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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679865/generation-and-characterization-of-hagfish-variable-lymphocyte-receptor-b-against-glycoprotein-of-viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-virus-vhsv
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Jung Seok Lee, Jaesung Kim, Se Pyeong Im, Si Won Kim, Jassy Mary S Lazarte, Jae Wook Jung, Tae Won Gong, Young Rim Kim, Jeong Ho Lee, Hyoung Jun Kim, Tae Sung Jung
Variable lymphocyte receptors B (VLRBs) are non-immunoglobulin components of the humoral immune system in jawless vertebrates including hagfish (Eptatretus burgeri) and lamprey (Petromyzon marinus). Hagfish VLRBs consist of leucine rich repeat (LRR) modules with a superhydrophobic C-terminal tail, the latter of which leads to extremely low expression levels in recombinant protein technology. Here, we present an artificially oligomerized VLRB (arVLRB) that conjugates via the C4bp oligomerization domain derived from human C4b-binding protein (hC4bp) rather than the superhydrophobic tail...
April 18, 2018: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679839/xenon-detection-in-human-blood-analytical-validation-by-accuracy-profile-and-identification-of-critical-storage-parameters
#2
Cécile Frampas, Julia Ney, Mark Coburn, Marc Augsburger, Vincent Varlet
Xenon is a rare, mostly inert, noble gas that has applications in a wide range of fields, including medicine. Xenon acts on the human body as a useful organ-protective and anesthetic agent and has also been previously studied for potential applications in fields such as optics, aerospace and medical imaging. Recently, it was discovered that xenon can boost erythropoietin production, and it has been used as a performance-enhancing agent in international sports competitions such as the Sochi Olympic Games. Therefore, screening methods to detect the misuse of xenon by analysis of biological samples and to monitor anesthesia kinetics and efficiency are being investigated...
April 13, 2018: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679825/technologies-for-the-management-of-msw-incineration-ashes-from-gas-cleaning-new-perspectives-on-recovery-of-secondary-raw-materials-and-circular-economy
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REVIEW
Margarida J Quina, Elza Bontempi, Anna Bogush, Stefan Schlumberger, Gisela Weibel, Roberto Braga, Valerio Funari, Jiri Hyks, Erik Rasmussen, Jakob Lederer
Environmental policies in the European Union focus on the prevention of hazardous waste and aim to mitigate its impact on human health and ecosystems. However, progress is promoting a shift in perspective from environmental impacts to resource recovery. Municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) has been increasing in developed countries, thus the amount of air pollution control residues (APCr) and fly ashes (FA) have followed the same upward trend. APCr from MSWI is classified as hazardous waste in the List of Waste (LoW) and as an absolute entry (19 01 07*), but FA may be classified as a mirror entry (19 0 13*/19 01 14)...
April 17, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679779/biomimetic-3d-in-vitro-model-of-biofilm-triggered-osteomyelitis-for-investigating-hematopoiesis-during-bone-marrow-infections
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Annamarija Raic, Sophie Riedel, Elena Kemmling, Karen Bieback, Joerg Overhage, Cornelia Lee-Thedieck
In this work, we define the requirements for a human-based osteomyelitis model which overcomes the limitations of state of the art animal models. Osteomyelitis is a severe and difficult to treat infection of the bone that develops rapidly, making it difficult to study in humans. We have developed a 3D in vitro model of the bone marrow, comprising a macroporous material, human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) and mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs). Inclusion of biofilms grown on an implant into the model system allowed us to study the effects of postoperative osteomyelitis-inducing bacteria on the bone marrow...
April 18, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679778/recapitulating-spatiotemporal-tumor-heterogeneity-in-vitro-through-engineered-breast-cancer-microtissues
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Claudia Mazio, Costantino Casale, Giorgia Imparato, Francesco Urciuolo, Paolo Antonio Netti
Tumor and microenvironmental heterogeneity hinders the study of breast cancer biology and the assessment of therapeutic strategies, being associated with high variability and drug resistance. In this context, it is mandatory to develop three-dimensional breast tumor models able to reproduce this heterogeneity and the dynamic interaction occurring between tumor cells and microenvironment. Here we show a new breast cancer microtissue model (T-µTP) uniquely able to present intra-tumor morphological heterogeneity in a dynamic and responsive endogenous matrix...
