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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792945/cross-linking-by-epichlorohydrin-and-diepoxybutane-correlates-with-cytotoxicity-and-leads-to-apoptosis-in-human-leukemia-hl-60-cells
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Phuong M Le, Vanesa L Silvestri, Samuel C Redstone, Jordanne B Dunn, Julie T Millard
The bifunctional alkylating agents epichlorohydrin (ECH) and diepoxybutane (DEB) have been linked to increased cancer risks in industrial workers. These compounds react with DNA and proteins, leading to genotoxic effects. We used the comet assay to monitor formation of cross-links in HL-60 cells treated with ECH, DEB, and the structurally related anti-cancer drug mechlorethamine (HN2). We report a time- and dose-dependent cytotoxicity that correlated with cross-linking activity, following the order HN2 > DEB > ECH...
May 21, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792562/combined-effects-and-cross-interactions-of-different-antibiotics-and-polypeptides-in-salmonella-bredeney
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Xiangyu Ju, Mengjiao Zhu, Jinzhi Han, Zhaoxin Lu, Haizhen Zhao, Xiaomei Bie
Salmonella spp. are health-threatening foodborne pathogens. The increasingly common spread of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella spp. is a major public healthcare issue worldwide. In this study, we wished to explore (1) antibiotic or polypeptide combinations to inhibit multidrug-resistant Salmonella bredeney and (2) the regulation of cross-resistance and collateral sensitivity of antibiotics and polypeptides. We undertook a study to select antibiotic combinations. Then, we promoted drug-resistant strains of S...
May 24, 2018: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792381/a-photo-switchable-and-thermal-enhanced-fluorescent-hydrogel-prepared-from-n-isopropylacrylamide-with-water-soluble-spiropyran-derivative
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Xueqing Zou, Xiaozhen Xiao, Shixiong Zhang, Jiajun Zhong, Yulin Hou, Liqiong Liao
Herein, a photo-switchable and thermal-enhanced fluorescent hydrogel has been fabricated from N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm) with a mixture of water-soluble acryloyl-α-cyclodextrin/acryloyl-α-cyclodextrin-spiropyran (acryloyl-α-CD/ acryloyl-α-CD-SP) as cross-linkers. The physical properties, photochromic properties, and fluorescent behavior of the hydrogel were characterized. The fluorescence emission of the hydrogel can be reversibly switched "on/off" by UV/visible light irradiation, and meanwhile the fluorescence intensity can be enhanced by increasing the temperature above the volume phase transition temperature (VPTT) of the hydrogel...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791653/waist-circumference-is-an-effect-modifier-of-the-association-between-bone-mineral-density-and-glucose-metabolism
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Lygia N Barroso, Dayana R Farias, Marcia Soares-Mota, Heloisa Bettiol, Marco Antônio Barbieri, Milton Cesar Foss, Antônio Augusto M da Silva, Gilberto Kac
OBJECTIVE: The role of bone markers on insulin resistance (IR) remains controversial. The objective of this study is to evaluate the association between bone mineral density (BMD) and glucose metabolism and investigate if visceral hyperadiposity, evaluated by waist circumference (WC), is an effect modifier of this association. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Cross-sectional analysis with 468 young adults from the fourth follow-up of the 1978/79 Ribeirão Preto prospective birth cohort, Brazil...
May 17, 2018: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791609/association-between-multidrug-resistance-1-c3435t-gene-polymorphism-and-right-ventricular-dysfunction-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-cross-sectional-study
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Oğuzhan Yücel, Hakan Güneş, Hasan Yücel, Ali Zorlu
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction may develop over the course of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and is an important predictor of morbidity and mortality. Polymorphism of the multidrug resistance-1 (MDR-1) gene has been correlated with worse clinical findings among patients with COPD. Our aim here was to investigate the relationship between MDR-1 C3435T gene polymorphism and RV dysfunction in COPD patients. DESIGN AND SETTING: This was a cross-sectional study investigating the relationship between RV dysfunction and genetic defects in COPD patients...
