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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735500/adherence-to-copd-management-guidelines-in-general-practice-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
J Sehl, J O'Doherty, R O'Connor, B O'Sullivan, A O'Regan
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive illness that is mostly managed in the general practice setting. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) guidelines are the international gold standard, and it is important to understand how these are being applied in general practice. AIMS: This review aimed to assess the current level of adherence to international best practice guidelines among general practitioners in relation to COPD...
July 22, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735393/generation-of-a-stress-inducible-luminescent-arabidopsis-and-its-use-in-genetic-screening-for-stress-responsive-gene-deregulation-mutants
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Si-In Yu, Byeong-Ha Lee
In order to understand plant stress tolerance and its application, it is important to identify the signaling components involved in the stress-regulated gene expression. One initial step for this is generation of a stress-inducible luminescent Arabidopsis and its use in genetic mutant screening. Here, we describe how to generate a transgenic Arabidopsis line harboring a single copy of the STABILIZED1 (STA1) promoter-driven luciferase transgene (STA1p-LUC) as an example. STA1 is a pre-mRNA splicing factor Prp6p homolog and is induced by cold and heat stresses...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734844/tlr3-blockade-in-rhinovirus-induced-experimental-asthma-exacerbations-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Philip E Silkoff, Susan Flavin, Robert Gordon, Mathew J Loza, Peter J Sterk, Rene Lutter, Zuzana Diamant, Ronald B Turner, Brian J Lipworth, David Proud, Dave Singh, Andreas Eich, Vibeke Backer, James E Gern, Christian Herzmann, Scott A Halperin, Tjeert T Mensinga, Alfred M Del Vecchio, Patrick Branigan, Lani San Mateo, Frédéric Baribaud, Elliot S Barnathan, Sebastian L Johnston
BACKGROUND: Human rhinoviruses (HRV) commonly precipitate asthma exacerbations. TLR3, an innate pattern-recognition receptor, is triggered by HRV driving inflammation that may worsen asthma. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate an inhibitory monoclonal antibody to TLR3, CNTO3157, on experimental HRV-16 inoculation in healthy and asthmatic subjects. METHODS: In this double-blind multicenter randomized parallel-group study in North America and Europe, healthy and mild-moderate stable asthmatic subjects received single or multiple doses of CNTO 3157 or placebo, respectively, and were then inoculated with HRV-16 within 72 hours...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734125/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-cold-in-situ-perfusion-and-preservation-of-the-hepatic-allograft-working-towards-a-unified-approach
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REVIEW
Ahmer M Hameed, Jerome M Laurence, Vincent W T Lam, Henry C Pleass, Wayne J Hawthorne
BACKGROUND: The efficacy of cold in situ perfusion and static storage of the liver is one possible determinant of transplantation outcomes. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is evidence to substantiate a preference for a particular perfusion route (aortic or dual) or perfusion/preservation solution in donation after brain-death (DBD) liver transplantation. METHODS: The Embase, Medline and Cochrane databases were utilized (1980-2017). Random effects modeling was used to estimate effects on transplantation outcomes based upon (i) aortic or dual in situ perfusion, and (ii) the use of University of Wisconsin (UW), histidine-tryptophan-ketoglutarate (HTK), Celsior and/or Institut Georges Lopez-1 (IGL-1) for perfusion/preservation...
July 22, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733934/draft-genome-sequence-of-the-deep-sea-bacterium-moritella-sp-jt01-and-identification-of-biotechnologically-relevant-genes
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Robert Cardoso de Freitas, Estácio Jussie Odisi, Chiaki Kato, Marcus Adonai Castro da Silva, André Oliveira de Souza Lima
Deep-sea bacteria can produce various biotechnologically relevant enzymes due to their adaptations to high pressures and low temperatures. To identify such enzymes, we have sequenced the genome of the polycaprolactone-degrading bacterium Moritella sp. JT01, isolated from sediment samples from Japan Trench (6957 m depth), using a Illumina HiSeq2000 sequencer (12.1 million paired-end reads) and CLC Genomics Workbench (version 6.5.1) for the assembly, resulting in a 4.83-Mb genome (42 scaffolds). The genome was annotated using Rapid Annotation using Subsystem Technology (RAST), Protein Homology/analogY Recognition Engine V 2...
