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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724201/variations-in-the-bioactive-compounds-composition-and-biological-activities-of-loofah-luffa-cylindrica-fruits-in-relation-to-maturation-stages
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Takoua Ben Hlel, Feten Belhadj, Fatih Gül, Muhammed Altun, Ayşe ŞahinYağlıoğlu, Ibrahim Demirtaş, M Nejib Marzouki
The present work aimed to determine the antioxidant and antiproliferative potential of Luffa cylindrica fruits collected at two different maturation stages and to identify and compare their functional components composition. The methanolic extracts of L. cylindrica fruits harvested at 60 to 65 days after seeding (S1) and 85 to 90 days after seeding (S2) were investigated for their antioxidant activity using various assays. Furthermore, the antiproliferative activity of the extracts against HeLa human cervical cancer cells was explored with xCELLigence real time cell analyzer while the effect of the samples on the membrane integrity of the same cell line was assessed using LDH cytotoxicity leakage assay...
July 19, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724027/-the-beginning-of-human-life-ethical-and-legal-perspectives-in-the-context-of-biotechnological-progress
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Vicente de Paulo Barretto, Elis Cristina Uhry Lauxen
Questions concerning the beginning of human life have pervaded society since antiquity. In the post-modern world, scientific and technological advances have fueled discussions on the issue, such that debates previously concentrated on abortion now also focus on biotechnological interventions. The article addresses the latter, reflecting on the extent to which human dignity can be considered a (hermeneutic) reference in establishing ethical and legal parameters for biotechnological advances in the definition of the beginning of human life...
July 13, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724007/-mal-nutrition-and-the-new-epidemiological-trend-in-a-context-of-development-and-inequalities
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Nathália Paula de Souza, Pedro Israel Cabral de Lira, Annick Fontbonne, Fernanda Cristina de Lima Pinto, Eduarda Ângela Pessoa Cesse
The current context of intense social, economic and political transformations has contributed to changes in the health profile of the population and generated discussions about the impact of these changes on the reorganization of society. At the present moment, the increase in non-communicable illnesses and diseases raises major concerns about the paradox of malnutrition and obesity. Based on an in-depth reading and interpretation of texts, documents and databases, this article discusses issues related to nutrition, considering the dimensions of shortages and excesses, the evolution of nutrition over time, and the connection with the new epidemiological trend...
July 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723956/psychosis-risk-research-versus-daily-prognosis-uncertainties-a-qualitative-study-of-french-youth-psychiatrists-attitudes-toward-predictive-practices
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Laelia Benoit, Marie Rose Moro, Bruno Falissard, Nicolas Henckes
BACKGROUND: Over the last twenty years, predicting psychosis has become a priority of both research and policies. Those approaches include the use of the At Risk Mental State category (ARMS) and of standardized predictive tools. In comparison to most developed countries, early interventions programs are only little developed in France. However, cases of young patients presenting unclear symptoms that might be a beginning psychosis or might as well reflect some adolescent unease are commonplace in psychiatry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723813/effect-of-resistance-training-on-blood-pressure-and-autonomic-responses-in-treated-hypertensives
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Gabriela Alves Trevizani, Mariana Balbi Seixas, Paulo Roberto Benchimol-Barbosa, Jeferson Macedo Vianna, Lilian Pinto da Silva, Jurandir Nadal
This study evaluated the effect of resistance training (RT) on heart rate variability (HRV) and on blood pressure (BP) responses to acute and short-term exposure in treated hypertensive subjects. Twenty one men participated in the study, eight hypertensive under drug treatment regimen and achieving adequate blood pressure control prior to inclusion (HT) and thirteen normotensive (NT). The RT protocol consisted of 12 sessions with 8 exercises (leg extension, leg press, leg curl, bench press, seated row, triceps push-down, seated calf flexion and seated arm curl) performed for 2 sets of 15-20 repetitions with 50% of one repetition-maximum (1RM) with 2-minute rest intervals in between sets, 3x/week...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723582/overexpression-and-purification-of-dicer-and-accessory-proteins-for-biochemical-and-structural-studies
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Niladri K Sinha, Brenda L Bass
The Dicer family of ribonucleases plays a key role in small RNA-based regulatory pathways by generating short dsRNA fragments that modulate expression of endogenous genes, or protect the host from invasive nucleic acids. Beginning with its initial discovery, biochemical characterization of Dicer has provided insight about its catalytic properties. However, a comprehensive understanding of how Dicer's domains contribute to substrate-specific recognition and catalysis is lacking. One reason for this void is the lack of high-resolution structural information for a metazoan Dicer in the apo- or substrate-bound state...
July 16, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723348/central-serotonin-attenuates-lps-induced-systemic-inflammation
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Clarissa M D Mota, Caroline Rodrigues-Santos, Rodrigo A R Fernández, Ruither O G Carolino, José Antunes-Rodrigues, Janete A Anselmo-Franci, Luiz G S Branco
Serotonin (5-HT) is a neuromodulator involved in several central-mediated mechanisms, such as endocrine processes, behavior, and sleep. Dysfunction of the serotonergic system is mainly linked to psychiatric disorders, but emerging evidence suggests that immune system activation may also alter brain 5-HT signaling. However, whether central 5-HT modulates systemic inflammation (SI) remains unknown. For this purpose, male Wistar rats (280-350 g, 8-9 weeks) were submitted to the experimental protocols beginning between 9 and 10 AM with the performance of injections...
