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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342347/assumed-non-persistent-environmental-chemicals-in-human-adipose-tissue-matrix-stability-and-correlation-with-levels-measured-in-urine-and-serum
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F Artacho-Cordón, J P Arrebola, O Nielsen, P Hernández, N E Skakkebaek, M F Fernández, A M Andersson, N Olea, H Frederiksen
The aim of this study was to (1) optimize a method for the measurement of parabens and phenols in adipose tissue, (2) evaluate the stability of chemical residues in adipose tissue samples, and (3) study correlations of these compounds in urine, serum, and adipose tissue. Samples were obtained from adults undergoing trauma surgery. Nine phenols and seven parabens were determined by isotope diluted TurboFlow-LC-MS/MS. The analytical method showed good accuracy and precision. Limits of detection (LOD) for parabens and phenols ranged from 0...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333111/solanesol-biosynthesis-in-plants
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Ning Yan, Yanhua Liu, Hongbo Zhang, Yongmei Du, Xinmin Liu, Zhongfeng Zhang
Solanesol is a non-cyclic terpene alcohol composed of nine isoprene units that mainly accumulates in solanaceous plants. Solanesol plays an important role in the interactions between plants and environmental factors such as pathogen infections and moderate-to-high temperatures. Additionally, it is a key intermediate for the pharmaceutical synthesis of ubiquinone-based drugs such as coenzyme Q10 and vitamin K2, and anti-cancer agent synergizers such as N-solanesyl-N,N'-bis(3,4-dimethoxybenzyl) ethylenediamine (SDB)...
March 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330526/different-spectrophotometric-and-chromatographic-methods-for-determination-of-mepivacaine-and-its-toxic-impurity
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Nada S Abdelwahab, Nehal F Fared, Mohamed Elagawany, Esraa H Abdelmomen
Stability-indicating spectrophotometric, TLC-densitometric, and ultra-performance LC (UPLC) methods were developed forthe determination of mepivacaine HCl (MEP) in the presence of its toxic impurity, 2,6-dimethylanaline (DMA). Different spectrophotometric methods were developed for the determination of MEP and DMA. In a dual-wavelength method combined with direct spectrophotometric measurement, the absorbance difference between 221.4 and 240 nm was used for MEP measurements, whereas the absorbance at 283 nm was used for measuring DMA in the binary mixture...
February 21, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330176/molecular-dissection-of-pathway-components-unravel-atisine-biosynthesis-in-a-non-toxic-aconitum-species-a-heterophyllum-wall
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Varun Kumar, Nikhil Malhotra, Tarun Pal, Rajinder Singh Chauhan
Aconitum heterophyllum is an important component for various herbal drug formulations due to the occurrence of non-toxic aconites including marker compound, atisine. Despite huge pharmacological potential, the reprogramming of aconites production is limited due to lack of understanding on their biosynthesis. To address this problem, we have proposed here the complete atisine biosynthetic pathway for the first time connecting glycolysis, MVA/MEP, serine biosynthesis and diterpene biosynthetic pathways. The transcript profiling revealed phosphorylated pathway as a major contributor towards serine production in addition to repertoire of genes in glycolysis (G6PI, PFK, ALD and ENO), serine biosynthesis (PGDH and PSAT) and diterpene biosynthesis (KO and KH) sharing a similar pattern of expression (2-4-folds) in roots compared to shoots vis-à-vis atisine content (0-0...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329946/-a-cohort-study-on-association-between-the-first-trimester-phthalates-exposure-and-fasting-blood-glucose-level-in-the-third-trimester
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Y W Zhang, H Gao, K Huang, Y Y Xu, J Sheng, F B Tao
Objective: To examine the association between the phthalate exposure in the first trimester and fasting blood glucose level or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in the third trimester in pregnant women. Methods: A total of 3 474 pregnant women, receiving their prenatal examination in Ma' anshan Maternal and Child Health-Care Hospital of Anhui province, were selected from May 2013 to September 2014. Questionnaires were used to collect the information about their socio-demographic characteristics, clinical characteristics and GDM diagnostic results in the first, second and third trimesters...
