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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346677/anatomical-explanations-for-acute-depressions-in-radial-pattern-of-axial-sap-flow-in-two-diffuse-porous-mangrove-species-implications-for-water-use
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Hewei Zhao, Shengchang Yang, Xudong Guo, Congjiao Peng, Xiaoxuan Gu, Chuanyuan Deng, Luzhen Chen
Mangrove species have developed uniquely efficient water-use strategies in order to survive in highly saline and anaerobic environments. Herein, we estimated the stand water use of two diffuse-porous mangrove species of the same age, Sonneratia apetala Buch. Ham and Sonneratia caseolaris (L.) Engl., growing in a similar intertidal environment. Specifically, to investigate the radial patterns of axial sap flow density (Js) and understand the anatomical traits associated with them, we measured axial sap flow density in situ together with micromorphological observations...
January 16, 2018: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346444/social-and-structural-barriers-for-adherence-to-methadone-maintenance-treatment-among-vietnamese-opioid-dependence-patients
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Bach Xuan Tran, Long Hoang Nguyen, Tung Thanh Tran, Carl A Latkin
INTRODUCTION: Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) services may reduce the risk of HIV transmission if patients completely adhere to the treatment. Identifying adherence patterns and potential related factors is vital for the sustainability of MMT program in Vietnam. This study examined social and structural factors associated with adherence to MMT among patients in different service delivery models. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 510 patients at three MMT clinics in Hanoi were interviewed...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346413/genetic-diversity-and-potential-routes-of-transmission-of-mycobacterium-bovis-in-mozambique
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Adelina Machado, Teresa Rito, Solomon Ghebremichael, Nuelma Muhate, Gabriel Maxhuza, Custodia Macuamule, Ivania Moiane, Baltazar Macucule, Angelica Suzana Marranangumbe, Jorge Baptista, Joaquim Manguele, Tuija Koivula, Elizabeth Maria Streicher, Robin Mark Warren, Gunilla Kallenius, Paul van Helden, Margarida Correia-Neves
Bovine tuberculosis is a zoonotic disease with largely unknown impact in Africa, with risk factors such as HIV and direct contact with animals or consumption of Mycobacterium bovis infected animal products. In order to understand and quantify this risk and design intervention strategies, good epidemiological studies are needed. Such studies can include molecular typing of M. bovis isolates. The aim of this study was to apply these tools to provide novel information concerning the distribution of bovine tuberculosis in cattle in Mozambique and thereby provide relevant information to guide policy development and strategies to contain the disease in livestock, and reduce the risk associated with transmission to humans...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346402/gene-regulation-in-kluyveromyces-marxianus-in-the-context-of-chromosomes
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Du Toit W P Schabort, Stephanus G Kilian, James C du Preez
Eukaryotes, including the unicellular eukaryotes such as yeasts, employ multiple levels of gene regulation. Regulation of chromatin structure through chromatin compaction cascades, and influenced by transcriptional insulators, might play a role in the coordinated regulation of genes situated at adjacent loci and expressed as a co-regulated cluster. Subtelomeric gene silencing, which has previously been described in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, is an example of this phenomenon. Transcription from a common regulatory element located around a shared intergenic region is another factor that could coordinate the transcription of genes at adjacent loci...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346397/dose-enhancement-effects-of-gold-nanoparticles-specifically-targeting-rna-in-breast-cancer-cells
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Georg Hildenbrand, Philipp Metzler, Götz Pilarczyk, Vladimir Bobu, Wilhelm Kriz, Hiltraud Hosser, Jens Fleckenstein, Matthias Krufczik, Felix Bestvater, Frederik Wenz, Michael Hausmann
Localization microscopy has shown to be capable of systematic investigations on the arrangement and counting of cellular uptake of gold nanoparticles (GNP) with nanometer resolution. In this article, we show that the application of specially modified RNA targeting gold nanoparticles ("SmartFlares") can result in ring like shaped GNP arrangements around the cell nucleus. Transmission electron microscopy revealed GNP accumulation in vicinity to the intracellular membrane structures including them of the endoplasmatic reticulum...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346387/inferring-the-risk-factors-behind-the-geographical-spread-and-transmission-of-zika-in-the-americas
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Lauren M Gardner, András Bóta, Karthik Gangavarapu, Moritz U G Kraemer, Nathan D Grubaugh
BACKGROUND: An unprecedented Zika virus epidemic occurred in the Americas during 2015-2016. The size of the epidemic in conjunction with newly recognized health risks associated with the virus attracted significant attention across the research community. Our study complements several recent studies which have mapped epidemiological elements of Zika, by introducing a newly proposed methodology to simultaneously estimate the contribution of various risk factors for geographic spread resulting in local transmission and to compute the risk of spread (or re-introductions) between each pair of regions...
