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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813966/exergaming-with-a-pediatric-exoskeleton-facilitating-rehabilitation-and-research-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Thomas C Bulea, Zachary F Lerner, Andrew J Gravunder, Diane L Damiano
Effective rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy (CP) requires intensive task-specific exercise but many in this population lack the motor capabilities to complete the desired training tasks. Providing robotic assistance is a potential solution yet the effects of this assistance are unclear. We combined a novel exoskeleton and exercise video game (exergame) to create a new rehabilitation paradigm for children with CP. We incorporated high density electroencephalography (EEG) to assess cortical activity...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813943/conjunctive-rehabilitation-of-multiple-cognitive-domains-for-chronic-stroke-patients-in-virtual-reality
#2
Martina Maier, Nuria Leiva Banuelos, Belen Rubio Ballester, Esther Duarte, Paul F M J Verschure
Classically, cognitive deficits have been studied and treated in isolation from each other. A stroke patient is classified as being memory impaired, having executive dysfunction or showing attentional deficits after which a dedicated rehabilitation therapy is given. Studies seldom looked at the relationship between these different cognitive domains and syndromes, although, there is evidence that they might share common neuronal substrates and do not occur in isolation. Here, we propose a novel rehabilitation method in virtual reality to treat cognitive deficits in conjunction and report the preliminary results of an ongoing randomized controlled clinical trial...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813800/the-effects-of-control-signal-noise-on-simultaneous-submovements
#3
Kathleen R Wilson, Kevin B Englehart, Jon W Sensinger
Understanding the stereotypical characteristics of human movement can better inform rehabilitation practices by providing a template of healthy and expected human motor control. Multiplicative noise is inherent in goal-directed movement, such as reaching to grasp an object. Multiplicative noise plays an important role in computational motor control models to help support phenomena such as stereotypical kinematic profiles in time-constrained and unconstrained tasks. Most tasks are not carried out along an isolated degree-of-freedom (DOF), and modelling the contribution of noise can be difficult...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813779/dna-profiling-of-leuconostoc-citreum-strains-in-fermented-foods-by-repetitive-element-polymerase-chain-reaction
#4
Jasmine Kaur, Anshul Sharma, Sulhee Lee, Young-Seo Park
To identify and discriminate the bacterial species at the sub-specific level, rep-PCR method is a reliable genomic fingerprinting tool. Fourteen strains of bacteria were isolated from different food sources, identified as Leuconostoc citreum using 16S rRNA gene sequencing and amplified using rep-primers (REP, ERIC, and (GTG)5). Fingerprinting patterns generated band range in between 300-6000 bp with REP, 150-6000bp with ERIC and 200-1700 bp with (GTG)5 primers respectively. In UPGMA dendrogram analysis, 14 strains were clustered into three clades (I, II and III) with all the primers, thus differentiating them at the molecular level...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813765/bronchiolitis-in-infants-and-children
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Alexandra Schaller, Carl S Galloway
Bronchiolitis is among the most common illnesses in infants and children, and is the most common cause for hospitalization in infants in the U.S. This illness can be caused by many viruses, most commonly respiratory syncytial virus. It is diagnosed clinically by history and physical exam findings, with a narrow role for ancillary testing. Management is supportive, with medications demonstrating limited utility in multiple studies. Preventive measures include hand hygiene, breastfeeding, avoiding tobacco smoke exposure, and isolation precautions for hospitalized patients...
June 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813694/bacteria-from-the-rhizosphere-and-tissues-of-as-hyperaccumulator-pteris-vittata-and-their-role-in-arsenic-transformation
#6
Yong-He Han, Meng-Ru Jia, Xue Liu, Ying Zhu, Yue Cao, Deng-Long Chen, Yanshan Chen, Lena Q Ma
Arsenic (As)-resistant bacteria are abundant in the rhizosphere and tissues of As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata. However, little is known about their roles in As transformation and As uptake in P. vittata. In this study, the impacts of P. vittata tissue extracts with or without surface sterilization on As transformation in solutions containing 100 μg L(-1) AsIII or AsV were investigated. After 48 h incubation, the sterilized and unsterilized root extracts resulted in 45% and 73% oxidation of AsIII, indicating a role of both rhizobacteria and endobacteria...
