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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107742/heavy-rare-earth-elements-affect-early-life-stages-in-paracentrotus-lividus-and-arbacia-lixula-sea-urchins
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Rahime Oral, Giovanni Pagano, Antonietta Siciliano, Maria Gravina, Anna Palumbo, Immacolata Castellano, Oriana Migliaccio, Philippe J Thomas, Marco Guida, Franca Tommasi, Marco Trifuoggi
BACKGROUND: Heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) have been scarcely studied for their toxicity, in spite of their applications in several technologies. Thus HREEs require timely investigations for their adverse health effects. METHODS: Paracentrotus lividus and Arbacia lixula embryos and sperm were exposed to trichloride salts of five HREEs (Dy, Ho, Er, Yb and Lu) and to Ce(III) as a light REE (LREE) reference to evaluate: 1) developmental defects (% DD) in HREE-exposed larvae or in the offspring of HREE-exposed sperm; 2) mitotic anomalies; 3) fertilization success; and 4) reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, and nitric oxide (NO) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107718/test-procedures-for-measuring-the-sub-chronic-effects-of-chemicals-on-the-freshwater-cyclopoid-eucyclops-serrulatus
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Marco Cifoni, Diana Maria Paola Galassi, Cecilia Faraloni, Tiziana Di Lorenzo
The purpose of this study has been to describe test procedures for measuring the (sub)chronic effects of chemicals on the freshwater cyclopoid Eucyclops serrulatus. To this end we have adapted the setting of the standard full life-cycle protocol of the marine harpacticoid A. tenuiremis to E. serrulatus. We have tested the effects of 4 different diets, two temperatures and two rearing volumes on the survival, development, reproduction and population growth rates of this species. Our results have highlighted that full life-cycle tests can be run using 2 mL-glass vials, a diet consisting of a mixture of living cells of Chlorella sorokiniana and Scenedesmus quadricauda, at either 25 °C (test duration: 42 days) or 18 °C (test duration: 51 days)...
January 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107659/high-frequency-oscillations-and-seizure-like-discharges-in-the-entorhinal-cortex-of-the-in-vitro-isolated-guinea-pig-brain
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Laura Uva, Davide Boido, Massimo Avoli, Marco de Curtis, Maxime Lévesque
We analyzed the patterns of seizure-like activity and associated high-frequency oscillations (HFOs) induced by the K(+) channel blocker 4-aminopyridine (4AP, 50μM) or the GABAA receptor antagonist bicuculline methiodide (BMI, 50μM) in the in vitro isolated guinea pig brain preparation. Extracellular field recordings were obtained from the medial entorhinal cortex (EC) using glass pipettes or silicon probes; 4AP or BMI were applied through the basilar artery. Ripples (80-200Hz) or fast ripples (250-500Hz) occurred at higher rates shortly before ictal events induced by 4AP or BMI, respectively...
January 6, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107560/randomized-controlled-clinical-study-comparing-a-volume-stable-collagen-matrix-to-autogenous-connective-tissue-grafts-for-soft-tissue-augmentation-at-implant-sites-linear-volumetric-soft-tissue-changes-up-to-3-months
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Marco Zeltner, Ronald E Jung, Christoph H F Hämmerle, Jürg Hüsler, Daniel S Thoma
AIM: to test whether or not the use of a volume stable collagen matrix (VCMX) results in soft tissue volume increase at implant sites non-inferior to an autogenous subepithelial connective tissue graft (SCTG). METHODS: In 20 patients soft tissue augmentation at implant sites was performed using VCMX or SCTG. Casts obtained prior to augmentation (BL), at 30 (FU-30) and 90 days (FU-90) were digitized and transferred to stereolithography (STL) files. BL, FU-30 and FU-90 STL files were superimposed and linear volumetric changes evaluated in crestal and buccal regions of interest (ROI)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107528/nasopharyngeal-microbiome-diversity-changes-over-time-in-children-with-asthma
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Marcos Pérez-Losada, Lamia Alamri, Keith A Crandall, Robert J Freishtat
BACKGROUND: The nasopharynx is a reservoir for pathogens associated with respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has been used to characterize the nasopharyngeal microbiome of infants and adults during health and disease; less is known, however, about the composition and temporal dynamics (i.e., longitudinal variation) of microbiotas from children and adolescents. Here we use NGS technology to characterize the nasopharyngeal microbiomes of asthmatic children and adolescents (6 to 18 years) and determine their stability over time...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107454/identification-of-novel-short-c-terminal-transcripts-of-human-serpina1-gene
