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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448580/sildenafil-normalizes-bowel-transit-in-preclinical-models-of-constipation
#1
Sarah K Sharman, Bianca N Islam, Yali Hou, Margaux Usry, Allison Bridges, Nagendra Singh, Subbaramiah Sridhar, Satish Rao, Darren D Browning
Guanylyl cyclase-C (GC-C) agonists increase cGMP levels in the intestinal epithelium to promote secretion. This process underlies the utility of exogenous GC-C agonists such as linaclotide for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation (CIC) and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C). Because GC-C agonists have limited use in pediatric patients, there is a need for alternative cGMP-elevating agents that are effective in the intestine. The present study aimed to determine whether the PDE-5 inhibitor sildenafil has similar effects as linaclotide on preclinical models of constipation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447983/high-temperature-fabrication-of-nanostructured-yttria-stabilized-zirconia-ysz-scaffolds-by-in-situ-carbon-templating-xerogels
#2
Sixbert P Muhoza, Matthew A Cottam, Michael D Gross
We demonstrate a method for the high temperature fabrication of porous, nanostructured yttria-stabilized-zirconia (YSZ, 8 mol% yttria - 92 mol% zirconia) scaffolds with tunable specific surface areas up to 80 m(2)·g(-1). An aqueous solution of a zirconium salt, yttrium salt, and glucose is mixed with propylene oxide (PO) to form a gel. The gel is dried under ambient conditions to form a xerogel. The xerogel is pressed into pellets and then sintered in an argon atmosphere. During sintering, a YSZ ceramic phase forms and the organic components decompose, leaving behind amorphous carbon...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447541/sensor-array-for-detection-of-organic-and-inorganic-contaminants-in-post-consumer-recycled-plastics-for-food-contact
#3
Nathan Davis, Jeffery Danes, Keith Vorst
Post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic material is made by collecting used plastic products (e.g., bottles and other plastic packaging materials) and re-processing them into solid-state pellets or flakes. Plastic recycling has positive environmental benefits, but may also carry potential drawbacks due to unwanted organic and inorganic contaminants. These contaminants can migrate into food packaging made from these recycled plastic materials. The purpose of this research was to identify economically viable real-time monitoring technologies that can be used during conversion of virgin and recycled resin feedstocks (i...
April 27, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446532/next-generation-sequencing-ngs-analysis-on-single-circulating-tumor-cells-ctcs-with-no-need-of-whole-genome-amplification-wga
#4
Raffaele Palmirotta, Domenica Lovero, Erica Silvestris, Claudia Felici, Davide Quaresmini, Paola Cafforio, Franco Silvestris
BACKGROUND: Isolation and genotyping of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) is gaining an increasing interest by clinical researchers in oncology not only for investigative purposes, but also for concrete application in clinical practice in terms of diagnosis, prognosis and decision treatment with targeted therapies. For the mutational analysis of single CTCs, the most advanced biotechnology methodology currently available includes the combination of whole genome amplification (WGA) followed by next-generation sequencing (NGS)...
May 2017: Cancer Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444866/new-insights-into-neurogenic-cyclic-motor-activity-in-the-isolated-guinea-pig-colon
#5
M Costa, L Wiklendt, L Keightley, S J H Brookes, P G Dinning, N J Spencer
BACKGROUND: The contents of the guinea pig distal colon consist of multiple pellets that move anally in a coordinated manner. This row of pellets results in continued distention of the colon. In this study, we have investigated quantitatively the features of the neurally dependent colonic motor patterns that are evoked by constant distension of the full length of guinea-pig colon. METHODS: Constant distension was applied to the excised guinea-pig by high-resolution manometry catheters or by a series of hooks...
