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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679944/epigallocatechin-3-gallate-attenuates-microcystin-lr-induced-apoptosis-in-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells-through-activation-of-the-nrf2-ho-1-pathway
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Jun Shi, Min Zhang, Libin Zhang, Huipin Deng
Our previous study showed that the tea extract, epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), protects against microcystin-LR (MC-LR) -mediated apoptosis of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs); however, the mechanism underlying MC-LR-induced HUVEC apoptosis remains incompletely understood. In this study, we investigated whether the nuclear factor erythroid-like 2 (NRF2)/heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) pathway, which regulates antioxidant transcriptional regulation of oxidative stress and apoptosis, is involved in this process...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679942/radiocesium-concentrations-in-soil-and-leaf-after-decontamination-practices-in-a-forest-plantation-highly-polluted-by-the-fukushima-accident
#2
Manuel López-Vicente, Yuichi Onda, Junko Takahashi, Hiroaki Kato, Shinya Chayama, Keigo Hisadome
Owing to the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident a vast amount of radiocesium was released polluting the land. Afterwards, a variety of decontamination practices has been done, reducing the ambient dose rates. In this study we evaluated the effectiveness of eight forest decontamination practices by means of monitoring the radiocesium (137 Cs) concentration in soil and leaf samples, and the daily discharge rates in ten plots during 27 months (May 2013-July 2015). A forest plantation located 16 km southwest to the FDNPP and within the exclusion area was selected...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679940/nmr-based-metabolic-toxicity-of-low-level-hg-exposure-to-earthworms
#3
Ronggui Tang, Changfeng Ding, Fei Dang, Yibing Ma, Junsong Wang, Taolin Zhang, Xingxiang Wang
Mercury is a globally distributed toxicant to aquatic animals and mammals. However, the potential risks of environmental relevant mercury in terrestrial systems remain largely unclear. The metabolic profiles of the earthworm Eisenia fetida after exposure to soil contaminated with mercury at 0.77 ± 0.09 mg/kg for 2 weeks were investigated using a two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance-based (1 H-13 C NMR) metabolomics approach. The results revealed that traditional endpoints (e.g., mortality and weight loss) did not differ significantly after exposure...
April 18, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679927/excitation-functions-of-proton-and-deuteron-induced-nuclear-reactions-on-natural-iridium-for-the-production-of-191-pt
#4
Honoka Obata, Mayeen Uddin Khandaker, Etsuko Furuta, Kotaro Nagatsu, Ming-Rong Zhang
We studied the excitation functions of residual radionuclides produced via proton and deuteron bombardment on natural iridium in the energy ranges of 30-15 MeV and 50-15 MeV, respectively. A conventional stacked-foil activation technique combined with HPGe γ-ray spectrometry was used to measure the excitation functions for 189, 191 Pt and 189, 190g, 192g, 194g Ir radionuclide production. Theoretical thick target yields were estimated to be 172 MBq/µA h and 192 MBq/µA h via the 193 Ir(p,3n)191 Pt reaction at 29...
March 30, 2018: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679905/qing-brick-tea-qbt-aqueous-extract-protects-monosodium-glutamate-induced-obese-mice-against-metabolic-syndrome-and-involves-up-regulation-transcription-factor-nuclear-factor-erythroid-2-related-factor-2-nrf2-antioxidant-pathway
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Wenqi Gao, Changyi Xiao, Jun Hu, Biaoxin Chen, Chunyan Wang, Bangping Cui, Pengyi Deng, Jian Yang, Zhifang Deng
BACKGROUND: Qing brick tea (QBT), traditional and popular beverage for Chinese people, is an important post-fermentation dark tea. Our present study was performed to investigate the ameliorative effects of QBT aqueous extract on metabolic syndrome (Mets) in monosodium glutamate-induced obese mice and the potential mechanisms. METHOD: Monosodium glutamate-induced obese mice were used to evaluate the anti-Mets effects of QBT. Content levels of malonaldehyde (MDA), reactive oxygen species (ROS) and protein carbonylation, antioxidant enzyme activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), catalase (CAT), glutathione reductase (GR) in the skeletal muscle were assessed by commercial kits, respectively...
