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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228632/physical-and-psychological-characteristics-of-the-community-dwelling-elderly-with-heart-disease
#1
Takeshi Kera, Hisashi Kawai, Hideyo Yoshida, Hirohiko Hirano, Motonaga Kojima, Yoshinori Fujiwara, Kazushige Ihara, Shuichi Obuchi
Objectives Although the survival rates of patients with heart diseases, such as myocardial infarction and heart failure, have increased, the incidence of heart disease in elderly individuals has also increased. We compared characteristics of the community-dwelling elderly with heart diseases (heart disease group) and without heart diseases (non-heart disease group).Methods A total of 758 elderly individuals participated in our survey ("Otassha-kensin") in 2014. The heart disease group (47 men, 28 women) and the non-heart disease group (263 men, 420 women) were selected from among these participants...
2017: [Nihon Kōshū Eisei Zasshi] Japanese Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223472/overexpression-of-sarcoendoplasmic-reticulum-calcium-atpase-2a-promotes-cardiac-sympathetic-neurotransmission-via-abnormal-endoplasmic-reticulum-and-mitochondria-ca-2-regulation
#2
Julia Shanks, Neil Herring, Errin Johnson, Kun Liu, Dan Li, David J Paterson
Reduced cardiomyocyte excitation-contraction coupling and downregulation of the SERCA2a (sarcoendoplasmic reticulum calcium ATPase 2a) is associated with heart failure. This has led to viral transgene upregulation of SERCA2a in cardiomyocytes as a treatment. We hypothesized that SERCA2a gene therapy expressed under a similar promiscuous cytomegalovirus promoter could also affect the cardiac sympathetic neural axis and promote sympathoexcitation. Stellate neurons were isolated from 90 to 120 g male, Sprague-Dawley, Wistar Kyoto, and spontaneously hypertensive rats...
February 21, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219053/a-facile-approach-for-surface-alteration-of-pseudomonas-putida-i3-by-supplying-k2so4-into-growth-medium-enhanced-removal-of-pb-ii-from-aqueous-solution
#3
Xingjian Xu, Haiyan Li, Quanying Wang, Dandan Li, Xuerong Han, Hongwen Yu
A new sight of obtaining a high efficient biosorbent by supplying specific salts into bacterial growth medium was investigated in this study for Pb(II). Among a series of salts including Na2SO4, Na2S2O3, KCl, and K2SO4, the highest Pb(II) removal efficiency was observed by psychrotrophilic Pseudomonas putida I3 grown in the presence of 30g/L K2SO4 (KSI3-30) with biosorption capacity of 62.89mg/g under cold condition (15°C), which was increased by 42.35% as compared to control (without any additive, RI3). This stimulation effect was ascribed to the increase of potassium and sulfur containing groups on KSI3-30 surface via metabolic dependent ways...
February 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217802/-comparison-of-agonists-induced-contraction-between-main-and-the-third-order-branches-of-pulmonary-arteries-in-rats
#4
Qiu-Hong Huang, Yun-Ping Mu, Fu-Rong Yan, Jie-Ling Zhu, Xiao-Ru Liu, Mo-Jun Lin
This study was designed to observe the differences between main pulmonary arteries and the third-order branches of pulmonary arteries in the contractile response to phenylephrine (Phen), endothelin-1 (ET-1) and potassium chloride (KCl). The vascular tension changes of main and the third-order branches of pulmonary arteries induced by KCl, ET-1 and Phen were recorded by traditional vascular tone detection methods and microvascular ring technique, respectively. The results showed that Phen could cause a significant contraction in main pulmonary arteries, but did not induce apparent contraction in the third-order branches of pulmonary arteries...
February 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216843/in-vitro-evaluation-of-cytotoxicity-and-corrosion-behavior-of-commercially-pure-titanium-and-ti-6al-4v-alloy-for-dental-implants
#5
Sanchitha Chandar, Ravindra Kotian, Prashanthi Madhyastha, Shama Prasada Kabekkodu, Padmalatha Rao
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate the cytotoxicity in human gingival fibroblast by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay and corrosion behavior by potentiodynamic polarization technique of commercially pure titanium (Ti 12) and its alloy Ti-6Al-4V (Ti 31). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the present in vitro study, cytotoxicity of Ti 12 and Ti 31 in human gingival fibroblast by MTT assay and the corrosion behavior by potentiodynamic polarization technique in aqueous solutions of 0...
