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Xiaochen Huang, Shengqi Dong, Jie Zhen, Huiqiang Zhang, Tong Lin, Yuhong Zeng, Nicholas Van Halm-Lutterodt, Linhong Yuan
Background: Epidemiology studies have indicated an association of apolipoprotein E (ApoE) genetic polymorphism and circulating steroid hormone levels with the risk of Alzheimer's disease. The established physiologic relationship between apolipoproteins and steroid hormone indicate an important role of ApoE polymorphism in impacting the relationship between serum steroid hormones and cognition in the elderly. Study design: A total of 500 Chinese adults aged between 50 and 75 participated in this community-based cross-sectional study...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Brenda Ramos Robles, Ricardo A Valdez, Uriel Juárez Hernández, Brenda Marquina Castillo, Dulce Mata Espinosa, Jorge Barrios Payan, Rogelio Hernández Pando, Marta C Romano
INTRODUCTION: Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) that mainly affects the lungs. Along the course of pulmonary TB there are remarkable changes in the production of cytokines that cause endocrine changes. So far, it is not known the physiological and histological changes in the male reproductive system during pulmonary TB. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether pulmonary TB produces histological alterations of the BALB/c mice reproductive organs, as well as abnormalities in spermatogenesis, serum testosterone concentrations and expression of testicular cytokines...
March 2018: Tuberculosis
Thomas Lange, Kathrin Budde, Georg Homuth, Gabi Kastenmüller, Anna Artati, Jan Krumsiek, Henry Völzke, Jerzy Adamski, Astrid Petersmann, Uwe Völker, Matthias Nauck, Nele Friedrich, Maik Pietzner
Objective: Thyroid hormones are ubiqiutiously involved in human metabolism. However, the precise molecular patterns associated with alterations in thyroid hormones levels remain to be explored in detail. A number of recent studies took great advantage of metabolomics profiling to outline metabolic actions of thyroid hormones in humans. Methods: Among 952 participants of the Study of Health in Pomerania data on serum free thyroxine (FT4) and thyrotropin (TSH) as well as comprehensive (non-)targeted metabolomics data of plasma and urine samples were available...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Ji Hee Kim, Ju Sun Heo, Kyung Suk Baek, Soo-Yeon Kim, Jung Hyun Kim, Kwang-Hyun Baek, Ki Eun Kim, Youn Ho Sheen
BACKGROUND: Zonulin is acknowledged as the only physiological mediator established to reversibly regulate intestinal permeability through modulation of intercellular tight junctions. We aimed to determine whether there are differences in zonulin levels between 74 subjects with overweight or obesity and 76 with normal-weight and to assess correlations of circulating zonulin levels with anthropometric measures and obesity-related biomarkers. METHODS: We assessed anthropometric and laboratory measures, including body mass indes (BMI) z-score, blood pressure, liver enzymes, lipid profiles, and insulin resistance...
March 12, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Gibeom Kwon, Sungho Ghil
Warm temperature acclimation-associated 65-kDa protein (Wap65) is known to respond to elevated water temperatures and the corresponding gene from several fish species has been cloned. Expression of Wap65 gene is induced by various physiological stresses, such as increase in water temperature, immune response and heavy metal exposure. Two isolated Wap65 genes, Wap65-1 and Wap65-2, display distinct tissue distribution and physiological functions despite high sequence homology. In a previous study, we identified the Wap65-1 gene (kmWap65-1) from Kumgang fat minnow, Rhynchocypris kumgangensis, a small freshwater fish endemic to Korea...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological and Integrative Physiology
Valliappan Muthu, Sahajal Dhooria, Ritesh Agarwal, Kuruswamy Thurai Prasad, Ashutosh N Aggarwal, Digambar Behera, Inderpaul Singh Sehgal
Background: There is a paucity of literature regarding outcome of critically ill patients with tuberculosis (TB) from India. Herein, we describe our experience of patients with active TB admitted to a Respiratory Intensive Care Unit (RICU) of a tertiary care hospital. Methods: This was a retrospective analysis of all the patients admitted with active TB. The baseline clinical, demographic, ICU parameters and mortality were recorded. A multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify factors predicting mortality...
February 2018: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Erzsebet Polyak, Julian Ostrovsky, Min Peng, Stephen D Dingley, Mai Tsukikawa, Young Joon Kwon, Shana E McCormack, Michael Bennett, Rui Xiao, Christoph Seiler, Zhe Zhang, Marni J Falk
Oxidative stress is a known contributing factor in mitochondrial respiratory chain (RC) disease pathogenesis. Yet, no efficient means exists to objectively evaluate the comparative therapeutic efficacy or toxicity of different antioxidant compounds empirically used in human RC disease. We postulated that pre-clinical comparative analysis of diverse antioxidant drugs having suggested utility in primary RC disease using animal and cellular models of RC dysfunction may improve understanding of their integrated effects and physiologic mechanisms, and enable prioritization of lead antioxidant molecules to pursue in human clinical trials...