July 22, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733712/fertility-and-ploidy-of-gametes-of-allodiploid-and-allotriploid-loaches-produced-by-diploid-misgurnus-anguillicaudatus-females-and-paramisgurnus-dabryanus-males
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Songqian Huang, Xiaojuan Cao, Weimin Wang, Mona Nasr
Artificial and natural hybridization of dojo loach Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (2N = 50, DD for short) and large-scale loach Paramisgurnus dabryanus (2N = 48, PP for short) are well-grown. However, these hybrid loaches have not yet been examined for fertility and ploidy of gametes. Here, histological observations, artificial propagation, observations of embryonic development, larval morphology, and ploidy analyses were conducted to determine the fertility and ploidy of gametes of allodiploid (DP for short) and allotriploid (DDP for short) loaches, produced by DD females × PP males and induced from fertilized eggs of DD females × PP males by cold shock to prevent the second polar body release, respectively...
July 21, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733645/hdac3-is-a-molecular-brake-of-the-metabolic-switch-supporting-white-adipose-tissue-browning
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Alessandra Ferrari, Raffaella Longo, Erika Fiorino, Rui Silva, Nico Mitro, Gaia Cermenati, Federica Gilardi, Béatrice Desvergne, Annapaola Andolfo, Cinzia Magagnotti, Donatella Caruso, Emma De Fabiani, Scott W Hiebert, Maurizio Crestani
White adipose tissue (WAT) can undergo a phenotypic switch, known as browning, in response to environmental stimuli such as cold. Post-translational modifications of histones have been shown to regulate cellular energy metabolism, but their role in white adipose tissue physiology remains incompletely understood. Here we show that histone deacetylase 3 (HDAC3) regulates WAT metabolism and function. Selective ablation of Hdac3 in fat switches the metabolic signature of WAT by activating a futile cycle of de novo fatty acid synthesis and β-oxidation that potentiates WAT oxidative capacity and ultimately supports browning...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733643/recent-wetting-and-glacier-expansion-in-the-northwest-himalaya-and-karakoram
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Ram R Yadav, Anil K Gupta, Bahadur S Kotlia, Vikram Singh, Krishna G Misra, Akhilesh K Yadava, Anoop K Singh
Hydroclimatic variability driven by global warming in the climatically vulnerable cold semi-arid to arid northwest (NW) Himalaya is poorly constrained due to paucity of continuous weather records and annually resolved proxies. Applying a network of annually resolved tree-ring-width chronologies from semi-arid region of Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir, India, we reconstructed April-May standardized precipitation index extending back to A.D. 1439 (576 years). The reconstructed series is featured by the most conspicuous long-term droughts during the 15(th) to early 17(th) centuries followed by a general wetting, with 1984-2014 being the wettest interval in the past 576 years...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733421/differentially-regulated-orthologs-in-sorghum-and-the-subgenomes-of-maize
#9
Yang Zhang, Daniel W Ngu, Daniel Carvalho, Zhikai Liang, Yumou Qiu, Rebecca Roston, James Schnable
Identifying interspecies changes in gene regulation, one of the two primary sources of phenotypic variation, is challenging on a genome-wide scale. The use of paired time course data on cold-responsive gene expression in maize (Zea mays) and sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) allowed us to identify differentially regulated orthologs. While the majority of cold-responsive transcriptional regulation of conserved gene pairs is species specific, the initial transcriptional responses to cold appear to be more conserved than later responses...
