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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439720/the-impact-of-oral-promethazine-on-human-whole-body-motion-perceptual-thresholds
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Ana Diaz-Artiles, Adrian J Priesol, Torin K Clark, David P Sherwood, Charles M Oman, Laurence R Young, Faisal Karmali
Despite the widespread treatment of motion sickness symptoms using drugs and the involvement of the vestibular system in motion sickness, little is known about the effects of anti-motion sickness drugs on vestibular perception. In particular, the impact of oral promethazine, widely used for treating motion sickness, on vestibular perceptual thresholds has not previously been quantified. We examined whether promethazine (25 mg) alters vestibular perceptual thresholds in a counterbalanced, double-blind, within-subject study...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438158/prevalence-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-among-children-living-in-a-rural-setting-in-sub-saharan-africa
#2
Yaw Asante Awuku, David Larbi Simpong, Ishmael Kunateh Alhassan, Derek Anamaale Tuoyire, Taiba Afaa, Patrick Adu
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori infection affects more than half of the world's population. It is generally acquired during childhood with no symptoms but has long- term clinical sequelae. This study estimated the prevalence of H. pylori infection amongst children in a rural environment in Africa. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study over a four (4)-month period within two rural communities. 240 asymptomatic children were tested using lateral flow immunochromatographic assay for the qualitative detection of H...
April 24, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437995/single-measurement-digital-optical-frequency-comb-based-phase-detection-brillouin-optical-time-domain-analyzer
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Chao Jin, Liang Wang, Yuli Chen, Nan Guo, Wenghong Chung, Hoyin Au, Zhaohui Li, Hwa-Yaw Tam, Chao Lu
A single-measurement sweep-free distributed Brillouin optical time domain analyzer (BOTDA) sensor based on phase detection is proposed and experimentally demonstrated employing digital optical frequency comb (DOFC) probe signal. Brillouin Phase Spectrum (BPS) of DOFC probe induced by Brillouin interaction is measured using coherent detection in a single acquisition, without any frequency scanning and data averaging. Single-measurement BOTDA sensor based on BPS in 10km long fiber is demonstrated with a response time of 100 μs, which is limited only by the fiber length...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437170/psa-nadir-of-0-1-or-less-is-a-predictor-of-treatment-success-in-men-undergoing-salvage-whole-prostate-gland-cryoablation
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Yaw A Nyame, Ahmad Elshafei, Daniel Greene, Hans C Arora, Robert W Given, Kae Jack Tay, Thomas J Polascik, Ashley Ross, Vladimir Mouraviev, Franco Lugnani, J Stephen Jones
PURPOSE: To assess factors that affect prostate biopsy results following salvage whole gland cryoablation Patients and Methods: 174 patients underwent prostate biopsy following salvage whole gland cryoablation of the prostate in the Cryo OnLine Database registry. Wilcoxon rank-sum, χ2 tests, and logistic regression analysis were used to assess predictors of positive biopsy. PSA nadir was divided into a statistical tertile for comparisons between different nadir PSA cutpoints. RESULTS: 52/174 (29...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429150/short-term-high-fat-diet-induces-obesity-enhancing-changes-in-mouse-gut-microbiota-that-are-partially-reversed-by-cessation-of-the-high-fat-diet
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Yue Shang, Ehsan Khafipour, Hooman Derakhshani, Lindsei K Sarna, Connie W Woo, Yaw L Siow, Karmin O
The gut microbiota is proposed as a "metabolic organ" involved in energy utilization and is associated with obesity. Dietary intervention is one of the approaches for obesity management. Changes in dietary components have significant impacts on host metabolism and gut microbiota. In the present study, we examined the influence of dietary fat intervention on the modification of gut mucosa-associated microbiota profile along with body weight and metabolic parameter changes. Male C57BL/6J mice (6-week old) were fed a low fat diet (10% kcal fat) as a control or a high fat diet (HFD 60% kcal fat) for 7 weeks...
April 20, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423661/examining-the-association-between-anthropometric-parameters-and-telomere-length-and-mortality-risk
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Chen-Jung Wu, Tung-Wei Kao, Yuan-Yung Lin, Fang-Yih Liaw, Li-Wei Wu, Yaw-Wen Chang, Tao-Chun Peng, Wei-Liang Chen
A shorter telomere length is associated with several systemic disorders. Telomere length may be an informative biomarker for the maintenance of the overall health status and mortality. There are a limited number of empirical studies concerning the effect of anthropometric parameters on telomere length. The data are derived from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 to 2002. The primary outcomes of this study were to examine the potential relationships between the anthropometric indices and the telomere length, while secondary outcomes of this study was to investigate the association between different anthropometric indices and mortality risk...
