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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338666/the-association-of-maternal-factors-with-epibulbar-dermoid-of-newborn-a-retrospective-matched-case-control-study
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S Wu, Y Fan, D Wu, J Hong, J Xu
PurposeTo determine the association of maternal factors and exposure during pregnancy with the incidence in newborns of epibulbar dermoid (ED), a congenital ocular surface benign tumor.Patients and methodsThis is a retrospective, paired case-control study in which 121 children with ED (case group) and 121 children without ED (control group) were recruited. Questionnaire-based interviews with mothers of participants were performed and maternal medical records during pregnancy were reviewed. The questionnaire investigated basic information, personal history, environmental exposure, exposure to maternal diseases, symptoms and corresponding medical treatments during pregnancy, and parental socioeconomic status...
March 24, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337713/the-potential-role-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-in-lipid-metabolism-and-hypertension
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Zhe Huang, Aimin Xu, Bernard M Y Cheung
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 21 belongs to the FGF superfamily that is involved in cell proliferation and differentiation, neural development, angiogenesis, and metabolism. FGF21 requires β-Klotho as a co-receptor. Tissues involved in metabolism such as the liver, adipose tissues, skeletal muscle, and pancreas express FGF21. Starvation increases hepatic expression of FGF21, which then acts centrally to increase hepatic gluconeogenesis. FGF21 also increases fatty acid oxidation. This may be relevant in cold exposure, when expression of FGF21 is induced...
April 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336089/cold-lake-blend-diluted-bitumen-toxicity-to-the-early-development-of-japanese-medaka
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Barry N Madison, Peter V Hodson, Valerie S Langlois
Diluted bitumen (dilbit) from Alberta oil sands (Canada) is transported across major continental watersheds, yet little is known about its toxicity to fish if spilled into aquatic environments. The toxicity of Cold Lake (CLB) dilbit was assessed for medaka embryos (Oryzias latipes) exposed to water accommodated fractions (WAF) and chemically-enhanced WAF (CEWAF) using Corexit(®)EC9500A as dispersant. The effects of CLB toxicity were similar to conventional crude oils and Access Western Blend (AWB) dilbit. The prevalence of malformations and cyp1a mRNA synthesis in hatched fish increased monotonically with concentration during WAF and CEWAF treatments and provided a novel indicator of dilbit PAH toxicity...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334275/identification-of-a-novel-bzip-transcription-factor-in-camellia-sinensis-as-a-negative-regulator-of-freezing-tolerance-in-transgenic-arabidopsis
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Lu Wang, Hongli Cao, Wenjun Qian, Lina Yao, Xinyuan Hao, Nana Li, Yajun Yang, Xinchao Wang
Background and Aims: Basic region/leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors play vital roles in the abiotic stress response of plants. However, little is known about the function of bZIP genes in Camellia sinensis . Methods: CsbZIP6 was overexpressed in Arabidopsis thaliana . Effects of CsbZIP6 overexpression on abscisic acid (ABA) sensitivity, freezing tolerance and the expression of cold-responsive genes in arabidopsis were studied. Key Results: CsbZIP6 was induced during cold acclimation in tea plant...
