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M G Frías-Espericueta, B Y Ramos-Magaña, J Ruelas-Inzunza, M F Soto-Jiménez, O Escobar-Sánchez, M Aguilar-Juárez, G Izaguirre-Fierro, C C Osuna-Martínez, D Voltolina
We determined total Hg and Se contents of hepatopancreas, exoskeleton, and muscle, and the Se:Hg molar ratios in the muscle of shrimps Farfantepenaeus californiensis and Litopenaeus stylirostris caught in NE Pacific Mexican waters. Total Hg mean values in muscle, hepatopancreas, and exoskeleton were 0.31 ± 0.26, 0.28 ± 0.29, and 0.24 ± 0.06 μg g(-1), and 0.46 ± 0.46, 0.41 ± .034, and 0.24 ± 0.06 μg g(-1) for F. californiensis and L. stylirostris, respectively. In all tissues, the mean concentrations of Se tended to be close to one order of magnitude higher than the respective Hg values...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Erika Roddy, Mohammad Diab
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Short-term readmission rates are becoming widely utilized as a quality and performance metrics for hospitals. Data on unplanned short-term readmission after spine fusion for deformity in pædiatric patients is limited. PURPOSE: To characterize the rate and risk factors for short-term readmission after spine fusion for deformity in pædiatric patients. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study PATIENT SAMPLE: State In-Patient Databases from NY, UT, NE, FL, NC (years 2006-2010) and CA (years 2006-2011)...
October 17, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
Elisa Bustaffa, Annamaria De Marinis Loiotile, Genoveffa Farella, Stefania Petraccone, Gianluigi De Gennaro, Fabrizio Bianchi
La continua espansione delle attività di perforazione ai fini dell'estrazione petrolifera in prossimità di aree abitate ha fatto sì che negli ultimi anni l'attenzione si focalizzasse sull'impatto di questo processo fortemente industrializzato sulla salute pubblica. Le comunità che vivono nei dintorni di impianti di questo tipo devono, infatti, fronteggiare diversi problemi, quali l'inquinamento atmosferico e acustico, la contaminazione del suolo e delle acque sotterranee, il traffico dei camion da e verso il sito, incidenti e malfunzionamenti all'interno dell'impianto...
September 2016: Epidemiologia e Prevenzione
Wei Liu, Chang Hua Lin, Zheng Ke Wu, Guo Hua Liu, Hai Jie Yan, Hua Ming Yang, Hui Yi Cai
Objective: The net energy requirement for the maintenance (NEm) of broilers was determined using regression models by the indirect calorimetry method (ICM) or the comparative slaughter method (CSM). Methods: A 2×4 factorial arrangement of treatments including the evaluation method (ICM or CSM) and feed intake (25, 50, 75, or 100% of ad libitum recommended) was employed in this experiment. In the ICM, 96 male Arbor Acres (AA) birds aged d 15 were used with 4 birds per replicate and 6 replicates in each treatment...
October 19, 2016: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
Xiuqing Tian, Rui Guo, Yujiao Zhang, Lingling Xu, Xianbing Liu, Yinglong Hou
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of sympathetic overactivity on the immune system involved in the imbalance of T helper (Th) lymphocytes, we investigated the correlation between autonomic dysregulation and the generation of regulatory T (Treg) and Th1 chemokines in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: Blood samples obtained from patients with coronary artery disease and controls were analyzed for levels of Th1 and Treg cells and their associated cytokines by flow cytometry...
October 21, 2016: Neuroimmunomodulation
Abhishek Srivastava, Katherine D McMahon, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Hans-Peter Grossart
The National Center for Biotechnology Information [] database enlists more than 15,500 bacterial species. But this also includes a plethora of uncultured bacterial representations. Owing to their metabolism, they directly influence biogeochemical cycles, which underscores the the important status of bacteria on our planet. To study the function of a gene from an uncultured bacterium, we have undertaken a de novo gene synthesis approach. Actinobacteria of the acI-B subcluster are important but yet uncultured members of the bacterioplankton in temperate lakes of the northern hemisphere such as oligotrophic Lake Stechlin (NE Germany)...
December 2015: International Microbiology: the Official Journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology
Danieli Urach Monteiro, Maria Isabel Azevedo, Carla Weiblen, Sônia DE Avila Botton, Nadine Lysyk Funk, Cristiane DE Bona DA Silva, Régis Adriel Zanette, Thiago Guilherme Schwanz, Mário Luiz DE LA Rue
Cystic echinococcosis is a zoonotic disease of difficult diagnosis and treatment. The use of protoscolicidal agents in procedures is of utmost importance for treatment success. This study was aimed at analysing the in vitro and ex vivo activity of Melaleuca alternifolia oil (tea tree oil - TTO), its nanoemulsion formulation (NE-TTO) and its major component (terpinen-4-ol) against Echinococcus ortleppi protoscoleces obtained from cattle. Concentrations of 2·5, 5 and 10 mg mL-1 of TTO, 10 mg mL-1 of NE-TTO and 1, 1·5 and 2 mg mL-1 of terpinen-4-ol were evaluated in vitro against protoscoleces at 5, 10, 15 and 30 min...