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Nerea Matamala, Nupur Aggarwal, Paolo Iadarola, Marco Fumagalli, Gema Gomez-Mariano, Beatriz Lara, Maria Teresa Martinez, Isabel Cuesta, Jan Stolk, Sabina Janciauskiene, Beatriz Martinez-Delgado
Human SERPINA1 gene is located on chromosome 14q31-32.3 and is organized into three (IA, IB, and IC) non-coding and four (II, III, IV, V) coding exons. This gene produces α1-antitrypsin (A1AT), a prototypical member of the serpin superfamily of proteins. We demonstrate that human peripheral blood leukocytes express not only a product corresponding to the transcript coding for the full-length A1AT protein but also two short transcripts (ST1C4 and ST1C5) of A1AT. In silico sequence analysis revealed that the last exon of the short transcripts contains an Open Reading Frame (ORF) and thus putatively can produce peptides...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107445/beta-glucans-supplementation-associates-with-reduction-in-p-cresyl-sulfate-levels-and-improved-endothelial-vascular-reactivity-in-healthy-individuals
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Carmela Cosola, Maria De Angelis, Maria Teresa Rocchetti, Eustacchio Montemurno, Valentina Maranzano, Giuseppe Dalfino, Carlo Manno, Annapaola Zito, Michele Gesualdo, Marco Matteo Ciccone, Marco Gobbetti, Loreto Gesualdo
BACKGROUND: Oat and barley beta-glucans are prebiotic fibers known for their cholesterol-lowering activity, but their action on the human gut microbiota metabolism is still under research. Although the induction of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA) following their ingestion has previously been reported, no study has investigated their effects on proteolytic uremic toxins p-cresyl sulfate (pCS) and indoxyl sulfate (IS) levels, while others have failed to demonstrate an effect on the endothelial function measured through flow-mediated dilation (FMD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107428/effects-of-socioeconomic-status-and-social-support-on-violence-against-pregnant-women-a-structural-equation-modeling-analysis
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Marizélia Rodrigues Costa Ribeiro, Antônio Augusto Moura da Silva, Maria Teresa Seabra Soares de Britto E Alves, Rosângela Fernandes Lucena Batista, Cecília Cláudia Costa Ribeiro, Lilia Blima Schraiber, Heloisa Bettiol, Marco Antônio Barbieri
Few studies have used structural equation modeling to analyze the effects of variables on violence against women. The present study analyzed the effects of socioeconomic status and social support on violence against pregnant women who used prenatal services. This was a cross-sectional study based on data from the Brazilian Ribeirão Preto and São Luís birth cohort studies (BRISA). The sample of the municipality of São Luís (Maranhão/Brazil) consisted of 1,446 pregnant women interviewed in 2010 and 2011...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107413/improving-the-conservation-of-mediterranean-chondrichthyans-the-elasmomed-dna-barcode-reference-library
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Alessia Cariani, Silvia Messinetti, Alice Ferrari, Marco Arculeo, Juan J Bonello, Leanne Bonnici, Rita Cannas, Pierluigi Carbonara, Alessandro Cau, Charis Charilaou, Najib El Ouamari, Fabio Fiorentino, Maria Cristina Follesa, Germana Garofalo, Daniel Golani, Ilaria Guarniero, Robert Hanner, Farid Hemida, Omar Kada, Sabrina Lo Brutto, Cecilia Mancusi, Gabriel Morey, Patrick J Schembri, Fabrizio Serena, Letizia Sion, Marco Stagioni, Angelo Tursi, Nedo Vrgoc, Dirk Steinke, Fausto Tinti
Cartilaginous fish are particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic stressors and environmental change because of their K-selected reproductive strategy. Accurate data from scientific surveys and landings are essential to assess conservation status and to develop robust protection and management plans. Currently available data are often incomplete or incorrect as a result of inaccurate species identifications, due to a high level of morphological stasis, especially among closely related taxa. Moreover, several diagnostic characters clearly visible in adult specimens are less evident in juveniles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107405/methodological-quality-of-consensus-guidelines-in-implant-dentistry
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Clovis Mariano Faggion, Karol Apaza, Tania Ariza-Fritas, Lilian Málaga, Nikolaos Nikitas Giannakopoulos, Marco Antonio Alarcón
