMV, 0.125 mg V/ml) and magnesium sulfate (MS, 0.06 mg Mg/ml) on oxidative stress markers in bone of male Wistar rats was investigated. Some of them were also measured in the liver, e.g. l-ascorbic acid (hepatic L-AA). Additionally, relationships between selected indices determined in bone were examined. SMV alone (Group II) did not significantly alter the level of TBARS and the activity of SOD, compared with the control (Group I), but it slightly reduced the GR activity (by 13%) and the L-AA level (by 15...
February 14, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453467/loading-dose-only-versus-standard-dose-magnesium-sulfate-seizure-prophylaxis-in-severe-pre-eclamptic-women
#7
Surya Prasad Rimal, Pappu Rijal, Rabindra Bhatt, Kriti Thapa
INTRODUCTION: Magnesium sulfate is the drug of choice for prevention of seizures in the pre-eclamptic woman. There is no agreement in the published randomized trials regarding the optimal time to initiate magnesium sulfate, the dose to use (both loading and maintenance) as well as the duration of therapy. The objective of this study is to determine whether magnesium sulfate prophylaxis is needed for up to 24 hours postpartum in all patients with severe pre-eclampsia for the prevention of seizure...
October 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452185/an-injectable-chitosan-chondroitin-sulfate-hydrogel-with-tunable-mechanical-properties-for-cell-therapy-tissue-engineering
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Yasaman Alinejad, Atma Adoungotchodo, Eve Hui, Fatemeh Zehtabi, Sophie Lerouge
Chitosan (CH) hydrogels with remarkable mechanical properties and rapid gelation rate were recently synthesized by combining sodium hydrogen carbonate (SHC) with another weak base, such as beta-glycerophosphate (BGP). To improve their biological responses, in the present study, chondroitin sulfate (CS) was added to these CH hydrogels. Hydrogel characteristics in terms of pH and osmolarity as well as rheological, mechanical, morphological and swelling properties were studied in the absence and presence of CS...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451036/pharmaceutical-grade-chondroitin-sulfate-in-the-management-of-knee-osteoarthritis
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Olivier Bruyère
Chondroitin Sulfate (CS) is a drug which is available as pharmaceutical-grade and nutriceutical-grade products, with important variations in preparation, composition, purity and therapeutic effects. Previous studies using pharmaceutical-grade CS suggested that the compound improves pain and function and delays structural progression in knee osteoarthritis (OA), whereas discrepant results were observed when lower grade preparations were investigated. The recently published chondroitin versus celecoxib versus Placebo Trial (CONCEPT) assessed the symptomatic effect of pharmaceutical-grade CS 800 mg/day in symptomatic knee OA...
February 16, 2018: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448206/regulation-of-jak2-stat3-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signal-transduction-pathways-veronica-polita-alleviates-dextran-sulfate-sodium-induced-murine-colitis
#10
Md Rashedunnabi Akanda, Hyeon-Hwa Nam, Weishun Tian, Anowarul Islam, Byung-Kil Choo, Byung-Yong Park
Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a major inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has become a worldwide emergent disease. Veronica polita (VP) is a medicinal herb that has strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In the present study, we studied the protective effect of VP on dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced experimental colitis in mice. Phytochemical screening of VP extract demonstrated the presence of high total phenolic and flavonoid contents. Compared with the DSS group, VP significantly reduced clinical symptoms with less weight loss, bloody stool, shortening of the colon, and the severity of colitis was considerably inhibited as evidenced by the reduced disease activity index (DAI) and degree of histological damage in the colon and spleen...
February 12, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447434/alterations-in-melatonin-and-serotonin-signalling-in-the-colonic-mucosa-of-mice-with-dextran-sodium-sulfate-induced-colitis
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Sarah J MacEachern, Catherine M Keenan, Evangelia Papakonstantinou, Keith A Sharkey, Bhavik Anil Patel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is characterized by pain, bleeding, cramping and altered gastrointestinal (GI) function. Changes in mucosal serotonin (5-HT) signalling occur in animal models of colitis and in humans suffering from IBD. Melatonin is co-released with 5-HT from the mucosa and has a wide variety of actions in the GI tract. Here we examined how melatonin signalling is affected by colitis and determined how this relates to 5-HT signalling. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Using electroanalytical approaches, we investigated how 5-HT release, reuptake and availability as well as melatonin availability are altered in dextran sodium sulfate (DSS)-induced colitis in mice...
February 15, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446183/comparison-of-detergent-based-decellularization-protocols-for-the-removal-of-antigenic-cellular-components-in-porcine-aortic-valve
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Xiaohong Liu, Ning Li, Dejun Gong, Cuiping Xia, Zhiyun Xu
BACKGROUND: Various detergent-based protocols are used to remove cells and cellular debris in porcine aortic valve (PAV). However, the removal of antigenic cellular components has not been thoroughly elucidated to date. In this study, we used 4 detergent-based protocols to decellularize PAVs and aimed to evaluate their effects on removing antigenic cellular components. METHODS: Porcine aortic valves were decellularized using sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), SDS in combination with sodium deoxycholate (SDS/SD), Triton X-100, and Triton X-100 in combination with SD (Triton X-100/SD), respectively...
February 15, 2018: Xenotransplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446017/transformation-of-heavy-metal-fractionation-under-changing-environments-a-case-study-of-a-drainage-system-in-an-e-waste-dismantling-community
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Seelawut Damrongsiri
The change in environmental conditions during the transportation of contaminated soil and sediment was expected to affect the transformation of heavy metal fractionation. This study disclosed the serious contamination of copper (Cu), lead (Pb), and zinc (Zn) in the sewer sediment of an e-waste dismantling community in Thailand which may be caused by flushed contaminated soil and e-waste fragments. Two environmental conditions were simulated to observe the transformation of heavy metal fractionation. The anoxic sewer condition was induced using high substrate and sulfate in a closed container...
