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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339927/characterizing-the-early-inflammatory-contribution-of-the-donor-kidney-following-reperfusion
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John P Stone, Muna Mohamud, Kavit Amin, William R Critchley, Rebecca J Edge, Marc J Clancy, Alexandra L Ball, James E Fildes
Background.: Donor kidneys contain a large reservoir of passenger leucocytes that contribute to acute rejection via direct alloantigen presentation and pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion. However, the early contribution of these cells following revascularization has not previously been described. We performed a secondary, high-volume preservation flush following cold storage to characterize the inflammatory contribution of the donor kidney upon reperfusion. Methods.: Porcine kidneys were retrieved using a protocol analogous to current UK clinical practice...
February 27, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339478/morphological-and-morphometric-specializations-of-the-lung-of-the-andean-goose-chloephaga-melanoptera-a-lifelong-high-altitude-resident
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John N Maina, Kevin G McCracken, Beverly Chua, Julia M York, William K Milsom
High altitude flight in rarefied, extremely cold and hypoxic air is a very challenging activity. Only a few species of birds can achieve it. Hitherto, the structure of the lungs of such birds has not been studied. This is because of the rarity of such species and the challenges of preparing well-fixed lung tissue. Here, it was posited that in addition to the now proven physiological adaptations, high altitude flying birds will also have acquired pulmonary structural adaptations that enable them to obtain the large amounts of oxygen (O2) needed for flight at high elevation, an environment where O2 levels are very low...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339248/anderson-transition-of-cold-atoms-with-synthetic-spin-orbit-coupling-in-two-dimensional-speckle-potentials
#3
Giuliano Orso
We investigate the metal-insulator transition occurring in two-dimensional (2D) systems of noninteracting atoms in the presence of artificial spin-orbit interactions and a spatially correlated disorder generated by laser speckles. Based on a high order discretization scheme, we calculate the precise position of the mobility edge and verify that the transition belongs to the symplectic universality class. We show that the mobility edge depends strongly on the mixing angle between Rashba and Dresselhaus spin-orbit couplings...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334704/combining-real-time-cold-and-mama-pcr-taqman-techniques-to-detect-and-quantify-r201-gnas-mutations-in-the-mccune-albright-syndrome%C3%A2
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Luisa de Sanctis, Ilaria Galliano, Paola Montanari, Patrizia Matarazzo, Daniele Tessaris, Massimiliano Bergallo
BACKGROUND/AIM: The McCune-Albright syndrome (MAS) is a potentially severe disorder hallmarked by fibrous bone dysplasia, café-au-lait skin spots, and endocrine hyperfunction. It is caused by postzygotic activating mutations at the R201 codon of the GNAS gene, leading to a state of somatic mosaicism. Our aim was to improve the mutation detection rate and to quantify the presence of R201 GNAS mutations in different DNA samples from MAS patients. METHODS: Real-time COLD- and MAMA-PCR TaqMan techniques were combined to search for R201 mutations in the DNA of blood or affected tissues from 16 previously molecularly characterized MAS patients, from a further 84 subjects with MAS signs who were R201 negative at RFLP analysis, and from 36 controls...
March 23, 2017: Hormone Research in Pædiatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334648/optimizing-withdrawal-from-drinking-water-reservoirs-to-reduce-downstream-temperature-pollution-and-reservoir-hypoxia
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M Weber, K Rinke, M R Hipsey, B Boehrer
Sustainable management of drinking water reservoirs requires balancing the demands of water supply whilst minimizing environmental impact. This study numerically simulates the effect of an improved withdrawal scheme designed to alleviate the temperature pollution downstream of a reservoir. The aim was to identify an optimal withdrawal strategy such that water of a desirable discharge temperature can be supplied downstream without leading to unacceptably low oxygen concentrations within the reservoir. First, we calibrated a one-dimensional numerical model for hydrodynamics and oxygen dynamics (GLM-AED2), verifying that the model reproduced water temperatures and hypolimnetic dissolved oxygen concentrations accurately over a 5 year period...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334329/metabolomics-of-pichia-pastoris-impact-of-buffering-conditions-on-the-kinetics-and-nature-of-metabolite-loss-during-quenching
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Matthias Mattanovich, Hannes Rußmayer, Theresa Scharl-Hirsch, Verena Puxbaum, Jonas Burgard, Diethard Mattanovich, Stephan Hann
Mass spectrometry based metabolomic profiling is a powerful strategy to quantify the concentrations of numerous primary metabolites in parallel. To avoid distortion of metabolite concentrations, quenching is applied to stop the cellular metabolism instantly. For yeasts, cold methanol quenching is accepted to be the most suitable method to stop metabolism, while keeping the cells intact for separation from the supernatant. During this treatment, metabolite loss may occur while the cells are suspended in the quenching solution...
