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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650976/effect-of-praziquantel-on-the-differential-expression-of-mouse-hepatic-genes-and-parasite-atp-binding-cassette-transporter-gene-family-members-during-schistosoma-mansoni-infection
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Melissa C Sanchez, Katina V Krasnec, Amalia S Parra, Christian von Cabanlong, Geoffrey N Gobert, Boris Umylny, Pauline M Cupit, Charles Cunningham
Schistosomiasis is a chronic parasitic disease caused by sexually dimorphic blood flukes of the genus Schistosoma. Praziquantel (PZQ) is the only drug widely available to treat the disease but does not kill juvenile parasites. Here we report the use of next generation sequencing to study the transcriptional effect of PZQ on murine hepatic inflammatory, immune and fibrotic responses to Schistosoma mansoni worms and eggs. An initial T helper cell 1 (Th1) response is induced against schistosomes in mice treated with drug vehicle (Vh) around the time egg laying begins, followed by a T helper cell 2 (Th2) response and the induction of genes whose action leads to granuloma formation and fibrosis...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649699/a-wrky-transcription-factor-from-withania-somnifera-regulates-triterpenoid-withanolide-accumulation-and-biotic-stress-tolerance-through-modulation-of-phytosterol-and-defense-pathways
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Anup Kumar Singh, Sarma Rajeev Kumar, Varun Dwivedi, Avanish Rai, Shaifali Pal, Ajit K Shasany, Dinesh A Nagegowda
Withania somnifera produces pharmacologically important triterpenoid withanolides that are derived via phytosterol pathway; however, their biosynthesis and regulation remain to be elucidated. A jasmonate- and salicin-inducible WRKY transcription factor from W. somnifera (WsWRKY1) exhibiting correlation with withaferin A accumulation was functionally characterized employing virus-induced gene silencing and overexpression studies combined with transcript and metabolite analyses, and chromatin immunoprecipitation assay...
June 26, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649459/the-study-on-force-surface-integrity-tool-life-and-chip-on-laser-assisted-machining-of-inconel-718-using-nd-yag-laser-source
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K Venkatesan
Inconel 718, a high-temperature alloy, is a promising material for high-performance aerospace gas turbine engines components. However, the machining of the alloy is difficult owing to immense shear strength, rapid work hardening rate during turning, and less thermal conductivity. Hence, like ceramics and composites, the machining of this alloy is considered as difficult-to-turn materials. Laser assisted turning method has become a promising solution in recent years to lessen cutting stress when materials that are considered difficult-to-turn, such as Inconel 718 is employed...
July 2017: Journal of Advanced Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649426/conserved-and-species-specific-molecular-denominators-in-mammalian-skeletal-muscle-aging
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Evi M Mercken, Miriam Capri, Bethany A Carboneau, Maria Conte, Juliana Heidler, Aurelia Santoro, Alejandro Martin-Montalvo, Marta Gonzalez-Freire, Husam Khraiwesh, José A González-Reyes, Ruin Moaddel, Yongqing Zhang, Kevin G Becker, José M Villalba, Julie A Mattison, Ilka Wittig, Claudio Franceschi, Rafael de Cabo
Aging is a complex phenomenon involving functional decline in multiple physiological systems. We undertook a comparative analysis of skeletal muscle from four different species, i.e. mice, rats, rhesus monkeys, and humans, at three different representative stages during their lifespan (young, middle, and old) to identify pathways that modulate function and healthspan. Gene expression profiling and computational analysis revealed that pathway complexity increases from mice to humans, and as mammals age, there is predominantly an upregulation of pathways in all species...
