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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166762/a-portable-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-system-for-the-pancreas-with-3d-electronic-steering-a-preclinical-study-in-a-swine-model
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Won Chang, Jae Young Lee, Jae Hwan Lee, Jae Seok Bae, Yeon Jin Cho, Kook Jin Kang, Keonho Son, Yul Ri Chung, Kyoung Bun Lee, Joon Koo Han
Purpose: The aim of this animal study was to evaluate the safety and feasibility of a portable, ultrasonography-guided, high-intensity focused ultrasound (USg-HIFU) system to treat the pancreas. Methods: Eight swine were included. Using a portable HIFU device (ALPIUS 900, Alpinion Medical Systems), ablations were performed on the pancreas in vivo. Different acoustic intensities were applied (1.7 kW/cm2 or 1.5 kW/cm2 , n=2 [group A for a pilot study]; 1.5 kW/ cm2 , n=3 [group B]; and 1...
October 13, 2017: Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166751/is-there-a-glucose-metabolic-signature-of-spreading-tdp-43-pathology-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#2
Donatienne van Weehaeghe, Jenny Ceccarini, Stefanie M Willekens, Joke de Vocht, Philip van Damme, Koen van Laere
BACKGROUND: Recently, four neuropathological stages of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) with spreading of transactive response DNA-Binding Protein-43 pathology were described. Although 18F-FDG PET has been useful in diagnosis and prognosis of ALS patients, in vivo disease staging using glucose metabolic patterns across the different ALS stages have not been attempted so far. In this study, we investigated whether the discriminant brain regions of the neuropathological stage model can be translated to metabolic patterns for in vivo staging of ALS...
November 22, 2017: Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166736/-prognosis-of-the-central-nervous-system-involvement-in-patients-with-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis
#3
F Y Wen, L Xiao, Y Xian, X H Wen, X M Guan, M L Liao, J Yu
Objective: To investigate the characteristics and prognostic factor of central nervous system (CNS) involvement in patients with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) . Methods: From January 2006 to October 2015, 152 patients with HLH, 88 patients had CNS involvement, their clinical data were collected, and survival was analyzed using the Kaplan-Meier life table method, univariate and multivariate Cox regression model analyses were applied to identify the risk factors of prognosis. Results: ①57.9% patients complicated with neurological symptoms, cerebrospinal fluid abnormalities were observed in 37...
October 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166724/-beneficial-effects-of-schisandrin-b-on-the-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-a-mice-model-of-myocardial-infarction
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P S Chen, J Liu, H Y Meng, P Wu, Z J Yang
Objective: To investigate whether Schisandrin B (Sch B) could improve cardiac structure and function in myocardial infarction (MI) mice and related mechanisms. Methods: Male C57BL/6J mice were randomized into sham (n=8), MI+ Sch B (n=24, 80 mg·kg(-1)·d(-1) per gavage) or MI+ vehicle (n=24, equal volume). After treatment for 3 weeks, cardiac function was detected by echocardiography measurement.Infarction size was measured by Evans blue and TTC staining.HE and Masson trichrome staining were used to observe the myocardial inflammation, structure and fibrosis...
November 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166701/when-is-protection-from-impact-needed-for-the-face-as-well-as-the-eyes-in-occupational-environments
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Stephen J Dain, Rose Huang, Aimee Tiao, B Ralph Chou
BACKGROUND: The most commonly identified reason for requiring or using occupational eye and face protection is for protection against flying objects. Standards vary on what risk may require protection of the eyes alone and what requires protection for the whole face. Information on the minimum energy transfer for face damage to occur is not well-established. METHODS: The heads of pigs were used as the common model for human skin. A 6 mm steel ball projected at velocities between 45 and 135 m/s was directed at the face area...
