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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937992/efficient-generation-of-mutations-mediated-by-crispr-cas9-in-the-hairy-root-transformation-system-of-brassica-carinata
#1
Thomas W Kirchner, Markus Niehaus, Thomas Debener, Manfred K Schenk, Marco Herde
A protocol for the induction of site-directed deletions and insertions in the genome of Brassica carinata with CRISPR is described. The construct containing the Cas9 nuclease and the guide RNA (gRNA) was delivered by the hairy root transformation technique, and a successful transformation was monitored by GFP fluorescence. PAGE analysis of an amplified region, presumably containing the deletions and insertions, demonstrated up to seven different indels in one transgenic root and in all analyzed roots a wildtype allele of the modified gene was not detectable...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935816/forces-to-pierce-cuticle-of-tarsi-and-material-properties-determined-by-nanoindentation-the-achilles-heel-of-bed-bugs
#2
Jorge Bustamante, Jason F Panzarino, Timothy J Rupert, Catherine Loudon
The mechanical properties of bed bug (Cimex lectularius L.) tarsi and pretarsi were investigated in order to evaluate their vulnerability to piercing by plant trichomes (sharp microscopic hairs). Nanoindentation was used to measure the force required to insert a sharp probe into the cuticle of these different regions, as well as to determine creep and reduced elastic moduli for the cuticle. Scanning electron microscopy was used to visualize the indents that had been generated by nanoindentation. The force required to insert a cube corner nanoindenter probe into the cuticle was determined for a range of displacements (1 to 9 µm) and strain rates (0...
September 21, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934520/damage-of-inner-ear-sensory-hair-cells-via-mitochondrial-loss-in-a-murine-model-of-sleep-apnea-with-chronic-intermittent-hypoxia
#3
Young Joon Seo, Hyun Mi Ju, Sun Hee Lee, Sang Hyun Kwak, Min Jung Kang, Joo-Heon Yoon, Chang-Hoon Kim, Hyung-Ju Cho
Study Objectives: Investigating the exact pathophysiology of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS)-induced hearing loss is critical. We sought to verify the hypothesis that a correlation exists between mitochondrial dysfunction in inner ear hair cells and the auditory dysfunction induced by chronic intermittent hypoxia (CIH) in a murine model of sleep apnea. Methods: C57BL/6J adult male mice were randomized to 4 weeks of CIH (n = 12) or normoxia (Sham) (n = 12)...
September 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934107/cultivar-and-metal-specific-effects-of-endophytic-bacteria-in-helianthus-tuberosus-exposed-to-cd-and-zn
#4
Blanca Montalbán, Sofie Thijs, Mª Carmen Lobo, Nele Weyens, Marcel Ameloot, Jaco Vangronsveld, Araceli Pérez-Sanz
Plant growth promoting endophytic bacteria (PGPB) isolated from Brassica napus were inoculated in two cultivars of Helianthus tuberosus (VR and D19) growing on sand supplemented with 0.1 mM Cd or 1 mM Zn. Plant growth, concentrations of metals and thiobarbituric acid (TBA) reactive compounds were determined. Colonization of roots of H. tuberosus D19 by Pseudomonas sp. 262 was evaluated using confocal laser scanning microscopy. Pseudomonas sp. 228, Serratia sp. 246 and Pseudomonas sp. 262 significantly enhanced growth of H...
September 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932363/cadmium-toxicity-and-treatment-an-update
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Mehrdad Rafati Rahimzadeh, Mehravar Rafati Rahimzadeh, Sohrab Kazemi, Ali-Akbar Moghadamnia
Cadmium poisoning has been reported from many parts of the world. It is one of the global health problems that affect many organs and in some cases it can cause deaths annually. Long-term exposure to cadmium through air, water, soil, and food leads to cancer and organ system toxicity such as skeletal, urinary, reproductive, cardiovascular, central and peripheral nervous, and respiratory systems. Cadmium levels can be measured in the blood, urine, hair, nail and saliva samples. Patients with cadmium toxicity need gastrointestinal tract irrigation, supportive care, and chemical decontamination traditional-based chelation therapy with appropriate new chelating agents and nanoparticle-based antidotes...
