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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432932/surveillance-of-vittaforma-corneae-in-hot-springs-by-a-small-volume-procedure
#1
Jung-Sheng Chen, Tsui-Kang Hsu, Bing-Mu Hsu, Tung-Yi Huang, Yu-Li Huang, Men-Fang Shaio, Dar-Der Ji
Vittaforma corneae is an obligate intracellular fungus and can cause human ocular microsporidiosis. Although accumulating reports of V. corneae causing keratoconjunctivitis in both healthy and immunocompromised persons have been published, little is known about the organism's occurrence in aquatic environments. Limitations in detection sensitivity have meant a large sampling volume is required to detect the pathogen up to now, which is problematic. A recent study in Taiwan has shown that some individuals suffering from microsporidial keratitis (MK) were infected after exposure to the pathogen at a hot spring...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431099/effect-of-cold-water-induced-stress-on-immune-response-pathology-and-fertility-in-mice-during-chlamydia-muridarum-genital-infection
#2
Tesfaye Belay, Anthony Woart, Vincent Graffeo
Genital infection by Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) is the most common bacterial sexually-transmitted disease worldwide. It causes serious reproductive health complications, including pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. Stress is implicated as a risk factor for various infections; however, its effect on chlamydia genital infection is unknown. We previously showed that repeated exposure of mice to cold water results in increased severity of chlamydia genital infection. In the present study, cold water-induced stress resulted in: i) elevated levels of NE and EP in the spleen and genital tract of stressed mice; ii) elevated IL-1β, TNF-α, IL-6 and NO production in macrophage-rich peritoneal cells of mice; iii) supplement of NE in vitro exerts an immunosuppressive effect on splenic T cell production of cytokines; iv) decreased C...
April 18, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426293/identifying-thermal-breakdown-products-of-thermoplastics
#3
Marianne Guillemot, Benoît Oury, Sandrine Melin
Polymers processed to produce plastic articles are subjected to temperatures between 150°C and 450°C or more during overheated processing and breakdowns. Heat-based processing of this nature can lead to emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the thermoplastic processing shop. In this study, laboratory experiments, qualitative and quantitative emissions measurement in thermoplastic factories were carried out. The first step was to identify the compounds released depending on the thermoplastic nature, the temperature and the type of process...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422865/crystalglobulinemia-manifesting-as-chronic-arthralgia-and-acute-limb-ischemia-a-clinical-case-report
#4
Nobuya Abe, Tomoko Tomita, Miyuki Bohgaki, Hideki Kasahara, Takao Koike
RATIONALE: Crystalglobulinemia is a rare disease caused by monoclonal immunoglobulins, characterized by irreversible crystallization on refrigeration. It causes systemic symptoms including purpura, arthralgia, and vessel occlusive conditions to be exacerbated by exposure to cold. We report a patient with crystalglobulinemia associated with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) manifesting as chronic arthralgia and recurrent acute arterial occlusion. PRESENTING CONCERNS: A 61-year-old man, who had been diagnosed with MGUS and who had arthralgia of unknown origin, presented with recurrent acute limb ischemia after surgical thromboembolectomy...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421275/no-association-between-hand-and-foot-temperature-responses-during-local-cold-stress-and-rewarming
#5
Lena Norrbrand, Roger Kölegård, Michail E Keramidas, Igor B Mekjavic, Ola Eiken
PURPOSE: The purpose was to examine whether associations exist between temperature responses in the fingers vs. toes and hand vs. foot during local cold-water immersion and rewarming phases. METHODS: Seventy healthy subjects (58 males, 12 females) immersed their right hand or right foot, respectively, in 8 °C water for 30 min (CWI phase), followed by a 15-min spontaneous rewarming (RW) in 25 °C air temperature. RESULTS: Temperature was lower in the toes than the fingers during the baseline phase (27...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418274/the-gulf-long-term-follow-up-study-gulf-study-biospecimen-collection-at-enrollment