November 22, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166700/dlp1-dependent-mitochondrial-fragmentation-and-redistribution-mediate-prion-associated-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-neuronal-death
#6
Chaosi Li, Di Wang, Wei Wu, Wei Yang, Syed Zahid Ali Shah, Ying Zhao, Yuhan Duan, Lu Wang, Xiangmei Zhou, Deming Zhao, Lifeng Yang
Mitochondrial malfunction is a universal and critical step in the pathogenesis of many neurodegenerative diseases including prion diseases. Dynamin-like protein 1 (DLP1) is one of the key regulators of mitochondrial fission. In this study, we investigated the role of DLP1 in mitochondrial fragmentation and dysfunction in neurons using in vitro and in vivo prion disease models. Mitochondria became fragmented and redistributed from axons to soma, correlated with increased mitochondrial DLP1 expression in murine primary neurons (N2a cells) treated with the prion peptide PrP(106-126) in vitro as well as in prion strain-infected hamster brain in vivo...
November 22, 2017: Aging Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166664/is-there-a-reasonable-excuse-for-not-providing-post-operative-analgesia-when-using-animal-models-of-peripheral-neuropathic-pain-for-research-purposes
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Sara Hestehave, Gordon Munro, Rie Christensen, Tina Brønnum Pedersen, Lars Arvastson, Philip Hougaard, Klas S P Abelson
INTRODUCTION: The induction of neuropathic pain-like behaviors in rodents often requires surgical intervention. This engages acute nociceptive signaling events that contribute to pain and stress post-operatively that from a welfare perspective demands peri-operative analgesic treatment. However, a large number of researchers avoid providing such care based largely on anecdotal opinions that it might interfere with model pathophysiology in the longer term. OBJECTIVES: To investigate effects of various peri-operative analgesic regimens encapsulating different mechanisms and duration of action, on the development of post-operative stress/welfare and pain-like behaviors in the Spared Nerve Injury (SNI)-model of neuropathic pain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166663/a-general-model-for-predicting-the-binding-affinity-of-reversibly-and-irreversibly-dimerized-ligands
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Kenneth W Foreman
Empirical data has shown that bivalent inhibitors can bind a given target protein significantly better than their monomeric counterparts. However, predicting the corresponding theoretical fold improvements has been challenging. The current work builds off the reacted-site probability approach to provide a straightforward baseline reference model for predicting fold-improvements in effective affinity of dimerized ligands over their monomeric counterparts. For the more familiar irreversibly linked bivalents, the model predicts a weak dependence on tether length and a scaling of the effective affinity with the 3/2 power of the monomer's affinity...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166661/ultraconserved-elements-uces-resolve-the-phylogeny-of-australasian-smurf-weevils
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Matthew H Van Dam, Athena W Lam, Katayo Sagata, Bradley Gewa, Raymond Laufa, Michael Balke, Brant C Faircloth, Alexander Riedel
Weevils (Curculionoidea) comprise one of the most diverse groups of organisms on earth. There is hardly a vascular plant or plant part without its own species of weevil feeding on it and weevil species diversity is greater than the number of fishes, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals combined. Here, we employ ultraconserved elements (UCEs) designed for beetles and a novel partitioning strategy of loci to help resolve phylogenetic relationships within the radiation of Australasian smurf-weevils (Eupholini)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166656/fragmentation-modes-and-the-evolution-of-life-cycles
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Yuriy Pichugin, Jorge Peña, Paul B Rainey, Arne Traulsen
Reproduction is a defining feature of living systems. To reproduce, aggregates of biological units (e.g., multicellular organisms or colonial bacteria) must fragment into smaller parts. Fragmentation modes in nature range from binary fission in bacteria to collective-level fragmentation and the production of unicellular propagules in multicellular organisms. Despite this apparent ubiquity, the adaptive significance of fragmentation modes has received little attention. Here, we develop a model in which groups arise from the division of single cells that do not separate but stay together until the moment of group fragmentation...
