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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935592/molecular-insights-into-a-dinoflagellate-bloom
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Weida Gong, Jamie Browne, Nathan Hall, David Schruth, Hans Paerl, Adrian Marchetti
In coastal waters worldwide, an increase in frequency and intensity of algal blooms has been attributed to eutrophication, with further increases predicted because of climate change. Yet, the cellular-level changes that occur in blooming algae remain largely unknown. Comparative metatranscriptomics was used to investigate the underlying molecular mechanisms associated with a dinoflagellate bloom in a eutrophied estuary. Here we show that under bloom conditions, there is increased expression of metabolic pathways indicative of rapidly growing cells, including energy production, carbon metabolism, transporters and synthesis of cellular membrane components...
December 9, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935089/the-mechanisms-of-nickel-toxicity-in-aquatic-environments-an-adverse-outcome-pathway-aop-analysis
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Kevin V Brix, Christian E Schlekat, Emily R Garman
Current ecological risk assessment and water quality regulation for nickel (Ni) use mechanistically-based, predictive tools such as Biotic Ligand Models (BLMs). However, despite many detailed studies, the precise mechanism(s) of Ni toxicity to aquatic organisms remains elusive. This uncertainty in the mechanism(s) of action for Ni has led to concern over the use of tools like the BLM in some regulatory settings. To begin addressing this knowledge gap, we used an Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) analysis, the first AOP for a metal, to identify multiple potential mechanisms of Ni toxicity and their interactions to freshwater aquatic organisms...
December 9, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933070/transcriptional-responses-in-root-and-leaf-of-prunus-persica-under-drought-stress-using-rna-sequencing
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Najla Ksouri, Sergio Jiménez, Christina E Wells, Bruno Contreras-Moreira, Yolanda Gogorcena
Prunus persica L. Batsch, or peach, is one of the most important crops and it is widely established in irrigated arid and semi-arid regions. However, due to variations in the climate and the increased aridity, drought has become a major constraint, causing crop losses worldwide. The use of drought-tolerant rootstocks in modern fruit production appears to be a useful method of alleviating water deficit problems. However, the transcriptomic variation and the major molecular mechanisms that underlie the adaptation of drought-tolerant rootstocks to water shortage remain unclear...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932956/hypothalamic-vasopressinergic-projections-innervate-central-amygdala-gabaergic-neurons-implications-for-anxiety-and-stress-coping
#4
Vito S Hernández, Oscar R Hernández, Miguel Perez de la Mora, María J Gómora, Kjell Fuxe, Lee E Eiden, Limei Zhang
The arginine-vasopressin (AVP)-containing hypothalamic magnocellular neurosecretory neurons (VPMNNs) are known for their role in hydro-electrolytic balance control via their projections to the neurohypophysis. Recently, projections from these same neurons to hippocampus, habenula and other brain regions in which vasopressin infusion modulates contingent social and emotionally-affected behaviors, have been reported. Here, we present evidence that VPMNN collaterals also project to the amygdaloid complex, and establish synaptic connections with neurons in central amygdala (CeA)...
2016: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932763/-effect-of-vasoactive-intestinal-peptide-on-defecation-and-vip-camp-pka-aqp3-signaling-pathway-%C3%A2-in-rats-with-constipation
#5
Yongxue Zhou, Yujin Wang, Hong Zhang, Shuguang Yan, Bin Wang, Pei Xie
To observe the effect of vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP) on the metabolism of intestinal fluid and cyclic AMP protein kinase A signaling pathway (cAMP-PKA) and water channel protein 3 (AQP3) in rats with constipation, and to explore the mechanism of VIP in the treatment of constipation.
 Methods: A total of 45 healthy adult rats were randomly divided into a control group, a model group, a model +VIP group. After 4 weeks of VIP treatment, the first black stool time were examined with the ink gastric method; the water content in feces was calculated; the morphological changes in colonic tissues were observed by HE staining...
