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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535547/the-effectiveness-of-manual-therapy-for-relieving-pain-stiffness-and-dysfunction-in-knee-osteoarthritis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Qinguang Xu, Bei Chen, Yueyi Wang, Xuezong Wang, Dapeng Han, Daofang Ding, Yuxin Zheng, Yuelong Cao, Hongsheng Zhan, Yao Zhou
BACKGROUND: Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is the most common form of arthritis, leading to pain disability in seniors and increased health care utilization. Manual therapy is one widely used physical treatment for KOA. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effectiveness and adverse events (AEs) of manual therapy compared to other treatments for relieving pain, stiffness, and physical dysfunction in patients with KOA. STUDY DESIGN: A systematic review and meta-analysis of manual therapy for KOA...
May 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535478/the-effect-of-billboard-design-specifications-on-driving-a-pilot-study
#2
Hadas Marciano, Pe'erly Setter
Decades of research on the effects of advertising billboards on road accident rates, driver performance, and driver visual scanning behavior, has produced no conclusive findings. We suggest that road safety researchers should shift their focus and attempt to identify the billboard characteristics that are most distracting to drivers. This line of research may produce concrete guidelines for permissible billboards that would be likely to reduce the influence of the billboards on road safety. The current study is a first step towards this end...
May 20, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535423/chromatographic-separation-and-detection-methods-of-aloe-arborescens-miller-constituents-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Jilan A Nazeam, Haidy A Gad, Hala M El-Hefnawy, Abdel-Naser B Singab
Aloe arborescens Miller (Family Asphodelaceae) is a member of genus Aloe, which is used in traditional medicine to cure various diseases. The extracts of the plant have been reported to possess anticancer, immunomodulator, antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. The phytochemical investigations have revealed diverse chemical constituents, including phenolics [anthraquinones, anthrones, pyrones, chromones and coumarins], polysaccharides [arborans [(1-4) linked glucomannans, polysaccharide (A, B and C): (A: a linear (1-6)-O-α-glucan, B: a branching (1-2)-O-l-arabinose with (1-2)-O-d-galactose linkages and C: (1-4)-O-β-mannan with 18% acetyl group)]], glycoproteins and carboxypeptidase enzyme...
April 29, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533074/exercise-science-principles-and-the-vocal-warm-up-implications-for-singing-voice-pedagogy
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Matthew Hoch, Mary J Sandage
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESES: Principles from exercise science literature were applied to singing warm-up pedagogy as a method for examining parallels between athletic and voice training. Analysis of the use of exercise principles in vocal warm-up should illuminate aspects of voice training that may be further developed in the future. METHODS/DESIGN: A selected canon of standard voice pedagogy texts and well-regarded warm-up methods were evaluated for use of exercise science principles for skill acquisition and fatigue resistance...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531277/genome-wide-discovery-of-viral-micrornas-based-on-phylogenetic-analysis-and-structural-evolution-of-various-human-papillomavirus-subtypes
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Shun-Long Weng, Kai-Yao Huang, Julia Tzu-Ya Weng, Fang-Yu Hung, Tzu-Hao Chang, Tzong-Yi Lee
In mammals, microRNAs (miRNAs) play key roles in controlling posttranscriptional regulation through binding to the mRNAs of target genes. Recently, it was discovered that viral miRNAs may be involved in human cancers and diseases. It is likely that viral miRNAs help viruses enter the latent phase of their life cycle and become undetected by the host's immune system, while increasing the host's risk for cancer development. Cervical cancer is typically related to the infection of human papillomavirus (HPV) through sexual transmission...
May 20, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530406/comparative-evaluation-of-small-molecular-additives-and-their-effects-on-peptide-protein-identification
#6
Jing Gao, Shaoyun Zhong, Yanting Zhou, Han He, Shuying Peng, Zhenyun Zhu, Xing Liu, Jing Zheng, Bin Xu, Hu Zhou
Detergents and salts are widely used in lysis buffers to enhance protein extraction from biological samples, facilitating in-depth proteomic analysis. However, these detergents and salt additives must be efficiently removed from the digested samples prior to LC-MS/MS analysis to obtain high-quality mass spectra. Although filter-aided sample preparation (FASP), acetone precipitation (AP), followed by in-solution digestion, and strong cation exchange-based centrifugal proteomic reactors (CPRs) are commonly used for proteomic sample processing, little is known about their efficiencies at removing detergents and salt additives...
