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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545271/-effect-of-microrna-106b-on-the-invasion-and-proliferation-of-trophoblasts-through-targeting-mmp-2
#1
J Li, J M Wang, Y H Liu, Z Zhang, N Han, J Y Wang, S H Xue, P Wang
Objective: To investigate the expression of microRNA-106b (miR-106b) in the placentas of patients with pre-eclampsia and its relationship with matrix metallopeptidase (MMP) -2, and its effect on the invasion and proliferation of trophoblasts. Methods: (1) Placental tissues were collected from patients with mild pre-eclampsia (mPE, n=30), severe pre-eclampsia (sPE, n=30) and normal pregnant women (n=40). Human choriocarcinoma cell lines JAR and JEG3 were assigned to the miR-106b mimics group, the mimics negative control group, the miR-106b inhibitor group and the inhibitor negative control group, respectively...
May 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545245/multimodal-bio-inspired-tactile-sensing-module-for-surface-characterization
#2
Thiago Eustaquio Alves de Oliveira, Ana-Maria Cretu, Emil M Petriu
Robots are expected to recognize the properties of objects in order to handle them safely and efficiently in a variety of applications, such as health and elder care, manufacturing, or high-risk environments. This paper explores the issue of surface characterization by monitoring the signals acquired by a novel bio-inspired tactile probe in contact with ridged surfaces. The tactile module comprises a nine Degree of Freedom Microelectromechanical Magnetic, Angular Rate, and Gravity system (9-DOF MEMS MARG) and a deep MEMS pressure sensor embedded in a compliant structure that mimics the function and the organization of mechanoreceptors in human skin as well as the hardness of the human skin...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545241/lactobacillus-rhamnosus-hn001-and-lactobacillus-acidophilus-la-14-attenuate-gardnerella-vaginalis-infected-bacterial-vaginosis-in-mice
#3
Se-Eun Jang, Jin-Ju Jeong, Su-Young Choi, Hyunji Kim, Myung Joo Han, Dong-Hyun Kim
Oral administration of a probiotic mixture (PM; Respecta(®)) consisting of Lactobacillus rhamnosus HN001 (L1), Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14 (L2), and lactoferrin RCXTM results in colonization of these probiotics in the vagina of healthy women. Therefore, we examined whether vaginal colonization of the PM ingredients L1 and L2 could attenuate bacterial vaginosis (BV). BV was induced in mice via β-estradiol-3-benzoate-induced immunosuppression and intravaginal inoculation with Gardnerella vaginalis (GV)...
May 23, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545234/validation-of-splicing-events-in-transcriptome-sequencing-data
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Wolfgang Kaisers, Johannes Ptok, Holger Schwender, Heiner Schaal
Genomic alignments of sequenced cellular messenger RNA contain gapped alignments which are interpreted as consequence of intron removal. The resulting gap-sites, genomic locations of alignment gaps, are landmarks representing potential splice-sites. As alignment algorithms report gap-sites with a considerable false discovery rate, validations are required. We describe two quality scores, gap quality score (gqs) and weighted gap information score (wgis), developed for validation of putative splicing events: While gqs solely relies on alignment data wgis additionally considers information from the genomic sequence...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545232/sensors-and-actuators-on-determining-parameters-for-being-considered-in-selection-of-elastomers-for-biomimetic-hands
#5
Vlad Cârlescu, Dumitru N Olaru, Gheorghe Prisăcaru, Cezar Oprişan, José Machado
In this paper, the authors present a new methodology to study the viscoelastic behaviour of the human finger. The methodology is based on experimental research consisting of a finger's indentation with a small steel cylindrical object for various indentation speeds. The tests were realized on a CETR UMT-2 Tribometer for indentation speed between 0.02 mm/s and 4 mm/s with a normal load of up to 22 N. Using the force-deformation diagrams recorded at the smallest indentation speed determined the elastic modulus of the human finger according to an adapted Hertzian model...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545227/potential-use-of-chemoprotectants-against-the-toxic-effects-of-cyanotoxins-a-review
#6
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Remedios Guzmán-Guillén, María Puerto, Daniel Gutiérrez-Praena, Ana I Prieto, Silvia Pichardo, Ángeles Jos, Alexandre Campos, Vitor Vasconcelos, Ana M Cameán
Cyanobacterial toxins, particularly microcystins (MCs) and cylindrospermopsin (CYN), are responsible for toxic effects in humans and wildlife. In order to counteract or prevent their toxicity, various strategies have been followed, such as the potential application of chemoprotectants. A review of the main substances evaluated for this aim, as well as the doses and their influence on cyanotoxin-induced toxicity, has been performed. A search of the literature shows that research on MCs is much more abundant than research on CYN...
