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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823108/temperature-effect-on-the-development-of-tropical-dragonfly-eggs
#1
F Z Mendonça, J V Bernardy, C E K Oliveira, P B G Oliveira, P De Marco
Physiological constraints in insects are related to several large-scale processes such as species distribution and thermal adaptation. Here, we fill an important gap in ecophysiology knowledge by accessing the relationship between temperature and embrionary development time in four dragonfly species. We evaluated two questions (1) what is the effect of temperature on the development time of Odonata eggs, and (2) considering a degree-day relationship, could a simple linear model describe the dependence of embrionary development time on temperature or it is better described by a more complex non-linear relation...
August 19, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823086/an-efficient-fluorescence-turn-on-chemosensor-comprising-of-coumarin-and-rhodamine-moieties-for-al-3-and-hg-2
#2
Samik Acharyya, Saswati Gharami, Lakshman Patra, Tapan Kumar Mondal
A potent fluorescence 'turn-on' receptor (HL) based on rhodamine and coumarin moieties for the detection of Hg(2+) and Al(3+) is synthesized by condensation of rhodamine 6G hydrazide and 4-hydroxy-3-acetylcoumarin. In presence of Al(3+) and/or Hg(2+) the receptor (HL) exhibits deep pink colouration and a sharp band at 528 nm is appeared in UV-vis titration. Upon gradual addition of Al(3+) and/or Hg(2+) to the solution of HL significant enhancement of fluorescence intensity is observed at 564 nm in MeCN:H2O (1:5, v/v) medium...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823046/organochlorine-contaminants-in-wild-mink-from-the-lower-great-lakes-basin-canada-1998-2006
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Pamela A Martin, Tana V McDaniel, Kimberley D Hughes, Bruce Hunter
Organochlorine contaminants were measured in livers of wild mink (Neovison vison) trapped in the lower Great Lakes basin from 1998 to 2006. To assess exposure and potential risk in mink feeding on Great Lakes biota, concentrations of contaminants were compared in mink trapped within 7.8 km of the shoreline as well as at inland sites (i.e., 8-40 km). Overall, significant spatial variation in mean hepatic concentrations of sum PCBs and seven other organochlorines was found in mink from 13 Great Lakes sites, many of which are within the Great Lakes Areas of Concern...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822985/evaluation-of-coronary-artery-disease-as-a-risk-factor-for-reticular-pseudodrusen
#4
Rachel V McCarter, Gareth J McKay, Nicola B Quinn, Usha Chakravarthy, Tom J MacGillivray, Gavin Robertson, Enrico Pellegrini, Emanuele Trucco, Michelle C Williams, Tunde Peto, Baljean Dhillon, Edwin Jr van Beek, David E Newby, Frank Kee, Ian S Young, Ruth E Hogg
PURPOSE: Reticular pseudodrusen (RPD) are a risk factor for late age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Associations between RPD and coronary artery disease (CAD) have been reported from small case-control studies. This study investigated the association of RPD within a predominantly CAD cohort. METHODS: A subgroup of subjects from a multicentre randomised controlled trial of CT coronary angiography (CTCA) underwent ultrawide field (UWF) retinal imaging CAD determined by CTCA and was categorised as normal, non-obstructive or obstructive...
August 19, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822982/evaluation-of-aortic-regurgitation-with-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-a-systematic-review
#5
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James C Lee, Kelley R Branch, Christian Hamilton-Craig, Eric V Krieger
This review summaries the utility, application and data supporting use of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) to evaluate and quantitate aortic regurgitation. We systematically searched Medline and PubMed for original research articles published since 2000 that provided data on the quantitation of aortic regurgitation by CMR and identified 11 articles for review. Direct aortic measurements using phase contrast allow quantitation of volumetric flow across the aortic valve and are highly reproducible and accurate compared with echocardiography...
