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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627956/evaluating-the-effects-of-botulinum-toxin-a-on-tear-metrics-in-patients-with-hemifacial-spasm
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Yasmin Poustchi Mali, Robert L Schultze, Edward J Wladis
Hemifacial spasm has been previously shown to result in dry eye and ocular surface diseases. This study was performed to assess the impact of chemodenervation with botulinum toxin on clinically-relevant metrics of tears. Tear osmolarity and lipid layer thickness were measured in patients with hemifacial spasm after they achieved relief from hemifacial spasm via botulinum toxin injections. Twelve eyes of 6 patients with hemifacial spasm (2 men and 4 women; mean age 55.5 years) were assessed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki and IRB approval...
June 19, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619721/hagfish-slime-exudate-stabilization-and-its-effect-on-slime-formation-and-functionality
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L J Böni, R Zurflüh, M Widmer, P Fischer, E J Windhab, P A Rühs, S Kuster
Hagfish produce record breaking amounts of slime when under attack, making it the most dilute hydrogel known to date and a highly interesting material for biomaterial research. The slime forms from a glandular secrete called exudate, which deploys upon contact with seawater. To study the slime formation ex vivo and to characterize its material properties, stabilization of the sensitive slime exudate is crucial. In this study we compared the two main stabilization methods, high osmolarity citrate/PIPES (CP) buffer and immersion in oil and tested the influence of time, temperature, and pH on the stability of the exudate and functionality of the slime...
June 15, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614813/polycystic-kidney-disease-and-the-vasopressin-pathway
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Maatje D A van Gastel, Vicente E Torres
Vasopressin, also known as arginine vasopressin or antidiuretic hormone, plays a pivotal role in maintaining body homeostasis. Increased vasopressin concentrations, measured by its surrogate copeptin, have been associated with disease severity as well as disease progression in polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and in experimental studies vasopressin has been shown to directly regulate cyst growth. Blocking vasopressin effects on the kidney via the vasopressin V2-receptor and lower circulating vasopressin concentration are potential treatment opportunities that have been the subject of study in PKD in recent years...
2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606910/na-k-pump-inactivation-subsarcolemmal-na-measurements-and-cytoplasmic-ion-turnover-kinetics-contradict-restricted-na-spaces-in-murine-cardiac-myocytes
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Fang-Min Lu, Donald W Hilgemann
Decades ago, it was proposed that Na transport in cardiac myocytes is modulated by large changes in cytoplasmic Na concentration within restricted subsarcolemmal spaces. Here, we probe this hypothesis for Na/K pumps by generating constitutive transsarcolemmal Na flux with the Na channel opener veratridine in whole-cell patch-clamp recordings. Using 25 mM Na in the patch pipette, pump currents decay strongly during continuous activation by extracellular K (τ, ∼2 s). In contradiction to depletion hypotheses, the decay becomes stronger when pump currents are decreased by hyperpolarization...
June 12, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603715/contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-renal-transplant-recipients-a-single-center-experience
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Bassam G Abu Jawdeh, Anthony C Leonard, Yuvraj Sharma, Swapna Katipally, Adele R Shields, Rita R Alloway, E Steve Woodle, Charuhas V Thakar
BACKGROUND: Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) in native kidneys is associated with a significant increase in mortality and morbidity. Data regarding CIN in renal allografts are limited, however. We retrospectively studied CIN in renal allografts at our institution: its incidence, risk factors, and effect on long-term outcomes including allograft loss and death. METHODS: One hundred thirty-five renal transplant recipients undergoing 161 contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scans or coronary angiograms (Cath) between years 2000 and 2014 were identified...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595161/non-linear-actions-of-physiological-agents-finite-disarrangements-elicit-fitness-benefits
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REVIEW
Filip Sedlic, Zdenko Kovac
Finite disarrangements of important (vital) physiological agents and nutrients can induce plethora of beneficial effects, exceeding mere attenuation of the specific stress. Such response to disrupted homeostasis appears to be universally conserved among species. The underlying mechanism of improved fitness and longevity, when physiological agents act outside their normal range is similar to hormesis, a phenomenon whereby toxins elicit beneficial effects at low doses. Due to similarity with such non-linear response to toxins described with J-shaped curve, we have coined a new term "mirror J-shaped curves" for non-linear response to finite disarrangement of physiological agents...
