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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103644/flow-cytometric-osmotic-fragility-test-increased-assay-sensitivity-for-clinical-application-in-pediatric-hematology
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Olga Ciepiela, Anna Adamowicz-Salach, Agata Zgodzińska, Magdalena Łazowska, Iwona Kotuła
BACKGROUND: Osmotic Fragility Test (OFT) is widely considered as a sensitive indicator of red blood cells' sensitivity to the hypotonic solution. It is often used as a screening test for the diagnosis of hereditary spherocytosis (HS). Nowadays, the osmotic fragility test based on flow cytometric analysis (FCM OF) is widely used in laboratory practice. The purpose of this study was to optimize the assay sensitivity and to validate its clinical application in the diagnostic screening of childhood anemias...
January 19, 2017: Cytometry. Part B, Clinical Cytometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103623/metabolic-inflexibility-with-obesity-and-the-effects-of-fenofibrate-on-skeletal-muscle-fatty-acid-oxidation
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Kristen E Boyle, Jacob E Friedman, Rachel C Janssen, Chantal Underkofler, Joseph A Houmard, Neda Rasouli
This study was designed to investigate mechanisms of lipid metabolic inflexibility in human obesity and the ability of fenofibrate (FENO) to increase skeletal muscle fatty acid oxidation (FAO) in primary human skeletal muscle cell cultures (HSkMC) exhibiting metabolic inflexibility. HSkMC from 10 lean and 10 obese, insulin resistant subjects were treated with excess fatty acid for 24 h (24hFA) to gauge lipid-related metabolic flexibility. Metabolically inflexible HSkMC from obese individuals were then treated with 24hFA in combination with FENO to determine effectiveness for increasing FAO...
January 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103488/effects-of-superabsorbent-polymers-on-the-fate-of-fungicidal-carbendazim-in-soils
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Yatian Yang, Haiyan Wang, Lei Huang, Sufen Zhang, Yupeng He, Qi Gao, Qingfu Ye
Superabsorbent polymers (SAPs) have been extensively used as soil amendments to retain water, and they often coexist with pesticides in agricultural fields. However, effects of SAPs on the fate of pesticides in soil remain poorly understood. In this study, a laboratory experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of SAPs on the transformation of (14)C-carbendazim in soils. The results showed that compared to the SAPs-free control, 11.4% relative reduction of (14)C-carbendazim extractable residue was observed in red clayey soil with SAPs amendment after 100days of incubation (p<0...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102858/luminescent-immunoprecipitation-system-lips-for-detection-of-autoantibodies-against-atp4a-and-atp4b-subunits-of-gastric-proton-pump-h-k-atpase-in-atrophic-body-gastritis-patients
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Edith Lahner, Cristina Brigatti, Ilaria Marzinotto, Marilia Carabotti, Giulia Scalese, Howard W Davidson, Janet M Wenzlau, Emanuele Bosi, Lorenzo Piemonti, Bruno Annibale, Vito Lampasona
OBJECTIVES: Circulating autoantibodies targeting the H+/K+-ATPase proton pump of gastric parietal cells are considered markers of autoimmune gastritis, whose diagnostic accuracy in atrophic body gastritis, the pathological lesion of autoimmune gastritis, remains unknown. This study aimed to assess autoantibodies against ATP4A and ATP4B subunits of parietal cells H+, K+-ATPase in atrophic body gastritis patients and controls. METHODS: One-hundred and four cases with atrophic body gastritis and 205 controls were assessed for serological autoantibodies specific for ATP4A or ATP4B subunits using luminescent immunoprecipitation system (LIPS)...
January 19, 2017: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102173/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-antibacterial-and-osteogenic-activity-promoted-by-selenium-doped-calcium-phosphate-coatings
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Cosme Rodriguez-Valencia, Paula Freixeiro, Julia Serra, Carlos Ferreiros, Pio Gonzalez, Miriam Lopez-Alvarez
Selenium is an essential trace element present in 25 selenoenzymes, playing critical roles in a variety of physiological processes, such as anti-oxidative defense and the modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation. This paper characterizes selenium-doped calcium phosphate coatings and evaluates their effects on the osteogenic activity, the proliferation of osteosarcoma cells and biofilm formation. To do so, the structure and elemental composition of the obtained coatings were analyzed, in addition to their thicknesses, and they were compared to pure calcium phosphate coatings...
