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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918280/from-sport-hunting-to-breeding-success-patterns-of-lead-ammunition-ingestion-and-its-effects-on-an-endangered-raptor
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José M Gil-Sánchez, Saray Molleda, José A Sánchez-Zapata, Jesús Bautista, Isabel Navas, Raquel Godinho, Antonio J García-Fernández, Marcos Moleón
Lead is highly toxic for wildlife, with pernicious consequences especially in long-lived predators. The causes of lead ammunition ingestion in Bonelli's eagle (Aquila fasciata) and its effects on breeding success were studied in one of the most important populations of this endangered species in Europe. Regurgitated pellets belonging to different pairs from 2004 to 2014 were analyzed, both in the breeding (1363 pellets from 12 territories) and non-breeding (172 pellets from 9 territories) seasons. From these territories, 57 molted feathers to study lead contamination were analyzed, and breeding success was monitored for 41 breeding attempts...
September 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918253/deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-medial-forebrain-bundle-elevates-striatal-dopamine-concentration-without-affecting-spontaneous-or-reward-induced-phasic-release
#2
Marianne Klanker, Matthijs Feenstra, Ingo Willuhn, Damiaan Denys
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the medial forebrain bundle (MFB) induces rapid improvement of depressive symptoms in patients suffering from treatment-refractory major depressive disorder. It has been hypothesized that activation of the dopamine (DA) system contributes to this effect. To investigate whether DBS in the MFB affects DA release in the striatum, we combined DBS with fast-scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) in freely moving rats. Animals were implanted with a stimulating electrode at the border of the MFB and the ventral tegmental area, and a FSCV microelectrode in the ventromedial striatum to monitor extracellular DA during the acute onset of DBS and subsequent continued stimulation...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917978/sen1500-a-novel-oral-amyloid-%C3%AE-aggregation-inhibitor-attenuates-brain-pathology-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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D Brunner, S Flunkert, J Neddens, S Duller, D I C Scopes, J M Treherne, B Hutter-Paier
INTRODUCTION: Amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation is thought to be a major pathogenic event underlying the neuropathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The development of new drugs inhibiting the Aβ aggregation process is, therefore, important. SEN1500, an orally bioavailable and CNS-penetrant Aβ aggregation inhibitor, has previously been shown to reduce spatial learning and memory deficits in an APP transgenic mouse model. To verify that the pharmacological properties of SEN1500 are not unique to this model, we investigated brain Aβ pathology, neuroinflammation, as well as memory in a different mouse model of AD expressing the human amyloid precursor protein with Swedish and London mutations (APPSL)...
September 13, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917965/the-development-of-a-butyrylcholinesterase-porous-pellet-for-innovative-detection-of-cholinesterase-inhibitors
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Jiří Zeman, David Vetchý, Aleš Franc, Sylvie Pavloková, Vladimír Pitschmann, Lukáš Matějovský
The aim of the presented research was the preparation of an innovative carrier with significantly improved properties for the fast and sensitive detection of cholinesterase inhibitors such as nerve agents. This innovative carrier was in the form of spherical pellets containing different amounts of Neusilin. Neusilin is a synthetic and amorphous form of magnesium aluminometasilicate with a high specific surface area, and the immobilized enzyme butyrylcholinesterase with an activity of 50nkat·g(-1). Pellets were prepared by the extrusion-spheronization method and dried in a hot air oven under two conditions - at 30°C for 72h and at 60°C for 24h...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917841/graphene-vp40-interactions-and-potential-disruption-of-the-ebola-virus-matrix-filaments
#5
Jeevan B Gc, Rudramani Pokhrel, Nisha Bhattarai, Kristen A Johnson, Bernard S Gerstman, Robert V Stahelin, Prem P Chapagain
Ebola virus infections cause hemorrhagic fever that often results in very high fatality rates. In addition to exploring vaccines, development of drugs is also essential for treating the disease and preventing the spread of the infection. The Ebola virus matrix protein VP40 exists in various conformational and oligomeric forms and is a potential pharmacological target for disrupting the virus life-cycle. Here we explored graphene-VP40 interactions using molecular dynamics simulations and graphene pelleting assays...
