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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340384/effects-of-waste-eggshells-and-sic-addition-on-specific-strength-and-thermal-expansion-of-hybrid-green-metal-matrix-composite
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Satpal Sharma, Shashi Prakash Dwivedi
Chicken eggshell waste is an industrial byproduct, and its disposal constitutes a serious environmental hazard. Chicken eggshell can be used in commercial products to produce new materials with low cost and density. Low density material which can sustain at higher temperature is a remarkable area of research. Keeping these facts in the mind, the present investigation aims to study the physical behaviour, specific strength and thermal expansion of AA2014/SiC/carbonized eggshell hybrid green metal matrix composites...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340370/validation-of-comet-assay-in-oregon-r-and-wild-type-strains-of-drosophila-melanogaster-exposed-to-a-natural-radioactive-environment-in-brazilian-semiarid-region
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Cícero Jorge Verçosa, Aroldo Vieira de Moraes Filho, Ícaro Fillipe de Araújo Castro, Robson Gomes Dos Santos, Kenya Silva Cunha, Daniela de Melo E Silva, Ana Cristina Lauer Garcia, Julio Alejandro Navoni, Viviane Souza do Amaral, Claudia Rohde
Natural radiation of geological origin is a common phenomenon in Brazil, a country where radioactive agents such as uranium may be often found. As an unstable atom, uranium undergoes radioactive decay with the generation of a series of decay by-products, including radon, which may be highly genotoxic and trigger several pathological processes, among which cancer. Because it is a gas, radon may move freely between cracks and gaps in the ground, seeping upwards into the buildings and in the environment. In this study, two Drosophila melanogaster Meigen (Diptera, Drosophilidae) strains called Oregon-R and Wild (collected in a non-radioactive environment) were exposed to atmospheric radiation in the Lajes Pintadas city, in the semiarid zone of northeastern Brazil...
March 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340353/molecular-structure-of-the-human-cftr-ion-channel
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Fangyu Liu, Zhe Zhang, László Csanády, David C Gadsby, Jue Chen
The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) is an ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporter that uniquely functions as an ion channel. Here, we present a 3.9 Å structure of dephosphorylated human CFTR without nucleotides, determined by electron cryomicroscopy (cryo-EM). Close resemblance of this human CFTR structure to zebrafish CFTR under identical conditions reinforces its relevance for understanding CFTR function. The human CFTR structure reveals a previously unresolved helix belonging to the R domain docked inside the intracellular vestibule, precluding channel opening...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340110/peri-mitral-atrial-flutter-personalized-ablation-strategy-based-on-arrhythmogenic-substrate
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Jinbo Yu, Kai Chen, Bing Yang, Fengxiang Zhang, Weizhu Ju, Hongwu Chen, Gang Yang, Mingfang Li, Benqi Wang, Kai Gu, Feifan Ouyang, Siew Yen Ho, Sunny Po, Minglong Chen
Aims: The aim of this study is to characterize the arrhythmogenic substrate for peri-mitral atrial flutter (PMAFL), thereby determining a personalized ablation strategy to treat PMAFL. Methods and results: Thirty-six consecutive PMAFL patients (mean age: 63.8 ± 11.3, 23 males) underwent detailed three-dimensional electroanatomic mapping in left atrium (LA). The LA was divided into septal-anterior wall (SAW), posterior inferior wall (PIW), and mitral isthmus (MI) region, respectively...
March 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339852/relationship-between-back-pain-and-urinary-incontinence-in-the-canadian-population
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Tanner Cassidy, Amanda Fortin, Stephanie Kaczmer, Jessica T L Shumaker, Jessica Szeto, Stéphanie J Madill
Background: Back problems and urinary incontinence (UI) have been found to co-occur more frequently than would be predicted by chance. Objective: The aim of this study was to estimate the associations between UI and back problems in the Canadian men and women. Design: This was an observational, cross-sectional study. Methods: The 2011-2012 Statistics Canada Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) provided the data. The CCHS surveyed 125,645 adults providing a representative sample of the Canadian population...
