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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351035/resting-state-functional-connectivity-changes-associated-with-visuospatial-cognitive-deficits-in-patients-with-mild-alzheimer-disease
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Rakesh Balachandar, Srikala Bharath, John P John, Himanshu Joshi, Shilpa Sadanand, Jitender Saini, Keshav J Kumar, Mathew Varghese
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Alzheimer disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by progressive disconnection of various brain networks leading to neuropsychological impairment. Pathology in the visual association areas has been documented in presymptomatic AD and therefore we aimed at examining the relationship between brain connectivity and visuospatial (VS) cognitive deficits in early AD. METHODS: Tests for VS working memory, episodic memory and construction were used to classify patients with AD (n = 48) as having severe VS deficits (n = 12, female = 4) or mild deficits (n = 11, female = 4)...
March 29, 2017: Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351016/nano-enabled-paper-humidity-sensor-for-mobile-based-point-of-care-lung-function-monitoring
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Mitradip Bhattacharjee, Harshal B Nemade, Dipankar Bandyopadhyay
The frequency of breathing and peak flow rate of exhaled air are necessary parameters to detect chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPDs) such as asthma, bronchitis, or pneumonia. We developed a lung function monitoring point-of-care-testing device (LFM-POCT) consisting of mouthpiece, paper-based humidity sensor, micro-heater, and real-time monitoring unit. Fabrication of a mouthpiece of optimal length ensured that the exhaled air was focused on the humidity-sensor. The resistive relative humidity sensor was developed using a filter paper coated with nanoparticles, which could easily follow the frequency and peak flow rate of the human breathing...
March 22, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350985/macrophages-help-cells-connect-to-pattern-zebrafish-stripes
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Thomas B Kornberg
Mechanisms that disseminate the proteins that orchestrate organ and tissue development have been a major focus of cell and developmental biology. Reporting in Science, Eom and Parichy (2017) characterize the role that macrophages play in facilitating long-distance signaling between the cells that make stripes in the adult zebrafish.
March 27, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350969/mechanisms-of-spontaneous-pacing-sa-nodal-cells-neonatal-cardiomyocytes-and-human-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes
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Martin Morad, Xiaohua Zhang
The sino-atrial node is the primary site from which the mammalian heart is paced, but the mechanisms underlying the pacemaking still remain clouded. It is generally believed that the hyperpolarization-activated current I<sub><i>f</i></sub>, encoded by Hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) genes, contributes significantly to pacing, which in tandem with inward current generated by efflux of Ca<sup>2+</sup> via the Na<sup>+</sup>-Ca<sup>2+</sup> exchanger (NCX), resulting from the released Ca<sup>2+</sup>, mediates the diastolic depolarization...
March 28, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350858/in-vivo-measured-joint-friction-in-hip-implants-during-walking-after-a-short-rest
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Philipp Damm, Alwina Bender, Georg Duda, Georg Bergmann
INTRODUCTION: It has been suspected that friction in hip implants is higher when walking is initiated after a resting period than during continuous movement. It cannot be excluded that such increased initial moments endanger the cup fixation in the acetabulum, overstress the taper connections in the implant or increase wear. To assess these risks, the contact forces, friction moments and friction coefficients in the joint were measured in vivo in ten subjects. Instrumented hip joint implants with telemetric data transmission were used to access the contact loads between the cup and head during the first steps of walking after a short rest...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350835/an-information-based-network-approach-for-protein-classification
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Xiaogeng Wan, Xin Zhao, Stephen S T Yau
Protein classification is one of the critical problems in bioinformatics. Early studies used geometric distances and polygenetic-tree to classify proteins. These methods use binary trees to present protein classification. In this paper, we propose a new protein classification method, whereby theories of information and networks are used to classify the multivariate relationships of proteins. In this study, protein universe is modeled as an undirected network, where proteins are classified according to their connections...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350803/pharmacogenomic-identification-of-small-molecules-for-lineage-specific-manipulation-of-subventricular-zone-germinal-activity
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Kasum Azim, Diane Angonin, Guillaume Marcy, Francesca Pieropan, Andrea Rivera, Vanessa Donega, Claudio Cantù, Gareth Williams, Benedikt Berninger, Arthur M Butt, Olivier Raineteau
Strategies for promoting neural regeneration are hindered by the difficulty of manipulating desired neural fates in the brain without complex genetic methods. The subventricular zone (SVZ) is the largest germinal zone of the forebrain and is responsible for the lifelong generation of interneuron subtypes and oligodendrocytes. Here, we have performed a bioinformatics analysis of the transcriptome of dorsal and lateral SVZ in early postnatal mice, including neural stem cells (NSCs) and their immediate progenies, which generate distinct neural lineages...