2017: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649248/a-combination-of-podophyllotoxin-and-rutin-alleviates-radiation-induced-pneumonitis-and-fibrosis-through-modulation-of-lung-inflammation-in-mice
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Savita Verma, Bhargab Kalita, Sania Bajaj, Hridayesh Prakash, Ajay Kumar Singh, Manju Lata Gupta
Pneumonitis and pulmonary fibrosis are predominant consequences of radiation exposure, whether planned or accidental. The present study, demonstrates radioprotective potential of a formulation, prepared by combining podophyllotoxin and rutin (G-003M), in mice exposed to 11 Gy thoracic gamma radiation (TGR). Treated mice were observed for survival and other symptomatic features. Formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS)/nitric oxide (NO) was measured in bronchoalveolar lavage cells. DNA damage and cell death were assessed in alveolar cells by terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick-end labeling assay...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648989/thiol-functionalized-nanogels-as-reactive-plasticizers-for-crosslinked-polymer-networks
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Manju Saraswathy, Jeffrey W Stansbury, Devatha P Nair
Significant efforts have been expended to mitigate plasticizer migration from crosslinked methacrylic and poly(vinyl chloride) polymer networks by synthesizing reactive plasticizers that can blend homogenously within the networks to reduce polymer property change, acute toxicity and downstream environmental effects of plasticizer migration with limited and varying amount of success. We hypothesized that appropriate thiol-functionalized nanogels synthesized using the same monomers as the parent network to generate highly compact, crosslinked structures will form thermally stable, homogenous networks and perform as optimal reactive plasticizers...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648807/dehydration-and-starvation-yield-energetic-consequences-that-affect-survival-of-the-american-dog-tick
#7
Andrew J Rosendale, Megan E Dunlevy, Alicia M Fieler, David W Farrow, Benjamin Davies, Joshua B Benoit
Ticks are obligate hematophagous arthropods, but may have to endure extended time (1-2 years) between feedings. During these off-host periods, ticks must contend with a multitude of environmental stresses including prolonged or repeated exposure to desiccating conditions. In this study, we measured the energetic consequences of single and repeated bouts of dehydration of American dog ticks, Dermacentor variabilis, and examined the impact of energy reserves on tick survival during dehydration. Recently molted ticks exposed to a single period at 0% relative humidity (RH) for 5 d lost ∼26% of their body water and showed 1...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648635/pro-oxidant-pro-inflammatory-alterations-in-the-offspring%C3%A2-s-heart-of-mild-diabetic-rats-are-regulated-by-maternal-treatments-with-a-mitochondrial-antioxidant
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Romina Higa, Sabrina L Roberti, Evangelina Capobianco, Daiana Fornes, Verónica White, Alicia Jawerbaum
Maternal diabetes programs metabolic and cardiovascular diseases in the offspring. Here, we demonstrated increased pro-oxidant/pro-inflammatory markers in the heart of 2-day-old offspring of diabetic rats, previous to the induction of metabolic alterations. At a pre-pubertal stage, sex-dependent changes were evidenced in the diabetic group, as only males showed increased glycemia as well as increased lipoperoxidation and concentrations of nitrated proteins, matrix metalloproteinase-9 and peroxisome proliferator activated receptor α (PPARα) in the heart...
June 22, 2017: Reproductive Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648096/nad-h-and-nadp-h-redox-couples-and-cellular-energy-metabolism
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Wusheng Xiao, Rui-Sheng Wang, Diane E Handy, Joseph Loscalzo
SIGNIFICANCE: The NAD+/NADH and NADP+/NADPH redox couples are essential for maintaining cellular redox homeostasis and for modulating numerous biological events, including cellular metabolism. Deficiency or imbalance of these two redox couples has been associated with many pathological disorders. Recent Advances: Newly-identified biosynthetic enzymes and newly-developed genetically encoded biosensors enable us to understand better how cells maintain compartmentalized NAD(H) and NADP(H) pools...
June 24, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647757/arbuscular-mycorrhiza-effects-on-plant-performance-under-osmotic-stress
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Christian Santander, Ricardo Aroca, Juan Manuel Ruiz-Lozano, Jorge Olave, Paula Cartes, Fernando Borie, Pablo Cornejo
At present, drought and soil salinity are among the most severe environmental stresses that affect the growth of plants through marked reduction of water uptake which lowers water potential, leading to osmotic stress. In general, osmotic stress causes a series of morphological, physiological, biochemical, and molecular changes that affect plant performance. Several studies have found that diverse types of soil microorganisms improve plant growth, especially when plants are under stressful conditions. Most important are the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) which form arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM) with approximately 80% of plant species and are present in almost all terrestrial ecosystems...
