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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446015/realistic-electric-field-mapping-of-anisotropic-muscle-during-electrical-stimulation-using-a-combination-of-water-diffusion-tensor-and-electrical-conductivity
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Bup Kyung Choi, Tong In Oh, Saurav Zk Sajib, Jin Woong Kim, Hyung Joong Kim, Oh In Kwon, Eung Je Woo
PURPOSE: To realistically map the electric fields of biological tissues using a diffusion tensor magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography (DT-MREIT) method to estimate tissue response during electrical stimulation. METHODS: Imaging experiments were performed using chunks of bovine muscle. Two silver wire electrodes were positioned inside the muscle tissue for electrical stimulation. Electric pulses were applied with a 100-V amplitude and 100-μs width using a voltage stimulator...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446012/differentiation-potential-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-is-related-to-their-intrinsic-mechanical-properties
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Ihn Han, Byung-Su Kwon, Hun-Kuk Park, Kyung Sook Kim
PURPOSE: The differentiation properties of stem cells are not yet fully understood due to their close association with multiple environmental and extrinsic factors. This study investigates the differentiation properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and correlates them with their intrinsic mechanical properties. METHODS: A total of 3 different types of MSCs, namely bone marrow-derived MSCs (BMSCs), umbilical cord-derived MSCs (UCSCs), and adipose-derived MSCs (ADSCs) were evaluated...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446001/a-post-genome-wide-association-study-validating-the-association-of-the-glycophorin-c-gene-with-serum-hemoglobin-level-in-pig
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Yang Liu, Zhengzheng Hu, Chen Yang, Shiwei Wang, Wenwen Wang, Qin Zhang
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to validate the statistical evidence from the genome-wide association study (GWAS) as true-positive and to better understand the effects of the glycophorin C (GYPC) gene on serum hemoglobin traits. METHODS: Our initial GWAS revealed the presence of two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) (ASGA0069038 and ALGA0084612) for the hemoglobin concentration trait (HGB) in the 2.48 Mb region of SSC15. From this target region, GYPC was selected as a promising gene that associated with serum HGB traits in pigs...
May 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445998/infrared-raman-and-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopic-study-of-sio2-c-nanopowders
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Dariya Savchenko, Vladimir Vorliček, Ekaterina Kalabukhova, Aleksandr Sitnikov, Andrii Vasin, Dmytro Kysil, Stanislav Sevostianov, Valentyn Tertykh, Alexei Nazarov
Optical and magnetic properties of SiO2:C nanopowders obtained by chemical and thermal modification of fumed silica were studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman, continuous wave (CW) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), echo-detected EPR and pulsed electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) spectroscopy. Two overlapping signals of Lorentzian lineshape were detected in CW EPR spectra of the initial SiO2:C. The EPR signal at g = 2.0055(3) is due to the silicon dangling bonds, which vanishes after thermal annealing, and the second EPR signal at g = 2...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445984/paraoxonase-1-gene-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-breast-cancer-in-a-population-of-chinese-women
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Junrong Wu, Min Fang, Xiaoping Zhou, Bo Zhu, Zhi Yang
In this study, we explored associations between paraoxonase 1 (PON1) L55M and Q192R gene polymorphisms and the risk of breast cancer in 365 female breast cancer patients and 378 healthy controls from the Guangxi region of southern China. The LM heterozygous and MM homozygous genotypes, as well as M carrier status and M alleles, were associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. In addition, the M allele was associated with postmenopausal status and increased nodal involvement. In contrast, none of the Q192R genotypes or alleles were associated with a change in breast cancer risk, or with any of the clinicopathological parameters...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445960/effect-of-folate-deficiency-on-promoter-methylation-and-gene-expression-of-esr1-cav1-and-elavl1-and-its-influence-on-spermatogenesis
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Hong-Fang Yuan, Kai Zhao, Yu Zang, Chun-Yan Liu, Zhi-Yong Hu, Jia-Jing Wei, Ting Zhou, Ying Li, Hui-Ping Zhang
This study aims to investigate the effect of folate deficiency on the male reproductive function and the underlying mechanism. A total of 269 screened participants from 421 recruitments were enrolled in this study. An animal model of folate deficiency was constructed. Folate concentration was measured in the ejaculate, and its association with semen parameters was then determined. The expression and promoter methylation status of ESR1, CAV1, and ELAVL1 were also evaluated. Results showed that seminal plasma folate level was significantly lower among subjects with azoospermia than those with normozoospermia...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445947/characteristics-and-comparison-of-colorectal-cancer-incidence-in-beijing-with-other-regions-in-the-world
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Zhongmin Li, Lei Yang, Changzheng Du, Xuedong Fang, Ning Wang, Jin Gu
BACKGROUND: Population-based epidemiologic studies about colorectal cancer are lacking in China. This study aims to provide a basis for colorectal cancer screening and prevention, through analysis and comparisons the characteristics of the trends in colorectal cancer incidence in Beijing and selected representative regions. RESULTS: The annual incidence rate in Beijing region increased significantly, from 9.40/100,000 in 1998 to 18.61/100,000 in 2012. The stratified rate showed that the incidence of distal colon adenocarcinoma increased substantially in men, especially in those aged > 75 years and residing in urban areas...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445934/jarid2-is-essential-for-the-maintenance-of-tumor-initiating-cells-in-bladder-cancer
