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Marietta Zita Poles, Nikolett Bódi, Mária Bagyánszki, Éva Fekete, András Tamás Mészáros, Gabriella Varga, Szilárd Szűcs, Anna Nászai, Liliána Kiss, Andrey V Kozlov, Mihály Boros, József Kaszaki
Our aim was to characterize the main components of the nitrosative response with quantitative changes of the nitrergic myenteric neurons in adjacent intestinal segments after transient superior mesenteric artery occlusion. We also tested the hypothesis that exogenous methane may modulate the evolution of nitroxidation by influencing xanthine oxidoreductase (XOR) activity. The microcirculatory consequences of a 50min ischemia or ischemia-reperfusion were investigated in anesthetized rats (n=124) inhaling normoxic air with or without 2...
March 14, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Beth Baribault, Chris Donkin, Daniel R Little, Jennifer S Trueblood, Zita Oravecz, Don van Ravenzwaaij, Corey N White, Paul De Boeck, Joachim Vandekerckhove
We describe and demonstrate an empirical strategy useful for discovering and replicating empirical effects in psychological science. The method involves the design of a metastudy, in which many independent experimental variables-that may be moderators of an empirical effect-are indiscriminately randomized. Radical randomization yields rich datasets that can be used to test the robustness of an empirical claim to some of the vagaries and idiosyncrasies of experimental protocols and enhances the generalizability of these claims...
March 13, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Michael Hagenlocher, Fabrice G Renaud, Susanne Haas, Zita Sebesvari
Coastal river deltas are hotspots of global change impacts. Sustainable delta futures are increasingly threatened due to rising hazard exposure combined with high vulnerabilities of deltaic social-ecological systems. While the need for integrated multi-hazard approaches has been clearly articulated, studies on vulnerability and risk in deltas either focus on local case studies or single hazards and do not apply a social-ecological systems perspective. As a result, vulnerabilities and risks in areas with strong social and ecological coupling, such as coastal deltas, are not fully understood and the identification of risk reduction and adaptation strategies are often based on incomplete assumptions...
March 7, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Zita Groó, Péter Szenczi, Oxána Bánszegi, Zsófia Nagy, Vilmos Altbäcker
Huddling with other individuals is an effective way, to reduce heat loss. This cooperative behavior requires that the individuals tolerate each other's presence at least for a certain time or under certain circumstances. In our study, we investigated the effects of ambient temperature and familiarity on the huddling behavior of two closely related mouse species, the mound-building mouse (Mus spicilegus) and the house mouse (Mus musculus musculus). While their geographic distribution overlaps, their social systems differ in many aspects...
March 7, 2018: Behavioural Processes
Stephanie A Harris, Andrew White, Lisa Stockdale, Rachel Tanner, Laura Sibley, Charlotte Sarfas, Joel Meyer, Jonathan Peter, Matthew K O'Shea, Zita-Rose Manjaly Thomas, Ali Hamidi, Iman Satti, Mike J Dennis, Helen McShane, Sally Sharpe
The lack of validated immunological correlates of protection makes tuberculosis vaccine development difficult and expensive. Using intradermal bacille Calmette-Guréin (BCG) as a surrogate for aerosol Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb) in a controlled human infection model could facilitate vaccine development, but such a model requires preclinical validation. Non-human primates (NHPs) may provide the best model in which to do this. Cynomolgus and rhesus macaques were infected with BCG by intradermal injection...
January 2018: Tuberculosis
Zita M Jessop, Matthew Welck, Emily Zinser, Nicholas Garlick, Susan Hopkins
Introduction: Dermal fillers are used for multiple cosmetic indications including gluteal and thigh augmentation. Complications, although infrequent, are increasing due to the dramatic growth of dermal filler use. Our aim was to describe how the complication of infected silicone granulomas can present following lower limb augmentation. Methods: Two cases presented with pain, oedema, and erythema at the site of previous silicone filler injection, following a considerable delay after the last injection (range 4-7 years)...
2018: Clinical Medicine Insights. Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disorders
Erwan Poivet, Narmin Tahirova, Zita Peterlin, Lu Xu, Dong-Jing Zou, Terry Acree, Stuart Firestein
Crucial for any hypothesis about odor coding is the classification and prediction of sensory qualities in chemical compounds. The relationship between perceptual quality and molecular structure has occupied olfactory scientists throughout the 20th century, but details of the mechanism remain elusive. Odor molecules are typically organic compounds of low molecular weight that may be aliphatic or aromatic, may be saturated or unsaturated, and may have diverse functional polar groups. However, many molecules conforming to these characteristics are odorless...