March 15, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
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/28334139/environmental-filtering-drives-the-shape-and-breadth-of-the-seed-germination-niche-in-coastal-plant-communities
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Eduardo Fernández-Pascual, Adrián Pérez-Arcoiza, José Alberto Prieto, Tomás E Díaz
Background and Aims: A phylogenetic comparative analysis of the seed germination niche was conducted in coastal plant communities of western Europe. Two hypotheses were tested, that (1) the germination niche shape (i.e. the preference for a set of germination cues as opposed to another) would differ between beaches and cliffs to prevent seedling emergence in the less favourable season (winter and summer, respectively); and (2) the germination niche breadth (i.e. the amplitude of germination cues) would be narrower in the seawards communities, where environmental filtering is stronger...
February 27, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334079/how-do-cold-adapted-plants-respond-to-climatic-cycles-interglacial-expansion-explains-current-distribution-and-genomic-diversity-in-primula-farinosa-l
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Spyros Theodoridis, Christophe Randin, Peter Szövényi, Florian C Boucher, Theofania S Patsiou, Elena Conti
Understanding the effects of past climatic fluctuations on the distribution and population-size dynamics of cold-adapted species is essential for predicting their responses to ongoing global climate change. In spite of the heterogeneity of cold-adapted species, two main contrasting hypotheses have been proposed to explain their responses to Late Quaternary glacial cycles, namely, the interglacial contraction versus the interglacial expansion hypotheses. Here, we use the cold-adapted plant Primula farinosa to test two demographic models under each of the two alternative hypotheses and a fifth, null model...
December 21, 2016: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333889/normothermic-ex-situ-liver-preservation-the-new-gold-standard
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Richard W Laing, Hynek Mergental, Darius F Mirza
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Normothermic machine perfusion of the liver (NMP-L) is a novel technology recently introduced into the practice of liver transplantation. This review recapitulates benefits of normothermic perfusion over conventional static cold storage and summarizes recent publications in this area. RECENT FINDINGS: The first clinical trials have demonstrated both safety and feasibility of NMP-L. They have shown that machine perfusion can entirely replace cold storage or be commenced following a period of cold ischaemia...
March 22, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333698/misuse-of-pediatric-medications-and-parent-physician-communication-an-interactive-voice-response-intervention
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Kathleen E Walsh, Janine Bacic, Barrett D Phillips, William G Adams
BACKGROUND: Children take 1 medication each week on average at home. Better communication between parents and providers could support safer home medication use and prevent misuse of pediatric medications, such as intentional underdosing or overdosing. Our primary objective was to assess the impact of an interactive voice response system on parent-provider communication about medications. METHODS: Parents of children 4 months to 11 years of age with upcoming well child visits were invited to call our interactive voice response system, called Personal Health Partner (PHP), which asked questions about the child's health and medication use...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Patient Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333290/evolution-of-the-genome-3d-organization-comparison-of-fused-and-segregated-globin-gene-clusters
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Anastasia P Kovina, Natalia V Petrova, Ekaterina S Gushchanskaya, Konstantin V Dolgushin, Evgeny S Gerasimov, Aleksandra A Galitsyna, Alexey A Penin, Ilya M Flyamer, Elena S Ioudinkova, Alexey A Gavrilov, Yegor S Vassetzky, Sergey V Ulianov, Olga V Iarovaia, Sergey V Razin
The genomes are folded in a complex three-dimensional (3D) structure. Some features of this organization are common for all eukaryotes, but little is known about its evolution. Here we have studied the 3D organization and regulation of zebrafish globin domain and compared its organization and regulation with those of other vertebrate species. In birds and mammals, the alpha- and beta-globin genes are segregated into separate clusters located on different chromosomes and organized into chromatin domains of different types, whereas in cold-blooded vertebrates, including Danio rerio, alpha- and beta-globin genes are organized into common clusters...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332850/integrating-molecular-control-to-improve-cryopreservation-outcome
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John G Baust, Kristi K Snyder, Robert Van Buskirk, John M Baust
Cryopreservation (CP) is a critical component in enabling on-demand access to biological material (macromolecules, cells, and tissues), yet CP has evolved little over the last several decades. Today's CP processes often yield a suboptimal "product," which has slowed progression in areas such as cell therapy and stem cell research. Recent discoveries focusing on molecular control and buffering of cell stress responses to CP as well as the development of new devices that improve sample freezing and thawing are now providing a path to improve sample quality...