November 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932675/the-effects-of-voluntary-exercise-and-prazosin-on-capillary-rarefaction-and-metabolism-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-male-rats
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Emily C Dunford, Erwan Leclair, Julian Aiken, Erin R Mandel, Tara L Haas, Olivier Birot, Michael C Riddell
Type-1 diabetes mellitus (T1D) causes impairments within the skeletal muscle microvasculature. Both regular exercise and prazosin have been shown to improve skeletal muscle capillarization and metabolism in healthy rats, through distinct angiogenic mechanisms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the independent and additive effects of voluntary exercise and prazosin treatment on capillary-to-fiber ratio (C:F) in streptozotocin (STZ)-treated diabetic rats. STZ (65mg/kg) was intraperitoneally administered to male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=36) to induce diabetes, with healthy, non-diabetic, sedentary rats (n=10) as controls...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932461/structural-characterization-and-ligand-inhibitor-identification-provide-functional-insights-into-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-cytochrome-p450-cyp126a1
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Jude T Chenge, Duyet Van Le, Shalini Swami, Kirsty J McLean, Madeline E Kavanagh, Anthony G Coyne, Stephen E J Rigby, Myles R Cheesman, Hazel M Girvan, Colin W Levy, Bernd Rupp, Jens P von Kries, Chris Abell, David Leys, Andrew W Munro
The Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) H37Rv genome encodes 20 cytochromes P450, including P450s crucial to infection and bacterial viability. Many Mtb P450s remain uncharacterized, suggesting their further analysis may provide new insights into Mtb metabolic processes and new targets for drug discovery. CYP126A1 is representative of a P450 family widely distributed in mycobacteria and other bacteria. Here we explore the biochemical and structural properties of CYP126A1, including its interactions with new chemical ligands...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932336/heat-stress-hydration-and-uric-acid-a-cross-sectional-study-in-workers-of-three-occupations-in-a-hotspot-of-mesoamerican-nephropathy-in-nicaragua
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Catharina Wesseling, Aurora Aragón, Marvin González, Ilana Weiss, Jason Glaser, Christopher J Rivard, Carlos Roncal-Jiménez, Ricardo Correa-Rotter, Richard J Johnson
OBJECTIVES: To study Mesoamerican nephropathy (MeN) and its risk factors in three hot occupations. DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Chinandega and León municipalities, a MeN hotspot on the Nicaraguan Pacific coast, January-February 2013. PARTICIPANTS: 194 male workers aged 17-39 years: 86 sugarcane cutters, 56 construction workers, 52 small-scale farmers. OUTCOME MEASURES: (1) Differences between the three occupational groups in prevalences/levels of socioeconomic, occupational, lifestyle and health risk factors for chronic kidney disease (CKD) and in biomarkers of kidney function and hydration; (2) differences in prevalences/levels of CKD risk factors between workers with reduced estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFRCKD-EPI <80 mL/min/1...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932253/regulation-of-cyclin-d1-by-arsenic-and-microrna-inhibits-adipogenesis
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Kevin Beezhold, Linda R Klei, Aaron Barchowsky
Low-dose chronic exposure to arsenic in drinking water represents a global public health concern with established risks for metabolic and cardiovascular disease, as well as cancer. While the linkage between arsenic and disease is strong, further understanding of the molecular mechanisms of its pathogenicity is required. Previous reports demonstrated the ability of arsenic to interfere with adipogenesis, which may mediate its effects in promoting metabolic disease. We hypothesized that microRNA are important regulators of most if not all mesenchymal stem cell processes that are dysregulated by arsenic exposure to impair lipogenesis...