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Lawrence S Engel, Richard K Kwok, Aubrey K Miller, Aaron Blair, Matthew D Curry, John A McGrath, Dale P Sandler, Polly Armsby, Susan Baker, Richard D Cohn, Edward E Gaunt, Audra Hodges, David Johndrow, Steven K Ramsey, Mark Stenzel, Patricia Stewart
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DWH) explosion in the Gulf of Mexico led to the largest ever marine oil spill by volume. The GuLF STUDY is investigating possible adverse human health effects associated with oil spill activities. One objective of the study was to utilize biological specimens from study participants to examine spill-related adverse health effects. This study describes the methods for collecting, processing, shipping, and storing specimens during the enrollment phase of the study. GuLF STUDY participants living in Gulf States (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and eastern Texas) were eligible to complete a home visit at enrollment, one to three years after the DWH explosion...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416963/mitochondrial-acclimation-potential-to-ocean-acidification-and-warming-of-polar-cod-boreogadus-saida-and-atlantic-cod-gadus-morhua
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Elettra Leo, Kristina L Kunz, Matthias Schmidt, Daniela Storch, Hans-O Pörtner, Felix C Mark
BACKGROUND: Ocean acidification and warming are happening fast in the Arctic but little is known about the effects of ocean acidification and warming on the physiological performance and survival of Arctic fish. RESULTS: In this study we investigated the metabolic background of performance through analyses of cardiac mitochondrial function in response to control and elevated water temperatures and PCO2 of two gadoid fish species, Polar cod (Boreogadus saida), an endemic Arctic species, and Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), which is a temperate to cold eurytherm and currently expanding into Arctic waters in the wake of ocean warming...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416423/dietary-administration-of-sodium-alginate-ameliorated-stress-and-promoted-immune-resistance-of-grouper-epinephelus-coioides-under-cold-stress
#8
Pai-Po Lee, Yu-Hung Lin, Min-Chieh Chen, Winton Cheng
Grouper, Epinephelus coioides, fed a diet containing sodium alginate at 0 (control, named C) and 1.0 g kg(-1) (named S) at a temperature of 28 °C for 12 days, were then further individually transferred to 28 (two groups named C-28 and S-28) or 20 °C (two groups named C-20 and S-20), and immune parameters and stress indexes were measured at the beginning and after 6, 12, 24 and 48 h of exposure. Examination of immune parameters revealed that the alternative complement activity (ACH50), lysozyme activity, phagocytic activity, superoxide dismutase, and respiratory bursts significantly increased in groupers fed the sodium alginate-containing diet for 12 days, and were higher in the S-28 than those of the C-28 and S-20 groups, which were higher than those of the C-20 group from 6 to 48 h except for ACH50 at 48 h, respiratory bursts at 48 h, and lysozymes at 6 h...
April 14, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414329/alternatively-activated-macrophages-do-not-synthesize-catecholamines-or-contribute-to-adipose-tissue-adaptive-thermogenesis
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Katrin Fischer, Henry H Ruiz, Kevin Jhun, Brian Finan, Douglas J Oberlin, Verena van der Heide, Anastasia V Kalinovich, Natasa Petrovic, Yochai Wolf, Christoffer Clemmensen, Andrew C Shin, Senad Divanovic, Frank Brombacher, Elke Glasmacher, Susanne Keipert, Martin Jastroch, Joachim Nagler, Karl-Werner Schramm, Dasa Medrikova, Gustav Collden, Stephen C Woods, Stephan Herzig, Dirk Homann, Steffen Jung, Jan Nedergaard, Barbara Cannon, Matthias H Tschöp, Timo D Müller, Christoph Buettner
Adaptive thermogenesis is the process of heat generation in response to cold stimulation. It is under the control of the sympathetic nervous system, whose chief effector is the catecholamine norepinephrine (NE). NE enhances thermogenesis through β3-adrenergic receptors to activate brown adipose tissue and by 'browning' white adipose tissue. Recent studies have reported that alternative activation of macrophages in response to interleukin (IL)-4 stimulation induces the expression of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH), a key enzyme in the catecholamine synthesis pathway, and that this activation provides an alternative source of locally produced catecholamines during the thermogenic process...