May 23, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545216/multi-proxy-evidence-for-decreased-terrestrial-contribution-to-sedimentary-organic-matter-in-coastal-areas-of-the-east-china-sea-during-the-past-100years
#7
Yunyun Cao, Lei Xing, Ting Zhang, Wen-Hsuan Liao
Little is known about temporal changes in sedimentary organic matter (OM) in the East China Sea (ECS) due to the lack of continuous high-resolution records. In this study, we used a multi-proxy approach to reconstruct sedimentary OM variations over the past 100years from three sediment cores collected from the coastal areas of the ECS. For the three cores, total organic carbon (TOC) normalized concentrations of phytoplankton biomarkers (brassicasterol+dinosterol+alkenones) and a marine archaea biomarker (crenarchaeol) showed gradual increases over the past 100years with a greater increase after the 1980s...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545213/safe-utilization-of-heavy-metal-contaminated-farmland-by-mulberry-tree-cultivation-and-silk-production
#8
Xiaoming Wan, Mei Lei, Tongbin Chen, Yongbi Tan, Junxing Yang
Heavy-metal-contaminated soil threatens human health and environmental safety. Complete remediation of contaminated soil is expensive; therefore, phytomanagement has emerged as a cost-effective alternative. The current study investigated mulberry tree (Morus alba) plantation, silkworm cultivation, and silk production as phytomanagement options. Results defined the safety of planting mulberry trees in soils with lead (Pb) and arsenic (As) concentrations lower than 369 and 180mgkg(-1), respectively. Silkworms fed with mulberry leaves collected from slightly contaminated soil exhibited productive growth and normal silk production...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545212/determination-of-phenolic-organohalogens-in-human-serum-from-a-belgian-population-and-assessment-of-parameters-affecting-the-human-contamination
#9
Patrice Dufour, Catherine Pirard, Corinne Charlier
Many in vitro or in vivo studies highlighted the potential deleterious effects of phenolic organohalogenated compounds (POHs) on the health, particularly on the thyroid system homeostasis, however few large scale human epidemiological studies have been carried out, especially in Europe. Further studies monitoring the human contamination by POHs, the sources of exposure and the influence of these compounds on thyroid health are still needed. Therefore we determined the concentrations of 16 POHs (pentachlorophenol (PCP), tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA), 4 bromophenols (BPs), 3 hydroxy-polybromodiphenylethers (OH-PBDEs) and 7 hydroxy-polychlorobiphenyls (OH-PCBs)) in serum from 274 people aged from 18 to 76years old living in Liege (Belgium) and the surrounding area...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545210/response-of-microcystis-aeruginosa-bccusp-232-to-barley-hordeum-vulgare-l-straw-degradation-extract-and-fractions
#10
Gustavo Franciscatti Mecina, Anne Lígia Dokkedal, Luiz Leonardo Saldanha, Mathias Ahii Chia, Micheline Kézia Cordeiro-Araújo, Maria do Carmo Bittencourt-Oliveira, Regildo Márcio Gonçalves da Silva
The eutrophication of aquatic ecosystems is a serious environmental problem that leads to increased frequency of cyanobacterial blooms and concentrations of cyanotoxins. These changes in aquatic chemistry can negatively affect animal and human health. Environment-friendly methods are needed to control bloom forming cyanobacteria. We investigated the effect of Hordeum vulgare L. (barley) straw degradation extract and its fractions on the growth, oxidative stress, antioxidant enzyme activities, and microcystins content of Microcystis aeruginosa (Kützing) Kützing BCCUSP232...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545208/spatio-temporal-analysis-of-particulate-matter-intake-fractions-for-vehicular-emissions-hourly-variation-by-micro-environments-in-the-greater-toronto-and-hamilton-area-canada
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Weeberb J Requia, Matthew D Adams, Altaf Arain, Petros Koutrakis, Wan-Chen Lee, Mark Ferguson
Previous investigations have reported intake fraction (iF) for different environments, which include ambient concentrations (outdoor exposure) and microenvironments (indoor exposure). However, little is known about iF variations due to space-time factors, especially in microenvironments. In this paper, we performed a spatio-temporal analysis of particulate matter (PM2.5) intake fractions for vehicular emissions. Specifically, we investigated hourly variation (12:00am-11:00pm) by micro-environments (residences and workplaces) in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), Canada...
