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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549371/theoretical-analysis-of-coupled-effects-of-microbe-and-root-architecture-on-methane-oxidation-in-vegetated-landfill-covers
#1
S Feng, A K Leung, C W W Ng, H W Liu
Reduction of soil moisture by plant root-water uptake could improve soil aeration for microbial aerobic methane oxidation (MAMO) in a landfill cover, but excessive soil moisture removal could suppress microbial activity due to water shortage. Existing models ignore the coupled microbe-vegetation interaction. It is thus not known whether the presence of plants is beneficial or adverse to MAMO. This study proposes a newly-improved theoretical model that couples the effects of root-water uptake and microbial activity for capturing water-gas flow and MAMO in unsaturated soils...
May 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549344/metformin-increases-chemo-sensitivity-via-gene-downregulation-encoding-dna-replication-proteins-in-5-fu-resistant-colorectal-cancer-cells
#2
Sung-Hee Kim, Soon-Chan Kim, Ja-Lok Ku
Metformin is most widely prescribed for type 2 diabetes. Recently, evidences have shown that metformin has anticancer effects on pancreatic-, colorectal-, ovarian-, and other cancers. Because metformin has less adverse effects and is inexpensive, it could be a useful chemo-therapeutic agent with anticancer effects. In this study, we demonstrated metformin inhibited by cell proliferation, cell migration ability, clonogenic ability, and cancer stem cell population. Metformin also induced cell cycle arrest in parental-(SNU-C5), and 5-Fu resistant-colorectal cancer cell line (SNU-C5_5FuR)...
May 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549324/salinity-and-sensitivity-to-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-a-comparison-of-reproductive-endpoints-in-small-bodied-fish-exposed-under-different-salinities
#3
Thijs Bosker, Giacomo Santoro, Steven D Melvin
The influence of salinity on toxicity outcomes has been demonstrated for various contaminants, but has received limited attention for endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Short-term laboratory tests using small-bodied fish are an important tool for evaluating impacts of EDCs on reproduction. Tests have been developed for both freshwater and estuarine/marine species, providing an opportunity to assess whether concentrations at which small-bodied fish respond to EDCs may be influenced by salinity. We conducted a semi-quantitative review of short-term laboratory tests with small-bodied fish exposed to EDCs, including 59 studies under freshwater conditions (7 species) and 23 studies conducted under saline conditions (5 species)...
May 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549291/antidiabetogenic-efficiency-of-menthol-improves-glucose-homeostasis-and-attenuates-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-apoptosis-in-streptozotocin-nicotinamide-induced-experimental-rats-through-ameliorating-glucose-metabolic-enzymes
#4
Udaiyar Muruganathan, Subramani Srinivasan, Veerasamy Vinothkumar
The phytochemical, menthol, has been reported to play many beneficial roles. However, under diabetic conditions, there is no detail mechanism of its beneficial action in the glucose homeostasis. The present study, we investigated to explore the role of menthol, on the glucose metabolic enzymes and pancreatic islet cell apoptosis of streptozotocin-nicotinamide (STZ-NA) induced diabetes in rats. Diabetes was induced by single intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection of STZ (50mg/kg/b.w.) and NA (110mg/kg/b.w.). Diabetic rats were treated with different dose of menthol (25, 50, and 100mg/kg/b...
May 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549270/the-effects-of-early-life-adversity-on-the-immune-system
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REVIEW
Martha M C Elwenspoek, Annette Kuehn, Claude P Muller, Jonathan D Turner
Early life adversity (ELA) is associated with a higher risk for diseases in adulthood. Although the pathophysiological effects of ELA are varied, there may be a unifying role for the immune system in all of the long-term pathologies such as chronic inflammatory disorders (autoimmune diseases, allergy, and asthma). Recently, significant efforts have been made to elucidate the long-term effects ELA has on immune function, as well as the mechanisms underlying these immune changes. In this review, we focus on data from human studies investigating immune parameters in relation to post-natal adverse experiences...
