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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339681/on-tear-film-breakup-tbu-dynamics-and-imaging
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Richard J Braun, Tobin A Driscoll, Carolyn G Begley, P Ewen King-Smith, Javed I Siddique
We report the results of some recent experiments to visualize tear film dynamics. We then study a mathematical model for tear film thinning and tear film breakup (TBU), a term from the ocular surface literature. The thinning is driven by an imposed tear film thinning rate which is input from in vivo measurements. Solutes representing osmolarity and fluorescein are included in the model. Osmolarity causes osmosis from the model ocular surface, and the fluorescein is used to compute the intensity corresponding closely to in vivo observations...
February 20, 2017: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333108/the-biology-of-pichia-membranifaciens-killer-toxins
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REVIEW
Ignacio Belda, Javier Ruiz, Alejandro Alonso, Domingo Marquina, Antonio Santos
The killer phenomenon is defined as the ability of some yeast to secrete toxins that are lethal to other sensitive yeasts and filamentous fungi. Since the discovery of strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae capable of secreting killer toxins, much information has been gained regarding killer toxins and this fact has substantially contributed knowledge on fundamental aspects of cell biology and yeast genetics. The killer phenomenon has been studied in Pichia membranifaciens for several years, during which two toxins have been described...
March 23, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332474/brain-swelling-during-dialysis-a-randomized-trial-comparing-low-flux-hemodialysis-with-pre-dilution-hemodiafiltration%C3%A2
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Niels Johansen, Krista Dybtved Kjaergaard, Christian Daugaard Peters, Michael Pedersen, Bente Jespersen, Jens Dam Jensen
Osmotic changes in plasma are assumed to cause cerebral swelling in hemodialysis patients. We investigated the acute effect of low-flux hemodialysis (HD) (removal of small molecules) and pre-dilution hemodiafiltration (pre-HDF) (additional removal of larger molecules) on cerebral compartment volumes using quantitative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in chronic uremic patients. Twelve patients underwent a session of HD and pre-HDF in a randomized crossover study with equal ultrafiltration. MRI was performed immediately before and after dialysis...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331179/hyperosmolarity-impedes-the-cross-priming-competence-of-dendritic-cells-in-a-trif-dependent-manner
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Zoran V Popovic, Maria Embgenbroich, Federica Chessa, Viola Nordström, Mahnaz Bonrouhi, Thomas Hielscher, Norbert Gretz, Shijun Wang, Daniel Mathow, Thomas Quast, Jan-Gero Schloetel, Waldemar Kolanus, Sven Burgdorf, Hermann-Josef Gröne
Tissue osmolarity varies among different organs and can be considerably increased under pathologic conditions. Hyperosmolarity has been associated with altered stimulatory properties of immune cells, especially macrophages and dendritic cells. We have recently reported that dendritic cells upon exposure to hypertonic stimuli shift their profile towards a macrophage-M2-like phenotype, resulting in attenuated local alloreactivity during acute kidney graft rejection. Here, we examined how hyperosmotic microenvironment affects the cross-priming capacity of dendritic cells...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328296/the-relationship-between-metabolic-syndrome-its-components-and-dry-eye-a-cross-sectional-study
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Sevil Karaman Erdur, Rukiye Aydin, Mustafa Ozsutcu, Oktay Olmuscelik, Mustafa Eliacik, Goktug Demirci, Mehmet Selim Kocabora
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate tear osmolarity and tear film function and ocular surface changes in patients with metabolic syndrome. METHODS: 108 eyes of 64 patients with metabolic syndrome (group 1) and 110 eyes of 55 healthy individuals (group 2) were included in this cross-sectional study. All participants were evaluated using the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) questionnaire, Schirmer I test, tear film break-up time (TBUT), and tear osmolarity...
March 22, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327479/finger-printing-of-counterfeit-bevacizumab-and-identifying-it-before-clinical-use
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Thirumurthy Velpandian, Madhu Nath, Moksha Laxmi, Nabanita Halder
BACKGROUND: Bevacizumab is widely used for ophthalmic purposes. Recently, counterfeit bevacizumab has become a matter of concern. We analysed samples of suspected counterfeit formulations of bevacizumab and assessed the possibility of using simple tests in the clinic by ophthalmologists to prevent the use of counterfeit preparations in patients. METHODS: We did a protein analysis using Bradford assay and SDS-PAGE to confirm the presence of bevacizumab in 16 samples - 6 suspected and 10 others...
November 2016: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298677/uvra-expression-of-lactococcus-lactis-nz9000-improve-multiple-stresses-tolerance-and-fermentation-of-lactic-acid-against-salt-stress
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Taher Khakpour Moghaddam, Juan Zhang, Guocheng Du
Lactococcus lactis is subjected to several stressful conditions during industrial fermentation including oxidation, heating and cooling, acid, high osmolarity/dehydration and starvation. DNA lesion is a major cause of genetic instability in L. lactis that usually occurs at a low frequency, but it is greatly enhanced by environmental stresses. DNA damages produced by these environmental stresses are thought to induce DNA double-strand breaks, leading to illegitimate recombination. Nucleotide excision repair (NER) protein UvrA suppresses multiple stresses-induced illegitimate recombination...