April 17, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411895/the-environment-and-blood-pressure
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REVIEW
Robert D Brook
A host of environmental factors can significantly increase arterial blood pressure (BP) including cold temperature, high altitude, loud noises, and ambient air pollutants. Although brief exposures acutely elevate BP, over the long term, chronic exposures may be capable of promoting the development of sustained hypertension. Given their omnipresent nature, environmental factors may play a role in worsening BP control and heightening overall cardiovascular risk at the global public health level.
May 2017: Cardiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407574/air-pollution-by-particulate-matter-pm10-may-trigger-multiple-sclerosis-relapses
#11
Jonathan Roux, Denis Bard, Estelle Le Pabic, Claire Segala, Jacques Reis, Jean-Claude Ongagna, Jérôme de Sèze, Emmanuelle Leray
BACKGROUND: Seasonal variation of relapses in multiple sclerosis (MS) suggests that season-dependent factors, such as ambient air pollution, may trigger them. However, only few studies have considered possible role of air pollutants as relapse's risk factor. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the effect of particulate matter of aerodynamic diameter smaller than 10µm (PM10) on MS relapses. METHODS: In total, 536 relapsing MS patients from Strasbourg city (France) were included, accounting for 2052 relapses over 2000-2009 period...
April 10, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403942/mr-signal-fat-fraction-analysis-and-t2-weighted-imaging-measure-bat-reliably-on-humans-without-cold-exposure
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Milja Holstila, Marko Pesola, Teemu Saari, Kalle Koskensalo, Juho Raiko, Ronald J H Borra, Pirjo Nuutila, Riitta Parkkola, Kirsi A Virtanen
OBJECTIVE: Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is compositionally distinct from white adipose tissue (WAT) in terms of triglyceride and water content. In adult humans, the most significant BAT depot is localized in the supraclavicular area. Our aim is to differentiate brown adipose tissue from white adipose tissue using fat T2* relaxation time mapping and signal-fat-fraction (SFF) analysis based on a commercially available modified 2-point-Dixon (mDixon) water-fat separation method. We hypothesize that magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can reliably measure BAT regardless of the cold-induced metabolic activation, with BAT having a significantly higher water and iron content compared to WAT...
May 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402252/constitutive-activation-of-kappa-opioid-receptors-at-ventral-tegmental-area-inhibitory-synapses-following-acute-stress
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Abigail M Polter, Kelsey Barcomb, Rudy W Chen, Paige M Dingess, Nicholas M Graziane, Travis E Brown, Julie A Kauer
Stressful experiences potently activate kappa opioid receptors (κORs). κORs in the ventral tegmental area regulate multiple aspects of dopaminergic and non-dopaminergic cell function. Here we show that at GABAergic synapses on rat VTA dopamine neurons, a single exposure to a brief cold-water swim stress induces prolonged activation of κORs. This is mediated by activation of the receptor during the stressor followed by a persistent, ligand-independent constitutive activation of the κOR itself. This lasting change in function is not seen at κORs at neighboring excitatory synapses, suggesting distinct time courses and mechanisms of regulation of different subsets of κORs...
April 12, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401298/neurovascular-hand-symptoms-in-relation-to-cold-exposure-in-northern-sweden-a-population-based-study
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Albin Stjernbrandt, Bodil Björ, Martin Andersson, Lage Burström, Ingrid Liljelind, Tohr Nilsson, Ronnie Lundström, Jens Wahlström
PURPOSE: To describe the self-reported ambient cold exposure in northern Sweden and to relate the level of cumulative cold exposure to the occurrence of sensory and vascular hand symptoms. We hypothesize that cold exposure is positively related to reporting such symptoms. METHODS: A questionnaire about cold exposure and related symptoms was sent out to 35,144 subjects aged 18-70 years and living in northern Sweden. RESULTS: A total of 12,627 out of 35,144 subjects returned the questionnaire (response rate 35...
