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Differential exposure to organophosphate flame retardants in mother-child pairs.

Chemosphere 2018 Dec 4;219:567-573. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Departmentof Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 722 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032, USA. Electronic address:

Background: Humans are ubiquitously exposed to flame retardants, including organophosphate esters (OPEs), through direct contact with consumer products or exposure through household dust. Children are at increased risk because of their proximity to dust, hand-to-mouth activity, and the importance of childhood as a critical period in neurodevelopment.

Objectives: To quantify differences in exposure levels between mothers and children (three to six years of age), we analyzed urinary metabolites of OPEs. Read More

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December 2018
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Possible involvement of Fas/FasL-dependent apoptotic pathway in α-bisabolol induced cardiotoxicity in zebrafish embryos.

Chemosphere 2018 Dec 8;219:557-566. Epub 2018 Dec 8.

Biology Institute, Qilu University of Technology (Shandong Academy of Sciences), 28789 East Jingshi Road, Jinan, 250103, Shandong Province, PR China; Key Laboratory for Drug Screening Technology of Shandong Academy of Sciences, 28789 East Jingshi Road, Jinan, 250103, Shandong Province, PR China. Electronic address:

α-Bisabolol, an unsaturated monocyclic sesquiterpene alcohol, is a common ingredient in many pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs). Despite being widely used, little is known about its toxic effects on organisms and aquatic environment. In this study, we investigated the developmental toxicity of α-Bisabolol, especially its effects on the cardiac development using zebrafish embryos as a model. Read More

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December 2018

Behavioral, molecular and physiological responses of embryo-larval zebrafish exposed to types I and II pyrethroids.

Chemosphere 2018 Dec 6;219:526-537. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Department of Environmental Toxicology, The Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79416, USA.

Pyrethroids are potent neurotoxicants that may elicit multiple pathways of toxicity in non-target organisms. Comparative studies on the mechanistic and developmental effects of types I and II pyrethroids against non-target aquatic species are limited. This study assessed the effects of the two pyrethroid types against embryo-larval zebrafish (Danio rerio) at environmentally relevant and laboratory concentrations. Read More

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December 2018

Detection of norovirus epidemic genotypes in raw sewage using next generation sequencing.

Environ Int 2018 Dec 12;123:282-291. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Laboratory of Comparative and Environmental Virology, Oswaldo Cruz Institute, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil.

Noroviruses are a leading cause of epidemic and pandemic acute gastroenteritis (AGE) worldwide, and contaminated food and water are important routes for its transmission. Raw sewage has been used for viral surveillance to monitor the emergence of new norovirus strains with the potential to cause epidemics. In this study, we investigated norovirus occurrence and norovirus RNA levels in 156 samples collected from May 2013 to May 2014, across three different stages (52 samples each) of a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Read More

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December 2018
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An update on Drug Repurposing: Re-written saga of the drug's fate.

Biomed Pharmacother 2018 Dec 12;110:700-716. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Pharamacological Modelling and Simulation Centre, M.S.Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India; Department of Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, M.S.Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

Drug repurposing is an unconventional drug discovery approach to explore new therapeutic benefits of existing, shelved and the drugs in clinical trials. This approach is currently emerging to overcome the bottleneck constraints faced during traditional drug discovery in grounds of financial support, timeline and resources. In this direction, several efforts were made for the construction of stratagems based on bioinformatics and computational tools to intensify the repurposing process off-late. Read More

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December 2018
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Primary cultured neuronal networks and type 2 diabetes model mouse fatty liver tissues in aqueous liquid observed by atmospheric SEM (ASEM): Staining preferences of metal solutions.

Micron 2018 Nov 23;118:9-21. Epub 2018 Nov 23.

Biomedical Research Institute, National Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Higashi 1-1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8566, Japan. Electronic address:

Neural networking, including axon targeting and synapse formation, is the basis of various brain functions, including memory and learning. Diabetes-mellitus affects peripheral nerves and is known to cause fatty liver disease. Electron microscopy (EM) provides the resolution required to observe changes in fine subcellular structures caused by such physiological and pathological processes, but samples are observed in vacuum. Read More

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November 2018

Distribution of mycotoxins produced by Penicillium spp. inoculated in apple jam and crème fraiche during chilled storage.