September 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917710/molecular-identification-of-vermamoeba-vermiformis-from-freshwater-fish-in-lake-taal-philippines
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Giovanni D Milanez, Frederick R Masangkay, Rey C Thomas, Ma Olive Grace O Ordona, Gabriel Q Bernales, Vyanna Camille M Corpuz, Hannah Selina V Fortes, Charezze Margarette S Garcia, Larra Camille Nicolas, Veeranoot Nissapatorn
Free Living Amoebae (FLA) are considered ubiquitous. FLAs may infect various biological organisms which act as reservoir hosts. Infected freshwater fishes can pose a public health concern due to possible human consumption. This study aims to identify possible pathogenic FLAs present in freshwater fishes. Seventy five (75) Oreochromis niloticus were studied for the presence of FLAs. Fish organs were suspended in physiologic saline pelleted and cultured in non-nutrient agar (NNA) lawned with Escherichia coli and were incubated in 33 °C for 14 days...
September 13, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917179/emission-reduction-potentials-of-improved-cookstoves-and-their-issues-in-adoption-an-indian-outlook
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Monikankana Sharma, S Dasappa
Biomass as a fuel for cooking is a common practice in rural India, and about 700 million people use traditional stoves to meet their energy demand. However, the thermal and the combustion efficiencies of these stoves are very low, leading to an inefficient use of biomass, and also, resulting in significant indoor air pollution. Research development has however led to the development of some improved stoves viz., natural draft and forced draft for both domestic as well as large scale cooking applications and government is trying to promote them...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917009/preparation-characterization-and-in-vitro%C3%A2-%C3%A2-in-vivo-evaluation-of-oral-time-controlled-release-etodolac-pellets
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Xiaoyu Zhang, Qi Li, Mingzhu Ye, Zhinan Zhao, Jiayi Sun, Xinggang Yang, Weisan Pan
The objective of this study was to prepare time-controlled release etodolac pellets to facilitate drug administration according to the body's biological rhythm, optimize the drug's desired effects, and minimize adverse effects. The preparation consisted of three laminal layers from center to outside: the core, the swelling layer, and the insoluble polymer membrane. Factors influenced the core and the coating films were investigated in this study. The core pellets formulated with etodolac, lactose, and sodium carboxymethyl starch (CMS-Na) were prepared by extrusion-spheronization and then coated by a fluidized bed coater...
September 15, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916980/pharmacokinetics-of-panax-notoginseng-saponins-in-adhesive-and-normal-preparation-of-fufang-danshen
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Xiao-Nan Chen, Dan-Qi Li, Meng-di Zhao, Gang-Yan Yu, Shou-Ying Du, Yang Lu, Jie Bai, Peng-Yue Li, Ya-Li Wu, Zhi-Hao Tian, Yan-Ying Zeng
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Fufang Danshen formula, a famous Chinese patent medicine containing Salvia miltiorrhiza, Panax notoginseng and borneol, has been widely used in the treatment of coronary heart disease. The application is restricted by low bioavailability partly due to Panax notoginseng saponins (PNS) instability and low in vivo absorption. Thus, adhesive pellets were developed to improve bioavailability. The objectives of the present study were to evaluate the adhesive preparation by describing PNS's plasma pharmacokinetics in vivo and compare adhesive micro pills with normal preparation...
September 15, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916864/sparticle-an-algorithm-for-the-analysis-of-filamentous-microorganisms-in-submerged-cultures
#10
Joost Willemse, Ferhat Büke, Dino van Dissel, Sanne Grevink, Dennis Claessen, Gilles P van Wezel
Streptomycetes are filamentous bacteria that produce a plethora of bioactive natural products and industrial enzymes. Their mycelial lifestyle typically results in high heterogeneity in bioreactors, with morphologies ranging from fragments and open mycelial mats to dense pellets. There is a strong correlation between morphology and production in submerged cultures, with small and open mycelia favouring enzyme production, while most antibiotics are produced mainly in pellets. Here we describe SParticle, a Streptomyces Particle analysis method that combines whole slide imaging with automated image analysis to characterize the morphology of submerged grown Streptomyces cultures...
