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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214856/the-central-nervous-system-of-jawless-vertebrates-encephalization-in-lampreys-and-hagfishes
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Carlos A Salas, Kara E Yopak, Thomas J Lisney, Ian C Potter, Shaun P Collin
Lampreys and hagfishes are the sole surviving representatives of the early agnathan (jawless) stage in vertebrate evolution, which has previously been regarded as the least encephalized group of all vertebrates. Very little is known, however, about the extent of interspecific variation in relative brain size in these fishes, as previous studies have focused on only a few species, even though lampreys exhibit a variety of life history traits. While some species are parasitic as adults, with varying feeding behaviors, others (nonparasitic species) do not feed after completing their macrophagous freshwater larval phase...
February 18, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213945/optimization-of-initial-propofol-bolus-dose-for-eeg-narcotrend-index-guided-transition-from-sevoflurane-induction-to-intravenous-anesthesia-in-children
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Nils Dennhardt, Dietmar Boethig, Christiane Beck, Sebastian Heiderich, Martin Boehne, Andreas Leffler, Barbara Schultz, Robert Sümpelmann
BACKGROUND: Sevoflurane induction followed by intravenous anesthesia is a widely used technique to combine the benefits of an easier and less traumatic venipuncture after sevoflurane inhalation with a recovery with less agitation, nausea, and vomiting after total intravenous anesthesia (TIVA). Combination of two different anesthetics may lead to unwanted burst suppression in the electroencephalogram (EEG) during the transition phase. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this prospective clinical observational study was to identify the optimal initial propofol bolus dose for a smooth transition from sevoflurane induction to TIVA using the EEG Narcotrend Index (NI)...
February 18, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213598/informing-efficient-randomised-controlled-trials-exploration-of-challenges-in-developing-progression-criteria-for-internal-pilot-studies
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Kerry N L Avery, Paula R Williamson, Carrol Gamble, Elaine O'Connell Francischetto, Chris Metcalfe, Peter Davidson, Hywel Williams, Jane M Blazeby
OBJECTIVES: Designing studies with an internal pilot phase may optimise the use of pilot work to inform more efficient randomised controlled trials (RCTs). Careful selection of preagreed decision or 'progression' criteria at the juncture between the internal pilot and main trial phases provides a valuable opportunity to evaluate the likely success of the main trial and optimise its design or, if necessary, to make the decision not to proceed with the main trial. Guidance on the appropriate selection and application of progression criteria is, however, lacking...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213133/the-relation-between-ecap-measurements-and-the-effect-of-rate-on-behavioral-thresholds-in-cochlear-implant-users
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Colette M McKay, Nicholas Smale
It has been shown that electrically evoked compound action potential (ECAP) thresholds are not sufficiently predictive of behavioral thresholds to allow their use as a totally objective method to program a cochlear implant. Previous animal studies have shown that two other ECAP parameters (the ECAP amplitude growth slope and the effect on ECAPs of changing the phase duration (PD) or interphase gap (IPG)), and the way that behavioral thresholds change with increasing rate of stimulation, are associated with cochlear health...
February 14, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212606/the-implementation-of-health-promotion-in-primary-and-community-care-a-qualitative-analysis-of-the-prescribe-vida-saludable-strategy
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Catalina Martinez, Gonzalo Bacigalupe, Josep M Cortada, Gonzalo Grandes, Alvaro Sanchez, Haizea Pombo, Paola Bully
BACKGROUND: The impact of lifestyle on health is undeniable and effective healthy lifestyle promotion interventions do exist. However, this is not a fundamental part of routine primary care clinical practice. We describe factors that determine changes in performance of primary health care centers involved in piloting the health promotion innovation 'Prescribe Vida Saludable' (PVS) phase II. METHODS: We engaged four primary health care centers of the Basque Healthcare Service in an action research project aimed at changing preventive health practices...
February 17, 2017: BMC Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212266/individual-patterns-in-blood-borne-indicators-of-fatigue-trait-or-chance
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Ross Julian, Tim Meyer, Hugh H K Fullagar, Sabrina Skorski, Mark Pfeiffer, Michael Kellmann, Alexander Ferrauti, Anne Hecksteden
Julian, R, Meyer, T, Fullagar, HHK, Skorski, S, Pfeiffer, M, Kellmann, M, Ferrauti, A, and Hecksteden, A. Individual patterns in blood-borne indicators of fatigue-trait or chance. J Strength Cond Res 31(3): 608-619, 2017-Blood-borne markers of fatigue such as creatine kinase (CK) and urea (U) are widely used to fine-tune training recommendations. However, predictive accuracy is low. A possible explanation for this dissatisfactory characteristic is the propensity of athletes to react to different patterns of fatigue indicators (e...