Int J Food Microbiol 2018 Dec 7;292:13-20. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Department of Agrobiotechnology (IFA-Tulln), Center for Analytical Chemistry, Konrad-Lorenz-Str. 20, 3430 Tulln, Austria.

Estimations of consumer exposure to mycotoxins through surveillance of mycotoxins in the food trade are well described, but the exposure due to mouldy food in private homes is not known, and may result from removing visible mould on food and eating the rest. In this study, we followed the growth of Penicillium expansum on the surface of apple jam and Penicillium verrucosum on crème fraiche, as well as production and distribution of fungal metabolites throughout the sample (approx. 6 cm high divided into three equal layers), using a multianalyte method, over time (up to 28 days) and at 4, 8 and 15 °C. Read More

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December 2018
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Molecular alterations in meningiomas: Literature review.

Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2018 Dec 7;176:89-96. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Departament of Neurology, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Biology, LIM15, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, SP, Brazil.

Meningiomas, tumors that originate from meningothelial cells, account for approximately 30% of all new diagnoses of central nervous system neoplasms. According to the 2016 WHO classification of central nervous system tumors meningiomas are classified into three grades: I, II, and III. Past studies have shown that the risk of meningiomas recurrence is strongly correlated with the molecular profile of the tumor. Read More

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December 2018
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Acid sphingomyelinase: No potential as a biomarker for multiple sclerosis.

Mult Scler Relat Disord 2018 Nov 30;28:44-49. Epub 2018 Nov 30.

Department of Molecular Cell biology and Immunology, MS Center Amsterdam, Amsterdam Neuroscience, Amsterdam UMC - location VUmc, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Background: Multiple sclerosis (MS) lacks reliable biomarkers that reflect disease activity. Recent evidence suggests that an altered sphingolipid metabolism is associated with MS pathogenesis.

Objective: To explore acid sphingomyelinase (ASM) activity and altered sphingolipid metabolism as potential biomarkers in serum of MS patients, to predict active and progressive disease, and response to disease modifying therapy (DMT). Read More

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November 2018
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Gut microbiota-dependent trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) shows a U-shaped association with mortality but not with recurrent venous thromboembolism.

Thromb Res 2018 Dec 6;174:40-47. Epub 2018 Dec 6.

Center for Molecular Cardiology, Laboratory for Platelet Research, University of Zurich, Schlieren, Switzerland; Department of Internal Medicine, Cantonal Hospital of Baden, Baden, Switzerland. Electronic address:

Introduction: Gut microbiota-dependent trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) correlates with arterial thrombotic events including myocardial infarction and stroke, and mortality. However, the association of TMAO with recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) and mortality remains unknown.

Methods: TMAO plasma levels were assessed by high performance liquid chromatography in 859 patients aged ≥65 years with acute VTE and categorized into low (<2. Read More

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December 2018
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Molecular basis of Tityus stigmurus alpha toxin and potassium channel kV1.2 interactions.

J Mol Graph Model 2018 Nov 28;87:197-203. Epub 2018 Nov 28.

Department of Pharmacy, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, 59010-180, Brazil. Electronic address:

The Tityus stigmurus scorpion is widely distributed in the Northeast of Brazil and is the main causal agent of human envenoming. The venom produced by this scorpion includes neurotoxins, which are peptides belonging to Family 2 toxins and are able to interact with ion channels. The KTx subfamily displays selectivity and affinity for Kv channel subtypes and the result of this interaction is the blockade of potassium channels, impairing vital functions. Read More

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November 2018

Influence of the T to S mutation at the STMK motif on antibiotic resistance of penicillin binding protein 1A: A comprehensive computational study.

J Mol Graph Model 2018 Dec 7;87:185-191. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Molecular Biology Research Center, Systems Biology and Poisonings Institute, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

The emergence of antibiotic resistance has attracted the attention of scientists and scientific circles over the decades. β-Lactam antibiotics resistance is a worldwide therapeutic challenge in bacterial infections, mediated through several mechanisms of which mutations in Penicillin Binding Proteins (PBPs) are an important issue, making critical therapeutic problems in the human population. Accordingly, investigating the dynamic structures of mutant variants could result in a profound understanding of such a specific resistance. Read More

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December 2018

Molecular simulation of the structure of folate and antifolates at physiological conditions.

