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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535593/simulating-soil-organic-carbon-stock-as-affected-by-land-cover-change-and-climate-change-hyrcanian-forests-northern-iran
#1
Azam Soleimani, Seyed Mohsen Hosseini, Ali Reza Massah Bavani, Mostafa Jafari, Rosa Francaviglia
Soil organic carbon (SOC) contains a considerable portion of the world's terrestrial carbon stock, and is affected by changes in land cover and climate. SOC modeling is a useful approach to assess the impact of land use, land use change and climate change on carbon (C) sequestration. This study aimed to: (i) test the performance of RothC model using data measured from different land covers in Hyrcanian forests (northern Iran); and (ii) predict changes in SOC under different climate change scenarios that may occur in the future...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535564/the-different-dynamic-changes-of-nerve-growth-factor-in-the-dorsal-horn-and-dorsal-root-ganglion-leads-to-hyperalgesia-and-allodynia-in-diabetic-neuropathic-pain
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Zhifeng Gao, Yi Feng, Hui Ju
BACKGROUND: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) is the most common complication of diabetes and more than half of the patients with DPN have self-reported symptoms referring to painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN). Nerve growth factor (NGF) is a key factor for the nervous system, but the role of it in the neuropathic pain of diabetic patients is unclear. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the dynamic expression of NGF in dorsal horn and dorsal root ganglion (DRG) of diabetic rats and hyperalgesia and allodynia in diabetic neuropathic pain...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535465/altered-glycometabolism-in-zebrafish-exposed-to-thifluzamide
#3
Yang Yang, Wenxian Liu, Dongzhi Li, Le Qian, Bin Fu, Chengju Wang
Thifluzamide exerts toxic effects to zebrafish and causes liver mitochondrial damage. To better understand the further mechanism, adult zebrafish were exposed to a range of thifluzamide concentrations (0, 0.019, 0.19, and 1.90 mg/L) for 28 days. In response to 1.90 mg/L exposure, liver glycogen significantly increased and blood glucose decreased. The expression of genes related to glycometabolism showed corresponding changes. Genes related to mtDNA replication and transcription and genes participating in mitochondrial complexes showed altered expression, which might lead to the inhibition of the tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCA)...
May 10, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535416/the-role-of-timing-in-the-treatment-of-spinal-cord-injury
#4
REVIEW
Amene Saghazadeh, Nima Rezaei
Regeneration failure after primary spinal cord injury (SCI) leads to diverse clinical complications in a severity- and level of SCI-dependent manner. The cost of treating both of them (initial regeneration failure and following complications) would be prohibitive, particularly in less developed nations. The well-recognized circumstances arose from primary SCI include excitotoxicity and inflammation. SCI increases concentrations of extracellular amino acids (EAAs) in the severity-dependent manner and the maximum level of EAAs at the injury site will be reduced by distance from the injury site...
May 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535368/unfolding-the-folding-problem-of-the-cerebral-cortex-movin-and-groovin
#5
Yasuhiro Itoh, Alexandros Poulopoulos, Jeffrey D Macklis
The development of reproducible folding in the gyrencephalic cerebral cortex is a topic of great interest to neuroscientists. In a recent paper in Cell, del Toro et al. (2017) show that changing the adhesive properties of neurons in the normally lissencephalic mouse cortex leads to the formation of stereotyped folding.
May 22, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535292/adaptive-radiation-of-p-fluorescens-sbw25-in-experimental-microcosms-provides-an-understanding-of-the-evolutionary-ecology-and-molecular-biology-of-a-l-interface-biofilm-formation
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Anna Koza, Anna Kusmierska, Kimberley McLaughlin, Olena Moshynets, Andrew J Spiers
Combined experimental evolutionary and molecular biology approaches have been used to investigate the adaptive radiation of Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 in static microcosms leading to the colonisation of the air-liquid interface by biofilm-forming mutants such as the Wrinkly Spreader. In these microcosms, the ecosystem engineering of the early wild-type colonists establish the niche space for subsequent WS evolution and colonisation. Random WS mutations occurring in the developing population that de-regulate diguanylate cyclases and c-di-GMP homeostasis result in cellulose-based biofilms at the air-liquid interface...
