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Gavin R McCormack, Taryn M Graham, Hayley Christian, Ann M Toohey, Melanie J Rock
OBJECTIVES: Our study objectives were to: 1) estimate differences in perceptions of the neighbourhood built environment among non-dog-owners, owners who walk their dogs (dog-walkers) and owners who do not walk their dogs (non-dog-walkers), and 2) estimate associations between perceptions of the neighbourhood built environment and dog-walking frequency. METHOD: A random cross-section of Calgary adults completed telephone interviews during August-October 2007 (n = 2,199, response rate = 33...
October 20, 2016: Canadian Journal of Public Health. Revue Canadienne de Santé Publique
Pieter Uvin, Maarten Albersen, Ine Bollen, Maarten Falter, Emmanuel Weyne, Loes Linsen, Hanna Tinel, Peter Sandner, Trinity J Bivalacqua, Dirk Jmk De Ridder, Frank Van der Aa, Bert Brône, Koenraad Van Renterghem
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the expression of the Rho/Rho associated protein kinase (ROCK) pathway in corpus cavernosum of patients with severe erectile dysfunction (ED) compared to healthy human corpus cavernosum, and to test the functional effects of two Rho Kinase Inhibitors (RKI) on erectile tissue of patients with severe ED, not responding to phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5-i). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Human corpus cavernosum samples were obtained after consent from individuals undergoing penile prosthesis implantation (n = 7 for organ bath experiments, n = 17 for qPCR)...
October 20, 2016: BJU International
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An Irish polka tune, 1950s rock and roll and African music were among the songs chosen by celebrated nurse Elizabeth Anionwu at a Desert Island Discs-style event for Black History Month.
October 12, 2016: Nursing Standard
Vendela K Lagerholm, Edson Sandoval-Castellanos, Amélie Vaniscotte, Olga R Potapova, Teresa Tomek, Zbigniew M Bochenski, Paul Shepherd, Nick Barton, Marie-Claire Van Dyck, Rebecca Miller, Jacob Höglund, Nigel G Yoccoz, Love Dalén, John R Stewart
Global warming is predicted to cause substantial habitat rearrangements, with the most severe effects expected to occur in high-latitude biomes. However, one major uncertainty is whether species will be able to shift their ranges to keep pace with climate-driven environmental changes. Many recent studies on mammals have shown that past range contractions have been associated with local extinctions rather than survival by habitat tracking. Here, we have used an interdisciplinary approach that combines ancient DNA techniques, coalescent simulations and species distribution modelling, to investigate how two common cold-adapted bird species, willow and rock ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus and Lagopus muta), respond to long-term climate warming...
October 20, 2016: Global Change Biology
Anup Arumughan, Yvette Roske, Carolin Barth, Laura Lleras Forero, Kenny Bravo-Rodriguez, Alexandra Redel, Simona Kostova, Erik McShane, Robert Opitz, Katja Faelber, Kirstin Rau, Thorsten Mielke, Oliver Daumke, Matthias Selbach, Elsa Sanchez-Garcia, Oliver Rocks, Daniela Panáková, Udo Heinemann, Erich E Wanker
Interaction mapping is a powerful strategy to elucidate the biological function of protein assemblies and their regulators. Here, we report the generation of a quantitative interaction network, directly linking 14 human proteins to the AAA+ ATPase p97, an essential hexameric protein with multiple cellular functions. We show that the high-affinity interacting protein ASPL efficiently promotes p97 hexamer disassembly, resulting in the formation of stable p97:ASPL heterotetramers. High-resolution structural and biochemical studies indicate that an extended UBX domain (eUBX) in ASPL is critical for p97 hexamer disassembly and facilitates the assembly of p97:ASPL heterotetramers...