March 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211616/design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-chalcone-containing-shikonin-derivatives-as-inhibitors-of-tubulin-polymerization
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Han-Yue Qiu, Fang Wang, Xue Wang, Wen-Xue Sun, Jin-Liang Qi, Yan-Jun Pang, Rong-Wu Yang, Gui-Hua Lu, Xiao-Ming Wang, Yong-Hua Yang
The biological importance of microtubules in mitosis makes them an interesting target for the development of anticancer agents. In this study, a series of novel chalcone-containing shikonin derivatives was designed, synthesized, and evaluated for biological activities. Among them, derivative PMMB-259 [(R)-1-(5,8-dihydroxy-1,4-dioxo-1,4-dihydronaphthalen-2-yl)-4-methylpent-3-en-1-yl (E)-2-(4-(3-oxo-3-(3-(trifluoromethoxy)phenyl)prop-1-en-1-yl)phenoxy)acetate] was identified as a potent inhibitor of tubulin polymerization...
February 17, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211544/upper-critical-field-reaches-90%C3%A2-tesla-near-the-mott-transition-in-fulleride-superconductors
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Y Kasahara, Y Takeuchi, R H Zadik, Y Takabayashi, R H Colman, R D McDonald, M J Rosseinsky, K Prassides, Y Iwasa
Controlled access to the border of the Mott insulating state by variation of control parameters offers exotic electronic states such as anomalous and possibly high-transition-temperature (Tc) superconductivity. The alkali-doped fullerides show a transition from a Mott insulator to a superconductor for the first time in three-dimensional materials, but the impact of dimensionality and electron correlation on superconducting properties has remained unclear. Here we show that, near the Mott insulating phase, the upper critical field Hc2 of the fulleride superconductors reaches values as high as ∼90 T-the highest among cubic crystals...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211367/high-quality-four-dimensional-cone-beam-ct-reconstruction-using-motion-compensated-total-variation-regularization
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Hua Zhang, Jianhua Ma, Zhaoying Bian, Dong Zeng, Qianjin Feng, Wufan Chen
Four dimensional cone-beam computed tomography (4D-CBCT) has great potential clinical value because its ability to describe tumor and organ motion. But the challenge in 4D-CBCT reconstruction is the limited number of projections at each phase, which resulting in the reconstruction full of noise and streak artifacts with the conventional analytical algorithms. To address this problem, in this paper, we propose a motion compensated total variation regularization approach which tries to maximum explore the temporal coherence of the spatial structures among 4D-CBCT phases...
February 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211014/comprehensive-peptide-ion-structure-studies-using-ion-mobility-techniques-part-1-an-advanced-protocol-for-molecular-dynamics-simulations-and-collision-cross-section-calculation
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Samaneh Ghassabi Kondalaji, Mahdiar Khakinejad, Amirmahdi Tafreshian, Stephen J Valentine
Collision cross-section (CCS) measurements with a linear drift tube have been utilized to study the gas-phase conformers of a model peptide (acetyl-PAAAAKAAAAKAAAAKAAAAK). Extensive molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been conducted to derive an advanced protocol for the generation of a comprehensive pool of in-silico structures; both higher energy and more thermodynamically stable structures are included to provide an unbiased sampling of conformational space. MD simulations at 300 K are applied to the in-silico structures to more accurately describe the gas-phase transport properties of the ion conformers including their dynamics...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209805/effects-of-photophase-illuminance-on-locomotor-activity-urine-production-and-urinary-6-sulfatoxymelatonin-in-nocturnal-and-diurnal-south-african-rodents
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Ingrid van der Merwe, Maria K Oosthuizen, Andre Ganswindt, Abraham Haim, Nigel C Bennett
Effects of photophase illuminance (1, 10, 100 and 330 lux of white incandescent lighting) on daily rhythms of locomotor activity, urine production and 6-sulfatoxymelatonin (6-SMT; 10 lux vs. 330 lux) were studied in nocturnal Namaqua rock mice (Micaelamys namaquensis) and diurnal four striped field mice (Rhabdomys pumilio). Micaelamys namaquensis was consistently nocturnal (∼90-94% nocturnal activity), whereas considerable individual variation marked activity profiles in R. pumilio, but with activity mostly pronounced around twilight (∼55-66% diurnal activity)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209163/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-myocardial-feature-tracking-using-a-non-rigid-elastic-image-registration-algorithm-assessment-of-variability-in-a-real-life-clinical-setting
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Pedro Morais, Alberto Marchi, Julie A Bogaert, Tom Dresselaers, Brecht Heyde, Jan D'hooge, Jan Bogaert
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance myocardial feature tracking (CMR-FT) is a promising technique for quantification of myocardial strain from steady-state free precession (SSFP) cine images. We sought to determine the variability of CMR-FT using a non-rigid elastic registration algorithm recently available in a commercial software package (Segment, Medviso) in a real-life clinical setting. METHODS: Firstly, we studied the variability in a healthy volunteer who underwent 10 CMR studies over five consecutive days...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208847/effect-of-different-phases-of-menstrual-cycle-on-cardio-respiratory-efficiency-in-normal-overweight-and-obese-female-undergraduate-students
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Nazrin Samsudeen, Archana Rajagopalan
INTRODUCTION: The influence of obesity on cardio-respiratory efficiency in the various phases of menstrual cycle is not well understood until now. As majority of Indian women have a favourable attitude towards participation in sports it is significant to understand the variation in exercise performance during different phases of menstrual cycle to have an optimum performance. AIM: To evaluate the endurance capacity and cardio-respiratory responses in normal, obese and overweight female undergraduate students during different phases of menstrual cycle...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208499/collective-transport-for-active-matter-run-and-tumble-disk-systems-on-a-traveling-wave-substrate