2017: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931463/severe-streptomycin-ototoxicity-in-the-mouse-utricle-leads-to-a-flat-epithelium-but-the-peripheral-neural-degeneration-is-delayed
#6
Guo-Peng Wang, Ishani Basu, Lisa A Beyer, Hiu Tung Wong, Donald L Swiderski, Shu-Sheng Gong, Yehoash Raphael
The damaged vestibular sensory epithelium of mammals has a limited capacity for spontaneous hair cell regeneration, which largely depends on the transdifferentiation of surviving supporting cells. Little is known about the response of vestibular supporting cells to a severe insult. In the present study, we evaluated the impact of a severe ototoxic insult on the histology of utricular supporting cells and the changes in innervation that ensued. We infused a high dose of streptomycin into the mouse posterior semicircular canal to induce a severe lesion in the utricle...
September 11, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925101/personal-use-of-hair-dyes-and-risk-of-leukemia-a-systematic-literature-review-and-meta-analysis
#7
REVIEW
Kevin M Towle, Matthew E Grespin, Andrew D Monnot
The objective of this study was to examine the association between personal use of hair dyes and the risk of leukemia. We conducted a systematic literature review of epidemiology studies reporting leukemia-specific cancer risks among hair dye users, and estimated the meta-relative risk (meta-RR) and corresponding 95% confidence interval (95% CI) of leukemia, comparing hair dye users to nonusers. When data from all 20 studies that met the inclusion criteria were combined, ever use of hair dye was associated with a nonstatistically significant increased risk of leukemia, meta-RR = 1...
September 18, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919125/multi-institution-analysis-of-infection-control-practices-identifies-the-subset-associated-with-best-surgical-site-infection-performance-a-texas-alliance-for-surgical-quality-collaborative-project
#8
Catherine H Davis, Lillian S Kao, Jason B Fleming, Thomas A Aloia
BACKGROUND: In an effort to reduce surgical site infection (SSI) rates, a large number of infection control practices (ICPs), including operating room attire policies, have been recommended. However, few have proven benefits and many are costly, time-consuming, and detrimental to provider morale. The goal of this multi-institution study was to determine which ICPs are associated with lower postoperative SSI rates. STUDY DESIGN: Twenty American College of Surgeons NSQIP and Texas Alliance for Surgical Quality-affiliated hospitals completed this Quality Improvement Assessment Board-approved study...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918974/pigmentary-changes-in-patients-treated-with-targeted-anticancer-agents-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#9
Julia Dai, Viswanath R Belum, Shenhong Wu, Vincent Sibaud, Mario E Lacouture
BACKGROUND: The discovery of signaling networks that drive oncogenic processes has led to the development of targeted anticancer agents. The burden of pigmentary adverse events from these drugs is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis of published clinical trials and determine the incidence and risk of development of targeted therapy-induced pigmentary changes. METHODS: A comprehensive search was conducted to identify studies reporting targeted therapy-induced pigmentary changes...
September 14, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918277/lead-isotopic-fingerprint-in-human-scalp-hair-the-case-study-of-iglesias-mining-district-sardinia-italy
#10
D Varrica, G Dongarrà, M G Alaimo, F Monna, R Losno, E Sanna, G De Giudici, E Tamburo
The Sulcis-Iglesiente district (SW Sardinia, Italy) has been, until recently, one of the most important Italian polymetallic mining areas for the extraction of lead. Epidemiological studies conducted over several decades have indicated this site at high risk of environmental crisis with possible adverse effects on the public health. In the present paper we discuss Pb isotope signatures in human scalp hair and road dust collected from the Sulcis-Iglesiente area in order to trace the exposure of populations to potential Pb sources...
