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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528404/a-direct-comparison-of-the-effects-of-the-antiretroviral-drugs-stavudine-tenofovir-and-the-combination-lopinavir-ritonavir-on-bone-metabolism-in-a-rat-model
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M M Conradie, M van de Vyver, E Andrag, M Conradie, W F Ferris
Antiretroviral (ARV) treatment may induce metabolic complications in HIV patients on long-term therapy that can affect bone health. In this study, the effects of the ARVs Stavudine (d4T), Tenofovir (TDF) and Lopinavir/ritonavir (LPV/r) on bone metabolism and lipodystrophy were directly compared in rats to negate the consequences of HIV-associated confounding factors. Healthy 12-14-week-old male Wistar rats (n = 40) were divided into four treatment groups and received an oral animal equivalent dose of either Stavudine (6...
May 20, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527691/food-and-water-intake-body-temperature-and-metabolic-consequences-of-interleukin-1%C3%AE-microinjection-into-the-cingulate-cortex-of-the-rat
#2
B Csetényi, E Hormay, I Szabó, G Takács, B Nagy, K László, Z Karádi
In order to elucidate whether cytokine mechanisms of the cingulate cortex (cctx) are important in the central regulation of homeostasis, in the present study, feeding-metabolic effects of direct bilateral microinjection of interleukin-1β (IL-1β) into the cctx of the rat have been investigated. Short- (2h), medium (12h) and long-term (24h) food and water intakes and body temperature were measured after the intracerebral administration of this primary cytokine or vehicle solution, with or without paracetamol pretreatment...
May 17, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527417/fate-of-the-sunscreen-compound-oxybenzone-in-cyperus-alternifolius-based-hydroponic-culture-uptake-biotransformation-and-phytotoxicity
#3
Feiran Chen, Christian Huber, Peter Schröder
Oxybenzone (OBZ), a common ingredient in sunscreens and personal care products, has been frequently detected in effluents from municipal wastewater treatment plants and also in surface waters. OBZ is an emerging contaminant due to its adverse impacts on marine/aquatic ecosystems. To investigate the removal and degradation capacity of phytotreatment for OBZ, the common wetland plant species Cyperus alternifolius L. was exposed to this compound at 5, 25 and 50 μM for 120 h, respectively. Continuous uptake by roots and accumulation in plant tissues was observed over the exposure time, and depletion of spiked OBZ from the aqueous medium exceeded 73...
May 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527141/rice-agriculture-impacts-catchment-hydrographic-patterns-and-nitrogen-export-characteristics-in-subtropical-central-china-a-paired-catchment-study
#4
Yi Wang, Xinliang Liu, Hua Wang, Yong Li, Yuyuan Li, Feng Liu, Runlin Xiao, Jianlin Shen, Jinshui Wu
Increased nitrogen (N) concentrations in water bodies have highlighted issues regarding nutrient pollution in agricultural catchments. In this study, the ammonium-N (NH4(+)-N), nitrate-N (NO3(-)-N), and total N (TN) concentrations were observed in the stream water and groundwater of two contrasting catchments (named Tuojia and Jianshan) in subtropical central China from 2010 to 2014, to determine the rice agriculture impacts on the hydrographic patterns, and N export characteristics of the catchments. The results suggested that greater amounts of stream flow (523...
May 19, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527102/studies-of-environmental-risk-factors-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis-als-and-a-phase-i-clinical-trial-of-l-serine
#5
Walter G Bradley, R X Miller, T D Levine, E W Stommel, P A Cox
β-N-Methylamino-L-alanine (BMAA) has been linked to Guam ALS/PDC and shown to produce neurodegeneration in vitro and in vivo (Drosophila, mice, rats, primates). BMAA misincorporation into neuroproteins produces protein misfolding and is inhibited by L-serine. Case-control studies in Northern New England indicate that living near to water-bodies with cyanobacterial blooms increases the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The distribution of addresses of ALS cases in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Florida was compared to that of controls...
