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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527424/influence-of-chronic-stretching-on-muscle-performance-systematic-review
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D M Medeiros, C S Lima
The aim of the current study was to investigate the influence of chronic stretching on muscle performance (MP) by a systematic review. The search strategy included MEDLINE, PEDro, Cochrane CENTRAL, LILACS, and manual search from inception to June 2016. Randomized and controlled clinical trials, non-randomized, and single group studies that have analyzed the influence of flexibility training (FT) (using any stretching technique) on MP were included. Differently, studies with special populations (children, elderly, and people with any dysfunction/disease), and articles that have used FT protocols shorter than three weeks or 12 sessions were excluded...
May 17, 2017: Human Movement Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527421/a-phase-iii-randomized-multi-center-double-blind-placebo-controlled-study-of-safety-and-efficacy-of-lofexidine-for-relief-of-symptoms-in-individuals-undergoing-inpatient-opioid-withdrawal
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Charles W Gorodetzky, Sharon L Walsh, Peter R Martin, Andrew J Saxon, Kristen L Gullo, Kousick Biswas
BACKGROUND: Lofexidine is an alpha-2-adrenergic receptor agonist approved in the United Kingdom (UK) for the treatment of opioid withdrawal symptoms. Lofexidine has demonstrated better efficacy than placebo for reducing opioid withdrawal symptoms in patients undergoing opioid withdrawal with less reported hypotension than clonidine. METHODS: Designed as an FDA registration trial, this 8-day, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study in 264 patients dependent on short-acting opioids evaluated the efficacy of lofexidine hydrochloride in reducing withdrawal symptoms in patients undergoing opioid withdrawal...
May 10, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527413/monochromatic-green-light-induces-an-aberrant-accumulation-of-geranylgeranyled-chlorophylls-in-plants
#3
Zuzana Materová, Roman Sobotka, Barbora Zdvihalová, Michal Oravec, Jakub Nezval, Václav Karlický, Daniel Vrábl, Michal Štroch, Vladimír Špunda
Light quality is an important environmental factor affecting the biosynthesis of photosynthetic pigments whose production seems to be affected not only quantitatively but also qualitatively. In this work, we set out to identify unusual pigment detected in leaves of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and explain its presence in plants grown under monochromatic green light (GL; 500-590 nm). The chromatographic analysis (HPLC-DAD) revealed that a peak belonging to this unknown pigment is eluted between chlorophyll (Chl) a and b...
May 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527399/the-effects-of-melamine-with-or-without-cyanuric-acid-on-immune-function-in-ovalbumin-sensitized-mice
#4
Rong H Yin, Qiao Dong, Hua S Li, Jing Yuan, Xi T Li, Rong L Yin, Wen Li, Wen C Wang, Bao S Liu, Xiao H Han, Ren F Wang, Xin Wang, Wen L Bai
Melamine is commonly used in the chemical industry, and it has been found to exist on food processing equipment and utensils. Previous investigations suggested that melamine alone or its combination with cyanuric acid appears to be toxic to immune system in animals. The objective of this study is to investigate the potential effects of melamine with or without cyanuric acid on immune function in ovalbumin- sensitized mice. Our data indicated that melamine-related administration caused a significant decreasing in the content of IL-4 in mice in comparison to negative control group...