October 20, 2016: Nature Communications
Sonja Mertsch, Solon Thanos
For normal embryonic development/morphogenesis, cell migration and homing are well-orchestrated and important events requiring specific cellular mechanisms. In diseases such as cancer deregulated cell migration represents a major problem. Therefore, numerous efforts are under way to understand the molecular mechanisms of tumor cell migration and to generate more efficient tumor therapies. Cell migration assays are one of the most commonly used functional assays. The wound-healing assay or the Boyden chamber assay are variations of these assays...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Jason Gien, Nancy Tseng, Gregory J Seedorf, Katherine Kuhn, Steven H Abman
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is the chronic lung disease associated with premature birth, characterized by impaired vascular and alveolar growth. In neonatal rats bleomycin decreases lung growth and causes pulmonary hypertension (PH), which is poorly responsive to nitric oxide. In the developing lung, through rho-kinase (ROCK) activation, ET-1 impairs endothelial cell function, however, whether ET-1-ROCK interactions contribute to impaired vascular and alveolar growth in experimental BPD is unknown. Neonatal rats were treated daily with intra-peritoneal bleomycin with and without selective ETA (BQ123/BQ610) and ETB (BQ788) receptor blockers, non-selective ET receptor blocker (ETRB) (bosentan) or fasudil (ROCK inhibitor)...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Amelia Rock, Clare Barrington, Sara Abdoulayi, Maxton Tsoka, Peter Mvula, Sudhanshu Handa
Extensive research documents that social network characteristics affect health, but knowledge of peer networks of youth in Malawi and sub-Saharan Africa is limited. We examine the networks and social participation of youth living in extreme poverty in rural Malawi, using in-depth interviews with 32 youth and caregivers. We describe youth's peer networks and assess how gender and the context of extreme poverty influence their networks and participation, and how their networks influence health. In-school youth had larger, more interactive, and more supportive networks than out-of-school youth, and girls described less social participation and more isolation than boys...
October 8, 2016: Social Science & Medicine
Haley Echlin, Matthew W Frank, Amy Iverson, Ti-Cheng Chang, Michael D L Johnson, Charles O Rock, Jason W Rosch
The pneumococcus is one of the most prodigious producers of hydrogen peroxide amongst bacterial pathogens. Hydrogen peroxide production by the pneumococcus has been implicated in antibiotic synergism, competition between other bacterial colonizers of the nasopharynx, and damage to epithelial cells. However, the role during invasive disease has been less clear with mutants defective in hydrogen peroxide production demonstrating both attenuation and heightened invasive disease capacity depending upon strain and serotype background...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Jenna K Zalewski, Joshua H Mo, Simone Heber, Annie Heroux, Richard G Gardner, Jeffrey D Hildebrand, Andrew P VanDemark
Shroom-mediated remodeling of the actomyosin cytoskeleton is a critical driver of cellular shape and tissue morphology that underlies the development of many tissues, including the neural tube, eye, intestines, and vasculature. Shroom uses a conserved SD2 domain to direct the subcellular localization of Rho-kinase (Rock) which in turn drives changes in the cytoskeleton and cellular morphology through its ability to phosphorylate and activate non-muscle myosin II. Here, we present the structure of the human Shroom-Rock binding module, revealing an unexpected stoichiometry for Shrm in which two Shrm SD2 domains bind independent surfaces on Rock...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
D L Rock
African swine fever (ASF), an acute, viral hemorrhagic disease in domestic swine with mortality rates approaching 100%, is arguably the most significant emerging disease threat for the swine industry worldwide. Devastating ASF outbreaks and continuing epidemic in the Caucasus region and Russia (2007-to date) highlight significance of this disease threat. There is no vaccine for ASF, thus leaving animal slaughter the only effective disease control option. It is clear, however, that vaccination is possible since protection against reinfection with the homologous strain of African swine fever virus (ASFV) has been clearly demonstrated...
October 11, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
Paige Madison
Fossils are crucial pieces of evidence that illuminate the past. In the case of paleoanthropology, the discipline that studies human evolution, fossils are tangible objects that shape the ways we understand ourselves and our history. But how, exactly, do fossils find their way into these narratives, and into scientific journals and museums? How do they become pieces of evidence? The Forbes skull reveals a fossil that struggled to become a noteworthy piece of evidence. It was twice lost, first in a library cabinet on the Rock of Gibraltar, and later, in a London museum storeroom...
October 15, 2016: Endeavour
K S Rock, R J Quinnell, G F Medley, O Courtenay
The leishmaniases comprise a complex of diseases characterized by clinical outcomes that range from self-limiting to chronic, and disfiguring and stigmatizing to life threatening. Diagnostic methods, treatments, and vector and reservoir control options exist, but deciding the most effective interventions requires a quantitative understanding of the population level infection and disease dynamics. The effectiveness of any set of interventions has to be determined within the context of operational conditions, including economic and political commitment...