March 2018: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791608/hiv-1-genetic-diversity-and-resistance-to-antiretroviral-drugs-among-pregnant-women-in-ribeir%C3%A3-o-preto-sp-brazil-cross-sectional-study
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Ana Teresa Mancini Pimenta, Isadora Alonso Correa, Patricia Pereira Dos Santos Melli, Renata Abduch, Geraldo Duarte, José Carlos Couto-Fernandez, Silvana Maria Quintana
BACKGROUND: Increasing genetic diversity of HIV-1 and emergence of drug-resistant mutations may reduce the efficacy of antiretroviral therapy and prophylaxis that are used to prevent mother-to-child transmission. The aim of this study was to assess the genetic diversity and prevalence of drug-resistant mutations among HIV-infected pregnant women. DESIGN AND SETTING: Cross-sectional study at an outpatient clinic for infectious diseases within gynecology and obstetrics...
March 2018: São Paulo Medical Journal, Revista Paulista de Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791572/is-lipid-accumulation-product-associated-with-an-atherogenic-lipoprotein-profile-in-brazilian-subjects
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Flavia De Conti Cartolano, Caroline Pappiani, Maria Camila Prupper de Freitas, Antonio M Figueiredo Neto, Antônio Augusto Ferreira Carioca, Nágila Raquel Teixeira Damasceno
BACKGROUND: Lipid accumulation product (LAP), a simple and low-cost tool, is a novel biomarker of central lipid accumulation and represents a potential surrogate marker for atherogenic lipoprotein profile. However, its association with lipoprotein subfractions has not been described in the literature. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether LAP index could be used as a marker of low- and high-density lipoprotein (LDL and HDL) size in Brazilian individuals. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included patients (n = 351) of both sexes and age between 30-74 years...
April 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791442/bacillus-cereus-a-serious-cause-of-nosocomial-infections-epidemiologic-and-genetic-survey
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Benjamin Glasset, Sabine Herbin, Sophie A Granier, Laurent Cavalié, Emilie Lafeuille, Cyprien Guérin, Raymond Ruimy, Florence Casagrande-Magne, Marion Levast, Nathalie Chautemps, Jean-Winoc Decousser, Laure Belotti, Isabelle Pelloux, Jerôme Robert, Anne Brisabois, Nalini Ramarao
Bacillus cereus is the 2nd most frequent bacterial agent responsible for food-borne outbreaks in France and the 3rd in Europe. In addition, local and systemic infections have been reported, mainly describing individual cases or single hospital setting. The real incidence of such infection is unknown and information on genetic and phenotypic characteristics of the incriminated strains is generally scarce. We performed an extensive study of B. cereus strains isolated from patients and hospital environments from nine hospitals during a 5-year study, giving an overview of the consequences, sources and pathogenic patterns of B...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789644/heritability-of-climate-relevant-traits-in-a-rainforest-skink
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Felipe Martins, Loeske Kruuk, John Llewelyn, Craig Moritz, Ben Phillips
There is justified concern about the impact of global warming on the persistence of tropical ectotherms. There is also growing evidence for strong selection on climate-relevant physiological traits. Understanding the evolutionary potential of populations is especially important for low dispersal organisms in isolated populations, because these populations have little choice but to adapt. Despite this, direct estimates of heritability and genetic correlations for physiological traits in ectotherms-which will determine their evolutionary responses to selection-are sparse, especially for reptiles...
May 22, 2018: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789542/rnf25-promotes-gefitinib-resistance-in-egfr-mutant-nsclc-cells-by-inducing-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-mediated-erk-reactivation
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Jung Hee Cho, Yeon-Mi You, Young Il Yeom, Dong Chul Lee, Bo-Kyung Kim, Misun Won, Byoung Chul Cho, Minho Kang, Seulki Park, Suk-Jin Yang, Jang Seong Kim, Jung-Ae Kim, Kyung Chan Park
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with EGFR mutations initially respond well to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) but eventually exhibit acquired or innate resistance to the therapies typically due to gene mutations, such as EGFR T790M mutation or a second mutation in the downstream pathways of EGFR. Importantly, a significant portion of NSCLC patients shows TKI resistance without any known mechanisms, calling more comprehensive studies to reveal the underlying mechanisms. Here, we investigated a synthetic lethality with gefitinib using a genome-wide RNAi screen in TKI-resistant EGFR-mutant NSCLC cells, and identified RNF25 as a novel factor related to gefitinib resistance...