September 15, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915255/scrambled-eggs-a-highly-sensitive-molecular-diagnostic-workflow-for-fasciola-species-specific-detection-from-faecal-samples
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Nichola Eliza Davies Calvani, Peter Andrew Windsor, Russell David Bush, Jan Šlapeta
BACKGROUND: Fasciolosis, due to Fasciola hepatica and Fasciola gigantica, is a re-emerging zoonotic parasitic disease of worldwide importance. Human and animal infections are commonly diagnosed by the traditional sedimentation and faecal egg-counting technique. However, this technique is time-consuming and prone to sensitivity errors when a large number of samples must be processed or if the operator lacks sufficient experience. Additionally, diagnosis can only be made once the 12-week pre-patent period has passed...
September 15, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914343/image-guided-percutaneous-removal-of-ballistic-foreign-bodies-secondary-to-air-gun-injuries
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Jacob L Rothermund, Andrew J Rabe, Nicholas A Zumberge, James W Murakami, Patrick S Warren, Mark J Hogan
BACKGROUND: Ballistic injuries with retained foreign bodies from air guns is a relatively common problem, particularly in children and adolescents. If not removed in a timely fashion, the foreign bodies can result in complications, including pain and infection. Diagnostic methods to identify the presence of the foreign body run the entire gamut of radiology, particularly radiography, ultrasound (US) and computed tomography (CT). Removal of the foreign bodies can be performed by primary care, emergency, surgical, and radiologic clinicians, with or without imaging guidance...
September 15, 2017: Pediatric Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913747/primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-extraglandular-manifestations-and-hydroxychloroquine-therapy
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J Demarchi, S Papasidero, M A Medina, D Klajn, R Chaparro Del Moral, O Rillo, V Martiré, G Crespo, A Secco, A Catalan Pellet, C Amitrano, C Crow, C Asnal, P Pucci, F Caeiro, N Benzanquen, J P Pirola, M Mayer, F Zazzetti, S Velez, J Barreira, N Tamborenea, L Santiago, L Raiti
The use of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS) has been assessed in different studies over the last years, with conflicting results regarding its efficacy in sicca syndrome and extraglandular manifestations (EGM). The goal of this study was to compare the incidence rate of EGM in pSS patients with and without HCQ therapy.We performed a multicenter retrospective study, including patients with pSS (European classification criteria) with at least 1 year of follow-up. Subjects with concomitant fibromyalgia, autoimmune hepatitis, primary biliary cirrhosis, and primary sclerosing cholangitis were excluded...
September 14, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913699/morphological-analysis-of-the-filamentous-fungus-penicillium-chrysogenum-using-flow-cytometry-the-fast-alternative-to-microscopic-image-analysis
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Daniela Ehgartner, Christoph Herwig, Jens Fricke
An important parameter in filamentous bioreactor cultivations is the morphology of the fungi, due to its interlink to productivity and its dependency on process conditions. Filamentous fungi show a large variety of morphological forms in submerged cultures. These range from dispersed hyphae, to interwoven mycelial aggregates, to denser hyphal aggregates, the so-called pellets. Depending on the objective function of the bioprocess, different characteristics of the morphology are favorable and need to be quantified accurately...
September 14, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912714/anti-inflammatory-and-analgesic-effects-of-polygonum-orientale-l-extracts
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Kai-Jun Gou, Rui Zeng, Yan Dong, Qi-Qi Hu, Huang-Wan-Yin Hu, Katherine G Maffucci, Qi-Ling Dou, Qing-Bo Yang, Xu-Hua Qin, Yan Qu
Background and Purpose:Polygonum orientale L. (family: Polygonaceae), named Hongcao in China, is a Traditional Chinese Medicinal and has long been used for rheumatic arthralgia and rheumatoid arthritis. However, no pharmacological and mechanism study to confirm these clinic effects have been published. In this investigation, the anti-inflammatory, analgesic effects and representative active ingredient compounds of P. orientale have been studied. Methods: Dried small pieces of the stems and leaves of P. orientale were decocted with water and partitioned successively to obtain ethyl acetate and ethyl ether extract of P...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911360/evaluation-of-the-tb-lamp-assay-for-the-rapid-diagnosis-of-pulmonary-tuberculosis-in-northern-india
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R Yadav, N Sharma, R Khaneja, P Agarwal, A Kanga, D Behera, S Sethi
SETTING: A tertiary care hospital in North India. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a commercial kit-based loop-mediated isothermal amplification (TB-LAMP) assay for the diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). DESIGN: A total of 530 patients presenting with PTB symptoms were enrolled and one sputum sample was collected from each patient. The TB-LAMP assay (Loopamp™ MTBC Detection kit) was performed on the raw sputum sample. The remaining sample was used for smear microscopy and mycobacterial culture...
