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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098942/biomarkers-for-the-detection-of-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-a-review
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Heidi Bager, Lars Porskjaer Christensen, Steffen Husby, Lene Bjerregaard
Alcohol exposure during pregnancy can cause adverse effects to the fetus, because it interferes with fetal development, leading to later physical and mental impairment. The most common clinical tool to determine fetal alcohol exposure is maternal self-reporting. However, a more objective and useful method is based on the use of biomarkers in biological specimens alone or in combination with maternal self-reporting. This review reports on clinically relevant biomarkers for detection of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE)...
January 18, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098508/evaluation-of-a-social-norms-approach-to-a-suicide-prevention-campaign
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Kami J Silk, Evan K Perrault, Samantha A Nazione, Kristin Pace, Jan Collins-Eaglin
Suicide is a leading cause of death for college-aged youth, and university counseling centers (UCC) strive to educate students about mental health issues and available campus services. The current research evaluates a college campus social norms campaign that used both peer and celebrity sources to promote help seeking among college students as a suicide prevention strategy. Postcampaign surveys of this quasi-experiment (n = 391) revealed that compared to students in the control neighborhood condition, students exposed to the campaign messages in the experimental neighborhood conditions were more likely to perceive students would refer a friend to the UCC and more likely to visit the UCC for a mental health concern...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097823/excess-retinoic-acid-induces-fusion-of-centra-by-degenerating-intervertebral-ligament-cells-in-japanese-flounder-paralichthys-olivaceus
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Xiaoming Wu, Qiran Chen, Youhei Washio, Hayato Yokoi, Tohru Suzuki
In marine aquaculture fish, excessive supplement of vitamin A (VA) to zooplanktons for larval culture and experimental exposure of larvae to retinoic acid (RA: active form of VA) have been known to cause vertebral deformity. However, the tissues in the developing vertebral column that are affected by RA and the progression of vertebral deformity remain undetermined. To examine these questions, we histologically traced the progress of vertebral deformity induced by RA in Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097662/thermal-requirements-for-growth-survival-and-aerobic-performance-of-weatherfish-larvae-misgurnus-fossilis
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B Schreiber, J Monka, B Drozd, M Hundt, M Weiss, T Oswald, R Gergs, R Schulz
Thermal requirements of larval weatherfish Misgurnus fossilis were investigated in terms of growth, survival and aerobic performance. Growth and survival of M. fossilis larvae acclimated to five temperatures (11, 15, 19, 23 and 27° C) were measured over 25 days. In the upper temperature treatments (19, 23 and 27° C), survival of larvae was stable throughout the entire rearing period (>75%), whereas 11 and 15° C resulted in severe declines in survival (to <10%). Growth of larvae (expressed as dry mass and total length) was highest at 19 and 23° C, but significantly decreased at 27° C...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097222/early-formation-of-the-moon-4-51-billion-years-ago
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Melanie Barboni, Patrick Boehnke, Brenhin Keller, Issaku E Kohl, Blair Schoene, Edward D Young, Kevin D McKeegan
Establishing the age of the Moon is critical to understanding solar system evolution and the formation of rocky planets, including Earth. However, despite its importance, the age of the Moon has never been accurately determined. We present uranium-lead dating of Apollo 14 zircon fragments that yield highly precise, concordant ages, demonstrating that they are robust against postcrystallization isotopic disturbances. Hafnium isotopic analyses of the same fragments show extremely low initial (176)Hf/(177)Hf ratios corrected for cosmic ray exposure that are near the solar system initial value...
January 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096969/dendrosomal-nanocurcumin-and-p53-overexpression-synergistically-trigger-apoptosis-in-glioblastoma-cells
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Reihaneh Keshavarz, Babak Bakhshinejad, Sadegh Babashah, Narges Baghi, Majid Sadeghizadeh
OBJECTIVES: Glioblastoma is the most lethal tumor of the central nervous system. Here, we aimed to evaluate the effects of exogenous delivery of p53 and a nanoformulation of curcumin called dendrosomal curcumin (DNC), alone and in combination, on glioblastoma tumor cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MTT assay was exploited to measure the viability of U87-MG cells against DNC treatment. Cells were separately subjected to DNC treatment and transfected with p53-containing vector and then were co-exposed to DNC and p53 overexpression[A GA1][B2]...
