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V Moreno, J Bach, M Zarroca, Ll Font, C Roqué, R Linares
Radon levels in the soil and groundwater in the North Maladeta Fault area (located in the Aran Valley sector, Central Pyrenees) are analysed from both geological and radiation protection perspectives. This area is characterized by the presence of two important normal faults: the North Maladeta fault (NMF) and the Tredós Fault (TF). Two primary aspects make this study interesting: (i) the NMF shows geomorphic evidence of neotectonic activity and (ii) the presence of a thermal spa, Banhs de Tredós, which exploits one of the several natural springs of the area and needs to be evaluated for radiation dosing from radon according to the European regulation on basic safety standards for protection against ionizing radiation...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Karine C Flor, Elaine F Silva, Miguel F Menezes, Gustavo R Pedrino, Eduardo Colombari, Daniel B Zoccal
Exposure to chronic sustained hypoxia (SH), as experienced in high altitudes, elicits an increase in ventilation, named ventilatory acclimatization to hypoxia (VAH). We previously showed that rats exposed to short-term (24 h) SH exhibit enhanced abdominal expiratory motor activity at rest, accompanied by augmented baseline sympathetic vasoconstrictor activity. In the present study, we investigated whether the respiratory and sympathetic changes elicited by short-term SH are accompanied by carotid body chemoreceptor sensitization...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Colin A Nurse, Erin M Leonard, Shaima Salman
Mammalian carotid bodies (CB) are chemosensory organs that mediate compensatory cardiorespiratory reflexes in response to low blood PO2 (hypoxemia) and elevated CO2 /H+ (acid hypercapnia). The chemoreceptors are glomus or type I cells which occur in clusters enveloped by neighboring glial-like type II cells. During chemoexcitation type I cells depolarize, leading to Ca2+ -dependent release of several neurotransmitters, some excitatory and others inhibitory, which help shape the afferent carotid sinus nerve (CSN) discharge...
March 9, 2018: Physiological Genomics
Chance Dumaine, Mercedeh Kiaii, Lisa Miller, Louise Moist, Matthew J Oliver, Charmaine E Lok, Swapnil Hiremath, Jennifer M MacRae
Background: One of the mandates of the Canadian Society of Nephrology's (CSN) Vascular Access Working Group (VAWG) is to inform the nephrology community of the current status of vascular access (VA) practice within Canada. To better understand VA practice patterns across Canada, the CSN VAWG conducted a national survey. Objectives: (1) To inform on VA practice patterns, including fistula creation and maintenance, within Canada. (2) To determine the degree of consensus among Canadian clinicians regarding patient suitability for fistula creation and to assess barriers to and facilitators of fistula creation in Canada...
2018: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
Dan Jin, Ming Wu, Bosheng Li, Birte Bücker, Philipp Keil, Shaoman Zhang, Jigang Li, Dingming Kang, Jie Liu, Jie Dong, Xing Wang Deng, Vivian Irish, Ning Wei
The control of seed germination and seed dormancy are critical for the successful propagation of plant species, and are important agricultural traits. Seed germination is tightly controlled by the balance of gibberellin (GA) and abscisic acid (ABA), and is influenced by environmental factors. The COP9 Signalosome (CSN) is a conserved multi-subunit protein complex that is best known as a regulator of the Cullin-RING family of ubiquitin E3 ligases (CRLs). Multiple viable mutants of the CSN showed poor germination, except for csn5b-1...
February 20, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Jae-Min Park, Se Jin Jang, Sang-Ick Lee, Won-Jun Lee
We designed cyclosilazane-type silicon precursors and proposed a three-step plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) process to prepare silicon nitride films with high quality and excellent step coverage. The cyclosilazane-type precursor, 1,3-di-isopropylamino-2,4-dimethylcyclosilazane (CSN-2) has a closed ring structure for good thermal stabil-ity and high reactivity. CSN-2 showed thermal stability up to 450°C and a sufficient vapor pressure of 4 Torr at 60°C. The energy for the chemisorption of CSN-2 on the undercoordinated silicon nitride surface was calculated to be -7...
