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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545205/organic-composition-and-multiphase-stable-isotope-analysis-of-active-degrading-and-restored-blanket-bog
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Laura McAnallen, Rory Doherty, Neil Ogle
Here we used organic composition and stable isotopic analysis to evaluate the effects of drainage and restoration at an ombrotrophic peatland, to assess whether rewetting of blanket bogs will reverse degradation. The organic composition of the peat and the isotopic fractionation between the solid (peat), liquid (pore water) and gas (soil gas) phases on actively accumulating, degrading and restored locations are compared. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis of the organic material has shown a high level of humification (low decomposition) in the active peat...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545104/pkng-senses-amino-acid-availability-to-control-metabolism-and-virulence-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Barbara Rieck, Giulia Degiacomi, Michael Zimmermann, Alessandro Cascioferro, Francesca Boldrin, Natalie R Lazar-Adler, Andrew R Bottrill, Fabien le Chevalier, Wafa Frigui, Marco Bellinzoni, María-Natalia Lisa, Pedro M Alzari, Liem Nguyen, Roland Brosch, Uwe Sauer, Riccardo Manganelli, Helen M O'Hare
Sensing and response to changes in nutrient availability are essential for the lifestyle of environmental and pathogenic bacteria. Serine/threonine protein kinase G (PknG) is required for virulence of the human pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and its putative substrate GarA regulates the tricarboxylic acid cycle in M. tuberculosis and other Actinobacteria by protein-protein binding. We sought to understand the stimuli that lead to phosphorylation of GarA, and the roles of this regulatory system in pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria...
May 17, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544931/role-for-rif1-interacting-partner-ddx1-in-blm-recruitment-to-dna-double-strand-breaks
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Lei Li, Ho-Yin Poon, Matthew R Hildebrandt, Elizabeth A Monckton, Devon R Germain, Richard P Fahlman, Roseline Godbout
Human Rap1-interacting factor 1 (RIF1) is an important player in the repair of DNA double strand breaks (DSBs). RIF1 acts downstream of 53BP1, with well-documented roles in class switch recombination in B-cells and inhibition of end resection initiation in BRCA1-defective cells. Here, we report that DEAD Box 1 (DDX1), a RNA helicase also implicated in DSB repair, interacts with RIF1, with co-localization of DDX1 and RIF1 observed throughout interphase. Recruitment of DDX1 to DSBs is dependent on RIF1, with RIF1 depletion abolishing DDX1-mediated facilitation of homologous recombination at DSBs...
May 13, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544869/restoring-agency-to-the-human-actor
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William B Swann, Jolanda Jetten
A cursory read of the social psychological literature suggests that when people find themselves in strong situations, they fail to display agency. The early classic studies of conformity, obedience, and bystander intervention, for example, are renowned for showing that when challenged by strong situational pressures, participants acquiesced-even if it meant abandoning their moral principles or disregarding their own sensory data. Later studies of learned helplessness, ego depletion, and stereotype threat echoed this "power of the situation" theme, demonstrating that exposure to (or the expectation of) a frustrating or unpleasant experience suppressed subsequent efforts to actualize goals and abilities...
May 2017: Perspectives on Psychological Science: a Journal of the Association for Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544853/microrna-34a-protect-myocardial-cells-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-through-inhibiting-autophagy-via-regulating-tnf%C3%AE-expression
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Haifeng Shao, Lili Yang, Li Wang, Bozan Tang, Jian Wang, Qiang Li
BACKGROUND: Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) accompanying with the blood supply restored after myocardial infarction. Myocardial I/R injury relieves when autophagy decreased. MicroRNA-34a(miR-34a) regulate autophagy in renal I/R injury model. But whether it can affect cardiac I/R injury remains studying. This study investigated how miR-34a in protecting myocardial cells against I/R injury through inhibit autophagy via regulating tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) . METHODS: Constructed the I/R model in vivo with Langendorff; treated Neonatal Rat cardiomyocyte to make H/R injury model in vitro with hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) method...
May 25, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544779/a-brief-review-of-extrusion-based-tissue-scaffold-bio-printing
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REVIEW
Liqun Ning, Xiongbiao Chen
Extrusion-based bio-printing has great potential as a technique for manipulating biomaterials and living cells to create three-dimensional (3D) scaffolds for damaged tissue repair and function restoration. Over the last two decades, advances in both engineering techniques and life sciences have evolved extrusion-based bio-printing from a simple technique to one able to create diverse tissue scaffolds from a wide range of biomaterials and cell types. However, the complexities associated with synthesis of materials for bio-printing and manipulation of multiple materials and cells in bio-printing pose many challenges for scaffold fabrication...
