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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822912/a-metabolic-activity-detecting-approach-to-life-detection-restoring-a-chemostat-from-stop-feeding-using-a-rapid-bioactivity-assay
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Shiue-Lin Li, Ming-Der Bai, Chia-Jung Hsiao, Sheng-Shung Cheng, Kenneth H Nealson
A mediated glassy carbon electrode covered by a thin-film polyviologen was used in the present study to rapidly detect bioactivity in a mixed-culture chemostat (dominated by Clostridium sp.). With the addition of 1mM hexacyanoferrate and 9mM glucose, the current increasing rate (dI/dt) measured under a poised potential of 500mV (vs. Ag/AgCl) can be defined as the quantity of metabolic activity. In the experiment of restoring the chemostat from stop-feeding, it is suggested that when the dI/dt was >2μAmin(-1), the influent pump could be directly turned on to maintain the high dilution rate of 0...
August 9, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822846/islet-g-protein-coupled-receptors-therapeutic-potential-for-diabetes
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REVIEW
Shanta J Persaud
The incidence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) is increasing at an alarming rate, which is imposing substantial healthcare and economic burdens worldwide. T2D can be treated by a range of drugs, but there is a need to identify additional therapeutic options. Human islets express nearly three hundred G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which could be targeted for the treatment of T2D. However, to date, the GLP-1 receptor is the only islet GPCR for which agonists are in current clinical use. This review explores pharmaceutical development of drugs that activate individual or multiple β-cell GPCRs and explains how our knowledge of GPCR expression by human islets may inform direction on novel GPCR targets...
August 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822837/delayed-pain-decrease-following-m1-tdcs-in-spinal-cord-injury-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Aurore Thibaut, Sandra Carvalho, Leslie Morse, Ross Zafonte, Felipe Fregni
Despite some encouraging findings for the treatment of neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) directed to the primary motor cortex (M1) has faced some mixed results. Prior to translating this technology to clinical care, consistent results and durable effects need to be found. We, therefore, aimed to assess the direct and long-term effects of tDCS on pain following SCI. We performed a two-phase randomized sham-controlled clinical trial where patients received 5days of tDCS followed by at 3-month follow-up period (Phase I); then, Phase II consisted of 10days of tDCS with an 8-week follow-up period...
August 16, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822812/determinants-of-thermostability-in-the-cytochrome-p450-fold
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REVIEW
Kurt L Harris, Raine E S Thomson, Silja J Strohmaier, Yosephine Gumulya, Elizabeth M J Gillam
Cytochromes P450 are found throughout the biosphere in a wide range of environments, serving a multitude of physiological functions. The ubiquity of the P450 fold suggests that it has been co-opted by evolution many times, and likely presents a useful compromise between structural stability and conformational flexibility. The diversity of substrates metabolized and reactions catalyzed by P450s makes them attractive starting materials for use as biocatalysts of commercially useful reactions. However, process conditions impose different requirements on enzymes to those in which they have evolved naturally...
August 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822738/a-study-of-the-damage-behaviour-of-porcine-intervertebral-discs-in-a-bioreactor-environment
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M Azarnoosh, M Stoffel, B Markert
The intervertebral discs are cartilaginous, articulating structures that lie between vertebral bodies, allowing flexibility, transmission, modification, and also distribution of the forces to the spinal column. Disc degeneration is characterised by progressive loss of disc height and exaggerated radial bulging. Therefore, the spine becomes shorter, stiffer, and less mobile. In the last several decades, there is a strong need for a tissue engineering strategy that alleviates pain and restores spine function by directly addressing the underlying biological causes of disc degeneration...
August 9, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822654/polarity-independent-effects-of-tdcs-on-paired-associative-stimulation-induced-plasticity
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Hanna Faber, Alexander Opitz, Florian Müller-Dahlhaus, Ulf Ziemann
BACKGROUND: Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) can polarize the cortex of the human brain. OBJECTIVE/HYPOTHESIS: We sought to verify the hypothesis that posterior-anterior (PA) but not anterior-posterior (AP) tDCS of primary motor cortex (M1) produces cooperative effects with corticospinal plasticity induced by paired associative stimulation of the supplementary motor area (SMA) to M1 projection (PASSMA→M1) in a highly controlled experimental design...
July 27, 2017: Brain Stimulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822642/a-suicidal-strain-of-listeria-monocytogenes-is-effective-as-a-dna-vaccine-delivery-system-for-oral-administration
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Shubhra Sinha, Cheng-Yi Kuo, Joan K Ho, Paul J White, Jalal A Jazayeri, Colin W Pouton
In this study we determined the in vivo activity of model ovalbumin vaccines delivered by direct intramuscular delivery of plasmid DNA or oral delivery using a recombinant suicidal Listeria monocytogenes strain (rsΔ2). In a previous report we described how rsΔ2 is capable of delivering luciferase, as protein or DNA, in vitro, into non-dividing intestinal epithelial cells (Kuo et al., 2009). This is achieved by engineering a dual expression shuttle vector, pDuLX-Luc, that replicates in E. coli and rsΔ2 and drives gene expression from the Listeria promoter (Phly) as well as the eukaryotic cytomegalovirus promoter (CMV), thereby delivering both protein and plasmid DNA to the cell cytoplasm...