November 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166655/how-well-do-you-know-your-mutation-complex-effects-of-genetic-background-on-expressivity-complementation-and-ordering-of-allelic-effects
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Christopher H Chandler, Sudarshan Chari, Alycia Kowalski, Lin Choi, David Tack, Michael DeNieu, William Pitchers, Anne Sonnenschein, Leslie Marvin, Kristen Hummel, Christian Marier, Andrew Victory, Cody Porter, Anna Mammel, Julie Holms, Gayatri Sivaratnam, Ian Dworkin
For a given gene, different mutations influence organismal phenotypes to varying degrees. However, the expressivity of these variants not only depends on the DNA lesion associated with the mutation, but also on factors including the genetic background and rearing environment. The degree to which these factors influence related alleles, genes, or pathways similarly, and whether similar developmental mechanisms underlie variation in the expressivity of a single allele across conditions and among alleles is poorly understood...
November 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166653/testing-the-applicability-of-a-benthic-foraminiferal-based-transfer-function-for-the-reconstruction-of-paleowater-depth-changes-in-rhodes-greece-during-the-early-pleistocene
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Yvonne Milker, Manuel F G Weinkauf, Jürgen Titschack, Andre Freiwald, Stefan Krüger, Frans J Jorissen, Gerhard Schmiedl
We present paleo-water depth reconstructions for the Pefka E section deposited on the island of Rhodes (Greece) during the early Pleistocene. For these reconstructions, a transfer function (TF) using modern benthic foraminifera surface samples from the Adriatic and Western Mediterranean Seas has been developed. The TF model gives an overall predictive accuracy of ~50 m over a water depth range of ~1200 m. Two separate TF models for shallower and deeper water depth ranges indicate a good predictive accuracy of 9 m for shallower water depths (0-200 m) but far less accuracy of 130 m for deeper water depths (200-1200 m) due to uneven sampling along the water depth gradient...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166650/feeding-induced-changes-in-allatostatin-a-and-short-neuropeptide-f-in-the-antennal-lobes-affect-odor-mediated-host-seeking-in-the-yellow-fever-mosquito-aedes-aegypti
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Peter Christ, Anna Reifenrath, Jörg Kahnt, Frank Hauser, Sharon Rose Hill, Joachim Schachtner, Rickard Ignell
Aedes aegypti is a model species in which the endogenous regulation of odor-mediated host seeking behavior has received some attention. Sugar feeding and host seeking in female A. aegypti are transiently inhibited following a blood meal. This inhibition is partially mediated by short neuropeptide F (sNPF). The paired antennal lobes (ALs), as the first processing centers for olfactory information, has been shown to play a significant role in the neuropeptidergic regulation of odor-mediated behaviors in insects...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166648/different-response-to-hypoxia-of-adipose-derived-multipotent-cells-from-obese-subjects-with-and-without-metabolic-syndrome
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Wilfredo Oliva-Olivera, Isabel Moreno-Indias, Leticia Coín-Aragüez, Said Lhamyani, Juan Alcaide Torres, Sonia Fernández-Veledo, Joan Vendrell, Antonio Camargo, Rajaa El Bekay, Francisco José Tinahones
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Multiple studies suggest that hypoxia, together with inflammation, could be one of the phenomena involved in the onset and progression of obesity-related insulin resistance. In addition, dysfunction of adipose tissue in obese subjects with metabolic syndrome is associated with decreased angiogenesis. However, some subjects with a high body mass index do not develop metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity. The aim of the current study was to examine the neovascular properties of visceral adipose tissue-derived multipotent mesenchymal cells subjected to hypoxia (hypox-visASCs) from normal-weight subjects (Nw) and obese patients with metabolic syndrome (MS) and without metabolic syndrome (NonMS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166646/reconstruction-of-membrane-current-by-deconvolution-and-its-application-to-membrane-capacitance-measurements-in-cardiac-myocytes
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Matej Hoťka, Ivan Zahradník
Correct detection of membrane currents under whole-cell patch-clamp conditions is limited by the transfer function of a recording system. The low-pass output filter of a recording amplifier alters the time course of membrane current and causes errors in relevant descriptors. To solve these problems, we developed a practical procedure for reconstruction of the time course of membrane currents based on deconvolution of recorded currents in frequency domain. The procedure was tested on membrane capacitance estimates from current responses to step voltage pulses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166645/angiotensin-ii-infusion-does-not-cause-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-rats
