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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636458/contamination-of-firefighter-personal-protective-equipment-and-skin-and-the-effectiveness-of-decontamination-procedures
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Kenneth W Fent, Barbara Alexander, Jennifer Roberts, Shirley Robertson, Christine Toennis, Deborah Sammons, Stephen Bertke, Steve Kerber, Denise Smith, Gavin Horn
Firefighters' skin may be exposed to chemicals via permeation/penetration of combustion byproducts through or around personal protective equipment (PPE) or from the cross-transfer of contaminants on PPE to the skin. Additionally, volatile contaminants can evaporate from PPE following a response and be inhaled by firefighters. Using polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as respective markers for non-volatile and volatile substances, we investigated the contamination of firefighters' turnout gear and skin following controlled residential fire responses...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614669/severe-pneumococcal-pneumonia-causes-acute-cardiac-toxicity-and-subsequent-cardiac-remodeling
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Luis F Reyes, Marcos I Restrepo, Cecilia A Hinojosa, Nilam J Soni, Antonio Anzueto, Bettina L Babu, Norberto Gonzalez-Juarbe, Alejandro H Rodriguez, Alejandro Jimenez, James D Chalmers, Stefano Aliberti, Oriol Sibila, Vicki T Winter, Jacqueline J Coalson, Luis D Giavedoni, Charles S Dela Cruz, Grant W Waterer, Martin Witzenrath, Norbert Suttorp, Peter H Dube, Carlos J Orihuela
RATIONALE: Up to one-third of the patients hospitalized with pneumococcal pneumonia experience major adverse cardiac events (MACE) during or after pneumonia. In mice, Streptococcus pneumoniae can invade the myocardium, induce cardiomyocyte death, and disrupt cardiac function following bacteremia, but it is unknown whether the same occurs in humans with severe pneumonia. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine whether S. pneumoniae can 1) translocate the heart, 2) induce cardiomyocyte death, 3) cause MACE, and 4) induce cardiac scar formation post-antibiotic treatment during severe pneumonia using a non-human primates (NHP) model...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610908/the-abc-transporter-abch-9c-is-needed-for-cuticle-barrier-construction-in-locusta-migratoria
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Zhitao Yu, Yiwen Wang, Xiaoming Zhao, Xiaojian Liu, Enbo Ma, Bernard Moussian, Jianzhen Zhang
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters constitute a large superfamily of proteins that mediate transport of a diverse number of substrates including nutrients, lipids and xenobiotics across membranes serving a variety of developmental and physiological functions. Here, we report on the molecular properties and biological roles of the ABC transporter LmABCH-9C in the migratory locust Locusta migratoria. LmABCH-9C was expressed continuously during nymphal development in all tissues including the integument. Expression was highest just after molting...
June 10, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603183/uplc-ms-ms-analysis-of-methotrexate-in-human-plasma-and-comparison-with-the-fluorescence-polarization-immunoassay
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Shenghui Mei, Leting Zhu, Xingang Li, Jiaqing Wang, Xueyun Jiang, Haiyan Chen, Jiping Huo, Li Yang, Song Lin, Zhigang Zhao
Methotrexate (MTX) plasma concentration is routinely monitored to guide the dosage regimen of rescue drugs. This study aims to develop and validate an ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method for plasma MTX analysis, and to establish its agreement with the fluorescence polarization immunoassay (FPIA) in patients with high-dose MTX therapy. Separation was achieved by gradient elution with methanol and water (0.05% formic acid) at 40°C with a run time of 3 min. The intra- and inter-day inaccuracy and imprecision of the UPLC-MS/MS method were -4...
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601011/developmental-toxicity-of-hydroxylated-chrysene-metabolites-in-zebrafish-embryos
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Graciel Diamante, Gabrielle do Amaral E Silva Müller, Norma Menjivar-Cervantes, Elvis Genbo Xu, David C Volz, Afonso Celso Dias Bainy, Daniel Schlenk
One of the primary sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in marine environments is oil. Photochemical oxidation and microbial transformation of PAH-containing oils can result in the formation of oxygenated products. Among the PAHs in crude oil, chrysene is one of the most persistent within the water column and may be transformed to 2- and 6-hydroxychrysene (OHCHR). Both of these compounds have been shown to activate (2-OHCHR) and antagonize (6-OHCHR) the estrogen receptor (ER). Previous studies in our lab have shown that estrogen can significantly alter zebrafish development...