March 14, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331598/differential-expression-patterns-of-two-delta-9-acyl-coa-desaturases-in-thitarodes-pui-lepidoptera-hepialidae-during-different-seasons-and-cold-exposure
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Qiang Min, Shiyu Cheng, Jianfei Xi, Tianrong Xin, Bin Xia, Zhiwen Zou
Thitarodes pui larvae have a limited distribution in the Tibetan Plateau and are the host of a parasitic fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis. Low temperature is a main environmental stress. However, understanding of T. pui cold adaptation mechanisms is insufficient. Delta-9-acyl-CoA desaturase (D9D) is closely correlated with cold adaptation for many organisms. To further understand the cold adaptation processes in T. pui larvae, two D9Ds, TpdesatA and TpdesatB were sequenced, and expression patterns were investigated during different seasons and cold exposure (under 0°C) in the laboratory...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330964/thermoregulatory-inversion-a-novel-thermoregulatory-paradigm
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Domenico Tupone, Georgina Cano, Shaun F Morrison
To maintain core body temperature in mammals, the normal CNS thermoregulatory reflex networks produce an increase in brown adipose tissue (BAT) thermogenesis in response to skin cooling, and an inhibition of the sympathetic outflow to BAT during skin rewarming. In contrast, these normal thermoregulatory reflexes appear to be inverted in hibernation/torpor: thermogenesis is inhibited during exposure to a cold environment, allowing dramatic reductions in core temperature and metabolism, and thermogenesis is activated during skin rewarming, contributing to a return of normal body temperature...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329927/-lagged-effects-of-diurnal-temperature-range-on-mortality-in-66-cities-in-china-a-time-series-study
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Y Q Zhao, L J Wang, Y Luo, P Yin, Z J Huang, T Liu, H L Lin, J P Xiao, X Li, W L Zeng, W J Ma, M G Zhou
Objective: To estimate the effect of daily diurnal temperature range (DTR) on mortality in different areas in China. Methods: A time series study using the data collected from 66 areas in China was conducted, and Meta-analysis was used to analyze the estimates of associations between DTR and daily mortality. Modifying effects of extremely low and high DTR-mortality relationship by season and socioeconomic status (SES) were also evaluated respectively. Cumulative excess risk (CER) was used as an index to evaluate the effects...
March 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324157/water-fat-mri-in-a-hibernator-reveals-seasonal-growth-of-white-and-brown-adipose-tissue-without-cold-exposure
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Amanda MacCannell, Kevin Sinclair, Lannette Friesen-Waldner, Charles A McKenzie, James F Staples
Obligate hibernators, such as ground squirrels, display circannual patterns which persist even under constant laboratory conditions, suggesting that they are regulated by endogenous rhythms. Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is important for thermogenesis during periodic arousals from hibernation when core body temperature rises spontaneously from 5 to 37 °C. In most small eutherians BAT growth requires several weeks of cold exposure. We hypothesized that in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus), a hibernator, BAT growth is regulated, in part, by an endogenous rhythm and we predicted that this growth would precede the hibernation season without cold exposure...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323980/hypoxia-inducible-lipid-droplet-associated-hilpda-is-not-a-direct-physiological-regulator-of-lipolysis-in-adipose-tissue
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Wieneke Dijk, Frits Mattijssen, Montserrat de la Rosa Rodriguez, Angel Loza Valdes, Anne Loft, Susanne Mandrup, Eric Kalkhoven, Ling Qi, Jan Willem Borst, Sander Kersten
Triglycerides are stored in specialized organelles called lipid droplets. Numerous proteins have been shown to be physically associated with lipid droplets and govern their function. Previously, hypoxia-inducible lipid droplet-associated (HILPDA) was localized to lipid droplets and was suggested to inhibit triglyceride lipolysis in hepatocytes. We confirm the partial localization of HILPDA to lipid droplets and show that HILPDA is highly abundant in adipose tissue, where its expression is controlled by the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ and by β-adrenergic stimulation...
March 17, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323929/human-brown-adipose-tissue-temperature-and-fat-fraction-are-related-to-its-metabolic-activity
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Kalle Koskensalo, Juho Raiko, Teemu Saari, Virva Saunavaara, Olli Eskola, Pirjo Nuutila, Jani Saunavaara, Riitta Parkkola, Kirsi A Virtanen
Background and aim: The metabolic activity of human brown adipose tissue (BAT) has been previously examined using positron-emission-tomography (PET). The aim of this study was to use proton Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (1H MRS) to investigate whether the temperature and the fat fraction (FF) of brown and white adipose tissue (WAT) are associated with BAT metabolic activity determined by 18F-FDG-PET. Materials and methods: Ten healthy subjects (4f/6m, 25-45 y) were studied using PET-MRI during acute cold exposure and at ambient room temperature...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323680/transient-global-amnesia-commentary-on-trip-gabriel-s-first-person-account
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Howard S Kirshner
This paper comments on a companion article, a first-person account of an episode of transient global amnesia written by New York Times reporter Trip Gabriel (Gabriel T. 2017. Cogn Behav Neurol. 30:1-4). Mr Gabriel describes having no memories of a cold, rainy day that he had spent on a sailboat competing in two races. The episode may have been triggered by his exposure to water. Afterward, the skipper recalled that Mr Gabriel had functioned fine on the boat, although after returning to shore he needed help finding his car...