January 19, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101991/clinically-distinct-phenotypes-of-canavan-disease-correlate-with-residual-aspartoacylase-enzyme-activity
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Marisa I Mendes, Desirée Ec Smith, Ana Pop, Pascal Lennertz, Matilde R Fernandez Ojeda, Warsha A Kanhai, Silvy J M van Dooren, Yair Anikster, Ivo Barić, Carolien Boelen, Jaime Campistol, Lonneke de Boer, Ariana Kariminejad, Hulya Kayserili, Agathe Roubertie, Krijn T Verbruggen, Christine Vianey-Saban, Monique Williams, Gajja S Salomons
We describe 14 patients with 12 novel missense mutations in ASPA, the gene causing Canavan disease (CD). We developed a method to study the effect of these 12 variants on the function of aspartoacylase - the hydrolysis of N-acetyl-L-aspartic acid (NAA) to aspartate and acetate. The wild-type ASPA open reading frame (ORF) and the ORFs containing each of the variants were transfected into HEK293 cells. Enzyme activity was determined by incubating cell lysates with NAA and measuring the released aspartic acid by LC-MS/MS...
January 19, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101713/macro-and-microelement-content-and-other-properties-of-chaenomeles-japonica-l-fruit-and-protective-effects-of-its-aqueous-extract-on-hepatocyte-metabolism
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Irena Baranowska-Bosiacka, Beata Bosiacka, Julita Rast, Izabela Gutowska, Jolanta Wolska, Ewa Rębacz-Maron, Kamila Dębia, Katarzyna Janda, Jan Korbecki, Dariusz Chlubek
This growing interest in the cultivation of Japanese quince Chaenomeles japonica L. results from the potentially beneficial properties of its fruit. Fresh fruits are very firm and too acidic to eat raw, but their bioactive components, distinctive aroma, and high amount of dietary fiber make the fruits well suited for industrial processing. However, not all the properties of the fruit have been investigated. For example, there are no comprehensive reports about the mineral content or potentially harmful effects on liver metabolism...
January 18, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101603/biodegradation-of-aldrin-and-dieldrin-by-the-white-rot-fungus-pleurotus-ostreatus
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Adi Setyo Purnomo, Refdinal Nawfa, Fahimah Martak, Kuniyoshi Shimizu, Ichiro Kamei
Aldrin and its metabolite dieldrin are persistent organic pollutants that contaminate soil in many parts of the world. Given the potential hazards associated with these pollutants, an efficient degradation method is required. In this study, we investigated the ability of Pleurotus ostreatus to transform aldrin as well as dieldrin in pure liquid cultures. This fungus completely eliminated aldrin in potato dextrose broth (PDB) medium during a 14-day incubation period. Dieldrin was detected as the main metabolite, and 9-hydroxylaldrin and 9-hydroxyldieldrin were less abundant metabolites...
January 18, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101464/anti-inflammatory-and-antibothropic-properties-of-jatropha-elliptica-a-plant-from-brazilian-cerrado-biome
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Sára Cósta Ferreira-Rodrigues, Cássio Milhomens Rodrigues, Marcio Galdino Dos Santos, Jean Antonio Abraham Gautuz, Magali Glauzer Silva, José Carlos Cogo, Camila Batista-Silva, Cleiton Pita Dos Santos, Francisco Carlos Groppo, Karina Cogo-Müller, Yoko Oshima-Franco
Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the antibothropic and anti-inflammatory properties of J. elliptica.Methods: Phytochemical screening and thin-layer chromatography (TLC) assays were performed on J. elliptica hydroalcoholic extract (TE) in order to observe its main constituents. The antibothropic activity of TE was evaluated by the in vitro neuromuscular blockade caused by Bothrops jararacussu venom (Bjssu), in a mouse phrenic nerve-diaphragm model (PND). A quantitative histological study was carried out to observe a possible protection of TE against the venom myotoxicity...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101334/implementation-of-short-incubation-maldi-tof-ms-identification-from-positive-blood-cultures-in-routine-diagnostics-and-effects-on-empiric-antimicrobial-therapy
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Robin Köck, Jörg Wüllenweber, Dagmar Horn, Christian Lanckohr, Karsten Becker, Evgeny A Idelevich
BACKGROUND: Results of blood culture (BC) diagnostics should be swiftly available to guide treatment of critically ill patients. Conventional BC diagnostics usually performs species identification of microorganisms from mature solid medium colonies. Species identification might be speed up by using matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometry (MS) of biomass from shortly incubated solid media. METHODS: This single-center analysis compared the applicability of MALDI-TOF-based species identification from shortly incubated cultures in laboratory routine vs...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101178/endothelium-dependent-vasodilation-effects-of-panax-notoginseng-and-its-main-components-are-mediated-by-nitric-oxide-and-cyclooxygenase-pathways