January 2017: Journal of Indian Prosthodontic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216049/chronic-treatment-with-fluoxetine-modulates-vascular-adrenergic-responses-by-inhibition-of-pre-and-post-synaptic-mechanisms
#6
Camila A Pereira, Fernanda L Rodrigues, Silvia G Ruginsk, Camila Z Zanotto, José A Rodrigues, Diego A Duarte, Claudio M Costa-Neto, Leonardo B Resstel, Fernando S Carneiro, Rita C Tostes
Fluoxetine, a serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), has other effects in addition to blocking serotonin reuptake, including changes in the vasomotor tone. Whereas many studies focused on the acute effects of fluoxetine in the vasculature, its chronic effects are still limited. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that chronic fluoxetine treatment modulates adrenergic vascular responses by interfering with post- and pre-synaptic mechanisms. Wistar rats were treated with vehicle (water) or chronic fluoxetine (10mg/kg/day) for 21 days...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213020/chitosan-inhibits-enterotoxigenic-clostridium-perfringens-type-a-in-growth-medium-and-chicken-meat
#7
Maryam Alnoman, Pathima Udompijitkul, Mahfuzur R Sarker
Clostridium perfringens is a spore-forming bacterium and a major cause of bacterial food-borne illness. In this study, we evaluated the inhibitory effects of chitosan against spore germination, spore outgrowth and vegetative growth of C. perfringens food poisoning (FP) isolates. Chitosan of differing molecular weights inhibited germination of spores of all tested FP isolates in a KCl germinant solution containing 0.1 mg/ml chitosan at pH 4.5. However, higher level (0.25 mg/ml) of chitosan was required to effectively arrest outgrowth of the germinated C...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212333/the%C3%A2-cardiovascular%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-neurotoxic%C3%A2-effects%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-venoms%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-six%C3%A2-bony%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-cartilaginous%C3%A2-fish%C3%A2-species
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Han Han, Kate Baumann, Nicholas R Casewell, Syed A Ali, James Dobson, Ivan Koludarov, Jordan Debono, Scott C Cutmore, Niwanthi W Rajapakse, Timothy N W Jackson, Rob Jones, Wayne C Hodgson, Bryan G Fry, Sanjaya Kuruppu
Fish venoms are often poorly studied, in part due to the difficulty in obtaining, extracting, and storing them. In this study, we characterize the cardiovascular and neurotoxic effects of the venoms from the following six species of fish: the cartilaginous stingrays Neotrygon kuhlii and Himantura toshi, and the bony fish Platycephalus fucus, Girella tricuspidata, Mugil cephalus, and Dentex tumifrons. All venoms (10-100 μg/kg, i.v.), except G. tricuspidata and P. fuscus, induced a biphasic response on mean arterial pressure (MAP) in the anesthetised rat...
February 16, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211608/preclinical-characterisation-of-55p0251-a-novel-compound-that-amplifies-glucose-stimulated-insulin-secretion-and-counteracts-hyperglycaemia-in-rodents
#9
Karin Stadlbauer, Barbara Brunmair, Zsuzsanna Lehner, Immanuel Adorjan, Thomas Scherer, Anton Luger, Leonhardt Bauer, Clemens Fürnsinn
AIMS: 55P0251 is a novel compound with blood glucose lowering activity in mice, which has been developed from a molecular backbone structure found in herbal remedies. We here report its basic pharmacological attributes and initial progress in unmasking the mode of action. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pharmacokinetic properties of 55P0251 were portrayed in several species. First efforts to elucidate the glucose lowering mechanism in rodents included numerous experimental protocols dealing with glucose tolerance, insulin secretion from isolated pancreatic islets, and comparison to established drugs...