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Xin-Xing Zhu, Ya-Wei Yan, Chun-Zhi Ai, Shan Jiang, Shan-Shan Xu, Min Niu, Xiang-Zhen Wang, Gen-Shen Zhong, Xi-Feng Lu, Yu Xue, Shaoqi Tian, Guangyao Li, Shaojun Tang, Yi-Zhou Jiang
Bladder cancer is the most common urologic malignancy in China, with an increase of the incidence and mortality rates over past decades. Recent studies suggest that bladder tumors are maintained by a rare fraction of cells with stem cell proprieties. Targeting these bladder tumor initiating cell (TICs) population can overcome the drug-resistance of bladder cancer. However, the molecular and genetic mechanisms regulating TICs in bladder cancer remain poorly defined. Jarid2 is implicated in signaling pathways regulating cancer cell epithelial-mesenchymal transition, and stem cell maintenance...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445927/vaccines-targeting-pres1-domain-overcome-immune-tolerance-in-hbv-carrier-mice
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Yingjie Bian, Zheng Zhang, Zhichen Sun, Juanjuan Zhao, Danming Zhu, Yang Wang, Sherry Fu, Jingya Guo, Longchao Liu, Lishan Su, Fu-Sheng Wang, Yang-Xin Fu, Hua Peng
Strong tolerance to HBV surface antigens limits the therapeutic effect of the conventional HBsAg vaccination in both preclinical animal models and patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) infection. In contrast, we observed that clinical CHB patients presented less immune tolerance to the preS1 domain of HBV large surface antigen. To study whether targeting the weak tolerance of preS1 region could improve therapy gain, we explored vaccination with the long peptide of preS1 domain for HBV virions clearance. Our study showed that this preS1-polypeptide rather than HBsAg vaccination induced robust immune responses in the HBV carrier mice...
April 26, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445916/brain-regions-essential-for-word-comprehension-drawing-inferences-from-patients
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Argye E Hillis, Christopher Rorden, Julius Fridriksson
Lesion-deficit association studies are important as they can reveal brain regions essential for specific functions, but sometimes appear to yield conflicting results. We aimed to show how pitfalls of lesions studies can be avoided, and converging results obtained, illustrating from studies of the role of posterior superior temporal gyrus in auditory word comprehension. We review published lesion studies on auditory comprehension and present new data from both acute and chronic stroke that address weaknesses in some previous studies...
April 26, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445889/genetic-polymorphisms-in-aromatase-cyp19a1-are-not-associated-with-gonadal-phenotypes-in-red-eared-slider-turtle-hatchlings-developed-at-a-pivotal-temperature
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Yuiko Matsumoto, David Crews
Embryonic gonad sex in many reptilian species is determined by the incubation temperature of the egg, a differentiation process known as temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). Incubation at the pivotal temperature (PvT) results in approximately an equal number of offspring of both sexes. We investigated the potential contribution of genetic variations that drives the gonadal differentiation into testes or ovaries under this temperature in the red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta). Four male and 4 female hatchlings of eggs that had been incubated at the PvT were examined for polymorphisms at an approximately 23-kb region of the aromatase (cyp19a1) gene...
April 27, 2017: Sexual Development: Genetics, Molecular Biology, Evolution, Endocrinology, Embryology, and Pathology of Sex Determination and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445885/patterns-of-microglial-cell-activation-in-alzheimer-disease-and-frontotemporal-lobar-degeneration
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Ricardo Taipa, Paulo Brochado, Andrew Robinson, Inês Reis, Patrício Costa, David M Mann, Manuel Melo Pires, Nuno Sousa
AIMS: Microglia-driven neuroinflammation can play an important role in the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative disorders. In this study, we sought to characterize the distribution of microglial cell activation in 2 neurodegenerative dementias with distinct protein signatures, Alzheimer disease (AD) and frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD) of the TDP subtype, and to determine if there was an anatomical correlation with the phenotypes most commonly associated with these conditions...
April 27, 2017: Neuro-degenerative Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445857/binding-of-resveratrol-to-the-minor-groove-of-dna-sequences-with-aatt-and-ttaa-segments-induces-differential-stability
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Maya S Nair, Samar D'Mello, Rashmi Pant, Krishna Mohan Poluri
Interactions of a natural stilbene compound, resveratrol with two DNA sequences containing AATT/TTAA segments have been studied. Resveratrol is found to interact with both the sequences. The mode of interaction has been studied using absorption, steady state fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopic techniques. UV-visible absorption and fluorescence studies provided the information regarding the binding constants and the stoichiometry of binding, whereas circular dichroism studies depicted the structural changes in DNA upon resveratrol binding...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445839/temporal-lobe-spikes-eeg-fmri-contributions-to-the-mesial-vs-lateral-debate
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Satsuki Watanabe, François Dubeau, Natalja Zazubovits, Jean Gotman
OBJECTIVE: It has been reported that interictal epileptic discharges (IEDs) recorded in temporal regions on scalp EEG are unlikely to originate from mesial temporal structures. However, EEG-fMRI sometimes show mesial temporal activation. We hypothesized that BOLD activation in the temporal neocortex is weaker than in the mesial structures, reflecting the fact that propagated activity has less metabolic demand than the original discharge. METHODS: Twelve patients with epilepsy who have BOLD response in mesial temporal structures were selected from our EEG-fMRI database...