April 11, 2017: International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394190/technology-derived-storage-solutions-for-stabilizing-insulin-in-extreme-weather-conditions-i-the-vivicap-1-device
#15
Andreas Pfützner, Gidi Pesach, Ron Nagar
BACKGROUND: Injectable life-saving drugs should not be exposed to temperatures <4°C/39°F or >30°C/86°F. Frequently, weather conditions exceed these temperature thresholds in many countries. Insulin is to be kept at 4-8°C/~ 39-47°F until use and once opened, is supposed to be stable for up to 31 days at room temperature (exception: 42 days for insulin levemir). Extremely hot or cold external temperature can lead to insulin degradation in a very short time with loss of its glucose-lowering efficacy...
April 10, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391171/a-two-scale-modeling-and-computational-framework-for-vibration-induced-raynaud-syndrome
#16
Yue Hua, Pierre Lemerle, Jean-François Ganghoffer
Hand-Arm Vibration syndrome (HAVS), usually caused by long-term use of hand-held power tools, can in certain manifestations alter the peripheral blood circulation in the hand-arm region. HAVS typically occurs after exposure to cold, causing an abnormally strong vasoconstriction of blood vessels. A pathoanatomical mechanism suggests that a reduction of the lumen of the blood vessels in VWF (Vibration White Finger) subjects, due to either hypertrophy or thickening of the vessel wall, may be at the origin of the disease...
March 28, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387322/adipose-tissue-towards-mimicking-cold-exposure
#17
Claire Greenhill
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 7, 2017: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386931/subfunctionalization-of-duplicate-myb-genes-in-solanum-commersonii-generated-the-cold-induced-scan2-and-the-anthocyanin-regulator-scan1
#18
Vincenzo D'Amelia, Riccardo Aversano, Alessandra Ruggiero, Giorgia Batelli, Ingo Appelhagen, Claudio Dinacci, Lionel Hill, Cathie Martin, Domenico Carputo
Wild potato species are useful sources allelic diversity and loci lacking in the cultivated potato. In these species, the presence of anthocyanins in leaves has been associated with a greater tolerance to cold stress. However, the molecular mechanisms that allow potatoes to withstand cold exposure remain unclear. Here, we show that the expression of AN2, a MYB transcription factor, is induced by low temperatures in wild, cold tolerant Solanum commersonii, and not in susceptible S. tuberosum varieties. We found that AN2 is a paralog of the potato anthocyanin regulator AN1, showing similar interaction ability with bHLH co-partners...
April 7, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380343/changes-in-thermo-tolerance-and-survival-under-simulated-gastrointestinal-conditions-of-salmonella-enteritidis-pt4-and-salmonella-typhimurium-pt4-in-chicken-breast-meat-after-exposure-to-sequential-stresses
#19
Adma Nadja Ferreira de Melo, Geany Targino de Souza, Donald Schaffner, Tereza C Moreira de Oliveira, Janeeyre Ferreira Maciel, Evandro Leite de Souza, Marciane Magnani
This study assessed changes in thermo-tolerance and capability to survive to simulated gastrointestinal conditions of Salmonella Enteritidis PT4 and Salmonella Typhimurium PT4 inoculated in chicken breast meat following exposure to stresses (cold, acid and osmotic) commonly imposed during food processing. The effects of the stress imposed by exposure to oregano (Origanum vulgare L.) essential oil (OVEO) on thermo-tolerance were also assessed. After exposure to cold stress (5°C for 5h) in chicken breast meat the test strains were sequentially exposed to the different stressing substances (lactic acid, NaCl or OVEO) at sub-lethal amounts, which were defined considering previously determined minimum inhibitory concentrations, and finally to thermal treatment (55°C for 30min)...
March 29, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379998/safety-aspects-of-atmospheric-pressure-helium-plasma-jet-operation-on-skin-in-vivo-study-on-mouse-skin
#20
Spela Kos, Tanja Blagus, Maja Cemazar, Gregor Filipic, Gregor Sersa, Uros Cvelbar
Biomedical applications of plasma require its efficacy for specific purposes and equally importantly its safety. Herein the safety aspects of cold plasma created with simple atmospheric pressure plasma jet produced with helium gas and electrode discharge are evaluated in skin damage on mouse, at different duration of exposure and gas flow rates. The extent of skin damage and treatments are systematically evaluated using stereomicroscope, labelling with fluorescent dyes, histology, infrared imaging and optical emission spectroscopy...
2017: PloS One
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