February 17, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211571/inhibitory-effects-of-a-standardized-extract-of-justicia-pectoralis-in-an-experimental-rat-model-of-airway-hyper-responsiveness
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Carlos T M Moura, Francisco J Batista-Lima, Teresinha S Brito, Alfredo A V Silva, Luan C Ferreira, Cássia R Roque, Karoline S Aragão, Alexandre Havt, Francisco N Fonseca, Luzia K A M Leal, Pedro J C Magalhães
OBJECTIVE: Justicia pectoralis is a plant useful for the treatment of respiratory diseases. Here, we studied the antiasthmatic properties of a standardized extract of J. pectoralis (Jp). METHODS: Ovalbumin (OVA)-sensitized rats were actively challenged with saline or OVA to study airway hyper-responsiveness after oral treatment with saline or Jp. The ability of Jp to inhibit hyper-reactivity was evaluated in isolated trachea mounted in isolated organ bath chamber...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208271/cation-dependent-surface-charge-regulation-in-gated-nanofluidic-devices
#11
Marie Fuest, Kaushik K Rangharajan, Caitlin Boone, A T Conlisk, Shaurya Prakash
Surface charge governs nanoscale aqueous electrolyte transport, both in engineered analytical systems and in biological entities such as ion channels and ion pumps as a function of ion type and concentration. Embedded electrodes in a nanofluidic channel, isolated from the fluid in the channel by a dielectric layer, act as active, tunable gates to systematically modify local surface charge density at the interface between the nanochannel surface and the aqueous electrolyte solution, causing significant changes in measured nanochannel conductance...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202186/stimulation-of-rat-cranial-dura-mater-with-potassium-chloride-causes-cgrp-release-into-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-and-increases-medullary-blood-flow
#12
Mária Dux, Christine Will, Mirjam Eberhardt, Michael J M Fischer, Karl Messlinger
Primary headaches may be accompanied by increased intracranial blood flow induced by the release of the potent vasodilator calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) from activated meningeal afferents. We aimed to record meningeal and medullary blood flow simultaneously and to localize the sites of CGRP release in rodent preparations in vivo and ex vivo. Blood flow in the exposed rat parietal dura mater and the medulla oblongata was recorded by laser Doppler flowmetry, while the dura was stimulated by topical application of 60mM potassium chloride (KCl)...
February 10, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199354/nitrate-capture-and-slow-release-in-biochar-amended-compost-and-soil
#13
Nikolas Hagemann, Claudia I Kammann, Hans-Peter Schmidt, Andreas Kappler, Sebastian Behrens
Slow release of nitrate by charred organic matter used as a soil amendment (i.e. biochar) was recently suggested as potential mechanism of nutrient delivery to plants which may explain some agronomic benefits of biochar. So far, isolated soil-aged and composted biochar particles were shown to release considerable amounts of nitrate only in extended (>1 h) extractions ("slow release"). In this study, we quantified nitrate and ammonium release by biochar-amended soil and compost during up to 167 h of repeated extractions in up to six consecutive steps to determine the effect of biochar on the overall mineral nitrogen retention...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197984/quantifying-bacterial-attachment-and-detachment-using-leaching-solutions-of-various-ionic-strengths-after-bacterial-pulse
#14
Nag-Choul Choi, Jae-Woo Choi, Kyu-Sang Kwon, Sang-Gil Lee, Soonjae Lee
In this study, we quantified the attachment and detachment of bacteria during transport in order to elucidate the contributions of reversible attachment on bacterial breakthrough curves. The first set of breakthrough experiment was performed for a laboratory sand column using leaching solutions of deionized water and mineral salt medium (MSM) of 200 mM with reference to KCl solution by employing Pseudomonas putida as a model bacterium. In the second set of experiment, the ionic strengths of leaching solutions immediately after bacterial pulse were lowered to tenfold and 100-fold diluted system (2 and 20 mM MSM) to focus on the influence of physicochemical factor...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197715/vacuolar-ion-channels-in-the-liverwort-marchantia-polymorpha-influence-of-ion-channel-inhibitors
#15
Mateusz Koselski, Kazimierz Trebacz, Halina Dziubinska
Potassium-permeable slow activating vacuolar channels (SV) and chloride-permeable channels in the vacuole of the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha were characterized in respect to calcium dependence, selectivity, and pharmacology. The patch-clamp method was used in the study of ion channel activity in the vacuoles from the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha. The whole-vacuole recordings allowed simultaneous observation of two types of currents-predominant slow activated currents recorded at positive voltages and fast activated currents recorded at negative voltages...
