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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087734/increased-mitophagy-in-the-skeletal-muscle-of-spinal-and-bulbar-muscular-atrophy-patients
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Doriana Borgia, Adriana Malena, Marco Spinazzi, Maria Andrea Desbats, Leonardo Salviati, Aaron P Russell, Giovanni Miotto, Laura Tosatto, Elena Pegoraro, Gianni Sorarù, Maria Pennuto, Lodovica Vergani
Spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) is a neuromuscular disorder caused by polyglutamine expansion in the androgen receptor (AR) and characterized by the loss of lower motor neurons. Here we investigated pathological processes occurring in muscle biopsy specimens derived from SBMA patients and, as controls, age-matched healthy subjects and patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and neurogenic atrophy. We detected atrophic fibers in the muscle of SBMA, ALS and neurogenic atrophy patients...
January 13, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060072/zone-i-of-tear-microdesiccates-is-a-lipid-containing-structure
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Felipe Traipe, Leonidas Traipe, Daniela Salinas-Toro, Daniela López, Felipe Valenzuela, Claudio Pérez, Cristian Cartes, Francisca Zuazo, Patricia Varela, Héctor Toledo-Araya, Remigio López-Solís
PURPOSE: Morphological features of tear microdesiccates on glass surfaces have been associated with tear fluid status. Tear-film lipids play a critical role in the pathophysiology of some ocular surface disorders. Tear microdesiccates display 4 distinctive morphological domains (zones I, II, III, and transition band). In this study, we investigated the lipid location in tear microdesiccates. METHODS: Tear from individual healthy eyes (assessed by symptoms, signs, and slit-lamp examination) was collected using absorbing minisponges...
February 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035234/genetic-diversity-and-connectivity-within-mytilus-spp-in-the-subarctic-and-arctic
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Sofie Smedegaard Mathiesen, Jakob Thyrring, Jakob Hemmer-Hansen, Jørgen Berge, Alexey Sukhotin, Peter Leopold, Michaël Bekaert, Mikael Kristian Sejr, Einar Eg Nielsen
Climate changes in the Arctic are predicted to alter distributions of marine species. However, such changes are difficult to quantify because information on present species distribution and the genetic variation within species is lacking or poorly examined. Blue mussels, Mytilus spp., are ecosystem engineers in the coastal zone globally. To improve knowledge of distribution and genetic structure of the Mytilus edulis complex in the Arctic, we analyzed 81 SNPs in 534 Mytilus spp. individuals sampled at 13 sites to provide baseline data for distribution and genetic variation of Mytilus mussels in the European Arctic...
January 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031697/clinical-and-histological-evaluation-of-large-macular-hole-surgery-using-the-inverted-internal-limiting-membrane-flap-technique
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Satoru Kase, Wataru Saito, Shohei Mori, Michiyuki Saito, Ryo Ando, Zhenyu Dong, Tomohiro Suzuki, Kousuke Noda, Susumu Ishida
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to analyze optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of large macular holes (MHs) treated with inverted internal limiting membrane (ILM) flap technique and to perform a histological examination of an ILM-like membrane tissue obtained during vitrectomy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective observational case study. Nine patients, comprising of five males and four females, showing large and myopic MHs, underwent pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) with inverted ILM flap technique assisted by brilliant blue G (BBG) staining...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024197/building-blue-an-eco-engineering-framework-for-foreshore-developments
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M Mayer-Pinto, E L Johnston, A B Bugnot, T M Glasby, L Airoldi, A Mitchell, K A Dafforn
Urbanisation in terrestrial systems has driven architects, planners, ecologists and engineers to collaborate on the design and creation of more sustainable structures. Examples include the development of 'green infrastructure' and the introduction of wildlife corridors that mitigate urban stressors and provide positive ecological outcomes. In contrast, efforts to minimise the impacts of urban developments in marine environments have been far more restricted in their extent and scope, and have often overlooked the ecological role of the built environment as potential habitat...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005720/fundus-autofluorescence-in-rubella-retinopathy-correlation-with-photoreceptor-structure-and-function
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Danuta M Bukowska, Sue Ling Wan, Avenell L Chew, Enid Chelva, Ivy Tang, David A Mackey, Fred K Chen
PURPOSE: To illustrate altered fundus autofluorescence in rubella retinopathy and to investigate their relationships with photoreceptor structure and function using multimodal imaging. METHODS: The authors report four cases of rubella retinopathy aged 8, 33, 42, and 50 years. All patients had dilated clinical fundus examination; wide-field color photography; blue, green, and near-infrared autofluorescence imaging and spectral domain optical coherence tomography...
January 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27997397/phenanthrene-removal-from-liquid-medium-with-emphasis-on-production-of-biosurfactant
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Masoumeh Golshan, Roshanak Rezaei Kalantary, Simin Nasseri, Mahdi Farzadkia, Ali Esrafili, Farzaneh Gharibzadeh, Leila Karimi Takanlu, Vida Alvani
In the current study, there are some considerable issues which focused on: (1) the production of biosurfactant, (2) its correlation with the initial bacterial inoculum in the liquid phase and (3) its effect on polycyclic hydrocarbon (PAH) bioremediation performance. Therefore, two strains Pseudomonas facilis and Pseudomonas spp. were able to form a large clear zone diameter on the oil surface. Phenanthrene (PHE) was also utilized as a sole substrate. Furthermore, biosurfactant production (BP) was detected by methylene blue analysis procedure and surface tension (ST) lowering...
