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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351661/estimation-of-measurement-uncertainty-in-quantitation-of-benzoylecgonine-bze-and-11-nor-%C3%AE-9-thc-9-carboxylic-acid-thca
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Darryl P Arfsten, Erick Roman Perez, Neal C Goebel
Calculating measurement uncertainty is a helpful exercise for identifying components or steps in a forensic analytical procedure that contribute to measurement variance. In this study, we used a bottom up approach to identify components in our procedures that contribute to measurement variance in our Department of Defense (DoD) Drug Demand Reduction Program (DDRP) Gas Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy (GCMS) analytical procedures for benzoylecgonine (BZE) and the THC metabolite, 11-nor-Δ9-THC-9-carboxylic acid (THCA) at 125% the DDRP concentration threshold (cutoff)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351622/antimicrobial-peptide-resistance-mechanism-contributes-to-staphylococcus-aureus-infection
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Gordon Y C Cheung, Emilie L Fisher, Joshua W McCausland, Justin Choi, John W M Collins, Seth W Dickey, Michael Otto
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) constitute an important part of innate host defense. Possibly limiting the therapeutic potential of AMPs is the fact that bacteria have developed AMP resistance mechanisms during their co-evolution with humans. However, there is no direct evidence that AMP resistance per se is important during an infection. Here we show that the Staphylococcus aureus Pmt ABC transporter defends the bacteria from killing by important human AMPs and elimination by human neutrophils. By showing that Pmt contributes to virulence during skin infection in an AMP-dependent manner, we provide evidence that AMP resistance plays a key role in bacterial infection...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351512/physiology-of-astroglia
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Alexei Verkhratsky, Maiken Nedergaard
Astrocytes are neural cells of ectodermal, neuroepithelial origin that provide for homeostasis and defense of the central nervous system (CNS). Astrocytes are highly heterogeneous in morphological appearance; they express a multitude of receptors, channels, and membrane transporters. This complement underlies their remarkable adaptive plasticity that defines the functional maintenance of the CNS in development and aging. Astrocytes are tightly integrated into neural networks and act within the context of neural tissue; astrocytes control homeostasis of the CNS at all levels of organization from molecular to the whole organ...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351478/pentose-phosphate-pathway-activity-parallels-lipogenesis-but-not-antioxidant-processes-in-rat-liver
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Eunsook S Jin, Min Hee Lee, Rebecca E Murphy, Craig R Malloy
The pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) is widely assumed to play a key role in both reductive biosynthesis and protection from oxidative stress because it is the major source of NADPH. However, little is known about the activity of the PPP in fatty liver which is characterized by both oxidative stress and lipogenesis. This study was designed to test whether the PPP is active in parallel with lipogenesis and antioxidant processes in the fatty liver of whole animals. Eight- and 16-week old, obese Zucker diabetic fatty rats and their lean littermates received [U-13C3]glycerol, and 13C labeling patterns of glucose and triglycerides were analyzed for the assessment of hepatic PPP activity and the potentially-related processes simultaneously...
January 9, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351164/body-mass-index-versus-body-fat-percentage-in-prospective-nfl-athletes-overestimation-of-obesity-rate-in-athletes-at-the-nfl-scouting-combine
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Capt Matthew T Provencher, Jorge Chahla, George Sanchez, Mark E Cinque, Nicholas I Kennedy, Jim Whalen, Mark D Price, Gilbert Moatshe, Robert F LaPrade
Obesity has been previously noted as a major issue in the National Football League (NFL), where it has been shown that 97% of all players demonstrate a body mass index (BMI) of ≥25.0 with a reported obesity rate of 56% (BMI ≥30.0). However, BMI does not take into account body composition by mass, and may overestimate prevalence of obesity. The purposes of this study were to (1) determine the validity of BMI as a measure of body fat percentage and obesity in athletes at the NFL Combine, to define the obesity rate based on body fat percentage compared to BMI...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351083/transcriptional-analysis-of-immune-relevant-genes-in-the-mucus-of-labeo-rohita-experimentally-infected-with-argulus-siamensis
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Sonali Parida, Amruta Mohapatra, Banya Kar, Jyotirmaya Mohanty, Pramoda Kumar Sahoo
The knowledge of mucosa-associated molecular events that occur during infections is scarce despite the well-established importance of mucus in fish immunity. Using qRT-PCR, we analyzed the immune gene expression patterns in mucus of Labeo rohita experimentally infected with an ectoparasite Argulus siamensis. Mucus samples were collected at 0 h, 12 h, 24 h, 3 d, 7 d, 15 d, and 30 d post challenge of L. rohita with metanauplii of A. siamensis. All interleukins studied herein (IL 6, IL 15, and IL 1β) showed significant upregulation of expression levels in mucus of A...