March 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420884/a-crispr-toolbox-to-study-virus-host-interactions
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REVIEW
Andreas S Puschnik, Karim Majzoub, Yaw Shin Ooi, Jan E Carette
Viruses depend on their hosts to complete their replication cycles; they exploit cellular receptors for entry and hijack cellular functions to replicate their genome, assemble progeny virions and spread. Recently, genome-scale CRISPR-Cas screens have been used to identify host factors that are required for virus replication, including the replication of clinically relevant viruses such as Zika virus, West Nile virus, dengue virus and hepatitis C virus. In this Review, we discuss the technical aspects of genome-scale knockout screens using CRISPR-Cas technology, and we compare these screens with alternative genetic screening technologies...
April 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420162/hepatocyte-growth-factor-a-key-tumor-promoting-factor-in-the-tumor-microenvironment
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REVIEW
Benjamin Yaw Owusu, Robert Galemmo, James Janetka, Lidija Klampfer
The tumor microenvironment plays a key role in tumor development and progression. Stromal cells secrete growth factors, cytokines and extracellular matrix proteins which promote growth, survival and metastatic spread of cancer cells. Fibroblasts are the predominant constituent of the tumor stroma and Hepatocyte Growth Factor (HGF), the specific ligand for the tyrosine kinase receptor c-MET, is a major component of their secretome. Indeed, cancer-associated fibroblasts have been shown to promote growth, survival and migration of cancer cells in an HGF-dependent manner...
April 17, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418297/survey-of-treponemal-infections-in-free-ranging-and-captive-macaques-1999-2012
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Amy R Klegarth, Chigozie A Ezeonwu, Aida Rompis, Benjamin P Y-H Lee, Nantiya Aggimarangsee, Mukesh Chalise, John Cortes, M Feeroz, Barbara J Molini, Bess C Godornes, Michael Marks, Michael Schillaci, Gregory Engel, Sascha Knauf, Sheila A Lukehart, Lisa Jones-Engel
Survey results showed treponemal infection among pet macaques in Southeast Asia, a region with a high prevalence of human yaws. This finding, along with studies showing treponemal infection in nonhuman primates in Africa, should encourage a One Health approach to yaws eradication and surveillance activities, possibly including monitoring of nonhuman primates in yaws-endemic regions.
May 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416666/drebrin-restricts-rotavirus-entry-by-inhibiting-dynamin-mediated-endocytosis
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Bin Li, Siyuan Ding, Ningguo Feng, Nancie Mooney, Yaw Shin Ooi, Lili Ren, Jonathan Diep, Marcus R Kelly, Linda L Yasukawa, John T Patton, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Tomoaki Shirao, Peter K Jackson, Harry B Greenberg
Despite the wide administration of several effective vaccines, rotavirus (RV) remains the single most important etiological agent of severe diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide, with an annual mortality of over 200,000 people. RV attachment and internalization into target cells is mediated by its outer capsid protein VP4. To better understand the molecular details of RV entry, we performed tandem affinity purification coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry to map the host proteins that interact with VP4...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409866/rh5-basigin-interaction-induces-changes-in-the-cytoskeleton-of-the-host-rbc
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Yaw Aniweh, Xiaohong Gao, Piliang Hao, Wei Meng, Soak Kuan Lai, Karthigayan Gunalan, Trang T Chu, Ameya Sinha, Julien Lescar, Rajesh Chandramohanadas, Hoi Yeung Li, Siu Kwan Sze, Peter R Preiser
The successful invasion of Plasmodium is an essential step in their life cycle. The parasite reticulocyte-binding protein homologues (RHs) and erythrocyte-binding like proteins (EBLs) are two families involved in the invasion leading to merozoite-RBC junction formation. Ca(2+) signaling has been shown to play a critical role in the invasion. RHs have been linked to Ca(2+) signaling which triggers the EBLs release ahead of junction formation, consistent with RHs performing an initial sensing function in identifying suitable RBCs...