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Yanyan Wang, Yu Ren, Leilei Xing, Xiangdong Dai, Sheng Liu, Bin Yu, Yi Wang
Panax notoginseng, a traditional Chinese herbal medicine, has been used for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. The main bioactive components of this species are Panax notoginseng saponins (PNS). The present study aimed to investigate the effects of PNS and five of its main components (ginsenosides Rg1, Re, Rb1 and Rd, and notoginsenoside R1) on rat aorta rings pre-contracted with norepinephrine (NE) and to determine the underlying mechanism of action. Isolated aorta rings (with or without intact endothelium) from adult male Wistar rats were stimulated with NE to induce vasoconstriction, and subsequently treated with different concentrations of PNS and its five main components (Rg1, Re, Rb1, R1 and Rd) separately...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101169/role-of-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-wnt-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-and-wnt-ca-2-pathways-in-cisplatin-induced-chemoresistance-in-ovarian-cancer
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Lu Huang, Ye Jin, Shujun Feng, Yuqing Zou, Sainan Xu, Shuang Qiu, Ling Li, Jianhua Zheng
The aim of the present study was to explore the expression of Wnt signaling proteins β-catenin, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) in ovarian cancer cells, and assess the correlation between this expression and cisplatin-induced chemoresistance. SKOV3 ovarian carcinoma cells and SKOV3/DDP (cisplatin resistant) cells were treated with cisplatin in the absence or presence of a Wnt signaling activator (CHIR-99021, glycogen synthase kinase 3β inhibitor) or inhibitor (XAV-939, tankyrase inhibitor)...
December 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101134/single-cell-isolation-process-with-laser-induced-forward-transfer
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Yu Deng, Philippe Renaud, Zhongning Guo, Zhigang Huang, Ying Chen
BACKGROUND: A viable single cell is crucial for studies of single cell biology. In this paper, laser-induced forward transfer (LIFT) was used to isolate individual cell with a closed chamber designed to avoid contamination and maintain humidity. Hela cells were used to study the impact of laser pulse energy, laser spot size, sacrificed layer thickness and working distance. The size distribution, number and proliferation ratio of separated cells were statistically evaluated. Glycerol was used to increase the viscosity of the medium and alginate were introduced to soften the landing process...
2017: Journal of Biological Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100848/influence-of-28-o-propynoylbetulin-on-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-melanotic-and-amelanotic-human-melanoma-cells
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Anna Kaps, Ewa Chodurek, Arkadiusz Orchel, Marzena Jaworska-Kik, Ewa Bębenek, Stanisław Boryczka, Janusz Kasperczyk
INTRODUCTION: A relatively new approach in treatment of malignant melanoma is the use of betulin and its synthetic derivatives that have anticancer properties. The aim of the study was to determine the effect of an acetylenic derivative of betulin, 28-O-propynoylbetulin, on cell growth and apoptosis induction in human melanotic and amelanotic melanoma cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The A2058 and C32 cell lines were incubated with 28-O-propynoylbetulin (working solutions from 0...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100601/the-use-of-selective-fungal-culture-media-increases-detection-rates-of-fungi-in-the-cystic-fibrosis-respiratory-tract
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Gina Hong, Heather B Miller, Sarah Allgood, Richard Lee, Noah Lechtzin, Sean X Zhang
The prevalence of fungi in the respiratory tract of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients has risen. However, fungal surveillance is not routinely performed in most clinical centers in the United States, which may lead to an underestimation of the true prevalence of the problem. We conducted a prospective study comparing fungal detection rates for clinically important fungi (CIF) defined as Aspergillus species, Scedosporium species, Trichosporon species, and Exophiala dermatitidis in CF sputum using standard bacterial culture media and selective-fungal culture media, including Sabouraud dextrose agar with gentamicin (SDA), inhibitory mold agar (IMA), and brain-heart infusion agar (BHI) with chloramphenicol and gentamicin...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100485/quantification-of-growth-factor-signaling-and-pathway-crosstalk-by-live-cell-imaging
