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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340463/hypoxia-and-hydrogen-sulfide-differentially-affect-normal-and-tumor-derived-vascular-endothelium
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Serena Bianco, Daniele Mancardi, Annalisa Merlino, Benedetta Bussolati, Luca Munaron
BACKGROUND: endothelial cells play a key role in vessels formation both under physiological and pathological conditions. Their behavior is influenced by blood components including gasotransmitters (H2S, NO and CO). Tumor cells are subjected to a cyclic shift between pro-oxidative and hypoxic state and, in this scenario, H2S can be both cytoprotective and detrimental depending on its concentration. H2S effects on tumors onset and development is scarcely studied, particularly concerning tumor angiogenesis...
March 18, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340203/been-there-done-that-the-experience-of-acting-as-a-young-adult-mentor-to-adolescents-living-with-chronic-illness
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Sara Ahola Kohut, Jennifer Stinson, Paula Forgeron, Stephanie Luca, Lauren Harris
To explore the perceived benefits and challenges of acting as a young adult peer mentor to adolescents with chronic illness.   A qualitative descriptive study, using interviews and a focus group, explored the perceptions of young adult peer mentors following participation in the iPeer2Peer program, a Skype-based peer-mentorship program for adolescents with chronic illness. Interviews and focus group data were transcribed and analyzed using inductive content analysis.   Ten peer mentors (20.00 ± 1...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340199/intrarenal-arterial-stiffness-is-increased-in-systemic-sclerosis-patients-with-anti-ribonucleic-acid-polymerase-iii-antibodies
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Edoardo Rosato, Luca Navarini, Antonietta Gigante, Rosario Cianci, Domenico Margiotta, Biagio Barbano, Antonella Afeltra
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 15, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340127/do-interoceptive-sensations-provoke-fearful-responses-in-adolescents-with-chronic-headache-or-chronic-abdominal-pain-a-preliminary-experimental-study
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Florentina Flack, Christiane A Pané-Farré, Boris Zernikow, Luca Schaan, Tanja Hechler
Objective : To determine whether fear can be triggered when experiencing interoceptive sensations locally proximal to the primary pain region.  Two groups of adolescents (11-18 years) with chronic headache ( n  = 20) or chronic abdominal pain (CAP; n  = 20) completed three muscle tensing tasks to induce proximal versus distal sensations: (1) "frown" task (proximal for chronic headache; distal for CAP), (2) "tighten stomach" task (proximal for CAP; distal for chronic headache), and (3) safe comparison task (clench fist)...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340085/prevalence-of-neuropathic-pain-in-patients-with-traumatic-brachial-plexus-injury-a-multicenter-prospective-hospital-based-study
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Palma Ciaramitaro, Luca Padua, Grazia Devigili, Eugenia Rota, Stefano Tamburin, Roberto Eleopra, Giorgio Cruccu, Andrea Truini
Objective. : Prevalence and clinical characteristics of neuropathic pain due to traumatic brachial plexus injury. Design. : Observational epidemiological study. Setting. : Hospital-based multicenter study. Subjects. : One hundred seven prospectively enrolled patients with brachial plexus injury. Methods. : All the patients underwent clinical examination and neurophysiological testing for a definitive diagnosis of the brachial plexus lesion...
March 3, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339971/intracardiac-echocardiography-catheter-guided-zero-fluoroscopy-transeptal-puncture-technique-for-ablation-of-left-sided-accessory-pathway-in-a-pregnant-woman
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Luca Rossi, Diego Penela, Giovanni Quinto Villani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339741/shear-stress-regulated-mir-27b-controls-pericyte-recruitment-by-repressing-sema6a-and-sema6d
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Shemsi Demolli, Anuradha Doddaballapur, Kavi Devraj, Konstantin Stark, Yosif Manavski, Annekathrin Eckart, Christoph Zehendner, Tina Lucas, Thomas Korff, Markus Hecker, Steffen Massberg, Stefan Liebner, David Kaluza, Reinier A Boon, Stefanie Dimmeler
Aims: Vessel maturation involves the recruitment of mural cells such as pericytes and smooth muscle cells. Laminar shear stress is a major trigger for vessel maturation, but the molecular mechanisms by which shear stress affects recruitment of pericytes are unclear. MicroRNAs (miRs) are small non-coding RNAs, which post-transcriptionally control gene expression. The aim of the present study was to unveil the mechanism by which shear stress-regulated microRNAs contribute to vessel maturation...