June 25, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647181/rosmarinic-acid-attenuates-hepatic-fibrogenesis-via-suppression-of-hepatic-stellate-cell-activation-proliferation-and-induction-of-apoptosis
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Naglaa M El-Lakkany, Walaa H El-Maadawy, Sayed H Seif El-Din, Olfat A Hammam, Salwa H Mohamed, Shahira M Ezzat, Marwa M Safar, Samira Saleh
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the antifibrotic role of rosmarinic acid (RA), a natural polyphenolic compound, on HSCs activation/proliferation and apoptosis in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: The impact of RA on stellate cell line (HSC-T6) proliferation, activation and apoptosis was assessed along with its safety on primary hepatocytes. In vivo, rats were divided into: (i) normal; (ii) thioacetamide (TAA)-intoxicated rats for 12 weeks; (iii) TAA + silymarin or (iv) TAA + RA...
May 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647125/isogenic-mutations-in-the-moraxella-catarrhalis-cyddc-system-display-pleiotropic-phenotypes-and-reveal-the-role-of-a-palindrome-sequence-in-its-transcriptional-regulation
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Yosra I Nagy, Manal M M Hussein, Yasser M Ragab, Ahmed S Attia
Moraxella catarrhalis is becoming an important human respiratory tract pathogen affecting significant proportions from the population. However, still little is known about its physiology and molecular regulation. To this end, the CydDC, which is a heterodimeric ATP binding cassette transporter that has been shown to contribute to the maintenance of the redox homeostasis across the periplasm in other Gram-negative bacteria, is studied here. Amino acids multiple sequence alignments indicated that M. catarrhalis CydC is different from the CydC proteins of the bacterial species in which this system has been previously studied...
September 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646804/pilot-investigation-of-2-nondiet-approaches-to-improve-weight-and-health
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Kelly H Webber, Laurel Mellin, Lindsey Mayes, Igor Mitrovic, Matt Saulnier
Context • Weight loss and maintenance are associated with many health benefits, but long-term maintenance of weight loss remains elusive for many people. Overweight individuals are at higher risk than normal-weight individuals for stress-induced overeating. The use of stress-management tools in a weight loss program might decrease the physiological stress that fuels overeating and improve posttreatment maintenance of weight loss Objective • The study intended to compare the differences in outcomes between 2 approaches to achieving weight loss and changes in health-stress reduction and intuitive eating (IE)-during a 14-wk period...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646803/effects-of-balneotherapy-on-serum-levels-of-shingosine-1-phosphate-in-patients-with-osteoarthritis
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Esra Aycan Ustyol, Fatih Karaarslan, Seldag Bekpinar, Kagan Ozkuk, Nergis Erdogan
Context • Balneotherapy is one of the most commonly used nonpharmacological interventions for osteoarthritis (OA), but its mechanism of action in relieving pain and stiffness and in improving physical function is not well understood. Studies have found that therapy provokes a series of neuroendocrinal reactions with anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), a bioactive lipid, has been implicated as an important mediator in the maintenance of physiological processes (eg, vascular barrier integrity) and in pathophysiologic processes such as inflammatory conditions...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646388/skin-conductance-reactivity-to-standardized-virtual-reality-combat-scenes-in-veterans-with-ptsd
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Mascha van 't Wout, Christopher M Spofford, William S Unger, Elizabeth B Sevin, M Tracie Shea
Interest in virtual reality (VR) as a clinical tool to augment posttraumatic stress (PTSD) treatment has grown substantially in recent years due to advances in VR technology. Moreover, its potential assisted use in the PTSD diagnostic process has been recognized. In this study we examined physiological responding, skin conductance, to a standardized presentation of non-personalized combat-related VR events (e.g. encountering enemy fire; explosions) as compared to non-combat classroom VR events in 19 Veterans with and 24 Veterans without combat-related PTSD who had been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan...
