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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430358/regulation-of-axon-arborization-pattern-in-the-developing-chick-ciliary-ganglion-possible-involvement-of-caspase-3
#1
Hidetaka Katow, Teppei Kanaya, Tomohisa Ogawa, Ryo Egawa, Hiromu Yawo
During a certain critical period in the development of the central and peripheral nervous systems, axonal branches and synapses are massively reorganized to form mature connections. In this process, neurons search their appropriate targets, expanding and/or retracting their axons. Recent work suggested that the caspase superfamily regulates the axon morphology. Here, we tested the hypothesis that caspase 3, which is one of the major executioners in apoptotic cell death, is involved in regulating the axon arborization...
April 21, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428190/in-vivo-detection-of-egfrviii-in-glioblastoma-via-perfusion-magnetic-resonance-imaging-signature-consistent-with-deep-peritumoral-infiltration-the-%C3%AF-index
#2
Spyridon Bakas, Hamed Akbari, Jared Pisapia, Maria Martinez-Lage, Martin Rozycki, Saima Rathore, Nadia Dahmane, Donald M O'Rourke, Christos Davatzikos
<br />The epidermal growth factor receptor variant III (EGFRvIII) mutation has been considered a driver mutation and therapeutic target in glioblastoma, the most common and aggressive brain cancer. Currently, detecting EGFRvIII requires postoperative tissue analyses, which are ex vivo and unable to capture the tumor's spatial heterogeneity. Considering the increasing evidence of in vivo imaging signatures capturing molecular characteristics of cancer, this study aims to detect EGFRvIII in primary glioblastoma non-invasively, using routine clinically-acquired imaging...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427618/effects-of-high-intensity-unltrasound-on-structural-and-physicochemical-properties-of-myosin-from-silver-carp
#3
Ru Liu, Qing Liu, Shanbai Xiong, Yicheng Fu, Liang Chen
Myosin from silver carp was sonicated with varying power output (100, 150, 200 and 250W) for 3, 6, 9, and 12min. The changes in the structure and physicochemical properties of myosin were evaluated by dynamic light scattering, SDS-PAGE and some physicochemical indexes. The ultrasound treatments induced a significant conversion of myosin aggregates to smaller ones with a more uniform distribution, and obvious enhancement in solubility. The structure of myosin was also notably changed by sonication, with a decrease in Ca(2+)-ATPase activity and SH content, and an increase in surface hydrophobicity...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425493/characterization-of-different-microbubbles-in-assisting-focused-ultrasound-induced-blood-brain-barrier-opening
#4
Sheng-Kai Wu, Po-Chun Chu, Wen-Yen Chai, Shih-Tsung Kang, Chih-Hung Tsai, Ching-Hsiang Fan, Chih-Kuang Yeh, Hao-Li Liu
Microbubbles (MBs) serve as a critical catalyst to amplify local cavitation in CNS capillary lumen to facilitate focused ultrasound (FUS) to transiently open the blood-brain barrier (BBB). However, limited understanding is available regarding the effect of different microbubbles to induce BBB opening. The aim of this study is to characterize different MBs on their effect in FUS-induced BBB opening. Three MBs, SonoVue, Definity, and USphere, were tested, with 0.4-MHz FUS exposure at 0.62-1.38 of mechanical index (MI) on rats...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425239/an-8-week-thoracic-spine-stabilization-exercise-program-improves-postural-back-pain-spine-alignment-postural-sway-and-core-endurance-in-university-students-a-randomized-controlled-study
#5
Şeyda Toprak Çelenay, Derya Özer Kaya
BACKGROUND/AIM: To investigate the effects of an 8-week thoracic stabilization exercise program on back pain, spinal alignment, postural sway, and core endurance in university students. MATERIALS AND METHODS: University students were randomly allocated into exercise (n: 28) and control (n: 25) groups. The exercise program was carried out 3 days a week for 8 weeks. Postural pain, spinal alignment, postural sway, and core endurance were assessed via visual analogue scale, Spinal Mouse, Biodex Balance System, and McGill's trunk muscle endurance tests at the baseline and after 8 weeks of training...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425231/the-relationship-between-physical-fitness-and-falling-risk-and-fear-of-falling-in-community-dwelling-elderly-people-with-different-physical-activity-levels
