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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527137/genome-based-identification-of-heterotic-patterns-in-rice
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Ulrike Beukert, Zuo Li, Guozheng Liu, Yusheng Zhao, Nadhigade Ramachandra, Vilson Mirdita, Fabiano Pita, Klaus Pillen, Jochen Christoph Reif
BACKGROUND: Hybrid rice breeding facilitates to increase grain yield and yield stability. Long-term success of hybrid breeding depends on the recognition of high-yielding complementary heterotic patterns, which is lacking in crops like rice. RESULT: The main goal of this study was to evaluate the potential and limits to use genomics for establishing heterotic patterns in rice. For this purpose, data of a commercial hybrid rice breeding program targeted to India was analyzed, including 1,960 phenotyped hybrids from three market segments and 262 genotyped parental lines...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526698/improving-response-in-genomic-selection-with-a-population-based-selection-strategy-optimal-population-value-selection
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Matthew Goiffon, Aaron Kusmec, Lizhi Wang, Guiping Hu, Patrick Schnable
Genomic selection (GS) identifies individuals for inclusion in breeding programs based on the sum of their estimated marker effects or genomic estimated breeding values (GEBVs). Due to significant correlation between GEBVs and true breeding values, this has resulted in enhanced rates of genetic gain as compared to traditional methods of selection. Three extensions to GS, weighted genomic selection (WGS), optimal haploid value (OHV) selection, and genotype building (GB) selection have been proposed to improve long-term response and to facilitate the efficient development of doubled haploids...
May 19, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526641/elimination-of-subsidence-with-26mm-wide-cages-in-extreme-lateral-interbody-fusion
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Gernot Lang, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Lena Gandevia, Ibrahim Hussain, Jonathan Nakhla, Micaella Zubkov, Roger Härtl
BACKGROUND: Extreme lateral interbody fusion (ELIF) has gained popularity as minimally invasive technique for indirect decompression. However, graft subsidence potentially threatens the long-term success of ELIF. The aim of the study was to evaluate whether 26mm wide cages can eliminate subsidence and subsequent loss of decompression in ELIF. METHODS: Patients undergoing ELIF surgery using a 26mm wide cage were analyzed retrospectively. Patient demographics and peri-operative data for radiographic and clinical outcomes were recorded...
May 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526611/alcohol-induces-input-specific-aberrant-synaptic-plasticity-in-the-rat-dorsomedial-striatum
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Tengfei Ma, Britton Barbee, Xuehua Wang, Jun Wang
Accumulated evidence suggests that the dorsomedial striatum (DMS) of the basal ganglia plays an essential role in pathological excessive alcohol consumption. The DMS receives multiple glutamatergic inputs. However, whether and how alcohol consumption distinctly affects these excitatory afferents to the DMS remains unknown. Here, we used optogenetics to selectively activate the rat medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and basolateral amygdala (BLA) inputs in DMS slices, and measured the effects of alcohol consumption on glutamatergic transmission in these corticostriatal and amygdalostriatal circuits...
May 16, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526605/microevolutionary-response-of-a-gut-nematode-to-intestinal-inflammation
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Cédric Lippens, Bruno Faivre, Gabriele Sorci
Parasitic helminths interfere with the immune responses of their hosts to establish long-lasting, chronic infections. While favorable to the parasite, the capacity to dampen the immune response can also provide a benefit to the host in terms of reduced risk of immune disorders and immunopathology. The immunomodulatory role of nematodes has been exploited in clinical trials to treat a number of inflammatory and immune diseases. However, how parasites adapt to an inflammatory environment remains a poorly explored question...
May 16, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526489/intravitreous-injection-of-aav2-sflt01-in-patients-with-advanced-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-phase-1-open-label-trial
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Jeffrey S Heier, Saleema Kherani, Shilpa Desai, Pravin Dugel, Shalesh Kaushal, Seng H Cheng, Cheryl Delacono, Annie Purvis, Susan Richards, Annaig Le-Halpere, John Connelly, Samuel C Wadsworth, Rafael Varona, Ronald Buggage, Abraham Scaria, Peter A Campochiaro
BACKGROUND: Long-term intraocular injections of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-neutralising proteins can preserve central vision in many patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration. We tested the safety and tolerability of a single intravitreous injection of an AAV2 vector expressing the VEGF-neutralising protein sFLT01 in patients with advanced neovascular age-related macular degeneration. METHODS: This was a phase 1, open-label, dose-escalating study done at four outpatient retina clinics in the USA...
May 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526423/pseudoparalysis-a-systematic-review-of-term-definitions-treatment-approaches-and-outcomes-of-management-techniques
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John M Tokish, Thomas C Alexander, Michael J Kissenberth, Richard J Hawkins
BACKGROUND: Pseudoparalysis remains one of the most challenging conditions in shoulder surgery. Long thought of as an unsolvable problem, recent advances in surgical techniques offer potential return of overhead motion in the setting of massive irreparable rotator cuff tears. This article summarizes the available literature including existing definitions and the results of different treatment approaches regarding range of motion, outcome scores, and reversal. METHODS: In accordance with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines, a systematic review of the MEDLINE database, Cochrane database, Physiotherapy Evidence Database, and Google Scholar database was performed for studies that defined a preoperative shoulder group as having pseudoparalysis...