July 21, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733349/constitutive-ido1-expression-in-human-tumors-is-driven-by-cyclooxygenase-2-and-mediates-intrinsic-immune-resistance
#10
Marc Hennequart, Luc Pilotte, Stefania Cane, Delia Hoffmann, Vincent Stroobant, Etienne De Plaen, Benoît J Van den Eynde
Tumors use various mechanisms to avoid immune destruction. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression may be a driver of immune suppression in melanoma, but the mechanisms involved remain elusive. Here, we show that COX-2 expression drives constitutive expression of indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) in human tumor cells. IDO1 is an immunosuppressive enzyme that degrades tryptophan. In a series of seven human tumor lines, constitutive IDO1 expression depends on COX-2 and prostaglandin E2 (PGE2), which, upon autocrine signaling through the EP receptor, activates IDO1 via the PKC and PI3K pathways...
July 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733328/thermal-imprinting-modifies-bone-homeostasis-in-cold-challenged-sea-bream-sparus-aurata-l
#11
Ana Patrícia Mateus, Rita Costa, Enric Gisbert, Patricia I S Pinto, Karl B Andree, Alicia Estévez, Deborah M Power
Fish are ectotherms and temperature plays a determinant role in their physiology, biology and ecology and is a driver of seasonal responses. The present study assessed how thermal imprinting during embryonic and larval stages modified the response of adult fish to low water temperature. We targeted the gilthead sea bream that develops a condition known as winter syndrome when it is exposed to low water temperatures. Eggs and larvae of sea bream were exposed to four different thermal regimes and then the response of the resulting adults to a low temperature challenge was assessed...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733312/baseline-aortic-pulse-wave-velocity-is-associated-with-central-and-peripheral-pressor-responses-during-the-cold-pressor-test-in-healthy-subjects
#12
Anastasiya Borner, Kyle Murray, Claire Trotter, James Pearson
Cold environmental temperatures increase sympathetic nerve activity and blood pressure, and increase the risk of acute cardiovascular events in aged individuals. The acute risk of cardiovascular events increases with aortic pulse wave velocity as well as elevated central and peripheral pulse pressures. The aim of this study was to examine the independent influence of aortic pulse wave velocity upon central and peripheral pressor responses to sympathetic activation via the cold pressor test (CPT). Twenty-two healthy subjects (age: 18-73 years) completed a CPT with the left hand immersed in 2-4°C water for 3 min...
July 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733237/a-critical-test-of-drosophila-anaesthetics-isoflurane-and-sevoflurane-are-benign-alternatives-to-cold-and-co2
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Heath A MacMillan, Mikkel Nørgård, Heidi J MacLean, Johannes Overgaard, Catherine J A Williams
Anaesthesia is often a necessary step when studying insects like the model organism Drosophila melanogaster. Most studies of Drosophila and other insects that require anaesthesia use either cold exposure or carbon dioxide exposure to induce a narcotic state. These anaesthetic methods are known to disrupt physiology and behavior with increasing exposure, and thus ample recovery time is required prior to experimentation. Here, we examine whether two halogenated ethers commonly used in vertebrate anaesthesia, isoflurane and sevoflurane, may serve as alternative means of insect anaesthesia...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732926/intensified-oxalic-acid-crystallization-using-ultrasonic-reactors-understanding-effect-of-operating-parameters-and-type-of-ultrasonic-reactor
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Rakhi S Vishwakarma, Parag R Gogate
The present work reports the comparison of the effectiveness of ultrasonic bath and horn for intensifying the cooling crystallization of oxalic acid for the first time. The effect of various parameters such as temperature, crystallization time, irradiation time, ultrasonic frequency and ultrasonic power on the crystal characteristics has been investigated. The average particle size of oxalic acid crystals reduced with an increase in irradiation time and ultrasonic power dissipation. Comparison of crystal characteristics obtained in ultrasonic bath with that obtained in the ultrasonic horn under optimized parameters revealed that the average size in the case of ultrasonic horn and bath were only marginally different...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732430/bee-pollen-flavonoids-as-a-therapeutic-agent-in-allergic-and-immunological-disorders
#15