March 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329865/what-doesn-t-kill-you-doesn-t-make-you-stronger-the-long-term-consequences-of-nonfatal-injury-for-older-adults
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Dongjuan Xu, Julia A Rivera Drew
Purpose: The majority of research efforts centering on injury among older adults focus on fall-related injuries and short-term consequences of injury. Little is known about the long-term consequences of all-cause nonfatal injuries, including minor injuries. Using a recent, large, and nationally representative sample of the U.S. non-institutionalized civilian population, the current study examines whether older adults who sustained a nonfatal injury (serious and minor) have higher risk of long-term morbidity and mortality outcomes compared with noninjured seniors...
March 10, 2017: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327942/evaluation-of-the-high-frequency-monopolar-stimulation-technique-for-mapping-and-monitoring-the-corticospinal-tract-in-patients-with-supratentorial-gliomas-a-proposal-for-intraoperative-management-based-on-neurophysiological-data-analysis-in-a-series-of-ninety
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Gerard Plans, Isabel Fernández-Conejero, Xavier Rifà-Ros, Alejandro Fernández-Coello, Aleix Rosselló, Andreu Gabarrós
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative identification and preservation of the corticospinal tract is often necessary for glioma resection. OBJECTIVE: To make a proposal for intraoperative management with the high-frequency monopolar stimulation technique for monitoring the corticospinal tract. METHODS: Ninety-two patients operated on with the assistance of the high-frequency monopolar stimulation. Clinical and neurophysiological data have been related with the motor status at 3 months to establish prognostic factors of motor deterioration...
January 13, 2017: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326007/evaluation-of-the-cortical-silent-period-of-the-laryngeal-motor-cortex-in-healthy-individuals
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Mo Chen, Rebekah L S Summers, George S Goding, Sharyl Samargia, Christy L Ludlow, Cecília N Prudente, Teresa J Kimberley
Objective: This work aimed to evaluate the cortical silent period (cSP) of the laryngeal motor cortex (LMC) using the bilateral thyroarytenoid (TA) muscles with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Methods: In 11 healthy participants, fine-wire electromyography (EMG) was used to record bilateral TA muscle responses to single pulse TMS delivered to the LMC in both hemispheres. Peripheral responses to stimulation over the mastoid, where the vagus nerve exits the skull, were collected to verify the central origin of the cortical stimulation responses by comparing the latencies...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325034/modulation-of-motor-cortex-excitability-by-peripheral-magnetic-stimulation-of-different-stimulus-sites-and-frequencies
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A Sato, X Liu, T Torii, M Iwahashi, K Iramina
Peripheral stimulation is known to influence the state of cortical excitability. The purpose of this study is to investigate whether peripheral magnetic stimulation has similar effects on cortical excitability to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). A magnetic stimulator with a flat figure-of-eight coil was used for both TMS, and peripheral magnetic stimulation applied to the bilateral forearms. TMS was performed on the left primary motor cortex to evaluate influence of the peripheral magnetic stimulation, and motor evoked potential (MEP) was measured from the right first dorsal interosseous...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323091/age-related-differences-in-functional-synchronization-of-eeg-activity-as-evaluated-by-means-of-tms-eeg-coregistrations
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Florinda Ferreri, Fabrizio Vecchio, Andrea Guerra, Francesca Miraglia, David Ponzo, Luca Vollero, Giulio Iannello, Sara Maatta, Esa Mervaala, Paolo Maria Rossini, Vincenzo Di Lazzaro
It was recently demonstrated that the characteristics of EEG rhythms preceding a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) of the motor cortex (M1) influence the motor-evoked potential (MEP) amplitude with a peculiar pattern, thus reflecting the M1 functional state. As physiological aging is related to a decrease in motor performance and changes in excitability and connectivity strength within cerebral sensorimotor circuits, we aimed to explore whether aging affects EEG-MEP interactions. Using MRI-navigated TMS and multichannel EEG, we compared the EEG-MEP interactions observed in healthy aged subjects with those observed in young volunteers...
