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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735527/fibroblast-activating-protein-%C3%AE-expression-in-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-esophagus-in-primary-and-irradiated-tumors-the-use-of-archival-ffpe-material-for-molecular-techniques
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Renata Tabola, Magdalena Zaremba-Czogalla, Dagmara Baczynska, Roberto Cirocchi, Kamila Stach, Krzysztof Grabowski, Katarzyna Augoff
There are numerous reports suggesting that fibroblast activating protein-α (FAP-α) plays an important role in invasion of various tumor types. We studied the expression pattern of FAP-α in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) patients who had not been treated primarily and those who had received neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy. Our goal was to establish whether readily available tissue specimens fixed in formalin and stored in paraffin blocks for years might still be a source of FAP-α RNA for PCR analysis...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735516/dnmt1-regulates-il-6-and-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-prostate-epithelial-cells
#2
Hui Xu, Yanbo Chen, Qi Chen, Huan Xu, Yanxia Wang, Jiao Yu, Juan Zhou, Zhong Wang, Bing Xu
Multiple factors have been considered to play a role in the development of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), including chronic inflammation, hormones, and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). Inflammation is regarded as one of the potential inducers of EMT. However, the mechanisms, modulating pro-inflammatory factors (IL-6 and TGF-β1) induce EMT features, have not yet been studied in BPH. In this study, we investigated whether DNA methyltransferases1 (DNMT1) could regulate IL-6 and TGF-β1 induce EMT...
May 3, 2017: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735499/an-evaluation-of-the-reliability-of-the-characterization-of-the-porous-structure-of-activated-carbons-based-on-incomplete-nitrogen-adsorption-isotherms
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Mirosław Kwiatkowski, Bassim H Hameed
The paper presents the results of research devoted to reliability evaluation of the analysis of results of the porous structure of activated carbons based on incomplete nitrogen adsorption isotherms using the BET, t-plot, and NLDFT methods, as well as the LBET method comprising the unique numerical fast multivariant procedure of adsorption system identification. The research involved the application of the nitrogen adsorption isotherms obtained for five samples of activated carbons produced from waste materials of organic origin by way of chemical activation with potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide, and potassium carbonate with the use of microwave heating...
August 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735496/low-level-prenatal-toxin-exposures-and-breastfeeding-duration-a-prospective-cohort-study
#4
Casey B Rosen-Carole, Peggy Auinger, Cynthia R Howard, Elizabeth A Brownell, Bruce P Lanphear
Introduction Maternal exposure to tobacco smoke is associated with shortened breastfeeding duration, but few studies have examined the effects on breastfeeding outcomes of low level exposures to other toxic chemicals. Moreover, it is unclear if passive smoking is associated with duration of breastfeeding. Our objective was therefore to examine the effect of low-level prenatal exposures to common environmental toxins (tobacco smoke, lead, and phthalates) on breastfeeding exclusivity and duration. Methods We conducted an analysis of data from the Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) Study...
July 22, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735492/isolation-of-biologically-active-exosomes-from-plasma-of-patients-with-cancer
#5
Chang-Sook Hong, Sonja Funk, Theresa L Whiteside
A method for exosome isolation from human plasma was developed for rapid, high-throughput processing of plasma specimens obtained from patients with cancer. This method removes the bulk of plasma proteins associated with exosomes and can be used for comparative examinations of exosomes and their content in serial specimens of patients' plasma, allowing for monitoring changes in exosome numbers, profiles, and functions in the course of cancer progression or during therapy. The plasma-derived exosomes can be recovered in quantities sufficient for the characterization of their morphology by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), size and concentration by qNano, protein/lipid ratios, nucleic acid extraction, molecular profiling by Western blots or immune arrays, and functional assays...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735444/past-present-and-future-of-the-climate-and-human-health-commission
#6
Pablo Fdez-Arroyabe, Daysarih Tápanes Robau
The following paper presents the history of the Climate and Human Health Commission at the International Society of Biometeorology after more than one decade since its creation. A brief history of the origins of the human biometeorology is revealed through some of the main research topics and publications of the founders of the society in this field. Secondly, it is presented as a brief review of the activities of the commission in the last 10 years, based on the reports that have periodically been submitted by members of the commission to the Bulletin of the society...
July 22, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735437/prospective-and-retrospective-study-of-videoconference-telemedicine-follow-up-after-elective-neurosurgery-results-of-a-pilot-program
#7
Melissa Reider-Demer, Pushpa Raja, Neil Martin, Mariel Schwinger, Diana Babayan
Existing literature suggests that use of telemedicine during postoperative appointments can increase access to care and is valued by patients and providers alike. While research examining the clinical equivalency of telemedicine visits for postoperative care has been growing, few studies have reported on telemedicine follow-up after neurosurgery. This study examined if a videoconferencing visit could substitute for an in-person clinic visit for elective neurosurgical cases in the USA. This was a single-center prospective study of patients who underwent elective neurosurgical procedures (aneurysm clipping, resection of cavernous angiomas, resection of arterial venous malformation, microvascular decompression for trigeminal neuralgia and hemifacial spasm, and certain benign brain tumors) and were offered telemedicine follow-up care by an allied health professional during the first 90 days after neurosurgery...