March 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295445/omega-3-supplementation-is-neuroprotective-to-corneal-nerves-in-dry-eye-disease-a-pilot-study
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Holly Rose Chinnery, Cecilia Naranjo Golborne, Laura Elizabeth Downie
PURPOSE: To investigate whether oral, long-chain omega-3 (ω-3) essential fatty acid (EFA) supplementation, for 3 months, induces changes to the central corneal sub-basal nerve plexus in dry eye disease and whether nerve alterations correlate with clinical findings. METHODS: This prospective, comparative study involved the final 12 participants enrolled in a randomised, double-masked, placebo-controlled clinical trial of 60 participants with moderate dry eye disease...
March 12, 2017: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291206/-potential-for-use-of-hydroxypropyl-guar-in-tear-substitute-therapy
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V V Brzhesky, S Yu Golubev
Of the large number of polymers used in artificial tear formulations, natural polysaccharides - hydroxypropyl guar, sodium hyaluronate, chondroitin sulfate, dextran, etc., are gaining more and more popularity. Hydroxypropyl guar stands out through its ability to form a long-lasting structured matrix adhered to the damaged ocular surface and ensuring good wettability of the latter and regeneration of epithelial cells. At that, the viscosity of hydroxypropyl guar increases with increasing tear pH (which, in turn, correlates with the severity of xerosis) and further prolongs the moisturizing effect...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290514/an-mrna-decapping-mutant-deficient-in-p-body-assembly-limits-mrna-stabilization-in-response-to-osmotic-stress
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Susanne Huch, Tracy Nissan
Yeast is exposed to changing environmental conditions and must adapt its genetic program to provide a homeostatic intracellular environment. An important stress for yeast in the wild is high osmolarity. A key response to this stress is increased mRNA stability primarily by the inhibition of deadenylation. We previously demonstrated that mutations in decapping activators (edc3∆ lsm4∆C), which result in defects in P body assembly, can destabilize mRNA under unstressed conditions. We wished to examine whether mRNA would be destabilized in the edc3∆ lsm4∆C mutant as compared to the wild-type in response to osmotic stress, when P bodies are intense and numerous...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280699/contrast-induced-acute-kidney-injury-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Wisit Cheungpasitporn, Charat Thongprayoon, Michael A Mao, Shennen A Mao, Matthew R D'Costa, Wonngarm Kittanamongkolchai, Kianoush B Kashani
AIM: To evaluate the incidence of contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CIAKI) in kidney transplant recipients. METHODS: A literature search was performed using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews from the inception of the databases through July 2016. Studies assessing the incidence of CIAKI in kidney transplant recipients were included. We applied a random-effects model to estimate the incidence of CIAKI. RESULTS: Six studies of 431 kidney transplant recipients were included in the analyses to assess the incidence of CIAKI in kidney transplant recipients...
February 24, 2017: World Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270554/identifying-protein-kinase-specific-effectors-of-the-osmostress-response-in-yeast
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Natalie Romanov, David Maria Hollenstein, Marion Janschitz, Gustav Ammerer, Dorothea Anrather, Wolfgang Reiter
The budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae reacts to increased external osmolarity by modifying many cellular processes. Adaptive signaling relies primarily on the high-osmolarity glycerol (HOG) pathway, which is closely related to the mammalian p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway in core architecture. To identify target proteins of the MAPK Hog1, we designed a mass spectrometry-based high-throughput experiment to measure the impact of Hog1 activation or inhibition on the Scerevisiae phosphoproteome...
March 7, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263768/osmotic-shock-induced-protein-destabilization-in-living-cells-and-its-reversal-by-glycine-betaine
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Samantha S Stadmiller, Annelise H Gorensek-Benitez, Alex J Guseman, Gary J Pielak
Many organisms can adapt to changes in the solute content of their surroundings (i.e., the osmolarity). Hyperosmotic shock causes water efflux and a concomitant reduction in cell volume, which is countered by the accumulation of osmolytes. This volume reduction increases the crowded nature of the cytoplasm, which is expected to affect protein stability. In contrast to traditional theory, which predicts that more crowded conditions can only increase protein stability, recent work shows that crowding can destabilize proteins through transient attractive interactions...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258486/lea-proteins-are-involved-in-cyst-desiccation-resistance-and-other-abiotic-stresses-in-azotobacter-vinelandii
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Julieta Rodriguez-Salazar, Soledad Moreno, Guadalupe Espín
Late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins constitute a large protein family that is closely associated with resistance to abiotic stresses in multiple organisms and protect cells against drought and other stresses. Azotobacter vinelandii is a soil bacterium that forms desiccation-resistant cysts. This bacterium possesses two genes, here named lea1 and lea2, coding for avLEA1 and avLEA2 proteins, both containing 20-mer motifs characteristic of eukaryotic plant LEA proteins. In this study, we found that disruption of the lea1 gene caused a loss of the cysts' viability after 3 months of desiccation, whereas at 6 months, wild-type or lea2 mutant strain cysts remained viable...