April 18, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679761/expression-profiling-and-microbial-ligand-binding-analysis-of-high-mobility-group-box-1-hmgb1-in-turbot-scophthalmus-maximus-l
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Xin Cai, Chengbin Gao, Baofeng Su, Fenghua Tan, Ning Yang, Guodong Wang
High-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1), a highly conserved DNA-binding protein, was involved in nucleosome formation and transcriptional regulation, and can also act as an extracellular cytokine to trigger inflammation and immune responses. In this study, we identified a HMGB1 gene in turbot (Scophthalmus maximus L.). The full-length SaHMGB1 cDNA includes an open reading frame of 615 bp which encoded a 204 amino acid polypeptide with an estimated molecular mass of 23.19°kDa. SaHMGB1 was most closely related to several fish HMGB1 and shared 74...
April 18, 2018: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679756/myh9-structure-functions-and-role-of-non-muscle-myosin-iia-in-human-disease
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REVIEW
Alessandro Pecci, Xuefei Ma, Anna Savoia, Robert S Adelstein
The MYH9 gene encodes the heavy chain of non-muscle myosin IIA, a widely expressed cytoplasmic myosin that participates in a variety of processes requiring the generation of intracellular chemomechanical force and translocation of the actin cytoskeleton. Non-muscle myosin IIA functions are regulated by phosphorylation of its 20 kDa light chain, of the heavy chain, and by interactions with other proteins. Variants of MYH9 cause an autosomal-dominant disorder, termed MYH9-related disease, and may be involved in other conditions, such as chronic kidney disease, non-syndromic deafness, and cancer...
April 18, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679742/adaptive-thermogenesis-by-dietary-n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-emerging-evidence-and-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Rong Fan, Karsten Koehler, Soonkyu Chung
Brown/beige fat plays a crucial role in maintaining energy homeostasis through non-shivering thermogenesis in response to cold temperature and excess nutrition (adaptive thermogenesis). Although numerous molecular and genetic regulators have been identified, relatively little information is available regarding thermogenic dietary molecules. Recently, a growing body of evidence suggests that high consumption of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) or activation of GPR120, a membrane receptor of n-3 PUFA, stimulate adaptive thermogenesis...
April 18, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679703/pc-pvt-2-0-an-updated-platform-for-psychomotor-vigilance-task-testing-analysis-prediction-and-visualization
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Jaques Reifman, Kamal Kumar, Maxim Y Khitrov, Jianbo Liu, Sridhar Ramakrishnan
BACKGROUND: The psychomotor vigilance task (PVT) has been widely used to assess the effects of sleep deprivation on human neurobehavioral performance. To facilitate research in this field, we previously developed the PC-PVT, a freely available software system analogous to the "gold-standard" PVT-192 that, in addition to allowing for simple visual reaction time (RT) tests, also allows for near real-time PVT analysis, predictions, and visualization in a personal computer (PC)...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679653/effects-of-selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitors-ssris-on-human-villous-trophoblasts-syncytialization
#10
Hélène Clabault, Denis Flipo, Jean Guibourdenche, Thierry Fournier, Thomas Sanderson, Cathy Vaillancourt
Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants during pregnancy. The human placenta is a highly specialized organ supporting normal growth and development of the fetus. Therefore, this study aims to analyze the effects of SSRIs on villous cytotrophoblasts cells, using BeWo cells and human placental trophoblast cells in primary culture. The SSRIs fluoxetine and its metabolite norfluoxetine, sertraline and venlafaxine did not affect BeWo cell proliferation and viability, nor the percentage of M30-positive (apoptotic) primary trophoblast cells...