January 18, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346376/evaluating-the-sustainability-scalability-and-replicability-of-an-sth-transmission-interruption-intervention-the-deworm3-implementation-science-protocol
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Arianna Rubin Means, Sitara S R Ajjampur, Robin Bailey, Katya Galactionova, Marie-Claire Gwayi-Chore, Katherine Halliday, Moudachirou Ibikounle, Sanjay Juvekar, Khumbo Kalua, Gagandeep Kang, Pallavi Lele, Adrian J F Luty, Rachel Pullan, Rajiv Sarkar, Fabian Schär, Fabrizio Tediosi, Bryan J Weiner, Elodie Yard, Judd Walson
Hybrid trials that include both clinical and implementation science outcomes are increasingly relevant for public health researchers that aim to rapidly translate study findings into evidence-based practice. The DeWorm3 Project is a series of hybrid trials testing the feasibility of interrupting the transmission of soil transmitted helminths (STH), while conducting implementation science research that contextualizes clinical research findings and provides guidance on opportunities to optimize delivery of STH interventions...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346371/identification-of-novel-leishmanicidal-molecules-by-virtual-and-biochemical-screenings-targeting-leishmania-eukaryotic-initiation-factor-4a
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Emna Harigua-Souiai, Yosser Zina Abdelkrim, Imen Bassoumi-Jamoussi, Ons Zakraoui, Guillaume Bouvier, Khadija Essafi-Benkhadir, Josette Banroques, Nathan Desdouits, Hélène Munier-Lehmann, Mourad Barhoumi, N Kyle Tanner, Michael Nilges, Arnaud Blondel, Ikram Guizani
Leishmaniases are neglected parasitic diseases in spite of the major burden they inflict on public health. The identification of novel drugs and targets constitutes a research priority. For that purpose we used Leishmania infantum initiation factor 4A (LieIF), an essential translation initiation factor that belongs to the DEAD-box proteins family, as a potential drug target. We modeled its structure and identified two potential binding sites. A virtual screening of a diverse chemical library was performed for both sites...
January 18, 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346283/the-biological-role-of-hyaluronan-rich-oocyte-cumulus-extracellular-matrix-in-female-reproduction
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REVIEW
Eva Nagyova
Fertilization of the mammalian oocyte requires interactions between spermatozoa and expanded cumulus extracellular matrix (ECM) that surrounds the oocyte. This review focuses on key molecules that play an important role in the formation of the cumulus ECM, generated by the oocyte-cumulus complex. In particular, the specific inhibitors (AG1478, lapatinib, indomethacin and MG132) and progesterone receptor antagonist (RU486) exerting their effects through the remodeling of the ECM of the cumulus cells surrounding the oocyte have been described...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346235/posttraumatic-stress-in-children-after-injury-the-role-of-acute-pain-and-opioid-medication-use
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Aimee K Hildenbrand, Nancy Kassam-Adams, Lamia P Barakat, Kristen L Kohser, Jeffrey A Ciesla, Douglas L Delahanty, Joel A Fein, Lindsay B Ragsdale, Meghan L Marsac
OBJECTIVES: After injury, many children experience posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) that negatively impact recovery. Acute pain and PTSS share neurobiological pathways, and acute dosage of morphine has been linked to reduced PTSS in naturalistic studies. However, the complex interactions between pain, morphine and other opioid use, and PTSS have yet to be investigated in robust pediatric samples.This prospective, longitudinal study examined relationships between acute pain, opioid medications, and PTSS after pediatric injury...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346156/developing-a-mobile-app-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-pressure-injuries
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Geraldo Magela Salomé, Lydia Masako Ferreira
OBJECTIVE: This descriptive study describes the planning and development of a mobile application (app) for prevention and treatment of pressure injuries for use by providers in a university research center. The app delineates risk factors for pressure injury development, provides an evaluation of the wound, recommends wound cleansing procedures, performs pressure injury staging, and recommends treatment interventions. METHODS: A mobile app was developed using a contextualized instructional design, which involves a constructivist proposal and planning, developing, and applying specific didactic situations, thus incorporating mechanisms that favor contextualization...
February 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346070/key-pharmacovigilance-stakeholders-experiences-of-direct-patient-reporting-of-adverse-drug-reactions-and-their-prospects-of-future-development-in-the-european-union
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P Inácio, A Cavaco, E Allan, M Airaksinen
OBJECTIVES: In the European Union (EU), legislation allows patients to directly report adverse drug reactions (ADRs) to competent authorities. Five years after its implementation, patient reporting is not equal in all countries. This study aimed to explore key stakeholders' perceptions of patient reporting in four EU countries. STUDY DESIGN: Qualitative study design. METHODS: Twelve representatives from national pharmacovigilance centres and/or authorities as well as national pharmaceutical industry bodies in four EU countries participated in the study...
January 12, 2018: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345843/does-the-use-of-epiduroscopic-lysis-of-adhesions-reduce-the-need-for-spinal-cord-stimulation-in-failed-back-surgery-syndrome-a-short-term-pilot-study
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S J Tuijp, J Van Zundert, P De Vooght, M Puylaert, R Mestrum, R Heylen, P Vanelderen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Persistent low back pain after initially successful surgery that is not attributed to structural deficits, is called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). When conservative and minimal invasive therapy fail, the recommended treatment is spinal cord stimulation (SCS). Because epidural fibrosis can be a contributing factor in the majority of FBSS patients, lumbosacral epiduroscopic lysis of adhesions may be considered as a less invasive alternative treatment option. We hypothesized that the use of epiduroscopic lysis of adhesions could reduce the need for SCS...