J Mol Graph Model 2018 Dec 4;87:172-184. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Laboratory of Quantum and Computational Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Sofia, 1 James Bourchier Blvd, 1164, Sofia, Bulgaria. Electronic address:

The study is focused on description of folate and several antifolates at physiological conditions. Knowledge of the molecular structure and dynamics is important for understanding their biological activity and therapeutic application. They are modelled in saline by atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and characterized in detail. Read More

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December 2018
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Excess copper promotes photoinhibition and modulates the expression of antioxidant-related genes in Zostera muelleri.

Aquat Toxicol 2018 Dec 5;207:91-100. Epub 2018 Dec 5.

Climate Change Cluster, University of Technology Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Copper (Cu) is an essential micronutrient for plants and as such is vital to many metabolic processes. Nevertheless, when present at elevated concentrations, Cu can exert toxic effects on plants by disrupting protein functions and promoting oxidative stress. Due to their proximity to the urbanised estuaries, seagrasses are vulnerable to chemical contamination via industrial runoff, waste discharges and leachates. Read More

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December 2018

Overexpression of maize MYB-IF35 increases chilling tolerance in Arabidopsis.

Authors:
Chen Meng Na Sui

Plant Physiol Biochem 2018 Dec 7;135:167-173. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Plant Stress, College of Life Sciences, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, 250014, China. Electronic address:

Chilling stress is a critical environmental factor that limits plant growth, yield and distribution. Maize (Zea mays L.) is an important food and forage crop, and industrial raw material, in China. Read More

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December 2018
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Alternative Type II NAD(P)H Dehydrogenases in the Mitochondria of Protists and Fungi.

Protist 2018 Nov 10;170(1):21-37. Epub 2018 Nov 10.

Department of Bioenergetics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Umultowska 89, 61-614 Poznan, Poland.

Plants, fungi, and some protists possess a more branched electron transport chain in their mitochondria compared to canonical one. In these organisms, the electron transport chain contains several rotenone-insensitive NAD(P)H dehydrogenases. Some are located on the outer surface, and others are located on the inner surface of the inner mitochondrial membrane. Read More

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November 2018

Changes in the Rates and Population Structure of MRSA from bloodstream infections. A Single Center Experience (2000-2015).

J Glob Antimicrob Resist 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

First Department of Medicine, "Laikon" General Hospital, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, 11527, Athens, Greece. Electronic address:

Objectives: We aimed to assess the MRSA Bloodstream Infection (BSI) rates and the population structure of the MRSA isolates recovered between 2000 and 2015 in a tertiary care hospital in Athens, Greece.

Methods: Non-repetitive MRSA blood isolates recovered during the study period were examined. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was performed by Kirby-Bauer and the gradient strip methods Carriage of the PVL and mecA genes were examined by PCR. Read More

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December 2018

Molecular Study of Resistance of Staphylococcus aureus to Antiseptic Quaternary Ammonium Sulfate.

J Glob Antimicrob Resist 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Clinical Pathology, Helwan Faculty of Medicine, Egypt.

Objective: The goals of the present study were to i.determine the prevalence of qac and smr genes in clinical isolates of S.aureus from hospital acquired infections ii. Read More

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December 2018

Draft genome sequence of Escherichia coli ST410 co-harboring bla, bla, bla, aac(3)-IIa, aac(6')-Ib-cr genes with gyrA and parC mutations isolated from pediatric patient in Poland.

J Glob Antimicrob Resist 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Bacteriology and Biocontamination Control, National Institute of Public Health-National Institute of Hygiene, Warsaw, Poland.

Objectives: Escherichia coli is one of the major agents of nosocomial infections. The aim of this study was to report the first draft genome sequence of an E. coli strain (no. Read More

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December 2018
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A convenient strategy to overcome interference in LC-MS/MS analysis: Application in a microdose absolute bioavailability study.

J Pharm Biomed Anal 2018 Dec 10;165:198-206. Epub 2018 Dec 10.

Bioanalytical Sciences, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, NJ, 08543, USA.

Stable isotope labeled (SIL) compounds have been commonly used as internal standards (IS) to ensure the accuracy and quality of liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) bioanalytical assays. Recently, the application of SIL drugs and LC-MS assays to microdose absolute bioavailability (BA) studies has gained increasing attention. This approach can provide significant cost and time saving, and higher data quality compared to the accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS)-based method, since it avoids the use of radioactive drug, high-cost AMS instrumentation and complex measurement processes. Read More

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December 2018
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Two-dimensional porphyrin-based covalent organic framework: A novel platform for sensitive epidermal growth factor receptor and living cancer cell detection.