#16
Sean M Gross, Peter Rotwein
Peptide growth factors stimulate cellular responses through activation of their trans-membrane receptors. Multiple intracellular signaling cascades are engaged following growth factor - receptor binding, leading to short- and long-term biological effects. Each receptor-activated signaling pathway does not act in isolation, but rather interacts at different levels with other pathways to shape signaling networks that are distinctive for each growth factor. To gain insights into the specifics of growth factor-regulated interactions among different signaling cascades, we developed a HeLa cell line stably expressing fluorescent live-cell imaging reporters that are readouts for two major growth factor-stimulated pathways, Ras - Raf - Mek - Erk and PI3-kinase - Akt...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100131/influence-of-activated-sewage-sludge-amendment-on-pahs-removal-efficiency-from-a-naturally-contaminated-soil-application-of-the-landfarming-treatment
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Borislava Lukić, David Huguenot, Antonio Panico, Eric D van Hullebusch, Giovanni Esposito
The removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from a naturally co-contaminated soil by PAHs and heavy metals with an initial concentration of 620 mg of total PAHs kg(-1) dry soil was investigated. The efficiency of landfarming in removing phenanthrene, pyrene, benzo(a)pyrene and the group of total 16 US EPA PAHs was evaluated. The process was biostimulated by adding centrifuged activated sewage sludge (SS) as an organic amendment. Experimental activities were conducted in four laboratory scale reactors filled with corn cobs as bulking agent to reach bulk density of 640 kg/m(3)...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099966/involvement-of-xbp1s-in-blue-light-induced-a2e-containing-retinal-pigment-epithelium-cell-death
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Bing Lu, Pengfei Zhang, Minwen Zhou, Wenqiu Wang, Qing Gu, Jingyang Feng, Xueting Luo, Xiangjun Sun, Fenghua Wang, Xiaodong Sun
PURPOSE: Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cell dysfunction is essential to the development of retinal degenerative disease. This study was designed to investigate how spliced X-box-binding protein 1 (XBP1s) regulates different modes of RPE cell death in vitro. METHODS: Human ARPE19 cells were incubated with 25 μM N-retinylidene-N-retinylethanolamine (A2E) and irradiated with blue light. Expressions of glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) and XBP1s were detected by real-time quantitative PCR and Western blot...
January 19, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099480/controlled-aggregation-and-increased-stability-of-%C3%AE-glucuronidase-by-cellulose-binding-domain-fusion
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Soo-Jin Yeom, Gui Hwan Han, Moonjung Kim, Kil Koang Kwon, Yaoyao Fu, Haseong Kim, Hyewon Lee, Dae-Hee Lee, Heungchae Jung, Seung-Goo Lee
Cellulose-binding domains (CBDs) are protein domains with cellulose-binding activity, and some act as leaders in the localization of cellulosomal scaffoldin proteins to the hydrophobic surface of crystalline cellulose. In this study, we found that a CBD fusion enhanced and improved soluble β-glucuronidase (GusA) enzyme properties through the formation of an artificially oligomeric state. First, a soluble CBD fused to the C-terminus of GusA (GusA-CBD) was obtained and characterized. Interestingly, the soluble GusA-CBD showed maximum activity at higher temperatures (65°C) and more acidic pH values (pH 6...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098879/cytokines-inducers-and-inhibitors-modulate-mmp-2-and-mmp%C3%A2-9-secretion-by-human-fanconi-anemia-immortalized-fibroblasts
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M W Roomi, T Kalinovsky, M Rath, A Niedzwiecki
Acute myeloid leukemia and head and neck squamous cell carcinomas are the major causes of mortality and morbidity in Fanconi anemia (FA) patients. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), particularly MMP-2 and MMP-9, have been implicated in tumor invasion and metastasis. Various cytokines, mitogens, growth factors, inducers and inhibitors control MMP activities. We investigated the roles of these in the regulation of MMP-2 and MMP-9 in human immortalized fibroblasts from FA. Human FA immortalized fibroblast cell lines FA-A:PD220 and FA-D2:PD20 were grown in minimum essential medium (MEM) supplemented with 15% fetal bovine serum (FBS) and antibiotics in 24-well tissue culture plates...
January 16, 2017: Oncology Reports
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