#6
Mehmet Duray, Arzu Genç
BACKGROUND/AIM: The aim of this research was to determine the effects of physical activity level (PAL) and physical fitness on falling parameters in community-dwelling elderly people. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy-six elderly people were grouped as low PAL group (group 1, n: 38) and high PAL (group 2, n: 38) according to their PAL scores. PAL was measured by the Physical Activity Scale for the Elderly and muscle strength, muscle endurance, aerobic endurance, and flexibility tests were applied; body mass index (BMI) was calculated for physical fitness measurement...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424950/estimated-work-ability-in-warm-outdoor-environments-depends-on-the-chosen-heat-stress-assessment-metric
#7
Peter Bröde, Dusan Fiala, Bruno Lemke, Tord Kjellstrom
With a view to occupational effects of climate change, we performed a simulation study on the influence of different heat stress assessment metrics on estimated workability (WA) of labour in warm outdoor environments. Whole-day shifts with varying workloads were simulated using as input meteorological records for the hottest month from four cities with prevailing hot (Dallas, New Delhi) or warm-humid conditions (Managua, Osaka), respectively. In addition, we considered the effects of adaptive strategies like shielding against solar radiation and different work-rest schedules assuming an acclimated person wearing light work clothes (0...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423950/hepatoprotective-and-free-radical-scavenging-actions-of-quercetin-nanoparticles-on-a%C3%AF-atoxin-b1-induced-liver-damage-in-vitro-in-vivo-studies
#8
Aziz Eftekhari, Elham Ahmadian, Vahid Panahi-Azar, Hedayat Hosseini, Mahnaz Tabibiazar, Solmaz Maleki Dizaj
The objective of present study was in vitro and in vivo evaluation of hepatoprotective and antioxidant activity of Quercetin nanoparticles (Q NPs) against toxicity induced by aflatoxin B1. The Q NPs were prepared using precipitation method. Hepatocytes were prepared by the method of collagenase enzyme perfusion via portal vein. The NPs were characterized in terms of size and morphology using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. The level of parameters, such as cell death, ROS formation, lipid peroxidation, mitochondrial membrane potential and cellular glutathione (GSH) content, in the aflatoxin B1-treated and non-treated hepatocytes were determined and the mentioned markers were assessed in the presence of Q NPs...
April 20, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422974/variation-in-benthic-long-term-data-of-transitional-waters-is-interpretation-more-than-speculation
#9
Michael Lothar Zettler, René Friedland, Mayya Gogina, Alexander Darr
Biological long-term data series in marine habitats are often used to identify anthropogenic impacts on the environment or climate induced regime shifts. However, particularly in transitional waters, environmental properties like water mass dynamics, salinity variability and the occurrence of oxygen minima not necessarily caused by either human activities or climate change can attenuate or mask apparent signals. At first glance it very often seems impossible to interpret the strong fluctuations of e.g. abundances or species richness, since abiotic variables like salinity and oxygen content vary simultaneously as well as in apparently erratic ways...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419998/dynamics-of-l-carnitine-in-plasma-and-urine-in-patients-undergoing-cisplatin-chemotherapy
#10
Daisuke Gomi, Aika Tanaka, Toshirou Fukushima, Takashi Kobayashi, Hirohide Matsushita, Nodoka Sekiguchi, Akiyuki Sakamoto, Shigeru Sasaki, Keiko Mamiya, Tomonobu Koizumi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Several studies have indicated that cisplatin (cis-diamminedichloroplatinum II; CDDP) causes urinary excretion of L-carnitine (LC). However, the underlying cofactors affecting the increased urinary excretion remain unclear. The present study was performed to evaluate the dynamics of LC in plasma and urine after CDDP chemotherapy and to examine the relations with clinical parameters, such as gender, body mass index (BMI), and renal function. METHODS: Twenty-two patients treated with CDDP therapy were selected...