Biosens Bioelectron 2018 Dec 7;126:734-742. Epub 2018 Dec 7.

College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450000, PR China. Electronic address:

A porphyrin-based covalent organic framework (denoted as p-COF) was synthesized by a simple oil-bath method and exploited as a novel sensing layer for immobilizing epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)-targeting aptamer strands to detect trace EGFR and living michigan cancer foundation-7 (MCF-7) cells for the first time. p-COF presented a nanosheet-like structure, large cavities, rich nitrogen-bearing groups, high electrochemical activity, excellent bioaffinity, low toxicity, and good stability in aqueous solution; the microstructural features of this material enabled strong immobilization of the aptamer strands. Interactions between the aptamer strands and EGFR significantly changed the electrochemical signals of the modified electrode due to the formation of an aptamer-EGFR complex. Read More

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December 2018

Bubble-free rapid microfluidic PCR.

Biosens Bioelectron 2018 Oct 11;126:725-733. Epub 2018 Oct 11.

Department of Bioengineering, University of California Berkeley, CA 94720, USA; Berkeley Sensor and Actuator Center, University of California Berkeley, CA 94720, USA; UC Berkeley and UCSF Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering, Berkeley/San Francisco, USA; Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California Berkeley, CA 94720, USA; Biophysics Graduate Program, University of California Berkeley, CA 94720, USA. Electronic address:

Microfluidic polymerase chain reaction (PCR) has been of great interest owing to its ability to perform rapid and specific nucleic acid amplification and analysis on small volumes of samples. One of the major drawbacks of microfluidic PCR is bubble generation and reagent evaporation, which can cause malfunctions. Here, through theoretical modeling and characterization of bubble behavior, we propose a bubble-free microfluidic PCR device via controlled fluid transfer. Read More

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October 2018
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Harmonization of pipeline for preclinical multicenter plasma protein and miRNA biomarker discovery in a rat model of post-traumatic epileptogenesis.

Epilepsy Res 2018 Nov 26;149:92-101. Epub 2018 Nov 26.

A.I. Virtanen Institute for Molecular Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio, Finland.

The Epilepsy Bioinformatics Study for Antiepileptogenic Therapy (EpiBioS4Rx) is an international, multicenter, multidisciplinary study aimed at preventing epileptogenesis (EpiBioS4Rx: https://epibios.loni.usc. Read More

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November 2018
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Binding of norharmane with RNA reveals two thermodynamically different binding modes with opposing heat capacity changes.

J Colloid Interface Sci 2018 Dec 4;538:587-596. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal, Bhopal Bypass Road, Bhauri, Bhopal 426066, Madhya Pradesh, India. Electronic address:

The binding interaction of a prospective anti-cancer photosensitizer, norharmane (NHM, 9H-pyrido[3,4-b]indole) with double stranded RNA reveals a primarily intercalative mode of binding. Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopic results demonstrate the occurrence of drug-RNA binding interaction as manifested through environment-sensitive prototropic equilibrium of NHM. However, the key finding of the present study lies in unraveling the complexities in the NHM-RNA binding thermodynamics. Read More

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December 2018

A decade of Nucleic Acid Programmable Protein Arrays (NAPPA) availability: News, actors, progress, prospects and access.

J Proteomics 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Proteomics Unit, Cancer Research Centre (IBMCC/CSIC/USAL/IBSAL), 37007 Salamanca, Spain; Department of Medicine and General Cytometry Service-Nucleus, Cancer Research Centre (IBMCC/CSIC/USAL/IBSAL), 37007 Salamanca, Spain. Electronic address:

Understanding the dynamic of the proteome is a critical challenge because it requires high sensitive methodologies in high-throughput formats in order to decipher its modifications and complexity. While molecular biology provides relevant information about cell physiology that may be reflected in post-translational changes, High-Throughput (HT) experimental proteomic techniques are essential to provide valuable functional information of the proteins, peptides and the interconnections between them. Hence, many methodological developments and innovations have been reported during the last decade. Read More

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December 2018

Early response of C2C12 myotubes to a sub-cytotoxic dose of hemorrhagic metalloproteinase HF3 from Bothrops jararaca venom.