August 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822580/otologic-skills-training
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REVIEW
Gregory J Wiet, Mads Sølvsten Sørensen, Steven Arild Wuyts Andersen
This article presents a summary of the current simulation training for otologic skills. There is a wide variety of educational approaches, assessment tools, and simulators in use, including simple low-cost task trainers to complex computer-based virtual reality systems. A systematic approach to otologic skills training using adult learning theory concepts, such as repeated and distributed practice, self-directed learning, and mastery learning, is necessary for these educational interventions to be effective...
August 16, 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822574/analysis-of-individual-and-total-microcystins-in-surface-water-by-on-line-preconcentration-and-desalting-coupled-to-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Gabriel Munoz, Sung Vo Duy, Audrey Roy-Lachapelle, Barry Husk, Sébastien Sauvé
A fast and high-throughput method is proposed for the determination of total microcystins (ΣMC) in environmental surface waters. After a 1-h Lemieux-von Rudloff oxidation step to yield the 2-methyl-3-methoxy-4-phenylbutyric acid (MMPB) moiety, samples were quenched, filtered, and directly analyzed. This was achieved via solid phase extraction (SPE) coupled on-line to ultra-high performance liquid chromatography electrospray ionization triple stage quadrupole mass spectrometry. The choice of on-line SPE settings was conducted using experimental designs...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822460/-french-society-for-biological-psychiatry-and-neuropsychopharmacology-and-fondation-fondamental-task-force-formal-consensus-for-the-management-of-treatment-resistant-depression
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T Charpeaud, J-B Genty, S Destouches, A Yrondi, S Lancrenon, N Alaïli, F Bellivier, D Bennabi, T Bougerol, V Camus, T D'amato, O Doumy, F Haesebaert, J Holtzmann, C Lançon, M Lefebvre, F Moliere, I Nieto, R Richieri, L Schmitt, F Stephan, G Vaiva, M Walter, M Leboyer, W El-Hage, E Haffen, P-M Llorca, P Courtet, B Aouizerate
Major depression represents among the most frequent psychiatric disorders in the general population with an estimated lifetime prevalence of 16-17%. It is characterized by high levels of comorbidities with other psychiatric conditions or somatic diseases as well as a recurrent or chronic course in 50 to 80% of the cases leading to negative repercussions on the daily functioning, with an impaired quality of life, and to severe direct/indirect costs. Large cohort studies have supported that failure of a first-line antidepressant treatment is observed in more than 60% of patients...
September 2017: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822342/responses-of-trophic-structure-and-zooplankton-community-to-salinity-and-temperature-in-tibetan-lakes-implication-for-the-effect-of-climate-warming
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Qiuqi Lin, Lei Xu, Juzhi Hou, Zhengwen Liu, Erik Jeppesen, Bo-Ping Han
Warming has pronounced effects on lake ecosystems, either directly by increased temperatures or indirectly by a change in salinity. We investigated the current status of zooplankton communities and trophic structure in 45 Tibetan lakes along a 2300 m altitude and a 76 g/l salinity gradient. Freshwater to hyposaline lakes mainly had three trophic levels: phytoplankton, small zooplankton and fish/Gammarus, while mesosaline to hypersaline lakes only had two: phytoplankton and large zooplankton. Zooplankton species richness declined significantly with salinity, but did not relate with temperature...
August 1, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822331/evidence-of-low-dose-effects-of-the-antidepressant-fluoxetine-and-the-fungicide-prochloraz-on-the-behavior-of-the-keystone-freshwater-invertebrate-gammarus-pulex
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N De Castro-Català, I Muñoz, J L Riera, A T Ford
In recent years, behavior-related endpoints have been proposed as rapid and reliable ecotoxicological tools for risk assessment. In particular, the use of detritivores to test the toxicity of pollutants through feeding is currently becoming a well-known method. Experiments combining feeding with other behavioral endpoints can provide relevant information about direct and indirect toxicological effects of chemicals. We carried out a feeding experiment with the shredder Gammarus pulex in order to detect indirect (through leaf conditioning) and direct effects (through water exposure) of two pollutants at environmentally relevant concentrations: the fungicide prochloraz (6 μg/L) and the antidepressant fluoxetine (100 ng/L)...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822328/the-effects-of-haptic-input-on-biomechanical-and-neurophysiological-parameters-of-walking-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Alison R Oates, Laura Hauck, Renato Moraes, Kathryn M Sibley
Walking is an important component of daily life requiring sensorimotor integration to be successful. Adding haptic input via light touch or anchors has been shown to improve standing balance; however, the effect of adding haptic input on walking is not clear. This scoping review systematically summarizes the current evidence regarding the addition of haptic input on walking in adults. Following an established protocol, relevant studies were identified using indexed data bases (Medline, EMBASE, PsychINFO, Google Scholar) and hand searches of published review articles on related topics...