May 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530049/examining-the-effects-of-hiv-self-testing-compared-to-standard-hiv-testing-services-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Cheryl C Johnson, Caitlin Kennedy, Virginia Fonner, Nandi Siegfried, Carmen Figueroa, Shona Dalal, Anita Sands, Rachel Baggaley
INTRODUCTION: HIV self-testing (HIVST) is a discreet and convenient way to reach people with HIV who do not know their status, including many who may not otherwise test. To inform World Health Organization (WHO) guidance, we assessed the effect of HIVST on uptake and frequency of testing, as well as identification of HIV-positive persons, linkage to care, social harm, and risk behaviour. METHODS: We systematically searched for studies comparing HIVST to standard HIV testing until 1 June 2016...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the International AIDS Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529519/genome-wide-identification-of-sorghum-bicolor-laccases-reveals-potential-targets-for-lignin-modification
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Jinhui Wang, Juanjuan Feng, Weitao Jia, Pengxiang Fan, Hexigeduleng Bao, Shizhong Li, Yinxin Li
Laccase is a key enzyme in plant lignin biosynthesis as it catalyzes the final step of monolignols polymerization. Sweet sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] is considered as an ideal feedstock for ethanol production, but lignin greatly limits the production efficiency. No comprehensive analysis on laccase has ever been conducted in S. bicolor, although it appears as the most promising target for engineering lignocellulosic feedstock. The aim of our work is to systematically characterize S. bicolor laccase gene family and to identify the lignin-specific candidates...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528008/-role-of-therapeutic-drug-monitoring-in-pulmonary-infections
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REVIEW
C Padoin
Pulmonary infections are common and caused by a wide range of viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. They consist of lower respiratory tract infections with community and hospital acquired acute pneumonia, bronchitis, lung abscess, fungal infections and tuberculosis. The management of these infections should be based on guidelines that take into account the microorganisms most frequently involved as a basis for empirical treatment, with identification of causative microorganisms allowing targeted treatments...
May 17, 2017: Revue des Maladies Respiratoires
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527518/effectiveness-of-treatments-for-medication-related-osteonecrosis-of%C3%A2-the-jaw-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Mohamed El-Rabbany, Adam Sgro, David K Lam, Prakeshkumar S Shah, Amir Azarpazhooh
BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of management strategies used for the treatment of medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) remains poorly understood. The authors evaluated systematically the effectiveness of the various treatment modalities used for MRONJ. TYPES OF STUDIES REVIEWED: The authors conducted a comprehensive search of MEDLINE, Embase, the Cochrane Library, and Scopus to identify randomized controlled trials, nonrandomized controlled trials, and prospective cohort studies to evaluate comparatively the effectiveness of management strategies for the treatment of MRONJ...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the American Dental Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527003/the-effects-of-kanizsa-contours-on-temporal-integration-and-attention-in-rapid-serial-visual-presentation
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Aytaç Karabay, Elkan G Akyürek
Performance in rapid serial visual presentation tasks has been shown to depend on the temporal integration of target stimuli when they are presented in direct succession. Temporal target integration produces a single, combined representation of visually compatible stimuli, which is comparatively easy to identify. It is currently unknown to what extent target compatibility affects this perceptual behavior, because it has not been studied systematically to date. In the present study, the effects of compatibility on temporal integration and attention were investigated by manipulating the Gestalt properties of target features...
May 19, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526873/role-of-s-palmitoylation-by-zdhhc13-in-mitochondrial-function-and-metabolism-in-liver
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Li-Fen Shen, Yi-Ju Chen, Kai-Ming Liu, Amir N Saleem Haddad, I-Wen Song, Hsiao-Yuh Roan, Li-Ying Chen, Jeffrey J Y Yen, Yu-Ju Chen, Jer-Yuarn Wu, Yuan-Tsong Chen
Palmitoyltransferase (PAT) catalyses protein S-palmitoylation which adds 16-carbon palmitate to specific cysteines and contributes to various biological functions. We previously reported that in mice, deficiency of Zdhhc13, a member of the PAT family, causes severe phenotypes including amyloidosis, alopecia, and osteoporosis. Here, we show that Zdhhc13 deficiency results in abnormal liver function, lipid abnormalities, and hypermetabolism. To elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying these disease phenotypes, we applied a site-specific quantitative approach integrating an alkylating resin-assisted capture and mass spectrometry-based label-free strategy for studying the liver S-palmitoylome...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526743/systematic-identification-of-functional-residues-of-artemisia-annua-amorpha-4-11-diene-synthase
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Xin Fang, Jian-Xu Li, Jin-Quan Huang, You-Li Xiao, Peng Zhang, Xiao-Ya Chen
Terpene synthases (TPSs) are responsible for the extremely diversified and complex structure of terpenoids. Amorpha-4,11-diene synthase (ADS) has a high (90%) fidelity in generating the sesquiterpene precursor for biosynthesis of artemisinin, an antimalarial drug, however, little is known about how active site residues of ADS involved in the carbocation rearrangement and cyclization reactions. Here, we identify seven residues that are key to most of the catalytic steps in ADS. By structural modeling and amino acid sequence alignments of ADS with two functionally relevant sesquiterpene synthases from Artemisia annua, we performed site-directed mutagenesis and found that a single substitution, T296V, impaired the ring closure activity almost completely, and tetra-substitutions (L374Y/L404V/L405I/G439S) led to an enzyme generating 80% monocyclic bisabolyl-type sesquiterpenes, whereas a double mutant (T399L/T447G) showed compromised activity in regioselective deprotonation to yield 34...