May 23, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535255/tea-and-coffee-consumption-in-relation-to-dna-methylation-in-four-european-cohorts
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Weronica E Ek, Elmar W Tobi, Muhammad Ahsan, Erik Lampa, Erica Ponzi, Soterios A Kyrtopoulos, Panagiotis Georgiadis, L H Lumey, Bastiaan T Heijmans, Maria Botsivali, Ingvar A Bergdahl, Torgny Karlsson, Mathias Rask-Andersen, Domenico Palli, Erik Ingelsson, Åsa K Hedman, Lena M Nilsson, Paolo Vineis, Lars Lind, James M Flanagan, Åsa Johansson
Lifestyle factors, such as food choices and exposure to chemicals, can alter DNA methylation and lead to changes in gene activity. Two such exposures with pharmacologically active components are coffee and tea consumption. Both coffee and tea has been suggested to play an important role in modulating disease-risk in humans by suppressing tumour progression, decreasing inflammation and influencing estrogen metabolism. These mechanisms may be mediated by changes in DNA methylation.To investigate if DNA methylation in blood is associated with coffee and tea consumption we performed a genome-wide DNA methylation study for coffee and tea consumption in four European cohorts (N = 3,096)...
May 23, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535182/characterization-of-liver-injury-oval-cell-proliferation-and-cholangiocarcinogenesis-in-glutathione-s-transferase-a3-knockout-mice
#8
Dana R Crawford, Zoran Ilic, Ian Guest, Ginger L Milne, John D Hayes, Stewart Sell
We recently generated glutathione S-transferase (GST) A3 knockout (KO) mice as a novel model to study the risk factors for liver cancer. GSTA3 KO mice are sensitive to the acute cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1), confirming the crucial role of GSTA3 in resistance to AFB1. We now report histopathological changes, tumor formation, biochemical changes and gender response following AFB1 treatment as well as the contribution of oxidative stress. Using a protocol of weekly 0.5 mg AFB1/kg administration, we observed extensive oval (liver stem) cell (OC) proliferation within 1-3 weeks followed by microvesicular lipidosis, megahepatocytes, nuclear inclusions, cholangiomas, and small nodules...
May 23, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535171/cumulative-lactation-and-onset-of-hypertension-in-african-american-women
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Ellen M Chetwynd, Alison M Stuebe, Lynn Rosenberg, Melissa Troester, Diane Rowley, Julie R Palmer
Hypertension affects nearly one of three women and contributes to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Breastfeeding leads to metabolic changes that could reduce risks of hypertension. Hypertension disproportionately affects black women, but rates of breastfeeding lag behind the general population. In the Black Women's Health Study (N = 59,001), we conducted a nested case control analysis using unconditional logistic regression to estimate the association between breastfeeding and incident hypertension at ages 40-65 using data collected from 1995 to 2011...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535048/control-of-maillard-reactions-in-foods-strategies-and-chemical-mechanisms
#10
Marianne N Lund, Colin Ray
Maillard reactions lead to changes in food color, organoleptic properties, protein functionality, and protein digestibility. Numerous different strategies for controlling Maillard reactions in foods have been attempted during the last decades. In this paper, recent advances in strategies for controlling the Maillard reaction and subsequent downstream reaction products in food systems are critically reviewed. The underlying mechanisms at play are presented, strengths and weaknesses of each strategy are discussed, and reasonable reaction mechanisms are proposed to reinforce the evaluations...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535009/microrna-let-7g-alleviates-atherosclerosis-via-the-targeting-of-lox-1-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#11
Mingxin Liu, Guizhou Tao, Qifeng Liu, Kun Liu, Xinchun Yang
Atherosclerosis is a chronic arterial disease and the leading cause of stroke and myocardial infarction. Micro-RNAs (miRNAs or miRs) have been reported to act as essential modulators during the progression of atherosclerosis. Although miR-let-7g has been demonstrated to contribute to maintaining endothelial function and vascular homeostasis, it is not known whether miR-let-7g exerts a therapeutic effect on experimental atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of miR-let-7g on atherosclerosis in vivo and in vitro and to explore its underlying mechanisms...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534954/uncaria-alkaloids-reverse-abcb1-mediated-cancer-multidrug-resistance