April 18, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679627/diabetes-and-cancer-pathophysiological-fundamentals-of-a-dangerous-affair
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REVIEW
Angelo Cignarelli, Valentina Annamaria Genchi, Irene Caruso, Annalisa Natalicchio, Sebastio Perrini, Luigi Laviola, Francesco Giorgino
Diabetes and cancer are worldwide chronic diseases with a major impact on the quality and expectancy of life. Metabolic abnormalities observed during the onset and progression of diabetes may have a critical role on the initiation and progression of carcinogenesis. To date, there are no conclusive data on the mechanisms underlying the relationship between diabetes and any type of human cancer. However, recent evidence suggests that both hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia in diabetes could elicit cell damage responses, such as glucotoxicity, lipotoxicity and oxidative stress, which participate in the cell transformation process raising the risk of cancer development...
April 18, 2018: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679616/early-detection-of-diabetic-retinopathy
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REVIEW
Hamid Safi, Sare Safi, Ali Hafezi-Moghadam, Hamid Ahmadieh
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a primary cause of visual impairment worldwide. Diabetes mellitus may be associated with ophthalmoscopically nonvisible neurovascular damage that progresses before the first clinical signs of DR appear. Reduction of the inner neuroretinal layer thickness on macular optical coherence tomography (OCT), reduced contrast sensitivity primarily at low spatial frequencies, abnormal results in color vision and microperimetry tests, and a prolonged implicit time recorded by multifocal electroretinography have been proposed for detection of early functional and nonvisible structural neuroretinal changes...
April 18, 2018: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679608/detection-and-quantitative-determination-of-heavy-metals-in-electronic-cigarette-refill-liquids-using-total-reflection-x-ray-fluorescence-spectrometry
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Eleni Kamilari, Konstantinos Farsalinos, Konstantinos Poulas, Christos G Kontoyannis, Malvina G Orkoula
Electronic cigarettes are considered healthier alternatives to conventional cigarettes containing tobacco. They produce vapor through heating of the refill liquids (e-liquids) which consist of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, nicotine (in various concentrations), water and flavoring agents. Heavy metals may enter the refill liquid during the production, posing a risk for consumer's health due to their toxicity. The objective of the present study was the development of a methodology for the detection and quantitative analysis of cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), nickel (Ni), copper (Cu), arsenic (As) and chromium (Cr), employing Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (TXRF) as an alternative technique to ICP-MS or ICP-OES commonly used for this type of analysis...
April 18, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679571/metformin-ameliorates-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-osteoblastic-differentiation-of-human-aortic-valve-interstitial-cells-by-inhibiting-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling
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Liu Fayuan, Chu Chong, Wei Qinyu, Shi Jiawei, Li Huadong, Dong Nianguo
Osteoblastic differentiation of aortic valve interstitial cells (AVICs) is the central process in the development of calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD). Metformin is a widely used first-line antidiabetic drug, and recently, pleiotropic benefits of metformin beyond hypoglycemia have been reported in the cardiovascular system. Here, we examined the effect of metformin on the osteoblastic differentiation of human AVICs. Our results showed that metformin ameliorated TGF-β1-induced production of osteogenic proteins Runx2 and osteopontin as well as calcium deposition in the cultured human AVICs...
April 18, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679570/hmgb1-containing-nucleosome-mediates-chemotherapy-induced-metastasis-of-human-lung-cancer
#15
Kailing Wang, Shan Shan, Shenqi Wang, Xiaohua Gu, Xiaohui Zhou, Tao Ren
While chemotherapy is an important and widely used therapeutic for cancer, it may facilitate cancer metastasis. Herein, we report that human lung cancer cells exerted higher invasion and metastasis after chemotherapy. In a human lung cancer xenograft model, chemotherapy promotes the cancer invasion and metastasis in HMGB1-dependent manner. Further studies identify HMGB1-containing nucleosome from chemotherapy-induced apoptotic cancer cells as an effective factor. Such nucleosome functions through TLR4 and TLR9 to drive cancer invasion and metastasis...
