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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446633/lactose-intolerance-lct-13910c-t-genotype-is-associated-with-plasma-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-concentrations-in-caucasians-a-mendelian-randomization-study
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Ohood Alharbi, Ahmed El-Sohemy
Background: The LCT-13910C>T gene variant is associated with lactose intolerance (LI) in different ethnic groups. Individuals with LI often limit or avoid dairy consumption, a major dietary source of vitamin D in North America, which may lead to inadequate vitamin D intake.Objective: The objective was to determine the prevalence of genotypes predictive of LI in different ethnic groups living in Canada and to determine whether the LCT genotype is associated with plasma 25(OH)D concentrations.Methods: Blood samples were drawn from a total of 1495 men and women aged 20-29 y from the Toronto Nutrigenomics and Health Study for genotyping and plasma 25(OH)D analysis...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445728/blocking-surgically-induced-lysyl-oxidase-activity-reduces-the-risk-of-lung-metastases
#2
Chen Rachman-Tzemah, Shelly Zaffryar-Eilot, Moran Grossman, Dario Ribero, Michael Timaner, Joni M Mäki, Johanna Myllyharju, Francesco Bertolini, Dov Hershkovitz, Irit Sagi, Peleg Hasson, Yuval Shaked
Surgery remains the most successful curative treatment for cancer. However, some patients with early-stage disease who undergo surgery eventually succumb to distant metastasis. Here, we show that in response to surgery, the lungs become more vulnerable to metastasis due to extracellular matrix remodeling. Mice that undergo surgery or that are preconditioned with plasma from donor mice that underwent surgery succumb to lung metastases earlier than controls. Increased lysyl oxidase (LOX) activity and expression, fibrillary collagen crosslinking, and focal adhesion signaling contribute to this effect, with the hypoxic surgical site serving as the source of LOX...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443843/atmospheric-pressure-soft-ionization-for-gas-chromatography-with-dielectric-barrier-discharge-ionization-mass-spectrometry-gc-dbdi-ms
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Mario F Mirabelli, Jan-Christoph Wolf, Renato Zenobi
In this study, a gas chromatography (GC) system was interfaced to a high-resolution Orbitrap mass spectrometer by means of an active capillary plasma ionization source, based on dielectric barrier discharge ionization (DBDI). This allowed highly efficient soft ionization of gas-phase, chromatographically resolved compounds at ambient pressure. Several pesticides and illicit drugs were analyzed, and the limits of detections (LODs) were as low as 30 pg mL(-1) for the GC-DBDI-MS coupling (corresponding to 60 fg on-column sensitivity) and 30 fg mL(-1) for SPME-GC-DBDI-MS...
April 26, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442778/as-a-carrier-transporter-for-hair-follicle-reconstitution-platelet-rich-plasma-promotes-proliferation-and-induction-of-mouse-dermal-papilla-cells
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Shun-E Xiao, Yong Miao, Jin Wang, Wei Jiang, Zhe-Xiang Fan, Xiao-Min Liu, Zhi-Qi Hu
Morphogenesis of hair follicles during development and in hair reconstitution assays involves complex interactions between epithelial cells and dermal papilla cells (DPCs). DPCs may be a source of cells for hair regeneration in alopecia patients. Reconstitution of engineered hair follicles requires in vitro culture of trichogenic cells, a three-dimensional scaffolds, and biomolecular signals. However, DPCs tend to lose their biological activity when cultured as trichogenic cells, and scaffolds currently used for hair follicle regeneration lack biological efficiency and biocompatibility...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441747/associations-between-diet-and-toenail-arsenic-concentration-among-pregnant-women-in-bangladesh-a-prospective-study
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Pi-I D Lin, Sabri Bromage, Md Golam Mostofa, Joseph Allen, Emily Oken, Molly L Kile, David C Christiani
This prospective study evaluated the relationship between long-term dietary habits and total arsenic (As) concentration in toenail clippings in a cohort of 1616 pregnant women in the Bangladeshi administrative regions of Sirajdikhan and Pabna Sadar. Diet was assessed at Gestation Week 28 and at Postpartum Month 1, using a locally-validated dish-based semi-quantitative food-frequency questionnaire. Toenail As concentration was analyzed by microwave-assisted acid digestion and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
April 23, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441005/plasma-activated-copper-nanocube-catalysts-for-efficient-carbon-dioxide-electroreduction-to-hydrocarbons-and-alcohols
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Dunfeng Gao, Ioannis Zegkinoglou, Nuria J Divins, Fabian Scholten, Ilya Sinev, Philipp Grosse, Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
Carbon dioxide electroreduction to chemicals and fuels powered by renewable energy sources is considered a promising path to address climate change and energy storage needs. We have developed highly active and selective copper (Cu) nanocube catalysts with tunable Cu(100) facet and oxygen/chlorine ion content by low-pressure plasma pre-treatments. These catalysts display lower overpotentials and higher ethylene, ethanol and n-propanol selectivity, resulting in a maximum Faradaic efficiency (FE) of ~73% for C2 and C3 products...