April 19, 2017: Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419993/reduction-in-peripheral-cd19-cd24hcd27-b-cell-frequency-predicts-favourable-clinical-course-in-xelox-treated-patients-with-advanced-gastric-cancer
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Wei Li, Dongli Song, Hong Li, Li Liang, Naiqing Zhao, Tianshu Liu
BACKGROUND: Accumulating evidence suggests that regulatory B cells (Bregs) play an important role in modulating the immune response to tumours. Our previous study indicated that a small percentage of peripheral CD19+CD24hCD27+ Breg cells slowed gastric cancer progression in XELOX-treated patients. Here, we further investigated the relationship between dynamic changes in circulating Breg cells and the clinical course in XELOX-treated gastric cancer patients. METHODS: A total of 52 patients with advanced gastric cancer were enrolled in this study...
April 14, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419099/getting-ready-to-use-control-advances-in-the-measurement-of-young-children-s-use-of-proactive-control
#12
Sabine Doebel, Jane E Barker, Nicolas Chevalier, Laura E Michaelson, Anna V Fisher, Yuko Munakata
A key developmental transition in executive function is in the temporal dynamics of its engagement: children shift from reactively calling to mind task-relevant information as needed, to being able to proactively maintain information across time in anticipation of upcoming demands. This transition is important for understanding individual differences and developmental changes in executive function; however, methods targeting its assessment are limited. We tested the possibility that Track-It, a paradigm developed to measure selective sustained attention, also indexes proactive control...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418158/the-phenology-of-leaf-quality-and-its-within-canopy-variation-are-essential-for-accurate-modeling-of-photosynthesis-in-tropical-evergreen-forests
#13
Jin Wu, Shawn P Serbin, Xiangtao Xu, Loren P Albert, Min Chen, Ran Meng, Scott R Saleska, Alistair Rogers
Leaf quantity (i.e. canopy leaf area index, LAI), quality (i.e. per-area photosynthetic capacity), and longevity all influence the photosynthetic seasonality of tropical evergreen forests. However, these components of tropical leaf phenology are poorly represented in most terrestrial biosphere models (TBMs). Here, we explored alternative options for the representation of leaf phenology effects in TBMs that employ the Farquahar, von Caemmerer & Berry (FvCB) representation of CO2 assimilation. We developed a two-fraction leaf (sun and shade), two-layer canopy (upper and lower) photosynthesis model to evaluate different modeling approaches and assessed three components of phenological variations (i...
April 18, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417944/variable-admittance-control-based-on-fuzzy-reinforcement-learning-for-minimally-invasive-surgery-manipulator
#14
Zhijiang Du, Wei Wang, Zhiyuan Yan, Wei Dong, Weidong Wang
In order to get natural and intuitive physical interaction in the pose adjustment of the minimally invasive surgery manipulator, a hybrid variable admittance model based on Fuzzy Sarsa(λ)-learning is proposed in this paper. The proposed model provides continuous variable virtual damping to the admittance controller to respond to human intentions, and it effectively enhances the comfort level during the task execution by modifying the generated virtual damping dynamically. A fuzzy partition defined over the state space is used to capture the characteristics of the operator in physical human-robot interaction...