May 19, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523998/uncovering-drug-mechanism-of-action-by-proteome-wide-identification-of-drug-binding-proteins
#14
Tao Cui, Hai Hou, Yao Sun, Huaixing Cang, Xiangxi Wang
Small molecule drugs obtained from synthetic compounds or natural products show their therapeutic effects by specifically binding to one or a few target proteins and modulating their functions. In contrast, undesirable drug-protein interactions may provoke harmful side effects. Furthermore, drug-protein interactions also play roles in drug activation, transport, metabolism and regulation of drug resistance. Therefore, systematically identifying binding proteins of a drug molecule is critical for understanding the mechanism of action of the drug at molecular level...
May 18, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522308/development-of-a-ssdna-aptamer-for-detection-of-residual-benzylpenicillin
#15
A-Young Lee, Na-Reum Ha, In-Pil Jung, Sang-Heon Kim, A-Ru Kim, Moon-Young Yoon
Antibiotics are useful for improving the living conditions of livestock. However, residual antibiotics induce several human diseases such as food-borne illness and infection of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). In this study, the identification of a benzylpenicillin-specific aptamer was selected by rGO-SELEX (reduced Graphene Oxide-Systematic Evolution of Ligands by EXponential enrichment). A random ssDNA library was incubated with rGO for adsorption and eluted with benzylpenicillin. As a result of the selection process, a DNA aptamer was found that specifically bound to benzylpenicillin with high binding affinity, Kd = 383...
May 15, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521931/hemodynamic-measurements-for%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-selection-of-patients-with-renal%C3%A2-artery%C3%A2-stenosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Peter M van Brussel, Tim P van de Hoef, Robbert J de Winter, Liffert Vogt, Bert-Jan van den Born
Interventions targeting renal artery stenoses have been shown to lower blood pressure and preserve renal function. In recent studies, the efficacy of catheter-based percutaneous transluminal renal angioplasty with stent placement has been called into question. In the identification of functional coronary lesions, hyperemic measurements have earned a place in daily practice for clinical decision making, allowing discrimination between solitary coronary lesions and diffuse microvascular disease. Next to differences in clinical characteristics, the selection of renal arteries suitable for intervention is currently on the basis of anatomic grading of the stenosis by angiography rather than functional assessment under hyperemia...
May 22, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521850/differential-gene-expression-in-porcine-oviduct-during-the-oestrous-cycle
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O S Acuña, M Avilés, R López-Úbeda, A Guillén-Martínez, C Soriano-Úbeda, A Torrecillas, P Coy, M J Izquierdo-Rico
The oviduct undergoes changes under the influence of steroid hormones during the oestrous cycle. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying oviductal regulation are not fully understood. The aim of the present study was to identify the gene expression profile of the porcine oviduct in different stages of the cycle using microarray technology. A systematic study was performed on animals at four different stage: prepubertal gilts, and sows in the preovulatory, postovulatory and luteal phase of the oestrous cycle...
May 19, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521377/-checklist-for-the-development-and-assessment-of-cost-of-illness-studies
#18
Dirk Müller, Stephanie Stock, Charalabos-Markos Dintsios, Nadja Chernyak, Andreas Gerber-Grote, Tristan Daniel Gloede, Benita Hermann, Eduard Huppertz, Fabian Jülich, Sarah Mostardt, Juliane Köberlein-Neu, Anne Prenzler, Hans-Joachim Salize, Sara Santos, Benjamin Scheckel, Astrid Seidl, Katharina Wahlers, Andrea Icks
Background Cost-of-illness (CoI) studies are important instruments for estimating the socioeconomic burden of specified diseases. CoI studies provide important information about the cost structure of a disease, the resulting research need, approaches to improve aspects of care and, monetary consequences from different perspectives. This information can be useful for healthcare research and health policy. Due to heterogeneity of available Cost-of-Illness studies, the working group 'Health Economics' of the German Network for Healthcare Research (DNVF) in accordance with the German Society for Health Economics (DGGÖ) developed an instrument for the planning, conduct and assessment of CoI studies...
May 18, 2017: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521112/prevalence-of-externalizing-disorders-and-autism-spectrum-disorder-among-children-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
Shannon Lange, Jürgen Rehm, Evdokia Anagnostou, Svetlana Popova
Due to their central nervous system impairments, children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) commonly exhibit externalizing behaviours such as hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or delinquency. The purpose of the current study was to estimate the prevalence of neurodevelopmental disorders with prominent externalizing behaviours, namely Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder (CD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) among children with FASD...
May 18, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520909/large-scale-data-driven-integrative-framework-for-extracting-essential-targets-and-processes-from-disease-associated-gene-data-sets
#20
Gaston K Mazandu, Emile R Chimusa, Kayleigh Rutherford, Elsa-Gayle Zekeng, Zoe Z Gebremariam, Maryam Y Onifade, Nicola J Mulder
Populations worldwide currently face several public health challenges, including growing prevalence of infections and the emergence of new pathogenic organisms. The cost and risk associated with drug development make the development of new drugs for several diseases, especially orphan or rare diseases, unappealing to the pharmaceutical industry. Proof of drug safety and efficacy is required before market approval, and rigorous testing makes the drug development process slow, expensive and frequently result in failure...
May 18, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
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