April 9, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445827/scale-effect-on-spatial-patterns-of-ecosystem-services-and-associations-among-them-in-semi-arid-area-a-case-study-in-ningxia-hui-autonomous-region-china
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Shuna Xu, Yanfang Liu, Xia Wang, Guangxia Zhang
Identifying scale effect on spatial patterns of ecosystem services and associations among them has been recognized as critical to the sustainable management of ecosystem services. We proposed a method to conveniently integrate ecosystem services of small scale into different larger scales. Taking Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in west China as an example, we analyzed the change regularity of spatial patterns of 7 ecosystem services under 22 different scales. Further, the tradeoffs and synergies among ecosystem services across all scales were compared...
April 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445822/identification-of-the-inactivating-factors-and-mechanisms-exerted-on-ms2-coliphage-in-concentrated-synthetic-urine
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Wakana Oishi, Daisuke Sano, Loic Decrey, Syunsuke Kadoya, Tamar Kohn, Naoyuki Funamizu
Volume reduction (condensation) is a key for the practical usage of human urine as a fertilizer because it enables the saving of storage space and the reduction of transportation cost. However, concentrated urine may carry infectious disease risks resulting from human pathogens frequently present in excreta, though the survival of pathogens in concentrated urine is not well understood. In this study, the inactivation of MS2 coliphage, a surrogate for single-stranded RNA human enteric viruses, in concentrated synthetic urine was investigated...
April 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445817/nanostructural-and-mechanical-property-changes-to-spider-silk-as-a-consequence-of-insecticide-exposure
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Marco Benamú, Mariángeles Lacava, Luis F García, Martín Santana, Jian Fang, Xungai Wang, Sean J Blamires
Neonicotinoids are one of the world's most extensively used insecticides, but their sub-lethal influences on non-target and beneficial organisms are not well known. Here we exposed the orb web spider Parawixia audax, which is found on arable lands in Uruguay, to a sub-lethal concentration of the broad spectrum insecticide Geonex (thiamethoxam + lambda-cyhalothrin) and monitored their web building. We collected their major ampullate silk and subjected it to tensile tests, wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXS) analysis, and amino acid composition analysis...
April 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445789/characterisation-of-pb-induced-changes-and-prediction-of-pb-exposure-in-microalgae-using-infrared-spectroscopy
#18
Ly Dao, John Beardall, Philip Heraud
Macromolecular changes in Chlorella sp. FleB1 and Scenedesmus acutus YaA6 exposed to Pb were characterised by Attenuated Total Reflectance-Fourier Transform Infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy. Spectra were collected in the mid-infrared spectral region and a chemometric approach was used to analyse the spectra. Principal Component Analysis showed that under Pb treatment, carbohydrates and lipids increased while proteins and phosphorylated molecules decreased in both the isolates. These conclusions were corroborated by conventional measurements of photosynthesis and neutral lipids...
April 14, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445769/evidence-for-mast-cell-mediated-zinc-homeostasis-increased-labile-zinc-in-the-hippocampus-of-mast-cell-deficient-mice
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Rachel H Kennedy, Amen Wiqas, James P Curley
The dentate gyrus of the hippocampus is a site of adult neurogenesis, and is also known to contain one of the highest concentrations of labile brain zinc (Zn), thought to aid in learning and memory by supporting neurogenesis. At the same time, it is known that unbound Zn, when present at excessive levels, decreases the formation of new neurons. Since mast cells contain Zn transporters capable of moving this essential element across their plasma membrane, as well as Zn-rich granules that are dispelled upon secretion, we reasoned that mast cells contribute to Zn homeostasis in this area of the brain, as they are found in greatest numbers in and around the dentate gyrus...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445767/the-visualized-macrocycles-chemistry-and-application-of-fluorophore-tagged-cyclodextrins
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Gábor Benkovics, Milo Malanga, Éva Fenyvesi
Cyclodextrins are macrocyclic molecules able to form host-guest complexes due to their hydrophobic cavity. Because of their carbohydrate nature they do not absorb light in the UV-vis region (200-800nm), but they can be converted into spectroscopically active compounds via modification with a chromophore unit. Among the chromophores, the group of fluorophores can provide high sensitivity in analytical applications (chemosensing) and low detection limit in optical imaging methods (fluorescent microscopy). Fluorophore-tagged cyclodextrins therefore combine interesting spectroscopic properties with promising supramolecular features which make these conjugates widely applicable in various pharmaceutical fields...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
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