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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910589/improved-cross-calibration-of-thomson-scattering-and-electron-cyclotron-emission-with-ech-on-diii-d
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M W Brookman, M E Austin, A G McLean, T N Carlstrom, A W Hyatt, J Lohr
Thomson scattering produces ne profiles from measurement of scattered laser beam intensity. Rayleigh scattering provides a first calibration of the relation ne ∝ ITS, which depends on many factors (e.g., laser alignment and power, optics, and measurement systems). On DIII-D, the ne calibration is adjusted against an absolute ne from the density-driven cutoff of the 48 channel 2nd harmonic X-mode electron cyclotron emission system. This method has been used to calibrate Thomson ne from the edge to near the core (r/a > 0...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904663/t-type-calcium-channel-blocker-attenuates-unilateral-ureteral-obstruction-induced-renal-interstitial-fibrosis-by-activating-the-nrf2-antioxidant-pathway
#2
Sungjin Chung, Soojeong Kim, Minyoung Kim, Eun Sil Koh, Hye Eun Yoon, Ho-Shik Kim, Cheol Whee Park, Yoon Sik Chang, Seok Joon Shin
Besides its effect on high blood pressure, T-type calcium channel blocker is renoprotective in experimental models of renal fibrosis. However, the exact mechanism of T-type calcium channel blocker on tubulointerstitial fibrosis is unclear. We investigated whether the renoprotective effect of T-type calcium channel blocker is associated with modulation of the signaling of oxidative stress-induced renal fibrosis. Treatment with a non-hypotensive dose of efonidipine, a T-type calcium channel blocker, or nifedipine, an L-type channel blocker, was initiated one day before unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) in C57BL6/J mice, and was continued until 3 and 7 days after UUO...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901170/bilayer-hydrogel-actuators-with-tight-interfacial-adhesion-fully-constructed-from-natural-polysaccharides
#3
Jiangjiang Duan, Xichao Liang, Kunkun Zhu, Jinhua Guo, Lina Zhang
Smart hydrogel actuators with excellent biocompatibility and biodegradation are extremely desired for biomedical applications. Herein, we have constructed bio-hydrogel actuators inspired by the bilayer structures of plant organs from chitosan and cellulose/carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) solution in an alkali/urea aqueous system containing epichlorohydrin (ECH) as a crosslinker, and demonstrated tight adhesion between two layers through strong electrostatic attraction and chemical crosslinking. The bilayer hydrogels with excellent mechanical properties could carry out rapid, reversible, and repeated self-rolling deformation actuated by pH-triggered swelling/deswelling, and transformed into rings, tubules, and flower-, helix-, bamboo-, and wave-like shapes by effectively designing the geometric shape and size...
November 30, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898744/pre-exercise-hyperpnea-attenuates-exercise-induced-bronchoconstriction-without-affecting-performance
#4
Philipp A Eichenberger, Thomas A Scherer, Christina M Spengler
Whole-body warm-up exercises were shown to attenuate exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB). Whether intense pre-exercise hyperpnea offers similar protection and whether this might negatively affect exercise performance is unknown. Nine subjects with EIB (25±5 yrs; forced expiratory volume in 1s [FEV1], 104±15% predicted) performed an exercise challenge (ECh) followed-after 30min-by a constant-load cycling test to exhaustion. The ECh was preceded by one of four conditions: by i) control warm-up (CON) or by 10min of normocapnic hyperpnea with partial rebreathing at either ii) 50% (WU50) or iii) variable intensity (8x 30s-80%/45s-30%; WU80/30), or at iv) 70% (WU70) of maximal voluntary ventilation...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897082/ameliorative-effect-of-an-oxovanadium-iv-complex-against-oxidative-stress-and-nephrotoxicity-induced-by-cisplatin
#5
Abhishek Basu, Arin Bhattacharjee, Subhadip Hajra, Amalesh Samanta, Sudin Bhattacharya
OBJECTIVE: The present study was designed to investigate the chemoprotective efficacy of an L-cysteine-based oxovanadium (IV) complex, namely, oxovanadium (IV)-L-cysteine methyl ester complex (VC-IV) against cisplatin (CDDP)-induced renal injury in Swiss albino mice. METHODS: CDDP was administered intraperitoneally (5 mg/kg body weight) and VC-IV was administered orally (1 mg/kg body weight) in concomitant and 7 days pre-treatment schedule. RESULTS: CDDP-treated mice showed marked kidney damage and renal failure...
