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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409340/drosophila-malpighian-tubules-a-model-for-understanding-kidney-development-function-and-disease
#1
Naveen Kumar Gautam, Puja Verma, Madhu G Tapadia
The Malpighian tubules of insects are structurally simple but functionally important organs, and their integrity is important for the normal excretory process. They are functional analogs of human kidneys which are important physiological organs as they maintain water and electrolyte balance in the blood and simultaneously help the body to get rid of waste and toxic products after various metabolic activities. In addition, it receives early indications of insults to the body such as immune challenge and other toxic components and is essential for sustaining life...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398221/amyloid-fibrils-from-hemoglobin
#2
Nadishka Jayawardena, Manmeet Kaur, Smitha Nair, Jenny Malmstrom, David Goldstone, Leonardo Negron, Juliet A Gerrard, Laura J Domigan
Amyloid fibrils are a class of insoluble protein nanofibers that are formed via the self-assembly of a wide range of peptides and proteins. They are increasingly exploited for a broad range of applications in bionanotechnology, such as biosensing and drug delivery, as nanowires, hydrogels, and thin films. Amyloid fibrils have been prepared from many proteins, but there has been no definitive characterization of amyloid fibrils from hemoglobin to date. Here, nanofiber formation was carried out under denaturing conditions using solutions of apo-hemoglobin extracted from bovine waste blood...
April 11, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398071/raman-spectroscopy-of-blood-and-blood-components
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Chad G Atkins, Kevin Buckley, Michael W Blades, Robin F B Turner
Blood is a bodily fluid that is vital for a number of life functions in animals. To a first approximation, blood is a mildly alkaline aqueous fluid (plasma) in which a large number of free-floating red cells (erythrocytes), white cells (leucocytes), and platelets are suspended. The primary function of blood is to transport oxygen from the lungs to all the cells of the body and move carbon dioxide in the return direction after it is produced by the cells' metabolism. Blood also carries nutrients to the cells and brings waste products to the liver and kidneys...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393682/new-feed-ingredients-the-insect-opportunity
#4
L W D van Raamsdonk, H J van der Fels-Klerx, J de Jong
In the framework of sustainability and a circular economy, new ingredients for feed are desired and, to this end, initiatives for implementing such novel ingredients have been started. The initiatives include a range of different sources, of which insects are of particular interest. Within the European Union, generally, a new feed ingredient should comply with legal constraints in terms of 'yes, provided that' its safety commits to a range of legal limits for heavy metals, mycotoxins, pesticides, contaminants, pathogens etc...
April 10, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389645/enhanced-interstitial-fluid-drainage-in-the-hippocampus-of-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Beatrice Bedussi, Daphne M P Naessens, Judith de Vos, Rik Olde Engberink, Micha M M Wilhelmus, Edo Richard, Malyssa Ten Hove, Ed vanBavel, Erik N T P Bakker
Hypertension is associated with cognitive decline and various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease. In animal models of hypertension, many of Alzheimer's disease characteristics are recapitulated, including brain atrophy, cognitive decline, amyloid β accumulation and blood brain barrier dysfunction. Removal of amyloid β and other waste products depends in part on clearance via the brain interstitial fluid (ISF). Here we studied the impact of hypertension on ISF drainage, using spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and normotensive Wistar Kyoto rats (WKY)...
April 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362109/fruit-and-vegetable-by-products-as-novel-ingredients-to-improve-the-nutritional-quality-of-baked-goods
#6
Manuel Gómez, Mario M Martinez
The industrial manufacturing of fruits and vegetables generates approximately 50% by-product waste, causing a negative environmental impact and significant expenses. Nevertheless, fruit and vegetable by-products (FVB) are rich nutrients and extranutritional compounds that contribute to bowel health, weight management, lower blood cholesterol levels and improved control of glycemic and insulin responses. Due to the positive influence of FVB fibers and bioactive compounds during the digestion of glycemic carbohydrates, such as starch, baked goods are ideal food systems to accommodate FVB, since most of them have a high glycemic index...
March 31, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351541/nutrient-contributions-and-biogas-potential-of-co-digestion-of-feedstocks-and-dairy-manure
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Guiling Ma, J Shannon Neibergs, Joseph H Harrison, Elizabeth M Whitefield
This study focused on collection of data on nutrient flow and biogas yield at a commercial anaerobic digester managed with dairy manure from a 1000 cow dairy and co-digestion of additional feedstocks. Feedstocks included: blood, fish, paper pulp, out of date beverages and grease trap waste. Mass flow of inputs and outputs, nutrient concentration of inputs and outputs, and biogas yield were obtained. It was determined that manure was the primary source of nutrients to the anaerobic digester when co-digested with feedstocks...
