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Mitchell Kuss, Jiyoung Kim, Dianjun Qi, Shaohua Wu, Yuguo Lei, Soonkyu Chung, Bin Duan
Obesity and its related health complications cause billions of dollars in healthcare costs annually in the United States, and there are yet to be safe and long-lasting anti-obesity approaches. Using brown adipose tissue (BAT) is a promising approach, as it uses fats for energy expenditure. However, the effect of the microenvironment on human thermogenic brown adipogenesis and how to generate clinically relevant sized and functioning BAT are still unknown. In our current study, we evaluated the effects of endothelial growth medium exposure on brown adipogenesis of human brown adipose progenitors (BAP)...
March 16, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Zhen Ma, Huisheng Zhuang
Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), a type of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, is widely distributed in the environment. In this study, BaP immunogen and coating antigen were respectively prepared by different methods, and the specific antibody targeting the BaP analyte was obtained. Moreover, gold nanoparticles modified with the specific polyclonal antibody and thiol-capped DNA were prepared as biological probes. Based on the work above, an ultrasensitive biological probe enhanced real-time immuno-polymerase chain reaction (BP-rt-iPCR) assay was developed to detect BaP in several environmental samples...
March 15, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
Yoshinori Sato, Yuka Unno, Tsuneyuki Ubagai, Yasuo Ono
We investigated the numbers of planktonic and biofilm cells and the expression levels of genes encoding efflux pumps and biofilm-related proteins in 10 clinical isolates of multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRA) as well as in its standard strain ATCC 19606 in the presence of colistin (CST), polymyxin B (PMB), minomycin (MIN), and tigecycline (TGC) at their respective sub-MICs. The number of planktonic and biofilm cells of ATCC 19606 decreased in the presence of all aforementioned antibiotics in a dose-dependent manner...
2018: PloS One
Paul Glendenning, S A Paul Chubb, Samuel Vasikaran
Bone turnover marker (BTM's) concentrations in blood and urine reflect bone-remodelling activity, and may be useful adjuncts in the diagnosis and management of metabolic bone diseases. Newer biomarkers, mainly bone regulatory proteins, are currently being investigated to elucidate their role in bone metabolism and disease and may in future be useful in clinical diagnosis and management of metabolic bone disease. BTM concentrations increase around menopause in women, and at a population level the degree of increase in BTM's reflect bone loss...
March 12, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Ken Iseri, Masayuki Iyoda, Makoto Watanabe, Kei Matsumoto, Daisuke Sanada, Takashi Inoue, Shohei Tachibana, Takanori Shibata
INTRODUCTION: The clinical utility of denosumab for the treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (GIOP) has yet to be established. This study aimed to compare the effects of denosumab on bone mineral density (BMD) and bone turnover markers to those of alendronate in patients with GIOP. METHODS: A prospective, single-center study of 32 patients (18 men; median age, 66.0 years) with glomerular disease receiving prednisolone (PSL) who were diagnosed as having GIOP and had not received bisphosphonates before was conducted...
2018: PloS One
Motohiro Tamiya, Hidekazu Suzuki, Takayuki Shiroyama, Ayako Tanaka, Naoko Morishita, Norio Okamoto, Kenichi Sakai, Hironori Shigeoka, Kunimitsu Kawahara, Tomonori Hirashima
Background Bevacizumab (Bev) is generally well-tolerated, and Bev-associated intestinal perforation (BAP) is a rare albeit serious side effect in cases of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Therefore, the present study aimed to identify clinical predictors of BAP to help predict and manage the development of life-threatening intestinal complications among patients receiving Bev. Methods This retrospective study evaluated demographic, clinical, and treatment factors for patients with NSCLC who were treated with Bev between February 2010 and August 2015 at our center...
March 14, 2018: Investigational New Drugs
Takako Suzuki, Yukio Nakamura, Hiroyuki Kato
Introduction: The aim of this 18-month retrospective study was to evaluate the differences in outcomes of denosumab with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors (TNFis), tocilizumab (TCZ), or abatacept (ABT) treatment in osteoporosis (OP) patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Patients and methods: Patients were divided into TNFis-treated (TNF group; 44 cases), TCZ-treated (TCZ group; 8 cases), or ABT-treated (ABT group; 14 cases) groups. We measured serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BAP) and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase 5b (TRACP-5b) at baseline and every 3 months for 18 months and assessed bone mineral density (BMD) of the lumbar 1-4 vertebrae (L-BMD) and total hip BMD (H-BMD) at baseline and every 6 months for 18 months...