November 29, 2016: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888130/protective-role-of-phenylalanine-on-the-ros-induced-oxidative-damage-apoptosis-and-tight-junction-damage-via-nrf2-tor-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signalling-molecules-in-the-gill-of-fish
#6
Lin Feng, Wen Li, Yang Liu, Wei-Dan Jiang, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Jun Jiang, Ling Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou
This study explored the possible preventive effects of dietary phenylalanine (Phe) on antioxidant responses, apoptosis and tight junction protein transcription in the gills of young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). Fish were fed six different experimental diets containing graded levels of Phe (3.4-16.8 g kg(-1)) for 8 weeks. The results showed that Phe deficiency induced protein oxidation and lipid peroxidation by decreasing the glutathione content and the activities and mRNA levels of Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (SOD1), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), glutathione reductase (GR) and glutathione-S-transferase (GST) in fish gill (P < 0...
November 22, 2016: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854263/laboratory-performance-of-five-selected-soil-moisture-sensors-applying-factory-and-own-calibration-equations-for-two-soil-media-of-different-bulk-density-and-salinity-levels
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Svatopluk Matula, Kamila Báťková, Wossenu Lemma Legese
Non-destructive soil water content determination is a fundamental component for many agricultural and environmental applications. The accuracy and costs of the sensors define the measurement scheme and the ability to fit the natural heterogeneous conditions. The aim of this study was to evaluate five commercially available and relatively cheap sensors usually grouped with impedance and FDR sensors. ThetaProbe ML2x (impedance) and ECH₂O EC-10, ECH₂O EC-20, ECH₂O EC-5, and ECH₂O TE (all FDR) were tested on silica sand and loess of defined characteristics under controlled laboratory conditions...
November 15, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851830/genome-guided-analysis-and-whole-transcriptome-profiling-of-the-mesophilic-syntrophic-acetate-oxidising-bacterium-syntrophaceticus-schinkii
#8
Shahid Manzoor, Erik Bongcam-Rudloff, Anna Schnürer, Bettina Müller
Syntrophaceticus schinkii is a mesophilic, anaerobic bacterium capable of oxidising acetate to CO2 and H2 in intimate association with a methanogenic partner, a syntrophic relationship which operates close to the energetic limits of microbial life. Syntrophaceticus schinkii has been identified as a key organism in engineered methane-producing processes relying on syntrophic acetate oxidation as the main methane-producing pathway. However, due to strict cultivation requirements and difficulties in reconstituting the thermodynamically unfavourable acetate oxidation, the physiology of this functional group is poorly understood...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825853/nrf2-signaling-pathway-pivotal-roles-in-inflammation
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REVIEW
Syed Minhaj Uddin Ahmed, Lin Luo, Akhileshwar Namani, Xiu Jun Wang, Xiuwen Tang
Inflammation is the most common feature of many chronic diseases and complications, while playing critical roles in carcinogenesis. Several studies have demonstrated that Nrf2 contributes to the anti-inflammatory process by orchestrating the recruitment of inflammatory cells and regulating gene expression through the antioxidant response element (ARE). The Keap1 (Kelch-like ECH-associated protein)/Nrf2 (NF-E2 p45-related factor 2)/ARE signaling pathway mainly regulates anti-inflammatory gene expression and inhibits the progression of inflammation...
November 4, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824068/sulforaphane-improves-ischemia-induced-detrusor-overactivity-by-downregulating-the-enhancement-of-associated-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-rat-bladder
#10
Huai-Ching Tai, Shiu-Dong Chung, Chiang-Ting Chien, Hong-Jeng Yu
Atherosclerosis-associated pelvic ischemia has been reported to be a risk factor for bladder dysfunction and subsequent lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) in the elderly population. However, the molecular mechanisms of this association remain unclear. We hypothesized that stress-induced cellular responses might play a role in the pathogenesis of ischemia-induced bladder dysfunction. In the present study, the animal model of bladder ischemia was induced by bilateral partial arterial occlusion (BPAO) in rats...