February 23, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
Yi-Lung Chen, Han-Yi Fu, Tzong-Huei Lee, Chao-Jen Shih, Lina Huang, Yu-Sheng Wang, Wael Ismail, Yin-Ru Chiang
The environmental release and fate of estrogens are becoming an increasing public concern. Bacterial degradation has been considered the main process for eliminating estrogens from wastewater treatment plants. Various bacterial isolates are reportedly capable of aerobic estrogen degradation and several estrogen degradation pathways have been proposed in the proteobacteria and actinobacteria. However, the ecophysiological relevance of estrogen-degrading bacteria in the environment is unclear. In this study, we investigated estrogen degradation pathway and corresponding degraders in activated sludge collected from the Dihua Sewage Treatment Plant, Taipei, Taiwan...
March 9, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Marco Mezzullo, Flaminia Fanelli, Guido Di Dalmazi, Alessia Fazzini, Daniela Ibarra-Gasparini, Marianna Mastroroberto, Jenny Guidi, Antonio Maria Morselli-Labate, Renato Pasquali, Uberto Pagotto, Alessandra Gambineri
Hyperandrogenic disorders have been associated with psychological distress, reduced quality of life, anxiety and depression. The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis plays a pivotal role in the adaptive response to stressor events. Salivary cortisol (SalF) and cortisone (SalE) testing have been proven to be useful in the evaluation of HPA-axis activity. This study investigated whether SalF and SalE responses to two putative stressor levels differed between the hyperandrogenic states in late adolescent and young women, thus measuring the HPA-axis adaptive response to acute stress events...
February 24, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
G Capillo, S Silvestro, M Sanfilippo, E Fiorino, G Giangrosso, V Ferrantelli, I Vazzana, C Faggio
Faro Lake is a coastal meromictic lagoon with singular characteristics in the Mediterranean (Messina, Sicily - Italy). It is part of the Natural Oriented Reserve of Capo Peloro (38°15'57" N; 15° 37'50" E). In this area, traditional mollusc farming activity persists, producing "autochthonous" mussels. This study reports of the Mytilus galloprovincialis haemolymph chemical profile and water variables determination of one year-lasted survey (April 2016-March 2017). The determinations of electrolytes (Na+, Cl-, K+, Ca2+, Mg2+, P inorganic) and heavy metals in both Faro lake water and haemolymph have been carried out...
March 9, 2018: Chemistry & Biodiversity
Takayuki Niida, Tadashi Murai, Taishi Yonetsu, Yoshihisa Kanaji, Eisuke Usui, Junji Matsuda, Masahiro Hoshino, Makoto Araki, Masao Yamaguchi, Masahiro Hada, Sadamitsu Ichijyo, Rikuta Hamaya, Yoshinori Kanno, Mitsuaki Isobe, Tsunekazu Kakuta
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to investigate the association between fractional flow reserve (FFR) values and change in coronary physiological indices after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). BACKGROUND: Decision making for revascularization when FFR is 0.75-0.80 is controversial. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed of 296 patients with stable angina pectoris who underwent physiological examinations before and after PCI...
March 8, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Sara Faccidomo, Katarina S Swaim, Briana L Saunders, Taruni S Santanam, Seth M Taylor, Michelle Kim, Grant T Reid, Vallari R Eastman, Clyde W Hodge
RATIONALE: There is a clear need for discovery of effective medications to treat behavioral pathologies associated with alcohol addiction, such as chronic drinking. OBJECTIVE: The goal of this preclinical study was to assess effects of chronic alcohol drinking on the nucleus accumbens (NAcb) proteome to identify and validate novel targets for medications development. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two-dimensional difference in-gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) with matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization tandem time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF/TOF) was used to assess effects of chronic voluntary home-cage (24-h access) alcohol drinking on the NAcb proteome of C57BL/6J mice...
March 3, 2018: Psychopharmacology
Daqian Yang, Huijie Jiang, Jingjing Lu, Yueying Lv, Ruiqi Baiyun, Siyu Li, Biying Liu, Zhanjun Lv, Zhigang Zhang
Lead, a pervasive environmental hazard worldwide, causes a wide range of physiological and biochemical destruction, including metabolic dysfunction. Grape seed proanthocyanidin extract (GSPE) is a natural production with potential metabolic regulation in liver. This study was performed to investigate the protective role of GSPE against lead-induced metabolic dysfunction in liver and elucidate the potential molecular mechanism of this event. Wistar rats received GSPE (200 mg/kg) daily with or without lead acetate (PbA, 0...