March 1, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339593/selective-pharmacological-augmentation-of-hippocampal-activity-produces-a-sustained-antidepressant-like-response-without-abuse-related-or-psychotomimetic-effects
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Flavia R Carreno, Gregory T Collins, Alan Frazer, Daniel J Lodge
Background: Selective augmentation of hippocampal activity in ways similar to that caused by ketamine may have therapeutic advantages over ketamine, which has psychotomimetic and reinforcing effects likely due to effects outside the hippocampus (i.e., off-target effects). Methods: Here we evaluated the antidepressant-like response to a negative allosteric modulator of α5 subunit- containing gamma aminobutyric acid subtype A receptors, L-655,708, as these receptors are expressed to a much greater extent in the hippocampus than in other brain areas...
January 25, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339316/practical-insight-to-monitor-home-niv-in-copd-patients
#7
Jean-Michel Arnal, Joëlle Texereau, Aude Garnero
Home noninvasive ventilation (NIV) is used in COPD patients with concomitant chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure in order to correct nocturnal hypoventilation and improve sleep quality, quality of life, and survival. Monitoring of home NIV is needed to assess the effectiveness of ventilation and adherence to therapy, resolve potential adverse effects, reinforce patient knowledge, provide maintenance of the equipment, and readjust the ventilator settings according to the changing condition of the patient...
March 24, 2017: COPD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339056/nobiletin-inhibits-invasion-via-inhibiting-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-in-slug-expressing-glioma-cells
#8
Xiang Zhang, Kebin Zheng, Chunhui Li, Yonghui Zhao, Heyang Li, Xuguang Liu, Yinbo Long, Junchao Yao
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a pivotal event in tumor progression during which cancer cells undergo dramatic changes acquiring highly invasive properties. In this study, we found that nobiletin, a polymethoxylated flavone, suppressed migration and invasion in both U87 and U251 glioma cells. Expression of epithelial markers (E-cadherin and occludin) was upregulated; mesenchymal markers (N-cadherin, fibronectin) and the transcriptional factor Slug were downregulated after nobiletin treatment. Transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) was applied to stimulate EMT and the results showed that nobiletin not only influenced basal level cell migration but also prevented TGF-β-triggered migration and EMT, with the AKT/GSK3β/β-catenin signaling pathway greatly involved...
March 23, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338845/computational-psychiatry-and-the-challenge-of-schizophrenia
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John H Krystal, John D Murray, Adam M Chekroud, Philip R Corlett, Genevieve Yang, Xiao-Jing Wang, Alan Anticevic
Schizophrenia research is plagued by enormous challenges in integrating and analyzing large datasets and difficulties developing formal theories related to the etiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of this disorder. Computational psychiatry provides a path to enhance analyses of these large and complex datasets and to promote the development and refinement of formal models for features of this disorder. This presentation introduces the reader to the notion of computational psychiatry and describes discovery-oriented and theory-driven applications to schizophrenia involving machine learning, reinforcement learning theory, and biophysically-informed neural circuit models...
March 8, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338754/spatial-quantification-of-the-world-population-potentially-exposed-to-zika-virus
#10
Alberto J Alaniz, Antonella Bacigalupo, Pedro E Cattan
Background: Zika virus is an emerging Flaviviridae virus, which has spread rapidly in the last few years. It has raised concern because it has been associated with fetus microcephaly when pregnant women are infected. The main vector is the mosquito Aedes aegypti , distributed in tropical areas. Methods: Niche modelling techniques were used to estimate the potential distribution area of A. aegypti. This was overlapped with human population density, determining areas of potential transmission risk worldwide...