April 18, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679893/identification-of-homocysteine-suppressive-mitochondrial-etc-complex-genes-and-tissue-expression-profile-novel-hypothesis-establishment
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Ramon Cueto, Lixiao Zhang, Hui Min Shan, Xiao Huang, Xinyuan Li, Ya-Feng Li, Jahaira Lopez, William Y Yang, Muriel Lavallee, Catherine Yu, Yong Ji, Xiaofeng Yang, Hong Wang
Hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcy) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) which has been implicated in matochondrial (Mt) function impairment. In this study, we characterized Hcy metabolism in mouse tissues by using LC-ESI-MS/MS analysis, established tissue expression profiles for 84 nuclear-encoded Mt electron transport chain complex (nMt-ETC-Com) genes in 20 human and 19 mouse tissues by database mining, and modeled the effect of HHcy on Mt-ETC function. Hcy levels were high in mouse kidney/lung/spleen/liver (24-14 nmol/g tissue) but low in brain/heart (~5 nmol/g)...
April 4, 2018: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679858/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-apo-9-fucoxanthinone-via-inhibition-of-mapks-and-nf-kb-signaling-pathway-in-lps-stimulated-raw-264-7-macrophages-and-zebrafish-model
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Eun-A Kim, Seo-Young Kim, Bo-Ram Ye, Junseong Kim, Seok-Chun Ko, Won Woo Lee, Kil-Nam Kim, Il-Whan Choi, Won-Kyo Jung, Soo-Jin Heo
In this study, we confirmed the anti-inflammatory effect of Apo-9-fucoxanthinone (AF) in in vitro RAW 264.7 cells and in vivo zebrafish model. In lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated zebrafish, AF significantly decreased the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), nitric oxide (NO) and cell death. In addition, the mRNA expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), suppressed cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and an inflammatory cytokines; IL-1β, TNF-α were shown reduction. And AF significantly inhibited NO production and expression of iNOS in LPS-stimulated RAW 264...
April 18, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679855/rutin-and-rutin-conjugated-gold-nanoparticles-ameliorate-collagen-induced-arthritis-in-rats-through-inhibition-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-inos-activation
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Anum Gul, Bimal Kunwar, Maryam Mazhar, Shaheen Faizi, Dania Ahmed, Muhammad Raza Shah, Shabana U Simjee
Numerous studies have suggested that nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) are important mediators of inflammatory response in human and animal models of arthritis. Besides, oxidative stress markers, nitric oxide (NO) and peroxide (PO) are also major contributors in the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Over expression of these inflammatory mediators leads to the extracellular matrix degradation, and excessive cartilage and bone resorption, ultimately leading to the irreversible damage to joints...
April 18, 2018: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679841/-1-h-line-width-dependence-on-mas-speed-in-solid-state-nmr-comparison-of-experiment-and-simulation
#9
Ulrich Sternberg, Raiker Witter, Ilya Kuprov, Jonathan M Lamley, Andres Oss, Józef R Lewandowski, Ago Samoson
Recent developments in magic angle spinning (MAS) technology permit spinning frequencies of ≥100 kHz. We examine the effect of such fast MAS rates upon nuclear magnetic resonance proton line widths in the multi-spin system of β-Asp-Ala crystal. We perform powder pattern simulations employing Fokker-Plank approach with periodic boundary conditions and 1 H-chemical shift tensors calculated using the bond polarization theory. The theoretical predictions mirror well the experimental results. Both approaches demonstrate that homogeneous broadening has a linear-quadratic dependency on the inverse of the MAS spinning frequency and that, at the faster end of the spinning frequencies, the residual spectral line broadening becomes dominated by chemical shift distributions and susceptibility effects even for crystalline systems...
April 7, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679818/the-2014-integrated-field-exercise-of-the-comprehensive-nuclear-test-ban-treaty-revisited-the-case-for-data-fusion
#10
Jonathan L Burnett, Harry S Miley, Theodore W Bowyer, Ian M Cameron
The International Monitoring System of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) uses a global network of radionuclide monitoring stations to detect evidence of a nuclear explosion. The two radionuclide technologies employed-particulate and noble gas (radioxenon) detection-have applications for data fusion to improve detection of a nuclear explosion. Using the hypothetical 0.5 kT nuclear explosive test scenario of the CTBTO 2014 Integrated Field Exercise, the intrinsic relationship between particulate and noble gas signatures has been examined...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679752/thermodynamic-compatibility-between-cyclodextrin-supramolecular-complexes-and-surfactant
#11
Larissa H R Meira, Guilherme A B Soares, Homero I M Bonomini, Juliana Fedoce Lopes, Frederico B De Sousa
Supramolecular structures based on cyclodextrins have been extensively used for drug delivery systems over decades. However, combining host and guest molecules in a pharmaceutical formulation is not a trivial process, being one of the majors concern the inclusion complex compatibility with other excipients presented in the final formulation. Herein, experimental and theoretical calculations were used to investigate the competition of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) with atenolol (ATE) or losartan (LOS), antihypertensive drugs widely used in the treatment of hypertension...
