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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028400/label-free-study-of-cosmonaut-s-urinary-proteome-changes-after-long-duration-spaceflights
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A Brzhozovskiy, A Kononikhin, M Indeykina, LKh Pastushkova, I A Popov, E N Nikolaev, I M Larina
During the entire time that cosmonauts stay on board the international space station, different extreme space flight factors affect their bodies. In order to find out what physiological changes occur under the influence of spaceflight, different parameters of the human body before and after flights are monitored. Analysis of the urine proteome is one of the most perspective non-invasive methods of condition monitoring. The aim of the study was to perform a comparative semi-quantitative label-free urine proteome analysis of samples collected from 21 cosmonauts before and after long-duration spaceflight at the international space station...
August 2017: European Journal of Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990378/optimization-of-low-abundance-protein-extraction-and-abundant-protein-removal-from-defatted-soybean-meal
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Ming-Mei Liu, Bin Qi, Zheng-Xu Liu, Jin-Shun Zhan, Kang Zhan, Guo-Qi Zhao
The aim of this study was to optimize the conditions for the extraction of low-abundance proteins (LAPs) and the removal of abundant proteins (APs; β-conglycinin and glycinin) from soybean meal. Single factor and orthogonal experiments were designed to determine the effects of four factors (isopropanol concentration, total extraction time, ultrasonic power, and ultrasonic time) on protein concentration in isopropanol extracts. Proteins in the isopropanol supernatant and the cold acetone precipitate of isopropanol were identified by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS)...
2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985332/trade-offs-influencing-the-physiological-ecology-of-hibernation-in-temperate-zone-bats
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Craig K R Willis
Seasonality of temperature and food availability can lead to trade-offs between the benefits of immediate reproduction and costs associated with mortality risk from starvation, inclement weather, or predation. Hibernating mammals exhibit an enormous seasonal shift in physiology and behavior and provide a useful system to examine the effect of this trade-off on key events in the annual cycle. Most of what we understand about the ecological energetics and phenology of hibernation comes from studies of rodent hibernators such as ground squirrels, chipmunks, and dormice...
July 26, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981964/long-distance-flights-and-high-risk-breeding-by-nomadic-waterbirds-on-desert-salt-lakes
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Reece D Pedler, Raoul F H Ribot, Andrew T D Bennett
Understanding and conserving mobile species presents complex challenges, especially for animals in stochastic or changing environments. Nomadic waterbirds must locate temporary water in arid biomes where rainfall is highly unpredictable in space and time. To achieve this they need to travel over vast spatial scales and time arrival to exploit pulses in food resources. How they achieve this is an enduring mystery.  We investigated these challenges in the colonial-nesting Banded Stilt (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus), a nomadic shorebird of conservation concern...
October 5, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973424/myosin-storage-myopathy-mutations-yield-defective-myosin-filament-assembly-in-vitro-and-disrupted-myofibrillar-structure-and-function-in-vivo
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Meera C Viswanathan, Rick C Tham, William A Kronert, Floyd Sarsoza, Adriana S Trujillo, Anthony Cammarato, Sanford I Bernstein
Myosin storage myopathy (MSM) is a congenital skeletal muscle disorder caused by missense mutations in the β-cardiac/slow skeletal muscle myosin heavy chain rod. It is characterized by subsarcolemmal accumulations of myosin that have a hyaline appearance. MSM mutations map near or within the assembly competence domain known to be crucial for thick filament formation. Drosophila MSM models were generated for comprehensive physiological, structural, and biochemical assessment of the mutations' consequences on muscle and myosin structure and function...
September 14, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28959214/adrenergic-stress-protection-of-human-ips-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-by-fast-kv7-1-recycling
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Ilaria Piccini, Edda Fehrmann, Stefan Frank, Frank U Müller, Boris Greber, Guiscard Seebohm
The fight-or-flight response (FFR), a physiological acute stress reaction, involves positive chronotropic and inotropic effects on heart muscle cells mediated through β-adrenoceptor activation. Increased systolic calcium is required to enable stronger heart contractions whereas elevated potassium currents are to limit the duration of the action potentials and prevent arrhythmia. The latter effect is accomplished by an increased functional activity of the Kv7.1 channel encoded by KCNQ1. Current knowledge, however, does not sufficiently explain the full extent of rapid Kv7...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947501/physiological-effects-of-increased-foraging-effort-in-a-small-passerine
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Kang Nian Yap, Oh Run Kim, Karilyn C Harris, Tony D Williams
Foraging to obtain food, either for self-maintenance or at presumably elevated rates to provision offspring, is thought to be an energetically demanding activity but one that is essential for fitness (higher reproductive success and survival). Nevertheless, the physiological mechanisms that allow some individuals to support higher foraging performance, and the mechanisms underlying costs of high workload, remain poorly understood. We experimentally manipulated foraging behaviour in zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) using the technique described by Koetsier and Verhulst (2011)...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938276/anesthesia-with-dexmedetomidine-and-low-dose-isoflurane-increases-solute-transport-via-the-glymphatic-pathway-in-rat-brain-when-compared-with-high-dose-isoflurane
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Helene Benveniste, Hedok Lee, Fengfei Ding, Qian Sun, Ehab Al-Bizri, Rany Makaryus, Stephen Probst, Maiken Nedergaard, Elliot A Stein, Hanbing Lu
BACKGROUND: The glymphatic pathway transports cerebrospinal fluid through the brain, thereby facilitating waste removal. A unique aspect of this pathway is that its function depends on the state of consciousness of the brain and is associated with norepinephrine activity. A current view is that all anesthetics will increase glymphatic transport by inducing unconsciousness. This view implies that the effect of anesthetics on glymphatic transport should be independent of their mechanism of action, as long as they induce unconsciousness...
