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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528474/toxicity-assessment-of-ash-and-dust-from-handmade-gold-jewelry-manufacturing-workshops-in-bangladesh
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Arif M Sikder, Tanvir Hossain, Manzurul H Khan, M Aziz Hasan, M Fakhruzzaman, Joseph B Turner, Dmitry Pestov, Leigh S McCallister, K Maudood Elahi
Traditionally, handmade gold jewelry played a very important role in the cultural heritage of Bangladesh. Goldsmiths still are partially using ancient manufacturing process with coal fire, candle flame blowing, and nitric and sulfuric acid treatments. Such process leads to the contamination of workplace with the dust of toxic metals, acidic vapors, and particles of different natures. To evaluate contamination by particulate matter (PM), the passive particle collectors were installed in different manufacturing units for a period of 85 days at Tanti Bazar, Dhaka, Bangladesh...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528179/factors-related-to-a-negative-birth-experience-a-mixed-methods-study
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Lena Henriksen, Elisabeth Grimsrud, Berit Schei, Mirjam Lukasse
OBJECTIVE: this study aimed to explore factors associated with a negative childbirth experience including descriptions from women themselves. DESIGN: we performed a mixed methods study based on data from the Norwegian cohort of the Bidens study, including a total of 1352 multiparous women. Quantitative information was analysed in addition to thematic analysis of 103 free-text comments provided by women with a prior negative childbirth experience. KEY FINDINGS: the total prevalence of a negative birth experience was 21...
May 8, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528063/an-involuntary-and-unexpected-treatment-of-nutcracker-esophagus
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Diane Mege, Alban Benezech, Henri de Lesquen, Véronique Vitton, Pascal-Alexandre Thomas
A 76-year-old woman complained of painful dysphagia and loss of weight. Esophagoscopy results were negative, whereas computed tomography (CT) disclosed a 25-mm mediastinal tumor without a connection to the esophagus. A diagnosis of nutcracker esophagus was made on high-resolution esophageal manometry. Peroral endoscopic esophageal myotomy failed to improve the symptoms. Right video thoracoscopy allowed resection of the tumor, which looked like a neurogenic tumor of the posterior mediastinum that developed from the right vagus nerve...
June 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528047/sclerosing-aortic-and-coronary-arteritis-due-to-igg4-related-disease
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Mikael Barbu, Ulf Lindström, Claes Nordborg, Andreas Martinsson, Christian Dworeck, Anders Jeppsson
We present the case of a 55-year-old woman admitted for a coronary artery bypass operation because of three-vessel coronary artery disease based on angiographic findings and clinical symptoms. Unexpected intraoperative findings with diffuse tissue thickening of the ascending aorta and coronary arteries indicated an alternate pathogenesis rather than coronary artery atherosclerosis. Histopathologic findings and clinical evaluation could confirm IgG4-related disease (IgG4-RD). IgG4-RD is a newly recognized fibroinflammatory condition that can present in a variety of organs and is characterized by common histopathologic features...
June 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527697/antibiotics-induce-mitonuclear-protein-imbalance-but-fail-to-inhibit-respiration-and-nutrient-activation-in-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cells
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Jaime Santo-Domingo, Isabelle Chareyron, Charlotte Broenimann, Steve Lassueur, Andreas Wiederkehr
Chloramphenicol and several other antibiotics targeting bacterial ribosomes inhibit mitochondrial protein translation. Inhibition of mitochondrial protein synthesis leads to mitonuclear protein imbalance and reduced respiratory rates as confirmed here in HeLa and PC12 cells. Unexpectedly, respiration in INS-1E insulinoma cells and primary human islets was unaltered in the presence of chloramphenicol. Resting respiratory rates and glucose stimulated acceleration of respiration were also not lowered when a range of antibiotics including, thiamphenicol, streptomycin, gentamycin and doxycycline known to interfere with bacterial protein synthesis were tested...