October 20, 2016: Parasitology
Séverine Fourdrilis, Patrick Mardulyn, Olivier J Hardy, Kurt Jordaens, António Manuel de Frias Martins, Thierry Backeljau
We report the presence of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) hyperdiversity in the marine periwinkle Melarhaphe neritoides (Linnaeus, 1758), the first such case among marine gastropods. Our dataset consisted of concatenated 16S-COI-Cytb gene fragments. We used Bayesian analyses to investigate three putative causes underlying genetic variation, and estimated the mtDNA mutation rate, possible signatures of selection and the effective population size of the species in the Azores archipelago. The mtDNA hyperdiversity in M...
2016: PeerJ
Aldo Rosales, Edith Agama-Acevedo, Luis Arturo Bello-Perez, Roberto Gutiérrez Dorado, Natalia Palacios-Rojas
Provitamin A (ProVA)-enhanced maize was developed to help alleviate vitamin A deficiency in maize-consuming populations. Nixtamalization (lime-cooking process) is the most commonly used maize-preparation method in Mexico and Central America. In this study, the effect of traditional nixtamalization (TN) and nixtamalized extrusion (NE) on proVA retention was evaluated. Kernel conversion to TN dough led to high proVA apparent retention (>100%), while kernel conversion to NE flour led to lower retention (85%)...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Thet Thet Mu, Aye Aye Sein, Tint Tint Kyi, Myo Min, Ne Myo Aung, Nicholas M Anstey, Myat Phone Kyaw, Chit Soe, Mar Mar Kyi, Josh Hanson
BACKGROUND: There has been an impressive recent reduction in the global incidence of malaria, but the development of artemisinin resistance in the Greater Mekong Region threatens this progress. Increasing artemisinin resistance is particularly important in Myanmar, as it is the country in the Greater Mekong Region with the greatest malaria burden. If malaria is to be eliminated in the region, it is essential to define the spatial and temporal epidemiology of the disease in Myanmar to inform control strategies optimally...
October 18, 2016: Malaria Journal
Cortney L Pylant, David M Nelson, Matthew C Fitzpatrick, J Edward Gates, Stephen R Keller
An unanticipated impact of wind-energy development has been large-scale mortality of insectivorous bats. In eastern North America, where mortality rates are among the highest in the world, the hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) and the eastern red bat (L. borealis) comprise the majority of turbine-associated bat mortality. Both species are migratory tree bats with widespread distributions; however, little is known regarding the geographic origins of bats killed at wind-energy facilities or the diversity and population structure of affected species...
July 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Markus Schlaich, Rosemary Elliott, Caroline Rudnicka, Vance Matthews
OBJECTIVE: Sympathetic nervous system activation is a common feature in various metabolic disorders such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, and type-2 diabetes. The sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT-2) mediates re-absorption of glucose from the renal proximal tubules. SGLT-2 inhibitors have attracted substantial attention due to their glucose and blood pressure lowering effects. Furthermore, the SGLT-2 inhibitor empagliflozin has recently been associated with improved cardiovascular outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Richard Wainford, Kathryn Walsh
OBJECTIVE: These studies tested the hypothesis that the SNS release of norepinephrine modulates NCC activity via a WNK1 mechanism to contribute to the pathophysiology of salt-sensitive hypertension in rats. DESIGN AND METHOD: Male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats receiving a continuous s.c. saline or NE (600 ng/min) infusion or naïve Dahl Salt-Resistant (DSR) and Dahl Salt-Sensitive (DSS) rats were fed a 0.6% (NS) or 8% NaCl (HS) diet for 14 or 21 days respectively (N = 6/group)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Richard Wainford, Casey Carmichael, Kathryn Walsh
OBJECTIVE: We have demonstrated a critical role of CNS Gαi2 proteins in sodium homeostasis and blood pressure regulation. These studies tested the hypothesis that increased total body sodium activates the afferent renal afferent nerves to evoke sympathoinhibition to facilitate sodium homeostasis and normotension, via a PVN signal transduction pathway involving Gαi2 proteins, in the Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat. DESIGN AND METHOD: Conscious SD rats, having undergone sham or renal afferent nerve denervation (Renal-CAP) underwent an IV volume expansion (VE; 5% BW), HR, MAP, natriuresis and PVN neuronal activation were assessed (N = 5/group)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Rachel Boxio, Julien Wartelle, Béatrice Nawrocki-Raby, Brice Lagrange, Laurette Malleret, Timothee Hirche, Clifford Taggart, Yves Pacheco, Gilles Devouassoux, Abderrazzaq Bentaher
BACKGROUND: In acutely injured lungs, massively recruited polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) secrete abnormally neutrophil elastase (NE). Active NE creates a localized proteolytic environment where various host molecules are degraded leading to impairment of tissue homeostasis. Among the hallmarks of neutrophil-rich pathologies is a disrupted epithelium characterized by the loss of cell-cell adhesion and integrity. Epithelial-cadherin (E-cad) represents one of the most important intercellular junction proteins...