April 18, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679744/phylogenetic-relationships-within-the-opisthorchis-viverrini-species-complex-with-specific-analysis-of-o-viverrini-sensu-lato-from-sakon-nakhon-thailand-by-mitochondrial-and-nuclear-dna-sequencing
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Opal Pitaksakulrat, Bonnie L Webster, Joanne P Webster, Thewarach Laha, Weerachai Saijuntha, Poppy H L Lamberton, Nadda Kiatsopit, Ross H Andrews, Trevor N Petney, Paiboon Sithithaworn
The liver fluke Opisthorchis viverrini sensu lato causes serious public-health problems in northeast Thailand and Southeast Asian countries. A hypothesis has been proposed that O. viverrini represents a species complex with varying levels of genetic differentiation in Thailand and Lao PDR. This study aimed to clarify whether O. viverrini populations can be genetically divided into separate taxa. We collected O. viverrini s.l. from eight different locations in Lao PDR and Thailand. The results of nad1, cox1, CF-int6, Pm-int9, ITS2 and 28S rDNA sequence analysis revealed that sub-structuring occurred between the eight populations...
April 18, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679719/localization-of-cholecystokinin-in-the-zebrafish-retina-from-larval-to-adult-stage
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M C Guerrera, F Abbate, G Di Caro, G P Germanà, M Levanti, V Micale, G Montalbano, R Laurà, A Germanà, U Muglia
The peptide hormone cholecistokinin (CCK) plays a key role in the central and peripheral nervous system. It is known to be involved in the digestive physiology and in the regulation of food intake. Moreover, the CCK expression has also been detected in the retina of different vertebrates, including fish, although its biological activity in this tissue remains to be elucidated. In literature no data are yet available about the CCK-immunoreactivity in the zebrafish retina during development. Therefore, the aim of the study was to investigate the distribution of sulfated cholecystokinin octapeptide (CCK8-S) as a well preserved form during evolution in the zebrafish retina from 3days post hatching (dph) until adult stage, using immunohistochemistry in order to elucidate the potential role of this protein in the development and maintenance of normal retinal homeostasis...
April 18, 2018: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679718/identification-of-differential-phosphorylation-and-sub-cellular-localization-of-the-metastasis-suppressor-ndrg1
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Kyung Chan Park, Sharleen V Menezes, Danuta S Kalinowski, Sumit Sahni, Patric J Jansson, Zaklina Kovacevic, Des R Richardson
The metastasis suppressor, N-myc downstream regulated gene-1 (NDRG1), exhibits pleiotropic activity, inhibiting metastasis of various tumor-types, while being correlated with metastasis in others. Notably, NDRG1 phosphorylation and cleavage are associated with its function, although it is unclear if these modifications occur universally, or selectively, in different cancer cell-types and if it contributes to its pleiotropy. Considering the suggested DNA repair role of nuclear NDRG1, the effects of the above post-translational modifications on its nuclear localization was examined...
April 18, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679714/population-genetics-phylogenomics-and-hybrid-speciation-of-juglans-in-china-determined-from-whole-chloroplast-genomes-transcriptomes-and-genotyping-by-sequencing-gbs
#15
Peng Zhao, Hui-Juan Zhou, Daniel Potter, Yi-Heng Hu, Xiao-Jia Feng, Meng Dang, Li Feng, Saman Zulfiqar, Wen-Zhe Liu, Guifang Zhao, Keith Woeste
Genomic data are a powerful tool for elucidating the processes involved in the evolution and divergence of species. The speciation and phylogenetic relationships among Chinese Juglans remain unclear. Here, we used results from phylogenomic and population genetic analyses, transcriptomics, Genotyping-By-Sequencing (GBS), and whole chloroplast genomes (Cp genome) data to infer processes of lineage formation among the five native Chinese species of the walnut genus (Juglans, Juglandaceae), a widespread, economically important group...
