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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434205/molecular-systematics-reveals-increased-diversity-within-the-south-african-laurencia-complex-rhodomelaceae-rhodophyta
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Caitlynne Francis, John J Bolton, Lydiane Mattio, Tshifhiwa G Mandiwana-Neudani, Robert J Anderson
Previous publications list ten species in the Laurencia complex from South Africa with all ascribed to the genus Laurencia sensu stricto. However, the diversity of the complex in South Africa has not yet been reassessed following the numerous recent taxonomic changes. The present study investigated the phylogenetic relationships and taxonomy of this group in South Africa using recent collections. Methods included a molecular phylogenetic analysis of plastid rbcL gene sequences (a total of 146; including eleven outgroup taxa) using Bayesian Inference, and the examination of morphological and anatomical characters, including the number of corps en cerise when present...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434171/peroxidatic-cysteine-residue-of-peroxiredoxin-2-separated-from-human-red-blood-cells-treated-by-tert-butyl-hydroperoxide-is-hyperoxidized-into-sulfinic-and-sulfonic-acids
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Yo-Ichi Ishida, Mariko Aki, Sohta Fujiwara, Masami Nagahama, Yuki Ogasawara
Peroxiredoxin 2 (Prx2) is a redox enzyme that is abundantly expressed in red blood cells (RBCs) and has been the focus of clinical attention for monitoring the oxidative status. We previously developed a method to quantify the reduced and hyperoxidized forms of Prx2 in human RBCs using reverse-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). In the present study, we investigated the hyperoxidative status of Prx2 at the molecular level in a post-translational modification analysis using a liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) system...
April 22, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434170/establishment-and-characterization-of-novel-epithelial-like-cell-lines-derived-from-human-periodontal-ligament-tissue-in-vitro
#3
Kallapat Tansriratanawong, Hiroshi Ishikawa, Junko Toyomura, Soh Sato
In this study, novel human-derived epithelial-like cells (hEPLCs) lines were established from periodontal ligament (PDL) tissues, which were composed of a variety of cell types and exhibited complex cellular activities. To elucidate the putative features distinguishing these from epithelial rest of Malassez (ERM), we characterized hEPLCs based on cell lineage markers and tight junction protein expression. The aim of this study was, therefore, to establish and characterize hEPLCs lines from PDL tissues. The hEPLCs were isolated from PDL of third molar teeth...
April 22, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434153/machine-learning-xgboost-analysis-of-language-networks-to-classify-patients-with-epilepsy
#4
L Torlay, M Perrone-Bertolotti, E Thomas, M Baciu
Our goal was to apply a statistical approach to allow the identification of atypical language patterns and to differentiate patients with epilepsy from healthy subjects, based on their cerebral activity, as assessed by functional MRI (fMRI). Patients with focal epilepsy show reorganization or plasticity of brain networks involved in cognitive functions, inducing 'atypical' (compared to 'typical' in healthy people) brain profiles. Moreover, some of these patients suffer from drug-resistant epilepsy, and they undergo surgery to stop seizures...