August 19, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822978/ecological-analysis-of-secular-trends-in-low-birth-weight-births-and-adult-height-in-japan
#6
Naho Morisaki, Kevin Yuji Urayama, Keisuke Yoshii, S V Subramanian, Susumu Yokoya
BACKGROUND: Japan, which currently maintains the highest life expectancy in the world and has experienced an impressive gain in adult height over the past century, has suffered a dramatic twofold increase in low birth weight (LBW) births since the 1970s. METHODS: We observed secular trends in birth characteristics using 64 115 249 live births included the vital statistics (1969-2014), as well as trends in average height among 3 145 521 adults born between 1969 and 1996, included in 79 surveys conducted among a national, subnational or community population in Japan...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822977/are-green-cities-healthy-and-equitable-unpacking-the-relationship-between-health-green-space-and-gentrification
#7
Helen V S Cole, Melisa Garcia Lamarca, James J T Connolly, Isabelle Anguelovski
While access and exposure to green spaces has been shown to be beneficial for the health of urban residents, interventions focused on augmenting such access may also catalyse gentrification processes, also known as green gentrification. Drawing from the fields of public health, urban planning and environmental justice, we argue that public health and epidemiology researchers should rely on a more dynamic model of community that accounts for the potential unintended social consequences of upstream health interventions...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822967/temporal-dynamics-of-cardiac-hypertrophic-growth-in-response-to-pressure-overload
#8
Yuan Wang, Yuannyu Zhang, Guanqiao Ding, Herman May, Jian Xu, Thomas G Gillette, Hang Wang, Zhao V Wang
Hypertension is one of the most important risk factors of heart failure. In response to high blood pressure, the left ventricle manifests hypertrophic growth to ameliorate wall stress, which may progress into decompensation and trigger pathological cardiac remodeling. Despite the clinical importance, the temporal dynamics of pathological cardiac growth remains elusive. Here, we took advantage of the puromycin labeling approach to measure the relative rates of protein synthesis as a way to delineate the temporal regulation of cardiac hypertrophic growth...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822962/glucose-transporter-4-glut4-deficient-hearts-develop-maladaptive-hypertrophy-in-response-to-physiologic-or-pathologic-stresses
#9
Adam Raymond Wende, Jaetaek Kim, William Holland, Benjamin E Wayment, Brian T O'Neill, Joseph Tuinei, Manoja K Brahma, Mark E Pepin, Mark A McCrory, Ivan Luptak, Ganesh V Halade, Sheldon E Litwin, E Dale Abel
Pathological cardiac hypertrophy may be associated with reduced expression of the GLUT4 glucose transporter in contrast to exercise-induced cardiac hypertrophy, where GLUT4 levels are increased. However, mice with cardiac specific deletion of GLUT4 (G4H-/-) have normal cardiac function in the unstressed state. This study tested the hypothesis that cardiac GLUT4 is required for myocardial adaptations to hemodynamic demands. G4H-/- and control littermates (Con) were subjected to either a pathological model of left ventricular pressure overload (transverse aortic constriction; TAC) or a physiological model of endurance exercise (swim training)...
August 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822951/effect-of-deflocculation-on-photo-induced-thin-layer-titanium-dioxide-disintegration-of-dairy-waste-activated-sludge-for-cost-and-energy-efficient-methane-production
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V Godvin Sharmila, P Dhanalakshmi, J Rajesh Banu, S Kavitha, M Gunasekaran
In the present study, the deflocculated sludge was disintegrated through thin layer immobilized titanium dioxide (TiO2) as photocatalyst under solar irradiation. The deflocculation of sludge was carried out by 0.05g/g SS of sodium citrate aiming to facilitate more surface area for subsequent TiO2 mediated disintegration. The proposed mode of disintegration was investigated by varying TiO2 dosage, pH and time. The maximum COD solubilization of 18.4% was obtained in the optimum 0.4g/L of TiO2 dosage with 5.5 pH and exposure time of 40min...