December 5, 2016: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930973/phytosomal-curcumin-a-review-of-pharmacokinetic-experimental-and-clinical-studies
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REVIEW
Hamed Mirzaei, Abolfazl Shakeri, Bahman Rashidi, Amin Jalili, Zarrin Banikazemi, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Curcumin, a hydrophobic polyphenol, is the principal constituent extracted from dried rhizomes of Curcuma longa L. (turmeric). Curcumin is known as a strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent that has different pharmacological effects. In addition, several studies have demonstrated that curcumin is safe even at dosages as high as 8g per day; however, instability at physiological pH, low solubility in water and rapid metabolism results in a low oral bioavailability of curcumin. The phytosomal formulation of curcumin (a complex of curcumin with phosphatidylcholine) has been shown to improve curcumin bioavailability...
December 5, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930319/co-synthesized-from-the-central-one-carbon-pool-as-source-for-the-iron-carbonyl-in-o2-tolerant-nife-hydrogenase
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Ingmar Bürstel, Elisabeth Siebert, Stefan Frielingsdorf, Ingo Zebger, Bärbel Friedrich, Oliver Lenz
Hydrogenases are nature's key catalysts involved in both microbial consumption and production of molecular hydrogen. H2 exhibits a strongly bonded, almost inert electron pair and requires transition metals for activation. Consequently, all hydrogenases are metalloenzymes that contain at least one iron atom in the catalytic center. For appropriate interaction with H2, the iron moiety demands for a sophisticated coordination environment that cannot be provided just by standard amino acids. This dilemma has been overcome by the introduction of unprecedented chemistry-that is, by ligating the iron with carbon monoxide (CO) and cyanide (or equivalent) groups...
December 5, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929204/evidence-of-viscerally-mediated-cold-defence-thermoeffector-responses-in-man
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Nathan B Morris, Davide Filingeri, Mark Halaki, Ollie Jay
Sudomotor activity is modified by both warm and cold fluid ingestion during heat stress, independently of differences in core and skin temperatures, suggesting independent viscerally-mediated modification of thermoeffectors. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether visceral thermoreceptors modify shivering responses to cold stress. Ten males (27 ± 5y, 1.73 ± 0.06 m, 78.4 ± 10.7 kg) underwent whole-body cooling via 5 °C water perfusion-suit, on four occasions, to induce a steady-state shivering response, at which point two aliquots of 1...
November 7, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928638/the-role-of-peltate-scales-in-desiccation-tolerance-of-pleopeltis-polypodioides
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Susan P John, Karl H Hasenstein
The extreme drought tolerance of the resurrection fern is in part the result of the dorsal scales that assist in water distribution and controlled desiccation. We studied the effect of peltate scales on water uptake and loss of the desiccation-tolerant epiphytic fern Pleopeltis polypodioides using optical and FTIR microscopy and staining with calcofluor, solophenyl flavine7GFE, and Ruthenium Red. We provide information on structure, property, and function of the scales by measuring water uptake and dehydration, contact angles, and metabolic activity...
December 7, 2016: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928437/increased-copeptin-levels-in-metabolic-syndrome-from-a-romanian-population
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Vintilă M, Gheorghiu Ml, Caragheorgheopol A, Baculescu N, Lichiardopol C, Badiu C, Coculescu M, Grigorescu F, Poiană C
Rationale: Arginine vasopressin (AVP) is secreted under conditions of water deprivation. Since AVP has a low half-life in the plasma, the C-terminal fragment of AVP-precursor (copeptin) was used to estimate the AVP levels. High copeptin levels increase the risk for the development of diabetes mellitus. Aim: This study was aimed to measure copeptin levels in the metabolic syndrome (MetS) in Romanians using a competitive enzyme immunoassay. Methods and results: Patients prone to present MetS (n = 63) were compared to controls (n = 42)...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927067/curcumin-suppresses-inflammatory-cytokines-and-heat-shock-protein-70-release-and-improves-metabolic-parameters-during-experimental-sepsis
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Letycia Silvano da Silva, Carlos Henrique Rocha Catalão, Tatiana Tocchini Felippotti, Gabriela Ravanelli de Oliveira-Pelegrin, Sérgio Petenusci, Luis Alexandre Pedro de Freitas, Maria José Alves Rocha
CONTEXT: Curcumin has been reported to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and hypoglycaemic properties, besides reducing mortality in sepsis. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the biological activities of a curcumin dispersion formulated by spray-drying in experimental sepsis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Male Wistar rats were subjected to sepsis by caecal ligation and puncture (CLP), controls were sham operated. The animals were treated with curcumin dispersion (100 mg/kg, p...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925048/resting-energy-expenditure-in-critically-ill-patients-evaluation-methods-and-clinical-applications
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Ana Cláudia Soncini Sanches, Cassiana Regina de Góes, Marina Nogueira Berbel Bufarah, André Luiz Balbi, Daniela Ponce
Patients on intensive care present systemic, metabolic, and hormonal alterations that may adversely affect their nutritional condition and lead to fast and important depletion of lean mass and malnutrition. Several factors and medical conditions can influence the energy expenditure (EE) of critically ill patients, such as age, gender, surgery, serious infections, medications, ventilation modality, and organ dysfunction. Clinical conditions that can present with EE change include acute kidney injury, a complex disorder commonly seen in critically ill patients with manifestations that can range from minimum elevations in serum creatinine to renal failure requiring dialysis...