May 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545202/memantine-inhibits-degradation-of-the-articular-cartilage-extracellular-matrix-induced-by-advanced-glycation-end-products-ages
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Jijun Zhao, Yinghao Yu, Zhaofeng Wu, Ling Wang, Wei Li
The accumulation of inflammation and cartilage damage induced by advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are important hallmarks of osteoarthritis (OA). Memantine is a clinically licensed drug used for the treatment of moderate and severe Alzheimer's disease. To date, little information has been reported regarding the effects of memantine on cartilage destruction. In this study, we investigated the protective effects of memantine on AGE-induced degradation of collagen II and aggrecans in human SW1353 chondrocytes...
May 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545193/synthesis-characterization-and-cytotoxic-evaluation-of-graphene-oxide-nanosheets-in-vitro-liver-cancer-model
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Samah A Loutfy, Taher A Salaheldin, Marwa A Ramadan, Khaled Yehia Farroh, Zeinab F Abdallah, Tareq Youssef Abd Eloahed
Background: Graphene nanosheets have a broad spectrum of biomedical applications. Hepatocellular cancer (HCC) is a major health problem in the Egyptian population. Currently, treatment strategies are invasive and have several adverse side effects. Thus, other approaches are required for managing this aggressive type of cancer. Our objective here was to prepare and characterize graphene oxide nanosheets and evaluate cytotoxic effect at the molecular level in an in vitro human liver cancer cell model (HepG2)...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545188/clinacanthus-nutans-hexane-extracts-induce-apoptosis-through-a-caspase-dependent-pathway-in-human-cancer-cell-lines
#14
Pei Ying Ng, Soi Moi Chye, Chew Hee Ng, Rhun Yian Koh, Yee Lian Tiong, Liew Phing Pui, Yong Hui Tan, Crystale Siew Ying Lim, Khuen Yen Ng
Background: Clinacanthus nutans (C.nutans) is a plant consumed as a cancer treatment in tropical Asia. Despite the availability of numerous anecdotal reports, evaluation of active anticancer effects has remained elusive. Therefore we here examined antiproliferative, reactive oxygen species (ROS)-inducing and apoptosis mechanisms of whole plant extracts in different cancer cell lines. Methods: Antiproliferative actions of five solvent extracts (hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, methanol and water) of C.nutans were tested on non-small cell lung cancer (A549), nasopharygeal cancer (CNE1) and liver cancer (HepG2) cells using MTT assay...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545187/enterolactone-suppresses-proliferation-migration-and-metastasis-of-mda-mb-231-breast-cancer-cells-through-inhibition-of-upa-induced-plasmin-activation-and-mmps-mediated-ecm-remodeling
#15
Aniket V Mali, Asavari A Joshi, Mahabaleshwar V Hegde, Shivajirao S Kadam
Background: To enhance their own survival, tumor cells can manipulate their microenvironment through remodeling of the extra cellular matrix (ECM). The urokinase-type plasminogen activator (uPA) system catalyzes plasmin production which further mediates activation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and plays an important role in breast cancer invasion and metastasis through ECM remodeling. This provides a potential target for therapeutic intervention of breast cancer treatment. Enterolactone (EL) is derived from dietary flax lignans in the human body and is known to have anti-breast cancer activity...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545184/frequency-of-human-papillomavirus-hpv-16-and-18-detection-in-paraffin-embedded-laryngeal-carcinoma-tissue
#16
Seyed Zinab Hosseini, Manoochehr Makvandi, Alireza Samarbafzade, Ali Timori, Nastaran Ranjbar, Nader Saki, Nilofar Nisi, Toran Shahani, Mehran Varnaseri, Kambiz Angali Ahmadi
Background and Objective: Human papilloma virus (HPV) 16 and HPV18 have been detected in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) and there is evidence that detection of HPVs would have better prognostic value than patients with HNSCC negative for HPVs. Thus, this study was conducted to evaluate frequency of HPV 16 and HPV 18 genotypes in patients with laryngeal carcinoma. Materials and methods: Fifty formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue blocks of laryngeal cancers were collected. Sections were prepared at 5 μm and DNA was extracted from each sample and subjected to the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to detect HPV-16/18 DNA s...
