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Laura A Thompson, Tracy A Romano
Increased pressure, associated with diving, can alter cell function through several mechanisms and has been shown to impact immune functions performed by peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in humans. While marine mammals possess specific adaptations which protect them from dive related injury, it is unknown how their immune system is adapted to the challenges associated with diving. The purpose of this study was to measure PBMC activation (IL2R expression) and Concanavalin A induced lymphocyte proliferation (BrdU incorporation) in belugas following in vitro pressure exposures during baseline, Out of Water Examination (OWE) and capture/release conditions...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Ram Kandasamy, Jonas J Calsbeek, Michael M Morgan
Opioids are effective at inhibiting responses to noxious stimuli in rodents, but have limited efficacy and many side effects in chronic pain patients. One reason for this disconnect is that nociception is typically assessed using withdrawal from noxious stimuli in animals, whereas chronic pain patients suffer from abnormal pain that disrupts normal activity. We hypothesized that assessment of home cage wheel running in rats would provide a much more clinically relevant method to assess opioid efficacy to restore normal behavior...
October 13, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
Juliana M Schöntag, Filipe M Moreira, Maurício L Sens
Polystyrene (PS) beads have been studied as a possible filter element, with the aim of increasing the effective production of water in treatment plants. Being a granular material of an effective size of 0.68 mm, sphericity of 0.96 and density of 1046 kg/m(3), the use of PS beads may provide washing water savings because they require low velocities for expansion during backwash. However, other aspects must be considered before the adoption of this material, such as the filtration mechanisms associated with it...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Technology
Douglas W Powell, Samantha Andrews, Cris Stickley, D S Blaise Williams
: High- (HA) and low-arched athletes (LA) experience distinct injury patterns. These injuries are the result of the interaction of structure and biomechanics. A suggested mechanism of patellofemoral pain pertains to frontal plane knee moments which may be exaggerated in LA athletes. We hypothesize that LA athletes will exhibit greater peak knee abduction moments than high-arched athletes. METHODS: Twenty healthy female recreational athletes (10HA and 10LA) performed five over-ground barefoot walking and five barefoot running trials at a self-selected velocity while three-dimensional kinematics and ground reaction forces were recorded...
October 13, 2016: Human Movement Science
Josué Gómez-Molina, Ana Ogueta-Alday, Christopher Stickley, Jesus Camara Tobalina, Jon Cabrejas-Ugartondo, Juan García-López
The aim of this study was to compare the spatio-temporal parameters of trained runners and untrained participants with the same foot strike pattern (rearfoot) during running at controlled speeds. Twenty-one participants were classified in two groups according to their training experience: Trained (n=10, amateur runners with long distance training experience) and Untrained (n=11, healthy non-trained participants). Anthropometric variables were recorded, and the participants performed both a submaximal (between 9 and 15 km·h) and a graded exercise running test (from 6 km·h until exhaustion) on a treadmill...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Jin-Jin Lu, Bing-Jie Jia, Lin Yang, Wen Zhang, Xin Dong, Ping Li, Jun Chen
It has been proved that the purine metabolic pathway has been implicated in various biological disorders including gout, diabetes, coronary heart diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases. The analysis of the purine metabolic pathway in organisms reveals important alterations under different physiological and pathological conditions, which contributes to the pathological study, diagnosis, and therapy of related diseases. In the present study, an ultra-high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet and tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-UV-MS/MS) method was developed for conducting the comprehensive analysis of the metabolite profiles of the purine pathway in rat plasma through a single analysis...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
D S Blaise Williams, Jonathan H Cole, Douglas W Powell
Running during sports and for physical activity often requires changes in velocity through acceleration and deceleration. While it is clear that lower extremity biomechanics vary during these accelerations and decelerations, the work requirements of the individual joints are not well understood. The purpose of this investigation was to measure the sagittal plane mechanical work of the individual lower extremity joints during acceleration, deceleration and steady state running. 10 runners were compared during acceleration, deceleration and steady state running using three-dimensional kinematics and kinetics measures...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
Tong-Cui Ma, Run-Hong Zhou, Xu Wang, Jie-Liang Li, Ming Sang, Li Zhou, Ke Zhuang, Wei Hou, De-Yin Guo, Wen-Zhe Ho