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Bao-Yuan Huang, Yu Zeng, Ying-Jie Li, Xiao-Jun Huang, Nan Hu, Nan Yao, Min-Feng Chen, Zai-Gang Yang, Zhe-Sheng Chen, Dong-Mei Zhang, Chang-Qing Zeng
The overexpression of ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters is the main cause of cancer multidrug resistance (MDR), which leads to chemotherapy failure. Uncaria alkaloids are the major active components isolated from uncaria, which is a common Chinese herbal medicine. In this study, the MDR-reversal activities of uncaria alkaloids, including rhynchophylline, isorhynchophylline, corynoxeine, isocorynoxeine (Icory), hirsutine and hirsuteine, were screened; they all exhibited potent reversal efficacy when combined with doxorubicin...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534913/theoretical-investigation-of-energy-gap-bowing-in-cdsxse1-x-alloy-quantum-dots
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Laxman Tatikondewar, Anjali Kshirsagar
To investigate energy gap bowing in homogeneously alloyed CdSxSe1-x quantum dots (QDs) and to understand whether it is different from bulk, we perform density functional theory based electronic structure calculations for spherical QDs of different compositions x (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) and of varying sizes (2.2 to 4.6 nm). We find the bowing constant to be slightly higher than in bulk for different sizes of quantum dots. The change in the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)-lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) gap of QDs mainly arises due to the change in the LUMO energies...
May 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534912/prediction-on-the-light-assisted-exfoliation-of-multilayered-arsenene-by-the-photo-isomerization-of-azobenzene
#14
Jun Zhao, Chunyan Liu, Wanlin Guo, Jing Ma
The exfoliation of gray arsenic into single- or few-layered arsenene is a challenge of utmost importance. We propose here that the conformational change in the photo-isomerization of azobenzene-based photochromes might be used to promote the exfoliation of multilayered arsenene. Our density functional theory calculations show that the trans-to-cis conformational change can lead to an increase of the adjacent interlayer distance of arsenene from 6.59 Å to 11.07 Å. Starting from the transition state, the azobenzene molecule can be isomerized into the more stable trans form based on further ab initio molecular dynamics simulations...
May 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534910/synergy-of-the-mechanical-antifouling-and-permeation-properties-of-a-carbon-nanotube-nanohybrid-membrane-for-efficient-oil-water-separation
#15
Yanan Liu, Yanlei Su, Jialin Cao, Jingyuan Guan, Linyan Xu, Rannan Zhang, Mingrui He, Qi Zhang, Lin Fan, Zhongyi Jiang
For water treatment applications, fabricating a high permeation flux membrane with super-strong mechanical strength and excellent long-term antifouling properties remains a great challenge. In this study, robust, antifouling carbon nanotube (CNT) nanohybrid membranes have been fabricated for oil/water separation. Polyethyleneimine (PEI) with abundant amino groups and a hyperbranched structure is utilized to construct a nanocoating on a CNT surface to enhance their hydrophilicity through multiple interactions between PEI and CNTs...
May 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534876/alpine-soil-carbon-is-vulnerable-to-rapid-microbial-decomposition-under-climate-cooling
#16
Linwei Wu, Yunfeng Yang, Shiping Wang, Haowei Yue, Qiaoyan Lin, Yigang Hu, Zhili He, Joy D Van Nostrand, Lauren Hale, Xiangzhen Li, Jack A Gilbert, Jizhong Zhou
As climate cooling is increasingly regarded as important natural variability of long-term global warming trends, there is a resurging interest in understanding its impact on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning. Here, we report a soil transplant experiment from lower to higher elevations in a Tibetan alpine grassland to simulate the impact of cooling on ecosystem community structure and function. Three years of cooling resulted in reduced plant productivity and microbial functional potential (for example, carbon respiration and nutrient cycling)...