February 2018: Science Advances
Anu Bashamboo, Caroline Eozenou, Anne Jorgensen, Joelle Bignon-Topalovic, Jean-Pierre Siffroi, Capucine Hyon, Attila Tar, Péter Nagy, Janos Sólyom, Zita Halász, Annnabel Paye-Jaouen, Sophie Lambert, David Rodriguez-Buritica, Rita Bertalan, Laetitia Martinerie, Ewa Rajpert-De Meyts, John C Achermann, Ken McElreavey
Emerging evidence from murine studies suggests that mammalian sex determination is the outcome of an imbalance between mutually antagonistic male and female regulatory networks that canalize development down one pathway while actively repressing the other. However, in contrast to testis formation, the gene regulatory pathways governing mammalian ovary development have remained elusive. We performed exome or Sanger sequencing on 79 46,XX SRY-negative individuals with either unexplained virilization or with testicular/ovotesticular disorders/differences of sex development (TDSD/OTDSD)...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Human Genetics
Kornél Király, Márk Kozsurek, Erika Lukácsi, Benjamin Barta, Alán Alpár, Tamás Balázsa, Csaba Fekete, Judit Szabon, Zsuzsanna Helyes, Kata Bölcskei, Valéria Tékus, Zsuzsanna E Tóth, Károly Pap, Gábor Gerber, Zita Puskár
Altered pain sensations such as hyperalgesia and allodynia are characteristic features of various pain states, and remain difficult to treat. We have shown previously that spinal application of dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) inhibitors induces strong antihyperalgesic effect during inflammatory pain. In this study we observed low level of DPP4 mRNA in the rat spinal dorsal horn in physiological conditions, which did not change significantly either in carrageenan-induced inflammatory or partial nerve ligation-generated neuropathic states...
February 22, 2018: Scientific Reports
Zoltán Pálinkás, Mihály Zalai, Ágnes Szénási, Zita Dorner, József Kiss, Samuel North, Guy Woodward, Adalbert Balog
Arthropods from four genetically modified (GM) maize hybrids (coleopteran resistant, coleopteran and lepidopteran resistant, lepidopteran resistant+herbicide tolerant and coleopteran resistant and herbicide tolerant) and non-GM varieties were sampled during a two-year field assessment. A total number of 363 555 arthropod individuals were collected. This represents the most comprehensive arthropod dataset from GM maize, and together with weed data, is reasonable to determine functional groups of arthropods and interactions between species...
February 20, 2018: Scientific Data
Nico Joannes Claassens, Irene Sánchez-Andrea, Diana Zita Sousa, Arren Bar-Even
The replacement of fossil and agricultural feedstocks with sustainable alternatives for the production of chemicals and fuels is a societal and environmental necessity. This challenge can be tackled by using inorganic or one-carbon compounds as electron donors for microbial CO2 fixation and bioproduction. Yet, considering the wide array of microbial electron donors, which are the best suited for bioindustry? Here, we propose criteria to evaluate these compounds, considering factors such as production methods, physicochemical properties, and microbial utilization...
February 13, 2018: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
Judit Tőke, Rita Bertalan, Péter Gergics, Zita Halász
Developmental disorders affecting the hypothalamic-pituitary system can result in pituitary hormone deficiency showing a diverse clinical presentation. A significant majority of these disorders are closely linked to defects in transcription factor genes which play a major role in pituitary development. Those affecting the early phase of organogenesis typically lead to complex conditions affecting the pituitary as well as structures in the central nervous system. Transcription factors involved in the late phase can result in combined but rarely isolated pituitary hormone deficiency without extra-pituitary manifestation...
February 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
Márton Doleschall, Dóra Török, Katalin Mészáros, Andrea Luczay, Zita Halász, Krisztina Németh, Nikolette Szücs, Róbert Kiss, Judit Tőke, János Sólyom, György Fekete, Attila Patócs, Péter Igaz, Miklós Tóth
Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a group of genetic diseases due to the disablement of 7 genes; one of them is steroid 21-hydroxylase deficiency. The genes of congenital adrenal hyperplasia encode enzymes taking part in the steroidogenesis of adrenal gland. Steroid 21-hydroxylase deficiency is an autosomal recessive disorder caused by mutations of the steroid 21-hydroxylase gene. The mutations of steroid 21-hydroxylase gene cause 95% of the congenital adrenal hyperplasia cases. Although the non-classic steroid 21-hydroxylase deficiency with mild symptoms is seldom diagnosed, the classic steroid 21-hydroxylase deficiency may lead to life-threatening salt-wasting and adrenal crises due to the insufficient aldosterone and cortisol serum levels...