September 22, 2017: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935835/total-body-pet-maximizing-sensitivity-to-create-new-opportunities-for-clinical-research-and-patient-care
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Simon R Cherry, Terry Jones, Joel S Karp, Jinyi Qi, William Moses, Ramsey Badawi
Positron emission tomography (PET) is widely considered as the most sensitive technique available for non-invasively studying physiology, metabolism and molecular pathways in the living human being. However, the utility of PET, being a photon deficient modality, remains constrained by factors including low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), long imaging times and concerns regarding radiation dose. Two developments offer the potential to dramatically increase the effective sensitivity of PET. First by increasing the geometric coverage to encompass the entire body, sensitivity can be increased by a factor of ~40 for total-body imaging or a factor of ~4-5 for imaging a single organ such as the brain or heart...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923145/pulmonary-effects-from-a-simulated-long-duration-mission-in-a-confined-cockpit
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Jeremy Beer, Todd S Dart, Joseph Fischer, James Kisner
INTRODUCTION: A recent U-2 fatigue study, in which 10 subjects completed 2 simulated long-duration missions breathing either 100% oxygen or air in a hypobaric chamber, offered an opportunity to compare subjects' pulmonary function before and after remaining seated in a confined cockpit for 12 h. METHODS: In one U-2 mission configuration, the subject wore a full pressure suit and breathed aviator's breathing oxygen while chamber pressure was maintained at 4572 m (15,000 ft) above mean sea level...
October 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923140/working-memory-capacity-and-surgical-performance-while-exposed-to-mild-hypoxic-hypoxemia
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Paul J Parker, Andrew J Manley, Ross Shand, John P O'Hara, Adrian Mellor
INTRODUCTION: Medical Emergency Response Team (MERT) helicopters fly at altitudes of 3000 m in Afghanistan (9843 ft). Civilian hospitals and disaster-relief surgical teams may have to operate at such altitudes or even higher. Mild hypoxia has been seen to affect the performance of novel tasks at flight levels as low as 5000 ft. Aeromedical teams frequently work in unpressurized environments; it is important to understand the implications of this mild hypoxia and investigate whether supplementary oxygen systems are required for some or all of the team members...
October 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911276/high-g-flight-physiological-effects-and-countermeasures
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Will Tutton
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 25, 2017: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894789/impact-of-the-mk-vi-skinsuit-on-skin-microbiota-of-terrestrial-volunteers-and-an-international-space-station-bound-astronaut
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Richard A Stabler, Helena Rosado, Ronan Doyle, David Negus, Philip A Carvil, Juan G Kristjánsson, David A Green, Rafael Franco-Cendejas, Cadi Davies, Andreas Mogensen, Jonathan Scott, Peter W Taylor
Microgravity induces physiological deconditioning due to the absence of gravity loading, resulting in bone mineral density loss, atrophy of lower limb skeletal and postural muscles, and lengthening of the spine. SkinSuit is a lightweight compression suit designed to provide head-to-foot (axial) loading to counteract spinal elongation during spaceflight. As synthetic garments may impact negatively on the skin microbiome, we used 16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene amplicon procedures to define bacterial skin communities at sebaceous and moist body sites of five healthy male volunteers undergoing SkinSuit evaluation...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890887/isolation-and-characterization-of-actinobacteria-from-algerian-sahara-soils-with-antimicrobial-activities
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Harir Mohamed, Bellahcene Miloud, Fortas Zohra, José María García-Arenzana, Antonio Veloso, Susana Rodríguez-Couto
Extreme ecosystems can be a source of untapped microorganisms to produce novel bioactive compounds of industrial interest. Consequently, in this work, 32 actinomycetes were isolated from 6 soil samples collected from Algerian Sahara in searching for untapped producers of novel antimicrobial compounds. All the isolates were further subjected to antimicrobial screening against pathogenic bacteria, yeast and fungi. The obtained results indicated that three of the isolates (named C, MS1 and 10) showed antimicrobial activities against most of the tested pathogenic microorganisms...