February 14, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195426/magnetic-n-doped-mesoporous-carbon-as-an-adsorbent-for-the-magnetic-solid-phase-extraction-of-phthalate-esters-from-soft-drinks
#16
Menghua Li, Caina Jiao, Xiumin Yang, Chun Wang, Qiuhua Wu, Zhi Wang
A new kind of magnetic N-doped mesoporous carbon was facilely prepared by one-step carbonizing a hybrid precursor (glucose, melamine and iron chloride) in a N2 atmosphere with eutectic salt (KCl/ZnCl2 ) as the porogen. The obtained magnetic N-doped mesoporous carbon showed excellent characteristics, such as strong magnetic response, high surface area, large pore volume, and abundant π-electron system, which endow it with a great potential as a magnetic solid phase extraction adsorbent. To evaluate its adsorption performance, the magnetic N-doped mesoporous carbon was used for the extraction of three phthalate esters from soft drink samples followed by high performance liquid chromatographic analysis...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194968/pedot-pss-as-solid-contact-for-ion-selective-electrodes-the-influence-of-the-pedot-pss-film-thickness-on-the-equilibration-times
#17
Marcin Guzinski, Jennifer Marie Jarvis, Felio Perez, Bradford D Pendley, Erno Lindner, Roland de Marco, Gaston A Crespo, Robert G Acres, Raymart Walker, Josiah Luke Bishop
To understand the rate determining processes during the equilibration of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate-based (PEDOT(PSS)-based) solid contact (SC) ion-selective electrodes (ISEs), the surfaces of Pt, Au, and GC electrodes were coated with 0.1, 1.0, 2.0 and 4.0μm thick galvanostatically deposited PEDOT(PSS) films. Next, potential vs. time transients were recorded with these electrodes, with and without an additional potassium ion-selective membrane (ISM) coating, following their first contact with 0...
February 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193063/electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy-in-a-droplet-of-solution-for-the-investigation-of-liquid-solid-interface
#18
Camila Molena de Assis, Thu Huong Ho, Hercilio Gomes de Melo, Michel Keddam, Mireille Turmine, Vincent Vivier
The local electrochemical behavior of a solid-liquid interface can be studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The investigated surface area can be delimited by adding a drop of solution, which forms an interface between the liquid drop and the working electrode, and performing the measurements inside. The size of the drop must be sufficiently small for a simultaneous wettability characterization (from the contact angle measurement) and appropriately large so that wettability is not influenced by the presence of the working and the counter electrode inserted in the droplet...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192954/small-emitter-tips-for-native-mass-spectrometry-of-proteins-and-protein-complexes-from-nonvolatile-buffers-that-mimic-the-intracellular-environment
#19
Anna C Susa, Zijie Xia, Evan R Williams
Salts are often necessary to maintain the native structures and functions of many proteins and protein complexes, but many buffers adversely affect protein analysis by native mass spectrometry (MS). Here, protein and protein complex ions are formed directly from a 150 mM KCl and 25 mM Tris-HCl buffer at pH 7 that is widely used in protein chemistry to mimic the intracellular environment. The protein charge-state distributions are not resolved from electrospray ionization MS using 1.6 μm diameter emitter tips, resulting in no mass information...
February 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192935/pre-polarized-hydrophobic-conducting-polymer-solid-contact-ion-selective-electrodes-with-improved-potential-reproducibility
#20
Ning He, Soma Papp, Tom Lindfors, Lajos Höfler, Rose-Marie Latonen, Róbert E Gyurcsányi
Electrically conducting polymers (ECPs) are one of the most popular types of materials to interface ion-selective membranes (ISMs) with electron-conducting substrates to construct solid-contact ion-selective electrodes (SCISEs). For optimal ion-to-electron transduction and potential stability, the p-doped ECPs with low oxidation potentials such as PPy need to be generally in their conducting form along with providing a sufficiently hydrophobic interface to counteract the aqueous layer formation. The first criterion requires that the ECPs are in their oxidized state, but the high charge density of this state is detrimental for the prevention of the aqueous layer formation...
February 9, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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