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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441743/smartphone-location-independent-physical-activity-recognition-based-on-transportation-natural-vibration-analysis
#1
Taeho Hur, Jaehun Bang, Dohyeong Kim, Oresti Banos, Sungyoung Lee
Activity recognition through smartphones has been proposed for a variety of applications. The orientation of the smartphone has a significant effect on the recognition accuracy; thus, researchers generally propose using features invariant to orientation or displacement to achieve this goal. However, those features reduce the capability of the recognition system to differentiate among some specific commuting activities (e.g., bus and subway) that normally involve similar postures. In this work, we recognize those activities by analyzing the vibrations of the vehicle in which the user is traveling...
April 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441592/characterization-of-major-natural-and-anthropogenic-source-profiles-for-size-fractionated-pm-in-yangtze-river-delta
#2
Pulong Chen, Tijian Wang, Mei Dong, Matthew Kasoar, Yong Han, Min Xie, Shu Li, Bingliang Zhuang, Mengmeng Li, Tunan Huang
Samples of size-fractionated particles were collected from local natural and anthropogenic sources in two industrial cities in the Yangtze River Delta, using either grab/resuspension sampling or ambient air sampling. The chemical characterizations of twenty one source profiles were obtained, based on elements (Al, As, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, Pb and Zn), soluble ions (Cl(-), NO3(-), SO4(2-), NH4(+), K(+), Na(+) and Ca(2+)) and carbonaceous material such as organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC)...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441517/mild-cognitive-impairment-and-driving-does-in-vehicle-distraction-affect-driving-performance
#3
Ion N Beratis, Dimosthenis Pavlou, Eleonora Papadimitriou, Nikolaos Andronas, Dionysia Kontaxopoulou, Stella Fragkiadaki, George Yannis, Sokratis G Papageorgiou
OBJECTIVES: In-vehicle distraction is considered to be an important cause of road accidents. Drivers with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), because of their attenuated cognitive resources, may be vulnerable to the effects of distraction; however, previous relevant research is lacking. The main objective of the current study was to explore the effect of in-vehicle distraction on the driving performance of MCI patients, by assessing their reaction time at unexpected incidents and accident probability...
April 22, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441489/a-comparison-of-gasoline-direct-injection-gdi-and-port-fuel-injection-pfi-vehicle-emissions-emission-certification-standards-cold-start-secondary-organic-aerosol-formation-potential-and-potential-climate-impacts
#4
Georges Saliba, Rawad Saleh, Yunliang Zhao, Albert A Presto, Andrew T Lambe, Bruce Frodin, Satya Sardar, Hector Maldonado, Christine Maddox, Andrew A May, Greg T Drozd, Allen H Goldstein, Lynn M Russell, Fabian P Hagen, Allen L Robinson
Recent increases in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards have led to widespread adoption of vehicles equipped with gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines. Changes in engine technologies can alter emissions. To quantify these effects, we measured gas- and particle-phase emissions from eighty-two light duty gasoline vehicles recruited from the California in-use fleet tested on a chassis dynamometer using the cold-start unified cycle. The fleet included 15 GDI vehicles, including 8 GDIs certified to the most stringent emissions standard, super-ultra-low-emission vehicles (SULEV)...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441080/color-coded-intravital-imaging-demonstrates-a-transforming-growth-factor-beta-tgf-%C3%AE-antagonist-selectively-targets-stromal-cells-in-a-human-pancreatic-cancer-orthotopic-mouse-model
#5
Takashi Murakami, Yukihiko Hiroshima, Kentaro Miyake, Ho Kyoung Hwang, Tasuku Kiyuna, Jonathan C DeLong, Thinzar M Lwin, Ryusei Matsuyama, Ryutaro Mori, Takafumi Kumamoto, Takashi Chishima, Kuniya Tanaka, Yasushi Ichikawa, Michael Bouvet, Itaru Endo, Robert M Hoffman
Pancreatic cancer is a recalcitrant malignancy, partly due to desmoplastic stroma which stimulates tumor growth, invasion, and metastasis, and inhibits chemotherapeutic drug delivery. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) has an important role in the formation of stromal desmoplasia. The present study describes the ability of color-coded intravital imaging to demonstrate the efficacy of a TGF-β inhibitor to target stroma in an orthotopic mouse model of pancreatic cancer. The BxPC-3 human pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell line expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP), which also has a high TGF-β expression level, was used in an orthotopic model in transgenic nude mice ubiquitously expressing red fluorescent protein (RFP)...