May 22, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788478/a-minimal-threshold-of-fancj-helicase-activity-is-required-for-its-response-to-replication-stress-or-double-strand-break-repair
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Sanjay Kumar Bharti, Joshua A Sommers, Sanket Awate, Marina A Bellani, Irfan Khan, Lynda Bradley, Graeme A King, Yeonee Seol, Venkatasubramanian Vidhyasagar, Yuliang Wu, Takuye Abe, Koji Kobayashi, Kazuo Shin-Ya, Hiroyuki Kitao, Marc S Wold, Dana Branzei, Keir C Neuman, Robert M Brosh
Fanconi Anemia (FA) is characterized by bone marrow failure, congenital abnormalities, and cancer. Of over 20 FA-linked genes, FANCJ uniquely encodes a DNA helicase and mutations are also associated with breast and ovarian cancer. fancj-/- cells are sensitive to DNA interstrand cross-linking (ICL) and replication fork stalling drugs. We delineated the molecular defects of two FA patient-derived FANCJ helicase domain mutations. FANCJ-R707C was compromised in dimerization and helicase processivity, whereas DNA unwinding by FANCJ-H396D was barely detectable...
May 21, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787583/gender-associated-muscle-tendon-adaptations-to-resistance-training
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Gerard McMahon, Christopher I Morse, Keith Winwood, Adrian Burden, Gladys L Onambélé
PURPOSE: To compare the relative changes in muscle-tendon complex (MTC) properties following high load resistance training (RT) in young males and females, and determine any link with circulating TGFβ-1 and IGF-I levels. METHODS: Twenty-eight participants were assigned to a training group and subdivided by sex (T males [TM] aged 20±1 year, n = 8, T females [TF] aged 19±3 year, n = 8), whilst age-matched 6 males and 6 females were assigned to control groups (ConM/F)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787246/investigation-of-solvent-hydron-exchange-in-the-reaction-catalyzed-by-the-antibiotic-resistance-protein-cfr
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Matthew R Bauerle, Tyler L Grove, Squire J Booker
Cfr is a radical S-adenosylmethionine (RS) methylase that appends methyl groups to C8 and C2 of adenosine 2503 in 23S ribosomal RNA. Methylation of C8 confers resistance to several classes of antibiotics that bind in or near the peptidyl transferase center of the bacterial ribosome, including the synthetic antibiotic linezolid. The Cfr reaction requires the action of five conserved cysteines, three of which ligate a required [4Fe-4S] cluster cofactor. The two remaining cysteines play a more intricate role in the reaction, one of which (Cys338) becoming transiently methylated during catalysis...
May 22, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785904/identification-of-an-immune-modulation-locus-utilising-a-bovine-mammary-gland-infection-challenge-model
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Mathew D Littlejohn, Sally-Anne Turner, Caroline G Walker, Sarah D Berry, Kathryn Tiplady, Ric G Sherlock, Greg Sutherland, Simon Swift, Dorian Garrick, S Jane Lacy-Hulbert, Scott McDougall, Richard J Spelman, Russell G Snell, J Eric Hillerton
Inflammation of the mammary gland following bacterial infection, commonly known as mastitis, affects all mammalian species. Although the aetiology and epidemiology of mastitis in the dairy cow are well described, the genetic factors mediating resistance to mammary gland infection are not well known, due in part to the difficulty in obtaining robust phenotypic information from sufficiently large numbers of individuals. To address this problem, an experimental mammary gland infection experiment was undertaken, using a Friesian-Jersey cross breed F2 herd...