April 26, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442846/gunshot-pellet-migration-to-the-right-ventricle-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#6
Wu Jiachang, Zhao Haien, Luo Yuanguo, Wang Lei, Lin Zhoudan, Yang Hua
The diagnosis and management of injuries of the heart or the great vessels continues to be a major surgical challenge in the past and now. This case study introduces the conservative management of a patient who developed a venous bullet embolus after being shot in the lower extremities. In this case report, we aim to review some of the literature on bullet emboli and to raise awareness of its existence. It was concluded that for bullets left in the limbs, bullet position in relation with peripheral vessels should be evaluated carefully to treat and avoid the bullets moving along with the bloodstream...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442362/blockade-of-muscarinic-acetylcholine-receptors-in-the-ventral-tegmental-area-blocks-the-acquisition-of-reward-related-learning
#7
E Galaj, R Nisanov, R Ranaldi
In the present study we investigated whether stimulation of muscarinic acetylcholine (mACh) receptors in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) plays a role in the acquisition of food-based conditioned approach learning. Rats were exposed to 3 (in Experiment 1) or 7 (in Experiment 2) conditioning sessions in which 30, randomly presented light (CS) presentations were paired with delivery of food pellets (US), followed by one session with no light or food and finally one CS-only test session with only light stimulus presentations...
April 22, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442108/effect-of-egyptian-propolis-on-cryptosporidiosis-in-immunosuppressed-rats-with-special-emphasis-on-oocysts-shedding-leukogram-protein-profile-and-ileum-histopathology
#8
Hamdy Soufy, Nadia M El-Beih, Soad M Nasr, Tamer H Abd El-Aziz, Fathia A M Khalil, Youssef F Ahmed, Hala A A Abou Zeina
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the activity of Egyptian propolis extracts (ethanol and water) on cryptosporidiosis in experimentally infected dexamethasone-immunosuppressed rats. METHODS: A total of 180 male rats (190-220) g BWt were randomly divided into 9 equal groups (G1-G9). Groups of rats were kept as (G1): normal control, (G2-G9): immunosuppressed with dexamethasone and (G3-G9): infected with Cryptosporidium oocysts. Rats from (G4-G9) were given orally ethanol and water extract of propolis (at a dose of 50 mg/kg BWt) and nitazoxanide (standard anti-cryptosporidial drug at a dose of 100 mg/kg BWt) to infected rats with different regimes...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440633/syntheses-structures-and-characterization-of-quaternary-tellurites-li3mte4o11-m-al-ga-and-fe
#9
Minfeng Lü, Hongil Jo, Seung-Jin Oh, Suheon Lee, Kwang-Yong Choi, Yang Yu, Kang Min Ok
Three new quaternary lithium metal tellurites, Li3MTe4O11 (M = Al, Ga, and Fe), have been synthesized through hydrothermal and solid-state reactions by heating a mixture of LiOH·H2O, TeO2, and M2O3. The structures of the title compounds have been determined by single-crystal and powder X-ray diffraction. Li3MTe4O11 reveal three-dimensional (3D) frameworks that consist of MO6 octahedra, TeO3 trigonal pyramids, and TeO4 polyhedra. The variable coordination mode of Te(4+) within the framework leads to the formation of 1D channels that host Li(+) cations on both tetrahedral and octahedral sites...
April 25, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436921/feasibility-study-of-entrance-and-exit-dose-measurements-at-the-contra-lateral-breast-with-alanine-electron-spin-resonance-dosimetry-in-volumetric-modulated-radiotherapy-of-breast-cancer
#10
Daniela M Wagner, Petra Huettenrauch, Mathias Anton, Philip von Voigts-Rhetz, Klemens Zink, Hendrik Wolff
PURPOSE: The Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) has established a secondary standard measurement system for the dose to water, DW, based on alanine/ ESR (Anton et. al. 2013). The aim of this study was to test the established measurements system for out of field measurements inpatient with breast cancer. METHOD AND MATERIALS: A set of five alanine pellets were affixed to each patients` skin at the contra lateral breast beginning at the sternum and extending over the mammilla to the distal surface...