March 2017: Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: Official Journal of the Society for Behavioral and Cognitive Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323483/taphonomy-of-microbial-biosignatures-in-spring-deposits-a-comparison-of-modern-quaternary-and-jurassic-examples
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Sally L Potter-McIntyre, Jason Williams, Charity Phillips-Lander, Laura O'Connell
On Earth, microorganisms commonly enhance mineral precipitation and mediate mineralogical and chemical compositions of resulting deposits, particularly at spring systems. However, preservation of any type of microbial fossil or chemical or textural biosignature depends on the degree of alteration during diagenesis and factors such as exposure to diagenetic fluids. Little is known about the transformation of biosignatures during diagenesis over geologic time. Ten Mile Graben, Utah, USA, hosts a cold spring system that is an exceptional site for evaluation of diagenetic alteration of biosignatures because of the presence of modern springs with actively precipitating microbial mats and a series of progressively older tufa terraces (<400 ka) preserved in the area from the same spring system...
March 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320982/comparison-of-three-acute-stress-models-for-simulating-the-pathophysiology-of-stress-related-mucosal-disease
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Bhagawati Saxena, Sanjay Singh
Stress-related mucosal disease (SRMD) is highly prevalent in intensive care patients leading to increasing treatment cost and mortality. SRMD is a disease elusive of ideal treatment. Evaluation of drugs is very pertinent for the efficient and safe treatment of SRMD. It relies mainly on in vivo screening models. There are various stress models, and till date, none of them is validated for simulating the SRMD pathophysiology. The present study aims to choose the best model, which reproduce pathophysiology of SRMD, among previously established stress models...
March 19, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319817/indoor-air-quality-of-low-and-middle-income-urban-households-in-durban-south-africa
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Nkosana Jafta, Lars Barregard, Prakash M Jeena, Rajen N Naidoo
INTRODUCTION: Elevated levels of indoor air pollutants may cause cardiopulmonary disease such as lower respiratory infection, chronic obstructive lung disease and lung cancer, but the association with tuberculosis (TB) is unclear. So far the risk estimates of TB infection or/and disease due to indoor air pollution (IAP) exposure are based on self-reported exposures rather than direct measurements of IAP, and these exposures have not been validated. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to characterize and develop predictive models for concentrations of three air pollutants (PM10, NO2 and SO2) in homes of children participating in a childhood TB study...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318878/insulin-stimulates-transport-of-organic-anion-compounds-mediated-by-organic-anion-transporting-polypeptide-2b1-in-the-human-intestinal-cell-line-caco-2
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Taku Kobayashi, Takahiro Koizumi, Masaki Kobayashi, Jiro Ogura, Yuichi Horiuchi, Yuki Kimura, Ayuko Kondo, Ayako Furugen, Katsuya Narumi, Natsuko Takahashi, Ken Iseki
Organic anion transporting polypeptide 2B1 (OATP2B1) is the major uptake transporter in the intestine, and transports various clinically used therapeutic agents. Insulin acts through the insulin receptor in targeted cells, and Rab8A is one of the insulin signaling pathways. The small intestine in humans also expresses insulin receptor and Rab8A. It has been reported that insulin stimulates peptide transporter 1 (PEPT1) expression at the apical membrane and increases uptake of PEPT1 substrates in small intestine epithelial model cells (Caco-2 cells)...