May 17, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549238/risk-factors-and-mechanisms-contributing-to-tki-induced-vascular-events-in-patients-with-cml
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REVIEW
Peter Valent, Emir Hadzijusufovic, Gregor Hoermann, Wolfgang Füreder, Gerit-Holger Schernthaner, Wolfgang R Sperr, Rudolf Kirchmair, Dominik Wolf
Vascular adverse events (VAE) are an emerging problem in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) receiving second-generation BCR-ABL1 tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI). Relevant VAE comprise peripheral, cerebral, and coronary artery changes in patients receiving nilotinib, venous and arterial occlusive events during ponatinib therapy, and pulmonary hypertension in patients receiving dasatinib. Although each TKI binds to a unique profile of molecular targets in leukemic cells and vascular cells, the exact etiology of drug-induced vasculopathies remains uncertain...
May 12, 2017: Leukemia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549206/assessment-of-allelic-diversity-among-drought-resistant-cotton-genotypes-using-microsatellite-markers
#7
A Javaid, F S Awan, F M Azhar, I A Khan
Drought, in conjunction with high temperature, is an important environmental constraint to cotton production. Development of cotton varieties with increased tolerance against adverse environmental conditions has been proposed as effective strategy for ensuring reliable yields. In the present study, 30 simple sequence repeat (SSR) primers were used to estimate genetic divergence among 22 cotton genotypes for drought stress tolerance. Genetic diversity is a prerequisite for developing drought resistant cotton genotypes...
May 25, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549178/rhoa-rock-inhibition-improves-the-beneficial-effects-of-glucocorticoid-treatment-in-dystrophic-muscle-implications-for-stem-cell-depletion
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Xiaodong Mu, Ying Tang, Koji Takayama, Wanqun Chen, Aiping Lu, Bing Wang, Kurt Weiss, Johnny Huard
Glucocorticoid treatment represents a standard palliative treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients, but various adverse effects have limited this treatment. In an effort to understand the mechanism(s) by which glucocorticoids impart their effects on the dystrophic muscle, and potentially reduce the adverse effects, we have studied the effect of prednisolone treatment in dystrophin/utrophin double knockout (dKO) mice, which exhibit a severe dystrophic phenotype due to rapid muscle stem cell depletion...
May 26, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549110/thoracic-aortitis-and-aortic-dissection-following-pegfilgrastim-administration
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Yuki Sato, Shuichiro Kaji, Hiroyuki Ueda, Keisuke Tomii
The patient was a 67-year-old woman with a history of advanced lung adenocarcinoma. Eight days after pegfilgrastim administration, her computed tomography scan revealed thickened bilateral common carotid arteries and thoracic aorta, which led to the diagnosis of pegfilgrastim-associated aortitis. Thirty-six days after pegfilgrastim administration, asymptomatic Stanford type B aortic dissection was detected. Her serum biomarker analysis suggested that interleukin-6 might be involved in the pathogenesis. Physicians should be aware of these adverse effects of filgrastim...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549055/is-it-worth-adding-loperamide-to-antibiotic-treatment-of-traveler%C3%A2-s-diarrhea
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Yazmín Pinos, María Isabel Ruiz, Óscar Corsi, Gabriel Rada
Travelers' diarrhea is a frequent condition, especially in those traveling to high-risk areas. Although antibiotic treatment reduces the duration of diarrhea, it has been suggested adding loperamide could further reduce the symptoms. To answer this question we used Epistemonikos, the largest database of systematic reviews in health, which is maintained by screening multiple information sources, including MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane, among others. We identified two systematic reviews including 28 studies overall, of which 15 were randomized trials relevant for the question of interest...