May 19, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527047/dietary-ascorbic-acid-reduced-micronucleus-and-nuclear-abnormalities-in-clarias-gariepinus-burchell-1822-exposed-to-hospital-effluent
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Chibuisi G Alimba, Raphael D Ajiboye, Olakunle S Fagbenro
Hospital effluents contain myriad of mutagens and genotoxins capable of increasing DNA damage in aquatic biota. African mudfish, Clarias gariepinus, are exposed to genotoxins when cultured in swamps and derelict water bodies often contaminated by effluents. Moreover, its DNA is susceptible to xenobiotic-induced lesions since it lacks L-gulonolactone oxidase and hence cannot synthesize L-ascorbic acid. This study investigated 96-h acute toxicity and protective effects of dietary ascorbic acid (AA) against micronucleus (MN) and abnormal nuclear (NAs) formation in C...
May 19, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526950/the-effect-of-post-mortem-computed-tomography-angiography-pmcta-using-water-soluble-iodine-based-radiographic-contrast-on-histological-analysis-of-the-liver-kidneys-and-left-ventricle-of-the-heart
#7
Samantha Higgins, Sarah Parsons, Noel Woodford, Matthew Lynch, Christopher Briggs, Chris O'Donnell
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of post-mortem computed-tomography angiography (PMCTA) on the histology of the liver, kidneys and heart. Multiple tissue cores were collected from the liver, left and right kidneys and left ventricle utilizing CT-guided biopsy. Subsequent whole body PMCTA was performed using a solution of polyethylene glycol and iodinated radiographic contrast, and an embalming pump. Corresponding biopsy cores were collected at autopsy, and blinded histology analysis assessing for PMCTA-induced histology artefact was performed...
May 20, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526635/arsenic-exposures-alter-clinical-indicators-of-anemia-in-a-male-population-of-smokers-and-non-smokers-in-bangladesh
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Faruque Parvez, Sebastian Medina, Regina Santella, Tariqul Islam, Fredine T Lauer, Nur Alam, Mahbubul Eunus, Mizanour Rahman, Pam Factor-Litvak, Habib Ahsan, Joseph Graziano, Ke Jian Liu, Scott W Burchiel
Drinking water arsenic (WAs) exposure has been linked to a number of detrimental health outcomes including anemia, primarily among pregnant women. Little is known about the effects of arsenic (As) on hematological disorders among men. We have examined the role of As exposure on hematological indicators of anemia in a group of men exposed to a wide range of As in their drinking water. We conducted a cross-sectional investigation among 119 healthy men in the Health Effects of As Longitudinal Study (HEALS) cohort, in rural Bangladesh...
May 16, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526548/at-the-nexus-of-antibiotics-and-metals-the-impact-of-cu-and-zn-on-antibiotic-activity-and-resistance
#9
REVIEW
Keith Poole
Environmental influences on antibiotic activity and resistance can wreak havoc with in vivo antibiotic efficacy and, ultimately, antimicrobial chemotherapy. In nature, bacteria encounter a variety of metal ions, particularly copper (Cu) and zinc (Zn), as contaminants in soil and water, as feed additives in agriculture, as clinically-used antimicrobials, and as components of human antibacterial responses. Importantly, there is a growing body of evidence for Cu/Zn driving antibiotic resistance development in metal-exposed bacteria, owing to metal selection of genetic elements harbouring both metal and antibiotic resistance genes, and metal recruitment of antibiotic resistance mechanisms...
May 16, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525980/the-distribution-of-mitochondrial-dna-haplogroup-h-in-southern-iberia-indicates-ancient-human-genetic-exchanges-along-the-western-edge-of-the-mediterranean
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Candela L Hernández, Jean M Dugoujon, Andrea Novelletto, Juan N Rodríguez, Pedro Cuesta, Rosario Calderón
BACKGROUND: The structure of haplogroup H reveals significant differences between the western and eastern edges of the Mediterranean, as well as between the northern and southern regions. Human populations along the westernmost Mediterranean coasts, which were settled by individuals from two continents separated by a relatively narrow body of water, show the highest frequencies of mitochondrial haplogroup H. These characteristics permit the analysis of ancient migrations between both shores, which may have occurred via primitive sea crafts and early seafaring...