June 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526313/dissemination-of-a-nonpathogenic-viral-dna-surrogate-marker-from-high-touch-surfaces-in-rooms-of-long-term-care-facility-residents
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Heba Alhmidi, Sreelatha Koganti, Jennifer L Cadnum, Annette L Jencson, Amrita John, Curtis J Donskey
A nonpathogenic DNA marker inoculated onto the television remote controls in rooms of 2 ambulatory long-term care facility (LTCF) residents disseminated to the hands of the LTCF residents, to high-touch surfaces in the room and on the ward, and to shared portable equipment. These findings suggest that contaminated high-touch surfaces in rooms of ambulatory LTCF residents are a potential source for widespread dissemination of pathogens.
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526310/working-with-influenza-like-illness-presenteeism-among-us-health-care-personnel-during-the-2014-2015-influenza-season
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Sophia Chiu, Carla L Black, Xin Yue, Stacie M Greby, A Scott Laney, Angela P Campbell, Marie A de Perio
BACKGROUND: Health care personnel (HCP) working while experiencing influenza-like illness (ILI) contribute to influenza transmission in health care settings. Studies focused on certain HCP occupations or work settings have demonstrated that some HCP often continue to work while ill. METHODS: Using a national nonprobability Internet panel survey of 1,914 HCP during the 2014-2015 influenza season, we calculated the frequency of working with self-reported ILI (ie, fever and cough or sore throat) and examined reasons for working with ILI by occupation and work setting...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526279/an-emerging-role-for-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-schizophrenia
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REVIEW
Kyle H Flippo, Stefan Strack
Abnormal brain development has long been thought to contribute to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Impaired dendritic arborization, synaptogenesis, and long term potentiation and memory have been demonstrated in animal models of schizophrenia. In addition to aberrant nervous system development, altered brain metabolism and mitochondrial function has long been observed in schizophrenic patients. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the mitochondrial genome as well as impaired mitochondrial function have both been associated with increased risk for developing schizophrenia...
May 16, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526085/papillary-fibroelastoma-unusual-cause-of-stroke-in-a-young-man-a-case-report
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Elisabetta Grolla, Michele Dalla Vestra, Giampaolo Zoffoli, Riccardo D'Ascoli, Adriana Critelli, Rocco Quatrale, Domenico Mangino, Fausto Rigo
BACKGROUND: Papillary fibroelastoma is the third most common primary benign tumor with an incidence of up to 0.33% in autopsy series; it accounts for approximately 75% of all cardiac valvular tumors. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a rare case of a 28-Year-old man that while playing football, had a sudden onset of neurological deficit: aphasia, right hemiparesis and right facial numbness. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed a 10x10 mm mass attached to the anterior mitral valve leaflet...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525984/study-protocol-evaluation-of-the-probiotic-lactobacillus-fermentum-cect5716-for-the-prevention-of-mastitis-in-breastfeeding-women-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Diana M Bond, Jonathan M Morris, Natasha Nassar
BACKGROUND: Mastitis and accompanying pain have been associated with the cessation of breastfeeding. Mastitis is an inflammatory condition of the breast and may be a result of decreased immunity and a lowered resistance to infection. Mastitis affects up to one in five breastfeeding women with most episodes occurring in the first 6-8 weeks postpartum. Antibiotics are often used in the treatment of mastitis, but have not been popular or proven effective as a preventative agent. The WHO has highlighted significant concerns relating to adverse harms of antibiotic use with the production of antibiotic-resistant strains of disease organisms...
May 19, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525939/green-manure-and-long-term-fertilization-effects-on-soil-zinc-and-cadmium-availability-and-uptake-by-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-at-different-growth-stages
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Roman Grüter, Benjamin Costerousse, Angelina Bertoni, Jochen Mayer, Cécile Thonar, Emmanuel Frossard, Rainer Schulin, Susan Tandy
Zinc (Zn) deficiency in human populations depending on cereals as a main source of Zn is a global malnutrition problem. In this field study, we investigated the potential of green manure application to increase soil Zn availability and wheat grain Zn concentrations (biofortification) on a Luvisol with different long-term fertilizer management. We also studied cadmium (Cd), as wheat is a major contributor of this undesired non-essential element to human diets. Clover (Trifolium alexandrinum L.), mustard (Sinapis alba L...