April 12, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416835/-polymethylmethacrylate-augmentation-of-bone-cement-injectable-cannulated-pedicle-screws-was-used-to-treat-degenerative-lumbar-scoliosis-with-osteoporosis
#15
H L Sun, C D Li, X W Li, X D Yi, H Liu, H L Lu, H Li, Z R Yu, Y Wang
OBJECTIVE: To describe the application of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) augmentation of cement-injectable cannulated pedicle screws for the treatment of degenerative lumbar scoliosis with osteoporosis. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study was used to compare cement injectable cannulated pedicle screws (CICPs) group with PMMA augmentation and control group with traditional method in the correction surgery for Lenke-silva level III and level IV degenerative scoliosis cases with osteoporosis...
April 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416595/nonsinusoidal-beta-oscillations-reflect-cortical-pathophysiology-in-parkinson-s-disease
#16
Scott R Cole, Roemer van der Meij, Erik J Peterson, Coralie de Hemptinne, Philip A Starr, Bradley Voytek
Oscillations in neural activity play a critical role in neural computation and communication. There is intriguing new evidence that the nonsinusoidal features of the oscillatory waveforms may inform underlying physiological and pathophysiological characteristics. Time-domain waveform analysis approaches stand in contrast to traditional Fourier-based methods, which alter or destroy subtle waveform features. Recently it has been shown that the waveform features of oscillatory beta (13-30 Hz) events-a prominent motor cortical oscillation-may reflect near-synchronous excitatory synaptic inputs onto cortical pyramidal neurons...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416374/comparing-originator-biologics-and-biosimilars-a-review-of-the-relevant-issues
#17
REVIEW
Corrado Blandizzi, Pier Luigi Meroni, Giovanni Lapadula
PURPOSE: We provide a review of current knowledge on comparability between biosimilars and originator biologics in view of the continuous evolution occurring in this highly dynamic area. METHODS: English-language literature indexed in MEDLINE was explored, without time limits, to July 31, 2016, using the terms biosimilar, biotechnologic drug, biologic drug, monoclonal antibody, fusion protein, and anti-tumor necrosis factor. The reference lists of identified articles were examined carefully for additional pertinent publications...
April 14, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415187/poverty-index-with-time-varying-consumption-and-income-distributions
#18
Amit K Chattopadhyay, T Krishna Kumar, Sushanta K Mallick
Starting from a stochastic agent-based model to represent market exchange in a developing economy, we study time variations of the probability density function of income with simultaneous variation of the consumption deprivation (CD), where CD represents the shortfall in consumption from the saturation level of an essential commodity, cereal. Together, these two models combine income-expenditure-based market dynamics with time variations in consumption due to income. In this new unified theoretical structure, exchange of trade in assets is only allowed when the income exceeds consumption-deprivation while CD itself is endogenously obtained from a separate kinetic model...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414731/a-hyper-temporal-remote-sensing-protocol-for-high-resolution-mapping-of-ecological-sites
#19
Jonathan J Maynard, Jason W Karl
Ecological site classification has emerged as a highly effective land management framework, but its utility at a regional scale has been limited due to the spatial ambiguity of ecological site locations in the U.S. or the absence of ecological site maps in other regions of the world. In response to these shortcomings, this study evaluated the use of hyper-temporal remote sensing (i.e., hundreds of images) for high spatial resolution mapping of ecological sites. We posit that hyper-temporal remote sensing can provide novel insights into the spatial variability of ecological sites by quantifying the temporal response of land surface spectral properties...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414120/the-predictive-value-of-integrated-inflammation-scores-on-survival-of-patients-with-resected-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#20
Shuo Pang, Ziquan Zhou, Xingchen Yu, Shaozhong Wei, Qiongrong Chen, Shaofa Nie, Xinjun Liang, Li Liu
BACKGROUND: Evidence supports the predictive potential of inflammatory marker-derived scores (inflammation scores) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection on prognosis of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, no study has longitudinally assessed the predictive values of inflammation scores combined with hepatitis B virus status on survival of these patients. Therefore, a study was designed to evaluate the prognostic capacity of preoperative, dynamic changes in integrated scores, through a combination of general inflammation scores and HBV infection status, on HCC patients undergoing tumor resection...
April 13, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
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