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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637262/qualitative-exploration-of-a-smoking-cessation-trial-for-people-living-with-hiv-in-south-africa
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Nandita Krishnan, Joel Gittelsohn, Alexandra Ross, Jessica Elf, Sandy Chon, Raymond Niaura, Neil Martinson, Jonathan E Golub
Introduction: In South Africa, people living with HIV (PLWH) have a high prevalence of smoking, which undermines the beneficial effects of antiretroviral therapy (ART). However, little is known about barriers to smoking cessation and what interventions work for PLWH in this setting. Methods: A randomized trial comparing intensive anti-smoking counseling versus counseling and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) was recently concluded in Klerksdorp, South Africa. In a post-trial follow-up, 23 in-depth interviews with patients and one focus group discussion with counselors from the trial were conducted...
June 16, 2017: Nicotine & Tobacco Research: Official Journal of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634305/data-driven-extraction-of-a-nested-model-of-human-brain-function
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Taylor Bolt, Jason S Nomi, B T Thomas Yeo, Lucina Q Uddin
Decades of cognitive neuroscience research have revealed two basic facts regarding task-driven brain activation patterns. First, distinct patterns of activation occur in response to different task demands. Second, a superordinate, dichotomous pattern of activation/de-activation, is common across a variety of task demands. We explore the possibility that a hierarchical model incorporates these two observed brain activation phenomena into a unifying framework. We apply a latent variable approach, exploratory bi-factor analysis, to a large set of human (both sexes) brain activation maps (n = 108) encompassing cognition, perception, action and emotion behavioral domains, to determine the potential existence of a nested structure of factors that underlies a variety of commonly observed activation patterns...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633812/sonochemical-synthesis-of-a-new-cobalt-ii-complex-crystal-structure-thermal-behavior-hirshfeld-surface-analysis-and-its-usage-as-precursor-for-preparation-of-coo-co3o4-nanoparticles
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Morteza Montazerozohori, Ardavan Masoudiasl, Sara Farokhiyani, Shiva Joohari, Patrick McArdle
A bidentate Schiff base ligand and its nano-structured cobalt(II) complex were synthesized under ultrasound irradiation and then their structures were identified by physical and spectral techniques SEM and XRD techniques were used to confirm the nanostructure character of the complex. Single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the complex crystallizes in the triclinic system with space group of P1¯ and two crystallographically independent molecules participate in its asymmetric unit. In the structure of complex, cobalt center is four-coordinated by two iminic nitrogens of bidentate Schiff base ligand and two bromide anions in a distorted tetrahedral geometry...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629034/icariin-immobilized-electrospinning-poly-l-lactide-fibrous-membranes-via-polydopamine-adhesive-coating-with-enhanced-cytocompatibility-and-osteogenic-activity
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Hua Liu, Wenling Li, Binghong Luo, Xuexing Chen, Wei Wen, Changren Zhou
In this study, icariin (ICA), one of the main active ingredients of Herba Epimedii for osteogenesis, was applied to functionalize electrospinning poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) fibrous membrane via an intermediate layer of polydopamine (PDA) to obtain enhanced cytocompatibility and osteogenic activity. For this purpose, an array of PDA-coated PLLA fibrous membranes (PLLA-0.5PDA, PLLA-1PDA, PLLA-2PDA, PLLA-5PDA) and ICA-modified PLLA-2PDA fibrous membranes (PLLA-2PDA-10ICA, PLLA-2PDA-20ICA, PLLA-2PDA-40ICA) were successively prepared...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629027/electrophoretic-deposition-of-hydroxyapatite-hexagonal-boron-nitride-composite-coatings-on-ti-substrate
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Yapıncak Göncü, Merve Geçgin, Feray Bakan, Nuran Ay
