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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734262/mercury-risk-in-poultry-in-the-wanshan-mercury-mine-china
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Runsheng Yin, Wei Zhang, Guangyi Sun, Zhaohui Feng, James P Hurley, Liyuan Yang, Lihai Shang, Xinbin Feng
In this study, total mercury (THg) and methylmercury (MeHg) concentrations in muscles (leg and breast), organs (intestine, heart, stomach, liver) and blood were investigated for backyard chickens, ducks and geese of the Wanshan Mercury Mine, China. THg in poultry meat products range from 7.9 to 3917.1 ng/g, most of which exceeded the Chinese national standard limit for THg in meat (50 ng/g). Elevated MeHg concentrations (0.4-62.8 ng/g) were also observed in meat products, suggesting that poultry meat can be an important human MeHg exposure source...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734216/releasing-of-hexabromocyclododecanes-from-expanded-polystyrenes-in-seawater-field-and-laboratory-experiments
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Manviri Rani, Won Joon Shim, Mi Jang, Gi Myung Han, Sang Hee Hong
Expanded polystyrene (EPS) is a major component of marine debris globally. Recently, hazardous hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCDDs) were detected in EPS buoys used for aquaculture farming. Subsequently, enrichment of HBCDDs was found in nearby marine sediments and mussels growing on EPS buoys. It was suspected that EPS buoys and their debris might be sources of HBCDDs. To confirm this, the release of HBCDDs from EPS spherules detached from a buoy to seawater was investigated under field (open sea surface and closed outdoor chambers with sun exposure and in the dark) and laboratory (particle-size) conditions...
July 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732413/in-reply-to-the-letter-to-the-editor-regarding-six-walls-of-the-cavernous-sinus-identified-by-sectioned-images-and-three-dimensional-models-anatomic-report
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Beom Sun Chung, Jin Seo Park
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732402/characteristics-of-black-carbon-in-snow-from-laohugou-no-12-glacier-on-the-northern-tibetan-plateau
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Yulan Zhang, Shichang Kang, Chaoliu Li, Tanguang Gao, Zhiyuan Cong, Michael Sprenger, Yajun Liu, Xiaofei Li, Junming Guo, Mika Sillanpää, Kun Wang, Jizu Chen, Yang Li, Shiwei Sun
Black carbon (BC) emitted from the incomplete combustion of biomass and fossil fuel impacts the climate system, cryospheric change, and human health. This study documents black carbon deposition in snow from a benchmark glacier on the northern Tibetan Plateau. Significant seasonality of BC concentrations indicates different input or post-depositional processes. BC particles deposited in snow had a mass volume median diameter slightly larger than that of black carbon particles typically found in the atmosphere...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732393/microrna-30a-suppresses-tumor-progression-by-blocking-ras-raf-mek-erk-signaling-pathway-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Kun Zhou, Xiaoyu Luo, Yu Wang, Dachun Cao, Gang Sun
Emerging reports suggest microRNAs (miRNAs) play a vital role in the progression of malignant tumors. MiR-30a is downregulated in a variety of cancers and acts as a tumor suppressing gene. However, the molecular mechanisms of miRNA-30a in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) are still unclear. Hereby, in this study, we detected that miR-30a expression was significantly down-regulated in both HCC tissues compared with adjacent non-cancerous liver tissues, and we also observed that miR-30a expression was lower in HCC cell lines than that of normal controls...
July 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732384/microrna-181-as-a-prognostic-biomarker-for-survival-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-meta-analysis
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Qiang Guo, Junwen Luan, Ni Li, Zhen Zhang, Xiaoxiao Zhu, Lin Zhao, Ran Wei, Linlin Sun, Yin Shi, Xunqiang Yin, Na Ding, Guosheng Jiang, Xia Li
Accumulating evidence has indicated that microRNA-181 (miR-181) is dysregulated in hematological malignancies, and associates with the clinical outcomes. However, the association of miR-181 expression levels with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remains inconclusive, as publications from different groups have reported contradictory results. In this manuscript, a meta-analysis was performed to assess the prognostic significance of miR-181 in AML patients. Eligible studies were retrieved from PubMed, Embase and Cochrane Library databases, and a total of 6 studies including 815 AML patients were included in the final analysis...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732381/lymph-node-ratio-but-not-the-total-number-of-examined-lymph-nodes-or-lymph-node-metastasis-is-a-predictor-of-overall-survival-for-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-neoplasms-after-surgical-resection
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Peng Liu, Xianbin Zhang, Yuru Shang, Lili Lu, Fei Cao, Min Sun, Zhaohui Tang, Brigitte Vollmar, Peng Gong
AIM: To evaluate the prognostic significance of lymph node metastasis, extent of examined lymph nodes (ELNs) and lymph node ratio (LNR) for resected pancreatic neuroendocrine neoplasms (pNENs). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Surgically resected pNENs were assimilated from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database. Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazard models were used to examine the prognostic effect of clinicopathological characteristics on overall survival; Harrell's concordance index was performed to assess the prognostic accuracy of all independent prognostic factors; and the Spearman's rank correlation was used to assess the correlation between LNR and other clinicopathological characteristics...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732377/thrombospondin-1-is-a-multifaceted-player-in-tumor-progression
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REVIEW
Tingting Huang, Li Sun, Xianglin Yuan, Hong Qiu
Thrombospondins are a family of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Thrombospondin-1 (TSP1) was the first member to be identified and is a main player in tumor microenvironment. The diverse functions of TSP1 depend on the interactions between its structural domains and multiple cell surface molecules. TSP1 acts as an angiogenesis inhibitor by stimulating endothelial cell apoptosis, inhibiting endothelial cell migration and proliferation, and regulating vascular endothelial growth factor bioavailability and activity...
