Read by QxMD icon Read


Rosa de la Torre Noetzel, Ana Z Miller, José M de la Rosa, Claudia Pacelli, Silvano Onofri, Leopoldo García Sancho, Beatriz Cubero, Andreas Lorek, David Wolter, Jean P de Vera
Lichens are extremely resistant organisms that colonize harsh climatic areas, some of them defined as "Mars-analog sites." There still remain many unsolved questions as to how lichens survive under such extreme conditions. Several studies have been performed to test the resistance of various lichen species under space and in simulated Mars-like conditions. The results led to the proposal that Circinaria gyrosa (Lecanoromycetes, Ascomycota) is one of the most durable astrobiological model lichens. However, although C ...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Ding Xu, Lichen Yang, Yu Wang, Gejiao Wang, Christopher Rensing, Shixue Zheng
Elemental selenium nanoparticles (SeNPs) are useful in medicine, environmental remediation and in material science. Biosynthesized SeNPs (BioSeNPs) by bacteria are cheap, eco-friendly and have a lower cytotoxicity in comparison with chemically synthesized ones. Organic matters were found to cap on the surface of BioSeNPs, but the functions were still not entirely clear. The purified BioSeNPs were coated in a thick layer of organic substrates observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) and quantitative detection of the coating agents showed that one gram of purified BioSeNPs bound 1069 mg proteins, 23 mg carbohydrates and only very limited amounts of lipids...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
F Hinten, A Molijn, L Eckhardt, L F A G Massuger, W Quint, P Bult, J Bulten, W J G Melchers, J A de Hullu
BACKGROUND: Two etiologic pathways for vulvar squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) are described: in a background of lichen sclerosus and/or differentiated vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia and related to high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV) infection with high grade squamous intraepithelial lesion (HSIL) as precursor. The aim was to compare the predilection site and survival of HPV-related to non HPV-related vulvar SCCs. METHODS: Data of patients treated for primary vulvar SCC at the Radboudumc between March 1988 and January 2015 were analyzed...
March 16, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
Warren R Heymann
A 75-year-old man had been monitoring his glucose using a blood glucose monitoring system at the same body site for at least 20 years (>7300 needlesticks). The asymptomatic skin lesion had been present for many years. He used the same site because it hurt less than the fingers and bled well. His medical history was remarkable for diabetes mellitus, hypertension, coronary artery disease, and a pacemaker. His medications included glipizide, metformin, carvedilol, furosemide, lisinopril, amlodipine, clopidogrel, and aspirin...
2018: Skinmed
Arash Mansourian, Shamsoulmolouk Najafi, Nazila Nojoumi, Parisa Parhami, Mahdieh-Sadat Moosavi
Patients with oral lichen planus (OLP) may develop immune sialadenitis that causes a dry mouth. The role of cortisol in autoimmune diseases is well known; yet studies on this subject are controversial. In this study, the salivary flow rate and salivary cortisol level were compared among subtypes of OLP. This study involved three groups of patients: (1) 11 with reticular OLP, (2) 20 with atrophic-erosive OLP, and (3) 30 with no apparent oral lesion. The salivary flow rate in the control group was significantly higher than in OLP patients...
2018: Skinmed
Lichen Zhang, Xiaoqing Zhang, Guoling You, Yongguo Yu, Qihua Fu
BACKGROUND: Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) is caused by a microdeletion of chromosome arm 7q11.23. A rapid and inexpensive genotyping method to detect microdeletion on 7q11.23 needs to be developed for the diagnosis of WBS. This study describes the development of a new type of molecular diagnosis method to detect microdeletion on 7q11.23 based upon high-resolution melting (HRM). METHODS: Four genes on 7q11.23 were selected as the target genes for the deletion genotyping...