March 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350683/the-relationship-of-superficial-cutaneous-nerves-and-interperforator-connections-in-the-leg-a-cadaveric-anatomical-study
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Adam C Gascoigne, G Ian Taylor, Russell J Corlett, Chris Briggs, Mark W Ashton
BACKGROUND: The lower limb is a source of many flaps both for closure of local defects and for free transfer. Fasciocutaneous flap techniques have been progressively refined, although the vascular basis for their success needs clarification. METHODS: Archival studies of 48 lower limbs were reviewed and combined with 20 studies of lower limbs from fresh cadavers, making a total of 68 investigations. Lower limbs were injected with a dilute lead oxide solution; the integument was removed and radiographed; and the cutaneous nerves were dissected, tagged with wire, radiographed again, and their paths traced on the original images...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350521/clinical-activity-of-the-%C3%AE-secretase-inhibitor-pf-03084014-in-adults-with-desmoid-tumors-aggressive-fibromatosis
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Shivaani Kummar, Geraldine O'Sullivan Coyne, Khanh T Do, Baris Turkbey, Paul S Meltzer, Eric Polley, Peter L Choyke, Robert Meehan, Rasa Vilimas, Yvonne Horneffer, Lamin Juwara, Ann Lih, Amul Choudhary, Sandra A Mitchell, Lee J Helman, James H Doroshow, Alice P Chen
Purpose Desmoid tumors (aggressive fibromatosis) arise from connective tissue cells or fibroblasts. In general, they are slow growing and do not metastasize; however, locally aggressive desmoid tumors can cause severe morbidity and loss of function. Disease recurrence after surgery and/or radiation and diagnosis of multifocal desmoid tumors highlight the need to develop effective systemic treatments for this disease. In this study, we evaluate objective response rate after therapy with the γ-secretase inhibitor PF-03084014 in patients with recurrent, refractory, progressive desmoid tumors...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350498/evolutionary-assembly-of-communities-in-butterfly-mimicry-rings
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Jahnavi Joshi, Anupama Prakash, Krushnamegh Kunte
Species co-occurrence in ecological communities is thought to be influenced by multiple ecological and evolutionary processes, especially colonization and competition. However, effects of other interspecific interactions and evolutionary relationships are less explored. We examined evolutionary histories of community members and roles of mutualistic and parasitic interactions (Müllerian and Batesian mimicry, respectively) in the assembly of mimetic butterfly communities called mimicry rings in tropical forests of the Western Ghats, India...
April 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350497/clines-arc-through-multivariate-morphospace
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Brian K Lohman, Daniel Berner, Daniel I Bolnick
Evolutionary biologists typically represent clines as spatial gradients in a univariate character (or a principal-component axis) whose mean changes as a function of location along a transect spanning an environmental gradient or ecotone. This univariate approach may obscure the multivariate nature of phenotypic evolution across a landscape. Clines might instead be plotted as a series of vectors in multidimensional morphospace, connecting sequential geographic sites. We present a model showing that clines may trace nonlinear paths that arc through morphospace rather than elongating along a single major trajectory...
April 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350485/ct-findings-radiologic-pathologic-correlation-and-imaging-predictors-of-survival-for-patients-with-interstitial-pneumonia-with-autoimmune-features
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Jonathan H Chung, Steven M Montner, Ayodeji Adegunsoye, Cathryn Lee, Justin M Oldham, Aliya N Husain, Heber MacMahon, Imre Noth, Rekha Vij, Mary E Strek
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine the CT findings and patterns of interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features (IPAF) and to assess whether imaging can predict survival for patients with IPAF. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 136 subjects who met the criteria for IPAF and had diagnostic-quality chest CT scans obtained from 2006 to 2015; a total of 74 of these subjects had pathologic samples available for review within 1 year of chest CT examination...
March 28, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350481/a-qualitative-study-of-a-maintenance-support-program-for-women-at-risk-of-homelessness-part-2-situational-factors
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Rose McMaster, Violeta Lopez, Rachel Kornhaber, Michelle Cleary
People who are homeless tend to have a number of complex needs. A housing maintenance support program (MSP) for women from the perspectives of clients, case managers and health professionals within the program was explored in this qualitative descriptive study. Interviews were conducted, and data were analysed using thematic analysis. The overarching theme that emerged from the data was "A life-changing event: I have the power to change." This theme was supported by three sub-themes: personal, situational and societal dimensions...
March 28, 2017: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350452/velcro%C3%A2-inspired-sic-fuzzy-fibers-for-aerospace-applications
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Amelia H C Hart, Ryota Koizumi, John T Hamel, Peter Samora Owuor, Yusuke Ito, Sehmus Ozden, Sanjit Bhowmick, Syed Asif Syed Amanulla, Thierry Tsafack, Kunttal Keyshar, Rahul Mital, Janet Hurst, Robert Vajtai, Chandra Sekhar Tiwary, Pulickel M Ajayan
The most recent and innovative silicon carbide (SiC) Fiber-SiC ceramic matrix composites, used for light-weight high-heat engine parts in aerospace applications, are woven, layered, then surrounded by a SiC ceramic matrix composite (CMC). To further improve both the mechanical properties and thermal and oxidative resistance abilities of this material, SiC nanotubes and nanowires (SiCNT/NWs) are grown on the surface of the SiC fiber via carbon nanotube conversion. This conversion utilizes the shape memory synthesis (SMS) method, starting with carbon nanotube (CNT) growth on the SiC fiber surface, to capitalize on the ease of dense surface morphology optimization and the ability to effectively engineer the CNT-SiC fiber interface to create a secure nanotube-fiber attachment...