J Proteomics 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Laboratório Especial de Toxinologia Aplicada, Center of Toxins, Immune-Response and Cell Signaling (CeTICS), Instituto Butantan, São Paulo, Brazil. Electronic address:

Manifestations of local tissue damage, such as hemorrhage and myonecrosis, are among the most dramatic effects of envenomation by viperid snakes. Snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) of the P-III class are main players of the hemorrhagic effect due to their activities in promoting blood vessel disruption. Hemorrhagic Factor 3 (HF3), a P-III class SVMP from Bothrops jararaca, shows a minimum hemorrhagic dose of 240 fmol on rabbit skin. Read More

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December 2018
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Genetic susceptibility to Tuberculosis: Interaction between HLA-DQA1 and age of onset.

Infect Genet Evol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Microbiology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.

Several genome-wide association studies (GWAS) identified new single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with susceptibility to Tuberculosis (TB). However, many of them were not replicated across ethnic groups. The cause of this phenomenon of genetic heterogeneity is uncertain. Read More

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December 2018
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Molecular structure and impact of amorphization strategies on intrinsic dissolution of spray dried indomethacin.

Eur J Pharm Sci 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Pharmacy, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 2, DK-2100 Copenhagen, Denmark. Electronic address:

Amorphous systems prepared with different strategies, such as solid dispersion with colloidal particles or soluble polymers and inclusion complex, have been used for improving solubility and dissolution of poorly water soluble drugs. The purpose of this study was to obtain a deeper understanding of the impact of three different amorphous systems prepared by spray drying with silica, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) or 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (HPβCD) using indomethacin (IND) as a model drug. IND was spray dried with silica, PVP or HPβCD at different mass ratios, and the obtained powders were characterized with respect to colloidal silica particle redispersion, morphology, thermal properties, solid state properties and physical stability. Read More

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December 2018

Ergosterol reduction impairs mitochondrial DNA maintenance in S. cerevisiae.

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Biol Lipids 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Biology and Biotechnology "Charles Darwin", La Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale A. Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy.; Pasteur Institute-Cenci Bolognetti Foundation, Viale Regina Elena, 291, 00100 Rome, Italy.. Electronic address:

Sterols are essential lipids, involved in many biological processes. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the enzymes of the ergosterol biosynthetic pathway (Erg proteins) are localized in different cellular compartments. With the aim of studying organelle interactions, we discovered that Erg27p resides mainly in Lipid Droplets (LDs) in respiratory competent cells, while in absence of respiration, is found mostly in the ER. Read More

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December 2018

Caffeine-stimulated muscle IL-6 mediates alleviation of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Biol Lipids 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Key Laboratory of Pu-erh Tea Science, the Ministry of Education, Yunnan Agricultural University, Kunming 650201, China; State Key Laboratory for Conservation and Utilization of Bio-Resources in Yunnan, Kunming, China; Pu'erh Tea Research Institute, Pu'erh, China. Electronic address:

Caffeine intake is associated with a reduced risk developing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain to be fully elucidated. We report here that caffeine markedly improved high fat diet-induced NAFLD in mice resulting in a 10-fold increase in circulating IL-6 levels, leading to STAT3 activation in the liver. Interestingly, the expression of IL-6 mRNA was not increased in the liver, but increased substantially in the muscles of caffeine-treated mice. Read More

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December 2018
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High-fat diet induces aberrant hepatic lipid secretion in blunt snout bream by activating endoplasmic reticulum stress-associated IRE1/XBP1 pathway.

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Cell Biol Lipids 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Key Laboratory of Aquatic Nutrition and Feed Science of Jiangsu Province, College of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing Agricultural University, No. 1 Weigang Road, Nanjing 210095, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

This study was conducted to understand the effect of high-fat diet challenge on lipid transport and endoplasmic reticulum stress in blunt snout bream. Ninety fish (average weight: 41.84 ± 0. Read More

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December 2018
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Epidemiology and etiology of diarrhea in UK military personnel serving on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in 2017: A prospective cohort study.

Travel Med Infect Dis 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Academic Department of Military Medicine, Medical Directorate, Defence Medical Services, Birmingham, UK.

