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Anders Fytagoridis, Mattias Åström, Jennifer Samuelsson, Patric Blomstedt
BACKGROUND: The caudal zona incerta (cZi) and posterior subthalamic area (PSA) are an emerging deep brain stimulation (DBS) target for essential tremor (ET). OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of tremor control in relation to the anatomical locations of stimulation fields in 50 patients with ET and DBS of the cZi. METHODS: A total of 240 contacts were evaluated separately with monopolar stimulation, and amplitudes were optimized for improvement of tremor and hand function...
October 27, 2016: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
Ju Hui Jeong, Yong Jin Oh, Yunmee Lho, Sun You Park, Kwang-Hyeon Liu, Eunyoung Ha, Young Ho Seo
The molecular chaperone Hsp90 plays an important role in cancer cell survival and proliferation by regulating the maturation and stabilization of numerous oncogenic proteins. Due to its potential to simultaneously disable multiple signaling pathways, Hsp90 has emerged as an attractive therapeutic target for cancer treatment. In this study, the design, synthesis, and biological evaluation of a series of Hsp90 inhibitors are described. Among the synthetic compounds, 6,7-dihydrothieno [3,2-c]pyridin-5(4H)-yl amide 19 exhibits a remarkable binding affinity to the N-terminus of Hsp90 in a fluorescence polarization (FP) binding assay (IC50 = 50...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Julie Paoletti, Liliane Assairi, Muriel Gelin, Valérie Huteau, Marie-Anne Nahori, Olivier Dussurget, Gilles Labesse, Sylvie Pochet
Increased resistance of pathogens to existing antibiotics necessitates the search for novel targets to develop potent antimicrobials. Biosynthetic pathways of several cofactors important for bacterial growth, such as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADP), have been proposed as a promising source of antibiotic targets. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide kinases (NADK; EC are attractive for inhibitor development, since they catalyze the phosphorylation of NAD to NADP, which is an essential step of NADP metabolism...
October 18, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Shanshan Li, Wenda Zhang, Yanwei Yang, Ting Ma, Jianpeng Guo, Shanshan Wang, Wenying Yu, Lingyi Kong
Constitutive activation of STAT3 has been found in a wide variety of cancers and demonstrated as a very attractive therapeutic target. Disrupting both acetylation and phosphorylation of STAT3 protein was hypothesized to greatly deactivate STAT3, therefore, treating cancers. To demonstrate the hypothesis, two series of novel resveratrol-caffeic acid hybrids were designed aiming to regulate both acetylation and phosphorylation of STAT3 protein, which is also the first report of the synthetic inhibitors simultaneously regulating two biological reactions of STAT3 to our knowledge...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Jeffrey L Ardell, John Andrew Armour
Cardiac control is mediated via a series of reflex control networks involving somata in the (i) intrinsic cardiac ganglia (heart), (ii) intrathoracic extracardiac ganglia (stellate, middle cervical), (iii) superior cervical ganglia, (iv) spinal cord, (v) brainstem, and (vi) higher centers. Each of these processing centers contains afferent, efferent, and local circuit neurons, which interact locally and in an interdependent fashion with the other levels to coordinate regional cardiac electrical and mechanical indices on a beat-to-beat basis...
September 15, 2016: Comprehensive Physiology
C R Campos Herrera, G C Beltramini, W M Avelar, F O Lima, L M Li
Differently from previous studies that used Transcranial Doppler (TCD) and functional MRI (fMRI) for cerebral vasomotor reactivity (CVR) assessment in patients with carotid stenosis (CS), we assessed CVR using an identical stimulus, the Breath-Holding Test (BHT). We included 15 patients with CS and 7 age-matched controls to verify whether fMRI responded differently to BHT between groups and to calculate the agreement rate between tests. For TCD, impaired CVR was defined when the mean percentage increase on middle cerebral artery velocities was ≤31% on 3 consecutive 30-s apnea intercalated by 4-min normal breathing intervals...
October 24, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
Nilson do Rosário Costa, Miguel Abud Marcelino, Cristina Maria Rabelais Duarte, Deborah Uhr
The article analyzes the social protection policy for people with disabilities in Brazil. It describes the patterns of demand and eligibility for Continued Benefit of Social Assistance (Benefício de Prestação Continuada - BPC) in the 1996-2014 period. The article argues that BPC is a direct result of the social pact achieved by the Brazilian Federal Constitution of 1988. BPC is a social assistance benefit consisting in an unconditional and monthly transference of the equivalent of a minimum wage, to poor people with deficiency and elders with more than 65 years...
