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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102978/pretreatment-cardiometabolic-status-in-youth-with-early-onset-psychosis-baseline-results-from-the-tea-trial
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Karsten G Jensen, Christoph U Correll, Ditte Rudå, Dea G Klauber, Marie Stentebjerg-Olesen, Birgitte Fagerlund, Jens Richardt Møllegaard Jepsen, Anders Fink-Jensen, Anne Katrine Pagsberg
OBJECTIVE: To describe pretreatment cardiometabolic constitution in children and adolescents with first-episode psychosis (FEP). METHODS: Baseline cardiometabolic assessment was performed in youths aged 12-17 years with FEP entering the Tolerability and Efficacy of Antipsychotics (TEA) trial and matched healthy controls. Patients were included between June 10, 2010, and January 29, 2014. ICD-10 was used as the diagnostic classification system. Cardiometabolic risk markers were compared between patients versus controls and antipsychotic-naive versus antipsychotic-exposed patients...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102312/correlations-of-charge-neutrality-level-with-electronic-structure-and-p-d-hybridization
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Arkaprava Das, Subodh K Gautam, D K Shukla, Fouran Singh
The formation of charge neutrality level (CNL) in highly conducting Cadmium oxide (CdO) thin films is demonstarted by the observed variation in the band gap upon annealing and doping. It may be explained by the observation that Tin (Sn) doping breaks the perfect periodicity of CdO cubic crystal structure and creates virtual gap states (ViGS). The level of local CNL resides at the branch point of ViGS, making the energy at which native defect's character changes from predominantly donor-like below CNL to predominantly acceptor-like above the CNL and a schematic band diagram is developed to substantiate the same...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102300/neural-correlates-of-speech-segregation-based-on-formant-frequencies-of-adjacent-vowels
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Claude Alain, Jessica S Arsenault, Linda Garami, Gavin M Bidelman, Joel S Snyder
The neural substrates by which speech sounds are perceptually segregated into distinct streams are poorly understood. Here, we recorded high-density scalp event-related potentials (ERPs) while participants were presented with a cyclic pattern of three vowel sounds (/ee/-/ae/-/ee/). Each trial consisted of an adaptation sequence, which could have either a small, intermediate, or large difference in first formant (Δf1) as well as a test sequence, in which Δf1 was always intermediate. For the adaptation sequence, participants tended to hear two streams ("streaming") when Δf1 was intermediate or large compared to when it was small...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101787/a-recombinant-highly-thermostable-%C3%AE-mannanase-retman26-from-thermophilic-bacillus-subtilis-tbs2-expressed-in-pichia-pastoris-and-its-ph-and-temperature-stability
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Zhangcai Luo, Jing Miao, Guoying Li, Yao Du, Xiaobin Yu
A gene encoding a highly thermostable β-mannanase from a thermophilic Bacillus subtilis (TBS2) was successfully expressed in Pichia pastoris. The maximum activity of the recombinant thermostable β-mannanase (ReTMan26) was 5435 U/mL, which was obtained by high-density, fed-batch cultivation after 168-h induction with methanol in a 50-L bioreactor. The protein yield reached 3.29 mg/mL, and the protein had a molecular weight of ~42 kDa. After fermentation, ReTMan26 was purified using a 10-kDa cut-off membrane and Sephadex G-75 column...