September 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917762/full-validation-of-a-method-for-the-determination-of-drugs-of-abuse-in-non-mineralized-dental-biofilm-using-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-and-application-to-postmortem-samples
#11
Kerstin Henkel, Markus J Altenburger, Volker Auwärter, Merja A Neukamm
Alternative matrices play a major role in postmortem forensic toxicology, especially if common matrices (like body fluids or hair) are not available. Incorporation of illicit and medicinal drugs into non-mineralized dental biofilm (plaque) seems likely but has not been investigated so far. Analysis of plaque could therefore extend the spectrum of potentially used matrices in postmortem toxicology. For this reason, a rapid, simple and sensitive method for the extraction, determination and quantification of ten drugs of abuse from plaque using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) was developed and fully validated...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917304/prevalence-of-ticks-and-tick-borne-pathogens-babesia-and-borrelia-species-in-ticks-infesting-cats-of-great-britain
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Saran Davies, Swaid Abdullah, Chris Helps, Séverine Tasker, Hannah Newbury, Richard Wall
In a study of tick and tick-borne pathogen prevalence, between May and October 2016, 278 veterinary practices in Great Britain examined 1855 cats. Six-hundred and one cats were found to have attached ticks. The most frequently recorded tick species was Ixodes ricinus (57.1%), followed by Ixodes hexagonus (41.4%) and Ixodes trianguliceps (1.5%). Male cats, 4-6 years of age living in rural areas were most likely to be carrying a tick; hair length and tick treatment history had no significant association with attachment...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904650/dermatologic-microsutures-using-human-hair-a-useful-technique-in-cutaneous-stitching
#13
Mohammed Al Azrak, Rei Ogawa
Background: Facial wounds are challenging for dermatologic surgeons, particularly traumatic facial wounds, because they can yield disfiguring scars. To obtain good results, narrow needles and sutures are needed. Hair filaments have a very small diameter (0.06-0.1 mm) and could serve as suture threads for facial wounds. Objective: To determine the aesthetic outcomes by using autologous hair to suture facial wounds. Patients and Methods: This case series study examined the aesthetic outcomes of all consecutive female patients with traumatic facial wounds who underwent autologous hair-based stitching in 2009-2016...
2017: Eplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903188/hair-on-hair-static-friction-coefficient-can-be-determined-by-tying-a-knot
#14
Nicolas R Chevalier
Characterizing the tribological properties of the hair-hair interface is important to quantify the manageability of hair and to assess the performance of hair care products. Audoly et al. (Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 164301, 2007) derived an equation relating the self-friction coefficient of an elastic fiber to the dimensions of a simple, relaxed overhand knot made from this fiber. I experimentally tested and validated their equation using nylon thread and an independent measurement of its self-friction coefficient...
September 4, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900799/peroxynitrite-induces-apoptosis-of-mouse-cochlear-hair-cells-via-a-caspase-independent-pathway-in-vitro
#15
Zhixin Cao, Qianqian Yang, Haiyan Yin, Qi Qi, Hongrui Li, Gaoying Sun, Hongliang Wang, Wenwen Liu, Jianfeng Li
Peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)) is a potent and versatile oxidant implicated in a number of pathophysiological processes. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of ONOO(-) on the cultured cochlear hair cells (HCs) of C57BL/6 mice in vitro as well as the possible mechanism underlying the action of such an oxidative stress. The in vitro primary cultured cochlear HCs were subjected to different concentrations of ONOO(-), then, the cell survival and morphological changes were examined by immunofluorescence and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the apoptosis was determined by Terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUNT nick end labeling (TUNEL) assay, the mRNA expressions of Caspase-3, Caspase-8, Caspase-9, Apaf1, Bcl-2, and Bax were analyzed by RT-PCR, and the protein expressions of Caspase-3 and AIF were assessed by immunofluorescence...