May 23, 2017: Medwave
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548958/interleukin-6-174g-c-gene-promoter-polymorphism-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-cancer
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Kan Zhai, Yong Yang, Zhi-Gang Gao, Jie Ding
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is known to be involved in the pathogenesis of cancer progression. IL-6-174G>C polymorphism has shown several results in association studies. In this study, we evaluated the association the IL-6-174G>C polymorphism and overall survival (OS) of cancer using 17 eligible studies with 4,304 patients. Our meta-analysis indicated that IL-6-174G>C polymorphism is not associated with OS when assessed using 3 genotype comparison including GG/(GC+CC), CC/(GC+GG) and CC/GG. Interestingly, compared to GG carrier, patients with IL-6-174GC genotype showed a decreased hazard of poor OS (hazard ratio = 0...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548924/comparing-the-clinical-efficacy-of-abiraterone-acetate-enzalutamide-and-orteronel-in-patients-with-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-by-performing-a-network-meta-analysis-of-eight-randomized-controlled-trials
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Minyong Kang, Chang Wook Jeong, Cheol Kwak, Ja Hyeon Ku, Hyeon Hoe Kim
Various novel androgen receptor (AR) targeting drugs have been developed recently and have shown beneficial effects on survival in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). However, no consensus has been reached regarding which of these agents provides the most favorable oncological outcomes. Here, we aimed to compare the efficacy of novel AR-targeted agents by performing a network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). We included eight RCTs for men with mCRPC treated with one of the AR targeting agents: abiraterone acetate, enzalutamide, or orteronel...
May 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548846/ambient-size-distributions-and-lung-deposition-of-aerosol-dithiothreitol-measured-oxidative-potential-a-contrast-between-soluble-and-insoluble-particles
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Ting Fang, Linghan Zeng, Dong Gao, Vishal Verma, Aleksandr B Stefaniak, Rodney J Weber
Ambient particulate matter (PM) may upset redox homeostasis leading to oxidative stress and adverse health effects. Size distributions of water-insoluble and water-soluble OP^DTT (dithiothreitol assay, measure of oxidative potential per air volume) are reported for a road-side and urban site. The average water-insoluble fractions were 23% and 51%, and 37% and 39% for fine and coarse mode at the road-side and urban site, respectively, measured during different periods. Water-soluble OP^DTT was unimodal peaked near 1-2...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548831/folate-biofortification-in-hydroponically-cultivated-spinach-by-the-addition-of-phenylalanine
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Sho Watanabe, Yuta Ohtani, Yohei Tatsukami, Wataru Aoki, Takashi Amemiya, Yasunori Sukekiyo, Seiichi Kubokawa, Mitsuyoshi Ueda
Folate is an important vitamin mainly ingested from vegetables, and folate deficiency causes various health problems. Recently, several studies demonstrated folate biofortification in plants or food crops by metabolic engineering through genetic modifications. However, genetically modified foods may have adverse effects, and their production and sales are under strict regulation. Here, we developed a new approach to achieve folate biofortification in spinach (Spinacia oleracea) without genetic modification...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548593/bilateral-deep-brain-stimulation-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-in-primary-meige-syndrome
#15
Shikun Zhan, Fafa Sun, Yixin Pan, Wei Liu, Peng Huang, Chunyan Cao, Jing Zhang, Dianyou Li, Bomin Sun
OBJECTIVE Subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms of primary Meige syndrome. However, assessments of its efficacy and safety have been limited to several case reports and small studies. METHODS The authors performed a retrospective study to assess the efficacy and safety of bilateral subthalamic nucleus stimulation in 15 patients with primary Meige syndrome who responded poorly to medical treatments or botulinum toxin injections. Using the movement and disability subscores of the Burke-Fahn-Marsden Dystonia Rating Scale, the authors evaluated the severity of patients' dystonia and related before surgery and at final follow-up during neurostimulation...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548587/comparison-of-efficacy-between-tace-combined-with-apatinib-and-tace-alone-in-the-treatment-of-intermediate-and-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma-a-single-center-randomized-controlled-trial