October 2016: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924959/effects-of-ramadan-fasting-on-body-composition-and-arterial-stiffness
#17
Yusuf Sezen, Ibrahim Halil Altiparmak, Muslihittin Emre Erkus, Aydemir Kocarslan, Zekeriya Kaya, Ozgur Gunebakmaz, Recep Demirbag
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of Ramadan fasting on body composition, arterial stiffness and resting heart rate. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted at the Department of Cardiology, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey, during Ramadan 2015, and comprised overweight and obese males. Body composition, arterial stiffness and echocardiography were assessed before and after Ramadan. Body composition was assessed by bioelectrical impedance analysis using segmental body composition analyser...
December 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923457/micrornas-in-the-hypothalamus
#18
REVIEW
Mohammed Taouis
The brain is considered a major site for microRNA (miRNA) expression; as evidenced by several studies reporting microarray data of different brain substructures. The hypothalamus is among the brain regions that plays a crucial role in integrating signals from other brain nuclei as well as environmental, hormonal, metabolic and neuronal signals from the periphery in order to deliver an adequate response. The hypothalamus controls vital functions such as reproduction, energy homeostasis, water balance, circadian rhythm and stress...
October 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922095/co-expression-network-analyses-identify-functional-modules-associated-with-development-and-stress-response-in-gossypium-arboreum
#19
Qi You, Liwei Zhang, Xin Yi, Kang Zhang, Dongxia Yao, Xueyan Zhang, Qianhua Wang, Xinhua Zhao, Yi Ling, Wenying Xu, Fuguang Li, Zhen Su
Cotton is an economically important crop, essential for the agriculture and textile industries. Through integrating transcriptomic data, we discovered that multi-dimensional co-expression network analysis was powerful for predicting cotton gene functions and functional modules. Here, the recently available transcriptomic data on Gossypium arboreum, including data on multiple growth stages of tissues and stress treatment samples were applied to construct a co-expression network exploring multi-dimensional expression (development and stress) through multi-layered approaches...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921383/consumption-of-the-total-western-diet-differentially-affects-the-response-to-green-tea-in-rodent-models-of-chronic-disease-compared-to-the-ain93g-diet
#20
Robert E Ward, Abby D Benninghoff, Brett J Healy, Minghao Li, Bharath Vagu, Korry J Hintze
SCOPE: In pre-clinical studies investigating bioactive components, the efficacy of the bioactive is likely influenced by the basal diet provided to rodents. In this study, we hypothesized that a model bioactive, green tea extract (GTE), would have different effects on colon carcinogenesis, body composition, and lipid metabolism in mice fed a basal diet formulated to promote animal health and growth (AIN93G) as compared to a Western diet that emulates typical American intakes of micro- and macronutrients, the total Western diet (TWD)...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
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