April 24, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436319/in-vitro-antioxidant-and-in-vivo-hypolipidemic-effects-of-the-king-oyster-culinary-medicinal-mushroom-pleurotus-eryngii-var-ferulae-ddl01-agaricomycetes-in-rats-with-high-fat-diet-induced-fatty-liver-and-hyperlipidemia
#11
Jun-Hui Choi, Dae-Won Kim, Seung Kim, Sung-Jun Kim
We investigated the effect of the culinary-medicinal mushroom Pleurotus eryngii var. ferulae DDL01 on oxidative damage in the liver and brain and a high-fat/high-cholesterol-induced hyperlipidemic model. In in vitro studies, the water extracts of the fruiting bodies showed strong scavenging activities of DPPH (139.46 ± 3.2 μg) and hydroxyl (139.46 ± 3.2 μg) radicals. Moreover, the extracts showed Fe2+ chelating and reducing abilities, as well as a large amount of polyphenols and an inhibitory effect on lipid peroxidation in the liver and brain tissues...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436005/fast-and-reliable-strain-characterization-of-streptomyces-lividans-through-micro-scale-cultivation
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Joachim Koepff, Matthias Keller, C Konstantinos Tsolis, Tobias Busche, Christian Rückert, Mohamed B Hamed, Jozef Anné, Joern Kalinowski, Wolfgang Wiechert, Anastassios Economou, Marco Oldiges
Filamentous organisms of the genus Streptomyces play an important role in industrial production processes, due to their extensive secondary metabolism variability, as well as their ability to secrete efficiently large amounts of (heterologous) proteins. While genetic engineering tools are available to rapidly build up large strain libraries, the subsequent strain screening and bioprocess development still constitutes a bottleneck. This is due to the lack of reliable parallelized and accelerated cultivation techniques for morphologically challenging organisms...
April 24, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435656/white-tailed-deer-browse-on-an-invasive-shrub-with-extended-leaf-phenology-meets-assumptions-of-an-apparent-competition-hypothesis
#13
Kylie L Martinod, David L Gorchov
It has been hypothesized that invasive plant species with extended leaf phenology (ELP) elevate generalist herbivore populations, increasing herbivory on native plants (apparent competition). This hypothesis assumes that consumption of the invasive is associated with periods of ELP, the invasive is a major component of the herbivore's diet, and that it is more nutritious than native plants during periods of ELP. We tested these assumptions by estimating the proportion of the white-tailed deer diet comprised of Lonicera maackii, an invasive shrub with ELP, quantifying the seasonal pattern of deer browse on this invasive shrub, and comparing its nutritional quality to leafless woody stems...
March 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435402/synchronous-bilateral-testis-cancer-clinical-and-oncological-management
#14
Davide Campobasso, Stefania Ferretti, Antonio Frattini
Synchronous bilateral testis cancer (SBTC) is a rare event. It represents only 0.5-1% of all new cases of testicular cancer. Patients with this disease require careful management for psychological, oncological, and medical problems. We performed a PubMed search for all series that reported SBTC. We considered only articles in English, reporting on more than three cases. We also performed an analysis of the reported evidence regarding testosterone replacement and surgical treatment. We found 10 studies satisfying inclusion criteria for a total of 73 patients...
2017: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435126/impulsivity-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats-within-subjects-comparison-of-sensitivity-to-delay-and-to-amount-of-reinforcement
#15
Vladimir Orduña, Eduardo Mercado
Previous research has shown that spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) display higher levels of impulsive choice behavior, which is accompanied by a higher sensitivity to the delay of reinforcement, and by a normal sensitivity to the amount of reinforcement. Because those results were based on three different samples of subjects, in the present report we evaluated these three processes in the same individuals. SHR and WIS rats were exposed to concurrent-chains schedules in which the terminal links were manipulated to assess impulsivity, sensitivity to delay, and sensitivity to amount...
