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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437584/high-field-95-mo-and-183-w-static-and-mas-nmr-study-of-polyoxometalates
#1
Mohamed Haouas, Julien Trébosc, Catherine Roch-Marchal, Emmanuel Cadot, Francis Taulelle, Charlotte Martineau-Corcos
The potential of high-field NMR to measure solid-state (95) Mo and (183) W NMR in polyoxometalates (POMs) is explored using some archetypical structures like Lindqvist, Keggin, and Dawson as model compounds that are well characterized in solution. NMR spectra in static and under magic angle spinning (MAS) were obtained, and their analysis allowed extraction of the NMR parameters, including chemical shift anisotropy (CSA) and quadrupolar coupling parameters. Despite the inherent difficulties of measurement in solid state of these low-gamma NMR nuclei, due mainly to the low spectral resolution and poor signal-to-noise ratio, the observed global trends compare well with the solution state NMR data...
April 24, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437481/firemaster%C3%A2-550-and-its-components-isopropylated-triphenyl-phosphate-and-triphenyl-phosphate-enhance-adipogenesis-and-transcriptional-activity-of-peroxisome-proliferator-activated-receptor-ppar%C3%AE-on-the-adipocyte-protein-2-ap2-promoter
#2
Emily W Y Tung, Shaimaa Ahmed, Vian Peshdary, Ella Atlas
Firemaster® 550 (FM550) is a chemical mixture currently used as an additive flame retardant in commercial products, and is comprised of 2-ethylhexyl-2,3,4,5-tertrabromobenzoate (TBB), bis(2-ethylhexyl) tetrabromophthalate (TBPH), triphenyl phosphate (TPP), and isopropylated triphenyl phosphate (IPTP). Animal and in vitro studies suggest that FM550, TPP and IPTP may have adipogenic effects and may exert these effects through PPARγ activation. Using murine 3T3-L1 preadipocytes, we investigated the detailed expression of transcription factors and adipogenic markers in response to FM550 and its components...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437431/factors-associated-with-acquired-anti-ifn-%C3%AE-autoantibody-in-patients-with-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-infection
#3
Pakpoom Phoompoung, Nasikarn Ankasekwinai, Manop Pithukpakorn, Suporn Foongladda, Pinklow Umrod, Bhoom Suktitipat, Surakameth Mahasirimongkol, Sasisopin Kiertiburanakul, Yupin Suputtamongkol
BACKGROUND: The clinical syndrome of disseminated nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infection in patients who were previously healthy is now well recognized to be associated with an acquired autoantibody to Interferon gamma (Anti IFN- γ autoantibody). However, the risk factors of this syndrome remain unknown. METHOD: We performed an unmatched case control study among patients with NTM diseases who were diagnosed and treated at Siriraj Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436919/a-machine-learning-method-for-fast-and-accurate-characterization-of-depth-of-interaction-gamma-cameras
#4
Stefano Pedemonte, Larry Pierce, Koen Van Leemput
Measuring the depth-of-interaction (DOI) of gamma photons enables increasing the resolution of emission imaging systems. Several design variants of DOI-sensitive detectors have been recently introduced to improve the performance of scanners for Positron Emission Tomography (PET). However, the accurate characterization of the response of DOI detectors, necessary to accurately measure the DOI, remains an unsolved problem. Numerical simulations are, at the state of the art, imprecise, while measuring directly the characteristics of DOI detectors experimentally is hindered by the impossibility to impose the depth-of-interaction in an experimental set-up...
April 24, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436834/active-auditory-experience-in-infancy-promotes-brain-plasticity-in-theta-and-gamma-oscillations
#5
Gabriella Musacchia, Silvia Ortiz-Mantilla, Naseem Choudhury, Teresa Realpe-Bonilla, Cynthia Roesler, April A Benasich
Language acquisition in infants is driven by on-going neural plasticity that is acutely sensitive to environmental acoustic cues. Recent studies showed that attention-based experience with non-linguistic, temporally-modulated auditory stimuli sharpens cortical responses. A previous ERP study from this laboratory showed that interactive auditory experience via behavior-based feedback (AEx), over a 6-week period from 4- to 7-months-of-age, confers a processing advantage, compared to passive auditory exposure (PEx) or maturation alone (Naïve Control, NC)...