June 3, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576310/the-paracrine-effect-of-cobalt-chloride-on-bmscs-during-cognitive-function-rescue-in-the-hibd-rat
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Ying Dai, Wendi Li, Min Zhong, Jie Chen, Qian Cheng, Youxue Liu, Tingyu Li
Hypoxia-ischemia (HI)-induced perinatal encephalopathy frequently causes chronic neurological morbidities and acute mortality. Bone mesenchymal stem cell (BMSC) transplantation could potentially promote functional and anatomical recovery of ischemic tissue. In vitro hypoxic preconditioning is an effective strategy to improve the survival of BMSCs in ischemic tissue. In this study, cobalt chloride (CoCl2) preconditioned medium from BMSC cultures was injected into the left lateral ventricle of HI rats using a micro-osmotic pump at a flow rate 1...
May 30, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574576/vegf-a165-b-protects-against-proteinuria-in-a-mouse-model-with-progressive-depletion-of-all-endogenous-vegf-a-splice-isoforms-from-the-kidney
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Megan Stevens, Christopher R Neal, Andrew Hj Salmon, David O Bates, Steven J Harper, Sebastian Oltean
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is strongly associated with a decrease in the expression of VEGF-A. However, little is known about the contribution of VEGF-A splice isoforms to kidney physiology and pathology. Previous studies suggest that the splice isoform VEGF-A165 b (resulting from alternative usage of a 3' splice site in the terminal exon) is protective for kidney function. We show here, in a quad-transgenic model, that over-expression of VEGF-A165 b alone is sufficient to rescue the increase in proteinuria as well as glomerular water permeability in the context of progressive depletion of all VEGF-A isoforms from the podocytes...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571003/bptf-inhibits-nk-cell-activity-and-the-abundance-of-natural-cytotoxicity-receptor-co-ligands
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Kimberly Mayes, Zeinab Elsayed, Aiman Alhazmi, Michael Waters, Suehyb G Alkhatib, Mark Roberts, Carolyn Song, Kristen Peterson, Vivian Chan, Nikhil Ailaney, Pumoli Malapati, Tana Blevins, Berislav LisniÄ, Catherine I Dumur, Joseph W Landry
Using syngeneic BALB/c mouse breast cancer models, we show that the chromatin remodeling subunit bromodomain PHD finger transcription factor (BPTF) suppresses natural killer (NK) cell antitumor activity in the tumor microenvironment (TME). In culture, BPTF suppresses direct natural cytotoxicity receptor (NCR) mediated NK cell cytolytic activity to mouse and human cancer cell lines, demonstrating conserved functions. Blocking mouse NCR1 in vivo rescues BPTF KD tumor weights, demonstrating its importance for the control of tumor growth...
May 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28565808/rutin-attenuates-isoflurane-induced-neuroapoptosis-via-modulating-jnk-and-p38-mapk-pathways-in-the-hippocampi-of-neonatal-rats
#9
Wei Li, De-Yuan Li, Si-Ming Zhao, Zhe-Jun Zheng, Jie Hu, Zong-Zhe Li, Shan-Bai Xiong
An increasing number of infants and children undergo surgery and are exposed to anesthesia as a part of medical care each year. Isoflurane is a commonly used anesthetic in the pediatric population. However, previous studies have reported widespread isoflurane-induced neuroapoptosis and cognitive impairments in neonatal animal models, raising concerns over the administration of isoflurane in the pediatric population. The current study investigated the effects of rutin, a flavonoid, on isoflurane-induced neuroapoptosis in a neonatal rodent model...