March 25, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324271/anti-mullerian-hormone-concentrations-in-individual-follicular-fluids-within-one-stimulated-ivf-cycle-resemble-blood-serum-values
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Michael Schenk, Julia Maria Kröpfl, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Elisabeth Feldmeier, Gregor Weiss
PURPOSE: Anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) is commonly known as the most potent marker for ovarian reserve due to its decline as female age increases. While serum AMH (sAMH) levels have been intensively investigated, there is less data regarding AMH concentrations in follicular fluid (FF), since FF has usually been designated as waste product during oocyte collection in assisted reproductive technologies. This pilot study investigated follicle AMH concentrations (fAMH) of several follicles per ovary, individually collected with the Steiner-Tan needle, and compared them to sAMH concentrations in women undergoing IVF treatment...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321880/group-o-rbcs-where-is-universal-donor-blood-being-used
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R L Barty, M Pai, Y Liu, D M Arnold, R J Cook, M P Zeller, N M Heddle
BACKGROUND: There have been recurrent shortages of group O blood due to insufficient inventory and use of group O blood in ABO non-identical recipients. We performed a 12-year retrospective study to determine utilization of group O Rh-positive and Rh-negative red blood cells (RBCs) by recipient ABO group. Reasons for transfusing group O blood to ABO non-identical recipients were also assessed. METHODS: Utilization data from all group O Rh-positive and Rh-negative RBCs transfused at three academic hospitals between April 2002 and March 2014 were included...
March 20, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321408/novel-sequential-screening-and-enhanced-production-of-fibrinolytic-enzyme-by-bacillus-sp-ind12-using-response-surface-methodology-in-solid-state-fermentation
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Ponnuswamy Vijayaraghavan, P Rajendran, Samuel Gnana Prakash Vincent, Arumugaperumal Arun, Naif Abdullah Al-Dhabi, Mariadhas Valan Arasu, Oh Young Kwon, Young Ock Kim
Fibrinolytic enzymes have wide applications in clinical and waste treatment. Bacterial isolates were screened for fibrinolytic enzyme producing ability by skimmed milk agar plate using bromocresol green dye, fibrin plate method, zymography analysis, and goat blood clot lysis. After these sequential screenings, Bacillus sp. IND12 was selected for fibrinolytic enzyme production. Bacillus sp. IND12 effectively used cow dung for its growth and enzyme production (687 ± 6.5 U/g substrate). Further, the optimum bioprocess parameters were found out for maximum fibrinolytic enzyme production using cow dung as a low cost substrate under solid-state fermentation...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294105/breath-acetone-as-a-potential-marker-in-clinical-practice
#11
Vera Ruzsanyi, Miklós Kalapos
In recent decades, two facts have changed the opinion of researchers about the function of acetone in humans. Firstly, it has turned out that acetone cannot be regarded as simply a waste product of metabolism, because there are several pathways in which acetone is produced or broken down. Secondly, methods have emerged making possible its detection in exhaled breath, thereby offering an attractive alternative to investigation of blood and urine samples. From a clinical point of view the measurement of breath acetone levels are important, but there are limitations to its wide application...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292671/heavy-metal-bioaccumulation-in-two-passerines-with-differing-migration-strategies
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Zoë Cooper, Robert Bringolf, Robert Cooper, Kathy Loftis, Albert L Bryan, James A Martin
Various anthropogenic activities have resulted in concentration of heavy metals and contamination of surrounding environments. Historically, heavy metal contamination at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina has resulted from accidental releases of stored waste generated from nuclear weapon production in the early 1950s. Songbirds inhabiting and using resources from these areas have the potential to bioaccumulate metals but there is limited information on metal concentration levels in areas suspected of contamination as well as uncontaminated sites...
March 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288931/pouteria-torta-epicarp-as-a-useful-source-of-%C3%AE-amylase-inhibitor-in-the-control-of-type-2-diabetes
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Paloma Michelle de Sales, Paula Monteiro de Souza, Mariana Dartora, Inês Sabioni Resck, Luiz Alberto Simeoni, Yris Maria Fonseca-Bazzo, Pérola de Oliveira Magalhães, Dâmaris Silveira
Type 2 diabetes plays a major role in public health, affecting about 400 million adults. One of the used strategies to control type 2 diabetes is the inhibition of α-amylase activity to reduce post-prandial blood glucose levels. Therefore, in past decades, the search of new α-amylase inhibitors has led to the evaluation of natural products as a source of these compounds. Pouteria torta (Sapotaceae) is widespread in Brazil and bears edible fruits. Epicarp and pulp crude extracts of fresh fruits were studied for in vitro α-amylase inhibition activity...
March 10, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257596/interferon-%C3%AE-coincides-with-suppressed-levels-of-pentraxin-3-ptx3-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-regulates-leucocyte-ptx3-in-vitro
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L Wirestam, H Enocsson, T Skogh, M L Eloranta, L Rönnblom, C Sjöwall, J Wetterö
Dysfunctional elimination of cell debris, and the role of opsonins such as pentraxins, is of interest regarding systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) pathogenesis. Interferon (IFN)-α is typically elevated during SLE flares, and inhibits hepatocyte production of the pentraxin 'C-reactive protein' (CRP), partly explaining the poor correlation between CRP levels and SLE disease activity. The extrahepatically produced 'pentraxin 3' (PTX3) shares waste disposal functions with CRP, but has not been studied extensively in SLE...