2018: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Phealay May, Patricia Bremond, Christophe Sauzet, Philippe Piccerelle, Frédérique Grimaldi, Serge Champion, Pierre-Henri Villard
(1) Objective: Highlight the in vitro effects of 3T3-L1 cell exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB118 and 153) or benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) alone or as a cocktail on adipogenesis (ADG) by focusing on changes in lipid metabolism and inflammatory-related genes expression (INFG) and ADG-related genes expression (ADGG); (2) Results: Treatment from the early stage of cell differentiation by BaP alone or in combination with PCBs decreased the expression of some of the ADGG ( PPARγ Glut-4 , FAS , Lipin-1a , Leptin , and Adiponectin )...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ruijie Liu, Youfeng Zhang, Jun Wang, Qiqi Pan, Yingqi Luo, Yujie Sun, Qingzhe Jin, Xingguo Wang
Contamination sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the raw material, oil production and storage processes of wood-pressed rapeseed oil were investigated in this study. The results showed that benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) and PAH4 (sum of BaP, benzo[a]fluoranthene, benzo[b]fluoranthene and chrysene) were unevenly distributed in the kernel (0.56-0.98 and 2.84-8.64 μg/kg, respectively) and hull (1.53-3.17 and 13.49-22.31 μg/kg, respectively) of the rapeseed raw materials. The contents of BaP and PAH4 continuously increased during the process of wood-pressed rapeseed oil, ranging from 2...
March 14, 2018: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
Satoshi Kondo, Hiroyuki Kakihata, Yosuke Nishida, Yuko Furuno, Yumiko Kobayashi, Hidehiro Tabata, Makoto Nomura
We conducted a post-marketing observational study to investigate the safety and effectiveness of eldecalcitol for the treatment of osteoporosis in a Japanese clinical setting. The observation period was 12 months for women and 36 months for men. The final results for the female patients have already been published. In this article, the final results for the male patients are reported. A total of 470 male osteoporosis patients were enrolled. The safety analysis set included 431 patients (mean age, 76.8 years; mean ± SD follow-up period, 631...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
Shaorui Ke, Qi Liu, Yuhan Yao, Xinlian Zhang, Guodong Sui
In present study, we compared for the first time the cytotoxicities of the 16 priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in human pulmonary alveolar epithelial cells HPAEpiC. Moreover, we examined the effects of each PAH on oxidative stress (SOD, GSH, and ROS), cell viability, extracellular LDH, and apoptosis. The 16 priority PAHs were classified into four levels of cytotoxicity: (1) high cytotoxicity, BkF, BaP, and DBA; (2) moderate cytotoxicity, BbF, IND, BghiP, BaA, and CHR; (3) low cytotoxicity, PA, FL, and Pyr; and (4) mild cytotoxicity, Nap, AcPy, Acp, Flu, and Ant...
March 8, 2018: Toxicology Letters
Masaru Nakagawa, Sigeyuki Uno, Noriyoshi Iriyama, Manabu Matsunawa, Makoto Makishima, Jin Takeuchi, Isao Tsuboi, Yoshihiro Hatta, Masami Takei
Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) is an environmental pollutant found in cigarette smoke and is implicated as a causative agent of tobacco-related diseases, such as arteriosclerosis. In contrast, vitamin D signaling, which is principally mediated by conversion of vitamin D to the active form, 1α,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 [1,25(OH)2 D3 ], decreases cardiovascular disease risk. However, combined treatment with BaP and 1,25(OH)2 D3 enhances BaP toxicity, including BaP-DNA adduct formation. We further investigated the cross-talk between BaP and 1,25(OH)2 D3 signaling pathways, and found that combined treatment with these compounds induces mRNA and protein expression of plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) in monocyte/macrophage-derived THP-1 and U937 cells...
March 7, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Rômulo V Paixão, Josiane Ribolli, Evoy Zaniboni-Filho
Steindachneridion scriptum is an important species as a resource for fisheries and aquaculture; it is currently threatened and has a reduced occurrence in South America. The damming of rivers, overfishing, and contamination of freshwater environments are the main impacts on the maintenance of this species. We accessed the genetic diversity and structure of S. scriptum using the DNA barcode and control region (D-loop) sequences of 43 individuals from the Upper Uruguay River Basin (UUR) and 10 sequences from the Upper Paraná River Basin (UPR), which were obtained from GenBank...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Jessica M Hummel, Erin P Madeen, Lisbeth K Siddens, Sandra L Uesugi, Tammie McQuistan, Kim A Anderson, Kenneth W Turteltaub, Ted J Ognibene, Graham Bench, Sharon K Krueger, Stuart Harris, Jordan Smith, Susan C Tilton, William M Baird, David E Williams
Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP), a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), is a known human carcinogen. In non-smoking adults greater than 95% of BaP exposure is through diet. The carcinogenicity of BaP is utilized by the U.S. EPA to assess relative potency of complex PAH mixtures. PAH relative potency factors (RPFs, BaP = 1) are determined from high dose animal data. We employed accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) to determine pharmacokinetics of [14 C]-BaP in humans following dosing with 46 ng (an order of magnitude lower than human dietary daily exposure and million-fold lower than animal cancer models)...