In this study, commercial pure titanium samples were coated with nano hydroxyapatite-nano hexagonal boron nitride (nano HA-nano hBN) composite by electrophoretic deposition (EPD). The effect of process parameters (applied voltage, deposition time and solid concentration) on the coating morphology, thickness and the adhesion behavior were studied systematically and crack free nano hBN-nano HA composite coating production was achieved for developing bioactive coatings on titanium substrates for orthopedic applications...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623326/sialic-acid-linkage-differentiation-of-glycopeptides-using-capillary-electrophoresis-electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry
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Guinevere S M Kammeijer, Bas C Jansen, Isabelle Kohler, Anthonius A M Heemskerk, Oleg A Mayboroda, Paul J Hensbergen, Julie Schappler, Manfred Wuhrer
Sialylation is a glycosylation feature that occurs in different linkages at the non-reducing end of a glycan moiety, the linkage isomers are often differentially associated with various biological processes. Due to very similar physico-chemical properties, the separation of isomeric sialylated glycopeptides remains challenging but of utmost importance in the biomedicine and biotechnology, including biomarker discovery, glyco-engineering and biopharmaceutical characterization. This study presents the implementation of a high-resolution separation platform based on capillary electrophoresis - mass spectrometry (CE-MS) allowing for the selective analysis of α2,3- and α2,6-sialylated glycopeptides...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622927/evolution-of-the-hominin-knee-and-ankle
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Mélanie A Frelat, Colin N Shaw, Simone Sukhdeo, Jean-Jacques Hublin, Stefano Benazzi, Timothy M Ryan
The dispersal of the genus Homo out of Africa approximately 1.8 million years ago (Ma) has been understood within the context of changes in diet, behavior, and bipedal locomotor efficiency. While various morphological characteristics of the knee and ankle joints are considered part of a suite of traits indicative of, and functionally related to, habitual bipedal walking, the timing and phylogenetic details of these morphological changes remain unclear. To evaluate the timing of knee and ankle joint evolution, we apply geometric morphometric methods to three-dimensional digital models of the proximal and distal tibiae of fossil hominins, Holocene Homo sapiens, and extant great apes...
July 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622663/sensitive-immunoassay-for-simultaneous-determination-of-tetrabromobisphenol-a-bis-2-hydroxyethyl-ether-and-tetrabromobisphenol-a-mono-hydroxyethyl-ether-an-effective-and-reliable-strategy-to-estimate-the-typical-tetrabromobisphenol-a-derivative-and-byproduct
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Zhen Zhang, Nuanfei Zhu, Menglu Huang, Yaru Liang, Kun Zeng, Xiangyang Wu, Zhenjiang Liu, Qianchi Ma, Guangbo Qu, Jianbo Shi
Tetrabromobisphenol A bis(2-hydroxyethyl) ether (TBBPA DHEE), as one of the TBBPA derivatives, is frequently applied as a flame retardant. To date, however, little evidence has been gathered regarding its environmental behavior and fate. This is mainly attributed to the lack of an analytical approach available to measure it. Mass spectrometry cannot determine levels of TBBPA DHEE. LC-MS could not ionize TBBPA DHEE to yield enough fragments, while GC-MS could not be applied for the analysis either, due to the thermal degradation of TBBPA DHEE...
June 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622594/the-role-of-apitoxin-in-alleviating-propionic-acid-induced-neurobehavioral-impairments-in-rat-pups-the-expression-pattern-of-reelin-gene
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Maha H Daghestani, Manar E Selim, Yasmina M Abd-Elhakim, Enas N Said, Noura E Abd El-Hameed, Samah R Khalil, Osama S El-Tawil
The efficacy of apitoxin (bee venom; BV) in ameliorating propionic acid (PPA) -induced neurobehavioral impacts was studied. Sixty rat pups were enrolled in a split litter design to six groups: a control group, a PPA-treated group, a BV-treated group, a BV/PPA protective group, a PPA/BV therapeutic group, and a BV/PPA/BV protective and therapeutic group. Exploratory, social, locomotor, and repetitive/stereotype-like activities were assessed and prosocial, empathy, and acquired behavior were evaluated. Levels of neurotransmitter including serotonin, dopamine, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) were determined and a quantitative analysis of Reelin gene expression was performed...