May 13, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527393/a-combination-of-platelet-features-allows-detection-of-early-stage-cancer
#5
Siamack Sabrkhany, Marijke J E Kuijpers, Sander M J van Kuijk, Linda Sanders, Sharo Pineda, Steven W M Olde Damink, Anne-Marie C Dingemans, Arjan W Griffioen, Mirjam G A Oude Egbrink
BACKGROUND: Detection of early-stage cancer significantly improves patient survival. As platelets play an important role in cancer progression, we aimed to investigate whether platelets can be used for the discovery of early-stage cancer. METHODS: Patients with lung (n = 86) or head of pancreas (n = 42) cancer were included, as were healthy sex- and age-matched controls (n = 92). Blood was collected before initiation of treatment. Platelet count, volume and activation status were quantified in whole blood...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527391/melanin-concentrating-hormone-and-sleep
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Jozelia Gomes Pacheco Ferreira, Jackson Cioni Bittencourt, Antoine Adamantidis
The melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) is an essential neuromodulator involved with homeostatic regulation and motivated behaviors. The majority of MCH neurons are localized within the zona incerta, lateral hypothalamic and incerto-hypothalamic areas but others regions, as the olfactory turbecle, the laterodorsal tegmental nucleus, the paramediam pontine reticular formation and the medial preoptic area, can also express the peptide depending on the gender and metabolic state of the animal. If the MCH on these novel sites of expression are also related with the control of wake-sleep cycle will be discuss in this review...
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527390/on-filter-direct-amplification-of-legionella-pneumophila-for-rapid-assessment-of-its-abundance-and-viability
#7
Farag A Samhan, Tiffany M Stedtfeld, Hassan Waseem, Maggie R Williams, Robert D Stedtfeld, Syed A Hashsham
Guidelines and regulations to control Legionella pneumophila in cooling water systems of large buildings are evolving due to the increasing number of outbreaks. Rapid, on-site, simple, and sensitive quantification methods that are also able to assess viability may be extremely useful in monitoring and control. Culture-based methods for measuring L. pneumophila may take 4-10 days and qPCR-based methods are also slow, requiring at least a day from sample to result, albeit mainly due to the need for sample transport to a centralized laboratory...
May 13, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527383/tributyltin-and-triphenyltin-exposure-promotes-in-vitro-adipogenic-differentiation-but-alters-the-adipocyte-phenotype-in-rainbow-trout
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Esmail Lutfi, Natàlia Riera-Heredia, Marlon Córdoba, Cinta Porte, Joaquim Gutiérrez, Encarnación Capilla, Isabel Navarro
Numerous environmental pollutants have been identified as potential obesogenic compounds affecting endocrine signaling and lipid homeostasis. Among them, well-known organotins such as tributyltin (TBT) and triphenyltin (TPT), can be found in significant concentrations in aquatic environments. The aim of the present study was to investigate in vitro the effects of TBT and TPT on the development and lipid metabolism of rainbow trout (Onchorynchus mykiss) primary cultured adipocytes. Results showed that TBT and TPT induced lipid accumulation and slightly enhanced peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and CCAAT enhancer binding protein alpha (C/EBPα) protein expression when compared to a control, both in the presence or absence of lipid mixture...
May 8, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527380/measurement-differences-between-turbidity-instruments-and-their-implications-for-suspended-sediment-concentration-and-load-calculations-a-sensor-inter-comparison-study
#9
A Rymszewicz, J J O'Sullivan, M Bruen, J N Turner, D M Lawler, E Conroy, M Kelly-Quinn
The use of turbidity for indicating environmentally detrimental levels of suspended and colloidal matter in freshwater systems, and for defining acceptable water quality standards in national and European drinking water regulations, is well established. Turbidity is therefore frequently adopted as a surrogate for suspended sediment concentrations (SSC), or as a relative and objective measure of water clarity in monitoring programmes. Through systematic, controlled experimentation, we tested the response of 12 commercially available turbidity sensors, of various designs, to gauge their measurement consistency when benchmarked against pre-prepared sediment suspensions of known SSC...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527376/the-effectiveness-of-cutoff-walls-to-control-saltwater-intrusion-in-multi-layered-coastal-aquifers-experimental-and-numerical-study
#10
Antoifi Abdoulhalik, Ashraf A Ahmed
The objective of this study was to examine the performance of cutoff walls in controlling saltwater intrusion in stratified heterogeneous coastal aquifers. Numerical and laboratory experiments were completed in laboratory-scale aquifer where the effectiveness of cutoff walls was assessed in three different configurations, including a homogeneous scenario, a stratified aquifer with high K-low K-high K pattern (case HLH) and another stratified aquifer with low K-high K-low K pattern (case LHL). The results show that the cutoff wall was effective in reducing the saltwater wedge in all the investigated cases of layered-aquifers with toe length reduction of up to 43%...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527370/atherosclerotic-dyslipidemia-revealed-by-plasma-lipidomics-on-apoe-mice-fed-a-high-fat-diet
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Yanyan Chen, Shiyuan Wen, Miaomiao Jiang, Yan Zhu, Liqin Ding, Hong Shi, Pengzhi Dong, Jing Yang, Yue Yang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The pathological process of atherosclerosis is closely related to lipid accumulation at arterial wall caused by lipoproteins transporting lipids through blood. In this study, we investigate the lipid composition in the plasma of apolipoprotein E deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice fed a high-fat diet to reveal atherosclerosis-induced dyslipidemia. METHODS: ApoE(-/-) and corresponding wild-type C57BL/6J mice were used as the pathology model and control, respectively, and were fed a high-fat or normal diet...