February 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Qingqing Liu, Yike Zhou, Ruiqi Tang, Xuehong Wang, Qiwen Hu, Ying Wang, Qun He
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February 15, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Judith C Chow, John G Watson, Mark C Green, Xiaoliang Wang, L-W Antony Chen, Dana L Trimble, Paul M Cropper, Steven D Kohl, Steven B Gronstal
The replacement of the DRI Model 2001 with Model 2015 thermal/optical analyzers (TOAs) results in continuity of the long-term organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC) data base, and it adds optical information with no additional carbon analysis effort. The value of multiwavelength light attenuation is that light absorption due to black carbon (BC) can be separated from that of brown carbon (BrC), with subsequent attribution to known sources such as biomass burning and secondary organic aerosols. There is evidence of filter loading effects for the 25% of all samples with the highest EC concentrations based on the ratio of light attenuation to EC...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Justyna Korczeniewska, Betsy J Barnes
The transcription factor interferon regulatory factor 5 (IRF5) exerts crucial functions in the regulation of host immunity against extracellular pathogens, DNA damage-induced apoptosis, death receptor signaling, and macrophage polarization. Tight regulation of IRF5 is thus warranted for an efficient response to extracellular stressors and for limiting autoimmune and inflammatory responses. Here we report that the COP9 signalosome (CSN), a general modulator of diverse cellular and developmental processes, associates constitutively with IRF5 and promotes its protein stability...
February 1, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Joana F Sacramento, Daniel J Chew, Bernardete F Melo, Matteo Donegá, Wesley Dopson, Maria P Guarino, Alison Robinson, Jesus Prieto-Lloret, Sonal Patel, Bradley J Holinski, Nishan Ramnarain, Victor Pikov, Kristoffer Famm, Silvia V Conde
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: A new class of treatments termed bioelectronic medicines are now emerging that aim to target individual nerve fibres or specific brain circuits in pathological conditions to repair lost function and reinstate a healthy balance. Carotid sinus nerve (CSN) denervation has been shown to improve glucose homeostasis in insulin-resistant and glucose-intolerant rats; however, these positive effects from surgery appear to diminish over time and are heavily caveated by the severe adverse effects associated with permanent loss of chemosensory function...
January 14, 2018: Diabetologia
Rammyani Bagchi, Charles W Melnyk, Gideon Christ, Martin Winkler, Kerstin Kirchsteiner, Mohammad Salehin, Julia Mergner, Michael Niemeyer, Claus Schwechheimer, Luz Irina A Calderón Villalobos, Mark Estelle
The cullin-RING E3 ligases (CRLs) regulate diverse cellular processes in all eukaryotes. CRL activity is controlled by several proteins or protein complexes, including NEDD8, CAND1, and the CSN Recently, a mammalian protein called Glomulin (GLMN) was shown to inhibit CRLs by binding to the RING BOX (RBX1) subunit and preventing binding to the ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme. Here, we show that Arabidopsis ABERRANT LATERAL ROOT FORMATION4 (ALF4) is an ortholog of GLMN The alf4 mutant exhibits a phenotype that suggests defects in plant hormone response...
January 17, 2018: EMBO Journal
A A Fouad, W N Al-Melhim
The present study investigated the probable protective effect of vanillin (VLN) against kidney injury induced by cisplatin (CSN) and methotrexate (MTX) in rats. The rats received a single injection of either CSN (7.5 mg/kg, i.p.) or MTX (20 mg/kg, i.p.). VLN treatment (150 mg/kg/day, i.p.) was started 1 day before administration of the nephrotoxic agents and continued for 7 days. Both CSN and MTX significantly increased serum creatinine, cystatin C, and neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin and kidney tissue renal malondialdehyde, inducible nitric oxide synthase, tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-18, nuclear factor-κB p65, cytosolic cytochrome C, and caspase-3 and significantly decreased renal total antioxidant capacity and Bcl-2/Bax ratio in rats...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
Anburaj Jeyaraj, Xiao Zhang, Yan Hou, Mingzhu Shangguan, Prabu Gajjeraman, Yeyun Li, Chaoling Wei
BACKGROUND: MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are important for plant growth and responses to environmental stresses via post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. Tea, which is primarily produced from one bud and two tender leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis), is one of the most popular non-alcoholic beverages worldwide owing to its abundance of secondary metabolites. A large number of miRNAs have been identified in various plants, including non-model species. However, due to the lack of reference genome sequences and/or information of tea plant genome survey scaffold sequences, discovery of miRNAs has been limited in C...
November 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
Sharon A Kidd, Melissa Raspa, Renée Clark, Holly Usrey-Roos, Anne C Wheeler, Jessica A Liu, Amanda Wylie, Stephanie L Sherman
The objectives were to describe the demographic characteristics of children with Fragile X syndrome (FXS) and to determine predictors of attendance at Fragile X (FX) clinics. Findings from the Community Support Network (CSN) and Our Fragile X World (OFXW) samples showed that children who attended FX Clinics were mostly male, high-school aged or younger, and white, non-Hispanic. Using logistic regression models, awareness about FX Clinic services, guardian education, and income (CSN), and child age, family income, and total number of co-occurring conditions (OFXW) were predictors of clinic attendance...