April 13, 2017: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403980/characteristics-management-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-africa-a-multicountry-observational-study-from-the-africa-liver-cancer-consortium
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Ju Dong Yang, Essa A Mohamed, Ashraf O Abdel Aziz, Hend I Shousha, Mohamed B Hashem, Mohamed M Nabeel, Ahmed H Abdelmaksoud, Tamer M Elbaz, Mary Y Afihene, Babatunde M Duduyemi, Joshua P Ayawin, Adam Gyedu, Marie-Jeanne Lohouès-Kouacou, Antonin W Ndjitoyap Ndam, Ehab F Moustafa, Sahar M Hassany, Abdelmajeed M Moussa, Rose A Ugiagbe, Casimir E Omuemu, Richard Anthony, Dennis Palmer, Albert F Nyanga, Abraham O Malu, Solomon Obekpa, Abdelmounem E Abdo, Awatif I Siddig, Hatim M Y Mudawi, Uchenna Okonkwo, Mbang Kooffreh-Ada, Yaw A Awuku, Yvonne A Nartey, Elizabeth T Abbew, Nana A Awuku, Jesse A Otegbayo, Kolawole O Akande, Hailemichael M Desalegn, Abidemi E Omonisi, Akande O Ajayi, Edith N Okeke, Mary J Duguru, Pantong M Davwar, Michael C Okorie, Shettima Mustapha, Jose D Debes, Ponsiano Ocama, Olufunmilayo A Lesi, Emuobor Odeghe, Ruth Bello, Charles Onyekwere, Francis Ekere, Rufina Igetei, Mitchell A Mah'moud, Benyam Addissie, Hawa M Ali, Gregory J Gores, Mark D Topazian, Lewis R Roberts
BACKGROUND: Hepatocellular carcinoma is a leading cause of cancer-related death in Africa, but there is still no comprehensive description of the current status of its epidemiology in Africa. We therefore initiated an African hepatocellular carcinoma consortium aiming to describe the clinical presentation, management, and outcomes of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma in Africa. METHODS: We did a multicentre, multicountry, retrospective observational cohort study, inviting investigators from the African Network for Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases to participate in the consortium to develop hepatocellular carcinoma research databases and biospecimen repositories...
February 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401006/genomic-and-proteomic-characterization-of-arid1a-chromatin-remodeller-in-ampullary-tumors
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Anca Nastase, Jin Yao Teo, Hong Lee Heng, Cedric Chuan Young Ng, Swe Swe Myint, Vikneswari Rajasegaran, Jia Liang Loh, Ser Yee Lee, London Lucien Ooi, Alexander Yaw Fui Chung, Pierce Kah Hoe Chow, Peng Chung Cheow, Wei Keat Wan, Rafy Azhar, Avery Khoo, Sam Xin Xiu, Syed Muhammad Fahmy Alkaff, Ioana Cutcutache, Jing Quan Lim, Choon Kiat Ong, Vlad Herlea, Simona Dima, Dan G Duda, Bin Tean Teh, Irinel Popescu, Tony Kiat Hon Lim
AT rich interactive domain 1A (ARID1A) is one of the most commonly mutated genes in a broad variety of tumors. The mechanisms that involve ARID1A in ampullary cancer progression remains elusive. Here, we evaluated the frequency of ARID1A and KRAS mutations in ampullary adenomas and adenocarcinomas and in duodenal adenocarcinomas from two cohorts of patients from Singapore and Romania, correlated with clinical and pathological tumor features, and assessed the functional role of ARID1A. In the ampullary adenocarcinomas, the frequency of KRAS and ARID1A mutations was 34...
2017: American Journal of Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399920/patterns-of-inflammatory-responses-and-parasite-tolerance-vary-with-malaria-transmission-intensity
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Temitope W Ademolue, Yaw Aniweh, Kwadwo A Kusi, Gordon A Awandare
BACKGROUND: In individuals living in malaria-endemic regions, parasitaemia thresholds for the onset of clinical symptoms vary with transmission intensity. The mechanisms that mediate this relationship are however, unclear. Since inflammatory responses to parasite infection contribute to the clinical manifestation of malaria, this study investigated inflammatory cytokine responses in children with malaria from areas of different transmission intensities (ranging from low to high). METHODS: Blood samples were obtained from children confirmed with malaria at community hospitals in three areas with differing transmission intensities...
April 11, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390873/chikungunya-virus-nsp4-rna-dependent-rna-polymerase-core-domain-displays-detergent-sensitive-primer-extension-and-terminal-adenylyltransferase-activities
#15
Ming Wei Chen, Yaw Bia Tan, Jie Zheng, Yongqian Zhao, Bee Ting Lim, Tobias Cornvik, Julien Lescar, Lisa Fong Poh Ng, Dahai Luo
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) is an important arboviral infectious agent in tropical and subtropical regions, often causing persistent and debilitating disease. The viral enzyme non-structural protein 4 (nsP4), as RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRP), catalyzes the formation of negative-sense, genomic and subgenomic viral RNAs. Here we report a truncated nsP4 construct that is soluble, stable and purified recombinantly from Escherichia coli. Sequence analyses and homology modelling indicate that all necessary RdRP elements are included...