May 17, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527464/-14-n-nqr-lineshape-in-nanocrystals-an-ab-initio-investigation-of-urea
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Alan Gregorovič
(14)N nuclear quadrupole resonance (NQR) lineshapes mostly contain information of low interest, although in nanocrystals they may display some unexpected behaviour. In this work, we present an ab initio computational study of the (14)N NQR lineshapes in urea nanocrystals as a function of the nanocrystal size and geometry, focusing on the surface induced broadening of the lineshapes. The lineshapes were obtained through a calculation of the electric field gradient for each nitrogen site in the nanocrystal separately, taking into account the individual crystal field by embedding the molecule of interest in a suitable lattice of point multipoles representing other urea molecules in the nanocrystal...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527287/-identification-of-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-beijing-lineage-in-ecuador
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Patricia Jiménez, Karina Calvopiña, Diana Herrera, Carlos Rojas, Laura Pérez-Lago, Marcelo Grijalva, Remedios Guna, Darío García-de Viedma
INTRODUCTION: Mycobacterium tuberculosis Beijing lineage isolates are considered to be especially virulent, transmissible and prone to acquire resistances. Beijing strains have been reported worldwide, but studies in Latin America are still scarce. The only multinational study performed in the region indicated a heterogeneous distribution for this lineage, which was absent in Chile, Colombia and Ecuador, although further studies found the lineage in Chile and Colombia. OBJECTIVE: To search for the presence of the Beijing lineage in Ecuador, the only country in the region where it remains unreported...
June 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526796/sulfide-induced-dissimilatory-nitrate-reduction-to-ammonium-supports-anammox-in-an-open-water-unit-process-wetland
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Zackary L Jones, Justin T Jasper, David L Sedlak, Jonathan O Sharp
Open-water unit process wetlands host a benthic diatomaceous and bacterial assemblage capable of nitrate removal from treated municipal wastewater with unexpected contributions from anammox processes. In exploring mechanistic drivers of anammox, 16S rRNA gene sequencing profiles of the biomat revealed significant microbial community shifts along the flow path and with depth. Notably there was an increasing abundance of sulfate reducers (Desulfococcus and other Deltaproteobacteria) and anammox microorganisms (Brocadiaceae) with depth...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526691/zinc-deficiency-an-unexpected-trigger-for-autophagy
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Binbin Ding, Qing Zhong
Cells respond to deprivation of certain nutrients such as glucose or nitrogen by inducing autophagy, reclaiming pieces of proteins for use in critical functions. A recent study shows that, in yeast, zinc depletion acts in a similar fashion. Depletion of this essential nutrient induces non-selective autophagy by inhibiting TORC1, leading to release and recycling of zinc from degraded proteins.
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526679/succession-of-transiently-active-tumor-initiating-cell-clones-in-human-pancreatic-cancer-xenografts
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Claudia R Ball, Felix Oppel, Karl Roland Ehrenberg, Taronish D Dubash, Sebastian M Dieter, Christopher M Hoffmann, Ulrich Abel, Friederike Herbst, Moritz Koch, Jens Werner, Frank Bergmann, Naveed Ishaque, Manfred Schmidt, Christof von Kalle, Claudia Scholl, Stefan Fröhling, Benedikt Brors, Wilko Weichert, Jürgen Weitz, Hanno Glimm
Although tumor-initiating cell (TIC) self-renewal has been postulated to be essential in progression and metastasis formation of human pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC), clonal dynamics of TICs within PDAC tumors are yet unknown. Here, we show that long-term progression of PDAC in serial xenotransplantation is driven by a succession of transiently active TICs producing tumor cells in temporally restricted bursts. Clonal tracking of individual, genetically marked TICs revealed that individual tumors are generated by distinct sets of TICs with very little overlap between subsequent xenograft generations...