February 14, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445130/comparative-genomic-inference-suggests-mixotrophic-lifestyle-for-thorarchaeota
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Yang Liu, Zhichao Zhou, Jie Pan, Brett J Baker, Ji-Dong Gu, Meng Li
Thorarchaeota are a new archaeal phylum within the Asgard superphylum, whose ancestors have been proposed to play possible ecological roles in cellular evolution. However, little is known about the lifestyles of these uncultured archaea. To provide a better resolution of the ecological roles and metabolic capacity of Thorarchaeota, we obtained Thorarchaeota genomes reconstructed from metagenomes of different depth layers in mangrove and mudflat sediments. These genomes from deep anoxic layers suggest the presence of Thorarchaeota with the potential to degrade organic matter, fix inorganic carbon, reduce sulfur/sulfate and produce acetate...
February 14, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29443037/high-resolution-3d-imaging-of-the-human-pancreas-neuro-insular-network
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Elizabeth Butterworth, Wesley Dickerson, Vindhya Vijay, Kristina Weitzel, Julia Cooper, Eric W Atkinson, Jason E Coleman, Kevin J Otto, Martha Campbell-Thompson
Using traditional histological methods, researchers are hampered in their ability to image whole tissues or organs in large-scale 3D. Histological sections are generally limited to <20 µm as formalin fixed paraffin section on glass slides or <500 µm for free-floating fixed sections. Therefore, extensive efforts are required for serial sectioning and large-scale image reconstruction methods to recreate 3D for samples >500 µm using traditional methods. In addition, light scatters from macromolecules within tissues, particularly lipids, prevents imaging to a depth >150 µm with most confocal microscopes...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442958/chemical-preparation-of-bimetallic-fe-ag-core-shell-composite-nanoparticles
#16
Wenjea J Tseng, Yi-Chen Chuang
Bimetallic iron/silver (Fe/Ag) core/shell nanoparticles were prepared by chemical reduction from ferrous sulfate in the presence of sodium borohydride as a reducing agent in water, followed then by redox transmetalation with addition of silver nitrate (AgNO3) solution. When the reduction temperature was increased from room temperature to 85 °C, Fe nanoparticles with a reduced crystallite size ranging from 5.5 to 2.0 nm resulted. The particles changed from spherical to plate-like morphology as the temperature reached 85 °C...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442880/improving-the-thermal-stability-and-flame-retardancy-of-pp-ifr-composites-by-nial-layered-double-hydroxide
#17
Qinghong Kong, Ting Wu, Jiaqi Wang, Hong Liu, Junhao Zhang
Nickel and aluminum layered double hydroxide (NiAl-LDH) was synthesized via co-precipitation and modified by sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), which was marked as NiAl-OLDH. The structure of NiAl-LDH was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In order to investigate the role of LDH on polymer/intumescent flame retardant (IFR) systems, polypropylene (PP)/IFR/NiAl-OLDH nanocomposites were prepared by melt intercalation. Thermal and flame retardant properties of PP/IFR/NiAl-OLDH nanocomposites were studied...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442249/the-vertical-distribution-of-prokaryotes-in-the-surface-sediment-of-jiaolong-cold-seep-at-the-northern-south-china-sea
#18
Yuzhi Wu, Jian-Wen Qiu, Pei-Yuan Qian, Yong Wang
In deep-sea cold seeps, microbial communities are shaped by geochemical components in seepage solutions. In the present study, we report the composition of microbial communities and potential metabolic activities in the surface sediment of Jiaolong cold seep at the northern South China Sea. Pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons revealed that a majority of the microbial inhabitants of the surface layers (0-6 cm) were sulfur oxidizer bacteria Sulfurimonas and archaeal methane consumer ANME-1, while sulfate reducer bacteria SEEP-SRB1, ANME-1 and ANME-2 dominated the bottom layers (8-14 cm)...
February 13, 2018: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29441989/modulated-function-of-multidrug-resistance-associated-proteins-in-cisplatin-induced-acute-renal-failure-rats
#19
A Matsushima, K Oda, N Mori, T Murakami
The effect of cisplatin-induced acute renal failure (ARF) on the function and expression of multidrug resistanceassociated proteins (MRPs) was evaluated in rats. Rats received an intraperitoneal injection of cisplatin (9 mg/kg), and the induction of ARF state with high plasma concentrations of indoxyl sulfate and creatinine was observed 72 h after cisplatin treatment. The function of MRPs in the liver, kidney and brain was evaluated by measuring the tissue accumulation and biliary excretion of 2,4-dintrophenyl-S-glutathione (DNP-SG), a substrate for MRPs, after administration of 1-chloro-2,4-dintrobenzene (CDNB), a precursor of DNP-SG, in rats...
April 1, 2017: Die Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439931/does-low-protein-diet-influence-the-uremic-toxin-serum-levels-from-the-gut-microbiota-in-nondialysis-chronic-kidney-disease-patients
#20
Ana Paula Black, Juliana S Anjos, Ludmila Cardozo, Flávia L Carmo, Carla J Dolenga, Lia S Nakao, Dennis de Carvalho Ferreira, Alexandre Rosado, José Carlos Carraro Eduardo, Denise Mafra
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of low-protein diet (LPD) on uremic toxins and the gut microbiota profile in nondialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. DESIGN AND METHODS: Longitudinal study with 30 nondialysis CKD patients (stage 3-4) undergoing LPD for 6 months. Adherence to the diet was evaluated based on the calculation of protein equivalent of nitrogen appearance from the 24-hour urine analysis. Good adherence to LPD was considered when protein intake was from 90% to 110% of the prescribed amount (0...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Renal Nutrition
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