May 19, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525669/relationship-between-bioimpedance-determined-body-composition-and-peritoneal-transport-in-peritoneal-dialysis
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Bernardo M da Costa, Gloria Del Peso, Maria Auxiliadora Bajo, Gilda Carreño, Marta Ferreira, Carina Ferreira, Rafael Selgas
PURPOSE: In peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients, body fluid homeostasis is dependent on peritoneal elimination of water and solutes. Patients with less favorable peritoneal transport parameters should be more overhydrated. Despite this, the association between faster transport and overhydration (OH) is weak, and the factors that influence hydration status are still poorly characterized. Modified peritoneal equilibration tests (PET) offer us new parameters that might correlate better with hydration status, like free water transport (FWT)...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525249/-a-less-known-cause-of-incoercible-vomiting
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S Guyoundouzian, R Attou, P Guérisse, T Préseau
Cannabis is a widely spread drug which chronic abuse may cause diverse adverse effects on the body, in the short and long term. Among these effects, we can cite digestive disorders, mainly characterized by the onset of cyclical vomiting illness. Vomiting symptoms can be temporarily relieved by hot water showers. As a matter of fact, many patients adopt a compulsive bathing behavior characterized by the irrepressible need of having showers or baths at a high temperature. We describe the case of two patients (22 and 23 years-old) who consume cannabis on a regular basis...
2017: Revue Médicale de Bruxelles
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524850/a-high-quantum-yield-molecule-protein-complex-fluorophore-for-near-infrared-ii-imaging
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Alexander L Antaris, Hao Chen, Shuo Diao, Zhuoran Ma, Zhe Zhang, Shoujun Zhu, Joy Wang, Alexander X Lozano, Quli Fan, Leila Chew, Mark Zhu, Kai Cheng, Xuechuan Hong, Hongjie Dai, Zhen Cheng
Fluorescence imaging in the second near-infrared window (NIR-II) allows visualization of deep anatomical features with an unprecedented degree of clarity. NIR-II fluorophores draw from a broad spectrum of materials spanning semiconducting nanomaterials to organic molecular dyes, yet unfortunately all water-soluble organic molecules with >1,000 nm emission suffer from low quantum yields that have limited temporal resolution and penetration depth. Here, we report tailoring the supramolecular assemblies of protein complexes with a sulfonated NIR-II organic dye (CH-4T) to produce a brilliant 110-fold increase in fluorescence, resulting in the highest quantum yield molecular fluorophore thus far...
May 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524774/cytotoxicity-and-anti-leishmania-amazonensis-activity-of-citrus-sinensis-leaf-extracts
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Andreza R Garcia, Ana Claudia F Amaral, Mariana M B Azevedo, Suzana Corte-Real, Rosana C Lopes, Celuta S Alviano, Anderson S Pinheiro, Alane B Vermelho, Igor A Rodrigues
CONTEXT: Leishmania amazonensis is the main agent of diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis, a disease characterized by lesional polymorphism and the commitment of skin surface. Previous reports demonstrated that the Citrus genus possess antimicrobial activity. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the anti-L. amazonensis activity of Citrus sinensis (L.) Osbeck (Rutaceae) extracts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Citrus sinensis dried leaves were subjected to maceration with hexane (CH), ethyl acetate (CEA), dichloromethane/ethanol (CD/Et - 1:1) or ethanol/water (CEt/W - 7:3)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524625/mrna-decay-an-adaptation-tool-for-the-environmental-fungal-pathogen-cryptococcus-neoformans
#15
REVIEW
Amanda L M Bloom, Jay Leipheimer, John C Panepinto
Fungi are ubiquitous in the environment and humans constantly encounter them in the soil, air, water, and food. The vast majority of these interactions are inconsequential. However, in the context of immunodeficiency precipitated by HIV infection, hematologic malignancy, or transplantation, a small subset of fungi can cause devastating, systemic infection. The most deadly of the opportunistic environmental fungi, Cryptococcus neoformans, is estimated to cause hundreds of thousands of deaths per year, mostly in the context of HIV co-infection...