BACKGROUND: Consensus guidelines are useful to improve clinical decision making. Therefore, the methodological evaluation of these guidelines is of paramount importance. Low quality information may guide to inadequate or harmful clinical decisions. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the methodological quality of consensus guidelines published in implant dentistry using a validated methodological instrument. METHODS: The six implant dentistry journals with impact factors were scrutinised for consensus guidelines related to implant dentistry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106882/combination-of-iap-antagonist-and-ifn%C3%AE-activates-novel-caspase-10-and-ripk1-dependent-cell-death-pathways
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Maria C Tanzer, Nufail Khan, James A Rickard, Nima Etemadi, Najoua Lalaoui, Sukhdeep Kaur Spall, Joanne M Hildebrand, David Segal, Maria Miasari, Diep Chau, WendyWei-Lynn Wong, Mark McKinlay, Srinivas K Chunduru, Christopher A Benetatos, Stephen M Condon, James E Vince, Marco J Herold, John Silke
Peptido-mimetic inhibitor of apoptosis protein (IAP) antagonists (Smac mimetics (SMs)) can kill tumour cells by depleting endogenous IAPs and thereby inducing tumour necrosis factor (TNF) production. We found that interferon-γ (IFNγ) synergises with SMs to kill cancer cells independently of TNF- and other cell death receptor signalling pathways. Surprisingly, CRISPR/Cas9 HT29 cells doubly deficient for caspase-8 and the necroptotic pathway mediators RIPK3 or MLKL were still sensitive to IFNγ/SM-induced killing...
January 20, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106777/neuroprotection-by-caffeine-in-hyperoxia-induced-neonatal-brain-injury
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Stefanie Endesfelder, Ulrike Weichelt, Evelyn Strauß, Anja Schlör, Marco Sifringer, Till Scheuer, Christoph Bührer, Thomas Schmitz
Sequelae of prematurity triggered by oxidative stress and free radical-mediated tissue damage have coined the term "oxygen radical disease of prematurity". Caffeine, a potent free radical scavenger and adenosine receptor antagonist, reduces rates of brain damage in preterm infants. In the present study, we investigated the effects of caffeine on oxidative stress markers, anti-oxidative response, inflammation, redox-sensitive transcription factors, apoptosis, and extracellular matrix following the induction of hyperoxia in neonatal rats...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106761/historical-perspectives-and-guidelines-for-botulinum-neurotoxin-subtype-nomenclature
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REVIEW
Michael W Peck, Theresa J Smith, Fabrizio Anniballi, John W Austin, Luca Bano, Marite Bradshaw, Paula Cuervo, Luisa W Cheng, Yagmur Derman, Brigitte G Dorner, Audrey Fisher, Karen K Hill, Suzanne R Kalb, Hannu Korkeala, Miia Lindström, Florigio Lista, Carolina Lúquez, Christelle Mazuet, Marco Pirazzini, Michel R Popoff, Ornella Rossetto, Andreas Rummel, Dorothea Sesardic, Bal Ram Singh, Sandra C Stringer
Botulinum neurotoxins are diverse proteins. They are currently represented by at least seven serotypes and more than 40 subtypes. New clostridial strains that produce novel neurotoxin variants are being identified with increasing frequency, which presents challenges when organizing the nomenclature surrounding these neurotoxins. Worldwide, researchers are faced with the possibility that toxins having identical sequences may be given different designations or novel toxins having unique sequences may be given the same designations on publication...
January 18, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106721/exercise-induced-oxidative-stress-responses-in-the-pediatric-population
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REVIEW
Alexandra Avloniti, Athanasios Chatzinikolaou, Chariklia K Deli, Dimitris Vlachopoulos, Luis Gracia-Marco, Diamanda Leontsini, Dimitrios Draganidis, Athanasios Z Jamurtas, George Mastorakos, Ioannis G Fatouros
Adults demonstrate an upregulation of their pro- and anti-oxidant mechanisms in response to acute exercise while systematic exercise training enhances their antioxidant capacity, thereby leading to a reduced generation of free radicals both at rest and in response to exercise stress. However, less information exists regarding oxidative stress responses and the underlying mechanisms in the pediatric population. Evidence suggests that exercise-induced redox perturbations may be valuable in order to monitor exercise-induced inflammatory responses and as such training overload in children and adolescents as well as monitor optimal growth and development...