January 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101773/what-is-the-appropriate-strategy-for-diagnosing-nafld-using-ultrasonography-in-obese-children
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Jee Hyun Lee, Su Jin Jeong
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to identify obese children who are candidates for a potential diagnosis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS: We enrolled 242 obese children (122 boys and 120 girls) aged 7-16 years who were examined with abdominal ultrasonography in our pediatric obesity clinic. We compared patients in the normal group with those in the NAFLD group (mild disease, moderate to severe disease) and identified the optimal anthropometric parameters among height, weight, body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, hip circumference, waist to height ratio (WHtR), and waist to hip ratio to predict NAFLD using a receiver operating characteristic curve analysis...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101628/rho-kinase-inhibitor-fasudil-mitigates-high-cholesterol-diet-induced-hypercholesterolemia-and-vascular-damage
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Nibrass Taher Abdali, Awny H Yaseen, Eman Said, Tarek M Ibrahim
The current study was designed to investigate the potential beneficial therapeutic outcome of Rho kinase inhibitor (fasudil) against hypercholesterolemia-induced myocardial and vascular injury in rabbits together with diet modification. Sixteen male rabbits were randomly divided into four groups: normal control group which received standard rabbit chow, hypercholesterolemic control group, and treated groups which received cholesterol-rich rabbit chow (1.5% cholesterol) for 8 weeks. Treated groups received either fasudil (100 mg/kg/day) or rosuvastatin (2...
January 18, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100626/effect-of-metformin-on-metabolites-and-relation-with-myocardial-infarct-size-and-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-after-myocardial-infarction
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Ruben N Eppinga, Daniel Kofink, Robin P F Dullaart, Geertje W Dalmeijer, Erik Lipsic, Dirk J van Veldhuisen, Iwan C C van der Horst, Folkert W Asselbergs, Pim van der Harst
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and infarct size (ISZ) are key predictors of long-term survival after myocardial infarction (MI). However, little is known about the biochemical pathways driving LV dysfunction after MI. To identify novel biomarkers predicting post-MI LVEF and ISZ, we performed metabolic profiling in the GIPS-III randomized clinical trial (Glycometabolic Intervention as Adjunct to Primary Percutaneous Intervention in ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction)...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100302/fecal-virome-of-healthy-chickens-reveals-a-large-diversity-of-the-eukaryote-viral-community-including-novel-circular-single-stranded-dna-viruses
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Diane Lima, Samuel Paulo Cibulski, Fabrine Finkler, Thais Teixeira, Ana Paula Varela, Cristine Cerva, Márcia Loiko, Camila Scheffer, Helton Dos Santos, Fabiana Mayer, Paulo Roehe
This study is focused on the identification of the fecal virome of healthy chickens raised in high-density, export-driven poultry farms in Brazil. Following high-throughput sequencing, a total of 7,743 de novo-assembled contigs were constructed and compared with known nucleotide/amino acid sequences from the GenBank database. Analyses with BLASTx revealed that 279 contigs (4%) were related to sequences of eukaryotic viruses. Viral genome sequences (total or partial) indicative of members of recognized viral families, including Adenoviridae, Caliciviridae, Circoviridae, Parvoviridae, Picobirnaviridae, Picornaviridae and Reoviridae, were identified, some of those representing novel genotypes...
January 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100230/seroprevalence-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-feral-cats-in-qatar
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Sonia Boughattas, Jerzy Behnke, Aarti Sharma, Marawan Abu-Madi
BACKGROUND: Cats are essential in the life cycle of Toxoplasma gondii as they can shed the environmentally resistant oocysts after acquiring infection. Human populations living in cities with high densities of feral cats are therefore likely to be at risk of infection. The current study is the first to estimate the seroprevalence of T. gondii in the feral cat population in Qatar. We investigated the seroprevalence of T. gondii among 495 adult cats from urban and suburban districts in Qatar...
January 18, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100189/an-snp-based-saturated-genetic-map-and-qtl-analysis-of-fruit-related-traits-in-zucchini-using-genotyping-by-sequencing
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Javier Montero-Pau, José Blanca, Cristina Esteras, Eva Ma Martínez-Pérez, Pedro Gómez, Antonio J Monforte, Joaquín Cañizares, Belén Picó
BACKGROUND: Cucurbita pepo is a cucurbit with growing economic importance worldwide. Zucchini morphotype is the most important within this highly variable species. Recently, transcriptome and Simple Sequence Repeat (SSR)- and Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP)-based medium density maps have been reported, however further genomic tools are needed for efficient molecular breeding in the species. Our objective is to combine currently available complete transcriptomes and the Zucchini genome sequence with high throughput genotyping methods, mapping population development and extensive phenotyping to facilitate the advance of genomic research in this species...