August 9, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822321/neurostimulation-techniques-in-the-treatment-of-cocaine-dependence-a-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
Fady Rachid
OBJECTIVE: Cocaine use disorder is a very common condition that represents a substantial public health problem, and no effective pharmacological or psychological therapies have been identified to date. Urgent therapeutic alternatives are therefore needed such as neurostimulation techniques. The purpose of this review is to describe and discuss studies that have evaluated the safety and efficacy of these techniques for the treatment of cocaine dependence. METHODS: The electronic literature on repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, theta-burst stimulation, deep transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation, magnetic seizure therapy, electroconvulsive therapy, cranial electro-stimulation, and deep brain stimulation in the treatment of cocaine addiction were reviewed...
August 10, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822174/-biological-assay-in-quality-control-of-animal-medicines
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REVIEW
Xuan Wang, Luo-Dan Ouyang, Chun-Mei Dai, Li Ma, Xiao-He Xiao
Animal medicine is a unique part of traditional Chinese medicine. They have strong effects, but their effective compounds are not entirely known. The efficiency and safety of animal medicines can't be effectively controlled by current quality assurance system and evaluation method, which has deeply influenced the development of animal medicines. Biological assay does not focus on efficacy of single component, but directly reflects the pharmacodynamics and safety of animal medicines by biological effect. With the development of biotechnology, many new technologies have emerged, such as biochip and high content analysis...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822169/-effect-factors-and-mechanisms-of-borneol-s-bidirectional-regulation-on-blood-brain-barrier-permeability
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Hong-Jin Wang, Jun-Jie Wu, Qiang Xue, Ji-Fen Zhang, Xiao-Yu Xu
In recent twenty years, there are a lot of studies about the effect of borneol on permeability of blood-brain barrier(BBB); however, it isDODOrt of regular conclusions of effect factors and in-depth analysis of functional mechanisms. The current researching data were collected and analyzed in this paper for illuminating the effect factors and mechanisms of borneol on permeability of BBB.The following conclusions were obtained: five factors about borneol influencing the permeability of BBB. First, opticity activity of borneol had no significant effect on action effects...
June 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822074/general-equations-for-optimal-selection-of-diagnostic-image-acquisition-parameters-in-clinical-x-ray-imaging
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Xiaoming Zheng
The purpose of this work was to examine the effects of relationship functions between diagnostic image quality and radiation dose on the governing equations for image acquisition parameter variations in X-ray imaging. Various equations were derived for the optimal selection of peak kilovoltage (kVp) and exposure parameter (milliAmpere second, mAs) in computed tomography (CT), computed radiography (CR), and direct digital radiography. Logistic, logarithmic, and linear functions were employed to establish the relationship between radiation dose and diagnostic image quality...
August 18, 2017: Radiological Physics and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822059/quality-of-life-in-patients-with-hypoparathyroidism-receiving-standard-treatment-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Matthias Büttner, Thomas J Musholt, Susanne Singer
PURPOSE: Hypoparathyroidism is a rare endocrine disorder for which replacement therapy of the missing parathyroid hormone is not the standard therapeutic option. Current standard treatment consists of calcium and vitamin D supplementation. The intake of calcium and vitamin D supplementation can lead to complications and therefore might negatively influence patients' quality of life. METHODS: A systematic literature review was performed to assess the current knowledge on the influence of hypoparathyroidism on patients' quality of life...
August 18, 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821888/risk-factors-for-epistaxis-in-patients-followed-in-general-practices-in-germany
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D U Seidel, L Jacob, K Kostev, A M Sesterhenn
<p>BACKGROUND: The goal of the present study was to analyze the risk factors for epistaxis in patients followed in general practices in Germany.</p> <p>METHODS: The current study sample included patients aged 18 years or older who received a first epistaxis diagnosis between January 2012 and December 2016 (index date). Epistaxis patients and controls without epistaxis were matched (1:1) on the basis of age, gender, insurance status and physician. </p> <p>RESULTS: A total of 16,801 patients with epistaxis and 16,801 control subjects were included in this study...
August 19, 2017: Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821660/contribution-of-astroglial-cx43-hemichannels-to-the-modulation-of-glutamatergic-currents-by-d-serine-in-the-mouse-prefrontal-cortex
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Claire Meunier, Nan Wang, Chenju Yi, Glenn Dallerac, Pascal Ezan, Annette Koulakoff, Luc Leybaert, Christian Giaume
Astrocytes interact dynamically with neurons by modifying synaptic activity and plasticity. This interplay occurs through a process named gliotransmission, meaning that neuroactive molecules are released by astrocytes. Acting as a gliotransmitter, D-serine co-agonist of the NMDA receptor at the glycine binding site, can be released by astrocytes in a calcium [Ca(2+)]i-dependent manner. A typical feature of astrocytes is their high expression level of connexin43 (Cx43), a protein forming gap junction channels and hemichannels associated with dynamic neuroglial interactions...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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