April 18, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679566/matrix-stiffness-regulate-apoptotic-cell-death-in-hiv-hcv-co-infected-hepatocytes-importance-for-liver-fibrosis-progression
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Murali Ganesan, Raghubendra Singh Dagur, Edward Makarov, Larisa I Poluektova, Srivatsan Kidambi, Natalia A Osna
HIV-HCV co-infection causes rapid progression of liver fibrosis. These outcomes to liver cirrhosis can be improved, but not stopped by specific antiviral therapies. Due to high significance of HIV-HCV interactions for morbidity and mortality in co-infected patients, our attention was attracted to the multi-component pathogenesis of fibrosis progression as the transition to end-stage liver disease development. In this study, we hypothesize that increased matrix stiffness enhances apoptosis in HCV-HIV-co-infected hepatocytes and that capturing of apoptotic bodies (AB) derived from these infected hepatocytes by hepatic stellate cells (HSC) drives the fibrosis progression...
April 18, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679561/drosophila-nucleostemin-3-is-required-to-maintain-larval-neuroblast-proliferation
#17
Patrick W Johnson, Chris Q Doe, Sen-Lin Lai
Stem cells must maintain proliferation during tissue development, repair and homeostasis, yet avoid tumor formation. In Drosophila, neural stem cells (neuroblasts) maintain proliferation during embryonic and larval development and terminate cell cycle during metamorphosis. An important question for understanding how tissues are generated and maintained is: what regulates stem cell proliferation versus differentiation? We performed a genetic screen which identified nucleostemin 3 (ns3) as a gene required to maintain neuroblast proliferation...
April 18, 2018: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679555/mass-spectrometric-measurement-of-urinary-kynurenine-to-tryptophan-ratio-in-children-with-and-without-urinary-tract-infection
#18
Melanie L Yarbrough, Kelleigh E Briden, John V Mitsios, Annette L Weindel, Cindy M Terrill, David A Hunstad, Dennis J Dietzen
BACKGROUND: Indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) catalyzes the first step of tryptophan (Trp) catabolism, yielding kynurenine (Kyn) metabolites. The kynurenine-to-tryptophan (K/T) ratio is used as a surrogate for biological IDO enzyme activity. IDO expression is increased during Escherichia coli urinary tract infection (UTI). Thus, our objective was to develop a method for measurement of Kyn/Trp ratio in human blood and urine and evaluate its use as a biomarker of UTI. METHODS: A mass spectrometric method was developed to measure Trp and Kyn in serum and urine specimens...
April 18, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679549/chm-1-a-novel-microtubule-destabilizing-agent-exhibits-antitumor-activity-via-inducing-the-expression-of-sirt2-in-human-breast-cancer-cells
#19
Chin-Wei Liu, Ying-Chao Lin, Chao-Ming Hung, Bing-Lan Liu, Sheng-Chu Kuo, Chi-Tang Ho, Tzong-Der Way, Chih-Hsin Hung
Breast cancer is a major public health problem throughout the world. In this report, we investigated whether CHM-1, a novel synthetic antimitotic agent could be developed into a potent antitumor agent for treating human breast cancer. CHM-1 induced growth inhibition in MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-453 and MCF-7 cells in a concentration-dependent manner. Importantly, CHM-1 is less toxic to normal breast (HBL-100) cells. CHM-1 interacted with tubulin, markedly inhibited tubulin polymerization, and disrupted microtubule organization...
April 18, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679499/quantification-of-metronidazole-in-healthy-subjects-feces-using-a-lc-ms-ms-method
#20
Pravin G Vanol, Mallika Sanyal, Priyanka A Shah, Pranav S Shrivastav
A highly selective and sensitive liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC MS/MS) method is developed for the quantification of metronidazole (MTZ) in human feces. The analyte was recovered from feces after liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate and separated on Waters Symmetry® C18 (100 × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) column using 0.1 % formic acid in water and acetonitrile (40:60, v/v) as the mobile phase. A stable-deuterated internal standard metronidazole-d4 (MTZ-d4) was used in the study. Mass analysis was performed on a triple quadrupole mass spectrometer in the positive electrospray ionization mode...
April 21, 2018: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
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