August 9, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813688/isolation-and-characterization-of-non-sulfated-and-sulfated-triterpenoid-saponins-from-fagonia-indica
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Nayab Kanwal, Achyut Adhikari, Abdul Hameed, Rahman M Hafizur, Syed Ghulam Musharraf
Seven previously undescribed, sulfated triterpenoid glycosides, named nayabin A-G along with a known triterpenoid glycoside were isolated from the whole plant of Fagonia indica. Their structures were elucidated through spectral studies including 1D- ((1)H and (13)C), 2D-NMR spectroscopy (HSQC, HMBC, COSY and NOESY), and mass spectrometry (ESI-MS/MS). β-D-Glucopyranosyl 3β-hydroxy-23-O-β-D-glucopyranosyloxy-taraxast-20-en-28-oate, a known compound exerts glucose-dependent insulin secretory activity, which seems to exhibit a decreased risk of drug-induced hypoglycemia and may offer distinct advantages as anti-diabetic agent...
August 13, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813687/prenylated-purine-alkaloids-from-seeds-of-gleditsia-japonica
#8
Yui Harauchi, Tadashi Kajimoto, Emi Ohta, Hiroyuki Kawachi, Aya Imamura-Jinda, Shinji Ohta
Three previously undescribed isoguanine glycosides with an N(3)-prenyl group, designated locustoside B, saikachinoside B, and saikachinoside C, have been isolated from the seed of Gleditsia japonica Miquel (Fabaceae) along with two known compounds, locustoside A and saikachinoside A. Their structures were determined from spectroscopic data and X-ray crystallographic analysis. The inhibitory activity against acid phosphatase was evaluated.
August 13, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813657/interferon-%C3%AE-represses-m2-gene-expression-in-human-macrophages-by-disassembling-enhancers-bound-by-the-transcription-factor-maf
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Kyuho Kang, Sung Ho Park, Janice Chen, Yu Qiao, Eugenia Giannopoulou, Karen Berg, Adedayo Hanidu, Jun Li, Gerald Nabozny, Keunsoo Kang, Kyung-Hyun Park-Min, Lionel B Ivashkiv
Mechanisms by which interferon (IFN)-γ activates genes to promote macrophage activation are well studied, but little is known about mechanisms and functions of IFN-γ-mediated gene repression. We used an integrated transcriptomic and epigenomic approach to analyze chromatin accessibility, histone modifications, transcription-factor binding, and gene expression in IFN-γ-primed human macrophages. IFN-γ suppressed basal expression of genes corresponding to an "M2"-like homeostatic and reparative phenotype. IFN-γ repressed genes by suppressing the function of enhancers enriched for binding by transcription factor MAF...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813645/lat-is-essential-for-the-mast-cell-stabilising-effect-of-thga-in-ige-mediated-mast-cell-activation
#10
Ji Wei Tan, Daud Ahmad Israf, Nur Fariesha Md Hashim, Yoke Kqueen Cheah, Hanis Hazeera Harith, Khozirah Shaari, Chau Ling Tham
Mast cells play a central role in the pathogenesis of allergic reaction. Activation of mast cells by antigens is strictly dependent on the influx of extracellular calcium that involves a complex interaction between signalling molecules located within the cells. We have previously reported that tHGA, an active compound originally isolated from a local shrub known as Melicope ptelefolia, prevented IgE-mediated mast cell activation and passive systemic anaphylaxis by suppressing the release of interleukin-4 (IL-4) and tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-α from activated rat basophilic leukaemia (RBL)-2H3 cells...