November 2017: American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Yiquan Shi, Uta Wolfensteller, Torsten Schubert, Hannes Ruge
Cognitive flexibility is essential to cope with changing task demands and often it is necessary to adapt to combined changes in a coordinated manner. The present fMRI study examined how the brain implements such multi-level adaptation processes. Specifically, on a "local," hierarchically lower level, switching between two tasks was required across trials while the rules of each task remained unchanged for blocks of trials. On a "global" level regarding blocks of twelve trials, the task rules could reverse or remain the same...
November 2, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
Benoit Egarnes, Marie-Renée Blanchet, Jean Gosselin
The transcription factor NR4A1 has emerged as a pivotal regulator of the inflammatory response and immune homeostasis. Although contribution of NR4A1 in the innate immune response has been demonstrated, its role in host defense against viral infection remains to be investigated. In the present study, we show that administration of cytosporone B (Csn-B), a specific agonist of NR4A1, to mice infected with influenza virus (IAV) reduces lung viral loads and improves pulmonary function. Our results demonstrate that administration of Csn-B to naive mice leads to a modest production of type 1 IFN...
2017: PloS One
Mitsuo Sobajima, Hiroshi Ueno, Hiroshi Onoda, Hiroyuki Kuwahara, Shuhei Tanaka, Ryuichi Ushijima, Nobuyuki Fukuda, Shigeki Yokoyama, Saori Nagura, Toshio Doi, Akio Yamashita, Kazuaki Fukahara, Hisakatsu Ito, Koichiro Kinugawa
BACKGROUND: There is a consensus that overactivation of the cardiac sympathetic nervous system (CSN) proportionately increases the severity of heart failure and is accompanied by worse prognosis. Because it is unknown whether patients with aortic valve stenosis (AS) have similar CSN activation, we investigated the effect of transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI).Methods and Results:We enrolled 31 consecutive patients with AS treated by TAVI. (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) myocardial scintigraphy was performed at baseline and at 2 weeks after TAVI...
September 29, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Xu Jie, Haimei Yang, Min Wang, Yue Zhang, Weili Wei, Zhining Xia
The profiling of oxidase-catalyzed biomarkers is an essential procedure for the diagnosis and precise treatment of metabolic diseases. Inspired by the metabolism of H2 O2 in peroxisomes, a novel chemiluminescent silica nanodevice (CSN) was designed for the sensitive and selective sensing of intracellular oxidase-catalyzed biomarkers. Oxidases catalyzed the oxidation of biomarkers followed by the production of H2 O2 , and then the generated H2 O2 was employed to trigger chemiluminescence of the CSN. Utilizing this nanodevice, we not only accurately quantified intracellular glucose but also developed its further application for facile insulin sensitizer screening...
September 28, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
Xuhua Wang, Yuanyuan Liu, Xinjian Li, Zicong Zhang, Hengfu Yang, Yu Zhang, Philip R Williams, Noaf S A Alwahab, Kush Kapur, Bin Yu, Yiming Zhang, Mengying Chen, Haixia Ding, Charles R Gerfen, Kuan Hong Wang, Zhigang He
Corticospinal neurons (CSNs) represent the direct cortical outputs to the spinal cord and play important roles in motor control across different species. However, their organizational principle remains unclear. By using a retrograde labeling system, we defined the requirement of CSNs in the execution of a skilled forelimb food-pellet retrieval task in mice. In vivo imaging of CSN activity during performance revealed the sequential activation of topographically ordered functional ensembles with moderate local mixing...
October 5, 2017: Cell
Qingqing Liu, Yike Zhou, Ruiqi Tang, Xuehong Wang, Qiwen Hu, Ying Wang, Qun He
The dynamic SCF (Skp1-cullin1-F-box protein) assembly is controlled by cycles of cullin neddylation/deneddylation based on the deneddylation activity of the COP9 signalosome (CSN) and global sequestration of cullins by CAND1. However, acceptance of this prediction was hampered by the results of recent studies, and the regulatory mechanism and key players remain to be identified. We found that maintaining a proper Cul1Nedd8 /Cul1 ratio is crucial to ensure SCF functions. Reducing the high Cul1Nedd8 /Cul1 ratios in csn mutants through ectopic expression of the nonneddylatable Cul1K722R proteins or introducing the endogenous cul1 K722R point mutation significantly rescues their defective phenotypes...
December 1, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
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