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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533678/effect-of-thermal-pulsation-treatment-on-tear-film-parameters-in-dry-eye-disease-patients
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Michelle J Kim, Sandra S Stinnett, Preeya K Gupta
PURPOSE: The goal of this study was to evaluate the effect of thermal pulsation treatment on tear film parameters, specifically osmolarity and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9), in patients with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) and dry eye disease (DED). METHODS: A single-center review of 189 eyes that underwent thermal pulsation treatment was performed. Data were collected on pre and posttreatment osmolarity, MMP-9, tear break-up time (TBUT), and ocular surface disease index (OSDI) score...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526694/measuring-osmosis-and-hemolysis-of-red-blood-cells
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Lauren K Goodhead, Frances M MacMillan
Since the discovery of the composition and structure of the mammalian cell membrane, biologists have had a clearer understanding of how substances enter and exit the cell's interior. The selectively permeable nature of the cell membrane allows the movement of some solutes and prevents the movement of others. This has important consequences for cell volume and the integrity of the cell and, as a result, is of utmost clinical importance, for example in the administration of isotonic intravenous infusions. The concepts of osmolarity and tonicity are often confused by students as impermeant isosmotic solutes such as NaCl are also isotonic; however, isosmotic solutes such as urea are actually hypotonic due to the permeant nature of the membrane...
June 1, 2017: Advances in Physiology Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514245/comparison-of-ocular-lubricant-osmolalities
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Etty Bitton, Carolyn Perugino, Stéphanie Charette
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the osmolality of commercially available ocular tear lubricants. METHODS: Thirty-seven (n = 37) ocular lubricants, measured three times each, were evaluated for osmolality using a vapor pressure osmometer (Wescor VAPRO 5520). The osmometer was calibrated before each use, and the order of the lubricants was randomized. Ambient temperature and humidity were monitored for stability. RESULTS: Of the 37 ocular lubricants tested, 35 (94...
May 16, 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512197/interstitial-fluid-osmolarity-modulates-the-action-of-differential-tissue-surface-tension-in-progenitor-cell-segregation-during-gastrulation
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S F Gabriel Krens, Jim H Veldhuis, Vanessa Barone, Daniel Čapek, Jean-Léon Maître, G Wayne Brodland, Carl-Philipp Heisenberg
The segregation of different cell types into distinct tissues is a fundamental process in metazoan development. Differences in cell adhesion and cortex tension are commonly thought to drive cell sorting by regulating tissue surface tension (TST). However, the role that differential TST plays in cell segregation within the developing embryo is as yet unclear. Here, we have analyzed the role of differential TST for germ layer progenitor cell segregation during zebrafish gastrulation. Contrary to previous observations that differential TST drives germ layer progenitor cell segregation in vitro, we show that germ layers display indistinguishable TST within the gastrulating embryo, arguing against differential TST driving germ layer progenitor cell segregation in vivo We further show that the osmolarity of the interstitial fluid (IF) is an important factor that influences germ layer TST in vivo, and that lower osmolarity of the IF compared with standard cell culture medium can explain why germ layers display differential TST in culture but not in vivo Finally, we show that directed migration of mesendoderm progenitors is required for germ layer progenitor cell segregation and germ layer formation...
May 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502385/the-effects-of-blood-glucose-regulation-on-tear-function-tests-in-diabetic-patients
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S Kan, U Acar, M Kizilgul, E Beyazyildiz, A B Cankaya, O Ozcelik, M Ozbek
PURPOSE: To investigate whether blood glucose regulation in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) has an influence on the ocular surface disease index (OSDI) score and tear function tests such as tear film osmolarity (TFO), tear break-up time (TBUT) and Schirmer tests. METHODS: Fifty diabetic patients with a fasting blood glucose (FBG) level greater than 200mg/dL and HbA1c level greater than 10% were recruited for this prospective study. All of the patients underwent a detailed ophthalmic examination including OSDI questionnaire, TFO test, TBUT test and Schirmer test initially...
May 11, 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496300/prospective-evaluation-of-intense-pulsed-light-and-meibomian-gland-expression-efficacy-on-relieving-signs-and-symptoms-of-dry-eye-disease-due-to-meibomian-gland-dysfunction
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Steven J Dell, Ronald N Gaster, Sheila C Barbarino, Derek N Cunningham
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to estimate the efficacy of intense pulsed light (IPL), followed by meibomian gland expression (MGX), for reducing the number and severity of signs and symptoms of dry eye disease (DED) secondary to meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a prospective study conducted in two sites, 40 subjects (80 eyes) with moderate to severe MGD were enrolled. Major inclusion criteria consisted of at least two of the following measures being compatible with DED in both eyes: tear breakup time (TBUT), meibomian gland score (MGS), corneal fluorescein staining (CFS), Standard Patient Evaluation of Eye Dryness (SPEED) questionnaire, and tear film osmolarity (TFO)...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493157/determination-of-the-biofilm-production-capacities-and-characteristics-of-members-belonging-to-bacillaceae-family
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Arzu Coleri Cihan, Basar Karaca, Beste Piril Ozel, Tugba Kilic
The biofilm characteristics of many endospore-forming bacilli, especially the thermophiles are still unclear. In this study, a detailed identification and description of biofilm production characteristics of totally 145 isolates and reference strains belonging to Bacillaceae family, displaying thermophilic (n = 115), facultative thermophilic (n = 24) and mesophilic (n = 6) growth from genera Anoxybacillus, Geobacillus, Thermolongibacillus, Aeribacillus, Brevibacillus, Paenibacillus and Bacillus were presented...