February 2018: Orvosi Hetilap
Michelle L McCully, Kristin Ladell, Robert Andrews, Rhiannon E Jones, Kelly L Miners, Laureline Roger, Duncan M Baird, Mark J Cameron, Zita M Jessop, Iain S Whitaker, Eleri L Davies, David A Price, Bernhard Moser
Human skin harbors two major T cell compartments of equal size that are distinguished by expression of the chemokine receptor CCR8. In vitro studies have demonstrated that CCR8 expression is regulated by TCR engagement and the skin tissue microenvironment. To extend these observations, we examined the relationship between CCR8+ and CCR8- skin T cells in vivo. Phenotypic, functional, and transcriptomic analyses revealed that CCR8+ skin T cells bear all the hallmarks of resident memory T cells, including homeostatic proliferation in response to IL-7 and IL-15, surface expression of tissue localization (CD103) and retention (CD69) markers, low levels of inhibitory receptors (programmed cell death protein 1, Tim-3, LAG-3), and a lack of senescence markers (CD57, killer cell lectin-like receptor subfamily G member 1)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Inga Bikulčienė, Laima Vasiliauskaitė, Zita Aušrelė Kučinskienė, Arvydas Kaminskas, Vaiva Hendrixson
BACKGROUND Fatty acids (FA) and their metabolites are closely related to some mechanisms involved in the development of uronephrolithiasis. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between FA composition and type of kidney stones. MATERIAL AND METHODS Abdominal adipose tissue fatty acid methyl esters of 71 men with nephrolithiasis were identified by GC/MS, and the type of kidney stones was identified using FTIR infrared spectroscopy. Patients were divided into groups according to diagnosis of metabolic syndrome (MS) and type of kidney stone...
February 9, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Adrienn Karai, Zita Gyurkovits, Tibor András Nyári, Tamás Sári, Gábor Németh, Hajnalka Orvos
OBJECTIVE: To determine the risks of adverse perinatal outcomes of teenage mothers. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on teenage mothers (under 20 years of age) who delivered in the period of 2010-2014 at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Szeged (study group). All mothers who delivered in Hungary during the same period were studied as a control group. The following parameters were analyzed: demographic data of the mothers, maternal complications, perinatal outcome and congenital malformations of the newborns...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Kanaga Arul Nambi Rajan, Marwa Khater, Francesca Soncin, Donald Pizzo, Matteo Moretto-Zita, Jonathan Pham, Orysya Stus, Pooja Iyer, Veronique Tache, Louise C Laurent, Mana M Parast
INTRODUCTION: Placental insufficiency, arising from abnormal trophoblast differentiation and function, is a major cause of fetal growth restriction. Sirtuin-1 (Sirt1) is a ubiquitously-expressed NAD-dependent protein deacetylase which plays a key role in numerous cellular processes, including cellular differentiation and metabolism. Though Sirt1 has been widely studied, its role in placentation and trophoblast differentiation is unclear. METHOD: Sirt1-heterozygous mice were mated and evaluated at various points during embryogenesis...
February 2018: Placenta
Justin G Wilkes, Brianne R O'Leary, Juan Du, Adrienne R Klinger, Zita A Sibenaller, Claire M Doskey, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Matthew S Alexander, Susan Tsai, Garry R Buettner, Joseph J Cullen
HIF-1α is a transcriptional regulator that functions in the adaptation of cells to hypoxic conditions; it strongly impacts the prognosis of patients with cancer. High-dose, intravenous, pharmacological ascorbate (P-AscH-), induces cytotoxicity and oxidative stress selectively in cancer cells by acting as a pro-drug for the delivery of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2); early clinical data suggest improved survival and inhibition of metastasis in patients being actively treated with P-AscH-. Previous studies have demonstrated that activation of HIF-1α is necessary for P-AscH- sensitivity...
February 2, 2018: Clinical & Experimental Metastasis
Zsolt Datki, Zita Olah, Tibor Hortobagyi, Lilla Macsai, Katalin Zsuga, Livia Fulop, Zsolt Bozso, Bence Galik, Eva Acs, Angela Foldi, Amanda Szarvas, Janos Kalman
Neurodegenerative diseases are linked to a systemic enzyme resistance of toxic aggregated molecules and their pathological consequences. This paper presents a unique phenomenon that Philodina acuticornis, a bdelloid rotifer, is able to catabolize different types of neurotoxic peptide and protein aggregates (such as beta-amyloids /Aβ/, alpha-synuclein, and prion) without suffering any damage. P. acuticornis is capable of using these aggregates as an exclusive energy source (i.e., as 'food', identified in the digestive system and body) in a hermetically isolated microdrop environment, increasing their survival...
January 29, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
Andrew N Clarkson, Lily Boothman-Burrell, Zita Dósa, Raghavendra Y Nagaraja, Liang Jin, Kim Parker, Petra S van Nieuwenhuijzen, Silke Neumann, Emma K Gowing, Navnath Gavande, Philip K Ahring, Mai M Holm, Jane R Hanrahan, Joseph A Nicolazzo, Kimmo Jensen, Mary Chebib
Tonic inhibitory currents, mediated by extrasynaptic GABAA receptors, are elevated at a delay following stroke. Flavonoids minimise the extent of cellular damage following stroke, but little is known about their mode of action. We demonstrate that the flavonoid, 2'-methoxy-6-methylflavone (0.1-10 µM; 2'MeO6MF), increases GABAA receptor tonic currents presumably via δ-containing GABAA receptors. Treatment with 2'MeO6MF 1-6 h post focal ischaemia dose dependently decreases infarct volume and improves functional recovery...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
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