August 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822933/occurrence-of-vibrio-species-beta-lactam-resistant-vibrio-species-and-indicator-bacteria-in-ballast-and-port-waters-of-a-tropical-harbor
#11
Charmaine Ng, Shin Giek Goh, Nazanin Saeidi, William A Gerhard, Claudia K Gunsch, Karina Yew Hoong Gin
Ballast water discharges are potential sources for the spread of invasive and pathogenic aquatic organisms. Ballast waters from six ships docked in the Port of Singapore were tested to determine if indictor organisms fell within proposed standards for ballast water discharge according to regulation D-2 of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) guidelines. Vibrio species were cultured on media supplemented with beta-lactam antibiotics to determine the presence of antibiotic resistant Vibrio species in the ballast waters of these vessels...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822889/metformin-targets-gastric-cancer-stem-cells
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Sarah Courtois, Raúl V Durán, Julie Giraud, Elodie Sifré, Julien Izotte, Francis Mégraud, Philippe Lehours, Christine Varon, Emilie Bessède
Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide and has still a poor prognosis. Therefore, new therapeutic strategies are needed: among them, targeting cancer stem cells (CSCs) could offer new opportunities. The aim of our study was to evaluate the anti-tumoural effect of metformin on gastric cancer in vitro and in vivo and especially, to determine whether this molecule could target the gastric CSCs. Metformin effects were evaluated on the proliferation and tumourigenic properties of the gastric CSCs from patient-derived primary tumour xenografts (PDXs) and cancer cell lines (MKN45, AGS and MKN74) in vitro in conventional 2 dimensional (2D) and in 3 dimensional (3D) culture systems, in which only CSCs are able to form tumourspheres and in mouse xenograft models in vivo...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822853/intrauterine-and-lactation-exposure-to-fluoxetine-blunted-in-the-offspring-the-aortic-adaptive-response-induced-by-acute-restraint-stress
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Bruno V D Marques, Carolina M Higashi, Daniella R B da S Novi, Nagela G Zanluqui, Thais F Gregório, Phileno Pinge-Filho, Daniela C C Gerardin, Gislaine P Gomes, Estefânia G Moreira, Graziela S Ceravolo
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are the most widely prescribed antidepressants to women during pregnancy. Maternal treatment with fluoxetine can expose fetuses and neonates to higher levels of serotonin that plays a role in stress response. Thus, the aim of the study was to evaluate whether maternal treatment with fluoxetine interferes with aorta reactivity of adult male offspring after acute restraint stress. Wistar rats were gavaged with fluoxetine (5mg/kg/day) or water (control) during pregnancy and lactation...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822848/tetracarboxy-phthalocyanines-from-excited-state-dynamics-to-photodynamic-inactivation-against-bovine-herpesvirus-type-1
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Leandro H Z Cocca, Taise M A Oliveira, Fernando Gotardo, Amanda V Teles, Ricardo Menegatti, Jonathas P Siqueira, Cleber R Mendonça, Luiz A M Bataus, Anderson O Ribeiro, Thalita F M Souza, Guilherme R L Souza, Pablo J Gonçalves, Leonardo De Boni
Herein we present the excited state dynamic of zinc and aluminum tetracarboxy-phthalocyanines (ZnPc and AlPc) and its application in the photodynamic inactivation (PDI) of Bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BoHV-1) in vitro. The excited state dynamic provides valuable data to describe the excited state properties of potential optical limiters and/or photosensitizers (PSs), such as: the excited state cross-sections, fluorescence lifetime and triplet state quantum yield. The excited state characterization was performed using three different Z-scan techniques: Single Pulse, White Light Continuum and Pulse Train...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822799/effect-of-application-sequence-of-fluoride-and-cpp-acp-on-remineralization-of-white-spot-lesions-in-primary-teeth-an-in-vitro-study
#15
Ola B Al-Batayneh, Reem A Jbarat, Susan N Al-Khateeb
OBJECTIVE: To explore how application sequence of casein phosphopeptide-amorphous calcium phosphate (CPP-ACP) and fluoride influences remineralization of enamel white spot lesions (WSL) in primary teeth. DESIGN: In this in-vitro study, artificial WSLs were created in 130 primary teeth. Teeth were divided into 4 groups (n=27) and a control group (n=22) and exposed to one of the following remineralization regimens for 10 weeks: Group-1; 500ppm fluoride dentifrice; Group-2; 10% w/v CPP-ACP; Group-3; fluoride applied first, then CPP-ACP; Group-4; CPP-ACP applied first, then fluoride, and Group-5 was control...