September 12, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898818/the-impact-of-demographic-factors-behaviors-and-environmental-exposure-to-mercury-content-in-the-hair-of-the-population-living-in-the-region-of-lodz-central-poland
#16
Marta Marcinek-Jacel, Jadwiga Albińska, Aleksandra Pawlaczyk, Małgorzata Iwona Szynkowska
The aim of this work was to access the influence of different factors such as sex, age, fish consumption, hair dyeing or smoking habit on the content of mercury in human hair samples. The research was carried on 444 samples (102 males and 342 females) collected from the population of people living in the region of Lodz (central Poland). The content of mercury in human hair samples was determined using the Mercury Analyzer MA 3000 (Nippon Instruments, Japan). The obtained results were elaborated using Statistica ver...
September 5, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889125/brimonidine-protects-auditory-hair-cells-from-in-vitro-induced-toxicity-of-gentamicin
#17
Maurizio Cortada, Soledad Levano, Daniel Bodmer
Brimonidine, an alpha-2 adrenergic receptor (α2-AR) agonist, has neuroprotective effects in the visual system and in spiral ganglion neurons. Auditory hair cells (HCs) express all 3 α2-AR subtypes, but their roles in HCs remain unknown. This study investigated the effects of brimonidine on auditory HCs that were also exposed to gentamicin, which is toxic to HCs. Organ of Corti explants were exposed to gentamicin in the presence or absence of brimonidine, and the α2-AR protein expression levels and Erk1/2 and Akt phosphorylation levels were determined...
September 9, 2017: Audiology & Neuro-otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888663/impact-of-air-manganese-on-child-neurodevelopment-in-east-liverpool-ohio
#18
Erin N Haynes, Heidi Sucharew, Timothy J Hilbert, Pierce Kuhnell, Alonzo Spencer, Nicholas C Newman, Roxanne Burns, Robert Wright, Patrick J Parsons, Kim N Dietrich
BACKGROUND: East Liverpool, Ohio, the site of a hazardous waste incinerator and a manganese (Mn) processor, has had air Mn concentrations exceeding United States Environmental Protection Agency reference levels for over a decade. Save Our County, Inc., a community organization, was formed to address community environmental health concerns related to local industry. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati partnered with Save Our County to determine if air Mn had an impact on the neurocognitive function of children in the community...
September 6, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888172/simultaneous-extraction-of-propofol-and-propofol-glucuronide-from-hair-followed-by-validated-lc-ms-ms-analyses
#19
Alexandra Maas, Christoph Maier, Stefanie Iwersen-Bergmann, Burkhard Madea, Cornelius Hess
Besides its clinical application, the anaesthetic agent propofol is being increasingly misused, mostly by healthcare professionals, and its abuse potential gained worldwide attention after the tragic death of Michael Jackson in 2009. Due to the short duration of its narcotic effects, propofol abuse is especially easy to hide compared with the use of other recreational drugs. However, propofol possesses a very narrow therapeutic window between the desired effect and potentially fatal toxicity, making abuse of the drug extremely dangerous even in experienced physicians...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886938/enantioselective-determination-of-r-zopiclone-and-s-zopiclone-eszopiclone-in-human-hair-by-micropulverized-extraction-and-chiral-liquid-chromatography-high-resolution-mass-spectrometry
#20
Hajime Miyaguchi, Kenji Kuwayama
Zopiclone and its (S)-enantiomer (eszopiclone) are commonly prescribed for insomnia. Despite the high demand for enantioselective differentiation, the chiral analysis of zopiclone in hair has not been reported. In this study, a method for the enantioselective quantification of zopiclone in human hair was developed. The extraction medium and duration were optimized using real eszopiclone-positive hair samples. Specifically, micropulverized extraction with 3.0M ammonium phosphate buffer (pH 8.4) involving salting-out assisted liquid-liquid extraction with acetonitrile was utilized to minimize the degradation of zopiclone and for rapid and facile operation...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
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