March 3, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236313/an-international-survey-on-the-role-of-the-hospital-transfusion-committee
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Mark H Yazer, Miguel Lozano, Mark Fung, Jose Kutner, Michael F Murphy, Torunn Oveland Apelseth, Ryszard Pogłód, Kathleen Selleng, Alan Tinmouth, Silvano Wendel, Vered Yahalom
BACKGROUND: Hospital transfusion committees (HTCs) can oversee all aspects of transfusion practice at a hospital. This survey sought to identify which quality variables were being reported at HTCs around the world. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A working party composed of members of the Biomedical Excellence for Safer Transfusion (BEST) collaborative developed a survey of quality variables that could be potentially presented at HTC meetings. The survey was electronically sent to all BEST members who were encouraged to complete it if they were active on an HTC and to send it to other colleagues with similar experience...
May 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214180/a-successful-experience-of-the-iranian-blood-transfusion-organization-in-improving-accessibility-and-affordability-of-plasma-derived-medicine
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REVIEW
Azita Chegini, Seyed Ardeshir Torab, Ali Akbar Pourfatollah
Plasma is the liquid part of blood. It is estimated 21.6 million liters of plasma collect from Whole blood annually. From these plasma, 4.2 million liters transfuse, 8.1 million liters fractionate, 9.3 million liters waste. Nowadays, blood products and PDM (plasma derived medicine) consider as essential medicine in modern health care and transfusion medicine. Iranian blood transfusion organization as a non-profit organization was established in 1974 in order to centralize all blood transfusion activities from donor recruitment to distribution of blood components to hospitals...
February 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153469/evaluation-of-motor-neuron-differentiation-potential-of-human-umbilical-cord-blood-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-vitro
#17
Behnam Yousefi, Davood Sanooghi, Faezeh Faghihi, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei, Nourahmad Latifi
Many people suffer from spinal cord injuries annually. These deficits usually threaten the quality of life of patients. As a postpartum medically waste product, human Umbilical Cord Blood (UCB) is a rich source of stem cells with self- renewal properties and neural differentiation capacity which made it useful in regenerative medicine. Since there is no report on potential of human umbilical cord blood-derived mesenchymal stem cells into motor neurons, we set out to evaluate the differentiation properties of these cells into motor neuron-like cells through administration of Retinoic Acid(RA), Sonic Hedgehog(Shh) and BDNF using a three- step in vitro procedure...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152722/integrating-lean-six-sigma-in-the-daily-operations-of-an-icu-to-achieve-safe-quality-patient-care
#18
Jacqueline Magurn, Joanne McGovern, Michelle Jetter, Sarah Beadling, Dorothy Gregoire
230 Background: Developing and maintaining a culture of safety and quality in delivering patient care is critical in the intensive care unit (ICU) especially an oncology ICU. Incorporating the Lean Six Sigma program into daily operations of the ICU achieves, simplifies, and sustains continuous improvement in the delivery of safe quality patient care. This program engages the ICU team through visual management of quality, safety, and budget indicators including medication scanning, falls, sharps exposure, infection prevention including blood stream, catheter, hospital and ventilator acquired pneumonias, venous embolism prevention, and staffing compliance...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137972/identification-of-the-upward-movement-of-human-cerebrospinal-fluid-in-vivo-and-its-relation-to-the-brain-venous-system
#19
Steffi Dreha-Kulaczewski, Arun A Joseph, Klaus-Dietmar Merboldt, Hans-Christoph Ludwig, Jutta Gärtner, Jens Frahm
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flux is involved in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases and cognitive impairment after traumatic brain injury, all hallmarked by the accumulation of cellular metabolic waste. Its effective disposal via various CSF routes has been demonstrated in animal models. In contrast, the CSF dynamics in humans are still poorly understood. Forced Inspiration has recently been identified as a main driving force of CSF flow in the human brain using novel real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130427/nephron-number-hypertension-and-ckd-physiological-and-genetic-insight-from-humans-and-animal-models
#20
REVIEW
Xuexiang Wang, Michael R Garrett
The kidneys play a vital role in the excretion of waste products and the regulation of electrolytes, maintenance of acid-base balance, regulation of blood pressure, and production of several hormones. Any alteration in the structure of the nephron (basic functional unit of the kidney) can have a major impact on the kidney's ability to work efficiently. Progressive decline in kidney function can lead to serious illness and ultimately death if not treated by dialysis or transplantation. While there have been numerous studies that implicate lower nephron numbers as being an important factor in influencing susceptibility to developing hypertension and chronic kidney disease, a direct association has been difficult to establish because of three main limitations: 1) the large variation in nephron number observed in the human population; 2) no established reliable noninvasive methods to determine nephron complement; and 3) to date, nephron measurements have been done after death, which doesn't adequately account for potential loss of nephrons with age or disease...
March 1, 2017: Physiological Genomics
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