The Bowman-Birk inhibitor (BBI), a soybean-derived protease inhibitor, is known to have anti-inflammatory effect in both in vitro and in vivo systems. Macrophages play a key role in inflammation and immune activation, which is implicated in HIV disease progression. Here, we investigated the effect of BBI on HIV infection of peripheral blood monocyte-derived macrophages. We demonstrated that BBI could potently inhibit HIV replication in macrophages without cytotoxicity. Investigation of the mechanism(s) of BBI action on HIV showed that BBI induced the expression of IFN-β and multiple IFN stimulated genes (ISGs), including Myxovirus resistance protein 2 (Mx2), 2',5'-oligoadenylate synthetase (OAS-1), Virus inhibitory protein (viperin), ISG15 and ISG56...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Seiji Kondo, Satoshi Kubota, Masaharu Takigawa
Cells generally control the concentration of mRNA by transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation, so the separate contributions of synthesis and degradation ("decay") cannot be discriminated by the quantification of mRNA. To elucidate the contribution of posttranscriptional regulation, all experimental procedures for the analysis of the total transcript level, transcriptional induction, and degradation of the target mRNA are performed either individually, or in combination. From our experience, measurement of the steady-state levels of the mRNA using quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction is an essential first step in quantifying ccn2 gene expression level...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Markus Sack, Jenny N Lenz, Mira Jakovcevski, Sarah V Biedermann, Claudia Falfán-Melgoza, Jan Deussing, Maximilian Bielohuby, Martin Bidlingmaier, Frederik Pfister, Günter K Stalla, Alexander Sartorius, Peter Gass, Wolfgang Weber-Fahr, Johannes Fuss, Matthias K Auer
Excessive intake of high-caloric diets as well as subsequent development of obesity and diabetes mellitus may exert a wide range of unfavorable effects on the central nervous system (CNS) in the long-term. The potentially harmful effects of such diets were suggested to be mitigated by physical exercise. Here, we conducted a study investigating early effects of a cafeteria-diet on gray and white brain matter volume by means of voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and region-of-interest (ROI) analysis. Half of the mice performed voluntary wheel running to study if regular physical exercise prevents unfavorable effects of a cafeteria-diet...
October 12, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
Li-Min Xu, Lei Chen, Feng Li, Run Zhang, Zong-Yang Li, Fan-Fan Chen, Xiao-Dan Jiang
BACKGROUND: Gliomas are the most common type of primary brain tumour in the central nervous system of adults. The long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) HOXA transcript at the distal tip (HOTTIP) is transcribed from the 5' tip of the HOXA locus. HOTTIP has recently been shown to be dysregulated and play an important role in the progression of several cancers. However, little is known about whether and how HOTTIP regulates glioma development. METHODS: In this study, we assayed the expression of HOTTIP in glioma tissue samples and glioma cell lines using real-time polymerase chain reaction and defined the biological functions of HOTTIP using the CCK-8 assay, flow cytometry, terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labelling (TUNEL assay) and tumour formation assay in a nude mouse model...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
Matías Alvarez-Saavedra, Yves De Repentigny, Doo Yang, Ryan W O'Meara, Keqin Yan, Lukas E Hashem, Lemuel Racacho, Ilya Ioshikhes, Dennis E Bulman, Robin J Parks, Rashmi Kothary, David J Picketts
Exercise has been argued to enhance cognitive function and slow progressive neurodegenerative disease. Although exercise promotes neurogenesis, oligodendrogenesis and adaptive myelination are also significant contributors to brain repair and brain health. Nonetheless, the molecular details underlying these effects remain poorly understood. Conditional ablation of the Snf2h gene impairs cerebellar development producing mice with poor motor function, progressive ataxia, and death between postnatal days 25-45...
October 11, 2016: Cell Reports
Silvia L Carvalho, Tatsuya Nagata, Bruna R Junqueira, Larissa G Zanardo, Ana C S Paiva, Claudine M Carvalho
Infectious cDNA clones are an important tool to study the molecular and cellular process of RNA virus infection. In vitro and in vivo transcription systems are the two main strategies used in the generation of infectious cDNA clones for RNA viruses. This study describes the first generation of a full-length infectious cDNA clone of Cowpea mild mottle virus (CPMMV), a Carlavirus. The full-length genome was synthesized by Overlap Extension PCR of two overlapping fragments and cloned in a pUC-based vector under control of the SP6 RNA polymerase promoter...
October 11, 2016: Virus Genes
Kristina Guyton, John C Alverdy
Surgery involving the gastrointestinal tract continues to prove challenging because of the persistence of unpredictable complications such as anastomotic leakage and life-threatening infections. Removal of diseased intestinal segments results in substantial catabolic stress and might require complex reconstructive surgery to maintain the functional continuity of the intestinal tract. As gastrointestinal surgery necessarily involves a breach of an epithelial barrier colonized by microorganisms, preoperative intestinal antisepsis is used to reduce infection-related complications...
