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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922133/photoluminescence-changes-of-c70-nano-submicro-crystals-induced-by-high-pressure-and-high-temperature
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Dedi Liu, Bingbing Liu, Bertil Sundqvist, Dapeng Dong, Zhenghua Li, Dongping Liu
Hollow C70 nano/submicro-crystals with a fcc lattice structure were treated under various high pressure and high temperature conditions. The energy band structure was visibly changed by the high pressure and high temperature treatment, and the luminescence of the treated C70 nano/submicro-crystals were tuned from the visible to the near infrared range. In-situ high pressure experiments at room temperature indicate that pressure plays a key role in the tuning of the band gap and PL properties in C70 nanocrystals, and temperature plays an important role in the formation of stable intermolecular bonds and thus to define the final red-shift of the PL peaks...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922066/de-novo-transcriptome-characterization-of-dracaena-cambodiana-and-analysis-of-genes-involved-in-flavonoid-accumulation-during-formation-of-dragon-s-blood
#2
Jia-Hong Zhu, Tian-Jun Cao, Hao-Fu Dai, Hui-Liang Li, Dong Guo, Wen-Li Mei, Shi-Qing Peng
Dragon's blood is a red resin mainly extracted from Dracaena plants, and has been widely used as a traditional medicine in East and Southeast Asia. The major components of dragon's blood are flavonoids. Owing to a lack of Dracaena plants genomic information, the flavonoids biosynthesis and regulation in Dracaena plants remain unknown. In this study, three cDNA libraries were constructed from the stems of D. cambodiana after injecting the inducer. Approximately 266.57 million raw sequencing reads were de novo assembled into 198,204 unigenes, of which 34,873 unique sequences were annotated in public protein databases...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921405/thrombolytic-therapy-up-regulates-inflammatory-mediators-compared-to-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-pci
#3
Alireza Garjani, Bahram Sohrabi, Ali Akbar Movassaghpour, Sina Andalib, Mehriar Shokri, Bahar Taherkhanchi, Bahador Bagheri
The important role of reperfusion therapies in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction is well documented. However, reperfusion therapies can initiate inflammatory response and may damage the myocardium. The purpose of current study was to compare the effects of percutaneous coronary intervention and thrombolytic therapy on inflammatory markers in the setting of ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Eighty three patients with STEMI were enrolled in this study. 40 patients underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), and 43 patients received streptokinase (1...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921261/attempting-to-compensate-for-reduced-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-protein-with-nitrate-supplementation-cannot-overcome-metabolic-dysfunction-but-rather-has-detrimental-effects-in-dystrophin-deficient-mdx-muscle
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Cara A Timpani, Adam J Trewin, Vanesa Stojanovska, Ainsley Robinson, Craig A Goodman, Kulmira Nurgali, Andrew C Betik, Nigel Stepto, Alan Hayes, Glenn K McConell, Emma Rybalka
Duchenne muscular dystrophy arises from the loss of dystrophin and is characterized by calcium dysregulation, muscular atrophy, and metabolic dysfunction. The secondary reduction of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS) from the sarcolemma reduces NO production and bioavailability. As NO modulates glucose uptake, metabolism, and mitochondrial bioenergetics, we investigated whether an 8-week nitrate supplementation regimen could overcome metabolic dysfunction in the mdx mouse. Dystrophin-positive control (C57BL/10) and dystrophin-deficient mdx mice were supplemented with sodium nitrate (85 mg/l) in drinking water...
December 5, 2016: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921101/the-effect-of-common-anticoagulants-in-detection-and-quantification-of-malaria-parasitemia-in-human-red-blood-cells-by-atr-ftir-spectroscopy
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Miguela Martin, David Perez-Guaita, Dean W Andrew, Jack S Richards, Bayden R Wood, Philip Heraud
Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) has the potential to become a new diagnostic tool for malaria and other diseases. For point-of-care testing, the use of ATR-FTIR in malaria diagnosis enables the analysis of blood in the aqueous state, which represents an enormous advantage by minimising the sample preparation by removing the need for cell fixation. Here we report the quantification of malaria parasitemia in human RBCs in their normal physiological aqueous state...
