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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786656/temperature-effects-on-force-and-actin%C3%A2-myosin-interaction-in-muscle-a-look-back-on-some-experimental-findings
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K W Ranatunga
Observations made in temperature studies on mammalian muscle during force development, shortening, and lengthening, are re-examined. The isometric force in active muscle goes up substantially on warming from less than 10 °C to temperatures closer to physiological (>30 °C), and the sigmoidal temperature dependence of this force has a half-maximum at ~10 °C. During steady shortening, when force is decreased to a steady level, the sigmoidal curve is more pronounced and shifted to higher temperatures, whereas, in lengthening muscle, the curve is shifted to lower temperatures, and there is a less marked increase with temperature...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786621/a-resisted-sprint-improves-rate-of-force-development-during-a-20-m-sprint-in-athletes
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Gerald T Mangine, Kevin Huet, Cassie Williamson, Emily Bechke, Paul Serafini, David Bender, John Hudy, Jeremy Townsend
Mangine, GT, Huet, K, Williamson, C, Bechke, E, Serafini, P, Bender, D, Hudy, J, and Townsend, J. A resisted sprint improves rate of force development during a 20-m sprint in athletes. J Strength Cond Res 32(6): 1531-1537, 2018-This study examined the effect of a resisted sprint on 20-m sprinting kinetics. After a standardized warm-up, 23 (male = 10, female = 13) Division I basketball players completed 3 maximal 20-m sprint trials while tethered to a robotic resistance device. The first sprint (S1) used the minimal, necessary resistance (1 kg) to detect peak (PK) and average (AVG) sprinting power (P), velocity (V), and force (F); peak rate of force production (RFD) was also calculated...
June 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784905/northward-shift-of-the-agricultural-climate-zone-under-21-st-century-global-climate-change
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Myron King, Daniel Altdorff, Pengfei Li, Lakshman Galagedara, Joseph Holden, Adrian Unc
As agricultural regions are threatened by climate change, warming of high latitude regions and increasing food demands may lead to northward expansion of global agriculture. While socio-economic demands and edaphic conditions may govern the expansion, climate is a key limiting factor. Extant literature on future crop projections considers established agricultural regions and is mainly temperature based. We employed growing degree days (GDD), as the physiological link between temperature and crop growth, to assess the global northward shift of agricultural climate zones under 21st -century climate change...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780431/mathematical-modelling-of-bacterial-meningitis-transmission-dynamics-with-control-measures
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Joshua Kiddy K Asamoah, Farai Nyabadza, Baba Seidu, Mehar Chand, Hemen Dutta
Vaccination and treatment are the most effective ways of controlling the transmission of most infectious diseases. While vaccination helps susceptible individuals to build either a long-term immunity or short-term immunity, treatment reduces the number of disease-induced deaths and the number of infectious individuals in a community/nation. In this paper, a nonlinear deterministic model with time-dependent controls has been proposed to describe the dynamics of bacterial meningitis in a population. The model is shown to exhibit a unique globally asymptotically stable disease-free equilibrium ℰ 0 , when the effective reproduction number ℛ VT ≤ 1, and a globally asymptotically stable endemic equilibrium ℰ 1 , when ℛ VT > 1; and it exhibits a transcritical bifurcation at ℛ VT = 1...
2018: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780157/targeting-acquired-hemophilia-a-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-by-a-rituximab-shot-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Imad Ghozlani, Aziza Mounach, Mirieme Ghazi, Anass Kherrab, Radouane Niamane
BACKGROUND Acquired hemophilia A (AH) is a rare hemorrhagic diathesis, characterized by the presence of autoantibodies directed against the pro-coagulant activity of factor VIII. It is associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 4% to 8% of cases and its prognosis remains severe. CASE REPORT A 66-year-old patient has been followed up for 20 years for deforming and severe RA, which was in low-disease activity. However, the patient presented a polyarticular flare involving the metacarpophalangeal and the proximal interphalangeal joints, the left elbow, and the right knee, which was warm and swollen...
