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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735502/regenerative-medicine-in-kidney-disease-where-we-stand-and-where-to-go
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Fernanda T Borges, Nestor Schor
The kidney is a complex organ with more than 20 types of specialized cells that play an important role in maintaining the body's homeostasis. The epithelial tubular cell is formed during embryonic development and has little proliferative capacity under physiological conditions, but after acute injury the kidney does have regenerative capacity. However, after repetitive or severe lesions, it may undergo a maladaptation process that predisposes it to chronic kidney injury. Regenerative medicine includes various repair and regeneration techniques, and these have gained increasing attention in the scientific literature...
July 22, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
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
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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/28735177/the-visual-system-encodes-others-direction-of-gaze-in-a-first-person-frame-of-reference
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Colin J Palmer, Colin W G Clifford
The primate visual system contains specialised neural mechanisms for encoding the direction of others' gaze. A foundational question that we can ask in this domain concerns the frame of reference in which another person's gaze is represented. Electrophysiological recordings in macaque monkeys suggest that direction of gaze might be encoded relative to the observer (i.e., in a first person reference frame) or relative to the head or body of the stimulus (i.e., in a second person reference frame). Here we use sensory adaptation to gaze direction as a psychophysical tool to probe how this property of the environment is represented in the human visual system...
July 20, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735094/dedicated-tool-to-assess-the-impact-of-a-rhetorical-task-on-human-body-temperature
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Robert Koprowski, Sławomir Wilczyński, Katarzyna Martowska, Dominik Gołuch, Emilia Wrocławska-Warchala
Functional infrared thermal imaging is a method widely used in medicine, including analysis of the mechanisms related to the effect of emotions on physiological processes. The article shows how the body temperature may change during stress associated with performing a rhetorical task and proposes new parameters useful for dynamic thermal imaging measurements MATERIALS AND METHODS: 29 healthy male subjects were examined. They were given a rhetorical task that induced stress. Analysis and processing of collected body temperature data in a spatial resolution of 256×512pixels and a temperature resolution of 0...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734369/systematic-comparison-of-exosomal-proteomes-from-human-saliva-and-serum-for-the-detection-of-lung-cancer
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Yan Sun, Sha Liu, Zhi Qiao, Zhi Shang, Zhijun Xia, Xiaomin Niu, Liqiang Qian, Yan Zhang, Liuyin Fan, Cheng-Xi Cao, Hua Xiao
Circulating tumor exosomes harbor plenty of cancer biological information, which have emerged as promising targets for cancer early detection and diagnosis. Human serum and saliva are unique diagnostic body fluids, which contain numerous circulating exosomes. It is necessary to establish standardized isolation method and compare their proteome profiling for translational medicine. High abundant proteins in these body fluids were removed before exosomes isolation and obtained exosomes were further confirmed by morphology analysis and surface biomarker test...
August 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734268/dna-barcoding-allows-identification-of-european-fanniidae-diptera-of-forensic-interest
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Andrzej Grzywacz, Dominika Wyborska, Marcin Piwczyński
In forensic entomology practice, species identification is a prerequisite for any further analysis of collected material. Although morphology-based taxonomy may be hindered by a range of factors, these are not obstacles for a molecular identification approach, so-called DNA barcoding. The Fanniidae are a dipteran family that is attracted to and breeds in decomposing animal carrion and dead human bodies. However, morphological identification of fanniids, both at adult and immature stages, is considered to be difficult, particularly for non-experts...
June 29, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734049/development-of-aptamers-against-unpurified-proteins
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Shinichi Goto, Kaori Tsukakoshi, Kazunori Ikebukuro
SELEX (Systematic Evolution of Ligands by EXponential enrichment) has been widely used for the generation of aptamers against target proteins. However, its requirement for pure target proteins remains a major problem in aptamer selection, as procedures for protein purification from crude bio-samples are not only complicated but also time and labour consuming. This is because native proteins can be found in a large number of diverse forms because of posttranslational modifications and their complicated molecular conformations...
July 22, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733985/lalf32-51-e7-a-hpv-16-therapeutic-vaccine-candidate-forms-protein-body-like-structures-when-expressed-in-nicotiana-benthamiana-leaves
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Romana J R Yanez, Renate Lamprecht, Milaid Granadillo, Isis Torrens, Elsa Arcalís, Eva Stöger, Edward P Rybicki, Inga I Hitzeroth
High-risk Human papillomaviruses (HPVs) cause cervical cancer, and while there are good prophylactic vaccines on the market, these are ineffective against established infections, creating a clear need for therapeutic vaccines. The HPV E7 protein is one of the essential oncoproteins for the onset and maintenance of malignancy, and is therefore an ideal therapeutic vaccine target. We fused the HPV-16 E7 protein to the Limulus polyphemus anti-lipopolysaccharide factor (LALF32-51 ), a small hydrophobic peptide that can penetrate cell membranes and that has immunomodulatory properties...