October 2016: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Maria de Lourdes Teixeira Masukawa, Eniuce Menezes de Souza, Edilson Gimenes, Nelson Shozo Uchimura, Adriana Mayumi Moriwaki, Taqueco Teruya Uchimura
Diarrhea by rotavirus is one of the main causes of mortality in children in developing countries, although the hospitalization rates (HR) for acute diarrhea have been found to have fallen since the introduction of the rotavirus vaccine. However, the patterns of the rotavirus are still not well understood and seasonal peaks occur throughout the year, with variations between countries and over time. The main objective of this study was to analyze the temporal behavior of HR caused by acute diarrhea in children under the age of one in the south of Brazil, between 2000 and 2011, and to explore changes in seasonality patters after the introduction of the vaccine against the rotavirus in 2006...
October 20, 2016: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Nobuyuki Kawai, Hongshen He
Humans and non-human primates are extremely sensitive to snakes as exemplified by their ability to detect pictures of snakes more quickly than those of other animals. These findings are consistent with the Snake Detection Theory, which hypothesizes that as predators, snakes were a major source of evolutionary selection that favored expansion of the visual system of primates for rapid snake detection. Many snakes use camouflage to conceal themselves from both prey and their own predators, making it very challenging to detect them...
2016: PloS One
Ljerka Lah, Daronja Trense, Harald Benke, Per Berggren, Þorvaldur Gunnlaugsson, Christina Lockyer, Ayaka Öztürk, Bayram Öztürk, Iwona Pawliczka, Anna Roos, Ursula Siebert, Krzysztof Skóra, Gísli Víkingsson, Ralph Tiedemann
The population structure of the highly mobile marine mammal, the harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), in the Atlantic shelf waters follows a pattern of significant isolation-by-distance. The population structure of harbor porpoises from the Baltic Sea, which is connected with the North Sea through a series of basins separated by shallow underwater ridges, however, is more complex. Here, we investigated the population differentiation of harbor porpoises in European Seas with a special focus on the Baltic Sea and adjacent waters, using a population genomics approach...
2016: PloS One
Andrew B Rosenkrantz, James S Babb, Samir S Taneja, Justin M Ream
Purpose To test the impact of existing Prostate Imaging Reporting and Data System (PI-RADS) version 2 (V2) decision rules, as well as of proposed adjustments to these decision rules, on detection of Gleason score (GS) 7 or greater (GS ≥7) prostate cancer. Materials and Methods Two radiologists independently provided PI-RADS V2 scores for the dominant lesion on 343 prostate magnetic resonance (MR) examinations. Diagnostic performance for GS ≥7 tumor was assessed by using MR imaging-ultrasonography fusion-targeted biopsy as the reference...
October 26, 2016: Radiology
Tongtong Tian, Qiongzheng Hu, Yi Wang, Yanan Gao, Li Yu
A series of imidazolium-based surface active ionic liquids (IM-SAILs), viz. single-chained IM-SAILs, 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide ([Cnmim]Br, n=12, 14, 16), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium salicylate ([C12mim]Sal), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium 3-hydroxy-2-naphthoate ([C12mim]HNC), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium cinnamate ([C12mim]CA), 1-dodecyl-3-methylimidazolium para-hydroxy-cinnamate ([C12mim]PCA); gemini IM-SAIL, 1,2-bis(3-dodecylimidazolium-1-yl) ethane bromide ([C12-2-C12im]Br2), along with three short-chained ionic liquids (ILs), ethylammonium nitrate (EAN), propylammonium nitrate (PAN) and butylammonium nitrate (BAN), were synthesized and applied to nematic liquid crystal (LC)-fluid interfaces...
October 26, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Shohei Ohtomi, Masamitsu Hoshino, Atsushi Suga, Hidetoshi Kato, Denis Duflot, Paulo Limao-Vieira, Hiroshi Tanaka
Electron energy loss (EEL) spectra of GeF4 have been measured with incident electrons at 100 eV for 5° scattering angle and at 30 eV for 30° scattering angle, while sweeping the energy loss over the range 7.0-21.0 eV. Low-lying excited triplet, singlet, valence and Rydberg states are investigated and the assignments supported by quantum chemical ab initio calculations. This provides the first comprehensive investigation of all singlet and triplet excited electronic states of germanium tetrafluoride up to the first ionisation energy...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Ethan P McMoran, Douglas R Powell, Felio Perez, Gerard T Rowe, Lei Yang
A series of copper complexes supported by a simple dipyridylamide ligand (H2pcp) were isolated and characterized. Treatment of H2pcp with NaH and copper(I) salts led to the formation of [Cu2(2pcp)2] (1a) and {Na[(Cu2(2pcp)2)2]PF6}n (1b). The X-ray crystal structures of both complexes feature Cu(I)Cu(I) cores with close Cu···Cu interactions. Electrochemical studies of 1a showed a reversible one-electron oxidation wave in CH2Cl2. On the basis of the work on 1a, we began studying the mixed-valence copper species supported by this ligand...