May 21, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779474/the-gametotoxic-effects-of-the-endometrioma-content-insights-from-a-parthenogenetic-human-model
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Alessio Paffoni, Valentina Bolis, Stefania Ferrari, Laura Benaglia, Paolo Vercellini, Edgardo Somigliana
The present randomized controlled in vitro study was designed to evaluate the effects of the exposure of human cryopreserved oocytes to endometriotic fluid. Twenty-three women aged 36 (4) years donated a total of 147 vitrified supernumerary metaphase II oocytes. Warmed oocytes were randomly assigned to exposure to endometriotic fluid or unexposed control. Thereafter, oocytes were parthenogenetically activated and cultured for up to 5 days. The rate of activation on day 1 and the developmental rates on days 3 and 5 did not significantly differ between the 2 groups...
January 1, 2018: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777126/discrete-taxa-of-saprotrophic-fungi-respire-different-ages-of-carbon-from-antarctic-soils
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Kevin K Newsham, Mark H Garnett, Clare H Robinson, Filipa Cox
Different organic compounds have distinct residence times in soil and are degraded by specific taxa of saprotrophic fungi. It hence follows that specific fungal taxa should respire carbon of different ages from these compounds to the atmosphere. Here, we test whether this is the case by radiocarbon (14 C) dating CO2 evolved from two gamma radiation-sterilised maritime Antarctic soils inoculated with pure single cultures of four fungi. We show that a member of the Helotiales, which accounted for 41-56% of all fungal sequences in the two soils, respired soil carbon that was aged up to 1,200 years BP and which was 350-400 years older than that respired by the other three taxa...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776593/heat-shock-influences-the-fatty-acid-composition-of-the-muscle-of-the-antarctic-fish-trematomus-bernacchii
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C Truzzi, S Illuminati, M Antonucci, G Scarponi, A Annibaldi
In the Ross Sea region (average temperature of -1.87 °C), shelf water warming up to +0.8-+1.4 °C is predicted by 2200, so there is an urgent need to understand how organisms can respond to rising temperatures. In this study, we analyzed the effect of a heat shock on the fatty acid (FAs) composition of muscle of the Antarctic teleost Trematomus bernacchii, caught in Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea), and held in fish tanks at 0, +1 or +2 °C, for 1, 5 and 10 days. In general, heat shock produced, beyond a reduction in total lipid content correlated to the temperature, an increase in the percentage of saturated FAs, and a decrease in mono-unsaturated FAs; however, the level of poly-unsaturated FAs did not seem to directly correlate with temperature...
April 3, 2018: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775547/acute-dietary-nitrate-supplementation-does-not-attenuate-oxidative-stress-or-the-hemodynamic-response-during-submaximal-exercise-in-hypobaric-hypoxia
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Colin R Carriker, Paige Rombach, Brooke M Stevens, Roger A Vaughan, Ann L Gibson
PURPOSE: To investigate changes in oxidative stress, arterial oxygen saturation (SaO2), blood pressure (BP), and heart rate (HR) while exercising in hypobaric hypoxia following acute dietary nitrate supplementation. METHODS: Nine well-trained (60.8±7.8 ml/kg/min) males (29±7 years) visited the lab on 3 occasions, each separated by 1 week. Visit 1 included a maximal aerobic cycling test (VO2max) and 5 five-minute increasing intensity exercise bouts in a normobaric environment (1600m)...
May 18, 2018: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775388/epidemiology-of-elbow-ulnar-collateral-ligament-injuries-among-baseball-players-national-collegiate-athletic-association-injury-surveillance-program-2009-2010-through-2013-2014
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Steven F DeFroda, Avi D Goodman, Joseph A Gil, Brett D Owens
BACKGROUND: Injuries to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the elbow are of major concern in baseball; however, the epidemiology of these injuries among National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletes is poorly described. PURPOSE: To determine the incidence of UCL injuries in NCAA baseball and investigate the risk factors involved. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study. METHODS: All UCL injuries for academic years 2009-2010 through 2013-2014 were extracted from the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program database...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774303/myotonia-permanens-with-nav1-4-g1306e-displays-varied-phenotypes-during-course-of-life
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Frank Lehmann-Horn, Adele D'Amico, Enrico Bertini, Mauro Lomonaco, Luciano Merlini, Kevin R Nelson, Heike Philippi, Gabriele Siciliano, Frank Spaans, Karin Jurkat-Rott
Introduction: Myotonia permanens due to Nav1.4-G1306E is a rare sodium channelopathy with potentially life-threatening respiratory complications. Our goal was to study phenotypic variability throughout life. Methods: Clinical neurophysiology and genetic analysis were performed. Using existing functional expression data we determined the sodium window by integration. Results: In 10 unrelated patients who were believed to have epilepsy, respiratory disease or Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, we made the same prima facie diagnosis and detected the same heterologous Nav1...