February 23, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338473/impact-absorption-properties-of-carbon-fiber-reinforced-bucky-sponges
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Ramathasan Thevamaran, Deepika Saini, Mehmet Karakaya, Jingyi Zhu, Ramakrishna Podila, Apparao Rao, Chiara Daraio
We describe the super compressible and highly recoverable response of bucky sponges as they are struck by a heavy flat-punch striker. The bucky sponges studied here are structurally stable, self-assembled mixtures of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and carbon fibers (CFs). We engineered the microstructure of the sponges by controlling their porosity using different CF contents. Their mechanical properties and energy dissipation characteristics during impact loading are presented as a function of their composition...
March 24, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338224/adolescent-externalizing-behaviour-psychological-control-and-peer-rejection-transactional-links-and-dopaminergic-moderation
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Annelies Janssens, Wim Van Den Noortgate, Luc Goossens, Karine Verschueren, Hilde Colpin, Stephan Claes, Martijn Van Heel, Karla Van Leeuwen
This study investigated (1) reciprocal links among parental psychological control, peer rejection, and adolescent externalizing (aggressive and rule-breaking behaviour), and (2) the moderating effect of an adolescent genetic factor (biologically informed polygenic score for dopamine signalling). Three-year longitudinal data from 1,116 adolescents (51% boys; M age = 13.79) and their parents included psychological measures (adolescent-reported psychological control, peer-reported rejection, and parent-reported aggressive and rule-breaking behaviour)...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338153/-experience-and-present-situation-of-western-china-gastric-cancer-collaboration
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Jiankun Hu, Weihan Zhang, China Western China Gastric Cancer Collaboration
The Western China Gastric Cancer Collaboration (WCGCC) was founded in Chongqing, China in 2011. At the early stage of the collaboration, there were only about 20 centers. While now, there are 36 centers from western area of China, including Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan, Shanxi, Guizhou, Gansu, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Ningxia and Tibet. During the past few years, the WCGCC organized routinely gastric cancer standardized treatment tours, training courses of mini-invasive surgical treatment of gastric cancer and the clinical research methodology for members of the collaboration...
March 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337988/molecular-heterogeneity-in-major-urinary-proteins-of-mus-musculus-subspecies-potential-candidates-involved-in-speciation
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Jane L Hurst, Robert J Beynon, Stuart D Armstrong, Amanda J Davidson, Sarah A Roberts, Guadalupe Gómez-Baena, Carole M Smadja, Guila Ganem
When hybridisation carries a cost, natural selection is predicted to favour evolution of traits that allow assortative mating (reinforcement). Incipient speciation between the two European house mouse subspecies, Mus musculus domesticus and M.m.musculus, sharing a hybrid zone, provides an opportunity to understand evolution of assortative mating at a molecular level. Mouse urine odours allow subspecific mate discrimination, with assortative preferences evident in the hybrid zone but not in allopatry. Here we assess the potential of MUPs (major urinary proteins) as candidates for signal divergence by comparing MUP expression in urine samples from the Danish hybrid zone border (contact) and from allopatric populations...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337801/cross-cultural-comparisons-of-drinking-motives-in-10-countries-data-from-the-drinc-project
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Sean P Mackinnon, Marie-Eve Couture, M L Cooper, Emmanuel Kuntsche, Roisin M O'Connor, Sherry H Stewart
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: This study tested the measurement invariance of the Drinking Motives Questionnaire-Revised Short Form (DMQ-R-SF) in undergraduates across 10 countries. We expected the four-factor structure to hold across countries, and for social motives to emerge as the most commonly endorsed motive, followed by enhancement, coping and conformity motives. We also compared individualistic and collectivistic countries to examine potential differences in the endorsement of drinking motives when countries were divided according to this broad cultural value...