Background: . Diarrhea is a well-established problem in travellers, with military personnel at especially high risk. This study aimed to characterise the spectrum of pathogens causing diarrhea in UK military personnel in South Sudan, and assess the utility of culture-independent testing for etiology and antimicrobial resistance in a logistically challenging and austere environment. Read More

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December 2018

A generative model of realistic brain cells with application to numerical simulation of the diffusion-weighted MR signal.

Neuroimage 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Centre for Medical Image Computing and Dept of Computer Science, University College London, London, UK.

To date, numerical simulations of the brain tissue have been limited by their lack of realism and flexibility. The purpose of this work is to propose a controlled and flexible generative model for brain cell morphology and an efficient computational pipeline for the reliable and robust simulation of realistic cellular structures with application to numerical simulation of intra-cellular diffusion-weighted MR (DW-MR) signal features. Inspired by the advances in computational neuroscience for modelling brain cells, we propose a generative model that enables users to simulate molecular diffusion within realistic digital brain cells, such as neurons, in a completely controlled and flexible fashion. Read More

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December 2018
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Physical exercise enhances adult cortical plasticity in a neonatal rat model of hypoxic-ischemic injury: Evidence from BOLD-fMRI and electrophysiological recordings.

Neuroimage 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Health Sciences and Technology, SAIHST, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, 06351, South Korea; Department of Radiology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, 06351, South Korea; Center for Neuroscience Imaging Research, Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Suwon, South Korea; Animal Research and Molecular Imaging, Samsung Biomedical Research Institute, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, 06351, South Korea; Department of Global Biomedical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Republic of Korea. Electronic address:

Neuroplasticity is considered essential for recovery from brain injury in developing brains. Recent studies indicate that it is especially effective during early postnatal development and during the critical period. The current study used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and local field potential (LFP) electrophysiological recordings in rats that experienced neonatal hypoxic-ischemic (HI) injury during the critical period to demonstrate that physical exercise (PE) can improve cortical plasticity even when performed during adulthood, after the critical period. Read More

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December 2018

Epidemiological and molecular characterization of a Trichophyton tonsurans epidemic in schools of a city in the northern suburbs of Paris, France.

Clin Microbiol Infect 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Parasitology-Mycology Department, Avicenne Hospital, AP-HP, Bobigny, France. Electronic address:

Trichophyton tonsurans is an increasing cause of tinea capitis in urban area in Europe, while infections caused by Microsporum audouinii and Trichophyton soudanense have decreased. This study presents likely the largest dermatophytosis epidemic recorded not just in France but also in Europe, with a large majority of infections caused by T. tonsurans. Read More

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December 2018

Glucocorticoid receptor (NR3C1) gene polymorphisms are associated with age and blood parameters in Polish Caucasian nonagenarians and centenarians.

Exp Gerontol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Mossakowski Medical Research Centre, PAS, Pawinskiego 5, 02-106 Warsaw, Poland; Medical Centre of Postgraduate Education, Marymoncka 99/103, 01-813 Warsaw, Poland. Electronic address:

Introduction: Polymorphism of the glucocorticoid receptor gene (NR3C1) may modify protein abundance or function and therefore disturb human homeostasis.

Methods: Variant frequencies of the three NR3C1 polymorphisms, rs2963154, rs10515522 and rs2918418, selected in silico as associated with longevity, was analyzed in 552 DNA samples from 95 to 106-year-old individuals and in 284 samples of cord blood DNA from newborns.

Results: Frequencies of the TT genotypes of rs2963154 and rs10515522, and of the rs291841 CC genotype, were higher in the long-lived study subjects (p = 0. Read More

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December 2018

RelA driven co-expression of CXCL13 and CXCR5 is governed by a multifaceted transcriptional program regulating breast cancer progression.

Biochim Biophys Acta Mol Basis Dis 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Immunology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, University of Calcutta, Kolkata 700019, India. Electronic address:

Lethal metastasis of primary breast tumors to lymph nodes has been found to be associated with the co-expression of chemokine CXCL13 and its receptor CXCR5. To date, however, the precise molecular events regulating the co-expression of CXCL13 and CXCR5 in the context of breast cancer progression have not been identified. Therefore, to extend our understanding of the drivers of breast cancer metastasis, we undertook a line of investigation in this study in which we demonstrate that the transcriptional regulation of CXCL13 is mediated by the reciprocal activity of RelA and Nrf2, while CXCR5 is transcriptionally silenced by CpG island methylation within its promoter. Read More

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December 2018

Crystal structure of GAPDH of Streptococcus agalactiae and characterization of its interaction with extracellular matrix molecules.