June 23, 2017: Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646317/di-n-butyl-phthalate-prompts-interruption-of-spermatogenesis-steroidogenesis-and-fertility-associated-with-increased-testicular-oxidative-stress-in-adult-male-rats
#16
Giribabu Nelli, Sreenivasula Reddy Pamanji
Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) is extensively used as plasticizer, and it was ubiquitary released into the environment. The present study was aimed to investigate the effect of DBP on reproductive competence in adult male rats. Adult male rats were received corn oil or DBP injection intraperitoneally (ip) at 100 and 500 mg/kg body weight on 90, 97, 104, and 111 days. Following completion of the experimental period, adult male rats were cohabitated with untreated proestrus female rats for determination of fertilization capacity...
June 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646156/mahanine-exerts-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antileishmanial-activity-by-modulation-of-redox-homeostasis
#17
Saptarshi Roy, Devawati Dutta, Eswara M Satyavarapu, Pawan K Yadav, Chhabinath Mandal, Susanta Kar, Chitra Mandal
Earlier we have established a carbazole alkaloid (mahanine) isolated from an Indian edible medicinal plant as an anticancer agent with minimal effect on normal cells. Here we report for the first time that mahanine-treated drug resistant and sensitive virulent Leishmania donovani promastigotes underwent apoptosis through phosphatidylserine externalization, DNA fragmentation and cell cycle arrest. An early induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) suggests that the mahanine-induced apoptosis was mediated by oxidative stress...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646096/heat-stress-causes-dysfunctional-autophagy-in-oxidative-skeletal-muscle
#18
Alexandra J Brownstein, Shanthi Ganesan, Corey M Summers, Sarah Pearce, Benjamin J Hale, Jason W Ross, Nicholas Gabler, Jacob T Seibert, Robert P Rhoads, Lance H Baumgard, Joshua T Selsby
We have previously established that 24 h of environmental hyperthermia causes oxidative stress and have implicated mitochondria as likely contributors to this process. Given this, we hypothesized that heat stress would lead to increased autophagy/mitophagy and a reduction in mitochondrial content. To address this hypothesis pigs were housed in thermoneutral (TN; 20°C) or heat stress (35°C) conditions for 1- (HS1) or 3- (HS3) days and the red and white portions of the semitendinosus collected. We did not detect differences in glycolytic muscle...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645948/the-relationship-between-bicycle-commuting-and-perceived-stress-a-cross-sectional-study
#19
Ione Avila-Palencia, Audrey de Nazelle, Tom Cole-Hunter, David Donaire-Gonzalez, Michael Jerrett, Daniel A Rodriguez, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen
INTRODUCTION: Active commuting - walking and bicycling for travel to and/or from work or educational addresses - may facilitate daily, routine physical activity. Several studies have investigated the relationship between active commuting and commuting stress; however, there are no studies examining the relationship between solely bicycle commuting and perceived stress, or studies that account for environmental determinants of bicycle commuting and stress. The current study evaluated the relationship between bicycle commuting, among working or studying adults in a dense urban setting, and perceived stress...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645570/quantitative-proteomics-analysis-by-itraq-revealed-underlying-changes-in-thermotolerance-of-arthrospira-platensis
#20
Rong Chang, Bingxin Lv, Bosheng Li
Growth temperature is a critical factor that affects cultivation of Arthrospira platensis which is a type of cyanobacterium widely known as Spirulina that has significant commercial value. To investigate the molecular mechanism underlying the thermotolerance of Spirulina, differential protein expression profiling was carried out using iTRAQ-based quantitative proteomic analysis. This study only analyzed changes in thylakoids. Among the 2085 proteins quantified, 43 differentially expressed proteins were selected based on the fold change cutoff scores of ≥2 or ≤0...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
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