January 17, 2017: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106699/association-between-odontoma-and-impacted-teeth
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Gaetano Isola, Marco Cicciù, Luca Fiorillo, Giovanni Matarese
Odontoma is considered to be the most common odontogenic tumor of the oral cavity. Most odontomas are asymptomatic and are discovered during routine radiographic investigations and can cause disturbances in the eruption of the teeth, most commonly delayed eruption or deflection. By a retrospective study design, demographic and clinical data regarding patients who presented odontomas from year 1995 to 2015 were obtained in order and the influence of active therapy on the dentition and on the treatment of impacted teeth was analyzed...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106351/real-time-ph-monitoring-of-industrially-relevant-enzymatic-reactions-in-a-microfluidic-side-entry-reactor-%C3%AE-ser-shows-potential-for-ph-control
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Pia Gruber, Marco P C Marques, Philipp Sulzer, Roland Wohlgemuth, Torsten Mayr, Frank Baganz, Nicolas Szita
Monitoring and control of pH is essential for the control of reaction conditions and reaction progress for any biocatalytic or biotechnological process. Microfluidic enzymatic reactors are increasingly proposed for process development, however typically lack instrumentation, such as pH monitoring. We present a microfluidic side-entry reactor (μSER) and demonstrate for the first time real-time pH monitoring of the progression of an enzymatic reaction in a microfluidic reactor as a first step towards achieving pH control...
January 20, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106242/symplastic-glomus-tumor-of-the-urinary-bladder-treated-by-robot-assisted-partial-cystectomy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Franco Palmisano, Franco Gadda, Matteo G Spinelli, Marco Maggioni, Bernardo Rocco, Emanuele Montanari
Glomus tumors arising in the urinary bladder are extremely rare, and only two cases have been reported in the English Literature. We present a case of a 58-year-old man with an asymptomatic mass of the anterior wall of the bladder that measured 2.5 × 2.5 cm. Endoscopic excision was performed, and the tumor was diagnosed as symplastic glomus tumor. The patient finally underwent robotic-assisted partial cystectomy, and he remains healthy without any recurrence to date.After reviewing this case and previous reports, we analyzed the clinicopathologic features and treatment options for this rare neoplasm...
January 16, 2017: Urologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106121/endoplasmic-reticulum-oxidative-stress-triggers-tgf-beta-dependent-muscle-dysfunction-by-accelerating-ascorbic-acid-turnover
#18
Diego Pozzer, Mariagrazia Favellato, Marco Bolis, Roberto William Invernizzi, Francesca Solagna, Bert Blaauw, Ester Zito
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and oxidative stress are two related phenomena that have important metabolic consequences. As many skeletal muscle diseases are triggered by oxidative stress, we explored the chain of events linking a hyperoxidized ER (which causes ER and oxidative stress) with skeletal muscle dysfunction. An unbiased exon expression array showed that the combined genetic modulation of the two master ER redox proteins, selenoprotein N (SEPN1) and endoplasmic oxidoreductin 1 (ERO1), led to an SEPN1-related myopathic phenotype due to excessive signalling of transforming growth factor (TGF)-beta...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105995/delayed-fracture-of-a-bioresorbable-vascular-scaffold-implanted-for-in-stent-restenosis
#19
Teresa Bastante, Javier Cuesta, Fernando Rivero, Marcos García-Guimaraes, Amparo Benedicto, Fernando Alfonso
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 20, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105928/computer-aided-identification-of-a-hevein-like-antimicrobial-peptide-of-bell-pepper-leaves-for-biotechnological-use
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Patrícia Dias Games, Elói Quintas Gonçalves daSilva, Meire de Oliveira Barbosa, Hebréia Oliveira Almeida-Souza, Patrícia Pereira Fontes, Marcos Jorge deMagalhães-Jr, Paulo Roberto Gomes Pereira, Maura Vianna Prates, Gloria Regina Franco, Alessandra Faria-Campos, Sérgio Vale Aguiar Campos, Maria Cristina Baracat-Pereira
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial peptides from plants present mechanisms of action that are different from those of conventional defense agents. They are under-explored but have a potential as commercial antimicrobials. Bell pepper leaves ('Magali R') are discarded after harvesting the fruit and are sources of bioactive peptides. This work reports the isolation by peptidomics tools, and the identification and partially characterization by computational tools of an antimicrobial peptide from bell pepper leaves, and evidences the usefulness of records and the in silico analysis for the study of plant peptides aiming biotechnological uses...
December 15, 2016: BMC Genomics
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