December 6, 2016: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921069/reaching-200-ps-timing-resolution-in-a-time-of-flight-and-depth-of-interaction-positron-emission-tomography-detector-using-phosphor-coated-crystals-and-high-density-silicon-photomultipliers
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Sun Il Kwon, Alessandro Ferri, Alberto Gola, Eric Berg, Claudio Piemonte, Simon R Cherry, Emilie Roncali
Current research in the field of positron emission tomography (PET) focuses on improving the sensitivity of the scanner with thicker detectors, extended axial field-of-view, and time-of-flight (TOF) capability. These create the need for depth-of-interaction (DOI) encoding to correct parallax errors. We have proposed a method to encode DOI using phosphor-coated crystals. Our initial work using photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) demonstrated the possibilities of the proposed method, however, a major limitation of PMTs for this application is poor quantum efficiency in yellow light, corresponding to the wavelengths of the converted light by the phosphor coating...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920747/social-influence-and-different-types-of-red-light-behaviors-among-cyclists
#7
Federico Fraboni, Víctor Marín Puchades, Marco De Angelis, Gabriele Prati, Luca Pietrantoni
Accident analysis and studies on traffic revealed that cyclists' violation of red-light regulation is one typical infringement committed by cyclists. Furthermore, an association between cyclists' crash involvement and red-light violations has been found across different countries. The literature on cyclists' psychosocial determinants of red-light violation is still scarce. The present study, based on the classification of cyclists' red-light behavior in risk-taking (ignoring the red-light and traveling through the junction without stopping), opportunistic (waiting at red-lights but being too impatient to wait for green signal and subsequently crossing the junction), and law-obeying (stopping to obey the red-light), adopted an eye-observational methodology to investigate differences in cyclists' crossing behavior at intersections, in relation to traffic light violations and the presence of other cyclists...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920409/prevalence-of-igg-mediated-food-intolerance-among-patients-with-allergic-symptoms
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Zahid Shakoor, Abrar AlFaifi, Bayan AlAmro, Lama Nabil AlTawil, Rana Yazid AlOhaly
BACKGROUND: Food intolerance mediated by food specific IgG antibodies has been implicated in a variety of disorders. OBJECTIVES: To assess the prevalence of food specific IgG antibodies among patients clinically presenting with allergic symptoms lacking laboratory evidence of allergy. DESIGN: Descriptive retrospective cross-sectional study. SETTING: King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh between 2010-2015. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients were screened for food specific IgG antibodies...
November 2016: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919946/in-vivo-selection-of-intermediately-and-highly-malignant-variants-of-triple-negative-breast-cancer-in-orthotopic-nude-mouse-models
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Shuya Yano, Kiyoto Takehara, Hiroyuki Kishimoto, Hiroshi Tazawa, Yasuo Urata, Shunsuke Kagawa, Michael Bouvet, Toshiyoshi Fujiwara, Robert M Hoffman
AIM: Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), defined by the absence of receptors for estrogen, progesterone and human epithelial receptor 2 (HER2), is a recalcitrant disease in need of effective therapy. We previously isolated very-highly metastatic variants of the TNBC cell line MDA-MB-231 using serial orthotopic implantation of MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells in nude mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MDA-MB-231 cells expressing red fluorescent protein (MDA-MB-231-RFP) (1×10(7) cells/site) were initially injected subcutaneously in the flank of nude mice...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919930/mir-17-20-controls-prolyl-hydroxylase-2-phd2-hypoxia-inducible-factor-1-hif1-to-regulate-pulmonary-artery-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation
#10
Tianji Chen, Qiyuan Zhou, Haiyang Tang, Melike Bozkanat, Jason X-J Yuan, J Usha Raj, Guofei Zhou
BACKGROUND: Previously we found that smooth muscle cell (SMC)-specific knockout of miR-17~92 attenuates hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension. However, the mechanism underlying miR-17~92-mediated pulmonary artery SMC (PASMC) proliferation remains unclear. We sought to investigate whether miR-17~92 regulates hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) activity and PASMC proliferation via prolyl hydroxylases (PHDs). METHODS AND RESULTS: We show that hypoxic sm-17~92(-/-) mice have decreased hematocrit, red blood cell counts, and hemoglobin contents...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919855/uncoupling-protein-2-deficiency-reduces-proliferative-capacity-of-murine-pancreatic-stellate-cells
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Sarah Muller, Sandra Maria Klingbeil, Andreea Sandica, Robert Jaster
BACKGROUND: Uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) has been suggested to inhibit mitochondrial production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by decreasing the mitochondrial membrane potential. Experimental acute pancreatitis is associated with increased UCP2 expression, whereas UCP2 deficiency retards regeneration of aged mice from acute pancreatitis. Here, we have addressed biological and molecular functions of UCP2 in pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs), which are involved in pancreatic wound repair and fibrogenesis...