April 25, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440798/improved-gene-delivery-to-adult-mouse-spinal-cord-through-the-use-of-engineered-hybrid-adeno-associated-viral-serotypes
#6
J J Siu, N J Queen, W Huang, F Q Yin, X Liu, C Wang, D M McTigue, L Cao
Adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors are often used in gene therapy for neurological disorders because of its safety profile and promising results in clinical trials. One challenge to AAV gene therapy is effective transduction of large numbers of the appropriate cell type, which can be overcome by modulating the viral capsid through DNA shuffling. Our previous study demonstrates that Rec2, among a family of novel engineered hybrid capsid serotypes (Rec1~4) transduces adipose tissue with far superior efficiency than naturally occurring AAV serotypes...
April 25, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440487/interaction-between-interleukin%C3%A2-6-and-angiotensin-ii-receptor-1-in-the-hypothalamic-paraventricular-nucleus-contributes-to-progression-of-heart-failure
#7
Tao Wang, Wen Gao, Kun Xiao, Qiang Liu, Ruyi Jia
The association between interleukin‑6 (IL‑6) and angiotensin II receptor 1 (AT1‑R) in modulating the progression of heart failure (HF) remains to be fully elucidated. The aim of the present study was to investigate the mechanism of IL‑6 and AT1‑R in a model of HF induced by surgery. Male Sprague‑Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups, including sham surgery and vehicle groups. The animals were treated for 4 weeks via paraventricular nucleus infusion with either vehicle, losartan (LOS; 200 µg/day), IL‑6 (1 µg/day) or LOS and IL‑6 together (LOS+IL‑6)...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440386/effect-of-chemical-structure-of-s-nitrosothiols-on-nitric-oxide-release-mediated-by-the-copper-sites-of-a-metal-organic-framework-based-environment
#8
Kiara Taylor-Edinbyrd, Tanping Li, Revati Kumar
The effect of chemical structure of different biologically compatible S-nitrosothiols on the solvation environment at catalytic copper sites in a metal organic framework (MOF) suspended in a solution of ethanol is probed using computational methods. The use of a copper based MOF as a storage vehicle and catalyst (copper sites of the MOF) in the controlled and sustained release of chemically stored nitric oxide (NO) from S-nitrosocysteine has been shown to occur both experimentally and computationally [J. Am...
April 25, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440379/high-voltage-positive-electrode-materials-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#9
REVIEW
Wangda Li, Bohang Song, Arumugam Manthiram
The ever-growing demand for advanced rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in portable electronics and electric vehicles has spurred intensive research efforts over the past decade. The key to sustaining the progress in Li-ion batteries lies in the quest for safe, low-cost positive electrode (cathode) materials with desirable energy and power capabilities. One approach to boost the energy and power densities of batteries is to increase the output voltage while maintaining a high capacity, fast charge-discharge rate, and long service life...
April 25, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440200/effect-of-halofuginone-on-the-pathogenesis-of-autoimmune-thyroid-disease-in-different-mice-models
#10
Xin Hou, Jin Zhou, Rong Yang, Shanshan Liu, Mei Bi, Tong Liu, Chenling Fan, Haixia Guan, Yushu Li, Zhongyan Shan, Weiping Teng
OBJECTIVE: Our objectives were to investigate the therapeutic effect of halofuginone (HF) in the treatment of autoimmune thyroid diseases (AITDs) and explore its underlying mechanism of action. METHODS: The Graves' disease (GD) model was generated by immunizing female BALB/c mice with adenovirus expressing the TSH receptor A subunit (Ad-TSHR289). The Ad-TSHRA+HF and Ad-TSHRA+DMSO groups were injected intraperitoneally with HF or the vehicle control (DMSO), respectively...
April 23, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439449/mobilizable-genomic-islands-different-strategies-for-the-dissemination-of-multidrug-resistance-and-other-adaptive-traits
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COMMENT
Nicolas Carraro, Nicolas Rivard, Vincent Burrus, Daniela Ceccarelli
Mobile genetic elements are near ubiquitous DNA segments that revealed a surprising variety of strategies for their propagation among prokaryotes and between eukaryotes. In bacteria, conjugative elements were shown to be key drivers of evolution and adaptation by efficiently disseminating genes involved in pathogenicity, symbiosis, metabolic pathways, and antibiotic resistance. Conjugative plasmids of the incompatibility groups A and C (A/C) are important vehicles for the dissemination of antibiotic resistance and the consequent global emergence and spread of multi-resistant pathogenic bacteria...
