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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724741/body-height-and-immune-efficacy-testing-body-stature-as-a-signal-of-biological-quality
#1
Bogusław Pawłowski, Judyta Nowak, Barbara Borkowska, Daria Augustyniak, Zuzanna Drulis-Kawa
According to the good genes hypothesis and energy allocation theory, human adult body height may reflect biological quality. An important aspect of this quality is immune system functioning (ISF). The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between ISF and body height in healthy people. The ISF was determined by several important innate (total complement and lysozyme activity, neutrophil function) and adaptive immune parameters (lymphocytes, IgA and IgG, and response to the flu vaccine). Overall, 96 males and 97 females were subjected to flu vaccination, and of these, 35 males and 34 females were subjected to tetanus...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714117/a-swellable-microneedle-patch-to-rapidly-extract-skin-interstitial-fluid-for-timely-metabolic-analysis
#2
Hao Chang, Mengjia Zheng, Xiaojun Yu, Aung Than, Razina Z Seeni, Rongjie Kang, Jingqi Tian, Duong Phan Khanh, Linbo Liu, Peng Chen, Chenjie Xu
Skin interstitial fluid (ISF) is an emerging source of biomarkers for disease diagnosis and prognosis. Microneedle (MN) patch has been identified as an ideal platform to extract ISF from the skin due to its pain-free and easy-to-administrated properties. However, long sampling time is still a serious problem which impedes timely metabolic analysis. In this study, a swellable MN patch that can rapidly extract ISF is developed. The MN patch is made of methacrylated hyaluronic acid (MeHA) and further crosslinked through UV irradiation...
July 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713857/a-new-clade-of-insect-specific-flaviviruses-from-australian-anopheles-mosquitoes-displays-species-specific-host-restriction
#3
Agathe M G Colmant, Jody Hobson-Peters, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Andrew F van den Hurk, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Weng Kong Chow, Cheryl A Johansen, Jelke Fros, Peter Simmonds, Daniel Watterson, Chris Cazier, Kayvan Etebari, Sassan Asgari, Benjamin L Schulz, Nigel Beebe, Laura J Vet, Thisun B H Piyasena, Hong-Duyen Nguyen, Ross T Barnard, Roy A Hall
Flaviviruses are arthropod-borne viruses found worldwide and are responsible for significant human and veterinary diseases, including dengue, Zika, and West Nile fever. Some flaviviruses are insect specific and replicate only in mosquitoes. We report a genetically divergent group of insect-specific flaviviruses from Anopheles mosquitoes that do not replicate in arthropod cell lines or heterologous Anopheles species, exhibiting unprecedented specialization for their host species. Determination of the complete sequences of the RNA genomes of three of these viruses, Karumba virus (KRBV), Haslams Creek virus, and Mac Peak virus (McPV), that are found in high prevalence in some Anopheles mosquito populations and detection of virus-specific proteins, replicative double-stranded RNA, and small interfering RNA responses in the host mosquito species provided strong evidence of a functional replicating virus in the mosquito midgut...
July 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699859/understanding-the-role-of-micrornas-in-the-interaction-of-aedes-aegypti-mosquitoes-with-an-insect-specific-flavivirus
#4
Morris Lee, Kayvan Etebari, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Andrew F van den Hurk, Jody Hobson-Peters, Sreenu Vatipally, Esther Schnettler, Roy Hall, Sassan Asgari
The Flavivirus genus contains some of the most prevalent vector-borne viruses, such as the dengue, Zika and yellow fever viruses that cause devastating diseases in humans. However, the insect-specific clade of flaviviruses is restricted to mosquito hosts, albeit they have retained the general features of the genus, such as genome structure and replication. The interactions between insect-specific flaviviruses (ISFs) and their mosquito hosts are largely unknown. Pathogenic flaviviruses are known to modulate host-derived microRNAs (miRNAs), a class of non-coding RNAs that are important in controlling gene expression...
