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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332280/hydrogeochemical-processes-and-influence-of-seawater-intrusion-in-coastal-aquifers-south-of-chennai-tamil-nadu-india
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G Kanagaraj, L Elango, S G D Sridhar, G Gowrisankar
Seawater intrusion promotes the salinity of groundwater, and it poses a great environmental impact on a global scale. The present study was carried out to determine the hydrogeochemical processes and influence of seawater intrusion in the coastal aquifers using geophysical, geochemical, and stable isotope techniques. The true resistivity value ranges from 0.5 to 8008.5 Ω-m which has been measured using vertical electrical sounding (VES) based on the Schlumberger method. About 33 groundwater samples were collected during post-monsoon (POM) (January 2012) and pre-monsoon (PRM) (June 2012) seasons from open and bore wells and were analyzed for major ions and stable isotopes...
January 14, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327279/emotion-recognition-and-psychological-comorbidity-in-friedreich-s-ataxia
#2
Teresa Costabile, Veronica Capretti, Filomena Abate, Agnese Liguori, Francesca Paciello, Chiara Pane, Anna De Rosa, Silvio Peluso, Giuseppe De Michele, Alessandro Filla, Francesco Saccà
Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) is an autosomal recessive disease presenting with ataxia, corticospinal signs, peripheral neuropathy, and cardiac abnormalities. Little effort has been made to understand the psychological and emotional burden of the disease. The aim of our study was to measure patients' ability to recognize emotions using visual and non-verbal auditory hints, and to correlate this ability with psychological, neuropsychological, and neurological variables. We included 20 patients with FRDA, and 20 age, sex, and education matched healthy controls (HC)...
January 11, 2018: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326867/cavitary-lung-lesion-suspicious-for-malignancy-reveals-mycobacterium-xenopi
#3
Sumit Fogla, Vaishali M Pansare, Luis G Camero, Uzma Syeda, Naveen Patil, Arun Chaudhury
We report the case of a 68-year-old gentleman who presented with musculoskeletal chest pain which appeared suddenly when he bent over with his dog. The chest pain was localized to the left lower chest and increased with movement and deep breathing. The patient did not complain weight loss, night sweat, fever or chill. He complained of mild cough, with expectoration of whitish mucus. Imaging revealed cavitary chest lesion in the right upper lobe, which was initially suspected to be lung cancer. The patient had a 50-year-old history of smoking 2 packs per day...
2018: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324785/phylogenetic-diversity-antimicrobial-susceptibility-and-virulence-gene-profiles-of-brachyspira-hyodysenteriae-isolates-from-pigs-in-germany
#4
Jessica Joerling, Stefanie A Barth, Karen Schlez, Hermann Willems, Werner Herbst, Christa Ewers
Swine dysentery (SD) is an economically important diarrheal disease in pigs caused by different strongly hemolytic Brachyspira (B.) species, such as B. hyodysenteriae, B. suanatina and B. hampsonii. Possible associations of epidemiologic data, such as multilocus sequence types (STs) to virulence gene profiles and antimicrobial susceptibility are rather scarce, particularly for B. hyodysenteriae isolates from Germany. In this study, B. hyodysenteriae (n = 116) isolated from diarrheic pigs between 1990 and 2016 in Germany were investigated for their STs, susceptibility to the major drugs used for treatment of SD (tiamulin and valnemulin) and genes that were previously linked with virulence and encode for hemolysins (tlyA, tlyB, tlyC, hlyA, BHWA1_RS02885, BHWA1_RS09085, BHWA1_RS04705, and BHWA1_RS02195), outer membrane proteins (OMPs) (bhlp16, bhlp17...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323927/pulmonary-fibrous-nodule-with-ossifications-as-a-hint-for-vascular-ehlers-danlos-syndrome-with-missense-mutation-in-col3a1
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Sabina Berezowska, Andreas Christe, Deborah Bartholdi, Markus Koch, Christophe von Garnier
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323501/the-pivotal-role-of-copper-in-neurodegeneration-a-new-strategy-for-the-therapy-of-neurodegenerative-disorders
#6
Roberta Giampietro, Francesco Spinelli, Marialessandra Contino, Nicola Antonio Colabufo
Copper is an essential trace element for human body since it is a cofactor of several enzymes and proteins and plays a pivotal role in several biological functions (e.g., respiration, protection from oxidative damage, iron metabolism, etc.), also including the central nervous system development and functioning (e.g. synthesis of neurotransmitters, myelination, activation of neuropeptides, etc.). Therefore, copper dysmetabolism is associated with different toxic effects, mainly represented by oxidative stress, and it has been reported in many neurodegenerative disorders, such as Wilson's disease, Menkes disease, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321807/different-modulation-of-panax-notoginseng-on-the-absorption-profiling-of-triptolide-and-tripterine-from-tripterygium-wilfordii-in-rat-intestine
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Yiqun Li, Huiting Cao, Mengzhu Liu, Benyong Zhang, Xinlong Zhang, Donglei Shi, Liwei Guo, Jinao Duan, Xueping Zhou, Huaxu Zhu, Qichun Zhang
Background: Compatibility with Panax notoginseng (PN) reduced the plasma concentration of triptolide and delayed the Tmax of Tripterygium wilfordii (TW), the sovereign medicine of Qing-Luo Tong-Bi decoction, which hinted the absorption process of triptolide might be involved in decreasing the toxicity in liver and kidney. Methods: The absorption of triptolide, triptonide, wilforlide and tripterine from monomer, TW, TW-PN, TW-Caulis Sinomenii (TW-CS) and Qing-Luo Tong-Bi were analyzed in duodenum, jejunum, ileum and colon of rat via single-pass intestinal perfusion model...