October 12, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Mao-Jie Wang, Yong-Yue Xu, Run-Yue Huang, Xiu-Min Chen, Hai-Ming Chen, Ling Han, Yu-Hong Yan, Chuan-Jian Lu
BACKGROUND: Specific profile of microRNAs (miRNAs, miR) expressed in psoriasis has been identified in the past few years, while the studies on roles and molecular mechanisms of these miRNAs are still on the way. In our previous study, four specific miRNAs (miR-31, miR-203, hsa-miR-99a and miR-125b) were found to be specifically altered in psoriatic lesions.We therefore conducted a systematic literature review in this study to reveal the role of these miRNAs in the pathogenesis of psoriasis in order to inform future research...
October 8, 2016: Oncotarget
Jonathan Hetzel, Sascha H Duttke, Christopher Benner, Joanne Chory
Transcriptional regulation of gene expression is a major mechanism used by plants to confer phenotypic plasticity, and yet compared with other eukaryotes or bacteria, little is known about the design principles. We generated an extensive catalog of nascent and steady-state transcripts in Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings using global nuclear run-on sequencing (GRO-seq), 5'GRO-seq, and RNA-seq and reanalyzed published maize data to capture characteristics of plant transcription. De novo annotation of nascent transcripts accurately mapped start sites and unstable transcripts...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
JianJun Zhao, JianGuo Xiao, Min Lee Lee, YunTao Ma
Slopes are subjected to stress redistributions during underground mining activities, and this may eventually cause deformation or landslide. This paper takes Madaling landslide in Guizhou Province, China as a case study to investigate the failure mechanism and its run-out behaviours by using discrete element method. Previous qualitative analysis indicated that the slope experienced four stages of failure mechanisms: (1) development of tension cracks, (2) development of stepped-like creep cracks, (3) development of potential rupture surfaces, and (4) occurrence of the landslide...
2016: SpringerPlus
Xingxing Peng, Tsz Wai Ng, Guocheng Huang, Wanjun Wang, Taicheng An, Po Keung Wong
A 5-L reactor was designed and used to enhance the sunlight/visible-light-driven (VLD) photocatalytic disinfection efficiency towards Gram-negative bacterium (Escherichia coli). Natural magnetic sphalerite (NMS) was used as the photocatalyst, which could be easily recycled by applying a magnetic field. Results showed that NMS with irradiation by the blue light emitting diode (LED) lamp could completely inactivate 1.5 × 10(5) cfu/mL of E. coli within 120 min in the first three runs. However, the inactivation efficiency of E...
January 2017: Chemosphere
Han-Yin Li, Chen-Zhou Wang, Xue Chen, Xue-Fei Cao, Shao-Ni Sun, Run-Cang Sun
An integrated process based on ionic liquids ([Bmim]Cl and [Bmim]OAc) pretreatment and successive alkali post-treatments (0.5, 2.0, and 4.0% NaOH at 90°C for 2h) was performed to isolate lignins from Eucalyptus. The structural features and spatial distribution of lignin in the Eucalyptus cell wall were investigated thoroughly. Results revealed that the ionic liquids pretreatment promoted the isolation of alkaline lignin from the pretreated samples without obvious structural changes. Additionally, the integrated process resulted in syringyl-rich lignin macromolecules with more β-O-4' linkages and less phenolic hydroxyl groups...
September 29, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Chun-Mei Wang, Zeng-Run Xia, Guo-Qiang Wu, Hui-Jun Yuan, Xin-Rui Wang, Jin-Hua Li, Fu-Ping Tian, Qian Zhang, Xin-Qiang Zhu, Jiong-Jie He, Tanweer Kumar, Xiao-Li Wang, Jin-Lin Zhang
Hordeum brevisubulatum, called as wild barley, is a useful monocotyledonous halophyte for soil improvement in northern China. Although previously studied, its main salt tolerance mechanism remained controversial. The current work showed that shoot Na(+) concentration was increased rapidly with stress time and significantly higher than in wheat during 0-168h of 100mM NaCl treatment. Similar results were also found under 25 and 50mM NaCl treatments. Even K(+) was increased from 0.01 to 50mM in the cultural solution, no significant effect was found on tissue Na(+) concentrations...
November 2016: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
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