2016: Advances in Parasitology
Alberto García-Mariscal, Karine Peyrollier, Astrid Basse, Esben Pedersen, Ralph Rühl, Jolanda van Hengel, Cord Brakebusch
The ubiquitously expressed small GTPase RhoA is essential for embryonic development and mutated in different cancers. Functionally, it is well described as a regulator of the actin cytoskeleton, but its role in gene regulation is less understood. Using primary mouse keratinocytes with a deletion of the RhoA gene, we have now been exploring how the loss of RhoA affects gene expression. Performing transcription factor reporter assays, we found a significantly decreased activity of a RAR luciferase reporter in RhoA-null keratinocytes...
October 18, 2016: Small GTPases
Lin Zhao, Dongxue Guan, Jianhua Cheng, Xiaomin Xu, Zaihui Fei
A ship experiences the random motion of sea waves during its travels. Hence, the coarse alignment of the marine strapdown Inertial Navigation System (INS) suffers from rocking disturbances such as pitch and roll. In this paper, a novel approach of marine coarse alignment was proposed for avoiding the resulting loss of accuracy from rocking disturbances. Unlike several current techniques, our alignment scheme is intuitional and concise. Moreover, the coarse alignment can be implemented without any external information...
October 15, 2016: Sensors
Hongpeng Lai, Shuyong Wang, Yongli Xie
In the New Qidaoliang Tunnel (China), a rear-end collision of two tanker trunks caused a fire. To understand the damage characteristics of the tunnel lining structure, in situ investigation was performed. The results show that the fire in the tunnel induced spallation of tunnel lining concrete covering 856 m³; the length of road surface damage reached 650 m; the sectional area had a maximum 4% increase, and the mechanical and electrical facilities were severely damaged. The maximum area loss happened at the fire spot with maximum observed concrete spallation up to a thickness of 35...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Caojian Zuo
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac fibroblasts play a vital role in the progression of fibrotic cardiac remodeling in hypertensive and failing heart. Osteoglycin (OGN) is implicated as a key regulator of left ventricular mass. However, its precise molecular role in cardiac fibrosis remains unknown. This study aims to investigate the impact of OGN in hypertensive cardiac remodeling. DESIGN AND METHOD: OGN deficient mice and its wildtype (WT) littermates were subjected to either angiotensin II (Ang II) infusion or pressure overload induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Anping Cai, Yingqing Feng, Yingling Zhou, Jiyan Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects and mechanisms of levorotatory (L)-amlodipine combined fluvastatin treatment on endothelium-mesenchymal transition (EndMT), a process related to hypertension development. DESIGN AND METHOD: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were used and divided to six groups based on different therapeutic strategies as follows: Blank Control, angiotensin-II (Ang-II), Ang-II+ rho-associated kinase (ROCK) inhibitor, Ang-II+ L-amlodipine, Ang-II+ fluvastatin, and Ang-II +L-amlodipine + fluvastatin groups...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
M'hamed Seklaoui, Abdelhak Boutaleb, Hanafi Benali, Fadila Alligui, Walter Prochaska
To date, there have been few detailed studies regarding the impact of mining and metallogenic activities on solid fractions in the Azzaba mercurial district (northeast Algeria) despite its importance and global similarity with large Hg mines. To assess the degree, distribution, and sources of pollution, a physical inventory of apparent pollution was developed, and several samples of mining waste, process waste, sediment, and soil were collected on regional and local scales to determine the concentration of Hg and other metals according to their existing mineralogical association...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Sarah L Smith, Christopher Boothman, Heather A Williams, Beverly L Ellis, Joanna Wragg, Julia M West, Jonathan R Lloyd
Geological disposal of intermediate level radioactive waste in the UK is planned to involve the use of cementitious materials, facilitating the formation of an alkali-disturbed zone within the host rock. The biogeochemical processes that will occur in this environment, and the extent to which they will impact on radionuclide migration, are currently poorly understood. This study investigates the impact of biogeochemical processes on the mobility of the radionuclide technetium, in column experiments designed to be representative of aspects of the alkali-disturbed zone...
October 14, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
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