March 23, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337705/the-effects-of-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-and-antioxidant-vitamins-on-atrial-oxidative-stress-nitrotyrosine-residues-and-connexins-following-extracorporeal-circulation-in-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery
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Felipe Petersen, Ramón Rodrigo, Manfred Richter, Sawa Kostin
Cardiac surgery with extracorporeal circulation is characterized by different degrees of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion, which is often associated with postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF). We have previously shown that a novel preventive therapy based on the reinforcement of the antioxidant system using omega-3 fatty acids plus antioxidant vitamin supplementation applied to patients undergoing cardiac surgery reduces POAF occurrence. We hypothesized that oxidative stress and nitrosative stress are involved in the development of an arrhythmogenic substrate by their effect on connexins (Cx40, Cx43 and Cx45) abundance and distribution pattern...
March 23, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337693/the-role-of-norms-in-marijuana-use-among-american-indian-adolescents
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Linda R Stanley, Randall C Swaim, Sara E Dieterich
American Indian adolescents residing on reservations report high levels of marijuana use. Understanding the relationships between normative mechanisms and marijuana use in this group can be especially important in designing effective strategies to prevent use. Participants were 3446 students identifying as American Indian in grades 7-12 across four academic years (2009-2012) from 45 schools. Multilevel logistic analysis was used to examine the relationships between lifetime, last month, and frequent marijuana use and measures of the normative environment...
March 24, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337456/comparison-of-the-protective-effects-of-individual-components-of-particulated-trans-sialidase-ptcts-ptc-and-ts-against-high-cholesterol-diet-induced-atherosclerosis-in-rabbits
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Shérrira M Garavelo, Maria de Lourdes Higuchi, Jaqueline J Pereira, Marcia M Reis, Joyce T Kawakami, Renata N Ikegami, Suely A P Palomino, Nilsa S Y Wadt, Abdelali Agouni
Previous studies showed the presence of Mycoplasma pneumoniae (M. pneumoniae) and membrane-shed microparticles (MPs) in vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques. H&S Science and Biotechnology developed PTCTS, composed by natural particles from medicinal plants (PTC) combined with trans-Sialidase (TS), to combat MPs and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. Our aim was to determine the effects of the different components of PTCTS in a rabbit model of atherosclerosis. Rabbits were fed with high cholesterol diet for 12 weeks and treated during the last 6 weeks with either vehicle, PTC, TS, or PTCTS...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336841/bulk-surfaces-coated-with-triangular-silver-nanoplates-antibacterial-action-based-on-silver-release-and-photo-thermal-effect
#19
Agnese D'Agostino, Angelo Taglietti, Roberto Desando, Marcella Bini, Maddalena Patrini, Giacomo Dacarro, Lucia Cucca, Piersandro Pallavicini, Pietro Grisoli
A layer of silver nanoplates, specifically synthesized with the desired localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) features, was grafted on amino-functionalized bulk glass surfaces to impart a double antibacterial action: (i) the well-known, long-term antibacterial effect based on the release of Ag⁺; (ii) an "on demand" action which can be switched on by the use of photo-thermal properties of silver nano-objects. Irradiation of these samples with a laser having a wavelength falling into the so called "therapeutic window" of the near infrared region allows the reinforcement, in the timescale of minutes, of the classical antibacterial effect of silver nanoparticles...
January 6, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336209/transboundary-movement-of-marine-litter-in-an-estuarine-gradient-evaluating-sources-and-sinks-using-hydrodynamic-modelling-and-ground-truthing-estimates
#20
Allan Paul Krelling, Mihael Machado Souza, Allan Thomas Williams, Alexander Turra
Marine debris' transboundary nature and new strategies to identify sources and sinks in coastal areas were investigated along the Paranaguá estuarine gradient (southern Brazil), through integration of hydrodynamic modelling, ground truthing estimates and regressive vector analysis. The simulated release of virtual particles in different parts of the inner estuary suggests a residence time shorter than 5days before being exported through the estuary mouth (intermediate compartment) to the open ocean. Stranded litter supported this pathway, with beaches in the internal compartment presenting proportionally more items from domestic sources, while fragmented items with unknown sources were proportionally more abundant in the oceanic beaches...
March 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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