May 19, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524071/flexible-low-cost-sensor-based-on-electrolyte-gated-carbon-nanotube-field-effect-transistor-for-organo-phosphate-detection
#16
Vijay Deep Bhatt, Saumya Joshi, Markus Becherer, Paolo Lugli
A flexible enzymatic acetylcholinesterase biosensor based on an electrolyte-gated carbon nanotube field effect transistor is demonstrated. The enzyme immobilization is done on a planar gold gate electrode using 3-mercapto propionic acid as the linker molecule. The sensor showed good sensing capability as a sensor for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, with a sensitivity of 5.7 μA/decade, and demonstrated excellent specificity when tested against interfering analytes present in the body. As the flexible sensor is supposed to suffer mechanical deformations, the endurance of the sensor was measured by putting it under extensive mechanical stress...
May 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524039/-prevention-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-gubiao-pixie-prescription-for-nosocomial-infection-in-elderly-population
#17
Wanxiang Zhang, Bochao Wang, Zhijun Li
OBJECTIVE: To observe the curative effect of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Gubiao Pixie prescription on the prevention of nosocomial infection in elderly patients with susceptible factors. METHODS: A prospective observational study was conducted. The elderly patients aged over 70 years admitted to the Department of Integrated TCM and Western Medicine of Tianjin First Center Hospital from March 2015 to March 2016 were enrolled. The patients were divided into experiment group and control group by random number table...
May 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522334/safety-evaluation-of-chlorella-sorokiniana-strain-ck-22-based-on-an-in-vitro-cytotoxicity-assay-and-a-13-week-subchronic-toxicity-trial-in-rats
#18
Sayaka Himuro, Sugi Ueno, Naoto Noguchi, Takuya Uchikawa, Toshihiro Kanno, Akira Yasutake
The genus Chlorella contains unicellular green algae that have been used as food supplements. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the safety of the Chlorella sorokiniana strain CK-22 using powdered preparation (CK-22P) both by in vitro and in vivo assays. These included an experiment for cytotoxicity using Chinese hamster lung fibroblasts (V79 cells) and a 13-week repeated-dose oral toxicity trial using Wistar rats. The cytotoxicity was evaluated by MTT assay of a hot water extract (Hw-Ex) and 80% ethanol extract (Et-Ex) of CK-22P, and no effect on cell viability was observed...
May 15, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522235/a-review-of-terrestrial-aerial-and-aquatic-keratins-the-structure-and-mechanical-properties-of-pangolin-scales-feather-shafts-and-baleen-plates
#19
Bin Wang, Tarah N Sullivan
Keratinous materials, omnipresent as the hard and durable epidermal appendages of animals, are one of the toughest biological materials. They exhibit diverse morphologies and structures that serve a variety of amazing and inspiring mechanical functions. In this work, we provide a review of representative terrestrial, aerial and aquatic keratinous materials, pangolin scales, feather shafts and baleen plates, and correlate their hierarchical structures to respective functions of dermal armor, flight material and undersea filter...
May 8, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521755/high-dietary-quality-of-non-toxic-cyanobacteria-for-a-benthic-grazer-and-its-implications-for-the-control-of-cyanobacterial-biofilms
#20
Sophie Groendahl, Patrick Fink
BACKGROUND: Mass occurrences of cyanobacteria frequently cause detrimental effects to the functioning of aquatic ecosystems. Consequently, attempts haven been made to control cyanobacterial blooms through naturally co-occurring herbivores. Control of cyanobacteria through herbivores often appears to be constrained by their low dietary quality, rather than by the possession of toxins, as also non-toxic cyanobacteria are hardly consumed by many herbivores. It was thus hypothesized that the consumption of non-toxic cyanobacteria may be improved when complemented with other high quality prey...
May 18, 2017: BMC Ecology
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