July 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732366/rassf6-downregulation-promotes-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-predicts-poor-prognosis-in-colorectal-cancer
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Rui Zhou, Lin Qiu, Xiaolong Liu, Lijuan Ling, Ninglei Li, Kun Zhou, Jingbo Sun, Jian Yan, Canliang Tan, Xiaoping Huang, Luzhe Han, Liangchun Yin, Gang Xiao, Lixin Liu
Distant metastasis is the primary barrier for the successful treatment of patients with colorectal cancer, and thus, searching for new therapeutic targets by further exploring the molecular mechanisms of colorectal cancer metastasis is important. In this study, we investigated the biological and clinical significance of RASSF6 in colorectal cancer as well as the underlying molecular mechanisms. We found that low RASSF6 expression corresponds to a poor prognosis in colorectal cancer patients, and low RASSF6 expression is distinctly associated with tumour progression...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732362/acute-atorvastatin-treatment-restores-the-cardioprotective-effects-of-ischemic-postconditioning-in-hyperlipidemic-rats
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Tao Sun, Hong-Ju Zhang, Chayakrit Krittanawong, Su Wang, Ying Tao, Zhao Li, Qiancheng Yin, Donghua Zhang, Qian Wang, Ji Huang, Jingmei Zhang, Zhizhong Li, Yutong Cheng
BACKGROUND: Ischemic Postconditioning (IPC) reduces ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury under normal conditions. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins), which inhibit the synthesis of mevalonate, can interfere with the cardioprotective effect of IPC. However, the beneficial role of IPC in hyperlipidemic patients, post-acute administration of statins remains unknown. This study was to determine if acute administration of atorvastatin affect the infarct size-limiting effect of IPC in hyperlipidemic rats...
July 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732354/influence-of-body-mass-index-on-postoperative-complications-after-thymectomy-in-myasthenia-gravis-patients
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Xu-Dong Liu, Ming-Rui Shao, Lei Sun, Lin Zhang, Xin-Shan Jia, Wen-Ya Li
OBJECTIVES: It is not clear whether being overweight or obese influences postoperative complications in myasthenia gravis (MG) patients. We retrospectively investigated an association between body mass index (BMI) and postoperative complications in MG. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-nine MG patients who had undergone transsternal thymectomy were classified as low or high BMI based on the criteria for Asian-Pacific populations. An association between BMI and complications was analyzed...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732349/intracoronary-administration-of-tirofiban-during-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-facilitates-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Helei Jia, Changqing Lu, Panli Sun
We assessed the efficacy and safety of tirofiban intracoronary versus intravenous administration during percutaneous coronary intervention for patients with acute coronary syndrome. The databases of PubMed, Web of Science, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, and WanFang Database were retrieved. A total of 437 articles were found, according to inclusive and exclusive criteria, 13 of which were finally included. Compared with subjects with intravenous administration, those with intracoronary administration were more likely to reach thrombolysis in myocardial infarction trial grade 3 flow (relative risk = 1...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732275/plot-farm-and-watershed-scale-effects-of-coffee-cultivation-in-runoff-and-sediment-production-in-western-puerto-rico
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Carlos E Ramos-Scharrón, Yasiel Figueroa-Sánchez
The combination of a topographically abrupt wet-tropical setting with the high level of soil exposure that typifies many sun-grown coffee farms represents optimal conditions for high erosion rates. Although traditionally considered as a main cause for water resource degradation, limited empirical evidence has existed to document its true contribution. This study relies on plot-scale experimental results conducted in western Puerto Rico to assess the impact of cultivated surfaces and farm access roads on runoff and sediment production from the plot to the farm and watershed scales...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732203/antiviral-immunity-and-circular-rna-no-end-in-sight
#14
Cristhian Cadena, Sun Hur
In this issue of Molecular Cell, two papers by Chen et al. (2017) and Li et al. (2017) describe new insights into circRNA biogenesis and function, connecting circRNAs to innate immune pathways.