March 26, 2018: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351019/keystone-individuals-alter-ecological-and-evolutionary-consumer-resource-dynamics
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Denon Start
Intraspecific variation is central to our understanding of evolution and ecology, but these fields generally consider either the mean trait value or its variance. Alternatively, the keystone individual concept from behavioral ecology posits that a single individual with an extreme phenotype can have disproportionate and irreplaceable effects on group dynamics. Here, I generalize this concept to include nonbehavioral traits and broader ecological and evolutionary dynamics. I test for the effects of individuals with extreme phenotypes on the ecology and evolution of a gall-forming fly and its natural enemies that select for opposite gall sizes...
February 2018: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351017/temperature-dependent-species-interactions-shape-priority-effects-and-the-persistence-of-unequal-competitors
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Tess Nahanni Grainger, Adam Ivan Rego, Benjamin Gilbert
The order of species arrival at a site can determine the outcome of competitive interactions when early arrivers alter the environment or deplete shared resources. These priority effects are predicted to be stronger at high temperatures, as higher vital rates caused by warming allow early arrivers to more rapidly impact a shared environment. We tested this prediction using a pair of congeneric aphid species that specialize on milkweed plants. We manipulated temperature and arrival order of the two aphid species and measured aphid population dynamics and milkweed survival and defensive traits...
February 2018: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350921/the-semireduced-mechanism-for-nitric-oxide-reduction-by-non-heme-diiron-complexes-modeling-flavodiiron-no-reductases
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Corey J White, Amy L Speelman, Claudia Kupper, Serhiy Demeshko, Franc Meyer, James P Shanahan, E Ercan Alp, Michael Hu, Jiyong Zhao, Nicolai Lehnert
Flavodiiron nitric oxide reductases (FNORs) are a subclass of flavodiiron proteins (FDPs) capable of preferential binding and subsequent reduction of NO to N2O. FNORs are found in certain pathogenic bacteria, equipping them with resistance to nitrosative stress, generated as a part of the immune defense in humans, and allowing them to proliferate. Here, we report the spectroscopic characterization and detailed reactivity studies of the diiron dinitrosyl model complex [Fe2(BPMP)(OPr)(NO)2](OTf)2 for the FNOR active site that is capable of reducing NO to N2O [Zheng et al...
January 19, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350914/cys34-adductomes-differ-between-patients-with-chronic-lung-or-heart-disease-and-healthy-controls-in-central-london
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Sa Liu, Hasmik Grigoryan, William Matthew Bell Edmands, Sonia Dagnino, Rudy Sinharay, Paul Cullinan, Peter Collins, Kian Fan Chung, Benjamin M Barratt, Frank J Kelly, Paolo Vineis, Stephen M Rappaport
Oxidative stress generates reactive species that modify proteins, deplete antioxidant defenses and contribute to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and ischemic heart disease (IHD). To determine whether protein modifications differ between COPD or IHD patients and healthy subjects, we performed untargeted analysis of adducts at the Cys34 locus of human serum albumin (HSA). Biospecimens were obtained from nonsmoking participants from London, U.K., including healthy subjects (n=20) and patients with COPD (n=20) or IHD (n=10)...
January 19, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349926/extracellular-vesicles-from-early-stage-p-falciparum-infected-red-blood-cells-contain-pfemp1-and-induce-transcriptional-changes-in-human-monocytes
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Natália G Sampaio, Samantha Emery, Alexandra Garnham, Qiao Y Tan, Xavier Sisquella, Matthew A Pimentel, Neta Regev-Rudzki, Louis Schofield, Emily M Eriksson
Pathogens can release extracellular vesicles (EVs) for cell-cell communication and host modulation. EVs from Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest malaria parasite species, can transfer drug resistance genes between parasites. EVs from late-stage parasite-infected RBC (iRBC-EVs) are immunostimulatory and affect endothelial cell permeability, but little is known about EVs from early-stage iRBC. We detected the parasite virulence factor PfEMP1, which is responsible for iRBC adherence and a major contributor to disease severity, in EVs only up to 12 hours-post RBC invasion...
January 18, 2018: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348884/alpha-1-antitrypsin-functions-as-a-protective-factor-in-preeclampsia-through-activating-smad2-and-inhibitor-of-dna-binding-4
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Yaling Feng, Nan Wang, Jianjuan Xu, Jinfang Zou, Xi Liang, Huan Liu, Ying Chen
Pre-eclampsia (PE) is one of the most common reason for high morbidity and mortality of maternal and prenatal infants. Production from oxidative stress results in maternal ROS system and anti-oxidation defense system imbalance to promote tissue ischemia and hypoxia, and ultimately impairs the maternal organs and placenta. Our previous study showed that exogenous Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) and overexpression of AAT in umbilical vein cell (HUVEC) hypoxia-reoxygenation model could increase the activity of antioxidant enzymes, and played a protective role in preeclampsia animal model...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348716/cylindrocarpon-destructans-ilyonectria-radicicola-species-complex-%C3%A2-causative-agent-of-ginseng-root-rot-disease-and%C3%A2-rusty%C3%A2-symptoms
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Mohamed El-Agamy Farh, Yeon-Ju Kim, Yu-Jin Kim, Deok-Chun Yang
Cylindrocarpon destructans/Ilyonectria radicicola is thought to cause both rusty symptom and root-rot disease of American and Korean ginseng. Root-rot disease poses a more serious threat to ginseng roots than rusty symptoms, which we argue result from the plant defense response to pathogen attack. Therefore, strains causing rotten root are characterized as more aggressive than strains causing rusty symptoms. In this review, we state 1- the molecular evidence indicating that the root-rot causing strains are genetically distinct considering them as a separate species of Ilyonectria, namely I...