Masoomeh Jannesar, Maryam Sharif Shoushtari, Ahmad Majd, Zahra Pourpak
Bee pollen grains, as the male reproductive part of seed-bearing plants contain considerable concentrations of various phytochemicals and nutrients. Since antiquity, people throughout the world used pollens to cure colds, flu, ulcers, premature aging, anemia and colitis. It is now well-documented that some bee pollen secondary metabolites (e.g. flavonoid) may have positive health effects. In recent years, the flavonoids have attracted much interest because of their wide range of biological properties and their beneficial effects on human health...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732338/toxic-organic-substances-and-marker-compounds-in-size-segregated-urban-particulate-matter-implications-for-involvement-in-the-in%C3%A2-vitro-bioactivity-of-the-extractable-organic-matter
#16
Athanasios Besis, Alexandra Tsolakidou, Dimitra Balla, Constantini Samara, Dimitra Voutsa, Anastasia Pantazaki, Theodora Choli-Papadopoulou, Theodore S Lialiaris
Toxic organic substances and polar organic marker compounds, i.e. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their nitro-derivatives (N-PAHs), as well as dicarboxylic acids (DCAs) and sugars/sugar anhydrites (S/SAs) were analyzed in size-segregated PM samples (<0.49, 0.49-0.97, 0.97-3 and >3 μm) collected at two urban sites (urban traffic and urban background) during the cold and the warm season...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731905/validation-of-the-prognostic-kidney-donor-risk-index-kdri-scoring-system-of-deceased-donors-for-renal-transplantation-in-the-netherlands
#17
Hessel Peters-Sengers, Martin B A Heemskerk, Ronald B Geskus, Jesper Kers, Jaap J Homan van der Heide, Stefan P Berger, Frederike J Bemelman
BACKGROUND: The prognostic Kidney Donor Risk Index (KDRI)-developed and internally validated in the US-is a widely-used tool to predict transplant outcome of a deceased donor kidney. The KDRI is currently used for longevity matching between donors and recipients in the US. METHODS: We aimed to externally validate the KDRI as proposed by Rao et al, (2009) containing 10 donor factors (KDRIdonor-only) and 1 with 4 additional transplant factors (KDRIfull), with stratification on recipient age and diabetes...
July 21, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731827/convergence-consilience-and-the-evolution-of-temperate-deciduous-forests
#18
Erika J Edwards, David S Chatelet, Bo-Chang Chen, Jin Yao Ong, Shuichiro Tagane, Hironobu Kanemitsu, Kazuki Tagawa, Kentaro Teramoto, Brian Park, Kuo-Fang Chung, Jer-Ming Hu, Tetsukazu Yahara, Michael J Donoghue
The deciduous habit of northern temperate trees and shrubs provides one of the most obvious examples of convergent evolution, but how did it evolve? Hypotheses based on the fossil record posit that deciduousness evolved first in response to drought or darkness and preadapted certain lineages as cold climates spread. An alternative is that evergreens first established in freezing environments and later evolved the deciduous habit. We monitored phenological patterns of 20 species of Viburnum spanning tropical, lucidophyllous (subtropical montane and warm temperate), and cool temperate Asian forests...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731766/observing-dissipative-topological-defects-with-coupled-lasers
#19
Vishwa Pal, Chene Tradonsky, Ronen Chriki, Asher A Friesem, Nir Davidson
Topological defects have been observed and studied in a wide range of systems, such as cosmology, spin systems, cold atoms, and optics, as they are quenched across a phase transition into an ordered state. These defects limit the coherence of the system and its ability to approach a fully ordered state, so revealing their origin and control is becoming an increasingly important field of research. We observe dissipative topological defects in a one-dimensional ring of phased-locked lasers, and show how their formation is related to the Kibble-Zurek mechanism and is governed in a universal manner by two competing time scales...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731682/cold-adaptation-of-triosephosphate-isomerase
#20
Johan Åqvist
The main problem for enzymes from psychrophilic species, that need to work near the freezing point of liquid water, is the exponential decay of reaction rates as the temperature is lowered. Cold-adapted enzymes have solved this problem by shifting the activation enthalpy-entropy balance for the catalyzed reaction compared to their mesophilic orthologs. To understand the structural basis of this universal feature it is necessary to examine pairs of such orthologous enzymes, with known 3D structures, at the microscopic level...
July 21, 2017: Biochemistry
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