March 3, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257381/effect-of-sleep-position-on-the-ocular-surface
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David Alevi, Henry D Perry, Alexander Wedel, Eric Rosenberg, Limor Alevi, Eric D Donnenfeld
PURPOSE: Dry eye disease is a multifactorial disease with numerous well-documented risk factors. However, to date, sleep position has not been associated with this condition. After observing patients in our practice, we believe that the sleep position in some cases may significantly affect dry eye and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). METHODS: This is a single-centered, cross-sectional, noninterventional, institutional review board-approved, single-masked, nonrandomized study of 100 patients whose complaints were related to dry eye disease and a control group of 25 age-matched asymptomatic patients...
March 1, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255838/the-correlation-between-plasma-osmolarity-and-tear-osmolarity
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Maika Kobayashi, Tsutomu Igarashi, Hisatomo Takahashi, Chiaki Fujimoto, Hisaharu Suzuki, Hiroshi Takahashi
PURPOSE: To the correlation between plasma osmolarity (Posm) and tear osmolarity (Tosm) in patients (54 patients, 88 eyes) who underwent cataract surgery was evaluated. METHODS: Before cataract surgery, routine pre-operative biochemical tests were performed, and Posm was determined from blood samples. Also, Tosm was measured using the TearLab system, and objective signs including tear break-up time (BUT), fluorescein staining, lissamine green staining, and Schirmer's test were evaluated...
March 2, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243357/comparison-of-effects-of-different-statins-on-contrast-induced-acute-kidney-injury-in-rats-histopathological-and-biochemical-findings
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Xiao-Lei Wang, Tuo Zhang, Liu-Hua Hu, Shi-Qun Sun, Wei-Feng Zhang, Zhe Sun, Ling-Hong Shen, Ben He
Statins are a promising new strategy to prevent contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI). In this study we compared the ameliorative effect of different statins in a rat model of CI-AKI. Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into five groups: control group; CI-AKI group; CI-AKI + rosuvastatin group (10 mg/kg/day); CI-AKI + simvastatin group (80 mg/kg/day); and CI-AKI + atorvastatin group (20 mg/kg/day). CI-AKI was induced by dehydration for 72 hours, followed by furosemide intramuscular injection 20 minutes before low-osmolar contrast media (CM) intravenous injection...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243058/effects-of-3-trehalose-as-an-adjuvant-treatment-after-lasik
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Antonio J Mateo Orobia, Paula Casas Pascual, José Á Cristóbal Bescós, Diana Perez García, Carlos Peiro Embid, M Ángeles Del Buey Sayas, Valentyna Korobko Kulikova, Noelia Lafuente Ojeda
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of 3% trehalose as an adjuvant in the standard treatment after laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis. DESIGN: Interventional prospective comparative single-blind study. SETTING: Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Quirón Zaragoza, Spain. METHODS: A total of 26 eyes (13 patients) were included, of which 12 eyes (group 1) received conventional treatment with lubricant drops of hyaluronic acid (0...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243020/correlation-between-tear-osmolarity-and-other-ocular-surface-parameters-in-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome
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Mirinae Kim, Hyun Seung Kim, Kyung-Sun Na
PURPOSE: To investigate the relationships between tear osmolarity and other ocular surface parameters and to determine the diagnostic value of tear osmolarity in primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS) using tear film break-up time, Schirmer I test, and cornea/conjunctiva staining. METHODS: We included 310 eyes of 155 patients diagnosed with dry eye disease (39 primary SS and 116 non-Sjögren dry eye disease) at Seoul St. Mary's Hospital from August 2010 to January 2015...
February 2017: Korean Journal of Ophthalmology: KJO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238526/mitochondrial-dna-oxidation-induces-imbalanced-activity-of-nlrp3-nlrp6-inflammasomes-by-activation-of-caspase-8-and-brcc36-in-dry-eye
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Wei Chi, Xia Hua, Xin Chen, Fang Bian, Xiaoyong Yuan, Lili Zhang, Xiaoran Wang, Ding Chen, Ruzhi Deng, Zhijie Li, Yizhi Liu, Cintia S de Paiva, Stephen C Pflugfelder, De-Quan Li
The concept of innate immunity has been expanded to recognize environmental pathogens other than microbial components. However, whether and how the innate immunity is initiated by epithelium in response to environmental physical challenges such as low humidity and high osmolarity in an autoimmune disease, dry eye, is still largely unknown. Using two experimental dry eye models, primary human corneal epithelial cultures exposed to hyperosmolarity and mouse ocular surface facing desiccating stress, we uncovered novel innate immunity pathway by ocular surface epithelium, where oxidized mitochondrial DNA induces imbalanced activation of NLRP3/NLRP6 inflammasomes via stimulation of caspase-8 and BRCC36 in response to environmental stress...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
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