December 27, 2016: Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316560/lysopc-acyl-c16-0-is-associated-with-brown-adipose-tissue-activity-in-men
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Mariëtte R Boon, Leontine E H Bakker, Cornelia Prehn, Jerzy Adamski, Maarten J Vosselman, Ingrid M Jazet, Lenka M Pereira Arias-Bouda, Wouter D Marken van Lichtenbelt, Ko Willems van Dijk, Patrick C N Rensen, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori
INTRODUCTION: Brown adipose tissue (BAT) recently emerged as a potential therapeutic target in the treatment of obesity and associated disorders due to its fat-burning capacity. The current gold standard in assessing BAT activity is [(18)F]FDG PET-CT scan, which has severe limitations including radiation exposure, being expensive, and being labor-intensive. Therefore, indirect markers are needed of human BAT activity and volume. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to identify metabolites in serum that are associated with BAT volume and activity in men...
2017: Metabolomics: Official Journal of the Metabolomic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315489/effect-of-angiotensin-2-receptor-blockers-on-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease-mortality-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Pilar Paulin, Joaquin Maritano Furcada, Catalina M Ungaro, Gisela Bendelman, Gabriel D Waisman, Matias H Castro, Diego H Giunta, Bruno L Ferreyro
INTRODUCTION: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fifth cause of mortality worldwide. Systemic inflammation is a crucial element in its physiopathology. As Renin-Angiotensin System is one of the main components of this inflammatory neurohumoral cascade, Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs) might have an effect on mortality in COPD patients. GOAL: To evaluate the association between ARBs treatment and mortality in COPD patients. METHODS: Retrospective cohort of patients with diagnosis of COPD from 2003 to 2013...
March 14, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306734/simultaneous-liver-kidney-transplantation-and-bilateral-nephrectomy-through-a-midline-is-feasible-and-safe-in-polycystic-disease
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Ina Jochmans, Diethard Monbaliu, Laurens J Ceulemans, Jacques Pirenne, Jiri Fronek
In Eurotransplant, 50% of simultaneous liver kidney transplantations (SLK) are performed for polycystic disease. Classically, liver and kidney are transplanted in two steps: liver through a subcostal incision, kidney through a separate oblique incision. Liver and kidney volume can make this 'two-step' procedure challenging, especially if simultaneous native nephrectomy is indicated. A 'one-step' SLK through a xiphopubic laparotomy might be a safe alternative, facilitating mobilization of the voluminous polycystic liver and native nephrectomy whilst offering access to iliac fossae for kidney transplantation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300224/short-term-air-pollution-exposure-aggravates-parkinson-s-disease-in-a-population-based-cohort
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Hyewon Lee, Woojae Myung, Doh Kwan Kim, Satbyul Estella Kim, Clara Tammy Kim, Ho Kim
Increasing experimental evidence has suggested air pollution as new risk factor for neurological disease. Although long-term exposure is reportedly related to neurological disease, information on association with short-term exposure is scarce. We examined the association of short-term exposure to particles <2.5 μm (PM2.5), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), ozone (O3), and carbon monoxide (CO) with PD aggravation in Seoul from the National Health Insurance Service-National Sample Cohort, Korea during 2002-2013...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296671/the-use-of-thrombolytic-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-frostbite-injury
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Allyson Wexler, Sarah Zavala
Frostbite can lead to severe consequences including loss of digits and limbs. One of the mechanisms of frostbite includes vascular thrombosis. The use of tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in frostbite has been shown to be effective in case reports and small prospective studies. A retrospective chart review was performed on all patients admitted for frostbite between January 2008 and April 2015, and six patients were identified as having received treatment with intravenous tPA. Patients received an initial bolus dose followed by a 6-hour infusion of tPA...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Burn Care & Research: Official Publication of the American Burn Association
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