March 14, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Irina V Goldenkova-Pavlova, Alexander А Tyurin, Orkhan N Mustafaev
The main specific features of β-1,3-1,4-glucanases (or lichenases, EC, the enzymes that in a strictly specific manner hydrolyze β-glucans of many cereal species and lichens containing β-1,3 and β-1,4 bonds, are reviewed as well as the current strategies used for their protein design, which have been successfully applied to make lichenases more attractive and promising for biocatalytic conversion of biomass, in particular, in the areas of their biotechnological application, such as brewing industry, animal feed manufacture, and biofuel production, which will in future allow these technologies to be economically and ecologically beneficial...
March 16, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Tannvir Desroche, Sandra Moawad, Jean-François Cuny, Bérangère Lerondeau, Etienne Simon, Anne-Claire Bursztejn, Jean-Luc Schmutz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 16, 2018: European Journal of Dermatology: EJD
Jozef Kováčik, Sławomir Dresler, Petr Babula
Short-term (24 h) responses of Cladonia arbuscula subsp. mitis (formerly known as Cladina and this name is used to distinguish the tested species) and Cladonia furcata to nickel (Ni2+ ) excess (10 or 100 μM) were compared. Cladonia accumulated more Ni at higher Ni dose (1.717 mg total Ni/g DW), K amount was unaffected and Ca amount decreased in Cladina only. Fluorescence microscopy detection of total/general ROS and hydrogen peroxide showed Ni-stimulated increase in both species being more pronounced in Cladonia and in mycobiont partner mainly...
March 6, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Alexia Eyraud, Brigitte Milpied, Denis Thiolat, Anne-Sophie Darrigade, Katia Boniface, Alain Taïeb, Julien Seneschal
Folliculitis decalvans (FD) is a chronic inflammatory disease leading to scarring alopecia with poorly defined pathogenesis. The aim of this study was to investigate the expression of markers associated with the activation of innate immune signals, such as inflammasome (NALP1 and NALP3), interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-8 and type I interferon (MxA). A retrospective monocentric study was conducted and included 17 patients with FD with available biopsies. Disease activity (stable vs. active) was defined clinically and histologically...
March 15, 2018: Acta Dermato-venereologica
Ju-Mi Hong, Sung-Suk Suh, Tai Kyoung Kim, Jung Eun Kim, Se Jong Han, Ui Joung Youn, Joung Han Yim, Il-Chan Kim
Lobaric acid and lobarstin, secondary metabolites derived from the antarctic lichen Stereocaulon alpnum , exert various biological activities, including antitumor, anti-proliferation, anti-inflammation, and antioxidant activities. However, the underlying mechanisms of these effects have not yet been elucidated in human cervix adenocarcinoma and human colon carcinoma. In the present study, we evaluated the anticancer effects of lobaric acid and lobarstin on human cervix adenocarcinoma HeLa cells and colon carcinoma HCT116 cells...
March 14, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Logan W Thomas, Ashley Elsensohn, Terese Bergheim, Jessica Shiu, Anand Ganesan
IMPORTANCE: Intramuscular (IM) steroids can be used to treat a wide variety of dermatologic diseases. Although seemingly effective and safe, this form of corticosteroid therapy may be underused amongst dermatologists. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review is to determine the evidence regarding the efficacy and side effect profile of intramuscular triamcinolone in the treatment of dermatologic disease. EVIDENCE REVIEW: A PubMed search engine was used for this study...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Arti Nanda, Maitham A A Husain, Waleed Al-Herz, Adla Almekaimi, Humoud Al-Sabah, Mohammad Al-Otaibi
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a treatment option for many life-threatening disorders in children. Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is a significant complication of HSCT, and its treatment is challenging. Skin is the most common organ affected in cGVHD, with protean manifestations posing a challenge in diagnosis and management. The objective was to have a better understanding of the spectrum of chronic cutaneous GVHD (cc-GVHD) in children...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
Ioana Onuț-Brännström, Mitchell Benjamin, Douglas G Scofield, Starri Heiðmarsson, Martin G I Andersson, Eva S Lindström, Hanna Johannesson
In this study, we explored the diversity of green algal symbionts (photobionts) in sympatric populations of the cosmopolitan lichen-forming fungi Thamnolia and Cetraria. We sequenced with both Sanger and Ion Torrent High-Throughput Sequencing technologies the photobiont ITS-region of 30 lichen thalli from two islands: Iceland and Öland. While Sanger recovered just one photobiont genotype from each thallus, the Ion Torrent data recovered 10-18 OTUs for each pool of 5 lichen thalli, suggesting that individual lichens can contain heterogeneous photobiont populations...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sineepat Talungchit, Waranun Buajeeb, Chotima Lerdtripop, Rudee Surarit, Kongthawat Chairatvit, Sittiruk Roytrakul, Hiroaki Kobayashi, Yuichi Izumi, Siribang-On Piboonniyom Khovidhunkit
BACKGROUND: Salivary protein biomarkers for screening and diagnosis of oral lichen planus (OLP) are not well-defined. The objective of this study was to identify putative protein biomarkers for OLP using proteomic approaches. METHODS: Pooled unstimulated whole saliva was collected from five OLP patients and five healthy control participants. Saliva samples were then subjected to two-dimensional gel electrophoresis, followed by mass spectrometry to identify putative protein biomarkers...