July 16, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723076/investigation-on-the-transformation-of-absorbed-oxygen-at-zno-101%C3%AC-0-surface-based-on-a-novel-thermal-pulse-method-and-density-functional-theory-simulation
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Tingqiang Yang, Yueli Liu, Wei Jin, Yiyang Han, Shuang Yang, Wen Chen
Absorbed oxygen plays a key role in gas sensing process of ZnO nanomaterials. In this work, the transformation of absorbed oxygen on ZnO (101̅0) and its effects on gas sensing properties to ethanol are studied by a novel thermal pulse method and density functional theory (DFT) simulation. Thermal pulse results reveal that the absorbed O2 molecule dissociates into two individual oxygen adatoms by extracting electrons from ZnO surface layers when temperature is above 443 K. The temperature at which absorbed O2 molecule begins to dissociate is the lowest working temperature for gas sensing...
July 19, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722694/early-life-vincristine-exposure-evokes-mechanical-pain-hypersensitivity-in-the-developing-rat
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Katie A Schappacher, Lauren Styczynski, Mark L Baccei
Vincristine (VNC) is commonly used to treat pediatric cancers, including the most prevalent childhood malignancy, acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Although clinical evidence suggests that VNC causes peripheral neuropathy in children, the degree to which pediatric chemotherapeutic regimens influence pain sensitivity throughout life remains unclear, in part because of the lack of an established animal model of chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain during early life. Therefore, this study investigated the effects of VNC exposure between postnatal days (P) 11 and 21 on mechanical and thermal pain sensitivity in the developing rat...
May 30, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722452/-lymphogranuloma-venereum
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Michaela Vyšatová
Lymphogranuloma venereum belongs to the sexually transmitted diseases. The disease is caused by Chlamydia trachomatis serotypes L1, L2 and L3. In the beginning of the 21st century there has been observed a large increase in the incidence of this disease in the world. There is a frequent co-occurrence with other sexually transmitted diseases (HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis C). Predominantly this disease affects homosexuals, in which case the first manifestation of the disease may be proctitis or proctocolitis...
2017: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722310/capitalizing-on-scientific-advances-to-improve-access-to-and-quality-of-children-s-mental-health-care
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Ann F Garland, Florencia Lebensohn-Chialvo, Kristopher G Hall, Erika R N Cameron
The majority of mental health problems begin in childhood or adolescence. The potential benefits of early identification and treatment of such problems are well established, and models of effective mental health interventions for children have proliferated in recent decades. However, barriers in access to care and challenges in assuring delivery of high-quality care significantly limit the public health impact of services for children and families. Specifically, the majority of children who need mental health care do not receive it, and when children are in care, many do not receive interventions that are most likely to have the greatest positive impact...
July 19, 2017: Behavioral Sciences & the Law
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722275/the-role-of-plant-phenology-in-stomatal-ozone-flux-modelling
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Alessandro Anav, Qiang Liu, Alessandra De Marco, Chiara Proietti, Flavia Savi, Elena Paoletti, Shilong Piao
Plant phenology plays a pivotal role in the climate system as it regulates the gas exchange between the biosphere and the atmosphere. The uptake of ozone by forest is estimated through several meteorological variables and a specific function describing the beginning and the termination of plant growing season; actually, in many risk assessment studies, this function is based on a simple latitude and topography model. In this study, using two satellite datasets, we apply and compare six methods to estimate the start and the end dates of the growing season across a large region covering all Europe for the year 2011...
July 19, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722101/-gilles-de-la-tourette-syndrome-symptoms-causes-and-therapy
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Ewgeni Jakubovski, Kirsten R Müller-Vahl
Gilles de la Tourette syndrome is a chronic neuropsychiatric movement disease with combined motor tics and at least one vocal tic for a minimum period of 1 year. It typically begins in the childhood (under 18 years of age).Most of the patients with Tourette syndrome have comorbidities, which often impair their quality of life more than the tics themselves.There are reported abnormalities in the cortico-striato-thalamo-cortical regions as well as in the neurotransmission of dopamine and other neurotransmission systems...
June 2017: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722021/activation-of-the-gabaergic-parafacial-zone-maintains-sleep-and-counteracts-the-wake-promoting-action-of-the-psychostimulants-armodafinil-and-caffeine
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C Anaclet, K Griffith, P M Fuller
We previously reported that acute and selective activation of GABA-releasing parafacial zone (PZ(Vgat)) neurons in behaving mice produces slow-wave-sleep (SWS), even in the absence of sleep deficit, suggesting that these neurons may represent, at least in part, a key cellular substrate underlying sleep drive. It remains however to be determined if PZ(Vgat) neurons actively maintain, as oppose to simply gate, SWS. To begin to experimentally address this knowledge gap, we asked whether activation of PZ(Vgat) neurons could attenuate or block the wake-promoting effects of two widely used wake-promoting psychostimulants, armodafinil or caffeine...