May 2018: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785797/relationship-between-handgrip-strength-and-pulmonary-function-in-apparently-healthy-older-women
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Da-Hye Son, Ji-Won Yoo, Mi-Ra Cho, Yong-Jae Lee
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between handgrip strength and pulmonary function. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of a representative sample of older Korean women. SETTING: The Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. PARTICIPANTS: Community-dwelling women aged 65 and older without chronic diseases or pulmonary disease (N=605). MEASUREMENTS: Handgrip strength was measured using a digital hand dynamometer, and pulmonary function was tested according to guidelines of the American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society using a spirometry system...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785201/speed-breeding-for-multiple-quantitative-traits-in-durum-wheat
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Samir Alahmad, Eric Dinglasan, Kung Ming Leung, Adnan Riaz, Nora Derbal, Kai P Voss-Fels, Jason A Able, Filippo M Bassi, Jack Christopher, Lee T Hickey
Background: Plant breeding requires numerous generations to be cycled and evaluated before an improved cultivar is released. This lengthy process is required to introduce and test multiple traits of interest. However, a technology for rapid generation advance named 'speed breeding' was successfully deployed in bread wheat ( Triticum aestivum L.) to achieve six generations per year while imposing phenotypic selection for foliar disease resistance and grain dormancy. Here, for the first time the deployment of this methodology is presented in durum wheat ( Triticum durum Desf...
2018: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784773/associated-patterns-of-insecticide-resistance-in-field-populations-of-malaria-vectors-across-africa
#17
Penelope A Hancock, Antoinette Wiebe, Katherine A Gleave, Samir Bhatt, Ewan Cameron, Anna Trett, David Weetman, David L Smith, Janet Hemingway, Michael Coleman, Peter W Gething, Catherine L Moyes
The development of insecticide resistance in African malaria vectors threatens the continued efficacy of important vector control methods that rely on a limited set of insecticides. To understand the operational significance of resistance we require quantitative information about levels of resistance in field populations to the suite of vector control insecticides. Estimation of resistance is complicated by the sparsity of observations in field populations, variation in resistance over time and space at local and regional scales, and cross-resistance between different insecticide types...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784661/linaclotide-attenuates-visceral-organ-crosstalk-role-of-guanylate-cyclase-c-activation-in-reversing-bladder-colon-cross-sensitization
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Ehsan N Mohammadi, Casey O Ligon, Ada Silos-Santiago, Pei Ge, Caroline Kurtz, Carolyn Higgins, Gerhard Hannig, Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld
INTRODUCTION: Bladder pain syndrome (BPS) is poorly understood, however there is evidence of a female predominance and co-morbidity with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Here we test the hypothesis that linaclotide, a guanylate cyclase-C (GC-C) agonist approved for the treatment of IBS with constipation (IBS-C), may represent a novel therapeutic for BPS acting through a mechanism involving an inhibition of visceral organ cross sensitization. METHODS: In female rats, infusion of dilute protamine sulfate (PS) into the bladder was employed to induce bladder and colonic hypersensitivity...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784512/epidemiology-and-etiology-of-invasive-bacterial-infection-in-infants-%C3%A2-60-days-old-treated-in-emergency-departments
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Christopher Woll, Mark I Neuman, Christopher M Pruitt, Marie E Wang, Eugene D Shapiro, Samir S Shah, Russell J McCulloh, Lise E Nigrovic, Sanyukta Desai, Adrienne G DePorre, Rianna C Leazer, Richard D Marble, Fran Balamuth, Elana A Feldman, Laura F Sartori, Whitney L Browning, Paul L Aronson
OBJECTIVES: To help guide empiric treatment of infants ≤60 days old with suspected invasive bacterial infection by describing pathogens and their antimicrobial susceptibilities. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional study of infants ≤60 days old with invasive bacterial infection (bacteremia and/or bacterial meningitis) evaluated in the emergency departments of 11 children's hospitals between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2016. Each site's microbiology laboratory database or electronic medical record system was queried to identify infants from whom a bacterial pathogen was isolated from either blood or cerebrospinal fluid...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783702/microstructure-and-corrosion-resistance-of-laser-welded-crossed-nitinol-wires
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Peng Dong, Runhua Yao, Zheng Yan, Zhifeng Yan, Wenxian Wang, Xiuli He, Jun Zhou
Laser welding has been considered to be one of the most promising joining processes for Nitinol medical device manufacturing. Presently, there is still a limited understanding about how laser welding affects the microstructure and the resultant corrosion behaviors. This work aimed to reveal the microstructural factors that influence the corrosion resistance of laser-welded crossed Nitinol joints. The microstructures within various zones of the joints were characterized by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and the corrosion behaviors of the joints in 0...
May 18, 2018: Materials
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