May 24, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544709/somatic-autonomic-neurorrhaphy-for-erectile-function-restoration-after-radical-prostatectomy
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EDITORIAL
Jaime A Cavallo, Ashutosh K Tewari
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544653/minimally-invasive-dental-anesthesia-patients-preferences-and-analysis-of-the-willingness-to-pay-index
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Dino Re, Massimo Del Fabbro, Lorena Karanxha, Gabriele Augusti, Davide Augusti, Sabrine Fessi, Silvio Taschieri
AIM: The aim of the present prospective study was to evaluate the impact of a computer-controlled anesthesia on patients' comfort and to investigate, through the willingness-to-pay (WTP) index, and patients' acceptance of this new technology. METHODS: Fifty patients undergoing a class I or II restorative procedure were enrolled. A computer-controlled device for anesthetic delivery was utilized, and a questionnaire on the level of discomfort and WTP was given to all patients...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544543/acute-toll-like-receptor-4-activation-impairs-rat-renal-microvascular-autoregulatory-behaviour
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Justin P Van Beusecum, Shali Zhang, Anthony K Cook, Edward W Inscho
AIM: Little is known about how toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) influences the renal microvasculature. We hypothesized that acute TLR4 stimulation with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) impairs afferent arteriole autoregulatory behaviour, partially through reactive oxygen species (ROS). METHODS: We assessed afferent arteriole autoregulatory behaviour after LPS treatment (1 mg kg(-1) ; i.p.) using the in vitro blood perfused juxtamedullary nephron preparation. Autoregulatory behaviour was assessed by measuring diameter responses to step-wise changes in renal perfusion pressure...
May 25, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544399/molecular-species-of-prostaglandins-involved-in-modulating-luteinizing-hormone-pulses-of-female-rats-under-infectious-stress-conditions
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Takashi Matsuwaki, Mugiko Komatsuda, Ayano Fujisawa, Mio Doke, Keitaro Yamanouchi, Masugi Nishihara
Mammalian reproductive function is controlled by the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) axis, which is suppressed under infectious stress conditions. We have previously demonstrated, by analyzing the pulsatility of luteinizing hormone (LH), that prostaglandins (PGs) in the central nervous system (CNS) mediate infectious stress to suppress the activity of the HPG axis. The aim of the present study is to characterize the types of PGs responsible for suppression of the HPG axis. We focused on 3 major types of PGs, i...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544028/subcellular-compartmentation-interdependency-and-dynamics-of-the-cyclic-amp-dependent-pka-subunits-during-pathogenic-differentiation-in-rice-blast
#11
Poonguzhali Selvaraj, Tham Hong Fai, Ravikrishna Ramanujam, Naweed I Naqvi
The cAMP-dependent PKA signaling plays a central role in growth, asexual development and pathogenesis in fungal pathogens. Here, we functionally characterized RPKA, the regulatory subunit of cAMP/PKA and studied the dynamics and organization of the PKA subunits in the rice blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae. The RPKA subunit was essential for proper vegetative growth, asexual sporulation and surface hydrophobicity in M. oryzae. A spontaneous suppressor mutation, SMR19, that restored growth and conidiation in the RPKA deletion mutant was isolated and characterized...
May 20, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543995/the-effects-of-restoring-logged-tropical-forests-on-avian-phylogenetic-and-functional-diversity
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Cindy C P Cosset, David P Edwards
Selective logging is the most prevalent land-use change in the tropics. Despite the resulting degradation of forest structure, selectively logged forests still harbour a substantial amount of biodiversity leading to suggestions that their protection is the next best alternative to conserving primary, old-growth forests. Restoring carbon stocks under Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) schemes is a potential method for obtaining funding to protect logged forests, via enrichment planting and liberation cutting of vines...
May 24, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543918/gut-microbiota-of-the-pine-weevil-degrades-conifer-diterpenes-and-increases-insect-fitness
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Aileen Berasategui, Hassan Salem, Christian Paetz, Maricel Santoro, Jonathan Gershenzon, Martin Kaltenpoth, Axel Schmdit
The pine weevil (Hylobius abietis), a major pest of conifer forests throughout Europe, feeds on the bark and cambium, tissues rich in terpenoid resins that are toxic to many insect herbivores. Here we report the ability of the pine weevil gut microbiota to degrade the diterpene acids of Norway spruce. The diterpene acid levels present in ingested bark were substantially reduced on passage through the pine weevil gut. This reduction was significantly less upon antibiotic treatment, and supplementing the diet with gut suspensions from untreated insects restored the ability to degrade diterpenes...