July 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721669/mimicking-parkinson-s-disease-in-a-dish-merits-and-pitfalls-of-the-most-commonly-used-dopaminergic-in-vitro-models
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REVIEW
Fernanda Martins Lopes, Ivi Juliana Bristot, Leonardo Lisbôa da Motta, Richard B Parsons, Fabio Klamt
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder and has both unknown etiology and non-curative therapeutic options. Patients begin to present the classic motor symptoms of PD-tremor at rest, bradykinesia and rigidity-once 50-70% of the dopaminergic neurons of the nigrostriatal pathway have degenerated. As a consequence of this, it is difficult to investigate the early-stage events of disease pathogenesis. In vitro experimental models are used extensively in PD research because they present a controlled environment that enables the direct investigation of the early molecular mechanisms that are potentially involved with dopaminergic degeneration, as well as for the screening of potential therapeutic drugs...
July 18, 2017: Neuromolecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721667/molar-incisor-hypomineralisation-mih-training-manual-for-clinical-field-surveys-and-practice
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A Ghanim, M J Silva, M E C Elfrink, N A Lygidakis, R J Mariño, K L Weerheijm, D J Manton
BACKGROUND: Despite clear assessment criteria, studies of molar incisor hypomineralisation (MIH) and hypomineralised second primary molars (HSPM) are marked by inconsistency in outcome measurements. This has detracted from meaningful comparisons between studies and limited interpretation. AIM: To provide a comprehensive manual as a companion to assist researchers in planning epidemiological studies of MIH and HSPM, with particular reference to outcome measurement...
July 18, 2017: European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721520/seed-development-of-jatropha-curcas-l-euphorbiaceae-integrating-anatomical-ultrastructural-and-molecular-studies
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Emanoella L Soares, Magda L B Lima, José R S Nascimento, Arlete A Soares, Ítalo A C Coutinho, Francisco A P Campos
This work provides a detailed histological analysis of the development of Jatropha curcas seeds, together with an assessment of the role of programmed cell death in this process. Seeds of Jatropha curcas are a potential source of raw material for the production of biodiesel, but very little is known about how the architecture of the seeds is shaped by the coordinated development of the embryo, endosperm and maternal tissues, namely integuments and nucellus. This study used standard anatomical and ultrastructural techniques to evaluate seed development and programmed cell death (PCD) in the inner integument was monitored by qPCR...
July 18, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721318/infective-endocarditis-presenting-as-bilateral-orbital-cellulitis-an-unusual-case
#18
Talal Asif, Badar Hasan, Rehman Ukani, Rebecca R Pauly
Orbital cellulitis is a severe and sight-threatening infection of orbital tissues posterior to the orbital septum. The most common causes of orbital cellulitis are rhinosinusitis, orbital trauma, and surgery. Infective endocarditis (IE) is a systemic infection that begins on cardiac valves and spreads by means of the bloodstream to peripheral organs. Septic emboli can spread to any organ including the eyes and can cause focal or diffuse ophthalmic infection. Ocular complications of IE classically include Roth's spots, subconjunctival hemorrhages, chorioretinitis, and endophthalmitis...
June 14, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721282/structural-differences-and-architectural-features-of-two-different-polypropylene-slings-tvt-o-and-i-stop-have-no-impact-on-biocompatibility-and-tissue-reactions
#19
Mikolaj Przydacz, Oussama El Yazami Adli, Wally Mahfouz, Oleg Loutochin, Louis R Bégin, Jacques Corcos
INTRODUCTION: To evaluate the impact of design features of the synthetic mid-urethral slings on tissue integrity and inflammatory responses. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In total 30 female Sprague-Dawley rats were implanted with type I monofilamentous, macroporous polypropylene meshes: Gynecare TVT-Obturator tape(®) (Ethicon Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Somerville, NJ, USA) and I-STOP(®) (CL Medical Inc., Lyon, France). All animal groups were sacrificed at set time intervals - 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months - and the abdominal wall was harvested with mesh strips for histological evaluation...
June 30, 2017: Central European Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721168/cholera-outbreak-in-homa-bay-county-kenya-2015
#20
Jane Njoki Githuku, Waqo Gufu Boru, Casey Daniel Hall, Zeinab Gura, Elvis Oyugi, Rogath Saika Kishimba, Innocent Semali, Ghada Nadim Farhat, Meeyoung Mattie Park
Cholera is among the re-emerging diseases in Kenya. Beginning in December 2014, a persistent outbreak occurred involving 29 out of the 47 countries. Homa Bay County in Western Kenya was among the first counties to report cholera cases from January to April 2015. This case study is based on an outbreak investigation conducted by FELTP residents in Homa Bay County in February 2015. It simulates an outbreak investigation including laboratory confirmation, active case finding, descriptive epidemiology and implementation of control measures...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
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