August 10, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822785/next-generation-sequencing-based-detection-of-germline-copy-number-variations-in-brca1-brca2-validation-of-a-one-step-diagnostic-work-flow
#16
Ane Y Schmidt, Thomas V O Hansen, Lise B Ahlborn, Lars Jønson, Christina W Yde, Finn C Nielsen
Genetic testing of BRCA1/2 includes screening for single nucleotide variants and small indels as well as larger copy number variations (CNVs), primarily by Sanger sequencing and multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA). With the advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS), it has become feasible to provide CNV information as well as sequence data using a single platform. We report the use of NGS gene panel sequencing on the Illumina MiSeq platform and JSI SeqPilot SeqNext software to call germline CNVs in BRCA1 and BRCA2...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822770/regulation-of-autoimmune-myocarditis-by-host-responses-to-the-microbiome
#17
Jobert G Barin, Monica V Talor, Nicola L Diny, SuFey Ong, Julie A Schaub, Elizabeth Gebremariam, Djahida Bedja, Guobao Chen, Hee Sun Choi, Xuezhou Hou, Lei Wu, Ashley B Cardamone, Daniel A Peterson, Noel R Rose, Daniela Čiháková
The extensive, diverse communities that constitute the microbiome are increasingly appreciated as important regulators of human health and disease through inflammatory, immune, and metabolic pathways. We sought to elucidate pathways by which microbiota contribute to inflammatory, autoimmune cardiac disease. We employed an animal model of experimental autoimmune myocarditis (EAM), which results in inflammatory and autoimmune pathophysiology and subsequent maladaptive cardiac remodeling and heart failure. Antibiotic dysbiosis protected mice from EAM and fibrotic cardiac dysfunction...
August 16, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822745/discordant-perceptions-of-prognosis-and-treatment-options-between-physicians-and-patients-with-advanced-heart-failure
#18
Amrut V Ambardekar, Jennifer T Thibodeau, Adam D DeVore, Michelle M Kittleson, Rhondalyn C Forde-McLean, Maryse Palardy, Maria M Mountis, Linda Cadaret, Jeffrey J Teuteberg, Salpy V Pamboukian, Rongbing Xie, Lynne W Stevenson, Garrick C Stewart
OBJECTIVES: This study assessed patient and physician perceptions of heart failure (HF) disease severity and treatment options. BACKGROUND: The prognosis for ambulatory patients with advanced HF on medical therapy is uncertain, yet has important implications for decision making regarding transplantation and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) placement. METHODS: Ambulatory patients with advanced HF (New York Heart Association functional class III to IV, Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support profiles 4 to 7) on optimized medical therapy were enrolled across 11 centers...
August 3, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822668/intrinsic-wave-propagation-of-myocardial-stretch-a-new-tool-to-evaluate-myocardial-stiffness-a-pilot-study-in-patients-with-aortic-stenosis-and-mitral-regurgitation
#19
Cristina Pislaru, Mahmoud M Alashry, Jeremy J Thaden, Patricia A Pellikka, Maurice Enriquez-Sarano, Sorin V Pislaru
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) filling following atrial contraction generates LV myocardial stretch that propagates from base to apex with a speed proportional to myocardial elasticity. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that intrinsic velocity propagation of myocardial stretch (iVP) would be altered in patients with valvular disease and chronic LV pressure overload or volume overload, which may adversely affect mechanical properties of the LV tissue. A second aim was to compare iVP with flow propagation velocity in the chamber...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822576/pembrolizumab-versus-ipilimumab-for-advanced-melanoma-final-overall-survival-results-of-a-multicentre-randomised-open-label-phase-3-study-keynote-006
#20
Jacob Schachter, Antoni Ribas, Georgina V Long, Ana Arance, Jean-Jacques Grob, Laurent Mortier, Adil Daud, Matteo S Carlino, Catriona McNeil, Michal Lotem, James Larkin, Paul Lorigan, Bart Neyns, Christian Blank, Teresa M Petrella, Omid Hamid, Honghong Zhou, Scot Ebbinghaus, Nageatte Ibrahim, Caroline Robert
BACKGROUND: Interim analyses of the phase 3 KEYNOTE-006 study showed superior overall and progression-free survival of pembrolizumab versus ipilimumab in patients with advanced melanoma. We present the final protocol-specified survival analysis. METHODS: In this multicentre, open-label, randomised, phase 3 trial, we recruited patients from 87 academic institutions, hospitals, and cancer centres in 16 countries (Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, and USA)...
August 16, 2017: Lancet
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