Microb Pathog 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Centre of Advanced Study in Crystallography and Biophysics, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai, 600025, India. Electronic address:

GAPDH being a key enzyme in the glycolytic pathway is one of the surface adhesins of many Gram-positive bacteria including Streptococcus agalactiae. This anchorless adhesin is known to bind to host plasminogen (PLG) and fibrinogen (Fg), which enhances the virulence and modulates the host immune system. The crystal structure of the recombinant GAPDH from S. Read More

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December 2018

Sensorimotor plasticity in response to predictable visual stimuli could correct the signs of spatial neglect.

Ann Phys Rehabil Med 2018 Dec 13. Epub 2018 Dec 13.

Neuroscience Department, Laboratory for Behavioral Neurology and Imaging of Cognition, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland; Neurology Department, University Hospital of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.

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December 2018

Revival of a Potent Therapeutic Maytansinoid Agent using a Strategy that Combines Covalent Drug Conjugation with Sequential Nanoparticle Assembly.

Int J Pharm 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

The First Affiliated Hospital, Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Key Laboratory of Combined Multi-Organ Transplantation, Ministry of Public Health, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310003, PR China. Electronic address:

Maytansine and its related analogues are a class of highly potent anti-proliferation agents that have failed to be exploited as clinical drugs for human therapy due to unacceptable systemic toxicity. Here, we delineate a novel strategy that combines rational drug conjugation with subsequent nanoparticle assembly to systemically deliver this highly potent and toxic drug. To demonstrate this concept, we covalently coupled the thiolated maytansine derivative, the DM1 agent, to amphiphilic block co-polymers, polyethylene glycol (PEG)-block-polylactide (PLA), in varying molecular weights to generate two prodrug constructs (i. Read More

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December 2018
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Clinical signs of meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) are associated with changes in meibum sphingolipid composition.

Ocul Surf 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Ophthalmology, Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Hamilton Eye Institute, 930 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38163, USA. Electronic address:

Purpose: Sphingolipids (SPL) play roles in cell signaling, inflammation, and apoptosis. Changes in SPL composition have been reported in individuals with MGD, but associations between clinical signs of MGD and compositional changes in meibum SPLs have not been examined.

Methods: Forty-three individuals underwent a tear film assessment. Read More

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December 2018
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Human meibum chain branching variability with age, gender and meibomian gland dysfunction.

Ocul Surf 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 40202, USA.

NMR spectroscopy was used to measure hydrocarbon chain branching variability in meibum with age, gender and Meibomian gland dysfuction (MGD). A cohort of 65 meibum donors without dry eye and 31 donors with MGD was studied. Heteronuclear 2D NMR was used to confirm CH resonance assignments allowing us to positively identify 23 of the 27 proton resonances of cholesteryl ester and H resonances due to straight chain, iso-branched and anteiso-branched hydrocarbons. Read More

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December 2018

Effects of cellular differentiation in human primary bronchial epithelial cells: Metabolism of 4-(methylnitrosamine)-1-(3-pyridyl)-1-butanone.

Toxicol In Vitro 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Division of Genetic and Molecular Toxicology, Division of Biochemical Toxicology, National Center for Toxicological Research, U.S Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, AR 72079, United States. Electronic address:

Many of the toxicants in tobacco smoke undergo biotransformation in the lungs of smokers, both to reactive and to detoxified derivatives. Human air-liquid-interface (ALI) airway tissue models have emerged as an advanced in vitro model for evaluating the toxicity of inhaled substances; however, the metabolic potential of these cultures has not been evaluated extensively. In this study, we compared the metabolic activities of an ALI tissue model to the undifferentiated normal human primary bronchial epithelial (NHBE) cells from which it was derived. Read More

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December 2018
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Genome-wide identification, characterization and expression analysis of the MITF gene in Yesso scallops (Patinopecten yessoensis) with different shell colors.