March 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347132/radiolabeled-peptides-current-and-new-perspectives
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Marta Opalinska, Alicja Hubalewska-Dydejczyk, Anna Sowa-Staszczak
Radiolabeled peptides have been the subject of research for over 20 years and during that time possibility/variety of peptide receptor imaging and later targeted radiotherapy increased significantly. The targeted receptors belong to the large family of G-protein-coupled receptors or tyrosine kinases receptors partially connected with them. They both regulate large signaling networks, control multiple cell functions and are implicated in many diseases including cancers. The essential feature of peptides used in nuclear medicine involves their ability to binding with high affinity and specify to their receptors overexpressed on tumor cells...
June 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346980/ecological-intensification-to-mitigate-impacts-of-conventional-intensive-land-use-on-pollinators-and-pollination
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Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, Anahí Espíndola, Adam J Vanbergen, Josef Settele, Claire Kremen, Lynn V Dicks
Worldwide, human appropriation of ecosystems is disrupting plant-pollinator communities and pollination function through habitat conversion and landscape homogenisation. Conversion to agriculture is destroying and degrading semi-natural ecosystems while conventional land-use intensification (e.g. industrial management of large-scale monocultures with high chemical inputs) homogenises landscape structure and quality. Together, these anthropogenic processes reduce the connectivity of populations and erode floral and nesting resources to undermine pollinator abundance and diversity, and ultimately pollination services...
March 27, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346953/lennox-gastaut-syndrome-a-state-of-the-art-review
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Mario Mastrangelo
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a severe age-dependent epileptic encephalopathy usually with onset between 1 and 8 years of age. Functional neuroimaging studies recently introduced the concept of Lennox-Gastaut as "secondary network epilepsy" resulting from dysfunctions of a complex system involving both cortical and subcortical structures (default-mode network, corticoreticular connections, and thalamus). These dysfunctions are produced by different disorders including hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathies, meningoencephalitis, cortical malformations, neurocutaneous disorders, or tumors...
March 27, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346821/structure-activity-relationships-on-cynnamoyl-derivatives-as-inhibitors-of-p300-histone-acetyltransferase
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Valentina Noemi Madia, Rosaria Benedetti, Maria Letizia Barreca, Liza Ngo, Luca Pescatori, Antonella Messore, Giovanni Pupo, Francesco Saccoliti, Sergio Valente, Antonello Mai, Luigi Scipione, Yujun George Zheng, Cristina Tintori, Maurizio Botta, Violetta Cecchetti, Lucia Altucci, Roberto Di Santo, Roberta Costi
Human p300 is a polyhedric transcriptional coactivator, playing a crucial role by acetylating histones on specific lysine residues. A great deal of evidences shows that p300 is involved in several diseases as leukemia, tumors and viral infection. Its involvement in pleiotropic biological roles and connections to diseases provide the rationale as to how its modulation could represent an amenable drug target. Several p300 inhibitors (HATi) have been described so far, but all suffer from low potency, lack of specificity or low cell-permeability, highlighting the need to find more effective inhibitors...
March 27, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346786/break-down-in-order-to-build-up-decomposing-small-molecules-for-fragment-based-drug-design-with-emolfrag
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Tairan Liu, Misagh Naderi, Chris Alvin, Supratik Mukhopadhyay, Michal Brylinski
Constructing high-quality libraries of molecular building blocks is essential for successful fragment-based drug discovery. In this communication, we describe eMolFrag, a new open-source software to decompose organic compounds into non-redundant fragments retaining molecular connectivity information. Given a collection of molecules, eMolFrag generates a set of unique fragments comprising larger moieties, bricks, and smaller linkers connecting bricks. These building blocks can subsequently be used to construct virtual screening libraries for targeted drug discovery...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346707/periurethral-muscle-derived-mononuclear-cell-injection-improves-urethral-sphincter-restoration-in-rats
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Marcelo Pitelli Turco, Alex Balduino de Souza, Isida de Campos Sousa, Paula Fratini, Mariana Matera Veras, Marcio Nogueira Rodrigues, José de Bessa, Marina Pandolphi Brolio, Katia Ramos Moreira Leite, Homero Bruschini, Miguel Srougi, Maria Angélica Miglino, Cristiano Mendes Gomes
AIMS: Investigate the effect of a novel cell-based therapy with skeletal muscle-derived mononuclear cells (SMDMCs) in a rat model of stress urinary incontinence. METHODS: Male Wistar-Kyoto rats' hind limb muscles were enzymatically dissociated, and SMDMCs were isolated without needing expansion. The cell population was characterized. Twenty female rats underwent urethrolysis. One week later, 10 rats received periurethral injection of 10(6) cells (SMDMC group), and 10 rats received saline injections (Saline group)...
March 27, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
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