May 11, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527369/prolonged-epileptiform-eeg-runs-are-associated-with-persistent-seizures-in-juvenile-myoclonic-epilepsy
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Vibeke Arntsen, Trond Sand, Marte R Syvertsen, Eylert Brodtkorb
OBJECTIVE: In juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME), various EEG characteristics have been suggested as poor prognostic signs, but their significance is unclear. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of EEG variables on seizure and psychosocial outcome after a follow-up exceeding 20 years. METHODS: 396 EEG recordings were available for assessment in 40 patients (42 complete digital, 330 paper segments and 24 written reports only). Mean follow-up was 31 years (range 20-68)...
May 8, 2017: Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527368/effects-of-parsley-extract-powder-as-an-alternative-for-the-direct-addition-of-sodium-nitrite-in-the-production-of-mortadella-type-sausages-impact-on-microbiological-physicochemical-and-sensory-aspects
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Greta Riel, Annika Boulaaba, Johanna Popp, Guenter Klein
Increasing concern about chemical additives in processed meat has led to an increased market of uncured and alternatively cured meat products. However, the use of vegetable extracts or the exclusion of curing salt may increase the risk of greater bacterial growth and alteration of several physicochemical parameters. Therefore, in this study mortadella-type sausages, manufactured with 1.07 (V3), 2.14 (V4) and 4.29 (V5) g parsley extract powder/kg sausage meat were produced. These sausage variants were compared to an uncured (V2) and a traditionally nitrite-cured control (V1)...
May 12, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527367/ysicochemical-properties-lipid-oxidation-and-sensory-attributes-of-pork-patties-with-lupin-protein-concentrate-stored-in-vacuum-modified-atmosphere-and-frozen-state
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Marzena Danowska-Oziewicz, Lidia Kurp
The effect of lupin protein concentrate (LPC) addition on selected physicochemical properties, lipid oxidation and sensory quality of pork patties was investigated. LPC was added at the level 1%, 2% and 3%. Patties were packed in vacuum and modified atmosphere (MA) and stored 42days in a refrigerator while aerobically packed patties were stored 84days in a frozen state. Patties with LPC showed a lower cooking loss, were less cohesive and juicy, and demonstrated a non-typical flavour compared to the control samples...