October 17, 2016: Respiratory Research
Juan Xu, Yujia Qian, Min Ye, Ziyi Fu, Xuemei Jia, Wenqu Li, Pengfei Xu, Mingming Lv, Lei Huang, Luyu Wang, Hongjie Ruan, Juan Lv
Endometrial carcinoma (EC) is the most common malignancy in women. Dispite its prevalence, the prognosis of endometrial carcinoma still relies on conventional histological type, grade and invasion information. Its morbidity is still increasing and the outcome is very poor. To the best of our knowledge, hormonal imbalance and/or molecular genetic alterations are the main cause of EC. However, the alterations of lncRNAs which accounts for approximately 4/5 of human transcripts are still poorly understood. In the present study, using the RiboArray™ Custom Array, we studied the expression profiles of lncRNA in EC as compared to normal endometrium (NE) to find potential core lncRNAs for the diagnosis of EC...
October 14, 2016: Oncology Reports
J M Diaz Carrasco, L M Redondo, E A Redondo, J E Dominguez, A P Chacana, M E Fernandez Miyakawa
Necrotic enteritis (NE) is an important concern in poultry industry since it causes economic losses, increased mortality, reduction of bird welfare, and contamination of chicken products for human consumption. For decades, the use of in-feed antimicrobial growth promoters (AGPs) has been the main strategy to control intestinal pathogens including Clostridium perfringens (CP), the causative agent of NE. However, the use of AGPs in animal diet has been linked to the emergence and transmission of antimicrobial resistance through food-borne microorganisms, which has led to the ban of AGPs in many countries...
2016: BioMed Research International
Lei-Fang Cao, Xiao-Yan Peng, Ya Huang, Bing Wang, Feng-Ming Zhou, Ruo-Xiao Cheng, Li-Hua Chen, Wei-Feng Luo, Tong Liu
In the present study, we investigated whether restoring descending noradrenergic inhibitory tone can attenuate pain in a PD rat model, which was established by stereotaxic infusion of 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) into the bilateral striatum (CPu). PD rats developed thermal and mechanical hypersensitivity at the 4th week after surgery. HPLC analysis showed that NE content, but not dopamine or 5-HT, significantly decreased in lumbar spinal cord in PD rats. Additional noradrenergic depletion by injection of N-(2-chloroethyl)-N-ethyl-2-bromobenzylamine (DSP-4) aggravated pain hypersensitivity in PD rats...
2016: Neural Plasticity
Yanan Gao, Xuejing Qi, Yiping Zheng, Hongyu Ji, LinhuaWu, Nannan Zheng, Jingling Tang
The vitamin E analogue, α-tocopherol succinate (α-TOS), has a broad anti-tumor effect. α-TOS can induce cancer cells apoptosis and suppress tumor growth by targeting mitochondria. Low bioavailability of α-TOS is the major problem encountered with formulation development. In our study, α-TOS nanoemulsion (α-TOS-NE) was demonstrated as a new drug delivery system of α-TOS to increase the bioavailability. MTT-based cytotoxicity assay and mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔY) were performed on human breast cancer cell lines MCF-7 and human oral epithelial cancer cell lines KB to evaluate in vitro anticancer efficacy of α-TOS-NE...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Juan E Uribe, Suzanne T Williams, José Templado, Barbara Buge, Rafael Zardoya
The subfamily Cantharidinae Gray, 1857 (Trochoidea: Trochidae) includes 23 recognized genera and over 200 known living species. These marine top shell snails are microphagous grazers that generally live in shallow rocky shores and in macroalgae and seagrass beds of sub-tropical and temperate waters from the Central and Western Indo-Pacific biogeographic regions to the Mediterranean Sea and the Eastern Atlantic Ocean. Recent molecular phylogenetic studies revising the family Trochidae supported the monophyly of the subfamily Cantharidinae and its sister group relationship to the subfamily Stomatellinae...
October 13, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
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