February 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339618/telomere-length-oxidative-stress-inflammation-and-bdnf-levels-in-siblings-of-patients-with-bipolar-disorder-implications-for-accelerated-cellular-aging
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Mirela Paiva Vasconcelos-Moreno, Gabriel Rodrigo Fries, Carolina Gubert, Bárbara Tietböhl Martins Quadros Dos Santos, Adam Fijtman, Juliana Sartori, Pamela Ferrari, Lucas Kich Grun, Mariana Migliorini Parisi, Fátima Theresinha Costa Rodrigues Guma, Florencia Maria Barbé-Tuana, Flávio Kapczinski, Adriane Ribeiro Rosa, Lakshmi N Yatham, Marcia Kauer-Sant'Anna
Background: Growing evidence supports the existence of neurobiological trait abnormalities in individuals at genetic risk for bipolar disorder. The aim of this study was to examine potential differences in brain-derived neurotrophic factor, cytokines, oxidative stress, and telomere length markers between patients with bipolar disorder, their siblings, and healthy controls. Methods: Thirty-six patients with bipolar disorder type I, 39 siblings, and 44 healthy controls were assessed...
January 30, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339268/entropy-evolution-in-the-magnetic-phases-of-partially-frustrated-cepdal
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S Lucas, K Grube, C-L Huang, A Sakai, S Wunderlich, E L Green, J Wosnitza, V Fritsch, P Gegenwart, O Stockert, H V Löhneysen
In the heavy-fermion metal CePdAl, long-range antiferromagnetic order coexists with geometric frustration of one-third of the Ce moments. At low temperatures, the Kondo effect tends to screen the frustrated moments. We use magnetic fields B to suppress the Kondo screening and study the magnetic phase diagram and the evolution of the entropy with B employing thermodynamic probes. We estimate the frustration by introducing a definition of the frustration parameter based on the enhanced entropy, a fundamental feature of frustrated systems...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339240/single-photon-thermal-ionization-of-c_-60
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Klavs Hansen, Robert Richter, Michele Alagia, Stefano Stranges, Luca Schio, Peter Salén, Vasyl Yatsyna, Raimund Feifel, Vitali Zhaunerchyk
We report on experiments which show that C_{60} can ionize in an indirect, quasithermal boiloff process after absorption of a single photon. The process involves a large number of incoherently excited valence electrons and yields electron spectra with a Boltzmann distribution with temperatures exceeding 10^{4}  K. It is expected to be present for other molecules and clusters with a comparatively large number of valence electrons. The astrophysical consequences are briefly discussed.
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339088/sclerostin-is-a-possible-candidate-marker-of-arterial-stiffness-results-from-a-cohort-study-in-catania
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Agostino Gaudio, Valerio Fiore, Rosario Rapisarda, Maria Helga Sidoti, Anastasia Xourafa, Antonino Catalano, Giovanni Tringali, Luca Zanoli, Salvatore Santo Signorelli, Carmelo Erio Fiore
Osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease are worldwide public health issues. Recent evidence indicates a possible role of the canonical Wnt/β-catenin signalling pathway as a common mediator between these two diseases. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between serum concentrations of sclerostin and Dkk1, two extracellular inhibitors of Wnt/β-catenin signalling, with carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and with arterial stiffness, evaluated by measuring the pulse wave velocity (PWV) in an ambulatory population of adults...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339074/absence-of-t-14-18-chromosome-translocation-in-agricultural-workers-after-short-term-exposure-to-pesticides
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Venerando Rapisarda, Caterina Ledda, Serena Matera, Lucrezia Fago, Giorgio Arrabito, Luca Falzone, Andrea Marconi, Massimo Libra, Carla Loreto
Exposure to pesticides represents a potential health risk for the general population and for agricultural workers in particular. Some researchers observed that occupational exposure to pesticides is associated with risk of non‑Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). The chromosomal translocation t(14;18)(q32;q21) is one of the most common chromosomal abnormalities in NHL. The aim of this study was to detect the effects of pesticides on t(14;18) chromosome translocation in agricultural workers after short-term exposure...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339065/the-risk-of-hcv-infection-among-health-care-workers-and-its-association-with-extrahepatic-manifestations-review
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Adriana Garozzo, Luca Falzone, Venerando Rapisarda, Andrea Marconi, Diana Cinà, Concettina Fenga, Demetrios A Spandidos, Massimo Libra
Health care workers (HCWs) are frequently exposed to different biological agents during their activities and are frequently monitored. Among these infectious agents, human hepatitis C (HCV) can infect HCWs. In this review article, the risk of HCV infection among HCWs is discussed along with extrahepatic HCV-related malignancies, such as non‑Hodgkin lymphoma. Accidental contamination, represented by percutaneous and mucocutaneous infections is the main risk factor for such infection. The compliance of the protection procedures, included in the current regulation for HCWs, is the most important issue to reduce the risk of pathogen infections that in turn may produce reduction of infection‑associated malignancies...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339049/kidney-and-heavy-metals-the-role-of-environmental-exposure-review
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Paolo Lentini, Luca Zanoli, Antonio Granata, Salvatore Santo Signorelli, Pietro Castellino, Roberto Dell'Aquila