June 13, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622274/a-role-for-neurokinin-1-receptor-neurons-in-the-rostral-ventromedial-medulla-in-the-development-of-chronic-postthoracotomy-pain
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Sergey G Khasabov, Jeffrey Chi-Fei Wang, Donald A Simone, Gary R Strichartz
Thoracotomy results in chronic postoperative pain (CPTP) in half of the cases. Earlier findings in rat models of persistent post-surgical pain suggest that spinal pathways are critical for pain onset but not its maintenance. Descending systems from the brain stem modulate nociceptive transmission in the spinal cord and contribute to persistent pain, but their role in chronic postoperative pain has not been studied. Here, we ablated pronociceptive neurokinin-1 receptor (NK-1R)-expressing neurons in the rat rostral ventromedial medulla (RVM) to identify their role in CPTP...
July 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620759/participative-spatial-scenario-analysis-for-alpine-ecosystems
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Marina Kohler, Rike Stotten, Melanie Steinbacher, Georg Leitinger, Erich Tasser, Uta Schirpke, Ulrike Tappeiner, Markus Schermer
Land use and land cover patterns are shaped by the interplay of human and ecological processes. Thus, heterogeneous cultural landscapes have developed, delivering multiple ecosystem services. To guarantee human well-being, the development of land use types has to be evaluated. Scenario development and land use and land cover change models are well-known tools for assessing future landscape changes. However, as social and ecological systems are inextricably linked, land use-related management decisions are difficult to identify...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620291/network-wide-adaptive-burst-detection-depicts-neuronal-activity-with-improved-accuracy
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Inkeri A Välkki, Kerstin Lenk, Jarno E Mikkonen, Fikret E Kapucu, Jari A K Hyttinen
Neuronal networks are often characterized by their spiking and bursting statistics. Previously, we introduced an adaptive burst analysis method which enhances the analysis power for neuronal networks with highly varying firing dynamics. The adaptation is based on single channels analyzing each element of a network separately. Such kind of analysis was adequate for the assessment of local behavior, where the analysis focuses on the neuronal activity in the vicinity of a single electrode. However, the assessment of the whole network may be hampered, if parts of the network are analyzed using different rules...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619653/on-optimal-spatial-filtering-for-the-detection-of-phase-coupling-in-multivariate-neural-recordings
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G Waterstraat, G Curio, V V Nikulin
INTRODUCTION: Neuronal oscillations synchronize processing in the brain over large spatiotemporal scales and thereby facilitate integration of individual functional modules. Up to now, the relation between the phases of neuronal oscillations and behavior or perception has mainly been analyzed in sensor space of multivariate EEG/MEG recordings. However, sensor-space analysis distorts the topographies of the underlying neuronal sources and suffers from low signal-to-noise ratio. Instead, we propose an optimized source reconstruction approach (Phase Coupling Optimization, PCO)...
June 13, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619175/sodium-oxybate-treatment-in-narcolepsy-and-its-effect-on-muscle-tone
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Geert Mayer, Andrea Rodenbeck, Karl Kesper
AIMS: To estimate the effect of the compound sodium oxybate (SO) on chin muscle tone in sleep, a re-analysis of the results of the international multicenter study SXB-15 was performed, applying a validated semi-automatic analysis of muscle tone. This analysis distinguishes short (<0.5 s) and long (>0.5 s) muscle activity indices per hour (SMI, LMI) in 116 patients with narcolepsy-cataplexy. While stable stimulant medication was permitted, tricyclics and SSRIs were withdrawn. Polysomnographies were performed at baseline (V5), four weeks after titration of SO to 4...