July 12, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673087/effect-of-off-diagonal-exciton-phonon-coupling-on-intramolecular-singlet-fission
#5
Zhongkai Huang, Yuta Fujihashi, Yang Zhao
Intramolecular singlet fission (iSF) materials provide remarkable advantages in terms of tunable electronic structures, and quantum chemistry studies have indicated strong electronic coupling modulation by high frequency phonon modes. In this work, we formulate a microscopic model of iSF with simultaneous diagonal and off-diagonal coupling to high-frequency modes. A nonperturbative treatment, the Dirac-Frenkel time-dependent variational approach is adopted using the multiple Davydov trial states. It is shown that both diagonal and off-diagonal coupling can aid efficient singlet fission if excitonic coupling is weak, and fission is only facilitated by diagonal coupling if excitonic coupling is strong...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626959/intramolecular-singlet-fission-in-an-antiaromatic-polycyclic-hydrocarbon
#6
Yishi Wu, Yuancheng Wang, Jianwei Chen, Guanxin Zhang, Jiannian Yao, Deqing Zhang, Hongbing Fu
Singlet fission (SF), in which one singlet exciton (S1 ) splits into two triplets (T1 ) on adjacent molecules through a correlated triplet-pair (1) (TT) state, requires precise but difficult tuning of exciton energetics and intermolecular electronic couplings in the solid state. Antiaromatic 4nπ dibenzopentalenes (DPs) are demonstrated as a new class of single-chromophore-based intramolecular SF materials that exhibit an optically allowed S2 state with E(S2 )>2×E(T1 ) and an optically forbidden S1 state...
August 1, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625621/patterns-of-initial-and-intracranial-failure-in-metastatic-egfr-mutant-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-treated-with-erlotinib
#7
Suchit H Patel, Andreas Rimner, Amanda Foster, Zhigang Zhang, Kaitlin M Woo, Helena A Yu, Gregory J Riely, Abraham J Wu
OBJECTIVES: Patients with metastatic EGFR-mutant (mEGFRmt) NSCLC have favorable survival when treated with erlotinib. We hypothesized that treatment failure in most patients is limited to initial sites of disease, in which case incorporating local therapy such as radiation might further delay progression. We therefore analyzed patterns and predictors of failure in a large cohort of such patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed 189 patients treated with erlotinib for mEGFRmt NSCLC...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592864/infectious-dnas-derived-from-insect-specific-flavivirus-genomes-enable-identification-of-pre-and-post-entry-host-restrictions-in-vertebrate-cells
#8
Thisun B H Piyasena, Yin X Setoh, Jody Hobson-Peters, Natalee D Newton, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Breeanna J McLean, Laura J Vet, Alexander A Khromykh, Roy A Hall
Flaviviruses such as West Nile virus (WNV), dengue virus and Zika virus are mosquito-borne pathogens that cause significant human diseases. A novel group of insect-specific flaviviruses (ISFs), which only replicate in mosquitoes, have also been identified. However, little is known about the mechanisms of ISF host restriction. We report the generation of infectious cDNA from two Australian ISFs, Parramatta River virus (PaRV) and Palm Creek virus (PCV). Using circular polymerase extension cloning (CPEC) with a modified OpIE2 insect promoter, infectious cDNA was generated and transfected directly into mosquito cells to produce infectious virus indistinguishable from wild-type virus...
June 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592211/calmodulin-like-skin-protein-is-downregulated-in-human-cerebrospinal-fluids-of-alzheimer-s-disease-patients-with-apolipoprotein-e4-a-pilot-study-using-postmortem-samples
#9
Yuichi Hashimoto, Takahiko Umahara, Haruo Hanyu, Toshihiko Iwamoto, Masaaki Matsuoka
OBJECTIVE: Calmodulin-like skin protein (CLSP) is a secreted peptide that inhibits neuronal cell death, linked to Alzheimer's disease (AD), by binding to the heterotrimeric humanin receptor and activating an intracellular survival pathway. CLSP is only expressed in skin keratinocytes and related epithelial cells, circulates in the blood stream, and passes the blood-cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) barrier. In the current study, we addressed the issues as to whether CLSP functions in the central nervous system and whether the concentration of CLSP is reduced in the CSFs of AD patients...