May 19, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526562/new-intracellular-activities-of-matrix-metalloproteinases-shine-in-the-moonlight
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REVIEW
Parker G Jobin, Georgina S Butler, ChristopherM Overall
Adaption of a single protein to perform multiple independent functions facilitates functional plasticity of the proteome allowing a limited number of protein-coding genes to perform a multitude of cellular processes. Multifunctionality is achievable by post-translational modifications and by modulating subcellular localization. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), classically viewed as degraders of the extracellular matrix (ECM) responsible for matrix protein turnover, are more recently recognized as regulators of a range of extracellular bioactive molecules including chemokines, cytokines, and their binders...
May 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526559/a-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-of-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-1b-p27-kip1-associated-with-human-vein-graft-failure-affects-growth-of-human-venous-adventitial-cells-but-not-smooth-muscle-cells
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Richard D Kenagy, Shinsuke Kikuchi, Lihua Chen, Errol S Wijelath, Andrew B Stergachis, John Stamatoyannopoulos, Gale L Tang, Alexander W Clowes, Michael Sobel
BACKGROUND: Cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 1B (p27(Kip1)) is a cell-cycle inhibitor whose -838C>A single nucleotide polymorphism (rs36228499; hereafter called p27 SNP) has been associated with the clinical failure of peripheral vein grafts, but the functional effects of this SNP have not been demonstrated. METHODS: Human saphenous vein adventitial cells and intimal/medial smooth muscle cells (SMCs) were derived from explants obtained at the time of lower extremity bypass operations...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526514/levodopa-has-primarily-negative-influences-on-postural-control-in-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Cédrick T Bonnet, Arnaud Delval, Sébastien Szaffarczyk, Luc Defebvre
Patients with Parkinson's disease have better functional status and motor performance under on-drug conditions. However, the administration of levodopa leads to greater postural sway. The present study's primary objective was to determine whether this on-drug problem may be related to a lack of adjustment in postural control mechanisms and body segment rotations. Fourteen patients with Parkinson's disease and 14 controls performed two gaze-shift tasks (40° to the left and 40° to the right, at 0.125 and 0...
May 16, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526336/activation-of-na-h-exchanger-other-than-formation-of-transmembrane-pore-underlies-the-cytotoxicity-of-nematocyst-venom-from-chrysaora-helvola-brandt-jellyfish
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Lanlan Fan, Jun Luo, Xiaoyong Li, Ming Chen, Wei Shu, Xiaosheng Qu
We previously reported unexpected apoptosis-like cell death induced by nematocyst venom (NV) from Chrysaora helvola Brandt (C. helvola) jellyfish. To assess whether the pore formation mechanism underlay the action of NV, the change in cell membrane permeability was studied in both chicken erythrocytes and human CNE-2 cells. Initially, paradoxical results were derived from osmoprotectant protection assays. Polyethylene glycol (PEG)2000, which completely inhibited the NV induced hemolysis, failed to protect CNE-2 cells...
May 16, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526185/empa-reg-outcome-the-endocrinologist-s-point-of-view
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Leigh Perreault
For many years, it was widely accepted that control of plasma lipids and blood pressure could lower macrovascular risk in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), whereas the benefits of lowering plasma glucose were largely limited to improvements in microvascular complications. The Empagliflozin Cardiovascular Outcome Event Trial in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients-Removing Excess Glucose (EMPA-REG OUTCOME) study demonstrated for the first time that a glucose-lowering agent, the sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor empagliflozin, could reduce major adverse cardiovascular events, cardiovascular mortality, hospitalization for heart failure, and overall mortality when given in addition to standard care in patients with T2DM at high cardiovascular risk...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525756/immunization-elicited-broadly-protective-antibody-reveals-ebolavirus-fusion-loop-as-a-site-of-vulnerability
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Xuelian Zhao, Katie A Howell, Shihua He, Jennifer M Brannan, Anna Z Wec, Edgar Davidson, Hannah L Turner, Chi-I Chiang, Lin Lei, J Maximilian Fels, Hong Vu, Sergey Shulenin, Ashley N Turonis, Ana I Kuehne, Guodong Liu, Mi Ta, Yimeng Wang, Christopher Sundling, Yongli Xiao, Jennifer S Spence, Benjamin J Doranz, Frederick W Holtsberg, Andrew B Ward, Kartik Chandran, John M Dye, Xiangguo Qiu, Yuxing Li, M Javad Aman
While neutralizing antibodies are highly effective against ebolavirus infections, current experimental ebolavirus vaccines primarily elicit species-specific antibody responses. Here, we describe an immunization-elicited macaque antibody (CA45) that clamps the internal fusion loop with the N terminus of the ebolavirus glycoproteins (GPs) and potently neutralizes Ebola, Sudan, Bundibugyo, and Reston viruses. CA45, alone or in combination with an antibody that blocks receptor binding, provided full protection against all pathogenic ebolaviruses in mice, guinea pigs, and ferrets...