November 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815660/mitochondrial-phosphatase-pgam5-regulates-keap1-mediated-bcl-xl-degradation-and-controls-cardiomyocyte-apoptosis-driven-by-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Chen Yang, Xiaojuan Liu, Fangfang Yang, Weixun Zhang, Zihao Chen, Daliang Yan, Qingsheng You, Xiang Wu
Phosphoglycerate mutase 5 (PGAM5) is a mitochondrial membrane protein that plays crucial roles in necroptosis and apoptosis. Though PGAM5 is known to be required for inducing intrinsic apoptosis through interacting with BCL2 associated X protein (Bax) and dynamin-related protein 1 (Drp1), the expression and role of PGAM5 in cardiomyocyte apoptosis driven by myocardial ischemia/reperfusion injury(MIRI) has not been studied. The present study shows that PGAM5 expression decreased after MIRI in vivo, positively correlated with Bcl-xL expression, negatively correlated with Kelch-ECH associating protein 1 (Keap1) expression...
November 4, 2016: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814396/chronic-activation-of-hepatic-nrf2-has-no-major-effect-on-fatty-acid-and-glucose-metabolism-in-adult-mice
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Sebastian Brachs, Angelika F Winkel, James Polack, Hui Tang, Maria Brachs, Daniel Margerie, Bodo Brunner, Kerstin Jahn-Hofmann, Hartmut Ruetten, Joachim Spranger, Dieter Schmoll
The transcription factor NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) induces cytoprotective genes, but has also been linked to the regulation of hepatic energy metabolism. In order to assess the pharmacological potential of hepatic Nrf2 activation in metabolic disease, Nrf2 was activated over 7 weeks in mice on Western diet using two different siRNAs against kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1), the inhibitory protein of Nrf2. Whole genome expression analysis followed by pathway analysis demonstrated successful knock-down of Keap1 expression and induction of Nrf2-dependent genes involved in anti-oxidative stress defense and biotransformation, proving the activation of Nrf2 by the siRNAs against Keap1...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807004/endothelial-cell-hypertrophy-and-microvascular-proliferation-in-meningiomas-are-correlated-with-higher-histological-grade-and-shorter-progression-free-survival
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Catherine Ling, Celso Pouget, Fabien Rech, Robin Pflaum, Mathilde Treffel, Franck Bielle, Karima Mokhtari, Jean-Matthieu Casse, Jean-Michel Vignaud, Michel Kalamarides, Matthieu Peyre, Guillaume Gauchotte
Microvascular proliferation (MVP) is a hallmark of glioblastoma. Endothelial cell hypertrophy (ECH), also known as endothelial hyperplasia, is correlated with a shorter survival of patients with gliomas. However, the prognostic value of these 2 morphological features has not been studied in meningiomas. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic value of angiogenesis in meningiomas, most notably ECH, MVP, and microvascular density, which were evaluated using immunohistochemistry with antibodies against CD34 and CD105 (a marker of neovascularization) in a series of 139 meningiomas...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799462/sodium-butyrate-activates-nrf2-to-ameliorate-diabetic-nephropathy-possibly-via-inhibition-of-hdac
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Wenpeng Dong, Ye Jia, Xiuxia Liu, Huan Zhang, Tie Li, Wenlin Huang, Xudong Chen, Fuchun Wang, Weixia Sun, Hao Wu
Oxidative stress contributes to the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (NRF2) plays a key role in cellular defense against oxidative stress. NRF2 activators have shown promising preventive effects on DN. Sodium butyrate (NaB) is a known activator of NRF2. However, it is unknown whether NRF2 is required for NaB protection against DN. Therefore, streptozotocin-induced diabetic C57BL/6 Nrf2 knockout and their wild-type mice were treated in the presence or absence of NaB for 20 weeks...
January 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799074/activation-of-the-keap1-nrf2-stress-response-pathway-in-autophagic-vacuolar-myopathies
#15
Steve Duleh, Xianhong Wang, Allison Komirenko, Marta Margeta
Nrf2 (nuclear factor [erythroid-derived 2]-like 2; the transcriptional master regulator of the antioxidant stress response) is regulated through interaction with its cytoplasmic inhibitor Keap1 (Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1), which under basal conditions targets Nrf2 for proteasomal degradation. Sequestosome 1 (SQSTM1)/p62-a multifunctional adapter protein that accumulates following autophagy inhibition and can serve as a diagnostic marker for human autophagic vacuolar myopathies (AVMs)-was recently shown to compete with Nrf2 for Keap1 binding, resulting in activation of the Nrf2 pathway...