December 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096487/a-clostridium-difficile-specific-gel-forming-protein-required-for-optimal-spore-germination
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M Lauren Donnelly, William Li, Yong-Qing Li, Lauren Hinkel, Peter Setlow, Aimee Shen
: Clostridium difficile is a Gram-positive spore-forming obligate anaerobe that is a leading cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea worldwide. In order for C. difficile to initiate infection, its aerotolerant spore form must germinate in the gut of mammalian hosts. While almost all spore-forming organisms use transmembrane germinant receptors to trigger germination, C. difficile uses the pseudoprotease CspC to sense bile salt germinants. CspC activates the related subtilisin-like protease CspB, which then proteolytically activates the cortex hydrolase SleC...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096486/phage-derived-protein-induces-increased-platelet-activation-and-is-associated-with-mortality-in-patients-with-invasive-pneumococcal-disease
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Rahajeng N Tunjungputri, Fredrick M Mobegi, Amelieke J Cremers, Christa E van der Gaast-de Jongh, Gerben Ferwerda, Jacques F Meis, Nel Roeleveld, Stephen D Bentley, Alexander S Pastura, Sacha A F T van Hijum, Andre J van der Ven, Quirijn de Mast, Aldert Zomer, Marien I de Jonge
: To improve our understanding about the severity of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), we investigated the association between the genotype of Streptococcus pneumoniae and disease outcomes for 349 bacteremic patients. A pneumococcal genome-wide association study (GWAS) demonstrated a strong correlation between 30-day mortality and the presence of the phage-derived gene pblB, encoding a platelet-binding protein whose effects on platelet activation were previously unknown. Platelets are increasingly recognized as key players of the innate immune system, and in sepsis, excessive platelet activation contributes to microvascular obstruction, tissue hypoperfusion, and finally multiorgan failure, leading to mortality...
January 17, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096164/pharmacodynamics-of-ceftaroline-plus-ampicillin-against-enterococcus-faecalis-in-an-in-vitro-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-model-of-simulated-endocardial-vegetations
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Brian J Werth, Laura M Shireman
The combination of ampicillin plus ceftaroline has been suggested to be more reliably synergistic against E. faecalis than ampicillin plus ceftriaxone using time-kill methods. The purpose of this study was to determine if this trend persists in a two-compartment-model of simulated endocardial vegetations(SEV) using clinically relevant pharmacokinetic exposures of these antimicrobials. Three clinically-derived E. faecalis strains were included in the study. The MICs of study antimicrobials were determined by broth microdilution...
January 17, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095957/point-of-care-ultrasound-utility-and-potential-for-high-altitude-crew-recovery-missions
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Laura A Galdamez, Jonathan B Clark, Erik L Antonsen
INTRODUCTION: Flights to high altitude can lead to exposure and unique pathology not seen in normal commercial aviation. METHODS: This paper assesses the potential for point-of-care ultrasound to aid in management and disposition of injured crewmembers from a high altitude incident. This was accomplished through a systematic literature review regarding current diagnostic and therapeutic uses of ultrasound for injuries expected in high altitude free fall and parachuting...
February 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095952/neck-and-shoulder-muscle-activation-among-experienced-and-inexperienced-pilots-in-gz-exposure
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Tuomas Honkanen, Juha Oksa, Matti J Mäntysaari, Heikki Kyröläinen, Janne Avela
BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to compare differences in electromyography (EMG) activation of the neck and shoulder muscles between groups of inexperienced and experienced pilots during controlled +Gz exposure in a centrifuge. METHODS: The subjects were volunteer cadets (inexperienced group) and lieutenants (experienced group) undergoing their first centrifuge training. The first group did not have any high performance aircraft (HPA) experience, while the latter one had a 1-yr experience of intense flying of HPA...
February 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095339/preadolescent-sensation-seeking-and-early-adolescent-stress-relate-to-at-risk-adolescents-substance-use-by-age-15
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Nora E Charles, Charles W Mathias, Ashley Acheson, Donald M Dougherty
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Substance use during adolescence can lead to the development of substance use disorders and other psychosocial problems. These negative outcomes are especially likely for individuals who use substances at earlier ages and those who engage in heavier use during adolescence, behaviors which are both more common among youth at higher risk for developing a substance use disorder, such as those with a family history of substance use disorders (FH+). Factors such as increased sensation seeking and greater exposure to stressors among FH+ youth may influence these associations...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095287/nanomaterials-a-new-and-former-public-health-issue-the-case-of-slovakia
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Stanislav Kuka, Marta Hurbánková, Martina Drličková, Tibor Baška, Henrieta Hudečková, Zuzana Tatarková
Nanoparticles exist for a long time as both inorganic and organic parts of nature. Recently, massive expansion of nanotechnologies is evidenced, together with intentional production of new nanoparticles which have not been in contact with living organisms until now. Besides obvious positive aspects, potential threats related to their exposure should be taken into consideration. Unique physical-chemical properties of nanoparticles cause a high bioactivity following their intake (through air, ingestion and skin) and unrestricted spread in exposed organs...