June 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490564/association-between-serum-osmolarity-and-mortality-in-patients-who-are-critically-ill-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Yanfei Shen, Xuping Cheng, Manzhen Ying, Hao-Tang Chang, Weimin Zhang
OBJECTIVES: This research aims to explore the association between serum osmolarity and mortality in patients who are critically ill with specific categories of disease. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Data were extracted from an online database named 'Multiparameter Intelligent Monitoring in Intensive Care II'. 16 598 patients were included. METHODS: Patients were divided into six disease subgroups based on the diagnosis at admission: cardiac, cerebral, vascular, gastrointestinal, respiratory and non-respiratory...
May 9, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486313/comparison-of-tear-osmolarity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-with-and-without-secondary-sjogren-syndrome
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Alex L K Ng, Bonnie N K Choy, Tommy C Y Chan, Ian Y H Wong, Jimmy S M Lai, Mo Yin Mok
PURPOSE: To compare tear osmolarity (TO) and other dry eye parameters in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients with or without secondary Sjogren syndrome (sSS). METHODS: Consecutive patients with RA were divided into a sSS group and no-sSS group using conventional diagnostic criteria by rheumatologists using symptomatology, Schirmer test score, and anti-Ro or anti-La autoantibody status. The TO, Ocular Surface Disease Index, dry eye disease (DED) parameters [such as tear breakup time (TBUT) and corneal staining score] and the systemic inflammatory markers [erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and C-reactive protein (CRP)] were compared...
May 8, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482231/mobile-self-splicing-introns-and-inteins-as-environmental-sensors
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REVIEW
Marlene Belfort
Self-splicing introns and inteins are often mobile at the level of the genome. Although these RNA and protein elements, respectively, are generally considered to be selfish parasites, group I and group II introns and inteins can be triggered by environmental cues to splice and/or to mobilize. These cues include stressors such as oxidizing agents, reactive oxygen and nitrogen species, starvation, temperature, osmolarity and DNA damage. Their sensitivity to these stimuli leads to a carefully choreographed dance between the mobile element and its host that is in tune with the cellular environment...
May 5, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476958/res-loaded-pegylated-cs-nps-for-efficient-ocular-delivery
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Saravanakumar Pandian, Vinoth Jeevanesan, Chandrasekar Ponnusamy, Subramanian Natesan
The objective of this study is to develop resveratrol (RES) loaded polyethylene glycols (PEGs) modified chitosan (CS) nanoparticles (NPs) by ionic gelation method for the treatment of glaucoma. While increasing the concentration of PEG, the particle size and polydispersity index of the formulations increased. Entrapment efficiency and RES loading (RL) of NPs decreased while increasing PEG concentration. The in vitro release of NPs showed an initial burst release of RES (45%) followed by controlled release. Osmolality of formulations revealed that the prepared NPs were iso-osmolar with the tear...
February 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455771/cadmium-and-zinc-activate-adaptive-mechanisms-in-nicotiana-tabacum-similar-to-those-observed-in-metal-tolerant-plants
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Rosario Vera-Estrella, María F Gómez-Méndez, Julio C Amezcua-Romero, Bronwyn J Barkla, Paul Rosas-Santiago, Omar Pantoja
Tobacco germinated and grew in the presence of high concentrations of cadmium and zinc without toxic symptoms. Evidence suggests that these ions are sequestered into the vacuole by heavy metal/H (+) exchanger mechanisms. Heavy metal hyperaccumulation and hypertolerance are traits shared by a small set of plants which show specialized physiological and molecular adaptations allowing them to accumulate and sequester toxic metal ions. Nicotiana tabacum was used to test its potential as a metal-accumulator in a glass house experiment...
April 28, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452574/water-transport-through-the-intestinal-epithelial-barrier-under-different-osmotic-conditions-is-dependent-on-li-cadherin-trans-interaction
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Agnes Weth, Carsten Dippl, Yasmin Striedner, Irene Tiemann-Boege, Yana Vereshchaga, Nikola Golenhofen, Britta Bartelt-Kirbach, Werner Baumgartner
In the intestine water has to be reabsorbed from the chymus across the intestinal epithelium. The osmolarity within the lumen is subjected to high variations meaning that water transport often has to take place against osmotic gradients. It has been hypothesized that LI-cadherin is important in this process by keeping the intercellular cleft narrow facilitating the buildup of an osmotic gradient allowing water reabsorption. LI-cadherin is exceptional among the cadherin superfamily with respect to its localization along the lateral plasma membrane of epithelial cells being excluded from adherens junction...