2017: Mobile Genetic Elements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438937/incx2-and-incx1-x2-hybrid-plasmids-coexisting-in-fosa6-producing-escherichia-coli
#12
Qinglan Guo, Jiachun Su, Christi Lee McElheny, Nicole Stoesser, Yohei Doi, Minggui Wang
IncX plasmids are receiving much attention as vehicles of carbapenem and colistin resistance genes, such as blaNDM, blaKPC and mcr-1 Among them, IncX2 subgroup plasmids remain rare. Here we characterized IncX2 and IncX1-X2 hybrid plasmids coexisting in a FosA6-producing Escherichia coli strain, which were possibly generated as a consequence of recombination events between an R6K-like IncX2 plasmid and a pLN126_33-like IncX1 plasmid. Variable multidrug resistance mosaic regions were observed in these plasmids indicating their potential to serve as flexible carriers of resistance genes...
April 24, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438719/chick-subcutaneous-and-abdominal-adipose-tissue-depots-respond-differently-in-lipolytic-and-adipogenic-activity-to-%C3%AE-melanocyte-stimulating-hormone-%C3%AE-msh
#13
Steven L Shipp, Guoqing Wang, Mark A Cline, Elizabeth R Gilbert
In birds, α-MSH is anorexigenic, but effects on adipose tissue are unknown. Four day-old chicks were intraperitoneally injected with 0 (vehicle), 5, 10, or 50μg of α-MSH and subcutaneous and abdominal adipose tissue collected at 60min for RNA isolation (n=10). Plasma was collected post-euthanasia at 60 and 180min for measuring non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) and α-MSH (n=10). Relative to the vehicle, food intake was reduced in the 50μg-treated group. Plasma NEFAs were greater in 10μg than vehicle-treated chicks at 3h...
April 21, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438659/the-nrf2-activator-dh404-attenuates-adverse-ventricular-remodelling-post-myocardial-infarction-by-modifying-redox-signalling
#14
Kristen J Bubb, Cindy Kok, Owen Tang, Nathalie B Rasko, Asa Birna Birgisdottir, Thomas Hansen, Rebecca Ritchie, Ravinay Bhindi, Scott A Reisman, Colin Meyer, Keith Ward, Keyvan Karimi Galougahi, Gemma A Figtree
BACKGROUND: The novel synthetic triterpenoid, bardoxolone methyl, has the ability to upregulate cytoprotective proteins via induction of the nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) pathway. This makes it a promising therapeutic agent in disease states characterized by dysregulated oxidative signalling. We have examined the effect of a Nrf2 activator, dihydro-CDDO-trifluoroethyl amide (DH404), a derivative of bardoxolone methyl, on post-infarct cardiac remodeling in rats. METHODS/RESULTS: DH404, administered from day 2 post myocardial infarction (MI: 30 min transient ischemia followed by reperfusion) resulted in almost complete protection against adverse ventricular remodeling as assessed at day 28 (left ventricular end-systolic area: sham 0...
April 21, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438648/the-superoxide-dismutase-mimetic-tempol-blunts-diabetes-induced-upregulation-of-nadph-oxidase-and-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-in-a-rat-model-of-diabetic-nephropathy
#15
Miles J De Blasio, Anand Ramalingam, Anh H Cao, Darnel Prakoso, Ji-Ming Ye, Raelene Pickering, Anna M D Watson, Judy B de Haan, David M Kaye, Rebecca H Ritchie
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress contributes to progression of diabetic nephropathy, which promotes end-stage renal failure in diabetic patients. This study was undertaken to investigate the actions of tempol and ramipril, pharmacological agents that target the consequences of NADPH oxidase, on diabetic nephropathy in a rat model of type 1 diabetes, with an emphasis on markers of ER stress. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were injected intravenously with a single bolus of streptozotocin (55mg/kg) to induce type 1 diabetes...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438557/the-isozyme-selective-phosphodiesterase-4-inhibitor-abi-4-attenuates-the-effects-of-lipopolysaccharide-in-human-cells-and-rodent-models-of-peripheral-and-cns-inflammation
#16
Joseph R Hedde, Ashley N Hanks, Christopher J Schmidt, Zoë A Hughes
Inhibitors of phosphodiesterase-4 (PDE4) have been approved for the treatment of inflammatory disorders, but are associated with dose-limiting nausea and vomiting. These side effects are hypothesized to be mediated by inhibition of the PDE4D isozyme. Here we demonstrate the anti-inflammatory effects of the novel brain penetrant PDE4D-sparing PDE4 inhibitor, ABI-4. ABI-4 was a potent (EC50 ∼14 nM) inhibitor of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induced TNF-α release from mouse microglia and human PBMCs. ABI-4 (0.32 mg/kg) blocked LPS-induced release of pro-inflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6) in blood and brain of mice...