April 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439829/cell-free-urinary-micrornas-expression-in-small-scale-experiments
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Ludek Zavesky, Eva Jandakova, Radovan Turyna, Daniela Duskova, Lucie Langmeierova, Vit Weinberger, Lubos Minar, Ales Horinek, Milada Kohoutova
Cell-free microRNAs (miRNAs) have become one of the novel promising diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for various diseases recently. Blood serum and plasma along with urine are the most common sources of clinically well, almost noninvasively available samples containing various types of miRNAs. Here, we present a protocol for a small-scale study investigating expression of several candidate miRNAs. Small-scale experiments may be worth investigating in cases where no information is available on miRNAs expression in particular diseases, for validation of previously published miRNAs with promising diagnostic potential, particularly in situations where follow-up study is aimed at validating miRNAs coming from array or NGS experiments, or where funding for these large-scale experiments is not available...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439809/site-selection-a-case-study-in-the-identification-of-optimal-cysteine-engineered-antibody-drug-conjugates
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L Nathan Tumey, Fengping Li, Brian Rago, Xiaogang Han, Frank Loganzo, Sylvia Musto, Edmund I Graziani, Sujiet Puthenveetil, Jeffrey Casavant, Kimberly Marquette, Tracey Clark, Jack Bikker, Eric M Bennett, Frank Barletta, Nicole Piche-Nicholas, Amy Tam, Christopher J O'Donnell, Hans Peter Gerber, Lioudmila Tchistiakova
As the antibody drug conjugate (ADC) community continues to shift towards site-specific conjugation technology, there is a growing need to understand how the site of conjugation impacts the biophysical and biological properties of an ADC. In order to address this need, we prepared a carefully selected series of engineered cysteine ADCs and proceeded to systematically evaluate their potency, stability, and PK exposure. The site of conjugation did not have a significant influence on the thermal stability and in vitro cytotoxicity of the ADCs...
April 24, 2017: AAPS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438713/effects-of-arterial-input-function-selection-on-kinetic-parameters-in-brain-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri
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Vera C Keil, Burkhard Mädler, Jürgen Gieseke, Rolf Fimmers, Elke Hattingen, Hans H Schild, Dariusch R Hadizadeh
PURPOSE: Kinetic parameters derived from dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) were suggested as a possible instrument for multi-parametric lesion characterization, but have not found their way into clinical practice yet due to inconsistent results. The quantification is heavily influenced by the definition of an appropriate arterial input functions (AIF). Regarding brain tumor DCE-MRI, there are currently several co-existing methods to determine the AIF frequently including different brain vessels as sources...