April 20, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433908/steam-torrefaction-of-eucalyptus-globulus-for-producing-black-pellets-a-pilot-scale-experience
#16
Luis E Arteaga-Pérez, Héctor Grandón, Mauricio Flores, Cristina Segura, Stephen S Kelley
Steam torrefaction of Eucalyptus globulus was performed at temperatures between 245°C and 265°C in a 100kg/h pilot plant. Torrefied biomass was then pelletized in a 300kg/h unit and the pellets were subject to durability, density and combustion tests. The structural changes measured with FTIR were studied along with the combustion behavior of the materials. Compositional analysis showed that increasing the torrefaction temperature reduced both hemicellulose fraction and overall mass yield (MY). Furthermore, there was a linear relationship between the energy yield (EY) and mass yield (EY=[1...
April 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431921/optimization-of-the-helmintex-method-for-schistosomiasis-diagnosis
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Vivian Favero, Renata Russo Frasca Candido, Carolina De Marco Verissimo, Malcolm K Jones, Timothy G St Pierre, Catieli Gobetti Lindholz, Vinicius Duval Da Silva, Alessandra Loureiro Morassutti, Carlos Graeff-Teixeira
A diagnostic test that is reliable, sensitive, and applicable in the field is extremely important in epidemiological surveys, during medical treatment for schistosomiasis, and for the control and elimination of schistosomiasis. The Helmintex (HTX) method is based on the use of magnetic beads to trap eggs in a magnetic field. This technique is highly sensitive, but the screening of fecal samples consumes lots of time, thus delaying the results, especially in field studies. The objective of this work was to determine the effects of incorporation of the detergent Tween-20 into the method in an attempt to decrease the final pellet volume produced by the HTX method as well as the use of ninhydrin to stain the Schistosoma mansoni eggs...
April 19, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431025/1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopy-of-live-human-sperm
#18
S Reynolds, S J Calvert, M N Paley, A A Pacey
STUDY QUESTION: Can 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) be used to obtain information about the molecules and metabolites in live human spermatozoa? SUMMARY ANSWER: Percoll-based density gradient centrifugation (DGC) followed by a further two washing steps, yielded enough sperm with minimal contamination (<0.01%) from seminal fluid to permit effective MRS which detected significant differences (p < 0.05) in the choline/glycerophosphocholine, lipid and lactate regions of the 1H MRS spectrum between sperm in the pellet and those from the 40/80% interface...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428445/pectinase-treated-panax-ginseng-protects-heat-stress-induced-testicular-damage-in-rats
#19
Min Kyoung Kim, Kyu-Min Cha, Seock-Yeon Hwang, Un-Kyu Park, Seok Kyo Seo, Sang-Ho Lee, Min-Sik Jeong, SiHyun Cho, Spandana Rajendra Kopalli, Si-Kwan Kim
Testicular hyperthermia is well studied to cause impaired spermatogenesis. In the present study, the protective effect of enzymatically modified (pectinase-treated) Panax ginseng (GINST) against intermittent sub-chronic heat stress-induced testicular damage in rats was investigated. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into four groups: normal control (NC), heat-stressed control (HC), heat-stressed plus GINST-100 mg/kg/day (HG100) and heat-stressed plus GINST-200 mg/kg/day (HG200) treatment groups. GINST (100 and 200 mg/kg/day) was mixed separately with a regular pellet diet and was administered orally for 8 weeks starting from 1 week before heat exposure...
June 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426946/quantification-of-rubidium-as-a-trace-element-in-beef-using-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy
#20
Y Dixit, Maria P Casado-Gavalda, R Cama-Moncunill, Maria Markiewicz-Keszycka, X Cama-Moncunill, P J Cullen, Carl Sullivan
This study evaluates the potential of laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) coupled with chemometrics to develop a quantification model for rubidium (Rb) in minced beef. A LIBSCAN 150 system was used to collect LIBS spectra of minced beef samples. Beef liver was used to spike the Rb levels in minced beef. All samples were dried, powdered and pelleted using a hydraulic press. Measurements were conducted by scanning 100 different locations with an automated XYZ sample chamber. Partial least squares regression (PLSR) was used to develop the calibration model, yielding a calibration coefficient of determination (Rc(2)) of 0...
April 1, 2017: Meat Science
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