July 22, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735414/bone-mechanobiology-in-mice-toward-single-cell-in-vivo-mechanomics
#8
Ariane Scheuren, Esther Wehrle, Felicitas Flohr, Ralph Müller
Mechanically driven bone (re)modeling is a multiscale process mediated through complex interactions between multiple cell types and their microenvironments. However, the underlying mechanisms of how cells respond to mechanical signals are still unclear and are at the focus of the field of bone mechanobiology. Traditionally, this complex process has been addressed by reducing the system to single scales and cell types. It is only recently that more integrative approaches have been established to study bone mechanobiology across multiple scales in which mechanical load at the organ level is related to molecular responses at the cellular level...
July 22, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735402/determination-of-total-sulfur-sulfate-sulfite-thiosulfate-and-sulfolipids-in-plants
#9
Assylay Kurmanbayeva, Galina Brychkova, Aizat Bekturova, Inna Khozin, Dominic Standing, Dmitry Yarmolinsky, Moshe Sagi
In response to oxidative stress the biosynthesis of the ROS scavenger, glutathione is induced. This requires the induction of the sulfate reduction pathway for an adequate supply of cysteine, the precursor for glutathione. Cysteine also acts as the sulfur donor for the sulfuration of the molybdenum cofactor, crucial for the last step of ABA biosynthesis. Sulfate and sulfite are, respectively, the precursor and intermediate for cysteine biosynthesis and there is evidence for stress-induced sulfate uptake and further downstream, enhanced sulfite generation by 5'-phosphosulfate (APS) reductase (APR, EC 1...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735401/determination-of-enzymes-associated-with-sulfite-toxicity-in-plants-kinetic-assays-for-so-apr-sir-and-in-gel-sir-activity
#10
Galina Brychkova, Assylay Kurmanbayeva, Aizat Bekturova, Inna Khozin, Dominic Standing, Dmitry Yarmolinsky, Moshe Sagi
The amino acid cysteine plays a major role in plant response to abiotic stress by being the donor of elemental sulfur for the sulfuration of the molybdenum cofactor, otherwise the last step of ABA biosynthesis, the oxidation of abscisic aldehyde, is inactivated. Additionally, cysteine serves as a precursor for the biosynthesis of glutathione, the reactive oxygen species scavenger essential for redox status homeostasis during stress. Cysteine is generated by the sulfate reductive pathway where sulfite oxidase (SO; EC 1...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735400/zymographic-method-for-distinguishing-different-classes-of-superoxide-dismutases-in-plants
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Ashwini R Jamdhade, Ramanjulu Sunkar, Vandana K Hivrale
In plants, especially in chloroplasts, superoxide radical is generated when an electron is transferred to dimolecular O2 due to decreased activity of Photosystem I. The superoxide (O2(-)) radical accumulation is more rampant in plants exposed to abiotic stresses due to oxidation of photosystem components. Excessive superoxide radical accumulation will lead to oxidative damage to the cellular macromolecules. The ubiquitous superoxide dismutases (SODs) represent critical enzymatic antioxidant system present in cells, which can catalyze the disproportion of superoxide (O2(-)) radical rapidly into hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) and molecular oxygen...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735399/probing-posttranslational-redox-modifications
#12
Patrick Treffon, Michael Liebthal, Wilena Telman, Karl-Josef Dietz
Reactive molecular species (RMS) can damage DNA, lipids, and proteins but as signaling molecules they also affect the regulatory state of the cell. RMS consist of reactive oxygen (ROS), nitrogen (RNS), and carbonyl species (RCS). Besides their potentially destructive nature, RMS are able to modify proteins at the posttranslational level, resulting in regulation of structure, activity, interaction as well as localization. This chapter addresses methods to analyze and quantify posttranslational redox modifications in vitro and ex vivo, such as sulfenic acid generation of cysteine residues and oxidative carbonylation of proteins...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735356/evaluation-of-anthelmintic-antimicrobial-and-antioxidant-activity-of-chenopodium-album
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Bashir A Lone, M Z Chishti, Fayaz Ahmad Bhat, Hidayatullah Tak, Suhaib A Bandh, Abida Khan
The objective of this study was to evaluate the anthelmintic, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of Chenopodium album against gastrointestinal nematodes of sheep and some pathogenic microbes. A worm motility inhibition assay was used for in vitro study, and a faecal egg count reduction assay was used for an in vivo study. Various concentrations ranging from 100 to 500 μg/ml of the extract were subjected to antimicrobial screening by disc diffusion method against four selected bacterial (Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas multocida and Escherichia coli) and two fungal (Aspergillus flavus and Candida albicans) strains in order to estimate the medicinal potential of the herb...