March 23, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332601/trpm8-in-the-negative-regulation-of-tnf%C3%AE-expression-during-cold-stress
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Xin-Pei Wang, Xuan Yu, Xiao-Jin Yan, Fan Lei, Yu-Shuang Chai, Jing-Fei Jiang, Zhi-Yi Yuan, Dong-Ming Xing, Li-Jun Du
Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin-8 (TRPM8) reportedly plays a fundamental role in a variety of processes including cold sensation, thermoregulation, pain transduction and tumorigenesis. However, the role of TRPM8 in inflammation under cold conditions is not well known. Since cooling allows the convergence of primary injury and injury-induced inflammation, we hypothesized that the mechanism of the protective effects of cooling might be related to TRPM8. We therefore investigated the involvement of TRPM8 activation in the regulation of inflammatory cytokines...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332574/natural-variation-in-ctb4a-enhances-rice-adaptation-to-cold-habitats
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Zhanying Zhang, Jinjie Li, Yinghua Pan, Jilong Li, Lei Zhou, Hongli Shi, Yawen Zeng, Haifeng Guo, Shuming Yang, Weiwei Zheng, Jianping Yu, Xingming Sun, Gangling Li, Yanglin Ding, Liang Ma, Shiquan Shen, Luyuan Dai, Hongliang Zhang, Shuhua Yang, Yan Guo, Zichao Li
Low temperature is a major factor limiting rice productivity and geographical distribution. Improved cold tolerance and expanded cultivation to high-altitude or high-latitude regions would help meet growing rice demand. Here we explored a QTL for cold tolerance and cloned the gene, CTB4a (cold tolerance at booting stage), encoding a conserved leucine-rich repeat receptor-like kinase. We show that different CTB4a alleles confer distinct levels of cold tolerance and selection for variation in the CTB4a promoter region has occurred on the basis of environmental temperature...
March 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332370/the-need-for-new-donor-stratification-to-predict-graft-survival-in-deceased-donor-kidney-transplantation
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Shin Seok Yang, Jaeseok Yang, Curie Ahn, Sang Il Min, Jongwon Ha, Sung Joo Kim, Jae Berm Park
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine whether stratification of deceased donors by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) criteria negatively impacts graft survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed deceased donor and recipient pretransplant variables of kidney transplantations that occurred between February 1995 and December 2009. We compared clinical outcomes between standard criteria donors (SCDs) and expanded criteria donors (ECDs)...
May 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332029/brief-submaximal-isometric-exercise-improves-cold-pressor-pain-tolerance
#17
Emily Foxen-Craft, Lynnda M Dahlquist
Exercise-induced hypoalgesia (EIH), or the inhibition of pain following physical exercise, has been demonstrated in adults, but its mechanisms have remained unclear due to variations in methodology. This study aimed to address methodological imitations of past studies and contribute to the literature demonstrating the generalizability of EIH to brief submaximal isometric exercise and cold pressor pain. Young adults (n = 134) completed a baseline cold pressor trial, maximal voluntary contraction (hand grip strength) assessment, 10-min rest, and either a 2-min submaximal isometric handgrip exercise or a sham exercise in which no force was exerted, followed by a cold pressor posttest...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332020/temperature-effects-on-the-activity-shape-and-storage-of-platelets-from-13-lined-ground-squirrels
#18
Scott Cooper, Sarah Lloyd, Anthony Koch, Xingxing Lin, Katie Dobbs, Thomas Theisen, Matt Zuberbuehler, Kaley Bernhardt, Michael Gyorfi, Tanner Tenpas, Skyler Hying, Sarah Mortimer, Christine Lamont, Marcus Lehmann, Keith Neeves
The objective of this study is to determine how a hibernating mammal avoids the formation of blood clots under periods of low blood flow. A microfluidic vascular injury model was performed to differentiate the effects of temperature and shear rate on platelet adhesion to collagen. Human and ground squirrel whole blood was incubated at 15 or 37 °C and then passed through a microfluidic chamber over a 250-µm strip of type I fibrillar collagen at that temperature and the shear rates of 50 or 300 s(-1) to simulate torpid and aroused conditions, respectively...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331944/modulation-of-fatty-acid-composition-and-growth-in-sporosarcina-species-in-response-to-temperatures-and-exogenous-branched-chain-amino-acids
#19
Kentaro Tsuda, Hideaki Nagano, Akinori Ando, Jun Shima, Jun Ogawa
Psychrotolerant endospore-forming Sporosarcina species have been predominantly isolated from minced fish meat (surimi), which is stored under refrigeration after heat treatment. To develop a better method for preserving surimi-based food products, we studied the growth and fatty acid compositions of the isolated strain S92h as well as Sporosarcina koreensis and Sporosarcina aquimarina at cold and moderate temperatures. The growth rates of strain S92h and S. koreensis were the fastest and slowest at cold temperatures, respectively, although these strains grew at a similar rate at moderate temperatures...
March 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331902/cold-snare-polypectomy-for-non-pedunculated-colon-polyps-greater-than-1%C3%A2-cm
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Cyrus Piraka, Ahmed Saeed, Akbar K Waljee, Ajish Pillai, Ryan Stidham, B Joseph Elmunzer
Background and study aims Colonic polyps > 1 cm in size are commonly managed using hot polypectomy techniques. The most frequent adverse events (delayed bleeding, post-polypectomy syndrome, and perforation) are related to electrocautery-induced injury. We hypothesized that cold resection of large polyps may have similar efficacy and improved safety compared to hot polypectomy. Our aims were to evaluate efficacy and safety of piecemeal cold snare resection of colonic polyps > 1 cm. Patients and methods Patients undergoing lift and piecemeal cold snare polypectomy of non-pedunculated colon polyps > 1 cm from October 2013 to September 2015 were identified retrospectively...
March 2017: Endoscopy International Open
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