July 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617842/intra-individual-gait-patterns-across-different-time-scales-as-revealed-by-means-of-a-supervised-learning-model-using-kernel-based-discriminant-regression
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Fabian Horst, Alexander Eekhoff, Karl M Newell, Wolfgang I Schöllhorn
OBJECTIVE: Traditionally, gait analysis has been centered on the idea of average behavior and normality. On one hand, clinical diagnoses and therapeutic interventions typically assume that average gait patterns remain constant over time. On the other hand, it is well known that all our movements are accompanied by a certain amount of variability, which does not allow us to make two identical steps. The purpose of this study was to examine changes in the intra-individual gait patterns across different time-scales (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616823/population-pharmacokinetics-of-combined-intravenous-and-local-intrathecal-administration-of-meropenem-in-aneurysm-patients-with-suspected-intracranial-infections-after-craniotomy
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Xingang Li, Shusen Sun, Qiang Wang, Zhigang Zhao
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: For patients with intracranial infection, local intrathecal administration of meropenem may be a useful method to obtain a sufficient drug concentration in the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF). However, a large inter-individual variability may pose treatment efficacy at risk. This study aimed to identify factors affecting drug concentration in the CSF using population pharmacokinetics method. METHODS: After craniotomy, aneurysm patients with an indwelling lumbar cistern drainage tube who received a combined intravenous and intrathecal administration of meropenem for the treatment of suspected intracranial infection were enrolled...
June 14, 2017: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614454/-health-promotion-in-families-with-paramyloidosis-the-role-of-elders-with-younger-family-members
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Carla Roma Oliveira, Álvaro Mendes, Liliana Sousa
Citizens are now partners in the formal health promotion system. In the management of hereditary diseases, the role of family members is a vital source of support. Elders play a crucial role due to their long relationship with the disease and with patients in the family. However, this role has still been insufficiently explored, particularly in genetic disorders like paramyloidosis. This exploratory qualitative study analyzes the role of elders in families with paramyloidosis, in health promotion for younger members...
June 12, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613197/experimental-and-simulation-analysis-of-radiation-of-the-beta-emitting-sources-in-a-magnetic-field
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Berrin Çavuşoğlu, Selda Sucu, Hatice Durak, Kadir Akgüngör, Hakan Epik, Türkan Ertay
OBJECTIVE: The behavior of beta particles under the magnetic field was investigated both theoretically and experimentally based on the assumption of reducing the damage to the normal tissues created by using magnetic field in radionuclide therapy. METHODS: A water-filled spherical medium and a beta particle source was formed by using Geant4 simulation software for the theoretical study. After applying a homogenous magnetic field, the volume of points at which the particles interact with the medium was calculated by determining particle range...
June 1, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Radionuclide Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610888/applying-differential-dynamic-logic-to-reconfigurable-biological-networks
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Daniel Figueiredo, Manuel A Martins, Madalena Chaves
Qualitative and quantitative modeling frameworks are widely used for analysis of biological regulatory networks, the former giving a preliminary overview of the system's global dynamics and the latter providing more detailed solutions. Another approach is to model biological regulatory networks as hybrid systems, i.e., systems which can display both continuous and discrete dynamic behaviors. Actually, the development of synthetic biology has shown that this is a suitable way to think about biological systems, which can often be constructed as networks with discrete controllers, and present hybrid behaviors...
June 10, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608340/functional-analysis-of-arabidopsis-argonautes-in-meiosis-and-dna-repair
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Marina Martinez-Garcia, Mónica Pradillo
Plant ARGONAUTE (AGO) proteins regulate a wide range of cellular and developmental functions. Recent findings highlight their role during homologous recombination, a basic mechanism to repair double-strand DNA lesions (in somatic cells) and programmed DNA breaks (in meiocytes). This chapter contains an exhaustive description of procedures applied to analyze meiotic chromosome behavior (cytogenetic techniques) and DNA repair capacity (genotoxicity assays) in AGO-deficient Arabidopsis thaliana mutants.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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