July 22, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733727/low-density-lipoproteins-investigated-under-high-hydrostatic-pressure-by-elastic-incoherent-neutron-scattering
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J Peters, N Martinez, B Lehofer, R Prassl
Human low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is a highly complex nano-particle built up of various lipid classes and a single large protein moiety (apoB-100) owning essential physiological functions in the human body. Besides its vital role as a supplier of cholesterol and fat for peripheral tissues and cells, it is also a known key player in the formation of atherosclerosis. Due to these important roles in physiology and pathology the elucidation of structural and dynamical details is of great interest. In the current study we drew a broader picture of LDL dynamics using elastic incoherent neutron scattering (EINS) as a function of specified temperature and pressure points...
July 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733574/metabolomic-characteristics-of-cholesterol-induced-non-obese-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-mice
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Lan N Tu, Megan R Showalter, Tomas Cajka, Sili Fan, Viju V Pillai, Oliver Fiehn, Vimal Selvaraj
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in non-obese patients remains a clinical condition with unclear etiology and pathogenesis. Using a metabolomics approach in a mouse model that recapitulates almost all the characteristic features of non-obese NAFLD, we aimed to advance mechanistic understanding of this disorder. Mice fed high fat, high cholesterol, cholate (HFHCC) diet for three weeks consistently developed hepatic pathology similar to NAFLD and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) without changes to body weight or fat pad weights...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733465/the-retinol-binding-protein-receptor-stra6-regulates-diurnal-insulin-responses
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Christy M Gliniak, J Mark Brown, Noa Noy
It has long been appreciated that insulin action is closely tied to circadian rhythms. However, mechanisms that dictate diurnal insulin sensitivity in metabolic tissues are not well understood. Retinol binding protein 4 (RBP4) has been implicated as a driver of insulin resistance in rodents and humans, and has become an attractive drug target in type 2 diabetes. RBP4 is synthesized primarily in the liver where it binds retinol and transports it to tissues throughout the body. The retinol-RBP4 complex (holo-RBP) can be recognized by a cell surface receptor known as stimulated by retinoic acid 6 (STRA6) which transports retinol into cells...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732316/a-user-friendly-technical-set-up-for-infrared-photography-of-forensic-findings
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Thomas Rost, Nicole Kalberer, Eva Scheurer
Infrared photography is interesting for a use in forensic science and forensic medicine since it reveals findings that normally are almost invisible to the human eye. Originally, infrared photography has been made possible by the placement of an infrared light transmission filter screwed in front of the camera objective lens. However, this set-up is associated with many drawbacks such as the loss of the autofocus function, the need of an external infrared source, and long exposure times which make the use of a tripod necessary...
July 10, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732246/inspiration-from-heart-development-biomimetic-development-of-functional-human-cardiac-organoids
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Dylan J Richards, Robert C Coyle, Yu Tan, Jia Jia, Kerri Wong, Katelynn Toomer, Donald R Menick, Ying Mei
Recent progress in human organoids has provided 3D tissue systems to model human development, diseases, as well as develop cell delivery systems for regenerative therapies. While direct differentiation of human embryoid bodies holds great promise for cardiac organoid production, intramyocardial cell organization during heart development provides biological foundation to fabricate human cardiac organoids with defined cell types. Inspired by the intramyocardial organization events in coronary vasculogenesis, where a diverse, yet defined, mixture of cardiac cell types self-organizes into functional myocardium in the absence of blood flow, we have developed a defined method to produce scaffold-free human cardiac organoids that structurally and functionally resembled the lumenized vascular network in the developing myocardium, supported hiPSC-CM development and possessed fundamental cardiac tissue-level functions...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732223/effect-of-piezoelectric-units-on-the-implantable-cardioverter-and-defibrillator
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Gonzalo Gómez Val, Fernando Jara, Baltasar Sánchez, Miguel Roig, Ricard Ferrer, Fernando Duran-Sindreu
PURPOSE: Evidence-based research appears to conflict on the potential risk of electromagnetic interference (EMI) between piezoelectric units (Pzs) and implantable cardioverters and defibrillators (ICDs). The purpose of this study was to observe whether the EMI produced by Pzs is hazardous for ICDs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study of 6 Pzs was conducted in vitro for EMI using an ICD system. To simulate the human body's electrical resistance, electrographic recordings were made of the ICD and lead that were immersed in a bath of saline solution...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732179/kgf-enhances-oral-epithelial-adhesion-and-rete-peg-elongation-via-integrins