May 10, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527363/postmortem-microbial-communities-in-burial-soil-layers-of-skeletonized-humans
#15
Torri B Thomas, Sheree J Finley, Jeremy E Wilkinson, Daniel J Wescott, Azriel Gorski, Gulnaz T Javan
Microorganisms are major ecological participants in the successional decomposition of vertebrates. The relative abundance, or the scarcity, of certain microbial taxa in gravesoil has the potential to determine the ecological status of skeletons. However, there are substantial knowledge gaps that warrant consideration in the context of the surrounding terrestrial ecosystem. In the current study, we hypothesized that i.) soil microbial diversity is disparate in the latter stage of decomposition (skeletonization) compared to the earlier stages (fresh, bloat, active and advanced decay), and ii...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527357/functionalization-of-electrospun-polymeric-wound-dressings-with-antimicrobial-peptides
#16
REVIEW
Helena P Felgueiras, M Teresa P Amorim
Wound dressings have evolved considerably since ancient times. Modern dressings are now important systems that combine the physical and biochemical properties of natural and synthetic polymers with active compounds that are beneficial to wound healing. Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are the most recent addition to these systems. These aim to control the microbial proliferation and colonization of pathogens and to modulate the host's immune response. In the last decade, electrospun wound dressings have been extensively studied and the electrospinning technique recognized as an efficient approach for the production of nanoscale fibrous mats...
May 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527351/permutation-entropy-analysis-of-heart-rate-variability-for-the-assessment-of-cardiovascular-autonomic-neuropathy-in-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
#17
Claudia Carricarte Naranjo, Lazaro M Sanchez-Rodriguez, Marta Brown Martínez, Mario Estévez Báez, Andrés Machado García
Heart rate variability (HRV) analysis is a relevant tool for the diagnosis of cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN). To our knowledge, no previous investigation on CAN has assessed the complexity of HRV from an ordinal perspective. Therefore, the aim of this work is to explore the potential of permutation entropy (PE) analysis of HRV complexity for the assessment of CAN. For this purpose, we performed a short-term PE analysis of HRV in healthy subjects and type 1 diabetes mellitus patients, including patients with CAN...
May 8, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527343/engineering-genetically-encoded-tools-for-optogenetic-control-of-protein-activity
#18
REVIEW
Qi Liu, Chandra L Tucker
Optogenetic tools offer fast and reversible control of protein activity with subcellular spatial precision. In the past few years, remarkable progress has been made in engineering photoactivatable systems regulating the activity of cellular proteins. In this review, we discuss general strategies in designing and optimizing such optogenetic tools and highlight recent advances in the field, with specific focus on applications regulating protein catalytic activity.
May 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527340/induction-of-cell-death-by-tospoviral-protein-nss-and-the-motif-critical-for-cell-death-does-not-control-rna-silencing-suppression-activity
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Ajeet Singh, Vipin Permar, R K Jain, Suneha Goswami, Ranjeet Ranjan Kumar, Tomas Canto, Peter Palukaitis, Shelly Praveen
Groundnut bud necrosis virus induces necrotic symptoms in different hosts. Previous studies showed reactive oxygen species-mediated programmed cell death (PCD) resulted in necrotic symptoms. Transgenic expression of viral protein NSs mimics viral symptoms. Here, we showed a role for NSs in influencing oxidative burst in the cell, by analyzing H2O2 accumulation, activities of antioxidant enzymes and expression levels of vacuolar processing enzymes, H2O2-responsive microRNA 319a.2 plus its possible target metacaspase-8...
May 17, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527337/improved-stress-tolerance-and-productivity-in-transgenic-rice-plants-constitutively-expressing-the-oryza-sativa-glutathione-synthetase-osgs-under-paddy-field-conditions
#20
Seong-Im Park, Young-Saeng Kim, Jin-Ju Kim, Ji-Eun Mok, Yul-Ho Kim, Hyang-Mi Park, Il-Sup Kim, Ho-Sung Yoon
Reactive oxygen species, which increase under various environmental stresses, have deleterious effects on plants. An important antioxidant, glutathione, is used to detoxify reactive oxygen species in plant cells and is mainly produced by two enzymes: gamma-glutamylcysteine synthetase (γ-ECS) and glutathione synthetase (GS). To evaluate the functional roles of the glutathione synthetase gene (OsGS) in rice, we generated four independent transgenic rice plants (TG1-TG4) that overexpressed OsGS under the control of the constitutively expressed OsCc1 promoter...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
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