April 15, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436831/gamma-power-in-rural-pakistani-children-links-to-executive-function-and-verbal-ability
#6
Amanda R Tarullo, Jelena Obradović, Brandon Keehn, Muneera A Rasheed, Saima Siyal, Charles A Nelson, Aisha K Yousafzai
Children in low- and middle-income countries are at high risk of cognitive deficits due to environmental deprivation that compromises brain development. Despite the high prevalence of unrealized cognitive potential, very little is known about neural correlates of cognition in this population. We assessed resting EEG power and cognitive ability in 105 highly disadvantaged 48-month-old children in rural Pakistan. An increase in EEG power in gamma frequency bands (21-30Hz and 31-45Hz) was associated with better executive function...
March 31, 2017: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436679/cited2-mutations-in-conserved-regions-contribute-to-conotruncal-heart-defects-in-chinese-children
#7
Bojian Li, Tian Pu, Yang Liu, Yuejuan Xu, Rang Xu
Conotruncal heart defects (CTDs) are severe malformations of outflow tract with heterogeneous morphology. Several missense variants of CITED2 have been identified to cause CTDs in recent researches. In this study, we screened the coding regions of CITED2 in 605 Chinese children with CTDs and found two possible pathogenic mutant sites: p.Q117L and p.T257A, both located in the conserved regions of CITED2. Then, we investigated the biological and functional alterations of them. Western blotting showed low level of protein expression of mutant Q117 and T257A compared with wild-type CITED2...
April 24, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436134/measurement-of-skin-surface-dose-distributions-in-radiation-therapy-using-poly-vinyl-alcohol-cryogel-dosimeters
#8
Molham M Eyadeh, Marcin Wierzbicki, Kevin R Diamond
In external beam radiation therapy (EBRT), skin dose measurement is important to evaluate dose coverage of superficial target volumes. Treatment planning systems (TPSs) are often inaccurate in this region of the patient, so in vivo measurements are necessary for skin surface dose estimation. In this work, superficial dose distributions were measured using radiochromic translucent poly(vinyl alcohol) cryogels. The cryogels simultaneously served as bolus material, providing the necessary buildup to achieve the desired superficial dose...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436094/dosimetric-validation-of-a-magnetic-resonance-image-gated-radiotherapy-system-using-a-motion-phantom-and-radiochromic-film
#9
James M Lamb, John S Ginn, Dylan P O'Connell, Nzhde Agazaryan, Minsong Cao, David H Thomas, Yingli Yang, Mircea Lazea, Percy Lee, Daniel A Low
PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance image (MRI) guided radiotherapy enables gating directly on the target position. We present an evaluation of an MRI-guided radiotherapy system's gating performance using an MRI-compatible respiratory motion phantom and radiochromic film. Our evaluation is geared toward validation of our institution's clinical gating protocol which involves planning to a target volume formed by expanding 5 mm about the gross tumor volume (GTV) and gating based on a 3 mm window about the GTV...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436027/production-and-characterization-of-active-recombinant-human-factor-ii-with-consistent-sialylation
#10
Jeong H Lee, Jason Reier, Kelley M Heffner, Christopher Barton, David Spencer, Albert E Schmelzer, Raghavan Venkat
Coagulation factor II (prothrombin; FII) is the pre-proteolyzed precursor to thrombin in the coagulation cascade. It has ten sites of gamma-carboxylation, which are required for its bioactivity, and is N-glycosylated at three of four putative sites. Production of recombinant human FII (rhFII) using a platform fed-batch process designed for monoclonal antibody production resulted in low levels of gamma-carboxylation and sialylation. There have not been any prior reports of successful process development and clinical manufacture of rhFII with optimal, consistent gamma-carboxylation and sialylation...