July 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732120/the-prevalence-of-molar-incisor-hypomineralization-evidence-from-70-studies
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Dongdong Zhao, Bao Dong, Dandan Yu, Qiongqiong Ren, Yehuan Sun
OBJECTIVE: A growing number of studies have investigated the prevalence of Molar Incisor Hypomineralization (MIH) around the world. The aim of this study was to systematically estimate the pooled prevalence of MIH. METHODS: A comprehensive literature research was completed in English and Chinese databases. Random effect models were used to calculate the pooled prevalence. To address the heterogeneity, meta-regression, and sensitivity analyzes were conducted. Publication bias was estimated by trim and fill method...
July 21, 2017: International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732106/specific-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-agonist-ameliorates-isoproterenol-induced-cardiac-remodeling-in-mice-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
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Yong-Hua Yang, Huan-Le Fang, Ming Zhao, Xiang-Lan Wei, Ning Zhang, Shun Wang, Yi Lu, Xiao-Jiang Yu, Lei Sun, Xi He, Dong-Ling Li, Jin-Jun Liu, Wei-Jin Zang
It is well-accepted that inflammation plays an important role in the development of cardiac remodeling and that therapeutic approaches targeting inflammation can inhibit cardiac remodeling. Although a large amount of evidence indicates that activation of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) causes an anti-inflammatory effect, the role of α7nAChR in cardiac remodeling and the underlying mechanism have not been established. To investigate the effect of the specific α7nAChR agonist, PNU282987, on cardiac remodeling induced by isoproterenol (ISO 60 mg/kg/d) in mice, the cardiomyocyte cross-sectional area (CSA) and collagen volume fraction were evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin (HE) and Masson staining, respectively...
July 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732078/impact-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-indeterminate-results-of-the-quantiferon-tb-gold-in-tube-test-a-propensity-score-matching-analysis
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Hong-Joon Shin, Tae-Ok Kim, Hyung-Joo Oh, Ha-Young Park, Jin-Sun Chang, Seong Ahn, Yu-Il Kim, Sung-Chul Lim, Yong-Soo Kwon
BACKGROUND: The sensitivity of interferon-gamma release assays (IGRAs) in the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection could be affected by conditions of immune dysregulation. For this reason, diabetes mellitus (DM) may increase the frequency of indeterminate results of IGRAs. However, there have been inconsistent reports of role of DM on indeterminate IGRA results. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all patients who underwent QuantiFERON-TB Gold In-Tube testing (QFT-GIT) at Chonnam National University Hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732070/characterization-of-human-enterovirus71-virus-like-particles-used-for-vaccine-antigens
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Dandan Zhao, Bo Sun, Shiyang Sun, Bin Fu, Chuntian Liu, Dawei Liu, Yanfei Chu, Youlei Ma, Lu Bai, Yongge Wu, Yan Zhou, Weiheng Su, Ali Hou, Linjun Cai, Fei Xu, Wei Kong, Chunlai Jiang
Human enterovirus 71 (EV71) is a major causative pathogen of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) and has caused outbreaks with significant mortality among young children in the Asia-Pacific region in recent years. Towards developing a vaccine for this disease, we have expressed and purified EV71 virus-like particles (VLPs), which resemble the authentic virus in appearance, capsid structure and protein sequence, from insect cells (Sf9) using a multistep chromatography process. We demonstrated intracellular localization of the VLPs in host cells by in situ immunogold detection, electron microscopy and immunofluorescence...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732052/protein-asparagine-deamidation-prediction-based-on-structures-with-machine-learning-methods
#19
Lei Jia, Yaxiong Sun
Chemical stability is a major concern in the development of protein therapeutics due to its impact on both efficacy and safety. Protein "hotspots" are amino acid residues that are subject to various chemical modifications, including deamidation, isomerization, glycosylation, oxidation etc. A more accurate prediction method for potential hotspot residues would allow their elimination or reduction as early as possible in the drug discovery process. In this work, we focus on prediction models for asparagine (Asn) deamidation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732009/effects-of-local-cardiac-denervation-on-cardiac-innervation-and-ventricular-arrhythmia-after-chronic-myocardial-infarction
#20
Xudong Liu, Lin Sun, Jugang Chen, Yingying Jin, Qing Liu, Zhongnan Xia, Liang Wang, Jingjie Li
BACKGROUND: Modulation of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) has already been demonstrated to display antiarrhythmic effects in patients and animals with MI. In this study, we investigated whether local cardiac denervation has any beneficial effects on ventricular electrical stability and cardiac function in the chronic phase of MI. METHODS: Twenty-one anesthetized dogs were randomly assigned into the sham-operated, MI and MI-ablation groups, respectively. Four weeks after local cardiac denervation, LSG stimulation was used to induce VPCs and VAs...
2017: PloS One
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