June 7, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579942/voluntary-exercise-promotes-glymphatic-clearance-of-amyloid-beta-and-reduces-the-activation-of-astrocytes-and-microglia-in-aged-mice
#10
Xiao-Fei He, Dong-Xu Liu, Qun Zhang, Feng-Ying Liang, Guang-Yan Dai, Jin-Sheng Zeng, Zhong Pei, Guang-Qing Xu, Yue Lan
Age is characterized by chronic inflammation, leading to synaptic dysfunction and dementia because the clearance of protein waste is reduced. The clearance of proteins depends partly on the permeation of the blood-brain barrier (BBB) or on the exchange of water and soluble contents between the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and the interstitial fluid (ISF). A wealth of evidence indicates that physical exercise improves memory and cognition in neurodegenerative diseases during aging, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), but the influence of physical training on glymphatic clearance, BBB permeability and neuroinflammation remains unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544495/posterior-lumbar-interbody-fusion-with-interspinous-fastener-provides-comparable-clinical-outcome-and-fusion-rate-to-pedicle-screws
#11
Wei-Min Huang, Xing-Ming Yu, Xiao-Duo Xu, Ruo-Xian Song, Li-Li Yu, Xiu-Chun Yu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical feasibility and validity of interspinous fastener (ISF) for lumbar degenerative diseases. METHODS: From October 2013 to March 2014, a total of 46 patients suffering from lumbar degenerative diseases underwent posterior lumbar interbody fusion (PLIF) randomly augmented by ISF or pedicle screws. The clinical outcome was primarily measured by Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) score. The minimal clinical important difference (MCID) was defined as an eight-point decrease in ODI...
May 24, 2017: Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530093/iron-oxide-nanoparticle-powered-micro-optical-coherence-tomography-for-in-situ-imaging-the-penetration-and-swelling-of-polymeric-microneedles-in-the-skin
#12
Razina Z Seeni, Xiaojun Yu, Hao Chang, Peng Chen, Linbo Liu, Chenjie Xu
In recent years, polymeric microneedles (MNs) have attracted keen interests among researchers because of their applicability in transdermal drug delivery and interstitial skin fluid (ISF) extraction. When designing and characterizing such devices, it is critical to monitor their real-time in vitro and in vivo performances to optimize the desired effects, yet most of the existing methods are incapable of such functions. To address this unmet need, we develop a real-time noninvasive imaging methodology by integrating iron oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles into polymeric MNs to enhance image contrast for micro-optical coherence tomography (μOCT) imaging...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529657/in-situ-pinning-in-slipped-capital-femoral-epiphysis-long-term-follow-up-studies
#13
F Accadbled, J Murgier, B Delannes, J P Cahuzac, J Sales de Gauzy
BACKGROUND: Management of moderately displaced slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE) is debated, mostly because of the risks related to open reduction on one hand, and subsequent evolution toward femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) on the other. METHOD: All SCFE cases treated with in situ fixation (ISF) and a minimum of ten years of follow-up beyond skeletal maturity were analysed in a retrospective multicentre study. Coxometry parameters were measured. Long-term results of ISF were meanwhile analysed at our Institution...
April 2017: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513463/alzheimer-s-disease-against-peptides-products-of-enzymatic-cleavage-app-protein-biological-pathobiological-and-physico-chemical-properties-of-fibrillating-peptides
#14
Małgorzata Marszałek
Various peptides products of enzymatic cleavage of key for Alzheimer's disease Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) are well known, but still are matter of scientific debate. The Aβ type products are especially challenging for experimental and medical research. This paper outlines several, still poorly known, biological and medical processes such as peptides biology, i.e., formation, biodistribution, translocation, transport and finally removal from brain compartments and body fluids like Intracellular Fluid (ICF), Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF), Interstitial Fluid (ISF), blood serum or urine...
May 17, 2017: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28477083/peritoneal-dialysis-reduces-amyloid-beta-plasma-levels-in-humans-and-attenuates-alzheimer-associated-phenotypes-in-an-app-ps1-mouse-model
#15
Wang-Sheng Jin, Lin-Lin Shen, Xian-Le Bu, Wei-Wei Zhang, Si-Han Chen, Zhi-Lin Huang, Jia-Xiang Xiong, Chang-Yue Gao, Zhifang Dong, Ya-Ni He, Zhi-An Hu, Hua-Dong Zhou, Weihong Song, Xin-Fu Zhou, Yi-Zheng Wang, Yan-Jiang Wang
Clearance of amyloid-beta (Aβ) from the brain is an important therapeutic strategy for Alzheimer's disease (AD). Current studies mainly focus on the central approach of Aβ clearance by introducing therapeutic agents into the brain. In a previous study, we found that peripheral tissues and organs play important roles in clearing brain-derived Aβ, suggesting that the peripheral approach of removing Aβ from the blood may also be effective for AD therapy. Here, we investigated whether peritoneal dialysis, a clinically available therapeutic method for chronic kidney disease (CKD), reduces brain Aβ burden and attenuates AD-type pathologies and cognitive impairments...