September 2017: Acta Myologica: Myopathies and Cardiomyopathies: Official Journal of the Mediterranean Society of Myology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772512/distribution-and-speciation-of-mercury-affected-by-humic-acid-in-mariculture-sites-at-the-pearl-river-estuary
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Lingyun Ding, Kaiyun Zhao, Lijuan Zhang, Peng Liang, Shengchun Wu, Ming Hung Wong, Huchun Tao
At the Pearl River Estuary of southern China, mercury and its environmental problems have long been a great concern. This study investigated the distribution and speciation of mercury compounds that are significantly influenced by the increasing content of humic acid (HA, a model natural organic matter) in this region. The inorganic mercury and methyl mercury, being adsorbed and converted at different HA levels, were studied in sediments and surface water at both mariculture and their reference sites. In mariculture sediments with higher HA content (up to 4...
May 14, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772087/environmental-change-and-predator-diversity-drive-alpha-and-beta-diversity-in-freshwater-macro-and-microorganisms
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Pablo Augusto P Antiqueira, Owen L Petchey, Viviane Piccin Dos Santos, Valéria Maia de Oliveira, Gustavo Quevedo Romero
Global biodiversity is eroding due to anthropogenic causes such as climate change, habitat loss, and trophic simplification of biological communities. Most studies address only isolated causes within a single group of organisms; however, biological groups of different trophic levels may respond in particular ways to different environmental impacts. Our study used natural microcosms to investigate the predicted individual and interactive effects of warming, changes in top predator diversity, and habitat size on the alpha and beta diversity of macrofauna, microfauna and bacteria...
May 17, 2018: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772008/transient-response-of-the-northwestern-iberian-upwelling-regime
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Nuno Gonçalo Ferreira Cordeiro, Jesus Dubert, Rita Nolasco, Eric Desmond Barton
The hydrography and dynamics of NW Iberian margin were explored for July 2009, based on a set of in situ and remote sensing observations. Zonal sections of standard CTD casts, towed CTD (SeaSoar), Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP) and Lagrangian surveys were made to characterize cycles of upwelling and relaxation in this region. Two periods of northerly winds, bounded by relaxation periods, were responsible for the formation of an upwelling front extending to the shelf edge. An equatorward flow was quickly set up on the shelf responding to the northerly wind pulses...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769828/the-effect-of-half-time-re-warm-up-duration-on-intermittent-sprint-performance
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Takuma Yanaoka, Kyoko Kashiwabara, Yuta Masuda, Jumpei Yamagami, Kuran Kurata, Shun Takagi, Masashi Miyashita, Norikazu Hirose
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of different durations of half-time re-warm up (RW) on intermittent sprint performance. Using a randomized crossover design, 13 healthy men performed three trials, which consisted of two, 40-min intermittent exercises separated by a 15-min half-time. Half-time interventions were 15 min of seated rest (Control), 7 min of cycling at 70% of maximal heart rate (HRmax ) (7 min RW), and 3 min of cycling at 70% of HRmax (3 min RW). The second 40-min intermittent exercise as an exercise performance test was the Cycling Intermittent-Sprint Protocol (CISP), which consisted of 10 s of rest, 5 s of maximal sprint, and 105 s of low-intensity exercise at 50% of VO2max , with the cycles repeated over the 40-min duration...