May 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525629/the-association-of-perceived-memory-loss-with-osteoarthritis-and-related-joint-pain-in-a-large-appalachian-population
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Kim E Innes, Usha Sambamoorthi
Objective. : Previous studies have documented memory impairment in several chronic pain syndromes. However, the potential link between memory loss and osteoarthritis (OA), the second most common cause of chronic pain, remains little explored. In this cross-sectional study, we examine the association of perceived memory loss to OA and assess the potential mediating influence of sleep and mood disturbance in a large Appalachian population. Design.:  Cross-sectional...
May 19, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525532/the-effects-of-indirect-and-direct-acting-anticoagulants-on-lupus-anticoagulant-assays-a-large-retrospective-study-at-a-coagulation-reference-laboratory
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Jansen N Seheult, Michael P Meyer, Franklin A Bontempo, Irina Chibisov
Objectives: To investigate the effects of indirect- and direct-acting anticoagulants on the interpretation of lupus anticoagulant (LAC) assays. Methods: A retrospective database review was performed to identify all LAC panels from November 2012 to November 2015. The positivity rates for three LAC tests were compared among various anticoagulant medications. Results: This analysis included 7,721 LAC panels. Direct oral anticoagulants, warfarin, and unfractionated heparin (UFH) were associated with higher LAC positivity rates compared with patients not receiving documented anticoagulation (83% for argatroban, 58% for dabigatran, 72% for rivaroxaban, 53% for apixaban, 56% for warfarin, and 36% for UFH vs 29% for no anticoagulation, P < ...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525485/analysis-of-the-factors-that-could-predict-segmental-range-of-motion-after-cervical-artificial-disk-replacement-a-7-year-follow-up-study
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Wei Tian, Han Wang, Kai Yan, Xiao Han, Peihao Jin
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To identify the potential preoperative factors and surgical technique factors that are associated with long-term range of motion (ROM) after surgery. Further, this article aimed to guide selection of patients with cervical artificial disk replacement and a fine surgical technique. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Segmental ROM is the most important parameter concerning cervical kinematics after a cervical artificial disk replacement...
June 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525415/effects-of-collagenase-digestion-and-stromal-vascular-fraction-supplementation-on-volume-retention-of-fat-grafts
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Jonathan B Olenczak, Scott A Seaman, Kant Y Lin, Angela Pineros-Fernandez, Catherine E Davis, Lisa S Salopek, Shayn M Peirce, Patrick S Cottler
OBJECTIVE: The use of autologous fat as a soft tissue filler has increased over the past decade in both reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries. Enhancement of autologous fat grafts with the addition of the stromal vascular fraction (SVF) has been reported to improve long-term volume retention. Stromal vascular fraction is most commonly isolated using enzymatic digestion, but it is unknown what effect the digestion process has on the adipocytes and SVF cells that comprise the graft. Some clinicians have reported use of enzymatically digested fat grafts to alter the physical properties of the tissue in specialized applications...
June 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524926/a-980-nm-laser-activated-upconverted-persistent-probe-for-nir-to-nir-rechargeable-in-vivo-bioimaging
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Zhenluan Xue, Xiaolong Li, Youbin Li, Mingyang Jiang, Guozhong Ren, Hongrong Liu, Songjun Zeng, Jianhua Hao
Long-lasting persistent luminescent nanoparticles (PLNPs) with efficient near-infrared (NIR) emission have emerged as a new generation of probes for in vivo optical bioimaging owing to their advantages of zero-autofluorescence benefited from the self-sustained emission after excitation, deep penetration depth, and a high signal-to-noise ratio. However, most of the PLNPs are charged by ultraviolet (UV) or visible light, remarkably limiting their applications for in vivo long-term bioimaging. Here we demonstrate 980 nm laser activated upconversion-PLNPs (UC-PLNPs) with efficient NIR emission...
May 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524646/cervical-spine-involvement-risk-factors-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-a-meta-analysis
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Shuai Zhu, Wangdong Xu, Yubin Luo, Yi Zhao, Yi Liu
AIM: This study aims to discuss risk factors associated with cervical spine involvement (CSI) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: A literature search was performed in Medline, EMBASE, Web of Science and CBMdisc databases for potential studies published before October 2016. The clinical and laboratory data were extracted, and a meta-analysis was performed to evaluate the risk factors for CSI in RA patients. RESULTS: Twelve studies involving a total of 2750 cases with RA and 733 CSI (26...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524644/comparing-predictors-of-part-time-and-no-vocational-engagement-in-youth-primary-mental-health-services-a-brief-report
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Alice J Cairns, David J Kavanagh, Frances Dark, Steven M McPhail
AIM: This investigation aims to identify if correlates of not working or studying were also correlated with part-time vocational participation. METHODS: Demographic and vocational engagement information was collected from 226 participant clinical charts aged 15 to 25 years accessing a primary youth health clinic. Multinomial logistic regressions were used to examine potential correlates no and part-time vocational engagement compared to those full-time. RESULTS: A total of 33% were not working or studying and 19% were part-time...
May 19, 2017: Early Intervention in Psychiatry
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