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Cs Sándor, A Libál, C Reichhardt, C J Olson Reichhardt
We examine numerically the transport of an assembly of active run-and-tumble disks interacting with a traveling-wave substrate. We show that as a function of substrate strength, wave speed, disk activity, and disk density, a variety of dynamical phases arise that are correlated with the structure and net flux of disks. We find that there is a sharp transition into a state in which the disks are only partially coupled to the substrate and form a phase-separated cluster state. This transition is associated with a drop in the net disk flux, and it can occur as a function of the substrate speed, maximum substrate force, disk run time, and disk density...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208395/collective-dynamics-of-time-delay-coupled-phase-oscillators-in-a-frustrated-geometry
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Bhumika Thakur, Devendra Sharma, Abhijit Sen, George L Johnston
We study the effect of time delay on the dynamics of a system of repulsively coupled nonlinear oscillators that are configured as a geometrically frustrated network. In the absence of time delay, frustrated systems are known to possess a high degree of multistability among a large number of coexisting collective states except for the fully synchronized state that is normally obtained for attractively coupled systems. Time delay in the coupling is found to remove this constraint and to lead to such a synchronized ground state over a range of parameter values...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208352/higher-order-effects-on-the-properties-of-the-optical-compact-bright-pulse-collective-variable-approach
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Chancelor Pokam Nguewawe, Serge I Fewo, David Yemélé
The effects of higher-order (HO) terms on the properties of the compact bright (CB) pulse described by the dispersionless nonlocal nonlinear Schrödinger (DNNLS) equation are investigated. These effects include third-order dispersion (TOD), the Raman term, and the time derivative of the pulse envelope. By means of the collective variable method, the dynamical behavior of the pulse amplitude, width, frequency, velocity, phase, and chirp during propagation is pointed out. The results indicate that the CB pulse experiences a self-frequency shift and self-steepening, respectively, in the presence of an isolated Raman term and the time derivative of the pulse envelope and acquires a velocity as the result of the TOD effect...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208303/a-photothermal-spectrometer-for-fast-and-background-free-detection-of-individual-nanoparticles-in-flow
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Richard Maceiczyk, Hisashi Shimizu, David Müller, Takehiko Kitamori, Andrew deMello
Sensitive detection and quantification of individual plasmonic nanoparticles is critical in a range of applications in the biological, nanomaterials, and analytical sciences. Although a wide range of techniques can be applied to the analysis of immobilized particles, high-throughput analysis of nanoscale species in flow is surprisingly underdeveloped. To address this shortcoming, we present an ultrasensitive, background-free technique based on the photothermal effect and termed differential detection photothermal interferometry (DDPI)...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208220/allergic-respiratory-disease-different-allergens-different-symptoms
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Antonio Valero, Santiago Quirce, Ignacio Dávila, Julio Delgado, Javier Domínguez-Ortega
BACKGROUND: Spanish population is rather homogeneous in its genetic and socio-cultural characteristics, but allergen sensitization shows wide geographical variations. We aimed at assessing whether sensitization to different allergens in the diverse geographical areas induced different clinical and quality of life characteristics in adult patients with a first-time diagnosis of rhinitis and/or asthma. METHODS: Two sequential, identically designed studies were carried out to evaluate such associations (PERFILAR I and II)...
February 16, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205603/influences-of-volcano-eruptions-on-asian-summer-monsoon-over-the-last-110-years
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Liang Ning, Jian Liu, Weiyi Sun
Asian summer monsoon (ASM) precipitation is the primary water resource for agriculture in many Asian countries that have experienced rapid economic growth in recent decades, thus implying the necessity for further investigations on both the internal variability of the ASM and the influence of external factors on the ASM. Using long-term high-resolution (0.5° × 0.5°) observed precipitation data, contrary to previous studies on inter-annual timescale, we showed that over the last 110 years, volcanic eruptions have influenced ASM variations on an inter-decadal timescale via teleconnections with the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation (AMO)...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205577/epigenetic-signatures-of-invasive-status-in-populations-of-marine-invertebrates
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Alba Ardura, Anastasija Zaiko, Paloma Morán, Serge Planes, Eva Garcia-Vazquez
Epigenetics, as a DNA signature that affects gene expression and enables rapid reaction of an organism to environmental changes, is likely involved in the process of biological invasions. DNA methylation is an epigenetic mechanism common to plants and animals for regulating gene expression. In this study we show, for the first time in any marine species, significant reduction of global methylation levels during the expansive phase of a pygmy mussel (Xenostrobus securis) recent invasion in Europe (two-year old), while in older introductions such epigenetic signature of invasion was progressively reduced...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
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