December 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987459/hollow-cross-linked-enzyme-aggregates-h-clea-of-laccase-with-high-uniformity-and-activity
#8
Le Truc Nguyen, Nianjia Seow, Kun-Lin Yang
Hollow cross-linked enzyme aggregates of laccase (h-CLEA laccase) can be prepared by employing a millifluidic reactor carrying two coaxial laminar flows. In a confluence zone where acetonitrile and an aqueous solution of laccase meet, diffusion of acetonitrile into the aqueous solution gives rise to rapid precipitation of laccase aggregates at the water/acetonitrile interface, as is evidenced by fluorescence images. By controlling the flow rates carefully in the laminar flow regions, h-CLEA laccase around 220±10nm can be obtained, and the size of the h-CLEA laccase increases with increasing flow rates of both solutions...
December 8, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923152/hydronephrosis-in-the-wnt5a-ablated-kidney-is-caused-by-an-abnormal-ureter-bladder-connection
#9
Kangsun Yun, Alan O Perantoni
The Wnt5a null mouse is a complex developmental model which, among its several posterior-localized axis defects, exhibits multiple kidney phenotypes, including duplex kidney and loss of the medullary zone. We previously reported that ablation of Wnt5a in nascent mesoderm causes duplex kidney formation as a result of aberrant development of the nephric duct and abnormal extension of intermediate mesoderm. However, these mice also display a loss of the medullary region late in gestation. We have now genetically isolated duplex kidney formation from the medullary defect by specifically targeting the progenitors for both the ureteric bud and metanephric mesenchyme...
December 3, 2016: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906063/characterization-of-a-multiprotein-complex-involved-in-excitation-transcription-coupling-of-skeletal-muscle
#10
Manuel Arias-Calderón, Gonzalo Almarza, Alexis Díaz-Vegas, Ariel Contreras-Ferrat, Denisse Valladares, Mariana Casas, Héctor Toledo, Enrique Jaimovich, Sonja Buvinic
BACKGROUND: Electrical activity regulates the expression of skeletal muscle genes by a process known as "excitation-transcription" (E-T) coupling. We have demonstrated that release of adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) during depolarization activates membrane P2X/P2Y receptors, being the fundamental mediators between electrical stimulation, slow intracellular calcium transients, and gene expression. We propose that this signaling pathway would require the proper coordination between the voltage sensor (dihydropyridine receptor, DHPR), pannexin 1 channels (Panx1, ATP release conduit), nucleotide receptors, and other signaling molecules...
April 11, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893522/zone-i-of-tear-microdesiccates-is-a-lipid-containing-structure
#11
Felipe Traipe, Leonidas Traipe, Daniela Salinas-Toro, Daniela López, Felipe Valenzuela, Claudio Pérez, Cristian Cartes, Francisca Zuazo, Patricia Varela, Héctor Toledo-Araya, Remigio López-Solís
PURPOSE: Morphological features of tear microdesiccates on glass surfaces have been associated with tear fluid status. Tear-film lipids play a critical role in the pathophysiology of some ocular surface disorders. Tear microdesiccates display 4 distinctive morphological domains (zones I, II, III, and transition band). In this study, we investigated the lipid location in tear microdesiccates. METHODS: Tear from individual healthy eyes (assessed by symptoms, signs, and slit-lamp examination) was collected using absorbing minisponges...
November 23, 2016: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867742/dermoscopic-appearance-of-an-amelanotic-mucosal-melanoma
#12
Andreas Blum, Ulrike Beck-Zoul, Laura Held, Sylvie Haase
BACKGROUND: Hypomelanotic or amelanotic melanomas are challenging to identify, especially at mucosal sites. The dermoscopic clues to the diagnosis of mucosal melanomas have been reported to be structureless zones with the presence of blue, gray, or white colors. CASE: A female in her seventies noted a new lesion on the inside of her right labia that first appeared two months prior. Her past medical history was significant for rheumatoid arthritis requiring ongoing treatment with methotrexate for 20 years and adalimumab for 10 years...
October 2016: Dermatology Practical & Conceptual
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845261/ddit3-suppresses-the-differentiation-of-mouse-chondroprogenitor-cells
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Miao Yu, Si-Qi Yi, Yan-Ru Wu, Hua-Ling Sun, Fang-Fang Song, Jia-Wei Wang
Endochondral ossification is an essential skeletal development process which is strongly linked to chondrocyte differentiation. DNA damage-inducible transcript 3 (Ddit3), a member of the CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein family of transcription factors, is highly expressed in the cartilage plate. However, the role of DNA damage-inducible transcript 3 in chondrocyte differentiation remains to be investigated. Immunofluorescent staining was used to detect Ddit3 expression in the mouse growth plate and in the mouse chondroprogenitor cell line ATDC5...