October 31, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780373/p62-sqstm1-is-required-for-the-protection-against-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-induced-apoptotic-cell-death
#16
Jeong Su Park, Sue Young Oh, Da Hyun Lee, Yu Seol Lee, Su Haeng Sung, Hye Won Ji, Moon Joo Lee, Yong-Ho Lee, Sue Goo Rhee, Soo Han Bae
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress is triggered by various cellular stresses that disturb protein folding or calcium homeostasis in the ER. To cope with these stresses, ER stress activates the unfolded protein response (UPR) pathway, but unresolved ER stress induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation leading to apoptotic cell death. However, the mechanisms that underlie protection from ER stress-induced cell death are not clearly defined. The nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (Nrf2)-Kelch-like ECH-associated protein 1 (Keap1) pathway plays a crucial role in the protection of cells against ROS-mediated oxidative damage...
October 26, 2016: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769838/keap1-as-the-redox-sensor-of-the-antioxidant-response
#17
Virve Sihvola, Anna-Liisa Levonen
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and products of their reactions with cellular macromolecules such as unsaturated fatty acids have been implicated to be important regulators of signalling processes via oxidation or alkylation of redox active thiol residues in target proteins. One of key redox-sensitive signalling proteins mediating the response to oxidant stress is Keap1 (Kelch-like erythroid cell-derived protein with CNC homology [ECH]-associated protein 1), which is a negative regulator of transcription factor Nuclear factor-erythroid 2 p45-related factor 2 (Nrf2) and the central hub for sensing endogenous and environmental oxidative and electrophilic stress...
October 18, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768520/synthesis-of-magnetic-epichlorohydrin-cross-linked-carboxymethyl-cellulose-microspheres-and-their-adsorption-behavior-for-methylene-blue
#18
Qingwen Lin, Jiali Chang, Mengfan Gao, Hongzhu Ma
Epichlorohydrin cross-linked carboxymethyl cellulose microspheres (ECH/CMC) obtained by inverse suspension method and magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles encasing the ECH/CMC microspheres (M-ECH/CMC) obtained by two different methods were successfully prepared and compared. Their structures and morphologies were analyzed using polarizing microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The adsorption behaviors of M1-ECH/CMC for methylene blue (MB) in the single cationic dye wastewater, the cationic/anionic dye mixture in the absence or presence of co-existed additives (salt and surfactant) wastewater, were also investigated with UV-vis spectrometer...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752775/eef2k-inhibition-blocks-a%C3%AE-42-neurotoxicity-by-promoting-an-nrf2-antioxidant-response
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Asad Jan, Brandon Jansonius, Alberto Delaidelli, Syam Prakash Somasekharan, Forum Bhanshali, Milène Vandal, Gian Luca Negri, Don Moerman, Ian MacKenzie, Frédéric Calon, Michael R Hayden, Stefan Taubert, Poul H Sorensen
Soluble oligomers of amyloid-β (Aβ) impair synaptic plasticity, perturb neuronal energy homeostasis, and are implicated in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. Therefore, significant efforts in AD drug discovery research aim to prevent the formation of Aβ oligomers or block their neurotoxicity. The eukaryotic elongation factor-2 kinase (eEF2K) plays a critical role in synaptic plasticity, and couples neurotransmission to local dendritic mRNA translation. Recent evidence indicates that Aβ oligomers activate neuronal eEF2K, suggesting a potential link to Aβ induced synaptic dysfunction...
October 17, 2016: Acta Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744121/s-propargyl-cysteine-attenuates-inflammatory-response-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-by-modulating-the-nrf2-are-signaling-pathway
#20
Wei-Jun Wu, Wan-Wan Jia, Xin-Hua Liu, Li-Long Pan, Qiu-Yan Zhang, Di Yang, Xiao-Yan Shen, Liang Liu, Yi Zhun Zhu
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory autoimmune disorder. Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), the third physiological gasotransmitter, is well recognized as an anti-inflammatory mediator in various inflammatory conditions. Herein, we explored the protective effects of S-propargyl-cysteine (SPRC, also known as ZYZ-802), an endogenous H2S modulator, on RA and determined the underlying mechanisms. In the present study, SPRC concentration-dependently attenuated inflammatory mediator expression, reactive oxidase species generation, and the expression and activity of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-9 in interleukin (IL)-1β-induced human rheumatoid fibroblast-like synoviocytes MH7A...
October 6, 2016: Redox Biology
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