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G L Sa, X P Xiong, J G Ren, J Y Wang, H F Xia, Z K Liu, S G He, Y F Zhao
Oral epithelial adhesion to the lamina propria underlies the physiologic function of the oral mucosa and contributes to resisting bacterial invasion, preventing body fluid loss, and maintaining routine chewing; thus, understanding the factors that positively influence oral epithelial adhesion is a research topic of great interest. Rete pegs contribute to oral epithelial adhesion by enlarging the contact areas, whereas integrins are the major molecules that mediate epithelial cell adhesion to the basement membrane...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731793/phylogeny-traits-and-biodiversity-of-a-neotropical-bat-assemblage-close-relatives-show-similar-responses-to-local-deforestation
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Hannah K Frank, Luke O Frishkoff, Chase D Mendenhall, Gretchen C Daily, Elizabeth A Hadly
If species' evolutionary pasts predetermine their responses to evolutionarily novel stressors, then phylogeny could predict species survival in an increasingly human-dominated world. To understand the role of phylogenetic relatedness in structuring responses to rapid environmental change, we focused on assemblages of Neotropical bats, an ecologically diverse and functionally important group. We examined how taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity shift between tropical forest and farmland. We then explored the importance of evolutionary history by ascertaining whether close relatives share similar responses to environmental change and which species traits might mediate these trends...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731438/evidence-that-the-human-innate-immune-peptide-ll-37-may-be-a-binding-partner-of%C3%A2-amyloid-%C3%AE-and-inhibitor-of%C3%A2-fibril-assembly
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Ersilia De Lorenzi, Marcella Chiari, Raffaella Colombo, Marina Cretich, Laura Sola, Renzo Vanna, Paola Gagni, Federica Bisceglia, Carlo Morasso, Jennifer S Lin, Moonhee Lee, Patrick L McGeer, Annelise E Barron
BACKGROUND: Identifying physiologically relevant binding partners of amyloid-β (Aβ) that modulate in vivo fibril formation may yield new insights into Alzheimer's disease (AD) etiology. Human cathelicidin peptide, LL-37, is an innate immune effector and modulator, ubiquitous in human tissues and expressed in myriad cell types. OBJECTIVE: We present in vitro experimental evidence and discuss findings supporting a novel hypothesis that LL-37 binds to Aβ42 and can modulate Aβ fibril formation...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731309/toxicology-of-lead-and-its-damage-to-mammalian-organs
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Samuel Caito, Ana Carolina B Almeida Lopes, Monica M B Paoliello, Michael Aschner
The toxicity of lead has been appreciated for centuries. Lead is a commonly used metal in industrialized nations, which results in the release of lead into the environment. Governmental agencies regulate the amount of lead permissible for workers to be exposed to; however, unregulated environmental lead exposure is a high concern. While essential metals have physiologic roles, there are no health benefits from lead intake. In this chapter, we discuss sources of lead exposure, the absorption, distribution, and elimination of lead from the human body, and molecular mechanisms of lead-induced toxicity...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731299/human-biomonitoring-of-lead-exposure
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Katrin Klotz, Thomas Göen
After a chronic exposure, lead accumulates in the human body, especially in bones and teeth. Critical effects of lead affect the nervous system, reproduction, fertility as well as genotoxicity and carcinogenicity [1]. Analyses of lead concentrations in human biological material are performed using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and atomic absorption spectrometry, but also electrochemical methods and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. The predominant sample matrices include blood and bone, as well as urine, hair, nail, and saliva...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731155/marine-collagen-peptides-reduce-endothelial-cell-injury-in-diabetic-rats-by-inhibiting-apoptosis-and-the-expression-of-coupling-factor-6-and-microparticles
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Cuifeng Zhu, Wei Zhang, Jianguo Liu, Bo Mu, Fan Zhang, Nannan Lai, Jianxin Zhou, Aimin Xu, Yong Li
The present study aimed to elucidate the role of marine collagen peptides (MCPs) in protection of carotid artery vascular endothelial cells (CAVECs) in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), and the mechanism underlying this process. In an in vivo experiment, diabetic Wistar rats were divided randomly into four groups (n=10/group): Diabetes control, and three diabetes groups administered low, medium and high doses of MCPs (2.25, 4.5 and 9.0 g/kg body weight/day, respectively). Another 10 healthy rats served as the control...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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