May 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534817/the-soft-and-hard-heartedness-of-cardiac-fibroblasts-mechanotransduction-signaling-pathways-in-fibrosis-of-the-heart
#17
REVIEW
Kate M Herum, Ida G Lunde, Andrew D McCulloch, Geir Christensen
Cardiac fibrosis, the excessive accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM), remains an unresolved problem in most forms of heart disease. In order to be successful in preventing, attenuating or reversing cardiac fibrosis, it is essential to understand the processes leading to ECM production and accumulation. Cardiac fibroblasts are the main producers of cardiac ECM, and harbor great phenotypic plasticity. They are activated by the disease-associated changes in mechanical properties of the heart, including stretch and increased tissue stiffness...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534706/analyses-of-thrombi-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-a-consensus-statement-on-current-knowledge-and-future-directions
#18
Simon F De Meyer, Tommy Andersson, Blaise Baxter, Martin Bendszus, Patrick Brouwer, Waleed Brinjikji, Bruce Cv Campbell, Vincent Costalat, Antoni Dávalos, Andrew Demchuk, Diederik Dippel, Jens Fiehler, Urs Fischer, Michael Gilvarry, Matthew J Gounis, Jan Gralla, Olav Jansen, Tudor Jovin, David Kallmes, Pooja Khatri, Kennedy R Lees, Elena López-Cancio, Charles Majoie, Henk Marquering, Ana Paula Narata, Raul Nogueira, Peter Ringleb, Adnan Siddiqui, István Szikora, David Vale, Rüdiger von Kummer, Albert J Yoo, Werner Hacke, David S Liebeskind
Limited data exist on clot composition and detailed characteristics of arterial thrombi associated with large vessel occlusion in acute ischemic stroke. Advances in endovascular thrombectomy and related imaging modalities have created a unique opportunity to analyze thrombi removed from cerebral arteries. Insights into thrombus composition, etiology, physical properties and neurovascular interactions may lead to future advancements in acute ischemic stroke treatment and improved clinical outcomes. Advances in imaging techniques may enhance clot characterization and inform therapeutic decision-making prior to treatment and reveal stroke etiology to guide secondary prevention...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Stroke: Official Journal of the International Stroke Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534676/applications-of-raman-spectroscopy-in-biopharmaceutical-manufacturing-a-short-review
#19
Kevin Buckley, Alan G Ryder
The production of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) is currently undergoing its biggest transformation in a century. The changes are based on the rapid and dramatic introduction of protein- and macromolecule-based drugs (collectively known as biopharmaceuticals) and can be traced back to the huge investment in biomedical science (in particular in genomics and proteomics) that has been ongoing since the 1970s. Biopharmaceuticals (or biologics) are manufactured using biological-expression systems (such as mammalian, bacterial, insect cells, etc...
June 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534495/exercise-induces-cerebral-vegf-and-angiogenesis-via-the-lactate-receptor-hcar1
#20
Cecilie Morland, Krister A Andersson, Øyvind P Haugen, Alena Hadzic, Liv Kleppa, Andreas Gille, Johanne E Rinholm, Vuk Palibrk, Elisabeth H Diget, Lauritz H Kennedy, Tomas Stølen, Eivind Hennestad, Olve Moldestad, Yiqing Cai, Maja Puchades, Stefan Offermanns, Koen Vervaeke, Magnar Bjørås, Ulrik Wisløff, Jon Storm-Mathisen, Linda H Bergersen
Physical exercise can improve brain function and delay neurodegeneration; however, the initial signal from muscle to brain is unknown. Here we show that the lactate receptor (HCAR1) is highly enriched in pial fibroblast-like cells that line the vessels supplying blood to the brain, and in pericyte-like cells along intracerebral microvessels. Activation of HCAR1 enhances cerebral vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) and cerebral angiogenesis. High-intensity interval exercise (5 days weekly for 7 weeks), as well as L-lactate subcutaneous injection that leads to an increase in blood lactate levels similar to exercise, increases brain VEGFA protein and capillary density in wild-type mice, but not in knockout mice lacking HCAR1...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
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