July 22, 2017: Tropical Animal Health and Production
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735316/biochar-rhizosphere-interactions-a-review
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Sławomir Głuszek, Lidia Sas Paszt, Beata Sumorok, Ryszard Kozera
Biochar is a solid material of biological origin obtained from the biomass carbonization, designed as a mean to reduce greenhouse gases emission and carbon sequestration in soils for a long time. Biochar has a wide spectrum of practical utilization and is applied as a promising soil improver or fertilizer in agriculture, or as a medium for soil or water remediation. Preparations of biochar increase plant growth and yielding when applied into soil and also improve plant growth conditions, mainly bio, physical and chemical properties of soil...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735308/bactericidal-activity-of-octenidine-to-various-genospecies-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-spirochetes-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Stanisława Tylewska-Wierzbanowska, Urszula Rogulska, Grażyna Lewandowska, Tomasz Chmielewski
The aim of our studies was to invent a reliable method for detection of the bactericidal activity of disinfectants against Borrelia burgdorferi in suspension (in vitro) and in cell line cultures (in vivo). In the suspension method, 0.01% octenidine at 20°C and 35°C was bactericidal to Borrelia afzeli; Borrelia garini, B. burgdorferi sensu stricto after 5 minutes treatment. Increase of the temperature to 35°C speed up the bactericidal effect to 1 minute. The bactericidal action of octenidine towards B. burgdorferi spirochetes growing in fibroblasts was less effective and needed a longer time to kill them than in the suspension...
July 6, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735224/simultaneous-quantification-of-cortisol-and-cortisone-in-urines-from-infants-with-packed-fiber-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-to-hplc-ms-ms
#16
Chen Li, Zhao Zhang, Xiongwei Liu, Kangwei Shen, Pan Gu, Xuejun Kang
Cortisol and cortisone are two important glucocorticoids in human body, their interconversion is controlled by two isotypes of 11β-hydroxy steroid dehydrogenase (11β-HSD1 and 11β-HSD2). The ratio of urinary cortisol to cortisone can be used to assess the activity of 11β-HSDs. An analytical method to quantify urinary cortisol and cortisone using high performance liquid chromatographic tandem mass spectrometry following a packed-fiber solid-phase extraction (PFSPE) was developed. The proposed method was validated and applied to determine the urinary cortisol and cortisone concentrations in infants...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735222/effect-of-oleic-acid-on-the-properties-of-protein-adsorbed-layers-at-water-oil-interfaces-an-epr-study-combined-with-dynamic-interfacial-tension-measurements
#17
Eleni P Kalogianni, Leandros Sklaviadis, Stella Nika, Ioanna Theochari, Georgia Dimitreli, Despoina Georgiou, Vassiliki Papadimitriou
Multiphase food systems consist of complex interfacial layers where surface active molecules complete compete for adsorption and interact with one another affecting the interfacial properties and the behavior of the food systems involved. The present work focuses on the examination of interactions between proteins playing an which play an important role in milk-rich food systems (namely κ-casein and β-lactoglobulin) and oleic acid (an anionic surfactant abundant in food systems) at the oil/water interface...
July 14, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735203/grape-stalk-application-for-caffeine-removal-through-adsorption
#18
Rodrigo Portinho, Odivan Zanella, Liliana Amaral Féris
Concern over emerging pollutants presence in water resources is growing, justifying the search for alternative or additional techniques to those applied in conventional water treatment processes. Use of adsorption with agricultural wastes directly as adsorbents or as precursors for activated carbon synthesis is a viable method, combining removal efficiency, low cost and biodegradability of the material applied. This study investigated the employability of grape stalk, a waste from grape industrialization process without effective use, in caffeine removal from aqueous solution...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735194/deposition-precipitation-preparation-of-ag-ag3po4-wo3-nanocomposites-for-efficient-visible-light-degradation-of-rhodamine-b-under-strongly-acidic-alkaline-conditions
#19
Qingyong Li, Fulei Wang, Yuxiang Hua, Yuting Luo, Xiaoheng Liu, Guorong Duan, Xujie Yang
A series of novel visible-light-driven Ag/Ag3PO4/WO3 (AAPW) Z-scheme heterostructures were fabricated using a facile deposition-precipitation method followed by photo-reduction without adding any surfactant. To explore more deeply about the photocatalytic activity of AAPW nanocomposites under neutral and strongly acidic/alkaline conditions, we investigated their photocatalytic rhodamine B (RhB) efficiency at different pH value that was controlled by adding HNO3 or NaOH aqueous solution. It was found that as-prepared AAPW photocatalysts showed enhanced photocatalytic RhB efficiency under neutral and even strongly acidic/alkaline environment...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735193/fabrication-of-in2s3-zn2geo4-composite-photocatalyst-for-degradation-of-acetaminophen-under-visible-light
#20
Tao Yan, Tingting Wu, Yaru Zhang, Meng Sun, Xiaodong Wang, Qin Wei, Bin Du
A novel indium trisulfide/zinc germinate (In2S3/Zn2GeO4) composite was developed via a co-precipitation hydrothermal method. The as-prepared composite was characterized in detail by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS). Zn2GeO4 nanorods work as the main photocatalyst while In2S3 nanoparticles deposited on them acts as the photosensitizer. The resulting In2S3/Zn2GeO4 heterogeneous photocatalyst not only has enhanced visible light absorption, but also improved photo-generated charge transfer efficiency with remarkably high efficiency in decomposing acetaminophen (APAP)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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