April 21, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437606/transfer-study-of-silver-nanoparticles-in-poultry-production
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Federica Gallocchio, Giancarlo Biancotto, Veronica Cibin, Carmen Losasso, Simone Belluco, Ruud Peters, Greet van Bemmel, Claudia Cascio, Stefan Weigel, Peter Tromp, Federica Gobbo, Salvatore Catania, Antonia Ricci
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are of interest due to their antimicrobial activity and are seen as potential candidates to replace antibiotics in animal husbandry. A few studies have focused on this new application, but they lack any considerations about residual accumulation of AgNPs in edible animal tissues and animal products. In this research, a 22 day in vivo study was carried out by oral administration of 20 nm spherical PVP coated AgNPs to hens. Six doses of approximately 1 mg kg(-1) of AgNPs-PVP each were administered to animals throughout the experimentation...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432354/structural-and-functional-analysis-of-lysozyme-after-treatment-with-dielectric-barrier-discharge-plasma-and-atmospheric-pressure-plasma-jet
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Sooho Choi, Pankaj Attri, Inhwan Lee, Jeongmin Oh, Ji-Hye Yun, Ji Hoon Park, Eun Ha Choi, Weontae Lee
The variation in the biological function of proteins plays an important role in plasma medicine and sterilization. Several non-thermal plasma sources with different feeding gases are used worldwide for plasma treatment, including dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) and atmospheric-pressure plasma jet (APPJ) as the most commonly used sources. Therefore, in the present work, we used both DBD and APPJ plasma sources with N2 and air as feeding gases to evaluate the effects on the structural, thermodynamic, and activity changes of enzymes...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432221/biological-considerations-of-plasma-derived-and-recombinant-factor-viii-immunogenicity
#12
Jesse Lai, Christine Hough, Julie Tarrant, David Lillicrap
In hemophilia A, the most severe complication of factor VIII (FVIII) replacement therapy involves the formation of FVIII neutralizing antibodies, also known as inhibitors, in 25-30% of patients. This adverse event is associated with a significant increase in morbidity and economic burden, thus highlighting the need to identify methods to limit FVIII immunogenicity. Inhibitor development is regulated by a complex balance of genetic factors, such as FVIII genotype, and environmental variables, such as coexistent inflammation...
April 21, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432021/the-er-phagosome-connection-in-the-era-of-membrane-contact-sites
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REVIEW
Paula Nunes-Hasler, Nicolas Demaurex
Phagocytosis is an essential mechanism through which innate immune cells ingest foreign material that is either destroyed or used to generate and present antigens and initiate adaptive immune responses. While a role for the ER during phagosome biogenesis has been recognized, whether fusion with ER cisternae or vesicular derivatives occurs has been the source of much contention. Membrane contact sites (MCS) are tight appositions between ER membranes and various organelles that coordinate multiple functions including localized signalling, lipid transfer and trafficking...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429067/neuronal-oscillations-and-synchronicity-associated-with-gamma-hydroxybutyrate-during-resting-state-in-healthy-male-volunteers
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Robin von Rotz, Michael Kometer, Dario Dornbierer, Jürg Gertsch, M Salomé Gachet, Franz X Vollenweider, Erich Seifritz, Oliver G Bosch, Boris B Quednow
RATIONALE: Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) is a putative neurotransmitter, a drug of abuse, an anesthetic agent, and a treatment for neuropsychiatric disorders. In previous electroencephalography (EEG) studies, GHB was shown to induce an electrophysiological pattern of "paradoxical EEG-behavioral dissociation" characterized by increased delta and theta oscillations usually associated with sleep during awake states. However, no detailed source localization of these alterations and no connectivity analyses have been performed yet...