March 13, 2018: BMC Oral Health
Monica Currò, Tiziana Russo, Nadia Ferlazzo, Daniela Caccamo, Pietro Antonuccio, Salvatore Arena, Saveria Parisi, Patrizia Perrone, Riccardo Ientile, Carmelo Romeo, Pietro Impellizzeri
Balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO) is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder, considered the male genital variant of lichen sclerosus. Anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly used in BXO. We evaluated the effects of an innovative formulation of ozonated olive oil with vitamin E acetate (OZOILE® ) on the inflammatory status and tissue remodeling in male children with BXO. The mRNA transcripts of proteins involved either in inflammation or in dynamics of tissue regeneration were analyzed by quantitative real-time PCR, in foreskins affected by BXO removed from patients untreated or treated with OZOILE® cream for 7 days before circumcision...
March 13, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Michal Goga, Dajana Ručová, Vladislav Kolarčik, Marko Sabovljević, Martin Bačkor, Ingeborg Lang
Lichens and mosses often share the same environmental conditions where they compete for substrate and other essential factors. Lichens use secondary metabolites as allelochemicals to repel surrounding plants and potential rivals. In mosses, endoreduplication leads to the occurrence of various ploidy levels in the same individual and has been suggested as an adaptation to abiotic stresses. Here, we show that also biotic factors such as usnic acid, an allelochemical produced by lichens, directly influenced the level of ploidy in mosses...
March 2018: Ecology and Evolution
Friederike Jonas, Hanna Rolle, Regina Treudler, Wieland Kiess
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Klinische Pädiatrie
Toby Spribille
The term symbiosis was first used in biology to describe the 'living together' of fungi and algae in lichens. For much of the 20th century, the fungal partner was assumed to be invested with the ability to produce the lichen body plan in presence of a photosynthesizing partner. However, studies of fungal evolution have uncovered discordance between lichen symbiotic outcomes and genome evolution of the fungus. At the same time, evidence has emerged that the structurally important lichen cortex contains lichen-specific, single-celled microbes, suggesting it may function like a biofilm...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
Steven D Leavitt, Martin Westberg, Matthew P Nelsen, John A Elix, Einar Timdal, Mohammad Sohrabi, Larry L St Clair, Laura Williams, Mats Wedin, H T Lumbsch
Multiple drivers shape the spatial distribution of species, including dispersal capacity, niche incumbency, climate variability, orographic barriers, and plate tectonics. However, biogeographic patterns of fungi commonly do not fit conventional expectations based on studies of animals and plants. Fungi, in general, are known to occur across exceedingly broad, intercontinental distributions, including some important components of biological soil crust communities (BSCs). However, molecular data often reveal unexpected biogeographic patterns in lichenized fungal species that are assumed to have cosmopolitan distributions...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Fetch more papers »
Fetching more papers... Fetching...
Read by QxMD. Sign in or create an account to discover new knowledge that matter to you.
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"