April 22, 2017: Brain Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434142/cancer-genetic-counseling-and-testing-in-an-era-of-rapid-change
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Gillian W Hooker, Keelia Rhoads Clemens, John Quillin, Kristen J Vogel Postula, Pia Summerour, Rebecca Nagy, Adam H Buchanan
The impacts of the Association for Molecular Pathology vs. Myriad Supreme Court decision regarding patenting DNA segments and multi-gene testing on cancer genetic counseling practice have not been well described. We aimed to assess genetic counselors' perceptions of how their genetic testing-related practices for hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer (HBOC) changed after these events. One-hundred fifty-two genetic counselors from the National Society of Genetic Counselors Cancer Special Interest Group completed an anonymous, online, mixed-methods survey in November 2013...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434124/comparative-outcome-of-pfna-gamma-nails-pccp-medoff-plate-liss-and-dynamic-hip-screws-for-fixation-in-elderly-trochanteric-fractures-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Alisara Arirachakaran, Tanawat Amphansap, Pichaya Thanindratarn, Peerapong Piyapittayanun, Phutsapong Srisawat, Jatupon Kongtharvonskul
The ideal implant for the treatment of an unstable intertrochanteric femoral fracture is still a matter of discussion. The aim of this systematic review is to conduct a network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing clinical outcomes between dynamic hip screws (DHS), Medoff sliding plating, percutaneous compression plating (PCCP), proximal femoral nails (PFN), Gamma nails and less invasive stabilization system fixation in femoral trochanteric fractures in the elderly. These clinical outcomes consist of total intra-operative time, intra-operative fluoroscopy time, intra-operative blood loss, blood component transfusion, length of hospital stay, postoperative general complications, wound complications, late complications and reoperation rates...
April 22, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434115/interaction-of-selected-phenylpropenes-with-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-membrane-and-their-relevance-to-antibacterial-activity
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Riham Gharib, Amal Najjar, Lizette Auezova, Catherine Charcosset, Hélène Greige-Gerges
The effect of structurally closely related phenylpropenes (PPs), estragole, anethole, eugenol, and isoeugenol, on the fluidity of dipalmitoyl phosphatidyl choline (DPPC) liposome membrane was investigated by DSC, Raman, and fluorescence anisotropy of 1,6-diphenyl-1,3,5-hexatriene (DPH). Liposomes were prepared by thin-film hydration method at various DPPC:PP molar ratios. The DPH anisotropy measurements of blank and PP-loaded liposomes were performed at 28, 41, and 50 °C, which correspond, respectively, to gel phase, main transition temperature of DPPC, and liquid phase...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434106/what-do-patients-want-to-know-about-contraception-and-which-method-would-they-prefer
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Patricia G Oppelt, Friederike Baier, Christine Fahlbusch, Katharina Heusinger, Thomas Hildebrandt, Christiane Breuel, Ralf Dittrich
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the extent to which women's choice of contraceptive method depends on the advice received from their gynecologist and whether more intensive counseling might lead to more frequent use of long-acting reversible contraception (LARC). METHODS: A total of 1089 physicians and 18,521 women responded to 32 or 37 questions, respectively, using an online questionnaire. The women were asked about their current use of contraceptive methods, the extent of their satisfaction with them, their satisfaction with the counseling they had received, and whether they wanted to have more information about contraception...
April 22, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434094/a-systematic-review-of-psychosocial-interventions-for-colorectal-cancer-patients
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Catherine E Mosher, Joseph G Winger, Barbara A Given, Safi Shahda, Paul R Helft
PURPOSE: A significant minority of colorectal cancer (CRC) patients experience clinically meaningful distress that may warrant intervention. The goal of this systematic review was to assess the impact of psychosocial interventions on quality-of-life and psychosocial outcomes for CRC patients. METHODS: A systematic search of CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and PsycARTICLES was undertaken to obtain relevant randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published through October 2016...
April 22, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434092/cyberbullying-victimization-and-adolescent-mental-health-evidence-of-differential-effects-by-sex-and-mental-health-problem-type
#10
Soyeon Kim, Scott R Colwell, Anna Kata, Michael H Boyle, Katholiki Georgiades
The use of electronic communication technologies has become a core method for adolescent communication. While there are many benefits to such technologies, cyberbullying has emerged as a potential harm. This study examines the association between cyberbullying and adolescent mental health problems and the extent to which this association differs by sex and mental health problem type. A clustered sample of 31,148 students in grades 6-12 (Female = 51.9%; 56.5% Caucasian, 10.2% South Asian) completed an anonymous survey asking their frequency of exposure to traditional forms of bullying, cyberbullying, and experiences of mental health problems over the past 6 months...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Youth and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434071/repeatability-and-agreement-of-central-corneal-thickness-measurement-with-non-contact-methods-a-comparative-study
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Tarannum Mansoori, Nagalla Balakrishna
PURPOSE: To compare the central corneal thickness (CCT) measurements and reliability of RTVue XR-100 anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT), AL-scan optical biometer and Schwind Sirius anterior segment analysis system. METHODS: The CCT was measured in one hundred and twenty-seven eyes of 127 healthy subjects with AS-OCT, AL-scan and Sirius system. Mean CCT was compared among the instruments, and the level of agreement was assessed using Bland-Altman plots...