April 20, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428549/low-noise-time-resolved-optical-sensing-of-electromagnetic-pulses-from-petawatt-laser-matter-interactions
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T S Robinson, F Consoli, S Giltrap, S J Eardley, G S Hicks, E J Ditter, O Ettlinger, N H Stuart, M Notley, R De Angelis, Z Najmudin, R A Smith
We report on the development and deployment of an optical diagnostic for single-shot measurement of the electric-field components of electromagnetic pulses from high-intensity laser-matter interactions in a high-noise environment. The electro-optic Pockels effect in KDP crystals was used to measure transient electric fields using a geometry easily modifiable for magnetic field detection via Faraday rotation. Using dielectric sensors and an optical fibre-based readout ensures minimal field perturbations compared to conductive probes and greatly limits unwanted electrical pickup between probe and recording system...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427293/beneficial-effects-of-tyrosol-on-altered-glycoprotein-components-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
#16
Ramasamy Chandramohan, Settu Saravanan, Leelavinothan Pari
CONTEXT: Olive oil is the major source of tyrosol which is a natural phenolic antioxidant. Olive oil constitutes a major component of the Mediterranean diet that is linked to a reduced incidence of chronic diseases. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the effects of tyrosol on altered glycoprotein components in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Diabetes mellitus was induced in male Wistar rats by streptozotocin (40 mg/kg body weight)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424257/an-animal-source-food-supplement-increases-micronutrient-intakes-and-iron-status-among-reproductive-age-women-in-rural-vietnam
#17
Andrew G Hall, Tu Ngu, Hoang T Nga, Phi N Quyen, Pham T Hong Anh, Janet C King
Background: Few studies have examined the impact of local animal-source foods (ASFs) on the nutritional status of reproductive-age women in developing countries.Objective: We hypothesized that a midmorning snack of local ASF for 6 mo would reduce dietary micronutrient deficiencies [usual intake less than the estimated average requirement (EAR)] and improve blood biomarkers of iron, zinc, and vitamins A and B-12 status among nonpregnant, reproductive-age women in rural Vietnam.Methods: One hundred seventeen women, 18-30 y old, were randomly assigned to receive either an ASF (mean: 144 kcal, 8...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420186/using-moss-to-assess-airborne-heavy-metal-pollution-in-taizhou-china
#18
Xiaoli Zhou, Qin Chen, Chang Liu, Yanming Fang
Bryophytes act as bioindicators and bioaccumulators of metal deposition in the environment. To understand the atmospheric deposition of heavy metals (cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), nickel (Ni), lead (Pb), and zinc (Zn)) in Taizhou, East China, samples of moss (Haplocladium microphyllum) were collected from 60 sites selected by a systematic sampling method during the summer of 2012, and the concentrations of these heavy metals were determined by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES)...
April 17, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419486/population-pharmacokinetic-analysis-of-bortezomib-in-pediatric-leukemia-patients-model-based-support-for-body-surface-area-based-dosing-over-the-2-to-16-year-age-range
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Michael J Hanley, Diane R Mould, Timothy J Taylor, Neeraj Gupta, Kaveri Suryanarayan, Rachel Neuwirth, Dixie-Lee Esseltine, Terzah M Horton, Richard Aplenc, Todd A Alonzo, Xiaomin Lu, Ashley Milton, Karthik Venkatakrishnan
This population analysis described the pharmacokinetics of bortezomib after twice-weekly, repeat-dose, intravenous administration in pediatric patients participating in 2 clinical trials: the phase 2 AALL07P1 (NCT00873093) trial in relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia and the phase 3 AAML1031 (NCT01371981) trial in de novo acute myelogenous leukemia. The sources of variability in the pharmacokinetic parameters were characterized and quantified to support dosing recommendations. Patients received intravenous bortezomib 1...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418637/development-and-application-of-an-msall-based-approach-for-the-quantitative-analysis-of-linear-polyethylene-glycols-in-rat-plasma-by-liquid-chromatography-triple-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
#20
Xiaotong Zhou, Xiangjun Meng, Longmei Cheng, Chong Su, Yantong Sun, Lingxia Sun, Zhaohui Tang, John Paul Fawcett, Yan Yang, Jingkai Gu
Polyethylene glycols (PEGs) are synthetic polymers composed of repeating ethylene oxide subunits. They display excellent biocompatibility and are widely used as pharmaceutical excipients. To fully understand the biological fate of PEGs requires accurate and sensitive analytical methods for their quantitation. Application of conventional liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) is difficult because PEGs have polydisperse molecular weights (MWs) and tend to produce multicharged ions in-source resulting in innumerable precursor ions...
April 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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