March 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320257/academic-stress-disrupts-cortical-plasticity-in-graduate-students
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Carmen Concerto, Dhaval Patel, Carmenrita Infortuna, Eileen Chusid, Maria R Muscatello, Antonio Bruno, Rocco Zoccali, Eugenio Aguglia, Fortunato Battaglia
Medical education is a time of high stress and anxiety for many graduate students in medical professions. In this study, we sought to investigate the effect of academic stress on cortical excitability and plasticity by using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). We tested two groups (n = 13 each) of healthy graduate medical students (mean age 33.7 ± 3.8 SE). One group was tested during a final exam week (High-stress group) while the other group was tested after a break, during a week without exams (Low-stress group)...
March 20, 2017: Stress: the International Journal on the Biology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320184/reliability-of-single-and-paired-pulse-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-for-the-assessment-of-knee-extensor-muscle-function
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John Temesi, Sandy N Ly, Guillaume Y Millet
This study examined inter-session and intra-session transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) reliability at two test stimulus intensities in the knee extensors. Strong and weak TMS was delivered via single- and paired- (3-ms and 100-ms inter-stimulus interval) pulses on the same day and different days. All stimuli were delivered during isometric contractions of the knee extensors at 20% of maximal voluntary force. Motor-evoked potentials (MEP) were assessed in quadriceps femoris muscles. Relative (intra-class correlation coefficient, ICC) and absolute (standard error of measurement, SEM) reliability and variability (coefficient of variation) were assessed...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319877/modulating-motor-cortical-neuroplasticity-with-priming-paired-associative-stimulation-in-young-and-old-adults
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George M Opie, Aylin K Post, Michael C Ridding, Ulf Ziemann, John G Semmler
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of priming paired associative stimulation (PAS) on the modulation of motor cortex (M1) plasticity in young and old adults. METHODS: Fifteen young (20-27yrs) and 15 old (61-79yrs) subjects participated in 3 experimental sessions, with each session involving two consecutive PAS protocols separated by 10mins. The first (priming) protocol was either PASLTP (ISI=N20 latency+2ms), PASLTD (ISI=N20 latency-10ms), or PASControl (ISI=100ms), whereas the second (test) protocol was always PASLTP...
February 28, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314904/the-arabidopsis-orange-ator-gene-promotes-carotenoid-accumulation-in-transgenic-corn-hybrids-derived-from-parental-lines-with-limited-carotenoid-pools
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Judit Berman, Uxue Zorrilla-López, Vicente Medina, Gemma Farré, Gerhard Sandmann, Teresa Capell, Paul Christou, Changfu Zhu
The AtOR gene enhances carotenoid levels in corn by promoting the formation of plastoglobuli when the carotenoid pool is limited, but has no further effect when carotenoids are already abundant. The cauliflower orange (or) gene mutation influences carotenoid accumulation in plants by promoting the transition of proplastids into chromoplasts, thus creating intracellular storage compartments that act as metabolic sink. We overexpressed the Arabidopsis OR gene under the control of the endosperm-specific wheat LMW glutenin promoter in a white corn variety that normally accumulates only trace amounts of carotenoids...
March 17, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303228/molecular-cloning-and-functional-identification-of-a-cdna-encoding-4-hydroxy-3-methylbut-2-enyl-diphosphate-reductase-from-tripterygium-wilfordii
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Qiqing Cheng, Yuru Tong, Zihao Wang, Ping Su, Wei Gao, Luqi Huang
The 4-hydroxy-3-methylbut-2-enyl diphosphate reductase (HDR) is the last step key enzyme of the methylerythritol phosphate (MEP) pathway, synthesizing isopentenyl diphosphate and its allyl isomer dimethylallyl diphosphate, which is important for regulation of isoprenoid biosynthesis. Here the full-length cDNA of HDR, designated TwHDR (GenBank Accession No. KJ933412.1), was isolated from Tripterygium wilfordii for the first time. TwHDR has an open reading frame (ORF) of 1386 bp encoding 461 amino acids. TwHDR exhibits high homology with HDRs of other plants, with an N-terminal conserved domain and three conserved cysteine residues...