May 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559360/circadian-carbon-and-light-control-of-expansion-growth-and-leaf-movement
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Federico Apelt, David Breuer, Justyna Jadwiga Olas, Maria Grazia Annunziata, Anna Flis, Zoran Nikoloski, Friedrich Kragler, Mark Stitt
We used Phytotyping4D to investigate the contribution of clock- and light-signaling to diurnal regulation of rosette expansion growth and leaf movement in Arabidopsis. Wild-type plants and clock mutants with a short (lhycca1) and long (prr7prr9) period were analyzed in a T24 cycle and in T-cycles that were closer to the mutants' period. Wild-types were also analyzed in various photoperiods, and after transfer to free-running light or darkness. Rosette expansion and leaf movement exhibited a circadian oscillation, with superimposed transients after dawn and dusk...
May 30, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542295/therapeutic-benefits-of-phosphodiesterase-4b-inhibition-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Nicole M Wilson, Mark E Gurney, W Dalton Dietrich, Coleen M Atkins
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) initiates a deleterious inflammatory response that exacerbates pathology and worsens outcome. This inflammatory response is partially mediated by a reduction in cAMP and a concomitant upregulation of cAMP-hydrolyzing phosphodiesterases (PDEs) acutely after TBI. The PDE4B subfamily, specifically PDE4B2, has been found to regulate cAMP in inflammatory cells, such as neutrophils, macrophages and microglia. To determine if PDE4B regulates inflammation and subsequent pathology after TBI, adult male Sprague Dawley rats received sham surgery or moderate parasagittal fluid-percussion brain injury (2 ± 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529728/measurements-of-rates-of-cooling-of-a-manikin-insulated-with-different-mountain-rescue-casualty-bags
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Christopher Press, Christopher Duffy, Jonathan Williams, Ben Cooper, Neil Chapman
BACKGROUND: Accidental hypothermia is common in those who sustain injuries in remote environments. This is unpleasant and associated with adverse effects on subsequent patient outcomes. To minimise further heat loss, a range of insulating systems are available to mountain rescue teams although the most effective and cost-efficient have yet to be determined. METHODS: Under ambient, still, dry, air conditions, a thermal manikin was filled with water at a temperature of 42 °C and then placed into a given insulation system...
2017: Extreme Physiology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529629/the-antihelminthic-drug-niclosamide-effectively-inhibits-the-malignant-phenotypes-of-uveal-melanoma-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#13
Jingfeng Zhou, Bei Jin, Yanli Jin, Yizhi Liu, Jingxuan Pan
Uveal melanoma (UM) is a lethal intraocular malignancy with an average survival of only 2~8 months in patients with hepatic metastasis. Currently, there is no effective therapy for metastatic UM. Here, we reported that niclosamide, an effective repellence of tapeworm that has been approved for use in patients for approximately 50 years, exhibited strong antitumor activity in UM cells in vitro and in vivo. We showed that niclosamide potently inhibited UM cell proliferation, induced apoptosis and reduced migration and invasion...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520620/-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-ameliorates-memory-impairment-and-rescues-the-abnormal-synaptic-protein-levels-in-the-frontal-cortex-and-hippocampus-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Yufang Guo, Yan Zhao, Ying Nan, Xiang Wang, Yulong Chen, Shuang Wang
(-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most abundant polyphenolic extract in green tea and it has attracted increasing attention for its multiple bioactive effects. However, the mechanisms by which EGCG exerts its neuroprotective actions in Alzheimer's disease (AD) are presently lacking. In the present study, a sporadic AD transgenic mouse model known as senescence-accelerated mouse prone 8 (SAMP8) was used to investigate whether oral administration of EGCG could improve recognition and memory function through reduction of amyloid β (Aβ) and tau hyperphosphorylation...
July 5, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514734/inflammatory-microrna-194-and-515-attenuate-the-biosynthesis-of-chondroitin-sulfate-during-human-intervertebral-disc-degeneration
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Bo Hu, Chen Xu, Ye Tian, Changgui Shi, Ying Zhang, Lianfu Deng, Hongyu Zhou, Peng Cao, Huajiang Chen, Wen Yuan
Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is characterized by dehydration and loss of extracellular matrixes in the nucleus pulposus region. Chondroitin sulfate has been found to be the water-binding molecule that played a key role in IDD. Although investigators have reported that inflammatory cytokines are involved in the reduction of chondroitin sulfate in IDD, but the underlying mechanism is unrevealed. Since chondroitin sulfate synthesis is controlled by chondroitin sulfate glycosyltransferases CHSY-1/2/3 and CSGALNACT-1/2, their functional role and regulatory mechanism in IDD is not fully studied...