April 21, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438555/amygdala-activity-associated-with-social-choice-in-mice
#17
Takuma Mihara, Kobina Mensah-Brown, Rosanna Sobota, Robert Lin, Robert Featherstone, Steven J Siegel
Studies suggest that the amygdala is a key region for regulation of anxiety, fear and social function. Therefore, dysfunction of the amygdala has been proposed as a potential mechanism for negative symptoms in schizophrenia. This may be due to NMDA receptor-mediated hypofunction, which is thought to be related to the pathogenesis of schizophrenia. In this study, electroencephalographic amygdala activity was assessed in mice during the three-chamber social test. This activity was also evaluated following exposure to the NMDA receptor antagonist ketamine...
April 21, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438550/lipophilic-salts-of-poorly-soluble-compounds-to-enable-high-dose-lipidic-sedds-formulations-in-drug-discovery
#18
Michael Morgen, Ajay Saxena, Xue-Qing Chen, Warren Miller, Richard Nkansah, Aaron Goodwin, Jon Cape, Roy Haskell, Ching Su, Olafur Gudmundsson, Michael Hageman, Anoop Kumar, Gajendra Singh Chowan, Abhijith Rao, Vinay K Holenarsipur
Self-emulsifying drug delivery systems (SEDDS) have been used to solubilize poorly water-soluble drugs to improve exposure in high-dose pharmacokinetic (PK) and toxicokinetic (TK) studies. However, the absorbable dose is often limited by drug solubility in the lipidic SEDDS vehicle. This study focuses on increasing solubility and drug loading of ionizable drugs in SEDDS vehicles using lipophilic counterions to prepare lipophilic salts of drugs. SEDDS formulations of two lipophilic salts-atazanavir-2-naphthalene sulfonic acid (ATV-2-NSA) and atazanavir-dioctyl sulfosuccinic acid (ATV-Doc)-were characterized and their performance compared to atazanavir (ATV) free base formulated as an aqueous crystalline suspension, an organic solution, and a SEDDS suspension, using in vitro, in vivo, and in silico methods...
April 21, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438504/agomelatine-protects-against-neuronal-damage-without-preventing-epileptogenesis-in-the-kainate-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
#19
Jana Tchekalarova, Dimitrinka Atanasova, Zlatina Nenchovska, Milena Atanasova, Lidia Kortenska, Rumyana Gesheva, Nikolai Lazarov
Recent studies about the novel antidepressant agomelatine, which is a mixed MT1 and MT2 melatonin receptor agonist and 5HT2C serotonin receptor antagonist possessing an anticonvulsant and neuroprotective action, suggest that it may have potential to contribute against epileptogenesis and epilepsy-induced memory impairment. In order to ascertain whether protection of some brain structures could suppress epileptogenesis, in the present study, we evaluated the effect of chronic post-status treatment with agomelatine on epileptogenesis, behavioral and neuronal damage induced by kainate acid (KA) status epilepticus (SE)...
April 21, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438480/educating-emergency-department-registered-nurses-edrns-in-screening-brief-intervention-and-referral-to-treatment-sbirt-changes-in-attitudes-and-knowledge-over-time
#20
Ann M Mitchell, Irene Kane, Dawn L Lindsay, Holly Hagle, Kathy Puskar, Jim Aiello, Lynn Boucek, Emily Knapp
Alcohol and other drug (AOD) diagnoses in the ED co-occur with injury-related presenting conditions including: falls, motor vehicle accidents, poisonings, and both intentional and unintentional injuries. Clinical attention to ED admissions resulting from hazardous AOD use can significantly improve patient care and reduce high cost utilization of ED visits and treatment. The EDRN-SBIRT project is designed to improve the knowledge and attitudes of ED nurses working in a large academic medical center to identify and address risky AOD use as it relates to an ED visit...
April 21, 2017: International Emergency Nursing
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