Heavy metals are extensively used in agriculture and industrial applications such as production of pesticides, batteries, alloys, and textile dyes. Prolonged, intensive or excessive exposure can induce related systemic disorders. Kidney is a target organ in heavy metal toxicity for its capacity to filter, reabsorb and concentrate divalent ions. The extent and the expression of renal damage depends on the species of metals, the dose, and the time of exposure. Almost always acute kidney impairment differs from chronic renal failure in its mechanism and in the magnitude of the outcomes...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339013/immunological-effects-of-occupational-exposure-to-lead-review
#15
Concettina Fenga, Silvia Gangemi, Valentina Di Salvatore, Luca Falzone, Massimo Libra
It is well-known that occupational and environmental exposure to several factors, including benzene, heavy metals, chemicals and mineral fibers, is associated with the risk of developing a great number of diseases. Numerous studies have been carried out in order to investigate the mechanisms of toxicity of these substances, with particular regard to the possible toxic effects on the immune system. However, little is known about the influence of heavy metals, such as lead, on the immune system in human populations...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338805/deciphering-the-genetic-control-of-fruit-texture-in-apple-by-multiple-family-based-analysis-and-genome-wide-association
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Mario Di Guardo, Marco C A M Bink, Walter Guerra, Thomas Letschka, Lidia Lozano, Nicola Busatto, Lara Poles, Alice Tadiello, Luca Bianco, Richard G F Visser, Eric van de Weg, Fabrizio Costa
Fruit texture is a complex feature composed of mechanical and acoustic properties relying on the modifications occurring in the cell wall throughout fruit development and ripening. Apple is characterized by a large variation in fruit texture behavior that directly impacts both the consumer's appreciation and post-harvest performance. To decipher the genetic control of fruit texture comprehensively, two complementing quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping approaches were employed. The first was represented by a pedigree-based analysis (PBA) carried out on six full-sib pedigreed families, while the second was a genome-wide association study (GWAS) performed on a collection of 233 apple accessions...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338794/genome-wide-association-study-unravels-the-genetic-control-of-the-apple-volatilome-and-its-interplay-with-fruit-texture
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Brian Farneti, Mario Di Guardo, Iuliia Khomenko, Luca Cappellin, Franco Biasioli, Riccardo Velasco, Fabrizio Costa
Fruit quality represents a fundamental factor guiding consumers' preferences. Among apple quality traits, volatile organic compounds and texture features play a major role. Proton Transfer Reaction-Time of Flight-Mass Spectrometry (PTR-ToF-MS), coupled with an artificial chewing device, was used to profile the entire apple volatilome of 162 apple accessions, while the fruit texture was dissected with a TAXT-AED texture analyzer. The array of volatile compounds was classed into seven major groups and used in a genome-wide association analysis carried out with 9142 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338779/telomere-length-and-ccl11-levels-are-associated-with-gray-matter-volume-and-episodic-memory-performance-in-schizophrenia-evidence-of-pathological-accelerated-aging
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Leticia Sanguinetti Czepielewski, Raffael Massuda, Bruna Panizzutti, Lucas Kich Grun, Florencia María Barbé-Tuana, Antonio Lucio Teixeira, Deanna M Barch, Clarissa S Gama
Schizophrenia (SZ) is associated with increased somatic morbidity and mortality, in addition to cognitive impairments similar to those seen in normal aging, which may suggest that pathological accelerated aging occurs in SZ. Therefore, we aim to evaluate the relationships of age, telomere length (TL), and CCL11 (aging and inflammatory biomarkers, respectively), gray matter (GM) volume and episodic memory performance in individuals with SZ compared to healthy controls (HC). One hundred twelve participants (48 SZ and 64 HC) underwent clinical and memory assessments, structural MRI, and had their peripheral blood drawn for biomarkers analysis...
February 22, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338709/relationship-between-leaf-functional-traits-and-productivity-in-aquilaria-crassna-thymelaeaceae-plantations-a-tool-to-aid-in-the-early-selection-of-high-yielding-trees
#19
Arlene López-Sampson, Lucas A Cernusak, Tony Page
Physiological traits are frequently used as indicators of tree productivity. Aquilaria species growing in a research planting were studied to investigate relationships between leaf-productivity traits and tree growth. Twenty-eight trees were selected to measure isotopic composition of carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) and monitor six leaf attributes. Trees were sampled randomly within each of four diametric classes (at 150 mm above ground level) ensuring the variability in growth of the whole population was represented...
February 15, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338691/surfactant-free-single-layer-graphene-in-water
#20
George Bepete, Eric Anglaret, Luca Ortolani, Vittorio Morandi, Kai Huang, Alain Pénicaud, Carlos Drummond
Dispersing graphite in water to obtain true (single-layer) graphene in bulk quantity in a liquid has been an unreachable goal for materials scientists in the past decade. Similarly, a diagnostic tool to identify solubilized graphene in situ has been long awaited. Here we show that homogeneous stable dispersions of single-layer graphene (SLG) in water can be obtained by mixing graphenide (negatively charged graphene) solutions in tetrahydrofuran with degassed water and evaporating the organic solvent. In situ Raman spectroscopy of these aqueous dispersions shows all the expected characteristics of SLG...
April 2017: Nature Chemistry
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