May 2, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506045/serological-and-molecular-detection-of-toxoplasma-gondii-and-babesia-microti-in-the-blood-of-rescued-wild-animals-in-gangwon-do-province-korea
#16
Sung-Hee Hong, Hee-Jong Kim, Young-Il Jeong, Shin-Hyeong Cho, Won-Ja Lee, Jong-Tak Kim, Sang-Eun Lee
Infections of Toxoplasma gondii and Babesia microti are reported in many wild animals worldwide, but information on their incidence and molecular detection in Korean wild fields is limited. In this study, the prevalence of T. gondii and B. microti infection in blood samples of 5 animal species (37 Chinese water deer, 23 raccoon dogs, 6 roe deer, 1 wild boar, and 3 Eurasian badgers) was examined during 2008-2009 in Gangwon-do (Province), the Republic of Korea (=Korea) by using serological and molecular tests...
April 2017: Korean Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499986/n-acetylcysteine-treatment-attenuates-the-cognitive-impairment-and-synaptic-plasticity-loss-induced-by-streptozotocin
#17
Michael da Costa, Jamile Bernardi, Lidiane Costa, Tiago Fiuza, Ricardo Brandão, Maria F Ribeiro, Joana D Amaral, Cecília M P Rodrigues, Maria E Pereira
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder pathologically characterized by severe neuronal and glial structural changes and progressive cognitive decline. N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is a well-known pharmacological agent with pro-neurogenic properties and neuroprotective effects. In this study, we evaluated NAC protective effects on cognitive impairment and associated pathological markers in a streptozotocin (STZ)-induced sporadic dementia of AD type mice model. Animals were divided into six groups: I) Sham, II) NAC, III) physostigmine (PHY), IV) STZ, V) NAC + STZ and VI) PHY + NAC...
June 25, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486690/rhabdomyolysis-with-acute-tubular-necrosis-following-occupational-inhalation-of-thinners
#18
D Ngajilo, R Ehrlich
Thinners are mixtures of organic solvents commonly containing toluene, xylene, acetone, hexane, benzene and methyl isobutyl ketone. This report describes a case of rhabdomyolysis with acute tubular necrosis and renal failure, most likely attributable to toluene, following occupational exposure to thinners while cleaning a steel water tank. These adverse health effects have previously been reported following acute poisoning or intentional inhalation by drug abusers, but rarely in the occupational setting. Poor working conditions, lack of health and safety training and delayed treatment contributed to the onset and severity of the patient's complications...
May 9, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483881/cuticle-biosynthesis-is-developmentally-regulated-by-abscisic-acid
#19
Laetitia B B Martin, Paco Romero, Eric A Fich, David Domozych, Jocelyn K C Rose
The expansion of aerial organs in plants is coupled with the synthesis and deposition of a hydrophobic cuticle, composed of cutin and waxes, which is critically important in limiting water loss. While the abiotic stress related hormone abscisic acid (ABA) is known to upregulate wax accumulation in response to drought, the hormonal regulation of cuticle biosynthesis during organ ontogeny is poorly understood. To address the hypothesis that ABA also mediates cuticle formation during organ development, we assessed the effect of ABA deficiency on cuticle formation in three ABA biosynthesis impaired tomato mutants...
May 8, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480587/melatonin-successfully-rescues-hippocampal-bioenergetics-and-improves-cognitive-function-following-drug-intoxication-by-promoting-nrf2-are-signaling-activity
#20
Li-You Chen, Ting-Yi Renn, Wen-Chieh Liao, Fu-Der Mai, Ying-Jui Ho, George Hsiao, Ai-Wei Lee, Hung-Ming Chang
Prolonged exposure to gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) would cause drug intoxication in which impaired cognitive function results from enhanced hippocampal oxidative stress may serve as a major symptom in this deficiency. Considering melatonin possesses significant anti-oxidative efficacy, this study aimed to determine whether melatonin would successfully promote the nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 and antioxidant responsive element (Nrf2-ARE) signaling, depress oxidative stress, and rescue hippocampal bioenergetics and cognitive function following drug intoxication injury...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
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