April 18, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679641/ethanol-induced-cardiomyocyte-toxicity-involves-autophagy-nfkb-transcription-factor
#16
Jessica Maiuolo, Alessia Maretta, Micaela Gliozzi, Vincenzo Musolino, Cristina Carresi, Francesca Bosco, Rocco Mollace, Federica Scarano, Ernesto Palma, Miriam Scicchitano, Saverio Nucera, Domenico Sergi, Saverio Muscoli, Santo Gratteri, Carolina Muscoli, Vincenzo Mollace
Chronic ethanol (EtOH) consumption causes early detrimental consequences in many tissues including the myocardium, though the molecular mechanisms leading to the alcoholic cardiomyopathy (ACM) still remain to be elucidated. Here, we studied several biomolecular changes occurring in cardiomyoblasts after their exposure to sublethal concentrations of EtOH and the potential synergistic effect with methylmercury (MM) or doxorubicin (DOXO), which are known to produce direct myocardial dysfunction. In addition, the possible role of autophagic responses and Nuclear Factor kappa-B (NFkB) modulation in early post-alcoholic myocardial damage has been investigated...
April 18, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679557/acetaminophen-induced-liver-injury-is-attenuated-in-transgenic-fat-1-mice-endogenously-synthesizing-long-chain-n-3-fatty-acids
#17
Ruibing Feng, Yang Wang, Conghui Liu, Chunyan Yan, Hang Zhang, Huanxing Su, Jing X Kang, Chang-Zhen Shang, Jian-Bo Wan
Acetaminophen (APAP) overdose-caused hepatotoxicity is the most commonly cause of drugs-induced liver failurecharacterized by oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and cell damage. Therapeutic efficacy of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) in several models of liver disease is well documented. However, the impacts of n-3 PUFA on APAP hepatotoxicity are not adequately addressed. In this study, the fat-1 transgenic mice that synthesize endogenous n-3 PUFA and wild type (WT) littermates were injected intraperitoneally with APAP at the dose of 400 mg/kg to induce liver injury, and euthanized at 0 h, 2 h, 4 h and 6 h post APAP injection for sampling...
April 18, 2018: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679493/ppars-and-pain
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Bright N Okine, Jessica C Gaspar, David P Finn
Chronic pain is a common cause of disability worldwide and remains a global health and socioeconomic challenge. Current analgesics are either ineffective in a significant proportion of patients with chronic pain, or associated with significant adverse side effects. The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs), a family of nuclear hormone transcription factors, have emerged as important modulators of pain in preclinical studies and therefore a potential therapeutic target for the treatment of pain...
April 21, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679467/salidroside-protects-against-advanced-glycation-end-products-induced-vascular-endothelial-dysfunction
#19
Peng Zhang, Yuanmin Li, Rong Guo, Wangfu Zang
BACKGROUND Salidroside, the major active compound in Rhodiola, has been reported to provide beneficial effects on cardiovascular diseases, but its effects on diabetes-induced vascular endothelial dysfunction are less known. Here, we examined the protective effects of salidroside on endothelial function in diabetes and explored the potential underlying mechanism. MATERIAL AND METHODS First, we assessed the endothelium-dependent relaxation response to acetylcholine, with or without salidroside treatment, in aortas isolated from Sprague-Dawley rats...
April 21, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679407/longitudinal-urinary-metabolomic-profiling-reveals-metabolites-for-asthma-development-in-early-childhood
#20
Chih-Yung Chiu, Gigin Lin, Mei-Ling Cheng, Meng-Han Chiang, Ming-Han Tsai, Kuan-Wen Su, Man-Chin Hua, Sui-Ling Liao, Shen-Hao Lai, Tsung-Chieh Yao, Kuo-Wei Yeh, Jing-Long Huang
BACKGROUND: Several metabolites and altered metabolic pathways have been reported to be associated with asthma. However, longitudinal analysis of the dynamics of metabolites contributing to the development of asthma has not yet been fully clarified. METHODS: We sought to identify the metabolic mechanisms underlying asthma development in early childhood. Thirty children with asthma and paired healthy controls from a prospective birth cohort were enrolled. Time-series analysis of urinary metabolites collected at ages 1, 2, 3, and 4 years were assessed using 1 H-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy coupled with partial least-squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA)...
April 21, 2018: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
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