August 13, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813625/detection-of-first-line-drug-resistance-mutations-and-drug-protein-interaction-dynamics-from-tuberculosis-patients-in-south-india
#11
Somanna Ajjamada Nachappa, Sumana M Neelambike, Chokkanna Amruthavalli, Nallur B Ramachandra
Diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis predominantly relies on culture-based drug susceptibility testing, which take weeks to produce a result and a more time-efficient alternative method is multiplex allele-specific PCR (MAS-PCR). Also, understanding the role of mutations in causing resistance helps better drug designing. AIMS: To evaluate the ability of MAS-PCR in the detection of drug resistance and to understand the mechanism of interaction of drugs with mutant proteins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis...
August 16, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813618/whole-exome-sequencing-identifies-novel-variants-for-tooth-agenesis
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N Dinckan, R Du, L E Petty, Z Coban-Akdemir, S N Jhangiani, I Paine, E H Baugh, A P Erdem, H Kayserili, H Doddapaneni, J Hu, D M Muzny, E Boerwinkle, R A Gibbs, J R Lupski, Z O Uyguner, J E Below, A Letra
Tooth agenesis is a common craniofacial abnormality in humans and represents failure to develop 1 or more permanent teeth. Tooth agenesis is complex, and variations in about a dozen genes have been reported as contributing to the etiology. Here, we combined whole-exome sequencing, array-based genotyping, and linkage analysis to identify putative pathogenic variants in candidate disease genes for tooth agenesis in 10 multiplex Turkish families. Novel homozygous and heterozygous variants in LRP6, DKK1, LAMA3, and COL17A1 genes, as well as known variants in WNT10A, were identified as likely pathogenic in isolated tooth agenesis...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813611/intrauterine-growth-restricted-yucatan-miniature-pigs-experience-early-catch-up-growth-leading-to-greater-adiposity-and-impaired-lipid-metabolism-as-young-adults
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Semone B Myrie, Leslie L McKnight, J Christopher King, John J McGuire, Bruce N Van Vliet, Sukhinder K Cheema, Robert F Bertolo
Early nutrition has critical influences on cardiovascular disease risk in adulthood. The study objectives were to evaluate the impact of low birth weight on fasting and postprandial lipid metabolism and endothelium function in Yucatan miniature pigs. Intrauterine growth-restricted (IUGR) piglets (n = 6, 3 d old, 0.73 ± 0.04 kg) were paired with normal weight (NW) same-sex littermates (n = 6, 1.11 ± 0.05 kg) and fed milk replacer ad libitum for 4 wk. Thereafter, all pigs were fed a standard diet ad libitum for 5 h/d with growth, intakes and blood samples collected for 8 mo...
August 16, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813557/facial-erosive-pustular-dermatosis-after-cosmetic-resurfacing
#14
Julie E Mervak, Stephanie D Gan, Emily H Smith, Frank Wang
Importance: Erosive pustular dermatosis (EPD) is a rare condition that typically affects actinically damaged skin of the scalp. Characterized by sterile pustules, erosions, and crusts, EPD is difficult to treat and heals slowly. The exact cause of EPD is unknown, although trauma is an inciting factor. Objective: To describe 3 women who presented with prolonged facial erosions after cosmetic resurfacing procedures, specifically fully ablative carbon dioxide laser or medium-depth chemical peel...