March 5, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Azam Qureshi, Haoxing Chen, Osamah Saeedi, Mona A Kaleem, Gianna Stoleru, Jordan Margo, Sachin Kalarn, Janet L Alexander
PURPOSE: In this novel study, we demonstrate a standardized imaging and measurement protocol of anterior segment (AS) structures with reliability analysis using ultrasound biomicroscopy (UBM) and ImageJ software. METHODS: Ten pediatric and young adult patients undergoing examination under anesthesia for AS pathology were imaged using UBM. Four trained observers analyzed 20 images using ImageJ. Forty-five structural parameters were measured. Those that relied on the trabecular-iris angle (TIA) as a reference landmark were labeled TIA-dependent (TD) and all others were labeled non-TIA dependent (NTD)...
March 7, 2018: International Ophthalmology
Mrunal I Warhade, Rupesh S Badere
We started a cell suspension culture from magenta coloured calli of cockscomb to study the effect of biotic and abiotic elicitors on the biosynthesis of betalain pigments. The cultures were grown in a flask containing 30 ml MS media fortified with 13.5 μM 2,4-D and 0.44 μM BAP. These cultures were elicited during its log-phase of growth using fungal elicitors (prepared from mycelia of Fusarium oxysporum) , yeast extract, copper sulphate and cobalt chloride. The elicitation reduced the cell count, cell viability and percent pigmented cell in the suspension culture...
March 2018: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
Ali Ahsan Bajwa, Muhammad Farooq, Ahmad Nawaz
Salt stress impedes the productivity of wheat ( Triticum aestivum L.) in many parts of the world. This study evaluated the potential role of benzyl aminopurine (BAP) and sorghum water extract (SWE) in improving the wheat performance under saline conditions. Seeds were primed with BAP (5 mg L-1 ), SWE (5% v/v), BAP + SWE, and distilled water (hydropriming). Soil filled pots maintained at the soil salinity levels of 4 and 10 dS m-1 were used for the sowing of primed and non-primed seeds. Salt stress suppressed the wheat growth; seed priming treatments significantly improved the wheat growth under optimal and suboptimal conditions...
March 2018: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
Sara Franceschelli, Daniela Maria Pia Gatta, Mirko Pesce, Alessio Ferrone, Giuseppe Di Martino, Marta Di Nicola, Maria Anna De Lutiis, Ester Vitacolonna, Antonia Patruno, Alfredo Grilli, Mario Felaco, Lorenza Speranza
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a clinical condition characterized by reflux of gastroduodenal contents in the oesophagus, has proved to demonstrate a strong link between oxidative stress and the development of GERD. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have been universally accepted as first-line therapy for management of GERD. The potential benefits of electrolysed reduced water (ERW), rich in molecular hydrogen, in improving symptoms and systemic oxidative stress associated with GERD was assessed. The study was performed on 84 GERD patients undergoing control treatment (PPI + tap water) or experimental treatment (PPI + ERW) for 3 months...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Xudong Zhu, Yanbo Zeng, Zulei Zhang, Yiwen Yang, Yunyun Zhai, Hailong Wang, Lingyu Liu, Jian Hu, Lei Li
Molecularly imprinted polymers prepared using traditional functional monomers and cross-linkers exhibit slow binding kinetics, low electrocatalytic activity and adsorption capacity. Herein, we report a new composite of ionic liquid-based graphene and molecularly imprinted polymer (IL-GR-MIP) with high electrocatalytic activity and adsorption capacity to construct an effective electrochemical sensor for 6-benzylaminopurine (6-BAP). Our objective was to enhance the efficiency of the sensor by incorporating more IL in the MIP framework...
February 13, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Erika Yamada, Noriko Himori, Hiroshi Kunikata, Kazuko Omodaka, Hiromasa Ogawa, Masakazu Ichinose, Toru Nakazawa
PURPOSE: Sleep apnoea syndrome (SAS) is often associated with glaucoma, and intermittent hypoxia, present in SAS, can contribute to glaucoma pathogenesis. However, the relationships between SAS, high systemic oxidative stress and the speed of glaucoma progression are unclear. Thus, we investigated these relationships in glaucoma patients with and without SAS. METHODS: Peripheral blood samples were collected from 166 eyes of 166 Japanese patients: 42 controls, 109 open-angle glaucoma (OAG) patients without SAS and 15 OAG patients with SAS...
March 2, 2018: Acta Ophthalmologica
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