May 18, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585267/intense-pulsed-light-treatment-and-meibomian-gland-expression-for-moderate-to-advanced-meibomian-gland-dysfunction
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Julie M Albietz, Katrina L Schmid
BACKGROUND: The aim was to evaluate the efficacy of periocular intense pulsed light therapy combined with meibomian gland expression for chronic dry eye due to moderate to advanced meibomian gland dysfunction. METHODS: This single-institution, open-label prospective study involved 26 participants who received bilateral treatments using a proprietary intense pulsed light device (E > Eye, E-Swin, Paris, France) combined with therapeutic meibomian gland expression at baseline, Week 2 and Week 6...
June 6, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585260/randomised-controlled-trial-of-topical-antibacterial-manuka-leptospermum-species-honey-for-evaporative-dry-eye-due-to-meibomian-gland-dysfunction
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Julie M Albietz, Katrina L Schmid
BACKGROUND: The aim was to evaluate the efficacy of standardised Manuka (Leptospermum species) antibacterial honey as adjunctive twice daily treatment to conventional therapy (warm compresses, lid massage and preservative-free lubricant), in participants with evaporative dry eye due to moderate to advanced meibomian gland dysfunction. METHODS: This prospective, open-label study involved 114 participants. After two weeks of conventional therapy participants were randomised to one of three treatment groups: Optimel Antibacterial Manuka Eye Gel (98 per cent Leptospermum species honey) plus conventional therapy (n = 37), Optimel Manuka plus Lubricant Eye Drops (16 per cent Leptospermum species honey) plus conventional therapy (n = 37) and a control (conventional therapy) (n = 40)...
June 6, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566501/prevention-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-by-limb-ischemic-preconditioning-underlying-mechanisms-and-clinical-effects
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George Dugbartey, Andrew N Redington
Contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is an important complication following diagnostic radiographic imaging and interventional therapy. It results from administration of intravascular iodinated contrast media (CM) and is currently the third most common cause of hospital-acquired acute kidney injury. CIN is associated with increased morbidity, prolonged hospitalization and higher mortality. Although the importance of CIN is widely appreciated, and its occurrence can be mitigated by the use of pre- and post-hydration protocols and low osmolar instead of high osmolar iodine-containing CM, specific prophylactic therapy is lacking...
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544917/effective-and-safe-mannitol-administration-in-patients-undergoing-supratentorial-tumor-surgery-a-prospective-randomized-and-double-blind-study
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Eren Fatma Akcil, Ozlem Korkmaz Dilmen, Esra Sultan Karabulut, Serdar Selcuk Koksal, Fatis Altindas, Yusuf Tunali
OBJECTIVES: Although osmotic diuresis with mannitol is commonly used to provide brain relaxation, there is no consensus regarding its optimal dose and combination with loop diuretics. The aim of the present study is to evaluate the effects of mannitol and combination of furosemide with different doses of mannitol on brain relaxation and on blood electrolytes, lactate level, urine output, fluid balance and blood osmolarity in patients undergoing supratentorial tumor surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study included 51 patients (ASA I-III) scheduled for elective supratentorial craniotomy...
May 15, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
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/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/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/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/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
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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/28427825/molecular-mechanisms-of-the-yeast-adaptive-response-and-tolerance-to-stresses-encountered-during-ethanol-fermentation
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424671/functional-characterization-and-conditional-regulation-of-the-type-vi-secretion-system-in-vibrio-fluvialis
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Yuanming Huang, Pengcheng Du, Meng Zhao, Wei Liu, Yu Du, Baowei Diao, Jie Li, Biao Kan, Weili Liang
Vibrio fluvialis is an emerging foodborne pathogen of increasing public health concern. The mechanism(s) that contribute to the bacterial survival and disease are still poorly understood. In other bacterial species, type VI secretion systems (T6SSs) are known to contribute to bacterial pathogenicity by exerting toxic effects on host cells or competing bacterial species. In this study, we characterized the genetic organization and prevalence of two T6SS gene clusters (VflT6SS1 and VflT6SS2) in V. fluvialis. VflT6SS2 harbors three "orphan" hcp-vgrG modules and was more prevalent than VflT6SS1 in our isolates...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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