April 22, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434058/medical-conditions-in-the-first-years-of-life-associated-with-future-diagnosis-of-asd-in-children
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Stacey E Alexeeff, Vincent Yau, Yinge Qian, Meghan Davignon, Frances Lynch, Phillip Crawford, Robert Davis, Lisa A Croen
This study examines medical conditions diagnosed prior to the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Using a matched case control design with 3911 ASD cases and 38,609 controls, we found that 38 out of 79 medical conditions were associated with increased ASD risk. Developmental delay, mental health, and neurology conditions had the strongest associations (ORs 2.0-23.3). Moderately strong associations were observed for nutrition, genetic, ear nose and throat, and sleep conditions (ORs 2.1-3.2). Using machine learning methods, we clustered children based on their medical conditions prior to ASD diagnosis and demonstrated ASD risk stratification...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434057/predictive-control-of-intersegmental-tarsal-movements-in-an-insect
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Alicia Costalago-Meruelo, David M Simpson, Sandor M Veres, Philip L Newland
In many animals intersegmental reflexes are important for postural and movement control but are still poorly undesrtood. Mathematical methods can be used to model the responses to stimulation, and thus go beyond a simple description of responses to specific inputs. Here we analyse an intersegmental reflex of the foot (tarsus) of the locust hind leg, which raises the tarsus when the tibia is flexed and depresses it when the tibia is extended. A novel method is described to measure and quantify the intersegmental responses of the tarsus to a stimulus to the femoro-tibial chordotonal organ...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434056/beyond-the-primary-endpoint-paradigm-a-test-of-intervention-effect-in-hiv-behavioral-intervention-trials-with-numerous-correlated-outcomes
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Jessica M Harwood, Robert E Weiss, W Scott Comulada
Behavioral interventions are increasingly based on holistic approaches to health with an understanding that health-related behaviors are linked. A motivating example is provided by the Philani study, an intervention trial conducted to improve the health of South African mothers and their children. Inter-related health problems around maternal alcohol use, malnutrition, and HIV were addressed; multiple endpoints were targeted. The traditional hypothesis testing paradigm that tests significance on one primary outcome did not suffice...
April 22, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434055/addressing-methodologic-challenges-and-minimizing-threats-to-validity-in-synthesizing-findings-from-individual-level-data-across-longitudinal-randomized-trials
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Ahnalee Brincks, Samantha Montag, George W Howe, Shi Huang, Juned Siddique, Soyeon Ahn, Irwin N Sandler, Hilda Pantin, C Hendricks Brown
Integrative Data Analysis (IDA) encompasses a collection of methods for data synthesis that pools participant-level data across multiple studies. Compared with single-study analyses, IDA provides larger sample sizes, better representation of participant characteristics, and often increased statistical power. Many of the methods currently available for IDA have focused on examining developmental changes using longitudinal observational studies employing different measures across time and study. However, IDA can also be useful in synthesizing across multiple randomized clinical trials to improve our understanding of the comprehensive effectiveness of interventions, as well as mediators and moderators of those effects...