August 16, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813520/the-frequency-of-class1-and-2-integrons-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-strains-isolated-from-burn-patients-in-a-burn-center-of-ahvaz-iran
#15
Azar Dokht Khosravi, Moloudsadat Motahar, Effat Abbasi Montazeri
BACKGROUND: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen with the ability to cause severe nosocomial infections and remains a major problem in burn patients. This organism shows a remarkable antimicrobial resistance and is often resistant to multiple antibiotics. Integron genes as mobile genetic elements are playing an important role in the spread of P. aeruginosa antibiotic resistance. This study was aimed to investigate the occurrence of class 1, and 2 integron genes (int1, int2), among P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813511/differentiation-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-into-corneal-epithelial-progenitor-cells-under-defined-conditions
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Canwei Zhang, Liqun Du, Kunpeng Pang, Xinyi Wu
The development of cell-based therapies using stem cells represents a significant breakthrough in the treatment of limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD). The aim of this study was to develop a novel protocol to differentiate human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) into corneal epithelial progenitor cells (CEPCs), with similar features to primary cultured human limbal stem cells (LSCs), using a medium composed of DMEM/F12 and defined keratinocyte serum-free medium (KSFM) (1:1) under different carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in culture...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813507/comparison-of-homologous-and-heterologous-prime-boost-vaccine-approaches-using-modified-vaccinia-ankara-and-soluble-protein-to-induce-neutralizing-antibodies-by-the-human-cytomegalovirus-pentamer-complex-in-mice
#17
Flavia Chiuppesi, Felix Wussow, Louise Scharf, Heidi Contreras, Han Gao, Zhuo Meng, Jenny Nguyen, Peter A Barry, Pamela J Bjorkman, Don J Diamond
Since neutralizing antibodies (NAb) targeting the human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) pentamer complex (PC) potently block HCMV host cell entry, anti-PC NAb induction is thought to be important for a vaccine formulation to prevent HCMV infection. By developing a vaccine strategy based on soluble PC protein and using a previously generated Modified Vaccinia Ankara vector co-expressing all five PC subunits (MVA-PC), we compared HCMV NAb induction by homologous immunization using prime-boost vaccine regimen employing only PC protein or MVA-PC and heterologous immunization using prime-boost combinations of PC protein and MVA-PC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813499/staphylococcus-aureus-biofilm-elicits-the-expansion-activation-and-polarization-of-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#18
Kuo-Ti Peng, Ching-Chuan Hsieh, Tsung-Yu Huang, Pei-Chun Chen, Hsin-Nung Shih, Mel S Lee, Pey-Jium Chang
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is one of the most common causes of biofilm infections in periprosthetic joint infections (PJIs). Accumulating evidence has shown that the immunosuppressive environment established by S. aureus biofilm infection in PJIs involves the presence of myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) and M2-macrophages. Due to the diversity of MDSCs, little is known about whether S. aureus biofilm preferentially expands specific MDSC subsets or whether MDSCs can further differentiate into M2-macrophages during S...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813498/phylogeography-of-bivalve-meretrix-petechialis-in-the-northwestern-pacific-indicated-by-mitochondrial-and-nuclear-dna-data
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Xiaoxuan Wang, Lingfeng Kong, Jun Chen, Akihiko Matsukuma, Qi Li
The marine clam Meretrix petechialis is an important economic shellfish species in Northwestern Pacific, but little is known about its phylogeographical pattern. Here, we analyzed 311 samples from 22 locations along the northwestern Pacific using combined profiling of one mitochondrial gene (the first subunit of cytochrome coxidase, COI) and one nuclear DNA marker (the internal transcribed spacer region 1, ITS-1) to investigate contemporary genetic structure and reconstruct phylogenetic history of this species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813477/colonization-prevalence-and-antibiotic-susceptibility-of-group-b-streptococcus-in-pregnant-women-over-a-6-year-period-in-dongguan-china
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Wenjing Ji, Lihua Zhang, Zhusheng Guo, Shujin Xie, Weiqing Yang, Junjian Chen, Jiamin Wang, Zhiqin Cheng, Xin Wang, Xuehai Zhu, Jianwen Wang, Haiqing Wang, Juan Huang, Ning Liang, David J McIver
This study investigated the prevalence of recto-vaginal Group B Streptococcus (GBS) colonization, serotype distribution, and antimicrobial susceptibility patterns among pregnant women in Dongguan, China. Recto-vaginal swabs were collected from pregnant women at gestational age 35-37 weeks between January 1st 2009 and December 31st 2014. Isolates were serotyped by latex-agglutination and were tested against seven antimicrobials by disk diffusion. Of 7,726 pregnant women who completed GBS testing, 636 (8.2%) were GBS carriers...
2017: PloS One
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