March 1, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Sónia Puga, Vera Cardoso, Filipa Pinto-Ribeiro, Mário Pacheco, Armando Almeida, Patrícia Pereira
Mercury (Hg) is a potent neurotoxicant known to induce important adverse effects on fish, but a deeper understanding is lacking regarding how environmental exposure affects the brain morphology and neural plasticity of specific brain regions in wild specimens. In this work, it was evaluated the relative volume and cell density of the lateral pallium, hypothalamus, optic tectum and molecular layer of the cerebellum on wild Liza aurata captured in Hg-contaminated (LAR) and non-contaminated (SJ) sites of a coastal system (Ria de Aveiro, Portugal)...
February 27, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Frank Karkossa, Sandra Klein
Drug release and availability at the site of action are the major factors determining the clinical response for locally-acting gastrointestinal (GI) drug products. The present work focused on the prediction of site and extent of in vivo mesalazine release after oral administration to a variety of subjects using individualized in vitro drug release experiments. First, experiments mimicking GI passages in average adult subjects were performed. Then, results from a study screening fasted in vivo pH- and transit profiles in individual subjects were translated into a novel in vitro dissolution model enabling to mimic individual GI pH-profiles and transit times with physiologically relevant dissolution media...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Kenny Kwok-Hei Yu, Jessica T Taylor, Omar N Pathmanaban, Amir Saam Youshani, Deniz Beyit, Joanna Dutko-Gwozdz, Roderick Benson, Gareth Griffiths, Ian Peers, Peter Cueppens, Brian A Telfer, Kaye J Williams, Catherine McBain, Ian D Kamaly-Asl, Brian W Bigger
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common primary brain malignancy in adults, yet survival outcomes remain poor. First line treatment is well established, however disease invariably recurs and improving prognosis is challenging. With the aim of personalizing therapy at recurrence, we have established a high content screening (HCS) platform to analyze the sensitivity profile of seven patient-derived cancer stem cell lines to 83 FDA-approved chemotherapy drugs, with and without irradiation...
2018: PloS One
Susanne Sievers, Silvia Dittmann, Tim Jordt, Andreas Otto, Falko Hochgräfe, Katharina Riedel
The strictly anaerobic bacterium C. difficile has become one of the most problematic hospital acquired pathogens and a major burden for health care systems. Although antibiotics work effectively in most C. difficile infections (CDIs), their detrimental effect on the intestinal microbiome paves the way for recurrent episodes of CDI. To develop alternative, non-antibiotics-based treatment strategies, deeper knowledge on the physiology of C. difficile , stress adaptation mechanisms and regulation of virulence factors is mandatory...
March 1, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Kalyan De, Davendra Kumar, Anoop Kumar Singh, Artabandhu Sahoo, Syed Mohammed Khursheed Naqvi
Microclimatic factors are of crucial aspect for the welfare of animals. Therefore, a study was conducted to assess the effect of altered ambient temperature through shelter modifications on physiological indicators of Malpura lambs reared in the semi-arid region during winter. Twenty-one Malpura lambs of 3-5 week age and average body weight 9.97 ± 0.51 kg were used in the present study. The lambs were divided into three groups (eg. G1, G2, and G3) and were kept in the different microenvironment by manipulation of shelter design...
February 2018: Journal of Thermal Biology
Lea C Rundfeldt, Martina A Maggioni, Robert H Coker, Hanns-Christian Gunga, Alain Riveros-Rivera, Adriane Schalt, Mathias Steinach
Studies on human physical performance in extreme environments have effectively approached the investigation of adaptation mechanisms and their physiological limits. As scientific interest in the interplay between physiological and psychological aspects of performance is growing, we aimed to investigate cardiac autonomic control, by means of heart rate variability, and psychological correlates, in competitors of a subarctic ultramarathon, taking place over a 690 km course (temperatures between +5 and -47°C)...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Mayur Choudhary, Stephen Safe, Goldis Malek
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is a ligand activated transcription factor, initially discovered for its role in regulating xenobiotic metabolism. There is extensive evidence supporting a multi-faceted role for AhR, modulating physiological pathways important in cell health and disease. Recently we demonstrated that the AhR plays a role in the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss in the elderly. We found that loss of AhR exacerbates choroidal neovascular (CNV) lesion formation in a murine model...
February 23, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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