May 5, 2017: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457009/comparison-of-direct-sampling-and-brochoalveolar-lavage-for-determining-active-drug-concentrations-in-the-pulmonary-epithelial-lining-fluid-of-calves-injected-with-enrofloxacin-or-tilmicosin
#16
D M Foster, H J Sylvester, M G Papich
Antibiotic distribution to interstitial fluid (ISF) and pulmonary epithelial fluid (PELF) was measured and compared to plasma drug concentrations in eight healthy calves. Enrofloxacin (Baytril(®) 100) was administered at a dose of 12.5 mg/kg subcutaneously (SC), and tilmicosin (Micotil(®) 300) was administered at a dose of 20 mg/kg SC. PELF, sampled by two different methods-bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) and direct sampling (DS)-plasma, and ISF were collected from each calf and measured for tilmicosin, enrofloxacin and its metabolite ciprofloxacin by HPLC...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456244/inline-screw-feeding-vacuum-arc-thruster
#17
Igal Kronhaus, Matteo Laterza, Yonatan Maor
A new type of micropropulsion device for nanosatellite applications is presented-the inline-screw-feeding vacuum-arc thruster (ISF-VAT). This thruster couples a conventional "triggerless" ignition geometry with a feeding mechanism that maintains a steady state discharge performance. The feeding mechanism implements a screw action on a central cathode rod. At a predetermined rate, a complete and uniform erosion of the cathodes tip is obtained as well as "healing" of the insulator coating. The inline feeding of the cathode forces the arc to emerge on the tip of the cathode, flush with the exit plane of the anode...
April 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417297/regulation-of-the-glucose-supply-from-capillary-to-tissue-examined-by-developing-a-capillary-model
#18
Akitoshi Maeda, Yukiko Himeno, Masayuki Ikebuchi, Akinori Noma, Akira Amano
A new glucose transport model relying upon diffusion and convection across the capillary membrane was developed, and supplemented with tissue space and lymph flow. The rate of glucose utilization (J util) in the tissue space was described as a saturation function of glucose concentration in the interstitial fluid (C glu,isf), and was varied by applying a scaling factor f to J max. With f = 0, the glucose diffusion ceased within ~20 min. While, with increasing f, the diffusion was accelerated through a decrease in C glu,isf, but the convective flux remained close to resting level...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416842/-drainage-characteristic-of-the-brain-interstitial-fluid-detected-by-using-fluorescence-and-magnetic-tracer-method
#19
Y Zhao, Y Q Li, H Y Li, Y L Li, L X Liu, L Yuan, S J Zhang, H B Han
OBJECTIVE: Compare the results of molecular diffusion and mass flow in the interstitial space(ISS) displayed by using optical and magnetic probes and study partitioned drainage of the brain interstitial fluid (ISF). METHODS: In the study, 36 male SD rats were randomly divided into fluorescent inspection group (18), magnetic tracer group (18). Then they were divided equally into caudate nucleus (Cn), thalamus (T) and substantia nigra (Sn) subgroup, 6 rats in each subgroup...
April 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408252/israeli-spotted-fever-in-sicily-description-of-two-cases-and-minireview
#20
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Claudia Colomba, Marcello Trizzino, Anna Giammanco, Celestino Bonura, Danilo Di Bona, Manlio Tolomeo, Antonio Cascio
Mediterranean spotted fever (MSF) is endemic in Italy, where Rickettsia conorii subsp. conorii was thought to be the only pathogenic rickettsia and Rhipicephalus sanguineus the vector and main reservoir. R. conorii subsp. israelensis, which belongs to the R. conorii complex, is the agent of Israeli spotted fever (ISF); apart from Israel, it has also been found in Italy (Sicily and Sardinia) and in different regions of Portugal. We describe here two severe cases of ISF which occurred in otherwise healthy Italian adults...
April 10, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
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