January 2018: Journal of Ginseng Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348470/fibroblast-growth-factor-21-increases-insulin-sensitivity-through-specific-expansion-of-subcutaneous-fat
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Huating Li, Guangyu Wu, Qichen Fang, Mingliang Zhang, Xiaoyan Hui, Bin Sheng, Liang Wu, Yuqian Bao, Peng Li, Aimin Xu, Weiping Jia
Although the pharmacological effects of fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) are well-documented, uncertainty about its role in regulating excessive energy intake remains. Here, we show that FGF21 improves systemic insulin sensitivity by promoting the healthy expansion of subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT). Serum FGF21 levels positively correlate with the SAT area in insulin-sensitive obese individuals. FGF21 knockout mice (FGF21KO) show less SAT mass and are more insulin-resistant when fed a high-fat diet. Replenishment of recombinant FGF21 to a level equivalent to that in obesity restores SAT mass and reverses insulin resistance in FGF21KO, but not in adipose-specific βklotho knockout mice...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348225/taking-down-defenses-to-improve-vaccines
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John R Teijaro, Dennis R Burton
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 19, 2018: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347891/changing-character-a-narrative-review-of-personality-change-in-psychotherapies-for-personality-disorder
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John R Keefe, Robert J DeRubeis
OBJECTIVE: Personality disorder (PD) is a negative prognostic indicator for treatment, and absolute improvements in functioning among these patients are often modest. This may be because personality features that give rise to dysfunction in PD are not targeted optimally during most treatments. METHOD: Attachment, mentalization, core beliefs, and personality organization/defense use were identified as personality constructs that have been pursued in treatment studies and that are proposed to underlie PD...
January 19, 2018: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346788/vitamin-d-classic-and-novel-actions
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Ángel Gil, Julio Plaza-Diaz, María Dolores Mesa
BACKGROUND: Classically, vitamin D has been implicated in bone health by promoting calcium absorption in the gut and maintenance of serum calcium and phosphate concentrations, as well as by its action on bone growth and reorganization through the action of osteoblasts and osteoclasts cells. However, in the last 2 decades, novel actions of vitamin D have been discovered. The present report summarizes both classic and novel actions of vitamin D. SUMMARY: 1,25(OH)2 vitamin D, the active metabolite of vitamin D, also known as calcitriol, regulates not only calcium and phosphate homeostasis but also cell proliferation and differentiation, and has a key a role to play in the responses of the immune and nervous systems...
January 18, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346642/rnase7-but-not-psoriasin-nor-spla2-iia-associates-to-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-during-airway-epithelial-cells-infection
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Flor Torres-Juarez, Lousseine Touqui, Juan Leon-Contreras, Cesar Rivas-Santiago, Jose A Enciso-Moreno, Rogelio Hernández-Pando, Bruno Rivas-Santiago
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Innate immunity is the first line of defense against Mtb and malfunctions in any of its components is associated with the susceptibility to the disease. Epithelial products, such as host defence peptides (HDP) are the first molecules produced to counteract the infection. Although a wide variety of HDP are produced by epithelial cells only few of them have been studied during Mtb infection. Here, we assessed the expression and production of the HDPs: psoriasin, sPLA2-IIA and RNase 7 in airway epithelial cells (NCI-H292), type II pneumocytes (A549 cells) and monocytes-derived macrophages from human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (bMDM) and from the human cell line THP1(MDM) after Mtb in vitro infection...
January 16, 2018: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346442/comparative-metabolic-ecology-of-tropical-herbivorous-echinoids-on-a-coral-reef
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Levi S Lewis, Jennifer E Smith, Yoan Eynaud
BACKGROUND: The metabolic rate of consumers is a key driver of ecosystem dynamics. On coral reefs, herbivorous echinoids consume fleshy algae, facilitating the growth of reef-building calcified organisms; however, little is known about differences among species in their metabolic and functional ecology. Here, we used log-linear (log-log) regression models to examine the allometric scaling of mass and routine metabolic rate for five common herbivorous echinoids on a Hawaiian coral reef: Echinothrix calamaris, E...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346432/retraction-virulent-diuraphis-noxia-aphids-over-express-calcium-signaling-proteins-to-overcome-defenses-of-aphid-resistant-wheat-plants
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