January 24, 2017: Tissue Barriers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452154/genetic-and-environmental-factors-influence-listeria-monocytogenes-nisin-resistance
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Sahar Malekmohammadi, Kouevi K Kodjovi, Julie Sherwood, Teresa M Bergholz
AIMS: Listeria monocytogenes nisin resistance increases when first exposed to NaCl and other stresses, such as low pH. In addition to environmental stressors, specific genomic elements can confer nisin resistance, such as the stress survival islet (SSI-1). As SSI-1 is variably present among L. monocytogenes strains, we wanted to determine if SSI-1 was associated with salt-induced nisin resistance. METHODS AND RESULTS: The presence of SSI-1 was determined using PCR for 48 strains of L...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451641/an-aversive-response-to-osmotic-upshift-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#15
Jingyi Yu, Wenxing Yang, He Liu, Yingsong Hao, Yun Zhang
Environmental osmolarity presents a common type of sensory stimulus to animals. While behavioral responses to osmotic changes are important for maintaining a stable intracellular osmolarity, the underlying mechanisms are not fully understood. In the natural habitat of Caenorhabditis elegans, changes in environmental osmolarity are commonplace. It is known that the nematode acutely avoids shocks of extremely high osmolarity. Here, we show that C. elegans also generates gradually increased aversion of mild upshifts in environmental osmolarity...
March 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450888/metabolic-engineering-strategies-for-optimizing-acetate-reduction-ethanol-yield-and-osmotolerance-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Ioannis Papapetridis, Marlous van Dijk, Antonius J A van Maris, Jack T Pronk
BACKGROUND: Glycerol, whose formation contributes to cellular redox balancing and osmoregulation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is an important by-product of yeast-based bioethanol production. Replacing the glycerol pathway by an engineered pathway for NAD(+)-dependent acetate reduction has been shown to improve ethanol yields and contribute to detoxification of acetate-containing media. However, the osmosensitivity of glycerol non-producing strains limits their applicability in high-osmolarity industrial processes...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431436/enhanced-tearing-by-electrical-stimulation-of-the-anterior-ethmoid-nerve
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Mark Brinton, Andrea L Kossler, Zara M Patel, James Loudin, Manfred Franke, Christopher N Ta, Daniel Palanker
Purpose: Electrical neurostimulation enhances tear secretion, and can be applied to treatment of dry eye disease. Using a chronic implant, we evaluate the effects of stimulating the anterior ethmoid nerve on the aqueous, lipid, and protein content of secreted tears. Methods: Neurostimulators were implanted beneath the nasal mucosa in 13 New Zealand white rabbits. Stimulations (2.3-2.8 mA pulses of 75-875 μs in duration repeated at 30-100 Hz for 3 minutes) were performed daily, for 3 weeks to measure changes in tear volume (Schirmer test), osmolarity (TearLab osmometer), lipid (Oil-Red-O staining), and protein (BCA assay, mass spectrometry)...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430937/high-sugar-but-not-high-fat-food-activates-supraoptic-oxytocin-neurones-in-the-male-rat
#18
Catherine Hume, Nancy Sabatier, John Menzies
Oxytocin is a potent anorexigen and is believed to have a role in satiety signalling. We developed rat models to study the activity of oxytocin neurones in response to voluntary consumption or oral gavage of foods using c-Fos immunohistochemistry and in vivo electrophysiology.Using c-Fos expression as an indirect marker of neural activation, we showed that the percentage of magnocellular oxytocin neurones expressing c-Fos increased with voluntary consumption of sweetened condensed milk (SCM). To model the effect of food in the stomach, we gavaged anaesthetised rats with SCM...
April 19, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428553/the-yeast-osmostress-response-is-carbon-source-dependent
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Roja Babazadeh, Petri-Jaan Lahtvee, Caroline B Adiels, Mattias Goksör, Jens B Nielsen, Stefan Hohmann
Adaptation to altered osmotic conditions is a fundamental property of living cells and has been studied in detail in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Yeast cells accumulate glycerol as compatible solute, controlled at different levels by the High Osmolarity Glycerol (HOG) response pathway. Up to now, essentially all osmostress studies in yeast have been performed with glucose as carbon and energy source, which is metabolised by glycolysis with glycerol as a by-product. Here we investigated the response of yeast to osmotic stress when yeast is respiring ethanol as carbon and energy source...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427825/molecular-mechanisms-of-the-yeast-adaptive-response-and-tolerance-to-stresses-encountered-during-ethanol-fermentation
#20
REVIEW
Choowong Auesukaree
During ethanol fermentation, yeast cells encounter various stresses including sugar substrates-induced high osmolarity, increased ethanol concentration, oxygen metabolism-derived reactive oxygen species (ROS), and elevated temperature. To cope with these fermentation-associated stresses, appropriate adaptive responses are required to prevent stress-induced cellular dysfunctions and to acquire stress tolerances. This review will focus on the cellular effects of these stresses, molecular basis of the adaptive response to each stress, and the cellular mechanisms contributing to stress tolerance...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
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