December 2016: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919743/dual-antiplasmodial-activity-of-vitamin-d3-and-its-analog-22-oxacalcitriol-by-direct-and-indirect-mechanisms
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Kiichi Yamamoto, Moritoshi Iwagami, Takenori Seki, Shigeyuki Kano, Nobuo Ota, Manabu Ato
Recent evidence suggests that 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (calcitriol, VD3), the active form of vitamin D (VD), can inhibit the proliferation of microorganisms. In the present study, we conducted in vitro experiments and utilized in vivo murine models to investigate the antimalarial activity of VD3 and its analog, 22-oxacalcitriol (22-OCT), which was designed to cause less hypercalcemia than VD3. VD3 and 22-OCT treatments effectively resolved a Plasmodium chabaudi (Pc) infection in wild-type mice. Reduced parasitemia was observed during the acute phase of infection in the presence of VD3 and 22-OCT, followed by a delayed peak during the chronic stage of infection...
December 2, 2016: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919735/quercetin-attenuates-high-fructose-feeding-induced-atherosclerosis-by-suppressing-inflammation-and-apoptosis-via-ros-regulated-pi3k-akt-signaling-pathway
#13
Xue-Li Lu, Cui-Hua Zhao, Xin-Liang Yao, Han Zhang
Quercetin is a dietary flavonoid compound extracted from various plants, such as apple and onions. Previous studies have revealed its anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antioxidant and anti-apoptotic activities. This study investigated the ability of quercetin to inhibit high fructose feeding- or LPS-induced atherosclerosis through regulating oxidative stress, apoptosis and inflammation response in vivo and in vitro experiments. 50 and 100mg/kg quercetin were used in our study, showing significant inhibitory role in high fructose-induced atherosclerosis via reducing reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, Caspase-3 activation, inflammatory cytokines releasing, the number of terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick end-labeling (TUNEL)-positive cells and collagen contents as well as modulating apoptosis- and inflammation-related proteins expression...
December 2, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919710/the-transcription-factor-carbohydrate-response-element-binding-protein-chrebp-a-possible-link-between-metabolic-disease-and-cancer
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REVIEW
Katsumi Iizuka
Carbohydrate-response element-binding protein (ChREBP) has been identified as a transcription factor that binds to carbohydrate response element in the promoter of pyruvate kinase, liver and red blood cells. ChREBP is activated by metabolites derived from glucose and suppressed by adenosine monophosphate (AMP), ketone bodies and cyclic cAMP. ChREBP regulates gene transcription related to glucose and lipid metabolism. Findings from knockout mice and human subjects suggest that ChREBP helps to induce hepatic steatosis, dyslipidemia, and glucose intolerance...
December 2, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919683/effects-of-c-terminal-amelogenin-peptides-on-the-metabolism-of-osteoblasts
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Tetsuya Awada, Ryo Kunimatsu, Yuki Yoshimi, Naoto Hirose, Tomomi Mitsuyoshi, Keisuke Sumi, Kotaro Tanimoto
OBJECTIVES: Amelogenins, enamel matrix proteins secreted by ameloblasts, comprise 90% of the developing extracellular enamel matrix. Recent evidence suggests that amelogenins might induce the proliferation of various cells. However, the residues comprising the active site of amelogenin remain unclear. Therefore, this study aimed to examine the effects of a human amelogenin C-terminal peptide (amgCP) on the metabolism of osteoblasts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Mouse calvarial osteoblastic cells (MC3T3-E1) were cultured and treated with amgCP...