April 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545161/classic-galactosemia-study-on-the-late-prenatal-development-of-galt-specific-activity-in-a-sheep-model
#17
Ana I Coelho, Jörgen Bierau, Martijn Lindhout, Jelle Achten, Boris W Kramer, M Estela Rubio-Gozalbo
BACKGROUND: Classic galactosemia results from deficient activity of galactose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase (GALT), a key enzyme of galactose metabolism. Despite early diagnosis and early postnatal therapeutic intervention, patients still develop neurologic and fertility impairments. Prenatal developmental toxicity has been hypothesized as a determinant factor of disease. In order to shed light on the importance of prenatal GALT activity, several studies have examined GALT activity throughout development...
May 25, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545146/transcriptomics-technologies
#18
Rohan Lowe, Neil Shirley, Mark Bleackley, Stephen Dolan, Thomas Shafee
Transcriptomics technologies are the techniques used to study an organism's transcriptome, the sum of all of its RNA transcripts. The information content of an organism is recorded in the DNA of its genome and expressed through transcription. Here, mRNA serves as a transient intermediary molecule in the information network, whilst noncoding RNAs perform additional diverse functions. A transcriptome captures a snapshot in time of the total transcripts present in a cell. The first attempts to study the whole transcriptome began in the early 1990s, and technological advances since the late 1990s have made transcriptomics a widespread discipline...
May 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545138/sumo-4-a-novel-functional-candidate-in-the-human-placental-protein-sumoylation-machinery
#19
Dora Baczyk, Melanie C Audette, Sascha Drewlo, Khrystyna Levytska, John C Kingdom
BACKGROUND: Small ubiquitin-like modifiers (SUMOs) conjugate to proteins post-translationally, thereby affecting target localization, activity and stability. Functional SUMO family members identified in the human placenta include SUMO-1 to SUMO-3, which are elevated in pre-eclampsia. Whether the fourth isoform, SUMO-4, plays a role in placental development and function remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: We tested the hypothesis that SUMO-4 is expressed in the human placenta and demonstrates altered SUMOylation in pre-eclamptic pregnancies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545123/predictability-of-arousal-in-mouse-slow-wave-sleep-by-accelerometer-data
#20
Gustavo Zampier Dos Santos Lima, Sergio Roberto Lopes, Thiago Lima Prado, Bruno Lobao-Soares, George C do Nascimento, John Fontenele-Araujo, Gilberto Corso
Arousals can be roughly characterized by punctual intrusions of wakefulness into sleep. In a standard perspective, using human electroencephalography (EEG) data, arousals are associated to slow-wave rhythms and K-complex brain activity. The physiological mechanisms that give rise to arousals during sleep are not yet fully understood. Moreover, subtle body movement patterns, which may characterize arousals both in human and in animals, are usually not detectable by eye perception and are not in general present in sleep studies...
2017: PloS One
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