June 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767649/experimental-psychological-stress-on-quantitative-sensory-testing-response-in-patients-with-temporomandibular-disorders
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Dyna Mara Araújo Oliveira Ferreira, Yuri Martins Costa, Henrique Müller de Quevedo, Leonardo Rigoldi Bonjardim, Paulo César Rodrigues Conti
AIMS: To assess the modulatory effects of experimental psychological stress on the somatosensory evaluation of myofascial temporomandibular disorder (TMD) patients. METHODS: A total of 20 women with myofascial TMD and 20 age-matched healthy women were assessed by means of a standardized battery of quantitative sensory testing. Cold detection threshold (CDT), warm detection threshold (WDT), cold pain threshold (CPT), heat pain threshold (HPT), mechanical pain threshold (MPT), wind-up ratio (WUR), and pressure pain threshold (PPT) were performed on the facial skin overlying the masseter muscle...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766297/ultraviolet-light-assisted-copper-oxide-nanowires-hydrogen-gas-sensor
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Nabihah Sihar, Teck Yaw Tiong, Chang Fu Dee, Poh Choon Ooi, Azrul Azlan Hamzah, Mohd Ambri Mohamed, Burhanuddin Yeop Majlis
We fabricated copper oxide nanowires (CuO NWs) ultraviolet (UV) light-assisted hydrogen gas sensor. The fabricated sensor shows promising sensor response behavior towards 100 ppm of H2 at room temperature and elevated temperature at 100 °C when exposed to UV light (3.0 mW/cm2 ). One hundred-cycle device stability test has been performed, and it is found that for sample elevated at 100 °C, the UV-activated sample achieved stability in the first cycle as compared to the sample without UV irradiation which needed about 10 cycles to achieve stability at the initial stage, whereas the sample tested at room temperature was able to stabilize with the aid of UV irradiation...
May 15, 2018: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765633/differential-arthropod-responses-to-warming-are-altering-the-structure-of-arctic-communities
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Amanda M Koltz, Niels M Schmidt, Toke T Høye
The Arctic is experiencing some of the fastest rates of warming on the planet. Although many studies have documented responses to such warming by individual species, the idiosyncratic nature of these findings has prevented us from extrapolating them to community-level predictions. Here, we leverage the availability of a long-term dataset from Zackenberg, Greenland (593 700 specimens collected between 1996 and 2014), to investigate how climate parameters influence the abundance of different arthropod groups and overall community composition...
April 2018: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761690/assessment-of-the-relationship-between-renal-volume-and-renal-function-after-minimally-invasive-partial-nephrectomy-the-role-of-computed-tomography-and-nuclear-renal-scan
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Riccardo Bertolo, Cristian Fiori, Federico Piramide, Daniele Amparore, Monica Barrera, Diego Sardo, Andrea Veltri, Francesco Porpiglia
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the correlation between the loss of renal function as assessed by Tc99MAG-3 renal scan and the loss of renal volume as calculated by volumetric assessment on CT-scan in patients who underwent minimally-invasive partial nephrectomy (PN). METHODS: PN prospectively-maintained database was retrospectively queried for patients who underwent minimally-invasive PN (2012-2017) for renal mass <cT2 and had complete data on renal scan and contrast-enhanced CT-scan (both performed in our Institution) both at preoperative assessment and at the third postoperative month follow-up...
May 14, 2018: Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica, the Italian Journal of Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760117/inter-decadal-variability-of-phytoplankton-biomass-along-the-coastal-west-antarctic-peninsula
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Hyewon Kim, Hugh W Ducklow, Doris Abele, Eduardo M Ruiz Barlett, Anita G J Buma, Michael P Meredith, Patrick D Rozema, Oscar M Schofield, Hugh J Venables, Irene R Schloss
The West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) is a climatically sensitive region where periods of strong warming have caused significant changes in the marine ecosystem and food-web processes. Tight coupling between phytoplankton and higher trophic levels implies that the coastal WAP is a bottom-up controlled system, where changes in phytoplankton dynamics may largely impact other food-web components. Here, we analysed the inter-decadal time series of year-round chlorophyll- a (Chl) collected from three stations along the coastal WAP: Carlini Station at Potter Cove (PC) on King George Island, Palmer Station on Anvers Island and Rothera Station on Adelaide Island...
June 28, 2018: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
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