Gene 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Key Laboratory of Mariculture & Stock Enhancement in North China's Sea, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Dalian Ocean University, Dalian, China. Electronic address:

The microphthalmia-associated transcription factor (MITF) is the center of the regulator network of melanin synthesis in vertebrates. However, the role of MITF in shell color formation is poorly studied in mollusks. In the present study, an MITF gene, PyMITF, was first identified at the whole-genome level in Yesso scallop (Patinopecten yessoensis), an evolutionarily and economically important species, the shell color of which shows polymorphism. Read More

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December 2018

Intestinal parasites and lungworms in stray, shelter and privately owned cats of Switzerland.

Parasitol Int 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

University of Zurich, Vetsuisse Faculty, Institute of Parasitology, Winterthurerstrasse 266a, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland. Electronic address:

Endoparasitic infections represent relevant causes of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases in cats. The aim of the study was to investigate the occurrence of endoparasites in Swiss cats in order to evaluate the risk of onset of parasitic diseases and potential correlated zoonoses. Therefore 664 faecal samples from privately owned (n = 299), shelter (n = 197) and stray (n = 168) cats were investigated by sedimentation-flotation and 468 samples additionally by the Baermann technique. Read More

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December 2018

Sustained release of recombinant thrombomodulin from cross-linked gelatin/hyaluronic acid hydrogels potentiate wound healing in diabetic mice.

Eur J Pharm Biopharm 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

nstitute of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Tainan, Taiwan. Electronic address:

Thrombomodulin (TM) is a type-I transmembrane glycoprotein expressed on the surfaces of endothelial cells and epidermal keratinocytes. It is known to regulate blood coagulation, inflammation, and cell-cell adhesion. A recombinant TM, which contains an epidermal growth factor - like domain and serine/threonine-riches domain, has been demonstrated to stimulate cell proliferation and migration of keratinocytes and wound healing. Read More

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December 2018

Ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging parameter mapping in the posterior horn of ex vivo human menisci.

Osteoarthritis Cartilage 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Medical Radiation Physics, Department of Translational Medicine, Lund University, Malmö, Sweden; Medical Imaging and Physiology, Skåne University Hospital, Lund, Sweden. Electronic address:

Objective: To investigate the relationship between meniscus magnetic resonance (MR) relaxation parameters and meniscus degradation through quantitative imaging of ex vivo posterior horns of menisci from subjects with and without knee osteoarthritis (OA).

Design: We sampled medial and lateral menisci from ten medial compartment knee OA patients (mean age 63 years) undergoing total knee replacement and from ten deceased donors (references, mean age 51 years). MR relaxation parameters T2*, T2 and T1 of the posterior horn were measured at a 9. Read More

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December 2018

Different species or genetically divergent populations? Integrative species delimitation of the Primulina hochiensis complex from isolated karst habitats.

Mol Phylogenet Evol 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Key Laboratory of Plant Resources Conservation and Sustainable Utilization, South China Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510650, China. Electronic address:

To consistently and objectively delineate species-level divergence from population subdivision has been a challenge in systematics. This is particularly evident in naturally fragmented and allopatric systems in which small population size often leads to extreme population structuring. Here we evaluated the robustness of the species delimitation methods implemented in BEAST, BPP, and iBPP in the Primulina hochiensis complex comprising four described and one candidate species (five taxa in total) distributed in karst landscapes of southern China. Read More

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December 2018

Non-covalent hitchhiking on endogenous carriers as a protraction mechanism for antiviral macromolecular prodrugs.

J Control Release 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Chemistry, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. Electronic address:

Albumin is a highly successful tool of drug delivery providing drastically extended body and blood residence time for the associated cargo, but it only traffics single drug copies at a time. In turn, macromolecular prodrugs (MP) are advantaged in carrying a high drug payload but offering only a modest extension of residence time to the conjugated drugs. In this work, we engineer MP to contain terminal groups that bind to albumin via non-covalent association and reveal that this facile measure affords a significant protraction for the associated polymers. Read More

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December 2018

Molecular mechanism involved in cyclophosphamide-induced cardiotoxicity: Old drug with a new vision.

Life Sci 2018 Dec 12. Epub 2018 Dec 12.

Department of Pharmacology, School of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi 110062, India. Electronic address:

Cyclophosphamide (CP) is an important anticancer drug which belongs to the class of alkylating agent. Cyclophosphamide is mostly used in bone marrow transplantation, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, neuroblastoma and other types of cancer. Dose-related cardiotoxicity is a limiting factor for its use. Read More

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