March 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285413/comprehensive-assessment-of-the-genes-involved-in-withanolide-biosynthesis-from-withania-somnifera-chemotype-specific-and-elicitor-responsive-expression
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Aditya Vikram Agarwal, Parul Gupta, Deeksha Singh, Yogeshwar Vikram Dhar, Deepak Chandra, Prabodh Kumar Trivedi
Withania somnifera (L.) Dunal (Family, Solanaceae), is among the most valuable medicinal plants used in Ayurveda owing to its rich reservoir of pharmaceutically active secondary metabolites known as withanolides. Withanolides are C28-steroidal lactones having a triterpenoidal metabolic origin synthesised via mevalonate (MVA) pathway and methyl-D-erythritol-4-phosphate (MEP) pathway involving metabolic intermediacy of 24-methylene (C30-terpenoid) cholesterol. Phytochemical studies suggest differences in the content and/or nature of withanolides in different tissues of different chemotypes...
March 11, 2017: Functional & Integrative Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282733/direct-medical-expenditures-associated-with-alzheimer-s-and-related-dementias-adrd-in-a-nationally-representative-sample-of-older-adults-an-excess-cost-approach
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Arijita Deb, Usha Sambamoorthi, James Douglas Thornton, Bernard Schreurs, Kim Innes
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the excess direct annual healthcare expenditures associated with Alzheimer's and related dementias(ADRD) among community-dwelling older adults in the United States. METHODS: This retrospective cross-sectional study compared the annual healthcare expenditures between elderly individuals aged 65 years and older with ADRD (n = 662) and without ADRD (n = 13,398) using data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) for the years 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013...
February 8, 2017: Aging & Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279816/enhanced-performance-of-the-methylerythritol-phosphate-pathway-by-manipulation-of-redox-reactions-relevant-to-ispc-ispg-and-isph
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Jia Zhou, Liyang Yang, Chonglong Wang, Eui-Sung Choi, Seon-Won Kim
The 2C-methyl-D-erythritol 4-phosphate (MEP) pathway is a carbon-efficient route for synthesis of isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP) and dimethylallyl diphosphate (DMAPP), the building blocks of isoprenoids. However, practical application of a native or recombinant MEP pathway for the mass production of isoprenoids in Escherichia coli has been unsatisfactory. In this study, the entire recombinant MEP pathway was established with plasmids and used for the production of an isoprenoid, protoilludene. E. coli harboring the recombinant MEP pathway plasmid (ME) and a protoilludene synthesis pathway plasmid (AO) produced 10...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278300/physical-activity-levels-determine-exercise-induced-changes-in-brain-excitability
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Tea Lulic, Jenin El-Sayes, Hunter J Fassett, Aimee J Nelson
Emerging evidence suggests that regular physical activity can impact cortical function and facilitate plasticity. In the present study, we examined how physical activity levels influence corticospinal excitability and intracortical circuitry in motor cortex following a single session of moderate intensity aerobic exercise. We aimed to determine whether exercise-induced short-term plasticity differed between high versus low physically active individuals. Participants included twenty-eight young, healthy adults divided into two equal groups based on physical activity level determined by the International Physical Activity Questionnaire: low-to-moderate (LOW) and high (HIGH) physical activity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269496/the-correlation-between-transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-parameters-and-neuromuscular-properties-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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H Marzbani, Sh Parvin, S Amiri, M Lotfian, M R Kharazi, Sh Azizi, M M Mirbagheri
We studied the correlation between corticospinal signaling and neuromuscular properties in children with Cerebral Palsy (CP). Corticospinal signaling was evaluated using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Neuromuscular properties were quantified using Hoffmann reflex (H-reflex), sonoelastography, clinical measurements, and isokinetic measures. In particular, we determined the relationship between the TMS parameters of the ankle joint and the neuromuscular features of ankle extensors and flexors as well as popular clinical measures of gait speed, endurance, balance and mobility...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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