2018: Chinese Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321607/responses-in-shoot-elongation-carbohydrate-utilization-and-growth-recovery-of-an-invasive-species-to-submergence-at-different-water-temperatures
#8
Xiao Qi Ye, Bo Zeng, Jin Liu Meng, Ming Wu, Xiao Ping Zhang
Widely distributed amphibious exotic plant species may respond plastically to water temperatures when submerged. Alternanthera philoxeroides, a highly flood-tolerant species, originates from tropical regions and has successfully invaded temperate regions. The wide distribution of this species suggests it can respond to flooding at different water temperatures. In this study, the plastic responses of A. philoxeroides plants to submergence at water temperatures of 10 °C, 20 °C and 30 °C were investigated...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321171/sgk1-foxo3-signaling-in-hypothalamic-pomc-neurons-mediates-glucocorticoid-increased-adiposity
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Yalan Deng, Yuzhong Xiao, Feixiang Yuan, Yaping Liu, Xiaoxue Jiang, Jiali Deng, Geza Fejes-Toth, Aniko Naray-Fejes-Toth, Shanghai Chen, Yan Chen, Hao Ying, Qiwei Zhai, Yousheng Shu, Feifan Guo
Although central nervous system has been implicated in glucocorticoid-induced fat mass gain, the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. The aim of our current study was to investigate the possible involvement of hypothalamic serum- and glucocorticoid-regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) in glucocorticoid-increased adiposity. It is well-known that SGK1 expression is induced by acute glucocorticoid treatment, interestingly, we found its expression was decreased in the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus, including POMC neurons, following chronic dexamethasone (Dex) treatment...
January 10, 2018: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319559/hints-in-the-acute-vestibular-syndrome-pearls-and-pitfalls
#10
Nathan H Kung, Gregory P Van Stavern, Daniel R Gold
The acute vestibular syndrome (AVS) is characterized by the rapid onset of vertigo, nausea/vomiting, nystagmus, unsteady gait, and head motion intolerance lasting more than 24 hours. We present 4 patients with AVS to illustrate the pearls and pitfalls of the Head Impulse, Nystagmus, Test of Skew (HINTS) examination.
January 9, 2018: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319185/pharmacological-modulation-of-mitochondrial-calcium-homeostasis
#11
Daniela M Arduino, Fabiana Perocchi
Mitochondria are pivotal organelles in calcium (Ca2+ ) handling and signalling, constituting intracellular checkpoints for numerous processes that are vital for cell life. Alterations in mitochondrial Ca2+ homeostasis have been linked to a variety of pathological conditions and are critical in the etiology of several human diseases. Efforts have been taken to harness mitochondrial Ca2+ transport mechanisms for therapeutic intervention but pharmacological compounds that direct and selectively modulate mitochondrial Ca2+ homeostasis are currently lacking...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318489/neural-correlates-of-reappraisal-considering-working-memory-capacity-and-cognitive-flexibility
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Jenny Zaehringer, Rosalux Falquez, Anna-Lena Schubert, Frauke Nees, Sven Barnow
Cognitive reappraisal of emotion is strongly related to long-term mental health. Therefore, the exploration of underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms has become an essential focus of research. Considering that reappraisal and executive functions rely on a similar brain network, the question arises whether behavioral differences in executive functions modulate neural activity during reappraisal. Using functional neuroimaging, the present study aimed to analyze the role of working memory capacity (WMC) and cognitive flexibility in brain activity during down-regulation of negative emotions by reappraisal in N = 20 healthy participants...
January 9, 2018: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316918/in-silico-epitope-mapping-and-experimental-evaluation-of-the-merozoite-adhesive-erythrocytic-binding-protein-maebl-as-a-malaria-vaccine-candidate
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Pedro Cravo, Renato B Machado, Juliana A Leite, Taizy Leda, Rossarin Suwanarusk, Najara Bittencourt, Letusa Albrecht, Carla Judice, Stefanie C P Lopes, Marcus V G Lacerda, Marcelo U Ferreira, Irene S Soares, Yun Shan Goh, Daniel Y Bargieri, François Nosten, Bruce Russell, Laurent Rénia, Fabio T M Costa
BACKGROUND: Technical limitations for culturing the human malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax have impaired the discovery of vaccine candidates, challenging the malaria eradication agenda. The immunogenicity of the M2 domain of the Merozoite Adhesive Erythrocytic Binding Protein (MAEBL) antigen cloned from the Plasmodium yoelii murine parasite, has been previously demonstrated. RESULTS: Detailed epitope mapping of MAEBL through immunoinformatics identified several MHCI, MHCII and B cell epitopes throughout the peptide, with several of these lying in the M2 domain and being conserved between P...