December 2, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919664/photodynamic-therapy-with-green-light-for-the-treatment-of-vulvar-lichen-sclerosus-preliminary-results
#16
B J Osiecka, K Jurczyszyn, P Nockowski, M Murawski, P Ziółkowski
INTRODUCTION: The standard treatment for lichen sclerosus (LS) is symptomatic and is primarily based on the chronic use of corticosteroids, sometimes resulting in unsatisfactory effects. Therefore, other non-pharmacological methods are being sought, which are less aggravating for the patient. LS can be treated topically by using photodynamic therapy (PDT) based on 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA). Unfortunately, therapy with the red light is often connected with severe local pain during the illumination...
December 2, 2016: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919613/cellular-uptake-of-glucoheptoamidated-poly-amidoamine-pamam-g3-dendrimer-with-amide-conjugated-biotin-a-potential-carrier-of-anticancer-drugs
#17
Łukasz Uram, Magdalena Szuster, Aleksandra Filipowicz, Magdalena Zaręba, Elżbieta Wałajtys-Rode, Stanisław Wołowiec
In search for soluble derivatives of PAMAM dendrimers as potential carriers for hydrophobic drugs, the conjugates of PAMAM G3 with biotin, further converted into glycodendrimer with d-glucoheptono-1,4-lactone, were prepared. Polyamidoamine dendrimer (PAMAM) of third generation, G3 was functionalized with four biotin equivalents covalently attached to terminal amine nitrogens via amide bond G3(4B). The remaining 28 amine groups were blocked by glucoheptoamide substituents (gh) to give G3(4B28gh) or with one fluorescein equivalent (attached by reaction of G3(4B) with fluorescein isothiocyanate, FITC) via thiourea bond as FITC followed by exhaustive glucoheptoamidation to get G3(4B27gh1F)...
November 25, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919513/-rapid-test-for-detection-of-susceptibility-to-cefotaxime-in-enterobacteriaceae
#18
Gemma Jiménez-Guerra, Yannik Hoyos-Mallecot, Javier Rodríguez-Granger, José María Navarro-Marí, José Gutiérrez-Fernández
In this work an "in house" rapid test based on the change in pH that is due to hydrolysis for detecting Enterobacteriaceae susceptible to cefotaxime is evaluated. The strains of Enterobacteriaceae from 1947 urine cultures were assessed using MicroScan panels and the "in house" test. This rapid test includes red phenol solution and cefotaxime. Using MicroScan panels, 499 Enterobacteriaceae isolates were evaluated, which included 27 isolates of Escherichia coli producing extended-spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL), 16 isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae ESBL and 1 isolate of Klebsiella oxytoca ESBL...
December 2, 2016: Revista Argentina de Microbiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919504/successful-treatment-of-paroxysmal-ataxia-and-dysarthria-in-multiple-sclerosis-with-levetiracetam
#19
Shikha J Goodwin, Adam F Carpenter
BACKGROUND: Paroxysmal ataxia and dysarthria (PAD) is a relatively rare symptom in Multiple Sclerosis patients. PAD involves transient dysfunction in control, coordination and initiation of speech and/or limb movements. OBJECTIVE: To describe the successful use of levetiracetam for the treatment of PAD. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: A 37-year-old woman with MS developed PAD approximately 3 months after a multifocal MS relapse...
November 2016: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919313/population-dynamics-of-rice-planthoppers-nilaparvata-lugens-and-sogatella-furcifera-hemiptera-delphacidae-in-central-vietnam-and-its-effects-on-their-spring-migration-to-china
#20
G Hu, M-H Lu, H A Tuan, W-C Liu, M-C Xie, C E McInerney, B-P Zhai
Rice planthopper (RPH) populations of Nilaparvata lugens and Sogatella furcifera periodically have erupted across Asia. Predicting RPH population dynamics and identifying their source areas are crucial for the management of these migratory pests in China, but the origins of the migrants to temperate and subtropical regions in China remains unclear. In particular, their early migration to China in March and April have not yet been explored due to a lack of research data available from potential source areas, Central Vietnam and Laos...
December 6, 2016: Bulletin of Entomological Research
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