May 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543440/chronic-sleep-restriction-disrupts-interendothelial-junctions-in-the-hippocampus-and-increases-blood-brain-barrier-permeability
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G Hurtado-Alvarado, J Velázquez-Moctezuma, B Gómez-González
Chronic sleep loss in the rat increases blood-brain barrier permeability to Evans blue and FITC-dextrans in almost the whole brain and sleep recovery during short periods restores normal blood-brain barrier permeability. Sleep loss increases vesicle density in hippocampal endothelial cells and decreases tight junction protein expression. However, at the ultrastructural level the effect of chronic sleep loss on interendothelial junctions is unknown. In this study we characterised the ultrastructure of interendothelial junctions in the hippocampus, the expression of tight junction proteins, and quantified blood-brain barrier permeability to fluorescein-sodium after chronic sleep restriction...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543406/novel-murine-xenograft-model-for-the-evaluation-of-stem-cell-therapy-for-profound-dysphagia
#15
Maggie A Kuhn, Amanda B Black, M Tausif Siddiqui, Jan A Nolta, Peter C Belafsky
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Dysphagia is common and costly. Treatments are limited and innovative therapies are required. The tongue is essential for safe, effective swallowing and is a natural target for regenerative therapy. Muscle-derived stem cells (MDSCs) hold potential to restore dynamic function, and their application in the damaged tongue is appealing. We examined the safety and efficacy of human MDSC implantation into a novel mouse tongue model. STUDY DESIGN: Animal study...
May 23, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543396/functional-and-structural-assessment-of-the-effect-of-human-umbilical-cord-blood-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
#16
Somia H Abd Allah, Samia Hussein, Mai M Hasan, Raghda H A Deraz, Wafaa F Hussein, Laila M E Sabik
Cardiomyopathy induced by doxorubicin (DOX) was recognized at an early stage and also several years after drug administration. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have many properties that make them suitable for preventive and/ or regenerative therapies. In this study, we evaluated the effect of MSCs in the functional and the structural improvement of DOX-induced cardiomyopathy in rats. Ninety adult male albino rats were randomly divided into three equal groups of thirty rats each: Group I (control): rats received normal saline...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543369/directing-clinical-care-using-lower-extremity-biomechanics-in-patients-with-ankle-osteoarthritis-and-ankle-arthroplasty
#17
REVIEW
Robin Queen
Ankle osteoarthritis is a debilitating disease with approximately 50,000 new cases per year leading to skeletal deformity, severe and recurrent pain, cartilage breakdown, and gait dysfunction limiting patient mobility and well-being. Although many treatments (total ankle arthroplasty (TAA), ankle fusion (arthrodesis), and ankle distraction arthroplasty) relieve pain, it is not clear that these procedures significantly improve patient mobility. The goal of the research presented here is to summarize what is presently known about lower extremity gait mechanics and outcomes and to quantify the impact of ankle osteoarthritis and TAA have on these measures using an explicitly holistic and mechanistic approach...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543309/adenovirus-vector-expressing-keratinocyte-growth-factor-using-cag-promoter-impaired-pulmonary-function-of-elastase-induced-emphysema
#18
Hiroshi Oki, Takuya Yazawa, Yasuko Baba, Yumi Kanegae, Hanako Sato, Seiko Sakamoto, Takahisa Goto, Izumu Saito, Kiyoyasu Kurahashi
Pulmonary emphysema impairs quality of life and increases mortality. Previous studies demonstrated that administration of KGF before elastase instillation prevented pulmonary emphysema in mice. We hypothesized that KGF could improve pulmonary function, and that the therapeutic administration of KGF would restore damaged lungs caused by elastase instillation in an animal model. We constructed KGF expressing adenovirus vector, which prevented bleomycin induced pulmonary fibrosis in the previous study. Adenovirus vector (1...
May 24, 2017: Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543178/volumetric-mri-analysis-in-patients-with-short-term-remission-of-cushing-s-disease
#19
Hong Jiang, Jie Ren, Na-Ying He, Chang Liu, Yu-Hao Sun, Fang-Fang Jian, Liu-Guan Bian, Jian-Kang Shen, Fu-Hua Yan, Si-Jan Pan, Qing-Fang Sun
OBJECTIVE: The data on patients with short-term remission of Cushing's disease (CD) might provide information that is not available from previous long-term remission studies. We aimed to investigate structural changes in the brain in these patients and to examine whether these changes were associated with clinical characteristics. DESIGN: A cross-sectional study was performed. METHODS: Thirty-four CD patients (14 with CD in short-term remission and 20 with active CD) and 34 controls matched for age, sex, and education underwent clinical evaluation and magnetic resonance imaging brain scans...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542864/circadian-clustering-of-spontaneous-epileptic-seizures-emerges-after-pilocarpine-induced-status-epilepticus
#20
Julika Pitsch, Albert J Becker, Susanne Schoch, Johannes Alexander Müller, Marco de Curtis, Vadym Gnatkovsky
OBJECTIVE: Seizures in mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE) associated with hippocampal sclerosis are thought to develop with various latency intervals after an initial transient brain insult. To study seizure dynamics after an initial transient precipitating insult in a systematic fashion, we utilized continuous video-electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring after the induction of status epilepticus (SE) in a mouse MTLE model. METHODS: Continuous 24/7 video/telemetric hippocampal EEG recordings in the systemic pilocarpine MTLE mouse model...
May 24, 2017: Epilepsia
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