January 10, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313239/modeling-complexity-cognitive-constraints-and-computational-model-building-in-integrative-systems-biology
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Miles MacLeod, Nancy J Nersessian
Modern integrative systems biology defines itself by the complexity of the problems it takes on through computational modeling and simulation. However in integrative systems biology computers do not solve problems alone. Problem solving depends as ever on human cognitive resources. Current philosophical accounts hint at their importance, but it remains to be understood what roles human cognition plays in computational modeling. In this paper we focus on practices through which modelers in systems biology use computational simulation and other tools to handle the cognitive complexity of their modeling problems so as to be able to make significant contributions to understanding, intervening in, and controlling complex biological systems...
January 8, 2018: History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311565/spontaneous-and-training-induced-cortical-plasticity-in-md-patients-hints-from-lateral-masking
#15
Marcello Maniglia, Vincent Soler, Benoit Cottereau, Yves Trotter
Macular degeneration (MD) affects central vision and represents the leading cause of visual diseases in elderly population worldwide. As a consequence of central vision loss, MD patients develop a preferred retinal locus (PRL), an eccentric fixation point that replaces the fovea. Here, our aim was to determine whether and to what extent spontaneous plasticity takes place in the cortical regions formerly responding to central vision and whether a visual training based on perceptual learning (PL) can boost this plasticity within the PRL area...
January 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306721/comparative-risk-assessment-and-cessation-information-seeking-among-smokeless-tobacco-users
#16
Jungmi Jun, Xiaoli Nan
INTRODUCTION: This research examined (1) smokeless tobacco users' comparative optimism in assessing the health and addiction risks of their own product in comparison with cigarettes, and (2) the effects of comparative optimism on cessation information-seeking. METHODS: A nationally-representative sample from the 2015 Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS)-FDA was employed. RESULTS: The analyses revealed the presence of comparative optimism in assessing both health and addiction risks among smokeless tobacco users...
December 28, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305510/lipidomics-of-thalassiosira-pseudonana-under-phosphorus-stress-reveal-underlying-phospholipid-substitution-dynamics-and-novel-diglycosylceramide-substitutes
#17
Jonathan E Hunter, Joost Brandsma, Marcus K Dymond, Grielof Koster, C Mark Moore, Anthony D Postle, Rachel A Mills, George S Attard
Phytoplankton substitute phosphorus (P) containing lipids with non-P analogues boosting growth in P-limited oceans. In the model diatom Thalassiosira pseudonana, lipid headgroup substitution dynamics are well described, but those of the individual lipids, varying in fatty acids, are unknown. Moreover, the behaviour of lipids outside of the common headgroup classes, and the relationship between lipid substitution and cellular particulate organic P (POP) are yet to be reported. We investigated these through the mass spectrometric lipidomics of P replete (P+) and depleted (P-) T...
January 5, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305295/the-hippo-pathway-in-normal-development-and-cancer
#18
REVIEW
Marcello Maugeri-Saccà, Ruggero De Maria
The Hippo pathway is a central regulator of organ size and tissue homeostasis. Hippo kinases and adaptor proteins mediate the phosphorylation and inactivation of YAP and TAZ, two closely related transcription co-activators. The Hippo pathway responds to a variety of extracellular and intracellular signals, spanning from cell-cell contact and mechanical cues to ligands of G-protein-coupled receptors and metabolic avenues. In some instances, YAP/TAZ activation is tuned by forces that bypass the Hippo kinase module, adding further complexity to the biology of the pathway...
January 2, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304239/cohort-difference-in-age-related-trajectories-in-network-size-in-old-age-are-networks-expanding
#19
Bianca Suanet, Oliver Huxhold
Objectives: Contemporary societal views on old age as well as a rise in retirement age raise the question whether patterns of stability and/or decline in network size as found in earlier studies similarly apply to later birth cohorts of older adults. Methods: Change score models are estimated to determine cohort differences in age-related trajectories in network size. Two birth cohorts (1928-37 and 1938-47, 55-64 at baseline in 1992 and 2002) of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam are followed across 4 observations over a time span of 9 years...
January 3, 2018: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299181/antioxidant-agents-against-trichothecenes-new-hints-for-oxidative-stress-treatment
#20
REVIEW
Qinghua Wu, Xu Wang, Eugenie Nepovimova, Yun Wang, Hualin Yang, Li Li, Xiujuan Zhang, Kamil Kuca
Trichothecenes are a group of mycotoxins mainly produced by fungi of genus Fusarium. Due to high toxicity and widespread dissemination, T-2 toxin and deoxynivalenol (DON) are considered to be the most important compounds of this class. Trichothecenes generate free radicals, including reactive oxygen species (ROS), which induce lipid peroxidation, decrease levels of antioxidant enzymes, and ultimately lead to apoptosis. Consequently, oxidative stress is an active area of research on the toxic mechanisms of trichothecenes, and identification of antioxidant agents that could be used against trichothecenes is crucial for human health...
December 15, 2017: Oncotarget
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