December 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805766/determination-of-dasatinib-in-the-tablet-dosage-form-by-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-capillary-zone-electrophoresis-and-sequential-injection-analysis
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Aroa Garcia Gonzalez, Lukáš Taraba, Jakub Hraníček, Petr Kozlík, Pavel Coufal
Dasatinib is a novel oral prescription drug proposed for treating adult patients with chronic myeloid leukemia. Three analytical methods, namely ultra high performance liquid chromatography, capillary zone electrophoresis, and sequential injection analysis, were developed, validated and compared for determination of the drug in the tablet dosage form. The total analysis time of optimized ultra high performance liquid chromatography and capillary zone electrophoresis methods was 2.0 and 2.2 min, respectively...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27794149/microleakage-of-glass-ionomer-based-provisional-cement-in-cad-cam-fabricated-interim-crowns-an-in-vitro-study
#15
Ra'fat I Farah, Naji Al-Harethi
AIM: The aim of this study was to compare in vitro the marginal microleakage of glass ionomer-based provisional cement with resin-based provisional cement and zinc oxide non-eugenol (ZONE) provisional cement in computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM)-fabricated interim restorations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifteen intact human premolars were prepared in a standardized manner for complete coverage of crown restorations. Interim crowns for the prepared teeth were then fabricated using CAD/CAM, and the specimens were randomized into three groups of provisional cementing agents (n = 5 each): Glass ionomer-based provisional cement (GC Fuji TEMP LT™), bisphenol-A-glycidyldimethacrylate (Bis-GMA)/ triethylene glycol dimethacrylate (TEGDMA) resin-based cement (UltraTemp® REZ), and ZONE cement (TempBond NE)...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773269/ultrasound-irradiation-based-in-situ-synthesis-of-star-like-tragacanth-gum-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-on-cotton-fabric
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Soraya Ghayempour, Majid Montazer
Application of natural biopolymers for green and safe synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles on the textiles is a novel and interesting approach. The present study offers the use of natural biopolymer, Tragacanth gum, as the reducing, stabilizing and binding agent for in-situ synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles on the cotton fabric. Ultrasonic irradiation leads to clean and easy synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles in short-time at low-temperature. FESEM/EDX, XRD, FT-IR spectroscopy, DSC, photocatalytic activities and antimicrobial assay are used to characterize Tragacanth gum/zinc oxide nanoparticles coated cotton fabric...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771412/co-precipitation-synthesis-and-characterization-of-co-doped-sno2-nps-hsa-interaction-via-various-spectroscopic-techniques-and-their-antimicrobial-and-photocatalytic-activities
#17
Zeba Nasir, Mohammad Shakir, Rizwan Wahab, Mohd Shoeb, Parvez Alam, Rizwan Hasan Khan, Mohammad Mobin, Lutfullah
Sn1-xCoxO2 (x=0.00, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05) nanoparticles (NPs) of average size ∼30-40nm were synthesized by co-precipitation method. The interaction of Co doped SnO2 NPs with human serum albumin (HSA) and their photocatalytic and antimicrobial properties were studied. The structural analysis and morphology of Co doped SnO2 NPs were analysed via X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR)...
January 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769905/improved-method-for-effective-screening-of-acc-1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate-deaminase-producing-microorganisms
#18
Chandrashekhar Patil, Rahul Suryawanshi, Sunil Koli, Satish Patil
Aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate deaminase (ACCD) producing microorganisms support plant growth under a variety of biotic and abiotic stress conditions such as drought, soil salinity, flooding, heavy metal pollution and phyto-pathogen attack. Available screening methods for ACCD give idea only about its primary microbial ACCD activity than the actual potential. In the present investigation, we have simply improved screening method by incorporating pH indicator dyes (phenol red and bromothymol blue) in ACC containing medium...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27746263/the-optical-imaging-and-clinical-features-of-tamoxifen-associated-macular-hole-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literatures
#19
Yuedong Hu, Liu Ningning, Yanyan Chen
We report a case of tamoxifen associated macular hole with typical optical imaging and clinical features. A 53-year-old woman came to our department for gradual decrees of vision acuity in both eyes for 3 months after 30 months low-dosage-tamoxifen treatment as adjuvant treatment for invasive ductal breast carcinoma. Her best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was 0.4 in the right eye and 0.12 in the left eye. Dilated fundus examination showed macular multiple, fine, crystalline deposits and small white points in retina of both eyes...
October 13, 2016: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704539/poison-frog-color-morphs-express-assortative-mate-preferences-in-allopatry-but-not-sympatry
#20
Yusan Yang, Corinne L Richards-Zawacki, Anisha Devar, Matthew B Dugas
The concurrent divergence of mating traits and preferences is necessary for the evolution of reproductive isolation via sexual selection, and such coevolution has been demonstrated in diverse lineages. However, the extent to which assortative mate preferences are sufficient to drive reproductive isolation in nature is less clear. Natural contact zones between lineages divergent in traits and preferences provide exceptional opportunities for testing the predicted evolutionary consequences of such divergence...
October 5, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
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