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Evan H Phillips, Mandy S Chang, Sydney Gorman, Hamna J Qureshi, Karin F K Ejendal, Tamara L Kinzer-Ursem, A Nicole Blaize, Craig J Goergen
The apolipoprotein E-deficient (apoE-/-) mouse model has advanced our understanding of cardiovascular disease mechanisms and experimental therapeutics. This spontaneous model recapitulates aspects of human atherosclerosis, and allows for the development of dissecting abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) when combined with angiotensin II. We characterized apoE-/- rats and hypothesized that, similar to mice, they would develop dissecting AAAs. We created rats with a 16-bp deletion of the apoE gene using transcription activator-like effector nucleases...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166643/effects-of-l-and-n-type-ca-channel-blocker-cilnidipine-on-changes-in-heart-rate-and-qt-interval-during-dialysis
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Takeshi Iida, Satoshi Morimoto, Yoshifumi Amari, Takashi Ando, Atsuhiro Ichihara
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hemodialysis patients have poor prognosis due to increased prevalence of cardiovascular diseases. Treatment to suppress increases in sympathetic nerve activity and QT prolongation may have the potential to reduce the occurrence of these events. The L/N-type Calcium (Ca) channel blocker cilnidipine has unique inhibitory action to inhibit sympathetic nerve activity and in a canine model ameliorates QT prolongation. In this study, we investigated whether cilnidipine has inhibitory effects on heart rate, an index of sympathetic nerve activity, and QT prolongation in patients undergoing dialysis...
November 22, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166642/effect-of-calcium-infiltrated-hydroxyapatite-scaffolds-on-the-hematopoietic-fate-of-human-umbilical-vein-endothelial-cells
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Qinghao Zhang, Jörg C Gerlach, Eva Schmelzer, Ian Nettleship
Foamed hydroxyapatite offers a three-dimensional scaffold for the development of bone constructs, mimicking perfectly the in vivo bone structure. In vivo, calcium release at the surface is assumed to provide a locally increased gradient supporting the maintenance of the hematopoietic stem cells niche. We fabricated hydroxyapatite scaffolds with high surface calcium concentration by infiltration, and used human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) as a model to study the effects on hematopoietic lineage direction...
November 23, 2017: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166634/sodium-prescription-in-the-prevention-of-intradialytic-hypotension-new-insights-into-an-old-concept
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Gabriele Donati, Mauro Ursino, Alessandra Spazzoli, Nicolò Natali, Roberto Schillaci, Diletta Conte, Andrea Angeletti, Anna Laura Croci Chiocchini, Irene Capelli, Olga Baraldi, Gaetano La Manna
BACKGROUND: Sodium prescription in patients with intradialytic hypotension remains a challenge for the attending nephrologist, as it increases dialysate conductivity in hypotension-prone patients, thereby adding to dietary sodium levels. METHODS: New sodium prescription strategies are now available, including the use of a mathematical model to compute the sodium mass to be removed during dialysis as a physiological controller. RESULTS: This review describes the sodium load of patients with end-stage renal disease on chronic hemodialysis (HD) and discusses 2 strategies to remove excess sodium in patients prone to intradialytic hypotension, namely, Profiled HD and the hemodiafiltration Aequilibrium System...
November 23, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166619/extensive-homeostatic-t-cell-phenotypic-variation-within-the-collaborative-cross
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Jessica B Graham, Jessica L Swarts, Michael Mooney, Gabrielle Choonoo, Sophia Jeng, Darla R Miller, Martin T Ferris, Shannon McWeeney, Jennifer M Lund
The Collaborative Cross (CC) is a panel of reproducible recombinant inbred mouse strains with high levels of standing genetic variation, affording an unprecedented opportunity to perform experiments in a small animal model containing controlled genetic diversity while allowing for genetic replicates. Here, we advance the utility of this unique mouse resource for immunology research because it allows for both examination and genetic dissection of mechanisms behind adaptive immune states in mice with distinct and defined genetic makeups...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
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