January 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100185/an-improved-genome-assembly-uncovers-prolific-tandem-repeats-in-atlantic-cod
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Ole K Tørresen, Bastiaan Star, Sissel Jentoft, William B Reinar, Harald Grove, Jason R Miller, Brian P Walenz, James Knight, Jenny M Ekholm, Paul Peluso, Rolf B Edvardsen, Ave Tooming-Klunderud, Morten Skage, Sigbjørn Lien, Kjetill S Jakobsen, Alexander J Nederbragt
BACKGROUND: The first Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) genome assembly published in 2011 was one of the early genome assemblies exclusively based on high-throughput 454 pyrosequencing. Since then, rapid advances in sequencing technologies have led to a multitude of assemblies generated for complex genomes, although many of these are of a fragmented nature with a significant fraction of bases in gaps. The development of long-read sequencing and improved software now enable the generation of more contiguous genome assemblies...
January 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099229/twenty-four-hour-ambulatory-blood-pressure-monitoring-for-clinical-evaluation-of-hypertensive-patients-in-primary-care-which-groups-would-most-benefit
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Guilherme B Grezzana, Airton T Stein, Lucia C Pellanda
BACKGROUND: Arterial hypertension is an important risk factor for cardiovascular outcomes. Blood pressure (BP) control levels remain largely out of target among primary healthcare (PHC) patients. Twenty-four-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) may contribute toward the identification of cardiovascular risk groups. OBJECTIVE: To assess concordance between conventional office BP measurements and 24-h ABPM of hypertension control in cardiovascular risk groups of PHC hypertensive patients...
January 17, 2017: Blood Pressure Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099220/evacetrapib-another-cetp-inhibitor-for-dyslipidemia-with-no-clinical-benefit
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Vaughn A Eyvazian, William H Frishman
Evacetrapib is a cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) inhibitor that has been recently studied as a cholesterol modifying agent to reduce cardiovascular risk and mortality in high risk cardiovascular disease patients. Evacetrapib acts to decrease lipid exchange through CETP inhibition. CETP acts to transfer cholesteryl esters from high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-C). HDL-C is involved in reverse cholesterol transport and its blood levels have been shown to be inversely correlated with cardiovascular risk...
January 11, 2017: Cardiology in Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099207/could-high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-predict-increased-cardiovascular-risk
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Tae Ik Chang, Elani Streja, Hamid Moradi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Serum high-density lipoprotein (HDL) is considered to be protective against cardiovascular disease. However, there is emerging evidence that under certain conditions the HDL molecule can become dysfunctional and proinflammatory, paradoxically leading to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. This review will provide a brief outline of the potential mechanisms by which HDL can become atherogenic and summarize some of the clinical evidence on this topic. RECENT FINDINGS: HDL metabolism, structure, and function in addition to its level can be profoundly altered under conditions of marked oxidative stress and chronic inflammation...
January 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098517/antiobesity-effects-of-sansa-crataegi-fructus-on-3t3-l1-cells-and-on-high-fat-high-cholesterol-diet-induced-obese-rats
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Jae-Joon Lee, Hyun-Joo Lee, Seon-Woo Oh
This study was performed to investigate the effects of Crataegi fructus ethanol extracts (CFEEs) on the differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells, and to evaluate the effects of C. fructus powder (CFP) on lipid metabolism and its antiobesity effect in rats fed a high-fat and high-cholesterol (HFC) diet. Both in vitro and in vivo studies were performed for physiological activity and antiobesity effects on the serum, liver, and adipose tissues in obesity-induced rats. CFEEs showed significant inhibitory action on differentiation and triglyceride (TG) accumulation in 3T3-L1 mature cells in a dose-dependent manner...