October 26, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Lei Hu, Jun Chen, Jiale Xu, Na Wang, Fei Han, Yang Ren, Zhao Pan, Yangchun Rong, Rongjin Huang, Jinxia Deng, Laifeng Li, Xianran Xing
The controllable isotropic thermal expansion with a broad coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) window is intriguing but remains challenge. Herein we report a cubic MZrF6 series (M = Ca, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Zn), which exhibit controllable thermal expansion over a wide temperature range and with a broader CTE window (-6.69 to +18.23×10-6/K). In particular, an isotropic zero thermal expansion (ZTE) is achieved in ZnZrF6, which is one of the rarely documented high-temperature isotropic ZTE compounds. By utilizing temperature-dependent high-energy synchrotron X-ray total scattering diffraction, it is found that the flexibility of metal∙∙∙F atomic linkages in MZrF6 plays a critical role in distinct thermal expansions...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
R De Carlis, S Di Sandro, A Lauterio, F Ferla, A Dell'Acqua, M Zanierato, L De Carlis
The role of donation after cardiac death (DCD) in expanding the donor pool is mainly limited by the incidence of primary non-function (PNF) and ischemia-related complications. Even greater concern exists towards uncontrolled DCD, which represents the largest potential pool of DCD donors. We recently started the first Italian series of DCD liver transplantation, using normothermic regional perfusion (NRP) in 6 uncontrolled donors and in 1 controlled case to deal with the legally required no-touch period of 20 minutes...
October 26, 2016: Liver Transplantation
Michael Stimmelmayr, Martin Stangl, Judith Kremzow-Stangl, Gerald Krennmair, Florian Beuer, Daniel Edelhoff, Jan-Frederik Güth
Single-retainer resin-bonded fixed dental prostheses (RBFDPs) are difficult to position due to the pressure of soft tissue at the pontic area and the single-retainer design. This clinical report describes an innovative technique for the insertion of single-retainer RBFDPs. An incisal inserting splint is used to position the RBFDPs reliably. With the help of grooves in the buccal and incisal area of the splint, the precise positioning of the splint on the adjacent teeth and the RBFDP can be controlled. Also, a hole in the retainer wing region of the splint gives access for pressure application on the wing during the bonding process...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
Chengbo Yu, Qing Cao, Ping Chen, Shigui Yang, Xianli Gong, Min Deng, Bing Ruan, Lanjuan Li
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major risk factor which can lead to development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Tissue transglutaminase-2 (TG2) has been shown to be critical for cancer progression. However, how TG2 promotes the progression of HBV-related HCC remains unknown. In this study, we aimed to explore the expression and function of TG2 on HBV-related HCC progression. The expression levels of TG2 were examined in a series of HBV-related HCC tissues and a panel of HCC cell lines. The effects of TG2 knockdown on the proliferation and migration of HBV-related cells were determined...
October 25, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
William Schneider
Family structure as a risk for child maltreatment has long been viewed as a static state in the child maltreatment literature. Drawing on data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, the author uses a series of individual fixed-effects models to investigate whether particular types of relationship transitions over children's first decade of life are associated with increased risk for maternal and paternal child abuse and maternal neglect. Findings question and confirm a number of long-standing theoretical and empirical findings from the child maltreatment literature...
October 25, 2016: Demography
T A Danilova, G A Danilina, A A Adzhieva, A G Minko, V G Zhukhovitskii
Dynamics of IL-6 level was studied in blood serum of CBA mice receiving intraperitoneal injections of killed and live culture of group A Streptococcus and its supernatants. It was found that administration of killed culture was followed by a significant rise in IL-6 level (by 4.7 times in 1 h and by 9.3 times in 5 h in comparison with the control). By 24 h, cytokine content was below the control. The highest levels of IL-6 were found after treatment with supernatants of Streptococcus cultures (by 10.5 times in 1 h and by 14...
October 26, 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
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