April 5, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390389/theory-of-charge-transport-in-molecular-junctions-role-of-electron-correlation
#16
Yao-Wen Chang, Bih-Yaw Jin
We extend the quasi-particle renormalized perturbation theory developed in our previous work [Y.-W. Chang and B.-Y. Jin, J. Chem. Phys. 141, 064111 (2014)] based on nonequilibrium Green's function techniques to study the effects of electron correlation on the charge transport process in molecular junctions. In this formalism, the single-impurity Anderson's model is used as the zeroth-order Hamiltonian of each channel orbital, and the inter-channel interactions are treated by perturbation corrections. Within this scheme, the on-channel Coulomb repulsion and the single-particle spectral line-broadening can be incorporated in the zeroth-order approximation, and thus the Coulomb blockade and coherent tunneling through individual channels can be described properly...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388048/magnetofluorescent-carbon-dots-derived-from-crab-shell-for-targeted-dual-modality-bioimaging-and-drug-delivery
#17
Yueh-Yun Yao, Gangaraju Gedda, Wubshet Mekonnen Girma, Chia-Liang Yen, Yong-Chien Ling, Jia-Yaw Chang
We propose a one-pot microwave-assisted pyrolysis method for fabrication of magnetofluorescent carbon quantum dots (MFCQDs), using a combination of waste crab shell and three different transition-metal ions, Gd(3+), Mn(2+), and Eu(3+), referred to as Gd@CQDs, Mn@CQDs, and Eu@CQDs, respectively. Chitin from waste crab shell acted not only as a carbon source but also as a chelating ligand to form complexes with transition-metal ions. Gd@CQDs exhibited a high r1 relaxivity of 4.78 mM(-1)·s(-1) and a low r2/r1 ratio of 1...
April 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384410/lingonberry-anthocyanins-protect-cardiac-cells-from-oxidative-stress-induced-apoptosis
#18
Cara K Isaak, Jay C Petkau, Heather Joy Blewett, Karmin O, Yaw L Siow
Lingonberry grown in Northern Manitoba, Canada contains exceptionally high levels of anthocyanins and other polyphenols. Previous studies from our lab have shown that lingonberry anthocyanins can protect H9c2 cells from ischemia-reperfusion injury and anthocyanin-rich diets have been shown to be associated with decreased cardiovascular disease and mortality. Oxidative stress can impair function and trigger apoptosis in cardiomyocytes. This study investigated the protective effects of physiologically relevant doses of lingonberry extracts and pure anthocyanins against hydrogen peroxide-induced cell death...
April 6, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381023/laser-homodyne-straightness-interferometer-with-simultaneous-measurement-of-six-degrees-of-freedom-motion-errors-for-precision-linear-stage-metrology
#19
Yingtian Lou, Liping Yan, Benyong Chen, Shihua Zhang
A laser homodyne straightness interferometer with simultaneous measurement of six degrees of freedom motion errors is proposed for precision linear stage metrology. In this interferometer, the vertical straightness error and its position are measured by interference fringe counting, the yaw and pitch errors are obtained by measuring the spacing changes of interference fringe and the horizontal straightness and roll errors are determined by laser collimation. The merit of this interferometer is that four degrees of freedom motion errors are obtained by using laser interferometry with high accuracy...
March 20, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380918/magnetic-field-sensor-of-enhanced-sensitivity-and-temperature-self-calibration-based-on-silica-fiber-fabry-perot-resonator-with-silicone-cavity
#20
Bin Zhou, Changtao Lu, Barerem-Melgueba Mao, Hwa-Yaw Tam, Sailing He
In this paper, a magnetic field sensor with enhanced sensitivity based on a fiber Fabry-Perot (F-P) cavity formed by a pair of identical fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) is demonstrated. The F-P cavity which was filled with silicone rubber was bonded to a magnetic alloy at two positions such that when longitudinal strain is applied, the cavity is lengthened while the FBGs was virtually strain-free, effectively magnified the magnetic-field induced strain of the magnetic alloy. The FBGs could also be used for temperature-compensation because the FBG spectrum change is negligible compared to the F-P spectrum...
April 3, 2017: Optics Express
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