December 2016: Central European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095286/the-relations-between-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-exposure-and-1-ohp-levels-as-a-biomarker-of-the-exposure
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Zuzana Klöslová, Marek Drímal, Karol Balog, Kvetoslava Koppová, Jarmila Dubajová
BACKGROUND: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are the products of incomplete combustion or pyrolysis of various organic materials. Their ubiquity in the environment leads to measurable levels of exposure. However, the exposure varies strongly between different regions in Europe. Some PAHs with four or more rings are suspected to be human carcinogens. Therefore, the occupational and/or environmental exposure to PAHs may cause a significant health risk. The aim of investigation is to evaluate current levels of PAH exposure in defined groups of workers...
December 2016: Central European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094867/uva-1-exposure-in-vivo-leads-to-an-il-6-surge-within-the-skin
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Lars Alexander Schneider, Katharina Raizner, Meinhard Wlaschek, Peter Brenneisen, Kerstin Gethöffer, Karin Scharffetter-Kochanek
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094500/chronic-mild-stress-induced-alterations-of-local-protein-synthesis-a-role-for-cognitive-impairment
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Francesca Calabrese, Paola Brivio, Piotr Gruca, Magdalena Lason-Tyburkiewicz, Mariusz Papp, Marco A Riva
Depression, a major cause of disability worldwide, is characterized by a complex and heterogeneous symptomatology. With this respect, cognitive deterioration represents a major problem that has a strong impact on patient's function. Thus, within the context of a depressive phenotype, it is important to characterize the mechanisms that sustain cognitive dysfunctions and may represent an important target for pharmacological intervention. Here, using the chronic mild stress (CMS) paradigm of depression, we found that, independently from the anhedonic phenotype, CMS rats showed a deficit in the novel object recognition (NOR) test, which is associated with an inability to phosphorylate GluN2B subunit on Ser1303 and to activate the mTOR pathway...
January 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094441/sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll-tales-from-preterm-fetal-life
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Laura Bennet
Premature fetuses and babies are at greater risk of mortality and morbidity than their term counterparts. The underlying causes are multifactorial, but include exposure to hypoxia. Immaturity of organs and their functional control may impair the physiological defence responses to hypoxia and the preterm fetal responses, or lack thereof, to moderate hypoxia appear to support this concept. However, as this review demonstrates, despite immaturity, the preterm fetus responds to asphyxia in a qualitatively similar manner to that seen at term...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094158/the-mass-flow-and-proposed-management-of-bisphenol-a-in-selected-norwegian-waste-streams
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Hans Peter H Arp, Nicolas A O Morin, Sarah E Hale, Gudny Okkenhaug, Knut Breivik, Magnus Sparrevik
Current initiatives for waste-handling in a circular economy favor prevention and recycling over incineration or landfilling. However, the impact of such a transition on environmental emissions of contaminants like bisphenol A (BPA) during waste-handling is not fully understood. To address this, a material flow analysis (MFA) was constructed for selected waste categories in Norway, for which the amount recycled is expected to increase in the future; glass, vehicle, electronic, plastic and combustible waste...
January 13, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092948/oral-cell-dna-adducts-as-potential-biomarkers-for-lung-cancer-susceptibility-in-cigarette-smokers
#19
Stephen S Hecht
This perspective considers the use of oral cell DNA adducts, together with exposure and genetic information, to potentially identify those cigarette smokers at highest risk for lung cancer, so that appropriate preventive measures could be initiated at a relatively young age before too much damage has been done. There are now well established and validated analytical methods for the quantitation of urinary and serum metabolites of tobacco smoke toxicants and carcinogens. These metabolites provide a profile of exposure and in some cases lung cancer risk, but they do not yield information on the critical DNA damage parameter that leads to mutations in cancer growth control genes such as KRAS and TP53...
January 17, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092947/pyrrolizidine-alkaloids-metabolic-activation-pathways-leading-to-liver-tumor-initiation
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Peter P Fu
Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) and PA N-oxides are a class of phytochemical carcinogens contained in over 6000 plant species spread around the world. It has been estimated that approximately half of the 660 PAs and PA N-oxides that have been characterized are cytotoxic, genotoxic, and tumorigenic. It was recently determined that a genotoxic mechanism of liver tumor initiation mediated by PA-derived DNA adducts is a common metabolic activation pathway of a number of PAs. We proposed this set of PA-derived DNA adducts could be a common biological biomarker of PA exposure and a potential biomarker of PA-induced liver tumor formation...
January 17, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
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