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Wei Lu, Xin-Li Jin, Chao Yang, Peng Du, Fu-Qiang Jiang, Jun-Peng Ma, Jian Yang, Peng Xie, Zhe Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to compare the clinical efficacy and safety of transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (TACE) combined with apatinib and TACE alone in the treatment of intermediate and advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). METHODS: From March 2015 to August 2015, a total of 44 patients with moderate and advanced HCC, who were admitted in the Navy General Hospital of China, were included into this study. These patients were randomly divided into two groups: group A and group B...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Biology & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548551/comparison-of-intramuscular-butorphanol-and-buprenorphine-combined-with-dexmedetomidine-for-sedation-in-cats
#17
Rebecca J Bhalla, Toby A Trimble, Elizabeth A Leece, Enzo Vettorato
Objectives The objective of this study was to compare the sedative effect of butorphanol-dexmedetomidine with buprenorphine-dexmedetomidine following intramuscular (IM) administration in cats. Methods Using a prospective, randomised, blinded design, 40 client-owned adult cats were assigned to receive IM dexmedetomidine (10 µg/kg) combined with either butorphanol (0.4 mg/kg) ('BUT' group) or buprenorphine (20 µg/kg) ('BUP' group). Sedation was scored using a previously published multidimensional composite scale before administration (T0) and 5, 10, 15 and 20 mins afterwards (T5, T10, T15 and T20, respectively)...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548281/adverse-effects-of-fructose-on-cardiometabolic-risk-factors-and-hepatic-lipid-metabolism-in-subjects-with-abdominal-obesity
#18
Marja-Riitta Taskinen, Sanni Söderlund, Leonie H Bogl, Antti Hakkarainen, Niina Matikainen, Kirsi H Pietiläinen, Sari Räsänen, Nina Lundbom, Elias Björnson, Björn Eliasson, Rosellina M Mancina, Stefano Romeo, Natalie Alméras, Giuseppe Della Pepa, Claudia Vetrani, Anna Prinster, Giovanni Annuzzi, Angela Rivellese, Jean-Pierre Després, Jan Borén
BACKGROUND: Overconsumption of dietary sugars, fructose in particular, is linked to cardiovascular risk factors such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, dyslipidemia, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. However, clinical studies have to date not clarified whether these adverse cardiometabolic effects are induced directly by dietary sugars, or if they are secondary to weight gain. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of fructose (75 g/day), served with their habitual diet over 12 weeks, on liver fat content and other cardiometabolic risk factors in a large cohort (n=71) of abdominally obese men...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548193/-therapeutic-potential-of-cannabis-sativa
#19
Marcia Avello L, Edgar Pastene N, Pola Fernández R, Pia Córdova M
Cannabis sativa (marihuana) is considered an illicit drug due to its psychoactive properties. Recently, the Chilean government opened to the use cannabis in the symptomatic treatment of some patients. The biological effects of cannabis render it useful for the complementary treatment of specific clinical situations such as chronic pain. We retrieved scientific information about the analgesic properties of cannabis, using it as a safe drug. The drug may block or inhibit the transmission of nervous impulses at different levels, an effect associated with pain control...
March 2017: Revista Médica de Chile
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548108/drugging-the-pain-epigenome
#20
REVIEW
Ellen Niederberger, Eduard Resch, Michael J Parnham, Gerd Geisslinger
More than 20% of adults worldwide experience different types of chronic pain, which are frequently associated with several comorbidities and a decrease in quality of life. Several approved painkillers are available, but current analgesics are often hampered by insufficient efficacy and/or severe adverse effects. Consequently, novel strategies for safe, highly efficacious treatments are highly desirable, particularly for chronic pain. Epigenetic mechanisms such as DNA methylation, histone modifications and microRNAs (miRNAs) strongly affect the regulation of gene expression, potentially for long periods over years or even generations, and have been associated with pathophysiological pain...
May 26, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
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