January 18, 2018: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345805/is-the-widely-used-two-factor-structure-of-the-ruminative-responses-scale-invariant-across-different-samples-of-women
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Paola Lucena-Santos, José Pinto-Gouveia, Sérgio A Carvalho, Margareth da Silva Oliveira
OBJECTIVES: Although the Ruminative Responses Scale is one of the most widely used measures of rumination, its two-factor structure remains controversial. Taking this into account, we aimed to test the RRS-10 two-factor invariance (Brazilian version) between different samples of women and to study its internal consistency and convergent validity. METHODS: A sample of 321 women (general population, n = 106; college students, n = 115; and medical population of patients with overweight and obesity, n = 100) participated in the study...
January 18, 2018: Psychology and Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345720/effects-of-nicotine-administration-in-rats-on-mmp2-and-vegf-levels-in-periodontal-membrane
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Buşra Deveci, Buket Ayna, İbrahim Halil Tacir, Engin Deveci, Mehmet Cudi Tuncer, Ayşegül Pala
Nicotine is associated with increased incidence of periodontal disease and poor response to therapy. This article aimed at identifying the expression of Matrix metalloproteinases-2 (MMP2) and Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) proteins on extracellular matrix, fibrous distribution and angiogenetic development in periodontitis caused by nicotine effects on periodontal membrane. In this experimental study, the groups were divided into nicotine and control groups. While the nicotine groups in rats (n=6) were administered 2mg/kg Nicotine sulphate for 28 days, the control group in rats (n=6) were only administered 1,5 ml physiologic saline solution subcutaneously for 28 days...
January 18, 2018: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345715/tendon-function-related-structure-simple-healing-process-and-mysterious-ageing
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Jan Zabrzyński, Łukasz Łapaj, Łukasz Paczesny, Agnieszka Zabrzyńska, Dariusz Grzanka
Tendons are connective tissue structures of paramount importance to human ability of locomotion. The understanding of their physiology and pathology is gaining importance as advances in regenerative medicine are being made today. So far, very few studies were conducted to extend the knowledge about pathology, healing response and management of tendon lesions. In this paper we summarize actual knowledge on structure, process of healing and ageing of the tendons. The structure of tendon is optimized for the best performance of the tissue...
January 18, 2018: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345638/molecular-mechanism-of-promoter-opening-by-rna-polymerase-iii
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Matthias K Vorländer, Heena Khatter, Rene Wetzel, Wim J H Hagen, Christoph W Müller
RNA polymerase III (Pol III) and transcription factor IIIB (TFIIIB) assemble together on different promoter types to initiate the transcription of small, structured RNAs. Here we present structures of Pol III preinitiation complexes, comprising the 17-subunit Pol III and the heterotrimeric transcription factor TFIIIB, bound to a natural promoter in different functional states. Electron cryo-microscopy reconstructions, varying from 3.7 Å to 5.5 Å resolution, include two early intermediates in which the DNA duplex is closed, an open DNA complex, and an initially transcribing complex with RNA in the active site...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345637/structural-basis-of-rna-polymerase-iii-transcription-initiation
#18
Guillermo Abascal-Palacios, Ewan Phillip Ramsay, Fabienne Beuron, Edward Morris, Alessandro Vannini
RNA polymerase (Pol) III transcribes essential non-coding RNAs, including the entire pool of transfer RNAs, the 5S ribosomal RNA and the U6 spliceosomal RNA, and is often deregulated in cancer cells. The initiation of gene transcription by Pol III requires the activity of the transcription factor TFIIIB to form a transcriptionally active Pol III preinitiation complex (PIC). Here we present electron microscopy reconstructions of Pol III PICs at 3.4-4.0 Å and a reconstruction of unbound apo-Pol III at 3.1 Å...
January 17, 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345556/positional-differences-in-elite-basketball-selecting-appropriate-training-load-measures
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Luka Svilar, Julen Castellano, Igor Jukic, David Casamichana
PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper was to study the structure of interrelationships among external training load measures and how these vary among different positions in elite basketball. METHODS: Eight external variables of jumping (JUMP), acceleration (ACC), deceleration (DEC) and change of direction (COD), and two internal load variables (RPE and sRPE) were collected from 13 professional players with 300 session records. Three playing positions were considered: guards (n=4), forwards (n=4) and centers (n=5)...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345481/the-influence-of-low-barrier-and-voluntary-service-policies-on-survivor-empowerment-in-a-domestic-violence-housing-organization
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Nkiru Nnawulezi, Surbhi Godsay, Cris M Sullivan, Suzanne Marcus, Margaret Hacskaylo
The purpose of community-based domestic violence crisis housing programs (e.g., shelters) is to provide a safe setting that promotes empowerment for survivors of intimate partner violence. For staff to reach this aim, the program must have formal structures and processes in place to support such efforts. This study explored how low-barrier and voluntary service policies influenced staff practices and survivor empowerment. Low-barrier policies require that programs remove barriers that prevent survivors, particularly those who have mental health concerns and/or addictions, from being able to access services...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
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