April 24, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435181/orthogonality-of-the-mean-and-error-distribution-in-generalized-linear-models
#11
Alan Huang, Paul J Rathouz
We show that the mean-model parameter is always orthogonal to the error distribution in generalized linear models. Thus, the maximum likelihood estimator of the mean-model parameter will be asymptotically efficient regardless of whether the error distribution is known completely, known up to a finite vector of parameters, or left completely unspecified, in which case the likelihood is taken to be an appropriate semiparametric likelihood. Moreover, the maximum likelihood estimator of the mean-model parameter will be asymptotically independent of the maximum likelihood estimator of the error distribution...
2017: Communications in Statistics: Theory and Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435048/morella-serrata-lam-killick-stabilizes-biomembrane-and-rejuvenates-sexual-competence-in-male-wistar-rats
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S Sabiu, Aot Ashafa
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Morella serrata L. is an indigenous medicinal plant to South and southern Africa with folkloric applications as aphrodisiac, laxative, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-hypertensive, antitussive and antidiabetic agent. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study evaluated the membrane stabilization and aphrodisiac potentials of its aqueous root extract in male Wistar rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: While the membrane stabilization of the extract was investigated against bovine erythrocytes (BE), the male rats for the aphrodisiac study were randomized into five groups with animals in group 1 given sterile placebo and served as control...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435012/il-10-down-regulates-the-expression-of-survival-associated-gene-hspx-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-murine-macrophage
#13
Babban Jee, Pawan Sharma, Kiran Katoch, Beenu Joshi, Sudhir Kumar Awasthi
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) adopts a special survival strategy to overcome the killing mechanism(s) of host immune system. Amongst the many known factors, small heat shock protein 16.3 (sHSP16.3) of MTB encoded by gene hspX has been reported to be critical for the survival of MTB. In the present study, the effect of recombinant murine interferon-gamma (rmIFN-γ) and recombinant murine interleukin-10 (rmIL-10) on the expression of gene hspX of MTB in murine macrophage RAW264.7 has been investigated. By real-time RT-PCR, it was observed that three increasing concentrations (5, 25 and 50ng/ml) of rmIFN-γ significantly up-regulated the expression of hspX whereas similar concentrations of rmIL-10 (5, 25 and 50ng/ml) significantly down-regulated the hspX expression...
April 20, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434958/microsurgical-resection-following-failed-gamma-knife-radiosurgery-of-papillary-tumor-of-the-pineal-gland
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Anil Nanda, Piyush Kalakoti, Devi Prasad Patra, Tanmoy Maiti, Hai Sun
Primary papillary tumors of the pineal region (PTPR) are rare entities with distinct histopathological characteristics. Most common surgical approaches include the supra-cerebellar infratentorial corridor or the occipital interhemispheric approach. Gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) is an acceptable treatment modality for parenchymal tumors of the pineal gland, and often used as a primary treatment modality for asymptomatic and indolent lesions, and as an adjunct to surgical resection. In this presentation, we describe the surgical nuances of posterior interhemispheric approach in an elderly male with a previously failed empirical GKRS...
April 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434133/stiripentol-in-the-management-of-epilepsy
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Katherine C Nickels, Elaine C Wirrell
Stiripentol is a structurally unique antiepileptic drug that has several possible mechanisms of action, including diverse effects on the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-A receptor and novel inhibition of lactate dehydrogenase. Because of its inhibition of several cytochrome P450 enzymes, it has extensive pharmacokinetic interactions, which often necessitates reduction in doses of certain co-therapies, particularly clobazam. Stiripentol also has a neuroprotective action, by reducing calcium-mediated neurotoxicity...