October 1, 2017: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904857/dermatophagoides-pteronyssinus-lytfm-encoding-an-nlpc-p60-endopeptidase-is-also-present-in-mite-associated-bacteria-that-express-lytfm-variants
#17
Vivian H Tang, Geoffrey A Stewart, Barbara J Chang
The bodies and faecal pellets of the house dust mite (HDM), Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, are the source of many allergenic and nonallergenic proteins. One of these, the 14-kDa bacteriolytic enzyme LytFM, originally isolated from the spent HDM growth medium, may contribute to bacteriolytic activity previously detected by zymography at 14 kDa in the culture supernatants of some bacterial species isolated from surface-sterilised HDM. Based on previously reported findings of lateral gene transfer between microbes and their eukaryotic hosts, we investigated the presence of lytFM in the genomes of nine Gram-positive bacteria from surface-sterilised HDM, and the expression by these isolates of LytFM and its variants LytFM1/LytFM2...
September 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901042/calcium-coordination-solids-for-ph-triggered-release-of-olsalazine
#18
Dana Jaya Levine, Miguel I Gonzalez, Christina M Legendre, Tomče Runčevski, Julia Oktawiec, Kristen A Colwell, Jeffrey R Long
Calcium coordination solids were synthesized and evaluated for delivery of olsalazine (H₄olz), an anti-inflammatory compound used for treatment of ulcerative colitis. The materials include one-dimensional Ca(H₂olz)·4H₂O chains, two-dimensional Ca(H₂olz)·2H₂O sheets, and a three-dimensional metal-organic framework Ca(H₂olz)·2DMF (DMF = N,N-dimethylformamide). The framework undergoes structural changes in response to solvent, forming a dense Ca(H₂olz) phase when exposed to aqueous HCl. The compounds Ca(H₂olz)·xH₂O (x = 0, 2, 4) were each pressed into pellets and exposed to simulated gastrointestinal fluids to mimic the passage of a pill from the acidic stomach to the pH-neutral intestines...
September 12, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900383/effects-of-platelet-rich-plasma-and-chondrocyte-co-culture-on-msc-chondrogenesis-hypertrophy-and-pathological-responses
#19
Rouhallah Ramezanifard, Mahboubeh Kabiri, Hana Hanaee Ahvaz
Regarding the inadequate healing capability of cartilage tissue, cell-based therapy is making the future of cartilage repair and regeneration. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) have shown great promise in cartilage regeneration. However, a yet-unresolved issue is the emergence of hypertrophic and pathologic markers during in vitro MSC chondrogenesis. Articular chondrocytes (AC) can suppress the undesired hypertrophy when co-cultured with MSC. On the other hand, platelet rich plasma (PRP), is considered potentially effective for cartilage repair and in-vitro chondrogenesis...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900020/petrobactin-is-exported-from-bacillus-anthracis-by-the-rnd-type-exporter-apex
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A K Hagan, A Tripathi, D Berger, D H Sherman, P C Hanna
Bacillus anthracis-a Gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium-causes anthrax, a highly lethal disease with high bacteremia titers. Such rapid growth requires ample access to nutrients, including iron. However, access to this critical metal is heavily restricted in mammals, which requires B. anthracis to employ petrobactin, an iron-scavenging small molecule known as a siderophore. Petrobactin biosynthesis is mediated by asb gene products, and import of the iron-bound (holo)-siderophore into the bacterium has been well studied...
September 12, 2017: MBio
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