January 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096640/prevalence-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-pre-and-post-menopausal-women-a-prospective-study-from-apex-institute-of-north-india
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Sandeep Sharma, Neelam Aggarwal, Bharti Joshi, Vanita Suri, Sanjay Badada
BACKGROUND: The metabolic syndrome (MS) (syndrome X, insulin resistance syndrome) is a constellation of metabolic abnormalities and a complex predisease state that predicts future development of type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Menopausal transition and postmenopausal state are considered as a vulnerable period for developing MS, and this increased risk has been attributed to decreasing estrogen levels with an increasing risk of insulin resistance following menopause...
October 2016: Journal of Mid-life Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096611/recent-advances-in-role-of-chromium-and-its-antioxidant-combinations-in-poultry-nutrition-a-review
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Z Haq, R K Jain, N Khan, M Y Dar, S Ali, M Gupta, T K Varun
Poultry is reared in open side houses in most of the tropical countries, which results in huge temperature variation in shed causing stress resulting in increased demand of antioxidant supplementation. Since cooling of poultry houses or environment control is very expensive, thus methods focused on nutritional modifications appears to be the much logical approach. Stress increases mineral and vitamin mobilization from tissues and their excretion. Effect of some minerals and vitamin supplements such as chromium (Cr) and ascorbic acid to elevate the negative effects of environmental stress is well documented...
December 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096351/uncovering-hidden-variation-in-polyploid-wheat
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Ksenia V Krasileva, Hans A Vasquez-Gross, Tyson Howell, Paul Bailey, Francine Paraiso, Leah Clissold, James Simmonds, Ricardo H Ramirez-Gonzalez, Xiaodong Wang, Philippa Borrill, Christine Fosker, Sarah Ayling, Andrew L Phillips, Cristobal Uauy, Jorge Dubcovsky
Comprehensive reverse genetic resources, which have been key to understanding gene function in diploid model organisms, are missing in many polyploid crops. Young polyploid species such as wheat, which was domesticated less than 10,000 y ago, have high levels of sequence identity among subgenomes that mask the effects of recessive alleles. Such redundancy reduces the probability of selection of favorable mutations during natural or human selection, but also allows wheat to tolerate high densities of induced mutations...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095436/arraypitope-automated-analysis-of-amino-acid-substitutions-for-peptide-microarray-based-antibody-epitope-mapping
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Christian Skjødt Hansen, Thomas Østerbye, Paolo Marcatili, Ole Lund, Søren Buus, Morten Nielsen
Identification of epitopes targeted by antibodies (B cell epitopes) is of critical importance for the development of many diagnostic and therapeutic tools. For clinical usage, such epitopes must be extensively characterized in order to validate specificity and to document potential cross-reactivity. B cell epitopes are typically classified as either linear epitopes, i.e. short consecutive segments from the protein sequence or conformational epitopes adapted through native protein folding. Recent advances in high-density peptide microarrays enable high-throughput, high-resolution identification and characterization of linear B cell epitopes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094855/technical-note-dose-distributions-in-the-vicinity-of-high-density-implants-using-3d-gel-dosimeters
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Andre Asena, Shaun Thomas Smith, Tanya Kairn, Scott Bradley Crowe, Kazuyuki Hosokawa, Steven Sylvander, Jamie Vincent Trapp
PURPOSE: In this work, we develop a methodology for using Fricke gel dosimeters for dose distribution measurements surrounding high-density implants which circumvents artefact production by removing the obstruction during imaging. METHODS: Custom 3D printed moulds were used to set cavities in Fricke gel phantoms to allow for the suspension of high density implants in different geometries. This allowed for the metal valve extracted from a temporary tissue expander to be suspended during irradiation, and removed during optical-CT scanning...
January 17, 2017: Medical Physics
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