2017: International Journal of Molecular and Cellular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886517/tunable-ph-and-redox-responsive-drug-release-from-curcumin-conjugated-%C3%AE-polyglutamic-acid-nanoparticles-in-cancer-microenvironment
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Shameer Pillarisetti, S Maya, S Sathianarayanan, R Jayakumar
Tunable pH and redox responsive polymer was prepared using γ-polyglutamic acid (γ-PGA) with linker 3-mercaptopropionic acid (3-MPA) (γ-PGA_SH) via oxidation to obtain redox responsive disulfide (γ-PGA_SS) backbone and adipic acid dihydrazide (ADH) (γ-PGA_SS_ADH) with hydrazide functional group for pH responsiveness. Further curcumin (Cur) was conjugated through hydrazone bond of the γ-PGA_SS_ADH via Schiff base reaction to obtain (γ-PGA_SS_ADH_Cur). The prepared systems were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, Electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (ESI-Qq-TOF-MS/MS) and Solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (SS NMR) techniques...
August 31, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875540/the-physiological-motor-patterns-produced-by-neurons-in-the-nucleus-retroambiguus-in-the-rat-and-their-modulation-by-vagal-peripheral-chemosensory-and-nociceptive-stimulation
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Hari H Subramanian, Zheng-Gui Huang, Peter A Silburn, Ron J Balnave, Gert Holstege
The nucleus retroambiguus (NRA) is a neuronal cell group in the medullary ventrolateral tegmentum, rostrocaudally between the obex and the first cervical spinal segment. NRA neurons are premotor interneurons with direct projections to the motoneurons of soft palate, pharynx and larynx in the nucleus ambiguus in the lateral medulla as well as to the motoneurons in the spinal cord innervating diaphragm, abdominal, and pelvic floor muscles and the lumbosacral motoneurons generating sexual posture. These NRA premotor interneurons receive very strong projections from the periaqueductal gray (PAG) in the context of basic survival mechanisms as fight, flight, freezing, sound production and sexual behavior...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874441/comprehensive-analyses-of-oxidized-phospholipids-using-a-measured-ms-ms-spectra-library
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Ryohei Aoyagi, Kazutaka Ikeda, Yosuke Isobe, Makoto Arita
Oxidized phospholipids (OxPLs) are widely held to be associated with various diseases such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes and cancer. To characterize the structure-specific behavior of OxPLs and their physiological relevance, we developed a comprehensive analytical method by establishing a measured MS/MS spectra library of OxPLs . Biogenic OxPLs were prepared by the addition of specific oxidized fatty acids to cultured cells, where they were incorporated into cellular phospholipids, and untargeted lipidomics by LC-quadrupole/time-of-flight (QTOF) MS was applied to collect MS/MS spectra for the OxPLs...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870328/sphingolipids-in-marine-microalgae-development-and-application-of-a-mass-spectrometric-method-for-global-structural-characterization-of-ceramides-and-glycosphingolipids-in-three-major-phyla
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Yanrong Li, Yamin Lou, Tong Mu, Aiying Ke, Zhaoshou Ran, Jilin Xu, Juanjuan Chen, Chengxu Zhou, Xiaojun Yan, Qingshan Xu, Yinghong Tan
Sphingolipid compositions are crucial for the structural and physiological properties of microalgae membranes. In the present study, we developed a quadrupole time-of-flight (Q-TOF) mass spectrometric method based on MS(E) data collection for the identification of sphingolipids with high efficiency, selectivity, sensitivity and mass accuracy and applied this method for precise structural identification and quantitative profiling of ceramides and glycosphingolipids in total lipid extracts from 17 strains of microalgae, including 11 strains of diatom, 3 strains of dinoflagellate and 3 strains of haptophyta...
September 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859401/do-bar-headed-geese-train-for-high-altitude-flights
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Lucy A Hawkes, Nyambayar Batbayar, Patrick J Butler, Beverley Chua, Peter B Frappell, Jessica U Meir, William K Milsom, Tseveenmyadag Natsagdorj, Nicole Parr, Graham R Scott, John Y Takekawa, Martin WikeIski, Matthew J Witt, Charles M Bishop
Exercise at high altitude is extremely challenging, largely due to hypobaric hypoxia (low oxygen levels brought about by low air pressure). In humans, the maximal rate of oxygen consumption decreases with increasing altitude, supporting progressively poorer performance. Bar-headed geese (Anser indicus) are renowned high altitude migrants and, although they appear to minimize altitude during migration where possible, they must fly over the Tibetan Plateau (mean altitude 4800 m) for much of their annual migration...
August 1, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858246/thirty-minutes-of-hypobaric-hypoxia-provokes-alterations-of-immune-response-haemostasis-and-metabolism-proteins-in-human-serum
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Jochen Hinkelbein, Stefanie Jansen, Ivan Iovino, Silvia Kruse, Moritz Meyer, Fabrizio Cirillo, Hendrik Drinhaus, Andreas Hohn, Corinna Klein, Edoardo De Robertis, Dirk Beutner
Hypobaric hypoxia (HH) during airline travel induces several (patho-) physiological reactions in the human body. Whereas severe hypoxia is investigated thoroughly, very little is known about effects of moderate or short-term hypoxia, e.g. during airline flights. The aim of the present study was to analyse changes in serum protein expression and activation of signalling cascades in human volunteers staying for 30 min in a simulated altitude equivalent to airline travel. After approval of the local ethics committee, 10 participants were exposed to moderate hypoxia (simulation of 2400 m or 8000 ft for 30 min) in a hypobaric pressure chamber...
August 31, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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