May 18, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524876/self-assembly-of-a-supramolecular-hexagram-and-a-supramolecular-pentagram
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Zhilong Jiang, Yiming Li, Ming Wang, Bo Song, Kun Wang, Mingyu Sun, Die Liu, Xiaohong Li, Jie Yuan, Mingzhao Chen, Yuan Guo, Xiaoyu Yang, Tong Zhang, Charles N Moorefield, George R Newkome, Bingqian Xu, Xiaopeng Li, Pingshan Wang
Five- and six-pointed star structures occur frequently in nature as flowers, snow-flakes, leaves and so on. These star-shaped patterns are also frequently used in both functional and artistic man-made architectures. Here following a stepwise synthesis and self-assembly approach, pentagonal and hexagonal metallosupramolecules possessing star-shaped motifs were prepared based on the careful design of metallo-organic ligands (MOLs). In the MOL design and preparation, robust ruthenium-terpyridyl complexes were employed to construct brominated metallo-organic intermediates, followed by a Suzuki coupling reaction to achieve the required ensemble...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524858/caspase-dependent-non-apoptotic-processes-in-development
#18
REVIEW
Yu-Ichiro Nakajima, Erina Kuranaga
Caspases are at the core of executing apoptosis by orchestrating cellular destruction with proteolytic cascades. Caspase-mediated proteolysis also controls diverse nonlethal cellular activities such as proliferation, differentiation, cell fate decision, and cytoskeletal reorganization. During the last decade or so, genetic studies of Drosophila have contributed to our understanding of the in vivo mechanism of the non-apoptotic cellular responses in developmental contexts. Furthermore, recent studies using C...
May 19, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524191/thermal-scribing-to-prototype-plastic-microfluidic-devices-applied-to-study-the-formation-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps
#19
Arvind Chandrasekaran, Nikita Kalashnikov, Roni Rayes, Claire Wang, Jonathan Spicer, Christopher Moraes
Innovation in microfluidics-based biological research has been aided by the growing accessibility of versatile microscale fabrication techniques, particularly in rapid prototyping of elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) based devices. However, the use of PDMS presents considerable and often unexpected limitations, particularly in interpreting and validating biological data. To rapidly prototype microfluidic culture systems in conventional plastics commonly used in cell culture, we developed 'thermal scribing', a one-step micromachining technique in which thermoplastics are locally patterned by a heated tip, moving in user-controlled patterns...
May 19, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524109/unexpected-infection-spikes-in-a-model-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-vaccination
#20
Robert J Smith, Alexandra B Hogan, Geoffry N Mercer
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is an acute respiratory infection that infects millions of children and infants worldwide. Recent research has shown promise for the development of a vaccine, with a range of vaccine types now in clinical trials or preclinical development. We extend an existing mathematical model with seasonal transmission to include vaccination. We model vaccination both as a continuous process, applying the vaccine during pregnancy, and as a discrete one, using impulsive differential equations, applying pulse vaccination...
May 18, 2017: Vaccines
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