April 22, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434124/comparative-outcome-of-pfna-gamma-nails-pccp-medoff-plate-liss-and-dynamic-hip-screws-for-fixation-in-elderly-trochanteric-fractures-a-systematic-review-and-network-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Alisara Arirachakaran, Tanawat Amphansap, Pichaya Thanindratarn, Peerapong Piyapittayanun, Phutsapong Srisawat, Jatupon Kongtharvonskul
The ideal implant for the treatment of an unstable intertrochanteric femoral fracture is still a matter of discussion. The aim of this systematic review is to conduct a network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing clinical outcomes between dynamic hip screws (DHS), Medoff sliding plating, percutaneous compression plating (PCCP), proximal femoral nails (PFN), Gamma nails and less invasive stabilization system fixation in femoral trochanteric fractures in the elderly. These clinical outcomes consist of total intra-operative time, intra-operative fluoroscopy time, intra-operative blood loss, blood component transfusion, length of hospital stay, postoperative general complications, wound complications, late complications and reoperation rates...
April 22, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433992/the-aachen-minipig-phenotype-genotype-hematological-and-biochemical-characterization-and-comparison-to-the-g%C3%A3-ttingen-minipig
#17
Kerstin Pawlowsky, Lisa Ernst, Julia Steitz, Thaddäus Stopinski, Babette Kögel, Anna Henger, Reinhart Kluge, René Tolba
BACKGROUND: The pig is one of the most frequently used large animal models for biomedical research, especially in the field of translational research and surgical models. While standard livestock breeds are used in short-term and acute studies, minipig breeds are the preferred breeds in long-term and chronic studies due to their limited growth and body weight. OBJECTIVE: In consideration of the 3R principle (refinement, reduction, replacement) and the increasing demand, the aim of this study was to generate a new, robust, non-specific-pathogen-free minipig breed, the Aachen minipig...
April 22, 2017: European Surgical Research. Europäische Chirurgische Forschung. Recherches Chirurgicales Européennes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433923/uhplc-q-orbitrap-hrms-based-global-metabolomics-reveal-metabolome-modifications-in-plasma-of-young-women-after-cranberry-juice-consumption
#18
Haiyan Liu, Timothy J Garrett, Zhihua Su, Christina Khoo, Liwei Gu
Plasma metabolome in young women following cranberry juice consumption were investigated using a global UHPLC-Q-Orbitrap-HRMS approach. Seventeen female college students, between 21 and 29 years old, were given either cranberry juice or apple juice for three days using a cross-over design. Plasma samples were collected before and after juice consumption. Plasma metabolomes were analyzed using UHPLC-Q-Orbitrap-HRMS followed by orthogonal partial least squares-discriminant analyses (OPLS-DA). S-plot was used to identify discriminant metabolites...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433856/detection-of-recurrent-activation-patterns-across-focal-seizures-application-to-seizure-onset-zone-identification
#19
Manel Vila-Vidal, Alessandro Principe, Miguel Ley, Gustavo Deco, Adrià Tauste Campo, Rodrigo Rocamora
OBJECTIVE: We introduce a method that quantifies the consistent involvement of intracranially monitored regions in recurrent focal seizures. METHODS: We evaluated the consistency of two ictal spectral activation patterns (mean power change and power change onset time) in intracranial recordings across focal seizures from seven patients with clinically marked seizure onset zone (SOZ). We examined SOZ discrimination using both patterns in different frequency bands and periods of interest...
April 3, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433802/role-of-environmental-stressors-in-determining-the-developmental-outcome-of-neonatal-anesthesia
#20
Ling-Sha Ju, Jiao-Jiao Yang, Nikolaus Gravenstein, Christoph N Seubert, Timothy E Morey, Colin Sumners, Terrie Vasilopoulos, Jian-Jun Yang, Anatoly E Martynyuk
BACKGROUND: The majority of studies evaluating neurocognition in humans who had procedures under anesthesia early in life found long-term deficits even though the typical anesthesia duration normalized to the human life span is much shorter than that shown to induce developmental abnormalities in rodents. Therefore, we studied whether subsequent environmental stressors contribute to deficiencies programmed by a brief neonatal etomidate exposure. METHODS: Postnatal days (P) 4, 5, or 6, Sprague-Dawley rats, pretreated with vehicle or the Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) (NKCC1) inhibitor, bumetanide, received two injections of etomidate resulting in anesthesia for 2h...
April 7, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
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