April 22, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434023/developing-a-statistically-powerful-measure-for-quartet-tree-inference-using-phylogenetic-identities-and-markov-invariants
#16
Jeremy G Sumner, Amelia Taylor, Barbara R Holland, Peter D Jarvis
Recently there has been renewed interest in phylogenetic inference methods based on phylogenetic invariants, alongside the related Markov invariants. Broadly speaking, both these approaches give rise to polynomial functions of sequence site patterns that, in expectation value, either vanish for particular evolutionary trees (in the case of phylogenetic invariants) or have well understood transformation properties (in the case of Markov invariants). While both approaches have been valued for their intrinsic mathematical interest, it is not clear how they relate to each other, and to what extent they can be used as practical tools for inference of phylogenetic trees...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434012/clinical-importance-of-somatostatin-receptor-2-sstr2-and-somatostatin-receptor-5-sstr5-expression-in-thyrotropin-producing-pituitary-adenoma-tshoma
#17
Benxia Yu, Zhongsheng Zhang, Hao Song, Yuchun Chi, Chunling Shi, Miao Xu
BACKGROUND Thyrotropin-secreting pituitary adenomas (TSHomas) are a rare cause of hyperthyroidism. Somatostatin analogs have proved to be effective for inhibiting pituitary hormones secretion, working via interactions with somatostatin receptors (SSTRs). Moreover, antiproliferative activity of somatostatin analog is now demonstrated in several studies. In the present study, we determined the relative predominance of SSTR2 and SSTR5 subtypes among the different types of adenomas, especially TSHoma, and investigated the relationship between efficacy of short-term octreotide (OCT) treatment and SSTR expression...
April 23, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434010/dynamic-analysis-of-kidney-function-and-its-correlation-with-nutritional-indicators-in-a-large-sample-of-hospitalized-elderly-patients
#18
Li Qingping, Wei Ribao, Wang Yang, Su Tingyu, Yang Xi, Huang Mengjie, Miao Hui, Chen Xiangmei
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to analyze changes in kidney function and its correlation with nutritional metabolism indicators in hospitalized elderly patients in a large medical center over the past 7 years. MATERIAL AND METHODS The renal function of patients over 60 years old in the Chinese PLA General Hospital in 2008, 2011, and 2014 were comparatively analyzed. The hemoglobin, serum albumin, triglycerides, cholesterol, uric acid, and urea nitrogen data were collected and used as the nutritional metabolism indicators...
April 23, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434006/unbiased-quantification-of-subplate-neuron-loss-following-neonatal-hypoxia-ischemia-in-a-rat-model
#19
Alexandra Mikhailova, Naveena Sunkara, Patrick S McQuillen
BACKGROUND: Cellular targets of neonatal hypoxia-ischemia (HI) include both oligodendrocyte and neuronal lineages with differences in the patterns of vulnerable cells depending upon the developmental stage at which the injury occurs. Injury to the developing white matter is a characteristic feature of human preterm brain injury. Data are accumulating, however, for neuronal injury in the developing cerebral cortex. In the most widely used rodent model of preterm HI brain injury, conflicting data have been reported regarding the sensitivity of subplate neurons to early neonatal HI, with some reports of selective vulnerability and others that find no increased loss of subplate neurons in comparison with other cortical layers...
April 22, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433990/two-dimensional-ultrasound-evaluation-of-the-fetal-cerebral-aqueduct-improving-the-antenatal-diagnosis-and-counseling-of-aqueductal-stenosis
#20
Fernando Viñals, Pilar Ruiz, Gabriel Quiroz, Francisco A Guerra, Flavia Correa, Daniel Martínez, Bienvenido Puerto
OBJECTIVE: To describe a technique for the visualization and measurement of cerebral aqueduct diameter through a 2D sagittal median plane, and to report its aspect and measurement in fetuses with aqueductal stenosis (AS). METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of 207 morphologically normal fetuses in low-risk pregnancies between 20 and 36 weeks of gestation. The cerebral aqueduct was visualized transvaginally in a midsagittal plane, and measurements of its greatest diameter (ampulla) were taken independently by an expert and a nonexpert sonographer...
April 22, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
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